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This is a big spring for the Zoo—your new parking garage and new children’s zoo and education center, KidsZooU, both open this month. What can we expect at the kids’ zoo?It’s going to be phenomenal in so many different ways. It will include things that people will find familiar, but it will also have new ways in which they can experience things—seeing heritage-breed animals, or learning about sustainability, or understanding that their actions have an impact on our wildlife.
Stuff a bunch of ground-up weed into a metal tube, run some clean butane gas through, evaporate the solution from the resulting mixture, and what's left? A marijuana concentrate known as hash oil, and if the Internet is any indicator of where we’re going with drugs (it is), then this is what my children will be hiding from me in their sock drawers come parenthood.
Your new memoir is called Good Morning, Beautiful Business. Why tell your story now?I actually started the book eight years ago. The publisher approached me about telling the story of the White Dog, but I was so busy at the time that I didn’t make much progress in the writing. I was finally able to finish it because I retired from business—just in the nick of time before I forgot everything, because I’m 65.
Back in October, the Philadelphia theater community was horrified when the Inquirer reassigned longtime theater critic Howard "Howie" Shapiro to the South Jersey bureau. Instead of making the trek over the Ben Franklin from his home in Wyncote, Shapiro took a buyout. Now, word comes of his new gig: theater contributor for WHYY's Newsworks.org and 90.9 FM. I called Shapiro to get the details.
You’re just starting your new position. How is it different from what you’ve been doing at Wawa?I’ve been at Wawa for over 15 years, in a lot of different roles. Most of my DNA is in finance and accounting, but I’ve had the opportunity to work in store operations and technology and with our human resources team. In my role as CEO, I think there’s a higher emphasis on safeguarding and protecting our culture as a company.
According to some interpretations of the ancient “Long Count” Mayan Calendar, the word is ending tomorrow. On December 21st, (roughly) the current 144,000-day calendar year will have ended, signaling the conclusion of the 13th Long Count cycle, or b'ak'tun. Thirteen was a symbolically important number for Mayans, but not one that they necessarily believed to be apocalyptic. I talked to Philly’s resident doomsday expert, Stuart Charmé, a professor of religion who’s just wrapped up his course “End of the World” at the Rutgers University-Camden.
Last week, Temple junior John Corrigan, in a matter of a few hours, rocketed from just another student preparing for final exams to the toast/scourge of the Internet. On December 4th, the Temple News published the final installment of Corrigan’s "That’s What He Said," column. Titled “Time of the month a time of care” and providing a series of ridiculous pointers for guys dealing with the scourge known as the girlfriend's period, the column went crazy viral.
Once a homeless mother, Cheri Honkala moved to Philadelphia in the late 1980s and has been fighting for the rights of the poor and homeless ever since. This past year, she was chosen as running mate by Jill Stein, the Green Party's presidential candidate. I spoke to her about Obama, Romney, and whether the Green Party would ever consider merging with any other third parties to try to gain a larger base.