In May of 2013, Chuck Rini class of 1/61 from Poplar Grove, IL. published his book, “Fragments of the West Side”. In his book, Chuck chronicles life growing up on Chicago’s west side spanning a time frame from the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s including many pictures from that era. The four years he spent at Steinmetz from 1957 to 1960 are covered in great detail including some of the more notable teachers and stunts the students used to pull such as, ‘Library Day’ and ‘Great Pumpkin Day’.
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Fragments of the West Side chronicles life growing up Italian in four distinct and very different neighborhoods in the Lincoln Park and near west side areas of Chicago. It covers a time-span from the early 1940’s to the late 1960’s and was, in my opinion, the perfect place and time to be a kid.
Daily life and the interaction between family and friends are covered in great detail to provide an insight as to w