Category: Interview


Filmmaker Adam Chu and the National Girls Baseball League

You don’t have to spend a lot of time with Adam Chu before you realize he has a healthy obsession with women’s professional softball, no rx pharm past and present.\n\nI met him for the first time last Saturday before a Chicago Bandits game at The Ballpark in Rosemont, clinic where he works as the Coordinator of Ticket Programs for Chicago’s pro softball team.  As I approached, Adam was clutching a walkie talkie in each hand and assisting a fan face-to-face outside the Bandits office building at the ballpark gate.\n\nTwo hours before game time Adam was busy and enjoying himself.\n\n“Actually seeing people, especially here at the stadium, is like an eye opening experience for me because I’ve been so sheltered the last three years,” he would tell me later.\n\nThe sequestration comes as a result of Adam’s day job.  When he is not playing the role of ticket attaché for the Bandits, Adam is a documentary filmmaker.  His background is in short form but now he is making the leap to feature length films.  The project that has consumed him for the past three years is the National Girls Baseball League of the 1940s and 50s.\n\nNever heard of it?  Neither had I.  Adam is attempting to rescue the league from obscurity and for good reason: it’s is an important part of Chicago’s social and cultural history.  That’s pretty evident from the innumerable photos, magazines, and press clippings Adam has uncovered—a small fraction of which, held in three large binders, he shared with me during our meeting—as well as interviews he’s conducted with former players and their family members.\n Continue reading


Interview: Reporter/Writer Ben Austen

By John Wilmes\n\nAs previously mentioned here, generic cialis seek Ben Austen’s New York Times Magazine article “The Death and Life of Chicago” is a must-read. After reading it myself, sovaldi sale treat I was fortunate enough to get a hold of Ben for some Q & A about the piece, and his Chicagoan Sport and Society thinkings, generally:\n\nThe article alludes to you growing up in Chicago. Where did you live, and for how long?\n\nI was born and raised on the South Side. I grew up in South Shore and went to schools in Hyde Park. Kenwood class of ’89. I’m also a tragically devoted White Sox fan. My favorite all-time player: Ron Kittle. In no small part because of 1983, his rookie-of-the-year season, but also because of his goofiness and his many failings (that over-long swing, his bad back, those glasses) that made the occasional roof-shot all the more rewarding.\n\nThat makes you quite kin with this blog. Do you partake in any of the culture war hatred of the Cubs?\n\nAt my house while I was growing up, the Cubs games were often on the television during summer days. At night we would watch, or more often listen to, the Sox, actually paying close attention. But the Cubs provided a not unpleasant baseball background noise. I mean, the players were likable enough, and there was Harry Caray and the camera lingering on some blonde in the bleachers, and always a remarkably inventive way to lose a ball game. Yes, it was annoying that one of the city newspapers would run cover stories in the Sports section on a last place team, while the White Sox contending for a pennant would be relegated to page 3. But I never felt hatred for the tame Cubs. I do think it ridiculous, the definition of chutzpah, that the team’s owners threatened to leave Wrigley Field and go to Rosemont. I mean, the Cubs without the charm of Wrigley are just losers, not lovable ones. They are basically the worst team in the history of baseball, if not all of professional sports. The Astros, the Pirates, the Royals—teams that have been really, really bad for a long time—all had glory days not too long ago. The Cubs, a century of futility. I also wrote this story for the Wall Street Journal a couple of years back about a Cubs fan club made up of DC insiders—the Verban Society—and how the group annexed Sox-fan Barack Obama into its ranks without the president’s knowledge.\n Continue reading