April 8, 2012 |
When I retired from a 36-year legal career, I did not envision how exciting life was about to become. My son had just finished college with Russian language and history majors, was headed for a Russian history graduate program, and was to work that fall in Moscow. My only exciting retirement plan was to visit him and have him show me the Russia where he had studied during college. I had also planned to take the University of Cambridge (England) Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
July 31, 1995 |
Some statistics of interest gathered by the staff of Harper's magazine: Estimated number of DNA tests conducted in the United States last year: 145,000. Estimated number of Iraqi and Kuwaiti civilians killed by unexploded cluster bombs since the end of the Gulf War: 1,600. Ratio of the number of Chinese who own a television set to those who have hot running water: 84:1. Ratio of acres of lawn in the United States to acres planted in cotton: 3:2. Price paid at a charity auction this year for a turtleneck worn by Jimmy Carter during cease-fire talks in Bosnia: $5,000.
December 7, 1988 |
Drexel University President Richard D. Breslin yesterday announced the creation of a full-tuition scholarship to enable a student from the Soviet Union to pursue three years of graduate study at Drexel. At current rates, the three-year scholarship could be worth up to $28,800, according to Drexel officials. Breslin made his announcement to a group of Soviet and American educators who met on the Drexel campus during the final day of a meeting of education leaders from the two countries.
October 25, 1987 |
An electronic bulletin board concerning AIDS has started up in San Francisco. You can dial up the system and read articles, theories, statistics, political data and other information on the subject. Set your computer to dial 415-626-1246. Apple, in cooperation with Dow Jones & Co., has begun shipping Desktop Express. This is an electronic mail system that allows Macintosh users to send and receive graphics and text over the MCI Mail network. It sells for $149. Computer games, which were pronounced dead several years ago, are back in vogue.
December 11, 1988 |
It was an awkward situation for Sophia Wisniewska. The conversation had just turned to profit-sharing, and the Hatboro resident was at a loss for words. Not that Wisniewska couldn't debate the merits of profit-sharing, she just couldn't think of the Russian language translation for the American word. As a pierovodchik, or interpreter, it was Wisniewska's job to keep conversation going at the recently concluded U.S.-U.S.S.R. Emerging Leaders Summit. "The vocabulary became more difficult as the groups became more comfortable with each other," said Wisniewska, 36. The summit, which brought together 185 Soviet and 179 American delegates, was designed to forge strong ties between the next generation of leaders in both countries.
May 11, 2013 |
It's a shock at first. Then a definite relief: Susie Essman is no dragon lady. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star who plays one of the most foulmouthed, sarcastic borderline personalities on TV isn't one herself. She is, dare one say, charming. Sweet. "People are always disappointed when they meet me," Essman, 57, said in a phone chat about her stand-up act next Saturday at Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill. Fans, she said, often ask her to insult them using one of the many choice - and unprintable - epithets that flow so mellifluously from her tongue on the HBO show.
April 30, 1992 |
This is a story about the indomitable spirit of immigrants, and about getting to know a foreign country and succeeding in it. This is also a story about food. For one man, the story begins 13 years ago, among the cans and produce of a supermarket in the Northeast. That is where Gregory Taits, now 45, found himself on the second day of his new life in Philadelphia. Taits, now a real estate agent and radio talk show host, had come to Philadelphia with his wife and daughter from Riga, Latvia.
March 30, 1992 |
Every school-day morning, Clint Ely opens the back of his 1988 tomato-red Toyota hatchback to double-check his teaching materials. He makes sure he has his books, tapes, videocassettes, posters, individual chalkboards, and Russian-language Monopoly game. Ely has taught Russian to high school students since 1959. But because of dwindling enrollments, he has been forced to take his instructional program on the road. He rides a circuit among three area independent schools, teaching Russian to a grand total of 16 students.
June 21, 1992 |
Behind its glass facade pasted with stickers for politicians and parties, the Zohar Hotel is bubbling with molten anger. Walk into the Spartan lobby where litter rolls with the breeze from the doorway like so much tumbleweed, and a dozen elderly Russian Jews warehoused there spring up from their chairs, hoping that a stranger, any stranger, might be there to help. "We live in poor conditions," one says. "The elevator doesn't work," interrupts another. The litany continues: no ventilation, no air conditioning, no mail, no refrigerators, only one pay telephone that works.
December 29, 1991 |
For $39, high school students in Morrisville Borough can get a personalized guide to college financial aid that can cost hundreds of dollars. The school district is able to offer the reduced rate because of corporate contributions that have also underwritten a new scoreboard for the football field, microscopes for the advanced-placement biology students, new chairs for the teachers in the high school and even a weekly after-school class in...