Forty Years Ago

You just don’t see an offer like this Polish joke book advertised in the Review anymore. Maybe we’ve become more sensitive. Or maybe we’ve just beat the life out of this kind of ethnic humor with a never ending succession of poor taste. In the midst of all this, the late ’70s, writer P.J. O’Rourke took up stereotyping virtually every ethnic group in a 1977 Esquire magazine article.

The result was that we all got made fun of, everybody was treated equally and noone was made a scapegoat. If you think about it, we’re all pretty much alike, and it’s the differences, blessedly, that make us special and interesting and unique.

From the Jan. 20 1966 issue of the Forest Park Review.

Thirty Years Ago

Not an awful lot of people in town may remember Sterling Quinn, President of Field Communications. He regularly hosted local and out-of-town personalities on radio and television. He greeted a throng of show business and communications types at the opening of UHF channel 32, WFLD. Quinlan lived at 1533 Harlem in Forest Park.

On the other side of the page, Editor Claude Walker recalled another local name that became fairly well known”longtime Forest Park resident and TV talk show host Mike Douglas. Walker recalled Douglas as a singer first at several St. Bernardine musical programs and later in some Proviso High School stage shows. A WBBM radio talent scout took note of him, and a career was launched.

Dear Sally: I have been engaged to a lovely girl for five years and, although she professes love for me, she still hasn’t set any date for our marriage. Her birthday is coming up soon, and since this will also mark the anniversary of our meeting six years ago, I would like to give her something exra-special in token of this special day. Any suggestions?”Tennessee.”

“Dear Tennessee: How about an ultimatum?”

Continuing the country’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Heritage Committee of Foret Park noted further historical landmarks as they affected our village.

 The German Baptist Church, previously located in Chicago, moved to Harlem in 1890. The present structure at Harlem and Dixon has been in use for 85 years.

 Kermit Union Sunday School, later a Presbyterian Church, began its services to the community in 1892. In 1975 it became the Filipino Church.

From the Nov. 1976 issues of the Forest Park Review.

Twenty Years Ago

Marking the deaths of Bill McKenzie and Earl “Duke” Flight within days of each other, Bob Haeger noted solemnly in his column, “This has been a dismal week in Forest Park.” Speaking of McKenzie, Bob observed, “His life was a virtual timeline of community involvement that extended far beyond his duties as village clerk and comptroller.” He reported that plans to establish a proper memorial to McKenzie were underway. Also that Flight, a 52 year-old mainstay member of the school board, should be likewise remembered.

Since tragedy often travels in threes, Haeger sadly added that Bill Wholberg, a longtime bartender at the popular Rilchard’s Tavern, also left us. Haeger brought his column to an end with, “We don’t want any more weeks like this.”

From the Jan. 1986 issues of the Forest Park Review.

Ten Years Ago

The woman entered Circle Video, browsed, asked to use the restroom, then approached the clerk with memorable words””Give me your cash or I’ll blow you away. You’ve got two minutes.” When the clerk failed to comply, she said, “I’ll blow your brains out,” and tried to get behind the counter. Standing his ground, the clerk blocked her way and called 911. When he lifted the receiver, she smiled and said, “April Fools. This is a joke,” then exited into the night. Life in the suburbs.

Who Remembers? Himilton Fish … Alexander Hamilton … Alexander Bumstead … Alexander Korda … Alexander the Great … Alexander the Pretty Good … the Little Lebowski … the Pretty good Lakes … the fair-to-middling Wall of China … the Ordinary Pyramids.

From the Jan. 1996 issues of the Forest Park Review.