An occasional series on local culture
I spend a lot of time in the Baltimore area and recently I heard some commentary on WYPR (NPR Baltimore) regarding telephone culture of the past. My ears perked up because this was something I wrote about on my last Local Post which you can find here. The commentator talked about telephone exchanges in Baltimore and how they also were an indicator of a person’s social status since the exchanges was based on the neighborhood you lived in or worked.
So playing off of social status, the next thought that wanders into my mind are names, which are another indicator of local culture. Belk is a well known name where I currently live in North Carolina that is associated with a local department store. Van Every (Lance Crackers – Yum!) is another name of note here in North Carolina. Every city, town, and small borough has it’s local famous families. In the Pittsburgh area, those people were the Carnegies and Mellons. Girard is a Philadelphia family as is Rittenhouse. Often these people started in industry and then entered politics directly or had great influence on politicians. Many became great philanthropist but also were quite despicable! What are some of the famous local names where you live? What are those people known for?