make it yours

Hi there. My name is Joseph Phelan. My grandpa, Daniel J. McKeever, died in 2010 at the age of 90. Grandpa was the life of every party. He encouraged his grandkids to march through 412 Kent Road singing “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt” because his name was our name too. M&M’s and cream soda tasted better because of him. He owned a green shirt with white lettering that read I Feel Swell. It’s now hanging in my bedroom, and it’s the reason for this website. It’s a phrase my grandpa always said in response to any “How are you feeling?”

This is just one more way to keep his memory alive.

I cover local news at a daily newspaper called The Saratogian in beautiful Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It’s interesting to ask politicians questions, cover school board meetings and try to explain zoning issues. Every now and then, however, I interview a person or several people, and I get to share a more personable tale. Someone battling an illness, or experiencing space camp.

I want to continue to share their stories.

Click here to view feature stories I’ve written since December 2016.