1995 Joe and Kim

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

January 3

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

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

January 11

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

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

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

January 17

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

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

January 21

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

Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. Christmas 1994.

January 27

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

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

January 29

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

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

February 1

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

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

February 7

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

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

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

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

February 22

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

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

March 1

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

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

March 13

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

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

March 17

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

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

March 31

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

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

April 6

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

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

April 10

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

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

April 19

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

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

April 26

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

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

May 1

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

May 2

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

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

May 8

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

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

May 18

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

May 30

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

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

June 9

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

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

June 19

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

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

June 26

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

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

July 5

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

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

July 31

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

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

August 2

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

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

August 4

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

August 14

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

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

September 1

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

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

September 5

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

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

September 6

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

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

September 15

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

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

September 22

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

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

October 2

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

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

October 11

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

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

October 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 28

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

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

October 31

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

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

November 6

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

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

November 14

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

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

November 19

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

Baltmore Stallions Helmet. 1995. Photo courtesy of CFL.

November 24

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

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

December 25

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

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

There are 50 states in the Union.

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1994 Countdowns

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

January 3

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

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

January 11

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

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

January 26

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

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

January 30

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

February 3

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

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

February 13

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

February 22

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

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

March 14

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

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

March 21

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

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

March 30

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

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

April 4

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

Cal Ripken Jr. Plaque.

April 9

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

April 11

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

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

April 16

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

April 22

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

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

April 28

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

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

May 9

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

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

May 21

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

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

May 30

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

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

June 10

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

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

June 29

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

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

July 4

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

July 5

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

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

July 26

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

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

August 5

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

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Thrifty Iron Works job. August 3, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Oceaneering Technologies job. August 3, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. August 3, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. US Naval Academy job. August 3, 1994.

August 12

It’s the end of my vacation week and the unthinkable happens. Major League Baseball Players go on strike and the season is halted. I can’t believe it. There have been threats of a work stoppage all season but I felt sure they would finally come to an agreement. Owners want a salary cap to gain some control of spiraling payroll and balance the competitiveness between big and small market teams. The players do not want a cap as they think much of the leagues financial issues are self-inflicted by the owners and more to the point, most teams are making profits. I call my father tonight and he is dumbfounded by it as am I. For hardcore baseball lovers like us, it stings. I make the assumption that this stoppage will be short-lived and he agrees. We are certain players will be back on the field quickly.

Starting Lineup Cal Ripken Jr. Figure. Mid 1990s.

August 25

As usual, we are busy after our vacation. We always have to pay the price for taking that week. Two orders for Pardo including a large set of bent 1” Pipes are completed. We have an order from Yankee Engineering for some rolled angles & beams. Coming up as we finish August, there are tubes for DCA Food Industries to be bent in the Pines Bender and tubes for New England Tool & Die which will be filled with rosin before rolling. That turns up the heat in the old building. We also have a job for Center Stage coming up. It’s only a couple rolled square aluminum tubes but I love stuff for theaters just as much as I love our movie and TV work. Those are the cool things that make my job a little more interesting.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. August 25, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. August 25, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Yankee Engineering job. August 25, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DCA Food Industries job. August 29, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. New England Tool Co. job. August 29, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Center Stage job. August 29, 1994.

September 14

There is no joy in Mudville nor on Central Avenue as today the baseball season is canceled. I can not believe the strike has gone on this long and ending the season is unimaginable to me. I love baseball as my father and his father and his father did. It’s not just a family tradition. It’s really that I truly love the game. Since I was a boy, few things compare to the crack of the bat, the green of the field and the smell of a leather glove. For myself and other Orioles’ fans, we wonder what will happen to Cal’s Streak? Will baseball resume next season? This year teaches all fans a lesson. It’s a business. I talk to my brother and sister about it over lunch and they feel the same as I do. It’s hard to wrap my head around it and after eating we get back to work. The crew finishes some work for the G-S Company and quite a bit for R & R Fabricators. Multiple orders have flown in from this company and they are moving up onto that list of my favorites. We have a backlog of jobs on the docket including orders for Anchor Fence, McShane, Belfort Instruments and DCA Food Industries.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. G-S Company job. September 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fab. job. September 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fab. job. September 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. September 19, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. McShane Inc. job. September 19, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Belfort Instruments job. September 19, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DCA Food Industries job. September 20, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. DCA Food Industries job. September 20, 1994.

October 4

As we get farther into the Fall, the work has slowed but not inordinately. Today we ship some bent pipes to Whiting Metals, roll channels for L & S Welding, one flat bar for Stambaugh and four small angle for Sackett. These one piece and small jobs are not as profitable as the big orders but they keep us busy and keep the money coming in. For us, a mix of small and big jobs is always ideal.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. October 4, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. October 4, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Harvey Stambaugh and Sons job. October 4, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A.J. Sackett job. October 4, 1994.

October 21

It’s odd to be in October and not thinking of the World Series. It’s still so strange for there to be no baseball and no championship this year. Generally, the series would be the center of talk at the Shop but not this year. The crew are working on a standard ring order for Turnbull Enterprises, some ornamental brass flat bars for Criss Brothers and a few copper heater tubes for Codd Fab.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Turnbull Enterprises job. October 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Cross Brothers job. October 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. October 21, 1994.

October 22

Lethal Injection visits Studio 14 where our friends Dave Muelberger and Chris Voxakis rent practice space. Dave and Chris are a two man band called Co-Intelpro. Dave is throwing his usual Halloween/ Birthday party there next week. We don’t bring our gear but come to check out the place and plan in an effort to head off any power or space issues. The room is big and the power is more than sufficient so things should be fine.

Studio 14: Center for the Musical Arts. 239 N. Franklintown Road, Baltimore, MD.

October 24

At the corner of Pratt and Central, the crew work on our usual mix of pipe bending and metal rolling. I am distracted with thoughts of our show this weekend and thoughts of Kim. I know she’s the girl for me and I think it’s time to make it permanent. I am certain of it in fact. Some stainless steel angle for Sackett and a recurring aluminum angle order for Antenna Research are processed today.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. A..J. Sackett job. October 24, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Antenna Research job. October 25, 1994.

October 29

Lethal Injection joins Co-Intelpro for a party at Studio 14. Kim is there and she sits with Chris’ girlfriend and the party is packed and loud. I can’t deny it’s a cool feeling to have my girl watch us rock and roll. We play our usual set of originals, some of the Wall and assorted other RUSH, Who and other bands’ covers. We finish up joined by Dave and Chris for a rocking version of “Strawman” by Lou Reed. Unbeknownst to us, that is the last song and this is the last public performance for Lethal Injection.

Lethal Injection Macon Street. 1987. Joe Kavanagh, Chris Voxakis, Ray French and Tim Heaps(Left to right).

October 31

I have my first real experience of Halloween on Charlesmont Road. I have always ignored the holiday and usually am not home but Kim loves Halloween and we decorate and hand out candy to a crowd of children. It turns out this neighborhood is a haven for trick or treaters. It’s fun but definitely different for me but Kim is completely in her element with all the kids.

November 1

Back at the Shop, I tell Ann and Jack all about the busy Halloween at my house last night. The volume of work is back up again as we crank out some angles for Lenderking, two sets of rolled and bent stainless steel pipes for Whiting Metals, and orders for Codd and L & S Welding.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Lenderking Metal job. October 31, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. November 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Whiting Metals job. November 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. November 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. November 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. November 1, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. November 1, 1994.

November 10

We are heading toward my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I am a big turkey fan you might say. The Shop’s crew completes a set of tubes for R & R and we ship some stainless steel channels for Hoppmann Corporation. Shipping items by common carrier adds a step to a job. A common carrier is usually a closed in truck and that requires the items be stacked and secured to a pallet. It is much simpler to chain bundles together and place them on the customer’s truck but we do whatever it takes to get the jobs out of the door.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. R and R Fab. job. November 11, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hoppmann Corporation job. November 10, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Hoppmann Corporation. November 10, 1994.

November 24

Kim and I drive to her parents on Woodall Street for Thanksgiving. This year there are parsnips as Kim’s imom, Linda, makes a point of getting them for me. I feel part of the family now. Between Kim and her Mom they sort out how to cook them & they are quite good. Besides parsnips, there are all the other basics of the holiday, turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy and such. The DalFonzo’s always lay out quite the spread. This day assures me I have made the right decision. I’ve decided to propose to Kim and decide to go ring shopping next week.

December 9

After work as Kim sits down and is playing with Lilly Belle, a sweet puppy I got her for her birthday this year,  I get down on bended knee and look up at her.

“Are you ready to remember this day for the rest of your life?” Her eyes widen as I pull a ring box from my pocket. She says yes and I hold my girl close as we smile and cry for we are getting married.  Afterward, calls are made to both our parents and the word spreads quickly. There will be a wedding next year.

December 13

The end of 1994 is in sight and Kavanagh’s and crew can not wait. We finish a nice order of fifty bent pipes for Richard Kudlich at Food Instruments. These are parts for a candy-making machine and the company is located on the Eastern Shore. Also jobs for Anchor Fence, Fabritek, Miscellaneous Metals and Greencastle Metals are picked up from Central Avenue as the race to Christmas is on.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Food Instrument Corporation job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Anchor Fence job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Fabritek Company job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Miscellaneous Metals job. December 13, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Greencastle Metals job. December 13, 1994.

December 17

My family throws a Christmas/Engagement Party at the Old Philadelphia Inn. This is a simpler way for all of us to celebrate together than Mom and Dad driving up on Christmas Day. Kim’s parents are there and they meet my parents and the rest of the family for the first time. I run down the list of those in the room, introducing them all as Linda and Anthony’s heads are spinning. I do it quickly,  barely taking a breath and I feel this is a great test. If Kim and I are still engaged after this bizarre introduction, we will probably be good. Added to the festivities is Kim telling my brother-in-law Handy how much she likes a flag hanging from the wall with a snowman on it. Ever the trickster, Handy climbs up on a chair and cuts the flag down with his trusty pen knife and gifts it to Kim. OPI doesn’t seem to notice that we leave with one of their decorations but no doubt there is some relief when my large and loud family are gone. 

December 22

The final work week of the year is the peak of the usual rush to get jobs out and picked up. We always must remember. It’s not just about finishing the job but giving the customer time to send a truck and get it out of here. Woe be the customer who is given a day or more and doesn’t pick up. It’s the yearly stress of working at the Joseph Kavanagh Company. We take the week between Christmas and New Year’s off but still want our customers to get what they need. We have some angles for Codd Fab. to finish and they are five minutes away so that’s not a problem. Also, an angle we finished for L & S Welding is picked up. In fact, in a rush I write up a delivery ticket for them after Jack has done the same. Again, it’s that anxiousness about getting everything finished and to the customer that brings an urgency to us. The final job finished is a set of flat bars or flights as they are called for J. C. Pardo. They are used in large food processing machines. At long last, we are done and the crew heads home followed by the Kavanagh’s. Christmas will soon be here.

Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Codd Fab. job. December 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. L and S Welding job. December 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. Duplicate ticket for L and S Welding job made in error. December 21, 1994.
Delivery Ticket. Joseph Kavanagh Company. J.C. Pardo job. December 22, 1994.

December 25

I celebrate Christmas at Casa DalFonzo on Woodall Street. It’s a mix of gifts, good food and a lot of making wedding lists on yellow pads. Apparently, the yellow pads are a big part of planning a wedding. It’s been an interesting year personally and the Shop’s year was okay. Our billing and the volume of work were both down but that happens. We had been on a pretty good run since we took over from my father. I’m confident it’s only a blip in the road and we’ll bounce back strong next year. For me, I’m happy and in love. Finding Kim has changed my life and next year we shall embark on the grand adventure of marriage. I can’t wait but at this point I have no idea the level of planning and preparing that is needed. I’ll learn fast and trust it will all work out. No matter how it shakes out, I’ll be with Kim from now on and that’s more than good enough for me. I have finally found love at long last. Real love. True love. I must be an adult now because I’m getting married. To paraphrase my father speaking of my mother, Kim’s my girl and I want everybody to know it.

Victoria Bosse and Katie Jean Panetti. Jack Kavanagh Sr’s 70th Birthday party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 1994.
Lisa Bosse, Victoria Bosse and Katie Jean Panettie. Jack Kavanagh Sr.’s 70th Birthday party. 6 Kensington Parkway. May 1994.

Bill Clinton is the President of the United States. The National Archives at College Park opens. The nation watches on live television as NFL great O.J. Simpson is pursued on the LA Expressway and then charged with the murder of his wife. The films “The Lion King,” “Forrest Gump” and “Pulp Fiction” are released. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Henry Mancini, Burt Lancaster, Dinah Shore and Cab Calloway die.

There are 50 states in the Union.

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1993 Changes

The Kavanagh’s. 6 Kensington Parkway. December 1991 .

January 4

Another year begins at the Joseph Kavanagh Company. My sister Ann, brother Jack and I are the fifth generation of Kavanagh’s to work here and run the place. We have a few jobs on the books to start, a small order from Dan’s Welding and a larger one for Miscellaneous Metals. We also finish a job for Krug & Son, another very old metals business in Baltimore. The winter is generally our slowest time but we receive a few orders in this first week for Anchor Fence, Miscellaneous and a few others. We also have some heater work coming up: a re-tubing of a heat exchanger for the Housing Authority and a set of the copper u-bends themselves for Harvey Stambaugh & Sons.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Dan’s Welding job. January 4, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. G. Krug and Son job. January 4, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Anchor Fence job. January 5, 1993.
The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimore City job. January 6, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Harvey A. Stambaugh and Sons job. January 7, 1993.

January 15

It’s a typical day at the Shop and we send out jobs for L & S Welding and Kelco. In Florida, my sister JoAnn and her husband Carl Panetti welcome baby Katie Jean. Mom and Dad are in Florida with them and they call the Shop at lunch to give us the good news. Ann begins calling the sisters and the word spreads throughout the family. Katie Jean is my parents’ tenth grandchild. A birth is a joyful event for a family but my happiness is tempered when I receive a call from my friend Dave Muelhberger. He tells me John has taken his own life. We know a few John’s but I know who he means right away. John Muldowney. I stand up from my desk and stare at the cork board for a few seconds as it sinks in. It’s almost surreal. John grew up in my neighborhood and went to St. Elizabeth’s School. He was a year ahead of me. We played baseball as boys and have known each other since I was six or seven. I haven’t seen John in over a year and had discussed his absence with Dave on Halloween. Dave assumed he’d see John during the holidays but it didn’t happen. I tell Dave I’ll see him after work. I hang up and tell Jack and Ann,  then call Tim and Ray.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. L and S Welding job. January 15, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Kelco Company job. January 15, 1993.
Carl, JoAnn and Katie Jean Panetti. January 15, 1993.
JoAnn and Katie Jean Panetti. 1993.
Carl and Katie Jean Panetti. 1993.

January 16

Lethal Injection and a few other friends gather at the Belvedere to honor and remember our friend, John. We play a few songs, then we settle into a circle of chairs. We toast our fallen comrade and tell stories about him. I bring up the infamous “Double Forfeit” baseball game at Patterson Park and a very funny viewing of “Eating Raoul” at the Charles Theater that John and a few of us attended. We are shocked and saddened but we focus on remembering our friend. John was one of us. The troubles and issues he faced, we all have had to deal with on some level. This is our version of a wake and we smile as we think of John but they are the smiles that pop up suddenly then fade just as quickly. This crew of friends who have known each other since high school or earlier takes a hit and we have lost one of our own for the first time. On the drive home, I mull over what happened and I can’t wrap my head around it. There’s no explaining or understanding it. Later that night I make a decision, one that will be life-changing.

John Muldowney in St. Elizabeth’s uniform. Late 1970s.
John Muldowney and dog. Circa 1980.
John and sister Chris Muldowney. 1970s.
Frank Czawlytko and Joe Kavanagh. The Belvedere. 1993. Photo courtesy of Frank Czawlytko.

January 23

I have decided to ask out that cute girl from Seaboard Steel, Kim Dalfonzo and tonight is our first date. She’s very sweet and very pretty and quickly, I feel I’ve known her for years. She laughs at my jokes and makes me laugh. We go to Squire’s for a late dinner and sparks are flying right away. There’s something special about her I notice from the start. I think it’s her smile or her deep brown eyes but I’m not sure. I do know I want to find out.

Kim Dalfonzo. 1993.

January 29

It’s a cold week at the Shop and I hate the winter. I spend as much time as I can in the heated office this time of year but invariably, someone needs me in the Shop proper. Most of my day is back and forth from one to the other. The Shop takes care of a mix of small jobs for our regular local folks. We  have a large customer list but it’s primarily the same twenty-five or so who usually keep us rolling.

Carl and JoAnn Panetti with Carl’s stepmom, Terry Panetti holding Katie Jean. 1993.
Carl, JoAnn and Katie Jean Panetti. 1993.

January 31

Super Bowl Sunday arrives and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Bills 52-17. This one isn’t close at all but I’m not watching anyway. I’m practicing in the basement on Krueger Avenue with the rest of Lethal Injection. We run through the Wall then a few other tunes and then jam on some ideas for originals. Afterward, I head to my house and watch a new show premiering on NBC that is being filmed in Baltimore, Homicide: Life on the Streets.

February 2

Today is Groundhog Day and six more weeks of winter is predicted. The Shop on Central Avenue is a very cold place in February but being busy helps to warm up the building. We have work for Whiting Metals, Kelco, Price Brothers and several welding shops. I take a look at the upcoming schedule and we have orders for Warren-Ehret, Seaford Steel and a few more of our regulars. Not too bad for February.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Whiting Metals job. February 1, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Kelco Company job. February 1, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Price Brothers job. February 2, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Frank’s Welding job. February 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Warren-Ehret Company job. February 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Seaford Steel job. February 3, 1993.

February 14

Valentine’s Day is a Sunday and for the first time in my life, I have a date. Kim and I have dinner at Squire’s which is rather crowded but we both love the place. The food is terrific and it’s very close to my house. We seem to always have fun on our dates and I like Kim more each time I see her. When I drop her off at her parents’ house, I head home thinking tomorrow is Monday. We’ve got some work for A.J. Sackett, Lenderking and more heater tubes for Stambaugh to start the week at the Shop.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. A.J. Sackett and Sons job. February 16, 1993.
The Shop’s job book entry. Lenderking Metal Products job. February 8, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Harvey A. Stambaugh and Sons Company job. February 16, 1993.

February 16

Today the orders for Sackett and Lenderking are picked up and the Stambaugh heater tubes are bent in the old Leonard air bender. Tomorrow we have two structural jobs to handle. One is for Structural Steel Company and the other for the Charles Zuckerman and Sons Company.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Structural Steel Company. February 17, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Charles Zuckerman and Sons Company. February 17, 1993.

February 19

We finish a small job for an ornamental gate and when it’s picked up, we find out it’s for John Waters’ upcoming movie, “Serial Mom.” This often happens where we do a job and don’t really know the end user. The local production companies seem to change their names with each film so I had no idea. The movie work is always cool and I look forward to the film. I know I’ll see it.

February 24

February is finishing with a burst of work. We finish three jobs for J.C. Pardo & Sons and one for Ackerman and Baynes then begin work on a large set of copper u-bends for Stambaugh and Sons: eighty-four tubes. That’s a lot of annealing. That much torch work this time of year is a welcome site. The blow of torches brings some comfort to the corner of Pratt and Central for the next couple days. The tubes will be picked up tomorrow along with orders for Readybuilt, Solo Cup and Turnbull Enterprises

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons job. February 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons Company. February 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons job. February 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Ackerman and Baynes Fabricators job. February 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Harvey A. Stambaugh and Sons Company. February 25, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Readybuilt job. February 25, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Solo Cup Company job. February 25, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Turnbull Enterprises job. February 25, 1993.

March 3

The heat of our snapper torches continues to warm the place as we roll some aluminum angles for Antenna Research. These are aluminum and they must be annealed as well before rolling or they’ll break. The angles are coated in dirty motor oil then carefully a torch is waved along the piece. You must avoid keeping direct heat on aluminum as it can melt in a heart beat. The wielder of the torch receives the most benefit of warmth but all the boys appreciate it. The remainder of the crew work on jobs for A.K. Robins and F & M Machine. On deck, we have some work for Turnbull, Kelco, Pardo, Major Equipment and a new customer, Williams Enterprises.                                                                  

Antenna Research angles. Photo taken November 2020.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Antenna Research. March 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. A.K. Robins Company job. March 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. F and M Machine Company. March 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Turnbull Enterprises job. March 4, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Kelco Company job. March 4, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons Company. March 4, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Major Equipment Company. March 4, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Williams Enterprises job. March 4, 1993.

March 14

What will be called the Storm of the Century hits the East Coast of the US and that includes Baltimore. Fortunately, we get off fairly easy with just eleven inches of the white stuff though it is bitter cold. It also is a weekend so other than digging out on Monday, it has marginal effect on the Shop and we are very grateful. Much of the East Coast does not fair as well.

March 23

The Shop maintains its comfortable two week backlog with a wide mix of work for our regular customers. After lunch, I distribute jobs for Miscellaneous Metals and Anchor Fence. I pause for a few minutes and watch as a copper sprayer tube is rolled for Fountaincraft. It occurs to me that we have made these things for many years. My father told me the Shop has made tubes and parts for fountains far back into the coppersmith days. The tube is rolled into a circle then holes are drilled by the customer to allow water flow. In the past, the holes needed to be drilled first and it took a lot more heat and time. Now, it’s a very standard item for us. We have the tools and equipment to make it look easy. 

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Fountaincraft. March 23, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Misecellaneous Metals job. March 23, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Anchor Fencde job. March 23, 1993.

March 26

It’s a Friday and Kim and I go to the movies as that has become our standard date. We’ve seen “A Few Good Men,”  Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise square off in a military trial film and “Alive” a movie about the tragic crash of a soccer team and their desperate cannibalism. Tonight we see “Maddog and Glory,” a banal pseudo mafia comedy which Bill Murray sleeps through and everyone else’s talent is successfully wasted.

April 5

The Baltimore Orioles welcome the Texas Rangers to Orioles Park for Opening Day and lose 7-4. Rick Sutcliffe starts as he did last year for the Birds but the results are not the same. The place is packed and sold out but the fans go home a little disappointed. When the game is over, I pack up my guitar and gear and head to Tim’s house for practice. On the way, I remember we have some aluminum angles for Antenna Research to anneal tomorrow. I’m glad it’s not summer. 

1993 MLB All-Star Game Program.
Antenna Research angles. Photo taken November 2020.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Antenna Research job. April 6, 1993.

April 7

Jack and I spend afternoon break in the Shop talking to all the crew. It’s the usual baseball talk this time of year and the opening day loss is discussed. As the boys disperse, my brother and I head upstairs to check the status of an order for Belfort Instruments. This is a recurring job of some square aluminum tubes that are bent in the New Pines Bender. These require annealing too and Jack has been overseeing this job directly. I double check if Jack needs any help but he has this one well in hand. I head down the steps and into the office. I call Codd, Parks Reliable Fabricators, Parrot Materials, and J. Martin Christ Company to arrange pick ups for each. After ten minutes on the phone, I begin calculating the tube bending schedule for a heat exchanger for the Housing Authority.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Belfort Instruments job. April 7, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Codd Fabricators job. April 7, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Parks Reliable Fabricators job. April 7, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Parrott Materials job. April 7, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J. Martin Christ job. April 7, 1993.

April 8

Three orders for Miscellaneous Metals are completed. Last year, they had a big year with us and helped our sales quite a bit. This year is not like last but they still can be counted on for several jobs a month at the least. They have climbed the list of my favorite customers.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 8, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 8, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 8, 1993.

April 26

The work has slowed a bit but the Shop on Central Avenue is still steady. We love a backlog but having one all year is unlikely. There are always slow times. We can only hope they are limited. Today we finish jobs for Anchor Fence, J.C. Pardo, DOVCO and A.K. Metal Fabricators. A.K. is a business from Virginia and they do primarily ornate fancy items, doorways, rails and such which are often brass as these are.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Anchor Fence job. April 26, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons job. April 26, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. DOVCO, Inc. job. April 26, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. A.K. Metal Fabricators job. April 26, 1993.

April 28

The Kavanagh’s especially my brother are disappointed again when the Washington Capitals lose in the Stanley Cup Playoffs 4 games to 2 to the New York Islanders. They are bumped out in the first round and the early exit is a surprise after finishing 2nd in the Patrick Division. It’s becoming a constant outcome and it can be frustrating as a fan but Jack is always resilient and loyal to this team he loves.

May 7

Spring has finally truly sprung and it’s a beautiful day in Baltimore. Ann, Jack and I order lunch from Haussner’s and I drive down and pick up turkey clubs for us. This is a little treat we give ourselves once or twice a month. We talk about the schedule and some bids we have out. Jack reminds me some bent pipes are ready for the G-S Company then updates me on a standing order we have from C.R. Daniels. These are short aluminum elbows we have made for them for years. C.R. sends in lengths and we cut them then bend all we can get out of each piece. The count is at 800 and that’s enough to schedule a delivery. 

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. G-S Company job. May 7, 1993.
The Shop’s job book entry. C.R. Daniels job. February 12, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. C.R. Daniels job. May 7, 1993.
C.R. Daniels aluminum elbos. Photo taken November 2020.

May 13

I sit at my desk going over some drawings and prepping the paperwork for a heater for Housing Authority but I’m a little distracted. Kim and I have been dating now for almost four months and her birthday, like mine, is next month. I try to figure out the perfect gift. Things are going great. We have fun and I’m happy when I’m with her.

The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimore City job. May 12, 1993.

May 14

The R-6-S is put to the test today when two 5” X 1 1/2” steel flat bars are rolled the hardway for Price Brothers. These bars take a lot of torque to pull but the machine handles it well with the power cranked up. These big bars can be a challenge to handle. Extra care must be taken with chain falls and the hoist used to move them. We also complete another order of the aluminum angles for Antenna Research and a few other jobs. I spend a few minute filling out delivery tickets and my mind is on the band. Ray, Tim and I have decided to play at the open mike night at the 8 X 10 club downtown. We don’t have any contacts in bars or clubs and this seems like a logical step, probably one we should have taken a long time ago. 

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Price Brothers job. May 14, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Antenna Research job. May 14, 1993.

May 18

Lethal Injection plays the open mike at the 8 X 10 Club and it’s an unmitigated disaster. My guitar goes out of tune during Comfortably Numb and I can’t get it back until nearly the end. The mix is bad and no one can hear anything over the keyboards. The crowd is mostly indifferent and I am discouraged. We pack up and get out of there. We try to take it in stride realizing we were playing in a different environment but it stings.

June 3

It’s been several days of torch work at 201 S. Central. The crew were filling pipes with rosin and melting them out after rolling. That’s more heat being thrown around the building. Whiting Metals is the customer and they order these sets of pipes regularly. The Whiting jobs are good orders and they are sent out while we finish several jobs for Dundalk Ornamental Iron, Scriba Welding and Brady’s Welding.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Whiting Metals job. June 2, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Whiting Metals job. June 2, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Dundalk Ornamental Iron job. June 2, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Dundalk Ornamental Iron job. June 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Scriba Welding job. June 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Brady’s Welding job. June 3, 1993.

June 14

I take Kim to dinner and a movie for her birthday. I have settled on a charm bracelet for her present and she likes it. Kim and I are a couple now and I like it. We see each other as much as we can.

June 17

It’s my 28th birthday and I’m having dinner with Kim. The day seemed to drag by as we shipped out jobs for Turnbull, Thrifty, and Interstate Steel. When the day is finally over, I rush home and Kim and I have dinner at Squire’s to celebrate. It’s the first birthday I have looked forward to in a long time. I love the Shrimp Parm here and I’m starting to love this girl too.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Turnbull Enterprises job. June 17, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Thrifty Iron Works job. June 17, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Thrifty Iron Works job. June 17, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Interstate Steel Company job. June 17, 1993.
Baltimore Orioles ticket stuf. June 29, 1993.

July 6

We return from a brief Independence Day break to process orders from Kelco, W.R. Grace and Simkins Industries. In addition, the men work on a couple of our regular recurring orders, some Anchor Fence rail channels and a few Lenderking Metals angle rings.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Kelco Company job. July 6, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. W.R. Grace job. July 6, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Simkins Industries job. July 6, 1993.
The Shop’s job book entry. Lenderking Metal Products job. June 29, 1993.

July 13

I’m very excited on this Tuesday to tune into the Major League Baseball All-Star Game which is being played at Oriole Park. This is the first time since 1958 the Summer Classic has been held in Baltimore and it’s a pretty good game. The only sticking issue with local fans is Orioles’ ace pitcher, Mike Mussina not getting into the game. Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston who is the skipper of the American League squad becomes a rather unpopular fellow in this City. For me, I love the idea of this beautiful ballpark being showcased around the league. The AL beats the NL 9-3.

1993 MLB All-Star Program.