Writer Dan Kelly recently send me some of his research from last year's Chicago Reader article. In this research was Chicago Yellow Pages copies from 1968-1972. You see above, two listings, one for the Green Dragon Society, 1968 and the other for Count Dante's Imperial Academy of Fighting Arts. I need to find out who this "Prof. Lee" is on the Green Dragon advert.
Once again, we see the Green Dragon image and I am taken back to that email from the Green Dragon informant telling me the "Dojo/Dragon War" really came about as a result of the dispute over Dante copying their logo. As I keep saying, there are no good guys in this tale. Included in this incredible tale are matters of misadventure and bad judgement in many cases.
One of the other items in the Yellow pages entries was listing under "Beauty Salons" for the House of Dante, right there between the "House of Costa" and the "House of Relaxation."
This guy was busy, 3 dojos and a hair salon. It says something about his acumen as a businessman. His father, John H. Keehan, was a founder and owner of Ashland State Bank, which opened in 1954. So money was not that big an issue for him, it would seem. The image of Dante at left is typical of the publicity photos issued by hairdressers.
I used to work in the publishing department of a hair design company and still have a few friends who are in that business. It would be great to find some people who worked with Dante in the hairdressing business. That would be kind of interesting to include in the film.
The beat goes on...Still at it, and it is still bound to get a whole lot more interesting.