WBEZ | Oprah Winfrey http://www.wbez.org/tags/oprah-winfrey Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The wonderful sports world of liars and cheats http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/wonderful-sports-world-liars-and-cheats-104974 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_2lance_armstrong.jpg" style="float: right; height: 223px; width: 300px;" title="Lance Armstrong has the sports spotlight for cheating...for now.(AP Photo/Laurent Rebouris)" />How many times has a sports headline screamed liar or cheat?</div><p>As recently as last week, it was the Baseball Hall of Fame results that casted a bright spotlight on the ugliness of the steroid users. The baseball writers decided no one should be given the honor &mdash; even when there were worthy candidates that were untouched by performance enhancing drugs. This week the whole ugly and draining saga of cyclist Lance Armstrong has dominated headlines because of an interview with Oprah Winfrey.</p><p>Armstrong decided to tell his story to Winfrey on her OWN network. Why? Who knows. The taping on Monday morning went two and a half hours, so there are two nights of viewing a man that lied and damaged many people along the way. It is hard to separate the multi-champion cyclist and the cancer fund raiser. He has millions of people torn over what he did. On the one hand, his endeavors raised millions of dollars for cancer research and buoyed the hopes of survivors because Armstrong was a man con brink of death. He used his personal tragedy and turned it into a multi-million dollar crusade to fight cancer.</p><p>This is where there is a separation in my mind: he used that stage of empathy and rode his bike to unparalleled heights. But it was a lie. He doped his way to seven Tour De France victories and lashed out at people that questioned how he did it.&nbsp; And his endorsements brought him huge financial riches.</p><p>It is difficult to decide which is worse: the lying or cheating? Both.</p><p>In the world of sports, cheating has become more normal that I care to know. Major League Baseball turned a blind eye to steroid use. It filled the stands because it bolstered the offensive numbers. The players and the owners all made money and then the dirty secret became a public outing. Now there is testing. But there are still other means to get an advantage like human growth hormones. Don&rsquo;t be fooled about football either, players figure out a way to cheat the system without getting caught. Some do get suspended, but the NFL and the fans don&rsquo;t put a premium on the issue of performance enhancing drugs.</p><p>The cheating and lying doesn&rsquo;t have to be about drugs. Betting on baseball has kept the All-time hit leader Pete Rose out of the game. He lied and lied with stacks of evidence that proved he bet on baseball.&nbsp; Rose thumbed his nose at the investigation and game he dearly loved. He may have been forgiven and if he could have mustered up an apology in a timely manner.</p><p>Initially, Tiger Woods&rsquo; problem was more of an issue for his wife. When it became a huge scandal publicly it destroyed a commercial image. His fall from grace affected the world of golf and his endorsement deals.</p><p>Olympian Marion Jones lied about her steroid use and landed in prison on a perjury conviction.</p><p>And nothing can more egregious than the Penn State cover up of Jerry Sandusky&rsquo;s criminal actions. That is in a class all by itself and continues to have ramifications.</p><p>Lance Armstrong and so many cyclists have been using drugs and knew how to get away with it for the most part. It was an epidemic in that world. Now Armstrong tells his story. Maybe he will be forgiven. In the world of sports, there are many opportunities for second chances.</p><p>Maybe a Hall of Shame should be erected so we don&rsquo;t forget the deceit and the lying. Put it in Las Vegas &ndash; a town known as &ldquo;Sin City&rdquo;.&nbsp; It would be a pretty huge crowd of inductees, Lance Armstrong, Pete Rose, Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriquez, Marion Jones, Ben Johnson a ton of other Olympians...</p><p>We may be adding another one, if the story about Notre Dame&rsquo;s Manti Te&#39;o proves he was not a victim, but did the duping about his late imaginary girlfriend. It is unthinkable the lengths people will go to have an image they are desperate to portray and how gullible we are accepting it. If he was the victim, then it is another example of how low people go to exploit a sports personality.</p><p>And another chapter of the ugly the world of sports will be written.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout </a>and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/wonderful-sports-world-liars-and-cheats-104974 Oprah! I am ready to confess http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/oprah-i-am-ready-confess-104936 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5685709293_c4187f8846.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Loren Javier" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.3762610085972553">Dear Oprah:</span></div><p>I need some cash. Daycare is expensive as are hospital bills and our dumb dog got hurt and so there are now vet bills and the house isn&rsquo;t getting paid off for about 26 years and I have a Pier One credit card bill (who has a Pier One credit card?! Me.) because Christmas made me insane and I had to go and buy little smelly candles for my friends and did you know they charge extra for gift boxes?<br /><br />I know you&rsquo;re not in the habit of just handing out money these days but I think I know a way we can help each other out. I will come on your show and confess some secrets.<br /><br />Don&rsquo;t tell me that Lance Armstrong came to you to confess that he started doping just because he likes you and wanted to get a few things off his chest. You paid him some big bucks, bucks he&rsquo;s probably going to be hurting for now that people suddenly realize that those yellow bracelets don&rsquo;t really go with their outfits.<br /><br />So, gimme. Give me some money. I will come on your network and admit to all sorts of shameful things that I guarantee will get you some viewers. The price is negotiable but let&rsquo;s start at maybe a million? You know that&rsquo;s nothing to you and is peanuts compared to what you paid Lance.<br /><br />To whet your whistle, here are some things I am ready to confess to:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li dir="ltr">Leading an extensive, sophisticated doping ring among the blogosphere. Did the public really believe that my friends and I were able of consistently putting out such thoughtful, engaging content without some chemical assistance? No, we&rsquo;re all &lsquo;roided up. That&rsquo;s why bloggers have such bad acne and tiny testicles.</li><li dir="ltr">That my marriage to my husband is one of convenience, in order to gain acceptance in the public domain. In actuality, all those times I&rsquo;ve said &ldquo;I love cheese so much I could marry it,&rdquo; I was being serious. I am in a common law marriage with a wedge of brie but due to discriminatory marriage laws, I am forced to be married to a human male in order to gain social acceptance. There, are you happy now?</li><li dir="ltr">That I claim to be 5&rsquo;4 but am really 5&rsquo;3 and a half. And also I weigh, as of press time, exactly 26 more pounds in real life than is listed on my driver&rsquo;s license.</li><li dir="ltr">That I kiss the cat on the mouth.</li></ul><p>I also promise to be:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li dir="ltr">thoughtful</li><li dir="ltr">forthright (I won&rsquo;t avoid any questions unless you want to agree ahead of time that I will put forth the impression of avoiding one to two questions that we will agree upon ahead of time).</li><li dir="ltr">serious</li><li dir="ltr">contrite as hell</li></ul><p>I will be so contrite! I will cry and grimace and even get down on my knees. But this will of course cost extra. All this honesty and desire for forgiveness ain&rsquo;t free. What do you think this is, church? Confessing gratis is only for suckers or for people who don&rsquo;t need cash.</p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/oprah-i-am-ready-confess-104936 The Rosie Show debuts on the Oprah Winfrey Network http://www.wbez.org/story/rosie-show-debuts-oprah-winfrey-network-92937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/rosie-final.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rosie O'Donnell is scheduled to make her debut on the <em>Oprah Winfrey Network</em> Monday. The New York native recently bought a house in Chicago and now she moves into a second new home: Oprah's Harpo studios in the West Loop.</p><p><em>The Rosie Show</em> marks her return to the talk show format. It's been nine years since<em> The Rosie O'Donnell</em> show ended, and a few years since her stint on <em>The View</em>.</p><p>O'Donnell's political activism has at times made her a controversial figure. But her new show is slated to be much like <em>The Oprah Winfrey Show</em>: an hour-long daily covering current events, hometown heroes and celebrities. Her first celebrity guest is actor Russell Brand.<br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/rosie-show-debuts-oprah-winfrey-network-92937 Chicago news rankings: Blago trial takes top billing; Oprah, Rana, Bulls & my fashion crusade take backseat http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-25/chicago-news-rankings-blago-trial-takes-top-billing-oprah-rana-bulls <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-25/AP110525030380.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="487" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-25/AP110525030380.jpg" title="Love the umbrella, gov'nah! " width="512"></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/source-blagojevich-witnesses-include-emanuel-jackson-jr-87007">Jesse Jackson Jr. is in the building!!!!!!</a> <em>The Blagojevich Trial II: Attack of the Clones</em> is stepping up its media blitz. The terror trial of Rana, the Bulls, Oprah and Bin Laden have really stripped the media power from this Illinois corruption trial. But not anymore! Zagel approves the Blagojevich team's desire to call Congressman Jackson Jr. and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. That means they have to take the stand. As Ryan Seacrest would tell us, "The Blagojevich trial is climbing up the charts! Now, the latest from Katy Perry!"</p><p>Blago team brought Jackson Jr. up first. They went about 10 minutes with him. Classic. Keep it short, give the people what they want!</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-25/mccormick-place-east-casino-royale-86995">WBEZ Blogger Lee Bey has a great story today about where to put a new Chicago casino</a>. He says that when he worked for the mayor's office a decade ago, he worked up proposals to turn Lakeside Center (McCormick Place East) into a casino site. It would be the largest casino in the United States. Go big or go home (with empty pockets).</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/comed-rate-hike-approved-86989">ComEd is raising rates for the summer</a>. I don't follow regulations and utility politics (sorry), but it seems to me that this is very conveniently timed to take advantage of air conditioners. Do all parties (ComEd and Illinois government) at least acknowledge that or they hoping we just don't recognize? I'm sure it's more complicated than that.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: It's the end of Oprah. Today. So what's next? Robert Feder gives you the rundown of what is <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/2011/05/24/daytime-dilemma-oprah%E2%80%99s-farewell-throws-tv-viewership-up-for-grabs/">vying to take over her time slot</a>. Tomorrow begins the new, local, morning show "Windy City Live."</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: Yesterday, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-24/hold-your-horses-chicago-no-linen-or-white-pants-until-after-memoria">I wrote about how I think we should move the "no linen/white pants before Memorial Day" up to "no linen/white pants before May 1st."</a> It's working. My crusade has netted me some local (and national) response. I will have the story later today or tomorrow. It's going to blow the lid off of all you know about fashion. You're welcome.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: That was quite a commute. I won't complain about rain though.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-25/ok-can-we-finally-do-away-hot-chick-shot-tv-sports-and-other-game-4-">wrote up a whole post about the Bulls game this morning</a>. What a night. Did the Cubs or Sox win? Didn't even pay attention. But the big sports news that you probably would have never thought would be the big sports news a few months back? <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/news/local/cbsports-report-bulls-asik-out-for-rest-of-playoffs-20110525,0,5345857.story?track=rss">Bulls' back up Center Omer Asik is out for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals</a>.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: I just thought this was the best comment ever placed on a blog post at WBEZ. This was on one of my posts from a few days back. From "Matt":</p><blockquote><p>Oops, I accidently liked this article trying to see who the other three people who liked this article. I couldn't so now I'm writing here to set the record straight that I don't.</p></blockquote></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-25/chicago-news-rankings-blago-trial-takes-top-billing-oprah-rana-bulls Venture: an Oprah endorsement - blessing or curse? http://www.wbez.org/story/venture-oprah-endorsement-blessing-or-curse-86807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-23/oprahbrownies.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's pondering life without Oprah--or at least without her show--as Oprah wraps up her talk show this week after 25 years. She'll also be shutting down an economic engine.</p><p>Over the years, Oprah's&nbsp; shared her Favorite Things - usually food - and plucked hundreds of businesses out of obscurity.<br> <br> So Venture headed out to west suburban Geneva to meet some brownie bakers whose lives and business got caught up with Oprah.</p><p>Here, at the Moveable Feast bakery,&nbsp; it smells like heaven. Owner Matt Lennert says when you get a couple of hundreds of pounds of his fudgey brownies baking, the smell is intoxicating.</p><p>The neighborhood must love those intoxicating smells from Matt and Kim Lennert's shop in Geneva.</p><p>That's where the couple runs their café and catering business.</p><p>A while back, the business transformed from storefront café to a national mail order food company - in the span of about a month.&nbsp; Matt tells the story:</p><p>LENNERT:&nbsp; We were catering for Oprah and she tried these brownies that we make and she fell in love with them. It was quite a while passed by, maybe a year and a half - and then one day a producer called and said they wanted to put us on favorite things.</p><p>BOODHOO: So did you think at the time, when you got the call - and said - hey we want to put the fudgey brownies on the show - did you think yay, or did you think yikes - this might be a bad thing?</p><p>LENNERT: We definitely thought both.&nbsp; We were of course really excited. But we were concerned - we wanted to make sure could sort of insulate our existing customers - we had heard horror stories from some business who had been featured and they weren't ready for it and they weren't able to handle the volume.</p><p>The Lennerts had 10 workers. They were making brownies in small batches, stirring by hand about 20 pounds at a time. They knew they would have to be ready to make hundreds - it actually turned out to be thousands of pounds - of fudgey brownies.</p><p>LENNERT: Well, we're a really small business. We're in an old house, kind of a quaint little historic neighborhood. And, we at the time we sold the brownies on a plate, in our shop. So we had to actually come up with a whole retail package so we could offer the whole shipping and fulfillment side. We didn't have a commerce web site so we had to put that in place, and then call centers to take orders. And all of those things had to happen in a really short period of time.</p><p>BOODHOO: So this was back in 2005. What kind of impact did it have on your business back then?<br> LENNERT: Back then it was immediate. The phones starting ringing, literally immediately. We brought a TV in the kitchen to watch it, and we had champagne and it was great. But they said our name and literally, the phones literally starting ringing off the hook.<br> BOODHOO: Now that it's been five years. What kind of effect has it had?<br> LENNERT: We had the immediate boost in sales for the first year, and then the year after that too. Um in the long term it's been exposing so many people to our business, has been the huge value to us.</p><p>At the peak in 2006 Moveable Feast had 50 employees, including at call centers and doing shipping.&nbsp; Business has calmed down some since then and a smaller staff is back to baking brownies in the café kitchen.</p><p>But Matt Lennert says mail order customers are still adding about 10 percent to the company's sales.</p><p>Going from a neighborhood café to a nation-wide mail-order business is risky. It takes planning and, according to economist Craig Garthwaite, a savvy business strategy.</p><p>That's what he teaches at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. We met up to talk strategy at the Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine in Lakeview.</p><p>Garthwaite is a big fan of their cheese. So is Oprah--it's made O magazine's Favorite Things list two years running.</p><p>GARTHWAITE: The benefit to being on Oprah is that it's for a small business in particular is that it is an advertising buy that they could never do on their own.</p><p>That's an opportunity, Garthwaite says, and a critical juncture of success or failure. &nbsp;</p><p>GARTHWAITE: I think it's hard to understand the increase in demand that we're talking about. Garretts Popcorn in Chicago was featured in 2002, and they had a 100,000 hits on their web site the day they were featured on the show, and their December sales increased 100 percent from the year before. That type of increase in demand is really hard for a small business to adjust to. Even the largest companies. Yum Brands owns KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, this is a huge American company, to be candid, they underestimated the amount of demand that they would have. And as&nbsp; a result, they ended the program early. Well, a lot of people were upset by that. They went to use their coupon at the store, they were told they can't have the chicken, and there's a class action lawsuit against Yum brands about this right now.</p><p>The lesson?</p><p>GARTHWAITE: Make sure you have the ability to have a large number of hits on your website. Make sure you have more than two or three phone numbers um and make sure you have the inventory to satisfy people, because you don't want the people coming to your store and being perpetually unable to get the product what they want. BOODHOO: From the Oprah opportunity, which I guess, that window's closing a little bit.<br> GARTHWAITE: Oprah is a multi-spot celebrity. She has her cable network, she has her TV show, it's not just her name, she also has this monthly magazine. So if the Favorite Things list exists there, it's not going to have the same reach that it has on the daily talk show, but it's certainly going to have a lot of impact on businesses going forward.</p><p>And now for our Windy Indicator - where we pick an unlikely place to gauge Chicago’s economy.<br> &nbsp;<br> Like how many people are stopping in for a car wash? Looking Good Hand Car Wash near Cellular Field is a throwback to the days before robotic brushes soaped and rinsed off your chariot. Here, actual human beings spray and scrub.<br> &nbsp;<br> But when reporter Ashley Gross was there, they had time between cars to just hang out.<br> &nbsp;<br> CHARLES RUCINSKI: What’s actually killing us is all the rain.<br> &nbsp;<br> Manager Charles Rucinski says the rainiest April in 50 years kept customers away.<br> &nbsp;<br> RUCINSKI: They figure why wash the car if it’s raining, they might as well wait, you know?<br> &nbsp;<br> But, he says, people also just don’t want to spend money these days. He says regulars used to come two or three times a week, and now maybe just twice a month. Rucinski says it’s a big change from nine years ago when he got hired:<br> &nbsp;<br> RUCINSKI: when I first started working here, I was actually a washer and after a while you end up going home wanting to just sit in a bathtub and relax. And now it’s a lot slower.<br> &nbsp;<br> He says now they’re lucky if they wash 100 cars on a Saturday. Till a few years ago, they’d sometimes do double that.<br> &nbsp;<br> And people must be more tolerant of stinky cars these days. Rucinski says they stopped carrying most air fresheners because no one was buying them.<br> &nbsp;<br> Next week, our Windy Indicator gets its chakras balanced.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 23 May 2011 05:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/venture-oprah-endorsement-blessing-or-curse-86807 I told ya! Oprah messed up the Bulls' mojo http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/i-told-ya-oprah-messed-bulls-mojo-86741 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/photo(10).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I called it. Oprah ruined our mojo. The Chicago Bulls came out flat with little of their patented energy and were defeated by the Heat in a Game Two defensive slugfest. As a fan, it's hard to get too down about this loss because our confidence is high that they will win one (or two) in Miami. If you really think about it, it's a tall order to beat a squad (with Wade and James) five times in a row (coming into this game, they were 3-0 in the regular season, and 1-0 in the playoffs against the Heat). But still, a couple extra free throws and a godforsaken three-pointer by Korver, and we could have easily held home court.</p><p>Here are some random observations from last night's game:</p><ul><li>The Heat got big plays from Udonis Haslem, who took a page from Chicago's 'Bench Mob' and played better. But other than that, Heat Coach Eric Spoelstra didn't make any adjustments after the Game One blowout. Of course, he looks like a genius today, but I have to wonder about the move because the Bulls pulverized the small lineup he had suited up. Let's hope this win is fool's gold and Spoelstra stays with it in Miami. I think the Bulls match up well against it and will defeat it if Haslem comes down to earth.</li><li>Hey, look! TNT took advantage of the extra time in Chicago and got some new shots of the city to play in and out of commercial breaks. They still had their Wacker Drive standby, but at least they showed some new looks.</li><li>Scottie Pippen was on the floor again, sitting by Wade &amp; James on the Heat side. I don't think he did as much jawing, probably because the Bulls were losing.</li><li>I hate the "Brick" and "Clank" signs that the United Center are handing out to the fans under the basket. It's to rattle the free throw shooter. Seriously? This is Chicago basketball, built by Michael Jordan. Just cheer, no gimmicks. We aren't Orlando.</li><li>Juwan Howard sighting! Didn't he play against the Bulls when Jordan &amp; Pippen played? I think he did.</li><li>Rahm Emanuel is now Chicago's biggest celebrity. They cut to him after a play, going to commercial as he cheered on the team. My question for you journos who might read this: Who is he sitting with? This guy?</li></ul><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/photo%2810%29.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" title=""></p><ul><li>It's sad that Rahm was our only celebrity, well, next to the Chicago Sky. (You can get tickets on-sale soon - SKY!!!)</li><li>Did you know my phone turns LeBron into Lento when texting? Now you do.</li><li>Winners: Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Jokim Noah, Omer Asik, Jake Peavy. Losers: Kyle Korver, Kyle Korver, Kyle Korver.</li><li>I can't believe that the next game isn't until Sunday. The fix is in. The refs were terrible, giving foul after foul to the Heat superstars and taking the energy away from the Bulls' hustle plays. And because of Oprah (I guess), we don't have another game until Sunday in Miami. Quite enough time for LeBron to get over his cold. Damn NBA.</li></ul></p> Thu, 19 May 2011 03:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/i-told-ya-oprah-messed-bulls-mojo-86741 Poll! Daley, Oprah, ___: Who is the next Chicago icon to fade away? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/poll-daley-oprah-who-next-chicago-icon-fade-away-86723 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/AP110511058882.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/AP110511058882.jpg" title="" width="512" height="284"></p><p>The big Oprah United Center farewell came and went without a hitch (except for the couple that got engaged on stage). The morning reports had Oprah brunching with family and friends, almost like the morning after a big wedding. The shows are being edited now. The dates have been finalized. In one week's time, Oprah Winfrey will end her run as the reigning queen of talk. And more importantly, she may end her run as a Chicago celebrity.<br> <br> Now Oprah will still be around and will produce content for the national audience. But she will instantly belong to the country (or cable television) and not Chicago. It's very much like Mayor Richard M. Daley. He's no longer ours, instead he's owned by history. A new generation of Chicago celebrities are lining up replace them. Out goes Daley, in comes Rahm Emanuel. Out goes Oprah, in comes Billy Dec (or several Billy Decs).</p><p>It seems that not only are we in a changing city, but we are also moving on to a new generation of Chicago celebrities. Out is Jordan, in is Rose. Out is Corgan, in is Wentz. Even our local commercials have new faces. Out is Empire Carpet, in is Walter E. Smithe.</p><p>But as we know, everything happens in threes. It's mostly with deaths, but in this case we just lost (to retirement) Mayor Daley and Oprah Winfrey. So barring death (Empire carpet guy does not count), who is next to go? Who will be the next Chicago celebrity to leave their post and make way for a new generation?</p><p>My guess: <strong>Ozzie Guillen</strong>. Ozzie Guillen is the only coach in modern Chicago history to win a world championship. He crosses over because he is old school as a player and new school as a manager. But if you really think about it, Ozzie is getting long in the tooth. He began his managerial career in 2004. He is now enjoying his seventh season with the Chicago White Sox. Ozzie has brought great joy to the South Side with his flamboyant media appeal and his tenacity in the clubhouse. He is truly one of the greatest characters in Major League Baseball. But the White Sox have a huge payroll and are currently 10 games out of first place. So far, the season has been a bust. Add that up to the last few seasons of failures (and a first round playoff exit) and Guillen is looking pretty pedestrian. After all, it has been six seasons since we won a championship. It was Ditka's seventh season after the 85 Super Bowl that he was let go. And he perenially took the team to the playoffs. But who replaces him?</p><p>Two words: Coach Thibs.</p><p>My second guess: <strong>Charlie Trotter</strong>. Trotter has been the king of all things food in Chicago for decades. He brought the culinary industry to town and introduced the world to Chicago. But that was then and this is now. Trotter is famous. And he is using that fame to cash in, with food on airlines and in grocery stores. As he goes global, young turks like Achatz (Alinea, Aviary, Next), Kahn (Publican, Big Star, Blackbird, Avec) and Stephanie Izard (The Girl &amp; The Goat) are staking their claim to the Chicago celebrity chef throne. Could this be the end for Charlie Trotter in Chicago?</p><p>So in true blog fashion, let's try to predict who will be the next Chicago celebrity/icon to move on:</p><p><script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/5061582.js"></script><noscript> <a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/5061582/">Who's next to give up their Chicago celeb/icon status?</a><span style="font-size:9px;"><a href="http://polldaddy.com/features-surveys/">customer surveys</a></span> </noscript></p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 18:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/poll-daley-oprah-who-next-chicago-icon-fade-away-86723 Finally, the Catholic church blames sex abuse on hippies. Finally. http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/finally-catholic-church-blames-sex-abuse-hippies-finally-86699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/taj-gibson-dunks-on-dwyane-wade.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hey, I think The View is a rerun this morning, so if you're looking for something to watch, Rahm is presiding <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/City_Council_Video_Archive.php">over his first City Council meeting</a>. Hopefully, Joy Behar will co-host.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/Woodstock_redmond_hair.JPG" style="width: 495px; height: 339px;" title="Hey man, I'm thinkin of becoming a priest. (Photo/Wikipedia)"></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: The Catholic Church <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/us/18bishops.html?_r=1&amp;ref=us">just put out a huge 5-year study on sexual abuse</a>. They spent $1.8 million on it. Are you ready to read why priests molest kids? The '60s. That's right, the study contends that priests were confused and stressed by the sexual revolution and that is what caused sexual abuse. Social problems from 30 years ago caused (continues to cause) abuse.</p><p>Right. Because tens of millions of people lived through that revolution and never touched a kid. So how do you explain that, church? Give me a break. Are they going to put Gracie Slick behind bars? I'm offended on behalf of all the long hairs out there. If this stands, then who knows what else you will be blamed for. Why not peg the economic collapse in 2008 on them? Al-Qaeda seems to lay around and smoke hookahs all day. Very suspect. And was Bartman a hippie? Someone please give me an argument that makes sense for this study. I just don't see it. Shame on The New York Times for even reporting on this without a counter argument. I just want a pundit to say "Are you f***in' kidding me?" in The New York Times. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/5430163-452/oprah-wants-maria-shriver-on-her-network.html">Sneed should be having a field day today</a>. All these celebrities, all these dinner reservations! All these famous out-of-towners soaking up our nightlife after the Oprah show! And not to mention the Bulls/Heat celebs running around town. So what does she have? Tom Hanks had his reservation canceled at RL before the big show because Oprah wanted Hanks to be a surprise guest. And that was it. The rest was inauguration hangover bulljunk and some bit about Fergie. COME ON, Sneed. This was your opportunity to shine, newspaper column style. A colleague made the argument that maybe it was too late, due to the Oprah show going to 11 p.m. Sorry, but that's when gossip happens. Bands, actors and athletes are here to perform. They only do fun stuff after they perform. That's the reason for the gossip columnist. Forget it, I'll find it out online.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Yesterday, I witnessed West Loop gridlock before the big Oprah show at the United Center. I live over there, so I see all the traffic from Bulls and Blackhawk games and I will say that the traffic and crowds heading to the UC last night were way more intense. But instead of packs of dudes wearing Blackhawks jerseys walking west, it was packs of middle aged women in black leather coats criss-crossing traffic. Best part? After the show, all the West Loop bars were empty. No post-game for Oprah. It was...refreshing.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It might be time to adjust the classic 'April showers bring May flowers.' Sucky, sucky, sucky weather.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I guess MJ wowed the crowd at Oprah last night. But I think most Chicagoans were excited to hear that MJ was indeed in town. That means we might see our superstar in attendance tonight for Game 2 at the United Center. How great would it be to have MJ and Scottie sitting next to each other court side. And then throw in Beyonce, Tom Cruise, Vince Vaughn and Ronnie Woo-Woo? Who needs Com Ed when you have this much star power.</p><p>The Taj Gibson dunk has been posterized. And better yet, the monster jam over Dwayne Wade has gone viral. Millions of basketball fans have shared the You Tube link and now artist Ryan Hurst made this poster, which is being sold for bedrooms across America:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="600" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/taj-gibson-dunks-on-dwyane-wade.jpg" title="" width="400"></p><p>Is it possible for this dunk to get representation in Hollywood? Perhaps Ari Emanuel could scoop up the dunk and get it a reality TV show.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: My buddy snapped this photo last week. Playing to two crowds: People who hate terrorists and love Hawk Harrelson. I wonder if this novelty t-shirt is 50 percent off yet.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="669" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/binladen-hegone.jpg" title="" width="500"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/finally-catholic-church-blames-sex-abuse-hippies-finally-86699 Oprahgo: Oprah is making this town lose focus! http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-17/oprahgo-oprah-making-town-lose-focus-86657 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-17/White-Roof-United-Center-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Whew. Now Rahm Emanuel is mayor. Awesome. It feels great to have that behind us. Now we can stop reporting on him and start reporting on his lawmaking. Ahhh, stasis. Wait, what? <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2011/05/emanuel-offers-10-ways-to-quickly-save-75-million.html">He already outlined cuts</a>? Darn, give us a day Rahm, one day to relax!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-17/White-Roof-United-Center-2.jpg" style="width: 498px; height: 342px;" title=""></p><p>I want to turn my attention to Oprah Winfrey and her mega-show tonight. Do you think she realizes that because of her grandiose ending at the United Center, she has deprived the Chicago Bulls fan an extra playoff game this week? We should have had four games this week, but we will have three. She also messed with our momentum. People think it is only the players who need momentum. Nope, fans need it too. If the game was tonight, we would be focused and ready. But the game is tomorrow, so I'm starting to drift and think about other things. You know, like laundry.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: If you care, the Miami Heat are practicing at UIC this week. Where will Lebron eat dinner? My bet? That Lalos on Maxwell street. But who cares, because Beyonce is in town:<strong> RT @luisarroyave: Beyonce is at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago rehearsing for tonight's "Oprah" show.</strong></p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://eater.com/archives/2011/05/16/no-bull-at-aviary.php">Grant Achatz tweeted out that he refused the drink order of a Chicago Bull</a> after the Sunday night blowout of the Miami Heat. Apparently, a Bulls player came in to Aviary (so hot right now, soooo hot) and asked for the cocktails to be removed and for the server to bring out a bottle of Vodka and seltzer. Achatz and team refused and the Bulls' player left.</p><p>I don't know how to feel about this. I get it,&nbsp; Aviary doesn't serve alcohol that way. But my problem might be with the tweet itself. It is always hard to read tone in social media, but was Achatz bragging that he refused the Chicago Bull and his pedestrian order? Was it Achatz way of taking back control with a "you might be great on the basketball court, but you aren't better than me in the bar." Now, you probably think I'm making much more out of this than I should, but I want my superstar chefs to understand the pecking order of stardom in this city. Athletes, politicians, furniture salesmen, radio DJs, chefs. And for the love of all things right, this mystery Bull better not have been Taj Gibson. Maybe if it were Jannero Pargo or Brian Scalabrine, I would buy it. Maybe Korver because he's missing shots. But anyone else? Ugh.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: WBEZ's Robin Amer put together a nice slideshow called "<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-05-16/emanuel-inauguration-faces-crowd-86615">Faces in the crowd</a>" at yesterday's inauguration. She interviewed folks and took their profile picture. This is a nice piece that not only showcases the inauguration, but gives us something to look back on for this moment in Chicago history.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: So nice today. This is great April weather.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: If you are a fantasy baseball player, the move right now would be to pick up any pitcher going against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox are 5-12 at home and aren't hitting anything. They were shut out last night by Cy Young candidate Colby Lewis (For those who aren't baseball fans, I'm being super sarcastic). It's really embarrassing right now. I'm the first one to show my undying gratitude and love for White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen, but something might have to change. Ozzie is a slow starter and has picked it up before (see last year), but let's remember that the only championship season featured a red hot beginning to the 2005 season. When the Sox start slow, they don't usually make it. Right now,<a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/index.jsp"> the White Sox are 10 games back on May 17th</a>. No, the season isn't over. But it sure sucks to be a fan watching such high paid superstars whiff constantly.</p><p>So what is the problem? If not Ozzie, something has to change. Ideas, peanut gallery?</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: In cased you missed it (Karen at the reception desk didn't), <a href="http://www.wciu.com/youandme.php?section=home&amp;assets=videos&amp;assetID=10005635">Alderman Ed Bus weighed in on the end of Mayor Richard M. Daley last Friday on WCIU's 'You &amp; Me in the Morning.'</a> Did I ever tell you how much Alderman Bus loves Jeanne Sparrow? At the end of this clip, the honorable Alderman Bus climbs over the couch and falls. That was for my son. He loves pratfalls.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" id="limelight_player_102401o" width="460" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf"><param name="wmode" value="window"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="flashvars" value="mediaId=e548190455a84902bb5ebdd21eef49c0&amp;share=link%2Cemail%2Cembed&amp;autoplay=true&amp;shareCurrent=media%2Cchannel&amp;playerForm=970b04aff67e429cb368c5d19cfb9a39&amp;adConfigurationChannelId=6b751b7ab5c144a4a1f5a0ec239383a4&amp;autoSkipNextClip=false"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="mediaId=e548190455a84902bb5ebdd21eef49c0&amp;share=link%2Cemail%2Cembed&amp;autoplay=true&amp;shareCurrent=media%2Cchannel&amp;playerForm=970b04aff67e429cb368c5d19cfb9a39&amp;adConfigurationChannelId=6b751b7ab5c144a4a1f5a0ec239383a4&amp;autoSkipNextClip=false" name="limelight_player_102401e" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer" src="http://assets.delvenetworks.com/player/loader.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="window" width="460" height="385"></object></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-17/oprahgo-oprah-making-town-lose-focus-86657 ‘Oprah Winfrey Way’ Chicago’s newest street http://www.wbez.org/story/%E2%80%98oprah-winfrey-way%E2%80%99-chicago%E2%80%99s-newest-street-86405 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/029.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The City of Chicago has named a street after one of its most famous residents – Oprah Winfrey.</p><p>Mayor Richard Daley unveiled the honorary Oprah Winfrey Way in front of her Harpo studios in the West Loop. "That’s better than an Oscar," Winfrey said.</p><p>When she first came to Chicago in the 1980s, Winfrey wasn’t sure if she was going to get the television job. &nbsp;She had a plan B and thought, "I’ll move into advertising in order to just be able live in the city, which truly is the greatest city in the world."</p><p>She credits Chicago for her success.</p><p>"A little colored girl born Kosciusko, Mississippi on a red dirt road ends up with my name on a street," Winfrey said.</p><p>Then she turned around in her designer Christian Louboutin shoes and went back to work.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 20:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/%E2%80%98oprah-winfrey-way%E2%80%99-chicago%E2%80%99s-newest-street-86405