Mar 22, 2016

Chicago Drone Video - Very Nice

New 'City in Motion' Drone Video Depicts a Dynamic Chicago

There are many moving parts to this great city

Mar 21, 2016

One Penny Pretzel Back in the Day

They used to sell these at our corner store for a penny each.

We had time to kill between our last class at MPHS and the start of basketball, baseball, or cross country practices. Growing teenage boys need their energy.  A favorite snack was two chocolate milk cartons for four cents each and five rod pretzels for a penny a piece.  Total cost thirteen cents.

Mar 20, 2016

Milk in Chicago Public Schools

I think this was the size of the milk cartons that we could purchase at Morgan Park High in the mid 60's. Two cents for white milk and four cents for chocolate. Different vendor and printing on the outside.

Clout-heavy family got $162 million in contracts Sun Times: The beneficiary of those extra pennies is a joint venture of former competitors that rather than continue to compete with each other banded together under the name C&M JV1 Co. C&M has held the Chicago school milk contract for nine years, delivering milk to more than 600 schools. via Beachwood Reporter.

Milk to Save Pupils

Click to read the full article

So this must be how it came to be that we could buy milk for two cents at Morgan Park in the 60's. 

Just my two cents worth.

Chocolate milk, clearly a luxury for the affluent, was four cents.

Mar 17, 2016

Mini MPHS Reunion for California MPHS Graduates

All we California dwelling MPHS graduates had a great time at our mini reunion last week. 
The photo is of us dancing the twist on the beach.

We have all learned to relax and connect with our inner selves through relaxation therapy and connections with a Good Guru.


Just kidding

These are really Hare Krishna, and while I suspect they may have some mid 60 MPHS alums among them, I don't know this for sure.


We were talking about the Hare Krishna and how they used to chanting, dancing and panhandling in airports in the 1960-70s.  

In the late 1970s, I was reading the "class notes" section of the UC Davis alumni magazine. You know, that section where graduates write in to brag about a promotion, an award, a marriage, or a kid? One submission was about a guy whose name I no longer remember, so I'll call him "John Doe." It basically went like this:

"John Doe, class of '73, is director of marketing and fundraising for the Hare Krishnas at the Los Angeles International Airport."

I laughed liked crazy. Always wondered if he submitted the note himself, or was being punked by a former classmate.

-Don Martensen


Hare Krishna were at every airport back in the late 60's and 70's.. They were hitting up everyone for money, especially those in uniform... 

Ken Zalga

They hit me up in O'Hare when I was in uniform about 1970 or so. I gave them a couple of sentences in Russian - basically all that I remembered from my MPHS Russian class. One of them got in my face - "You will regret that when the Russians take over", something like that. Pretty funny to be lectured and hectored by a dancing chanting semi monk about the virtues of fighting Communism when that was what I was doing at the time.

Craig Hullinger

From Wikapedia

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava religious organisation.[1]ISKCON was founded in 1966 in New York City by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadawho is worshipped by followers.[2] Its core beliefs are based on select traditional Hindu scriptures, particularly the Bhagavad-gītā and the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. ISKCON says it is a direct descendant of Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya.[3] The appearance of the movement and its culture come from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, which has had adherents in India since the late 15th century and Western converts since the early 1900s in America,[4] and in England in the 1930s.[5]

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