July 12, 1934
Cliffside, July 7 — “And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly and to love mercy, and to work humbly with god?“—Micah 6:3
The quotation adorns the arched doorway of the Hall of Religion in the Century of Progress Exposition grounds. It is a lasting impression which comes from the city and the great fair inclusively. It is the striking impression we receive in either the city or at the Century Exposition.
Aviation: The visitor may the pleasure of flying over the fair in either Sikorsky Amphibians or in two Goodyear blimps (the Reliance and the Pathfinder which leave regularly from the fair’s south end. On exhibit was the new “twin” Wasp engine of 700-horsepower. This is the first of the new twin radial motors that we have seen. Of air-cooled construction, you will remember that a “radial” motor’s cylinders are set as spokes in a wheel. Contrary ??? to usual opinion, the pistons do not revolve.
Sports: We saw Jack Medica of Seattle, Washington break the record of the mile swim. With newsreel cameramen, sports writers and newspaper photographers all around we had a close-up of the gala festival. Tonight we have witnessed four bouts of wrestling and, my friend, take it from me, there was no soft-light necking going on with those boys. ??? There was plenty of action. Raphael Garbaldi ??? was a favorite, and was a winner in his bout.
Movies: Of very much benefit to the interested man is the demonstration known as “Hollywood”. Here you may see actually and practically how a picture is produced. On the set in person for the two episodes were: Mary Carr, star of “Over the Hill”, her sons, Tommy and Stephen, Lincoln Stedman, director, Audrene Brier, Edna Sinclair and George Lewis. During this demonstration we collected the astounding fact that a city of 25,000 people uses less electricity in a month’s time than is required for the production of a single 5-reel motion picture.
Dropping ourselves uptown on Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street we took a speedboat at the Michigan Avenue bridge and in a 10-mile spin over Lake Michigan we now conclude that speedboats are our very latest new weakness. This gives a new slant to seeing the Century Exposition grounds.
On State Street at The Chicago we saw Mitzi Mayfair, in person, doing her own dancing creation. Many of you have seen her with Hal LeRoy in movie shorts. Tito Guizer, CBS star singer, clicked with us when he sang (on the stage) in English our song, “A Thousand Goodnights.” We will remember that for a time…..Buddy Rogers and California Cavaliers in a floor show we were told were clicking at the College Inn Restaurant. Jackie Heller, with the floor show, always clicks…. In the Pompeian Room of The Congress Hotel, Eddie Duchin and his Central Park Casino orchestra are playing a dance tonight for late supper guest…Good old Hal Kemp, John Scott Trotter, and Skinnay Ennis, U of N. C. boys, from Charlotte and their international orchestra are still “wowing” the crowds at The Blackhawk on Wabash Avenue. We were told that because of Hal Kemp and his entertainment, the Blackhawk is the popular spot of after-theatre entertainment in Chicago. The softly lighted Blackhawk is just off ??? Randolph Street. The only man we have seen with wavering legs came out of the Blackhawk just then and for three blocks we could see that he was still feeling in all his pockets for a box of matches.
Out South Shore Drive the visitor to Chicago first gets an impression ____iesta”. Often known as Chicago’s “gold Coast” we note an array of private boats in their Sunday best with every piece of brass polished. These prominent hotels are along the drive: The Flamingo, Jackson Towers, Saranac Apartment Hotel, The Barclay and the Narrangansett. The Stevens, largest hotel in the world, is on Michigan Avenue. We note many New Yorkers around the St. Clair Hotel, Ohio Street at Michigan Avenue.
A most beautiful structure: The Cincinnati Times-Star building in Cincinnati, Ohio.