The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Friends and Family #67

Original Caption:

Chicago -- Picked up after testifying at a Senate committee's hearing about alleged housing scandals, Luigi Fratto gestures as he is escorted by detectives Thomas Burns and Al Faro. Police reportedly wanted to question him about the recent gangland style slayings of Charles 'Cherry Nose' Gioe and Frank Maritote. Earlier, during the hearing, Fratto was reluctant to answer when asked if he had told the owners of a Des Moines, Iowa night club that he had bought a controlling interest from Gioe. Asked if he were invoking the Fifth Amendment, he replied, "This Amendment sounds bad, it's for Communists." (1954)


Tempest said...

Is that a bow tie or a propeller?

Flynnjr said...

It's a tourniquet.

MichaelRyerson said...

Geesus! The two detectives look shadier than the frigging mobster!

Brent McKee said...

Michael, with the reputation of the Chicago PD at the time, they may well have been shadier than the frigging mobster.

How can you tell an honest cop in Chicago? He has change for a five.

MichaelRyerson said...

lol. Thanks Brent, I needed that. I'm from Los Angeles and I'm of a certain age and can remember when the only organised crime we had in LA was our police department.

MadHatter said...

Hey, the guy on the right.....NORM !!!!