December 7, 2015 |
It's a short piece of torn, riveted metal, not worth a dollar at a scrap yard. But to Dennis and Eileen Kirban, it's an honored relic, a physical token of the powerful emotional tie that binds their family to a long-ago day of horror and heroism. It came, they say, from a Japanese warplane downed at Pearl Harbor during the surprise attack that plunged the United States into World War II. After the attack, which left nearly 3,600 Americans dead or wounded, Army Pvt. Nicholas Tinari Jr. picked up a chunk of aluminum from the wreckage of an aircraft that had tried to kill him and others who served that day. Since then, the fragment has been passed within the family, traveling from the lush islands of aloha to the suburban lawns of Bucks County, unrecognizable and anonymous but for a faded, handwritten notation: Dec. 7, '41, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
June 3, 2015 |
POPE FRANCIS may have taken a vow of celibacy, but that doesn't mean he can't cuddle. And with the release yesterday of the official - and officially adorable - plush Pope Francis doll for the World Meeting of Families, everyone now has a chance to cuddle with Catholicism's lovable leader. The pope doll, which will retail for $20, was just one of many official merchandise items unveiled yesterday at a City Hall news conference where Philadelphia-based Aramark was announced as the official retail vendor for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit in September.
December 15, 2013
JOURNALISTS GET a lot of mail from a lot of strange places, or used to. Most of my print mail now comes from two sources: Charities seeking money and Victoria's Secret. I prefer the latter. Almost everything else is electronic, whizzing to me via email and text. Most of the snail mail we get comes from publicists, politicians, convicts, other kinds of shut-ins, people needing help, people cursing us out and - Victoria's Secret. Last week, I got an unusual request by email, from an unusual place.
August 26, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - At the helm of what may be one of the longest surviving family-owned businesses on this storied Boardwalk, Debbie Devlin has seen a lot of summertime trends come and go over the last 53 years. "I've always been here. . . . We're Boardwalk people; that's all we know," said Devlin, 67, owner of Irene's, a souvenir shop near South Carolina Avenue that since 1950 has supplied the kinds of trinkets and treasures that seem to top off a seaside vacation. Stocked cheek-by-jowl in the 1,800-square-foot throwback shop - where success and defeat come in waves beneath bug-zapping fluorescent lighting and atop a mishmash of flooring - thousands of items await purchase.
July 29, 2012 |
Ryan Harrison left Wimbledon and the Olympics with a mangled racket as a souvenir. Donald Young departed with his losing streak intact. Christina McHale bid farewell after receiving a sympathetic hug from Michelle Obama. It was a difficult day for first-time Olympians in U.S. tennis. Among the rookies, only John Isner managed a victory Saturday, beating Olivier Rochus of Belgium, 7-6 (1), 6-4. Harrison lost his cool and the match against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, 7-5, 6-3. Young remained winless since February when he was eliminated by Andreas Seppi of Italy, 6-4, 6-4. McHale was beaten by former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 7-5, then afterward met the first lady.
May 8, 2012 |
Souvenir, Stephen Temperley's memory play about the 12-year relationship between 1940s society warbler Florence Foster Jenkins (more on that warbling in a moment) and her stalwart piano accompanist Cosme McMoon, gets evergreener every year. Its Broadway run was brief — though not quite as brief as Jenkins' real-life, one-night-only Carnegie Hall sellout — but Souvenir still thrives in the regions. Center City Theatre Works' current effort marks the show's third recent local production, and with good reason.
August 12, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan children retrieved souvenir pieces of a helicopter shot down by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan where witnesses on Thursday described seeing the chopper burst into flames and break apart before falling from the sky, killing 30 U.S. troops and eight Afghans. Coalition forces finished recovering the victims' remains and big sections of the wreckage. But small, twisted pieces of the Chinook CH-47 remain scattered on both sides of a slow-flowing river in Wardak province, where it crashed before dawn Saturday.
October 21, 2010 |
Free to a good home: The Spectrum's scoreboard. There are a few catches, says Lou Scheinfeld , helping Comcast-Spectacor liquidate the doomed arena's contents before its demolition next month. "It's as big as a house, weighs 20,000 pounds, and has no spare parts," Scheinfeld says. The new owner would have to hire electricians and carpenters - union members, as this is Philadelphia - to take the 30-by-40-foot behemoth apart and put it back together. So far, six people inquired about the scoreboard, got the lowdown, and said, "No, thanks," he said.
May 26, 2010 |
Seeing sales opportunities among ecstatic Flyers fans, Aramark will open four "team store outposts" to sell jerseys, Flyers souvenirs, and Stanley Cup merchandise. The Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the National Hockey League Eastern Conference finals on Monday, ushering them into the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1997. The Flyers will play the Blackhawks for the Cup, beginning Saturday in Chicago. "This town is really excited," Ike Richman, spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, said Tuesday.
April 13, 2010 |
Home is where the 76ers go to lose. Some nights, those losses were big, by more points than fans care to remember. Other nights, those losses were in-between, but defeat was always inevitable. On Monday night, the loss came in the final seconds, but it seemed appropriate nonetheless. On a baseline jumper by Udonis Haslem, splashed with 1.3 seconds remaining, the Miami Heat defeated the Sixers, 107-105. The Sixers (27-54) finished the season 12-29 at home. They play their final game of the 2009-10 season on Wednesday against the Magic in Orlando.