Donna

Orland Park, IL

#287 Aug 30, 2013
I remember there was a theater on 147th street east of Pulaski and then I believe it became the Brown Barrel or Round Barrel something like that. then it later was a disco.
Midlo History Buff

Orland Park, IL

#288 Aug 31, 2013
The Midlothian Theatre (at the site of the current CVS drugstore) built in 1936 was showing films on Fri-Sat-Sunday-Monday in 1938, became the Ewing Theater from 1943-1949, then the Towne Theater until 1957. The building was King Arthur's Round Table in 1962, and by 1968 it was the Mark, finally the Mine Shaft at the time it (was) burned down. Anyone know the date it was destroyed?
Not far from the park

Woodridge, IL

#289 Aug 31, 2013
Hey midlo history buff. You should go to cnb bank on 159th street in oak forest and look at all the pictures they have hanging there. You should talk to Dan. Pictures of the old midlothian hanging in there. Might help with your hobby and pursuit of old pictures I know you like to have for the historical society. Give it a try.
Midlo History Buff

Orland Park, IL

#290 Aug 31, 2013
I'll check it out. Thanks
Anonymous

Midlothian, IL

#291 Sep 3, 2013
Yes, the Edge used to be Corsi's until Billy took it on(?). Then Ed watched over it before heading elsewhere with "Over the Edge" while it was torn down to make way for the new Walgreen's.

While referencing the "good old days" w/Greystone Fox, whatever happened to the weekly weekend Battle of the Bands??? I get it that video games nowadays are attractive...but nothing compares to the real thing!:)
Anonymous

Midlothian, IL

#292 Sep 3, 2013
The Midlothian Messenger is on microfiche at the Midlothian Public Library. While there are significant gaps over the decades, the library apparently is in the process of converting a few more boxes of the materials. I think they still have paper from around 1994 to now(?)

Sidenote: Been wondering how and why all newspapers continue to pass their archive production costs onto the taxpayers via the library system. Why are the taxpayers being expected to invest dollars

Microfiche can now be read with computing hardware so its as if the publishers think the taxpayers owe their private business a favor or two for whatever it is they have produced for profit. Chicago Library has the hardware, which means their microfiche collection now has a far better readability ratio than what the traditional lens-based machines can do.

Microfiche is still the record-keeping standard for quite a few universities and even major corporations across the nation, since it is far more difficult to manipulate a frame of microfiche than it is to manipulate this entire page of content without permission.

So in some ways, we have been cheating the value of our own futures based on the idea that digital will not only be entirely reliable in its published accuracy at any given moment, but that digital is guaranteed to be far more accessible of a venue than a roll of microfiche kept at a local library AND the headquarters of any publication.

To me, microfiche records are an insurance policy against anything that my fly by someone's technology and the fact that no one has expected this industry to maintain these types of records containing public notices about property, government meetings, etc. remains disappointing.

The idea of these mid-sized and larger publications making a profit while publishing public information as required by law (i.e. meeting agendas, bids, etc.) being so beyond broke after all expenses paid still seems ludicrous and more like an unneeded bailout...? Public notices are guaranteed original content that some measure of the population will be interested in actively seeking out...gotta love that organic traffic?

Print isn't dead because the technology provides us all equal chance to trust pieces of information just a smidge more than what anyone should believe when delivered via virtual reality.

So at least in overall theory, all any of these publications have to do is get up off their butts, read a few sales training manuals and then go out and raise the funds to get the Official Archiving job done.

Just my opinion.
Midlo History Buff

Orland Park, IL

#293 Sep 3, 2013
Hey Anonymous: Thanks for your info.
On your sidenote, I admit I may be a little dense, but I'm having a hard time understanding your obviously heartfelt thoughts. I doubt that some of the newspapers of interest to local historians made enough money over the years to adequately archive their products other than to save a master book of now crumbling pages. Some of the papers folded, like the News-Record, the Rooster, etc. You might say we're indebted to the dedicated journalists who have done what they were able to do, and it's up to us to scramble to rescue the remaining scraps of evidence of life before the digital age. Same goes for old documents, photos, recorded memories.
The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times and many regional and national news sources have established useable databases of photos and articles -- it cost them plenty to create and maintain -- and they charge a fee based on usage. I see nothing wrong with that. They're available to everyone.
I'm not affiliated with the library, but I will say that part of any library's budget is to acquire resources that are useful to the citizens, whether books, magazines, information on microfiches, resources online, what-have-you. Probably some things are donated, some things are purchased. I would argue that any effort to preserve local newspapers as historical resources is well within the legitimate function of a local library.
On a parallel track, I do know that some considerable efforts have been going on for years at the Historical Society to collect, sort, and preserve photos, newspapers, recorded memories -- I personally subscribed to the Tribune archives to uncover every article up to about 1940 that included info about Midlothian -- it's slow going because it's a spare-time effort -- but all the work and photo preservation and research is being done by volunteers at no cost to taxpayers. Current and long-time residents alike have been great about searching through their old scrapbooks and showing up with memorabilia. There is still a lot to do.
Anonymous, please let me know if I didn't get your point.
Midlo History Buff

Orland Park, IL

#294 Sep 11, 2013
Did that. Met Dan. Shared our stories about local history. Photo display is very nicely representative of O.F., Tinley and Midlo. I hadn't seen the Tinley ones before. There's a great shot of the old windmill that used to be at 171st and Oak Park ave.
Thanks for the tip.
Midlo History Buff

Orland Park, IL

#295 Sep 11, 2013
Not far from the park wrote:
Hey midlo history buff. You should go to cnb bank on 159th street in oak forest and look at all the pictures they have hanging there. You should talk to Dan. Pictures of the old midlothian hanging in there. Might help with your hobby and pursuit of old pictures I know you like to have for the historical society. Give it a try.
Did that. Met Dan. Shared our stories about local history. Photo display is very nicely representative of O.F., Tinley and Midlo. I hadn't seen the Tinley ones before. There's a great shot of the old windmill that used to be at 171st and Oak Park ave.
Thanks for the tip
Not far from the park

Schererville, IN

#296 Sep 11, 2013
Any new ones of midlo you weren't aware of before.
Midlo History Buff

Orland Park, IL

#297 Sep 11, 2013
No, but it was still worth the trip.

Since: Jan 11

Kansas City, MO

#298 Dec 23, 2013
Hello everyone. I did find out my father's name and was hoping some of you would remember him and maybe know where I could find him. His name is Sam Venti and he was a part of a band called The Playboy Pair. The other member of the band was Bobby Randazzo. If you know anything at all I would appreciate it. Would really like to meet him and praying he is still alive. Thank you
helpyousearch

Tinley Park, IL

#299 Dec 23, 2013
Hopelessly searching wrote:
Hello everyone. I did find out my father's name and was hoping some of you would remember him and maybe know where I could find him. His name is Sam Venti and he was a part of a band called The Playboy Pair. The other member of the band was Bobby Randazzo. If you know anything at all I would appreciate it. Would really like to meet him and praying he is still alive. Thank you
Try going to WWW.Zabasearch.com and type in your Dad's name or Randazzo name. Good Luck.

Since: Jan 11

Lenexa, KS

#300 Dec 24, 2013
helpyousearch wrote:
<quoted text> Try going to WWW.Zabasearch.com and type in your Dad's name or Randazzo name. Good Luck.
Thank you so much!

Since: Jul 13

Wildwood, FL

#301 Dec 25, 2013
Hopelessly searching wrote:
Hello everyone. I did find out my father's name and was hoping some of you would remember him and maybe know where I could find him. His name is Sam Venti and he was a part of a band called The Playboy Pair. The other member of the band was Bobby Randazzo. If you know anything at all I would appreciate it. Would really like to meet him and praying he is still alive. Thank you
Wish I could be of more help as I was friends with both of them in the 70's, but I moved to Florida in 1984 and have no had contact with either of them since then. Hoping you have good luck in your search.

Since: Jan 11

Kansas City, MO

#302 Dec 25, 2013
Bremen Heights Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
Wish I could be of more help as I was friends with both of them in the 70's, but I moved to Florida in 1984 and have no had contact with either of them since then. Hoping you have good luck in your search.
Thank you, I appreciate it.

Since: Jan 11

Kansas City, MO

#303 Dec 28, 2013
Bremen Heights Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
His name was Sam Venti and he claimed to be Sicilian. He'd get very pissed off if you doubted his word on that. I tended bar at the Keg when Gene Zaparoni owned it and Sam played there.
Do u happen to know anymore about him? I have a picture. Just wondering where he is now.

Since: Jul 13

Wildwood, FL

#304 Dec 28, 2013
Hopelessly searching wrote:
<quoted text>
Do u happen to know anymore about him? I have a picture. Just wondering where he is now.
Sorry, but I have no further info on a current location.I did have an album they made back in the 70's, however that has been given away or lost many years ago. I can't totally be sure about the name of the album, but I sort of recall it was just their band name "The Playboys" and that's all. In the album they covered some songs that were popular at the time with maybe one or two originals. The one song they always used to close the night was "The Night Life" originally done by Ray Price. If my aging memory can be trusted it was a solid white cover with a sketch of the four guys playing their instruments. I believe the drummer's first name was Joe, but that's about it. Perhaps something additional could be found on some old record & album on-line sites? I wish you good luck in your search.

Since: Jul 13

Wildwood, FL

#305 Dec 28, 2013
Hopelessly searching wrote:
<quoted text>
Do u happen to know anymore about him? I have a picture. Just wondering where he is now.
I got a little curious and went to google....Entered the name; Sam Venti & The Playboys and a bunch of potential sites popped up for you to search. I found several albums they made which are for sale. Here's a link to one of them;

http://www.musicstack.com/item/49611655

Hope this is of some help.
Hopeful

Oak Forest, IL

#306 Dec 28, 2013
There are a couple record albums on Ebay for The Playboy Pair. Perhaps you could contact the sellers and see if they know the whereabouts of their guy. Good Luck!

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