June 13, 1988 |
Services were to be held today for Donald G.S. Harris, a former Philadelphia school principal, athlete and member of an all-black World War II aviation unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Harris, who died Friday, was 65 and lived in Abington. An Overbrook High School graduate, Harris was a runner and hurdler at Penn State University. It was there, said his son, Paul, that Harris had an experience that bled off the bitterness left by the prejudice that black airmen experienced while training in the wartime South - including his father's arrest "for entering a white officers' club.
April 8, 2013
HAVING A FLY office is part of the Hollywood game, and Marshall Mitchell's new digs are no exception. He has the requisite sleek, modern couch and wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Animal-skin rugs cover espresso-stained hardwood floors. An antique dining table- turned-desk ties the room together. For Mitchell, who co-founded the Different Drummer agency in 2008 to provide publicity and marketing support for such movies as "The Croods," "Life of Pi," "The Princess and the Frog," "Red Tails" and "Good Hair," the snazzy decor suits his movie-business persona.
September 22, 1986 |
Not only did Bruce Willis fail to win an Emmy Award last night, he failed to win the hearts and minds of the crowd outside the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, too, as he snubbed just about everyone on his way in to the hall. The star of the hit series "Moonlighting" showed up wearing a black double-breasted tuxedo made out of what looked like velvet, accompanied by an unidentified woman. With the elan of a man who couldn't wait to get to the restroom, he swept past hundreds of fans who had waited hours to see him. "It was really disappointing," said Christy Mayfield, a "Moonlighting" fan from West Covina, Calif.
January 30, 2012 |
The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, ended Sunday, after honors to a mythical film starring an 8-year-old girl and a documentary about the war on drugs. Beasts of the Southern Wild won the grand jury prize in the U.S. dramatic competition, and The House I Live In won the same honor in the U.S. documentary category. Directed and cowritten by filmmaker Benh Zeitlin, 29, Beasts follows a girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her father in the southern Delta; it also won the cinematography prize.
September 12, 1987 |
Wearing red sequined tails and top hat, ringmaster Brian LaPalme steps confidently into the spotlight and bellows: "Children of all ages, the Robert G. Earl family takes great pride and pleasure in welcoming you to the all-new 1987 edition of the Roberts Bros. three-ring circus. " This small, family-run circus opened Wednesday to a crowd in Birdsboro, Berks County. Tonight, it will perform in Mechanicsburg. For 14 years, the Roberts Bros. Circus has pitched its single big-top tent in small towns from Florida to Maine.
September 21, 2012 |
Henry L. Moore never stopped moving. Born in tiny Ocilla, Ga., in 1921, he was out by 19, after graduating at the top of Ocilla High's Class of 1940. He moved to Newark, N.J., to escape the poverty and racism that had marked his childhood. By 1942, he was on a bus full of draftees en route to Fort Dix, and by 1944, he was in Italy, working on B-25 bombers as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen - the first black aviators to serve in the U.S. military. Then it was off to West Virginia State University, where he earned a physics degree, and a career as a naval researcher.
March 13, 1986 |
Gray squirrels at Smedley Park in Springfield, Delaware County, are driving the tufted titmice and brown creepers nuts. It seems that every time the tiny birds and their brethren show up outside the Delaware Valley Conservation Society's headquarters to munch on sunflower seeds, peck on suet and nibble on thistle, the squirrels show up, too. But they won't be dining there long, thanks to the ingenuity of the conservation group, a spoonful or...
January 21, 2012
Prosecutor to take 5th in gun probe WASHINGTON - A federal prosecutor in Arizona intends to remain silent if called for questioning in a congressional probe of a problem-plagued gun-smuggling investigation. Patrick Cunningham's decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious was disclosed Friday after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed him. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.)
March 20, 2013
THE WAIT for Leslie Odom Jr.'s "Smash" close-up is nearly over. The Philadelphia-raised actor was promoted to a regular this season. That was mostly good news for his character, Sam, who went from the chorus of "Bombshell" to a principal role in the "Book of Mormon" tour, leaving behind his boyfriend Tom (Christian Borle) and best friend Ivy (Megan Hilty). Maybe less so for Odom, who's been missing from "Smash" for weeks (along, sadly, with much of the original audience). Sam returns in the March 26 episode - the last before "Smash" moves to 9 p.m. Saturdays April 6 - and he's back with a big solo.
May 27, 2013
By John C. Church Jr. After seeing the film 42 , I was reminded of the quote that adorns Jackie Robinson's gravestone: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. " This Memorial Day I'll be thinking of those who had an impact. That includes friends with whom I served, but also some others. When I met Cpl. Thomas Turner, a World War II Marine, he was wearing his Presidential Gold Medal. Turner, a Montford Point Marine, volunteered for service after President Franklin D. Roosevelt barred the military from refusing employment on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin.