The Professor’s House: Another Bookman’s Adventure (Conclusion)

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by HUGH GILMORE Today’s column, the third and final installment of a three-part series, is meant to be both an adventure story and a cautionary tale. For dramatic purposes, I’ll begin at the end. Eugene Okamoto and I agreed on the phone the other day that our used-book businesses would run a lot easier if […]
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The Professor’s House: Another Bookman’s Adventure (Part 2)

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by HUGH GILMORE Catch-up from last week: I had been invited by Roberta and Terrence Foss, of Mt. Airy, to come to his mother’s house to buy “thousands of old books.” Once I arrived I learned that Terry’s father, Ernest Foss Jr., had been killed in World War II three months before Terry was born. […]
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‘There’s nothing like our Wissahickon Valley’

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Hill author has branched out with books about trees by J.B. Hyppolite Prolific Chestnut Hill author and tree expert Edward S. “Ned” Barnard, 76, has branched out, you might say, with his book, “New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area,” the most detailed book of its kind. Barnard is currently co-authoring […]
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Chronicles history of ‘American Obsession’

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Mt. Airy lawyer-turned-writer an Ivy League good sport by Lou Mancinelli It turns out that fans owe the tradition of hot wings and Super Bowls to the Ivy League, where the rules of modern football, from yardage markers to the number of players on the field, were developed. The Heisman Trophy, college football’s most prestigious […]
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Hill author pens another treasure with ‘Main Street’

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by Len Lear Miles Orvell, a resident of Chestnut Hill for the past 23 years, is a brilliant professor and scholar. He earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University (1964) and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in English and American Literature in 1970, and he came to Temple University for his first job out of […]
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New book reveals betrayal of genius/humanitarian

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Mt. Airy scientist’s discovery saved millions of lives by Len Lear Not many human beings on earth can honestly claim that something they did was responsible for saving millions of human lives. But West Mt. Airy resident Albert Schatz, who died of pancreatic cancer at 84 in his home in January of 2005, did just […]
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Mother writes, daughter illustrates bilingual book for kids

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by Barbara Sherf A family vacation to Mexico coupled with a midlife crisis produced a third bilingual children’s book in 18 months by Springfield Township resident Cynthia Rafetto Kreilick, founder of Morning Circle Media.  Her 24-year-old daughter, Alyssa, a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, illustrated the book with colorful acrylic depictions […]
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Valley Green Bank sponsors its 5th Annual Holiday Book Drive

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In the holiday spirit, Valley Green Bank is holding its 5th annual local book drive from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31. The Mastery Charter elementary schools – Mann Elementary, Harrity Elementary, Smedley Elementary, Hardy Williams Academy Mastery Charter School, Mastery Charter Clymer Campus and Grover Cleveland Elementary – will be the recipients of this year’s […]
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The professor’s house: Another bookman’s adventure (Part 1)

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by HUGH GILMORE Roberta Foss, who is an artist and lives in Mt. Airy, emailed me about a personal library last week. She reads my column and knows that I also buy and sell old and rare books. Her mother-in-law had died recently. Five years ago her mother-in-law’s husband had died. He had been a […]
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