1996 The Baltimore Ravens

January 2

The Joseph Kavanagh Company begins another year in an inauspicious way with its typical mix of fabrication and ornamental metal work. A small job for Coat of Armor Welding is finished on day one then orders for Belfort Instruments, Pardo, Warren-Ehret, R & R Fabrication and William Tarant & Sons are prepped and begun. January is a cold start to the year at the Shop. It’s the dreary start to the dreariest part of the year.

January 8

The Shop is closed for a couple of days after a blizzard rolls through Baltimore. Locally, most areas received at least fifteen inches of the stuff with some spots as much as twenty-two inches. It’s the usual pain of shoveling and then trying to get to work so we can shovel there. The City comes to a halt as the white stuff is everywhere. There are piles and piles of it all over town and streets that don’t get plowed are impassable for a week. I find out that my new wife Kim loves snow. It looks so pretty to her but for me, I think of the shoveling, the driving and the general mess of it all. That being said, she’s right. It is very pretty out.

January 26

It’s been a steady if not busy start to the year. The crew on the corner of Pratt and Central labor on, bending metal through the day as they have for many years. Today some cupro-nickel u bends are bent for RPC. They will be used in a heat exchanger and these jobs are often welcomed at the Shop. Copper means annealing which means torch work and in January that’s a good thing. These are copper and nickel combined. Ninety percent pre-annealed copper and ten percent nickel means they are malleable and no heat is necessary. It’s easier but the heat of a torch is missed in the winter. In addition to these tubes some big angles are rolled for Structural Steel in our largest machine the R-6-S.     

January 28

The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-11 in the Super Bowl. I watch from my home on Charlesmont Road. Kim and I have settled into a very happy life together. I’m working at the Shop and she works at Specworks, an advertising specialty company. They do a lot of promotional work for local charities. They are located five minutes from the Shop and that is very convenient. We drive to and from work together and you couldn’t find two happier newlyweds. On a Sunday, I enjoy watching the big game but mostly I enjoy being with my girl.

February 6

The cold winter continues in the old Shop. The Kavanagh’s and crew have grown accustomed to it. The building was constructed in 1910 and not made to fight off the elements like modern facilities. Jobs for Structural Steel, Miscellaneous Metals, Anderson, Ackerman and Baynes, A.K. Metal are banged out today.

February 29

It’s leap day and the enthusiasm of an extra work day in the year is lost on everyone. The boys work on some pipes for Chesapeake Rigging, R & R Fabrication, Miscellaneous Metals and Warren-Ehret. The good news is we also have a heat exchanger to make for USF & G and some U-Bends to make for Stambaugh. The annealing of the tubes for USF & G and Stambaugh heat up the place. The snapper torches blast propane and every worker or owner takes any opportunity to walk close by. You have to get some warmth wherever you can.

March 8

Today is Friday and the crew on Central Avenue can not wait until the end of the day. Friday is just about every workers favorite day of the week. The day drags by, of course, as the Shop completes orders for Whiting Metals, Pangborn, Stambaugh & Sons and more work for R & R Fabrication. R & R has been a customer for about ten years. The place is run by two brothers Jimmy and Randy Williams. They are two good fellows to deal with and a company that regularly helps to keep us rolling.

March 22

Much of the day at the old Shop is spent finishing a big Anchor Fence job and then loading the truck. Orders for Codd Fabrication and Miscellaneous Metals are picked up as well. Spring and its warmer weather have arrived and that makes work a lot more comfortable for all of us.

March 29

After another long week at the Shop, I’m home on a Friday night watching a Capitals hockey game and the news hits that the new NFL team in Baltimore will be called the Ravens. It’s a tip of the cap to Edgar Allan Poe and quickly the name catches on and though I wasn’t expecting Ravens, I like it too. The Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 5-0 so it’s a great game to watch. Lots of goals on our side and none for theirs. I know my brother Jack, the ultimate Washington Caps fan, is enjoying this one at home.

April 2

Today is the Orioles’ Opening Day at Camden Yards. All morning we talk about the game anxiously. Hope springs eternal in baseball and for me, this year is particularly hopeful. The Orioles have signed Roberto Alomar and B.J. Surhoff to bolster the roster. Surhoff is a pure baseball player who can play multiple positions. He’s an old school player and he can hit. Alomar is one of the premier second baseman of this era. Teaming him with Ripken at short seem like almost a dream team of double play combinations. Ann, Jack and I watch the first inning from the television in the office then everyone races home to watch the rest. The Birds beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2. The enthusiasm is that much stronger when the season starts with a win.

April 10

The Birds’ hot start has continued and they win six of their first seven games. This only amps up the excitement for the season and it’s the talk of the Shop. The games are dissected during lunch and coffee breaks. As a rabid Oriole fan, I am happy and feeling confident about this club. Despite the baseball distraction, we do manage to do some work knocking out jobs for Pardo, Durrett Sheppard, Warren-Ehret and the G-S Company.

April 17

The Washington Capitals start their opening round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a big road win 6-4. Jack is very excited and he seems hopeful this year may be the chance to beat the rival Pens and move forward toward the Stanley Cup Finals.

April 28

Once again, the Caps are eliminated from the playoffs by the Penguins. Pittsburgh wins game six in DC 3-2 and takes the series. Jack is disappointed but more irked by the fact it’s the same Pittsburgh team that the Caps just can’t seem to get past. I couldn’t agree more.

April 30

I stand in the open front garage door staring at Central Avenue. I watch traffic move along then pause as the light changes from green to red. Pratt and Central is a busy intersection especially during the work week. The crew have returned to work after their morning coffee break and some general chit chat. The Orioles and the pleasant weather dominating the talk. It’s a breezy comfortable day and the boys are rolling some steel for a rail for G-S Company, some big bars for Price Brothers and a sign for the State Highway Administration. The last one is an oddball to me. I don’t remember doing any work directly for the State Highway Admin before but we’ll bend for anybody.

May 16

It’s been one of those days where everything goes wrong. Murphy’s Law as my father liked to say. Problems with our hoist and the R-3-S Angle Roller complicate the day and I am anxious for its end as I write out delivery tickets for Fabricating and Welding, Codd and a few others. At least some jobs were finished. Mechanical breakdowns are part of life in an industrial business but they always seem to come at the most inconvenient time. I pick Kim up from her job at SpecWorks and we drive home to Dundalk.

May 30

The Shop’s crew and the Kavanagh’s are preparing for a long Memorial Day weekend. A well-earned but brief respite from the day to day. It’s another Friday and despite the clock ticking slowly, the crew finish a big structural steel order for Miscellaneous Metals as well as rolled pipe for Warren-Ehret, Whiting Metals and AS & L Industries.

June 6

The hot humid day is interrupted by a quick thunderstorm in the afternoon. The humidity breaks as the deluge of water covers the Shop and the sidewalk. Anything that cools the place off is a good thing. As the storm rages the crew finish jobs for three of our regular local customers, Winkler’s Inc., Stambaugh & Sons and Codd Fab.

June 16

It’s Father’s Day and after a couple of hours at my in-laws to celebrate with my father-in-law, I call my Dad from home and speak to him as well.  Just after hanging up, the phone rings and it’s my friend and band mate Tim Heaps. Tim tells me his father has died. The family went out for a very nice Father’s Day dinner and had a great visit. Upon returning home, Barry suffered a heart attack and he passed very quickly. It’s a shock. Barry and Madge Heaps were the band parents for Lethal Injection. For years, I saw more of them than my own parents who lived on the Eastern Shore. They put up with a lot of noise and nonsense while we practiced and played in their basement. Mr. Barry would ask about work and Miss Madge would remind me when I needed a haircut. They said and did those things my parents couldn’t because of distance. Barry and Madge also hosted our backyard concerts. The Heaps seem to relish the idea of holding these shows. There was always plenty of food and drink for guests and lots of fun for all. My friends came to call Mr. Barry the Bill Graham of Rosedale. The man loved to throw a party. He was funny and irreverent but a fine man and his loss hurts particularly because it came so fast and was so unexpected.

June 17

It’s my birthday and a Monday but I’m not even thinking about it. I tell Ann, Jack and the crew about Tim’s father. My sister and brother certainly knew Mr. Barry but most of the crew know Tim. Tim worked at the Shop part-time for a few years. I promise to pass along the details of the arrangements as soon as I hear them. I focus on the jobs laid out before me. The Shop’s work is steady and strong. Summer is usually our busiest time. Today we finish some items for F & M Machine, Miscellaneous Metals & Codd. I pick Kim up from work and when I’m home, my wife makes me cupcakes for my birthday. She really has a way about her.

June 25

I’m rushing all day from office to Shop and back. That’s a good sign but makes for a hectic day. I hand out jobs to the boys and then call customers to arrange some pick ups. By the end of the day, I feel like I walked a mile. I pick up Kim at Specworks and we head home. I’m looking forward to a night cooling off in the air conditioning.

July 9

It’s a hot Tuesday in Baltimore and certainly inside the old Shop. The crew are focused on work for quite a few of our regulars, Turnbull Enterprises, D-S Pipe, Industrial Refrigeration and a few others. I pass out jobs and write tickets but my mind is on tonight’s All-Star game. It will be played in Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium and three Orioles will start. The double play combination of Ripken and Alomar were both voted starters while Brady Anderson will replace injured Ken Griffey Jr. During pre-game team photos, Cal Ripken is inadvertently knocked down and breaks his nose. Not to worry, Cal is ready by game time and if All-Star games counted in consecutive game strings, his remains in tact. The National League blanks the American League 6-0 but I enjoy the game. Seeing two Orioles manning the infield is a thrill for me.

July 22

Oriole fever gets that much hotter. The Orioles make a trade to bolster their lineup and bring back a former Bird from better days. Eddie Murray returns to Baltimore and is welcomed with open arms. I am beyond excited. Eddie was one of my childhood heroes. He even threw me a ball once during warmups. We were in our seats on the third base line near the tarp and lots of kids would be calling to players and asking for a ball or autograph and such. I never did. I would just call out a greeting or “have a good game” or something. One night just before heading to the dugout, Eddie looked right at me and said “Hey kid.” I looked and he threw me the ball. I caught it and was stunned. Before I could shout my thank you, Eddie was trotting into the dugout. A night and a game I will never forget. It was my Mean Joe Greene in the Coke commercial moment. To see Eddie back in the Orange and Black? That was going to be great. Eddie did not disappoint. He homered late in the game to win it and received a curtain call just like the old days. Sometimes you can go home.

July 25

In a couple of weeks, we will have our summer vacation and that adds to everyone’s motivation to get things done. The workers crank out orders for L & S Welding, Lenderking Metal Products and several others but most of my day is spent on a large angle and beam rolling quote for Miscellaneous Metals. 

August 3

The long wait for Baltimore NFL fans comes to an end on this Saturday. The Baltimore Ravens host the Philadelphia Eagles at Memorial Stadium. It’s the Ravens first preseason game and though it’s meaningless, Baltimore fans are very excited and the Ravens win 17-9.

August 7

It’s a busy and anxious Wednesday at the Joseph Kavanagh Company. Busy because we have a few jobs to finish and anxious because next week we are closed and no one wants that affected. Jobs for Turnbull, Codd and more are completed and now we are sure, everything that needs to be done will be done.

August 30

I am looking at the Orioles schedule as I sit at my desk. The Birds have some ground to make up but I  know we don’t have to win the division this year. A wild card has been added to each league which basically means the best second place team in any division will qualify for the playoffs. I’m excited because this finally could be our year. I grab a stack of job cards and head out to the Shop. We finish work for a big group of our regulars including Codd, Kelco,  Antenna Research and Ackerman & Baynes.

September 6

I’m relaxing at home on a Friday night watching the Orioles take on the Tigers at Camden Yards. The Birds are very much in the thick of it for a playoff spot. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Eddie Murray knocks one out of the park. Fans have been anticipating Eddie’s next homer for weeks. This one is number 500 and Murray becomes only the third player ever with 500 home runs and 3000 hits. He joins two of the greatest of all-time, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays in this exclusive club. I cheer and celebrate as all Orioles fans do when the balls leaves the yard. It’s not lost on anyone that this is one year to the day from Cal Ripken Jr. breaking Gehrig’s record. This game goes into extra innings and unfortunately, the Orioles lose in the 12th.

September 11

Today I’m busy on Central Avenue as the phone keeps ringing. Most days we get a steady stream of calls but occasionally it seems if I hang up the phone, it rings right back at me. Today is such a day with customers calling to check on the status of their orders. I’m able to inform Wilton, Codd, Yoder and Anderson their jobs are completed and ready for pick up. When I hang up the phone for the last time just before 4, I quickly turn on the answering machine. We are ready to close up, lock up and get out of there.

September 25

The MLB playoffs are approaching and the race is tightening up with just a few games to play. Baseball talk fills the hours of the day at the Shop. The Kavanagh’s have been Orioles fans for 100 years, In fact, the first confirmed Baltimore Orioles game attended by my family was August 1, 1896. My great-grandfather and his brothers celebrated his birthday at the ballpark. It’s one thing to be a fan but when the team is heading toward the postseason, it gets very exciting. Between talks of hits, runs and box scores, the crew completes work for Easton Steel, Interstate Steel, Anchor Fence and the George Eckart Company.

October 6

The Washington Capitals begin their 23rd season losing to the Chicago Blackhawks at home 5-2. Even with a loss, Jack and the rest of us are happy to see another hockey season begin. A new start means another chance to finally win that Stanley Cup that has somehow managed to avoid the team’s grasp. Jack started the Kavanagh hockey fandom over twenty years ago. Now, we are solid Caps fans though none of us are on Jack’s level of devotion.

October 10

It’s a tough day at the Shop and in Baltimore. The events of Game 1 of the ALCS are gone over in great detail. The already infamous catch/interference by a young fan, Jeffrey Maier, is discussed over and over. Everyone comes to the conclusion it would have been caught by Tony Tarasco. The defeat is a bitter one but that is baseball. Things happen and you either win or you lose. I get back to work and write up a couple of jobs. I hope we can bounce back and still take the series.

October 14

It’s a somber Monday in Baltimore as the Orioles were eliminated from the ALCS by the Yankees last night. Jack, Ann and I talk it over and it’s disappointing but that’s life. While eating my lunch, the phone on my desk rings and I answer with the standard, “Joseph Kavanagh Company.”

“Hey Joe, how’s it going?” I recognize my father’s voice immediately.

“I’m alright, Dad. How’s things down the Ocean?” I reply as I glance over to Ann who looks up from the ledger she is writing in when she hears me say Dad.

“It’s okay but it’s getting cold. I hate this damn cold weather.” He pauses a moment then quickly asks, “So what happened with the Birds?”

I sigh then speak. “They just couldn’t get it done. They lost that first game with that screwy catch. The kid reached out.”

“Oh that was crazy. It was clearly fan interference.” my father quickly interrupts me but I’m not bothered because he’s my Dad and he also agrees with me.

I grin over at Ann who smiles back, both of us knowing how Dad is. “Yep. It was very clear but they weren’t ever changing that play. Not gonna happen. Not in New York.”

“Oh Hell no. They would string up the umpire right on the field.” He chuckles briefly. “I guess it just happens sometimes. You know how it goes. Weird things happen but it’s baseball.”

I sit back a bit in my chair. “Yeah, that’s how it goes and we could have just played better. It was only one game. It may have changed the momentum and all that but we got beat.”

“Remember what Earl Weaver said about momentum in baseball. It all depends on your next pitcher.” Dad recalls one of Earl’s viewpoints on the game.

“I know. I know. We got beat plain and simple but at least we made it to the Championship Series.” I take a sip of water. “So I know you didn’t just call to talk baseball. You must have had some excuse.” I smile again and this time I hear my Dad’s laughter in the receiver.

“Well Mom needs to talk to Ann about some paperwork stuff. I just wanted to catch you first and talk about the playoffs. There’s always next year, kid. The team is going in the right direction.” He finishes with a decidedly hopeful tone in his voice.

I mouth the words “Mom wants to talk to you” to Ann then turn my attention back to my father. “Yes, there’s always next year. Let’s hope we can go a little further. That would be nice.”

“It sure would. Alright Joe, your Mom wants to talk to Ann. I gotta hand the phone to her.”

“Okay, Dad. I’ll talk to you soon.”

“Hey Darlin’.” I smile when I hear my Mom’s voice. She often calls us kids, darlin’.

I nod again to Ann and she prepares to grab the phone. “I’m okay, Mom. Busy but doing okay.”

“How’s that lovely wife of yours?” She asks.

“Kim’s great. She keeps me on the straight and narrow.” My smile broadens.

Mom answers right back. “Of course. That’s what she’s supposed to do.”

I laugh. “Well, she’s very good at it. I know you need to talk to Ann so I’ll send you over. You take care of you and Dad, okay?”

“Always. I always do and I love you and that sweet girl of yours. Give her a hug and a kiss for me then send me over to Ann.” I can almost picture Mom’s sweet smile when I hear her voice.

“You got it, Mom. I love you too.” I transfer the call to Ann who grabs the receiver and talks to Mom.

I sit for a moment in silence then I grab a stack of delivery tickets and begin filling them out. Yeah, there’s always next year.

October 31

It’s Halloween, and Kim has our house decorated to the nines. She loves the holiday and it’s an adjustment for me but a pleasant one. We never celebrated it much as kids, and as an adult, I kept my porch light out and was rarely home. It’s a new experience for me but I enjoy handing out candy especially to the little ones. Baseball season is over as the Yankees went on after defeating the Birds and took four of six from the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. It was a rueful ending for the Orioles but I still think it was a good season. I never like seeing the Yanks win it all but it hadn’t happened since 1978 so I suppose they were due. Jobs for Whiting Metals, Structural Steel and many of our regulars are worked on in the Shop. The crew are busy and they should be this time of year. We generally need to stay pretty busy from May to October. The other months are often disrupted by weather and there are the holidays. Relying on these times is a standard practice for most businesses and certainly for the Joseph Kavanagh Company.

November 5

It is election day with Democrat and incumbent Bill Clinton defeating Republican Senator Bob Dole and Independent Ross Perot, a distant third. Perot was included in the debates in 1992 but not this year after receiving far less media attention. I, of course, vote for myself and do all I can to get my wife to do the same. Only she really knows. I have been voting for myself since 1988. I have little hope of ever attaining the Executive Office but a man can dream. The other option is for either party to nominate someone I want to vote into office. Another dream.

November 8

The arrival of November always puts me in a turkey mood. My wife believes I’m much like the Darren McGavin character in the movie “A Christmas Story.” I may not be as fanatical as he is but I am close. We’re still steady at the Shop and I’m hoping it stays that way until the end of the year. Today we finish work for our usual mix of assorted welders and fabricators and one job for Center Stage.

November 24

Jack and I attend a Ravens Game at Memorial Stadium and unfortunately, we lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-25 in overtime. Jack brings his sons, Paul and Patrick along as well. I haven’t been to an NFL game in over fifteen years. I went to several preseason Colts’ games when I was a kid. My Dad and Jack went to just about every game but Dad would make a point of taking me once each year. My brother is and always was a bigger football fan than I am. I’m a baseball guy. Still, I look forward to this game and it’s a good one. It’s a nice way to spend the day with my brother and his boys.

November 28

Thanksgiving has arrived and it’s my favorite holiday. No shopping or endless decorating but good food, football and family. On the drive over to Woodall Street, I go over in my head yesterday’s work schedule. Everything that needed to be handled was finished including work for Structural Steel, Anchor Fence, Miscellaneous Metal and several of our other regulars. Nothing was left hanging over the long weekend and that’s always a good thing. We have a wonderful holiday feast including a delicious turkey and I do all I can to steal some skin before it’s served. All the trimmings are there including parsnips. My mother-in-law makes a point of having them for me though no one else eats them. Before and after the food, my father-in-law and I sit and watch football. Watching football with Anthony becomes a yearly tradition. With the arrival of the Ravens, it’s that much more fun to view some NFL matchups. We have a good time no matter what game is on, though watching the Lions lose on Thanksgiving becomes a recurring theme.

December 11

It’s a cold day at the Shop and it seems winter arrived early. There is some annealing to do for a heat exchanger for East Coast Welding and that helps. Besides the heater, the workers finish stuff for Greencastle Metals, Kelco, Anchor Fence and others.

December 20

The holiday rush is on across the country and that includes 201 S. Central Avenue. Like every year, we take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off so the end of the December is always a hurried affair. I check the schedule and the calendar. We wait on trucks to pick up jobs for Mercy Hospital, Metropolitan Steel and four others before we can escape.

December 25

Christmas is here and we spend the day with Kim’s parents and her grandmother. The usual holiday trappings are in order. Lots of gifts, lots of fun and family time. It’s the end of the year and I always tend to get reflective. Kim and I are happy. The Shop is staying busy enough not to have to worry much. I see my friends often as they come by the house. I miss the band but I still have in my head, some day Tim and Ray and I will play together again. I don’t think it will be long but right now Kim and I are newlyweds and we love every minute of our time together. As my father said of my mother, she’s my girl and I want everybody to know it. So it is with Kim. I look forward to another good year at  the Joseph Kavanagh Company, a second year of Ravens’ football and another good season for the Orioles. This year took us back to the playoffs and I’m confident next year will be better. A World Series would make for a thrilling Summer and Fall. I will have that thrill next year but not necessarily because of baseball.

Bill Clinton is the President of the United States. President Clinton signs the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty at the United Nations. Nintendo releases Nintendo 64 in the US. NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor. A nail bomb explodes in Atlanta during the Summer Olympics. George Burns,  Ella Fitzgerald, Tiny Tim, Howard Rollings and Carl Sagan die.

There are 50 states in the Union.

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1995 Joe and Kim

The Kavanagh’s Joe and Kim Kavanagh’s Wedding. October 28, 1995. Photo courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.

January 3

A new year starts for the Joseph Kavanagh Company on the corner of Pratt and Central. It will be an exciting year; in October, I am getting married. I learn quickly there is much work in preparing for a wedding and a great need for a large pile of yellow pads. Design & Production calls me and they have a big job for us. It’s a large order for parts for displays for the soon-to-be-built Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I’m excited as I love music and the thought of a lot of work coming in is always good.  We have a nice bit of work to start with jobs for DCA Food, Turnbull, C.R. Daniels and a few of our fabricator customers.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DCA Food Industries job. January 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. January 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. Januray 4, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. C.R. Daniels job. January 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. January 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. January 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. January 6, 1995.

January 11

It has been a rough time for sports. Baseball is still on strike and the NHL locked its players out in the Fall in hopes of forcing a deal between owners and players. Finally, today the Lockout is over and a shortened season is planned. Soon enough  there will be games to watch. I’m still waiting on baseball to resolve their work stoppage. The crew are busy in the cold Shop bending some elbows for C.R. Daniels, rolling some pipes for Miscellaneous Metals and a few other small orders.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. C.R. Daniels job. January 11, 1995.
C.R. Daniels’ aluminum tube elbows on Leonhard Air Bender.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 11, 1995.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 12, 1995.

January 17

The Shop stays fairly busy for January with some regular work for fabricators like Marelco and Miscellaneous Metals. We also have a small job for Center Stage. I love doing things for movies and plays. It makes my job more interesting and Center Stage has something for us once or twice a year.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Center Stage job. January 9, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Marelco job. January 19, 1995
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Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 19, 1995.

January 21

The first Capitals game is a tie against the Hartford Whalers. It doesn’t  matter as fans are thrilled to have games being played. Jack got his favorite sport back. Now let’s see what happens with baseball.

Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. Christmas 1994.

January 27

Skip Lepp from Design and Production comes to the Shop today and we meet face to face. He brings several orders with him and so begin months of work all for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The scope of the job grows through the year. I knew we would have at least ten or fifteen displays to make parts for but as the year passes, the orders keep rolling in. Skip and I have hit it off well already on the phone,  but in person we match even more so. He’s a baseball fan though a dreaded Yankee fan. Still, we get on well,  making this long job and future ones move smoothly.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. January 27, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. January 27, 1995.

January 29

The San Francisco Forty-Niners beat the San Diego Chargers in the Super Bowl 49-26. I watch the game from Charlesmont Road after practice with my band Lethal Injection. With plans being made for the wedding and Kim living with me now, we have cut practices back a bit. The reality is the years together and over exposure to each other are as much the cause of our pulling back on the band as is my coming marriage. We’ve spent nearly every day together for the last 12 years and that leads to getting on each other’s nerves regularly. We still have fun but there are no plans to perform and no potential venues anyway.

Lethal Injection at 1100 Krueger Avenue. Joe Kavanagh, Ray French and Tim Heaps. 1990. Photo courtesy of Tim Heaps and the Murkworks Collection.

February 1

February starts cold but the busy winter continues with an order for Whiting Metals shipped out today while we complete jobs for Anchor Fence and Scriba Welding. Anchor sends in their usual galvanized channels which we bend for fence rails and Scriba is also a railing though for a larger area, a section of a park or sports field.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. February 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Scriba Welding job. February 1, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. February 1, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. February 2, 1995.

February 7

It’s a very cold Tuesday at 201 S. Central Avenue. A day we wish we had some torch work but it’s all cold bending and rolling today. Another job for Center Stage is finished and some more galvanized channels for Anchor Fence but most of the crew are working on structural curves for Wilson Point Steel, Ackerman and Baynes, Industrial Fabricators and DOVCO. I finish going over some more drawings for Design and Production as more displays for the Rock N Roll Hall are in process.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Center Stage job. February 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilson Poit Steel job. Februar
y 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. February 8, 1995 Misdated.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. February 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. February 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilson Point Steel job. February 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilson Point Steel job. February 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO job. February 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Industrial Fab. job. February 8, 1995
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February 19

No news on the baseball front is suddenly news. The players and owners are far apart on a deal and the league has given teams the go-ahead to use “replacement players.” These are non-union ball players who would most likely be out of the game but for this opportunity. The union and many folks call them “scabs” for crossing the picket lines and joining teams. Curiously enough, Peter Angelos the Orioles owner who is a successful union lawyer refuses to field a team of replacements. It makes the team stand out and I can imagine the other owners were none too pleased about it. Spring Training camps will open soon in Florida and Arizona but not for the Birds. The Orioles will stay in pause or strike mode.

Old Diacro Hand Bender. Photo taken November 2021.
Old Diacro Hand Bender. Photo taken November 2021.

February 22

Another load of work for the Rock and Roll Hall is finished and orders for George Eckart Company, stainless steel u bends for Stambaugh, more channels for Anchor Fence, and a long bar rail for Miscellaneous Metals make for a surprisingly busy February. The usual work is there but it’s always at a lower volume in the winter but with the Design and Production HOF jobs, this winter is rolling along well.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambaugh and Sons job. February 22, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. George Eckart job. February 22, 1995
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Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. February 22, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Deisgn and Production job. February 22, 1995.

March 1

Springs gets closer at Central Avenue and the sun is shining as the crew move material in and out of the machines. I finish a tube sheet for a set of copper u bends for Stambaugh and write up a delivery ticket for yet another order for Design and Production, With every order from D and P, I get more excited. The idea of work of ours in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is very cool to me. I also know it’s been good for the bottom line.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. March 1, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. March 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambaugh and Sons job. March 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. March 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. March 2, 1995.

March 13

The Shop is warm with the heat of torches as we complete a heat exchanger for Egan Boiler Service. Copper tubes are annealed, bent,  then trimmed. Finally, they are expanded into a steel header and the unit is done. Heaters are old school on Central Avenue as we’ve made them for decades. A few of our regular customers have orders in the Shop too, Industrial Fabricators, Ed-K Machine and Fabricating and Welding Service.

Copper Heat Exchanger at 201 S. Central Avenue.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Egan Boiler job. March 13, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Industrial Fab. job. March 12, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Industrial Fab. job. March 13, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. March 13, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ed-K Machine job. March 13, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Fabricating and Welding job. March 13, 1995.

March 17

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and things are busy at the corner of Pratt and Central. More Rock N Roll work for Design and Production is completed along with a set of stainless angle rings for J.L. Marshall and several structural orders for Codd and Bengies Welding. I’m also filling out job cards for another order for D and P as well as jobs for Fabritek Company, EA Enterprises, Anchor Fence and an EDCO regular order. Equipment Development Corporation’s pipe and rod rings is a recurring job we receive once or twice a year. On the personal side, plans continue for Kim and my wedding. Long lists are made on yellow pads. They are checked and re-checked while the specifics of menu and entertainment are discussed. It’s a little over six months away so I have no wedding jitters yet though the process is much more complicated than I knew.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. March 17, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.L. Marshall job. March 17, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. March 17, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Bengies Welding job. March 17, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Fabritek Co. job. March 21, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. E.A. Enterprises job. March 21, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. March 21. 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. March 21, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. EDCO job. March 21, 1995.

March 31

The Shop knocks out some angle rings for Stambaugh and Lenderking, flat bars and pipes for Codd Fabricators,  but the news of the day is the baseball strike has ended. The two sides finally come to an equitable way of making millions and sharing it, all the while returning the National Pastime to the nation. Baseball fans everywhere are elated,  including this one. The fans of Baltimore have something else on their minds though. As soon as the schedule is released, Orioles fan count the number of days until Cal Ripken could eclipse Lou Gehrig’s Consecutive Games Streak. Cal’s streak or “The Streak” as it has come to be called will have him catching and passing Gehrig in early September.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambaugh and Sons job. March 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Lenderking Metal Products job. March 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. March 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. March 31, 1995.

April 6

Spring has picked up right where winter stopped, we are busy at the Joseph Kavanagh Company. Jobs for several of our regular fabricator customers are completed while we bend some tubes for an exercise machine for German Health and Fitness as well. We’ve made these parts for their machines for several years. It’s a good job but not easy to make money on. The tubes are bent only slightly but we still must set up the machine with all the tools. It’s a job we can only charge so much for and the time allocated is a little tight.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. April 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. April 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. April 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. April 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Atlantic Welders job. April 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. German Health Equpment job. April 7, 1995.

April 10

We complete a job for the Maryland Science Center for one of their interactive displays. I can’t help but think of my youth spending several hours on a Saturday at the Science Center exploring the displays and playing with assorted simulations and such. I’m writing up a deliver ticket for Pardo as I think of those teenage days,  hopping on a bus and a few minutes later I was downtown. They were fun days. A call from Mike Cooney at RMC Welding breaks my thought as he needs a couple pieces rolled. After I speak to Mike, I hear from Skip Lepp with more work for the Rock and Roll Hall. That job keeps coming back and I get excited each time.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Maryland Science Center job. April 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. April 11, 1995.

April 19

12 Monkeys Productions picks up some pipes for their upcoming movie being filmed in town. I don’t know anything about it but I love film work. It’s not until I see it a few years later that I have an appreciation for what is a strange but very entertaining movie. I always love the movie work no matter the film. The crew are busy with angles for Southern Iron Works and Lenderking Metal Products, pipes for Industrial Fabricators and another order for the Rock N Roll Hall. These are tubes which needed to be filled before rolling so everyone is happy we’re not in the heat of the summer. They will be melted out after rolling and that will mean more fire and heat from snapper blow torches.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. April 17, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. D-S Pipe job. April 18, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. RMC Welding job. April 18, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Souther Iron Works job. April 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Lenderking Metal Products job. April 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Lenderking Metal Products job. April 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Industrial Fab. job. April 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Twelve Monkeys Productions job. April 19, 1995.
!2 Monkeys Movie Poster. Courtesy of Univeral Pictures.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. April 19, 1995.

April 26

The Orioles visit the Kansas City Royals to welcome baseball back. Some fans are vocal in their disappointment at the strike that ended last season prematurely but most are happy to have the game back. Unfortunately, the Birds lose this one 5-1. Opening up on the road has never been good for the Orioles. They will lose two more before finally notching their first victory.

R-6-S being used to roll a structural angle into a ring with the leg out.

May 1

The Orioles home opener is today and they are shut out handily by the Milwaukee Brewers. Ricky Bones only allows two hits and the Birds lose 7- 0. I listen on the radio from the office at the Shop for the first inning or so then we all race home and catch what we can on TV. It’s a rough start to the year but I am happy there is baseball at all. The strike gave me pause as to the future of the game but now my hopes are high the Orioles can compete and  like most Baltimoreans I look to early September for an historical feat to occur.

May 2

The NHL season comes to an end with the Capitals thumping the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2. The Caps will face these same rival Pens in the first round of the playoffs. Jack is psyched. He knows the Caps history with the Penguins but he’s confident this year will be different. We discuss the upcoming playoffs as I write up another job for Design and Production, several standard channel orders for Anchor Fence and jobs for Rick’s Iron Works and Riggs Distler.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. May 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. McShane Inc. job. May 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. May 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. May 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. May 4, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Rick’s Iron Works job. May 4, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Riggs Distler job. May 4, 1995.

May 8

Another order for Design and Production is picked up today along with a job for Fabritek in Virginia. I know the D and P work will have to end soon as the Rock and Roll Hall’s opening is set for October. Still, I fill out another job card for yet another display. I pass on some quotes to Ann that we have received orders for. Anderson Industrial Contracting, Riggs Distler and Acme Iron Works have called to confirm jobs.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. May 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Fabritek Co. job. May 8, 1995.

May 18

Yet again, the Pittsburgh Penguins knock the Washington Capitals out of the playoffs. The Caps had taken a 3-1 lead in the series but lose the final three and they are out again. This one bugs Jack a little more as he is beginning to really despise losing to Pittsburgh but in a couple days, he’s back to the ever hopeful loyal fan he has always been.

May 30

The crew and the Kavanagh’s rush out of the Shop as the long weekend is here. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and everyone is ready for it. Design  & Production picks up a completed order as does Warren-Ehret, L & S Welding and Miscellaneous Metals. Having Monday off seems to make Friday that much longer. We count the minutes and the hours and with a little luck and trucks arriving early enough, we shut down at 2 pm.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. May 30, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Deisgn and Production job. May 30, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Warren-Ehret Co. job. May 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Warren-Ehret Co. job. May 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. May 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Kelco Co. job. June 1, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. G-S Company job. June 1, 995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. June 1, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. June 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. June 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Winkler’s Inc. job. June 2, 1995.

June 9

The Shop’s summer has started busy with jobs for many of our regulars, Kelco, G-S, Codd, and more. The amount of work has certainly been boosted by Design and Production’s displays for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We have another order ready for them today and I know we must be coming close to the end of the job.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ross Industries job. June 9, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. June 9, 1995.

June 19

Kim and I both celebrated our birthdays a couple days ago and I start to realize our wedding is getting closer and closer. The plans are all made and now it’s the waiting. At the Shop, I call C.R. Daniels to arrange delivery of some of the standard elbows we make for them. The boys also bang out orders for Anderson Industrial Contracting, Codd Fabricators and a carny job for Amusements of America. We have several customers in the amusement/carnival industry. If they need replacement parts for rides or something for a repair, they will show up at our door. It’s often something unusual but we pride ourselves on not being fazed by the unusual.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. C.R. Daniels job. June 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anderson Industrial Contracting job. June 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anderson Industrial Contracting job. June 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. June 19, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Amusements of America job. June 19, 1995.

June 26

Another week begins at the Joseph Kavanagh Company and we remain solidly busy. First thing in the morning, Ann, Jack and I discuss the Stanley Cup Finals. The New Jersey Devils swept the Detroit Red Wings to take the Cup on Saturday. It was a strange lockout shortened season but at least they played. We go over the schedule for the week too. There are jobs for Anchor Fence, G-S Company, Codd Fab., L and S Welding, Ackerman and Baynes and Winkler’s Inc. Almost a who’s who of our regular customers. We also have a set of stainless steel u bends for Stambaugh, another small order for the Rock N Roll Hall and a set of Vanstone flanges for Seagrams is shipped. The Shop doesn’t make these flanges anymore but we have had a stack in stock for years and as Seagrams needs them, we send them out.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. June 28, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. June 28, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. G-S Company job. June 28, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Joseph E. Seagrams job. June 28, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. June 28, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. June 29, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. June 29, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambaugh and Sons Co. job. June 29, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. June 30, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Winkler’s Inc. job. June 30, 1995.

July 5

After our Independence Day break, the Shop is back to work and unfortunately, we have some annealing to do. Belfort Instruments sent a set of square aluminum tubes in to be bent. This is a recurring job and a tricky one. They send a fixture and the pieces must fit snugly. Before they are bent they must be annealed to become soft enough to bend. The summer is the worst time for this kind of job but that’s how it goes. In addition, we roll some pipes for Hercules Iron, and a few other things for five of our regular customers.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hercules Iron job. July 5, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Novatec job. July 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO job. July 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. East Coast Welding job. July 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. July 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. July 7, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. G-S Company job. July 7, 1995.

July 31

I sit at my desk during lunch discussing the Orioles acquisition of Bobby Bonilla with Ann and Jack. I’m convinced this will give us the big bat in the middle of the lineup that could help the Birds make up some ground in the AL East. I’m a die hard Birds’ fan almost to a fault. As far as work goes, the month has been busy with orders for Lenderking, Anchor Fence, Professional Mechanical, McShane and Pardo all being picked up last week. A few jobs are on the docket to be completed before Friday including items for Codd Fabricators, Hamilton Iron Works and a set of the standard Anchor Fence channels.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Lenderking Metal Products job. July 20, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. July 20, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Professional Mechanical job. July 24, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. July 24, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. McShane Inc. job. July 24, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. July 24, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Lenderking Metal Products job. July 28, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. July 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hamilton Iron Works job. July 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. July 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. July 31, 1995.

August 2

As we prepare for our week long break, a rush job hits Central Avenue. It’s yet another order for Design and Production to go to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Apparently, this was an add-on at the end. We will have to finish it along with orders for Ross Industries, Food Instrument Corporation and DOVCO next week.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ross Industries job. August 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. August 1, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Food Instrument Corporation job. August 1, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO job. August 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO job. August 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO job. August 2, 1995.

August 4

It’s Friday and the Joseph Kavanagh Company is officially closed for vacation. I have a solid week off with just two trips to 201 S. Central Avenue to pick up the mail. I look forward to a break and some time to relax. I also note how closer and closer my wedding day is getting.

August 14

We are back to work at the Joseph Kavanagh Company. We have a unique job in house today, some bent pipes for BGE. These will go into the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant. The phone is ringing and that’s a   good sign that people missed us and they need work rolled. Several small jobs for COVCO and Cushing Manufacturing are picked up today. 

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Baltimore Gas and Electric job. August 18, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. COVCO job. August 18, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Cushing Mfg. job. August 18, 1995.

September 1

The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland. I feel some sense of pride in that we did quite a bit to help with the displays. It doesn’t escape me that this is my best chance at having some work in the Hall. A much better chance than anything I did musically ironically enough. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland, Ohio. PIcture courtesy of Getty Images. Photo taken in 2016.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland Ohio. Poto couresty of Stock Photos Inc.

September 5

It’s a cool Tuesday evening and the baseball world has all eyes on Baltimore. Tonight Cal Ripken Jr. stands one game shy of the great Lou Gehrig’s all-time consecutive games streak. It’s a sellout crowd with the California Angels in town. I’m watching from home with my friend Chris Voxakis. Kim’s bachelorette party is tonight and Chris’ girlfriend, Ellie, is a bridesmaid and off partying with Kim. I can’t for the life of me imagine missing this game for a bachelorette party but that’s my future wife for you. With the Orioles ahead after the top of the 5th inning, the game becomes official. Highlights of Cal’s career and images of Gehrig filled screen at the ballpark. I considered myself a pretty astute fan of baseball and its history. I knew this was big but suddenly, the enormity of it, the historical importance of it truly hits home. I cheered as most of Baltimore did. Proud of the local boy and the acclaim he brought to our team and our town. The Birds win 8-0 behind a complete game shutout thrown by Scott Erickson while Cal added his own flourish by homering in the 6th inning. After a long celebration, everyone heads home or switches off the TV, ready to do it again tomorrow.

Baltimore Sun. September 6, 1995.
Back side of Cal Ripken Jr. Poster commemorating his 2131 consecutive games streak. 1995.
Cal Ripken Jr. Poster commemorating his 2131 consecutive games streak. 1995.

September 6

Cal’s big night is discussed in detail the next morning at the Shop. It seems every television in the Baltimore area was tuned in to watch. Despite the excitement of what is to come tonight, we have work to do. A set of copper u bends are finished for Stambaugh along with some copper rings for Antenna Research. We also have several items for David Hess. David is a local sculptor and fabricator. After work, it’s back to Charlesmont Road to wait for a few hours until game time. The Orioles face the Angels yet again, this time with ace Mike Mussina starting. Cal homers again but in the 4th inning in tonight’s matchup. As happened last night, when the game reaches the bottom of the 5th and the Birds are on top, the game is official. It has happened. The nearly unthinkable, unimaginable has happened. I grew up analyzing old baseball records. What records might fall? Who in the modern era might do it? In the case of Gehrig’s record, it was set aside with no realistic chance of being broken but that’s exactly what happened at Camden Yards that night. After it sinks in and the game resumes, I call my father. We speak of how impossible we both thought this was. He agreed. Gehrig’s record seemed unassailable. I hang up and watch my team finish this one off winning 4-2. An even bigger celebration follows with Cal receiving accolades and gifts from baseball luminaries, political figures and celebrities. Cal is no longer merely called the Iron Man. He is the Iron Man.

Baltimore Sun September 7, 1995.
Sports Illustrated Special Edition. September 1995.
Photo from Sports Illustrated Special Edition commemorating Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2131 consecutive games treak. September 1995.
Wall plaque depicting Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2131 night including postal first day covers of highlights of Cal’s career. Joe Kavanagh’s Collection. Photo taken November 2021.
2131 Wheaties Box Collector’s Edition.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambaugh and Sons job. September 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Antenna Research job. August 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hess Industries job. September 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hess Industries job. September 6, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hess Industries job. September 6, 1995.

September 15

The excitement that was Cal’s Streak has dissipated after a few days and the reality of the Orioles not making the playoffs sinks in. The Birds did their best to get back into the race but won’t make it this season. Such is life and I focus on the Shop. The crew rolled pieces for Cushing Manufactring, Pardo and Industrial Metalworks this week and all three send trucks to get their parts today. It’s a Friday and by 4 pm, we are all headed home for the weekend. 

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Cushing Mfg. job. September 14, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. September 14, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Industrial Metalworks job. September 15, 1995.

September 22

I can feel the pressure and anticipation mounting as I get closer to my wedding. It will be five weeks from tomorrow. Final details are still being sorted but for the most part, it is all planned. Kim and her Mom filled a lot of yellow pads with details. I make some calls late in the morning to arrange pickup of material. We bent some copper u bends for Stambaugh in the air bender while we rolled pieces for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, NSI and Miscellaneous Metals.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambaugh and Sons job. September 22, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab job. September 22, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. NSI job. September 22, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. September 22, 1995.

October 2

The Fall starts as busy as the Summer ended. The year has been boosted by the Rock N Roll Hall work but even still, we are steady moving into the cold months. Today is a mixed bag of jobs at Central Avenue. There is one for the state, the Maryland National Park and Planning Dept and the usual mix of local fabricators and welders.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Baltimore Steel job. October 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hess Industries job. October 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hess Industries job. October 2, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hess Industies job. October 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hess Industries job. October 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. October 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. MD National Park and Planning job. October 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. October 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Warren-Ehret Co. job. October 3, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Warren-Ehret Co. job. October 3, 1995.

October 11

I’m standing on the first floor in the Shop when we get a delivery. A sample bend from the Coast Guard. They had called and told me they had a custom pipe they wanted us to match. I take a quick look and determine we can do it. I climb the stairs to the office and write down a few notes. We’ll do it next week. We are slammed right now with lots of structural work for R and R Fabrication, Miscellaneous Metals and Morse Fabrication and Design.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fabrication job. October 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. October 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. October 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Morse Fabrication and Design job. October 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fabrication job. October 11, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Coast Guard job. Ticket signed to confirm receipt of sample. October 11, 1995.

October 21

Kim and I are counting the days down to our wedding. It’s one week away and on this Saturday, we have lunch with my parents. We walked together from the restaurant and paused at my parents’ car. “We have some things for you.” My mother smiled at me as Dad popped the trunk. Dad handed Mom a bag from which she produced a copper pitcher.

“This is the first pitcher I made on my own, Joe. It was how they knew you were a full coppersmith and not an apprentice anymore when you could make this.” Mom handed it to me and my eyes opened wide as I held it. It looks very familiar as iced tea was usually served from one of these at our house. Being Dad’s first meant that much more to me and I passed it over to Kim. She seemed equally happy as she could see how much it meant to me.

Mom reached farther into the bag and pulled out a small box. She gave it to me and I opened it. Inside I see what appears to be a very old pocket watch. “This belonged to your great-great grandfather, James Long. It’s been in the Kavanagh family for over 100 years.” Mom gently took the watch from my hand then opened it up. Inside is a picture of James Long’s family. “That was your great-grandmother Johanna Long Kavanagh when she was a little girl.” Mom points to the elder of two small girls in the photo.

“She was my grandmother.” Dad beamed as he looked from me to Kim. “She was a doll. So sweet. Made great peach pie.” Kim chuckled a bit at that add-on. “She gave the watch to her 2nd son, my father. At my wedding, my mother gave it to her 2nd son, me. Now it comes to you, Joe.”

I’m blown away by this gift and Kim’s eyes fill up when the importance of it hits us both. “One day,” Mom smiled brightly at Kim. “You’ll give this watch to your 2nd son.”

Teary hugs are shared and I am overwhelmed with these presents. Kim and I head home knowing we are so close to the big day. Over time I will learn more about this watch that has been passed from Kavanagh to Kavanagh. The second son getting the watch is the tradition. In the old days, the oldest son would usually be president of the company and Johanna started this tradition as something special for the second son. I love it and am honored but what I do not know is the part it will play in my life and this story twenty or so years from now.

Jack and Betty Kavanagh Wedding Picture. May 17, 1947.
James Long’s pocket watch. Photo taken November 2021
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Note from Betty Kavanagh to Joe Kavanagh that was inside the watch with James Long’s pocket watch. Photo taken November 2021.
James Long’s watch which has passed through five generations and now belongs to Joe Kavanagh.
James Long’s pocket watch. The picture inside is James, his wife Mary and two daughters. The older girl is Johanna(Long) Kavanagh. Photo taken November 2021.
Copper pitcher made by Jack Kavanagh Sr. signifying his achieving Master Coppersmith level. Given to Joe Kavanagh at his wedding. Photo taken November 2021.

October 28

After being born 80 years to the date of the arrival of the Statue of Liberty in the US, on the anniversary of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication, I marry Kim DalFonzo. A strange coincidence of dates which I am not aware of at the time. Strange that the original Joseph Michael Kavanagh worked on Liberty and I am named for him. It’s of no importance especially on this day but eventually, it will mean something. A raucous party at the Del Capri follows the ceremony including fireworks and a great deal of rowdiness. They nearly have to kick us out of there but it certainly was a party to remember. When I get home, I flip on the World Series and watch the Atlanta Braves defeat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 to take the championship. Tomorrow Kim and I will drive to Ocean City for a few days at the Dunes Manor Hotel. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. What makes it that much sweeter is so is Kim. We begin our life as husband and wife with a few days at the beach.

Joe and Kim Kavanagh and Fr. Dave Smith. Our Lady of Good Council Church. October 28, 1995. Photo courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.
Joe and Kim Kavanagh at their wedding. Fr. Dave Smith officiating. Our Lady of Good Council Church. October 28, 1995. Photo courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.
Joe and Kim Kavanagh and Anthony and Linda DalFonzo. Our Lady of Good Council Church. October 28,1995. Photo courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.
Betty and Joe Kavanagh. Joe and Kim Kavanagh’s Wedding. October 28, 1995. PHoto courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.
Joe and Kim Kavanagh’s Wedding Party. Our Lady of Good Council Church. Octover 28, 1995. PHoto courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.
Joe Kavanagh, Richard Bosse and Jack Kavanagh Jr. Joe and Kim Kavanagh’s Wedding. October 28, 1995. Photo courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.

October 31

While I’m on my honeymoon, the Shop goes on with a wide range of jobs for some of our regular local customers. In addition, the custom pipes for the Coast Guard are completed and ready for pick up. It’s good to not be at work but my mind is on the place even from the beach. It happens when you are an owner.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fabrication job. October 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Tinker Machining job. October 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting-Turner Contracting job. October 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Coast Guard job. October 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DCA Food Industries job. October 31, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. October 31, 1995.

November 6

It’s a sunny but cool Monday in Baltimore and rumors are flying. Speculation has been building for several months that an NFL team might come to town. Sure enough, Cleveland Browns owner Art Model holds a press conference at Camden Yards announcing the Browns will re-locate to Baltimore next year. The NFL will return. People are exuberant. They can not wait as the City has missed football since the Colts left in 1982. The Stallions, a Canadian football team, has played here for several years but it’s not the same as the NFL. I talk it all over with Jack and some of the boys in the crew. We wonder what the team will be called? Will they be in the same division that the Browns were? This is all hashed and re-hashed but overall, what’s important is a team is coming here. I have to break the conversation up and get everyone back to work after their coffee break. I hand out cards for A.K. Robins and two for Belfort Instruments then return to the office.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A.K. Robins job. November 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. November 8, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. November 8, 1995.

November 14

The City is still buzzing with the imminent return of the NFL to Baltimore and it’s the talk of the town including the corner of Pratt and Central. Jack has always been a big football fan and though he roots for the Stallions, a new NFL team has him stoked. I’m excited too but I’ve always been more of a baseball or hockey fan than football. My brother just plain loves sports. Winkler’s Inc. and Belsinger Sign Works are both called when those orders are finished. I quote more work for Anchor Fence and Miscellaneous Metals. That’s the essence of my job. Quoting work, turning quotes to jobs, getting jobs finished then getting them out of here and billed.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Winkler’s Inc. job. November 14, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belsinger Sign Works job. November 14, 1995.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. November 14, 1995.

November 19

The Baltimore Stallions defeat the Calgary Stamped to win the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup. This is a great win and a championship for Baltimore but it’s rather bittersweet. With the arrival of an NFL team, the Canadian Football franchise will no doubt be leaving the City.

Baltmore Stallions Helmet. 1995. Photo courtesy of CFL.

November 24

It’s my first Thanksgiving as a married man and it’s a good one. The table at my in-laws house is laden with all the holiday favorites including parsnips for me. Kim nor any of her family has yet to take a liking to the root vegetable so popular among the Kavanagh’s but that’s fine. It’s more for me. After we eat, I enjoy watching some football with my father-in-law, Anthony. We talk about the team we will be getting and the old days of the Colts. Eventually, this leads to turkey sandwich time because what is Thanksgiving without a sandwich.

Joe and Kim Kavanagh dancing at their wedding. The Del Capir. October 28, 1995. Photo courtesy of Nancy Kavanagh O”Neill Photography.

December 25

It’s a very Merry Christmas for me. Kim and I drive over to Woodall Street and spend the day with my in-laws. It’s reminiscent of my Christmases of old. Kim’s grandmother Dorothy is there and her brother, Paul. Presents, good food and good company make the day special. I think how fortunate I am. I have the love of my life with me and the world is my oyster. I’m finally happy. It is hard to grasp. The Shop has had a good year. The work for D & P and the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame has made a big difference. The project brought us work through most of the first half of the year and the numbers add up. Besides the financial positives, I relish the idea of some work of mine being in the Rock N Roll Hall. It’s surreal yet ironic. The band is in pause mode. I feel certain soon enough we’ll find a way to play and do our thing. I need to focus on my marriage and the Shop but Lethal Injection is not done. I put my attention to work and trying to assure a successful future for myself and now my family. I can’t help but think of family. It’s so entwined with work and the Shop. Jack has his two boys. Perhaps, some day I will have two boys and they will all work together. It will be as it has been. Family. Work. Common cause bringing all together. I suppose I dream as any newlywed dreams. Of the future but in a Kavanagh way. In a Shop way.

Bill Clinton is the President of the United States. The History Channel is launched. Yahoo is incorporated. Windows 95 is released. The Million Man March is held in Washington D.C. Timothy MacVie bombs a federal building in Oklahoma City. The films “Apollo 13,” “Braveheart” and “Toy Story” premier. Dean Martin, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Mantle, Ginger Rogers and Wolfman Jack die.

There are 50 states in the Union.

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1994 Countdowns

Jo Ann Kavanagh Panetti, Katie Jean Panetti and Joe Kavanagh. 201 S. Central Avenue. May 1994.

January 3

A new year begins for the Joseph Kavanagh Company in what will be one of the coldest winters on record for Baltimore and the Eastern United States. Frigid temperatures, snow and a great deal of ice are to come in the next two months. My brother Jack, sister Ann, myself and our crew will be challenged to work through it. The Shop has some work to begin 1994 including eight  4” Sq. Steel Tubes for Whiting-Turner, several beams for Seaford Steel and jobs for Turnbull Enterprises and Thrifty Iron Works.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting-Turner Congracting job. January 4, 1994
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Seaford Steel job. January 4, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. January 5, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Thrifty Iron Works job. January 5, 1994.

January 11

The Shop’s start is not particularly good but with the cold temperatures up and down the Eastern Seaboard, it has affected outside work and shipping. This in turn affects our volume of work. We bend some small tubes for Readybuilt and send out some Vanstone flanges to Seagrams. These are hold overs from the coppersmith days. We don’t manufacture them anymore but there are a few of these flanges in stock and we will sell them as needed until the last is gone.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Seagrams job. January 11, 1994.

January 26

A large ice storm hits the Baltimore area as hours of freezing rain cover several inches of snow. Travel in and out of the City is complicated and slow. We make it into the Shop after a slippery drive. We chop our way into the building and the workers set about rolling jobs for Acme Iron, Antenna Research, COVCO and Comeq. The pieces for Comeq are samples for a potential customer of theirs.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Acme Iron Works job. January 25, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Antenna Research job. January 26, 1994.
Antenna Research angles. Photo taken November 2020.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. COVCO job. Jqnuary 25, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Comequ job. January 25, 1994.

January 30

The Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills 30-13 to win their second straight Super Bowl. It’s the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for Buffalo. I am not watching but jamming with Lethal Injection and the game is of little interest to me.

February 3

The cold winter continues with another mix of precipitation covering the region, most of it sleet this time and traffic again is an issue. Trucks are slow on deliveries and the every day loading and unloading is more of a chore. Orders for Anchor Fence, Codd and a few others are handled as best we can. A copper heater is made for Johns Hopkins Hospital which means some torch work but it doesn’t bring much warmth against the frigid temperatures.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. February 3, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. February 3, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilson Point Steel job. February 3, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. W.R. Grace job. February 4, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Johns Hopkins Hospital job. February 3, 1994.

February 13

Lethal Injection spends a Sunday jamming and practicing. We play bits of the Wall and some of our originals. We have a fair catalog of songs to choose from and we are in an undecided mode as to what comes next for the band. This affects our choices of what to play and we seem to invariably radiate back to a few of our standards. After practice, I take Kim to the movies and dinner. Kim and I are dating pretty regularly and seeing each other a few times a week. She’s very special and I begin to feel we are more than a couple. We are connected and she is quickly central to my life.

February 22

We are staggering through the winter. We spend two or three days very slow then receive a glut of work to knock out. This week we have some stainless steel channels for Hoppmann Corporation and flat bars for L & S Welding and Seaford Steel to curve. Some pipes are bent in the Pines Bender for Whiting Metals while a heat exchanger is made for the Housing Authority. 

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hoppmann Corporation January 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job February 22, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Seafod Steel job. February 23, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. February 22, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Housing Authority of Baltimore job. February 22, 1994.

March 14

Winter is nearly officially over and I look forward to Spring. Usually the warm weather brings work and that is the hope. We complete several orders for G-S Company and some large structural pieces are rolled in the R-6-S for B & B Welding. We also ship some parts to a customer in Wisconsin. We rarely send anything that far away but on occasion, some oddball item comes from a great distance to Central Avenue and we are happy to have it.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. G-S Company job. March 4, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. G-S Company job. March 4, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. B and B Welding job. March 14, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. B and B Welding job. March 11, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. ABB job. March 14,, 1994.

March 21

As expected the arrival of Spring has upped our level of jobs. Today some tubes for Ken-Lee Precision  and Toper Manufacturing are attended to while flat bars for R & R Fabricators, some pipe rails for Miscellaneous Metals and a set of heavy flat bars for Anderson Contracting are all rolled and finished. We have some galvanized pipes to bend for E. A. Kaestner on Route 40 tomorrow, not an overwhelming uptick but a move in the right direction work wise.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Kenlee Precision job. March 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Toper Manufactring job. March 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fabrication job. March 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. March 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anderson Industrial Contracting job. March 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. E.A. Kaestner job. March 22, 1994.

March 30

A breezy and warm day on Central Avenue is spent finishing some pipes for Mike Cooney at RMC Welding, bending some tubes for Turnbull and Vickers. The Vickers pieces are thin walled and definitely a challenge. The bending is easy but getting them to bend without wrinkles is the tough part. We also have some big tubes to roll for Baltimore Steel Erectors and an angle ring for DOVCO. The work has come back after the frigid winter but not quite at the pace I anticipated. We’re busy but a longer backlog would be better and more reassuring.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. RMC Welding job. March 30, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. March 31, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Vickers Inc. job. March 31, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Baltimore Steel Erectors job. March 31, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO job. March 31, 1994.

April 4

It’s Opening Day for baseball in Baltimore as the Orioles welcome the Kansas City Royals. I watch the first inning from the Shop’s upstairs office,  then the workers and Ann, Jack and I head to our cars to drive home. I flip on the radio and follow as I drive. I pull in front of my home at Charlesmont Road and rush into the house flipping on the TV. I plop onto the couch and am immediately in the middle of the game. I have always been a faithful Birds’ fan and this is always a big day in Baltimore no matter the fortunes of the team,  but things are getting more exciting in this City. Cal Ripken Jr. is getting closer and closer to a once unfathomable record of consecutive games played. Lou Gehrig’s 2130 game streak is only a season and a half away. It could happen. A record I considered preposterous to consider passing may indeed be broken. To play in over 2000 games seems ludicrous. It’s not something you set out to do. You do it after a lot of hard work and just plain showing up to work every day. It’s rather like having a business last over one hundred years. It takes consistency and drive and most of all hard work and commitment. The Birds win this one and though the broader world of baseball and the City are focused on Cal and the Streak, as it’s called now, I am hoping for a successful season and a return to the playoffs for my home town team.

Cal Ripken Jr. Plaque.

April 9

It’s a Saturday afternoon and I am at Krueger Avenue practicing with the Lethal Boys. We don’t play much as we are talking about Kurt Cobain who took his own life the day before. Cobain and the band Nirvana helped usher in a new sound to rock and roll. The grunge era would not have taken off and spread as it did without this band. His death is shocking and difficult to understand. It’s indicative of how you really never know what someone is going through. I saw it when our friend John Muldowney did the same thing last year. We all have our challenges and we all struggle to grasp and understand each other’s.

April 11

The Shop remains steady and though we could use more work, I’ll take it over the slow winter we had. Today some structural tubes are rolled for Wilton Corporation and Ryerson. The breezy spring day is heated up as the crew has some annealing to do. Aluminum angles for Acme iron and aluminum square tubes for Belfort Instruments both require some torch work. The Belfort job is a recurring set of tubes bent in the Pines bender for some meteorological balloons. We’ve done this job for a few years and it’s a tricky one with a very close tolerance.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilton Corporation job. April 11, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ryerson Metal job. April 11, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Acme Iron Works job. April 12, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. April 11, 1994.
Square bending die and square mandrell for Belfort Instruments job. Photo taken August 2020.

April 16

Kim calls me on a Saturday morning. She rents a room from a friend and her apartment was burglarized and a few things stolen. She’s upset as she should be and more angry than anything else. I drive over and try to help or at least be there for her. Her parents are none too happy either. Kim’s a tough strong girl and as I watch her deal with the police and console her parents’ concerns, I come to a decision. When we have a few minutes alone, I suggest she move in with me. I feel it might be safer for her but more to the point. I suddenly know it’s the right time. Her parents are a bit skeptical but they accept it and she moves in the next day.

April 22

The news is full of word that former President Nixon has died and this quickly becomes the topic of discussion at the Shop. His legacy and the infamous ending of his term is rehashed as Ann, Jack and I have lunch. The boys in the Shop are talking about it too. We have a few pickups scheduled today for Thrifty Iron, Belfort, Erection Masters and Yoder Steel. They come in one right after another. Trucks can be a pain but it’s part of the job.A set of angle rings is rolled for Enviro Industries, a new customer but this is primarily what we call a truck day at the Joseph Kavanagh Company.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Thrifty Iron Works job April 20, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. April 20, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Erection Masters job. April 20, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Yoder Steel job. April 20. 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Enviro Industries job. April 22, 1994.

April 28

It’s a fine day for the Kavanagh’s as last night the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminating them from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round. The Caps won four of six games and anytime our team beats our arch-rivals, it’s a good thing. Jack, Ann and I discuss the series as we get through the day at the Shop. It’s been a good week with jobs being cranked out. Several pipe orders are completed for Miscellaneous Metals along with ten large structural tubes. We also finish jobs for the George Eckart Company, A.K. Robins and a heat exchanger for the Housing Authority is picked up and billed today. A very satisfying day on several fronts for us.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 25, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 27, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. George Eckart Co. job. April 27, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A.K. Robins job. April 27, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Housing Authority of Baltimore City. April 27, 1994.

May 9

An emergency rush job for Codd Fabricators is rolled today. They deliver four 3” heavy wall steel pipes first thing in the morning and they are picked up before 2 p.m. Codd is our oldest customer and one of our best so they always get preferential treatment. We rolled some rectangular tubes for them a few days ago and it seems they have something for us to work on nearly every week. Our spirits are a little low as two days ago, the Caps were bumped from the playoffs. The New York Rangers beat the Caps after our thrilling defeat of the Penguins. That’s sports for you and especially how it goes for our Capitals. We have another heat exchanger to bend and assemble coming up. This one is for the Naval Academy. In addition, a couple more orders are finished for Miscellaneous Metals who are also one of our most reliable customers.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. May 9, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 10, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 11, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. US Naval Academy job. May 10, 1994.

May 21

On this Saturday, I take a long expected trip with Kim and my brother Jack and his family. We are going to visit Yankee Stadium. The Birds are playing the New York Yankees in the Bronx today and we have long wanted to drive up and see a game. This is finally our opportunity to visit “enemy territory.” The ride is a long one using the Jersey Turnpike but I am fortunate, Jack drives. I offer to split the ride with him but Jack wants to do it himself. Nancy, Kim, Paul, Patrick and I chat and take in the long ride. When we get there, it’s quite the site, this venerable old park where so many baseball greats have played. I am somewhat awestruck knowing that even my father’s childhood hero and Baltimore’s own Babe Ruth played here. We don’t know what to expect from the fans but are pleasantly surprised. Those around us are very welcoming. Impressed that we drove all the way up for a game, the fans are gracious and happy to talk with us. Two fellows even buy me a beer as we talk Babe Ruth, our two teams and share our hopes that either team can best the two time defending World Series Champion Toronto Blue Jays. The Yanks win the game but I really enjoyed the day. We take the long road home and everyone is rather exhausted when we get back to Baltimore. It’s a trip and a game I won’t ever forget and I can’t wait to tell my Dad all about it. As we pull in front of my house, my thoughts go to the Shop.  I run through the schedule in my head knowing we have small flat bars for Pardo, a set of heater tubes for Stambaugh and orders for A.K. Robins and Turnbull to deal with next week.

Yankee Stadium ticket. Orioles vs. Yankees. Mqy 21, 1994.
Yankee Stadium Program. 1994.
Scorecard from Yankee Program. Orioles vs. Yankees. May 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. May 24, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambuagh and Sons job. May 24, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A.K. Robins job. May 25,1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A.K. Robins job. May 25, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. May 25, 1994.
JoAnn Panettie, Katie Jean Panetti and Jack Kavanagh Jr. 201 S. Central Avenue. May 1994.
JoAnn Kavanagh Panetti, Katie Jean Panetti and Joe Kavanagh. 201 S. Central Avenue. May 1994.

May 30

The Kavanagh’s gather at my brother’s house on Kensington Parkway to celebrate my father’s 70th birthday. I bring a guest, Kim. It’s her first opportunity to meet my entire family and she handles it well. The Kavanagh’s can be an overwhelming group especially at the first meeting. It’s great to see my parents and I am very excited for them to meet my girl. The sisters are equally anxious to get to know her and it’s a great party. Dad sits at the keyboard at Jack’s house and we gather around. For a couple hours, it feels like Lakewood Avenue. Music, good food and family is the focus of the party as my father would want it. He’s enjoying his retirement but wants to hear all about what’s going on at the Shop as well as our trip to Yankee Stadium. He smiles as Jack and I tell him about it, interjecting questions as we go along. Talking baseball with my Dad transports me back to my youth and all those many days spent at 33rd Street watching our Birds play.

Nancy, Paul, Patrick and Jack Kavanagh Sr. Jack Kavanagh Sr.’s 70th Birthday party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 1994.
Ann Kavanagh, Paul Kavanagh, Jack Kavanagh Sr. holding Katie Jean Panetti, Betty Kavanagh. Jack Kavanagh Sr.’s 70th Birthday party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 1994.
Jack and Betty Kavanagh’s nine children. Jack Kavanagh Sr.’s 70th Birthday party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 1994.
The “Out-laws.” Back row Carl Panetti, Nancy Kavanagh, Richard Bosse and Kim DalFonzo. Front Row Handy Brandenburg, Jeff Morton and Jim O”Neill. Jack Kavanagh Sr.’s Birthday party. May 1994.
Jack and Betty Kavanagh’s grandchildren. Jack Kavanagh Sr.’s 70th Birthday party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 1994.

June 10

With the arrival of the summer heat, the volume of work finally jumps appreciably. We avoid working Saturdays to keep the backlog solid but the Shop is definitely busy. Today we complete orders for two of our regular fabrication customers, J.C. Pardo and Bengies Welding and a sign job for Belsinger Sign Works. They send material in a few times a year and we roll parts they assemble into signs for local commercial and government agencies.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. June 10, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Bengies Welding job. June 10, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belsinger Sign Works job. June 10, 1994.

June 29

The month is ending and June has been a good one. The Shop on Central Avenue has seen a fair few jobs come in and out. Our regulars have helped to bolster our year as they often do. Work for Miscellaneous Metals, Pardo, Anchor Fence and Codd are completed in addition to some structural tubes for the Wilton Corporation and a set of bent pipes for Belfort Instruments..

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. June 28, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. June 28, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. June 29, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. June 29, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. June 29, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilton Corporation job. June 28, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. June 28, 1994.

July 4

I celebrate Independence Day with Kim and her family on Woodall Street. I enjoy having a Monday off and Linda and Anthony throw a good party. There’s always plenty of food and fun. Neighbors and several of Kim’s cousins stop by in the evening as their backyard gives a great view of the fireworks at the Inner Harbor.

July 5

I’m back on Central Avenue after the holiday and we have a reroll job for DOVCO. Occasionally, we have to fix pieces that have been radiused improperly. Sometimes it’s our fault and sometimes the customer erred in their drawings or the dimensions have changed once the parts are in the field. In this case, it’s the latter but we still treat these jobs as a rush. No doubt, the customer’s schedule is compromised by a mistake no matter who made it and it’s best to get these dealt with quickly. We have a slate of orders to crank out this week including channels and flat bars for Miscellaneous Metals, bent bars for Turnbull, bent tubes for DCA FOOD Industries, angles for Codd, and one pipe for Superior Iron Works.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO job. July 5, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. July 6, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. July 6, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. July 6, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DCA Food Industries job. July 6, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. July 6, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Superior Iron Works job. July 6, 1994.

July 26

We are down to two weeks before our annual summer vacation and our schedule has tightened. A wide range of items must be finished before we can enjoy our time off. Pipes for ABC Welding, Fabricating & Welding, B & B Welding and Atlantic Welders are grouped together. This saves on some setup time. We have a rush fancy brass molded cap for Hercules Iron and a few stainless steel pieces for Sackett as well as a heat exchanger for B.G & E. It’s like this every year and we’ve grown accustomed to working harder and faster at the end of July and the very beginning of August to be able to take a week off. 

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. ABC Welding job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Fabricating and Welding Co. job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Atlantic Welders job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. B and B Welding job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. B and B Welding job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hercules Iron Works job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A.J. Sackett job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A.J. Sackett job. July 26, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Baltimore Gas and Electric job. July 26, 1994.

August 5

My vacation is here. This week the final jobs are picked up. Thrifty Iron, Oceaneering Technologies, Codd and the Naval Academy all have their trucks in the Shop to get those last items. Ann, Jack and I are happy for the break as are our crew. Jack and I swing the large green metal doors closed and padlock them. I’ll stop by one day next week to get the mail but otherwise, I do my best to put thoughts of work out of my mind. I look forward to some rest and some extra time with Kim.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Thrifty Iron Works job. August 3, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Oceaneering Technologies job. August 3,