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Life Celebration and Book Launch: Scott Jacobs

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
5-7 p.m.

The Cliff Dwellers
200 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

Scott Jacobs, a gifted video and print journalist and a prolific writer, died suddenly of a heart attack on October 21, 2021. At the time of his death, Scott was in the latter stages of pushing out, I Told You So!: Donald Trump, The Awful Years, that he considered his finest work to date. As was his habit, Scott was doing this book on his own, through his self-publishing imprint, Dead Tree Press. He’d lined up distributors, sent out advanced review copies, and was optimistic that this project, even more than all his wonderful earlier projects, was important. He felt it would resonate with a greater audience. It’s a wonderful book, filled with insight and clarity into a complicated and murky period in American history. It is funny. Wise. Prescient.

On Wednesday, March 2 at The Cliff Dwellers, we will launch Scott’s book. It’s a book that deserves an audience, and will be an audience that deserves this book. We will also honor Scott’s memory with a series of short tributes. Many of Scott’s friends and supporters, such as Tom Weinberg and Rick Kogan, have offered their own memoriums. But Scott, through his friendship, kindness, and relenless advocacy of the Chicago cultural community, won many other fans over the years; this will be an opportunity for them to say a few brief words.

Registration is required for this event. In addition to event registration, anybody wanting to make dinner reservations must do so through Cliff Dwellers. Email or call 312.922.8080. Dinner and cocktail hour will be between five and six p.m. Anybody wanting to give a short tribute to Scott can sign up then for the program to celebrate his life and work, which is from 6-7 p.m. Books will be available for sale throughout the evening. There is a cash bar. Register now; we will only accept registration until the Cliff Dwellers reaches its limit.

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