Show all posts by user


Questions and Answers (Q&A) Forgotten Chicago Forum
Explore Forgotten Chicago
Have a question about a specific element in Chicago's history? Ask Away! 

Pages: Previous12345...LastNext
Current Page: 2 of 7
Results 31 - 60 of 201
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
My fondest memory of delivering the Chicago American, forerunner to Chicago Today, was a Southern family with four kids that rented a small home. I could tell that there was not a lot to go around but somehow they always tipped me when I collected for the paper. Sometimes it's the "have nots" that appreciate people the most.Yes, there was a tip but they taught me a much more valuable, lo
Forum: General Discussion
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
David, I wonder if you saw the program on H2, the History Channel's other outlet, about the Waubansee Stone. Scott Wolter is a researcher that travels around looking to debunk, or prove history as we know it. The name of the series is "America Unearthed" and Wolter also has the following blog- http://scottwolteranswers.blogspot.com/2015/01/who-carved-waubansee-stone.html Like most
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
I believe you are referring to the Goodman Equipment Company, formerly at 4834 S. Halsted. They are a manufacturer of locomotives used to haul ore cars in underground mines. At some point they vacated the Halsted site and relocated to Bedford Park, Il.
Forum: General Discussion
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
Yes, I have had them this year. My wife's cousin bought them so I am not aware of where she got them. Flavor-wise they were reminiscent of the old Jingles but about 1/3 the size and naturally the red and green sugar looks great on the package but what you get on the cookie is far less. Of course, following today's trend the net weight of the item is just a few ounces, maybe 10, compared to what wa
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
That was In The Round Dinner Playhouse, which occupied a former Jewel store. After ITR closed it became The Mayfield banquet facility which is still in operation.
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
David, just to clarify, the information from the CPL link is not correct and there are many other references online giving the same bad information. The birthplace of the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse was in Summit, IL and there is a photo of it in the Summit book I had mentioned. Bob Kott is the author and in addition to being a long time historian of Argo-Summit he is also the most prolific photo
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
It is a bit odd, in that Archer Ave. becomes Archer Rd. in Summit and Archer Rd. makes a turn southwesterly right where the old house and the original Candlelight stood. Consider Archer in the city, the old Brighton Theater was at 4223 S. Archer yet looking at a map one can see that it is just past Sacramento placing it in the 3000 W. block. Because the street is on an angle the addresses follow a
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
6 years ago
b.a.hoarder
I do not particularly remember the playhouse at that location but I can recall a frame house that stood one door north. The house had a very large cottonwood tree in front of it, and it must have been when the State Route 171 extension went in that they tore it and likely the old Candlelight down. The Arcadia book "Summit" tells us that William Pullinsi and Anthony D'Angelo pioneered t
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
The mention of Ray Rayner brings to mind something from my drinking days. Back in the early '70's Ray sometimes appeared at the old Candlelight Dinner Theater in Summit. I was a regular in a bar at 59th & Harlem and Ray often came in on Fridays with cast members for a meal and drinks after the show. He was very approachable and acted just like one of the guys, not at all pretentious and pretty
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
I found a promotional booklet for the CMD online and page 46 answers your question Jeff. Yes, the tower had multiple functions, it had a passenger elevator and the clock, but most importantly held the fire sprinkler tank for the 187,600 sq. ft. structure. https://archive.org/stream/centralmanufactu00cent#page/46/mode/2up I quickly scanned through the booklet looking for the clock tower but t
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
Big Bill was great, check him out here- http://stepfatherofsoul.blogspot.com/2008/04/soul-on-air-7-big-bill-hill-1967.html
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
toddb58 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > My grandfather, Henry R. Brooks and his wife > Carolyn, owned the Metropole in the 1920's. When > someone threw a large stinkbomb in the lobby, my > grandfather asked Al Capone to kindly find another > hotel to live in and he graciously complied. Who knew that a ruthless thug like Capone could have
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
justacruzr2 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > mo4040 Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > Saw the LA 'Thunderbirds' (rollerderby) at the > > Amphitheatre back in the mid-70's. > > Went to one of those roller derby matches in the > 70's also. Also saw Jethro Tull and Kansas there. > And w
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
The North Shore Line shut down on Jan. 20th, 1963 and the tavern-lounge car was serving drinks and Electroburgers right up to the very end.
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
From a list seen here- and your old exchange would have been Prescott or Prospect. The Garfield Ridge area where I lived had Ludlow, Portsmouth and Reliance exchanges as I recall.
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
I can only think of one from the Garfield Ridge area right now, Long John Wentworth. I guess Bill "Lippy" Lipinski (retired) from the House of Representatives might qualify, as well as his son Dan, second generation in the House. When Bill stepped down he used his clout to get Dan slated on the ballot.
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
The following is from a related post I made in November of 2010. My grandparents had a tavern on the NW corner of 25th & Rockwell during that time and according to my dad their bar became a "tea house". Apparently the locals would gather for a spot of tea, but of course they also had the stuff everyone was really after. There was a Sgt. on the police force that was the bagman for
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
While I don't have answers for all your questions I will say that many times I've noticed that pavement under a RR viaduct is often in a much worse state of repair, leading me to believe that area is the responsibility of the railroad and not the local municipality. If the RR is a good neighbor then their particular area may be in better repair than that of a competitor's viaduct. Also, regarding
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
tomcat630 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Midway is now busier than its 'hey day' with > Southwest flights in and out of its hub. In both 1958 and '59 Midway averaged 340,000 take-offs and landings and for 2012 and '13 there were 250,000. Granted there may be more passengers today given the size of the average commercial aircraft but I think the old rec
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
Tony Piet Pontiac was on Western as Berwyn Frank says. Tony played 2nd and 3rd base for the White Sox in '35-'37 was also notable as one of the many investors that took a bath with the Tucker automobile fiasco.
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
I lived in the Garfield Ridge area and there were no corner (or mid-block) stores beyond Narragansett at 6400 W. For the most part I guess that was the part of the Ridge developed last. Along Archer Ave. there were many shops that I remember fondly, Ronnie's about 7150 W run by a bachelor and his very old mother, JoJo's at Oak Park where they sold the best Italian ice BITD, another place at Neenah
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
ambrosemario Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > How about Mr. Shrimp at 74th & Western? For my > money they had the best deep fried shrimp on the > Southside. We used to stop on our way to the > Double drive-in. There was a second location at > 63rd & Harlem. I assume it was the same ownership, > but I never stopped there. Good stuff.
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
The Soupy Sales Show was televised out of LA and dad and I watched together on Saturdays more often than not. Much of the humor was a bit "over the head" of younger kids and I suppose the puppets were the draw for them. Soupy often had great, big time celebrity guests, crazy skits, and most of all pies like Mikey said. I'm laughing now just thinking about his facial expressions, the pupp
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
Some here must remember Kukla, Fran and Ollie, with Fran Allison hosting and interacting with the puppets. Ollie was a large dragon and to me was the most endearing of the three. Whoever did Ollie's puppet handling had the most effective way of showing emotion. Another lady I remember from Chicago broadcasting is Lee Phillip. Mom always watched her show, it was a talk show with a slant toward fem
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
Two Ton also did commercials for Riverview with the tagline "Laugh your troubles away", as he rode a roller coaster. Well he didn't ride, it just sat there. Then there was Jim Moran, your Courtesy Ford man, Jim hosted movies on Saturdays. Wrestling and Roller Derby were also popular, both of which were produced locally and even stock car racing was telecast from Soldier Field. Lee Marvi
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
How about Morrie Stark doing his own TV commercials for Stark's Warehouse Stores, or Lynn Burton doing commercials for Burt Weinman Ford. Clint Youle was the earliest weatherman I remember on Ch. 5, and who could forget Len O'Conner on 5, or Fahey Flynn with the news on 7, or P.J. Hoff drawing cartoons for his weather forecast on Ch. 2. In those early days, (early '50's) seems to me the 10PM news
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
Here is an interesting retrospective on the south side airport, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune archives. http://galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com/chi-130523-history-midway-international-airport-pictures/#chi-midway23misschicago-20130121
Forum: General Discussion
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
Edwin Perkins was born in 1889 and just eleven years later the genesis for Kool-Aid came along. Family friends brought the Perkins some of the newly introduced Jell-O and young Edwin was intrigued with the "Six Delicious Flavors". Within a few years he had in fact developed a couple of his own products but the one that really took off was Kool-Aid. Production was started in his home stat
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
I consulted a 1932 Illinois Standard Oil road map and there is a Byrneville shown three miles SW of Teidtville, right along the Sante Fe tracks. At that time there was no main road designated as Rt. 83, only some improved roads and two lane blacktop in what was basically the sticks in that era. Byrneville was only about a half mile from what is now Rt. 83 and Bluff Rd.
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
7 years ago
b.a.hoarder
I don't know if there is any connection, but there was a "mob" house in Du Page County that was torn down 20-25 years ago. It was a large '50's-'60's ranch that stood on the west side of Rt. 83 maybe a quarter mile north of Bluff Road. I would imagine it was a party house, good for a poker game, a little action on the side, etc. There may have been a particular crime connected to it but
Forum: Questions and Answers (Q&A)
Pages: Previous12345...LastNext
Current Page: 2 of 7

Home | Columns | Articles | Features | Links | Forum | Mission Statement | Staff | Media & Press | Maps | FAQ | Contact