General Balbo Flies Again at Festa Italiana in Little Italy

General Balbo Flies Again at Festa Italiana in Little Italy
This past Friday I had the distinct honor to be present at the University Village Association at 1453 W. Talylor Street for three distinct events. First of all this weekend is Festa Italiana and runs through Sunday.  The Fest is free with a $5 suggested donation and features everything Italian from food to music to... Read more »

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim

The July 10, 1893 World's Columbian Expo Cold Storage Fire and its Unknown Victim
On the afternoon of Monday, July 10, 1893, four Chicago firemen, eight firemen hired by the Columbian Exposition and three civilians lost their lives in a fiery inferno that was the cold storage building. It was the greatest loss of life in the Chicago Fire Department until the Chicago Stockyards fire of December 22, 1910... Read more »

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz

Happy Birthday to Nicola Tesla the Real Wizard of Oz
It would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of the L. Frank Baum story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  While many may not have read the original book published by Baum in 1900 it is a fair bet that most of us have seen the MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz (1939) starring... Read more »
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The Supreme Court proves Hobby Lobby hates Gays and Women! Let's get real!

The Supreme Court proves Hobby Lobby hates Gays and Women! Let's get real!
The Supreme Court ruled today that Hobby Lobby (the corporation) could claim an exemption from providing certain birth control measures through its employee health care coverage because it violated the religious views of its owners. There are a whole bunch of other issues and very deep issues surrounding that first sentence but I couldn’t believe... Read more »

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Listing Beyond Forty – If Grace Hopper and Bob Fosse had a Love Child

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Listing Beyond Forty – If Grace Hopper and Bob Fosse had a Love Child
One very cool part about being a writer and blogger is the opportunity to meet and get to know other writers and bloggers.  Another cool part is that all bloggers come from different walks of life and have very different perspectives on life and writing.  I guess if there was one thing in common about... Read more »

Friggatriskaidekaphobia - The Fear of Friday the 13th - That just sounds dirty!

Friggatriskaidekaphobia - The Fear of Friday the 13th - That just sounds dirty!
Yes that picture is actually Kane Hodder choking me at one of his book signings.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kane Hodder he is the actor and stuntman who played the hockey mask wearing serial killer in many of the Friday the 13th movies.  He was a great guy to meet in... Read more »
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What O.J. Simpson taught a young cop about Murder, Race, Truth and Privilege

What O.J. Simpson taught a young cop about Murder, Race, Truth and Privilege
I don’t remember what I was doing on June 12, 1994 when the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were found brutally stabbed outside Nicole’s Condominium. I do remember, as do quite a few people, what I was doing on July 17, 1994 when O.J. Simpson was acting as any innocent person would.... Read more »

D-Day Tribute to my Grandfather - Finding James W. Case

D-Day Tribute to my Grandfather - Finding James W. Case
I knew my grandfather, James Wesley Case, was in the Army during WWII. I knew this because I spent time with him and my grandmother, Pauline, in their home in Fountain, MI. I was only about four or five years old and I remember seeing this picture of him and a few of the men... Read more »

June 3rd is National Repeat Day! June 3rd is National Repeat Day!

June 3rd is National Repeat Day!  June 3rd is National Repeat Day!
Today is National Repeat Day!  So who or what do we honor or how do we even celebrate?  Are there certain things to avoid doing today? All sorts of things come to mind. Why do we have a National Repeat Day and was it approved on the first attempt? (think about it)  Should we have... Read more »
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Oh Go Google Yourself! On Being Raymond Johnson

Oh Go Google Yourself! On Being Raymond Johnson
Sometimes having a common name like Raymond Johnson has its advantages as well as disadvantages.  Anyone with the last name Johnson, Jones, Smith or Miller can sympathize.  Some of the common disadvantages include misdirected mail and a messed up credit report to name a few.  One common advantage that comes to mind is that it... Read more »