Dan Haley is editor and publisher of the Journal and has been since its first issue on July 31, 1980. He remembers those early days – the excitement and the hardships – but no one wants to hear about it. Maybe he'll write a book.
Haley is a native of Oak Park. His first publishing venture was in the mid-1960s when, at age 10, he started a newspaper for his block on South Taylor. He remembers those early days – especially the heady smell of the mimeograph fluid. "Mighty fine," he says.
In 1980, with the old Oak Park News floundering, Haley turned down the job of Lively Arts editor at the Pioneer Press/Oak Leaves. Instead, along with his founding colleagues, Anne Duggan and Sharon Britton, they rounded up 65 locals to invest in the notion of an independent local newspaper.
Today from Wednesday Journal World Headquarters on Oak Park Avenue, the Journal publishes newspapers and websites for five city and suburban communities. The company also publishes Chicago Parent magazine.
Haley and his wife Mary (the former editor of Chicago Parent) live in an old house in Oak Park and have two kids.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others:Ken continues: So, what's the protocol for a semi-retirement? Last week at Wednesday Journal we had to invent one as Ken Trainor hit 65 and down-shifted into a part-time role in our company.
With more than 150 people gathered in the gracious Refectory at Columbus Park last Tuesday evening, the aspiration and exhortation was to work to create a Greater West Side community that would unite Austin and Oak Park.
Last week Frank Sinatra Jr. died of a heart attack. He was 72 and he was in Daytona Beach, Florida, on tour, as always. Put us in mind of the night in the early 1980s when Sinatra Jr. played the Oak Park Mall (now Downtown Oak Park).
Right there in the lobby, ready for members, guests or residents of the West Cook YMCA to grab, is the daily dose of fresh fruit. Could be an artfully stacked triangle of bananas. Or it might be apples or pears. Or whatever is in season.
The Village of Oak Park is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Court Liaison Officer (Civilian) in the Police Department. This position will maintain departmental records of court appearances, process subpoena requests, prepare court...