December 30, 1988 |
Burly Victor Mature was one of the silver screen's first hunks. The Sylvester Stallone of the '40s and '50s, he was a press agent's delight. One of them may have started a fad by calling him "a beautiful hunk of man. " Mature starred in biblical epics (that's Vic above in costume as Samson in "Samson and Delilah" 40 years ago), and played real he-men in dozens of other filmstravaganzas. He even was a caveman in one of his first films, the 1940 version of "One Million B.C.," in which he battled dinosaurs.
January 22, 2002 |
'Lizard bites man" may be news today, but mankind has been lunching on lizards and their relatives for centuries. "Considering the past importance of reptiles of the turtle family in the history of American cuisine, more of us should probably not be averse to trying them," writes Calvin W. Schwabe in his book Unmentionable Cuisine. "If we can go that far," argues Schwabe, a retired University of California biologist and veterinarian who lives in Haverford, "only a step further in stretching the palate could convince us that lizards are merely turtles without shells.
July 31, 1990 |
It was no screaming headline, just a brief item that caught Andrew Bergman's attention. The truth-is-stranger-than-fiction: A mobster is caught smuggling hundreds of endangered species into the country, the most impressive a 10-foot Komodo dragon lizard. "I remember saying, what a combination!" recalls screenwriter-director Bergman. "The mob and endangered species - there's a movie here. " Six years after reading the item, Bergman has written and directed "The Freshman," a wry, engaging comedy, which opened last Frday.
February 11, 1987 |
Like many people of limited intelligence, I'm guilty of having committed some stupid practical jokes. Probably the worst was something I did to Smiley, a cheerful young man who was in the same military barracks at a base in Mississippi. Because Smiley was from rural Kentucky, he used to laugh at us city boys who jumped at the sight of the snakes, lizards, spiders and other crawly creatures that lived in the local foliage. Some of us became curious as to how fearless Smiley, the country boy, really was. So, when Smiley came in late one evening and pulled back the blanket on his bunk to turn in, his screams rattled the windows.
August 20, 2012
By K.C. Cole August is a great month for celebrating human stupidity. On Aug. 6, 1945, we all but disappeared Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, and then did it again, three days later, at Nagasaki. And now we barely seem to care. The sad truth is that we are incapable of understanding exactly what these seemingly ancient events mean - right now, for all of us, today. The August anniversaries are a stark reminder that the brains we inherited from our ancestors simply may not be up to dealing with much of the modern world we (they)
March 13, 1988 |
What do Lounge Lizards and Warped Senators have in common? They both got a booking at a prominent regional theater without an audition. They both also added to the festivities the night of March 5 at Burlington County College's Second Annual Talent Extravaganza. The event brought blossoming performers from among the college's administration and student body out to strut their stuff in a night of pageantry and giggles. The stage is normally given over to professional acting performances by the college's Foundation Theater.
June 7, 2004 |
The Barrage came up short in a bid for their first Major League Lacrosse win yesterday, falling to the defending champion Long Island Lizards, 14-12. Long Island goalie Brian Dougherty, a Philadelphia native and Episcopal Academy alum, made 21 saves in front of the crowd of 2,207 at Villanova Stadium. Kevin Finneran was the game MVP with four goals and two assists, while Lizards teammate Chris Massey also scored four goals. Greg Cattrano made 21 saves for the Barrage, who trailed, 9-6, at halftime but outscored the Lizards by 5-3 in the third quarter.
June 18, 2006 |
The unbeaten Barrage overcame an 8-0 deficit and rallied to defeat the Long Island Lizards, 13-12, yesterday afternoon in a Major League Lacrosse game at the Mitchel Athletic Complex. B.J. Prager's shot with 3 minutes, 22 seconds remaining gave the Barrage a 13-12 lead, their first lead of the game, and proved to be the game-winner. The Lizards (1-4) led by 8-0 after holding the Barrage (5-0) scoreless for the first 17 minutes of the game. But the Barrage went on an 8-1 run, scoring the final three goals - including a Roy Colsey two-pointer - to steal the win.
July 21, 2006 |
Justin Smith collected three goals and an assist to lead the Barrage past the Long Island Lizards, 10-8, in a Major League Lacrosse game at Villanova Stadium. The Barrage improved to 8-2, and remain in first place in the MLL Eastern Conference. Long Island fell to 4-6. Trailing by 5-2 in the first half, the Barrage went on a five-goal run before halftime. Bobby Horsey, B.J. Prager, Michael Springer and Greg Peyser scored, and Shaun Lyons contributed a two-point goal for an 8-5 lead.
July 28, 1987 |
The mystery of who owns the big lizard whose appearance startled a number of residents in the Lawndale section of Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday morning apparently has been solved. Robert Hafft and his wife, Allison, said they were not alarmed when they heard initial news reports that a lizard believed to be an iguana had been sighted on East Cheltenham Avenue, then had been trapped in a garbage can by club-wielding police and carted off to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.