November 5, 2013 |
Qlik Technologies Inc., better known as QlikTech, has been on a roll lately, adding customers worldwide from its Radnor headquarters. QlikTech has also been winning kudos in the tech community for its easy-to-use data analytics software. Even so, Lars Björk, 51, wasn't having his best day recently. QlikTech's chief executive had just returned from a 10-day bicycle trip in Africa with the founder of HopeHIV, a charity that helps African children orphaned by AIDS. The ride was great.
October 29, 2013 |
ONE WORD to describe Lou Reed? "Uncompromising" will work. Reed, who died yesterday of liver disease at 71, had his moments in the pop-culture sun. "Walk On the Wild Side," his noirish travelogue through a landscape populated by junkies, hookers and transvestites, inexplicably made it to No. 16 on the Billboard magazine chart (imagine a pop hit today with the refrain, "And the colored girls go . . . "). It resurfaced in 1984 as the soundtrack to a Honda scooter TV spot that screamed "irony" (such a subversive song selling such a mainstream product epitomized Reagan-era cool)
October 23, 2013 |
TO KIDS in the '60s, Jerry Ross and guys like him seemed merely small-print names on a favorite 45, if their names were noticed at all. And yet in co-writing, producing or otherwise fostering singles - such as Jerry Butler's "Mr. Dream Merchant"; the Dreamlovers' "You Gave Me Somebody to Love"; the Sapphires' "Who Do You Love"; Candy and the Kisses' "The 81"; and the original version of "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," by Dee Dee Warwick...
October 14, 2013 |
In 2008, Kia's U.S. market share was a minuscule 1.9 percent. Today, it is this country's eighth-largest brand by sales volume. And one of the biggest reasons for that growth is a cute, improbable little funkwagon called the Soul. The Soul, which has been redesigned for 2014, began life in the 2009 model year as an offbeat entry in a boxy, small-wagon category that includes the likes of the Honda Fit, Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman, and Fiat 500L. Buyers liked the Soul's modest window stickers and found its eccentric aesthetics quite funky-dory.
September 8, 2013
THE SOUL have reacquired wide receiver Jeff Hughley from Jacksonville for the rights to defensive back Kent Richardson. Hughley set the Soul record with 1,865 yards in kick returns in 2012 before signing with the Sharks. His return yardage dipped with the Sharks this season (1,095), but he had 82 catches, including 15 for touchdowns, as Jacksonville's third-leading receiver. The Soul have beaten Jacksonville in the American Conference championship game each of the last 2 years.
August 20, 2013 |
ORLANDO - Ron Jaworski has a novel idea on how the Soul can win the 2014 ArenaBowl. Make it a home game. Actually, that's not quite accurate. But Jaworski, the face of the Soul ownership, said prior to Saturday's loss to Arizona in the ArenaBowl, that he was going to make a push for Philadelphia to host next year's AFL championship. "I'm definitely going to talk about it," Jaworski said. Jaws was effusive in his praise for Orlando, site of this year's championship game and quite critical of last year's host, New Orleans.
August 19, 2013 |
ORLANDO - If he had to lose, Soul receiver Tiger Jones would rather get blown out than lose like his team did to Arizona in Saturday's ArenaBowl. A disappointing day continued the Soul's frustrations against the Rattlers, as Arizona won, 48-39, before an Amway Center crowd of 12,039 and a national TV audience. The big play eluded the Soul all day. The sequence that symbolized the afternoon came in the final minute, when it looked as if the Soul might pull off a heart-stopping comeback.
August 18, 2013 |
ORLANDO - As much as the Arena League fawns over Kurt Warner, the Super Bowl champion never won an ArenaBowl. Quirky stat? Maybe. But quarterbacks are defined by championships - no matter the level - as much as passing yards. And a championship is the one thing that has eluded Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh. Only 19 quarterbacks have won an ArenaBowl, according to the arenafan.com website. While it's certain that Raudabaugh and his Arizona Rattlers counterpart, Nick Davila, want a shot at playing in the NFL on Sundays, a win Saturday would be a defining moment in the arena football section of their playing resumés.
August 18, 2013 |
DERRICK ROSS' football resumé looks more like a geography syllabus. College ball at Tarleton State in Stephenville, Texas. Pro ball stops include Kansas City with the Chiefs, Cologne (Germany), Montreal, Winnipeg, San Angelo (Texas), Dallas and - beginning in 2012 - Philadelphia. For the second year in a row, he is on the precipice of a title. "I've been playing football since I was 10 years old," the affable Ross explained. "I've never won a championship. This means the world to me. " Ross (6-0, 240)
August 17, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The player-coach relationship started in a glorified rodeo pit adjacent to a goat-herding facility in a small West Texas town and has continued through two stops in the Arena Football League. Derrick Ross appreciates it because, once again, he has a chance for a championship. And he is grateful for Clint Dolezel's mentorship. "I could go on and on about Coach," Ross said. "He's believed in me. He's turned a nothing into a something. " The Soul running back's sojourn through professional football has been right alongside Dolezel on three teams - the San Angelo Stampede of the Lone Star Football League as well as the Dallas Vigilantes and the Soul in the Arena League.