Category: Everyday thoughts

Second Chances - The French Commando School

Second Chances - The French Commando School
After serving four years on active duty in the United States Army from 1986 to 1990, I volunteered to serve in the Illinois National Guard as a Staff Sergeant in Company C of the 131st Illinois Infantry.  We were lucky enough to be able to travel to the French Martinique and actively compete in the... Read more »

Hate Can Not Drive Out Hate - Only Love Can Do That!

Hate Can Not Drive Out Hate - Only Love Can Do That!
It seems that today our country is more divided than it has been in a long time.  I would like to blame that perception on media hype or the recent political nightmare we call the 2016 Presidential Race but it seems to be running deeper than that lately especially with the police shootings, retaliation against... Read more »

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!
O.K.  I have prided myself on writing a blog that centers on history and historical research and doesn’t just rant and complain about things but I can no longer do that. A member of my facebook group, Chicago History the Stranger Side, posted an article yesterday about how the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is... Read more »
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Why I would support a Barbara Bush Presidential Run in 2016

Why I would support a Barbara Bush Presidential Run in 2016
Barbara Bush for President?  At first I thought I was just being funny but then I thought about it.  I probably wouldn’t be the only one that thought about it.  In fact I kinda wonder if the Bush family thought about it before Jeb threw his hat in the ring. I have always loved Barbara... Read more »

I Could Have Been Tamir Rice or Officer Timothy Loehmann

I Could Have Been Tamir Rice or Officer Timothy Loehmann
It bothers me, especially in the age of social media, when people rush to judgement one way or the other on issues that they may have very little knowledge about.  One of the issues that really gets on my nerves is the issue of police involved shootings.  On one side you have people making judgements... Read more »

A Prayer for Our Police Officers over the Christmas Holiday

A Prayer for Our Police Officers over the Christmas Holiday
I really want this to be an open letter to a little girl who brightened our day and didn’t even know it. My wife and I found ourselves in the lobby of the Brookfield Police Department this past Monday evening. Like many people who visit police departments we could have thought of a million other... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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Sundae in the Park Fundraiser for Jackson Park Advisory Council - May 17, 2015

Sundae in the Park Fundraiser for Jackson Park Advisory Council - May 17, 2015
The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) has been in existence since 1983 and has been instrumental in the restoration and preservation of arguably one of Chicago’s most historic parks.  Jackson Park was originally designed before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 as part of what was originally called “South Park” which included Jackson Park and... Read more »