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November 2008

9 years
ago

 

The Scene at the Tribune Tower Lobby

It’s day three of post-election/pre-inauguration, and people are still flocking to the Tribune Tower like we’re selling iPhones. We’re not. The folks in the lobby are selling commemorative Chicago Tribune papers announcing Barack Obama’s win, and there are lines nearly every time of the day. I leave for lunch and have to cut through the line. Leave after work and have to cut through the line. Dr. Beat Soltermann (yes, that is a real name) is a Swiss radio reporter who was in town covering the election, and he couldn’t…

9 years
ago

 

From the Outside In

I didn’t make it into the media pen, and I didn’t get to the party I was supposed to cover in time, so, at about 9:30 p.m., my election night coverage was looking pretty skimpy. Somehow, in all the crowds that were wandering around downtown, I managed to hook up with a few friends on Michigan Avenue, and we decided—wholeheartedly and foolishly—to cut to the center of the “overflow,” that is, the tens of thousands of people who were loitering on the eastern end of Grant Park looking at Jumbotrons and stepping on each other’s feet…

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