January 19, 1998 |
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.
May 14, 1997 |
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.
June 28, 1986 |
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.
June 2, 1988 |
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.
December 14, 1990 |
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.
April 23, 1990 |
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.
December 24, 1987 |
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.
March 17, 1987 |
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.
August 28, 2009 |
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.
December 3, 1989 |
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.