Numero Group: By The Numbers


Helen Sees The Light
January 7, 2010, 9:09 am
Filed under: A Light On The Southside

An intriguing aspect of Light: On The South Side is that it is so largely anonymous, despite the intense personalities found within. We’ve shown this book to countless denizens of these very clubs, none of whom have been able to positively identify even a single countenance. Kenny Rightout, famous as a member of Center Stage, came through for us recently and we were able to meet with an actual subject captured by Michael Abramson’s lens tonight. Helen Saffold was a socialite, promoter, and impresario and could be seen on the scene on nearly any given night. The night this photo was taken is particularly significant. It was February 14, 1976 and the setting is a Valentine’s Day party at the High Chaparral that she sponsored herself. Even though she had been shot just a few days before during an attempted robbery on her house, she checked herself out of the hospital so as not to miss her own party. From left to right, the three women in the photo (found on page 030) are: Latitia Binion, Diane Tobra, and Helen Saffold. She was also able to identify a couple of other revelers: the man on the barstool on page 107 was known as Magellan, and the man in the photo (with a woman) on page 027 is Rickey Huff.

We’ll keep the blog current with any other new discoveries of the stories behind the scenes.


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Yes, very interesting full of life, and adventure. Chicago, the 70’s and music, I do remember the time. You mentioned it all in this article. Thank you for capturing this period. I performed in a show by Cream Talent at the Sheridan Hotel, I believe it was April 1977. It featured a fashion show, a skit and dance. Some of the guest models were from the Chicago Bulls and Bears with special guest Muhammad Ali on stage with the we models. We walked the cat-walk to the tune of “Wake up Everybody”. It was a great show covered by the Defender and the Chicago Suntimes. I also have a “vintage” picture of myself from the High Chapperral from 1977, distinquishable only from the red and black flowered wall paper near the bar area. Ms Wooden surely is very interesting. I would love to read more about her life in the industry and a movie would be interesting also. I would love to met her to get her feed back on a performance I have in mind featuring the music of Ms Billie Holiday. Please pass this information on to her. I will be posting a video on facebook and you tube soon.
Thank you
Chicago native Nancy Hughes.

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[...] is here because he’s keen to put names to faces—the photos are mostly of ordinary clubgoers, and this is the first positive ID of someone Numero [...]

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