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.
Too much going on. Candidate endorsements — after considerable consideration and deliberate deliberation — have usurped my usual space. So I've been unceremoniously kicked to the back of this section to let you know there will be no column.
Friday night, the American Writers Museum, a new enterprise based in Chicago, will co-host a fundraiser with the Oak Park Public Library in the second-floor Veterans Room at 7. Writer and media personality Rick Kogan (Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio) will be on hand to interview two of Oak Park's best known writers, novelist Elizabeth Berg and journalist/author Alex Kotlowitz.
Changes are afoot at Wednesday Journal. Things will shift starting next week as we continue our rolling reinvention of this newspaper. The biggest change you'll notice is the absence of the LifeLines section.
The movie Selma had a good run at the Lake Theatre recently. In addition to the expected adult viewers, however, said Mark Mazrimas, marketing director for Classic Cinemas, The Lake ran more school showings of the film than any other theater in Chicago. So many, in fact, that when the film finished its regular run, Mazrimas said, "Paramount actually let us hold onto the hard drive for the film so we could just do school shows, which we continued to do."
Samuel Rosenthal turned 100 on March 24, and his family celebrated his centennial on Sunday at the Garfield Park Conservatory with a big cake. Born in Chicago on the aforementioned March 24 in 1915, he served in World War II as a radar mechanic, sitting on hilltops warning allied troops of incoming enemy bombers. That made him a tempting target, of course, and he was wounded (and received a Purple Heart), but returned to his post.
Ana Garcia Doyle, along with many, many others, pulled off their fourth annual One Earth Film Fest the first weekend of March, for which they deserve great praise and congratulations. We were curious and asked how many one-earthers turned out.
The annual Oak Park Area Arts Council meeting is tomorrow night at Pleasant Home, starting with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by presentation of the 2015 Arts Funds recipients and remarks by keynote speaker Deepa Gupta, director of education initiatives and strategy in the global corporate citizenship group at Boeing. Who knew that Boeing had a global corporate citizenship group?