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 her youngest child started preschool, Oak Park photographer Eileen Molony "had a couple of hours to myself for the first time in years." She'd seen a few people around town whom she thought might make good portrait subjects.
With two months till Election Day, it's time for a state-of-the-nation-and-world assessment, and as I've long contended, the best way to encapsulate something that big is Harper's Index, the monthly, one-page collection of facts provided by Harper's Magazine (which also provides sources so you can judge the quality of the facts). I've selected a smattering of said stats to ennoble, energize (I hope not enervate) and/or educate you before voting in what promises to be a crucial election. Here goes:
On Sept. 9, 1929, Fenwick High School opened its doors to 200 students, most of whom were freshmen, all of whom were male. Yesterday, school, now no longer all-male, celebrated eight-and-a-half decades of private education.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., filmmaker, Columbia College adjunct professor (and occasional WJ columnist) Stan West hosts the 10th Annual Oak Park International Film Festival program, which features screenings and panel discussions at Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.
Coyotes have been finding their way into the village with greater frequency in the past decade or so — throughout the western suburbs, but even in landlocked Oak Park (gaining access by local freight train tracks most likely).