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May 16-31, 2009


Ed, thanks for responding, I know all about Ed Junior,the Brodes keep me abreast on the great things he and Mike do, they must be dynamic salesmen because every year they seem to win trips to different States .I would appreciate you sending a picture of my cousin Pat, I'll forward it to his son. my address is as follows: Joe Leone 4119 tranquility st. Schwenksville Pa 19473
Joey Leone [05-31-2009]

Brother is in Abington Mem Hosp.Intensive Care Unit.
anonymous [05-31-2009]

I am looking for info about the St. Joseph Gonzaga Home. My mother lived there in the 1940s? Her name was Peggy O'Neill and she graduated from Little Flower in 1945 (a year early). I would love any info anyone can share- jmm67@drexel.edu
Jackie McCurdy, age 39, Cherry Hill, Nj [05-31-2009]

Dave B: Frank Sheeran had the reputation for being one of the best house-painters in the US. To be an oustanding house-painter,one used a multi-stroke technique with a concentration on a focal point if you know what I mean. There were rumors that the big Irishman was in the Umberto Clam House in Little Italy in NYC when Crazy Joe Gallo with the blond hair got whacked. There were 5 college students in the restaurant when the shooting took place and they could have been killed with the ricochetting of the bullets off the tile floor. The venue of mob hits occur many times in restaurants-I only eat in safe restaurants where I feel secure. I am very cautious in Brighton Beach NY which is like being in a foreign country. Frank S. was not afraid of anything,he had a huge physical presence and was very intimidating. He knew Jimmy Hoffa and Old Russ Bufalino. I will simply say that Frank S. was one tough Irishman from Philly and I am glad that he never painted my house and I know you know what I mean.
JBS [05-31-2009]

Do you mean Brother Prozillo is in the hospital?
anonymous [05-31-2009]

To all the disappointed St.Mike's grads.Although I did not attend your school,just about every one of my many friends in Happy Hollow attended either St.Mike's or St.Francis.I have been on this site for only three wonderful months and have consequently reconnected with many of my dear friends from the old neighborhood.We are corresponding via private e-mails,having luncheons and dinners,with and without our spouses,and just having a grand old time.If a big time St.Mike's reunion is not in the cards,perhaps a few of you can organize mini reunions with some of your best friends.Just a thought....Paul Borian
Paul Borian [05-31-2009]

to Sonny Kennendey--Yes familiar Alpharetta--I am in Athens--except for one year away for grad school "up there" I have been here for a 43 years. How lobg u been in A?? Thanx for responding. Take care. Joe aylor
joe taylor [05-31-2009]

Sorry about the cancellation of the St. Mike's reunion. Larry and I would have loved to attend. It might be a good idea to get in touch with the West Catholic Alumni Association for input. They put on a "Burrs at the Beach" reunion every year in Wildwood. From what I've heard (I've never gone), they get a huge turnout. They may be able to help you out on what they do and how much it costs. Also the size of the venue since they usually get a good crowd.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [05-31-2009]

I just noticed a familiar name on here. Vincent Lyons. Did you have several brothers, one whom they called Packy? Did you live near Anderson and Price Sts., if so I know your family. I lived on Anderson up by Rittenhouse Blvd. I loved that house, & miss it/ Just curious if you were related to him.thanks, Linda.
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [05-31-2009]

to vicent lyons brother is in abington hosp. regards marie
MARIE BOMMENTRE [05-31-2009]

i too heard about brother przzillo. i was just talking to his sister angie and she said he is really in bad shape. let's pray for him. he's such a good guy.
ANNAMARIE [05-31-2009]

What hosp.is Brother in?
vincent lyons, 64&Retired [05-29-2009]

Frank from St. Michael of the Saints, I tried contacting you by email but it came back undeliverable. If you read this post, please contact me at DMcG1956@aol.com regarding the reunion.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [05-29-2009]

To Joe Lynch: Saw Goo's poem y posted on 5/19. Thank y for that. It showed the "other side" of Goo that few knew.... I knew about this for many years, but it was great to see it again..Interesting how Goo even influenced your generation.. Amazing!... He was the Man and will always be missed... Haven't seen you or brother Tom for many years and also have fond memories of your wonderful mom and dad. I still keep in touch with your cousin Jack. Together, we attended our 8th grade, 50 year, St. Francis of Assisi reunion in Oct., 2004. It was great seeing Jack and Martha and the "old gang". Boy, we've all changed a bit!... Several months ago, I also attended my 50th Germ't HS reunion in Philly, which was a blast!.. Another great night meeting "old" friends and "rapping" with the athletes and "smoozing" the cheerleaders!.. I'll sigh off. Hope you and family are well and your "proud"Uncle Jack, from time to time, keeps me current on you and your brother...My best to Tom also. Ed.(Sonny)Kennedy 5/28/09
ed. (Sonny) Kennedy [05-29-2009]

To Joe Taylor: answer to your 5/18, Living in Alpharetta, Ga., North of the city for past 35 years. Fimiliar with area?.. Ed.(Sonny)Kennedy
ed. (Sonny) Kennedy [05-29-2009]

To: Joey Leone, (your blog 5/14), glad y met my Son, Ed. Jr., at one of Brodes children's graduation. The Brodes are very special friends of ours and pls. give them our best. Not sure Mike told you, Ed. Jr. won (2) medals in Pam Amer. Games(2000 participants) in Orlando and LA. in '05 &'08 for Martial Arts..He is one of a dozen americans that holds a black belt in Brazalian Jiu-Jitsu. I didn't realize, Pat Sarnese, Athletic Director at Happy Hollow was your cousin.. Pat was one "tough" dude!..Many a day, he would get us in a corner and "pound us"!..Hands like stone and 260 lbs. of brute strength...Whenever, we thought we were tough, Pat would bring us down to reality. But, a gentle giant and a great guy that many of us felt close to. Pat was the only person that Goo would never consider messing with, and that said a lot for Goo's intelligence!... Pls. send me your home address and I will send you a wonderful picture of Pat at HH with us "BOYS"... Ed.(sonny)Kennedy 5/28/09
ed. (Sonny) Kennedy [05-29-2009]

Veterans Day went to the wall as I do every Memorial Day and placed my 30 yr recovery chip as I do every year since the dedication in front of the panel year 1967 the year I came home. I also said a prayer at Tommy Lyons, Louie Lordi, Leo Smith (from Olney my 1st cousin)names.
Jim Money, Herndon VA [05-29-2009]

JBS, Did you know that Frank S."Painted Houses"?
Dave B. [05-29-2009]

WELL WE FIGURE WE HAVE 400 EMAIL ADDRESS AND THAT MEANS 7 HUNDRED TO 8 HUNDRED MIGHT HAVE ATTENDED, IT WAS JUST TO MUCH FOR US TO HANDLE THE PRICE FOR EACH ONE WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT 70 BUCKS PER PERSON ! SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT WAS OK,BUT I THINK LOTS OF THEM WOULD HAVE CONPLAINED AND WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PAY THAT MUCH .WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A 6 HOUR AFFAIR WITH DANCEING (D J ) AND SINGING AND A COMMEDIN. PLUS LOU GIORNO DOING HIS THING PLAYING THE CORDABOX. WE HAD A SINGER LINED UP AND A FEW OTHER ACTS ME INCLUDED ! BUT WE JUST FELT LIKE THE TIMEING WAS BAD . THE ECONOMY BEING WHAT IT IS AND,WE DID NOT WANT TO DEAL WITH THE PEOPLE CONPLANING ! SHAME ! BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE LAST GOOD THING DONE FOR ST. MICHAELS AND GOT PEOPLE TOGETHER WHO HAVE NOT SEEN EACH OTHER IN YEARS . BLESSINGS TO ALL FRANK AND LOU.( belive me we tried very hard and put in a lot of time )bob to answer some of your questions 1 place not big enought ? 2 food price to high ? etc etc .
FRANK, st michaels reunion [05-29-2009]

Please pray for Brother Prizzlo who is in hosp.with congestive heart failure also Lou Esposito had a by pass weds.Thank You Marie
Marie [05-28-2009]

Sorry to see that all of the hard work done to try to organize a st mike's reunion is not going to pay off. Maybe an outdoors function at say, French Creek or Neshaminy State Park and 1000 Scalea's Pizzas. Just joking about the pizza's.
Joe Depero [05-28-2009]

To: rich,huntington valley about adding Donnie Wood to our country 1967............. his funeral included his brother who was a Marine. It was a double viewing. The Wood family lost two sons at the same time. I always remember in my heart all that fell and injured during that time in history. I am a Vietnam Vet who served at that same time, Bless all the Vets and the departed.
Ray,New Port Richey,Fa. [05-28-2009]

Frank. we are all sorry to hear that the St. Mike's reunion has been cancelled. eveyrone on this blog was excited about it. questions. how many people were ready to fork over the cost??? hundreds??? What places did you try and what was the cost per person??? We had a mini-Germantown reunion in 2005 for $30.00 per and the Brickyard crew had one last summer in North Wildwood but this was a small group but many St. Mike graduates. Also,I was told by Theresa Criniti (1955) that they had a reunion affair a few years ago that was well attended. The 2995 reunion was in a hotel in Willow Grove? Springhouse.We had about 200 folks. Joanne wenger/klock/? from happy Hollow did a graet job and Jimmy Kelly from my class at North Catholic handled the funds. could you email me with some more of the details that scuttled the event???? A few of us from the 1959 class are meeting on Sunday, June 14th in Cape May at Carney's bar.So far we have Bonnie Gatto, Joe D'Angelo. Sheila Martinelli and a few other girls from out class.Maybe we should think smaller.Maybe there is a place in New Jersey that would be afforable but close enough to Philly for people to attend. Please email me at terralbi@comcast.net. Bob Terranova
bob terranova [05-28-2009]

Ed, Tony Cashan and his wife Jenny both passed away, and so did their son Johnny.
Sheila, grew up at P&M and married a guy from High & Magnolia [05-28-2009]

Hey Rich, I rmember Donnie Wood. I believe he was the class behind me at St. Vincent's. Did anyone mention Louie Lordi? Just one more out of many. May they all and the rest of the boys mentioned on here "REST IN PEACE." How sad.
anthonyg [05-28-2009]

Hey Ed Farrar I remember the Cashan's store. They used to be on Rittenhouse st. Johnny had a sister named Gloria, who I went to school with. Their mother's name was Jenny. I used to go there, as a little kid, when they were on Rittenhouse st. Gloria is related to some of the people on here. I still remember their green stake body truck and Johnny helping my aunt and uncle move out of Germantown with that green truck. That was back in '57. They moved to Roxborough. That was when it wasn't over developed.
anthonyg [05-28-2009]

Anyone remember a grocery store in Germantown called Ferraro's? From info provided, looks like it would have been in East Germantown. Anyone familiar with it and where it was located, let me know. Thanks
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [05-27-2009]

Anyone remember "Cashans" Grocery store at High and Magnolia. Mr. Cashan and his son Johnny always treated me great. The Wife (forget her name) was a little stricter and did not like me hanging around. Mr. Cashan would slip me a candy bar or a slice of Scaleas Pizza "the corner", because I use to go to the store for all the neighbors. Sometimes I would make a quarter...good for a coke and candy bar. Wonder what happened to those folk. The store is still there (google earth) both I am sure they are long gone. I also remember the card games, older guys sitting on crates playing poker. Summertime in the city, live fireplugs, hose and pimple ball...you are tagged out on the third base..sewer hole cover.
Ed Farrar, Va [05-27-2009]

TED SILARY--up through my senior season "56" the baseball field third base line paralleled the stands. Right field was a short porch. Due to obnoxious home owners on the street in right field, complaining about line drives bouncing off their homes, and running out to "capture" the baseballs, in 1957 the field was flipped. Home plate was now in the old centerfield and the stands were now center to right. There was an entrance to the locker room in the middle of the stands--that throw had to be at least 15 feet to the right of second base and a beautiful backup job by the outfielders. In short--the answer is YES--the field was in the football field.
mike polin [05-27-2009]

to all classes an parishoners it is with deep regret and dismay that we must discontinue our efforts, in organizing the ( all time) planned michael of the saints. 1- we are stymied, by sheer numbers to fine a venue large enough, to accommodate our . 2- the cost factor was a tremendous hardship in our efforts to give you a quality meal for a decent price. 3- we did not want to have a beef and beer type of social gathering. 4- we tried our best and put in many hours to organize this endeavor but todayís economy and logistics has forced us to abandon our plans. if anyone wishes to pursue this futher .feel free to pick up where we left off and give it a try. we can supply you nameís phone numberís and e-mail address .for contacts
FRANK, north wales [05-27-2009]

I would also like to add Donnie Wood to the names of who gave there lives for our country army 1967
rich, huntingdon valley [05-26-2009]

This is a recap of a Public League baseball pre-playoff from 50 years ago. Didn't involve Germantown, but happened on Germantown's field. Anyone remember this crazy situation? G-town's current baseball field (across the street and south of Leeds) doesn't have locker rooms nearby. In '59, was the baseball field somehow in the football stadium (as Roxborough's used to be)? Thanks . . . 1959 FOURTH PLACE PREPLAYOFF At Germantown Northeast 3, Central 1 (10 inn.) This one wasn't decided until PL baseball chairman Jerry Kean went to Connie Mack Stadium to consult with the umpires (Bill Jackowski, Shag Crawford, Vic Delmore, Al Barlick) who had worked the Phillies-Cubs game. They disallowed a protest by Central coach Wally Bennett, who felt Carter Roskow, who stole second, should have been allowed to score an eighth inning run (it would have ended the game) when an overthrow rolled onto a runway leading to the locker rooms. The umps made Roskow stop at third and the major league umps concurred.
Ted Silary, Phila. Daily News [05-26-2009]

Mr. Happy Hollow[Bor]:In your 5-23 Blog,You wrote about your Hollow buddies who were Ladie's Men and steeped in gallantry.Two of these gentlemen were attracted to a couple of pretty women-Sabina Cunningham and Helen Harkins. These gals were only just 2 of the gorgeous girls in my class at St. Francis[55].The nuns were naive and they could not understand why the boys always had a smile on their faces.You were looking for Cher but she was not to be found at Gillespie Junior High[Bor's school]. You were correct that the Irish dudes at the Hollow were not into Ponies nor dice[craps].I find all this,oxymoronic. Art Rooney[Steelers] was one of the great handicappers of all-time-he bouught the Steelers with his racetrack earnings. He made at killing at Saratoga and Frank Felice will tell you that betting at Saratoga is not for amateurs. Art Rooney was a great place-bettor and that was my forte-especially at Saratoga,The Graveyard of Champions. My Irish buddies from East Germantown and I loved Saratoga-after the races,we had a few cocktails at Ciro's where even the Southern Belles hung out. Another famous Irish Horseman was John McShain[Prep] who owned outstanding Thoroughbreds.Some of your Irish pals from the Hollow liked to drink-this is not good for romance or card-playing[poker].You played poker against some very good players at the Hollow. I will be seeing you and the guys at Normandy Farms.
JBS [05-26-2009]

Hey Bob McCreight! That's right "Goldy" was the new owner of the old Trio Cold Cuts. He bought out the original owners. I worked there 2 weekends; I worked 15 hours the first weekend and he gave me $15. I never got a lunch break and I worked 8 hours on saturday and 7 or Sunday. I was 13 yrs old at the time. Can you imagine working a kid straight through now and not giving him a break? My dad was furious and he told me not to go back and work there. He wanted to go over there and punch him out but my mom stopped him. He also yelled at me because I took a Jewish pickle out of the barrell. I was hungary and that was the closest thing to me that I could eat in a short period of time. He then gave me 10 minutes to make myself a sandwhich and have lunch. Hard to believe but that's the way things were back then I guess. Take care!
Bill Cupo, chalfont, pa. [05-26-2009]

You are very welcome, Linda F. I was speaking the truth when I said that. I must add that it also stretched to our borders with Mt. Airy. I went to Germantown High, my senior year, so I met quite a few there.
anthonyg [05-26-2009]

remembering especially on this memorial day spc john kulick son of germantown boy jimmy kulick and his wife tavy pelligrino, who was killed in irac on august 9, 1905. may he rest in peace.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [05-26-2009]

Ed, called the golf course Friday and they said you were off that day I was going to come up Saturday but I hurt my ankle. I guess there's nothing more funnier than a 65 yr. old man tumbling down a hill with a weed whacker in his hand. If I had a camera we could have sent it Americas funniest videos. I'll try to get up there next week.
anonymous [05-26-2009]

This Memorial Day, 2009, lets remember those who served our Country in the Armed Forces, especially three boys born and raised in East Germantown. GSgt. Joseph Mc Creight USMC 12/19/66, LCpl Edward Corcoran USMC 10/17/66 and PFC Tommy Lyons US Army 5/1/68.
Bob Mc Creight, 55, Havertown, PA [05-25-2009]

Mike Polin: I really enjoyed your last blog which included comments about high-school baseball and two of the legendary sports figures from your old neighborhood-Connie Mack and Dick Steinberg. Ted Silary[Daily News] should have covered that game betwween Germantown and Northeast. It appears to me Paul Borian[centerfielder] throws a high fastball to his old classmate from Fitler[Herb Adderly] and Herb hits it to center where the gazelle-like outfielder would have caught it but he was pitching-Bor. Herb A. should have been playing for Germantown since he was from Pulaskitown. Who would have batted clean-up-you,Herb or Paul? I aprreciate that you mentioned Dick Steinberg-renowned for his work in the NfL and well known in Temple Football Circles. Goldie Graham[Roman] and Pat Sarnese[Temple] knew him and admired him. John Gillespie Sr.[North coach] knew him and lived near Lincoln Drive. John Gillespie Jr.[Prep] was a dominant basketball player back in the day and he went to St. Madeline's.My good friend[Eric Wiener] went to the synagagogue on Lincoln Drive and taught at your alma mater[Germantown] for 35 years. You lived at the Mayfair House where Bob Boyle,a saloon-owner lived and I liked visting him- his liquor-cabinet was fully stocked.Do you remember The McIlhenney Mansion on Wayne Avenue where one of the great art collectors of the world lived. Jimmy Binns,boxer and attorney lived not far from your neighborhood. Mike! You were so fortunate to live in such a great place with so many interesting people.
JBS [05-25-2009]

P.Carr,Helen was my Mother in law & I can recall Aones. My mother law loved card readings or teal leaves & also reach out to those who passed.Regards MARIE.
Marie Bommentre [05-24-2009]

Patricia Carr;Your post about Grandom reading cards and tea leaves brings back fond memories of my mom and grandmom.Our Armenian family members(excluding me)and friends drank Turkish coffee on a regular basis.Afterwards,they would turn the cup upside down and let it settle for a few minutes.Now it was time for mom or grandmom to read the cups.As I remember,nine times out of ten the readings were positive.Perhaps I should have participated,by drinking Turkish coffee,and received the good news that I would soon be playing baseball alongside my idol,Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox. Paul Borian
Paul Borian [05-24-2009]

JBS; my 5/22 blog to you was cut short by the webb master.I hope it was a mistake and not anything else.The rest of the blog went something like this;My Irish friends at Happy Hollow were lovers,not fighters(just ask them)In addition to their athletic prowess,they were great beer drinkers and loved to have good times.Can't ask for more than that.However,they were not very good playing the ponies and poker....Paul Borian
Paul Borian [05-23-2009]

I just wanted to say to all of you that read this "your thoughts" posts,that i have'nt even been able to read anything this past week and a half due to at&t making me wait that long for a new 'modem'. 1nce again i am so glad to be able to read "your thoughts"! I think i've turned in to a "computer addict" in the 2 yrs i've had one. Joe O'Donnell
Joe O'Donnell, Mojave,Ca. [05-23-2009]

To Marie Bommentre: Your last name sounds a bit familiar and I am wondering if there was a 'Helen Bommentre' in your family. If so, she would have been a friend/acquaintance of my grandmother, Agnes Muller who lived on Stockton Road from the 1920s till the mid 1960s. Grandmom used to be invited to fairs and other social gatherings to 'read cards and tea leaves'. She even read the cards for the nuns! She was pretty good with telling fortunes and would sometimes refuse to read someone's cards if she saw something 'dark' in their past. She used to always say that it was all in good fun!
Patricia Carr [05-23-2009]

Thanks Anthony "G>" for your kind comments about us 'beauties' from GTown, back in the day. (lol) Linda.
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [05-23-2009]

i for one like the poems i read on this website -they are filled with nostalga that anyone can relate to when they think back to their callow youth.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [05-23-2009]

Betty Ann, I remember the lady who was killed as the fire engine went through the window of the cleaners . The Sun Ray drug store was next door I believe. I walked the same way on Chelten Ave and passed Marianne's bakery on the corner of Boyer & Chelten which is now in Doylestown & Sea Isle and know the Kuttler family still operates the bakery. I went to Pastorius as my mother and family did . My mother's cousins the Kingstons lived on Chelten and backed up to Immaculate . Wilma
Wilma, 65 Bucks Co. [05-22-2009]

hi lisa estes, I belive you were friends with ginny daly and lisa gallagher,I use to come over with skip and bernie green,chrissy blood and others .we had many great nites at the gallaghers on clapier wasnt your brother donald .email me would love to catch up
jfd [05-22-2009]

JBS...Glad I did not grow up in K&A with all those tough Irishmen
Paul Borian [05-22-2009]

I have many fond memories growing up on W Ashhmead Place North with the Youngs, the Hills, the Doaks, asnd the Augustus's. My father, Albert McClay, owned McClay's Luggage Shoppe on Maplewood Avenue.
Virginia McClay Cunningham, Celebrated my 76th birthday. Live in Willow Grove [05-22-2009]

Hi Joe, I work at the golf course on fridays and saturdays. Jim Hoffman has a membership to play at Lederach golf course so I see him a lot during the week using the driving range. I believe he is a drinking man. I did not recognize him, but then again it's been more than 50 years. I probably wouldn' recognize you either. Sad to say you probably haven't seen me in the Pub, because those who work there are not allowed to imbibe at the bar. It's a bit of a story, which I will tell you when I see you. Looking forward til then. Ed Burke
edburke [05-22-2009]

You people with your poems and essays are taking up the whole page.
anonymous [05-22-2009]

Yes, Michael, there were a lot of beautiful women in g-town. Notice I didn't say "some."?
anthonyg [05-22-2009]

My name is Jennifer, and I am the Director of Marketing for Haagen Dazs and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. We saw that you are having a fair on your grounds and thought of this as a great opportunity for us to set up a stand to sell our brand name ice cream and/or caramel apples to your guests. We are willing to pay a fee to set our stand on your land, we also will give you fifteen percent of our profits. Please get back to me and let me know if this is a possibility! To reach me, please email Jennyatwork44@yahoo.com Thank you, Jennifer
Jennifer [05-22-2009]

Jay Kelly: I enjoyed your story about the corner-boys from The Hollow. Goo was not Falstaff since he was not the fattest or the slowest. Who was the Falstaff-character in that Hollow-gang? It is a good thing that nobody threw a snowball at Frank Sheeran on Valentine's Day-it would have been a massacre. He drove a truck before he became a Teamster-Official-he was a very scary dude.
J. Bruce Schmitt [05-22-2009]

Betty Ann - great memories. Thanks for posting. Regarding the nurses' office at IC, I do remember it was all glass. The longtime school nurse back then was Miss Harkens. She was the school nurse from 1924 or 1925 clear thru to 1971, when she semi-retired. Not sure, but her reign may have ended with the 1971 school fire. After that, she became the school nurse at Ancilla Domini Academy until they closed in 1974 or 1975. Some liked her but I thought her a cranky sort. I had to be on my best behavior around her. She lived in St. Benedict's. My grandfather was sexton there and she would not hesitate to squeel to him on me or my brothers. That was a great school, parish and area to grow up.
Dennis McGlinchey [05-22-2009]

Michael I graduated from Holy Rrosary 1960,my husband grad, 1958 from Immaculate Conception his namw Andrew Bommentre. Regards Marie
Marie [05-22-2009]

Looking for old friends!
Lisa Estes-Dorrell, Grew up in Germantown, I am 50 [05-20-2009]

Paul Borian: I would like to make a few comments about some of the tough Irishmen that I knew in my callow youth. These comments are inspired by your blog where you joked about Big John Burke being a tough Irishman. John Burke is much bigger than us and his older brother[Ed] who is 6 ft. 4 in. Like me,he played ball at the Queen Lane Project and pin-ball at Cabbage's-these are not good venues for Caucasian teenagers. I do'nt know how tough John is but I am not going to find out. I do know that his father,Ed Burke Sr. was one tough Irishman- I mean this in the descriptive sense and not the pejorative. I knew him from the Continental Post where he held court with Joe Boyle whom he called"Slugger". He was friendly with a guy by the name of Thomas Walsh whom he called "Goony". Back in the day,you and I knew some tough Irishmen from the Brickyard and East Germantown-Jack Farrell comes to mind. For me,the Mecca of Irish-toughness was Kensington where Ed Burke Sr. grew up. He crossed paths with people like the legendary John Berkery who was infamous from his connection with Lilian Reis. In a previous blog,I talked about having lunch with Ray McGough at Kellis's at K&A in Kensington.Diagonal from Kellis's was John Berkery's beautiful Irish Saloon. One afternoon,I stopped there for a quick liquid-refreshment. At the bar,different types of people were drinking alone with no conversation-they were FBI agents,detectives,Insurance Investigators,roofers,truck-drivers and 2d-story men. Handsome John Berkery was sashaying around the place-the whole thing was eerie and at the same time,almost theatrical. There was another guy from K&A by the name of Junior Kripplebauer who had a book about his days in the infamous K&A Gang.I would like to give a description of Junior but I might be politically incorrect-I will simply say that he had a Teutonic-look. Paul! The toughest and meanest Irishman of them all was Frank Sheeran-even the Wise-guys were afraid of him. Miraculously,he died a natural-death outside of Philadelphia-just after that he made some major confessions.I hope that you were able to connect with this blog.
J. Bruce[Schmitty] [05-20-2009]

That is like the 4th time in 3 months that the Goo poem has been published here. That's probably a Guinness record.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [05-20-2009]

JBS, You bet I was in that game when Paul hit the fat of Herbs bat. I was the rightfielder who watched our infielder playing centerfield stumble after it. Paul was our centerfielder but was rushed into mound service when our #1 pitcher was out of school that day. "Heart problem". We all knew it too. Just a sideline on that game--we lost 4-2--our 2 coming on a bases loaded double by yours truly that hit the top of the rightcenterfield fence. Pitching for Northeast was Gino Lennox. As for Connie Mack, he lived around Lincoln Dr and McCallum in the apartments there. Often saw his chauffeur driven car coming up and down the drive. The Park Guard on our corner always knew when Connie was coming and he'd wave to the kids. By the way--tell Paul you'd like to hear his scrambled egg story. Here's another Germantown resident from the sports field you probably never knew about. Dick Steinberg, now deceased, was a longtime GM for the Patriots then later the Jets. Dick lived just off Westview and the Drive. And with that tidbit--I'm outta here.
Mike Polin [05-20-2009]

I remember Trio cold cuts. My dad would go there every Saturday and buy Lunch meat for our family and those who worked in his beer store at Chelten and Ardleigh. It was ourchased by a Jewish Man, Goldy. I worked there one weekend. I worked Friday after school, all day Saturday and SUnday most of the day About 18 hours and he paid me $30. I worked the one weekend. He made us count the bags of rolls to make sure the bakery did not short him one roll. I had to open the Imported Canned Hams, wash off the Jelly. It was really busy all day Saturday. Bill C, you are right about the location. I think the original owners had a store at Chew and Locust and then after they sold to Goldy they opened one up on Vernon Road.
Bob Mc Creight, 55 Havertown [05-20-2009]

hi marie, i went to holy rosary ib the 50s. i only told the truth. i read about all the great things that are and were in gtn but no one mentioned the number 1 characteristic of this great town. the beautiful women! ask the boys from south philly. they still marvel over our women.
MICHAEL, bahama islands [05-20-2009]

I MOVED TO GEMANTOWN IN 1945 WE CAME FROM UPSTATE CREEKSIDE PA. WE LIVED NEXT TO MICKEY MAGUIRES BAR AT CHEW AND CHELTEN WE HAD A BIG THREE STORY HOUSE. I HSF FIVE BROTHERS CHARLIE,DAN, JACK,JIM, & TTIM THREE SISTERS MARY RITA, PATTY AND LARUE . I REMEMBERS THE BIF ACCIDENT AND CHEW AND CHELTEN ON HALLWEEN NIGHT WHEN 4 FIRE ENGINES COLLIDED INTO EACH OTHER AND THE LADY STANDING WAITING FOR A TROLLY IN FRONT OF THE AJAX CLEANERD WAS KILLED IT WAS A FALSE ALARM SADLEY AND MANY FIREMEN WERE INJURED .I REMEMBER MY OLDER BROTHERS STOPPING CAR AND PUTTING WOUNDED FIREMEN INTO THEIR CAR AND TELLING THEM TO TAKE THEM TO THE GERMANTOWN HOSPITAL IT WAS A VERY SCARY NIGHT OUR NEXT STORE NEIGHBOR WAS EDDIE FITZGERALD AND A COUPLE OF DOOR DOWN THERE WAS THE PARISH SOCIAL HALL. WE USTO WALK ALL THE WAY DOWN CHELTEN AVE TO pASTOURIS SCHOOL CROSS AT THE LIGHT THEN PROCEED TO SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL WAS THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION . .I REMEMBER OUTSIDE FIRE ESCAPES BOY AND GIRLS HAD SEPERATE PLAYGROUNDS NURSES OFFICE WAS ON THE SECOND FLOOR AND ALL ENCLOSED WITH GLASS SO THAT YOU COULD SEE RIGHT INTO IT.THE CONVENT WAS MAGNIFICANT AT THE END OF THE HALL WAS THE MUSIC ROOM AND THAT ALSO WAS ALL GLASS WE HAD FIVE ROOMS WITH PIANO'S AND THE CENTER ROOM WAS A BABY GRAND THAT WAS FOR THE BEST STUDENTS AND DOWNSTAIRS WAS THE ALCUSION CLASS SISTER SOLD HOLY CARDS ROSARYS ETC. .THE MAY QUEEN AND HER FLOWER GIRLS GOWMS WERE HELD DOWNSTAIRS. DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER THOSE GOOD OLD DAY MEETING IN THE SCHOOL YARD FOR 9 ;AM MASS WE LINED UP IN THE SCHOOL YARD AND YOU DIDN'T MISS A SUNDAY . WE WAITED FOR OUR FAMILY AT THE DOOR THAT THE 9:15 MASS WAS HELD DOWNSTAIRS THAT IS WHEN WE MEET UP WITH OUR PARENTS OR WHOM EVER BOUGHT US THERE. WHAT WONDERFUL MEMORIES I HOPE THAT SOMEONE ELSE REMEMBERS ALSO. MURRAY'S FUNERAL HOME WAS RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FOR SCHOOL AND THE LITTLE HOUSE NEXT TO SCHOOL THAT WAS OUR LIBRARY DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER THOSE LONG LOST DAYS. ELIZABETH MCCARTHY CLASS OF 1954
betty ann mccarthy, live in levittown [05-19-2009]

JBS...I will be heading up to Portland Me.second week in June to visit my sister.We will get together with Jack and Martha Brogan for some good times ..memories.Jack is a great story teller,and I am sure he will go back to memory lane and come up with a couple of beauties.We will do our best to integrate our spouses in our get togrther.Looking forward to a fun time.....Jay Kelly-I was a great snowball thrower at a very young age.One day when I was around eight years old,I hopped on the back of a car with my sled on apsley street heading to deadmans hill in Fernhill Park.For some reason,I decided to throw snowballs,mixed with stones,at cars driving on Morris street.I had a pretty strong and accurate arm,and broke the windshield of a passing vehicle.The driver of the car followed me in his car as I ran down Apsley street,ran into my house on Wayne Ave,and hid under my parents bed on the second floor.The victum was right on my trail and confronted my father in his tailor shop.Need I say more!Woe is me.The moral of the story is to never throw snowballs with stones in them.
Paul Borian [05-19-2009]

Mike Polin: It's great to see another friend of Paul Borian appear on this site. I hope that you are enjoying your golden years and holding good cards like Paul-his choices are a hike in BBC[beautiful Bucks County],chopping wood in the Pocano Mountains or walking the beaches of Sea Isle. You were holding Aces when you lived near Lincoln Drive-it was a beautiful neighborhood. Paul mentioned that you played a decent game of baseball.Were you at the Northeast game when he fed a fat one to Herb Adderly who ended that game. Herb Adderly was an outstanding athlete and very good with his hands. I know a bright guy who made the mistake of getting into a fight with him. Talking about baseball,the Grand Old-Man of baseball and famous manager and owner of The A's lived in your neighborhood-Connie Mack. I went to school with Jim Nolen[Prep] and his maternal-grand-father was Connie Mack. Connie's other grand-son was Connie Mack,the senator from Florida. Jim Nolen's paternal grand-father had Nolen's Coal&Fuel Co. at Penn&Belfield. Another interesting family in your neighborhood was the Halloran Family and the 2 famous Halloran Brothers-Harry and Edward Biff. Harry went to the Prep["57"] and was a seminarian. He is now the owner and President of American Refining Group. He is major force in Business Ethics and a huge Philanthopist-he has given big bucks to Temple for Religious Studies. His kid brother was Edward Biff Halloran-a Damon Runyan Character. He went to Malvern where he was the center for Paul Harron[QB].Biff and Paul were the 2 most unique characters that anybody would ever meet-fast cars,fast boats,fast planes and gorgeous women. Paul owned the Vesper Club in Center City and his yacht was called "Misconduct"-need I say more. Biff owned The Holiday Inn in Pennsauken when The Geator[Jerry Blavett] did his thing. Biff was in the Concrete[Really] Business in New york and hung out with the Big Boys and they were very wise if you what I mean. Paul has passed away and Biff is missing-May They Rest In Peace. Mike! Keep Posting
John Bruce Schmitt [05-19-2009]

Fats steaks on Get Ave. had great steaks to.near the 14 district.
rich, huntingdon valley [05-19-2009]

Ed, I'm glad you wrote back,I don't know what days or hours you work but I often go to Liddy's pub on the golf course mostly during happy hour. I'll make it a point to go up there and see you and no I don't remember a guy named Jim Hoffman from St.Francis but if he's in the area maybe we could get together for a beer.
Joe Leone [05-19-2009]

Bill Cupo: You are so right..and what a memory you have..Gee whiz, sights, smells, people. right on, BIll.. You called it Arnone's-(my family )called it Vic's...he was there for years, I think his daughter's name was Tina, or at least I think so. Anyway, my Ex'hubby came from Italy with his brother in their teens, because their dad had a deal with Vic to buy that place. Flavio lived right around the corner at his Zia Adelia's home, back then you needed a sponsor to enter the USA, imagine that 'flying' nowadays, eh? But, Vic changed his mind & kept that 'goldmine;& Flavio, a butcher by trade, went into the construction business.instead. But now,at least I remember Arnone's. thans for the memory jog.Linda
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [05-19-2009]

Folks, here's a poem I've saved for 25 years by Bob (Goo Goo) Guarinello who has been dead for ten years or more:

I took a trip to my home town
to see what changes bring
and greet the folks I used to know
and hear the church bells ring.

I went to Happy Hollow
a place I used to go
but where were all the friends I knew
from twenty years ago.

I strolled the path and up the hill
and there I stopped to rest
I thought of all the fun we had
when we would laugh and jest.

I looked about and pondered
and I felt a little low
'cause i didn't see the friends I knew
from twenty years ago.

I looked at all the shops we knew
The ones we used to cherish
Fasano's, Palo's, and even Moe
now all of them have vanished.

I looked at Sal's where we would meet
and pass the hours slow
but where were all the friends I knew
from twenty years ago.

I thought of all the stories
the good one we all know
and don't forget the fun we had
throwing the girls in the snow.

I thought of Billy Kelly
and even Crazy Joe
but where were all the friends I knew
from twenty years ago.

The buildings worn, the swings are bare
the benches have been replaced
the many nights we sat and talked
and with our penknives did deface.

But the same old bricks
are in the wall.
the kids walk to and fro
but the music's gone, it's not the same
as twenty years ago.

Some boys were playing the same old game
as I watched, I looked quite humble
a bouncing ball came at my feet
I stopped without a fumble.

Some kid said, Mister, toss it here
or can't you make the throw
I smiled and said, I tossed it here
'bout twenty years ago.

I looked about and ponder'd
I kinda got some chills
as I thought about the games I played
that gave me many thrills.

I thought about the parties
and the girls I used to know
but all they were were memories
of twenty years ago.

My lids have long been dry now
no tears come to my eyes
or thoughts of my old loved one
and of our broken ties.

I visit thee again sometime
it's somehow like a show
to reminisce about the friends
of twenty years ago.

I guess a few have wander'd
I guess a few have strayed
but when I die please lay me deep
'neath the fields where I have played.

And as the years go drifting by
I'll let my memory show
and remember all the friends I had
of twenty years ago.

This was published in The Germantown Courier about 25 years ago, and being an English teacher (who grew up at the Hollow with Jack Brogan and Goo)I thought others might like to remember things past. Joe Lynch
joe lynch [05-19-2009]

To MICHAEL, thank you.You are right there were beautiful girls in Germantown.Michael were did you go to school? Marie
MARIE [05-19-2009]

Looking for items or information on Great-Grandfather's. John Kreider inventor of the Kreider Dryer, used to dry wet metal pieces. Henry or Samuel I. Saylor, son and father; owned Saylor's Bakery.
Holly Saylor, Nebraska; 46; born in Lancaster, PA [05-18-2009]

the best thing about germantown was and still is the owner of the most beautiful girls in the universe. nothing any of you can say, can top that.
MICHAEL, bahama islands [05-18-2009]

To Ed Kennendy: read your comments--u lentioned the South--where do you live?? joe taylor
joe taylor [05-18-2009]

Hello Linda Fontana! A correction is in order. Trio Cold Cuts was on the corner of Crittenden st. and Wistar, not Price and Wistar.
Bill Cupo, Chalfont, Pa. [05-18-2009]

Jack Brogan&Sonny Kennedy: You are still a great team,this time,it's blooging.Jack!You said it well when you mentioned the great woman-athletes from The Hollow and St. Francis,anything that I would add would be redundant. Paul Borian[the old jock] showed me an old Hollow-photo with you,Bob LaValle and Moodie Doyle who was one of those great athletes from The Hollow&St.Fran who went out with Tony Bateman[Rip] whose brother is the famous actor-Henry Gibson. Kathy McCurdy who posts on this site was friends with Moodie. Sonny! I really enjoyed your account of that famous Overbrook-Germantown game. Ted Silary was correct that Ralph Heyward was the best player on the court. Germantown was so great that Bill[Bol]Person was a substitute. I played against him at the Queen Lane Apartments[the project] and he smiled as he jammed in my face while I was fouling him. Bol played professionally in the Eastern League. I see that Paul B. likes wine now that he hangs out on the ski-slopes,I would guess that he also drinks a little cognac. It must have been a great meeting with you,Paul and Frank Felice. One of the Maine guys was missing-Jack B. The Hollow guys bring back many fond memories for me,eventhough I always lost pig&change to the Goo-nobody beat him.
John Bruce Schmitt [05-18-2009]

WARNING! Happy Hollow memory! As some of you know, Goo Goo inspired my love of Shakespeare. I was reading a passage about Falstaff and his antics, and that brought up another Goo story worthy of print: One dark and snowy Sunday night, about a dozen of us were hanging out in front of a closed Sal's with our arsenal of snowballs which we would pelt at anything moving. A truck passed by, and we let loose on it. Suddenly, the truck stopped and a huge man stepped out of the cab and onto the running board to see who had done this. We all shrunk back by the man's size and age except for Goo. He said, "Kelly, give me a f***in' snowball," and he threw it at the man and yelled, "Come on back!" Goo then turned to me and with a twinkle in his eye said, "If he does come back, I know I ain't the slowest!"
Jay Kelly [05-18-2009]

Linda Fontana! "Trio Cold Cuts" was the name of the store at the corner of Price st. and Wistar. Arnone's was only a block or so away. Arnone's was mostly what I would call a specialty Italian store with all the varieties of peppers, salami, cheese, etc. Trio Cold Cuts was the place to stop after Sunday Mass. It was always so busy on Sunday morning; you had to take a number as you walked in. We would get our rolls for our Sunday bacon breakfast, or maybe a can of soup that my mom needed. We hardly bought our deli meats there; that was Arnone's. When Trio Cold Cuts sold, I went to work there for a while in the summer of 1964. I did little things and I carried home groceries for the old ladies that couldn't carry their order. I was usually tipped a quarter for doing that. The new owner wasn't Italian but he kept the name but it wasn't the same. I had heard that he went bankrupt but I'm not sure. Oh I forgot, they had a huge barrell of pickles in that store right near the counter where they cut the cold cuts. The smell was overpowering! I went home and couldn't get rid of the smell on my clothes but boy did I love a good Jewish pickle. To this day, I have to go to Famous Deli in Holland or to Pumpernicks in Montgomeryville every so often to get my fill of the Jewish cole slaw, pickles, and pickled tomatoes. Take care.!
Bill Cupo, Chalfont, Pa. [05-18-2009]

Hi joe Leone, Good to hear from you! What a coincidence! You say that you live in Skippack, Pa. I am presently living in Skippack, right on Rt. 73. How bout getting together sometime for a soda? I work part time at Lederach Golf Course, couple days a week just for the free golf and beer money. I got hooked up with a guy named Jim Hoffman the other day and we got to talking about where we are from . He said he went to St Francis with us in the first and second grades, then moved. Does the name ring a bell for you. He said he lived somewhere in Wayne Junction.Small world?!Let me know?
ed burke [05-18-2009]

My sister Patty turned me on this site and we have been on the phone together for the last hour. I really want to say hi to my dear friend Joey Leone. Also to Charlie Lightcap and an old friend Sonny Kennedy. Glad you are all well. And if Jumbo Milleto reads this, get in touch. Hope to hear from you Joey. Sid Payne
sid payne, sid from brickyard, 68 and still young [05-18-2009]

Ted how about penn charter,jack meyer ruben amaro jr and mark gobicza
steve tyer, windermere fl [05-18-2009]

Attn> Paul Borian, my "Ex"/"Flavio" has you beat. Re: age, at '16' his dad hit him in the back with a two by four ...over and over for being home late from Soccer practice (in Italia). And get this, he was coming to the USA the very next day to live here forever. I guess that was his good-bye present from Papa. But, Flavio is one of the most decent human beings I've ever known/ and very respectful of 'others', so your point was well taken, & thanks for agreeing with me. Have a nice weekend. Linda
anonymous [05-18-2009]

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