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June 12th... The original name of Wrigley Field was Weeghman Park & was build in 1914. It's name was changed when Phillip Wrigley took ownership of the Cubs.. For many years the Chicago Bears also played their games @ Wrigley (1921-1970).. It was Mr Cub himself,, Ernie Banks, who gave Wrigley Field the nickname "The Friendly Confines"!!!
June 5th... The 1st known recorded CPD Officer killed in the "Line of Duty" was Constable James Quinn in 1853. He was assigned to the 009th Precinct. His family & a panel of Historian's in 2002 uncovered the death after original records were distroyed by the Chicago Fire.. His name & Star were placed in CPD's Superintendent Honored Star Case in CPD HQ!!!
May 29th.... The Daily News journalist who won two Pulitzer Prizes & who gave Chicago the nicknames "Hog Butcher to the World" & "CIty of Big Shoulders" was of course "Carl Sandburg"!!!
May 22nd....The Chicago Farragut H.S. grad who hit it big in Hollywood to become a major Movie Star was "Kim Novak".. She now lives in Oregon & is a professional Artist!!!
May 16th.. The southside Chicago girl, born of Irish parents, who married well was Catherine Hyland. She's better known from her & her husband's foundation that contributes millions of dollar for public TV known as the "John D & Catherine T McArthur Foundation"!!!
May 8th... The Chicago born gangster who met death in the northern suburb of "Barrington", in a shootout that also killed two FBI agents, was Geroge "Babyface" Nelson. He received the nickname "Babyface" when the wife of then Mayor Bill Thompson, decribed him as having a "Babyface" to CPD in her report of a robbery/home invasion!!!!
May 1st... The Chicago funny man who stared at Second City, Saturday Night Live & in several major movies was of course "Bill Murray". You might spot Bill @ his resturant named "Caddy Shack" which is located in the Golf Hall of Fame Village in St Augustine Florida.
April 24th... The Chicagoan who turned an idea into a billion dollar franchise business was of course "Ray Kroc". His hamburger restaurant "McDonalds" can be found in almost every country in the world. His company's symbol is "Ronald McDonald", a clown personality invented by TV weatherman "Willard Scott".. Kids loved it!!!!
April 17th... One of the first winners of the "Outland Trophy" awarded to the best linemen in College football was won by Chicago's own George Connor. A DeLa Salle & Notre Dame grad. The only other Chicago born footballer to win the Outland Trophy was "Bill Fisher", who also stared @ Notre Dame & today resides in Ft Myers!!!
April 10th... The invention that gave Chicago's McCormick family its great wealth was the "McCormick reaper".. The company formed by Cyrus Hall McCormick & HQed in Chicago was "International Harvester"!!!
April 3rd... Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini was the 1st US Citizen canonized by the Catholic Church. The Pope that canonized Sister Cabrini was "Pope Pius XII". A National Shrine dedicated to her memory can be found on the grounds of Chicago's "Columbus Hospital"!!!
March 27th...Big Bill Thompson was the last Rebuplican Mayor of Chicago. Big Bill was Mayor twice, 1915-1923 & 1927-1931.. In 1931 he was defeated by Democrat Anton Cermak & since then, Democrats have ruled without interuption. Big Bill was considered one of Chicago's most corrupt Mayors & did business with Al Capone!!!
March 20th.. Bob Newhart was the Chicago born & St Ignatius grad who recorded an comedy album of his night-club comedy routine called "The bottom-down mind of Bob Newhart". This album surpassed Elvis Presley & became number one on the charts. He went on to become one of the USA's best known & sucessful comedians, winning three Grammy's along the way!!!!
March 13th.. Mike Royko, a Chicago legend & it's best known newspaper writer learned his trade attending "Wright Junior College" & then as a reporter for the Air Force News.. His stories, using humor, as a means of making a point, entertained millions of Chicagoans daily & angered many a politician!!!
March 6th.. Charles Comisky after a career playing & coaching major league baseball was the leading figure in creating the American League & the White Sox in 1900.. The press years later nicknamed him the "Old Roman"!!!
February 27th.. The name of the original movie review program that began the TV careers of "Siskel & Ebert" was "Sneak Previews" that aired in 1976, on Channel 11, WTTW TV!!!
February 20th..Ask ANN LANDERS, was the name of her column that made her famous nation wide & a very wealthy women. Her real name was "Ester Friedman", born in Sioux City Iowa, but lived most of life in Chicago. She was better known by her married name of "Epple Lederer". She inherited the Sun Times Column from Chicago nurse "Ruth Crowley" who died in 1955!!!
February 13th.. The Chicago based company that got it's big break after a slow start by patending a process to "Pasteurized Cheese" & sold 5 million lbs of it to the US Army in WWI was, "Kraft Foods", founded by James L Kraft, who immigrated to the USA & Chicago from Canada. Today his company has gone global & some of it's products are Capri Sun, Jell-O, Maxwell House Coffee, Oscar Meyer, Valveeta & Philadelphia cheese & Cadbury Chocolate. It's HQ moved from LSD in Chicago to Northfield, Ill!!
February 6th... The legendary Chicago Architect whose "Prairie Style" architecture has been imitated by countless followers is of course "Frank Lloyd Wright". He got his start in Chicago working for $8.00 a week for Joseph Lyman Silsbee & later, the Adler & Sullivan architecture firms.
January 30th.. The Chicago Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. That year they beat the Detroit Tigers & the great Ty Cobb. The Cubs were also in the World Series in 1906 against the "Hitless Wonders" White Sox team & again in 1907, also against the Tigers. Seven more times they have returned to the big game, but lost all seven times. The last time in 1945, again, against the Tigers!!!
January 23rd.. The Chicago Blackhawks received it's team name from it's original owner Frederic McLaughlin who, in WWI, was the Commander of the 86 Infantry Division, better know as the "Blackhawk Division". The Hawks were one of the original six members of the NHL, the other five were the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadians, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings & the Boston Bruins!!!
January 16th.. Bridgeport neighborhood received its name due to the low bridges that would not allow larger cargo ships to pass under. Their cargo was unloaded @ the bridge, thus the name "Bridgeport".. Prior to that, the neighborhood was known as "Hardscrabble" & "Cabbage Patch"!!!
January 9th... The hotel build in the late 1880's by Marshall Field's ex partner was of course "The Palmer House", build by Potter Palmer. The Palmer House still exist, but is now owned by the Hilton Hotel chain!!!
January 2nd... The two Chicagoans who got there start in the retail business selling watch's, were Alvin Curtis Roebuck & Richard Warren Sears.. There company, "Sears & Roebuck" in time, became a household name in the USA!!
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#1... The powerful Alderman & Ward Committee Leader who changed political party's & how African Americans voted in Chicago, was William "Big Bill" Dawson. His mentor & sponsor was Anton Cermak!!!
#2... The famous Chicago Industrialist & Engineer who made his fortune & fame raising up Chicago streets & build 1st class railroad cars was "George Mortimer Pullman". He also build Pullman town for his workers. The "Florence Hotel", in Pullman, was named for his daughter. It exist still today & is a tourist attraction on the SE side of Chicago!!!!
#3... The Politicians who ran Chicago for over 30 years & were nicknamed "The Grey Wolves" by a rag sheet named "McGlures", were Irishman, Bath House John Couglin, Hinky DInky Mike McKenna, both from the 1st Ward & 19th Ward power broker Johnny Powers!!!!
#4... The Chicagoan, who formed the "All American Girls Baseball League", that years later was depicted in a major movie starring Tom Hanks & Mondona, was Philip Wrigley, then owner of the Cubs!!!
#5... The famous Chicago Architect's Daniel Burnham & John Welborn Root, designed Chicago's 1st skyscraper, the "Masonic Temple Building" which was located @ Randolph & State. It stood 22 stories high & was build in 1892!!!
#6... The famous Chicagoan, who showed the world how to build fun parks & who gave children Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck, was of course Walter Disney!!!
#7... The lawyer who defended Leopold & Loeb for the murder of Bobby Franks was the ACLU lead attorney, Clarence Darrow. Darrow pled the boys guilty, but argued to spare them the "Death Penalty". He was sucessful. Darrow was born in Ohio, but spend much of his adult life practicing law in Chicago. He's also is famous for the "Scopes" Monkey Trial, when he went up against the equally famous, " William Jenning Bryan"!!!
#8... The college that Bernard Sahlins, Howie Atkins & Paul Sills, the comedy theatre inovators that gave us Second City & Improv learn their craft, at the "University of Chicago"!!!!
#9... The first Chicago mayor, to hail from Bridgeport was Edward Josph Kelly. Mayor Kelly was a close friend of Peter Nash who at the time of Kelly's election, was the Chairman of the Democratic Party in Cook County. Nash was a power broker, who had close ties to West side politicians & the Anton Cermak's political machine.. When elected, Kelly began his own machine, that produced Bridgeport Mayors Martin Kennelly, Richard J & Richard M Daley & Micheal Balandic. These Bridgport Mayor's, all from the 11th Ward, oversaw Chicago's city business for over 60 years!!!
#10... "Securitas", the Swedish Security Company, which is largest in the world & is the parant company for the Chicago based "Pinkerton Detective Agency". The Pinkertons was started by Chicagoo Detective Alan Pickerton & Chicago Lawyer Ed Rucker in 1850!!!!
#11... The Brighton Park lad who went to Hollywood & hit it big was "Pat Sajek".. He & his partner Vanna White are household names in the USA, due to their long time association with the daytime game show, the "Wheel of Fortune"!!!!
#12... Harold Washington years of running Chicago began with the 1983 Democratic Primary when RIchard M. Daley faced off against then Mayor Jane Byrne. Harold saw a political opportunity & joined into the race. He won 37% of the primary vote to Byrne's 33% & Daley's 30%. He then went on to defeat Republican Bernard Epton to become the city's 1st African American Mayor!!!
#13... October 14th, 2003 will be remembered by all Cub fans forever. It was the day Steve Bartman reaching out for a foul ball hit by Miami Marlans "Luis Castillo", that deflected away from Cub 3rd baseman Moises Alou. The Marlins went on to bat around around in that inning & scored 8 runs. At the time of the incident, Cub pitcher "Mark Pryor" was coasting to a win that would of put the Cubs into the World Series. Some blamed it on the Billy Goat curse that many Cub fans still believe exist til today!!!!!
#14... One of America's most famous author, who was born & raised in Oak Park Ill, is Ernest Hemingway. He did his best work while living in Key West, Florida. He wrote 7 novels & 6 short story's, was married 4 times & traveled all over the world hunting & fishing!!!!
#15... Prior to Richard J & Richard M. Daley, father & son Mayors of Chicago, Carter Harrison I & Carter Harrison II, also father & son, served Chicago as Mayors.. They collectively served 21 years.. The Daley's, 42 years. The Harrison's link to Chicago history is that the father was the 1st Chicago Mayor assassinated in1893 & the Fire & Police medal for Bravery is named for him.. He was the 25th Mayor of Chicago.. His son,, Carter Harrison II, the 31st Mayor of Chicago, holds the distinction of being the 1st Mayor, born in Chicago & Illinois. All prior Mayors were from eastern States!!
#16...The man whose family owned the Chas Stevens Department Store, the Stevens Hotel (Conrad Hilton on Michigan Ave), & grew up in Hyde Park is Supreme Court Judge John Stevens!!!
#17...The original owners of the Merchandise Mart was the Marshall Field family.. The man, who married into the Kennedy clan & ran the Mart was Sargeant Shriver!!!!
#18... In 1959, the Chicago White Sox went to the World Series, but lost it in six games.. The starting lineup of that team when the season bagan was SS Luis Aparcio, 2B Nellie Fox, CF Jim Landis, LF Al Smith, 1B Earl Torgeson, 3B Bubba Phillips, RF Jim McAnany & C Sherm Lollar. The starting pitcher was Early Wynn.. In the World Series, Ted Kluszewski, Billy Goodman & Jim Rivera had replaced Torgeson, Phillips & McAnancy as starters.. Sox would not be back to the World Series again til 2005!!!!
#19... William Ogden was the 1st Mayor of Chicago. He also was a pioneer in the railroad business & was present when the Union Pacific railroad was linked in what is now Ogden, Utah!!!
#20...The John Hancock building, once the tallest in Chi-Town & USA with it's antenna, now is sixth tallest in USA.. The five that are now taller (due to spires) are Willis (Sears) Tower, Trump Tower, & the Aon building, all in Chicago. The Empire State Building in New York & Bank of America building have also surpassed Big John!!!!
#21... The Mt Carmel grad, drafted by the White Sox but played almost his entire career with the Tigers was pitching phenon, Denny McClain. His father-in-law, was the great Cleveland Indians All-Star shortstop & hall of famer Lou Boudrou!!!
#22...The Chicago landmark made of Joliet limestone & survived the Great Chicago Fire, of course, was the "Water Tower" located at Chicago & Michigan Ave. "White Castle" modeled their restrurants after the Water Tower's design. The Water Tower is photographed by tourist at least a million times a year!!
#23...The mansion located on north Lakeview in the shadow of Lincoln Park & a famous basefield field is the "Chicago Wrigley mansion".. Purchased just prior to the depression from beer Baron Joseph Theurer. It was vacant for several years as the Wrigleys enjoyed their other mansions in California & Lake Geneva Wisconsin!!
#24...The Bears 3rd 1st round draft pick in 1965 NFL Draft was Tennessee All American "Steve DeLong".. Delong however decided to play with the AFL for the San Diego Chargers.. He did finish up his career with the Bears.. The Bears other two picks, Butkus & Sayers, both ended up in the NFL Hall of Fame.. Butkus uniform # @ Univ of Ill was "50".. When he joined the Bears, his number was changed to 51, because another Bear had #50.. The only other uniform # retired by the U of I was 77, worn by the great Red Grange of Wheaton, Ill...
#25...The largest bakery in the world, found on Chicago's southside @ 7300 S Kedzie is the National Biscuit Company, best known as "NABISCO"..Its parant company is another powerhouse, Kraft Food!!!
#26...There are six streets named after signers of the Declaration of Independance. They are John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Carroll, Benjamin Rush & George Walton. There are other Chicago streets (Whipple, Wilson, Stockton, Hopkins, Harrison, Clark, Wolcott & Taylor) names of signer's of the Declaration but, they are only coincidence, or relative's of the original signers!!
#27... Jane Addams was the Chicagoan & 1st US women to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She spent most of her life advocating for the rights of children & mothers. She was honored with her image on a US Postage Stamp, founded the "Womens Peace Party", & was instrumental in getting Chicago's playgrounds for kids!!!!!
#28...The CPD Officer killed @ the Haymarket Riot was Mathias J. Degnan.. The three Anarchists who spoke @ the rally & also charged with Degnan's murder were August Spies, Albert Parsons & Samuel Fieldon.. Inspector John Bonifield lead the CPD the night of the riot!!!
#29... Ignaz Schwinn, is the German Immigrant, who as a young man came to Chicago & with the help of fellow Germans, opened a bysicle store that later became a factory, that bacame a multi-million dollar business!!!!
#30... "Upton Sinclair" in 1906 wrote the book "The Jungle" which exposed the Union Stockyards & conditions related to Chicago meat packing.. The book led Congress to pass the "Pure Food & Drug Act". Today the Stockyards, located just west of Bridgrport, is only a memory!!!!
#31... Enrico Fermi was the Italian Immigrant who ended up teaching & doing research @ the University of Chicago. His Nobel Prize winning work with nuclear fusion led to the the making of the 1st atomic bomb that ended WWII. Dr Fermi split the atom under the north stands of the squash stadium @ the University. Fermi Lab is named in his honor!!!
#32... The man who played baseball for the N.Y. Yankee's, but became famous as a football player & coach was of course "Papa Bear" George Halas.. Coach Halas also served his country in two World Wars.. His family still owns the Chicago Bears!!
#33...The Mayor who fired the entire CPD was John Wentworth. It occurred in 1861 & the City of Chicago was without a police force for several hours before Wentworth hired a new force!!
#34...The first Royal visitor to Chicago was England's, King Edward VII in 1860!!!! He was the Prince of Wales!!!!
#35...The first time Chicago's population was reported over the 1 million mark was 1891... That same year the Chicago Symphony was established & thrives to this day!!
#36... Thirty year old Mt Prospect resident George Stephen is credited with inventing the "Weber Grill". George was a welder @ Weber Brothers Metel Works. One of their products was "buoys" used in Lake Michigan.. Two half-spheres welded together to create a buoy.. George instead hinged the spheres, added vents & created the Weber Grill!!!
#37... Speck murdered 8 nurses but missed "Cora Amucao" who hid under a bed..She would later identify him in a lineup.. He sported a tattoo "Born to Raise Hell" on his arm that was spotted by Dr. LeRoy Smith of Cook County Hospital. Dr.Smith treated Speck when he tried to commit suicide after the murders, while hiding @ the Star Hotel @ 617 W. Madison. Speck was identified as the killer from fingerprints obtained & processed by CPD Lt. Emil Giese, Sgt Hugh Granahan & Examiner Burtin Bukrke!!!
#38... Camp Douglas was the name of the camp that housed over 20,000 Confederate Soldiers during the Civil War. It was located between MLK & Cottage Grove, 31st street to 33rd place. The 6,129 that died @ the camp were buried in Oakwood Cemetary on 67th Street!!
#39... He was "H.H. Holmes" aka Roger Mudgett!!!
#40.. The fan favorite athlete who played the outfield for the "Go Go White Sox" was Minnie Minoso!!!!
#41... Roger Plant, in the 1860's, established a saloon/brothel on the corner of Wells & Monroe where he oversaw organized gambling & prostitution. His saloon was known as "Under the Willow" but the police called it the "Barracks". The brothel part of the saloon had 60 rooms for his prostitutes.
#42... Harrison Ford is the Chicago born actor who stared in numerous films. The film that launched his career was "Star Wars" playing Hans Solo!!!!
#43...The St Valentine Massacre occurred at 2122 North Clark, the seven victims were machanic John May, accountant Adam Heyer, muscle man Albert Kachellek, nightclub owner Al Weinshenker, hitmen/enforcers/brothers Pete & Frank Gusenburg & Optometrist/gambler Reinhart Schwimmar. Frank Gusenburg lived for three hours after the shooting & was interviewed, but said nothing to Detective Sgt Tommy Loftus!!
#44...The name of the man whose "insane idea", the mail order catelog, which changed the way women in the USA did their shopping is, Aaron Montgromery Ward!!!!!
#45...The eight all male Catholic high schools that made up the original "Catholic Athletic League" in 1912 were, DePaul Academy, St Ignatuis, St Rita, St Cyril (later Mt Carmel), Cathedral High, St Phillip, Loyola Academy & DeLaSalle.. A few years later Fenwick & St George joined the league!!
#46...The first women to perform police duties was Marie Owens. She began her career in 1893. The first time women were allowed to wear police uniforms was in 1956. Women began full police duties in 1975!!
#47... Hugh Hefner was the man who turned a $8,000 loan into a publishing & media empire with Playboy Magazine. His frist playmate was Mariyln Monroe!!
#48...The man who began his business in a small butcher shop on north Sedgwick was "Oscar Meyer"!!
#49... George Blanda was the Bear hall of famer who scored over 2000 points, most as a placekicker. During his career he also played QB with the Bears, Houston & Oakland & had almost 27,000 yards of passing. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on the1st ballot!!
#50... The Chicago Columbian Exposition took place in Jackson Park in 1893 & made Chicago a world class city. Chicago out bid New York City for the Expo & some of the new products introduced were Cracker Jacks, Juicy Fruit gum, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Cream of Wheat cereal & the Ferris Wheel!!!
#51...The five politicians that Mayor Richard J. Daley defeated to be elected to five terms were Benjamin Adamowski, Robert Merriam, John Waner, Richard Friedman & John Hoellen!!
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Favorite Bear gamewatch bars are plentiful in Ft Myers area. The ones that exclusively show the Bears on game day are "Brybills" on Metro & Winkler," Edison Resturant" on MacGregor adjacent to Ft Myers Country Club, "Chicago Pizza" on 47th Terrace in Cape Coral, "Lenny C's" Pizza, just over the bridge in North Fort Myers, the "Elbow Room" on Winkler & Cyress Lake & "Doc's" on Bonita Beach Road in Bonita... All have good food & you will be with all things Bears.... The "Sports Page" on Cleveland, "Shoeless Joe's" in the Bell Tower "Potts" in the Daniels Crossing Mall& of course "The Cop Shop" in the Cape all have the game package ... All games are posted on the your Calender link... Notre Dame & Iowa fans can get exclusive gamewatch TV coverage at "Ron Dao's" located on MacGregor just north of Gladious. Ron Dao's also has all NFL games on Sunday. You can also get most Sox & Cub games @ above listed. All Chicago Pro games boardcast on Florida TV will be posted on the site's Calender... Catch a game, have fun cheering your favorite team.
The New Year always brings new hope for Chicago sports fans.. In 2013 the Bulls have a good team that will get better when their star Derrick Rose returns.. They'll be in both Orlando & Miami for games on Jan 2nd & 4th,, and again on April 14th &15th.. They should make a good run for the playoffs.. The Hawks 2012/2013 season was a big let down due to the player lock out.. We'd missed "Cold Steel on Ice" & if they come back, they should again be in the run for "Mr Stanley".. The Sox will be in St Pete for 3 games on July 5th, 6th & 7th.. The Cubs in Miami on April 25th, 26th 27th & 28th.. Cubs vs Sox May 27th, 28th 29th & 30th.. Check the "CALENDER" for all TV games & times.. DA BEARS...had a disapointing 2012 season but back again next fall for another run @ the Super Bowl.. Notre Dame & Northwestern should again field good teams & return to Bowl games next year.. Locally, the Blades, Miracle & FGCU all have good teams & put on a good show.. What ever team you like to follow, we'll keep you posted on the Sports Blog once a week.. Check it out!!!!!
Did your ever wonder how Chicago streets, got their names!!! Well, here are some of the answers!!!
Most of the streets downtown are named after the early Presidents, Washingtion, Adams, Monroe, Jefferson, Jackson, Madison, Van Buren & Harrison. Others President's honored were Lincoln, Kennedy & Eisenhower. Also Teddy Roosevelt....Other Pol's..Anton Cermak (Mayor), William Bissell (1st Ill Gov) & Micheal Diversey (Bridgeport Alderman).... Streets honor Civil War Generals Phil Sheridan, James Shields, Anthony Wayne, Joe Torrence & John Logan. General Logan also founded "Memorial Day" to honor Civil War dead. Logan Square is named for him.... Six signers of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, Charles Carroll, George Walton & Thomas Jefferson honored... Founder of the American Red Cross, Sarah Allport, 1st Surgeon, Dr. Phillip Maxwell (Ft. Dearborn), 1st Drugist, Philo Carpenter, 1st Lawyer John Hume Kedzie, 1st Trans Atlantic Aviator Italo Balbo & 1st Catholic Pastor Fr. Arnold Damen (Holy Family later St. Ignatius) .... Two explorers Pere Marquette & George Clark....Naval Commander O.H. Perry & WWI General John Pershing....Policeman John Bonefield led CPD at Haymarket riots....Archibal Clybourn, 1st Constable..Canal builder William Archer...Meatpacker Gurdon Hubbard... Casimir Pulaski, Revolutionary war hero, honored by Mayor Ed Kelly who replaced Pioneer farmer William Crawford to honor growing city Polish vote.... Cicero Ave named after Roman Orator Marcus Cicero... Irish statesman Thomas Parnell & Irish Sub-Contractors Bates, Butler, Clinton, Hubbs, Wallace, Lyon, Klare, Honore & Lowe....Capt Adrian Anson, 1st manager of the White Sox. At one time Western Ave was the western boundry of Chicago... At another time Central Park was midway to city limits which was Harlem Ave. Western Ave, some say is longest street in USA at 24.5 miles!!!!
FAMOUS CHICAGO ATHLETES!!!! Hall of Famers Lou Beudreau, Red Grange, Dick Butkus, George Halas, George Mikan, Knute Rockne, Ray Nitschke, Russ Rose, Kirby Puckett, Isaih Thomas & Johnny Kerr...Boxer Tony Zale.... Footballers Fonzell Adams, Norm Admunsen, Larry Canada, Tim Grunhard, Larry Coultre, Dick & Fred Adams, Tim Foley, Napoleon Harris, Donovan McNabb, Rashard Mendenhall, Joe Skibinski, Henry Wunsch & Chuck Ulrich....Coaches Amos Alonzo Stagg, Ray Meyer, Mike Shanahan, Bill Callahan, Johnny Meyer, Mark Levy & of course the most famous, "Coach K", Mike Krzyzewski....Hockey greats Chris Chelios & Eddie Olczyk...Tennis Champ Laura Granville...Lady Golfer Lee Mida...... Baseball Players Al McCarthy, Curtis Ganderson, Caesar Carrillo, Herman Long, Mark Maulder , Jimmy Clancy & Greg Luzinski .....Plenty of Basketball Players, Derrick Rose, Doc Rivers, Quinton Richardson, Jack Phelan, Shawn Marion, Tim Hardaway, Gene Dyker, Eddy Curry, Will Bynum, Kevin Garnett & Quinn Buckner..... Owners Chuck Cominsky, Phil Wrigley & Jerry Colangelo...... Of course we should not forget Chicago two most famous fans, Billy "Billy Goat" Sianis & Cub Fan favorite Steve Bartman.....
HOLLYWOOD ACTORS FROM CHICAGO!!!!! Chas Heston, Johnny Weismuller, Warren Beatty, Gloria Swanson, Richard Widmark, Gilda Radner, David Steinberg, John & Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Peter Boyle, Al Arkin, John Dreyfuss, John Candy, Barbara Harris, Valerie Harper, Shelly Berman, Bill Murray, Paul Sand, Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Gary Sinise, John Malkovitch, David Schimmer, Darryl Hannah, Quincy Jones, Walt Disney, Robins Williams, Gene Krupa, Bob Fosse, Bob Newhart, Donald O'Connor, Mel Van Peeples, Dorothy Malone, Kim Novak, Joan Rivers & Jack Benny...Also from Chicago, Dennis Franz, William Peterson, Joe Mantegna, Robert Young, Raquel Walsh, Billy Zane, Flo Ziegfeld, George Wendt, Pat Sajak, John C Reilly, Robt Reed, Harold Ramis,Kathy Griffin, Jenny McCarthy, Cindy Crawford, Ralph Bellamy, Marylu Henner, Tom Berringer, Bernie Mack, Tom Bosley, Tom Dressen & Lawrence "Mr. T" Tureaud. Lets not forget these Chicago Policemen who appeared in many major films & TV shows, Dennis Farina, Steve Wilkos, Lenny Bajenski, Bobby Rice, Joe Doyle, Jack Hurley & fan favorite Sgt Joe Konsala!!!!!!!
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