Thursday, December 10, 2009

No One Remembers the Khyber Pass North Bar

And now, to a reporter checking me out, I’m sounding like I’ve made it all up. Ugh! Anyone out there remember the Khyber Pass North bar from 1984? It was between 17th and 18th on Callowhill Street and wasn’t too far from the Rose Tattoo bar, but was light-years less fashionable. Even certain well-known reporters from the Philadelphia Inquirer (who shall remain nameless) and who no longer live here are saying they don’t remember the bar. Shit! She used to come in all the time to see her girlfriend...oh all right! her alleged girlfriend, Serrill Headley. The “Little Judge” used to come in all the time. Anyone remember him? He’s probably dead. But the first day I was working, I was cleaning up for the night guy (Daood) and I hadn’t been paying attention to the newcomers at the bar. And when I looked up, there suddenly were a bunch of well-dressed men (obviously Family Court had just let out on Vine Street) sitting at the bar. One of them was an extremely handsome man, as in, VERY good-looking. And then, he disappeared. I mean...disappeared. It was the “Little Judge”, he’d hopped off his stool and I realized he was a dwarf. Ring a bell, anyone? Well, he was a regular, for as long as the Khyber Pass on Callowhill existed. And now I’m finding out Daood never went to Princeton or Rutgers and he had to be 24 back then, not 21. I wonder whatever happened to his 40-year-old girlfriend, Ginger. She’d be a senior-citizen now. Oh what a funny thought.

1 comment:

richard childers said...

The "little judge" might be identified by reading old legal proceedings and talking to local lawyers whom worked in those family courts. The judge surely had a relationship with the state bar association.

You might be able to locate old business records for the Khyber Pass North Bar at City Hall. It needed a business license, and probably a liquor license, too.

You might be able to find pictures of the business in the files of local real estate companies - assuming, that is, that they haven';t gone out of business.

It wouldn't hurt to make an extended set of queries to the best librarians in the city, region, and state. You never know what might be lurking in the document collections of local universities - and you might engage the interest of a few college students, too.