Pulse: Quick Takes
Eagles: We Want Your Children
Look for a new Eagles TV show for kids this fall. The show comes on the heels of the Eagles Kids’ Club, which boasts the largest following in the NFL, with 10,000 members (second place has a measly 3,500), and its kiddy website. “We want to expose kids to the brand,” says senior director of marketing Tim McDermott, who notes that 75 to 85 percent of football fans become loyal before age 18. The weekly show will be a mix of education, entertainment and football skills, and will feature player appearances. No time or station has yet been set.
CATCHING UP WITH KURT
Gladwyne realtor G. Kurt Davidyan (“A Scandal in Gladwyne,” July 2004) pleaded guilty and received probation earlier this year for two criminal charges against him—that he defrauded both American Express and developer Brian O’Neill. This month, the sprightly 76-year-old, who can still be seen chatting up acquaintances around the bucolic Main Line suburb, will have a pretrial conference with a new judge, Thomas M. Del Ricci, to discuss whether he’ll plead guilty in the third case against him. That case deals with real estate bridge loans, which prosecutors contend he obtained from friends to maintain a faltering party-centric lifestyle.
M. Marcavage, Bookseller
Lansdowne anti-gay activist Michael Marcavage recently added a bookstore to Repent America, his Christian fundamentalist website. In a press release announcing the opening, the store was billed as a source of discounted rates on recommended books. Among them: Janet Folger’s The Criminalization of Christianity: Read This Book Before It Becomes Illegal! “We wanted to be able to offer discounted books and other resources to those who are faithful and supporting the ministry in our ongoing battle,” Marcavage says. “We’re trying to be an educational source as well as a ministry for those involved in this fight.”
“To Sean and Julian Lennon, I hope that this work finally clarifies what has been a conflicted view of your father’s extraordinary life.”
—From the acknowledgements of Larry Kane’s forthcoming book, Lennon Revealed
Smarty Jones Is Such a Stud
Apparently Smarty Jones is as strong a performer off the racetrack as he was on it. A year ago, Smarty left Philadelphia Park for new digs at the Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky, where he commands a whopping $100,000 stud fee. He’s worth it, though, since four-year-old Smarty has already impregnated 100 of the 111 mares he’s mated with this year. Before he could begin life as a stud, virginal Smarty learned to get his groove on by practicing with an old, patient mare. After all, says Three Chimneys’ Margaret Layton, “You don’t take your four-year-old out to a five-star restaurant with linen tablecloths for his first Sunday dinner.”