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WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN BABY BOOMERS RETIRE
By Richard Frisbie
E. Gordon pondered his current book, he was thinking of a 2010
"crossroads" that will be reached when 79 million
Baby Boomers retire.
But his publisher
decided that a "meltdown" would have more sales potential
than a mere "crossroads" so the book title is The
2010 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis.
of authors at the Oct. 10 SMA meeting in the Chicago Athletic
Association understood perfectly the advantages of greater sales
Gordon, a polished
speaker accustomed to addressing corporate and government leaders
as well as university classes, said that only 40 million Generation
Xers are coming along to replace the retiring Baby Boomers.
And, in general,
they will be less educated, less skilled. He said the current
high school graduation rate here is only 52 percent.
The result will
be a mismatch between high-skill jobs that can't be filled
with qualified workers and low-skill workers who can't
find jobs, "techno-peasants."
be living in a world without enough people who know how to keep
all our fancy technology working.
to the skilled trades as well as to health care, manufacturing
and information technology.
the average age of airplane mechanics is 52 and the nationwide
shortage of welders has already grown to 100,000.
including India and China, also face problems with workplace
demographics, but Gordon foresees a threat to America's
position in the world and standard of living.
that the public school system was developed to cope with the
vast influx of immigrants at the beginning of the 20th
He said that
business and government must now combine forces to restructure
education to deal with modern needs.
is no such thing as good, cheap education...minds are the real
Gordon, a Ph.
D. in psychology and history, is president of a management consulting
firm that advises public and private agencies "on change
and performance issues." He has written 16 books.
HOW TO GET YOUR BOOK REVIEWED
who does publicity for a living (see Pages 2 and 3) besides
writing his column for Literary License and the SMA Web
site, will lead a panel discussion of how to get editors to
pay attention to your book. Joining him will be:
West, an editor in Chicago Tribune Tempo section.
She's also edited the paper's WomanNews section and been an
assistant editor in the Books section. Before joining the Tribune
in 1994, she held a variety of editing positions at the Chicago
Sun-Times and the Kansas City Star.
the editor and founder of the literary webzine Bookslut.com.
She has written for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Book
Standard, the Chicago Reader, the Washington Post,
Guardian and other
Reed, Chicago Sun-Times Books Editor.. Prior to her
appointment in June, Reed was a project reporter at the paper
and broke many stories involving disabled veterans. Reed is
the author of Unveiled: The Hidden Lives of Nuns, which
involved more than four years of research. She has worked at
a number of newspapers across the country where she won many
awards for her investigative reporting, including the Harvard
University Goldsmith Prize.
Where: Chicago Athletic Assn., 12 S. Michigan Ave.,
When: 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. program, Tuesday,
Reservations NOT needed. Public invited. Reception
and presentation $5 for nonmembers. SMA members and teachers
and students with ID free. Snacks and cash bar.
Other Coming Events
Bradbury Chronicles and the Life of Ray Bradbury.' Introduction:
Tom Frisbie, SMA President. Speaker: Sam Weller, winner of the
SMA's 2006 biography prize for his biography of the noted Ray
Bradbury science-fiction writer.
literature, details to come.
and Writing Biographies of Dead Artists." Introduction:
Tom Frisbie, SMA President; Jim Schwab, Program Chair. Speaker:
Gerry Souter, president of the Midwest Writers Assn. and co-author
with is wife of 34 books, including adult biographies on artists:
Frida Kahlo, Alexander Calder, Edward Hopper, Diego Rivera and
details to come.
Annual Banquet and
on the third Wednesday of each month: September through June,
By Carol Jean Carlson
Poet and Artist in Duet
Offen has teamed up with New York City artist William Anthony
in his new book of poems, Off-Target (d'cypher Press,
2006). Offen's poems have been published in over 100 literary
publications, and he is the founding editor of Free Lunch:
A Poetry Miscellany.
work can be found in the collections of many museums, including
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney
Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Over the years,
each man created a work in response to that of his collaboratora
drawing would inspire a poem, a poem would engender a drawing.
The result of the collaboration is a book that is at once humorous,
weird and yet profound.
A Double Play
has been good to Richard Lindberg. Two of his books have come
out in a single month: Total White Sox: The Definitive Encyclopedia
of the World Champion Franchise (Triumph Books) and Shattered
Sense of Innocence: The 1955 Murders of Three Chicago Children
(Southern Illinois University Press, part of the Elmer H. Johnson
and Carol Holmes Johnson Series in Criminology) with co-author
Gloria Jean Sykes. The latter is the story of the infamous Schussler-Peterson
OTHER MEMBER NEWS
One and Another
is updating his book Hollywood on Lake Michigan for Lake
Claremont Press for publication in 2008. And he's recently
signed with the University of Michigan Press for publication
of his true crime book Terror in Michigan: the Bath School
Bombing of 1927.
Two at a Time
Bial, author and photographer in Urbana, Ill., has two new books,
just out. Nauvoo: Mormon City on the Mississippi River
(Houghton Mifflin) is a photo essay.
A Tale of Lake Superior (Bluehorse Books) is a mystery for
ages eight and up.
On the Money
author of our column on book promotion, was Bill Moller's
guest on WGN radio's The Money Show on Sept. 23.
Subjects listed for discussion included: Using past successes
to drive your future career or business goals, working with
others to advance your dreams, recognizing that the road to
success is paved with appreciation, being honest with yourself
before promoting yourself to others, avoiding short term gains
that could hurt your long-term life vision.
has worked in public relations for more than 15 years. His clients
appear in media outlets such as: CNN, The New York Times,
National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today
and Good Morning America.
TC Public Relations, is located on Michigan Avenue in downtown
Chicago. It serves book authors, law firms and entrepreneurial
businesses in the Midwest and across the country. He's
promoted best-selling authors such as Andrew Greeley and John
Maxwell, and books from publishers such as Yale University Press.
He's also worked on civil rights and free speech cases.
Prior to starting
his own public relations agency, Ciesielka was the marketing
director for the Museum of Broadcast Communications where he
produced and promoted exhibitions on the development of American
soap operas, rock & roll music on television, and Walt Disney's
innovations in broadcasting.
proud that he's represented both "kings and queens."
Andrea Nierenberg, known as the queen of networking and Frank
Yankovic, America 's Polka King. In 1995, Ciesielka won
an Emmy Award for the national PBS documentary special he produced
Janet Souter's book from Random House, to be released Oct.
17, is The Founding of the United States Experience.
This slip-cased hard-cover oversize volume recounts United States
history from 1763 to 1815. The illustrated volume contains 33
removable reproductions of historic documents.
gathered all the 200 plus illustrations and material from archives
around the country in addition to writing the text. They needed
not only the fronts of the archival documents, but--when possible--the
backs as well. Also included is a 70-minute CD featuring reenactments
of voices and events produced with the help of a radio production
workshop held at Columbia College.
Has Expertise, Will Travel
as an editor for the American Planning Association and author
of environmental books, has become much in demand as an expert.
He sends in
the following speaking schedule:
15, I will be presenting The Evolution of American Planning
for Post-Disaster Recovery' at the International Symposium
on the Development Experience of Post-Disaster Reconstruction,
a bilingual Chinese-English conference in Taichung, Taiwan.
that, I will be presenting a workshop on planning for wildfires
on Nov. 2 in Denver for the Backyards & Beyond conference of
the national Firewise program.
keep things hopping, First Unitarian Church of Hyde Park in
Chicago has me speaking Oct. 15 at 11:45 a.m. on Anticipating
the Phoenix : Planning for Recovery After Disasters.'
accepted a Jan. 21 date to keynote the workshop, Out of
the Rubble: Transportation and Land Use Community Resilience
and Recovery' as part of the Transportation Research Board
annual conference in Washington , D.C. , Jan. 21-24, a rather
big production that draws about 10,000 people.
that, I am a keynote speaker also for the Feb. 8-9 conference
in New Orleans , Disaster Planning for a Carless Society,'
focusing on evacuation issues connected with natural disasters."
Documentary to Repeat
of Holland, Mich., is looking forward to new attention for the
documentary based on his book, Surviving Auschwitz: Children
of the Shoah (originally published as Kinderlager
(a 1998 SMA award winner). The book was reissued as Surviving
Auschwitz when the documentary went national, via PBS, last
spring. It's supposed to be broadcast again in April 2007.
Editorials Win Award
Journalists Association has given Steve Huntley an award for
his editorials in the Chicago Sun Times about clout and
payoffs in city and state government.
A Tale of the Goat
RECENT NEW MEMBERS
Billy Goat rocked Sat. afternoon as friends of Rick Kogan gathered
to celebrate the publication of his charming new book, A
Chicago Tavern: A Goat, A Curse, and the American Dream.
Rick happily stepped aside to let his high spirited, curly-haired,
blue-eyed daughter Fiona --to whom the book is dedicated--take
That was the
report on a listserve maintained for former staff members of
the Chicago Daily News.
were held Oct. 13 and 14 in Chicago's famed Billy Goat
Tavern for Kogan's book,
that very oasis and the colorful characters who have frequented
it over the years.
Historian Leads Tours
currently promoting his new 384-page book, Chicago: Metropolis
of the Mid-Continent, Fourth Edition, at local libraries,
churches and other locations as well as bookstores, also leads
popular tours of historic sites.
On Oct. 31 he
will serve as guide for members of the Arlington Heights (Ill.)
Evangelical Free Church on a day-long tour of Chicago's
historic religious institutions.
the Daily Herald that Chicago's churches, mostly
built by immigrants, help tell the history of the city and its
immigrants who built them, they were part of their fabric of
Cutler is former
chairman of the geography department at Chicago State University."
Book "Performs Sterling Service"
Weekly speaks well of Joseph Epstein's newest book,
Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide (Atlas/HarperCollins,
Eminent Lives Series):
performs sterling service in marshaling the vast amount of material
on this enigmatic 19th-century Frenchman, and gives
readers a clear understanding... Tocqueville is much more than
a source of useful epigrams and half-remembered misquotes."
By Thomas Frisbie
Margaret Beaton is a freelance writer, editor and author.
Her books include Syria (Children's Press, 1998), Senegal
(Children's Press, 1997) and Oprah Winfrey (Children's
the School Library Journal said: "Beaton discusses
the totalitarian government objectively, explaining both the
good that President Hafez-al-Assad's government has done Syria
and the drawbacks of his regime. She does not flinch from discussing
Syria's backing of terrorism, but her factual presentation gives
a political and international context to it, fitting it into
a larger arena."
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