December 8, 1993 |
A nearly three-year-effort to woo Philadelphia's largest convention has hit another snag. The Prince Hall Shriners, whose 1995 gathering would attract about 60,000 attendees and generate $35 million, has turned down the city's proposal to host its convention here. But the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau says it still has a chance to snag the coveted meeting and will re-submit its proposal next month. "We have to go back and do some more within our hospitality community and come up with the kind of package the Shriners want," said Andrew S. Tod, the bureau's vice president of sales and marketing.
October 1, 1989 |
The Shriners of the LuLu Temple traded in their fezzes and martinis for ten-gallon hats and cold long-necks last weekend as they welcomed a bit of the Wild West to their Blue Bell temple. Cowboy boots, complete with sharpened, shined spurs, torn blue jeans, and tired, dusty ten-gallon hats were the order of the day as the Shriners welcomed the rodeo to town. That's right, we're talkin' a good ole-fashioned foot-stompin', flag- waving, hand-clapping, dust-kickin', steer-wrasslin' weekend provided by Three Hills Rodeo, fresh out of Maquoketa, Iowa.
October 12, 1994 |
It would have been the largest convention ever in Philadelphia. The Prince Hall Shriners, a masonic organization, was to bring as many as 60,000 people to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for 10 days in August. The meeting would have generated $30 million. But the Shriners, a group the city had pursued vigorously to fill the $523 million center during a slow time of year, aren't coming. Local tourism officials had been fearing the worst for months. "The Shriners will meet in Indianapolis in '95," said Ralph Slaughter, who heads a committee of the Detroit-based group charged to determine where the organization would meet.
April 23, 1989 |
Robert James Spence Sr., 66, a plumbing contractor who helped raise money for crippled children, died Monday at Lankenau Hospital. Mr. Spence lived in Havertown for 15 years and had lived in Drexel Hill. Before his retirement in 1984, Mr. Spence worked for almost 40 years as a plumbing contractor in the family business, George E. Spence & Sons Co. Inc., which was started by his father. Mr. Spence was a Mason for 40 years. He was a member of the Shriners and for many years was active in fund-raising for Shriners Hospital For Crippled Children in Philadelphia.
October 11, 1993
From his Idaho vantage point, Robert Turnipseed is flummoxed. He heads the Shriners committee that wants to move the Shriners' aging hospital for crippled children. The old, stone facility has served nobly on Roosevelt Boulevard, repairing the ravages of polio and then spine disease and other orthopedic cripplers - all free of charge. That the hospital needs to be replaced is not in dispute. It's a relic of the 1920s. But what has dismayed Mr. Turnipseed - and startled some of the city's longest-term economic development chiefs - is the intensity of the bare-knuckles brawl that has flared since the Shriners said they would like to relocate their free service in the city's neediest neighborhood - in Temple University's brand new medical center on North Broad Street.
June 29, 2004 |
Richard and Dawn Lavinthal sashay past each other on the large floor, in perfect unison with 30 other couples switching spots as they line dance to the strains of '60s-era Motown. They have followed the two good-humored South Jersey disc jockeys known as Lou Costello and Billy from Philly to a new home in another state, about 35 miles from where home used to be. Exactly 52 weeks ago, the Lavinthals and about 300 other baby-boomer regulars at the DJs' monthly soirees thought they might be dancing their last dance.
February 27, 2013 |
MOHAMMED Al-Jumaili is an all-American teenager by way of war-torn Fallujah, Iraq. The cheerful, focused 18-year-old keeps mounds of Boy Scout awards in his bedroom dresser and prosthetic limbs in his closet. "I used to have more," he explained as he struggled to dig the prosthetics out the other day in the Glenside apartment he shares with his mother. He found three. Two were his, plastic legs of varying quality that replaced a right leg that was half blown off from a car-bomb explosion when he was 12. Another was an arm that looked as though it was removed from a slightly oversize doll.
February 22, 2009 |
John Wesley Dean III, 80, the fourth-generation owner of a Philadelphia funeral home, a lawyer, and a nationally prominent Shriner, died of Parkinson's disease Feb. 12 at his home in Largo, Fla. His daughter, Katharine Mervine, said the original firm, John W. Dean Funeral Director, was founded in 1883 in Fox Chase. Dean's son, Warren, was followed by John W. Dean Jr. and then Mrs. Mervine's father. In the mid-1980s, she said, the firm, still in Fox Chase, was sold and now operates as Dean Geitner Givnish Funeral Homes.
October 3, 1986 |
Happy coincidence! The 15th anniversary of Walt Disney World in Florida and the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution are converging, more or less, so former Chief Justice Warren E. Burger will be at the Orlando, Fla., fantasy land today to officially kick off the constitutional celebration with a keynote address (the Constitution's birthday is Sept. 17). When Burger appears for Constitution ceremonies in Philadelphia next year, remember that it all began yesterday at Dulles Airport in Washington, with Snow White and one of her favorite dwarfs seeing the ex-jurist off to Florida.
June 14, 1989
GANG STRIFE CONTINUING How any parents can accept the death of their son and not feel any bitterness toward his executioners is hard for me to comprehend. Such a loss has to be devastating. Seventeen years old - what a pity, what a loss! If the Daily family and the authorities think not having retaliation will stop these street beatings and killings, they have another guess coming. There is still the responsible one that gang is set to get. After the arrest and trial of these criminals, the sad part of this story starts.