February 8, 2016
DANTE'S JOURNEY into the netherworld starts with these words "In the middle of our life's journey, I found myself in a dark wood. " And from that point on, with the wise guidance of Virgil, our hero plumbs the depths of hell, taking us on a journey through human sin, fallibility, sorrow and even love. I know how he felt. This Friday, I took my own journey into that dark forest, only it was a few blocks from the subway at Broad and Pattison, and my Virgil was my dear friend John (accompanied by his beautiful wife Masako.)
December 4, 2015 |
SOMETHING TELLS us Jets wide receiver Eric Decker might have been a bit red-faced in the locker room Thursday. The day before, ESPN aired an episode of "His and Hers" featuring Decker and his tell-all country-singer wife Jessie James. James shared some rather intimate info about how she helps Decker manscape his personal area. "Sometimes, I will like to design something very special for Eric and I make him go to the locker room when they take showers to show it off, if you know what I mean," she said.
October 16, 2015 |
Philly's never had a blowout cheesesteak festival. We've had ice-cream fests, bacon fests, Burger Brawls, (Buffalo) Wing Bowls, more food-truck events than you can count and, this summer for the first time, a SausageFest. But after 85 years, our signature edible hasn't gotten its due, festival-wise. We have to wait till next Saturday. On Oct. 24, a Linc parking lot will host the city's first big-deal, bona fide Cheesesteak Fest , thanks to four very sharp-dressed event-planner dudes.
October 14, 2015 |
ELECTION DAY is close, so close you can almost hear the victory and concession speeches teary-eyed pols will be reciting three weeks from now. With that ticking clock in mind, Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Republican nominee Melissa Murray Bailey took to the stage for an hourlong debate last night at WHYY studios at 6th and Race streets. But there was little tension between the candidates. On the big issues of the day, they largely agree: The city needs more jobs, and the jalopy that is the educational system is overdue for service.
June 11, 2015 |
ADULT-FILM actress Mary Carey will be in town for a double jubilee this weekend as she celebrates her birthday and the 11th anniversary of the Gold Club (1416 Chancellor St.) in Center City. Carey, famous for her flourishing career in porn, appearances on the VH1 reality-TV series "Celebrity Rehab" and for an unsuccessful bid for governor of California in 2003, has new aspirations, including a possible run for mayor of Philadelphia. During a phone interview yesterday, Carey told me that she's likely abandoned her plans to run for president of the United States - a job for which she becomes eligible when she turns 35 on Monday.
February 4, 2015 |
SHHHHHHHHHH, Marc Farzetta is sleeping. And deservedly so. Farzetta capped a wild weekend that started with the Wing Bowl and ended with the Super Bowl. He didn't get back from Phoenix until yesterday afternoon and then he went directly to WIP, where he worked until 2 this morning. An avid schedule-maker, Farzetta has just one entry on his to- do list for Feb. 3: "Sleep. " The 32-year-old is a host and update anchor at the all-sports radio station. He's also a self-described "Wingettes coordinator" and served as an associate producer for NBC at Super Bowl 49. His "weekend" began on Thursday at the Wing Bowl weigh-in at Chickie's & Pete's, where he was in charge of organizing the Wingettes.
February 3, 2015 |
It's a little-known fact that Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, has a cousin who lives 283 miles to the east. Manayunk Manny roams just below Main Street on the banks of the Schuylkill. Once a year, the day before Phil becomes the world's most famous weather rodent, the two furry cousins meet in Harrisburg. Before they burrowed down Sunday and watched Super Bowl XLIX, Phil and Manny reminisced about the previous year and discussed the big day ahead. The Inquirer was invited along and asked to transcribe the reunion.
February 2, 2015 |
WHEN WING BOWL ended, the number was repeated over and over, like some ancient mantra, and it took Angelo Cataldi right to reality's edge on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center. "Four. Four. Four," a man repeated to the longtime 94WIP morning radio host. It was the number of chicken wings - 444 - and somehow Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti had stuffed them all in and swallowed them in a record-shattering comeback win at Wing Bowl 23. Cataldi, his face full of disbelief, scribbled the math out on a piece of paper and threw his Sharpie down hard when he was done.
February 1, 2015 |
Wing Bowl winner sets a record In an upset that must have shaken her down to her soul, reigning Wing Bowl champion Molly Schuyler on Friday lost the Super Bowl of eating contests at the Wells Fargo Center to Patrick Bertoletti , a Chicagoan who also set a Wing Bowl record. The wonderfully svelte Schuyler, who hails from Bellevue, Neb., had previously lost only one eating competition in her career, a pie-eating bout last year. She was all grace after Bowl co-founder Angelo Cataldi named Bertoletti as the champ.
January 31, 2015 |
Philadelphians are more skeptical of snow forecasts for Friday after Tuesday's blizzard-that-wasn't. AccuWeather was calling for one to three inches of snow and a wintry mix for Philadelphia, and even more to the northeast of the city and in New England starting late Thursday and continuing through Friday. But after the storm left Philadelphia mostly untouched this week despite meteorologists' expectations of a foot or more, many people don't quite believe it. "With all this technology, you think they'd predict it right," said Michael Smith, 25, whose Tuesday history class at Community College of Philadelphia was canceled - along with just about everything else in the region.