At the Ref Desk (4/25/17): Someone calls but when I pick up the phone all I get is background noise -- people talking, etc. Did he or she just sit on their smartphone and dial out accidentally? Interesting jumping off point for a work of fiction... [more...]
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The Pots of Leo Klein

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/6/07 (3:41pm)

The Pots of Leo Klein

The Pots of Leo Klein: I knew there was a reason why I started this site: it's to show off my collection of All-Clad LTD pots!

Springtime in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/21/07 (6:12pm)

Belmont Harbor Looking South
Belmont Harbor Looking South: Belmont Harbor looking south with the skyscrapers of downtown in the distance.

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Go Cubs!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/9/07 (2:24pm)

Once a Cub's fan, always a Cub's fan. It's a fact of life on the North Side of Chicago.

(Today's Opening Day at Wrigley Field.)

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CTA EL Train Crash : Feb. 4, 1977

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/4/07 (2:55am)

Thirty years ago, I had a part-time job at Carson, Pirie, Scott in Chicago. It was a Friday night and I had just gotten off of work, walking down Michigan Avenue to catch the 151 Bus.

When I got to the corner of Lake & Michigan, I looked west and saw the most incredible thing: a CTA EL train dangling from the overhead tracks all the way to the ground. There were police cars, fire trucks and ambulances all over the place. Huge spotlights shone on the train.

It was an incredible sight -- something you'd see in a Hollywood disaster movie or a child's train set. But it was all too real. One of the great people working at Carson, Pirie Scott was in that train and while she survived, she was unable to ever come back to work.

I was reminded of that scene by a report on WBBM Radio. They have a article about it on their site. Chicago-l.org also had an informative page on the accident.

It's something I'll never forget.

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Go Bears! (CTA Edition)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/2/07 (10:22am)

Go Bears!

The Chicago Transit Authority makes clear its preferences.

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Keep It Fields!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 1/3/07 (5:12pm)

As anyone familiar with Chicago knows, changing the name of "Marshall Fields" to "Macy's" by Federated Department Stores is a sore subject around here.

Now the Chicago Tribune reports:

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Happy Holidays!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/23/06 (11:18pm)

Happy Holidays from Klein & Friends to you and yours!

Xmas Dinner

Bob, Regie & Leo: At the salade stage of the meal.

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