HIS LIFE ON THE INSIDE
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org September 5, 2012 12:48AM
Rod Blagojevich (pictured in March) is serving meals in prison instead of washing pots and pans. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:52PM
The Blago detail . . .
How times change.
Four years ago, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was attempting to hold court at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo., and tossing a party for then-state Veterans chief Tammy Duckworth.
◆ Upshot: Sneed has learned Blago, who is serving a 14-year prison sentence in Colorado, is finally off the pots and pans detail.
◆ The buckshot: Blago, who is eager to teach the classics to fellow inmates, is still on kitchen duty, serving meals and washing tables. “He’s not a professor yet but we expect him to be in the library in the next 30 to 45 days making sure books come in and go out — and then maybe he can start teaching,” said his former attorney, Sam Adam Jr.
According to Adam, Blago . . .
◆ “Is still corresponding with my father (Sam Adam Sr.) who sends him biographies of U.S. presidents . . . they’re up to President No. 7, Andrew Jackson.
◆ “Continues to do a lot of running — up to six miles a day in the prison yard — and is trying to get up to 10 miles a day as well as lifting weights.
◆ “Exchanges e-mails with my dad at least four or five times a week . . . They discuss the state of affairs in politics . . . We both plan on visiting him shortly after Christmas.”
The Peterson trial . . .
Hmm. What do we make of this?
For the first time in about three weeks, the jury in the Drew Peterson murder trial Tuesday showed up to closing arguments not wearing color-coordinated clothes.
Pop. Pop. Pop.
Actress/pop personality Jenny McCarthy and former Bear beau Brian Urlacher had eyeballs twitching when each occupied tables separated by a DJ booth Saturday night at the Studio Paris club.
◆ Pop shot: McCarthy was bouncing to music with owner R . J. Melman and a bevy of girls — while Urlacher bantered in his space with his buddies celebrating a pal’s birthday.
◆ And, no, neither of them exchanged words of woo. Boo hoo?
Chit-chat from Charlotte . . .
Random observations from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
◆ Get the pipe! It’s no secret House Speaker Mike Madigan likes to keep the pesky press away from his annual Dem convention parties, but Sneed is told the press was also barred from Gov. Pat Quinn’s private party sponsored by the Illinois Pipefitter’s union at the Capital Grille on Monday night.
◆ The Dem mood: “Nobody here is suppressing enthusiasm [at the Dem National Convention],” House Speaker John Cullerton tells Sneed. “It’s just not the same thing as four years ago. It’s the difference between your first date with your wife and being married for 33 years. It might be more exciting the first time I met my wife [Pam] 33 years ago, but we’re still married!” (It’s their wedding anniversary. Congrats.)
◆ Seating arrangement: In case you were wondering, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Amy Rule, were asked by Veep Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, to watch first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Dem convention Tuesday.
The Hudson file . . .
Actress Kate Hudson, 33, tells Star magazine that to lose the baby weight from her last bambino, she’s been working out a staggering six hours a day.
◆ So here’s a question: When does she have time to take care of her kids?
I spy . . .
Film director Sofia “Lost in Translation” Coppola spotted representing the family’s wine business at Chicago Cut on Saturday night . . . and on Sunday night, actress Diane Lane in town for an upcoming performance in “Sweet Bird of Youth” at the Goodman Theatre, was spotted at the eatery.
Prentice patter . . .
To preserve or not to preserve? That is the question: Sneed hears the following architects sent letters to Mayor Rahm Emanuel in support of tearing down Northwestern University’s Prentice Women’s Hospital to build on the site because “only the truly remarkable” Bertrand Goldberg buildings should be landmarked — such as Marina Towers.
◆ They are: James Goettsch and Michael Kaufman from Goettsch Partners; James R. DeStefano, retired; Jeff Case from Holabird and Root; Charles Smith from Cannon Design; Dan Mitchell, and Todd Halakama from HOK.
Sneedlings . . .
Streep bleep: Watch for Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep to hit Bloomingdale Sept. 21 to be honored by the Charlie Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children with epilepsy. Comedian Jeff Garlin will emcee the event . . .Wednesday’s birthdays: Raquel Welch, 72; Willie Gault, 52, and Michael Keaton, 61