Archive for August 2015

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today

The Chicago legend of Peabody ’s Tomb and the Masochistic Monks turns 93 Today
On August 27, 1922 the legend of Peabody’s Tomb began.  Many people may not know the legend by name but if you grew up on the west side of Chicago or in the near west suburbs you might have heard about the old mansion and estate that high school kids would sneak into late at... Read more »

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District

Relic of 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition found by Chicago Park District
A number of colored painted panels from the Hooden Palace of the Japanese Exhibit at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were recently discovered by the Chicago Park District in a storage area. Following the Columbian Exposition or “The White City” as it became known, the nation of Japan gifted it’s Hooden Palace Exhibit to the... Read more »

My First Celebrity Crush – Yvonne Craig (TV’s Batgirl) Passes at 78

My First Celebrity Crush – Yvonne Craig (TV’s Batgirl) Passes at 78
I was actually born in 1966 the same year as the Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward started.  I used to look forward to the series after it came into syndication and while I did think that Catwoman was pretty cool, my first celebrity crush was Yvonne Craig.  I even remembered her... Read more »
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Assassination Theater – A Theatrical Investigation of the Murder of JFK

Assassination Theater – A Theatrical Investigation of the Murder of JFK
At first I thought that it wouldn’t be fair that I should be writing a review of Assassination Theater.  After all I love history and I am a former criminal investigator so it was right up my alley.  I thought it would be rather like a Republican doing a review of the Republican National Convention... Read more »

Was the Back to the Future II Date of October 21, 2015 a Shout Out to Christopher Columbus?

Was the Back to the Future II Date of October 21, 2015 a Shout Out to Christopher Columbus?
This year has pop culture and trivia geeks chomping at the bit.  October 21, 2015 is the date that Doc sends Marty McFly forward in time 30 years.  Marty goes forward in time to stop his son, Marty Jr. from participating in a robbery and then things get crazy. There have been a number of... Read more »

Champaign Dark History Con could fare well in Chicago

Champaign Dark History Con could fare well in Chicago
Dark History Con is a convention showcasing the darker side of history and Brian Ward, its creator, makes no apologies. “For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with ‘Dark History’; Killers, mobsters, tragic events. My hobby has been to research these things and visit sites related to them. I hope to... Read more »
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Three Reasons Why Donald Trump is Probably Working for Hillary Clinton

Three Reasons Why Donald Trump is Probably Working for Hillary Clinton
UPDATE:  Three Reasons Trump is Working for Hillary Clinton – August 4, 2016 UPDATE:  Donald Trump Takes a Dive at First Debate   You might be wondering why a history blogger is venturing into the crazy world of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the reality show of the 2016 presidential race.  Well to be more... Read more »

North Riverside ‘Ghost Ball’ fundraiser to save relic of Melody Mill Ballroom

North Riverside ‘Ghost Ball’ fundraiser to save relic of Melody Mill Ballroom
This Saturday, August 8, 2015, will be the fifth in a series of fundraisers by the North Riverside Historical Society to raise money to restore the neon sign from the Melody Mill Ballroom which was one of the last remaining ballrooms from the Big Band Era. The origin of the Melody Mill is filled with... Read more »