Joe Grinkewicz

Profile Updated: January 26, 2023
Joe Grinkewicz
Residing In: philadelphia, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: theresa
Occupation: teacher
Children: Joe 1983
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went to peirce college and west chester state BSEd worked as a phila. school district sub. teacher for 3 years, taught 12 years in private schools, worked in Phila. school district administration for 22 years, currently teaching at Creative and Performing Arts HS in Philadelphia
Traveled throughout Europe, South America, Central America and parts of Africa. last summer we returned to europe for a few weeks and visited belgium, the netherlands and portugal. this summer, we went to ecuador and the galapagos islands. my wife took the bailout from the school district and retired while i still teach. just moved to old city. something we always wanted to do.
June 2019, finally retiring. Moved north to NoLibs last year. Going to travel some and then who knows? Pandemic caught us in Madrid and we scrambled to leave. Moved back into our empty house in Lawncrest, fixed it up, bought property in NoLibs, sold the house and moved to our new home located in an old cigar factory. Back on the move with a few trips planned (2023).

School Story:

earl howell and i were called the gold dust twins by mr. nojonas? our Junior Business Training teacher (how quaint) and we always assumed it was due to our blonde hair and irasciable behavior but now i'm not so sure. this year i was teaching about the Jim Crow era and i urged students to discover products that were still advertising throwbacks to that time (Uncle Ben's rice for example) a student brought in an ad from the 1930's or so about a cleaning product called the gold dust twins. i was a bit taken aback since it was probably the first time i heard that reference since olney. 2 little cherubs graced the ad and they would help you clean your house quickly and easily. strange reference.......strange teacher

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Feb 05, 2022 at 3:43 PM

Reconnected with Mr. J a few years ago. He was my World Cultures teacher in 12th grade and one of my favorites.  A friend of mine who worked with him at Olney used to visit him each month for coffee and conversation and invited me to join them when I retired.  Mr.  J was erudite and able to quote Shakespeare, Churchill, or Wilde.  Our conversations usually lasted 3 hours and covered a wide variey of subjects.  He visited us when we were having a wedding party for my son and his wife.  Looking quite daper and regaling my guests with stories of his travels, he enjoyed himself imensely was imensely enjoyed.  He was a teacher in Scotland and Alaska in the 1950's and Hawaii (I think) and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe.  I will miss our monthy conversations.  RIP Mr. J.

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Have a Happy Birthday, Joe

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Jul 03, 2020 at 12:08 PM

I remember Jim from Creighton.  We hung out then but at Olney, we went separate ways.  Not surprised he was a mechanical engineer; he displayed a penchant for that in Creighton's woodshop and mechanical drawing classes.  RIP Jim.

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Jun 16, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Yo Dale. How are you and Marilyn. Finally retired last year and it was definitely a good time considering what is going on. Stay safe.

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Posted on: Jun 08, 2020 at 9:07 AM

I had lunch with a friend who once taught at Olney and my former World Cultures teacher, Mr. Fred Josephson. Mr. J is 94 and doing well. Until the virus, he still traveled to Europe yearly. Smart and sharp as a tack intellectually. A fine gentleman.

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Just retired in June 2019 after 35 years in the Philadelphia School District. Also, just returned from Prague, a favorite city of mine. Going to Israel and Jordan in January and Spain in March. Moved from Old City to Northern Liberties last year. Other than that, biding my time working around my son's home. It's nice to finally blow away those Sunday evening blues.

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Mar 02, 2019 at 8:33 AM

Like Mike, I too knew him as Robin.  One memory I have of him was him telling us about how he was at the Brussels Worlds Fair of 1958.  I believe his telling  gave me a bit of wanderlust; the desire to travel.  In Brussels a few years ago, I saw from a distance the Atomium, a relic from the fair, and thought immediatly of Robin.

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Happy birthday, Joe

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