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Phil Rosenthal
My Biography

Phil Rosenthal, the Chicago Tribune's media columnist, has been a working journalist since 17, when he talked his way into a regular freelance gig with the Waukegan News-Sun while still in high school.

As he earned his journalism degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rosenthal covered sports, spot news and media for The Capital Times in Madison, Wis. He spent 11 years at Los Angeles' Daily News, first as a sports writer, then TV critic and ultimately as a columnist whose work was nationally distributed by the New York Times News Service. He returned to his hometown and joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1996, serving as deputy sports editor, sports columnist and TV critic. He moved to Tribune to cover media in 2005.

No. He didn't know what was about to happen, or how quickly.

Career highlights include modeling swimsuits for Sports Illustrated supermodel Vendela, getting a manicure from Lorena Bobbitt, chatting up David Letterman, smoking cigars with Jack Paar and introducing his mother to Johnny Carson.

Rosenthal is virtually certain no one actually reads biographies all the way through, and would be flattered you made it this far.

An award-winning journalist, he once saved the life of one of his three brothers and may have been kicked off Lake Forest High School's newspaper. He was an extra in the Oscar-winning movie "Ordinary People" and, although it appears he wound up on the cutting-room floor, he did get paid and fed and can claim to be just two degrees from Kevin Bacon.

Rosenthal is married and has two young children who don't yet read his column but recognize his picture in the paper. They are not yet embarrassed to be related to him.

Rosenthal Field in north suburban Lake Bluff is named for Rosenthal's late father, a former youth baseball coach and elementary school board member, not him.

Phil's column appears in the Business section Sundays, Wednesdays and whenever events warrant, which occurs more often than you might think.
My Recent Articles

With egg prices high because of avian flu, someone's starting to crack 6/17/2015
Egg prices remain high because of bird flu. Humpty Dumpty is worrying friends with talk of being worth more dead than alive.

City to cheer Blackhawks' Stanley Cup, or did we give away too much? 6/16/2015
Details of Thursday's Chicago Blackhawks parade and victory celebration took time to work out Tuesday. Probably needed NFL permission to use the streets and parkland the city had given it.

Cambridge getting a Lego chair if all the pieces come together 6/16/2015
England's venerable University of Cambridge is considering a Lego professorship to study the role of play in education, development and learning. Despite those who see it being blocked, the Lego chair should come together in a snap.

Trump sign, Pizza Hut overkill and the art of provocation 6/12/2015
It's been about a year since the big to-do about the Trump sign on whatshisname's building overlooking the Chicago River. The sign itself hasn't quite completely faded into the background yet. Much of the rancor over it largely has.

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets virtually available 6/11/2015
The public, it was announced Thursday, will be able to get its hands on the much-anticipated consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in early 2016, and each unit will come with an Xbox One gamepad. Or so it will seem.