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Classic T-shirt sales to benefit historical society

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  • Sammy Skobel is seen here in his "Hot Dogs Plus" restaurant, formerly on the Northwest corner of Busse Ave. and Main St., wearing the famous T-shirt that has been reissued by the Mount Prospect Historical Society.

      Sammy Skobel is seen here in his "Hot Dogs Plus" restaurant, formerly on the Northwest corner of Busse Ave. and Main St., wearing the famous T-shirt that has been reissued by the Mount Prospect Historical Society.
    Courtesy Mount Prospect Historical Society

 
Submitted by the Mount Prospect Historical Society

To help residents cool off in style this summer, the Mount Prospect Historical Society has teamed up with a local legend.

The Society recently announced its reissue of the classic T-shirt from Sammy Skobel's "Hot Dogs Plus." This former fixture of the community was re-created with the approval and assistance of Sammy and Vee Skobel themselves.

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Sammy and Vee will be on hand at the Lions Club Farmers Market to greet well-wishers from 8 a.m.-noon on "History Day," Sunday, July 24. A historic display highlighting Sammy's career will be at the event.

The colorful T-shirt will be available for $20, with all proceeds benefiting the society. It features the original logo, complete with the famous hot dog on roller skates.

If you don't already know: Sammy Skobel is among Mount Prospect's most famous residents and living legends.

He is a Hall of Fame Roller Derby Champion and MVP, an impressive feat on its own. However, Sammy accomplished this despite being legally blind. After his Roller Derby career, Sammy continued to inspire as a speaker and activist for the blind, and of course, as the operator of one of Mount Prospect's favorite restaurants.

Generations of Mount Prospectors remember Sammy's shop that was a fixture on the corner of Main and Busse throughout the 1980s. The shirts were expertly redesigned from an original shirt by Cliff Higley of U Keep Us In Stitches.

If you can't make it to the farmers market on July 24, visit the society at 101 S. Maple Street, Monday through Friday from noon-6 p.m., calling ahead at (847) 392-9006 is recommended, to pick up your shirt.

T-shirts can also be ordered and shipped to anywhere in the country via PayPal through the historical society's website at www.mtphist.org.

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