One of Us: William Hite

Illustration | Andy Friedman

My full name is … William Rodger Hite Jr.

I grew up in … Richmond, Virginia.

I came to Philly … in the summer of 2012. Before that, I was the superintendent in Prince George’s County public schools in Maryland. And before that, I was in a host of teaching and principal positions in Virginia.

I met my wife … on a blind date. We were watching a PGA golf tournament. And I was the only one who didn’t know it was a blind date, apparently. Read more »

One of Us: Jim Kenney

Illustration | Andy Friedman

My name is … James Francis Kenney.

I grew up in … South Philly, at 3rd and Snyder. Mummerland.

I wanted to grow up to be … an actor or a lawyer. I guess I’m both.

I decided to run for public office when … I became insane. I’m kidding. I had to make a career for myself. I was working for Vince Fumo, I was getting to a certain age, and I wanted to do more public service.

One thing I miss about Old Philadelphia is … the Broad Street Bullies. I loved every one of them. Read more »

One of Us: Conservative Firebrand Christine Flowers

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Christine Marie Rachael Flowers. That’s my confirmation name. My mom got the idea crossing the Christina River. I’m glad it wasn’t the Schuylkill. My dad wanted to name me April, but my mom said with a name like April Flowers, I’d end up on a marquee at a burlesque club.

People call me … Chris or Christie or Christine or four-letter words.

I grew up in … Logan and then Delco, around the corner from Tina Fey. We have two things in common and nothing else: where we grew up, and the fact that we think Pica’s is the best pizza in the country. Read more »

One of Us: Nicole Marquis

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

My name is … Nicole Yvonne Marquis. My name is super French, but my mother — her name is Yvonne — is Puerto Rican. My dad is half French, half Italian. I grew up in … Elkins Park. I’m a Philly girl through and through.

When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be … a neurosurgeon. My best friend wanted to be one, and I thought that was great. Of course, she actually became a neurosurgeon. Read more »

One of Us: Jay Wright

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Jerold Taylor Wright Jr. I’m named after my father, and it’s also my son’s name.

I was raised in … Churchville, Bucks County, just outside Northeast Philly. These days, I live in Berwyn. It’s beautiful. I’ve got horse farms around us, and great privacy, but it’s just 25 minutes to the airport and 15 minutes to work.

My worst subject at Council Rock North was … chemistry, but I was really good at psychology. Read more »

One of Us: Erin Elmore

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Erin Maryn Elmore. It’s pronounced like the county near San Francisco where Sausalito is. My parents were there when they were pregnant and said it was the most beautiful place they had ever been.  Read more »

One of Us: Kenny Gamble

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Kenny Gamble, although sometimes people call me Mr. Huff.

I was born … at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1943, and grew up in an apartment in South Philadelphia at 15th and Christian. First floor rear. We had a big dog named Curly.

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One of Us: Fergus Carey

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

Illustration by Andy Friedman.

My name is … Fergus Carey, but I play the role of “Fergie” in the City of Philadelphia. Fergus was a wise and sexy king.

I live in … Bella Vista. Everything’s on my doorstep.

I left Ireland … in 1987 and moved to Houston. I only lasted a few weeks there. Hated it. And then I came to Philly. Read more »

One of Us: David Morse

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … David Bowditch Morse, after Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of modern navigation. He was a relative from the 1800s and a remarkable guy.

I am a … father, husband and son, most importantly. More obviously, an actor.

I live … in Chestnut Hill. We’ve been here for quite a while — since 1994. It’s lovely. Read more »

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