Chicago To Unveil Statue of Legendary Columnist ‘Kup’

By: E&P Staff

A life-size bronze statue honoring the legendary Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv “Kup” Kupcinet will be unveiled at a ceremony July 31, which would have been his 94th birthday.

The statue will be near the site of the old Sun-Times building, and close to the bridge over the Chicago River that was named in his honor in 1985.

Kup died at 91 in November 2003 after 60 years of writing the column about national and local celebrities.

Stella Foster, Kup’s long-time assistant who succeed him in the column in December 2003, reported that the imposing statue, standing nine feet tall including its three-foot granite base, was created by Preston Jackson, a professor of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute.

Engraved in the sculpture’s base, Foster reported, is this message from Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley: “Irv Kupcinet, Mr. Chicago, embodied the city he loved with all his energy and enthusiasm. In his Chicago Sun-Times column and on his television shows, Kup was honest, accurate and fair and his commitment to charity was one we should all aspire to match.”

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