May 1, 1996 |
Jim Wiley has been going through his second childhood for 25 years. That is how long ago Wiley, a retired high school math teacher, started the mechanical toy collection that has made his one-story ranch house one of the borough's more unusual sights. Wiley's living room, like the rest of his house, is a jumble of books and toys. With classical music playing in the background, Wiley explained, in a teacher's lecture tone, how he got "hooked" on collecting. "I used to collect coins, but that wasn't very exciting," said Wiley, 66. Then a fellow teacher at Neshaminy High School gave him a small copper elephant and a few other trinkets.
March 28, 1996 |
In the 1930s, cutting-edge virtual-reality technology was a new attraction called planetariums, where the stars and planets were projected onto a domed ceiling using a fancy light box. In the 1990s, that technology stacks up about a notch above Lite Brite in a market increasingly filled with real-time, explosion-laden, you-are-there video adventures. But Spitz Inc., a Chadds Ford planetarium company that helped spur the boom in planetariums in the late 1940s, hopes that a new virtual-reality video projection system will bring people back into planetariums.
November 26, 2010 |
Ho, ho, whoa - what's that? Another toy store? And actual toy displays among the Black Friday standbys at department stores? Don't worry, Santa shopper, you're not losing it. It is beginning to look a lot like old-school Christmas, as once-vanquished purveyors of playthings get back in the holiday game in big numbers, after years of being thumped by the low-priced likes of Wal-Mart and Target. This year, several big players have opened hundreds of stores or reintroduced full-fledged toy departments.
December 10, 2012 |
Chevonne Thomas had been "crying out for help" before she decapitated her 2-year-old son and committed suicide last summer in Camden, but she did not get the care she needed, according to her father. Thomas' parents, Wendell and Jerlaine Birch, question the decision by state workers to discontinue child care for the toddler, leaving Zahree all day with his mother. At the same time, protective services workers stopped visiting Thomas, 34, who had a history of drug abuse and had been diagnosed with serious mental illness.
February 17, 2000 |
Urrrrp. Glorrppp. Pbbbbbbffft. It's 9:30 Monday morning, and three women are squeezing this thing consisting of two sacs linked by a tube filled with neon-colored fluid. It's called a Burple, and you can hear why. It sounds like a 12-year-old boy with a belly full of Mountain Dew, and proud of it. Basic Fun, the Bucks County toymaker, has a lot riding on its new Burple. In fact, Basic Fun has a lot riding on this entire week at the International Toy Fair, the annual schmooze-fest between toy companies and buyers.
January 14, 2003 |
Zany Brainy's parent company, FAO Inc., of King of Prussia, filed for bankruptcy yesterday, marking the second time in 20 months that Zany Brainy has made its way into bankruptcy court. FAO operates Zany Brainy, Right Start and FAO Schwarz stores, Web sites and catalogs. In theory, the amalgamation of FAO Schwarz, Zany Brainy and Right Start should have worked great: Tack one of the most respected names in toys (FAO Schwarz) onto a snazzy nationwide chain of stores (Zany Brainy)
November 29, 1995 |
Summery air invades Joanna Sherman's apartment on Main Street in Manayunk, under the noses of the "Toy Story" patrol. Yesterday's high of 66 gives way to today's slush and highs in the 30s.
September 17, 2010
GIMME FIVE "Toy Story 3" recently passed the $1 billion mark, making it the top-grossing animated movie ever, and one of the top five movie releases of all time. Here's the list: 1. "Avatar" (2009) James Cameron's sci-fi epidemic capitalized on its breakthrough cinematic technology. $2.7 billion. 2. "Titanic" (1997) Romance and appealing actors - Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet - fueled this James Cameron-directed movie ship. $1.8 billion. 3. "Lord of the Rings, Return of the King" (2003)
July 10, 2010
Restrepo You are there alongside a platoon fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley in this profile in courage from writer Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington. No MPAA rating . Twilight: Eclipse Chapter 3 of the teen action-romance pivots on the question of whether Bella (Kristen Stewart) should marry ice-cool vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) or run away with hot-blooded werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner). PG-13 Toy Story 3 When Buzz and Woody's boy, Andy, turns 18 and leaves for college, he puts away his childish things - and the contents of his toy box get adopted by new boys and girls, with slapstick results.