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January 19, 1998 | By Mark Fazlollah and B.J. Phillips, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer staff writer George Anastasia contributed to this article
REPUTED mob leader Joseph S. "Skinny Joey" Merlino seemed to have a dream job. The owner of a Philadelphia home-repair company testified in 1993 that Merlino worked for him as a telemarketer and could earn as much as $2,000 from a single phone call to generate sales leads. Anthony Valenti, owner of American Window & Siding Inc., a contractor active in the federal Title I program, told U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro that Merlino was so valuable, the company had given him a shiny new Infiniti.
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May 14, 1997 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
On the surface it seems impossible: A self-employed latex salesman with no apparent income and a wife with a part-time job, living in a $230,000 Main Line home, with $300,000 in mortgage loans, $100,000 in credit card debt - and thousands left over to support a topless dancer in the cash equivalent of a Wonderbra. How did Craig Rabinowitz do it? The answer, according to a financial expert and documents in the Main Line murder case, is a combination of business acumen, salesman's cunning and credit.
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June 28, 1986 | By MARIA GALLAGHER, Daily News Staff Writer
Twelve days ago, during a political function, City Councilman Leland Beloff called a reporter aside to air a beef. Beloff admonished the writer for publishing a profile of his legislative assistant, Robert Rego, which included statements an undercover FBI agent had made about Rego during a federal perjury trial in April. The agent, Ronald J. Moretti, said Rego was recommended to him as someone who could funnel cash to organized crime figures from a casino junket business. The business was never formed; Rego was never implicated in any wrongdoing in that trial; and Rego was quoted as saying the testimony was "unsubstantiated.
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June 2, 1988 | By Lou Perfidio, Special to The Inquirer
Whitemarsh police have charged a Maple Glen salesman with forgery. Edward M. Munyan, 37, of the 1400 block of Patrick Court in Maple Glen, was charged after his employer, Ken Mattis, the owner of Diversified Leasing Inc., 511 Germantown Pike, was told May 12 by Fidelity Bank that his secretary's signature had been forged on a $1,000 check. Munyan will have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. today before Lafayette Hill District Justice Katherine Speers on charges of forgery, unauthorized taking of an auto and theft by unlawful taking.
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December 14, 1990 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
A 42-year-old insurance salesman was found guilty of robbery and theft yesterday for trying hold up a Willow Grove gas station with his son's unloaded BB gun. John O'Hara, of Grant Avenue in Warminster, was convicted by Montgomery County Court Judge Anita Brody in the June 1 incident - in which the $300 O'Hara tried to steal never left John's Sunoco station at Easton and Mill Roads. O'Hara was no match for the two gas station attendants, who wrestled him to the ground, hit him with a stick, "popped him upside his head" with the child's gun and held him until police came.
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April 23, 1990 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Anthony P. "Tony" DeRosa, a retired Philadelphia Gas Works salesman who spent most of his adult life in service to others, died Saturday. He was 70 and lived in South Philadelphia. Tony DeRosa was a salesman for PGW for 35 years before retiring about five years ago from the Broad and Tasker streets office. Lorraine DeRosa, his niece, was raised in the narrow streets of South Philadelphia, where a double-parked auto can lead to serious and occasionally physical confrontations.
NEWS
December 24, 1987 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Linwood Tomlinson Bates, a traveling salesman who hit the road for more than 35 years with a sample case and a smile, died Dec. 14. He was 69 and lived in St. Augustine, Fla. Bates worked for a number of companies throughout the country and won awards for his salesmanship. In what many consider the toughest kind of sales - walk in off the street with a display case and a pitch - he never burned out because he believed in what he was doing, said his daughter, Evelynne Stoklosa. Born and raised in Camden during the Depression, Bates spent much of his time working to help the family.
NEWS
March 17, 1987 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Services are to be held tonight for Joseph F. Rupertus, an advertising salesman for the Daily News and Inquirer, who died Friday. He was 51 and lived in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Rupertus went to work for the Daily News in the national advertising department in 1966 and in 1971 transferred to retail advertising as a sales representative. He worked there until September, when the two newspapers combined their advertising departments. A man of varied interests, he was a classical music and opera buff, a gourmet cook, wine expert, dog lover, writer and humanitarian.
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August 28, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Bohannon, 76, formerly of Springfield, Delaware County, a retired salesman and singer with an Irish folk band, died of prostate cancer Monday at his son Michael's home in West Chester. From 1976 until 2005, Mr. Bohannon sang and played bass with Irish Mist. The band performed in local bars and restaurants, including O'Hara's Dining Saloon and Smokey Joe's in West Philadelphia, Toland's in Norristown, and Fiddler's Green in King of Prussia. "We were the musicians. He was the singer and entertainer and told the corny jokes," said his son John, a guitarist with the band.
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December 3, 1989 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
John F. Higgins, 59, a salesman who played classical piano, died Nov. 26 at his home in Wayne. Throughout his career, Mr. Higgins was a salesman for Philco Corp., and the ESB Co., and he was a purchasing agent for the Air Force, all in Philadelphia. Born in Abington, he earned a bachelor's degree in 1953 from Lehigh University, where he majored in business. Upon graduating, he served two years in the Army. Mr. Higgins lived in Wayne for 11 years. He had moved to St. Davids in 1961, the same year he married the former Jane Fletcher in St. Patrick's Church in Malvern.
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August 12, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Baird C. Foster of Moorestown was more than the chairman of an international fund to honor a developer of Austin-Healey sport cars. "He was instrumental in rejuvenating, within the last 10 years," the DMH Memorial Fund, which, in Cornwall, England, honors the automaker Donald M. Healey, said Fred Dabney, president of the Austin-Healey Club of America. Since its creation in 1991, the fund has financed educational grants for students in Healey's home county of Cornwall. And after Mr. Foster became fund chairman in the last year, Dabney said, he "and I had been talking about making it more dominant in the States.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
'Death of a Salesman ? How many times have you had to see that?" a friend asked about my coverage of Curio Theatre Company's production of Arthur Miller's 1949 classic. Too many. To be honest, I've never liked the play. I've consistently despised Willy Loman (Paul Kuhn), the titular character who invents a false image of himself as a well-liked, prosperous and important traveling salesman in a continual quest for material and business success. I've also had little patience for those critics or interpreters who (usually in ignorance of economics)
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November 13, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert G. Becker began his love affair with lacrosse while playing midfield on the varsity team at Lafayette College, from which he graduated in 1951. "I think the reason he started was that one of his professors was a young guy who also coached the lacrosse team there and was trying to grow the program," Mr. Becker's daughter, Elizabeth T. Brandhorst, said. "My dad tried it and loved it. " And later, she said, while holding down a full-time salesman's job, he went on to play for amateur weekend lacrosse teams in Cleveland and Washington, before coaching youth lacrosse clubs in South Jersey.
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October 17, 2015 | By Dani Blum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fredric "Rick" Stevenson Wright, 67, of Ardmore, a surgical-equipment salesman and sailor, died Monday, Oct. 12, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lived with care, courage, and a fierce empathy for those around him, his wife and daughter said. After high school, the San Francisco-born Mr. Wright became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Instead, he trained as a medic at Fort Houston in San Antonio and then served as an operating-room assistant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from 1971 to 1973.
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August 18, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
James F. Warrington was a member of the La Salle College basketball team that beat the University of Dayton, 75-64, to win the 1952 National Invitation Tournament. Although he was on the bench for that game, Mr. Warrington, a freshman guard, played in 14 of La Salle's 31 games that 1951-52 season, and scored 30 points for the season, the ninth best on the 14-member team, records on a sports website show. The NIT championship team was later named to the La Salle Hall of Athletes.
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June 19, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JUST THE sight of Bill Grogan made people smile. Whether he was selling you a truck, holding forth at one of the community organizations to which he belonged, doing a job for his church, repairing a car, or building something out of wood, people knew that being around him would make them feel good. Maybe it was his Irish charm, his rich sense of humor, or just the fact that he was a generous, loving man who was always there to help anyone who needed a lift or a loan. "I never knew anybody like him," said his son, the Rev. Jim Grogan, a Roman Catholic priest.
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December 12, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University basketball coach Fran Dunphy recalled John C. "Butch" Gleason as "one of those kindhearted guys who want to do good for others. " Mr. Gleason and Dunphy graduated as classmates in 1970 at La Salle University. Dunphy noted that he is one of six coaches in Philadelphia "who stage many events over the course of a year" as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program. It is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches "to raise funds and awareness," its website states.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
In his memoir, Timebends , Arthur Miller writes of his first marriage, to Mary Slattery: "There was a deep shadow then over intermarriage between Jews and gentiles. . . . I was struggling to identify myself with mankind rather than one small tribal fraction of it. " And so Willy Loman was Everyman, not EveryJew. Until now. Under Lane Savadove's direction, EgoPo's passionate production of Miller's classic Death of a Salesman reimagines the Lomans as a Jewish family. The production starts with sitting shiva after Willy's suicide, making the entire play a backward look.
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September 20, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin R. Stenson, 71, of Springfield, Delaware County, a longtime insurance salesman and active community worker, died Sunday, Sept. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at his home. Mr. Stenson attended St. Thomas More Boys' High School in Philadelphia, where he forged many of his lifelong friendships. He graduated in 1952 and then served in the Army. In 1960, he was hired as a salesman with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. His office was first in Bala Cynwyd and later in Springfield. He stayed with the firm for almost 40 years.
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September 19, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walton S. Sweeney Jr., 71, of Del Webb at Lake Oconee, a retirement community in Greensboro, Ga., a former Medford resident and South Jersey salesman, died Saturday, Sept. 13, of heart failure at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. A former member of the New Jersey chapter of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Mr. Sweeney was a direct descendant of John Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. "He was very proud of his lineage," his wife, Renee, said.
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