February 11, 1998 |
One day after missing a practice he had not been excused from, Tim Thomas was cool and calm and collected a fine upon returning to the 76ers yesterday. Thomas, who was in New York City over the weekend for All-Star Game festivities - he played Saturday in the rookie game - practiced for two hours yesterday, then apologized for failing to return home for Monday's practice. "It all boils down to I just missed practice. It was stupid," said Thomas, who was fined an unreported amount that could be as high as $1,000 under the collective-bargaining agreement.
March 23, 2002 |
A would-be thief reached through the window of a limo and tried to snatch a $15,000 diamond cross necklace from the throat of Liza Minnelli, 56, her publicist said yesterday. The limo was stopped at a traffic light in London Thursday night, said David Freed. Minnelli, seated alongside hubby of five days David Gest, 48, saw a hand coming toward her and mistook it for that of an autograph-seeker. As the unidentified man and others tried to open the door, the driver rolled up the window and zoomed away.
April 6, 1990 |
Picture this: President Bush is wearing a navy business suit. Michael Jackson has on chrome-plated boots, a black, red-striped drum major's costume and shades. They're standing shoulder to shoulder in the White House Rose Garden. The topic: U.S.-Soviet relations, of course. It was, it is, hard to come by an explanation of precisely what the star was doing at the White House. But he had asked for a meeting with Bush and the President said, "Bad!" - or words to that effect. After a brief chat in the Oval Office (those present could remember little of what was said)
November 13, 1991 |
From Michael Lacing: HANDS ON OWNER During the deciding game of one of the most exciting World Series in recent history, Braves owner Ted Turner was caught by the camera dozing off in the stands next to Jane Fonda in the 8th inning of a scoreless tie. If only the Braves had scored as much as their owner that day, they'd be world champions. IT'S SHOETIME For those finding it hard to understand how an Ilmeda Marcos, with no political platform of substance, could even consider running for president, two words: Ronald Reagan.
June 21, 1988 |
Well, WIP-AM's heart was in the right place - unfortunately, the limo that the station hired wasn't. If you'll recall, there was an item in this space Friday about how it was Gordon Thomas' 25th anniversary at the station. It also mentioned that in all those years, Thomas had faithfully climbed out of bed at midnight each day to make the 35-mile drive from his Schwenksville, Montgomery County, home to arrive at WIP (610) by 1 a.m. Never late a day in his life. So what happens when the station sends a limo to pick him up Friday for the celebration?
July 7, 1998 |
How long ago does last year's All-Star Game seem to Curt Schilling? Back then, the Phillies were about 700 games under .500. Back then, the Schilling-to-the-Indians trade rumors were flying. Back then, he was in Cleveland, wearing a Phillies uniform, being treated as if he were Rocky Colavito. He got a standing O before the game from 44,000 people. He got a sales pitch from his limo driver about the greatness of Cleveland. He was The Man. And yesterday, on the day before his second All-Star Game, he was just another guy. "I didn't even get a limo from the airport this year.
March 1, 2013 |
T HE S ILVER Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick got a surprise invite to the Oscars on Sunday, along with his wife , novelist Alicia Bessette. "It's something you see on TV your whole life and you never think you'll be trafficking in that world," Quick told me. "There's Quentin Tarantino , Bradley Cooper , Jamie Foxx . You're not just an observer, you're talking about your next project, you're part of the game. " "There's still that kid that grew up in Oaklyn [N.J.]
August 23, 2000 |
"I'm not that book smart. I talk with small words. People don't have to use a dictionary. They understand me. " - Former Playmate Anna Nicole Smith, on her appeal to men, in US Weekly. Like mother, like daughter-in-law. Kim Mathers, the soon-to-be-ex-wife of rapper Eminem, this week filed a $10 million suit against him over the lyrics of his song, "Kim. " She says it "depicts horrific domestic violence against [her], resulting in her grisly murder. " Mathers, who is divorcing the rap star, might have gotten the idea from his own mother, Deborah Mathers-Briggs.
May 19, 1998 |
He opened for Sinatra for 13 years. Tomorrow he'll close for him. Comedian Tom Dreesen will be one of the pall bearers at the private funeral for the legendary entertainer, and it will be the hardest act he's ever had to follow. "To be asked to help carry this man to his final resting place is the highest honor that could be bestowed on me," he said in an interview yesterday. "I thank God every day he let me be a part of his life. " Dreesen, along with actor Robert Wagner and several others, will escort Sinatra's coffin to and from Good Shepherd Catholic Church here in for a noontime funeral Mass.
April 25, 1990 |
KIM'S GOT A NEW BEAU The word is out. Kim Basinger - one of our favorite flavors of fluff - is getting cozy with Alec Baldwin. It must be serious because she has gone so far as to start playing Evade The Press. Kim was in the audience last weekend when Alec hosted "Saturday Night Live. " Afterward, she went to the cast party. When it was time to say night- night, Kim - knowing the paparazzi lay in wait outside the door - made a solo dash to her waiting limo. Minutes later, a lone Alec made a mad dash for a waiting limo - and surprise, surprise, it was the very same one. The press pack gave chase, but unfortunately Kim's samurai chauffeur lost them by nearly running a red light in Central Park.