When Hollywood Landed at Chicago's Midway Airport: The Photos and Stories of Mike Rotunno (Paperback)
Al Capone dove for the floor when he saw the flash of the camera, while his startled body guards drew their guns. The actress Miriam Hopkins ran screaming from the camera while Lyndon Johnson ran towards it. General Jimmy Doolittle called him a Son of a Bitch, while the Pope called him his friend. Bob Hope asked if he would escort Hope's wife to church, and John Barrymore asked if he would hide him from his mistress. Cary Grant demanded a shoe shine, Eleanor Roosevelt demanded an apology, and Harry Truman demanded a bourbon.
Who was this guy? He was Mike Rotunno, and he was a photographer for one of Chicago's newspapers. Yet, he also photographed airplanes for the airlines, starting in the 1920's, the beginning of his 50 year career at Chicago's Midway airport.
In that span he got to know everyone, great or small, and his story is like a cross between the movie "The Terminal" and "Forrest Gump." He introduced movie stars to baseball players, Marilyn Monroe to a room full o.