| Oct 10, 2014
| 8:45 AM
It's a long way from the street corners of Gary to the White House, but Henry Farag and some of his pals have made that trip four times. As part of the doo-wop singing group Stormy Weather that he started in 1974 doing its a cappella thing, Farag and...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Most of us, for reasons having to do with lack of talent, physical gifts or luck, must at some time give up our youthful dreams. And so we realized long ago that we would not be playing quarterback for the Bears, not be an astronaut and walk on the moon,...
| Aug 29, 2014
The Red Lion Pub is brand-new from the ground up, but the past is present in so many ways, and a flesh-and-blood example of that was standing there one night a couple of weeks ago. It was the nephew of John Dillinger. "This is a really nice bar," said...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 9:18 AM
When the news of death arrives, it does so in the icy ways. A phone call. An e-mail.
If the deceased person was famous (Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall only moments ago), perhaps there come interruptions of regularly scheduled radio or television...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:50 AM
In the early days of the tourist boom that now has the city awash in bus-boat-foot tours, clogging the summer sidewalks, streets and river, I remember a "guide" on one of the boat tours who had, shall we say, a unique take on our town.
He would point to...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 9:44 AM
When he was just a boy, which was some time ago, Rick Fizdale would look through the front window of the car his father would drive south on the Outer Drive. Just past the North Avenue exit, that window would fill with a view of the buildings that form...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 12:11 PM
The bus idled in front of the so-called rock 'n' roll McDonald's across Clark Street from the Rainforest Cafe, and the tourists climbed aboard. You assumed they were tourists, because who else would be spending two hours of a splendid, sunny weekday...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:07 AM
Many years ago, when she was relatively new to the world of photography — to the world, actually, since she was only 7 years old — Stephanie Freid-Perenchio went on a family vacation to Yosemite National Park and, oh, let's let her tell the...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:29 AM
Poor Basil. He was assaulted by bears. And Kate? She was struck by an ax.
Xerxes was devoured by mice, Victor was squashed by a train, and little Neville met what may be the most painful and terrible fate of all. He died of ennui.
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:36 AM
The 86th Academy Awards were presented on March 2, and if you were among the estimated 43.7 million people watching the event on television you heard Jared Leto give an emotional speech accepting his best supporting actor Oscar and listened to John...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:10 AM
The relationship between taverns and writers (and other artists) has long been established and celebrated. It has also been derided, mostly by people who don't go to taverns.
The tavern — or bar, saloon, gin mill, dive, pub or whatever you want to...