Pat Urbut – October 8, 2018

Here is the piece about Andy Frain Ushering on CBS channel 2 last night. I added a very short story about a friend and classmate. We worked at all the major sports arenas and at conventions, trade shows, concerts, parades, funerals, churches and all the major dept.stores at the holidays and many other events and venues.

One of my classmates at Quigley sent me an e mail today. He said he
went down to the Andy Frain office to apply for a job as an usher. The late
Andy Frain Sr. interviewed him after he filled out an application and told my friend
since you are wearing glasses you can only be an extra at large crowds where
extra ushers are needed. Then my friend said my father died recently and I could use the money
and would like to be a regular. Mr Frain said he would think about it. That night he received a call
from the Frain office and was told he would be a regular and was told come after school and get his
uniform the next day. In 1964 Andy Frain died and the Frain company started to slowly
implode with less and less jobs over the next 2 decades or more and they eventually
went into airport security until 9-11-01 which resulted in TSA taking over
those gigs. The company was bought up by a Cleveland security company
and then they went into bankruptcy. The Frain group eventually reorganized
and came out of bankruptcy. It is now in various cities but never has resurrected
enough to reach anywhere near its glory days in the 50’s and 60’s on when they
were nearly everywhere in the Chicago area .


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Stories 2 Tell: Andy Frain Usher, It Was More Than A Job



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3 Responses to “Pat Urbut – October 8, 2018”

  1. Patti Poirier says:

    That’s funny.

    • Patti Poirier says:

      My nephew Ted worked the Cubs, and other games for about 5 years in the early 2000’s. He had a stroke at 42, and is a miracle guy living in a VA home in Chicago. My sister Denise and her husband live in Hawaii. Ted doesn’t like Hawaii.

  2. Cathy Riordan Full says:

    Thanks Pat for this amazing little piece of history. I recently attended a funeral for the father of one of my sisters-in-law. In the eulogy it was noted that this 93 yr old man had been an English professor at DePaul. Prior to that career, being a die hard CUBS fan, he tried out for the CUBS in 1941. He didn’t make it, so he did the next best thing; became an Andy Frain Usher at Wrigley.