Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's a Really Big Deal: NIU Beats Nebraska

Saturday was a great day here in our household.  Both Liz and I are huge Northern Illinois football fans (and alumni) and we sure had a HUGE victory over Nebraska!!!  NIU 21  Nebraska 17

I missed the first half of the game while I was at the Civil War re-enactment in Hainesville, Illinois, but I watched it when I got home.  Unbelievable.

The NIU banners are up all over the outside of the house.

Nebraska is one of those Power 5 schools and we are but a little Group of 5 schools.  Plus, Nebraska is now Big 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

This was a great win.  And, sadly, now that I have been doing some boasting, that is going to be a kiss of death for our football program.  Whenever I write about a team I back winning, they then start losing.

Oh well, I just have to do it.  Sorry 'bout that.

GO HUSKIES!!  --  RoadDog

JSS: Shorpy-- "The Glass Castle"-- Cold Then Hot-- Don Williams-- Jay Cutler On Losing

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  SHORPY--  (The Old Photo Site)   If you want to see a World War II Home Front picture that just screams Norman Rockwell, look up the  Shorpy website for June 8, 2017  "The Ladies Who Lunch" 1943.  The photo was taken in Clinton, Iowa.  These women were employed as railroad wipers while the men were away at war.  The U.S. home front.

2.  "THE GLASS CASTLE"--  To me it seems there just aren't many movies out right now that I want to see.  I didn't know about this one, but it was too cold to go boating, so I went to the Fox Lake Theatre and saw this movie.  As far as I am concerned, this one should get Academy Award nominations for Best Movie, best Actor (Woody Harrelson) and Best Actress for the actress who played the young girl.

3.  COLD THEN HOT--  Crazy weather around here.  First it was quite cool and lately it has been quite hot.  At least it is not a hurricane.  The cool temperatures have really started the trees to turning those great fall colors.

4.  DON WILLIAMS--  Sitting here a-typin' away with my two little fingers and listening to a Don Williams greatest hits CD.  You forget how good he was.  We'll sure miss him.

4.  JAY CUTLER ON LOSING--  I couldn't help but chuckle when our fearsome ex-qb Jay Cutler complained that the Bears lost too many games while he was there.  Jay, might you have had something to do with all those losses?  The Jay replacement, Glennon, hasn't proved to be much better, but at least we don't have to look at Ol' Sour Puss, Pouty Face sitting by himself on the sidelines and thinking about all that money he was earning for not doing much.

What is frightening, though, is what if Jay turns into a decent qb with Miami?  After we had to put up with him for what seemed forever.

I'd Have to Find Him and Slap Him For Sure.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Freedom of the press:  No-iron clothes.

Monday, September 18, 2017

WLS Top Ten for September 15, 1967: "The Letter"

1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry
3.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops

4.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association
5.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes
6.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   "It Could Be We're In Love"
7.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors

8.  I HAD A DREAM--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
9.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison
10.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett

Name That Tune (from the above songs).  "You Ask Me If There Will Come a Time When I Grow Tired of You."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE SECRETS:  Age is important only if you're cheese and wine.

"Never My Love"

Friday, September 15, 2017

Plenty Going On Around Here This Weekend: Boating, Football, History, Civil War and Bands

A bit earlier today, I went out on the boat and in a short while, I'll be going to Richmond, Illinois, for the Richmond-Burton football game.  Nothing like a high school football game on a warm September Friday night.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 16, Grant High School in Fox Lake, Illinois, has its homecoming parade at 9 a.m..  From there I am going to the Fox Lake Grant Township Area Historical Society for a presentation on Commercial Fishing on the Chain.

After that I will go to Hainesville, Illinois, for a Civil War re-enactment.

Later in the afternoon and early evening, several bars are having bands playing outside, including Oak Park Lounge's Oaktoberfest.

Sunday, there are more bands and, of course, Da Bears game.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

Out Boating-- Part 2: The New Pirate Ship, Gangland Shootout and McDonald's

After Beer Can bridge, I saw a new wooden pirate ship, well, the front end of a pirate ship, complete with a Capt. Jack Sparrow statue and pirate flag.  I always like new things like that on the Chain.  By the way, I see that this Tuesday is "Talk Like a Pirate Day."

Not too far down from the new pirate ship is a real piece of Chicago Gangland History, the old Manning Hotel, where a shootout claimed 3 lives back in 1930.  The Chain of Lakes was essentially a gangland paradise back in those days and several mob leaders had homes on the Chain.

And, if you're really into it, the hotel, now a private home, is up for sale.  For $339,000 you could own your piece of history.  That is a really good price for waterfront property on the Chain.

Next door to it is a funeral home.  How convenient .

Next, I stopped at McDonald's.  This is one of only two McDonald's that you can boat into.

AAAARRRR, Matey!!  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  It is bad to suppress laughter.  It goes back down and spreads to your hips.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Out Boating September 12th, 2017-- Part 1: Chain of Lakes, Mineola and Beer Can Bridge

Did some yardwork after FB

Drove over to Fox Lake and found gas gouged to $2.70.  Sure glad I filled up last weekend at the Mobil station in Johnsburg which was at $2.47.

Took our boat (School's Out...Forever!!) out for a cruise through Fox Lake, Nippersink Lake, Beer Can Bridge and into Pistakee Lake to McDonald's.  There is a reason they call our area the Chain of Lakes.

On the way, I passed the increasingly sad Mineola Hotel, which is falling into serious neglect.  It was a mini Grand Hotel like the one on Mackinac Island and a beautiful structure.  So sad to see it go.

Beer Can Bridge is so named because  it is not very high and over the years boaters going under it have placed beer cans on its understructure.  Not so cool anymore, though as about half the items are glass bottles.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

'Fessa John Hook's Beach Music Top 40 for 1961

If you're into the 1960s music, here is a show you don't want to miss.  It streams at beachshag,com.


I WANNA KNOW--  The Ape Man with the Gay Pipers
NOT GONNA CRY--  5 Royales
SWEET SUE--  Big Joe Turner

FLAMINGO--  Little Willie John
IT FEELS SO GOOD--   Little Milton
NORTH TO ST. LOUIS--  Ronnie Love

RAISING SUGAR CANE--  Untouchables
PLEASE LOUISE--  Roy Hamilton
LAY IT ON THE LINE--  Billy Ward & the Dominos


CUPID--  Sam Cooke

MAMA SAID--  Shirelles
RAINDROPS--  Dee Clark

STAND BY ME--  Ben E. King
MOTHER-IN-LAW--  Ernie K. Doe

Sit Back, Relax, Enjoy.  Thanks 'Fessa.

Labor Day Weekend-- Part 3: Research, Boating, Pizza, Beer and NTN


Sat out FP (Front Porch) for breakfast and coffee as well as reading yesterday's Chicago Tribune.  Must catch up on my newspapers.  On the internet and doing some research on Major League Baseball players in World War II playing for the Great Lakes Training Base baseball players, coached by Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane.

One of the players was Chet Hajduk who had a "Cup Of Coffee" with the Chicago White Sox in April 1941, who appeared in a major league game exactly one time before being sent to the minors for the rest of the season.  He joined the Navy after the season and played for Great Lakes.

Last week, I wrote about the Navy Day in Dubuque, Iowa, August 23, 1942, where 32 Dubuquers were sworn into the Navy and there was a baseball game between the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and the Navy Pre-Flight School at Iowa City in my Tattooed On Your Soul World War II blog.

While I was researching and doing blog entries, I listened to 'Fessa Hook's Beach Music Top 40 for 1961.  He played some mighty good stuff and should have it for another week.  You can listen to it at beachshag.com.  I'll write the names of some of the songs in the next post.

I went out boating on Fox Lake for awhile and then we met Kevin and Kelly at J's in Ingleside for half price pizza, $1.50 pints and played NTN.  Afterwards, we went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.

A Good Day.  --RoadDog

Labor Day Weekend-- Part 2: About Those Bar Dogs


On the internet in the early morning and found out that Illinois evidently had our own ribbon highway, like that one stretch of Oklahoma's Route 66.  And it went from DeKalb to Waterman, Illinois.

Enjoyed Bob Stroud taking his listeners, the Stroud Crowd, back 40 years to a summer I remember well, 1977, on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM from 7 to 10 a.m..

We had planned to go to Cabana's on Pistakee Lake to see the band, but it was way too crowded, so we went to Oak Park Lounge nearby on the same lake.  This is an original bar on the Chain of Lakes, dating back to the 1890s and a favorite of ours.  We also got to see (and feed) the bar dog, Bomber.  If there is another more spoiled animal in the world than a bar dog, I'd like to know?  He has us all trained well.

We then went to the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) in McHenry for Bloody Marys and last stop was at Sunnyside in Johnsburg.

Bomber Likes His Pepperoni.  --RoadDog

Going Back to Summer '77-- Part 10: "Don't Stop"

Part 4 of Bob Stroud's annual trip back to a summer 40 years ago took place on September 3.  This time, 40 years ago was 1977.

I was back in school teaching 7th and 8th graders at Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.  Liz was teaching 1st grade at Beach Elementary School in Round Lake Beach.  We were living at 1013 Morningside in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, so both of us didn't have far to drive to school.

SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE--  Townsend Sanford Band    A lot of local bands also were  using the two name name back then.  We had the Thompson-Rydberg band in Lake County.
HIGH ROLLER--  Little Feat   I didn't know about them back then, but now they are one of my favorite bands.
LITTLE DARLIN' I NEED YOU--  Doobie Brothers   Getting their Soul thing on.

BLACK BETTY--  Ram Jam    I suppose they couldn't sing this song in today's clime.
BREAKDOWN--  Alan Parsons Project
DON'T STOP--  Fleetwood Mac   They were everywhere on the radio back then, the Peter Frampton of the year before.

WHAT YOU GONNA DO--  Pablo Cruise
ONE LOVE--  Bob Marley   Good old reggae, but I didn't really get into it until around 1981.  Big fan, now, though.
TELEPHONE LINE--  Electric Light Orchestra

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "The Damn Thing Gone Wild (Ban-Ba-Lam)."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  Amazing!  You just hang something in your closet for awhile and it shrinks two sizes.

"Black Betty"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pearl Harbor, Kennedy Assassination, Man on the Moon and 9-11

It seems that each generation has their "Where Were You" moment.

For my parents, it was Pearl Harbor.

For my generation it was the Kennedy Assassination and Man on the Moon.

For the next generation it was 9-11.

Of course, anyone old enough will know where they were when the event happened.

Pearl Harbor   I wasn't born yet (1951).

Kennedy Assassination    I was in 7th grade at Winston Park Junior High School in Palatine, Illinois.

Man on the Moon     I was at a friend's house in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where we were visiting family.

9-11    I was teaching school at Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flags Up for 9-11

I have been outside and put up my United States flags in commemoration and memory of all those who died this date sixteen years ago.

Not Forgetting.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 7: "Brown Eyed Girl"

10.  BROWN EYED GIRL--  Van Morrison   #10   His first solo hit and probably his best-known song.
8.  I HAD A DREAM--  Paul Revere & the Raiders    #17

7.  REFLECTIONS--  Diana Ross & the Supremes    #2
6.  NEVER MY LOVE--  Association    #2
5.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames    #14   "It Could Be We're In Love"
4.  THE LETTER--  Box Tops   #1

3.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Doors   #1
2.  COME BACK WHEN YOU GROWN UP--  Bobby Vee    #3
1.  ODE TO BILLY JOE--  Bobbie Gentry    #1  "Ode to Billie Joe"

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Seems Like Nothing Ever Comes To No Good Up On Choctaw Ridge."  (Answer below).  --RoadDog

"Ode to Billie Joe"

Tune in for Three Hours of 1969 Music Today

Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM will be featuring three hours of music and events from 1969 starting at 8 a.m. CDST on their Saturday Morning Flashback Show.

It streams at www.wxrt.com.

I'll Be There.  --RoadDog

LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS:  I had to give up jogging for my health.  My thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pants on fire.

Friday, September 8, 2017

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1967-- Part 6: "Funky Broadway"

15.  FUNKY BROADWAY--  Wilson Pickett    #8   Born in 1941 in Prattville, Alabama.

14.  CARRIE ANNE--  Hollies   #9   Their "Pay You Back With Interest" debuted two weeks earlier.

13.  GETTIN' TOGETHER--  Tommy James & the Shondells    #18    Tommy's real name is Thomas Jackson.  Wonder if he's related to Stonewall.

12.  ZIP CODE--  Five Americans    #36  The group was originally from Oklahoma, but based out of Dallas.  Great garage rock.

11.  THANK THE LORD--  Neil Diamond   #13     Worked as a song plugger/staff writer in New York.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Daytime Turns Me Off And I Don'yt Mean Maybe."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog