Thursday, April 16, 2009

A "real Philadelphian"

One has to love a writer (and Hawk alumnus) who gets 'it'. The following from the Philadelphia Inquirer...

Queenan has written about growing up in working-class Irish American Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s, primarily in the Schuylkill Falls housing project, about eight blocks from this corner, in Closing Time: A Memoir (Viking, $26.95).

Queenan, lanky and gray-haired, wears his Phillies hat all around the town where he lives, up the Hudson from New York City. He took his son and daughter, who are in their 20s, to the Phillies' last World Series game. "Nothing like it. It was the best night we ever had. Then we went to Broad and Walnut. New Yorkers wouldn't get it."

On the other hand, he had a tough time rooting for Villanova in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Queenan went to Cardinal Dougherty High School and St. Joseph's University. Villanova, he says, is just too preppy for a real Philadelphian. "It says something good about real Philadelphians that they would rather root for Penn, the Ivy League school in the city, than for Villanova, which is just someplace else."

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