NOTABLE ALUMNI OF CENTRAL YMCA HIGH SCHOOL
Mike Royko -- newspaper columnist, worked for the Chicago Daily News, Sun Times, and
Tribune for over 30 years. Also authored the book "Boss" about the late Richard J. Daley, mayor of Chicago from 1955-76.
Mike Bloomfield -- Blues guitarist, made a name for himself as an instrumental artist
during the late-1960's. Was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (which later played at Woodstock in 1969), and
was ranked by Rolling Stone as number 22 on the top 100 guitarists of all-time in a poll conducted in 2003 by the
Barry Goldberg -- A close friend of Bloomfield, the guitarist was involved in the recording
"Devil With A Blue Dress" by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels in 1966, plus was involved in a couple of bands with Bloomfield.
Goldberg has also been a record producer and (as of this writing in July 2012) was working on a documentary about the rock-blues
influence of the 1960s'.
Robert Sengstacke -- A photographer by trade, he was also involved with the Chicago Defender,
which is one of the last African-American daily newspapers and was founded by his great uncle John Sengstacke Abbott in 1905.
His photos of Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others are known and have been featured in various
compositions and with a periodical for the Nation of Islam, "Muhammad Speaks."
Gerald Mittelman -- A 30-yr veteran of the United States Air Force, his background in
computer science helped the USAF develop warning systems for missles and space command to alert the U.S. government in the
event of attack, and spent time with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).
"I attended Central YMCA
High School only in the summer of 1978. I had a class with Linda Leilani Brown (of Dreamgirls fame). Central YMCA
was located on the southeast corner of Dearbon and Randolph, with the entrance next to the United Artists Theatre."
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