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An endless year, and a call to the better angels of our nature

November 09, 2020 - 21:10
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I came across the photo a couple of days ago. A grandfather and his granddaughter at a Chicago restaurant during the holidays. She’s tiny, only 6 months old. He’s holding her, and the two of them both have their hands on a glass of beer.

 

When it’s time to go, and a chance to fix Flossmoor’s lunar landscape

October 04, 2020 - 08:58
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My first paying newspaper job was in the summer of 1970, when I was a reporter intern at the twice-weekly Southtown Economist. 

We worked on manual typewriters, writing stories on thin newsprint paper and correcting them with Black Beauty pencils. I reported to John Dienhart, who’d been in newspapers since “The Front Page” era of the ‘20s and ‘30s. He was in his late 70s, wore a gray suit with a vest every day and, as an editor, never smiled – at least not that I ever saw.

I still didn’t know much about the newspaper business and wasn’t very good.

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