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Nov 19 13 11:35 AM

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It has just come to my attention that another great Germantowner has passed on.  Larry Rinaldi, husband of Rosemarie that posted on this site in the past died in late September.  Messages may be left on his guest book obituary page @  RIP

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Nov 22 13 12:54 PM

Another remembrance

"Now he belongs to the Ages."  These words, spoken over Lincoln's dead body by a friend, only occurred to me later, after the shock of learning that JFK had been assassinated in Dallas, Nov 22, 1963.  Though it occurred 50 yrs. ago today; I recall it like it was only yesterday.  Most of us remember where we were that day.  I was a young soldier serving in a remote and dangerous outpost off the DMZ in Korea.  I had been up all that night as "charge-of-quarters," monitoring communications and security when the news came through that our President was dead and everyone was to be put on the highest level of alert, should the North Koreans attempt to take advantage of this tragedy.  It fell to me to awaken everyone in the company with this news.  That wasn't easy.  Some of our older NCO's were hardened war veterans that had to be awakened very cautiously lest they come up swinging.  How their wives/girlfriends slept with them was always a mystery to me.  After their initial disbelief, denial, cursing and finally  acceptance, many of these warriors wept openly.  All recognized that something precious and irreplaceable had been taken away.  I certainly felt that way since it was JFK's tour through Germantown in 1960 that inspired me and others to ask what I could do to serve my country (so unlike today) that placed me in Korea in 1963 and later into his domestic peace corps.  It was a very inspiring time,  the likes of which I haven't seen again, brought to an abrupt ending by a bitter, maladjusted  pipsqueak (Oswald), and his $12.00 mail order rifle. 

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Nov 22 13 2:37 PM

Kevin, thanks for the update of the passing of Larry Rinaldi, our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Kevin in reading your comments about being taken as a class to the movie theater when in school, I wanted to add that in my class we never did that but the school did rent pictures and show them to the classes at 10 cents a student.At St Francis I also remember chances they had us sell at 10 cent a chance. They called the chances or raffle “Tombola”, each student was expected to sell at least one sheet for $1. My mother would not let us sell them door to door but having so many children she bought one sheet from each of us. I never heard the term “Tombola” elsewhere but as you can see I never forgot it.

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Nov 27 13 8:33 AM


The Thanksgiving magic of my family in Germantown started with watching the parade on TV or sometimes going down to see it live.Then us boys and my father would prepare for a hike in the Wissahickon usually starting at Rittenhouse’s Mill, and each year heading off in different directions. The girls would stay at home and help my mother prepare the meal, when my sisters got a little older they wanted to be part of the Wissahickon hike, so see things do not remain the same for long.To all our readers I wish you a very special and happy Thanksgiving.

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Nov 27 13 9:23 PM

An old Thanksgiving

Jack:  Your thoughtful Thanksgiving memories invoked some fond old memories of how we celebrated that day...back in the day.  I'm thinking of piles of autumn leaves, some for jumping into and others slowly smoldering under Dad's watchful eyes.  Blue sky, brisk air and Wister Woods' trees, now skeletal without their summer foliage, offered little resistance to family and friends that hiked over to La Salle College for some high-school football, sometimes cheering for North Catholic or my own alma mater, Dougherty.  Then home to enjoy the largest turkey Mom could buy and fit into the oven.  Some were so big I thought of them as "table-breakers."  All the top-drawer plates and cutlery were brought out for the occasion;  all available family members found seats around the extended dinning room table.  Just thinking of them all now (some are gone) makes me smile.  Others may use this date now to "shop 'til they drop;" but we preferred to eat 'til we dropped, rest up and then go for that delicious turkey sandwich.   It was all good.  Happy Thanksgiving!  

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Dec 4 13 5:29 PM

Some time ago I called the Germantown Library to see if they had back copies of the Germantown Courier, and they told me they have the 50, 60 and 70’s on micro-film. It aways was my intent on one of my trips up there to check thru some of these papers. I haven’t done it yet but on one of my trips I will,  I put these facts in so that if anyone else had the idea, they know that the newspapers are there.   I am not one that reads the obituaries, in fact only once did I look at them and this was in the 1970’s. I was visiting my parents in Jenkintown one summer and when the Jenkintown Times Chronicle came to the house I opened it up and the page that came open was the obituary section. There in front of me I saw a very brief write up that Dr. F. Hartung had died. He had been our family doctor for years and from the comments in Germantown Thoughts-----he had been the caring doctors for hundreds of others in Germantown-----I’ll never forget the office complex (an old stately home), with the immense fireplace in the waiting room. Of course I would never forget Dr. Hartung---truly a living saint.    Kevin told you of the little Santa Barbara library and John Fleming tells a little about the Florida libraries, so I thought I would say a little about the libraries in Houston Tx. What they are doing now with all the new libraries I think it is a good idea in that it makes total use of the building but I don’t like it. They are building new Community Colleges in all the new sections of the area and the library for the college becomes the community library as well. Few books in the library but well over a 100 computers there for student and public use---but it is almost always filled.Houston does have an excellent library for ancestry research. They actually have two buildings, one with all the research info and the other for 1000’s of family ancestry books that people made and gave to the library.

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