November 29, 1991 |
The bar crowd presses up tightly as Miles Cruz, dressed in a baggy blue jump suit with thick black stripes, prepares to make his jump. Egged on by the club emcee, they count: "One . . . two . . . Three!" Cruz, 24, is on his way to becoming a new breed of barfly. He sprints across the dance floor toward a tiny trampoline. He bounces, somersaults and slams spread-eagle against a padded black wall. Is he hurt? No, just stuck. For those who have wondered what it's like to be Spiderman, Velcro jumping, which bowed Wednesday night at a Cherry Hill nightclub, has landed in the Philadelphia area.
February 13, 1990 |
Georges de Mestral, 82, the Swiss inventor of Velcro, has died, his wife said Sunday. Helen de Mestral said he died Thursday from complications of bronchitis and other lung problems. Velcro was conceived in 1941, when de Mestral came home from hunting and found burrs stuck to his pants. He examined the burrs under a microscope and found their surface to consist of little hooks. He developed a fastener using two fabric strips - one covered with tiny hooks, the other with a fuzzy web. By the mid-1950s he had sold the license around the world, and for 30 years lived on the royalties and profits, his wife said.
May 6, 2013 |
When challenged, Gov. Christie sometimes yells like a Marine gunnery sergeant, calling reporters, citizens, and opponents alike stupid. Judging by his stratospheric poll ratings, voters love that shtick. He's "Jersey Strong. " And how often did former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell say something outrageous, such as opining in 2006 that many old people love casinos because they "lead very gray lives"? After a brief flare, the outrage faded, as it always did; it was just Ed being Ed. Last week, Gov. Corbett mentioned in a radio interview that he had heard some employers say they have trouble finding workers who can pass a drug test - and for that moment of candor, he caught three days of hell, both from Democrats running to replace him in 2014 and from media commentators.
May 8, 1995 |
A Bucks County man who hurled himself at a Velcro wall and didn't stick has sued the sports/entertainment center that owns it, charging that center employees failed to maintain "The Flytrap" properly. Bruce Oswald of Washington Crossing, who broke his right foot 18 months ago, filed suit in Montgomery County Court last week, claiming that the owners of Sportsland, a 62,000-square-foot indoor amusement park in Langhorne, "failed to properly maintain (their) Velcro wall and its component parts in a proper and safe manner.
January 24, 1993 |
Mike Brown left Lycoming College in Williamsport and set about his noble mission: to teach high school students about American history and government. But noble wasn't paying the bills. When Brown realized that people would pay money to drink his beer, wrestle bears he hired, and take flying leaps into a Velcro-covered wall he had erected, he found the solution to his money problems - and a pay raise that most social studies teachers only dream about. Brown, 35, and partners Bill Daley, 49; Mike Gallen, 30, and Ralph Lamarra, 29, are the owners of what soon will be Plymouth Township's newest nightclub, Brownie's Pub. It is scheduled to open in time for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
June 26, 1990 |
IN A STICKY SITUATION during her lunch hour, Linda Brown of Turnersville tries the sensation of hanging on a Velcro wall. The 10-foot wall, part of a national anti-drunken-driving campaign, was set up yesterday at the Gallery in Center City. There, passersby were invited to don a Velcro suit, jump on a small trampoline and allow themselves to be stuck.
October 23, 2011
Whether you want a bit of cushioning for yoga on the go or a compact ground cover for outdoor activities, the TMat Pro fits the, well, derriere. Measuring 21 by 29 inches, so it's not meant for lying full length, the neoprene mat rolls tightly into a bundle 6 inches wide and 4 inches in diameter, secured by an integrated Velcro strap. The quick-drying mat comes in neon colors and patterns and fits in a purse or carry-on bag. TMat Pro is $24.95 at www.tmatpro.com ; 866-759-2888.
January 24, 1988
AH, VELCRO! DISABLED BID BUTTONS ADIEU "The outer limits of Velcro" (LifeStyle, Inquirer Magazine, Jan. 10) was fun to read. One point, however: Velcro trouser-flies are not unthinkable! There is one use of Velcro that escaped mention - namely, in clothing for the disabled. My husband, who has multiple sclerosis, also has a wardrobe of Esprit-type shirts and trousers. Every garment he purchases gets immediately and ruthlessly converted. You might enjoy excerpts from my poem, "Clothing for the Disabled," which was written from the point of view of the seamstress and laundress and which describes the inner limits of Velcro.
August 20, 1991 |
DOWNWARDLY MOBILE Will young adults in the United States be less affluent than their parents? Yes, says Lawrence Mishel, co-author of The State of Working America. Mishel, research director of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, says the economic position of the typical young family deteriorated during the 1980s as a result of a fall in real wages, the shift in employment toward low-wage industries, the effects of large trade deficits, and the erosion of union membership.
October 16, 2011
Hands-free toting of cellphones, keys, credit cards, cash, and other little items is not so easy without substantial pockets or bulky encumbrances such as shoulder bags or backpacks. Unless, that is, you are armed with the Armpocket, which straps around your bicep and has a touch-through window for controlling electronic devices on the move. The water-resistant, padded carrier comes in three sizes (the largest fits devices up to 5.5 inches long and 3.25 inches wide) and has internal pockets for keys and cards, an audio port for headphones, and a Velcro strap closure.