August 2, 2016 |
Gregg Deininger from Folsom, N.J., smiled proudly at "Pinky," his gleaming pink-and-cream '55 Chevy 210, and pulled out a photo of the gutted, rusted wreck it used to be. "Found it in a junkyard in Williamstown 20 years ago," he said. "It had a tree growing out of it where the motor used to be. " His wife, Suzanne, confirmed that first encounter. "I said to him, "What do you want that wreck for? It's got a tree growing out of it. " Deininger said, "Had to cut the tree down to get at the car. " The couple laughed together, as they have for 50 years, since he was 18 and she was 14, traveling the road of life in their vintage Chevys.
February 8, 2015 |
The end of a reign rarely comes without death. But the King of Jeans apparently will have an afterlife. The iconic, kitschy sign that has loomed over East Passyunk Avenue since 1994 is in pieces now, its lettering and crown carted Thursday to an architecture salvage company. The lip-locked couple, a discofied Romeo and his South Philly Juliet, for now still hang on the facade of the shuttered clothier. But they, too, are headed for a less public setting. After numerous attempts to find a proper throne for the King along Passyunk and in other places, it was decided the giant sign would wind up at Provenance, a Northern Liberties salvager.
December 11, 2014 |
NOTE TO VISITING CELEBS: If there's one way to get Philadelphians to love you, it's to publicly disparage any football team that is not the Eagles. Yesterday, comedian Chris Rock , a brilliant man, started his introduction of his new movie, "Top Five," with a rousing "Go Eagles. F--- the Ravens. " The crowd at the Ritz Five went wild. Of course, the next stop on Rock's five-city promotional blitz was Baltimore, where he tweeted, "You guys were great. " Could it be that Rock was being insincere about his distaste for the Ravens in order to promote his movie?
December 5, 2014 |
IS TONY LUKE JR. going Hollywood on us? The cheesesteak impresario has acted in movies before, such as his unforgettable turn in "Invincible" and his starring role in "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone," but he made a national splash this year with the Spike food-competition series "Frankenfood. " Well, I hear that Luke was in Los Angeles recently, and it wasn't just to get a tan. Luke has signed with Babette Perry, of IMG, a big-deal agency that will rep Luke for more hosting gigs.
August 27, 2014 |
FOX 29 will have a new face for its new weekend broadcast, alongside a familiar one. Lauren Johnson will be the new kid on the block when Fox 29 debuts its weekend morning newscast starting Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. Johnson hails from Georgia and has worked at Fox affiliates in Memphis and Orlando, including a stint as a morning-show host. Johnson will be joined by Karen Hepp in the newscast, which is reportedly going to put a heavy premium on social-media use and interactivity.
March 26, 2014 |
PHILLY-BORN AND -RAISED comedian Craig Shoemaker is retiring from the stage for good. But for his next trick, he'll bring a little Philly to the West Coast. "I've decided to say goodbye to my stand-up career and move on to more purposeful things," Shoemaker said. Before he says goodbye to the bright lights once and for all, Shoemaker will play two shows (one is sold out) at the Sellersville Theater on Saturday. So what are these purposeful things Shoemaker speaks of? The L.A.-based comic will open three locations of Tony Luke's in Southern California.
February 14, 2014 |
CHEESESTEAK impresario Tony Luke Jr. will shine the bright lights on his hometown, bringing his new reality show "Frankenfood" to Philly from Feb. 24 to 26. Luke and his co-star, NYC chef Josh Capon , will film at local restaurants. "Frankenfood," which was picked up by Spike, features amateur cooks going head-to-head to create unexpected food innovations. The winner of each episode gets $10,000 and his or her item on the menu of a local restaurant. Luke and Capon held auditions for "Frankenfood" in Philly back in November.
October 4, 2013 |
THE WIDOW of Tom Clancy , the mega-best-selling author who died yesterday at age 66, has roots in Philly. Alexandra Marie Llewellyn , who went by Alexandra Clancy after she married the thriller author in 1999, is the daughter of former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Philadelphia CEO J. Bruce Llewellyn , who died in 2010 with an estimated $160 million in the bank. Llewellyn led a group that bought the company that included Bill Cosby and Julius Erving . Man, I bet those were fun board meetings.
April 12, 2013 |
YOU'VE HAD Pat's. You've had Geno's. You've had Tony Luke's and John's and Jim's and Steve's and D'Alessandro's and Donkey's and Chubby's and Cosmi's and Chick's and dozens more. But have you had a cheesesteak pot pie? Wontons? Spring rolls? Bao buns with spicy pickled shallots, homemade sriracha and micro cilantro? Yeah, probably. Eighty-three years after its invention, Pat and Harry Olivieri's humble creation - originated with butcher's scraps and a hotdog roll - has gone international.
August 17, 2012 |
DiNic's roast pork - sliced thin with broccoli rabe and extra-sharp provolone on a seeded Carangi's roll - is a damn good sandwich. But the best in America? A day after the Reading Terminal stalwart was named the best sandwich in the country by a Travel Channel show, some competitors and their devotees questioned whether host Adam Richman had cast a wide enough net. Richman announced the winner Wednesday night after sampling 28 sandwiches throughout the country and naming 10 regional finalists and two wild cards.