Set Goals, Keep Score…One Free Throw at a Time (x 100,000)

“Set goals, keep score, break records. Anything else is just exercise.” Fifteen years ago, I met a man named George E. Hood who not only introduced me to those words but embodied them from head to toe. We met shortly after Five Seasons Family Sports Club retained Inside Edge PR + Media to provide public relations […]

A (True) Pre-Christmas Story: Don’t Mess With Momma On the Train

The air was smoky. Yesterday morning, about 10 minutes after getting aboard the “el” bound for downtown Chicago, my wife, Bridgett, and I detect a mysterious cigarette smoke. We can’t identify the source. Figuring it must be some covert sneak-smoker we’re not able to spot, at the next stop we scoot onto the platform and […]

Remembering Keith J. Taylor: A Humble, Humorous Artist

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Keith J. Taylor when he appeared as my guest on “A Beer With Baron.” Humble, humorous and grateful, this talented cartoonist was a joy to interview. It was my first segment at One Lake Brewing, on the border of Oak Park and Chicago, after 10 BWB […]

Elmhurst man organizes relief for rural Tennessee county ravaged by tornado

Atop the front page of today’s Daily Herald is my story on a grateful–and giving–Elmhurst man, Butch Navarro. He was spared by a tornado that ripped through a small Tennessee community a week ago. In response, he is spearheading fundraising efforts for people there. As of late Friday afternoon, that gesture had spurred on more […]

Shaker Recruitment Marketing’s 70th Anniversary Offers Lesson in Resilience

“Since its founding in 1951, Shaker Recruitment Marketing has evolved to meet new challenges, including the current problem of attracting employees that cuts across many industries. However, some founding principles remain and likely will never change. They’ve been central to the success of this third-generation full-service recruitment advertising agency: “Make a friend, make a deal” […]

200 Rally in Opposition to Cancellation of OPRF Activities

As posted at Patch.com this evening…. About 200 people—students, parents, and other community members—rallied Saturday afternoon in front of Oak Park and River Forest High School to protest the cancellation of extracurricular activities for the next month. The cancellation was prompted by a recent increase in students testing positive for the coronavirus and came at […]

Dogged Determination: Guinness World Records Attempt at Largest Dog Wedding Ceremony

Four weeks ago, after a four-week organizational sprint, the Villa Park Community F.U.N. Commission tried to shatter the Guinness World Records title for the largest dog wedding ceremony. Though the effort fell short, between the encouraging local, national and international media coverage along the way, the lessons that organizers learned in the process and the […]

White Sox Coverage Rekindles Long-Dormant Sportswriting Passion

If you’d told me a month ago that I’d be covering a couple of the White Sox-Red Sox games at Guaranteed Rate Field, I’d have responded, “Yeah…and Leury Garcia will command one of the headlines with a walk-off home run.” Yet, there it is (below), my September 13th story in the Daily Herald on the […]

At the Heart of Field of Dreams’ Allure: Relationships

My relationship with baseball goes back 46 years—my first memories are of the 1975 World Series between my hometown Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. My relationship with the Field of Dreams goes back 32 years, when I saw the movie by that name when it came out. The film evokes so much for […]

Huppke column shows how easy it is for us all to spend Branson, Bezos money

“Let’s guilt Branson, Bezos and space tourists into making charitable donations before they leave Earth.” That was the headline of a recent column by Rex Huppke of the Chicago Tribune. In the piece, he sets forth a popular perspective: as the uber-wealthy Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson spend gobs of money on space travel, they […]