Chicago Green Jobs


Al Gore in Chicago: April 1
March 24, 2009, 1:03 am
Filed under: Event

I am planning on writing more about that “7 Myths About Green Jobs” report, but I’ve got such a hideous cold that I just don’t think I can do it justice at the moment. So instead, let’s talk about Al Gore!

Mr. Gore will be speaking at the Chicago Theater on April 1 as part of the “Minds That Move The World” series. Tickets run $45 to $185 for the cocktail-and-photo-with-the-speaker option. $45 to hear Gore is certainly reasonable, but $185 to meet him is a pretty stiff tab, so for sheer comedy value you might prefer to invest your $185 to have your photo taken with fellow series speakers Karl Rove or Ann Coulter. Wouldn’t it be fun to get your photo taken with Karl Rove? And think of all the witty cocktail party repartee you could have with Ann Coulter!

Seriously, whoever decided that Al Gore and Ann Coulter are on par with each other in terms of great minds is a lost cause. I grew up in Nashville, and I volunteered on Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign lo these many years ago. He is an astoundingly smart guy, although I still go back and forth on whether or not their campaign headquarters address was intentional or not.  When I first called campaign headquarters to get directions, the conversation went something like this:

Me: “Hi! I’m a new volunteer coming in today, could you please tell me your address?”

Crotchety old man volunteering as receptionist: “We’re at #### Mainstream Drive.”

Me: “….are you kidding?”

COMVAR: “Why would I be kidding?”

Me: “Mainstream Drive? It’s just kind of funny, don’t you think?”

COMVAR: ” No.”

Me: “Right. See you soon!”

Good times! Believe it or not, unlike this particular volunteer Al Gore has a totally excellent sense of humor. I strongly recommend going to hear him speak – he really knows his stuff and he genuinely cares about it.

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