In a sense, today is the birthday of WBEZ.Ninety years ago on this date, Chicago was introduced to the latest method of instantaneous communication. They called it radio-telephony--or just plain radio.The city was a late starter in this particular technology.
Chicago in the 1920s could be a dangerous place if you got on the wrong side of the wrong people. Smiling Joe Lewis found that out on November 9, 1927.Lewis was an up-and-coming young cabaret singer. For a year he'd been the star attraction at the Green Mill in Uptown.
For decades into the 1970s, the Lilac Farm grocery store stood near the southwest corner of Milwaukee and Devon. Customers rarely gave a thought to the old frame farm house behind the store. Neighborhood kids knew it only as "the haunted house."
November 2, 1948. Election night.Like the rest of the country, Chicagoans awaited news of who was going to be president. At about 10 p.m., the bulldog edition of the next day's Tribune hit the streets. The headline read "Dewey Defeats Truman."Well, that was to be expected.
I first heard the story at one of the Duke's Halloween parties. That would make it when I was in college, in the late 'sixties.The way the Duke told it, this guy he knew had been driving north on Milwaukee Avenue near Lawrence, by the Holiday Ballroom.
We've been hearing much lately about greedy capitalists. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, one Chicago tycoon became a national symbol of greedy capitalists. His name was Samuel Insull.Insull was born poor in London in 1859.