Kathleen McLaughlin

about Buddy Blakemy home on the weblinks to my storiesthe characters in my lifeyour entrance to the behind the scenes stuff
this is not the image you're looking for, move along.A place for your feedbackthis is not the image you're looking for, move along.
Kathleen mc laughlin Name: Kathleen McLaughlin
Power Level: Chest Deep
Template: Pure Mortal
Campaign: The Blake Chronicles
Player: MachineGunHarry
Current FP Refresh Last Updated
0 8 Sep. 6, 2012
High Concept: Trouble:
Wit-&-Sass-in-Her-Back-Pocket Feminist Reporter “I’ll Show You What I Can Do!”—(Positive: Abilities are enhanced while working towards her goals, especially when competing against a male. Negative: Judgment is sometimes clouded; Kathleen will push close relationships away due to the demand to prove herself.)
     Other Aspects:
*Spunk n’ Funk—(Positive: “Anything worth doing is worth doing with ‘Spunk’ and a lil’ Funk!”, Charisma and Flavor add bonuses ; Negative: No Sneaking around with this chick) Get What I Want—(Positive: ; Negative: ) Family Loyalty—(Positive: ; Negative: )
Killer Kurves—(Positive: ; Negative: ) ASPECT #5—(Positive: ; Negative: )
               Stunts & Powers
Cost Ability
Skills: Total Skill Points—-30
Superb +5 Empathy
Great +4 Presence, Investigation
Good +3 Scholarship, Contacts, Rapport
Fair +2 Performance, Athletics, Discipline
Average +1 Conviction, Alertness, Driving
Skill: Adjective Rank Skill: Adjective Rank
Alertness: Fair 2 Intimidation: Mediocre 0
Athletics: Fair 2 Investigation: Great 4
Burglary: Mediocre 0 Lore: Mediocre 0
Contacts: Good 3 Might: Mediocre 0
Conviction: Average 1 Performance: Fair 2
Craftsmanship: Mediocre 0 Presence: Great 4
Deceit: Mediocre 0 Rapport: Good 3
Discipline: Fair 2 Resources: Mediocre 0
Driving: Average 1 Scholarship: Good 3
Empathy: Superb 5 Stealth: Mediocre 0
Endurance: Mediocre 0 Survival: Mediocre 0
Fists: Mediocre 0 Weapons: Mediocre 0
Guns: Mediocre 0
Elements & Specializations:
Focus Items:
Enchanted Items:
Open Slots:
Other Spellcasting Notes:
1 2 3 4 5 6
Physical O O
Mental O O O
Social O O O O
Type P/M/S Stress Used? Aspect
Mild Any -2 No
Moderate Any -4 No
Severe Any -6 No
Extreme Any -8 No Replace a Permanent
Press Pass
Notepad and Pencil

Kathleen is described by many as a very feisty and energetic young woman of the times. Forward thinking and bold. She is considered one of the first to break into the levels of journalism that she did.

She got hired on to the staff of the Tribune in 1925. She was on the city desk and later became women’s editor. She travels extensively throughout the United States for the Tribune, and has a reputation as an excellent and popular speaker in the Chicago area especially about Women’s Rights.

Kathleen is most known for her covered gangster-related stories among others in Chicago.

Kathleen’s brother is named William McLaughlin. William runs the Club Laurel on Broadway, a swinging Chicago night spot that features everything from cha-cha night to sets by such jazz greats as Count Basie and Stan Kenton.

William is a young man in his early thirties. Charismatic and witty, with an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Club Laurel is located on Lawrence Avenue in Uptown. It was later moved to 5246 N. Broadway as the previous precinct was voted as being a dry precinct.

the club featured a round bar and two smaller side bars along with tables, all of which would be jammed when top acts like Basie played as three shows a night.

Mr. Ken Valerugo stands as the bouncer for the club.

Even on nights without a big act, the club would be busy with people from the neighborhood and friends of Mr. McLaughlin’s from around the city.

It was a late-hours joint. People go there when they don’t want to go home.

William and Kathleen grew up in Lincoln Square. Their father drove a streetcar on Western Avenue. William started selling newspapers as a young boy and then, desirous of indoor work during winters, took a job at a German butcher’s shop in the neighborhood.

William and Kathleen both attended St. Patrick and Amundsen High Schools. William left before graduating to join the Army during the Great World War. Kathleen fearing he would never return when he went missing in action behind German lines, joined the war effort as a war correspondent reporter. Eventually, William escaped from German and crossed the border to return home on a hospital ship. Kathleen also was honorable discharged before the War ended. Kathleen believed that William was never the same after his experiences in the war.

While in the foxholes, William became a skilled gin rummy player. He would regularly send his winnings from card games home to his mother and sister. When he returned to Chicago, he wanted to start his own butcher shop, and his mother handed over $8,000. She told him that that was the money he had sent her over the last couple of years.

William opened McLaughlin’s Butcher Shop on Webster Avenue. Sensing trouble for small, independent butchers, William sold his shop and put the proceeds into the club Laurel.

He dabbled in 47th Ward politics and was an early student of “Maguire University”. “Maguire University” could be a political radical underground group.

Quote out of Kathleen’s book “New Life in Old Lands”: “The field workers labor, not in the striped trousers of diplomacy but in the dusty corduroys and windbreakers, the well-worn dungarees or the much laundered uniforms of clinicians energetically on the job.”

Kathleen and William are both Catholic

Kathleen attended the Alfieri Party with Colonel Robert McCormick, editor of the Tribune. Kathleen knew that she would be just a trophy on his arm, but it was too great of an opportunity to let her feminine pride get in the way. It was at this party that she first sees Knighten Foraine, although they are never formally introduced.

Kathleen McLaughlin

The Blake Chronicles MachineGunHarry

I'm sorry, but we no longer support this web browser. Please upgrade your browser or install Chrome or Firefox to enjoy the full functionality of this site.