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.
Inspired by Brent Borgerson's "End-of-summer report" [Viewpoints, Aug. 20], and with Labor Day looming, here is my summery summary:
Brent is a town-wanderer, much like myself. Also like me, I suspect he would rather be out walking than watching TV. Then again, many of those I see out walking are watching the "television" on their magic rectangles (aka smartphones), so maybe they've found a way to combine the two.
Last week I spent a lot of time thinking about the sex abuse accusation leveled against Ascension's Monsignor John Fitzgerald, the iconic pastor of my childhood. Decades later, I learn that the man I respected may have had a darker side.
Gail Howard graduated from Ascension School in 1961 and Trinity High School in 1965. Recently she went public in accusing former Ascension pastor Monsignor John Fitzgerald of sexually assaulting her in the Ascension rectory. The incident took place in 1964 when she was 17.
Village Harmony, a world music singing ensemble, comes to Pilgrim Church this Saturday, Aug. 16, as part of an 11-day concert tour of the Midwest. The group is led by directors Mollie Stone, Emily Miller and Gideon Crevoshay.
Life Itself, the documentary directed by Oak Parker Steve James, based on the same-named autobiography by beloved Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, will, sadly, probably not be playing at the Lake Theatre any time soon.