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.
Bill FitzGerald recalls, growing up, that when his family threw big backyard parties, his father would say, "Fire up the power washer," and that's what the crew at FitzGerald's Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt Road in Berwyn, have said, at least figuratively, every year for 34 years as Independence Day nears.
The 19th Century Charitable Association continues to evolve into the 21st century. The building has been undergoing upgrades in order to accommodate a wider array of programming. Amy Brinkman, vice president of programs says the organization — originally called the 19th Century Woman's Club — has a wonderful past but an even livelier future.
Bill FitzGerald and his crew at FitzGerald's is putting on the 34th Annual American Music Festival starting today at 6615 Roosevelt Road. It's quite an undertaking, what with 50 acts to coordinate and almost a ton of food (literally) to manage. But that didn't keep them from giving some stage time to the Oak Park School of Rock so their students could get some bigtime experience on bigtime stages.
You never know where Oak Park is going to turn up. In last week's On Being, NPR's Sunday morning interview show with Krista Tippett, her guest, John Powell talking about race relations in this country, used Oak Park as an example of what is possible. Here's the excerpt:
It took two tries, but the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee (aka The Jeff Committee) finally got to see Festival Theatre's stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird in Austin Gardens (through July 18). As you may have noticed, the weather has been a bit spotty lately.
Festival Theatre has been missing their beloved barn as they put on a terrific new stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird through June and the first half of July in the leafy amphitheater of Austin Gardens (see Doug Deuchler's review in Artbeat, page 36).
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