July 23, 2006
Mr. Flip, who strongly believes in the sanctity of marriage (except when a Ravens fan goes out of species to marry a Steelers fan), has frankly been troubled by the assault on the honorable estate this NFL offseason. We pause first to lament the end of the nuptials of New York Giants defensive lineman Michael Strahan and his former blushing bride, Jean, whose seven-year union came to an official end Thursday in a New Jersey court. Say this for the Strahans, who have twin 20-month-old daughters: They know how to make their divorce proceedings entertaining.
July 10, 1994
Q: What can you tell me about Madame Alexander dolls and their values?I have a Scarlett O'Hara doll wearing a white dress with a hoop skirt and black shoes. Although I don't have the original box, she is in good condition.A: There is quite a disparity in prices of Madame Alexander Scarlett O'Hara dolls. They can range from under $100 to well over $1,000. For instance, a 1970 (14-inch) version, in a white gown, lists at $87, while a 1939 doll, in the original velvet coat and hat, is valued at $625.
March 11, 1993
Elena and Genady Zolotnitsky are two painters married to one another but not in their art. Each makes his/her own works of art, and their two-person show at Galerie Francoise demonstrates that while there are similarities between them there are also differences.The immediately recognizable similarities are their highly colored palettes and their technical ability. Natives of Moscow who graduated from art colleges there but who now live in this area, they are obviously strongly grounded in their discipline.
April 12, 1995
THE New York Times is pleased to announce the publication of issue number 50,000. To push its serial that high has taken the Times 143 years and 177 days -- including the absence of a Sunday Times at first, and strike shutdowns in the 1960s and 1970s.Along the way since Vol. I, No. 1, the Times' masthead has shed the hyphen (New-York, the spelling used to be) and the culminating period (Times.). Unlike almost every other U.S. daily, the Times has continued to print its top-of-Page 1, left-hand side Vol. (years, in Roman numerals)
January 29, 1995
"To excite, animate, enlliven at any price -- is that not th watch-word of an enervated, over-ripe, over-cultivated age?Nietzsche -- Super Bowl XXIX is here. We do not count our money as we count Super Bowls. Our computers, birth dates and anniversaries are not marked by Roman numerals. It seems odd how a country that rejects the metric system embraces strange and outdated numerical signs to name its biggest social event.One theory holds that the NFL owners and television networks use Roman numerals to promote the classical status of the Super Bowl.
January 29, 2007
If you like hearing football players answer dumb questions, this is a great week to be alive. I say this because even as the Indy Colts get ready to play the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI in Miami, the media are getting ready to hit the players with the usual dopey questions heard every year at the big game. (By the way, can we stop with the Roman numerals for the Super Bowl now? It was pretentious enough when they started doing that back in the sixties. Now it's just plain annoying.