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Webmaster, Historic Germantown Webmaster [04-19-2012]

It is very sad to even thing about Immaculate closing. My biggest question is what happens to all of the beautiful statues, stained class windows, especially the Blessed Mother who stood on top of main altar with he beautiful silver rays coming from her hands. Everyone one of my aunts, uncles, cousins were baptized, confirmed and married there. It is a sad day and I do think the priest scandal has a lot to do with the archdiocese ability to keep the schools and churches open and also, people's abiity to still have faith in their church.
Barbara Dean McEvoy, Immaculate Conception [04-19-2012]

RIP......Dick Clark You gave me countless days of enjoyment viewing your show, American Bandstand, when I was very young. I watched the dancers, like Arlene Sullivan and her beau, Kenny, etc. and wanted to dance like them, when I got older. Not one press person has ever maligned you, because you were a very special and dear man, who gave so many great talents a chance to be 'seen'. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dick Clark,today. Sincerely, L.Fontana
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville,Pa. [04-19-2012]

I read the post by John Fleming on the 15th regarding the razing of St. Boniface in Kensington. Just as a matter of interest, my new parish in Limerick is building a new church (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)and we are using the main altar, communion rail, altar gates, confessionals, pipe organ and cabinets and drawers from the sacristy of old St. Boniface. We currently have 2100 families in the parish which is 5 years old, (merged St. Clares in Linfield and St. Peters in Pottstown). The faith lives in the burbs.
Jerry McKeon [04-19-2012]

John, I also read "Infidel" and recommend it as well.
Sheila [04-19-2012]

Helen and Linda, Rowell's was the most wonderful, elegant department store, wasn't it? When I was in high school I happened to see a blown-glass egg in a display case there, an egg within an egg, with ribbons of bubbles wrapping around the central egg in a perfect coil. I had to have it, put it on layaway and paid for it bit by bit with my earnings from working at the 5 and 10 on Wayne Avenue. The purchase of that egg started a collection and I have it to this day. Unlike Rowell's, Allen's never appealed to me; too plain and stodgy. Rowell's was living color; Allen's was black and white, IMHO. It's a terrible shame that neither store has survived except in our memories.
CMM [04-19-2012]

J.B.Schmidt: When I was a kid on the corner of Wayne and Logan I didn't know from nothin'. I never spoke a word to Herb Adderly. I did play on his team once but had to restrain myself from bowing and saying, "Unworthy, unworthy." Herb didn't know me. I never said a word to John Berkery. He had a dry cleaning business next to Sal's with a lot of equipment, but nobody ever took any clothes in there to be cleaned. Goo Goo told us John slept on a cot behind the press machine. I think I was playing on the outdoor court when the bomb squad to John's dry cleaners in a big white van one afternoon and unloaded their little vacuum cleaners. That was right after an explosive event in Mayfair. I knew Jimmy Binns as a student at La Salle College. I never knew he was a fighter until you told me that. I do remember Howard Johnson, so Binns must have been a hellava' fighter. I knew he had been a Marine and that he had a black belt. That was it. I did know Dom Raffaele, Bobby Compton, Butch Flannery, Eddie Durkin, Jimmy Raffaele, Sonny Kennedy, Larry Rinaldi, Ollie Powers, Cisco Payne, Paul Borian, Ben Hom, Monk McCaully, Frank Felice, Charley Durkin and his brother Big Eddie. I knew Goo Goo and Shakey Madden and his father George Madden. I even knew Al Tector, now there's a name for ya'. These people were enough for me. I really never hung around with the guys I went to school with at La Salle H.S. I knew Tom Yanessa and John Herrera and Paul Aita and Jimmy McMonagle, and even went to parties in Chestnut Hill and Malvern, but that was only so my girlfriend could see me as a preppy. I even wore Bermuda shorts and saddle shoes for the same reason, but the truth is I never left Happy Hollow, and I always had lots of noise in my head. I'm still at Happy Hollow every day in my mind, but don't have the noise anymore. I don't miss the noise one bit.
Jack Brogan, Everybody look what's goin' down. [04-19-2012]

Sad to hear the passing of Dick Clark. Even though he rose to International stardom and recognition, he will always be "Philly's own". My personal memory of Dick Clark was seeing one of his shows on Steel Pier, in 1962. He had Dee Dee Sharp, singing Mashed Potato, Brian Hyland singing his biggest hit "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", Jerry Lee Lewis, who needless to say put the audience in a frenzy, and finished off with Joey Dee and the Starlighters with "The Peppermint Twist". Show was so great, we hung around, probably watching the Diving Horse, to see the show again. RIP Dick Clark, then end of a era.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [04-19-2012]

Monk: I am working on a novel about the adventures an 8th grade kid in Germantown during the 50s. I’ve been writing it for 30 years. My role model as a writer is Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt. Like Frank, I wrote with the kids in my classes. My story is full of truth rearranged with purpose. I’ve read drafts to people in a writers’ project I run here in Maine, and they all think my novel has potential. The problem is they can’t believe some of the people and events I write about. For example I have this character named…well, Monk. This guy sits up in “the rocks” at Happy Hollow during summer nights. He climbs up above the “Danger Keep Off” sign, the one with the skull and crossbones, and then he screams like Tarzan for an our or so. The other characters don’t even look up or question each time a howl rolls down at us from the rocks. “It’s just Monk,” we think. One of the writers in my group, a published author, said to me one time, “John, you need to do a better job of explaining why Monk would do that.” I was sort of angry with that guy until another day when he said, “John, do you have an agent?” That was after I read the part about a stolen pair of box-toed loafers, the ones that ended up in the urinal at the boys’ end of the gym. Two ladies cried with laughter when I showed the two shoes, one after the other, sitting in the urinal, the water running, bubbling around them. I said they looked like coal barges I’d seen once on the Delaware Canal. So I’ve changed things and added things. You know me, Monk. I never let facts interfere with a good story. For example, the church and school is now Holy Innocents rather than St. Francis of Assisi, and I moved Sister George Aloysius from 9th grade to 8th grade because she was such a great character with a great name. Sometimes I get stuck. These days when that happens I tune in to this blog and read Joey Lynch. He gets my memory working. He makes me believe that we really did live in a remarkable time and that we did have great adventures and share them with wonderful, loyal friends. Stephen King said, “You never have friends like you did in 8th grade.” I believe that.
Jack Brogan, Penny a point, ain't no one keepin' score. [04-19-2012]

Sorry To say I just found out today that John Tomaro ( Tarzan ) a guy from Brickyard passed away last week. His grandson let me know today. John was living in Florida at the time.
Joe Leone [04-19-2012]

Louis Pauzano: It was so sad to hear from Buddy Curran that your old neighbor on Wayne Ave. had passed away -Al Paris. You knew The Paris Family well, Al's Parents and his brother, Paul. You were a good customer of The Paris Flower Shop since you were always going to Proms with the lovely Germantown ladies since you were always a gentleman and the behavior of The Secret Service Agents would be anathema to you. I was happy that Linda Fontana of East Germantown and CA understood my point of view. I had a guy bust on me since he thought that the boys will be boys-Secret Service Agents should not be immature college kids. You might have known Jim Bradley from Fernhill and Jack Brogan's classmate from LaSalle,Tom Yannessa. These 2 aforementioned Germantowners were dedicated law-enforcement agents and always took care of business and not monkey-business-I am not talking about the monkeys in The Amazon Jungle. My intent was not to beat up on The Secret Service but to applaud Germantowners like yourself who had a code of conduct and respected women. Joe Lynch and Tom Cusack went to a lot of dances and they always had rapport with the ladies since they always showed sincere respect. The people at The Paris Flower Shop knew the three of you so well because you were always buying flowers for your dates and girl-friends which were numerous. It is so interesting that your lovely and charming wife has the name,Rose Anne. Lou! Germantowners are having a reunion at The Buck on May 8,and it would be great to have you and our mutual friend,Pat McIlHinney,attend. Al Patrizi[RIP] always attended when he was healthy. There will be some Hollow Guys attending.
Bruce Schmitt [04-19-2012]

Joe Lynch, I too remember going to SFA dances every Saturday night. We had the spotlight dance and they gave out $1.00 to the lucky couple. It was a fun time and something to look forward to every week. Fr. Donahue was a lot of fun and he is the one I believe that got the dance started for us. So much fun to think of all of those good old days. Sorry to see that our parish is being closed. A sign of the times.
Ronnie Carmody McIntyre [04-19-2012]

Helen Leone-D'Angelo, I remember those Saturdays on the Aveneu as if they were yesterday ...i can still see your cousin Jackie with her hair in rollers walking down Germantown Ave. Do you remember that? Even with roller in her hair she was so pretty and was one of the nicest girls too and soooo funny! My cousins and i would meet at Woolworth and have a soda and then check out the store even though we didnt have a dime to spend on anything...but, there were a lot of cute boys who would either be hanging at Horn n Hardarts and of course Littons ... ha! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [04-19-2012]

Bruce Marshall---I like how you worded McHugh’s place on Clapier (sort of Colpey, they were at the corner of Clapier), when I was small and even to this day if people ask where I lived in Germantown, I would say “on the corner of Clapier St. & Copley Rd”. Well when you think about it, when I lived there I spent 1/6 of my time playing in the driveway behind Copley Rd plus most of our house faced Copley, so that was the part of the yard I played in. Copley Road had the smoothest street surface for roller skating plus it was on an incline and in those days most families were a one car family and parked the car in the garage or in the driveway, so the street was very open for roller skating. Clapier St was impossible to roller skate on because of the type surface, about every 3 years, the city would spray liquid tar followed up by pouring small stones on top---leaving it to the cars to compress the stones down---this process would take about 3 to 4 weeks leaving the curb loaded with little stones for us to play with but a street surface that you could not skate on. Bruce thanks for the link to the 1940 Census.
Jack McHugh [04-19-2012]

My grandparents lived in teh 4600 block of Germantown Avenue. They sold in the late 1980's. I still venture back to the old neighborhood but I'm looking for the family of Frank Klock -- Frank had a sister who went to Little Flower. We are related so I would appreciate a contact. Thanks, Maria
Maria Connaught, Cardinal Dougherty Grad [04-19-2012]

I'm not sure if I attached that link to the History of IC to my post. Here it is in case l didn't... www.friendsofimmaculate.com/history.htm
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-19-2012]

Regarding St. Vincent's, they found their niche years ago. Most who attend their Masses come from outside the parish boundaries, many even from suburbia. I always wondered what they are doing over there that is so different and so appealing. Whatever it is, it is working for them. That accounts for the higher number there that IC and SFA didn't have in the past couple of years.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-19-2012]

CMM - parishioners of the newly-formed parishes pay for the construction of the buildings of their new parish. It was that way back then, and is that way today. What they can’t cover through contributions and fundraising, they cover through a mortgage loan and pay off over time. Those early immigrants took great pride and determination in building the most ornate and majestic churches they could muster. Often, there were skilled craftsmen and artisans within their parishioner group able to do the work. Seems the larger the immigrant group there was where the parish was being founded, the more ridiculously ornate their resulting church turned out to be. Case in point in Germantown, the larger Irish immigrant base resulted in the two majestic structures that came to be IC and SFA. The Italian immigrant base started out smaller. St. Mike’s, I think, was a combined church/rectory in a house. As the parishioner numbers grew, they built a separate church. Holy Rosary started out as a few families in the Shrine basement. Their church, which they bought and converted into a Catholic church, was previously a Protestant Church. If you look at the most beautifully ornate churches in and around Philly, they were mostly national parishes built for (and by) a certain immigrant group. St. Ladislaus (now gone) in Nicetown and St. Adalbert both had that wow factor, and showed the pride of the Polish parishioners. St. John the Baptist in Manayunk, where I was married, was built by the Irish immigrants working in the nearby mills. The pride they must have felt when that one was completed. Go in there today and be prepared to be wowed by the ornamentation and beauty. St. Matthew in Conshohocken is much like St. John’s, and was also built by Irish immigrants. For some wonderful Italian examples, take your pick of any of the churches in South Philly (but not St. Nicholas, what a mess that one is). Those early immigrants were motivated by their own personal pride in what was to be THEIR church. They struggled, sacrificed and penny-pinched to build the most magnificent church they could, the same churches that are now being closed because of reduced number of Catholics, changing demographics, etc. For a sense of what these folks went through to build those magnificent structures, read the History of Immaculate Conception. It's a fascinating read, even for those not connected to IC. Here is the link: www.friendsofimmaculate.com/history.htm
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-19-2012]

Hilary Rosen's comment about mothers not working was meant as "working outside the home" for a paycheck. All mothers work hard, but it is especially hard for those who not only are raising children, but also working a job. Ann Romney never had to do both. Wish I could say the same.
anonymous [04-19-2012]

Buddy Curran: I send you wholehearted condolences for the loss of your friend-Al Paris. Many of us knew Al Paris from SFA and The Hollow. Al and his brother,Paul, were nice guys and well-liked. Al posted on this site from Arizona where he lived. Al knew Jim Razzano and Dom Raffaele from SFA and they were also Hollow guys. He knew Ken Schenk whose parents had a bakery on Wayne Avenue,Ralpg Gatto[RIP] who was the great Hollow football player,Allen Goode,George Sharkey,Johnny McGeehan,Frank Sharpy Felice,and many others. It is so sad that many guys from our generation have passed away. I believe that you knew Al Patrizi well and he has also departed. If I recall, you and Al Patrizi were in the car-crash when Norman Leinheiser lost his life. All the bloggers on our Germantown Web-site appreciate that you informed us about the loss of our fellow Germantowner,Al Paris-"May Al Paris Rest In Eternal Peace".
John Bruce Schmitt [04-19-2012]

buddy ! i am so sorry to hear about al paris . he was a nice guy and so was his brother i knew them both . marge paris use to come in to my shop her and her husband joe were the best people . very honest and hard working . gess i miss all those great people from wayne avenue i was there from 1960 to 1968. there will never be another germantown as we all knew it ! frank .
FRANK MARGIOTTI, lansdale pa [04-17-2012]

Book Recommendation: I just finished "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and highly recommend it the folks on this site. It is Ms. Ali's memoir, and traces her life to date, from being born into a muslim family in Somalia, and wending her way through growing up in various North African locations, to her stay in Europe, where she became a MP, and her eventual migration to the U.S. and her position at a "Think tank". I "read" this book via Ipod, i.e, in audio format. Actually, since Ms. Ali is also the reader, I think in this case it make the story even more compelling, because one gets the benefit of her accent in the telling of the story. I would like to see a movie made of this story, but I am not sure Hollywood has the sensibility to do it remaining faithful to Ms. Ali's rendition. It's a fantastic story. Do yourself a favor and read, or listen to it. It has keen insights into Islam, and religion in general. Ms. Ali also adresses politics,racism, Liberalism, and women's issues. This is a very thought provoking read.
John Payne [04-17-2012]

I agree fully with the comments of JBS regarding the Secret Service guys behavior. It is truly awful that they use tax payers dollars for their own lustful indulgences.There is no other explanation,except selfish motives. This makes me both sad, and sick. While there are so many people in this wonderful country of ours, who are deeply in need, these men take full advantage of their positions and used money for something to suit their own needs. I hope they not only lose their jobs, but, get punished to the fullest extent of the law.
L.Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [04-17-2012]

Looking at the link, that was generously provided by Mr. McGlinchey, it appears that the decision made by the archdiocese was a no brainer, and strictly a numbers game. Amazing that only St. Vincents had any marriages (4), the most Baptisms (4), compared to 2 by SFA and IC. Having grown up and attending Catholic schools, in the 50's and early 60's, its hard for me to fathom the collapse of Catholicism in Philadelphia.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [04-17-2012]

Now that SFA and IC churches are to be a thing of the past, I am curious about where the money came from to build them in the first place. I suspect the bulk of it came out of the pockets of the working class parishioners, either in the collection plate or in those ubiquitous envelopes. Are we finally seeing the back of the Edifice Complex? Jesus was born in a stable, not a cathedral. BTW, a parliamentary enquiry will be held here in the Australian state of Victoria into recent revelations of dozens of suicides linked to sexual abuse by priests, including 12 from one parish. It's a worldwide phenomenon that has surely driven many otherwise committed Catholics away from the Church. I see that a priest is now on trial in Philadelphia. The chickens have come home to roost, big time. For links, see CLICK and CLICK
CMM [04-17-2012]

It is so sad that Secret Service Agents working for The US Government in Colombia and sent to protect President Obama would engage in such lecherous behavior. I know that the Germantown bloggers on this site would control their sexual appetites and maintain the moral standards which we learned from our families and schools in Germantown. Germantowners would never stiff a waitress or a working-girl. One particular agent must have been a spoiled-brat to think that he would have a free-lunch since he was a government-worker. This agent had no street-smarts and never herard the mantra,"There Is No Free Lunch". He wanted a roller-coaster ride and did not want to pay for the ticket. He wanted to play and not pay. When the wives of the agents file for divorce, do these goverment agents think the lawyers will give them a free-ride since they were former Secret Service Agents. I am glad that I grew up in Germantown where people were well grounded. People are so different today than when we were walking the streets of Germantown-Gtn Ave.,Chelten and Wayne. Hillary Rosen even said that Stay-at-Home mothers are not working. I can only tell you that stay-at-home mothers are working harder than those goverment jerks who were screwing around in Colombia and giving Americans a bad reputation. Germantowners were never Ugly Americans-Warts and All. However, we will keep a low-profile and watch the Great Phillies Pitchers and hope The Phillies Hitters do not get greedy and go for singles and doubles and pass up the homers which The Secret Service Agents went for and struck out big time.
JBS [04-17-2012]

Helen Leone D'Angelo- You just brought tears to my eyes, with your beautiful writings about Germantown Avenue.I wish I could go back and be fifteen again.Shopping at C.A.Rowell's and the other nice shops they had at that location. Gosh do I miss those lazy hazy days of Summer in my youth. You should be a writer,it's never too late. Love and Respect, Linda Fontana
L.Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [04-17-2012]

my good friend just passed away al paris his parents owned the may flower shop on wayne ave sfa 1955 nc 1959 ret.phila.det.rest in peace buddy curran
BUDDY CURRAN [04-17-2012]

WHEN DID LUTHERANS LEARN HOW TO DANCE? And why wasn't I told about this? I know some Lutherans now and they would rather bake cinnamon buns for church socials than two-step in the arms of some of youse guys. They were high-class girls with standards of behavior fit for a church service rather than the gropings of us Catholic boys. If the nuns knew about your forays into Trinity Lutheran Church dances, they'd give you whatfor. We had our own 50 cent dances in the school hall at SFA, the big ball with reflected light, lotsa 45s, big dreams and a long walk home if nobody asked us to dance at the ladies' choice. Mostly good Catholic girls (and all that baggage), a few dips in the slow dances,daring to jitterbug in the fast numbers, Father Donohue catching a smoke: all gave us the thought that we were all growing up normally now that we understood deodorant and toothpaste. We weren't yet ready for the Big Time Dances--LaSalle or St. Joseph's or St. Alice's (or to dance with a legitimate girl, even) but we were on to something. That much we knew. And when we Aqua-Velva"ed" up and rehearsed the words to say to the girls, we wondered why God did not bless us with good looks or bursting confidence or a 6-foot frame or pompadoured hair with a Troy Donahue complexion. Maybe, after all the confusion of not knowing who you were or where you were bound, the Trinity Lutheran girls would give us a break and dance with some Catholic boys. "Maybe,can I walk you home?"
Joe Lynch--On the Road to Kingdom Come. [04-17-2012]

at one time Jack Brogan was going to write a( book?) about the days at HH & Gtn in general.wonder how that's coming along? it's better to live rich than to die rich..monk
monk [04-17-2012]

Here is the link to the Archdiocese's announce on the parish closings. What is odd is that all of the affected Manayunk churches will remain open as "worship sites", while IC and SFA are being closed outright. Also odd is that they say that SFA and IC are in poor and deteriorating condition. I can't speak for SFA, but I can speak of IC, and that church is in very good condition. The church has some water damage on one wall from a roof leak years ago. The recent pastors there did their best to maintain the church and all of the parish buildings. While IC and SFA were both archdiocesan-subsidized parishes, I do know that the alumni and former parishioners have been very generous with their support of IC. A Vincentian once told a reunion committee member that if it weren't for that alumni/former parishioner support, the parish would have been closed years ago. I'm a realist, and I do get it, the parish was down to 250 families, so something had to give. Since the church is in very good overall condition, why can't it also be a worship site, just like those Manayunk churches? Sad that IC will be no more, and what a waste of a very beautiful church. The closing Mass will be on June 24 at 10:00. Here is the link to the announcement archphila.org/press%20releases/pr001955.htm
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-17-2012]

Brogan, Those Lasalle guys had a lot of energy. They did not need any adrenaline rush. The proms must have been awesome with steamy car windows.
anonymous [04-16-2012]

I was in the hospital this past Easter week with more than enough time to think back on days gone by. Among the memories that I recalled was seeing Ben Hur at the New Lyric. It had everything a kid could ask for. The dramatic settings, the music, navel battles, chariot races and the passion and mysteries of religion. I remembered that after being submerged in that time warp of two thousand years how disappointing it was to emerge from the New Lyric to the stark reality of Germantown Avenue and the present day. I also remember, as many have noted, the fun of walking the Avenues with twenty-five to fifty cents and spending it at Woolworth, the Hobby Shop and other stores. I remembered a kind waitress at Woolworth giving Bob Moore and I another soda, free of charge, as we had both so quickly drank the first due to thirst. One particular memory of the Avenue I had was passing the Orpheum and seeing that Pinocchio was playing on the big screen. At the spur of the moment for twenty-five cents Bob and I went in to sit in the balcony and watch what we had seen only of TV in its proper setting.
Del Conner [04-16-2012]

BUCKY, THERE AREN'T ENOUGH GOOD WORDS FOR OUR SUMMERS AT FRIENDLY INN IN OC! You got me the job washing dishes on The Boardwalk ($1 an hour)and Mrs. Mac gave me her third floor (with 6 lifeguards) to call home. We both made donuts; you cooked the hot dogs and shamelessly flirted with the waitresses and passers-by on 12th St., as I recall. What your nights were like, God only knows! There were so many ways to get into Trouble dounnashore and you tried to teach me every one of them in at least 4 townships and 3 islands. Did you still have the green '54 Chevy that took us to school in senior year? Did you ever sleep two consecutive nights in the same bed? Your life was a "film noir," with blondes checkin' in and sedans leaving at strange hours. You wrote the life that we wanted to live with seemingly e-z money (that would prepare you for a life in the executive lane), throw-away lines ("We had a wonderful evening, but this wasn't it")and practiced deniability ("It wasn't me. I was at Mass or Confession or Makin' The Fudge!"). Yes, we wondered, was this GBC soccer player destined for bigger things than altar boy collars, college-caf confabs, '54 Chevys? I think you're still NOWADAYS on the soccer field (refereeing) when you're not golfing in Florida or tweaking some company's bottom line. Bucky hasn't grown up yet and certainly he hasn't given in yet. From news reports I'm hearin', I think he's reloading.
Joe Lynch--Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.. [04-16-2012]

Joe Lynch, right you are about how we can all keep memories of our youth alive today, and be able to look back at them with treat fondness. Little did we know at the time, when we were experiencing all these activities at the time, how much they would stay in our mind in years to come. I think we all an agree that life really was much more simpler back then. I often wonder what great memories the young people of today, will have as they get older. I doubt very seriously if they will be anything close to what we had. We had the cars, music etc to look bac on. What will they look back on?
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 living in the present, but loving the past [04-16-2012]

Dave,I always wondered who that person was that was looking in my car window. Ray D-right you are re: excommunication for going to Trinty Luthern Dances--that's when McGarrity ruled with an iron foot(oops, fist) Never got in his line for confession. Joe L If you only knew what we did to the fudge at Copper Kettle! Great times, your're right about Ocean City and so many memories. Finally graduated to the big time (Somers Point) by bartending at what is now the Crab Trap (where I met my wife) and should have been called that instead of Mayner's (spelling?). Then off to the Dunes, then to O'Byrn's. One constant party. Right on about the "dancers" at Trinty, lots of good ones both male and female.
Bucky Durney [04-15-2012]

I read with great interest Mr. McGlinchey's post concerning the demise of 3 more parishes, including IC. Being a product of the Philadelphia Catholic School system, starting over 60 years ago, I have been following the collapse of the Archdiocese's parishes and schools. If someone would have told me back in the 50's and especially in the early 60's when I was at CD, what the future would hold, I would have said never! It would have been hard to believe that CD in its salad days, would ever close its doors in such a relatively short period of time! I always have and still do wonder what the archdiocese is going to do with all these magnificent buildings and churches. I recently read that 140 year old St Boniface in Kensington has been razed. At least neighboring Our Lady of Hope parish, which was originally Holy Child parish is being used by Cristo Rey as a high school for disadvantaged urban youths. All this collapse reminds me of a recently aired Bishop Sheen broadcast on EWTN. On this particular program, he made the bold suggestion, that some metropolitan diocese,that was having financial problems, should donate one of the schools and churches to the community if someone would so something charitable with it, such as open up a senior center, health clinic etc. Since the broadcast was in black and white, I think the original air date, had to be sometime in the mid 50's. Can anyone imagine the Philadelphia archdiocese even entertaining such a thought?
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [04-15-2012]

Does anyone know of a Mass or anything to celebrate SFA? It is such a beautiful church. I am sorry to hear it is closing. So sad - so many great memories - never thought I would see this.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-15-2012]

My good friend,Ray Giordano,passed away today. Ray was originally from Nicetown & went to St.Mikes & NECH.MAY HE REST IN PEACE--LOU GIORNO
Lou Giorno, Mr G dos [04-15-2012]

Jack Brogan: I applaud you for your post about John Herrera, one of the great athletes from Germantown,Holy Rosary,and LaSalle High. Pound for pound, Johnny Herrera, The Cuban Flash, had to be one of the greatest athletes from Germantown. You competed against him in a football game in 1953, when St. Francis played Holy Rosary at Waterview. SFA was on their own 20 when Ray McGough,the great left-footed punter boomed a trick-kick 3rd down punt to HR's 20, Johnny H. fielded the ball, blew by you with lightening speed and went coast to coast with a TD for HR. At LaSalle High, he was an All-Catholic Running-Back with great blocks from Germantown linemen,Vince Higgins and Tom Yannessa who was All-State. You knew some very intimidating guys in your life,including John Berkery and Jimmy Binns from LaSalle who fougt Howard Johnson-one of the greatest boxers to come out of Philly. I have to tell you that although I went to The Prep with names like Testa and Palermo, I did cross paths with some very tough individuals and your classmate from LaSalle High,Tom Yannessa was one scary and intimidating guy. When Tom Y. was with The FBI Swat-team and led a raid and yelled Geronimo, the suspects gig was over. If you had hung at McGillan's with your 2 LaSalle Classmates,Jimmy Binns and Tom Yannessa,you could have even nutted Paul Borian who holds a PHD in Nuttology- Bor is very mellow these days. You and Bor did know the greatest athlete to come out of Philly and Germantown-Herb Adderly. However, I do agree with you and G-Man that Johnny Herrera was an outstanding athlete-both football and baseball. Johnny H. had many home-runs over right-field at GBC. If he had Borian and Haas's size, he surely would have been a professional baseball player. It is wonderful that The Christian Brothers and LaSalle High are honoring The Great Germantown Athlete- Johnny Herrera,The Cuban Flash.
J. Bruce Schmitt [04-15-2012]

No matter how dank and rainy the day my cousins and I would make our way out the avenue on a Saturday afternoon just to see what was going on. Woolworths was a must stop to buy nail polish or a new record and see what cute boys were sitting at the counter talking and pretending they didn't see us. Window shopping was always fun since we had little money to spend anyway. Just passing all the familiar faces on the avenue brings back a good feeling of community. This was our "market place" where we shopped, met friends and saw neighbors. Comming out of the rain and into Lintons for a little something to eat and dealing with the miserable waitresses there was the last stop before going home. I suppose the servers with their starched uniforms knew they weren't getting much of a tip from us thus the furrowed brow and sharp looks. Funny how I can still recall the smell of the avenue when it was wet mixed with the exhaust from the cars, or the fragrant air that came from who knows where on a summer day. Some of these things I will treasure forever.

Jake Hanson - Yeah, I'm on Copley, along with Janet Pio (Richie's sister, and his Mom is till on Clapier). Copley also had Skeets/Wayne/Marian Armstrong, Jackie Glenn, the Primianos, Jimmy Howard, The McHughs (sort of, they were at the corner of Clapier), Eugene Serrano, etc. Schuyler is also pretty nice, formerly home to Richie before he bailed for Florida. . .
Bruce Marshall, 60, born, raised, still in Gtn [04-15-2012]

HEY, JAKE HANSON, WE ALL LIVE IN GERMANTOWN; we just don't have addresses there. GERMANTOWN's a state of mind like Fenway Park or The Boardwalk or Your Senior Prom or That First Kiss or Your First Child or the first taste of watermelon pickle or The New Lyric on Saturday afternoons or early-morning Superior Bakery smells, incense at SFA's 40 Hours, a 50 cent date at The Orpheum--balcony, the extra-late night sound of the 53, shadows on The Corner (Brogan? Sonny? Kelly?), Yoo Hoo, cigs, Chuck Taylors, onions on that?, nuttin', LaSalle 19--Roxborough 6., GBC, Knobby Walsh, Psycho--the movie (not the Man),O'Mara's/Moe's/Fasano's/Palo's/Nick's/Schenk's/Sal's, The Park, Chelten Ave. to Wayne Junction. ("Top of the World, Ma!) I may not live in this neighborhood at this moment, but I have a passport to those sites. In due time, those memories will blot out the woes and cares of today, such as they are. So, Jake, who flunked out of Fitler (Badge of Honor, in my esteem!), "Get back to where you once belonged."
Joe Lynch--SU N. SPLASH. REPEAT. [04-15-2012]

Bruce Marshall - You must be one of the few people who write on this site who still live in Gtn. Hope you live on one of those classy streets that haven't deteriorated too much, like Erringer Place or Copley Road.
Jake Hanson, Flunked out of Fitler in '58. [04-14-2012]

To Anonymous, You are so right ... the guys and girls from Cowtown were not only pretty good dancers that were great dancers .. :>) Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [04-14-2012]

Hollow Girl...What a great ritual of walking up the avenue on Saturdays, stopping in the Dairy Maid for a cup of hot chocolate in the winter, or spending hours in the Five and Ten and having a coke at the counter. Of course there were always the movies as well: the Bandbox, the Orpheum and even the New Lyric. How we were blessed with simple pleasures.
Regina Mellon [04-14-2012]

MANY OF YOU WILL REMEMBER MRS. MAC'S IN OCEAN CITY. On Monday I drove by 419 Ocean Avenue and saw an older woman tending her tulips. I stopped and began a conversation with this lovely woman and reminisced about the House she now owned. Of all things, she bought the house (with no heat)years ago from Mrs. Thea McIlroy/Mrs. Mac), mother of Neil and David. Anybody who recalls that House remembers The House as your Land of Oz in the summertime in the 1960s. Mrs. Mac's was liberation from your intrusive parents, a weekend of sunburned bliss, maybe a new girlfriend for a night (!), a party at 55th St. in the dunes, eating custard for breakfast at Kohr's, too much fudge from the Copper Kettle, whipped up by Bucky Durney, shoeless treks up and down 9th St., the Chatterox (15 cent cokes, 10 cent crackers), space on the floor at Mrs. Mac's for sleeping--$2 or $1 depending on whether you needed a pillow that night, and, of course, Mrs. Mac, who ruled the bedrooms ("No Hanky-Pank here!). "Boys on the third floor, girls in the Bridal Suite." You'd run into kids from all over (Abington, Jenkintown,Holy Child Parish. . .), even non-Catholics. It was summer,time for breakin' up and makin' up, finding kids who wanted to sit on the Boardwalk on Sunday nights, when the "Shoo-Bees" went home, and sing Kum-Ba-Yah. O.C. was such a small town in those early 1960s, you could get to know all the kids working on the Boardwalk, play some ball at 6th St., flirt with the girls outside the Strand or Morlyn Theatres, hop in your roommate's 1951 Mercury (What a tank!)for a trip to the Somers Point Diner for bacon and eggs. (The Stuff of Legends) You could do almost anything--like stay up all night, never change your clothes, postpone shaving, even miss Mass on Sunday. Opportunities seemed endless--you might even get your heart broken that summer if you got lucky. Mrs. Mac's Boarding House made all these summer memories available, and she looked on all of us as her Kids. She never slept, heard every creaking bed on the third floor, smelled your breath for alcohol, lectured you on just about everything ("Chooey, don't break her heart!"), and she always found a space for you on the floor (No Reservations Required). In the early '60s, in the summertime, we lucky kids had Mrs. Mac (and Mrs. Mac's) to calm our wildness, teach us manners, and forestall adulthood for a few more years. I paid $9 a week for my bed, made $32 at my job washing dishes (saved $20 of it),fell in-and-out of love weekly, lived briefly the bohemian life (Yes, I read "Lord of the Flies." Who wants to know?) and learned a lotta off-color songs: "I know a girl who. . . ." What you remember from childhood makes no sense at all.
Joe Lynch--fade in, "The Theme from a Summer Place." [04-14-2012]

Rosemarie and Kevin, those are sad and tragic stories. When I was 4th or 5th grade, around 1966 or 1967, a classmate of mine, Michael Zegarski, was hit by a car and killed. It was a Sunday morning and he was on his way to church at the Shrine on Chelten Ave. As I understand, a guy was high on drugs, lost control of the car and pinned him against the light posts of the gas station at Chelten and Musgrave. Sounds too eerily like what happened to Rosemarie’s granddaughters’ friend. That gas station was there up until about a year or two ago, then torn down. The last I checked, those light posts are still there. Every time in Germantown and I happen to go by Chelten and Musgrave, my eyes are drawn to those light posts. Sad and tragic, such young lives taken so soon and so senselessly...
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-14-2012]

Hello all, and belated Easter blessings. Thanks for all those posts re Holy Week and the Masses that comprise it. On two recent topics, I posted a bunch of stuff on Roland / Zacherle a few years ago: he frequented my uncle’s diner in Chestnut Hill (Grove Diner, where the trolley turned / vacant bookstore is now), and he autographed my copy of his album (Monster Mash), which contained Dinner With Drac, and a bunch of parodies of Cameo-Parkway hits, with the same instrumental backing tracks, e.g. Hury Bury Baby, Weird Watusi, Limb From Limbo Rock, I’m the Ghoul from Wolverton Mountain, Popeye the Gravedigger, Gravy (with some Cyanide), Let’s Twist Again (Mummy Time is Here), etc. etc., which I still have somewhere. W.C. Fields was mentioned as using the Wayne Junction train station, which prompts me to alert all who don’t yet know it that the 1940 Census in on-line and free. With minimal time involved, I was able to track my Grandparents, Aunt, and Dad living across from the park at 4547 Morris. Just go in with an address, find the Enumeration District (that one is 577). You have to look page by page, since they’re not in strict sequence by house (the census taker would go door to door and record in order of visit, so it hops around). It was a trip seeing other names on Fernhill, Zeralda, Berkley, Apsley Milne, Logan, etc., but quite a rush to find your peeps, along with a lot of data, such as how much they earned that year. Anyway, my Aunt always said that the relatives of W.C. Fields lived nearby, and sure enough, the Dukenfields (his real name was William Claude Dukenfield) were two doors away at 4751. So check it out if your family was in the area in 1940; you just need the addy to get started: 1940census.archives.gov/
Bruce Marshall, 60, born, raised, and still in Gtn [04-14-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey: You are an eclectic guy in that you have a penchant for a myriad of ethnic restaurants. I am impressed that you know so many German restaurants that were and still are located in Philly. The Schwarzwald[Black-Forest] was located on Olney Avenue in Olney and was a great place to hang out. My friend,Bill West of The Continental, married Jane Murphy of Holy Child,and their wedding reception was at The Schwarzwald. You are a good Catholic from IC and would be happy to hear that Bill West became a Catholic before he passed away. Jane West had been a nun and was steeped in religion and spirituality. Another spot with a German flavor was The Tyroler near Rising Sun and The Boulevard. It was operated by an Austrian by the name of Gottlieb. The Austrian Village in Rockledge was operated by Gottlieb for many years until recently when he passed away. His very attractive daughter,Linda, is now one of the managers. You mentioned The Brauhaus at Oxford&Rhawn which is not far from The Austrian Village.On Thursday,I had dinner at The Austrian Village which is very reasonable and I like their German Potato-salad and apple[apfel] strudel. Chuck Bedanarik of The Eagles hung out there. You also knew The Hoffman House in Center City which had great International Food. On May 8, I will be hanging out with Germantowners at The Buck which is operated by German-Americans who had a place on Rising Sun Avenue near Cottman. I am sure that Captain Bud Ballard would be happy if you attended this event. Jimmy Harris,who worked with Bud with The PPD will be attending and I have not seen Jimmy in 50+ years when we ran some ball at Fernhill Park. I enjoyed your post about German restaurants since there were a couple of German-Americans in Germantown since Germantown was founded by Germans. Today, I am going to look for a German Restaurant to have dinner-"Danke Schon".
John Bruce Schmitt [04-14-2012]

Brogan, The Cuban Flash as he was called was a great running back at OLR and Lasalle. I saw most of his games and knew him well. He would have been destined to be more in sports but elected to join the Marines. A wonderful deserving pick for the High hall of fame.
Gman [04-14-2012]

Hollow Girl, well said and nice post of memories....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-14-2012]

It is official…. While the public announcement will be made in a week or so whenever the Archdiocese happens to get around to it but the proposal has been accepted and the decision made to close IC, SFA and St. Vincent’s, effective June 30, 2012. A “new” parish will established at the St. Vincent site. It will still be called “St. Vincent De Paul”. That is how they are describing it, the closing of three parishes and the creation of a new parish, at the St. Vincent site. While the announcement hasn’t been made, all the affected pastors have been notified of the decision and are drafting a letter to the current parishioners. The IC and SFA (except the school) sites are being closed completely. Being on the reunion committee, I saw the draft of the letter to the IC parishioners announcing the closing. Unlike SFA and St. Vincent, IC no longer has a hall. We have been hoping that the closing date would be further off so we can plan a proper farewell get-together offsite, after the Closing Mass. Won’t be happening…. With the Closing Mass being June 24, there isn’t enough time to pull off an offsite farewell luncheon, to get a mailing out, etc. Maybe if the Archdiocese hadn’t dragged their feet with the date for so long, we could have pulled it off. IC’s Closing Mass will be on June 24 at 10:00am. The church can seat 1300 and expect it to be packed that day. Sad news for the Catholic Church in Germantown….
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-14-2012]

Joe Lynch, thank you for your wonderfully descriptive meanderings through life in Germantown, St. Francis, Fernhill Park and Happy Hollow. Thoughts of those days elicit such warm and loving feelings and it's such a joy to relive them through the soft haze of days gone by.
Regina Mellon [04-13-2012]

The guys from Cowtown were pretty good dancers at Trinity!
anonymous [04-13-2012]

Anonymous: Ollie Powers was definitely a clone of his mom, Edie (sp). What a nice lady; she and her sister Mrs. Guarinella.
John Payne, raised in a village called Germantown. [04-13-2012]

Rosemarie Rinaldi: The death of your granddaughter's friend (3-28-12) deeply moved me and had me saying, OMG! Not again. It's been six decades since I was faced with a similar tragedy as a seven year old student attending St. Vincent's. Our class lost a beautiful little girl, a face I still recall vividly, staring back from a class photo, now lost but not forgotten. She also was struck and killed-- not by a DUI driver-- but worse: by the older sister of another classmate. It was a very painful experience for everyone involved, and was my first experience with death. And I did not handle it well. She would never be hoisted on the shoulders of friends, like the subject in A.E. Housman's poem, "An Athlete Dying Young"; nor would she ever be selected as a May Queen or a bride, children would never call her "Mother." All the hope and promise this child represented was buried in a little white casket, the kind they bury little Angels in. My heart and prayers go out to you and all involved in this recent tragedy at the Italian Market. Be very mindful of your granddaughter; experiences like this can leave lifetime scars, to which I can attest.
Kevin McKernan, Old St. Vincent's, '58 Angels watching over me... [04-13-2012]

Bucky, I remember seeing you in a car parked on Penn St. one day with a young lady who will remain nameless. Do you recall?
Dave Linn, In the Still of the Night/ Sha-do-be-dobie-do [04-13-2012]

CMM, a great post about Good Friday and Australia. I would love to visit it someday. My father spent time there and New Zealand during WWII. He talked about it his whole life. ed.
Ed Farrar, Chester, VA [04-13-2012]

To,Dennis, enjoyed your link to Charlotte Cardeza's life.Also her maid was a very interesting person.Thank You Marie
Marie Bommentre [04-13-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey - thank you for sharing the information about Charlotte Cardeza. Until now, I had never heard of her. And her mansion, what an exquisite site! Germantown was such a great place to grow up. Once, someone asked me what I remembered most about Germantown and I responded, the libraries. My friend laughed and told me I must have had a boring childhood. Quite the contrary! I was surrounded by a wonderful, safe community, history, beautiful architecture, old world art and sculptures, parks, playgrounds, a train station frequented by WC Fields (wayne Junctio) and tons of friends. It may be slightly different today, but those precious memories and experiences are what made me who I am today. Superior Bakery, Schenks Bakery, Kodners Pharmacy, B's Grocery, Kane's Hardware, Moe's, the Five and Dime, Joe's Steaks, what more did we need? But, if we did need more, we walked up the Avenue on Saturday. I remain extremely grateful for being surrounded by such a wonderful community with the great hard working people of our hometown.
Hollow Girl [04-13-2012]

Bor of The Hollow: I enjoyed reading your posts to iconic figures of The Hollow-larry Rinaldi,Jack Brogan,and John Payne. You covered a myriad of topics with these Happy Hollowers. John Payne and I were not good baseball players like you and another Hollow legend,Rocky Raffaele but we like baseball and really enjoy the game. Many of the guys who come to The G-Town Reunion at The Buck played baseball and are students of the game. It would be great if you can make another appearance at The Buck on May 8. Possibly, your friend from The Hollow, Monk Mccauley,another Hollow Legend, could also attend. Bor! Hope to see you in May and I always enjoy your take on baseball and our Phillies.
Schmitty [04-13-2012]

I was appalled after reading the article about the priest, Fr.DePaoli.To allow this person to remain a priest knowing his past is a BIG travesty of justice & a big black mark on church officials who covered it up.I hope they are found guilty & face many years in prison where they belong.It's no wonder so many catholics are leaving the church I,for one,can't get to church because I'm handicapped,I don't know if I would if I could. Lou Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr G Dos [04-13-2012]

Not about Happy Hollow or Goo Goo. A really great football player from Germantown, Johnny Herrera, has been nominated for the first LaSalle High Hall of Fame. I first saw John blur by me when he played for Holy Rosary and I was a helpless end for SFA. I then played on the same freshman team with him and went on to see every one of his games at LaSalle. He was a remarkable player. Tough and fast and only 145 pounds if that. If you went to La Salle you might join in the nominating process. If you want me to send the forms email me at johnbrogan@aol.com.
Jack Brogan, At a honky tonk party just the other night, Fanny got jealous and she started a fight [04-13-2012]

Dave L--is my memory correct? Did we not do a show at Gtn Boy's Club called "Lovely Ladies" All male cast with all female parts. Directed by Bud. Chalie Solly, me and others in the play which I think we preformed on 2 Saturdays. Have no idea how I remembered this but maybe I'm mis-remembering.
Bucky Durney [04-13-2012]

Ray D. Correct on the dance nights. I thought about it later. Also, I recall dressing a little better for the Trinity dance than the Hollow dance, and now that you mention it, it was probably because it was Saturday night.
John Payne, They'll be rockin' on Bandstand; Philadelphia, P.A. [04-13-2012]

JBS - you never know what you will learn on this blog. I never knew Imhof's owned and operated The Hoffman House. I never ate there, but worked around the corner and passed that 12th and Sansom restaurant often. I knew it had a very good reputation, as did Imhof's Grill on Chelten Ave. How I wish ate at those two fine establishments. The two German restaurants I did now was the wonderful Schwarzwald Inn in Olney and the Old Brauhaus on Oxford Ave in Fox Chase.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-13-2012]

Here is a link to a photo of Montebello, Charlotte Cardeza's Germantown estate. CLICK Here is a link to Charlotte Cardeza's 1939 obituary forum.fok.nl/topic/618883
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-10-2012]

Today starts a week of commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Today, (April 10), is when the ship set sail on its fateful voyage. 1500 souls lost their lives, but Germantown's Charlotte Drake Cardeza and her son survived. Very wealthy, she had an estate/mansion called Montebello at Morton St & Washington Lane. She had the largest and most expensive suite on the Titanic, had the most luggage, and had the largest settlement with White Star Lines. She died in 1939 and Montebello sold and torn down after that. Montebello is listed as being at Morton and Washington Lane, but I wonder if it was actually a block away in the open space on Duval St, between Morton and Magnolia, that is now the site of Carpenter Park recreation centers and ball fields. Here is a link to Carpenter Park today. CLICK
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-10-2012]

Very glad Dave and John remember the dances. Right to Duva's afterward somtimes-other times my 54' Green Chevy welcomed a young lady and I was was able to impress her with my "parking skills" Great memories. Some day I will get to one of the reunions. The next one in May doesn't work for me.
Bucky Durney [04-10-2012]

Del Conner, after reading what you wrote about the PCC trolley, I recalled my father telling me that the first PCC/streamline trolleys to run in Philadelphia were on Route 53, Wayne Ave. line, I believe in 1938. Several years ago I read where Philadelphia Septa sold a number of the PCC trolleys to San Francisco, a couple of years ago I was in San Francisco and saw where they painted these trolleys different paint schemes from different cities in the USA. I saw several that had signs on the window saying that it was Philadelphia’s PTC color scheme, they also had the old PTC logo on them. At first I was taken back because these trolleys were a silver grey with a light cream and a medium blue trim but after checking into the matter I discovered that this was the first design before the green and cream that most of us remember. I liked the silver grey and after looking at all the different city paint schemes of the trolleys in San Francisco, this was the best and I was sorry that Philadelphia changed the color scheme, not to say anything about getting rid of so many trolleys. The silver grey had a lot of class and an elegant look to it. I still remember the lonely metallic sound made by a trolley rolling down Wayne Ave. that I could sometime hear late-late at night when no other sound was to be heard. I lived over near Wissahickon and I could hear the sound for about 5 minutes either coming or going between Wayne Junction and about School House Lane. I know what your talking about when these trolleys picked up speed and there were no lights to slow them down--- they ran like a bullet.
Jack McHugh [04-10-2012]

Jo Lynch, Very good ... especially the last line about now kissing our Grandchildrens smudged faces ...all true ... and just a little bitter sweet! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [04-10-2012]

Hi Helen Leone D'Angelo, Thank you for the well wishes for Easter and i hope you and your family enjoyed the holiday as well . Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [04-10-2012]

Alice Imhof Arena: I should have frequented Imhof's on Chelten Ave. more, since I have a German background. Your father,George,ran a good operation and I was a customer of Imhof's in Germantown and also was at your father's operation in Center-city when he operated The Hoffman House. I went to The Prep and a Prepper operates McGillans on Drury Lane in Center-city-Chris Mullins is his name. I do recall that Chris Mullins father was a chef for George Imhof in Germantown. Chris Mullins might be able to provide you with some info and photos. My family operated bars and restaurants in The Philadelphia Area and George Imhof was highly respected-"May George Imhof Rest In Eternal Peace.
John Bruce Schmitt [04-10-2012]

I went to the Trinity Lutheran dances with many of my friends from GTN. It seemed like St.Mike's kids & SFA kids dominated the dance floor(circa 1951). We had a lot of good clean fun & many pleasant memories at that venue.
Lou Giorno, Mr G DOS [04-10-2012]

John Payne The Hollow dance was on friday night, Trinty was on Sat.night. TO ALL GOO-GOO LOVERS CBarrel has goo-goo pies.
Ray Dawes, Oreland Pa SFA 57 [04-10-2012]

Dave Linn What reunion are you talking about? You never let me know about the last Boys Club affair.
Ray Dawes, Oreland Pa. SFA class 57 [04-10-2012]

Bucky Durny You went to the trinty dance under the fear of excomunication. For suporting a non Catholic church.
Ray Dawes, Oreland Pa. St francis class of 57 [04-10-2012]

WHEW, THOSE 40 DAYS AND NIGHTS OF FASTING ARE OVER,and I, for one, am very happy. The guilt I had for not-giving-up-anything was quite a burden at the Applebee's dessert tray. We broke the "Fast" with a nice whipped cream cake on Holy Saturday, I might add, after wrestling with the Devil at Services with all the other pilgrims on the Road to Kingdom-Come. I noticed 3 nights of full (or almost full) moons, Orion in opposition, and clement weather you just can't buy. Chocolate notwithstanding, we saw the grandchildren via I Phone Face Time, an Easter egg hunt in Newton, Mass. But, mostly in childhood I recall flowers on Easter--daffs, tulips,pansies (some that lasted the winter!), lilies on the altar, some azaleas ready to bloom, and the wonderful trees with white and pink buds. My father usually had to deliver flowers on this day, his job, and sometimes we kept him company in the truck to cheer him up, though, traveling out to the country (with no expressway) was a long adventure for us. I remember, then, few cars, no traffic, as far as Phoenixville, Bryn Mawr, Old St. David's Church, the Bloodgood-Parker grave for a wreath in the cemetery, an elderly woman's surprise at a granchild's remembrance. Sometimes two of us would shoehorn ourselves into the front of the H.H.Battles truck--Tommy or Kathy-- and make noise and giggle the whole time. We'd visit Irish relatives in West Philadelphia, take them a plant and not see them again for a whole year. We could barely understand their brogues but we were offered tea and some scones (instead of chocolate and Pepsi). Maybe we would see them that summer at the Mayo Picnic near Woodside Park. Ah, well. Travel On. Growing up at that time was family-centered; you went with your parents to see cousins and that was a Sunday afternoon. Or, the cousins visited you and maybe stayed for supper if there were enough food. Cap guns, water balloons, step ball, Monopoly, a run in the park--what more does a kid need. Maybe, Dreams. . .
Joe Lynch--Some things happen exactly once. [04-10-2012]

just want to wish everyone a Happy EASTER AND PEACE & HAPPINESS. GG
george greene, retired in gilbertsville [04-10-2012]

Hey Bucky, I attended the Trinty Dances too, we heard the newies then, which are the oldies now. Make sure you don't slow dance to close to the young lady. Great night for $.50 then go to Duva's. Hope to see you at the next reunion.
Dave Linn [04-08-2012]

Italian Mama: I hold Italian Mothers in high esteem. They have such beautiful babies. In my SFA Class, we had these handsome Italians guys and they were big competition for the ladies-especially Frank Sharpy Felice with his well-tailored rags. Enjoy a great Italian Feast for Easter and go easy with The Egg Nog.
Schmitty [04-08-2012]

Joe Lynch...nice writing in your post satanic post.
John Payne, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa [04-08-2012]

Bucky...I remember going to Trinity's dances. I never heard they were off limits. I guess I wasn't listening. I had some great (Friday as I recall) evenings there.
John Payne, Weeeeee like birdland..we like birdland. [04-08-2012]

Rita, Happy Easter [04-07-2012]

Happy Easter to all. I have enjoyed the "thoughts" As a product of Catholic School my best memories are of the Saturday night dances at the Trinty Luthern Church. I know we were told not to go there but it was always worth it. Anyone else remember those dances? I know Mickey McGroaty does.
Bucky Durney [04-07-2012]

I HOPE TO RENOUNCE SATAN TONIGHT and renew my Baptismal vows (such as they are) at church. I don't remember much about the first time I renounced Satan (at Baptism),but he has bothered me intermittently ever since with His Pride, Gluttony, Sloth, Anger, Greed, Covetousness and Lust. Right when I think I have Him (Beelzebub) bottled up, He jumps out at me in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. He won't give a guy a break. Many people attend the Sunrise Service on Easter, but, as a child, I always slept (Sloth) through Easter Sunday Morning and missed the congress with the Methodists, Presbyterians and assorted Fellow Worshipers. Plus, all that chocolate from The American Store and 5 & 10 begged to be opened by a little kid with big eyes. Holy Saturday was, as I grew older, make-up time for not going to church on Good Friday. Coupla hours of negotiating with God about your poor grades (Geometry) and worse behavior, some weak promises of future betterment and then the "Ite Missa Est." And you'd be on your way home before midnight. At that time of night, the Hollow wasn't much good for human interaction, you might say, but the sound of the 53 trolley was familiar and there might be a full-moon and stars and a chill wind that would push you along. That Abbottsford Road stretch by the old-folks home was something you wanted to get through quickly, if you recall. It always reminded me of Scout and Jem walking home from the Halloween party when R.E.Lee Ewell jumps out of the dark to harm Atticus's children and Boo comes to the rescue. (Hey, Boo!)Books are good for that stuff. So, Easter Sunday is rebirth, renewal, resurrection and joy to so many of us, regardless of our troubles. We become kids again, when unicorns are still possible; we now eat the chocolate eggs of our youth less quickly, we kiss the smudged faces of our grandchildren in their new dresses and clip-on ties, and later, in the afternoon, we take flowers to the graves of our family members. Does life get any better, I wonder.
Joe Lynch--Hoppin' Down the Bunny Trail. . . . [04-07-2012]

Helen, very nice post. I, too, still appreciate the rituals ans services that comprise the Easter Tridium.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-07-2012]

Rosemarie& larry Rinaldi: My prayers will be with The Rinaldi Family and The Family of your grand-daughter's friend for the loss of this lovely and innocent little girl. Loss of a love-one is always difficult, but to lose a young daughter or friend at such a young age, is unbearable. Try to enjoy Easter to the best of your ability.
J. Bruce Schmitt [04-07-2012]

Schmitty: Don't forget that, altho' Ollie Powers' dad was English, his mom was Italian, the reason why he looked Italian (or don't us moms count - LOL).
anonymous [04-07-2012]

From one who is still impressed with the solemn rituals of Holy Thursday and Good Friday, and the beautiful feeling of rebirth on Easter Sunday, I wish all my friends a blessed holiday.

happy easter
RICH, huntingdon valley [04-07-2012]

To Everyone from Germantown--Happy Easter. It's wonderful sharing so many good memories. I attended St. Luke's Church (High Episcopal) on Germantown Ave near Coulter. My father was Roman & my mother Episcopal. Friday afternoon Stations of the Cross and of course confession. I still remember my friends from Our Lady of the Holy Rosary wondering who would be chosen at May Queen. To John DiRenzo, Sorry for you loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. naomi
Naomi Vitelli [04-07-2012]

Joe Lynch, I had such a good time at lunch with Bruce, that we should do it again, and this time you should also come. I think Bruce and I would have more trouble getting a word in edgewise, than getting a shot off with you on defense. We may have to bring Paul B.along so I can kick it out to him because of your smothering defense. Duncan of Fernhill Park.
Duncan Hubley, 5068 McKean Ave. [04-07-2012]

Bor> That makes sense. Rosie is a bit older. She married Mike Howells (Apsley St., brother of Jack Howells RIP), around 1952. As for the Phillies in Clearwater, that was part of the reason for my niece and her new Hubby getting married there I think. The next day, Frank, and Tom, and the wedding party were going to Clearwater for a game. Cher and I took a pass on that trip. As for the that blotchey sheath that we Irish call skin,(except for the fair Colleens)m I suspect it is a result of centuries of years in the fields under the blazing sun; that or the curse of the brew. :)
John Payne, The ladies are in the upland diggin' praties. [04-07-2012]

Anonymous: Thanks for the kind words and the cryptic advice via the double entendre in this Age of Aquarius.
John Payne, Running between the drops [04-07-2012]

Joe Lynch, I am so happy that you have seen the light and are walking with the Lord. You were not the kind of kid to hang out in a jazz club with sazzy women,whatever they are. Have a spiritual Easter and pray for all the good Germantowners that you knew, we are ageing.
anonymous [04-07-2012]

Joe Lynch, haven't been on this board for years, but your post reminds me of a joke: Kid asks a priest "What's the difference between a Nuptial Mass and a Requiem Mass?" Priest says, "A Requiem Mass is the end, and a Nuptial Mass is the beginning of the end!" This is not based on a true story. . .
Bruce Marshall, 60, born, raised, and still in Gtn [04-06-2012]

Remember the 'Three Hours Agony' on Good Friday at SFA Church? At some point, as the gospel was being read, the sky darkened and the wind picked up, as it must have on that day on Golgotha. Well, here in Mildura, in the far NW corner of the Australian state of Victoria, the wind suddenly picked up at 3:00 pm and now, at 3:30, a dust storm is raging. The sky is bright orange, as the red topsoil from South Australia is being sucked into the bone-dry atmosphere and being carried on wind gusts across the state and out to sea, towards New Zealand. It does help focus the mind on the events of this day long ago. When the storm passes, a big cleanup will be required. Happy Easter, everyone.
Catherine Manning Muir [04-06-2012]

WELL, FOR CATHOLICS AND NON-CATHOLICS ALIKE, It was a full moon on Holy Thursday. I do not bring up these religious issues for dissension, rather I bring them up for rediscovery, a sort of catharsis. Holy Thursday was always spooky--incense, washing of the feet by the priest, procession down every aisle, Pange Lingua by the choir, darkened, stripped church--This Religion Meant Business. The Gospel was the Denial by Peter; we all know what that was about. There were 5 priests on the altar and not one of them knew anything about my Mortal Sins! That's a plus. I remember as a child thinking I was going to die on Holy Thursday because my parents would not put lamb's blood over the lintel to thwart the Angel of Death. I sort of got mixed up with Israelite story and thought the Angel was coming for me, the first born male. It was a sleepless night on Fernhill Road, nevertheless. Half of the reason I went to the services was to see if any of my female classmates were there. (Hello, Veronica) You'd feel all cleansed after Benediction and the Divine Praises (Blessed be God, Blessed be His Holy Name, etc.), then you'd go the the Three Hours Agony on Friday or try not to speak for 3 hours in the afternoon. People looked funny at you when you didn't answer their questions. You were just trying to be holy, which never worked, to tell the truth. You really wanted a candy bar but you had one more day of abstinence from sweets. Anyway, there is a full moon out tonight, the poet's moon, and I'm feeling a haiku-comin on: Dark night on the beach/Pizza stains on 9th Street Beach/ I think I'm in love.
Joe Lynch--There are nights when the wolves are silent and the moon howls.--Thomas Wolfe [04-06-2012]

On Sunday, April 1st Which is our anniversary, My wife and I were in Las Vegas for our standard poodles' dog show that weeekend, when we received a phone call that the strip mall that housed our dog grooming shop had burned to the ground destroying 9 out of 10 businesses. We all lost everything. Including our cat "Gracie".We're still in business as we are renting space from a friend of ours until we move into our new location. just wanted to let our friends back home know what's been happening as we don't have everyone's email.Thanks in advance for all of your prayers.
John DiRenzo [04-06-2012]

Today (Holy Thursday) marks the end of Lent (and your Lenten sacrifice, yay!). Remember when Lent used to end at midnight on Holy Saturday, then noon on Holy Saturday? Some mentioned here in the past the tradition of visiting 7 churches on Holy Thursday. That is a tradition I never knew, but what a nice tradition. Still, that is, a lot of churches.... Hoping everyone has a great Easter!
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-06-2012]

BONO PASCUA!To all my GTN.friends.Lou Giorno--PS & to the webmaster.
Lou Giorno, mr g dos [04-06-2012]

Happy Easter To All
Marie [04-06-2012]

I am presently trying to collect any information or recollections and pictures or postcards regarding my Dad's restaurant, Imhof's in Germantown. He just passsed away in August 2011 and I want to put together a little remembrance to honor him. Any help anyone can send me would be wonderful. Thank you, Alice Imhof Arena
Alice Imhof Arena, Daughter of George Imhof [04-06-2012]

I heard that the Inquirer and Daily News was bought by Cottonell for 55 million.
Mr. Nutter's, Favorite Paper [04-06-2012]

Make that a Cheese Steak Hoagie Friday with the works.
Monday 2 Friday [04-06-2012]

TO EVERYONE; especially those that I had the pleasure of knowing while growing up in Germantown, HAPPY EASTER to you and yours! Best regards, A BIG HUG too!
Linda Chiaorlanza-Raven [04-06-2012]

Another local guy from Germantown was Sportscaster Jack Whitaker, he was an East Germantown boy that went to Northeast Catholic High School and St. Joseph College. Actually that is why I remembered he grew up in Germantown because at North Catholic we had what I believe was called an “assembly”, with guess speakers etc. He came once and he told us some stories of him growing up in Germantown, he was around my father’s age so his visit stuck with me since my father grew up in Germantown as well. He was also a very positive man and he talked very highly of his schooling.
Jack McHugh [04-06-2012]

For all of you Germantowners who love and miss Scalea's tomato pie. I've had tomato pie from all over the place and would like to suggest Mama's Pizza in Dresher Pa. They're located on Susquehanna rd. near Virginia drive. (Near the Pa. Turnpike) Their tomato pie is outstanding. Have a happy Easter. Michael
Michael [04-06-2012]

Junior Payne, You are now old and smart and posting the intellectuals from The Hollow. You have traveled far, Mr. John Payne, so stay out of the rain and enjoy the sunshine.
anonymous [04-06-2012]

Richard Pio, yes, you are 100% correct. Here, it is Ulysses Club members who do all the good deeds, Christmas toy runs, etc. Unfortunately, we also have outlaw motorcycle clubs/gangs that are heavily into the drug and arms trades. They are still hairy and scary. Not long ago, members of 2 outlaw gangs happened upon each other at Sydney Airport and one of them was bashed to death right there in the terminal in full view of the traveling public. If anyone is interested, google 'outlaw motorcycle clubs Australia'. Are you saying there are no such thing in the US? I'd be very surprised. However, I'm not interested in continuing a discussion in this forum or any other. Our 3000+ Ulysses Club members have gone home, their AGM over. They had a great week here and the town really appreciated the boost to the local economy. No problems whatsoever; a good time was had by all and the club president said it was one of the best weeks they've ever had. Fantastic! Cheers, Richard.
CMM [04-06-2012]

If you are reading this the circle is not broken. With the exception of a few (those that stayed), the rest of us find ourselves periodically returning to these pages to renew our youthful connection to old Germantown, especially during the holidays when the pull of nostalgia is strongest. It's almost a DNA thing. I've been thinking of all the Easter services' I attended under that great, weathered green dome at St Vincent's, a lovely, comfortable church, IMHO, sized exactly right for the parish. I am sure this must have been true for the other great Germantown churches as well-- each was unique and had a distinctive ethnic, and or cultural feel. Too bad they are being closed or downsized. I'm so grateful they were there for us. My present church here in Santa Barbara is as different as one can get from my beloved St. Vincent's. It's much smaller--no dome--built in the pueblo Indian style and run by three aging Irish priests with a wicked and delightful sense of humor. They warned us regulars to come early to Easter services to avoid the CEO crowd--that would be the Christmas and Easter Only folks that appear twice a year. One year I sought our usual place in the pews only to find all the seats occupied with purses and coats holding places for these CEO's. Somewhat perturbed (really pissed off), I found myself asking LOUDLY: 'What the hell is this, the Band Box?' The other CEO's eyed me strangely and moved away. That was then and this is now. Have a blessed Easter and come early for the best seating.
Kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., Old St Vincent's [04-06-2012]

THERE ARE PLACES I REMEMBER ALL MY LIFE. Well, I did go to church this Palm Sunday--cold and damp, the cruelest month. Not many people in the pews. I talked with a woman who also saw it my way and she said, "Remember when our mothers 'tricked out' their hats and finery on Palm Sunday? People don't do that much anymore." Today, we saw few people we really knew and the people in front of us left after Communion, not bothering to take their holy palm, a symbol to me of something wrong in the universe. There used to be long processions,long Communions, the long Passion at Mass and deep camaraderie after the 11:15 at SFA. Guys smokin' on the steps in their six-button bennys. Girls huddling,giggling,half-frozen. Guys askin' for rides home or a lift to the Wayne Junction Diner. You could spend half an hour catchin' up on the news at North Catholic, Little Flower. Palm Sunday morning was not really Hollow-lounging time and you could see your buddies (who bothered with church at all) in the clothes they had worn out on their dates the night before. These days, people seem forlorn, occupied, and I did too until I went to the 8th grade bake sale and saw the faces of fun and hope on the children. For $5 dollars I got the best crumb cake a Catholic mother can make. I saw my Downs syndrome friend Kevin who never has a bad day, and I remembered that the Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists and Episcopalians and others were going to hold an ecumenical service on Good Friday at noon. It was announced from the altar. Somebody is still fightin' the good fight, I thought.--On a cold dreary Palm Sunday,I remembered the warmth of the friendships Tommy and Kathy and I made many years ago on the hard steps of that great church. Some are dead and some are living, but In My Life, I've Loved Them All. Maybe you do too.
Joe Lynch [04-06-2012]

Linda Fontana...Where have you been ! Were you on sabbatical ? We guys are good BSers.We like to write and tell stories.While the ladies are preparing the evening meals,the guys are on the computer telling stories about the good old days in Germantown.
Paul Borian, Lazy Mary you got to get up to put food on the table. [04-06-2012]

Joe Lynch: If would like to relive memories of the questions in the Baltimore Catechism, click on this link. www.catholicity.com/baltimore-catechism/
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [04-06-2012]

71 years ago,I remember my mother taking me to 69th St.this was around Easter Time--there was a giant rabbit about 2 stories high with a slide for children to use. I was thrilled to be up so high & experience the ride down. Does anyone remember this from so long ago? Lou Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr G DOS [04-06-2012]

Attending North Catholic from 1964 to 1968, was sort of a strange experience. I don’t know about other guys for Germantown but I would some times feel like a foreigner in a strange land. I would repeatedly be asked where’s your accent from? Germantown. One day that the Germantown contingent stood out was when all power went out on the trolley lines at Broad and Erie. There we all were, those who had taken the H-bus to Hunting Park to get on the Erie Avenue line there, and those who would transfer from the Wayne and Germantown Avenue lines to it at Broad and Erie, standing around trying to figure out what to do. In mass we took off our ties all started waling east to North down Erie Avenue. What a long walk. By the time we were going through the letter streets the mass was stretched out over a number of blocks. Not far from the school the trolleys were running again but we kept to our mission and all walked together. We got to school at maybe 10:30 and formed lines for the water fountain in the cafeteria. It is the one time I remember the Germantown kids standing out at North. Speaking of trolleys, I can still recall the vibrations and speed of the PCC cars coming home from a “Mash” in the Gym at North. At night with no traffic the trolley flew through the industrial section from the school to just past Light House Field. The almost empty car, the swaying and speed, the vibrations, the cool breeze from the window. Good memories.
Del Conner [04-06-2012]

Cmm: Another very large International Motorcycle group is called the Blue Knights. It is made up of current and retired law enforcement men and women. It's very big in the U.S. I'm not sure how big internationally. They do not have the stereotypical look of what some expect a motorcycle club to look like. They take very good care of their bikes;consequently there are no squeeky wheels to attract the press. Cheers.
John Payne, and Ride, Sally, Ride..... [04-06-2012]

IF ANY OF MY PROTESTANT FRIENDS (LIKE CHEESE STEAK/FRIDAY WITH FRANK GUY, is going to invite me out to dinner this Holy Week, make sure you first run it through my Social Secretary (I don't have one). We Catholics this week have too many (some would say) liturgical commitments. We Catholics from SFA remember all too well Spy Wednesday through Easter Sunday. We were jealous that you Publics had the entire week off (We hoped it would rain on you and stay cold). Plus, you could eat candy and cake and drink soda without blushing in our desperate presence. After all, We Catholics were in the dying throes of our Lenten fasting and abstinence that week, and we couldn't wait until noon on Holy Saturday to continue the assault on Moe's or Dave's candy trays. Yum. During The Week,it was always a question of which liturgies to attend (if any) during The Holy Week. Holy Thursday had the Washing of the Feet (Jesus did it),in darkened, spooky churches, purple drapes over the statues, but some very nice music. Drama at its best! (I once had my feet "washed" on the altar but took BOTH shoes and socks off. It was, to say the least, embarrassing. The priest just shook his head and muttered "Rookie mistake.) Then, the Three Hours Agony at noon on Good Friday took care of the afternoon. I sang in the choir so I had to attend, standing on chairs next to the sonorous organ. (Once I got sick, really sick, and all [if you know what I mean] and was sent home by the nun immediately in the second hour. Three boys standing in front of me were not happy I showed up that day.) Holy Saturday evening was the renewal of Baptismal vows, just a couple of hours at night, to renounce Satan (an annual event) and attend Mass with colorful vestments, Hosannas,and a chance to stay up after midnight to find some chocolate eggs. While Mom slept, we crept! On Easter Sunday we attended the Children's Mass too at 9 AM and checked out each other's new Easter clothes. Easter Sunday was the yearly fashion parade of large-lapelled (sp.?) jackets, Windsor-knotted ties, fresh haircuts, pegged pants. You get the picture. Some years I would wear Jack Brogan's hand-me-downs, good enough for me! If you ask us Catholics what we remember about growing-up-Catholic, we'd probably say Easter rather than Christmas. It was a full week of solemnity, mystery, mutterings in a dead language--Latin, Mary and Martha, The Stations of the Cross, incense and bells (smells and bells), long confession lines, altar lilies and azaleas, me in the choir loft yodeling, BUT a Joyous Ending all around, liturgically speaking. So, please, Mr. CHEESE/HOAGIE/FRIDAY WITH FRANK GUY, see my social secretary (again,I don't have one) if you are planning to take me out to dinner this weekend with your Protestant Friends. But, let's go to a meatless restaurant on Friday. Right now,my soul is battered by all the good intentions I had on Ash Wednesday and disregarded so shamefully on St. Patrick's Day. Satan Never Sleeps.
Joe Lynch--Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child. . .a long way from home. [04-06-2012]

Joe L. you had to go to Baltimore to get your Catechism, that's a long way, what's wrong with Philly.
Maryland Guy [04-06-2012]

Bor[PB]:There have been a few posts recently about your stands on Irish Culture and your defensive techniques in basketball. I am not surprised at all about your understanding of Irish culture since you had so many Irish-American friends at The Hollow and you attended a Catholic University,Villanova, where many Irish lads attended,including Bill Green,The Mayor,who married Pat Kirk,an Irish Lassie from The Hollow,and the infamous Concrete King from NYC,Ed Biff Halloran also went to Nova. In one of your posts, you mentioned many of the Irish lads that you knew at The Hollow but you did not mention many of the pretty ladies that Jack Brogan,Sonny Kennedy, Frank Felice and I knew from SFA and The Hollow. Let's start with The Tippett Girls,Connie and Margie,both beautiful and talented athletes. The Mclaughlin sisters from The Hollow and SFA,Kathleen and Eileen, were also great basketball players, and also very pretty and endowed with great personalities. Mugsy's sister,Jean Masterson, was also a cool lady who even had a jump-shot when she was a great player for Little Flower. Your friend,Sonny Kennedy, dated the very beautiful Hollow Girl,Sabina Cunningham-enough said. Your other friend,Frank Sharpy Felice had a eye for beauty and back in the day he found The Voluptuous Helen Harkins of SFA,very attractive. However,the reserved guy from The Prep and The Hollow,did take Helen to a Prom at Little Flower. Some of The Italian guys from The Hollow did marry Irish gals. Butch Pickett[St. Mike's] did marry Eileen Mclaughlin and Sal B. from The Hollow Steak Shop did marry Kathy Walsh from SFA. You did dance with a few Irish Ladies from The Hollow and you and I attended Mass at St. John's on 13th St. with Irish nurses from center-city and in your case, I trust that it was the love of your life, at St. John's,Fran, who is your wife. You were always kind and gentle when you talked to The Irish Lassies but you could be tough when you guarded Irish guys and English Chaps in basketball-Jack Brogan and Ollie Powers come to mind. Obviously,Jack Brogan is Irish,and although Goo's cousin,Ollie Powers looked Italian, his father was English. Jack Brogan had mentioned how you beat him up when you competed in games at The Hollow. However, I did observe that you were much more civilized when you guarded larry Rinaldi. I would have been civilized if I ever guarded "The Man",Herb Adderly. Recently, I had lunch with Mr. GA,Duncan Hubley,and he was at Fernhill Park when I broke up a fight between Leroy Kelly[NFL] and Bill Haas. Mr. Haas was pissed at me for intervening and Duncan and I knew Mr. Haas was not thinking straight. I would have loved to have seen you compete against Jim Katcavage[NFL] at Fernhill. Bill Mulvey and I,2 Preppers, did not play when Katcavage was on the court. Incidentally,Duncan Hubley and I did talk about baseball,and we did think that you,Bill Haas and Ken Twiford were 3 of the best hitters in Germantown-we also thought Jack Smith could punish a baseball.
Schmitty [04-06-2012]

Joe Lynch: Your signoff to your last post caught my eye. It was a line from a song that they used to play on Bandstand in the 50s. For whatever reason, like you, the lyrics stuck in my head. It went as follows: "Have faith, hope and charity. That's the way to live successfully. How do I know? The bible tells me so! Be good to your enemies, then the blessed Lord you'll surely please! How do I know? The bible tells me so." Since then we have come a long way to Snoop Dog and kin. In any case as they used to say on Bandstand, "I only liked the lyrics a little, but it had a good beat. I'll give it an 80". Then Bob Horn would throw some Tastycakes to the gallery. Disk Clark wasn't invented yet.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [04-06-2012]

Del Connor: The Physick Soda you mention - any relation to the Physick family and the Physick Mansion in Cape May - and the origin of the word, "physician"? Loved the link to the "Roland" story! Count me in with those who want to bring back Zacherle.
Rosemarie R. [04-06-2012]

Dennis. No. Try some shredded wheat.
John McGlinchy, "A rose is a rose is a rose, and by any other name would smell as sweet." Billy S. also from the Hollow. LOL [04-06-2012]

John Payne...I have a confession;I don't believe I ever met Rosie.Being the oldest,she was probably too busy helping mom feed the kids,especially the boys.I met Frank a year or two ago at a luncheon for Jay Kelly and his wife Leslie.They live in Hawaii,and Jay had not been in the east coast since he and Billy and mom left for LA in 1956.Frank and Jay were the best of friends.Frank showed them the best of Phila.and where Jay lived on Clapier St.(not so good today).Cisco looked great!Somehow,he has avoided wrinkles from the ageing process,unlike some of my Irish friends.You guys have the gift of gab,and can write like hell,but the Irish skin is not the best.Give Frank my best.I hear he spends all his time with his many grandchildren.By the way,did you catch a Phillies game while in Clearwater?
Paul Borian, When you go into court,you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people,who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty. [04-06-2012]

BROG,YOU ARE THE MAN! When I am checking out this site for comments,I have my fingers crossed for another Brogan fairy tale.You have me mixed-up with Larry Rinaldi.No one would dare drive to the basket if Larry was in the vicinity because he would chop you in half.I was smooth as silk on defense.Quick hands,quick feet,lot's of trash talk.Goo was my mentor....While at Villanova,we played a baseball game against Army,at West Point.Never saw so much discipline in my entire life,from the dining room to the baseball field.Being from the Hollow,we would not have made it through the first day.
Paul Borian, When the moon hit's your eye like a big pizza pie,that's amore. [04-06-2012]

Hi Regina Mellon it was so nice to see your message on here. I haven't seen you since we graduated from Little Flower. Where do you live and what is going on in your life?
Ronnie Carmody McIntyre [04-06-2012]

Thanks, Paul, for your condolences re: our granddaughter's friend who was killed by a DUI driver at the Italian Market. In addition to the loss to her family and friends, this kid was an Honor Roll student who wanted to be a pediatrician. My son and daughter-in-law had treated her and their daughter to Friendly's the Friday before the accident to celebrate their making the Honor Roll. So we will never know what contributions this child would have made. Meanwhile, this jerk will probably just get a slap on the wrist and continue on his merry way.
Rosemarie & Larry Rinaldi [04-06-2012]

Ted Silary, Did you take the buy out and leave the paper?
JGF, Cowpath Road 18964 [03-31-2012]

THE TWENTY AND THE ONE.....A well-worn one-dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty-dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired.As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned,they struck up a conversation.The twenty-dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the country."I've had a pretty good life," the twenty proclaimed."Why I've been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City,the finest restaurants in New York,performances on Broadway,and even a cruise to the Caribbean.""Wow!"said the one-dollar bill."You've really had an exciting life!" "So tell me,"says the twenty,"where have you been throughout your lifetime?" The one-dollar bill replies,"Oh,I've been to the Catholic Church,the Methodist Church,the Baptist Church,the Lutheran Church."The twenty-dollar bill interrupts,"what's a church.
Paul Borian, Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.Teach a man to fish and he will sit in his boat all day drinking beer. [03-31-2012]

CHEESE STEAK/HOAGIE GUY ON FRIDAYS: We had The Baltimore Catechism guided us to salvation (whenever that might come). A little blue book that I have never been able to find in any book shop (Priceless!, The Baltimore Catechism gave us quick, easy answers to life's existential (there, I said it) questions: Who made us? (God made us); Why did God make us? (God made us to show forth his goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in Heaven). Chapter after chapter for quick, easy explanations to life's difficult problems. We used to gather in the hallway and have Catechism Bees against the girls who would always win. I once had a tricky question: What is a Nuptial Mass? I botched up the answer in the quiz and had to sit down, even though I was married some years later at a Nuptial Mass (A Nuptial Mass is a Mass that has special blessings for the married couple). These answers I've given are more or less verbatim, 60 years later. In The Catchism there were milk bottles, our souls, that were white (the state of grace), mottled (venial sin) or blackened (mortal sin--boy, you better get to confession with a milk bottle like that!). It was comforting to know we knew theology and had the answers in case any Protestant smart-aleck (sp.?) would accost us and demand an answer on papal infallibility. . .or the Borgias. To this day, I probably can answer most of the question in the Catechism, but I do avoid Protestant inquisitors as best I can on the way to Mass on Sundays. (We have our own dogmatists, too) I mean, I'm older, I shouldn't get involved in questions of the Reformation or married popes or mottled milk bottles, should I?
Joe Lynch--Be good to your enemies and the Blessed Lord you'll surely please. [03-31-2012]

Bill Cupo, dear friend, Thanks for the memories, as Bob Hope used to say.You have an amazing recollection of the beautiful times we all shared in Germantown. Easter brings especially nice memories to mind of my mother's baking and cooking for the Sunday celebration after Mass. Nothing beat her cookie specialties, and Easter breads. My father was Polish so she made his ethnic bread/and also the Italian treats to share with her family, when they arrived. For some reason, everyone always came to our home. Have a blessed Eastertime with your family and friends, Bill. :)
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville,Pa. [03-31-2012]

Paul Borian: When I was young and dumb I was a high school basketball coach. I hadn’t given you a thought for about 10 years. Then I went to a basketball clinic for coaches at West Point. Bob Knight was the coach and the clinic consisted of the first two practices of the season. The cadets were running loose ball drills almost at once. When I saw those violent collisions, I thought, “Would Borian love this coach.” There was blood at several points on the floor, literally. It was like Saturday morning at Happy Hollow and being guarded by Paul Borian. The reason you don’t think I could shoot is because you never really saw me play. You, like Knight, established mayhem on the court, assault and battery became just a part of the game. One time you sent me home with a large bloody lip. I walked through the door to my house on Fernhill Road and tore off my shirt. My skinny body was all welts and red gashes. Both my parents were astonished. “Jesus, Mary and Saint Joseph, shine down upon us this blessed day. Would ya’ look at the blood on ya?,” she said. My father said, “Lord, what were ya’ doin’ boy? Did you fall off the #53?” “I was playing basketball,” says I. “ Who did that to ya’?” my mother said. “You don’t know Paul Borian, do ya’?” She said, “Oh, I do, ya’. He’s the tailor’s boy. I’ve seen him since he was a little lad, and I can tell you his mother shops at the ACME at Wayne and Apsley, and there is no room in her shopping basket for anything but the steaks and roasts she stuffs in that boy. No wonder he’s grown up tall and strong. He’d make two of his father.” “He’s a brute, is what he is,” My father said, laughing. He loved the whole story. “Basketball?” says he while he inspected my pregnant lip. “Girls play basketball, don’t they?” Then he laughed and laughed, perhaps at the perplexed look on my face. My father loved bringing that look to my face. I asked my mother why he did that and she said, “Oh, he doesn’t want you to get too fulla’ yerself, dear.”
Jack Brogan, I'm sittin' here hopin' this water will boil [03-31-2012]

CMM another thought about bikers,they give back to their community with poker runs for all kind of causes, cancer research, the homeless, toys for tots, the hungry,fallen bikers families, fellow bikers with medical problems ( stroke, heart attack, cancer) and their children. Even in a tough economy its not unsual for fifty to ond hundred bikers to show up to help whatever cause the poker run is for. The winner of the poker run usually donates his or her winnings back to the cause. Todays biker may look the part but they realy care. Richard, keep the shinny side up.
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-31-2012]

There is a web site on Roland www.broadcastpioneers.com/johnzacherle.html I have a special memory of the Saturday Evening Post article of August 26, 1958 which featured Roland as the best of the bunch of actors doing similar things across the country. Back in 2007 I had introduced for its Bicentennial, Dr. Physick Soda, America’s First. It on sale through-out the Historic District in Philadelphia. Last year I was invited to participate in an Ignite Philly event at Johnny Brenda’s on Girard Ave. I was given five minuets and a certain number of slides to tell the story of the soda. Putting my thoughts together I remembered that I first became aware of my great, great, great grandfathers introduction of soda to America. It was after picking Black Cherries form a tree in the Summer’s yard on Caliper Street, just above Erringer Place. I was sitting on the front steps of my house with a bunch of buddies, including Bob Moore, eating the cherries. Dad got home from work and showed us a Saturday Evening Post which had a big article on Dr. Physick, Father of American Surgery, and Soda’s Pop. Dad told us that he had been told that Black Cherry was one of the first flavors he made. In that same issue was the article that featured Roland! I think we were more interested in that. Anyway, I got to thinking when was that? So I Goggled, when do Black Cheery ripen in Philadelphia? Mid August! Then went and found a Saturday Evening Post that featured Roland and Dr. Physick. August 16th, 1958. Confirmation. The sad part of the story is that after gaining national fame, and channel 10 being sold a few weeks latter Roland left the air and went to New York City. Apparently he couldn’t take the name with him. We were so disappointed to lose Roland and Igor. The Post article also mentions Physick doing the first human blood transfusion, use of cat-gut, first stomach pump and cataract operations in America. The first oval operating room in America, still there at PA Hospital, and instrument and procedures he invented that are still used today. But, what caught my attention? The soda. I remember telling my class mates about it and them hearing, Right! I had to duck one punch for my bragging. I then suppressed it until 2006 at which point I took the old family cook book and had it remade. Check out the web site, www.DrPhysick.com When I made that presentation with slides of Dr. Physick I had one of the Post cover, and then through in the great shot of Roland. I am sure I was the only one in the packed room who knew who Roland was.
Del Conner, With a name like Physick, It Has to be Good [03-31-2012]

Dan Harnett: Loved the lyrics for Roland's DINNER WITH DRAC. Let's start a campaign to bring back Roland! He was the best!
"Roland" Fan [03-31-2012]

When Roland was first on Shock Theater, it came on Monday and Tuesday night. Their was an outcry from parents to channel 10, that his show kept their school age kids up at night. Eventually they switched the show to Friday and Saturday night.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, Good night whatever you are! [03-31-2012]

Rosemarie and Larry...So sorry to hear about DUI accident in South Phila.that killed an 11 year old girl who was a friend of your granddaughter.There are too many distracted drivers on the roads,be it alcohol,drugs,texting,etc.Back in our day,the main distraction was alcohol.Our main problem was not DUI,but WUI.Everything from bars,grocery stores,retail stores,to athletic playing fields were within walking distance.Not so today.
Paul Borian, The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket. [03-31-2012]

Duncan I may have looked like a man but I was of age (13), Chip played for 9th and Parrish and after the game some of their players drove home after the game. Richie
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-31-2012]

CMM the biker scene has changed drastically since the hairy scary outlaw bikers of the 50's and60's. I have been riding since 71. We just had bike week in Daytona, March 9th thru the 17th with over 500,000 bikers in town, its a sight to see. Richie
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-31-2012]

My cousin John recently found some old films that belonged to one of my aunts. I had them converted to DVDs. Among them to my surprise was a film of me and Betty Ann Glastetter attending the 1963 senior prom at C/A. Brought back some memories. Six months later I was in the Army.
Louis F Pauzano, sr, 70 yrs, so phila [03-31-2012]

I LOVE this site. Thanks to everyone who contributes; and a special thanks to those who rekindle fond memories of childhood days in Germantown. I'm smiling all the way to the bank (GSF "around the bend") to deposit $.50 into my Christmas Club. Thanks for the memories.
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; ic '55; cdhs '59 [03-31-2012]

Bucky Durney:Recently, there have been many posts from and about Germantowners who went to LaSalle-Jack Brogan,Joe Lynch,and Doctor Jack Flaherty and Tom Yannessa who passed away. When you were a freshman at LaSalle, Tom Yannessa was an All-state football player and you might have known Frank Yannessa who was a year ahead of you and an All Catholic Lineman. Your good friend of many years,Joe Lynch, was also a friend of Joe D'Angelo, who might have been in the same LaSalle class with Col. Joe Yannessa. I have to tell you that I have no problems with Germantowners who went to LaSalle or Villanova. Some bloggers on this site like to bust on people. I mentioned The Pen and Pencil Club on this site, I can't find this place and I forget where Latimer Street is. Back in the day, I took Joe Lynch to a real club with sassy women,dark lights,and the smell of perfume along with jazz and blues. You live in Hamilton Township NJ,and I can do the upscale Rat's or I can have breakfast at Fame where oldtimers from Trenton like to frequent. On May 8,at The Buck near Street Road, Bud Ballard and I hope that you join many Germantowners for a mini-reunion. Joe Lynch will be developing grammar and vocabulary with the young Explorers,but you and Dennis Crowley should join other old Explorers like Cueball Cusack and Jerry McKewon.
Bruce Schmiit [03-31-2012]

Today I entered the most amazing time machine. I never realized how easily I could be transported back to those wonderful days at St. Francis and life in general in Germantown. The farter away I am, the closer my memories bring me. What a joy to catch up with those from long ago.
Regina Mellon, 1957 SFA graduate [03-31-2012]

Linda F> Good to see you back! It's been a while. Add one more female to the posting roster.
John Payne, No remorse, and no regrets, lest we forget our suffragettes. [03-31-2012]

Bor: You forgot Rosie, the oldest. Still alive and kicking. Ok, still alive, not kicking so much these days. Good recall though on the rest of the names. You got an A, master Borian, you may return to your seat now, and sit with your hands folded on the edge of the desk. Regarding the Cicil B. DeMille reference, you are correct again, (extra credit), no one does pageantry like Mother Church.P.S. Just saw Frank (Cisco) and Tom (Woody)last week in Clearwater at the Hilton. Frank's youngest daughter got married at a sunset ceremony at the beach. It was a nice celebration, and very picturesque.
John Payne, "...falling over themselves, trying to get all of the misery right" (lyrics from Evita, the Broadway show) [03-31-2012]

John Payne - there's no need to try to stir the pot here. My post to Joe Lynch was a valid one in response to his post. No???
Dennis Payne, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-31-2012]

Jack McHugh: I remember Roland and that song well. Here are the lyrics below. Igor just ate another mailman! DINNER WITH DRAC John Zacherle A dinner was served for three At Dracula's house by the sea The hors d'oeurve were fine But I choked on my wine When I learned that the main course was me! The waitress a vampire named Perkins Was so very fond of small gherkins While serving tea She ate 43 Which pickled her internal workings! Igor the scalpels go on the left with the pitchforks Igor, Igor... What a swimmer is Dracula's daughter But her pool looks more red than it oughter The blood stains the boats But it's easy to float Because blood is much thicker than water! INSTRUMENTAL INTERLUDE Dracula old friend how are things in Transylvania For dessert there was batwing confetti And the veins of a mummy named Betty I first frowned upon it But with ketchup on it It tasted very much like spaghetti! Goodnight whatever you are!
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [03-28-2012]

Wow, just noticing how prevalent male posts have become over female posts, of late.Women speak up. Where are you?
L.Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [03-28-2012]

Joe Lynch, Its looks as though you covered it all ...some funny but, most true! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-28-2012]

Bill Cupo, Yet another wonderful description of your childhood ... it is heart warming to read about your childhood memories. You did make me laugh about the masses you served through the Easter Holidays and your right those hours of serving should have covered you for the year ! :>) My Grandaughter (16) loves to shop and buy cloths and not just around a holiay :>) her brother (13) on the other hand is out of a clothing store before you realize you have been in it ... ha! I wish you, your family and all of the Germantowners a blessed and happy Easter Season. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-28-2012]

Jack McHugh, I also remember, and enjoyed Roland and the show he hosted ... he played his role very well . :>) Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-28-2012]

Motorcycles: a topic about which I know next to nothing, except to note that the machines are magnificent, their riders often less so. I bring it up now because the AGM of the Ulysses Club, a social club for motorcyclists over 40, is current underway here in Mildura where we live, with over 3000 members, plus spouses, etc and their magnificent machines in town all this week and a red carpet laid out by every business, church, club etc. These are not hairy scary outlaw bikers, but rather doctors, lawyers, etc, with rigs valued in the high five figures. Beautiful bikes and well-behaved riders. The sports fields have been converted into a city of 3000 tents, caravans etc, with 40 food outlets, all sorts of traders, a bar and everything else you'd need for a week's holiday sharing yarns with fellow bikers. See www.ulyssesclub.org/AboutUs/tabid/73/Default.aspx for info. The website says that, in addition to 120 branches in Australia, "...there are sister clubs in New Zealand and South Africa, and fledgling branches of the club in Canada, Germany, and hopefully in the near future in the U.S.A. and U.K.. Please let me know if any of you are into it. I'm not gonna get too deep into the subject, 'cause it's normally not something I'm interested in, but with the whole town taken over for a week, I'm curious. BTW, the club's motto is 'Growing Old Disgracefully'. How good is that!
Catherine Manning Muir [03-28-2012]

Jack McHugh> I think "Roland" had a pet ? named Igor. He always did some funny bit before the show and at the intermissions and the end. That show came on too late for me too, but I managed to see it a few times.
John Payne, The ghastly ghost was a part time host. [03-28-2012]

Jack Brogan: Your blog of Doctor John Flaherty and the boys at Nick's Bar across from The Hollow, was outstanding. Doc Flaherty had such an unique and witty personality. Doctor Jack had rapport with Thomas Gooney Walsh and Nicky Abber, a couple of very real guys and at the same, he could have great professional conversations with people in the medical field. Doc held court at Crane's and talked with everybody whether it was Skip Wilson,the baseball coach of Temple,Don Burns,the owner of Mrs. Schlorer's.,or Mr. Nicoletti who owned a candy-store in The Brickyard where Ray Dawes spent some time in his youth. Today, I had lunch with your old friend from Fernhill,Duncan Hubley, and he knows so many Germantowners from the world of sports-especially soccer. We talked about some of your classmates from LaSalle High including Ned Pomfret and Tom Yannessa who has passed away. Tom Yannessa was not the biggest guy but he had to be the toughest. When he talked, I listened and he was the guy that you wanted on your side when stuff happened. You knew both Doctor Jack and Tommy Y. and a book could be written about them. Duncan did not know Goo of The Hollow but he liked your posts about him. Duncan also admired your great work with problem kids. You and Duncan should be applauded for the great work that you have done with the young people through the years. You were the mentor for Joe Lynch and he seems to be walking down the moral-highway in his golden years. Duncan Hubley appreciated the friendship with you and Joe Lynch and how both of you used your athletic ability to have a good and productive life.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-28-2012]

Joe Lynch, you're 100% right in your rebutal to us Protestants. I forgot to mention that we also had Italian Hoagies too on Fridays. No Chalie the Tuna either. They were great days and we all get together today. Hooray for Germantown!
Friday with Frank, Extra Meat on the Hoagie, No Mayo, Just Oil [03-28-2012]

Bill Cupo..Enjoyed reading your comments about Easter,many years back.When I was about 7 or 8 years old,my dad(he was a tailor)made me a custom-made suit for Easter.On Easter Sunday,we went to the Armenian church service in north Phila(susquehanna and marshall),which was a pretty decent neighborhood back then.Across the street from the church was a Good and Plenty factory(my favorite candy)The Armenian church services took forever.Like a Cecil B Deville production.It was at least 3 hours long.How I longed for those one hour masses attended by my Hollow buddies.Anyway,after the Easter service,I stepped outside and thanked God for not allowing the service to go into double overtime.God punished me by ordering a pidgeon to fly by and poop on my head and my custom-made Easter suit.One other point not related to Easter.I believe I was the first guy from the Hollow to wear white bucs.It was back in 1954,I believe.The guys from the Hollow not only busted my chops,but quickly blackend my real cool white bucs.They were not fashionable at Happy Hollow,so I never wore them again in my neigborhood.But they were in style at Germantown High School.
Paul Borian, In your Easter Bonnet,forget about it ! [03-28-2012]

Hey Kevin...Hope all is going well with you in sunny Calif.So happy that the 19th century Irish ditty reminded you of your dad's favorite song.I bet he was on key while drinking his favorite brew.I never made it out to those magnificant ski resorts in Calif.Too late now because my aging body has found a home at Camelback Mt.in the Pocono's.Compared to Mammouth Mt.,Camelback is an ant hill.Only 800 verical and 34 trails.The black diamonds don't even rival Mammouth's beginner trails.However,it's good enough for me and my old skiing buddies.The drinking is as good as it gets in Calif.
Paul Borian, If only Sonny Bonno wore a helmet. [03-28-2012]

John Payne...Growing up at the Hollow,all my friends were Irish,Italian.or a combination thereof.Your family,I believe,was the largest Irish family in our neighborhood.Let's see,Woody,Cisco,Beane,Florence,Patsy,and last but not least,you.There was always a PAYNE hanging out at the Hollow.And let's not forget,Sonny,Brogan,BaBa Murphy,Doc Flaherty,Frankie Klock,Monk,Fowler,The Kelly's,and all those pretty and talented Irish girls( too many to mention).
Paul Borian, It seemed like yesterday when I was calling you junior. [03-28-2012]

Another Great Hollow tale from Jack Brogan.Too bad his basketball skills were not as good as his writing and recall skills.Brog,I remember that snowy Nov.day.While you were being entertained in Nick's,I shoveled the snow off the outside basketball court so that I could practice my two-handed foul shot.That paid off later on when I made 21 foul shots in a row BLINDFOLDED in the old gym....Or was it 22?I finally missed one when Goo jinxed me with his patented roaring laugh.
Paul Borian, If only Wilt listened to me,he would have been a great foul shooter. [03-28-2012]

There's always a lot of kidding around about hoisting a few. A note of caution: in the old days, you walked to the local bar and then walked home. Today, whatever their poison, drugs or drink, they get in cars and kill people, like the little 11-year-old girl killed in the Italian Market this past Sunday. This little girl was a friend and classmate of our granddaughter and our granddaughter had to learn about death and mortality at the "ripe" old age of 11 and she's devastated. Sad to say, the only one who had no injuries in this accident was the cause of the accident, the driver cited for DUI. Even worse, the penalties he faces are insufficient for the crime.
Rosemarie & Larry Rinaldi [03-28-2012]

Of all the late night horror movie hosts, John Zacherle was the best. We always enjoyed when he inserted himself into the movie. And, of course, we loved his sidekick, Igor. Wish they would bring him back.
"Roland" Fan [03-28-2012]

Joe Lynch. Dennis thinks you should take your ball and go home. Am I misreading you? I was taking your "Catholic" posts as toungue in cheek self deprecation. I didn't get the "Angry" part.
John Payne, You sasparilla and I sasparella...let's call the whole thing off. [03-28-2012]

To whomever wrote "the treatment of animals down under is a horrific story but what they did to the Aborigines makes our Indian wars look tame", I wonder where on the scale of atrocities the so-called 'battle' of Wounded Knee would fall in your opinion. Your assertion that the horrors visited on Native Americans (by the US Army) during the Indian Wars (of 1865-90) were 'tame' by comparison with the treatment of Australian Aborigines is absurd and intellectually and factually indefensible. It was genocide, by various means but with the same intent, wherever it occurred and, yes, it was perpetuated by whites in British colonies in America, Canada, Australia, India, you name it. In my opinion, the British have never done anybody any good other than themselves, but that's another discussion. If you'd like to enrich your argument on the issue of genocidal treatment of First Peoples with a smattering of fact, you might start by reading about the Massacre at Wounded Knee. (A great book is "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee".) And if you want a personal experience of the suffering of indigenous children stolen from their homes and held hostage to ensure the good behavior of their tribes, visit the Indian cemetery on the grounds of the US Army War College in Carlisle PA, which was formerly the Carlisle Indian School (1879-1918). I've done that and it is heartbreaking to read the gravestones of little children. First Peoples everywhere have been and continue to be treated abominably. Presumably neither you nor I have blood on our hands, but we can educate ourselves so that, like Nazism, we never let it happen again and we do what we can to try and make things better.
Catherine Manning Muir [03-28-2012]

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Aren't we high-strung today and most days. Dennis was stating the facts.
Gman [03-28-2012]

DMcG,You have courage to challenge intellectuals. Borian and Jbs are afraid of Joseph Lynch,an intellectual giant. Things would have been different if those old Bucks had gone to LaSalle. Borian wants to be Irish and Jbs wants to be an intellectual and hang out at a Pen and Pencil Club. You are a good Irish kid. Your prayers will help some of the old folks who post here.
anonymous [03-28-2012]

Jack Brogan, thank you for that post on Doc Flaherty's "clinic" at Nick's. I really enjoyed that story from the west side.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-28-2012]

The decisions on the fate of the parishes in the northwestern section of the city was to be announced last Friday, but that never happened and I don't know why. Haven't received a response from the current and usually prompt pastor of IC. I have my feelings on why the announcements weren't made. When the announcement is made, there will be some anger, hurt and resentment from those affected. The archdiocese is still dealing with the negative fallout from the recent school closings/consolidations and the related restructuring. They are also dealing with the negative publicity brought on by the trial of the priest abusers, which just started. Maybe the archdiocese doesn't want any additional negative publicity right now. Whether that will mean additional time for the affected parishes, who knows. As I said before, the archdiocese has never been known for sensitivity to those impacted by their decisions.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-28-2012]

Brother Bill, You never cease to amaze me with your postings to this site. I love reading them. They stir up fond memories of our childhood on Haines Street. Reading them makes me smile. Even though I'm 10 years your senior, our memories are ageless. Thanks for the memories & keep on posting. Love ya!
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; ic '55; cdhs '59 [03-28-2012]

Bill Cupo - nice post of Easter memories in Germantown. With a family of 5 kids, the Easter outfits were something we didn't know. But, we all got Easter baskets with the usual jelly beans, coconut eggs, peeps, etc. Easter dinner was the highlight for us. As for the closing of IC being another closed chapter in your life, I can totally relate. IC still being open kept me in touch with Germantown. With it gone, while I will always have great memories of growing up in that once-great neighborhood, I see no point in going back now. The future of the reunions and the website are still to be decided.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-28-2012]

CMM - glad to see you are aware of the atrocieties going on in your country. You mentioned millions of your country folk are appalled by it, so it boggles my mind that the Australian government is slow to take action. Folks, I mentioned googling it in my last post to see for yourself but for those faint of heart, don't. The videos and images of the animal mistreatment there are extremely disturbing.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-28-2012]

Hi i am trying to find anyone who has any photos of the graduating class of 1940. My great grandmother is Mary Goodman daughter of Helen and Clarence Goodman. She will be 90 this june an I an trying desperatly trying to find any kind of meamentos or photos from that time. Please if you have anything or remember my granny please please contact me.
Chelsea Jirau, Hopeful great grandaughter [03-27-2012]

Anyone who wishes to return to Old Germantown on a Sunday afternoon, just stop by the Old Continental Post at Wissahickon Av. & Hansbury St. All are welcomed and someone will sign you in. They have cold beverages and 4 big screen TV's. You might just run into some old friends. Cheers!
Continental Member [03-27-2012]

Talking about entertainers still around and I still have his picture to this day, his name is John Zacherle. He was a native son of Germantown, went to Germantown High and the University of Pennsylvania. You would have to remember the late 50’s when he was host to the late movie on channel 10’s “Shock Theater” He played Roland. I can’t say say I saw all his shows, as it was hard for me to stay up thru the 11:00 pm news, but if I did make it, I always enjoyed his ghoulish antics. Once he offered a 8” by 10” photo of himself if you sent in 3 of your hairs, I had a very hard time trying to get 3 hairs off my head (I wouldn’t have that problem now). I ended up cutting 3 little strands of my hair and taping them to a sheet of paper. Looking back on the event, it would have been easier to get some of my mother or father’s hair from their brushes but I was a person that followed the rules and it said from our own head. I never knew at the time but he was the one that recorded one of my favorite songs from the 1950’s “Dinner with Drac”
Jack McHugh [03-27-2012]

The mention of Doc Flaherty reminded me of his “house” calls at Nick’s on Wayne Avenue across from Happy Hollow. Doc Flaherty’s office was about a block down from Nick’s. It was 5:00 pm on a weekday in late November. Six inches of snow had fallen and it was still snowing like hell. Nick’s was always crowded during a snowstorm for some reason. All the stools at the circular bar were filled. The bartender, Frank Gara, easily kept up with the mostly 15 cent draft beer orders. Regulars salted their Schmidt’s drafts, and some munched on the pickled eggs (.25 cents). The eggs arrived, plucked out of suspicious looking jar where they floated in a green liquid. I loved those pickled eggs but I always wondered the liquid. Nick Czar was at his usual seat, a table next to the south door to Wayne Avenue. One of Nick’s mynah birds perched on the chair next to him. Nick was talking to the bird. Five feet away Larry Rinaldi and Ollie Powers shot darts against Louie Shoey (John Yanni), a shoemaker who had a shop on Kaiser Street, and “Little” Eddie Durkin from Clapier Street. Cigarette smoke was layered the bar. Everybody I knew smoked cigarettes. Louey entertained us playing darts. He was a short, plump guy who laughed easily. During a dart game his laughter was directed at the opposing dart team. When it was his turn to shoot, he tiptoed to the dart line, talking to the dart in his hand, then floating it toward the board. Along the Wayne Avenue side of the bar, Dr. Flaherty’s free clinic started. Five guys were lined up with medical problems. The Doc listened to the symptoms, diagnosed and prescribed treatment right at the bar. The Doc’s bedside manner included plenty of laughter. Once I heard him say to a man just in from the day shift at Midvale, “My God, man. Are you kiddin’ me?” Then he and Nicky Abber laughed. The patient joined in after a slight hesitation. Four men were on bar stools to the left, waiting for Doctor Jack. The first had a sore throat; the next had an aching back. One guy thought he might have a case of the clap and another showed the Doc his swollen knee. The clinic lasted an hour or so, and Dr. Flaherty charged nobody. Sometimes he consulted with his associate Nicky Abbernizio, a construction boss. What a great doctor he was and what a funny man. The floor in Nick’s was made of small, inlaid, white tiles. Each tile was about the size of a half dollar. Nick told the installer to substitute a half dollar coin for one tile near the entrance to the men’s room. Nick also had him install a silver dollar in front of the cigarette machine, and a quarter near Nick’s table. That afternoon a tired mailman who nobody knew warmed himself up with a beer. He was sitting about ten feet from the glued down half dollar. First, the guy stretched his leg way over toward it, trying to get his foot on top of the coin so he could pull it under his table. The dammed thing wouldn’t budge. All the regulars in Nicks were aware of the mailman’s problem and hoped he’d finally get up and try to pick up the coin. Nobody said a word. Right then the second mynah bird, that had been asleep in the back of the room, flew around the perimeter of the room and then landed between Jimmy Ryan, the hero policeman and Mr. Obst from Tacoma Street: two regulars. Both men began a conversation with the bird, but that bird, like his brother only spoke to Nick. When Doctor Flaherty’s clinic ended, it was time for everybody to go home for supper.
jack Brogan, Don't think twice, it's alright. [03-27-2012]

What I said to Conan the Grammarian was, "The thing is. All the poets and writers I know and love are in twelve step programs."
Jack Brogan, I should know my song well before I start singing [03-27-2012]

Bor: I'm impressed with your knowledge of the Irish migration. Is the a result of growing up around so many of us Micks? :)
John Payne, America is not a cloth of different stripes; it is plaid. [03-27-2012]

Mr Borian: Has the snow season turned you into an Irish minstrel? "Off to Philadelphia in the morning" was one of m' dad's favorite tunes, especially the John McCormick version. He would weep in his suds whenever he listened (and sung) it. Maybe it would be safer if you kept those sharp Armenian eyes focused on those dinky moguls and little Christmas trees you have on those black diamond runs-- euphemistically called mountains-back there...if there's still any man made snow left. We have big mountains and mighty trees out here. When you get to heaven, ask Sonny Bono why he thought he could knock one over.
kevin Mckernan, Santa Barbara, CA. Hard to beat a good ski run, song and a sip of the schnapps. ng and a sip of the snapps [03-27-2012]

Hello G-towners ! With the Easter holiday coming up, I couldn't help but think of some of the Easter outfits my mom and dad bought for me while I was attending Immaculate Conception grade school. I think my favorite Easter was the new coat they bought me at Robert Hall's on Chelten ave. It was called a "six button Benny" a.k.a. double breasted coat; totally made of wool. It was by far the best coat I owned as a kid. I remember wearing it to school the week after Easter holidays and upon dismissal of classes, one of my classmates by the name of Carla Bryant, yelled out in the classroom: "Get a load of Cupo's coat". Naturally the rest of the class laughed but the nun didn't find it as amusing. My other favorite Easter purchase was a pair of "white bucs", the kind that Pat Boone was famous for. They served a dual purpose; Easter and the May procession. Hard to keep clean, I only wore them on special occasions. Easter was really a special event for clothing back in those days. I think it still is today though I'm not sure if young kids still look forward to a new clothing purchase anymore. Anyway, my wife and I usually go down to Ocean City, N.J. on Easter sunday and walk on the boardwalk and take in all the fashion parading around that day. They always have an award for the best dressed male and female and it makes for a nice Easter sunday. I look back on my days in Germantown and remember a basket full of candy for Easter. It was always neatly arranged by my mom and consisted of the colored grass with speckeled chocolate mini-eggs, jelly beans, and of course a big hollow chocolate bunny and a very big coconut chocolate egg. I believe the name of the Easter candy company, famous for chocolate candy, was the Frankford Chocolate Co. in Phila., but I'm not sure of that or even if they still make candy here. I remember a couple of Easter's with real baby chicks, dyed different colors and then wondered why they died so quickly. You can't dye baby chicks and expect them to live very long. What I don't miss about Easter was the Easter week ceremonies that went from Holy Thursday through Easter, because I was an altar boy back then. That meant two hour Masses on Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and then of course Easter Sunday. I always felt as though that week was good enough to miss going to church for the rest of the year, but of course that couldn't happen. Oh well, those days are long behind me; Immaculate is scheduled to close in the next couple of months and another chapter in my life comes to a close. The school burned down in 1971, Cardinal Dougherty no longer exists, and my house was torn down to make room for the MLK high school on Haines st. When they say you can't go home again, that really rings true for me. Take care everybody !
Bill Cupo, Immaculate Grad "65". C.D. "69"- Haines st 1300 Block [03-27-2012]

DMcG, the treatment of animals down under is a horrific story but what they did to the Aborigines makes our Indian wars look tame. Those blokes are a rare bunch and mostly from the British Isles.
anonymous [03-27-2012]

HEY FRIDAY WITH FRANK GUY: You Protestants had cheese steaks on Friday, we Catholics had "impure thoughts," every day. A Mortal Sin, thank you. A contagion to some. You missed your Sunday service once in a while, we walked 15 miles, in the snow, up hill, both ways against the wind, without galoshes, to make the children's mass at 9 o'clock. We had Notre Dame, Knute Rockne, soda bread,Irish potatoes,the Mayo Picnic in Woodside Park. You had Mrs. Crabapple as a teacher, we had Mo,a nun,(looked like, acted like the battleship) in 8th grade religion. You had Play Days; we had Dies Irae. You got a free education; we paid a $2 book bill. You wore corduroys and flannel shirts, we wore clip-on ties and our older brother's (cousin's) hand-me-down darned socks. You had "A Mighty Fortress is Our God," we had "Something Wicked This Way Comes (Just kidding!)." We had altar boys, choir boys, block collections, second collections,Peter's Pence, Catholic Charities, the Missions, collections for pagan babies, milk money, penny pretzels, 25 cents to see "Man of Molokai"--Father Damien of the lepers on a Friday afternoon, 25 cents to see me dance and sing in the Irish show at SFA, 25 cents to light a candle in the church. .---However, I'd say we Catholics had an education money just can't buy. "Boys, get your hands out of your pockets and keep them to yourselves."
Joe Lynch--The future's already here. It's just not evenly distributed yet.--Wm. Gibson [03-27-2012]

Tom Cusack: It is so sad that your classmate from LaSalle High has passed away-Thomass Yannessa. Jack Brogan and Ned Pomfret were also in that 1958 LaSalle Class. Ned Pomfret and Tom Yannessa played on a Norwood Academy Football team with Ed Biff Halloran. Your old friend,Frank Crawford knew Biff and his illustrious background. You probaly knew Biff when he would hangout at Tony Mart's in Somer's Point. Biff and Tom were taught by the same nuns at Norwood but these 2 characters could not have been more different. Tom would be leading raids with his FBI swat team against drug-dealers and criminals and Biff was running his concrete-kingdom in the Big-Apple,and I know that you get my drift. Tom! You knew so many characters back in the day and The Good Lord threw away the mold when he created Tom Yannessa, he was truly one of a kind. There is going to be a Memorial Service in Annapolis for Tom Yannessa and we should attend, his brothers were also LaSalle High Graduates. The Professor made a salient comment that at our Golden Age, we are attending more Funerals than weddings. Incidentally, I want to go to your next wedding and not your Funeral.
Bruce Schmitt [03-27-2012]

I'm interested in anyone from Reger St and SFA. We left in 1959, so I lost contact.
Margaret Flannery Erbele, Lansdale, PA Age 63 [03-27-2012]

Do you really think that 1) I don't know about the horrors of the live export animal trade, 2) that I and millions of non-cattle-exporting citizens are not appalled by it and supported 100% the total ban that was imposed when the atrocities were aired on 'Four Corners' TV program, 3) that I would ever watch one second of the trash that is 'Jersey Shore' and 'The Shire' or 4) that your unsolicited advice is ever welcome or followed? If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, you are sorely mistaken.
CMM [03-27-2012]

Joe Lynch: wonderful esssay on what it is to be Catholic, and the reasons many have ran for the exits. Just too many rules based on doom and gloom for most to be able to deal with.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62,sitting at my desk with my hands folded. [03-26-2012]

Yesterday I attended the infamous North Catholic Soccer Hall of Fame banquet, which by the way was attende by more than 300 soccer players. Germantown was wll represented. In attendance was Hugh McInaw, Ashmead street, Paul Duddy, Schuyler Street, and Roman Cupiak, Albanus Street, and me. I was proud of our representatives, all of which are in this HAll of Fame. Rich Pio your name was mentioned by "Chip". He said you terrorized him because at 13 your were a man. He played for Lighthouse. Bruce I will be there. Duncan Hubley.
Duncan Hubley, 72 from Fernhill Park and Manheim Street. [03-26-2012]

So many passings recently. I suppose it's only natural at our ages that we spend more time attending funerals than marriages and baptisms. We are at that point in life. Having recently survived a near recall myself, I've been reflecting on those precious moments in our lives that keep us clinging to this old terra firma like velcro. We all have such moments, usually in anticipation or at the end of a happy experience. One early feeling of bliss occurred to me while I was laying in bed, listening to the radio ("Summer time...and the living is easy...") I was so happy I thought I would explode. If feeling were wings, I could have flown away. Had I not spent the day conquering the Matterhorn, summoned up the courage that new and mysterious urges demanded as I planted a big, juicy smacker on the cute little neighborhood girl in the tunnel. Boy, was she surprised, darn near knocked her out of the boat. And she didn't even smack me. Recovering, she returned my first open mouth kiss and said: "You have a lot to learn, Kevin, but I shall be your teacher." I liked her style! After this adventure all I could do was attempt to eat my weight in rubbery hotdogs and sticky cotton candy. As I reviewed that day's wonderful experiences, Mom came in to say goodnight. "How was your day at Willow Grove' she asked? I told her it didn't get better than this. She smiled, knowingly and told me "Oh, yes it will...you'll be surprised, son." Now while this was the era of "Father Knows Best", in this case, Mom was the one that knew best. There would be many more moments of pure ecstasy, enough to keep one hanging around...
Kevin mcKernan, None of us come with a stamped expiration date. [03-26-2012]

Helen leone D"Angelo: My sculpted physiognomy belies my intrinsic nature which is devoid of chauvinistic and mysogynystic tendencies. I hope that Frank Baggs Klock,one of our great poets on this site appreciates my language since he is no pseudo-intellectual but the quintessential intellectual. Having said all that, I concur with your take on F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda in that they enabled each-other in their debaucherous alcoholism. I know that you and Joe Lynch read Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Ed Biff Halloran was The Great Gatsby of Germantown but we know that Gatsby was killed in his pool but nobody knows what happened to The Biffer and his Rolls Royce. I believe that Joe Lynch knew your husband,Frank,from GBC and LaSalle. Two of the greatest American writers were Faulkner and Fitzgerald-can you imagine their body of work without alcohol? I like to visit The Algonquin Hotel in NYC where the famous Dorothy Parker hung out with other writers and drank their butts off. Excessive drinking has damaged so many marriages and relationships. Ted Silary is fortunate that he does not understand the drinking thing. I have seen so many talented and intelligent individuals meet their maker too early by dint of their addiction to the bottle.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-26-2012]

Joe D.>Thanks for the birthday wishes. Nice to still be having birthdays. :) I still have that guest room available when you are ready to make the trip. Take care.
John Payne, Time is on our side. Yes, it is. [03-26-2012]

For all you fans of Women's basketball,how about yesterday's performance by Baylor's Brittney Griner;35 points,10 rebounds,and six blocked shots,in an NCAA regional finals victory over Georgia Tech.She capped the victory with a two-handed dunk,swingly briefly on the rim for good measure.AWESOME! In my younger Hollow days,on a good day,I could manage a one-handed dunk(BARELY).However,in the old Hollow gym,with the aid of the wall,two-handed slam dunks,with my shoulders above the rim,was a common occurence.
Paul Borian, A Hollow guy blessed with good health except for "White Men's Disease." [03-26-2012]

"I'm off to Philadelphia in the mornin" With my bundle on my shoulder,Faith there's no man could be bolder,And I'm leavin' dear old Ireland without warnin',For I lately took the notion,To cross the briny ocean,And I'm off to Philadelphia in the mornin'. The next to last verse of the song clearly paints the tragic picture: When they told me I must leave the place,I tried to keep a cheerful face,To show my heart'sdeep sorrow,I'm a scornin',But the tears will surely blind me,For the friends I leave behind me,When I start for Philadelphia in the mornin'. This song had its roots in mid-19th century Ireland.It was sung by tens of thousands of young and not-so-young Irish men and women as they prepared to board ship and leave behind the land of their birth.Many of them headed for the port of Phila.,which was a symbol for all the east coast ports of the U.S.The song was most often sung at what the Irish once referred to as an "American Wake"- an all- night gathering of family and friends at the hyome of the individual who was leaving Ireland for America.The peculiar name of the song had evolved because the departing loved one would probably never be seen again.To the family members and friends left behind,The "American Wake" had the deathlike finality of a real wake.
Paul Borian, The ski season is a distant memory,and my Armenian eyes are NOT smiling. [03-26-2012]

Joe Lynch, Catholicism isn't for everyone, just like Buddhism, Islam, and all of the other religions aren't. If Catholicism isn't for you, why not put your efforts into finding just what is. Doesn't make much sense wallowing in anger over it.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-26-2012]

CMM, with the Jersey Shore offshoot, just turn the channel. Far more alarming is the Australian live animal export industry. I've never seen anything like it, the sad, cruel and inhumane treatment of animals. That is what the Australian government should put their focus on ending/controlling. I'm not posting a link to it but if you want to see the atrocities for yourself, just google live animal export australia. I know they are animals, but not even animals deserve to be treated like that.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-26-2012]

A heads-up on a great movie. We just saw 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (for the Elderly and Beautiful)', starring Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and a brilliant ensemble cast of people 'our age', plus the young fellow who starred in 'Slum Dog Millionaire'. Absolutely wonderful. Don't miss it.
Catherine Manning Muir [03-25-2012]

> Sean Foley, Dallas Texas - Thank you for letting us know about Tom Yanessa. I did not really know him except as someone I would have liked to know. He was also at the Naval Academy at the same time as my brother, Ken Duckworth, so there were rides home & the like. It is a small world.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [03-25-2012]

Joe L. I think us Protestants had more fun than you on Fridays, we were eating cheese steaks while you were eating chicken of the sea tuna fish sandwiches. LoL
Friday With Frank & Cheese Steaks [03-25-2012]

Duncan: Today, I learned on this site that Tom Yannessa passed away. He was friends with Ned and Rich Pomfret from Norwood Academy and Lasalle High where he was a football player and rower. He would stop at The Armory since he lived on the same street[Midvale] as The Pomfret Brothers. I can not believe some of the old warriors who are leaving this earth-the golden years are not that golden. It would be great to have lunch with you at The Springhouse Tavern on Tuesday,March 27 at 12 O' Clock. It would be nice to have Pat McIlhinney join us but he lives a little too far. I will be coming from Princeton and getting off at the Turnpike in Fort Washington. Duncan! You were a good athlete and I always remembered how you knew the fundamentals of basketball and got a lot of rebounds with your boxing-out skills.
Bruce Schmitt [03-25-2012]

Jeannie Sprissler You were between my brother Roy and sister Kathy. To All S.F.A. STUDENTS. Bud Ballard keeps calling it the class of 56 reunion luncheon, but there are people from all classes in the 50tys and early 60tys. therefore it is the S.F.S LUNCHEON. The lunch is at the Buck hotel in Feasterville. May the 8th at noon. cost runs around $20 three cource meal desert and tip included. Please contact Bud Ballard on this site His contact info is on this site, several of our class will be there. Last count is 31 lads and ladys
Ray Dawes, class of 57 S.F.A [03-25-2012]

Joan Fontaine's sister is Olivia DeHAVILLAND -both are in their late 90's& haven't spoken to each other for many years.Joan Fontaine was in Gunga Din & played opposite Doug Fairbanks Jr.( Sgt. Cutter)
Lou Giorno, Mr G DOS [03-25-2012]

Sean Foley: I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Thomas Yannessa who was always bigger than life. I last saw Tom T. at Frank's[brother] wedding in Florence NJ, when he was in The FBI Swat- team operating out of Puerto Rico. One always wanted Tom on your team,whether on the football team at LaSalle High,in the fox-hole in Vietnam or leading a commando-raid with The FBI. Tom Yannessa was fearless and Frank Yannessa will tell you that he was more John Wayne than John Wayne. I don't have to tell you that he was a great guy to hang out with and his stories were surreal steeped with his colorful language and style. He was on The Naval Academy Football Team with Roger Staubach and he graduated in The 1963 Class with Ken Duckworth who was also from Germantown. Tom Yannessa came from a wonderful family. Brother Frank was also a great football player from LaSalle High and he had operatic talent. Col. Joseph Yannessa was a very friendly guy but he was a brave fighter-pilot for The US Marines. Many of us on this site knew Tom from Norwood Academy,LaSalle High,St. Catharine's where he attended Mass, Crane's Tavern where he liked to quench his thirst and the Germantown neighborhood. Tom Yannessa was well liked and respected for the courage of his convictions and his deep love for America and his family. I would like to know more about The Memorial Service in Annapolis-"May Thomas Yannessa Rest In Eternal Peace".
John Bruce Schmitt [03-25-2012]

WHOO-WHOO-WHOO. WE CATHOLICS DO HAVE MORE FUN, as in "Girls just wanna have fun." We have not only the 10 Commandments to break but also 2000 years of man-made Papal Laws to target. We have precepts of the Church, Daily Missals in Latin, thousands of Prayers to hundreds of Saints,Councils of Trent to study, Articles of Faith to memorize, Fathers of the Church in alphabetical order, Papal Bulls and Encyclicals on contraception, Sins of Omission (It's not my job!), Sins of Commission (I didn't do it. You didn't see me do it. Nobody can prove I did it!),the 7-Deadly Sins (Mostly Lust), Mortal and Venial Sins (They come in all sizes and flavors.)--all trying to take the pleasures out of our lives, so, as much as possible, it's gotta be fun for us Catholics to break these laws and regulations we learned as children at SFA. And what fun it is! Waking up at night on FRIDAYS just to eat bacon at a Denny's; Slovenly watching a Phillies game on a Sunday afternoon when the wife says the grass should be cut (Sloth); cursing the presidential candidates' wives for their coiffures (Anger); not returning your neighbor's snow plow on purpose--Brogan in Maine (stealing); not tipping 20% at Sal's when he has to reheat the grill for your special order (Stinginess); not forgiving your enemies like Nikita Khruschev and Joe McCarthy and Paul Borian (You burn in hell for grudges, remember!); telling sterotypical Pat and Mike/Irish bar jokes: (Pat and Mike walk into a bar, Pat leaves the bar EARLY.---WELL, IT COULD HAPPEN!) So, we Catholics wake up--rise and shine-- looking, on a daily basis, to transgress some Medieval law, some tired dogma,some long-forgotten doctrine that caused a 10-year war in 14th century France. We know that if we live a hundred lifetimes, we'll never get to break all these Church laws that give us such fun--though you can't blame a fella' for tryin'.
Joe Lynch--This is not the story you think it is. [03-25-2012]

'As low as TV can go' is how one reviewer has characterized the 'Jersey Shore' offshoot 'The Shire' ( CLICK To the detriment of countless brain cells, it looks like filming is going ahead. To give you an idea of the caliber of this enterprise, consider that the titles are superimposed on an extremely close up shot of a bare behind in a string bikini. Filming starts Wednesday and the mayor has urged locals to boycott the production, including withholding all services and support to the cast and crew. I mentioned in my previous post that Cronulla has spent years trying to live down the bad publicity generated by race riots there in December 2005. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Cronulla_riots for details, if you're interested. Cronulla is unique in that it is the only Sydney beach accessible directly by public transport (train), so it attracts lots of visitors who wouldn't otherwise be there. I suspect the fear is that this show will do for Sutherland Shire what the 1992 documentary 'Sylvania Waters' did for the Sydney suburb of the same name, i.e., give the British public for whom the series was made a very bad impression of what was/is actually an upmarket suburb. For a clip, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SrmTPuXLs0 As the saying goes, one rotten apple can spoil the whole barrel and 'The Shire' looks to be the latest in a series of rotten TV programs that will tar the locale in which it is filmed with a very dirty brush!
CMM [03-25-2012]

John Payne,HAPPY BIRTHDAY,be well and enjoy,all my best wishes to you and your family! Joe DiPasquale
anonymous [03-25-2012]

top of the morning to you and the rest of the day to meself
B C [03-24-2012]

I am witness to Ted Silary mumbling through the pregame/timeout prayer. He had "hail Mary....Amen" down. Ted, sorry to hear about the sugar. Take care of it.
Peter F. Coyle, Lafayette Hill, Pa [03-24-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey: I am not aware of the full extent of your intellectuality but I must state that you submitted a positive and poignant commentary about the legendary Germantown Physician, Doctor John Flaherty. Doc Flaherty was an Irish-American who was proud of his Irish Heritage and Culture but he was friends with guys of different ehnic backgrounds including Robert "Goo Guarinello" and Nicky Abber. The last time that I saw Doctor Jack was in the 60's at Crane's with Goo and Nicky-2 rocky guys from The Hollow, although there was only one Rocky[Raffaele]. Doc had a very engaging and out-going personality and he was holding court as he stood between me and The Boys and faced Ed Crane,the owner and bartender. Doc was well-dressed and I was a college-kid and the two rugged Hollow guys loked like his bodyguards. Doc was comfortable with professional people or street-savy individuals such as Thomas Gooney Walsh,the famous union-organizer. I mentioned that he knew another well known guy from SFA by the name of John Berkery who was well known in the 60's and made the front page of The Daily News often. He was also a friend of Tiger Lil who ran The Celebrity Room on Juniper St. John Berkery was extremely intelligent but nobody dissed him and for good reason. John Berkery and his good friend,Jack Murphy, tended bar at The Shamrock,at Germantown and Venago which is a little south of Broad&Erie. Germantown Avenue crosses Broad&Erie and on that corner was The Eagle Bar where Gooney Walsh tended bar in his youth. Broad&Erie was one of the great corners in Philly and I have to tell you that all the characters of the world must have hung there at one time. You are from East Germantown and knew about the gigantic brawl at Chew&Chelten between Nicky Lazaro and Junior Kripplebauer. Junior frequented The Shamrock. Another unusual guy who must have eaten nails for breakfast was Charlie Devlin. He had something in common with Goo Guarinello in that he liked to recite Shakespeare. He was really tough but he had an early demise when he was whacked. Jack Murphy and John Berkery knew how to keep things under control but they had help from Marv Adleman-The Jewish Boxer who was the bouncer. This joint was surreal with many very tough dudes from K&A being told by Marv who was not so big to watch their behavior. After the bars closed, the lads would head to after-hour clubs such as The Randolph and The Continental in Germantown. Back in the day, many Germantowners hung at Gtn.&Erie including Frank Murphy,and Joe Leone,and my brothers who were not as reserved as me. I really liked Germantown Avenue and I did my thing from Gtn.&Girard to Gtn.&Bethlehem Pike,The Loop. I wasted a lot of time in my callow youth and if I had spent more time in libraries, I could have had better rapport with some of the many intellectuals and members of The Literati on this great Germantown Web-site.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-24-2012]

Ray Dawes: Must one be from the Class of 1957 to attend the Buck Hotel event on May 8?
Jeannie Sprissler, Class of 1963 now in Scotland [03-24-2012]

RIGHT YOU ARE, WHOEVER YOU ARE, ANONYMOUS, We Catholics have much more fun than you Protestants. . . at spring parish carnivals with warm tap beer, 50-50 tickets (6 for $5),Frank Sinatra-like (?) singers, crying babies, First Communion girls in their bejeweled tiaras, pulled pork sandwiches on Amoroso rolls, abbreviated ferris wheels, Night at the Races (win 2 bucks, maybe), granny's best brownies--2/$1--from the sweets table,cotton candy in great swirls, talking with your parish priest who knows all your sins alphabetically, avoiding the the nun who knows you never volunteered for the school's Play Day, dry cleaning your good Ralph Lauren shirt, when you get home, from that unavoidable ice cream cone disaster. Yep, I'd say we Catholics have a pret-ty good life. More fun than Methodists? Possibly Presbyterians?
Joe Lynch--How do I know? The Bible tells us so. [03-24-2012]

I am not from Germantown but someoen from Germantown area has passed and I wanted to make y'all aware of it. I might be adopting his surviving dog, Mollie. INFO: Yannessa, Thomas D. Thomas D. Yannessa passed away March 2, 2012 at his home in Dallas, TX surrounded by family. He graduated Class of 1963 from the U.S. Naval Academy, served in Vietnam and continued with a 22 year career in the FBI. Tom was a dedicated agent - always wanting to be the first through the door and the first to celebrate at the local pub! He is survived by daughter Tammy Hover (Scott), son Tom Yannessa (Lisa), seven grandchildren and one great grandchild, as well as two brothers, Francis P. Yannessa and retired Col. Joseph C. Yannessa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the National Parkinson Foundation www.parkinson.org/donate. Memorial Service and internment will be at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium in Annapolis Maryland. Full obituary and guestbook online at www.thomasdyannessa. memory-of.com
Sean Foley, Dallas, Texas [03-24-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey, You are very welcome. I want to thank you for your goodly reports on parish reorganization and other matters affecting Germantown. You are right about the old folks-they were/are a treasure. Talk to them and love them while they are living-we'll miss them when they are gone.
Jim McKernan, Greenville NC [03-24-2012]

Anonymous 03-20-2012 I might disagree with your premise about Protestant "fun".I used to attend a Episcopalian service and the Rector remarked to me...we Anglicans are very social...whenever you see four of us together you will find a 'fifth'!
Jim McKernan, Prof. Eastern North Carolina [03-24-2012]

Dennis McG> We finally agree on something. :) I too wish I had asked my grandmother more (any) questions when she was alive. Her trip from Ireland to Ellis Island... How she decided on Philadelphia...What was my mom like as a young girl..., but also, it doesn't make sense, but it seems to me that the older generations, my dad included, were not as verbose as we are; or maybe they were just more guarded. It's a shame. Either way there is a lot of lost memories.
John Payne, Children were seen and herded...something like that. [03-24-2012]

CMM> A follow up. I just clicked on the site you posted. That's a beatiful beach. I wouldn't mind visiting there. Cheers.
John Payne, Landlocked in Florida inside a 50 square mile bubble called The Villages. [03-24-2012]

OK Lou. I looked her up. (Joan Fontaine). Starred in Rebecca (didn't see it...I don't think), and Suspicion...same. I cannot picture her (no pun intended). She was the sister of Olivia DeHaviland according to Goo...gle. :) That last note is for the Goo-Goo followers. A lot of people don't even know that Google was named after Goo. He was a font of facts and trivia. :)
John Payne, The gift of myrth, bestowed at birth, helps one endure the planet earth. [03-24-2012]

LOU, How cool is that! Imagine THE Joan Fontaine. I wasnt even sure if she was still alive. I'd be excited too.

Richie, you remember those days, and you know what you get better with time. I so remember Bobby Delkrainian, the soccer coach at Southern Connecticut. He was recruting him for his soccer team, and he knew I knew him. He was comming to the all star game at Chestnut Hill Academy. Bobby called me that morning and I told him I was not going to go. He said hey how will I know who he is. The high temperature that Saturday was 22 degrees, and he'll be the only one in a t-shirt. He must have found him cause he went to S. Connecticut. Where were you on that day. Probably at Sid's helping my mom. She thanked you for that.
Duncan Hubley, Have not moved to Florida yet, but still older than you. [03-24-2012]

Hey Bruce thanks for the compliments, but I was a much better coach than athlete. I have to check my schedule, hmmmm, lets see. I open every day next week and the week after until April 12. I have a series of doctors appointments: one for skin, one for heart, and one for knees, but for you I'll work around them. Name the day, place and time. Ohhhh I almost forgot, I have a luncheon with the GA boys on Thursday. March 29.
Duncan Hubley, 72 and aging in Limerick from Manheim U. [03-24-2012]

CMM> Thanks for the expanded explanation. That makes a lot of sense to me, and is a legitimate reason for a public official (and a concerned constituant)to try to block the filming of the show. Having been a resident of New Jersey for eight years, I am aware of how a locale's reputation can be tarnished by a slice of the population. (Of course, when I was there, the slice of the population was the elected officials. LOL)
John Payne [03-24-2012]

Dennis, I'm not Catholic, but I'll tell you this...Catholics are allowed to have more fun than a lot of Protestants. Your carnivals have gambling tents, you can drink beer, and have a good old time. You'll not see such indulgence at a Protestant gathering.
anonymous [03-23-2012]

ATTENTION ! All you movie buffs--I wrote to Joan Fontaine & asked for her autograph a few weeks ago--Lo & Behold I received her signature today--on a 3x5 card that said " For Louis, Joan Fontaine " I will be framing her autograph like it was a relic. Lou Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr G DOS [03-23-2012]

Joe Lynch concerning blog of the cost of things today I found a dime in Publixs parking lot today, not much in todays market but I was thinking of how much I could've bought at Moes in the on the way home from school in the late fifties and early sixties. I went to SFA with your sister Kathy. Richie
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-23-2012]

BUCKY DURNEY and all S.F.A. STUDENTS Bud Ballard keeps calling iT the classof 56 reunion luncheon, but there are people from all classes in the 50tys and early 60tys. The lunch is at the Buck hotel in Feasterville. May the 8th at noon. cost runs around $20 three cource meal desert and tip included. Please contact Bud Ballard on this site His contact info is on this site, several of our class will be there. Last count is 31 lads and ladys
ray dawes, class of 57 S.F.A [03-23-2012]

bucky dumey the sfa reunion luncheon is on tuesday, may 8, 2012, at 12 noon at the buck hotel, 1200 buck road feasterville, pa 19053. if you are going to attend, send a message to your thoughts, listing the name of the persons who are going to attend. cost for the luncheon is the total of the bill divided by the number of person who attend the luncheon. bud ballard
ORVILLE T. BALLARD, sfa class 56 & nechs 60 [03-23-2012]

Duncan Hubley: Being a graduate of Germantown Academy, you must truly be one of the intellectuals who was mentioned on this site,LOL. However, I do know that you were an excellent athlete and an outstanding soccer player. Prior to the posts about St. Patrick's Day and comments from our very intelligent bloggers about Irish history and culture, there was interesting commentary about soccer from many of your friends from the soccer- world including Dave Linn. I know a few people who are going to the World-cup and I would have gone with my wife[RIP] since Ludmila was was very interested in football[soccer] having grown up in Argentina. A blogger by the name of Joe Drosey mentioned Bob Charlanza who was your old Manheim U corner-boy from Wissy&Manheim. If you ever get connected with Bob C.,let me know. I visit Fort Washington often and this is the venue for the beautiful campus of GA,your old-alma mater. We could do lunch at Zake's which is the spot for GA teachers including my nephew. You played basketball against his father at Fernhill and he was the bald-headed dude with the hook-shot-Doc. If you would ever want to have lunch at Zake's or The Springhouse Tavern up The Pike, I would take time from my busy schedule to make it happen. It was sad that you never got together with me and Dave Heil,our mutual friend. Duncan! You were a glib intellectual but continue to do your thing-kicking.
Bruce Schmiit [03-23-2012]

JBS -- pretty sure the pen & pencil club still exists, but i've never been there (in the 34-plus years i've worked at the daily news). jack mckinney = definite all-timer! can't say i saw him in the office too often, though. here's a story people might enjoy: i was raised presbyterian, but always played on sports teams packed with catholic players/coaches. we'd always get together for pregame hail marys and, of course, i had no idea what the words. so i'd mumble, mumble, mumble through the prayer and then, at the end, belt out with everyone else, "lady of victory pray for us!" . . . note to peter coyle: i hope all is well, pal. somehow, regular coke is not a good idea for diabetics (smile).
Ted Silary [03-23-2012]

John Payne: Yes, you and I both exercise our freedom of choice by using the remote, so I would never watch 'Jersey Shore' or the soon-to-be Aussie offshoot of it. However, the issue isn't censorship. The mayor of Sutherland Shire, where Cronulla Beach, the proposed site for shooting 'The Shire', is located, doesn't want the area stigmatized as the location of such a trashy show. It is an upmarket beachside suburb but was the site of Australia's worst race riots in recent history just a few years ago and it has taken that long to overcome the bad rap and resultant decline in tourism, etc. The mayor is rightfully looking out for her constituents, rather than the Ten network and the program's producers who will make big bucks producing a trashy show for 'bogans'. Here's a link with some photos: www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Recreation/Beaches/Cronulla_Beach
CMM [03-23-2012]

Jack Glemser, grew up on Marion St between Ashmead & Manheim Sts in the 30's & 40's, passed away on March 7 at 84 years young. Jack ran the Texaco service station at Greene & Seymour Sts, I'm sure many of the guys worked there as teenagers. His was a fun loving uncle to the 12 Henigan's on Knox St. We would have to walk past his station every day to get to St Francis and he would make sure to call out to us with some kind of joke just to let us know that he saw us. He would often stop by our house to visit before going home after work. He had a hearty laugh and a great story to tell. He could remember a face & name even if he had not seen you in many years. Would love to hear any stories you may have of Jack. There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday March 24 at 11am at St David's RC Church, 316 Easton Rd. Willow Grove
Pat Henigan Niedzielski, 5216 Knox St [03-23-2012]

Joe L.> I think about that price inflation a lot. 25 cents for that 2 cents Tootsie Pop, means that my grandson will pay....hmm, let me seeeeee, a twelve times increase, yes, there it is, $3.00 for a tootsie pop. Wow! That's worse than 10,000 nastercies (sp) for the dancing woman.
John Payne, I'm losing money on each unit, but I'm making up for it in volume. [03-23-2012]

Give Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald a break Bruce, she didnt drive Scott to drink. Albeit, she had enough problems of her own, but in the end, they both like the drink and enjoyed raising hell together. I think he wrote just as well when sober. As always - enjoying your posts.

Jim McKernan, thank you for the info on British conscription of the Irish and what came of it. One problem, if you want to call it that, with youth is that you live for the moment, with maybe an eye on the future. How many look or take an interest in their past until its too late. My grandparents have been dead for between 30 to 45 years. But, oh how I wish I had taken an interest in my roots while they were still alive. There is so much I would like to ask and to know.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-23-2012]

John Payne ... Thank you. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-23-2012]

Rosemarie HM...Good balanced post. Nice to see.
John Payne, can't get to heav'n in a trolley car, 'cause a trolley car don't go that far [03-22-2012]

Chooch you're right about Stephen but we tried to keep it quiet about Dobbins. He said he was the best center forward Fox Chase ever had. He wasn't bad in basketball either, he never saw a shot he didn't like but pass the ball he didn't know how to spell the word. Duncan you mentioned Enfield, do you remember many many years ago during one summer you took Moe, Jack Yoskowitz and me to play against some of your buddies from the Cricket Club and after we were done they told you not to bring me anymore. I loved it when you called me on Sunday mornings and asked if I would help you and play for GA. You guys were so bad it was great playing defense with Moe we had plenty of action because your offense sucked' it was like kicking the ball against the wall it would keep coming back to us. I loved every minute of it. Richie
Richard Pio, Born and bred in G-town 1950-95, now in Ocala Fl. [03-22-2012]

THINGS YOU JUST NEVER GET OVER: When did those two cent Tootsie Pops go up to a quarter? And Tasty-Kake chocolate cup cakes go up to a buck-eighty-nine. Where was I? Cokes in a bottle (not even real cane sugar) one dollar, 75 cents, for 20 ounces in a vending machine. You could get a Coke with vanilla for fifteen cents at Dave's. (Mike Sweeney would draw it for you.) And water--WATER--one to two dollars., and, get this, Nestle water comes out of the tap from Allentown, Pa. Blows me away, it does. A Honda CRV with a list price over 30 grand! I remember Charlie Durkin won a raffle at SFA in the the 1950s and he won a Pontiac luxury convertible worth $3000. Largest, longest car I ever saw. $3000 dollars! But it was the 25 cent Tootsie Pop that got me.I am looking at those Candy Buttons on a strip that used to cost, what, a quarter. I paid a dollar, 75 cents, for a strip of buttons in a moment of nostalgia. I look at it as I type this blog and wonder: when can I afford to eat those candy buttons that look suspiciously like Xanax. Costs are relative to the eras you compare, of course. The drinks at Crane's in Germantown were the best bargains we ever saw. Passable food for a few bucks, then those drinks--and I don't even drink. You'd always meet your friends in that tiny bar on Fridays, and you could afford some debauchery if you were so inclined. (I wasn't, damn it.) Now, the old Pub had fabulous food on Allegheny Ave. 3 loaves of bread for free, 25 cents for a huge fruit cup, heads of lettuce with all the bleu cheese you could fling, and, so much food, you had to package the prime rib for another day! You could feel upper-middle-class at Crane's and the Pub Take a date, take your wife, you could always have an umbrellaed (?) exotic drink like a whiskey sour or old fashioned. Once again, you could feel classy for a little bit of money. When I bought my first VW for 1600 dollars in 1965, my life changed. I went mobile and agile. I could date with impunity. I could see upward mobility with my 71 dollar weekly check for teaching. Well, that's the story of my life. What's your outrage?
Joe Lynch--Take the training wheels off. [03-22-2012]

Ted Silary: Your last post resonated with me when you stated that you never understood the drinking-thing. I was in a similar quandary with the great Irish Writers whose creative juices were enhanced when they imbibed. James Joyce,the great Irish-writer and author of "Ulysses" comes to mind. F. Scott Fitzgerald,"The Great Gatsby", liked his alcohol-his wife,Zelda, drove him to drink. The two great Irish-American writers from New York,Jimmy Breslin and The Jesuit-educated Pete Hamill liked to hang-out in gin-mills and bistros. Pete Hamill even wrote a book,"The Drinking Life". Many Philly athletes and writers hung out at The Cherry Tavern on Cherry St. which had been operated by Tex Flannery,the great coach from LaSalle High and Germantown. Five blocks east on Cherry St. was Mace's Which was operated by my old Prep classmate,Mace Thompson. Many athletes and writers also frequented Mace's. There was a club near Rittenhouse Square, called" The Pen and Pencil Club" which was the quintessential venue for writers who liked a cocktail. There was a sports-writer from The Daily News whom you might have known,Jack McKinney, and he held court at "The Pen and Pencil Club". Jack McKinney graduated from The Prep in 1946 and was taught by Urban Schmitt,my father. You grew up in East Germantown which was not that far from Jack McKinney's old neighborhood,Olney. You read about 2 great Irish Raconteurs on this site,Thomas Gooney Walsh and Doctor Jack Flaherty and if Jack McKinney had joined them for a brew, they would have been "The Three Irish Musketeers". Jack McKinney was a legend at The Pen and Pencil Club and he could be intimidating both intellectually and physically. Jack McKinney was a walking-encyclopedia with a vast knowledge of sports,music, the world,poetry,literature,and politics. He was friend of Sonny Liston who was managed by Blinky Palermo who had an unique biography if you know what I mean. There are some bloggers on this site who know a lot about Irish History and Politics- Jack McKinney traveled to Northern Ireland and he was connected with many Irish Activists. Jack also traveled to Latin America and his classmate at The Prep was Paul Sigmund who is one of the leading latin_American Scholars in The World. Jack McKinney was a charismatic guy whether in the newsroom,the radio,or doing his thing at a club or a bistro.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-22-2012]

Pseudo-Intellectual Ed.
Gman [03-22-2012]

I'm a class of 57 SFA and see that Ray Dawes has mentioned a lunch get togther. Currently out of town till April 6 and also do live a distance from good old G'town but what are the details? Thanks.
Bucky Durney [03-22-2012]

CMM> Agreed, Jersey Shore is a dreadful show, but we have the remote, so we can change to a show of our choice. I am not familiar with the TV offerings in Australia. Is there a limited or restricted amount that can be transmitted. If so, I understand you and the mayor, but if there is an unfettered marketplace, what is the difference if it comes to Oz? Folks will certainly be able to do as we do here in the states, and tune in or tune out at their discretion. Why the censorship? Serious question, not an arguement.
John Payne [03-22-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey, Your gran was correct. In fact 'conscription' of Irishmen to serve in the Great War was a principal reason for the Uprising in 1916 and founding of Sinn Fein the political party which won the general election then.I have a poster of Irish people marching in Dublin with massive banners reading "No Conscription"! The Irish losses were horrific. It is estimated the Irish lost more (per capita of population) than the English, Welsh or Scots in WW1 They were often seen as "cannon fodder' Of course huge numbers of Protestant Loyalists joined from the North of Ireland but the losses were high all over Ireland.Eventually conscription was dropped owing to the national outcry across Ireland.
Jim McKernan, Greenville NC "Tobacco Road" [03-22-2012]

Ed Farrar, yes, we’re all very intelligent here. Any one of us here could say and relate to Fredo Corleone’s famous line from The Godfather II, “I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!”....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-22-2012]

I think Mister McGlinchey might be a tad wrong in saying that Protestants have more fun and it's easier for them to get to the Pearly Gates, and that Catholics are held to a higher standard. Yes while Catholics have more rules and regulations, mostly man made, to adhere, most religions have the same basic rules.....The Ten Commandments. Its the man made rules of the Catholic Church that gets most people eternal damnation of their souls. There was a time when, if a Catholic were to eat meat on Friday, then died, without confession, they would go directly to Hell. Of course that rule has been changed. The great Theologian George Carlin, covered this in his album "Class Clown". Basically he stated that the Church had too many rules, and they kept on changing them.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-22-2012]

Ed Farrar, You are right on and now some of these very old gentlemen even think they are Saint Patrick.
anonymous [03-22-2012]

Dennis, I've been away awhile, but don't Catholics still get the checkered flag by simply reciting a "good" act of contrition, i.e., a "Sorry Lord?"
JohnPayne [03-22-2012]

The fate of the parishes in the northwestern section of the city will finally be announced this Friday, March 23. Unless an unforeseen miracle occurs, expect the news on IC and SFA to not be good. Can’t say for sure if the parishioners of SFA were notified, but the parishioners at IC were notified of the pending closing on January 1. It’s not if it will close, but when. I don’t know why the Archdiocese dragged their feet with the decision, but sensitivity to those affected was never their strongpoint in such matters. In the case of IC, closing the parish July 1, which is the best guess at this point, won’t allow enough time to plan a proper goodbye because the parish no longer has its hall. I don’t fault the Archdiocese on the closings. Sad as it may be, the reality is that they no longer have the Catholic numbers these days in Germantown. IC was once a very large parish serving the East Germantown Catholic community, and whose school graduated an estimated 80,000-85,000 students over its lifetime. But, they are now down to 250 families, and that decline was expected to continue. Something had to give, but still sad nonetheless to those who these parishes were a part of their lives and personal history.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-22-2012]

JBS ­ your posts are usually of an exclusive world and characters that I don’t know, so I find that I usually skim and skip. Not only did I read that last one fully, but I enjoyed it. I never knew or even heard of Doc Flaherty, but sure enjoyed reading about him. Sad to hear he was shot, that it lead to his closing his office in Germantown. Seems our world sure could use more folks like him right now. I even Googled Earth on Germantown & Venango to see where the old Shamrock was. Couldn’t quite figure it out where it was for sure.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-22-2012]

Hi Erda, Its funny you would bring that St.Patricks song up since that is the only part that i remember too! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-22-2012]

I never remembered so many people being so intellectual in Gtown. I must have been raised on the wrong side of the Gtown tracks.
Ed Farrar, Chester, VA [03-21-2012]

Joe Lynch, I enjoyed so very much you description of what us poor Catholic boys and girls went through growing up and I too would often wonder how my dear proestant friends were going to get into heaven without all of those prayers, duties, and penance for all of our sins ...but, to my suprise they were getting in the same way as the rest of us .. good clean living and with good hearts, and kindness towards each other ...Thanks, Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-21-2012]

Awhile back I commented on the caliber of the cast of 'Jersey Shore'. Then, lo and behold, I read that it's coming to Australia. Now a local spin-off is in production and the mayor of the Sydney beachside suburb where the pilot was filmed is appalled and threatening to install a boom gate to prevent filming from starting next week. She said the video clip she saw was "all fake boobs and beer. I couldn't believe it. All I saw was people talking about getting drunk and being porn stars and falling down stairs." The Sutherland Shire Council moved on Monday night to withhold cooperation with the production but, after meeting with the mayor, representatives for the network and producers promised to return with a more palatable pitch. The mayor added, "Basically it was horrific and I've told them that if that is what the show will be about then I will do everything in my power to ensure they do not get over that bridge (onto the beach at Cronulla)." Good on her!
CMM [03-21-2012]

Marie Bommentre [03-21-2012]

Ron Tomkins coached Enfield soccer club, took an under 21 team to England in 1983, and worked for Upper Dublin Township. I last saw Ron about three years ago in a diner on Mount Carmel Avenue in Glenside. He had retired from Upper Dublin Township, and was just getting old like me. Duncan Hubley.
Duncan Hubley, McKean Avenue born in 1939 [03-21-2012]

I remember going to mass on St Patrick's Day at St Vincent's de Paul.. The thing I remember the most is sing the hymn to St Patrick's "Great and Glorious St Patrick” “The father of our country and the country of our people” “Great and glorious St Patrick” That is all I remember of the song but it rings in my head whenever I think of St Patrick’s Day..
Erda Armstrong Graham, From the Westside of Germantown [03-21-2012]

Joe Lynch...Fantastic recollection of being Irish Catholic in the 1950's. Really put into perspective what it took to be Catholic. No wonder we had 12 years of religion to learn all the ins and outs LOL. The late George Carlin, basically summed up the situation, the same as you, when he said: I used to be Irish Catholic- now I'm an American. Y'know, you grow....yeah. I was from one of those Irish neighborhoods in New York. One of those kind of parish schools. Wasn't typical. It was, Corpus Christi was the name of it. Could have been any Catholic church, right? "Our Lady of Great Agony" ..."St. Rita Moreno" ..."Our Lady of Perpetual Motion"- What's the difference what you call it? The church part and the neighborhood part were typical but the school was not. It wasn't one of those old fashioned parish kinda prison schools with a lot of corporal punishment and Sister Mary Discipline with the steel ruler, right? (SMACK!) OOOWWWWW! MY HAND! AAAAUGGH! And you'd fall two years behind in penmanship, right? "Well, he's behind in penmanship, Mrs. Carlin. I don't know why." He's crippled. He's trying to learn to write with his left hand.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-21-2012]

John&Patrick Flaherty: Many of us on this site knew the legendary Doctor John Flaherty. Your father knew everybody in West Germantown,East Germantown and all Philly neighborhoods. He was smart,witty,and possessed that great Irish Personality. His street-smarts saved his life when he was shot in Lou's Pharmacy at Wayne&Manheim and faked being wounded. If I recall, he immediately closed his office next to The Hollow. My sister,Joan,had a pharmacy at Queen lane&laurens and was held up and decided to work for Lou at the pharmacy where Doc Flaherty,your father, was shot. It was a good thing that Thomas Gooney Walsh was not there when this incident occurred since there would have been a different ending. As you know, Gooney was a very nice man with a big heart but he did not like bad actors. At his funeral in Penn-Del,there were long lines,and Our lady of Grace Church was packed. Thomas J. Gooney Walsh was so well liked since he did good for so many people and he was so human. Your father,Doc Flaherty knew many characters,and he had rapport with roofers,construction workers,doctors,lawyers and Indian Chiefs. I last saw your father hanging out with Bobby Goo Guarinello,the legendary Hollow guy,and muscle-bound Nick Abber at Crane's on 333 West Queen Lane. Your father knew the entire Crane Family and he might have also known Tommy Crane from LaSalle High. Your father knew another legendary guy,John Berkery,and Jack Murphy who tended bar at the famous Shamrock at Gtn&Venago. Your dad went to St. Francis as did the aforementioned lads. He also knew Jack Scanlan and Ed Kane,the lawyer who also went to SFA. Your cousin,Tom Cueball Cusack also went to SFA but he was much younger than Doc Flaherty. Cueball also knew Gooney and also has that dynamic Irish Personality. Cueball Cusack also went to LaSalle and he will bringing some of his LaSalle friends to a Germantown Reunion at The Buck in May-he looks like Joe Pesci. It would be great if The Flaherty Brothers could make this event. I am very happy that both of you submitted such beautiful posts. Doctor John Flaherty had such an unique and engaging personality and my sister,Joan,and I liked him a lot-he was never boring and always on top of his game.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-21-2012]

To our diligent and faithful webmaster: I know we Germantowners can be a stiff-neck group, but when you suddenly disappear, over the second most important date on the calendar (Patty's Day), the devil in me thinks: Relapse? Rehab? So glad it was neither. Welcome back!
kevin, Old St. Vincent's, '58 [03-21-2012]

Theodore, very surprised that you switched to DIET Coke. There is probably still Coke bottles in the bushes on Rittenhouse St.
Peter F. Coyle, Lafayette Hill, Pa [03-21-2012]

Bob E talking about All Public's from the 1970's, I forgot about my friend Steve Pio 72'/73' All Public from Dobbins. Ted Silary been to your site often and didn't realize you had roots in G-Town until I started reading this site. To the Flaherty's, your dad was awesome, one of the last doctor's to make house visits. Made many visits to my house. Thanks for sharing him with the neighborhood.
jim Coleman, Manheim St, G-Town Boys Club [03-21-2012]

RONNIE CARMODY MCINTYRE you also are St Francis graduate are invited to the luncheon and if you converse with other young woman from our school please pass along the inviatazion. Hope see many of you there.
Raymond Dawes, class of 57 St. Francis [03-21-2012]

My friend, you are confusing critique with anger. Be well.
John Payne [03-21-2012]

John and Patrick Flaherty: you may not know me but I was a friend of your Dad's back in the day. He, Lou Cetrulo used to go to Eagle Games together. We all had season tickets. I am talking here about the mid 60's. We had many many good times and laughs with him.
Louis F Pauzano,Sr, 70 yrs, south phila [03-21-2012]

Tis two days after Paddy's Day. His name was Padraig in Erse. I see many label him 'Patty' as if he were a high school hussy. I love Paddy Whiskey but I only drink it in Ireland (its hard to find in america!) Aye, Kevin, my older brother of a year-the tatooed 101st Airborne soldier who was a year ahead o me. I heard the same stories-and fondly loved "uncle jonnie" the worst part is Kevin didn't tell you the fookin Royal Mounties tracked him down and executed him in the gold fields of Alaska territory. I heard this news when i returned to my granny fanny's farm in Stragraddy/Letterkenny Donegal. They new the facts. Hughie Gallagher motored me down the mountain past his fifty sheep on their bellies in the mountan grass. I was asked to speak at a gathering of the families--four cottages-mostly Gallaghers . My Granny left Donegal on a sail ship in 1890'... a young girl that sent her off hugged me before her turf fire bright in 1971. We went down the mountain in Hughie's old Morris Minor and arrived in Gartan at the pub. There were fiddlers and mad irishmen singing and dancing and lots of drinkin. In the morning, I drove the lads with drunk instructions from a lil man and neighbour-we arrived back up a treacherous mountain road to my g. My grandmothers cottage adoraranny;s homestead. Twas in the break o day light. The windows were slanted and doors at crazy angles...crooked with the cottage settled into the mountainside-Hughie said"if its straight-you are pissed". In the early morning, after the dancing by the firepcae, Cissy the wif made us bowls of "Champ". Pure mashed potatoes and butter and spinach greens to give you heart for the farm day. I was not to stay the day. I was back to my teaching in Derry. Cissy put some Gartan white clay inside my battery box on my motorcycle "to save me from a fiery death" she explained later. Cis Mac Fadden I love you! This is another Irish story. Jimmy McKernan I am trying to post as an attachment the tunes and voice of the world's greatest tenor- John McCormack of about 1910. Slan amach! www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcz9WkIspe4
Jimmy McKernan, Professor Greenville NC [03-21-2012]

Mary Marshall, I tried to contact you but my email to you keeps returning undeliverable. I have info on the Gonzaga Home, contact info and photos. Contact me at dmcg1956@gmail.com
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-21-2012]

the last four brewing co. in phila. were gretz 1880-1960 esslinger 1868-1964 ortlieb 1866-1981 schmidts 1891-1984 drank them all in gtn
B C [03-21-2012]

Wow Ed Burke, the largest St. Patrick's Day celebration and parade in the world being in Savannah Georgia with a million expected. I never knew that. I would have guessed one of the northeastern cities or Chicago Thanks for passing that on.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-21-2012]

Joe Lynch, yes, we Catholics certainly do have standards, maybe even higher standards, that we have to adhere to. Some of the standards have been laxed over the years. Some more laxing would be ok too. Protestants definitely have more fun. They can do whatever they want, live it up and still get to heaven just by uttering a “Sorry Lord”. Catholics have to work harder for that entry into the afterlife.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-21-2012]

Kevin McKernan, I’ve heard it said that my grandfather left Ireland to avoid British conscription during WWI. I never really understood what that meant, and certainly didn’t know that danger followed those that left for that reason. My aunt always said he came over here through Canada. Other than that, we really know nothing of him from around that time of coming over or how he ended up in Philly. What we know of him starts in 1925 when he married my grandmother. He did eventually become a citizen. Thank you for that story. It sort of sheds some light on to my grandfather’s story.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-21-2012]

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