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December 1-10, 2010

Ray Dawes: So glad you will be in attendance this sunday..and I do hope that Roy can come, also..Linda "F".
L.Fontana [12-10-2010]

Dear "Raised in the Projects", you are 'living proof' of what this world SHOULD be all about/ and that is.....'kindness towards one another' while we are on this earth --just trying to one day reach an even better dwelling place.>That older woman may never know just how much of an impact she made on your life....on that particular day . . ..when she took just a few minutes to 'raise you up a bit'....and let you realize just how important your contributions to this world 'could be'....God bless you in any future endeavors you may embark upon. Very Respectfully, Linda Fontana
L.Fontana [12-10-2010]

No my husband Andrew will not be able to make.Al is my brother inlaw. Hope every one has a geat time.Merry Christmas & Happy NEW year. Marie Bommentre
Marie [12-10-2010]

Dear Helen Leone D'Angelo, You are too kind and I agree about the need for passion-and peace. Merry Christmas to all of your clan.
Jim McKernan [12-10-2010]

Hello G-towners ! I was reading a newspaper article recently(yes, I still read a paper to get my news), and I saw where family "game night" is making a strong comeback. It seems that games consoles like the "Wi" and "X Box" are no longer the domain of young teenagers playing the games in their rooms. Mom's and Dad's are now finding out about some of the great games available on these systems like bowling and tennis that allow for the whole family to participate. The American Heart Assoc. has even endorsed these games as a great way to stimulate the old ticker. I personally question their decision since I recently participated in three rounds of "boxing" with my grandson. Using the "Wi"controllers, we went toe to toe for two minutes each round. At the end of the three rounds, my heart was indeed stimulated, along with being out of breath, sweating like a pig, and having chest pains. Maybe I should have eased into this new realm with an easy game of golf or bowling first, then worked my way up to the more strenuous games. Anyway, electronic games have come a long way since my days growing up on Haines st.. The most advanced electronic game I played was "NFL electric football"; I know most of the guys know this game. This was a metal table, painted like a football field, that had 22 painted football players(red and blue)that moved up and down the field by making the field vibrate when you turned on the switch. You would watch your player with the ball move toward the goal line and hope he wasn't touched by the other guy. However, if the table had a small dent or was warped, the player would turn around in a circle and maybe go the other way. This game provided hours of fun for me and my cousins who lived next door to me. It took time to set up the players and you could even throw the little felt football with a metal contraption that was provided. The other problem with this game was that it interfered with the t.v. reception in the living room, and if my dad was watching t.v., it was time to go elsewhere with the game. The only other electronic game I had was a small pinball machine that you could set up anywhere and ran on batteries. As I grew older and had to start working for a living, I got a job with the Woolworth co. I was a Sporting Goods manager for them and I worked various locations in the suburbs of Philly. In 1976, I was transferred to a Woolco dept store in Souderton, Pa and I worked next to the camera and electronic dept. They had a new thing called a VCR from RCA that was selling for about $800. I thought to myself,"I'll never be able to afford one of them"; years later they were sellling for $59. Also hot that year was something called an "Atari" game. This sold for about $99 and for that you got the luxury of hooking it up to your t.v. set to play electronic tennis or maybe it was hockey. You could adjust the speed of the ball for your skill level. We sold a ton of these things for Christmas. Never mind they left a permanent "ghost" impression on your t.v. screen, this was really advanced technology. Of course today we have incredible electronic entertainment, made even more enjoyable by the new televisions available to us in high definition. I broke down and bought one of these last year, a 50" Samsung Plasma. To think that I didn't even own a color t.v. until the early 70's is even more remarkable now to me. That was a whopping 20" set, complete with built in UHF antennae and a set of "rabbit ears". We enjoyed 7 t.v. stations; 3,6,10,12 on VHF and 17,29,and 48 on UHF; not only that, it didn't cost you anything to watch. Now, I'm paying almost $200 a month for a couple of hundred stations, three-quarters of which I don't even want. Who needs 3 Hispanic stations, 4 shopping networks, 3 PBS stations, 4 MTV stations, and about 20 Gospel and religious programs; if I want religion, I'll go to church on Sunday and spend an hour of my time. Just give me what I want and charge me about $50 a month. All I need are the major networks, the cable news stations, weather channel, history channel, discovery channel, nationl geographic, ESPN, MLB, NFL, Golf, and a couple movie channels and I'll be happier than a clam. Why so complicated? We had limited choices years ago, and I think we may have been happier with that. Walter Cronkite and Huntley-Brinkley gave us our news, and the only people shouting on t.v. at each other were Ralph and Alice Cramden and Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Now, we have a 24 hour news cycle, where people tell us what we just heard someone say and analysis that goes on and on. We watch them call each other Socialists, Communists, Facists, and Nazis; I don't remember Walter Cronkite doing the news that way. Oh well, I was ranting I guess because I believe we grown divided as a Nation because we watch too much cable news and opinion shows and it gets us turning against each other instead of working to find solutions to our problems. I'm going to break down and buy an electronic console this Christmas and stop watching so much t.v.. I'll get some exercise and enjoy hours of fun for myself; I'm sure my wife will understand completely. Merry Christmas everybody!
Bill Cupo, Immaculate Grad "65". C.D. "69"- Haines st 1300 Block [12-10-2010]

Helen Leone-Deangelo we will miss seeing you this sunday at the g town luncheon .. i know i will! I am happy though that you are going to be having a good time enjoying the Jersey Boys ... I am sorry too that your cousins will not be joining us but, hopefully next time around all of you will be able to join us ... Have a wonderful christmas Helen ... and a healthy, happy new year to you and your family ... love rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-10-2010]

Oprah is here in Australia now, attracting huge crowds wherever she goes, so maybe there's some interest in the US about our land down under. It's a long way from Wayne & Seymour to the Outback, but in case anyone would be interested in seeing what my new neighborhood looks like, here's a link: http://www.visitnsw.com/Sites/SiteID3/objLib15/holplan_OUT_All.pdf I live in Broken Hill, which features on pages starting with #28. Merry Christmas to all. I hope this weekend's get-together is a big success.
Cathy Manning Muir, SFA'57, CA'61, Temple'73 [12-10-2010]

We Baby boomers, once so numerous and now reduced to the few that record our memories and thoughts here basically created Christmas as we now know it today. It wasn't always so. My grandparents (maternal) immigrated from Ireland in the late 1800s, settled in the Tioga area (Holy Souls) and purchased their home on Pacifica St. Granddad was a hard, drinking man that worked as a boilermaker, catching molten rivets in one hand and hammering them home with a 16 pound hammer with the other, twelve or more hours a day until he developed arms like Pop-eye the sailor. After hard work, he would walk into a bar, slam his hand down and demand--what else--but boilermakers (whiskey and beer). He would then, like his pugilist hero, John L. Sullivan, proclaim himself as the best man in the joint, and any one that disagreed could step outside for a "talk." He did not do Christmas! He thought it was a commercial money making invention created by non-christians. Grandma was softer and would slip my mother an orange on Christmas morning--a very rare and precious December treat back then--while my granddad slept. My mother swore that she would always do Christmas for my brothers and sisters, whether the times were good or bad...and she did. We never got everything we wanted, but we always seemed to get what we needed. We didn't have a fireplace during the early years (Sears would correct this deficiency later with one of those faux cardboard affairs), so we pinned our stockings to the window sills, left cookies, milk and at Dad's suggestion--a beer and wee shot for old St Nick. In the morning, I would note that Santa didn't like milk. And a little later, Eartha Kitt, singing "Santa Baby" let me know that being a little naughty was rewarded as much as being nice...but remembering my Mother's orange, I just couldn't ever bring myself to ask Santa for a yacht. Merry Christmas, Germantowners! l
kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [12-10-2010]

Once upon a time, upon returning home to Germantown after a three year stint in the Army, my younger sister showed me a picture of a friend from the Nursing School she was attending. I took a long look at that picture and said, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry!” Three years later I was lucky enough to do just that, but there were some bumps in the road along the way. My sister arranged for us to meet and we dated a few times. One night I decided to take her to “The Proper Place” (Stenton Ave and Haines Street) to listen to legendary Steve Lawler play the piano and to meet some of my friends. It was known for its friendly, neighborhood atmosphere and had a colorful bartender named Dan Hartnett. Unfortunately, it was also one of the few times that legendary tough guy Jackie Farrell decided to stop in. Our crowd had often seen him playing poker and rolling dice outside of his favorite bar at Price and Crittenden Streets. I had never heard him speak; he just grunted and looked tough. The question around town for quite some time was, who was tougher, him or Nicky Lazaro? So, here I am trying to impress my date, and all of a sudden there is a commotion on the other side of the room and a sizeable crowd heads for the front door. “A fight,” someone said, and my date asked, “you’re not going out there, are you”? “Of course not”, I responded. “It’s Jackie Farrell,” someone said, and I bolted for the door. Jackie Farrell proved to be a mean, dirty fighter but he was not the tough guy we had all thought him to be. At any rate, when I returned to our booth, my future wife expressed her disappointment in me and asked to be taken home. She had seen a side of me she did not like. Obviously, I was eventually successful in being able to convince her I was not the brute she suspected I was, but that night, I almost blew my entire future then and there. There were some other bumps along our road also, but we did find our way back to The Proper Place and were able to enjoy quite a few good times with friends and acquaintances, but you know, that bartender, Danny Hartnett, never did buy us a drink.
Joe McCormick, Immaculate Grad '55 -- Card. Dougherty -'59 [12-10-2010]

to linda Ray Dawes will attend on Sunday Roy is not sure he can make it.
RAY DAWES, 67 living in Oreland P a [12-10-2010]

Denise Duckworth Tumelty: I connected with your comments about St. Francis,The Prep,Acting and in particular Tom Yannessa who was an outstanding football-player at LaSalle High and as you probaly know a classmate of Brother Ken at The Naval Academy. The Yannessa Brothers,Tom,Frank,and Joe lived on Midvale on the same block as Pat Henry,a nice girl who went to CA with Joan Day from W. Bringhurst. Many of the people who lived near Midvale&Fox went to ST. Catherine's on Penn St. for Mass. I even took a lovely lady to a Prom who went to St. Catharine's. for Mass. The Vannessa boys must have been thinking about football. I was really surprised that Tom Yannessa was a thespian since he and Frank were kind of rocky and Tom was a John Wayne type if you know what I mean. Tom graduated from the Naval Academy but left for the army since there was more action in Vietnam. After he left The Army and survived that fiasco,he joined The FBI. Frank was an All-Cathoic Lineman like Tom but he surprised me how he was such a good handicapper with the ponies and he sang Opera. His second wife was a lovely phys-ed teacher and I enjoyed the wedding. Joe Vannessa was a smooth talking guy and I thought that he was going to be an IBM salesman but he also surprised me when he became a Narine Pilot. Like Brother Ken,he was courageous and flew many risky missions. Those guys on Midvale Ave.,had unique personalities including Duncan Hubley's buddies,The Pomfret Brothers who went to school with The Vannessas at Norwood and LaSalle. You were involved with The School Plays at CA. At The Prep,our actors were more involved with The Mount. You heard the old chestnut,"The Mountie Always Get THeir Man". Two of my classmates at The Prep,met their future wives when they were in The Mount's Plays. Recently,I went to a play at The Prep,"The Dirty Scoundrels",and the lead actress was from The Mount. Performing on stage, is still important at The Prep and many actors and writers went to The Prep including Henry Gibson[Laugh-In],Tony Braitwaite,and screen-writer Joe Stinson who coined,"Make My Day",in Dirty Harry. Henry Gibson[Jim Bateman],was from Germantown and his brother Tony went to The Prep with your brother. It was so interesting to grow up with so many different types of folks from different schools and ethnic-backgrounds. Some people tell me that I am too nostagic but in my opinion,they never got what G-town was all about-wonderful people like the ones who post on this site.
John Bruce Schmitt [12-10-2010]

Denise Duckworth Tumelty. The Holiday reunion of "G"towner's is this sunday at LaFontana's in Hatboro, Pa. It is on York Rd. Your GPS can get you there perfectly.The time is 1:00 p.m. and the date is Dec. 12th, hope to see you there.....Linda "F".
L.Fontana [12-10-2010]

Dan Hartnett: I tried to look you up in the dictionary, but I couldn’t find you,then, I happened upon my old Boy Scout Manual and there you were: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, (Obedient), Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent
Joe McCormick, Immaculate Grad '55 -- Card. Dougherty -'59 [12-10-2010]

Marie Bommentre: Are you and Al able to come to the Luncheon this time,too? Would love to see you, again. Linda
L.Fontana [12-10-2010]

JBS: So glad that you can make this gathering of Holiday Merry Making "G"towner's on sunday. You always seem to bring 'life' to the tables.....I could not reserve a 'special'room for all of us/ because I never got an exact head count, however, I am assuming that at least 15 to 20 will show up for sure. Respectfully, Linda
L.Fontana [12-10-2010]

Denise Tumelty: I know that Jeanne Seifert-Kilgallon knows you. We were a few grades after you..I believe that you were a Senior, while we were Freshmen. You may know her sister Jan Seifert-Paytos... I loved my days at the Cecilian Academy and wouldn't have traded any of those memories for the world. Do you remember the Music Master, Sr. Anne DeLourdes? She had many beautiful plays this time of year. I had her for all four yrs. of choir/ and piano....Do you remember the Filanowski sisters I think their names were Antoinette and MaryAnn. Gosh they were two of the most talented young pianists around..Germantown sure did produce some really memorable people.. Ones I will NEVER forget...God bless you, Denise at Christmastime and always, Linda.
L.Fontana [12-10-2010]

Hey Big Jim, if we wouldn't have sent our boys to war in WWII, we would all be speaking German, if we were still around.
Just a regular Joe [12-10-2010]

John Bruce Schmitt - I took the trouble to look you up in my dictionary. After your name I found: “Gentleman, scholar, humorist, world traveler, raconteur par excellence; caring, sensitive, encompassed within a photographic memory”. If you fail to donate your brain to science you will be doing the rest of mankind a disservice.
Joe McCormick, Immaculate Grad '55 -- Card. Dougherty -'59 [12-10-2010]

To Raised in the Projects: I enjoyed your post and the story within, very much. You also write with style. I remember that project well having been there many times. It was a tough place. Merry Christmas and keep posting.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-10-2010]

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Raised in the projects:...Amazing isn't it how one moment, one person can make a difference in our lives. Thank you for sharing your experiences with this site. I am way familiar with the Queen la. projects. As a youth, I would avoid them like homework & that was back in the fifties/ sixties. Please continue to make a difference in lives & your ongoing good work. Germantown has sent us countless men & women who have made wonderful contributions to society. Good luck to you & yours in all future endeavors
bernard f mc kernan, annapolis Md. [12-10-2010]

Helen Leone D'Angelo: You will be missed so much on sunday. However, I must say that, personally, I envy where you are headed that day..I heard the "Jersey Boys' was a dynamite show..Go and have a blast. We will look forward to seeing you at the next LaFontana's gathering in the beautiful Spring weather....Have a very Blessed Christmas with your friends and family. Love, Linda "F">
L.Fontana [12-10-2010]

Dr. At 6:30 a.m. on 12/9/10,it is raining in Deerfield Beach, FL....thus the reason for this early morning entry. I live a block from the ocean & have the privilege of walking to the beach each day to enjoy the sunrise. Every day, it's different; and every day, I'm inspired by it. Sometimes, it's the beauty of its rising from the ocean; sometimes, it's the color of the surrounding sky; and sometimes, it's the mere subtleness of it. I never cease to grow tired of it. This morning, not having the luxury of viewing a sunrise, I was inspired by your entry. Thank you for sharing your story. It "made my day"!
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; ic '55; cdhs '59 [12-10-2010]

Raised in the Projects, I like your story, and I know that Germantown did in fact have ladies of this nature who would indeed lecture a foolish young man as she did you. Congrats on your success!
anonymous [12-10-2010]

Raised in the Projects, nice post and thanks for sharing your story. I'm thrilled you fulfilled that woman's prophecy. You had that desire to break out of your rut and make something of yourself in you already, you just needed encouragement for it to come out. Congrats! My future in-law lost his father and the family ended up living in the Abbottsford projects. He too had the determination to break out of that rut. And, he did. With hard work and determination, he made a nice life for himself and his family. It's not easy, but it can be done.... That older woman had a real impact on your life. Awhile ago, I got an email in Facebook from a guy who grew up in Germantown. I knew him but he was older and a friend of my brother. Not exactly a common name, he asked if I was from the McGlincheys who lived on Price street. I responded back that I was. He then went on to relay an incident that happened about 45 years earlier where he remembered an act of kindness on the part of my mother that had a profound impact on his life, remembered that lesson in raising his own children, and never forgot. I shared that email with her before she passed away. She remembered him, but not the incident. To her, it was too insignificant to remember, but it wasn't to him. But, hearing that 45 or so years later meant the world to her. If someone has had such a profound impact on you and your life, if at all possible, tell him/her about it, or their family about it. That has just as profound of an impact....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [12-10-2010]

Hello all, I often think of my life in Germantown. I grew up in the Queen Lane Projects from about 1969 to the late eighties. I went to Pickett over there on Wayne & Chelten, when I was not hookying. As a young punk I was never as bad as the animals I read about in the posts. Don't get me wrong. I testify that they were real and that their behavior was utterly shocking. What I hated most was how whenever my mind would drift off into the future where I'd be hosting friends & family in all my success and splendor, the roving pack of wild beasts would come along and ruin a perfectly good daydream. Again, I wasn't nearly as bad as those neanderthals, but I was a bit of a numb skull in my own right. Looking back, I remember how I was easily influenced by TV characters. So, each day I'd be walking through Germantown assuming a new synthetic personality. The Six Million Dollar Man and his arched eyebrow, JJ from Goodtimes, Fred Flintstone, Mike Hammer, Spiderman, and so forth were a few of my hijacked characters. Surely, you are starting to get the picture that I must of been a real geek and you are probably right. This one particular day, I was Fred Flintstone walking up Chelten Ave. just about to approach Wayne when I was hit by a sudden mood for a slice of blueberry pie. I really was Fred. An elderly, stately-looking, white woman was walking just ahead of me on my left. I quickened my pace to catch up to her. "Hey lady", I bellowed in that stupid, ill-mannered, Flintstone voice, "Do you have 20 cents?" She actually took the time to stop, turn to face me, and enrich me with far more than what I had originally requested. "Young man, that is no way to speak to another. 'Excuse me, may I please trouble you for 20 cents' is how you should rephrase". She really did say something very close to that to me. I was stunned that anyone could resist Fred, embarrassed to be mildly scolded in public, and disappointed by the fact that a slice a blueberry pie was not in my immediate future. She wasn't done, either. "What do you need 20 cents for, anyway?" I made up some cockamamie story that I am sure she didn't buy. She was old-school elegance all the way. She then calmly predicted that I would "learn to speak well, treat people with respect, and do good things with my life." She told me that she knew I was listening and that I was special. I was Fred Flintstone that day and who knows what the day before. A good-natured boulderhead straight out of the projects. However, I had the good fortune of running into a woman and having the right mind to detect that, for whatever reason, she believed in me. Because of that, I also believed her. Today, I am a PhD with and have a growing business. I still love blueberry pie. God Bless Germantown and that wonderful dear old woman.
Raised in the Projects, Overseas, 45 [12-09-2010]

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Gary Donnelly: I am not confabulating but I did have a senior-moment. Although I lived in Germany, I confused the names of 2 German artists. E.G. Leutze was the German artist who painted "Washinton Crossing The Delaware". I am sure since you are so familiar with Washinton Crossing that you knew Leutze was the artist who did that painting. Many people on this site studied under Sister Franceline at CA and I know that I am in trouble. I have rounded 3rd and I think The Good Sister would be too tough for me and forget The Jesuits who were founded by a former General.
John Bruce Schmitt [12-09-2010]

JBS, Jim Coleman (Choo Choo) was a younghead when I was going to the boys club and playing soccer and we raised the bar pretty high with the likes of Bobby Soley, Tom Kehan, Hugh McInaw, Paul Duddy, Jack Yoskowitz(RIP), Moe Sweeney but I can tell you he had no trouble measuring up . Richie
Richard Pio, Ocala,Fl. born and bred in G-Town 1950-1995 [12-09-2010]

J.B. SCHMITT-------- What a "joy" it was to be back up in the Poconos at Marshalls Creek,Pa. and Camp Davidukes. Your source(s) rival(s) the CIA. You are BOSWELL to all of us. Say hi to Pat("the old Mc Chinn") for me. Pat, Ralph Gatto,and I were on the Championship Team (1959) in the Fern Hill Park Summer BBall League, beating Leroy Kelly's team in the Final. I still have the bloody trophy. Best to you and Ken, frank.
FRANK KLOCK [12-09-2010]

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Jim Coleman: I will be seeing a gentleman on Sunday who was married to A Kehan and this guy could probaly compete with your your friend from Manheim St. in the looks department but this dude really knows how to rag it if you know what I mean. The only guy that I know who could dress like Bernie McKernan would be Sharpy Frank Felice from The Hollow. Frank Felice was given that nickname by Goo Guarinello not because he was a sharp-shooter. Frank Felice was a smooth talker but he was a minor-leaguer next to The Kehans. Tom Kehan was much younger than me and his older brothers,Jim and Ed. I met Ed Kehan at The Continental and he was glib but you should have seen Ed K. back in the day,he had talent. Duncan Hubley would have loved hanging with you and your soccer friends at The Continental and he is not a mute-possibly next year.
JBS [12-09-2010]

Frank Klock: "Can You Imagine"?, It has been 30 years since The Great Musician of our time left this earth. Other covers of John Lennon's song were done by Neil Young and Eva Cassidy. I was also saddened when Eva Cassidy passed at the young age of 33. Eva also did a great cover of Patti Page's "The Tennessee Waltz". Frank! Why Do The Good Die Young?
Bruce Schmitt [12-09-2010]

Jimmy McK. Keep your beautiful spirit fired up forever, there is so little passion in this world for things that really matter.

JBS Thanks Yes I do know Dave and Tom Kehan(not as good looking as his cousin from Manheim st) and we did catch up.
Jim Coleman [12-08-2010]

Lorraine Cupo Kelly: Thanks you so much for your compliments but which in my case are undeserved. You did say that Joe McCormick and I both have learned much since our youthful days in our Germantown neighborhood. Lorraine, both you and Joe were wise enough to plow through life maturely and, unlike myself, did not have to look back and ponder the stupid things that you might have done. One can not say that for me as I made every mistake in the book even though Divine providence directed that things did in fact turn out well. I succeeded despite myself, kind of like the prodigal son. Both you and Joe are people that I very much admire for more reasons than I will state here. I regard you both as good friends, a treasure that money can't buy and friendship is a notion that runs deep with me. You truly are a gem! On another note; would you send me an email so that I can get your email address again. I got a new computer recently and when I imported my address book, yours and several others did not come over. Don't know why.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-08-2010]

Linda Fontanna - If Sr. Franceline was your English teacher then you must have gone to CA. What was your maiden name & year? Ruth Ann Flynn was also a Cecilian grad & Tommy Yanessa was in our shows. I had no idea that so many fellows from SFA went to the Prep. Francelne would be appalled at the lack of grammar in electronic communication.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [12-08-2010]

Dear Linda and Rosemarie - I will so miss the Christmas get-together at LaFontana but I will be seeing Jersey Boys and cannot pass that up. It seems the cousins will not attend either but we all send our love and Christmas wishes to the many fine ladies and gents on this delightful Germantown site. Merry Christmas and God bless you every one.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO, St. Vincents '56, Little Flower '60 [12-08-2010]

Joe McCormick: I connected so viscerally to your spiritual and Christmas message to Professor James McKernan. Dan Hartnett informed me that you are very profound and a man of deep faith. Joe! Keep posting and I have to tell you that your positive and humane comments really resonate with me.
John Bruce Schmitt [12-08-2010]

Frank Klock&Germantowners: My prayers and thoughts are with The Ken Clark Family and his many friends. Everything in life pales next to the loss of a loved one."MAY KEN CLARK REST IN ETERNAL PEACE".
John Bruce Schmitt [12-08-2010]

Gary Donnelly: We are blessed to have a man of your artistic talent, post such magnificent prints on this site. Personally,I connected with every print starting with The Lenape Indian Sculpture in The Wissahickon. My father showed me that Indian Sculpture when I was a little kid and I always remembered that aesthetic experience. Thomas Moran,The Great Landscape Artist,who lived in Philadelphia, has done beautiful scenes of "The Wissahickon". I also liked your print of The Washinton Monument on Eakins Oval which was named after Thomas Eakins,The Famous Phiadelphia Artist from Fairmount. Probaly,you know that this particular Washington Monument was done by Rudolph Siemering,a German. Over the years,I have spent a lot of time in The Washington Crossing area where you created another beautiful print. Dan Hartnett,who also admires your work, greatly likes this location. There is a painting of Washinton Crossing The Delaware by Rudolph Siemering,another German. Germantown was founded by Germans and these two great works of Art were done by Germans-some of my best friends are Germans. Gary! Keep posting and I really enjoyed your extraordinary prints.
John Bruce Schmitt [12-08-2010]

Linda Fontana mentioned her (our) former English teacher (at CA), Sr. Franceline. I didn't fully appreciate her at the time, but realized later how erudite she was. She gave me my first taste of Shakespeare, especially 'Macbeth', for which I am grateful. However, what I remember most is the test she gave on the poem "The Hound of Heaven". We had to recite it, including the punctuation, and to this day, this is how I remember the poem: "I fled Him comma down the nights and down the days semi-colon I fled him down the arches of the years semi-colon I fled him down the labyrinthine ways of mine own mind comma and in a mist of tears comma I hid from Him period." I got 100% in the test but what a way to massacre a great poem! I've probably gotten some of it wrong after 50 years, but that's what I remember. RIP Sr. Franceline.
Cathy Manning Muir, SFA '57, CA '61, Temple '73 [12-08-2010]

Joe McCormick, I salute you on your prolific family life. God Bless Ye and yours. Family is it! You are the hero (not I -I am at best a patriotic son who actually volunteered for war service-but I have learnt my war was a corrupt(-unethical and immoral wrong war in V-nam- a "mistake" is how our allies view it)to have brought about this family! We have not met. It is wonderful to meet a man with 11 children as you have. Long life and happy times is my salute. Family is the key. I wish a Merry-Happy Christmas Holiday Season to you and yours. I want you, and the readers of this site, to understand that my life is all about teaching and discussing ideas-young people and in their education and understanding of the issues that they shall face as an educator in this nation. I am an educator-I have dedicated my life to this task. I want them, (students)as teachers, to know, that there are alternate views on social issues and that the students understand these views. I am a professor, and therefore, I shall not be intimidated by anyone-it has occured by paramiltaries in Northern Ireland (which has happened to me and my Irish wife-Valerie-when were told we would be killed but we continued our work ) Ideas and issues are to me vital for understanding and good human life. I wish folks to engage in this dialogue. That is my job as a professor. I do not apologize for introducing controversial issues to this site. I am appalled at the stance taken by responders. A grand Christmas to all! And then there are serious issues that define us as human beings which come before us about each question. I am of Germantown and I say promote peace-in your own life and in your family-and do not vote for represenatives who will send your children to war. Do this and you shall work as a peacemaker. God Bless and do peace.
Jim McKernan, Professor NC [12-08-2010]

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Continental Guy: There was a good crowd at The Continental on Thanksiving Eve and I was talking to a Center-city Damsel. I hope that Jim Coleman talked to Dave Linn and Tom Kehan who forgot more about soccer than I will ever know but I do like the game-especially The World Cup.
JBS [12-07-2010]

Linda Fontana: I am looking forward to be hanging out in Hatboro at LaFontana's on Sunday. Denise Duckworth Tumelty from The CA Class of 1961 and A Germantowner needs info about this happening and event. Bernie McKernan and Dan Hartnett will attend and something always happens when they show their presence. I hope that my brother Rick and Tom Cueball Cusack can also make it. Paul Borian might make it if there is no snow in The Poconos. Linda! We will have another great time and start off The Christmas Season.
John Bruce Schmitt [12-07-2010]

FRANK KLOCK [12-07-2010]

To Frank, I will forever remember Kenny Clark when he bought his brand new 1957 T-Bird Convertible. Gorgeous car. May he rest in peace. Jim Breen.
James F. Breen, 63 yr. old from East Seymour Street. [12-07-2010]

"...BTW why are there so few females entering on this page?" Denise Duckworth Tumelty [12-06-2010] This site is a little too aggressive due to a few individuals. How anyone on this earth can try and start an argument over McGlinchey's post about Christmas past is nothing short of bizarre. So why bother posting at all? You just get attacked when you do. I know I'm not as smart enough(snicker-snicker), or well traveled enough (snicker-snicker) to compete with the likes of a certain clan. So again, I ask, "Why bother?"
MEK [12-07-2010]

To Frank, Thanks for sharing the passing of Ken Clark from East Seymour Street. He was my neighbor. Cool guy. Danced on Band Stand for years. Babes loved the kid. Handsome, hard working American. God rest his soul. I will pray for his complete rest in Heaven. Jim Breen, 57 East Seymour Street.
James F. Breen, 63 yr. old from East Seymour Street. [12-07-2010]

John Payne: Thank you so much for your very nice,yet funny, Christmas Card....it was much appreciated....Linda
L.Fontana [12-07-2010]

Jim McKernan: Here we are, two Catholic, Irish/American Germantown boys from big families who have never met conversing with each other years after we have left our old neighborhoods. Who knows, we may have even brushed shoulders at some time. You were a gifted athlete; I was not. You have many brothers and many happy memories. I would have loved to have had brothers. I always missed not having one but I do have five lovely sisters and we share many happy memories of growing up in East Germantown, the children of a Philly Cop. I now have eight sons and three daughters of my own and have just welcomed the birth of our fourteenth grandchild. None have gone to war, thank God, and, I hope none ever will. You did go to war in a foreign land in defense of freedom. You are a genuine hero and you deserve to be recognized for that. I, too, served my country during wartime but was fortunate enough to have never engaged in combat. I hope this Christmas season will find you in the company of loved ones and that you can share memories of times past. I wish you would say a little prayer for me and my family this Christmas and I will ask them to remember you in their prayers. Merry Christmas, my friend.
Joe McCormick, Immaculate 55', Card. Doughterty 59' [12-07-2010]

Joe McCormick, You're welcome. When I saw the "disputatious posting from Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly" under my name, I was concerned that my entry may have been misinterpreted. I'm glad to see that it wasn't. It was a well deserved & genuine compliment to both you & Dan Hartnett. The both of you have learned much since our youthful days in our Germantown neighborhood. It gives me hope for our upcoming generation. May you & your family celebrate a blessed Christmas & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year. As for visiting PA, I probably won't until Spring or until the temps reach, at least 60 degrees (whichever comes first). Currently, southeast Florida is experiencing a cold wave & I can hardly wait for it to end.....probably attributable to "global warming" in some way, I'm SURE! Take care.
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl, ic '55; cdhs '59 [12-07-2010]

Jack Brogan - you are right on the money brother ! If we ever meet you will know it's me.I shall introduce myself with " Hi, it's me, the factory worker.
Carolina Guy, 62 - Tar Heel from Gtown [12-07-2010]

i am so sorry to hear about ken clark i knew his mom she came to my shop back on wayne avenue . nice family . i did email him a while back about the st michaels reunion that we never were able to pull off, and he was kind enough to give me some feed back on st michaels school when it closed. frank
FRANK, north wales [12-07-2010]

Duncan Hubley: "Manheim U" at Wissy&Manheim was a great corner with so many interesting characters including Mr. Duncan Hubley from McKean St. where Bill Tilden,the great tennis-player had lived before he moved to my former home on Hansberry St. I knew most of the names that you mentioned. I did not know that your friend,Karl Schaefer had gone to GFS. You listed Chuck Connerly and I knew Frank Conners from the corner,he played football well and liked a beer after a game at The Cricket club,some of those PC guys liked a beverage so they would not be de-hydrated. Frank's buddy was Ken Scott and he dated a gorgeous and classy lady by the name of Ruth Ann Flynn who lived near me-Ken was my hero. Harry Brown has passed away and he went to The Prep with me. One day,he lost some of his teeth when we were playing ball and he thought that it was my elbow when there were a few other candidates. I had lost teeth,suffered broken noses,experienced concussions and I did feel Harry's pain-he was a good guy. I have been in contact with Dave Heil over the years and I will call him but there are medical problems. Frank Klock,our poet, was friends with Dave Glancey and possibly we could get connected with Dennis Glancey. Denny's brother,Tom,went to The Prep with Bil Mulvey whom we knew from Fernhill and has passed away. I would always see Dennis G. and Dave H. on Saturday-night at The Continental after we dropped our dates off. Bob Charlanza would also come to The Continental. The Pomfret brothers,Ned&Rich,also hung at Manheim U. and they went to Norwood with The Yanessa Brothers,Frank&Tom who were great football players at LaSalle. They did not hang with the corner boys but they played some ball at The Armory. I never saw Tom Yanessa tackle your friend Fran Roberts at The Armory where the game was a little rough at times. Duncan! I hope that you get in contact with some of your old buddies from Manheim U-it was a special corner,very unique with guys from many differnt schools and neighborhoods.
Bruce Schmitt [12-07-2010]

To one and all who know they'll be attending our little Christmas Celeb luncheon this sunday....one more time, please let me know for sure a headcount.As for now, I know it is Ro Malageri, perhaps Anthony Giordano, Dan Hartnett, Bernard McKernan, JBS, Sue Leone, and many more.....hopefully, Marie and Al Bommentre? I am bringing some extra 'fems' myself...all are welcome.We will 'try to have a blast from the past'. Love to all during these wonderful holidays.....full of joy. Linda "F">
L.Fontana [12-07-2010]

Bernard McKernan: You made a statement in a very nice way.....I don't think you were 'unkind' or insulting in any way, shape or form. We do all need to 'get a grip' and just live life 'to the very fullest', while we are still earthlings....let's continue to say good things about "G"town/ and reminisce in a sweet old fashioned way> it is the Christmas Season afterall..and time to (make merry) in any fashion you choose. With a little bit of drinking egg nog or telling old jokes, or even painting nice verbal memories like Bill Cupo always seems to do. I love all my old neighbors/ and wish a lot of them were still here. Take care, be well, and see you sunday, Respectfully, Linda Fontana Oh, and BTW, sorry for the run-on sentences. My former English teacher, Sr.Franceline would NOT be proud of that. (lol)
Linda Fontana [12-07-2010]

hooray ... bernie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-07-2010]

JBS, Jim Coleman was at Continental on Thanksgiving Eve, you must have missed him do to the crowd.
Continental Guy [12-06-2010]

TO ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HIM: KEN CLARK died on 12/2/10 from a massive stroke. He was living in Florida. Ken hailed from 88 E.Seymour St. in Lower Germantown. He was 69. Ken was a multifarious, world-renowned artist and sculptor with works of critical acclaim in international art museums and public spaces. For a thorough and fascinating survey of Ken's art and also that of his wife's(ZOE) go to 2arts.com REQUIESCANT IN PACE Frank Klock
FRANK KLOCK [12-06-2010]

Who would ever have thought that a post reminiscing about a Germantown Christmas would prompt a disputatious response. That is just too funny!
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [12-06-2010]

I thought everyone moved their furniture in December. We still have a live tree (all Christmas trees are real) but the trains have moved on to our daughter. BTW why are there so few females entering on this page?
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [12-06-2010]

Lorraine: Thank you for the kind thoughts. You always were a sweetheart. Hope to see you again if you get up this way. God bless you and yours.
Joe McCormick, Immaculate Grad 55' - Card Dougherty - 59' [12-06-2010]

John Schmitt - thanks for the nice things you said but I wnat to clear up that my name is Denise not Linda - Let's not confuse people. Toni Wilkins, like me, went to CA for grade school as well as high school as did Penny Peale. they were the year ahead of me. I wish I had know about the reunion sooner. When is the next one? We live in Ocean City now but after reading all these entries, I want to come. My brother did make it up from Florida for his 50th from SFA in 2004.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [12-06-2010]

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Frank Klock: I want want to commend you on another great poem which you submitted in your last post. Brother Ken[[Your classmate] was very happy that you are posting here and he appreciated your kind regards. He is semi-retired and is no longer in the restaurant business after our family owned restaurants for 50+ years. At Thanksgiving,we talked about your old geometry teacher from North,David Loscalzo,who was our neighbor on Hansberry St. My brothers and I did not have good rapport with him but my mother liked him since he was so refine. My older brother[Cactus-Jack] had buddies who nutted him. One might think that they were hooligans but they were actually artistic. Their tattoos were so different-snakes,various other animals and names of many gir-friends. Tom had a girl-friend by the name of Rose and consequently,had a tattoo with a Rose. Tom had to be creative when his next love's name was Holly. As you might surmise,he had 2 seasons covered. It was a good thing that none of his flames liked Vivaldi's Four Seasons-he would have covered summer and fall. Jack had another friend by the name of Charlie who had the words,"Born To Raise Hell", on his arm-this was an understatement. Charlie checked out early- Russian Roulette. These guys were not Professor Dave's kind of people. Kenny and I knew that you and David did not get along. It would appear paradoxical since you were one of his good students at North. I think it was precipitated when you,Dave Glancey,and Pat McIlhinney worked for a camp in The Pocanos and The Professor was the director. You were intelligent,witty,athletic[baseball&soccer,and card playing skills. However,Professor Dave did not use your talent properly and made you,"The Pool Meister". You could have imparted didactic lessons to those rich little kids from New York. After work, Professor Dave wanted you to hang in that animal-house of a dormitory and read books of Shakespeare,Chaucer,and Proust. Frank! You were a free spirit and wanted to flap your wings. Another misallocation of talent was Pat McIlhinney. Pat was a math-wizard,good basketball-player,track-expertise and a good dancer-not quite on Cueball Cusack's level. David puts Pat in charge of Pool-Security,the Life-Guard. I knew Pat at St. Francis and he never swam at GBC or The Gtn.-YMCA. I went to The Prep with him and I never saw him swim. Pat should have been a sports or dance teacher. I understand fully why you were upset with your former teacher. Professor Dave was intelligent,literate,educated, and musically inclined but he was not a good judge of talent. I think that You and Goo, along with Jack Brogan would have run a fantastic camp.
J.Bruce Schmitt [12-06-2010]

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Vera Carey: I liked your post. Similar experience when I visited my old house. Hope to see you @ the luncheon. Jim Coleman: If you read this & your are the one & same Coleman from Manheim st., I knew your Mom & Dad well. Your Dad was a strong good hearted guy who loved his family, drank beer & watched the world go by on the steps of his house with your Mom who was a lovely lady but no shrinking violet & a staunch Maternal example for that big family. JBS: Looking forward to seeing yourself & all who will attend the luncheon & be privy enough to share & embellish some real nuggets of Germantown lore. I will also attempt to explain the family tree of the Kehan family with the help of one of it's members. The Kehan's were strewn about Germantown like "Poppy seeds" & even twenty eight years of marriage at one time within that family still has me scratching my head. Patrick Kehan the patriarch of the family who started the ball or should I say, sperm rolling had a automotive repair shop / garage on Wayne ave for many years called Kehan's. Sons, Edmund & Harold worked there & yourself & Jim Coleman probably identify with their offspring. There were two more brothers one of which I was married to his daughter & numerous sisters but we can sort that out on another day........ On a final note, I would welcome any & all that have a connection to Germantown join us if you're in the area. Putting up the tree & need to go out for more lights, Christmas shopping & taking a break or whatever. La Fontana's is easy to find, good food & you will enjoy the company.
Bernard f mc kernan, annapolis Md. [12-06-2010]

Dear Annon, We must know each other if you recall Jack McCan's Dad selling Christmas Trees at the corner of G-town Ave. and my Street.....East Seymour Street. Some years he charmed the 5&10 cent store to allow him on that side, but mostly he set up shop in front of that Protestant Church at the corner. He was a cool guy. My Father told me he was a City Cop who got seriously injured by thugs on the job. So he worked the rest of his life doing anything he could for his family. Hard working G-towner. Jim Breen.
James F. Breen, 63 yr. old from East Seymour Street. [12-06-2010]

Thank you Bob, I finally located Harry Peters
anonymous [12-05-2010]

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Joe McCormick, Dan Hartnett: Knowing the two of you growing up in our Gtn. neighborhood, I never would have imagined that "you guys" would have matured into such sophisticated scholars. Good job, "gentlemen".
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; ic '55; cdhs '59 [12-05-2010]

Anonymous from Morris St.-----My visit to Morris St. was postive---my grandmothers house was much the same-even the cherry tree in the yard looked healthy---my Uncle Jim house had a complete makeover---the only really sad house was the one I lived in--met some people who on the block--nice as always---my great-grandmothers house on Woodlawn was well kept---I felt that the St. was in good hands---some of the other ST. were sad---they cut down all the old trees on Pulaski Ave--Campbells---BIG lot is now townhouses---I was glad to have had the visit---you can get back to the place but not the time.
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956--- [12-05-2010]

Bill Cupo: Very nice write up on your Christmas memories, it struck a cord with me because in our house we also moved the furniture around to set up the train platform plus we had to keep a number of the rooms in the house dark so that the full effect of the Christmas candles in the windows could be seen outside.
Jack McHugh [12-05-2010]

Bill Cupo: Some of the best memories of Germantown on this site...have been provided by you. You keep it clean, intelligent and 'to the point'. Have a great weekend, my friend. Linda "F".
L.Fontana [12-05-2010]

Jim Coleman: Obviously,you are a soccer fan and know a lot about that wonderful game which is played around the world. Over the years, I have known many Germans,Italians,Argentines and Ukrainians and they all loved soccer. Today,I talked to an Ukrainian-American who went to The Ukrainian-soccer Club which was located at Broad&Windrim,not far from our old school-St. Francis. Today,Tryzub is located in Horsham. However,you played soccer at VE or Vereinegung Erzgebirge in Warmisnter. Being of German Heritage,I did frequent Erzgebirge since my cousin Joe Schmitz was on the board and I knew Arno Verwerk,another old timer. Like you,my German cousins take their soccer[football] seriously and they did not disregard the celebration after the game. Germans do like good beer-Soccer and beer is a good combo-Ganz Gut as they say. Jim! I am sorry to say that I never met the men who had such a positive impact on your life. Recently,I met Tom Kehan from The Germantown Family that I knew from the fifties. My Brother Ken went to St. Francis[1958] with Jimmy and he was a good athlete and he played soccer. His two younger brothers,Ed&Tom, were outstanding players. Ed was an iron-worker with a pony-tail and a smooth talker,being a GA Grad. He would be working 20 stories up and stop in for lunch at Mace's Crossing and the ladies enjoyed his company with his Germantown personality. You knew another Kehan Family. When I walked home from St. Francis back in the 50's,I passed a Texaco Station which was owned by Mr. Kehan[Apples]. I am attending a Germantown-reunion in Hatboro and Bernie McKernan is bringing a young lady from The Kehan Family. I have rounded 3rd base and I am concerned about confabulating and I just want to keep up with traffic in the slow lane. I had trouble in the past with Germantown names-Durkins,Garveys,Henigans and now with The Kehans. Possibly,Bernie on Dec. 12,can clarify things for me.Jim! I hope to meet you at some G-town function in the future and keep kicking-you know the alternative.
John[Johannes] Schmitt [12-05-2010]

Dennis McGlinchey: I agree with you, there are (NO) memories like the good old days of Christmas in Germantown.And,I know many people who called the office in Phila. of the 'influential' people who tried to change the word 'Christmas' to Holiday..and they expressed their discontent, shall we say......and I was one of them...now it's back to the way it should be, Merry Christmas...to all of the wonderful "G" towner's who post on this site...God bless you and your families on Christmas and in this new year of "2011"..Linda "F" P>S> Don't forget next sunday 12/12/10 is the "CHRISTMAS" luncheon in Hatboro..come one, come all, and bring any other "G"towners who wish to come along for that special day.. thanks
L.Fontana [12-05-2010]

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Gary Donnelly: I enjoyed your post and the prints. Your mother and father very obviously did a good job and I bet the same can be said for Tommy, Lenny and Tammy. Another Germantown success story! Keep posting!
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-05-2010]

Linda Fontana: I will be attending on the 12th. Looking forward to it.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-05-2010]

Bill Cupo, you deserve an extra box of hard candy with that post. Nice memories of a Germantown Christmas... There were so many of those tree lots, and they all seemed to look the same, with the string of bare lights and barrel with a fire going. Today, the white lights are the rage. But how I miss the decorated rowhomes with the big-bulb multi-colored lights. None of the homes went overboard with the lights but, taken together, it was a real nice sight... I still do those big-bulb, multi-colored lights, in homage to those days in Germantown..... Needless to say, I stand out in a sea of white lights on my street... Wouldn't have it any other way..... Remember how the Germantown & Chelten business district used to be all decked out for Christmas? And, they truly were decked out for "Christmas", not for the "Holiday".... No one questioned the "political correctness" of a celebration and traditions that meant so much to so many... The intolerance and politically correct nonsense of today is bizarre, to say the least.... Back then, it was a joy to see Germantown and Chelten Avenues lit up with the multi-colored light, the garland and those big red bell lights... Those were special days....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [12-03-2010]

Jim Breen, Welcome home yourself mate! Yes, 'mail call' was just about the happiest event when it happened-usually months apart where i was in the service. A friend from Germantown once sent me a box of chocolate chip cookies she had baked-by the time it reached me in the war zone it was a box of crumbs/sandlike..but guess what? All the guys reached in and scooped out these lovely crumbs!Yum they all said. That is how it was.
Jim McKernan, Professor NC [12-03-2010]

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Dom Raff: Your words about Johnny Boy and his Uncle Mike McGeehan were beautiful,they were a nice family. I also enjoyed how Brother Rocky got his nickname. It is so ironic that Rocky got the name from Rocky Sullivan which was played by James Cagney in the old movie. Who would play the priest in that movie,I would suggest Doctor Jack Flaherty. Rocky and Doctor Jack were friendly if I recall. Dom! Sometimes,it is difficult to figure things out. Rocky has the nickname of an Irish character and he wanted Paul Borian with his Armemian Bacground to change his name to Boriano-You have to love it. I see that your old friend,Kevin McCarthy has posted on this site and you spend some time at AC with our old classmate,Chris Maher. You were always a good-handicapper and good with numbers[figures] and statistics. Back in the day,I would think that you were a speed-handicapper and this would help you in black-jack and possibly,a little card-counting. In life,everybody needs a little edge. I hope Chris and Kevin stayed in their professions long enough to get an adequate pension but the three of you can supplement your income with your winnings at AC. I probaly will head to Florida for some sun and fun but the only dogs that I want to see are the French-poodles in Palm Beach if you know what I mean. It's so great to see you and so many guys from The Hollow post such good stuff-John Payne and Jim Payne driving Mr. Berkery's automobile,Jack Brogan's story about Goo The Mailman,and Goo's protege,Frank Klock with his poetry. These old Hollow guys are not confabulating. I picked up that big word from one of those brainy guys from The East Side who posts on this site. Dom! Have a good holiday season and make sure those steaks are succulent and they taste better with Malbec.
Schmitty [12-03-2010]

J.B. you are correct! we were preppy, what the heck we all went to private schools. Ken Scott, P.C, Charles Connerly, P.C. Karl Schaefer, G.F.S.an FBI special agent,RIP Warren Hill G.F.S. Harry Brown S.J.P. Dave Heil, Denny Glancy, and the Pomfret brothers, Norwood Academy and Bob Charlenza hung there too. I posted on this site ASKING THESE BOYS TO RESPOND, without success.
Duncan Hubley, ga'57 [12-03-2010]

Hello everyone! Just found out about this site. I really enjoy reading everyone's thoughts. Reading the names of people and different places jars a lot of memories. My Dad was Tom Donnelly, who was born in Belfast and grew up in Belfield. He owned a bar in East Germantown called The Proper Place at Stenton & Haines. I have a lot of memories of my own and as soon as I get them organized I will share them with everyone. In the meantime, I am including a link to my website so you can view my photographs of Philly and the Jersey Shore. There are quit a few photos of Valley Green. http://donnellyphotography.com/artprints.htm?curFolder=philadelphia
Gary Donnelly, Willow Grove, 58, GHS 1971, married w/5 children [12-03-2010]

CMM & Prof...Why are you always coming back with Political correctness and Socialism. Why cant you just let it alone and be nice. Its Christmas, lets enjoy the holiday season.
anonymous [12-03-2010]

Linda Duckworth Tumelty: In your last post, you talked about The Fowler Family from St. Francis. Ave Fowler[RIP] was in my class at St.Francis before she went to CA. John Fowler went to St. Francis with Brother Ken and he was a very good basketball player. He was last seen in Avalon and he was living in The Lancaster-area. I was hanging out at The Continental on Thanksgiving Eve and talked to a gentleman by the name of Jim Wilkins whose brother Tom was a good friend of mine and a very good black-jack and poker player. The Wilkins Brothers had a nice sister,Toni,who might have gone to CA with you. Toni had a friend at CA by the name of Penny Peale whose brother Bill went to The Prep with Brother Ken. There is a Germantown-reunion in Hatboro on Dec.12 and there will be ladies from CA. One of the organizers,Linda Fontana, went to CA. One of the great dressers from G-town will be there,Bernie McKernan,and his winter attire should be interesting. I wish the great rag-man from The Hollow,Frank Felice, could make it and give Bernie some competition. Frank was given the nickname,"Sharpy",by The Goo,the legendary Bobby Goo Guarinello from The Hollow. I know that The Duckworth Family lived close to The Hollow. We must admit that The Hollow Folks are good bloggers. Being a literate person from CA,you must like Frank Klock's poetry and he loves those Beatles. If you had gone to St. Francis,you would have had Frank and Brother Ken's favorite teacher,Sister Grace. Linda! Keep posting and I appreciate the info about The McKee and Fowler Families.
John Bruce Schmitt [12-03-2010]

SMD and Jim McKernan: There once was a time in this great land when one would not stir up a hornets nest merely by recapitulating a well-known, historical and beloved tradition. I am aware that the unique facts surrounding the founding of our great country make many today livid, especially those “educated” in today’s universities. I am, of course, grateful to our wise and kind webmaster for emphasizing the importance of primary sources. The most primary would have to be William Bradford who preserved many notes and documents over thirty-some years as Governor. From these he crafted his personal journal, “Of Plymouth Plantation”. I quote, “They began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor gave way and so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means……The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression……This community (as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment ……for the young men, that were most able and fit for labor and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense. The strong had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and this was thought injustice. And for men's wives to be commanded to do service for other men, dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it. God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them.” Res ipsa loquitur!
Joe McCormick, Immaculate 55', Card. Doughterty 59' [12-03-2010]

Anyone remember buying their Christmas tree from Jack McGann's dad at Germantown and Seymore ? Also, remember midnight mass at St. Francis when before mass they would lower the lights and the choir would hold candles and sing carols standing at the front of the church.
anonymous [12-03-2010]

Denise Duckworth Tumelty: Did you try Facebook? So many people are on it/ you may find 'all of the Fowler's". LAF
L.Fontana [12-03-2010]

Kids of GERMANTOWN I think it was the fri.or satuday after Thanksgiving.MERRY CHRISTMAS,MARIE
MARIE [12-03-2010]

ATT. "G" town girl: What photo(s)? There are none that I am aware of.LAF
L.Fontana [12-03-2010]

JBS: IIf you do another session at the Springhouse Tavern, give me a hoot. I work two days a week but other than that I am generally free.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-03-2010]

Bill Cupo, i love your memory of xmas past ... thanks for sharing ... rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-03-2010]

hi g towners .. just one more of those reminders that december 12th is the g town luncheon at la fantana's restaurant at 1:00pm whoever will be joining us and i hope a lot of you will please let linda fantana know so she can give an accurate head count to the restaurant see you on the 12th. rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [12-03-2010]

Hello G-towners! My wife just finished putting up our beautiful white Christmas tree that she just loves to decorate. Growing up in Germantown, that would have been unthinkable in our house; at least for a long time anyway. Every Christmas my mom and dad would start to move furnniture around and even put some of it upstairs in order to make room for the platform that had our American Flyer train set and a big natural Christmas tree right where our living room sofa used to be. My dad and I usually made the trek up to Stenton Ave., where you could buy from a vast assortment of Christmas tree lots, complete with a fire in the barrel and bare lights hanging from above. It was an easy walk there and then we would just carry the tree home with us. It would lay in the back yard for a couple of days until my dad got around to getting the cast iron tree stand in place for the eventual tree trimming. With the platorm in place and the tree decorated, it greatly diminished the amount of romm we had to walk through the living room to the kitchen. We managed, however, and to think how we entertained so many relatives in that small of a place is still amazing to me. My mom always had an abundance of homemade butter cookies and candies at the ready in the event someone dropped in to visit us. I think we saw every Aunt and Uncle we ever had during Christmas and that was just fine by me. Of course, my mom had to hang every Christmas card we got along the ceiling, and that was some feat to say the least. We had a Santa mailbag hanging from our front door just to handle all the Christmas cards we got every day for an entire month it seemed. Eventually, my dad broke down and bought an aluminum Christmas tree at Sears on the boulevard with a spinning light wheel to make it change colors and he also bought me a smaller train set complete with a racing car layout. We had more room in the house but it just didn't seem the same. Now it seems that just about everyone has an artificial tree, although I think the real tree is making a small comeback. It helps when you can recycle the tree at various places like Home Depot, instead of just throwing it out in the trash. For us, an artificial white tree is just fine; after all it's not the Christmas decorations that make the holiday, it's the friends and family that you have around you that make it so special. So, whether or not you have a real or fake tree, cherish the people you will have around it this Christmas, and everyone to follow. My memories are always with me and that keeps me wanting to celebrate this great holiday. Take care everyone !
Bill Cupo, Immaculate Grad "65". C.D. "69"- Haines st 1300 Block [12-02-2010]

The notice below, copied and pasted from a news.com.au site, would be a good model for this blog as well: "Thank you for your comment Please note that we are not able to publish all the comments that we receive, and that we may edit some comments to ensure their suitability for publishing. Feedback will be rejected if it does not add to a debate, or is a purely personal attack, or is offensive, repetitious, illegal or meaningless, or contains clear errors of fact. Although we try to run feedback just as it is received, we reserve the right to edit or delete any and all material." Webmaster please take note.

CMM, SFA '57, CA '61, Temple '73 [12-02-2010]

Thank you for the suggestion; however, our solicitor advises me that American law differs from Australian law and these guidelines are not advisable here.

Joe McCormick: Great post on the economic activities and lessons learned by the Mayflower people. Hayek, Milton Friedman and Arthur Laffer could not have done it better.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [12-02-2010]

hello bruce,you're right it has been a long time.If i remember right you were in dennys class,jack was with pat and kenny was a year behind me.I do see chris maher somewhat regularly,dom raff,chris and myself get together for some A.C.trips.Hope all is well with all your family take care.kevin mc
kevin mccarthy [12-02-2010]

whatever happened to the photos from all the reunions in the past year?
GTN GIRL, gtn [12-02-2010]

24 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS, what day does Santa climb the ladder into Allen's Dept. store?
Kids of Gtn. [12-02-2010]

Linda Chiarolanza Raven: It's great to see another Germantown-lady post on this site. Back in the day,I knew a guy by the name of Robert Chiarolanza who went to St. Francis[1952] with my brother,Urban,whose nickname was cactus-Jack since his hair looked like a porcupine. Bob Chiarolanza had a very unique personality,he was a gentleman and spoke well. He had gone to The Prep and studied Greek with a Father Bradley. Like many young men,he decided to terminate his studies with The Jesuits and continued his education with The Oblates at North. Bob Chiarolanza also hung at Manheim U. which was the corner of Wissy&Manheim. Many of the corner-boys on that corner went to private schools and were Preppy if you will. People like Duncan Hubley who posts on this site,The Pomfret Bothers,Rich&Ned,Dave Heil,and many others hung out there. Bob C. graduated from North[1957] and joined The Marines. On leave,he stopped at The Armory,Wissy&Hansberry to play some B-ball. Fran Roberts,An-All-Catholic football player played there and was an agressive driver to the basket. Bob C. was non-chalant when Fran R. did his thing. However,when I drove towards the basket,Bob thought he was in boot-camp. He roughed me up when I drove for the basket and was very agressive when I followed up for the rebound. An altercation ensued and punches were thrown. Fortunately,Sgt. Miles,from The Armory, broke up the fight. I was shocked that we had that encounter since Bob C. read books on philosophy and literature and I was a reserved kid from The Prep who read books on sports and pugilism. A couple of years later,I was in a bistro in Kaiserslauten,Germany with Bob's friend by the name of Ned Pomfret[LaSalle-1958]. Ned was a handsome guy and very athletic,he played football for a college in Louisiana. Some German hooligans were doing some trash-talk. One of us told the Germans if you want to lose another war-"Let The Games Begin". This was a bloody donnybrook and nothing like t he mild skirmish with Bob and me. The Germantowners were very competitive and Ned shook my hand and said,"Just Like On The Block". I walked by that corner,Wissy&Manheim,and I was surprised that those lads could be so tough. Bob Chiarolanza also went to St. Joe College and was always reading heavy-duty literature. I hung out at The Continental with Bob C. and Dave Heil and his conversation was high level. One night,he was talking Schopenhauer with a guy by the name of layton. I heard that Bob C. became a jouralist and is living in Reading. Back in the day,German was spoken in Reading and now Spanish would be more helpful. The Chiarolanza Family lived on W. Clapier St. and I often talk to Al Patrizi whose family also lived there. Linda! Give my regards to Bob from the Schmitt Family.
John Bruce Schmitt [12-02-2010]

The Continental post would like to thank everyone who came out on Thanksgiving eve. We have been getting together for over 30 years. It gets better every year because every Gtowner understands the bond that runs in our veins. To JBS, Thank you for your kind words regarding the post. It is much appreciated by all of us who dedicate our time keep the place going. Their is always an open invitation to all gtowners who whould like to stop in.
PAUL AMENDOLIA, royal street(now in Ciinnaminon,NJ) [12-02-2010]

Some people are wondering about the Fowlers. I was in Helen's class at Cecilian. I have heard she is in a nursing home somewhere in the Delaware Valley but don't know any more than that. Ave became a nun. She died a number of years ago. Afriend of mine ran into John at some event in Avlon (I think). Pauline, the youngest, had a house in Sea Isle but that address is no longer accurate. I have no other information on her. If you are looking for someone, you can often get info by GOOGLing there name.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [12-02-2010]

Joesph McCormick: very disappointed that your ideological perspective forces the making of a political discussion favoring 'capitalism' as a settler motivation over the more truthful fact that the new American colonies were in fact 'religious communes': truly socialist collectives-this is true even in the most socialized nations. Was not Columbus state-supported by the Queen in his voyage in search of the New World just as were the Puritans? No, McCormick is what historians see easily as a 'revisionist'- re-stating history to suit the writers' ideology. Enough of this. It has no bearing on Germatown and does not pertain to thoughts about Germantown. Americans did not come here for personal fortunes as what capitalists seek-they came for "freedom" and "equality" heck Washington's troops served without pay-many never were paid even after years of service. Go peddle your capitalist theory elsewhere McCormick-it was not what early America was about. There was no state support for anything for the next two hundred years. I'd say if pushed it was a form of Christian Communalism". That is closer to socialism than anything.
Jim McKernan, Professor NC [12-02-2010]

Dom Raffaele, I appreciated your kind words about a much-loved man, sadly-missed. He knew everything about and everyone in baseball, didn't he? Hated the Phillies and loved the A's. Lost his hearing, he told me, as a result of being hit in the head with a baseball bat. Ironic, because on that fateful night, it looked like he'd had another encounter with a baseball bat.
CMM [12-02-2010]

I read a lot of these stories with interest - there are some great memories here. But, why are there discussions about whether there is help cleaning up the the kitchen? I see there has been other concerns about blogs that aren't related to Germantown here. Why would someone write about anything else? Maybe because growing up in Germantown, we all took the cultural resources for granted. We are so blessed to have such history, cultural diversity, racial diversity and beautiful open spaces, like the Wissahickon. We should know by now that everything that glistens isn't gold but, Germantown is one gem. How about some good, old Germantown Cricket Club stories and histories? I was always intrigued by the walls that surrounded it, but I've never been inside.
Patsy Gilligan [12-02-2010]

Dennis McGlinchey: I hope that you had a joyous Thanksgiving in beautiful Bucks County. On friday,Brother Rick and I were cruising in Bucks County on Highway 263 through Buckingham. Rick had a restaurant in Buckingham where the Wa-Wa is located. We headed across the Delaware River to Ringoes in Central New Jersey. My brothers and I liked to cruise but it is no longer popular. The automobile-business is in the tank. I was so unhappy to hear that The MaGarity Dealership closed in Flourtown. I am shocked that such a well-run and friendly business closed down. You are correct that Bill Magarity Sr. was legendary,he was so personable and very generous to so many organizations and community-projects. His son,Bill Magarity Jr.,was a good athlete and you mentioned that he was on that great Lasalle team of 1963. Jack Lawler was also on that team which lost to West Philly as The Prep did the year before. I met the Magaritys through Jack L. since I had gone to St. Joe with Brother Bill Lawler. Jack knew Larry White,an All-Catholic in football and basketball from Tommy Moore-no more. LaSalle teams in 1963 played against Tommy Moore with Larry White,Bob Zell, and Bob Brady who became a Congressman. Bill and Joe MaGarity knew these gentlemen and Bill Magarity Sr. knew everybody including Skip Wilson,one of the great athletes from Germantown and great baseball coach at Temple. I understand that Professor Mckernan threw a few curve-balls for him. I have rounded 3rd base and I must spend more time on Bethlehem Pike-possibly at The Spring House Tavern. You are from Bucks County and pick a venue and we could meet for a beverage- maybe the old gymnast from GHS,Dan Hartnett, could join us or the old baseball player from GHS and The Hollow,Paul Borian, could honor us with his presence.
JBS [12-02-2010]

Mr. Mc Cormick--Your knowledge of, and economic interpretation of life within the early Pilgrim colony wouldn't fill a small cavity in one those same pilgrims. The webmaster was wise (and kind) to direct you to original sources. Projecting your ideology onto 17th century men is an historical no-no!
SMD [12-02-2010]

Jack McHugh, Thanks for your memories of Chelten and Pulaski. I remember the trolley turning on Pulaski too. Later on I think the "J" bus turned there. I think the name of the lumber yard was Peter Lumber, but I'm not sure. Also, my uncle used to take me to the auctions that were held in the freight yard buildings. Lots of good buys. I got my first pair of ice skates at that auction for $1.00. We used to go ice skating on Gustine Lake in East Falls. Vera, I lived on the 5500 block of Morris St in the 50's, 60's and 70's. It certainly was a beautiful area, but over the last several years It has deteriorated. Our house (as well as most of the others) was almost 100 years old when we moved in and we were constantly tarring the roof, repointing the bricks, keeping the rust off of the wrought iron fence, and painting the wooden porch. I go through the neighborhood every time I go to Valley Green and it has changed. Old mansions torn down for apartments, overgrown bushes and trees, and fences knocked down (especially the houses on Chelten Ave that back up to Woodlawn St) to park cars. It really is a shame. In case anyone still has their old clamp-on roller skates, I saw a pair in a New Hampshire consignment shop for $65.00
anonymous [12-02-2010]

Linda Fontana: Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry regarding the luncheon. I will be bringing along my Goddaughter Maureen Kehan, daughter of my late best friend jack Kehan of the famed large Irish Catholic family who were scattered about St.Francis & St. Vincent's parishes in Germantown. I am sure all will warmly welcome Maureen. .....On a sidebar note, Will there be "Boxed hard candy" giveaways along with Pollyanna's, reminiscent of our grade school years?
Bernard f mc kernan, annapolis Md. [12-02-2010]

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