Posts in category "Chicago History"

Hoping for a peaceful world

Hard to believe Dad is still wanting to blog. He dictated this to my sister in law yesterday and I am going to translate as best I can. From one day to the next I don’t know if he will be awake long enough to even think about writing. Or well enough. But here is... Read more »

All I wanted was an egg roll

All I wanted was an egg roll
I had an urge for a Chinese egg roll at one of my favorite restaurants. That’s how my evening began. All I wanted was a egg roll. We went to my favorite restaurant, Imperial Gardens in Middleton, WI. In reviewing the sumptuous menu, I spotted a dish called sizzling rice soup in a tomato broth.... Read more »

Barbara Walters retirement: on spending an evening with her at the Variety Club of Illinois celebrity ball

Barbara Walters retirement: on spending an evening with her at the Variety Club of Illinois celebrity ball
Dear Barbara, Remember in the early spring of 1978 when you came to Chicago and accepted our annual Queen of Hearts award? It was then that we met.  You and Claudia Crown, your assistant were coming to Chicago to accept your award. The ball was being held in the Hyatt Regency of Chicago in the... Read more »
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Passovers, then and now as I celebrate my eighty first

Passovers, then and now as I celebrate my eighty first
Growing up as one of four sons, I was raised in an Orthodox home and therefore we had an Orthodox Passover Seder. Our Mother removed any leavened bread and took them out of our apartment to be used again after the holiday of freedom. You can go to my daughter’s site “When you put it... Read more »

Yom Hashoah: A day to remember an event we must never forget

Yom Hashoah: A day to remember an event we must never forget
When my wife and I began helping students and adults understand the Holocaust, there were two essential reasons. To help them with our Hands on Approach to the Holocaust and secondly to realize that eventually there would not be any more survivors to give living testimony of the brutality and madness of the Nazi Regime ... Read more »

State Street strip clubs and some old time burlesque: gone but not forgotten

State Street strip clubs and some old time burlesque: gone but not forgotten
Once upon a time, Chicago’s North State Street,  THAT GREAT STREET also had the bawdy South end that ran from Van Buren to what is now the Eisenhower Expressway. This was State Street circa the 1940’s and 1950’s. It was the era of burlesque, girlie shows and strip tease bars.  Minsky’s Burlesque Theatre was a throwback to... Read more »
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The Stripper and the sugar daddy: one memory I'll never forget

The Stripper and the sugar daddy: one memory I'll never forget
It was getting late and we were about to close the doors. Then she walked in or shall I say, glided. She was a caricature of the Mickey Spillane novels that were so popular in the 1950’s. His alter ego character was Mike Hammer who was a two fisted private eye with a blonde under... Read more »

St. Patrick's Day Chicago in the day of The Daley's

St. Patrick's Day Chicago in the day of The Daley's
The top of the morning to you and the rest of the day. (Irish saying) How well I remember Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day.  The Daley Family were the Grand Marshalls of the parade for at least twenty years between Mayor Richard J. Daley and son Mayor Richard M Daley. You could hear the song... Read more »

What's in your wallet? Alec and Samuel L want to know

What's in your wallet? Alec and Samuel L want to know
What’s in your wallet? The answer is simple: DEBT! I must confess that Visa has one of the most creative commercial campaigns on TV. We have Alec Baldwin foiling a plot to kidnap him; he rides on the luggage carousel talking about double points and his beard growing contest with the Vikings and always ends... Read more »
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Bears v Packers: Help me! Who do I cheer for?

Bears v Packers: Help me! Who do I cheer for?
Help… I’m in trouble. I was born on Chicago’s West side and always cheered for  Da Bears.  In fact I go back as far as cheering for the Chicago Cardinals playing at the old Comiskey Park. And Da Bears  playing at Wrigley Field. Life was simple. I watched and cheered for the loveable losers the... Read more »