Happy Thanksgiving To You and Yours

A Very Foutz Thanksgiving, 1949 As a writer, what turns me on about genealogy is the stories you uncover. And it's a bonus that the characters starring in them are bound to you by blood. The intimacy of it -- their history is yours, too -- is what tantalizes. Not necessarily the dates and thrice-so-and-so-twice-removed... Continue Reading →

Here We Go Again: Another Browns Season

Throwback: Browns Football Misery is Timeless It's season-opening Sunday once again in the NFL, and that means a full slate of aerial battles, bone-jarring hits (as long as they're head's-up), ankle-breaking jukes and coaches popping a forehead-vein, usually in the postgame presser. Oh, and renewed heartbreak for Cleveland Browns fans. I am under few illusions... Continue Reading →

Enjoy the Fourth – Responsibly!

Party Like There's a Tomorrow on July 4 We had a saying in my hometown: "Stay out of the police log." My wife's family also has a saying, right before waving you goodbye on a long trip: "Drive carefulment." I've added a certain levity to that last saying by pronouncing it, "au franzay": drive carefoomaw. But... Continue Reading →

Getting to Know The Green Machine

10th Anniversary: Building the Green Machine I can still picture my desk in the Naperville newsroom. One of three I sat at during my five years there. This was close to the beginning of my tenure as city reporter, during a hectic 2004 when I took over the desk behind me, too, to stack files... Continue Reading →

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