I'm a big fan of OP/FYI "A Newsletter from the Village Of Oak Park." This monthly publication has lots of interesting tidbits like "Be cautious, but don't run from a coyote." Seems counterintuitive. Then there was "Beekeeping approved; rules protect those with allergies." I wonder if Dressel's Hardware sells bees and hives.
As I try to figure out what to do New Year's Eve ( Is going to bed at 9PM an option?) I'm feeling good about the new year if for no other reason than I probably won't have to follow certain stories that seemed so very important in 2011, but weren't. So today I come not to praise, but to bury these 10 stories in no particular order.
Like the Magi in search of the savior, I have been searching for a Christian in Oak Park this Christmas season. To be sure, there are lots of Oak Parkers who, when asked, will tell you they are Christian, but then there were lots of false prophets and self-identified messiahs back in biblical times.
Television networks from time to time pursue a strategy of "counter-programming" whereby they concede the Nielsen ratings battle to a competitor, but air something completely opposite, hoping to attract at least a sliver of the audience. For example, a network might show the tearjerker An Affair To Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr opposite the Super Bowl.
The Lake Theater's penultimate film in their yearlong celebration of their 75th anniversary is After The Thin Man. Throughout the year on the second Monday of each month, the Lake has screened a film that played in 1936 — the year the Lake opened for business. The series affords filmgoers a chance to see these movies on the big screen without commercials instead of at 2 a.m. on the commercial-filled small screen.
There's a new movie out titled, Anonymous, which argues that Shakespeare didn't really write the plays attributed to him. The movie makes the case that Edward de Vere the 17th Earl of Oxford was the real author. As a royal, it would be beneath him to be recognized as the author of silly diversions like plays.
Marsha and I just got back from our big trip to Italy. We had never been there before. Back in 1975 we went to Paris and London, but I got pneumonia, and I drank too much, so this is the first trip to Europe that I remember.
Darwin taught us that everything must adapt or die. Local weekly newspapers like this one are no exception. So late last September Wednesday Journal launched OakPark.com, the new and improved version of the print paper.
At long last, the first day of school came last week for Anna and Beth, two little girls from Oak Park. The night before, the two 5-year-olds, with the help of their mothers, had lain out their new outfits, and packed their new Dora, the Explorer backpacks. Now the two were clinging to their mommies on the playground before school with a mix of fear, anxiety and excitement.