Vietnam Vet Claims He Lived In A Veterans Stadium Concession Stand For Three Years

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Vietnam vet Tom Garvey has released a new book, The Secret Apartment: Vet Stadium, a surreal memoir, that details his life while living in a secret apartment inside a concession at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium from 1979 to 1981. There are books that movies are based on and then there are stories like the one that Garvey has told in this book available on Amazon.

“I always knew this was bizarre, but when I put it together and assembled the stories I thought ‘Holy God!,’” Garvey says about his life at that concession apartment. He tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that the idea for the book developed over the last year as he shared stories with his friends on Facebook to cheer them up.

The story goes that Garvey’s uncles ran concession stands and the parking lots around the vet. One thing led to another, and Tom had a set of keys to a little-known stadium entrance and an office.

At first, Garvey held halftime parties there. Then it turned into a place where players would party after Eagles games. By 1981, Garvey’s uncles lost the parking lot contract, and it was time to move from the secret apartment.

Now the world is left with 188 pages of Tom’s life during those wild years living inside one of the most notorious multi-purpose stadiums of its time.

“If you were single, never married with no children or dependents, would you, if you had the opportunity, have lived ‘on the down low’ in a secret apartment in Veterans Stadium?” Garvey asks on the book’s Amazon page.

Go ahead and turn it into a movie. I’m ready. Let’s do this.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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