December 3, 1987 |
One of the most famous lines in the contemporary American theater consists of the single word "Water. " It is uttered in the closing moments of The Miracle Worker by the blind and deaf Helen Keller, age 7, and it is the first thing she says clearly in her young life. With water from an outside pump washing over her hands, the word means that she has at last done what her teacher, Annie Sullivan, has been trying to get her to do all along - put the word together with what it stands for. Then and there, Annie Sullivan's triumph has the force of dynamite.
March 12, 1998 |
You think Tattle portrays the late Princess Diana in a saintly light? Looks like canonization is just around the corner. Today, evidence of Di's first miracle! Liz Tilberis, editor of the fashion mag Harper's Bazaar, says Di saved her life. With a touch? With a prayer? No, with a phone call - but hey, it's the '90s. In a new memoir, "No Time to Die," Tilberis recounts her battle with ovarian cancer, and describes a day when she thought the end was near. "After a particularly drastic bout of chemotherapy, my blood cell count simply refused to rise and doctors would not discharge me from the isolation unit, where I was being treated," she wrote.
February 4, 2015 |
There are few true American heroes whose reputations haven't been tarnished with time. Deaf and blind Helen Keller and her indefatigable teacher, Annie Sullivan, are two of them. Media Theatre's production of The Miracle Worker is only the latest to introduce William Gibson's adaptation of Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life , to another generation, but it's a welcome introduction. Gibson's take on the Keller-Sullivan relationship has seen iterations on radio, television, film (three times)
May 5, 2004 |
Mark Twain dubbed Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher, the "Miracle Worker," and the play William Gibson wrote with that name many years later demonstrates just how appropriate a sobriquet Twain coined. When Sullivan, a 20-year-old New Englander, arrived in Alabama in 1887 to take charge of Helen, the 7-year-old child certainly was in need of a miracle. Left deaf and blind by meningitis at the age of 1 1/2, Helen couldn't communicate and was so uncontrollable that her parents were considering institutionalizing her. Yet in a few short weeks, Sullivan managed a communication breakthrough that set Helen on the road to a life of tremendous accomplishment.
November 8, 2001 |
La Salle officials waited to hire a new basketball coach. And waited. They waited 27 days in all before tabbing Billy Hahn, then only five days removed from a trip to the Final Four as the chief assistant at Maryland. They think the wait was worth it, and so does a portion of La Salle's long-suffering fan base. But Hahn doesn't claim any kind of magic. He isn't going to wave a wand and bring an Atlantic Ten Conference championship or an NCAA tournament bid to 20th and Olney in his first year.
October 1, 2010
GIMME FIVE Philadelphia native Arthur Penn died this week, leaving a body of work that moved fluidly between the monumental and the quirky. 1. "Bonnie and Clyde. " (1967) 2. "The Miracle Worker. " (1962) 3. "Alice's Restaurant. " (1969) 4. "Night Moves. " (1975) 5. "Little Big Man. " (1970)
April 5, 1999 |
Dennis Rodman says the Los Angeles Lakers need him to succeed. Some of his teammates aren't so sure. "We can't afford another distraction from him," guard Derek Harper said in this week's edition of Newsweek magazine. "I'm not management, but if it happened again, that would be it. " Rodman has been late for practices and squabbled with coach Kurt Rambis. He also missed four games on a recent road trip because of undisclosed personal reasons. He was ejected Saturday night against Golden State, his two technical fouls increasing his season's total to 11. The rest of the team has 12 technicals.
July 27, 1998 |
Don Sutton, the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, thanked the ballplayers, coaches and managers on the five teams he played for in his 23-year pitching career. He then stared into the audience at his wife, Mary, and their 1-year-old daughter, Jackie, and grappled with the emotion of the moment. "This is what I've wanted all my life," said Sutton, who won 324 games and struck out 3,574. "But as big as this day is, it was all put into perspective a couple of years ago when she [Jackie]
October 24, 2011 |
IT DOESN'T TAKE a brain surgeon to make a man a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. But it definitely helps. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI approved the canonization of the Rev. Luigi Guanella after church officials concluded that prayers to the 19th-century Italian priest led to the miraculous recovery of William "Billy" Glisson Jr., who suffered a brutal head injury while rollerblading in Delaware County in 2002. Without the testimony of Dr. Richard Buonocore, the neurosurgeon who operated on Glisson at Crozer Chester Medical Center, the recovery might not have been attributed to Guanella - a requirement for sainthood.
July 25, 2013 |
THE NEXT TIME people tell me, "Newspapers are dead," I'll tell them about Denise Ferguson. In 2007, the two-story rowhouse attached to hers on Lambert Street in Point Breeze was torn down, all the way to the basement floor, by a developer who then abandoned the project, leaving a deep-holed eyesore. Ferguson convinced a man who'd worked on the property to at least fence it off from the sidewalk, so no one would fall in. It took a year, but the fence finally went up. Problem was, it had an 18-inch gap where it should have met the side wall of Ferguson's house.