The Organization and the BookieMy friend Marie Carnes shares a lovely remembrance of an old man's bar on the Northwest Side. Though my own bar-crawling days were mostly spent in age-appropriate bars, most of those blur together in my mind (was that McGee's? or Kincade's?), while the handful of old man's bars that I drank in were truly unique experiences, and each bar remains vivid in my mind, all these years later.
Thank you for linking, Pete. The place was Big Wally's on Belden and Greenview. Royko gave it a couple paragraphs in his Sez Who, Sez Me book.
Posted by: Marie at Nov 18, 2012 10:00:33 PM
My favorite Royko book. Was that the bar whose dog rescued the drunk from the snow drift?
Posted by: Pete at Nov 19, 2012 5:33:41 AM
That's the same bar, home of Freddie the Freeloader, as immortalized by Royko in 1980:
Posted by: Pete at Nov 19, 2012 1:30:48 PM