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The world of Mike Royko /
Doug Moe ; introduction by John Kass.
imprint
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c1999.
description
xii, 115 p. : ill.
ISBN
029916540X (alk. paper)
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Book
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author
imprint
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c1999.
isbn
029916540X (alk. paper)
catalogue key
3324822
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Doug Moe writes a column six days a week for The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. He has twice received the Golden Gavel Award for outstanding journalism from the State Bar of Wisconsin, and in 1998 and 1999 he was voted "best local columnist" by readers of Madison Magazine. He lives in Madison with his wife and children.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"One of the 25 most important Chicagoans of the century."- Chicago Magazine
“One of the 25 most important Chicagoans of the century.”- Chicago Magazine
"Through the years my family filled many of his columns, some critical and some supportive. But whether you agreed with him or not, you had to respect his honesty and his love for the city. No one captured Chicago like Mike Royko, and his many fans will savor this book capturing his colorful life."-Mayor Richard M. Daley
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Booklist, November 1999
Chicago Tribune, January 2000
New York Times Book Review, January 2000
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Summaries
Publisher Fact Sheet
A photographic biography of Chicago's great journalist.
Unpaid Annotation
Pull up a stool, tap a beer, and immerse yourself in the world of one of the twentieth century's most celebrated journalists. This abundantly illustrated biography is the first account of the colorful life of newspaperman Mike Royko, the Pulitzer prize-winning columnist who personified Chicago in all its rough-edged charm, yet whose talent was appreciated by readers around the world.In columns for the Chicago Daily News, then the Chicago Sun-Times, and finally the Chicago Tribune, Royko's biting wit was syndicated in more than 600 newspapers, and he was courted and feared by national political figures. He was even the inspiration for the John Belushi role in the film Continental Divide. But Royko's beginnings could not have been more humble. Raised in a flat above a tavern on Chicago's Polish Northwest Side, Royko -- like the marvelous character he created in his columns, Slats Grobnik -- was a street-smart wiseguy, tending bar though barely a teen.Drawing on exclusive photos, letters, and interviews with Royko's family and friends, author Doug Moe, himself a daily newspaper columnist, chronicles Royko's remarkable rise to prominence. Seemingly destined for jail or the morgue, the young Royko enlisted in the air force and found his calling after lying his way into a job on the base newspaper. The blunt humor that was his sword as a writer was evident early, but readers will also meet another Royko, a sensitive and often insecure man who wrote more than 100 letters home to the sweetheart he would later marry, who loved classical music as well as neighborhood bars, and who was devastated by his first wife's death but made the most of his second chance at marriage andfatherhood.Royko honed his knowledge of Chicago politics as a reporter for the legendary City News Bureau before meeting the grueling challenge of a daily newspaper column. In 8,000 columns spanning thirty-four years, Royko's most frequ
Main Description
In this biography of Chicago's great journalist, Moe chronicles Royko's rise to one of the best-known names in America. 120 photos.
Main Description
This illustrated biography is the first account of the colorful life of Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winner, best-selling author, and legendary journalist who personified Chicago in all its rough-edged charm. Drawing on exclusive photos and interviews with Royko's family and intimates, the book chronicles Royko's rise from a "flat-above-a-tavern" youth-raised above a bar on Chicago's Polish northwest side-to one of the best-known names in American journalism. Readers will get the inside scoop on Royko's epic battles with Mayor Richard J. Daley and other politicians and his hilarious columns featuring "Slats Grobnik." They'll also meet a softer, largely unknown, side of Royko, through the love letters he sent to his wife-to-be from an Air Force base in Washington State. More than 100 photos-many never before available to the public-capture the man and his times. Millions of readers-in 800 newspapers around the world-followed Royko's work and life. In The World of Mike Royko-he lives again.
Main Description
This illustrated biography is the first account of the colorful life of Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winner, best-selling author, and legendary journalist who personified Chicago in all its rough-edged charm. Drawing on exclusive photos and interviews with Royko’s family and intimates, the book chronicles Royko’s rise from a “flat-above-a-tavern” youth-raised above a bar on Chicago’s Polish northwest side-to one of the best-known names in American journalism. Readers will get the inside scoop on Royko’s epic battles with Mayor Richard J. Daley and other politicians and his hilarious columns featuring “Slats Grobnik.” They’ll also meet a softer, largely unknown, side of Royko, through the love letters he sent to his wife-to-be from an Air Force base in Washington State. More than 100 photos-many never before available to the public-capture the man and his times. Millions of readers-in 800 newspapers around the world-followed Royko’s work and life. In The World of Mike Royko-he lives again.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. x
"Flat-above-a-Tavern" Youthp. 3
Glory Days at the Daily Newsp. 31
Success and Sorrow at the Sun-Timesp. 69
Tower of the Tribunep. 93
Honors and Awardsp. 112
Bibliographyp. 113
Credits and Permissionsp. 114
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