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February 1-11, 2011


Moviegoers: Social Network is an interesting picture. Worth seeing. Serendipity meets genius.
.John Payne [02-11-2011]

:)Rosemary Hite Malageri- Thanks for the info about the luncheon. Did you live near Mechanic St or Haines? naomi vitelli
naomi vitelli [02-11-2011]

To Dennis McGlinchey,Joe Graber and John Payne thank you so much for your kind words and symppathy.It is really appreciated. I also want to thank Al Pauzano,Lou Pauzano,Tom Razzano, Joe Razzano,Bonnie Gatto and everyone else. You have all shown the true spirit that we share in growing up together in a similar background and in a great neighborhood. To Bruce Schmidt, thank you for being at the funeral mass,burial and luncheon . You spanned all 3 of us D'Angelo brothers, and we will never forget your kind words and actions. I know it must be very hard for you with the loss of your dear wife. God bless JBS, he is a true gentle man ! Bob Terranova, you were practically a brother to me and Joe. You were at our house so much, my Dad could have claimed you as a dependent on his income tax. My Mom loved you and we do too.
Bob D'Angelo [02-11-2011]

Peter Coyle I do not know you but you did say that bothof my brothers taught you at CD. On behalf of them too, I thank you for your condolences.
anonymous [02-11-2011]

Dave Linn and Jimmy Kohlmeier. Thanks so much for coming to our Mom's calling hours. It is a great comfort when friends of so many years come to pay their respects . I appreciated your kind words and prayers. we have to hit the golf ball if it ever thaws out in this area.
Bob D'Angelo [02-11-2011]

To Patricia Carr Thank you for your condolences.It was a trying time and we are all thankful for having her as long as we did. She was a wonderful person. Nice to know there is a member of the Marshall family around. What is your husbands first name ? I was there from 68-71, and still follow the Herd.
Bob D'Angelo [02-11-2011]

Helen Leone D'Angelo: After you did that steamy, slow number to "Save the last dance for me" with Mr Right at St Vincent's dance, I hope you kept your amore within Germantown. My guess would be the dark, balcony at the Orpheum (snuck in) or the submarine races in Vernon Park. Close? Happy Valentine's Day!
kevin, "Couldn't keep the libido in the G'town bottle." [02-11-2011]

Lou Giorno: I don't agree with you on changing from the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem. Admittedly it is difficult for some singers due to its range but many can do it well. You are correct that the song was written by Frances Scott Keye. It was written during the war of 1812 which many people are not very familiar with. As it happened in the prior events, the Brits put an army ashore and invaded Washington D.C. The American government fled and the Brits burned the White House and sacked the city. Dolly Madison was the last person out of there. It was thought that the war was lost because the Americans did not have much of a military. Then the Brits turned on Baltimore and aimed to do the same thing there and finish the war. They sent a large fleet of warships into Baltimore harbor together with an invasion force. Francis Scott Keye went out to a British warship to try to negotiate the release of an American. While on the ship, the Brits unleashed a murderous bombardment on Fort McHenry at Baltimore. The American women had sewed together an immense flag that was hoisted over the fort. The bombardment went on all night and put on a dazzling show. When the dawn came "the flag was still there".the star spangled banner. It was thought that no one could survive the bombardment. The Brits also had landed an invasion force and thought they would be all over the Americans just like in Washington. As it turned out, the Brit commanding general was killed; they were defeated and retreated. The Star Spangled Banner was Keyes description of what he saw from the deck of the British warship. If we had lost that battle, we would have lost the war and we would be English today. It is that important. Go over the words with this story in mind and it will make sense. As it also happened, Andrew Jackson defeated a British army at New Orleans shortly after. The war was over. Sorry for being so windy but there is actually much more to this story that is amazing.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [02-11-2011]

Bonnie Gatto: Oh yeah I remember Sleepy Charlie. I had him for ancient History (puke. By the time his class was over 1/2 of the kids were gone and had left the classroom to smoke a cigarette under the EL station. I recall Father Fleck. Can You say "Flamer"? LOL I had him 2 years for Latin. Father Walsh (Knobby) had a soft spot in his heart for me. He only hit me with his yardstick once. How many others can say that? LOL There was a priest who's name escapes me who used to say Mass in the Chapel every day at 10:30. He had the largest Chalice I ever say and was known to burp loudly after drinking the whole thing in one swell foop. Was that Sleepy Charlie, perhaps?? On another Front: I saw Charlie (FOO)Castagna last year at the Doo Wap Festival. He hasn't changed a bit. He lived on the same block as your family didn't he? Some fun memories: When it snowed we used to wait at Broad and Erie for the 56 trolley to take us to NC but we used to let the Full Trolly's pass and then call the school and tell them we couldn't get in. Also; I use to get off the 56 trolley at 9th and Erie and let a trolley or 2 pass so I could get on the same trolley as the girls leaving Little Flower HS. You Bonnie, were one of my hero's while growing up. A year or 2 older than myself If I recall. You were the consumate Athelete. Good at every sport you played. It's good to see you posting here. I'd like to see more people like the Fusco's etc here also. I purchased a German Short haired pointer Hunting Dog from Lynn And Jeannie Fusco. the dog lived 18 years and was the most beautiful thing to watch when she hunted and got on point. Gotta love those years. Best Wishes to you and yours. Joe
Joe Graber [02-11-2011]

I never actually lived in Germantown, but my parents owned the Potter Camera Shop on Maplewood Ave until around 1965. We lived in Bucks County, but I spent a lot of time in Germantown as a child and have many fond memories of the area around Maplewood Ave, Chelton Ave, and Germantown Ave. Would I be welcome at the luncheon?
Casey Fox, Wilkes-Barre, Pa [02-11-2011]

I was just wondering about the new "confessional" I-Phone app. What if there was a Msgr. McGarrity version?
jgf, cowpath rd 18964 [02-11-2011]

Hasn't this been a beautiful winter!Only thing better than snow and cold is baseball and ballentine.Nothing like skiing a black diamond on top of camelback mountain at 8a.m. Monday thru Friday all winter long.THINK SNOW,AND TIPS UP....Paul Borian,Happy Hollow elementary school 1950,Happy Hollow junior high 1953,Happy Hollow high school 1956(principal Bobby Goo),Happy Hollow University 1960 with a degree in Nutting.
Paul Borian, Been around since Abe shot the Goat [02-11-2011]

JBS_ Having blogged several times to each other, it was a nice time we spent together during a tragic time--the funeral of my Aunt and wonderful person Sally DíAngelo. Your presents there meant a lot to the DíAngelo family as well as the appearance of other bloggers to this site. Our reminiscents of the old days is what makes people who were only vaguely known to each other instant friends. I guess I now consider you a friend instead of a fellow blogger. I always think back to my mom and dad at funerals, and I feel somewhat fortunate to know how much they loved me and all the sacrifices they made to make my life happy, but also to make me feel important. Thanks for some nice memories from one OLD HEAD to Another (LOL)
Joe DAgostino [02-11-2011]

On Wednesay, I attended The Funeral Mass of Mrs. Sally D'Angelo,a truly great woman from Germantown. The Mass was celebrated at the beautiful "Mary, Mother of The Redeemer" in North Wales. The great love for Sally D'Angelo permeated "MMR"-The Church. Bob D'Angelo delivered a Loving,Caring,and Poignant Eulogy. Joe D'Agostino,a nephew of Sally D'Angelo, was a Pall-bearer. Many loyal friends from The Hollow and Fernhill attended The Funeral- Marty O'Hara,Joe Lynch,Dr. Robert Terranova,Jim McIntyre,Dave Linn,and Jim Kohlmeier. There was a lovely luncheon at The Springhouse. Mrs. Sally D'Angelo is pleased as she is smiling from heaven.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-11-2011]

Hello G-towners! Just wanted to share some good news that I received recently. Having been a Phillies fan all of my life and have even been lucky enough to announce a game with Harry and Whitey, my wife surprised me with a 60th birthday present, although I won't turn 60 till this coming December. It seems that since I was "conceived" in the month of March and probably expecting a surprise party or something like that, she purchased a Clearwater, Florida vacation for the two of us. We will be staying at the end of March for 4 days and 3 nights and attending 2 games and sitting in the best seats in the house. She reserved the hotel across the street from the stadium and also bought the airfare. How's that for a 60th b-day present??? I'm one lucky s.o.b. to have such a thoughtful and loving wife. I'm sure that now I'll be able to go to Vegas with the guys in December for my real 60th b-day once she reads this post and is just so thrilled that I've told everyone just how lucky I am to have her. Yep, no problem whatsoever; Vegas, baby, Vegas.
Bill Cupo, Immaculate Grad "65". C.D. "69"- Haines st 1300 Block [02-11-2011]

To the D'Angelo family; my sincere condolences to you on the death of your mom. I had Joe D'Angelo as my English teacher at C.D. in 1965 and he was by far, one of the most popular members of the faculty. He called our corner of the classroom "the hot corner", because we always seemed to be getting in a lot of conversation during his class. Not only that, everyone of the members of the hot corner were Italian; just happened that way. Names like Cupo, Galati, Gulisano, D'Ambrosio, Devincenso, all wound up in the first couple of rows and toward the back of the room. Some great times in that class and some detentions also. Joe D'Angelo was a class guy and was one of the faculty members invited to our 25th reunion at the request of the class of "69". That was the last time I saw him and I hope to meet with him again some day. At the age of 97, I'm sure your mom had seen just about every major event of the 20th century and shared many stories about them. Sounds like you have a very close family and I'm sure that the memories of your mom will bring comfort to all of you. Take care!
Bill Cupo, Immaculate Grad "65". C.D. "69"- Haines st 1300 Block [02-11-2011]

Helen: Thanks for the Hair salon info.Hope to see you at the next luncheon reunion...we missed you a lot last time...Love, Linda "F".
L.Fontana [02-11-2011]

Anonymous: Re: the pool tournament at Valley Forge in March; I would like to attend that event to see what kind of talent it attracted. However, the small tables (bar size?)is a disappointment. Willie Mosconi said of bar tables, (paraphrasing here JBS), there is a table with pockets, and colored balls and a white ball, but it isn't pool. Nevertheless, I would like to see the tournament. I suspect that being here in The Villages in Florida, and shooting with geezers all the time, I am probably losing perspective regarding how sharp young eyes are, and how steady the twitch nerves can be; although I will say, that at the top levels here, I am constantly amazed, and can only imagine how good some of these guys, and ladies, must have been in their prime.
John Payne [02-11-2011]

To "yetanother-anon"/thanks..Vincent and Joseph's does ring a bell....you did your telecommunications homework very well/ again, many thanks.Linda
L.Fontana [02-11-2011]

Bob D'Angelo, My sympathy to you and your family ... my thoughts and prayers are with you. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-11-2011]

Dot, my Mother went to the Twinnys every sat.or fri.nights I went sometimes it was a fun hair shop.Their last name is Cardulla.Marie
Marie Bommentre [02-11-2011]

Ed my husband went to IMC. Their were 6 kids in his family. Marie
Marie Bommentre [02-11-2011]

Marie - Your husband Andrew, Ricky Smith and I were virtually inseparable from 3rd grade through 5th grade at Immaculate. Of course, I remember him as "Bo". I believe his family called him "Billy". He was the "coolest" at that time and I recall our times together with enormous affection. I remember suffering through Mrs. Bonner's 5th grade class. Bo absolutely despised her. Somehow we got through and both Bo and Ricky moved onto another 6th grade class. Unfortunately, for me, Mrs. Bonner moved onto the 6th grade the next year and I got stuck with her again. Bo and Ricky were jubilant and I was heart-broken. I can still feel the pain to this day. Please convey my best wishes to your husband and I hope to see you both at the reunion in 2012. Andy
Andy Anderson, ICS '58; CDHS '62 - Longwood, FL [02-09-2011]

Steve - Jamison's was one of the classiest florists around and I remember the wonderful aromas that emanated from there. It was directly across the street from the K of C hall where I attended my very first dance in '55 or '56. I didn't progress to the corsage stage at that time, but if I did, it would, no doubt, have come from Jamison's. Andy
Andy Anderson, ICS '58; CDHS '62 - Longwood, FL [02-09-2011]

Do any of you remember Gus Zernial who played for the A's during the 1951-1954 seasons. He died January 20, 2011. I remember Gus very well. For a time he lived at the Delmar Morris on Chelten and Morris, where I also lived as a youth. When I would see him on occasion at the hotel he was always cordial and had a big smile. Because of his hitting ability he was known as "Ozark Ike," a comic book character in those days. Jim Lyons, St. Vincents' '51
Jim Lyons [02-09-2011]

Helen,good memory,I got my hair done for my prom their they were nice guys,I remember Millie and I went to grade school with a kid named Hank Gorino don't know if it the same guy very nice kid do you rmember BARRY BEAUTY SHOP on Chelten Ave before you get to Greene St I shampoo their too it cost 1.99 for a wash an set back in 1963 when I worked their hard to believe it today take care Sandy Cipriano
anonymous [02-09-2011]

Ed, The twins beauty salon on chelton ave. was owned by twins. eugene and anthony ciardullo. gussie's junk shop across from waterview originally was down the street across from tommy deluca's grocery store and that was originally owned by his grandfather augustine. gussie and the twins were brothers.
anonymous [02-09-2011]

Here is an ad for the Continental Beauty Shop on Maplewood Ave from 1963. The shop was in operation there until at least the mid 1980s. CLICK
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-09-2011]

Lou Giorno ≠ donít hold your breath waiting for the national anthem to be changed to God Bless America. It may be very popular, but it is basically a prayer. These days, with separation of church and state fever so high, getting a song that calls for Godís graces on to our country to be our national anthem will face fierce opposition from many. With the Star-Spangled Banner, the melody, the drinking song part, is what is most stirring about it. The words are very dated and it is very difficult to sing. It is not hard to mix those words up. Personally, I would not be offended if a card was attached to the mike in case the singer were to get lost in the words. But, too often, singers try to make the song their own, customize it along to their singing style, with the runs and whatever. It doesnít need to be ďChristina-izedĒ. Sing it as it was intended. The Star-Spangled Banner is not going anywhere. It is a song that tugs at the heartstrings of Americans. Mangle it, and in the case of Roseanne Barr, disrespect it, and Americans donít forget.....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-09-2011]

Bob D'Angelo, As I was reading the various blogs this evening, I found your mention of Marshall U....my husband went there, too...he's an avid football fan who was their first football grad assistant back in the late 60s. Also, I read that your mom passed away...my sincere condolences to you and your family.
Patricia Carr [02-09-2011]

Some memories of my youth, Barneys, Hermans, Docs drug store, Nicks cleaners, playing down the park before the expressway,summer camp at fernhill park,swinging on the swings, playing in the sandbox, collecting empty bottles on the not yet finished expressway and yes I do remember the night the mansion burned down, my father, brother and I could see the sky lit up from our bedroom window, we thought the Gulf ststion was on fire. Richie
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala area [02-09-2011]

Joe D your post brought back many good memories about the games we used to play. I also put more than a couple of balls over that left field fence at the boys club starting at 13 yrs old. You mentioned Bobby Duncie, I loved batting against him, hit one of hardest balls I ever hit of him but couldn't get him over the fence but if we had been playing at Simmons rec I could have run all day before they caught up to that ball. I too was only about 5'9'', and at 13 I was 5'8'' and about 155lbs. Richie,SFA '64, NC'68.
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala area [02-09-2011]

Rich in Huntingdon Valley, i went to ST.Francis and NC with Billy Swan. We played on the SFA basketball team together. Richie, SFA 64, NC 68.
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala area [02-09-2011]

To Marie - Sorry, but your husband's name doesn't ring a bell. Did he go to Pastorious?
Steve Swift, E. Stafford St. [02-09-2011]

To Ed - Yes, I do remember the junkyard. We would go around the neighborhood with a wagon, collecting newspapers off the trash, and take them to junkyard. We'd make several trips. After, we'd go to the water ice stand on Haines St. to get a water ice and soft pretzel. Or, we'd to to Knight's and buy loose pretzels and a soda.
Steve Swift, E. Stafford St. [02-09-2011]

Hi Everyone .... Linda and i are planning another G Town luncheon and we thought either May 1st or May 15th might be good. We will meet at the same Restaurant La Fontanos about 1pm ... let us know which date is best for you . We are also hoping to see new faces there ... those of you who post on this site no matter which part of Germantown your are from .. we would love for you to join us and let us get to know you by sharing this time together . It has always been fun and i know it will be again .... Hope to hear from you ... Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-09-2011]

Linda F. The Continental Beauty Salon was on Maplewood Ave up from Dairy Maids. It was owned by Jay Canistraci and Mario Pizzo. I shampood heads there for a time and made good tips. Next door was a fabulous Jewish Deli where we would get hot corned beef sandwiches for $2.75 with money we made on tips. Mary and Millie O'Brien,, Joe Marticello, Hank Girono, Dolly DiFrancesco - what a fun group - some really good laughs!
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [02-09-2011]

Ed, regarding the junk yard. All the guys on Stafford would collect bottles and other assorted junk on Saturday and bring it to the junk yard where they would get some money to go see a movie at the Orpheum. And if no junk could be found, they snuck in.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [02-09-2011]

I am very saddened to inform you that John Ondik of Rockland St. in West Germantown passed away on Sunday. Jack and I graduated from St. Francis in 1955. He had a dynamic personality and was very witty and bright. He graduated from CD in 1959 with Mike Smith who posts on this site. Recently,Paul Ondik,his brother, attended a Germantown Reunion at The Continental Post around Thanksgiving. John will be greatly missed. "May John Ondik Rest In Eternal Peace"
John Bruce Schmitt [02-09-2011]

Joe DAgostino: I extend to you and your cousins,Tony,Joe,and Bob my deepest condolences. Mrs. D'Angelo had to be an extraordinary woman and mother for all her children to turn out so well and be so educated. I understand that you and cousin Bob were close. With your athletic background, I can only conjecture that you are competitive with him on the links. I also see that you are enjoying the good life at LBI where Bob Terranova also lives and practices medicine. Bob worked with my sister Joan,a Pharmacist,at Lou's Pharmacy at Wayne&Manheim. My sister worked with a friend of Bob's by the name of Joe. Did you ever work at Lou's? I remember Bob's brother,George,who went to St. Mike's with my friend,Lou Pauzano. Lou's brother was Peanut[Al] and he would be your age but he hung at The Hollow with guys like Bonnie Gatto who posts on this site. Bonnie's brother Ralph was a great QB for North and another great QB was Jim McIntyre from North[1964] who hung out at Fernhill. Larry White,All-Catholic from Tommy Moore and I thought that Jim threw a beautiful ball. Jim went to St. Francis[1960] with my brother Rick and Jim Bradley who also hung out at Fernhill. My brother Rick had a plane with Joe McHugh whose brother,Jack,blogs on this site. My classmate,Mace Thompson, has a bistro on The Parkway called "Mace's Crossing and I crossed paths with Jim Bradley,John Fries,and Tom Lynch-you knew all these lads from The Park. They were all characters-especially Jim Bradley since he was a DEA agent and he carried heat. I remembered a lot of the younger guys from Fernhill, Ed DiNatale, The Domanski Brothers and that was a large crowd. You were a baseball guy and I liked the game but good pitchers ended my short career. Paul Borian and Bill Haas were awesome hitters and they played professionally but they did not make it to the big show. The Bor did get an education from his baseball talent. However, I was surprised that you thought your size hurt you in baseball. In the 50's, I followed the great shortstops and center-fielders. I liked Phil Scooter Rizzuto of The Yankees,Pee Wee Reese of The Dodgers,and Luis Aparicio of The Chicago White Sox. All these aforementioned players were not tall but they had great talent and were mentally tough. Joe Morgen of The Reds was not big but he could really play 2d-base. Joe! You and your cousins write well which also takes talent and ability.
J.Bruce Schmitt [02-09-2011]

Bob D'Angelo, very sorry to hear about your Mom, may God Bless her and the entire D'Angelo family.
Dave Linn [02-09-2011]

Denise D.Tumelty--I worked with your sister,Jane Becker,for many years at J.S.Jenks School-since she is not on this blog,may I ask how she and Dick are doing?? Lou Giorno
lou giorno, lou from burbs [02-09-2011]

The Star Spangled Banner was jncorporated as our national anthem in 1931--it was originally a British drinking song--the words were changed by Francis Scott Key--The song is difficult to sing & the words are confusingto the singer (this has happened many times.)How many of you GTN.people Agree?? God Bless America has been brought up many times to replace it as our National Anthem.I,for one, would be in favor of a change--how many of you Gtn.patriots would agree?/Lou Giorno
lou giorno, lou from burbs [02-09-2011]

I have been away for a while and have not checked into this site .. but tonite I am catching up. I love to read all the postings ... whether it is from my neighborhood, Fernhill Park & The Hollow, or all other sections of Germantown .. full of vibrant memories. Special thanks to Denise Duckworth Tumelty (I knew you when you had only two names) for stirring memories of Cranes, and to Joe Lynch for the really funny list of awards in your 2-2 posting (beats Lettermans Top Ten), and to Bruce Schmidt for such incredibly detailed recollections ... and always exactly correct. Want a warming thought? Phillies pitchers and catchers report in a week .... and I will be at spring training in mid-March ... always a great time.
Tom Cusack, SFA '54, LaSalle '58 [02-09-2011]

Linda Fontana: While I do not qualify as one of the Ladies, I have been trying to put together a list of Germantown addresses. My best source so far is an online copy of the 1950 Phila. Bell Tel directory (white pages) that is somewhat searchable. I have found two possibilities: one is the Original Vincent & Joseph's-hairdressing at 36 W Chelten - the same address as Oppenheim Collins & Co. (the name later changed to Franklin Simon & Co.) and Beaux-Arts Beauty Salon at 60 W Chelten. While neither of these may have been in business in the later time frame you have, perhaps the names will jog someone's memory.
yetanotheranonymous [02-09-2011]

Steve Swift, I remember the Florist-Jamison's. From Thanksgiving thru Christmas there was a beautiful Santa in the window! As a young child I thought he was the real thing. Another thought..my sister used to take our gradmother to Monday night Novena at St. Vincent's on Chelten Ave. I hear Novena/Mass is still held there. I looked forward each summer going to Knights of Columbus carnivals. Does anyone remember Gary C who was an altar boy at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. He used to go to Waterview Playground. He played the part of a priest in a Play we had under the direction of Bob Browne. I think Gary's last names was Cerato. Those were the days....wonderful times in Germantown. Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts. naomi
Naomi Vitelli [02-09-2011]

read a few times about the pool shooters on this site. well march 10th thru march 13th 2011 at the valley forge convention center we have the amatuer open. from jr's to super seniors plus pros and all kinds of shooters from all over the country. amateurs play on three and a half by seven foot tables. there must be about 200 tables for this tornament. let's see how good you guys from germantown are. go to site super billiards expo .com run by allen hopkins. west philly steve.
anonymous [02-09-2011]

C'mon, Denise. It's irony, not sarcasm. Have you seen what they say about me? Guys being guys. Schmitty keeps this blog alive, though, I'd never tell him that. Borian's a wicked wit and my loving cousin Jack Brogan plows driveways gratis in Freeport, Me. for retirees. His motto is: We Plow Deep While Others Sleep.
anonymous [02-09-2011]

L.Fontana,I went to a hair dresser on Chelten Ave near Germantown Ave. for my prom. It was called Twins.
Dot, Morris and Rittenhouse [02-09-2011]

Funeral arrangements for our mother, Sally, are posted on the memorium section of this site: CLICK. Thanks The D'Angelo Family
Bob D'Angelo [02-09-2011]

Dan Hartnett: Your commentary about some of the rough and tough guys from East Germantown and the difference between toughness and meaness was excellent. Back in the day, you must have had mental toughness to navigate the rough waters with some of the tough characters who hung out at The Proper Place Fountain. There was always conversation," Who was tougher,Jack Farrell or Nicky Lazaro?" John Lazaro was no Mr. Milk-toast. In these battles, victory belongs to the guy who has both physical and mental toughness. The Lazaro brothers had that mental-tough attidude. In my opinion,that is why John L. was victorious in his battle with Jack Farrell. John Lazaro had the mindset and will to defeat that old warrior,Jack Farrell. This fight was a walk in the park next to the legendary brawl between Nicky Lazaro and Junior Louis Kripplebauer at Chew&Chelten. Junior was intimidating and looked like a storm-trooper and only Nicky would challenge such a gladiator who was big and muscle-bound. Nicky was doing well in this bout and when it gets tough,the tough pull an equalizer. Nicky was subdued and went to the hospital and only a very strong guy could have survived the operation and everything else. Mike Garvey from The Brickyard knew some very tough guys when he worked for Local 30-John McCullough and Steve Traitz. John McCullough was tough physically and mentally but a fudging coward gunned him down. Charlie Devlin from K&A was extremely mean and a bully but he was found dead under the bridge at 2d&Luzerne and not from natural causes. John Berkery from SFA[1948] ran Molly Maguire's at K&A and rough dudes frequented his establishment and never any trouble-John had mental toughness. This quality of mental-toughness is so important in this game of life, whether it is playing sports,handling adversity, or on the battlefield. Herb Adderly from Germantown had this attitude,as did his mentor-Vince Lombardi. Herb copied Night Train Lane's hitting skills and played in Super Bowls for 2 different teams, Green Bay and Dallas. You and I worked in Watering-holes where we knew many rough and cantankerous lads. However, I have to tell you that the roughest,toughest,and meanest guy to come out of Philly was Frank Sheeran. His early years were spent in West Philly[MBS] and Darby. He was very big,a street brawler and boxer and served in WW II where he acquired some deadly skills. He was active in Teamster causes and was an Enforcer and Boss. When he walked into A Union-Hall, the audience was mesmerized. He would go into Villa Roma with Angelo Bruno and Russ Bufalino[Mob-boss] and the silence was deafening. Crazy Joe Gallo had a very bad encounter with The Big Irishman in Little Italy in NYC. Joe Lynch would have snacks and pastry at Dave Byrne's house near Fernhill. Dave's grandfather was friendly with Big Frank Sheeran and he usually carried heat. Grand-pop had to tell this rugged legendary character to put his equipment in his trunk when he visited and they were not eating cupcakes and drinking choclate milk. Dan! Dave's grand-father had mental toughness and much courage. We have to get together and talk about life and our days when we did a little scrambling in G-town.
JBS [02-09-2011]

BUDD, I have not been invited as an attendee, but I would love to attend the SFA oldie-oldies event at the Buck Hotel. Yikes! Haven't been at Festerville since I lived there for four miserable years in the 60's. If anyone else is interested, please advise this site, and I will add this to my Philly Easter list. Cheers. Attention Ed BURKE, Joe LEONE,Al PATRIZI,Frank MURPHY, Ray DAWES, and George MC CAULLEY. How does Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 sound for our next luncheon at the BUCK Hotel? Let me know if you have another date in mind. Bud BALLARD Bud Ballard [01-28-2011]
Regina Sprisser Davidson, Edinburgh Scotland, 61 and homesick [02-09-2011]

Correction. My bad for writing "Stand By Me" instead of "Stand And Deliver." I can't "stand" it when I do that... and I'm doing it more frequently these days. Hmmm?
kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [02-09-2011]

I went to some great schools but I never developed any writing skills in any of them. I'm not even convinced one person can teach another person how to write. I know I just put it down here and what you see is what you get. Paul Paris, your father was a grand man, as the Irish would say. I went to lots of proms when I was at La Salle High School and Mr. Paris knew I couldn't afford a corsage. I'd walk in his store shopping for some $4.00 cheapo posey and your father would send my date off to the prom with a beautiful orchid. He laughed and told me he'd put it on the books. He was a good man.
Jack Brogan, Watching the snow melt [02-09-2011]

Kevin McKernan: Going to CD was a double edged sword. The opportunity to receive a good education was there, but like it has been expressed already, they seemed more interested in disciplining us then inspiring us to learn. Even the teaching was laced with threats of Summer School. There was really no guidance offered back then. Junior year, they had us go to a guidance counselor. I was assigned to go to Fr. Benonis, who I also had for junior religion. He spent the time with me, explaining how he thought my father didn't love me, because he let me drive. So much for guidance. Had I had proper guidance, I would have taken the business courses, instead the academic course. At least I could have gotten some mediocre accounting job, that really doesn't require much education. Back then, many of us that graduated, either took blue collar jobs, that paid decent salaries, or entered the service.
anonymous [02-09-2011]

Kevin McKernan. My Dougherty education was also lacking in preparation for college. The amount of writing we had to do was minimal and that affects the quality of content needed for essay exams in college. Literture was strong because of the teachers (D'Angelo Brothers) Math was horrible particuliarly in the advanced courses since the teachers knew as much as we did. Dances were fun because they were run by Glenn Bennett.
Peter F. Coyle, Lafayette Hill, Pa. [02-09-2011]

Bob D'Angelo, God bless your mother on her passing. Both of your brothers thought me at Dougherty.
Peter F. Coyle, Lafayette Hill, Pa. [02-09-2011]

Ed, I do remember Gussies rag shop that is what we called it,i am trying to recall some of the familys names.Marie
Marie Bommentre [02-09-2011]

Helen Leone D'Angelo Thanks Helen for your input ..i suppose this is the reason why i still enjoy horses so much ...:>) I also agree with you about this becoming the good ole boys club although like you i like these guys very much and enjoy reading what they have to say ... ha! But we girls have to start putting some thoughts down too ... Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-09-2011]

Bob D' Angelo,.... My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom. What a long & fruitful life she enjoyed being the matriarch of the family & a grand, Grandma to boot. Know that she rest's in the arms of the Lord with her husband. Thank you for posting this news in your time of grief.
Bernard f mc kernan, Annapolis Md. [02-09-2011]

Helen Leone D'Angelo — great idea! good topic as Valentines Day approches — first KISS — 48st beach in SEA ISLE
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956 — Little Flower 1960 [02-09-2011]

More about the H bus — 1958 — when my young man was taking me home (on the H bus) we often had a driver who supported young love — I lived in West Oak Lane, almost at the end of the route — if we were the only passengers he would turn out the lights for a few blocks — WOW! — he would drop us off — date would take me to my door — same bus on the return trip would take him home — for free!
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956 [02-09-2011]

does anybody know why the boys had to swim naked at the germantown boys club?anoymous
frank di cesari, 67 bucks county [02-09-2011]

Joe D'Agostino: Bobby Terranova was my sister Ann's first love. He was a great guy. Had she known he was going to become a Dr she might still be with him. LOL She always said she would be a millionaire...but then again...She is. She is married to a man who is a Vice President of a major Chemical Firm. Ann lives in Atlanta now but still has a place in Loveladies on LBI. My Brother Bob passed away in 1990 from colon cancer. My sister Martha lives in Warren Grove. She was the Zoning officer in Stafford til her retirement about 3 years ago. And my brother John is the Chief Mechanic of Stafford Twnship and did the rebuild on that great old fire engine that sits in the Stafford Twnshp firehouse. He also lives near you in Manahawkin by the lake. Although I spent most of my teen years on LBI and graduated from Southern Regional, I'm the only family member who doesn't live there or closeby. I'm still in Medford Lakes. I'll always remeber you as being Ginny Keller's love and a dam good baseball player.
Joe Graber [02-09-2011]

Bob D'Angelo:My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mom. From your posting regarding her stroke and illness, perhaps you can take some solace knowing that she is with your dad, and at peace. Take care.
John Payne [02-09-2011]

Bob D'Angelo: My sincerest condolences to you and yours on the passing of your mother. There's nothing more I could possibly say other than she will be be in my prayers this week.
Joe Graber [02-09-2011]

Bob D'Angelo - my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. You will be together again. Until then, she left you and all of her extended family a lasting legacy of many happy memories and times, and life's lessons to hold you over until then....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-09-2011]

Ed, I do remember that junk yard. We used to bring newspapers. He would pay by the weight. We would push our load on to the scale and try to stay there to be included in the weighin. It never worked but we tried....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-09-2011]

To Rich-I do remember Billy Swan --he had blonde hair & looked like he was going bald as a teenager--the last time I saw him was in the early 50's in WILDWOOD NJ -we were on the bumper cars--he was a bad driver--nice guy, I wonder what ever happened to him? LOU Giorno
lou giorno, lou from burbs [02-09-2011]

Hey, Joe L, I can't decide if your last entry is sarcastic or nasty — unlike you on both terms.
denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-07-2011]

John Fleming & Dennis Mc Glinchey: Gentlemen, thank you for your collective and objective feedback pertaining to our CD education. It greatly mirrors my own. I had not come to bash the Cardinal. The Cardinal is dead! But rather to simply reflect on what might have been. Schools are little more than sticks and stones, the pupils--raw materials--it's the teachers and administrators that imbue value. And I don't think CD was much different from most other high schools operating "back in the day." All of them seemed to be turning out similar "products." CD was simply the Devil I knew-- and I'm sticking with it, if you know what I mean. But what I wouldn't have given to have had a teacher like Mr Escalante, an extraordinary teacher that passed recently in Reno, Nev. It was his character that the movie "Stand By Me" was based on. For those unfamiliar with him, he took the "bic kids"-throw away kids, mostly latino, and taught them CALCULUS! My brother Bernie, said that stuff was "harder than Chinese trigonometry." He instilled in these kids inspiration, confidence and a burning desire to succeed. Yes, I would have rather had one teacher such as this than a dozen disciplinarians like Fr. Peck. (It's not like we were criminals or little hooligans) I would be interested in hearing how others perceived their HS education as adequate/inadequate in preparing them for college or the "real world."
kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [02-07-2011]

For everyone on this wonderful site who knew the D'Angelo family (5117 Newhall St, father Tony the Blacksmith on Wayne Ave, brothers Tony (St Joe's Prep St.'54 Joes U), Joe Lasalle HS '63 and St. Joe U, sister Assunta (Cecelian Academy '59 and me (North Catholic '65 and Marshall U) I send the news that our dear Mom, Sally, passed away yesterday February 4th at 97 years old. Most of her life was wonderful, except for the last 5 years when she suffered through the after effects of a stroke. She had a beautiful marriage for 36 years to our Dad who passed away in 1971 and spent the last 40 years still deeply in love with him. Her life was her family and she was loved by us and all of our friends and extended family. We will miss her forever and feel extremely blessed to have had her this long in our lives. She had 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren who adored her.Her funeral arrangements are pending. May God bless her and may she be with our Dad for eternity.
Bob D'Angelo [02-07-2011]

Dennis Mc, CD faculty was more concerned about us wearing desert boots than getting an education.
anonymous [02-07-2011]

Vera Carey Canavan: It sounds like you met a cool guy on The H-bus-possibly on the way to Little Flower or Cecilian Academy. When I went to school in North Philly,most of the female passengers on the bus were sisters and I bet that they could really dance. It sounded so innocent and romantic that you met your guy on the bus. He must have asked if he could carry your books. Your brother knew Bill Colsten since he was friends with Bob Colsten,a nice guy. I often wondered where Bill Colsten met his lady who was always on the back of his big bike. They were a very mysterious couple and they rode on the wild side. They were always together and it must have been so difficult to lose her man on the open highway. Ed Burke who posts on this site lived next-door to the Colsten Family for many years. I almost died when I had a spill with Bill Colsten when I was riding on his bike in the rain. I was waiting for The K bus at Ridge&Midvale when he told me to hop on. He was a fearless rider and rain did nothing to curtail his speed with his big bike. After that spill, I preferred the safety of the K&H buses over the speed and rush that one gets from the hard ride on a Hog[Harley].
JBS [02-07-2011]

Rosemarie, I so enjoyed your memories of playing in the stables when you were a youngster, no wonder you still like to ride and feel a kinship with the horses. I wish more of the girls would write their recollections on this site — I love you guys but it's starting to sound like a good old boys club. Could we talk about our first kiss or first boy/girlfriend, or favorite song, or is that not "Germantown" enough? I'm not being crabby — just an observation. Peace!
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO, st. vincents '56 little flower '60 [02-07-2011]

Attention Joe Lynch clas of 57 S.F.A. listing your class year is a very good idea. It will help identify the players and the time period What do you think of this idea Mike GARVEY, JBS, Tom CUSACK? Bud
Orville T. Ballard [02-07-2011]

Anyone remember Billy Swan from Seymour ST.?
rich, Huntingdon Valley [02-07-2011]

Bonnie, ask some of the communion boys!
Norph Boy [02-07-2011]

Denise Duckworth Tumelty: Yogi Berra had an expression, "It's Deja Vu, All Over Again". This is how I felt when I read your posts about The PTC and Crane's at 333 W. Queen Lane. I was shocked that you took the old 21 trolley-car down 17th street through North Philly and you must have been very young since the 2-bus replaced the old trolley-car in the 50's. Lou Pauzano from The Hollow took that same route and he must have been surprised. My Argentinian wife took the 2 bus at 17th& Girard to William Penn High For Girls to 17th& Mt. Vernon. You boarded the 21 trolley car after leaving the 53 and saw Gratz and those jive-kats. Next to Gratz was Gillespie Junior High where one of the great bloggers on this site went to school-Paul Borian. He writes well and Joe Lynch jests that The Bor developed his writing skills at Villanova. Is it possible, that his scholarship was academic? Like many Germantowners, you spent some time at Crane's. I also plead guilty to that aforememtioned fact. You tasted your cocktails with ice. I liked my vodka straight-up with no chaser. This was especially beneficial during the winter and prevented colds. I did not wait in line since I was a back-door man like Jim Morrison of The Doors. I usually went through the kitchen on Alfred St. which was parallel to Morris St. Incidentally, Frank Felice,The Sharp Dresser,worked as a soda-jerk at Pepper's which was just a short distance from Crane's on Queen Lane. If you went to St. Francis with Joe Lynch and his gang, you would have known the very pretty Paula Simons and she met her husband[Bob] at Crane's. Paula has posted on this site from Bonita Springs,Fla. I knew The Crane Family well-especially Tom Crane since we both liked the ponies like some of those characters from The Hollow including the old soda-jerk,Sharpy Felice. Hank Crane has a place in Hilton Head SC, and some of the bloggers on this site have frequented his establishment. Your Brother Ken knew Pat McIlhinney and I meet him at The Crab Trap in Somers Point but it is always crowded. Like you and many other bloggers, I like the shore but I hang out with The Irish Mafia at The Irish Riviera in Spring Lake-many New Yorkers. I was not a Hollow guy and I am not nutting anybody since my mother is Irish and The Irish write so well including many on this site.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-07-2011]

Went to St Vincent de Paul Grade school, Class of '61. Then Little Flower Catholic School for Girls. (Had to put in the formal name) Class or '65.
Erda (Armstrong) Graham, From the Westside [02-07-2011]

Anyone remember Gussies Junk yard next to the tracks on haines Street. We use to bring paper, copper and anything else for a few quarters.
Ed, Chester, VA [02-07-2011]

Tom Wow so Tucker is your Uncle. He fought my brother Mike at the boys club in a boxing match. Tucker by the way won Bill l.
anonymous [02-07-2011]

Okay, let's go down memory lane, once again, Ladies....does anyone remember the name of the( Hair Salon) that was located right off of Germantown & Chelten Aves. So many young girls got their prom hair styles done at that place...Was it called the "Continental?" In between C.A. Rowell's and Allen's..and it was on the same side as Franklin Simon's Dept.Store...boy, I sure wish we were all still there, and everything was the exact same way..what great times we all had...Respectfully, Linda "F">
L.Fontana [02-07-2011]

Yes I recall Jmisons florest my husbands family lived right near it. Steve you might know my husband Andrew Bommentre? Marie
Marie Bommentre [02-07-2011]

JBS- I read with great affection your post about G’Town. My term “Old Heads “ was use with that same affection. In my day I remember, you, and Tommy Lynch, The Kelly Brothers, Fries, Terranova, D’Angelo etc. The D’Angelo’s were my cousins, and Bob Terranova and I are still in constant contact with each other. He is now Dr. Terranova and lives near me on LBI. As someone who was younger ( I am now 64) than you guys, my group always looked up to yours. In many ways we tried to emulate some of you. Yes, we hung out at Fernhill Park, and the Drug Store on Morris Street. I lived on Fernhill Road and moved to Pulaski Ave. My time at the Boy’s Club were mainly playing baseball and of many fond memories of my coach Mr. Ed Stern. I learned much about the game from him. He always told me about Billy Haas, and how he felt that I too had a shot at the big show. I had some tryouts with some pro clubs, but being 5’8” I think I was overlooked. Anyway, I am now an “Old Head” too, and hope that all of us get much, much older. Our times as youngsters, growing up in a very diverse neighborhood helps keeps us forever young. Take care: Joe D. Germantown High-1965
Joe DAgostino [02-07-2011]

Dan, Andy, That was a tough group of guys in Cowtown. Lazro, Dimaria, Christman, binky, mole, beetle. I remember when Johnny, not Nicky, kicked the crap out of Farrell. I often wondered what happened to all those guys. What was that bar called before the Proper Place?
Gman [02-06-2011]

Bonnie — Oblates nicknames — Flunker Dan, BO Burke, The Gimp, Sleepy Sexton, Crazy Man Quaile, Black Nick, many more I can't recall Lou Giorno
lou giorno, lou from burbs [02-06-2011]

Everyone who contributes to this space should help everyone else out by adding his or her high school year of graduation and perhaps elementary school. You just never know... Schmitty, everyone knows you went to the Prep so you're exempt. Duncan Hubley, too, another private school brat. Paul Borian never had a formal education, I am sorry to say, unless you include the Hollow and the box scores of the Daily News. Who'd a believed Cardinal Dougherty and North Catholic would close, the Prep would burn down and LaSalle High would move out of the city, Cecilian would close, Ancillae Domini, St. Mary's! St. Leonard's Academy at Rittenhouse Square. Notre Dame can't even beat Navy. "Where are the Snowdens of Yesteryear?" (In Jack Brogan's front lawn and driveway, I bet.)
Joe Lynch, SFA '57, LSHS '61--Stay Thirsty, My Friends. [02-04-2011]

Joe D'Agostino: In your post, I saw that you played a lot of ball back in the day-especially in Fernhill where Joe Lynch, The Old Head, reigned. Paul Borian,a former pocket-billiard impresario and cue-stick maestro liked your athletic-resume. The Bor's career on the velvet is over and he is pursuing his old fashioned advocation,skiing. I recognized some of the names in your post about Fernhill. You mentioned Ed Belcak and I knew his older brother Steve from playing b-ball with him at Fernhill. I was a reserved guy but I pumped a little iron and did some calisthenics for conditioning. I had no problem with Steve under the basket in going for rebounds. Suddenly, I noticed that Steve was big and strong and was snagging a lot of rebounds- he must have been lifting weights and eating his spinach because he was very competitive under the basket. You also mentioned Bob D'Angelo and I knew his older brothers, Tony and Joe,2 bright guys. Tony was an outstanding baseball player and Bor never nuts[a Hollow expression] him. Dave Linn, an outstanding soccer player, submitted a post to you and we have a mutual friend, John West[Mr. Continental], another Old_Head. At Fernhill, even in my time, there were always Old-heads, and I learned a lot from them,both athletically and receiving sage-advice. When I played ball with them, I would pass and do pick&rolls and not be a gunner. Joe Lynch, Mr. Fernhill, had a Old-head,his cousin[Jack Brogan], as his mentor. Paul Borian had the legendary Bobby Goo Guarinello from The Hollow as his mentor, and Goo would attend Nova games to watch his protege play. It is fortunate if a guy has a father as a mentor but that is not always possible. I've seen too many fathers live vicariously through their sons and this can be a problem. Joe! I am not trying to proselytize to you but simply state that I learned a lot from some of The Old Heads from G-town.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-04-2011]

JBS — thanks for the PTC ride down "memory lane" — for the price of a fare we had the world — a transfer would get you the universe — we had such freedom — I hop on Septa from time to time (I ride free these days) my first romance took place mostly on the H bus — nice memories.
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956 [02-04-2011]

Anonymous: about the mansion on Wissahicon Ave. next to the Continental Post, I don’t know the names of the people who lived there, but since I was the paperboy of the apts. next to it I did see them and a gardener around the house. It was sold in the late 1950’s and a man tried to make a summer camp of it. I asked him for a job at the camp but he said that he had everyone he needed, The camp only lasted for 2 years. I know that he put in a new swimming pool in the rear for the camp.
Jack McHugh [02-04-2011]

Bill H: Great description of the Tacoma St. area. My computer has been down for a while so I have not read it until now but when I read it I remembered all those memories of the places I visited since my grandmother lived on Tacoma St. In the late 1960’s I was walking up Wayne, a little above the alley and I saw a new store “Kenny Preston Plumber”, well I looked in and who was it but my old class mate from St. Francis. I went in and talked with him and at the time didn’t know it but he was the last person from my class that I’ve seen.
Jack McHugh [02-04-2011]

Londons flower shop was on same side of street as band box. if I remember right it was -band box- Lillian's gift shop-Dr Venable[eye dr]Londons then shoe store on corner but cant remember the name.
anonymous [02-04-2011]

Remember some of those NC Oblates(no disrespect intended; just some great and appropriate nicknames: Dirty Nick Diena, Black John, Chet the Jet Walker, Sleepy Charly, and of course: Knobby Walsh. Anyone have any memories or stories about any of these Oblates of St. Francis DeSales?
Bonnie Gatto [02-04-2011]

Bill L. yes thats my uncle i was named after him.
Tom [02-04-2011]

Don Brady — i didnt know willie worked for riggs,i remember going on trips to n.y. with my dad, bill would give me couple bucks but never seen any daughters.would stop in knotty's for a birch beer[dads cousins]sure you been there.if you were in gtn that long you probably know my uncle Vince Mc Gowan he was a cop in the 14th for many yrs.-very good friend of mine lived on the corner of wakefield and queen lane Eddie Cookson does that name sound familar to you.well take care Don, at 75 you need quit that job and enjoy yourself.
Tom [02-04-2011]

Tony Risi — Good to hear from you, old friend. Hope you are well. After reading your recent post, my memory traveled back to all of the gang on McMahon. There was you, Amadeo, Bob, Arlene & Ginny McCann, Joey Cardona, Vinny and the entire Lyons clan (too numerous to mention), Tommy Lennon, Lee Adornetto. I know I am missing a few — can you help fill in the blanks? Hope everyone in the Northeast is coping with the weather. No snow in the Orlando area for the 20th consecutive year. Finally got to 80 degrees yesterday. Keep warm and best wishes. Andy
Andy Anderson, ICS '58; CDHS '62 — Longwood, FL [02-04-2011]

Dennis — Thanks to you and others for your recollections of the "Bloyd St. Eagles". My old friend, Tony R. had the recollection of them being a football team. I remember them just as Duke Garvin described them. I also recall going well out of my way to circumvent their "turf" and feeling a great sense of relief once my travel mission in their area was completed safely. Andy
Andy Anderson, ICS '58; CDHS '62 — Longwood, FL [02-04-2011]

Kevin McKernan, I could relate to your response about CD. While I am proud to call myself an alum of the school and saddened that it was closed, it did not prepare me for college. LaSalle would not accept me because my writing was deficient. To be accepted, I had to take two non-cedit writing/composition courses. I remember being annoyed at the time but took them and they were the best courses I ever took. What was taught in those two classes, I should have learned earlier, but was all new to me. I ended up graduating from Textile, now Phila Univ, at the top of my class. As I see it, CD was just too big. I was a number, just one of thousands and got lost in the shuffle of the masses. I flew under the radar, wasn't motivated, given a passing grade and sincerely doubt a single teacher would ever remember me. I think that, in time, as the number of students got down to a manageable level, the quality of education at CD improved. I had no qualms about sending my own kids through the Philly Catholic School system. While they didn't go to CD, but to a Catholic high school that was closer, I would have been ok with their going to CD. At that point, their educational program and reputation was well established.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-04-2011]

G-Man The street i lived on ended with a stable that held horses and wagons owned by a man named Phil .. every morning we would hear the horses leaving the stable pulling the wagon with Phil driving them ... he was what was called at that time a "JUNK MAN" and this is exactally what he did ... collect other peoples junk and cloths. Every night Phil and his team would return home ... he would clean them, brush them down and feed them and leave untill the next morning ... We kids ... my cousins and i often would play hide and seek in that stable and even would hide behind and under the horses ... something i wouldnt do today for sure ... but, it is a fond memory for me of those days spent with my cousins and those beautiful horses, Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-04-2011]

Ahh CRANE's on Queen Lane. It was a Friday night spot. We stood in line just to get in. They served on the rocks drink in water tumblers. They guys liked this so it was a great spot for socializing. The best way to be sure to get in was to go for dinner first.
denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-04-2011]

Never thought I would raise such nostalgia when I mentioned the bus routes. I didn't specify the 23 & 53 as the trolley lines. I thought they spoke for themselves. John, yo took many routes to the Prep. I remember going there by PTC for some unknown reason. We took the 53 on Wayne Ave and changed to the 21 near Simon-Gratz. The 21 was a streetcar like the old ones in New Orleans. it had folding steps at the front & back and the conductor could drive from both ends. It did not turn around. They just moved they electrical contact pole to the wire. That was so neat.
denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-04-2011]

Andy Anderson and Dennis McGlinchey: In the middle or late fifties there was a bunch of scrappy guys who hung at Bloyd and Locust. They even had a club house but I don't know if it was the guys you were referring to. In any case, I, along with some friends, got into an altercation with them. I won't mention names. I got my face literally kicked in with an engineer boot. I was held down while their version of David Akers did his work. There has never, in my mind, been a black eye to match as well as some other injuries. Dennis McGlinchey you mention Jack Farrell, He was mean and tough but not always tough enough. Johnny Lazaro (from Cowtown) kicked Farrell's butt up and down Stenton Ave. in front of the Proper Place. Some were happy to see that. Some tough guys weren't necessarily mean. Farrell was.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [02-04-2011]

Joe Lynch: Your last 2 blogs have been pithy and creative. I am glad that you appreciate my vocabulary better than my drive towards the basket, notwithstanding the fact you and Cousin Jack Brogan knew the game of basketball so well. If you picked a team at Fernhill, you would have The Bor setting picks and screens for you and hitting the boards with a follow-up. I liked your post and editorial on your hard-working father. Times have really changed since the days when there was only one bread-winner. In my suburban neighborhood, there are two bread-winners to pay the mortage,taxes, 3 cars,one for Mom and Dad and Junior and tution. Back in the day, you and The Bor knew a kid by the name of Junior. My mother[Marguerite], was ahead of her time and was a working woman and retired from The Public Library and took a job with Montco Community College. Mrs. Schmitt was a wordsmith and her mantra was,"Don't Procrastinate and Just Do It". My mother was a liberal but she could have worked for Nike and been a Capitalist. I agree with you that Broad&Erie was a great corner. Tom Cusack knew Goony Walsh and he tended bar at The Eagle which was located there. Many years ago, when we were in college, I bumped into you down-town and we had a drink at a place called the "Underground". I could tell that you thought it was a mysterious place and we did the bird and flew out of there. We took the sub and got off at Broad&Erie where that beautiful bird,"The Eagle" was located. You would have met the legendary Thomas Goony Walsh from Tioga if we had stopped there for a drink. If Goony had hung out at the Hollow,he and Bob LaValle would be the two coolest guys. One time,after a game, Bill Obst and Bor had an altercation and it was either a draw or no-TKO. With Goony and Bob LaValle,there was never a draw. I am very happy that I never had an encounter with Goony or Bob L. I played football with Bob L. under the lights at Stenton Park, and he hit like a ton of bricks, I was lucky that he was not 200+. There were so many interesting characters from The Hollow,Fernhill, and The Continental Post.
Bruce Schmitt [02-04-2011]

Kevin McKernan: Keving, thanks for the clarification. I could not have put it better then you did about CD when we were both there. They created more of an adversarial environment rather then an institution of learning. I always felt it was us against them, and they were more interested in maintaining law and order then teaching, and preparing us for the real world. When they did make an attempt at getting us ready for the outside world, it was always with the Catholic viewpoint. I think this situation was present due to the larger then life size of CD. It was just too large to give the personal touch to the students. I have heard it expressed as a high school assembly line, whose sole purpose was to just grind out grads each year. To be sure an adequate education was available, had it been presented in a more normal atmosphere. I have to admit that my four years at CD gave me a good foundation for debating religion, learning basic electronics, which helped me when I went to Electronics School in the Navy, and oh yes having typing skills which also helped me in the Navy, and using the Internet.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [02-04-2011]

Does anyone remember Jamison's (florist and nursery) at Musgrave and Chelten across from Immaculate Conception?
Steve Swift, Stafford St. [02-04-2011]

Tom You mentioned the Jackeman's from Wakefield st. did you know a Tucker Jakeman Bill Leonardo
Bill Leonardo [02-02-2011]

To anon. yes there was a flower shop Londons I think it was across from band box movie.Marie
Marie Bommentre [02-02-2011]

I would like to share a curriculum unit on Germantown I wrote back in 2008. http://www.tip.sas.upenn.edu/curriculum/units/2008/01/08.01.02.pdf Besides my schools, the key places for me in Germantown include Fernhill Park (swings and see saw and summer day camp, Advocate Methodist Church (Girl Scout Troop #119, Solar's at Wayne and Manheim (reading comic books at the fountain), YWCA (learning to swim and teen club), record store on Chelten near Germantown Avenue (picking up WIBG's weekly list of hit 45's), movie theaters (New Lyric, Orpheum, Bandbox) and Vernon Park (library, and yes, the lemon sticks.)
Barbara McDowell Dowdall, Retired teacher, lifelong G-Town resident, 64, Fitler, Roosevelt, Girls' High [02-02-2011]

The Orpheum Theatre, designed by architect John D. Allen in association with the firm of Sauer & Hahn in 1912, could originally seat over 2000. It was located on Chelten Avenue near Germantown Avenue. The Orpheum was closed and demolished in 1967.
anonymous [02-02-2011]

How many of us enjoyed some crazy nights at Cranes in Germantown ? They served drinks that were beyond description with a friendly neighborhood clientele.
Bob, Eastside [02-02-2011]

Denise Duckworth Tumelty:Your post about the buses in Germantown really resonated with me. I rode on all the buses that you mentioned especially the "H" and the "K'. I attended the same High School as your Brother Ken and The Prep was located at 17th&Girard in North Philly. With the H,one could make so many connections with other buses and pass through other neighborhoods. I would board the H at Wissy&Wissahickon and take the 33 at Wissy&Hunting Park and travel through Strawberry Mansion and get off at Ridge&Girard which is the mid-point between The Prep and Girard College. I also took the H to 17th&Erie and took the 2 bus to 17th& Girard. The boys from Boone[The Reform School] also took that bus and they could be boisterous. Other days, I took the H to the sub and traveled under Broad Street with the guys from Roman. The H-bus began at Gtn.&Pike and ran through North Philly,G-Town and Mt. Airy. You also mentioned The"K" and it ran through Chelten Ave. for many miles. I usually took the K to East Falls where I saw movies at The Alden on Midvale and Grace Kelly lived not far from Midvale at Coulter St. The K terminated at Ridge&Midvale, and many days, I would take the 61 down Ridge Ave. to The Prep which was not far from Ridge Ave. I am older than you and the K was the 52 trolley-car in the 50's. Many on this site are movie-buffs and know about The Street Car Named Desire with Marlon Brando-"Hey Stella". This movie was filmed in New Orleans and in The Garden District,they have old street-cars just like the old 52 in G-Town. You did not mention the 53 which ran down Wayne Ave. and through The Hollow. Many Germantowners used the 53 when they went to North&Little Flower. The great trolley car that went through the heart of Germantown on The Great Avenue was The"23". The 23 started at The Loop in Chestnut Hill and terminated in South Philly. It traveled on Gtn. Ave.and passed many Historic Homes,Germantown High,Market Square and Vernon Park which was not far from one of the great corners in Philadelphia-Germantown&Chelten. Denise! It was de ja vu for me when I read your post about buses which transported us through G-town in our youth.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-02-2011]

anyone remember the mansion on Wissahicon Ave.(next to the Continental Post)that burnt down around 1961. there is an apartment complex there now.
anonymous [02-02-2011]

Joyce Radocal Ruggero — Nice to see your entry. You are a little younger than I by about 4 years. I graduated from High School (Cecilian) in '61. I think I maintained my membership till then.- As Miss Ginder aged and her health began to fail, Miss McKay used to bring her to the meetings & eventually took over leadership. She drove a little red Nash. I received a Christmas card from her every year until she died. I find it disappointing that there is no reference anywhere about the troop, Miss Ginder or Miss McKay. I even went over to Shelly Ridge one time and looked at me lilke I had 2 heads when I asked about them even though they had the flag on display with the troop name on it. Maybe we will hear something through this blog. Miss Ginder is buried in the Roslyn cemetary on Susquehanna. She has no headstone or marker. The cemetary said she did not want one.
denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-02-2011]

THE AWARD SEASON:
Best day of your life: ANY SNOW DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL.
Best Banished Blogger: CMM
Worst Car: JACK BROGAN'S 1956 PLYMOUTH WITH NO STARTER, NO FIRST GEAR, NO CLUTCH, NO INSURANCE.
Worst Judge of Basketball Talent: PAUL BORIAN.
Best Wrestling School: THE NOW-DEFUNCT NORTH CATHOLIC
Most loyal alumnus of The Best Wrestling School: JOHN FRIES
Best way to enjoy a summer afternoon: HANGING OUT AT HAPPY HOLLOW.
Best way to waste a summer afternoon: (SEE ABOVE.)
The American Dream: LEAVING YOUR PARENTS HOUSE FOR GOOD, MARRYING ANNETTE FUNICELLO,LIVING IN KING OF PRUSSIA.
Coldest Corner at 2 AM in North Philadelphia: BROAD AND ERIE
School with the Cutest Girls: _________, _________________, ____________________
Best Dancer: (TIE) TOMMY CUSACK OR JUSTINE'S BOB ON BANDSTAND.
The James Dean Award for the Absolutely Coolest Guy in the Hollow: BOBBY LAVELLE
Best Verbivore: JBS
Best Smell: SUPERIOR BAKERY, 4 AM.
Cheapest Suit That Looked It: ROBERT HALL ON CHELTEN AVE.
Hall of Fame Shoes:FLAGG FLYERS WITH A 6-BUTTON BENNY
Best R&R Song: THERE GOES MY BABY BY THE DRIFTERS.
Most Tragic Celebrity Death Rumor: THE MOUSEKETEERS IN A TRAIN WRECK.
The Legion of Decency's Hit List: JANE RUSSELL, B. BARDOT, JAYNE MANSFIELD, MARILYN MONROE, DIANA DORS
Where High School Textbooks and London Fog Raincoats go to die: THE TROC ON ARCH STREET IN PHILADELPHIA.
Nicest Nun: SISTER GRACE WINIFRED.
Best Happy Hollow Nickname: PEANUTS.
Don't go to this confessor with a mortal sin on your conscience: FATHER MCGARRITY.
Best Domestic Blogger (North Pole Division): John Brogan
Best Domestic Blogger (Sunshine State Division): JOHN PAYNE

Joe Lynch: Who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin' eyes? [02-02-2011]

John Fleming: John, I think you misinterpreted my hyperbole with JBS. Students got a one way ticket to the public schools not because they simply questioned religious dogma, but because they were "wise guys". Some were dismissed for cause i.e., fighting, cussing etc., while others were encouraged to depart, I felt, due to a free-spirit that could not adapt to the CD environment. In retrospect, I think entirely too much emphasis was placed on decorum and discipline over the stated purpose of education and scholarship. Imagine my shock and chagrin when the University of Calif. informed me that my CD education was inadequate for admission (they take the top 12% of HS graduates); they wouldn't even consider my latin and religious classes. I was forced to utilize the community college system to make up for my deficient CD education, and later, entered the University where I graduated near the top of my class--not quite the class valedictorian--but close. John, I sincerely feel the bar was set too low at CD. We were capable of so much more had we been challenged. This was the point I was attempting to make with JBS in my compare and contrast. Sorry for any misunderstanding with poor word selection. It's grand to see another alumnus posting here. P.S. Had I been invited on one of those plane trips with Fr. McGee (which I wasn't), I might not have gone airborne. I could have discovered air-sickness was just as awful as sea-sickness--both should be avoided, if possible.
Kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [02-02-2011]

Chris; in the 60s ---looking down Magnolia to Haines; there was a Butcher Shop on the right corner, a large house on the left corner, and a factory somewhat across the street and up a hill. May have been long gone before my time.
Ed, Chester, VA [02-02-2011]

Crhis, The McMahon City yard was located at Haines & Bellfield with the main entrance on Bellfield. It had a high brick wall completely surrounding it. The Magnolia Mews is their now. The City Yard, run by the city, was occupied with many horses, stables and trash/garbage wagons which went out daily picking up trash in various Gtown neighborhoods. All of the horses and wagons would return nightly. The horses would be stabled, shod, cleaned and fed regularly. The trash emptied and taken to the dump by larger wagons and later trucks. Many Gtown men worked their as handlers, blacksmiths, drivers and sweepers. At night you could hear the horses whinny and clomp their horseshoes on the cobblestone. They closed it down in the early 60s to build low cost housing. Just remembering it all is like going back into another time zone that is forever gone. Ill never forget those horses and the sounds.
Gman [02-02-2011]

Dave Linn- I also forgot hose ball. We would take pieces of garden hose and try and hit it with a broome stick. Today these kids only know IPod, Playstation, WII,etc. In a way it is sad. When my son was young I would introduce all these games to his friends and I can tell you, they thought it was great.
Joe DAgostino [02-02-2011]

Andy, if the Bloyd Street Eagles were a ragtag football team, you might be mixing memories. Duke Garvin, P&M historian with a fine memory, remembers a rough and tough gang of guys who hung out at Chew & Chelten (near Bloyd St). That was their turf, they instilled fear and were led by the "legendary" Jackie Farrell, that he mentioned as being " one tough, mean dude.". Maybe that is the gang you are thinking of....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-02-2011]

Chris D’Amato ≠ was that Haines & Magnolia or Chelten & Magnolia? David McMahon had a mansion type home at Chelten & McMahon that was torn down and replaced by a gas station in the mid to late 1950s. Maybe his buisness was at Haines & Magnolia. Anyway, contact me through the email link here and I’ll give you the name of someone who researched David McMahon extensively. He may be of more help.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-02-2011]

Andy Anderson, I do remember the name Bloyd St. Eagles but cannot remember anything about them. Probably before my time. ICS'65,CDHS'69
Peter F. Coyle [02-01-2011]

My gr grandfather, Alexander McCreight was a blacksmith on the McMahon Estate in Germantown. Apparently on the corner of Haines and Magnolia. Does anyone know about the McMahon Estate?
Chris DAmato, McCreight descendent [02-01-2011]

Casey Fox: Re: The Orpheumm Theater building; maybe you could find it by going to vpike.com, and typing in the 300 or 400 block of Chelten Avenue. I do not know exactly how old the pictures of the area are, but I believe they are fairly current.
John Payne [02-01-2011]

Mr. Hollow[Bor]: I was dumfounded that you took took umbrage with my selection of Frank Klock as point-guard in your hypothetical Hollow-team. I know that you would not sterotype Frank since he is a poet and A Hawk. Frank went to St. Joe and observed the techniques and strategies of one of the greatest coaches in Phiadelphia-history, Jack Ramsay. He also observed the prototype point-guard at St. Joe, Jim Lynam. Mugsy Masterson and I played against Jim when he played for Big Brothers. Frank K. was a feisty kid and he had athletic ability. Kevin McKernan from sunny California has a penchant for philosophy and he will tell that Socrates said," Know Thyself". Let's get nostalgic and go back to Public League Championship Baseball Game between Northeast[8th&Lehigh] vs Germantown. Paul Borian,a talented centerfielder, is pitching against Herb Addery, Northeast's best hitter and one of the best players in The Public League. The Bor throws a high fastball[a meatball]and Herb from Pulaski-town, belts the ball to deep-center to win the game. This was a misallocation of talent, you should have been in center. Herb Adderly went to Michigan State where he was an All-American Running-back. At Green Bay, Vince Lombardi,Jesuit Educated, placed Herb at D-back, a position which you played at GHS. You probaly think that I do not know how to evaluate the talent at The Hollow since in my callow youth, I was ubiquitous and did not reside at any particular venue. However, I did pay my dues at The Hollow where I climbed the rocks, slid down the hill by the sand-pile where you and your boys used that spot as a mini-gambling casino. I played football and baseball in the field. I played hoops on the outside-court which I entered through the hole in the iron-fence that Goo sculpted with his bare hands. I also ran some ball in the gym and next to the gym, I boxed with Mole Adomoli and Bill Wiseman. In this sport, I had good hand-speed but Mole had a powerful right. In the gym, I did not dance or play with the dolls but this does not preclude me from good basketball evaluation. At The Hollow, there were good jump-shooters-Ollie Powers,Jack Walsh, and Sharpy[Frank] Felice. Larry Rinaldi and Sonny Kennedy had great offensive moods when they drove to the basket. There were good rebounders including Paul Borian who had a reputation for being tenacious on defense. If Goo were your coach, he would want you to rebound and play defense which was your role when you played with Cal Gore,the phenomenal shooter at GHS. Being an Old-head, you challenged one of the younger guys to his expertise in pool. It seems that you liked to bank your eight-ball with your fancy cue-stick and heavily chalked into the side-pocket. I can only conjecture that John[Jr.] Payne is the expert on knocking his pool-balls into the side pocket. Bor! With all this snow,keep enjoying The Poconos and don't be Old-fashioned and be an Old-Grand Dad Guy.
Schmitty [02-01-2011]

andy i do remember the Eagles tom 7 andy Mehan berney hersch and thair were others. Anthony G yes my brother ACE worked for the vernon shops for years but thay had two one at price & gnt. ave and one across from the 5 & 10 that became Mr. Scotts and then sidneys men stors.
gregg striano [02-01-2011]

To Denise Duckworth Tumelty: Your name was familiar when I read your first post, but I was not sure from where. I was also a member of Girl Scout Troop 1 at Happy Hollow. Miss Helen MacKay was my leader at the time. I don't remember if I ever knew Miss Ginder. I started out as a Tweenie and ended up a senior scout in high school. Girl Scout cookies cost $.45 a box. My mother was a cookie mom a couple of times. I still have my Girl Scout pins and Marian Award. Take care.
Joyce Radocaj Ruggero, St. Frances, Class of 1962 [02-01-2011]

i can never get over how hard our fathers worked for us. Mine was a truck driver who worked every day of the year, even Xmas for an extra day's pay. John Brogan's father would walk to Broad and Erie to take the subway to the Penn Mutual at Independence Hall, regardless of how deep the snow was. Come to think of it we worked hard too in our careers too, feeling guilty if we ever missed a day. How did our mothers, who were usually (I said usually) at home ever budget their time and money to keep the family intact? Love, honor and obey, eh? I don't think our mothers ever had a minute off, let alone a day off. How did they sacrifice so much for us, and have we deserved their devotion?
Joe Lynch, All stressed up and no one to choke [02-01-2011]

Joe D'ag, I think you forgot about the pimple ball we cut in half to play Half- Ball. A great game that you could play anywhere.
Dave Linn, West Side of Gtn. [02-01-2011]

Andy, the Bloyd st gang was near the Devon st gang located around Chew & Wister. They were just as bad as the Summerville gang who took over the area behind Anderson playground down to Bellfield playground in the early 60s. None of them were too fond of us in east Gtown.
Gman [02-01-2011]

Andy Anderson: The Bloyd Street Eagles were indeed real, but, short lived rag, tag football team. My uncle Lester Barry, Sr. was their coach. I don't think he ever played a down of football in his life; so, the team lacked in fundamentals. If they were going to win the game; they would need to beat the opposition into a pulp. I do have a team picture with me and my two same age cousins as team mascots. The team members would now be in their early seventies. My uncle and several of players lived on Bloyd St.; thus, the name. Best Regards, Tony Risi
Tony Risi [02-01-2011]

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