Forty Years Ago

There’s been talk lately (there’s always talk) about how much rubbish, garbage, blown paper, debris, wrappers, broken glass, tossed food and half-filled containers are strewn about town to detract from our otherwise “fair” city. Our street cleaning trucks do a pretty good job with brushes and water, yet most of us -will not bend down and pick up litter. Good exercise, by the way.

In May of 1966, reader Ann Cusack, in a letter to the editor decried “the slovenly condition of our parkways, sidestreets”even main thoroughfares”the whiskey bottles, paper cups, newspapers, etc.” Litter run wild, forty years ago, just as today. There’s a word you may or not be familiar with””detritus.” No city, town or village should be deluged by it. Afterthought: want a niftier looking Forest Park? Clean it up. If not you, who?

Thirty Years Ago

Wick Jewelers on Madison Street took yet another hit when burglars shattered the display window after midnight, and helped themselves to about 40 watches worth some $1,500. Owner Mrs. Lorraye Wick told reporters, “I can’t take much more of this,” adding “I can’t afford the high cost of insurance on the merchandise or the store window.”

From the May 5, 1976 issues of the Forest Park Review

Twenty Years Ago

The word from Editor Bob Haeger: “Ever hear of boiled eye glasses? Neither had I until I saw (neighbor) Dee Wesley drop hers in a pot of boiling water in order to bend them to keep them from sliding down her nose. Also”any one who looks forward to doing his taxes would order spinach for dessert. With the help of my wife I think I’ll be able to file on time. That way, we can contribute to the government’s ongoing crusade to keep us from squandering money on food, clothing and shelter.”

Ten Years Ago

We did an excerpt of a Bill Lichenberg column last week. Let’s do an excerpt from a Bill Lichtenberg column this week. The subject was Forest Park election, 1996, and the theme was “Words to Live By After All the Rhetoric.” The format was brief definitions of terms, and some of his examples were:

Parkinson’s Law:Work will expand to fill the time available for its completion.

Hodghead’s Cynicism:A husband is someone who sticks by you through troubles you wouldn’t have had if you hadn’t married him in the first place.

Preston’s Postulate:Two can live as cheaply as one…for half as long.

Defalque’s Observations:1. A path without obstacles probably leads nowhere. 2. Speak well of your enemies; remember, you made them.

Daniel’s Doodle: Man who slings mud loses ground.

Mark Twain’s Postulate: Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

John Newburn’s Law:People can be divided into three groups; those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.

Sullivan’s Dictum:Forget about loving your enemies. Treat your friends better.

From the April 5, 1996 issue of the Forest Park Review