Posts in category "Chicago History"

Don't Like Your Family History? There's an App for That!

Don't Like Your Family History?  There's an App for That!
I don’t mean to pick on Ben Affleck but since it is out there what the heck?!  If you are not aware by now through some leaked emails it was recently released that Ben Affleck had requested that information concerning him having slave-holding ancestors be withheld from viewers of the PBS show, “Finding Your Roots”.... Read more »

4/20/16 – Chicago Cubs’ first game in Weeghman Park aka Wrigley Field

4/20/16 – Chicago Cubs’ first game in Weeghman Park aka Wrigley Field
April 20th or 4/20 or simply 420 has gotten some mixed reviews in the past.  It has been referred to as one of the most infamous dates in history.  Adolph Hitler was born on April 20, 1889.  The Columbine High School Shooting took place on April 20, 1999 where 12 students and 1 teacher were... Read more »

The Unsolved 1977 Murder of Deborah Lynn Rosencrans - Tamara Shaffer - Guest Author Blog

The Unsolved 1977 Murder of Deborah Lynn Rosencrans - Tamara Shaffer - Guest Author Blog
I have gotten to know author Tamara Shaffer over the years and especially when researching the deaths of sisters Barbara and Patricia Grimes.  Both of us have an undying desire to see justice served and have written about unsolved murders in an effort to keep the victims’ memories alive and to hopefully spark a memory... Read more »
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Chicago Links to the Titanic - Annie Kate Kelly

Chicago Links to the Titanic - Annie Kate Kelly
Today, April 14, was the beginning of the end of the R.M.S. Titanic which started sinking on April 14, 1912 and became legend early on the morning of the 15th.  I have been writing a series of articles on Chicago’s links to the Titanic and this is the third in that series. Annie Kate Kelly,... Read more »

Founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey, has no link to Chicago's John Hancock Center

Founder of the Church of Satan, Anton Szandor LaVey, has no link to Chicago's John Hancock Center
Today, April 11, 2015, would have been the 85th birthday of  Anton Szandor LaVey.  I don’t know how many times I had read or heard that Anton LaVey, the author of the Satanic Bible and founder of the Church of Satan had been born or raised in the area of Chicago where the John Hancock... Read more »

Happy Dyngus Day Chicago!

Happy Dyngus Day Chicago!
Well it doesn’t look all that romantic but the Monday after Easter is known in many Polish communities as Dyngus (Dingus) Day!  Apparently in Chicago it was also known as Switch-Kiss Day.  The day is normally celebrated with lots of Polish food and beer and the highlight of the day is when men (originally young... Read more »
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Happy 98th Birthday to the Chicago Municipal Flag

Happy 98th Birthday to the Chicago Municipal Flag
Happy 98th birthday to the Chicago Municipal Flag!  In 1915 Mayor William Hale Thompson appointed a commission to develop a city flag.  Wallace deGroot Cecil Rice, a poet and former member of Chicago’s infamous and short-lived Whitechapel Club was chosen to develop the rules for a contest from which a winning design would be chosen.... Read more »

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Terrible Tommy O'Connor

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Terrible Tommy O'Connor
As my wife was placing the corned beef brisket into the crockpot and we were planning our St. Paddy’s Day activities for this evening, I went to the mailbox and found a postcard from an old Chicago buddy, Tommy O’Connor ! How cool to hear from him and know that he is doing well at... Read more »

March 13, 2015 Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee to mark 77th anniversary of his death

March 13, 2015 Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee to mark 77th anniversary of his death
Tomorrow marks the 77th Anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death and the 58th time that this ceremony has been held at the Bridge that was named in his honor on April 2, 1957.  The Bridge is currently under restoration and is located directly south of the Museum of Science and Industry and stretches across... Read more »
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Teresita Basa Killed Today in 1977 - Did She Solve Her Own Murder?

Teresita Basa Killed Today in 1977 - Did She Solve Her Own Murder?
Today, February 21, 2015, is the 38th Anniversary of the murder of Teresita Basa. Teresita was a 47 year old respiratory therapist who worked at the now defunct Edgewater Hospital. On the evening of that day in 1977 the shrill sirens of Chicago fire engines pierced through the cold winter air in the neighborhood of... Read more »