Archive: April, 2012
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor brunched on a breakfast taco at the Fitzwater Cafe (7th & Fitzwater) Friday. An advance security detail checked the place out, and we’re told two guards ate with O’Connor and her assistant.
Sigourney Weaver strolled around the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival Saturday afternoon on Logan Circle. The actress is in town shooting USA miniseries “Political Animals,” in which she stars as a former first lady, now divorced, who becomes secretary of State. Local shooting takes place until June.
Actress Tèa Leoni and her daughter Madelaine (one of her two children with her “X-Files” ex David Duchovny, now of “Californication,”) shopped along Rittenhouse Row Friday and picked up elephant and seahorse pendants from the Rare Wonder line at Lagos (18th & Walnut).
When Dan DiZio sold pretzels on Roosevelt Boulevard and dreamed of opening his own pretzel bakery, he didn’t know what the word “franchise” meant, or that having one store could ever happen.
But now with 120 locations nationwide, the CEO and co-founder of the Philly Pretzel Factory will be on “Undercover Boss” Friday night (8 p.m., CBS 3). DiZio, 40, said he thinks every CEO should go undercover at his business and see how his employees work.
“I was sleeping on bags of flour when we first opened up, but I became a corporate guy,” DiZio said. “I said, I’m never gonna lose my roots in the pretzel business, but to get caught up in boardrooms and meetings you really do lose touch. I forget how hard it was to go to work at 3 in the morning to make pretzels,” DiZio said.
Longtime Power 99 radio host Brian Carter died early Sunday morning of a heart attack, the radio station announced Sunday afternoon.
He was 54.
Carter and Dave Sanborn were paired on Power 99 from 1987 to 1999 and broadcast together on WDAS 105.3 FM in 2006.More recently, Carter was heard on New York's WBLS and on XM Satellite Radio.
We sat down this morning with NBC "Today Weekend" co-host Jenna Wolfe, former sports reporter for PHL17, who is in town to help clean up Frankford High School Saturday morning as part of Comcast Cares Day...
Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino dined together Wednesday night at Le Castagne (1920 Chestnut). They both had Dover sole prepared table side. The actresses are in town shooting an upcoming USA miniseries "Political Animals."
Weaver stars as a former First Lady who becomes Secretary of State. Gugino plays a journalist whom she befriends.
Both Gugino and "Exorcist" star Ellen Burstyn who also appears in the series previously worked on "The Mighty Macs" in this area. Roger Bart ("Desperate Housewives,") also worked here on "Law Abiding Citizen."
A familiar face will soon be seen on “Action News” when anchor/consumer reporter Nydia Han is off on maternity leave.
Erin O’Hearn, who has been off-air from 6ABC for more than a year, will be anchoring Sundays from 6 to 8 a.m., from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m., as soon as Han goes out. Han is expecting her first child with husband Dennis Reilly, an anesthesiologist, in early May.
Arlen Specter has long been the focus of impressions performed by funnyman Joe Conklin, but on April 28 the former U.S. senator joins Conklin and 94WIP’s Big Daddy Graham in their Two Funny Philly Guys show at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.
Musician Skip Denenberg performs as well.
Tickets are available at BigDaddyGraham.com.
Ask and ye shall receive.
On Monday we asked our Twitter followers if any of them were tech-savvy enough to put dueling "Mad Men" execs Lane Pryce (Jared Harris) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) onto the ice of Sunday's Flyers/Penguins melee.
Turns out we only had to ask Philly.com video editor Nicholas Grieves.
Whitney Port, the MTV “The Hills” cast mate-turned- fashion designer, will attend a launch party for her new “WE by Whitney Eve” fashion line from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Apricot Lane Boutique in Suburban Square in Ardmore.
The line is exclusive to Apricot Lane, which has 30 locations nationwide.
Alisa Melekhina didn’t write her first children’s book until she was 6, took two full years to graduate Drexel University, and only now, at age 20, is at Penn Law.
What a slacker!