March 31, 2016 |
She won an Oscar at 16 for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker , but for fans of a certain age - and those who caught her 1963-66 show decades later on Nick at Nite - Patty Duke will always be Patty and Cathy Lane. "One pair of matching bookends, different as night and day," they were the "identical cousins" of The Patty Duke Show , their differences reportedly inspired by cocreator Sidney Sheldon's having noticed different sides to the young star's personality. Decades later, she was diagnosed as bipolar.
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)
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.
November 12, 2012 |
As if it wasn't already clear, the Eagles confirmed Sunday that their season is beyond the point of repair. If the last hope of the hopeless, the untested rookie quarterback, can't turn things around and write a storybook ending to the season, then the Eagles will remain locked in the nonfiction aisle. And the facts there aren't pretty. Through no fault of his own, Nick Foles - the 6-foot-6 backup quarterback who had become a favorite for some fans simply because he isn't Michael Vick and because he hadn't yet failed - was forced to take part in the disaster that is the 2012 season.
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.
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)
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.
April 21, 2002 |
Wendy Greer turned the sheet on the flip chart to reveal these words, written large for the class: "Every human being has a great, yet often unknown, gift to care, to be compassionate, to become present to the other, to listen, to hear, and to receive. If that gift would be set free and made available, miracles could take place. " Greer recited the words carefully, then said to her 35 listeners, "Everyone here today can be a miracle worker. . . . We are sent as beloved children of God to be ministers.
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.
January 2, 2001 |
When the bell rings at Penn Wood East Junior High School, the halls are filled with chatter, laughter, roving teens - and Pat Alford. "You've got three minutes to get to your next class. Now, get moving," Alford warmly advises the throngs passing through the corridors between class periods. "And take that gum out of your mouth!" In August, Alford, 49, became assistant principal of Penn Wood East, one of two junior high schools in the William Penn district. Now, every day, she talks with parents, advises students, commiserates with teachers, and strolls the hallways to maintain direct contact with the school's 700 students.