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.
Last Friday was our first snowfall though it didn't amount to much — just enough, as Nick says in It's a Wonderful Life, "to give the joint atmosphere." With it came temps in the 20s at night and 30s during the day.
On the Wednesday before the end of democracy as we knew it, I walked among spectacular trees at Morton Arboretum, a sanctuary of golden leaves aglow, like sunlight filtering through stained glass — many-pointed maple leaves, free at last from their attachments, fluttering and turning somersaults in the breeze during their glorious, short-lived first and final flight to the forest floor.
Halloween night, I went for an atmosphere soak during peak trick-or-treat time — walking the neighborhood from Euclid to Elmwood avenues, South Boulevard to Washington Boulevard — big old houses, thickly arbored parkways, and loads of kids, not all from that neighborhood, I'll warrant.
Saturday morning just beyond the Farmers Market, under sunny skies with powerful gusting winds, hopefully at our backs, Judy Gaetto-Grace and I, members of the citizens group Gun Responsibility Advocates, spent a couple of hours asking shoppers and other passersby to vote for the first referendum you'll find on the Nov. 6 ballot:
The Fourth of July is a great day to be in Oak Park, starting at 10 a.m. when the ever popular, and occasionally controversial, Oak Park Parade demonstrates our vaunted "step out of line" independence.
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