|The July 20, 2010 jump from the top of Trump Tower (JWB Photo, 2010)
As I watched the trailer of this futuristic bust-em-up and saw the carnage taking place on the north side of the DuSable Bridge, two thoughts came to me. The first was that the July 1 release would be in the middle of the summer, and warm weather would be once again a part of the Chicago lifestyle. The snow will melt, the lake will thaw, and Chicago's new mayor will preside over what once again will be one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Right after that I thought about the hot morning last summer when on July 20 at about 8:30 in the morning, five parachutists hurled themselves off the top of Trump Tower, landing a minute or two later on a waiting barge moored just northeast of the DuSable Bridge. Those of you who lived through it will remember when the film crews blew up Michigan Avenue, 35 East Wacker lay in ruins on Wacker Drive, and the helicopters roared so loudly that you couldn't hold a conversation.
So warm yourself with the knowledge that when you sit in an air conditioned theater, watching the Autobots struggle desperately to learn the secret of the Decepticons' lethal moon craft, it will be high times and green grass in the City of the Big Shoulders and all will be right with the world.