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

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Fri Dec 30 22:04:46 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.

There is a UofC dorm on Blackstone called Blackstone. It would not
surprise me in the least to learn that it was once a hotel. Consider
the Shoreland (another dorm, once a dorm, soon to be converted to


>>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:
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>>>>>>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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