So I now have a Time Out Blog that I’m referring to as “Adam in the Archives,” since most posts will involve me digging obscure stories from old newspaper archives. I have two posts up so far, with one or two per week coming up.
Christmas Tragedies recounts a few tales of woe from the papers of a century ago (when taste and propriety were not exactly the order of the day).
Chaplin’s Censorship in Chicago tells about how we actually had a government group that censored movies in Chicago 100 years ago. No foreign nations launched attacks on us over Charlie Chaplin’s Hitler-bashing The Great Dictator in 1941, but Chaplin ran afoul of local censors in 1914 over a two-reeler in which he spends about half the film pantless. This week marks exactly 100 years since Chaplin moved to Chicago; it was supposed to be a long-term move but only lasted a few weeks.
Tonight (the 28th) I’ll be talking about the blog on Pretty Late with Patti Vasquez on WGN. Look for more TimeOut posts soon.