June 7, 2010
Before the Finals started, and before Bernie joined Team Talkin', someone gave me an interesting Flyers shirt. I believe you two are familiar with it: it shows Bernie Parent in goal along with the words "Only the Lord Saves More Than Bernie. " It's one of the most famous sayings in Philly sports history - up there with the "Fo, Fo, Fo" and "Why Can't Us?" and the like. Bernie, what was it like the first time you heard that? And does anyone know exactly who first said it or when?
March 21, 1994 |
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone. " - Henry David Thoreau From an Elliott's Amazing Juice cap Elliott Hirsh is a bright and witty man who owns a popular fruit-juice company, dreams up innovative ideas, and who, according to his lawyer, is too nice to be a businessman. Elliott Hirsh is volatile and short-tempered, gets into rancorous legal battles, and, according to a competitor's lawsuit, adulterates his apple juice with sweeteners and other additives.
March 21, 1992 |
For aficionados of Elliott's Amazing Juices, it's been a long, dry season. It's not the flow of juice that dried up, but the flow of philosophy - those pithy sayings pasted inside the bottle caps that are more precious than the nectar itself to many die-hard Elliott's drinkers. After all, apple, grape and even papaya juice are not unique to Elliott's. But no other brand offers eclectic musings from such greats as Jean-Paul Sartre and Branch Rickey in the same package. So consternation has run high in the past year as the undersides of the caps on the squat brown bottles sporadically showed up naked of aphorisms.
January 4, 1987 |
Frank Monaghan offers his own gas-pump philosophy. While most service-station owners provide only the usual fare - leaded, unleaded and diesel - Monaghan, owner of the Plymouth Meeting Gulf station, pumps a little advice into the think tanks of his customers. To motorists who stop by or pass the Germantown Pike station, a sign propped against the curb provides weekly words of wisdom, advice or humorous commentaries on life. Mostly, Monaghan said recently, his posted sayings cause drivers to chuckle, belly laugh or shout out the car window in reply.
May 11, 1986 |
The words are among the most familiar in the Gospels: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. " But as closely associated with Jesus as those phrases have come to be, a group of scholars and clergy says Jesus probably never said them. Gathered in the basement of Arch Street United Methodist Church last week, about a dozen clergy from several denominations, led by three prominent biblical scholars, discussed the passages and then voted on the authenticity of the sayings, attributed to Jesus in the fifth chapter of St. Matthew's Gospel.
December 2, 2011 |
In the anxious moments before the season opener, Pennsauken coach Clinton Tabb asked one of his captains to address the team. Senior Justin Anderson-Copes didn't talk offense or defense. He didn't stress strategy or appeal to the Indians' emotional fervor. Anderson-Copes simply referred to one of the 13 principles that have guided the Pennsauken football team to the brink of the program's first South Jersey championship in 25 years. "We will not panic in the face of hard times," Anderson-Copes reminded his teammates before kickoff against Shawnee on Sept.
August 9, 1990 |
Capitol Electric Sign Advertising in Lansdale has posted witty ditties and sage sayings on its billboard next to Route 309 for years. Usually they are harmless notes about the weather or wry observations intended to give commuters a chuckle. Some people did not find last week's message on the north side of the sign amusing. It read: "A good secretary must Look like a woman, Think like a man And work like a dog. " "When we put it up, we wondered if anyone would take umbrage.
October 3, 1995 |
Debby Butler came to Philadelphia as a young girl, but her roots run deep in the Georgia soil, where she spent childhood summers listening to old folks' sayings: "Plant on a full moon" and "Let the children help you because all that God made with children is good. " "All these old sayings, I believe in them because when you plant on a full moon, your plants go wild," Butler says. Though Butler, 32, lives in the heart of Point Breeze in South Philadelphia, she always wanted to own a big farm.
January 15, 1991 |
As inventor and marketer of "The Final Word," Budd Goldman has made a major fortune in just five months. But he also admits "it's a jungle out there" in consumer electronics land. "Rip-off artists" are biting at his heels, he grouses, stealing his grand idea. "We've already discovered several copyright-infringing knock-offs of 'The Final Word,' " Goldman noted with a half-smile at the recent Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "I may wind up making as much from our lawsuits as from the invention itself.
April 6, 1996 |
Once again, the three chief newsmagazines have devoted their Holy Week cover stories to the endless controversy over who and what Jesus was, claimed to be, and actually said and did. The perennially trendy view, of course, is that the Gospels are unreliable and the church is founded on myths. We are invited to gather, with a sense of relief, that the great Christian dogmas are false. This means that the morality based on them isn't obligatory; it's just another optional lifestyle.