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.
A lot more of us are living to 100 these days, but not as many reach 103, which is how old Mildred McDonald was when she died last week. People always ask centenarians, "What is your secret to a long life?" To find part of the answer, I went back to the first week of December, 1995, when I wrote about a "cookie tradition that will never crumble."
Someone should start a new kind of police academy and name it after Joe Mendrick, the former Oak Park police chief who died Labor Day weekend at the age of 73. Only this academy would be for police chiefs, not new recruits. The curriculum would be based on Joe's "exit interview" from 2000, which ran in Wednesday Journal just before he retired in 2001. You can read the entire interview beginning on the previous page.
Joseph M. Mendrick, 73, of Downers Grove, died during Labor Day weekend. He was the Oak Park chief of police from 1990 to 2001, seeing the force through a period of reform and instituting community policing.
Community members Charlie Lize thanks Chris Hauri for her donation. They enjoyed popcorn, baked goods, live entertainment and a mascot during the 15th annual LemonAid charity lemonade stand, aka Kids Helping Kids. This year, proceeds went to the OP-RF Food Pantry and PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation).
Storefront stickers created by The Suburban Unity Alliance are beginning to appear in the windows of area businesses. Businesses displaying the "United" stickers have signed the Suburban Unity Pledge to oppose discrimination. The storefront Yearbook (left), a home design store at 7316 Madison St., has put up the "Unity" sticker.