November 22, 2012 |
The sharp workplace comedy "Price Check" is a you-are-there slip-and-slide that follows a supermarket chain's pricing department exec whose life gets upended by a whirlwind new boss. Pete Cozy (Eric Mabius) would rather 9-to-5 it and spend time with his homemaker wife, Sara (Annie Parisse), and toddler son than climb the corporate ladder. But when live-wire - and uncensored toughie - Susan Felders (Parker Posey, flat-out terrific) swoops in from corporate to recharge the firm's ailing Long Island division, this not-quite "devil in Prada" promotes a reluctant Pete to be her trusty second.
December 21, 2002
Bill Plaschke [Dec. 18] is absolutely right in saying that Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame. He has more hits than anyone who ever played the game, more rings than my bathtub and would have been a unanimous first-ballot choice if it weren't for that gambling habit. I just checked with Cooperstown and they tell me that it's called the Baseball Hall of Fame and not the Ethics Hall of Fame, the Integrity Hall of Fame or even the Likability Hall of Fame. However, I understand that Pete's laying five to two against being elected before 2005.
August 4, 2012 |
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. --Jewish proverb The drive from Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan was abruptly curtailed when I arrived at the wrong border crossing. The crossing was closed for repairs and there was supposedly another one about 60 miles away. The only sticking point: I had no idea how to get there. Fortunately for me, an Uzbekistan stranger did. However, he wanted to be paid for his services. 200,000 som to be precise. I didn't have 200,000 som (about $100)
December 2, 1987 |
The Union Leader, the staunchly conservative statewide newspaper in the nation's first primary state, endorsed Republican Pierre S. (Pete) du Pont IV for President in a front page editorial Tuesday. Lamenting the quality of the 1988 field, Publisher Nackey Loeb acknowledged that her newspaper "has not been a flag-waving enthusiast for any of the candidates running for President. A lot of conservatives are in the same boat."
October 25, 1986 |
Night Kites by M. E. Kerr (Zolotow/Harper Junior: $11.50). M. E. Kerr has a genius for striding up on her readers' blind sides and delivering the unexpected. She was doing it as long ago as 1972 with "Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack," which had nothing to do with drugs. She's done it again in "Night Kites," her most important book. It's about the rapport between two brothers separated by a 10-year age difference, and a secret.
July 6, 2003 |
Philadelphia "Buddakan?" boomed Pete through the phone. "I hear that's one of the best restaurants in the city. You'd better be buying!" "For the pleasure of your company, I am buying," I replied to my longtime friend. And that is how we ended up in the heart of Philadelphia's historic district, having an excellent lunch at an Asian fusion bistro rated among the city's top restaurants.
May 17, 1987 |
He has an extremely novel set of theories about how to win a pennant. If his Cincinnati Reds remain in first place, he could set the mystique of managing back a century. Rose wanted a huge color TV in his clubhouse so everybody can watch the Kentucky Derby. He wants beer on the airplane and plenty of jokes. When he says, "Good morning," to a player he's benched the day before, he wants the guy to say, "How's it goin', Pete."
March 24, 1988 |
Tuesday's Dodger flap, caused by the tardiness of Pedro Guerrero and Mariano Duncan for an exhibition game in Plant City, Fla., may have generated another problem for Fred Claire, the team's executive vice president. Steve Greenberg, agent for disgruntled third base candidate Jeff Hamilton, has arrived in town and is expected to seek a trade for his client. Hamilton's chances of winning the third base job ended when Guerrero agreed to move there from first base.
August 2, 1985 |
Two months ago, when his team was a candidate for a mercy killing, Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda had to beg the wolves to stay away. By then, Johnny Carson had stopped telling Dodger jokes. Like Nixon, the Dodgers had become too easy a target. This team didn't bleed Dodger blue, it coughed it up. Lasorda's first baseman had a matched set of sprained elbows. His only slugger was a singles-hitting gloveman. His leadoff man was an automatic out. His offense an accident.
January 11, 2010 |
Going from college to the pros in coaching might be compared to stepping out of a warm house into a cold and damp Seattle winter. Pete Carroll, get ready to turn your collar up. Maybe there's a reason Carroll was 33-31 as a head coach of the New England Patriots and New York Jets and 97-19 at USC. Maybe his rah-rah personality and having candy-store pick of the talent properly correlate with the disparity between his pro/college win-loss...