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The Distant Rumblings of the Sexual Revolution

As the years went by, Barbara's became well known in Chicago and beyond. That led us down many interesting and, often, peculiar roads.

One day in February 1971 I got a call from someone at Kingston Mines. Kingston was one of the small playhouses that had sprung up on the near north side of Chicago sometime in 1968. The 300 seat theater was housed in a converted trolley barn at 2356 North Lincoln.

Give the Lady What She Wants

Jane Addams Homes I grew up in the 40s war years at the Jane Addams Homes public project on the near west side of Chicago. Four nearby places dominate my memory - Hull House, Maxwell Street Market, the Maxwell Street Market12th Street Store, and Marshall Field's on State Street. The first was where I learned to play the violin, the next was where I became dizzy with the smells of simmering Polish sausages most Sundays, and the last two were where my mother would shop while I came down with shopper's legs fatigue.

Barbara's C2

Interior The original Barbara's at 1434 Wells Street in Old Town was in an ancient three-story with two apartments above the store. When I came to Barbara's in the late 60s, we expanded to the second floor, built a steep and precarious staircase in the middle of the store to get to it, and used the new space for a little more book store and an office.

Barbara's 1968

Donald B Chicago 1968:
I bought Barbara's Bookstore from Barbara Siegel Markowitz - exactly fifty years ago. Or maybe it was 1967.

My law partner, David Baylor, asked me to be his campaign manager that year. He was running as the anointed Democrat against incumbent Republican Donald Rumsfeld - yes, Rumsfeld - in the Illinois 13th congressional district. I did it and succeeded in maneuvering Dave to a 73% to 27% loss.

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