In 1976 a cardinal of the Catholic Church named Karol Wojtyla visited Chicago. That was minor news. When he returned three years later, the whole city knew he was in town.By 1979 Wojtyla had become John Paul II, the first Polish pope.
Ken Burns has a new film about Prohibition. One of the forgotten players in that comedy-drama was a Chicago mayor. His name was William E. Dever.Dever was born outside Boston in 1862. He came to Chicago at 25, worked as a tanner on Goose Island, and studied law at night.
The story was a front-page newspaper sensation on September 30, 1927. Chicago school superintendent William McAndrew was on trial.The Board of Education had hired McAndrew in 1924, telling him to clean up the school system. That he had done. Most of his reforms were applauded.
The little boy is waiting outside the court house for his hero, the big league baseball player. The player emerges. Tears in his eyes, the boy approaches the man. "Say it ain't so, Joe," the kid pleads.
The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton, is a classic children's book. A sturdy frame cottage is built far out in the country. But as the years pass, the city grows up around it, making the house sad.
Last year 127th Street in Calumet Park was renamed Obama Drive. As anyone familiar with downtown Chicago knows, "president streets" are an old city tradition.Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore.