Archive for June 2012

An Open Letter To The White Sox

An Open Letter To The White Sox
I’ve long wondered why White Sox managers and coaches (and broadcasters along with members of the media), are always putting the fans on notice for not coming to the park and in some way that hampers the budget to get new players. It’s unfair and it’s wrong. The Chicago White Sox are not a small... Read more »

My Gratitude to My Father and Father Figures

This weekend is father’s day and though I’ve yet to be one, I appreciate my dad and the other men who have been in my life and shared some wisdom and gave me the example of how to live my life. There are a few guys here so be patient. First is the man I’m... Read more »

The Sad State of Violence in Chicago; Its More Than Just a Number.

The Sad State of Violence in Chicago; Its More Than Just a Number.
Reading Police Chief McCarthy’s comment’s today about the violence in the city being an issue of “perception” outrages me more than the violence itself. I lived in West Pullman for over 30 years until 4 years ago, I heard gunshots at night, there was a police camera on the corner of 123rd & Halsted and... Read more »
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Burndown at Sundown At Route 66 Dragway

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This past Saturday was the “Burndown at Sundown” an afternoon of features at Joliet’s Route 66 Dragway. The event included the jet cars in the video that is included but also Division Three NHRA (National Hot Rod Association), regional races in the categories of top alcohol (the fuel the cars burn), pro stock (the cars... Read more »

Is A Chicago Public School Teacher Strike Inevitable or a Necessary Evil?

Is A Chicago Public School Teacher Strike Inevitable or a Necessary Evil?
My mother is a retired Chicago public school teacher and a former union delegate, she went on strike 10 times in her teaching career from 1965 to 2000 and I spoke with her over the weekend about the current labor issues with the Chicago public school system. She says she knows how tough it is... Read more »

The New Chevrolet SS; Good For Nascar and Us

The New Chevrolet SS; Good For Nascar and Us
When I first saw the Tribune article (which was based from a Detroit Free Press story), about Chevrolet’s new car the SS, it seemed like okay here’s another car from GM based on a foreign chassis and will initially be made overseas. It’s not. Yes this car will be the shell for the new Nascar... Read more »
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Lincoln Mall; A Mall On Life Support

Lincoln Mall is located at Lincoln Highway (US 30) & Cicero (Route 50), in south suburban Matteson and its the story of many local malls that have fallen on hard times. But with Lincoln Mall many mistakes were made along the way. Lincoln Mall is an indoor mall that opened in 1973 and was the... Read more »

Hyde Park's 57th Street Art Fair

Hyde Park's 57th Street Art Fair
If you need something to do this weekend, check out the 57th Street Art fair (from Woodlawn headed several blocks east and going north to 56th Street) in Hyde Park. This is the kick off for the summer Art Fair Season and outdoor festival season as well. My mother started taking me to this art... Read more »
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