Rendell Was Almost on Katz’s Plane

Had a speaking engagement of his own, instead.

As momentous as the death of Lewis Katz has been for Philadelphia, consider this: Ed Rendell was almost on the plane with him.

The Daily Beast reports: 

Katz, the Philadelphia tycoon, former sports team owner, and philanthropist who had just purchased the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, had been trying for days to persuade former governor Rendell to fly up with him on Saturday to Concord, Mass., for a cocktail party and dinner at the home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

“I stopped to get some produce at a place on 20th Street, and Lewis was sitting in an outdoor seating area at a restaurant across the way,” Rendell, 70, told The Daily Beast on Sunday afternoon, a few hours after he learned that his friend had been killed the previous evening, along with six other people, in the fiery explosion of his chartered jet. “We joked and kibitzed, and Lewis said, ‘You really ought to come tomorrow. Doris would love to see you.’ And I said, ‘Listen, I’ll call you, but I don’t think I can.’”

Rendell had his own speaking engagement to attend. If not for that, Saturday’s air crash would’ve wiped out a good portion of Philadelphia’s elite.


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  • Richard Cranium

    Oh great. Now we are going to hear about all of the people that were “supposed” to be on that plane.

  • pete

    “you really ought to come” was an invitation which was declined, and apparently never really under consideration by Ed.

    Sorry, I do not consider that “almost” on the flight. Almost means he got hung up in traffic and missed take off. Slightly misleading headline.

  • Nf

    Should’ve, would’ve, whatever……
    None of the “big” guys that walked with Lew Katz were anything like him, so it really wouldn’t have mattered. None of them treat the working class people or the impoverished as Lew Katz did and shame on them for not being more like him. They just rode on his coattails!