My name is John R. Schmidt. I’m a fifth-generation Chicagoan. I grew up without any siblings, but I did have two grandparents in the house. They were always telling me stories about the city of the past. Later, when I started going to parties, it became natural for me to seek out the oldest person in the room, to hear his (or her) tales.
Funny thing–lately, I’ve noticed that when I go to parties, I’m often the oldest person in the room. And so, rather than wait for some eager young grasshopper to come looking for me in search of wisdom, I’ve decided to launch this blog.
Besides having lived through a sizeable chunk of history, I am also a professional historian. I earned a Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago. I’ve written three books, parts of five others, and about 500 articles.
So what’s going to go up here? Let it be a surprise. It could be the story of a major event that affected the course of history. Or it may be an obscure vignette from the past that illustrates how things have changed–or how they have remained the same. In any event, I hope that I can start your day with a smile.
I love talking about my city (and that includes the suburbs, too–let’s leave artificial boundaries to the politicians). And as a teacher for thirty-some years, I love answering questions. So email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Or better still, just leave a comment right here on the blog.