An Oak Park and River Forest High School grad is returning to the village area, some 40 years later, after channeling his disillusionment into chronicling the failures of the 2008 Chicago Cubs.

Floyd Sullivan, 59, graduated from OPRF in 1970, after attending St. Giles Catholic School here. He lived in Chicago for 25 years until work brought him to the east coast.

It was about two years ago that the lifelong Cubs fan decided he wanted to chronicle the 2008 team, comparing them to their 1908 counterparts, which actually won a World Series (in 1907 too). So he set about working on the exploits of what he hoped would turn out to be a championship team for the first time in 100 years.

Hope, apparently, springs eternal

The fruit of his labor is Waiting for the Cubs: The 2008 Season, the Hundred-Year Slump and One Fan’s Lifelong Vigil. Floyd and his wife Lucy (also an OPRF grad) returned to Chicago last year after their youngest headed off to college and Floyd was laid off from his job as vice president of a dinnerware company in York, Penn.

Sullivan will sign copies of his book on Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at Goldyburger’s, 7316 Circle Ave., in Forest Park. He hopes it will turn into a class reunion of sorts.

“I missed a few while away,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of friends.”

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