Thursday, November 3, 2016


Chicago Cubs
Won 2016 World Series against Cleveland Indians 4-3

So, if my publisher ever decides to issue a second edition of my book It Happened in Chicago, I will have to revise the chapter titled "No Curses in Baseball?" which details the 1945 incident that started the whole "curse of the goat" thing concerning the Cubs.

It's a fun story, and I will enjoy changing the ending if that becomes necessary!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

"A place with such a name could not be poor or mean."

Just taking a moment to share a wonderful quote about Chicago that appears in The Chicago History Journal today!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Not in the Book -- but Still a Chicago Curiosity!

I think this is the only entry that I included in my Chicago Curiosities manuscript, that was not included in the finished book. I don't know why, except that it was probably just a case of too many words/pages so something had to be cut.

Back when I was asking around for ideas of curiosities to include in the book, my cousin Phil suggested Lar Daly. Here's what I found out about Mr. Daly:

Lar Joseph Sarsfield Daly sought office for forty years but never won a race. He started by seeking the Democratic nomination to run for School Superintendent of Cook County in 1938.

Daly was a Republican primary candidate for Governor of Illinois in 1956 and 1964. An equal opportunity politician, he was a primary candidate for both the Democratic and Republican parties for Mayor of Chicago in 1959. He ran in the Republican primary in the 1963 and 1967 mayoral elections. His final campaign was against Senator Charles H. Percy in the 1978 Republican Senate primary.

For many of his campaigns, Daly -- a tall, white-haired man -- donned a red, white, and blue sash and an Uncle Sam hat. His platform stressed religion and morality, along with Chicago’s political and social problems.

Daly is best known today for using the Federal Communications Commission's "Equal Time Rule" to force radio and television news broadcasts to give him equal coverage with Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. He passed away in 1978 at the age of sixty-six.

The surname Daley (with an "e") is synonymous with Chicago politics. The name Daly, not so much. But I thought Lar Daly deserved at least a mention in connection with Chicago Curiosities!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chicago Curiosities - More Pictures You Won't See in the Book!

Sheffield's - exterior
I don't remember where or how I first heard of Reading Under the Influence (RUI), but I immediately knew I wanted to include it in Chicago Curiosities

RUI was developed by a group of Chicago writers in 2005. It meets weekly at Sheffield's Beer Garden and Backroom Barbecue Restaurant on North Sheffield Avenue. I was sorry that I wasn't able to time my visits to Chicago so that I could attend one of the meetings, but I did go to Sheffield's to get a feel for what it might be like. 

The group meets in the back room, surrounded by exposed brick and ductwork, next to a glowing fireplace. Each meeting has a theme (for example, Fighting Words, Dog Days, Cubbie Blues). 

As usual, I drew a HUGE crowd...
If you're scheduled to read your work, you order a shot, toast the audience, down the shot, read a short piece, then down another shot. (The shot doesn't have to be alcohol.) Readings are followed by trivia contests and drawings. 

When I visited (during the day), the place was empty, so I took a few pictures and had my husband take a couple photos of me at the "lectern." 

The best part is that you won't get a ticket or fine for "RUI" like you will for "DUI." Assuming, of course, that you don't DUI on the way home from RUI. 

And here I am, without a "shot"... at becoming famous...
You can read more about Reading Under the Influence on pages 91-92 of Chicago Curiosities.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Chicago Curiosities Book Trailer!

I wanted to create a video trailer for Chicago Curiosities that would give people
a sense of what it's about and why they might (or might not) want to read it.
I hope I succeeded! 
(And I hope it makes everybody want to read it!)