Cat houses. “Most buildings will only accept cats that are neutered and declawed,” writes Kevin Knapp in Real Estate Profile (September 14). “This policy has become so widespread that the term ‘apartment ready cat’ has been developed to describe the only kind of feline highrises find acceptable.”

Wanted: 65,000 to 260,000 moderately warm bodies. “With over 13,000 nonprofit organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area–each of them having a board of directors averaging between five and 20 members–the competition to get committed, highly qualified individuals to participate on boards is fierce” (Cheryl Cornelius in Forum, September/October 1990).

“As a pastime, theatergoing outpaces all professional sports except baseball,” writes Lawrence Bommer in Chicago Enterprise (September 1990). “But the theater-going public doesn’t seem to be growing. According to the League of Chicago Theaters, over the last three seasons the total attendance at professional theaters here has remained fixed–between 2.7 million and 2.95 million…. The total number of Chicago-area theaters is well over 200; 15 years ago there were one-third that number.”

Personally, I’d rather die in the desert. “Percentage of U.S. oil supplied by Iraq and Kuwait prior to the current trade embargo: 5. Percentage of U.S. oil use that could be saved by raising car fuel efficiency standards by 2.8 miles per gallon: 5” (Greenpeace Action).

“The people who created the North Branch Prairie Project started off simply wanting to save some rare prairies, using their bare hands and open minds,” writes Jill Riddell in NBPP’s newsletter Prairie Projections (August 1990). “It seemed, on the surface, as though people would be about as willing to volunteer for stewardship work for the good of an ecological community as they would be for laying sewer pipe for the good of their human community…. A big part of what makes stewardship work compelling, outside of its innate importance, is that it is an opportunity–a rare opportunity–for a person to have a direct, tangible, positive effect on his or her environment.”

We believe it, we believe it. Kitty Tsui, scheduled to read her work at N.A.M.E., 700 N. Carpenter, on October 5, was billed as “probably the world’s foremost Asian-American lesbian bodybuilder erotic poet.”

40,000 watts on South LaSalle is too bright, according to Michael J.P. Smith, writing in Inland Architect (September/October 1990). He says this garish illumination is far more than needed to deter crime, and quotes Toronto city councilor Howard Levine, who calls the lighting “totally inappropriate, unless you mean to do brain surgery at every street corner.”

Where Jewish-Christian dialogue has to start, according to Ron Miller, Lake Forest College religion professor, in Conscious Choice (Fall 1990): “The participants break into small groups. Each person has the opportunity to define him/herself. ‘What I want to tell you about myself as a Jew (or as a Christian) is….’ I have yet to hear a Jew begin by saying, ‘The most important feature of my being Jewish is that I don’t believe in Jesus.’ How many Christians would say that the most important thing about being Christian is not believing in Mohammed?”

CTA Lincoln Park alderman Edwin Eisendrath, quoted on his ward’s parking problem in Inside Chicago (July-August 1990): “Our residents will never be satisfied because there’s always going to be a problem. [Given the area’s population density] how can there not be a problem?”

Lest we forget. “After graduation no one would hire me,” Dee DeCarlo tells Today’s Chicago Woman (September 1990). “I had my degree in my hand, went job-hunting and was turned down right and left. It was ’69, and I was told outright, ‘We don’t hire women accountants.’ This was an amazement to me since I was willing to work, had good grades and had been told all my life by my parents that I could do anything I wanted. Yet I saw boys, boys who frankly I’d pulled through classes and gotten through school, getting jobs ahead of me.”

Casual drug users “ought to be taken out and shot,” according to Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates, quoted in In These Times (September 19, quoting the Los Angeles Times). Occasional use of pot, said Gates, “is treason.” Would this come under the heading of, er, high crimes and misdemeanors?

Catch-23. Jordan Barab of AFSCME on the disparity between job-safety rules for private and public employees: “There are several states where public employees are covered by Right-to-Know laws, but no OSHA laws. Management has the legal responsibility to tell workers what’s killing them, but no duty to actually do anything about it” (Workplace Safety & Health, September 1990).

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