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 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion    November 14, 2019 

The Nostradamus of 1953 | Chuck's World

Does the name Doug Forcett ring a bell? I’m not suggesting it should. I had to look it up, and I’m writing this thing. Doug Forcett is a minor character on the NBC sitcom “The Good Place,” whi...

 

Canceling our subscription to sleaze | Chuck's World

I run a small business, and I need widgets. You’re the owner of a widget factory. I’m me. You’re Bob. Hi Bob! My customers have become accustomed to quality service and products. They expect...

 

Watching for the scary part | Chuck's World

I should just take the week off. I don’t know anything about Halloween. Apparently I was sick the day they explained it. I understand the basics. I remember some fun Halloweens as a kid, going trick...

 

Living with ourselves when truth gets tricky | Chuck's World

It was a special day in my family when the diaries arrived. At some point in the 1970s, we were sent little journals from Nielsen Media Research to manually record what we watched on TV. For one...

 

The virtues of living virtually | Chuck's World

For someone whose summers are typically low-key seasons, this past one was an anomaly in the sense that I lost it. I spent about a month traveling this summer, making several trips, and I’m...

 

The kids are all right | Chuck's World

I’ve been reading your mail for 18 years. I just realized that sounds sort of illegal. Let me clarify. I’ve been writing this column for 18 years. A few weeks following the attacks of Sept. 11,...

 

The summer of '74 | Chuck Sigars

I’ve been exchanging text messages with an old friend lately, “old” as in old. We met when we were 15, 46 years ago this month. Maybe on this very day, who knows? I didn’t make a note in my...

 

Boldly going back to the future | Chuck's World

I suspect that most of us have a sense of the history we don’t really know. We grow and move beyond simple, chauvinistic attitudes about what happened in the past, elementary school lessons seen...

 

Breathy deeply and remain concerned | Chuck's World

At some point around the middle of last century, my father began to smoke cigarettes. He would have been around 13, although I’m just rounding off anecdotes for convenience; I don’t have an exact...

 

Falling into grace, one step at a time | Chuck's World

Summer in the Northwest is abstract, only minimally tethered to the calendar. Summer weather seldom gets going until mid-July, but the season starts when you decide it does. I suspect we all recognize...

 

Keeping it clear and vivid for as long as possible | Chuck's World

I'd like to state for the record that I consider Alan Alda to be a national treasure. I'm going to write a bit about Alda, so I wanted to be up front about my personal feelings. I should probably...

 

Lessons learned from a lifetime of Augusts | Chuck's World

"History never repeats itself," Mark Twain once said, "but it rhymes." Of course, if you believe the internet, Mark Twain said everything worth saying. Aside from a couple of nods in the direction of...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 31, 2019

This is how you go home again l Chuck's World

It’s an unremarkable place, even by the standards of nondescript architecture. A low-slung building with what appears to be a tin roof, a tourist stop just an hour away from the Grand Canyon, Black...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 24, 2019

Sexagenarian is not just a funny word l Chuck's World

Yearbooks have lost most of their power now. What used to shock me on the rare occasions when I ran across them, the stray moments preserved in handwriting, the DNA pressed between the pages, has...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 10, 2019

Looking at the big picture through older lenses

We entertained a couple of friends from out of town a few weeks ago, although I’m not sure how entertaining we were. We didn’t tap dance or anything. It wasn’t unusual. A high-tech conference...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 3, 2019

A modern life in airplane mode

A quarter of my life has passed without my father being around to hear about it. I used to enjoy calling him on Saturday nights, catching him up and just chatting about whatever, and for months after...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 26, 2019

Taking the first step

I heard two ugly travel stories last week, not very soothing as summer season takes off. Both involved planes that were supposed to be flying, and were not. Both of these people shared some details...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 19, 2019

Being in the dark, for a good reason l Chuck's World

On Sunday, Jan. 17, 1965, I joined my brother and sister in front of our black-and-white TV set to watch the annual showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on CBS. I’ve been alive long enough to...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 12, 2019

Drop the toast and walk away slowly

I stopped eating sandwiches about 15 years ago. It was a peculiar life choice, as up until then I considered no food completely edible unless it could be placed between two pieces of bread, including...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 5, 2019

Everything old is new again l Chuck's World

One cold winter’s day, wearing a bulky coat, I walked down a grocery store aisle and my sleeve brushed a display of wine glasses. There wasn’t enough contact to cause breakage. The metal snaps on...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 29, 2019

Recalling the ephemeral age

I have a confession to make. I skim the news a lot more than I used to. I didn’t have to confess that to you specifically. I just felt like I should tell someone. Because keeping up with current...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 15, 2019

Making history the old-fashioned way

John Tyler was our 10th president, the first one not born an English subject, and the namesake of Tyler, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. I suspect most of Tyler’s 100,000 residents are...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 8, 2019

Pass on the password, please l Chuck’s World

It occurred to me a few years ago that if I’d known, as a little boy, that in the future I’d use so many passwords every day, I would have imagined a much cooler life. I’d be Steve McQueen or...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    May 1, 2019

‘Endgame’: Marvel at this l Chuck’s World

I gave a friend a ride to the grocery store the other day, and while I was waiting for him to check out, I walked over to the DVD kiosk to look at titles. I never rent a film from one of these, but...

 
 By Chuck Sigars    General    April 24, 2019

I can see clearly now l Chuck’s World

I discovered a truism this morning, which is when I usually run across them. Life stops making sense around 1 p.m., in my experience, so the early mornings are when I look for insight breakthroughs....

 

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