August 13, 2014 |
Some saw combat. Some did not. Some were wounded in war. Some were not. Yet all 650 men and women streaming into Philadelphia this week to race one another along the banks of the Schuylkill, or shoot targets, swing bats, swim, or compete for medals at rugby, table tennis, basketball, and soccer have served in the military. And - like Bruce Husted of Marlton, who was thrown from a motorcycle while on active duty in the Navy in 1978 - they all compete in wheelchairs. Their numbers promise to make the 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which begin Tuesday in Philadelphia and three South Jersey towns, the largest in the Olympic-style games' 34-year history.
August 1, 2014 |
ON LABOR DAY 1998, William Bonie was shot in the back and paralyzed in a holdup in West Philadelphia. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, a condition that might have discouraged a lesser man. Not William Edward Bonie Jr. "That never stopped him from doing what he wanted to do," his family said. "He never had a negative word to say about anyone. He never complained. " William, a Coast Guard veteran and a man of many talents and strong opinions, died July 21 of cardiac arrest.
July 21, 2014 |
COOKIE ROJAS in 1964 was only three seasons into a 16-year, four-team career. But for a while after his playing days had ended, that year and the Phillies' notorious late-season collapse still "seemed like it was yesterday. " As time has worn on, though, and Rojas' family has expanded to include 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, the former Phillies' utility man (1963-69) and fan favorite says that oft-discussed season feels much further in the past. A five-time All-Star who also played with the Reds, Cardinals and Royals, Rojas, now 75, went on to manage and coach in the big leagues following his accomplished playing tenure.
July 11, 2014 |
THE USS PASADENA slammed through some of the toughest battles in the South Pacific in World War II. The light cruiser earned six battle stars in engagements against Luzon and Formosa, covered landings for the bitter battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, then hammered military and industrial targets on the Japanese coast in anticipation of an invasion. And Bud Hendrick was there. The invasion never happened, of course. The Japanese surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945, after two atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
July 10, 2014 |
In an accelerated project announced Wednesday by the research arm of the Pentagon, University of Pennsylvania scientists will lead a complex national effort to treat memory impairment by delivering very small doses of electricity to the brain. The agency is funding the $22.5 million, four-year effort to seek treatments for the thousands of returning veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury. A similar $15 million project is to be led by the University of California, Los Angeles.
July 7, 2014 |
Kevin McCloskey, 27, is getting married in May to a girl he first kissed under the Wildwood boardwalk in fifth grade. At least that's what he says. She swears it was the summer after sixth grade, maybe seventh. "Every time he tells the story," says Bridget McGeehan, 27, "it gets earlier and earlier. " Kevin and Bridget, who grew up blocks apart in Mayfair, own a house now in Elkins Park. They have two dogs, a mastiff, Murdock, who pees at the slightest excitement, and a tougher little terrier named Dean, as in Martin.
July 5, 2014 |
John M. Gibbons Sr., 84, of Roxborough, a Philadelphia Water Department inspector for 33 years, died Friday, June 27, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. Known as Jack, Mr. Martin was raised during the Great Depression in the predominantly ethnic Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle in North Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Eighth Army's Second Engineer Unit - 341st Engineer Panel Bridge Company.
June 14, 2014 |
Michael Vey says he's "seen it all before. " The Vietnam War veteran watched the TV news footage of Saigon's fall in 1975 - a few years after he returned home from combat duty. "I remember thinking, 'What a waste,' " he said. "Ten years, 58,000 American lives, and we let it fall. " Now, Vey, 62, of North Cape May, is watching Islamist militants trying to take over Iraq city by city, a decade after he and members of his New Jersey Army National Guard unit helped topple Saddam Hussein.
June 13, 2014 |
PINEHURST, N.C. - Unless maybe you're Tiger Woods, you're not supposed to win the Masters when you're 20. But 2 months ago, Jordan Spieth almost did, tying for second in the first major of the year. So what now? The newest next-big-thing comes to Pinehurst No. 2 as, well, one of the blokes being taken the most serious. And maybe that's asking a lot, even of a two-time U.S. Amateur winner. After 19-year-old Sergio Garcia nearly beat Tiger at the 1999 PGA Championship, many said the same thing about him. Of course, we're still waiting.
June 9, 2014 |
CINCINNATI - With the team in free-fall mode and the trade deadline in the not-so-distant future, several veteran Phillies players will almost certainly be the subjects of a flurry of rumors over the next 8 weeks. A fan base eager for change will probably welcome those rumors, hoping they'll advance beyond the rumor stage. But a lesson in trading established, proven veteran talent for prospects presented itself on the daily baseball transactions report yesterday afternoon. Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster.