Monthly Archives: November 2018

Episode 017 – Doing Good, and Doing Quite Well: David Doig



When you visit the Loop in Chicago, you’ll probably take a picture at the iconic Bean ( actually called Cloud Gate).  If you’re watching the business section in the papers, you’ll see a gigantic new sports complex that’s been constructed in the Pullman neighborhood.   You’ll also see a new Method factory recently constructed, and Whole Foods new Midwest distribution center.  You may have also heard about one of the first two Whole Foods in the country that was placed into a food desert in an underprivileged neighborhood, in this case, Englewood.  “Wow’, you think, “Chicago is doing a lot of things right”.   But what you probably don’t realize it that all these things have one person in common, developer and public finance wizard, David Doig.  Listen to a humble man describe his amazing journey.

 

Links:

https://methodhome.com/beyond-the-bottle/soap-factory/

https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170605/englewood/whole-foods-living-up-to-hype/

https://www.cnigroup.org/

https://www.att-law.com/project/whole-foods-distribution-center/

 


Episode 016 – The Inv-Asian of the American Symphony Orchestra



In 1977, the Chicago Symphony hired its first Asian musician, John Bruce Yeh, in the clarinet section.  Twenty-one years later, Robert Chen took over the concertmaster position, arguably the most notable position in a symphony orchestra.  Since that time, the CSO, along with orchestras across the U.S., has seen an explosion of numbers of Asian audition winners, both American and foreign born.  Hear the story of these two high-profile American symphony  musicians, how both of their parents made their way to Los Angeles, and how the entire demographic

of the modern American symphony orchestra is changing.

 

Links:

http://www.cedillerecords.org/albums/liquid-melancholy-clarinet-music-of-james-m-stephenson

https://chicago-symphony-orchestra-robert-chen-mozart.ticketsw.com/?lbl=ggl-rex&gclid=Cj0KCQiA_s7fBRDrARIsAGEvF8TT6By8jXxKBtXMpot5Iz-NrRHDLGBu_VWqb79CSPLZwVM0qsCmNm8aAp5oEALw_wcB

https://cso.org/about/performers/chicago-symphony-orchestra/violins/robert-chen/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Chen

https://cso.org/about/performers/chicago-symphony-orchestra/clarinet1/john-bruce-yeh/

http://www.yamaha.com/artists/johnbruceyeh.html


Episode 015 – Hey Jimmy, Get Me Some Pabst



Jim Haertel, a modest multi-family investor from Milwaukee, couldn’t forget the beautiful Pabst headquarters he’d seen in his 30’s.  Hear the story of Jim’s  $50,000 down payment and  his obsession with saving a couple structures in the gigantic Pabst Brewery  30-building assemblage.  His effort was the genesis of the   repositioning of  an entire submarket of Milwaukee into a booming engine of economic growth.

https://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/pabstbirth.html

https://www.biztimes.com/2016/magazines/biztimes-milwaukee/current-issue/twenty-years-after-pabst-closed-the-brewery-redevelopment-nears-completion/

https://www.chicagomag.com/real-estate/July-2018/The-Old-Main-Post-Office-Before-and-After/


Episode 014 – Just Who are the Heroes in a Symphony Orchestra?



If you attended concerts by the Cleveland Orchestra in the early 1950’s, or concerts by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from the mid-1950’s to the early 2000’s, you undoubtedly were listening to Harry Taub playing in the violin section.  In Buffalo, you would have frequently heard him playing the violin solos from the concertmaster’s chair, since he served as the Associate Concertmaster for five decades.  It’s a long and distinguished career, certainly, but there is so much more to the story, and to the man.  Listen to his life story, as told by his wife of 50 years, Suzanne, and two of his children, Samuel and Sharon.

 

https://youtu.be/V59p_rC1Fpg

https://youtu.be/p3mf_zefkdo

https://youtu.be/943LRjl1cuo

https://www.northfieldpress.com/migdal.htm