Growing up during the Great Depression, Philip had to contend with scarcity, hand-me-downs and a dearth of education options. His older brothers and sisters had all been "guided" into a convent or the priesthood. So how did Philip become a stalwart family man and neighborhood icon? Simply…he met Jean!
The first story in our collection covers almost forty years of Big Philip's colorful home life— his favorite hobbies, his foibles and the mini-obsessions that made him such a memorable character. Philip’s little recipes, his night job as a radio announcer, the board game "crimes" and his love for horse racing, golf and gardening all combine to paint the richly detailed portrait of a man we cannot help but grow to love. The stories/tributes that follow by Jane Franklin and Liza D Wolfe are equally entertaining, very personal glimpses into the life and times of their beloved parents.