December 15, 2004
Like any great fairy tale or Disney movie, the heart-warming story about the North Philadelphia Aztecs has an enduring moral: All you need is an opportunity, and your greatness can surface. The Aztecs had the talent. Their adult leaders had the faith and spirit. But the lacked the money, which often is a cultural synonym for opportunity, and couldn't afford to travel to Orlando -- until Southwest Airlines donated round-trips. You know the story. The Aztecs flew to Disney World, beat the Huntington Beach (Calif.
July 18, 1986 |
Yo, Ron Baron. Has Philadelphia got a deal for you. People are wondering why you don't drop your takeover bid for Strawbridge & Clothier and stroll down Market Street to Wanamaker's. Figured we'd answer them. First, of course, you've already got a head start on Strawbridge's, with you and your family owning about 120,000 shares of S&C stock. Then there's the point about growth and profits. Strawbridge & Clothier has been consistently profitable and is growing nicely, with sales projected to hit $1 billion by 1990.
December 24, 1989
NOT JUST FIRST, BUT BEST We meet here this afternoon in this historic church to pay tribute to Sadie T. M. Alexander for reasons more profound than ordinarily exist in memorial services . . . . Though we are proud of her many firsts, it would be deceptive if we noted merely those attainments where she became the first black or the first woman to overcome formidable barriers. . . . What is more important is that, after she achieved coveted opportunities, she performed with such excellence, fidelity, integrity and wisdom that thereafter, no one could question whether blacks or women were ready for the demanding professional challenges that lay ahead.
July 22, 2010 |
Haddonfield law firm Archer & Greiner P.C. announced Thursday that Christopher Gibson, chairman of the firm's litigation department, has been elected president of the firm, effective Oct. 1. He will succeed Gary J. Lesneski, who has accepted a position as general counsel of the Cooper Health System in Camden. Gibson, a member of Archer & Greiner's board of directors, said he planned along with other managers to continue the firm's efforts to expand in the region. In January, the 175-lawyer firm said it had hired former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham.
February 15, 1991 |
Nobody ever figured to see Overbrook High's Isaiah "Reese" Montgomery, on a two-on-one fastbreak romp, actually pass to a teammate. Least of all Montgomery. The best part of living is learning, however. And what Montgomery has learned is, it's no fun being a human tackling dummy. This season, dropping off a pass to a teammate has made more sense than having to absorb a karate chop across the chest at the hoops equivalent of 30,000 feet. Or a shove into the wall behind the basket.
August 8, 2010
Brad Lidge retired the side in order a week ago in Washington and again Wednesday night in South Florida. He finished off a sweep of the Marlins on Thursday and registered his eighth save in nine chances by getting the final out Friday against the Mets. That was a good sign for the Phillies' pursuit of history, because history tells us that without an effective closer you don't have a snowball's chance in August of winning the World Series. Lidge and the Phillies proved a year ago that you can reach the Fall Classic with an unreliable closer, but you can't finish the job without the right man to finish the job. So even as the Phillies try to survive the perpetual sequence of debilitating injuries that have dogged them since their home opener in April, the elephant in the room remains the man in charge of getting the final three outs.
February 12, 1986 |
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), without a vote or an announcement, has abandoned the use of hiring goals and timetables in settlements with private employers accused of race and sex discrimination. By doing that, one of the most effective means of providing better opportunities in the work force for blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women has been squandered. Now, as a matter of practice, private employers may return to their old ways of denying equal opportunities to huge numbers of Americans based on race, color, ethnicity and sex. If America is to be a white, male-dominated society, why doesn't someone in authority stand up and say it?
February 15, 1999 |
I have read with great interest the varying opinions on the effect legalized gaming may have on Pennsylvania and its citizenry. As former director of public relations for Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, I can offer some perspective: In addition to the nearly half-billion dollars projected in tax revenues for education and community programs, gaming companies also rank among the best corporate neighbors - donating money, resources, meeting...
February 22, 2007 |
Many say my decision to become a Philadelphian was unusual. They note that most transplants move here for work and only then fall in love with the city, but I took a different route before driving my U-Haul along Broad Street. I had often thought about leaving my native state of Georgia, and I decided the time was right to find another city to call home shortly after my father and best friend died unexpectedly. I sought vibrant street life, a walkable commute, cultural opportunities, an urban lifestyle, a sense of living history, a fun nightlife, and greater career opportunities.