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Friday, December 17, 2004  

Getting to Rittenhouse
December 17, 2004

Welcome to “Friday Fun,” the always-anticipated and supposed-to-be-weekly feature of The Rittenhouse Review, an inside look at the odd, quirky, strange, and just plain misguided web-text searches that brought visitors to the blog during the past week.

Here we go!

what does it mean when your birth certificate was seal [sic] in 1970?
Now, I’m just taking a wild guess here, but is it possible the seal in question indicates you, the searcher, were born in 1970?

Sean Hannity Cornel West debate
I assume floor was mopped. Much floor. And rather convincingly mopped at that. (It goes without saying that I meant West, right?)

Joan Peters distortions
Discussed at The Rittenhouse Review on June 19, 2002, in a lengthy post, “The Rehabilitation of Joan Peters.”

Meghan Cox Gurdon
TBogg, please call your office.

Jim Hart Carly Simon husband
Yes, Jim Hart is Carly Simon’s second husband. (As is more widely known, Simon’s first husband was singer-songwriter James Taylor.) Simon and Hart were married in 1987. From the beginning of the marriage Hart shunned attention of any kind; I assume they are still married, but I wouldn’t swear to it.

Philly’s skyline profile
Although I’ve discussed the Philadelphia skyline, or individual components thereof, several times here, I doubt I would have done so quite those terms. That’s largely because I try to limit my use of the diminutive “Philly,” an idiosyncrasy I despise, to conversations with those I know or expect will turn at first breath to this particularly cloying slang.

By the way, it appears the Philadelphia skyline before long will become still more impressive. The Cira Centre, the Cesar Pelli-designed tower under construction near 30th Street Station, is progressing nicely.

Cira Centre

And it appears One Pennsylvania Plaza (a/k/a the Comcast Tower), which upon completion will be the city’s tallest building, after considerable controversy might actually be built at 17th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. And there is much more planned.

Catholic Cathedral of Philadelphia
The one and only, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Center City Philadelphia.

Sts. Peter & Paul
Home of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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