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Don't wear your best clothes to negotiate with this guy. Community organizer Josh Hoyt, on Listening to America (Channel 11, July 28): "Maybe it's because I'm from Chicago, but my experience is if you don't get down in the gutter and kick and scratch and bite and claw and make your point, then nothing happens. You get down in the gutter and then, when you finally get up, they say 'Let's be partners.'"

There was nothing new at Comiskey Park today, but now we take you live to our reporter at Robert Taylor Homes... Barbara Reynolds in Extra! (July/August): "At every home-team baseball game, there are the same players, same ballpark, same uniforms, same rules. But the media would never conclude that coverage should shut down because there's nothing new. Somehow, though, the standard that would never be applied to sports is the rule of thumb for covering cities: Ho hum, they're still poor--old story, no news."

The smell alone would be devastating. From a local newsletter: Having to stay in bed during pregnancy "not only [concerned] me personally, it had the potential to reek havoc on my professional life."

Oh, say, does that blue-and-green banner yet wave... "On April 21 of this year," writes Eric Sandhusen in Chicago Federalist (Summer), "World Federalist Association chapters all across the country took part in 'Earth Pledge' Ceremonies, raising the Earth Flag and the United Nations flag with the US flag. In Chicago, we chose a more provocative symbol: adopting as our motto 'E Pluribus Unum!', we chose to raise the Earth Flag and UN flag above the US flag.... As President of the Chicago chapter, I was surprised to hear so much objection and outrage to this simple idea--especially since a lot of it came from within our ranks!... In fact, it is consistent with our ideas that we should be citizens of the world first."

"How often do you think you can trust the results of public-opinion polls?" According to Northern Illinois University's Ellen Dran (Illinois Issues, July), 55 percent of people who are 18 to 34 years old answered "most of the time" or "almost always"--the only population group in which a majority said that. Hmm--I knew there was something wrong with the school system.

At least 279 Sidewinder missiles were fired into Lake Michigan in the late 1960s--into a 288-square-mile area about two miles off shore between Port Washington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin (range 6903)--and some of these unexploded defenders of the free world still occasionally turn up in a fisherman's net. According to a March General Accounting Office report, "The location of range 6903 is shown on aviation charts but not on nautical charts. Further, while mariners can receive information on upcoming military exercises from the Coast Guard, no information is available on ordnance, unexploded or otherwise, which may exist in Lake Michigan. The Coast Pilot manual does not provide instructions on what actions mariners should take if they find unexploded ordnance."

This may hurt just a bit. "We get numerous complaints from dentists about tardy payments of dental claims [by the state]," Robert Rechner, executive director of the Illinois State Dental Society, told a state senate committee this spring. "Bills from last summer were being paid in February and March of this year."

So many sexists, so little time. Experiences described by attendees of the Chicago Foundation for Women's annual meeting last fall, quoted in its newsletter (Spring): "Within the last month, I was told by an executive recruiter not to introduce myself as 'Doctor' [and] to downplay my Ph.D. because it would 'turn off' executives in Midwest corporations."

"In union grievance meetings, anytime anyone swore, they always looked at me and excused themselves, or they'd stop in mid-sentence and change to 'goshdarn' as if my presence was somehow impeding the natural order of business."

"I'm a social worker with 20 years experience in a field dominated by women (in terms of numbers); the administrators, executives and board chairs are overwhelmingly men. This is especially ironic since from the beginning, the profession was pioneered by women."

First sentences we could never quite get past: "Of the 100 major Sports Halls of Fame, only the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame was spawned as an idea to be developed largely by volunteers..."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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