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20 years after his death, a few thoughts about Mike Royko

It was 20 years ago this month that I - along with everyone else in Chicago - woke up to the news that Mike Royko was gone.
Sometime in the predawn hours of April 30, that day’s copy of the Chicago Tribune, where Royko had been on staff since 1984, but had not filed a column in weeks because of a brain aneurysm, landed outside my apartment door.
I remember picking up the paper, seeing the headline, and cursing in the early morning darkness as I gathered my things for the daily El ride to work.
It seemed like everyone was ...


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