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Radio Smart Talk: Keystone Tombstones Volume Two

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 3, 2013 8:51 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, January 3:

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One of the most popular Radio Smart Talk programs of 2012 was last March when Joe Farrell and Joe Farley appeared on the show.  Farrell and Farley were on the program to discuss their book Keystone Tombstones -- Famous Graves Found in Pennsylvania.

The book chronicled an unusual topic -- grave sites of famous politicians, athletes, historical figures, military heroes, and movie stars who are buried in Pennsylvania.  It included short biographical sketches of the deceased and photographs of their burial sites.

Like many, Farrell and Farley enjoyed walking through cemeteries and learning more about history.  They turned their hobby into a book.  Now, they have written and published Keystone Tombstones Volume Two.

They'll appear on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss Volume Two and the lives and graves of famous Pennsylvanians like Thaddeus Stevens, "The Black Babe Ruth" Josh Gibson, Milton Hershey, and mob boss Angelo Bruno.

Listen to the program:


Joe Farley and Joe Farrell discuss their book, "Keystone Tombstones Volume Two."


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-03 09:25

    E-mail from Dan:

    "I would like to know if the Joe's will featuring Joe 'Pa' in an upcoming book?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-03 09:25

    E-mail from Ruthmary:

    "Have the authors read the book by Brian Kennell, curator of the Evergreen Cemetery, called 'Beyond the Gatehouse?'"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-03 09:27

    E-mail from Kevin:

    "Do you know ahead of time what people you are looking for? Could you be in a cemetery for one person and have another famous person nearby that you didn't know was there?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-03 09:31

    E-mail from Dan:

    "Do the Joe's scope out the watering holes that they visit during their research before they hit the road or do they ask the locals?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-03 09:32

    E-mail from Jim:

    "Do you know about the Lincoln Cemetery on Winding Hill Road south of Mechanicsburg? I believe it was for African Americans. I don't know much about it, and wondered if you did."

    • kate img 2013-01-03 09:42

      Here's a link to the Lincoln Colored Cemetery. (You can view a list of the interments and view most of their tombstones as well.)

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-01-03 09:48

    E-mail from John:

    "[The Harrisburg Cemetery is a] great cemetery to visit. Lots of former governors, etc."

  • Lisa img 2013-01-03 09:49

    Disappointing that the authors would choose to include a serial killer as a "famous" grave. Infamous is not the same as famous and you do a disservice to those who you mean to honor by including the infamous. This glorification of serial killers and the like is not healthy and may encourage other serial killers. We need to stop recognizing these people for their heinous actions.

    • kate img 2013-01-03 14:47

      I agree. Imagine the uproar if they chose to honor Adam Lanza!

  • Brent img 2013-01-03 10:07

    One of your callers referred to John William Barber. I believe the following links refer to the same individual. Not sure if he is buried in PA. Based on biography, may be buried in Westchester NY.

  • Mervin Fansler img 2013-01-03 21:46

    Thanks for the great show this morning! I just wanted to add a note about the need to support local cemeteries. The beautiful Gen. John Reynolds gravesite in the Lancaster Cemetery mentioned early in the show is a awesome example of what a dedicated volunteer can do. The Reynolds family graves there are maintained by someone who drives out from NJ every month to help out! Without the help of volunteers and financial contributors many cemeteries could just not afford to operate and maintain themselves for the benefit of the public. This is especially true for older cemeteries, like the Lancaster Cemetery. If you really enjoy a local cemetery and want to see it well-maintained for future generations don't hesitate to take some time to see what ways you might be able to help out.

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