Zay N. Smith

Journalist, Author

1949 –


Who is Zay N. Smith?

Zay N. Smith is a columnist and author known for his work at the Chicago Sun-Times. He wrote a popular column from 1995 to 2008 called QT, which was a mixture of humor and comment.

It is this column he has brought to the Internet at

Smith's column has many running features, which include the following:

⁕We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work

⁕The Not Me Decade, in which everybody else is responsible for everything

⁕Modern Education + the Criminal Mind =

⁕QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language

⁕Lest We Forget that the Dark Ages Were a Faith-Based Initiative

⁕QT Trickle-On Economics Update

⁕The Case for the San Andreas Fault

⁕QT Modern Corporate Gibberish of the Week

⁕The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators

⁕QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Smith's column also features a running gag in which readers report how many search engine hits they can find for the phrase "tap-dancing militant Islamic fundamentalists". The Los Angeles Times has referred to Smith as "our favorite Chicago columnist since Mike Royko."

Reader contributions play a significant role in QT's content. One frequent contributor topic is punned variations on current headlines or movie titles; the best are rewarded with the admonition "Stop it. Stop it now".

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May 1, 1949
Also known as
  • Zay Smith
  • United States of America
  • Lawrence University

on July 23, 2013


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