February 7, 2002 |
There's an amusing anecdote about a 96-year-old man who, despite consistently driving his car into a tree at the end of his driveway, ignores his family's pleas and refuses to relinquish his driving privileges. The elderly driver assures his family that he will solve it his own way. So he cuts down the tree. If only the solution were that easy. But it's not just our trees that are vulnerable to elderly drivers. It's their lives, and ours. The impaired elderly need help recognizing their limitations by being urged to walk.
August 25, 2000 |
I had suspected that the "S" in the name of the recently introduced Porsche Boxster S stood for "super. " After all, this new model did raise the performance bar for the playful Boxster, arming an already fast and agile sports car with even more speed and even higher cornering limits. In fact, the "S" signifies a special Porsche. The automaker first used the "S" badge in 1952 on a 1.5-liter 356 model. The most famous Porsche to bear the S brand was the legendary 911 S, which came along in 1967.
November 17, 1997 |
Tickled by thrill and delighted by danger, Joanna Siefert was more than just a reckless teen, a Bucks County judge said yesterday. When she struck and killed a pedestrian last summer, then sped away in her grandfather's Porsche, she was more than just an irresponsible youth. "The nature of this act of delinquency was unspeakable," Judge Isaac S. Garb told her Friday as he ordered the 17-year-old Quakertown girl to an inpatient counseling and rehabilitation center for juvenile delinquents.
July 28, 1997 |
If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me the significance of my name, I would be living in Buckingham Palace. Between kindergarten and middle school alone, I could have cashed in enough to whip a Porsche to Overbrook High School. When I'm out on a story, I usually just tell people my middle name or mumble my first name real quick so that they don't ask me, "Is Mister your real name?" Last summer, I worked for the Social Security Administration at 4th and Spring Garden streets.
June 23, 1997 |
Since I'm such a girly girl, you know, the little twist in this show of me pretending to be a man . . . it's a bit audacious. - Raquel Welch, stepping in to the cross-dressing lead of Broadway's "Victor/Victoria. " We're all getting older. It's just that some folks are handling it better than others. Take the example of the marvelous Lena Horne, who turns 80 next week, and is still singing. "It's a job," shrugged the chanteuse. "I still owe Blue Note one more album, so I'll probably be performing next month.
September 1, 1996 |
The pearl-gray Cadillac stretch limousine undulates through a slow, majestic turn, its driver seemingly unaware of the honking cabs and peeved cyclists in its wake. It comes to rest in front of the Striped Bass at 15th and Walnut, one of the hottest restaurants on Center City's glammest food block. The uniformed chauffeur hurries out to open the door, and valet parking chief John Hand gives him and the passenger a quick once-over. Who is it? Hand's judgment is swift and certain.
August 19, 1996 |
Singer Bobby Brown was injured slightly late Saturday, when a street sign and some shrubbery jumped out in front of the Porsche he was driving in Hollywood, Fla. Oh, all right. A police spokeswoman said Brown "lost control" of the car while driving through a residential neighborhood, and hit the stationary objects. The Porsche's airbags inflated with the collision, and Brown emerged with minor injuries to his legs and neck. He was treated at Hollywood's Memorial Hospital. A spokeswoman declined to say whether the star was tested for blood alcohol levels.
May 11, 1996 |
Burlington County Superior Court Judge Cornelius Sullivan yesterday decided that Millville Patrolman Christopher Groff, 31, was not guilty of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the August 1992 arrest of a Cumberland County judge's son on drunken-driving charges. Paul R. Porreca Jr., a real estate broker, had parked his Porsche 911 in front of a Millville home he was renovating for resale when Groff pulled in behind him in the early hours of Aug. 25, 1992.
December 7, 1995 |
Police shot two West Virginia carjacking suspects, one fatally, after a high-speed chase yesterday on the New Jersey Turnpike, state police said. Sgt. Daniel Cosgrove, a state police spokesman, said David Wayne Gibson, 19, of West Virginia, was fatally shot while reaching for a gun tucked in his waistband. Ricky Vincent Pendelton, also 19 and from West Virginia, was shot twice in the left arm and was listed in satisfactory condition last night at the Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy Division.
September 8, 1995 |
WILL PULL-TAB OYSTERS BE ALL THE RAGE OF PARIS? A French inventor has found a way to fit oysters with pop-open tabs. A French company called Read has swung into production with the shellfish self-shuckers and says it expects 50 million "ringed" oysters to be sold in France this winter. "The process could change the habits of daily life," inventor Yves Renaut, an unemployed engineer, told the Paris newspaper Liberation. "You can go home and eat oysters straightaway, just as you would serve yourself a slice of salmon.