Category: History

Have you seen "Trust Jesus" lately?

Have you seen  "Trust Jesus"  lately?
   For years someone spray painted “Trust Jesus” on the overpasses in Chicago and the Midwest.  Who was it?         I-80 is a long and lonely stretch of road, cutting east and west across the United States.  That is where I first encountered my own personal “Trust Jesus”. Every so often it... Read more »

Does Land Ground You?

Does Land Ground You?
Not long ago many of us lived in small towns. Or we came from the farms around those towns. We are one or maybe two generations removed from that small-town life.  It is the same small town life popularized in the early 20th Century by Sinclair Lewis, in novels such as Main Street and Babbit. ... Read more »

Big or Small: How do you like your grocery store?

Big or Small: How do you like your grocery store?
I’m not going to start this post with “when I was a kid”…. So… when I was a kid, grocery stores were magical places, usually because of the “electric eye” that opened and closed the doors.  I used to torture the one at the High- Low Store on South Western Avenue, running in and then... Read more »
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Being belted saved my life

Being belted saved my life
There was a time early in my life when I was never belted. Life was free, I was able to jump like an acrobat from front to back seat, and even spent time napping in the rear window above the back seat. The beginning of the end of my freedom came on this day, July... Read more »

302 Answered Questions about Perking

302 Answered Questions about Perking
Perking. It used to invoke emotions that were not as savage as twerking, but had its place in every American home at one time. I am talking about the coffee pot.  A type that perks.  With a little glass dome on the top that you can see the coffee erupt into and then drop and... Read more »

Shout Out from Space --- "Sorry, Wrong Number"

  British astronaut, Tim Peake, dialed long distance from space.  More about that in a minute (or a few units in tele-talk). It used to be there was one phone in the house, usually in either the kitchen or hallway or some other public space in the house.  Once upon a time extensions cost extra money, and... Read more »
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"Amphicar" Ride... Half car, Half Boat!!

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Next time you get frustrated with Lake Shore Drive traffic, think of what could have been: a shortcut across the lake — via your own Amphicar Model 770, first introduced by German car maker Quandt Group. Quandt made 4000 or so of these not-quite-a-car and not-quite-a-boat, but the concept never became a mass market success.... Read more »

50 years ago today CS Lewis died...

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Who, some may ask, is CS Lewis? Though gone now fifty years, the argument can be made that CS Lewis, an agnostic turned Christian apologist, has had more influence on the world than any US President. His seminal work, “Mere Christianity”, continues to sell in the millions, decades after its publication. Also, “The Chronicles of Narnia”,... Read more »

It is not the first time a bank was hit from the air

It is not the first time a bank was hit from the air
On September 25, 2013, a small plane crashed just short of the runway of Clow Airport in suburban  Bolingbrook, southwest of Chicago, killing the pilot and his passenger.   It was not the first time a small plane dropped out of the sky there; in 2008, another small plane made an emergency landing on Weber... Read more »
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A Killer Valentine's Day in Chicago...

A Killer Valentine's Day in Chicago...
Most people get chocolates or flowers or even gift cards for Valentine’s Day. On February 14, 1929, seven men got bullets.  Lots of them, delivered by Tommy Guns.  This is Chicago’s contribution to the day of love. Alphonse Gaberiel Capone was fingered as the most likely suspect, but the original Scareface was in Florida at... Read more »