Thursday, November 08, 2007
Learn something new every day
Today, an elderly black man on the #4 bus regaled us with a largely fictional but always entertaining history of blacks in Chicago. The highlight was the story of how Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, the city's first settler (true, in 1779), "landed in Chicago - and when I say landed, I mean landed, in an airplane!" After much amused protest from other riders, he revised his story a bit and took out the plane, but stood firm in his adamant statement that du Sable did actually live here. Which nobody disputed.