Solution for the May 2013 Puzzler!

CaponeWell, no one knew the answer to the Puzzler this time, although some made gallant efforts, while others had no idea what the answer is, but really want to know.

The Puzzler was: What was  the gaff involving the City of Chicago flag in the movie The Untouchables?

So here goes: If you saw The Untouchables, you may remember the shot of South LaSalle Street and  the financial district with many city flags flying from the buildings. You also may have noted that all of the flags had four red stars. In addition, you probably know that the events in the movie took place in the late 1920’s.  

Each star represents a significant place or event in Chicago history. The design for the City of Chicago flag was first approved in 1917 with the first two stars honoring the Great Chicago  Fire of 1871 and the Columbian Exposition World’s Fair of 1893. The third star was added in 1933 for the Century of Progress World’s Fair of the same year. The fourth and last star was added in 1939 to commorate Fort Dearborn. The Fort actually predated by many years all those having already received stars.

Thus, there were only two stars on the flag in the late 1920’s!


About Chicago Stories

I'm a Chicagoan, have been for fifty years. I've had a consulting business in the city for thirty-eight years, working with many Chicago companies and organizations and others around the world. Before that, I worked the city's race relations agency for five years.I am a volunteer tour guide for Chicago's Greeter Program and introduce visitors from around the world to this beautiful city. I'm also a writer of several professional books as well as poetry, essays and fiction. The city has become my inspiration, education and entertainment. View all posts by Chicago Stories

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