January 1, 1992 |
During World War II, when Frank Binswanger Sr. was 40 - "over-age and overweight," as he put it - he enlisted in the Army "to inspire Jews" and emerged with the rank of colonel. His nationwide real estate firm assembled the Penn Center office complex in the '5Os and helped develop the Independence Mall area in the '70s. For more than 40 years, as Philadelphia's official goodwill ambassador, he roamed the globe touting his native city. He was a cantankerous, egotistical ball of energy who believed there was nothing he couldn't accomplish if he set his mind to it. By the time he died he had flown over both the North and South Poles and toured China with his grandchildren, had induced the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to take charge of the now world-famous Philadelphia Flower Show, had driven the expansion of the Civic Center and the restoration of the Fairmount Park houses and the Japanese House and Garden, and had helped create the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
October 28, 1992 |
Those cartons of chickens and ducks on ice - Lester Halteman shows them off proudly. He slaughtered them himself this morning at his Souderton farm, just as his father did before him. At her century-old family grocery, Noelle Margerum sells wild rice, red lentils, jalapeno jelly and "Pregnancy Tea" to Philadelphians and out-of- towners. She's been prowling its aisles ever since she could walk, she says. Robert L. Moyer never thought he'd go into the pork and poultry products business.
September 6, 2012 |
OK, so Phillies fans have had to endure a long, tough summer, one in which their expectations turned out to be as inflated as the bullpen ERA. The sellout streak ended. So too, almost certainly, will the postseason streak. Two of the team's aces - Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay - never got going. And on a few now notorious occasions, neither did Jimmy Rollins, who gave new meaning to baseball's "dog" days. There was little relief from the misery. Nothing but misery from the relief corps.
April 8, 2013 |
Like most Philadelphia natives, I know the sound of a Philadelphia accent: "So I tollum straight up, 'Yo, Paulie, your sister's wit me. And we're gawna ride widges down-ashore or this car don't make it past Pashunk Avenue!' " And like most Philadelphia natives, I don't hear any accent in my voice when ordering kawfee at the Melrose or wooder ice at Rita's. Yanohwaddamean? Seriously, me? An accent? Fuhgeddaboudit. Nevertheless, I was disturbed by the recent headline "The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent" in the Atlantic magazine's online site, theatlanticcities.com.
August 25, 2010 |
Mike Monteiro grew up in Olney and attended Holy Child on North Broad, Central, Temple's Tyler School of Art. Then, as many creative types are wont to do, he fled West. In California, the Web designer noticed people are, well, different. They adopt a decidedly more placid approach to life in the Golden State. At the DMV, which can bring out the ornery in people and Philadelphians in particular, the San Francisco clerk inquired: "Why are you so angry?" To which Monteiro answered, "I'm not angry, I'm from Philly.
March 2, 2015 |
When Philadelphia's next mayor takes the oath of office inside the glittering Academy of Music, he or she should have a plan to help the city residents who cannot afford to attend a concert, don't have enough food to eat, and do not expect life to get better for them or their children. The next mayor will lead the poorest among the nation's 10 biggest cities. More than a quarter of its 1.5 million residents live in poverty. Thirty-nine percent of its children are poor. There are programs to help, but too many people don't know they qualify.
September 25, 2012
Chattanooga, Tenn., is trying to lure techies with financial incentives, but some Philadelphians are not impressed. Business, A14.
July 29, 1999 |
With 75,000 gallons of water, you could: Give 12-ounce glasses of water to 100,000 thirsty Philadelphians. Brush your teeth 75,000 times. Run the clothes washer 2,143 times. Flush an old toilet 21,428 times. Shower 1,071 sweaty Philadelphians for 10 minutes each. Take 3,000 bubble baths. Run a dishwasher 7,500 times. Hose off the pavement continuously for eight straight days.
February 27, 2008
RE BYKOFSKY on Obama: Your last two sentences were right on point, sir: "Finally, as president, he can help heal America's historic racial wounds, which are our most stubborn and painful and difficult to admit. Even in Pennsylvania. " Hopefully, you can help your fellow writers (black and white), and Philadelphians in giving them a little more insight. Dennis Dozier, Philadelphia
April 17, 2001
First Union Corp. is changing its name to Wachovia following the latest bank merger. This can only make F.U. Center officials happy, for the obvious reasons. Still, how long will it take before Philadelphians - who love their nicknames - to rename the stadium the Wacko? Not long at all.