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Happy Birthday Philly

Dear Reader,

Today we can celebrate the 330th birthday of Philadelphia. It was founded on this day in 1682.

Nicknamed “Philly” and “The City of Brotherly Love”, it was once the largest city and busiest port in “the colonies”. It served as temporary capital while Washington was under construction.

At times I wish, it would go back to being the center of the revolutionaries. Fighting for liberties is as necessary today as it was then.

Philadelphia is home of the Liberty Bell and gave us the Philly Cheesesteak. But I am sure, Glynsky will tell us, that was invented in London, like he claims for pastrami.

What is a good way to celebrate? With the great song “Streets of Philadelphia”:

by Bruce Springsteen.

Which of course, it is part of the soundtrack to the equally great motion picture “Philadelphia” from 1993:

with Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas and the magnificent Jason Robards. It is fair to say, this movie helped changing the American society in its views of gay people.

In bigot Hollywood portraying a gay person was still a risk in the 90s, kudos to Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas.

To Brotherly Love,

Engine Room