Comments: Thank you!! Jim, Bob and Dave. So there was such a place and it was a restaurant! It looked so different.
Speaking of different, I was the Phila. Church project was still up and running. Not just for nostalgia - which was very important to me. So many of those churches I had been in myself or had friends whose parishes were mentioned.
Project even mentioned my current parish - St. Philomena - in "someplace called Lansdowne". That was funny. If you say Upper Darby, people know what you are talking about. If you say Lansdowne, people are like 'where', 'what', 'do you mean Lansdale'? Lansdowne and Lansdale are many miles apart, different counties, different directions, etc. Lansdowne is right outside Upper Darby.
Now here is the something different I would have loved to contact that site about. Very close to St. Philomena is a Buddist Temple. Yes, you read right. It looks so incongruous in the area. It is flanked by residences on the side it is on and the other side of the street is a very distressed, run down area (e.g. abandoned train tracks). Ok not strictly a church but would qualify as a place of worship. I am regretting that I never contacted the site. However, it is worth seeing if you are down that way.
Added: December 8, 2014
Submitted by Name: Dave Voigtsberger From: kerbaugh st. then, port saint lucie,fl now E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: Stretching my memory! I can remember getting tomato pies there, but not pizza. You folks were a ways behind me and my group. I don't remember pizza coming in till lots later.
Comments: Mike, I am so thankful to you for getting the site back up and running. Kudos!! Now back to my issue of the restaurant (maybe?) on Rising Sun Ave. Does anyone out there know what I am talking about? I know that I did not imagine it, I was with other people. No one knew for sure what it was. Replies much appreciated.
Comments: Being very nostalgic this Thanksgiving eve....graduated St. Stephen's in June '63.... Many fond memories of St. Stephen's.....older brother Louis, and older sister Patty graduating before me.....still have my class photo '63....can upload if anyone is interested...LMK....-Deby.
Comments: Good work Mike. And while I'm on I just want to extend a hope for a blessed Thanksgiving Day to all the SSS gang. I still miss the North vs. Frankford game.
Added: November 26, 2014
Submitted by Name: Michael Finnegan From: Bakers Lane now Kennett Square E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: Bad news - I had to move the entire web site to a new hosting company as the old one suddenly went out of business. Good news - I moved everything and the new hosting company has no issues with the photo album software that I was using, so PICTURES ARE BACK! Happy Thanksgiving.
Comments: The mention of Temple Hospital brings back memories. I was walking distance from it. It was our 'family' hospital - our G.P. was there (today the term is family medicine), any hospitalizations we had were there. Also it seems everyone in the neighborhood either worked there at one time, full or part-time or volunteered. It is incredible when you see how it has really spread out.
Everyone on this site seems to remember Charlie's for pizza. Here is a place I need help with. I always used to walk up Rising Sun Ave as a short cut to the Century movie since it took you onto Erie Ave. On the way, a few blocks after Old York Road there was something that did not seem to belong there. It looked like an Italian Trattoria (sorry if redundant), it had outdoor stone tables and seats. Friends that I walked with said it was a restaurant but no one knew anyone who had actually eaten there. The surrounding area was heavily urban, this place looked completely rural. It would be like finding a palm tree in Alaska. Someone besides me must know about this. Help, if you remember. Was it a restaurant and who ate there?
Wishing everyone a happy, safe Thanksgiving.
Added: November 24, 2014
Submitted by Name: Edward Gavin, Class of '55 From: Nicetown then, S. Phila. now E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: Last Saturday I drove to Newton, N.J. to attend a concert presented by the New Sussex Symphony. Joe Kulick, who graduated from Saint Stephen's in 1950, is a '* * * in the orchestra. I learned of Joe (the older brother of my classmate Sandra Kulick) in March, 2013, during an exchange in this guest book about musical ambitions. John O'Brien was in on this exchange, too. Joe wrote about learning to play the 'cello at North Catholic. When he graduated from North he stopped playing the instrument only to pick it up fifty years later after his retirement. After a few years of lessons and practice he was invited to join the New Sussex Symphony. I was so impressed with his accomplishment that I drove to Newton in November, 2013, to attend a concert there and meet Joe. Unfortunately, because of a medical problem, Joe was unable to play in that concert, but I did meet him and we chatted for a while. I received an e-mail from him last month letting me know the date for the first concert of this season. The good news is that he's back in the 'cello section of the orchestra, still dealing with some medical problems, but he's performing. Good on ya, Joe!