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40 years ago

What could be more natural than two people living together, occasionally getting in the way of the other, not quite saying what they intended to say, or misunderstanding what the other apparently said. That’s called marriage.

Dr. Bernard Green, professor of psychiatry at the U. of I. Medical Center, addressed these and other matters at RiverEdge Hospital during a public seminar. Consenting couples who had sought help with marital difficulties participated in live demonstration interviews with the doctor commenting periodically. It seems like a long time since RiverEdge offered public programs like this.

From the Feb. 14, 1979, Forest Park Review

30 years ago

Robert Frost wrote a poem titled “Fire and Ice.” A Forest Park family reversed the order of things when a double dose of bad luck struck the Roy Quitsch family. Late in the morning their garage gave way under an excessive load of snow. Only a few hours later, fire broke out in the furnace and laundry area of their home. By the time firemen arrived at 320 Elgin, the building was enveloped in smoke and flames. Calls to units of the Oak Park and River Forest fire departments were not enough to keep the blaze from causing a total loss. Quitsch was the owner of Quitsch Florists, then at Roosevelt and Harlem.

From the Feb. 7, 1979, Forest Park Review

20 years ago

You may remember the name, Michael Aufiero – and the accident that came close to ending his life. The 5 year old was accompanying his mother, Sherry Aufiero, and his older sister and brother at an intersection near the Garfield Elementary School. Blocked by a larger vehicle, the driver of a panel truck let the three within his view pass, then proceeded – only to strike the boy. Michael suffered serious physical injuries and enough brain damage to fall into a prolonged coma.

In a follow-up story two years later, the boy’s mother reported that he made a “190-degree turnaround.” She said interaction with siblings Ryan (then 9) and Sara (then 6), had helped him the most. “Being treated like his brother and sister has helped him a lot,” said his mother. “When he misbehaves he gets punished.” She added that gradually his comprehension returned, he could speak in full sentences and was relearning to walk. The Sunnyside school in Berkeley helped teach him the rudiments of independent living, and he had relearned to bathe and dress himself. His mother felt comfortable saying that, so far, Michael was enjoying his childhood.

From the March 2, 1989, Forest Park Review

10 years ago

Mary Witte, a local freelance writer, took an assignment from the Sun-Times on the subject of Forest Park. While largely positive about the village’s cost of living, racial balance and fine location, Ms. Witte closed on a flat note describing the village’s elementary schools as poor. “If there’s a drawback to the town,” she wrote, “it’s the sub-par schools.”

Predictably, there was reaction from District 91 Superintendent Joseph Scolire, the board, its teachers and many parents. Scolire sent a lengthy letter to the Sun-Times demanding a correction or retraction. “If there’s any drawback to the article” he wrote, “it’s the unfair and untrue picture of our schools, their teachers and the students.” Witte and Sun-Times Editor Eric Benderoff stuck by their story, with Benderoff allowing that he might consider running a short clarification in his paper’s Homelife section.

From the Jan. 20, 1999, Forest Park Review