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Chicago History

STORY #1

World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gage and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He could not save enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the carrier, he saw something that turned is blood cold. A squadron of Japanese Zeroes was speeding its way toward he American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie and his fleet was all but defenseless.

He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them in time to save the fleet. Nor, could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He had to somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.

Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until finally all his ammunition was spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault.

He dove at the Zeroes, trying to at least clip off a wing or tail, in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly.

He was desperate to do anything he could to keep them from reaching the American ships.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival he reported in and related the events surrounding his return. The film from the camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet.

He was recognized as a hero and given one of the nation's highest military honors.

And today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

STORY # 2

Some years earlier there was a man in Chicago called Easy Eddie. At that time, Al Capone virtually owned the city. Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic.

His exploits were anything but praiseworthy. He was, however, notorious for enmeshing the city of Chicago in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Easy Eddie was Capone's lawyer and for a good reason. He was very good! In fact, his skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big; Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago city block.

Yes, Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son whom he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had the best of everything; clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach his son right from wrong. Yes, Eddie tried to teach his son to rise above his own sordid life.

He wanted him to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things that Eddie couldn't give his son, two things that Eddie sacrificed to the Capone mob that he could not pass on to his beloved son...a good name and a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Offering his son a good name was far more important than all the riches he could lavish on him. He had to rectify all the wrong that he had done. He would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Scar-face Al Capone. He would try to clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity.

To do this he must testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. But more than anything, he wanted to be an example to his son. He wanted to do his best to make restitution and hopefully have a good name to leave his son.

So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago street.

He had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer at the greatest price he would ever pay.

What do these two stories have to do with one another?

Well you see, Butch O'Hare was Easy Eddie's son.


If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:

 80 would live in substandard housing, 70 would be unable to read, 50 would suffer from malnutrition, 1 would be near death, 1 would be near birth ,1 (yes, only 1) would have a university education, 1 would own a computer.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

 The following is also something to ponder:


Chicago Baseball

1839 Baseball is invented.
1906 The White Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs to become the World Champions
1907 & 08 The Cubs become back-to-back World Champs.
1910 Comiskey Park opens
1914 Weegham Park opens, later renamed Wrigley Field
1917 The White Sox become the World Champs
1922 The Cubs win the highest-scoring game, 26-23
1933 The first All-Star Game is played at Comiskey
1937 The bleachers and current scoreboard are constructed at Wrigley Field
1939 The first Chicago night game is played at Comiskey Aug 14
1941 Wrigley Field is the first ballpark to play organ music
1945 William Sianis and his goat are turned away from a World Series game at Wrigley Field. The curse begins.
1960 The exploding scoreboard debuts at Comiskey
1968 Artificial turf is installed in Comiskey's infield (later replaced with natural grass)
1973 The designated hitter debuts
1984 The Sox win a game that lasts 2 day and goes 25 innings. Cubs clinch their Division title to advance to the playoffs
1988 Wrigley Field's 1st official night game is played Aug 9
1991 The new Comiskey park opens across the street from the previous park
1997 The Cubs and Sox meet for the first time in regular-season play
2000 The Cubs play their season opener in Tokyo. The Sox win their Division title
2003 The Cubs lost game 7, the very game they needed to get to the World Series.


Fire authorities in California found a corpse in a burned out section of forest while assessing the damage done by forest fire. The deceased male was dressed in a full west suit, complete with scuba tanks on his back, flippers, and face mask in the middle of the forest. A post-mortem test revealed that the man died not from burns, but from massive internal injuries. Dental records provided identification. Investigators then set about to determine how a fully clad diver ended up in the middle of a forest fire. It was revealed that on the day of the fire, the man went diving off the coast, some 20 miles from the forest. The fire-fighters seeking to control the fire as quickly as possible had called in a fleet of helicopters with very large dip buckets. Water was dipped from the ocean and emptied at the site of the forest fire. You guessed it: One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific, the next, he was doing the breast stroke in a fire dip bucket 300 feet in the air and then airborne into smoke heaven.


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