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Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.

Jul 20, 2024

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About Mary Theresa Schmich

Mary Theresa Schmich

Mary Theresa Schmich

Mary Theresa Schmich is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune .

Born in Savannah, Georgia, the oldest of eight children, Schmich grew up in Georgia, attended high school in Phoenix, Arizona, and earned a B.A. from Pomona College.

After working in college admissions for three years and spending a year and a half in France, Schmich attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune, at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Tribune. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta.

Her column started in 1992 and was interrupted for a year during which she attended Harvard on a Nieman Fellowship for journalists.

In addition to writing her column, Schmich is also the current author of the long-lived comic strip Brenda Starr and has worked as a professional barrelhouse and ragtime piano player. [ citation needed ]

About four times a year, Schmich and fellow Tribune metro columnist Eric Zorn write a week of columns that consist of a back-and-forth exchange of letters. Each December, Schmich and Zorn host the "Songs of Good Cheer" holiday caroling parties at the Old Town School of Folk Music to raise money for the Tribune Holiday Fund charities.

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