Barack Obama's speech about jobs last Thursday night reminded me of an Ivan Reitman film from 1993, a forgotten gem titled simply, Dave. I pulled out my old VHS copy and watched it the other night. It stars Kevin Kline in the role of a temp agency owner (he finds jobs for people), who moonlights as a double for the president of the United States because he's a dead-ringer (hey, it's a Hollywood fantasy).
This column ran on Sept. 11, 2002, the first anniversary of the terrorist attack that "changed the world." Did the world change on Sept. 11? That's what everyone has been saying for the past year. So I reviewed the past year to see how my corner of it had changed. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I helped put together this newspaper. World-shaking events swirled around us like a hurricane, but we stayed in the eye, working our usual six-hour-straight Tuesday-morning marathon.
Oak Park and River Forest are suffering from referendum fatigue. And no wonder — it's been a busy couple of decades. Just look around. Thanks to a referendum, there's a massive, modern new main library in Oak Park, shining like a beacon on the western edge of Scoville Park.
All I know is what I read in the paper, as Will Rogers used to say. So I haven't been privy to all of the deliberations over in River Forest, but based on what I read, governance his its good days and its bad days.
Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? Whatever the rock band Chicago was getting at with the rhetorical questions listed above, they clearly apply to Oak Park's public clock situation. Some run right on time. Others don't — and haven't been for a long, well, time.
I know what you're up to, sidling up so nonchalant, like you don't care a whit, and should I happen to drop a potato chip or bread crust, you'd accept it, but only to keep the park free of litter. You don't fool me. Your nervous little dance betrays your desire.
Judging by their letters to the editor, Joe Wemhoff [Seeking fewer dissident Catholics, Viewpoints, July 6] and Virginia Seuffert [Orthodox Catholics produce more vocations, opposite page], seem to believe that if all Catholics were orthodox, the Church would be pure and perfect. It's just a matter of memorizing the doctrine and the rules, then strictly obeying. Simple. No mess.
According to a notice in Chicago Magazine recently, Seward Gunderson's home in Oak Park sold quickly and for close to its asking price. The home on the southwest corner of Jackson and Elmwood was the centerpiece of the S.T. Gunderson and Sons development, which extends from Madison to Harrison, covering the west side of Ridgeland, the east side of Gunderson and both sides of Elmwood.
We seem to live our lives in threes. Our days are divided into mornings, afternoons and evenings. Our stories have beginnings, middles and ends. Our weekends consist of Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. If you get three strikes, you're out. Even the Christian deity comprises Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Human beings, apparently, have a need for threes.
Now that Jassen Strokosch is safe (we don't really know about "sound"), the rest of us are left with a lot of relief and a whole lot of questions and reactions, judging by the comments flooding OakPark.com after we posted the update Friday evening.