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Life inside the bird: Being a college mascot is harder than you think. My newest +Des Moines Register piece about Cy the Cardinal, +Iowa State Athletics and +NCAA Men's Basketball March Madness. Whether you go to +Iowa State University or not, please read and share. 
Yes, the suit is hot and smelly, but the joy on fans' faces and the personal growth each student experiences while being Cy, ISU's mascot, makes the warm funk a mere nuisance.
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My newest +Des Moines Register piece about +Disney's +Big Hero 6 Oscar win and the film's director, Don Hall, an Iowan and an all around wonderful guy. 
When Glenwood native Don Hall was just 5 years old, he told his parents that one day he was going to work at Walt Disney.
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'Meat' the Bacon Fest judge who abandons vegetarianism one day a year My +Des Moines Register Sunday cover story about Kevin "Mo" Moreland, a strict vegetarian who breaks it once a year: for +Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.
One-time barbecue restaurant owner Kevin "Mo" Moreland eschews meat. Until Bacon Fest day.
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When writer-producer Adam F. Goldberg set out to cast the 11-year-old lead in his autobiographical sitcom, "The Goldbergs," he wanted a Fred Savage-type kid: Real, slightly awkward, the exact opposite of the stereotypical, oh-so-precocious child actor.

Instead, he encountered LA kid after LA kid, each with a patina of early experience and a slickness that comes from living so close to show business. Their jokes turned too perfectly, their exits were too framed and their movements too robotic, Goldberg said.

Call it the "Disney kid" problem.

The actors "felt like they had been very rehearsed, very practiced," Goldberg said. "The acting was broad and cartoony. … We just wanted a normal kid who went to school, who hadn't been trained."

Then, with the start of production mere days away, Park Ridge-raised Sean Giambrone auditioned.

+Courtney Crowder talks to him.
When writer-producer Adam F. Goldberg set out to cast the 11-year-old lead in his autobiographical sitcom, "The Goldbergs," he wanted a Fred Savage-type kid: Real, slightly awkward, the exact opposite of the stereotypical, oh-so-precocious child actor.
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Alex Borstein talks about her life on screen, including her role as Ms. Swan on "MADtv" and her dramatic turn as nurse Dawn Forchette on HBO's Getting On. (You know you loved Ms. Swan): bit.ly/1qFu0fz 
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Alex Borstein is flexing her dramatic muscles on +HBO Watch "Getting On," but keeps viewers in stitches with moments of bellyaching laughter, abrasive candor and wince-inducing awkwardness. The Highland Park native famously voices Lois Griffin on +Family Guy and was Ms. Swan on Mad TV. Check it out in the +Chicago Tribune.
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Being a college mascot is no easy task - It's hotter, smellier and harder than you ever thought. In today's +USA TODAY!
It's not all fun and games for the most enthusiastic figure on the court.
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My +Des Moines Register profile of Robin Lord Taylor, star of +FOX TV's +Gotham. He was a wonderful, giving interview - just so Iowa nice. Watch tonight at 7 p.m.!
From Shueyville to showtime: Robin Lord Taylor talks growing up in Iowa and ruling Gotham
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I followed the wonderful, well-rounded men of the Chippendales for a whole day. Click to discover what it's like to be a male dancer and how the women think they're doing (the answer is very good)! I am really proud of this one, so please read and share! via +Des Moines Register +The Des Moines Register 
A day in the life of a male dancer is not what you'd expect.
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My newest +Chicago Tribune story: 'Normal kid' (+Sean Giambrone) from Park Ridge lifts +ABC Television Network  +The Goldbergs. Such a cute, well-spoken, polite, professional kid. Please read and share (and watch on Wednesdays): bit.ly/1yyKPvP 
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I used to have a "share via email" box that was selectable when I posted a story to Google+. It disappeared over the past month. How do I get it back?
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Hi +Courtney Crowder. Using that option caused a tremendous number of people to get reported for spamming. Google+ provides the means for people to control whether they want to receive emails or not. When you used that, however, you could force emails to people who did not want to receive them -- which is the definition of spamming in most people's minds. Many recipients of such unwanted notifications and emails reported the posters for spamming. Even more recipients routinely muted or blocked the posters. People who used the option therefore tended to cause themselves far more damage than any benefits they got from it unless they were extremely careful about who they used it with.
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My newest piece about this weekend's +Chicago Humanities Festival  events with Patti Smith, Daniel Woodrell and +Jesmyn Ward . Please read and share!
Before rocker and author Patti Smith could read, she so marveled at books and their intricate markings — a secret language known only to adults — that she put a tome under her pillow at night and hoped to dream whatever mystery lay between its covers.
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    Reporter and digital news editor, 2010 - present
    Courtney Crowder is a reporter and digital news editor at the Chicago Tribune. She covers television and literature as well as other entertainment and lifestyle topics. She also produces the weekly talk radio show, After Hours With Rick Kogan, which airs from 9-11 p.m. Sundays on WGN Radio. A graduate of New York University, she loves watching TV, eating gummy bears and traveling to exotic locales. Email tips to cocrowder@tribune.com and find me on Twitter @courtneycare.
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Courtney Crowder is a reporter and digital news editor at the Chicago Tribune. She covers television and literature as well as other entertainment and lifestyle topics. She also produces the weekly talk radio show, After Hours With Rick Kogan, which airs from 9-11 p.m. Sundays on WGN Radio. A graduate of New York University, she loves watching TV, eating gummy bears and traveling to exotic locales. Email tips to cocrowder@tribune.com and find me on Twitter @courtneycare.  
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