November 19, 1986 |
Ronald Reagan meets the press on national television tonight, for what's being described as an attempt at "damage control. " The reference, of course, is to the damage Reagan's credibility is presumed to have suffered from disclosure that he gave "defensive" weapons to Iran as ransom for hostages held by Shiite gangsters in Lebanon. By all reasonable standards, it would be logical to presume such damage to the image of any president who pulled a caper like that after repeatedly vowing, "We will never negotiate with terrorists.
May 6, 2013 |
When challenged, Gov. Christie sometimes yells like a Marine gunnery sergeant, calling reporters, citizens, and opponents alike stupid. Judging by his stratospheric poll ratings, voters love that shtick. He's "Jersey Strong. " And how often did former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell say something outrageous, such as opining in 2006 that many old people love casinos because they "lead very gray lives"? After a brief flare, the outrage faded, as it always did; it was just Ed being Ed. Last week, Gov. Corbett mentioned in a radio interview that he had heard some employers say they have trouble finding workers who can pass a drug test - and for that moment of candor, he caught three days of hell, both from Democrats running to replace him in 2014 and from media commentators.
May 20, 2011
Joseph A. Dillon Sr., 74, of New Hope, who founded two Bucks County firms, died of lung cancer Sunday, May 15, at home. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dillon dropped out of Roman Catholic High School to support his mother, served in the Army, and graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1960. After several years of night classes, and while working as a laboratory technician at Rohm & Haas and Pennwalt Chemical Corp., he earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at Drexel University in 1967.
January 24, 1992
TAX TIME Top ten list of rejected income tax deductions (From Martin Adelstein, New York Times News Service) 10. Cosmetic surgery for pets (Zsa Zsa lost this round). 9. A famous drama critic tried to claim a deduction for blinders and ear plugs. 8. Several Hollywood starlets claimed deductions for Teflon wedding dresses. 7. A former first lady claimed a deduction for 3,000 shoe trees and 200 shoe horns (part of the official wardrobe, or something). 6. Howard Stern claimed he spent $20,000 on haircuts.
August 21, 2000 |
When LNP Engineering Plastics Inc.'s products leave the loading docks, they look like colored rice. By the time they reach consumers, they've been transformed into larger plastic parts that hold the guts of computer printers, house cameras lenses, provide handles for gardening tools, or conceal the insides of cellular phones. LNP, which is based in Exton, embeds plastic compounds with fiberglass, Teflon or other materials to provide them with properties such as heat resistance.
April 20, 1987 |
Whatever else the Iran/Contra scandal may have done, it has put to rest the once-widespread belief that President Reagan was exempt from the laws of political gravity. The idea that Reagan escaped accountability for errors that could ruin lesser politicians arose in California, where he was elected governor in a landslide after demonstrating a total lack of knowledge about the workings of state government. In Washington, the notion of Reagan's invulnerability blossomed into the Teflon theory, so-called because nothing was supposed to stick to him. Teflon had a catchy ring and a Reaganesque quality of sounding significant while explaining nothing.
February 25, 1987 |
Q. I have a query regarding Hormel Brand Chili with no beans, which comes canned. I found pink rubbery tube-like particles throughout the meat. I enjoy the product, but please tell us what these curious-looking particles are. John Rudolph SHAPE, Belgium A. Dale Arett, supervisor of consumer response of the George A. Hormel Co. in Minnesota asked me to send him your name and address because the company would like to discuss this incident...
June 22, 2010 |
John B. "Mick" McCafferty, 81, of Southwest Philadelphia, a retired DuPont Co. technician and singing bartender, died of cancer Thursday, June 17, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. Mr. McCafferty graduated from Southeast Catholic, now Neumann Goretti, High School in Philadelphia. He worked in construction, as a jeweler, and for a paint company before taking a position at DuPont's Marshal Lab in Grays Ferry in 1951. As a chemical technician, he helped create the coatings Teflon and SilverStone, and was involved in developing the coatings for Skylab spacecraft.
October 14, 1990 |
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dwight D. Eisenhower, some historians and political scientists are saying that he was a "Teflon president" before the term was coined. "Eisenhower got very little mud on his clothes and when he did, we cleaned it off for him. Even in a period of revisionism, we still like Ike intensely. Even John F. Kennedy didn't get this kind of treatment," said John Robert Greene of Cazenovia College near Syracuse, N.Y. "He is the middle class personified more than any other president of the post-war.
October 7, 1987 |
When our sons were much younger, one got into an awfully embarrassing altercation with another lad at a birthday party over a toy. The reason the story gets retold is that it added a ringing new phrase to the language of the family. Just as the two little disputants were about to come to blows, my wife swooped our little tiger right up off his feet. There he was, arms and legs flailing at thin air, shouting at the top of his lungs, "Lemme at that guy. Lemme at that guy. " Over the years, "Lemme at that guy" became the family metaphor for halfhearted combatants, people who claim they would fight a better battle or play a better game, "if only . . . " The excuse doesn't matter.