LET­TER FROM THE PUB­LISHER

Philadelphia Style - - Contents -

Philadelphia cer­tainly knows how to throw a party. Af­ter the city-halt­ing visit of Pope Francis in 2015 and the celebrity-filled 2016 Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion, our beloved Philly will once again be the fo­cal point of na­tional me­dia buzz as Chicago passes the torch to host the 82nd An­nual NFL Draft April 27 to 29.

The NFL Draft re­turns to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time since 1961 but the Draft has much deeper ties to Philly: The in­au­gu­ral NFL Draft was held here in 1936 and Jay Ber­wanger be­came the first player drafted to an NFL team. Co­in­ci­den­tally (or not) it was the Ea­gles.

More than 200,000 fans are ex­pected to crowd the Benjamin Franklin Park­way dur­ing the three­day event. Land­marks from City Hall to the steps of the Philadelphia Mu­seum of Art, where Rocky fa­mously tread, will be on full dis­play. Fans will have an op­por­tu­nity to meet cur­rent and for­mer play­ers and have photo opps with the Vince Lom­bardi Tro­phy. A windfall of over $80 mil­lion is ex­pected to im­pact lo­cal re­tail, restau­rants, and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­tries with the home­com­ing of this pres­ti­gious Amer­i­can tra­di­tion.

Philadelphia Style re­acted ac­cord­ingly, picking two of the most stylish Ea­gles play­ers, Brent Celek and Rod­ney Mcleod, to ap­pear on our Spring cover in their off-the-field at­tire. All eyes will be on Philadelphia this April and we are proud to be there cov­er­ing it all for you.

Clock­wise from top left: With Martin Short at the Academy of Mu­sic 160th An­niver­sary Con­cert and Ball; Nigel Richards, Ni­cole Cash­man, my wife Lau­ren, Steve and Sab­rina Thorne, and John and Rose­mary Kush­nir cel­e­brat­ing my birth­day at Mar- a- Lago in Palm

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