October 26, 1988 |
The dress code is in, which means that the David Letterman look is out for teachers at the Magnolia Public School. Letterman likes to wear sneakers - even with a business suit - when hosting his late-night television show, but if he were teaching at Magnolia, his outfit would violate the school's new dress code. The school board in August adopted a code for teachers, administrators and clerical staff that is broad for the most part but does ban sneakers. Only physical-education teachers are exempt from that prohibition.
February 21, 1992 |
Christopher Demby and his friend, Allen Gore, both 15, went to the 52nd Street Strip in West Philadelphia on March 17, 1990, to buy sneakers. They were stalked, then set upon by three teens, two with guns, who stole their new sneakers and left Christopher Demby dead in the street. Yesterday, the two gunmen, Kenyatta "Yattie" Miles, 20, and Michael Henry, 18, were convicted by a Common Pleas Court jury of first-degree murder in the slaying. A sentencing hearing for the two was set for today.
August 27, 2004
AS AN African-American, I am appalled by some of the negative reactions of my fellow African-Americans toward Bill Cosby's comments over the decline of moral and social structure in black communities and families. If what Bill Cosby has said does not refer to you, and if you are decent, productive parents, then you should not be offended by his remarks. I agree with Bill. Many African-Americans put too much importance on $200 sneakers, for example, and less on cleaning up their neighborhoods, respecting one another, pursuing a decent education - need I say more?
October 26, 2000 |
For an hour Saturday night, the borough will cordon off the one block of Mechanic Street for its first drag race. No fast cars will be competing on that tiny stretch of hill that is no more than a few hundred yards long. This race belongs to drag queens, who will celebrate Halloween with a race in heels to the top of the hill. The race will begin at 8:30 p.m. Saturday from the corner of Mechanic and Main Streets. The contestant who is fastest in pumps will take home nearly $1,000 in gift certificates to local businesses and a two-foot trophy of a gold-plated heeled sneaker with wings, said Sam Burns, a Chamber of Commerce member who thought up the race.
July 12, 1990 |
He took a shotgun blast in the right shoulder in a bloody rampage in an Oak Lane drug house in 1988, but Andre Kinard apparently didn't learn a thing, the prosecutor said. "Sometimes you look at these people and wonder if there was any impact, because they go out and commit the same kind of vicious acts," Assistant District Attorney Joe McGettigan said. Municipal Judge Arthur S. Kafrissen yesterday ordered Kinard, now 18, held without bail for trial over his alleged role in the murder of a 17-year-old boy during an attempt to steal the victim's new Nike sneakers on West Philadelphia's 52nd Street shopping strip.
October 4, 2004 |
WHILE millions of Americans know the conspiracies behind who killed JFK and why Elvis is living in a trailer park in Port Orange, Fla., I don't waste my time with such theories. Instead, I live my life and judge people on their athletic footwear. I call it the Sneaker Theory. Growing up, every generation had the fear of having to wear Bo-Bo's. Already the song is creeping in your head: Bo-Bo's, they make your feet feel fine, Bo-Bo's they cost $1.99. Just like you didn't want to be the kid who was forced to eat a urinal cake, you didn't want to be the kid wearing Bo-Bo's.
March 29, 2007 |
Sneakers as girly confections? In the male-dominated world of novelty kicks, that might seem a bit of a stretch. But then again, it hasn't ever been tried by the first bona-fide princesses of hip-hop. Vanessa and Angela Simmons, daughters of Reverend Joseph "Run" Simmons, one-third of the pioneer rap group Run-D.M.C., launched their sneaker line, Pastry, on Sunday. The design duo are also the nieces of urban fashion/lifestyle moguls Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons - the couple credited with taking hip-hop-inspired clothing mainstream with Phat Farm, Def Jam University, and the runway spectacle Baby Phat.
October 23, 2009
BACK IN APRIL, on the same day that his famous father, Michael Jordan, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Marcus Jordan announced he would play hoops at the University of Central Florida. That was a happy day for the Knights, who beat out the likes of Iowa, Stanford, Toledo, Butler, and Oklahoma for Marcus' talents. But it may end up being a costly decision for the university. Marcus, it seems, will only wear Nike Air Jordan sneakers because, he says, they hold special meaning to him and his family.
February 16, 1993 |
Homer Jackson is on the one. Whether using video to document the transcendent rush that came when he first dunked a basketball or bringing together a broad sampling of artists for a timely exhibit about sneakers, Jackson - as funk demi-god George Clinton might say - "is on the one," intuitively hitting a creative downbeat with a combination of precision and unkempt cool. The North Philadelphia multimedia artist has orchestrated "High Flying," an exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art that explores assorted perspectives on athletic footwear.
December 27, 1987 |
Along Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, shopkeepers have stuffed their storefront windows with Christmas trees, lights and New Year's decorations. Not Bill Carlin. He has stuffed his window with sneakers, as he has every month since his store opened in February. Carlin is the manager of John's Sneaks, at 140 E. Lancaster Ave., which sells sneakers cheap and operates on a shoestring budget. That means no money for decorations and - at the sister store in Ardmore - no telephone. Advertising depends mostly on word of mouth.