RARA-AVIS: DICK TRACY Museum Closing This Weekend

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 May 2008

For those of you who live in the Chicago Area:

Some of you might recall that I have occasionally suggested that DICK TRACY is not only the most famous of all hard-boiled detectives, but, with the sole exception of Sherlock Holmes, the most famous detective in fiction, period.

In fact, you could make a case that, in terms of reader penetration, Tracy even has Holmes beaten. While everyone's heard of Holmes, how many have ever actually read one of Conan Doyle's stories or novels featuring him? On the other hand, how many have, over the last 75+ years, read at least one DICK TRACY comic strip?

Tracy, quite deservedly, was named one of the 20th Century's 100 most significant characters in hard-boiled crime fiction by members of this list some years ago.

So much for justifying my mention of TRACY here.

Since 1990, the town of Woodstock, IL, (where the film GROUNDHOG DAY was made), has been the home of the Chester Gould/Dick Tracy Museum, but after many years of operation, Gould's daughter, Jean Gould O'Connell, has decided to close the place up. This weekend is the museum's swan song.

I think Rara-Avians would find much to interest them in the museum, and this is the last opportunity they will have to see it.

Woodstock is a northwest suburb of Chicago, located in McHenry County, a bit south of the Wisconsin border. You can find out more about the museum, and its closing ceremonies, here:


Be nice to see a few Rare Birds there on Saturday or Sunday.

On an unrelated subject, if I've seemed somehwat absent lately, I've been pretty much on lurk mode the last few months. I'm on Midnights these days, and find I have less energy for correspondence. I'll try to make up for it, but after a long all-night shift, bed rest just seems a lot more enticing than bending over a computer.




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