Jan 12, 2011

A Family Conversation


My aunt and I were talking the other day, and she doesn't understand what happened to Allentown.




I sat there patiently and tried to explain some of it to her.





She's from a time when school safety issues had to do with children and cars, not gangs.
dismissal time, Muhlenberg Elementary






She insists that there must have been Martians on that space ship Max Hess brought to town, or something.
click on space ship for ride

format rented from Allentown Is Nice

12 comments:

gary ledebur said...

My grandmother grew up in Beaver Falls, PA. When her father put in an indoor commode she was aghast, "why would anyone want to do that in the house?" She also told me how her father was upset that the Pollocks, Hunkies, Kikes and Dagos were coming to town and Beaver Falls was going down hill. More bars, drunks, crime, you name it. If only Beaver Falls was like it was in 1890.

michael molovinsky said...

there is a name for places that stayed that way, they call them vocation spots.

once again you insinuate that any longing for the calmer past is based on prejudice.

Anonymous said...

To the Progressive Liberal Democrat left, EVERYTHING on the planet revolves around prejudice.

But, they can save us if only we let them spend us into oblivion...

Anonymous said...

What an outstanding photo!

I was a safety patrol on that very corner...just like my older brother had been before me.

This is the best City of Allentown blog ever, by a country mile.

gary ledebur said...

a little defensive MM---just a true story just like yours. As to Anon 9:40, prejudice is generalizing to an entire class of folks based on experience with some. You do not know me or my views. Try to respond to arguments and not just name-calling.

Patrick McHenry said...

Gary -

Whether you want to admit it or not, your implication is that MM's (and others) dissatisfaction with what Allentown has become is somehow related to race and prejudice. This is not the first time you have tried to smear those who disagree with you politically, but I can always hope it will be the last.

A few weeks ago, you swore off this blog and others. But you're still here. Why haven't you lived up to your word?

michael molovinsky said...

patrick, this church welcomes all sinners back, as often as necessary, including gary

Anonymous said...

Exactly what name were you called, other than Progressive Liberal Democrat, which you, yourself have proudly stated you are here before?

Another lame attempt at a smear job, dude...

ANON 9:40

Monkey Momma said...

I love that you cast yourself as Paul Newman!

michael molovinsky said...

momma, it's clint eastwood,in a scene from gran torino

Monkey Momma said...

oh duh!

Anonymous said...

Is your aunt Bette Davis?