| Aug 7, 2005
WHILE WE WAIT for Congress to figure out what it is going to do with Rafael Palmeiro and Major League Baseball's flawed drug policy, it might be a good time to point out something very important.
Congress isn't entirely blameless in this mess.
| Nov 21, 2013
The small and medium towns in the Midwest and the Great Plains region aren't so different from any other part — rural, urban or in between — of the United States. Half the people don't talk much, while the other half chatter to fill the...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:42 AM
June Squibb, who looks exactly like a June Squibb, is short and stocky, with a round, kind face. That warm exterior, however, distracts from the tougher, Midwestern matter-of-factness that seems to rest just beneath. She does not appear to be the type...
| May 15, 2014
| 11:20 PM
They were only a dozen minutes from survival, a dozen minutes from playing one more game, a dozen minutes from keeping the magic alive and the season in play.
But it was, finally, a journey too far, a hill too steep, a dozen minutes too many.
| 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...
| Feb 23, 2013
Like to laugh, don't care why or where. Don't care the occasion, formal or otherwise, though the formal ones always — to quote Jack Nicholson — "bring out the devil in me."
Like to laugh with people and at people and for people, which is...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Oscar hosts are supposed to be irreverent and edgy, otherwise they are instantly accused of boring us silly. So Seth MacFarlane must have been surprised by the rolling backlash from his performance at last week's Academy Awards.
In a gathering storm...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 11:54 AM
Stars of "Saturday Night Live," even the complicated ones born and raised in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, don't tend to move back and take up residence in Ukrainian Village. Manhattan usually proves seductive, and then there is the siren...
| Jun 13, 2010
Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times magazine, March 29, 1998
I am just steps out of John Wooden's condo when I realize he has, once again, transformed me into Jack Nicholson, gazing across the dinner table at Helen Hunt. Wooden has made me want to be...
| Mar 3, 2013
Jerry Buss may be gone, but Jerry Buss hasn't gone anywhere.
Jerry Buss may have died on Feb. 18 at age 80, but Jerry Buss lives.
When watching the Lakers makes you howl, when watching the NBA makes you smile, when watching anything in professional...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 9:50 AM
Make no small plans.
Said Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Probably. Certainly, at some point, in the mid-1970s, while the Chilean filmmaker was trying to get his gargantuan Hollywood adaptation of Frank Herbert's science-fiction novel "Dune" off the ground,...