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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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  • Rudolph and Frosty get makeovers

    Rudolph and Frosty get makeovers
    Every year, fellow Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and I conduct a reader contest related to our "Songs of Good Cheer" Christmas-themed singalong programs at the Old Town School of Folk Music — stories, parodies, trivia, something related to the season.
  • Embrace the blob and give Lucas museum a second look

    Embrace the blob and give Lucas museum a second look
    At the risk of offending my more aesthetically evolved friends, I have to say that the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is growing on me. The widely reviled design? Yeah, it's audacious, weird, outsized and unconventional to the point of...

    Social media chorus shouts: Vote! Vote! Vote!

     Social media chorus shouts: Vote! Vote! Vote!
    Hours before I headed over to my polling place Tuesday, I logged into Facebook expecting the usual assortment of free-floating outrage, sappy uplift and pet photos. Instead, I got status update after status update exhorting me to vote. The updates...

    Songs of Good Cheer is just around the corner

     Songs of Good Cheer is just around the corner
    Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul, but now he is so much more than that. Starting today, Frosty and his rival, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, are the key to winning two free tickets to Songs of Good Cheer, the annual holiday singalongs that my...

    Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young

    Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of...