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.
John Joseph Martin, 72, of Forest Park, died on May 22, 2017. Born on March 12, 1945, he earned an M.A. in Special Education from Loyola University. He served as executive director at Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL) since 1980 and was also a longtime coach of youth sports in his hometown of Forest Park.
Few American towns have a connection to the circus like Forest Park. So the demise of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus really hits home. I have had a soft spot for the 146-year-old "Greatest Show on Earth" ever since I researched the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train disaster.
Last week, I corrected the 60th and final term paper for my son, Mark. I felt like I had completed college for the fourth time. Mark graduated from Grace College, in Warsaw, Indiana, after earning his degree in Business & Marketing.
When it comes to the remarkable life of former Forest Parker, Blanche Kos Lukes, the collage says it all. It shows her future husband, Jerry Lukes, lifting her, as they performed their dance at Sokol Tabor, on March 12, 1955.