July 6, 2011 |
It was a long, hot summer of great import for the United States - only months after a course-changing election, and on the cusp of monumental decisions about war and tax cuts and, as it turned out, a national tragedy of epic proportions. And America's couch potatoes and their fix-feeding TV producers got lost in the news that fateful summer of 2001 - none of that serious stuff, but the case of an attractive missing-and-later-found-murdered Capitol Hill intern named Chandra Levy, who'd also had a fling with a congressman.
October 4, 2000 |
We take you to lovely Hawaii, where the tropical breezes waft through the window and the native music swells. Al-o-ha-oy. Al-o-ha . . . Oy, vey! It's ex-Baywatch babe Yasmine Bleeth in a teeny-weeny, off-white bikini. Shacked up with her honey on the 39th floor of a high-rise hotel, she's wearing it solely for your benefit. In real life, she'd just be naked. But this isn't real life. This is Titans, an over-the-top mess of an attempt to revive the nighttime soap-opera genre of the '80s: cat-fightin', back-stabbin', bed-hoppin', among the despicably overdressed rich.
July 13, 1994 |
Soap-opera weddings rarely come off without a hitch, but are there times when truth is stranger than fiction? Just about every actor we asked had a wedding horror story to relate. "It was just like in the movies," says Thom Christopher, who played Dante Partou on "Loving" and Carlo Hesser/Mortimer Bern on "One Life to Live. " "I never thought I'd ever actually hear anything in response to 'If there is anyone who can show just cause . . . ' but I was at a friend's wedding, and someone came forward with a quite unprintable objection.
August 29, 1986 |
Amy Jo McCoy of Norristown says she'll never drive into another automatic carwash again. They may be happy to hear that at the Ridge Pike Car Wash in Conshohocken. The business sued the 19-year-old Norristown woman yesterday, saying that she caused $2,152.14 in damage by driving her red Mustang through at 30 m.p.h. The suit, filed in Montgomery County Court, contends that McCoy, of the 1700 block of North Hills Drive, damaged a wrap-around brush unit in September 1984 through "careless, reckless and negligent" driving.
August 15, 1990 |
This is the story of the two Nathans brothers, Sonny Saul and Peter Paul, and the pink bubble gum-colored liquids that have come between them in the federal courts. The older brother, Sonny, 52, is the sole proprietor of S.S. Nathans, a Stratford company that develops and sells polishes, soaps and detergents. One of his top-selling products is Liquid Brilliance, billed as "a nonabrasive, state of the art, aerodynamic, fast brilliant luster for new showroom cars, expensive classic and antique automobiles . . . and sleek, beautiful limousines.
February 18, 2006 |
Earth to General Hospital: Come back; all is forgiven. I hadn't intended to watch the ABC soap opera, but I was tuning in to Oprah last week and got to the set early. What I saw shocked me. General Hospital has flown off to cloud cuckoo land. It's completely lost the tenuous connection that soaps usually maintain with reality. The day I first tuned in, they were shutting down the hospital of the title. Sealing it off. No one goes in or out. This was so everybody in the building, even the folks hooked up to IV poles, could search for an escaped chimpanzee.
October 31, 2003 |
When adults spin yarns of their childhood misadventures, they generally use words such as ornery or rascal to describe themselves. They don't want to admit that, on rare occasions, they were just plain bad. Or mischievous, at the very least. If little ears are close enough to hear, the grown-ups will inevitably utter that hackneyed disclaimer: It was a different world back then. Maybe the world was different. Getting into a little bit of harmless mischief every now and then used to be a sign of a healthy curiosity about life in a kid. Today, even Mischief Night isn't what it used to be. When I was a kid, Mischief Night was in vogue.
April 25, 2004 |
Everywhere they go, they're known as "the soap guys. " Nurses by day, Chris Frazer and Terry Bussard are soap-makers at night and soap-sellers on weekends. Along with 32 varieties of soap, they also offer bath salts and fizzies, and salves. Their business - Sungate Elementals - is an extension of their jobs and interest in holistic medicine. "As nurses, we're well-aware that skin, a vital organ, needs to be taken care of," said Bussard, 47, a nurse anesthetist at the veterans hospital in Philadelphia.
June 24, 2009 |
Stephanie Gray-Denihan loves her soap disasters almost as much as she loves her successes. There was the expensive Israeli mud that didn't mix well, becoming a tricolored slab instead of a nice black bar. And the batch of pink sugar soap that turned brown. It still smelled good, she said, but it looked like dirt. Whether it's determining color or texture or smell, it's all part of the learning process that's become the success of Spoiled Rotten, her skin-care and soap line.
May 16, 2006 |
Jill Greenberg wants the shards you scrape from your soap dish. You know, the thin, perhaps broken pieces left over from once-fresh bars of Camay or Cashmere Bouquet. No recycling zealot, Greenberg is an artist with roots in Philadelphia, a fellowship from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists at 18th and Spruce, and studio space in Baltimore. She and 20 others nationwide are participating in the Accumulation Project. The brainchild of a Brooklyn collective called Other Leading Brand, the project has each artist choosing to collect a particular something (plastic bags, opinions, gum, yellow things)