July 18, 2008 |
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.
November 16, 1986 |
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.
September 12, 2015 |
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.
September 2, 1993 |
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.
May 24, 2009 |
"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.
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.
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.
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.
August 19, 2009 |
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.
January 27, 1989 |
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.