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When the Greeley Tribune celebrated its 150th birthday in 1997, the newspaper claimed that “you can find the Tribune in the corners of city streets, suburban doors, on television, on your radio, and on computer screens.” It won’t take long for another medium to be added to that list: the ever-present smartphone. But in the days of Mike and the AP (you remember them as great Tribune columnists Mike Royko and Ann Landers), some things were still being done the old-fashioned way, writes Rick Cogan.
Aside from the Tribune’s centenary, those years in particular had as much to celebrate as Paul Sullivan on the city’s sports scene. notes, (Plus, did you know that the Tribune editor created baseball’s All-Star Game? Ron Grossman has more on that here.) But there was also tragedy, as many of you have. People certainly remember the horror of the crash of Flight 191 quite vividly. of John Wayne Gacy.
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As it approached the new millennium, Chicago, like the rest of the world, was on the verge of vast technological changes. But at the Tribune, two columnists who the collaborators only knew as Mike and the AP were still capturing the sounds of the city as they had been for decades. Rick Cogan writes, AP Lederer, better known to readers as Ann Landers, still uses an electric typewriter. “Call me old-fashioned,” she said.
Chicago was known as the “Loser City” in 1976. not by outsiders but by ourselves, writing Paul Sullivan. In the nation’s bicentennial year, the last local team to win the championship was the 1963 Bears. But the next 25 years will bring massive changes, including the arrival of Michael Jordan, who will go on to become the greatest basketball player of all time.
In 1979, a political novice named Jane Byrne became the mayor of Chicago. He beat out Mayor Michael Bilandic, who in January blamed his losses on his administration’s mess of Blizzard, which had thrown more than 30 inches of snow in a few weeks.
In the spring of 1981, after recovering from 10 murders in three months, as with Chicago’s most infamous public housing project, Byrne announced his intention to move into an apartment in Cabrini-Green, considered by some to be a political stunt. . But did she really go in?
Chicago’s council wars began on May 2, 1983, when 29 aldermen realized the power of a scenario favored by political science professors: a weak mayor pitting against a strong city council. The political deadlock as a result of the so-called Vridolayak 29 protests lasted until 1986, when a federal judge ordered that the city’s ward maps be redrawn to better reflect the city’s racial demographics.
John Wayne Gacy’s confession of the rape and murder of more than 30 people did not awaken America to the nightmare lurking in its own backyard. The 1978 discovery of the damp, muddy mass grave beneath Gacy’s yellow brick farm house near O’Hare International Airport shattered the image of a forever safe suburban community.
In the summer of 1995, Chicago was in the grip of a severe heat wave that claimed more than 700 victims, mostly the poor, elderly, and other people on the margins of society. That one tumultuous week will change the way Chicago prepares for all emergencies, shaping the city’s public safety strategy for any major event, from the Air and Water Show to the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory parade.
On the Friday before Memorial Day in 1979, a three-engine McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashed into an open field and mobile home park near O’Hare 31 seconds after takeoff, killing 273 people. More than 40 years later, the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 remains the deadliest passenger airline accident on American soil. Its legacy helped fuel reforms that contributed to vast improvements in commercial aviation safety.
When the leader of the Roman Catholic Church visited Chicago in October 1979, the city was home to the second largest Polish community in the world, ahead only of Warsaw. Having one of his own as Pope provided Poles an alternative tie to their homeland during the Cold War.
Pope John Paul II was greeted by a “sea of 200,000 faces” at the Five Holy Martyrs Catholic Church in Brighton Park, where he quipped that since he had been elected Pope before October, “the number of Poles in the United States has increased.” “