Guest Blog by Mr. Mother Goose

Seriously, this made Mother Goose smile today:

Confessions of the son of a Madman#2.

During the Cuban missile crisis everybody was struggling to cope. Things were no different for my dad and mom. Well My Dad, Madman James D. Cramer had a plan. He’s working at Leo Burnett, and they are in the Prudential building. He’s also working on the Schlitz account.

Well lunch hours were spent brainstorming at the Bowl Mich on Michigan avenue. Martini after martini were consumed (because that’s the way they did back then). Finally Jim and his buddy Rich Hummel had the perfect plan.

The next day they went down from the 12th floor to the lobby and found the steps to the basement. There were several levels. The deeper they crept, the more secluded it became. Finally after a bend and turn they found the perfect spot.

The next day began the careful storage of case after case of the sacred life elixir. Schlitz … the perfect “food” for sustenance. When the cases were stacked eye-high Phase 1 of the plan was in place.

When the warning went off, a select few would head for the “beer shelter” to await the terrible outcome. After the supplies ran out, the survivors would ascend from the shelter to the basement of Prudential building and travel the Illinois Central train tracks to a predetermined location only known by the spouses. (I know I’ve seen the plan.)

Our location was a family resort along the Kankakee river — a cool hunting and fishing club that I’m sure is no longer there.

While my father was swigging away downtown, my mother was to corral a two year old, a seven year old Mark, my 9 year old sister Suzanne and 12 year older brother Jim into our Edsel woody and hit the back roads south and west.

There were a few practice sessions with my mom hustling us into the car and hitting the road for our great aunt Eva’s and even more “drills” with my dad and his buddies descending the stairs to their secret shelter.

Well I was curious and took the map and slipped into the Prudential building last week and this is what i found.

Thanks Dad!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 14:37:30

    Is this for reals?? I love the story!


  2. Dianna
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 19:49:25

    Well, it’s a neat story – exaggeration or no!


  3. yearstricken
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 16:22:09

    Lots of smiles and I almost believe it.


  4. Natalie
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 17:17:34

    Well, they actually did save some cases down in the lower level of the building, just in case! And they did go down there and practice drinking them… the only exaggeration being the picture at the end — they didn’t really leave any for Mark…


  5. ElizOF
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 07:16:16

    Well, they did try to preserve it. 🙂


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