Spirited love of pretzels

By Caryl Clem:

Pretzels have propelled through history by prayers and beer. Pretzels were created by a monk shaping scraps of bread dough into a shape paying homage to the trinity with arms crossed over in prayer. Spelled petiole in Latin, the newly shaped baked bread was a treat for children who learned their prayers. In old German brezitella means an arm which adds credibility to the monk theory.  Germans became famous serving hard and soft Bavarian style pretzels with mustard or tankards of beer.  By the 12th century, the bakers guild symbol was the pretzel. 

Illinois has its own Pretzel City 100 miles from Chicago.  Germans dominated the culture in Stephenson County and the town of Freeport.  According to records from the Historical Society; 5 brewing companies were producing large quantities of beer followed by the increased production of pretzels by Billerbeck Bakery, beer’s favorite taste bud companion.  In 1895, The Daily Democrat declared Freeport to be “Pretzel City.” Even the Freeport High School adopted the pretzel as its mascot. Proudly upholding the pretzels with beer traditions are Generation Brewing Company on Adams St., or travel about 12 miles to visit either Lena Brewing Company or Wishful Acres Farm and Brewery.

Chicago offers authentic family recipe Bavarian soft pretzels made by Reinhard Richter at DANK Haus German Cultural Center classes. Yelp advertises the top ten places located in Chicago to find German pretzels and beer.  Foursquare adds more pretzel places that showcase new pretzel creations to add to your favorite choices.  The fastest way to satisfy the pretzel urge is a trip to the grocery store. I love Snyder‘s of Hanover Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Pieces or pretzel sticks ready to get stuck in a dip.    

April 26 is National Pretzel day so celebrate devouring them in twisted or straight form.  For the diet conscious, pretzels are low carb and a great substitute for potato chips or French fries alongside your sandwich.  Worldwide consumption of pretzels is growing, no sugar for diabetics, low or no salt for heart friendly dinning: best reasons of all, TASTE, enjoy some soon.

Kindergarten: How about you?

I don’t know how other Baby Boomers began their education but this book, Work That is Play, I completed in kindergarten and work WAS NOT play for me in any form. I began my days at Thomas Hoyne Elementary at 8905 South Crandon in 1961. My special number was 23. I did like to color but I cried alot. Actually, the only time I didn’t cry was when Mrs. Obrien, my teacher, said that I that I had real talent. When I sat with my friend Wendy on the carpet singing songs and Mrs Obrien played the old upright piano, I could tolerate the experience. I became a high school teacher first in my 20’s followed by a lifetime in many educational roles. Currently, approaching retirement, I assist in the younger grades. Consequently, knowing exactly what it takes to be able to help them smile once again and accept their own challenges.

Written from the cover of the book in 1958, Work that is Play was a reading readiness book that would give the child activities that would offer them concrete experiences in building a foundation to insure success in acquiring the tool-subjects of First and Second Grade. It was a book that was in loose leaf form so the teacher could use the sheets as she wanted. Work That is Play eliminated paste since all the materials to be pasted were printed on gummed paper. Little certificates were given as award to the child for the completion and the book comes with special fasteners for binding the book together. The book was published at J.M Kehoe Publishing Company which was located on 2429 Clybourn Avenue in Chicago.

Today, Hoyne Elementary is a Fine and Performing Arts Magnet Cluster School; K-8. Hoyne offers students a rigorous academic curriculum and provides numerous reading programs based on grade and skill level. During the early 1960’s, there were over crowding of the area and another school was built to accommodate. I went to Kate Sturgis Buckingham School at 9207 Phillips for first through fifth grade but they were closed in 2013. Actually, they became a school for just special education students. Warren, also a magnet school, at 9239 South Jeffrey is where I completed my junior high education.

Many my age do not remember those early years but it is the teacher that makes the difference regardless of how young. It is the teacher that touches a life forever.

Yabba Dabba Doo

My favorite memories include the theme song which continues to play in my mind as well as the last segment of the show’s introduction where Fred begins knocking on the door yelling Wilma at the end. An animated sitcom produced by Hanna Barbera, I also liked checking out the different animal appliances and tools. they used in the 1960’s Stone age setting for the Flinstones. Favorites included the mastodon vacuum cleaner and the bird record player where the tip of the birds beak is grooving out songs on the record while a turtle under the record rotates it. Wilma and Fred were the first animated couple to sleep in the same bed on television in the 1960’s. Their daughter, Pebbles, was always my favorite.

Winston Cigarettes actually sponsored the show and one popular commercial was Fred and Barney taking a break with cigarettes. Their wives didn’t smoke and yelled at them but it was in the 1970’s when that began to change banning cigarette ads on TV and radio. Then, it became about vitamins and breakfast food; my kids wanted Flinstone vitamins and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

The series follows the activities of the family, the Flintstones, and their next-door neighbors, the Rubbles, their best friends. It was originally broadcast on ABC from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966, and were the first animated series to hold a prime time slot on television. The Flintstones was the most financially successful and longest-running network animated television series for three decades, until The Simpsons, which debuted in late 1989, outlasted it. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second-greatest TV cartoon of all time (after The Simpsons).

According to sources, The Flinstones movie was theatrically released on May 27, 1994, and earned almost $342 million worldwide against a $46 million budget, making it a huge box office success, despite earning negative reviews from critics. The film stars John Goodman as Fred FlintstoneRick Moranis as Barney RubbleElizabeth Perkins as Wilma Flintstone and Rosie O’Donnell as Betty Rubble, along with Kyle MacLachlan as a villainous executive-vice president of Fred’s company, Halle Berry as his seductive secretary, and Elizabeth Taylor (in her final theatrical film appearance), as Pearl Slaghoople, Wilma’s mother.

Student talent search

By Caryl Clem:

Classrooms, living organs delivering nutrients

To free the mind, inspire students’ soul

Instilling searching, discovery an act of excitement

Figuring out the pieces that create a whole.

Paraprofessionals provide daily experience and wisdom

Blending  educational  levels  into a life sustaining system.

Smiling. promoting  student confidence to try again

Beside every student, ready to defend, amend

Shaping classrooms into a safety zone

Dream, the future is your friend

Building blocks inside every lesson

Step by step, to  brighter tomorrows.

Paraprofessionals, classroom heroes

Combining compassion and education

Conductng  year long talent searches

Encouraging student strengths emergence.

 A seamless support entity

Promoting our students utmost ability.

Thorndyke Hilton Chapel in Chicago

Miss Mavis Emerson, daughter of Lottie Emerson of Kempton, and John Korff were married at 1pm Saturday, August 5, 1949 in the Thorndike Hilton Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago with Reverend Robert E Tinker officiating. The bride wore a gown of white silk chiffon over white satin with a full skirt and front panel with imported lace.…….. And the article from the Pentagraph continues to describe the Maid of Honors dress, Arlene Gates from Kankakee, in explicit detail though I was fortunate to have pictures and a movie. My mother, Mavis Korff, was a secretary, my father owner of Glass Sales and Service at 6755 South Chicago Ave and began their marriage at 2148 East 81 Street. However, the story is about the quaint Thorndike Hilton Memorial Chapel where hundreds of Chicagoans were married. It was especially popular for weddings during and after World War 2. At the end of the article, couples are listed that you may know.

Thorndike Hilton Memorial Chapel was located at 5757 South University Avenue which was the former Chicago Theological Seminary building located at was adaptively reused to house instructional and research programs for the Department of Economics and the office, conference, and research facilities for the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The chapel was built in 1926 and was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hilton in memory of their son, Thorndike who died at the age of 21.

Visitors to area could still take a break inside the chapel during the early 2000’s.
The seminary website said: “Our Thorndike Hilton Chapel is open twenty-four hours a day and available for students seeking a place to lead small gatherings or to spend time in individual prayer and meditation. The cloisters, a long corridor with one wall of glass doors that look out on the stone-terraced garth, is also a favorite place to reflect, especially during the afternoon hours when the hall is flooded with sunlight.” Dee Stribling talks about her visit to the chapel and though small, quite powerful. Its glory is in the stain glass windows that are exquisite.

Just to name a few that married at the chapel:

James Thomas Jones to Esther Mildred-1937, Shirley Stansbury married Robert Thomas – 1949, Dorothy (Dottie) Louise Watson married Howard Hilton-1948, Jean Hambly to Stuart Miller- 1946, Gwendolyn Lucille Cattorini to Walter J. Schroeder-1943,Gordon Lee Mennen to Teresa Harms, 1942, Ivan McDaniel to Lois Stansbury-1957, Kathyrn Marshall to Walter Taylor-1942, Elizabeth Law to Theodore Roberts-1953

EBay offers wonderful postcards of the chapel; some I own but there are some that are currently out of stock.