Mary and I decided to spend our first anniversary at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Since I was working, we decided it would be easiest if she met me there after work. When I got there, she told me that, while she was sitting there waiting on me, Yul Brynner walked through the lobby, wearing the cowboy hat he wore in Westworld.
A couple of years later, I was in downtown Chicago late at night (I got called in to fix a production problem), and what do I see, rounding the corner of Adams and Wells, but a limousine carrying Yul Brynner? Typical of Crazy John, I waved to him, and he waved back.
I think both times he was doing The King And I at the Shubert Theatre, now called the CIBC Theatre. According to the Blogger’s Best Friend, it started out as The Majestic Theatre, was bought by The Nederlander Group in the Forties and renamed the Shubert, and it’s been The LaSalle Bank Theatre, The Bank of America Theatre, and The Private Bank Theatre before becoming The CIBC Theatre.
Ever get the feeling, that with all these mergers and consolidations, we’re going to end up with one bank, one airline, one pharmaceutical company, etc.?
I had a whole lot more on that subject, but something is telling me “You’ll be sorry if you go down that road,” so I won’t.
How about a Christmas song? Here’s one by PDQ Bach (a/k/a “Professor” Peter Schickele), “Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John.”
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