News & Gossip

» Bridging cultures: Jerry Sorkin has been honored with the first TACC Special Award, created by the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce to recognize his efforts to promote “top-of-the-range tourism in Tunisia.” In the early ’90s, he founded the Wayne-based TunisUSA, which specializes in cultural, historical and academic tours. Sorkin is set to begin a micro-funding project to help Tunisian women purchase supplies like sewing machines and fabric so they can start working and get off government assistance.

» Danger man: 2008 may be a few months gone, but there are still a few juicy tidbits of info worth mentioning. In mid-December, Lower Merion High School alum Dave Herman (’86) was in town screening his first feature film, Able Danger, to the home crowd. The noir-style fictional thriller has garnered much acclaim for its cinematic integrity and action-packed plot—a rather daring reimagining of 9/11 as an American intelligence operation unraveled by a bookstore café proprietor and a European femme fatale. See excerpts from the film at

» Final note: On Dec. 31, the Main Line lost one of its most beloved homegrown businesses, Bryn Mawr’s Medley Music. Much has already been written about its closure, but I’d like to offer a belated farewell to the 54-year institution—and that remarkable collection of guitars.

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