Chop a bun! “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us …?” Noodles? Never again will she serve us Nine Pizzas. Pluto has been kicked out of the solar system. Nothing in life is static, so like many other things, we have to get over it.

You may call him “Professor Carter” now. That’s the Review/Wednesday Journal‘s Drew Carter. Professor Carter began teaching a course in journalism at Dominican University last week. Congratulations and good luck, Drew. (You can still call him Drew).

Follow up on the death of Mike Dowd (Douglas) a few weeks ago: Michael Douglas Dowd went to Saint Bernardine’s and Proviso High School. In those days there was no Proviso East or West, just Proviso. Is anyone old enough to remember a radio program called “Kay Kaiser’s College of Musical Knowledge?” Young Mike Dowd was a vocalist on that program. From those beginnings he went on to show biz and sometimes appeared at the old Chez Paris or some such nightspot in downtown Chicago. He would stay with his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Eloise Dowd, on Dunlop Avenue and spend time with his nieces and nephews. All this happened before he began hosting his popular daytime talk show. Mike’s niece, Mary Hart, is now living in Riverside; nephews Dan Dowd and John Dowd are now living at opposite ends of the U.S.

Here is a final tribute to those hard-working young men who gave us our beautiful alleys. They worked through some of the most grueling, intolerable heat we’ve ever known. Shown in the pictures are Jose Arellano, Alex Morales, Jose Vasquez, Martin Telles, Arturo Gausin, Tomas Salas, George Sausero, Jesus Almeda, and Homero Vasquez. Some day their grandchildren can come to Forest Park and tell their families, “My grandfather paved these alleys back in 2006.”

The community center’s weekly trips are probably all booked up for September and October, but sometimes there are cancellations, so don’t give up. Here’s the lineup: an architecture cruise and Hard Rock Cafe visit; Royal George Theatre; Brookfield Zoo; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; King Tut at the Field Museum; a ghost tour; and a three-day adventure to the Amana Colonies, including a visit to the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum and bingo in Tama, Iowa. Call 708/771-7737 for information.

For reservations to the 2nd annual “Brass Buddies” Golf Outing with special guest of honor Bud Herseth, former principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, call 815/899-5006 or 708/601-6598 or e-mail

Principal trombonist of the CSO, Jay Friedman will be hosting the event on Saturday, Sept. 9; tee time is 11:30 a.m. The $75 includes a round of golf, clinic, buffet, and silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest.

On Aug. 30 say happy birthday to Paul Richards, Michelle Becker Baum, Aaron Scheiwe, Zach Drane and John Trage; on Aug. 31 to Jessica Huebner, Al Lussow and Samantha Triplett. Goodbye, August and hello, September! On Sept. 1, birthday greetings to Ron Apilado, Steve Knack and Steve Sedlack, and anniversary greetings to Bill and Maureen Flagg.

Sept. 2 birthday greetings to Patti Mullin, John Tricoci Jr., Sarah Goetz, Lois Bugajski and Tim Scheiwe. On Sept. 3, best wishes to Jamie Carr, Eric Battersby, Sheila O’Shea, Nancy Bower and Dan Novak; Sept. 4th is the birthday of Marc Neumann, Veronica Barjas, Jack Brennan, Jodie Giblin and Larry Steinbach. On Sept. 5, it’s David Kazar and Todd Brower; and that’s it for this week.

Mirupafshim (see you later).

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...