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.
If you asked 100 people what their favorite holiday is, I'm betting not one would say Easter (unless, of course, I was one of your 100). So I was surprised to see the headline last week on page one of the National Catholic Reporter: "We are an Easter People."
Sunday morning past had that "true-Sunday" feel, which I seldom feel anymore. Sunny (befitting Sun-day), more early spring than late winter, strollers out in force in Scoville Park with parents in tow. Residents rediscovering the out-of-doors after a long, hard winter. Kids in T-shirts, shorts and even bare feet with the temp barely topping 50.
Today is Autism Awareness Day. The statistics are striking. One in 88 children is diagnosed with autism, one in 54 males. It is a somewhat mysterious "disorder," but occurs much more frequently than previously thought. In fact, a case can be made that all of us can be found somewhere on the autism "spectrum," and what we think of as "autism" may simply be the dysfunctional extreme of a much wider spectrum.
The Oak Park Public Library's series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," ends Saturday, March 29 with a panel discussion titled, "What Did it Take to Integrate Oak Park Schools?" To provide some background for the discussion, we are revisiting our story on District 97's efforts to balance the minority student population, which ran on Oct. 25, 2000 in our Viewpoints section.
This Saturday, April 12, the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave., will hold its first pop-up book fair. More than 40 independent Chicago publishers will be on hand with books to sell, authors signing, plus family and children's programming.
A memorial concert, a special remembrance of Rev. Julie Harley with music, poetry and scripture, will take place this Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m. at 848 Lake St. The concert, led by First United musicians and Chancel Choir, is offered in thanksgiving of the life and witness of Harley, former pastor of First United Church of Oak Park, who died recently of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). A reception to thank Julie's caregivers will precede the concert.