University of Illinois at Chicago
Graduated with BS in Business
I began my college career in liberal arts taking courses in history, English Literature, Writing (ait was not until years later I learned my first English Composition Class was taught by a poet of international acclaim, Ms. Eleanor Risteen Gordon. Yes, I learned of her fame in Chicago Magazine's annual issue of 'Chicago's Hidden Treasures". Her profile appears right after the description of the tunnels under The Green Mill which led to a system of tunnels that spider throughout Uptown . They were used to transport bootleg booze for Al Capone who had a speakeasy down the block. Not bad to follow that interesting story.
Because of Ms. Gordon, I became obsessed with being a perfect writer. Lucky for me my dad held close to a phd, and was an educator himself, and a fantastic writer. And turned me onto the New Yorker when I was old enough to just view the cartoons. Dad would rewrite my first pieces, masterpieces, I'd brag to him, to bribe him through flattery. It worked. I received A's throughout four amazing classes, in Composition, Literature, more composition and more literature. I wondered, "if I'm going to a 'second rate 'Closer' school - as "Circle' was kown in the late 80s, ', what must the teachers be like at say, Harvard??? I've kept the issue all these years, and for the first time, I've scanned and will share a "Hidden Treasure" Chicago Magazine surprised me with 3 years after I graduated from a great school, now known as University of Illinois at Chicago.
I of course took any class that interested me, with no goals of what I planned to do. Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Math Math Math....I never studied in high school, so Math is the only class you can't fake it. I received B's and Cs in high school and for never once studying, not too bad, but having two highly educated parents who taught themselves, i was an underachiever. The way I see it. I had a blast. My parents specifically told my sister she was the 'smart one' and I, "the pretty party girl". I got the best role (yes parents mess up, even parenty who help to form the minds of 1000s because once home, the last thing they wanted to see were kids!! This made it easy to go see amazing concerts in the early 80s, every good show that came through town. My Dominick's money funded my fun, and I worked a lot. I worked hard actually. At 17 I was promoted to bookkeeper, counting millions per week of cash in the chain's busiest store. Sigh, Store 12 will be closing soon, but my nine years there educated me in ways no high school could. And union wages pushed my annual pay to over $30,000 at age 20. College tuition was nothing, i didn't save, I bought cloths, partied with my best friends from grade school, some of whom are still my best friends. One in particular, had older sisters and they brought us to Queen, the Stones, The Who - at which I developed a constant ringing in my left ear - tinnitus. A high pitch that drives you nuts, until several years pass and you never notice it. I still have it. My reminder of that excellent Who concert. Who else: Alman Brothers, who are amazing; not Paul McCartney - hope that happens. Everyone from Clapton, to Steely Dan, who rarely toured, to Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Bad Company, Journey, everyone. The concerts that stand out: Queen - i've never seen a more amazing group live. Bad Company were cool, very good. Elvis Costello, Elton John, Never saw Rod. Don't care. Then there were the California groups, The Eagles who have had an amazing run. Loved Phil Collins and actually saw Genesis. Lynard Skynard, was an early one, but I just read their name is a take off on a gym teacher the guys had in high school. Let's see... Heart, OK. Linda Ronstadt. michael Jackson....too many to count