November 23, 2013 |
By almost any measure, it's safe to say William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. has had a remarkable legal career. First in his class at Harvard Law School in 1946. First African American to serve as a clerk for a Supreme Court justice. Transportation Secretary under President Gerald R. Ford, adviser to nine other presidents, and, finally, a corporate lawyer who routinely pulled down fees of $1,200 an hour. Coleman, a Philadelphia native, also was the first African American to go to work for an old-line Philadelphia law firm, single-handedly breaking the color barrier of the city's legal establishment.
November 22, 2013 |
THE SHEER number of movies about JFK attest to Hollywood's fascination with his life and death - a fascination that began even before he became president in 1961. Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was a model for the handsome young Irish-American war hero/politician who defeats veteran mayor Spencer Tracy in John Ford's "The Last Hurrah," released in 1958. Once elected president, the image-savvy Kennedy helped forge his own myth - his administration worked with Hollywood in approving and developing "PT- 109" (1963)
November 19, 2013
MY 9/11 WAS 11/22. I remember where I was - each time in a newspaper office. For Nov. 22, 1963, I was the boss of four weekly newspapers in Brooklyn. I ordered my reporters to hit the streets while I pulled together everything we had on every visit John F. Kennedy made to Brooklyn, where he was idolized. For Sept. 11, 2001, I was a gossip columnist here, sidelined by the tragedy. I watched it unfold on TV, with horror and anger, just like you. Some of you felt fear, but I felt fury and the dreadful realization that our oceans no longer protected us. On 11/22, I felt a bottomless sadness and the sickening realization that our decency no longer protected us. Sept.
October 20, 2013 |
Until the very end, Sen. Arlen Specter insisted that one shooter - and only one - killed President John F. Kennedy. The "single bullet theory" was no theory, Specter would snap whenever the topic came up. "It's a conclusion," he repeatedly asserted. Specter, who died in 2012, was a rising young prosecutor when he joined the Warren Commission to investigate the Kennedy assassination. In a decision that continues to draw critics and controversy, the commission pinned the killing on Lee Harvey Oswald.
March 6, 2013 |
The voluminous archives of the late U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter are heading west. Philadelphia University, which has custody, has struck a deal with the University of Pittsburgh to process, preserve, and digitize significant portions of Specter's material, officials announced Monday. The job is huge. Imagine 2,700 boxes of papers, photographs, audio and video materials, and memorabilia. That's enough to fill 337 four-drawer filing cabinets, notes Michael Dabrishus, Pitt's assistant university librarian.
October 16, 2012
Arlen Specter was a fighter. He fought crime as a prosecutor. He fought political opponents as a U.S. senator. He fought cancer on more than one occasion. But most of all, he fought for the people of the adopted state that became dear to him - Pennsylvania. Specter died Sunday from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 82. Having been elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004, Specter served in that office longer than anyone in Pennsylvania history.
October 16, 2012 |
FOR ARLEN SPECTER, independence was a cherished ideal, and he largely followed that philosophy through political currents that often turned treacherous. Specter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and then Yale University. He lived in East Falls with his wife, Joan. They have two sons and four grandchildren. Among the highlights of Specter's public career: * 1964: Specter was the author of the "single-bullet" theory in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as counsel to the Warren Commission.
February 6, 2008 |
Benazir Bhutto's assassination was an extraordinary shock to me because Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D., R.I.) and I were scheduled to meet with her three hours later in Islamabad. It took my thoughts to JFK's assassination, my previous meetings with her when she was prime minister, and the devastating loss to Pakistan of a vibrant leader who had the potential to unify and stabilize the tottering nation. From my work on the Warren Commission staff, I was immediately troubled by the failure of the local authorities to secure the crime scene.
November 25, 2005 |
There are some subjects - and the web of conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy is certainly among them - that most members of the academic establishment avoid as much as possible. And then there is Temple University's Joan Mellen, whose new book, A Farewell to Justice, pins the murder on the U.S. government itself. "Long live tenure," said Mellen, an English professor who has written an eclectic collection of 17 books. Her latest, which was published last week, started out as a biography of Jim Garrison, the New Orleans district attorney whose investigation of the assassination was dramatized in Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK. But in her research on Garrison, Mellen soon became fascinated by the assassination itself.
November 28, 2003 |
Like millions of Americans, I watched the Kennedy television specials last week. For many people (and not only of a single generation), JFK's assassination has become a national recurring nightmare. And over the weekend, as the 40th anniversary came and went, I realized two things. First: In light of (and despite) the evidence, it's likely that Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed Kennedy. Second: Frustration persists. And I think I know why. I watched hours of conspiracy theory - that it was the Chicago Mob, the Corsican Mob, Cuba, LBJ, the CIA, or Russia who had JFK killed.