Ken Trainor has been working for this newspaper since the last millennium, since copy was pasted on boards using hot wax ... in other words since 1990. Like the newspaper industry, he has changed with the times. The analog auteur is now digitally multidimensional and annoying a much wider audience as a result.
A free-thinking weekly columnist for Wednesday Journal for the past 19 years, he turns into a paragon of objectivity as he edits the Viewpoints section, the LifeLines section, the Obituary section, the Inside Report section and each week attempts to repair, rectify and remediate an avalanche of newspaper copy written too close to deadline.
In his spare time, he is working on a book about his Catholic roots. He also loves riding his 1974 Schwinn LeTour bicycle on the Salt Creek Trail, and attends local theater productions and concerts and as many films at the Lake Theatre as he can squeeze in.
A native of Oak Park, he can frequently be found wandering the streets looking anything but lost as he steeps in the two most aesthetically pleasing and historically rich villages to be found this side (or that side) of the continental divide.
When Cardinal George's cancer returned in March of last year, I was sitting in the lobby of the Chancery, waiting to speak to him — on the site of my former high school, Quigley North Preparatory Seminary, from which I graduated 44 years earlier.
For a long time, I haven't had to defend my opposition to capital punishment beyond the obvious: A criminal justice system so completely compromised by wrongful convictions, racial bias, and the political ambitions of its leaders cannot be trusted to administer capital punishment.
There's an old saying: "Everybody talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it." But we have, of course. Incrementally, year after year since the Industrial Revolution began two centuries ago, we've done something about the weather — made it more extreme.
It's been 30 years since the famous George Plimpton-inspired, Sports Illustrated-abetted April Fool's Day hoax about a former Tibetan monk who could throw a baseball 168 mph. But the legend lives on in an ESPN documentary, the first part of which airs tonight at 5 p.m. on ESPN Sports Center (Part Two runs on Friday, April 3, same show, same time). The entire film will run on Sports Center at 9:30 p.m., Monday, April 6, directly against the NCAA basketball finals. The entire film is also viewable online at Grantland.com starting today (April 1, no foolin').
Cecily Strong, a member of the Saturday Night Live cast for the past three years, is facing a potential quantum career leap this Saturday night, April 25, when she becomes just the second female in over 20 years to host the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner.
Meanwhile, the Oak Park Visitor Center has announced that John Binder, Mob historian and author of The Chicago Outfit, will be back this spring conducting the popular "There Goes the Neighbor Hood" tour of gangster history in Oak Park and River Forest. You didn't know we had gangster history? Yes, indeed.