July 7, 2011 |
With his Lugz work boots and T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Mitch Williams looked like a construction guy. Turns out he is. "My father taught me, you never pay someone to do something you can do yourself," the legendary Phillies closer said. Hard to believe, but one of the living symbols of Philadelphia sports history was only a small part of the package when cable's DIY channel came to town to shoot an episode of House Crashers that will be seen in the fall. As crazy construction and reality television swirled all around last week, Wild Thing was anything but. He lent a hand wherever needed, working to transform part of the home of Johnny McDonald, whom the show had decided was one of the world's biggest Phillies fans, into the ultimate baseball spectator environment.
October 28, 2009
WHATEVER YOU think about the hated New York Yankees, you can thank them for one of the most fortunate transactions in Philadelphia baseball history. And, no, I'm not talking about taking Bobby Abreu off our hands. In 1955 - 5 years after the Bronx Bombers swept the Phils in their only other World Series matchup - the Yankees sold us their giant scoreboard. That's right, the Ballantine Beer scoreboard - the famous 50-foot-tall behemoth that towered in right-centerfield at Connie Mack Stadium at 21st & Lehigh.
September 23, 2014 |
Make them feel special and loved. Make every encounter count. Make it fun. Put the right people in the right positions, and treat them right. Be committed to excellence. Bridge the divide between you and your customers. Dance and be optimistic, no matter what the score. SOURCE: DillonMarcus Executive Retreats and Tom Burgoyne.
August 17, 2005
TO OUR MIND, the absolute Greatest Moment in Mascot History, a growing body of knowledge and culture that spans professional and collegiate sports, as well as the corporate world, was right here in Philadelphia in 1993. The Phillies were playing Atlanta for the pennant. Ted Turner, who owns the Braves, was married to Jane Fonda. The corpulent Phillie Phanatic showed up in a purple leotard to do an insanely funny take-off on her workout routine. For that, and thousands of hugs and dances and silly gags since 1978, the Phanatic was inducted yesterday into the Mascot Hall of Fame at a rain-drenched ceremony across from City Hall that drew 40 furry and foam mascots, as well as a few hardy Philadelphians.
January 16, 2008 |
The Phillie Phanatic is the top mascot in sports, according to a market research group whose findings were reported yesterday on Forbes.com. The Phanatic - which edged out the modern era's pioneer figurehead, the San Diego Chicken, for No. 1 on The Marketing Arm's Davie-Brown Index - "became an instant smash when it debuted for the Phillies in 1978. " Tom Burgoyne, who has known the Phanatic inside and out since 1994, squealed with delight at the news. Then he asked: "This isn't the same Forbes list that Oprah and Bill Gates are on?"
February 18, 2004 |
The Phillie Phanatic is whole again - deep sigh of relief - and an Allentown-area man is facing charges in connection with the Feb. 6 theft of the mascot's head from the Wachovia Center. Bernard Bechtel, 37, of Whitehall, Lehigh County, was taken into custody yesterday, shortly after he brought the distinctive furry, googly-eyed, round-beaked headpiece into the Independence Mall studios of radio station WYSP-FM (94.1). Tommy Conwell, the station's midday host, said Bechtel had called Monday, seeking the $5,000 reward offered by syndicated radio host Howard Stern for the head's safe return.
December 15, 1993 |
Dave Raymond, who for 16 years has animated the happy green fuzz known as the Phillie Phanatic, said yesterday that he is hanging up his costume to start a sports mascot and marketing company of his own. "It was inevitable; I just couldn't keep on doing it the rest of my life," said Raymond, 37, who, after weekend reports of his impending departure, formally announced yesterday that he is retiring as the full-time Phillies mascot. Raymond's Phanatic, along with the famed San Diego Chicken, inspired a host of imitators, and costumed mascots proliferated at sporting events across the country beginning in the late 1970s.
September 21, 2010 |
Penn State and Temple, two schools with big local fan bases, went head-to-head on Saturday, and the Lions easily carried the day over the Owls in TV ratings. Penn State's 24-0 blanking of Kent State, seen locally on ESPN2, notched a 3.0 Nielsen household rating, which translates to 81,000 households. ESPN says it was the highest-rated locally shown ESPN2 game since Oct. 21, 2006, when State topped Illinois. The game was broadcast opposite Temple-Connecticut. While the Owls beat the Huskies, the game on 6ABC locally recorded a 1.3 household rating, or about 35,100 households.
May 25, 2010 |
Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders is on tour, but it's not rock. It's an anti-McDonald's campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. At noon Thursday, she'll be outside the McD's at 40th and Walnut Streets in University City for an "i'm hatin' it" blitz, which will include billboards contending that McDonald's U.S. operation has not adopted the less cruel slaughter standards that it uses in Europe. She'll hand out PETA's "Unhappy Meals," which include a Ronald McDonald cutout, a mangled plastic chicken, and a "blood"-filled packet that urges McDonald's to "Ketchup With the Times.
November 22, 1997 |
The Phillie Phanatic, perhaps a little green around the gills to match the rest of his fuzzy self, is back in action after an alter-ego got nailed for driving under the influence. Matthew Mehler, 32, of Churchville, Bucks County, faces a charge of driving under the influence, police said, after he flipped and apparently totalled a Phanatic Bandwagon near his home early Thursday. He was unhurt. Mehler couldn't be contacted yesterday because, his mother Mary said, he was "at an appearance," although she had no details.