So much for take only memories, leave only footprints.
Foreign Correspondents had little recourse when a memo from the Colonel (McCormick earned the rank of full colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II, having served in the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, with the 1st Infantry Division) came across their desk directing said correspondent secure a stone relic from an Ancient Temple in China’s Honan Province;
I gotta admit my palms were itchy during my visit to Giza's Pyramids several years ago. Great pictures and memories were my only souvenirs. And to think all this time I thought the armed guard with our tour group was there to protect us innocents abroad!
The times, they are a changin’.
Time was when money and might meant the sky, and obviously sacred antiquities, was the limit. And then the 21st century rendered the planet a global village, which equates to respecting the cultural heritage of our world-wide neighbors. Sounds fair enough to me. UNESCO got the ball rolling as early as 1970 with their Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.
I suspect the Colonel might turn over in his grave if he knew his grand Gothic legacy, the result of a brilliant 1922 publicity stunt/ international design competition with a gaudy $100,000 prize, is for sale. What will happen to this bastion of Middle America? For sure, the Tribune Tower’s future will be a far cry from its past.
What’s really sad is how newspapers are becoming an endangered species. Yes, I’m Old School struggling with my own issues when it comes to endangered species.
According to Philip Meyer, author of the book, The Vanishing Newspaper, the first quarter of 2043 will be the moment when newsprint dies in America.
Holy headlines, Batman! Say it ain’t so!
There is nothing finer than a lazy Sunday morning devoted entirely to devouring the Chicago Tribune, a croissant, and a cup of Earl Grey tea.
Who will champion the oppressed if not newspapers? Who will hold the city, the state, and the country accountable when the government goes to hell in a hand basket, again? How will renowned columnist John Kass try his cases in the court of public opinion without the Chicago Tribune for a platform? I love my Chicago Tribune!
If the wrecking ball is in her future, I got dibs on the stone from the Great Pyramid.
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