December 15, 2014 |
Identical twins Deborah and Sandra "Sam" Fanelli have dual careers, both of which started in the kitchen. In the 1960s, they harmonized around the dinner table with their older brother, Leonard; later, as "the Fanelli Twins," they became stars of The Al Alberts Showcase on WPVI-TV. The statuesque pair - they were 5-foot-9 and classmates called them the "Jolly Green Giants" - went on to sing for 15 years in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the Catskills, where a crowd at the Concord once gave their Rocky -themed dance number a standing ovation.
December 8, 2014 |
Dick Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him with the plays. Bob Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him in other ways. "It would be hot at practice, say in September," Bob Eastwick recalled. "They didn't let you drink water back then. You would be feeling sorry for yourself and I'd see my brother looking at me like, 'What the hell is the matter with you?' " Bob Eastwick would tough it out, thanks to his brother, Dick, thanks to legendary Haddonfield coach Russ Spicer and his assistants, and thanks to the sense of responsibility and camaraderie that swirled around that special football team.
November 23, 2014 |
Back in 2007, Marcus and Markieff Morris played basketball in Philadelphia in the shadows of Scoop Jardine, Rick Jackson, and Brad Wanamaker. At the time, Wanamaker was The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior at Roman Catholic High School. Jardine and Jackson were Syracuse-bound seniors at Neumann-Goretti. Meanwhile, the Morris twins were regarded as good but not great seniors at Prep Charter. Of the five, the Morrises were the least likely to play in the NBA. Or so we thought.
September 26, 2014 |
For at least six girls on the Williamstown field hockey team, there's always someone special on the field they can count on. With three sets of sisters playing for the Braves - Allie and Jamie Trimble, Kamryn and Kate McKinney, and Gloria and Deborah Adebowale - the team dynamic and chemistry on the field have been an incredible sight for coach Kellyn Riley in her first year with the team. "It's nice to see them develop and push each other," Riley said. "The younger siblings kind of look up to the older siblings.
September 26, 2014 |
IN "THE SKELETON Twins," Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig turn their old "SNL" rapport into a convincing brother/sister dynamic. Be advised, though, this is not strictly or even mainly a comedy - Milo (Hader) has just attempted suicide, and the movie's opening shots tell you that Maggie (Wiig) is thinking along the same lines. And Milo's botched suicide is only his latest failure - he's an unemployed actor, he's just been dumped, and since his future in L.A. looks bleak, he agrees to move back to upstate New York and bunk with Maggie and her new husband, Lance (a Luke Wilson sighting!
August 18, 2014 |
Markieff and Marcus Morris smiled Saturday while they signed autographs at the Hunting Park Recreation Center in North Philadelphia. The twin forwards for the Phoenix Suns were sponsoring a back-to-school charity event, giving away 200 backpacks to students ages 5 to 15. The twins are happier when they're together. The Philadelphia natives played on the same teams growing up, in high school at Prep Charter and in college at Kansas. But they were separated early in their NBA careers when they were selected one pick apart in the 2011 NBA draft, until Marcus joined Markieff in Phoenix via a trade from the Houston Rockets in February 2013.
August 8, 2014 |
Hannah and Rachael Tipperman haven't even begun their senior years in high school, yet already their passion for robotics has gained them international attention. The 17-year-old Devon twins founded a nonprofit two years ago to help them spread their enthusiasm for robotics to other children. And in the last two weeks, after their story was detailed by The Inquirer, people from around the world have contacted them offering - and soliciting - help. Last week, the Tippermans said, they received an e-mail from a 20-year-old in Uganda who had always dreamed of building robots and wanted help to create a robotics program for two young siblings.
July 28, 2014 |
Matt Greenwood seemed to hold his breath as he stared at his robot rolling through a maze on the floor Tuesday night. The robot crossed the finish line, and the 9-year-old boy's face lit up. "It did it!" he said. "You want to keep programming?" his father, Dan, asked. "Yeah!" Matt said, grabbing the robot and rushing to a laptop that Hannah Tipperman had set up to control it. "They think they're playing with toys, but they're learning some pretty advanced concepts," said Tipperman.
July 8, 2014 |
CONGRATS TO 6ABC's Brian Taff and wife Mara , who welcomed twin boys July 2. The twins, Brady Donovan and Sawyer Patrick , weighed in at 4 pounds, 11 ounces and 5 pounds 4 ounces, respectively. These are the Taffs' first children. In fact, the boys could serve as unofficial 6ABC mascots. Not only does Brian co-anchor the 4 p.m. newscast, but Mara works in the creative services department. A 'Real' diva "Real Housewife of New York's" Aviva Drescher and the fam spent her July Fourth weekend in Philly, stopping by hotspots of all different stripes.
July 2, 2014 |
Joel Embiid certainly sounded excited Monday in a telephone conversation with reporters. Three hours later at the 76ers' practice facility, Nerlens Noel was amped up and couldn't stop smiling. The 76ers used the third overall pick in Thursday night's draft on Embiid, a 7-foot center from Kansas, to line up next to the 6-foot-11 Noel in the post. The thought is that the two 20-year-old rim protectors will become the Sixers' version of the Twin Towers for years to come. Embiid might miss the 2014-15 season while he recovers from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.