Emil Messina, my barber of many years, told me in the accompanying video that he'd work until "the day comes." Today, I found out, that day came. Some family health emergency, I was told, and then he retired. That's all anyone at the Oak Park Arms could tell me when I called for an appointment this morning. The front desk said a new barber would be taking over this coming Sunday.
Joe Kreml at Village Hall and I did an on-camera interview with Emil, and some of our conversation is included in this new video, in which Emil remembers his time at the Palmer House barber shop and some of his customers, including Jack Benny, Liberace and some local goodfellas.
We had a great time, with over 250 in attendance! Our USO inspired dance and show was titled "Star Spangled Salute." The The big band sounds of the Dick Elliot Orchestra enlivened the crowd with the music of Glen Miller, Tommy Doresy.
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