Archive for November 2012

Saving Chicago by Shrinking It

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Is Chicago now too big for itself? Meaning, is there too much infrastructure for areas of the city that have too little population and no hope of regaining that population? Should decaying and depopulated areas be turned back to the earth, for either natural, green areas or for productive farm land? This is what Detroit... Read more »

They Shoot Churches, Don't They? A Media Afraid

They Shoot Churches, Don't They?  A Media Afraid
Recently, St.  St. Columbanus Church, on the south side was the scene of a murder. From the Chicago Tribune Report, a known gang banger, attending a funeral for another fallen brother in mayhem, destruction and death, was being given a good Christian send-off,  and then it got ugly.  Shots were fired, by a yet unknown fellow killer... Read more »

Sign, Sign Everywhere An Old Sign -- No So Much

Sign, Sign Everywhere An Old Sign -- No So Much
Getting rarer and rarer.  This one on Ogden Avenue, outside of Chicago. House of Doors — 50 years old when that old sign was made. Would you live in a “house of doors”?      
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When Turkeys Attack!

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Beware!  Turkeys are the new zombies.  They are not taking being slaughtered, flash frozen, and stuffed into your local supermarket’s freezer sitting or laying down anymore. They are ganging up and fighting back.  Think Patrick Swayze in Next of Kin, 1989.  Swazyze’s movie brother is killed by the Italian mob and the folks back in... Read more »

Gone, Gay and Forgotten -- The Fate of Richard Halliburton

Gone, Gay and Forgotten -- The Fate of Richard Halliburton
It takes awhile for the history books to be written, and when you review them some characters are pushed to the front of the memory of culture, and some are forgotten. Richard Halliburton, adventurer, lecturer and writer,  is one of those forgotten men, though in his heyday –the 1920′s and 1930′s– he was at least... Read more »

A Chicago Mayor Dies and a President Lives

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Anton Cermak, the 36th mayor of Chicago, died March 06, 1933, after being injured in an a assassination attempt on the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Cermak, who was in a Miami, Florida, park was shot on February 15, and uttered the famous words to Roosevelt as they were rushing towards the hospital: “I’m glad... Read more »
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Chicago, Auto Maker to the World?

Chicago, Auto Maker to the World?
At one time this was true. Prior to World War I, Chicago was a leading rival to Detroit for the manufacture of the “Horseless Carriage”, according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago History. Once-upon-a-time, as then is now, the electric and hybrid automobile was all the rage.  From 1896 to 1918, the Woods Motor Vehicle Company... Read more »

What Will You Do on Your Last Day on Earth?

What Will You Do on Your Last Day on Earth?
Now that the election is over, there is a more important thing to consider. I’m talking life and death. Of the planet. I am referring to the Mayan prediction. Because the Mayans were not a group either the Democrats or Republicans were pandering to, their prediction of the world’s end has been lost in the... Read more »

Big Storm. Big Failure. Big Deal

Big Storm.  Big Failure.  Big Deal
Hurricane Katrina had a baby named Sandy, and she was pissed. Earlier this week, she slammed into the East Coast of the United States and left a number of states and their residents in dire trouble. There are million without power, without food and water and heat. People are stuck in high rises without power,... Read more »
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