Sneed: Will first lady come here to pay respects to Hadiya?
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org February 4, 2013 7:54PM
First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Updated: March 6, 2013 6:29AM
A funeral note...
Hmmmmm: Is first lady Michelle Obama, who has yet to release her public schedule for Friday, hoping to attend the funeral that day for slain teen Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and killed Jan. 29 at a North Kenwood playground? .
◆Sneed hears rumbles Obama, mother of daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, has been in discussions about a possible visit to pay respects to the 15-year-old, but nothing is official or confirmed.
The power outage ...
Flip & switch: Pennsylvania-based company SMG, which manages the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans — where an almost 33-minute power outage hit the third quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl — also manages Soldier Field.
◆Translation: The company, which provides facilities management, is currently bidding to maintain a contract for Soldier Field.
◆Sneed is told a decision on the new contract for the firm, which is worth at least $320,000 a year, is set to be voted on at the next Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners’ meeting on Feb. 13.
◆Thus far, the blame game for the Super Bowl blackout has not centered on SMG — but is focused on energy supplied by the local power company, Entergy New Orleans.
The king’s the thing: The discovery of the centuries-old skeletal remains of England’s King Richard III will not only result in a royal reburial British pomp and circumstance style, but how much you want to bet the name “Richard” will become a favorite amongst Brit punters taking bets on the name of Kate Middleton’s bun in the oven — should it be a boy?
The Hillary file...
◆Incoming: New Secretary of State John Kerry must have thought long and hard before he jokingly made that comment about his predecessors Hillary Clinton, MadeleineAlbright and Condoleezza Rice, saying: “I have big heels to fill...” I know he meant well, but I’m getting awfully tired of comments that sound sexist to me.
◆Outgoing: Hillary Clinton did not accompany her hubby, former President Bill Clinton, to the funeral service Friday for former New York Mayor Ed Koch, where he delivered a eulogy. Clinton reportedly told former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, “[The] most important thing is Hillary’s better.”
A music note...
A recipe for a relationship? Brit actress Keira Knightley, who is engaged to the Klaxons’ keyboardist James Righton, tells Marie Claire magazine she isn’t all that into music. There ya go.
Former President George H.W. Bush, who had been languishing in a hospital for months until his recent release due to bronchial problems, is apparently doing well. He went out to dinner this past weekend.
A random note and observation: It was wonderful to hear late radio legend Paul Harvey’s voice again in the uber-Super Bowl commercial for a Dodge Ram truck, which didn’t have to be ridiculous and over the top to be spectacular.
◆Backstory: I grew up listening to Paul Harvey’s voice when I was a teenager being driven home during lunchtime by our neighbor, a high school coach. He always had his car radio tuned into Harvey’s daily report. It eventually became a wow moment for me when I wound up being mentioned on his show years later.
NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman stopped by N9NE Steakhouse Thursday for dinner and an evening out with long time pal, N9NE General Manager Tim Griffin. Rodman is in town for a signing of his new children’s book, “Dennis The Wild Bull”... and Jay-Z and Beyonce reportedly went to the Baltimore Ravens’ postgame party after the team won the Super Bowl.
Tuesday’s birthdays: Bobby Brown, 44; Hank Aaron, 79; and Cristiano Ronaldo, 28.