Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Walking the old Sam Leone Pier



I'm pretty sure that no one else has walked the old Sam Leone Pier in at least 40 years!

"The lifeguard, 25-year-old Sam Leone, made the most of his opportunity. During the next 40 years, until his death in 1965, he improved lifesaving methods; whipped his 75-man lifeguard crew into a tough, alert and well-trained unit; developed a corps of "junior guards" into one of the city's biggest and best recreational programs; and racked up one of the best safety records at any beach, anywhere. Along the way, Leone took on the role of second father to thousands of Rogers Park youngsters and earned the reputation as Chicago's greatest lifeguard".  source: Chicago Tribune - The Tyrant Of Touhy Beach June 11, 2000|By Chris Serb

This was his pier.

Appreciate your history, Rogers Park.

Bill Morton


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