In the late 1980s, Club Dreamerz on Milwaukee Avenue marked Wicker Park’s transition from old immigrant neighborhood to trendy tech hub.
In 1989, 1.4% of U.S. households had cell phones while 28% had an answering machine. In 2020, there are 1.29 cell phones per person in the U.S. and only 40% of households still have a landline.
Ted Williams was a hall of fame left fielder and a Sears label for certain sporting goods, including bicycles made in Austria by Steyr-Daimler-Puch.
For the AACM 20th anniversary celebration, Cecil Taylor performed at Mandel Hall with Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, Malachi Favors and Steve McCall. After the concert he recorded a station ID for WHPK.
The Polk-A-Lay-Lee was a ukulele like instrument created for Polk Brothers Electronics in 1965. One could buy it for five dollars with the purchase of a tape recorder or TV.