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Pat Piper has made a career learning something new. As a journalist in the news business, “something new” occurs every hour so he’s becoming an expert at understanding stuff he never thought about. Learning became a common word in “Future Talk: Conversations About Tomorrow” (Warner Books), the popular book he ghostwrote with Larry King as […]

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    Emptiness

    By on January 16, 2021 in See It Here

    I’ve worked in journalism for more than 4 decades (five, if you count an interview I did in high school with a WLS disc jockey named Larry Lujack).

    This includes inaugurations.

    Ronald Reagan was sworn in for a second term in 1985 when the temperature was 7 degrees and the event was moved inside to the Capitol rotunda. From the Department Of No Kidding (also called “DONK”), it’s different now.

    I stood on a side street looking at the Capitol yesterday, while  thinking of the crowds I saw during an inauguration, including the last time when the topic was how many more people showed up as compared to Obama. We should have seen this coming.

    I remember conversations with complete strangers, many speaking in broken English, as we looked at the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome. It was a moment of “us” here in the U.S.

    The optimist inside says it will happen again. The pessimist says yeah, but it’s going to take a long time. Put another way, different people need to talk to each other because though they are looking at the same thing, they are seeing it differently.

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