WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE: HISTORICAL PHOTOS OF CHICAGO AND TORONTO LOCATIONS PLUS SOME OTHER PLACES, HISTORICAL PHOTOS OF THE CHUCKMAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND MANY OBSERVATIONS ABOUT LARGER EVENTS AND CHANGES UNDERWAY DURING THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE PHOTOS   Leave a comment

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NUNS IN QUEEN’S PARK TORONTO DURING A HEAVY SNOWFALL – 1966 OR 1967 – A JOHN CHUCKMAN IMAGE

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JOHN CHUCKMAN IN THE LIVING ROOM (BACK WINDOW IS THE DINETTE – THOSE APARTMENTS WERE SMALL) OF OUR APARTMENT BUILDING AT 7904 ESSEX AVE 3RD FLOOR SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – ALPERT’S DELI WAS DOWNSTAIRS ON THE CORNER – I HAVE MY BONDS BLUE SUIT ON (MY FIRST SUIT) AND I’M WEARING MY BELOVED CONTINENTAL TIE WHICH I UNDOUBTEDLY WORE TO A FRAZZLE OVER A COUPLE OF YEARS – THOSE WINDOWS LOOK DOWN AT THE WHITE CASTLE ACROSS ESSEX AT 79TH – I LOVED THOSE LITTLE ONION-COATED HAMBURGERS – I REMEMBER A FEW TIMES ON A WEEKEND DAY GETTING A FEW OF THEM AND SOME COFFEE AND WALKING OVER TO RAINBOW BEACH TO WATCH THE SUNRISE AND SKETCH IT WITH COLORED PENCILS – 1961 – A JOHN CHUCKMAN IMAGE   Leave a comment

CHICKY CONINENTALTIE 1961

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HERE’S SOME OF WHAT I MEAN (BELOW) ABOUT ALWAYS BUILDING GARDENS – I WAS ESPECIALLY PROUD OF THIS LITTLE GARDEN I PUT IN NEAR BOTTOM OF THE DRIVEWAY OF OUR TOWNHOUSE ON BROWN STREET AT PORT DOVER ONTARIO (ON A BLUFF RIGHT ABOVE LAKE ERIE) – I HAD SEEN ROPE-WRAPPED PYLONS USED HERE AND THERE AS A DECORATING MOTIF, SAY, IN FRONT OF A HOUSE AND I WANTED TO USE THE IDEA IN A GARDEN – I HAD TO SEARCH AROUND QUITE A BIT FOR SOME SUITABLE ROUND TIMBER – I CUT EACH SET SO THERE WAS A DESCENDING HEIGHT PATTERN WITH THE THREE ELEMENTS IN EACH PYLON – I WRAPPED THEM WITH HEAVY ROPES AND STAINED PYLONS AND ROPES IN TWO SHADES OF GRAY STAIN – THE PYLONS ARE ACTUALLY QUITE LONG FOR STABILITY IN THE GROUND SO I FOUND MYSELF AGAIN DIGGING DEEP IN BUILDERS’ FILL OF CLAY AND ROCKS – I CUT A SHAPE AROUND THEM IN THE SOIL SUGGESTING A POND AND FILLED THAT WITH “POTATO STONE” – THE PLANTS CONSISTED OF A BEAUTIFUL HYDRANGEA (HERE IN BLOOM) AND A FEW TALL JAPANESE GRASSES – I LOVED THE FINISHED GARDEN – IT WAS UNIQUE AND HANDSOME AND I WISH I HAD A BETTER PHOTO BUT I DON’T – A JOHN CHUCKMAN IMAGE   Leave a comment

YY GARDEN FRONT HYDAGRANGIA TURNING

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CHUCKY’S LITTLE EVERGREEN GARDEN IN THE BACK YARD OF OUR CONDO AT DUKE AND QUEEN IN HAMILTON ONTARIO – EVEN THE PAVING WAS MY DESIGN THOUGH I DIDN’T DO THE WORK – THE GARDEN WENT THROUGH MANY ITERATIONS OVER TEN YEARS BECAUSE THE SOIL WAS GODAWFUL BUILDER’S FILL, NOT ONLY VERY HARD TO DIG INTO BUT LETHAL OVER A LITTLE TIME TO MANY PLANTS WITH ITS LACK OF DRAINAGE – EARLY ON I HAD A ROW OF GORGEOUS RHODIES WHICH BLOSSOMED BRILLIANT PINK ALONG THE FENCE BUT THEY DID NOT SURVIVE LONG – I DID SOME SOIL REMEDIATION BUT THERE WAS NO REAL SOLUTION SHORT OF HAVING A BACKHOE DIG THE WHOLE THING UP FOR A FEW FEET DOWN WHICH WAS IMPOSSIBLE IN THE SPACE – THE TREE-SHAPED GOLDEN EUONYMUS WAS MY PRIDE AND JOY (IT GREW CONSIDERABLY LARGER AFTER THIS PHOTO) – IT THRIVED IN THAT HORRIBLE SOIL BUT THEN IT CAUGHT A NASTY SCALE INFECTION WHICH IS INCURABLE – I LEARNED YOU CAN SUPPRESS IT WITH WINDEX OR DILUTE AMMONIA SPRAYED REGULARLY THROUGH THE GROWING SEASON – A PLANT THIS BEAUTIFUL IS WORTH THE TROUBLE – A JOHN CHUCKMAN IMAGE   Leave a comment

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CHUCKMAN KODACHROME COPY – RAINBOW GARDENS SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO LOOKING NORTH ON CENTER AISLE – I HAVE THIS PHOTO POSTED ON MY CHUCKMAN’S PLACES SITE, BUT ANOTHER LOOK CAN’T HURT – DURING A VISIT FROM TORONTO – 1968 OCT 11 – A JOHN CHUCKMAN IMAGE   Leave a comment

CHUCKMAN KODACHROME COPY - 1968 OCT 11 - RAINBOW GARDENS - LOOKING N ON CENTER AISLE - SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO

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RAINBOW PARK SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – THE TREED PARKLAND PORTION – I AM NOT SURE BUT I THINK I’M LOOKING SOUTH FROM NEAR THE SOUTH END OF RAINBOW GARDENS – I WISH I HAD A BIGGER PRINT BUT THIS IS ALL I HAVE – ON A VISIT FROM TORONTO – APRIL 1967 – A JOHN CHUCKMAN IMAGE   Leave a comment

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WORDS WRITTEN BY JOHN CHUCKMAN FOR BOB SORENSEN (DEAR FRIEND AND FATHER-IN-LAW) ETTA CHUCKMAN (MY DEAR LOVING MOTHER) AND PRESTON UNEY (DEAR OLD FRIEND IN SOUTH SHORE)   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN: CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER IN MEMORIAM FOR ROBERT SORENSEN MY BELOVED FATHER-IN-LAW AND DEAR FRIEND:

Robert Peter Sorensen, born Chicago Sept. 11, 1909, to Oscar Sorensen and Catherine Keeley; died March 14, 1990; buried March 16, 1990, Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto, Canada.

Known to friends as Rip. He was part of a generation that dearly loved the city and the kind of man no one ever regretted calling a friend.

Now, he’s back with Barney and the boys from the Ravenswood Line.

“It’s nice, but it’s not Chicago.”

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MEMORIAL FOR MY MOTHER – AS PRINTED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE:

Death Notice in the Chicago Tribune, Sunday, December 3, 1995:

PARA (CHUCKMAN)

Etta Lucille Para, in Quartzsite, AZ, Nov. 30, after a long struggle. Born Sept. 19, 1923, Clinton, IN, the daughter of William N. and Nellie McIntosh. Etta came to Chicago for opportunity after high school, a working girl with big dreams about the city. Not many years later, she was left alone to raise two young sons, a task to which she devoted herself, earning their living and creating a loving home, first in Hyde Park and later in South Shore.

Her bravery, devotion, and fierce honesty in the face of great obstacles were remarkable. The last quarter century of her life was blessed with a loving husband, “Wayne” Joseph Para, who cared for her to the end. She is survived by her husband in Arizona; her two sons, John and Bill Chuckman, three grandchildren, John, Bob, and Julie Chuckman, in Canada, and sister, Wilma McIntosh, in Chicago. Her ashes will be buried in Indiana at a later date.

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JOHN CHUCKMAN:  ON THE DEATH OF AN OLD GOOD FRIEND:

WRITTEN FOR AN INTERNET NEWSLETTER ADDRESSING THE OLD CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS:

My old good friend, Preston E. Uney (Bradwell 1959/ South Shore 1963), died on July 7, 2008. He was an aeronautical engineer living with his wife and children in Colorado.

Preston’s dad ran a small toy store on Stony Island in the 1960s until the changing neighborhood destroyed his business. The family lived for many years in a small house on Kingston Ave. just south of 79th.

His older sister, Marie, taught us both to dance, however awkward the results. His father, an immigrant from Russia, used to tell electrifying stories of the Russian Front in WWII.

Preston was an interesting independent-minded kid who must have been the only student carrying a Socialist Labor Party sign around South Shore High in the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon presidential campaign. He will be missed.

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