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More than 400 female comedians from across the globe will storm Belmont Street in Chicago for the Third Annual Chicago Women’s Funny Festival this weekend — and a 2007 Glenbrook North graduate has managed to steal a slot as a headlining act.
Northbrook native Mallory Bradford has trained with Chicago’s Improv Olympics and the Second City Conservatory Program, and she currently “plays” with One Group Mind Theatre.
Although she’s only been doing stand-up comedy for the past six months, she didn’t let that stand in her way of getting her hands on the four-day Funny Fest.
Some fondly called Donald Gassmere “the gentle giant.” Others lovingly referred to him simply as “Big D.”
By any name, both through word and deed, the longtime Northbrook resident spent an adult lifetime honoring the two things closest to his heart.
“His first love was his family, and his second was the American Legion,” said Susan Cassmere, Donald’s wife of 46 years.
Donald C. Gassmere died Aug. 17. He was 69.