Showing posts with label A hero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label A hero. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 10, 2020


                                        HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE U.S. Marine Corps

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Emily Perez R.I.P.


Emily Perez was the first African American cadet Brigade Command Sgt. Major of United States Military Academy at West Point -- tough as nails in formation, she also spent her free time tutoring cadets and writing letters of encouragement to those who felt like quitting. 

Deployed after graduation, 2nd Lt. Perez demonstrated this same selfless service by volunteering to go on convoy in place of an inexperienced leader and paying the ultimate sacrifice when an improvised explosive device took her life.

Her mother remembers, “In her diary, she wrote that people have taken care of her all her life and now she had the opportunity to take care of other people. Her biggest concern was taking care of her Soldiers.”

Learn more about her & Gold Star Families at:

#GoldStarMother | #HispanicHeritageMonth | #ServeWithHonor
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Gale Sayers R.I.P.


from an era when the game was played by nice guys, for fun

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ginger Rugai needs our prayers.

A few months ago Ginger was diagnosed with a rare cancer (that is unrelated to her breast cancer) and will be undergoing an arduous surgery and long recovery.
Ginger is so passionate and dedicated to Y-Me and breast cancer research and is an amazing role model, humanitarian and a cancer fighter!
She is truly one of the strongest people we know and now she needs our added strength and

Friday, July 17, 2020

Boxer Tom O’Shea, a father figure to Chicago high school students he coached, dead at 81

As a high school English teacher and boxing coach, he sent students to the Olympics (including Nate Jones), Hollywood (Joseph Sikora) and productive lives. He died of COVID-19.
By Maureen O'Donnell Jul 17, 2020, 5:00am CDT

Amateur boxing coach Tom O’Shea. Sun Times file

Tom O’Shea taught his students to love Hemingway and Gwendolyn Brooks and also how to deliver a good left hook.

As a young man, he fought in the same tournaments as Muhammad Ali. He went on to be a high school English teacher and boxing coach who sent the students he called his “Matadors” on to the

Monday, July 13, 2020

R.I.P. Remus

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As I said here two weeks ago:
 July will tell the truth about the economy. I've chosen November as the month of general truth, whether the years following will be of manageable coping, of unexampled disaster, or something in between.
We're closing in on July. Here's what's developing: 
National and world economies are collapsing into a 1930s-like Depression. Well regarded experts disagree on whether we're facing runaway inflation or deflation but certain it will be one or the other. There are food shortages with famines in some parts of the world. In the US there is ongoing racial and political terrorism with scattered homicides. Politically motivated shutdowns of web sites are ongoing. There are rising threats of war in the western Pacific.
November is six months away. Unless something changes for the better, it appears we will be deeply into the dark consequences of this growing catastrophe. This means we'll be heavily reliant on personal preparations being made now.
From Zero Hedge:  Food-Banks Warn They'll Soon Run Out Of Food As Economic Suffering Explodes All Over America

Remus was the creator of the Woodpile Report. A very wise man. Above is posted his very last post. 

Monday, June 8, 2020

A Hardy Thank You

To the Chicago Police Department and Alderman Matt O'Shea for all you did for the neighborhood, these past few days.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Blue Angels @ 11:45 A.M. today!

Blue Angels announce Chicago flyover planned for Tuesday
The U.S. Navy pilots will salute “healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel” with the flyover.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, seen here at the 2019 Chicago Air and Water Show, will fly over Chicago on Tuesday. Rick Majewski/For the Sun-Times

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will perform a flyover of Chicago on Tuesday, the Blue Angels announced on social media Sunday.

Known for participating in Chicago Air and Water shows, the pilot squadron’s surprise Tuesday

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Jim Keane R.I.P.

James F. Keane, former State Representative from the 28th District (Beverly) and a good guy. 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Malachy from Lanigans

Malachy Towey, Irish immigrant musician who played the traditional bodhran drum, dead at 99
‘He certainly made a mark with his playing and his presence at the session at Lanigan’s all these years,’ said acclaimed fiddler Liz Carroll.

By Maureen O'Donnell Mar 16, 2020, 4:32pm CDT
Malachy Towey with a bodhran, a traditional Irish drum. Provided

When Malachy Towey beat on his drum, it could make a person want to dance a jig — or march off to war.

He probably was the oldest person in Chicago to play the bodhran, a traditional Irish instrument made

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Justice Freeman R.I.P.

A Class Act

Justice Charles E. Freeman, who had a long and distinguished career on the Illinois Supreme Court from 1990 to 2018 and was the first African American to serve on the Court and as Chief Justice, passed away on March 2. He was 86.

Friday, February 28, 2020

A story about a good man

Phillip D. Rios, sole survivor of 1981 Loop crane disaster that killed 5, has died at 67
A construction worker on the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago, he and the others plummeted about 10 stories. He treasured his second chance at living.
By Maureen O'Donnell Feb 28, 2020, 11:00am CST

Three days into a new construction job, Phillip D. Rios entered the metal bucket that would hoist him several stories in the air to work on what would become the James R. Thompson Center.

He was thrilled about becoming an apprentice oiler. At 28, he was married and had an 18-month old daughter, Sarah.

He’d discovered that the crane-hoisted cage would do a stomach-churning drop before going back up.

Friday, February 21, 2020

A modern hero

Tim Tebow: I’d rather be known for saving babies from abortion than winning the Super Bowl

An a Kansans for Life banquet, the former quarterback thanked the co-owner of the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs for 'having courage' to stand up for life.

Fri Feb 21, 2020 - 7:27 pm EST

By Doug Mainwaring

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, February 21, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – While speaking to a large gathering of pro-lifers, former Denver Broncos quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow said that saving the unborn “really does mean a lot more than winning the Super Bowl.”

Tebow was at the Kansans for Life annual Valentine’s Day banquet held at the Overland Park Convention Center, attended by nearly 1,200 people, according to a report by National Right to Life News.

The master of ceremonies, Lamar Hunt Jr., co-owner of the Super Bowl LIV champion Kansas City

Friday, January 31, 2020

Michael Cafferty, dead at 49, rebuilt his life after car crash at 18 left him paralyzed

He went to law school, got married, had kids, worked at the Cook County public guardian’s office to help others — and survived deadly 2003 county administration building fire.

Mike Cafferty was a kid from the Back of the Yards who knew how to take care of himself.

He worked as a lifeguard and did two-mile Lake Michigan swims. He could throw a football, breakdance or clock somebody with a punch.

At 18, a car crash left him paralyzed below the neck. After that, he’d have dreams about swimming, running and throwing a football. Then, he’d wake up.

“I am shocked that I can’t move,” he wrote in his autobiography “Driven.” “And tears hit the pillow every paralyzed night.”

Mr. Cafferty spent two years in a rehabilitation facility. He went on to study psychology at the

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hazel Crest holds memorial in honor of fallen soldier Henry Mayfield Jr.

By Dane Placko Published 10 hours ago

Hazel Crest holds memorial in honor of fallen soldier Henry Mayfield Jr.

A heartwarming show of support was organized Tuesday night for a local army specialist killed while serving last week. 

HAZEL CREST, Ill. - A heartwarming show of support was organized Tuesday night for a local army specialist killed while serving last week.

The south suburban town of Hazel Crest is now coming together, putting yellow ribbons around trees in his honor. The town dubbed today Henry Mayfield Jr. Day, and says they are proud to call the