August 2, 1986 |
Just over a week ago, I was in San Francisco atop a 22-story building that was under construction. Earlier in the day, I watched a number of hardhats using a crane to lift heavy sections of concrete which formed the building's "skin. " The building is called The Portman and is just across from The Donatello, one of America's great hotels. Fascinated, I watched the workers and discovered in myself a strong desire to join in, or at least to examine the frame they had constructed.
September 19, 2010 |
If you saw Todd Herremans at Eagles training camp, odds are you also saw Jamaal Jackson. The two linemen rehabilitated injuries together, apart from their healthy teammates. They invariably left the Lehigh locker rooms in unison, the brawny Herremans often wearing a flat-brimmed baseball cap, "Jack" in an oversize T-shirt. They were supposed to be together on the field, too, Herremans at left guard, Jackson immediately to his right at center, a pair the Eagles hoped would be as impenetrable as they were inseparable.
February 9, 1999 |
Andy Hackstaff is eagerly looking forward to the day when he can work at a real job and bring home a paycheck for his efforts. The 24-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and mild retardation, spends his days in the adult day-care center at Brian's House Enterprises - the newest facility of Brian's House Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with developmental and/or physical disabilities. The center opened in early December but will hold its official grand opening tomorrow.
July 31, 2001 |
OK, kids, so you can't shoot a rubber band farther than the 99 feet that Leo Clouser shot one in Wyomissing in 1999. And you can't grow a pumpkin heavier than the one Gerry Checkon grew in Altoona that weighed 1,131 pounds. And your shoes aren't bigger than the 28.5 size worn by Matthew McGrory. Don't despair. You, too, can get into the "Guinness Book of World Records. " All you have to do is join in on the creation of a 25-by-32-foot logo for the X Games, coming here Aug. 17-22, using Lego blocks.
August 12, 2010 |
Reviewing the news from the last two weeks during which I was enjoying a Cape Cod vacation, I've been gripped by the story of 10 medical aid workers murdered last week in Afghanistan. This human tragedy provides some insights that may surprise you about the prospects for progress in the Afghan war. The aid team, six of whom were Americans, was attacked while returning from an arduous trip to a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan where they provided medical services to Afghan villagers.
June 30, 2008
Using an outrageous loophole in state law, many wealthy New Jersey communities have for years avoided providing more affordable housing by paying off poorer towns to shoulder the responsibility. The practice has shamefully made New Jersey one of the most economically segregated states in the country, with high concentrations of poverty in its urban centers. Thankfully, the Legislature took a step toward changing that last week by approving an overhaul of New Jersey's housing policies.
August 21, 1987 |
The International Olympic Committee is considering a proposal that would open the Olympics to all competitors, including professionals, by the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain. Such an action conceivably would make NBA players available to the United States for international basketball competitions such as the Olympics and the Pan American Games. But before you get carried away by the thought of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan laying waste to the Soviet Union and Cuba, be advised that the United States Basketball Federation is opposed to the inclusion of pros on national teams.
August 25, 1989 |
I was chatting on the phone with Oleg Bernov, a Soviet actor friend of mine who's visiting Los Angeles, when it suddenly hit me that our conversation was revolutionary. It had nothing to do with what we were saying. The astonishing part was that we were talking at all. Bernov, 25, a member of the small, relatively new Harlequin theater troupe in Moscow, is traveling around America on his own. Until very recently that would have been impossible. Soviet citizens need official permission to travel abroad, and most used to journey only in groups.
December 27, 2001 |
He helped convince hundreds of technology companies that Kansas was the ideal place to call "home. " Now, Richard A. Bendis is trying to do the same for Philadelphia. "I hate to lose," Bendis said. "I want Philadelphia to be recognized globally as one of the most innovative and knowledge-oriented communities in the world. " Bendis, 55, began work this month as chief executive officer of Innovation Philadelphia, a public-private initiative uniting the mayor's office, big business, and the city's universities to make the area more attractive to high-tech and life-sciences companies and start-ups.
September 16, 2001 |
Linda and Larry Morris of Voorhees have turned what was once a 19th-century Baptist chapel in Marlton into a gallery brimming with one-of-a-kind artwork and exotic plants. The couple, she a former retail analyst and he a bond analyst, began transforming the chapel, most recently a stereo store, into Masterpiece Crafts Gallery & Gardens in 1999. The formal opening is set for Wednesday. "It's been a labor of love," Linda Morris said. For the last year, she has been traveling the country looking for artists whose work would realize the Morrises' vision for the gallery.