When a friend gave us a fabulous photo album crammed with Philadelphia area nightlife photos from the 1960s, we had no idea how to identify the hundreds of celebrities, politicians and “just plain folks” in its pages.
But that’s before we learned that – while the rest of the world operates on six degrees of separation – Philadelphians know just about everyone in this city of neighborhoods.
“HE’S A BUM….HE’S FROM BROOKLYN!”
Early on, we took our album slide show to the South Philadelphia Older Adults Center and the Charles Santore Library, both on Passyunk Avenue and both filled with longtime residents. (And many thanks to Older Adults program director Deborah Hoffer and librarian Jeanne Hamman for setting up those shows.)
Audience members identified everything from South Philly’s Venus Lounge to middleweight world boxing champion Joey Giardello, whose life-sized statue stands on Passyunk Avenue.