Chicago, curiously, is a big "ban" city. It notoriously bans handguns. And last winter it banned all pigeon- keeping (it was formerly one of the great pigeon racing cities, as its old ethnic communities, like those in Boston, had many pigeon keepers). I don't know what happened to all the birds and their keepers...
Matt winces: Chicago? Carl Sandburg would be ashamed for his city, "Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,"
I gather the days of fierce dogs and wilderness are behind you now.
Reid reflects: Hog butcher for the world/Tool maker, Stacker of wheat...
While working on a dig in Georgia in the early 70s*, I met Franziska Boas, who was a retired professor at a local college. Her father was Franz Boas,who essentially invented modern anthropology in the US. Franziska and Margaret Mead were classmates at Barnard - hated her, but that's another story. Franziska raised nubian goats as a hobby. I asked her how she had gotten started and where she had gotten her first goats. "Oh, Carl Sandburg gave me some."
What do you say?
Matt replies: You say, "COOL."
* The dig was at the King Site outside of Rome, GA. It was a protohistoric Creek village and experts are fairly certain it was one of the towns visited by Hernando de Soto during his entrada to the Southeast in the1540s. Franziska lived in Rome and was retired from Berry College whereshe taught dance.
UPDATE: Steve's friend Margory, who worked hard (and successfully) against the ill-conceived coursing ban in San Francisco, forwarded this link today on Sandburg's goats of all things...
"About an hour south of Asheville, in the little town of Flat Rock, North Carolina, sits Connemara Farm. The former home of Carl and Lillian (Paula) Sandburg, the farm is now run by the National Park Service, and is the only home of an American writer to enjoy the distinction of being named a National Historic Site.
"While we greatly respect Carl Sandburg's work, it was actually his wife who drew us to Flat Rock. Between 1935 and 1966, Paula Sandburg (who, incidentally, was the sister of photographer Edward Steichen) raised champion dairy goats. Beginning her herd for practical reasons when Carl was a struggling poet in Michigan, Paula became fascinated by the possibilities of genetic manipulation. As her husband became successful as a writer, she grew to national prominence as a dairy goat breeder. By the time they moved to North Carolina in 1945, Mrs. Sandburg was famous in her own right for her goats...."
Incedentally, this website bills itself as regarding, "Travel. Adventure. Goats."