June 4, 2012
WHEN POPE John Paul II spent two days in Philadelphia in October 1979, more than a million people turned out to see and cheer him. Daily News editorial writers, caught in the spirit of the occasion, abandoned politics, city-budget problems, crime and the other usual subjects of their wise analysis, and waxed eloquent over the Pontiff's visit. Here are some excerpts: "The triumphant visit of Pope John Paul II was one of Philadelphia's finest hours. No matter what part of the city you live in, no matter whether you are a Catholic or not, you couldn't help but be swept away by the excitement, the emotion and the air of exhilaration that cradled this city for 48 hours.
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.
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.
May 13, 2013 |
Philadelphians were clearly tired of the Civil War in the days leading up to the invasion. They read regular newspaper accounts of Union setbacks and horrific battlefield losses while wounded soldiers filled their hospitals and fresh military units clogged the streets. To escape, some attended the stage adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin at the Continental Theatre; others took in the play Peep O'Day at the New Chestnut Street Theatre or caught a concert by Birgfeld's popular German military band in Fairmount Park.
September 25, 2012
Chattanooga, Tenn., is trying to lure techies with financial incentives, but some Philadelphians are not impressed. Business, A14.
September 19, 2014 |
Take 100 Philadelphians drawn from every age group, ethnicity, and neighborhood, put them on a theater stage, and have them share stories about their lives. Sheer madness? Pure cacophony? Try a piece of cutting-edge theater. And a fascinating one at that. Called 100% Philadelphia , the FringeArts production will stage three performances, Friday through Sunday, at Temple Performing Arts Center. And yes, each will be an evening of storytelling, show-and-tells, and audience Q&As featuring 100 ordinary Philadelphians ranging in age from 2 months to 81 years.
February 1, 2012 |
Once, when Underground Railroad agent extraordinaire John Fairfield ran out of money to take runaway slaves to Canada, he turned to Philadelphia for help, surely aware of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee's success in aiding fugitives. Unfamiliar with him, committee members telegraphed Underground Railroad agents in Cincinnati, who vouched for Fairfield, a white Virginian who is believed to have led several thousand blacks to freedom. The Philadelphians gave Fairfield cash for the wigs and powder that would allow a group of light-skinned blacks to look white and flee to Canada.
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.