May 16, 1986 |
The best things about Dick Francis' books are their familiarity - and their surprises. Consider his latest in paperback, Proof (Fawcett, $4.50.) You figure that there's going to be something about horses and/or horse racing. And you wonder what the surprise will be. The title is a clue (if you're a writer, you'll guess wrong; a drinker, right). The cover spells it out: a bunch of grapes with an automatic lying in the midst of them. Wine seller Tony Beach - well, he sells other spirits as well and even soft drinks - is asked to cater a posh affair for race-horse trainer Jack Hawthorn.
August 8, 1993 |
The U.S. Mint has begun accepting mail orders for its 1993 silver proof sets and the Benjamin Franklin Firefighters silver medallion. The silver proof set includes a dime, quarter and half dollar struck in .900 fine silver. It will sell for $18 and be delivered in black packaging. After Sept. 1, the price will go up to $21. The medallion celebrates Franklin as the founder of the first fire company in Philadelphia, and honors firefighters everywhere. It will be available in proof at $33 and in uncirculated condition at $29. After Sept.
December 8, 2000 |
Most experts believe movies do not cause violence, but "Proof of Life" could be an exception. I fear that after seeing it, many women will arrange for their husbands to be kidnapped, on the off chance that an insurance company will send a live-in companion and rescue guy who will turn out to be Russell Crowe. This is the fantasy premise of "Proof of Life," and it has considerable appeal, thanks to Crowe's growing popularity as an actor and star. Crowe became a marquee commodity earlier this year with "Gladiator," a movie in which he had to appear with digital lions because the real lions were reportedly afraid to go near him. He's surly, threatening, he's thickly built, he looks like he might smell bad, and yet he's still somehow handsome - all of which sets him apart from dainty boy stars like Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.
May 1, 1998 |
The Badlands doesn't look quite so bad now. Yesterday, under a tent in a manicured courtyard off a busy barrio corner, the Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises (HACE) showed off its biggest achievement yet. Villas Del Caribe is the largest Latino housing development in North Philadelphia. Eighty-one three- and four-bedroom town houses were built on a lot that had stood vacant for 20 years at Allegheny Avenue and Mascher Street. The project took 13 years, and help from the state, city and others.
September 30, 2002 |
Proof is a play I enjoy more while I'm watching it than afterward, when I'm thinking about it. I felt that way when I saw the Broadway tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama in Philadelphia earlier this year and, even though the plot and characters were familiar, I reacted pretty much the same way to the very sound production now at the Delaware Theatre Company. The principal character of David Auburn's play is Catherine, the 25-year-old daughter of a once-brilliant mathematician at the University of Chicago.
June 3, 2009 |
The University of Memphis said it should keep the victories from the 2007-08 season that ended in the national title game after an internal investigation turned up no proof that a former men's basketball player cheated on his SAT exam. A report detailing the school's investigation into NCAA allegations, released to news outlets yesterday under a public-records request, details Memphis' internal probe into accusations that a former player allowed a stand-in to take his SAT. The report also looked into charges of grade-tampering on behalf of the player.
June 8, 1988 |
You don't have to drink General Lee 100 proof whiskey to know that it probably does not spend a lot of time gathering dust on the top shelf. You can tell by the name that, if a pint of The General won't make you surrender your sword, nothing will. By the same token, there is a time and a place for everything. A time for 25-year-old, single-grain whiskey, and a time for old General Lee. So, fans of General Lee 100 proof whiskey, White Tiger wine and Zapata White Tequila, rejoice: Kasser Distillers Products Corp.
January 21, 2012 |
David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof has found a perfect venue in the intimate Independence Studio on 3 at the Walnut Street Theatre. This luminous production, directed by Kate Galvin, invites you onto the porch and into the lives of four interesting people. Unlike so many characters in contemporary plays, these interesting people are all kind and all smart - mathematical-wizard smart; nobody is cruel or snide or selfish or violent. Makes a nice change. Another nice change is how coherent and moving the script itself seemed to me in this production.
September 23, 2005 |
Educators who worry that there aren't enough women in math and science, take comfort that in Proof and Flightplan, both opening today, Gwyneth Paltrow is a mathematician and Jodie Foster an engineer. Like A Beautiful Mind, whose real-life subject may have influenced it, Proof suggests the proximity of math and insanity, subset of the one between genius and madness. Adapted from David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Auburn and Rebecca Miller, the movie unfolds in the Chicago home of Robert (Anthony Hopkins)
August 4, 1987 |
The first draft of the new constitution apparently has been written and sent by the Federal Convention's Committee of Detail to the firm of Dunlap & Claypoole for a limited and top-secret printing. A long document in the lacy, slanting handwriting of committee member James Wilson of Pennsylvania is believed to have been delivered yesterday under strict security to Dunlap & Claypoole, the printers of the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser. The printers, at Second and Market Streets, across from the main market sheds, would be the logical place for the convention's work.