40 years ago

A peek back at the start of the women’s lib movement from its discarded bras to its disapproval by Review editor, Claude A. Walker. “The bra tossing,” he wrote, “was certainly in bad taste, and its promoters should be soundly censured. The fact that such demonstrations at the Michigan Avenue and State Street bridges fizzled was a tribute to a general public that wouldn’t swallow such stunts.”

Talk about getting your undies all bunched! Time cools. Time clarifies. And it usually gives us a different perspective on things. I think we’re a lot cooler now. If that tactic took place today, it would be seen as just that – a tactic, calling attention to an inequality of rights and not a shocking removal of underwear. In our fallible country and under our fallible government, freedom of expression remains alive and wears many faces. Yet, what tangled webs we still weave. Or, as a famous comedian and decent man of yesteryear – Jimmy Durante – said about a larger but related issue: “Why doesn’t everybody … leave everybody else … the hell … alone?”

That said, I’d say we’ve come a long way, baby.

From the Sept. 10, 1969, Forest Park Review

30 years ago

I like this comment: “Good, summer’s over. Now we can all start complaining about winter.” We are a hard-to-please bunch. Or at least spoiled. Forest Park has just about the most efficient snow removal crew of any Chicago suburb, sidewalks as well as streets. At a late September village board meeting, Commissioner Jim Sansone identified the main reason for (then) uncleared streets – parked cars that totally interfered with snowplows. His solution was zero street parking after midnight on one side to allow the plows complete freedom to clear during the night; then do the other side during the day.

Commissioner Ed Lambke reported that some garage sales were held up to six times a year at a single location. Some residents were also selling “big ticket” items, in effect, almost running a cottage industry while paying no sales tax. Today, other procedures have been tightened to benefit sellers and buyers.

From the Sept. 26, 1979, Forest Park Review

20 years ago

Short Shots – Sunday services had long been offered at St. John Lutheran Church. Then the church needed the services of a local locksmith when an unknown offender broke in and stole two sets of keys from the office and the janitorial area. Forest Park was featured in a two-part broadcast on Newsradio 78, WBBM, as “community of the week.” Our town’s history, residents and culture were discussed during the two-day “biography.” A highlighted portion of the program was a social, ethnic and political profile of the town presented by village historian Dr. Frank Orland. Irma and Ed Byars wrote a note thanking paramedics for their sustained, concerned, yet unsuccessful efforts to save their son, Eddie, a popular local counterman and bartender. Grace under the pressure of sudden death and sorrow.

From the Aug. 9, 1989, Forest Park Review

10 years ago

Nine-year-old Laura McGee just lost her best friend, a 3-year-old German shepherd. The two slept together, sang together and went for walks together. Last week we reported that three dogs, then a fourth, at the south end of town had been poisoned by a sick mind. Acting Chief of Police Joe Byrnes had gathered nearby concerned pet owners at the 16th Street Park for preventative measures and clue comparisons that might lead to the perpetrator.

How many Forest Park families can boast two valedictorians? Finishing at Proviso East with a 4.8 GPA on a grading scale of 4.0, Anshunan “Shay” Rao, 18, duplicated his sister’s achievement of two years earlier. During his freshman orientation he told his principal he would be class valedictorian by his senior year. Shay was enrolling at Northwestern University under its pre-med program.

From the June 16, 1999, Forest Park Review