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Casual Fridays Radio Show airs each Friday at noon (and again at 11 p.m.) on Lakeshore Public Radio, WLPR, 89.1-FM, streaming at http://lakeshorepublicmedia.org/local-programs/casual-fridays/. Listen to previous shows at that site also.

If you care, they called him ‘Mr. Harold’

December 4, 2014

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The following column was first published in 2006, but its message is a timeless one and, sadly, still a timely one. The camera crews have fled. The reporters have escaped to the newsroom. The parking lot is empty again, like usual. It’s Tuesday afternoon at East Point Grocery on Gary’s east side and I’m probably […]

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Are you stuck in your boxcar of missed connections?

December 2, 2014

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Imagine you’re riding inside an enclosed boxcar of a speeding train through a foreign land. The boxcar has no windows, no openings, and is completely dark inside. The train is hurtling down the tracks, shaking you about, heading for an unknown destination… somewhere. In the rear of the darkened boxcar, near the floor, you spot […]

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One story led to a column, then to thousands…

December 1, 2014

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Upon request from a few readers regarding my availability for public presentations on Media Relations 101, here is my bio: Jerry’s journalism career began in 1995 as a reporter, political cartoonist and columnist. One story led to 100, which led to thousands more, each with a focus of shining a light on society’s darkest corners […]

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Let me put this in context for you

December 1, 2014

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Context. This is my underlying goal as a columnist, and this is a crucial yet often overlooked element in journalism, I believe. How does a news item affect you? What does it mean to you? Why should you care? Aren’t these the unspoken questions you ask while shuffling through your print newspaper or surfing through […]

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‘We stand at a watershed moment in male mojo ‘

December 1, 2014

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“We stand at a watershed moment in male mojo – free from past manly cliches and full of opportunity for any guy who’s willing to seize it.” This is the opening line from a Details magazine article entitled “The Remasculated Man,” an essay on my gender’s evolution into the 21st century. The article compared the […]

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The daily miracle… on my porch every morning

December 1, 2014

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Producing a newspaper each day has been called “a daily miracle” by people in the industry. But there is another daily miracle that takes place after the miraculous production of newspapers each day. Each morning, almost without fail, four different newspapers find their way to my front porch, and it’s a daily treat for a […]

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‘Please tell everyone I said thank you’

November 25, 2014

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Remember my request of birthday cards for a woman who turns 99 on Thanksgiving Day? Well, thanks to my readers and social media followers, Ruth Antrim of Chesterton has already received dozens and dozens of birthday cards, with more coming in each day (and even one gift left at her door). I visited Ruth on […]

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