December 5, 2008
IN THE aftermath of the death of a Wal-Mart employee at the hands of a rabid bargain-hunting mob of morons, I can now understand why department stores have pushed so hard to do away with the the word "Christmas. " After all, if you're in the middle of killing someone who is slowing down your pursuit of sweat socks on sale, you certainly don't want a replica of the baby Jesus staring you down, possibly casting judgment on your actions. Stuart Caesar, Philadelphia
June 30, 2006
IT'S LESS than six months until Christmas, so I've already started to shop. For Speaker John Perzel: A child's tattoo kit so he can practice on his Harrisburg cronies. The kit contains a tattoo of a pig. Rick Mariano and Corey Kemp: An old- style Monopoly game to spend their years in jail. Yo, Rick and Corey, those "Get out of jail free" cards are only game pieces. Rick Santorum: Hillary Clinton described him as the Forrest Gump of the Senate, so he gets a copy of the movie.
December 23, 2003 |
RUSSELL Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, are the parents of a baby boy. Charles Spencer Crowe was born Sunday night, weighing 6 pounds 2 ounces. "He's a healthy, bouncing baby boy looking forward to Christmas," Crowe's publicist said. Wow, he must be a prodigy. Detroit court knows Jack Rocker Jack White may be trading in his White Stripes for vertical stripes. He was formally charged yesterday with aggravated assault after a Dec. 13 fight with Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer at the Majestic Theatre.
December 19, 1992 |
The Grinch has been busy this season, and he doesn't much care whether you're a city official or not. State Rep. Dwight Evans became one of the city's many burglary victims Thursday night when a thief broke into his house on Cardeza Street near Rodney in the Stenton section of the city at 10:18 p.m. and ransacked the place, making off with a video cassette recorder, police said. The thief or thieves got in by breaking a first floor window, police said. Also victimized was former chief inspector of detectives Frank Scafidi, whose house on Bittern Place near Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia was ransacked at about 8 p.m. Thursday.
November 8, 2013 |
WE WERE hoping to put off this column for another couple weeks, but because "Elf," the musical version of the 2003 hit Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell , opened Tuesday night at the Walnut Street Theatre, there's no getting around it: The holiday season is upon us. Between now and the first week of the new year, venues throughout the region will present a cornucopia (to use a great holiday word) of seasonally themed and holiday-appropriate (and even inappropriate) programs.
January 5, 2004
THE PA. Lottery Commission had a TV commercial showing a group of costumed carolers singing the traditional Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas. " Only they avoid singing the word "Christmas" and instead sing "On the first day of the holiday season . . . " It is one thing to insult Christians by ignoring and avoiding the "C-word. " But it's adding insult to injury when you use a Christmas carol to stimulate consumerism, and then change the words for the sake of political correctness.
January 7, 1988 |
Roderick Rankin has been ordered to stand trial on charges of stealing Christmas gifts from an 11-year-old West Philadelphia girl who was then run over twice by a van that Rankin was riding in. Common Pleas Judge Tama M. Clark set $1 million bail for Rankin, 23, of Natrona Street near Susquehanna Avenue, at a preliminary hearing yesterday. Last week, Clark set similar bail for Rankin's alleged accomplice, Tony Reid, 23, of Arlington Street near 54th. Both men are charged with robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy, theft and recklessly endangering another person.
September 4, 1997 |
The teen-age punk was given a Christmas leave from a juvenile facility, but he didn't have the holiday spirit in his heart. He was carrying a knife and looking for trouble. So, when Duncan Scott Russell, 38, accidentally bumped into him on Jasper Street near Madison, Kensington, early on the morning of Dec. 28, Scott Davalos got his chance to use it. He stabbed Russell in the chest, killing him, while Russell's girlfriend looked on in horror. Davalos, 18, of Stella Street near Frankford Avenue, who was serving a juvenile sentence for theft, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and a weapons charge.
December 26, 2002 |
I recently looked back at an e-mail that I dispatched last year to a journalist looking for someone to interview for a blacks and Christmas/Kwanzaa story. I realized that these few lines summed up my feelings about the season: "The other day I was in T.J. Maxx and Xmas carols were playing. Without thinking, I started to hum along and I experienced an instant paralyzing flashback to the Xmas magic of my youth. Although when I realized I had been overtaken by the hypnotic gas that is pumped into these stores during the holiday season, I instantly fled with a firm hold on my senses, check book and credit cards.
August 30, 1994 |
XMAS INSTA-PIX I: Want to impress your friends, relatives and neighbors with your personal life-organization skills by finally getting it together to send an up-to-date, full-face, smiley picture of your child in the annual Christmas card? Well, make a note to yourself: Sears, by mid-September, is rolling out a new camera-computer linkup system that does away with the former three-week wait to see proofs. As the photog is snapping away, you get to see each pose instantly displayed in freeze-frame on a color monitor.