In Memoriam: Bob Schwabach

Bob examining his birthday cake from newsroom colleagues. (Inscription on the cookie, “Write if you get work.”)

Only a few people make me wake up in the middle of the night and laugh. This is about one of them.

I was living in Chicago in the 1980s when there were still two big daily papers, the Sun-Times (blue-collar, South Side) and the Trib (white collar, North Side). Local columnists, many of whom drank at the Billy Goat Tavern (of later SNL fame) were local heroes: Mike Royko, Studs Terkel, Bob Greene, and others.