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"I lived at Henry Horner during a turbulent period--the '60s," recalls poet Cranston Knight in Loyola World (February 13). "It was like living in El Salvador or Guatemala: the military were posted with machine guns on the corners, and there were signs everywhere that literally said, 'If you come out after 6 p.m., we'll shoot you.' We had to keep the bathtub full of water at all times, because at the first sign of tension the water, electricity, and gas would be cut off."

Most common disabilities of people served last year by the service and advocacy group Access Living on South Peoria: renal (175 consumers), arthritic (153), mental illness (151), stroke (148), cancer (120), and visual (113).

"If these boys are such hot-shot players, why is it an open fact that we all respect their women more?" asks Jon-Henri Damski in Windy City Times (February 27). "Why is it that we like Barbara better than George, Hillary better than Bill? Because in terms of savvy, issues and awareness, we know that these 'boys' actually walk two steps behind their women. Jeanne Simon should be Senator, not Paul. Barbara should be President, not George. And, for the same reason, Carol should be Senator, not Al."

The Concrete Coalition. "Are there alternatives to large-scale and capital-intensive projects which inevitably pit the corporate community on one side against neighborhood residents on the other?" asks Michael Freedberg in Exile (Letters From) (Spring), published by the UIC School of Architecture. "A look at the list of corporate sponsors of this venture [the Lake Calumet Airport] suggests a similar coalition to those that have in recent years sponsored, variously, the proposed 1992 World's Fair, the expansion of McCormick Place, and the related McDome stadium for the Chicago Bears."

"While the University of Chicago has been a source of many schools [of thought], so has Chicago as a city," Milton Friedman told the U. of C. civic dinner last fall (University of Chicago Record, February 20). "You have the Chicago School of Architecture, led by Mies van der Rohe, you have the Chicago School of Psychiatry, andÉI am sure I could name you many more. How come? I believe the answer is that in order to have a rich seedbed for new developments, you have to have a respect for diversity....New York is a great city, but it is ... extraordinarily homogeneous in its intellectual atmosphere. Had I, for example, made my career in New York, I am sure I would have been regarded as a crackpot all my life and not only for part of it. But in Chicago, which is a raw city bursting with energy, trying one thing after another from its very beginning, I was able to be a crackpot for a part of my life and in the mainstream for the rest."

Dream on. According to a survey published in Baby Talk (February), more than half of first-time expectant parents believe their life-styles won't change much at all during the first year of parenthood.

Remember when the Loop was the metropolitan transit hub? Here's how Howard Sherf advises members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists who find themselves without a working car when they have to be in a nearby town: "Just grab the train to O'Hare Airport. Upon arrival, head for the rotunda between Terminals 2 and 3. There you will find buses leaving (some hourly) for Rockford, Milwaukee, Joliet, Hammond and other points" (Chicago AFTRA/SAG Newsletter, Winter).

Actually it's my new hairdo. From the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation's promotion of Bike to Work Week, May 11-15: "If you're already a bike commuter isn't it about time you helped your co-workers discover what makes you so phenomenally happy and productive?"

"In the same period [ten years] that 121,000 died of AIDS, more than four times as many Americans have died in car accidents and fifty times as many have died of cancer," according to the neoconservative religious journal First Things (February). "The point of such a comparison is not to downplay the tragedy of AIDS but to underscore the fatuity of the repeated claim that America 'is not paying attention to the AIDS crisis.' In terms of media notice, as well as private and government funding, AIDS is receiving attention wildly disproportionate to its place in the constellation of health problems facing the American people."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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