March 17, 2016 |
Customers crowded Ott's Camera shop on Castor Avenue for the final time last weekend, drawn by the 50 percent off sign in the front window. Some were longtime customers, some were photographers looking for a deal. And others wandered in, combing through the frames, greeting cards, and DVDs that remained. "It's a giant job, cleaning a place up after 68 years," said owner Bob Ott, 69. Ott's, known in Northeast Philadelphia for its retro storefront and large neon sign, is closing, following a trend of many older businesses shutting down on Castor Avenue in Oxford Circle, Castor Gardens and Rhawnhurst.
May 1, 2015 |
MANY PEOPLE look at the moon and think, isn't that pretty. Louis Diodoro looked at the moon and said, "Let's go there!" Louis was an aeronautical engineer with General Electric for nearly 30 years, working on many key aspects of America's space exploration. His department designed and built the nose cones for the rockets that, in 1961, first sent a chimp into space, and then in July 1969 - the culmination of an aeronautical engineer's dream- sent Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon in the Apollo 11 program.
October 14, 2014 |
On a cold-snap Saturday night in a crowded, airtight, windowless Boot & Saddle, Allo Darlin' brought some breeze and brightness. They couldn't help it. With three albums (including the just-released We Come From the Same Place ), the Anglo Australian quartet has experience at crafting sweetly sunny, smart pop with innocent yet contemplative lyrics whose hard jangle and flittering flights of funky fancy are reminiscent of Scotland's Orange Juice. But this band's chiming, charming vocals and effervescent, experiential lyrics come not from a wonky Scot but from Australian singer/ukulele player Elizabeth Morris, a fresh-faced, pixie-haired lass whose light, sharp alto is as open as her expression of glee - often in the lively embrace of sad-eyed bewilderment.
December 28, 2012 |
Our losses remind us of all we've had, all the wonderful people who have moved, are moving, and will move among us. So here's a review of our human blessings, lives completed in 2012, lives that will stay with us for thankful years to come. We can't mention all - such are the riches. A local moment. This town and state lost huge names that cast much light. Longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno , 85, passed in the midst of scandal. Dick Clark , 82, host of American Bandstand , will see the ball descend this year - but a long way off from Times Square.
September 4, 2012
By David Rothkopf The lodge at Camp Skoglund was an A-frame, red with white trim. It was the center of activity at the boys' camp, and on the night of July 20, 1969, it was unusually quiet. On most nights, the counselors would play music. Cream was popular that summer, and Iron Butterfly. Many of us would tap into our snack accounts to buy orange sodas and chips, and play games or just goof around. But on this night, everyone sat on the floor in a semicircle as a counselors fiddled with the rabbit-ear antenna on a black-and-white television as we squinted to discern Walter Cronkite's familiar face in the static.
September 3, 2012
Melissa Farkouh is a board member of the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove, and director of institutional advancement at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, home of the grove Sometimes, stories of heroism and hope begin with something as simple as a one-inch sugar packet. And memories of one such packet were stirred last weekend, with the death of Neil Armstrong, 82, commander of Apollo 11 and the first man to walk on the moon. As Armstrong's place in history was being discussed, so many stories began with people talking about where they were July 20, 1969, watching as Armstrong took that "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
September 1, 2012 |
CINCINNATI - Neil Armstrong was a humble hero who saw himself as a team player and never capitalized on his celebrity as the first man to walk on the moon, mourners said Friday outside a private service attended by fellow space pioneers, including his two crewmates on the historic Apollo 11 mission. Hundreds of people attended a closed service for Armstrong Friday at a private club in suburban Cincinnati. A national memorial service has been scheduled for Sept. 12 in Washington, although no other details have been released on the service or burial plans for Armstrong.
August 30, 2012
Once upon a time, a man walked on the moon. He climbed down the ladder onto lunar soil, the first human being ever to do so. "That's one small step for [a] man," he famously said, "one giant leap for mankind. " It was one of history's greatest feats, and we had done it, we Americans. That man died Saturday of complications from a cardiovascular procedure. Neil Armstrong, a Korean War fighter pilot from small-town Ohio, was 82. He never spoke much about what he had done, shied away from publicity, never even wrote a memoir.
August 27, 2012 |
Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi gave birth to her first child, a boy, Sunday. The reality star and her fiance, Jionni LaValle , welcomed 6-pound, 5-ounce Lorenzo Dominic LaValle just before 3 a.m. at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. "The world just got another Guido!!!," a Polizzi rep told MTV. "Nicole, Jionni & Enzo are doing great!" MTV congratulated Polizzi and LaValle and looked toward the newborn's possible appearance on Jersey Shore . "We couldn't be happier for Nicole and Jionni on the healthy delivery of their baby boy!"
July 20, 2009 |
THIS MIGHT BE a way to stimulate the economy and the nation, too: Let's go back into space. Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto a celestial body other than Earth. It was an expensive trip - some estimates put the cost of reaching the moon at $24 billion ($151 billion in today's dollars). What did the U.S. accomplish by this feat? First, we beat the Soviets. Second, we met President Kennedy's goal of landing a man on the moon before 1970.