Tuesday, December 31, 2013

An Afternoon Of Vintage Rock Flicks On Turner Classic Movies

On New Years Eve Turner Classic Movies ran a series of rock and roll movies from the late 1950's & early 60's. Other than a couple of Elvis movies to wind things up most of them were pretty obscure. My favorite was one called Let's Rock with Julius La Rosa although I didn't get a chance to watch them all.

Just finishing is Go Johnny Go w/ Chuck Berry & Richie Valens

Starting at 9:45  CST is Let's Rock w/ Julius La Rosa this is more of a ballads fight back movie that also features Paul Anka, 
with some really scary eyebrows. But it does rock out at times like this number by  the Royal Teens.

and it also features some dynamite stepping as four young kids do The Stroll.

11:15 It's Trad Dad which is a British film with Chubby Checker & Gene Vincent

12:45 Rock Around The Clock w/ Bill Haley
2:15 is Twist Around The Clock w/ Chubby Checker
3:45 starts an Elvis Presley double feature with Jailhouse Rock followed by at
5:30 Viva Las Vegas

After that they switch over to the That's Entetainment series.

Forest Park Il. Newest Store, 20th Century Retro, Objects Of A Bygone Era

Forest Park Il. newest store isn’t a place you go to. 20thCentury Retro comes to you, in two ways. First we bring our store to where ever you are through the Internet. But nowadays who doesn’t, right? Then the second way is if you live in Forest Park or are willing to travel there we offer you a generous (at least 20%) discount.  A lot of people want to use the Internet to sell things all over the world. I would like to use it to sell things to my neighbors and others in my community.
Ok sounds good. What kind of store is this? What do you sell? With a name like 20th Century Retro you might guess we are some kind of vintage resale store. And you would be right.  Now it is mainly a sale of my own collection of books, postcards and various odd objects from that last century.
You see back when it was the 20th century I was a vintage collector and at one time had a basement full of everything from postcards to pinball machines. Twenty years of moving, parenthood, divorce and unemployment had eliminated most of my stuff. Now I’m cleaning house and at the same time offering  a new service at the same time.

.Because I’m making this store available local businesses or individuals in the Forest Park / Oak Park Il. area who would like to sell online but don’t have time. You see I am more interested in developing online networks then exploring ways to use them  for marketing  than I am having a business that involves buying, selling, storing and shipping stuff.  So why not let me go to work for you? For now I'm looking for those who also have vintage / antique items from the 20th century they would like to sell. 

Check out 20th Century Retro today

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A history of organized crime in Chicago Part 1

Chicago Crime Now & Then
A history of organized crime in Chicago
The life and death of the American dream / The United States 1850-1980
It’s about the rise of Chicago a city that rests on a stinking swamp at the edge of an inland sea. We will see a city that almost burned to the ground rise from the ashes and soar to the heights and become a center for commerce and transportation. At the same time it remained in its soul a frontier town a place where civilization met the wild. A city with a dark heart full of sin, vice and political corruption.

It is   look at the history of that dark heart that will be the prism through which we tell our larger story. This is a story that I have been telling for the past few years here on ChiTownView “Chicago Crime Now & Then”. We show a clip of place as it looks today and then tell the story behind it. But the story has no real structure each “page” of the story has been printed separately and released in random order with no cohesion. That is what we are doing here on our blog where we can bring together our videos along with the story, maps photos and other elements. I've made individual posts from this series but now we are doing them in order.

They'll all be there; Big Mike Mc Donald, Roger Plant, the Carter Harrison’s, the Lords of the Levee, Big Jim Colosimo, Johnny Torrio, Al Capone, Frank Nitti,Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Sam Giacana, the Spilartro Brothers and many others. their crime, their haunts and their myths.

Part 1, The 1850’s
We start in the year 1850 because it sets the stage for what is to follow. In Chicago an area of vice is literally burned to the ground and its ashes spread. But instead of ash it’s seeds that are spread and vice will go on to grow and expand and eventually at times overtake the political system. On the national level the Civil War is coming and along with it the long struggle for equal rights for all citizens. In Chicago we see the rise of the “know nothings” and the great Chicago Beer Hall riot.

The Chicago Vice Tour Pt.1

When the giant statue of Marilyn Monroe was erected on Chicago's "magnificent mile" many proper residents of the windy city were outraged. But perhaps whoever chose this spot for the statue was a student of Chicago's early history. Because while now it might be home to landmarks like the Wrigley building, Tribune tower and all the other high priced real estate this was home to "the sands". A rough collection of shacks of prostitutes and other vice that serviced the sailors from the docks. It was the first of a series of vice districts that enjoyed a degree of civil tolerance for a time and then were forced to a new location. Usually a couple of blocks further south.

This is where it all began right where they decided to erect this giant statue of a Hollywood star with her legs spread and died by killing herself. The beginning of the and of the sands took place in 1857 because of the “prostitute war”. Here is an excerpt from the everything2 web site.

“In early 1857, Mother Herrick lured away one of Anna Wilson’s best girls by offering her more money and a clean dress. Anna did not take kindly to this and for the next several days, prostitutes and their respective madames raged though downtown Chicago in a series of streetfights. The war remained a stalemate until the night of April 3, when Gentle Annie, with three more of Madame Wilson’s girls and several pimps rounded up from the Sands, made a surprise attack on the Prairie Queen. They broke down the door with clubs, smashed the furniture, chased away the customers, and administered beatings to Mother Herrick and many of her girls. Gentle Annie returned to the Sands in triumph, bringing back not only the stolen strumpet, but also the choice pickings from Mother Herrick’s flock.
Several years later, Gentle Annie opened up her own house of prostitution. She called her house the Sunnyside Hotel, and it was so popular that the street it was on is named Sunnyside Avenue today.”

Unfortunately for the denizens of this little hell on earth it sat on land that former mayor William Ogden bought cheap and wanted to redevelop as that area of the city was about to go upscale. So with whores brawling in the downtown streets extreme measures needed to be taken. So Ogden went to current mayor Long John Wentworth who came up with a plan. This part of the story comes from the Chicago Crime Scenes site.

“On April 20, Wentworth organized and advertised a major horse race at a Chicago race track. Most of the male residents of the Sands were inveterate gamblers, so the event attracted the substantial majority of their population. While the men were gone, Wentworth and Ogden crossed over to the Sands, accompanied by a team of horses. After serving eviction notices, the horse team was hitched to the foundations of several of the shanties, and each was pulled down. The destruction led to a small riot, with the remaining residents of the Sands running into the streets, looting their neighbors' properties, and destroying most of the rest of the district in the process. A few hours later, what was left went up in flames. “

A couple of years earlier were the Beer Hall Riot of 1855. Which was the other major Chicago event in the 1850’s? It began with the election of Levi Boone as mayor of Chicago in 1855. Levi was indeed the nephew of legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone. Chicago from time to time elects a “reform” mayor who is going to clean the city up. This usually doesn’t work out so well and they don’t have a habit of getting reelected.

Mayor Boone was part of a party called the know- nothings who, among other things, were anti immigrant were early prohibitionists. They got their name because they were semi secret and when asked about joining the party they were supposed to day “I Know Nothing”  And no, I’ m not making this up.

So Mr. Boone gets elected and he raises the taxes on the liquor licenses and then closes all the German beer halls on Sunday. He then tripled the size of the police force, hired only native born Americans and then when he had enough men sent them in to close and arrest the German and Irish halls and their operators.

“In their arrests, the tavern owners became martyrs.  The Irish and the Germans had seen enough discrimination in the land that was supposed to be their golden opportunity.  It was time to fight back.  A large force planned to meet together on the city's north side and storm City Hall on that April 21, 1855 day.  They made it up to the Clark Street Bridge on the Chicago River.  At that point, the Mayor created a scene reminiscent of Batman Begins and ordered the bridge raised.  Once there were enough cops put together, the bridge were lowered and the rioters stormed the police.  Despite a free for all that involved guns and a crowd with a running head start, only one person, a German rioter, died.  This is most remarkable too because the Clark Street Bridge skirmish was the flash point of the riot but not the end.  Little battles were fought throughout the city that day.  When all was said and done, sixty rioters were arrested but  only fourteen were charged and no one served any jail time. “

While the Irish and Germans might like to drink they also go out and vote and the overall response to Levi Boone was so negative he would not run for reelection in 1856. More than a century later the protesters are still with us and the video also shows the Occupy protesters walking the same ground. So ends the first part of our series next week we will be taking a look at the era of 1860-1890.


Check out our playlist of all the videos in this series.

In a previous post on this blog has and interactive Google map with all our locations as well as links to our videos.

This is a production of MindsiMedia, visit our web portal at MindsiMedia.info.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Traffic More, 1967 Psychedelic Christmas Concert

Christmas on Earth Continued was a legendary 1967 of British psychedelia. It was an all day and night event on 12/22/1967 at Olympia Exhibition Hall in London. Among the performers were;  The Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd with Syd, Traffic, The Move, Soft Machine, Tomorrow and Eric Burdon & The New Animals. The entire thing was professionally filmed but the film they used was out of date so most of the footage was lost.
We have gathered the surviving parts we could find and are presenting them here. I had never heard of this concert until a couple of weeks ago when I was updating the Jimi Hendrix page on my web site. I found the Hendrix footage from this concert as well as another dynamite Jimi rarity. In this one he starts out sitting in a small club watching Buddy Guy and then he gets up onstage and jams with him. You find both those videos and more Hendrix @MikesDiggs Jimi.

The concert was notable as being the last appearance of Syd Barrett with Pink Floyd. The following is an account from someone who was there. It and the other comments that follow are from an article in Record Collector magazine No. 20 Dec 1997. I came across it on more extensive post on this event at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums site. There you will find more comments from Pink Floyds managers at the time.
John Newey (Punter):
“There’s a legend about Syd Barrett, that he sat in the dressing room and dolloped this crumbled Mandrax (a prescription sleeping drug) and Brylcreem on his head, which melted under the lights and ran down his head. I remember seeing this liquidy stuff – I thought his black eye make up was running. And he was sweating profusely.
It was Syd’s last big gig with Pink Floyd. He just stood there as if he was on another planet. He contributed very little and his arms were hanging limply down. It looked sad and all over the place. They had coloured perspex triangles on stage that lit up. There were long rambling ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ jams. But it was far from Floyd at their best.”

Jeff Dexter (Punter):
“Pink Floyd: Not a great gig. A sad night for them. People had realised Syd was losing it but that was acceptable, if you were on the underground scene, man! It was all experimental, but it got boring – they carried on with an experimental riff for what seemed like ages.

David Larcher filmed it for the promoters, Image Inc. It was early days and Hendrix was
overpriced for those times in the U.K., and there wasn’t enough money to pay everybody. The idea was that they’d sell the film to pay the cost of putting on the show, because shows didn’t make any money. But old film stock was used, which wasn’t very good, so most of the film was pretty useless. The Hendrix clip is the only bit to have surfaced – on Live At Monterey.”

John Love (Co-organiser):
“The real disaster, long term, was the the film was no good. The person who took care of the filming bought outdated film stock which, had it been good, would have made us all millionaires. Very little was usable.”

Noel Redding (Performer):
“Syd Barrett was going silly by that point.”

More at the Steve Hoffman Music Forums site.

Here are the other clips I found.

Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends promo
Among other bits this promo contains footage of Syd Barrett with Pink Floyd, Traffic & Jimi Hendrix, filmed on 22nd December 1967, at the Grand and National Halls, Kensington Olympia, London, "Christmas on Earth Continued". Also of interest is the Beatles footage which show out-takes from the 'A Day In The Life' promo filmed at Abbey Road on 10th February 1967. Many of these clips were NOT used in the official promo for the song.

From Mark Jones  YouTube station

Traffic - Christmas on Earth Continued, 22-12-1967

From Robstar Savage YouTube station

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chicago Crime Now And Then, An Interactive Map

Chicago Crime Now And Then is a series of videos on ChiTownView / YouTube. Each short clip visits the site of an important place in the vast and colorful history of crime in Chicago. We have been focused on organized crime which dates back to the  1850's and we go up to the 1980's. All the infamous names and places are here; Al Capone, Sam Giancana, Tony Accardo, The St. Valentines Day  Massacre, The Levee and much much more. Over sixty clips so far. We have posted the new releases here on this blog and have collected all of them in the "Chicago Crime Now And Then" playlist on the ChiTownView station.

Now we made a Google map so you create your own Chicago gangster tour and go to the spots they don't cover in the paid tours. All the spots have video links so you can see the video and read the accompanying story. Where you see the red lines and pins you have one video showing more than one spot. We have also embedded a couple of videos from the series below the map.

This is an ongoing project we will be expanding. We are also interested in tips or suggestions from viewers out there. Perhaps you have a story to tell or some pictures or film you might want to share? If you do let me know.

View Chicago Crime Now & Then (organized) in a larger map

ChiTownView has hundreds of other videos posted most of them relating to the windy city stop and pay us a visit. We are produced by MindsiMedia you can find our web portal at MindsiMedia.info

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Life In The Leigon of The Cramped

Lux Interior has been gone for almost five years now and the last time I saw them a decade ago they were trading on past glories. But there was a time when The Cramps were the greatest rock and roll band in the world. I was there and was lucky enough to experience it. 

Lux &  Ivy never pretended they offered anything new, revolutionary or radical. They were a living pastichie of the sights, sounds and looks of the world they surrounded themselves in. A world of sex, exploitation and a musical mayhem of garage ,surf, rockabilly and other kinds of greasy rock and roll. It was a heady brew and a cup I drank deeply from.

It all came back this fall when I was cleaning out my basement and came across a cache of Cramps artifacts. There was a collage I made as a tribute to Lux when I heard about his death. I also found a set of slides I took when they headlined their first show in Chicago. Including a shot of Lux with his pants open and “flag flying”. These slides have never been published until now in the video on the right.

My favorite find though was a video and the event it captured I’d forgotten all about, The Cramps Live At Napa State. Now this Napa State isn’t a college but rather a mental institution. They are playing for an audience made up of the patients and it’s a perfect match. Here on the right we have posted that video.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Christmas Episode Of Dragnet That Caused Controversy With The N.R.A.

Part 1 of 2 there is a link at the end of the first episode to the second.

Controversy and espousing "liberal" causes are two things one doesn't associate with Jack Webb and hi show Dragnet but such is the case with this episode.  It was first broadcast in 1949 when the show as still on radio. Despite complaints and a letter writing campaign from the National Rifle Association it ran for the next three holiday seasons. When the police chief of LA was asked about his response he said he hoped there would be more shows about the danger of giving guns to kids. When the show migrated to TV a version a new version was broadcast on December 18, 1952.

In the story Friday and his partner investigate that was e the disappearance of two young boys. The only clues are some blood in the backyard and a .cartridge from a rifle. The story ends tragically as it turns out one of the boys was accidently shot while playing with a rifle that was an early Christmas gift.

From OakParkVideo a sister station to ChiTownView
Both are part of the MindsiMedia network.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright In Oak Park, Two Homes On Fair Oaks

Last week we posted videos of two Frank Lloyd Wright homes on north East Ave. in Oak Park Il. Now we return to that same area and visit two more homes designed by the prairie school master. They are both located on the 500 block of Fair Oaks one block east of the homes on North East.

Frank Lloyd Wright In Oak Park, The Warren Furbeck Home 

At 515 Fair Oaks we find this unique house that Frank Loyd Wright did in 1897 at the start of his period of transition and experimentation that led to his modern "prairie" style. It's second story columns are fairly unique in a Wright design. This is one of two Oak park homes Wright designed for wealthy stockbroker Warren F.Furbeck. Which he in turn gave away as wedding presents to two of his sons. It is also one of two Wright homes on ts block.

Frank Lloyd Wright In Oak Park The William G. Frickie House

About a half a block north and on the other side of the street from the Furbeck house we find the William G. Frickie house at 548 Fair Oaks in Oak Park IL. Built in 1901 for a man who made his fortune in the school supply business. The garage is not part of the original structure. It was designed by Wright and added on five years later. There was also an open air pavillion on the south end of the house that was torn down and replaced with a brick colonial home about 20 years later.

And here's a Google map of Wright designs in the Chicago area.

View Frank Lloyd Wright In Chicago in a larger map

Here is a link to the Frank Loyd Wright Preservation Trust where you can get all kinds of information on tours. http://www.gowright.org/

 The Wikipedia entry on Wright is fairly extensive it is also well worth checking out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Frank_Lloyd_Wright_w...

We offer throughout MindsiMedia other Wright related photos, videos, interviews and more.
On ChiTownView / YouTube we have a Wright playlist.
And a board for him posted on Pintrest.

You may find Wright related items at ChiTownView, our Shopify store.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Early Film Animation From George Milies & Thomas Edison

We have brought back our old YouTube station MindsiMedia. It was terminated earlier this year over three alleged copyright violations over a five year period when we uploaded hundreds of videos. So we lost hundreds of videos that had no copyright problems. Since then we've put some up on ChiTownView but a lot of them just don't fit in there.So we have taken our YouTube station My Beautiful Vision and renamed it MindsiMedia Home.

Among our initial uploads we have a couple of early examples of film animation by two of the giants of early film; George Milies & Thomas Edison.

The Devil in a Convent (1899)
(aka Le Diable au Convent)
Directed by Georges Méliès

This is an early fim by George Melies who made the first science fiction and horror movies. "The Devil In A Convent " may be one of the first films to explore the supernatural. It features special effects created by Milies that for 1899 were considered amazing.

In the film a priest departs a chapel and right away it is taken over by a demon. This devil redcorates the holy spot and brings in some of his minnions and they begin to party. They are soon confronted by the nuns who chase off his helpers and then the devil does battle with a series of men before being defeated by St. Michael who comes down to save the day. All this in three minutes.

Director: Georges Méliès
Writer: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès (as The Devil)
Country: France
Release Date: 30 June 1900 (USA)
Also Known As: The Devil in a Convent
Also Known As: The Sign of the Cross
Production Co: Star-Film
This movie is part of the collection: The Georges Méliès Collection

Director: Georges Méliès
Producer: Georges Méliès
Production Company: Star Film Company;
Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.

Edison Film From 1900, The Enchanted Drawing Early Animation

United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1900.

From Edison films catalog: Upon a large sheet of white paper a cartoonist is seen at work rapidly sketching the portrait of an elderly gentleman of most comical feature and expression. After completing the likeness the artist rapidly draws on the paper a clever sketch of a bottle of wine and a goblet, and then, to the surprise of all, actually removes them from the paper on which they were drawn and pours actual wine out of the bottle into a real glass. Surprising effects quickly follow after this; and the numerous changes of expression which flit over the face in the sketch cause a vast amount of amusement and at the same time give a splendid illustration of the caricaturist's art. 100 feet. 15.00.

Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 16Nov1900; D21656.

Performer: J. Stuart Blackton.
Camera, Albert E. Smith.
Duration: 1:26 at 18 fps.
Paper print shelf number (LC 1592) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
Filmed ca. September to early November 1900, on Vitagraph's rooftop studio in New York, New York.
Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Library of Congress video collection, v. 3, Origins of American animation, 1900-1921; McIntire, J. Silent animated films at the Library of Congress, 1995; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 641; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films catalog, no. 105, July 1901, p. 81 [MI].
Digital file includes a piano score composed and performed by Philip Carli.

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0

Monday, December 2, 2013

Henry Darger's Room and Realms of the Unreal

Henry Darger's Room 1973 

Here we have a silent film I came across on archive.org."Henry Darger's Room" takes us inside the world of Chicago outsider artist Henry Darger. Darger is one of the least known most promminante artists of the 20th century. He was orpahned as a child and spent a lot of his early years in foster care and asylums. As an adult he was a largely solitary person living on the margins of society. He spent more than forty years living in the apartment featured in this movie. It was located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. This is here where he created his "world" of artwork and writings.

This movie was made by Coleen Fitzgibbon, assisted by Michael Thompson. It was f ilmed on super8 film at Mr. Darger's apartment on a camera by Coleen Fitzgibbon, filmmaker and Michael Thompson late spring 1973 in Chicago, IL. Invited to film by Nathan Lerner and Michael Baruch. The room was cluttered with art materials, Darger's books and artworks and newspaper clippings.
For more information on Henry Darger follow this link.http://www.hammergallery.com/artists/...

This movie is part of the collection: XFR STN Project
About the  XFR STN Project
“XFR STN” initially arose from the need to preserve the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Video Club distribution project. MWF was a co- op “store” of the artists ́ group Colab (Collaborative Projects, Inc.), directed by Alan Moore and Michael Carter from 1986–2000, which showed and sold artists’ and independent films and videos on VHS at consumer prices........."

While researching Mr. Darger I also came across this filmIn "the Realms of the Unreal" a 2004 about him that is also excellent.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Chicago Al Capone and The Wrigley Building New Postcards On Zazzle

We have added two new designs to our ChiTownView postcard collection on Zazzle. First we have Al Capone Chicago gangster and his thoughts on corruption. Our other new card offers a original photo of another Chicago landmark. The iconic Wrigley Building on Michigan Ave. at the beginning of the "Magnificent Mile".

    Al Capone                               The Wrigley Building

You can check out our Zazzle store and the rest of our world at MIndsiMedia.info

Friday, November 29, 2013

Can’t Take No More, Banned OSHA Documentary

New upload on OakParkVideo

One of three films produced during the Carter administration about the history of labor safety. They were banned in 1981 by the Reagan White House because they were favorable to labor.
Copies were recalled and burned those that didn’t return their copies had their funding threatened. It’s only recently that they became available again and are now part of the National Archive.This film “Can’t Take No More” traces the history of the workplace safety movement and is narrated by Studs Terkel and features an original score by Oscar Brand.

This film was preserved through the years through the efforts of Mark Catlin, who made this and other censored OSHA films available for digitizing.

Narrator: Studs Terkel
Executive Producer: Ginny Durrin
Producer/Writer: Janet Hayman
Original Score by: Oscar Brand
Cinematographer: Kip Durrin
Editor: Terry Halle
Produced by Durrin Films, Inc. for the Government.


OakParkVideo is a sister or brother, maybe a cousin station of ChiTownView 
both are productions of MindsiMedia

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Seinfeld Years / A Look At The First And Last Episodes

Sorry to say but this series of posts has been cancelled because I'd rather just watch and enjoy them.

Two coincidental things happened to me last week. I read an article where TV Guide had a list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time. The 1990’s comedy Seinfeld was ranked as the best. A couple of days later I was out thrifting when I came across the first five seasons of this best show of all time for $10. So of course I had to pick them up.
Now I’ve seen all of them and am a big fan. I didn’t know about it when it was first on but then one night in  November of 1992 when I had my first encounter. It was shortly after we had our first child and I was getting him to bed. A task made more difficult by the chortteling of my wife who was watching some TV show. Now Judy was not a person given to open guffawing at network television. So after I got the lad to sleep I asked her what she had been watching. Something called Seinfeld and I promptly forgot all about it, until next week.
Once again I was putting Michael to bed and once again something on TV was very funny. This time I finished earlier and walked up to see what sooo was funny. And what do I walk into but some chubby balding guy got caught by his mother masturbating to Vogue magazine. He didn’t say the word but there was NO doubt what was being discussed. That was my first moment.
Anyway since I have the first five seasons I’m going to watch them in order. And write about the experience here.

Season 1 Episode 1 “The Seinfeld Chronicles”
And how does the greatest TV series of all time begin? With comic Jerry Seinfeld working in a nightclub doing a monologue on how great it is to go out. It’s the first of a few of these club act cutaways that are sprinkled throughout the episode.
The story revolves around Laura a woman Jerry met while on the road. She is coming to New York and after picking her up at the airport Jerry lets her stay at his apartment. It’s not until after he agrees to let her stay she finds out she’s engaged.
While this all unfolds Jerry, George & Kramer explore the situation in hilarious conversation. There’s a great scene in the Laundromat where George watches Jerry do his laundry and the scene ends with the line “You can’t over die and you can’t over dry”..
There is also Kramer’s opening line “You got any meat?” Here's a clip from the episode.

The first season starts on July 5, 1989 the next episode doesn’t air until May of next year. And since this isn't going to be a series I thought I'd add a clip showing the last moments of the show.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright In Oak Park, Two Homes On North East Ave.

Oak Park Il., a western suburb of Chicago, is known worldwide as the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He was the father of the prairie school style of architecture that flourished at the start of the 20th century. Regular readers of our blog will know on ChiTownView we have posted videos of all his Oak Park structures he designed and many of the others that abound in the Chicago  area. Besides those videos MindsiMedia also offers photos, Wright related items on our on linestore, a Google map with all his surviving Chicago are designs and more.

Since the Wright videos were among our first original productions the there are some I’m unhappy with. In a lot of the cases I converted the HD footage to regular .wmv files so I could add titles, music or narration. Our production facilities here are somewhat limited. Sometimes the video was shot in the summer or fall when landscape elements can obscure parts of the homes.Whatever the reasons this winter we are going out and reshooting some of the videos and adding a new playlist of the some of the other rich architecture that there is in the area.

If you are planning to visit our area to see these magnificent structures we suggest you subscribe to our blog and explore the rest of our world. We offer a somewhat different look at Chicago and the rest of the world for that matter. We would love to hear from you and let us know how we can do better.

Anyway here are our first two updated videos and a look at our map of Wrights Chicago area designs, a  map that includes links to videos.

The Edward H, Cheney House, 520 N. East
A little bit east and north of the Wright  Historic District  are two gems by the prairie school master and are well worth visiting. First we have the Edward H, Cheney House which was built in 1903. It's a quietly stunning house that is so low to the ground it seems to be part of the landscape.

It was the construction of this house when Mr. Wright began an affair scandalous long running affair with Mrs. Cheney. That culminated in 1909 when Wright abandoned practice and traveled Europe with Mrs. Cheney. He eventually left Oak Park as well leaving it build his country estate Taliesin in Wisconsin. The affair ended tragically in 1914 when an insane servant slaughtered Mrs. Cheney and the children while Wright was away.

The William E. Martin House, 636 N East
A block and a half north of the Cheney home on East Ave. we have the William E. Martin house at 636 N. East. It offers a most interesting contrast in styles. While the Cheney home is low to the ground and almost seems to be part of it the Martin home is like a staircase leading up to the sky. The home caught the eye of Martins brother who was a wealthy industrialist living in Buffalo. This led to Wright to Buffalo where he did six homes and an office building.

At one time there was a formal garden with a pagoda to the south the part that juts out at the beginning of the clip was a passageway to these gardens.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Early Live Footage Of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins

Today on Mikes Diggs Music we offer clips from three of the "founding fathers" of modern music from the early part of their respective careers.

From February1 1964 we offer this "woodsy"look at Bob Dylan as he plays a half hour set on Canad ian TV just after releasing the  "The Times They Are A-Changing" Lp. It is kind of a farewell to his acoustic era as within a month he would rent an electric guitar. 
Here is the set list : 1. The Times They Are A Changin'  2. Talkin' World War III Blues  3. Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  4. Girl From The North Country  5. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall  6. Restless Farewell

And from 1957 we offer a pair of Tex Ritters "Ranch Party" TV shows that just throw thmusic at you.

Ranch Party Starring Johnny Cash (1957)
Johnny Cash ("I Walk The Line"), Ranch Party Gang ("Blue Tail Fly"), Patsy Cline ("I've Loved and Lost Again"), Les 'Carrot Top' Anderson ("Dimples or the Dumplins"), Joe Maphis and Fiddlin' Kate ("Instrumental Hoedown"), Dorothy Wright ("Just a Closer Walk with Thee"), Bobby Helms ("Long Gone Daddy"), Collins Kids ("Let's Have A Party"), Lorrie Collins ("Young Heart") and the Ranch Party Gang ("Deep In the Heart of Texas").

Ranch Party Starring Carl Perkins (1957)
 Carl Perkins ("Blue Suede Shoes", "Your True Love"), Lorrie Collins ("There He Goes"), Ranch Party Gang ("Night Train To Memphis"), Smiley Burnette ("Hominy Grits"), Wes and Marilyn Tuttle ("Hey Good Lookin'"), Tex Ritter ("Children and Fools"), Mac Wiseman ("Wabash Cannonball") and the Collins Kids ("Kaw-liga").

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chicago Postcards From ChiTownView Vintage On Shopify And Original On Zazzle

ChiTownView has a new store on Shopify that offers books, postcards and other assorted odd objects. We will eventually be offering mostly Chicago related items but as I am also housecleaning there’s going to be all manner of odd things popping up for awhile. We offer free shipping to the lower 48 states and if you live in the Chicago area and can pickup in Forest Park there is a substantial discount offered. Also if you live in the area and have some Chicago related items you think we might be interested in contact me.

Today we highlight our collection of Chicago related postcards. Most of them are from the early 20th century before 1920 and feature everything from the cities beautiful parks to tragic scenes like the recovery of bodies from the Eastland disaster. Stop by and visit us.


We also have started a series of original postcards that we have made available through our  Zazzle shop

Friday, November 15, 2013

British Folk Singer Roy Harper Arrested For A Sex Crime He Committed in the 1970's

Roy Harper is a British folk musician who has released some thirty lps. Although he is best known for providing the vocals for Pink Floyd's hit "Have A Cigar". The long, long arm of British justice caught up with the 72 year old Harper as he has been arrested for a sex crime. It seems that somewhere between 1975-77 he had sex with a 14 year old girl. Mr. Harper has been charged with nine offences. 

Update July, 2014. a trial date is set for August 2014

And how about a sample of Mr. Harper's music here's from an lp called Jugla that  he did with Jimmy Page in the 1980's.

And here's an interview with the two of them recorded as they were making the lp.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Moist Guitars & Donnie Biggins @ Val’s Halla Records 11/9/2013

Nothing beats  live music on a Saturday afternoon at your local record store. At Val’s Halla Records in Oak Park Il. we were treated to two completely different musical presentations this past Saturday.This was part of the "Saturdays On Stage" series that Val's is hosting in conjunction with Friendly Tap in Berwyn. For the month of November every Saturday afternoon Val's will be presenting three musical guests. For a listing of performers check out our web site.http://valshallarecords.com/

 First up were the Moist Guitars. They are five purveyors of musical mayhem who slogan is "those loveable characters you've never heard of, but will learn to love." After seeing them for the first time at 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon recently I think they are right. It was a little early in the day and they turned in a restrained performance because of the venue but they still provided a very entertaining set. This song on this clip is "What About Our Love"
For more on Moist Guitars visit their site.

Shortly afterwards we saw Donnie Biggins. Donnie Biggins is not wearing a hat in this video but perhaps he should start. Because as a solo performer, member of Chicago's own The Shams, and activist for the cause in helping local musicians earn more money he seems to be wearing a number of them. He has been
called a linchpin by some but that sounds almost painful. After seeing him perform a solo acoustic set at Val's Halla records on a recent Saturday afternoon I'll just say he's a mighty fine singer/songwriter.This number is called "Whiskey From The Trunk"
For more on Donnie Biggins and the Shams check out their web site.

This video and its distribution across the Internet is a service of MindsiMedia. My name is Mike Beyer and I am an online content producer of video, photo & stories. Long before I became digitized I had vinyl running through my veins. I worked for Val for more than a decade and would be best remembered as the one who built the Elves shrine. Visit us at MindsiMedia.info.http://www.mindsimedia.info/

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Google Map Of Chicago Area Designs By Frank Lloyd Wright and Links To More About Him

Frank Lloyd Wright the prairie school master was one of the giants of 20th century architecture. For many years he made his home in Oak Park Il. A western suburb of Chicago has more of his designs than anywhere else. I grew up in Oak Park and still live in the western suburbs. I have shot and posted videos of most of his Chicago area designs. One of the reasons I started ChiTownView / YouTube was to showcase his work.

We have just posted this Google map of all of his Chicago area designs. that still stand. We have added links to the videos on our map where we found them. The red pins signify a  major Wright design that was torn down.

View Frank Lloyd Wright In Chicago in a larger map

We offer throughout MindsiMedia other Wright related photos, videos, interviews and more.
We also have a set of Wright photos on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonoir/sets/72157629650346310/
And a board for him posted on Pintrest.
You may find Wright related items at ChiTownView, our Shopify store.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall Colors and A Trip To Trailside Museum In River Forest Il.

Out in Chicago's western suburb of River Forest is a tiny nature museum and rescue .center that has been there forever. The "Hal Tyrrell" Trailside Museum is located on Thatcher just south of Chicago. It is a great place for young children and animal lovers of all ages. I stopped for a visit on a nice fall Sunday. .Afterwards I took a little walk through the woods behind the museum for the fall colors and a visit to a quiet pond.

They have been rescuing animals and educating nature lovers since 1931. About fifteen years ago the county was considering closing Trailside and that touched off a series of demonstrations from outraged citizens. Before long word of the protests made the media alerting local leaders that this might not be a popular move. One of them Hal Tyrrell came to the rescue and saved the museum. 

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Three Chicago Ghost Stories From ChiTownView

We here at MindsiMedia like Halloween when our YouTube station was operating we had a large number of clips in the spirit of the holiday. We have a few on ChiTownView / YouTube and will be sharing them here throughout the day. First up we have three ghost stories about haunted places in the Chicago area.

Resurrection Mary
Uploaded on Sep 10, 2011
A young couple out for an evening of fun at the The Oh Henry Ballroom in the 1930's. They argue and Mary runs off to hitch a ride home only to be killed by a hit and run driver. Since that time she has been picked up several times always trying to get to the same place Resurrection Cemetery where she is buried!

Melody Millie
Published on Aug 18, 2012
A few months ago we brought you the story of Resurrection Mary a ghost hitchhiker operating along Archer Ave. between the Willow Springs Ballroom and Resurrection cemetery. Today we present similar tale of a ghostly goings on. Once again it is the story of a female hitchhiking haunting a popular Chicago nightspot. Her real name is unknown so we'll call her Melody Millie. She operated between North Riverside's Melody Mill Ballroom and a mile or so north at Waldheim's cemetery

Ghost Of Chicago's 1st Murder Victim Haunts Chicago River North Nightclub?
Published on Jul 13, 2013
The river north area of Chicago is host to a lot of popular spots;Harry Carey's, the Hard Rock, Rain Forest Cafe, the "rock & roll" McDonald's and this stone edifice at 632 north Dearborn. For the past thirty years it has been a series of trendy nightclubs like Limelight, Excalibur and now The Castle. It was built in the 1890's to house the Chicago Historical Society. A fireproof replacement for the original which burned down in the great Chicago fire October 8-10 in 1871.It's a cold, dark imposing structure that is not surprisingly reputed to be haunted.

Perhaps for good reason because among it's displays were the bones of Chicago's first murder victim. Jean Lalime who was one of Chicago's first settlers. He at one time lived in the home of the cities first resident, Haitian Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable. John Kinzie, another early Chicagoan, bought the house and land du Sable owned. Lalime stayed around to work at Fort Dearborn as a translator, and spy investigating corruption.. It is not known if Kinzie killed him because of a dispute over du Sable's house or Lalime's undercover work.

Now the building only housed the historical society until the 1930's before they moved further north to Lincoln Park. It then spent the next fifty years as a church, stores and offices. During that time a young lawyer committed suicide and it has been said that his spirit also walks the building.

It wasn't until after the building was redeveloped as a nightclub that it was discovered there were nocturnal spirits in residence. Cold spots, strange noises, ghostly lights and mysterious people wandering around. Other then the customers and workers were talking ghostly manifestations. I worked there during the 80's when it was Limelight and while I didn't see or hear anything "supernatural" there were some mighty odd cold spots.

The background sound "deep under" by Poot was found at freesound.org

This work is licensed under the Attribution License.

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