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12:14 a.m. Nov. 19
This is something to do on a cold night in Chicago......

Busy Beaver Button Company

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7:30 p.m. Oct. 11--

Over the summer I saw rock n' roll commerce played out in its most hopeless grandiose manner with the opening of the Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The $400 million amusement park opened on June 2.
It closed a couple weeks ago, filing for bankruptcy.

The park's CEO was responsible for developing Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando and other HR venues. But he and other creative officers had that bulletproof rock attitude, charging $50 a ticket in tough times. The park never came close to its projection of averaging 30,000 people a day. Hard Rock Park was on my beloved co-worker Robert Feder's bucket list. Now he will have to settle for that Beatle tribute in Branson.

The folks at Busy Beaver Button company in Chicago also have a rock n' roll pedigree. In manufacturing buttons for Beck, White Strips and local venues like the Hideout, they keep their passion in focus. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact the business is run by women. Here's a video of my visit (I guess I was so excited about buttonmaking I couldn't stop nodding like a bobblehead) followed by some essential links.

The links follow.......

FAVORITE LINKS

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Turn Here Travelogues: www.turnhere.com

Dave's World: www.turnhere.com/city/Chicago/all/Films/433.aspk

Crazy Horse monument: www.crazyhorse.org

Bob Dylan Stuff: www.expectingrain.com

Robbie Fulks Messages: www.robbiefulks.com

Newseum: www.newseum.org

Chicago Postcard Museum: www.chicagopostcardmuseum.org

Sustainable Table: www.sustainabletable.org

Mustard Museum: www.mustardmuseum.com

In Search of the Blue Agave: www.ianchadwick.com

www.makebelieve/home.htm

New Orleans: www.nomrf.org

www.Route66news.org

www.dinermuseum.org

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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