Monday, November 04, 2002

Places&Culture from the
Chicago Tribune

Since 1914, the year the gray, ornately columned hospital that caters to Chicago's poor and uninsured was built on the city's West Side, Cook County Hospital has been famous and infamous, educational and unforgettable for the generations of doctors and patients who have passed through its grimy, historic halls. Its notoriously outrageous cases and environs have been the inspiration for the television drama "ER." And everyone who has spent any time in the place has a story about the ramshackle hospital that has long been dubbed the "Old Lady on Harrison Street." But now the storied Chicago institution is on the verge of being demolished, to be replaced by a state-of-the-art $623 million hospital expected to open within weeks.

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- Roadside sweet corn stands have given way to roadside pumpkin stands. Packer baseball caps are being replaced by warmer Packer stocking caps. Along the Lake Michigan shore here, 80 miles north of Milwaukee, the air is chilled and the maple, oak and sumac leaves blush with color. It's undeniable. Summer is over. ... Like most port cities on Lake Michigan, Manitowoc has a history of commercial fishing; and, again like most, that industry has played out. Another industry that has mostly moved on is shipbuilding. In the latter half of the 19th Century, there were 10 shipbuilders here. Now there's one, the Burger Boat Co. which custom-makes yachts for customers such as Scottie Pippen (the Lady Larsa, named for the basketball star's wife ).
In the 1940s, shipyards in Manitowoc built 28 submarines as well as landing craft, minesweepers and subchasers. In recognition of that service to the war effort, the U.S. Navy donated a submarine of the same class as those made here to the Wisconsin Marine Museum. The U.S.S. Cobia is now moored downtown in the Manitowoc River next to the museum.

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