October 27, 2000 |
The Halloween we celebrate today is nothing like the original Halloween. It wasn't called Halloween then, either. It was started about 2,000 years ago, or so people believe, by the Celts, who lived in what is now Britain, Scotland, Ireland and northern France (and whose descendants play basketball in Boston). They called it Samhain (summer's end) and celebrated it on the eve of the new year, which began the first of November. The Celts thought the souls of the dead returned for the evening.
October 20, 1999 |
Magician Harley Newman began to right himself after removing a straitjacket while dangling above City Hall in Philadelphia yesterday. Several magicians are attempting such feats in U.S. cities this week. Their efforts will be part of "World Magic Awards" on the Fox Family Channel at 8 p.m. Friday. Part of the proceeds from the show will be donated to UNICEF.
February 28, 1999 |
Kent Rogers remembers, with a tug on his heart, the swarms of hungry children he saw on the streets of Nepal. Many were bone-thin from severe malnutrition. Some stuck out their tiny hands to beg for money, food - anything. One little girl followed him home for a mile, hoping he would feed her, Rogers said. A three-month visit in 1997 was the turning point for Rogers and his philanthropic group, the Loving Arms Mission. It sealed the group's decision to set up an orphanage in Nepal, even if it could help only a handful of children at a time.
December 12, 1998 |
Tickets are on sale for the NBA players exhibition game Dec. 19 in Atlantic City. Finally. And talks between the league's owners and the locked-out players might just continue today or tomorrow. Thankfully. Commissioner David Stern and National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter were among the principals at a secret five-hour meeting Thursday in New York. "We agreed not to discuss any of the details, and I don't want to break that pledge," deputy commissioner Russ Granik said.
December 11, 1998 |
While agents David Falk and Arn Tellem worked on a Dec. 19 charity exhibition game in Atlantic City, representatives of the NBA and the locked-out players were meeting secretly in New York. Although league officials declined to comment, sources confirmed that commissioner David Stern and National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter attended the meeting and that it appeared some progress had been made. One source indicated additional discussions could be held during the weekend.
December 27, 1997
Is surplus for real, and what is to be done with it? The editorial "The budget surprise" cautions against too much euphoria over a possible budget surplus (Inquirer, Dec. 23). It correctly points out, that except for the Federal Reserve and a robust private sector (lead by high-tech gains), we could easily face a deficit. Current economic problems abroad could contribute to a downturn. Absent from your comments (and from public discourse) is the ever-present national debt with its numbing interest burden.
September 3, 1997 |
All you need is love, and, if you're Yoko Ono, a reason for revenge. The romance of John Lennon and Ono may finally come to the big screen, years after Columbia Pictures first approached Lennon's widow about making a film based on her version of their relationship from their first meeting all the way up to his murder in December 1980. Beatles fans, however, are gasping a collective "Oh no!" at the prospect of Yoko, 64, using the proposed $65 million movie to settle old scores with critics who say that she was behind the band's break-up.
December 15, 1996 |
The holidays and Hollywood go hand in hand - not just at the multiplexes, where the studios have unleashed a dizzying array of late-year releases, but in the bookstores, where star biographies and coffee-table books on all-things-movies abound. Read on. THE ART OF THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME By Stephen Rebello Huperion. $50 The coins may be pouring into the Disney coffers from that holiday hot spot 101 Dalmatians, but the kudos for the year certainly go to The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
July 4, 1996 |
When media teacher John Serpentelli told his summer school students they would be making an animated film, they were dubious. When he told the youngsters, ages 8 to 12, that the film was destined for Sesame Street, they were sure he was out of his mind. But just two weeks into the six-week-long class at Cedarbrook Middle School, the students are indeed amateur animators. And their confidence is bolstered knowing that, yes, the producers of the popular children's show really do plan to air their short feature in the fall.
January 17, 1996 |
Gretchen Lee Goodale, 47, senior program coordinator for UNICEF in Bangladesh and a former resident of Westtown, drowned Jan. 5 on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Ms. Goodale, who was born in Cleveland, graduated from the Tower Hill School in Wilmington and from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. She lived in Westtown from 1961 to 1966. "She always considered this her home and came back whenever she could," said her sister, Lisa Goodale Brinton of Cochranville.