John Belushi: A Chicago Boy

2 Mar

He was a Chicago boy. Not an easy thing to be. If you’re in show business and stay in Chicago your whole life you have this nagging feeling that you should have left to become a star somewhere else. If you go off to seek your fortune, you feel like you ditched your pals and you get homesick a lot.

Once you leave Chicago you spend a lot of time thinking that people sure are weird wherever you are now. You kinda wish you were back home where the food and jobs and people are real. “Da Cubs” are still a joke but you’ve sat in the Bleachers with the freezing Spring rain dripping down your neck. So “wait till next year” isn’t funny to you.

Chicago boys tend to talk louder than people from other places. Part of that is exuberance for life. Part of it is being kind of a jerk sometimes.

Guys from Chicago tend to careen around with big, often wild moves. It’s in their blood. They come from a long line of big-shouldered dudes. Guys who carry the scent of the el tracks and hot dogs like it was cologne. Guys who can waltz a refrigerator around the room as easy as a prom date. Guys who like the feel of a new Clincher after they’ve pounded it around for awhile, the smell of beer soaked wood and the sound of a Cat’lic school playground going all rat ass crazy.

Belushi was a Chicago boy. The Tabloids ain’t no place to read about the death of a Chicago boy.


5 Responses to “John Belushi: A Chicago Boy”

  1. Jonathan Stark March 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM #

    Yeah, I’ve experienced the ‘kind of a jerk’ part from Chicago guys before.

  2. SiouxP March 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    Wonderful pic of Belushi & a beautifully written story–evocative of the “City of Big Shoulders”. Love, Sioux

  3. jbrown3079 March 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM #

    Chicago is my favorite big city. I have never had a bad time there anytime I visited. I remember Mike Royko writing about Belushi. He handled it very well, as only Royko could.

  4. Karen March 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM #

    No matter where you go, who you are, or what your fortune, Chicago natives have a certain swag, smile at a windy gust, and have a special place in heaven with Jack Brickhouse.

  5. Lynne Stewart September 8, 2014 at 2:07 AM #

    Loved it! Loved the Imagery .Wonderful Tribute to a Legend

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