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So Long, Chicago!

History blogger John R. Schmidt says goodbye.

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Well, not really. But as many of you know, this is “so long” to blogging at WBEZ.

It’s been fun. Thanks to Justin Kaufmann for hiring me. And thanks to all the wonderful people at WBEZ who’ve helped me. There are too many to mention here, but I’d like to single out Robin Amer and Tricia Bobeda, who were successively responsible for getting my stuff posted.

Most important, thanks to all of you who’ve read the blog, with a special thanks to those who’ve taken the trouble to post a comment. Anyone who’s been a teacher — as I was for 38 years — knows the importance of getting feedback.

I’ve been asked if I’m going to continue the blog. Yes — and no. I recently signed a book contract. Yesterday I filmed a segment for Travel Channel, and I have a few other projects going to keep me busy for a while. But I already have a post (on Capone) up on my resurrected site, and will try to put up new posts at least once a week. The site is called Chicago History Today.

Lake Shore Drive near North, view south (CTA photo-1942)

To include at least a bit of historical content in today’s post, I’m running this 1942 picture. I was going to use it in an article about Lake Shore Drive’s reversible lanes that I never got around to writing. Notice that the only thing separating the traffic lanes here are a series of wooden horses. Drivers must have been a lot more cautious 70 years ago.

In closing, I’ll once again pass on my Three Rules of Life:

(1) Never drive drunk.
(2) Never play golf in a thunderstorm.
(3) Never pay retail.


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