It’s always good to expose talented young minds to brilliant and accomplished people. And Nobel prize winner Leon Lederman, who’s job is running Fermilab in Batavia, is about as brilliant and accomplished as they come.

Besides running the major national physics facility, Lederman has received fellowships from the Ford, Guggenheim, Ernest Kepton Adams and National Science Foundations. He also helped found and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, a school for gifted students.

Lederman will be at the Roosevelt School in River Forest this Friday at 12:15 p.m. to engage the school’s accelerated 7th and 8th grade mathematics class in a question-and-answer session.

“He’s a huge devotee and dedicated advocate of science education,” said Roosevelt teacher Louisa Starr, who will be hosting Lederman. “These kids have already done quite a bit, so it’ll be a little meeting of the minds.”

Students from Roosevelt’s mathematically gifted program placed second in the state this year at the Scholastic Bowl, and won the Fenwick Science Competition.

Input sought on Harrison study

Fast forward to many months from now, when you, fair reader, are shocked to read in these pages that some new development is coming to-or X number of dollars are being spent on-Harrison Street.

“When the bleep did those bleeping bleeps decide all that?” you scream at Abraham Lincoln and a cat rubbing your leg.

Wake up! This is not a dream! Your input will be heard at a “community visioning workshop” (stay awake!) set for 7 to 9 p.m. on May 15 at La Majada Restaurant, 226 W. Harrison St.

The meeting is the beginning of a process that will result in a master plan for the Arts District.

“Area issues, strengths and opportunities will be reviewed, and ideas for improving street lighting and gateway features discussed,” says a village statement. “Ways to connect and unify the business corridor, as well opportunities for local artists to create public art pieces and design enhancements, also will be addressed.”

This is your big chance. But it’s not your only chance. Information on the planning process will be kept at, while comments can be e-mailed to Luddites can dial 708/358-5418.

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