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Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 10:27 pm
I sometimes wonder why actors and actresses chose to appear in the movies they do.  I’m sure some choices are made because of the size of the paycheck they’re getting, others are done in t...
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 09:52 am
A couple of years ago, an article appeared that claimed that there were no more movies stars.  The contention was that putting any actor or actress’ name above the title didn’t sell tickets a...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 02:31 pm
 In "Gathering nuts," I tried to pay tribute to that a string of Springfield men who played a surprising large role in the acceptance of oral history as a means of research into the past, ...
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 09:39 am
On my recent visit to the main campus of the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, the presence of Chinese, Korean and Indian students was marked. The university’s recruiting of the Asian...
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 09:08 am
Allow me to return briefly to the topic of metered street parking that I took up in September in "Parking smartly." A lot of people say to me, “We should have free parking, like Decatur.” ...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:21 am
There’s a sense of anticipation in Mike White’s Brad’s Status, one that unfortunately is never realized.  The writer/director’s previous films – among them The Good Girl, School of Ro...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:20 am
 I am among those many Americans who believe that this country needs more immigrants, not less. (See this column and this column and this column.) I recommend to you therefore a stimulating ...
Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 04:06 pm
 Reader John Paul of Prairie Archives points out that my account of smart phone parking apps in “Parking smartly” (Sept. 14, 2017)  was misleading. Downtown street parking spaces a...

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