June 10, 2016
I HAVE BEEN a fan of Muhammad Ali since way back in 1966, and it's been a love affair ever since. I first met him on Sept. 11, 1976, at his Deer Lake training camp in Pennsylvania. I was stunned when Ali walked out the door. Finally, I got to meet my idol, and it was everything I figured it would be, and more. After that, I went up there every weekend, and what a blast. I got to be in the same room while Ali was eating and watching a fight, so he could prepare for his next opponent.
April 30, 2016 |
This was love at first sight for the Eagles, and it evolved into a burning passion to land the little-known quarterback from the far-away place. That mission was finally accomplished Thursday night when the Eagles used the second overall pick on North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. Howie Roseman, the team's executive vice president of football operations, and Doug Pederson, the team's rookie head coach, said the Eagles would have made the trade with the Cleveland Browns to get the second pick even if Cal's Jared Goff had been the prize at the end. But they also admitted that Wentz was always the object of their desire.
March 8, 2016 |
Nancy Davis Reagan, 94, the powerful and devoted wife of President Ronald Reagan, principal caregiver during his decadelong twilight with Alzheimer's disease, and the primary architect of his legacy, died Sunday morning at her home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. The cause was congestive heart failure. She will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Mrs. Reagan is widely viewed, by admirers and detractors alike, as one of the most powerful first ladies in history.
January 18, 2016 |
David Bowie's death last week played out like the final, showstopping performance of a career full of unpredictable star turns. His last mournful, mysterious album, Blackstar , was released to unanimous praise on his 69th birthday, Jan. 8. Two days later, he was gone. That sudden surprise - planet Earth was blue, and there was nothing we could do - focused attention in a spectacular demonstration of the connective power of music and the Internet. Facebook logged 100 million interactions in 12 hours after Bowie's passing.
December 28, 2015 |
'If we had met in high school," Jim Cole was saying a few days after he and his wife, Ellen, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on Dec. 15, "she wouldn't have given me a second look. " "I wouldn't have," Ellen confirmed matter-of-factly. In the social caste system comfortably in place at Northeast Philadelphia High School in the mid-1960s, a drop-dead gorgeous Jewish American in-crowd goddess like the former Ellen Blum would have been as approachable to a fast-talking Irish Catholic disciplinary transfer student from Father Judge High School like Jim Cole as Princess Leia would have been to a Wookiee.
November 12, 2015 |
'Lights Rise on Grace" begins with a meet-cute: Grace (Bi Jean Ngo), a 16-year-old high school girl who is shy and socially inept - apparently, from what we're told, because she is Chinese - meets Large ( Ashton Carter), an African American boy, also in her high school. Their sweet meeting turns into many, which turn into a love affair, violently disapproved of by both the black and the Chinese communities. Romeo and Juliet are invoked. One day, Large fails to meet Grace; she feels abandoned and betrayed, and it will turn out he's in prison, apparently for beating his brother into a wheelchair.
September 24, 2015 |
The Lianne La Havas/Philly audience lovefest was in full swing Sunday after 11 songs at Theatre of Living Arts. The guitar-wielding British singer-songwriter pronounced the affair "a lovely way to kick off the tour!" The ascendant soul/pop/jazz/what-have-you La Havas, 26, fronted her tight six-piece band to support her acclaimed second album, Blood , released in July. She had just knocked out the crowd with an ebullient performance of that disc's "Midnight," a song cowritten and produced by Jamaica's Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor that La Havas recorded in Kingston during a recent roots-exploring trip to the island with her Jamaican mother.
March 19, 2015 |
Foxx 'n' Holmes: True love! Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are conducting the most soulful, fulfilling, maddening, epochal, ballistic - indeed, nukyuler - love affair since Marc Anthony clapped hands on Cleopatra . It began in the summer of '13, when they danced the night away at a Hamptons charity do. Foxx 'n' Holmes? You jest! Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are simply pals. Yes, they are very good friends. But like all cross-gender celeb friends, the mere expression of their friendship has led gossipers - those spiritual hunchbacks who hide in the shadows and plot ugly plots - to make absurd claims.
September 4, 2014 |
IT ALL STARTED with the smoky eye. I didn't know how to create the look and I wanted to, so badly, that I watched countless how-to videos on YouTube until I got it right. That year, I used all my holiday gift money to buy a new collection of makeup. My love affair with beauty products had begun. I'm a graphic designer by profession, with degrees in that and in fine arts. I view makeup as an art, too. Contouring, blending, choosing the right eye shadow and lipstick to enhance natural features - it's really like drawing on your face.
February 19, 2014 |
NEWS ITEM: Former 76ers coach Larry Brown said Sunday that he was "sick" that he wouldn't be able to attend Allen Iverson's jersey-retirement ceremony on March 1. "I know a lot of people think we banged heads and stuff like that," Brown said, "but I know God put me here to coach him. " Are you there, Larry? It's Me, God. First things first: I'm sorry that you and your Southern Methodist team lost to Temple on Sunday. Tough one. I actually watched the game from beginning to end. That's one of the perks of being all-powerful and all-knowing.