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.
Steve Green is right in the thick of the Cubs' playoff run. But he's not on the roster. Green, a longtime Oak Park resident, is the team photographer, has been for the last 34 years. He's having fun, and he's also exhausted.
My confidante/familiar/muse/consigliere/voice of the average reader said, "We don't want to read another piece about your ideal childhood. Not all of us had one. It just makes us feel bad. If you're going to write about your reunion, it has to be universal."
I have a bone to pick with Lesley Stahl, the longtime TV journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent. In the February/March issue of AARP magazine, she wrote a lovely piece about becoming a grandmother, excerpted from her new book, Becoming Grandma.
'Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country," John Kennedy memorably said in his 1961 Inaugural Address. My father, a lifelong, loyal Republican became a Kennedy fan because of that statement, which he quoted liberally (so to speak). The fact that Kennedy was Catholic didn't hurt either.
The term "supergroup" gets tossed around a lot in the music business. It generally applies to a fusion of individually successful musicians who come together on occasion, perform together a time or two and then go their separate ways.
As the Cubs' begin their playoff sojourn, you can watch the games at home or at any number of watering holes in the area, but if you want to see it on a really big screen, FitzGerald's has more than one.
305 Circle Ave, Forest Park Sunday Worship 8:30am & 11:00am Adult Bible Class & Sunday School 10:00am Wheelchair Access to Sanctuary Leonard Payton, Pastor Roney Riley, Assistant Pastor 708-366-3226 www.stjohnforestpark.org