Pulse: Quick Takes


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Last April 8th, 50 of the world’s best female photographers spent 24 hours shooting women across the country. More than 200 of their images make up the new book A Day in the Life of the American Woman (Bulfinch), which also ­features a dozen essay-length profiles by Philly Mag senior writer Carol Saline. Among the photographers in the book is Sharon J. Wohlmuth, ­Saline’s Sisters co-author.

Spot the State Legislator

When the Inquirer recently outed Montgomery County rep Daylin Leach as a frustrated ­comedian—for authoring an oft-juvenile webblog—the paper took schoolmarmish delight in pointing out everyone Leach could have offended: Arabs, Céline Dion, President Bush. Yet the paper didn’t answer the big question—
is Leach funny? Guess which statement he wrote, and which are from professional comedians.

A “There is no such thing as ‘fun for the whole family.’”

B  “You don’t want to be [in] the local hoosegow being interrogated about what happened to the goat with nothing to say. You want to have your excuses prearranged and ready to go. A few examples: ‘We do that to goats all the time in my country’; ‘Oh, I misheard the tour guide when he said ‘Chuck the coat.’”

C  “I’m like Bush, I see the world more like checkers than chess.”

“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, ‘You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.’”

Answers: A) Jerry Seinfeld B) Leach C) Dennis Miller D) George Carlin

Steve & Eydie (and Maybe Spielberg, Too)

If there’s one fall society event chock-full of A-list celebs, it’s the Rena Rowan-Damone “Hooray for Philadelphia” soiree October 28th, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Rowan House homeless shelter. Boasting honorary chairs Betty Ford, Ed Rendell and Steven Spielberg, who may attend, the gala will feature a fashion show, eats by Peachtree & Ward, and desserts by Le Bec-Fin. Also on the guest list: former Penn prez Judith Rodin, the soulful Patti LaBelle, and crooners Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. 

REALLY BLUE CROSS

When Independence Blue Cross recently informed providers that MRIs would require pre-certification from the company, many doctors saw it as another hassle that would only delay treatment. But things turned out to be a little racier than they expected. When doctors called a phone number printed in the instructions, they were greeted by a sultry voice: “Hi, guys … if you have a nice big credit card … whip it out and press 2. … ” (You can imagine the rest.) Blue Cross quickly postponed the new policy.