People With Passion: RedEye's BAG BOY

People With Passion: RedEye's BAG BOY
In August of 2004, with RedEye still searching for its own identity, RedEye sports editor Chris Malcolm and a writer who shall remain nameless developed an idea for a column that would encapsulate the Chicago fan experience: caustic yet passionate, humorous yet desperate, hopeful yet exacerbated. The character was Bag Boy, and since 2004 this... Read more »

Throwback columns from RedEye's Bag Boy

Throwback columns from RedEye's Bag Boy
Since I’m running an interview tomorrow with the author of RedEye‘s Bag Boy column, I wanted to share some of his vintage columns. Enjoy! *** Make it same time, next year, please October 28, 2005 So that only took 88 years. And for those of you thinking that the bag is coming off now, think... Read more »

Chicago newspapers from the JFK assassination, November 22-25, 1963 (Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily News, American)

Chicago newspapers from the JFK assassination, November 22-25, 1963 (Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily News, American)
Being a newspaper buff, I was very excited when a friend of mine invited me to her grandmother’s house this summer to check out her newspaper collection, which included a number of papers chronicling the assassination of the 35th U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. For today’s 50-year anniversary of that assassination, I am sharing photos... Read more »
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Why south side trauma center activists face an uphill battle, and why they won't quit

Why south side trauma center activists face an uphill battle, and why they won't quit
For our November Blogapalooza-Hour, ChicagoNow has given us this topic: Write about a great challenge faced. By you. By someone else. By an entity. At any point in the past or in the future. Moving beyond the meta-possibilities of simply writing about the inherent challenge of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapalooza-Hour, the challenge on my mind today... Read more »

The man we fed.

The man we fed.
It’s our second ChicagoNow Blogpalooz-Hour and I’m already late. At the last moment, before I started writing, I spotted my tape recorder and thought, Wouldn’t it be neat if I did it as an audio file instead of a written story? It’s neat alright. It also takes much longer than anticipated to upload. And I’m... Read more »

1.21 jiggawatts of writing.

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ChicagoNow Blogapalooza-Hour 2013 – read them all HERE! Advice… advice… First of all, I’m putting on the Beatles. I feel like this is going to be a total vibe session, and nobody better to back it than my favorite music makers. Good. Advice is a funny thing. Sometimes you crave it, sometimes you loathe it.... Read more »
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Fan Cam: Bulls-Nets Game 5, Chris Clay

Fan Cam: Bulls-Nets Game 5, Chris Clay
BULLS FAN CAM, Game 5: Bulls 91 @ Nets 110 Chris Clay, 25, Bolingbrook Chosen by Joscar Demby 25-year-old Chris Clay is a die-hard Bulls fan and a lover of basketball. He played four years at Romeoville High School, and still plays the game regularly. In fact, it is his playing experience that informs his... Read more »

Fan Cam: Bulls-Nets Game 4, Joscar Demby

Fan Cam: Bulls-Nets Game 4, Joscar Demby
BULLS FAN CAM, Game 4: Nets 134 @ Bulls 142 (3OT) Joscar Demby, 24, Lisle Chosen by Devin Demby After four years of basketball at Millikin University, Joscar Demby (younger brother of Devin) now plays for the Chicago Muscle of the Premier Basketball League. He estimates that he watched about 80% of the Bulls games... Read more »

My original D-Rose injury column for RedEye, 4-28-2012, and other stories

My original D-Rose injury column for RedEye, 4-28-2012, and other stories
April 28, 2012, Saturday afternoon. The Bulls were polishing off the 8th seeded Philadelphia 76ers in a Game 1 playoff win when Derrick Rose knifed into the lane and blew out his knee. Watching at home with my computer up, I flipped up a blank Word Doc and banged out a column. I did one... Read more »
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Fan Cam: Bulls-Nets Game 3, Devin Demby

Fan Cam: Bulls-Nets Game 3, Devin Demby
BULLS FAN CAM, Game 3: Nets 76 @ Bulls 79 Devin Demby, 25, Bolingbrook Chosen by Marcus Turner From 2006 to 2010, Devin Demby played basketball at Millikin University, sometimes doing things like this: Demby watched Game 3 with his girlfriend, a Heat fan from Miami. “We go at it,” he says laughing while describing... Read more »