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.
The 12 days of Christmas in the popular song represent the 12 days between Christmas, Dec. 25, and the coming of the Magi (Epiphany, Jan. 6, aka "Twelfth Night"), a period that had more meaning in the past than it does today (it may also be connected to a change, several hundred years back, from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, which bumped Christmas forward 12 days).
All politics is local, people say, "politics" being one of those strange terms that feels singular, but sounds plural. Politics is local? Politics are local? Both sound vaguely right and vaguely wrong.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has added a very big bonus to what they modestly call "The Great American Housewalk." For the first time since 1977, the William Winslow House in River Forest will be included on Wright Plus, making it 39 years since the house has been on the walk.
As hinted last week, Classic Cinemas did manage to land Brooklyn, one of eight Best Picture nominees, for the Lake Theatre. The film is not only a touching love story, making it a nice fit for Valentine's Day weekend, but it also chronicles the Irish immigrant experience. The film has been popular both with critics and the public. Highly recommended.
According to neighbor Susan Schroering, "Anonymous kindness is alive and well in Austin Garden as evidenced by the packages of hand-knitted scarfs, hats and mittens that mysteriously appeared on each of the eight park benches one morning this past week. A heart-shaped handwritten note found in each ziplocked bag tells the finder to keep the contents if needed for a warmer winter. By the end of day, all but one package had been claimed."
Mark Mazrimas, marketing manager at Classic Cinemas, says they're hoping to bring Brooklyn, one of the Best Picture nominees to the Lake Theatre, in time for Valentine's Day, which would be perfect timing.