Author Archives: John Theodore

Opening Day

OPENING DAY By Sam Garfield Mickey Mantle’s muscles in the October sun. A Willie Mays basket catch, Sal Maglie’s chin music. Jack Quinlan’s boyish buoyancy, Vin Scully’s eloquence. Russ Hodges: “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! … Continue reading

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Homecoming

HOMECOMING By Sam Garfield May 7, 1955 (Chicago) –In all likelihood Mrs. Margaret Kelly Clark will arrive at the train station early, well before Bud. You see, five years ago her son left for Korea, and today he’s coming home. … Continue reading

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Shaping the Story

Shaping the Story An Urban  Novel. Once City, One Year. By John Theodore Discover the novel from author John Theodore about fictitious journalist Sam Garfield and 1958 Chicago at ShapingtheStory.com. Purchase the ebook on Amazon and be sure to follow Sam (@SamGarfieldChi) as he muses on Twitter.

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A Battle Brewing

A BATTLE BREWING By Sam Garfield Nov. 1, 1956 (Airwaves)—There’s a battle brewing at your own front door…and in your living room, too. And they’re fighting over you. It’s really not a battle yet…more like a skirmish. Americans still rely … Continue reading

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Skywatcher

SKYWATCHER By Sam Garfield Feb 25, 1958 (Edgewater Beach Hotel) –What’s it been, four months since the Russians launched their first Sputnik? Four months –shorter than a baseball season; one semester of school; about the proper amount of time to … Continue reading

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Going Home Again

GOING HOME AGAIN By Sam Garfield Nov. 27, 1958 (Lisbon Falls) —“You can’t go home again,” wrote Thomas Wolfe. How true. “Where’s Lisbon Falls,” you’re probably asking. It’s a mill town in southeastern Maine. Pretty enough, I guess, with plenty … Continue reading

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SHAPING the STORY

SHAPING the STORY: An Urban Novel. One City, One Year. Readers,   This new book is available for purchase through Amazon (ebook). Set in 1958 Chicago, the story revolves around Sam Garfield, a Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper columnist who suddenly, at age fifty-two, … Continue reading

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