Suprised, shocked to learn about Jassen

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

I came in this afternoon (Thursday July 21) at around 2 after several attempts earlier that morning to pull myself out of bed from a cold that I've been fighting. Among the first phone calls I had planned to make when I got in was to Jassen Strokosch for an Irving School story I was contemplating. I emailed him last Friday afternoon to see if he had time to talk Monday morning. He replied that he did.

I didn't get in until late Monday morning and soon after emailed him to say I hadn't forgotten about our talk and that I was hoping we could talk later in the week. He replied later that day and said, "Sure. whenever."

I had made sure to remind myself to give him a call today and was suprised to hear that he is missing; my thoughts are with him and his family.

I have a habit of calling people I first meet "Mr." or "Ms." so-and-so, and it takes me a while to get use to calling them by theif first name. That's also true for Jassen, whom I first talked to by phone in 2007 for a D97 school story. He insisted that I call him Jassen. I'm hopeful that he is OK and that we'll be having more phone and face-to-face talks soon.

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jan from oak park   

Posted: July 21st, 2011 7:50 PM

Terry, I'm surprised at the copy eds at your paper....

South oak park  

Posted: July 21st, 2011 7:04 PM

The police are involved and a missing person's report filed. Volunteers are distributing flyers in multiple areas. Please see the other Wednesday journal story for details on how to get involved.

Anne from Oak Park  

Posted: July 21st, 2011 6:55 PM

Maybe I'm missing something here but how could an adult man be lost in Thatcher Woods. That SOMETHING has happened to him is obvious but perhaps they shouldn't just concentrate on that one area. If he hasn't called in yet or shown up, it might be best to report him as a missing person and widen the search to other locales as well. We will certainly hope for the best.

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