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.
You know the local news scene is pretty quiet when the lead stories in last week's Wednesday Journal were about the cost of fixing potholes, and a meeting between the River Forest Township and River Forest village government.
Born and raised in southern Indiana, less than 10 miles from Louisville, Kentucky, and having gone to college in Nashville, Tennessee, I've always felt like I had some insight into Southern life and culture — especially compared to my Oak Park liberal friends, most of whom would rather visit North Korea than Mississippi.
One of the few satisfactions of growing older is reconnecting and rediscovering old friends. The realization that life, unlike baseball, is a game with a clock has a way of focusing one's intention on the important.