November 23, 2012
Former Mouseketeer Bonita Lynn Fields Elder, 68, a dancer who showcased those skills on the 1950s Mickey Mouse Club and later performed on Broadway, died Tuesday in Richmond, Ind., after a two-year battle with throat cancer. She was 12 in 1957 when her dancing abilities helped her win a slot on the third season of The Mickey Mouse Club. Ms. Elder always went by the name Lynn, but she adopted the stage name Bonnie at the suggestion of the show's producers because there was already a cast member, a boy, with the first name Lynn.
November 13, 2012 |
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - A 64-year-old man who was killed after walking into a suburban Detroit police station and opening fire on officers without saying a word was a military veteran who had health issues, authorities said Monday. Officers fatally shot Harold Joseph Collins on Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the police headquarters in Southfield, and a sergeant was hurt in the exchange of fire. Authorities were investigating what might have prompted the shootout, which happened on Veterans Day. A preliminary investigation indicates Collins had medical problems, but it is not clear if that had any bearing on his actions, Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins told reporters.
November 1, 2012 |
Howard Winig, 71, a real estate broker who leased and developed several million square feet of retail space in Philadelphia and South Jersey, died Saturday, Oct. 27, of throat cancer at Penn Wissahickon Hospice in Center City. During 50 years in real estate, Mr. Winig oversaw projects such as the Holiday Inn at 13th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia, and Lancaster Square Shopping Center in Lancaster. Mr. Winig formed a series of companies, the last of which, HW Associates Realty Corp., specialized in shopping center development in Philadelphia and South Jersey.
October 16, 2012 |
AMONG THOSE who will miss Arlen Specter are his comedy buddies. The former longtime U.S. senator, who died of cancer Sunday at 82, released a statement while hospitalized recently that he looked forward to getting back on the stand-up comedy stage. He was booked to perform Nov. 16 at the Media Theatre with 94 WIP's Big Daddy Graham and Joe Conklin . Graham recalls the first time he worked with Specter at the Phoenixville Theater a couple of years back. "I had never met him, but had interviewed him a lot on the air. I was sitting in the green room waiting to go on," Graham said.
October 15, 2012
ROCKIN' GOOD DEED Veteran local bass player Paul Kurrey is battling throat cancer - without health insurance. The music community is rallying for a benefit from 4 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Monday at the Legendary Dobbs, 304 South St. Among those making the scene will be the Peace Creeps, the Last Minute Jam Band and the Nick Clemons Band. Plus a screening of the Dobbs documentary, "Meet Me on South Street. " Tickets are $20, $30 and $35. dobbsphilly.com. CURTIS AT KIMMEL Monday at 8 p.m., renowned Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto leads the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at the Kimmel Center, performing Strauss' Ein Heldenleben ("A Hero's Life")
April 25, 2012 |
More members of the Kardashian Horde have exited the nest to begin feasting on the culture. USA Today says Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner's youngest daughters, Kendall, 16, and Kylie, 14, are joining Kim, Kris, and Khloé's deadly takeover of the kollective konsciousness. The teens have landed jobs as, um, journalists. They've been named West Coast fashion contributors to Seventeen mag. "Kendall & Kylie's Fashion Journal" debuts in the June/July issue and features the latest fashion and beauty tips, the mag says.
February 12, 2012 |
Mother Mary tells me on the phone that they're building giant red condominiums across the street from her house. "Really?" I ask her, confused. Her street is a small, quiet backstreet, the last of its kind in South Beach. "Yes," she answers. "I can see it outside the window. New red condos. They're ugly. " "But there's houses there. What about the houses? Did they tear them down?" "I don't see them. " This makes no sense. "And the condos are red?" "Bright red. " I don't like the sound of this, and suddenly I lose my sense of humor.
December 9, 2011
Albert N. Ruggieri, 84, of Media, a retired contractor who specialized in interior finishing work for homes and offices, died of throat cancer at home on Monday, Dec. 5. Born in Overbrook, Mr. Ruggieri attended Overbrook High School, but not long enough to graduate. Instead, he inflated his age by a year and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 16, said his son David. During World War II, Mr. Ruggieri served in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946, working as a soundman aboard the destroyer USS Ault.
July 17, 2011 |
It's my birthday, and I'm spending it with Mother Mary, which I know is a gift. But unfortunately, you can't return it. Just kidding. I've said that aging isn't for the faint-hearted, but I was talking about turning 55. Now that I'm 56, I realize how right I was. Older and wiser, that's me. And living with Mother Mary, who's 87, I'm beginning to see what strength is all about. No kidding. Strength is trying to walk forward when you can barely see. Strength is trying to change a channel when you can't find a button on the remote.
April 14, 2011 |
We do so like to make light of just about every piece of detritus that floats around in the galaxy where Hollywood stars like Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan live, it seems, to do the kind of high jinks that keep us feeling blessed. It is so much more entertaining than acknowledging that celebrities might face the same challenges as do we mere lowly paid humans. Then comes the news that actress Catherine Zeta-Jones recently was treated for bipolar disorder after helping her husband, Michael Douglas , survive a bout last year with advanced throat cancer.