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A Philadelphia Eagles morality play
All my sons, or: Bread, circuses, the Eagles and us
A coach plagued with two wayward sons finds redemption by embracing a reformed sinner of a quarterback. Is this merely a game, or is this a morality play unfolding before us?
Society Hill's revival: A memoir
Urban renaissance up close: A Society Hill pioneer remembered
In 1960 I took one look at Spike Stapleford's decrepit block in Society Hill and realized: This street seemed to possess the potential for all the elements of the neighborhood I'd grown up in. And so it did.
On saving the U.S.S. 'Olympia'
Almost gone, and already forgotten
The U.S. Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship and long a prime Philadelphia attraction, seems headed for the scrap heap. But it was saved from that heap at least once before, as I can attest from firsthand experience.
Teen "flash mobs': The brighter side
Those teenage mobs on South Street: Time for some positive thinking
Another “flash mob” outing on South Street, another setback to civilized society? Not necessarily. For one thing, these rampages prove that teenage literacy and technical proficiency are in better shape then we'd thought.
How to save the Mummers Parade
Farewell, Dad Vailâ€” But now let's save the Mummers
So Philadelphia may have lost the Dad Vail Regatta to Rumson, N.J. The beloved but dwindling Mummers Parade could be next. How can it be saved? By turning the parade around.
Behind the Bicentennial, Part 3: Keep it simple
Courting the Park Service: A Bicentennial memoir (part 3)
As 1976 approached, the National Park Service wanted a Bicentennial program that would appeal to visitors in all 50 states. I found the answer in one of Ben Franklin's letters. And unlike my competitors, I kept things simple enough to please the most important audience: the Park Service staff in the field.
The spy who snatched Baryshnikov
I chose one path, he the other: A memoir of Mexico, circa 1975
Who was that distinguished gentleman who shared our hotel terrace overlooking the Pacific at Zihuatanejo? And what was a middle-class theatrical producer from Society Hill like me doing sharing a drink with him?
Behind the Bicentennial, Part 2: The Germans
Selling Philadelphia, 1976 (Part 2): Romancing the Germans
If the Park Service and Bell of Pennsylvania perceived the PR benefits of getting into the 1976 Bicentennial act, I told myself, perhaps foreign democracies could be enticed to join this democracy birthday party as well. Which is how I wound up lunching with the striking blonde cultural minister of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Behind the Bicentennial: A memoir (Part 1)
Selling Philadelphia, 1976: Behind the Bicentennial
Washington wanted to cross the Delaware. Max Bialystock wanted to climb back on top of Broadway. In the early '70s an unwieldy committee of Philadelphia's usual suspects faced a more daunting challenge: winning approval from the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions for a Grade 1 international exposition.