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Moseley Braun’s biggest sin? Royko said it was using ketchup

3 Feb

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style. Here is the latest segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series: A Chicago Tribune column he wrote about one of the current candidates.

By Mike Royko
(November 21, 1995)

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Now it can be told: How Mike Royko once influenced Chicago balloting

20 Jan

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style and knowledge. Here is the latest segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series leading to Feb. 22 voting for a new mayor and aldermen.


Paul Sullivan

Who: Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune baseball writer

Paul spent two years with Mike in the 1980s at The Tribune before moving to the sports department, where he became a beat writer in 1997 covering the Cubs (Royko’s favorite team). He describes his job with the famed newspaper columnist as “two grueling years as his reporter/researcher/Italian sausage fetcher/ bank check depositor and eventually learned how to become a reporter.”

 

Q: Do you have any favorite stories to tell from your time with Royko? Any memories that stick out more than others?

PS: Too many stories to mention, but I guess my favorite was when he decided that he wanted night baseball at Wrigley Field and was certain that most Cubs fans agreed with him. He decided to run a poll and asked fans to send him postcards saying “yes” or “no” to lights.

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Wonder how Mike Royko would have treated election? Try his Facebook page

28 Dec

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style and knowledge. Here is the second segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series leading to Feb. 22 voting for a new mayor and aldermen.

Would Mike Royko have embraced new technology?

Well, it’s been over 12 years since he wrote his last column, but he does have a Facebook page.

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Chico would have intrigued Royko, says former Chicago Sun-Times colleague

17 Dec

The late, great Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago newspaper columnist, would have had a ball covering the Feb. 22 city election. Every one of his former readers can agree on that. From Slats Grobnik, his literary alter-ego, to more direct approaches deflating political balloons, the City Hall runoffs would be target-rich turf for Mike’s one-of-a-kind style and knowledge. Here is the first segment in a periodic “Royko Retro” series leading to Feb. 22 voting for a new mayor and aldermen.

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