Chicago, Illinois -- It is cleverly stated that "going the extra mile is not always a good thing -- just ask any taxi driver." Today we would like to acknowledge a local company for going the extra mile regarding the history of the Eastland Disaster.
For more than 40 years, American Taxi has been committed to providing their customers with the best possible rides within their suburban and Chicago locations. Of the three original partners, two remain, one of whom is Mr. John Coyne. And just as EDHS always features the stories of people affected by the Eastland Disaster, today we would like to share a bit of John's story and the growth of a long-term Chicago area business.
John, one of six siblings, spent time at home with a sister assisting her with her daily in-home dialysis treatments (at a time before the laws were changed and dialysis centers became widely available for everyone). A little later, John desired to travel Europe and took a job driving a taxi to save money. This led to John working at the new American Taxi business out of Northbrook, where he eventually bought into a three-way-partnership and has now been a partner in American Taxi's 40-plus year history. The company has grown from a single taxi to more than 800 cabs covering 300 suburbs, providing competitive rates with a focus on customer service to 35,000 to 40,000 dispatched orders per week.
How does all of this relate to the Eastland Disaster? John's sister, Laurie Buer, who is in advertising with American Taxi, recently began a "Did You Know?" feature for broadcast throughout their entire fleet of cabs. She chose the Eastland Disaster as one of about a dozen different pieces of Chicago history to appear on the TV monitors in the backs of American Taxi cabs as part of their new "Did You Know?" feature. The impetus for featuring the Eastland Disaster was Laurie's grandmother, who periodically told Laurie, John, and their siblings about the Eastland Disaster while they were growing up.
Because of a grandmother's storytelling decades ago, and with American Taxi's commitment to providing its customers with great service rich in Chicago history, 35,000 to 40,000 dispatched orders per week are now presented with a few tidbits of information about the Eastland Disaster. That's more than 2 million people per year! Many are visitors from across the country and around the world.
The next time you have a transportation need in the suburbs, Chicago, or to/from the airports, please note that American Taxi performs background checks on all of its drivers and they have an easy-to-use app for booking cabs through your smart phone. And now, you can view a few slides about the Eastland Disaster as you are being safely driven to your destination.