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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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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When my daughter ran into a burning car: to save her doll

When my daughter ran into a burning car: to save her doll
The year 1962 was a year that is not difficult for me to remember. I remember the year since my wife was pregnant with our third child. We had recently purchased a used car and decided to take it up to South Haven, MI and show our children the area where their parents met, take... Read more »