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Even fowl fare poorly in pandemic

Over the past week or so I have come to realize that even the ducks and geese at Marquette Park have been feeling the effects of the shelter-in-place decree.

For as long as I have been visiting the park and bringing food when I have it, I have never experienced such quick movement and excitement among our fowl friends. Usually it would take awhile before they gingerly made their way across the lagoon, but not now. The minute I walk to the shoreline and shake my bag of treats, they make a beeline towards me and even walk up close. Poor things. They are obviously super hungry these days.

With the April meeting of the St. Rita Parish Book Club canceled due to our shelter-in-place decree, the club is toying with the idea of holding a meeting online. The biggest drawback, of course, is that we miss out on the potluck part of the evening, which is certainly a highlight.

For anyone that was here in 1979, especially those having a connection to the Sisters of St. Casimir that year, I saw a video on YouTube that I think you might really enjoy.

As you will remember, back in 1979, Pope John Paul II came to Chicago and on Oct. 5 of that year he proceeded down California Avenue in his motorcade toward Marquette Road, where all of the Sisters stationed here were waiting on the corner by Maria High School, across the street in Marquette Park and southward. Joining them were many Maria students; who incidentally did not have school that day, but were thrilled to be able to be present to welcome the Pope and show their love.

The video is not long, but I thought it was rather exhilarating. The students are cheering and singing their school song, short interviews are featured with some of the Sisters, students and neighborhood people that have gathered.

We never actually see the Pope in the video; but as the title suggests, it was meant to portray the atmosphere leading up to the event. So, if you have some time and think that sounds good or that you may have even been in the video just go to YouTube and type in Waiting for Pope John Paul II.

Longtime St. Rita parishioner and Boy Scout leader Bob Wilcox passed away recently. Bob fought during the Normandy D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach.

After the war, Bob spent 44 years as an optician downtown and retired as owner of Mahoney-Wilcox Opticians on North Michigan Avenue. He was a life member of The Purple Heart, The Disabled American Veterans and life member of Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220. He served more than 50 years as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America.

Now back to 1980. Last week’s question was: Western Avenue has long been known for its car dealerships and one large popular car dealer was using this tag line in 1980: ‘Shop for it anywhere, but Buy it at É.’ The hint, if you needed it, was that the last word, which is obviously the name, rhymes with part of the tag line. The first one to know the correct answer (“Piet”) was Greater Southwest News-Herald Editor Tim Hadac, who also pointed out something I did not realize: Tony’s actual last name was Pietruszka.

In celebration of Mother’s Day 40 years ago, the members of the Chicago Lawn Chamber of Commerce were holding a Prize-a-Rama. Let’s do something a little different today. I’ll give you the prizes and the initials of the business donating the prize. You guess the name of the business, OK?

For instance: a $5 gift certificate by KMS; the answer would be Karoll’s Men’s Store.

Here we go:

¥ Vogart Hook-It Rug Kit – THS

¥ Two Free Dinners – FK

¥ 3 lb. box of assorted candies – CC

¥ Ladies Raincoat – FF

Remember, these are all businesses within a few blocks of 63rd and Kedzie in 1980. See if you can get them all!Ê

And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and grandmas!

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