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March 1-10, 2012

@Del Connor: Several years ago I was at a out-of-state Governors conference on housing and regentrification. The architectural gems that were shown to hundreds of attendees were all from Germantown. Slide after slide, I revisited my neighborhood and wondered how many people just take such beautiful buildings for granted. Interestingly, many pictures were of row homes. How often did any of us think of our row homes as architectural monuments; when in fact, the facade, frescias and ornamental cornices were quite elaborate. So, not only were we all surrounded by beautiful churches and mansions, but the humble homes we all grew up in also were works of art. It made this girl very proud that a Governors conference highlighted our little slice of heaven.
Hollow Girl [03-10-2012]

RoseMarie and Linda: I agree with Helen. You have both been noticeably absent, I always enjoyed your posts. You both bring a civilizing effect to the forum. Please brighten it up for us.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [03-10-2012]

Chooch, you were right. That is the pre-1970 list. My list has to include the three All-Americans from 8th grade-Frank Gillespie CD74, Vinny Kelly and James Coleman LSC 78. Dennis Beerley,Tony Pannulla, Jimmy and Eddie Weston, the Richardson brothers and baby brother Michael Pio.
Eddie McMonagle [03-10-2012]

Charles Carr: "Viva Julio Cortazar and Charles Carr"-2 great poets. Julio Cortazar was one of the founders of The Boom Writers of Latin America. My wife,Ludmila, grew up in Argentina,and connected viscerally with The Argentine Writer and Poet,Julio Cortazar. Ludmila was a scholar of Latin-American Literature and she would have been impressed and pleased that a Germantown Poet would read one of the great Boom Writers-Julio Cortazar. Buenos Aires is a beautiful city where so many writers and poets live and are impacted by the electricity and culture of this grand metropolis. Being a poet, I would recommend that you hangout at La Paz[Cafe] on Corrientes in Buenos Aires. I am so happy to read such great poetry from you and Frank Klock on our Germantown Web-site. I hope that the anonymous person who gets fudginly bored with movies,might taste some sweet poetry on this site-it is good for the soul. Poetry and poets were a part of The Germantown Culture of the 60's and I commend both you and Baggs for submitting such beautiful poetry.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-10-2012]

Thomas Gooney Walsh passed away friday 3/9/12
ANON [03-10-2012]

Seamus McWilliams: I don't know if you remember me, but we played together on the Fernhill Falcons baseball team, Hunting Park League. Your brother PJ and I were about the same age. Neither he nor I were very good. You and Billy Dalton were much better players, even though you were only 10 or 11 in a 13 and 14 year old league. Other names that come to mind are Ronnie Punati, Raymond Delagot, Eddie Belzak, Jackie Remon, Pat Adams. Our best pitcher was Teddy Borkowski who couldn't throw a ball hard enough to break a pane of glass, but who could throw the ball over the plate which was a challenge for kids that age since we played a full size field - 90' basepaths and 60' or whatever from the mound. Our team improved a lot the second year because everyone was a year older and we signed a couple of good players who got pissed at the boys club and wanted to play with us.
Jim Schaefer, Ambler, PA [03-10-2012]

If an anonymous man is speaking in the middle of a forest and there is no woman listening, is he still wrong?
Jack Brogan, Go away from my window. Leave at your own chosen speed. [03-10-2012]

Not once did John Payne pass me the ball in the LaSalle Tournament. He wanted all glory and honor and the women who came with it all. He was sly Guy with that first dribble, making you think he was slow; then he was coy Roy on that second step and, when he finally burst for the hoop and saw me wide open underneath, he deftly finger-rolled the ball for 2. Amazed, I got back on defense, mouth agape--foiled again. The whole Tournament was like this, John playin' wit me, shuckin' and jivin' carrying the team on his back with, yes, Billy Haas and me both floundering on the court. Bill and I hadn't seen the ball in two days. We had only touched it once in practice, accidentally. John was all-autographs too for the children and old ladies who loved him like their own. They wanted to adopt him with his red hair. I think we used John's offense, not Goo's, that called for the Princeton back-door shuffle and EZ lay-ups for guess-who! I had time on the bench to read John Donne, Rhonda Dickinson (Emily's younger sister), and Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric." I parleyed my francais, checked the Daily Racing Form and decided to take up macrame. John, on the court was all performance. bluster, swagger--and he backed it up with thunderous dunks and kisses to his old ladies (Some were over 30.) in the crowd. Talk all you will about Wilt's 100, but the memories of those 6-minute quarters with John Payne ignoring me on the court,one-too-many-ball-screens outside the paint and the drippy cheese steaks at Sal's in celebration will live long after December 22 on the Mayan calendar.
Joe Lynch--non compos mentis [03-10-2012]

Del Connor, thank you for the link to the website with the works of George t. Pearson. I never knew many of those familiar and impressive buildings were the work of one architect. It was even relevant to the Happy Hollowers here as their playground building was among his work and in those photos. Thanks.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-10-2012]

Charles Carr; how sweet your writing!

Hey Shay, here's a couple more for your list, John Kohlmeir All-American at Textile, Joe & Lou Brownholtz, West Chester & Temple, and Bill Greene, these players were a little older than you and me, but they all started at the GBC.
Dave Linn [03-10-2012]

Charles Carr> Great post about the name you cannot remember. Without using the words, you really defined the words neighborhood and community. Great post.
John Payne [03-10-2012]

Seamus McWilliams: You compiled a great list of former Germantown Soccer Players. Obviously, there was a lot of talent that came out of GBC. There were good coaches like Duncan Hubley,Jack Smith,and Duff who helped to develop athletic competence and character in their players. Many of the players,that you mentioned, still meet and share the great memories that they had playing soccer at GBC. Some of the players like Frank D'Angelo and Jack Smith have passed away-"May They Rest In Eternal Peace". Sean! As a Germantowner and a former member of GBC, I commend you on your great post about so many outstanding soccer players from Germantown-they were good people.
Bruce Schmitt [03-09-2012]

One of the houses of architect George T. Pearson pictured in the Brynmawr web site is the little Queen Anne Style cottage on McKean Avenue next door to what we called Tilden Manor. In the middle of the block, even as a kid it had vines growing over it, looked abandoned and haunted. I guess it was a Twilight Zone, but after watching a TV show with a doll that came to life with snapping sharp teeth, I had nightmares and somehow imagined that doll sat in the second floor window of that house on McKean. There is a window on the Morris Street side that looks right down Seymour Street, which ends there. For a few weeks I would take either Manheim, or cut over to Clapier and Logan to avoid having to walk all the way up Seymour Street from Fittler. I passed by the house a few months ago and it looks like some one is finally taking care of it a bit more than had been done in decades. It is amazing that it is still standing.
Del Conner [03-09-2012]

Growing up across from the Kern Dodge estate on Erringer Place, with the great houses of McKean Ave, including the tennis great Bill Tildenís Mansion, not to mention the Cricket Club at the top of the block, and the Clark Mansion, I developed a love of architecture. With neighbor Bob Moore on the long walks up to the Avenue to spend an afternoon spending fifty-five cents, we would point out and comment on the style and architectural details of the houses along the way. Unfortunately I remember many that are no longer there. As it turns out many of the houses that remember are by the same architect, George T. Pearson. There is a web site with photos of his work in Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. www.brynmawr.edu/cities/archx/gtp/gtpto86.html
Del Conner [03-09-2012]

Rosemarie, where have you been - miss your imput; you too Linda!

Let's get back to the old days; at SFA; does anyone remember Mother Alpheus? She was principal before Rita Josaphine.
Mark L. Bambrick, raised in G-town 1960-1970 [03-09-2012]

To all: I have been reading the poetry of Julio Cortazar,the Argentinian poet. Yesterday I read his poem Friends and I thought of all of you and this place where you intorduce us to the memories of your friends and the setting.

(by Julio Cortazar, translated by Stephen Kesssler)

Out of the smokes, the coffee and the wine
they rise to appear at the edge of night
like those voices you hear singing somewhere
far down the street, what song you can't make out.

Brothers whom destiny has loosely bound.
Dioscuri, pale shades, they shoo the flies
of my habits and they keep me afloat
when the vortex threatens to suck me down.

The dead speak louder, whispering the past,
the living are a warm hand and a roof:
my total losses and my total gains.

So one day, when I'm ferried through the gloom,
I'll clinch their absence to me like a vest
of this old tenderness that says their names.
charles carr [03-09-2012]

It is great that we remember these names and bring these people back into our lives. But there are people who we remember but we have forgotten their names. Here is a poem that is dedicated to those people in Germantown (many more could be added) whose names I have forgotten, but not what they did for me:

I Forgot Your Names

I’m sorry if I forgot your names,

If you’re here, please stand:

The spinster who threw picnics in her backyard for the children on Pulaski
Avenue every summer.

The man who made a skate board box for me in his basement.

The lady who took me to Germantown Hospital after I was knocked down by a

The couple who let me sit on their front porch after I ran away from home
for the thousanth time.

The mechanic from Davis Buick across the street who let me come and watch
him do wheel alignments.

The musician who lived behind us who tried to teach me music.

The locker room attendant at Germantown Boys Club who gave me those soccer

The older gentleman at the Irish boarding house up the street who always
bought half of my school chances and my Christmas gift-wrapping paper

The nun teaching fifth grade who called on me to recite the Gettysburg

The cop from the fourteenth who found me when I was lost and bought me a
milkshake while I waited for my parents to come.

The clerk at the Dry Cleaners who always winked at me and called out: Hi
Honey. (From paradise, pennsylvania, Cradle Press, 2008.)
Charles Carr [03-09-2012]

I've been thinking as I read the sports achiesvments of Wilt, and the two starring women who also ran up 100 points each per a post on this site. I however, being the great sportsman that I am chose not to run up 100 points and demean my opponents. Joe Lynch can attest to this. Not once did I ever run up the score.
John Payne, Points not scored...is that like jobs saved. [03-09-2012]

"Choo Choo" Jim Coleman its no wonder all GBC boys were going to CD by then and it was before the boys club went down hill. You guys all got your start at the boys and could watch the old heads like myself play just as we did. Chooch you were one of the toughest players I ever played against never complain and just keep playing. It was the right of passage watching the older guys play. I especially liked watching Dave Linn and Charlie Duccilli play on saturday afternoons after going to Duvays for lunch. It was what made us aspire to be good and try to represent the GBC against other clubs throughout the city. Rich Pio
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-09-2012]

How about Consecutive No Hitters by Johnny Vander Meer? Very slim chance it will ever be repeated, and next to impossible it will ever be broken.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-09-2012]

JBS, your mention of Tony Coma brought back memories. He was a great local basketball coach in the city of Philadelphia that you really donít hear much about anymore. He went on to coach at Cheyney and Cornell. Cornell was supposed to be his arrival at the coaching big time, but greatness alluded him there. He died in the 1990s. I never met him but I understand he was a fiery kind of guy and coach. I knew and worked with his wife and son at Williamsonís when in high school in the 1970s. Wonderful people. Sadly, Tony Jr passed away not too long ago.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-09-2012]

Hi Rosemarie, Everybody is good in my family. Just getting excited about Spring coming! How are you and your family doing?
Sheila [03-09-2012]

Mr. or MS. Anonymous: Linda Page was one of the greatest shooters to come from Philly. Linda was coached by Jim McCabe who had played for CD. At Dobbins, Linda was coached by Tony Coma who had coached Earl The Pearl Monroe at Bartram. Sadly, Linda has passed away and far too young. We are blessed to have Ted Silary,the great archivist of High School Sports in Philadelphia, to make salient comments about Philadelphia and Germatown Sports on this Web-site.
JBS [03-08-2012]

I remember Wilt's 100 point game, but I also think that Roy Halladay's Perfect Game and No Hitter in the same year is a pretty good feat. Only done five times in the history of the game an last time was 1973 when another great Nolan Ryan had mulitiple no,no's in the same year. I am just glad I was able to watch them both. Joe DAgostino- Always wanted to be a major leaguer.
Joe DAgostino [03-08-2012]

Besides Wilt's record, there are many other sports that have similar achievments. US Olympic Hockey team beating the USSR, US beating England 1-0 in the 1950 World Cup. Don't forget Willie Mosconi and Rocky Marciano too. etc.
Mr. Sports, Check the Records [03-08-2012]

Hi Helen, Long time since we last spoke ... how are you ? How is Susan ? Please say hello to her for me. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-08-2012]

Hi Shiela, How are you and your family doing? Hopefully all is good ! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-08-2012]

Just wanted to add a few names that I know were very good or great soccer players all taught by the leadership and volunteers of the GBC. I was fortuneate enough to be coached by Duff, Jack Smith, Mr. Pattinson to name afew. So here is my list in no particular order. Flash Gordon, Ray Dawes, Billy & Skip Jay, John Whitty, Gunther Jasper, John "Porp" Gallagher, Charlie Duccilli, Jerry, Tom & Mike Baldwin, Dave Linn, Spider Kolhmier, Tom Kehan, Hugh Mc Inaw, Jack Yoskowitz, Moe Sweeney, Billy Dalton, Ed lavin, Rich Pio, Harry Ditorio, Charlie & Bob Solly, John Hom, Jerry Fernaro, Duncan Hubley, Mike, Joe & Frank D' Angelo. Many of these players I played with or watched and learned from them. I apologize to those I left out but, please add to this list. My life at the Boys Club was amazing, I would never trade it for anything. A selfish note if I may. Hugh McInaw, Jack Yoskowitz, Moe Sweeney & myself played for the lighthouse 49er's. We won the National Championship in 67'. That could not have been done without the foundation we were taught at the Boy's Club. All the Best. Shay
Seamus Mc Williams, 62, GBC, Germantown [03-08-2012]

"satisfaction of knowing that no trees were sacrificed to produce e-readers"! How many jobs were sacrificed? Sounds like we have tree hugger in the audience LOL.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-08-2012]

Hey McGlinchey Larsen's "perfect game" not just no-hitter being repeated? In this day of the specialist, i.e.set up man, and closer, it is very doubtful. On added footnote to Larsen's perfect game, is that he pitched without a windup.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-08-2012]

Wayne Doneker, Hugh McInaw is happily retired and can be seen at various soccer games watching his family or friends kids playing. As for his great soccer feat/goal, I sure he took that move from Charlie Duccilli or some other GBC alum. Richie Pio us Younger G-Towner's had our way with NC in the early 70's. Undefeated and not scored on, 1972 league play.
Jim Coleman, CD Soccer, GBC Alum [03-08-2012]

There were a couple of girls at Dobbins Tech that scored over 100 pts. in a basketball game. (Page & Staley)
Girls in Sports, and not that tall [03-07-2012]

to all: one day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it's worth watching.post @ Gtn,HH, the avenue, whatever,you'll connect with someone. monk;life is not so much a matter of position,as of disposition.
monk [03-07-2012]

Mr Anonymous: Here we go again. I did comment on movies since going to the Movies was such an important part of The Germantown Culture in the 50's and the 60's. I mentioned Goo and the boys from The Hollow since they would go to the movies often-especially the movie-theater next to The Dog House-if you are from The Yard[Brick],you know the theater that I am talking about. A lot of the characters from The Hollow were actors and they knew how to nut[bust] each other. On one post, I knew that Jack Brogan was nutting me about my pedantic use of language since he helped to develop vocabulary with his students when he was a teacher. I am concerned about the use of proper words since I knew a guy who was punched out by Billy Conn,the great boxer, when he was using bad and bar language. Many of the posts on this site are profound and it is not so simple to respond with simple language. Your posts are short,simple,and succint so my retorts can be plain. The name of this site is "Germantown Your Thoughts " which is congruous with Cognitive Thinking. This site is richer when we hear views from Men and Women,comments from people who lived in different neighborhoods, and a myriad of thoughts about the culture that existed in Germantown.
JBS [03-07-2012]

Joe Lynch, it has been my observation,after being on the Internet for 10+ years and participating in numerous message boards/blogs, that distention and "going off topic" will happen from time to time. Its usually not a problem, if just ignored. Unfortunately there is "one (or two) in the crowd" that feel the need to past judgment on what is acceptable and what isn't acceptable. Most times they are control freaks, that lack strong social skills. It has always been my contention, that in open forums such as this one, going "off topic"is natural. I look at these forums as being the same as a group of friends sitting around a restaurant, and engaging in stimulating conversation. Overall I find this blog to more genteel then most.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-07-2012]

CMM ≠ well said. And nowadays in the age of e-readers, you can even read that book with the added satisfaction of knowing that no trees were sacrificed to produce it. And, Open-Minded, you are wrong. Everyone is welcomed here. It is a blog for all, and is not limited to any sex, area, rec/park, etc. There can be some contention here, on both sides of the gender scale. But, that sometimes happens in a blog.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-07-2012]

Joe Lynch - don't assume that Anonymous is a man.... And, its ok to talk about dead people. Someone here mentioned that Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game. That is very true. A coach in high school once gave him the simple advice that you canít help your team sitting on the bench from a foul out. He remembered those words and never did foul out. And, Larsonís no hitter in a World Series games is definitely a great single performance triumph, but is one that could possibly be repeatedÖ Which is why I stick with Wiltís 100 point game as the greatest single performance in sports history. Kobe had 81 points a few years ago, with the benefit of the 3-pointer. Itís not that he got 81, but that he still needed another 20 points to break Wiltís record. Another 20 points???? It wonít happen again
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-07-2012]

i lived on Garfield st. i remember Nicoletti's, the store on Germantown ave that had the man who was deaf, Chic's Garage & much more. there was a shoe repair shop near Wister st.
linda ferebee, lived in Germantown from 1966-1975 [03-06-2012]

Yes, Richard, that's the same Bobby Haas. Great guy. Incredibly humble . . . On another note, for those who might be interested, Wilt's top three high school outbursts were 90, 74 and 71 points (ALL vs. Roxborough).
Ted Silary [03-06-2012]

Rich Pio: I knew a lot of the great Germantown soccer players from GBC and Fernhill. Charlie Solly was a great soccer for GBC,North,and Textile. Charlie Solly played basketball at Fernhill with another good soccer player,Neal McElroy. It has been said that the younger Bob Solly was even better than Charlie S. Bob Solly must have been great for Duncan Hubley of GA to recruit him since Duncan knew soccer and talent. Another great Germantown Soccer Family was The Kehan Family,Ed and Tom. Ed and Tom Kehan played for GA and Duncan recruited Tom Kehan. You talked about North and some of the players for North. North had great soccer teams and Dave Linn was on the Dobbins team that beat North for the city championship. There were Ukrainians on North and Dobbins. I also knew many Urainians who played for CD. Back in the day, The Ukrainian Soccer Club,was located at Broad and Windrim,not far from Germantown. I married a Ukrainian Lady who grew up in Argentina, she was a professor but really liked soccer. We visited Buenos Aires often, and my wife's father urged me not to attend any soccer stadiums because the fans could get crazy. I was not disappointed since we went to the track-The Jockey Club in BA. We have many former soccer players on this site and soccer is a great International Sport. You and Bob D'Angelo can enjoy golf in Florida but keep kicking since we know the alternative.
Bruce Schmiit [03-06-2012]

So few women post on this blog and it's no wonder. Men can say any ridiculous, provocative or nasty thing they want and get away with it but women are told to 'lighten up' or badgered repeatedly, often anonymously but sometimes openly. Someone should hang a 'For Men Only' sign up at the top of the page. I'm glad some women won't be hounded off the site.
Open-minded male, If not for a woman, where would you be now? [03-06-2012]

Despite having vision in only one eye, books have been my closest companions from an early age. The Friends Free Library on Germantown Ave was my childhood refuge. In 1952 and every year after that, I belonged to the Vacation Reading Club, read the obligatory 10 books during the summer and received a certificate at the end. What would a kid from a working class family in W. Germantown know of the world if it weren't for books? Without reading, we remain ignorant and ignorance breeds the fear and intolerance that play out in the TV news every evening and have taken the American polity to arguably its lowest ebb. 2012 is officially the National Year of Reading here in Australia. www.love2read.org.au/ At the official launch on Feb 14th at the National Library of Australia, our Prime Minister told guests, "I want us to be a reading nation... I want every Australian to know the joy and pleasure that comes from books and reading." Many who don't read actually can't read, i.e. are functionally illiterate, and all around the nation there are programs to help adults learn to read. A book is as good as an ocean voyage; it certainly has made all the difference in my life. I pity those who have never known the joy of books and the expansive universe that books open to us. TV is no substitute because it is a passive activity; books require active engagement and creates new nerve paths in the brain. It's not too late for Anon and others who can't read or don't read; the local library is the meetinghouse in which rich and poor, young and old, men and women can access the world. Dip the toe in; the water is warm.
Catherine Manning Muir, On the mighty Murray River, Victoria, Australia [03-06-2012]

Jack Brogan: If as you say, anybody could have scored 100 points with wooden backboards, tell me - why didn't they? Only Wilt the Stilt.
anonymous [03-06-2012]

To Anonymous: The Georgetown student didn't want free contraceptives. She just wanted them covered under the health insurance plan offered to employees.
anonymous [03-06-2012]

JF, Amen to that brother and well stated. And you can get them free or for less than a buck.
Gman [03-06-2012]

John, enjoyed the film clip from picnic very much. How many of us were in that same circumstance at the dances we attended in our younger years?
Louis F Pauzano, Sr, 70, south phila. [03-06-2012]

Anon- Your post was the best. What's up with JBS? He wants to make Goo Goo a movie star. Paul Borian and him rant on about mental toughness and now Mister Thesarus is a movie critic and has Goo Goo in the lead role in On The Water Front. Lou knew Marlon Brando and he knew Goo Goo was no Marlon Brando. Lou could have had Marlon Brandon's role in On The Waterfront. Lou had the looks and the talent. With his Rudolph Valentino looks, Edie would have gone Goo Goo over Lou and not Goo Goo over Goo Goo. The great blogger could have given you,BeBe Rossi,and Frank Margiotti a part in the movie. We had good actors in East Germantown. We need more posts from East Germantown. What was your favorite movie when you went to The Band Box?
anonymous [03-06-2012]

Single best single performance in sports? Wilts 100 pt game of Don Larsens perfect game in a World Series? Take your choice. I don't think either one will ever be repeated again.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-06-2012]

On the subject of Wilt. I don't believe he ever fouled out of a game. Used to wear a rubber band around one of his wrists. He did that to remind himself of when he played school yard basketball, and used rubber bands to keep up his socks. I do remember him sort of arguing with a referee, mostly Mister Sid Borgia. He was considered one of the best refs of that era. I think he was only around 5-6 or 7, and it was a comical sight to see Wilt bending over to question a call.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62,sitting courtside. [03-06-2012]

What drives us older men to become so cranky and narrow-minded in these Blogs? Telling someone not to post unless it's about GTN? Using "anonymous" or a pseudonym to complain? Less blood to the brain? Early-onset something or other? Tightey-whiteys? Give this Blog your best shot and stand out of the way, then let others muscle (?) up to the Bar. On the Blog,I see animosity aimed at dead enemies, old teachers, the Church, Obama, the Hollow, imaginary events, and we Readers all recognize these grudges and smudges to the people we may know. My advice: tell a story; remind us with "telling detail" of "That Sunday, that Summer," when we dripped Popsicle all over Mom's rug or flipped baseball cards at Dave's, or put hotels on Boardwalk. Keep it comin' from Oz,Freeport (ME), Tampa Bay,Ocala, Red Lion, the Carolinas,etc.,,, but have some fun while you're doing it. Venom makes you weak and pathetic. Bile will make you dyspeptic. This Blog is your legacy for the 25th century. Smile. (I have a classic NYT photograph of Wilt and Bill Russell leaping for the ball before the rim in the old Boston Garden. It hangs on my office wall. In the photo is Tom Heinsohn and Sam Jones, but in the background are the Celtics' championship banners. It hurts.)
Joe Lynch--If you wake up in the morning and have a pulse, you have a duty. [03-06-2012]

John Fleming, thank you for that exquisite piece of film. So powerful in its innocence and execution.
Jim McKernan [03-05-2012]

John F.,the church didn't want you to see the movie, but what were the priests doing?
The Bishop/ Not Joey [03-05-2012]

anonymous: I have only one thing to say about the current controversy between Obama and the Catholic Bishops. It seems to me that if a person can't afford to buy their own condoms, then maybe they shouldn't have sex.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-05-2012]

Your prayers are requested for Victor Benvenuto who passed away today. Vic was a graduate of GTN. High class of 1950. Lou Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr G DOS [03-05-2012]

When Wilt scored his 100 points (To us who closely followed his heroic feats in Philly's Convention Hall, it was not "Ho-Hum," but it was mighty close.), we (LaSalle College) were beating Western Kentucky THAT NIGHT in one of those one-of-a-kind Palestra doubleheaders. We were accustomed to Wilt's 50 point-25 rebound games. I don't remember if I got into the game THAT NIGHT, but I do remember the quarter by quarter point totals announced every half-hour or so. Wilt's numbers THAT NIGHT and EVERY NIGHT defy belief today: when you see numbers like 70s, 60s, 50s, 40s, you say: "How did this behemoth average over 48 minutes a game every game for a season? You want 30 rebounds? O.K. 15 assists? No problem. He never complained to the refs, fought the press in scandal,or embarrassed his team after losses. He carried those teams on his broad shoulders for years. I was a Gola Guy, then--the crispy pass, the measured jumper of Tommy God, but, the older I get, the more I stand in awe of this protean talent, this gracious athlete, this graceful force of nature. The kids today say "Ridiculous" when they mean unbelievable. "Ridic!" O.K! Ask Sonny Hill what he thinks? Or Jack Brogan! Oh, best basketball book? A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee--Bill Bradley at Princeton.
Joe Lynch "Substituting for Frank Corace, Joe, , ," [03-05-2012]

How come many posters are starting to NOT leave their contact info with their names any more? If this keeps up, everyone will become "anonymous"! I do have a lot of questions since my family on my mother's side is from G'Town Ave, but now I have less and less people I can contact. I've contacted Jack Brogan, Lou Giorno and Paul Amendolia and it's been great! Of course, I also contact my long time friends the D'Angelo Bros, Joe D'Agostino and Ray Duffy as well. Thanks....Joe P
Joe Passanante, 64, LaSalle High '65, West Point '71, MBA LaSalle '89 [03-05-2012]

Viewer discretion advised. This what the Church wanted to save you from seeing. Not sure, but it still might be a matter of confession to watch. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNxtxfuZD6M
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, save me an aisle seat. [03-05-2012]

I wish your fingers would get tired of writing about everything BUT Germantown subjects. Who cares about books, movies or OZ? Ceratinly not me.
Anon [03-05-2012]

Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game, without the benefit of the 3-pointers, is probably the single greatest single performance fete in sports history. Some argument can be made for other performances, but what puts that one above them all is that it will never be broken, matched and repeated. Jack Brogan, thanks for the laugh in saying Goo could have done that...
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-05-2012]

Paul Borian! You submitted some great posts about sports and mental toughness which brought out great commentary on this site. There have also been interesting posts about movies. You and Goo were Hollow Guys who liked movies. You and I like water- you enjoy the ocean and I liked to hangout on rivers and on the waterfront-cities such as Buenos Aires,Kiev,and Glasgow. One of the greatest movies of all time was,"On The Waterfront"-a portrayal of life on the waterfront with tough longshoremen and mentally tough union leaders. Many of the characters that you knew from "The Hollow",could have been actors in this classic film. Terry Malloy,the boxer and longshoreman could have been played by Bobby Goo Guarinello[Marlon Brando]. Just imagine Goo with his colorful language,belting out,"I Could Have Been Somebody". Goo's brother[Charley Malloy] was played by Rod Steiger,the lawyer,and Bor would have done well in that role. You with your Happy Hollow glibness,and superior Nova Education,have become quite articulate-perfect for a union-lawyer. Rocky Raffaele has to be the union-boss. In the movie,Tony Galento,was a body-guard for the union boss. Mucle-bound Nicky Abber from The Hollow,or the Germantown Boxer,Mickey Grandinetti,could be the body-guards for Rocky[the union boss]. Sonny Kennedy and Jack Brogan could select beautiful and sweet Hollow Babes to play the role of Edie[Eva Marie Saint] who was Terry Malloy's girl-friend. At The Prep, I knew The Philadelphia Waterfront Priest, Rev. Dennis Comey S.J.,and he would be The Waterfront Priest played by Karl Molden. The Director[Elia Kazan] would be Jack Brogan and the writer would be Frank Baggs Klock-Our Poet Emeritus. The Jesuits taught lads like Baggs Klock to be mentally tough. Brother Ken and I knew a mentally tough kid who played basketball for The Prep against Joe Lynch of LaSalle-Tom Duff. Frank Klock knew Tom Duff when he played for St. Joe with Matt Goukas under The legendary Coach,Dr. Jack Ramsay. Tom Duff wanted to work with the tough longshoremen on Delaware Avenue. We even had lunch at K&A since Allegeny Ave. terminates at The Delaware River. If you do not like Rod Steiger's role as a lawyer,you could have Frank Sharpy Felice as a back-up since your old buddy knew how to rag it. Sports,Philosopy,and movies-this site has it's act together.
Schmitty[JBS] [03-05-2012]

Joe L, I can't recall any one book that changed my life, although 'Green Mansions' was important to me as a young teenager. I read it on a bench near the swings at Fernhill Park. At university I read an anthropological study about the Trobriand Islanders which greatly influenced my choice of major and ultimately my lifelong interest. I read Michener's 'Hawaii' on the beach in Ocean City when I was 16, but didn't enjoy it nearly as much as when I read it again many years later when I lived in Honolulu and had been to all the places he wrote about. My favorite books, however, are those by Steinbeck, arguably America's greatest novelist. I don't read much now because my eyes get tired; too much time in front of a computer screen, where I'm still slaving away on my book translation. I did, however, read Charlie Carr's book of poetry, entitled 'paradise, pennsylvania' and it is wonderful. Tonight's telecast of 'Great Expectations' was very good, although Gillian Anderson's portrayal of Miss Havesham left much to be desired. Too obviously 'acting' and very 'camp', reminiscent of Lady Gaga. Doesn't hold a candle to Charlotte Rampling's rendition of the part. On Tuesday night, Miriam Margolyes will be on 'The First Tuesday Book Club' on ABC-TV, talking about the book. She's here on tour with her one-woman show 'Dickens' Women'. A great week for Dickens lovers! Have you seen the BBC series of 'Bleak House'? If not, get hold of the DVD. It's great.
CMM [03-04-2012]

I listened with my small transistor radio to the game where Wilt scored 100 points 50 years ago. I had just come out of the hospital after my 4th surgical proceedure. I was laying in bed with a cast up my left leg and around my hips. I couldn't sit up and was forced to use a potty to releive myself. I spent 3 months in that cast and upon rehab completion....I was back out on the basketball court and gym at happy hollow. I wasn't a great athelete but I gave my all. Wilt Chamberlain was a HUGE part of my childhood and recovery. He inspired me. I can remember playing BBall with Eddy Kehan and Jim Gregorio and pretending we were each Wilt. Ha. Wilt chamberlain was the greatest athelete of all time IMHO. Just saying.
Joe Graber, Polio Survivor [03-04-2012]

Viewer discretion advised. This what the Church wanted to save you from seeing. Not sure, but it still might be a matter of confession to watch. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNxtxfuZD6M
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, save me an aisle seat. [03-04-2012]

Wilt's 100 point game? Wooden backboards. Bang Zip. Goo could have scored a hundred with wooden backboards. That night Gene Park had a great game for La Salle College. Noboy knew because the dipper bang zipped into history.
Jack Brogan, When you hear the beat it will be three o'clock. She said that for over an hour and I hung up. [03-04-2012]

Bruce Schmitt had Bobby Solly not gone to GA he would have gone to North Catholic as SFA was still a feeder school for North. In 68 SFA started sending its male students to CD as I was a senior at NC and my brother was a freshman at CD. My baby brother Michael was a star soccer player at CD unfortunately after Jack Smith left but he could only manage to beat NC one time. Big brother still rules, sorry Mike. Richard Pio NC'68
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-04-2012]

Bor! Joe Lynch and his posse are talking about film,movies,and movie stars and Bor of The Hollow is submitting posts about sports,mental toughness,and old athletes like Wilt,Ollie Powers,and Bill Haas. You and Joe Lynch are covering different areas but my former Jesuit Teachers would agree that your posts and comments are astute. You and I would agree that Bill Haas had awesome talent in baseball-I never saw a 14-year old baseball player hit a ball so hard and far. Bill H. should have been a player in the majors but you suggested that he lacked the mental toughness to compete on that high level-he was not the only one. Pete Rose and Joe Montana were not athletes with the greatest skills but they had the greatest mental toughness. Mental toughness is so important in sports,business,and the hard knocks that we face in life. Guys like Bill Haas needed mentors to teach him how to be mentally tough. In the 50's, you and your Fitler classmate,Herb Adderly,were mentally tough. Herb's Brother,Charles, was physically tough but not disciplined and mentally tough-I will leave that one alone. You knew Mr. Haas and he wanted Bill to be tough. At GBC, I was rooting for Joe Lynch's team against Haas's team and after the game, Mr.HAAS told Bill I was rooting for the other team and Bill H. punched me. I returned the gunfire and Mr. Haas went ballistic-pardon the pun. Five years later at Fernhill, I broke up a fight between Leroy Kelly, All-Public Back from Gratz and Bill Haas with Mr. Haas being present. Mr. Haas was upset that I intervened-he did not get it. Twenty years later,at The Continental, I was talking to Bud Simons,a professional baseball player, and Mr. Haas comes over to talk. Mr. H. tells me how tough Bill was. Getting back to your point,Bill Haas needed to develop mental toughness since he had the skills and physical assets. You talked about Wilt Chamberlain who scored 100 points at Chocolate City[Hershey] and was the greatest basketball player who ever lived. Who had the greatest mental toughness Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell? You and Jack Brogan will think that I am chauvinistic when I submit to you that the greatest thing I learned from The Jesuits were Mental Toughness and Discipline. Bill Russell attended The Jesuit University in San Francisco. As you know, Wilt Chamberlain scored big on and off the court-20,ooo dances. Del Conner of Germantown, would be jealous of Wilt since he danced with Kim Novak,LOL. Bob Vetrone,the sports-writer was a friend of Wilt and he visited Wilt in California when Kim Novak and Wilt were quite fiendly- Kim liked Wilt's personality. Bor! Keep posting and swinging although we have rounded third and are heading home.
Schmitty [03-04-2012]

Fleming, You wonder how they get away with 2 1/2 men on TV. The way I see it is that the country just has opposite values now and our generation is witnessing the changes. Things that were once kept private are now public. The law student who goes to Catholic Georgetown and wants free contraceptives while she attends is an unbelievable example. I wonder if her mom and grand mom are proud of her putting her private life on the street like that and they have to here all their friends and family talk about it now. I know it would have been an embarrassment in my family. But take solace the president called and made it all better.
anonymous [03-04-2012]

Speaking of Wilt Chamberlain as we were. I remember seeing him in his rookie year, when he played with the Philadelphia Warriors at the old Convention Hall. (The site of CD's Senior Prom and Graduation exercises} A highlight of one of the games is when he tipped a ball in the net, from a jump ball at the foul line. The first game I saw, was part of a double header, which was somewhat common back then. You got the chance to see 4 different teams play.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-04-2012]

Talking about soccer, GBC had some excellent players. I do remember guys like Bobby Solly, Dave Linn (he had a shot that would whistle louder and louder the closer it got), John Yoskewitz (Yattie is gone now), etc. I played for the Counts at GBC in 1962. We won the championship that year beating the mighty Owls (they were always perennial contenders) and the next year we lost all 20 games and won none. The counts lost a lot of guys due to age the following year we won the title. Anyway, probably the best player I ever saw at GBC was Huhgie MacInaw. If you can picture this in your mind, during one game I saw Hughie recover a bouncing ball from a team mate. It was bouncing by his right side about waist high. A defender came up to meet him but Hughie actually tapped the soccer ball with the outside of his foot will still in motion and the ball still bouncing. He tapped the ball over that defenders head, ran around him and caught up to the ball, dribbled around a few other defenders and shot a bullet into the net. Everyone was silent. Probably more like in awe. Right then I think I gave up soccer. I realized soccer was not my gift. Hughie went on, I think to coach CD. The last time I heard he was the coach at Temple. While we were still kids, he lived a block away from me, he indicated he would one day play in Europe where soccer was more of a national sport than in the USA. I guess he never did but he probably would have been able to play there as well. A lot of excellent soccer players at GBC but I think Hughie was the best.
wayne doneker, Red Lion Pa. [03-04-2012]

CMM I understand and respect your pedestrian attitude toward movies. There are folks such as Dennis as myself, who derive a great amount of pleasure from knowing some of the "behind the scenes" information, related to a movie or actor/actress. For us it makes the viewing more enjoyable.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, save me an aisle seat. [03-04-2012]

Ray Dawes: You went to SFA with Charlie Solly who was good friends with John Kohlmeier and Joe Lynch who were also in your class. You and Charlie Solly were great soccer players at GBC. Charlie Solly's younger brother was Bob Solly who was recruited by Duncan Hubley to play for GA. Jack Smith from CD,was disappointed that Bob S. did not play for CD when he coached that great Catholic School. Dave Linn,another great soccer player from GBC and Dobbins told me Bob Solly was an outstanding player. Like you, Bob Solly was one of the great soccer players to come from GBC and Germantown.
Bruce Schmitt [03-03-2012]

For all you basketball fans,today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a winning game against the New York Knicks.AMAZING! Even more amazing,Wilt averaged 50 points a game for the entire 1961/1962 season.I played in a high school game against the Big Dipper in 1954.Wilt and his Overbrook teamates invaded our little basketball court at Germantown High School.We lost the game,but held Wilt to 16 points and Overbrook did not score 100 points.You say,how could Germantown hold Wilt to only 16 points.Well,Phog Allen,the ledgendary coach from Kansas Universary was in our gym to watch the Big Dipper in action for the first time.Wilt decided to show off his basketball skills by rebounding,leading fast breaks,passing the ball to his teamates for easy baskets,etc.He really put on a show for Mr Allen,who recruited Wilt to Kansas Univ.The next day,the front page headline in the Phila.Inquirer read,"Germantown holds Chamberlain to 16 points.Wilt only took eight shots,made seven,plus two foul shots.If he wanted too,he could have scored 100 points that afternoon.
Paul Borian, If you find yourself in a hole,stop digging. [03-03-2012]

Ray, Bobby Solly is Chalie Solly's younger brother, who was also a great athlete who went to Germantown Academy.
GBC Guy [03-03-2012]

Frank Margiotti: I enjoyed reading your last post about your take on Germantown and The Adomoli Brothers,Carl Mario,and Rowland. I met Rowland Mole Adomoli at SFA along with other classmates such as Dom Raffaele,Rocky's brother, Jim Razzano,and Frank Sharpy Felice-these aforementioned guys' mothers might have been patrons of your beauty-shop. You mentioned that The Adomoli Brothers were tough and I can assure you from personal experience that Rowland Mole Adomoli was one tough dude. Mole was very strong and could really take a punch. Mole was fearless and nobody intimidated him with the exception of The East Germantown Gladiator- Nicky Lazaro. Mole participated in the football circus at The Hollow and would tackle Goo Guarinello who was much older. I was always happy that he was on the basketball team at SFA where he trash talked our opponents and was rough under the boards. On this site, we sometimes have conversational conflicts from different Germantown neighborhoods. Mole lived in West Germantown-Ashmead St.] but had many buddies from The Yard[Brickyard]. Mole hung at M&A, a corner not far from his house which was near Greene St. Mole had a tough exterior but he had a big heart and could be loyal to his friends. When my father died, he invited me for a Ravioli Lunch which had been cooked by his sister,Jean. Mole was the kind of guy whom you wanted in the fox-hole when stuff happened. Mole was the first Philadelphia Marine to die for his country in Vietnam. The VFW Post at Germantown&Chelten was named" The Rowland Adomoli Post". I liked Mole and his family but we did not always march to the same drum-we even had a few skirmishes and stuff happens. Some bloggers on this site did not always agree with Goo Guarinello but they liked him and oversaw his warts and foibles. I like your take and perspective on Germantowners in that you look at their positive side- life is too short.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-03-2012]

CMM While there might be a "distinct" difference between a scholarship and financial aid, the bottom line is that the higher academic schools, LaSalle, St Joes Prep, etc. offer an education at a discount to students that they feel will benefit them either scholastically or athletic. Again, I really don't have a problem with this.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-03-2012]

Although I always preferred brunettes, I did make an exception for Kim Novak. Another pretty good, not great but fun, movie she was in was Bell, Book and Candle with Jimmy Stewart of Indiana, Pennsylvania, and the common thread to the other great films mentioned recently, Jack Lemmon. Another reason to watch Bell, Book and Candle was Ernie Kovacs. He was great. Ernie began his TV career in Philadelphia before going to New York City and later Hollywood. I remember being disappointed by his move to NYC just like when we lost Roland to NYC a few years later. Of course Ernieís wife was another lovely blond, Edie Adams. Edie played Fred Mac Murrayís secretary and ex-lover in The Apartment. That was maybe her best performance as an actress. She could sing too.
Del Conner [03-03-2012]

CMM,Great Expectations is on the way to PBS. The book changed my life anyway in 9th grade; madness and criminality will do it for a 13 year old boy. The only other book I read up to that time was Please Don't Eat the Daisies by Jean Kerr--of a summer in Fernhill Park, mostly eating Popsicles with a lopsided haircut. I was a little backward at the time (still am), but the book was an awakening--how could Dickens not be? When we lost to CD, senior year, in the last game of the basketball season, I stayed up all Friday night and read Catcher in the Rye, if you really want to know about it. When I read Lord of the Flies in college, I got all the literary stuff and bragged for years that I (only I) knew the meaning(s) of the title and Piggy's name and the arriving gunboat. After all, I was a college boy, an English major: tweedy. (Knowing Books, alas, did no good hitting on girls, as I found out.) Kids today often read books without turning pages on their SmartPhones, IPads, Kindles. I always liked the cover art, the dog-eared pages of the paperback, the smell of the wood pulp in the paper, the wisdom you could underline, the collection of an author. The one movie (really 3) that seem to catch perfectly the spirit of the book is the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien: a book you can grow old (young) with. "Not all tears are evil." "All who wander are not lost." Remember: You're only one book away from being a lifetime reader! Hey,CathMM, what was your book? Anybody,,,Anybody,, Bueller,,
Joe Lynch--You're Not You When You're Hungry. [03-03-2012]

Funny observation of Dennis McGlinchey with his saying that the Church gave up on rating films, figuring "What's the point". I guess somewhere in the 60's, TV and movies became more adult and more reflective of real life in both topics and language. While I will admit to watching and enjoying the TV show "Two and 1/2 Men", I have to constantly ask myself, "how do they get away with this?" Anyone who has watched the show, knows what I mean. We have come a long way, from when Rhett Butler, raised eyebrows when he said to Scarlett O'Hara "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, save me an aisle seat. [03-03-2012]

Catherine Manning Muir, Yes there was a time when television was justifiably referred to as the "boob tube", or as Newton Minow former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission referred to television as a "vast wasteland." Other then today's TV's not having "tubes", with the vast use of cable, the have become a virtual cornucopia of visual and audio choices, covering a wide range of topics. To be sure there are still shows that would fall under the category of being, shall we say, "low brow", such as the reality shows, MTV etc. Thankfully mixed with them are channels that are both entertaining, interesting, and yes even educational. Among them are "The History Channel", "Discovery Channel", TLC (The Learning Channel). There is a financial channel, where investors can check on how "the market is doing". A few channels that are strictly sports channels, even one channel dedicated strictly to golf. Television has come a long way, since its inception, when we only had 3 black and white stations on a 10 inch screen, with rabbit ears.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, where is the remote. [03-03-2012]

I always found the "Kings View of Phila" website informative on how Philly looked at the turn in the Century. There is also some good pics of Gtown too. www.brynmawr.edu/iconog/king/main.html
Ed Farrar, Chester, VA [03-02-2012]

Last week I wrote a letter to Joan Fontain-asking her for a short note & her autograph-I sent a sase envelope-I'm waiting for a reply-I'll let you know if I get a reply. Lou Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr G Dos [03-02-2012]

Today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlainís mind-boggling 100 point game, in a game at the Hershey Arena between the Philly Warriors and the New York Knicks. Only 6 at the time and not a fan then, but oh how I would have loved to be one of those 4000 in attendance to see that one. That is an NBA record that will probably never be broken.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-02-2012]

CMM - the use of boob tube was from a American perspective. You had to have heard that term used at some point in your life. I hope it doesn't come down to where we need to start indicating the nation of origin on what we're referencing when posting on this Germntown blog - United States, Australia, etc.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-02-2012]

Dennis and John, my point is that I don't need to bring in all the 'real world' trivia (how much an actor was paid, whether he was drunk, whether the actors hated each other, etc) to enjoy 'Picnic'. Simply on face value it was a lovely, feel-good film, regardless of the trivia of its stars' lives, failings or deaths. The film was fantasy; no psychoanalysis or research on Wikipedia needed to enjoy it.
CMM, I ask only God for directions. Man does not yet know where he's going to how to get there. [03-02-2012]

Ray Dawes Bruce was correct, Bobby Solly was Charlies younger brother and a very good soccer player, I think better than Charlie, and agood athlete. Richie Pio
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-02-2012]

Ted Silary is that the same Bobby Haas whose McDevitt varsity lost to North Catholics JV team at the Palestra in the first round of the '68 Catholic League Playoffs. NC was th defending city champs and their coach, Jack Friel suspended the varsity the morning of the game and told the JV coach Franny Dougherty. who later became the AD at North, to get his team ready asthey were playing tonight, talk about character. I think the NC JV beat the McDevitt varsity by about seventeen points that night only to have the varsity lose to O'Hara with a tip in at the buzzer. Wow what a game and what a night. Richie Pio SFA'64,NC'68, GBC'62-68.
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-02-2012]

"Some Like It Hot" and "The Apartment" are just two of Billy Wilders great films. Others include: "The Lost Weekend","Stalag 17","Witness for the Prosecution", "One, Two, Three" (James Cagney's last film, except for a short part in "Ragtime",and my personal favorite "Double Indemnity".
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, save me an aisle seat. [03-01-2012]

In my case, there was a distinct difference between a 'scholarship' and 'financial aid'. From '57 to '61, I attended CA on a full academic scholarship, which covered only tuition. We were out of pocket for everything else, including books, etc and my dance lessons with Jean Williams. Later, at Temple U, I had a 'scholarship' which covered my tuition plus 'financial aid' which provided money for my books and misc fees. However, I still needed to work, and I worked on campus in the Biology Library, as well as being a checkout chick at Penn Fruit. In my senior year, I was awarded an NDEA fellowship to go on to a PhD but I turned it down. Many of us from working class families in Gtn could not have attended private schools like CA and LaSalle High or gone to college without scholarships/financial aid and certainly I am grateful to have been among that group.
CMM [03-01-2012]

Bruce Schmiit: Ah yes the LaSalle Tournament. Great way to "scout" the local grade school talent. I think at this point, I should state that I don't really have a problem with LaSalle, offering an education at "reduced rates" to attract athletes. I think its a great introduction to the real world, and how things really are. Of course as previously stated, this method doesn't always produce championships. As we all know it didn't for the NY Yankees in the 2008 World Series, when the New York Yankees spent $209,081,577, tops in MLB and the Tampa Bay Rays $43,820,597, second from the bottom. While on the subject of baseball and money. I remember giving a scalper $40.00 for a 1980 World Series ticket. I checked out prices for a 2008 World Series ticket down here in Tampa Bay. The cheapest were in the $250-$300 range. A little too rich for my blood. During my time at CD 58-62, Dougherty always had a strong basketball team and was "the team to beat". Some names I remember from the past are John Tiller (LaSalle), Frank Corace (Bonner), George Sutor (Judge), Matty Guokas (The Prep)
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-01-2012]

My brother Dan and my sisters Pat and Eugenia (Gloria) all went to St. Vincent's until until 1951, when we moved to Blue Bell. I remember Mike Whelihan, who passed away last year, Jim Riceman and Joe Brownholtz, as well as Joanne Gisondi, Carolyn Davis, Dorothy O'Brien, Frances Graziosetti, Mary Brown and Mary Gaffney. Are any of you still around?
Marguerite "Peggy" Bader, Avila Beach, California [03-01-2012]

Joe Lynch: You,John Fleming,and Ted Silary made interesting comments about Catholic High School Basketball in Philly. You were a smart player and had a great knowledge of the game of basketball. You had great mentors in basketball-Jack Brogan,Goo Guarinello, Sonny Kennedy and Obie O'Brien. On this site, we talked about some of the great games in Philadelphia Scholastic Basketball History-Overbrook vs Germantown and LaSalle vs North. Sonny Kennedy played for GHS and Jack Brogan was on The LaSalle team with Joe Heyer who had such a great game against North in that historic game- they were great mentors. Your old SFA coach,Robert Goo Guarinello, was a student of basketball. John Fleming, an astute observer of basketball, mentioned that The Great Paul Arizin,did not play for LaSalle High. If Paul Arizin, had played for LaSalle, he would have competed against The Prep Super-star,John Gillespie, whose father was the legendary football coach from North with the same name. John Gillespie Jr. owned the the beer-distributor on Keyser St.,across from Fitler School where Paul Borian and Herb Adderly played in the school-yard. Incidentally, Tom Cusack,an Explorer like you, worked for Jack Gillespie at that aforementioned beer-distributor. You are still affiliated with LaSalle High and follow LaSalle basketball closely. You probaly attended The Prep-LaSalle basketball game where LaSalle went down in defeat. In your last post, you discussed that LaSalle is interested in diversity and financial-aid for their students. The Prep's All_Catholic Guard,Miles Overton,had a connection to The Christian Brothers since his father,Doug Overton, was a super-star for LaSalle College. Miles Overton should have been recruited by LaSalle but he is very happy with the quality education and discipline that he is receiving at The Prep and his coach,Speedy Morris is the greatest coach in Philadelphia Catholic Basketball History. The Prep always had great coaches. Cousin Jack Brogan knew George Schur from The Hollow and he was a great swimmer for The Championsip Teams of The Prep. George was coached by Leon Macionis who swam at The Germantown YMCA with his brother,John,who was an Olympic Swimmer. Another Olympic Swimmer from LaSAlle College,Joe Verdeur, also swam at The Germantown Y on Greene St. I always enjoyed the great pool and gym at that Greene St. Y. Joe! You and your friends talked about movies and the sexy and beautiful actresses. Jack Brogan knew The Kelly Brothers,Billy and Jay,who were related to the very beautiful Grace Kelly of East Falls. You are a world traveler and observed the beautiful French Architecture in Buenos Aires,The Paris of South America. My simple comment on beauty, "Catharine Deneuve' was the most beautiful architecture emanating from France. I hope that you,An Explorer, connected with my open-minded and Jesuitical commentary on stuff, on and off the court.
Bruce Schmitt [03-01-2012]

Bruce you mention a Bob Solly do you mean charles Solly
Ray Dawes, class of 57 S.F.A [03-01-2012]

Joe Lynch, while we're blogging about movies and movie stars, a new (2011) BBC production of Dickens' 'Great Expectations' in 3 parts starts here this Sunday, with a very young (relatively speaking) Gillian Anderson (37) playing Miss Havisham (age unspecified, but probably about 50). She is the 11th actress to play Ms. H. in films. We are privileged also this week to have the book being read on the radio. To me, the best portrayal of Miss Havisham was by the gorgeous Charlotte Rampling in 1999. We attended a performance of the one-woman show 'Dickens' Women' by the great actress Miriam Margolyes a couple of years ago. She now doing a tour with it again. Has 'Great Expectations' been on PBS there?
CMM [03-01-2012]

Schmitty...Ollie Powers and Billy Haas were very talented baseball players.In my opinion,Ollie was the best basketball player to come out of the Hollow.Don't remember too much of Billy as a basketball player.Going back to baseball,back in the 50's,if you had talent,you signed a professional baseball contract.Both Ollie and Billy had a good chance to play for the Tigers and Dodgers respectively.Ollie was a great pitcher,but he hurt his arm while pitching for the Tigers minor league team in Valdosta,Ga.He was never the same thereafter.Billy Haas was a great natural hitter and should have made it to the top.But his mental approach to the game was lacking.I know from personal experience,in the game of baseball,you have to be mentally tough to succeed.Talent is just one-half of the equation.For me,I think I had both the physical and mental parts of the game working for me at the age of 17.During college,I started to lose that edge.While grateful for my college education,I often wonder if I could have made it to the Majors if I had signed a contract right out of high school,like Ollie and Billy.
Paul Borian, Never missed a good chance to shut up. [03-01-2012]

CMM: I think that Holden probably got $8,000 for the role in the movie, not just dancing with Kim. Also, I believe even JL was "Oogling" about Kim in an oblique way. Finally, lighten up kiddo; it's just people having fun and remembering one of their earliest moments of awareness of the wonderful difference between men and women.
John Payne [03-01-2012]

Addendum: I'll never think of William Holden in quite the same way again, thanks to all your highly descriptive blogs. I just hope they don't autopsy my dead, bullet-riddled, crumpled-up body at the bottom of the Twin Bridges over the Schuylkill River and find a dram of Jameson's in MY blood. My dear Irish mother would be appalled (Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph!). Would Holy Sepulcher Cemetery bury a galoot like me, someone who years ago, turned away from sin (somewhat!)and was faithful to the Gospel? (almost.)
Joe Lynch--It's not that life is too short. Death is too long. [03-01-2012]

CMM, somehow, you missed the point. There is no denigration of the film "Picnic". From what I gathered, folks responding on it here like the film, a Best Picture nominee (lost out to Marty, another excellent film). I would not have bought it if I didn't like it. Just because you are not happy with the facts about the film, they are what they are. Del Connor, I agree with you on "The Apartment", a favorite of mine as well. I think the Legion of Decency gave up on the rating structure in the 1980s. I guess they threw up their hands in defeat and said, "oh, what's the point"......
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-01-2012]

Oops - forgot to mention that the movie with the famous last line: "Nobody's perfect" is Some Like It Hot.
anonymous [03-01-2012]

Best last line in a movie: When Jack Lemmon explained that he was a man: "Nobody's perfect."
anonymous [03-01-2012]

I never watch a 'boob tube'. While 'boob tube' is ancient American slang for a TV, indicative of the caliber of both the product and its consumers, in Australia and elsewhere in the Anglophone world it has always had a very different meaning. Boob tubes are, thankfully, as rare as hens' teeth except in op shops, low rent neighborhoods and on bogans in Bali. (Look THAT up in your Funk and Wagnalls!) Here, use of the term 'book tube' is a marker, like body piercing, smoking and tattoos, of low socioeconomic status. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tube_top-colour_isolated.jpg As a professional translator, I am always acutely aware that meaning is contextual and culturally-based and that the same term often has very different meanings in various subsets of the same language, including the many Englishes and the Malay-based languages in which I work. A novice can make a fool of her/himself quite easily, especially when choosing the first meaning given in a dictionary or Google Translate entry or when overgeneralizing a grammatical rule. I once witnessed an introductory student of Indonesian, forced to give a speech before the language faculty of the university, begin by announcing "Aku kemaluan." She never knew why the audience gasped, then looked at each other and smiled. Now, 'malu' means 'shy' or 'embarrassed' and appending 'ke-an' can convey the meaning 'to an extreme degree', and she was attempting to convey that she was very timid about giving the speech. However, 'kemaluan' is a construct of a different rule, the one that creates an abstract noun from an adjective. Literally, 'kemaluan' means 'that about which one should be 'malu' or 'shy', i.e., one's genitals. So she had announced "I am a sex organ." The sympathetic audience quickly realized what she meant, but it has been among the examples of the hazards of overgeneralization passed around by language teachers ever since. I myself learned the dangers of overgeneralizing a grammatical rule when I used the wrong verbal prefix when trying to say that one of my classmates was in hospital after being sideswiped by a freight train. I said 'Julia ditabrak kereta api' (passive form of the verb 'to strike') when I should have said 'Julia tertabrak oleh kereta api'(indicating the accidental nature of the action), making it appear that the train had deliberately hit her, when in fact she had been standing too close to the tracks when the train unexpectedly roared through. Trying to be clever often has the same effect as pissing in the wind and the wise don't go there.
Catherine Manning Muir, I won't have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. [03-01-2012]

I wanted to add a link to my previous post about Kim Novak. The reason the choice was so difficult between Rita and Kim was as folllows: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz8qRsqoBLc&feature=related Scroll over this link and hit "copy" then paste into your browser. After viewing that one, do the same for this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL8zKDoztaQ&feature=related Do the same for this link; sorry I can't get the link to highlight in this blog so just copy and paste; it will be well worth it. Thanks and take care.
Bill Cupo, Immaculate Grad "65". C.D. "69"- Haines st 1300 Block [03-01-2012]

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