Category Archives: Chicago

Chicago, 1968


It was 1968, and the world was rapidly changing. The Vietnam War was in full swing, and the evening news allowed viewers at home to see helicopters strafing the jungle with machine-gun fire, the horror of napalm burned children crying … Continue reading

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Life is Unpredictable


Life is filled with unpredictability. Events and circumstances move us in entirely different paths than we expect. The movie “Sliding Doors” provides a great allegory as how the simple act of getting on a subway train, or missing it because … Continue reading

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Steel Worker


Back in the early 1960’s, Chicago and Pittsburgh were the steel capitals of the United States. The South Side of the Chicago, where we lived, showed evidence of this by the haze of smoke and pollution floating over Lake Michigan … Continue reading

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Skiing


As you may have gathered from reading my prior blogs, I was never a gifted athlete, but I always enjoyed outdoor activities. Aside from hiking and water sports, my greatest passion was skiing. During my time with the YMCA, the … Continue reading

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Chicago and the Mafia


Wherever I travel, when people hear I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, I’m invariably asked questions about the Mafia. Al Capone has been dead a long time, but his legacy lives on. I will share a few … Continue reading

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Cars


The only people who owned cars in Hungary during my lifetime there were Communist Party members, government officials, some member of the military, as well as the secret police. Budapest had (and still has) an excellent network of trams, buses, … Continue reading

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High School Highlights


Despite feeling that I was the odd man out throughout my high school years, I appreciate three special gifts I received during that time. The first was my freshman English teacher persuading me that I should join the school’s debate … Continue reading

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Sunday in the Park With George


In the world in which I grew up, children were included in all family social activities. This meant that every Sunday and family holidays were spent together with my parents and grandmother, along with my mom’s friends. My dad had … Continue reading

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Our House


Having lived in apartments all my life, I was really excited when my parents announced that they had enough money saved to make a down payment on a house.  I was especially jazzed because I had been campaigning for a … Continue reading

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YMCA


The YMCA played a big part in my life growing up on the South Side of Chicago. The initial attraction was that they had a pool, and swimming was one of the few athletic sports in which I had reasonable … Continue reading

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