40 years ago

What were they drinking, kerosene? Or did they snort roach powder? What could have possessed them? Six or seven miscreants tore up Bartholomew’s Tavern, 7209 Madison, threatening and horrifying patrons while reducing the place to a shambles.

Two cars pulled up and “The Dirty Half Dozen” emerged brandishing knives, hell-bent on breaking the place up. Bartender Terry Serwot, grazed by a flying chair that smashed the back bar mirror, was “accosted by a 6-foot 6-inch beast who struck him with a beer bottle opening a 5-inch scalp wound. The jolly visitors secured front and back doors locking everyone in. The jerks then jerked out the telephone wires so their visit would remain a quiet, cozy zone. Then back to business, upending tables, breaking several bottles, even slashing some framed prints on the walls.

When police were notified and arrived, the “Magnificent Six or Seven” had made their exit. First guess was a probable revenge mission for some slight suffered by one of the vigilantes. Another early notion – that the motive might have been related to an earlier hate crime with sexual orientation at its source. Neither theory could be confirmed at press time.

From the Nov. 19, 1969, Forest Park Review

30 years ago

More and more, centenarians are rolling back the three-digit mark on their odometers. Though it’s still newsworthy, it was even newsier in 1979. That’s why Henry Hogrewe made page one of the Review. Quite a few honored his memory at a Saturday afternoon service in the community center. Congressman Henry Hyde was there, as was State Senator Richard Walsh, Mayor Fred Marunde, council members and scores of local residents.

Mr. Hogrewe was born in Hanover, Germany, and served on the police force here for 51 years. He recalled his first assignment as a security officer during an Altenheim picnic outing. One of his early partners on the force was Herman Ziebell. He happened to be off Sept. 30, 1945, the day Ziebell was killed on duty. The well-known, well-liked Hogrewe came to America as a 3 year old in 1882, worked at a variety of jobs before joining the force at the “advanced” age of 38.

From the Nov. 28, 1979, Forest Park Review

20 years ago

There are times when hearing of someone’s achievements, you may want to congratulate them by saying, “I ought to pattern my life after yours.” Often, this is dismissed with a mocking “Oh, God. Don’t do that.” It happens that a 19-year-old Vietnamese young lady from Forest Park came close to such emulation. As a 10 year old in Saigon, Loan Tran watched doctors at work and found biology and medicine fascinating. She wasted no time following her passion three years later in this country.

After graduating with straight As from Oak Park River Forest High School, she enrolled for 66 hours of English studies at Triton College to prepare for her Biology major at the U. of Chicago. She worked as a lab assistant there, tutored other students and became fluent in five languages. At the U. of C. Medical School, geriatric oncology seemed especially challenging and fit her interests. Of her multilingual skills, she said, “When you study a foreign language and learn what it really means, you get to know the ideas and culture behind it.” What a pattern. What a model. Loan Tran is worth following.

From the Sept. 27, 1989, Forest Park Review

Ten years ago

Possibly available as DVDs at FPL, PDQ – if you blew it on the “big screen” 10 years ago:

Sixth Sense – Chilling tale of 8-year-old boy (Haley Joel Osment) who keeps seeing dead people. A psychologist (Bruce Willis) probes his supernatural world.

American Beauty – A 42-year-old man (Kevin Spacey) is tired of his wife, his kid, his job. Overdue changes are prescribed.

From the Sept. 29, 1999, Forest Park Review