"Everywhere we go, people want to know..." (1967)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 30 20:56:53 UTC 2005

>I grew up in the Hyde Park area and never heard of a Blackstone hotel
>there.  There was a Blackstone Hotel on Michigan Ave just next to the
>Hilton of '68 convention fame.  The Windemere was near Blackstone Ave.
>Of course when I was growing up there, I was not much of a hotel goer so
>I may be unremembered.

I'm (almost) sure you're right.  Not only *might* I (as I allowed
below) have confused the location of the Blackstone Hotel with that
of the Windemere (not to be confused, as I evidently did, with Lady
Windermere and her fan), perhaps not surprisingly since they confused
me by placing the latter near the avenue named for the former, but I
*must* have done.  (As the Brits would say.)  I guess both the hotel
and the avenue were named after the Blackstone who was the czar of
the Illinois Central railroad.


>Laurence Horn wrote:
>>>Blackstone is a north/south street that runs through Woodlawn, which is
>>>a neighborhood just south of the U. of Chicago.
>>Also back in the late 1960's and 1970's there was a relatively
>>reasonable Blackstone Hotel in that area (Hyde Park or Woodlawn, near
>>the U. of Chicago) that people stayed in during the Chicago
>>Linguistic Society meetings in April.  (People who had a bit more
>>money than those of us who stayed at the I[nternational]-House, that
>>is.)  I may be confusing its location with that of the Windermere,
>>which was the other option.  I think it was turned into condos or
>>apartments afterward, but I can't vouch for that.  Anyway, there's
>>probably not much connection between the hotel and the Rangers.
>>>Wilson Gray wrote:
>>>>I'm not familiar with their use of "mighty, mighty" in their battle
>>>>cry, but
>>>>the Blackstone Rangers themselves were once (in)famous across [black?]
>>>>America, thanks to Ebony and Jet. In their day, they were the Crips
>>>>and the
>>>>Bloods rolled into one.
>>>>Weren't the Rangers named after their neighborhood? The Crips were
>>>>originally the "Cripples" and used an early version of the pimp cane as
>>>>their coat-of-arms, so I've heard. Well, having been resident in Los
>>>>during their rise to fame, I know that they were originally the
>>>>Cripples and
>>>>carried canes. The *rest* is hearsay.
>>>>Don't know much about the history of the Bloods. The name "Blood"
>>>>itself is
>>>>probably just the decades-old shortening of "blood brother," used as
>>>>both a
>>>>term of address and in the meaning, "any random black male."
>>>>-Wilson Gray
>>>>On 12/27/05, Paul Johnson <paulzjoh at mtnhome.com> wrote:
>>>>>---------------------- Information from the mail header
>>>>>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>>>>Poster:       Paul Johnson <paulzjoh at MTNHOME.COM>
>>>>>Subject:      Re: "Everywhere we go, people want to know..." (1967)
>>>>>first I heard of "mighty, mighty" was in Chicago about 1964 An attack
>>>>>cry of the Blackstone Rangers, a Woodlawn street gang.
>>>>>Wilson Gray wrote:
>>>>>>It's the "mighty" that grabs my attention:
>>>>>>Are you ready, mighty Bulldogs?!
>>>>>>Mighty, mighty Bulldogs!!
>>>>-Wilson Gray

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