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It Didn't Play in Peoria: Missed Chances of a Middle American Town

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"Will it play in Peoria?" was an old Vaudeville phrase meaning, "Will it appeal to the average person?" The Illinois city has gained fame through the years, but more often as the butt of jokes or as an example of the typical Middle American town than through any recognition of its many accomplishments. But it had greatness in its grasp, and more than once. Peoria boasts a string of close brushes with prosperity, any one of which could have made it a Chicago or a St. Louis. Charles Lindbergh, for example, first ...
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It Didn't Play in Peoria:: Missed Chances of a Middle American Town

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Overview


"Will it play in Peoria?" was an old Vaudeville phrase meaning, "Will it appeal to the average person?" The Illinois city has gained fame through the years, but more often as the butt of jokes or as an example of the typical Middle American town than through any recognition of its many accomplishments. But it had greatness in its grasp, and more than once. Peoria boasts a string of close brushes with prosperity, any one of which could have made it a Chicago or a St. Louis. Charles Lindbergh, for example, first approached Peoria for backing for his historic flight, but the town's moneymen refused him and his Spirit of Peoria, perhaps losing a chance at the airline industry as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738525709
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 965,714
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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It Didn't Play in Peoria explores the city's history from this unique perspective of missed chances, lost causes, and plain bad luck--a cautionary tale of Middle America. Authors Greg Wahl and Charles Bobbitt are long-time Peoria residents who love their city and treat its sore spots with a gentle touch.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction ix

1 Will it Play at 40° Latitude, 89° Longitude? 13

The Southern Cross and Old, Old Man River

Chicago, Who's Your Daddy?

2 Grave Robbing Didn't Play in Peoria 18

Nulla Dies Sine Linea

3 Lost Ivy 27

A Very Normal Spy Story

Are You Nuts?

4 Passin' Through 37

Slim and None

Abe Stepped Here

A Sunday Buffett

The Center of a Doughnut Empire Goes Up in Smoke

5 When Law and Order Didn't Play in Peoria

Mayor Woodruff and the Friendly Crime Fines

The Shelton Gang: If We Did It, This is How We Did It

6 Crime Didn't Play in Peoria 60

Wicked Wyatt

Nasty Nahas

"No-Name" Maddox, Food Critic

Hinckley's Hick Town

7 "Those" Ships Aren't Welcome in Peoria 101

Par-A-Dice Lost

Build a Dock, and They Will Come

8 The Didn't Stay in Peoria ... But One Came Back 106

The Illinois Valley Girl and the Peoria Pyre

Colonel Ingersoll and Archbishop Sheep

Sam Kinison

Harry the Horrible and the Birth of the Curse

The Icing: Philip José Farmer

9 Terrorism Doesn't Play in Peoria 133

"The Duke" Withou the Swagger

When Stand-Up Didn't Play in Peoria

Against all Hell

Tragedy in the Morning

We are Ready

Prairie-Prepoped

The Peoria Air Guard Delivers

Epilosgue 153

Bibliography 154

Index 157

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