Young reporter[ edit ] Royko grew up in Chicago, living in an apartment above a bar. Air Force in The success of those columns earned him a daily column inwriting about all topics for the Daily News, an afternoon newspaper.
Young reporter[ edit ] Royko grew up in Chicago, living in an apartment above a bar. Air Force in He began his newsman's career as a Mike royko boss in for The O'Hare News Air Force base newspaperthe City News Bureau of Chicago and Lerner Newspapers ' Lincoln-Belmont Booster  before working at the Chicago Daily News as a reporter, becoming an irritant to the City's politicians with penetrating and skeptical questions and reports.
Career[ edit ] Royko covered Cook County politics and government in a weekly political column, soon supplemented with a second, weekly column reporting about Chicago's folk music scene. The success of those columns earned him a daily column inwriting about all topics for the Daily News, an afternoon newspaper.
His column appeared five days a week untilwhen he cut back to four days a week.
Royko commented that "No self-respecting fish would want to be wrapped in a Murdoch paper", and "[H]is goal is not quality journalism. His goal is vast power for Rupert Murdoch, political power". One notable book is Bosshis unauthorized biography of Richard J.
Daleya best-selling non-fiction portrait of the first Mayor Richard Daley and the City of Chicago under his mayoralty. Sinatra responded with a letter calling Royko a "pimp," which Royko then published in his column.
Generally, the Slats Grobnik columns described two men discussing a current event in a Polish neighborhood bar. Another of Royko's characters was his pseudo-psychiatrist Dr. Kookie eponymous protagonist of Dr. Kookie, purportedly the founder of the Asylumism religion — according to which Earth was settled by a higher civilization's rejected insane people — satirized pop culture and pop psychology.
Through his columns, Royko helped make his favorite after-work bar, the Billy Goat Tavernfamous, and popularized the curse of the Billy Goat. Billy Goat's reciprocated by sponsoring the Daily News's inch softball team, and featuring Royko's columns on their walls.
He produced more than 7, columns in a four-decade career. He also wrote or compiled dozens of "That's Outrageous! By the s he turned to national themes, often taking a conservative perspective on issues such as gay rights. After his death, he was inducted into the Chicago inch Softball Hall of Fame, an honor Royko's family insists he would have considered as meaningful as his Pulitzer.
In the closing seconds of "Royko at the Goat," the documentary by Scott Jacobs, Royko is heard saying, "The Pulitzer Prize can't compare" to hitting a home run.
Every spring he would devote a column to a "Cubs Quiz", posing obscure trivia questions about mediocre Cubs players from his youth, such as Heinz Becker and Dom Dallessandro.
Just prior to the World Series he wrote about the findings of another fan, Ron Berler, who had discovered a spurious correlation called the " Ex-Cubs Factor ". Berler and Royko predicted that the heavily favored Oakland Athleticswho had a "critical mass" of ex-Cubs players on their Series roster, would lose the championship to the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds achieved an upset outcome in a four-game sweep of the A's, with Royko's sponsorship propelling the Ex-Cubs Factor theory into the spotlight.Mar 21, · Mike Royko, who died 20 years ago this month, was a vital part of people's daily lives and the best newspaper columnist Chicago had ever known.
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