Chubbs grew up back in the days when guys were known by their nicknames. If he wasn't being inducted into the 16" Softball Hall of Fame, I wouldn't have found out his real name is Rich Polfus. The retired trader tends bar at McGaffer's, a neighborhood joint that's a hotbed of 16" softball. He will be honored at the Drury Lane, on April 26, for his four decades in the game, many of them as a highly successful player-manager.
Persistence is a hallmark of a private detective. Sunday night, my persistent investigation of a racial incident in Forest Park paid off. I had the chance to meet one of the men who gave assistance to a black Forest Park family in 1976, back when bricks and racial slurs were flying.
As a consumer of conservative views on TV and radio, I often hear the "American Dream" is dead. Many say we've become a "nanny state" where people play video games, while collecting government handouts.
According to a poll conducted by Marist College in New York, "Whatever!" has been the most annoying word in America for five years running! A college spokesperson described this word as "dismissive and rude." I think its use is symptomatic of the sarcasm that is creeping into our language from TV sitcoms.
The Chicago Fire Department is hot! It's the subject of a hit TV series. The new Fire Museum of Greater Chicago is now displaying its history and Chicago Firefighter Matt Drew will be signing copies of his book Shadows of Chicago on March 22, at 2 p.m., at Centuries & Sleuths.
This March marks the 100th Birthday of Carl Sandburg's groundbreaking poem "Chicago." I've been teaching about it in class and my foreign students are thrilled to learn another nickname for Chicago – "City of the Big Shoulders."
When I walked into a history museum in a small Illinois town, I was startled to see a mannequin dressed in the peaked hood finery of an Imperial Wizard. The curator told me that the historical society's mission was to preserve and present the history of the town good or bad.
As a certified silver lining specialist, I managed to find a few bright spots in our bitter weather: If snow-plowing was an Olympic event, Forest Park would take home the gold. Keeping our streets and sidewalks clear also earned our Public Works employees much-deserved overtime pay.