Twenty-five years ago this newspaper was born. While Ted Turner was creating his Cable News Network (CNN) to televise round-the-clock news coverage during the summer of 1980, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL sprang full-blown uponâ€"and fromâ€"this community.
Days after graduating from college, I found myself back at my mom's house in River Forest, being asked (frequently), "So, what are you going to do now?" I wanted a job at a newspaper, I said, adding with desperation, any newspaper.
During the 2Â˝ decades I've been reviewing local theatrical productions, new companies sprang up like weeds while others withered away and died. I once saw shows produced by troupes with names like Delaney Theatre, Dainamite Studios, Act IV Productions, West Wind Theatre, and Oak Park Musical Theater, to name a few. River Forest Community Center, which used to be located in an old bus barn at Lake Street & Jackson Avenue (now the deli and produce department of the Jewel), mounted constant productions.
I can still picture the day WEDNESDAY JOURNAL was born. I saw Dan Haley hawking issues of the inaugural paper in a park. I knew Dan from high school and offered on the spot to write for his newspaper. He declined my offerâ€"probably because he knew me from high school.