I am pleased by the amount of recognition given toward a prominent long time resident of Oak Park who for many years was an outstanding teacher of history at Oak Park High School. His name was Morris Buske and he passed away on Jan. 14, 2005.
Buske's awareness of the importance of one of America's important persons of literature, anti?#34;war and world traveler Ernest Hemingway, who was born in Oak Park, is commendable. Buske was the founder of the Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park. In addition to their love of learning they grew up as lovers of the outdoors. Buske was born in Wisconsin, a great state for out-of-door lovers, and Hemingway very early spent his childhood and youth in the outdoor area in the state of Michigan.
Their lives of only slightly different eras resembled each other to a large degree. I would like to recommend bust-like statues of Hemingway and Buske be created like the one currently located in Scoville Park of Dr. Percy Julian and be placed close to the Oak Park Library, a place so important to the lives of Buske and Hemingway. Since Buske and Hemingway were avid outdoorsmen, an outside location next to the library would be admirable. The Hemingway Society and village authorities should begin objectives to honor two great Oak Parkers in this manner.
By their life's work Buske and Hemingway knew very early the meaning of one of Britain's great poets who wrote "that a little learning was a dangerous thing and that one should drink deep from the spring of knowledge or taste not from the spring." The current Oak Park Library is a great source of learning and Hemingway and Buske were great admirers of learning and the Library. Their scholarly influence should be remembered by many generations.