| Feb 12, 2013
| 2:08 PM
Some thoughts from the cheap seats about the Pope’s abdication:
The former Cardinal Ratzinger accepted the heavy mantle of the Papacy with great reluctance. He reportedly prayed not to be chosen for the role, convinced he was inadequate for...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 1:14 PM
Interesting that President Obama would pick the last liberal Republican president to hitch up his re-election campaign train.
Back in the day when I voted for Republicans for president, TR was one of my inspirations. He was strong, manly, handsome and...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 4:53 PM
“A Representative Life” was more than just a slogan for former Congressman Carlos Moorhead — it was his legacy.
That was the central message relayed during Moorhead's memorial service on Saturday, attended by dozens of friends, family...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 6:59 AM
Barry H. Landau has rubbed elbows with presidents, helped plan inaugurations, and claims one of the largest collections of Oval Office memorabilia outside museums and presidential libraries. His Manhattan apartment includes a collection of china from...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 5:30 PM
The two New Yorkers charged with stealing historic documents from Maryland were indicted federally Thursday in a far broader scheme in which prosecutors say they stole many more valuable manuscripts from museums in both states.
A National Archives...
| Aug 20, 2011
| 5:48 PM
Donald F. Munson grew up around politics, but it wasn't until he became a congressional page in the early 1950s that he decided to make a career of it.
The Washington County Republican, who served 36 years in the Maryland General Assembly, met Gerald R....
| Aug 17, 2011
| 12:42 PM
Unlike 2008, President Obama is doing everything wrong this year. He's acting like he's afraid of being direct, forceful, showing his anger. He's trying to sound casual ("No drama Obama") but he's coming off as a wimp. He's trying to make peace with those...
| Aug 20, 2011
Ralph Albertazzie's most memorable flight as President Richard Nixon's personal pilot on Air Force One was the final, history-making journey they took together.
Summoned to fly Nixon home to Orange County after the president resigned on Aug. 9, 1974,...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 10:00 AM
Considering all the political woes that have besieged Barack Obama in the third year of his presidency — including the disappointment in him many liberal Democrats have loudly expressed — you might expect he'd have a challenge by now for the...
| Aug 28, 2011
Interesting tidbits mined from 43 years of Tribune coverage:
•A special lighting system was installed at Soldier Field to accommodate the first game in 1934.
•Noble Kizer, the college coach for the inaugural game, and Bears coach George...
| Sep 18, 2011
It's hurricane season, as the East Coast doesn't need to be told in the wake of Irene. Here's a Category 10 set of facts:
1. Hurricane, typhoon or cyclone? It isn't as simple as you might think, according to the Atlantic Oceanographic and...