Really was just an essay. So it made a fairly short book. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thoroughly Studs. Great follow-up to Nelson Algren's Chicago, City onReally was just an essay. So it made a fairly short book. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thoroughly Studs. Great follow-up to Nelson Algren's Chicago, City on the Make, which I found one day many years ago on father's shelf. It wasn't there when we cleaned the house out though. I'm going to have to break down and buy a new copy. Also included is a foreword to the re-issued City on the Make.
This is a book for Chicagoans. West Siders, South Siders, even North Siders, and even those of us from the 'burbs. I think this one is a keeper. Something to dip into on those days when one feels a little bit homesick.
It has great photographs, too. Reminded me so fondly of trips to the Art Institute, Wrigley Field. He wasn't a Sox fan so he didn't go much to Commiskey Park. Some mentions regarding the old Stadium and how they had incorporated the bricks from Libby Prison (where one of my great-grandfathers spent some time). But there is a definite Janus about Chicago with two faces - one is always exposed to the Lake and the other is probably toward Halsted.
Studs came to town as a youngster and, although it struck him strange at first, quickly adapted to our sometimes unique ways. I think he always considered it a "raffish" town. Whether that was from this book or a WTTW show, I'm not sure. This is his paean to Chicago.
Highly recommended to Chicagoans who have moved away. Always home to me....more
Very informative. Exposure of the court system of Chicago and Cook County as it was pre-Greylord.
At the time, I worked in the same building as the triVery informative. Exposure of the court system of Chicago and Cook County as it was pre-Greylord.
At the time, I worked in the same building as the trials. Had gone to high school with one of the prosecutors. Remember just how young Dan Webb looked when he became US Attorney, as did Scott Lassar. Amazing how old they looked when they left the office.
So many of these names sound so familiar. It was always well known, at least to the attorneys in my office, just how to fix your tickets. You paid off a lawyer who paid off a judge and you were clear. I never did it. But I remember one of the lawyers telling me all about it. Like why did you waste all morning at traffic court? So it was the unspoken secret among the lawyers. Everyone knew there were problems with the court system. And that the fix was in. People talk about the Chicago Machine and think it only related to politics. Politics also ran the court system. I could accept traffic court and even divorce court, I suppose. But when they started about fixing drug traffickers, murder trials, rapists. I though thank goodness you guys finally got around to the undercover sting.
And that was really what got it started. When murder trials started getting fixed. Like the El Rukns. Hake was a young innocent/naïve attorney in the state's attorney' office (like the district attorney's office) and he was astounded that his cases weren't being called because he wasn't paying people off. He had to be taught the way that the court was being run at that time.
And I found it interesting that he was cross-examined by two of the top local defense attorneys. But he actually broke down while being questioned by the prosecution.
Hard to fathom working undercover for several years. He had numerous experiences where he thought he was about to be found out. Someone would touch him on his shoulder - right where the microphone was - and he would think they knew. And he would just have to bluff through it and not panic.
Some of this may be slightly self-serving. But, then, who else can tell what it was like....more
This was great. I haven't been to Second City in years. Although I don't recall any of these bits, they were just as funny. And it brought together aThis was great. I haven't been to Second City in years. Although I don't recall any of these bits, they were just as funny. And it brought together a wide variety of Second City alumni. I think this has to be listened to....more
I just picked this one kind of at random. So it was a pleasant surprise. First off, it takes place in Chicago. A backstage mystery.
Morgan Taylor is aI just picked this one kind of at random. So it was a pleasant surprise. First off, it takes place in Chicago. A backstage mystery.
Morgan Taylor is a struggling actor in the Chicago theatrical community - at the Heartland (there's a nearby restaurant by that name) Theater. But her partner doesn't seem to be showing up. She finally auditions with someone else. Goes downstairs to a lesser used rest room and discovers her dead partner. Naturally she is a suspect. She left threatening messages on the woman's voicemail.
The bodies keep falling. The suspects keep mounting. But I didn't figure it out. Even though the killer was introduced early on in the book.
I look forward to future books in the series. ...more
This book was knocked down in rating for the acceptance of Peg Leg Sullivan's testimony. Maybe I missed it. But I didn't hear anything definitive abouThis book was knocked down in rating for the acceptance of Peg Leg Sullivan's testimony. Maybe I missed it. But I didn't hear anything definitive about the start of the fire. Now, this book may have been published before the exoneration of Mrs. O'Leary and her cow. It has been determined that Peg Leg was peeved at being cut off by O'Leary and somehow, whether on purpose or dozing off in the barn, knocked over the lantern. The City Council has absolved her of all blame.
The rest of the book was pretty interesting. It folled the stories of 4-5 people who were in Chicago on October 8, 1871.
Although this book turned out to be YA-oriented, it mad the story fairly understandable to all. Not over the heads of the young and not so simple that adults have a problem with it....more
This was a great listen. From Manny's to Edna's to Betty Loren-Maltese ad the disaster that Cicero has always been. Luckily the Bud Billiken Parade weThis was a great listen. From Manny's to Edna's to Betty Loren-Maltese ad the disaster that Cicero has always been. Luckily the Bud Billiken Parade went better in the year of this book than it did this year (there were killings, of course). And plaudits to his saluting Nelson Algren's great book, Chicago: City on the Make - a book I found sitting on my father's shelves a good number of years ago and loved at first sight.
Approaching the city from the South one day, after an architectural association had voted Chicago #1 (they're always doing that), he realized that Chicago is perpetually a city of change, especially architecturally. We are always tearing things down and building new things. Just as long as it never gets boring. Keep changing the skyline.
Highly recommended, but especially to Chicagoans and those who have visited. ...more
Max Allan Collins does his homework and knows how to spin a tale.
Most of the books of his that I have read before have been the disaster/celebrity stoMax Allan Collins does his homework and knows how to spin a tale.
Most of the books of his that I have read before have been the disaster/celebrity stories, which I also found very readable. This is the first Nathan Heller I have finished. I was hoping the others would make more sense if I went back to the beginning. Maybe they will now....more
Tale of the fire that changed fire laws. Quite horrific. It was a Christmastime show when everything went up in flames. Many children were in the audiTale of the fire that changed fire laws. Quite horrific. It was a Christmastime show when everything went up in flames. Many children were in the audience. Eddie Foy, Sr. helped keep the crowd calm for a while. But eventually it was out of control. The students from (I think) Northwestern which had classes across the alley from the theater helped some people to escape the flames by putting a plank or a ladder across the alley to the theater.
I think this book came out to coincide with the centenary.
By the way, this theater is still a theater. They try to play down the Iroquois, I think, although there might be a plaque to commemmorate it. For a while they had a plaque upstairs from another theater, the Fine Arts, commemmorating those who died. ...more