He won’t tell you. Of 333 sexually active bisexual men interviewed by UIC researchers recently, 54 percent said that none of their female partners knew they went both ways. And the figure remained the same for those in steady relationships with women: “54 percent believed their female partners were not aware of their homosexual activity. Of women who were aware, 44 percent found out after first having sex with the men.”

Racism at work. “What appears to be going on is that both blacks and whites who clearly meet [home mortgage] lending criteria are approved,” writes Federal Reserve System board of governors member Lawrence B. Lindsey in Stone Soup (Winter). “Those who clearly do not meet the criteria are rejected. What is left is a sizable middle group, a majority of applicants of both races, all of whom could be rejected for a valid reason; however, with some level of effort, many of these applicants can [be], and often are, approved.

“On average, though, whites in this middle group are more likely to be accepted than blacks. This usually means that a detailed explanation of mitigating circumstances has been made, leading to the ‘thicker file’ phenomenon. There is fairly solid, albeit anecdotal, evidence that marginal white applicants have physically thicker loan files than marginal black applicants. This extra paperwork may well represent coaching on the part of loan officers or others that leads to proof of viability.”

Help! Run for your lives! Da basement is filling up with aesthetics! Next month the Illinois Artisans Shop in the State of Illinois Center will display James Mesple’s painting inspired by the April 1992 Loop flood. The painting has two sides: “One showing the water out of control in a re-make of Noah and the ark; the other depicting the underground channels like arteries beneath the Loop filled with cavorting mermaids representing messengers from Venus, goddess of art, spreading her aesthetics throughout the city.”

“It is a happy note that there is a record low number of vehicle accidents in our area, but the side effect of that happy event is the reduction in potential organ donors,” says Regional Organ Bank of Illinois president and CEO Jarold Anderson. ROBI procured a total of 647 organs during 1992, but in that same time its waiting list grew from 1,062 to 1,359 people, most of them awaiting kidneys.

Huh? In Inland Architect (January/February), Maurice Blanks describes the orientation of Commonwealth Edison’s Power House energy-education building at the Zion nuclear plant: “The nuclear plant, aligned with the edge of Lake Michigan, is oriented 13 degrees off a line perpendicular to the Power House’s east-west axis. This shift becomes even more important, [Power House architect Stanley] Tigerman argues, because a line connecting the center of Zion, Illinois, with Jerusalem passes through the nuclear plant and creates exactly the same angle–13 degrees–with Shiloh Boulevard.” Blanks later acknowledges that such notions “are perhaps missed by most of the visitors.”

Gee, should we buy that new biography of Karl Marx or a second subscription to Fortune? From a February 11 press release: “Secretary of State [and state librarian] George H. Ryan today joined Illinois State Chamber of Commerce President Sally Jackson in announcing a program that encourages local libraries and chambers to work together in meeting each other’s needs. ‘By being better entrepreneurs, libraries can find ways to help the businesses in their communities be more productive,’ Ryan said….’When local businesses prosper, it’s good for the tax base and for everyone involved, including libraries. Sally Jackson and I think it’s time business people got to know their local librarians.'”

If you have three people aboard, your car is more energy efficient than the CTA. According to Environmentalists for Sustainable Transportation, quoted in The Neighborhood Works (February/March), “It takes 8,100 BTUs of energy to transport one passenger one mile by automobile. It takes 3,800 BTUs to transport the same person by mass transit”–and that’s assuming the mass transit is full.

“The Bible lectures against adultery many times more often than against homosexuality,” writes Senator Paul Simon. “Should we deny permission to get in–or stay in–the services to anyone who has committed adultery? My recollection is that our ranks would be thinned significantly.”

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.