He may not agree with all things Oak Park, but Chicago White Sox outfielder/designated hitter Carl Everett reportedly stopped by the annual White Sox youth baseball camp in Oak Park last week. Everett, a Bible thumper, has firm opinions about things, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune which summarizes his upcoming pontifications in the July issue of Maxim magazine. He thinks Wrigley Field is the pits, fans are know-nothing fanatics, and war is worse than steroids. On sexual orientation, he said, "Gays being gay is wrong. ... I don't believe in gay marriages. I don't believe in being gay."
Wonder if he knew about Oak Park's sizable gay population before consenting to come here.
Sox '59ers include a McAnany
Last weekend, the White Sox also honored some of the members of the 1959 team that gave Chicago its last World Series. Among those in attendance was Jim McAnany, who happens to be the cousin of Oak Park's Pat McAnany.
Staying home in droves
Oak Park and River Forest did themselves proud last November with a voter turnout over 80 percent?#34;second and third respectively in Cook County. But according to the tally released by Cook County Clerk David Orr recently, we didn't do nearly as well in the local April elections.
Only 28.9 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots (10,161 votes) whereas only 25.1 percent of River Foresters (1,873) voted.
That put us well behind the number one community, Bedford Park, where a laudable 74.2 percent came to the polls. Then again, that's only 311 voters. On the other hand, only 4.9 percent turned out in Streamwood. Maybe only relatives were allowed to vote.
He makes Sneed without leaving town
Oak Park resident John Mahoney, late of the TV show Frasier and still a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble, was spotted by Sun-Times socialite columnist Michael Sneed celebrating his birthday "at Terry Thulis' Marion Street Grille in Oak Park." Happy Birthday, John.