Curious pay respects to felled 'Spindle'

Curious pay respects to felled 'Spindle'

There are 89 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 3, 2008, titled Curious pay respects to felled 'Spindle'. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

They drove slowly through the parking lot Saturday. Some took photographs. Others just stared in apparent disbelief, lamenting the loss of Berwyn's most famous pop icon.

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larry

Wilmette, IL

#24 May 4, 2008
President Obama wrote:
President Obama would have saved the Spindle. If only he could have been elected sooner.
LOSER Obama is a nobody and will flipping burgers soon! It WILL be President McCain.
larry

Wilmette, IL

#25 May 4, 2008
rico wrote:
<quoted text> And I'm one of those great ones you speak of!! Even though there are at least to goofs here who say I'm not. These goofs say spend more money on the schools. WTF??? Anyway I'm hispanic and I along with many of us Mexicans & Puerto Ricans agree with you. We didn't march May 1st to legalize the aliens.
This is very refreshing to hear. Thank you.
Hawk

Chicago, IL

#26 May 4, 2008
THEY GONE!
That stinks

Chicago, IL

#27 May 4, 2008
SHAZAAM wrote:
Good Lord!!!...SHADES OF MEIGS FIELD!!!
I agree! Another "under the cloak of darkness" destruction so nobody witnesses it. Really cowardly.
sjm

Michigan City, IN

#28 May 4, 2008
larry wrote:
<quoted text>LOSER Obama is a nobody and will flipping burgers soon! It WILL be President McCain.
The Free Masons already know who the next President is going to be.Congratulations President McCain.
RegularGuy

Melrose Park, IL

#29 May 4, 2008
It looks like the Walgreen's developer learned something from the Meigs Field shut down. Do it under cover of darkness, with no warning. Dash in, do the deed, then be gone - like a cockroach.

It was a sneaky, underhanded way to remove The Spindle, but hey, what this world REALLY needs is another Walgreens and less art.
Tom H

Joliet, IL

#30 May 4, 2008
That stinks wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree! Another "under the cloak of darkness" destruction so nobody witnesses it. Really cowardly.
It was on TV - Channel 9 was there, Channel 7 was there, someone from the Sun Times was there.

Ever consider the best time to take down something that is 50' high in the parking lot of an active shopping center at the intersection of two major roads?

It's probably not high noon.
Kristopher

Burbank, IL

#32 May 4, 2008
Art is in the eye of the beholder, this is undeniable. What I create and enjoy is probably not going to be of interest to a lot of people. As an artist, I accept that, and I don't demand that you accept me or my work. However, when a piece becomes synonymous with a place, care should be taken in how it is dealt with. So maybe the Spindle s ugly to you and you're glad o see it gone - now tell me again what identifies Berwyn as Berwyn more than the Spindle did? I worked a table for an arts organization yesterday in the cold rain and got sick afterwards, but I was there, supporting the arts in the area, and to have done it the day after the Spindle was destroyed, standing no more than 50 yards away - that probably made me sicker than whatever virus I caught.

Since: Apr 08

United States

#33 May 4, 2008
Scott in Oak Park wrote:
So now, Berwyn's claim to fame is.....
....uhhmmmm....
...uhhh....
I'll get back to you.
Svengooli.....
Idiots Sux

United States

#34 May 4, 2008
larry wrote:
<quoted text>LOSER Obama is a nobody and will flipping burgers soon! It WILL be President McCain.
Four more years of a disastrous GWB admin, with senseless and endless costly wars, uncontrollable record deficits, and a tanking stagflation econ, and we can pretty much kiss the US goodbye and welcome the Chinese as our new overlords. After four years of McCain, we'll be lucky if people aren't dying of starvation in the US, but I expect that that is what wingnuts like you are hoping for.
Lynette

Downers Grove, IL

#35 May 4, 2008
Wait a minute - isn't there a Walgreens on that corner already?
Evan

United States

#36 May 4, 2008
Leave it to this forum to turn a completely unrelated article into the usual "Crook County," Stroger-bashing, anti-immigrant, anti-Obama rant. So immature.

Back on topic, it saddens me to lose the Spindle, just like we lost the Magikist lips, Marshall Field's, LaSalle Bank... it's just more proof that history and local tradition in the US are as disposable as plastic shopping bags. How long before we stop playing 16-inch softball, put ketchup on our hot dogs, call pop "soda," and Oprah moves to Los Angeles?
JML

San Jose, CA

#37 May 4, 2008
fsmrules wrote:
<quoted text>
Svengooli.....
HA! Rich Koz as the SON OF SVENGOOLIE always cracked me up! Is his show still on WCIU?

BURRRR-WINNN!

Classic!
rico

United States

#38 May 4, 2008
Evan wrote:
Leave it to this forum to turn a completely unrelated article into the usual "Crook County," Stroger-bashing, anti-immigrant, anti-Obama rant. So immature.
Back on topic, it saddens me to lose the Spindle, just like we lost the Magikist lips, Marshall Field's, LaSalle Bank... it's just more proof that history and local tradition in the US are as disposable as plastic shopping bags. How long before we stop playing 16-inch softball, put ketchup on our hot dogs, call pop "soda," and Oprah moves to Los Angeles?
You mean you haven't noticed the Mexican & hip-hop culture influence already?
Alderman Graft

Naperville, IL

#39 May 4, 2008
Seems to me a town as shoddy as Berwyn, best known for its sales tax and run-down bungalows, would have had a bit more appreciation for a unique conversation piece sitting on the main thoroughfare.

Now they're best known for being a shoddy town, high sales taxes, and having run-down bungalows.

I mean, Chicago is the same thing on a larger scale - but at least they seem to appreciate public art.
Idiots Sux

United States

#40 May 4, 2008
Lynette wrote:
Wait a minute - isn't there a Walgreens on that corner already?
Yes there is. Walgreens is competing with Starbucks to be the most hated eyesore in the US.
mark

Naperville, IL

#41 May 4, 2008
Great now berwyn can be identified for the walgreens that will occupy that spot!!!
south side Mike

Redford, MI

#43 May 4, 2008
who cares?
Tiffany Picasso

Naperville, IL

#44 May 4, 2008
Chicago has plenty of art of debatable worth & contribution, so I take issue with those who don't appreciate the Spindle as "art." The Spindle is as good as others I've observed.

For example, the Marc Chagall statue near City Hall is a piece of crap arguably on par with the work of your average 4 year old. And in the Halsted-Broadway area you'll find a series of large colorful statues that look like engorged pee-pees.

So those stuffy Berwyn officials should have seen they had something unique that separated them, at least slightly, from the rest of Chicago's boring, unimagniitve border towns.
RegularGuy

Melrose Park, IL

#45 May 4, 2008
JML wrote:
<quoted text>
HA! Rich Koz as the SON OF SVENGOOLIE always cracked me up! Is his show still on WCIU?
BURRRR-WINNN!
Classic!
Except he's no longer 'Son Of' Svengoolie. Jerry G. Bishop, the original Svengoolie, said that now that 'Son of Svengoolie' is all grown up, he can drop the 'Son Of' part and just be 'Svengoolie'.
Another proud Papa ...
Koz isn't from Berwyn, he just pokes fun at the town on his show. He did agree many years ago to throw out the first bat (the winged variety) for a Berwyn Little League season, so he must have a soft spot in his heart (or his head) for the town.

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