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The View From the Back Seat

Dear Mike [Miner]: Funny thing: I’ve just read your portrait of Debra Pickett [Hot Type, October 11], the new starlet of our morning tabloid, shortly after I came across her rabbit punch at Chicago cabbies. Prelude to her column: I am slightly older than Ms. Pickett. Often these days, instead of my usual bus ride […]

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Studs Rebuts

To the editor: I’ve just come across an impassioned letter to the editor [May 31] in which Joel Sprayreger, Esq., refers to me in fascinating terms: “Let him hear leftspeak, and the knees start jerking….This is proven by Studs’s venerative reference to Bertie Russell, the looney Brit don who advocated unilateral disarmament in the 1950s.” […]

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Studs on Subjectivity

Dear Mike: What I like about your column is that it touches on matters others abjure. It causes us to think things we hadn’t thought of before. The case of Judy Peres, the Trib’s medical writer, comes to mind [Hot Type, May 3]. When she signed that petition of the Not in My Name group, […]

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Hedy Praise

To the editor: I was delighted to read Mike Miner’s tribute to Hedy Weiss as drama critic [Hot Type, February 1]. It’s been an open secret (at least, to me and my memory) that Hedy is the most perceptive and exciting observer of our theatrical scene since Claudia Cassidy in her vintage days. What astonished […]

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Say It Ain’t So!

Letters to the editor: When a journalistic lout writes a piece that is patently dishonest or untrue, I take a pass. It’s par for the course. But when someone I respect does a slovenly job of like nature, it does bad things to my blood pressure. Consider the piece by Mara Tapp on the birth […]

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Terkel on McCarter

To the editors: Bryan Miller’s cover story on Bill McCarter, Channel 11’s general manager (September 4), quotes me accurately for the most part. She’s on the button concerning my disdain for WTTW’s Board of Trustees (CETA). However, I was astonished by this quote attributed to me: “The more I think of Bill McCarter, the less […]

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Terkel vs. Calloway

To the editors: Too much may be made of John Callaway’s confession (Reader, January 11). When asked why he neglected to name WFMT (his target) in his parable that appeared in the WTTW journal, Eleven, he explained, “It might look like I’m writing out of a vested interest.” (Callaway is, of course in the employ […]