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.
'Life was richer then," one of my cousins said Friday night. We were talking at her mother's wake, and she was, not surprisingly, looking back. She thought the '50s and '60s were "richer" than the world we live in today.
Two hours into my journey home last Friday from New Melleray Abbey, a 166-year-old monastery, representing the 900-year-old Trappist Cistercian contemplative order, I was feeling spiritually and physically refreshed.
If you want to know which Oak Parkers fought — and died — in World War I, you can read the names on the bronze tablets of the Scoville Park War Memorial, aka Peace Triumphant (if you can get the kids who sit and crawl on them to move out of the way).
The first football game in Boston's venerable (or at any rate venerated) Fenway Park since 1968 was played last Saturday when Notre Dame beat Boston College, 19-16. Before the game, the Boston Globe carried a story about the history of football at Fenway and guess who played in the first game there on Nov. 30, 1912.
The latest Oak Park Area Arts Council-sponsored exhibit in the OPAAC gallery at Oak Park Village Hall is titled, "The Natural World," featuring a display of florals, landscapes and scenic sites by artist Marion Sirefman.
The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 30 at 123 Madison St.
Veterans, their families and all village residents are invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Commemoration next Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The event will be held in the first floor ballroom at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. Virginia Cassin will preside and Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb will greet the attendees.