Friday, February 24, 2017

Looking Back to 1941: A New Theater for DeKalb

From the October 19, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"Plans for the erection of a new motion picture theatre in this city, to be located on North Third Street, are being completed by Fred Anderson of Morris, operator of the DeKalb Egyptian and DeKalb Fargo Theatres.

"It is understood that Mr. Anderson plans to bring an architect to DeKalb next week to go over the site and prepare the plans for the movie house."

I imagine the DeKalb Fargo Theatre was the one in Sycamore.  The Egyptian Theatre is in DeKalb and the one planned would have been the DeKalb Theatre.

Pass the Popcorn.  --Cooter

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Looking Back to 1941: Progress on the DeKalb Garden Street Project

From the August 17, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

This has to do with roads and the coming of World War II.

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"Crews of DeKalb city workmen have been engaged on the Garden Street project during the past few weeks and are rapidly nearing the end of the project on this one street.  It is expected that the work will be completed by the end of the week.

"The project was originally opened with WPA help, but when the federal government withdrew all help of this nature the city carried on the work with the aid of day labor.  Splendid progress has been reported and it is believed the gutter and curbing details will be completed within a short time, and should make possible the blacktopping operations that are planned."

Of course, the WPA was ramping down at this time as the workmen were needed in the military as war impended.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's in the News February 20, 1972: Why, the Vietnam War and Nixon's Visit to China

A reprint in the February 19, 2017, Panama City (Florida) News-Herald of their front page from 1972.


They had been shot down during bombing raids over North Vietnam.  The Pentagon had reported the five men as missing.  These five men were of the six who had shot down during 29-hours of raids last Wednesday and Thursday.


The command had no comment on this story


The Chinese foreign ministry denounced American bombing raids, just one day before President Nixon's arrival in Peking.


President Nixon landed on Guam for his final rest stop before becoming the first U.S. president to visit China.

Aren't We Glad These Days Are Over.  --Cooter

Monday, February 20, 2017

Final Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2016-- Part 6: Glenn to Reynolds


John Glenn, 95.  First U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth and U.S. senator.  Dec. 8.  A real hero in every sense of the word.

Alan Thicke, 69.  Versatile performer.  Dec. 11.

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 99.  Dahling.  Dec. 18.

George Michael, 53.  Dec.25.

Carrie Fisher, 60.  Princess Leia in "Star Wars."  Dec. 27.

Debbie Reynolds, 84.  Dec. 28.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Final Goodbye: Notable Deaths in 2016-- Part 5: Adulyadej to Castro


King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88.  World's longest reigning monarch in Thailand.  Oct. 13.

Junko Tabei, 77.  The first woman to climb Mt. Everest.  Oct. 20.

Tom Hayden, 76.  Antiwar activist.  Oct. 23.


Janet Reno, 78.  First woman to serve as US attorney general.  Nov. 7.

Leonard Cohen, 82.  Canadian singer-songwriter.  Nov. 7.

Gwen Ifill, 61.  Co-anchor of PBS' "News Hour."  Nov. 14.

Florence Henderson, 82.  Mom on "The Brady Bunch."  Nov. 24.

Fidel Castro, 90.  I thought this guy was going to kill me back in 1962.  Nov. 25.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Final Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2016-- Part 4: McLaughlin to Peres


John McLaughlin, 89.  Conservative political commentator and television host.  August 16.

Sonia Rykiel, 86.  French designer.  August 25.

Gene Wilder, 83.  Way too funny.  Aug. 28.

Juan Gabriel, 66.  Mexican songwriter and singer.  Aug. 28.


Phyllis Schlafly, 92.  Conservative activist who helped defeat  the Equal Rights Amendment.  sept. 5.

Rose Mofford, 94.  Arizona's first female governor.  Sept. 15.

Edward Albee, 88.  Pulitzer Prize-winning plsaywright, Sept. 16.

Arnold Palmer, 87.  Golfing great.  Sept. 25.

Shimon Peres, 93.  Former Israeli president and prime minister.  Nobel peace Prize-winner.  Sept. 28.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Final Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2016-- Part 3: Ali to Dimitri


Muhammad Ali, 74.  Died June 3.

Gordie Howe, 88.  NHL star.  June 10.

Anton Yelchin, 27.  Actor.  June 19.

Pat Summitt, 64.  Winningest coach in Division I college basketball history.  Women's basketball.  June 28.


Elie Wiesel, 87.  Holocaust survivor and author about it.  July 2.

Michael Cimino, 77.  Oscar-winning director.  July 2.

Clown Dimitri, 80.  Swiss clown and mime.  July 19.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Final Goodbye: Notable Deaths in 2016-- Part 2: Conroy to Safer


Pat Conroy, 70.  Author of "The Great Santini" and other best sellers.  March 4.

Nancy Reagan, 94.  Wife of former President Ronald Reagan.  March 6.

Phife Dawg, 45.  Member of hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.  March 22.

Garry Shandling, 66.  Actor and comedian.  March 24.

Patty Duke, 69.  Actress.  March 29.


Merle Haggard, 79.  Country music.  April 6.

Doris Roberts, 90. Actress.   Mother on "Everybody Loves Raymond."  April 17.

Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, 52.  Basketball star.  April 20.

Prince, 57.  April 21.

Tommy Kono, 85.  Olympic weightlifter.  April 24.


Morley Safer, 84.  Journalist.  "60 Minutes."  May 19.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Final Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2016-- Part 1: Boulez to Eco

From the December 30, 2016, Chicago Tribune by Bernard McGhee, AP.

A month by month breakdown.


Pierre Boulez, 90.  New York Philharmonic, Jan. 5.

Otis Clay, 73,  Hall of Fame R&B aerist,  Jan. 8

David Bowie, 69. Jan. 10.

Alan Rickman, 69.  Actor.  Professor Snape in "Harry Potter".  Jan. 14

Glenn Frey, 67.  Jan. 18

Abe Vigoda, 94.  Actor.  "Barney Miller" and "Godfather."


Maurice White, 74.  Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire.  Feb. 3.

Antonin Scalia, 79.  U.S. Supreme Court.  Feb. 13.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 93.  Egyptian diplomat and U.N. Secretary General.

Harper Lee, 89.  Author "To Kill a Mockingbird."  Feb. 19.

Umberto Eco, 84.  Italian author.  Feb. 19.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse and the Lusitania-- Part 3: U-boat Skipper Gets Captured Later in the War Near the Same Site

Interestingly enough, after the U-boat which sank the Lusitania returned to Germany, the man who had captained it, Raimund Weisbach, returned to the sea and, in 1917 off the southwest coast of Ireland near Fastnet Lighthouse, was captured by the British after one of their submarines had torpedoed his new submarine, the U-81.

Turnabout's fair Play. --Cooter

Friday, February 10, 2017

Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse and the Lusitania-- Part 2

When the German captain sent a torpedo into the unsuspecting ship, it sank and over eleven hundred people lost their lives.  This tragedy helped galvanize American opinion to enter the war against Germany.

The principal keeper of the lighthouse reported the sinking of the Lusitania to the admiral in charge at Queenstown (Cobh), who mobilized rescue boats to save as many as possible.

Today, you can see in casement square of Cobh a memorial to the Lusitania's victims, many of whom are buried at the old church cemetery in Kinsale.

The liner lies in the sea about twelve miles south of the lighthouse in 320 feet of water.

Irish Lighthouse in World War I-- Part 1: Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse and the Lusitania

From  Lighthouses of Ireland by Kevin M. McCarthy.

I have been writing about the lighthouses of Ireland and their role in World War II in my Tattooed On Your Soul World War II bloh.

The captain of the Lusitania maneuvered his Cunard liner close to Ireland's Old Head of Kinsale peninsula in order to take his bearings, although being that close to the Irish coast was not safe in May of 1915.

On May 7, 1915, the Lusitania, on her way from the United States to England, sailed nearer to the Irish coast than was safe, but the captain was determined to find out exactly where where he was by taking a bearing on the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse.

When the officers sighted the three-mile-long peninsula and reassuring lighthouse, they knew that the port of Quenstown (now Cobh) was only thirty miles away.  They felt much safer, but lurking beneath the water was a German U-boat.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Looking Back to 1916: Thanks to Corey & Evans

From the August 10, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"Corey & Evans have earned the gratitude of the military aid people.  The well-known transfer firm has donated the use of its big motor truck to haul the band to and from the ice cream social at Sycamore on Wednesday night."

More for the war effort.


Looking Back to 1916: Soldier's "Housewives"

From the August 10, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"The good sense of the DeKalb women who made a number of 'housewives' for the soldier boys, equipped with threads, pins, etc. which were given to the boys when they went away has been vindicated.

"Word from the front was to the effect that the 'housewives' had proven some of the best equipment the boys possessed and the request was made that a lot more of them be prepared and sent down so that there would be enough for the entire company and the band."

Obvious that this was in preparation for World War I, but, "front" would probably be the training camp.

Also called the Soldier's Housewife.

Patch That Hole in Your Pants.  --Cooter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Looking Back to 1966: Mr. Lincoln's Whiskey

From the August 17, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1966, 50 Years Ago.

"An ancient bottle of whiskey presented by Abraham Lincoln more than a century ago was found when authorities opened the cornerstone of the Illinois Capitol."

Was It Still Drinkable?  --DaCoot

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Looking Back to 1941: Heat Wave Strikes

From the August 17, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"The crew cleaning the interior and exterior of the Sycamore city water tower were stopped by the heat yesterday.  Early hours were not so bad, but the mid-day sun which bounced its heat waves off the steel on the tower tank was too much for the workmen.

"They had to give up."

A Hot Time In the Old Town Today.  --Coothot

A Heartbreaking Year for Celebrity Deaths-- Part 8: Professor Snape to John Glenn


Alan Rickman (Professor Serverus Snape in the "Harry Potter" movies.
Gene Wilder
Curtis Hanson
Michael Cimino


Harper Lee
Umberto Eco
Elie Wiesel
Gloria Naylor
Alvin Roffler

JOHN GLENN  If we ever had a hero, this would be the guy.

Muhammed Ali