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Crazy Mary dislikes sandals

Here's another reader contribution to wonderful world of Tattler Tales. Thanks, Jules!

This happened 3 years ago. It was rush hour in the Loop and I got on a Brown Line at State & Lake.

It was the middle of summer and a particularly hot and sticky day so, naturally, I was wearing sandals. No sooner did I step into the car when Crazy Mary got in my face and yelled "Whore! Wearing socks without sandals! You're a whore!" I ignored her and found the last 12 inches of unoccupied floor space a few feet away from her.

The next thing I hear is a beeping sound and then the voice of the train operator through the speaker next to the call button: "Can I help you?" Without missing a beat, Crazy Mary declares, in her raspy and aged voice, "There's a man and woman f*#*ing on the train!"

Snickers and titters ran through the crowd until the conductor said: "Ummmm...........thank you???" At that point people busted out laughing and, luckily, Crazy Mary got off of the train at the Merchandise Mart.

Comments

Hahaha! That is my stop. I'd love to hear something like this on my ride home...

Ha! Crazy Mary is an institution in Chicago. A day without her calling an unsuspecting female passer-by "c*nt" or "whore" is like a day without sunshine!

I wonder if this is the same woman who told me one day I was going to be raped because I was wearing a skirt. It was a khaki a-line that came to below my knees.

mary told me that her bush itched while sitting outdoors at tavern on rush. she also aske me what to do when her bush itched.

i am the REAL "CRAZY MARY" and NO, i did NOT call you sleazy names like that, i belevie you had me mistaken with somone else. and yes, the only time i got off the brown line at the mercandise mart, was to go on MANCOW's show at Q101 at the time. was there another "crazy mary" that i wasn't aware of? maybe if we find my "doppleganers" then we can say "will the REAL "crazy mary" please....shut uh, er i mean sit down!" LOL!!

Yeah I have seen her she has a huge trash mouth! I was hanging with my friends when she started yelling trash to us, we got freaked out! Some people call her sweet mary others call her crazy mary!

Crazy Mary has been around since the 80's I know that for sure....I was a young college kid in the city and also taking classes at an acting School in Chicago. Crazy Mary was chasing one the men in my acting class one day down the street as I was walking to the building were our acting classes were located. This guy was also a very good looking model and there a lifesize image of him in Carson Pirie Scott dept store window at the time of this incident. Crazy Mary must of recognized him from the Carson's store window on State Street. I watched him being chased down Belmont Ave by Crazy Mary and she was yelling "Give me your balls!!!" Then she started yelling things about him being the guy in the Carson's window. I was across the street laughing so hard! I then said to him when we walked into acting class together that that modeling job he did for Carson's must be really paying off when it comes to women and your personal life...Even Crazy Mary can't get enough of you!!!
That was actually 22 years ago!!! Amazing she is still alive!!

Crazy Mary has been around since the 80's I know that for sure....I was a young college kid in the city and also taking classes at an acting School in Chicago. Crazy Mary was chasing one the men in my acting class one day down the street as I was walking to the building were our acting classes were located. This guy was also a very good looking model and there a lifesize image of him in Carson Pirie Scott dept store window at the time of this incident. Crazy Mary must of recognized him from the Carson's store window on State Street. I watched him being chased down Belmont Ave by Crazy Mary and she was yelling "Give me your balls!!!" Then she started yelling things about him being the guy in the Carson's window. I was across the street laughing so hard! I then said to him when we walked into acting class together that that modeling job he did for Carson's must be really paying off when it comes to women and your personal life...Even Crazy Mary can't get enough of you!!!
That was actually 22 years ago!!! Amazing she is still alive!!

Crazy Mary is well known on the Near North. A recent looking picture of her can be found here:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=57371413885&set=o.56930882380

She doesn't look much like the P. Mary Novak who posted above, judging from the myspace she currently lists as her homepage

http://www.myspace.com/chevlgirl

so the above denial isn't to be taken seriously. It's not coming from the woman that we're talking about.

I can personally vouch for having seen this individual, also known as "the bag lady exhibitionist", celebrate the coming of warm weather by walking up to the open front of one of the bars on Division Street, facing a couple on a date, ripping open her blouse and, rubbing a leathery, half-deflated breast bared before all, growl "do you like that, honey" in a voice so raspy that one would be amazed that her throat did not bleed. This she followed with a sound that was a cross between moaning and gargling, as she self continued to self massage for the next few minutes. The police were maybe 60 feet away at Mother's, just across the street, so one might have hoped that this would be all over, quickly, but no. They didn't want to come anywhere near this woman, or even look in her direction, which was understandable. Once that image gets burned into your brain, there is no getting it out.

She would keep on carrying out her ritual, up and down the street for years. The performances stopped a few years ago, but the memory of them lives on, as much as most of us wish that it didn't.

I found the "stories" on Rush Street Mary interesting but common. I guess my question is does anyone really know her true story? I lived down by Navy Pier for 15 years (and miss it terribly) and saw Rush Street Mary often. If her history is correct she had an exciting and tragic life. If one thinks about, it 22 years ago, women did not wear sandals and certainly wore nylons AND slips (if anyone remembers them)so Mary's fashion statements are not out of line with her generation. Today's styles would certainly be viewed as procative!

And as for tourist and commuters - feel honored that she even notices you!

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