November 12, 1989 |
Mention the answering machine and Wendy Cohen scowls. Of all the chores her business demands, checking that blamed contraption is the one that drives her nuts. Some days, it seems every moron in town awaits her on the overnight tape. It goes with the territory. Cohen runs a sperm bank. And not just any sperm bank. Her company, Pennsylvania Sperm Bank Inc., is the only commercial sperm bank in Pennsylvania. Her customers, therefore, show up from as far as Pittsburgh. And though the sperm bank no longer advertises, its Mayfair address and phone number are right there in Ma Bell's White Pages.
March 21, 1990 |
"I like myself," says Sam, a 20-year-old college student. "I think there should be more people like me. " So, apparently, do the folks at Sam's sperm bank, where the business major from upstate New York has been making deposits since October. Sam doesn't know whether anyone has become pregnant, but the sperm bank wouldn't pay, he imagines, "unless they could sell every single sample. " The recent controversy over whether a Queens woman was inseminated with the wrong semen from a Manhattan sperm bank has refocused attention on sperm donation and artificial insemination, a procedure that has produced well above 30,000 births in the U.S., according to government statistics.
October 27, 1992 |
Calling "Frozen Assets" moronic discredits morons. The only surprise in this hapless, hopelessly contrived romantic comedy is that "name" actors such as Corbin Bernsen and Shelley Long (OK, they're not great names, but they are "names") agreed to appear in what otherwise would have been an awful but anonymous straight-to-video release. Bernsen stars as Zach, a corporate zombie dispatched by his boss to a tiny town in Oregon, where the only hotel is - get this - a brothel. He's assigned to shore up a failing bank in a tiny Oregon town; what he doesn't know is that it's - get this - a sperm bank.
January 10, 1986 |
Blood tests were negative for all 290 women who showed up to be tested for signs of AIDS after Pennsylvania Hospital announced that AIDS antibodies had been detected in the blood of a sperm bank donor and in blood serum used in its in-vitro fertilization laboratory. An additional 311 women who had been notified of possible exposure to the AIDS virus did not taken part in the screening, said Dolores Ziff, hospital spokeswoman. A total of 601 women had been contacted after the hospital found antibodies to the AIDS virus in two unrelated cases: in the blood of a man who had been a regular donor for about 2 1/2 years to the hospital's sperm bank and in a batch of blood serum used in the hospital's in-vitro fertilization laboratory.
October 23, 1992 |
A man who has recently escaped from a mental hospital peers into a microscope and cackles at the sight of intensely magnified sperm. . . . Unfortunately, a Hollywood executive who is demonstrably more unhinged than the fugitive patient also thought this was funny, and the awful result is a stillborn comedy called Frozen Assets. We live in the era of high concept and lowered expectations, when the latest Steven Seagal outing is pitched as "Die Hard on a battleship. " I assume it was after a lunch that was unfashionably heavy on the martinis that producer and writer Don Klein proposed "Yuppie takes over a sperm bank" and found some gullible takers.
September 24, 2015 |
Each woman thought she was being stood up. While Pam fidgeted at Tria Cafe on South 18th Street, Sam sat restlessly at Tria's Spruce Street location - without her phone, because she thought it was rude to bring one on a first date. It took 45 minutes to resolve the glitch. But there were no hard feelings; as recent transplants to Philadelphia - Sam from Kentucky and Pam from Buffalo - they understood the challenge of fumbling around a new city. Soon, they were exploring together - the Christmas lights at Longwood Gardens, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the restaurants of the "gayborhood.
November 11, 1994 |
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING BORROWED Victoria Ingram-Curlee has finally made good on her wedding promise to her husband. In two 2 1/2-hour operations in San Diego on Wednesday, four doctors removed one of her kidneys and implanted it in Randall Curlee. "The operations, both of them, were quite successful," said Dr. Robert Mendez. Husband and wife were recuperating yesterday in separate rooms at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where they were married Oct. 11. They should be able to go home as early as next week, doctors said.
January 17, 2000 |
Conrad Weniger says he made a secret sex deal with his former paramour. Weniger said he agreed to help Susan Kesler have a child only after she promised not to ask him to support it. She sued him after the baby boy arrived. When Weniger was ordered to provide financial support to the child by a Crawford County judge, he appealed. Last week, the state Superior Court ruled against Weniger. Judge Michael Eakin said Weniger should not consider himself a mere sperm donor.
May 8, 1998 |
You're a woman between the ages of 35 and 45 and you're a high-profile exec. You work 80-hour weeks and don't have time to cook your own dinner, let alone find the man of your dreams. But your biological clock is ticking away. So you head to your local fertility specialist to be artificially inseminated. Nearly 100,000 working women- turned-single moms choose this route each year, women who want children but feel they'll never find Mr. Right in time. "They feel that if they wait too long, they won't have children," said Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, of the Fertility Institutes in Beverly Hills.