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Philly Spotlight: FOUNDING FOOTSTEPS

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Did you know that Benjamin Franklin not only created the very first Fire Department in Philadelphia, but that his entrepreneurial thinking also allowed him to capitalize on creating the very first Fire Insurance Company?  Did you know the seat of our government would most likely have remained in Philadelphia if it had not been for Banker Stephen Girard's ships bringing Yellow Fever to the city?  Have you ever noticed just how "glad" William Penn is to see you, if you're looking at his statue's silhouette from the parkway?   I discovered these tidbits and so much more by taking a FOUNDING FOOTSTEPS TROLLEY TOUR...

Best of all, it's a BYOB Tour, so it's kinda like a live episode of "Drunk History"!


The trolley originates on 3rd & Arch Sts. near Rocket & Fizz. The tour winds a bit through Old City and up to the Art Museum and back. You'd be surprised how much you don't know, even if you're a native Philadelphian like me; plus learning is always more fun when there's wine and beer involved. And don't worry, during the tour there's a stop for a clean and comfortable bathroom break! On top of which, Founding Footsteps, a relatively new Historic Tour Company, is run by a great couple, newly weds (coming up on their 1st Anniversary this fall) Tim & Abbie McAleer. Abbie is a warm hostess and Tim has a big personality full of stories and jokes.

Fab Sidenote: When Tim went looking for a ring to propose to Abbie, he was heading to Jeweler's Row but found himself in Antique Row, where he discovered Halloween (1329 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) and famed jewelry designer Henri Davidinfamous host of The Halloween Ball.

I'm always interested in how people get there start up businesses off the ground. So I asked Tim about Founding Footsteps. He's actually a school teacher, who found out that American Trolley Tours was hiring backup tour guides, he signed up and after his first outing realized he wanted to do it full time, but as his own business.  What most of us who have a dream like this are missing is that person to act as a mentor; but as luck would have it, Tom, proprietor of American Trolley Tours encouraged Tim's interest and has been instrumental in helping Tim & Abbie with Founding Footsteps from the start.

The BYOB Tour is not the only offering. You can also take their Philly Phables Walking Tour or the Tavern Tour, and of course you can book private parties.

If you are taking the BYOB tour, I recommend you stop at Mulberry Market (236 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106) and choose among their large selection of Imported and Craft Beers, I also got a good sandwich there to take on the tour.  What I don't recommend is one of the beers I choose...


Your ticket will also give you 10% off at Campos (214 Market St.) Nothing like a Philly Tour while eating a Philly Cheesesteak! Tim & Abbie will also match or beat any Groupon offers, so give them a call before using Groupon.

Tim is also the founder of TEACH2THECORE...

 A Fun Time and a Good Cause!


where students who are the first people in their family to go to college serve as mentors to high school students.  These teens get four hours a week of free literacy tutoring for which they are required to do community service.  The program is run during the summer to help combat that reading slide that happens while kids are out of school. In turn, the teens being tutored are encouraged to find a first grader in their neighborhood and read to them at least an hour a week... LEARN MORE


 Coincidentally, Founding Footsteps runs the Teach 2 the Core program through WesGold Fellows (click for post) which T&T covered in 2014.

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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