Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Brotherly Love


Just back from Philadelphia, home of the world champion Phillies, the American flag, and lots of people who came to my shows last weekend at the Helium Club. It's always fun to perform in Philadelphia, and before the shows I always take a walk downtown and reminisce through the mist of memory and subway grates. That building is the Union League, on Broad Street, where my Dad used to take my brothers and I to Father-Son dinners a long, long time ago. I met Daniel Moynihan there when he was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, before becoming the Democratic senator from New York who championed Democratic ideas like the partial privatization of Social Security, and the illegalization of partial birth abortion. Huh? Yeah, that's him. They also had a dinner there with "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, the drag racer, who gave us drag racing Hot Wheels cars. "Big Daddy" made a bigger splash than ambassador Moynihan, but still, it was a great evening with Dad, wearing a suit and tie and pretending I was going to be going to the University of Pennsylvania to study something where you eventually wear a suit and tie all the time.
That plan didn't work out. 
Love from Wilson World,
Tom

6 comments:

jeffg said...

You just missed seeing President Bush at the Union Club last weekend. He stopped by for his portrait unveiling. Still, he can't top "Big Daddy" Garlits, especially if he drove there in his Mongoose (or was it snake) funny car.

Kyle Scholler said...

Tom! Great job on the Tonight Show with Reliant K! YOu're the man!

Liam said...

Is anyone else but me tired of all these retailers who won't say the words "Merry Christmas"? They want our Christmas money, they advertise their stores with Christmas decorations -- yet they won't just say "Christmas". It bugs me.

Anonymous said...

Tom:

Whenever I see someone mention "Brotherly Love," I feel compelled to ask "are you a traveling man?" If you are truly a "Brother," then you know the answer.

Tom Wilson said...

I don't know what you mean, but I'm definitely a "brother," and by that I mean both a sibling to my brothers and sisters, as well as an African American.

James Pate said...

Yup, Moynihan had a lot of sense for a Democrat.