Christmas My Way: Day Two

A clip from an ANDY WILLIAMS CHRISTMAS circa 1965. These shows were an absolute tradition in homes every holiday for many years.


From MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL, which was a TV Special, but I also saw it shown on the big screen at the TOWER THEATER in Upper Darby. For many years, syndicated TV prints of this omitted the Broadway play framing at the beginning and end, only leaving the actual Dickens adaptation. The voice of Bob Cratchett is Jack Cassidy, a Broadway star and the father of David Cassidy. Jack later married Shirley Jones, who is David’s stepmother.

A COCA-COLA Christmas as from the 70’s. Feel free to sing along. The song , I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING, was a Top Hit for the Hilltop Singers because of this ad.

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Old Friends

Talking to a friend about the TOWER THEATER in Upper Darby got me to thinking, a rare occurrence indeed.

At 54, I have now reached the outer rim of being able to wax nostalgic about “Why, in my day, yada, yada, yada…”). It feels very weird, because when I was younger, I figured that some of these were cool, but hey, welcome to progress 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, etc.

However, as I now look at what I remember from “back in the day” and think back to my dad and mom’s stories “back in the day”, I realize that they were not really talking about a physical thing being missing, but an atmosphere, a feeling , a moment in time. They didn’t miss the corner ice cream shop, they missed what it meant.

I figured I’d take the advice of a good friend and Phillies fan, JTRamsey, and just reminisce about the Philly I knew growing up, not some much what I saw, but what I felt.

So, as I figure out WordPress and figure out where I go moving forward, watch for some gentle thoughts and I invite you to add yours to the memories. In addition, ask me questions, and I’ll try to fill in the blanks.

In this, I hope to paint a vibrant mind picture of why other things that I mention in other blog posts are so important to me. Why the concept that “Hey, old friend, that’s cool, but this is the future” is intriguing and inevitiable, but maybe not necessarily exclusive of what went before…

Hey, old friend,

Are you okay, old friend?

What do you say, old friend,

Are we or are we unique?

Time goes by, Everything else keeps changing.

You and I, We get continued next week.


Most friends fade

Or they don’t make the grade.

New one’s are quickly made

And in a pinch, sure, they’ll do.

But us, old friend,

What’s to discuss, old friend?

Here’s to us —

who’s like us?


Damn few!