Kishwaukee Hospital, Tal's birthplace
Well maybe as a national monument or national park this will not make the mark, but for the Sampson family this was a new beginning when our daughter Tal was born here, so we took Tal here on our trip to the US, a sort of "roots" visit.
Sampson's in DeKalb
Welcome to our home for the almost three years 1986-89) we studied in the US, Zohara at NIU and I at Kishwaukee.
This is the Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, Illinois...this is also both the advantage and the bane of this small community..during summer when the students are gone the town is small and friendly, then in September the students return and the town turns cold. DeKalb is a town of about 25,000 residents and the University has 20,000 students....go figure that out.
Homecoming Parade - An American Institution
The homecoming parade marked the beginning of the school year for thousands of students coming to DeKalb to Northern Illinois University. Of course not only the students got into the act, you found the marching bands...
Yes friends, marching bands, from the Junior High Schools, from the High Schools and even local groups from the towns around DeKalb.
And you had your "floats", this one was from the Huskie Club, supporters of one of the sports teams from town.
Some of your floats were fancy, elaborate, gaudy, slick and loud...but then you had your simple floats, like this one, just the Footstompers, a local country music trio.
Then you have your midget funny cars, I can only imagine how they get this guy OUT of that car...
And then of course you have all your pretty girls dressed up to show off, always a good reason to see a parade...your cheerleaders, baton twirlers and pompoms.
And then of course you have all your pretty girls dressed up to show off, always a good reason to see a parade...your cheerleaders, baton twirlers and pompoms. Or have I told you this already ^O^
But still the homecoming parades shows some of the good things about America, the positive attitude, the "I CAN" idea.. sort of "If you've got it flaunt it (and even if you DON"T GOT IT, flaunt it anyway), what can be more positive than that.