Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inquirer Letters Extra: Headstone should be outta here

Sportscaster Harry Kalas deserves to be recognized and honored with dignity and taste.

Inquirer Letters Extra: Headstone should be outta here

Harry Kalas´ gravestone at Laurel Hill Cemetery is flanked by stadium seats.
Harry Kalas' gravestone at Laurel Hill Cemetery is flanked by stadium seats.

On a recent tour of the impressive Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, my wife and I marveled at the resting places of the famous, and the architectural masterpieces that adorn them. But as the tour was ending, the beauty of the day was suddenly destroyed - by the appearance of a garish display of bright, electric-blue stadium seats and a phallic-shaped headstone in the form of a sportscaster's microphone. Of course, this was the final resting place of the beloved Phillies sportscaster Harry Kalas, who departed this stadium in 2009. In my view, the Kalas memorial could only have been more obscene in this peaceful setting had it included a loudspeaker, with Harry the K screaming, "This ball is outta here!!" I don't know how this was approved, or why. But Kalas deserves to be recognized and honored with more dignity and taste.

Charles D. Werner, Kennett Square

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