My early life, or something like it.

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born…David Copperfield

In the year that President Kennedy died, I arrived in the world at St. Francis Hospital, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.


It wasn’t falling down then.

Fun Fact:  world renowned pianist and understated dresser Liberace was in Pittsburgh the very day of Kennedy’s assassination, but his show was cancelled.


I can’t imagine why.

As he prepared for the show on the next day, a snowstorm snarled traffic forcing him to clean his outfits by hand, using a spray bottle of dry cleaning fluid, in an unvented room. Surprisingly, he was able to get on stage and perform his first number before collapsing from the potentially fatal dose of carbon tetrachloride he had unknowingly been snorting. Kidneys failing, he was rushed to St. Francis,  where he underwent a revolutionary new procedure – hemodialysis, which saved his life. Unless it was the intercession of a mysterious figure in a white habit, who encouraged the entertainer to pray to Saint Anthony.

www-St-Takla-org--St-Anthony-the-Great-Antonios-019Probably this guy, although there are like a baker’s dozen St. Anthonys.   

2 thoughts on “My early life, or something like it.

  1. there is only one St. Anthony. He is the guy you pray to when you lose something. It is St. Anthony of Padua. Why? I dont know but the nuns said so.


  2. I think the vision referred to Anthony the Great (c.251–356), Egyptian Christian saint and Desert Father. Feast day: January 17 or 30; He is appealed to against infectious diseases, particularly skin diseases.
    Ah, but there are also:
    Anthony of Antioch (d. 302), Martyr under Diocletian. Feast day: January 9
    Anthony the Hermit (c.468–c.520), also known as Antony of Lérins. Feast day: Dec 28
    Anthony of Kiev (c.983–1073), also known as Anthony of the Caves. Feast day: July 23
    Anthony of Rome (died 1147), also known as Antony Rimlyanin. Feast day: Jan 17 and Aug 3.
    Anthony of Padua (c.1195–1231), a Doctor of the Church, also known as Saint Anthony of Lisbon. Feast day: June 13
    Antoninus of Florence (1389–1459), also known as Anthony of Florence. Feast day: May 10
    Antony of Siya (1479–1556), founder of the Antonievo-Siysky Monastery. Feast day: December 7
    Anthony Mary Claret ((1807–1870), founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Feast Day: October 24.


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