Posts in category "History"

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 »

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 »
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Chicago Was Once the Most Integrated City -- Just ask its Founder

Chicago Was Once the Most Integrated City -- Just ask its Founder
Who “founded” Chicago? Mayor Daley the First Al Capone Oprah John Du Sable Don’t spend too much time on the quiz.  I tricked it up a bit.  This quiz does not include the Native Americans.  Notice I used quotes around founded, okay? Those who picked the last name picked right, though I did anglice his... Read more »

The Devil Baby Appears: Hull House to Close

The Devil Baby Appears: Hull House to Close
“Look in the window on the second floor,” said the Fat Man.  ”That’s where you will see the Devil Baby.” We stared at the empty Victorian-style house’s upper floors. No Devil Baby stared back. “Well, it’s a ghost,” said the Fat Man. “They don’t always operate on our schedule.”  He laughed. We had paid good... Read more »

Chicago's Own Cruise Ship Disaster...

Chicago's Own Cruise Ship Disaster...
News images of Carnival Cruise Line’s Costa Concordia sinking near shore off the coast of Italy bring back images of a similar horror that took place here in Chicago. For years, nobody but geeky history buffs knew that one of the worst maritime disasters in United States history happened right off Wacker Drive, when the... Read more »
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Channeling Uncle Al Scarface -- "I was Bad, but now I'm Good."

Channeling Uncle Al Scarface -- "I was Bad, but now I'm Good."
“Look at my mug and tell me I ain’t good!” — Channeled from Al Capone This morning, I was reading some info on the site of the “other major daily” in Chicago, which shall go un-named, because they do not have a blog site similar to the “other, other major daily”  in Chicago, the Trib.... Read more »

Happy New Year's, Chief!

Happy New Year's, Chief!
In all years I’ve known the Chief, he hasn’t verbally said a word to me. But he has communicated what’s on his chest in several ways. He is always there.  Kind of like a welcoming figure when you’re coming or going north or south on Pulaski (Crawford) Avenue. The Chief is like our Colossus of... Read more »

Fairy Castle it Ain't- (but it's the only one in Chicago)

Fairy Castle it Ain't- (but it's the only one in Chicago)
Who wouldn’t want to live in a castle? Living in a castle means you’ve made it.  Made it big.  You’re up on the hill; you’ve got the moat; you collect taxes from the peasants below; you have your choice of wenches –and your word goes!  It’s the Chicago way.  Ask any Chicago mayor/king. It’s good... Read more »
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