Week of July 20, 2003

Class Lowdown

Make your way up the social ladder at People Like Us at www.pbs.org/peoplelikeus. Learn how a person’s background, economic status and attitude mark his or her social class. You’ll be able to test your own prejudices regarding what you feel makes a person of lower, higher or the same social status as yourself. Try the game Chintz or Shag to find out whether you have the fashion sense to be among the rich. There’s even a page to type in your ZIP code to find out what type of people live in your area.

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A woman of pedigree vintage always chooses what kind of colors?



What instrument did Dizzy Gillespie play?

alto sax


Who was the first mayor of Chicago?
Marshall Tucker
Michael Jordan
William B. Ogden




Get wired to American history at http://historywired.si.edu. HistoryWired is an interactive exhibit where you can investigate objects from the National Museum of American History. A dynamic grid lets you explore historical artifacts such as a carousel deer, a pre-refrigerator drink cooler and a gold nugget watch. Lines on the grid connect objects to general themes such as medicine. Tell others what you think by voting on displays. Your vote will affect the size of the object’s space on the grid.

Pipe and Tunnel Labyrinth

Plug your nose because at www.chipublib.org/digital/ sewers/sewers.html you are going Down the Drain to Chicago’s Sewers. Learn about challenges involved in developing the sewer system, such as boring tunnels under Lake Michigan and making the Chicago River reverse its water flow. The photo gallery shows the development of this huge system. In History you’ll find out what Chicago’s sewer system was like for settlers. The SewerCAM allows the Chicago Department of Sewers to inspect and maintain the sewers. When you are finished with this site, please wash your hands. (This site is no longer available.)

What do you want to be
when you grow up and why?


Speak Out Here!

Getting Answers

Like any columnist, I don’t know the answers to all of the questions that my readers ask. However, over the years, I have learned to spy out useful resources and uncover the answers. I’m not one to keep valuable information from my readers, so here is a list of some of the sites that I use to help answer your questions and to stay up-to-date on what’s going on in the tech world.


How Stuff Works


ZDNet News


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