Amid all of the hijinks on screen, Don Sandburg, who played Sandy the Clown, also produced and wrote classic skits seen on “Bozo’s Circus.”
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When Autilia Di Nunzio waited at Rose Records to meet opera singers Richard Tucker and Robert Merrill, “It was like meeting Elvis,” her daughter said.
Peter Roesch “was one of the important links between the Bauhaus of Mies and contemporary Chicago architecture,” fellow architect John Ronan said
Leon Lederman changed “how physicists regard the value of public outreach and education,” said the University of Chicago’s Edward W. (Rocky) Kolb.
“The Bean” would have been smaller if not for John H. Bryan Jr., says Anish Kapoor, who created the iconic Millennium Park sculpture.
Dave Schippers, chief House Judiciary counsel in the President Bill Clinton impeachment, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at 88 at home in Grayslake.
Arnieta Kurtz volunteered for so long at Brookfield Zoo that they named a baby giraffe for her. She died last month at 73.
Othon Guasso “had the perfect American dream,” said his son Jorge. “He worked when he needed to work and just to keep himself busy.”
After retiring, Bernard Brommel became Northeastern Illinois University’s second-biggest donor, ultimately giving more than $2.5 million.
One patron said Gus Boznos’ Par-King mini-golf was where “I can see Lady Liberty, Mount Rushmore and a weird psychedelic pumpkin all before curfew.”
Laverne Burnett owned the most Harold’s Chicken shacks. “He’s been in business longer and has more stores,” said CEO Kristen Pierce-Sherrod.
Buddy Mayer and her husband Robert “collected boldly, learning from dealers, but trusting their instincts,” said their family art curator Marla Hand.
Bud Gillespie’s teenage journey with friends Kurt Vonnegut and George Jeffrey “was pretty formative for Vonnegut,” biographer Ginger Strand says.
Lydia Heston “traveled by camel, by elephant, by biplane,” said her son Fraser. “She was the Indiana Jones of our family.”
Evanston Mayor Lorraine Morton “had an incredible ability to bring people together, and we all loved her,” said her successor, Elizabeth Tisdahl.