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June Luncheon

Friday, June 10, Union League Club

“999 - A History of Chicago In 10 Stories: Richard Fizdale on a Tale Of Wealth, Greed, Power, Corruption and Even Murder, And The Building It Gave Rise To”

There it sits, perched on Lake Shore Drive as the road wraps around it, going from north to west, swinging along the Oak Street Beach. 999 is the address. Inside is the jaw-dropping, name-dropping story of one of Chicago’s most intriguing residential structures. The cast includes Streeter, Fairbank, McClurg, McCormick, Palmer, Donnelley and more.

It’s a tale of how one of Chicago’s signature buildings and signature neighborhoods came to be, told by a speaker whose own history is as fascinating as the book he wrote, 999 A History of Chicago in Ten Stories. Richard Fizdale grew up on Chicago’s north side, became a hippie war protestor and met Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and Timothy Leary … shortly before being introduced to Leonard Bernstein backstage at Lincoln Center. Later he’d trail Norman Mailer during the March on the Pentagon. When his working life began he started as the lowest paid copywriter at the legendary advertising firm Leo Burnett. When he retired, he’d been it’s chairman, CEO and chief creative officer.

Make your reservation today … books will be available for purchase and autographing.

June luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $32. Reservations or cancellations by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch. Call 312 255 3710 or e-mail caxtonclub@newberry.org.

June Dinner

Wednesday June 15, Newberry Library

Theodore J. Crackel

“The Problem of Provenance: The Papers and Books of George Washington”

Most of the books and papers of George Washington were sold to the U.S. Congress in the 1830’s and 1840’s. However, prior to the sale, Washington’s family had been besieged by requests for “words from the great leader’s hand.” Their response to these requests and their continued possession of books and papers even after the sale makes establishing provenance a book scholar’s challenge.

Theodore Crackel was Professor and Editor in Chief for The Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia from 2004. Ten additional volumes were added to the papers during Dr. Crackel’s term. In 2005 The Papers of George Washington received the National Humanities Medal –the nation’s highest humanities award. In 2010 Dr. Crackel retired and now serves as Editor in Chief Emeritus.

He is the author of numerous books and journals including Mr. Jefferson’s Army: Political and Social Reform of the Military Establishment 1801-1809 and West Point: A Bicentennial History. He has three books in progress: Washington In His Own Time (Iowa Press, late 2016); Life of George Washington (Routledge, mid 2017), and Young George Washington ( 2018.)

June Dinner: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton, Chicago. The evening will follow this order: Social Gathering 5-6 PM, Program, 6 PM, Three course dinner to follow program. Dinner is $60. RESERVATIONS are required to attend the program only or the program dinner combination. Reservations must be made no later than NOON Monday June 13. Those who fail to cancel but do not attend will be billed. To reserve call 312-255-3710 or email caxtonclub@newberry.org.