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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Four Golf Holes - Mt. Lebanon Country Club


Can any of you caddies from olde Mt. Lebanon Country Club, now of course Rolling Hills CC remember lugging one or two golf bags up, down and around these golf holes.  
If so, can you still identify any of these four holes?  

Do you remember Russ Sherba, the head pro, Johnny Johnston, the Caddy Master, the annual caddy banquets and borrowing a members set of clubs to play golf on Mondays. 

How about sharing your memory or story.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

John DeFife's Mother Florence "Palm" DeFife, 91, passes

On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:49 PM, mwall59@comcast.net; wrote:
John DeFife's mother died Tuesday of this week.  Below is the obituary from Wed. Observer Reporter.  
Marty
3/19/2009
Florence DeFife - Former Western Center Sewing Supervisor

Florence "Palm" DeFife, 91, of Canonsburg, died at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in Consulate Health Care, North Strabane Township.

She was born Palm Sunday, April 1, 1917, in Canonsburg, a daughter of John and Mary Ann Stasio Verno.

Mrs. DeFife was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.

Prior to her retirement in 1991, she was sewing supervisor at the former Western Center, where she had been employed for 30 years.

An avid card player, she played 500 bid with two local card groups.

Mrs. DeFife enjoyed sewing, crafts and embroidery and was devoted to spending time with her children and grandchildren.

On July 1, 1940, in St. Patrick Church, she married Anthony William DeFife, who died February 11, 2000.

Surviving are three sons, John Edward (Donna) DeFife of Dumfries, Va., Anthony Nicholas (Marlene) DeFife of North Strabane Township and James Robert (Luann) DeFife of Mason, Ohio; seven grandchildren, John Scott (Jean Louise) DeFife, Lauren (Jeffery) Gregory, Marc C. (Bettina) DeFife, Dr. Robyn L. (Nathan) Basken, Corey A. (Terri) DeFife, Dr. Jared A. DeFife and Chad A. DeFife; four great-grandsons, Justin and Ryan Gregory and Jack and Alexander DeFife; a sister, Rose Sprando of Slovan; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased are a brother, John Verno Jr., who died September 14, 1994, and a sister, Eleanor Ross, who died August 2, 2005.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, where a blessing service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 21, followed at 9:30 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Entombment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Patrick Organ Fund or the new Canonsburg Public Library.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Skyliners' Story

Skyliners' biopic set to film in fall
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Skyliners hit "Since I Don't Have You" has already appeared on the soundtrack of a dozen films, including "American Graffiti." Its next appearance will likely be in a film named for the song.

Gavin Rapp, son of late Skyliners' singer Janet Vogel, has written a script for "Since I Don't Have You," a Skyliners biopic telling the story of the Pittsburgh vocal group's late '50s breakthrough and mid-'70s comeback.

The script is told from the perspective of Rapp, who grew up in Bethel Park and Brentwood with his mom, a singer, and his father, Terry, described as an "overbearing husband" and "tough streetwise cop." Vogel took her own life in 1980, at the age of 37, when Rapp was 13. He's been estranged from his father, a former University of Pittsburgh security officer, since.

Rapp says the film is being cast now and is set to shoot in the East End some time in the late fall.

"We have the offers out to the actors," Rapp says. "We're waiting to hear back from them. Everyone we sent it to really likes it."

Rapp's previous film with his Winter Morning Pictures, the noir crime drama "Trapped," starring Corbin Bernsen and Tom Atkins (who will appear in this one as well), went straight to DVD. He believes the interest in the Skyliners nationwide and the familiarity with the 1959 hit, which has been covered by everyone from Barbra Streisand to Guns 'N Roses, will make "Since I Don't Have You" a theatrical release.

Winter Morning Pictures is working on the film in conjunction with Smithfield Street Productions, which Rapp says will help him with the period setting.

Also, Rapp is teaching a script-to-screen class on the film at Central Catholic High School and expects students to be a part of the production, on and off the screen.

The movie has the blessing of the group itself. Former Skyliners singer Joe Verscharen, who read the script, wrote to Rapp and his two siblings: "It is an absolutely fantastic story. I love you kids, and I am sorry you had to go through that. I never knew. I never knew."

Skyliners frontman Jimmy Beaumont said, "I fully support and endorse this beautiful emotional story. It is time."

Monday, March 9, 2009

"The Daddio of the Raddio"

Porky Chedwick

Porky Checwick - WHOD Radio

Porky Chedwick - The Daddio of the Raddio

"Any entertainer of my era who say they don't know who Porky Chedwick is ... they're damn lyin'! That's the cat that played the records. I know." - Bo Diddley

"Porky Chedwick?! Now you're taking me back!" - Dick Clark

"Porky Chedwick is a legend!" - Charlie Thomas, The Drifters

Back in the late 1940s and early 1950s, a relatively unknown DJ was making quite a splash here in Pittsburgh. His selection of vinyl was heavily laden with the "Doo Wop" sound, something that caused many parents to raise their eyebrows. Here was a white man presenting a program of "negro" music; blues, R&B, gospel and jazz. This was music that many back in those times considered "race" music. Some parents went as far as to label this controversial DJ a satanic influence on their children.

But, in a time when Frank Sinatra and the big bands were king, Craig "Porky" Chedwick broke all the rules, and the young listeners that flocked to this new sound knew that they were part of something fresh and exciting. "Pork the Tork", the "Daddio of the Raddio," your "Platter Pushin' Papa," the "Boss Hoss with the Hot Sauce" had opened the door to the new genre of Doo-Wop, and the airwaves have never been quite the same since.

Porky Checwick - WAMO Radio

For many years, Porky Chedwick made his home right here in Brookline. He was a frequent guest at many of the social events here in the neighborhood. You could generally find the "Boss Hoss" hanging out with his good friend Charlie McLaughlin, and spend a moment or two chatting with a true radio legend whose achievements have been duly honored with a prestigious spot in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

Into his nineties, Porky was still doing what he loved the most, spinning tunes on Sunday evenings for WLSW in Scottdale, Pennsylvania. Like many old sounds, the Doo-Wop beat has made a big comeback on the oldies circuits. The old artists and fans could still listen to their favorite tunes courtesy of a man often refered to as "Radio's Ignored Pioneer", Brookline's own Craig "Porky" Chedwick.

Porky Chedwick was born in Homestead back in 1917. His career in radio began in 1948 with a stint on WHOD, a tiny station located behind a Homestead candy store. The station was subsequently renamed WAMO. Porky began playing blues and R&B records, albums by musicians like Bo Diddley and bands like Little Anthony and the Imperials. White teenagers devoured this music, establishing a trend that has continued ever since.

Porky Checwick

And, to his infinite credit, Chedwick refused to play covers of these songs played by white musicians. As the "Boss Hoss" told the Tribune-Review in 1998, "I wouldn't even play Elvis Presley's version of 'Hound Dog.' I played Big Mama Thornton's."

With WAMO broadcasting such sounds in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Pittsburgh was on the cutting edge of a musical trend. This was perhaps the first and only time this ever happened. Neither WAMO nor WHOD had the broadcast strength to compete with giant stations like KDKA directly, so Chedwick and other DJ's compensated by developing signature styles. Chedwick came up with many nicknames for himself, so many in fact that to recite them all would take several minutes and leave a tongue twisted for several more.

Porky invented so many crazy words that he claimed his own "Porkology" dictionary. The Daddio struggles to convey the wonder of his life's work. "I got a calling, an inspiration, I was getting certain vibrations to be in big-time radio. When a community radio station opened up in Homestead in 1948, there was a place for me to get on the air."

Among his many notable achievements, Pork the Tork essentially invented the concept of oldies. While Chedwick often spun the records of new acts, he had a special interest in music recorded years ago. They were oldies even when Chedwick first played them. He bought unwanted dusty 78s, records by black acts, and dropped the needle on them. "The falsettos, the bass, the togetherness. They wrote about poverty and handicaps I could understand. This was a message nobody was getting. I blew the dust off them. I was giving kids the music. One day they would know I was speaking the truth." He had invented his signature "Porky Sound."

Porky Chedwick's career moved from WHOD and WAMO to KQV in 1972, and then to WNRZ from 1985 to 1986. After a 10 year "retirement", Pork returned to WAMO in 1996, then moved to WWSW in 1998 and finally WLSW in 2000. The call letters might have changed, but the doctrine of "Porkology" has remained the same after all these years. Whenever Porky Chedwick takes control of the microphone, you could expect a generous helping of the Doo-Wop classics that become his trademark sound.

Porky Chedwick at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Pork the Platter Pushin' Papa has been, and continues to be, honored and feted at various tribute concerts, the most prominent of which may have been "Porkstock," an annual summer gathering in the late 1990s where fans of R&B oldies gathered to hear their favorites. In 1998, Chedwick was enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. He's the only Pittsburgh disc jockey to be so honored.

To the Daddio of the Raddio, Pittsburgh's Platter Pushin' Papa and Boss Hoss, the community of Brookline is honored to have had such a wonderful, charismatic and charming person as one of our neighbors. The legendary spinster who graced the airwaves for six decades with the doctrine of Porkology finally retired in July 2008. Porky is now basking in the southern sun, enjoying his twilight years.

Cruisin' with Porky Chedwick - Released September 1993

Remarks by Congressman Ron Klink, House of Representatives

The following are remarks of Congressman Ron Klink on the floor of the House of Representatives, Washington, DC, at 8:55pm, October 5, 1998, as reported in the Congressional Record:

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Klink) is recognized for five minutes.

Mr. Speaker, we deal in particular in these days on the floor of the House with such weighty matters and such serious issues as warfare and impeachment, health care reform, Social Security, budgets. I rise tonight for a little lighter of an item. I think sometimes we have to talk about these lighter things to give ourselves a perspective on the serious matters that we occasionally talk about.

Mr. Speaker, I stand tonight to really pay tribute to a friend of mine who has been in radio in the Pittsburgh area for the last 50 years. Fifty years in a career that sometimes only lasts a few weeks or months, those who may have been in the radio business.

If one goes to Pittsburgh, PA and talks about "The Boss Man," "Your Platter-Pushing Papa," "Your Daddio of the Raddio," everybody knows who they are talking about. It is Porky Chedwick, or as he called himself, "Pork the Tork," the "Boss Hoss with the Hot Sauce."

Mr. Speaker, he developed all of these lines of patter back starting in 1948 when really no one in the country was doing anything really strong entertainment wise in radio.

Porky is a white disk jockey. And I mention that because he played what then was known as "race music," the old R&B music, the sweet doo-wop sounds. And for those young people, Mr. Speaker, who may be in the House or watching at home and say what is doo-wop, it is that street corner harmony where you snap your fingers and it sounds so wonderful.

He would play that music that oftentimes was covered by white performers like Pat Boone, but he played it back before people had heard of people like Little Richard and Fats Domino and Bo Diddley. And a lot of those performers pay tribute to Porky Chedwick for giving them their first air play, because back then it was very difficult for black performers to get a wide audience anywhere in the country. There were certainly not many mainline radio stations that would play music by black performers.

Lou Christie, who also comes from the Pittsburgh area said being cool growing up, and Lou Christie had a lot of big records, he said being cool as he grew up meant listening to Porky Chedwick. He says he is still in awe of him, and he still reverts to being a 15-year-old child when he is around him. He will never know how important Porky was to his career. He was the first disk jockey in the country to play "The Gypsy Cried."

Jimmy Beaumont, who has been with the Skyliners around for 40 years playing in the Pittsburgh area and all around the world, Jimmy said he has known Porky for 40 of the 50 years, and he says that growing up hearing that stuff, that is when Jimmy Beaumont of the Skyliners decided he wanted to become a singer and sing that same doo-wop and that same sound that he heard Porky playing on the radio all the time.

There actually is a group in the Pittsburgh area known as P.O.R.C. It is an acronym for Pittsburgh Old Records Club, and one of the members of the club, Jim Sanders, said, "When I was a kid, when you would listen to Porky, you knew you were cool." It goes back to Porky being the very first white disk jockey to program the music. It was a revelation to white teenagers to hear some of this great music.

Porky started out in 1948 on a little radio station, doing a 5-minute sports program, called WHOD in Homestead, Pennsylvania. And he would go back and he says he played the "dusty disks." They were really dusty, 78 RPM records. And because nobody was playing them, the record store owners would give them to him. He knew they were talented musicians and he put them on the air and teenagers all over the Pittsburgh area wanted to hear more and more of them.

In fact the story is told of when Porky did a live show at the Stanley Theater. An hour before he went on the air, 500 people crowded around the Stanley Theater. Before the show was over, 10,000 people were crowded around the Stanley Theater. Downtown Pittsburgh came to a screeching halt. Kids were stuck on buses in the logjam created by Porky Chedwick. They got off the buses, crossed the bridges on foot to get to the Stanley Theater to see Porky Chedwick.

As a disk jockey, he saw the highest recognition of his career before the Beatles. In 1963, the Beatles came to America. A lot of performing artists saw their careers go downhill and a lot of disk jockeys that had that signature type of music similarly saw music change a great deal. But still, many of the great disk jockeys in America today credit Porky Chedwick with beginning it all.

As Porky said, "I had more lines than Bell Telephone. I was the original rapper." And he probably was.

Mr. Speaker, I say to Porky, "We are honored for you and your 50 great years in radio. We are honored that you are in the disk jockey portion of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and we hope you are still playing that music for 50 more years. God bless you."

Cruisin

The following is a link to an article by radio personality Ed Weigle on his role model and mentor Craig "Porky" Chedwick. Click the link below to read the article entitled: 
"Porky Chedwick: Radio's Ignored Pioneer"


The Boss Man - 14 KQV

On May 26, 2008, Porky Chedwick was one of the honored guests at the Memorial Day Parade on Brookline Boulevard. This would be the last time most Brookliners would see the Bossman in person. Shortly afterwards Porky did his final local radio broadcast, then retired one last time. He now spends his days basking in the southern sun.

Porky Chedwick at the Memorial Day Parade on Brookline Boulevard, 2008
Brookline's Own Porky Chedwick was one of the honored guests at the
annual Memorial Day Parade on Brookline Boulevard, May 26, 2008.

Post-Gazette Articles

<Crowd cheers Porky's 90th birthday at 'Roots of Rock and Roll'>

<Last dance by the Platter-Pushin' Papa>

Learn more about the life of Porky Chedwick at www.porkychedwick.com.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

"The Spot" - Follow up

Hi and Thank You for your responses(23).  

The following names were mentioned regarding ownership of  "The Spot":
  • Tele & Elizabeth Haddad
  • JIM BRUCE
  • Bart DeStephano
It may be that over the years there were multiple people in involved in The Spot.

Regarding their "Favorite Pizza" question, the following ranks the responses.
1.Skinny's
2. The Spot
3. DiCarlo's
4. Sam's(I'd like four slices please,,,,,,no... you taka six" ) 

There were also three very enthusiastic  "write in" pizzeria choices, and if on the official ballot( my oversight) could of rated # 1.
  • Stella Kutch
  • Mama Pagano
  • Mama Terling

So that I may do some further follow-up:
Does anyone have any contact information for either George, Doris(Dolly) or Rebecca Haddad; Tele & Elizabeth's children
or 
  • JIM BRUCE
  • Bart DeStephano

Regards,

Dick Garboski



Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Harmony of an Era




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Pizza

John, thanks,.... I believe the Hitchin-Post was the drive-in place located across from the Ranch on 19.  It was a favorite night time hang-out, if you had wheels to get you there of course, else you were stuck in town, with Futchie's, George's then a late night bite at the Eves.

Regards,

Dick Garboski


On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 4:39 AM, John J Martincic  wrote:
Dick
 
I don't remember you but I like your e-mails and the 50th reunion info.
 
My favorite pizza place was Decarlo's. I liked the others you mentioned also.
 
What was the name of the drive-in restaurant across from the Ranch? I liked going there also.
 
John Martincic
 


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50 years later, the Skyliners' heartbreak hit still endures
Thursday, March 05, 2009

On Feb. 13, 1959 -- it was a Friday the 13th -- The Skyliners appeared on "American Bandstand" lip-synching a song that host Dick Clark called "an old standard

But "Since I Don't Have You" was hardly an old standard.

Joe Rock and Jimmy Beaumont had just written it several months before, and it was recorded the previous Dec. 3 in New York. Perhaps Clark was confusing it with the jazz standard "Since I Fell for You." Or perhaps "Since I Don't Have You" was just one of those songs that sounded like an instant classic.

Whatever the case, it came true. This weekend at the Roots of Rock and Roll show at the Benedum, singer Jimmy Beaumont celebrates the golden anniversary of the song and of the Skyliners.

Beaumont, from the city's Knoxville neighborhood, was just 18 when it all happened. Rock, a promo man working with Beaumont's group the Crescents, jotted down the lyrics as he sat in his car at a series of stoplights, lamenting that his girlfriend was leaving for flight attendant school on the West Coast.



Roots of Rock and Roll
  • Featuring: Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners, Terry Johnson's Flamingos, The Vogues, Kid Kyle and more
  • Where: Benedum Center, Downtown
  • When: 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets:$25.75-$39.75
  • More information: 412-456-6666

"He was such a great lyricist," Beaumont recalls of his late friend. "The words just jumped off the page."

Rock took them to Beaumont, who wrote a melody just as quickly as Rock wrote the words.

"I had been listening to all the doo-wop groups from that period -- The Platters, The Moonglows. I guess just from listening it came out of me."

But first, there was a little more heartbreak. Thirteen labels rejected the song based on the demo.

"They said the song was too sad," Beaumont says. "They said, 'Make it, "Since I Have You," make it a happy song.' They also said, 'There's too many you's at the end of the song.' "

The long series of "you-oo's" was a happy accident, added by Crescents member Janet Vogel when she didn't know the demo tape was running. Rather than an early fade-out, they let it roll on 13 times and then held on to the idea.

Unfettered by rejection, Rock and Beaumont sent it to the local Calico Records (based in the old Carlton House Hotel, Downtown), who set up the Crescents -- Beaumont, Vogel, Wally Lester, Joe VerScharen and Jackie Taylor -- in Capitol Studios in New York with 18 musicians, including strings, a rarity for such a group.

"Actually, it was kind of my idea," Beaumont says. "Joe VerScharen and I went to school together and after lunch they would play records in the auditorium. The Platters were the first to use strings, and we were saying, 'Wouldn't it be great to have to have violins on it?' "

Calico didn't want to use the name the Crescents -- why? "I don't know," Beaumont says with a laugh -- so the group took the name The Skyliners from an old Charlie Barnett hit "Skyliner." They released the record in late December 1958, and in short order it went to No. 1 in Pittsburgh, prompting the "Bandstand" invitation. From there, it took off, going to No. 12 on the Billboard Pop chart on March 23, 1959, and No. 3 on R&B charts. In Cashbox, the Skyliners became the first white group to top the R&B charts.

When Clark put the group on his Caravan of Stars tours, with the likes of the Coasters, Paul Anka, Duane Eddy, Bobby Darin, and Deon and the Belmonts, people expected them to be a black group.

"At the Apollo Theater in New York," Beaumont says, "everyone was laughing and pointing to each other when we came out. They couldn't believe we were a white group. They got real quiet during the song, then when we went into the 'you's' the women in the audience were all singing along."

Pennies from heaven

For the past four decades, the song has taken on a life of its own, remade by the likes of Barbra Streisand (1974), Patti LaBelle (1977), Art Garfunkel (1979), Don McLean (1981), Ronnie Milsap (1991) and The Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998).

"I enjoyed Patti Labelle's version," Beaumont says "She did it her own way. Streisand's was great."

Rock and the Skyliners were smart enough to hold on to their publishing rights and even shared the royalties with the entire group, a rare act of generosity. Lester says it was a lesson learned when they played the Apollo in the early '60s and met a singer for the Moonglows, one of their heroes, begging for money, having sold his publishing rights.

The biggest pay day for the Skyliners family came when Guns 'N Roses turned it into a power ballad on "The Spaghetti Incident" in 1994, sending it to No. 69 on the Top 100.

Beaumont says he liked Axl Rose's version, but who wouldn't? The royalties split among the six parties, Lester says, were in the hundreds of thousands.

The movies have been profitable, as well. The song was used in George Lucas' 1973 period classic "American Graffiti," set in 1962, and also turned up in "Lethal Weapon 2" and "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai," among others.

The good things from Rock's heartbreak keep coming. Beaumont says he was honored that Stevie Wonder played the song at the Mellon Arena in 2007, and he also read an interview with Wonder where the legend said among the artists he'd like to meet are the Skyliners.

The oldies circuit

The Skyliners were spared from one-hit wonder status when the group hit No. 26 in Billboard with a second ballad, "This I Swear," in June 1959, and then a cover of "Pennies From Heaven" a year later. Beaumont says there could have been more. " 'How Much,' which came out in 1960, was one of our best efforts. It should have gotten more airplay," but he theorizes that in the height of the payola scandal, there was something a little troubling for DJs about that title.

The Skyliners split in 1963, when the vocal group style was starting to fade. "When the Beatles came on the scene," Beaumont says, "there wasn't much you could do, 'cause with all of the music coming from England, ours was put aside."

The other members went on to pursue other careers, such as Lester, who became eastern sales manager for Clairol.

"It was hard to stay enthusiastic about the [music] business," says Lester, who is now retired in Southport, N.C. "I was on the road for four years and really didn't like it. Riding the bus and all that crap. Plus, I had to get my high school degree. As Chuck Noll would say, it was time to get on with my life's work. I didn't want to be a background singer in an oldies group doing oldies shows. Jimmy and Janet were the real talent."

Beaumont persisted. The only time he had a non-music job was right around the time the Skyliners reunited for an oldies revival concert in 1970 at Madison Square Garden. He drove a cab from '70 to '74, because the group could only work weekends and he had to do something.

"It was a little strange for a while," he says of picking people up in his cab and having them recognize him as a former hitmaker, "but it kind of made me a little more determined to pursue this full time."

In 1975, the Skyliners squeaked into the Top 100 again with "Where Have They Gone," and it was just enough of a spark. Beaumont, 68, has kept the group going in one form or another ever since as the only remaining original member. Vogel took her own life in 1980, and her high harmony spot was filled by Donna Groom. VerScharen died in 2007, and Beaumont hasn't seen Taylor in 30 years

The current Skyliners are rounded out by Nick Pociask (who joined in '93) and Dick Muse from the Laurels ('98). They still tour nationally and last year were part of the Ultimate Doo-Wop Tour with The Contours, Kathy Young, The Flamingos and others.

In plenty of oldies revival groups, they bring in a young stud to handle the leads, and the original is there for cred.

"I haven't had to do that yet," Beaumont says. "People still want me to hit that high note. I've lost a little bit, but I'd like to think not much. I'm not going to retire. People will retire me when they stop coming."

So far, so good.

"As a younger man, I did the 25th anniversary of the Skyliners," says Roots promoter Henry DeLuca, "and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if I could do the 50th?' You know, a lot can happen between then. But here we are."

Scott Mervis can be reached at smervis@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2576.
First published on March 5, 2009 at 12:00 am

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

RE: Looking for some input.

Hi Dick,
 
Jack Fartro bought Skinny's dark blue pontiac.  It was Jack's first car.  Doesn't have a thing to do with Pizza, but makes for a nice memory.
 
Who was Skinny's partner?  He lived in the first house house next to the cemetery on Oak Spring Rd.  Bob Hamilton probably knows that answer. 
 
Sara Nan Fischer Fartro
 

 



Does anybody remember the pizza place located next to the American Legion Club, near Yenko Chevrolet called "The Spot".  Anybody know who owned/ ran the place?  I seem to recall it was a family owned/run business. 

BTW, What was you favorite pizza growing up.  A few I remember, ranked in my order of preference were:
1. The Spot(simply the best!)
2. Skinny's(next to Kelly's Pub on W. Pike St.
3. DeCarlo's( by Donaldson Crossroads across from the Tally HO,.... hic!)
4. Sam's(I'd like four slices please,,,,,,no... you taka six" ) 
 
Dick Garboski 




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