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Mary Schmich

Mary Schmich
Mary Theresa Schmich was born in Savannah, Ga., the oldest of eight children, and spent her childhood in Georgia. She attended high school in Phoenix then earned a B.A. at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.

After working in college admissions for three years and spending a year and a half in France, she attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Chicago Tribune. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta.

For three years starting in 1992, she wrote a column for the Tribune. She left for a year to attend Harvard on a N...
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Mary Theresa Schmich was born in Savannah, Ga., the oldest of eight children, and spent her childhood in Georgia. She attended high school in Phoenix then earned a B.A. at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.

After working in college admissions for three years and spending a year and a half in France, she attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Chicago Tribune. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta.

For three years starting in 1992, she wrote a column for the Tribune. She left for a year to attend Harvard on a Nieman fellowship for journalists, then returned to the column in July 1996.

She also writes the "Brenda Starr" comic strip and plays a decent barroom piano. She lives in Chicago.
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  • Love and respect in formative years

    Tribune columnist Mary Schmich was realistic to ask in a recent column what will happen next for members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team when they grow a little older. She referred accurately to their ability to show "what young people can do when their talent is guided, their energies are disciplined and their efforts are rewarded." But she neglects to say who may be responsible for that favorable outcome. 
  • Review: 'The Mockingbird Next Door' by Marja Mills

    Review: 'The Mockingbird Next Door' by Marja Mills
    Netflix night with Harper Lee sounds like a late-night comedy sketch, as does an afternoon at the laundromat, or even a quick stop at McDonald's with the famously reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Yet these scenarios represent just another...

    We're all 'bad at vacations' now — and that's good

    We're all 'bad at vacations' now — and that's good
    For many years, I was subjected to eyerolling and, yes, even impatient sighing for my refusal to disconnect from life while on vacation. Famously, pre-Internet, I once lined the trunk of our car with hundreds of recent issues of suburban newspapers...

    We’re all ‘bad at vacations’ now — and that’s good

     
    For many years, I was subjected to eyerolling and, yes, even impatient sighing for my refusal to disconnect from life while on vacation. Famously, pre-Internet, I once lined the trunk of our car with hundreds of recent issues of suburban...

    RedEye's guide to Printers Row Lit Fest

    RedEye's guide to Printers Row Lit Fest
    There's nothing wrong with the usual summer fest trifecta of curb-sitting, head-bobbing and beer-sipping, but if you're craving a little more substance, mark your calendar for Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, held June 7 and 8 in the blocks...