Farewell to famed “Teesee”
Theresa Fambro Hooks
by Kai EL’ Zabar
Theresa Fambro Hooks known to the world as Teesee, the socialite who traveled the world capturing the stories of who, what, when and why that made the world go round. Her column, Teesee’s Town was one of the most popular of the Chicago Defender and is still missed. She was sought after by the social elite to join them at their prestigious events and gatherings because to make it in Teesee’s Town column meant that you had arrived.
This week The Chicago Defender is hosting its annual Men of Excellence Awards soon to be followed by our Women of Excellence in March. It is our opportunity to acknowledge those men and women who exemplify excellence in their professional life as well as their contributions to the world community.
Last year Theresa Fambro Hooks was our Honorary Woman of Excellence. Because she was a long time staple and star among society and the social elite reporting on their star studded events, as well as their philanthropic work. She was also noted and held high by her Chicago Defender colleagues.
Theresa was a member of the Black press since 1961 when she joined the Chicago Defender where she has contributed some of the most exciting and anxiously awaited pages capturing the lives of the wealthy and affluent. Her classy style has been captured in her column TEESEE’S TOWN for decades and is pursued by all the society who’s who to cover their events.
Last year we bid farewell to her column as she stepped down from her role at the Chicago Defender but not goodbye to her.
That day Ms.Hooks graced the stage and stood at the podium that she barely stood above and revealed to the audience, “I almost didn’t make this morning, because I’m sick and tired but I know that I had to come to accept this wonderful honor, honoring what has been an honor for me to do all these years. Thank you. . . .
This year we bid her farewell and thank her for her years of service and great reporting, her whimsical spirit, vivacious energy and greatness. Her work and contribution will always remain an important part of what we are as a publication and what we are evolving to moving forward.
She was an award winning columnist and photographer for The Chicago Defender. Born May 5, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, Hooks graduated from Parker (now Robeson) High School in 1953 and went on to attend the University of Illinois, Roosevelt University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in their Fashion Design Department. Theresa ‘Teesee” Fambro Hooks is a noted person in the TheHistoryMakers Library.
She passed away Sunday January 31, 2016.