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.
Remember the old United Airlines commercials, the ones with the beautiful piano rendition of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"? That was Joel Raney, who is now the music director at First Baptist Church in Oak Park.
What do Oak Park Village Manager Cara Pavlicek (and her daughter, Mary), Grace Episcopal Pastor Shawn Schreiner, Park Commissioner Sandy Lentz, Oak Park Area Arts Council Executive Director Camille Wilson White, and journalist Charlie Meyerson have in common?
Lake Theatre's holiday film lineup is set and it looks like a good one. According to Marketing Director Mark Mazrimas, there's something for everyone. But more for kids and families, which makes sense at this time of year. The wonderfully depressing "serious" Oscar hopefuls don't start arriving here until January.
A Sam Giancana Estate Auction was held Nov. 22 in Las Vegas. Munari Auctions' online catalog included Kodachrome slides of various gatherings at Giancana's Oak Park home, 1147 Wenonah Ave., custom-made Louie XV-style furniture from the home, Giancana's portable pepper grinder, which he carried in his pocket.
A group of OPRF High School students have formed a thespian troupe called Actors For a Cause. The acting part takes place this weekend with the production Decades at Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park.