Oral History #38
Phil Steinberg, b. 1931

by EFHS • July 25, 2018

Phil Steinberg, former president of the East Falls Community Council, talks about coming to East Falls in 1964, his role in the formation of the East Falls Historical Society, and his vision for the future of the community.


Oral History #37
Herb Henze, b. 1937

by EFHS • July 25, 2018

Herb talks about growing up in East Falls during WWII – rationing, etc. He also gives an absorbing account of his business -Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg. Co (“Penn Reels”).


Oral History #36
Emilio Straface, b. 1946

by EFHS • July 25, 2018

Interviewee: Emilio Straface (ES), with his sister Sandy Straface (SS) Interviewers: Steve Fillmore (SF) and Carolyn Sullivan (CS) Place: Home of Emilio and Sandy Straface (3600 block of Fisk Ave) Date: Feb. 22, 2012 Emilio explains how to play halfball (a modified baseball street game) and talks about an upcoming local tournament. He also talks […]


Oral History #35
Robert Levy, b. 1931

by EFHS • July 25, 2018

These two interviews focus on Mr. Levy’s career and family, his uncle, William S. Paley (founder of CBS), his father Leon Levy, Frank Sinatra’s wedding to Ava Gardner (supposedly in East Falls), his friendship with the Kelly family, and how the Levy/Paley mansions became part of Jefferson University, via Penn Charter.