HOOT! The Barbershop Feels Empty

SKEITH08PPhiladelphia Inquirer high school sports reporter Keith Pompey documented the hangout of recently deceased former Frankford High basketball coach, Vince Miller.

Pompey created an image of the man who won 351 games over 27 seasons, impacting the lives of hundreds of young Philadelphians along the way.

The story goes beyond a traditional obituary, painting a portrait of a man everyone at the barbershop knew and enjoyed. The piece appreciates the life of a man who probably wouldn’t have made it into the Inquirer unless Pompey would have written about him.

Most importantly, this piece recognizes the value of community, and the influence of the people who inhabit them.

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