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Philly Rapper Chill Moody on Writing Songs in the Shower and the Secret to Winning Monopoly

My full name is … Eric Tyrone Chill Moody. When I was a baby, my aunt started calling me Chill, and it’s been my name […]

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Pizza Maestro Joe Beddia on the One Thing You Should Never Order on Your Pie

My last name is pronounced … BED-ee-ah, but everybody says beh-DEE-ah. It’s Sicilian. My dad was born in Sicily. I live in … Fishtown, where […]

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Columnist Jenice Armstrong on “Sexy Singles,” Getting Doxxed, and Her Best-Ever Philly Meal

My name is … Jenice Maria Armstrong. I’m a little nervous giving out my middle name. If people know that and exactly how old you […]

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23 Questions With Amber Hikes, Director of Philly’s Office of LGBT Affairs

My full name is … Amber Jelena Hikes. It’s pronounced “Yelena,” and the only reason there’s a J is that my father’s name is Jeffrey […]

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One of Us: Blanka Zizka

My full name is … Blanka Jana Jarmila Marie Zizka. I grew up in … Mladá Boleslav, a small town in Czechoslovakia. I left there […]

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One of Us: Henri David

My full name is … Henri David. Henri with an “i.” My mother had a sense of humor. I went to school at … Central. […]

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One of Us: Michael Coard

I grew up in … North Philly, at 20th and York. I went to high school … at Masterman. Then Cheyney for undergrad and Ohio […]

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One of Us: David L. Cohen

My name is … David L. Cohen. I always use the L, because former Philadelphia City Council member David Cohen would get mad when I’d […]

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One of Us: Nicole Cashman

My name is … Nicole Amelia Cashman. Actually, Nicole Amelia Cashman Richards. I almost forgot I was married! I grew up in … East Oak […]

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One of Us: Alex Holley

  I grew up in … Irving, Texas, near Dallas, but I am not a Cowboys fan. Before coming to Fox 29 in 2014, I […]


One of Us: Frank Olivieri, Cheesesteak Royalty

My full name is … Frank Enrico Olivieri. My father is Frank Pasquale Olivieri, so technically I’m not Jr., but everybody still calls me Frank […]

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One of Us: Kathy O’Connell

My name is … Kathleen Anne Clare O’Connell. I include my confirmation name in everything. I grew up in … Long Island. I came to […]

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One of Us: Ali Velshi, MSNBC Host

My full name is … Ali Velshi. I don’t have a middle name. Sorry, it’s boring. I was born in … Nairobi, so I really […]

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One of Us: Jannie Blackwell

My full name is … Jannie — with two “N’s” — L. Blackwell. The “L” stands for Lorraine. My maiden name is Brooks. They used […]

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One of Us: Ron Jaworski

My full name is … Ronald Vincent Joseph Jaworski. I’m third-generation from Poland. I grew up in … Lackawanna, New York. I first came to […]