Here’s your new Puzzler for July!

The phrase, “Smoke-Filled Room” is nothing new. In fact, it seems to have been in the vernacular forever. But where did it come from? When did it first appear? And how did it get into common use?

Well, as you may have suspected by now, the Smoke-Filled Room made its first recognized appearance right here in Chicago! How appropriate. And it was introduced as a result of a political convention.

Therein lies the basis of this month’s Puzzler. Your challenge is to answer these questions:

1. In what year was the term, Smoke-Filled Room introduced?

2. Specifically, where in the Windy City did the Smoke-Filled Room come into use? And what was the result?

3. And, in which party’s convention was it first popularized?

Send me your answers as a “comment” and I’ll publish the correct answer in a couple of weeks.

Good Luck1


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

One response to “Here’s your new Puzzler for July!

  • Steve Ambrose

    1920, during the Warren G Harding , Republican Party presidential campaign. Blackstone Hotel, 636 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

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