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John Jacoby, Contributing Columnist
5:00 am CST November 5, 2019

• February 25, 1911: Alexander Petrie, 38, of 710 Washington Avenue, Wilmette, claims that he saw “the first robin of the year.” He submitted an affidavit to the Chicago Tribune, swearing that “while walking along Eighth Street in the village of Wilmette, Ill., I distinctly heard with my own ears, and later saw with my own eyes, a real live robin — our beloved robin redbreast.” Petrie may have been inspired by colorful and corrupt Chicago Alderman “Bath House” John Coughlin, 50, who earlier this year offered a prize of $5 to the Chicagoan who produces “absolute proof” of th