Friday, August 31, 2001

Great job w/ Soldier Field column

Chicago Friday 8/31/2001 1030

David Greising, Chicago Tribune

Mr. Greising:

Thanks so much for your column of Wednesday, August29, 2001,"Soldier Field in need of civic intervention". It'seven better than Blair Kamin's. Your two-worddescription of the Bears/Soldier Field monstrosity("disastrous decision") is the best I've seen.

Wasn't the main reason for subjecting the ParkDistrict to state legislative oversight in 1934 was tominimize local political mistakes in managingChicago's park system? And now the Legislature can'twait to jump on the worst parks decision since 1934.

I just hope your column can help fix things beforeit's too late.

Arnold H. Nelson


Tuesday, August 28, 2001

Knots and miles per hour

Chicago August 28, 2001 Tuesday, 0900

Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist at WGN-TV

Dear Tom,

Your column today (Tuesday, August 28, 2001,)answering a reader's question about the relationshipof knots and miles per hour says:

"One knot means one nautical mile per hour and isequivalent to 1.1508 statute miles, our common unit ofmeasurement."

One knot certainly means one nautical mile per hour,and one nautical mile means 1.1508 statute miles, butone knot is not equivalent to 1.1508 statute miles;one knot is equivalent to 1.1508 statute miles perhour.

Your column is just about the first thing I read inthe Tribune every day. Keep up the good work.
Arnold H. Nelson 5056 North Marine Drive Chicago 60640

Saturday, August 4, 2001

Chicago Tribune 'L' train graphic

Saturday, August 4, 2001 10:52 AM

Stacy SweatAssoc. Managing Editor/Design and Graphics
Chicago Tribune

Ms. Sweat: In another outstanding Tribune graphic(this one on the front page of the Saturday, August 4,edition on the Brown/Purple line elevated train accident Friday morning) there is a problem: The drawing shows two sets of tracks (quite clearly on thebottom of the drawing, very clearly on the top) but according to the 'direction of travel' indicator arrow, the trains are shown to be proceeding on the left hand track. Was the illustrator simultaneously working on a drawing of the Union Pacific Northwestline car/train accident on the same morning? UP commuter trains in the Chicago area do run on the left(an obscure, but interesting, reason for that,) but CTA trains run on the right.

You and your staff do a great job. I always lookforward to the graphics.

Arn Nelson 5056 North Marine Drive Chicago 60640 773-728-0047