April 10, 2005

Say it ain't so! Royko's son charged with attempted bank robbery

A son of the late Tribune columnist Mike Royko was arrested Friday after he allegedly attempted to rob a Northwest Side bank while claiming to be armed with a bomb that turned out to be phony, authorities said.

Wow. Mike Royko was, and still is, probably my all time favorite columnist. I'd buy the Trib just to read his stuff. This is really too bad.

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At 4/10/2005 10:52 AM, Blogger porchwise said...

Royko was far and away the best columnist of his time. He inspired me to become a columnist and I enjoyed five years of knocking them out. I would like to see someone publish a collection of his columns.

At 4/10/2005 11:13 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You're in luck. There are already several compilations out and a couple books about him available. A quick search of Amazon shows two books about Royko, "Royko, a Life in Print" by F. Richard Ciccone, and "The World of Mike Royko" by Doug Moe, John Kass.

Books by Royko are:
"One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko"
"For the Love of Mike: More of the Best of Mike Royko" which is apparently the latest,
"Slats Grobnik and Some Other Friends"
"Dr. Kookie, You're Right!"
"Like I Was Sayin'"
"Sez who? Sez me"
"I May Be Wrong, But I Doubt It"
and of course, his classic "Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago" is still in print.

I've read all of them except the Best Of's

At 4/10/2005 1:50 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

As I understand it, Slats Grobnik was driving the getaway car.

At 4/10/2005 8:26 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Royko senior must be flippin in his grave....

At 4/10/2005 9:01 PM, Anonymous RodReport said...

Yeah but Hinky Dink McKenna and Bath House John were the brains behind this heist

At 4/11/2005 3:19 AM, Blogger Truthbait said...

Royko was good, but what was so literary about "who just got off a plane in Chicago" and "where did he eat?"

Further, his son, obviously suffering from some sort of mental anguish is human "SURPRISE!"
If in this information age we are going to start deriving sensational information from the lives of erstwhile reporters' kin and their tribulations, then soon we will be watching CNN for daily updates about the sensational news event of Goofy taking Mickey mouse to court because Donald Duck is in a 10 year coma and he wants to pull the plug.

As far as great dead reporters, here is one that really used the written word to all its literary potential; Sidney J. Harris look into his work and you will never go back.

At 4/11/2005 4:41 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Harris must be great. I can't even find anything of his listed on Amazon. A few of his quotes pop up on quotation lists however.

I had to look forever to find that he apparently wrote for the Sun-Times at some point.

For my money, Royko will always be da man.

At 4/11/2005 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

now we can all celebrate that they've caught the infamous anonmyous blogger! oh wait ...

At 4/12/2005 1:44 AM, Blogger Truthbait said...

Sad.....you must not use amazon or gooble for researching that is purely inadequate.

Try this:

Accoona.com this is an intelligent search engine, type in Sidney J. Harris and then learn.


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