February 29, 2012
Every Baby Boomer parent has spent hours reading the adventures of the Berenstain Bears , so I was saddedned to hear that co-creator Jan Berenstain had died at age 88. She and her husband Stan, who died in 2005, created the bear family that provided lessons in coping with kid-sized issues such as bad habits, a new baby and moving away. The team authored more than 200 books, and built the bears into a multi-media conglomerate, before handing over the reins to son Mike. Here's an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times' obit : "Born Janice Grant in Philadelphia on July 26, 1923, she met Stan in a first-year drawing class at the Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941.
November 20, 2011
I couldn't do it again. Honest, I tried, but I just couldn't. I saw Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf on my TV screen at the top of the Ravens telecast Sunday, and I knew I couldn't spend another Sunday afternoon listening to dumb and dumber of CBS Sports without my head exploding. It was radical, I know, but after too many Sundays spent with Gumbel and Dierdorf, I dared to consider the possibility of actually enjoying a Ravens game over the airwaves. And so, I did what dozens of readers have been encouraging me to do all season: I watched images of the game on CBS, and I listened to the play-by-play and analysis on WBAL radio from Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail.
August 18, 2011
Stan Lee is one proud father these days. You'd be proud, too, if your progeny included Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the Fantastic Four — characters whose films routinely bring in a few hundred million dollars at the movie box office. Not that Lee has much to do with the movies themselves: His connection is restricted to a largely honorary executive-producer credit and a cameo in each film — as a swinging Hugh Hefner-type in "Iron Man," mailman Willie Limpkin in "Fantastic Four," an Army general in this summer's "Captain America.
August 18, 2011
Classic comics, indie comics and more will be featured at the 12th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con, happening Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21, at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event boasts a huge guest list of comic book creators and artists and will feature as a guest of honor Stan "The Man" Lee, the co-creator of the Spider-Man and Hulk comics, among others. Tickets are $30 for two-day admission. (One-day admission tickets are also available.) Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com . Wine and jazz Fiore Winery will hold its annual Wine, Jazz and Art Festival Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21, noon-6 p.m., at 3026 Whiteford Road, in Pylesville.
May 20, 2010
— Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten leans over his hand-held computer for an inning-by-inning update on Stephen Strasburg, the minor league pitching prodigy whose impending debut with the big club looms as one of baseball's compelling stories. Seated in the press box, Kasten gazes down at the field, where his team is soon to defeat the New York Mets. He has surveyed the stands, which are half-empty on this chilly, midweek night but seem certain to fill up once Strasburg, consistently warm weather and more wins arrive.
December 26, 2009
Stan Van Gundy has a request for the NBA: no more Christmas games. "I actually feel sorry for people who have nothing to do on Christmas Day other than watch an NBA game," the Magic coach said. The Magic lost 86-77 to the Celtics on Friday, one of five NBA games on Christmas. Van Gundy said he understands the high-priced TV contracts generate money for the league and it would be difficult to stop such games. He said at the very least he wishes the league had fewer games on the holidays.