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  • Move under way to get Bill Veeck's father into Hall of Fame

    Move under way to get Bill Veeck's father into Hall of Fame
    Mary Frances Veeck fondly remembers the occasions when her late husband, Bill, would reminisce about his father, William Veeck.
  • Time for a teacher's conference with Mr. Boone

    Time for a teacher's conference with Mr. Boone
    Learning last year that Bob Boone, one of my former teachers at Highland Park High School (never mind when), was still teaching creative writing to children and adults filled me with the kind of joy you get when you return to your hometown decades later...

    A heady brew of movie dreams

    A heady brew of movie dreams
    The cafe is narrow, with a dozen little tables and a gray concrete floor. Nothing too fancy. Nothing too shiny. No espresso poured into designer porcelain with a dusting of organic cacao and a layer of orange-infused, textured milk. No movie stars. Or...

    10 things you might not know about tomatoes

    10 things you might not know about tomatoes
    A freeze in the South and Mexico has caused a tomato shortage, which leaves some food lovers stewing. Here are 10 tomato tidbits: 1. The tomato originated in South and Central America, and the earliest variety was probably a yellow cherry tomato. The...

    The fourth outfielder

    The fourth outfielder
    Yup, I won a game for the Cubs when I was 9 years old, a kind of pre-pubescent reverse-Bartman deal. The next day's Chicago Tribune called the anonymous fan who interfered with a critical eighth-inning play "the fourth outfielder," which. with its...