April 05, 2003
Rockwell in the Day

Visitors to our home are often advised to arrive by CTA "L" train whenever possible.

For city dwellers, it's often controversial to decide between arriving at the Western station (where one has to cross that busy thoroughfare to get to our house) or wait two more blocks to get off at Rockwell.

For our part, we like Rockwell, as it is less busy, it's easier to get a seat on an inbound train, and it's cuter by far than Western (at least until the reconstruction is completed; all bets are off at that point).

Tonight while seeking out information on what "L" stops Bob Newhart uses for embarkation and disembarkation (we like to believe he gets off at Rockwell, though it makes no sense if he lives on Lake Shore Drive), we found this period photo of the Rockwell stop. Now who can tell us this isn't the CUTEST "L" station ever?

I dare you.

By the way, if you tell us to look at the official Bob Newhart site... the Chicago landmarks element is broken.

Posted by esinclai at April 05, 2003 08:52 PM |

Didn't they live in the corncob towers? Where dat?

Posted by: mike on April 6, 2003 12:34 AM

Nope, they don't live in Marina Towers, although those do appear in the opening credits. If you watch the opening credits (which I obviously have done too many times) he's going home to a rectangular-shaped highrise, ostensibly on Lakeshore somewhere.

Posted by: Anne on April 6, 2003 01:00 PM

what about the apartment? doesn't it have a curved floorplan and balcony, at least some of the time?

(I really have to explicate my grand unified theory of the sitcom to you guys sometime - suffice to say that the Bob Newhart Show - Dick Van Dyke show similarities are - EERIE. Dentists named Jerry that also are regular directors? Check. There's more, but it was a long time ago when I made my observations, sadly. Once you add Happy Days and Andy Griffith to the mix, and you have to include All in the Family because of Carl Reiner and Ron Reiner - well, I've already said too much. Patriot Act, you know.)

Posted by: mike on April 8, 2003 05:19 AM

er, ROB Reiner. Oh, and of course The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Posted by: mike on April 8, 2003 05:20 AM
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