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City Symphonies at Doc Films

City Symphonies at Doc Films

“City of the world (for all races are here)  City of tall facades of marble and iron, Proud and passionate city.” These lines, excerpted from the Walt Whitman poem “City of Ships,” open the 1921 avant-garde film Manhatta, showing at Doc Films on Wednesday, August 21, as part of a collection of “city symphonies.” In(…)

From the Vault: Chicago gang produces musical

From the Vault: Chicago gang produces musical

Here’s an ad that ran in the Herald’s June 14, 1967 issue.   But weren’t the Blackstone Rangers a gang? In the summer of 1967, the Rangers, one of Chicago’s most powerful gangs, had made peace—and they were producing a musical. Directed by nationally famous activist and singer Oscar Brown, the Rangers starred in “Opportunity(…)

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

From the Vault– Ugly is Sin

“Sling a dead cat” into your room, suggests the Hyde Park Herald’s July 24, 1885 issue. We used to be a much more “literary” paper. I put that in quotes because I mean it in the most judgmental way possible. At first, the piece “How to look ugly,” published with the poetry and serial novels(…)

From the Vault – Axelrod takes a stance on nudity

From the Vault – Axelrod takes a stance on nudity

If you heard someone say that Hyde Park has been swept up in a “wave of immodesty that is rolling across the nation,” would you listen? What if that person were one of the most famous Democratic strategists of our time? David Axelrod devoted one of his columns for the Hyde Park Herald series, “Politicking,” to the(…)

From the Vault — Don’t Poop Without This Scoop

By Andrew Holzman The Hyde Park Herald has never been afraid to dig into the dirty work of local journalism. That’s true even when it comes to, well, dog poop. In our March 13, 1974 edition, the Herald printed a letter-to-the-editor which gave a step-by-step tutorial on picking up your little friend’s little surprise. Here are(…)

From the Vault – Misguided historical headlines

From the Vault – Misguided historical headlines

By Andrew Holzman Today’s headlines may seem a little silly tomorrow. Since its founding in 1884, Herald writers have been trying to think up heads that strike a balance between wit and accuracy. Some have landed better than others. A look through the online archives reveal that contemporary headlines are a bit shorter — and(…)