Saturday, April 09, 2005


Rob Royko, son of legendary Chicago writer Mike Royko, was arrested yesterday after attempting to rob a bank with a fake bomb.

Allegedly, Rob Royko has a problem with alcohol(among other problems, clearly), which would make sense considering his father was a notorious drinker.

For those who aren't familiar, Mike Royko was one of the most talented, humorous, and fight-for-the-little-guy writers you'll ever stumble upon. A true genius. He's also one of the Unknown Column's personal inspirations and favorite people. I would highly recommend heading to your library or bookstore and obtaining a collection of his columns. There are a few collections out there. You will laugh your ass off and shake your head at what was an amazing take on society. Few people could tear down the idiots and assholes the way he could with a typewriter and wit. Simply awesome. And his frequent tales of childhood, told through the eyes of the fictonal and hilarious Slats Grobnik, venture away from newspaper journalism and enter the world of pure literature, awesome literature.

Sad story. Here's hoping things work out for the Roykos.

Ironically, I can only imagine what the elder Royko would have written about a dude who tried to rob a bank with a fake bomb. It would have been funny.

Unfortunately, I was unable to find many of Mike Royko's columns online, but here are a few.


Blogger Jackie Chiles said...

Cocaine is a helluva drug.

In any event, kinda crazy that one of the Royko columns you linked to was about those baseball players swapping wives in '73 considering that Keg shared an anecdote from Vin Scully on precisely the same thing today in the Swamp.

9:39 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Isn't it the best thing in the world knowing that Royko's last column was about the Cubs?

10:14 PM  

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