…And That’s My Opinion©
By Sandy Goldman
The Rogers Park Community Curmudgeon
This column was originally published in the Chicago Journal’s News Star
The Magic Card
The mail brought a great gift this week. The long awaited senior-ride-free card for the CTA (bus & elevated) and the Metra train system. My wife Carol began humming “She’s Got a Ticket to Ride, and I smiled. I looked at the picture of this senior citizen (me, a soon to be 76 year old person) and I had a memory flashback.
remembered riding the
On the ride back north, we played “can you top this” with the servicemen, over whose exploits were more adventurous. Most of the stories were laced with various brands of vodka and gin or whatever else our meager monies could buy or we were willing to share with each other. Although the conversations were often ribald and racy, they were for the most part friendly and good spirited even if not always very truthful.
seem to recall that beyond the city the train remained elevated for some
distance, until it reached Central in
to railroad historians the company introduced a modern Electro-Liner in
1941. It was a streamlined bullet-like
beauty with plush seats, complete with a dining car and bar, it was primarily
for upscale folks—suits and high heels.
Running from the Chicago Loop to
of its limited departure schedule, we never rode the Electro-Liner, preferring
the regular, rowdy, rickety Red Eye from
I think I’m going to like this card—I wonder what other memories it will conjure up?
...And that's my opinion.
And I'm Sandy Goldman
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