Make trip to Gurnee for high-end inventory
You can see the building from Interstate 94. It is around a three-hour drive from Champaign-Urbana to the Gurnee Antique Center at 5742 Northridge Drive. This is a high-end stop with all types of antiques and collectibles. It is well worth the drive.
For a sampling, visit gurneeantiquecenter.com. The store's phone number is 847-782-9094. The antique center is holding its spring sale this weekend. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Other news of interest
John Coleman, a veteran TV weatherman who started his career at WCIA Channel 3, has retired. He started his TV work here while still a student in 1953, and for the last 20 years has been the weatherman at KUSI in San Diego.
I worked at Channel 3 in the art department while John was there. Besides his weather duties, he was also the host of "The Hop," which was the local version of Dick Clark's dance show. I'm sure a lot of you will remember that.
His credits also included a couple of small parts in some movies, and he was the original weatherman on ABC's "Good Morning America." In the early 1980s, he helped establish The Weather Channel, serving as CEO and president during its first year of operation.
He has nothing to do with antiques and collectibles, but he was a friend of mine and I thought you might be interested in this news. According to a column by K. Peterson and J. Posner in the San Diego paper, he went on vacation and notified the station that he was not coming back. It was time to retire.
How bad can it be? Your last job before you retire is a weatherman in San Diego.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be mailed to 807 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.