You’ll never guess who they’re talking about. (A) “The world’s foremost champion of farm animals,” according to the Farm Animal Reform Movement. (B) “One of the most profound and revered [fictional] figures in twentieth-century American culture,” according to Pharos Books. (Answers at end of column.)

City desk, please? I have a dozen veteran teachers here trying to break into my store. From a teacher’s school-reform diary, published in Catalyst (October): “June 17. A local business calls a press conference to honor teachers from area high schools who have been selected by the members of the senior classes as positive role models. No one from the press shows up, prompting the owner to quip that a call to the police about a burglary would get greater attention.”

“Which phenomenon of twentieth-century politics, and which candidate for president in 1992, answer to the following attributes” asked the New Republic in a newly relevant editorial published June 29:

“managerialism, and the belief that society should be organized like a corporation…

“populism, and the mystical faith in the existence of something called ‘the people,’ which is the enemy of all elites and is capable of perfect agreement with itself..

“the cult of leadership, according to which the people may attain its state of harmony only by means of the political ascension of a person … whose authority is owed in part to his win, which justifies any arbitrariness or change of mind;

“the critique of democratic institutions, which are deemed to be essentially spineless…

“the love of technology …

“militarism, and the conspiratorial mentality …

“the celebration of action as an end in itself and the suspicion of intellectual activity (and intellectuals) as an impediment to action;

“puritanism, and the imposition of a draconian moral uniformity in all the details of life…

“the zealous and dogmatic definition of the social norm, of who does and does not belong…

“The answers are: fascism and Ross Perot.”

“We have lost the ability to create streetscapes with the necessary density of sensory input to qualify as truly urban,” writes local architect P.K. VanderBeke, in Inland Architect (September/October), critiquing the little-used Mayor Ogden Plaza, hidden in Cityfront Center. “Cityfront Center, with its large blocks and dearth of fine detailing on a human scale, and with its emphasis on accommodating the car and lack of respect for the street facade that compresses activity and creates excitement, is more suburban than urban.”

Politically correct. Organizer and leftist presidential candidate Ron Daniels, quoted in the Progressive (October): “Clinton’s saying workers didn’t work hard enough, that welfare mothers didn’t handle their checks properly. Now we are being blamed. But we will not take the responsibility. We reject it.” Politically incorrect. Dolores Wilson, president of the Resident Management Corporation at 1233 Burling in Cabrini-Green, quoted in Chicago Enterprise (October): “Because of the years of mismanagement and neglect, [residents] just didn’t care anymore about where they lived. They had lost all hope that things would get better. In that respect, the residents were partly responsible for the poor conditions in the buildings.”

“What kind of men abuse their partners?” According to the LUC News (September 2), UIC socialwork professor Rich Tolman’s most recent therapy group “included a doctor, social work student, barber, carpet salesman, laborer, truck driver and two who were unemployed.” Their ages ranged from 18 to 68.

Number of Chicago public schools receiving help last year in preparing their budgets from volunteers from CPAs for the Public Interest (1992 Annual Report): 91.

Which medium did local undergraduates find it hardest to do without when they participated in a recent study by Loyola University communication professor Craig Kois on media deprivation? Radio–“the medium that people used most when alone.”

Answers: (A) Mahatma Gandhi. (B) Nancy, the comic-strip character.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.