Thursday, January 30, 2014

3815 Beara!

January 30, 2014

I'm watching a video ( about the rise and demise of the old Hotel Sterling in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

I remember that place.  I had occasional date dinners there (in the early '60s), whenever a guy wanted to really impress me.

There's a fellow about my age talking in the clip about the hotel.  He claims to be native to Wilkes Barre, but I'm not sure I can believe him, no matter what he says.


He pronounces it "Wilkes Barry".

"Barry"?  No way!

Everybody from that area pronounces it "Wulks Beara".  (Actually a blurred sound halfway between "Beara" and "Burra").

Or at least they usta!

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