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.
1993 MLB All-Star Game Program.
1993 MLB All-Star Game Program.
Babe Ruth picture. 1993 MLB All-Star Game Program.
Cal Ripken Jr. 1993 MLB All-Star Game Program.

July 14

It’s Paul Kavanagh’s birthday and he now has to share this day when Victoria Bosse is born. She is born during a thunderstorm and baby and Mom and Dad, Jackie and Richard, are healthy, happy and excited. Mom and Dad now have eleven grandchildren. That makes me an uncle eleven times over as well. 

Vicki Bosse. July 1993.
Handy Brandenburg holding Vicki Bosse, July 1993.

July 23

We are pushing through a few busy weeks in preparation for our annual August vacation. Several extra heavy steel pipes are rolled for Ackerman and Baynes and we begin cranking out another set of aluminum elbows for C.R. Daniels.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Ackerman and Baynes Fabricators job. July 23, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. C.R. Daniels job. August 5, 1993.

August 6

We reach our last Friday before our break and Kavanagh’s and crew are ready for some time away from Central Avenue. Another order of Anchor Fence channels rails is finished and the last of C.R. Daniels 90 degree elbows are picked up. I drive away knowing I have to come by one day next week for the mail but otherwise, I’ll be practicing with the band in hopes of a return to the 8 X 10. Also, I’ll spend as much time as I can with Kim.

Jack Sr. and Betty Kavanagh with Maura, Katie and Rose O”Neill. Summer 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Anchor Fence job. August 4, 1993.

August 20

After our vacation, there is always a glut of work to be dealt with as we pay the price for our time off. After a week or so, things return to normal and today we roll some stainless steel angles for Warren-Ehret and more large flat bars for Codd Fab.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Warren-Ehret Company job. August 20. 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Codd Fabricators job. August 20. 1993.

August 24

Lethal Injection makes its triumphant return to the 8 X 10. We are much better and we play two originals, “Lime Jello N Jam” and “We Only Sell Art.” Both go off really well and we get cheers from the crowd of strangers. Several people even chant “The Wheat, the Wheat” referencing Buck Wheat in “Lime Jello N Jam.” We feel vindicated as we pack up our gear and go. We do not know what’s next for us. We have not figured out how to get real bar gigs yet and that’s a long way from two songs at an open mike show. 

August 30

I am still on cloud nine about our show at the 8 X 10 and I have recounted the performance to any and all who will listen. In particular, I tell Ann and Jack every detail of the night. In the Shop, three more orders for Miscellaneous Metals are rolled then bundled together for pick up.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Miscellaneous Metals job. August 30, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Miscellaneous Metals job. August 30, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Miscellaneous Metals job. August 30, 1993.

September 10

I stand out front of the Shop looking up and down Central Avenue. I’m watching the traffic and taking in the last of the summer weather. Fall is on its way bringing a chill to Baltimore. It feels like the old days here because we have several copper jobs to be bent. Tubes for Stambaugh and for heat exchangers for the Rosewood Center and for Fort Meade are annealed and bent together. Grouping them together helps the time and makes the orders more profitable. We do this whenever possible. The volume of heat exchanger work is down and seems to go down every year. There was a time when we had one or two nearly every week. It’s a sign of the times as many boilers are being modernized. Some use PVC tube instead of copper and some don’t need exchangers at all. Fortunately, old buildings still have old boilers and they will need copper tubes at least for now.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Harvey A. Stambuagh and Sons Company job. September 10, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Rosewood Center job. September 10, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Maryland Procurement- Fort Meade job. September 10, 1993.

September 14

I’m sitting in the upstairs Shop office when I receive a call from Reeve’s Entertainment Systems. It’s Joe Kirk who is working on the television show Homicide and he needs a favor. I have dealt with Joe several times on local productions in the past. An episode is being filmed for next year and they need a circular camera well and they need it fast. Robin Williams is guest starring and he’s only in town for several days. I can get the pipe in a day but I will have to adjust my schedule to fit it in. It won’t really be a big deal and I love doing work for films and TV. I ask Joe if he can do me a favor. I ask to play a dead body on the show. He laughs and tells me everyone wants to be a cadaver so no appearance on television for me but they send us some hats and shirts. We will roll these aluminum pipes tomorrow. The show must go on.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Innoice. Reeve’s Entertaiment job for the TV show Homicide. September 14, 1993.
Homicide hat. One of several sent along with t-shirts from the show to the Joseph Kavanagh Company for services rendered. Photo taken November 2020.

September 23

The breezy cool weather is here and the work remains strong. Some small beams are rolled for Seaford Steel then picked up by Baltimore Galvanizing as they must be hot-dipped in galvanize before installation. A big structural 10” X 2 Tube is filled and rolled for Codd while we prep for jobs for L.J. Brossoit, R & R Fabricators and Perma-Rail. After that, we have another set of channel rails for Anchor Fence.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Seaford Steel job. September 23, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Codd Fabricators job. September 23, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. L.J. Brossoitt and Sons job. September 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. R and R Fabrication job. September 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Perma Rail Company job. September 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Anchor Fence job. September 24, 1993.

September 27

Another order of Belfort Instruments’ square aluminum tubes is cranked out in the Pines. This is a good job but the tolerance is close. There is always a lot of time at the end sizing and tweaking the pieces.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Belfort Instruments job. September 27, 1993.

October 6

As happens every year when October arrives I think of my friend Dave’s birthday. He always throws a righteous party and Lethal Injection are the house band. It will be different this year as Dave has moved from the beloved Belvedere. We had a lot of good times and good parties there but now he has moved to a smaller place on Seidel Avenue. I am a little extra excited because Kim will be there too. I’ll have my band and my girl watching me. I push these thoughts out of my head and grab the phone to call Gary Stambaugh and let him know we have a set of heater tubes ready. As I chat with Gary, I am filling out a delivery ticket for Codd. We have a set of ornamental brass bars ready for pickup.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Harvey A. Stambaugh and Sons job. October 6, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Codd Fabricators job. October 6, 1993.

October 8

The Washington Capitals lose their first game to the New Jersey Devils and Jack is there. He doesn’t mind the long drive to Largo MD and takes his family to as many game as he can. It’s a rough start to the year for Jack’s team as they will go on to lose the first six games of the season.

October 20

I watch as the crew load Miscellaneous Metals’ truck. We had a few trucks picking up material today so that means some billing, always a good thing. As I am about to head up the steps to the office, a man comes through the front door. I stare quizzically at him as he explains he has an idea for a backpack flying machine as he calls it. He has drawings and a rudimentary model of what he’s making. It’s a para-glider with a motorized propeller in a cage to drive it. He needs some tubes bent and rolled for the cage. I ask out of curiosity what he plans to do and he tells me he would like to rent them out at parks for instance Patterson Park. People would pay by the half hour to fly around the park. He’s very sure it will be the next big thing. I am skeptical but make some notes and promise to get him a price. I climb the stairs to the office and tell my brother and sister about it.  

            “I just talked to a guy about bending some aluminum for him.” I take a seat at my desk and both Ann and Jack look up. “He’s building a backpack flying machine and he needs some parts.” Jack and Ann both stare at me curiously.

            I slip into a smile. “He plans on renting them out to people in Patterson to fly around the place for a half an hour.” My brother and sister both grin back at me and laugh a bit.

            “Doesn’t that sound kind of crazy?” Jack asks, his smile mixed with curiosity.

            “I said we’d get him a price. What do I know about it? It might be brilliant besides, who am I to trample on someone’s dreams.” The three of us laugh and I grab a pencil to make some notes about the backpack flying machine. I’ll get him a price and it does, in fact, become a job.

Freedom Flyers rolodex card. 1993.

October 25

It’s a dreary Monday morning at the Shop. The crew enter the building in singles or pairs not looking like they are ready to start the week. I feel the same way. I chat with a few of the guys about the World Series which ended on Saturday. The Toronto Blue Jays repeated as champions this time defeating the Philadelphia Phillies. It was a good series going six games. My Birds had a decent season with 85 wins but that was only good enough for third in the American League East. When 7:30 arrives, it’s up and at ‘em for all of us. We make some samples for Equipment Development Corporation(EDCO) and wrap, package and ship sixty pieces of bent tube for a customer in Florida called Photomart Cine-Video. I don’t know much about them and am curious how they found us. I don’t always know but it’s a nice invoice to send out.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Equipment Development Corporation(EDCO) job. October 25, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Photomart-Cinevideo job. October 25, 1993.

November 1

My friend Dave Muelberger holds his annual birthday/Halloween Party at Seidel Avenue, several doors from the bowling alley on the corner. In the basement, we play some of “the Wall” and our originals, We play “In Dreams” because Dave loves it and we do a lot of the improvised bombastic drones we played at the Belvedere. It’s packed in the cellar but a much smaller house so a much smaller crowd. It’s a good party but it’s not quite the same. The Belvedere had a certain style to it that seems to be lacking on Seidel.

November 3

Ann and I are talking in the office as another week begins. Jack is working on pushing out a heater for the Housing Authority. My sister and I are deep in discussion of Saturday’s party. Ann was there as she has been a few times. She knows Dave and the rest of my gang. It was different but still fun and I was happy to introduce Kim to my friends. Ann had already met her so while we played, Kim was sitting with Ann. As we check the time and realize we should get to work, Ann calls Wilton Corporation and Seaford Steel to let them know their items are ready and I begin double checking the drawings for a sign job for Belsinger Sign Company.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Wilton Corporation job. November 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Seaford Steel job. November 3, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Belsinger Sign Company job. November 3, 1993.

November 6

It’s a Saturday and after a day of practice, Tim, Ray and I are having a couple of beers at my house and watching the Riddick Bowe/ Evander Hoylfield fight. None of us are big boxing fans but I  enjoy the heavyweight bouts and since I have HBO, we watch. The fight is a mixed bag but is suddenly stopped in the 7th Round and I see both combatants staring up away from the ring. The camera angle changes and a parachutist seems to have crashed into the ring. He is mobbed by assorted handlers and even hit with a shoe. It’s chaos in the ring and the guys and I are laughing. Just then, the camera shows a propeller in a cage that is attached to the parachutist and then I recognize his face. “Oh my God, I know this guy!” I shout as Tim and Ray look over at me. “We rolled the rings for the cage on that propeller thing. He called it a backpack flying machine.” Tim and Ray seem skeptical for a moment but both know me and start laughing. I laugh too at the insanity of the situation and the bizarre connection to it. Then, I think what if someone sues me or something? Can that happen? I shrug it off but the fight is a fiasco and the “Fan Man” Incident goes down in pugilism history as one of the oddest events ever in a fight.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Freedom Flyers job used in the Fan Man Incident. October 27, 1993.

November 17

Pratt and Central is a busy place as we move toward the end of the year. The holidays are getting close and we always plan on being closed between Christmas and New Year’s. This requires lots of planning and lots of hard work. Today one square bar for R & R and six angles for Price Brothers are rolled while we work on an order of 216 of the standard helicopter seats we bend for Turnbull Enterprises. They are hot for them so they pick up half the order, the right-hands as we call them. The rest will be available by tomorrow afternoon.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. R and R Fabrication job. November 17, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Price Brothers job. November 17, 1993.
The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. November 10, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Turnbull Enterprises job. November 17, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Turnbull Enterprises job. November 18, 1993.

November 24

I can almost smell the turkey as tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I will be spending it with Kim and her family. I am nervous but I’ve met her parents and brother a few times. What I don’t know is, there will be no parsnips. They’ve never heard of them and I will have to do without. Before Kavanagh’s and crew leave and prep for our feasts, a few orders from our customers are lingering in the Shop. One by one the trucks come and go until the end of the day and we are done.

Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. McShane, Incorporated job. November 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons job. November 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons job. November 24, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Codd Fabricators job. November 24, 1993.

December 21

Christmas week is here and it’s a busy one but it’s also a pleasant one. One thing about the few days before Christmas is people are nicer and politer. Most have some holiday greeting for me or best wishes. It’s a hectic week but that seems to be part of the allure of this time of the year. We roll some ladder hoops for Miscellaneous Metals, some stainless steel bars for J.C. Pardo, bend 158 aluminum pipes for F & M Manufacturing and finish several orders for the Whiting-Turner Company. The end of the week will include lunch from Haussner’s for Kavanagh’s and crew including three pounds of their delicious sugar cookies.

The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. December 13, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Miscellaneous Metals job. December 21, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. J.C. Pardo and Sons job. December 21, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. F and M Manufacturing job. December 21, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Whiting-Turner Contracting job. December 21, 1993.
Joseph Kavanagh Company Delivery Ticket. Whiting-Turner Contracting job. December 21, 1993.

December 25

I spend part of Christmas Day at Birch Drive celebrating with the Kavanagh’s but I leave earlier than usual to attend Christmas at Casa Dalfonzo on Woodall Street. The Kavanagh’s are a big crowd with the standard turkey and all the fixings including parsnips. There are children opening packages and adults chatting throughout the day and music with my father as always. When I reach Woodall Street, it’s a smaller group. Kim’s parents Anthony and Linda, her grandmother Dorothy and her brother Paul attend. It’s just as festive to be sure but their family is a lot smaller.  Also, they have never heard of parsnips as I found out at Thanksgiving. I take it upon myself to fix this egregious error in the future. It’s pretty cool spending a holiday with my girl. She’s something special and when I head home, I feel like this was my best Christmas in a very long time. I sit on my couch at Charlesmont Road that night, drinking a beer and playing my guitar with my thoughts on her and how she has affected my life. It has been a year of change for me. My friend John’s death hit his buddies hard and I will think of him often and what could have been. What should have been. To lose a friend in this way then meet someone who would suddenly make all the difference in my life makes no sense. It’s how it played out and I have never been able to make head nor tail out of it. I move forward and know more changes are yet to come for me and eventually at the Shop on Central Avenue.

Joe, Jack and Ann Kavanagh. 6 Kensington Parkway. December 1993.
Joe, Patrick, Ann and Paul Kavanagh. 6 Kensington Parkway. December 1993

Bill Clinton is the President of the United States. The World Trade Center is bombed when a van parked in an underground garage explodes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raids the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas after a 51 day standoff. The PLO and Israel sign a peace agreement. The Savings and Loan Crisis hits the US. The films “Jurassic Park,” “The Fugitive” and “Sleepless in Seattle” are released. Dizzy Gillespie, Thurgood Marshall,  Roy Campanella, Frank Zappa and Marian Anderson die.

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1992 Oriole Park at Camden Yards

January 7

It is the start of a new year at the Joseph Kavanagh Company and a big change for me personally. I am buying a house on Charlesmont Road in Dundalk from my sister Jackie and her husband, Richard. Everything is agreed upon and we are settling at the end of next month. The Shop starts the year with a few things on the books including angles for Anderson Industrial Contracting, Ackerman and Baynes and Miscellaneous Metals. Today a 5” steel pipe we rolled for Potomac Iron is picked up and they drop off a large order of 3” angles to add to our schedule. There are enough pieces in the Potomac job to run two machines if necessary. This is a nice spot of work to start things off for us.

The Shop’s job book entry. Anderson Industrial Contracting job. January 8, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Potomac Iron job. January 7, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 8, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Ackerman and Baynes job. January 8, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Potomac Iron job. January 13, 1992.

January 18

The Shop is open on a Saturday in January and that’s unusual. We are surprisingly busy enough to put in four hours on the weekend. We bend some aluminum pipes with 4- 90 degree bends for Turnbull Enterprises to make into squares and a few more angles for Miscellaneous Metals and the Warren-Ehret Company. Before we head home, we start on a nice order of channels from Anchor Fence. These channels are bent it two places to make an offset and are used for the tops of railings.

The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. January 18, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret Company job. January 18, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 17, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. January 23, 1992.

January 26

It is Super Bowl Sunday and the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 to win the NFL Championship. I am not watching but in the garage at LaSalle Avenue practicing with Tim and Ray. We learned a lot after our first year as a trio and we continue to progress as a band. 

Patrick Kavanagh. January 1992.
Paul Kavanagh. 1992.

January 30

January finishes as strong as it started and this week we’ve rolled another 5” pipe for Potomac Iron along with three small orders for J. C. Pardo, a set of angles for Codd Fabricators and we have a coil for Whiting Metals yet to do. A busy January is a good sign for the year.

The Shop’s job book entry. Potomac Iron job. January 29, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. J.C. Pardo job. January 27, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. J.C. Pardo job. January 29, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. J.C. Pardo job. January 27, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Codd Fabricators job. January 31, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Whiting Metals job. January 31, 1992.

February 3

It’s a cold Monday at the corner of Central and Pratt. We have several jobs for Anchor Fence and Miscellaneous Metals. The Miscellaneous jobs are a wide range of items but all for one project. The Shop also has its usual variety of small orders from Warren-Ehret, Thrifty Iron Works and a few of our other regular customers. 

The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence jobs. January 23, 1992 and February 3, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Misecellaneous Metals jobs. January 23, 1992 and February 7, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. February 11, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscelleanous Metals job. February 7, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret Company jobs. February 3, 1992 and February 12, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Thrifty Iron Works job. February 11, 1992.

February 17

As fast as the work can pile up, the phones can also go quiet. We’ve worked our way out of some big orders but we still have a few small jobs. The big ones are nice bills but these little one keep us going. Today we complete jobs for Industrial Fab., Kelco, Anchor Fence, Ackerman and Baynes and two more for Miscellaneous who have been sending work in steady since the start of the year.

The Shop’s job book entry. Industrial Fabricators job. Febaruary 17, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. February 17, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. February 17, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Ackerman and Baynes job. February 17, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscelleaneous Metals job. February 17, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscelleaneous Metals job. February 17, 1992.

February 27

I have settled on the house and it is all mine. Next weekend after Jackie, Richard and their daughter Lisa have left, I am moving into the place. I can’t wait,  and my friends will help. It’s a rowhome but behind it is Bear Creek. There is an alley and some parking but then the water. At high tide, it’s a great view but at low tide you can see the tires. I look forward to having more space and no longer being a renter. At the Shop, several orders for Ackerman and Baynes, a single pipe for Anchor and a few 3” angles for Codd Fabricators are rolled and hauled away today.

The Shop’s job book entry. Ackerman and Baynes jobs. February 25, 1992 and February 27, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. February 26, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Codd Fabricators job. February 25, 1992.

March 7

I move to 7859 Charlesmont Road on this Saturday. It’s a breezy clear day and a small cavalcade of cars follows me with all my possessions. Tim, Ray and my brother-in-law Handy help drive stuff from Bayonne to the new house. After unloading and spreading the boxes into specific rooms, I am officially home. A few minutes later, Harry Bosse,  Jackie’s brother-in-law, pays us a visit and meets Lethal Injection bringing pizza and beer. He is a very popular guy due to the provisions and we soon become good friends.

Joe Kavanagh. Early 1990s.

March 20

My first couple of weeks at the new house have been fun. I began putting things away including turning one bedroom into a guitar room, but I soon abandon any more organization. Boxes become the norm and I don’t have any problem with that. I don’t get many visitors,  though on the weekends, Ray and Tim sometimes come over after practice for a few beers. At the Shop, the crew are working on some bronze flat bars for Lenderking and a pipe job for Turnbull. We get these pipes for Turnbull several times a year. They are 1 1/2” Pipes which are coiled to a circle then trim cut. We make them in aluminum, steel and stainless steel depending on what Turnbull needs. Next up will be a ring for a bell from McShane Bell Foundry, a set of small aluminum angles for Turnbull and another set of forty channel top rails for Anchor Fence.

The Shop’s job book entry. Lenderking Metal Products job. March 20, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. March 20, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. McShane Bell Foundry job. March 24, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. March 24, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. March 24, 1992.

March 25

A steady rain falls and I join the crew for their two o’clock break. All of us sit quietly and stare out at the rain and the traffic on Central Avenue. So far, this year’s work has been up and down but never outright slow. Excitement is reaching a feverish pitch in the City as the baseball season nears. The new modern/retro Oriole Park at Camden Yards will open next month and tickets are tough to get. Jack has been able to buy three to the third game of the season but opening day or night tickets are long gone. Orioles’ fans are anxious to see the place and start another baseball season,  but even non-fans wait patiently to see how this new stadium will look. My men rise from their chairs and head back to work waking me from my thoughts. I hand off a job card for Codd to Rob Mulllins and one for Industrial Fabricators to Jerry Purnell.

The Shop’s job book entry. Codd Fabricators job. March 23, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Industrial Fabricators job. March 27, 1992.

April 4

On this Saturday, I have an old C-Band satellite dish installed at my house. It previously belonged to my brother Jack but he can no longer use it due to Community Association rules so he gave it to me. Now I can watch many baseball games, hockey games and other sporting events. I can peak in on camera feeds which are left live for news shows and such. It takes some time to adjust to the variety of channels but I enjoy it. I pay for a few channels but most are free. Sports becomes my dominant viewing choice and watching Cub games from Wrigley Field after I get home from work becomes the norm.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

April 6

We close the Shop a few minutes early to give everyone a chance to get home because it is Opening Day. With much pomp and circumstance, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is opened and the Birds welcome the Cleveland Indians. Many former Orioles greats are there and the place is packed. In fact, all of downtown is full of fans who couldn’t get tickets and they watch from bars and restaurants. I watch from Charlesmont Road and cheer as Rick Sutcliffe is masterful as he throws a shut out and the Orioles take this one 2-0. 

Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

April 9

I’m at Oriole Park with Jack and Paul for my first game at the new stadium.  It’s a beautiful park and we have mezzanine seats with an amazing view. My first thoughts as I walk out into the seating bowl is it’s absolutely beautiful. I almost feel as if this is the first baseball game I have ever seen when, in fact, I’ve been to hundreds. Oriole Park has one foot in the future with many modern amenities and another in the past with the exposed brick and the park built to include the old Camden Warehouse. It’s Ebbets Field and Forbes Field but it’s also  made with amazing sight lines and modern video and scoreboards. You can enjoy a hot dog and a beer or a crab cake with a glass of Chardonnay. I think of how we did some of this work. Most of it you can’t see. The angles we rolled were used as molds or forms for the steps and concourses throughout the park. I feel some pride most definitely and then I sit and enjoy the game. It’s time to make some  memories here, Birds. I feel a little bad for Jack who spends an inordinate amount of time taking his boy to the bathroom but we have a good time together. Here we are two brothers at another Birds game and my brother’s son is with us. We also win this game 2-0 just as we did the opener. Jack and I discuss the Shop a bit, going over the work we have and what’s coming in so far. There’s a mix of small jobs for Ackerman and Baynes, Miscellaneous, Turnbull and a few of our other regulars,  but we could use a big order. The Shop works best when we have a mix of one or two large and several dozen small jobs. That generates a backlog and keeps the money flowing into the place.

Baltimore Orioles Ticket. Oriole Park at Camden Yards. April 9, 1992. Game 3 of the season.
The Shop’s job book entry. Ackerman and Baynes job. April 13, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 9, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. April 10, 1992.

April 25

As was needed, we receive two good-sized orders at the Shop. Miscellaneous Metals and Potomac Iron bring in the weight and we knock it out as quick as we can. When we can focus on one or two jobs for a couple days, the small ones pile up and the schedule fills up.

The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. April 27, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Potomac Iron job. April 27, 1992.

May 1

The Washington Capitals are eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs again, this time by the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games. It’s a tough series and this ouster by the Penguins only increases the bitter rivalry between the clubs. This is definitely true for my brother Jack who admits that this loss stings a little more. We stay busy at the corner of Pratt and Central with one 2” angle for Warren-Ehret and one 6” angle for Miscellaneous Metals rolled today.

The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret Company job. May 1, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 1, 1992.

May 7

Lethal Injection decides to cover the entire Pink Floyd the Wall Album. Ray, Tim and I are big Floyd fans and this album is a remarkable piece of work. We begin working on it immediately. Ray is making plans to move from his sister Theresa’s house on LaSalle so the band relocates its practice space to Tim’s basement at 1100 Krueger Avenue. We go song by song divying up the parts as best we can. At work, our regulars such as Kelco, Pardo and Ackerman and Baynes keep the boys busy and we do an oddball job for Miscellaneous Metals. Some half round rods are rolled. They require grooved rollers which we have, but also a flat roller in front. These are rare and a little unpredictable but they work out fine.

The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. May 5, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. J.C. Pardo job. May 6, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Ackerman and Baynes job. May 7, 1992.
Patrick Kavanagh. 1992.

May 13

It’s Hump Day at 201 S. Central Avenue and both Kavanagh’s and crew are dragging a little. It happens in the middle of the week. Ann, Jack and I go over the schedule for the next week. When busy, we try to adhere to a rigid order of jobs. We want them done in the same order they come into the building when at all possible. A mixed bag of small jobs for Chesapeake Machine, Novatec, Warren-Ehret and Whiting Metals are sent out today with a bigger order from Whiting on the horizon. I receive a call from Miscellaneous Metals as well,  promising more work coming up.

The Shop’s job book entry. Chesapeake Machine job. May 13, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Novatec job. May 13, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret Company job. May 11, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Whiting Metals job. May 13, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Whiting Meals job. May 22, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 19, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. May 19, 1992.

May 27

I sit at my desk reading the Baltimore Sun when the phone rings and it’s Joe Kelly from Kelco. He’s checking on an order for some 5” pipes. I tell him to come on down as we just took the last one out of the machine. When I hang up, I call Richard Baynes at Ackerman and Baynes to arrange pick up of some beams. Ann hands me several faxes, one from Chesapeake Machine for aluminum pipes to be bent, and another set of forty channel rail tops for Anchor Fence are coming in. Those channel rail tops are becoming a pretty regular thing for us and I love those kind of jobs. Recurring jobs are things you can count on and we need all of those we can get.

The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job May 27, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Ackerman and Baynes job. May 27, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Chesapeake Machine job. June 1, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. June 2, 1992.

June 17

I turn 27 very quietly. I jam with Tim and Ray at Krueger Avenue for a couple of hours then head home to Charlesmont. I have a couple beers while watching the Birds take on the Indians in Cleveland. We out hit them thirteen to five but lose the game 3-2. It’s a puzzler but that’s baseball. As I prepare for bed, my thoughts are on the Shop. We have maintained a good backlog since mid-March. I go through the schedule in my head. We have some angles for our best customer, Codd Fabricators, some big structural channels for Miscellaneous Metals and angle rings for Lenderking.

The Shop’s job book entry. Codd Fabricators jobs. June 17, 1992 and June 22, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. June 30, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Lenderking Metal Products jobs. June 25, 1992 and June 30, 1992.

June 26

Jack and my father pick me up from my home and we are heading to the Orioles game. Bob Yingling, our sales rep for C-S Metals and a long-time friend, has some tickets from C-S and he’s treating us. Dad and Mom drove up today and will spend the weekend in Baltimore. This is Dad’s first game at the new ballpark and he’s very excited,  as is Bob. Bob thinks the world of my Dad and it’s a thrill for him to be there for Dad’s first Oriole Park experience. We meet Bob at the Camden Club which is a swanky restaurant in the Warehouse adjacent to the field. Dad is impressed when he walks in and we’re all glad we dressed up a bit. Bob shows us around as best he can then we take a table and place our order. Dad heads off to the men’s room while Bob, Jack and I talk about the Birds. When my father returns, Bob ducks away to make a phone call and Dad leans forward to speak to Jack and me.

            “Hey boys. You gotta go to the bathroom and take a look.” Jack and I exchange bewildered glances. “I’m serious. You gotta go and look out the window in there. You can see batting practice and the field.”

            Jack and I chuckle a little. “From the bathroom? Are you serious?” I ask grinning at my father.

            “Yes, I mean it. It’s a great view. I mean I don’t know why they put it in the men’s room but it’s a great view of the field. Maybe they expect the lines to be long.” He shrugs then sits back in his seat.

            Jack turns to face him. “Is there some reason you waited for Bob to leave the table before telling us this?”

            Dad slyly grins at Jack then me. “Well, I didn’t want him to think we were weird or something.”

            “He knows us, Dad.” I return the grin.

            “It’s too late.” Jack adds and the three of us break into laughter. Fortunately, we recover before Bob returns. After our meal of crab cakes, we take our seats and my father is silent as he takes it all in. He looks out toward left field then slowly moves his view to the right as if memorizing the place. It truly is a beautiful place to see a game. He then begins telling Bob how we did so much work for the ballpark, the seating bowl in particular and how our angles were used as concrete forms for the place we are standing. The Shop had rolled these concrete form angles for theaters and smaller places in my father’s time but nothing like this. Dad becomes a bit animated as he regales Bob on the job and my eyes meet Jack’s. Dad is by no means taking credit as he gives us and Ann our due, deferring to us both once or twice for details. We can tell he’s proud of us so we listen and smile. Jack and I are in silent agreement. Dad can tell it better than we can anyway. For a few minutes, I feel like he’s back in that small office talking Shop again. We see a great game with the Orioles beating the Royals 6-5. We’re on the road before the ninth inning as these games run late for my father but by the time he and Jack are dropping me off, the game is done and we won.

Baltimore Orioles Ticket. Oriole Park at Camden Yards. June 26,1992.

July 2

A very busy and hot Thursday is spent on some tubes and channels for Kelco and a small set of angles for Lenderking. We are closed tomorrow with Independence Day being on a Saturday so there is extra motivation to get these finished before the long weekend.

The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. July 2, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. July 2, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Lenderking Metal Products job. July 2, 1992.
Joe, Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. 7859 Charlesmont Road. Backyard. July 1992.
Jack Jr. and Paul Kavanagh. 7859 Charlesmont Road. July 1992.
Joe and Patrick Kavanagh. Bear Creek behind 7859 Charlesmont Road. July 1992.
Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. 7859 Charlesmont Road. Paul’s 5th Birthday Party. July 1992.
Paul and Ann Kavanagh. 7859 Charlesmont Road. July 1992.

July 22

As we approach our annual summer vacation next month, more work for Miscellaneous Metals is attended to in the R-3-S. These are flat bars rolled into U’s for ladder hoops. The ladder hoops are placed on fire escapes and ladders as a protective band to help keep the climber safe as they go from spoke to spoke. The bands are placed behind the climber to keep them from falling.

The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. July 22, 1992.

August 7

The last Friday before our vacation is here and everyone breathes a sigh of relief. The last rush of work is picked up and trucked away from the corner of Pratt and Central. The last bit are some more big  channels for Miscellaneous. They have been a very surprising boost to our year and I make note of it in my head as I drive off for a week’s respite.

The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. August 6, 1992.
Jack Sr.. Betty, Jack Jr., Nancy, Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. 1992.
Patrick Kavanagh. Ocean City, MD. August 1992.

August 15

After a week of vacation and practice, we premier the Wall at a party at the Belvedere and our friend Dave Muelberger loves it, joining in on guitar where he can. It’s a party but a tame affair compared to  Dave’s birthday parties around Halloween. He promises us this year’s party will be particularly big as the 31st falls on a Saturday.

Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. 1992.

August 25

Our second week back to work and we are swamped. Yesterday two orders for Gischel were completed, a flat bar was rolled and tack welded and a pipe curved into a ring. Today we finish a heat exchanger for the Housing Authority and begin a couple jobs for Miscellaneous Metals and a big bent bar order for Turnbull. The family receives some exciting news when my sister JoAnn in Florida lets everyone know she is pregnant. JoAnn and husband Carl Panetti will welcome a baby in January.

Carl and JoAnn Panetti. Florida. 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimore City job. August 24, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. August 26, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. August 26, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. August 24, 1992.

September 8

Miscellaneous Metals needs some more 2” angles rolled and to save time they have us furnish the material. We keep a few in stock and I make a mental note to call Seaboard Steel tomorrow and order some replacements. I’ll talk to Linda Dalfonzo who is my sales rep. She’s very nice and down-to-earth on the phone. Linda is one of the least “salesy” salespersons I’ve known and I like that about her. In addition, we have a Housing Authority heater to retube tomorrow.

The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. September 8, 1992.

September 15

It’s mid September and the Orioles aren’t out of it yet. The Toronto Blue Jays and the Birds have battled most of the season for first but my Orioles are running out of time. I fold the newspaper up at my desk then head out to the Shop. We have three sets of angle rings for Lenderking Metal Products to finish by noon and another order for Miscellaneous Metals. Their work seems to have no end in sight. This one is for bars rolled into tight half-circles. When we are done with those, we have four pipes for Warren-Ehret to curve. 

The Shop’s job book entry. Lenderking Metal Products jobs. September 15, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. September 15, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret Company job. September 15, 1992.

October 9

It’s the Washington Capitals home opener and my brother is there. He is ready to start the next campaign,  always positive that this will be a good one. Unfortunately, the Caps lose to the New York Rangers 4-2.

Jack Jr., Paul and Patrick Kavanagh with Handy Brandenburg in background. 6 Kensington Parkway. 1992.

October 15

The Shop rolls on with several small orders for Anchor Fence and two large orders of stainless pipes for Whiting Metals. These must be filled and rolled so a lot of torch work is required. It’s a smokey hot few days but a good invoice to send out when completed.

The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. October 15, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. October 15, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Whiting Metals job. October 15, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Whiting Metalas job. October 15, 1992.

October 17

Lethal Injection holds another Friends and Family Concert and this time we have some other bands on the bill. Our former lead singer Chris Voxakis has teamed with our buddy Dave to form CoIntel Pro and they play a set along with Tim’s cousin’s band, Suite 16. It’s a festival show and thankfully the weather is sunny and cool. For our bit, we play a few more originals then before and a longer chunk of the The Wall. Madge and Barry Heaps throw a good party and there is plenty to eat, drink and lots of music to hear.

October 24

For the first time in World Series history a team from outside the US wins when the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Atlanta Braves in six games. My Orioles settled for third place with 89 wins. I watch the end of this game in Tim’s basement after a Saturday of practice. We are prepping for a very big party at the Belvedere next week.

October 31

Halloween and Dave’s Birthday are today and the Lethal Boys, as Dave calls us, are the house band at the Belvedere. We start off by playing our three man plus Dave version of the Wall. When we cover the Wall, it’s a very tight set. Our timing has to be very close. When we finish, the pressure is off and we can jam it out as we see fit. I do my best snake guitar impression on a hyped up version of Brian Eno’s “Baby’s on Fire” then we dedicate another of Eno’s songs “Blank Frank” to friend Frank Czawlytko. The room is a mass of people bobbing, dancing and more often staggering about us. Finally, we finish with the classic “Sweet Jane” with Dave singing lead vocals. One of Dave’s roommates is named Gabe and he and Dave are not getting along. Dave assumes he may be planning on running out on the rent. I am always the troublemaker and on the first pass of the chorus, I substitute Gabe for Jane during my backing vocals. Dave loves it and screams a cackle of laughter and the song now becomes “Sweet Gabe.” Tempers flair and Dave and Gabe are now arguing as Tim, Ray and I are packing up our equipment. Gabe breaks Dave’s pinball machine and Dave hurls Gabe’s coffee table through the front bay window onto the lawn. Glass flies everywhere and neighbors and party goers appear from every corner. Dave and Gabe don’t come to blows but are in a very loud shouting match now. Lethal Injection kicks its exit into high gear and we hasten out the door with the last of our gear as the first police arrive. The officer approaches me as we slide amps into Tim’s car. I tell him we don’t live here. We are just a band playing a party and our set was over when the glass broke. Chaos spreads around us as folks quickly volunteer to tell the officer what happened. Next thing I know, he’s having his partner back up his patrol car so we can pull away and drive off. I glance into the rear view mirror to see Dave calmly explaining to the officer what happened as Gabe speaks to another cop and a growing mob gathers around them. I hear Ray’s soft voice in the back seat as we pull away, “Now, THAT was a party.”

November 3

I vote in Dundalk for the first time and again I write myself in for President. I found little appeal in either candidate. I have strong doubts about the practicality of the two party system and I can never be blamed for voting for a bad president unless I win. Democrat Bill Clinton takes the Presidency of the United States over incumbent Republican George H.W. Bush, Independent Candidate Ross Perot and myself. Meanwhile at the Shop, an angle order for Codd is finished on Monday and another will be rolled tomorrow.

The Shop’s job book entry. Codd Fabricators job. November 2, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Codd Fabricators job. November 4, 1992.

November 4

At work today, we get some sad news. My Uncle Ed’s wife, Lillian has died. Ed retired from the Shop about four years ago and he stops in occasionally to see us. Aunt Lillian passed suddenly and the family gathers in love and support. My parents drive up from Ocean City. Ed and his daughter Patsy are shocked but handle it well and the rest of the Kavanagh’s do their best to be there for them. 

Ed and Lillian Kavanagh. Wedding picture.
Lillian Fetch Kavanagh and Howard Fetch(cousin). 1980s.
Ed Kavanagh. 1970s.

November 9

In addition to a nice load of work, the Shop suddenly has a huge heat exchanger to replace for the Housing Authority. This unit has over three hundred tubes to bend in it and the assembly will be a tough process as well. Each tube must be carefully placed into holes in a tube sheet or header and accuracy matters. The holes won’t be perfect so some will slip in and some will need to be lightly tapped in. If it’s for Big Mike at the Housing Authority, it’s a rush so we need to get this finished as fast as possible. Jack and I jump on this job ourselves to start it off. I anneal and he bends until we get the first few sets ready than I pass off the torch to one of the crew. For Jack and me, it’s like old times.

The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimore City job page 1. November 9, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimore City job page 2. November 9, 1992.

November 11

It’s a cold chilly day but the boys work through it bending some boiler parts, a steel pipe railing and thirty-one pipes for Anchor Fence. We’ve done a lot of the channel work for them this year but these pipes for bridges are one of our staples. Bridges have a barrier between the edge and pedestrians or drivers. It’s usually barbed wire stretched from a few bent pipes such as these. Anchor and Miscellaneous have really made the difference in our success this year.

The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. November 11, 1992.

November 30

Another big project in Frederick has brought us another very large order from Miscellaneous Metals who are becoming one of my favorite customers. They pick up over 100 rolled 5” angles and I hope things keep rolling for them. 

The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. November 30, 1992.
Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. 1992.

December 7

December arrives and we have a heater for the Housing Authority, angles for Ackerman and Baynes and Potomac Iron and small channels for G-S to finish. We are also beginning work on some aluminum pipes for Turnbull and an order of galvanized pipes for COVCO. 

The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimore City job. December 7, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Ackerman and Baynes job. December 7, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Potomac Iron job. December 9, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. G-S Company job. December 7, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. December 9, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. COVCO job. December 9, 1992.
Jack Jr., Nancy, Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. 1992.

December 22

The mad scramble at the end of the year finishes with orders for Miscellaneous, Kelco, Thrifty Iron and Gischel Machine. I make a few calls to customers and vendors including Seaboard Steel. I need a price but I also want to wish Linda a Merry Christmas. The receptionist who answers the phone is really sweet and it turns out she is Linda’s daughter Kim. For some reason, there’s something about Kim’s voice that sticks in my head. Finally, it’s four o’clock and the year which started great, then got a little erratic, has ended well and we are ready for some time away from this place.

The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. December 15, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. December 22, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. December 11, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. December 10, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Thrifty Iron Works job. December 10, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Gischel Machine job. December 16, 1992.
The Shop’s job book entry. Gischel Machine job. December 16, 1992.
JoAnn Kavanagh Panetti. Florida. 1992.

December 25

Christmas Day is spent on Birch Drive at my sister Nancy’s house. My parents drive up for a couple days then they will spend some time in Florida next month waiting for the new baby. Much of the talk is about the new one on the way and this excitement is doubled when Jackie and her husband Richard announce they are expecting too. So grandchild number 10 will arrive in January and number 11 in July. This raises the level of excitement. A long distance call is made to JoAnn and the phone is passed around as we all congratulate her and Jackie as well. It’s the usual Kavanagh holiday with turkey and all the trimmings including parsnips as well as roasted beef and an endless array of sweets, cookies and desserts. When my father sits at the piano, the music begins. Some remain in their seats and chat quietly while others gather around my father and join their voices with his. That’s how it is for the Kavanagh’s at Christmas. When the party starts breaking down, I bid my farewells and drive across the beltway to Dundalk. I settle onto the couch with a beer. The house seems very large and empty after the holiday party. It’s quiet but for my movements. I pick up my guitar just as much to end the silence as to play. It’s been a strange year. I work a lot and I play a lot with my buddies in the band. There are a lot of parties and a great deal of fun but I’m also growing up more. I’m a homeowner now. I moved to fancier new digs like my Orioles did. I guess change is good or usually it is. I hope our new homes bode well for myself and the Birds. Things are going well but I feel certain my life is missing something.

Patrick Kavanagh with Jack Kavanagh Sr. and Joseph Szakacs. Christmas 1992.
Paul and Patrick Kavanagh. Christmas 1992.

George H.W. Bush finishes his term as President of the United States but loses re-election to Bill Clinton. President Bush signs the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mafia Boss John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison. The largest mall in America is built in Minnesota. Nicotine Patches are invented. The Cartoon Network premiers. The films “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Glengary Glenn Ross,” and “A League of Their Own” are released. Marlene Dietrich,  Alex Haley, Isaac Asimov, Sam Kinison,   and Cleavon Little die.

There are 50 states in the Union.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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1991 A Fond Farewell

January 2

The Shop starts another year at 201 S. Central Avenue. My sister, brother and I have a crew of six men. A far cry from the thirty employed here in the 1910’s but a long way from where Old Uncle Joe started with just himself and a book keeper partner in 1866. We are the great-grandchildren of his nephew Joseph A. Kavanagh. Work and family are intertwined in this place and it’s always been that way. To begin this winter, we have another angle to roll for Codd Fab. We’ve been rolling angles for the seating bowl of the new ballpark for them and this is for the same project but a structural lintel. The stadium is moving along and now is the time for finishing sections and final steel elements.  Also a big tube job for Miscellaneous Metals that hung over from last year is picked up. Every member of the crew has time loading the truck. There’s no way to bundle these so they are humped onto the truck by hand but it gets done. When I’m not working, I’m in the garage at LaSalle with the rest of my band Lethal Injection. We are a trio now and we are excited for the challenge. I begin to use the Moog Bass Pedals and we purchase a set of Midi pedals which Tim uses. Simpler bass parts are picked up with the pedals and the more complex are split between Tim and I or dropped. Ray plays some more melodic parts on the electronic part of his kit. Everyone is miked so all can sing and it seems more than workable.

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The Shop’s job book entry. OPACY job for Codd Fabricators. January 3, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. January 3, 1991.

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Paul Kavanagh. Christmas 1990.

January 16

A sunny comfortable 50 degree January day is enjoyed in Baltimore and the crew open the doors up to feel the warmth of the sun. Usually, this old building is an icebox in the winter and we keep doors and windows closed to keep what heat we have in the place. The boys are spread over a handful of jobs. A set of small flat bar rings is finished in the R-3-S for Stromberg Sheet Metal then a 1” Pipe is coiled for Turnbull in the same machine. The R-5-S is equally busy with 2- 4” Aluminum channels for Chesapeake Machine and one 2” Pipe for Whiting Metals being curved.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. January 15, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Stromberg Sheet Metal Works job. January 16, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Chesapeake Machine job. January 16. 1991.

January 17

Operation Desert Storm begins when the US and allies attack Iraq in response to its invasion of Kuwait. I find out while hanging in Tim’s basement, talking to Ray, Tim and his Dad. The US led coalition starts with air attacks and in three weeks, a ground invasion will begin.

January 27

The New York Giants defeat the Buffalo Bills 20-19 to win the Super Bowl. It is a rare close one but I ignore the game completely as I am practicing with the band. My Mom and Dad have taken a winter’s vacation to Florida to visit my sister JoAnn and do some fishing. They find they love Florida and think of spending some time away from the cold of Maryland winters each year.

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Jack Kavanagh St. with a King Mackerel. Forida Keys. Winter 1991.

February 12

Several 1” OD Aluminum tubes are rolled then trimmed for C. R. Daniels. We did fifteen in January and now 20 more. We have four different versions of this item we do for CR and we keep the fixtures for trimming on hand. Two 7” Beams are rolled into 5 ft. 6” diameter half-circles for Chesapeake Machine and forty-two 3” Square tube 180 deg bends are finished for Miscellaneous Metals. We lost out on this job big time. It’s the holding tangents/straights on each end. It slows the job up and makes matching each piece tricky. We have stayed steady if not busy so far this winter. Next up, we have thirty-six lengths of pipe to roll for Bengies Welding to eight different radii. Jerry Purnell starts the job then passes it off to one of the younger mechanics.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Two C.R. Daniels jobs. January 22 , 1991 and February 11, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Chesapeake Machine job. February 12, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. February 11, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Bengies Welding job. February 15, 1991.

February 25

Another group of fourteen angles for concrete forms for the new ballpark are picked up by Codd Fabricators. This job made last year successful for us and it’s helping us this year. The overall work is down a bit but that’s bound to happen after an unusually up year. I still get a thrill to think these pieces will be used in the new ballpark. I look forward to going there. The renderings of the park look beautiful and bit by bit, it’s beginning to look like those pictures.

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The Shop’s job book entry. OPACY job for Codd Fabricators. February 25, 1991.

February 27

The Gulf War ends after Iraq agrees to withdraw from Kuwait. By early March, American troops will begin leaving the Persian Gulf. At the Shop, Three hundred 1” stainless steel pipes are bent for Turnbull Enterprises. These pipes are used for the bases for chairs in Navy helicopters and we’ve received this order several times in the last couple of years. It looks to be a recurring thing with some luck. The pieces need two bends on a tight radius. We build a special die for the job. Using an existing bending die we add on some bars to simply things. The first bend is easy but the second, not so much. The bend is in the vertical plane compared to the first bend and being square and straight is critical. The extra bars allow us to check the piece for straightness before bending the pipe. There are left and rights of these so half of the pipes are bent with the first bend pointing down and half with it pointing up. Again, the attachments to the die, make things smoother and quicker.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Turnbull Enterprises job. February 27, 1991.

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Special built up bending die for Turnbull Enterprises 1″ Pipe job. Photo taken August 2020.

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Special built up bending die for Turnbull Enterprises 1″ Pipe job. Photo taken August 2020.

March 20

A big order of rolled 3” pipes, eighty-three 20 foot lengths, is picked up today and it’s a good bill to send out. It’s a big load and Jack and I both help to get them on the truck. When I get back to my desk, I write up two job cards, one for flat bars for Bengies Welding and another order of angles for the stadium for Codd. It’s just a small set of eight as the forms, steps and concourses are being made and the ballpark is getting closer to being a reality.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Miscellaneous Metals job. March 20, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Bengies Welding job. March 21, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. OPACY job for Codd Fabricators, March 21, 1991.

April 4

A nice order of stainless steel flat bars is picked up by Warren-Ehret while another group of larger stainless bars for Chesapeake Machine is rolled in the old R-5. Meanwhile, our most experienced mechanic, Jerry Purnell, sets up the R-2 for some short 1” Square aluminum tubes for Belsinger Sign Works.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret job. April 3, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Chesapeake Machine job. April 4, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Belsinger Sign Works job. April 5, 1991.

April 7

The Baltimore Orioles open up at home on this Monday and it’s a regrettable start. The Birds are beaten 9-1 by the Chicago White Sox who combined Jack MacDowell’s complete game start with two home runs by Sammy Sosa to put this game away early. It’s still a good day in Baltimore as any opening day is. In spring, hope is eternal but those hopes will disappear quickly for the Orioles and their fans. This will be a tough year on the field and an emotional one in the stands. This is the final year for venerable old Memorial Stadium and the Birds will relocate downtown to the new Oriole Park at Camden Yards next season.

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Memorial Stadium. Page from 1991 Baltimore Orioles Program.

April 25

The Washington Capitals lose in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps had beaten the New York Rangers in round one but fall to a team that is becoming a bitter rival to Washington hockey fans. Jack is disappointed but not overly so. He’s an optimist and decides to root as hard as he can for the Penguins to not win the Cup. Sadly, he’ll be disappointed again as the Penguins will take the NHL Championship this year.

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Paul Kavanagh. April 1991.

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Patrick Kavanagh. April 1991.

April 15

It’s Tax Day in America and that’s no holiday so we are laboring at the corner of Pratt and Central. Two jobs for Warren-Ehret are picked up. We also finished another couple of angles for the stadium for Codd several days ago and the steel phase of the stadium construction is down to some small details.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret job. April 15, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Warren-Ehret job. April 15, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. OPACY job for Codd Fabricators. April April 11, 1991.

May 2

A cool spring day is spent curving some Anchor Fence channels. We get these pretty regularly, and a set of stainless steel angles are completed for Kelco. Ann, Jack and I have decided to do some renovating in the building. Specifically, we are going to add a new office. We will build a small second story in a section of the front of the Shop. We’ll lay a platform out and build on it. The Kavanagh’s and crew will handle all of it and the old office will become a break room for the workers. Air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter, the men will not know what to do. Jack quickly begins making plans and sketches of this build. This type of thing is right up Jack’s alley and he’s excited to start.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Two jobs for Anchor Fence. April 23, 1991 and May 2, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. May 2, 1991.

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Patrick Kavanagh. Ocean City, MD. May 12, 1991.

May 23

Oriole Legend Frank Robinson is fired and Johnny Oates is hired as manager. The team is off to an atrocious 13-24 start. It will be a nostalgic farewell of a summer on 33rd Street but not a successful one on the field. At Pratt and Central, some bent pipes are picked up by Bengies Welding and two angles by  the Fingles Company. Jack has two of the crew with him and work is moving forward on the upstairs  office. The platform is placed and next we will lay a wood floor and frame the room out. I am on the phone most of the day in the “old” office. I get orders from A. J. Sackett, D-S Pipe and Kelco. All will be sending material in tomorrow. No big jobs but the bread and butter of what we do. Two or three pieces is our standard size order. The big ones are great but many little ones keep this place rolling.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Bengies Welding job. May 22, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Fingles Company job. May 23, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. A.J. Sackett and Sons Company job. May 30, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. A.J. Sackett and Sons Company job. May 30, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. D-S Pipe job. May 31, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Kelco Company job. May 31, 1991.

June 5

A large order of twenty-six 4” angles is finished in the R-6-S and I call Joe Lewis from Industrial Fabricators to tell him. Joe is one of the elder statesman of the industry and he is often rather chatty too.  I don’t mind. The man is a fount of information and knowledge about the metals game. I do enjoy doing work for this company because I am either dealing with Joe or his right-hand man, Frank Schmidt. I have known Frank since I first came to work twelve years ago. He’s a good guy, easygoing and also very smart about the metal fabrication industry.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Industrial Fabricators job. June 5, 1991.

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Paul Kavanagh. Backyard of 6 Kensington Parkway. Summer 1991.

June 26

A standard order of bent, threaded and trimmed galvanized pipes for COVCO and a repeat job of 6” steel channels for Kelco Company are cranked out today. We rolled two channels for Kelco thee weeks ago and two more today. The new office is nearly complete. Jack has worked hard on this thing and got it built quick. There are a few little final touches then next week, we will move in officially.

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The Shop’s job book entry. COVCO job. June 25, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Two Kelco Company job. June 5, 1991 and June 26, 1991.

July 1

Monday starts a new week albeit a short holiday one and I find myself in our new office. It’s much bigger. There is some space between Ann, Jack and I and the crew have their own break room now. It’s a win win and the place looks great. It feels modern which is odd for this place. Our workers came in Saturday for a half-day in exchange for the Shop being closed on Friday. It will be a four day Independence Day weekend but a busy three days to get there. Several jobs must be completed by Wednesday and picked up. Two different railing jobs, six channels for Anchor Fence and twenty-two small aluminum rods for Belsinger Sign. Belsinger’s pieces are small, short and light. A serious gravy job we would call it and I am sure we’ll get everything finished but it will be down to the wire on Wednesday.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Anchor Fence job. July 3, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Belsinger Sign Works job. July 3, 1991.

July 9

It’s hot on Central Avenue as we anneal and bend some aluminum pipe 90 degree elbows for Belfort Instruments. Aluminum annealing is hot and grueling in the summer but what’s worse is we are annealing and bending some copper as well. Two 1 1/4” O.D. copper heat exchangers for the Housing Authority are bent and assembled. We get less and less of these as the units are being replaced with modern PVC. It’s a sign of the times and nothing to be done about it but be glad some heaters are sill in the old style. Besides Belfort’s tubes and the heaters, a couple small steel tubes are rolled for Kelco.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Belfort Instruments job. July 9, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimiore City job. July 9, 1991.

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The Shop’s job book entry. Housing Authority of Baltimore City job. July 10, 1991.

July 13

Lethal Injection holds its second Friends and Family Concert at Krueger Avenue. The Heaps host and love a party. No big “Lethal Injection” cake this time but a few different desserts to follow the standard burger and hot dog Baltimore cookout. This is our first performance as a trio and I’m particularly nervous because I am singing more. Tim borrows some tents from the Baltimore Cemetery so we are not standing in the sun. We play RUSH and Pink Floyd tunes as we usually do along with a few other covers such as “In Dreams” by Roy Orbison. We include several originals, an improvisational spoken word version of “The Beat” and finish with a tip of the cap to the film “Dr. Strangelove” by playing “We’ll Meet Again.” The show goes well and most of my nerves go away after a few minutes. My parents are there and this is their first time seeing me play with the band. It’s not really their kind of music but they have fun. They do know “We’ll Meet Again” and other than telling me to “pep it up” a bit, Dad says he enjoyed that one. My father is the consummate swing fan so he wants everything pepped up.

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Joe Kavanagh. Lethal Injection Friends & Family Concert. Backyard of 1100 Krueger Avenue. July 13, 1991.

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Joe Kavanagh and Ray French. Lethal Injection Friends & Family Concert. Backyard of 1100 Krueger Avenue. July 13, 1991.

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Tim Heaps. Lethal Injection Friends & Family Concert. Backyard of 1100 Krueger Avenue. July 13, 1991.

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Ray French. Lethal Injection Friends & Family Concert. Backyard of 1100 Krueger Avenue. July 13, 1991.

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Ray French. Lethal Injection Friends & Family Concert. Backyard of 1100 Krueger Avenue. July 13, 1991.

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Ray French. Lethal Injection Friends & Family Concert. Backyard of 1100 Krueger Avenue. July 13, 1991.

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Paul Kavanagh. Fourth Birthday Party. July 13, 1991.

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Patrick Kavanagh. July 1991.