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02/08/21 02:17 PM #1249    


Marie Costa (McJilton)

John...Thanks for posting this tribute to Led Zeppelin. Not sure if they did, but I think everyone should click on the link you sent with the video.  It is the full performance honoring the best rock and roll group of all times.  

As for hot many great stands in the city.  Ed, Hasty Tasty did make a good dog.  Other places...Byron's, Demon Dogs, Wiener Circle, Nino's.......the list goes on and on.  It's all about the Vienna dog and a steamed bun. Of course, no ketchup (lol).  Can't wait for the 17th!

Stay warm!



02/08/21 07:01 PM #1250    


Paul G Smolk

I actually built the french fry chopping machine for SUPERDAWG at my tool & die shop . 

02/08/21 07:08 PM #1251    


Paul G Smolk

A Buddhist goes to SUPERDAWG and says " make me one with everything " . He gives Morey $10.00 but gets no change . " $10.00 for a hot dog , how about some change " . Morey says " change comes from within " .

02/08/21 08:30 PM #1252    


Ken Ortiz

A hot dog place we used to frequent "back in the day" was Jimmy's Hot Dogs on Pulaski and Grand. I believe it is still there (it was last I checked which was a couple of years ago). A couple of other places I remember during my Lane years that we would frequent was Connie's Beef (around North ave and Austin) and Father and Son's Pizza (on Milwaukee ave) where we would order Pizza and get it delivered to us. And 20 cards would get us that free Pizza. I also believe Father and Son's is still there. 

02/09/21 09:45 AM #1253    


Timmy Wong

Thanks, John for bringing up that tribute to Led Zeppelin.  I had one of those unforgettable lifetime events with my son when he was young.  We were riding in the car and AC/DC comes on the radio with Highway to Hell.  My son looked at me and smiled and said "Dad, that's Stairway to Heaven".  I had to look at him and say "no, son, that's the other way".  We laughed and that is a moment neither of us will ever forget!!

For good dogs, don't forget Fluky's on Western Ave.  Great dogs and the little hotdog gum was great too.  Also, a little further out was Paradise Pup in Des Plaines!

02/09/21 11:36 AM #1254    


Robert Cole

Don't forget Poochie's in Skokie for another GREAT dog!
And Wolfie's! 
Too many great hot dogs in Chicago to count.

And, near Wolfie's for great thin crust pizza used to be Oddo's Pizzaria!


02/09/21 11:10 PM #1255    


Per C Pearson

My favorite place was a little white trailer parked in an old gas station on Lawrence just west of Elston. I think it just said "HOT DOGS". It looked like it could pick up and move in three minutes time but it had been there for years.

I used to walk the original Maxwell street. The hot dogs, polish, and chicken were unbelievable! I've never seen (or smelled) anything as good as what they had.

Regarding Zeppelin, I wonder if todays music will be as popular in 50 years. For our hard rock to be played in the grocery stores and nobody thinks twice (or winces about it) says it is a classic.


02/15/21 07:50 PM #1256    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

Check this out!  Do you remember your childhood exchange?  We were Mulberry 6707 for decades!


02/15/21 08:56 PM #1257    


Marie Costa (McJilton)

Our telephone number was LIN 3871, also known as LI 9 3871. 

02/16/21 11:41 AM #1258    


Robert Cole

Ambassador 2-6691

Kept the number for decades after the Ambassador exchange ceased to exist.

Most people don't even remember exchanges any more.

02/16/21 02:13 PM #1259    


Gregory R Znajda

AR 6- 2876

02/16/21 09:59 PM #1260    


Per C Pearson


For extra credit do you rember the last digits of the Police and Fire department phone numbers?

Police PO5 **** (1313)?

Fire FI7 **** 

How do I remember this and not where my car is parked?

02/17/21 12:31 PM #1261    


Marie Costa (McJilton)

If I remember correctly it was 1313 for both the fire and police.

02/17/21 06:20 PM #1262    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

I don't remember police or fire, but I DO remember singing the number: HUDSON 3-2700.  What was that?

02/17/21 09:47 PM #1263    


Edward Mc Carthy

Wasn't that some cleaning service?  Hudson 3 2 700.  I am singing that now.......

02/17/21 09:51 PM #1264    


Edward Mc Carthy

I fell off the steel monkey bars onto a concrete base far too many times.........and then rode home on my Schwinn Apple Crate bike with no the dark with no light.   And sometimes hitch hiked. Tell me again how we survived to adulthood? 

I too forget where I parked, or what I said a week ago, yet, I recall all those childhood TV and radio jingles..  

02/18/21 11:27 AM #1265    


Timmy Wong

Hudson 3-2-700 was a carpet cleaning service in Chicago.  I remember seeing the commercials on TV.  OK, my mom told me I watched too much TV!! 


Check this out

02/18/21 02:29 PM #1266    


Ken Ortiz

So cool to think back on what our earlier phone numbers were. During my high school and college years, our phone number was 342-0204. I found that number in an old document I had that was from 1971. I don't think we referred to that one with letters, but I think I remember a number we had before that one that started with 2 letters. We lived in the Humboldt park area but I can't recall a number we had starting with HUM. I do remember my Aunt Lucky (who lived in Wheaton having a number beginning with MO5-xxxx.

I started in the Telecommunications industry back in the early 80's when cellular was starting to ramp up and people never thought that we would need to expand the area codes for the USA (and Canada) beyond those original ones. Chicago (and the immediate area around it) was initially 312 and the original area codes for the USA had certain rules. (For example, the 2nd digit was either a 0 or 1 initially and I believe it was referred to as the North American Dialing Code). Then because of the Cellular explosion, the USA had to add area codes and thus, there was a lot of technical work to plan out and expand the telephone exchange switches (and other network equipment) to incorporate these new area codes. 

Trivia question: what was the original area code that covered the area beyond our Chicago 312 area code? Hint: The second digit was either a 0 or 1.

Here is a link to the USA area code map in the 1970's.:

Here is an area code map of Illinois now:


02/18/21 02:31 PM #1267    


Edward Mc Carthy

Oh yah Timmy....and we sat way too close to the TV screen.   Yet, when the first generations of computers came out, all using CRT's, ( cathode ray tubes ) we sat dangeroulsy close to those at our desks....starring at that  monochromatic screen all day long.  Color monitors only made it more fun to stare all day at those screens but did not reduce the radiation.  A wonder that we are not all brain dead or blind.   The flat screens and retinal displays finally gave us something safer.  I recall my first work computer in 1987, an early IBM model,  had a 20 meg hard drive.  Yes, you read that right......20 megs.  I had Lotus 123 and Harvard Graphics loaded.  I could do some pretty awesome plotted pages with up to 12 colors ( if we had that many pens that worked ) and the Lotus spread sheets, well, a pretty packed sheet could take 20 minutes to open.  And how about those dot matrix printers?  Loud enough to cause hearing loss.  I wish I still owned my Commodore 64 !   I still do have my TI 55 and sliderule that got me thru 5 years at U of I Champaign.  I bet all of us have stories from those early tech years.  How did we ever get through the day without today's most innovative tools......

02/19/21 12:00 PM #1268    


Timmy Wong

OMG, Ed McCarthy!  That brings back a lot of memories as I worked for IBM in the 80's.  It was my first job out of college and I was there when the IBM PC was introduced.  The displays were monochrome green screens using CRTs.  The PC-XT had a 10MB hard drive otherwise you got two 5.25 inch floppy drives on the regular PC.  That was a long time ago and a lifetime in technology!!

I also wanted to tell you, from an earlier post you put up, that I was in that study hall at LTHS when the kid tried to throw the firecrackers out the window.  I can picture what he looked like but I can't remember his name.  His last name started with a Z because he sat behind me (we were seated alphabetically).  

02/23/21 05:26 PM #1269    


Michelle Milkovic (Weiner)

Hey guys... the athletes at Lane have returned to play but without fans in the stands.  :( 

If you are interested in watching a Lane basketball game, they will be live-streamed starting tonight on YouTube BUT... they need at least 1,000 subscribers. Please consider subscribing to their channel and sending out a little  L-A L-A L-A-N-E   T-E T-E T-E-C-H    L-A-N-E-T-E-C-H  GOooooooo LANE!

02/24/21 10:11 AM #1270    


Robert Cole

Timmy... I too worked for IBM right out of college.  In a development lab in Kingston, NY.  Got to play with all the cool toys bfore they were introduced!

Even before the PC, I got to work with IBM's first "desktop" computer, the IBM 5100.  It was probably 3 feet by 2 feet by 6 inches high. Had a BEAUTIFUL 4 -inch screen (all green, of course), and a WHOPPING 16K-64K of memory!  Didn't even have a disk drive  Just a 1/4-inch tape cartridge. Spent a lot of time waiting for that thing to spin.  And, it sold for up to $64,000!

You could have called IBM's System/32 "personal computer" a desktop computer, if you consider it was the size of a desk!

My first "computer" wasn't even the IBM XT you mentioned.  I bought a used old teletype machine. "Ka-chunka, ka-chunka" with the type cylinder and the rolls of yellow recycled paper, and an acoustic coupler (300bps... WOW!) and logged into CompuServe.

Today's watches have much more horsepower than even the computers we used to send Man to the moon! 

02/24/21 05:43 PM #1271    


Maja Wiesinger (Ramirez)

MOhawk 4 - 1916 here

02/25/21 11:37 AM #1272    


Timmy Wong

Robert, that's pretty funny if you consider the S/32 a desktop computer!!  I barely remember the 5100 but I did work with the System/34, System/36, Sytem/38 and then the AS/400 as I was a Systems Engineer in multiple Chicago offices.  I did spend some time in the Rochester plant testing communications when the AS/400 was being developed.  You remember SDLC, right???

02/26/21 10:03 AM #1273    


Robert Cole

I was a Systems Engineer in the Indianapolis office for 8 years.  3 years in the GSD office with small accounts (cold calling!) and 5 years in the DP office working on a team serving 2 international accounts. I basically did everything that wasn't mainframe.  PC's, workstations, mid-range, terminals.  I was also a Branch Manufacuturing Industry Specialist and the Midwest Regional Series/1 Specialist.  Probably visited a number of accounts in the Chicago area.

Before that I was 5 years in Kingston, NY doing development on the 8100 Distributed System and the 3x74 Control Units.  Sure I remember SDLC.  The DPPX Opearting System on the 8100 was a direct implmentation of SDLC and the rest of the 7-layer SNA model.  Everything we did was in layers!  We were the first in the company to develop the "peer-to-peer" model, when everything in IBM was "master-slave"... mainframes and terminals.  There was really no concept of computers talking to computers.  I was also on a small team that developed the first IBM implementation of a "packet-switched" network, X.25.  That was before TCP/IP and the Internet existed. 

It was fun.  "Uber-technical", but fun!  Those were the days!

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