Tag: RJ White

Go There: Future Christmas Wonderland

Go There is a feature in which our writers tell you about tourist attractions and other places of interest around the city. In 1960, the downtown Osberger’s Department Store unveiled the Future Christmas Wonderland, an audio animatronic attraction that took…

Friday Facts: YOU ARE NOW ALMOST HOME

:: Word has it that the Journal-Clarion will be holding an online chat with the men portraying this year’s ceremonial “Three Hoboes” soon after they are announced. We will keep you posted. :: Date set for the demolition of the…

Lighting the Natural Gas Menorah

Programming Change: It has just been announced that, due to the recent snowfall, the plaza in front of the QuadstatesEC (formerly Energonistics, formerly Municipal Gas Works) headquarters on East Main Street in the Central Corridor will not cleared enough for…

Friday Facts: Light the Tree, Sell the Books

:: Number of variations on “LED” used by various speakers during Thursday’s municipal Holiday Fest tree-lighting ceremony at Old City Hall: 7 (“LDE,” “LDD,” “LLD,” “Lead,” “DL,” “Leed,” and “Magic bulbs.”) :: Number of killowatt hours saved by the widely-touted…

The Fake Homeless Man

A new piece of public art has been slightly creeping people out on the 39th and Berger Street corner of the Art Institute campus. Near the sidewalk, sitting on a waist-high granite ledge, is what appears to be a homeless…

Friday Facts: 311 is Not a Joke

:: Today, at 5pm, the city’s Office for Information and Complaints hotline will shut down after 33 years of service. It will be subsumed into the city’s new 311 information service. :: Number of staffers for the hotline in 1974:…

Halloween Briefs- Haunted Houses, Politics, Etc.

:: As always, there are a smattering of haunted houses/trails/apple orchards/still-empty Service Merchandise stores/whathaveyous around the region, most of which close up shop as Wednesday night. The Central Corridor Jaycees, however, would like everyone to know that their “Thirteenth Floor…

Friday Facts: Halloweeeeennnnn

:: The plug has been pulled on the traditional giant electric pumpkin atop the 49th floor setback on the Chandler Building downtown. Vandals had redrawn the pumpkinā€™s face with triangular eyes and a gap-toothed grin that presented an uncomfortably near…

Friday Facts: I Have Two Orange Triangles

:: The 33rd Gourd Festival this weekend will include gourd carving, a gourd/squash bake off, gourd costume contest and prize for largest gourd (last year’s winner, with a 4lb, 3oz gourd received $25 TGI Friday’s gift card). :: The first…