History UsefulNotes / Philadelphia

8th Jul '17 8:59:43 AM nombretomado
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Special note should be made in regards to Creator/BenjaminFranklin, sometimes called Philly's Favorite Son -- which is odd, 'cause he was born in Boston. However, Franklin lived here for most of his long life (insanely long, by the standards of the time, too[[note]]He lived to the ripe old age of 84, which wouldn't be bad even today for someone who had been overweight since at least his 40s, suffered from gout, and had ''[[TheCasanova every venereal disease known to man]]'' at the time[[/note]]), and he left an indelible mark on Philadelphia's history: considered to have established the first modern newspaper here, America's first library here, the first fire company in Pennsylvania (which was also the most modern at the time), discovered electricity here, and invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, the odometer, and the glass armonica here. According to TheOtherWiki, "A noted polymath, Franklin was a [[RenaissanceMan leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat]]." Oh, and he was one of the Founding Fathers; in fact, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution [[BadassBoast was arguably won because he was on our side]]. Among the large number of contributions he made to the Colonial effort, it was Franklin's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome convincing the French to become involved in the war]] which ensured the Victory at Yorktown, and ultimately proved to England it wasn't worth it to continue fighting the colonies. Finally, he was a well known [[HandsomeLech ladies' man]], even after he got [[BigBeautifulMan rolly-polly]]. Philadelphia was already a large, rich, port city before him, but [[MyRealDaddy Franklin is largely credited -- true or not -- with making Philadelphia the most powerful city in the Colonies, economically, socially, and politically]]. In summation, our boy Ben was nothing short of the biggest badass GodModeSue in American history (and yet we named a bridge to [[{{Gangsterland}} Camden]] after him...[[note]]Well you did call him a badass[[/note]]).

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Special note should be made in regards to Creator/BenjaminFranklin, sometimes called Philly's Favorite Son -- which is odd, 'cause he was born in Boston. However, Franklin lived here for most of his long life (insanely long, by the standards of the time, too[[note]]He lived to the ripe old age of 84, which wouldn't be bad even today for someone who had been overweight since at least his 40s, suffered from gout, and had ''[[TheCasanova every venereal disease known to man]]'' at the time[[/note]]), and he left an indelible mark on Philadelphia's history: considered to have established the first modern newspaper here, America's first library here, the first fire company in Pennsylvania (which was also the most modern at the time), discovered electricity here, and invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, the odometer, and the glass armonica here. According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "A noted polymath, Franklin was a [[RenaissanceMan leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat]]." Oh, and he was one of the Founding Fathers; in fact, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution [[BadassBoast was arguably won because he was on our side]]. Among the large number of contributions he made to the Colonial effort, it was Franklin's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome convincing the French to become involved in the war]] which ensured the Victory at Yorktown, and ultimately proved to England it wasn't worth it to continue fighting the colonies. Finally, he was a well known [[HandsomeLech ladies' man]], even after he got [[BigBeautifulMan rolly-polly]]. Philadelphia was already a large, rich, port city before him, but [[MyRealDaddy Franklin is largely credited -- true or not -- with making Philadelphia the most powerful city in the Colonies, economically, socially, and politically]]. In summation, our boy Ben was nothing short of the biggest badass GodModeSue in American history (and yet we named a bridge to [[{{Gangsterland}} Camden]] after him...[[note]]Well you did call him a badass[[/note]]).
15th Jun '17 11:43:51 PM Wheezy
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The city was founded on October 27, 1682 by William Penn. A statue of him sits on top of City Hall, now eclipsed by the Bell Atlantic Tower[[note]]Bell Atlantic was merged into Verizon eons ago, but everything involving the lease by Verizon was so complicated, they just kept the original name[[/note]], Liberty Place, and Comcast Center in height. Because sports fans are a superstitious bunch, this eclipsing was used to explain why the entire city went into a championship drought of considerable length. It should be noted that another statuette of Penn sits atop the new tallest building in the city, the Comcast Center, and that within a few months of the building's completion with Penn atop it, the Phillies won the World Series. Take that as you will. It was the city where the Continental Congress met, and the Liberty Bell is kept there. Until UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC was built, it was ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_capitals_in_the_United_States#Former_national_Capitals usually]]) the US capital.

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The city was founded on October 27, 1682 by William Penn. A statue of him sits on top of City Hall, now eclipsed by the Bell Atlantic Tower[[note]]Bell Atlantic was merged into Verizon eons ago, but everything involving the lease by Verizon was so complicated, they just kept the original name[[/note]], Three Logan Square, Liberty Place, and Comcast Center in height. Because sports fans are a superstitious bunch, this eclipsing was used to explain why the entire city went into a championship drought of considerable length. It should be noted that another statuette of Penn sits atop the new tallest building in the city, the Comcast Center, and that within a few months of the building's completion with Penn atop it, the Phillies won the World Series. Take that as you will. It was the city where the Continental Congress met, and the Liberty Bell is kept there. Until UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC was built, it was ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_capitals_in_the_United_States#Former_national_Capitals usually]]) the US capital.
6th May '17 12:19:53 PM HelloLamppost
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* ''The [[Creator/TonyRandall]] Show'' (1976-78) featured Tony playing a judge and was set in Philadelphia.

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* ''The [[Creator/TonyRandall]] Tony Randall Show'' (1976-78) featured Tony playing a judge and was set in Philadelphia.
6th May '17 12:19:14 PM HelloLamppost
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* ''The [[Creator/TonyRandall]] Show'' (1976-78) featured Tony playing a judge and was set in Philadelphia.
1st Mar '17 9:10:56 PM nombretomado
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-->"[[KevinBacon If you want to start moving like anything, find a Philadelphia Chicken to teach you to swing.]]"

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-->"[[KevinBacon -->"[[Creator/KevinBacon If you want to start moving like anything, find a Philadelphia Chicken to teach you to swing.]]"



* KevinBacon

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* KevinBaconCreator/KevinBacon
19th Feb '17 3:20:51 PM dpisel01
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Philadelphia is notable for being the largest city in the country having a healthy black middle-class. From the poshness of Rittenhouse Square, to the quasi-melting pot that is [[GangsterLand South Philly]], to the bohemian artists *cough*{{hipster}}s*cough* of Northern Liberties, to the hard knocks of [[WrongSideOfTheTracks North Philly and parts of the Southwest]], to the strange blend of professors and students, immigrants, and poor folk who inhabit West Philly, to the quaint tree-lined streets of the towns-within-a-city of the hilly Northwest, to the suburban sprawl of the "Great Northeast," to the unparalleled richness of history that is Old City, Philadelphia has everything one could ask for in its many neighborhoods. It has been a very large city for a long, long time. In the years before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, it was the second largest English-speaking City in the world, after London.

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Philadelphia is notable for being the largest city in the country having a healthy black middle-class. From the poshness of Rittenhouse Square, to the maze-like quasi-melting pot that is [[GangsterLand South Philly]], to the bohemian artists *cough*{{hipster}}s*cough* of Northern Liberties, to the hard knocks of [[WrongSideOfTheTracks North Philly and parts of the Southwest]], to the strange blend of professors and students, immigrants, and poor folk who inhabit West Philly, to the quaint tree-lined streets of the towns-within-a-city of the hilly Northwest, to the suburban sprawl of the "Great Northeast," to the unparalleled richness of history that is Old City, Philadelphia has everything one could ask for in its many neighborhoods. It has been a very large city for a long, long time. In the years before UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, it was the second largest English-speaking City in the world, after London.
19th Feb '17 3:15:18 PM dpisel01
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* ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder''

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* ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder''''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' is set here. More specifically, it is implied to be set in Northeast Philadelphia based on the somewhat suburban appearance of the setting and references to Fishtown and Kensington.
17th Feb '17 6:19:05 PM bt8257
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6th Feb '17 3:09:39 AM erforce
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''On the bandstand"''\\
--'''Music/BarryManilow''', ''[[Series/AmericanBandstand "Bandstand Boogie"]]''[[note]]Music by Charles Albertine; lyrics by Manilow and Bruce Sussman[[/note]]

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''On the bandstand"''\\
--'''Music/BarryManilow''',
bandstand"''
-->-- '''Music/BarryManilow''',
''[[Series/AmericanBandstand "Bandstand Boogie"]]''[[note]]Music by Charles Albertine; lyrics by Manilow and Bruce Sussman[[/note]]



* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'', of course.
** In real life, the Rocky statue from the third film got to stay in front of the Art Museum for several years before finally being moved to the sports stadium.

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* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'', ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'', of course.
** In real life, the Rocky statue from the [[Film/RockyIII third film film]] got to stay in front of the Art Museum for several years before finally being moved to the sports stadium.
29th Jan '17 9:41:05 PM HelloLamppost
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For whatever reason, it's something of a cliche in [[TheWestern Westerns]] that the CitySlicker is almost ''always'' from Philadelphia.
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