5 Articles: Comeback Stories That Comfort, Inspire

Everybody loves a comeback story, right? If you feel like me right now, you especially love comeback stories this summer. We are all the forgotten celebrity, the injured player, the struggling business this year. So what could be a better time to learn from each other, root for each other and come out stronger? Read up on some recent comebacks in these articles.

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"The Chicks Are Done Caring What People Think" by Amanda Hess
The New York Times, July 8, 2020
The band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks reflect on their journey, from the 2003 incident that led to their banishment from country music to the sexism they've endured to their work on Gaslighter, their first album in 14 years. This profile highlights their ability to laugh, to be candid and to not care what other people think.

"Detroit’s Revival Is Anchored in Its Train Station" by Aili McConnon
The New York Times, January 21, 2020
It's hard to talk about comebacks without mentioning the hopes and dreams for America's Motor City. Ford Motor Company is transforming the city's once-stunning but long-abandoned Michigan Central Station into a transportation innovation district. This article touts that investments like this spur momentum for continued revitalization.

"Are Indie Bookstores Making a Comeback?" by Christopher Borrelli
Chicago Tribune, December 10, 2019
Borrelli calls locally owned Volumes' expansion to North Michigan Avenue a "reminder that sometimes things get better." Citing the rise and fall of big-box book retailers and a more than 50% increase in new indie book shops over the past 10 years, he explores how tenacious store owners and developers seeking community are rethinking the book business.

"Panera's Grocery Aisle? Electric Vans for Amazon? Diversification Is Making a Comeback" by John D. Stoll
Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2020
Diversification can be controversial: Does it take companies' focus off their bread and butter? Or does it create new opportunities that lead to a potential empire? The practice comes in and out of fashion, but this article examines how diversification made a difference for some companies in response to the COVID-19 lockdown.

"The Reversal of Lovie Smith’s Career Trajectory Is an Even More Stunning Turnaround Than Illinois’ Comeback at Michigan State" by David Haugh
Chicago Tribune, November 13, 2019
And of course we can't leave out sports, with all of its fist-clenching, jaw-dropping, standing-O comebacks. One of the most heartwarming recent stories is former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith drawing accolades for his work at Illinois. Fighting back from a 28-3 deficit, the Illini finished the game with a 37-34 win—and were eligible for a bowl game for the first time since 2014. After another big game earlier in the 2019 season, Smith said, "Sometimes when you get pushed up against the wall, you don’t have any option but to come out swinging."