John Foreman

John Foreman

John Foreman: The irresistible Willie T. Summerville

One of these days, I'll meet the man who didn't like Willie Summerville. I'm pretty sure I haven't met him yet — and I can tell you I don't look forward to the day.

Willie T. Summerville — musician, educator, force of nature — died last week at the age of 72. I have a hard time believing that anyone ever exposed to him doesn't feel some sense of loss.

John Foreman: I just don't understand

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Sometimes, I think the more I know, the less I understand.

John Foreman: The industry of fake news

"The only problem with the internet is that you can't believe everything you see there." — Abraham Lincoln

Shucks, everybody knows that. (Most of you probably even know that joke.) But it's easy to forget sometimes. And an alarming number of young people, it seems, never really learned it.

John Foreman: The lesser of two evils

In a presidential campaign characterized by unprecedented firsts, I've noticed yet another.

It somehow seems impolite, this time, to ask someone who they want to be president, rather like asking if they might have a sexually transmitted disease or whether insanity runs in their family. People just don't talk about these things.

John Foreman: Sensitive and sensibilities

This is the time of year when America's college campuses bloom. Eager students return in droves to bask in what many recognize may be the best years of their lives. But not, it would seem, all do.

John Foreman: Three words, for eternity

I'm a cemetery junkie. I find it hard to drive by one of those tiny old graveyards carved from surrounding crop land without stopping, and I can spend hours better invested in temporal pursuits just wandering in search of interesting dates or telling epitaphs.

John Foreman: A journey with the living and to the dead

Gonna take a sentimental journey

Gonna set my heart at ease

Gonna make a sentimental journey

To renew old memories

An earworm, they tell me, is when a melody comes to mind and sticks, even long after whatever prompted it is past.

John Foreman: Ben, I think your republic is letting us down

Dear Dr. Franklin:

I hope you won't find me presumptuous in writing to you, but I thought someone needed to let you know what's happening. And, to be honest, I've always assumed you and I would be able to talk, one scurrilous old newspaperman to another, so to speak.

John Foreman: Dollars and sense for Big U

What with presidential campaign rhetoric reaching vomitous levels and state government frozen into insignificance, news junkies may be forgiven a touch of ennui.

If there is lemonade to be made from this, it's perhaps that we can focus our ruminations on matters more local — or what passes for local in this micro-urban 'hood we call home. And we can think big.

John Foreman: Rauner refuses to back down

Lament, if you choose, the hard-line approach to governance practiced by Gov. Bruce Rauner. But don't profess surprise at it.

Rauner, after all, is doing exactly what he said he was going to do — in pretty much exactly the way he said he was going to do it. His platform was both crystal clear and sufficiently compelling to carry every Illinois county outside Cook.