| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Stick to sports.
I've heard it often. So have many of my colleagues. NBC's Bob Costas just heard it in spades.
Costas focused his halftime commentary last Sunday night on the horrific murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher.
The Kansas City Chiefs...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
You have, no doubt, heard about the new Carl Sandburg poem.
Perhaps you have read it too. It is titled "A Revolver," and it was discovered a few weeks ago by Ernie Gullerud, a former professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 11:15 AM
Long before anybody (besides their parents) was paying attention to Chicago's Emanuel brothers, the city could boast of lots of other siblings who made good — or, at least, made headlines.
Chicago can claim brothers of wide-ranging accomplishments...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 2:27 PM
The last time the name Norbert Blei appeared above a story in the Chicago Tribune was June 2, 1985. He wrote about the Clearing, a folk arts school founded in 1935 in Door County, Wis., by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen when he was 75. ...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 7:28 PM
One of the many bits of conventional wisdom about politicians is that they're all scoundrels in one way or another.
This is especially true of those who run for president.
Maybe they don't steal or lie or cheat on their spouse (although plenty do)....
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:54 AM
The signs were there: The newspaper Chicago Today ceased publication on Sept. 13, 1974 (my birthday), and the Chicago Daily News published its final edition on March 4, 1978 (Chicago's birthday).
You might think some of us would have taken these as...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 4:32 PM
For those in Cook County who care about the state of our politics — and I’ll offer evidence in a moment to demonstrate how depressingly small your number is — here’s a helpful slogan to remember as you prepare to......
| Jan 18, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So this is it. After more than seven years, roughly 7,280 posts (give or take a couple), at least two one-act plays, and more bad jokes than even I care to recall, it's time to......
| Apr 2, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Those of you who are online-only readers may have missed this recent development, reported on this morning by TOC's Robert Feder: Of all the perks of winning the Pulitzer Prize last spring, the most visible for Mary Schmich may be......
| Dec 4, 2012
If you're a Tribune subscriber, take a look at your digital Member Center offerings. We've just finished adding the Tribune's complete historical archive available to digitalPlus members and 7-day subscribers. This digital archive stretches back to the...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:10 PM
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 2:02 PM
Jim Belushi is sitting with his son Robert and mulling the matter of genetics.
"I don't know if there is a gene for comedy, but my dad was a very funny man," he says. "He just didn't know it. He was a naturally funny character, and when my brother and...