December 25, 1991 |
It started out as a novelty stocking stuffer but just may turn out to be the collectible of the season. The item: a white No. 2 pencil with gold lettering, printed up by Kitty Bayh, wife of former Indiana senator Birch Bayh. The inscription: "I Believe Her. " "I had them printed up after the Clarence Thomas hearings, not even thinking about the William Kennedy Smith trial," Bayh said. "I should have put 'I believe Anita' on them. " But the pencils are proving versatile since Smith's acquittal on rape charges filed by Patricia Bowman.
July 10, 2000 |
The most valuable truths about economics and liberty can be found in a lowly lead pencil. When my children are old enough, I will read them a classic little essay by the late philosopher Leonard E. Read that turns a mundane writing instrument into an elementary lesson about free-market capitalism. "I, Pencil" teaches what left-wing fossils on college campuses to this day refuse to admit: Governments and bureaucrats don't make what people want and need. They only get in the way. It is individuals, cooperating peacefully and voluntarily, working together without mandate or central design, who produce the world's goods and services.
October 26, 1992 |
Lew Trowbridge is a big, bear of a man with a ready smile, the build of a former college football player and a stock of trivia culled from steady Jeopardy! viewing. The New Jersey State Police detective has been a road trooper, a narcotics officer and a training academy gun-range instructor. But, for the last 11 years, his weapon of choice has been a slim, silver mechanical pencil. With that pencil, Trowbridge - one of the state police's two composite artists - has helped track down some of the region's most notorious criminals: John List, who murdered his entire family in Westfield in 1971 and then disappeared for 18 years before being caught.
November 16, 1993 |
In a small corner room on the second floor of a home on Aldwyn Lane, the future takes its shape in pencil-traced outlines on sketching paper. Following a simple command, "Miguel is hanging upside down, ropes coiled around his body," Rick Leonardi creates a dark image of a bound man dangling above a crowd of angry, futuristic people carrying swords and other weapons. The image, a rough sketch, still transmits his image of an anti-utopia where Miguel O'Hara takes the place of the original Spiderman, Peter Parker, to fight larger-than-life evil dudes in the comic book series Spiderman 2099.
November 10, 1999 |
In a PTA meeting at the Haviland Avenue School last night, school officials defended their response to a September pencil-stabbing incident that sent a sixth grader to a doctor. Some Haviland parents had complained that Audubon school officials kept them in the dark about the incident and meted out a weak punishment. Police were not immediately notified of the incident, and the boy who jabbed the pencil was given an hour of detention and a one-day, in-school suspension. Audubon officials, while saying they recognized the public's concern about school violence in the year of the Columbine school slayings, called the stabbing an isolated incident and said their disciplinary actions were appropriate.
February 3, 2000 |
Back when Harvey Pollack first started his gig keeping statistics for Philadelphia's National Basketball Association franchise, things were about as low-tech as they come. It was the late 1940s, and Eddie Gottlieb, the owner of the Philadelphia Warriors, often did not have the proverbial two nickels to rub together. But Pollack always found an extra pencil and paper to mark down the shots, rebounds, and assorted other stats that he could gather during the games. It has been his mission since.
January 4, 2005
If you missed it in Saturday's paper, the Editorial Board's 2004 Year-in-Review Crossword Puzzle can be found online at inquirer.philly.com/ opinion/. Click on "Philly Year-in-Review Puzzle, 2004", make a printout, and put pencil to puzzle. Entries must be postmarked by tomorrow. Send them to The Inquirer Editorial Board, c/o Carolyn Davis, P.O. Box 41705, Philadelphia, 19101.
February 7, 1987 |
An elderly Northeast Philadelphia woman lost her life savings of $30,000 yesterday when two women talked their way into her home and took the money from a bedroom drawer, police said. The 86-year-old woman, who lived with a sister in the Oxford Circle section, had withdrawn the money from a bank so she could have it readily available when she needed to pay doctor bills, police said. Detective Kenneth Biddle of the Northeast Detective Division said the incident was the largest theft in more than a half-dozen similar crimes in which elderly Northeast residents have been bilked out of money in the last four months.
April 20, 2007
Written and directed by Mike White. With Molly Shannon, Regina King, Josh Pais, John C. Reilly, Peter Sarsgaard. 1 hour, 37 mins. PG-13 (mature themes, profanity) Distributed by Paramount Vantage. In Year of the Dog , Molly Shannon, button-eyed and purse-lipped, resembles Julia Louis-Dreyfus' wan sister, earnest rather than ironic, timid rather than bold. What animates Peggy (Shannon) is . . . animals. Specifically her beagle. Pencil and Peggy are the perfect couple, an ideal of mutual understanding.
April 24, 1989 |
Initiative is a wonderful quality, part of what made America great. For example, there used to be a Chicago cop on the South Side who made a practice of carrying a couple of dozen wood pencils in his pocket while on duty. When he stopped a motorist for a traffic violation, he would explain the seriousness of the offense. Then, in a friendly manner, he would say: "I have three kinds of pencils which I sell - a $5 pencil, a $10 pencil and a $25 pencil. " Depending on the degree of the violation, he would then tell the motorist what kind of pencil was appropriate.