The Free Pass
Sam Burrows managed the 400 Theatre -- now called the Village North -- through most of the 1980s. It's one of the oldest still-operating theatres in the Chicago. Originally called the Regent, it opened as a vaudeville house in 1912.
At one point, in about 1980 -- Burrows no longer remembers exactly when -- a very old woman walked up to the box office.
"Excuse me," she said. "I have a free pass to this theatre. I think it may have expired, but I was wondering if you would still honor it."
And she handed him this:
Needless to say, he let her in.