September 25, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I'm a single guy, 33 years old. I am 6 feet 9 inches tall, and defined as husky. I only need to enter a room and it gets quiet followed by a "funny" comment about my size. I smile and laugh to put people at ease. Then I'm forgotten. I don't enjoy spending my life alone looked at like a freak of nature. I keep hoping to find that special someone who would hold me and tell me it is going to be OK. It would be nice to smile because I'm happy instead of doing it to hide pain.
July 28, 2012 |
It's disheartening to know that so much of what we see and hear of black America is the very worst of black America, especially when the story of black success hardly ever gets told. Well, a big chapter of that story has come home to Philadelphia. Jack and Jill of America Inc., the seminal social organization for upper-class African American children, founded here in Philadelphia, reminds us that black achievement is not only alive and well, but thriving. More than 1,500 members and their families have come from more than 200 chapters across the country for Jack and Jill's national convention at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown this week.
November 3, 2011 |
TORTURE. Inhumanity. Madness. Words are inadequate to describe the atrocities against the children and adults with mental and physical disabilities discovered in Philadelphia recently - and this is not the first time such circumstances have occurred. These individuals represent some of the most vulnerable members of society, and deserve our protection and support. The moral test of our society is how we protect our children, the elderly and disabled. In the headlines, we see the needs so clearly.
September 5, 2008 |
Charles J. Lucker, 79, formerly of Huntingdon Valley, a retired business owner and cofounder of a social organization for singles, died of pulmonary fibrosis Sunday at Abington Memorial Hospital Hospice. From 1970 to 2000, Mr. Lucker and his wife, Joan Voirin Lucker, operated the Single Set. The Luckers, who had both been previously married, started the organization in response to a need for divorced men and women to meet in attractive settings, Joan Lucker said. Single Set sponsored dances with live music at country clubs, dinner parties in private homes, and two annual cruises.
June 1, 1990 |
Lela Jones, 80, of Mount Airy, a retired schoolteacher who dealt with segregation in the 1930s by helping to found Northeasterners Inc., a black women's social and civic club, and Jack & Jill of America Inc., a social organization for black children and families, died Sunday at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mrs. Jones was the second president of Northeasterners Inc., a group of bright young socialites who founded three social clubs in 1930 in New York, Philadelphia and Washington. With the Depression, the club changed its focus and set up a scholarship fund.
March 16, 1990 |
When pessimists describe the obstacles to the establishment of democracy in the Soviet Union they often stress that political change is still dictated from the top. This week, for example, the biggest drama in Moscow was the creation of a powerful new executive presidency to which Mikhail Gorbachev was elected. He was chosen by the legislature, not by the public, and even there he ran unopposed. But another political process is going on in the Soviet Union that is less visible but in the end may be much more crucial.
January 29, 1989 |
John P. Reilly Jr. describes himself as a "real go-getter. " Born with severe nerve damage in both ears, the 31-year-old Laurel Springs resident said he had never let his impairment stop him from setting high goals and pursuing his dreams. And, for Reilly, hard work and persistence have resulted in many dreams come true. His latest challenge has been the effort to form a social organization for people 18 to 40 with hearing losses. Reilly said he began the effort after noting a "lack of participation among young people" in other organizations for the hearing impaired.
September 18, 1988 |
Sitting in his windowless office inside Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, Robert S. Hurst - the man a colleague once dubbed "super cop of the world" - displays the peculiarities of his dressing. There is the driver's license tucked in a cigarette pack because Hurst considers a wallet heavy baggage. There are two loose car keys, sans key ring because he says it, too, is unnecessary hardware. A few dollars are folded into a gold money clip. And then there is what Hurst calls his "blood hanky.
January 27, 1988 |
Ira Graham, a retired Philadelphia police officer who was active in civic and political organizations, died Sunday. He was 91 and lived in North Philadelphia. Graham served on the police force from 1926 to 1952. In 1940, he became one of the first black patrolmen to be taken off a foot beat and given a "Red Car" for patrolling the 23rd District in North Philadelphia. This was the result of a decade-long campaign by the North Philadelphia Civic League to have black police officers assigned to cars.
July 24, 1986 |
For the novice real-estate investor, the first step, no matter how small, is always the hardest. And it doesn't get any easier, no matter how long you wait. Which is why Clark Firestone says go for it now. "Get started," advises my old friend from high school. "Get some people together and buy something. " That's how Firestone became a small-scale real estate investor two years ago. After what seemed like ages of being on the outside looking in, he and eight friends and neighbors formed an investment club to purchase five motel condominiums.