This edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges" was originally broadcast on MAY 12, 2020 on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio
GUEST: JOSEPH S. PETE (Journalist/Book Author)
On April 13, 2020, Times business journalist Joseph S. Pete released his new book, "Lost Hammond" (Arcadia Publishing/History Press), a reflective look back at places one who grew up in Northwest Indiana might have known, places you might have forgotten, and even places you probably never even knew existed.
"Lost Hammond" is a 200-page paperback that is a very interesting read. Filled with fun facts and a good deal of vintage photos, this book is a must have for anyone who grew up and/or came of age in Hammond, Indiana.
Even natives of Hammond, will likely discover a wealth of historical information and numerous interesting facts about a community built upon the meatpacking industry, that later became the largest city in Northwest Indiana.
Who remembers buying records at Comay's in Woodmar Mall, dining on perch at Phil Schmidt's, taking a date to Madura's Danceland, and catching both classic films and live rock bands like Aerosmith, Rush and KISS performing at The Parthenon Theatre. All of those now razed Hammond landmarks and many more are found within the pages of Pete's well-written and nicely illustrated salute to his one of Indiana's most important,, if sadly overlooked cities.
This program also includes rockin' songs by -- ritish heavy metal group UFO, jazz drummer GENE KRUPA, British Invasion chart-topping band THE DAVE CLARK FIVE, classic hard rock band KISS, and South Side glam-rock, late-'70s band, THE HOUNDS -- because those bands have a moment or two of history tied to Hammond, Indiana. How you might ask? Just listen to the program and Lounges will tell you why.