Doug Power has been a paper boy, grocery clerk, camp counselor, union member, Congress of Racial Equality member, warehouse laborer, FBI-labeled revolutionary, steamfitter apprentice, University of Chicago dropout, bartender/bouncer at Seattle’s Blue Moon Tavern, improvisational actor, advertising copywriter, Assistant Chief of Staff for Mayor Harold Washington, Sunday School teacher, creator of Chicago CivicNet, creator of fiber networks for rural hospitals, and through it all, still, sometimes, a writer.
He has cut deals with the Chicago City Council, the Illinois General Assembly, the Mayor’s Office and the Governor’s Office. He’s knocked on doors for Harold Washington, Richard M. Daley, Congressman Rostenkowski, and Congressman (now Mayor) Rahm Emanuel.
He’s had stories published in the New Orleans Review, TriQuarterly, Witness, and Other Voices, and, as a proponent for community empowerment, has made presentations about broadband and economic development at conferences throughout the US and Canada.
He is passionate about politics and the evils caused by personal and corporate greed.
He is frustrated by racists and aggravated by political correctness.
He loves the Seinfeld series and wishes Larry and Jerry would get back together, and while considered a lefty, is known also to be annoyed at slow traffic caused by pointy-headed intellectuals riding their bicycles (the only valid thing George Wallace ever said).
He loves his wife and children and is happiest when they’re together.
And for his epitaph, an old friend suggested this: He was always good for a Rolaids.