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  • Marshall Rosenthal

Marshall Rosenthal, a Chicago journalist who came of age in the 1960s, died in his sleep at home early Monday, four months after being diagnosed with incurable cancer. He was 71.

In 1975, when Rosenthal originated the Reader‘s Hot Type column, the most turbulent years of his career were behind him. After the Democratic Convention of 1968, he’d begun writing for this city’s underground newspaper, the Seed. Seed editor Abe Peck would recall in his 1985 memoir/history Uncovering the Sixties: The Life & Times of the Underground Press, that Rosenthal, “an ex-professor of business turned bearded vegetarian,” brought the Seed “a days-of-chaos poem that made the back cover.”