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People With Passion: Chuck Swirsky

People With Passion: Chuck Swirsky
A People with Passion series Chicago journalism December 9, 2011: Chuck Swirsky In the 19th installment of Jack M Silverstein’s Chicago journalism People With Passion series, Chicago Bulls radio play-by-play man Chuck Swirsky explains his on-air relationship with color man Bill Wennington, and tells the story of Ron Santo’s hiring at WGN in 1989. -... Read more »

The People versus Goldilocks and The Three Bears

The People versus Goldilocks and The Three Bears
CITY OF CHICAGO V. MICHAEL MARTZ LOVIE LEE SMITH JERRY ANGELO VIRGINIA HALAS MCCASKEY The People will set out to prove that the Chicago Bears 2011 season has been unabashedly and shamelessly pilfered, by the above perpetrators, and we, the people the great city Chicago will prove this to be an unfettered truth. On Sundays... Read more »

WHAT TIME IS IT? 90s Bulls "One Shining Moment" Time -- HUH!

WHAT TIME IS IT? 90s Bulls "One Shining Moment" Time -- HUH!
Tonight I am interviewing legendary Bulls beat writer Sam Smith, author of the explosive 1991 best-seller The Jordan Rules, and incredibly, I am actually reading the book for the first time. It is, as expected, simply delicious, and has me savagely scouring youtube for full Bulls game broadcasts from the 1990-91 season. After spending a... Read more »
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People With Passion: Sarah Spain

People With Passion: Sarah Spain
A People with Passion series Chicago journalism December 14, 2011: Sarah Spain In the 18th installment of Jack M Silverstein’s Chicago journalism People With Passion series, ESPN personality Sarah Spain explains why she views sports as entertainment first, news second, and the truth about being “unbiased.” - - - I view sports as entertainment, not... Read more »

Death, brain damage, paralysis: cognitive dissonance and tackle football

Death, brain damage, paralysis: cognitive dissonance and tackle football
It’s getting harder and harder to enjoy watching the Bears each week. Not because Caleb Hanie makes Jim Miller look like Kurt Warner, but because of moments like Johnny Knox’s chest bending toward his back. We could not see the injury on the original telecast, so when the camera flashed to a writhing Knox, my... Read more »

People With Passion: Jon Greenberg

People With Passion: Jon Greenberg
A People with Passion series Chicago journalism December 6, 2011: Jon Greenberg In the 17th installment of Jack M Silverstein’s Chicago journalism People With Passion series, ESPN Chicago columnist Jon Greenberg discusses his path to ESPN, and why “don’t write for free” is faulty advice. - - - At what point did you know that... Read more »
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Bears Season Is Lost

Bears Season Is Lost
A digit. One single, unique digit. Totally unlike the other four on each hand, it is the one that is most needed in order to grasp or hold anything with any reasonable amount of potency. I know this first-hand, no pun intended, as I had surgery to repair a torn thumb tendon back in 2007.... Read more »

NBA Does The Right Thing

NBA Does The Right Thing
David Stern was absolutely correct in vetoing the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade. Wait! Before you click the X in the upper right hand corner of this browser, or libel me a lackey for the NBA/Stern, at least finish this column before doing so. The move was not unprecedented in professional sports, as the... Read more »

People With Passion: William Lee

People With Passion: William Lee
A People with Passion series Chicago journalism October 21, 2011: William Lee In the 16th installment of Jack M Silverstein’s Chicago journalism People With Passion series, Chicago Tribune breaking news crime reporter William Lee discusses the ways that citizens turn into killers. - - - I remember I was watching this journalism movie the other... Read more »
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EOC spotlight on: Celebrate! Wicker Park/Bucktown

EOC spotlight on: Celebrate! Wicker Park/Bucktown
"This gets us into this whole subject of local first, back to what it was like when you had small towns, and small communities, where people mainly bought from their neighbors and delivered services to their neighbors... If you can’t communicate, you don’t have community." --- Elaine Coorens, November 4, 2011 Alisa Houser of Chicago Pipeline and EOC favorite Elaine Coorens of Our Urban Times have pooled their efforts to create Celebrate! Wicker Park/Bucktown, a holiday print publication highlighting the community's businesses, heritage, and a whole lot more...
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