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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
Keith Sole is probably 46-47 now, why would anyone still be screwing around like that with him on here?? I am sure he doesn't care about what you are saying about him. Crazy, but some ppl never grow up.

Chad Michaels:yes leave the poor fellow alone.
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
"MONK"--Tommy Dunn
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
When did Eddie Fulmer go to jail?
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
It's been 40 years since a young Brewerytown teen let loose by writing "Cornbread" on the walls of his school, his neighborhood, and then all over Philadelphia. What Darryl McCray started was the beginning of modern identity-based graffiti. He wasn't part of a gang. He wasn't making a political statement. He just wanted fame.

Modern graffiti has since become a global phenomenon and served as the painted backdrop for the rise of hip-hop culture.

As one of the early incubators for the illicit art form, Philadelphia is finally getting its due - regardless of how dubious some might view that honor.

Amid controversy and reflection on what has left an indelible mark on urban life, there are forthcoming events that will bring a spotlight on Philadelphia graffiti and its most acclaimed writers.

Tonight at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, there will be a screening of the new movie Cry of the City Part 1: The Legend of Cornbread, which documents McCray's life and antics, including the spraypainting of his name on a zoo elephant and the Jackson 5's tour jet.

At the same event, photographer Jon Naar will discuss graffiti with McCray and sign copies of his new book, The Birth of Graffiti, which highlights New York graffiti in the early 1970s.

On Oct. 19, Steve Powers, a New York artist and Fulbright Scholar who once reigned as a top-tier graffiti artist in his native Philadelphia, will open his first solo museum show at the Academy.

Earlier this year, Free News Projects published the book Public Wall Writing in Philadelphia, which showcased evocative images of the city at the height of graffiti.

"It started here in Philadelphia, and Cornbread was the originator," Naar said during a recent visit.

"It's not only graffiti that he influenced, but hip-hop and that whole kind of movement. It's very important, I think, as a historical statement."

That is, of course, one view.

Jerry Eley, field director of operations for Philadelphia's graffiti-abatement program, doesn't much care for whatever historical significance wall writing has.

"It's ugly," said Eley, who contends that graffiti encourages more criminal behavior.

In fact, getting rid of graffiti and other "quality of life" crimes was the foundation of the "broken windows" theory that served as a basis for crime reduction in the 1990s.

"Graff," as many writers now prefer to call it, is still prevalent throughout Philadelphia, though nothing like the consuming scrawl that enveloped the city until the mid-1980s, when then-Mayor W. Wilson Goode launched his anti-graffiti crackdown.

What may appear to the untrained eye as scribbling is often the coded conversation on the street between graff writers.

Much of it is done with "tags" - the chosen name of the writer. It can be done simply or done in a Philadelphia style known alternately as "wicked" or "wicket," which looks like its own language with complex, looping flourishes.

Then there is the "throw-up," a larger representation of a name, often with spray-painted "fill-in" of black, white or color. It is done for speed and can be part of a "bombing" run of a neighborhood with numerous tags and throw-ups.

There are other variations of graff - for instance, "rollers," which are large letters done with paint rollers - but the ultimate is the "piece." A piece is the elaborate, colorful graff that is mural-like and most likely to be appreciated by the uninitiated.

"It started with me, with just a mark on the wall," said Cornbread, who is now 53, about his simple tag. Graffiti, he said with pride, have evolved "from different styles to bombing, from bombing to pieces, from pieces to murals."

Today, Philadelphia is the unofficial mural capital of the world, and that came about as an offshoot of the 1984 anti-graffiti campaign.

What started with McCray writing his name around town for recognition turned into what critics considered a menacing plague that was symptomatic of urban decline.

"There was not a blank surface that wasn't touched. It was daunting," recalled Jane Golden, who came to Philadelphia to serve as mural coordinator with the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network.

Her office was located in the former City Hall Annex, and even that building was not immune from taggers. "There would be these kids with backpacks that clicked as they walked," she said, referring to the sound of cans of spray paint. "They were brazen."

Golden was able to recruit many of the talented graffiti writers who went on to work with her in the still-active Mural Arts Program.

The goal, of course, was to provide a legal outlet for graffiti artists.

The lure of illegal graffiti, however, remains.

Aerosol artists and taggers continue to eye open wall space, looking for a canvas and aspiring to be a part of Philadelphia's graffiti legacy.

In the words of one, a 25-year-old writer who calls himself CURVE, "We made a name for ourselves, and that's history right there."

"People will always remember it and talk about it or look at pictures," said the young man, who did not provide his full name. "If the walls don't survive, there's photos and there's stories."
 

 
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Name: Date Entered:October 4th, 2007 Location: Fairmount isnt a red chimp considered to be an oragutan lol..haha ugly as one anyways....Bobbi Baker(Odonnell) still alive...cheesehead omg..dead but most likely from drugs....anything else wanted to know post it and I will let u know..who I am isnt important...just know fairmount....



no matter who you are you don;t know fairmount as good as you think...Billy Thompson is alive and well...Married with two kids and very happy...

Man how could you post somebody is dead and then say it was from drugs..You're an idiot
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
Nicknames - Weasel Boylan TC McMonagle Udee Caselli Eddie Boy Mullin
 

 
Name: McGinley
Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
Not only are the desks smaller but how did they fit all the desks in those rooms. I remember those student chairs going across the front and down the aisle near the windows. It didn't feel that crowded. Remember how crowded the schoolyard was - the line were in the yard on the Wallace Street pavement, 24th Street pavement and in the church driveway. Now only a few kids - it looks so empty
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
Keith Sole is probably 46-47 now, why would anyone still be screwing around like that with him on here?? I am sure he doesn't care about what you are saying about him. Crazy, but some ppl never grow up.
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
Sounds like chad is walking with a limp today.
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
I have never seen a woman not blick for over 20 minutes. LOL
 

 
Name: ORIGINAL FAIRMOUNTER
Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
THE MACPHEARSONS ON 24TH NEAR OLIVE: GERRI, MARK, CAROL & GLEN. (MARK KILLED WHEN HE WAS 16 IN A CAR ACCIDENT - HIT BY AN OFF-DUTY COP @ 22ND & SPRING GARDEN).
 

 
Name: MARYANN MIGNOGNA (DIPIETRO)
Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
Email: mdipi10718@aol.com
Location: WESTBROOK PARK
 
HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!! WOW WHAT A WEEK ITS BEEN. HOPE ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, ITS GONNA BE HOT!!!!! COMING DOWN THE FAIRMOUNT ON SATURDAY FOR ALITTLE FUN. HOPE 2 SEE SOME OF MY OLD FRIENDS... MARE
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
"Skippy" Reichert

"Lefty" Zanaris

 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
poor chad, someone left him dangling
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
does keith sole even still hang in fairmount or is there people out there who want to start trouble what if its not keith sole and its someone else cause from what i see there is hardly anyone who hangs in mckennas anymore that bar is no good
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
Chad Michaels-

Keith i'm not playing Doctor with you anymore,you Brute you
 

 
Name: time out
Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
WHY DON'T WOMEN BLINK DURING SEX? (they don't have enough time) oooooh













 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
chad is from fairmount its just someone acting like he is an outsider to me chad is pretty dumb
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
ur welcome chad
 

 
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Date Entered:October 5th, 2007
 
here's one

"Rebel"--Johnny Morrissey
 

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