WBEZ | Great Gatsby http://www.wbez.org/tags/great-gatsby Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Perusing Chicago Public Library data: Rogers Park ranks high among bookworms, Great Gatsby flies off shelf and eBook checkouts on the rise http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-06/perusing-chicago-public-library-data-rogers-park-ranks-high-among-bookworms-great <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cardcat.jpg" title="(Flickr/Megan Amaral)" /></div><p>Chicago&#39;s open data program has some detractors, but most can agree that we like books. Or at the very least Rogers Park does, according to city data.</p><p>The Chicago Public Library system, one of the largest in the country and in place since 1873, has kept a meticulous set of records.</p><p>Libraries could well be considered some of the earliest adopters of open data as they ditched card catalogues&nbsp;and rubber stamps for computerized records. Librarians are professional catalogers, and so to bridge the print and digital worlds, we wanted to take a look at some of the data CPL has to offer.</p><p>What we found:</p><ul><li>The Great Gatsby saw a resurgence as interest was likely piqued by a movie release&nbsp;</li><li>Rogers Park ranks among the highest in checkouts for neighborhood branches&nbsp;</li><li>eBook checkouts are on the rise</li></ul><p>What&#39;s in CPL&#39;s data trove?<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CPLcard.jpg" style="float: right;" title="" /></p><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;">Among the data sets on the city&#39;s portal site:</p><ul><li style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-2013-Circulation-by-Location/ti44-vee7">2013 - circulation by branch</a></li><li style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-2012-Circulation-by-Location/jsdv-pwf2">2012 -&nbsp;circulation by branch</a></li><li style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-2011-Circulation-by-Location/tfmt-mmy2">2011 -&nbsp;circulation by branch</a></li><li style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-2013-Visitors-by-Location/x74m-smqb?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">2013 - visitors by location</a></li><li style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-Popular-Fiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Pu/nv46-bxa3">Current Popular Fiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library</a></li><li style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Popular-Nonfiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Public-Li/6mc3-ah7p">Current Popular Nonfiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library</a></li><li style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-WiFi-Usage/vbts-zqt4">2011-2012 monthly wifi usage</a></li></ul><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><strong>The Great Checkout</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;">According to the popular fiction titles, &quot;The Great Gatsby,&quot; first published in 1925, now ranks among the top reads in Chicago. After tabulating the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chipublib.org/search/details/cn/834986">data from CPL&#39;s website</a>, we&#39;ve found that Chicagoans are moving the copies between libraries, interest has started to wane in some branches and a decent amount of copies were placed on hold.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;">Why the uptick?</p><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;">&ldquo;We often do, a lot of people when you know you want to go see a movie and when you read the book you want to read the book first,&rdquo; said Ruth Lednicer, spokesperson for CPL.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><em><strong>Chart:</strong> Checkouts, holds and available copies of &quot;The Great Gatsby&quot; in the Chicago Public Library system as of 6/11/2013</em></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gatsby-chart.jpg" title="" /></p><p><strong>eBooks are on the rise</strong></p><p>While CPL has grown its eBook capabilities, starting first with Sony and Barnes &amp; Noble Nook readers, the greatest increase came after <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/7826261-418/chicago-public-libary-now-has-kindle-books.html">Amazon launched its library lending program</a>, which at the time opened up over 3,536 titles to Chicagoans using Kindles.</p><p>How many checkouts are we talking about?</p><p>Well, in January of 2011, there were 13,841 eBook checkouts. In April of 2013, there were 35,651. That&#39;s a 158 percent increase.</p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0AoxVpL8Zenp3dGZiY1BHbXVnYVljM1JhSnlKS0MxcHc&transpose=1&headers=1&range=A6%3AAC7&gid=0&pub=1","options":{"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"vAxes":[{"title":null,"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"logScale":false,"maxValue":null},{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindow":{"min":null,"max":null},"logScale":false,"maxValue":null}],"series":{"0":{"color":"#ff9900","areaOpacity":"0.7"}},"title":"eBook checkouts for CPL for 2011-2013","booleanRole":"certainty","animation":{"duration":500},"backgroundColor":{"fill":"#6d9eeb"},"legend":"in","theme":"maximized","hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":null,"viewWindow":null,"maxValue":null},"tooltip":{},"isStacked":true,"width":620,"height":350},"state":{},"view":{},"isDefaultVisualization":true,"chartType":"AreaChart","chartName":"Chart 2"} </script><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Which neighborhood has the most bookworms?</strong></p><p>Chicagoans, ever competitive with their rival neighborhoods, may be interested to know how their library stacks up among others, or how often they&#39;re being utilized. Interestingly enough, Chicagoans read more during the winter months.</p><p>Also, the Rogers Park branch ranks among the highest in checkouts for 2012. This may be in part due to a heavy immigrant community, which adopts English by reading books and a neighboring school, according to CPL&#39;s Lednicer.</p><p>The Lincoln Belmont branch also ranks as one of the highest in checkins, just behind the Sulzer Regional Branch and the Harold Washington Library Center.</p><p>Sometimes the stats can be skewed, such as the Edgewater branch, which is currently operating out of a bookmobile while their new branch on Broadway is being contructed.</p><div><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><span style="color: rgb(128, 128, 128);"><span style="font-size: 9px;">Circulation figures include new checkouts as well as renewals. In January all branch locations were closed on Monday, January 9, Monday, January 23 and Monday, January 30. Beginning in February, all branch locations restored partial Monday hours, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. On June 18, all branch locations restored full Monday hours. Edgewater closed 6/16/11 for construction of a new branch scheduled to open in mid-2013. The library&rsquo;s bookmobile opened 6/24/11 for Edgewater holds pickup and returns. Douglass closed for 10 days in February for roof repairs. Humboldt Park closed 3/26/12 for facility improvements and expansion. Lincoln Park closed for four days in August for replacement of the air conditioning system. Many locations experienced sporadic closures in summer 2012 due to air conditioning issues and area power outages. Albany Park closed 9/22/12 for construction of a new branch and will remain closed until 2014. Brighton Park, Jefferson Park and Portage Cragin were closed 11/26/12-12/7/12 for replacement of their HVAC systems.</span></span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/2012-circulation-by-branch/7s85-yjiw" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial;" target="_blank">2012 circulation by branch</a></p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://data.cityofchicago.org/w/7s85-yjiw/3q3f-6823?cur=2wxuuMTy5b2&amp;from=root" title="2012 circulation by branch" width="620">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/2012-circulation-by-branch/7s85-yjiw&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/2012-circulation-by-branch/7s85-yjiw&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;2012 circulation by branch&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;2012 circulation by branch&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe><p><a href="http://www.socrata.com/" target="_blank">Powered by Socrata</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><span style="color: rgb(128, 128, 128);"><span style="font-size: 9px;">Circulation figures include new checkouts as well as renewals. The Chicago Public Library opened four new locations in 2011: Greater Grand Crossing (4/23/11); Dunning (5/6/11); Daley, Richard M.-W Humboldt (7/8/11) and Little Village (10/3/11). Edgewater closed 6/16/11 for construction of a new branch; a bookmobile for holds pickup and returns opened 6/24/11. Altgeld closed for extended periods in July and August for air conditioning installation. Back of the Yards closed permanently 8/22/11 due to repeated flooding. All locations were closed February 2-February 3 due to weather. In addition, many locations experienced sporadic closures in summer 2011 due to weather-related issues.</span></span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 3px;"><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/2011-circulation-by-branch/mfzh-6ud2" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial;" target="_blank">2011 circulation by branch</a></p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://data.cityofchicago.org/w/mfzh-6ud2/3q3f-6823?cur=d4_htKt3S7C&amp;from=root" title="2011 circulation by branch" width="620">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/2011-circulation-by-branch/mfzh-6ud2&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/2011-circulation-by-branch/mfzh-6ud2&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;2011 circulation by branch&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;2011 circulation by branch&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe><p><a href="http://www.socrata.com/" target="_blank">Powered by Socrata</a></p><p><strong>What&#39;s trending in CPL?</strong></p><p>While the New York Times Bestseller List may be a good indicator of what the nation is reading, in Chicago, the closest thing we may have is the most popular titles data set.</p><p><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Popular-Nonfiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Public-Li/6mc3-ah7p" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial;" target="_blank">Popular Nonfiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library</a></p><div><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://data.cityofchicago.org/w/6mc3-ah7p/3q3f-6823?cur=Qf_PBMqsn3D&amp;from=root" title="Popular Nonfiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library" width="620">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Popular-Nonfiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Public-Li/6mc3-ah7p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Popular-Nonfiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Public-Li/6mc3-ah7p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Popular Nonfiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Popular Nonfiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe><p><a href="http://www.socrata.com/" target="_blank">Powered by Socrata</a></p><p><a href="https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-Popular-Fiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Pu/nv46-bxa3" style="font-size: 12px; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial;" target="_blank">Libraries - Popular Fiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library</a></p><div><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" src="https://data.cityofchicago.org/w/nv46-bxa3/3q3f-6823?cur=Y8D_UbXD1sl&amp;from=root" title="Libraries - Popular Fiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library" width="620">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-Popular-Fiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Pu/nv46-bxa3&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;https://data.cityofchicago.org/Education/Libraries-Popular-Fiction-Titles-at-the-Chicago-Pu/nv46-bxa3&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; title=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;Libraries - Popular Fiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; target=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;_blank&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Libraries - Popular Fiction Titles at the Chicago Public Library&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe><p><a href="http://www.socrata.com/" target="_blank">Powered by Socrata</a></p><p>In a sea of Twitter and Facebook updates, the data does indicate the Chicago&#39;s libraries are not just well used, they&#39;re booming from computer use, eBook checkouts and more.&nbsp;</p><p>The data would seem to suggest: Chicagoans give a hoot.</p></div></div></div></div><p><em>&mdash; Elliott Ramos is a data reporter and Web producer for WBEZ (and a card-carrying member of Chicago&#39;s Public Library system). Email him at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:eramos@wbez.org">eramos@wbez.org</a>&nbsp;or follow at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/ChicagoEl">@ChicagoEl</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2013-06/perusing-chicago-public-library-data-rogers-park-ranks-high-among-bookworms-great The Fairway Flapper http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-05/fairway-flapper-107139 <p><p>The latest screen version of <em>The Great Gatsby</em> opened this week. That calls to mind the story of Chicago&rsquo;s own Edith Cummings.</p><p>Born in 1899, Cummings grew up in Lake Forest among the social elite. She attended an exclusive boarding school and made her formal debut. Her father and brother were golfers. It seemed natural for Edith to take up the game.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/05-15--Edith%20Cummings%20%288-25-1924%29.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 396px; float: right;" title="Chicago's own Edith Cummings ('Time'--August 25, 1924)" />She became very good very fast. There were no female golf pros yet, so Cummings played in the few amateur tournaments open to women. In 1919 she qualified to compete in the U.S. Women&rsquo;s Amateur for the first time.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Cummings became a favorite of the galleries. She was young, beautiful, and bursting with energy.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&ldquo;She swaggered like a bullfighter, ready to pounce on any mistake her opponent made,&rdquo; one reporter wrote.&nbsp; A magazine called her the Fairway Flapper, and the name stuck.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Cummings built up an impressive file of press clippings. Yet she couldn&rsquo;t seem to win a championship. After another near miss, one of her fans said &ldquo;Too much dancing, too much bootleg liquor.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In 1923 she finally broke through. The Women&rsquo;s Amateur was being played at the Westchester Country Club outside New York City, and Cummings advanced to the 36-hole final match against the country&rsquo;s top female golfer, Alexa Stirling. This time the Fairway Flapper was ready. Cummings closed out the three-time champion on the 34th green, 3 &amp; 2.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Her victory made Cummings a national celebrity. She was featured in newspapers and all the &ldquo;ladies&rsquo; magazines.&rdquo; The climax was a cover story in <em>Time</em> magazine on August 25, 1924. Cummings was the first female athlete&mdash;indeed, the first golfer&mdash;featured on the magazine&rsquo;s cover.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The<em> Time </em>story came as Cummings was about to defend her Amateur title. But the magic was gone. Cummings was eliminated in an early round of match play. After 1924 she seemed to lose interest in competitive golf.&nbsp;She never won another tournament.<em> </em></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/05-15--Stirling%20in%201915.jpg" title="1915--Alexa Stirling [left] with Edith Cummings, and Edith's father and brother (Library of Congress)" /></div></div><p>In 1934 Cummings married businessman Curtis Munson.&nbsp;When she died in 1984, most of the sporting world had forgotten her.&nbsp;And yet, Edith Cummings did attain her own bit of indirect immortality.</p><p>While in boarding school she&rsquo;d met a young Princeton student named F. Scott Fitzgerald.&nbsp;Years later, in <em>The Great Gatsby</em>, Fitzgerald created the character &ldquo;Jordan Baker&rdquo;&ndash;a champion golfer&ndash;based on Cummings.&nbsp;Trouble was, in <em>Gatsby</em>, the lady golfer is&nbsp;a cheater.&nbsp;</p><p>Why would Fitzgerald portray his old friend that way? There are probably a dozen scholarly journal articles offering an explanation. In any case, nobody ever accused the real Edith Cummings of any rules-bending or underhanded play.&nbsp;Win or lose, the Fairway Flapper from Chicago was always a credit to the game.</p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2013-05/fairway-flapper-107139 Afternoon Shift: Eve Ensler, Great Gatsby and the Bulls brand http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-10/afternoon-shift-eve-ensler-great-gatsby-and-bulls-brand-107130 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/crop_AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0_23.png" alt="" /><p><p>On today&#39;s show Niala talks with author Eve Ensler about her new book and journey as a women&#39;s political activist. Then, Robert Frank discusses the lifestyles of the rich and famous and Kevin Adler and Charley Wickman cover the brand of the Bulls and how they are marketing the Derrick Rose return.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-eve-ensler-the-great-gatsby-and-th.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-eve-ensler-the-great-gatsby-and-th" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Eve Ensler, the Great Gatsby and the Bulls brand" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-05-10/afternoon-shift-eve-ensler-great-gatsby-and-bulls-brand-107130