April 18, 2013 |
The topic was Cat's Cradle . For an hour, 10 women talked - sometimes over one another - to discuss not just the sci-fi classic by Kurt Vonnegut, but also the Cold War, organized religion, and Central America. They talked about TV shows like House and Game of Thrones , literary characters like Sherlock Holmes, and authors like Jane Austen and William Faulkner. They laughed. A lot. It was a typical book-club meeting for an atypical book club. Ten years ago, at a time when most 8-year-olds were learning fractions, five second-graders were pulled from the playground by their mothers to their first book-club meeting.
April 10, 2013 |
Fred Blume, 72, chairman emeritus of the prestigious Blank Rome law firm in Philadelphia, died Monday, April 8, at his Penn Valley home after a long illness. For several decades, Mr. Blume battled a rare pancreatic tumor, said his wife, Sylvia "Sivy" Blume. Despite his illness, he served as Blank Rome's managing partner and chief executive officer from 2003 to 2006. "He was totally and completely dedicated to Blank Rome," his wife said. Morey Rosenbloom, a longtime friend and partner at the firm, said: "He was a lawyer's lawyer.
March 8, 2013 |
Aaron Shneyer's contribution to mediating conflict in the Middle East began with 12 teens and a jam session in Jerusalem. The Georgetown University graduate brought together a dozen Israeli and Palestinian musicians as part of a Fulbright-mtvU project that used music to foster dialogue and understanding. The result is Heartbeat, a peace-building collaboration that has been exported to the United States and will find its way to Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley on Thursday evening.
November 20, 2012 |
A Yale student from Penn Valley, near Narberth, will head to England to study at Oxford as one of 32 Rhodes scholars named for 2013. David Carel, an economics major, received the scholarship established in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. "I keep sort of checking my phone to see if this actually happened," Carel said Sunday. "It's so hard to believe, I just sort of assume I dreamed the whole thing. " Carel, 21, said he spent much of his undergraduate years studying global health economics, mostly public health, and plans to study comparative social policy.
August 18, 2012 |
Set high on a hill, with its cobblestone driveway and stone facade, one with peaks and changing elevations, it might be a French chalet. And although the Penn Valley home of Jim Hausman and Zofia Laskowska Hausman may be all Normandy countryside in its exterior, inside, it's high-art contemporary - and a perfect setting for romance. It seems altogether fitting then that Zofia, 38, a British-born photographer and documentary filmmaker, and Jim, 45, an entrepreneur with the distinction of rescuing the more-than-90-year-old Center City Swiss Pastry Shop from demise, were actually married - one year after they met face-to-face in London - in this home on New Year's Eve 2010.
June 18, 2012 |
In the 1970s, Dr. Mary Hansen would learn ahead of time what soap opera fans across the nation would have hungered to know — what was up next on All My Children and One Life to Live. "She was a close personal friend of Agnes Nixon," the Main Line creator and script writer of both daytime shows, Dr. Hansen's daughter, Barbara Carper, said. "Agnes would send her the scripts and she would read through them and verify their medical accuracy. " It was not a staff position, but, Carper said, "it was a fun thing, fun for me to brag about it. " Her mother "was very quiet, very reserved," Carper said.
January 15, 2012 |
Herbert S. Wilf, 80, of Penn Valley, emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Saturday, Jan. 7, at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Wilf joined the Penn faculty in 1962. For him, teaching and research were deeply intertwined, his wife, Ruth Tumen Wilf, said. In 1973, Dr. Wilf received Penn's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 1996, he received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for excellence in teaching mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America.
May 14, 2010 |
Elliot Unterberger, 86, of Bala Cynwyd, a lawyer for more than 60 years, died of heart failure Tuesday, May 11, at Saunders House in Wynnewood. Mr. Unterberger graduated from Overbrook High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was very proud that his four sons also graduated from Penn, said a son, Richard. After earning a law degree from Penn in 1948, Mr. Unterberger joined his father's law practice in Center City. He later was associated with several law firms in Philadelphia, specializing in real estate and estate law. He was with Pelino & Lentz in Center City when he retired in 2008.
May 1, 2005 |
The Musumeci brother-and-sister singing sensation are posing with "The Donald" at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Lauren is in a lavender strapless evening gown, Joseph in white tie and tails, both looking relaxed and at home as though sitting for a family portrait, not attending a "billionaire birthday bash" for Donald Trump last June. The operatic wunderkinds from the Main Line can also be found on their own personal Web sites, photographed with celebrities such as Lou Rawls, Tony Orlando and Michael Bolton.
November 18, 2004 |
Edward B. Shils, 89, who was associated with the University of Pennsylvania for nearly 60 years as a student, teacher and administrator, died Sunday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Oct. 31. He lived in Penn Valley. After graduating from Simon Gratz High School in 1933, he enrolled at Penn and earned three degrees in succession: a bachelor's degree in economics in 1936; a master's degree in political science in 1937; and a doctorate in political science in 1940.