March 23, 2014 |
I could easily dismiss Laughter on the 23rd Floor as harmless nostalgia. Neil Simon's 1993 play takes place in 1953, when he and "the finest writing staff in the history of TV" produced the weekly sketches for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows . Simon's semiautobiographical piece, now at Bristol Riverside Theatre, disguises or blends the main players: He renames himself Lucas Brickman (Jason Silverman), Caesar becomes Max Prince (David Edwards), and Mel Brooks turns up as Ira Stone (Ben Lloyd)
March 24, 2013
Taking up Church's chalk Like art critic Edward Sozanski, I, too, am mourning the loss of long-time Barnes Foundation instructor Barton Church ("Sic Transit Gloria Merion," March 17). I knew Church because of my Barnes studies: first in Violette de Mazia's class, then in Angelo Pinto's, and finally many years later in his own class, "Traditions. " By that point, I was teaching for the Violette de Mazia Foundation and serving as its education director. Church encouraged me in class and on Sundays, when we were at the foundation preparing for our next class.
March 19, 2013 |
When the Philadelphia Electric Co. hired my father as an engineer in 1946, little did the freshly minted graduate of Tufts University and the Navy V-12 program realize that he had hit the jackpot. For the next 41 years, he and his wife would prosper from a rarity today: remarkable job stability, regular salary increases, and gold-standard benefits that enabled them - on a single "family wage" - to raise five children and send them to college. Moreover, his coveted compensation package was graced with a defined-benefit pension and health-care coverage at retirement for him and my mom, including survivor's benefits after he passed away.
November 12, 2012 |
President Obama may have scored a narrow victory Tuesday night, barely winning 50 percent of the popular vote. Yet his squeaker of a triumph not only represents a bigger loss for the Party of Lincoln, but also offers a critically important lesson. Republicans and their standard bearer, Mitt Romney, were confident of consigning Obama to the same ash heap as the failed Jimmy Carter presidency. But Election Day hit them like a ton of bricks. Extending the tragic reversal of their three landslides in the 1980s, the GOP failed for the fifth time in six presidential elections to capture the vote of the people.
July 21, 2009 |
Walter Cronkite was born in Missouri and educated in Texas, and he grew up to become the most trusted man in America by a vote of his countrymen. He was a man with many sides: sailor, race-car driver, bon vivant, and, most of all, journalist and role model to so many of us who shared his profession. For more than half a century, Cronkite was in the middle of the biggest stories of his time. He covered World War II on bombing runs out of England and on the ground at the Battle of the Bulge for United Press, the clickety-clack, news-bulletin wire service that formed his journalistic sensibilities for the rest of his career.
October 19, 2004 |
Please allow me to introduce myself: I am the middle. My annual income places me in the middle of the middle class. I am married and have four children - two school-aged, two gaining fast. I recently turned 40 and am now considered middle-aged, though I hope to stick around a bit longer. Though I do not live in Middle America, I do live in New Jersey, which is a Middle Atlantic state. I work 45 hours or so a week and enjoy my job most of the time. I am happy to have my health almost as much as I am happy to have my health benefits.
January 27, 2002 |
What makes the American woman tick? American men don't know what makes any woman tick. The American culture can never figure out who its favorite daughter - homemaker, CEO, sex bomb, scientist - is supposed to be. The American woman herself, all 140 million examples of her, seems to have a different idea of her identity about every 10 minutes. So here you have this pageant, with pages of rules that specifically categorize the qualities it seeks in a woman. And the woman it chooses every year is flamboyantly and repeatedly declared, in one of the most annoyingly memorable songs of all time, to be "our ideal.
September 14, 2000 |
A friend's e-mail got me thinking. "I guess Gore's vision is that now that his boss 'ended welfare as we know it' for the underclass, he will institute welfare as we have never known it for the rest of us," he writes. Of course, this is exactly what Al Gore is trying to do. Gore's economic proposals - everything from prescription drug benefits for the elderly to new programs to train women for high-tech jobs - are nothing more than a new welfare state for the middle class. And, apparently, a lot of Americans, especially women, like the idea, if recent polls are any indicator.
December 15, 1997 |
Betting that a strong economy will continue to pump up government revenues and quickly eliminate federal budget deficits, Republicans in Congress are laying the groundwork for election-year tax cuts in 1998. The possibilities include more breaks for married couples and investors, tax-sheltered education accounts that would help parents send children to private schools, and a new idea: middle-class income tax reduction. "I am committed to a strong effort for another tax-reduction bill next year," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer (R., Texas)
April 27, 1997 |
At 9 o'clock Wednesday night, Marie Summers and her friends will gather around a television in her Old City apartment to watch a show whose lead character is very much like them - single, female and gay. "When I was growing up in South Philly, the people on TV didn't look like anybody I knew," said the 46-year-old printer. "I didn't know any men who went to work in a suit like on Father Knows Best and Donna Reed. When All in the Family came on, I understood that. They were more like the people I knew than anything I had seen up until then.