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January 21-30, 2012


Hey Bucky, you couldn't hit a ball out of the infield and Billy Haas couldn't hit a curve ball, that's why he didn't make the Majors.Billy was last seen as a salesman in a Dept. store in Pleasantville, NJ about 10 yrs. ago.
Base-a-ball, Earl Shibe Park [01-31-2012]

In those days,we all needed a little chastening, Ronnie, now that I look back on SFA, 1950-1957. And some nuns took more notice of our defects than others. Some kids wet their pants, some kids stole your crayons, girls wore lipstick in the 4th grade, boys had foul mouths and practiced profanity as an art, 4th graders couldn't do fractions, 8th grade girls smoked, 8th grade boys leered at the 8th grade girls smoking, the girls taunted the boys, the boys fought for their self-respect in hair styles--DAs, girls didn't know what the boys were thinking about (It couldn't be good.), boys were only thinking about one thing--finding an excuse for 1)not doing last night's Bible History homework,2)not going to the 9 o'clock Children's Mass last Sunday, 3)not bringing in money to ransom a pagan baby,4)shoving our hands into our pockets, 5)dropping paper under our desks after recess candy, 6)joking through the Consecration,7)not writing "Thank you, Sister" at the bottom of our spelling tests, 8)losing the spelling banner persistently to the 8th grade girls, 9)making body noises in the lavatory, and 10) the time-consuming "impure thoughts." Most of us 8th grade boys would gladly suffer the punishments of the first nine items on this list to get to #10. Chewing gum (Juicy Fruit, my favorite), was like carrying drugs, the penalty was so severe. To see the Mother Superior (Sister Rita Josephine) or the Pastor (Father McGarrity) you risked expulsion to that god-awful public school Fitler. You could run afoul of rules by just standing there and scratching yourself in the wrong place, sneezing with the host in your mouth, misunderstanding directions (Line 4, line up!),making eye contact with that cute little red-headed girl,not zipping up,trying, trying to stay for lunch at school with a forged note. Any forged signature caused you a whole new brand of hell, you found out. Someone once spat on the picture of the Monsignor on the second floor and we went through Purgatory on that one. In short, I guess it was the only way a nun could face a full day of 70-80 students in the small, smelling-of-wet-corduroy classroom.--- Nobody expects The Inquisition. Nobody.
Joe Lynch--I speak with the pompatus of love. [01-31-2012]

McI-please enlighten as to where slavery still exists in the US?
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Ronnie Carmody McIntyre, we were in the same class at the same time, two years, with Sr. Mary Immaculate, alias 'Tomato Face', because her face turned scarlet when she yelled. You are very kind to say she was 'not so nice'. She was cruel and her methods would not be tolerated in any school, Catholic or otherwise, these days. If you search the archives of this blog, you'll find some earlier comments about her. Two things I remember distinctly: the day she yelled so long and hard that her false teeth fell out onto her desk and the errands she sent me on to the drug store for citrate of magnesia.
Catherine Manning Muir [01-31-2012]

50’s and 60’s TV Shows: A typical Friday night may consist of watching our favorite show on the sofa with a large bowl of popcorn with our favorite beverage. Our popcorn was cooked on the stove in a large kettle, shaken as it popped or later we had Jiffy Pop Popcorn. If you wanted pizza, you had to go pick it up because back then, there was no such thing as pizza delivery. I remember when I couldn't wait to watch the Friday Night Fights with my Dad. I can remember that stupid Parrot on the Gillette commercials. Disney on Sunday night with episodes of "Swamp Fox," "Zorro" or even watch repeats of "Davy Crockett" starring Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen. Each week at the beginning of Disney they played the song "When You Wish Upon a Star." I seem to remember that was the only part of the show that was in color. Speaking of color, my first experience seeing color TV was at my cousin Bob D’Angelo’s home. Some of the shows I will never forget were: American Bandstand, 77 Sunset Strip, Batman, Bonanza, Car 54 where are you, I Got a Secret, Rin Tin Tin, Ed Sullivan and some of my favorites like Candid Camera, Dragnet, The Rifleman, Untouchables, Leave It To Beaver and Combat. Interesting story about combat, when I was a Marine in Vietnam, I was at Chu Lai and went to the enlisted club and the # 1 Show we all watched was Combat. To us Marines it was more like a comedy. Watching Vic Morrow running through all those bullets and never getting hit. When I was a kid I thought it was cool. Funny how different perspectives can change your opinion of things. Anyway, just some fun thoughts to get our topics put back on a lighter note. Seems lately were are becoming more like brother and sister with all the bickering. Just thought it was time to get back to being friends. Remember, “If it’s not your wife and it’s not your life, than it can’t be that important.” Joe DAgostino- GHS 1965, Graduated Republic of Vietnam 1968 and thank God every day that I am able to blog with all of you
anonymous [01-31-2012]

Attention Joe LEONE, Ed BURKE, Tom CASACK, Bruce SCHMITT, and Mike GARVEY. I was thinking about Tuesday, May 7, 2012 for our next reunion, at the BUCK Hotel. Let me know if there are any problem with this date.
ORVILLE T. BALLARD, sfa 1956 & nechs 1960 [01-31-2012]

ok - some of the recent posts that seem to run on and on and on are so superfluous on this site. Does anyone have an aspirin ? Please ! Where are all the guys who played at Wister Playground - the neighbor to Brickyard.
Bob Eastside [01-31-2012]

Does anyone remember THE RICHIE MOORE TRIO"---they played at the KONI KAI-on City Line--a long time age in a land faraway---what fun !
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956--Little Flower 1960 [01-31-2012]

Jim McKeman, interesting that I saw your post today. This morning I had come across a limited edition book of pomes by Robin Hiteshew. The book, A GERMANTOWN SEQUENCE published by Irish Pig Press Philadelphia in 1996 is dedicated to the Hermit, Johannes Kelpius. It contains a few pomes about Kelpius. I am a member of the Kelpius Society (www.Kelpius.org) but more on that in a future post. Coincidently, as I had mentioned, I noticed this morning a poem in that book about the Kunder’s House where on February 18, 1688, as you mention in your post, the first protest against slavery in the new world was drafted. I have been trying to get in touch with this Germantowner to see if we could post a few of his pomes on the Kelpius web site. I have been unsuccessful to find him so far today. What I did find is that Robin Hiteshew lived on Magnolia Street (he has a poem about that too) and was, or is, a great advocate for all things Celtic, Germantown, and an artist. If anyone knows of him please let me know.
Del Conner [01-31-2012]

Isn't there anyone out there that went to the J.S. Jenks K to 8 school in Chestnut Hill--circa 1961 to 1993 . Lou giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr. G DOS [01-31-2012]

The Girls from Cecilian all seem to have lost their quotation Notebooks that guided them through their school on Carpenter Lane.Denise remembered "Man's inhumanity to Man," something about nothing, and CathyMM picked up quotes from Gypsy Rose Lee and Janis Joplin to live by. My suggestion to all is to start collecting notes, binding them, and sending them to each other. Quotes change your life. I've been collecting them for 35 years and I find them everywhere--commercials (You have the questions; we have the answers.); Yoda (Do or do not. There is no try); RW Emerson (It is a luxury to be understood.);Proverbs (It is good to do nothing and then rest--Spanish); music (It's a long way to the top if you wanna Rock and Roll, AC/DC); St. Francis of Assisi (Preach to change the world and if necessary use words.); nonsense (You're born, you're gonna have trouble, you're gonna die); poets (We dance around in a circle and suppose/But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.);rhetorical questions (Is wood a color?); comedians (If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten--George Carlin); celebrities (My brain is my second favorite organ.--Woody Allen. Not to mention Shakespeare, Twain and Jack Handey, Henry Miller, Spinal Tap. So, send me the quotes you come up with.
Joe Lynch--Walk the Talk [01-31-2012]

Thirty one murders,and still counting,and the month of January is not yet over. Does anyone still enjoy going to that jungle, except to the sports area. I myself wouldn't be caught dead there, without my sidearm! Oops, I guess that could be a possibility. Bet that old Viet Nam war vet in Olney wishes that he had something to protect himself with, a couple weeks ago?? Remember when we were cub scouts,way back when, and our motto was 'Be prepared'. It sure has taken up a new meaning, hasn't it?
ed burke [01-31-2012]

Like Mr. McGlinchey, I will also find it interesting to see how the fund raising efforts of Bonner/Prendie and St. Hubert's develops. I always felt the effort by CD grads to keep the school open was doomed from the beginning. It just didn't seen financially feasible to be able to sustain a school that was designed to accommodate 6,000, and could barely maintain a enrollment of 700. *Ironic that Mary E. Rochford Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese is from Germantown.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [01-31-2012]

The Blog is America with all its warts: give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. A faction wants more Germantown tawk, some want more praise for vets, teachers. A few want to fight. Most of us just want a good story about the old days, even if the old days were last week. We aren't particular; we'll read anything or skip over it if it's too long or angry or, frankly, too stupid. Like this Blog. KISS.
Joe Lynch--Life's a holiday at Primrose Lane with You. [01-31-2012]

Is it really necessary for IC to be open in order to have a IC reunion? Seems to me the best way to keep the memory of the parish alive is by maintaining the reunions.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [01-31-2012]

A word of thanks. I like this site..visit regularly. I just want to recognize the following folks. Not a comprehensive list to be sure, but hers is a shout out to all the:

Soldier Thanking
Teacher Spanking
Friend Connecting
Foe Rejecting
Nutter Nutting
Neighborhood Abutting
Love Remembering
Late Decembering
Baseball Playing
Armchair Slaying
Corner Hanging
G-Town Slanging
East Side Living
West Side Shiving
Dunnashore Bards
Jocks Playin' Cards
Trolley Strap Hanging
Trolley Cord Clanging
Late Night Walkin'
Macho Trash Tawkiin'
Favorite Hill Sledding
Repectful Old Heading,
friends whom I've met here.
John Payne, St. Peter don'tcha call me, cause I can't go... [01-31-2012]

Yo Bob Eastside - I went to North just like you - you must be thinking of that other guy named Dave or something like that. I rode the 23 and the 56 every day too ( tokens were 85 cents for a weeks worth ). Don't think I would would want to transfer trolleys at Broad and Erie today ! The best part of stopping at Broad and Erie back then was running into the beautiful girls from Little Flower - I was lucky enough to marry one about 35 years ago. Remember some of the teachers from North ? How about Mr. Forkin (Algebra), Knobby Walsh, Sleepy Charlie or the world famous Black John. I sat in the front of his class and remember him always leaving class in the middle because he had to take his "medicine" (I believe it was Four Roses).
Cooter in NC [01-31-2012]

CMM: I appreciate your compassion and objectivity to my less than ideal post. My beloved wife,Ludmila,always emphasized collaborative conversation for productive and fruitful communication. There is too much narrow-mindedness in the world. May enlightened water flood the soil of the souls of these narrow-minded people and enrich their hearts and minds with education. The preponderance of bloggers on this Germantown Web-site are educated and smart. These aforementioned bloggers should embrace this site with sagacious and astute commentary so that although we might not be on the same page on various ideas and philosophy, we can at least be agrreeable when we disagree. Catharine! God Bless Germantown and Their Open-minded Thinkers.
JBS [01-31-2012]

There has been so much talk about teachers and it made me think about some of the really good and nice teachers that I had in school. It also made me think about one that was not so nice, Sr. Mary Immaculate. She only taught girls so the boys wouldn't have had to deal with her. She was just not a nice person. I had my face slapped many times by her for laughing. Oh well I seem to have come out of it okay. Anyone else have any comments about her?
Ronnie Carmody McIntyre, SFA 2957 Little Flower 1961 [01-30-2012]

Tis not yet time to celebrate our unique anti-slavery protests (February 1688) -but Germantown it seems was among the first to do so in our land. I attach the declaration of Germantowners against Slavery dated Februray 1688. Sadly men and women still exercise abuses of discrimination and to this day, slavery exists in the United States. Here is what our town fathers felt-fair play to them.... Slavery and Emancipation in Western Culture The Germantown Protest (1688) On February 18, 1688, in response to fellow Quaker families in Germantown, Pennsylvania, who had decided to practice slavery, members of the Society drafted this first protest against slavery in the new world. This is to ye monthly meeting held at Richard Worrell's. These are the reasons why we are against the traffik of men-body, as followeth. Is there any that would be done or handled at this manner? viz., to be sold or made a slave for all the time of his life? How fearful and faint-hearted are many on sea when they see a strange vessel — being afraid it should be a Turk, and they should be taken, and sold for slaves into Turkey. Now what is this better done, as Turks doe? Yea, rather is it worse for them which say they are Christians, for we hear that ye most part of such negers are brought hitherto against their will and consent and that many of them are stolen. Now tho they are black we cannot conceive there is more liberty to have them slaves, as it is to have other white ones. There is a saying that we shall doe to all men like as we will be done ourselves; making no difference of what generation, descent or colour they are. And those who steal or rob men, and those who buy or purchase them, are they not alike? Here is liberty of conscience wch is right and reasonable; here ought to be likewise liberty of ye body, except of evil-doers, wch is an other case. But to bring men hither, or to rob and sell them against their will, we stand against. In Europe there are many oppressed for conscience sake; and here there are those oppossd who are of a black colour. And we who know that men must not commit adultery — some do commit adultery, in others, separating wives from their husbands and giving them to others; and some sell the children of these poor creatures to other men. Ah! doe consider well this thing, you who doe it, if you would be done at this manner? and if it is done according to Christianity? You surpass Holland and Germany in this thing. This makes an ill report in all those countries of Europe, where they hear off, that ye Quakers doe here handel men as they handle there ye cattle. And for that reason some have no mind or inclination to come hither. And who shall maintain this your cause, or pleid for it? Truly we can not do so, except you shall inform us better hereof, viz., that Christians have liberty to practise these things. Pray, what thing in the world can be done worse towards us, than if men should rob or steal us away, and sell us for slaves to strange countries; separating housbands from their wives and children. Being now this is not done in the manner we would be done at therefore we contradict and are against this traffic of men-body. And we who profess that it is not lawful to steal, must, likewise, avoid to purchase such things as are stolen, but rather help to stop this robbing and stealing if possible. And such men ought to be delivered out of ye hands of ye robbers, and set free as well as in Europe. Then is Pennsylvania to have a good report, instead it hath now a bad one for this sake in other countries. Especially whereas ye Europeans are desirous to know in what manner ye Quakers doe rule in their province — and most of them doe look upon us with an envious eye. But if this is done well, what shall we say is done evil? If once these slaves (wch they say are so wicked and stubborn men) should joint themselves — fight for their freedom, — and handel their masters and mastrisses as they did handel them before; will these masters and mastrisses take the sword at hand and warr against these poor slaves, licke, we are able to believe, some will not refuse to doe; or have these negers not as much right to fight for their freedom, as you have to keep them slaves? Now consider well this thing, if it is good or bad? And in case you find it to be good to handel these blacks at that manner, we desire and require you hereby lovingly that you may inform us herein, which at this time never was done, viz., that Christians have such a liberty to do so. To the end we shall be satisfied in this point, and satisfie likewise our good friends and acquaintances in our natif country, to whose it is a terror, or fairful thing that men should be handeld so in Pennsylvania. This is from our meeting at Germantown, held ye 18 of the 2 month, 1688, to be delivered to the Monthly Meeting at Richard Worrell's.ut P.S. That is hard reading but we as Germantowners, must stand for this proposal that was a proposal one hundred years before we had a nation.We are for peace and tolerance-not war, and harm unto others, I believe Jim McKernan Professor
Jim McKernan, Professor, Greenville NC [01-30-2012]

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Cholly Carr, I am my son are grand. Ross and Abby love Philly and their Irish guerrier Dublin hound is sorting out the animals. I hope Karen and yerself are well and I look forward to your "Haitian Mudepies". I'll be doing a research session at Cork University late March. They love poetry over there if you wish a venue- Happy New Year-delighted you connected with Germantown folk!
Jim McKernan, Professor North Carolina [01-30-2012]

Hi Cholly, you aksed about George Schuler. He was Principal at Germantown High a few years back. I think he is now retired. Maryalice
Maryalice Armstrong Brennan, Still in g'tn [01-30-2012]

McKernan: You're talking in generalities again. Not all teachers are "sucking up entitlements", but not all teachers have good intentions either. And from what I see, you're the contentious one, which is why I'm anonymous.
anonymous [01-30-2012]

I played 2nd Base on the SFA team w/Bill Haas and I think that ball he hit is still going. Billy was brought up during Spring Training w/Mets one year but I think he was quoted in the NY Daily news re; critical comment about Casey Stengle. Think that did it. I was good friends w/him as he spent a lot of time at my house while he attended Germantown Academy as we lived pretty close to the school (we did not have our parents drive us in vans). I ran into Bill at Bay Shores a bar in Somers Point about 45 years ago and saw him often that summer, If my memory is accurate he was married and he and his wife owned a Children's or Baby clothing store somewhere in that area.
Bucky Durney [01-30-2012]

Sorry, Tommy Cusack, the Big Five is like the song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." It's a shadow of its former self. For one thing, in the 1950s and 1960s, kids from West Catholic made St. Joe's a national power, the Public League filled the roster of Harry Litwack's Temple team, Judge, Msgr.Bonner, LaSalle, Cardinal Dougherty and Bishop Neuman filled out LaSalle's and Villanova's roster. It was mostly home-grown talent--kids who grew up playing at 4th and Shunk in the summer leagues who went to college for the free education first. Wali Jones, Jack Brogan, Hubie White, Bob McNeil, Hal Lear, Billy Melchionni (from across the River), Larry Cannon--all the guys played ball at A and Champlost and continued their scrambling and jump shots at the Palestra in those fabulous doubleheders ($2.75 the ticket). (I had a great view at the end of the LaSalle bench.) Villanova went for the $$$$$ when Rollie broke up the harmony of the Big Five, the other schools followed the lead, went for the $$$$$, and now, even though they play each other, most of these kids are strangers to us casual fans, too many have pro-dreams and Jimmy Lynam/Jim Boyle/Vince Richardson/George Sutor/Joe Cunnane/Erik Erickson/Porky Harrington, et.al.--their skills and enthusiasms wouldn't count for much today, I am afraid. It was a hardscrabble game with wood burns on the elbows that I am romanticizing here. The gifts of these modern players are far superior to the old days' brand of ball, and the new kids play just as hard as 1964 when LaSalle (we) won the Big Five, but all emphasis now is on the A-10, Big East, seedings,shoe contracts, and ultimately $$$$$$$. Sorry, Tom, I'm not this cynical, really (LaSalle is 16-5) but Philly was a small town then, the kids had been playing against each other since CYO, and most of us had dreams of working for Bell Telephone, Scott Paper,Arthur Andersen,or teaching at Msgr. Bonner, Cardinal Dougherty, Bishop Neuman or North Catholic. Oops.
Joe Lynch who has entirely too much time on his hands. [01-30-2012]

Liked your post about the big five games at the palestra Tom Cusack. I attended many games when I was going to La Salle College way back in the 60's. But the real games were back in the days of High school basketball when the Catholic and public leagues played at the palestra. North Catholic lost to Overbrook in 1957, and the canadians flattened a lot of tires in the parking lot. It was a shame that the priests thought they had to protect us in those days.
ED BURKE [01-30-2012]

Wow - some of these posts are giving me a headache. Many have little relationashp to good old Germantown. Can we capturecsome input from folks who graduated from high school from 1962 to 1968 ? I really like some input from that age group. Hey Cooter - you were a 1967 CDHS grad - u missed me at NECHS !
Bob Eastside [01-30-2012]

Tom Cusack: I commend you on your excellent analysis and knowledge of the game of basketball. At Fernhill Park- you enjoyed basketball but you did not seem to have the intensity of players such as Joe Lynch,Bill Haas, Leroy Kelly and JBS-just an observation. You, Bob Kephart,and Al Patrizi seemed to be more interested in the lovely ladies who visited Fernhill. I learned from this site that Joe Lynch played baseball and he should have been a switch-hitter since he liked to play on and off the court-quite laudable. Joe Lynch and CMM knew Bill Haas,and Joe L. was a good player but when he played against Bill H. at Fernhill, he took his game to another level. In many of these games,I was on Joe Lynch's team,and it got tense sometimes with Big Bill and I was lucky that we never went at it,but I was always looking for a left-handed sucker punch if you know what I mean. As you know, Bill H. went after Leroy Kelly and I did intervene. I still appreciate your intervention when an obnoxious patron wanted my position at the bar and I was chasing glass and not - - -. It was a great time for me to be at The Palestra although I was disappointed that St. Joe lost. Obviously, Jerome Allen of Penn outcoached Phil Martelli of The Hawks. If Dr. Jack Ramsay had been coaching,the results would have been different. Back in the day, Nova had great talent but St. Joe would beat them since Dr. Jack always outcoached The Wildcat coaches. St. Joe always had great coaches-Jack Ramsay,Jack McKinney,Paul Westhead,Jim Lynam,Jim Boyle and Matt Goukas of The Hawks, was a professional player and coach. Tom! You are a student of the game and you appreciated good coaching. We had good coaches at GBC- Hugh Mooney knew basketball well. Your Neighbor,Bobby Goo Guarinello,did a fine job coaching SFA and Goo was one of Joe Lynch's first coaches. Joe Lynch was coached by Obie O'Brien at LaSalle High and how did Obie ever cut Paul Arizin of The Warriors? Your classmate at SFA,Jack Brogan,coached SFA and was a mentor to Joe Lynch. At Fernhill, Joe Lynch always moved well without the ball and this was lacking with The Hawks against Penn. You are an arbiter and have a penchant for politics. On this site, we have two East Germantown Intellectuals in a disagreement over Educational Issues. I've seen you resolve issues in the past and I know that you could bring these 2 great bloggers to a compromise. CMM gave me a pass and went to the side of my head in a gentle manner- unlike some of those mean motor scooters that I crossed paths with at playgrounds,parks,gyms,pool-halls,dance-halls,bistos,and the boulevards of the world-The Randolph Club on The Boulevard could get interesting-especially for great dancers like you and Jerry McKeon and glib raconteurs[Irish] like the legendary Goony.
Bruce Schmitt [01-30-2012]

Hi Cholly Carr, George Schuler was the Principal at Germantown High a few years ago. He had such high hope for that school. Don't know what he is doing now. BTW I remember you and your sisters. I believe Ann was a Girl Scout leader with my mother. Congratulations on your book.
Maryalice Armstrong Brennan, still in G'tn [01-30-2012]

Yo, Professor Corey…er…McKernan, Joey Brogan here. Listen, Irwin, things may not be as they seem on the surface. I was the one who mentioned entitlements, not the other Irishman who’s also supposed to keep his hole shut. Did you ever consider that maybe I was having a joke at the expense of the teacher bashers. I taught public school for 30 years (too long). Normally, I would never explain a nut to the nutted; Goo would have my head for that. But in your case, after you told me to “close my hole,” I thought, “What the hell. This guy needs direct guidance." I was trying satire, dude. I was kidding the bashers. Joey Lynch told me that irony doesn’t travel well, and now I believe him. You can’t sue me either, because Joey Brogan will be hard to find. Be cool, and keep blogging, Irwin. I’m sure you’ll start to make some sense eventually. Your pal Joey.
Jack Brogan, Just tell your hoodlum friends outside, you ain't got time to take a ride. [01-30-2012]

So I guess you'll tell me Shakespeare

Said it all before,
Well,that consoles me
Like another war,
Or being served for dinner,
When I wanted Fish,
A dish of moles
And rare contaminated Boar.

But let me tell you this,
Oh yes, I'm detonated !
A kiss is not a kiss
Unless it's yours.
Which is to say,
First-rate is second hand
When someone else's words
And pages take command.

Of course, Will had his way,
And he endures,
And doing so,
He left us all his debtor,
But Will's great tests
Were yesterday.

So fret,
My sweet and savage mate,
Yet though you think unkindly
Of this Debtor,
Also know
Had Will but known
Your raptures and your rages,
Why,even he'd have written better.


anonymous [01-30-2012]

Cholly, my baby-brother Tommy lives the good life in LBI with his adorable wife Sally. He has just become a (get this!) grandfather for the third time, his daughter Emily giving birth to a boy. I promised I would not mention him on the Blog ever, but, hey, I am the older brother and I want payback for sleeping with that guy in the same 6 x 12 room all those years on Fernhill Road. We weren't Biff and Hap (Death of a Salesman), if you know what I mean. Tom always lent me money in those years and he always seemed to date Kensington girls or some version of a Kensington girl. His friends from childhood have endured him all these years and he goes fishing with them (I think they stun the fish with dynamite, I'm not sure.)--Neil McElroy, John Fries, the Kohlmeirs, Bob Turnova, Gtn. poet laureate Frank Klock (Im missing some, sorry)and a few other pirates. None of these guys has ever grown up or taken responsibility for the mayhem of their youth, as far as I can tell. They broke hearts with impunity, crashed Penn fraternity parties, lied to every student-nurse at Women's Medical College, Saturday nights, and committed what can only be considered atrocious acts not consistent with their Catholic upbringing (SFA, North Catholic). If my parents found out about his phony age cards in high school,my mother's Irish (County Cork) temper would have set fire to our rowhouse. In our family Tom was the favorite (I have to admit) and Kathy and I marveled at his ability to escape judgment--with the hours he kept and (pardon me, guys) the company he kept. He seems to be reaching the Age of Retirement with tranquility, though he does have a company apartment in a Philly high-rise for those late nights when he doesn't drive dounnashore. If his friends, the unindicted co-conspirators, get wind of the free digs, I know I'll be bailing all of them out of jail. It wouldn't be the first time.
Joe Lynch--Not all tears are evil--Lord of the Rings [01-30-2012]

Lou, nothing to do with teachers, just wanted everyone to thank a soldier the next time you see on.
Veteran [01-30-2012]

I don't see why more people don't post their stories here on the Blog. In the 25th century some Intelligence is going to happen upon these Markings and wonder why there was any Contentious Conversation among the Inhabitants of Germantown and who, for God's sake, were Goo Goo and Frog Peska! It's such fun to write about your own life of crimes and misdemeanors. Who can contradict my home run onto Clapier Street, all that studying (Would I tell a lie?) for the SATs with my girlfriend, the outrageous $7 cost of Converse All Star sneakers. Actually, you can teach yourself to remember (misremember?) by just sharing those high school years with all of us. (Jack Brogan gets good $$$$ for teaching writing skills in college.)If you have just one detail from your youth, we really want to know about it.. . A favorite quote that guides you. . .(Be careful with old boyfriends, we bruise easily.). . .A summer song (Theme from A Summer Place has already been taken by Me.)...A wish fulfilled (your spouse) (Unfulfilled?). . . the goldfish tank in Woolworth's at Gtn.and Chelten. . . For God's sake, write it down for us and that Alien Intelligence from the Future. The best Blogs are about 10 cent Fudgsicles (if you had 10 cents then--probably not),the smell of scrapple (sorry, ex-pats in Carolina and Kissimmee, I'm not sending any to you this Valentine's Day (another great topic to Blog about.)At 12 cents, everybody loved Tastykake, surely you have a story of sticky fingers, Philadelphia Cream Cheese,Fats Domino, backstage at Bandstand, Willie the Worm,clapping erasers after school,Snellenbergs at 12th and Market, detentions for too-short skirts at Little Flower,the Hawaiian Cottage after the Prom. CMM's JM's Xmas album (thank you very much). Life's too short. Tell your version of the Truth. If you can't get it down on paper for your grandchildren, put it here so we can remember it. And don't worry, I've misspelled at least 3 words in this Blog. Write with confidence: I'm not much but I'm all I think about.
Joe Lynch--The Man who is self-taught has been to the worst school in the world. [01-30-2012]

It will be interesting to see the ultimate fate of of Bonner/Prendie and St. Hubert's. Those high schools are scrambling to raise money to keep their schools open. CD had such a fundraiser to keep the school open, and $3 million was raised. This fundraiser was completed just before the closing announcement. It made no difference to the fate of CD, with the archdiocese taking the money and running. Will they do the same with these schools and their fundraising effort??????
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-30-2012]

Jim McKernan, you've expressed your opinion, I've expressed mine. I hold to mine and you can hold to yours. Time to move on..... Update on the planned 2012 IC reunion, there won't be one in 2012. When the formal announcement is made in March on the restructuring of the parishes in the northwestern section of the city, a decision will be made then on the closing events. Closing Sunday looks to be June 24, but without a formal announcement, the committee hands are tied.... IC parishioners are appealing, but as we saw with the closing of CD, once the archdiocese makes a decision, they tend to dig their heels in and an appeal will do no good.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-30-2012]

Hi, Sally. Lovely to hear from you. Unlike you, I didn't save those CA notebooks, etc. My sentiments about HS echo those of the opening lines of Paul Simon's 'Kodachrome'. What I carry from my CA days are my grasp of English grammar (the result of all those hours spent diagramming sentences in Sr. Mary Fenton's class), the rich vocabulary I acquired from studying 4 years of Latin and 2 years of French (I got an 'A' in a medical terminology exam without ever studying), and my dancing with Jean Williams. I had to go on to university to learn critical thinking, something the CA curriculum lacked. I have an aversion to 'stuff' and my philosophy echoes that of the late Indonesian poet Rendra, who vowed not to possess anything in excess and to return any excess to God through nature and life. The quotations I treasure are not in a 50-year-old notebook, but in my head. For example, my business maxim came to me from Gypsy Rose Lee many, many years ago. When asked by Jack Paar to do a bit of her act on his 'Tonight Show', when she was being paid only the Actor's Equity minimum appearance fee, she declined, saying "If you give it away, you'll never sell it." And my favorite quote about being genuine comes from Janis Joplin, who, also on the Tonight Show, but with Steve Allen as host, talked about having been offered a 'Late Night Live' stint playing the Virgin Mary in a Christmas skit, to which she reponded "Honey, I ain't that good an actress." When I die, there will be only my Waterford 'Lismore' crystal and 'Wild Strawberries' china, plus a few bits of gold jewelry if I haven't already given it away to my grandchildren in Sumatra. And that Johnny Mathis 'Merry Christmas' album...
Catherine Manning Muir, Packing up the crystal and china for one last move... [01-28-2012]

I know of two existing "quotation books" - mine (which is currently lost in the move.) & one from a classmate - any others out there? I actually used a few of the quotes for discussions with my fourth graders. Two of my favorites were "Man's inhumanity to man" and my most favorite " You are what you are thinking about when you are thinking about nothing."
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [01-28-2012]

JBS, of course I didn't take umbrage. Just wanted to give you a smack upside the head for your little slip into male chauvinism.
Catherine Manning Muir, It's raining sideways; buckets under the verandah roof here in Outback Oz [01-28-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey, you disagree with my premise about the motivations for teaching-which I explained to you in detail-you refuse to believe factual evidence and have made yourself very contentious with other bloggers. Yous ask where i have said "teachers suck up entitlements" well your blog of Jan 13 and that of your co-blogger Brogan make the same point. You wrote "Most teachers enter teaching for a job and paycheck". That sir is wrongheaded. This along with your bashing of teachers is why I rose to defend teachers. I am a teacher.
Jim McKernan, Professor of Education, U of North Carolina-first public system in the USA [01-28-2012]

Webmaster, GOOD ONE!
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; ic '55; cdhs '59 [01-28-2012]

To Veteran--What do WW11 vets have to do with teachers--I don't get it ?????????
Lou Giorno, mr. g dos [01-28-2012]

To Joe Lynch/Vera/Friend Thanks for the remembrance of Frog, pre-CDHS. All of us Germatowners who commuted on the 26 bus knew Frog before he ever arrived at CDHS. He had a whole routine that he performed on the 26 from Germantown & Chelten to 20th and Olney. A few times we actually tried to keep him on the bus because he was soo entertaining. Frog, yes arrived at CDHS in my junior class. Frog along with 10 other of my classmates in Chemestry flunked and had the pleasure of attending summer at West Catholic Girls HS, "around the corner" from Bandstand. Frog was incredible. Everyday after summer school we would take the Elevated back to 69th Street to pick up the E bus back home and everyday he would buy a half dozen freshly baked glazed donuts in the 69th St. Terminal,devouring them on the ride home. He made a conniseur of glazed donuts. Putting aside for a moment all the posts about J. Mathis,poetry,teachers etc, and can confirm whether my recollection of the 1961 Evening Bulletin Catholic All Star team included the follow four all of whom played in the "local" i.e. CYO- Joe Lynch,St Francis-LSHS; Jim Canane (Spelling) St John's-LSHS; Ace McCann- St Bridgets-Roman; Leslie Richardson St Madelain Sophie-Card. Dougherty? Vera Carey: Thanks for updating me on what you know of the Falcone Family. Great family. Their backyard court on Morris street was dubbed "Mudville" since we trudged around in the mud playing hoops - which never improved any of footwork. Sorry to hear about Mike. He was always the hard working one. Ran the newstand at Morris and Chelten for years. And Joe Lynch, how is your brother Tommie? Years past I would "bump" into him at Crane's on Queen Lane. The drinks at Crane's were soo strong that there was a lot of "bumping into's".
Cholly Carr [01-28-2012]

ToC. Carr I was good budies with the Frog as we were in many clases together and on the cheerleading squad. Can still hear that infamous noise. As Joe Lynch points out we were in a homeroom called 2B. Later to be known as 2B or not too be.
Bucky Durney [01-28-2012]

McKernan contends that McGlinchey and Brogan are hurtful and contentious? Are you kidding me? At least they never threatened lawsuits like the "good professor".
anonymous [01-28-2012]

As Bruce mentioned in his recent post, he and I went to the Palestra last week for the Penn-St. Joe’s Big Five game. For those of you that were Big Five fans in the past, I am happy to report that it is still going strong and what a wonderful experience it still is to attend a Big Five game at the Palestra. Built in 1926, the Palestra has been restored over the years and is very well maintained, like one of the foremost basketball venues should be. The Palestra has hosted more college basketball games in its history that any other arena in the world … look it up … it is true. It features a Big Five/Philly Basketball Museum in the corridors that run underneath the stands. As Bruce and I looked at all the exhibits, it brought back to me memories of the great players and games that I was lucky enough to attend in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Back in the day, two friends that I recall going to these games with are Pat McIlhinney and Jerry McKeon. The Penn-St. Joe’s game last week was just like it the Big Five games I recall attending many years ago … the Palestra was packed, the game was well played and full of action and very intense, the students were energized and inventive in their cheers, plus there the St. Joe’s and Penn pep bands in the house and they kept the place rockin’. Although St. Joe’s had Penn outmanned, they played schoolyard one-on-one style while Penn played team basketball. It was a tight game, and Penn won. What a night!
Tom Cusack [01-27-2012]

CMM, I remember my quotation book from CA. I wish I had kept it. I kept so many items from CA such as operetta prizes, costumes, reports, pictures but sadly not the quotation book. I have a funny story about my Brigadoon costume. My son went to St. Joe's Prep from 1991 to 1995. They have a wonderful theatre department and he was very active in it. In his freshman or sophmore year he was in Brigadoon and I dug out my costume and gave it to the school. The dress was on stage most of the show and I always remarking, "Do you see how tiny her waist is? "That was my costume." It is always wonderful to recall CA days.
Sally Moore Quinlan, Pemberton, NJ [01-27-2012]

Who was talkin' romance? Remember all the weekends we studied for the SATs? You were a brainiac in math, I was a bozo in verbal and we lugged those Practice Tests books up to the Friends Free Library on Germantown Ave. to prep for the College Board Exams. You were trying to be #1 at CA, I was aiming to get above 400 in the math--not dissimilar goals. OK, OK, we walked the mile or so to the Orpheum a few times to see South Pacific and Psycho (not a double feature, by the way) but I wanted to get back to hit the books with my #2 pencils. I still remember the vocabulary--aardvark to xenophobe--and the math--pi x the radius squared. Those academic sessions prepared me for a life of English teaching but also (alas) math dysfunction, and I owe it all to you.
Joe Lynch--Hakuna Matada [01-27-2012]

Vera Canavan, Thanks for the news of the Falcone family. I knew Steve was a Professor of English I want to say at Southern Illinois University and his younger brother Nicholas was in my 1959 graduating class at St VDePaul. He and i competed yearly for class honors. I never knew what happened to him after we left Germantown. Do you have any knowledge of Nicholas Falcone? A very Happy New Year to you!
Jim McKernan, Professor, NC [01-27-2012]

I think I forgot to put my name on that last post (about ESL and LOTE). Sorry. It was me, as I'm sure you guessed.
Catherine Manning Muir, Glad the summer holidays are finally over and kids are going back to school next week. [01-27-2012]

MEK, you made me laugh (for a change!) when you addressed a post to "ESL and CMM". 'ESL' is not a person, but the acronym for 'English as a Second Language'. I taught ESL, sometimes referred to as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in the Central Queensland school district, based in Gladstone. At the same time, I also taught LOTE (also not a person!), which is the acronym for 'Language(s) Other Than English', i.e., Indonesian, to years 6 to 8. I traveled on a circuit of schools, with the most distant being a 5-hour drive each way, making for a very long day. I once fell asleep at the wheel for a microsecond and came to on the wrong side of the road. Luckily nothing was coming the other way or I'd have been a statistic. After that, my husband went with me on the days I had to visit that school. Here in Oz, which receives immigrants and temporary residents/workers from all over the world, primarily from Oceania, Northeast Asia, Southern Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe, there is a great demand for English Language Teaching (ELT) but precious little resourcing. Aussies love to complain that immigrants don't speak English, but don't want to fund the programs to help them learn. Sound familiar?
anonymous [01-27-2012]

CMM: I hope that you did not take umbrage with the fact that I labeled the great anonymous blogger who has elements of a Professional Archivist-"Mister. Some of the best bloggers on this site are women and are quite capable of submitting outstanding blogs as the one posted by The Anonymous Person. I do have warts and am very human but I did not intend to be chauvinistic. I and other men on this site, should be more sensitive to Women's Sensibilities. In my callow youth, I did dance with some fast women, had engaging conversations with feisty and sultry Femme Fatales,and had some hard rides with women on the romantic highway of life. Notwithstanding these aforementioned experiences, I always avoided misogynystic and chauvinistic behavior. Your friend,Joe Lynch,talked about the lovely ingenues in his SFA Class. I was always blessed to have have known some sweet ladies in my SFA Class. Pat Kirk was in my class and she married Mayor Bill Green and Pat was The First Lady of Philadelphia. Ava Fowler was also in my class at SFA and you might have known her from Cecilian Academy. Ava became a nun and was devoted to her faith and Her Order. Joe Lynch,Paul Borian,Slugger,and I, appreciate the great blogs that women submit to This Germantown Web-site. Cathy! May 2012 be productive and may the golden stars shine upon you and bring light to the folks who walk in darkness.
JBS [01-27-2012]

Jim McKernan - where did I ever say "teachers are sucking up entitlements"??? Don't look too hard for a post where I say that, because you won't find one.... If you are going to quote me, maybe quote what I actually say and not what you make up in your educated head. You call me contentious??? But, wasn't it you who lashed out and threatened many here with lawsuits?
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-27-2012]

Please, keep this civil. This is not a Presidential debate.

Erda Armstrong Graham, f [01-26-2012]

I know many people who want to thank their teachers, but lets face it, if it wasn't for our soldiers in WWII we all would be speaking German or Japaneese.
Veteran, Drafted [01-26-2012]

To all Anons. Welcome and keep them coming, you are a breath of fresh air after reading the same fairy tales of the same area over and over. I guess some didn't know the meaning of tongue in cheek.
Gman [01-26-2012]

Slugger, Bill Haas' history with the Mets organization is detailed at CLICK Funny, I've always thought he spent some time with the Mets, rather than just in the minors. I'm shaking my head, confused. I'm not convinced.
CMM, He was a legend in his own mind. [01-26-2012]

Joe L, did YOU give me that JM Christmas album? I just had a look at it; there are no fudge smears or any other indication that you'd touched it. If you DID give it to me, I have to thank you retrospectively for many, many years of enjoyment. I bought a machine 2 years ago to transfer my old LPs to my computer but still haven't opened the box, so I keep dragging this stack of records around with me. One day, when I REALLY retire, I might actually have time to do it. I just had a look at the playlist on the JM album. One of the tunes is, of course, 'White Christmas'. Every year, when I'm in a shopping mall and I hear 'White Christmas' (always by Bing Crosby, not JM) for the first time, I can't hold back the tears. That's when I miss 'home' the most, although 'home' to me now is the USA in general, Honolulu in particular, with the snow of Philadelphia the picture in my mind's eye at Christmas time. Here in Outback Oz, it's 100 degrees F. on Christmas day and the traditional carols sound weird against that backdrop. Now, whenever I look at the JM album, I'll think of you. Thanks for the memories, Joe. As Bucky said, however, I don't recall this album doing you any good in the romance department. Ah, to be young and innocent again, hanging out at Fernhill Park under the stern watch of Fred, the park guard, and in the back pews at SFA every Sunday at Mass.
CMM [01-26-2012]

Bruce - We all hope the Barnes is up and ready for May. We're also working at the Art Museum and for the most part, the weather has been cooperating. I always enjoy your posts.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [01-26-2012]

Charles Carr---Falcone update---Mike died about 12 years ago---Steve lives in Carbondale Illinos---can e-mail his address if you would like to get in touch -hope this was helpful
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956--Little Flower 1960 [01-26-2012]

Joe Lynch: Lately, you have been enriching us with posts about culture and literate stuff and CMM might say that you are an erudite and no troglodyte. I remembered you when you were a callow fellow and I am learning from this site that you are a literate lad and were a slugger in your youth. I only remembered you as a basketball player and a very good one-Tom Cusack told me that you were the best basketball player at Fernhill Park but I disagreed with him. I remembered when Bob Schaefer came to Fernhill Park with the football players-Jim Katcavage,John West,Fred Bad Boy Peck,and Jim Heil. Bob Schaefer was a deadly shooter and great passer-All_Catholic at Roman,All-American at Villanova,and a Pro with The St. Louis Hawks. Tom C. intimated that he was not really a Fernhiller but he loved A Fernhiller and married her. I was surprised that you were a slugger and hit a home-run down Borian Alley in right-field at The Hollow. You were a right-hand hitter and Bill Haas must have jammed you since you hit that long shot to the opposite field near Moe's Store. It is interesting that you played baseball with Bill H. at The Hollow since you were a Fernhill guy. I played baseball with Bill H. at Fernhill and he and Leroy Kelly were awesome hitters and Harold Kelly played for The Orioles. You are bringing a lot of LaSalle guys to this site. You were a classmate of Bill Lawler at LaSalle High "61". Bill Lawler played basketball at LaSalle High with you and was an outstanding swimmer. At St. Theresa's in Mt. Airy, he was a pitcher on the baseball team and really liked the game. He was pitching for St. Theresa's against your St. Francis team at Gratz's field on Hunting Park-Harold and Leroy Kelly had memorable games on this field. Bill L. throws his high fast-ball against Bill Haas. The SFA Slugger,Bill Haas,whacks this high fastball over the fence and across Larissa St. against The Burpee Seed Building. Bill Lawler gave up baseball and since he was not that tall to focus on swimming. I went to The Palestra with Tom Cusack to watch St. Joe and Penn. He asked me who was the best slugger-Paul Borian or Bill Haas? You were probaly at that SFA game against St. Theresa and you saw some of Borian's shot at The Hollow down right field where you hit your mighty home run. At The Palestra,Tom Cusack and I observed the photo of your hero-Tom Gola. We observed the photo of The Prep and St. Joe Star,Matt Goukas, whom you played against-at St. Matt's,The Prep,and St. Joe College. LaSalle guys can be profound as they age gracefully- Tom Cusack sounded like a political scientist when he talked politics. We came to the conclusion that The US does not need a president who has a zipper problem. I was at a luncheon with your old friend from Fernhill-Pat McIlhinney. Pat is enjoying his golden years in retirement and is quite philosophical with unique angles on the philosophy of life. Joe! It would be great to see you at The Buck in the future and Tom Cusack might be bringing Jerry McKeon-Jack Brogan's friend from LaSalle.
Bruce Schmitt [01-26-2012]

It's not either/or with Mathis/Sinatra. In the late 50s it behooved us derelict boys to show a little culture to our classy girlfriends when the lights were low, so we dug out Johnny with his violins and sumptuous background vocals. It was wonderful, wonderful if you could get the little brothers and sisters to go to bed and the parents (Dad: You here again, son?) to go to The New Lyric Theater (Free Dish Night) to see An Affair to Remember. Johnny on old 45s was scratchy on the RCA Victor stack. You had to have the album in High Fidelity--Greatest Hits-- and you played the tunes repeatedly, doggedly. . .until they worked for you. You'd forage for some eats--day old Junket, Freihofer's bread and jam, spoonful of Skippy's. Then the parents would come home with the Mother weeping at Deborah Kerr's wheelchair and Cary Grant's dead aunt with the mantilla.(Dad: You still here, son?) For a while, you'd have to act kinda normal(After all, you had just eaten all the Abbott's vanilla fudge ice cream in the house.), then you'd walk the half-mile home in April snow. The next day you'd go to the 11:15 Mass at SFA, none the worse for wear, still thinking about last night. And that's a long, long time. . --Thank you, Johnny Mathis--best ice cream I ever tasted.
Joe Lynch--Jamaican Me Crazy [01-26-2012]

We, the Bray's, lived at 1128 east Price Street, the Roaches lived at 1130 East Price and the Kents lived on 1200 Stafford, all family. I believe Dennis Penglaise, who posted a message asking about my family, is my cousin from Upsal Steet. I have to leave for now but will return to share more memoris later. Dusty Bray
Earle Robert Bray Jr. (Dusty), 63 graduate of Immaculate Conception, 67 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty, 1 tour of duty in Vietnam, attended college on the GI Bill, President of Bray Mooney Consulting Inc. [01-26-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey you are enigmatic as a man. But to wit, I asked why teachers join teaching as a career-you and joe Brogan respond they are just sucking up "entitelements". I say shame on you. I defend teachers in non-public as well as public schools. You were wrong in saying they did not join teaching-I showed you they said they loved raising children and caring for their growth-this as a study of two million teachers so i think it is definitive. McGlinchey you have always hurt and been contentious on this site-my advice to you, and brogan, is shut your wee holes a bit and learn from those who have gone before ye.
Jim McKernan, Professor [01-26-2012]

Slugger, notice major league is lower case!It was a foul ball that stayed fair--musta been 380 ft, it was so high. Haas never struck me out all the times I faced him (2X). We had a rivalry on the basketball court for a few years, even though we were on the same team. I can see the ball now rising, defying windage and plunking down somewhere on Apsley Street near the Kohlmeirs, breaking a window, disturbing the cat.--A boy's dreams are the wind's dreams and his thoughts are long, long thoughts.
The Natural [01-26-2012]

Lou Giorno: Yeah, we remember those prices. We also remember that if a man earned $100/week, he was rich!
anonymous [01-25-2012]

RE: Anonymous' blog about keeping this site only focused on Germantown, did anyone not note that he signed it "tongue firmly in cheek". Didn't you get it? He was kidding, guys!
anonymous [01-25-2012]

As a teacher I always thought I was two classes away from being fired, that someone would walk into my room, accuse me of ignorance and gross incompetence and give me the pink slip.I wish I had "enlightened the world with my knowledge" but I knew half the class was smarter than I was, so I kept my deepest thoughts to myself. I taught the things I loved, not the curriculum. Maybe that's why I had those dreams of inadequacy. Short stories in class were the bedrock. Poe (TTHeart), Hawthorne (YGBrown, Melville (Bartleby) would lead to Huck and Gatsby and New Yorker short stories. And they paid me each year to teach all this stuff! It was 5 shows a day. I felt like a lounge act at Atlantic City or an aluminum siding salesman. Sure, I'd slip in subversive stuff--Stephen King and Kurt Vonnegut--for the Goths, but I'd pretty much go my own way (Fleetwood Mac). I had a pretty tenuous hold on the curriculum. As long as there was paper and a crank mimeograph machine, I could quell riots (not really). Tapes and the new technology help, but when a kid makes sense out irony and metaphor, you got somethin' goin'. May all of us teachers keep it goin'.
Joe Lynch--Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life. [01-25-2012]

JBS: The word 'anonymous' is not gender-specific, so what makes you so sure that the anonymous author of the tongue-in-cheek plea for conformity was a 'Mr.'?
CMM [01-25-2012]

Mathis,as a teenager-Sinatra as I got older -both are good memories-certain songs can me right back to a VERY good place-still listen and enjoy both
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956--Little Flower 1960 [01-25-2012]

JBS: The anonymous post crying out for an end to 'deviant' posts was tongue in cheek, as the author indicated in the tag line. It was meant to take the mickey out of the control freaks. Everyone should keep on blogging about whatever they feel like; it's the Germantown origins of the bloggers that binds us here on this site. Viva diversity; down with the troglodytes!
CMM [01-25-2012]

Helen Leone D'Angelo! It is good to see you posting again since you are connected with 2 great families from Germantown-The D'Angelo and Leone Families. I knew your husband's family from GBC where they were great soccer players. The other D'Angelo Family were Hollow People and Tony D'Angelo was a very good baseball player and played for St. Joe College. Tony's brother,Bob,posts on this site and is developing his golf game in Florida where there is no snow. I hope that you are not disappointed that snow has disapeared in PA-you and Mike Garvey,Mr. Brickyard, love the snow. In my last blog, I talked about The Green Isle. Recently, I was hanging out at The Philadelphia Art Museum and trying to get some culture after reading about past posts about culture from some of the old jocks that I knew back in the day. They are building a new aedifice- on The Parkway-The Barnes Foundation which has an extraordinary collection of art and will be the neighbor of The Rodin Museum. I was pleased to see Green Trucks which are owned by The D'Angelos and it is wonderful that the great construction company from Germantown is involved in the creation of this magnificent structure. I knew many contactors and the economy has been difficult and I am impressed that The D"Angelo Company would be involved in a major job like "The Barnes". Helen! I know that you like snow but snow is not good for a bulding project and we want "The Barnes" to be completed by May.
Bruce Schmitt [01-25-2012]

CMM - Johnny Mathis is still in fine voice. He does about 6 concerts a year and when I heard him last year in Philly he still had it........chestnuts roasting on an open fire........
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [01-25-2012]

Hey, CMM, my fingerprints are all over that Mathis Xmas album, if it's vinyl and you have it since CA/LS days. 12/28/59, ($4.98)--Deep in December, it's nice to remember. . . (Bucky, don't you say a word!)
JFL--A Young and Callow Fellow [01-25-2012]

Folks...lets get real here. Francis Albert Sinatra is, hands down, the greatest singer of all time. His recordings with Count Basie or Nelson Riddle are still fantastic today !
Cooter in NC [01-25-2012]

Jim Melchiorre, I could not agree with you more. Some went the Anonymous route when Jim McKernan threatened a few of us here with lawsuits. But, I suppose the rest just might be spineless, more intent to stir the pot then to contribute anything meaningful, and hide behind the Anonymous moniker in doing so.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-25-2012]

And some simply forget to fill in the box for name.

"Frog" Peska was a Roxboro kid (E bus, 26 bus) who was in my LaSalle homeroom from 1957 to 1959. He could make this barking sound with his voice at will, so, of course, we kids all found reason for Bill to act like a seal at our command. He would run around the stadium at lunch, making the most unusual piercing sounds, interrupting classes in Wister Hall. Sadly, Brother Francis was not amused and put a stop to our (Really, Bucky Durney's!)exploitation of that kid! It was funny, however. Bill later left LaSalle in sophomore year. There was a general housecleaning of idiots in our homeroom 2B, and the administration threw out the wrong people. Bill and his talent went back to Roxboro. At 14, any of us would have done anything to be that popular.
Joe Lynch--From Mathis to Peska on Pandora [01-25-2012]

C Carr, George Schuler lives in Rockledge, PA and was in the US Army Reserves. I know a Gene Falcone who was from Germantown too.
Friend [01-25-2012]

Joe Lynch, I hate to correct you, but Billy Haas never made the Major leagues, he was in the NY Mets Minor league. What was that distance again?
Slugger [01-25-2012]

ESL & CMM: I too, was a teacher! I taught adult education at Rutgers University. As you know, teaching adults is much different than teaching younger, more impressionable students, whether they're in Germantown or Indonesia. I've traveled to Germany, Holland, France and Italy. Italy is by far my favorite; maybe because they're were so many Italians in my Germantown neighborhood, I just felt comfortable in a familiar environment. While I was in France, I studied the French Impressionist movement. I'm still immersed in adult education, but now I share my love for the arts by teaching a dance (adult tap) at the local University. Isn't it simply amazing the opportunities we have, by our given professions, to enlighten the world with our knowledge? My favorite teacher as a child in Germantown was Sister Maria Concetta at St. Francis of Assisi on Logan St. She was stern, but effective.
MEK [01-24-2012]

Hey, Slugger, I hit a home run, up the hill, over the fence at the Hollow off major league pitcher Bill Haas, a few years ago (I think it was a few years ago.). We lost the ball and had to end the game--we were that poor. Please don't tell me it was a blooper or Texas-Leaguer any third baseman could've handled. BEBE would've caught it; he was a goat on that hill, owned it. I'm just glad BEBE at the time was eating that cheese steak (36 cents?)at Sal's and couldn't be bothered to run across Wayne Ave. and climb the hill to shag my homer, the only one I ever hit in competition. To hit the ball to right field was to jeopardize the mellow mood of Goo-Goo, who was giving a shooting lesson to the little kids on the basketball court. Goo did not want to be disturbed at work or at play.
Joe Lynch--Half of what I say isn't true. I just can't tell you which half. [01-24-2012]

Jim McKernon, my dear friend. How is your son Ross making out in this neck of the woods? And thank you my friend for your lovely comments about my book of poems. Very honored indeed. My next book titled Haitian MudPies is due to be released in April. You surely be one of the first to receive a copy. Let me know if you son needs any help on this end. As I told you my lovely wife Karen knows many people in the local construction recylcing industry and in fact worked at one time for a competitor of the firm that I believe hired your son. Be well. Cholly C( I know have a new name).
C. S. Carr [01-24-2012]

I read the many posts from LaSalle grads. Does anyone remember Frog Peska, we just called him "The Frog". Frog was from Manyunk,(St John's) attended LSHS until his junior year when he was asked to leave and he joined us CDHS. I can recall he was once a cheerleader for LSHS and a very funny one at that. He was like the Jackie Leonard of our time. I have not seen or heard of him for years, but he was a very, very funny man. Further, you folks who come from Morris-Pulaski Ave. area, do you know the whereabouts of the Falcones brothers: Michael,Stephen, Nicholas and ?. The family lived on Morris Street the other side of School House Lane. Stephen was attending LaSalle College when I was there and then received a fellowship to Southern Illinois University and received a PhD. in English literature. And finally George Schuler, who lived at the corner house at School House Lane? Attended Central and was a soccer player. Last I heard he was called General Schuler by someone in the United Junior Soccer League.
C. Carr [01-24-2012]

To0 Joe,Jhonny Mathis is the best, I have seen oh 20 times or so.Last time was 4 or 5 yrs.Ago still hit the notes.Older but still great.Marie
Marie Bommentre [01-24-2012]

Anonymous, PLEASE have the stones to put a name to comments made. Having been raised in Germantown & The Hollow my parents taught me "if you have the nerve to write something, have the decency to sign your name"!
Joe Melchiorre, 64 years young & living in Phoenixville [01-24-2012]

Yo, Professor, do you think maybe Swift was a cannibal?
Jack Brogan, We have enough snow to keep Bor happy. [01-24-2012]

Oh yea! Mathis had Sinatra beat for makin' out music.......until the 12th of never, I'll still be loving you.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [01-24-2012]

Joe, Chances Are? No wonder you just talked. You should have tried "In the still of the night". Things might have been different. Also I seem to remember that you dated the same girl for a lot of years. She probably got tired of the song
Bucky Durney [01-24-2012]

How many of you out there remember when--Gas was 30cents a gal-a candy bar was 5 cents--loaf of bread was 30 cents-comic books were 10 cents -cigarettes were 20 cents a pack-23 trolley ride was a nickel-train ride 50 cents--a hamburger was 20 cents-a new Cadillac was 6 thousand dollars-movies 25 cents-a coke was a nickel a bottle-toilet paper was a nickel a roll-I could go on & on, but what good does it do us now!
lou Giorno, Mr G Dos [01-24-2012]

Jim McKernan, my, what a difference between your two posts! What prompted the tone difference with the 2nd??? It scares me that you, as an educator, deem those that disagree with your opinion as being "uneducated". Does this mean that we have to go back to calling you professor?
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-24-2012]

Joe Lynch, sadly, I wasn't the recipient of any of your Johnny Mathis albums. However, I had a 45 RPM album with 'Chances Are' on it when I was in 8th grade. It also contained 'The Twelfth of Never', my favorite. I still have JM's LP Christmas album; it was one of the items I couldn't part with and it came out on the ship from Honolulu when I moved to Oz in 1989. It's now awaiting transfer to my computer and onto a CD. My vote goes to Mathis over Sinatra. Johnny knew when to quit.
CMM [01-24-2012]

Mister McGlinchey posted: "But, I still do get annoyed at those taking a heel-digging stance against taxpayer support of education in a non-public school. They don't seem to mind the savings on their school taxes though." I found it amusing that the nuns in the 50's used to tell us the same thing. They also added how much of a strain it would be on the taxpayers if all the Catholic Schools were to close. Well I guess with the current mass closing of Catholic Schools, we will find out how true this will be. Of course more and more former Catholic school students have left the Catholic schools in the last 20-25 years, so its not an overnight event. Apparently the mayor doesn't think its going to be much of strain on the school budget with the closings and more students going to public school. Keeping things in perspective, I believe the tuition at CD in the late 50's and early 60's was approximately $100 a year. This was roughly the average weekly paycheck for families at the time. Today its closer to about $6000 to attend a Catholic high school. I doubt many, if any families are bring that much home today, that send their children to a Catholic High School.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [01-24-2012]

Mr. Anonymous: You should have been an archivist since you listed so many towns,cities,and countries in your last post. Your post was written well and you must either be self-educated or highly educated and might have gone to Princeton. OOPs! I should not have mentioned Princeton since that is not in Germantown-possibly,you went to GA in Germantown,OOPS!, I can't mention GA since that is in Fort Washinton,OOPS!,You get my drift. I hope that you do not convince The Web-master to eliminate Mt. Airy from our conversation on this site since Mt. Airy was our neighbor and so many Germantowners dated and married folks of Mt. Airy. Many folks on this site were impacted by the Mt. Airy neighborhood. Many ladies from Cecilian Academy who blog on this site took the 23 on Germantown Ave. to CA which was in Mt. Airy but so close to Germantown. These CA ladies contribute great info and intellectuality and they should be applauded and not dissed- I might add that they can defend themselves quite well. I think Cherry Hill should also be allowed on this site since so many Germantowners live there and frequented The latin Casino. There were so many great posts about The latin Casino and indicated to me the cultural and musical perspective of Germantowners. Some folks even got kissed and I can only imagine the results if The Latin Casino were located in Paris-OOPs! I also find it interesting how Germantowners report from different countries in the world. I would like to read blogs from Tom Cusack and Joe Lynch who are steeped in Irish Culture and History, about The Erin Island[Ireland]. I remember Paul Borian when he was hitting long and short drives into the rocks at Happy Hollow and Joe Rossi would climb those rocks and stole many a hit from Bor. Mr. Borian won over his charming and classy wife when he took Fran to The Latin Casino in Cherry Hill-OOPs! It would be great if Bor could compare the rocks at The Hollow with The Rocks of Armenia. We should have diversity on this site. I would like to know the myriad of paths and highways that Germantowners have taken. We had a blogger on this site, Bernie McKernan,and it would be nice to know about The Germantown Spirit in Annapolis-a great and historic city where Germantowners like Ken Duckworth and Tom Yanesa lived when they attended The Naval Academy- I am tired of saying OOPS and we just can't post about Germantown Ave. If you crossed The Delaware into Camden or hung out in Camden,Maine- post something and see if it resonates with Our Fellow Germantowners.
John Bruce Schmitt [01-24-2012]

In Diner, the film, there's an argument about Mathis and Sinatra--whose voice was better for makin' out in the 1950s. I come down on the side of "Chances Are." I was so clever I used to give Johnny Mathis to my girlfriend at Xmas, birthdays, my birthday (!), any occasion. I wonder if she caught on. Albums were $4.98 so it was quite an investment. To go on a date was like $1.75 to the movies and that included candy. Then we'd go back to her house and listen to "Chances Are," if you know what I mean. You'd walk to the movies, walk home--no elegance to that, a straight-up date, no frills. You'd talk and be young and talk some more. Maybe there'd be a Coke in the ice box, maybe not. You'd calculate how angry your parents would be if you came in after l o'clock. You figure you could handle the heat. So you kept on talking, hoping to impress, to navigate the shoals of steady-dating, to calibrate the grief you'd get from your friends/The Corner. That's what a date was, I think--a few bucks, some late night hours that might crawl into the morning and a tacit agreement that you and I are really, really great together.
Joe Lynch--A Trip to the Moon on Gossamer Wings [01-22-2012]

No disrespect to the field at Happy Hollow, but there was no long drives to left field, due to the rocks, more like a Texas leaguer or Pop-up to left field.
Slugger [01-22-2012]

I was a teacher, too: ESL, years 1 to 12; LOTE (Indonesian), years 6 to 8. Looking back, my best students were the aboriginal kids, wide-eyed and eager to learn, and the children of immigrants, eager to understand the new culture and to fit in. Sadly, the majority of Aussie students have little understanding of their own language, and they and their parents and the school/curriculum authorities see no utility in learning a second language. The conservative (reactionary) government of John Howard (part of G.W. Bush's Iraq war troika) cut all funding for language, leaving it up to the states to fund, and of course the states failed to do so, so kids no longer have language classes, except in elite, private schools. God bless teachers who praise their students when they do well and not make too much fuss over their mistakes. My motto was 'teach only love' which sometimes involved counting to ten and stifling the urge to bolt! Though retired from teaching since 2006, I'm still immersed in language, as a professional translator, Indonesian into English, mainly literary, but also commercial (oil and gas exploration, coal mining, tobacco control). I did stints with the UN, the IMF, ExxonMobil Indonesia, and with the Oz Dept of Defense as an intelligence analyst. These days, I work for myself, from home, usually in the wee hours of the morning, for a select few clients in Oz, Hong Kong, the US and the UK. 4 yrs of Latin at CA and 4 yrs of French (2 yrs at CA and 2 at Temple), and essential grounding in English grammar from the good sisters of St. Joseph at SFA and CA have been the basic tools of my trade. I've been privileged to have had great teachers of Indonesian, as well, both in Oz and in Sumatra, and wonderful colleagues, both teachers and fellow translators. I don't begrudge them one cent of their hard-earned wages and benefits. It's a tough way to make a living, I can assure you!
CMM, Tomatoes ripening on the vine; too hot to go outside! [01-22-2012]

Lots of mention of Joe Lynch here. I am not from the Hollow or St Francis or Germantown, but from the other side, East Germantown and the Immaculate Conception. I did have the honor of having Joe Lynch teach me at La Salle HS when I was in my second year there. He was one of the best teachers I experienced there and made us think and write and express ourselves. His class was not read, remember, repeat and test. Thanks Joe
Bob Mc Creight, 58 living in Havertown [01-22-2012]

To the teacher bashers-you are so wrong. Lou Giorno tells it like it is. Teachers put in on average 51 hours of week work for what is considered low professional remuneration. They do it because they care-about kids. I find the remarks of several bloggers so ill-informed I cannot consider them 'educated' at all. Take a listen Jack Brogan, Dennis McGlinchey (who doesn't understand the question of why teachers join teaching)and the outspoken anons-who no one should even pay attention to as their character is lacking in not stating their names. Denis McGlinchey you did not get to read and write on your own efforts -it took a dedicated educator whether nun or layperson-show some respect for the gifts that have been given you.Every doctor, lawyer, architect and professor needed the help of teachers to be where they are!
Jim McKernan, Professor of Education, U of North Carolina-first public system in the USA [01-22-2012]

Webmaster, how you can view my post as being slanderous or offensive is well beyond my comprehension. I've said it many times here, I don't know where the line is here. I just know when I crossed it when my post doesn't quite make it to the blog or, as in this case, gets deleted because some rattled embarrassed soul misinteprets the meaning of that post. What the heck..... Anonymous, you can cross Oxford Circle off of your diversion list. There is a Germantown connection. I made that post, correcting another who said St. Martin of Tours was in Germantown when its not, it is in Oxford Circle. It wasn't like I was calling for a discussion on the glory days in Oxford Circle.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-22-2012]

Jim McKernan, that was an interesting post & perspective, thank you. I am one who sent my kids through the Catholic school system even though I had a quality public option available to me. I will admit annoyance at the strict seperation of church and state that forced me to pay for that education without a dome of taxpayer help, while at the same time contributing to the educational costs of that public option. Heck, even supplies were covered at the public option while Staples was practically a 2nd home for me. The one concession they did allow, is to provide bus service for township kids atending any school, whether public, relgious or private. But, they made up for it by limiting the frequesny of the runs for non-public kids in favor of the public kids. If only the taxpayers knew how much I, and others like me, are saving them on their school taxes.... Still, it was the right decision for me and my kids and I have no regrets on the education I chose for them. But, I still do get annoyed at those taking a heel-digging stance against taxpayer support of education in a non-public school. They don't seem to mind the savings on their school taxes though....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-22-2012]

Some of my fondest memories of Germantown long ago were the snow days. Stafford St. where I grew up was a narrow unassuming little place around the corner from St. Vincents Church. But when it snowed, it was transformed into a beautiful wonderland. Everything took on a different form and became magical to me. Half of the people who lived on the street were family, so all day we'd be out playing, building forts, snow ball fights, sleding, and sliding our little hearts out. All my cousins; Jimmy, Mickey, Billy, Susan, Kathleen, Mary, Millie, Joe, my brother Lou, Phylis, the whole day long outside freezing our little tushes off. When the day became long and the time came to go in for supper, one by one we left the snow to go into the warm kitchens and remove our wet gear. Sleep always came easy those nights and as I approach my later years I realize how wonderful these times were.
HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO [01-22-2012]

Paul Borian! You were A Hollow Guy and had expertise in the art of nutting[busting]. Some of our bloggers are either having fun with you or are nutting you and this can not be since you have a PHD in Nuttology and your mentor was Robert Goo Guarinello-No! I never called Goo-"Antonio "at The Hollow or on this site. I have to tell you that I was not nutting you when I compared your speaking capabilities with Jim Binns of Mt. Airy- I thought that would be a compliment. Jimmy Binns was on TV and the news about his encounter at Margate with his neighbor. Jimmy B. could be feisty and he was lean and mean back in the day. I was told that he punched out a younger 2-Streeter a few years ago. He is a famous Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer and a very flashy dresser with his tailored pin- striped suits. Your old friend,Frank Sharpy Felice would be impressed with Jimmy Binn's attire. I am sure that Brogan,Cusack,and McKeon knew the flamboyant Binns from LaSalle-Jerry McKeon might have been in his class. For you, his greatest quality is that he is A Nova Guy-Villanova Law School. You and your young friends on this site are into books and literature. Jimmy Binns is a Damon Runyan Character. He had a professional fight with Harold Johnson of Manayunk- Harold was an awesome boxer and outstanding hand-speed. You had encounters with some tough dudes but Harold Johnson was one of the best. There is some silly conversation taking place on our web-site and I am too old to nut[bust] people and be funny. I was never good at it and I paid the price when some people would take it the wrong way. I can only say that you and Joe Lynch speak well and Tom Cueball Cusack intimidates me with his gravely voice-Joe Pesci if you will.
Bruce Schmitt [01-22-2012]

Joe Lynch, You mentioned going to Valley Forge Music. My husband and I went there so many times, it was a great place to see a show. We saw Johnny Mathis there so many times as well as Stevie Wonder. I always loved Paul Anka but I never got to one of his shows. It's such a shame that they closed that down. Good memories. Ronnie Carmody McIntyre
anonymous [01-21-2012]

I just spent an hour going through photos in the Germantown Historical Society's Online Collection. Wonderful to see the lovely homes, shops, cobblestones and people as they were in the 1880s and onwards. You can find the collection at CLICK and click through 'Random Images' or enter keywords.
CMM [01-21-2012]

BEBE...Thanks for reminding me of our long conversation that night at Ernie Palumbo's nightclub.I was so happy to see you that I forgot about my date.It was one and done with her,and I don't blame her for dumping me.But it was worth it to see you again.BeBe,you are the man! My parents had a loaf of Italian bread from the Superior Bakery delivered to our house every day for many years.Don't remember if you were the delivery man.One day I came home from the Hollow starving for a snack,only to find a three or four day old piece of Italian bread hard as a rock.I dipped the bread into a glass of our great germantown water,and scarfed it down in 30 seconds.Many a summer night,after midnight,we would walk a block from the Hollow to the Superior Bakery for some fresh rolls right out of the oven.It couldn't get much better than that!
Paul Borian, There's a long drive to deep left field,BeBe going way back,leaps,and makes a great one-handed catch as he falls on the rocks,scrapping his right knee,for the final out of the game.The Hollow wins another one. [01-21-2012]

More Latin Casino...I met my wife Fran while working at Children's Hospital.She finally accepted a date with me after several attempts.Someone must have told her that I was a Happy Hollow street corner dude.Our first date was at the Latin to see Johnny Mathis.Oh what a night.My man can really carry a tune.What a sweet voice,even better than Sinatra(sorry Bill Cupo).I was on my best behavior that night bcause I sensed it was an opportunity to depart from the Hollow and move on to the next phase of my life.It was a hard thing to do,but well worth it after 46 years and counting.
Paul Borian, Chances Are ( I had a very good time that night ) [01-21-2012]

CMM....OOOPS. Thanks for correcting me.I had Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice on my mind.I'm happy,however,that it brought back a happy memory from your english class at CA...............Anonymous..I was just having some fun,not another SENIOR MOMENT.The Shakespeare quote was Antonio from the Merchant of Venice.In my imaginary mind,Goo was the Merchant of Happy Hollow.He was a proud Italian.and would remind us that a name like Antonio had to be Italian.All things Italian had to be good.
Paul Borian, O the weather outside is delightful,let it snow,let it snow,let it snow. [01-21-2012]

Joe Lynch....What about me??? You were so thrilled when I gave you my autograph on a Happy Hollow tee shirt.You said it was the greatest day of your life.
Paul Borian, It was the only autograph that I ever gave. [01-21-2012]

It's time to enforce some discipline on this blog! It's supposed to be about Germantown, but people keep posting deviant items! In just the past 2 weeks, there have been many, many flagrant violations of this dictate; there've been posts mentioning Valley Forge, NYC, Miami, Phoenixville, Australia, the Jersey shore, Camelback, Lebanon, Cherry Hill, Oxford Circle, O.C., Sea Isle, South Phila., Radnor, Princeton, Germany, Coney Island, Glenside, Florida, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Washington (sic) Crossing, Fort Washington, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, just to name a few. Go back further and you will be shocked to find many, many more deviant items! There has even been mention recently of foreign sporting teams, including the Yankees and Giants! This must stop! People who come to this site want to read only about Germantown and not about all these other places. Thank God for the self-anointed guardians of the purity of the blog who are consistent in their efforts--without much luck so far!--to stifle any discussion that digresses from the sacred topic. What would the world come to if everyone were permitted to express his/her own thoughts on a site called 'Your Thoughts'?
anonymous, My tongue is firmly planted in my cheek! [01-21-2012]

Webmaster: The posts by MEK and Dennis McGlinchey on Jan. 19 directed at me are offensive and slanderous and ought not to have been posted. I have NEVER said ANYTHING about Italian-Americans, not would I. The serial bullying and browbeating by these two bloggers is deplorable and their personal attacks on me and others ought not be given oxygen on this site. Remove those two posts and begin to enforce your policy of omitting personal attacks, please.
CMM [01-21-2012]

The posts have been removed.

Joe P: With global warming and rising sea temperatures, the shark numbers and incidents--some fatal--are up all around Australia, so the 'Jersey Shore' cast should stay out of the water. I'd never heard of the MTV 'Jersey Shore' program until I recently saw a report on Google News they it's coming to Queensland's Gold Coast, which is the HQ of bling, fake tan, big hair, Arab tourists with women in chador, armed robberies etc, all by the sea. I just watched a video clip from Aug '10 of what was labeled a 'drunken brawl by Jersey Shore cast members' (two men and a woman) and wasn't impressed. It looks like typical reality TV: best avoided to prevent brain damage. I'm amazed they've gone so many seasons; just shows there's no accounting for taste.
CMM [01-21-2012]

BeeBee Rossi - It is great to see you on this web site. You were one of the outstanding characters in HH and Germantown history. I am sure you remember my family, as you and my brother Tony played a lot of baseball and softball together.He lives half the year in Lake Placid Fla. You knew my parents well from when we lived on Keyser St. and later on Newhall St.Our families go back together for many,many years. My Dad, also Tony, was the Blacksmith on Wayne Ave. I also had a sister Assunta and brother Joe. I was the youngest, and one of my fondest memories was walking home after serving 6:30 am mass at St. Mike's and you would pass in the bread truck whistling and yelling " hey Bobby ". Yeah, Bee, you are one of my legends ! Hope you are doing well. Where are you in Florida ? I have a place in Sarasota.God bless and stay well!
Bob D'Angelo [01-21-2012]

As a teacher educator of some 36 years I agree ith CMM and my position is fortified with empirical evidence. A national survey of thousands of teachers showed that over 90% say they join teaching "to help children grow and learn". Of course some identify the summer holidays, pension benefits etc but the overwhelming bent of the data show its because they love children (Ornstein, Levine & Gutek, 2011 Foundations of Education)Boston: Houghton Mifflin. The conditions of teaching need reformation--in NC public school teachers leave (the "attrition" rate) at the rate of 14% per year! Unacceptable. My students enter teaching earning 30K a year-that is just above the poverty line.About 12% of kids are enrolled in "Non-Public" schools nationally mainly of religious denomination. Parents make the sacrifice of high tuition because of the moral and religious culture, as well as improved academic performances. But it is costly-tuition at prep schools like St. Joe's Prep is running over 16,000$ a year! I find it odd the Archdiocese closed NC and CDHS given that enrolments were at the ideal levels-cited by international research of around 500 students. It certainly was not ideal when I had to attend CDHS with 6000 students and 50 students per class! I believe our nation lost a real opportunitey for a united common school system in the 1840's owing to the Bible Riots in Phildelphia, Baltimore and New York. Many folks lost their lives when Catholics, Jews and other Non-Protestants protested the use of the King James Bible in public schools. It was a missed opportunity for equality in education. It is also interesting why the US government cannot support religious schools. In Europe church schools also exist but the txpayers pay teacher salries and subsidize school buildings! Let me leave you with another shocking fact-"Homeschooled" children do better on state tests than private and public schools and at one million pupils is a growing area in education.
Jim McKernan, Professor, NC [01-21-2012]

Charles Bucky Durney: The Three Musketeers from SFA and LaSalle march to a different drum-You,Dennis Crowley,and Joe Lynch. Joe Lynch is our eclectic writer and blogger, posting about unrequited puppy love at SFA, defending and supporting the woman bus drivers,and characterizing Paul Borian as The Prince of Denmark-"Hamlet". I am happy that he did not label you,"Claudius",or we would not be reading your blogs. Mr. Lynch seems to be traveling down The Shakespearean Road and who was The Romeo, you or The flamboyant Dennis Crowley. However, I do find you to be an enigmatic figure- a Yankee fan. You drank the Germantown and Philly Water-How could you possibly root for the Bronx Bombers?. Tom Cusack,Jerry McKeon,and Paul Borina would tell you that is unadulterated baloney that you would root for The Fudging Yankees-that would be their euphemistic language. I can forgive Lynch's cousin,Jack Brogan,for being a Red Sox fan since he he has bee eating Lobster and blue-berry pancakes for a long time in that beautiful state of Maine-New England if you will. You live in Hamilton,New Jersey and not the Big Apple[NYC]. You should not be influenced by your neighbors and you learned about Free Will at that great Educational Intitution-LaSalle. You should be going to watch The Phillies at Beautiful Citizen's Bank Park in Philly since you have time for culture at PAM on The Parkway. Jack Brogan,our Maine Guy, thinks that I spent too much time, doing term papers for The Friendly Jesuits but I did walk around the block. I have a friend who lives in Hamilton and he likes The Phillies and The Eagles. My friend,Frankie V,and I are reserved guys and we do not like to look for trouble and I get your drift about all those Yankee and Giant fans in Hamilton. We hang out a joint in Hamilton called Jo-Jo's at Five Corners. The owner,Carmen,is a big Phillies and Eagles fan,and trust me that you will not have any problems-Carmen knows many interesting guys from Philly and I never saw any Problems there. You will go to NYC for sports and Philly for culture. I have a better plan for you-Philly for Sports and Hamilton for culture. You live a stone's throw from Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton which is one of the great cultural gems in America. I am no rat but Rat's on The Grounds is one of the most unique restaurants in America- I only look like a nerd from 17th&Girard in North Philly. I like the bar which resembles a Kabul Bar in Afghanistan and looks over a bridge on a pond which is a copy of Monet's Bridge in Giverny,France. We can meet at Rat's or Jo-Jo's and you can bring some Explorer's-you know many.
Bruce Schmitt [01-21-2012]

CMM, honestly, that is not an unusual story. There are so very many, including myself, who have/had to find our own way to an education, that involves a lot of scrimping, saving, sacrificing, doing without, etc. But, there is a benefit in that there is an appreciation, ethic, effort and overall satisfaction that goes along with having to find a way to achieve something on your own instead of having it handed to you.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [01-21-2012]

Finally somebody lowered the boom on the lazy-janitor syndrome that has infested our schools. Reminds me of all those dead wood teachers, the ones with all the benefits and high salaries that have been shown to be the root of the financial crisis in this country. The problem wasn’t Wall Street after all. It was these teachers and their entitlements. Is an entitlement sort of like an agreement or promise? Funny, I never heard that word when I was starting out as a teacher making $7,000 a year. I have no problem with the best teachers being paid top dollar. You know, the ones who win the teacher of the year awards because their students perform well on high stakes tests. I’m talking about the bottom 85%, the old burnouts who are just putting in time, waiting to start collecting their…entitlements. I tried to interest my own kids in teaching. I have four children and any one of them would have made an excellent teacher. I still remember the looks I got. “Hey, Dad, you must be kidding. A teacher? Dad, I want to have a life. I don’t care if cousin All Catholic is a great teacher who makes a difference in kids’ lives. No way.” None of my kids are in unions either. The thing that makes me wonder about all this is how every one of my kids had a starting salary that was higher than I ever made as a teacher. I know, I know. I should never have expected to make a living. I went into teaching for the kids. And don’t forget all those summers off and all those snow days, just sittin’ around drinkin’ beer, and watchin’ TV. Now though, I’m wondering who will teach my grandchildren.
Jack Brogan, Plowing's done. Now i'm just sittin' here drinking a Bud and watchin' TV [01-21-2012]

Borian, spell a name or a word any damn way you want to. Mark Twain said: I respect a man who can spell a word many different ways. I think the Goo had every vowel in his name, though.
Joe Lynch--NAPA Know-How [01-21-2012]

Lou, much of the teacher's 10-12 hr. day is work done at home which means they're working overtime with no pay. I think it is important to emphasize this. Not very many would do this with their free time.
anonymous [01-21-2012]

Who said anything about Italian-Americans???
CMM [01-21-2012]

CMM - I think it was Fenton in sophomore year who required "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" - not Franceline in senior year. I too remember the memorization of that poem and quote it often- not many people know it. I also still have my "quotation book" from senior year. Anybody else remember these.
anonymous [01-21-2012]

Thanks, Cathy
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [01-21-2012]

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