May 3, 2010
One Fantastic Chicago History Fan
Jim Flynn loves Chicago. He's a South Side Irishman through and through, a long time White Sox fan, and one of the city's finest - a member of the Chicago Fire Department. Doesn't get more Chicago than that! But, Jim also loves Chicago history, and when he saw my recent post on "Big Mary," he was kind enough to contact me.
"It always amazes me," wrote Jim, that so many Chicagoans know so little about the Columbian Exposition. What is probably more disheartening is that so few people have ever even seen the Statue of the Republic. I always felt that it is one of the most beautiful symbols of our city."
Jim's interest in Chicago's past began early. "I first became interested in the Exposition way back in high school when I realized that the Museum of Science and Industry was originally built as part of fair grounds for the Expo. Then when I learned how Chicago was almost literally brought back from the ruins of the fire in 1871, I was hooked.
"I can't say that I'm necessarily a collector. I just enjoy reading history and seeing how what happened over a hundred years ago shaped the city that I love so much." And, Jim is proud to show his love for the city every day. In fact, he wears his heart on his sleeve; under it, to be exact.
Please note the addition of the "Y" to the artwork; the municipal device symbolizes the three branches of the Chicago River which converge at Wolf Point. (It can be found all over the city if you look carefully.)
I do believe we have found "Big Mary's" biggest fan, and I'm sure he would be Kat Von D approved. It is a beauty, Jim! Thanks for sharing!