Pulse: Quick Takes
These days, Philly native Walter Bahr is probably best known as the father of two former NFL kickers: Chris and Matt Bahr. That’s about to change. This month, The Game of Their Lives, a movie about the U.S. national soccer team’s defeat of England in the 1950 World Cup — one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history — hits theaters. Bahr, a star midfielder, is central to the story; he assisted the game’s winning goal. (He’s portrayed in the film by Wes Bentley, left.) Though the movie was written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh, the duo behind Hoosiers, Bahr, 78, has modest hopes. “I just hope nobody turns out looking like a donkey,” he says.
Gladwyne’s own Captain Noah recently pitched Channel 6 — where his kids’ show had a 27-year run — with a 35th anniversary program. While the station won’t comment on the proposal, WPVI’s Caroline Welch says, “We are well aware of the anniversary, and we do love our Captain Noah.” More certain is that the new Please Touch Museum, set to open at Memorial Hall in 2007, will feature the original Captain Noah set — minus the puppets — and hours of footage from WPVI’s archives.
The struggling dollar is starting to catch up with local wine lists. Edward Wildman, sommelier at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, reports, “Last week I wanted to reorder a Bordeaux from 1994, and it went up by $60, so I decided not to carry it anymore.” With wines that are experiencing smaller price increases, sommeliers say, the bottles will stay on their lists, but diners will feel the difference when the bill arrives. Some restaurants, trying to keep prices low, are carrying more California wines, or cheaper and lesser-known Europeans.
Mayor John Street’s arsenal of iPod products is expanding. We reported last fall that Hizzoner had picked up one of the classic models and stocked it full of gospel favorites. Now, after experiencing some technical problems, he’s downsized to an iPod Mini, whose compact size should be more friendly on Street’s long bike rides. He took a pass on Apple’s newest innovation, the tiny iPod Shuffle. “He thought it was too small,” says a well-placed administration source familiar with the Mayor’s personal technology procurement decisions.
Buy These Books
Look for two new books this month from Philly Mag contributors. Buzz Bissinger’s 3 Nights in August focuses on St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and shows how heart, not numbers, wins baseball games. And Camille Paglia’s Break, Blow, Burn is her attempt to understand classic poetry anew and gain recognition for contemporary poets.