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Armed Black Militants Protest At The California Capitol, May 2 1967
 
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On May 2, 1967 less than six months after their formation more than three dozen members, including Huey Newton & Bobby Seale, armed with pistols & shotguns showed up to protest a change to California. At the time it was legal for citizens to carry loaded rifles and shotguns as long as they weren't pointed at someone. One of the Panther's chief goals was to protect the back community from racist police actions so they had been organizing armed patrols to police the police. Naturally this was very distressing to the powers that be and a bill was introduced to prohibit the public from being armed in public. This sets the stage for the first protest against gun control laws. So while Ronald Reagan was hosting some eighth graders nearby these armed Black Panthers burst onto the scene grabbing the attention of the national media for the first time. The bill passed and the Panthers got national attention from more than the media. They were under intense scrutiny from law enforcement officals nationwide and there were a series of gun battles that resulted with both police & Panther deaths. In 1969 the full force of the F.B.I. was unleashed on the militants as J. Edgar Hoover made the Panthers the primary focus of his COINTELPRO program. This was a domestic counter insurgency program designed to "neutralize" what the FBI called "black nationalist hate groups" and other dissident groups.
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Psychosis Induced by LSD, A CIA Sponsered Trip 1955
 
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I came across this, in some ways startling, film while going through the National Archives. The official title is "Schizophrenic Model Psychosis Induced by Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). This film provides footage of University of California medical tests with LSD supervised by Nicholas A. Bercel MD. Dr. Bercel is the first American to ingest acid. Tests that seems to have been sponsored by the CIA who had been sponsering research on LSD since 1951. It is a fascinating document showing three men seated in what looks like (from the looks of the wallpaper) someones dining room. The subject William Millarc, an artist, is given LSD 25 and then is interviewed as he's tripping. In 1957 he took his own life despondent over his lack of financial success. LSD was first synthesized by Dr. Albert Hoffmann in 1938 and was produced by Sandoz labs. To learn more about this fascinating drug here is a link to it's history in comic form. http://phocks.org/stumble/lsd-history-comic/ For those interested in contemporary research on using LSD as a treatment there is a book out called "ACID TEST: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal" by Tom Shorder and here is a link to a video where he discusses it. http://youtu.be/cjbpvEt_7ik Creative Commons license: CC0 1.0 Universal Produced for ChiTownView by MindsiMedia visit our web portal and explore our world. http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Philip Marlowe TV Series "Murder Is A Grave Affair"
 
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Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe became a half hour television series that aired on ABC for 26 episodes in 1959/60 "Murder Is A Grave Affair" was #23. A star struck young woman is involved with a famous Hollywood director. She then dies under mysterious circumstances. That's only the beginning before the case is cracked there are more deaths and bodies vanish from their graves. The cast was; Philip Carey as Philip Marlowe, William Schallert as Police Lieutenant Manny Harris, Gene Nelson as Larry, Jack Weston as Artie, Betsy Jones-Moreland as Marian, Maxine Cooper as Janet who played Velda Mike Hammer's secretary in "Kiss Me Deadly.. Coincidentally this episode was directed by Paul Stewart who was Carl Evello in that same 1955 classic noir film. We have posted another episode from this series. https://youtu.be/kRZRdAJqwMc Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Giancana Love Nest, The Pink Clock Lounge / Golden Steer Forest Park Il.
 
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Here at ChiTownView we've told many tales about the history of organized crime in Chicago. Most of them have been stories of violence and murder this story is about love. It's about how a father and his daughter both found love in the same place. In this case the father was notorious mob boss Sam Giancana and the daughter his oldest daughter Antoinette. The location was an obscure cocktail lounge on Roosevelt Rd. the Pink Clock. In suburban Forest Park. The men who made up Chicago's version of the Mafia aka the Outfit were slum kids born into extreme poverty in the city's near west side. It is only natural that as they gained wealth and power that they would leave the city for the peace and quiet of the suburbs. Two of the more popular destinations for these fearsome gangsters were Oak Park and River Forest. It is ironic when you consider that these men gained their riches and power because of prohibition that these were dry communities. Oak Park until the 1970's and while you can buy liquor in a couple of place in River Forest there still no bars or restaurants that serve it by the drink. Forest Park which is adjacent to both Oak Park and River Forest was where the mobsters and others seeking to slake their thirsts went. This village is mostly known for it's cemeteries and is home to way more dead people than living. It was also an entertainment mecca in the first half of the 20th century and was home to; an amusement park, a race track, golf course and a womens pro softball stadium. As well as the bars and lounges. Mr. Giancana lived in a fairly modest looking bungalow on Oak Parks more working class south side. His 1950's headquarters was the infamous Armory Lounge where the FBI had an illegal wiretap installed. The Pink Clock was another mob owned bar a couple of blocks further west. Today it is home to the Golden Steer an old school steak house. Even though I've lived in this area all my life and consider myself fairly well read on it's colorful past it's only fairly recently that I came across this story. The Pink Clock was where the recently widowed Sam would meet his female friends. He had three daughters living at home and needed a little privacy and the apartment above the bar provided that. It is also where his youngest daughter Antoinette met her first husband Carmen Manno. I came across this little story while I was reading two books at the same time. “Double Cross” by Sam Giancana's younger brother Chuck and “Mafia Princess” which is Antoinette's memoir each provided me with part of the tale we present in this short video. Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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The North Side Hit That Led To The Family Secrets Trial
 
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The “Family Secrets” trial was one of the most successful legal assaults on the Chicago mob. It might not have gotten off thr ground were it not for a bloody glove found at the scene of a hit on an obscure mobster on Chicago's northwest side in September of 1986. The “whakee” was one Giovanni (Big John) Fecarotta a gambler and member of the Chicago outfit's Chinatown Crew. Three months before in June he was in charge of disposing of the the bodies of the infamous Spilotro brothers Tony & Mike. The job was botched and the bodies were quickly discovered. Personally I think the mistake was to bury them in Indiana because nothing good ever happens in that state. These murders were fictionalized in the Martin Scorsese film Casino. In the movie Nick & Dominick Santoro were beaten in the corn field. The reality is they were killed in Des Plaines IL. And the bodies were buried in an Indiana corn field, but I digress. Anyway like I said “Big John” had screwed the pooch, as they say, so he had to go. On the evening of Sept 14 Fecarotta left home with another pair of brothers Nick & Frank Calabrese who were fellow Chinatowner's. Nick was one of the team of killers that had beaten and stomped the Spilotro's to death. Nick told Fecarotta that they were supposed to bomb the office of a deadbeat dentist located near Belmont and Austin. They drove in one car while Frank Calabrese followed them in another. When they got to the parking lot of the dentist’s office, Nick turned to shoot Fecarotta at close range, but Big John managed to grab the gun and was only wounded in the shoulder as they struggled. Fecarotta is outta that car like a rocket and heads towards busy Belmont Ave. He heads across the street to a bingo hall which was hosting its weekly bingo night. Hot on his heels is the wounded Calabrese who catches up to him in the foyer and shoots him twice in the back of the head in front of a number of stunned witnesses. They were so stunned, or maybe distracted by the bingo prizes who knows but they can't identify the shooter. Now THAT'S the Chicago way. Anyway Nick runs back across Belmont and down Meade making his escape back to the car. Dropping the glove along the way. In 1997 Nick and Frank are sent to prison for racketeering. Frank is doing time in a Michigan prison with his son Frank Jr. Unbeknownst to Frank Sr. his son wants out of the mob and deeply fears his father. Ironically enough his desire to get out of “the life” began on the same night as the Fecarotta murder. You see Frank Jr. was supposed to ride along with his uncle Nick and Big John to be backup but his uncle told him not to come telling him 'This ain't for you. You don't want this life.' So this advice along with his father's increasing violence led Frank Jr. to move away from “the outfit”. He started his own businesses including dealing coke which he also became became addicted to. His addiction became so great he started to steal money from one of his fathers secret stashes. Not the best of choices when the thefts are discovered his father tells him "From now on, I own you. The restaurants are mine, your house is mine, everything is mine." Later Frank Sr. pulls a gun on his son and almost killing him only to let him off with a severe beating. Eventually Frank Jr. is arrested and imprisoned where kicks his coke addiction and determines to change his life. When his father joins him he realizes the only way to get out from under his thumb once and for all is to become an informant. So in 1998 he reaches out to the FBI and starts to wear a wire while encouraging his dad to talk about the murders he's taken part in. He also gives the feds the direct information he has on the Fecarotta hit and his uncle's involvement in it. So the FBI gets a court order to x-ray Nick Calabrese’s shoulder “That x-ray lit up like a Christmas tree, you could see that damage from the bullet wound as clear as day,” recalled former FBI agent Tom Bourgeois. That along with DNA to link to the blood found at the Fecarotta hit scene as well as audio surveillance presented to him of his brother Frank basically signing off on his murder pushed him over the edge. In 2002 Nick Calabrese joins his nephew in cooperation with the government. The “Family Secrets” investigation leads to a 43 count indictment that is announced in April of 2005. The case finally comes to trial in 2007 and Nick's testimony in the three month proceeding helps to convict; Frank Calabrese Sr., James Marcello, Joseph “The Clown” Lombardo, Paul “The Indian” Schiro, and Anthony “Twan” Doyle. Six of those indicted plead guilty two died prior to trial (Frank Saladino and Michael Ricci) and Frank “The German” Schweihs was too ill to stand trial. Music: “Constancy 2” By: Kevin MacLeod Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
Views: 4456 ChiTownView
Capone, Nitti, O'Banion, Weiss, Burial Site Mt. Carmel Cemetery
 
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Mt. Carmel cemetery is the oldest Catholic burial ground in the Chicago area. Located in Hilside Il. on Roosevelt Rd. (Rt. 38) west of Wolf Rd. on the north side of the street.It's where that areas bishops are laid to rest and there's a large war memorial with artillery pieces. It is also where nearly all the major players in Chicago "beer war" that raged during the roaring 20's were laid to rest. In our tour we see the gravesites of Al Capone, Frank Nitti, the "terrible" Genna's, Dion O'Banion and Hymie Weiss. There are many other gangsters also buried here but we're featuring the heavy hitters. This clip is part of our series "Chicago Crime Now & Then" where we explore the windy city's rich history of organized criminal activity. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD3D8E5EDF6642410&feature=plcp Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
Views: 50319 ChiTownView
Gradall XL-4100 Excavator Digging & Dumping In Tight Quarters, Forest Park Il.
 
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It takes an experts touch to be working right next to telephone poles and houses while dealing with trees. But that's what this operator is doing on two days of alley work in Forest Park. Besides the old alley they also had to take off six inches of dirt. But the job is all done and the new alley looks great. Good work guys.
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Gangsters On Grand; Accardo, Cain, Spilotro & Vena
 
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Just west of Chicago's downtown along Grand Ave. is a hot bed of activity for Chicago's Mafia known as the outfit. For more than a century famous gangsters were born, grew up, died or just hung out along a couple of mile stretch. It's changed, a lot a century ago when Tony Accardo was growing up it was a poor Italian community a step up from the ghetto called little hell a little further east. Nowadays it's a area on the upswing and while there is still an Italian influence like the outfit itself it's diminished. Besides Accardo other notable mobsters who have wandered these streets are Tony Spilotro, Richard Cain, Joey “The Clown” Lombardo and current outfit boss Albert Vena. We have a video on Richard Cain's murder which is briefly covered here. You can get the whole story here. https://youtu.be/-H6VT5ZOQpM For more videos on Chicago's rich history of organized crime check out out playlist "Chicago Crime Now & Then". https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD3D8E5EDF6642410 Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/ Muisc "Constancy Part 2" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Maxwell Street Blues, Ode To A Dead Community
 
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Maxwell Street Blues is a 2001 documentary that chronicles the since failed struggle to save Chicago's Maxwell Street community, the birthplace of the electric blues. The film contains rare archival footage of Maxwell Street in the 1940s, and documents some of the last blues performances in this historic community. This is another great film from Archive.org. http://archive.org/details/Maxwell_Street_Blues Producer: Robert Wyrod Camera & Editing: Robert Wyrod Additional Camera: James Fraher Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States There is also another silent b&w clip from 1978 that you can watch on the Archive site. http://archive.org/details/maxwellStreetMarket Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Philip Marlowe TV Series "The Ugly Duckling"
 
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Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe became a half hour television series that aired on ABC for 26 episodes in 1959/60 "The Ugly Duckling" is the first. Donna Raymond is a vixen who has her claws in David Jordan, a married man. He is a lawyer who looks after his wealthy wife's interests. Donna arranges to have someone run Mrs. Jordan off the road but she survives. At this point Marlowe is called in by Paul Howard who is Mrs. Jordan's father. It is decided that Marlowe will offer $10,000 to Miss Raymond to leave town. Marlowe goes to her apartment makes his pitch and leaves her the ten grand. As he is leaving her room Marlowe runs into Hank the hotel dick who is an old friend. He agrees to call Marlowe if Miss Raymond doesn't check out. Later that night Marlowe gets a call from Hank telling him Miss Raymond hasn't checked out. He calls her and she denies that he gave her the money. We also see that Mrs. Jordan is in the room with her. When Marlowe gets back to the hotel he finds Miss Raymond dead. Marlowe makes an an anonymous tip about the murder and goes to leave. Before he can get away he is knocked out and dragged back into the room. We are next at police headquarters where Marlowe is in the clear but Mrs. Jordan has been arrested when she denies having been there when her fingerprints are found their. We next find Marlowe back at the Jordan house where he finds Mr. Jordan, who is supposed to be out of town. Also there is Mr. Howard who we find out is carrying a .38 the same caliber as was used in the murder. So now we have three suspects. Marlowe then returns to Miss Raymond's room Hank has let him back in so he can look for the missing ten grand. Who should turn up at that point but Rossi who gets the drop on Marlowe when he pulls a .38. Marlowe manages to get the gun away from Rossi and we go back to police headquarters. There we find that Rossi has an alibi for the murder and that the gun that was used in the murder was Marlowe's backup which has has hidden in his car. It is suspected that Mrs. Jordan had access to the gun so Marlowe isn't held. We next see Hank on the phone with Mr. Howard who can't believe that Marlowe hasn't been charged. When Hank hangs up the phone we see Marlowe is also there and he's solved the case. Hank had the passkey and knew Miss Raymond had been paid off. In addition Hank knew about Marlowe's backup gun. First he tries threatening then bribing Marlowe. There is a brief struggle Marlowe gets the gun away from Hank and the case is closed. The cast was; Philip Carey as Philip Marlowe, William Schallert as Police Lieutenant Manny Harris, Virginia Gregg as Luceille Jordan and Barbra Bain as Donna Raymond. We have posted another episode from this series. https://youtu.be/IFiilBnGZoY Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Sinclair at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair
 
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We have another clip from this World's Fair that features the Unisphere. https://youtu.be/qmoL1ntb94o Great color; comprehensive footage of 1964-65 New York World's Fair here is a complete sequencing. 17:12:10:07 Large sign in arch "Peace Through Understanding" with palatial Chinese building in background. 17:12:26:06 Great shot of the Unisphere, world globe statue in fountain at New York World's Fair. 17:13:40:23 GM General Motors advertisement at the New York World's Fair. 17:13:43:00 GE General Electric neon sign. 17:13:45:09 Spinning duPont sign. 17:13:47:26 7-Up sign, lighted, at night. 17:13:51:23 VS packed parking lot at NY World's Fair filled with 1960s cars; crowds of people walking through parking lot to the fair. 17:14:13:24 Great CU sequence of license plates from various states and Canadian provinces: Ohio, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Quebec, Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan. 17:14:27:15 Rotating Sinclair sign with green brontosaurus, camera pans out to Sinclair's world's fair service station; high-angle shot of Sinclair gas station with futuristic pumps in the shape of silver rockets that move in a circle to the car itself; Sinclair gas station attendant pumps gas into car, cleans windows, and checks oil under the hood. 17:15:48:25 Pan over sea of parked 1960s cars in New York World's Fair parking lot. 17:16:02:07 CU flat tire. 17:16:05:16 CU sign on telephone pole "Call Sinclair for quick service;" pan down to man on a Sinclair telephone beneath the sign. 17:16:31:00 Sinclair auto mechanic in all white outfit sits down to change tire on car with flat. 17:16:53:26 Crown of people wait to board Greyhound bus in parking lot of New York World's Fair; Greyhound Bus drives past camera. 17:17:05:09 Tracking shot down row of boats in the New York marina. 17:17:20:07 Great shot of hydrofoil boat the Albatross IV in New York marina. 17:17:34:03 VS floating Sinclair service station in New York Marina; boats pull up to floating station for gas. 17:18:51:21 CU fountain at New York World's Fair, camera pans up to the Unisphere globe statue. 17:19:08:09 Kodak exhibit with at the time the world's largest color photographic prints. 17:19:22:17 General Electric exhibit. 17:19:35:29 duPont exhibit. 17:19:45:00 Coca-Cola exhibit. 17:19:54:22 VS United States Pavilion with statue in front. 17:20:32:00 Helicopter lands atop roof of New York Port Authority building. 17:20:42:01 General Motors building. 17:20:49:07 Ford Motor Company exhibit building. 17:20:57:17 Chrysler exhibit, building in shape of gigantic 100 foot engine model. 17:21:05:11 VS of 1964 experimental turbine power car; audio track "possibly a car of the future". 17:21:26:04 VS Sinclair Dinoland exhibit; woman in green suit hands out coupons for one free gallon of gasoline at Sinclair stations; camera zooms in on sign "Free Gallon Sinclair Gasoline (One Coupon Per Family)"; VS giant dinosaur statues, T-Rex with moving jaw; CU T-Rex model opens and closes mouth; Stegosaurus; Ankylosaurus; Brontosaurus. 17:24:30:21 Cute little girl with mother watches through glass cover automated machine make Sinclair Dino souvenir; two halves of metal mold stamp out green brontosaurus, little shovel pushes finished toy into slot; CU little girl in World's Fair hat excitedly holds up green Sinclair Dino toy. 17:24:48:10 High-angle group of flags blowing in wind at New York World's Fair: US, Great Britain, Venezuela, Uruguay, Syria, flag of soviet country. 17:24:55:17 Pan down model of United States rockets. 17:25:08:20 VS fountains at the New York World's fair. 17:25:38:14 LS Unisphere lit at night filmed through a fountain shooting arches of water; Unisphere nicely lit at night. This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization Sponsor: Sinclair Refining Company Audio/Visual: sound, color Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0 Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Gangster Neighborhood. River Forest Il.?
 
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Like, Comment, Subscribe & Explore. You can check out similar videos on our "Chicago Crime Now & Then, An All Original Series" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD3D8E5EDF6642410. We have other YouTube stations and more assorted stuff check out http://mindsimedia.info/ From the 1950's through the 70's the quite suburbs of River Forest and Oak Park was a gangster neighborhood. “The wise guys were everywhere”. Outfit heavyweights like; Paul “the waiter” Rica, Tony Accardo, Sam Giancana, Chuckie English, Marshall Caifano and the rest of the upper echalon of the Chicago Mafia called these two western suburbs home. We've posted several videos documenting this mob infiltration in this one we take a look at a short strech of North Ave. Paul Ricca had this modernistic home built in 1955 at 1515 Bonnie Brae in River Forest. And moved up from his more traditional home on Lathrop in 1957. This swank two flat plus was 11,000 sq ft of solid concrete & marble and unique at every turn. The main floor offers the perfect space for entertaining or meetings. Then there's an elevator to whisk you to the upper floors where each unit boasted over 3,500 sq ft! ALL 8 Bedrooms have Full Baths, 7 of which were marble! Just a half a block away was a nice family diner called Grandma Sally's Pancake House. Inside this nondescript restaurant the boys would meet to plot very unwholesome activities. The location was perfect for Joey “The Clown” Lombardo or other guys from nearby the nearby mobbed up towns of Elmwood & Melrose Parks. Also nearby in the Chicago neighborhood of Galewood was the ever dangerous Sam DeStefano. A few blocks east of Aunt Sally's was a cozy resaurant / lounge called Hoagies that was owned by one of “Mad Sam's” more infamous students Tony “the ant” Spilotro. The DeStefano Spilotro connection goes back to the early 60's when Sam was running a crew of vicious enforcers where Tony first made a name for himself. His first major hit was the M&M murders a story that was heavily fictionalized when told in the movie Casino. The one part that was true was Spilotro putting a guys head in a vice and making his eyeball pop out. This particular chain of events is going to be the subject of our next feature on Chicago Crime Now & Then. Sam lived just a couple of blocks north of Hoagies and was a regular there. Another regular was the actor Robert Conrad whose Rolls was often spotted out in front. It was also as a place where,like a lot of the bars that lined North Ave, a place where you could score some coke or grass.
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Capone, Legs Diamond, More, Gangster Newsreel From 1930's
 
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Not long ago ChiTownView posted some newsreel footage of Al Capone turning himself in following his income tax conviction in 1932 We now have more 1930's gangster related footage to share with you. Included in this series of clips is; police shootouts, Coast Guard ships firing on rum runners, guns and slot machines being dumped into the ocean, Al Capone going to jail (different from our previous footage) an interview with New York mobster Legs Diamond's girlfriend and the end of Prohibition. All in five minutes. Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Turbulent Haiti, The Rise of Papa Doc Duvalier
 
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Earlier this year I posted a video I found on the National Archives that was part of the CIA files. It told about the fall of Haitian dictator Papa Doc Duvalier one of a long line of puppets that have ruled the western hemispheres second oldest democracy for the past hundred years. Indeed the Haitian revolution is the ONLY successful slave revolt in the history of the world. The film proved to be popular so I went back into the National Archives and have found another public domain clip of Haitian history. In this film we see the rise of Papa Doc some ten years earlier in the early 1960's. Turbulent Haiti (1963) https://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.644637 "National Archives - Turbulent Haiti - National Security Council. Central Intelligence Agency. (09/18/1947 - 12/04/1981). - This film shows newsreels of the Haitian crisis during the revolution and the ascension of power of Francois Duvalier. - DVD Copied by IASL Scanner Thomas Gideon. - ARC 644637 / LI 263.278 This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix Producer: National Archives Language: English Creative Commons license: CC0 1.0 Universal"
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Rufus Jones For President w/ Sammy Davis Jr. 1933
 
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A week ago I was attending the cancelled Donald Trump rally. Videos of which can be found on this station. Last night I was looking for some offbeat public domain films to screen when I came across this gem that is from a completely different world. Entitled "Rufus Jones For President" it tells the story of A "mammy" played by blues singer Ethel Waters daydreams about her seven year old son Rufus, played by a very young Sammy Davis Jr., gets elected president. It is a musical fantasy played for laughs with LOTS of racial stereotyping but is still entertaining. Directed by Roy Mack who was a prolific director of shorts with more than 200 titles credited to him. Written By A. Dorian Otvas & Cyrus Ward Starring Ethel Waters & Sammy Davis Jr. with The Will Vodery Girls as the dancing ensemble, Russell Wooding as the Leader of vocal ensemble and The Russell Wooding's Jubilee Singers appearing as the vocal ensemble Music by Cliff Hess Cinematography by Edwin B. DuPar Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Haunted Graceland Cemetery
 
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There is a lot of Chicago history at Graceland Cemetery which is the final resting place for many of it's early leading citizens. It is a beautiful spot well worth visiting. It also has a couple of haunted or supernatural areas. There's the Inez Clarke monument. An exact replica of a six year old girl killed by lightning who haunts her burial site. Then there is the stunning gravesite of Dexter Graves, can you dig it. Called "Eternal Silence" it was designed by noted sculptor Lorado Taft. Be careful looking into the statues eyes because you can supposedly see your own death. Now I didn't see any spooky goings on by the Clarke site but looking into that things eyes did have an effect on me. Visit our playlist “Churches, Cemeteries & Haunted Places Around Chicago”. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkOfxruvmJEdSYZB8fv3oc4sYrScbgyLG Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Tony Spilotro Stabs Someone With A Pen, Real Casino
 
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Martin Scorcese's epic gangster film Casino is a fictional story based on real people and events. In reality it was the beginning of the end of the Chicago Outfit. This is the first of a pair of clips that examine the real story behind two of the more brutal scenes in the film. This one is where Nicky Santoro viciously attacks a guy with his own pen all because the guy was rude to his friend Ace Rothstein. There are two versions of the story. There's the one told by Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal who Robert DeNiro's character is based on. In a 2006 interview he he says the incident happened at a bar in the Stardust casino in Vegas. He's a bit lite on the details but then again he's no rat. But perhaps it's this the interview took place right when Or there's the version told by well known rat Frank Calabrese Jr.. In this version his father Frank was driving down Harlem Ave. in Oak Park. Just as he's going past the car wash a block south of the expressway. There's Tony Spilotro in the parking lot going at someone with a pen. Stabbing him over and over again. Sounds like a big coincidence to be true but there are these facts. The location was in an area where a lot of the Chicago wise guys had their homes. The car wash was a block and a half away from Michael Tony's brother's home. It's also about five blocks away from Sam Giancana's house and the Armory bar where he made his headquarters. Also within a couple minutes drive were the homes of Tony Acardo and Paul “the waiter” Rica. So whose telling the truth Here are a couple of links to my two sources. http://www.frankleftyrosenthal.com/frankslife/frank_rosenthal_interview.php https://books.google.com/books?id=SfZlFDctZEsC&pg=PA95&lpg=PA95&dq=tony+spilotro+stabs+someone+with+a+pen&source=bl&ots=2TK9kxFAmn&sig=-iAHd0D91wB3SHoHM71L3xUrr-k&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjopZzm-pnbAhUK658KHYiFBmgQ6AEIfDAO#v=onepage&q=tony%20spilotro%20stabs%20someone%20with%20a%20pen&f=false
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Midway Gardens, Lost Chicago Frank Lloyd Wright  Entertainment Complex
 
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& A Wright Murder Story (for those who read) Washington Park on Chicago's southside. Located between 50th & 61st and seven blocks wide it serves as a large buffer. On the west is the Washington Park neighborhood which is racked with violence recording 55 murders since 2007 including six along the parks western boundary Martin Luther King Dr. Which is how many were recorded in the entire neighborhood to the east of the Hyde Park. Home of President Obama and the University of Chicago. It is also the site of the 1893 Columbia Exposition that serves as the backdrop to the Devil In The White City. At the corner of 60th & Cottage Grove is the parks southeast corner where stands the massive sculpture "Fountain Of Time" which we showed in a previous video. Anyway right across the street once stood Midway Gardens. And by all accounts it was a fantastic piece of eye candy. A real gem that was designed & constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright . What few photos and surviving relics there are hint at the delights offered at this home for the arts that was a work of art. It was a complex offering taverns, cigar stores, beer halls, dining, dancing, concerts, movies and more. This multi-level in and outdoor facility was built on the site of one of Chicago's first amusement parks. It opened on July 27th 1914 with a performance by the National Orchestra. For the first couple of years Wright booked the entertainment and over the years entertainers from Benny Goodman to Russian ballerina Ana Pavlova entertained there. For awhile the place was a success but the owner of the business Edward Waller fell into financial trouble. In 1916 the Midway Gardens was sold to the Edelweiss Brewery and was renamed the Edelweiss Gardens. A combination of the first world war then prohibition kept the Gardens from succeeding and it was sold a couple of more times before being demolished in 1929 just fifteen years after opening. As testament to the sturdiness of Wrights construction two companies went out of business and a third took a huge loss destroying the concrete structure. It it's debris were taken to the lake to become break wall. Not all though as some of the famous "sprite" statues were saved from destruction. And a not part of the video bonus A Frank Lloyd Wright Related Grisly Murder Story At the same time as the Gardens opened Wright's life had been going through a series of personal setbacks that was capped less than a month after Midway gardens opened. While Wright was in Chicago working on the project an insane employee at Talisman Wright's Wisconsin retreat set fire to the house and slaughtered seven people with an ax when they tried to escape. Julian Carlton was the name of the man who killed Wright's mistress Martha "Mamah" Borthwick Cheney her two children and four other Wright workers. Wright had created a huge scandal by having an affair with this married woman who was also a feminist intellectual. Once the affair became public in 1911 he had virtually stopped receiving commissions for new work. Midway gardens was Wright's first big project since he's been blackballed. The true motive for the murder was never discovered Carlton tried to commit suicide, survived a near lynching only to die of self inflicted starvation after two months without revealing a motive. Photos are from the National Archive. For more photos & map of the place check out this post. http://www.steinerag.com/flw/Artifact%20Pages/PhRtS180.htm Check out our Wright playlist.http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL88C70841ADC723B6 Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Tony Accardo's Two River Forest Home's
 
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"Big Tuna" Tony Accardo was Al Capone's driver and one of his muscleman. Another of his many nicknames Joe Batters came from his ability to wield a baseball bat. He got his start as a teenager running with the circus gang named after the cafe located at 1857 W. North where they hung out. Like his close confidante Paul "The Waiter" Ricca. Accardo was quickly recognized for his brains and rose fast in the Capone organization. Soon he became big Al's driver and may have had a role in the St. Valentines Day Massacre. After Capone's imprisonment for tax evasion there was a period of transition that saw Frank Nitti come out as the new boss. Accardo continued his rise in the organization. He first ascended to the throne in the 1940's when fellow Capone cohort Paul "The Waiter" Ricca was sentenced to prison. This began a twenty year power sharing arrangement between the two men that saw the Chicago mob become one of the most powerful and entrenched in the nations history. Following Ricca's retirement Accardo became the boss and continued as such until the late 80's. Sometimes he was out in front and sometime he used Sam Giancana or others as a front. In the early 1950's he moved out to River Forest and paid half a million (1950's) dollars for this huge mansion on Franklin about a block and a half away from Paul Ricca's home. Instead of adopting the quiet suburban lifestyle Accado's home became the scene of many lavish parties and soon was attracting to much heat. So he moved a little further north to this sedate ranch house we see in the second part of the video. In the basement was a huge safe and became the site of one of the most ill advised robberies of all time. It was here in January of 1977 that a team of burglars broke into his home. Whatever they came away with couldn't have been worth it as over the next year and a half seven men would pay with their lives for there involvement. Click here for more information on Tony Accardo. http://www.ipsn.org/characters/accardo.html MyAlCaponeMuseum is a great resource on Chicago underworld history and has been used extensively in our series. http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/index.htm We have also found TheChicagoSyndicate site to be an excellent resource; http://www.thechicagosyndicate.com/2006/03/chicago-syndicate-aka-outfit_09.html This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView 's YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire" and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen's "Devil In The White City". Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip. MindsiMedia is an Internet broadcaster with a series of YouTube channels under development. Visit our web portal http://www.mindsimedia.info/ Theme Music: Constansy Part 2 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
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Columbian Exposition 1893, A Visit To Chicago's White City
 
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Hailed by many as the greatest world's fair of all times Chicago's 1893 World Columbian Exposition took place a little more than twenty years after the Great Chicago Fire. It was a mixture of modern science and native peoples. A true workd's fair filled with exhibits that appealed to our noble pursuits and low exhibitions that stoke our base natures. This slideshow gives us a look at some of the majestic exhibitions that were presented at this singular event. Most of the photos available were centered on the south end where the larger buildings were congregated. Once we get on top of the Liberal Arts Building we look south th en move from east to west then turn north before circling back. "The Devil In The White City" by Eric Larsen is a great book and gives the history behind the Columbian Exposition of 1893. We also have started a collection of post cards available from the fair at our Zazzle store. http://www.zazzle.com/mindsimedia/gifts?cg=196425354594313302 There are a couple of great maps that we provide links to. The Chicago Encyclopedia has this one we used to place the photos. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/10610.html This one is of the Midway Plaisance is from the ITT library. http://columbus.iit.edu/dreamcity/midway.html The music is "Intuition" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" Produced for ChiTownView by MindsiMedia. Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Gangsters, Gamblers, Ghosts & Where The Bodies Are Buried
 
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Willow Springs is a small town located between Archer Ave. & the Des Plaines River. It is about twenty miles southwest of downtown Chicago. If you drive down the main drag Archer Ave. these days you find a quiet town without much to slow you down. But it is a town with a past. One that includes a mayor who ruled the town for thirty five years and chief of police disposing of bodies for his mobster friends. One of the corridors for the development of Illinois was along the Illinois & Michigan ship canal that was built in the 1830's and later replaced by the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal which helps provide the only shipping link between the Great lakes and the Mississippi. They've turned this stretch of the canal into a nice little nature preserve with a bike/hiking path but in the 1970 & 80's it was a dumping AND burial ground. A place where some 70 cars were ditched as part of an insurance fraud scam run by a mob connected lawyer, Alan Masters and two high ranking policemen. James Keating head of the Cook County Sheriffs intelligence unit and Mike Corbitt chief of the Willow Springs police. In 1982 the Feds had uncovered the scam and divers were sent into the canal to look for the cars. Inside the trunk of one of those cars was the body of Mrs. Masters. The subsequent investigation revealed the car was put there by Keating & Corbitt. The was tried, convicted Keating is dead and Corbitt has since been paroled. His book "Double Deal" is what brought my attention to this community. And from here you can almost see the police station. Willow Springs has cleaned up it's politics and built a new development of offices and apartments. It might seem a little sleepy now but for almost thirty years this was a wide open town. "Doc" Rust was mayor during that time and this town was a mecca for gambling and prostitution. You see in 1924 Chicago elected a reform mayor William Deever which caused the Torrio/Capone mob to seek small suburban communities they could "take over". Towns like Cicero, Summit, Willow Springs among others became safe havens for mob activities. Little remains this sinful past and not much has been written about those years. Except on the western edge where stands a pair symbols of the towns wild & haunted past. The Willow Brook Ballroom was a mecca for big band music for decades. In the past it also had a casino in the basement. This is also the starting point for Resurrection Mary a legendary ghost hitchhiker seen along Archer Ave. Across the street is a joint that opened in 1915 as O'Henrys and had gone under a number of names since. It was built before the Willow Brook by the same guy that owned O'Henry's. One of several tunnels in the basement here leads across the street. During the 20's & 30's it was brothel and the scene of several violent events including murder. These events have led to a number of paranormal manifestations that have been reported from time to time. The present owners do not welcome any explorations or discussion of these alleged manifestations, For more about Resurrection Mary follow this link. http://www.prairieghosts.com/resurcem.html This clip was produced by MindsiMedia and it is part of our series "Chicago Crime Now & Then" where we explore the windy city's rich history of organized criminal activity. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD3D8E5EDF6642410&feature=plcp Visit our web portal to explore the rest of our world. http://www.mindsimedia.info Theme music "Constancy Part 2" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
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Ernst Lehmann Mausoleum At Forest Lawn Cemetery Forest Park Il.
 
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The first in a series of videos we will be uploading taken at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Il. The land was originally a burial grounds for the Pottawatomie native American tribe. The land was purchased by Ferdinand Haase one of Forest Park's original settlers although at the time the town was known as Harlem. In the 1870's Chicago closed the cemetery that was located where Lincoln Park now stands and passed a law stopping the opening of any new burial grounds. So Haase sold some of his vast land holdings to some German Masonic lodges, which created German Waldheim Cemetery in 1873. It was started as a non denominational burial grounds open to all. I This video features a huge unmarked abandoned mausoleum at one time it held the remains of Ernst J. Lehmann and five other members of his family. They were moved in 1920 to Graceland Cemetery in Chicago where they now reside on their own island. Mr. Lehman was a late 19th century retailing magnate founder of The Fair Store one of the cities first department stores. It's flagship store was at the corner of State & Adams and by the early 20th century employed over 5,000 workers. Another ChiTownView presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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M-48 Patton Tank, Design, Development and Testing
 
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A little bit away from what we usually offer here at ChiTownView but when I came across this film I had to add it to our library. This is a public domain film from the National Archives that I found on archive.org. In it we trace the development and introduction of the US Army's M-48 Patton tank. Which was a mainstay of the American army's tank corp for decades and is still in use in countries around the world. National Archives and Records Administration Big Picture: Birth of a Tank https://archive.org/details/gov.archives.arc.2569562 Regularly each year, the American public looks forward to the first showings of the new models by the country's automobile manufacturers. Not as often, perhaps, but awaited more eagerly by the Armed Forces is the appearance of a brand new combat vehicle. THE BIG PICTURE tells the inside story, from the idea to the fighting weapons, of the birth of a tank. This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix Producer: National Archives and Records Administration Creative Commons license: CC0 1.0 Universal We have also put together a playlist of tank videos. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkOfxruvmJEfmYWb24eQb1dicq7pXPtUx&feature=edit_ok Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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The Levee, Birthplace of Chicago's Organized Crime, The Chicago Vice Tour Pt.4
 
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Also known as the most corrupt spot on the planet was an experiment in social engineering carried out by "Hinky Dink" McKenna and Alderman John "Bath House" Coughlin. They were a pair rouge Chicago politicians who thought the citizens of Chicago would be best served by concentrating vice in one or two areas,under their control. The Levy in the video was located between 19th & Cermak and Sate & Clark streets. It was "created" to move a smaller contained vice district just south of the rapidly developing downtown "loop area". It was moved into a much larger area also to handle the expected crowds for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The Levee was just like the fair was a world-class exposition home to over two hundred brothels and saloons. With names like; The House of All Nations, The Little Green House, Bed Bug Row, the Bucket of Blood, The Why Not(the city's first S&M club), The Sapho, Freidberg's Dance Hall, and the Everleigh Club. The latter was a world renown sporting house operated the Everleigh sisters. And it was pimp and gangster "Big" Jim Colosimo who controled this area for McKenna and Coughlin. It operated in this pretty much wide open manner for almost twenty years. Then in 1912 a lurid, scathing report was issued called "The Social Evil in Chicago " and it effectively blew the lid off the Levee. The report in conjunction with a larger social movement for legally controlling vice spelled the end of the Levee. And now even the streets where it once stood are now gone replaced by a towering senior citizens apartment complex. Of course the vice wasn't eliminated by closing down the Levee it just wasn't on such public display. The Levee made Mr. Colosimo a very wealthy and powerful man who kept his control over vice. In 1910 he opened a high-class restaurant Colosimo's Cafe" at 2126 S. Wabash on the eastern fringes of his empire. If you've seen HBO's Boardwalk Empire then you know that this is where Big Jim was killed under orders of Johnny Torrio his second in command. The killing said to have been carried out by Al Capone. Big Jims cafe is a memory in its place stands (lays?) the parking lot for a 1920's style dinner theater Tommy Guns Garage. One of the few places that pay homage to Chicago's unsavory past. They are well worth checking out here is a link to their site. http://www.tommygunsgarage.com/index.htm At any rate just down the street at 2222 S. Wabash Torrios headquarters The 4 Duces. Home to woman, whiskey and gambling. Imported by Torrio from New York to act as bouncer was a young Al Capone. As prohibition was becoming the law of the land Torrio was eager to organize this soon to be illicit vice. Big Jim was getting older and perhaps more refined wanted no part of it. So in the end as they say "he had to go". Torrio had Big Jim killed and went on to organize the distribution of booze along with the rest of crime in Chicago. This clip is part of the series "The Outfit Now & Then" produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView's YouTube station. We show a mixture of crime scenes and homes associated with different Chicago mobsters and tell a little history with each clip. On our blog we have started posting a history of this organization that for many years had an incredible amount of influence and power over the second largest city in the country. While this may have been true for most of the big cities the level of influence in Chicago and many nearby suburbs was much stronger. In the HBO series Boardwalk Empire they have a storyline that is based the Chicago outfit and it's where we start our series. Follow this link to our blog then link up to different videos from there. http://mindsimedia.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-outfit-a-look-at-big-jim-scarface-momo-the-rest-of-the-chicago-mob-part-1/ In researching our information we have come across some great sources; MyAlCaponeMuseum. http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/index.htm The Outlaw Journals. http://www.babyfacenelsonjournal.com/index.html ChicagoCrimeSceneProject. http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot.com/ MindsiMedia is an Internet broadcaster with a series of YouTube channels under development that cover a broad range of topics; history, music, art, politics and much more. Visit our web portal http://www.mindsimedia.info/ A viewer was looking for a map of the Levee area so I am adding a link to one. http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id147.htm
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Coney Island Vintage Sideshow Mashup And Three Decades of The Lights At Night
 
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Coney Island Vintage Sideshow Mashup & 3 Decades of The Lights At Night Step right up ladies and gentelmen. Step right up and prepare to be amused, amazed and even tittlated. We have taken parts of three different public domain film about Coney Island New York I found on archive.org. This clip focuses on the midway; the freaks, hoochie dancers, the food and more. The clip ends with a look at the lights at night from 1917, 1940 & 1952. Produced by MindsiMedia. Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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What Do Al Capone & George Bush Have In Common? Klas Cicero Il.
 
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They both ate at a Bohemian restaurant in Cicero Il. Back in the early to mid 20th century the Chicago suburbs of Berwyn and Cicero were enclaves of working class eastern European people. They put their paychecks into banks that lined Cermak Rd the main drag which was known as the “Bohemian Wall Street”. It was also filled with resturants serving the hard working immigrants native fare. One of the most famous was Klas at 5734 W. Cermak which opened in 1922. Founder Adoph Klas was a native of Bohemia, and established his Czech restaurant as a way to bring some of the old country to the new world. After taking Cicero over in 1924 Klaus became a favorite stop for Al Capone. He had his own room on the second floor where he would dine, drink, play cards and engage in other activities. On a 1939 return trip to Czechoslovakia, Klas was reportedly imprisoned by the occupying German government, which prohibited the carrying of money out of its territories. No word on when or how he was freed. Klas was built in at least three stages over the years. This is visible in the three distinct facades along the Cermak, as well as in the parapet walls separating each section through the length of the building. The eastern-most section, see the picture at the end of the clip, seems to have been built first. Among the other celeberties to grace the portal are; George H.W. Bush, Dale Carnagie and various Czech presidents. Adolph Klas passed away in 1962 and the restaurant changed hands a number of times. The Klas did well while the massive Western Electric plant that employed thousands was open. Once that closed in the early 80's the eastern Europeans began moving west and were replaced by a growing hispanic population. The area is still solidly blue collar but with a different culture and tastes. Klas finally closed it's doors sometime in the past couple of years. I recently came across this footage from five or six years ago I hope you enjoy it. Check out this video description for an account of the inside. Information sources. https://achicagosojourn.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/klas-bohemian-restaurant/ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-02-27/news/0802260635_1_czech-al-capone-restaurants-and-businesses I never got to see the inside but used this account from oakpark.com to take you inside • The Dr. Zhivago Room, which is a wood paneled banquet hall, with thick ceiling beams, chandeliers and a series of hand-painted murals depicting scenes from Russian History. It was deeply cool, and our host told us it could be had for a buck a head (i.e., bring 25 people and there’s a $25 clean-up fee tacked on to the bill; I’m sure it’s negotiable).   • The Waterfall Room, which was really my favorite dining chamber and had a kind of faux hunting lodge feel. In the corner was a water fall that cascaded down a mountain of tiled steps; there was also a big fire place, and lots of stuffed animal life. It had its own bar and lots and lots of wood. Cozy, in an Eastern European kind of way.   • The George Washington Room (!) which was a huge, off-white banquet hall with private bar overlooking the beer garden, and huge murals of GW at Valley Forge and other locations. This place, despite bizarre murals, was a little too pedestrian…I preferred the funkier chambers like The Waterfall Room and …   • The Last Supper Room, a long chamber with gold and red stencil work along ceilings and walls and a series of five or so church-type doors leading off to tiny little rooms which, allegedly, provided locations for illicit (though by the standards of 1930’s Cicero, quite typical) liaisons. Most of the rooms now seem to hold chairs and other licit items, but there’s one room in back that still has a chaise longue and some furniture to suggest the old days of generally tolerated prostitution.   Upstairs, there’s also a room for playing cards where, the story goes, the owner of Klas played poker with Al Capone.   These rooms are all in addition to the two main dining rooms and relatively tiny dark wood bar, which the night we were there featured a guy totally knocked out and hunched over a glass of red wine. The host told us the guy comes every night and does rounds of red (Cabernet, Merlot, Chianti) until he blacks out…then he starts again. http://www.oakpark.com/Dining/Blogs/11-8-2010/Klas-Restaurant:-It-May-Be-Later-Than-You-Think/
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Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece In The Arizona Desert
 
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Here we have a 1950 color film that gives us a look at Taliesin West, designed and built by noted architect Frank lloyd Wright. The narration in the film was written by the man himself. Which is not surprising given the man's reputation as a hands on person. Located northeast of Scottsdale Az. high up in the Mc Dowell mountians lies Taliesin West. It is one of Wright's most spectacular designs. He began work on it in 1937 as his winter home to escape the brutal winters of Wisconsin where he was living at the time. It became his home, a work place, a school and a cultural center for his students. Taliesin West was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982 and today is headquarters of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and as the winter home for the School of Architecture. Check out our playlist of Frank Lloyd Wright videos. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL88C70841ADC723B6&feature=edit_ok We also have some Wright relatedphotos on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonoir/sets/72157629650346310/ Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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The Terrible Gennas, A Bootleg Liquor Gang From Taylor Street
 
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The Terrible Genna's Immediatly following Tony D'Andrea murder two things happened Mike Menlo took over as head of the Uniome Scilianiand institued a reign of peace for the next four years until his death in 1924. The Unione was a natioanl organization with New York calling the shots. It's an important distinction to understand that the Chicago "outfit" that grew out of the Capone organization was not part of the Sicilian Mafia that dominated the east coast. The Chicago outfit was a local institution that grew out of a corrupted political system that grew out of the illegal but tolerated vice district known as The Levee. Both Johnny Torrio & Al Capone were refugees from New York City who came west to escape the east coast organization. Since they were Italians they there was a natural alliance between the two groups but they were separate entities. And in many ways the Chicago organization needed what the additional clout the Sicilian Mafia provided. It was under Mike Menlo's reign that there was peace for the first four years of Prohibition. Until the terrible Genna's helped touch off the beer wars that would soon engulf the city in bloodshed. While the national organization appointed a new leader out on the streets Tony D'Andrea's local organization and headquarters was taken over by a crime family of six brothers,Pete, Sam, Jim, Tony, Angelo, and Mike. Their fearsome reputation led them to be known as the terrible Genna's. Their headquarters was at 1022 Taylor has gone from olive oil importer to parking lot for the upscale restaurant Tuscany. They had been the major supplier of muscle for D'Andrea. Now with him out of the way they filled the power vacuum. And once they took over they organized the residents of the area into manufacturing booze. For the then princely sum of fifteen bucks a day (three times the average daily pay) they became moonshiners churning out some real rot gut stuff in their bathtubs or where ever. Operating hundreds of stills they supplied the raw material for Al Capones organization. Of course they had their own territory with speakeasies most of which were located in the shadow of Hull House on the 800 & 900 blocks of south Halsted Street Here clubs like the Bluebird owned by Genna ally Sam Anatuna and there was Diamomd Joe Esposito's joint where young Paul Ricca was to acquire the nickname "the waiter" operated. But they were an empire and like all empires they wanted to expand. They weren't going to go after Capone's territory to the east and there was more money in expanding north than south so they also got involved with the blood feud with Dion O'Bannions north side gang. Because not only were the Genna's expanding into his territory Angelo Genna was refusing to honor a $40,000 gambling debt. O'Bannion prevailed on Torrio for his help which he couldn't/wouldn't offer. This is what led to O'Bannion setting up Torrio for arrest at the Siebens brewery raid. The incident that really set off the war that would cullminate five years later on Valentines Day. This is another clip in ChitownViews series Chicago Crime Now & Then here is a playlist if you'd like to see more. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD3D8E5EDF6642410 These two sites have proven to be invaluable resources for this series. My Al Capone Museum: http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/id117.htm The Chicago Crime Scenes Project: http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot.com/ And to further explore the world of MindsiMedia visit our web portal. http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Frank Lloyd Wright In Oak Park, The Edward H, Cheney House
 
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The Edward H, Cheney House, 520 N. East A little bit east and north of the Wright Historic District are two gems by the prairie school master and are well worth visiting. First we have the Edward H, Cheney House which was built in 1903. It's a quietly stunning house that is so low to the ground it seems to be part of the landscape. It was the construction of this house when Mr. Wright began an affair scandalous long running affair with Mrs. Cheney. That culminated in 1909 when Wright abandoned practice and traveled Europe with Mrs. Cheney. He eventually left Oak Park as well leaving it build his country estate Taliesin in Wisconsin. The affair ended tragically in 1914 when an insane servant slaughtered Mrs. Cheney and the children while Wright was away. ChiTownView has posted clips of every Wright home in the Oak Park / River Forest area and a great many of the others in the Chicago area. We have a playlist with them and other Wright related videos here. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL88C70841ADC723B6 We also have a set of Wright photos on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonoir/sets/72157629650346310/ We have posted a Google map that shows all the Chicago area Wright designs in the Chicago area and has links to those we've posted videos of. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=200681248962813046268.0004ea3012f61525384b0&msa=0 Here is a link to the Frank Loyd Wright Preservation Trust where you can get all kinds of information on toursif your coming to visit Oak Park.. http://www.gowright.org/ This series is presented by ChiTownView & produced by MindsiMedia. We have several channels on YouTube and other video sharing outlets you can access all of them from our web portal. http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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"Machinegun" Jack McGurn, His Oak Park Nests
 
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As a teenager Vincenzo Gebardi was a boxer working under the name "Battling" Jack McGurn because the Irish got better bouts. He managed to stay out of trouble until his father was murdered by three men. Jack went out hunted the men down and killed them. This act caught the eye of Al Capone who soon put put the youngster to work. Before long he was a top torpedo for Scarface and part owner of the legendary Green Mill jazz club on Chicago's north side. McGurn has long been credited with being the mastermind behind the St. Valentines Day massacre. As it turns out this story may not be true. He was tried and acquitted and recently released FBI documents indicate the William "3 finger" Jack White may have been the force behind that deed. This is a story for our next clip "Where 3 Finger Met His Demise" so let's get back to our current subject. In 1927 McGurn slit the throat of entertainer Joe E. Lewis to "persuade" him not to leave the Green Mill for a rival club. He was left for dead but managed to survive the attack and eventually went back to performing. He was also a golfer and in 1933 played in the Western Open golf tournament south in suburban Olympia Fields under an assumed name. He played all of the first day but was spotted by the police and arrested on the course on the second day. He was a top man in the Capone organization until 1930 when his notoriety started costing him friends and allies in the Capone organization. This probably explains the contrast of styles in the two houses I he owned in Oak Park. The first at 1014 Kenilworth is tall open and exposed as if owned by someone without a care in the world. The second one two blocks north is a squat low bungalow/bunker with recessed entry's, small narrow windows and two extended turrets meant to shield the interior of the house. A home for a man under siege. MyAlCaponeMuseum is a great resource on Chicago underworld history and has been used extensively in our series: http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/index.htm Another great resource is The Outlaw Journals: http://www.babyfacenelsonjournal.com/index.html This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView 's YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire" and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen's "Devil In The White City". Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip. MindsiMedia is an Internet broadcaster with a series of YouTube channels under development. Visit our web portal http://www.mindsimedia.info/ Theme Music: Constansy Part 2 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
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Sally Rand Streets Of Paris 1933 Chicago Century Of Progress
 
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This is our 4th Sally Rand video which would make us kind of randy(?). This one is from the Streets Of Paris exhibit at the 1933 Century Of Progress Chicago World's Fair and includes Sally Rand doing her fan dance. She was born Hattie Helen Gould Beck but the world knows her as Sally Rand the name given to her by director Cecil B. DeMille. She did some film work until the advent of sound after which she became a dancer. It was while she was appearing as a burlesque dancer at Chicago's Paramount Club at 15 E. Huron that she introduced the fan dance. The Paramount was frequented by the gangsters like Machinegun Jack McGurn and Vito Genovesse. They advertised a breakfast show at 4 AM sounds like my kind of place. The joint is long gone but this video shows you what the neighborhood looks like today. https://youtu.be/EVa9qSLL4Cc Sally had the distiction of being arrested four times in a single day. During the fair due to perceived indecent exposure after a fan dance performance, while riding a white horse down the streets of the city, and again after being bodypainted by Max Factor, Sr. The charges were dismissed by Superior Court Judge Joseph B. David who noted, “Some people would want to put pants on a horse…if a woman wiggles about with a fan, it is not the business of this court.” This video shows Sally onstage doing her fan dance and is a bit longer than this clip. https://youtu.be/GLeHZPGeyHc The following year she once again was one of the featured attractions at the fair this time with her "bubble dance". Which can be seen in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WarhX3DVxI We also have a clip about the Century Of Progress follow this link. http://youtu.be/lcGlUaD9Kjg Music for the video is from an album entitled “Songs For Paris” by Dana Boulé: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dana_Boule/Songs_For_Paris/ It  is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License.  For more on Sally check out this online tribute site. http://www.yodaslair.com/dumboozle/sally/sallydex.html Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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The Barker Gang & Alvin Karpis In Chicago
 
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While not a s well known as the Barrow or Dillinger gangs the Barker-Karpis gang was every bit as violent and in many ways more successful than their rivals. Movies like "Bloody Mama" and "Ma Barkers Killer Brood" along with TV shows like The Untouchables give the impression that these outlaws were bossed by a grey haired machine gun totting grandma. Truth is Ma Barker didn't have much to do with the gangs criminal exploits. At any rate this clip tells the story of the gangs visits to Chicago. While their main base of operations was in St. Paul Minnesota and they rampaged throughout the midwest did make a few stops in the windy city. There was the spectacular attempted robbery right in front of the city's Federal Reserve Bank (a failure) and some arrests that led to the demise of the gang. See "Ma Barkers Killer Brood" and other vintage gangster movies and TV check out our Crime Scene page. http://mindsimedia.info/Crime%20Scene/index.html#.VyvCwfkrKUk Theme Music: "Constancy Pt. 2" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Felicia; A 1964 Film About Growing Up Young & Black In Watts 1964
 
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This film shows the life of a young black girl growing up in Watts, Los Angeles. It presents her observations about life in a segregated community.In this gentle film she is expressing some of the hopes and frustrations of the community as a whole. We see the disadvantages Negro life in an American ghetto. All through the eyes of a young girl living in Watts Los Angeles in the spring of 1965, a few months before rioting broke out. The documentary was made by; Bob Dickson, Alan Gorg and Trevor Greenwood This movie is part of the collection: A/V Geeks http://archive.org/details/Felicia1965 Producer: Stuart Roe; University of California,. Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0
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A Walk Through Chicago's Prairie Street Historic District, Three Historic Homes
 
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On a recent walking trip through Chicago's near south side we passed through the Prairie St. historic district. It's a small area tucked between Michigan Ave. and Lake Shore Drive just north of Cermak Rd. It is where Chicago's wealthy elite settled after the Chicago Fire and is home to many 19th century mansions as well as The Clarke House the City's oldest still standing house. But that's on a separate video this one offers a quick look at three of the places listed on the historic register. We will be looking at more home in this area in future clips. They are: 2110 S. Prairie, The Harriet F. Rees House from 1888 The tall, narrow, elegantly-detailed limestone house at 2110 S. Prairie Avenue was the last of three designed by the firm of Cobb & Frost on Prairie Avenue. (The others are the Joseph G. Coleman house at 1811 S. Prairie Ave. and the Osborn R. Keith house at 1808 S. Prairie Ave., razed 1968). Built in 1888 at a cost of $20,000 for Harriet F. Rees, a widow, the Romanesque style residence features beautifully executed detailing in its steep gable peak, third-floor arched window colonnade, and two-story bowed bay. It originally shared a party wall on the north with the Mark Kimball house, and abutted the Max Rothschild home on the south, so today it looks rather out of place standing alone.... 2013 S. Prairie, William Reid House, 1894 This three-story Classical Revival style house, completed in 1894, is an excellent reflection of the popularity of that style, following the World's Columbian Exposition the previous year. The home was originally one of a row of attached houses which extended south from 20th (now Cullerton) Street. It was built for successful banker William H. Reid, who had occupied another house on the same site since 1870. Reid's first wife, Eleanor, died in 1888, and he married Caroline Whittlesey the following year. This new home may have been built at her request, as it is considerably larger and is more in keeping with her others homes - a summer estate in Ottawa Illinois, and a winter home in the Ozarks near Eureka Springs Arkansas..... 1900 S. Prairie, The Keith House from 1879 John W. Roberts, architect. The last surviving example of the popular Second Empire-style on Prairie Avenue, this was one of several homes on the street occupied by members of the Keith family. For more about the area follow this link. http://www.glessnerhouse.org/PrairieAvenueArchives.htm#Reid Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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The Story of Melody Millie, Chicago Area Ghost Hitchhiker
 
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A few months ago we brought you the story of Resurrection Mary a ghost hitchhiker operating along Archer Ave. between the Willow Springs Ballroom and Resurrection cemetery. Today we present similar tale of a ghostly goings on. Once again it is the story of a female hitchhiking haunting a popular Chicago nightspot. Her real name is unknown so we'll call her Melody Millie. She operated between North Riverside's Melody Mill Ballroom and a mile or so north at Waldheim's cemetery. Here is her story.
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Chicago Alderman & Vice Lord "Hinky Dink" Kenna's  Bars
 
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Any student of Chicago's rich history of corruption and vice should be familiar with the names Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna and his partner in crime "BathHouse" John Coughlin. As aldermen of the 1st ward they were political powerhouses and since there ward was the center for vice they were also known as the Lords of the Levee. The Levee being the largest and most famous of a series of sin strips that moved steadily south from Chicago's loop over the years.From 1897-1923 they worked with a succession of crime bosses; Mike McDonald, Jim Colosimo, Johnny Torrio and Al Capone to organize vice the windy city. In this clips we see Michael kenna's two bars that served as his headquarters. They were located in another notorious sin strip known as "Little Cheyenne". The first at 105 Van Buren was called "Hinky Dinks Place" and as you can see a hundred and twenty years later still operating as a bar. Can you imagine how many drinks have been served here? In 1897 the Hink needed larger quarters so he moved around the corner to 427 S. Clark and opened "The Workingmans Exchange".It became one ofthe most famous bars in history. A center of vice and corruption that served over 10,000 drinks a week and that's just on the first floor. These days the thirty foot walnut bar is gone replaced by the pawn shop while the upstairs is still a mens flophouse. This clip is part of the series "The Outfit Now & Then" produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView's YouTube station. We show a mixture of crime scenes and homes associated with different Chicago mobsters and tell a little history with each clip. On our blog we have started posting a history of this organization that for many years had an incredible amount of influence and power over the second largest city in the country. While there was corruption in most of the big cities the level of influence in Chicago and many nearby suburbs was much stronger. For those who enjoy "Boardwalk Empire" & Ken Burn's "Prohibition" will find a lot to like here. We also have a Google map that presents all our videos. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid= 205025820167711924956.000482ac20b44d698e23e This link is to our blog post. http://mindsimedia.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/the-outfit-a-look-at-big-jim-scarface-momo-the-rest-of-the-chicago-mob-part-1/ In researching our information we have come across some great sources. MyAlCaponeMuseum is a one. http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/index.htm Another is The Chicago Crime Scenes Project: http://chicagocrimescenes.blogspot.com/ Theme Music: Villainous Treachery by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" MindsiMedia is an Internet broadcaster with a series of YouTube channels under development that cover a broad range of topics; history, music, art, politics and much more. Visit our web portal http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Gangster George "Baby Face Nelson" Depression Era Bank Robber
 
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Prohibition provided America with organized crime as gangs enriched by wealth from illegal booze gained political control in many American cities and towns. The Great Depression created a different kind of outlaw as young men with no money or prospects turned to bank robbery and kidnapping as a way of making their mark in the world. While bootleggers were giving people what they wanted and weren't a direct threat to the established order. This second group of outlaws attacked banks and kidnapped wealthy elites which was a slap in the face of the powers that be. Men like John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly, Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson and others were placed on the FBI's “10 Most Wanted List” then hunted down and killed for the most part. Today's video tells the story of Lester Gillis a kid from Chicago's west side who grew up to be Baby Face Nelson. He went on to blaze a short but bloody career that culminated with his joining the Dillinger gang, becoming public enemy #1 and murdering two Federal agents before his death a few weeks short of his 26th birthday. Here's a link to a Wikipedia list of other depression era outlaws. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Depression-era_outlaws Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Biograph Theater, Where Dillinger Met His Demise, In HD
 
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John Dillinger is a legendary name in the underworld of crime. The original public enemy #1 was also known as jackrabbit and his name is also closely tied to Chicago. His career as America's favorite bank robber was short, less than 2 years and netted his men around $300,000. It began next door in Indiana with his escape from prison in 1933. He and his men went on a crime spree that ended in early 1934 with his capture and then subsequent second jail break from the Lake county Ind. Jail. This is the one where he carved a gun out of a piece of soap or washboard. From there he eventually ended up hiding out on Chicago's north side. It was a blistering hot summer in the windy city in 1934. One that saw 24 people die from the heat. That blistering heat not doubt helped Anna Sage coxed Dillinger out of his of hiding on the night of July 23 for an evening at the air conditioned Biograph at Lincoln and Fullerton. They saw Manhattan Melodrama and got out around 10:30. As he and his two lady friends left the theater Dillinger's sixth sense picked up something and as they began to walk south he began looking for escape routes. He turned up and tried to duck down an alley but the Feds and officers from Lake County Ind. weren't there to try and arrest Dillinger and he was cut down in a hail of gunfire. The gun that was "recovered" from his body wasn't made until the following year. I've posted in our Chicago Crime History playlist a newsreel clip from that night and the response to his death was incredible. The streets and sidewalks were wall to wall people and many of them soaked up his blood with their handkerchiefs (that's not shown in the clip). Many people say the spot is haunted and here's one strange thing I noticed. In the video at the end we go up the alley and we see a couple of puddles. Obviously that in itself isn't odd but I did a search to see if any one else has posted videos of the Biograph. I found one clip from 2008 and started watching it. Like mine it ends up in the alley where you see two puddles about the same size in the same place. So who knows? Here's a link to john Dillinger's Scrapbook for more info on the original public enemy #1 http://jhdillinger.fortunecity.com/ MyAlCaponeMuseum is a great resource on Chicago underworld history and has been used extensively in our series. http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/index.htm This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView 's YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire" and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen's "Devil In The White City". Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip. MindsiMedia is an Internet broadcaster with a series of YouTube channels under development. Visit our web portal http://www.mindsimedia.info/
Views: 9150 ChiTownView
Reno Casinos In 1953; Neon,: Harold's Club, Ship Bar, Vintage Slot Machines, Etc.
 
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Here is casino action in Reno Nevada circa 1953. We see the street scene during the day and there is some fantastic nighttime footage of the blazing neon. We also go inside a casino and see some of the action. Including slot machines in the shape of cowboys & indians. The music is by Ronnie Singer a jazzbo whose connection to the footage is he died the same year the film was shot. Both the sights & sounds are public domain items found on the internetarchive.org Reno Nevada casinos gambling vintage neon "neon signs" "Harolds Club" "Reno strip" Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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The Supernatural(?) Italian Bride Mt. Carmel Cemetery
 
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If you enter Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside Il. from the Harrison St. entrance take an immediate left turn and watch on the right and you will find the impressive monument to Julia Buccola-Petta more commonly known as "The Italian Bride". Is her story a supernatural occurrence or just an odd thing? Watch & listen to the video and you decide. Theme music; "Ghost Story" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Salvador Dali's Dream Of Venus A Surrealistic Funhouse
 
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Salvador Dali's Dream Of Venus was one of oddest exhibitions of the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was an early example of installation art and was called by many a surrealistic fun house. With only eight weeks to produce his pavilion, Dalí pressed on with his ideas for a sensational sex-saturated scenario that in the main survived the censors, the Fair organizers, and outraged religious and civic minded protesters. Given Dalí’s fame, it is strange that nothing was saved when the pavilion was demolished. The link below will take you to a post with extensive information and photos. https://www.hofstra.edu/pdf/lib_sc_weingrow_usrp_trotter.pdf Background music is entitled “January” by Headphaze and can be found here, https://freesound.org/people/Headphaze/sounds/321349/ . This work is licensed under the Creative Commons 0 License. Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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Chicago Outsider Artist Henry Darger, Inside His Apartment
 
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Henry Darger's Room 1973 https://archive.org/details/XFR_2013-08-17_2A_02 Here we have a film about Chicago outsider artist Henry Darger by Coleen Fitzgibbon, assisted by Michael Thompson. It was f ilmed on super8 film at Mr. Darger's apartment on a camera by Coleen Fitzgibbon, filmmaker and Michael Thompson late spring 1973 in Chicago, IL. Invited to film by Nathan Lerner and Michael Baruch. The room was cluttered with art materials, Darger's books and artworks and newspaper clippings. For more information on Henry Darger follow this link. http://www.hammergallery.com/artists/darger/darger.htm This movie is part of the collection: XFR STN Project About the XFR STN Project "XFR STN" initially arose from the need to preserve the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Video Club distribution project. MWF was a co- op "store" of the artists ́ group Colab (Collaborative Projects, Inc.), directed by Alan Moore and Michael Carter from 1986--2000, which showed and sold artists' and independent films and videos on VHS at consumer prices. The "XFR STN" at the New Museum also addressed the wider need in the community of artists for access to media capture and migration services as a means to preserve creative productions stored in aging and obsolete audiovisual and digital formats. In addition to digitizing a portion of MWF Video Club's collection (which was housed in a storage unit in Staten Island), the "XFR STN" was also used to preserve various materials from the New Museum's own rich archive (including video formats such as U-matic and VHS tapes). Finally, in keeping with the original aims of the MWF Video Club, "XFR STN" was open to anyone with artist-originated moving image or born-digital materials. The exhibition/lab operated publically, informally exhibiting the material that was transferred, as well as rendering it available online through the Internet Archive (archive.org), an non-profit organization whose mission includes offering permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital format for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public. Consistent with the dictum "distribution is preservation," the "XFR STN" project argues for circulation as a mode of conservation. "XFR STN" served as a collection and dissemination point for artist-produced content, as well as a hub for information about these past projects (including production materials and personal recollections). The project was both a pragmatic public service and an activity as metaphor: an opportunity to present aspects of a mediatic production process in continuous dynamic transformation. "XFR STN" at the New Museum is project by Alan W. Moore with Taylor Moore, Alexis Bhagat, and the artists of Collaborative Projects. It is organized by Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, with Ben Fino-Radin, Digital Conservator, Rhizome; Tara Hart, Digital Archivist, New Museum; and Jen Song, Associate Director of Education, New Museum. Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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1940's Chicago Street Scenes, To Market, To Market 2/2
 
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To Market, To Market is a documentary film produced by The Outdoor Advertising Company of America. It examines the science of traffic auditing and the placement of billboards. One of two films under this name both are goldmines of 1940's Chicago street scenes, brand names and modes of transit. There are shots from all over the city full of names like; Camel, Wonder Bread, Coca Cola, Sears, Mrs. Butterworth and many others. Besides the autos, el trains and buses there are street cars, double deckers & electric buses. This is a shorter companion film that is in color. There is a link at the end of this film to the other one. Produced for ChitownView by MindsiMedia. Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/
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M46 Patton Tanks In Korean War  Action
 
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M-46 Patton tanks in action in this clip we see "A" Co., 140th Tank Battalion, 40th Div., Korea on 07/08/1952. Another ChiTownView produced by Mike Beyer and presented by MindsiMedia.Visit our web portal at http://www.mindsimedia.info/ Copyright Public Domain Mark 1.0 http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/
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Movie Capitol of The World, Chicago? Essanay & Selig Studios
 
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When Charlie Chaplin came to Chicago in 1914 it was to become a movie star and Chicago was home to two film giants that made the windy city the movie capitol of the world. In this clip we visit the former sites of these two cinematic pioneers; Essanay studios and Selig Polyscope. Together they gave us the first feature films, serials, cowboy films and in 1907 a color Wizard of Oz. Essanay Studios: 1343-45 West Argyle Essanay Studios had a list of stars who got their starts at this studio that boarders a cemetery on west Argyle in Chicago's north side. Besides Chaplin Eassanay's other stars included; Gloria Swanson, Francis X. Bushman and Wallace Beery. Bronco Billy was the first western serial and Gilbert M. Anderson the first cowboy hero. From the outside the tall gates in the center of the block give it the look of a studio and then you see the entryway with the Indian heads a little further west. The site is now home to St. Augistine College and was at one time the home of Chicago's WTTW the public TV station. The picture of Chaplin that begins the clip was taken from St Boniface cemetery just to the south. It's a beautiful spot with many 19th century monuments. Also in this area just a couple of blocks north is a gorgeous old movie theater building the Calo. It now houses a resale shop. We have posted videos of both spots. Here is a link to an interesting article that gives more background. http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2007/Reel-Chicago/ There is also this great podcast. http://archive.org/details/ChicagoUnbelievableInChaplinsVault And we have also posted one of Chaplin's Essanay films "Burlesque of Carmen on MindsiMedia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwjgxOfpzNQ Selig Polyscope Studios: A little bit south and west from Essanay was the studios of Chicago's other early film pioneer Colonel (self proclaimed) William Selig. Mr. Selig a traveling magician was fascinated by films but unimpressed with what Mr. Edison was doing made his own camera's and projectors. In 1910 Selig released the first Wizard of Oz film (in color). Some of their other films included The Adventures of Kathlyn one of the first cliffhanger serials and a recreation of Teddy Roosevelt's African safari. The studios took up the entire block at the southeast corner of Western & Irving Pk. Mr. Selig sold the block in 1920 for $400,000. All that remains is the lower half of what is now an apartment building, at 3900 Claremont, shown in this clip. Here is a link to more information and another podcast. http://www.chicagounbelievable.com/2011/04/podcast-selig-polyscope-studios.html Eventually both studios were victims of Chicago's brutal winters as by the late teens they had relocated to Hollywood. The music for this clip is "Batty McFaddin" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Resurrection Mary, Chicago's Hitch Hiking Ghost!
 
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A young couple out for an evening of fun at the The Oh Henry Ballroom in the 1930's. They argue and Mary runs off to hitch a ride home only to be killed by a hit and run driver. Since that time she has been picked up several times always trying to get to the same place Resurrection Cemetery where she is buried! We have another clip on ChiTownView that digs deeper into the history of Willow Springs. http://youtu.be/WMpBT4mA-Y0 We also came across this post that documents some other shady goings on along Archer Ave. in this area. http://forgottenchicago.com/forum/1/6171/6205/_subject_ Produced for ChiTownView by MindsiMedia we are an Internet broadcaster with a series of YouTube channels. Visit our web portal where you can link to our stations, blog, Pandora radio and other aspects of our world. http://www.mindsimedia.info/ Theme Music: "Darkest Child" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
Views: 47266 ChiTownView
Parky's Hot Dogs On Harlem, Forest Park
 
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A classic hot dog joint. Well worth a visit.
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The Last Day Of Gangster Frank Nitti
 
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Frank Nitti was another one of Al Capone's top associates and ran Big Al's smuggling and liquor distributing operation. He went to prison with Capone in 1932 but was released after eighteen months. Following his parole he became the head of the old Capone mob. It was a figurehead position for the most part with mobsters like Paul Ricca and Tony Accardo were the real power in the organization. He served as boss until the early forties when he was indited along with a number of other Chicago gangsters in a Hollywood extortion plot. Since it Nitti's scheme that went bad and one of his close associates that was the informant it was decided that Nitti would do time. Frank Nitti was very claustrophobic. Then on March 14, 1943 the day before he was supposed to testify before the grand jury he had breakfast with his wife. Then after she left for church Frank drank heavily loaded a pistol in his pocket and went for a walk. He walked along some railroad tracks for awhile and then, shortly after being passed by a train, pulled out his pistol and shot himself. There is an additional theory advanced by Max Allan Collins who is a writer who has a series of historical fiction novels that use the Chicago mob as a backdrop. In "Million Dollar Wound" Nitti does kill himself but only when he feels cornered by a mob hit team dispatched by Paul Ricca after losing out in a power struggle over leadership of the Outfit. It's an interesting slant and a book well worth picking up if your interested in this sort of thing. Click here for more information on Frank Nitti. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Nitti MyAlCaponeMuseum is a great resource on Chicago underworld history and has been used extensively in our series. http://www.myalcaponemuseum.com/index.html We have also found TheChicagoSyndicate site to be an excellent resource; http://www.thechicagosyndicate.com/2006/03/chicago-syndicate-aka-outfit_09.html This clip is part of a series produced by MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView 's YouTube station. We are getting some Chicago crime history in HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire" and more will be on display when the film version of Eric Larsen's "Devil In The White City". Our series shows some of the famous places in Chicago crime history as they exist today. While telling some of that history with each clip. MindsiMedia is an Internet broadcaster with a series of YouTube channels under development. Visit our web portal http://www.mindsimedia.info/ Theme Music: Constansy Part 2 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"
Views: 64982 ChiTownView
St. Mary of The Angels Beatuiful 19th Century Chicago North Side Church
 
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I was in an alley in Chicago's Buck town area Saturday in search of the garage where the police found the car used in the St. Valentines Day massacre. When I looked up the alley I saw this beautiful church dome. It belonged to the church St. Mary of the Angels was founded in 1899. The church was constructed at a cost of $400,000 and it was opened in 1920. The church was closed and almost demolished in 1981 before an outcry by citizens and historians changed their minds and the church remodeled it for it's 100th anniversary. We also have a series of photos on Flickr of this church. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonoir/sets/72157631818296331/
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Joe E. Lewis Crosses Machine Gun Jack McGurn & Pays The Price
 
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We add another clip to our growing file on Vincenzo Gibaldi AKA "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn. Boxer, golfer, triggerman for Al Capone and part owner of a north side nightclub called the Green Mill. In 1927 Joe E. Lewis was a singer / comedian and rising star who was under contract to McGurn & the Mill. Then he decided to sign with a rival club that was owned by north side gangster Bugs Moran. This clip tells the story of what happened. As a sidebar this link will take you to a page that shows what The Green Mill looked like when it opened in 1917 and took up the whole block. http://calumet412.tumblr.com/post/15953939345/ads-announcing-the-opening-of-the-green-mill
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