We are all haunted.It might be by a person or a place or a thing, but each of us has something that shadows our days and nights. Norman Maclean, the late University of Chicago professor, let us know what it was for him when he concluded his majestic A River Runs Through It with these s
I can never drive to or through Indiana without thinking of Mike Royko and the feud he had with the fine citizens here. For reasons not at all serious, Mike frequently ripped into the state. He called it “the most miserable state in the union.”
There was a celebration Sunday to mark the 100th birthday of Maxwell Street. It was not a big party and not held on Maxwell Street—but rather at what is called the Maxwell Street Market at Des Plaines and Roosevelt.I was there; and I was there too when Maxwell Street was dying.
My grandparents were immigrants, one set from Russia; the other, my mom’s parents, from Ireland.As you are listening to this, a person is getting out of a car or a bus, a plane or a train and breathing for the first time Chicago's heady air.This person is from Thailand, Mexico, Bosnia, Jam
It is sometimes necessary to go back to high school. The older one grows, the more those four years can act as a comfort. Faded are the angst and insecurities. Brighter every year is the first kiss, the lively prom, the innocence.
These are some of Scott Simon’s memories.Yes, that Scott Simon, the Scott Simon you listen to as host of Weekend Edition on NPR.Yes, that Scott Simon, who will join me later in the show.He is a child of Chicago and these are some of his memories:On sports: "I am