Dan Gross: Stallones mourn their dad

Posted: July 13, 2011

CONDOLENCES to Frank and Sylvester Stallone on the death of their father, Frank Stallone Sr., on Monday at age 91.

An Italian immigrant, Stallone came to America in 1932 and served in the Army from 1940 to 1945. He was a lifelong polo player, and owned and operated several hair salons in Maryland.

"He was a tireless worker, self-motivated," Frank remembered yesterday. He also remembered his father as a "fearless man who didn't back down from anyone." He shared a story about his father putting one of the Washington Redskins in the hospital after being called an Italian slur in the 1950s. Frank wasn't sure of the player's name but swears it is a true story.

"He leaped across the table and laid this guy out," Frank said.

He said his dad was proud of his and Sly's accomplishments, though his father recently teased Frank about getting a real job.

Frank said that he and Sly visited their dad on June 12 at his Florida home and that Frank Sr. said it was the happiest day of his life.

Sly and Frank lost their stepfather, Anthony Filiti, in March.

Growing up, the Stallone boys lived with Filiti, a South Philadelphia-raised cheese purveyor, and their mother, Jacqueline, on Rittenhouse Square and later in Holme Circle.

Trade shoes for tix

If you are one of the first 180 people who bring a pair of new or gently used shoes by 11 this morning to the Shops at Liberty Place, StubHub will give you a pair of tickets for U2's show tomorrow night at Lincoln Financial Field.

The shoes benefit the Soles4Souls organization. The tickets are those returned by StubHub customers who couldn't make it tomorrow but had tickets for the show's originally scheduled date last year. It was postponed after Bono hurt his back.

Those who donate shoes will get vouchers for tickets they can pick up at the StubHub office at 900 Packer Ave. in South Philadelphia.

'Twilight' at the TLA

"Twilight" actor Jackson Rathbone and his band 100 Monkeys perform tomorrow at the TLA (334 South). Rathbone spent a few months in the area a few years ago shooting M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" and tells us he and the rest of the band stayed in a house while he was shooting the film. They would "jam in the kitchen, eating cheesesteaks and playing beer pong. It was kinda like a musician frat house," he recalled.

Rathbone compares his band to New Hope's own Ween, and to Airbourne Toxic Event and The Band, and claims inspirations from "Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, David Bowie and the late, great Spencer Bell."

Schwaid to Fox 29

Steve Schwaid, former news director at NBC10, starts Aug. 1 as vice president and news director at Fox 29. Schwaid replaces Kingsley Smith, who last month left to become VP and news director at KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles. Schwaid, who also worked at Channel 3, says he and his wife, Karen, are thrilled to move back to the area and plan to reside in Center City. When Schwaid, who was raised in New York, left NBC10 for jobs in San Francisco and then New York, Karen stayed in the area with the couple's two sons, who were students at Lower Merion High School. Schwaid said yesterday that he toured Fox 29 to meet staffers. He says he won't be formulating any major changes at the station until he's done some research.

Out and about

610 WIP's Anthony Gargano and St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo tried just about everything on the menu at Le Virtu (1927 E. Passyunk) Monday while dining with Spagnuolo's wife, Maria. The radio host and the former Giants defensive coordinator and Eagles assistant coach went for a variety of chef Joe Cicala's appetizers and pasta.

Clearing the Cramer record

We goofed yesterday in saying CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer was from Huntingdon Valley. He's from Wyndmoor, in Montgomery County.

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