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Nice Fall Day (2020)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 10/13/20 (10:20pm)

Nice fall day. Leaves in bloom(?). Roscoe walking north on Sheridan (Chicago).

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1st Reference Session of the School Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/9/20 (10:47pm)

First reference session (chat) of the school year! [Note: public access to library not yet possible. Everything done remotely from home.]

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After Reference, Take a Dip!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/26/20 (7:51pm)

Things to do immediately after your library shift (chat reference in my case): Hit the beach!

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Darn! Binny's Closed!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 6/1/20 (11:47am)

Binny's Closed! Now what?

Update (6/3/2020): "Binny’s Pledges to Reopen 11 Damaged Stores" (Sun-Times)

Update (6/11/2020): Yup, got drinks for the weekend!

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Today's Hike

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/28/20 (7:37pm)

Some beautiful shots from today's hike downtown to State & Roosevelt. (Actually the last one was when I got back home -- resting up & munching on a sandwich).

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Today's Story : Burger on Bench

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/3/20 (6:04pm)

Out on the green with a number from 5 Guys.

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Alas No ALA 2020

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 3/25/20 (2:03pm)

The news came out on Tuesday (3/24/2020): No ALA in Chicago this year :-(

Already for a couple of days, I was wondering if maybe the organizers were taking a chance: you know, maybe things would clear up by June. Apparently not. Below is the official announcement sent to members already registered for the event. There's always next year, I guess.

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Snack time at the RefDesk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/25/20 (6:54pm)

People at work were kind enough to bring in some munchies.

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ALA Annual 2020 in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/25/20 (9:13pm)

Yahoo! The ALA Annual Conference is coming back to Chicago! Me? I'm already registered.

Update (3/25/2020): Bummer, ALA Conference for 2020 cancelled! More here...

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Interview with WGN-TV

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 11/6/19 (10:36pm)

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 2019 was an important day -- or rather important evening. It was when WGN-TV broadcast the interview with me [link here] produced by the excellent reporter, Erik Runge. The actual interview took place a few days earlier at the DePaul Library.

The topic was my experience in West Berlin both before and after the Wall came down. The segment also included other witnesses both here and in Berlin. The fact that the reporter included so many other photos of me -- from my days in Paris to a shot of me in lederhosen at 4 years old holding on to Mayor Daley -- made the whole thing seem so much like a personal biography.

That said, I truly appreciate how the reporter let me have the last word. For so long the east side of Berlin was a symbol of oppression while the west side observed tolerance and liberty. It truly was a triumph of democracy -- something I shall never forget.

Update: Erik Runge and the good people at WGN-TV aired a follow-up segment on Thursday evening. The title was, "Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall Still Ring True, 30 Years Later" [link here]. As the title suggests, the piece looks at the lessons from this period together with what people born afterwards think about it. My own comment which they include was to agree that lessons were drawn but that people can forget them -- if only (one hopes) temporarily.

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