Jim Bowman grew up in Oak Park and he and his wife raised their six children here. He covered religion for the Chicago Daily News 1968-78 and since then has operated independently as writer and editor. He blogs atwww.blithespirit.wordpress.com, www.oakparknewspapers.com and elsewhere.
His latest of a dozen books is Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968. He is at work on Volume 2 of his A Short History of Oak Park, based on his Blithe Spirit newsletter of the '90s.
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