by Winsip Custer CWP News Service
Benny Marx loved Chicago. His family was all raised here and he believe that Chicago has a work ethic and sense of decency that put New York to shame. "I know that we had Capone and Rod R. Blagojevich and guys like William Ayers, but you have to balance them out. For Capone we had Eliott Ness and for Blagojevich we have Obama, if you overlook Barack's relationship to Tony Rezko and you can off-set liberal terrorist, William Ayers, with near-Nazi, General Robert Wood of Sears. After the Civil War nobody reached out to minorities like Chicago. New York had been New Amsterdam and the Holland Tunnel doesn't go to Manhattan for nothing. The New York ties to the old country are primary to the Dutch and I don't have to tell you about the Dutch East India Company or the Belgium Congo's connection to the slave trade," said Marx before his death.
"Chicago is in the heartland. It's got heart. Nobody hurt the common man like New York and nobody helped him like Chicago. In the lead up to the Great Depression and even in the run up to World War II it was the New Yorker's Wall Street gang who wanted us to look the other way while the world went to hell in a hand basket. The Wall Street gang were making money on every front and didn't want to stop their money mill, but the Chicagoans, by-in-large, could see the handwriting on the wall," said Marx in an interview for the first edition of the new Chicagoan to be published in May, 2011.
|Benny Marx's cover of the first edition|
of the new Chicagoan
"The Boston Kennedy's were tied to Chicago through the Irish of which Mayor Daley was the leader. So when JFK's old man asked for the support of Chicago for "Jack" he got it, but not because Joe deserved it after being as much an appeaser of Hitler as Neville Chamberlain, but because the Irish, like the blacks and Italians and Greeks and the other minorities stick together, but they also share power with others. Not so much for the New England Brahmin WASPS. Up until the election of Kennedy they had unquestioned power," said Marx. "Chicago is the center for agricultural commodities and that's part of the charm and character, why when the New England elites were faced with support of Churchhill and FDR in the war, it was the sons and daughters of the Chicago commodity brokers and farmers who said 'count us in', not the sons and daughters of the elite's rail, transportation, petro-chemical and steel barons whose funding came through Wall Street. FDR and Truman both had to manhandle them to get the war goods to our warriors. General Robert Wood of Sears lead the isolationist movement to stay out of the war, but can you imagine what would have happened if that unusual Chicagoan had been in the majority and had bucked his New York handlers and Ike and Patton were left sucking air? We'd all be speaking German!" said Marx, "And New York would be trading Deutsch Marks on Wall Street. Of course, when Mrs. Obama's law firm, the same one that had kept Republican, Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln, out of the sanitorium merged with Brown and Wood Law Firm in New York in 2001, I didn't know what to think. I had read somewhere that Obama's favorite drink is Claret wine and Scotch which is a strange, strange combination for a boy from Kenya and Hawaii. even if he did go to Harvard...why the Kennedy's there would have had him drinkin' Irish whiskey. It was the favorite drink of John Brown, Queen Victoria's butler, who supposedly married her after Prince Albert died. So who knows what we've got, but that doesn't change a thing about my love for Chicago," said Marx in his last interview.
Sadly, with Mr. Marx's death from choking on a piece of broccoli last Tuesday while he ate with friends in his South-side apartment while celebrating his 109th birthday, the new Chicagoan is not likely to be published. A group of his friends and supporters are trying to print a single run of ten thousand copies of the proposed first edition as a commemorative, but some say that without a significant financial gift this printing in highly unlikely. February and March were to focus on subscriptions with Benny overseeing that part of the business as well. The cover of the first edition showed an apple and magnifying glass and read "The Big Apple Under A Magnifying Glass".