Thank you for your excellent coverage of the Oak Park and River Forest High School Class of 1955 reunion on Homecoming weekend. Many such long-awaited events prove to be a disappointment, but not this one.
We appreciate your prep-reunion story on the class of 1955 [The big 5-0, LifeLines, Oct. 5]. We had record numbers of alums?#34;230 in all?#34;attending our weekend reunion which started at the Carleton Hotel reception on Friday evening and continued with Homecoming festivities at the high school, a bus tour, dinner at the Oak Park Country Club and various grade school brunches and luncheons.
Wednesday Journal published two letters on Oct. 19 decrying "reckless charges ... [that were] a contemptible slap in the face of everyone ... who selflessly gave of their time for the good of Oak Park" and "zealots ... incapable of believing that everyone else doesn't believe as they do." What prompted these ad hominem attacks that decried "ad hominem attacks?"
It the time, attending high school in the 1980s was defined by the contrast with attending elementary school in the '70s. Elementary school and the '70s were not a happy time for me. My family moved to Oak Park in September, 1973.
The proposal to ban smoking in public places, including restaurants, is being resurrected by the dedicated group of anti-smoking activists who call their organization Smoke Free Oak Park. Their previous proposal was voted down by the former village board, but it makes sense for the issue to be revived and reviewed by a new board, and, in fact, the topic has been placed on the board's agenda for Feb. 27.