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Mary Beth Hoerner



MY BRUSH WITH A CUB: Most recently, it was with Ron Santo at his restaurant. It was one of those pleasant surprises when someone turns out to be as nice in person as you had imagined.


FAVORITE ALL-TIME CUB: Over the years, I have really grown to admire Ron Santo. I really can’t get enough of him on the radio now. He doesn’t hide his disgust. I like that in a person. Kerry Wood is also very unselfish with his time aside from being a great player. I’m sick that he’s gone.


WORKING ON: Second installment of a theatrical trilogy set in the Southwest in the 1950s. The first was Atomic Honeymoon, which was produced at the Cornservatory on Lincoln Avenue in 2007. The second uses the Roswell Incident as a springboard for a greater exploration of UFOs. “The UFO play was supposed to be funny, the lightest of the three,” Mary Beth says, “but my research has left me pretty much afraid of my own shadow.”


DAY JOB: Aide to a local politician (who has to remain nameless as the political farce is forthcoming).


LITERARY FIGURE I’D HIRE TO MANAGE THE CUBS: Samuel Beckett. Godot never comes, you know, so I think Beckett would have the temperament.




MOST CHERISHED CUBS MEMORY: 1979. Cubs v. Phillies. Bleachers. This time, with Katie and her boyfriend. I brought a hotel bell, the kind that requires a light tap on the top, and I dinged the life out of it every time the Cubs got so much as a ball. So by the time the game was over and the Cubs had scored 22 runs, the Phillies fans around me had plotted my death. BTW, the Cubs lost, 23-22.


BEST PIECE OF CUBS MEMORABILIA: It’s my sister’s. An I-HOP place mat with the faces of the ’69 Cubs in little baseballs.


THE CUBS WILL WIN IT ALL IN 2009 BECAUSE: The Leprechaun told me they will.


THE CUBS WON’T WIN IT ALL IN 2009 BECAUSE: Take your meds, Man.


Want more Mary Beth?

Read "Atta Girl," Don Evans' profile of her

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You have to believe in yourself . That's the secret of success.
One's real value first lies in to what degree and what sense he set himself.
-G-Star jeans

August 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMartha Johnson

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