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Nine Yards of Whole Cloth

To the editors: In regard to the origin of the phrase, “the whole nine yards” (Straight Dope, April 10), one must keep in mind the essentially inevitable reduction of the subtle or urbane to the pedestrian and vulgar at the hands of the “teeming masses.” It seems perfectly logical to me that the true meaning […]

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Ray of Hope

To the editors: As a longtime business associate of WFMT, I read your cover story on the station [March 20] with interest. I don’t think Mr. McClory adequately answered all the questions he posed in his third paragraph. But this is understandable. Possessing as I do a thorough knowledge of WFMT’s internal personality, I find […]

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Mukluk; Fits in Parts

MUKLUK and FITS IN PARTS I.F.S. at the Organic Lab Theater Despite the growing evidence that we have at least a dozen more theaters than we have audiences to support them, non-Chicagoans keep believing what they read about the burgeoning theater scene in Chicago. Even when they wouldn’t know a burgeon if it hit them. […]

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The Other Side of Prospero

THE TEMPEST Goodman Theatre There are two Prosperos in Shakespeare’s marvelous fantasy The Tempest. One creates wonders, producing masques out of empty air and commanding spirits who fly through endless transformations and sing impossibly sweet songs. That’s the wise Prospero. The kindly, profound, almost omniscient Prospero. Prospero the Italian bodhisattva, who unites lovers, forgives enemies, […]

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LEarning to teach, teaching to learn: an imaginative tutoring program for the kids of Cabrini-Green

Sixteen-year-old Latoya Dawson comes home to an apartment in Cabrini-Green after classes at Whitney Young Magnet High School. She drops off her math and biology books and picks up her handbook of teaching guidelines. Now it’s her turn to be the teacher. Dawson is one of 48 teenagers from Cabrini-Green who spend their after-school hours […]

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Dwight Tilley

The important thing about Dwight Twilley isn’t that he was “ahead of his time,” or even the sad likelihood that he would be rich today if he had released his first album in 1985. It’s that he’s a great rocker–makes great records, does great shows–and has to his credit at least three bona fide, slinky, […]

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Soap Opera

SOAP OPERA Clean Fill Group at Sheffield’s We 80s kinds of folks tend to be long on self-involvement. Self-analysis, self-help, self-abuse — anything with the word “self” in it is automatically a popular topic of conversation. But the fact remains, man being a social animal and all, that the best way to find out about […]

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Immigrants’ Amnesty: Day 1

By mid-afternoon on May 5, the multitudes had failed to show at the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s legalization office at 3123 N. Pulaski. Sitting idly at the table that greeted all comers were five INS information officers, clearly bored. Florence Blaney, the site manager, a slender, rather cheerful white woman in her 50s with an […]

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The Straight Dope

What is a mojo? Do women have them? And what does it mean to have your mojo workin’, risin’, etc? –Rich R., Madison, Wisconsin It’s not what you think, wise guy. According to my Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary–not, perhaps, the ideal source for a word popularized by semiliterate blues musicians, but bear with […]