John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday Journal columnist and now a blogger. John has some pretty strong opinions about Oak Park and a wry way of putting them across. You won't want to leave his blog without leaving a comment of your own.
Before I sold out and became a lawyer who represented big insurance companies, I was a radical. Make that a "radical light" because no one could be a radical and be a student at Vanderbilt University in the late '60s.
Over the years of doing this column I have frequently written about race and racism. Affirmative action, reparations, achievement gap, sports, village identity, crime, high school discipline and the legacy of slavery have been frequent ideas for columns.