St. Patrick’s Day Memories

St. Patrick's Day decorationsIn no particular order:

One year we were on WIND radio’s float, which was sponsored by Lenders bagels.  So, of course, it was our job to throw green bagels out to the crowd.  People started charging the float to get the bagels.  The city of Chicago wasn’t pleased and passed a law saying you can’t throw stuff from parade floats.  You don’t need to thank us.

Steve was on the WLS St. Patrick’s Day float waiting for the parade to start.  In the distance he could hear the clip-clop sound of a horse.  As the horse got closer and passed the float Steve was pleasantly surprised to see the rider was The Lone Ranger!  The real one, Clayton Moore!!  He looked amazingly fit and just like he rode out of your TV screen.

Waiting in the rain for the parade to start and seeing this grand old buggy come by with Channel 7’s Fahey Flynn and Joel Daley.  Yeah, even though we know some of these people, sometimes we get a little star struck, too.

Larry Langford is currently the Director of Media Affairs and Communications at the Chicago Fire Department.  He was a newsman when we worked together at WIND.  Rather than ride the WIND float, he asked Steve if he’d like to hop on the back of his motorcycle.  As the WIND float made it’s way down State St. Larry and Steve, on the motorcycle, would circle it.  Things went well untill they rode over WGN-TV’s cable and knocked them off the air.  Yes, WGN-TV was broadcasting the parade live … or at least they were untill that happened.

Him and Her got to ride the WIND float together and, even though it was brutally cold, Steve thought that the new hostess at WIND looked awfully cute in her fake fur coat and earmuffs.  Two years later we were counting down to our wedding, in April.

Steve’s mother, Mary Elizabeth, was born on St. Patrick’s day.  She was first generation born in the U.S.A., her parents having arrived from Ireland with little more than a concertina and the clothes on their backs.

Johnnie’s great-grandmother came from Ireland.

So, for the past 25 years Johnnie has been decorating seasonal trees with a special St. Patrick’s day tree in honor of our ancestors and a lot of good memories.

Johnnie's St. Patrick's Day tree!

Johnnie’s St. Patrick’s Day tree!

Here’s hoping you make some great memories.  Happy St. Patrick’s day!!


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Award winning Chicago Broadcasters, inducted into WGN radio's Walk Of Fame. Authors of the Les Paul memoir, "A Little More Les." You'll find even more about us at
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10 Responses to St. Patrick’s Day Memories

  1. Judy says:

    Thanks for sharing your St. Patrick’s Day experiences. I needed a laugh. Back at ya and all that Irish jazz.
    Judy Donofrio
    Cliff Richard U.S. Fan Club

  2. jumping josie says:

    happy St. Pat’s day and thanks for the memories….including the ones you left at WGN!

  3. Dorothy says:

    Thank you,memories are so great!

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Sue says:

    Nice memories
    Joel daly fahey flynn etc
    Thanks for those past memories

  5. Gale Wright says:

    This was very interesting. Thanks for sharing. You guys should really write a book of your many experiences.

  6. Linda Sue says:

    AHA! Now I know why S&J know how to tell good stories!!!
    My St Patrick’s story is about how I have learned how to talk to the local police. After growing up shy and never wanting to talk to strangers, I was able to get past the police barrier and get to work. Why did my little town have a police barrier? The one and only street through town was closed due to a St Patrick’s Day Parade. Why a parade in town???? Well, every day’s a thrilla when you living in Lake Villa!

  7. Peter says:

    Lender’s Bagels – made in the Central Illinois town of Mattoon.

  8. Sharron Klopp says:

    Wondered if you still did your seasonal holiday trees. Nice to see this one. Hope you’re on “GN” sometime…even for a visit.

  9. Betty says:

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Rick says:

    I sure miss you guys on the radio. There nothing interesting to listen to anymore 🙂
    Rick G. from Waukesha

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