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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert Greene  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Columbus, Ohio

-- Robert Greene on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bob Greene has lived in Illinois since graduating from Northwestern University in 1969. He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune until his retirement in 2002.

Biographical and Professional Information

Journalist, columnist, and writer. Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, IL, reporter, 1969-71, columnist, 1971- 78; Chicago Tribune, Chicago, columnist, 1978- 2002. Field Newspaper Syndicate, Irvine, CA, syndicated columnist, 1976-81; Tribune Media Services, Orlando, FL, syndicated columnist, 1981-90; Nightline, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC), contributing correspondent, 1981-90; National Public Radio, commentator. Contributing editor and columnist for Esquire, 1980- 90; columnist for Life, 1999-2000. Also served as fine arts lecturer, University of Chicago.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Be true to your school :
ISBN: 0345353943. OCLC Number:

Ballantine,. New York :. 1988, 1987.

He was a midwestern boy on his own /
ISBN: 0345376641. OCLC Number:

Ballantine Books,. New York :. 1992.

Hang time :
ISBN: 0312951930. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York, N.Y. :. 1993, ©1992.

Follows the star of the Chicago Bulls on and off the basketball court for two seasons, revealing Jordan's personality, his relationship with family and friends, and his private life, fraught with the rewards and trials of fame.

All summer long :
ISBN: 0312955081. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. New York :. 1995, ©1993.

To our children's children :
ISBN: 0385467974. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. ©1993.

The authors present techniques involving hundreds of questions which will provide material for family histories. The questions range from "The house of your growing up" to "Romance and relationships" to "Hard questions: Extra credit."

Rebound :
ISBN: 0451191579. OCLC Number:

Penguin,. New York :. 1996, ©1995.

Chevrolet summers, Dairy Queen nights /
ISBN: 0060959665. OCLC Number:

Perennial,. New York :. 2001.

The 50-year dash :
ISBN: 0385493010. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. ©1997.

Duty :
ISBN: 0380814110. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins Publishers,. New York :. ©2000.

The columnist remembers his father, who was a soldier in World War II, and tells the story of Paul Tibets, who piloted the Enola Gay.

Once upon a town :
ISBN: 006008197X. OCLC Number:

Perennial,. New York :. 2003.

The tale of American soldiers and the tiny town of North Platte, Nebraska, which welcomed these soldiers at their canteen.

Fraternity :
ISBN: 1400054656. OCLC Number:

[Three Rivers Press],. New York :. ©2004.

Contains interviews with former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan.

And you know you should be glad :
ISBN: 0060881941. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins e-books,. Pymble, NSW ;. 2006.

A highly personal true story of memory and the power of friendship from journalist Bob Greene. Growing up in Bexley, Ohio, population 13,000, Bob and his four best friends--Allen, Chuck, Dan, and Jack--were inseparable. Of the four, Jack was Bob's very best friend, a bond forged from the moment they met on the first day of kindergarten. They grew up together, got in trouble together, learned about life together--and were ultimately separated by time and distance, as all adults are. But through the years Bob and Jack stayed close, holding on to the friendship that had formed years before. Then, the fateful call came: Jack was dying. And in this hour of need, as the closest of friends will do, Bob, Allen, Chuck, and Dan put aside the demands of their own lives, came together, and saw Jack through to the end of his journey.--From publisher description.

Late edition :
ISBN: 0312375301. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©2009.

"In a warm, affectionate true-life tale, New York Times bestselling author Bob Greene (When We Get to Surf City, Duty, Once Upon a Town) travels back to a place where--when little more than a boy--he had the grand good luck to find himself surrounded by a brotherhood and sisterhood of wayward misfits who, on the mezzanine of a Midwestern building, put out a daily newspaper that didn't even know it had already started to die. "In some American cities," Greene writes, "famous journalists at mighty and world-renowned papers changed the course of history with their reporting." But at the Columbus Citizen-Journal, there was a willful rejection of grandeur--these were overworked reporters and snazzy sportswriters, nerve-frazzled editors and insult-spewing photographers, who found pure joy in the fact that, each morning, they awakened to realize: "I get to go down to the paper again today""--Jacket.


In 1975, Greene won the Associated Press'Best Newspaper Column in Illinois. In 1977, Greene won the National Headliner Award for writing the previous year's best column. In 1995, Greene was named Illinois Journalist of the Year. In the same year he was awarded the Peter Lisagor Award for Public Service Journalism for his reporting on courts failing children in need.

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