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.
There are certain phrases you don't want to hear: "missing snake," "identity theft," "clogged artery" and "strategic planning." During my time as a partner in a law firm, an elected official and nonprofit board volunteer, I was an increasingly unenthusiastic participant in a number of strategic plannings.
Marsha and I just got back from a first-time visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. My interest had been piqued after I watched the Ken Burns PBS series on the American national parks, which have been aptly described as "America's best idea." Yes, even better than fracking.
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.