40 Years Ago

The phrase, “dime tip” has been consigned to the past for some time now. Yet, an item appeared in the Review on the tipping and taxation of those in the service sector – taxi drivers, waitpersons, hotel maids, baggage handlers, etc. – who depend on the generosity of others. Back in ’68, if a worker received $20 or more in tips per month it had to be reported and would be reflected on the employee’s W-2 form. I don’t know the monthly cut-off amount today, but it seems like an average tip 40 years ago was about 10 percent. In the ’80s and ’90s it hovered around 15 percent, and today a 20 percent gratuity seems to be the norm. When dining, to be fair to yourself and your server, deduct the tax portion from the bill and tip on the remainder. What do you look for when tipping?

From the Aug. 1, 1968, Forest Park Review

30 Years Ago

Some may recall the matter of police Sgt. Harlie Merritt who, while returning from a December 1977 visit with his parents in upstate New York, was seriously hurt when his car hit a Thruway plow during a fierce snowstorm. He waited, bleeding with internal injuries and in shock for 45 minutes until an ambulance could get through the blizzard to reach him. His injuries were severe enough to warrant lengthy stays in two area hospitals where he required 42 units of blood.

His wife, Frances, had moved to Buffalo to be available to him daily. Police Chief Drane and some fellow officers made a couple of visits to Merritt. A series of operations were performed there and later at Loyola Hospital. Time heals, especially tough policemen, and Merritt was back on the job in May of 1978, four hours nightly at first, then right back into the old routine. Whew!

From the Aug. 9, 1978, Forest Park Review

20 Years Ago

Two items concerning the tragic death of the 4-year-old boy who died in an auto collision recalled here last week. First an excerpted letter from Jo Ann Ruf: “I saw the worst motor vehicle accident on the curve in the 1000 block of Desplaines in which a 4-year-old boy died. What will it take for the village to install a stop light at Harvard or Taylor?”

Then this from a next-issue follow up by Editor Mary Mateer: [In the matter of this stretch of Desplaines Avenue.] “During the past 2-1/2 years, there have been 57 accidents, 54 injuries and the recent death of a young child due to an oil slick on the road. IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) notified the village a week after the accident that bids would be let in December (four months hence) for installation of a new, grooved surface at the site.”

From the Aug. 31, 1988, Forest Park Review

10 Years Ago

An unidentified man survived being shot in the head three times during a botched robbery at the victim’s apartment, 528 Desplaines Ave. Three suspects were taken into custody after police interviewed the man at the hospital. Detective Patrick Tierney said the suspects were known to the victim, who was able to give descriptions of the trio.

Tierney said the victim disclosed to police as he was being taken to the hospital that two men had entered his apartment when he opened the door to admit a female friend. An argument took place and the two men shot him, he said. The visitors fled and he ran to a neighbor’s apartment. Shocked by the man’s apparent condition, the neighbor quickly dialed 911. Only then, was the neighbor sure that the man had taken two bullets to the face, a third to the back of the head, one to the hand and another to the shoulder. Remarkable.

From the July 29, 1998, Forest Park Review.

Bob was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1932. His family encouraged him to join the Air Force (ours) during the Korean War. There, he fell into the clutches of Barbara Miles. They still have two world-class daughters, Jill and Cara. “Each of the four of us likes the other three of us,” says Bob.