Different Slants

Seeing the World from a New Angle

Chicago Bob Gets His Gun…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 8:13 pm on Saturday, July 24, 2021

Chicago Bob Gets His Gun by Robert M. Katzman © July 24, 2021

In 1967, when I was 17 and working at my wooden newspaper shack in Hyde Park seven days a week and late into the night, a number of cops I’d befriended over the first two years I was there expressed concern for me.

My relationship with the police developed in a gradual way. First when I arrived at the corner and was 15, they were amused that a kid who appeared reasonably well educated would ever consider doing such miserable work, because of the terrible weather conditions in Chicago, seasonally. Also because of extreme amount of crime in Hyde Park that happened after sunset, like ferocious wolves coming out to prowl, that even the University of Chicago’s private police force and Chicago’s 21stDistrict Police Department could just barely keep under control. 

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Chicago Iceman: 1930…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 8:46 am on Saturday, July 17, 2021

By Robert M. Katzman © August 10, 2014

Galesburg, Illinois antique store

Rickety shop by a ripening cornfield

Dirty windows, cracked glass

Door with a spring that slammed against my ass

As I edged inside

Gloomy, long wooden tables 

Seemed to me even the shadows had shadows

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A Lapsed Methodist, A Mongolian Buddhist and a Reconstructionist Jew Walked into a Chicago Kosher Bakery…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 11:59 am on Friday, July 2, 2021

By Robert M. Katzman © July I, 2021

No, you haven’t heard this one:

A Lapsed Methodist, A Mongolian Buddhist and a Reconstructionist Jew Walked into a Chicago Kosher Bakery.

There was a petite dark-haired, dark-eyed woman behind the counter with a strong accent. When we asked for kosher brownies for our 99-year-old-friend waiting in the car, she replied, 

“Oh sorry! But the synagogue just bought ALL of them!

I noticed her accent, asked if she was from Europe and she looked at me and said, 

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Hair-Cut Cross Examination…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 8:26 am on Monday, June 28, 2021

by Robert M. Katzman © June 28, 2020

So, I wanted a fast cheap haircut,

‘Cause I ain’t pretty ‘n I don’t care,

So I went to this local joint to do it

Clip, clip, gone!

One guy there

Not smiling,

So I figured great

Place’s empty

In ‘n out

And the guy asked me what I wanted

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Grampa So Loved his Lemon Tree…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 9:18 am on Friday, June 4, 2021

By Robert M. Katzman © June 4, 2021

Grampa Warman sure loved trees

I watched him as a child

On the South Side of Chicago

Come to my house

Dragging tree after tree after tree

Behind him, with his strong hands

Dig wide deep holes

Then plant them

Pear, Apple, Plum

And water them

Then stand back 

Look at them

And smile

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What About the Olive people?…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 6:51 am on Saturday, May 8, 2021

By Robert M. Katzman © May 8, 2021

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Who decides which colors 

Are in the “rainbow” of humans?

Where is the Committee of Shades?

A shady group

If ever there was one

How can so many billions of persons

Be of so few tints of flesh?

When did our Politicians

Become Chagall, Monet and Van Gogh?

There is a reason a word

Such as ‘ridiculous’ exists

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