Graham Johnston is manager of Internet and technology at OakPark.com.
If you ever ask Graham about his job the first thing he'll tell you is that he's worked at the same company since he was 10 years old. Then, he'll hold out his arm and give you an estimate of his height at that age. Graham started his career in journalism as a paper boy for his hometown paper, Wednesday Journal. Every Wednesday, he'd diligently load up his wagon with 100 rolled and bagged copies and head out on his route. Every month, he'd somewhat more reluctantly go door-to-door collecting payment for his deliveries. And thus began a still lasting pursuit to help deliver news to the community.
Graham went to work in the mail room and empty trash at the newspaper during high school. In college he studied magazine journalism and came back to intern during the summers. He finally started a full time job in 2006 as online technology editor. In 2008 Graham was promoted to manager of Internet and technology to help oversee the development of OakPark.com.
While everything about Graham may scream "28-year-old bachelor" he dreams of a future when he can settle down in his hometown of Oak Park (or possibly a nice neighborhood in Chicago), with his beautiful journalist wife and their three kids, Avril, Samantha and Gordon (names subject to his wife's approval).
Oh, and in case you're wondering, he still has a paper route. But he's traded in the wagon for pickup truck.
Oak Park Fire Chief Thomas Ebsen told the village board he had hoped to come back in a few years asking for a new truck that would be jointly purchased with the Village of River Forest. Instead, due to a recent decision by River Forest, Oak Park will be purchasing the new truck alone.
Over 200 runners from Oak Park and River Forest completed the Bank of American Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Oak Park's fastest runner was Jeremy Pennington, 36, with a time of 2:49:00, placing him within the top 500 at 324.