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Chicago Lawn’s connection with rock history

Many of us that grew up on the South and Southwest Sides grew up listening to Dennis DeYoung and his mega-hit band Styx, or TW4 as they were known before that. It was TW4 that played at our school dances.

Dennis grew up at 26 E. 101st St., not too far from where I lived; and his new album, which will come out in April, he named 26 East after his boyhood home.

How does this connect to Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor? Well, as some of you may already know, one of our own, a Marquette Park boy, John Melnick, played an important role in the first song on the new CD.

“It’s official. The first song ‘East of Midnight’ on the CD developed out of my song called ‘Late Night Radio’ (Melnick/Peterik),” Melnick tells us. “Dennis liked the tune, decided to put it on the album, changed the words a bit and the arrangement to reflect Styx style.”

That’s pretty exciting. You can hear Melnick’s original song at youtube/Mg7ZCjvPl1o. If you would like to check out Melnick’s earlier tunes, go to youtube.com/watch?v=5dit-el96JO. The latter is from his band Zazu, and you can listen to the full Zazu 1975 album on this site.

Chicago Lawn resident Tommy Ns highly recommended this progressive rock album and sent me the link. I agree with Tommy. Check it out.

Community Cinema brings the 2019 Universal film Abominable to the Chicago Lawn Branch Library, 6120 S. Kedzie, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, celebrate Lithuanian Independence at Nativity BVM Parish beginning with an 11 a.m. Lithuanian Mass, followed by a brief performance by two classical pianists from Lithuania and then a dinner of stuffed cabbage rolls and a presentation by Robertas Vitas.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, it is [email protected] Library at 6 p.m. Families are invited to join in making a craft, this week using melted crayons.

Seniors are invited to join the Southwest Auxiliary Council in the celebration of Valentine’s Day at the Southwest Senior Center, 6117 S. Kedzie, on Friday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dance music will be provided and refreshments will be served. There will be a raffle and prizes as well. The suggested donation for the event is $5. Proceeds go directly to the auxiliary. RSVP by Feb. 12 to Felipe Sanchez at (312) 747-0440.

The next meeting of the St. Rita Book Club will be on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. We will continue to discuss Three from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes. Meetings center around a potluck dinner so bring a favorite dish to share.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Bingo Games Party sponsored by the Sisters of St. Casimir Auxiliary which will take place on Sunday, March 29, in the SSC auditorium, 2601 W. Marquette Road. It is always a fun afternoon. I usually start getting calls right after Christmas asking when it is so that tells you folks really look forward to this event.

Now back to the 1950s. We were looking for the name of the department store on Western Avenue in the 7000 block. Paul B. knew it was Sloan’s. He mentioned that he still has a teddy bear that came from Sloan’s. At the time, it cost $2.

Now let’s move over to 1980 and see what was happening forty years ago this month. Police were probing into the cause of a huge fire that gutted one of our favorite stores on 63rd Street. Firemen from five companies fought the 2-11 alarm early morning blaze. Once the roof collapsed into the large building there was no way to save it. What store did we lose that day?

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