John Rice is a columnist/private detective, who has seen his business and family thrive in Forest Park. He thoroughly enjoys life in the village and still gets a thrill smelling Red Hots, watching softball and strolling through cemeteries.
To say that Jim Goelitz has deep roots in Forest Park would be an understatement. His great-grandfather, Henry Goelitz, started the paving company that laid down brick streets in Forest Park, Oak Park, Berwyn and Cicero.
One of the many things I admire about millennials is their willingness to invest in experiences rather than amassing material goods. So when I proposed that our millennial children try Forest Park's new Escape Factor, they were immediately on board. One of them had already escaped from a room in Nashville and had the T-shirt to prove it.
In 1967, American society was coming apart at the seams, splitting along racial and cultural lines. There was growing opposition to the Vietnam War and a widening generational gap between parents and their counter-cultural kids. Race riots rocked cities from coast to coast.