Grain Silos and Tornados

I was watching one of several YouTube videos of a tornado in Rochelle, Illinois last month, when I thought I saw a tornado lose momentum as it tumbled over a metal grain silo. I was shocked and astounded to see such a thing. I tried to track down the person who recorded the footage to […]

Western Avenue Pictorial 1908-2015 Winnemac to Leland

All black and white photographs in this post are from the Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Ravenswood-Lakeview Community Collection.   The photograph above shows Western Avenue, looking North from Winnemac, before the street was widened in 1924. According to Mark Dawson’s historical account, approximately six feet of buildings along Western were shortened to make […]

Gloria Swanson’s Chicago Home

Hollywood star Gloria Swanson started her career at Essanay Studio. There has been much speculation about where Gloria’s family lived in Chicago. Since the census is available now, I thought I would research it myself. Ms. Swanson’s address in the 1900 census record is 885 Seminary. The address became 3124 Seminary after street renumbering in […]

Baby Mills: Surrogacy gone wrong

The Vice series on HBO featured a story about gestational surrogacy (in vitro fertilization of an embryo) a couple of weeks ago. The segment entitled Outsourcing Embryos, reported by Journalist Gianna Toboni, is an insightful investigation of the burgeoning surrogacy industry in India. Industry may seem to be an inappropriate word to use in connection […]

Interactive YouTube Videos

A couple of the videos listed below are like a wild roller coaster ride. You think you’re making the choice that won’t get you exterminated, only to learn you were wrong. These videos are sheer entertainment! The Time Machine Blend Your Own Adventure Finding Herobrine The Treasure Hunt The Murder If you liked the videos […]