On the air


In April I was interviewed about growing up in the North Park community on local television station WCIU’s program, Chicago.Now. It was my first ever appearance on television and host George Blaise made it not just painless, but a wonderful experience. UPDATE: the clip is no longer available on WCIU’s site.

If I mangled someone’s name or an organization or mixed-up dates,  I apologize. There’s a hundred things I wish I had talked about: Hollywood Kiddieland. Hollywood Bowl. Oscar Brotman and his Tower Cabana. Ice skating at Hollywood Park. Lerner’s Hot Dogs. Lazar’s Sausage Factory. Marty Marcus’s novel, Hollywood Park. Sam and Doris’ newsstand. Pehr S. Peterson. Mary Gage Peterson. Lincoln Village. How Peterson School emptied out on the Jewish holidays. The schoolyard game of pinners.

I cannot believe I did not mention the park.


7 Responses to On the air

  1. Bonnie McGrath May 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

    Frances, what a GREAT interview.. you are fantastic. i am totally enthralled!! and i have all the mental pictures of everything–from you getting me up there for the art fair last year–and the tb tour this year!!!

  2. Christine Hancock May 9, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Great interview Frances! I really enjoyed learning about this area of the city.

  3. Everett Melnick May 9, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Congrats on a great interview. I don’t know why but listening to you talk about the good old days put me in mind of the fall season and Halloween when many of the local shops would let school students paint Halloween scenes on their store windows using watercolors. They would judge them and award prizes for the best ones. I remember winning $3.00 one year. I don’t remember the store but it was way down on Kedzie.
    Hibbard had an art club run by Laura Zaucha, my 8th grade teacher. Al Lanuti, of course was in it as was I. Marilyn Hirsch and Al were the best artists. I wasn’t in the same league as Al or Marilyn but it was fun going to the Art Institute on Saturdays( The A.I. had classes for gifted students, I didn’t last long) and staying in at recess to work on art projects.

  4. Frances Archer May 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Thanks. I’m glad to hear you liked the interview. As I said in my post, there was so much I left out.

    Nice bit about Halloween. I’ll run it again, in October.

  5. Frances Archer May 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Thanks Chris. It’s a lovely area, I’m glad to hear you like it.

  6. Rosemary Blandford May 11, 2012 at 5:51 am #


    I enjoyed watching the interview – you are a natural! Great job!!!!

  7. Frances Archer May 11, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Thanks, Rosie.

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