ARTS & OPINIONS
The past month has been cause for endless melancholy.
As I compiled archives, I was struck by the intellectual
depth of those around me. I am so completely average. In
this final publishing, take a moment and consider the
diversity presented by these talented writers. It is awe
Unfortunately, not all of the contributors received their due
in this finale. Allow me.
When the time came for addressing race and the pall of
violence that embraces much of our city, there was only
one person to tackle it, Steve Buschbacher. My friend
gave us a riveting essay on the fate of young Antonio
Smith, murdered by a culture. Steve also chimed in with an
article for the acclaimed EDUCATION issue in May.
Greg King was the first contributor for SCIENCE as he
took us to the Cape for an up close walk through. He
flexed musical muscle with his picks in new material in our
first MUSIC feature. When it was darkest here at the desk,
Greg offered not only technical guidance, but a lift to the
spirits and the encouragement to carry on.
Lori O'Brien wrote an Oak Park travelog during the
Rena Church exhibited the height of surrealist
consciousness with her spectacular paintings.
Tom Zucker...oh man. Tom went after the political rubric
as an activist, just as he always has. Over many months
Tom offered timely and salient views on national and local
The “Sports Oracle”, Tom DeMichael. Between the
several books Tom is writing at any given time, he never
hesitated giving love to the national pass time. There is no
better baseball analyst in any publication in Chicago. For
thirty years this magnificent human has been one of my
closest of friends.
The ubiquitous Hannah Frank displayed the soul of an
artist in her every endeavor, music, art, prose, poetry.
Doctor Darlene Erickson gave true insight to the
Westy Foss brought the most complete Vegan
sensibilities and recipes to his articles.
The Studio Rat – that pesky critter will always remain the
pseudonym of choice for every recording engineer, and
proudly so. I hope new things came your way.
I have a personal message to all of the contributors:
Look at this wonderful thing you did. Your names will
always be synonymous with the best of humanity and the
light of knowledge in my life.
This final issue is for the ages.
We will come together again.