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Every once in a while, I’m swept up in nostalgia and the very real memories of my youth: floating lazily in a cold, spring-water pond snugly tucked inside a multi-patched rubber inner tube; being chased by the gander in my grandparents' backyard;...
Opening Friday for a week's run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Jean Renoir's"Grand Illusion" marches in the opposite direction of grand set pieces or visual flamboyance. Its moments of poetry are many but (properly) fleeting, like the shot of the...
About eight years ago, Sam Rea planned to take his father to see the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He thought the trip would be an opportunity to honor his dad, but also a chance to bond and get answers to questions he'd always wanted...
Tags: Germany, Russia, Irving Park, YMCA, Trips and Vacations
Consider this scenario: You've been involved in a vicious lawsuit for five years. It has cost you $1.5 million, and that could double if it goes on. You know you're right. Your opponent is faltering financially, and there's an excellent chance the judge...
Tags: Crime, Law and Justice, Laws, Justice System, Lawyers, Judges
Janos Starker, one of the greatest cellists of all time, also a distinguished teacher and prolific recording artist, who played principal cello in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for five seasons during the 1950s, died Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., where he...
I showed up at the door of a Greenway home I've admired for years. Charles B. Reeves — who goes by "Sprat" — greeted me with his enthusiastic welcome: "Delighted." For the next 90 minutes I tried to take notes about his version of the...
"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on...
The primary purpose of Memorial Day is no longer to honor Americans killed in battle while serving their country. It's to cater to clucks who want a three-day weekend to better facilitate fun. There. I hope that satisfies Gloria Martin of Slatington,...
I wrote Saturday about a Hanover Township, Northampton County, man who has a piece of what he believed to be the Hindenburg's skin. Once I saw the item and the accompanying letter — which was dated two years before the Hindenburg was destroyed...
They didn't know each other before the war. But loss united them, and friendship helps sustain them. "Every one of us wants our child to be remembered," said Sue Pollard, who, like her friend Debi Win'E, lost a son in Iraq. "Our main thing is to do...
In early April I was privileged to view a televised news story celebrating the arrival of the first cell phone 40 years ago. That antiquated gadget was a large, cumbersome piece of equipment — quite expensive and only affordable to a limited...
There's an old army barracks ballad, "Old Soldiers Never Die." Likely you're familiar with it thanks to Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The old war horse famously quoted it in his farewell speech: Old soldiers never die; they just fade away. I imagine those...
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