January 14, 2016 |
More than 40 years after the fact, Mike Merritt remembers his earliest experiences seeing his father, bassist Jymie Merritt, playing on New York stages alongside jazz legends like Lee Morgan and Max Roach. "I wasn't a musician yet, and I didn't really understand jazz at all. I just knew I had a father that played it," Mike Merritt said by phone from Los Angeles. "But the intensity that came off the stage drew me in. It was obvious how much the musicians he was playing with and other musicians watching respected and loved his playing.
October 30, 2014 |
Seventy years ago, he parachuted into a ferocious gun battle raging across the town square of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. Everywhere, buildings were ablaze and bullets zipped through the air. Army Sgt. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere couldn't wait to get into the fight during the Normandy invasion and avenge his brother Henry, killed by the Germans in Italy. He later parachuted into Holland with fellow South Philadelphia native Edward "Babe" Heffron during Operation Market Garden, one the largest drops of airborne troops in history.
March 29, 2013 |
FORMER WB 17 sportscaster and current "Today" show weekend anchor Jenna Wolfe announced Wednesday that she is expecting a baby girl with her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk . The announcement is the first time Wolfe has publicly discussed her sexuality. "This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to us," Wolfe told People magazine, whose exclusive interview with the couple hits newsstands on Friday. "But I don't want to bring my daughter into a world where I'm not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is. " Wolfe was artificially inseminated by an anonymous donor.
January 6, 2013 |
George Leon Dunbar Sr., 67, a West Philadelphia barber and entrepreneur who produced and recorded two local R&B groups, and promoted businesses on Lancaster Avenue, died of cancer in Sun City, Ariz., on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Over 40 years, Mr. Dunbar operated and worked in several barber shops along Lancaster Avenue, where his customers sought his advice on personal and business matters. A fixture in the Lancaster Avenue business corridor, Mr. Dunbar was president of the Lancaster Avenue Business Association Community Development Corp.
September 24, 2012 |
Lead guy Billy Joe Armstrong of art-punkers Green Day went into an onstage rampage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Friday. He smashed his axe, ran around, and uttered unnice utterances. Rumor: The band was pressed to curtail its set to leave more time for following acts Rihanna and Usher . Festival host Clear Channel denies it. Now BJA's rep says he's checked into rehab for "substance abuse. " He landed in hospital earlier this month after returning from Italy. Local Emmy winners Give it up, yo, for local heroes who scored Emmys Sunday night at the 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards at the Society Hill Sheraton on Saturday!
August 27, 2012 |
Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs is such a favorite son of Winslow Township that it was not enough for neighbors to watch the 24-year-old wrestler ride by in a hometown parade Saturday. They had to walk in a line behind him. As the winner of the 74kg (163 pounds) freestyle competition waved from a black Mercedes, some joined in the procession in a seeming show of unity and a desire to share in a golden moment. "I'm excited," said Burroughs, who now lives in Nebraska. "It's great to be back home with my family and friends and all the people who supported me through the years.
August 1, 2010
Sunday Film epic Richard Wagner's monumental The Ring of the Nibelung , a reworking of Norse myth, is not so much an operatic cycle as a musical force of nature. The third of its four operas, Siegfried , was presented as a multimedia experience by the experimental Catalan performance troupe La Fura dels Baus, in a performance conducted by Zubin Mehta at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. A film of the performance screens at 1 p.m. at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute , 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr.
April 25, 2010 |
The local war hero has vanished, having slipped out of Bucks County as quietly as the Delaware flows past his riverfront loft in Upper Black Eddy. Behind him lie debts exceeding a half-million dollars, an unfinished McMansion on three acres, and a criminal inquiry into the deceit of Andrew Alexander Diabo. In news stories, private conversations, and public documents, Diabo cast himself as a wounded Marine helicopter pilot who deployed repeatedly to Afghanistan and Iraq. Visitors tell of having seen Marine dress blues and West Point cadet grays hanging in his apartment closet and, on a wall, framed Purple Heart and Silver Star certificates.
January 6, 2010
97.5 THE FANATIC'S Mike Missanelli said on yesterday's show that 610 WIP tried to woo him away to replace Howard "The King" Eskin . Missanelli made the vague remarks while announcing that he had signed a multiyear contract extension with The Fanatic, which also airs on AM as 950 ESPN. "We have had no formal conversations with Mike. However, we are friends and I do speak to him from time to time," Marc Rayfield , market manager for CBS Radio, which owns WIP, told us yesterday.
December 9, 2009 |
In a crowded sandwich-eating world of hoagies, grinders, subs, heroes, and po'boys, Norristown's own zep flies somewhat beneath the radar. But in certain quarters, the intensely local, seven-decade meat-on-a-roll tradition is so closely associated with its birthplace to qualify as the Montgomery County version of Proust's madeleine. "You take any Norristown kid from the '50s and you give him now, 50 years later, a zep," said Jerry Spinelli, 68, a children's book author and Norristown native, "and he will be transported back to his hometown.