February 23, 2010, - 11:39 am
The only reality show I like is “Antiques Roadshow,” which unfortunately appears on PBS a/k/a Palestinian Broadcasting Service. And my favorite segment on that show is one in which an older woman brings in a letter from Frank Sinatra to Mike Royko, the late Chicago newspaper columnist and one of my all-time favorite social commentators. He was very pro-Israel, philo-Semitic (as was Sinatra), and saw the Muslims for the threat that they are, way ahead of his time. Plus Royko was blunt and pulled no punches, always refreshing in his political incorrectness, even when I didn’t agree with him. My father would always show me Royko’s columns.
The letter is priceless (though not literally), and was written by Sinatra after Royko wrote a column complaining that old ladies were being robbed on the streets of Chicago because the Chicago Police were busy providing free security to Ole’ Blue Eyes. Sinatra’s letter chewed Royko out. Royko wrote a column about the letter and offered it up for auction, with the proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
Apparently, the woman who won the letter, Vie Carlson, is the mother of “Cheap Trick” drummer, Bun E. Carlos. Now, she’s offering the letter–which “Antiques Roadshow” estimated to be worth about $15,000–for sale. She owns her own museum, Carlson’s Western Town in Rockford, Illinois.
Read some of Mike Royko’s best columns (they’re all good!):
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