Richard Christiansen: He Had a Storied Career of Writing About Theater in Chicago

From a New York Times obit by Neil Genzlinger headlined “Richard Christiansen, Influential Chicago Theater Critic, Dies at 90”:

In 1970, as Americans were preparing to mark the first Earth Day, Richard Christiansen, still relatively early in what became a storied career of writing about theater in Chicago, seized the moment to argue that the arts deserved just as much attention as the environment but were unlikely to receive it.

“One can actually see the air becoming befouled through pollution,” he wrote in The Chicago News, his employer at the time, “but it is much more difficult to tell when the spirit is withering for lack of nourishment.”