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LeAnn

The sound man is down the street at Radio Shack when the limousine pulls up, bearing the star. It’s LeAnn, soon to be live from the Peaches record store at the strip mall on Kimball Avenue near the Kennedy Expressway. It’s a Saturday afternoon–a cold, wet, dreary Saturday afternoon. The sound man–also the store manager–has […]

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What Do Women See in Superman?

To the editors: Geoffrey Johnson’s November 20, 1987, review of Superman as a Jungian/American hero [“Reading: Superman’s Make-over”] was disappointing in comparison to this writer’s other Reader contributions. Johnson generalizes his citations regarding the Man of Steel’s mass appeal. While I would agree that Superman is the product and embodiment of the typical American male’s […]

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The Straight Dope

I have an old apartment complete with old pipes and I’ve noticed an annoying phenomenon when I turn on the hot water. At first it comes blasting out, but within a short time it slows to a trickle, as though a poltergeist were under the floor squeezing the pipe. What gives? The pipe stays the […]

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Surprise Endings

To the editors: In the front of the Reader [Hot Type, December 11] it’s surmised that the breakup of Harold Washington’s coalition can be linked directly to the late mayor’s overweight condition. It’s assumed that slim healthy-looking people don’t sometimes just drop dead. But they sadly do. At the back of the Reader, same issue […]

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The City File

Ooh! Oh! Ouch!! The Northwest Indiana Symphony recently offered a program featuring Channel Seven’s Mike Adamle narrating “Freddy the Football”–“a lighthearted look at football from the football’s viewpoint.” Does money grow on planes? Yes, according to James Unger in Economic Development News (November 1987). “Large volume airports are generating peripheral mini-cities that pump billions of […]

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Media Without Messages

THE BEACH The Oxygen Jukebox at Goodman Studio Theatre December 17 and 18 When we report events, we make believe that lived experience can be reduced to discrete packets of information. Without this assumption, even something as “objective” as the evening newscast would become incoherent: once a certain number of questions have been answered–who, what, […]

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Bad Buying?

To the editors: Robert McClory’s article “Good Buying” on the city of Chicago purchasing department [December 4] purports to tell the story of how that department works. Does Mr. McClory moonlight as public relations man for the purchasing department or is he simply naive? As a contractor of several commodities to the city I can […]

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Cindy Lee Berryhill

San Diegan folk-rocker Cindy Lee Berryhill’s voice reminds me of a cat in the alley. That may not sound like much of a recommendation, but consider how when you lie half awake on a summer night, cats down in the alley can make really scary and fascinating noises. Sometimes they sound like crying babies. But […]