The Northeast Times’ first edition rolled off the presses in 1934. That same year, Shirley Temple appeared in her first movie, John Dillinger was named Public Enemy Number One, FDR devalued the U.S. dollar, Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run and Bonnie and Clyde met their demise in a stolen Ford. Momentously, 1934 was also the year that Ritz Crackers were introduced by the National Biscuit Company at 19 cents a box. A loaf of bread was 8 cents and a pound of hamburger cost 12 cents, so maybe there was something ritzy about the crackers.
Academics and historians tell us that the Information Age began in the 1970s with the advent of the Internet and it exploded in the 1990s with the development of the World Wide Web. But in Northeast Philadelphia, it began decades earlier when a Temple University journalism student named Richard Thorpe Lawson used a class project to create a mock-up newspaper that he called the Rising Sun Times.
SEPTA’s police chief, Thomas Nestel III, will speak to Frankford Civic Association members about his force’s operations at neighborhood El stops during their Thursday, Feb. 5, meeting, Pete Specos, the association’s president, said last week.
State Rep. Brendan Boyle, the Democratic candidate in the 13th Congressional District, has the backing of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Philadelphia Inquirer.