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Adam West: The Batman Who Mattered

Adam West saved Batman. At least, for me. As a young viewer and comic book fan, I saw the Adam West Batman series from episode one and was thrilled as one of my favorite heroes made the leap from the … Continue reading

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Micky Dolenz solo concert: Victory Lap and Bucket List

Micky Dolenz knows what makes a performance tick. For his Chicago show at City Winery (June 13) Dolenz reached way back to his Monkees audition number (“Johnny B. Goode”) and carried on through to his latest tunes (“You Bring The … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism: Five by Five

The more you know going into The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism the more you’ll take out of it. It’s at Chicago’s Navy Pier, with tickets on sale through July. Here are a handful of items to spark your navigation, including a … Continue reading

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Embracing The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

“When did The Beatles break up? That question was whispered to me as the Rooftop Concert sequence from Ron Howard’s Eight Days A Week wrapped up. The query came from a long time baby boomer college friend sitting next to … Continue reading

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Jacob D. Dumelle, P.E. – His Public Service and Pop Culture Presence

Oak Park resident Jacob D. Dumelle, P.E., Lt. Cmdr. (Ret.) U.S. Navy, passed away Saturday, June 14, at age 89. Jake Dumelle was a Navy veteran, environmental advocate, and a successful administrator at the federal and state levels of government, … Continue reading

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Behind a Fabricated Beatles History

For stories about the Beatles, the line “It was 50 Years Ago Today” is destined to serve as a repeated hook for the better part of this decade. Most immediately, it was, in fact, also the title of an international … Continue reading

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The Untold Story of the “Untold Story” of the first Beatles recordings (by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik)

Suppose, for the sake of a better story, you chose to deliberately ignore “inconvenient” facts and details that “got in the way”? In the case of the Beatles, that has happened repeatedly over the past fifty years. With professional pride, … Continue reading

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