If you're from the Windy City, then this one is for you....
A couple of years ago, one of John's friends, the late Bernie Markwell, sent us some notes about meeting John for the first time four decades ago in Chicago. His notes were somewhat sparse and he indicated he would send more. He never did, he never will, and so we're sort of stuck with what we have.
At any rate, Markwell says he first met John when he "moved to Laughlin Hall (now destroyed) to get more work done."
We assumed at the time this was some sort of dormitory/apartment complex owned by the University of Chicago. When we decided to check it out via the Internet we found nothing – as we sort of expected, since it was demolished long ago. We were a bit surprised, however, to contact the University of Chicago archives and be told that they knew of no past or current building on campus with that name. That led us to wonder if this was another Hyde Park area (non-campus) establishment of some sort. But – sorry – no leads from our friends at the Hyde Park Historical Society, either.
That brings us to today, when we tried the Internet again. We found a brief mention of Laughlin Hall at a site belonging to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. It says, "...decades ago, Laughlin Hall, a small house on the corner of 55th Street and Blackstone Avenue, was totally dedicated to business students."
We were going to originally ask whether anyone knew of Laughlin Hall or if it really existed. But that’s all changed now. It exists. Or, rather, it did. Now to try and figure out how it fits into Bernie’s story.
Hooray for us.