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Mike Royko In Love: The Letters

04/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Long before becoming an acclaimed newspaper columnist, Mike Royko was a young airman secretly in love with a beautiful gal from his Northwest Side neighborhood. From afar, "Mick" began to pour out his feelings in a torrent of letters that ultimately won her heart. Discovered after his death, they show glimmers of the wit and voice that would one day distinguish Royko's prose--and a romantic streak buried beneath the wise-guy exterior

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