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Fun is catchy at fishing derby

July 31, 2020

Last Saturday was set to be a scorcher, so I did not have my hopes up too high as I walked over to Marquette Park to see how the Hooked on Fishing event was going.

As I made my way down the path past the Comfort Station by the running track and veered to the left, I could already see lots of kids on the banks of the lagoon behind the fieldhouse.

I walked under the Kedzie Avenue bridge and the closer I got, I realized most had come with their families which was really nice to see.

As I mingled among the junior anglers and their parents, I tried to count how many there were. I got to 38 and then thought I recognized two that I had already passed before, so let’s just say it was a good turnout.

The squeals of “I got one!” came quite often and Jafa Smith, an organizer of the event for CAPS, and several volunteers were kept busy answering those calls and helping the fishermen with their catch. On the other end, Liz Sullivan, working with CAPS for the last 15 years now, was grilling hot dogs for the kids. What a fun time for everyone it was.

Thanks to the 8th District CAPS group and the volunteers for putting this event on.

A few weeks back I mentioned that it appeared the city was putting in new sidewalks on the north border of the park all the way from east to west. Well that project was completed, putting in new walks where needed and then new curbing and corner entryways to the street on the north side of Marquette Road.

But wait–I’m not done yet–then the whole street was graded and repaved. What a nice surprise that was.

Going back to last fall, I was very happy to learn that A M Comfort Shoes was moving back from the northeast corner of 63rd and Pulaski to their original location at the southeast corner of 63rd and Whipple.

Well, shortly after they got settled, the shelter-in-place rules took effect; so I wasn’t able to stop in. This week I made a point of doing so and I was glad the Martinezes are doing quite well in their new-old location.

If you have been in either of their locations, you know they had really big, healthy plants with long vines growing around the stores. I inquired about them and Victor said they couldn’t move all the vines, they had to give them away but new plants are adorning the store already. He told me the one currently in the front window is an original plant they were given when they first opened this store in the early 1980s.

I always enjoy visiting Victor and Patty. If you need a good pair of shoes that fit properly, this is the place to go.

Now back to 1970 and last week’s question. Who was Eddie Tompkins and what was the name of his business? P.D. was the first to call with the right answer. Eddie was the long-time proprietor of Eddie’s Barber Shop at 2508 W. 63rd St.

Before Eddie took over the 63rd Street location from his dad, P.D. worked with Eddie for a good six or seven years at a shop on 59th and Ashland. He said once Eddie moved to 63rd Street, Eddie lived close enough to walk to work. He and his wife had a son and daughter and lived on Campbell.

Thanks to P.D., we have this week’s question. For many years before and after 1970, there was a catering business, a delicatessen, just down the street from Eddie’s place on 63rd Street. Does anybody remember the name?

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