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December 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
City News was bringing breaking news to Chicago in the days of streetcar messengers and Al Capone, and it evolved through the teletype era and into the computer age. But it couldn't survive the lightning speed of the Internet, its owner said Thursday.
April 3, 1997 | Associated Press
Columnist Mike Royko is recovering in a Florida hospital after suffering a minor stroke while on vacation, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.
September 3, 1988
Del Olmo's piece was tainted by just a hint of hypocrisy. After his eloquent testimony of patriotism and desire to serve and doing everything legal, like registering even though he was opposed to the war, he kills his point when he says "luck was with me, and I was never called up." Then there is the anguish over two relatives and a close friend who were killed in Vietnam, but then he refers to Mike Royko's "war wimps" as those who are ready for a fight as long as someone else does the fighting.
You can't blame Ben Hamper for feeling a little overwhelmed. In the midst of a publicity tour for his first book, "Rivethead: Tales From the Assembly Line," he sits at the Manhattan offices of his publisher, Warner Books, smoking cigarettes and mulling over the strange twists and turns of fate that have brought him there. Five years ago, he was working the rivet line at the General Motors Truck and Bus Plant in his hometown of Flint, Mich.
June 29, 1994 | Chicago Tribune
Exchange between columnist Mike Royko and his pal, Slats: "That's why soccer will never be a really popular TV sport in this country," Slats said. Why? "Because in soccer they bounce the ball off their heads, and to Americans, it is undignified to bounce a ball off your head unless you are having a boozy back-yard party. Name me one other sport where you bounce the ball off your head." Now that you mention it, I can't think of one. "See?
February 24, 1990
Three newspapers, two magazines, two television programs and six journalists have been presented with the Washington Journalism Review's "Best in the Business" awards. Among the winners was the Los Angeles Times, designated "the newspaper to watch for the '90s."
April 25, 1987
Re: "Herb Caen's 50 Years--Prophet of 'The City' Sees Decline," April 16: Every San Franciscan but Herb Caen (who is actually a hick from Sacramento) knows that the decline is not that of the city but the popularity of a totally irrelevant, out-of-touch, bitter has-been. Caen, who is certainly no writer as evidenced by his florid over-written Sunday columns (which go unread by any discriminating San Franciscan) supposedly reached his peak as a city gossip columnist in the 1950s.
March 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Wisconsin tourism promoters hoping to curdle the blood of sharp-tongued columnist Mike Royko are sending him a cheese carving in his own likeness, designating him an honorary "cheesehead." The 45-pound, 2-foot-tall cheddar bust, complete with eyeglasses, is the latest in the tit-for-tat spat between the Fond du Lac tourist bureau and the acerbic Chicago Tribune writer.
April 1, 2009 | Associated Press
The owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, a storied newspaper once home to legendary columnist Mike Royko and other greats, followed its hometown rival by filing for bankruptcy protection Tuesday -- raising questions about whether both can survive in a brutal time for newspapers. The filing was widely seen as a step toward shutting down a feisty paper known for uncovering city scandals and that once went as far as to secretly operate a bar to expose crooked city inspectors.
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