In forty-five years as one of Chicago's liveliest journalists for Time, Life, and the Chicago Tribune, Jon Anderson has established a reputation for picking up on what someone once called "the beauty of the specific fact." Part "Talk of the Town," part On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Anderson's twice-a-week "City Watch" columns in the Chicago Tribune seek out interesting and unexpected people and places from the everyday life of what the author calls the "most typical American big city." In the process he discovers the joys and triumphs of ordinary people. Anderson writes with wit and insight about those who find themselves inspired or obsessed with alternative ways of viewing life or getting through the day. Like the man who started with one light pole, then painted all the poles in his southside neighborhood. Or the founder of Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too, a nun who lives with sixty-seven cats. Or the philosopher who, with no financial success, still publishes a newsletter called "The Meaning of Life." After years of hunting down moments of everyday life that have drama and meaning, Anderson offers a book that has curious power, because all of its stories are true. Drawn from the best of Anderson's columns, City Watch introduces readers to an eclectic mix of social clubs, subcultures, and minor celebrities. From Foraging Friends, a group of penniless ecologists who forage for wild foods in a county forest preserve, to the annual Dumpster Diver fashion show, from the Oakton Elementary School chess team to a group that calls itself Some Chicago Anarchists, readers will discover the characters and events that define Chicago's local color.
The 1983 mayoral primary and general elections proved a watershed in Chicago politics, in which entire wards quit allegiances of the past. New voting patterns formed which generally continued into the 1987 elections. Covers the Council Wars and the election of Harold Washington as Mayor of Chicago in 1983.
This new book examines how Austin bounced back after WWII, and how, despite the severe materials shortage, it managed to develop the largest range of vehicles produced by any automaker in postwar Britain. It examines how these vehicles were received and used in these markets, and is illustrated with rare archive photography depicting the weird, wonderful and the downright imaginative.
MICHIGAN ENCYCLOPEDIA is the definitive reference work on Michigan ever published. The noted Michigan historian Dr. Matthew Lawrence Daly, Assistant Professor of History at Grand Valley State University, has authored articles on Introduction to Michigan History, Early History of Michigan, and Michigan History. These articles cover the history of Michigan, from the early explorers to twenty-first century events. Other major sections in this reference work are Michigan Symbols and Designations, Geography and Topography of Michigan, Profiles of Michigan Governors, Chronology of Michigan Historic Events, Dictionary of Michigan Places, Michigan Constitution, Bibliography of Michigan Books, Pictorial Scenes of Michigan, State Executive Offices, State Agencies, Departments and Offices, Michigan Senators, Michigan Assembly Members, U.S. Senators and U.S. Congress members from Michigan, Directory of Michigan Historic Places and Index.MICHIGAN ENCYCLOPEDIA contains stunning photographs and portraits to compliment the expertly written text. Population charts are arranged alphabetically by city or town name, and by county. This allows students easy access to find population figures for their area of interest. Other population charts list all places in Michigan by largest populated places to least populated places by city or county. Directories contain the information on elected state and federal officials along with their contact information including mail and email addresses, phone and fax numbers. Easy to use reference maps are included to find your elected state or federal officials. The Directory of State Services lists the head officials and full contact information on state agencies and departments, some of which were just newly created by the legislature. The Directory of Michigan Historic Places contains all the latest up to date information on every Michigan historic place. The Bibliography includes that latest books published on Michigan. A detailed Index makes the work thoroughly referential. MICHIGAN ENCYCLCOPEDIA offers librarians, teachers and students a single source reference work that provides the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Michigan and its history.
This bundle unites a novel and a short story collection by Austin Clarke, one the most respected authors in North America and one of Canada's national literary treasures, a master of fictional invention. Includes the Giller Prize winner The Polished Hoe.
Will you be a roaring lion or a quivering mouse as you attempt to face the villains of this book, i.e. the 1,000 challenging quiz questions that will have your minds hopping through over a hundred years of Aston Villa’s history at lightning pace? No stone remains unturned in terms of question topics, from cherished players, memorable managers and thrilling competitions to opponents, transfers, nationalities and awards, interspersed with sneaky bits of trivia to test the knowledge of even the most ardent Villa aficionado. With a fitting foreword by Graham Taylor OBE, this book is a veritable mine of interesting facts and figures and is guaranteed to spark fond memories of much-loved characters and enthralling matches, and no doubt even heated discussion, as fans pit their wits against family and friends.
Engineers and the Controlled Environment, 1900-1960
Author: Gail Cooper
Publisher: JHU Press
Cooper demonstrates how the lure of the open air, from rooftop schoolrooms to open-air theaters to the front porch, challenged air conditioning. Americans were slow to give up the social rituals of hot-weather living - the cold drink, the cool clothes, the summer vacation - for the comforts of either the window air conditioner or the central system.