Punxsutaney Phil and me

With Ground Hog day coming soon, I am reminded of when we saw Phil, and his wife Phyllis.

An American Family

Penns 019Did you ever wonder where Phil lives?

You have seen him on TV, I am sure, “living” in a fake tree stump, but you know that’s not where he really lives.

Phil is probably the most famous ground hog in America thanks to Bill Murray.  The movie Ground Hog Day, which hit the theaters in 1993, lifted the small town in Pennsylvania from relative  obscurity and made Phil the Superstar of ground dwelling rodents.

When our daughter moved to Pittsburgh in 2009, we decided to drive to Punxsutawney and see Phil.  Now getting from Pittsburgh to Punxsy is not easy, it took about 2 hours of driving along small backcountry roads, but we finally made it there about noon.

While the real town resembles its movie clone  — there is a large town park surrounded by stores and other commercial enterprises — that is where the resemblance ends.  Gobbler’s Knob…

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About jenorv

John E. Norvell is a retired Air Force Lt Colonel, decorated air combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and former Assistant Professor of American and Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has written freelance for the Washington Post, the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, and for several newspapers around the country.
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