Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Terror At The Fair", A Vintage Chicago Who Dun It by Robert Goldsborough

Even though he's a Cub fan I like the books by Chicagoan  Robert Goldsborough. What's not to like? His Snap Malek books are historical mysteries set in Chicago that blend real people into his fictional stories. Snap is a crime reporter who's dogged pursuit of the story always seems to result in a few bodies. Mr. Goldsborough is a former Tribune newspaper man who writes with a breezy entertaining style that keeps things moving. I've read three of the five books and have enjoyed them all.

The latest one is called "Terror At The Fair" and is set at the Chicago Railroad Fair in 1949. In it Snap has been assigned to what looks like a summer of writing boring feature stories about this exposition celebrating 100 years of railroads in Chicago. It isn't long before murders begin to occur and the case is finally solved witha little help from Walt Disney.

A couple of months ago we posted on ChiTownView a video clip from the Chicago Railroad Fair that shows the stage show "Wheels A Rolling". Which in the book is the scene of the first murder. See below for more on the fair and this video.

The author is probably even better known for his series of mysteries that revived Nero Wolfe's character Rex Stout. You can read more about Bob and his books at his web site.

Published by ChiTownView on Sep 21, 2012
The Chicago Railroad Fair was an exposition that took place in 1948 & 49. It was held in Burnham park, on Lake Michigan between 21st & 31st streets. It celebrated 100 years of railroading or more precisely 100 years of the first train to operate out of Chicago. It was a tremendous success with all manner of railroading equipment on display.

Noted train enthusiast Walt Disney visited the fair in 1948. He was so taken by it that he was inspired to create his own amusement park which of course became Disneyland.

This clip shows us the "Wheels A-Rolling" pageant which traces the development of railroads & Chicago. It was was put on twice a day and viewed by thousands of people at a time. For more about the fair visit the Wiki page.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hugh Hefner Singing In "Mashed Chicago", A Ghost Of MindsiMedia

MindsiMedia may have been terminated by You Tube but the videos live on. We will soon be re posting some of them on our web site and have been uploading some to ChiTownView where we have a playlist called MindsiMedia Ghosts. And now here on blogger today we present Mashed Chicago" a MindsiMedia clip from 2009 that features black & white and vivid color footage of Chicago nightlife in the 1950's. The soundtrack features Sinatra's two signature Chicago songs. "Chicago" Done by a masked Brazilian singer known as Masquerarde Singer. And one of Chicago's own Hugh Hefner doing  "My Kind Of Town and the whole thing starts with the one and only Lord Buckley doing a bit on a Chicago stage.
We had a couple of Playboy related posts last month./ One on the worlds oldest Palyboy bunny and a look at the original Playboy mansion.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Today's Monsanto Story Part 3 Clarence Thomas and Hillary Clinton? More

Monsanto is becoming a lightining rod for the larger issues of food safety and corporate control. Almost two weeks ago I posted some video from Chicago's March Against Monsanto and then this past weekend I did an update explaining some of the reasons why there were millions of people all across the world out marching that day. Almost everyday I keep coming across more stories so I will keep passing them on

Monsanto GMO Science Now Being Rejected By The NY Times

Posted by: The Liberty Beacon™ Staff
“Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it.”
As in: the party’s over, turn out the lights.
Bittman explains: “…genetic engineering, or, more properly, transgenic engineering – in which a gene, usually from another species of plant, bacterium or animal, is inserted into a plant in the hope of positively changing its nature – has been disappointing.”
As if this weren’t enough, Bittman spells it out more specifically: “In the nearly 20 years of applied use of G.E. in agriculture there have been two notable ‘successes,’ along with a few less notable ones. These are crops resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (Monsanto develops both the seeds and the herbicide to which they’re resistant) and crops that contain their own insecticide. The first have already failed, as so-called superweeds have developed resistance to Roundup, and the second are showing signs of failing, as insects are able to develop resistance to the inserted Bt toxin – originally a bacterial toxin – faster than new crop variations can be generated.”

To read the entire story click here.

Our second story is for those who want to take direct action and find out what companied use GMO products in producing their food. From the Occupy Monsanto site.


By Fritz Kreiss

"Take for example, the earthily-packaged “natural” foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles.  They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources.  You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.
Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.
Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death,Monsanto. (Monsanto, incidentally, donated $7,100,500.00 to the fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products.)  Don’t forget that Monsanto is now above the law due to the Monsanto Protection Act, a traitorous rider that Senator Roy Blunt managed to attach to a bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. (you know, that guy in the White House, who made the labeling of GMOs one of his 2007 campaign promises?)"
You can find the list here.

And finally a graphic that shows the infiltration of our government by former Monsanto executives. They span a gaumet from Clarence Thomas to Hillary Clinton

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chicago Bluesfest Preview Spotlight On Fruteland Jackson

While my experience with Chicago Blues Fest is fairly recent, this will be my fourth year in a row. I've found the real entertainment isn't at the big shows in the evening but rather the real action takes place on the smaller stages during the afternoon. After all can you really feel the blues spread out on a lawn watching performers on a jumbotron?
So this week I'm going to post some clips from artists that I've seen on the smaller stages. Today we take a closer look at Fruteland Jackson. Fruteland Jackson is a bluesman and an ambassador for the music who is very much about keeping the sound alive. He is very active in educating young people with his Blues In The Schools program which has served over one million students since 1991. Which netted him the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for music education. To learn more about Mr. Jackson his music and his work visit his web site.


Monsanto Roundup. Top 10 Facts, Seeds Of Death and More

Last week we posted a couple of clips from Chicago's March Against Monsanto. It was part of a global march that drew millions of people.But why were people marching, what is so bad about Monsanto? Two key questions that I didn't answer. So this morning I've decided to do a little update and give you some of the reasons why there is rising anger.

The two things that caught my attention over the past couple of months is the congresses failure to pass a simple bill that would force food manufacturers to label products that contain GMO's and their passage of some thing called the Monsanto Protection act.

Senate rejects GMO labeling bill as thousands plan March Against Monsanto

From By May Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

"WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods, just days before thousands plan to march against one of the country's leading GMO producers.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, said his amendment was an attempt to clarify that states can require the labels, as several legislatures have moved toward putting such laws into place. Both the Vermont House and Connecticut Senate voted this month to make food companies declare genetically modified ingredients on their packages.
The Senate rejected the amendment on a 71-27 vote during debate on a wide-ranging, five-year farm bill that includes generous supports for crops such as corn and soybeans that often are genetically-modified. Senators from farm states that use genetically-modified crops strongly opposed the amendment, saying the issue should be up to the federal government and that labels could raise costs for consumers."

To finish this story click here.

Monsanto Protection Act 2.0' Would Ban GMO-Labeling Laws At State Level

From the International Business Times by Connor Adams Sheets
"An amendment inserted into the 2013 Farm Bill passed by the House of Representatives' Agriculture Committee Wednesday would revoke the ability of individual states' lawmakers to pass GMO-labeling laws, food advocates warn.
The amendment, introduced by Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, is the newest salvo in an ongoing battle between food advocates and companies like Monsanto that create and sell genetically modified and genetically engineered seeds, which grow into GMO crops and find their way into an estimated 70 percent of processed foods in American grocery stores."

To finish this story click here.

From the comes this handy list.

Top 10 Facts YOU Should Know About GMOs

  1. Informed Consumers Reject GMOs Worldwide!
    Consumers Rejected Bovine Growth Hormone rBGH in Milk
  2. No GMO Labeling Laws in the USA!
    Lack of Adequate FDA / USDA Safety Testing
  3. Monsanto GMOs Pollute our Developing World
    400,000 Deaths & Disabilities + 500,000 Agent Orange Babies
  4. Genetic Engineering Creates Dangerous Side Effects
    Monsanto's GMO Foods Cause NEW Food Allergies
  5. GMO Foods Are Unhealthy, Dangerous & Deadly
    Animals Refuse to Eat GMOs & Prefer Organic Choices
  6. Increased Herbicide & Pesticide Tolerance
    + New Superbugs & New Superweeds
  7. Yield Drag = GMO Crops Do NOT Increase Yields
    GMOs work against feeding a hungry world!
  8. GMO Foods Put Small Farmers out of Business
    Biotech Lawsuits Against Seed Houses & Small Farmers
    Indian Farmer Suicides After GMO BT Cotton Crop Failures
    Monsanto Sugar, Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton Monopolies
  9. Monsanto Blocking Government Regulations
    Monsanto's Monster GMO Lobbying Budget
    Monsanto's Monster Political Campaign Contributions
    Public Officials Formerly EMPLOYED by Monsanto
  10. Monsanto Guilty of False Advertising & Scientific FRAUD
    'Tobacco Science' used to Claim Biotech Product Safety
    Independent Research & Reporting Censored

    For the facts behind the facts click here to dig deeper.

And let's pop up some corn (but be careful what kind you use) because we have a movie about Monsanto to finish up our report.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chicago Bluesfest, Complete Lineups and Muddy Waters Rolling Stones Movie

Next week is the Chicago Blues festival. It is the largest free blues fest in the world and it takes place right in the middle of the city. While you might not recognize some of the names it has been my experience that there are a lot of very pleasant surprises. It is a great place to spend the day and if you get a little hungry & thirsty there are palces set up inside the fest or if you just want to unwind for awhile there are plenty of places close by. One of our favorites is Millers Pub 134 S Wabash Ave. (312) 263-4988. It's a great old time Chicago place no blues there but good food and outstanding atmosphere.

Below is the complete lineup as well as a couple of other free blues related events taking place before the fest starts. We have provided links to videos of most of the artists.

Monday, June 3

Chicago Blues Festival Preview
Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
Nellie “Tiger” Travis: Web Site / YouTube Station
12 Noon–1pm

Tuesday, June 4

Concert Film in Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones-Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, 1981


Rollin’ Up The River”

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 – Millennium Park-Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids ofAmerica
 7:10 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. Jamiah On Fire & The RedMachine
 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Shemekia Copeland with special guest Quinn Sullivan
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 – Grant Park
Bud Light Crossroads Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Dented Trucks11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Dented Trucks
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Toronzo Cannon
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Mississippi Heat
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners
Mississippi Juke Joint Stage
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion –The Mississippi Blues Trail with Alex Thomas, Jim O’Neal & Scott Barretta
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Terry “Harmonica” Bean
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Lightnin’ Malcolm
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bill “Howlin Madd” Perry
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith Blues Jam
Pepsi Front Porch Stage
Noon – 1 p.m. Blues In The Schools w/Stone Academy, Eric Noden, Katherine Davis
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Donna Herula and Tony Nardiello
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Jimmy Burns Band
4:30p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cicero Blake
Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners
6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Earnest “Guitar” Roy
7:05 p.m. – 8:05 p.m. Irma Thomas
8:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Bobby Rush and his Blues Band

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 – Grant Park
Bud Light Crossroads Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Bobby Slim James
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Michael Coleman and the New Back Breakers
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Peaches and the Grove Shakers
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mike Avery and West Side Soul
Mississippi Juke Joint Stage
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion (Pinetop Perkins 100th B-Day) with Pat Morgan, Barrelhouse Chuck & Kenny “Beedyeyes” Smith
1:00 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Peterson Brothers Band
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eddie Taylor, Jr.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Castro Coleman
5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Tribute to Howlin’Wolf featuring Eddie Shaw and friends
Pepsi Front Porch Stage
Noon – 1 p.m. Liz Mandeville and the Blue Points
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Khalif Wailin’ Walter
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Holle Thee Maxwell
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Larry McCray
Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Ronnie Baker Brooks
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Otis Clay and the Platinum Band featuring Uvee Hayes
8:10 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Memphis Soul Revue starring The Bar Kays with Eddie Floyd and Sir Mack Rice

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 – Grant Park
Bud Light Crossroads Stage
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Willie Buck
12:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dave Weld & Imperial Flames
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Grana Louise & TroubleMaker
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lindsey Alexander Blues Band
Mississippi Juke Joint Stage
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion – Delmark Records 60th w/Bob Koester and Steve Wagner
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Nellie Tiger Travis
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Vickie Baker
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Big Time Sarah and Mike Wheeler Blues Band
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Jarekus Singleton
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Blues Jam Session with Jarekus Singleton
Pepsi Front Porch Stage
Noon – 12:45 p.m. Fruteland Jackson
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. John Primer Trio & Michal Prokop Trio (Czech Republic)
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Magic Slim Tribute featuring Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
Petrillo Music Shell – Headliners
5:30 p.m. –6:15 p.m. Shirley Johnson
6:35 p.m. – 7:35 p.m.Jimmy Johnson Band
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Chicago Blues: Old School, New Millennium: James Cotton, John Primer, Billy Branch, Eddy ”The Chief” Clearwater, Lil’ Ed, Deitra Farr, Demetria Taylor, Matt Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana, Felton Crews, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith.