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February 12-20, 2011


Created a Germantown Boys Club and Camp Indiandale starter page on facebook. Check it out and feel free to post. http://www.facebook.com/pages/GBC-and-Camp-Indiandale/190421177658082
John Kazalonis, Germantown Boys Club [02-20-2011]

To appease bloggers like FW who would limit contributions to this blog to a word length of HIS choosing, I'll be more than happy to hear from JBS, JL, JP, KMcK and brother Bernie, etc via my Facebook page. However, should those treasured bloggers prefer to continue to communicate publicly on this blog, that's fine with me as well. FW and others can always exercise their right to skip over and ignore postings that are too long to hold their attention or interest. That's why we have the on/off switch and TV remote control; so folks can exercise their personal freedom of choice without impinging on the rights of others to do likewise.
Catherine Manning Muir [02-20-2011]

"Jake" McHugh: That was an excellent blog you did on Laurel Hill Cemetery (2/16/11). Thank you for sharing all those details, especially the verse on the child's stone: "A bud of beauty nipp'd by death, O no!-upborn to milder skiesÖ" Like yourself, I have found cemeteries to be places of peace and beauty and a wonderful source of historical information, e.g., dating cholera and yellow fever epidemics as well as recording massacres, mine disasters and floods to mention a few. I started observing cemeteries back in Germantown during the early fifties--right behind the Germantown Historical Society itself--between Church Lane and School House Lane. There were graves here dating back to our revolutionary era, but sadly, time and weathering had "melted" most of the names and dates. Later, when my folks left Germantown for the "Great Northeast," I discovered their neighborhood imbedded with cemeteries (most of which I explored) and wondered what was going on with the zoning laws that allowed this commingling of the dead with the living? Seems these cemeteries were originally developed outside of the city of Phila., but over time, as the city grew and expanded, it left these pockets of the dead within residential neighborhoods. In some areas, they are the only islands of green and seem to be appreciated by area children and residents. This is not the place to go into all the amusing and sad epitaphs I've seen on tombstones, However, one recent case has captured my attention involving Marilyn Monroe and some of our readers might find it amusing. When this sex-goddess died at age 36, she was interred in Westwood Village Memorial here in California. The canny Mr Hugh Hefner of Playboy fame quickly reserved the empty crypt on her left (investment?), while a Mr Poncher occupied the coveted crypt above her. In 2009 his widow proposed moving him and offered, on ebay, for mucho shekels, the chance for some lucky "stiff" to lay atop Marilyn for eternity. You can't make this stuff up. One Japanese gentleman offered 4.6 million but I think it fell through because as he put it: "I have a problem with the money thing."
kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [02-20-2011]

to Jack McHugh, The U.S. has been driving on the right side of the road since the late 18th century(horse and wagon). In some states it was legislated into law by the early 19th century.
anonymous [02-20-2011]

Show Rebuttal in support of teachers from Joe Lynch,

The Fernhill Duo[CMM&JL]: I was never a card-carrying member of Fernhill Park like both of you. The two of you had an intrinsic and emotional connection with Fernhill whereby my connection was more athletic oriented. I have spent some time in other urban-parks where I did not play "The Lone Ranger"-Parks are great venues for romantic conversation and dialogue, with the birds chirping and flowers radiating with sensual fragrances. In Philadelphia, we have Fairmount Park,in NYC,there is Central Park,in San Francisco,there is Golden Gate Park,and in Berlin,there is Tiergarten Park. Not far from Germantown,there was Hunting Park and it was well protected by The Park-Guards. A tall pretty damsel who looked like Nicole Kidman, asked me to drive her to Hunting Park for a little conversation. One can never tell a book by looking at it's cover, this young lady did not like Plato and was enchanted with The French Culture. Many years later, I was watching Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge and I was having Flash-back. I was unhappy when Nicole got a divorce since she is a nice Catholic girl from Down-under. Married couples should take walks in the park and renew the old love and flame that once burned with fire.
J.Bruce Schmitt [02-20-2011]

Dennis McGinchey: You are perceptive, Dennis. After all the excitement and uproar my use of the word "confabulatory" generated here in the recent past (our JBS is still getting mileage out of that one...if he still remembers), I hesitated to use the equally unfamiliar "Shanachie." (Teller of tales) But that was the correct moniker for my Da. He was a superb teller of tales. What else would you call one that had you slapping your knees, stamping your feet on the floor, tears rolling down your cheeks, bent over with such laughter that you found yourself screaming: "Stop! You're killing me." We were putty in his Maestro hands; he had a yarn for everything and a bottomless repertoire of Irish songs--most of the rebel kind. And people wonder why we are the way we are...we learned it at his knee, and he at his own father's knee before him going back countless generations, in a little thatched cottage, sitting before a turf fire where the only entertainment was loving the little woman and telling stories in the evenings . This, I suspect, is the real origins of Irish wit and literature. He wasn't unique. Old Germantown was filled with characters, all gone now, that had stories to tell. This is why it's so important we record our memories here--where better than on this historical site.
kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [02-20-2011]

CMM> You piqued my interest with your explanation of the difference between a translator's rendition, and that of a, hmm, stenographer? Tricky business there. It must weigh heavy on you at times. I'm thinking of the volumes of case law, scholarly books and articles, speeches, and general ramblings of our general population regarding what the constitution says; and that is in our own common tongue. Yet the number of meanings that get wrung out of that fairly succinct document are almost too numerous to document. Often times the reason for the differences in understanding is a matter of understanding what a word or phrase meant during a particular period, and especially if used by a particular class, BUT!, then say others, it is a living document, and language is fluid, and while we must understand the intent of the original writers, we must also understand that they understood that these changes would occur. Okay, anyone pouring gasolie on themselves yet? Your challenge and charge is a heady one indeed. I'm reminded of the Jesuits' roles in the story, Shogun. One could see them as useful translators helping to meld two extremely divergent cultures, or....a more cynical person might have viewed them as manipulative agents cleverly cloaking their grab for wealth and power. Tricky business there. I'm sure you wrestle with some of these concepts from time to time. At least I hope so.
John Payne [02-20-2011]

JBS, I just read your blog about the monetary gains to writers in this day and age. I recently wrote and published a book. I have been trying, thru the book stores and other places that sell big quantities of books, to put my book on their shelves but they will not do it. I also asked Barnes & Nobles if I could have a book signing in one or all of their stores. They refused for no reason at all. I just received my 1st royalty check and I am too embarassed to tell you the amount. Most of the books that have been sold were probably bought by me for friends and relatives .Unless you want a book that is a signed copy for your personal collection, Kindle is the way to go, and it only costs about $10.00. The publishers want to charge a la carte for everything they do for you, and it can run into a lot of money.
ed burke [02-20-2011]

Linda Fontana: There are many bloggers on this site who are great writers. In this winner-take-all society, only the best in each profession recieve a lucrative remuneration. If one desires high-income, writing is not the way to go, because it is rare for writers to earn high-compensation. Personally, at this stage in my life, money is not my main priority. However, we all have to take care of the basics-food,clothing, and shelter but I have no need for fast cars,big boats, belonging to a country-club or squiring young-models. As one retires, there is a concern how to maintain an adequate income commensurate with a decent life-style-this is a challenge. The main problem is to balance capital preservation with income generation. This site connects us with Germantowners and is also beneficial for cognitive thinking. This might surprise you but I have earned income from reading various posts on this site. In the past, I've read blogs from Australia and I focused on the floods there and I realized that this would have an affect on commodity prizes such as sugar and silver. I recently posted with Joe D'Agostino who owns a Mercedez and I thought about another luxury car-Jaguar. The Jaguar is owned by Tata Motors and I made a small investment in this company. In my youth, I grew up in Germantown and I always liked the folks from G-town. Blogging on this Web-site, provides not monetary-income but psychic-income for me.
JBS [02-19-2011]

Toying with the idea of starting a web page or at least a Facebook page dedicated to the old Germantown Boys Club and Camp Indiandale. Anyone interested can contact me at gbckaz@cox.net. Will not disseminate any of your info without your permission. Check out our John Wilkinson facebook memories page CLICK
John Kazalonis, Age 61, Germantown Boys Club Member [02-19-2011]

Dear Anonymous: When I wrote the story of Willy Johnson of East Falls driving on the other side of the road, I just related the story as told to me, I never thought about which side we drove on. You made me think about it so I was checking in several books I have from the early 1900Ēs---these books are called the blue book and I have several of different years for the Northeast U. S. These were the driving guides of the time, with rules and maps, directions etc. but they donít talk about which side to drive on. The confusing thing is all the cars have the steering wheel on the right side but on the drawings of the cars at hotels etc. sometimes they are on the right and other times on the left. Even the rules were confusing at that time, every state having border crossings since some you needed headlights and other none or just one--the same for the tail light----you also needed a license plate for the state you were driving into. You could buy all these things at the border crossing. The funny thing was the directions ex: drive up Broad St and to get Old York Rd. look for the red barn on the right about a half a mile past a stone bridge---I guess they didnít have many sign posts in those days.
Jack McHugh [02-19-2011]

HLD[Helen]: You and CMM have enhanced the conversation on this site with your erudite and salient commentary about books and literature. You,CMM, and JL have an intrinsic connection to literature whereby mine is more extrinsic. Joe Lynch jests about reading books in Latin- Lou Pauzano and I did read Cicero and Virgil in Latin. However, I do know that it is important to understand the language of the writer to fully connect to the text of the book. In Pride and Prejudice, it was easy to understand the character of Mr. Darcy who was arrogant. Understanding the character of Madame Bovary is much more daunting since I was not a psychology major and wives of doctors can be altogether different. I know many wives who left their husbands since they were boring. Dr. Bovary was a nice man,a physician, and a loving and devoted husband- this sounds like a balanced marital-equation. Madame Bovary's lovers were no Bill Clinton. Madame should have taken a walk in the park with a French-Poodle for some excitement. I never understood why people leave their spouses for losers. I found it interesting that you spent time in one of the great cities of Eastern Europe-St. Petersburg. My former father-in-law,Peter Kapschutschenko, had studied in this magnificent city. One of the great Art-Museums in the world is located there-"The Hermitage". The Bronze Horseman,Peter The Great, created by Falconet,The French Sculptor,is also located in St. Petersburg. Falconet was commissioned by Katharine The Great to create this Monumental Sculpture. Incidentally, Madame Bovary was an Ingenue compared to Katharine The Great. You and CMM should be good friends since you like good books,woman writers and exciting stories. A good venue would be to hang out in The Cafes of Buenos Aires and see The Argentine Women discuss Affairs of The Heart. Cathy's old friend, Joe Lynch visited BA and he took in that unique culture which is heavily Italian. Helen! Being a reserved guy from G-town, I have to tell you that I find these posts about romance and unrequited love-intriguing.
JBS [02-19-2011]

JL, you want bloggers to list their schools? I've thrown the lot at you! The list of 'alphabets' after my name may confound some and send others 'googling'. Clue: the last 3 on the list are here in Oz and UN Padang is the state university in W. Sumatra. Joe, I can't put the bawdy bits of my book here, they are TOO rude, the ravings of a drunken farmer on the road and high on opium. In fact, I had to seek the help of fellow translators in Indonesia because, not only are the terms not in my vocabulary, but they are terms used 150 years ago and too rude to be heard/overheard in conversation, which is where I pick up most of my 'unusual' vocabulary. One example is a euphemism for asking a pimp to find a 'dancer' who likes to 'smoke a pipe'. Get my drift? When I was teaching Indonesian and ESL at the Australian Intl School in Singapore, many of my students were Indonesian Chinese boys, sent away to school because their parents couldn't handle them. Their vocabulary made the 'f bomb' seem puerile. One day the principal, an ogre of a woman, tasked me to write out a list of Indonesian swear words and their meanings so she could apply the school rule about not cursing/swearing at teachers;couldn't discipline them if she didn't know what they'd said! It was one of the worst jobs she ever dished out; I had to ask the 'nice' boys to tell me all the rude words and they all balked until I told them I'd be in trouble with the principal if I didn't give her a list, albeit abridged. However, in the book I'm translating, there are words/phrases I'd never heard because I don't hang out in that stratum of society, a handicap in my work. My problem is how to translate the rough bits so the sense is conveyed without getting the book banned by the thought police. It is for an English-speaking, fairly erudite audience, so I have some license but still must moderate it a bit. That's the task of the translator, not just to parrot the words of others but to make them meaningful to the reader. That's what separates someone who is merely bilingual from a translator; it's an expanded universe of language. I'm going to Padang in mid-March and will have my list ready so I can solicit help from the faculty at UN Padang, who will probably be too polite at first and then raucously enjoy helping me. Men of that caliber don't/won't/can't talk dirty around women so it will be great fun for all and sundry to 'break out'. You'll just have to buy the book to read the dirty parts!
Catherine Manning Muir, SFA, CA, Temple, UN Padang, Macquarie, UNE, QUT [02-19-2011]

Hey Joe Lynch, Do you remember Franny McGonagle, your next door neighbor, being chased around the tree in front of their house by his father/ If the ole man had ever caught him it would have been murder on fernhill Road! How about the basketball rim on Neil,s garage and the number of broken windows in that garage? We drove his poor dad nuts. Just a bunch of pain in the butt kids!
Dave byrne [02-19-2011]

Show Posting from Frank Westside re tldr

Kevin McKernan - your Dad was a true shanachie.... Anybody can tell a story. But it is an artform when the storyteller can tell it in such a way that it is so riveting, engrossing and spellbinding to the listener.... Sounds like you Dad had it.....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-19-2011]

Show Disputatious Posting from Anon

Like it or not, the Kindle and the other e-book readers are the wave and won't be going away. The traditional "newspaper" is dying. The paper magazines will be right behind it. Borders is bankrupt, and I'd bet it won't survive. Barnes & Noble will be right behind it. Web and wireless technology has sounded the death knell for them. Well at least the e-books are more environmentally friendly.... Who knows, maybe those Mary Higgins Clark or other such paperbacks in your closet will be collector items on Ebay in the future....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [02-19-2011]

LAF> Re: air conditioning stories, a friend many of us know from G'town (name withheld to protect the guilty)once told me that he had an AC in his bedroom only. When I asked, "What about the kids"?, he said, "Nah...kids don't feel the heat". LOL. Very sensitive. One other motor vehicle memory from the non AC days; the car seat fabric! What was that crap? It fell somewhere between sandpaper and a knuckle brush.
John Payne [02-19-2011]

Webmaster: Thanks for linking the "memory" song. I posted anonymously, as usual, by mistake. It makes the song quite appropriate. Hope you enjoyed it.
John Payne [02-19-2011]

We earned that 70 degrees today, though there's snow in the forecast for Tuesday.There is still snow on my front lawn, birds in the back,and a healthy skepticism about that groundhog. Why isn't life fair? Why don't I live across the street from John Payne? Does anyone have a time-share in San Diego? Remember that day--day! at the shore and changing clothes for a quarter in the bath house on Ocean City Boardwalk near the Morlyn Theatre. It's still there near Shriver's, Kohr Brothers, Litterer's orange juice and, of course, Mack and Manko's pizza. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
Joe Lynch,SFA57,LSCHS61, Rough, Tough and Hard to Bluff [02-18-2011]

To one and all of you: I was just talking to a Germantown friend of mine, who is also on here. Brought up a subject of days gone by..I wish to share with you/ The discussion was centered around our "G"town homes with no air..in the summertime sweltering heat/and very tiny bathrooms to be shared with other household members. I stated,'what about the cars from yesteryear as well'. I remember dating in cars that had no air on hot summer nights, when feeling 'refreshed' was really important. There were those little tiny side windows, called 'vents'..which provided minimal air circulation,& a slight breeze for some ventilation, as you drove to a wedding or something in a fancy outfit/I wonder what most armpits felt like and what the underarm part of those mens shirts looked like/dripping wet. You left a HOT house for a HOT car,how did we survive? And, with no computers or cell phones..you had to walk to a pay phone, pray that you had the right amount of change in your pocket so that you wouldn't get disconnected from your party..speaking of the word party...what about those party lines on phones, whereas you could hear the private conversations of so many people/I could go on an on.I laugh about these things now, but, in reality they made us the people who we are today.'fun and loving', and appreciative of what we now have.L.A.F.
L.Fontana [02-18-2011]

Dennis McG, Remembering Continental Beauty Salon on Maplewood Avenue, the name "Mr. Jay" rings a bell. Didn't the patrons of that shop have to climb a flight of stairs to get to the salon? I think one of the other beauticians was Mario. The Mia Farrow (pixie) haircut was in style in 1962. I was married in 62 & "Mr. Jay" cut my hair from its paige-boy style (which I had worn throughout grade & high school) into a very short "pixie" style. He did that about a week before I walked down the aisle of IC. Surprisinly, it worked out very well with my wedding head dress & veil. Thanks for the memories.
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; ic '55; cdhs '59 [02-18-2011]

JBS: I don't recall EVER walking in the dark at Fernhill Park with JL; it just wasn't done. We walked to Sunday mass and he walked me home from the park sometimes in the afternoon, but it wasn't at all as you suggested. Times were more innocent then, weren't they? Besides, the park guard wouldn't have put up with such shenanigans. He did, however, allow us to take some of his firewood and use it to make a fire in the lovely stone shelter, where we used to spend many an evening just sitting mesmerized by the flames. They were halcyon days, still replayed in technicolor in my mind's eye.
Catherine Manning Muir, sfa'57, ca'61 [02-18-2011]

Linda Fontana and Rosmarie Hite Malageri: Thank you! May 15th works better for me, I have to make a trip down to Abington around then. But I could work with either date. The website for La Fontana's has very good directions and I don't think I would have any trouble locating it. I look forward to being there, I will watch postings for the date and time.
Casey Fox, Wilkes-Barre [02-18-2011]

I like the idea of suggesting what were our favorite books then and now. I've dragged some of the classics through every move I've made in the hopes of some day reading them. I like Michner, Mary Higgins Clark and read every one of John Jake's - an easy way to get a grasp on history - never my strong point. For everyone of Irish ancestry, read A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN - very easy read (high school). It gave me an insight into who I am and the strong women in my life. I read it when my girls had it as required reading. CA '57 & '61, CHC '65
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-18-2011]

About kids not reading anymore... My grandchildren are required to read every day as additional homework. They have to write about what they've read as well. I have an 11 year old grandson who is already a history buff partly from watching the History channel on tv and mostly from reading on his own. He puts the adults in his life to shame with his knowledge. I have 6 other grandchildren and many great nieces and nephews and they all read and are encouraged to do so at home and school. Kids still go to their school libraries every week to take books out. I'm not worried about kids reading because I know they do and are encouraged to. Just saying that they're doing it.
anonymous [02-18-2011]

Hey, Cathy Manning Muir, how about sending us some of those "raw and bawdy" snippets from your Indonesian epics? The blog needs some lightning once in a while. We have the original Joyce manuscript of Ulysses in Philadelphia and every Bloomsday, celebrities read their favorite passages outdoors: the Irish novel with a South Philly accent. I was there at the Rosenbach Museum on the 100 year anniversary a few years ago, acting very knowledgeable about the text and very chauvinistic about us Irish. You know, Yeats, U2, Frank O'Connor, the Coors, May the road rise with you, The Rising of the Moon, and all that folderol. The real Irish saw through me right away!
Joe Lynch,SFA57,LSCHS61, Still Waiting for Godot [02-18-2011]

Joe Lynch i'm sure you don't remember but many moons ago around the spring of '65 I played in a pickup game at Fern Hill against you and some of your friends. What a thrill just to play in against the oldheads but also against a college player, It was the highlight of my young career. Man what a thrill. To Annon. I have many memories of Stop'N Shop as I worked many years there, fron 1963 to 1990, minus about five years in the late '60s and early 70's. Many is retired in Anns Place and Carmen is in the Northeast, I believe in Winchester Park . Both were great guys and an asset to the neighborhood for well over 40 years. Richie, SFA '64, NC'68.
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala area [02-18-2011]

Mike Smith: I regret that I missed you in Cohshohocken at The Funeral of our classmate from SFA-John[Jack] Ondik. God threw away the mold when he created John Stephen Ondik. Jack was such an unique person and blessed with a transcedental personality. He was bright,quick, and witty. You met him at SFA in 1st grade with Sister Rita Josephine who became a mother and Principal. I don't know how Jack dealt with Mother Rita Josephine and Father McGarrity-The Famous Confessor. You left SFA for Norward Academy but joined me and Jack O. at The Prep. Dan McAleer from East Germantown went to The Prep but the 3 of you did not like Jesuit Education and went to CD where you were in the 1st graduating class-1959. Many bloggers on this site went to CD and made salient commentary which had been initiated by Kevin McKernan, one of the erudite contributors to this site. I learned some good vocabulary from our mutual friend,Tom Wilkins, who reads this Web-site. Your old classmate from THe Prep,Norwood,and Germantown is being honored for winning the Catholic League Soccer Championship-Jim Murray. I had lunch with your old friend,Tom Boyle, who lived in Tioga but spent a lot of quality time in Germantown. He is a widower and was married to a Irish Beauty whom I dated. Mike! It is so scary that our friends and classmates are meeting their Maker.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-18-2011]

My father never read books to us. He did something better! He told us stories-- rich, oral stories from the scary to his ordinary experiences growing up in Ireland--all recited in his unique, thick brogue with wonderful facial expressions. He kept us on the edge of our seats, widened our childish eyes and set our mouths agape with squeals. Many a night, despite my mother's warning, he sent us to bed to battle monsters and other nightmares. We loved it! And we would plead: "Just one more story, please, Dad! What one of us has not sat around a campfire in the Wissahickon or at a summer camp and not told "ghost stories?" It's almost obligatory. Telling good stories is a real art; some do it very well. Those that were fortunate enough to catch Meryl Streep's storytelling in "Out of Africa" will immediately know what I'm writing about. Given the barest of details to start by Robert Redford, she is able to elaborate on and weave a story that goes through the night, several candles and a few bottles of vino...and no one retired early, such was her storytelling skills. Yes, the dark is for ghost stories and candles and wine for saga's of romance. I'll bet all of us growing up in Germantown had our youth enriched by a storyteller, if not our entire lives.
Kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [02-18-2011]

To those of us who are getting a bit long in the tooth, or who just have a good sense of humor, I recommend a "you tube" video called Memory - a spoof by Pam Peterson. She is a singer. It's a funny bit.
anonymous [02-18-2011]

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Right Hand Driving: Wikipedia cites the customary reasons why we had some right hand and some left hand driving, (mostly custom of original European country, Dutch vs. Eng. etc.). Nowhere does it give any functional reason. A brit once told me it came from days of horseback and sword, and the desire to make it more difficult for most people (right handers) to swing a sword at an oncoming citizen. Hmmmm, okay, lacking any actual references, I accept the story. At least good enough for blogging, or beer conversation at Cranes.
John Payne [02-18-2011]

Jack McHugh> Interesting bit of trivia about the elderly gentleman and the car. I did now know that we (the U.S.) ever drove on the other side of the road. I wonder what was behind the change.
anonymous [02-18-2011]

CMM, who can forget Holden trying to make the word BOOK out of the obscene word he sees on the wall?! All for Phoebe's benefit. (I forget. Did we have Cliff Notes then?) One thing I've learned about reading is that everyone brings his/her own meanings to the story. The teacher is just another voice. I never mock Harry and Hermione or Jim Morrison's poetry or the vamp books. Of course, Schmitty likes to read the texts in Latin, as is his wont, but I am a Christian Brothers' boy, not out of the Jesuit tradition. I read only one book in elementary school: Kid Who Batted .1000. Shows you my IQ in those years. Bought a Nook, you might like the Kindle, too. Now I can order a book on impulse. Is this life great or what? Wow, Madame Bovary, who poisons herself rather than lead the dull, conventional life of her husband. Hmmm, that sounds a little too familiar--a dull, conventional husband. . . who knows nothing about the inner life of his wife.Hmmmmm. I promise myself every summer to read War and Peace or Proust. . .and then summer comes along. Love the book talk/film talk, especially from the WIBG era. I am still in love with Mitzi Gaynor in South Pacific. 50 cents, balcony, The Orpheum, Chelten Ave. (c.1960)With Special Guest! Hey, CMM, saw Kim Williams the other day and gave her a shout-out for you. Still with the "Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet," she is.
Joe LynchSFA57/LSCHS61/Girls Rule, Boys Drool [02-18-2011]

Bob D'Angelo Small world....my husband helped to coach those players when they were freshmen and sophomores. He, too, lost many friends especially among the coaching staff. Whenever he returns for a football game, he usually runs into Red Dawson....if you saw the movie, We Are Marshall, I believe the actor who played the part was Matthew Fox. We live in York County.
Patricia Carr [02-18-2011]

Catherine Manning Muir, I gave a card to everyone in the class ... i just didnt want to hurt anyones feelings ... :>) Re: Reading... My fourteen year old grandaughter is an avid reader as is her Mother ... My grandaughter does very well in school and i contribute it to her Moms instilling in her not only the fun and adventures you find in books but the knowledge as well that you get from them. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-18-2011]

Speaking of books, I just ordered a Kindle as a coming home gift for Cher. I'm wondering if reading from a screen will be less enjoyable than a paper product. My daughter and grandson are big fans of the Kindle, but I'm reserving judgement until I experience it. I've played pool on the computer, and it just doesn't provide the same enjoyment. We'll see. Sit down "Watson", the jury is still out.
John Payne [02-18-2011]

February is a short month, but it's packed with meaning for me. Groundhog's Day (a great movie, by the way),Valentine's Day, of course, President's weekend (Buy some sheets or a new car) and Mardi Gras (Donut Day), Ash Wednesday, Lent. Always deciding whether to give up chocolate or cake for the 40 days. Easter is late this year so there's no guilt yet about not going to daily mass that the nuns forced us into. The sun is setting a little later and we see some 60 degree days this weekend. All in all, a good, short month that will guarantee crocus if we look closely for them in time. I still miss Lent, though, even if I don't observe all the rituals--the incense, 40 Hours, The Stations of the Cross, Purple vestments, Holy Saturday when we could eat chocolate again, new clothes on Easter Sunday (or hand-me-downs--thanks Jack Brogan). In Lent, we Catholics spent more time in church on our knees than at the Gtn. Boys Club or the Park, it seems. I remember once on Good Friday trying not to talk for the 3 hours. It didn't work. So, it's a good month, all things considered. Let's give it a break; there's celebration around every curve and bend in the road. It's just those memories persist of smells and bells in church and shoveling snow off the basketball court in Fernhill Park. Am I getting old or what?
Joe Lynch, SFA 57,LSCHS61,IamnotasnormalasIappeartobe. [02-18-2011]

Bruce: I did not read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (but I did see the movie). The Dostoyevski novel that wowed me when I was a young girl was Crime and Punishment. The writing was wonderful. I was in St. Petersbury, I saw the crime, I was overcome by guilt, (something I was all too familiar with from my Catholic school education), and I breathed a sigh of relief when our hero finally made things right. I could go on and on all day about Gustaave Flaubert's Madame Bovary - for me, one of the most beautifully written books ever. I think I'll call it a day. Chow, H
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [02-17-2011]

...speaking of books and reading, a 'classic' read you may not have thought of is the 'Ramayana ', the ancient Indian tale of devotion, separation and reunion, an expression of the eternal battle between good and evil, ranging from short stories to lengthy epics. which permeates all forms and levels of cultural life in south and SE Asia, from India to Iran, Tibet to Thailand, Cambodia to China, Japan to Java, Malaysis to Myanmar and Sri Lanka to Siberia. When I was teaching a 'special' class of Grade 5 students with a range of moderate to severe intellectual disabilities a few years ago, we made Ramayana puppets and did the Ramayana story as a play and it truly brought the kids out of themselves in astonishing ways. The girls all wanted to play Sita, while the boys all wanted to be the white monkey, Hanoman, or at least members of his monkey army (which we transformed into a bikie gang for our version of the play). And, in about a year's time, I will encourage you all to read (and buy!) 'The Tale of Siti Mariah', my translation of 'Hikayat Siti Mariah', the earliest work of modern Indonesian literature. The story depicts the lives of ordinary Indonesians under the cruel Dutch colonial regime of forced cultivation and cuvee labor during the latter half of the 19th century; it's raw and bawdy, with magical 'kris' (wavy swords with supernatural powers) and deus ex machina. Will be published in 2012 by Lontar Publications. While I can't hope to match LM Alcott's fame and sales, maybe I'll be famous in Germantown for 15 minutes.
Catherine Manning Muir, sfa'57, ca'61 [02-17-2011]

Linda Fontana> Love the term, Moolah; I haven't heard it in years, and don't think I've ever actually seen it written until now. You brought a smile to my face. I love moolah.
John Payne [02-17-2011]

Patricia Carr I was at Marshall U from Sept 68 to Jan 71.I went to a Junior College for 2 years, then finished at Marshall. I was there when they had the plane crash that took our whole football team. I lost many friends on November 14, 1970. Where do you live now ? I am in the Allentown Pa area.
Bob D'Angelo, NC '65,Marshall University [02-17-2011]

Rosemarie, like you, I don't recall getting any Valentine's cards but I did give some, selectively. However, my expressions of affection were universally unrequited. Sadly, I wasn't the 'pretty red-headed girl' that Joe Lynch admired at SFA. And, Joe, you're right about kids today not reading; many just don't know how and they are so overstimulated by red, fizzy drinks and computer games/iPods/SMSing/Facebook etc. that they can't sit still to read, other than P.J. Rowling. Don't knock it, though. It's better they read about Hogwarts than not read at all. One of my favorite books from school days--I remember reading it at Fernhill Park, down by the swings--was 'Green Mansions' by W.H. Hudson, which was made into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn. You never hear of that lovely book anymore. And, of course, I read all of the 'Cherry Ames, Student Nurse' books; they made nursing seem exciting and adventurous, which it surely is not unless you're with Medecins Sans Frontieres or with the Royal Flying Doctor Service here in Oz (the base is here in Broken Hill where I live). And who can forget reading about Holden Caulfield, expecially the episode where he cuts his toenails and leaves the clippings lying on the floor! But the shoes of Mr. Darcy, whose arrogance hides a generous and upright nature, would be welcome under many a young woman's bed! Ah, to be lost in books is a joy of bygone days, not shared by today's youth, I fear. (I'm sounding a bit Jane Austen-ish, aren't I!) Has anyone read James Joyce's 'Ulysses'? Now that's a tough one but mandatory for any literate Irishman/woman, and one day I hope to be in Dublin for Bloomsday (June 16th). I am currently reading Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying', the story of a woman's death as seen through the eyes of 15 different characters, a commentary on the absence of objective truth, existence of multiple subjective truths and the anguish of the one whose subjective truth is closest to the objective truth. Maybe we could spin off a book club from this blog. That reminds me: a very enjoyable movie is 'The Jane Austen Book Club', not about her books but about the relationships that develop among the club's members. After seeing the movie, I took up reading 'Emma' but found it too slow and archaic and put it down without finishing. I'll try again another day.
Catherine Manning Muir, sfa'57, ca'61 [02-17-2011]

Catharine Manning Muir: Tom Wilkins and I are happy that you are posting again and it is a given that Joe Lynch is also pleased. Tom Wilkins has a sister,Toni, who went to CA. I liked your sweet post how you walked in Fernhill Park with your Prince at the time,Joe Lynch. His heart must have been percolating,his temperature rising,and the birds chirping as you meandered in the dark through the park,holding hands with the panorama of Philly in the background. It was such an innocent and delightful time in your life. Joe Lynch was so blessed that you chose him for those romantic walks in the park. At Fernhill,in those days, there were the athletes and the lover-boys. I had a classmate by the name of Paul Mckee and he was on The SFA Basetball Team with me back in the 50's. However, when he came to Fernhill, it was all about smelling the roses,honeysuckles, and whatever. Pat McIlhinney and Al Patrizi were good-looking guys and smooth talkers who frequented the park. Tom Cusack,like Joe Lynch was a LaSalle guy, who liked to rock&roll and do the stroll but Sid Payne[Bandstand] kept him humble. There was also Bob Kephart, the quintessential ladies-man. I was a reserved guy and I did not connect with Elvis Presley's song-Hound Dog. One night, I was with a vivacious Femme Fatale at a party at The Philopatrian Club on Walnut St. and Bob Kephart was there. She was enchanted with his engaging personality. The kitten starts to purr but wants to dance with me. There and then, I knew that I had to fuel my tank with some hi-test since this tigress was going to take me on a roller-coaster ride. She had my motor running,my heart pumping,and my brain jumping. Cherish those tranquil walks in the park when everything was so halcyon. I also applaud you and Joe L. for your literary contribution to this site. I agree with you that no gender has a monopoly on books and literature. However, I must also add that no country or language has an oligopoly on great works of literature. In The USA, The Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic-group. My Mother[Marguerite] and my wife[Ludmila] were into the works of Isabel Allende-House Of The Spirits. One can not be a member of the literati if Cervantes is not read-Don Quixote. Bill Clinton, the genius and lover-boy read 100 Years of Solitude by Garcia Marques from Colombia. The Germans had Goethe with Faust and Schiller with William Tell and his apple. The French are so proud of their culture and we can never forget forget Victor Hugo- Les Miserables and The Hunchback from Notre Dame. Helen Leone D'Angelo reminded us of The Great Russian Writer,Dostoyevsky, and his great contribution to literature-Crime and Punishment. CMM! Keep posting and keep us informed about Down-under and your great comments about G-town.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-17-2011]

To Bob D'Angelo My husband, Don Carr, graduated from Marshall in 1968 then stayed on as a grad assistant with football, no less, earning his master's in '69. Also, he was on their football team. To this day, he remains an avid supporter of the Thundering Herd. Of course, his only connection to Germantown is me... Oh, one his former football players' son recently played for MLK High School on Stenton Ave. Again, condolences on the passing of your dear mother. Patti Carr
Patricia Carr [02-16-2011]

I visited Alcott's home in Massachusetts. I guess I had where she was born and where she lived mixed up. Her family did not live in Germantown very long - maybe a couple years. Her home is a neat place to visit. Her parents had vision. They allowed the girls to draw on the walls & fortunately, no one covered the drawings. They also performed endless plays. Her imagination was wonderfully nurtured.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-16-2011]

In the 1950ís when my family lived on W. Clapier St. we were visited many times by a very loving old couple, his name was Willy Johnson, they lived in East Falls. He drove to our house in his mint condition Model A Ford. In his younger days he used to work as a caretaker in Laurel Hill Cemetery (the big one along the river drive) and so he got me a summer job in 1960 at this cemetery. I joined a bunch of other young kids hired in the summer to trim the bushes or ivy etc. They did this using a sickle--since I was the youngest (15) they gave me a rake and I had to rake up all their cuttings. Because of this they called me Jake the Rake---I put this in because years after, I met one of the guys, he told me they all thought my real name was Jake-so if any guys from Laurel Hill are reading this Iím Jake . Back to the summer of 60---I found out from the older guys working there that Willy Johnson was one of the first people in East Falls to buy a car, this was when the steering wheel was on the right side and we drove on the opposite side of the street. Well when the U.S. changed to the side we drive on now, Willy was set in his ways plus East Falls did not have many cars so he continued to drive as always, as more people got cars in East Falls they all knew Willy so they just got out of his way. Laurel Hill to me was a wealth of knowledge and beauty, it was one of the first public cemeteries in the U.S.---opened in the 1830ís. It was designed with botanical riches and majestic memorials, a true Necropolis of itís time. Many famous people from Germantown were buried there---This blog is not for that purpose but to name two---David Rittenhouse was buried there, many know the name from Germantown. Another man was Thomas Godfrey the inventor of the Marine Quadrant. His parents had a farm in Germantown and he was a glazier by training. One day he was glazing some windows at the premises of James Logan in Germantown and he noticed the broken glass on the floor and from this he got the idea for the Quadrant, he died in 1749 buried on the family farm but when Laurel Hill opened, his body was moved there in 1838, his grave had an obelisk with a ship carved on it. What amazed me was the information on the stones about the people. I was very moved by the number of children who died early in life during the 1800ís. One such verse on a childís stone ďA bud of beauty nippíd by death, O no!--upborn to milder skies, Where no rude wind with icy breath, May blight a flower of ParadiseĒ I wrote about Laurel Hill because just looking at itís web site I saw where they are having a 175th birthday celebration this Feb. 26. Byie from Jake
Jack McHugh [02-16-2011]

Helen Leone D'Angelo: By dint of your titilating posts, many of the literate bloggers on this site, responded in a scintillating manner - Rosemarie Hite Malageri, Erda Armstrong Graham, Denise Duckworth Tumelty, Catharine Manning Muir, and Kevin Darcy McKernan. You are a true bibliophile, very literate and the same time,eclectic. You must be a member of the literati to have read Dostoyevsky who was so ebryonic in his search of existentialism. You probaly read his great work, "War and Peace". Some of the former poker players on this site such as Frank Klock might have read "The Gambler". I find "The Brothers Karamazov" appealing where I could discuss principles of morality and redemption with Dan Hartnett who is steeped in theology and philosophy-not to mention Francis Scott Key. Another great Russian writer was Tolstoy and his masterpiece "War and Peace". However, I suspect that Anna Karenina is your cup of tea. I watched Anna Karenina on Master-Peace Theater. I liked your great line to Kevin McKernan from Pride and Prejudice-"Mr. Darcy! You Make Me Swoon". You married into The D'Angelo Family and Your husband's cousin, Joe, taught English and is conversant about literature and the theater. Many bloggers on this site have a poetic nature and I have visited the home of Emily Dickinson, the great American poet, in Amherst, MA. Helen! I appreciate your encouragement in getting us to think about books and literature. Reading great books help us to think cognitively and reflect on the human-condtion.
Bruce Schmitt [02-16-2011]

Did somebody (CMM!) mention books? Many years I have spent teaching books, and the classics we grew up with just don't cut it with today's kids. How can I ever forget Miss Havisham? Remember Holden Caulfield? Lord of the Flies with Piggy's death. Jack Kerouac's On the Road--the Bible of the rebel kid in the last row. Even in the 1970s, The Outsiders, anything by Judy Blume, Go Ask Alice jolted kids out of their seats. Today, it's Harry Potter, vampire books, and that Mockinjay Trilogy or nothin'. Why would you read books if you could have HDTV and IMAX (and Midnight Doritos)? When the kids do come back from summer break about 40 to 50% have done their summer reading. Were we so different, I wonder? Readers ought to send in their favorite titles from high school (and present day) so we can turn back the clock to particular moments that, perhaps, made us who we are. Books can do that. I like Gatsby, over and over. A friend of mine was mocking me for reading books, of all things, and he said "Joe,I haven't read a book in ten years." "Yes," I said, "I know." I think he missed the irony.
Joe Lynch, SFA 57, LSCHS 61 Don't bother me. I'm reading. [02-16-2011]

Helen Leone D'Angelo: You're a good sport, Helen, but I don't see you swooning, like some Brit twit, before the arrogant Mr. Darcy...no way! No how! More likely, as a Jane Austin devotee, I think her character, Miss Bingley from P&P might characterize you better: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." And in that library I hope you have the poems of Emily Dickinson's (1830-1886), one of which my beloved gave to me for Valentine's Day a few years back which I review every cupid day:
Wild Nights--Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile--the Winds--
To a Heart in port--
Done with the Compass--
Done with the Chart!

Rowing in Eden--
Ah, the Sea!
Might I but moor--Tonight--
In Thee!
kevin mcKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., St Vincent's '58, CD '62 [02-16-2011]

Lou Giorno: I do agree that anyone who chose to 'cover up' what those horrific priests did to children...should pay the 'price' here on earth/ and eternally as well...or as they would put it, 'in the eternal fires of hell'...however, there are so many good priests still serving Mass, that it is a shame to taint all( in thoughts) for the deeds of a percentage of bad ones.This may in fact, lead to a nasty legacy for the Catholic Church across Continents.Linda "F">
L.Fontana [02-16-2011]

JBS: You are a talented writer of "G" town memories...You should 'pen' your thoughts into a book...and make some moolah...out of them. Have you ever considered being an author? You are detail oriented in your verbage/and also very informed...God bless your writings/ you never malign anyone, just bring back those Happy Days of "G"town gone by. thank you, Sincerely, Linda "F"> P>S> Hopefully you will be able to attend the LaFontana's luncheon with your comrades, again in May.
L.Fontana [02-16-2011]

Way to go CMM! Welcome back in spades. You express yourself so well and I love your imput.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [02-16-2011]

Lou Giorno, itís pretty much a given that almost all will agree with you. Catholic and Protestant ministers and officials are not above the law. Unfortunately, many victims will never see justice because of the statute of limitations. The changes to the Pa statute of limitations to allow filing of charges in child abuse cases up to the victims 50th birthday was so the right thing to do, and was why the recent allegations resulted in those arrests. Sad that it couldn't be retroactive to help the victims of longer ago to also get justice. And may the punishment fit the crime for all involved in the latest allegations and those that will still come through.... Itís tough to be a Catholic these days..... I have chosen to remain a Catholic. Many have notÖ. I guess weíll see a flurry of parish closings and consolidations to help defray the legal costs and lawsuits. Donít be surprised when the Germantown parishes get targeted for closings.....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown - IC-'70 & CD'74 [02-16-2011]

Cindy Klock Sheahan: You were asking about John Petty. It is with much sadness that I must tell you that John passed away on Oct.3,2010. John and I were best of friends during our childhood days. We shared many great times together. His funeral services were very private, but some weeks after his passing a very small group (approx. 12) of his friends gathered to celebrate His Life.
Joe DAgostino [02-16-2011]

Lou Giorno: What disturbs me the most about the pedophile priests issue, is all the "faithful:" that were and are willing to give the hierarchy a pass, saying, they didn't any knowledge of the actions. Admittedly I feel a more personal attachment to the situation, since I spent 4 years at CD, and until the full indictment was made public, I remember my 4 years at CD, being some of the best years of my life. While I was never personally involved, I felt that a part of my happy memories of my high school years was taken away from me. I felt betrayed! I find it hard to believe that others on the faculty didn't have at least suspicions of what some of the faculty was involved with. While reading the indictment, I was able to vividly visualize a few of the scenarios that were mentioned. I knew the priest involved, I knew what the classroom looked like that a young boy was taken from, during school hours, then sodomized in a empty classroom. Yes I think the Church could have done much better job of cleaning house, if they were serious about addressing the situation, instead of just sweeping the incidents under the carpet.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [02-16-2011]

Cindy, sorry to inform you that my classmate John Petty passed away last year. May he Rest in Peace.
Classmate / Fitler [02-16-2011]

Hi I usually dont make comment to anything political or religious but, i do have to agree that anybody involved in any way with the sexual abuse of children should be punished to the fullest extent of the law and this is whether they were the actual abusers or someone who covered up their disgusting acts .. which in my opinion makes them just as guilty as if they did those terrible things as well ...Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-16-2011]

Joe Lynch what fond memories you brought to mind of those little Valentine cards that we would send to each other in grade school ... I cant remember receiving any myself but, i sure gave a lot out. Actually i gave one to each person in the classroom including whoever the Nun or teacher was that year ... rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-16-2011]

Erda ... I love louisa may alcott .... I hope you and Mary Alice will be able to make the next G-Town luncheon. rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-16-2011]

Louisa May Alcott an American author; was born in Germantown, now part of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the 29th of November 1832. Her father was a teacher and most of her schooling came from him..
Erda (Armstrong) Graham, From the Westside [02-15-2011]

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We used to send valentines to everyone in the SFA classroom (c.1955)--if we could afford them. You could buy the hearts for a penny a piece at Woolworth's on Wayne Ave. and put them in the classroom mailbox. Prettiest girls (sorry!) got a desk full of "Be mine, Valentine" while we ungovernable boys got the dribs and drabs. If you got a valentine from someone you hadn't sent one to, you erased the name (many were written in pencil)and forwarded it (early recycling). Sister Grace Winifred, of course, was everybody's valentine. She even got chocolate. It could be an awkward day for some of us, but it was always fun. Who knows, that little red-headed girl in the corner might have a secret crush on you and invest a penny in your own personal happiness. For a day, anyway, you could be Apollo. . .in her eyes.
Joe Lynch, The Cincinnati Kid [02-15-2011]

West Germantowner[Anonymous]: You mentioned "The Clark Mansion",located in the 5100 block of Wissahickon Ave. in your last blog. This Mansion was situated between The Continental Post 263 at Hansberry St. and Manheim U, The corner at Wissy&Manheim where Duncan Hubley{GA] hung with his boys-The Pomfret Brothers,Rich&Ned[LaSalle],Dave Heil&Bob Charlanza and DennisGlancey[North],Ken Scott and Frank Connor[PC], Fran Roberts and Shepp[St.John's] and many more. Some of the corner-boys would have a beverage in Clark's big field on a hot summer-night. The Clark Family was a famous and elite Germantown-family. They were philanthopists and gave their Quarry to Philadelphia for Happy Hollow Playground where many bloggers on this site honed their athletic skills. The Clark's also gave the ground for Clark Park at Wissy& School House Lane. The Clarks were influential members of The Germantown Cricket Club where Duncan Hubley played soccer. Another anonymous blogger mentioned Manny's deli which was north of The Clark Mansion on the 5000 block of Wissy and across from "The VA". The Schmitt Family were very good customers of Manny's since we used a lot of lunch-meat and tastykakes for school-lunches. My 2 brothers,Ken&Rick,had paperstands at Midvale Steel at Wissy&Roberts and they picked up lunch-meat after they closed their paper-stands. Dave Byrne who posts on this site, knew this plant well since his father worked there and he cut through Fernhill Park on his way home from work. I knew many men who worked there including Bob Campbell's father. Germantowners were hard workers and they had character. My eyes become moist when I think of our former Germantown and all the factories that closed.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-15-2011]

Despite the nastygrams from some bloggers who wrote to say "Good riddance" when I chose to take a break from this blog (the webmaster knows who you are!), I'm back online to 'throw the cat amongst the pigeons'. I reject the notion expressed here recently that there are books for women and books for men. Any book worth reading is worth reading by both men and women. It occurs to me that the admonition in recent posts that the 'ladies' read Alcott, Austen etc is well-meaning but nevertheless patronizing. I loved "Little Women" when I was a child and still enjoy watching the movie, the original, not the remake, on late night TV, and I am working my way through 'the Classics', a hard slog. However, I recognize that the 'classics' are mostly British and, quite frankly, often tedious and boring. That said, I would advise the men also to read Alcott, Austen etc and then turn to really meaty American literature such as Faulkner, which is very difficult, and Steinbeck, my personal favorite. Faulkner is John Malkovich's favorite writer; I just watched an interview he gave at this year's Sydney Writer's Festival, explaining why. Steinbeck, a true chronicler of America, is easier to fathom, although he spans the gamut from heavy, murky works like "Grapes of Wrath", "East of Eden" and "Of Mice and Men" to the hilarious "Cannery Row" and "The Short Reign of Pippin IV". Reading is what separates the informed from the ignorant and it's always a joy to be seated on a long flight next to someone reading a good book.
Catherine Manning Muir [02-15-2011]

I never wanted to discuss religion or politics because it's a no win discussion, everyone has their own ideas and beliefs and are not easily dissuaded.However,the recent disclosures of pedephile priests have prompted me to speak out -since most of us on this site received a catholc education,it would be most interesting to see how many of you agree or partly agree with my comments.All Cardinals-Bishops-Msgrs.and any clergy that covered up the rotten deeds of pedephilia should all be held responsible as much as the violaters, they should be brought to trial and put in jail -then all the cover ups will probably stop--because of the dire consequences of aiding and abetting these rotten individuals. These are my thoughts-do you agree -disagree or have any comments of your own to share .Lou Giorno--P.S. Denise, thanks for the info.
lou giorno, lou from burbs [02-15-2011]

JBS ... oooookkkkk, whats wrong with Louisa May Alcott, and Jane Austen... :>) Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-14-2011]

Linda Fontana, I do not think we know each other, but thank you for the kind words that your expressed.
bob D'Angelo [02-14-2011]

attention george mc caulley, tom cusack and john bruce schmitt the next reunion luncheon will be on tuesday april 19, 2011 at 12 noon at the buck hotel. if you are going to attend please send me a message at oballard89@aol.com as soon as possible. bud ballard, sfa class 1956, north catholic class of 1960
ORVILLE T. BALLARD, sfa class 56, north class 1960 [02-14-2011]

Bob DeAngelo, You are most Welcome! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-14-2011]

Frank Westide: After being the brunt of many a POLITICALLY INCORRECT joke myself, I feel my comment was spot on. I'm not, and never will be "politcially correct". But I dont have thin skin and I tend to blow it all off with humor. AND..I'm certain that you've used the term "LAME" at least once in your life. And as far as him being a Priest is concerned, the behavior of many a priest is on the record as being abhorent. Just because he's a priest doesn't absolve him from what he was (did) and his behavior.
Joe Graber [02-14-2011]

Joe D'Agostino: It was good to have your company and a good conversation although it was difficult for all of us at Your Aunt Sally's Funeral and Luncheon. We touched on many topics- sports including baseball,finance and banking,many characters from Fernhill and The Hollow, some guys from South Philly like "Chicken Man", and we even discussed restaurants and your favorite Italian-restaurant in LBI. I really enjoyed the conversation about baseball with you and Cousin Tony D'Angelo. Both of you really understand pitching. I was surprised that you threw a knucle-ball, a very difficult pitch to master and for a catcher like Tony to catch. You mentioned Hoyt Wilhelm from The Giants as a great knuclke-ball pitcher. My father taught your cousin, Tony, and I watched Bobby Thomson hit the homer against the Dodgers with my father. I will never forget that memorable day in baseball. Tony's friend,Paul Borian. was a great centerfielder and I wondered if he liked Willie Mays of The Giants or Mickey Mantle of The Yankees. I liked Willie and also "The Brat", Eddie Stanky from Kensington, a very feisty 2d baseman for The Giants. Phil Nierko was a great knucleballer for The Braves and he was friend of John Havilcek of The Celtics. I was not a great talent in baseball like you,Tony,and The Bor but I liked the game. It would be great if you joined some of the old-timers from The Hollow like Tony and The Bor and talk baseball. Bob D'Angelo would probaly join us. Bob D. and Dave Linn are our experts on golf on this site. Joe D'Angelo taught some outstanding golfers when he taught at LaSalle High. I found it humorous that I talked to you about boxing and Phil Testa[The Chicken Man] and I was conversing with Joe D. and Joe Lynch about education and plays. Phil Testa had his last play at Girard Estates where my friend from The Hollow, Lou Pauzano lives. You were at St. Mike's with Al Peanut Pauzano. I wish that I were younger since I now know 3 bankers, you,Frank Murphy and Lou Pauzano[retired]. Joe! I hope to see you under better circumstances.
Bruce Schmitt [02-14-2011]

Has anyone heard from or about John Petty????
Cindy Klock Sheahan, Wayne Ave [02-14-2011]

Dan Hartnett,...Such an eloquent explanation for our National anthem. Thank you. The war of 1812 is somehow forgotten on many historians & present day citizens & I don't know if it's because of the short duration or the hand that wielded the pen in writing American history. Historians & publishers can be a quirky lot in that together they have left out an enormous amount of African American history when I attended school back in the forties & fifties. Eli Whitney of the Cotton gin comes to mind & a few others but that was about it. Was it the schools or was it me & my lack of curiosity? .However, I do recall asking my Mother how Mr. Eli Whitney could make "Gin" out of Cotton?...Boy Pop would have loved that..........It's been discussed on the air waves, newsprint etc, that "God Bless America" should be the national anthem & could you just Imagine the outcry of Atheists, Keep God out of our schools bunch & the furor that would cause? ..........Speaking of schools & I know this isn't germaine to Germantown but our sitting President will be visiting a middle school that places the emphasis on science & technology this coming Monday 2/14. It just so happens I live blocks from the school & I plan on making my way to hear what President Barack O Bama has to say. I think I better start hoofing it now Sunday in order to clear the secret service & detours.......I risk some negative response on this but it's America & thank goodness we can see & speak our minds as long as it is done in a constructive manner & not cry fire in the darkness of a theatre..........Thank you.
bernard f mc kernan, Annapolis Md. [02-14-2011]

I was one of the 'CA ladies' who 'walked' with Joe Lynch at Fernhill Park and elsewhere. I never knew him to be either sarcastic or ironic, rather always a straight talker and, above all, a gentleman. That hasn't changed, if Joe's contributions to this blog are any indication.
Banished Blogger [02-14-2011]

Lou- Dick & Jane (yes, for those of you who didn't know, I have a sister Jane who married a fellow named Dick hence the reading book connection) have retired to Foulkeways. Dick has been battling colon cancer for the last couple years. (Eveyone get a colonoscopy) He will be 85 at the end of this month. Jane fell 2 years ago & broke her upper leg (ie. hip). She will be 80 in September. Both have slowed down physically but are still sharp mentally. And in case some of you are going to tell me this is not a site for personal information like this, I was asked and besides Jane taught at Wister School in E. Gtn. for many years - often walking in from taking the 23 down Gtn Ave.- That's dedication!
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-14-2011]

Helen, I believe Louisa May Alcott was born in Massachusetts but lived for a while with her family above what became Mauer's Hardware Store on Germantown Ave. near Market Square & Bredenbeck's
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-14-2011]

JBS - your statement about sarcasm & wit is what caused my comment about same- If I am not mistaken, Joe married a MSJA/CHC girl with whom I was friendly.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [02-14-2011]

Pocono Paul Borian : Forget about skiing and Ballantine- think Valentine and baseball. On Wednesday, I was at The Funeral of Sally D'Angelo and at the luncheon, I was talking with 2 baseball guys, Tony D'Angelo and Joe D'Agostino. This guy pulled up in a Benz,with a tailored-made suit,handerkerchief,well coiffed,and if he had a scarf, I would have thought John Gotti had jumped out from the grave. I had not seen this guy in 50 years and I realized that it was Joe D. who is the cousin of your old buddy from The Hollow, Tony D. I could have used your help in the conversation since these guys know baseball. You were a great center-fielder and Tony was a talented catcher and Joe D. was a pitcher and an infielder. Joe,my friend, starts to talk about how he threw a knucleball- John Payne and I could not even hit a curve and you are the only guy from G-town who could hit that crazy pitch. We have to think baseball since we waited a long time for these great Philly pitchers. On this site,we have 3 baseball-experts-The Bor,Joey D.,and Professor McKernan. I did not talk Pool with Joe but I liked the commentary about pool emanating from Florida-John Payne. I noticed that Al Paris checked in from Arizona. You probaly knew Paul Paris and how about Jack Brogan getting that sweet deal on Orchids from Mr. Paris. I was talking to Joe Lynch at The Funeral and he is doing well- teaching and enjoying life. Tony D. came up from Florida for The Funeral and he does not like snow like you. In the summer he likes Maine and you like The Jersey Shore and you both drank The Hollow Water. Joe Lynch and I sat in front of Marty O'Hara at The Church and in The Spring, we should get together. Bob D'Angelo told me how one of your boys stuffed him in a garbage can. I thought that only happened in South Philly but Bob wants to join us. Bor! I'm glad to see that you are back on track.
Schmitty [02-14-2011]

Linda Fontana: Thanks for the nice comments Linda. Doing fine. The weather looks like it's going to break this week. I'll probably be putting away the skis soon and getting out the golf clubs. I hope all is well with you and hope to see you and other new friends in May. Stai bene!
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [02-14-2011]

Annon: yes, I remember Manny&carmen's very well. I took my mother there almost every Saturday to do her shopping, especially for her her meats after Klock 's Meats closed on Manheim St. Many years ago I met Carmen in a doctors office, and he told me he had sold the business and was semi retired and living somewhere in the burbs. That is about all I know about them.
Louis F Pauzano, Sr, sms,55, sjp,59 [02-14-2011]

As we all know The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's social club in London. "The Anacreontic Song" You can go to youtube.com for different versions. I have no problem with the music or lyrics, only with those that try to "personalize" the song. Remember the outrage Jose Feliciano created with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrY9RVfVkws The hearing of the song still fills me with patriotism, of course Kate Smith belting out God Bless America is a close second, especially at Flyers games. I saw her one time at the Spectrum singing,and it still reminds in my mind. www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO3gPUn24FI
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [02-14-2011]

Anonymous: I remember Manny's Stop and Shop. We went there several times a week in the 70'swhen we lived on Abbottsford across from Fern Hill Park. Great little market.
John Payne [02-14-2011]

I hope to be at the next get-together Linda - looking forward to it.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [02-14-2011]

Bruce: I loved your story as I do all your postings. I surely have read the women writers and many many more. I happen to have a very diverse taste in reading material from Dostoyevsky to the cheesiest Hollywood novel. I'm now reading the newest biog on Frank Sinatra and love it.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [02-14-2011]

Kevin: I wish I did do all those fun things. Truth is in my teen years most of the romance was in books and my Orpheum dates were with my cousins. But I can still recall that wonderful feeling of dancing close to a boy for the first time and the glorious scent of cologne or soap on his neck. Oh Mr. Darcy, I think I'm going to swoon! Happy Valentines Day to all.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [02-14-2011]

Hey anonymous, I worked at "Manny's" from 70 through 84. Last I heard I think that Manny has recently suffered a stroke. Richie Pio, who I'm sure is reading, this might know for sure and may acknowledge this. Carmen, Manny's brother, is retired with his wife in the NE. Some of the my best memories of Manny's are of his father Joe Galone, or JG as we knew him. JG was one of the nicest guys I ever worked for. Even though the store was owned and operated by the sons (who were also nice guys) JG ran the store behind the scenes. JG handled maintenance, managed the stock workers and the produce section and made their great tuna salad. He taught us a lot of building and maintenance skills, had a great sense of humor and was one tough old dog. I remember he used to drive this old "panel van" and would pick up all the produce that the store needed at the warehouses in south Philly a couple times a week. Joe always had a good story to tell too. He was a Marine at Iwa Jima and other Pacific Island battles. He married a very special lady from a very special family, the Dundee's. Her (Mrs. Galone's) brother Angelo was the manager of Mohammed Ali. Her other brother not sure of his name, Chriss I think, was well known in the entertainment world. I also got my first job in my present profession of refrigeration heating and air conditioning from their repairman, Willard Smith, owner of ACRAC Refrigeration. Another man that I have great respect for, Mr Smith taught me all the basics that I still use today. I even have a couple of tools that he gave me some thirty odd years ago and still use them today. Anyone out there that has tools and uses them knows the special thoughts that that come to mind when we pick up and use these passed down pieces. That's my take for today of Manny and Carmen's Stop and Shop Market. Oh and by the way, Willard Smith is the father of Will Smith the actor. Small world isn't it.
Joe DePero, 53, levittown, st mikes 70. [02-14-2011]

Dan, After reading your post, I have to wonder how anyone could argue that the Stars Spangled Banner should ever be replaced with another anthem.
Sheila [02-12-2011]

Denise Duckwoth Tumelty: Recently, I talked with Mr. Fernhill,your old friend,Joe Lynch. In our youth, we played ball at The Park and he was an excellent player. I found Joe to be a gentleman,devoid of sarcasm and with no capacity for mordacity. He informed me that he was still teaching and was covering Beowuf and one does do not have to be from Scandinavia to appreciate this work of literature. He took some time from work to attend The Funeral of Joe D'Angelo's mother. Joe D. is also steeped in literature and appreciates a good play. Denise! I have to tell that these 2 gentlemen have a special quality which I can only characterize as gentilesse. Joe Lynch got a little maudlin and nostalgic when he talked about his walks at Fernhill with the ladies from CA. I surmised that he had good rapport with the ladies from CA. I always got a kick out of the ladies from The Mount who would say," We Are Mounties and We Always Get Our Man". I was a reserved guy and I was easy. There is a difference between sarcasm and wittiness. At a class-reunion, my classmate was with his trohpy-wife who was a few years younger. I remarked to him that his daughter was very beautiful. He retorts to me,"Brutus! My Daughter Is Much Younger". Was one of us sarcastic or witty? We had studied Caesar and we know what Brutus was all about. I started to talk with another classmate who was next to a younger lady and I wanted to be diplomatic and I asked,"If Samantha Was Your Friend?". Samantha was his daughter. My point is that many times it is so difficult to read both written and spoken language. I find Joe L. to be a straight-shooter and very concerned about Catholic Education as is Dr. Joseph D'Angelo.
John Bruce Schmitt [02-12-2011]

does anyone have any memories of Manny and Carmen at Manny's Stop and Shop on Wissahickon ave. across from the Veteran's Administration building? Does anyone know what happened to them or where they are today?
anonymous [02-12-2011]

Helen Leone D'Angelo: I hope that Rosemarie and Vera posts fulfilled your wish for more woman-type and romantic conversation on this site. I would guess that you read a lot of women-novels, possibly Jane Austen,Sense&Sensibility or Louisa May Alcott,Little Women. Incidentally Ms. Alcott was born in Germantown and if she had been Catholic and older, she would have gone to St. Vincents. Some women might be coming to The Germantown Reunion at The Buck. Cousin Joe Leone makes this event and he and Frank Murphy were Chick-magnets back in the day. However, Bob Kephart was The King and he made them and everybody else humble including Tom Cusack,the dancing-machine. The Leone Family is good-looking and Cousin Joe is a smooth talker. Back in the 60's,he was hanging out in a joint near The Junction[Wayne] and there was a hot-looking lady there but nobody was hitting on her. Joe gets into his Rap with her and things are going down well and he must have thought why he was the only-one talking to this hot and very voloptuous Godess[Aphrodite]. In a short time, Adonis walks in to see his girl-friend,Aphrodite. Joe was good with his hands and had pugilistic skills as did his good friend Ronnie Manzo who was also a Yo-Yo Champ,both Cheerio and Duncan. Joe also hung around with his giant of a friend,Charlie. The three of these guys were no match for Adonis who was a legendary character on Germantown Ave. and all the way from Gtn.&Allegheny to K&A. Joe had not fallen in love yet and he knew this was one battle that he did not want to wage since his parents did not raise any fools. They say,"All is Fair in Battles of Love and War",but I have to tell you that Cousin Joe had street-smarts and he did the right thing when he punted. Helen! Forgive me if this story is not so sweet and innocent as Vera's story on The H-bus but I do enjoy the posts of the women-bloggers.
J. Bruce Schmitt [02-12-2011]

Casey Fox, If your talking about the G-Town luncheon in may ... you certainly are welcome. Let us know which date works for you. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-12-2011]

Rosemary Hite Malageri and Bill Cupo - Thank you so much for your words of sympathy posted on this site. I do not think I know you personally, but consider you a part of my other family - the Germantown Family. It just confirms that the great people from the old neighborhood looked out for each other and really cared.
Bob D'Angelo [02-12-2011]

Saw JBS the other day and his fans will be glad to know he is still buff, still a practicing Catholic, and still loyal to his old friends and their families. It's one thing to blog; it's another to go out in 10 degree weather to pay your respects to your friends. Loyalty don't come easy, as Ringo once said. JBS kinda keeps this thing rolling with his memories, digressions, impressions, declensions,retentions. He's really the chronicler of a peculiar time and a peculiar place. Who knew 50 years ago, when you picked him on your team at the Park, he would repay you with a memory in the next century: A memory that may or may not be true, but that has become more real than the one that was. Surely, 50 years from now someone working on a Ph.D. of this time, of this place, will say: Who was this guy, anyway? That is, if there is still the written word!
Joe Lynch, SFA 57, LSCHS 61-- Onward and Upward [02-12-2011]

Dan Hartnett: How the heck are you Paisanno? It's been awhile...your postings are great on here, and very much appreciated..See you in May, hopefully, Linda "F">
L.Fontana [02-12-2011]

Joe - "Flamer" is that suppose to be funny especially about a priest ? I'll pass on the humor and politically incorrect comment.
Frank Westside [02-12-2011]

Bob D'Angelo: I don't think we have ever met, but, I would just like to say how sorry I am for your loss. I am certain that your mother holds a very special place in your heart/ and always has. I will now say a little prayer for her...take care, Respectfully, Linda Fontana
L.Fontana [02-12-2011]

Casey Fox, of course you're more than welcome at this LaFontana's luncheon. All "G" towners are..You were connected in a very special way, through your parents..and their store. I look forward to meeting you. We have not finalized a date, yet, but are looking at either sunday, May 1 or the 15th.It will be posted here probably in March....I am certain you can lend lots of flavor to the table with tales of Germantown..too..Have a nice Valentinte's weekend, Linda "F".Oh, and BTW, LaFontana's is located on York Rd. in the Hatboro, area.....
L.Fontana [02-12-2011]

Thanks Dan Hartnett for putting the Star-Spangled Banner in its proper perspective. I learned the history of our national anthem in grade school, but probably havenít thought much about it since then. Doing as you said, relating the words to the history of what happened, it is fitting to be our national anthem. So what if the melody is from a drinking song, it makes for a stirring national anthem nonetheless. And, I take back what I said in an earlier post. If you take on the honor of singing our national anthem at some event, you need to know the words without cue cards. Memorization and practice..... Afterall, itís only one verse from the overall poem....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown - IC '70, CD '74 [02-12-2011]

Naomi Vitelli, We hope you will be able to join us in May so let us know which date would work for you. We are trying to accommadate everyone and hopefully one of these dates will do just that. I lived on Greeves Ct.and it was close to Locust Ave., Baynton St., Morton St, and Heiskell St.... an area called "COW TOWN". I believe Haines isnt to far from where i grew up but closer to Price st. ... but, its been so long ago i can be wrong too. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [02-12-2011]

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