Tom Cluster’s Van Nuys (1955-1962).


A few weeks ago I received a lovely email, and some photos from Tom Cluster, a reader of this blog. Here is one excerpt: Dear Andy, I just discovered your blog about Van Nuys.  I'm entranced by it.  I'm almost 70.  Our family moved to 6944 Columbus Avenue in the summer of 1955.  It was…

Impressions of Chicago (Part II)


I was born and raised in Chicago. How I thought of that city, which I left before I became an adult, was cloaked and colored under the family who brought me up there and who soaked their biases into my head. That Chicago, more specifically Lincolnwood, became a suffocating, judgmental, intolerant and petty landscape of…