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Elegy to Tribune Tower, an Archaic Newsroom, and a City Editor “Extraordinaire”

June 16, 2018

Last week, the Chicago Tribune moved or should I say, vacated, the iconic Gothic landmark at 435 N. Michigan Avenue, known since 1925 as “Tribune Tower.”

I am one of an ever-dwindling cadre of former Chicago Tribune reporters, photographers, and editors who actually toiled in the “old” Tribune newsroom. I joined the paper in 1969 right out (more…)

Indie Book Sales Up; Traditionally Published Books Down

September 16, 2015

Something very significant is happening in the publishing world, and it may be the best thing that has ever happened to authors–especially those who choose to self-publish rather than run the rat race that is traditional publishing.

In the 18 months between February 2014 and September 2015, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), whose 1200 members include (more…)

Selected Works

Fiction
Book Three in the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy
Book #2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy.
Experience an extraordinary man's perilous and riveting journey from untamed 19th century Kansas to the mysterious Far East and elsewhere."
Nonfiction
The Compelling Saga of One of the World's Oldest Companies
Textbook
A guide to the Art and Craft of Journalism
A "how to" book for foreign correspondents
A primer on covering international business and finance