akes me back. I lived in Chicago for several years and reading Royko was, for me anyway, a big part of being a Chicagoan. He loved Chicago and its people and reading him made you love them more yourself.

I imagine any Chicagoan can tell you where they were when they heard that Royko had died. I was walking to my car in the snow, carrying the Tribune that'd been left on my doorstep. I'd read his column as I waited for the engine to warm up. The headline on the front page brought the news.

I cried. Even now, remembering it, my vision is blurring. It was like losing my favorite uncle.

Thanks Mike, wherever you are.

Posted by: Jason at August 6, 2002 02:49 PM

Jason -- Read these Layne Tabloid.nt columns on Royko:

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 6, 2002 03:53 PM

Kurtz gave passing mention to the one newspaper that is still (at least) trying to get it right: The Miami Herald.

Check out the listing page for Miami Herald columnists: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/
Now check out the listing page for the LA Times columnists:

Which paper is more interesting to you? The one with Ron Brownstein, Steve Lopez, and "The City of Angles," or the one with Carl Hiassen, Andres Oppenheimer, Dave Barry, Dan Le Betard, and 38 others? While it is up in the air how much you or I agree with or love the Herald columnists, at least a few of them manage to come up with some compelling content every now and then. And I don't even live in Miami.

Posted by: Chris at August 7, 2002 12:37 PM

Barry's awesome. He wrote far and away the best daily stuff during the Democratic Convention, which I covered. Also, he's syndicated, yet isn't printed in any L.A. newspapers that I'm aware of ... guess Norah Vincent is more interesting.

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 7, 2002 02:25 PM
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