The terrible trauma of 9/11 made us family.
Images of two hijacked airliners crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City and the aftermath Sept. 11, 2001, are indelibly burned into our memory.
We recall a third plane slamming into The Pentagon in Arlington County, Va.
And we remember the fourth plane burrowing into a field in Shanksville, Somerset County.
Scott Stoneback’s The Media People, based in Alburtis, has been in the documentary film and video business for more than 40 years.
He continues documenting history. And his family continues careers in the media.
Francee Fuller is Marketing Manager, Barry Isett & Associates.
Their son, Ellis, is video editor for the reality TV show, “Say Yes To The Dress,” seen on The Learning Channel.
Their son, Robert, twin brother of Ellis, is managing editor, Ophthalmology Management magazine. Robert had written for East Penn Press.
A truck drives into a crowd in the Netherlands, crashes and explodes.
Police, Interpol and international spies in high-end SUVs chase a suspect through city streets, smashing into vehicles.
An anti-crime expert is tortured, including the use of blindfolding and electric shock.
This is not fake news.
It is not real news.
It is “reel,” though, as in scenes from “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” theatrical feature movie.
Sales of homes in the Lehigh Valley moved back into positive territory in July during the traditional house sales summer season.
And, according to real estate experts, it’s pretty much a sellers’ market in the Lehigh Valley.
Closed sales bounced back, increasing 2.7 percent in July to 756 houses sold, compared to 736 houses in July 2016, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) monthly report.
Closed sales had decreased 2.4 percent in June to 893 houses sold, compared to 915 in June 2016, according to the GLVR.
“The Glass Castle” is a difficult, if rewarding, film.
Among its attributes are Oscar nominee-worthy performances by Woody Harrelson as Rex Walls; Naomi Campbell as his wife, Rose Mary Walls, and Brie Larson as one of their four children, daughter, Jeannette Walls.
The film is based on the 2005 best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” written by Jeannette Walls about her poverty-stricken upbringing by an alcoholic father and an eccentric mother in West Virginia. And that’s only part of the story.
“The Dark Tower” is a competent science-fiction film with several good performances.
The movie is based on the series of eight novels (1998-2012) written by Stephen King that stitches together several cinema genres and literary influences.
In “The Dark Tower” movie, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), known as the last Gunslinger, is battling Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), known as the Man in Black. Roland is trying to stop Walter from toppling the Dark Tower, purported to be the energy force that powers the universe.
“Dunkirk” is a brutally-realistic film based on the true story about a World War II battle in which the retreat of Allied Forces became a rallying cry for United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill with the military and civilians to fight the Nazis.
Kestrels circled in lazy patterns in the brilliant sky. A parasailer glided gracefully, looping back and forth. Far below rolled the green expanse of the valley and beyond, the hazy blue outline of the Pocono Mountains.
A long line formed in the lobby of Blue Mountain Resort-Summit Lodge, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon County. There were hugs, words of condolence and anecdotes as Bev Cole, Bud Cole’s widow, greeted all.
The Allentown Band’s 102-year journey to Waldheim, Park, Allentown, continues with “A Musical Journey through American History,” 7 p.m. Aug. 8.
The Band performs historic, patriotic and popular tunes with special guests George B. Miller and Kate Scuffle, founders of Selkie Theatre, who will provide historical readings.
“In between each music piece, they’re going to reading something relevant to the period,” explains Pamela Varkony, concert chair for the Allentown Band concert conducted by Ron Demkee.
“Maudie” is a charming film based on the real-life story of Maud Lewis (1903-1970), a Nova Scotia folk artist with a disability whose paintings brought her national attention in Canada.
Look for an Oscar actress nomination for Sally Hawkins, who portrays Maud with brash reverence and raw-nerved reality.
Also look for an Oscar supporting actor nomination for Ethan Hawke, who plays Maud’s husband, Everett, with barely-repressed anger.
Maud, rejected by her Aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose) and brother, Charlie (Zachary Bennett), answers Everett’s ad for a housekeeper.