December 9, 2005 |
Going, going, gone - for $8,390. That's what a day in New York with Flavia Colgan, the MSNBC commentator and former top staffer to Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, went for this week on eBay. Since last Friday, Colgan was auctioning herself for charity - with the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania, where she serves on the board. The highest bidder gets to spend most of today with Colgan as she does television tapings, drops in on political parties, and generally makes the rounds of the town.
August 2, 2000 |
Al Franken is in town. Why? Because he's good enough. He's smart enough. And doggone it, people like him. The former "Saturday Night Live" regular and political humorist even dusted off his comedic alter ego, Stuart Smalley, yesterday for a brief gig at the Shadow Convention. Franken broke up the audience from the moment he meekly took the stage after a barn-burning speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. "Wasn't that last speaker great?" said "Stuart," in his trademark lisp and fluffy blue sweater.
August 3, 2000 |
Sure, they talk about "inclusion," but don't expect to see Spinal Tap play at the Republican National Convention. Or for that matter, a keynote address by Wayland Smithers. The GOP shindig is strictly a Paul Anka-Montgomery Burns type of affair, which might explain why a comedian like Harry Shearer is in town to make fun of it. "What convention? I haven't seen a convention. I've seen a bad infomercial," says Shearer, the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and the inspiration of Smithers on "The Simpsons" and bassist Derek Smalls of Tap. "This is like the Jerry Lewis telethon - after Jerry stopped taking Percodan.
September 4, 2003
DON HARRISON'S op-ed ("Iraq's Hard Road to Democracy," Aug. 22) was well written and hit home pretty hard. He expressed, in good American language, exactly how lots of us feel about being in Iraq, and all the lies that brought us there. But I would have liked it if Don would have given us a solution, as he sees it - or is it too late now? How many more Americans have to die before it's all over? We all have a fear of pending disaster every day since 9/11. How many of us will die because of the war on terrorism?
February 4, 1992 |
Because one of our grandsons has a lively interest in journalism, we decided to give him Scotty Reston's memoirs for his 24th birthday. It seemed like a perfect choice. For close to half a century, James Reston, of the New York Times, was one of the greatest reporters anywhere. As his former colleague, Wallace Turner, has written, Reston was Washington's "premier scoop artist in the 1940s and 1950s," and for 30 years after that he wrote a much admired column before retiring at 80 in 1989.
September 17, 2012
On Aug. 8, 1971, superstar quarterback Joe Namath threw a pass that was intercepted in a meaningless preseason game. Namath reacted by trying to tackle the opposing player. He promptly blew out his knee, and his team's season was ruined. Asked why, given the game's low stakes, he didn't simply refrain from hurling his body in front of the runaway linebacker, Namath responded: "I only know how to play football one way - at full speed. " Interestingly, Namath wasn't widely pilloried for exhibiting poor judgment; instead, he was admired for being a great competitor and leader.
April 9, 2000 |
There was more youth and denim in the crowd than at a typical conservative convention, Republican pollster and CNN political analyst KellyAnne Fitzpatrick said. Nothing else seemed out of the ordinary. But then the lights went out and a motor growled to life in the foyer of the Park Ridge Hotel in King of Prussia, and, Fitzpatrick said, she asked the question that was likely on the minds of the 200-plus people in attendance: "Oh, my God. What is Adkins up to?" Tom Adkins, executive publisher of the Common Conservative site on the Internet, had roared in on a Harley-Davidson, with a metallic-white Flying V guitar strapped on his back.
July 8, 2011 |
California-born kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard , who was seized at age 11 and kept hostage by convicted rapist Phillip Garrido for 18 years, is publishing her memoirs, A Stolen Life . People mag has published select excerpts, which in turn have been excerpted by the New York Post. "How do you get through things you don't want to do?" Dugard, 31, writes. "You just do. I would do it all again. The most precious thing in the world came out of it . . . my daughters. " Both girls, Angel and Starlite , were conceived by Garrido.
June 13, 2012 |
Pulitzer-winning journalist, pundit, and noted Philadelphian Buzz Bissinger, best known for his football tome Friday Night Lights, has a new job: talk radio. Local CBS station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210-AM) on Monday announced that Bissinger, 57, will take the wheel at the station's afternoon drive show (from 3 to 7 p.m. daily) with cohost Steve Martorano. Bissinger tells us he's excited about working in a new, fresh medium. "This will be my first regular full-time gig on radio," says Bissinger, who left The Inquirer in 1988.
February 28, 1992 |
Washington is crawling with reporters. Many are investigative reporters, who dig through musty records in search of an amazing fact. So I'm surprised none have looked into one of the most intriguing incidents in the life and times of Pat Buchanan, who has temporarily given up the loud- opinion business to become a presidential candidate. Buchanan has said proudly he used to be quite the two-fisted brawler. This has been confirmed by some of his old college chums, who said Buchanan was ready and eager to duke it. This side of Buchanan probably impresses some people.