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Sandra Gillette (20 Fingers) photographed by Paul Natkin, Chicago, Illinois, January 3, 1996

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Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

twixnmix:

Boxer Joe Louis in Chicago, 1935.

Joe Louis nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949.

He

successfully

defended his title a record 25 times.

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Muhammad Ali photographed by Thomas Hoepker in Chicago, 1966.

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Muhammad Ali photographed by Thomas Hoepker in Chicago, 1966.

Rudolph Valentino with some adoring young fans in Chicago, July 1926.

Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife

Edna Mae Robinson (1955)

(Original Caption) 12/10/1955 – Sugar Ray Robinson and his wife, Edna, radiate smiles as they look over the newspaper stories and pictures of Sugar’s great victory over Bobo Olson in Chicago last night. Sugar, a 3-1 underdog, won back his middleweight championship title from Olson with a clean knockout in the second round of the battle at Chicago Stadium.

Rudolph Valentino in Chicago (1926)

1991 – Madonna rare photo with Tony Ward and a girl named Terri Glanger. This was posted on Instagram by Terri. She is the daughter of the man who provided Madonna with her bikes during that time.

Terri writes: “It is a very long story, but anyone who knows me, knows I adore @Madonna. 😍 When I was about 15, one day my dad said he bets he could get me to meet her. I said “yeah right dad, meeting her would be like meeting the pope!“ Less than a year later, my dad got a call from a friend in California (who was also in the bike industry at the time). His friend said “guess who just came into my shop?” “Madonna!” Well… that was all my dad needed to hear. He ended up getting @ridecannondale to sponsor Madonna and her trainer at the time with bikes. We were allowed to fly to Chicago, where she was filming the movie A League of Their Own at the time (1991), and present them with their bikes. As a sidenote, it always struck me as funny, because I knew Madonna could afford to buy the entire company at that time, let alone a couple of bikes. But a testament to her frugality, she had been bringing an old bike in to that shop in California for repairs for a while. Pretty cool when one may assume a pop star at the height of their fame would just buy a new bike if something broke. I will never forget that day (and my memory is really bad!) She was gracious, sweet and lovely. I was a star-struck nervous wreck and could barely form a sentence. I gave her like a 5 page hand written letter. OMG such. a. dork. 🤓 I remember saying “read it if you ever get bored!” 🙈🤣🤣. She was sweet and said “I get bored a lot!” These are Polaroids taken by her assistant when we were @fourseasons in Chicago. The man in the shots is her former boyfriend / model Tony Ward @slypapa He was in her Cherish video as a merman and in her Justify my love video. They were not dating at the time of these photos. I remember her looking at the polaroids and saying “we look like family!” And my heart melted!! Lastly, her outfit in the photos was all Cannondale clothing that they’d sent to her. She was kind enough to wear it probably knowing there would be a few photos. Mostly, this speaks volumes about my dad. He is greatly missed and our lives are poorer in his absence.

R. Kelly and Aaliyah in 1994 before an appearance on BET. Gregg Diggs, on right, programmed the music for BET and booked them that day.

She was 12 when they met. Her uncle, Barry Hankerson, was Kelly’s manager at the time. By 1993, Aaliyah was flying from her home in Detroit to work with Kelly in Chicago. Jive released her debut album in May 1994. “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number,” produced and written by Kelly, that would go on to sell millions.

That summer, the pair appeared on BET’s “Video Soul.” Leslie Segar, the show’s co-host, remembers Jive representatives telling BET it should not ask about their personal relationship or Aaliyah’s age.

But Kelly, then 27, and Aaliyah, 15, came before the cameras wearing conspicuously matching plaid shirts. Segar found it impossible to not to go there.

“Okay, let’s clear something else,” she said on air. “Everybody seems to think y’all either boyfriend or girlfriend, or cousins or friends. Let’s just get the record straight.”

“No, no, we’re not related at all,” Aaliyah replied. “We’re just very close. This is my best friend.”

Later, Segar broached the second topic.

“For the record, you are how old?”

“That’s a secret,” Aaliyah said, playfully putting a finger to her lips. “Shhhhh.”

Kelly decided they should get married. At 15, Aaliyah would need her parents’ permission. But Kelly didn’t tell them of his plans. In late August, he flew her to Chicago, where Demetrius Smith, his tour manager, says he took her to get a fake ID stating that she was 18. Kelly and Aaliyah were married Aug. 31, 1994, at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont, Ill., according to paperwork filed with the Cook County Clerk on Sept. 6, 1994.

The marriage collapsed within days, after Aaliyah returned home and told her parents. The Haughtons eventually got the marriage expunged.

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