Many of the people who play Santa Claus for major department stores are contractually forbidden from talking to the press about their jobs. But we found one department store Santa Claus willing to cross the thin red line, under the condition that we protect his identity. Here, a man who puts on the Santa suit for a popular Philadelphia-area department store for seven hours a day tells us what it’s like to do so in an age of helicopter parents and Xbox One. It’s not easy being Santa. Read more »
We can sort out who is to blame for the forecast fail and road nightmare another time. For now, it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t go anywhere unless you absolutely have to. I just got back from a harrowing 3-mile round trip drive from Overbrook to Upper Darby that took me an hour, and I saw multiple buses and cars that appeared to be disabled. One driver on 476 tells me that she can’t go above 10 mph without sliding all over the road. Read more »
Philadelphia is a city of many national firsts. First zoo. First computer. First row houses. First stock exchange. First lending library. First volunteer fire squad. First paper mill. First public parks. First Thanksgiving Day parade. First department store (Wanamaker’s). And now, we learn that the world’s first selfie was taken in Philadelphia.* Read more »
On Thursday, Nelson Mandela died at his home at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid leader was imprisoned for 27 years and later became South Africa’s first black president. “He is now resting,” declared South African President Jacob Zuma. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.” Read more »
First came the Black Friday stun gun fight at Franklin Mills Mall. Then came Wednesday’s violent brouhaha at Philadelphia’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in, yep, Love Park. And now, to continue the tradition of Christmastime malevolence, we bring you a pair of yuletide bandits who, according to police, stole Christmas decorations off of a home in South Philadelphia, which I’m pretty sure is a capital offense in that particular neighborhood. Read more »
On Thursday night, former pop star Avril Lavigne walked the red carpet at Q102′s Jingle Ball at the Wells Fargo Center. And judging by these photos, she wasn’t the least bit happy to be here, sporting the worst fake smile ever. Why bother even smiling at all, Avril? Just stick with the gloomy faux-goth girl thing that has worked so well for you in the past.
PHOTOS: Getty Images.
In November, we told you about the woman who took a photo (left) of the man who allegedly punched her at Broad and Arch, a split second after he hit her in broad daylight. That same man was also accused of punching another woman within the same week at a SEPTA station at Broad and Erie. Now, police have a suspect in custody. Read more »
On Wednesday night–less than one week after the Black Friday stun gun fight at the Franklin Mills Mall–a fight erupted at Philadelphia’s official Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony at Love Park. In front of the mayor, no less, reports Fox 29. Can’t you people behave yourselves?
On Wednesday morning, I published an interview with Mort Crim, the former Philadelphia news anchor who inspired Will Ferrell to create Ron Burgundy and Anchorman. Crim was kind enough to humor me by reading Ron Burgundy lines from the original movie (the sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, opens on December 18th), which I included as audio clips with that interview. But the clips just didn’t seem to do it justice. So I wrote a song. Read more »
Sure, you could go to the local tree lot to find your perfect Christmas tree. Or you could cut down your own tree (check out Be Well Philly’s awesome guide to Philadelphia-area cut-your-own-tree farms… I’m heading to Linvilla this weekend.) But why bother with the cold and the, you know, tradition when you could just have Uber deliver a Christmas tree right to your doorstep? Read more »