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Rev. Jackson offers rare ‘no comment’ on his alleged publicity ‘addiction’

Charles 'Peanut' Tillman stopped by Rocky Wirtz' backyard bash Sunday after Bears game. Phoby Michael Sneed

Charles "Peanut" Tillman stopped by Rocky Wirtz' backyard bash on Sunday after the Bears game. Photo by Michael Sneed

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Updated: October 11, 2013 6:22AM



The Jackson file . . .

Huh? Rev. Jesse Jackson, who loves publicity, is now without comment?

◆ To wit: Sneed contacted Jackson Monday about his “addiction” to publicity detailed in excerpts from an allegedly purloined diary of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. published by the New York Post Monday.

◆ Upshot: It netted this reaction from a man whose family refers to him as “Reverend,” who hogs the limelight, hugs the stars, and is a frequent guest at the tables of the world’s rich and famous:

“No. No comment,” said Jackson.

◆ Buckshot: Kennedy, son of legendary statesman Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated during his presidential bid, told the New York Post the excerpts were “from a 13-year-old diary illegally stolen from me.”

◆ Potshot: In the diary, Kennedy writes Jackson had “a desperate and destructive addiction to publicity” and recalls that Jackson, at labor leader Cesar Chavez’s funeral, pushed “Cesar’s friends and family out of the way to make himself lead pall bearer . . .. I feel like with Jesse, it’s all about Jesse.”

Now isn’t that a shocker?

Hill swill . . .

Gulp! Betcha former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose future 2016 presidential bid was a talking point during her discussion on military action against Syria with President Obama at the White House on Monday, was gulping a lot of her favorite Dr Pepper soda pop when the proposal asking the Assad regime to surrender its weapons became a possibility.

The Rocky news . . .

Yes, yes, yes . . .that was Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and wife, Marilyn, driving down the Edens Expy. Sunday with the silver chalice, aka the Stanley Cup, jutting from the back seat of their convertible.

◆ Vroom vroom: Rocky was en route to his North Shore home to give 1,500 friends, family, firemen and police officers a peek at the gigantic cup. Included in the gaggle of fans at the Wirtz compound were Blackhawks legend Tony Esposito and Chicago Bears star cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman.

◆ Fast moves: Tillman, who made two save-the-day interceptions at the Chicago Bears versus Cincinnati Bengals game Sunday afternoon, stunned everyone by showing up at the party not long after the game. “Tillman didn’t talk to the media after their win, went home, showered, grabbed his family and were at Rocky’s house before 5 p.m.,” said a Sneed source.

“How’s that for breakneck speed!”

Sing ‘em . . .

Canadian crooner Michael Buble gave a shoutout to the Chicago Blackhawks on their Stanley Cup win and played their song, “Chelsea Dagger,” at his concert on Saturday at the United Center. He also gave a warm tribute and shout out to legendary stickman Dennis Hull, who was in the room.

I spy. . .

After the Bears game Sunday, Jay Cutler and wife Kristin Cavallari, Robbie Gould, Bears Assistant Coach Joe DeCamillis and Bears Wide Receiver Coach Mike Groh all having dinner at different tables at Chicago Cut Steakhouse. (Betcha the Cutlers were jawing about Kristin’s traffic “arrest” in Evanston). . . . Former Mayor Richard M. Daley and best buddy Mike Marchese spotted at Centro last week, discussing poverty in China . . . and the Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig dined at The Local for lunch Saturday before going to Chicago Cut Steakhouse for dinner with his family.

Read Sneed . . .

A Sneed is a Sneed is a Sneed: Congrats to Chicago author Christine Sneed, who will be presented with the 21st Century award at the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards dinner on Oct. 23.

Alas, my late father, Richard E. Sneed, told me never to look up my ancestors because they were probably all pirates and brigands.

That caveat, however, hasn’t stopped me from a frustrating and fruitless search for the name Sneed in historical biographies and heroic tomes. I had gotten to the point where I’d settle for finding the Sneed moniker in film credits for “Gaffer” or “Best boy”.

So congrats to Christine, who recently authored the well-reviewed “Little Known Facts.” We’re not related, but it was nice to see the name on a wonderful novel.

Sneedlings. . .

Tuesday’s birthdays: Arnold Palmer, 84; Colin Firth, 53, and Ryan Phillippe, 39.



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