My maternal grandfather was a glazier. He was orphaned at a young age and raised in an orphanage on the West side of Chicago with 2 brothers. One of those brothers died during adolescence. My grandfather and his oldest brother fought in World War II and became part of America’s Greatest Generation. He and his brother started Chicago Glass which became the largest glazier company in the city. For over 30 years, my grandfather hung glass on some of the tallest buildings in the world at the time. Sears Tower, John Hancock, Lake Point Tower, Standard Oil, you name it, he worked on it. Buildings downtown had to be “glassed in” by November 15 if the electricians, plumbers, elevator, drywall and carpet guys were to have a chance to work through the winter for spring occupancy on a residential or commercial high rise. In the winters, my grandfather drove a cab between “indoor” jobs such as hanging mirrors, repairing windows or building storm windows. He would drive me around in his large Checker cab and point out what buildings he worked on and what he did, what worked and what didn’t, if he got injured, or one of his men did, and when they “glassed” it in.