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Newsmakers the Week of February 20, 2014
Film producer and distributor — and native Philadelphian —Jack H. Harris, 95, was honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the placement of its 2,517th star. Among his films: The Blob, the iconic 1958 movie about a comet that crashes to earth and devours anyone who touches it, only to be deactivated — but not destroyed — by being frozen in the Arctic. The film, shot in Downingtown, Pa., was a breakout hit for new actor Steve McQueen. Among Harris’ current production projects: a remake of the film.
Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor, Ed Rendell received the Edmund N. Bacon Prize for urban planning at a recent event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. He was honored by the Ed Bacon Committee at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture for, among other achievements, his role as co-founder of Building America’s Future.
Robin Becker, a research professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State, has penned Tiger Heron, a collection of poems dealing with “the turbulence that undergirds daily life.” The Philadelphia native, recipient of a number of fellowships, was Penn State Laureate in 2010 and 2011. She has authored seven other books of poetry.
Daniel and Maita Shinefeld will be honored by the Lubavitch of Philadelphia at the 40th annual Melaveh Malkah of its Chayah Mushka G’Milus Chesed Fund on March 1, at the Lubavitch Center in the Northeast.
Elkins Park native Ari Sussman, an alum of Barrack Hebrew Academy, class of 2012, and who is now studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, has earned an Honorable Mention in the Guild of Temple Musician’s 2014 Young Composer's Award. He is a previous winner of the American Composers Forum: Philadelphia Chapter Youth Composers Scholarship and the Harry and Martha Stern Fine Arts Memorial Award.
Overbrook Park native son Seth Green, an accomplished actor and producer, recently picked up a major animation honor for his work on TV’s Robot Chicken. One of a quartet running Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which produces Robot Chicken, Green and his colleagues were saluted with the first Breakout Studio Award, handed out by Animation Magazine. The honor was accorded the company at the World Animation & VFX Summit, gathered in Marina del Rey, Calif.