Tuesday, August 19, 2008

New York Times and Carl Sandburg

Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 06:14CDT
From: "Arnold Nelson"
To: "NYTimes Letters" <letters@nytimes.com.>
Subject: Shoulders

Chicago IL Tuesday, August 19, 2008 6AMcdt

Editors, New York Times


Your Thursday, August 14, 2008 sports section headline "Chicago Has Shoulders Broad Enough to Host Games" was great for an article on Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid. I mean, isn't Chicago commonly referred to as 'the city of broad shoulders'?

Well, you're not the first ones to assume that, but the headline probably got the great American poet Carl Sandburg spinning in his grave. He wrote the 1916 poem 'Chicago' describing it as "City of the Big Shoulders." And c'mon, New York Times, he was a Socialist, too.

Arnold H. Nelson 5056 North Marine Drive Chicago IL 60640

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