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Forty Years Ago

Champion dogs, like ordinary people, usually have a formal-name birth certificate, maybe something like this: “Champion Checkmates Gai V. Trelenberg C.D.” Then, after they give you their paw, you can call them by their nickname, in this case, “Misty.” Owned by Harry J. Trelenberg, of 111 Circle Ave., she was a world traveler having logged more than 10,000 miles while competing, often winning, in 15 states. She was here for a warm-up prior to the Doberman Competition of the International Dog Show at the Chicago Amphitheater. Michael Vick was a no-show.

From a column by Claude A. Walker, Jr. (Son of Ye Olde Editor):

“Harry Glos, a police patrolman, saved my life. I was a pimply-faced teenager out on a date. I was zipping down Madison Street when I cut a red light a little too close. Harry curbed me. For 10 minutes I was given a firm but sincere lecture on auto safety, and it’s stayed with me all this time.

“Harry made me aware of defensive driving. Today, whenever a guy tailgates me, I let him pass. He could be a doctor on the way to an emergency, a detective on a case; a father-to-be on his way to the hospital or someone late for a plane. He can have the right of way. This holiday [Fourth of July weekend, 1967], 800-plus people were killed on the highways. I wasn’t one of them and I hope you avoided being a statistic, too. Because of Harry Glos I figure my odds improved.”

From the July 13, 1967, Forest Park Review

Thirty Years Ago

Hurt yourself by clipping this and taking it along next shopping grind. Source-a White Way 1977 food ad: Blade Cut Pot Roast, 45 cents lb. … Italian Sausage, 89 cents lb. … Imported Ham, slices, 98 cents lb. … On-cor Frozen Veal Parmigiana, 99 cents ea. … Fancy Bonita Bananas, 5 lbs. for $1 … Cashmere Bouquet Beauty Soap, 4 bath bars for 59 cents … Red Cross Spaghetti, 1 lb. box for 39 cents … Tomatoes, 29 cents lb.

From the May 4, 1977 Forest Park Review

Twenty Years Ago

Rifle through the pages of Forest Park history and you’ll see plenty of references to Homer’s Restaurant in the 7300 block of Madison Street. A once legendary meeting place when it opened in the ’40s, it was originally called Wimpy’s. Always a popular place to “meet, eat and have a drink,” it was sold a few years later to Homer Bale, who renamed and renovated the place.

After a long, successful run, Homer’s fell on hard times. Bale passed away, and his son Tony revived it for a time. The place again became a political melting pot, regaining its reputation as one of the most popular restaurants in the western suburbs. Yet, it never quite regained its former status, and its liquor license expired. Finally, the place went up in a spectacular fire on April 30, 1987. A few nearby businesses were hit and arson was suspected in a blaze that wasn’t totally extinguished for 13 hours. The only good thing that came out of it was “Coffey,” the pet cat at the neighboring Tagiola store.

From the May 6, 1987, Forest Park Review

Ten Years Ago

Editor Ken Trainor conducted a strictly informal, yet fun and rewarding survey 10 years back. One of those queried was Joe Brynes, a popular police lieutenant now retired. Q: Favorite thing to cook at home? A:Steak or chicken. (You’ll find Joe still at the grill during many a public function.) Q: Funniest thing to happen on the job? A:The bat at 251 Marengo Ave. He didn’t want to leave, and I didn’t want to stay. He kept strafing and I kept swinging [my baton]. Cop one, bat zero. Q: Your nomination for the name of our beautiful park? A: Bob Haeger or Marty Popelka. They cared about it and were always there. Q: What’s your secret ambition? A: To be a stand-up comedian … at least ’till they tell me to sit down.

From the June 18, 1997, Forest Park Reviewa