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.
Sleep experts don't advise reading in the middle of the night as a cure for insomnia, and I'm sure they're right, but occasionally in the wee hours, instead of fighting off the persistent demons of anxiety, which typically take the shape of loved ones in peril, I open a book and enter another mind — or another world.
Most Oak Parkers think of July 21 as Ernest Hemingway's birthday (if they think of Ernie at all), and indeed, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, along with the Hemingway Business District (what would Ernie think of that?) have a full schedule of activities planned starting tomorrow.
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: