November 10, 2015 |
IT TOOK the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie" reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare. "Spectre" took an easy first-place spot with an estimated $73 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, to become the second-biggest Bond opening of all time. The 24th film in the 53-year-old series stars Daniel Craig as 007 and cost a reported $250 million to produce.
December 29, 2013 |
An almost universal first reaction to entering David Abers and Richard Loatman's home is amazement, tinged with sensory overload. Their house, on a street in Trenton's Mill Hill section reminiscent of Society Hill, overflows with charm and intriguing architectural details. With nutcrackers, too. It all began innocently, as so many collections do. An aunt and uncle temporarily living in Germany sent Abers, their stateside nephew, a traditional wooden-soldier nutcracker as a Christmas present when he was about 12. "It happened that they had become friendly with Mark Spitz, the Olympian, and he actually guided them to the place they found my present," Abers remembers, "so that definitely gave it even more allure.
May 27, 2013 |
Emergency, emergency: The wind was kicking up and blowing the tablecloths off the tables in the booths at Saturday's May Fair in Collingswood. Why someone called Gerard "Jerry" Chambers, 62, with this problem is unknown - he likes to joke that even though he's the chairman of the festival, Mayor James Maley heads the weather committee. Still, Chambers specializes in problem-solving, with a particular talent for the mundane. "Tell them to roll up duct tape and just put the tablecloth on the tape," Chambers advised.
December 26, 2011
At 6-foot-5, David N. Pincus' height may have been the first thing people noticed about him, but his soaring heart is what they will remember. Pincus, 85, of Wynnewood, died last week of leukemia after a life of sharing his success with the world. The retired chairman of Pincus Bros.-Maxwell, a family-owned Philadelphia clothing manufacturer, Pincus used his fortune to care for suffering children and donate art works to area museums. Moved forever by a 1984 trip to Ethiopia during which a starving child died in his arms, Pincus traveled the world to bring relief to suffering children.
August 20, 2010 |
Snoopy Flying Ace For Xbox 360 via Xbox Live Arcade From: Smart Bomb Interactive ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ (violence) Price: $10 Fans of the Peanuts comic strip should find nothing surprising about Snoopy Flying Ace's single-player campaign, which finds Snoopy living out his dream as a World War I flying ace in pursuit of the devious Red Baron. What might be surprising is just how deep that campaign goes. Ace's compromise between arcade- and simulation-flavored controls feels perfectly right - not so loose as to make flying the planes a mindless cakewalk, but neither stiff nor needlessly complicated enough to keep casual dogfighting-game fans from enjoying themselves just as much.
May 20, 2002 |
Everyone wants to know right off. So, no, female arm wrestlers are not what Mary Izzi laughingly refers to as "big giant women" who brawl at bars. Not for the most part anyway. Of course, there was the woman at a recent Allentown competition who told Izzi she worked in municipal maintenance and had spent the previous week stacking manhole covers. "I knew then I was going to lose," Izzi said with a grin. "I thought, 'OK, you can beat me. Just don't hurt me.' " But here are Izzi and Sue Fischer, both petite things who are friendly and laugh easily and live in houses decorated with lace and flowers and are, first and foremost, moms to their kids.
May 4, 2001 |
The beloved gang of the Peanuts comic strip and its creator will be honored May 17 when the U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative that is certain to be popular with the public. The Postal Service has ordered a printing of 125 million stamps, far exceeding the usual 90 million or fewer for commemoratives. The design features Snoopy as that adventurous World War I flying ace. The goggled beagle is the only one pictured on the stamp, but he, his master, Charlie Brown, and buddies Lucy and Linus are depicted on the margins of the sheet.
June 14, 2000 |
Elijah "Reedy" Reed, a retired longshoreman and colorful neighborhood character who owned a string of Buicks and a string of dogs named Snoopy, died of kidney failure Friday. He was 79 and lived in North Philadelphia for 52 years. Reed was a longshoreman for more than 35 years before retiring on disability in the late 1980s. During that time, he served two terms as a union delegate for Local 1234. Born in Sumpter, S.C., Reed was educated in Philadelphia public schools and graduated from high school before joining the Army for a three-year hitch during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Philadelphia and ran his own business, Popular Coal Co., at 10th and Mellon streets, for four years before settling in on his job at the docks.
February 14, 2000 |
Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, the most beloved and successful cartoonist of the 20th century, died of colon cancer Saturday at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif., hours after his final strip appeared in early editions of yesterday's paper. As the artist always intended, Peanuts ended with him. Mr. Schulz, who was 77, began celebrating the comic strip's golden anniversary last year. He died in his sleep with his wife, Jeannie, by his side. He was diagnosed with the cancer following abdominal surgery in November, during which he suffered a series of strokes that left his speech and vision severely impaired.
December 19, 1999 |
I met Charles Schulz in 1984 at his California studio while I was on a business trip for Hallmark Cards. He was a quiet and gracious host, more at ease with the artists in our group than with the business types. He showed us around the place, talked to us about his routine and his work, shared his secret pride in his lettering, his contentment with his life. After an hour or so, he excused himself so he could go off and work on that day's strip. I got chills at the thought that a brand new Peanuts was about to be created.