December 6, 2013
EVEN IF none of the City Six teams makes it to the 2014 NCAA Final Four, Philadelphia will still have a winner in Arlington, Texas. That is because the Daily News' Dick Jerardi will be inducted that weekend into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. Jerardi has written for the Daily News since 1985, primarily covering college basketball and horse racing. A past president of the USBWA, Jerardi has won numerous awards for his writing in both sports, including national awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, as well as the past two first-place Keystone Press Awards for sports beat coverage from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.
December 3, 2013 |
Nancy B. Schmitt, 73, a journalist, community activist, and author, died Friday, Nov. 22, of lupus-related renal failure at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. Born in Madison, Wis., Mrs. Schmitt was a 1958 graduate of Waukesha High School. She attended Bucknell and Temple Universities, and Immaculata College, now university. Mrs. Schmitt made her living as a reporter and photographer for the Suburban Advertiser newspaper from 1975 to 1984. She covered municipal and school district news and wrote feature stories, obituaries, wedding and birth announcements, and theater reviews.
November 13, 2013 |
Twenty years is a long time to try to get a movie made. Especially when everybody around you - even the people who think it's a great idea - are telling you it's never going to happen. That was the dilemma that Craig Borten, the screenwriter of Dallas Buyers Club , faced, as a parade of actors would commit, and directors and producers sign on, and then the deals would fall apart. "I lost all hope a lot ," says Borten, a Philadelphia native, reflecting on the long and winding road he's been on. But it's a road that ends in triumph: Dallas Buyers Club - the true story of Ron Woodroof, Texas rodeo hanger-on, freelance electrician, gay-bashing party animal, drug abuser, and improbable trailblazer in AIDS treatment - began its theatrical rollout last week.
November 12, 2013 |
TORONTO - It was early in the morning on Aug. 9, 1988 - usually a quiet time in the hockey world. Not so for Jay Greenberg, then the Daily News ' Flyers beat writer. Greenberg was one of the few sports writers in the world to sniff out "The Trade," which sent the greatest hockey player ever from Edmonton to Los Angeles. In fact, with the help of sources, Greenberg nearly nailed the exact specifications of the deal in that day's paper, hours before it was even consummated.
November 6, 2013 |
LOOK OUT , Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick : There's another Philly-area teacher-turned-author making waves in Hollywood. John Dixon 's novel, Phoenix Island , will be the basis of the upcoming CBS thriller "Intelligence," starrin g Josh Holloway ("Lost") and Marg Helgenberger ("CSI"). The show will premiere in February. What's more is that the catalyst of Phoenix Island , which doesn't hit bookshelves until January, is based on a state current event: the kids-for-cash scandal in which two Luzerne County judges took kickbacks for sending kids to privately run juvenile detention camps.
October 10, 2013 |
Gloria Hayes Kremer, 89, of Jenkintown, a writer for children and adults, died of a heart attack Thursday, Oct. 3, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Gloria Fanette Lorch grew up in Tioga and later moved to Jenkintown. She graduated from Gratz High School and spent a year at Temple University before withdrawing due to her father's death. Mrs. Kremer's career initially centered on youngsters. She composed a musical adaptation of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" that was performed in 1963 at the Academy of Music and staged in 2003 at the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley.
October 6, 2013 |
For Kathy Spreen, Lyme disease is a family affair. The trouble for her West Chester family started with her husband, who complained of fatigue and shoulder pain. Diagnosed with Lyme, he was treated with antibiotics and cured. About a year later, suffering with fatigue and joint pain, Spreen was treated twice for Lyme, which led to arthroscopic surgery and an eventual knee replacement. But when her 20-year old son Chris was rushed to the emergency room with a fever near 106 degrees and lapsing in and out of consciousness, she felt helpless.
September 27, 2013
THE FIRST staff meeting of what would eventually become "Saturday Night Live" was, in and of itself, a momentous occasion in show business annals. But that summer-of-1975 gathering in the office of "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels was a red-letter day in the life of comedy writer Alan Zweibel for reasons that transcend the 38-year-old comedy-variety show's pop culture importance. For that was the day he met the late, great Gilda Radner . It is that fateful occasion and its aftermath that are at the heart of the 1812 Productions presentation of Zweibel's "Bunny Bunny - Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy," which runs through Oct. 27 at Independence Studio on 3, at the Walnut Street Theatre.
September 22, 2013 |
I enjoy travel literature for many reasons: At its best, it educates and entertains, and it also has occasionally influenced my travel choices. One of the 20th century's most celebrated practitioners was Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, who, after many years traveling in Greece, chose Kardamyli, in the southern Peloponnesus, as his Greek home. I had learned about Kardamyli from Fermor's book Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese. His home became a mecca for friends and fellow authors who visited him to enjoy good conversation, food, and the area's physical beauty.
September 20, 2013 |
* THE GOLDBERGS. 9 p.m. Tuesday, 6ABC. SOME 20 years after a play he wrote in high school inspired by his grandfather's battle with Alzheimer's was a winner in the Philadelphia Young Playwrights competition, Adam F. Goldberg's back to writing about his family. For a much bigger audience. When "The Goldbergs" premieres Tuesday, it won't just be the culmination of a complicated 2 1/2-year process that included a move from Fox to ABC. Goldberg's slightly twisted take on "The Wonder Years," set in the Jenkintown of his 1980s boyhood, has been in the making since the 37-year-old writer first picked up a video camera at age 5 and pointed it at his family.