1. This is the story of what happened the early morning hours of March 24, 1935, near the corner of Austin Ave. and Dempster Street in Morton Grove, Illinois, two and one-half blocks up from my childhood home. Prohibition had ended, but the Club Rendezvous had been designed as a speakeasy with tightly controlled entry in mind. That was good for keeping the authorities at bay. But disaster beckoned when flames licked the ceiling.
Festivities were at their height at the roadhouse, a remodeled bungalow in suburban Morton Grove, when the first tongue of flame licked out from the ceiling, near a suspended gas heater.
Street view, Club Rendezvous, Morton Grove, circa 1934.
Place Was Packed.
Drapes and streamers stretched from the walls and ceiling of the dance hall and the dining room. The bar was packed. A mass of persons moved to the music of a three person orchestra on the dance floor. Every table in the dining room was filled. Many were Northwestern university students who had just come from a school musical comedy production.
The girl who had sent the cry ringing through the building, snatched her wrap and made for the only exit -- except the kitchen door -- a narrow doorway on the east side of the dance hall. This doorway led into an anteroom which led to the street.
A frenzy of fear seized the merrymakers. Screaming, trampling, striking, they surged to the east exit -- only to discover, firemen said, it opened inward. The foremost were flattened against the door and wall by the desperate press of the panic-stricken.Six would die. A popular blogger or news source must have posted a link to this post late in the month because page views skyrocketed Halloween eve. Read about the Club Rendezvous management, and the tragedy and its victims, in Morton Grove before the Baby Boom: Club Rendezvous Goes Up In Smoke.
|Janesville,Daily Gazette, December 14, 1967|
3. Our perennially popular and all-time top most viewed post, The Golf Channel: Spouse's Guide To Sanity, made the October three spot. Before he was FedEx Cup and Players champion, Henrik Stenson was the guy who played golf in his underwear. Bet you never saw Refrigerator Perry in his underwear, did ya? The wife authored this post as a Father's Day gift in 2013 as a relief from my blogging. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
|My work location on September 11th was 8th floor |
of the ten story sandy brown building to the left,
pictured between the Pentagon and US Capitol.
5. I am a baby boomer. I grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois, a suburb due north of Chicago and about five miles in from Lake Michigan. The village is physically much as it was when I left it for good in 1971. But the times and the people were different. Here is my story about Growing Up In Morton Grove during the 1950s and 60s.
|Grace, Albina and Florence|
Foster, circa 1898.
7. Hillary Clinton's economic ignorance is on par, or I should say subpar, with Barack Obama's. In If You Think Obama Was Bad .... we spliced in a video clip of the woman you will be electing as the next president of the United States, asserting extemporaneously her heartfelt belief that "corporations and businesses don't create jobs." The only hope we have of escaping from the $18 trillion federal debt trap is consistently strong economic growth. Ain't going to happen under the Barack and Hillary regimes. God help our children who are being forced to shoulder the prodigious debt.
|Chad Wagamon 1950-2014|
9. In this October, 2013 post, It's Over, we lamented that the will for deficit elimination and debt repayment was lost in the deal that ended the government shutdown. The government shutdown was temporary but the impact of the White House's and Democratic Senate's insistence on new unfunded and underfunded programs and increasing debt burdens is permanent. With the so-called bi-partisan deal, there went out the window the momentum of fiscal discipline and decreasing deficits during the last couple of years. Going forward we said, "an unrestrained, incompetent and out of control government will succumb to the demographic and entitlement tsunamis and resulting debt load, swamping the economy and crowding out expenditures for fundamental government functions."
10. We found an old backup memory card in our camera case that included a collection of photos of our girls at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, back in the day. Check it out here and check it out now in Saturday Pictures.