Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Seven Wonders Of Phil Hendricks...

The BlogMother, Flannery Alden of Prone to Whimsy has tagged me. I must answer the call.

Seven things about me you my not know.
  1. I was a Boy Scout for five years and achieved the rank of First Class. I liked Boy Scouts despite the cliche jokes their mention inspires. The best things Boy Scouts ever taught me was the Buddy System. Don't go anywhere without someone to go with you.
  2. I used to have a spot of red hair behind my right ear. As a kid, I would proudly show it off to anyone I could. Now it is white.
  3. My Grandfathers older brothers were the leaders of a west side Chicago gang in the '20's and '30's. In 1927 they were at war with Al Capone as he expanded his organization outward. The reports differ wether Capone was there or not, but one night he put a hit out on them. The gun fight that followed lead to the death of a Chicago District Attorney who was out drinking with my great uncles. (Wildly inaccurate Wikipedia entry.)
  4. I love Diet Pepsi, and I'm thoroughly convinced that it has addictive properties. I drink about 10 cans a day.
  5. I've never broken any bones. Must be something about my family because my brothers never have either.
  6. I've been in the live audience of the Bozo show twice, but never got chosen for the Grand Prize Game.
  7. I used to live in Bellwood, Illinois. Bellwood is known for it's huge land fill that recently was filled completely and for being the boyhood home of the last man to walk on the moon, Eugene Cernan.


Dave's cousin lisa said...

YAY - PHIL IS BACK!!!!!!! Wow- you're seven wonders are quite interesting - beats the ol' "no one knows I really like peas!" any day of the week!!! :) have a great 2008!!!!

Dave's cousin lisa said...

OOPS - I did it and it's one of my BIGGEST pet peeves - Correction: first line to read: YOUR seven wonders.. not YOU'RE!!! GRRRRR ={

Beth said...

You should blog more about your grandfather's older brothers. I read a nonfiction book last year about Chicago's brothels, and found that world wildly interesting.

Love the shock of then-red/now-white.

Angel Bixby-Earl said...

missed you buddy, glad your back!!! Hope you are having alot of fun with your sweet little girl. I wonder if her best friend in Jr. High will be a guy like mine was. hummm I wonder who that may have been. LOL peace out homeboy!!

lulu said...

I love love love Diet Pepsi (ice cold, in a can) but now that I am in Dhaka I can't drink it as much. It's .54 USD here and I just can't justify a 5-6 buck a day soft drink habit.

Flannery Alden said...

Hooray! Phil's back! But I can't get behind the Diet Pepsi thing. I had one today because the vending machine at work is out of Diet Coke. It took me all day to choke it down.

There's no accounting for taste, I guess.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I always hated the Bozo show. I did send away for one of those Bozo kiddie carnival kits to benefit muscular dystrophy when I was 11 or so. I think I made, like, 23 bucks. My brother said I was sucker not to keep the money, but I didn't.

Johnny Yen said...

Good to see you back!

I've read about the death of the DA-- I didn't know you had a family connection to it.

My ex-wife Cynthia was on the Bozo show as a kid. The girl she was with was a crybaby-- they were seated near the band, and she thought they were too loud, so they made Cynthia switch seats. The other girl, of course, was picked for the Grand Prize game.

fuel9000 said...

dude, my grandfather was mixed up in the irish mob in chicago. He was a monahan and a bouncer at the aragon ballroom for a bit. wonder if our families crossed paths.

Sara Kalinsky said...

Hi Phil,
It's Cousin Sara and Auntie Mar,
I'm showing her how to check out your page. The pics of the kids are cute, I like your photography style! I also think that you should add that although you were not picked for the grand prize game that your cousin Sara was--at the age of 8. I made it to bucket number 4. And Cookie yelled at me and scared the crap out of me right before my television debut. In the tape you can see my feet as I stood waiting, as far away from Cookie as I could get, while the other boy was still playing.
Love Sara and Auntie Mar

Grant Miller said...

10 cans? Really?

Bellwood? Really?

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