April 14, 2015 |
David R. Boldt, 73, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an Inquirer opinion editor and steward of the paper's Sunday magazine during an acclaimed 28-year career, died Sunday, April 12, of pancreatic cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif. Mr. Boldt's career at The Inquirer spanned the years 1972 to 2000. He was among the editorial talent recruited by executive editor Eugene L. Roberts Jr. in the 1970s that helped build The Inquirer into a winner of multiple Pulitzer Prizes. Perhaps his most public face was as editorial page editor from 1988 to 1998, when he was unafraid to take unpopular stands on sensitive topics.
April 13, 2015 |
She was "Our Gal in Paris. " That's how Rubye Graham was billed on the front page of The Inquirer for her reviews of top fashion designers during the 1960s and early '70s. Rubye Graham Hennessy, as she was later known, was tasked with making the newspaper's fashion coverage more exciting. She arrived in 1959, and by 1966 - well, this is how Philadelphia Magazine described her entrance to a Paris restaurant packed with the elite of haute couture: " Everyone will be at Maxim's.
April 10, 2015 |
THE MAN responsible for hiring Stan Hochman at the Daily News paused a long time. The news that his old friend had died yesterday hit Larry Merchant like a hard left hook. "I feel as though Stan was a part of my life that was good, a part that I left behind in Philadelphia," said Merchant, 84, a longtime boxing commentator with HBO. "He was just good. A good writer, a good reporter, a good commentator and a good man. " Merchant hired Hochman in June of 1959 after Sandy Grady had left for the Bulletin.
April 1, 2015
YOU'VE PROBABLY never heard of Rob Peace, but you might have. Peace was supposed to have done really big things with his life. The son of a single mother and a dad jailed for murder, he grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Newark, N.J., during the height of that city's crack-fueled drug wars. His mother worked in a hospital cafeteria and scrimped to get him into a private high school, where he excelled, earning straight A's. After graduating at the top of his class, Peace enrolled at Yale University on a full scholarship paid by a wealthy benefactor, who told him, "You can go to college wherever you want.
March 4, 2015 |
The corner of 15th and Christian Streets is clogged with snow. As the storm intensifies, only a few people keep trudging through the slush. Among them are Martha Tellaz and her children, Alan and Santiago. Bundled tightly, the three seem to materialize out of the storm and enter the building of Mighty Writers South on Christian Street. Mighty Writers, a nonprofit that fosters critical thinking skills and creativity, offers daily afterschool programs, nightly classes, scholarship programs, college preparatory courses, and more, all free to Philadelphia students.
February 27, 2015 |
Enid Lynne Shivers, 73, of Germantown, a college teacher, nonviolence trainer, and prolific writer, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, of a heart ailment at Wyndmoor Hills Health Care & Rehab Center. Known informally as Lynne, Ms. Shivers was an idealist and lifelong Quaker who put her words and pacifist values to work as an instructor in nonviolent passive resistance. While teaching English at Community College of Philadelphia, she led training sessions on nonviolent protest in various countries.
January 31, 2015 |
Bernice Gordon, 101, the matriarch of American crossword puzzles, whose last puzzle appeared in the New York Times in August, died early Thursday, Jan. 29. Mrs. Gordon, a Philadelphia native who lived her last years in a Center City assisted-living community, started creating crosswords at age 35 as a young widow, home evenings with two small sons and needing something to engage her mind. She was rejected repeatedly at first. "My child," her mother scolded, "if you would spend as much time on cookbooks instead of crosswords, your family would be happier.
January 19, 2015
ON THE SURFACE, it might look as if what Rowan University pitcher Richie Suarez has overcome was about defying the odds or embracing a challenge to do the near impossible. In reality, the motivation for this 3 1/2-year journey was simpler than that. The 14 months of chemotherapy Suarez endured to treat the high-risk, pre-B, acute lymphoblastic leukemia he had been diagnosed with on Aug. 27, 2011, only 2 days before he was to enter Rowan as a freshman, had ravaged the body that had produced an outstanding pitching career at Eastern Regional High School.
January 17, 2015 |
Lewis Katz, whose passion for sports was only exceeded by his philanthropy, will be honored posthumously when the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association holds its 111th annual banquet Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill. Katz will be named the winner of the Ed Snider Lifetime Humanitarian award for his charitable work. Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, will present the award to members of Katz's family. When Snider was married in 2013, Katz served as his best man. "He was the best man because he is the best man I've ever known," Snider said at Katz's memorial service last year.