1997 My Joe

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. December 1997.

January 2

Another year has begun for the old Shop at the corner of Pratt and Central. Kavanagh’s and crew return from their holiday vacation. It’s a quiet group that gets back to work at the Joseph Kavanagh Company. Time off between Christmas and New Year’s is a great thing but it doesn’t ease the pain of another year of labor beginning. We have a few things on the books to start 1997 including jobs for Kelco and Anchor Fence, two of our most reliable local customers.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Kelco job. January 3, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anderson Contracting Job. January 7, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. January 7, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. January 7, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Covington Machine job. January 7, 1997.

January 26

The Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots 35-21 in the Super Bowl. I watch the game but with only a modicum of interest. My mind is on work tomorrow and the jobs we have lined up to start the week. We have an interesting job for a company called Runabout. We are bending parts for some restored motorized scooters. It’s always something different at the Shop. In addition, there’s another sculptural order and some angles to roll for Warren-Ehret.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Warren-Ehret job. January 29, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Sharon Witting job. January 29, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Runabout, Inc. job. January 29, 1997.

February 4

We have completed a very large order for Codd Fabricators which includes rolled angles, flat bars and well over 100 round rods. It’s made for a good start to the year and when we are busy, it doesn’t seem quite as cold on that old corner in Baltimore.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. February 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. February 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. February 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. February 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. February 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. February 4, 1997.

February 20

Today we have more steel rods to finish for Codd Fabricators and several nice orders for rolled galvanized channels for Anchor Fence. Both are customers and Codd has almost single-handedly made this winter a busy one.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. February 20, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. February 20, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. February 20, 1997.

March 11

It’s a rainy chilly day and the crew are busy doing some work for Fred’s Welding, G-S Company, Fabritek and a heater for Egan Boiler. We also finish a recurring job for Turnbull Enterprises. These are 1” stainless steel pipes we bend in the Pines Bender and they are used for chairs for Navy helicopters. It’s cold for March but we know Spring is on the way and along with it to my delight, baseball.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Fabritek job. March 11, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. March 11, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. G-S Company job. March 11, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Egan Boiler job. March 11, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Fred’s Welding job. March 11, 1997.

March 21

We finish some parts for a set for Center Stage, a few small pipes for sculptor Stan Edmister and angles for Structural Steel Fab., Kelco and Dundalk Ornamental Iron. I have received some extremely important news of a very personal nature. Kim is pregnant. I can’t believe how happy and terrified I am at the same time. It’s the most exhilarating experience of my life. It’s the most on-the-fence thing I’ve ever experienced. I’m happy and excited but afraid and worried. I want to call my parents and Kim’s parents and tell everyone I know but I also want to keep it a secret that only Kim and I know. She’s happy and seems to grasp it better than I do. I try not to over think it and sort it out all at once as is my nature. I decide to just focus on one thing. I’m going to be a father.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Stan Edmister job. March 20, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Center Stage job. March 20, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Kelco job. March 21, 1997.

April 2

It’s Opening Day in Baltimore and the Birds beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2. Expectations are high as the Orioles made it to the American League Championship Series last year. We can only hope we make it a bit further and it’s always good to start the season with a win. At the Shop, we work on jobs for Ackerman & Baynes, Whiting Metals, Codd, Winkler’s Inc. and Anchor Fence. The crew also make a sample piece for JAG Industries. After they review it, we may get a larger order. That’s how it goes with samples or even worse the dreaded “prototype.” These are jobs you can’t get too excited about. A potential large order after a small sample is still a gamble. It’s best to not do the first one too cheap. Sometimes it’s the only one.

ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.
ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.
ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.
ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. April 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Winkler’s Inc. job. April 2, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. JAG Industries job. April 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. April 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. April 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. April 2, 1997.

April 13

I am watching the Washington Capitals final game of the year. They beat the Buffalo Sabres 8-3 but it’s bittersweet because the team will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1982. It’s a strange feeling. Hockey is a sport where after a long season, there is essentially a tournament for Lord Stanley’s Cup. As a fan, you grow accustomed to at least making the first round of that tournament.

Joe Kavanagh Sr. and Jr. 7859 Charlesmont Road. November 1997.

April 23

Spring and baseball have both arrived along with warmer weather so by our luck, we have some annealing and filling to do. This heats up the place and we are thankful it’s not July. The tubes to be annealed and filled are for Bechdon Corporation. The boys also finish jobs for Wilton Corporation, a recurring order for EDCO and the production run for JAG Industries. Obviously, the sample was accepted.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Bechdon job. April 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilton Corp. job. April 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. EDCO job. April 23, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. JAG Industries job. April 23, 1997.

May 6

It is finally hitting me that Kim and I will have a baby in the Fall. It’s an overwhelming thought. Kim seems to be a lot calmer than I am. That being said, I can’t help but be happy. Scared yes but mostly happy. I worry about her and I think that’s natural. Work is a reliable distraction. At the Shop, we are working on another recurring job. This one is for Belfort Instruments. The order consists of square aluminum tubes that must be annealed and bent in the Pines Bender. Each has two bends and must fit easily into a checking fixture which they provide along with the tubes. It’s a tricky job and there is always a good bit of tweaking at the end to get them to fit. We’ve done them before so it’s challenging but not overly so. In addition, some other items are rolled for some of our regulars and one for Stan Edmister. Stan is, to my knowledge, the first sculptor we had as a customer. We made parts for his playground sculptures in the past but this one is just a couple of pipes. The sculpture work is always interesting and it’s good to see Stan. Stan is a tall man, well over six foot and seeing him reminds me of the times I would see him and my Dad, who was more diminutive like me, discussing a job. Stan towering over my Dad but listening intently to everything he said. Stan was always very respectful of my father and they certainly liked each other.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Isolater job. May 5, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. April 5, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. NSI job. May 5, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Amereihn Company job. May 5, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Stan Edmister job. May 6, 1997.

May 17

Today is a Saturday and we celebrate Mom and Dad’s 50th Anniversary at Kensington Parkway with all the Kavanagh’s and assorted families. Jack and Betty Kavanagh met at a Knights of Columbus Dance in the Spring of 1946. By all accounts, sparks were flying that night. A year later on May 17, 1947, they wed and began an incredible life together. They proceeded to have nine children and find a way to have each and every one feel special. No one felt left out. Honestly, you didn’t have that much time alone to feel left out but I jest. Our house at the corner of Lakewood and Jefferson was the house where all the kids congregated. As if having nine of their own wasn’t enough, my Mom and Dad welcomed our friends and treated them like they were their own. It was a special way to grow up but now, Jack and Betty Kavanagh are grandparents eleven times over with one on the way. It’s a great party and us kids, we marvel to see Mom and Dad together. Such a love. They still hold hands and flirt. They cherish their time together but want to see the children and talk to us any chance they can. The most astonishing thing to me is whenever all of us or even most of us can get together, it quickly feels like Lakewood Avenue all over again.

Jack and Betty Kavanagh at their 50th Wedding Anniversary Party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 17, 1997.
Jack and Betty Kavanagh at their 50th Wedding Anniversary Party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 17, 1997.
Jack and Betty Kavanagh at their 50th Wedding Anniversary Party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 17, 1997.
Betty Kavanagh at her 50th Wedding Anniversary Party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 17, 1997.
Jack and Betty Kavanagh’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake.

May 23

It’s a beautiful Friday in Baltimore and I am looking forward to the weekend. Kim and I are going to spend Saturday at my in-laws to discuss and plan all things baby. As the hours tick away, I spend most of the day on the phone, making calculations for quotes, writing up jobs, then handing them out to the crew. Mostly today’s focus is angles being rolled for Miscellaneous Metals, Warren-Ehret and Yoder Steel.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 23, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Warren-Ehret job. May 23, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Yoder Steel job. May 23, 1997.

June 4

The Birds have been playing well and remain in first place. They are the talk of the town and also Central Avenue. During coffee breaks and lunch, last night’s game is discussed. This is how it is when your team is good and the excitement is infectious to fans. You can’t talk about it enough. When not talking baseball, a few of our local fab shops and welders pick up their orders through the day. Trucks for ABB Power and Combustion, R and R Fabrication and Codd Fabricators are loaded and sent on their way. It’s what we call a “truck” day. You get what you can get done but mostly it’s backing trucks in and chaining things up. The good part is it gives the crew more room on the floor and you go on to the next job.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. ABB Power Generation job. June 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. June 3, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fabrication job. June 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Amereihn Company job. June 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ray Machine job. June 4, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Raloid Corporation job. June 4, 1997.

June 17

Today is my birthday and I turn 32. We are still a few months away from zero hour when our baby will be born but the excitement is building. I feel I am as anxious, worried, nervous and excited as I could possibly be. Each day it gets more intense but I tell myself that’s normal. The Shop is working on some rails for Hezekiah’s Welding which will go to the new Washington Redskins Stadium. Hezekiah is an old customer and it looks like we’ll be bending these pipes a few times over the coming months.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Invoice. Hezekah’s Welding job. June 19, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Metropolitan Steel job. June 17, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anderson Industrial Contracting job. June 17, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. June 17, 1997.

July 1

Belsinger Sign Works picks up some square tubes rolled for the sign at the Harbor Inn hotel at Pier 5. Most of the time, we don’t know where our pieces might end up. Occasionally, a customer will mention it or more often it’s indicated on the drawing. It’s nice to know, if nothing more than to be able to say, we did this for that building, stadium, hotel. Whatever. The boys also complete a big order for Chesapeake Rigging and some pipes for Anderson Contracting.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Invoice. Belsinger Sign job. July 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anderson Industrial Contracting job. July 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Chesapeake Rigging job. July 1, 1997.

July 3

Tomorrow is Independence Day and that means a barbecue at my in-laws on Woodall Street and watching the Inner Harbor fireworks from their backyard. It’s actually a pretty good view. I’m not much for fireworks but this year I think of watching them with my child. I feel the same about baseball, movies, cartoons and the Sun and the Moon. I look forward to introducing our child to all these things. We make a short day of it at the Shop. When trucks are loaded for Hezekiah’s Welding, Dan’s Welding and A.J. Sackett, we’re done and out before 2 p.m.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A. J. Sackett job. July 3, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Dan’s Welding job. July 3, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hezekiah’s Welding job. July 3, 1997.

July 8

I am relaxing at home watching the All-Star game. The Orioles are again well represented with Alomar, Anderson and Ripken starting and two pitchers on the AL squad, Mike Mussina and Randy Myers. It’s a good game and the American League wins 3-1. I enjoy the distraction from work but it’s still on my mind. We will have four busy weeks before our vacation in August. Meanwhile, we are getting closer to the baby’s arrival and Kim is handling it so well. She’s amazing and I am sure she will be a great mom.

ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.
ALDS Souvenir Program Orioles vs. Mariners. 1997.

July 22

We’ve got a couple more weeks before our break and it has been busy. Today is a mixed bag of work including a heat exchanger for Baltimore Gas and Electric, some more pipes for our sculptor friend Stan Edmister and more rails for Hezekiah’s Welding.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Baltimore Gas and Electric job. July 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Superior Iron Works job. July 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Superior Iron Works job. July 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. July 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Stan Edmister job. July 23, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hezekiah’s Welding job. July 23, 1997.

August 8

We are waiting patiently on this Friday for quite a few trucks to come for their orders. We deliver an order to C.R. Daniels. They can be hauled in a car. Trucks for Anchor Fence, Wilton, L and S Welding and Design and Production show up and then we are on vacation.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. C. R. Daniels job. August 6, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. August 6, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Wilton Corporation job. August 6, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. August 6, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. August 6, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Design and Production job. August 7, 1997.

August 22

There is the usual bit of grumbling and a staggering start to get back to work. That’s just from me. Not the workers. Nonetheless our vacation is over and our first week back is always a busy one. All those who called last week must be dealt with and the jobs already on the books must be knocked out as quickly as possible. Today we ship out more tubes for C.R. Daniels and jobs for Miscellaneous, Stambaugh and D-S Pipe are picked up.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. C. R. Daniels job. August 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. August 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey A. Stambaugh and Sons job. August 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. D-S Pipe job. August 22, 1997.

August 28

I’m at my desk and taking a quick look at the sports section of the Baltimore Sun. The Birds are still in first place and have been since Opening Day. It’s been a great run so far and we’re heading toward the end of the season. My hopes and expectations are high for the club. Of course, my expectations and hopes are more focused on Kim and our son. In my mind, I keep hearing the Who song “Mrs. Walker” from Quadrophenia. “It’s a boy, Mrs. Walker. It’s a boy. A son! A son! A son!” He’s a boy. We know that now. I can barely contain myself when I think of introducing my boy to baseball, the Orioles, music, guitar. All those things I love. I am sure I’d be equally excited about a girl. I have seen the “Daddy’s Little Girl” perspective close up. My father has seven girls and he has a special relationship with them all. Another of the many things I admire about the man but there’s something about fathers and sons. I suppose it seems a little easier for me to pass on my most ridiculous dreams to a boy. I really have trouble putting my finger on it but I think of my father and my mother, I think of Kim and I and I am equal parts amazed, humbled and excited with a small amount of fear. Mostly my fear is washed away by Kim. She seems to have an understanding of it more than I. It’s been a tough pregnancy so far. She’s handled it with absolute grace apart for a penchant for late night Taco Bell, tomatoes and coffee ice cream. She’s incredible but I do worry about her. Suffice to say my attention at work is suffering a bit but I do the best I can. It’s the job and I am very used to it. Today a nice order for Center Stage is picked up and a job for Dundalk Ornamental Iron. The beat goes on.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Center Stage job. August 28, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Center Stage job. August 28, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Dundalk Ornamental Iron job. August 28, 1997.

August 31

The Baltimore Ravens open their second season at Memorial Stadium. The team has been welcomed to town with open arms. This Sunday afternoon, they face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars and lose but it’s a close one. 28-27. The Ravens were 4-12 in their inaugural season and fans are not expecting a great year but hopefully a better one.

Baltimore Ravens Helmet 1996. Courtesy Getty Images.

September 5

The Shop has stayed busy most of this year. There is no doubt it is an uptick from last. Sometimes it’s because of one big job but sometimes, you are just happy and don’t question a good year. I am still very distracted at my desk as we are about a month away from D Day/my son’s birth. My brother, sister and our crew help keep me focused on the job and we crank out work for Anchor Fence, Triangle Sign and JRC Construction.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. September 5, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Triangle Sign job. September 5, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. JRC Construction job. September 5, 1997.

September 25

We are very close to the baby’s arrival. I haven’t slept the last few days much at all as I am on alert to head to the hospital or Taco Bell at the drop of a hat. Nonetheless, my job goes on and we finish one order for R & R Fabrication and two for Ackerman and Baynes at the Shop. Kavanagh’s and crew are all spending part of the day talking about the Birds. Last night, the Orioles clinched the American League East title for the first time since 1983 when we won it all. The team managed to stay on top of the division from day one of the season to the end. A most impressive feat only accomplished by five other teams in baseball history.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fabrication job. September 25, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. September 25, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Ackerman and Baynes job. September 25, 1997.

October 1

The Washington Capitals begin their season with a victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto 4-1. Last year, the Caps missed the playoffs and we are hopeful for a bounce back year. Jack became a fan when the team was created in 1974 and bit by bit, first Ann then I, became loyal fans. The Capitals will win their first four games in a row and it’s taken as a sign of good things to come. I’m not watching the Caps though; Kim and I are at St. Joseph’s Hospital having a baby. We have been here for hours as Kim’s labor begins then abates then begins again. Kim is a trouper and I have no idea how she does it. I try to help all I can but my assistance is limited to distributing ice chips. We have the television on in the birthing room and it’s tuned to Fox so she can watch Beverly Hills 90210. Meanwhile, the Orioles are in Seattle facing the Mariners in Game 1 of the Divisional Playoffs so I’m flipping during the commercials. After all, it is a big game. When 90210 is finished, Kim rolls her eyes and tells me to go ahead and change the channel. As Kim practices her breathing and hopes for progress, the nurse and I keep an eye on the game. The Orioles have taken a lead and we are discussing it enthusiastically. The nurse is much more interested in the game than Kim is. It’s a battle of aces as Mike Mussina takes on Randy Johnson. The Birds have beaten Randy Johnson three times this year and I’m hoping they can do it one more time. We have been in this birthing suite for hours and they have finally agreed to give Kim an epidural. She tried and tried but the baby doesn’t want to come out so a Caesarean delivery is in order. The epidural is coming and my wife is trying to be patient but she’s in a lot of pain. As she catches her breath, the nurse and I are discussing the ball game. The Birds have opened up a 9-1 lead and it looks like we’re going to take Game 1.

“It’s crazy how we are the one team that can hit Randy Johnson.” I say, glancing from the game to the nurse. “We beat him three times in the regular season.”

She nods her head emphatically. “He’s one of the best but we can beat him. That’s our Orioles.”

“So far so good and Mussina has been outstanding. He’s doing a great job—” I’m suddenly interrupted by an irate Kim.

“Hey! I’m the one having a baby here. You know.” Kim glares at the nurse and me as she speaks through gritted teeth. “Can you pay attention to the pregnant person in the room?!”

I quickly answer but rather nervously. “Yes, yes. I know. We know. I’m sorry babe. The anesthesiologist should be here anytime. Do you want some ice chips?”

“To Hell with them ice chips. I need drugs. Tell them I need the epidural.” Kim fires back then turns her gaze to the nurse. “Well?”

“I’m sure. He’s on the way, Mrs. Kavanagh.” She re-assures Kim who seems skeptical.

Just then the door swings open and a doctor appears. “Hello Mr. and Mrs. Kavanagh. I’m your anesthesiologist.”

I breathe a sigh of relief and Kim immediately asks a bit suspiciously, “Are you going to give me an epidural?”

“Yes, Ma’am. I am.” He smiles down at her after giving me a sympathetic look.

Kim seems triumphant. “Yes! Yes! Finally. I need it and I love you.” She was speaking to the doctor not me but I take no offense.

Once the epidural takes effect, it’s delivery time and I get dressed in scrubs, gloves and mask.

ALDS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Mariners. 1997.
ALDS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Mariners. 1997.
ALDS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Mariners. 1997.
ALDS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Mariners. 1997.
Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. Birth Announcement. October 1997.
Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. Born October 2, 1997. St. Joseph’s Hospital.

October 2

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Junior is born at 12:28 a.m. after the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners. Mussina out duels Johnson and I’m a Dad. Birthing isn’t something I’d want to see every day but after a few disturbing moments, the doctor hands me our baby boy. Kim and I weep though Kim is a bit out of it. I am not and I do speak to Joe. “Welcome to planet Earth. We will be your hosts.” Soon mom and son are being taken to recovery and I walk down the hall and give the good news to my in-laws. Linda and Anthony are thrilled but look at me quizzically then point to the pants of my scrubs. They have dropped to my ankles and are draped around my feet and I was none the wiser. For some reason, I feel compelled to walk behind a screen to pull them up despite having jeans on underneath. I’m in a strange but very pleasant haze. My in-laws laugh loudly and so do I. I’m out of it but so happy. Soon I am on the phone making a couple late night calls to spread the word. My brother and sisters pass it along to my parents in Ocean City. Around 2 a.m., Kim, Joe and I are in a room resting, smiling and crying. Mom and Dad are both hungry so I decide to venture out to find us something to eat and drink. I scour the hospital but must leave the neo-natal wing to find a vending machine. I get us Three Musketeers and Pepsi but the door has auto-locked behind me so I now must search for a way back in. As I cross the grounds, I look up at the moon. The enormity of it all seems to hit me and I shout, “I have a son!” I look over and see a guard at one of the doors watching me. I approach and he opens the door. Speaking quickly, I explain how my night has gone and he accepts my excuse. I am allowed entrance and he smiles at me knowingly. Perhaps he’s a dad or I am not the only one to have done such a thing. I return to Kim’s room and we eat candy and drink soda before getting some sleep. We’re parents now. We’re a family now. Another Joe Kavanagh is born. My Joe is born. Let the pigeons loose.

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. October 1997.
Kim and Joseph Kavanagh Jr. and Linda Dalfonzo. Christening. St. Vincent De Paul Church. December 14, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. October 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. October 1, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. October 2, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. October 2, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. ABC Welding job. October 2, 1997.

October 18

After several weeks recovering at my in-laws, my family is home. We’ve had a whirlwind few days with family and friends coming to meet Joe. We had many visitors at the hospital including my Mom and Dad who were so very happy to see my little guy. I was thrilled to hug my Mom and have her hold my baby. We hope things calm down a bit now that most folks have met the young man-of-the-hour. We are naive. Meanwhile, the Orioles were eliminated from the playoffs. We did beat Seattle in the Division Series but lose the American League Championship Series to the Cleveland Indians in six games. That’s baseball.

ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.
ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.
ALCS Souvenir Program. Orioles vs. Indians. 1997.

October 22

Today we finish a job for a film titled “Enemy of the State.” The movie which stars Gene Hackman and Will Smith is filmed locally and they need some pipes bent. I love doing movie work. We’ve done more than a few especially the John Waters and Barry Levinson films. These jobs break up the usual tedious work and suddenly, you are doing something interesting. We also ship two orders for Whiting Metals and some small rolled beams are picked up by Seaford Steel.

Joseph Kavanagh Company job card. Enemy of the State job. October 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Seaford Steel job. October 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. October 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. October 22, 1997.

October 26

Ravens fans’ are particularly interested in today’s match up. Baltimore visits the Washington Redskins in a battle of local clubs. They play in the newly opened Fedex Field, the same stadium we bent some railings for earlier this year. The Ravens win 20-17 and if it’s one thing Baltimoreans like, it’s getting the best of DC at anything. In the evening, the Florida Marlins defeat the Cleveland Indians to win the World Series. The end of the baseball season is almost a relief though it pains me to think such a thing. The Birds went wire to wire in first place all year then started the playoffs so strong. But I’m tired and it’s been an exhausting but exhilarating couple of weeks. I am walking about with Joe in my arms. I’m trying to get him to sleep and silently tell myself, “A World Series this year would have been even less sleep. Next year.” I resume pacing and patting my boy’s back until he slips dreamily into a snooze and I follow. When I place him in his bed I sing a few bars of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to him. You can never start too soon with baseball. I dream of throwing him a ball and taking him to games. Through my life, I honestly haven’t known many Joe’s. I’ve been Joe, Uncle Joe and obviously, Joe Kavanagh at the Shop. Now, I have my Joe.

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. December 1997.
Kim Kavanagh and Joe Kavanagh Jr. October 1997.
Joseph Kavanagh Jr. calling Granny. October 1997.

October 27

There is a mini stock market crash around the world and there are concerns about its impact on the economy. The Dow drops 554 points but the next day 337 are gained back. The country seems to have dodged a bullet or maybe simply delayed its arrival.

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. Halloween 1997.
Anthony Dalfonzo and Joseph Kavanagh Jr. Woodall Street. Halloween 1997.

November 11

It’s not winter yet but you can’t tell it by Central Avenue. It’s a cold cold day in the old building but the crew soldier on. There are pickups for Tri-Fab of PA, Structural Steel, Power and Combustion and Thrifty Iron Works today. The year continues strong and I have no reason to believe we won’t finish up the same way.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Tri-Fab of PA job. November 10, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Power and Combustion job. November 11, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Structural Steel Fab. job. November 11, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Thrifty Iron Works job. November 11, 1997.

November 26

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which is easily my favorite holiday. I love turkey but we do have a few things to finish up before the feast. Structural orders for DOVCO, Osprey Structural and Codd Fabricators are finished. After the last truck pulls out the back door onto Eden Street, we are ready to go and ready to eat.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DOVCO Industrial Fabricators job. November 26, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Osprey Structural job. November 26, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. November 26, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. November 26, 1997.

November 27

Thanksgiving is spent on Woodall Street and everyone is hovering around the new baby. Joe Jr. is a very popular young man and is passed around all day. I also focus on eating turkey as that is the whole purpose of the holiday. It’s always a big spread and plenty to eat at Linda and Anthony’s. They include parsnips for me though no one else eats them. I assure them soon enough Little Joe will be having them as well. Our little guy adds a lot to the holiday. I may have even snuck him some turkey skin. I can’t quite remember.

Jack and Betty Kavanagh with Joe Jr. Ocean City, MD. November 1997.
Betty Kavanagh and Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. Ocean City. November 1997.
Jack Kavanagh Sr. and Joe Kavanagh Jr. napping. Ocean City, MD. November 1997.
Joseph Michael Kavanagh Sr. and Jr. Sleeping in Ocean City. November 1997.

December 9

The month of December is usually a wild one at 201 S. Central Avenue. We take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off each year so the weeks prior are fairly intense. We find a way to get at least four weeks worth of work done in three so we can enjoy that extra break. Today several angles are rolled for Lenderking, some 4” Pipes for D-S Pipe and tubes for another sign for Belsinger Sign Works.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Lenderking Metalworks job. December 8, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. D-S Pipe job. December 8, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belsinger Sign job. December 9, 1997.

December 21

The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Ravens 16-14 to finish out the 1997 season. Our football team finishes with a 6-9-1 record. It’s not particularly good but it is an improvement over last year. Fans are undaunted and the Ravens are becoming very popular in the City. Construction has begun on a new fancy football stadium near Camden Yards and I wait by the phone hoping to get some work from it. The Shop received a tremendous amount of work when Oriole Park was built but we shall see as far as this new one goes.

Joseph Kavanagh Sr. & Jr. Woodall Street. December 14, 1997.
Fr. Dick Lawrence, Paul Dalfonzo, Mary Brandenburg, Joe and Kim Kavanagh with Joe Jr. Christening. St. Vincent De Paul Church. Baltimore. December 14, 1997.
Rose Kavanagh O’Neill, Mary Brandenburg, Joe Kavanagh Sr. holding Joe Jr. Christening. December 14, 1997.

December 23

Again, the Kavanagh’s and crew wait patiently for the final pickups of the year. Bechdon and Huber Welding arrive in the morning while we try to finish three items for Codd Fabricators. Codd’s jobs are finished last as they are only five minutes away. We know they’ll get their truck up here in time. Once Codd is loaded, we head off to celebrate the Yule and we will return in the New Year. I’ll stop by once next week to get the mail and make sure the building is still there but otherwise, we’re done.

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. Winter Ball 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Bechdon Company job. December 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Huber Welding job. December 22, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. December 23, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. December 23, 1997.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. December 23, 1997.

December 25

Christmas is upon us and it couldn’t be much sweeter. There’s a baby and that means toys, toys and more toys. My Joe is too little to quite grasp the importance of the day but he enjoys tearing wrapping paper from packages regardless of the gift. Kim and I are parents and the shock has begun to wear off. We are happy with “baby makes three.” Happier than I ever thought I could be. I have my girl and now I got my boy. Life makes a lot more sense now. It seems simpler. Keep them happy and I know I will be happy. I do dream of Joe working at the Shop some day alongside my brother’s sons. Perhaps, I’ll even have another boy to keep the Kavanagh two son tradition alive. My boys working with Jack’s boys would be such poetic justice and so in line with the Kavanagh way. We shall see and this is all assuming Joe doesn’t make it as a switch-hitting power-hitting third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. It is always good to have a back up plan.

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. Christmas 1997.
Paul Kavanagh(in background), Patrick Kavanagh holding Joe Jr. and Mary Brandenburg. December 1997.
Handy Brandenburg holding Joe Jr. December 1997.

Bill Clinton is the President of the United States. Madeline Albright becomes the first woman to serve as Secretary of State. Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris. A computer, Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in chess. The Lion King premiers on Broadway. The films “Titanic,” “Men in Black” and “As Good As It Gets” are released. The NASA Pathfinder successfully lands on Mars. The last Woolworth’s store closes. OJ Simpson is found liable in a civil suit filed by the families of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. Curt Flood, Allen Ginsberg, Jimmy Stewart, Michael Hedges and James Michener die.

There are 50 states in the Union.

Joseph Michael Kavanagh Jr. Photo of photo taken from Joseph Michael Kavanagh Sr.’s desk. October 2022.

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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 dis