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Old School Ties

I began seeing my old grade-school classmates recently. Like any other kids, they grew up and did the usual things grown-ups do. I read in the Tribune a few years ago that one of the boys had killed his mother during an argument. Another one grew up to become a jewel thief, but has since […]

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Year in Review

In keeping with the spirit of this special issue, here are highlights of 11 stories that didn’t make it into Our Town in 1991: 1. Free Financial Seminar for Women A trust officer, an accountant, and a lawyer talked to 100 women about wills, trusts, savings plans, estate planning, and charitable giving– over juice, coffee, […]

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Heroes

At 6:30 AM on July 12, at exactly the time they are supposed to, a line of men files out of the Holiday Inn across from the Merchandise Mart and into two borrowed CTA buses. They are wearing polo shirts and T-shirts and khaki pants and jeans and caps and windbreakers. Some have potbellies, and […]

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Dale and Brenda

Dale Messick spent some time this morning gazing at the Tribune Tower and the flag waving on top from her hotel room window a few blocks away. She was thinking about the beautiful golden red sunsets that are only possible in Chicago–and only at certain times of the year. “I was here in January and […]

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Spreading Gospel

It’s mid-morning, and things are a little screwed up here at the Marquette elementary school. First of all, Kenny from the city’s office of special events got lost on the way over “to this part of town” –the southwest side–and he was in charge of the banner. At the moment, about 300 primary-graders (from 100 […]