The Wisdom of Margie

JK from Bygone Chicago talks to Peter Poulos of Margie’s Candies during the high production days before Valentine’s Day in 2012. In this segment Peter speaks about the things that his mother Margie taught him about the candy business, and about life in general.

“Appreciate your help, they’re the best, they’re helping you make your business. Never give up on anything. If you fail, you have the experience of failure so you know how to get up, the ball bounces back up. So you never give up, you try and try again.”

With that, it should be mentioned that a fairly long interview was conducted at a previous time, and due to cameraman error there was absolutely no audio (I forgot to replace the battery in the microphone). Mr. Poulos was very gracious and spent even more time with us the next time we came in.
Margie's Display Case

Vanishing Pond at Argonne

Article by JK

Where do you tell 500,000 gallons of water to move at one time? Anywhere
it wants to! An ill-fated joke for the boundless water but, no less, an interesting one as we move closer to the 30th Anniversary of the ‘Vanishing Pond‘ phenomenon that took place on the grounds of Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont, IL in March, 1982.

Adding to the intrigue is possibly the ‘where’ it happened. Argonne Labs is a highly secured area that employs hundreds of skilled scientists, engineers, and expert geologists who have researched several hypotheses for the sudden pond disappearance. Most have centered around shifts and slight vertical fissures in the pleistocene alluvials that migrate to the Des Plaines River Valley.
Somebody lend me a pocket protector!

Argonne Pond Site

Hmmm, interesting indeed. But I prefer the sexier, and quickly discounted
theory by Argonne, of a rare celestial event that occurred the preceding day-
-the unusual alignment of planets in our solar system. Now some blogheads
have suggested that the term “alignment” is not entirely accurate, but more of
a state if “Syzygy” occurred. This is when all 9 planets come within 91 degrees
of alignment on the same side of the sun; a very rare event indeed.

To put it in perspective, the event still only happens once in the history of humankind. Because some argue that all 9 planets will never statistically align on the same plane, March 10th 1982 is the closest we ever came. Now I may stop short of donning an aluminum-foiled pyramid hat when similar events occur, but the unexplained pull of the celestial heavens leave far too many questions than answers. In my opinion that water never stood a chance.


Special thanks to JK’s father!