Jul 28, 2017

Richard Henry Greene - MPHS and Vietnam - Rest in Peace

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Little Rascals on “Our Gang - Leonard Landy RIP

Leonard Landy, best known for his work as one of the Little Rascals on “Our Gang,” died Wednesday. He was 84.
Often recognized for his freckled face and big ears, Landy appeared in 21 “Our Gang” comedy shorts, debuting in “Feed ‘Em and Weep” in 1938 and culminating with “Fightin’ Fools” in 1941.
“Our Gang,” a series of comedy short films about a group of poor neighborhood children and their adventures, began in 1922 as a series of silent shorts. When it was converted to sound in 1929, Landy was known for watching the action with an occasional one liner.
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Photos From Scott Brissey

Here are the photographs of the classes at Elizabeth B. Sutherland Grammar school.

This is the list of names of the Graduate Class from the copy printed in the Beverly Review:

Front row,left-right: Barb Schultz, Kathleen O'Brien, Janice Bonaguro, Susan Long, Jill Durham, April Lais, and Jane Mulder.

Second row: Scott Brissey, Cynthia Stark, Robert Hoffman, Lynn Carlson, Terry

Lason, Janet Zinsmiester, Dave Innes,, and Joan VanDahm.

3rd row: Wayne Fern, Corliss Briggs, Lawrence Reynolds, John Pihl, John Harshnek, Dick Smith, Steve Staphanos, Pat Ruhling, and Roy Spalding.
This is a partial list for the 7A-7B class:

Front row: Terry Lason, Al Engelberg, Bob Hoffman, Dave Innes, Scott Brissey.

Second row: Jill Durham, Kathleen O'Brien, Janice Bonogruro, Sue Long, April Lais,
Joan Van Dahm, Pam Wells, Barb Schultz.

Third row: Steve Staphos, ?, -- Goldburg, Larry Reynolds, John Pihl, Dick Smith,,

Wayne Fern, Roy Spaulding Dave Finkel, Cynthia Stark, Margot Nelson.
Fourth row:Jay Schalson (?), Bob Gibson, Bob Harschnek, Kimberly Young, Corliss Briggs, Pat Ruhling, Lynn Carlson, Jayne Mulder, Jan Zinsmiester.

These photos show why I have been reluctant to go to Reunions. Today, any good school counselor would take one look at me and think: "RITALIN",

And they would be right.

The Clissord Class photo may not have anyone from our class because I was held back in 4th grade.


Scott Brissey

Sutherland 1960 submitted by Scott Brissey. 

Mount Greenwood Elementary Photos

Thanks to Bob Glines MPHS Jan 66 for sharing.

 Thanks to Bob Glines MPHS Jan 66 for sharing.

Jul 27, 2017

Drawings of the Old Sod

These wonderful drawings of buildings in Morgan Park and Beverly can be viewed at the new Smith Home on 113th and Western Avenue. Our artistic classmate drew them - guess who.

Drove My Chevy to the Levy

Don McLean- American Pie (with Lyrics) - YouTube


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Drove my chevy to the levee, ..... February bad news = February 3, 1959 Buddy Holly plane crash Chevy to the ...

meaning - Drove my chevy to the levy and the levy was dry - English ...


Sep 20, 2015 - Years ago I had this English teacher (from UK) who asked us to ... It's "levee." Levy is somebody else. "American Pie" is Don McLean's song about ...

Don McLean – American Pie Lyrics | Genius Lyrics

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May 26, 1971 - Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry. And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye. Singin' this'll be the day that I die


We went to an event last night where one of America's Master Distillers, Dave Pickerell, was talking about his rye whiskeys made at relatively new distillery he co-owns in Vermont. It's called Whistle Pig.

In giving us a bit of a history lesson, he said rye whisky in the US pre-dates bourbon (e.g., George Washington was a distiller of rye). It was once an essential ingredient in many classic cocktails, but fell into obscurity during prohibition, until about 10 years ago when young craft bartenders showed a new interest in bringing back some of the old-school cocktails.

That led my wife to look up the word "cocktail" and it's origin. She went to Wikipedia and found this bit of amusing historical insight:

"The first definition of cocktail known to be an alcoholic beverage appeared in The Balance and Columbian Repository (Hudson, New York) May 13, 1806; editor Harry Croswell answered the question, "What is a cocktail?":

"Cock-tail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters—it is vulgarly called bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, in as much as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said, also to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because a person, having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else."

Don Martensen MPHS Jan 66

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Highball - from Wikapedia

Highball is the name for a family of mixed alcoholic drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer.


The name may refer to the practice of serving drinks in tall glasses, or the dining cars of trains powered by steam locomotives; when the engine would get up to speed and the ball that showed boiler pressure was at its high level, known as "highballing". Or the name may have come from early railroad signals with raised globes meaning "clear track ahead".


Initially, the most common highball was made with Scotch whisky and carbonated water, known as a "Scotch and soda".

There are many rivals for the fame of mixing the first highball, including the Adams House in Boston. New York barman Patrick Duffy claimed the highball was brought to the U.S. in 1894 from England by actor E. J. Ratcliffe.

Well-known examples of highballs include the gin and tonic, Seven and Seven, and Cuba Libre. A highball is typically served over ice in a large straight-sided highball glass or Collins glass.

Highballs are popular in Japan, often made with Japanese whisky as a haibōru (ハイボール), or mixed with shōchū as a chūhai (チューハイ). Various mixers can be specified by suffixing with -hai (〜ハイ), as in oolong highball (ウーロンハイ ūron-hai). These are consumed similarly to beer, often with food or at parties.

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Jul 26, 2017

It is a Slippery Slope - Sliding Pandas

A lot like diving into the MPHS Swimming, only different.

The Old Chicago Wigwam

This building was adjacent to the Chicago River at the southeast corner of Wacker Drive and Lake Street. The Republican Party nominated Abraham Lincoln for the President in 1860. Lincoln himself did not visit the convention. 

The two-story wooden structure was named Wigwam from a Native American word for "temporary shelter,".  It seated 10,000 people.

Jul 25, 2017

Stegg's Neighborhood Store 107th and Trumbull

  • Thomas Morgan Not sure if this was posted here. Stegg's
  • Geri O'Neil McCoy Thanks Thomas! Kathleen McCormick Meyer It was at 107th & Trumbull. Siding is where the windows used to be. 106th & Homan was Don's. Memories...
  • Kathleen McCormick Meyer Now I remember!! Thanks Geri!!!!
  • Kathleen McCormick Meyer Geri, are you related to Nancy McCoy---her maiden name
  • Kathleen McCormick Meyer I think I'm brain dead-----I remember this I live on 109th and Trumbull--I thought it was called Arts
  • Geri O'Neil McCoy No relation to Nancy - McCoy is my married name. I haven't been to the old neighborhood in some time, but I thought someone said it is now a residence.
  • Msv Wedell Don's / Pete's was on 107th and Homan now razed. Dregs was 107th and Trumbull. Little corner stores to send the kids to for milk, bread, penny candy! Lived 2nd house from Homan on 108th St across from Mt Greenwood School.
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  • Msv Wedell Stegs
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  • Glenn Pniewski That wonderful building that was great for Stegg's really makes for an ugly house, doesn't it? A recurring dream I have had for the last thirty years has been that someone has finally converted the place back into Steggs, AS IT WAS 
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  • Julie Marschand Does anyone in this group remember the Barber Shop on the Southwest corner of 109th and Kedzie? I lived two doors to the west of the barber shop on 109th street. The old home where my family lived was torn down and subdivided into three lots and 3 newer homes. The family that owned and operated the shop were the Braize family. I remember the two younger kids were Ricky and Jeanie. Anyone know if it's still there?
  • Norman Rick Stegg's & Hogan's were both awesome in their own way!! I spent so much money at each!!! I used to even "rob" my cash register bank by using one of Mom's "bobby pins"---my Dad came close to going to prison for murdering his 8 yo son! 
  • Norman Rick Julie---I used to go to a barber at 110th & Kedzie on the east side called Irv's. He kinda looked like Groucho Marx---he was soooooooooo proud of his new vacuum thingy that he would suck out all the hair from under yer collar, while all of the other barbers were still using a powdered-up brush. His daughter had a crush on me & would come out & just stare at me while Irv was cutting my hair---very uncomfortable for me at the time!  But I can still picture the old barbershop that you are talking about on the sw corner at 109th---never went there, though! 
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  • James Dart Julie Marschand..in the '70's there was a Century 21 office on that corner.
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  • Glenn Pniewski I remember Irv!!!! Yeah, they all lived in the back of that shop 
  • Julie Marschand I just had a really clear memory pop up...the Braize's Barber shop, had one of those twirling candy cane-like totem pole outside his shop. I seem to remember someone telling me why they put those at Barbershops but there are too many cobwebs upstairs in my brain to shake that loose too, I'm doin good just remembering that.
  • Thomas Morgan Norman Rick I also got my hair cut at Mr. Irv's. I think Tow-Head, aka Toe-Head Schwab got the last haircut when Mr' Irv died while cutting his hair. I'll have to verify that story. I know some of the stories get a bit exaggerated. Glenn, you're right, they did live in the back. I think the daughter may have went to Mother Macs with my sister Rita, graduated St C in 64
  • Julie Marschand Thanks, guys for the info. I'm probably too old for you all to remember back that far! I graduated from EMPEHI in '67.
  • Tim Saterfield I knew Rich Braize back in the day, played some music with him, he played bass guitar as I recall. Good guy.
  • Norman Rick Julie---if memory serves me correctly, back in the 1800's, the town barber was also the town doctor & that swirling candy cane striped pole was some sort of symbol representing that fact. I know that on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Show), before she came to CO Spgs., Jake the barber took care of all "doctoring" before Dr. Mike arrived.
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  • Norman Rick Julie---omg---you are sooooooooooooooooooo old---compared to you (dinosaur) I am just a mere lad---of course, I did graduate from Marist in 1967, but I was a child prodigy & graduated 3 mos. before my 18th b'day (9-15-49.) I sure am glad I ain't as old as you! HAHAHAHA!!! I had many friends in your class---my 1st real girlfriend ever was Mary Agnes Clancy. And I thought that Jackie Hazelid (Hazelip??) was the cutest thing since little puppies. Was good friends with Willie Guntorius & Don Matyus. Knew Ralph Buss & a whole bunch more---Don Eppley was an awesome friend of mine. And any kid from SC who went to MPHS....................
  • John Wason Fact: Irv was Irving Levy. His daughter was named Ronna Levy, Morgan Park class of 1967.
  • John Wason Fact: In the early days of medicine, it was thought that bloodletting would cure all sorts of illnesses. The barber was the town bloodletter. The red and white stripes on the barber pole symbolize bloody bandages wrapped around the pole.

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  • Tom Greaney Very Interesting John=but I think I'll take my bloodletting self to sleep.
  • John Wason Oh, you're a barber, Tom?
  • Tom Greaney No the only hair I cut was my nephews when they were young.