Residents of Illinois may take special pride at the importance of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Franklin Roosevelt and current President Barack Obama.

When the October, 1929, stock market crashed on Wall Street in the United States, Oak Parker Ernest Hemingway was writing his first novel while living in Florida. It was there that he received the news of his father’s death; his father was an Oak Park physician. Frank Lloyd Wright was living in Oak Park, teaching and practicing architecture at his home and studio.

Governor Franklin Roosevelt of the State of New York was nominated Democratic candidate to be president at a convention held in Chicago in 1932.

Barack Obama, former U.S. senator from Illinois, is president in the midst of a world-wide economic crisis, potentially more of a great problem than the 1929 crisis.

It is historically interesting that Hemingway, Wright, Roosevelt and Obama, in the midst of today’s worldwide crisis, are products of two very troubling times in world history. Illinois is known for more than the importance of Abraham Lincoln, who managed a great national crisis.

William Becic
Oak Park

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