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Who says exercise won't improve your body? "When I began to jog five years ago my shoe size was an 8-1/2D," writes Leonard R. Janis in Sports Injury Forum (February 1988). "I averaged 25-30 miles per week and continued this for the next three years. As my jogging turned to running and my mileage became higher, I noticed that I didn't feel as comfortable in my normal shoe size anymore. . . . my foot type . . . had changed. What I experienced was a gradual and actual increase in the size of my foot. "

New horizons in architectural history. According to the Illinois Humanities Council, which surely knows better, the Vietnam Survivors Memorial at 815 S. Oakley consists of "10 cast iron columns removed from the Page Building, Chicago's only remaining 19th-century building."

"Tax money should not be used to erect religious symbols," insists executive director Jay Miller of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (Illinois Brief, April 1988). With one phone call the ACLU succeeded in getting the Chicago Park District to end a 20-year tradition of displaying a cross of Easter lilies at the Garfield Park and Lincoln Park conservatories. In response, more than 100 people wrote or called Miller's office in protest. "Several suggested there could also be a Jewish star displayed (a Jewish star of Easter lilies?). When it was suggested that only a Jewish star be displayed or a Muslim symbol (there had been a Christian cross standing alone for 20 years) callers recognized that could be offensive to Christians." It's the First Amendment, folks--don't leave home without it.

Remember South Africa? The apartheid government's censorship of media there is working, writes Richard M. Cohen in the New Republic (June 6). "The Western press, which once took chances and defied authority regularly, now often cowers in the corner, neutralized by a fear of angering the government and being told it has broken the law and must go. . . . South Africa has also fallen off the front pages of major newspapers and out of smaller newspapers." TV networks have declined to use film footage shot by independents and amateurs, and made available by a coalition of dissident network producers. The most damaging praise of all, however, comes from a right-wing Johannesburg paper that "recently held up foreign news organizations as models of restraint in complying with government censorship."

Law 1, love 0. "There's nothing in the entire world like trying a case," personal-injury attorney Susan Loggans tells Today's Chicago Woman (April 1988). "Not even being in love comes close."

"A lot of my friends are artists. They just get deflated by negative criticism," regular reviewer Sue Taylor tells Steven Mannheimer in New Art Examiner (May 1988). "The only times I wrote negative reviews was when the artist was big enough to take it, or I thought someone was getting exploited." Like the audience?

"One woman who recently made a contribution to Chicago Foundation for Women told me it was the first time she had made a donation without her husband's permission," says Sunny Fisher in the CFW's newsletter (Summer 1988). "Look in your checkbook and see what you spent on your last pair of shoes. Some women spend $100 for shoes. But is that what they give to organizations?"

"What aligns [writers] with the predicament of the left is the sense of operating behind enemy lines," writes Lewis Lapham in Harper's (May 1988). "Books have so little to do with the business of America that the author imagines himself traveling on a forged passport in a foreign country. . . . The vivid lights of the cities, the Babylonian architecture of the gilded office towers, the rain forests planted in the atria of the chrome-plated hotels--all proclaim the energetic faith of a people in thrall to the miracles of commerce."

Why are Wabash and Wells the most diverse shopping streets in the Loop? According to Philip Bess and Howard Decker in Inland Architect (May/June 1988), it's because the el tracks make the real estate there less valuable, so the small shops aren't priced out of the market. "Similar retail activities also exist along State Street, but probably not for much longer. High land costs in the Loop and the de facto absence of zoning regulations are conspiring to produce a downtown streetscape more and more like LaSalle Street, one virtually devoid of retail presence" and thus, ultimately, devoid of life.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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