July 9, 2002 |
CRIKEY, MATE! That's no way to start out your day in Philly! "Crocodile Hunter" host Steve Irwin had just completed his first of many interviews yesterday on WTXF-TV's "Good Day Philadelphia" to promote his flick "Crocodile Hunter: The Collision Course" out this Friday, when the well-known conservationist had his world turned upside down. Irwin, who appeared on the show with his wife and fellow rescuer, Terri, watched in horror as a segment, he said was on "straight after" his, featured the serving of, oh no!
September 6, 2006
Nature has a way of keeping humans in check, too. After wrestling countless crocodiles and staring down venomous snakes, outdoor adventurer Steve Irwin met a bizarre end Monday after swimming too close to a usually placid stingray. The ray may have felt cornered by Irwin and his cameraman, filming one of Irwin's many educational shows in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The ray pierced Irwin, 44, in the chest with a poisonous barb. He died quickly. While stings can tear flesh painfully, they're rarely fatal.
January 6, 2004
Dr. Spock, move over. Make room for the newest expert in how to raise a child: Dr. Croc. Steve Irwin, better known as cable television's "Crocodile Hunter," can stop all his spinning. Nothing he has said justifies his stunt last week of holding his month-old son, Bob, in one hand while feeding chicken to a 13-foot croc with the other. Later in the stunt, he set the infant down on the ground. Spin No 1: He was teaching his son to be croc savvy. No one would bite on that weak reasoning.
September 6, 2006 |
Trish Boppert lives and writes in Philadelphia Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, killed by a stingray Monday while filming an underwater documentary in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, went where the wild things are. His up-close-and-personal interactions with animals captured the attention of TV viewers given more to channel surfing at the first sign of boredom (i.e., every two seconds) than, say, to bird-watching. Sure, the exhaustingly exuberant Aussie was a big, old, grandstanding attention-hog, but he was an exceedingly likable big, old, grandstanding attention-hog, with an unmistakable passion for the opposite-of-cuddly creatures he regularly put himself within striking distance of. Unlike a lot of TV personalities, you got the sense that Irwin was pretty much the same bombastic bloke with or without the cameras rolling.
June 12, 2011 |
ABOARD THE STEVE IRWIN - Tuna fishermen battled environmentalists on the Mediterranean, hurling heavy links of chain at them as the environmentalists tried to disrupt illegal tuna fishing under the no-fly zone north of Libya on Saturday. The fishermen also tried to lay a rope in front of the activists' boat, the Steve Irwin - owned by the U.S. group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - hoping to disable it. Environmentalists responded with fire hoses and stink bombs. Several hundred feet above the fray circled a French fighter jet summoned by the fishermen, who claimed, falsely, that activist divers were trying to cut their net. The 195-foot Steve Irwin, named after the Australian conservationist who died in 2006, left the Sicilian port of Syracuse early Friday, heading for a rendezvous with a smaller, faster sister ship, the Brigitte Bardot, just north of Libyan waters.
September 29, 2006
LORETTA Richardson's brief eulogy for Steve Irwin (Sept. 18) falls on deaf ears as far as I'm concerned. "Love and respect for all of God's creatures"? Pleeeaase! All he did was tease crocs and contribute to his own demise by aggravating a docile animal to the point of attack. And don't forget that previous Michael Jackson stunt he pulled with his infant son over said crocs. Loretta, get a grip. Next time you light some candles for this "gentle spirit," please keep those past impressions in mind.
April 5, 2013 |
MASCOTS ARE supposed to romp among the fans, kiss babies, flirt with the ladies and act silly. Someone, it seems, forgot to tell that to Raymond, the blue creature (he's supposed to be a sea dog) employed by the Tampa Bay Rays. On Wednesday, in a home game against the Orioles, a fan with a sick sense of humor handed Raymond a sign. The mascot looked it over and then held it up. Bad move. As you can see from the photo, it wasn't funny. Steve Irwin, you might remember, was better known as the host of "The Crocodile Hunter" TV show.
September 16, 2006 |
Looks as if Sir Elton John and ex-Wham! cutie George Michael have buried the proverbial hatchet - and not in each other. "George and I are fine," John, 59, told ITV, apparently ending his public feud with the soon-to-be-touring Michael. Two years ago, the ever opinionated Elton said the pop singer was miserable and needed to get out more: "[George is] quite happy just being at home all the time, and I think that's a waste of talent. There seems to be a deep-rooted unhappiness in his life.
September 7, 2006
Croc Hunter's legacy Re: "He lived, died in the wild," Sept. 5: Steve Irwin may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. A widely adored wildlife educator and conservationist, he passionately took us into another world, where we saw life through the eyes of other creatures. When my colleagues and I give live animal programs, the yield of Irwin's labor is unmistakable in the faces of the children. Kids in the "Croc Hunter Generation" are captivated by nature. Irwin's legacy lives on in kids who will grow up with a love and admiration for creatures of the Earth.
August 5, 2004 |
Charley Lindsey is national/foreign copy chief of the San Jose Mercury News Look . . . there on the wildlife channel. There's a species that used to be pretty rare. Quiet, harmless, self-effacing. Now you can't get away from it. Ah, it's a khaki buffoon. Big one, too. Chances are we're seeing the reckless, ruddy moon face of Steve Irwin, the Aussie "Crocodile Hunter" who leads a whole herd of shorts-wearing, swamp-sloshing, scar-flaunting bozo naturalists. Their evolutionary path weaves back to comic actor Paul Hogan and his mythical Crocodile Dundee, a caricature Irwin seems to have taken seriously.