Six Jolts of Sheer Delight
Pence is a fanatical student of baseball, comes to the park early, leaves late, is hitting .313 and is a huge addition to the team.
Waking up to that photograph of Pence cheered me more than a third martini used to.
What did not cheer me was the Phillies’ eight-game losing streak following their spectacular early finish, as well as Hunter Pence’s sore knee.
However in the ninth game the team’s mojo was back as it annihilated the New York Mets 9-4 with 19 hits, Hunter Pence going three-for-five including a two-run homer.
Sheer Delight No. 2—Atlantic City Daily Press
In that same issue of The Inquirer was a delicious four-page insert—a small replica of a 1920’s edition of the Atlantic City Sunday newspaper. The yellowish newsprint was obviously dried and crumbly and the type was faded and broken. The headline:
NUCKY FACES ACCUSATIONS
It took me a few seconds to realize that this was not a real collector’s item.
Below the headline was a photograph of actor Steve Buscemi who plays Atlantic City Treasurer and old-fashioned political boss Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in Martin Scorcese’s splendid HBO series, Boardwalk Empire depicting the Jersey shore town during Prohibition and the gangster era of the 1920s.
The little faded insert dated Sunday, Sept. 25, 1921—exactly 90 years to the day (and the actual day of the week)—was a promotion for the launch of the Boardwalk Empire’s second season.
It was filled with lurid stories of murder, the Ku Klux Klan, prohibition and an Op-Ed by Mrs. McGary, “How to Lead a Clean Life” with the lede “Gentlemen, put down your bottles!”
Included was a review of Franz Lehar’s Liliom on Broadway, a story of the White Sox throwing the World Series, upcoming events such as a Warren G. Harding political fundraiser, the Temperance League meeting, Lady Egypt’s Vaudeville Show and King Neptune’s Seashore Pageant. The Arts & Entertainment section featured “Who’s Who of Atlantic City Out on the Town” with photographs of our favorite characters in the series.