FEATURE image: The BLM march took place on Main Street on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
Built as a synagogue founded in 1861 by German Jewish immigrants, the neo-Classical building at 4600 S. King Drive was home to Chicago Sinai Congregation from 1912 until the 1940s.
In 1961, Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church moved into the building in the Grand Boulevard community of Bronzeville. The church community brought a strong commitment to social justice and played an instrumental role in bringing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference to Chicago in the 1960’s. Since that time the church has provided a neighborhood food bank.
In 1895 M. Morin, an executive at Le Bon Marché, looked to give his wife a gift. Since the 1860s, Japanese art and its influences and practices (known as “japonisme”) had a profound impact on France’s own fine and popular arts, and this craze became even more popular by the 1890s. It was only natural for M. Morin to build a real pagoda as a lavish and fashionable statement next door to the couple’s house in Paris. Pieces were shipped from Asia and reassembled in Paris under the design and direction of Alexandre Marcel (1860-1928) at 57 bis, rue de Babylone on the corner with rue Monsieur in the 7th arrondissement. Built in the middle of a residential neighborhood it boasted all things Japanese including stone figures of dragons, lions, buddhas and birds as well as distinctive Asian-style rooflines. In 1930 it became a 400-seat cinema movie theatre that became an art-house cinema in the 1970s and, after 85 years of operation, closed its doors in 2015. SOURCE: 1000 Buildings of Paris, Kathy Borrus, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, New York, 2003, p. 275 and http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/6906 – retrieved January 4, 2023.
FEATURE image: Cross-country runners.
The Chicago Skyway’s main feature is a 1⁄2-mile-long steel truss bridge known as the “High Bridge.”
Four days after recording Heartbreak Hotel in January 1956 for RCA records in Nashville, Tennessee, 21-year-old Elvis Presley went out and bought a brand-new red-and-white 1956 Harley Davidson KH. Elvis was not yet famous but had already developed a signature style for which this motor bike formed a part. Having affinities with the 1952 KRTT Road Racer OHV V-Twin owned by famed H-D racer Brad Andres, Elvis’ H-D KH had plenty of style.
Within two months, in mid-March 1956, Heartbreak Hotel, a song co-written by Presley, was climbing the charts and Elvis was on his way to becoming one of rock ‘n’ roll’s first superstars. For the rest of his life and career, Presley remained a Harley-Davidson enthusiast as he helped forge that connection between motorcycles and rock ‘n roll which seemed to be instinctive and permanent.
The 1932 Model G Servi-Car Side-Valve V-Twin ran for 41 years and offered high crown fenders and a cargo hold that packed 500 pounds.
Ride with Pride Motorcycle Run, sponsored by Pridefest and the Harley-Davidson Museum.
“Fat Bob” fuel tank. The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The 2002 XL883C Sportster Custom OHV-V Twin is loaded with factory-installed additions.
Polaris’ Slingshot three-wheeler is part motorcycle, part sports car. It has side-by-side seating and a steering wheel.
In the heart of the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church was formed in 1902. During the Great Migration, African-Americans made Ebenezer their church home.
Ebenezer developed a reputation as a center for gospel music. Thomas A. Dorsey (1899-1993), the father of gospel music, introduced his blend of Christian praise and blues at Ebenezer and started the first gospel choir here.
During the 30-year pastorate of Rev. Frank K. Sims, distinguished guests of the church included Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), Ralph Metcalfe (1910-1978), Adam Clayton Powell (1908-1972) and Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972).
In 1966 a banquet honoring Dr. Frank Kentworth Sims on the 7th anniversary of his pastorate of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church featured Nobel Peace Prize recipient the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the guest speaker and Mahalia Jackson as guest vocalist.
The Loma Theatre, designed by S. Charles Lee (1899-1990), was opened on May 5, 1945 with its first feature, 20th Century-Fox’s Technicolor musical film, Diamond Horseshoe, starring Betty Grable. See – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8wTy6_Si5U&t=106s – retrieved December 29, 2022.
Mann Theatres operated it from 1973 to December 1987 (Its last feature was Paramount Pictures’ Fatal Attraction, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close). The Loma ’s vintage signage is intact along with some of its movie-house interior although today it serves as a bookstore. For some interesting memories of a friendly and classy movie house, see – http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1716– retrieved December 29, 2022.
S. Charles Lee was one of the foremost mid20th-century architects of movie houses on the West Coast. Simeon Charles Levi was born and grew up in Chicago. There Lee worked for Rapp & Rapp, the renown Chicago architectural firm that specialized in movie theatre design. Rapp & Rapp’s significant work in this period included State Street’s Chicago Theatre in 1921, and the Bismarck Hotel and Theatre, and the Oriental Theatre both in 1926.
The Loma Theatre’s architect was influenced by Louis Sullivan (1856-1924) and Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). In 1922, before moving to Los Angeles, Lee was impressed by the Chicago Tribune building competition on North Michigan Avenue whose competitors juxtaposed historicism, such as the Beaux-Arts, with modernism. Lee considered himself a modernist, and his design career expressed the Beaux-Arts discipline and a modernist functionalism and freedom of form.
Beginning his career in California in the 1920’s, by the 1930’s S. Charles Lee was the principal designer of motion picture theaters in Los Angeles. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Lee is credited with designing many hundreds of movie theaters in California, including San Diego’s Loma Theatre at 3150 Rosecrans Boulevard.
FEATURE image: 1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Convertible (lipstick red).
Like Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, today’s Dodge Challenger is a modern muscle car that is inspired by — and compared to — the legacy of its 1960s forebear.
The 2021 Ford F-150 ‘s solid performance and durability have few competitors in the modern truck market and is one of the most popular trucks. The XL is a more budget-friendly option compared to the XLT. The XL’s basic engine is the same as the XLT — 3.3L Ti-VCT V6, 290 hp, and 265 lb-ft of torque. The F-150 XL offers first-rate amenities and excellent performance making for an incredible value.
The Chevrolet Camaro SS model is equipped with a 6.2L LT1 V8 engine and offered as a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. The SS is capable of 455 horsepower and 455 lb.-ft. of torque, performing a 0-60 in 4.0 seconds.
The Impala SS (Super Sport) was introduced as an option in 1960 as an appearance/performance package. It was soon limited to hardtop and convertible coupe models. From 1964 through 1967 (Impala’s third and fourth generations), the Super Sport was a separate model, with its own VIN prefix: for instance, in 1965-67 cars 166/68 was the prefix for a V8-equipped Impala SS.
From 1962 to 1964, Super Sports came with engine-turned aluminum trim which, in 1965, was replaced by a “blackout” trim strip that ran below the tail lights.
From its debut in 1958, the Chevrolet Impala was distinguished from other models by its symmetrical triple tail lights. By the late 1960’s, classic muscle or “big block” cars focused on smaller models. The last model year for the Chevrolet Impala Super Sport series was 1969.
The F-150 started in 1975 as a truck model between the F-100 and F-250 (there was also the F-350). By 1976 it quickly became America’s favorite truck. In towns across America even today, Ford trucks from the 1950s era still work alongside today’s newest models.
In 1983, F-100 production ended. In addition to work loads, the F-150 offered an additional new focus on lifestyle and comfort. Starting in the 1980s, Ford truck customers could select custom paint packages and, for the first time, the blue-oval Ford emblem was affixed on the front grille.
The Ford Expedition was the first full-size Ford SUV sold with a four-door body introduced for the 1997 model year as the successor of the Ford Bronco. The Bronco was introduced in 1966 and discontinued after five generations in 1996 (a sixth generation of the Bronco was introduced in 2021). Since 1996, the Ford Expedition, which is sold in regular and extended lengths, has shared some body parts and mechanical components with the Ford F-150, the car market’s favorite truck. Like the F-150, the Ford Expedition is known as being one of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road with many vehicles with over 200,000 miles on the odometer.
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William C. “Bill” Henry (1935-1992) for which this portion of 16th Street is named, was a 24th Ward Chicago alderman. Ald. Henry put together the coalition of Black and white aldermen to elect Eugene Sawyer (1934-2008) as mayor of the City of Chicago following the sudden death of Harold Washington (1922-1987), the first black mayor elected in Chicago.
Responding to accusations of deal cutting, Ald. Henry declared during the debate in the City Council chamber: “Deals? We was all making deals!” Henry’s constituents voted their alderman out of office for helping Sawyer in preference to Tim Evans, the reform candidate. Ald. Henry passed away from cancer in 1992 at 56 years old. In 2021 Timothy C. Evans is the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
see- http://www.cookcountycourt.org/ABOUT-THE-COURT/Office-of-the-Chief-Judge – retrieved June 3, 2021; https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2018/10/15/new-podcast-the-city-brings-back-memories-of-alderman-bill-henry-and-dealmaking-in-chicago – retrieved June 3, 2021.