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July 18, 2008 | By ERIN FOX
AS A 15-year-old girl, I think WAY too much. You can ask anyone who knows me, and they'll tell you just that. So when someone tells me something and expects a simple response, they won't get it from me. I perceive things differently from the way most teenagers would. It can occasionally be annoying, but on the other hand, it also allows me to see things for what they really are. Thus, the stories my grandfather has been telling me my entire life are much more than just entertainment.
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November 16, 1986 | By Vanessa Herron, Inquirer Staff Writer
Herbert Margolies, 76, who was a beloved character in a best-selling book by his daughter, Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, died Friday at Graduate Hospital. He lived at Kennedy House in the 1900 block of JFK Boulevard. Mr. Margolies was known as "Pop-pop" in They Came to Stay, a book Mezvinsky wrote about her successful effort to become the first single American woman to adopt a foreign-born child. "Truly, people still walk up to me today and ask, 'How's Pop-pop?' " Mezvinsky, a former WCAU-TV reporter who is now with WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., said yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The Visit , from Chester County's resident trickster M. Night Shyamalan, is Hansel and Gretel with a shaky cam. It's a "found-footage" scare pic, a slow-build affair with a few gags, in which a teenage brother and sister hop the train from Philadelphia to spend a week in the country with the grandparents they've never met. How can that be? Mom (Kathryn Hahn), seen mostly communicating via Skype in Shyamalan's low-budget thriller, left home when she was 19. Estrangement followed.
NEWS
September 2, 1993 | By Gail Gibson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John Chester Krier, a New Hanover man charged with sexually assaulting young boys who considered him a family friend, has been sentenced to six to 15 years in state prison. Krier, 38, known as "Pop Pop" to the boys, was sentenced Monday by Montgomery County Court Judge Stanley R. Ott. After the hearing, as the boys scrambled around the courthouse halls, their mothers said they were relieved by the sentence. Assistant District Attorney Thomas C. Egan 3d, who prosecuted the case, called it one of the worst he had ever seen - saying it was worse than that of former Shawmont Elementary School music teacher Gregory J. DiFonzo.
NEWS
May 24, 2009 | By Bill Lyon
"Pop-Pop," said the youngest grandson, "I'm writing about you for my school project. " Pop-Pop felt a warm rush. The lad hadn't picked Washington to write about. Or Lincoln. Or Franklin. Or even Wolverine of the X-Men. No, sir, he was writing about Pop-Pop. His Pop-Pop. And what, pray tell, were the criteria for the bestowing of such a high honor? "I'm supposed to write about the oldest person I know. " Pop-Pop hoped the lad couldn't hear the hissing air escaping from the deflated balloon.
NEWS
November 26, 2004
She gives thanks for grandfather, his service This year I am thankful for many things, but most of all for my grandfather Charles Robert Thompson. He is a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific as a corpsman on the Pensacola and other ships. He was at sea during Pearl Harbor while my grandmother and their toddler (my mother) were on land. And he watched as the Yorktown was destroyed and sank. On Memorial Day, our whole family celebrated the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington with Pop-Pop.
SPORTS
June 11, 2012
He said, "Doc, I want to live long enough to see the Eagles win another championship. " My grandfather winced. He said this for my benefit. I knew the Eagles weren't tops on his list of favorite sports teams, but he had remembered I covered the team. It sounded like the right thing to say for a Philadelphia sports fan battling age and science. He asked the doctor for two more years. He got three weeks. He sucked the marrow out of 96 years. Jerome J. Bilbee of Fox Chase died May 30. The end wasn't befitting a man who towered both literally and figuratively over my life.
NEWS
November 9, 2000
When: First Tuesday in November, 2020. Where: The suburbs. "Kobe! Gwynneth! Get up right now. You know Mommy has to stop at the church to vote on the way to taking you to school. " "Awwwww, Mom. Do you have to? Letitia says voting is so lame; they're all crooks and it's all about the money, and there's no difference between Santorum and Jesse Jr. anyhow. " "Gwynneth Faulkner, I never heard such nonsense. Kobe, sit here by your sister. Now listen to me, both of you. I'm going to tell you about the election of 2000.
NEWS
August 19, 2009 | By KITTY CAPARELLA, caparek@phillynews.com 215-854-5880
The mourners knew it wasn't Tex. Nearly everyone who passed the silver casket at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church yesterday morning whispered to each other. That's not Tex, they said. But the corpse was wearing his blue suit and black boots. The late Kenneth "Tex" Roberts, 80, who died Monday of a heart attack, was a jovial, mustached, retired tractor-trailer driver who loved to tell jokes, play cards and help people when they were down. On Monday night, Roberts' wife, Janie Holsey, and others went to check the body at James L. Hawkins Funeral Home, at 1640 Federal St., and told a female employee: "This is not my husband.
NEWS
January 27, 1989 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeForia "Jake" Coleman, 44, a city police officer whose fun-loving spirit toward children in his West Philadelphia neighborhood earned him the nickname "Pop Pop," died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack. Mr. Coleman served as a police officer for 13 years before chronic illness forced him to retire on disability in 1978. He had spent most of his time with the department in the Sixth District, at 11th and Winter Streets. Law enforcement had come to him as a family tradition.
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November 20, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE 9-YEAR-OLD boys of the West Philadelphia Tarheels Pop Warner football team - who have an 11-0 record this season that includes nine shutouts - have been fighting hard with the belief that if they won regionals, they'd get to play at Walt Disney World. But now, it's their parents who are fighting hard for them after a midseason decision, by national Pop Warner officials, to change the region's Mitey-Mites' playoffs to an invitational, killing the undefeated team's dream of playing at the Magic Kingdom.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The Visit , from Chester County's resident trickster M. Night Shyamalan, is Hansel and Gretel with a shaky cam. It's a "found-footage" scare pic, a slow-build affair with a few gags, in which a teenage brother and sister hop the train from Philadelphia to spend a week in the country with the grandparents they've never met. How can that be? Mom (Kathryn Hahn), seen mostly communicating via Skype in Shyamalan's low-budget thriller, left home when she was 19. Estrangement followed.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Some artists are influenced by Pop Art. Others, such as sculptor Maddelinde Wiker, 20, are influenced by Pop Pop's art. In this case, Pop Pop is Lance Balderson, 73, a well-regarded abstract painter whose work hangs in the Woodmere Art Museum, Columbia University School of Law, and the Curtis Institute of Music. One painting, Tryst , has been displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But beginning this week, the art of Balderson and his granddaughter bookend a distinctive exhibit at the Ocean City Arts Center.
NEWS
November 9, 2014 | By Samantha Farkas, For The Inquirer
There is an inscription outside the visitors' center of Yad Vashem, the World Center for Holocaust Research, located in Jerusalem. It reads: "Has the like of this happened in your days or in the days of your fathers? Tell your children about it, and let your children tell theirs, and their children the next generation! (1 Joel, 2-3). " It's for this reason that I traveled to Israel with my grandfather, Jakab Farkas, a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He had never spoken of his experience in the Nazi death camp, and my parents had forbidden me to ask. "It will upset him," they said, and so I went to Israel under the guise of meeting distant relatives.
SPORTS
October 15, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a difference between knowing it all and being a know-it-all. Bill Campbell, who died at 91 on Oct. 6 and was buried Monday, was in the former category. Campbell knew it all because his broadcasting career touched parts of nine decades. If something important happened on the Philadelphia sports scene since World War II, Campbell was either covering the event or reporting on it for radio or TV. But what made him so special, so beloved, was that he never had a know-it-all, look-at-me persona.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeffrey Ray is a shameless scavenger. A rummager of attics. A burrower in basements. A fly fisherman in the muddy river of Philadelphia history. And once or twice a week, he gets calls from people who want to bring him what they believe are treasures, deserving of his inspection. After 28 years on the job, Ray, senior curator of the Philadelphia History Museum (formerly known as the Atwater Kent), knows how to gently break the news when an item's value is purely sentimental.
SPORTS
June 11, 2012
He said, "Doc, I want to live long enough to see the Eagles win another championship. " My grandfather winced. He said this for my benefit. I knew the Eagles weren't tops on his list of favorite sports teams, but he had remembered I covered the team. It sounded like the right thing to say for a Philadelphia sports fan battling age and science. He asked the doctor for two more years. He got three weeks. He sucked the marrow out of 96 years. Jerome J. Bilbee of Fox Chase died May 30. The end wasn't befitting a man who towered both literally and figuratively over my life.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By HELEN GYM
WHEN I was a schoolteacher in Olney, a fellow teacher used to regale the staff every September with stories about his travels to Mexico and South and Central America. Relaxing! A journey he'd never forget, he'd crow a little too loudly in staff meetings as he passed around pictures. I still remember the nausea I felt when I opened a national news magazine a few years later to see his face on a story about international child predators. He was serving 10 years in a Mexican prison for soliciting sex from children the same age that he taught at our school.
NEWS
March 22, 2011 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
THERE SEEMS little doubt that Sasha Wrencher was born to sing. "She'd been singing since she could talk," said her stepfather, Bishop James Warren, pastor of the church where Sasha was the star soprano. "She had such a strong voice, she was the sole member of the soprano section of our choir. " In addition to dazzling the parishioners of Pleasant Hill Church, in West Philadelphia, Sasha took her amazing voice throughout the region as a member of a family gospel group and at various functions where religious music was the feature.
NEWS
October 4, 2010 | By BROAD STREET BILLY as told to DAN GERINGER, phillies@phillynews.com 215-854-5961
THIS IS our time! So keep sending your Phillies fan stories and photos to: LITTLE ROCCO: Beth Danio sent Billy a photo of Rocco Danio III, 4 months old, to prove that although she and husband Rocco Danio Jr. moved to Winter Springs, Fla., they remain true to their Northeast Philly roots. Beth wrote: "Both our families have been rooted in Philly since the 1920s and still live there. We all grew up with The Voice - Harry Kalas. "Little Rocco watches games already," Beth said.
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