Archive for November 2014

Goodbye Lincoln Mall

Exterior of old Sears store
On Saturday November 29th, I came to see Lincoln Mall one last time. As you may have heard the venerable south suburban mall on US 30 & Cicero Ave in Matteson is supposedly going to close to for good right after the first of the year. Now in the past few years this former bustling... Read more »

What's A Black Life Worth?

What's A Black Life Worth?
The familiar hashtag on Twitter and picture on other forms of social media for the past few days since the non indictment of officer Darren Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown has been “What’s a black life worth?” I am a black man and there have been times I thought the value of the... Read more »

Chuck's Calendar Of National Holidays

Chuck's Calendar Of National Holidays
National Grilling Day, 1st Saturday in May there would be sales on all grills and grilling meats. Just about every grocery store would have people grilling in the parking lots and local BBQ restaurants would have cooking demonstrations. At all stadiums there would be tailgates even though there would be no games but the opportunities... Read more »
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I'm Thankful For My Father

I'm Thankful For My Father
My dad passed on April 21st of this year after a four month illness following a stroke that happened days after a triple bypass operation a few days after Christmas. To say the last year was challenging would be an understatement but I’ve learned so much, gotten so much stronger, smarter and ready for the... Read more »

The New General Motors Mid Sized Pick Up Trucks

The New General Motors Mid Sized Pick Up Trucks
The Mid Sized pick up can be summed up as a middle child, not the big brawny full sized truck nor the small entry level truck either. And with the plethora of SUVs on the market today where does a mid sized truck fit in? Right in the middle of the SUV & truck market,... Read more »

Bill Cosby Is Not Cliff Huxtable

Bill Cosby Is Not Cliff Huxtable
Who is Bill Cosby? No seriously, who is this guy? People of my generation grew up with him as a father figure with “Fat Albert” & “Picture Pages” and then of course “The Cosby Show”, so hearing all of these sexual predatory allegations is disturbing. But I’ve been through something like this personally, over 20... Read more »
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Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson

Basketball Innocence Lost: Thirty Years Since The Death of Ben Wilson
Friday November 21st marks 30 years since the death of Chicago public high school great Ben Wilson. You ask any Chicagoan of a certain age and Thanksgiving of the mid 80’s were sorrowful, we lost Ben Wilson the day before Thanksgiving in 1984 and then our beloved Mayor Harold Washington three years later the day... Read more »

What Should Replace The Chevrolet SS?

What Should Replace The Chevrolet SS?
Over two years ago (June 6, 2012) with the introduction of the Chevrolet SS I wrote “It is good for NASCAR & Us” and I had high hopes for the rear wheel performance car (and so did General Motors), but seems few other people did. So from what I understand Chevrolet is not going to... Read more »

Simple Winter Dinners: Chicken Cacciatore In a Crock Pot

Simple Winter Dinners: Chicken Cacciatore In a Crock Pot
One of my favorite meals is chicken cacciatore, its both delicious but also a tasteful reminder of one of my late father’s favorite meals. He made his “old school” on the stove but unfortunately I don’t have the time nor culinary talent he had, so mine is a crock pot variation and just today I... Read more »
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Erica Enders Stevens The First Lady Of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing

Erica Enders Stevens The First Lady Of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing
On Sunday afternoon racing history was made at the 50th Anniversary National Hot Rod Association Finals (NHRA), in Pomona, California when Erica Enders Stevens became the first woman to win a Pro Stock Car drag racing Championship. She joins fellow female drivers Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney in the top fuel class & Angelle Sampey in... Read more »