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"A CHARMING AND ROLLICKING RIDE THROUGH CHICAGO!"  Rick Kogan, "Sidewalks", Chicago Tribune.  Sunday Papers WGN Radio 720

"THE HALCYON DAYS OF OUR GENERATION AND YOU'VE GOT A RINGSIDE SEAT AS JOHN LINEHAN TAKES YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF AN ANDY FRAIN USHER.  ABSOLUTE HAIR RAISING HILARITY!"  Mike Houlihan, "Hooliganism" Irish American News.  Co-host:  "The Skinny and Houli Radio Show."

"IF ALL OF LIFE IS A STAGE, THEN JOHN HAS MASTERED THE ART WITH A BRAVO PERFORMANCE!  INSIDE LOOKS FROM THE BALLPARKS, BACKSTAGES AND BACK ROOMS AS ONLY AN INSIDER CAN CHRONICLE IT.  DO PAY ATTENTION THE THIS MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!"  James McClure "The Irish Rover"  Irish American News.

If "all the world's a stage," the Andy Frain Usher enjoyed a ringside seat.  From ballparks to hockey rinks, political revels to revivals, the vigilant author in smart uniform chronicles the hi-jinks, hilarity and Chicago history.  Tony Mockus, Mayor Rutledge in Starz television drama "Boss", "The Untouchables" and "Backdraft".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469902753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469902753
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,349,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having grown up in the same time period in Toledo, Ohio, another racially divided town, and being from a similar blue collar background, I could relate very well to this book. I had a few experiences that mirrored those in the book. The writing style is easy, the story flows well, and any young man of my generation from a working class family will relate very well to author John Linehan's stories. I look forward to more from this author.
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I really loved this book. It brought back many wonderful experiences that I had growing up in Chicago working as an Andy Frain usher in the seventies. The author does a marvelous job retelling his personal experiences working as an usher during this same time period. He also gives you some history behind these great venues that he worked. His writing style reminds me of John Powers who wrote some of my favorite books such as The Last Catholic in America, Do Black Patent Leather Really Reflect Up, and The Unofficial Sinner and the Ice Cream God. Thanks, John for bringing back some great memories and providing me with some knowledge of the history of these places and the great city of Chicago. Buy this book! I can't wait for the sequel!
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By chucke on September 6, 2012
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Having grown up on the south side during the same period and not very far from there at all, I can certainly relate to the story and the emotions. However, the story lacked a certain cohesive flow. I know this author will do better in the future.
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I enjoyed reading about the old neighborhood. I used to live across the alley from McNamara's & knew the old Irishman that used to own it. I also remember the Sunday softball games & the fun we had running around the bar. The good old days. Thanks John.
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I chose this rating because I felt like I was actually going to these venues with the main character, or at least I wish I could have gone with and experienced Chicago the way he did. I found myself laughing outloud while reading some parts. The author was fun and funny. I recommend this book to anyone who either grew up in Chicago, because they could appreciate the journey, or to others who did not, because it allowed them to see Chicago in a way they may never have known. Great Book!
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Some anecdotal accuracies...names I hadn't heard in years...lots of great opportunities to mingle with the city's "elite"...the greatest job a kid could ever have, and there will never be another one like it.
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I enjoyed reading the book, as it brought back a lot of entertaining memories.
Since some of the places mentioned in the book, are no longer in existence, I had not thought about them in years.
Even if you did not grow up in Chicago, I think you would find the book to be an enjoyable read about a great city.
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When reading the book review, I didn't get out of it that it was a sports oriented book. So if you enjoy sports history and where sporting events took place, this is the book for you !
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