Once again, greetings and salutations. Yes, it keeps on getting better and better and better. Nothing but stars and dancing the night away on the weekends at Memories in Margate. My dear old friend Herb Lipson and his beautiful wife Carol made the scene, as did our favorite boxing commissioner George Bochetto, the good Dr. Hussain and his lovely Roseann, the O'Learys. And how about our pal Emil, Tom and Amanda, Mary Marucci, Cass and Dave, our meteorologists, Joe and Mary, back from Hawaii, Helene, plus Sue, Judy-Judy-Judy, Carl and Peggy, the return of the Three Amigos, and many of the regulars who party with us not only at Memories but at the Golden Nugget, plus folks coming in from Miami who partied with the Geator when we were at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.
Even people from L.A. are picking up on the magic of Memories. And even though for the time being you won't be able to hear us on KOOL 98.3 if you're not in the local area, folks from out of town can pick up on our live broadcast from Memories every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. on WVLT.com - Cruisin' 92.1.
Late-breaking announcement - the ever resourceful DJ Joel managed to tape our entire live broadcast from last Friday night, June 12 - including the broadcast over KOOL 98.3. Unfortunately the Geator is from an old school and I know nothing about how he does it, but DJ Joel is my Svengali when it comes to technology, so if you are on Facebook you can go to his page (David Joel Stephens) and click on the link he posted. You will be able to hear the entire seven hours from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Now with our seven-day-a-week schedule for the duration of the summer, you've got lots of opportunities to party with us in person. The big news is our switch at the Golden Nugget from Thursdays in the Live Bar to Tuesdays outdoors on the fabulous Deck starting Tuesday, June 23, and then to Wildwood's brand new Bay Club, formerly the Lighthouse Pointe, on Thursday, June 25. For my complete schedule go to the Geator calendar at Geator.net.
And before you know it, the Fourth of July will be upon us, and with it a twofold celebration at Memories, one for the Geator on Friday, July 3, and one for his Uncle Sam on the Fourth. And with the coming of the Fourth, look for Memories to be open every week from Wednesday through Sunday, with some great entertainment and happy hours plus food in the Geator Garden from the world renowned Paesano's. More about that in the coming weeks - but now, it's time for your questions. This week we've got a couple about the late great Mario Lanza.
Still a dress code for Memories on a Saturday night? No shorts? - Mr. Joe Randzo
The dress code at Memories has become more relaxed and causal in recent years, even though many people still dress up for Saturday night. Shorts are fine as long as they're neat - no cutoffs, no tank tops, no hats, and for safety reasons no sandals or flip-flops
Was there a Mario Lanza museum in a barber shop in South Philly at one time? - John Hanna, Philadelphia
Not in a barber shop but in Nick Petrella's record store at Broad and Snyder. Nick was beloved as South Philly's "Record King" and grew up on the same block as his idol and sold thousands of his records. Today the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum is at 712 Montrose St. in South Philly.
I am a great fan of Mario Lanza and I know how well informed you are. I was wondering if you could tell me if there are any plans in the making to do a movie on the life of that great tenor from South Philly. - Rita Irrera, Sicklerville
There's only one short film from 1989 and a 90-minute PBS documentary about Mario Lanza. But one person has been trying to get a major Lanza biopic off the ground for many years. Director Bruce Beresford tells of ex-ABC music programmer Michael Harrison, who is passionate about the project but so far has not been able to obtain the financing. You can read about it here: BruceBeresford.org
I read that the South Philly mural depicting the great entertainers from South Philly will be demolished and a new mural will be created. Who is organizing the fundraising to pay for the new mural and where should contributions be sent? This is an important part of our heritage and I'd like to help out. - Tony Dolanski, Philadelphia
The City of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program oversees the project and has been meeting with concerned parties regarding restoring the mural, which is in need of repair, and finding a new location for it now that its building has been sold. So far Frankie Avalon and myself have pledged money for the project, and we are hoping to add Jimmy Darren to the mural and perhaps some other famous South Philly music personalities as well. If you'd like to get involved, you can contact Jane Golden at 215-685-0760 or email@example.com. Donations can be sent to the Mural Arts Program at 1727-29 Mt. Vernon St., Philadelphia, PA 19130.
For complete info on Jerry’s appearances go to Geator.net. Got a question for Jerry? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, watch this column for the answer - and remember, keep on rocking, 'cause you only rock once!