A Blink at the Brink At exactly 2:30 Monday afternoon Harlan Draeger stood up in the Sun-Times newsroom and said “I have an announcement.” No one was doing any work just then. A few people already had their coats on. Others were straightening papers on their desks. Two-thirty was the strike deadline. Draeger said, “I […]
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He was executed by a Utah firing squad in 1915. Then he was cremated and scattered to every continent (except Antarctica) and every state (except Utah). He was confiscated by federal agents, sent to a mysterious Chicagoan, mutilated by the Post Office, an
APOCALYPTIC BUTTERFLIES Immediate Theatre Company ABC’s Thirtysomething gets a lot of flak for showing only one side of a multifaceted story. The show’s physically attractive yuppie characters are economically secure and morally sound. The Immediate Theatre Company’s production of Wendy MacLeod’s Apocalyptic Butterflies relies on the flip side of life: the petty arguments and day-to-day […]
To the editors: Re: 26th Aug. & 21st Oct. THE STRAIGHT DOPE. Since: E=mc2=8(3.141592654 . . . [pi]T= Infinity. Q.e.f. energy, mass (relatively), the speed of light, thermodynamics, special relativity and quantum mechanics don’t matter since they are not to the right of G, Einstein’s geodesic of gravity, the curvature of space. The change of […]
In my bedroom I have one of those cheap little extension phones–you know, the kind you get free with three rooms of carpeting for $299.95. Instead of ringing, it makes a little electronic warble. It also makes a tenth of a warble when someone picks up the phone in another room. Now here’s the thing: […]
To the editors: The John Conroy story on minimum security at the federal correctional camp near Portage, Wisconsin, in the October 7th Reader strikes me as holding great promise for the future. Those who can handle responsibility get their chance and the taxpayer saves money. I see some of the shortcomings owed to the limited […]
The highest-paid chief executives in Chicagoland, according to Business Week (October 21), run Comdisco (Kenneth N. Pontikes, $2 million salary per year), Bally Manufacturing (Robert E. Mullane, $1.8 million), Sears (Edward A. Brennan, $1.5 million), Abbott Laboratories (Robert A. Shoellhorn, $1.33 million), Sara Lee (John H. Bryan Jr., $1.301 million), and Waste Management (Dean Buntrock, […]
To the editors. I’m afraid you’ve goofed again. In your September 16th column [The Straight Dope] you use the phrase “the whole thing is so ironic it’s an instant cure for pernicious anemia.” I’m surprised you didn’t know that pernicious anemia is caused by a deficiency in a protein called intrinsic factor which carries Vitamin […]
To the editors. I am not a constant reader of your worthy periodical. The few occasions on which I have examined it, however, showed you to be a distinctly “alternative bunch” and I liked that. By purest happenstance, I stumbled on a copy of the Friday Oct. 14 Issue, and was utterly flabbergasted by the […]
When I bought my first Peterson and my first pair of binoculars, I approached birding rather gingerly. I mainly concentrated on the easy stuff: kingbirds, and great blue herons and wood ducks, birds of such striking particularity that it was almost impossible to mistake them for anything else. When I paged through the illustrations in […]
To the editors: I am writing concerning the wisecrack made by Harold Henderson in “The City File” column dated November 4, 1988, saying “Religion is an art, isn’t it?” Mr. Henderson seems to be operating under the assumption that there is a clear distinction between the “sacred” and the “secular.” He also apparently did not […]
LYNDA MARTHA DANCE COMPANY at the Dance Center of Columbia College November 18,19,25, and 26 Lynda Martha, artistic director of the nine-year-old Lynda Martha Dance Company based in Evanston, has a gift for exploiting a single mood or movement idea in a given piece. Her dancers also move insistently with the music, on each beat, […]
There’s reason to fear that its humanly scaled buildings and quiet side streets will give way to a forest of skyscrapers.