September 12, 2015
Q: In my new job, I travel a lot and have noticed hotels have wallpaper that's practically a solid color. Why do they bother when they could just paint the walls instead? - M.L. A: You have a good eye for detail. When I studied design, I wondered the same thing. But I discovered many reasons hotels and homeowners use certain wallpapers instead of paint. The biggest reasons include getting a custom, finished look - especially over rough walls - and achieving a deadening sound for a warmer atmosphere.
March 15, 1988 |
Tonight, CBS premieres two new sitcoms: Trial and Error (Ch. 10, 8 p.m.) and Coming of Age (Ch. 10, 9 p.m.). Trial and Error is another variation on The Odd Couple. In this case, lawyer John Hernandez (Eddie Velez) is roommate to T-shirt salesman Tony Rivera (Paul Rodriguez). What they have in common is that they're childhood buddies, raised in the same Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles. In tonight's introductory episode, Hernandez joins a prestigious law firm, only to learn that the primary reason he was hired was to fill the company's minority-hiring quota.
May 30, 1997 |
It's got a buffoon in a suit and funny shoes representing the defense. It's got a small-town judge who's practically venting steam from his ears at the affront to justice happening in his court. And it even has director Jonathan Lynn, but no, this isn't My Cousin Vinny. It's Trial and Error, in which a bumbling, out-of-work actor (Michael Richards) takes over for his temporarily incapacitated corporate-lawyer pal (Jeff Daniels) in a case that should have been a cinch - and turns it into a fiasco.
October 30, 1988 |
Nancy Putnam Howard, 72, a noted horticulturist and a past director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, died Thursday after a long illness. Formerly of Wayne, she had lived for the past year in Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, a retirement home. "For the last 25 years or so, gardening and herbs were really her only outside interest," said her husband, Walter. "She was fascinated by herbs and wanted to promote knowledge of them. That's how she spent her spare time. " A life member of the Herb Society of America, she was honored by that group in 1986 when an annual award for horticultural achievement was given in her name.
November 1, 2013 |
IN "ABOUT TIME," a young man finds he has the time-traveler's ability to revisit moments in his own life and to make improvements, if called for. And because he's a young man, his first order of business is picking up girls. Clumsy moments in key dates can be replayed and smoothed out, until every nuance and action is exactly to the woman's liking, and the man (Domhnall Gleeson), via trial and error, becomes irresistible. You may recognize this as a riff of sorts on "Groundhog Day," and "About Time" plays like a bland version of it, with perpetually genial Gleeson subbing for the arch Bill Murray.
October 9, 2009
ALL WEEK LONG, Charlie Manuel answered the same question about his Game 3 starter the same way. "We don't know yet," he said on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday and again yesterday. For the first time, I believe him. I don't know if J.A. Happ's knee will be all right in time. Neither does Charlie. I don't know if Joe Blanton threw too many pitches yesterday. Neither does Charlie. I don't know whether Pedro Martinez has been off too long to throw the 90 to 100 pitches that Manuel said yesterday he could throw, if needed.
April 27, 1991 |
It could have been a bump in the road that killed Charles E. Warren 19 years ago. Or maybe it was a sharp turn. Or a sudden stop. Warren actually died of a blast fired from a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun. But the shotgun had been specially rigged in the trunk of his car to kill the driver when the car made a sudden motion. Yesterday, a Burlington County jury got a look at a reconstructed version of the rigged gun, the original having been mistakenly destroyed by State Police in 1979, according to the prosecution.
January 25, 2002 |
A DJ gave it to me," Monica Peters said with a laugh as she explained her "Mama Wit Da Drama" moniker. "It was kind of fitting for my personality - how I handle some issues. " Quite a stretch for listeners who know Mama as the little-girl voice that rescues them every Sunday from commercial-radio overkill with her "Cool Like Dat" show on WKDU-FM (91.7) from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, though, Mama will take a reprieve from the acid jazz, hip-hop and soul format to host the live segment at the Orange Moon party at Transit - a fitting appointment since she is also a performance poet.
September 11, 1994 |
Lewis Haupt Conarroe, 88, a former advertising executive and author who later made a living calling square dances and sing-alongs at dude ranches, died Sept. 3 at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown, Bucks County. Mr. Conarroe grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Germantown High School. After graduation in 1929 from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., he landed a job with N.W. Ayer & Son in Center City, then one of the largest advertising agencies in the world. "He had lots of talent," said Walter Weir, a longtime friend.
April 19, 2009 |
It was the rip-roaring Wall Street 1980s. Women were stuffing shoulder pads into power suits for a workforce on stock market steroids. The J. Geils Band was striking it rich with a more traditional spin: "Centerfold," a chart-topping ode to a classmate-turned-nude model. And in home-economics class, public school, Delaware County, Generation X was being prepared for the next two decades of boom-to-bust financial Darwinism by learning to make trail mix. I also learned to embroider purple thread onto the white felt teeth of a stuffed mouse with floppy ears.