April 8, 1998 |
But for the search for that last clincher detail, Zippy the zebra might never have happened. While competing in the carriage division at the Devon Horse Show two years ago, Roberta Odell thought her paddy-wagon entry ought to be a winner. But there was one nagging problem that kept her out of the ribbons, she said as she sprayed weed killer in her rose garden this week. Though she had dressed as a jailer, complete with whistle, and the audience roared at spotting the prisoners inside the coach attired in jailhouse stripes, she knew while circling the ring that the mules drawing the wagon should have stripes, too. One idea had been to hire someone to paint them.
April 25, 1991 |
Seventeen years ago, on April 16, 1974, my wife and I suffered the greatest loss parents can experience. Our son, Nick, was murdered - shot three times in the back on a San Francisco street. On this tragic anniversary, the California Board of Prison Terms will hear a request for parole from J.C.X. Simon, the man who with his co-conspirators is responsible for Nick's death. Nick's murder was the last of a series of wanton, random murders of innocent San Francisco citizens during a six-month period during late 1973 and early 1974 by Simon and three others known as the "Zebra killers.
August 12, 2004 |
This, from Tuesday's comic strip Pearls Before Swine: "Welcome to the opening of the zebra/lion/croc Olympics," says Bob, a funny-looking announcer. "We now go down to the field for the zebras' opening address. " A zebra with spiked hair takes the microphone. "We are honored to be here today with these other species to promote the cause of peace and build the bonds of brotherhood," it says. Back to the announcers: "What a beautiful and moving tribute, Bob," says one. "Yes, Peter," says the other, "and now for the crocodiles' opening address.
December 23, 1994 |
THREE-DAY ORDEAL LEADS TO LIFETIME OF FREE PARKING A retired woman who was trapped for three days in a parking garage elevator in New Zealand has been awarded $3,200 in damages and free parking for the rest of her life. Moira Poor, 69, found herself stuck in a stalled elevator in the midtown Auckland parking lot without food or water on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 9. She didn't manage to get out until the following Monday morning, when the elevator spontaneously began working again.
November 7, 2008 |
Take the flat tire that was Madagascar . Retread it with The Lion King storyline. Pump it up with air. Now you have Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa , an overinflated sequel to the one about the lion, the zebra, the giraffe and the hippo liberated from the Central Park Zoo and deposited (by penguin commandos) on the island nation off the east coast of Africa. As in the first installment of the DreamWorks animation, M2 suggests that to flourish in the jungle it helps to have street smarts.
July 28, 1989 |
Jack DeJohnette, one of the jazz world's most highly praised drummers, is known for his many different musical pursuits, but he is still capable of surprising even those who have followed his career closely. Consider, for instance, DeJohnette's latest album, Zebra. For this one, the musician focused his talent entirely on synthesizers. DeJohnette, who will appear in a free concert tonight at Penn's Landing with his Special Edition band, wrote and produced the music as a soundtrack for Tadyuki Naito's 40-minute Zebra video, a "visual tone-poem" of zebra life in the African wild.
August 19, 1988 |
We all know a leopard can't change his spots, nor a zebra his stripes, but if you head over to the Academy of Natural Sciences this weekend, you'll find out why they wouldn't trade for plaid - as well as lots of other neat things about nature's shapes, textures and sounds. The Academy's new special exhibit, "Stripes, Spots and Disorderly Dots," opens today. It's stuffed to the gills, skins, petals and shells with pictures, plants and all sorts of hands-on stuff that is, according to director of exhibits Raylene Decatur, "geared to children from 5 to 100. " The purpose of the "Stripes, Spots and Disorderly Dots" is to show how patterns in nature are not random - and what we can learn about animals and plants from the patterns they use. For instance, leopards are spotted so that, when they are sitting in trees waiting for dinner to come by, they blend in with dappled sunlight coming through the leaves.
October 14, 1993 |
John Schleyer doesn't mind being called a zebra. He wears thick skin beneath his black-and-white shirt. He has to. He would have a difficult time doing his job if he listened to every critic who yelled sour somethings in his ear. Besides, he's been called a lot worse than a zebra. He works in sports arenas that frequently are filled with souls who doodled on the pages when the chapter on etiquette was taught. "Being called a zebra doesn't bother me in the least," said Schleyer, a Northeast Philadelphia native who is in his fourth year as a National Football League official.
December 28, 1990 |
The party's over. No more Nativity scenes. No more Christmas gatherings. Clyde, the dromedary, and Donner and Blitzen, the reindeer, are for sale. Disposition is not a problem. Their owner, Harry O'Neill, guarantees his animals are very polite. Clyde doesn't spit. Donner and Blitzen don't try to make shish kebab out of people with their antlers. But they also don't reproduce. All three are geldings and O'Neill really prefers breeding stock. His relationship with Clyde has been brief but pleasant.
April 15, 1988 |
FRI FIFTEENTH The Blushing Zebra, the cozy folk music club run by the Swords Into Plowshares peace organization, is presenting its final concerts at its quarters at 7167 Germantown Ave. Forced out of the building it has occupied for a year and renovated extensively, the Zebra's management is negotiating for a new space and hopes to reopen in September. Meanwhile, Zebra will present singer/songwriter Betsy Rose at 8 p.m. Friday, and Nanika, an all- female a cappella group, at 8 p.m. Saturday.