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On my last day in the Tribune Tower, I made a pencil rubbing of this quote

I did a five-foot wide pencil rubbing on my last day in the Tribune Tower

Goodbye, Tower. I just left the Tribune Tower for the last time. On my way out, I made a giant five-foot wide pencil rubbing. Here’s a four-minute video with me narrating its creation along with a time-lapse. Etched into the walls of the Tribune Tower lobby are famous quotes about newspapers and publishing. I did …

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Tribune Tower farewell speech by Bruce Dold. Tweet by @robertloerzel

Stumbling upon the Tribune Tower farewell speech given by the Chicago Tribune head editor

Well, I just happened to stumble upon the Chicago Tribune editorial floor right before the head editor gave a speech to the entire staff. I work on the 3rd floor with the advertising staff of the Tribune. Editorial is on the 4th floor. I was getting a routine snack at the vending machine on the …

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Tribune Tower flying buttresses

Why I’m not that sad to leave the Tribune Tower

Many of the Tribune journalists have been tweeting and writing emotional stories about leaving the Tribune Tower. The Tribune big columnists are writing some very poignant stories. Page two columnist John Kass, architecture critic Blair Kamin, Pulitzer-Prize winner Mary Schmich have all weighed in. Everyone seems to be so sad that we are leaving the …

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Tribune Tower with -30- flag, end of story, 1925-2018

Tribune Tower’s End of Story tshirt

In less than two months, the Chicago Tribune will be moving out of Tribune Tower, into the Prudential Building four blocks south on Michigan Avenue. From 1925 to 2018, we’ve been here for 93 years. And now we are leaving our beloved building. In memorial of our time here, Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis …

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2018 tulips in Chicago

Spring tulips break ground for my last year working in Tribune Tower

Since 2010, I’ve photographed the budding tulips across from the Tribune Tower. A quick trip across the street to Walgreens and I get the pleasant surprise of seeing the tulips. Or sometimes I would discover the budding flowers in the middle of busy Michigan Avenue while walking to work in the morning. Such things are …

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A secret locked closet in the Tribune Tower has one of my photos hanging up inside!

A secret closet in the Tribune Tower has one of my photos on display

The Tribune Tower has many locked doors leading to secret closets. Walk down any hallway, and you are sure to encounter a locked door that leads to a mysterious place. One of these such doors is on the 14th floor of the Tribune Tower where I have worked for 15 years. While going home late …

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How AJ Pierzynski goofed his Chicago Tribune ad

Two major mistakes AJ Pierzynski made in his Chicago Tribune ad for White Sox fans

8-year former White Sox player A.J. Pierzynski is a class act to run a full-page ad for local fans in the Chicago Tribune at the end of 2012. I tip my hat to him. But I also give AJ two tips: 1) No true Chicagoan calls it “Chi-town.” Only people who aren’t from Chicago call …

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