August 8, 2015 |
People here knew Dorothy Storck as an Inquirer reporter whose syndicated columns reached hundreds of thousands of readers across the nation in the 1970s. But she was, and did, much more, both before and after that time - a strong, swashbuckling presence who embraced life and its challenges. Ms. Storck, 88, of Chicago, died at home late Sunday, Aug. 2, after a five-year battle with cancer. In the 1950s, she joined the military and commanded an Air Force squadron, a link in the chain of her military family.
September 27, 2014 |
Louise C. Guthrie, 97, formerly of Wayne, a longtime public relations professional, died Monday, Sept. 22, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where she was a resident. From 1967 to 1982, Mrs. Guthrie was the director of school and community relations for the Upper Merion School District. After retiring from the school district, she ran her own public relations business. She served as a charter member and vice president of the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association and as vice president of the Pennsylvania Community Education Association.
July 31, 2014 |
Louise T. "Tuck" Brennan, 96, a pioneering executive, community leader, and world traveler, died Wednesday, July 23, of pneumonia at Foulkeways in Gwynedd. In 1966, Mrs. Brennan joined American Olean Tile Co. in Lansdale, as the plant's head tour guide. Within three years she had become the company's first female executive. As public relations director, she produced an account of the firm's 50-year history; was responsible for getting the company's tile products regularly featured in the nation's top magazines, and traveled widely to identify noteworthy examples of the company's products being used in homes and offices and other buildings.
May 25, 2014 |
Facing a summer of discontent from unhappy commuters, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is looking to burnish its image by hiring a public relations agency. Track reconstruction work on the DRPA's Ben Franklin Bridge will inconvenience commuters on the PATCO rail line and motorists on the toll bridge, especially during a two-month period that will start May 30. Commuters already have been complaining about delays, breakdowns and crowded PATCO trains during construction outages on Fridays and weekends, and the DRPA is still dealing with customer outrage over broken escalators and elevators after a maintenance contract was allowed to lapse last July.
October 22, 2013 |
BACK IN 1982, the nation was terrorized by the Tylenol poison scare. Although the fatal poisonings of seven people, including a 12-year-old girl, from taking cyanide-laced Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules were confined to the Chicago area, repercussions were felt everywhere. Johnson & Johnson, parent company of McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the drug's manufacturer, pulled 32 million packages of Tylenol off the shelves of stores throughout the nation, taking a huge nose-dive in profits as a result.
September 14, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Though she's from Western Pennsylvania - sorry, folks, she's a Steelers fan - Miss Pennsylvania, Annie Rosellini, knows her way around a cheesesteak and Philly's best places to shop. After spending her freshman year of college in Philadelphia studying lyrical dance at the University of the Arts, Rosellini fell in love with Philly. Her dorm was in Center City and she loved walking around and window-shopping along Walnut Street - the shoes, the sweaters, the dresses, with a few art galleries thrown in. It was an artsy girly-girl's dream come true.
August 31, 2013 |
The NFL had considerable legal defenses in its fight with retired players over injuries caused by the violent collisions that are at the heart of the sport, not the least of those being a contract with the players that substantially restricts lawsuits. But in the face of public opinion, and the potential damage to its image, those defenses likely became much less important to the league. The prospect of slugging it out with the players in a multiyear litigation battle in which damaging information is disclosed and the public is regularly reminded of the sport's sometimes brutal impact on player health likely was a powerful incentive for the league to settle.
June 11, 2013 |
BILL FLEISCHMAN might have put it best: "Bobby Lyons was a genuine Philly sports guy. " Like many Philadelphia sportswriters, past and present, Bill Fleischman, longtime Daily News sports correspondent and auto-racing reporter, knew and respected Bobby Lyons as a consummate professional, yet one who never called much attention to himself. He was a sports reporter for the Associated Press and the old Evening Bulletin, author of several highly regarded books on different aspects of sports, former sports-information officer for La Salle University, head of its news bureau and operator of his own public-relations company.
March 12, 2013 |
Thank God for small miracles. Or, in this case, huge ones. The decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign has given the Catholic Church an unprecedented opportunity to save itself. Whether the conclave of cardinals in Rome takes advantage of this blessing remains to be seen. As one of the Catholic faithful, I desperately want to believe the conclave will choose wisely, and that it will: Do whatever is necessary to rebuild the greatest, most benevolent institution the world has ever known; Admit that its hard times - the sex-abuse scandal, corruption in the Vatican, and genuflecting at the wrong altar (that of political correctness)
January 29, 2013
WHEN I HEARD that Sally Starr had died, I thought of my father, Phil, himself gone 14 years next month. I thought of his reaction when, in the summer of 1984, I announced that I was hoping to bring "Our Gal Sal" - who hadn't been heard from for 12 years - back to Philly as a way to publicize the RV Roundup, a recreational-vehicle exhibition scheduled for the old Civic Center that September. I was public-relations director for a Center City ad agency whose clients included the Roundup.