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The dusty record store that spins gold

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Charlie Joe & Marie (Sun-Times photos by Brian Jackson)

Charlie Joe Henderson believes that everything will have value someday.
That's not a bad way to look at life.

And this is why the 71-year-old Chicago entrepreneur hasn't culled the inventory at Out of the Past Records, 4407-09 W. Madison St. in the rough n' tumble West Garfield Park/Austin neighborhood. The Kurtis Blow LP? It is certain to be back in vogue.

Out of the Past has nearly 1 million pieces of LPs, '45s, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and VHS tapes. Charlie Joe hasn't even tossed hundreds of pieces of vinyl that were damaged in a recent basement flood. Wait. There's more:
Whitney Houston commemorative posters. Overalls. Tee-shirts. Costume jewelry.

Please enjoy this brilliant "Out of the Past" short film made by Chicago Sun-Times videographer Jon Sall.
And be on the lookout for Shadow the cross-eyed cat, the store's mascot.

The Out of the Past building is about the size of a city block.
It has a bigger heart......

How to win a wine making contest

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COLCHAGUA, Chile---I was invited to participate in a wine making contest after a tour of the splendorous Viu Manent Winery, about 120 miles south of Santiago, Chile.
That's like inviting me to a silk necktie sale.

I know about as much about making wine as I know how to make glace au four (Baked Alaska). I did try that once in chef's class at Naperville Central High School.
We were paired off in teams in a conference hall at the winery which is in its third generation of operation. I was part of a group that included North America food service leaders and a couple media members. Like a grape in wine, we were immersed in an in-depth tour of Chile organized by the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) th the support of Pro Chile..........

Abe Lincoln has an ax to grind

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.--The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum was open around midnight Saturday.

Guests walked through a dimly lit fog filled indoor plaza framed by Gothic candelabras. The museum's Union Theater showed a couple of trailers from the movie "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," due out in 3-D on June 22.

"Bloody" Marys were being served. Get it?

This was a helluva way to celebrate Lincoln's 203rd birthday (Feb. 12). Producers Tim Burton, Timur Bekmanbetrov and Jim Lemley are still editing the film so snippets were all that media could see in a junket sponsored by Twentieth Century Fox.......

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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