Thursday, June 17, 2010

Feeling blue and brotherly in Chicago, 30 years later

For some months now I’ve been receiving the Chicago Tribune daily newsletter, out of interest to compare how the goings-on in that windy city compare with what’s happening on the opposite side of the globe here down under in Melbourne, Australia.

The similarities and differences are quite intriguing. Similar problems with public transport, traffic congestion, rates and taxes, parking fees, speed cameras, waste management, and all that sort of thing. (If any one thing stands out, sadly it would be that we don’t have anything like as many shootings here.)

But an article today caught my intention and I’d like to point it out to you for your appreciation. Go read:

Remembering 'Blues Brothers' 30 years later - 30 years ago [on 16 June 1980] 'The Blues Brothers' hit the big screen, crashing their way through Chicago. In the process, they cleared a path between Hollywood and the city.

The story has some fascinating insights, for movie buffs and Chicago citizens alike.

Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Byrne at ChicagoFest (Courtesy of Martha Leonard / February 9, 1980)

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