Category: Opinion

Words worth repeating #8

  “God-damnit, we forgot the silent prayer.” President Dwight Eisenhower in a cabinet meeting as quoted by John Lewis Gaddis in his Wall St. Journal story “The Nixon Tapes” 7/26-27/2014       “The young man was having “issues” in his marriage. His father counseled him, “you can either be right or happily married.” (Rabbi)... Read more »

Musicals - Charles Troy, a historian who shares his astounding knowledge

There’s a huge demand suddenly for a revival of America’s great stage musicals. Brigadoon is setting box office records at our Goodman Theatre. The New York Times sent their theatre critic to see it who raved about this “first class revival where the kilts flap and  fly, the bagpipes pipe away and rapturous music including the show’s... Read more »

A reminder to Mr. Boehner

I hope someone reminds the speaker of the House, John Boehner, who seems to want to litigate rather than legislate, that President Obama’s  executive orders (181 through the end of June) pale by comparison to past Presidents. Ronald Reagan – 381 Dwight Eisenhower – 484 Calvin Coolidge – 1,200 Timothy Egan pointed out in the New... Read more »

Soccer - some final thoughts

The World Cup was one of the best in recent memory. I’m glad it didn’t end with penalty kicks and Germany was a deserving winner. So now we can get back to our kids games and the Chicago Fire. Unless you’re one of those fans who watch the British Premier League every Sunday morning and... Read more »

Words worth repeating #7

“Our nation is hurt. We will need to face people making fun of us for the rest of our lives. I will have to tell my grandchildren one day that I saw this happening. How am I going to tell this to my grandchildren? 41 year-old Brazilian soccer fan on his countries humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany... Read more »

Soccer - It's taken over my life (temporarily)

We didn’t win, but we sure made it exciting. The United States was eliminated from World Cup competition battling Belgium who beat the Americans,  2-1 in the Round of 16, with all  the goals coming in extra time. It was a nail-biting thriller from beginning to end.  I owe you all an apology. I should... Read more »

A Malnati's memory for Father's Day

My sons and daughters-in-law made this a very special Father’s Day by arranging for a big table at Malnati’s Pizzeria in Lincolnwood where we dined, family style, at a restaurant that has been a favorite for more than 40 years. I met Lou Malnati in 1967, the year I came to Chicago, when Marv Astrin who was then... Read more »

Professional sports in trouble

There are 60 seconds remaining in the basketball game. How long will it really take? According to a website called Inpredictable the average is 5.4 minutes. Although in a March 3rd game when Boston College beat Virginia 53-52 it took 8 minutes and 48 seconds. In the NBA, you’re lucky you weren’t at the game... Read more »

Words Worth Repeating #6

“I’m sort of erased in the minds of some people” Former Mayor Jane Byrne as quoted by Michael Sneed in her Sun Times column on May 30, 2014     “You now have the potential of 200 people deciding who ends up being elected president every single time” President Barack Obama, to a group of heavy... Read more »

D-Day and the men & women who never came home

I was only 13 years old on D-Day, June 6, 1944 but I was a news junkie even then and my ears were glued to the radio for updates. At that age, the tragedy of war is overpowered by the fascination with the strategy and tactics of conflict and I could barely wait for each... Read more »