Tag Archives: 1983

Fondly remembering Roger Ebert… nerdy kid in search of friends, childhood zine editor

I have very few regrets in life. One of the biggest is not pursuing an interview with writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Sun Times film critic Roger Ebert more aggressively. (He finds himself in the distinguished company on Don Knotts and Joey Ramone in that regard.) If you haven’t heard, Ebert passed away today at […]

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BALLE founder Judy Wicks on the origins of Urban Outfitters, the birth of the Localist movement, and the necessity of local ownership

Recently, while in Grand Rapids, I had the occasion to meet Judy Wicks, the founder of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, and the woman who, ten years ago, brought the Business Alliance for Living Local Economies (BALLE) into being. Since the meeting, we’ve been chatting by way of email… Here’s the interview. MARK: Having […]

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Be careful – you don’t want your paranoid delusions to go canceling each other out, do you?

I just received the following email from a relative. It suggests that Obama never attended Columbia as an undergraduate. Of course, if this is true, then it can’t also be possible that, some mysterious benefactor paid his tuition while at Columbia. And, he couldn’t have written that thesis arguing that the founding fathers didn’t intend […]

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