Once again, the loyal friends of David Goodis weathered the frigid cold of Philadelphia to remember David Goodis and his town. Starting at graveside, we made our way to beloved Kensington for books, beer, kielbasi and cabbage. The map of our journey can be seen here.
Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery, January 9th, 2010
Andy Kevorkian takes a walk in the Mausoleum at Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery.
Boxer and Kevorkian sweep the Goodis plot free of snow.
Boxer has a clean sweep.
"If you have it, they will come!"
Goodis 2011 Memorial Chant
Harold Silver arrives with his wife Trudy to pay their respect.
Margery Budoff, Ed Pettit and Cullen Gallagher - Loyal Goodisheads
Kevorkian, Molly Eichel (Daily News), Newby Ely in the mausoleum.
Eichel and Finestone in the mausoleum
Kevorkian Resting in the mausoleum
Swierczynski,Kevorkian,Boxer,and Elizabeth Amber-Love Delaney
Amber-Love Delaney, Pettit and Ed Rice
Andrew Junkin, Jeff Wong, Margery Budoff and Cullen Gallagher
Swierczynski, Pettit, Rice,Finestone, Junkin and Wong
Kevorkian, Finestone and Eichel
Boxer and Kevorkian
Paparazzi in the necropolis
Pettit reads to the gathered masses - dead and alive!
Duane Swierczynski on OF TENDER SIN
Wong, Eichel,Gallagher and Budoff
Kevorkian reads Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's A PSALM OF LIFE
At the Goodis House in East Oak Lane, Philadelphia
Going to see the back of the Goodis House. The snow is eerily reminiscent of the snowstorm of 1967.
Back of Goodis House. Green awning on the second floor is David Goodis's bedroom.
Waiting for a sign from above (or at least the second floor!)
Ely at the Goodis'
I believe that you may see the hint of a figure in the second floor window, but certainly in the right of the picture you can see a reclining giant in the clouds.
The Goodis neighbors backyard. I suspect this is just the way it was in January 1967 when Goodis left for Albert Einstein Northern Division.
Posing at the Goodis' - Swierczynski at the ready! I think I see Beemis and Butthead in the cloud formation above!
Posing at the Goodis' - Rice
Posing at the Goodis' - Ely
Off to Logan, Goodis's first home. A true thug's life beginning!
Looking East towards the Roosevelt Boulevard, down 10th Street.
Looking West along 10th Street.
FOUR TRUE THUG -4-lIfE : Pettit, Swierczynski, Wong, Junkin
Consecration of the Hallowed Ground in Logan by none other than Swierczynski and Pettit
Gallagher and Boxer
General David B. Birney Public School, 9th and Lindley
The desk became a smaller desk, in a classroom at Birney Grammar School. He was in the sixth grade and it was another dismal Friday when they were having the weekly arithmetic tests. It wasn't that he didn't know his arithmetic. Actually it was his favorite subject and he was one of the best in the class. [Chapter 8] From OF TENDER SIN
Gallagher as Alvin Darby at Birney Grammar School
Port Richmond Books
3037 Richmond Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Inside Port Richmond Books
Next stop THE ATLANTIS, The Lost Bar
Amber-Love Delaney at The Atlantis holding the killer article by Brian McManus in PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY.