July 17, 2013 |
Jack Robbins, 84, a manufacturer's representative for toy companies, died Sunday, July 14, of lung cancer at the home of his former wife in Villanova. Mr. Robbins worked with toy retailers and wholesalers from Maine to Virginia, as well as the Kiddie City stores in the Philadelphia area. Later, he sold toys to Kmart and Toys R Us, and at the time of his death was a sales rep for Wiffle Ball. "They refused to accept his resignation," his daughter Deborah said. Mr. Robbins and his twin, Saul, were born at home on Yewdall Street in West Philadelphia, the fifth and sixth children of Joseph Robbins, a house painter.
June 3, 2013 |
Benson loves to play with toy cars and proudly shows off his racing track, which he builds into different shapes. The 9-year-old has many other interests, including playing basketball, soccer, and dodgeball. When he is indoors, he spends many happy hours playing video games and watching television. Outdoors, he delights in running around and riding his bike and scooter. Although he is shy when meeting new people, he soon warms up. Benson does very well in school, where he receives special-education services.
May 10, 2013
DEAR ABBY: We have a grandson who is 4 and very much a "princess boy. " He likes girl toys and dresses and doesn't like any of his boy toys. He's an adorable little boy and we love him to pieces. His parents don't accept this behavior, and I'm afraid it will affect him now and in the future. How would you handle this? We don't say anything to his parents because they are pretty much in denial. - Worried Grandma DEAR WORRIED: If he were my grandchild I'd talk with the parents.
April 11, 2013 |
People hustling through 30th Street Station Thursday morning should be greeted by something completely unexpected - a 16-foot-high fiberglass and metal sculpture of a cartoony seated figure with its hands over its face. There will be something vaguely familiar about the figure. Could it be the three-fingered hands? The white gloves? The knobby earlike fringe around the head? The bare pate? All of the above speak to the world of cartoons in general and Disney characters in particular.
April 1, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - After a nine-month delay, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" deployed to the top spot at the box office. The action film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum as the gun-toting military toys brought to life marched into the No. 1 position at the weekend box office, earning $41.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Retaliation" opened Wednesday at midnight, which helped bring its domestic total to $51.7 million. Paramount postponed the sequel to 2009's "G.I.
January 9, 2013 |
A LINE OF action figures based on the characters from "Django Unchained" have recently gone on sale ($34.99 retail), but Najee Ali wants them taken off the market. Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, in conjunction with other Los Angeles black community leaders, called for the removal of the toys and said they're "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery. " But do they really? More than the film itself? Did the action figures made for Quentin Tarantino 's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," trivialize the horrors of the Nazis?
December 28, 2012 |
PREVAILING winter weather conditions have forced the postponement of Friday's basketball game between Temple and visiting Detroit, part of the Chevrolet Gotham Classic series. Poor weather conditions in the Midwest, combined with wind conditions in Philadelphia, prevented the Titans from being able to safely travel to Philadelphia for the game. The game will be rescheduled for a later date. The Owls (9-2) will next play Monday, when they host Bowling Green at 2 p.m. at the Liacouras Center.
December 27, 2012 |
REV. ADAN MAIRENA is not your typical Santa. He wears jeans and sneakers, has a pit bull named Shadow and uses a red Dodge Durango as his sleigh. Mairena, of West Kensington Ministry at Norris Square Presbytery of Philadelphia, has been making his rounds throughout the North Philadelphia neighborhood and Camden since Sunday delivering toys to those most in need. "I'm just going to put [the toys] in my truck and be the North Philly Pancho Claus," Mairena said. "I know there are children in this neighborhood that this will bring a little joy. " The Episcopal Academy and the Matarazzo & Milici Group, a dental office in South Philly, donated 500 toys, blankets and clothes this year.
December 19, 2012
EVEN WITH one week left until Christmas, I refuse to panic like those other parents. You know the ones. They're at Toys "R" Us right now, having sneaked out of work to buy little Johnny that Lego set he demanded. I've seen such parents engage their shopping rivals in WWE-style matches. It's the same every time. The toys run out, the coats come off, and a teenage temp with a Justin Bieber face tattoo gets on the P.A. system. "Security to aisle three," she says in a disinterested tone.
December 15, 2012 |
Dan Weiss is a trusting guy. For more than 20 years during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he has put a bin outside his Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop to collect toys for the Marine Corps charity Toys for Tots. Many nights, he left it out for after-hours donations. "I guess I was looking for the brighter side of humanity," said Weiss, whose father started the business in 1962. Until last weekend, humanity had never let him down. Every morning, Weiss would arrive to open his store and the bin would be right outside the front door where he'd left it the night before, usually piled higher with toys.