Philadelphia Aug 21, 2015 - Drone's Ban During Pope visits Philadelphia next month.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The most downloaded on-demand valet service app Luxe announces its official expansion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania marking the company's eighth new market launch since its inception in October 2014. Additionally, Luxe is currently available in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, New York City and Austin with plans to expand to additional U.S. cities later this year.
Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider on Ralph Roberts:"Ralph Roberts was a great partner and an even greater friend. He had a wonderful sense of humor and he was very inspirational to me personally. I will really miss him. We all will."
Comcast founder Ralph Roberts died Thursday night. He was 95.
His death was announced Friday by the company.
Roberts, who also served as the company's chairman emeritus, founded Comcast when he bought a small cable system in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1963. From there, the company grew to the country's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers.
"I just think I'm an example of what you can do in America starting with very little, and if you have a good determination, and you're honest about what you do, you can be successful," Roberts said in an earlier interview.
"Ralph was a born entrepreneur, a visionary businessman, a philanthropist and a wonderful human being. Ralph built Comcast into one of America's greatest companies and his vision and spirit have been at the heart of Comcast and our culture for 50 years," the company said in a statement. "He will be truly missed. Ralph's greatest love was his family, and our deepest sympathies go to his wife Suzanne and the entire Roberts family."
His son, Brian Roberts, now serves as the Philadelphia-based company's chairman and CEO. Ralph ceded the post in 2002 at age 82.
"Ralph Roberts has had a remarkable life, and a consistent one, too," Brian Roberts said in the foreword to the biography "An Incredible Dream" by William Novak. "In every setting—whether in the office, over dinner at his favorite greasy spoon, or painting a schoolhouse wall during Comcast Cares Day—he has always been optimistic, warm, and encouraging."
"Whenever I've seen him at the podium with his self-effacing smile, I've had the say thought: Sometimes the good guys really do finish first," Brian Roberts continued in the 2012 book.
Ralph was born in 1920 to a family of Russian Jewish immigrants. His father owned a small chain of drug stores in New York City, which Roberts later said inspired him to create a business.
"Instead of working for someone else, my father was driven to have his own business, to become somebody in this new country," he said in the biography.
Roberts was a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and served in the Navy, according to his company biography. Later in life, he became known for his signature bow ties and philanthropy in the Philadelphia area.
"Ralph was a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many people. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and perhaps most importantly, a kind and humble human being. He will always be remembered for his generosity, integrity, honesty, kindness and respect for everyone around him. He was an inspiration to us all and we will miss him greatly," his family said in a statement.
Ralph is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Suzanne Roberts, and four children. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, the family's statement said.
Many people affiliated with the cable industry praised Roberts' contributions on Friday. Charter Communications President and CEO Tom Rutledge called him a "true industry pioneer and Philadelphia gentleman" in a statement.
XOXO marks the spot this summer in Philadelphia thanks to six fun #visitphilly Photo Spots located at highly trafficked and iconic areas throughout the city.
From June 11 through September 30, 2015, locals and the millions of visitors in town for summer vacations and special events are encouraged to snap photos with these structures, tag them #visitphilly and share them on social media. These instructions will appear at each structure and on ground graphics found at other great photo opportunities around town such as the Rocky statue. An initiative of VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the summer-long promotion ties into the organization’s beloved With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign.
“The #visitphilly Photo Spots promotion gives us a fun way to engage with locals and visitors throughout our busiest season of the year,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “This project puts consumer-generated content about Philadelphia on social media in a big way. It allows us to engage in conversations with our fans, encouraging them to see and do more while they’re here. And it shows off Philadelphia to our visitors’ friends and families—people who may just be persuaded to visit Philadelphia thanks to this influential word-of-mouth marketing.”
Photo Spots Locations:
The With Love-branded structures appear all over Center City, from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River. Here’s a look at what structures are where:
The Porch at 30th Street Station
30th & Market Streets
16th Street & Arch Streets
Independence Visitor Center
6th & Market Streets
6th & Race Streets
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street
Great Photo Opportunities Anytime Of Year:
Great Philadelphia photo opportunities such as the Rocky statue, Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and many others extend well beyond the six locations housing #visitphilly Photo Spots structures this summer. And that’s why ground graphics around town will encourage people to use hash tag #visitphilly on all of their best Philly photos. The graphics will appear at the Rocky statue in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Franklin Square.
For more information about the #visitphilly Photo Spots project, go to visitphilly.com/photospots.