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Swastika Facts

To the editors: I found Cecil Adams’s discussion of the Nazi swastika interesting, and wished to make a response. As this topic has already been discussed in two columns [The Straight Dope, February 20 and April 24], your receptivity to more of the same may be minimal. Nevertheless: The Nazi fylfot, known as the swastika […]

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The Wrong Wilson

To the editors: I enjoyed your May 29 piece on Curt Johnson and December Press, but noted one error: you mistakenly wrote that the Otis Ferguson Reader, December’s only moneymaking book, was edited by a John Wilson. The editor was Robert E. Wilson, December’s longtime film editor before his death in 1983. Thanks for printing […]

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Nicholas Tremulis

Although Nicholas Tremulis is billed by Island Records as a solo act, I’m nonetheless convinced it’s actually the band that makes his shows special. They’re quite simply one of the most overwhelming R & B outfits around, approaching the sound and feel of an old-fashioned soul revue but laced with a few quirky 80s twists. […]

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The Straight Dope

While watching TV the other night I saw a commercial that repeated the old saying, “an elephant never forgets.” Never forgets what? Is it true pachyderms have unparalleled powers of recollection? Also, is it still possible to get a copy of your book on human knowledge? –Carlos D. McCullough, Chicago Carlos, not only is my […]

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European Community Film Festival

A week’s worth of new films from Europe, many of them U.S. premieres, sponsored by Cinema/Chicago and the American Film Institute. All screenings will be held at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport, Friday, June 12: through Thursday, June 18. Individual tickets are $6, $5 for Cinema/Chicago and American Film Institute members; for information, […]

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The City File

Official body count from the Illinois turkey-hunting season, April 22-May 3 in 22 downstate counties: 1,411 wild turkeys (dead), 5 hunters (injured). “Stop to examine the wild leek that grows profusely along the trail,” advise Pat Allen and Gerald De Ruiter in Backpacking in Michigan. “When stepped on, it gives off an aroma that might […]

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Playing in Pain

FATS: HIS LIFE AND TIMES ETA Creative Arts Foundation The image I’ve always had of jazz musician Fats Waller, based on his recordings and the few film appearances I’ve seen, has always been that of the sad clown. Behind the devilish, risque, slightly campy, eager-to-please facade that Waller projected, I sensed, lay a reservoir of […]