Monday, December 20, 2010

Unknown Chicago: Death of a Mayor (12-20-1976)

So today was the day, the current Chicago Mayor's father (then Mayor Richard J. Daley) had actually passed away. He was at the doctor's office getting his chest pains checked out, but just as the ambulance was on it's way he collapsed. He had passed on before the day was out.

It almost brings to mind what happened to Harold Washington. He was mayor a decade later and his fate was similar. Mayor Washington has also died of a heart attack and while I came too late to witness Mayor Daley's death. I was just in time for Washington's.

While I was quite young to comprehend that event, I do remember most of the media coverage. Surely it wasn't much different for the "last of the big city bosses".

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