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A Touching Anecdote From A Veteran

This morning I was greatly moved by an email from a listener - a veteran who felt compelled to share this story with me. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Dear Gregg,
Apropos of nothing other than rummaging through an old diary I came across an experience I wish to share with you.
In December 1967, I was an Army private from California going through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  On the 9th I had a pass and took the bus to Philadelphia with the sole purpose of trying to get a ticket to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

When I got to the ticket window, in uniform and by now with a fellow soldier, I asked for two tickets, which I hoped would be in our price range.  The agent looked up then left the booth, returning a few minutes later with an envelope with two box seat tickets at no charge.
The performance, of course, was spectacular and I have never forgotten being treated so well at the beginning of a difficult time for America.  That was an example of Philadelphia’s brotherly love I could not have staged better.

Wayne A. Silkett
Lieutenant-Colonel, US Army (ret.)
Boiling Springs, PA


Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.