Things change a lot in 50 years. But the bonds people form with each other in high school never change. Members of Oak Park and River Forest High School's Class of 1955 will renew those bonds this weekend, when they gather at Homecoming for their 50th reunion.
Think of the enormous number of faces and places that have passed through these pages in the last 25 years. Cute kids, frazzled politicians, devastated survivors, fire, snow, floods, flowers. You might recall some of the words we used to tell the stories, but it's the images that stick.
"New York, New York, it's a wonderful town! The Bronx is up and the Battery's down." And I'm in the middle, just like the people, riding (like crazy) in that hole in the ground. Without a doubt, folks, New York is a "helluva" town.
Swinging your hips into that alluring runway walk isn't as easy as it looks. You really have to concentrate, and you don't always know what to do with your arms, according to Adriana Vargas, a 24-year-old who has been perfecting her strut at Danza Viva's new striptease aerobics class, "The Art of Tease."
John and Ann Gearen of Oak Park announce the marriage of their son, John Alan, to Molly Christiansen, daughter of Knud and Lindsey Christiansen of Princeton, N.J. The couple was married on June 18 in Union Pier, Mich.
Intermittent power failures resulting from a wiring problem couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of a sellout crowd at "An Evening on the Orient Express," the Preview Party for the 34th Annual Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society ASID Showcase House. The 450 guests toured the Showcase House rooms, decorated by more than 25 members of the American Society of Interior Designers, the adjacent coach house and tents set up throughout the Euclid Avenue property, and enjoyed food, drink and entertainment.
Jennifer Kreyer and Scott Baltsen are pleased to announce their marriage on June 12 at St. Giles Church, with a reception at The Newberry Library in Chicago. The bride is the daughter of Lester and Ruth Kreyer of Oak Park. The groom is the son of Richard and Linda Baltsen, also of Oak Park.
Of all those who made a living off the Cold War (nuclear arms dealers, the Republican Party), possibly the person most adversely affected was spy novelist John Le Carré, whose gritty exercises in geopolitical existentialism held a legion of fans in thrall for decades.
Oak Parker Maura Woznica finished college and decided to take a year off. Not unusual for a recent graduate, but Woznica's plans are anything but typical. She's going to Kenya and Bolivia to work in community clinics in small villages, helping serve people in desperate need of health education, AIDS prevention information and care.