Mike Royko dominated Chicago journalism for a third of a century, as his newspaper columns entertained and occasionally riled the reading public. His book Boss, a brilliant interpretation of the life and times of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, is considered by many to be the best book about an American city politician ever written. Registration is still open for my class “Mike Royko’s Chicago” at the North Shore Senior Center. There will be two sessions, both Thursdays, August 3 and August 10, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. You may register online at http://www.nssc.org or call 847-784-6030
Mike Royko passed away nineteen years ago today. Hard to believe! My morning newspaper experience has never been the same. His column, on page two, was the first item that I turned to. Now my first read of the day tends to be either the obituaries, sports, or weather.
For thirty plus years, you would consistently find something witty, hard-hitting and satirical in a Royko column. Occasionally you would be surprised by how lyrical his words could be, revealing a softer and kinder nature, defying his gruff public image.
I believe that Royko’s Boss, an account of the life and times of Mayor Richard J. Daley, remains one of the best biographies ever written about an American politician. The Cliff Dwellers book club will be discussing Boss on Saturday May 28 beginning at 11:00 a.m. I will moderate the group. Although it is Memorial Day weekend, perhaps some of you who are in town and have some free time, would like to join in on the discussion, which promises to be lively and informative. Comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like to attend.