January 1, 2022
April 30, 2022
Chicago has been my hometown since I moved here in 1983. The architecture is beautiful with the influence of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, among others. The city features Wrigley Field and its ivy-covered outfield wall, The Chicago Board of Trade with the Roman Goddess Ceres on top, the “L”, the Chicago River and its bridges, Marshall Fields and its iconic seasonal Christmas display, Navy Pier, The Magnificent Mile, The Art Institute and Museum Campus, and so much more.
One of my greatest memories is of the time my father was visiting from Canada and we went to the old Chicago Stadium to watch a hockey game. There never was, and probably never will be again, the indescribable atmosphere during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner with the sound of the Stadium Barton Organ almost drowned out by the raucous crowd. It was enough to give you goosebumps. I remember the expression on my father's face. I don't think he had ever witnessed anything quite like that in his life.
As it is my hometown, I began my interviews here with people I have known for years.