One would grow up to become a noted bioethicist; another, White House chief of staff, then mayor of Chicago; and the third, a powerful Hollywood agent. But first they were simply the Emanuel boys, fighting and scrapping their way into adulthood, raised to be their best.
Over the years, some of the players fanned out around the country—which curbed the action but raised the stakes. At one point, Chris Ammann was living in Boston. So Mr. Konesky dipped into his frequent-flier miles and crossed the country on the last weekend of the month. He spent the next two days in the bushes outside Mr. Ammann’s apartment, sitting in his friend’s favorite bar or driving up and down his street. Mr. Ammann never showed. Mr. Konesky was “It” for the year.
Never, never grow up.