LAST MONTH we told you that somebody had sliced a caricature of 610 WIP's Angelo Cataldi off one of the walls full of famous faces at the Palm (200 S. Broad).
We now know the whereabouts of the missing cartoon.
On our desk.
On Wednesday afternoon a large envelope addressed to Your Humble Narrator arrived with no return address bearing six Purple Heart stamps and an East Falls postmark. Inside was Cataldi's face, with plaster from the Palm's wall on the back, under a sheet of clear plastic.
Nothing else was inside.
"It is an extreme relief that my head has been recovered, but I don't know what you're going to do with it," Cataldi told us Friday afternoon. "It's the head of an unattractive man. It only works on a wall with attractive caricatures around it," he said.
We told Cataldi we didn't want it and are happy to give it back, and said the same to Palm GM Jim Haney, who is planning to soon replace the caricature with a new drawing.
"I can't imagine who would do such a thing," said Cataldi. "I've never made a single enemy," the sports-talk host said sarcastically.
Roots to rock Parkway July 4
No announcement yet, but look for The Roots to open for the Goo Goo Dolls on July 4 on the Parkway. Philadelphia's hip-hop heroes are still riding high from their Roots Picnic on Saturday at the Festival Pier. The group collaborated with John Legend, as well as Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, of the Wu-Tang Clan. Rap icon Fab 5 Freddy was hanging out backstage and got a lot of shout-outs from the various acts who played at the 12-hour extravaganza.
Freddy told us that tonight's VH1 "Hip Hop Honors," which he produced, is the best one yet. The show starts at 9. There was lots of national press at the Roots Picnic thanks to the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.'s Philly 360 arm aimed at African-American tourism.
Vampire Weekend headlined the show, which also included a fun-filled set from South Africa's The Very Best and had Power 99's DJ Diamond Kuts keeping the crowd dancing between bands.
Out and about
* Sixers star Andre Iguodala
caught Friday night's Stanley Cup game from Super Box 13 at the Wachovia Center where Vice President Joe Biden and wife, Jill, were also seated. Iguodala stopped at Mitchell & Ness (1318 Chestnut) that afternoon to pick up the Bobby Clarke throwback jersey and Flyers cap he wore to the game.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman came by the box to greet the Bidens after the second period.
Before last Wednesday's game, Bettman brought about 75 NHL staff for steaks at Davio's (111 S. 17th).
* "CSI" actor Paul Guilfoyle
was rooting for the Flyers on Friday night from section 224. He has been a Flyers fan since attending Lehigh University, where he played hockey as a defenseman. The Boston native was conflicted when the Flyers played the Bruins but regularly cheers for the Flyers and hopes to return to the Wachovia Center for Game 6 on Wednesday.
* Mayor Nutter, 6 ABC anchor
Jim Gardner, radio legend Jerry Blavat and Eagles lineman Todd Herremans sat at separate tables outside at Table 31 at the Comcast Center on Wednesday watching the Flyers Stanley Cup victory on the big screen there.
Danza boxing, still teaching
Although his A&E show stopped shooting a few months ago, actor Tony Danza is still teaching English at Northeast High and will deliver an address at the school's graduation ceremony June 15.
The former boxer, who's been living at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties, has been working with Danny Davis, a trainer at Joe Hand Boxing Gym (543 N. 3rd) whose students also include sports agent Brian McCafferty.
Officer's widow wins race
Kim Pawlowski, widow of slain Philadelphia police officer John Pawlowski, was the top female finisher from the police group at Saturday's 2nd annual Badges of Honor 5K Run in Fairmount Park. The event, which benefits the families of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, was the brainchild of Fox 29's John Bolaris and Dave Schratweiser, and the pair was there for the event, as were colleagues Sue Serio, Jennaphr Frederick, Thomas Drayton, Bruce Gordon and Shawnette Wilson, as well as 93.3 WMMR's Steve Morrison and Jacky Bam Bam.
A flood in her forecast
No rain in Manayunk yesterday during the bike race, but NBC10 meteorologist Michelle Grossman sure got drenched. She did a stretch in a dunk tank outside Kildare's (4417 Main) to raise money for the North Light Community Center (175 Green Lane). Your Humble Narrator also got dunked, a lot, as did 102.9 WMGK's Rob Calvert and comedian Pat House.
Carson signs Beth's boobs
Signing boobs isn't only for rock stars. Or straight men.
"Social Climbers" author Beth Dunn, who happened to be wearing a Lilly Pulitzer dress designed by equestrian and former "Queer Eye" guy Carson Kressley, ran into Kressley on Thursday night at a private Devon Horse Show after-party at Siren Stables. Kressley, who now hosts "True Beauty," was happy to sign Dunn's dress.
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