OFFBEAT: Jane Pauley speaking at Friday lunch book signing

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-01-15T00:00:00Z 2014-03-12T18:33:20Z OFFBEAT: Jane Pauley speaking at Friday lunch book signingBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

If you read last Sunday's Parade magazine inserted in our newspaper, you likely caught the interview with one of our broadcast news Hoosier claim-to-fame Jane Pauley, who is originally from Indianapolis.

The Union League Club Authors Group and The Bookstall Bookstore are hosting Pauley, 63, to a lunch and book-signing event at 11:30 a.m. Friday open to the public at Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson in Chicago.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Pauley will sign copies of her new book "Your Life Calling" (Simon & Schuster $26), her new 272-page hardcover just released last week. Lunch will be served at noon with her talk to follow.

The price ranges from $40 to $55 per person inclusive. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. Ticket orders are through TV Academy office at (312) 369-8600 or from The Bookstall at or call (847) 446-8880.

I'm told in this new inspirational book, Pauley "helps people in the middle of their lives successfully navigate a reinvention phase and build a positive, powerful future."

The book is also autobiographical, detailing Pauley's career, which includes her time as a co-anchor in Chicago from 1975 to 1976 on WMAQ-TV NBC Channel 5 before heading to New York to replace Barbara Walters on the "Today" show, where she remained from 1976 to 1989. She then continued as anchor of "Dateline NBC" for 11 years before hosting her own daytime program "The Jane Pauley Show" in 2004. Today, she lives in New York City with her husband, cartoonist Garry Trudeau, and near their three children: twins Ross and Rachel, age 30 and younger son Tom, 27.

She based the book's title on the popular TV segment of the same name she delivers as a contributor for the "Today," profiling many remarkable yet relate-able people over age 50 whose personal reinvention, she says informs and inspires.

It's a mystery

Marty Wheeler of the Lake County Courthouse Foundation asked me to remind readers about her organization's 5th Annual Mystery Theatre staged in the original Courtroom of the Old Lake County Courthouse.  "We wanted to have opening night on Jan. 16 since the name of the play this year is called ‘Night of January 16th,’ " she explained. The opening night performance is at 8 p.m. Thursday and starts with a reception at 7 p.m. in the Maki Ballroom of the Courthouse. Tickets are best purchased in advance and priced at $15 and $12 for students and seniors. The remaining performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. I'm told a few tickets might be available at the door as well. Advanced tickets are available at or (800) 838-3006 or call the  Lake Court House Foundation Office at (219) 663-0660.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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