Pat Colander is a writer, editor, and publisher. She grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois and Purdue University Calumet. She lives in Gary, Indiana with her husband Jeff. Read More
Gritty Chicago Library Bundle
Our Gritty Chicago Library Bundle includes:
Hugh Hefner’s First Funeral and other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago, By Pat Colander –
Pat Colander was a writer for The Reader and The Chicago Tribune in the 1970s and 1980s, and covered some of the most offbeat stories during that time. Seven of those tales of love and death in Chicago are featured in this incredible book.
Featuring a beautiful cover photograph from Barry Butler and memorable illustrations from artist Dave Mosele, Hugh Hefner’s First Funeral and other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago is a gritty trip into Chicago’s past. Before the last page is devoured, the reader will track the Tylenol killer(s), get inside the mind of a tortured artist, meet the woman behind the women at Playboy Magazine, follow along with a shocking murder trial, spend time with a legendary Chicago attorney, and tour the old Cook County morgue.
Hugh Hefner’s First Funeral and other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago is shocking, gruesome, and gritty, and will remain in your heart and mind long after you finish reading the final page.
Life Behind the Camera, By Chuck Quinzio –
For the past thirty years, Chuck Quinzio has been filming life on the streets of Chicago as a television news cameraman. “Life Behind the Camera” is his vividly colorful memoir; a chronicle of the news stories of the last three decades, told from a cameraman’s perspective.
*Stand alongside a young gangbanger lying on the streets of Chicago, struggling to stay alive.
*Chase down celebrities (Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Harry Caray), politicians (Harold Washington, Rod Blagojevich), and criminals (including mob bosses).
*Cheat death as you hang out of a helicopter, or slink out of a housing project amid a flurry of flying bullets, or maneuver your way around the gruesome underbelly of Chicago.
*Hang out in Chicago’s television newsrooms—and learn the behind the scenes machinations of assignment editors, reporters, news directors, anchors, and crew.
*Spend time with a network television news crew, flying into such hotspots as Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio.
*And of course, experience the joy and splendor of the city of Chicago.
Quinzio’s storytelling paints a picture of Chicago and the television news business you’ll never forget; tragic, gritty, frightening, and laugh-out-loud hilarious.