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The world of Mike Royko
Moe, Doug.
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Publication Information:
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [1999]

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xii, 115 pages : illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
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This illustrated biography is the first account of the colorful life of Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize winner, best-selling author, and legendary journalist who personified Chicago in all its rough-edged charm. Drawing on exclusive photos and interviews with Royko's family and intimates, the book chronicles Royko's rise from a "flat-above-a-tavern" youth--raised above a bar on Chicago's Polish northwest side--to one of the best-known names in American journalism.
Readers will get the inside scoop on Royko's epic battles with Mayor Richard J. Daley and other politicians and his hilarious columns featuring "Slats Grobnik." They'll also meet a softer, largely unknown, side of Royko, through the love letters he sent to his wife-to-be from an Air Force base in Washington State.
More than 100 photos--many never before available to the public--capture the man and his times. Millions of readers--in 800 newspapers around the world--followed Royko's work and life. In The World of Mike Royko--he lives again.

Author Notes

Doug Moe writes a column six days a week for The Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. He has twice received the Golden Gavel Award for outstanding journalism from the State Bar of Wisconsin, and in 1998 and 1999 he was voted "best local columnist" by readers of Madison Magazine. He lives in Madison with his wife and children.

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Booklist Review

Readers starved for Roykoisms since the columnist's 1997 death were treated to one kind of feast six months ago: One More Time [BKL My 15 99], a collection of columns compiled by his wife and journalist friends. A different but equally satisfying nosh awaits fans in this brief, lavishly illustrated biography. Moe, a daily columnist for the Madison (WI) Capital Times, draws on columns and the few interviews Royko gave, as well as his own interviews with family members, friends, and some of Royko's targets, to fill in the details of the Chicago writer's public and private life. Despite its brevity, The World of Mike Royko rings true: many anecdotes beg to be told in Royko's raspy voice, and his friends' concern is palpable when discussing his painful times, like the sudden death of his first wife Carol when both Roykos were in their 40s. There will no doubt be more comprehensive biographies written down the road; in the meantime, Moe's stories and exclusive pictures recall the best of Royko. --Mary Carroll

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. x
"Flat-above-a-Tavern" Youthp. 3
Glory Days at the Daily Newsp. 31
Success and Sorrow at the Sun-Timesp. 69
Tower of the Tribunep. 93
Honors and Awardsp. 112
Bibliographyp. 113
Credits and Permissionsp. 114