December 12
Open / Open Microphone
Meeting #3,594 - contact the Program Coordinator Charles Paidock at (312) 842-5036, (312) 714-7790 cell, or by email to
See What Santa is Going to Bring You This Year
December 5
Author of New Book:   American OZ
Meeting #3,593 -  Michael Sean Comerford
American OZ: An Astonishing Year Inside Traveling Carnivals at State Fairs & Festivals: Hitchhiking From California to New York, Alaska to Mexico."  Presenter states "I will also speak on the issues it covers, including Covid-19 closing state fairs and festivals, the American caste system, the working poor, Mexican immigration and more.". 
Author's website:

American Oz is a rollicking, gritty, adventurous story of life in the secretive subculture of traveling carnivals. You’ll never see your state fair or neighborhood festival the same way again!
Comerford writes a bold, inspiring true story of a year working shoulder-to-shoulder with the colorful characters and legends of carnivals. 
He shares stories of freaks, a carnival pimp, a tramp gold miner, and the last King of the Sideshows. An insult dunk tank clown is shot. Masked gunmen rob his carnival. And a young showman friend dies on the road.
It's a new classic American road story as he hitchhikes to shows in California, New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Alaska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, and Florida where he works in a freak show. 
He becomes the #1 hitchhiker in the USA and a top agent at the State Fair of Texas.
He travels to the lawless foothills of Mexico to see the new face of the American carny. He exposes the truths about immigration, labor abuse, and living between two worlds.
Comerford finds carnival people seeking meaning and love in their lives, and the answers always seem to be somewhere down the road.

Review on Amazon
Michael Sean Comerford is a writer and former international journalist who worked in Chicago, New York, Budapest, and Moscow.
He’s bicycled cross country three times and hitchhiked across America, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. He’s ridden freight trains and rounded-up cattle out West, studied Buddhism in the Himalayas, and won a heavyweight boxing championship in Ireland.
He toured almost 100 countries, swam the headwaters of the Nile, fought off a hippo attack, and toured ecological disaster areas in the Amazon.
Comerford’s bylines have appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Copley News Service, Budapest Sun, Budapest Business Journal and the Moscow Times.
He lives in the Chicago area to be near his daughter Grace. He’s promised her that he’ll stay closer to home for a while.
December 26
What is Wrong with the World, and How We Can Fix It
Meeting #3,596 - college regular Tim Bolger
Speaker says he will expound on some of the problems that are affecting us from around the world form Coronavirus to the Elections, to what lies in the human heart. He will then explain how a solution that is over 2000 years old may be able to fix it, but it is up to us to do this. In the true spirit of Christmas, Tim will present a message of hope that will make this world a better place. 
December 19
The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the 
Betrayal of America
Meeting #3,595 - ​college regular Ellen Corley
Using Thom Hartmann’s book, “The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America,” as her guide, College of Complexes regular, Ellen Corley, will give an overview of how the United States court system has been covertly altered by powerful elites such as the Federalist Society to undermine our democracy since way before the founding of the Republic. She will also integrate the perspective of other leading public intellectuals such as Michael Parenti whose book “Democracy for the Few” shines much need perspective on the very real and present danger of a court system that has been essentially rigged in that it is now being used to take away rather than protect the rights of the people. The overall focus of this presentation will be to identify remedies in the US and the International court for remedying the problem of the way right wing extremism and Fascist policy has taken over America.