The following appeared in the final issue of EXTRA Bilingual Newspaper on Dec. 18, 2015.
While putting together our final print edition, I had the chance to dive into EXTRA’s 35 year history, where I discovered a few interesting things.
In college I was an intern at Extra News, a weekly newspaper focused on Chicago’s Hispanic community. Since graduating and working for other publications and marketing jobs I’ve continued to freelance with the publication on and off over the years.
Last month the publisher asked me to act as Extra’s guest editor and thanks to my performance he offered me the managing editor position when it became vacant in October. Being able to cover Chicago has been my dream since Adentro de Pilsen closed its doors and I took a marketing job out of Elmhurst to pay the bills.
And even though I’m back reporting on the city I love, I’m still going to be covering Niles for The Bugle in a freelance capacity.
So next time you’re walking by an Extra “honor box” be sure to pick up a copy and flip through it. This week our cover story is on how Chicago and Illinois officials are partnering with federal officials to screen for Ebola at O’Hare. Ω
“The last thing the Hollywood establishment wants is for someone like me to do well in their backyard…I think we nailed it.” – Phil Pitzer, on the production of his vanity project “Easy Rider: The Ride Back.”
Good? Good. It get’s better.
Pitzer spent what seems like a personal fortune to finance the film. He also appears to be actively morphing himself into Peter Fonda.
Dear readers, go down this internet rabbit hole. I implore you. I implore all of you. You will not be disappointed. Ω