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.
What do Mary Poppins, Jazz and Ben Vereen have in common? Well, they made for a couple of entertaining weekends in the first half of March as winter refused to relinquish its grip, driving me indoors and giving all of us an extra reason to partake of local culture offerings.
Momenta, the performance troupe of the Academy of Movement & Music, celebrates its 35th anniversary with a spring dance concert that includes "Fire Dance" by Loie Fuller, "Sonata Pathetique" by Doris Humphrey and Ruth St. Denis, and new works by Connor Cornelius, Sarah Cullen Fuller and Ginger Lane
Did you get your paczkis (pronounced POONCH-keys) on Mardi Gras (aka "Fat Tuesday") at Oak Park Bakery? If you did, you weren't alone. The bakery reports they were hoping to break last year's record of 13,000. That's right, 13,000. That's a passel of paczkis.
John Toomey Gallery, 818 North Blvd. in Oak Park, will auction more than 200 pieces from the saloon's collection on Saturday, March 4. A selection of items from the Robert E. "Butch" McGuire Collection will be available.
Oak Park For Choice will march this Saturday, Feb. 11, to demonstrate support for reproductive rights and show elected representatives that there is large grass-roots support for continued funding for women's health issues, including contraceptive education and breast cancer care.