From Joe Menkevich
Northeast Catholic High School Crew Team & The Ghost
The older one becomes, the more things one will witness – strange mysterious beautiful unexplainable wonderful things.
For many years I thought to take a few pictures of some of the facades & windows of buildings along Frankford Avenue. Today I have.
This is the second floor of what was once a dining room inside Horn & Hardart Restaurant. (near Margaret Street)
The reflections upon the window glass brought back the memories of rattling dishes and the smell of the food – the pies and the coffee and the pies! I remember taking the EL from North Catholic and waiting for my brother to finish his shift as a bus-boy. A loud crash from the dropping of a whole load of dishes – and there was my brother standing there frozen like a statue with one dish left in his hand.
The old waitresses began gathering around scolding – trying to make him feel guilt & embarrassment. There he stood with that one last dish.
He shrugged his shoulders and threw it into the broken pile, took off his apron and said: “Now all of you can clean it up – I quit! Are you happy now?”
Some say the Spirit of North Catholic will never die.
It was in building next to Roxy’s Army & Navy Store. [4500 block of Frankford Avenue: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankfordgazette/2042191622/ ] Memories of wet t-shirts, the smell of sweat, the working out, & the camaraderie inside while looking at the dyslexic writing on a window: WERC CN
As an alumni of Northeast Catholic High, I knew where the Crew Team used to work out in the late 1960’s. I know because I was there.
But after I took the photo, it appeared as if a strange face was looking back at me. Is it the face of a young man? I had to take a closer look.
Some say “the Spirit of North Catholic will never die.”
Take a look and decide – is it just a smudge or something more?
Perhaps it’s just an illusion – perhaps it’s something more. The strange silhouette reflected on the glass serves to prove – ghosts, spirits & memories will never die as long as we keep them alive.
© 2011 – Joseph J. Menkevich all rights reserved.