Posts in category "Entertainment"

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 »

Dancing With the Stars partner swap: a one night stand thank heaven!

Dancing With the Stars partner swap: a one night stand thank heaven!
There are plenty of opinions swirling around the internet about Monday night’s Dancing With the Stars,  ranging from Julianne Hough’s dress to many heated comments on the scoring. I saw jealousy and fangs between the competitors and unfortunately among the judges.  And, I am more than sure the viewers each have their own opinion about... 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 »

The Oscars 2014: How Bette Midler stole the show and Ellen delighted us all

The Oscars 2014: How Bette Midler stole the show and Ellen delighted us all
Normally I find the Oscars a boring three hours but the show this year was an absolute delight. Thank you Ellen DeGeneres for a happy show! My only complaint is that I didn’t get a slice of pizza. And how much was the actual tip to the delivery pizza man? Ellen, you had the audience... Read more »

The Chicago Hustle: there was women's pro basketball in Chicago before the WNBA

The Chicago Hustle: there was women's pro basketball in Chicago before the WNBA
Chicago has had its share of women’s basketball teams in leagues that folded. Long before today’s Chicago Sky of the WNBA we were represented by the Chicago Hustle of the Women’s Professional League (WBL). The team was strong and won its share of games however, there was one major problem. The new league did not... Read more »
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Swimming naked: my high school swim team did!

Swimming naked: my high school swim team did!
After watching swim team meets between other schools, I tried out for our high school swim team (I attended Harrison High School in Chicago from 1946-1950) and what do you know, I made it! As I relive this memory it also talks to how swimming has changed in six decades and all for the better.... Read more »

The West Side Story of Chicago Then: Roosevelt Road, that great street

The West Side Story of Chicago Then: Roosevelt Road, that great street
There weren’t super highways, strip malls or the monstrous shopping malls of this generation.  The word ‘suburb’ wasn’t in our lexicon.  What each community in Chicago had is their own major shopping area. Mine was Roosevelt Road, or as it was known in the early part of the 20th century, 12th Street. I still remember... Read more »

Dancing With the Stars: A show waiting to implode

Dancing With the Stars: A show waiting to implode
To the producers of Dancing With The Stars: It is said that a camel with two humps was made by a committee.  That same committee needs to be working on your new format in order to salvage it.  Here are the reasons why: The single night does not work well with your new schedule. I... Read more »
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