Forty Years Ago

Mayor Howard Mohr declared war on some juveniles who had been breaking street and alley lights at a rate almost too fast to replace. In a joint statement with Commissioner Paul Berlin, Mohr said he had “lost all patience” with these unthinking youths. In 1964, 935 lights, and as many panels, were broken by vandals. In the first two and a half months of ’65, 201 lights and 231 panels had been damaged. The mayor said that no leniency would be shown. He urged parents to see whether their children were involved, and asked for the cooperation of villagers who witnessed such public destruction. The only thing wrong with the story was that the front page headline read, “LIGTH BREAKING CURB.”

Editor Claude Walker emphasized what was probably the key aspect of the expensive mischief”the parents, their lack of authority and their abundance of ignorance concerning what their kids do. “I’ve got news for these lazy fathers and mothers. If they don’t take care of their kids, society will in the form of a jail”while their parents pay the bill,” he said.

From the April 1965 issues of the Forest Park Review.

Thirty Years Ago

Lonnie Snodgrass and Robert Holmes made armed robbery pay off to the tune of $3,500 at a Jewel food store in Broadview and, minutes later, $2,000 at the National Tea supermarket on the current site of the Bed, Bath and Beyond on Harlem Avenue and Washington Street.

Forest Park police took part in a novel ‘trap’ set for the pair. Hours after the second robbery, police staged a phony automobile accident outside Snodgrass’ Bolingbrook apartment, grabbing him as he exited to check on possible damage to his vehicle. Holmes, who lived 1 1/2 miles away, was lured out of his apartment by a phone call telling him his license plates had been stolen.

“Dear Sally: Our daughter, age 17, does something that bothers us. Whenever she hasn’t been asked for a date by Friday, she gets busy on the phone calling one boy after another until one of them asks her out. Do you think we are being old-fashioned thinking these are unladylike tactics on her part?”Sidelines” “Dear Sidelines: No indeed. Girls who call boys for dates soon earn a reputation of “over-aggressiveness. In the long run, boys shy away from this kind of girl. If your daughter refuses to listen to you now, she’ll have to learn her lesson the hard way”especially when she runs out of phone numbers.”

Remember the stickers-on-poles caper? Someone on the staff of Democratic State Rep. Ted Leverenz (Fifth District) allegedly affixed election stickers bearing his name all over public property here. Village attorney Ed O’Shea sent a letter to Leverenz repeating the request to take down his election stickers.

From the April 1975 issues of the Forest Park Review.

Twenty Years Ago

After 31 years and 10 months a most popular policeman decided to hang it up. Lieutenant Fred Zimmerman”a.k.a. the Silver Fox, the Lone Eagle and Officer Friendly”joined the force in 1954. A lifetime resident of our village, he and his wife, Betty, were feted by his fellow officers with a retirement dinner at the Mar-Lac House. The Eagle no longer soars.

Publisher Bob Haeger is guilty of the following question: “If you buy a Dior at a resale store would it be known as a worn-again Christian?” Or how about, “If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?” Haeger gets the last one: “A man told his friend that Halley’s Comet shows up only once every 76 years. ‘I know,’ said his friend, ‘I’ve got children like that’.”

From the April 1985 issues of the Forest Park Review.

Just in case the opportunity arises and you fall to temptation there’s this item from the REVIEW’s Police Reports: “A book containing 490 unsold Illinois Lottery tickets was reported stolen from the counter of a news stand at the CTA terminal. Police said they would be of little value to the culprit since the serial numbers are recorded.” (If, like, $100 million is at stake, just how much is very little?)

From the April 1985 issues of the Forest Park Review.

Ten Years Ago

Who Remembers? My Son John (Went to bed with his stockings on) … Biff Rose … Evel Knievel … Phil Cavaretta … Will Perdue … men’s garters … women’s garter belts … Jonah Jones … Harry Reasoner … Howard Miller … Grant’s lost sock in the Thurber bit, “If Grant Had Been Drinking at Appomattox”

A sign of things to come, that would prove to be a correct assumption, back in 1995: Tony Calderone finished ‘top of the heap’ in a field of 11 candidates who were vying for the four commissioner seats. It was the March primary and a customary light turnout reluctantly turned out. Calderone fielded 642 of the 1,294 votes cast. With 6,600 registered bodies in town, a piteous 20 percent that cared enough. Tim Gillian, with 607 votes said he was “very surprised.” Laureen Thornton was right behind with 604 and Phil Clark made the top five with 465 votes. Seven other candidates garnered 165 to 449 votes. Armand Ladouceur was again running for mayor; this time opposing incumbent Lorrain Popelka.

From the March/April 1995 issues of the Forest Park Review.