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Shout Out: Stuart Jacobson, one-man children’s motivator

Chicago Tribune – Sunday June 26, 2016

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Stuart Jacobson, a recent Skokie resident with longer-time connections to this area, performs “The Stu Show” in which he motivates children to “be kind, be positive and read.” He bills himself as speaker, humorist, songwriter and sociologist. Pioneer Press recently asked him a series of questions.

Q: Where do you perform your show?

A: I perform “The Stu Show, Be Kind Be Positive and Read” at elementary schools, libraries and festivals.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Morton Grove.

Q: How long have you lived in Skokie?

A: I just moved into a Skokie condo two months ago.

Q: Pets?

A: My Yorkie of 18 years, Louie, just passed.

Q: What book are you currently reading?

A: I am currently reading “Autobiography of Mark Twain.”

Q: First job?

A: I worked at the Lincoln Village movie theaters.

Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: Exactly what I’m doing now — an entertainer delivering a positive message.

Q: A movie you’d recommend?

A: “Stormy Weather” starring Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Ada Brown, the Nicholas Brothers and so many other great talents that have since passed on.

Q: Words of wisdom?

A: My mantra is from a great lyric written in 1945 by the late Johnny Mercer. “You have to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative and don’t mess with Mr. In-Between.”

Q: What song best sums up Skokie for you?

A: “Niles North Fight Song” — my alma mater.

Q: Favorite local restaurant?

A: A Tuna sandwich at Kaufman’s Delicatessen.

Q: What is an interesting factoid about yourself?

A: I wake up every day, look out my bedroom window, find the bright side of the sun, which there always is one, and say to myself, “today is going to be a beautiful day.” If you feed your brain that provoking message every morning, you are programmed for the rest of the day. Try it.

— Pioneer Press staff

Shout Out is a weekly feature where we get to know and introduce our readers to their fellow community members and local visitors throughout suburban Chicago.

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