April 17, 2013 |
Not all the good guys supported the Allied side in World War II. At the time, many agreed when Humphrey Bogart's bar owner Rick Blaine remarked, "I stick my neck out for nobody. " But even Bogie's Casablancan cynic would have rallied to the cause after seeing Delaware Theatre Company's rousing and resplendent production of Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein's South Pacific. On DTC's smallish stage, the cast of 26 romps across Dirk Durosette's wicker set pieces and colorful backdrops (including a real Jeep and a model fighter plane)
February 7, 2013 |
SYDNEY, Australia - At least six bodies have been found in the sodden wreckage left by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. The 5-foot waves that roared inland on Santa Cruz Island, in the eastern Solomons, on Wednesday were too fast to outrun for five elderly villagers and one child, who died after being sucked under the rushing water, George Herming, a spokesman for the prime minister, said Thursday.
October 9, 2012 |
AS A BANKER, John Judge had one guiding principle: to help people own their own homes. He was an officer of Continental Savings & Loan, and he saw to it that people, mostly in the West Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up, got the loans they needed to fulfill the dream of owning property. He went on to other banking positions and didn't retire until he was 89, when he was a director of Prudential Bancorp Inc., into which Continental had morphed. His mission always was to serve the customers and to encourage them to follow his lifelong passion for saving money.
March 23, 2011 |
Robert H. Dillard, 92, of Gladwyne, a retired Procter & Gamble executive and decorated World War II Marine, died Sunday, March 13, at Lankenau Hospital. A native of Dillard, Ga., a town named for his family, Mr. Dillard earned a bachelor's degree from Mercer University in Macon, where he played on the baseball and basketball teams. During World War II, he was an officer with the First Marine Division in the Pacific. On Guadalcanal, Lt. Dillard led his unit to help capture an airfield after his superior officers were killed.
October 6, 2009 |
Frank Zoppetti, 93, formerly of South Philadelphia, a star college quarterback and retired firefighter, died Saturday at Saunders House in Wynnewood. Mr. Zoppetti, nicknamed "Zip" for his speed, led Duquesne University to a 13-12 victory over Mississippi State University in the Orange Bowl in 1937. After graduating from Duquesne in 1938, he coached football at St. Francis High School in Morgantown, W.Va., and was later an assistant coach at Duquesne. He played the 1941 football season with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a tailback before joining the Marine Corps in January 1942.
April 7, 2004 |
William H. Davenport, 81, a University of Pennsylvania professor who designed the Pacific section of the school's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology , died March 12 of leukemia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The peripatetic Mr. Davenport lived in Germantown, Society Hill, Manayunk and North East, Md., during the years he taught at Penn. Mr. Davenport was born and raised in Cucamonga, Calif., and in 1939 studied art and photography for a year at the Art Center School in Los Angeles before joining the U.S. merchant marine.
August 14, 2003 |
Today is Aug. 14. Just another midsummer day with no particular significance, right? Well, it sure is special to me. Fifty-eight years ago, Aug. 14 was the happiest day of my life, and probably in the lives of millions of other Americans. It was the day Japan surrendered. It was the end, after many long years of struggle and suffering, of World War II. It was the day when I gratefully realized that maybe I did have a life ahead of me, after all. Until that moment, I and most of my GI buddies had many doubts about that.
January 5, 2001 |
I'm just guessing here, but see if I'm on to something: The last thing you need at the start of a shiny new year is another reason to worry. You've got enough on your mind already, and besides, what's the point of turning over the calendar if you can't feel optimistic about things for at least a little while? Time's up. So what do you think about the Kyrgyz Republic? Not much, I'll bet. That's OK - you don't have to be embarrassed about it. If you're like most people, you haven't spent much time lately thinking about the Kyrgyz Republic, even with all its problems.
December 4, 2000 |
Claude Francis Koch, 82, an author, recipient of the O. Henry Award for short stories, and professor emeritus at La Salle University, died on Saturday of pneumonia at his home in Chestnut Hill. Mr. Koch grew up in the city's Fern Hill Park section and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1936. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from then-La Salle College and a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Florida in 1957. Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Mr. Koch enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
June 5, 2000 |
The prime minister of the Solomon Islands has been taken hostage and armed rebels have put up roadblocks in the islands' capital of Honiara, New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said today. Ministry spokesman Brad Pattersfield said insurgents from the Solomon Islands' Malaita Eagle Force militia were holding Prime Minister Bartholemew Ulufa'alua hostage. He spoke after talking with New Zealand's High Commission in Honiara. In Canberra, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said armed groups had overrun key installations in Honiara overnight in an apparent coup attempt in the country, which is 1,125 miles off Australia's northeast coast.