Archive for 2012

5 Things You Will Have To Do Because The World Didn't End

I woke up this morning and not only didn’t the Great Blizzard miss most of Chicago, but the world did not end. Therefore, we will all have to:   Buy Christmas Presents Obey the Winter Parking Ban Suffer through the New Year Eve countdown shows for 2013 Slip over a Fiscal Cliff, which is a... Read more »

University of Chicago to Tear Down Reagan's Home in Hyde Park

University of Chicago to Tear Down Reagan's Home in Hyde Park
Many people know that President Reagan was born Illinois and lived here while growing up. Few know that Reagan lived in Chicago. Most think of his downstate homes, his birth home in Tampico and his childhood home in Dixon, Illinois. Few are aware that Reagan lived only a few short blocks from the home of... Read more »

"Sins" and the Atheist

"Sins" and the Atheist
There are sins and there are crimes. The basics of law in the United States and most of the Western World are based upon the Judeo-Christian tenets of faith. You know them; they were codified by a Jew who came down from the mountain, after talking to the Almighty, only to find that his followers... Read more »
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Old Signs of Chicago, December 01 2012

Old Signs of Chicago, December 01 2012
Lettering in the window boasted it was in business since 1945 or 1946, forget exactly. It’s a doughnuts toss away from Chicago Police headquarters — or was. Still around and in biz, with a new, fancy sign somewhere? Here’s where it was.        

Are Chicagoans Friendly?

Are Chicagoans Friendly?
How do you react when somebody, a stranger, tries to strike up a conversation with you? Suppose you are standing at the bus stop, or eating lunch or having a drink at a watering hole? Do you automatically think, “What’s the scam”, or “This guy ain’t going to get to first base with me”? Why... Read more »

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 »
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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”?      

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 »
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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 »
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