Executive Speech Writing: Corporate, Celebrity, Fundraisers

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Two Deaths in the Family: Eugene Sawyer, John Stroger

The news in Chicago is quietly sad. Before this Mayor Daley, and after the last Mayor Daley, we saw a few mayors. Among them was Eugene Sawyer. And in the middle of it all was Cook County Board president John Stroger.

Both men are dead, and Chicago is a little smaller.

I will not presume their families read this blog, but my condolences to them. Monday's newspaper will be grim.

Former Mayor Eugene Sawyer Dead At 73
Sawyer died at Hinsdale Hospital at 11 p.m. Saturday; he had suffered a series of recent strokes, the most recent in November, and he was hospitalized Friday with heart problems, his brother, John Sawyer said. Sawyer was 73.
John Stroger dies at 78 Chicago Tribune

John Stroger, who rose through the ranks of local Democratic politics from assistant precinct captain to powerful ward boss to become the first African-American elected Cook County Board president, died Friday after a long illness.

Mr. Stroger was best known for his efforts to expand county-provided health services to the poor, exemplified by the hospital that bears his name. But his tenure also was marked by criticism that he was an old-style politician who put a priority on using government to help his friends and family members.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Frigid Cold Begets Frigid Fingers

Frigid cold begets frigid fingers, rustling papers dryly, miserably. Wind chills are achingly numbing, painful and unrelenting.

A gift received recently was a coffee shop card from someone just stopping by for a Chicago Tribune. It was awfully decent of her - the five bucks bought me three coffees.

I gave one of those coffees to my friend Jimmy who stood shivering while telling me all his latest adventures. He makes up some of his adventures, but some are truer than the true ones, so it all gets hard to sort out. He's not quite what I'd call an honest man, but he is loyal and truthful about the important things.

The News
There's a massive story that is not talked about enough. Bobby Fischer is now arguing chess position with the chess master Himself. No longer is it a cake walk for Bobby. He's dead.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Chicago Sun-Times and the Mafia

Sometimes, a newspaper gets smaller. Such is the fate of the Chicago Sun-Times. Smaller size, smaller staff. I wish I sold more papers too, guys, but here I am, fighting online because people are buying fewer where I am.

Editor and PublisherDeparting 'Sun-Times' Biz Editor Miller Says Newsroom Mood Actually 'Improving' Despite Cuts

The News
The Chicago Bears are out of the playoffs. They never made it in.

Mafia thugs are taking a hit in their home city of Sicily, Italy.

Web, crackdowns weakening Mafia's grip.

These are not men who love their families, and certainly not their God. These extortionists are like the terrorist pigs in Iraq and elsewhere who are scamming to kill their neighbors.

To the men protesting: You have honor. The Mafia is less than the scum between your toes. Stay strong.

PALERMO, Sicily - When it came down to business, Cosa Nostra could always count on fear.

No more.

In a rebellion shaking the Sicilian Mafia to its centuries-old roots, businesses are joining forces in refusing to submit to demands for protection money called "pizzo."

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Make a Difference in 2008, Write a Letter to the Editor, Rose Bowl

Hawking newspapers brings me to read a lot of what's what on the matters that matter. One thing I see dying out is the good letter to the editor. Too often, the ones writing these things are PR reps from this campaign or that. Or, they are just a flaming, ranting idiot with all emotion and no brains.

So I'm saying, figure out something you believe in and write a letter to your favorite newspaper. Then, of course, come by my corner and buy five copies for your mother. She needs to see she raised you right.

Seriously, do this. You'll feel better. A letter hardly answers all of life's problems. We'll still have terrorism, corruption, and bums in office. This is hardly the only thing you can do, but it is relatively easy. Local papers, like the Daily Herald, are very open, and the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times love the everyman view.

Put the PR writers out of work. There's enough crap coming out them supporting the big money scams like Big Tobacco, Big Abortion, Big Pharmaceutical, Big Guns, and Big Politics. The Little Guy needs to speak up.

The News
The University of Illinois Fighting Illini are fighting today in the Rose Bowl against the University of Southern California Trojans (for a funny look at Cindy Sheehan's protest, read this satire)

Shop Political T-shirts and More at CafePress.com