Ken Nordine’s voice was so unique, “companies would come to him to create the commercial, based on his style with ‘Word Jazz,’ ” said his son Ken.
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Pastor Vic Rodriguez of La Villita church “was a spiritual leader, a mentor,” Chicago police Sgt. Alfonso Lara said. “He wanted to make a difference.”
“Denise pushed us to think about things that mattered,” said Leo Burnett’s Jeanie Caggiano. “Everything she touched was simply far more relevant.”
Dorothy Cross, who said she was a great-niece of heavyweight boxing great Jack Johnson and pushed to clear the late boxer’s name, has died at 88.
“Chicago’s animal-welfare community lost one of its heroes,’’ the Anti-Cruelty Society says of the death of Bill Caprio.
Father George McKenna “really was the kindest man I’ve ever met,” said Nancy Westvang. “He just had such a human connection.”
He came from a family of achievers, including cousin Colin Powell and grandson Pete Wentz, who gave him a shout-out when Fall Out Boy played Chicago.
He was considered the world’s leading expert on Sumerian, an ancient language of Mesopotamia. He also helped Anchor Brewing re-create a Sumerian beer.
After the death of her husband, Bears running back Brian Piccolo, his widow says Pat Somers Cronin convinced her she should stay in Chicago.
Vater Fite was granddaughter of a slave, a WWII-era ‘Rosie the riveter,’ grandmother of an Illinois legislator and great-grandmother of an NBA player.
“It was almost like your grandmother was scolding you,” police commander says of Glenda Linder, who spent years nabbing shoplifters for Carson’s.
“He was one of Chicago’s premier socialite-connectors, particularly for the African-American community,” said friend James Ramos.
Barbara Proctor “helped open up the category of black-owned advertising agencies focused on the black consumer market,” said adman Tom Burrell.
In life, Barbara Brown had four species named for her: a rodent, monkey, mouse and prehistoric bird. In death, she hoped to be reincarnated as a hawk.