The Almighty Gaylords "...To our first time visitors or people with little understanding of street gangs in general, the web site probably appears a little weird or creepy at first glance..."
Gang violence - Chicago Gaylord style...
posted by longbaugh
on Jan 11, 2006 -
Lou Rawls dies
You'll never find... A "velvety baritone" like Lou Rawls, who died Friday of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai in LA. He moved with his mother from Chicago in the 1950s, was a friend of Sam Cooke, and sang the National Anthem at Game 2 of the 2005 World Series in Chicago
. Rawls sang with Sam Cooke
, was awarded three Grammys, sold one platinum and five gold albums. He said: There are no limits to music, so why should I limit myself
posted by SeeAych4
on Jan 6, 2006 -
In the summer of 1995 there was a week-long heat wave in Chicago
. Over 700 people died. Most of them were the elderly, poor, and African-Americans. Link above is a Slate article by Eric Klinberg who wrote the definitive Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
(2003) in which he concludes that "a city, in its decision to operate like a corporation, experienced the breakdown of massive social services" and the resulting "widening cracks in the social foundations of America's cities".
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 9, 2005 -
Gary Skoien terminated for putting a bounty on Da Mayor's head
Skoien was fired from his high powered day job at Prime Group by his boss - a Daley democrat apparently - for putting a $10K bounty on Mayor Daley for information leading to his arrest.
Doug Ibendahl, founder and coordinator of the Republican Young Professionals, said the bounty is unprofessional and Skoien should be removed as heaqd of the GOP in Cook County.
Yeah, but fired?
Prime Group CEO Michael Reschke said Friday that Skoien fatally blunted his effectiveness in the company and that the Daley administration did not influence his firing.
"Gary positioned himself where he can no longer be an effective executive officer of our company," said Reschke, who has made political contributions mostly to Democrats, including at least $2,000 to Daley, but also to a few Republicans, including at least $250 to Skoien.
Truly, Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt
posted by Smedleyman
on Aug 1, 2005 -
Dick "Two Ton" Baker
is a Chicago legend who had a long career in radio, records, and children's television. He was a child prodigy
, a beloved radio host
, and looked upon with favor by none other than Duke Ellington
. He also made some really terrifically funny music
. Check out mp3 versions of "I Like Stinky Cheese," "Civilization"
(a hit for Danny Kaye), the classic "I'm a Little Weenie,"
and many others, all sung in Two Ton's terrifically expressive baritone. Go easy on this site's bandwidth, though.
Check out also the collection of press clippings and articles about Two Ton
, a lovingly compiled discography
(.PDF), and then, because you know you want 'em, buy some CDs of the great man's music.
Oh, and did I mention that it's Two Ton's voice you hear on the classic piece of Cold War "let's make nuclear annihilation palatable to the kiddies!" Americana "Duck and Cover"? Well, it is!
posted by Dr. Wu
on May 17, 2005 -
The Velvet is moving! Fred Anderson
's Velvet Lounge, one of the best places in Chicago to see avant garde jazz, has to move. To help fund the construction of a new club, they're having a couple of fundraisers
(pdf) at the Hot House and at the Velvet in late May. If you don't know Fred, you should get to know him
. If you find yourself in Chicago in May, check him out at the 40th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
, which he helped found. If you find yourself far from Chicago, a lot of his music is available
on CD, including my favorite, the 2003 disc Back at the Velvet Lounge
posted by goatdog
on Apr 25, 2005 -
Dixie Square Mall
, in the mostly-blighted "inner ring
" Chicago suburb of Harvey, Illinois
, opened in 1966. It suffered gradual decline, until it closed in 1978. A year later, film crews gave the mall a brief makeover and Jake and Elwood Blues drove through the place
. Then, nothing. For 20-plus years, the mall sat and decayed. Renovation plans
(even a planned baseball stadium for the White Sox
) were popular
over the years
, but never panned out. In 1993, a rape and murder took place
in the JC Penney's space.
, the mall looks beat up. From the ground, it looks even worse
. Human fascination with deserted space has borne a number of websites
and spelunking trips
(along with some excellent
), and a documentary
is apparently in the works. Finally, at long last, there's renewed hope
for the site. Previously seen here
posted by AgentRocket
on Apr 18, 2005 -
Gas Pump Hacker.
"CHICAGO -- In a bold and outrageous theft staged in broad daylight, a driver pumped about $900 worth of gasoline at a suburban gas station.
The man removed the panel of a pump in Country Club Hills and manipulated the mechanics of the pump so that it would continue to pump gas without registering inside the station...
Other cars then pulled up to the pump and, apparently, cut deals with the thief, who then filled up their tanks and took off..."
posted by azul
on Apr 16, 2005 -
Chicago's current archetectual and artistic showcase, Millenium Park
seems to be causing some problems. The pedestrian bridge
was closed because the hardwood used to build it can not take the salt used to remove ice from pedestrian walkways. But it also seems that the massive sculpture Cloud Gate
aka "The Bean" is a copyright elephant in public space. Park security are shaking down
photographers for permits. As is typical, the copyright shakedown appears to be less about protecting the rights of the original artists, and more about the rights of the distributor
(in this case, the city's desired monopoly on postcards and prints). See boing boing
for editorializing and Slashdot
for the typical herd reaction.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Feb 12, 2005 -
sung by Mahalia Jackson (mp3)
No artist brought more acclaim to gospel music than Mahalia Jackson
(October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972). Beginning in 1950, her divine
(.wav) talents were featured weekly on Studs Turkel
's radio program, and through her music
and gentle personality she became so beloved worldwide that her funeral
rivaled that of royalty. Mahalia sang "Precious Lord" at Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral -- at Mahalia's funeral, Aretha Franklin did the honors. Mahalia
was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 1997
. Word has it she also made a mean okra gumbo
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 27, 2005 -
Robert Cutter, Phillip Kuhn and Marlene Kuhn, Thursday night league bowlers: "I take the bus to the bowling alley," says Robert. "It takes me about an hour. I've been bowling 36 years. I've never missed bowling in 36 years. I'm the first one here and the last one to go home. I even beat the sheet maker (the guy who keeps score for the teams). If I have the flu, I'm still bowling. I still come. I've got rheumatisim and I'm still bowling. If I don't bowl I sit on the couch." When asked if he'd ever consider quitting bowling, he said, "Hell no! I gotta be dead first!" ..."Phil and I have been bowling five years," says Marlene. "We've only missed bowling once in five years. We walk here. We walk even when it rains or snows. It's about 4-1/2 miles to get here. I try to do my best. I've got a bad leg. I've got a trick knee that goes out on me. We're going to start up our own team soon: the Klingons. We watch Star Trek all the time. We're Trekaholics. We have a cat named Leonard 'Bones' McCoy."
Marzano's Miami Bowl
posted by y2karl
on Nov 13, 2004 -
Word of God Chicago man finds a series of bizarre notes from God threatening very specific sinners taped up in the windows of random businesses.
posted by squirrel
on Oct 9, 2004 -
I've just finished reading a copy of Larson's Devil
in the White City
sent to me by a relative who heard of my love for
is a biography of two men who were
central to the 1893 Chicago World's
. One, Daniel
would become one of the most influential architects and
city planners of the early 20th century. Burnham organized a crew of
the architectural, engineering and artistic elite including landscape artist Frederick Law Olmstead
(famous for Central Park and Biltmore) in an effort to better the Paris
world's fair of 1889. The Chicago exposition would be profoundly
influential for American culture introducing Arabic Dance (the tune for "There's a place in France/where the naked ladies dance" was created in Chicago), the Ferris
Wheel, Shredded Wheat, and helping to settle the Battle of the Currents
between Edison and Tesla. The fair drew a large variety of larger than
life figures including Archduke Ferdinand, Elizabeth B. Anthony, Buffalo Bill Cody and the
mostly forgotten master of self promotion Citizen
is also a biography of the man given credit for
America's first recognized serial murders, the self-named H. H. Holmes
. At the start
of the fair, Holmes changed his modus operandi
from marrying and
killing women as part of insurance and real estate scams, to running a
hotel from which an unknown number of his female tenants never checked
out. Although information on Holmes's activities is scanty, he serves
as a mirror of the utopia of civic safety created by Burnham. Larson makes the argument that the contrasts between optimisim and pessimism, well-intentioned virtue and depravity, urban utopia with a few blocks from slums, would set the tone for the 20th century.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Aug 7, 2004 -
Homicide in Chicago: 1870-1930 July 25, 1899
Murphy, James, 28 years old, shot dead, saloon 1210 Wabash Av., by Lorezo Sodini, proprietor. Murphy refused to pay for drinks and ran out of saloon and threw stone through window. Sodini ran out and fired at him, killing him instantly. Harrison St. Station. Held by Coroner's Jury, July 29. Acquitted Dec. 9, 1899, by jury in Judge Baker's court.
Case number: 1498
posted by tcp
on Jul 2, 2004 -
Chicago is sinking
at the rate of about a millimeter a year(or about 4 inches per century), and it's being caused by melting Canadian glaciers that cause the land to shift.
posted by geeknik
on May 21, 2004 -
Chicagoans show off their kanji character tattoos.
We Chicagoan's know our hot dogs. Kanji characters, not so well.
Japanese tattoos don't always mean what their wearers think they do. With the assistance of Mariko Sasaki, a researcher at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago, we examined the tattoos of five Chicagoans.
[via Chicago Tribune] Login: anonymous/anonymous
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Apr 9, 2004 -
Physicist Robert Wood is reviving a 120 year old theory that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was started by cometary debris
from Beila's comet that had previously been observed to fragment after a close encounter with Jupiter. Wood's orbital analysis puts a fragment of Beila near Earth at the time of the fires. The theory would explain a number of previously unexplained events like multiple eyewitness accounts of fire falling from the sky, and how a single-source blaze from a barn spread to include a large portion of the city. Perhaps most importantly, the Great Peshtigo Fire
in Wisconsin that killed 1,200 people ignighted on the some night. However the comet theory has been discarded by Peshtigo
and Chicago Fire historians who note that the upper midwest was dry with a multitude of smaller fires in the same season. The truth may never be known but the speculation is interesting.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Mar 7, 2004 -
Music club caught in racist flap
: After being promoted for many weeks, the plug is pulled on the Death In June/Der Blutharsch/Changes concert in Chicago for reasons of racism. Aside from Changes (which does support separatism), when does imagery go too far? Bruce Bottle of Chicago's The Empty Bottle explains
the reasons why they cancelled the show, and opens up a can of worms in the process.
posted by starscream
on Dec 17, 2003 -
"We're walking from Chicago to San Francisco. Many have responded with, "You guys are stupid!
" Some, on the other hand, have said, "Wow, that's cool!" Either way, we hope you'll keep coming back to see what will happen next in our walking adventures."
Current mileage, photo galleries, and journal entries abound -- and really, when was the last time you
walked 627 miles (inside of 60 days)?
posted by wells
on Jul 24, 2003 -
The Top 25 Arts Destinations.
AmericanStyle magazine asked its readers to "list their top choices for arts travel destinations" in the United States. The winner
New York. Sacrilege? Or not? A list of the best galleries is included for each of the top ten. (via ArtsJournal)
posted by Ljubljana
on Jun 3, 2003 -
Free Speech Button Police
-- Chicago-area schools debate ban on teachers wearing "No War" buttons vs. the ubiquitous flag lapel pins. What are the limits to teachers' political fashion statements -- are students a captive audience? More inside.
posted by serafinapekkala
on Apr 29, 2003 -