Jim King's highest academic degree is a high school GED. How he went from stocking shelves at a National Tea store to being the director of elderly and disabled housing for the Oak Park Residence Corporation for the last 14 years is a story about learning on the job and in the classroom of life.
The Oak Park Public Library's series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," ends Saturday, March 29 with a panel discussion titled, "What Did it Take to Integrate Oak Park Schools?" To provide some background for the discussion, we are revisiting our story on District 97's efforts to balance the minority student population, which ran on Oct. 25, 2000 in our Viewpoints section.
High school history teacher, world traveler, bibliophile, and longtime Oak Park resident Thomas Dudley Ferguson, 75, died peacefully at home on March 16, 2014. The cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis.
My good friend and editor Ken Trainor wrote a column last month, "Will WJ make it to 40?" [Viewpoints, Feb. 5] I'm not sure if the paper will still be around in six years, but I am sure we would miss it if it were gone.
We felt bad for the guys driving the plows down our streets in the middle of one more snowy night, for the men pulling our garbage cans out of the deep drifts to empty them, for the fellows trying to hold our hubcaps on with some hot asphalt fill on our pockmarked streets.
Frankly, I look gruesome. Not a term I expected to use describing myself, but gruesome fits — fortunately, only for the time being. The good news is I'm not dying and I'm not contagious. The bad news is this will last a few more weeks.
It's no small privilege to spend 60 years as a resident in these parts. I've received that benison as one who came fresh from the seminary to River Forest in l954, an era when churches were well filled on Sundays and every woman wore a hat.
It's been about a month since I had my cancer surgery and about two months since my rectal cancer diagnosis. My surgery was Feb. 17, at Rush University Hospital. The doctors cut out a small portion of the area where my cancerous tumor was discovered and removed in January.