Abdon Pallasch was learning journalism at Medill back in the 80s, and one of his professors gave him a story to read that the Tribune had carried on page one in 1975. It was an odd story for the Tribune to display so prominently, because Richie Kaczmarek, the subject of it, had been the night foreman at Schwartz’s packinghouse, and there was nothing exceptional about either his life or death, except that at 44 he’d died of a heart attack unfairly young.