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My Lincoln Mall Story As it Faces Demolition

I was driving down Lincoln Highway (Route 30), the other day and saw the demolition of Lincoln Mall and I had to drive over and take pictures and pay my respects. No worries, I didn’t tresspass, every picture was taken legally from behind the construction fence. I worked at Montgomery Ward in Lincoln Mall from... Read more »

We Need to Focus on Positive African American Men

We Need to Focus on Positive African American Men
Who are the two most prominent men of color in the news this week? R. Kelly & OJ Simpson. They have been in the news for over 20 years for all of the wrong reasons and seem not to get the full extent of the law like most of us African American men would. Let’s... Read more »

Return To Fishing

Return To Fishing
This past weekend I took my two year old son fishing for the first time and it was my first time fishing since my dad past three years ago. When it comes to fishing I was taught by the best, men like my dad, also my late scoutmaster Arthur R. Young Jr., (Ricky), and his... Read more »
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Love For The Glove

Love For The Glove
This week the baseball beat writers for the Chicago Tribune (Colleen Kane & Mark Gonzales), did an excellent story about various Chicago Cubs and White Sox and their baseball gloves. Some guys were elaborate about breaking the gloves in, how many they have, when they use them (practice and in game gloves aka “gamers”), and even... Read more »

The Curtain Will Fall On The Star Plaza Theater

The Curtain Will Fall On The Star Plaza Theater
For those of us who came of age in the 1980’s we will always remember fondly the Star Plaza Theater formally known as the Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville Indiana which will close at the end of the year and be demolished. Before the casinos had beautiful theatres and booked top acts, before places like Country... Read more »

How A Food Desert Happens

How A Food Desert Happens
I read Greg Trotters’ column in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune about the food desert my old neighborhood (Calumet Park), has become and it’s true but sad because that’s my old hood but it wasn’t always like that. I grew up across 123rd Street (the northern boundary of), Calumet Park. It’s as far south in Chicago you... Read more »
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I Forgot How Bad Chicago Traffic Can Be

I Forgot How Bad Chicago Traffic Can Be
So Saturday morning I went to the NHL Draft and fan fest at the United Center and then had lunch in Lincoln Park. Then came time for the fun drive home back to eastern Will County early in the afternoon, follow on me on this okay? I got on Lake Shore Drive (LSD), at North... Read more »

How To Buy A Sports Jersey

How To Buy A Sports Jersey
I know seems innocent enough, you go to a store, buy your favorite player’s jersey and that’s it. But what if you’re not willing to pay over $ 100.00-$ 150.00 for a jersey but are willing to look high and low for one? Take it for me, I’ve owned almost three dozen jerseys in my... Read more »

Why Battery Powered Chainsaws Rock

Why Battery Powered Chainsaws Rock
So if you haven’t figured out yet, I’m a tool guy, I like everything about tool, I like reading tool catalogs for stuff I have no need or use for. I like walking around hardware stores looking at tools (and often take my young son), and seeing whats new and on sale and what we... Read more »
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Why Cornell Drive Matters

Why Cornell Drive Matters
I have been a fan of Barack Obama since 2004. I unapologetically have supported him (and though maybe didn’t like everything he did), you have to remember for many of “us” that look like him, he represented us in an office many of us never thought we see one of us. I also love the... Read more »
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