It was the last weekend of November, 2014, and we were celebrating our new holiday display: 26 lighted photos of South Philadelphia celebrities – drawn from our star-packed 1960s photo album – looked down from our windows onto E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.
(And, yes, everyone from Bobby Rydell and Fabian, to Al Martino and
Joey Giardello, will be back in our windows in January, 2016.)
Feeling festive, we headed out to Stogie Joe’s Tavern for a square pie with sausage and broccoli rabe.
It was the perfect choice: Stogie Joe’s Passyunk Avenue building once housed the gym where boxer Joey Giardello trained, and Joey was among our window celebrities.
But, like everything related to Art Tavani’s magical South Philadelphia photo album, the coincidences didn’t end there….
“NICE LOOKING MUSSELS!”
Soon we were comparing appetizers with the people at the next table.
“Be sure to check out our holiday windows on your way home,” we told them. “We’ve got everyone from Bobby Rydell to Fisher and Marks up there!”
(Singer and dancer Al Fisher, left, was the semi-straight man to comedian and jitterbug champ Lou Marks)
“Fisher and Marks?” one of the men asked. “I’m friends with Lou’s son!” Continue reading →