Could this city be any more keyed up? I’ve picked my nits with Torey Malatia, but he’s a man who can rise to the occasion. Tuesday morning he sent out the following notice:

From: Torey Malatia
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 10:12 AM
To: WBEZ-All Staff
Subject: And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.
Importance: High

Dear Staff,

Okay, all of the talk around here about “Picture the impending disaster!” in your full Industrial Light and Magic vividness has finally convinced me:

If you are concerned about the blizzard that has been prophesized by Jim Cantore, and your work will allow you to go home early, you have my permission to do so.

And if this thing indeed comes, please, travel carefully. We want you safe.


Note to CPS officials: If you close the schools Wednesday, a similar touch of showmanship will inspire students and could change lives.