Steve Niko Jr., former Forest Parker now living in Greensboro, N.C., wrote to us in search of classmates from his 1954 class at St. John Lutheran School here in town. So far, Sam has located 26 of the 31 graduates and hopes you can help him find the rest. Here are the names of the missing 1954 grads: Lois (Blumhorst) Borchardt, Dale Hoffman, Barbara Kramer, Darlene (Wadlington) Scheu, and Rosine Schulz. If you know the whereabouts of any of the above, please contact Sam at 4709 Royal Coach Road, Greensboro, N.C., 27401. His phone number is (336) 547-8343. Or e-mail him at

I met Ann White at the Jewel the other day. “Hi, Ann!” says I.

“Blough bluh, ghuuu,” said she. Poor girl had just had four wisdom teeth extracted. Let’s hope the worst of the pain is over by now.

The Forest Park National Bank is even more glorious than before. The reason? Jack Vainisi is back! He has been working at another bank, priming for his return to Forest Park. Welcome home, Jack.

Rene VanZandt, a loan officer at the same bank, had a dozen beautiful red roses on her desk on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps a secret admirer?

Here is a coda to the Feb. 10 Brahms “German Requiem;” Greg Phillips, on bass, and Ellie Clifton served about 125 instrumentalists and singers after their rehearsal and before the performance. Concordia Daylo also assisted with the serving and cleaning up afterward. The concert received excellent reviews. Next year something by Schubert will probably be the offering. Schubert’s beautiful melodies will please everyone.

AARP will offer another driver safety program at the community center March 6 and 7. This is mostly for drivers age 50 and older. The eight-hour course should help you tune up your skills. Personally, I think just about all drivers could benefit from these classes. You’ll get an insurance discount in most states and from most insurance companies. Does anyone recall the old rule “the pedestrian has the right of way?” Hah! Of course, the right of way is yours to give, not take, so most of us just let the cars bully us. Does anyone recall why those turn signal arms are on the wheel? If you are one of the many who have no idea why that arm is there, why not take the class and find out. It may surprise you, and save a life some day. Call 771-7737 to register.

On Thursday, Feb. 28 at noon, you can enjoy lunch with your friends for a mere $4.50, and after that you can play bingo for only $2.50 at the Community Center. Reservations required; transportation available by appointment.

Dixie Quitsch is still reeling from the excitement of Valentine’s Day. It’s exciting, fun, but unfortunately those lovely roses are not free to the florist. So about as fast as the dollars come in, they go out. There’s always Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation, weddings, showers, etc. Florists do not have a slack season.

Beginning March 13 at 7 p.m. Centuries & Sleuths will feature a new kind of book club. “Page to Screen” meetings will discuss favorite books that have been ruined by Hollywood interpretations, or conversely a mediocre book made into a fine movie. The first meeting will discuss “84 Charing Cross Road.” The movie featured Anne Bancroft, and Anthony Hopkins. Mystery, history and biography fans will have a lot to say. The $10 admission includes popcorn and soft drinks. All copies of the book must be purchased at C&S.

Augie Aleksey spent last Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Chicago Hilton and Towers with Kathy and Judy of WGN fame. Augie was selling copies of “Sin in the Second City” by local author, Karen Abbotts.

On Feb. 20 say happy birthday to Alexandria Reina and Jonah Victorson; on the 21st, Jacquie Madden, Megan Lyons; on the 22nd, Rich and Bob Krieger, and Michael Gillian and Xauer Skinner; on the Feb. 23 it’s Phil Kachlic, Jean Guntow, Chris Wood, Christina Quintana, Jean Leinweber, Meghan Krieger, Jacqueline Janney; on the 24th, Chris Thornton, Mary White, Sam Huynyh, Scott Grams; Feb. 25, Alexandria Eterno, Rachel Hamilton, Gary Neubeiser; the 26th, Joseph Tricoci, Jullian Tricoci, Darryl Licht, Dan Criscione, Patrick Dornecker, Susan Rehore; Feb. 27, Diane Janopoulos McGrath, Arthur Kazar, Connor Sullivan, Gina Pardun, Norris Killean.

Also, a belated birthday wish to Stanley Quintana, who celebrated on Feb. 11.

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...