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The Death of the Playboy

Saturday, September 30th, 2017
The year was 1970. I was in the eighth grade at St. Mark’s school in Peoria. I remember the day like it was yesterday. One of my classmates — I’ll call him Paul — brought a Polaroid picture to school to show to his friends. Paul and I were the same age — 13 years old. The person in the picture was the girlfriend of Paul’s… Read More

My Millennial College-Graduate Daughter

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
My daughter Teresa (21) graduated from college in May of this year. Prior to her graduation, she sent out resumes and lined up several interviews. As the interviews progressed, a handful of companies became interested in her, which created a dilemma: What if she had a certain company in mind that she really wanted to work for and another company made… Read More

The Death of a Storyteller

Saturday, May 27th, 2017
During the summer of 1986, I attended a seminar in Chicago that was hosted by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. At the time, I was 29 years old. The seminar had been promoted as featuring the top “Superstar Trial Lawyers” in the country. The speakers included Gerry Spence, Philip Corboy, Joseph Jamail, and Richard “Racehorse” Haynes. I was familiar with… Read More

Death of the Star Wars Princess

Saturday, December 31st, 2016
princess-leiaI remember it like it was yesterday. It was early June 1977. I was 20 years old. I had completed my sophomore year in college and was home for the summer working as a laborer for a construction company. All of a sudden, everyone was talking about Star Wars, the new movie that had been released at the end of May. The movie had… Read More

A Champion in the Marketplace

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
[caption id="attachment_2852" align="alignright" width="300"]simone-biles Simone Biles – 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist[/caption] Georgette and I were married on June 15, 1980. A month later, she became pregnant. When she began to feel movement, she started praying, singing, and reading aloud so our unborn son could hear her. After he was born, Georgette continued to pray, sing,… Read More