12/02/2003 Add a comment

It's been 16 years, but developers are still trying to restore Mr. T's old property in Lake Forest, IL, a Chicago suburb. Mr. T's 10,000 square-foot mansion was once owned by Lawrence Armour, the hot dog king of Chicago. Then Mr. T bought it and cut down all the trees on the 7.5 acre estate, with an obvious subsequent outcry from the neighborhood. This story has been one of my favorite pieces of "obscure useless knowledge" about Mr. T for a long time. Also, this article is even better if you can imagine Mr. T reading it out loud. ben