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[South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 3, 2011]
Linda and I had a 4-day weekend in Philadelphia last week, and we enjoyed it very much. We were there for the annual meeting of the English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESUUS).
The ESUUS is not an â€œEnglish firstâ€ lobby. The ESUUS is a venerable organization that focuses on education, scholarship, and global understanding through English. It might surprise you that over 300 million Chinese speak English. So, you can readily understand why English is so vital to the international community.
When this picture was taken, we were on our way to a dinner at the Franklin Institute.
Behind me is City Hall, with its iconic statue of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s founder, William Penn, looking down on Philadelphia from high above. During my childhood, I lived in the Philadelphia suburbs two different times, and I vividly remember standing on the platform that surrounds the base of the statue during a 5th grade field trip (1958). That is no longer permitted.
The â€œLOVEâ€ sculpture is on the other side of City Hall and to the left, in one of Philadelphiaâ€™s many public parks. You could say the sculpture is â€œpop art,â€ the kind of art made famous in the 60s and 70s by Andy Warhol, Peter Max, and many others.
Philadelphia is a natural location for the sculpture, as it complements William Pennâ€™s declaration, made more than three hundred years ago, that Philadelphia is the â€œCity of Brotherly Love.â€
The great W. C. Fields, himself, said that, â€œon the whole," heâ€™d "rather be in Philadelphia.â€
As always, thanks for stopping by! Iâ€™m in Pittsburgh for a few days, but I hope to start catching up with your photos soon.
***THANK YOU FRANK SUMMERS for the twin nominations!***
***THANK YOU LESLIE "PRESLEY" for the spotlight!***
Also by Richard Knight
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