I didn't live in Oak Park in the 1980s when "Wild Bill" was around, but I still had a good laugh over Dan Haley's column ("'Wild Bill,' OP's headline-grabbing top cop, dead in Newark of all places," Jan. 5). It's the funniest thing I've read in your paper. I even read parts of it over the phone to an Oak Parker who has moved to Tucson.
The Downtown Oak Park Board of Directors by a majority vote opposes the proposed smoke-free ordinance, which would prohibit smoking in Oak Park restaurants and other hospitality related businesses. (Please be advised that our board's village representative abstained from this vote.)
As president of the Illinois Restaurant Association and life-long resident of Oak Park, I am compelled to respond to the letter submitted by Mark Peysakhovich ("Smoke-free OP would protect health, boost local economy") in the December 1 issue of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL.
I am a twelve year old boy attending Brooks Junior High. I am very athletic, I played Bronco baseball last year, I am on the Strikers soccer club, and I am on the Brooks basketball team. Also I am a student athlete with a 3.78 GPA. As you can tell, I have a lot going for me. One of the biggest factors in my life right now is smoking. A while back, I decided, I chose not to smoke.
The Hoppe Building at 461 N. Harlem is going to be turned into rubble! What a pity! The building has classic historic features, including abundant limestone trim, well worth preserving in a time of glass and steel high-rises.
This is why I strongly believe that the Hoppe Building should not be knocked down. It generates property taxes and the village-operated garage planned in its place won't, and it will just increase the tax burden for everyone else.
I read with dismay of the village's plans to demolish the building at 461 N. Harlem this month, the building next to the Holley Court parking lot, to make room for a parking structure. The building is so serene, a joy to view with its unobtrusive architecture. Now, we'll have to see a concrete mass stretching out to Harlem.
Sometime before the end of the month, a demolition contractor will appear at the Hoppe Building located on Harlem Avenue, just north of the Marshall Field Building, which houses the Border's Bookstore.
The decision by the village trustees to knock down the condominium building just north of Border's is unfortunate. The building was built in the 1920s and is a well-kept, handsome building of architectural value which is worth preserving. It may not be known to many but the building was either owned or managed by Ernest Hemingway's uncle in the 1930s!