How I spent the 19 day 1987 Chicago Teachers strike

Tomorrow teachers in the Chicago Public Schools may not go to work. The last teachers strike was in 1987 and lasted 19 days when I was in 10th grade. Prior to the 4 week extended vacation I sprained my ankle while (trying to) make a tackle in football practice. I spent most of my monthlong unplanned vacation reading library books, watching David Letterman, and hopping to the local theater on my crutches.

Here’s what I remember seeing that extra-long summer:

The Princess Bride

No Way Out

Born in East LA

Stakeout

Who’s That Girl? (severely underrated)

The Witches of Eastwick

Dragnet

Hamburger Hill

Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll

Summer School

Superman IV

La Bamba

The Pick-up Artist

Three O’Clock High

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