Windy City Critic Podcast 11

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The Last Champion of an Illinois Prep Dynasty

Providence Catholic High School Football 2004

The Last Champion of an Illinois Prep Dynasty

The Last Champion of an Illinois Prep Dynasty (Junior Year)

The Last Champion of an Illinois Prep Dynasty (Sophomore Year)

The Last Champion of an Illinois Prep Dynasty (Freshman Year)

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1984-1985 BEARS

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Windy City Critic Podcast 10

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‘High on Crack Street’

high on crack street lost lives in lowellThe 1995 documentary that inspired the Oscar winning film “The Fighter,” “High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell” shows the true face of crack cocaine addiction.

It was shot over 18 months in Lowell, Mass from 1993-1994. The documentary follows a group of crack addicts: Boo Boo and Brenda, the definition of an explosive relationship. And Dicky Eklund who is a former pro boxer that once fought “Sugar” Ray Leonard.

40 minutes of the documentary is dedicated to Boo Boo and Brenda, which should be shown to every junior high kid in an anti-drug campaign. The other 20 minutes is about Dicky.

“The Fighter” portrays Dicky as a harmless criminal but he was actually charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, kidnapping, masked armed robbery with a sawed-off shotgun. The crime was not shown, however his hearing about the crime is. Dicky’s mother thinks he does nothing wrong and supports him in every way, just like in “The Fighter.”

Dicky does seem like a nice guy, he is a far better person than his counterparts Boo Boo and Brenda. Most of the scenes of “High on Crack Street” in “The Fighter” are actually not in the documentary.

Dicky and Boo Boo corner Dicky’s half brother Micky Ward, who is played by Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter.” It’s amazing that a top level fighter had two crackheads as his cornermen. The boxing match is the only scene Micky is in.¬†Mickey O’Keefe, a Lowell police sergeant plays a role in the documentary as Micky’s trainer, and he plays himself in “The Fighter.”

It is slightly funny at the beginning, because everyone is so messed up on drugs that they can’t function properly.

“High on Crack Street” can be seen for free at DailyMotion.com.

Rating: A-
It’s a really good anti-drug documentary that is one hour.

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