Mike Adamle is 61 Years Old?
Forget the erroneous DUI charges. He’s clearly been drinking something else…
If you live in Evanston, you’ve likely heard about WMAQ-Channel 5 sportscaster Mike Adamle’s arrest for DUI, as well as the charge being recently dismissed. Adamle was found to be not intoxicated, though he went through a hell of a lot of bad press over the incident.
That’s all great news, but the most startling fact about the whole situation was learning he’s 61 years old.
If Mike Adamle is 61, that means he’s just a few years younger than my parents. Not only does that mean that Mike Adamle could [theoretically] be my dad, but it also means my kids could call him “Papa.” I used to catch glimpses of him on the news and think he was one of my contemporaries. I was shocked to learn he’s…61.
If memory serves me, I saw Mike Adamle sitting on a fashionable couch at Union Pizzeria earlier this summer. I tried not to stare, but since I’m prone to being star-struck, I pretended to look out at the Chicago Avenue traffic when I was actually trying to catch a glimpse of the big-time Chicago sports anchor. This sort of behavior actually happens to me all the time. I’ve brought my grocery cart to dead standstill when I’ve seen SNL’s Tim Kazurinsky in the meat department at the Jewel on Chicago Avenue. I once saw Mark Giangreco at Foodstuffs on Central Street (and nearly dropped my basket), and I'll proudly note that one of my dry cleaner's customers is WGN TV's Mark Suppelsa. Speaking of dry cleaners, I’m sure there’s a laundry list of other famous Evanstonians walking amongst us. The fact is, not all of them seem to have gone through the ringer (recently) like Mike Adamle has.
Adamle has claimed that one of the hardest parts about his arrest was seeing the DUI charges show up on his Wikipedia page. I hadn’t even thought about an Evanstonian having an entry on Wikipedia… that was fascinating to me. I’ll admit I’ve Googled myself (that sounds so wrong) but I’ve never Wikipedia’d myself; thanks to Mike Adamle’s wrongful arrest, I decided to try it out. According to Wikipedia, Christine Wolf is a German paralympic athlete. The irony is, she excelled in the long jump, which was the only event I failed for the Presidential Physical Fitness test at Winston Churchill Elementary School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, back in 1980. I’m not bitter. I’m just a 43-year-old, 5’0” tall woman who feels the song “Short People” wasn’t very funny. I’m just fine not having a Wikipedia page…though I did type in “Christine Wolf Evanston” just to be sure. Wikipedia asked if I meant to type “Christine Wolf Evacuation”, at which point I said to myself this exercise is done.
Enough about me. Back to 61-year-old Mike Adamle. Have I mentioned I can’t believe he’s 61? He may have been wrongly accused of a DUI, but he’s clearly been throwing back a few cocktails in the Fountain of Youth.