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During blizzard of ’67, schools sent us home

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



When the Great Blizzard of ’67 hit the Chicago area, I was in the first grade.

As the snow kept falling on that January Thursday, the decision was made to send everyone home.

And for those us who lived within walking distance, that’s exactly what we did — we went home. We didn’t take out our cell phones and call our parents, we didn’t line up in the vestibule near church to wait for mom or dad to pick us up.

We just walked.

At other suburban schools, students camped in gyms and libraries because the buses couldn’t navigate the roads. I’m not sure if that happened with students who took the bus at my school. I just know for sure that I walked home. (And I’m planning on walking to work today, if necessary. Fortunately, I don’t live much farther from the Sun-Times, the screening room and WLS-AM than the distance between St. Jude the Apostle and my boyhood home.)

All I had to do was walk through the Almar Plaza and a couple of blocks of Maryland Avenue and I’d be home. All I remember is taking shelter behind the dry cleaners for a few minutes to catch my breath, and then traipsing home down the middle of the street, the snow well above knee-height.

Nobody got lost in the snow that day. As far as I can remember, nobody’s parents called the school and railed them out for letting children walk home in the blizzard.

It’s just the way things were done back then. Your parent smoked at the dinner table, you asked your older brother to take care of the bully that was picking on you, you had meat and potatoes every night for dinner — and when there was a snowstorm, you walked home.

Nowadays if a school sent little kids out into the weather we’re supposed to be getting today, the principal wouldn’t last the week.

A porn-again story

The path from high-end celebrity mistress to the Howard Stern show is well-traveled, and Charlie Sheen rent-a-bimbo Kacey Jordan didn’t disappoint when she showed up at Stern’s Sirius radio studio on Tuesday morning and spilled more beans than an overturned legume truck in Brazil.

Among the revelations and claims that were alternately hilarious, grotesque, shocking and pathetic:

Jordan, 22, is on anti-anxiety medications and is rarely without a drink in her hand.

She discounted rumors that she had dated Britney Spears’ ex, Kevin Federline, telling Stern she had merely “f-----” K-Fed — in the nursery while the children were sleeping in their bedrooms. Jordan also said she had babysat Britney’s kids while Federline was otherwise occupied in the house. Jordan claims Sheen wanted her to babysit his children as well.

Jordan once tweeted “I’m going to kill myself” before taking a pile of pills. She told Stern she just wanted to go to sleep.

Along with three other ambitious young women, Jordan has been flown to Dubai, where she was housed in a luxury hotel by a prince, who demanded she be back in her room each night by 8 p.m. in case he was in the mood for sex. She was paid $35,000 for her, um, time.

Jordan told Stern she always goes home to Oregon for her abortions, of which she has had three.

Sheen paid Jordan $30,000 (via a check made out to “cash”) to party with him. When she arrived at his house, Sheen was already well on his way to an oblivious state, but he was able to recite scenes from her porn movies, complete with set-up and dialogue and performance description.

The “Two and a Half Men” star is so addicted to porn he wanted to purchase a mansion down the street from his home to house porn stars.

Jordan says Sheen had a briefcase containing bricks of cocaine. Sheen repeatedly smoked the cocaine and blew it into her mouth, as they watched porn and eventually had sex. Sheen has gold teeth he takes out for certain occasions.

Thanks to Stern, it was raw, repulsive, real, fascinating radio. None of the euphemisms or soft lighting or faux-somber atmosphere we get when a Katey Jordan appears on “Good Morning America” wearing a relatively demure outfit, with velvet red curtains serving as backdrop. On Stern’s show Jordan got naked in more ways than one and sounded exactly how she must sound every day of her beyond-pathetic life.

Jordan told Stern her mother is just 39 and is a “wine-aholic,” while her father usually asks her if she’s making good money. They try to be “cool parents,” she said.

It’s a wonder they’re not jumping off a bridge in tandem.



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