December 3, 2014 |
NO ONE COULD get Irv Borowsky to admit that he had any regrets over losing $3 billion. In fact, knowing what kind of a guy Irv Borowsky was, it wouldn't have been surprising to discover that he actually got a rueful chuckle when he learned that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. paid that price for the company that owned TV Guide in 1988. After all, Irv started a publication in Philadelphia that ultimately morphed into TV Guide, one of the world's richest magazines. Irv's publication, TV Digest, started in 1948 to list local TV programs, was sold to Walter Annenberg in 1952 for $300,000, half for him and half for his brother Arthur, plus $300 a week for 15 years.
April 12, 2013 |
Louis W. Yellin, an enterprising businessman who started in the 1960s with a used press in the basement of his parents' Philadelphia grocery and built a busy South Jersey printing and graphics firm, died Wednesday, April 3, at his Mount Laurel home. He was 71 and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With his wife, Annette, Mr. Yellin took A.E. Litho Group from its subterranean beginnings in the city's Tacony section, over the Delaware and into a roomier facility in Riverside.
February 28, 2012
By James Carroll 'I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. " President Obama sent this message to Afghan President Hamid Karzai last week in the thick of mass protests after U.S. personnel burned copies of the Quran. NATO commander Gen. John R. Allen had earlier offered "sincere apologies ... to the noble people of Afghanistan," but the demonstrations raged on. Members of Afghanistan's parliament called for jihad against Western forces, at least two coalition soldiers were shot dead, and multiple civilians were killed in the violence that accompanied the protests.
January 24, 2012
By Cullen Murphy Inside the gates of the Vatican, just south of St. Peter's Basilica, stands a Renaissance palazzo that was once the headquarters of the Inquisition. It's still the repository of Inquisition archives dating back nearly 500 years. The archives have been open to researchers since 1998, and I visited them on several occasions while working on a book. One day, among the stacks, I came across two polished wooden boxes resembling drawers from an old library card catalog, with hinged tops.
November 4, 2011
Owning an NFL franchise is a license to print money. Usually gobs of money. But, according to Forbes Magazine, one of the 32 NFL teams couldn't figure out how to run the printing press. Besides being the worst team of the 21st century in terms of record, the Detroit Lions also managed the neat trick of losing money in 2010, the magazine said. Amazing stat In his two starts, a win over the Dolphins and a loss to the Lions, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow has been in the shotgun formation an average of 40 times a game.
December 10, 2010
Heed Pa. report on death sentence The editorial on Texas' execution of a demonstrably innocent man, Claude Howard Jones, should be required reading for every Pennsylvania legislator ("Kill the death penalty," Monday). So should the report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, which called for a moratorium on executions in a capital-justice system so fundamentally flawed as to fail the elementary requirements of due process. This report has gathered dust since it was issued in 2003.
August 23, 2009 |
I recently visited the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing to watch money being made. Call it a cheap thrill while waiting for some real economic stimulation. "We print between 700 and 750 million dollars a day," said P.J., a tour guide. At that rate, it would take less than five minutes to stimulate my bank account, boost my consumer confidence, and get me spending again. Ooo la la. Through windows along the tour route, I saw sheets of $100 bills coming out of a 52-foot-long, 12-foot-high monster of a printing press.
April 19, 2009 |
Last year I wrote a batch of poems, one for every letter of the alphabet and each inspired by an obsolete word of English. I didn't "send them out," as many poets would, to literary journals for their consideration. Instead, I made a little book. I asked a friend to design and typeset it, which he did, beautifully, and another friend to print it. This friend, Taylor Ball, is from Virginia but lives in Philadelphia now. He runs Parcell Press (www.parcellpress.com), a company that distributes zines and other independent media.
September 28, 2007 |
Freeman's sale Thursday of fine books and ephemera concentrates on what we might once have called a faraway place, but which now has become all too pertinent: the Middle East. Several items reflect how enigmatic that area has been. One of the top lots among the more than 500 to be sold, beginning at 10 a.m. at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St., is a 22-volume summary of the observations and research done in Egypt during Napoleon's expedition there. Expected sale price is $40,000 to $70,000, according to presale estimates.
July 20, 2006 |
In a year of cascading events marking the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth, let's take note of a less-renowned Franklin: Ben's half-brother James. If James Franklin has become a footnote to the life of his illustrious sibling, it is not without some fault on James' part. When Ben at age 12 became an indentured apprentice in James' printing shop, the terms of the indenture were not exactly brotherly. Most indentures ran for seven years. Ben's was for nine, with journeyman's pay only in the final year.