James M. Fillman

Profile Updated: September 1, 2018
James M. Fillman
Residing In: Green Lane, PA USA
Occupation: Retired college mental health counselor and sociology instructor
Children: Shannon, born 1970
Josh, born 1982
Grandchild: Mason (21 yrs. old)
Yes! Attending Reunion
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Wow, much has happened since 1968 but the highlights include: after about 17 dreadful years in the world of accounting, went to grad school, earned a masters degree in counseling, did private practice for about 10 years and then moved on to higher ed and have been at BCCC ever since (Coordinator of Student Services and adjunct professor of sociology and humanities). Married in 1969, have two beautiful children (Shannon and Josh) and a wonderful grandson (Mason). Came out of the closet as a gay man in 1985, divorced and partnered, moving to New Jersey. Currently still dance a lot, am engaged in social and political activism relative to gay rights, continuing to specialize professinally in and am published on LGBTQ issues and concerns. Love to travel, read, garden and write. Am currently single.

School Story:

What I always enjoyed most in High School were the dances. Norristown was a great town for a dancer to grow up in. We still shake it around at the Maenner Chor on Haws Ave. on Friday nights. Old dancers die hard. For those of you who had Sal Rotundo for 8th grade history at Stewart Jr. High School, I found him on the dance floor about 20 years ago and we've been hanging out at the same events ever since. Sal still loves to jitterbug.

Norristown Memory

I put the finishing touches on a collection of stories and poems I've been writing over these past 20 years. The stories focus mainly on the cast of characters that frequented my family-owned neighborhood luncheonette located at Haws and Lafayette, known as "Peg and Jim's." One of our main "delicacies" was the zep. We sold, probably, thousands of them over the years. The zep put me through college.

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Nov 08, 2018 at 12:59 PM

Happy Birthday, Ellen. And wishes for many more.

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Sep 02, 2018 at 9:52 PM

Happy Birthday, Mike. Many more.

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Posted on: Aug 30, 2018 at 8:20 PM

Hi, Cheryl. Save me a dance at our 50th....

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Jan 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Happy Birthday Jim

Jan 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM

It's hard to believe we have adult children, isn't it Cheryl? It seems like yesterday that we were all hanging out together in Stone Harbor, playing cards in a "secret" room in the basement of the old house until late at night; then baking on the beach during the day before heading off to a dance.....And my back, feet and hips didn't hurt then...LOL

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Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Happy Birthday, Cheryl. You are now 8 days older than I. LOL

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Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 12:00 AM
The Harlem Renaissance, from which much of our "hip" sixties language came: "cool," "lid," "crib," "We real cool," "solid." And we added a few of our own: "boss," "bad," and "tuff" to leave our mark.
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