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When it’s time to go, and a chance to fix Flossmoor’s lunar landscape

October 04, 2020 - 08:58
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My first paying newspaper job was in the summer of 1970, when I was a reporter intern at the twice-weekly Southtown Economist. 

We worked on manual typewriters, writing stories on thin newsprint paper and correcting them with Black Beauty pencils. I reported to John Dienhart, who’d been in newspapers since “The Front Page” era of the ‘20s and ‘30s. He was in his late 70s, wore a gray suit with a vest every day and, as an editor, never smiled – at least not that I ever saw.

I still didn’t know much about the newspaper business and wasn’t very good.

Reflections on a most unusual first day of school

August 20, 2020 - 22:23
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This time of year is normally met with a sense of anticipation and excitement. Kids are returning to school, reuniting with friends again after the summer break, meeting new teachers, preparing to learn new subjects. There are lists of supplies to buy along with backpacks and shoes and lunchboxes and new outfits. 

This year, as we all know, is not a normal year. And it’s definitely not a typical school year. The pandemic has thrown all our lives into a tailspin in one way or another. 

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