April 21, 1999 |
Sixteen-year-old Shannon Keefe disobeyed her parents yesterday, and may have saved her life doing it. The Columbine High School junior left school to get lunch at the food court at the Southwest Plaza mall near the school, despite the repeated instructions of her parents. As it turned out, she left Columbine at 11:30 a.m., only minutes before two gunmen burst into the school, slaying as many as 25 students. The gunmen also died, apparently of self-inflicted wounds. And, as it turned out, her dad, Greg Thomas, Connective Energy communication executive, was able to rush back to Littleton aboard United Airlines Flight 1517 from Philadelphia last night, and look forward to hugging Shannon and his two other children.
June 26, 1998 |
Jeff Moorad, currently the most important agent associated with Philadelphia sports who isn't his client's father, stopped into Philadelphia on the way to New York City yesterday to discuss the future of Pat Burrell, the Phillies' first-round draft choice. He did so as a gesture of amicability. To show their appreciation, the Phillies took Moorad to lunch. Bookbinder's? Le Bec Fin? Um, no. The Airport Hilton. "I don't mind them saving money on lunch," Moorad joked, when probed about the lunch locale.
September 20, 1989 |
At John Bartram High School, lunch is a moving experience. Breakfast can be one also. At Bartram, as in about a dozen Philadelphia high schools, students have no lunch room and no assigned lunch period during their school day, which runs from 8:25 a.m. until almost 2 p.m. So students eat on the run between classroom buildings or they gulp down sandwiches during the first 10 minutes of each period, when eating in class is permitted at...
October 20, 2000 |
So this is where they hang out. The ladies who lunch. A black, chauffeured sedan purrs outside while the fashionably dressed lady of the manse sits inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art's restaurant sipping a Cosmopolitan, or, in this case (during the museum's Van Gogh exhibit), a Sunflower Martini. On a recent afternoon, there were tables and tables of these ladies trying out the new Provencal menu for "Van Gogh: Face to Face" (the exhibit itself opens Sunday). And if you've got the time and the dough, there's no more genteel place to gab with your girlfriends, and get a pleasant midday buzz to boot.
January 16, 1996 |
Anybody who is anybody goes to the biggest Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon in the country, and yesterday it was at the Adam's Mark Hotel on City Avenue. The hotel's ballroom was packed with almost 2,000 people, including the governor, two U.S. senators, a former senator, two congressmen, the mayor, City Council members and a host of other elected and appointed officials, community leaders and corporate hotshots. It was the biggest crowd in the luncheon's 14 years, said its originator and hostess, C. DeLores Tucker.
July 12, 1988 |
Whoever said that nothing comes to sleepers but dreams? It certainly wasn't Barbara Agre, a former grade-school teacher from Newtown Square. A few stolen winks - and the courage to try something new - provided all the impetus she needed to launch a new business. Her company, Brown Bag Seminars, has been called a newfangled brokerage firm. But instead of dealing in stocks or bonds, Agre's products are speeches and lectures. If a company needs someone to train its employees on telephone etiquette, Agre will find that someone.
February 19, 1991 |
Many see The Shops at Liberty Place as a source of new life for Center City. But to the president of the Eden Restaurant Corp., it was "the final nail in the coffin. " Harrison Wood closed the doors to his 11-year-old restaurant on Chestnut Street near 15th a little more than one month after the doors to Center City's new glitzy inner-city mall opened in mid-November. Wood points to many reasons for the drop in business at his restaurant - from the declining economy to increased crime.
December 9, 1989 |
Sen. Arlen Specter had his much-anticipated lunch with Jackie Mason yesterday in Manhattan and emerged with no apparent political damage. "Nobody claims I cost (Rudolph) Giuliani votes," said the comedian, referring to ill-fated remarks he made while backing the losing GOP candidate for Big Apple mayor. "It was a fiction, a bum rap. . . . When I joined, Giuliani was down 20 percent. He lost by 2 percent. " Chimed in Specter, who posed with the comedian and a gaggle of celebs for pictures: "Jackie's speaking for himself.
July 30, 1986 |
The Philadelphia Board of Education refused yesterday to participate in a plan to preserve the operations of Freshie Co. and voted instead to cancel its remaining $3.8 million food-service contracts with the South Philadelphia firm. Freshie is struggling to survive after its conviction earlier this month on federal racketeering charges for bribing four school district employees for help in obtaining an earlier contract. The board awarded the two contracts - for the cold-food portion of meals and for the delivery of all foods - to the Maramont Corp.
June 7, 2000 |
Building is booming in Philadelphia. Throughout the day, jackhammers, bulldozers and hammers buzz, clank and thump, as construction workers build new hotels in Center City, university buildings in West Philadelphia and a performing arts center on Broad Street. At lunchtime, however, the cacophony stops and scores of construction workers sit down for a quick bite, a refreshing sip and a few jokes in the shade. Many tradesmen head for food carts, salad bars and burger chains for their midday repast.