August 12, 2014 |
The piece hung over the sofa in Arlen Specter's Capitol office: Framed replicas of the failed U.S. Senate resolution to impeach Bill Clinton, personally signed by all 100 senator/jurors, the House members who prosecuted the case, and members of Clinton's defense team. The meticulous U.S. senator was proud that he had created such a historically significant document, but something nagged at him: "There's one signature we don't have," he told his chief of staff, David Urban. Bill Clinton's.
August 7, 2014 |
Peter A. Luukko, who resigned unexpectedly in December as president and chief operating officer of Comcast-Spectacor, has been named chairman of Philly Sports Holdings L.L.C., an Exton company that distributes sports memorabilia and organizes meet-and-greet events with professional athletes. Luukko, 54, worked closely for a quarter-century with Flyers founder Ed Snider, overseeing the team and serving as a member of the NHL board of governors. He also oversaw Comcast-Spectacor's facility-management business, which runs more than 125 sports arenas, stadiums, and convention centers.
July 22, 2014 |
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kobe Bryant is thinking about his legacy. Not to mention his marketing. As the Lakers star - and Lower Merion High alum - approaches his 36th birthday next month, he's at work on "Kobe Bryant's Muse," a documentary that will air on Showtime this fall. Bryant, who arrived late for his session Friday at the Television Critics Association, joking, "I was out looking for a head coach," said the idea for a film "about who or what has inspired me" grew out of his lying in bed one night, thinking of, "What's going to be the next Nike campaign and what the story's going to be. " (It was his wife, Vanessa, who supplied the word "muse," he said.)
February 23, 2014 |
After his death in 2011, Joe Frazier's children filled a Philadelphia storage unit with the heavyweight champion's personal belongings. They saved an oversize photograph of Frazier's knockdown of Muhammad Ali, a trophy celebrating his 1964 Olympic gold medal, and even the ring ropes and punching bags from Frazier's North Broad Street boxing gym. His 11 children planned to keep the collection for themselves. "But then we thought, what would our father think?" said Frazier's daughter, Weatta Collins.
December 2, 2013 |
Mike Turner nearly forgot about the tiny bedroom closet in his late father-in-law's house. Chick Galloway, a shortstop for nine seasons with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's, had built the house in Clinton, S.C., in 1926, the year Turner was born. Since the former ballplayer's death in 1969, two of Turner's daughters have occupied the Spanish-style dwelling adjacent to Presbyterian College's campus. Now his youngest daughter, in the midst of a divorce, is making plans to sell the longtime family residence.
June 12, 2013 |
THE LAST PLACE Kobe Bryant wants to be right now, besides watching the NBA Finals from home, is New Jersey. Lawyers representing the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said a settlement's been reached in a dispute with his mother, Pamela Bryant, and a South Jersey auction house over a hundred pieces of memorabilia he'd left behind. The results of the settlement are confidential, but Pamela Bryant, who received an advance of $450,000 from Goldin Auctions of West Berlin, Camden County, for her son's memorabilia, issued an official apology over the ordeal along with Kobe's father, Joe. "We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia.
June 3, 2013 |
Hard to resist a basketball metaphor in Kobe Bryant's sports-memorabilia auction case, where the trial ball is moving back and forth across courts, and across the country, at a dizzying pace. Two federal courtrooms, two federal judges, two cases - same issue. Hoopla, not hoops. All that's missing are the nets. On Friday, in Camden, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb set the trial for June 17 in Camden, denying the Los Angeles Lakers star's plea to move the case to California.
May 12, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has won a judge's order that temporarily blocks a Camden County auctioneer from selling memorabilia given it by the basketball great's mother. U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford issued an order Wednesday in Santa Ana, Calif., that blocks Goldin Auctions L.L.C. of Berlin from selling or transferring property, including "basketball jerseys, championship rings, and other sports memorabilia" that Bryant says belongs to him. Goldin said in court papers that it expected to sell the items for more than $1 million and had advanced Pamela Bryant $450,000.
May 10, 2013 |
Memo to Mom: Don't sell my stuff, and by the way, it's not yours to sell. That, in essence, is the message in court papers filed Wednesday by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in response to a federal lawsuit by a Camden County auction house that is seeking to sell basketball memorabilia mainly from Bryant's youth. The items are being sold on behalf of his mother, Pamela. "I never told my mother that she could have my personal property, let alone consign it for public auction," wrote Bryant, who was drafted into the NBA directly out of Lower Merion High School.
May 4, 2013
An incorrect photo accompanied a story about the band Parquet Courts and band member Austin Brown in the Weekend section Friday. A current photo of Brown and the group appears above. A story Friday misstated the value of Kobe Bryant sports memorabilia planned for an auction in June. His items would fetch at least $1 million, according to an auction expert, out of a possible auction total of $2.5 million. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)