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By C. FRASER SMITH | December 13, 1993
I know why the chicken crossed the road, so I thought I knew why NASA sent the shuttle Endeavour into space:It wanted to get to the other side of the atmosphere where it had deposited the Hubble Space Telescope. It wanted to fix the Hubble Space Telescope which went aloft with a flaw in its lens. A grinding error that left the lens out of kilter by a thickness equivalent to half the width of a human hair meant blurry pictures.Not bad pictures, but not good enough for this sort of government work.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | April 20, 2008
Larry M. Wolf, a talent scout for emerging retail businesses during his many years as a top Rouse Co. leasing executive who also discovered that pushcarts added profits and atmosphere to shopping malls, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at his Naples, Fla., home. The North Baltimore resident was 72. "Larry was always on the prowl for a new and different merchant," said Mathias J. DeVito, who was chief executive officer of the development firm from 1973 to 1984. "He had merchandising at his fingertips, and he took chances with people who were new in their field."
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By ROGER SIMON | February 21, 1994
Simon Says:"Sensitivity" is now the politically correct term for political correctness.*I suggest President Clinton pursue this for a fairer Japan-America trade deal: They send us their extra TVs and we send them our extra lawyers.*People who drop a letter in the mailbox and then check to see if it really went down are all over 40.*When you think about it, the only difference between competing in the luge and lying back on your couch and watching the luge is that your couch is not traveling at 80 mph.*I would like to declare a 30-day moratorium on people saying: "No way."
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By MICHAEL BARNETT and MICHAEL BARNETT,SUN REPORTER | May 19, 2006
It's almost that time of year again, when we trade in work clothes and spring jackets for bathing suits and sunscreen. Here's a look at some of this year's hot beach essentials - to make your time in the sand a little more exciting. Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler Manufacturer: Little Tikes / Price: $14.99 from Amazon.com. This sprinkler is inflatable so it is easy to take anywhere. Attach a hose and it's a sprinkler. Turn off the water, and you have a giant beach ball. Waterball Launcher Water Gun Manufacturer: Wild Planet Toys / Price: $27.99 from Spilsbury.
FEATURES
By New York Times | December 12, 1991
In a strange marriage of designer and retailer, designer Nicole Miller plans to open in-store men's accessories boutiques in about a dozen Sharper Image stores next year.Nicole Miller women's clothes are sold in stores like Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Sharper Image, a 75-store chain founded by Richard Thalheimer, specializes in electronic gadgets, "toys for grown-up boys," as the advertising puts it.Nicole Miller men's ties, boxer shorts and shirts were tested in the Sharper Image Christmas catalog.
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By N.Y. Times News Service | December 11, 1991
In a strange marriage of designer and retailer, Nicole Miller plans to open in-store men's accessories boutiques in about a dozen Sharper Image stores next year.Nicole Miller women's clothes are sold in stores like Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Sharper Image, a 75-store chain founded by Richard Thalheimer, specializes in electronic gadgets, "toys for grown-up boys," as the advertising puts it.Nicole Miller men's ties, boxer shorts and shirts were tested in the Sharper Image Christmas catalog.
FEATURES
December 19, 2003
Junior may be 10 years short of being a legal driver, but any loving parent would agree that the mere lack of a license shouldn't prevent him from zooming around in his very own Porsche Boxster 6-Volt Electric Car. The driveway can become a mini-autobahn this holiday season with the help of Sharper Image, as your child learns the fun of putting pedal to the metal to reach an exhilarating maximum speed of 3 mph. (Not as fast as dad's Boxster, but then...
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By MICHAEL BARNETT and MICHAEL BARNETT,SUN REPORTER | May 19, 2006
It's almost that time of year again, when we trade in work clothes and spring jackets for bathing suits and sunscreen. Here's a look at some of this year's hot beach essentials - to make your time in the sand a little more exciting. Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler Manufacturer: Little Tikes / Price: $14.99 from Amazon.com. This sprinkler is inflatable so it is easy to take anywhere. Attach a hose and it's a sprinkler. Turn off the water, and you have a giant beach ball. Waterball Launcher Water Gun Manufacturer: Wild Planet Toys / Price: $27.99 from Spilsbury.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Washington | August 14, 2003
Our weather this summer has been hot and muggy, the perfect time to try a personal cooling device. While I've seen more than a few people sitting out on the lawn with a fan held up to their faces, my recommendation for chilling is Sharper Image's Personal Cooling System 2.0 ($40), a gadget that when turned on and hung around your neck creates a cool area around your head and upper chest for hours when you can't get to air conditioning. The device cools you in much the same way that an air conditioner works.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 8, 1991
Six geese a-laying? One can only imagine the mess.A partridge in a pear tree? No.No, what your true love gives to you this holiday season can be better, brighter and certainly more useful, especially if travel's a passion.For the fitness-minded traveler, a mini-scale weighs 13 ounces, measures about the circumference of a drink coaster. With the ball of one foot, step on the scale, pressing bothhands against a wall for support. Wait for the tone, get a readout of your weight. $59.95 from the Sharper Image, or call (800)
FEATURES
December 19, 2003
Junior may be 10 years short of being a legal driver, but any loving parent would agree that the mere lack of a license shouldn't prevent him from zooming around in his very own Porsche Boxster 6-Volt Electric Car. The driveway can become a mini-autobahn this holiday season with the help of Sharper Image, as your child learns the fun of putting pedal to the metal to reach an exhilarating maximum speed of 3 mph. (Not as fast as dad's Boxster, but then...
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 8, 2003
LET ME BEGIN by saying I've never been overly concerned about what my dog is thinking, except when he's whining and scratching at the back door, in which case he's thinking: "Pal, if you don't let me out in the next five seconds, we're gonna have a major accident here." Aside from that, though, I doubt my dog has too many deep thoughts. Because basically all he does is lie around all day and sleep. So how much thinking could he be doing? Believe me, this isn't a dog agonizing over his place in the cosmos or wrestling with any of the weighty issues of the day. Still, that didn't stop me from testing a hot new product for dog owners called - ooh, this'll make you cringe - Bow-Lingual, which purports to analyze your dog's barks and tell you what it's trying to say. Supposedly, this is done via a wireless microphone that attaches to your dog's collar and a handheld unit that receives the dog's barks, analyzes the emotions behind them and translates them into English expressions printed on an LCD screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Washington | August 14, 2003
Our weather this summer has been hot and muggy, the perfect time to try a personal cooling device. While I've seen more than a few people sitting out on the lawn with a fan held up to their faces, my recommendation for chilling is Sharper Image's Personal Cooling System 2.0 ($40), a gadget that when turned on and hung around your neck creates a cool area around your head and upper chest for hours when you can't get to air conditioning. The device cools you in much the same way that an air conditioner works.
NEWS
By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,Sun Staff | June 25, 2000
Bag the bike and retire those Rollerblades. With the coming of summer, scooters, both motorized and human-powered models, are turning the streets of the most chic cities in the United States into playful transportation time warps. They're making fitness fun, spicing up commutes and satisfying the craving for a blockbuster summer accessory. Zipping down a Mount Royal Avenue sidewalk on his Razor Rollerboard, Masaaki Tanaka is one cool commuter. "I really like pop culture stuff," says Tanaka, 20, a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, who is headed to a friend's place.
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1999
This is the part of the ad in yesterday's newspaper that first intrigued me: "Can't live without air conditioning?"Amen, brother, I thought. Not this summer. Not when every day feels like high noon in Nicaragua, minus the street riots.This is the second part of the ad, the part that made me wonder what is happening to us as a people: "Wear a Personal Cooling System!"This time I thought: Oh, I don't know ...The ad, it turned out, was from Sharper Image, the gizmo chain with more than 85 stores nationwide that has made a fortune convincing people they can't live without an oscillating foot stool or a telescope the size of a ballpoint pen or a phone made of polypropylene that looks like a zucchini.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1998
In a cramped room on the 11th floor of the Baltimore County Police Department, David B. Knoerlein clicks a digital camera poised over a knife. In seconds, an image of the knife fills the computer screen behind him.Knoerlein turns to the screen. With a few keystrokes, he has zeroed in on what he wants: a fingerprint on the bright steel blade. To the untrained eye, it looks like a faint smear. To the computer -- and to Knoerlein -- it looks like evidence that could make a case.A couple of keystrokes and mouse clicks later, Knoerlein has enlarged and enhanced the fingerprint.
FEATURES
By Susanne Trowbridge | November 25, 1990
These days, toys are more than just kid's stuff. Items such as video games, yo-yos and model cars are proving just as popular with adults as they are with children, and retailers are eagerly cashing in on the craze.The Sharper Image, a San Francisco-based chain with a local outlet in the Gallery at Harborplace, is frequently described as a "toy store for adults." Along with cordless phones and tiny TVs, the Sharper Image sells an amazing array of model cars, ranging from $15 Corvettes to a $299 remote-control-operated monster truck.
NEWS
By Tamara Ikenberg and Tamara Ikenberg,Sun Staff | June 25, 2000
Bag the bike and retire those Rollerblades. With the coming of summer, scooters, both motorized and human-powered models, are turning the streets of the most chic cities in the United States into playful transportation time warps. They're making fitness fun, spicing up commutes and satisfying the craving for a blockbuster summer accessory. Zipping down a Mount Royal Avenue sidewalk on his Razor Rollerboard, Masaaki Tanaka is one cool commuter. "I really like pop culture stuff," says Tanaka, 20, a student at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, who is headed to a friend's place.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | February 21, 1994
Simon Says:"Sensitivity" is now the politically correct term for political correctness.*I suggest President Clinton pursue this for a fairer Japan-America trade deal: They send us their extra TVs and we send them our extra lawyers.*People who drop a letter in the mailbox and then check to see if it really went down are all over 40.*When you think about it, the only difference between competing in the luge and lying back on your couch and watching the luge is that your couch is not traveling at 80 mph.*I would like to declare a 30-day moratorium on people saying: "No way."
NEWS
By C. FRASER SMITH | December 13, 1993
I know why the chicken crossed the road, so I thought I knew why NASA sent the shuttle Endeavour into space:It wanted to get to the other side of the atmosphere where it had deposited the Hubble Space Telescope. It wanted to fix the Hubble Space Telescope which went aloft with a flaw in its lens. A grinding error that left the lens out of kilter by a thickness equivalent to half the width of a human hair meant blurry pictures.Not bad pictures, but not good enough for this sort of government work.
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