October 6, 2003
YOU PROBABLY don't know the name Fred Shabel. He is the quintessential quiet power-broker and benefactor every city needs. Recently, it was announced that Shabel, after four years, will be stepping down as chairman of the board for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. If the economic engine that is tourism is finally roaring in Philadelphia, it's partly because of Shabel's leadership. After the 9/11 attacks, when the idea of leaving your home was about as appealing as a trek through the wilderness, Shabel lead the corporation in its successful "Philly's More Fun When You Sleep Over" campaign.
June 5, 1987 |
Robert McKnight, who lived the quiet and nearly anonymous life of a smalltime storekeeper in North Philadelphia for the past decade, was harboring a notorious past. A pal of the famous bank robber, Willie "The Actor" Sutton, McKnight, now 70, has a record of arrests for murder and armed robbery dating to the Depression, and he participated in Sutton's historic jailbreak nearly 40 years ago. McKnight ceased to be a quiet and anonymous storekeeper Wednesday night when, police say, he shot and killed one youth and wounded another outside his store on 33rd Street near Allegheny Avenue, in the Paradise section of North Philadelphia.
January 28, 1990 |
With its homespun setting and good home-cooked food, The Quiet Man reminds us of the rural lifestyle that is almost gone from rapidly developing Mount Laurel. Sited in an old country store, The Quiet Man - a combination delicatessen and restaurant - is cluttered with artifacts: A big old milk can sits by the door, and refrigerator cases that line an entire wall are topped by Pepsi, Coke and Hires soda bottles used a generation ago. Also on display are an old washboard, embroidered feed bags on hoops, a horseshoe over the front door and a non-working pot-bellied stove.
October 7, 1991 |
Coatesville defensive end Terrell Bryant has a simple plan of attack on most plays. "I try to knock my man inside and then I start looking for the ball," the 6-foot, 2-inch, 230-pound senior said after the Red Raiders' 41-7 win over West Chester Henderson on Saturday. In the game, Bryant did a lot of knocking and was an important part of a Red Raiders defense that limited the Warriors to just eight first downs. What he doesn't mention, and doesn't think much about, is the fact that for Bryant, pushing around opposing offensive lineman is pretty much a one-armed job. Bryant was born with a slightly deformed right hand that he cannot move very well and which is not very strong.
July 12, 2005 |
It wasn't the most famous win in the Phillies' history, but it may have been the most important. Without it, the Phillies never would have faced the Kansas City Royals in the 1980 World Series. Without it, Tug McGraw's leap after his strikeout of Willie Wilson, and first baseman Pete Rose's miraculous catch - of a foul pop-up that bounced off the mitt of catcher Bob Boone - would never have become a part of Phillies lore. The date was Oct. 12, 1980. It was the final game of arguably the greatest postseason showdown in baseball history, the best-of-five National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros - and the fourth straight contest to reach extra innings.
August 21, 1986 |
As horrible as yesterday's deadly gunfire was, some of the gunman's colleagues at the post office said they were "not surprised" by his actions. A loner who talked of Vietnam at length, though he apparently never served there. A quiet man who seemed to be brimming with pent-up anger. A sometimes peeping Tom whose neighbors called him "crazy Pat. " A man who always thought that the laughter of neighborhood children was directed at him. Those were among the descriptions of Patrick Henry Sherrill, 44, who died by his own hand after shooting 20 people, 14 of them fatally, at the post office where he was employed as a part-time mail carrier.
February 24, 1999 |
Jameer Rasheed is Chester's quiet man. There is little flash to his game. There is little dash to his demeanor. If the Clippers' press is a hurricane, Rasheed is the eye. Chester's defense - and its offense, for that matter - was nonexistent early in the Clippers' District 1 Class AAAA second-round playoff game against Cheltenham last night. The Panthers were beating the Clippers inside. The rust from Chester's long layoff was showing. Enter Rasheed. Chester's quiet man led a defensive surge, scored 20 points, and helped the Clippers gain an 82-60 victory and a date against Academy Park, a 75-65 winner over Central Bucks East last night, in the district quarterfinals Friday.
August 1, 1993 |
After his fainting spell in an April 29 playoff game against the Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics captain Reggie Lewis played what would prove to be the final minutes of his professional basketball career. As he returned to the floor, Lewis heard the fans at Boston Garden cheering madly and chanting a name. It wasn't his. Larry Bird, a season into his retirement, was visiting the Garden for the first time since undergoing back surgery. When a television camera spotted him, he waved, and the fans returned the salutation with gusto - "La-reee, La-reee.
December 24, 1992 |
John Odorisio, the man they called "Gabby," watched the Camden City Council meeting for perhaps his last time yesterday. He is leaving city government, and with him will go memories of past Council meetings and past mayors - long forgotten by others. Odorisio, 65, who got the nickname "Gabby" because he has always been a quiet man, is retiring not only because of his age, but also out of frustration. "I could have stayed on," said the white-haired gentleman who once called a play in high school football that made mayor-to-be Angelo Errichetti famous.
February 11, 1998 |
A good 20 minutes into an interview about her "quiet, industrious" son, Mildred J. Sadler of Gastonia, N.C., stopped short. "He won't like all this publicity, I can tell you that," she said. "She's right," confirmed Kenneth Marvin Sadler, the newly named president of the Barnes Foundation. Unlike his proud mother, the deep-voiced North Carolina dentist couldn't seem to get off the phone fast enough. In Sadler, 48, the Barnes has a leader whom colleagues and relatives describe as retiring and soft-spoken, a man sincerely humbled by the spotlight.