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Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 09:37 pm
Reboot, remake, homage, rip-off, call them what you will, films that recycle old ideas have been with us since the early days of cinema.  If it’s successful once on the silver screen, studio...
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 06:08 pm
For no particular reason, and for every reason in the world, I thought I'd share with you something H. L. Mencken wrote almost a century that could have been--should have been -- written yesterday.As...
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 11:59 am
 I'm working on a column about the life of Springfield attorney and public citizen Logan Hay.Most of today’s Springfieldians who have heard of Logan Hay know him because his name was attached ...
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 11:02 am
Ford, Hawks, Hitchcock, Scorsese, Eastwood and Spielberg, as well as too many other filmmakers to count, have returned time and again to familiar themes to explore at various points in their careers...
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 10:18 am
I'm writing about cemeteries this week.My focus is Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery, world-famous for being the final (one hopes) resting place of Lincoln and his family. But anyone who's driven in...
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 09:22 am
 In “How high can you go?” (Nov. 16, 2017) I looked at the various proposals to lure Amazon’s proposed second national headquarters to Chicago.           ...
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 04:37 pm
 In Business as usual” (Nov. 9, 2017) I looked at, por rather down on, the new economic development initiative known as the Sangamon County Project. There is more to be said. The focus of ...
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 03:11 pm
 In “Stellar! Stellar!”—a column lumbered with my lamest title ever—I explored the new fund drive to help build the University of Illinois’ Springfield campus. For space reasons I wa...

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