February 11, 2000 |
Baby boomers and their kids can probably sing many of the tunes written by the prolific composers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman. For "Mary Poppins," they penned the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and won another Oscar for best original score. Other standards from "Mary Poppins" include "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and Walt Disney's personal favorite, "Feed the Birds."
July 25, 1999 |
They wear sneakers and jeans to work, "do meetings" over crayons and finger-paint, and count hugs and time at the park among their employee benefits. But don't be fooled by the apparently laid-back pace of their work: 31-year-old Sheila Sarchioni Farrell of Arlington, Mass., and 27-year-old Julie Piava of Los Angeles consider themselves professionals. And they have the education, the commitment to their field and even the pay to prove it. Farrell and Piava are nannies.
December 7, 1997 |
When the wind blows so hard that rain falls sideways, who ya gonna call? Gustbusters! They're the Asmans, father Arnold and son Steve, who've lifted the lowly bumbershoot to new heights. Even in gusts of 60 mph, they promise, their Gustbuster umbrellas will not turn inside out, their spokes will not bend toward the sky, and their customers will not have to fight to keep their umbrellas from becoming airborne.
November 10, 1997 |
As a Massachusetts judge weighs the fate of Louise Woodward, the land of Mary Poppins has already made up its mind about the 19-year-old nanny. Overwhelmingly, Britons believe that one of their own has been victimized by a harsh American justice system. Superior Court Judge Hiller Zobel's decision on whether to modify Woodward's murder conviction in the death of her 8-month-old charge could come as early as today, and British passions are running high.
September 22, 1996 |
The "practically perfect" nanny comes to live with the Banks family in 1910 London in the 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins (Disney Channel, Sunday at 7 p.m.). Julie Andrews is Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke plays her friend, Bert. For the family. * A hip young writer (comedian Tom Rhodes) returns from New York to teach English in his hometown in the premiere of Mr. Rhodes (NBC, Monday at 8:30 p.m.).
June 16, 1996 |
P. L. Travers died recently, at the age of 90. Perhaps it was wrong for me to think that she would always be here for us, for me. She was the wisest woman I ever met. Travers wrote the "Mary Poppins" books. They are brilliant and profound works, but few people seem willing to overcome their prejudices and entertain that possibility.
April 25, 1996 |
P.L. Travers, the children's book author who created Mary Poppins but frowned on the Disney film about the irrepressible English nanny, has died at age 96. Travers died Tuesday at her London home, her family said. "Mary Poppins," published in 1934, is the story of a nanny in Edwardian London. Down to earth and sometimes astringent, she dazzles her two young charges by making medicine taste like candy, sliding up banisters--and unpacking her belongings from an empty carpetbag.
May 17, 1995 |
In the Disney classic, the redoubtable nanny Mary Poppins told her charges that "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." But a Penn State chemical engineer says ultrasound and electric fields could work even better, at least when it comes to transporting medicine through your skin via trans-dermal patches. Such patches are already on the market for motion sickness, quitting smoking and hormone replacement therapy.
October 19, 1994 |
The young parents knew something was amiss: Ever since they had hired a new baby-sitter two months earlier, their toddler had suffered recurring diaper rash and their telephone bills were unusually high. With the help of a tiny camera concealed in a kitchen light, their suspicions were confirmed. "The sitter was on the phone 95% of the day. She didn't even take a break when feeding the little girl," said New York private detective Joseph Cialone, who exposed the neglectful nanny on video.