Monthly Archives: June 2012

New Poem

See my new poem, “White Sox, 2011” in Larry’s Chicago Poems. 

Click on ‘Larry’s Chicago Poems’ at the top of the page.

Solution to the June Puzzler

For all of you who have been waiting with bated breath for the solution to this month’s Puzzler, here it is!

Your June Puzzler question was:


Flags (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

The Chicago Flag has four stars. What do the stars represent?

Our Chicago flag’s stars commemorate four significant places or events in the city’s history. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,

  •  The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It’s the first star, but the most recently added to the  flag, in 1939.
  • The second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and it has been on the flag since the original 1917 design.
  • The third  star symbolizes the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and is also original to the flag.
  • The fourth star refers to the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933-4 and was added in 1933.

Does anyone remember the gaff in the movie, The Untouchables, which included a scene looking south on La Salle Street in the financial district lined with the four-starred Chicago flag? The only problem was that the story took place in the late 1920’s.  As we all now know, the fourth star could not  have appeared on the flag until 1933. And as we all now also know, the star for Fort Dearborn was not  added until 1939!

Of course, the extra credit question, “Which star was added last?” we  now know.  It was worth 25 points. Another question, a 15 pointer, was “Do the blue stripes mean anything? And if so, what do they stand for?” They represent Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

The last extra credit question was, “What does each point on each star represent?” OK, each point has been assigned a meaning, but it is really arcane stuff that I’m not going  to bother with. If you’re  that curious, look it up.

Congratulations to all who got the answers to the June Puzzler!

Thanks for entering,


New Feature: Nooz U Luv

I’m starting a new feature for my blog, entitled “Nooz U Luv”. I’ll be on the lookout for neat little oddities, quotes, events and happenings that we all love to know about. So I’ll be collecting stuff I hear about or that appears in media that you might take guilty pleasure in knowing about.  Just click “Nooz U Luv” at the top of the page.

Also, I’d love to hear from you if you come across any delicious fact or happening. Send me a comment or an email and I’ll put it in the  blog. Have fun!


Can you hear me now

The June Puzzler

Our Chicago City Flag is ubiquitous. It seems it is everywhere, on municipal buildings, arenas, lampposts, banks, police and firefighter uniforms, everywhere.

But do we know our flag’s meaning? Those stars must be there for a reason. And the stripes, are they more than mere decoration?

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Your June Puzzler question is:

The Chicago Flag has four stars. What do the stars represent?

For extra credit, here are some additional questions:

Do the blue stripes represent anything?  And if so, what do they stand for? Worth 15 points.

Which star was added most recently? Be careful, this could be a trick. Worth 25 points.

And finally, for you trivia buffs out there, what does each point on each star represent? Worth 11.5 points.

 To enter, include your answers as a comment below. I’ll announce the results in a couple of weeks.

Good luck everybody. And keep your eyes on your own computer.


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construction specifications (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Wait ’til Next Year – A Poem

For the White Sox a new season,

White Sox Fireworks

White Sox Fireworks 

A renewable fan,

An annual optimist,

I am a new man.

A gullible fan, forget

Last year’s heartbreak,

I am a trusting man,

With dim fading dream.

Since autumn’s disgust,

Certain moves have been made.

We have a new team,

Renewing the dream.

But bad moves were made,

Still, we buy season tickets.

This is a new team?

So many new names.

So I scalp all my tickets,

The annual opportunist,

Forget the new names.

For the Sox, a Cubs season.

by Larry Ambrose