Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chicagoland "Blues Brothers" Filming Locatins

By Kevin Forsyth.

One of my favorite movies of all times was the 1979 "Blues Brothers" with John Belushi, Dan Achroyd and all that great music.

Some of the sites where scenes were filmed have changed drastically since 1979 and others are now gone forever.

WAUCONDA:The state police pileup was at US-12 and Il-176.  The beachfront concert announcement was at Phil's Beach on Bang's Lake at 336 Main Street (old US-12)

BUFFALO GROVE:  This is where the cop car flew into the truck on the northbound on-ramp to Illinois Highway 53 at Dundee Road.

DES PLAINES:  TheDes Paines Oasis Howard Johnson's on the Northwest Tollway, I-90, west of Mt. Prospect Road.


Monday, September 29, 2014

10 Iconic 60s and 70s Wall Posters

From the August 7, 2012, Listverse.

I have always been a big fan of wall posters and still have several up in the garage and basement.  None of these.  Check it out at Listverse for pictures and text on each.

10.  Marijuana
9. Ecology
8.  The fist  (Clenched fist for Black Power)

7.  Smiley Face  (I hated it then and still hate it now.  YUCK!!)
6.  Peace sign
5.  The Thing  (fist with middle finger extended)
4.  Keep on Truckin'  (Robert crumb's long strider, my favorite of this list.)

3.  "War Is not Healthy for Children and Other Living Things."
2.  Black Light posters  (remember these)
1.  Flaming Love black light poster.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Divers Find Wreck of Legendary Pirate Treasure Ship Port-as-Prince

From the September 9, 2012, Telegraph.

The wreck that was found off Foa Island and  is thought to be the Port-au-Prince, a pirate ship sunk by local islanders with a hull full of loot taken from British vessels.  It was discovered by local diver Tevita Moaba.

Tonga, a local chief, seized the ship and the crew was mostly killed.  They salvaged iron, which was considered of more value in Tonga at the time.  The gold, silver and copper were left in the wreck.

The French-built vessel arrived on November 9, 1806.

Wonder If the treasure Is Still There.  --Cooter

Friday, September 26, 2014

10 Misconceptions About the British Monarchy-- Part 2

5.  DRIVING ILLEGALLY WITHOUT A LICENSE--  During World War II, the then-princess Elizabeth joined the ATS, Auxiliary Territorial Service and learned how to repair cars and drive.  She has a license but never has to use it as she is driven everywhere.  She seldom, however, wears a seat belt.

4.  THE QUEEN RULES OVER US--  Since the Magna Carta in 1215, no king or queen has ruled over the United Kingdom or England.  They work with the government.

3.  THE QUEEN WEARS HER CROWN AT ALL TIMES--  She has only one crown and seldom wears it.

2.  "WE ARE NOT AMUSED"--  Queen Victoria set the trend for wearing white wedding dresses.  She most likely did not give that famous quote, probably one of her ladies-in-waiting.

1.  CHARLES ISN'T GOING TO BE KING--  Even though he's been preparing for it for 60 years.

Hey, Queen!  Click It or Ticket.  --Cooter

10 Misconceptions About the British Monarchy-- Part 1

From the August 13, 2012 Listverse.

10.  The QUEEN OF ENGLAND is actually queen of 16 countries.  Actually, she is the Queen of the United Kingdom.

9.  PRINCESS DIANA was a member of the Royal Family but was never a princess.

8.  PRINCE PHILIP IS NOT THE KING--  That would be Queen Elizabeth's husband, not her son.  The man does not adopt his wife's title.

7.  THE QUEEN DOES NOT PAY TAX--  She does, but at a lesser rate.



Lost Chicago: Gone, But Not Forgotten Services-- Part 2

Sinclair Gas (Where's Dino?  Loved that dinosaur statue.)

Kodak Photomarts

Hollywood Video

Illinois Bell

Gulf Gas  (No Knocks here)

Spectrum TV subscriptions

ONTV subscriptions

Standard Oil  (Always the most expensive)

Rusty Jones Rust Proofing  (Always felt so secure with him sitting on the hood of my car.)

Try Not to Hot That Little Ol' Store in the Parking Lot.  --Cooter

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lost Chicago: Gone, But Not Forgotten Services-- Part 1

From Craig's List.  These business are no longer in existence.

Chicago Daily News
Chicago American (newspaper)

Skrudland Photo Service (I spent a lot of money developing pictures at the one on US-12 in Palatine, Illinois.
Chicago & Northwestern Railway.  This served our Northwest Suburbs and Dad rode it every workday to his job with Quaker Oats in the Merchandise Mart.

Jubilee Gas for Less
Fort Dearborn in Chicago at the corner of Van Buren and LaSalle streets  (OK, not a business)
Continental Airlines


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lost Chicago: Gone But Not Forgotten-- Part 4

B-GINNINGS--  Schaumburg (1974-1981)

NORTH AVENUE OUTDOOR THEATRE--  River Grove (1949-1973)

RIVERVIEW PARK--  (1904-1967)  The Bobs Roller Coaster scared me really badly.

RANDHURST TWIN ICE ARENA-- Mt. Prospect  (1973-1978)

RANDHURST--  Mt. Prospect  This mall was THE PLACE to hand out for high schoolers back in the 1960s, including us.  (1960s to around 2009)

THE THIRSTY WHALE--  River Grove  (1971-1996)

SHOW BIZ PIZZA PLACE--  Multiple Chicagoland locations (1980-1998)

HAWTHORN MELLODY FARMS--  Libertyville (1937-1970)

OLD CHICAGO SHOPPING MALL & AMUSEMENT PARK--  Bolingbrook  (1975-1980)  The first Mall of America.

DISCOVERY ZONE--  Multiple Chicagoland locations.  (1990-1999)

NORTH AVENUE ROLLERWAY--  Melrose Park  (1945-1998)

Sure Miss Randhurst.  --DaCoot

Lost Chicago: Gone But Not Forgotten-- Part 3

THE AXLE ROLLER RINK--  3 Chicago locations  (1974-1985)

SPORTSMAN'S PARK--  Cicero 1929-2002)

THE MONTCLARE THEATRE-- Chicago (1929-1985)

AMLING'S HAUNTED HOUSE--  (1950-19??)  The original and still best.

FISHERMAN'S DUDE RANCH--  Des Plaines (1956-1997)


COMISKEY PARK--  (1910-1990)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Summer 1984: A Good Time for Movies

From the July 6, 2014, Chicago Tribune."1984: Don't trust any summer film under 30" by Christopher Borrelli.

"'Ghostbusters,' 'Gremlins,' 'Temple of Doom' among the many cinematic anniversaries setting off a gusher of nostalgia."

Now that the summer of their 30th anniversary is officially over, I guess I can write about it.  Some even say that the simultaneous release of "Ghostbusters" and "Gremlins" on June 8, 1984, was "a cultural milestone."  Well, they are two of my favorites anyway.

"Indeed, if you were alive in Chicago in 1984, on Fourth of July weekend, the Cubs were looking promising (only to lose the National League pennant to San Diego), the Go-Gos and INXS were headlining a free concert at the Taste of Chicago, movie tickets were $3.30 and playing at the first-run theaters: 'Ghostbusters,' 'Gremlins,' 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

Later movies included "The Natural" and John Hughes' directorial debut with "Sixteen Candles."  Still playing at the second-run theaters were "splash," "Romancing the Stone," "Footloose" and "This Is Spinal Tap."

By Labor Day, we had "Purple Rain," "Revenge of the Nerds."

Of course, some would say the year 1939 was the best for movies with"Gone With the Wind," Wizard of Oz," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Stagecoach."

Yep, Summer of 1984 Was a Mighty Good Time.  --DaCoot

Lost Chicago: Gone But Not Forgotten-- Part 2

HARLEM OUTDOOR THEATRE--  Norridge (1946-1976)

POPLAR CREEK MUSIC THEATER--  Hoffman Estates (1980-1994)

MOTHER'S PINBALL--  Mt. Prospect

JENSEN TOBOGGAN SLIDES--   Norwood Park (19??-2008)

DISPENSA'S KIDDIE KINGDOM & CASTLE OF TOYS--  Oakbrook Terrace (1967-1984)


ADVENTURE LAND--  Addison (1961-1977)

Going Way Back.  --Cooter

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lost Chicago: Gone But Not Forgotten-- Part 1

From Craig's Lost Chicago site.

KIDDIELAND--  Melrose Park (1929-2009)
BELL'S APPLE ORCHARD--  Lake Zurich  (1939-1998)  (No fall complete without a trip there for apples.)  Now, there is a photo-enforced light located by its former location, one of many for Lake Zurich.)
MILL RUN PLAYHOUSE--  Niles (near Golf Mill mall) (1965-1984)

THE SPINDLE--  Berwyn (1989-2008)  (All those full-size cars on a huge spindle.)
OLSON MEMORIAL PARK--  Chicago (1935-1971)
53 DRIVE-IN--  Palatine  (1960-1986)  (Twin-screens, now the UPS site.)

HAYMAKERS--  Chicago Heights (19??-1984)
THE HUB ROLLER RINK--  3 Chicago locations (1950-1974)
SANTA'S VILLAGE--  Dundee  (1959-2006)  Has since reopened in reconfigured form.

--Memories--  Cooter

Lt.Col. William Carpenter Lambert, WWI Ace

From Find-A-Grave.

I came across the man's name while researching Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, Ohio, where Ella Blocksom Johnson is buried.  She is the person for whom the poem that became the famed Civil War song "Lorena" was written.  I have been writing about her and the song in my Civil War blog.  I also found the name of War of 1812 hero Ezra Dean who is also buried there and I have been writing about him in my War of 1812 blog.


World War I fighter ace with 22 officially-confirmed air combat victories, the second-highest scoring American fighter pilot, but his victory total is usually omitted from the list of American flying aces because he spent the entire war flying in Britain's famed No. 24 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps.

His total was second only to Edward Rickenbacker's 26.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9/11: F-16 Pilot Heather Penney Ready to Do the Unthinkable-- Part 5


"They were true heroes.  Because of what they did, we didn't have to.  They averted further tragedy, confusion, and chaos and thwarted those who would do our nation harm.

"These were average, everyday Americans who gave their lives to save countless more.  Their selflessness reminds us that we are part of something greater than ourselves, that there are things in this world more important than ourselves."


"At first I was disgusted by the sensationalism and fearmongering that the media stoked in the wake of 9/11.  It utterly desecrated our nation's experience, and I wanted nothing to do with it.  But when I reflect back now, I think about the many moments of heroism and bravery from everyone whose lives intertwined with the events of that day.

"And I am proud and heartened to know that there truly is nothing unique about what Sass and I did.  All over the country, active duty and reservists responded on 9/11.  If I hadn't been there, another airman would have been, and just as honorably done their duty.  We were not the first and we are not the last."

Friday, September 19, 2014

9/11: F-16 Pilot Heather Penney Prepared to Do the Unthinkable-- Part 4


"Our duty was clear--to protect and defend.  I don't remember being told, 'Go take down that airliner.'  All I remember is knowing for sure that's what we had to do.  It wasn't until later in the day that we received 'free-fire' orders, meaning we could fire upon [anything] that we considered a threat."


"We couldn't find the plane, so we went back to D.C. to make sure it hadn't snuck around us.  Then we helped set up a protective cover over D.C..  We were airborne for about four and a half hours, landed, and took off again in aircraft configured with missiles.

"It was a long time before we learned that the passengers had taken control of the aircraft from the terrorists."

9/11: F-16 Pilot Heather Penney Prepared to Do the Unthinkable-- Part 3

Continued from September 11th.

She and Marc Sasseville took off and were prepared to stop the last plane, Flight 93) reported to be a threat to America.


"I was thinking this was the one thing in my life that I had to get right.  I had already given myself up, knowing what my duty was.


"Sass said, 'I'll take I'll take the cockpit'--  meaning he would ram the airliner.  I knew I'd take the tail.  If you take the tail off an airplane, it can't fly."  Their planes didn't have any missiles or high-explosive bullets at the time.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Munchkin Update

From the April 27-May 3, 2014, American Profile Magazine "Ask American Profile."

Paula Bennett of Clearwater, Florida,  asked, "How many Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz are surviving today?"

"Today, only one of the little people survives from the 1939 film classic.  Jerry Marin, 94, traveled from his hometown in Boston, Mass., to Culver City, Calif., to work at MGM in the movie as the famed "Lollipop Kid"  Munchkin who handed Dorothy the oversized sweet.

"'I am truly amazed that I'm the last one,' Maren says. 'My parents gave me good genes.'

"Of the 12 young female 'child munchkins' (children of average height) who filled in the crowd of Munchkin citizens in the scene, six survive."

Now, You Know.  --Cooter Munchkin