Charles Ramsey apple does not fall far from tree

Posted: December 13, 2013

TALK ABOUT HAVING to deal with getting out of a long shadow.

I hear that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey's son, Charles Jr., is a cadet in the Police Academy.

Like father like son for sure, but it's not often that the commish has a kid in the ranks.

Coincidentally, it's a similar situation to the plot of the CBS drama "Blue Bloods," especially because Ramsey and "Blue Bloods" star Tom Selleck can both rock a mustache like nobody's business.

From what I hear, Ramsey the Younger is "a complete gentleman."

'Matilda' is from Philly

Heading up to NYC any time soon? Producers from Broadway hit "Matilda the Musical" have tapped a quartet of ladies to play the gal who can move things with her mind and sprung from the mind of novelist Roald Dahl. One of them, 10-year-old Paige Brady, hails from Philly. You might have caught Brady in the Walnut Street Theatre's production of "The Music Man," but "Matilda" is Brady's Broadway debut.

* In other local entertainment news, "Little Miss Sunshine" directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will helm the film adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick's book The Good Luck of Right Now, about the unlikely bond formed between four grieving strangers.

New face at Fox  

Drew Douglas is joining Fox 29 as a freelance reporter, coming our way via the Louisville, Ky., CBS affiliate. Douglas hails from Tacoma, Wash., and has a jonesin' for Seattle teams. According to the bio from his old station, he'll be moving to Philly with wife Ashley, their two cats, Phoenix and Louis, and two dogs, Bianca and Diego.

What a resume

Jessie Andrews has many monikers: DJ, jewelry designer and, um, porn star. She'll be taking the first of those talents to Alma de Cuba (1623 Walnut St.) on Saturday morning when she hosts the weekly Pop Star Brunch at Stephen Starr's Cuban joint. The morning starts at 11 a.m. with brunch but turns into a full-fledged dance party by 1:30 p.m. Andrews is getting good reviews for her DJ sets, unlike the many celebs who think they can spin.

Sally Starr feted

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia will celebrate the life of local TV legend Sally Starr, who died in January at age 90. Speakers celebrating the life of the children's performer include my-man-pots-and-pans Jerry Blavat, "voice of WHYY" Ed Cunningham, rock pioneer Charlie Gracie and Captain Noah himself Carter Merbreier, along with an original song about Starr written and performed by Broadcast Pioneers board member Paul Big Bear. It all goes down next Wednesday. Call 856-365-5600 to reserve your spot at the Bala Golf Club (2200 Belmont Ave.) luncheon.

True holiday unity

Old City's National Liberty Museum (321 Chestnut St.) held its Caretoons contest, challenging artists worldwide to draw a 'toon based on a personal vision of peace, diversity and concern for others. The winner was Philly's Mark Mattson, a pro illustrator, whose piece imagined a world where rocks, paper and scissors are not in an epic battle, but joined in unity.


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