I was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia...and I still have some traces of the accent to prove it. My hero when growing up was Ben Franklin; he was Philly's main player. Of course, Ben was not born in the City of Brotherly Love. He actually "escaped" from Boston to come to Philadelphia. Escape is the correct word in the event some Bostonians take umbrage here. Ben ran away from home. And, it had nothing to do with the Red Sox.

I bring all this up only because just last month Ben celebrated his 300th birthday--quite an accomplishment. He came to my town penniless as a teenager but retired at age 42 with more money than he knew what to do with.

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