Archive for February 2016

Milwaukee Auto Show Recap

Milwaukee Auto Show Recap
This past week was the Milwaukee Auto Show, it’s a different exhibition all together than the Nation’s largest show that goes on here. But that’s not a bad thing. It’s held downtown at the Wisconsin Center (formally Midwest Airlines & Delta Airlines Center), and that space is not completely wide open like our McCormick Place.... Read more »

How To Buy A Car

How To Buy A Car
My first advice is to buy a car you like. Seriously, because I’ve owned nine cars and I didn’t like all of them, just because a car is a deal or even really practical, doesn’t mean you will like it. I’m not saying buy a car you can’t afford just because you really like it,... Read more »

Definition of a Crumbsnatcher

Definition of a Crumbsnatcher
Officially this week my soon to be nine month old son became a “crumbsnatcher”. You may have heard people used that term to call their children and think its “ghetto” or “demeaning” but let me tell you, its truth. The other day my son is sitting on the floor in the living room and he... Read more »
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My Vehicle Guilty Pleasure: Volkswagen Beetle

My Vehicle Guilty Pleasure: Volkswagen Beetle
If there was ever a car that was a guilty pleasure for me it’s the Volkswagen (VW), Bug/”New Beetle” (1999-2011)/”Beetle” (after 2011). I know it’s not the most masculine car around but I have a lifelong love affair with this little car from VW. I used to watch the original “Herbie the Love Bug” movies... Read more »

Possible Future Collector Cars

Possible Future Collector Cars
So if you are not aware the collector car market right now is booming. There are more specialty used car lots with classic cars, more older cars for sale on Craigslist and even in people’s front yards. The auctions that have the best of the collector cars (Mecum, Barrett-Jackson, Auctions America, etc.), are packed with... Read more »

The Legacy of My Godfather: Mahatma White

The Legacy of My Godfather: Mahatma White
14 years ago this week (February 19th), we lost my godfather Mahatma White. It was one of lowest points of my life, he died suddenly and only months after the 9/11 tragedy and not quite a year removed from losing my oldest brother. My uncle “Mahat” was a beloved figure in our family. He was... Read more »
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African American Unsung Heroes: Elizabeth Jennings Graham

African American Unsung Heroes: Elizabeth Jennings Graham
I preface this with thanks to my wife’s uncle (and fellow Brother Rice alum), Patrick for enlightening me on this early story of civil rights. 101 years prior to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat in Montgomery Alabama that sparked the 1950’s civil rights movements. Elizabeth Jennings started a similar movement in... Read more »

My Son's First Trip To The Chicago Auto Show

My Son's First Trip To The Chicago Auto Show
I can’t tell you how excited I was to share my love of the Chicago Auto show with my son. Okay so he’s 8 months old. But this a tradition I shared with my late father who first took me when I was probably six or seven years old. I remember standing in line downstairs... Read more »

The Saga of a Car Guy

The Saga of a Car Guy
So every day since sometime in July I’ve noticed a car sitting in someone’s driveway near my house. I don’t know why but I’ve become enamored with it. I slow down to look at it every time I drive past. It’s a Hyundai Tiburon, probably a 2003 or 2004, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t run... Read more »
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African American Culinary Heroes: John Meyer of BJ's Market

African American Culinary Heroes: John Meyer of BJ's Market
I first heard about John Meyer in the early 1990’s when he ran an upscale restaurant in one of the Pullman mansions on the far southeast side. We had my grandparents wedding anniversary there around 1993 & 1994 and dined there a few other times. The place was called The Retreat and it was a... Read more »