Northeast Times

 Articles by Fred Gusoff

EDITORIAL: Fallen Starr

She was a Philadelphia treasure and institution, right up there with the Liberty Bell, soft pretzels and hoagies.When she passed away Sunday just two days after turning 90 years young, Sally Starr created a tremendous gap in the heart and soul of the City of Brotherly Love. A slice of that heart and soul and solace died with her. She was, as Philly radio talk show host Dominic Giordano described her on Monday, a baby-boomer icon.With all due and abundant respect to Gene London, Pixanne, Captain and Mrs. Noah, Wee Willie Webber, Dick Clark, Chief Halftown, “Uncle Pete” Boyle and other staples of the glory days of Philadelphia’s local TV personalities, Our Gal Sal was at the head of the class.Any longtime Philadelphian who did not meet and greet Sally Starr at one of her numerous personal appearances in the Delaware Valley didn’t try very hard and most certainly missed a real treat. The Kansas City, Mo.-born cowgirl and host of Channel 6’s Popeye Theater had the kind of charisma, warmth and personality that’s as rare as a certain sailorman without his spinach.In the 1960s and ’70s, parents knew that when their kids were watching Aunt Sally on the tube, they were in good hands. And now, Sally can rest on her laurels.Thanks for the memories, Sally Starr. Philadelphia will love you forever.Send letters to the editor to: pronews@bsmphilly.com


Times editorial: Bring down the House

Don’t laugh, gentle voters, but here’s a simple question: Are you getting your money’s worth from your friendly neighborhood state legislator? If you’re like most folks, the answer’s probably a big, emphatic “NO!”


Editorial: A job too big for Rigali

Cardinal Justin Rigali probably deserved better. He was just overwhelmed by a devil of a difficult time, a prelate lacking the power to change either perception or the course of things, and his resignation as archbishop is an appropriate response.


Letters to the editor, May 26, 2011

Drop DROP or impeach City Council