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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Neal Samors  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Samors is a lifelong resident of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Samors is a Chicago historian and an award winning author. He was recently presented the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal for Great Lakes Regional Non-Fiction for the book Downtown Chicago in Transition. He also won the 2007 Gold Medal in history from the Independent Publishers for his book Chicago in the 1960s.

Published Works

  • Chicago's Far North Side, Rogers Park/ West Ridge Historical Society, 2000
  • Neighborhoods Within Neighborhoods, Rogers Park/ West Ridge Historical Society, 2002
  • Old Chicago Neighborhood: Remembering Life in the 1940's , Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2003 - written with Michael Williams
  • Real Chicago, Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2004 - written with Richard Cahan and Michael Williams
  • Real Chicago Sports, Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2005 - written with Richard Cahan and Michael Williams
  • Chicago in the Fifties, Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2005 - written with Michael Williams
  • Chicago in the Sixties, Chicago's Neighborhoods, Inc., 2006
  • Downtown Chicago in Transition, Chicago's Books Press, 2007 - written with Eric Bronsky
  • The Rise of the Magnificent Mile , Chicago's Books Press, 2008 - written with Eric Bronsky
  • Clark Weber's Rock and Roll Radio: The Fun Years, 1955-1975, Chicago's Books Press, 2008 - written with Clark Weber
  • A Kid From the Windy City, Chicago's Books Press, 2010 - Written with Lee B. Stern
  • Chicago's Lake Shore Drive: Urban America's Most Beautiful Roadway,Chicago's Book Press, 2010 - written with Bernard Judge
  • Paths Through the Wilderness: American Indian Trail Marker Trees, Chicago's Book Press, 2010 written with Dennis Downes
  • Chicago's Classic Restaurants: Past, Present and Future, Chicago's Books Press, 2011 - written with Eric Bronsky

Selected Titles At Your Library

Chicago's far north side :
ISBN: 092477231X. OCLC Number:

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society,. [Chicago] :. ©2000.

Neighborhoods within neighborhoods :
ISBN: 0971684200. OCLC Number:

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. 2002.

What do Shecky Greene, Harold Ramis, Scott Turow, and Hugh Downs have in common? They all spent a portion of their lives in the Chicago communities of Rogers Park and West Ridge. Their remembrances are presented in this new book, Neighborhoods Within Neigbborhoods: Twentieth Century Life on Chicago's Far North Side. This 240-page volume contains 175 photographs, many published for the first time, along with stories from more than 130 current and former residents. In addition, the book includes essays about life in the these neighborhoods by New York Times columnist Ira Berkow, broadcaster Hugh Downs, Chicago Sun-Times editor Dan Miller, CBS-TV producer Steve Friedman, and U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Also includes excerpts from oral histories conducted with more than 125 current and former neighborhood residents, including Joel Weisman, Sr. Ann Ida Gannon, Neil Hartigan and Art Berman. Includes Chapters for the Loyola, Morse Ave, Howard St., Ridge, West Rogers Park and North Town neighborhoods.

The old Chicago neighborhood :
ISBN: 0972545611. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Neighborhoods,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. 2003.

Real Chicago :
ISBN: 0972545638. OCLC Number:

Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.,. [Chicago] :. ©2004.

Real Chicago sports :
ISBN: 0972545662. OCLC Number:

Chicago Sun-Times, Inc.,. [Chicago] :. ©2005.

Chicago in the fifties :
ISBN: 0972545646. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Neighborhoods,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. 2005.

Hundreds of black-and-white photographs, with reminiscing interviews by people (both ordinary and famous) who grew up in Chicago in the 1950s, including Governor Jim Thompson, Sheriff Richard Elrod, sportswriter Bill Gleason, film critic Norman Mark, columnist Georgie Anne Geyer, Hillary Rodham Clinton, broadcast journalist Joel Weisman, Mel Thillens Jr., Blackhawks announcer Harvey Wittenberg, Chicago Bears player Johnny Morris, pitchers Jim Brosnan and Billy Pierce, jazz artist Ramsey Lewis, radio personality Chuck Schaden, comedian Mort Sahl, and television personalities Hugh Downs, Mike Wallace, and Ray Rayner.

Chicago in the sixties :
ISBN: 0978866312. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Books,. [Chicago] :. ©2006.

Presents the memories and photographs of eighty Chicagoans with different backgrounds and experiences of life during the 1960s. Includes personal recollections by Robert Adamowski, Leonard Amari, Jon Anderson, Judge Marvin Aspen, Kent Beauchamp, Art Berman, Shelley Berman, Trudy Bers, Dick Biondi, Eric Bronsky, Alderman Edward M. Burke, Truda Chick, Richard Christiansen, Joel Daly, US Congressman Danny Davis, Leon Despres, Anna Marie DiBuono, Tom Dreesen, Judge Richard Elrod, Robert Feder, Rick Fizdale, John Gorman, Jackie Grimshaw, Jon Hahn, Al Hall, Glenn Hall, Bill "Red" Hay, Hugh Hefner, Ken Holtzman, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Walter Jacobson, Bill Jauss, Marilyn Katz, Johnny "Red" Kerr, Nick Kladis, Judge Charles Kocoras, Rick Kogan, Bill Kurtis, Jim Landis, Richard Lang, Joe Levinson, Ramsey Lewis, Gene Mackevich, Joe Mantegna, Norman Mark, Frank Mathie, Erin McCann, James McDonough, Jo Baskin Minow, Newton Minow, Mike Nussbaum, James O'Connor, Sheldon Patinkin, Sandra Pesmen, Jerry Petacque, William "Billy" Petersen, Dr. Charles "Arch" Pounian, Mike Pyle, Harold Ramis, Ronnie Rice, Jimmy Rittenberg, Jack Rosenberg, Carmen Salvino, Warner Saunders, Gale Sayers, US Congresswoman Janice Schakowsky, Raymond Simon, Gary Sinise, Bob Sirott, Joyce Sloane, Lee B. Stern, Bill "Moose" Skowron, Harry Volkman, Clark Weber, Joel Weisman, Lois Wille, Harvey Wittenberg, Bruce Wolf, and Steve Zucker.

Downtown Chicago in transition /
ISBN: 0979789206. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Book Press,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. 2007.

Explores the dynamic changes that have continuously shaped the greater Loop district, from the late nineteenth century to the present time, in historical photographs and interviews with Jerome R. Butler, Micahel Demetrio, Jerry Field, Marshall Field V, Myles Jarrow, Gary T. Johnson, Bernard Judge, Mary Robinson Kalista, George E. Kanary, Mitch Markovitz, Robert Markovitz, Kay Mayer, James McDonough, Paul Meincke, Josephine Baskin Minow, James O'Connor, Potter Palmer IV, Ann Roth, J.J. Sedelmaier, and David Welch.

The rise of the Magnificent Mile /
ISBN: 0979789257. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Book Press,. [Chicago, Ill.] :. ©2008.

Clark Weber's rock and roll radio :
ISBN: 0979789222. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Book Press,. Chicago :. ©2008.

Mother Weber's oldest son Clark was very much a part of the rock and roll music scene in Chicago in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Go back in time to when rock and roll was clean and the Chicago River was dirty!

Chicago's classic restaurants :
ISBN: 0985273305. OCLC Number:

Chicago's Books Press,. Chicago :. 2011.

The authors present a retrospective on Chicago's restaurants from the city's early years through present day, accompanied by residents' memories and images of neighborhood restaurants.


The Old Chicago Neighborhood

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