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Critical Essay | Obituary by Howard Kurtz

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Mike Royko.
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Obituary by Howard Kurtz

SOURCE: "Mike Royko: Columnist, Curmudgeon, Character," Washington Post, April 29, 1997, pp. C1, C4.

[In the following obituary, Kurtz observes that while times changed, Royko remained the same—except for his house in the suburbs and country club membership.]

He was cantankerous, soft-hearted, infuriating, earthy, bull-headed, funny. He was loved. He was hated. He was read.

Mike Royko, who died Tuesday at 64, was more than a Chicago legend, more than a throwback to the days when columnists smoked, drank, hired legmen and chased dames. He was a writer who made people mad, a rarity in today's buttoned-down, ironically detached, cappuccino-sipping journalistic culture.

For me, the shock a couple of years ago was visiting Royko in his airy third-floor study, not on the gritty Windy City streets where he made his name but in the leafy suburb of Winnetka. There were backporch...

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