Molly Eichel: Brady thinks Philly's ready to rock

Posted: February 22, 2013

BOB BRADY: Rock 'n' roll congressman.

The man who serves Pennsylvania's 1st District has started talks to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's induction ceremony to Philadelphia in 2015.

The induction concert, featuring a star-studded lineup, regularly moves from city to city. It will be in Los Angeles this year, and next year it returns to the Hall's home in Cleveland.

Brady got the idea while watching the televised concert, then did some research and found out that the Hall's president and chief executive, Greg Harris, is a Philly guy, a Temple grad who used to own the Philadelphia Record Exchange (618 S. 5th St.).

"I figure I'd tug on his heartstrings," Brady told me. "He sounded very, very interested."

I reached out to the Rock Hall for comment but didn't hear back.

Brady not only wants the induction ceremony in Philly, but he wishes the Hall were here, too.

"It belongs here, but Cleveland stole it away," Brady said. " Wilson Goode was the mayor [when Cleveland was chosen in 1986]; he probably didn't have that musical heart."

Brady, on the other hand, says that he has it. He's a doo-wop guy, loving Dion and the Belmonts, the Temptations and the Dubs. But his 16- and 19-year-old granddaughters - with whom he jams out whenever he can pick them up from school - have opened up his horizons to newer acts.

Beyonce, for instance.

Brady also mentioned recently digging KISS after seeing a video of them performing for the troops. KISS has famously been snubbed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, much to the dismay of their army.

But, hey, there's always 2015.

Who is Alex Trebek?

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was in town Wednesday, visiting Colonial Penn Life Insurance, for which he is a spokesman, and 6ABC's studios.

Trebek told me that he loves Philadelphia (and not just because it's the second-biggest "Jeopardy!" market in the country). Maybe it's because of a shared love of Frank Sinatra, a favorite of Trebek's. Trebek is an old-school-style gentleman. "I have no Twitter account, no Facebook page," Trebek said. "My cellphone has a rotary dial."

Trebek visited the Barnes Foundation later, but had to head back to L.A. after his stop. Bummer, I told him - he'd be missing Johnny Goodtimes' sold-out Quizzo Bowl on Saturday at World Cafe Live. He laughed.

"I don't think I'd be very good at that," Trebek said.

Oscars, Philly-style

On Sunday night, actors, actresses and others who make movies will finally get something better than fame or fortune: the chance to win gold, bald men at the 85th annual Oscars, broadcast on ABC. "Silver Linings Playbook" isn't the only bit of Philly repped at this year's awards:

*  Francine Strauss, who resides in the Art Museum area, is one of 700 fans, chosen out of 20,000 entries, to sit alongside the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard to see the stars ushered into the Dolby Theatre. Strauss' daughter Nina Berenfeld won the tickets and surprised her mom, who has watched the Oscars since she was a kid.

"I remember when Jack Palance did push-ups," Strauss said, recounting some favorite Oscar moments. "My lifelong idol is Natalie Wood. She came on when I was very young, with Robert Wagner. It took my breath away."

* Want to cheat at your Oscar pool? Upper Dublin alumnus and current Harvard sophomore Ben Zauzmer is looking to become the Nate Silver of the Academy Awards. Zauzmer, 20, came up with an algorithm to guess who will win the Oscars, based on industry accolades like the Screen Actors Guild and British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Zauzmer did well last year, correctly guessing eight of the eight major categories (best picture, actor, actress, screenplay, etc.).

This year,

Zauzmer says "Argo" will take home the major gold. Sorry, "Silver Linings," although he favors "SLP" star Jennifer Lawrence to win best actress.

In Zauzmer's perfect world, another flick would win. "My favorite movie this year was 'Les Miserables,' but I'm a big musicals guy. I don't know if it was the best possible version, but I love it so much that even a mediocre 'Les Mis' is better than anything else," Zauzmer said.

Check out more of Zauzmer's predictions at

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