February 23, 2015 |
Jim Drucker is living proof that a man not only can learn to appreciate some nagging from his wife, but also build a thriving, innovative company as a result of it. In Drucker's case, it is Norristown-based NewKadia.com, launched in 2000 and believed to be the only dedicated online comic-book dealer. Its inventory is 750,000; its average annual sales is 200,000 books, with profitability a constant since the second year. Revenue, Drucker said, is in the "low seven figures.
July 11, 2013 |
* THE BRIDGE. 10 tonight, FX. * CAMP. 10 tonight, NBC10. * ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Streaming on Netflix beginning tomorrow. A BODY found bisected on the border between the United States and Mexico touches off something bigger than a jurisdictional dispute in "The Bridge," an addictive new drama premiering Wednesday on FX. Adapted by Penn grad Meredith Stiehm ("Cold Case," "Homeland") and Elwood Reid from a Scandinavian series, "The Bridge" isn't so much about the span that connects Juarez and El Paso as it is about the disconnect between the two cities, one ranked among the world's deadliest, the other with fewer than two dozen murders most years.
January 25, 2012
* TOUCH. 9 tonight, Fox 29. THERE ARE people who will be incredibly touched by "Touch," the story of a small mute boy (David Mazouz) whose mind grasps patterns in numbers he can't communicate but that could change our world, one connection at a time. How I wish I were one of them. Not only because I happen to like Kiefer Sutherland, whose portrayal of a single father struggling with a profoundly disabled son is touching and who, after Jack Bauer's relentless stoicism on "24," deserves to move his face.
June 9, 2010 |
"You may fire when you are ready, Gridley. " Those words were uttered by Commodore George Dewey aboard the Olympia on May 1, 1898, as the United States was about to assert itself as a superpower. The setting was the Philippines, at Manila Bay, and the enemy was Spain, whose colonial dominance over the Philippines and much of the American hemisphere, including Cuba and Puerto Rico, was about to be successfully challenged. More than 100 years later, the United States continues to exert a worldwide influence that was born at that moment.
June 3, 2008 |
Is it too early to start serious Chase Utley-for-MVP talk? It's only June 3, but he certainly has made an excellent case for himself as the Phillies could become the first team to have three different players win league MVP honors in three straight seasons since Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard won the award for the New York Yankees from 1961 to 1963. Utley, who would follow MVPs Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins, led the charge for the Phillies last night in a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park, which moved the Phils 1 1/2 games ahead of the Florida Marlins in the National League East.
June 1, 2008 |
Perhaps, in times like these, more of us should turn to superheroes. All the news seems bad and depressing, yet the thousands of people who turned out yesterday for day two of Wizard World Philadelphia, the comic-book/action-figure/pop-culture convention, seemed an unusually happy lot. You'd think they'd be grouchy after shelling out $25 for the day ($45 for a three-day pass), plus having to pay for transportation, parking and food. But they were as pleasant as suburban gardeners at the Flower Show - with a slightly different dress code.
May 8, 2008 |
It didn't take long for Dawn Staley to transform the Temple women's basketball team from a doormat that hadn't had a winning record in a decade to an annual contender for both the Atlantic Ten Conference and Big Five titles. By Staley's fifth season, 2004-05, Temple had reached big-time status with its first appearance in the weekly Associated Press poll. At South Carolina, which announced yesterday that Staley would be its new coach, it may take longer to gain similar acclaim.
February 19, 2007 |
Vladimir Putin - Russia's president, although the more accurate title would be godfather - made headlines last week with a speech in Munich that set a new standard in anti-Americanism. He not only charged the United States with the "hyper-use of force," "disdain for the basic principles of international law," and having "overstepped its national borders in . . . the economic, political, cultural and educational policies it imposes on other nations. " He even blamed the spread of weapons of mass destruction, which the United States has been combating with few allies, and against constant Russian resistance, on American "dominance" that "inevitably encourages" other countries to defensively acquire them.
July 8, 2005 |
On the cover of the first Fantastic Four, published in November 1961 (price: 10 cents), the freakishly superpowered unit of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic); his wife, Sue (The Invisible Girl); her brother Johnny (Human Torch); and their best pal, Ben Grimm (The Thing), grapples with a monster erupting from beneath the sidewalk. Among the word balloons is this Shakespearean exchange between Sue and Johnny: "I can't turn invisible fast enough!! How can we stop this creature, Torch?"
June 5, 2003 |
Say that you are running a superpower of a business, the largest of its kind by far. You're like AT&T in the days of dial phones, the New York Yankees during their seasons of glory, the British crown when Victoria ruled. A blow from a surprising source left you uncharacteristically wobbly, but you've recovered quickly enough to complete a takeover so controversial some of those in favor couldn't back you publicly. Now even critics are secretly breathing a sigh of relief. This is a moment of consolidation.