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The Final Word with Michael Solomonov

2017-11-24T14:32:00-05:00

The Israel-born, Pittsburgh-raised chef is now claimed by Philadelphia as a favorite culinary son. As executive chef and co-owner of Zahav, a restaurant of international renown that celebrates Israeli cuisine, Michael Solomonov has "walked gingerly" into "the age of the rock-star chef/entrepreneur," says Philadelphia Magazine. A four-time James Beard Award winner, he co-owns Philadelphia’s Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Goldie, and the philanthropic Rooster Soup Company, which donates 100 percent of its profits to support Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens. Together with business partner Steven Cook, co-founder of CookNSolo Restaurant Partners, they penned the cookbook Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking and the new culinary chronicle Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story, which tells the story of one of Philadelphia’s now famous food pairings: fried chicken and donuts.
 

What role have libraries played in your life? What role do you think they play in our 21st-century world?
With the way that we catalog our lives constantly in flux, libraries are that rock-steady resource for every age. They’re the backbone. And especially now that I have young kids, they’re an indelible part of our community.

Fried Chicken and donuts is a delicious, some say genius, pairing. What food and drink pair best with curling up in your favorite reading nook?
Ideally, I would crush a couple bourekas [baked filled pastries with flaky dough] with Bulgarian feta. And since I don’t drink (but even if you do), a lemonnana [mint lemonade] or turmeric lime soda (toss some cucumber and cilantro in there if you have on hand) are both as delicious as they are refreshing.

Zahav, Dizengoff, and Goldie all have a distinct Israeli flair. Why do you think there has been such an appetite for these cuisines in Philadelphia?
People are increasingly interested in where their food comes from. And as this trend becomes not just a trend but a mentality that’s here to stay, I think people are relating to Israeli cuisine more and more, since the food of Israel is an ultimate representation of such. The food in Israel is harvested right there—it’s accessible, it’s as fresh as it gets, and the flavors are different. All things that whet Philadelphians' appetites.

You’re rumored to have taken members of your staff sky diving. Why?! Is this a secret ingredient to your restaurants’ success?
Life’s too short to not go on a slightly insane adventure every once in a while.

To you, the Free Library of Philadelphia is also the Free Library of ____. Why?
The Free Library of Philadelphia is also the Free Library of The Future—a model for other metropolitan cities to get behind.
 


This story was originally featured in our Fall 2017 issue of Off the Shelf, a biannual publication with news and features from across the Free Library of Philadelphia system.




Happy Holidays! Check Out These New Gifts in the Free Library Shop!

2017-11-24T09:47:00-05:00

The Free Library Shop offers charming literary gifts for any occasion, including signed books, tote bags, stationery, and more—many featuring designs inspired by the Library’s own special collections. This year, we are proud to present products created in collaboration with local makers. This week, use code Holiday2017 for 15% off all purchases. Here are some of our favorites:  Nourishing Literacy Baby Onesies Printed by Camden Printworks, local screen printers printing with a purpose in Camden, NJ since 1990, these baby onesies feature bananas designed by local illustrator Eleanor Grosch for the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy program. The Free Library of Philadelphia logo is on the back.           Parkway 100 Watches Made in collaboration with local company Analog Watch Company, this classic watch is an elegant and understated piece, uniquely imprinted with a map of the Philadelphia Parkway. Features marbled ceramic stone dial, gold-plated stainless steel case and finishing, swiss parts, quartz movement, and interchangeable premium leather straps made by hand in the US.   Book Necklaces From local makers Peg & Awl, these are usable and wearable hand-stitched miniature books finished with reclaimed leather. Small, medium, and large sizes available!         We Are Connected Dot-to-Dot Philadelphia Puzzle Book Award-winning dot-to-dot artist David Kalvitis, creator of The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book Series, in partnership with The Parkway Museums District, created the Philadelphia We Are Connected Dot-to-Dot book to honor the centennial of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.         "Heavy with Enlightenment" Tote Bag Carry your Library finds home in style with this sleek, black Free Library tote emblazoned with the slogan, "This bag is heavy with enlightenment." [...]



Kindergarten and High School Registration Workshops

2017-11-22T13:00:00-05:00

In October, several of our neighborhood libraries hosted School Registration Workshops for parents with students entering either Kindergarten or High School. These workshops were provided to the library system by Great Philly Schools.

The Great Philly Schools mission states:
We believe every child in Philadelphia should have access to a great school. Our mission is to make information accessible so parents, guardians, and students can find, compare and demand great schools.

To this end, Great Philly Schools provides a number of resources including their website, high school and K-8 print guides, school fairs, text and email alerts, and the previously mentioned workshops.

Last month Whitman Library hosted a kindergarten workshop and Fumo Family Library offered a high school workshop. Scheduled next is another kindergarten workshop at Falls of Schuylkill Library on December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

If you have a child preparing to enter kindergarten, please consider attending this event, and for parents of children either preparing to enter kindergarten or high school, please continue to check Great Philly Schools’ event listings for upcoming workshops.




#OneBookWednesday: Brooklyn, Black Girlhood, and the Great Migration

2017-11-22T09:30:00-05:00

Gladys Jamison couldn’t know this, but she was a girl coming of age in an exodus. Thirteen years old when her father moved her and her siblings to Brooklyn, she’d lost her mother five years before, in 1932. She was still reeling from her death. The daughter of farmers, the granddaughter of enslaved workers, Gladys grew up in Bowman, South Carolina, the nexus of a failed railroad line. Her parents were fortunate to own their land, but racism was a way of life. In town, there were public bathrooms Gladys could not use, fountains she could not drink from, waiting rooms she could not sit in. There was a school with freshly painted walls and new books on its shelves that she could not attend. Brooklyn in the late 1930s was a world of newness for her. Concrete sidewalks replaced the silty soil that would have floured her knees as she played on her family’s land. Gladys might have missed the steady clop-clop-clop of mule drawn wagons along rutted dirt roads, instead hearing the sputters and coughs of automobiles, the scrapes and squeals of subway cars. Rigid factory schedules replaced the gradual shift of the sun in measuring a day’s work. Blistering cold swept over memories of mild and easy winters. But she knew it was for a larger good. Never a warm nor loving man, Gladys’ father Eugene was strict and unbending, but he’d relocated his family in hopes of doing right by them—or at least, doing the best he could.   In the 1930s, he was one of thousands. From the start of World War I into the early 1970s, six million blacks climbed into wagons, boarded trains or piled into automobiles, exiting the American South in a movement now known as the Great Migration. Families left towns and farms, moving into cities—Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Philadelphia—beginning with black men, first seeking factory jobs left by war-bound whites, and women scrabbling for domestic work. They were both emigrants and refugees—families like Eugene Jamison’s, chasing opportunity and fleeing the Jim Crow South. But black Southerners did not find dreams waiting for them. They often found poverty. The jobs they were promised, if they panned out, were low-paying, yet demanded long hours and arduous, often dangerous work. They found discrimination. Legal or defacto segregation was often the case, and policies like redlining made it almost impossible for blacks to build wealth. Sometimes they found violence. Always, they found courage. The best place to learn about this era is The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, a compelling, comprehensive history. Another wonderful resource is The Great Migration: A City Transformed, an online project featuring audio-recorded firsthand stories of those who left the South to set down roots in Philadelphia. There is also a map showing what were once key Philadelphia sites for blacks who were part of the Great Migration. I retraced some of these Southerners’ steps, sharing them in a video. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aX3Rzj5liZs" width="560"> But I choose to speak with Gladys and share her story, because her past dovetails with Jacqueline Woodson’s beautifully-wrought novel, Another Brooklyn. In Woodson’s work of fiction, a young girl is separated from her mentally-unstable mother when her family moves from Tennessee to Brooklyn, New York. Her father, while he works to make ends meet and seeks his own sense of community, also converts to Islam. The novel's protagonist isn’t sure where her faith stands. Her identity is wrapped in her friendship with three other girls as childhood fades into adulthood in the early 1970s. In the novel, poetically rendered in the voice of character August, as well as in Gladys’ true-life story, told to me in a molasses-sweet drawl, losing one’s mother becomes an impetu[...]



LEAP into HYPE!

2017-11-21T15:00:00-05:00

Two Free Library of Philadelphia programs have teamed up to create new ways to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity! Get HYPE Philly! and the Literacy Enrichment After-School Program (LEAP), offer fun, positive, and tasty ideas to all neighborhood and regional libraries through our HYPE LEAP lessons. As a fundamental part of Mayor Kenney’s Five Year Financial and Strategic Plan, LEAP is a free, drop-in program for youth in grades K-12 and currently employs a workforce of approximately 125 Teen Leadership Assistants (TLAs). TLAs work with After-School Leaders and other library staff to focus on homework help, literacy, mentoring, technology, and maintaining a safe and supportive space. Get HYPE Philly! is generally focused in North Philadelphia, where many of the TLAs at these libraries not only attend events, but support Get HYPE Philly! program faciliators as well as participating youth patrons. The HYPE LEAP lessons offer TLAs at all Free Library locations a unique leadership experience to spread the HYPE message—"Healthy You, Positive Energy!". Essentially, the HYPE LEAP lessons are youth-centered; young people create the lesson content, as well as lead activities for youth patrons. Teens who work with Get HYPE Philly! created the HYPE LEAP lesson plans to be an interactive, youth-led literacy program in line with the GHP! goal of "creating a lasting impact, helping to ensure Philadelphia’s young people play a key role in building healthier communities, and becoming a healthier generation."  Participating library staff, including TLAs, are eligible to receive two ServSafe food handling certifications in addition to a fun way to encourage other youth to be HYPE! At a recent training, LEAP staff learned more about the HYPE LEAP curriculum. Focusing on the "Think Big, Think HYPE!" theme, we encouraged participants to consider ways  to bring positive, relevant change to their respective libraries. Hieu Nguyen, a TLA at South Philadelphia Library and president of the HYPE Program at Central High School, was excited to find ideas that he can bring to both places. He hopes to increase his peers’ participation in the HYPE program with more ideas, and was grateful to learn about the HYPE LEAP lessons. "[HYPE LEAP] brings forth another way to connect with the community," adds Hieu. Passionate about helping others, Hieu says he plans to be a neurosurgeon. "I know there’s a lot of money in that, but that’s not why I want it," says Hieu. "I just love learning about the brain and how it works! I want to help others by understanding how the brain works, and ways to treat things like Alzheimer’s and dementia." Hieu and the rest of the LEAP staff enjoyed a day full of HYPE activities, including The Hoola Hoop Challenge and making a healthy snack: Caprese Salad Skewers. Try this recipe at home and let us know what you think by tagging us on social media: @FLPGetHYPE on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or responding in the comments section below! Caprese Salad Skewers Recipe originally from stuckonsweet.com Ingredients Cherry tomatoes·    Mozzarella balls·    Fresh Basil   Olive Oil    1 cup balsamic vinegar salt and pepper Instructions Assemble, tomatoes, basil (roll from one end to the other), and mozzarella balls on medium-sized toothpicks. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.   To make balsamicreduction, add one cup of balsamic vinegar to a sauce pan over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, set on simmer for about 10-15 minutes until it reduces to a syrup consistency. You can check by dipping a spoon in the balsamic and if it covers the back of it, it's done. As it cools, it will thicken a bit more then d[...]



Picture Book Month: Books for Pre-K Readers

2017-11-21T09:55:00-05:00

Picture books are fun reads, but they're also fantastic tools that support emergent literacy skills. We have to keep in mind though that simply having books in the home is not enough. To encourage new readers to develop their literacy skills, caregivers also must interact with the books. Interactions include reading together, but there are many other ways to support literacy skills! Encourage children to retell their favorite stories to you or join them in acting out the story. Let a child create their own version of a book by having them reillustrate it. You can also try to match stories to events in their lives:  Do you walk past a construction site on the way to preschool? Check out some books on construction from the library!  Most importantly, remember to ask open-ended questions about the books. Questions that begin with "What," "Why," and "How" are great ways to start a conversation and promote vocabulary building.   With that said, let's take a look at some great books for preschoolers and Pre-K readers in Philadelphia. These are some of my favorite titles for encouraging emergent literacy skills:   We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury Are you going to look at foliage in Fairmount Park? Or are you heading off for a walk around your local park (or just around the block)? If so, consider introducing your child to the classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt. The book can be told as a story, or you can turn it into a clapping song. And let's be honest, the story is just begging to be acted out by your entire family. Once your pre-k child is familiar with the story, engage him or her or them by talking about the hurdles faced in the book. What does mud feel like? What do we like or dislke about about snow? Why do you think the family is looking for a bear?    Big Snow by Jonathan Bean With winter around the corner, check out Jonathan Bean's Big Snow. The story follows a mother and child doing various tasks around the house as they wait for snow to fall. This is a great book to read together on a break from your own household chores. Use the book to guide your conversation as you clean: "How is a bed sheet like a snow drift?" "What in the house reminds us of snow? "What do you like to do in the snow?" If you've stumbled across the blog post in mid-June, don't worry! You can still use the book. Ask children about their favorite memories of winter.     The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews Nursery rhymes are easily remembered and fun to say, and Nina Crews elevates them to the sublime in The Neighborhood Mother Goose. Are you taking your Pre-K friend with you to the grocery store? Read "To Market, To Market" and talk about what you'll want to buy. Draw scenes from "Hey Diddle diddle" or act out "Little Miss Muffet." The images in the book are similar to Philadelphia, so there's lots of room for inspiration. Don't be afraid to be silly—have a conversation about what would happen if you suddently pulled a fish out of your ear. Your Pre-K child will love it!   What are some of your favorite books and literacy activities?  Tell us in the comments below! [...]



Free Library Fund: A Public and Private Partnership for Success!

2017-11-20T13:00:00-05:00

At the Free Library, we’re all about connecting people with the information they need to enhance and improve their lives. We connect job seekers with résumé workshops, small-business owners with career coaches, history buffs with landmark exhibitions, and bookworms with bestsellers and classics alike. And so, in the interest of information sharing, here’s a crucial piece of intel we want to pass along: The Free Library that you know, love, and depend on exists only because of an incredibly deep and meaningful public-private partnership. As many of you know, the City of Philadelphia provides public funding for our 54 library buildings and the friendly, knowledgeable librarians and staff that bring them to life. That’s the public part of the partnership. But did you also know that while the City provides for the Library's facilities and infrastructure, critical programs are only made possible by private gifts from people like you? That’s where the private part of the partnership comes in. The Free Library Fund supports the critical work of Philadelphia’s public library system through private gifts, sustaining the Free Library’s mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity throughout the city. This powerful public-private partnership helps make possible: Literacy Initiatives The Free Library is deeply committed to enhancing literacy throughout the city, with programs like our Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) for school students, and Stories Alive, which connects families separated by incarceration through online storytimes.     Humanities Programs Programs like our renowned Author Events series and the beloved One Book, One Philadelphia program link literature lovers with great authors and conversations—and one another.     Innovative Initiatives The Culinary Literacy Center, Maker and STEAM activities for teens, and the work of the BRIC (Business Resource and Innovation Center) are at the heart of our 21st-century offerings, impacting Philadelphians across the city in bold new ways.     We all know that information is most powerful when one knows how to wield it. So now that you’ve got the scoop on the public-private partnership that underlies the work of the Free Library, what can you do to use this information to empower yourself and those in our community? Simple! Support the Free Library Fund and help to connect your fellow Philadelphians with the information they need most. Your gift to the Free Library Fund will be allocated to the areas of most urgent need each year and touch every one of the Free Library’s 54 locations across the city. In this way, the Free Library Fund ensures that Philadelphians of all ages, stages, and abilities have access to life-changing programming and resources in their communities. And here’s the really exciting part—gifts of every size make a big difference. Whether you contribute $5, $50, or $500, your gift will help us meet the most critical needs in Philadelphia. Information is power. Use it wisely and support the Free Library Fund today!   [...]



Mysterious Travelers 4 | Up Next!: Ben Singer | Recapping Chad Taylor

2017-11-17T13:56:00-05:00

This Monday, November 20, plug back into the fourth season of our Mysterious Travelers concert series, where musicians visit the Parkway Central Library's Subject Departments with a mission to meet a librarian and make music from titles in the Department’s collections. This free,unique series kicks off its third show at 7:00 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium with Temple-trained drummer, bandleader and composer, Ben Singer. Working with librarians in Philbrick Hall, he’s curated a prorgram called the Nature of Morality. According to the Philadelphia Jazz Project, Ben's focusing on Dostoyevkys’ classic novel Crime and Punishment. Read the whole interview and reserve your ticket to this novel concert! Up Next! Ben Singer Ben Singer is a drummer local to Philadelphia and strives to build upon the strong music tradition that the city is known for. While attending Temple University, he studied with teachers such as Dan Monaghan, Dick Oatts, and Byron Landham to hone his skills and learn the history of the music. Ben is interested in incorporating new elements into the tradition and works to play within the space between the familiar and the unexpected. He has worked with many of the areas local talents, including Josh Lee, Tim Warfield, Daud El-Bakara, Jack St. Clair, Chelsea Reed, and Julian Hartwell. He has also worked as a musician on the Holland America cruise Line. Furthermore, Ben works as a bandleader/composer and strives to continually find his voice in the pursuit of presenting original music to the world. Recapping Chad Taylor This author watched as slow pulses gave way to free-jazz inspired roundabouts meditating on death and dying based on the resources in Education, Philosophy, and Religion department. Matt Engle’s bass solos were sometimes high up the neck of his instrument, though mostly he served as anchor to the band’s locomotive-like grooves, which were at times reminiscent of Bill Laswell. The effect of watching alto-saxophonist's Bobby Zankel’s solos was like watching Zorro slashing z’s into bedsheets. Trombonist Dan Blacksberg's tone was naturally thicker, and his notes moved more carefully, like tree-climbing in a rainstorm. The second set was challenging and obtuse, but very rewarding. In some movements I couldn’t sense what they were trying to do—appearing like an amazing free jazz version of Public Image Limited or Nurse with Wound, with textures of the human breath interspersed... and other times I sensed there was a phantom logic underpinning it all—horror and science fiction writers have described this wel—like forgetting one is in an altered state. You can revisit this entire concert on Death and Dying via the Livestream below: allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" id="ls_embed_1510768374" scrolling="no" src="https://livestream.com/accounts/7370687/events/7870809/videos/165193474/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfo=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=true&mute=false" width="640"> ...and we hope to catch you on Monday, November 20 when Ben Singer makes Philbrick Hall sing! [...]



Q&A with Children's Author and Illustrator Amy Ignatow

2017-11-17T10:05:00-05:00

Amy Ignatow, author of The Popularity Papers and The Mighty Odds series recently spoke to 400 students at the Free Library of Philadelphia about her career as an author/illustrator. While visiting the library, Amy sat down with us in the Children's Literature Research Collection and spoke about the field of Children's Literature. The Popularity Papers is such a successful and, well, popular series. Can you tell us a little about your outline for the series? Did you know from the beginning that your story would run for seven books? And—most importantly—will there be an eighth? I had no idea it would run for seven books. I was hoping for maaaaaybe two so that I could impress a college enough to hire me to teach illustration. But Dan (my literary agent) urged me to write a story that could keep going, because he's a freaky book wizard who can read the future. He had me write a fairly comprehensive outline and the first 75 pages of the first Popularity Papers book, and that's what he submitted to publishers. As far as I can see, there will be no more Popularity Papers, although who knows, maybe in ten years I'll write a book about their freshman year of college (although probably not). I love love love those characters but I feel like their story has been told and I'm happy where they ended up. I've created a calendar reminder for November 2027 that states "Bug Amy about The Popularity Papers: The Freshman Class."  I think that would be agreat idea! But I'm also dying for another book in the series. You’ve noted in the past that you chose to illustrate The Popularity Papers with materials that are easily accessible to middle schoolers – crayons, pens, markers, etc. That’s a savvy choice. Did the illustration style change from your early planning to the final product? Good luck getting through to me in 2027; I suspect by then I'll be High Priestess of the sovereign country of East Pennsyljersia and very busy inspiring an army of mutant warriors to conquer the powerful city-state of DuPont. There's this big leap in quality from the first book to the second; it's as if Julie suddenly became a much better artist. That was just me wanting to draw things that were a little bit more sophisticated for even a talented fifth grader. I figured that no one would mind. But real talk—by the end of seven books with 208 fully illustrated pages in each book, I was super over sharpening colored pencils. I need a helper monkey. I can't even begin to imagine how many pencils you went through over the run of the series. Lydia and Julie have different voices. Is it hard to narrate a story in two voices? Nope! Although I don't believe their voices are so different; they speak like old friends, and old friends tend to have ways of communicating that are unique to their relationship. What distinguishes them from each other is their different motivations; Lydia wants to try everything and blow up her world, and Julie wants to hang out with Lydia so she goes along with her wackadoo plans. You just released Against the Odds: An Odds Book, a follow-up to The Mighty Odds, and your quartet of unusually-powered super-tweens is evolving new powers. They’re also evolving as people and as friends. Can you tell us about the inspiration for this series? The Popularity Papers was all about friendship; real, warm, true friendship, so I wanted to try something different and take four characters from completely different backgrounds who decidedly don't like each other yet and are forced by circumstance to depend on each other and discover the people behind the stereotypes. That's not a particularly original story, I realize, but it's been such a lovely challenge to get these characters [...]



A History Minute: The Fortunes of Philadelphia - The Kellys

2017-11-16T15:00:00-05:00

Chances are you have driven, biked, run, walked, or partied on Kelly Drive, but have you ever wondered where it got its name? No, it’s not named for Grace Kelly, movie star and princess. It’s named for her brother, John B. Kelly, Jr., three-term city councilman, Olympic rower, and 1947 winner of the James E. Sullivan Award as top amateur US athlete. And that bronze statue of a rower that graces the drive near the finish line of the Schuylkill River regattas is their father, John B. "Jack" Kelly, Olympic sculling champion and former chairman of the Fairmount Park commission. Jack Kelly was born in 1889, one of ten children to Irish immigrants from Mayo county. When he went into politics, he traded on his "rags to riches" story as a poor farm boy who dropped out of high school to apprentice as a bricklayer and help feed his family. In fact, he went to work for his two brothers, Patrick and Charles, who owned a successful construction company. His other brothers were also headed for success—Walter, as a vaudevillian, and George, who became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. Jack really quit school to focus on his passion for rowing and he took that passion about as far as it could go. In 1920, he won both the single and double sculls at the Olympics—the only man in history to do so—and in 1924, he repeated his victory. He won 126 straight races in 1919 and 1920, and is considered one of the best oarsmen of all time. He is the only rower in the Olympic Hall of Fame. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XIurl4HPjSA" width="560"> Jack Kelly did eventually become a union bricklayer, borrowing $7000 from Walter and Charles to start his own brickwork contracting firm, John B. Kelly, Inc. He built it into one of the largest brickwork contractors in the country. He was active in Democratic politics at a time when the Republicans had a lock on Philadelphia and in 1935, he came within 49,000 votes of becoming mayor.  Margaret Majer Kelly, born to a German Protestant immigrant family, was a swimming champion who became the first female athletic coach at the University of Pennsylvania. She and Jack knew each other for 10 years before she converted to Catholicism and married him in 1924. Their family grew quickly with four children born in the next 9 years: Peggy, Jack, Jr., Grace, and Lizanne. In 1929, Jack Kelly built his mansion. It was brick, of course, and built by his company, with 15 rooms and a back yard with a tennis court that was flooded to become an ice rink in winter. It resembled the mansions of the Main Line, but Irish Catholics were not welcome in that WASP enclave, so the Kellys settled in blue collar East Falls.  Athletics were part of family life and something that Jack, Jr. in particular, excelled. He followed his father’s footsteps and competed as an oarsman in four Olympics, winning a bronze medal at Melbourne in 1956. He also won the prestigious Diamond Sculls at the Henley Regatta in 1949 and 1950, a race his father had been banned from because he was a "working man" and therefore, not an amateur. Jack, Jr. worked hard to support amateur sports all his life, was a three-time Philadelphia City Councilman, and at his death was president-elect of the U.S. Olympic Committee.  Grace Kelly later won an Academy Award, but she was not the star of her family growing up. She was the quiet one in a family of extroverts. And while she did learn to swim and play tennis, Grace could never keep up with her athletic siblings. Her parents did not encourage her interest in acting, but in 1947 she moved into the Barbizon Hotel for Women in New York City and enrolled at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts. She worked as a professional model i[...]