June 8, 1997 |
Bob Woods was a lonely man. There he stood last night, all by himself, in front of Joe Louis Arena, wearing his Flyers hat in a sea of red and white. "I'm not worried," Woods, 36, said bravely. "Hey, they're only Red Wings fans. " Despite the bravado, Woods was worried. First, he had no ticket to last night's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. Woods is friends with Flyers center Joel Otto - both were in Woods' sister's wedding party and the groom was a teammate of Otto's at Bemidji State years ago - but Otto had to give his extra tickets to his family.
December 13, 2014 |
Back in ancient times, say, 1956, when Charlton Heston led the Israelites on their epic march out of Egypt in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments , miracles like the parting of the Red Sea were, indeed, miraculous. Matte paintings, rear projection, a gigantic U-shaped water tank, hundreds of costumed extras leaning into wind machines, all that livestock, the duck that waddles out of the frame - the coordination of actors, animals, machinery, props, hair stylists, dolly grips, truly astounding!
February 28, 2008
The passing of William F. Buckley Jr., 82, yesterday leaves the world of ideas a little less gracious, not as much fun, and woefully lacking in vocabulary skills. Buckley went from being almost a lone conservative voice in the post-World War II liberal wilderness, to the intellectual heart and soul of a movement that brought to power Reagan, Gingrich and Bush. Though there was one run for mayor of New York City in 1965, his influence came mostly from outside the political arena.
September 9, 2009
IT'S 3 A.M. And in middle-class Wynnefield, it's the eve of the first day of classes for St. Joseph's University. I'm a Penn grad and work in student life. I love college students and support their goals. My alma mater was more than responsible for the gentrification of West Philadelphia. It campaigned until we had "University City. " I'm sure that in some manner, the process went much like the change in Wynnefield is going. I'm sure the residents struggled with the sights and sounds of college gentrification.
September 17, 1995 |
More than 5,000 Bell Atlantic union employees demanding a new contract rallied at JFK Plaza yesterday, and the theme was red - shirts, caps, balloons and occasionally the language. The turnout had the trappings of a picnic - with bagged lunches, recorded music, and soft drinks and sandwiches for out-of-towners who came by bus from New York, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Georgia. They joined workers from Pennsylvania to show support for the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO District 13. The union represents 37,000 Bell Atlantic workers in New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland who have been working without a contract since Aug. 5. Bell Atlantic, as well as the union, said bargaining had been stalled over wages, job security and payment for health care by retirees.
June 29, 1987 |
I have been flipping through "The Book of Questions" (Workman, $3.95) and asking myself a question not in the book: Why am I doing this? One reason is that so many other people seem to be doing it, and I'm basically a sheep. Another reason is that I tend to find this sort of foolishness irresistible. For example, consider question 27, one of my favorites: "If God appeared to you in a series of vivid and moving dreams and told you to leave everything behind, travel alone to the Red Sea and become a fisherman, what would you do?"
April 4, 1996 |
Move over, Charlton Heston: You are still the most famous Moses of all time, but Ben Kingsley is amply qualified to stand on the same pedestal with you. Before you roll the Red Sea over me, Mr. Heston, I hasten to add that you are still the definition of this towering role. But after you see Kingsley's interpretation of the lawgiver, I'm sure you'll like it as much as many television viewers will. Moses, a four-hour mini-series, will be shown in two parts on the TNT cable channel, at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
October 26, 1998 |
It's always thrilling hearing voices belt out victory over oppression. Although I'm glad the Mendelssohn Club's exuberant performance of Israel in Egypt Saturday night wasn't sung for the Middle East peace talks. The Biblical texts German George Frideric Handel set for his English masterpiece sure are revenge-thirsty. Blasts and blains and overtaking enemies are the order of this oratorio, whose grand double choruses celebrate the sinking of the Egyptians in the Red Sea. The sonic results of the season-opener at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion may not affect Middle East harmony, but they left no doubt music director Alan Harler is to be commended.
May 17, 1993 |
On Independence Mall, a biblical Moses - all of 15 years old - raised his staff and parted the Red Sea, and 70 grade-school children from Congregation Beth Or scampered to safety. At Penn's Landing, there was bacalhau for lunch, a dish made from dried cod that is to Portugal what hamburgers are to America . . . only it's healthier. And finally, there was this 25-foot greased pole at Ninth and Montrose Streets in South Philly. Hanging from the top were 10 bags filled with meats and cheeses.
June 11, 1997 |
A red sea of hockey worshipers parted yesterday for the Detroit Red Wings, who paraded through some 1 million fans as the silver Stanley Cup that eluded the franchise for 42 years sparkled under cloudless skies. "For all Red Wings fans, this is your day in the sun," coach Scotty Bowman told the screaming throngs at a Hart Plaza rally that followed the two-hour parade down Woodward Avenue. The players and coaches rode in red convertibles, feted for their sweep of the Flyers on Saturday night that ended an NHL championship drought dating to 1955.