Saturday, August 08, 2009

46 years ago today...

This is a real heartwarming story about a game on August 8, 1963.

Joke for Saturday morning

Contributed by "MJ"

Question: What did the Sarah Palin say when she looked into the box of Cheerios?

Answer: "OH LOOK!!! Donut seeds."

Friday, August 07, 2009

Ferris Bueller

John Hughes loved Chicago, and most of films took place here.

Of all his movies, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" was probably his biggest homage to our city. This scene took place during a parade I was always forced to attend...the Von Steuben Parade (German-American parade). Now, I must say, I don't remember them ever playing the Beatles at that parade, but I still enjoy this scene...

Don Larsen

Former Chicago Cub pitcher Don Larsen was born on this date in 1929.

That's right, I said former Cub pitcher.

Sure, he pitched a perfect game in the World Series for the Yankees, but he was also a member of the Chicago Cubs.

Read about his Cubs career here.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Time to come clean

I was also born in Kenya. Here's my birth certificate. Click on it to see the full size version. (There go my presidential aspirations)

Summer Classes for Women

Contributed by "RS"

Summer Classes for Women at


Class 1
Up in Winter, Down in Summer - How to Adjust a Thermostat
Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.
Meets 4 wks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM..

Class 2
Which Takes More Energy - Putting the Toilet Seat Down, or Crabbing About It for 3 Hours?
Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3
Is It Possible To Drive Past a Wal-Mart Without Stopping?--Group Debate.
Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4
Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5
How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.
Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 6
Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos?
Open Forum.
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 7
I Was Wrong and He Was Right!--Real Life Testimonials.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 8
How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim.
Driving Simulations.
4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 9
Learning to Live--How to Apply Brakes Without Throwing Passengers Through the Windshield.
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined

Class 10
How to Shop by Yourself.
Meets 4 wks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 11
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering To Take a List To The Store, Avoiding Separate Trips for Each Item Needed.
Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions.
Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2=2 0hours..

Class 12
The Stove/Oven--What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Jack Brickhouse

We lost Jack Brickhouse on this date in 1998. His widow Pat championed the cause of getting Jack a statue. Listen to her tell the story of how that statue came to be...

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

No explanation necessary

47 years ago today...

MLK in Chicago

On this date in 1966, Martin Luther King led a march through Gage Park in Chicago.

It didn't go so well.

Click on the link above and see a video from that day, and find out what was going on with the Cubs during that same era.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

NWI Parent

The "Back to School" issue of NWI Parent just came out, and I once again contributed the back page essay.

This one is called "I've got your back" and it's about the dangers of entering Junior High School.

Garry Meier

I went to the Cubs game on my birthday (July 28th) with my buddies Dave & Dane. Imagine our surprise when it was time for the 7th inning stretch, and they announced the singer of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." It was my old boss and colleague--Garry Meier.

Here's the video of Garry...

Kurt Busch

He's 31 years old today.

And still a big Cubs fan.

Sunday, August 02, 2009