40 years ago

A little correctness, a little respect. With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, and without a lecture, here are some reminders on properly displaying the flag of our country. From time to time, people have questioned the flying of the American flag at the corner of Circle and Madison, the parks, schools, post office and government buildings.

According to the Adjutant General’s Office of the Institute of Heraldry (Capital Letters Tend To Impress), there is no prohibition of the flag being flown at night or during inclement weather. Custom dictates display and use of the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings and statuary flagstaffs in the open. It also allows display at night and during extraordinary occasions.

From the April 29, 1970 Forest Park Review

30 years ago

It’s 3 a.m. at the Venture Restaurant on DesPlaines and Madison. A middle-aged husband and wife enter and seat themselves. Almost immediately, an argument ensues or continues. The man reportedly draws a .25-caliber revolver, rests his arm on the tabletop and pulls the trigger. Witnesses say they thought he had set off a firecracker. Even after they saw the gun in his hand, they guessed blank cartridges because his wife remained seated upright, making no sound. Only when she slumped forward over the table was it apparent she had been shot in the chest.

Police responded quickly and the woman’s husband surrendered quietly. His wife was taken to Loyola Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 3:50 a.m. The couple were former owners of Kelly’s Korner, a tavern at 7247 Roosevelt Road and Marengo Avenue.

From the April 30, 1980 Forest Park Review

10 years ago

There was this sign of the times – the times being the 1980s and 1990s – on the north side of Roosevelt Road between Troost and DesPlaines. Feature writer Chris Broquet certainly noticed it along with everyone who drove or walked by. It was a bus bench ad that warned “fornicators, idolators (sic), adulterers, homosexuals, perverts, sodomite, (sic) misers, drunkards, slanders (sic) and robbers” that they didn’t stand a chance of inheriting God’s Kingdom.

Ms. Broquet thought it was a poor and inappropriate way to welcome people to the village. The message, painted on the backrest of a bus bench where an advertisement would normally be expected, was an unsigned paraphrase from Corinthians 6: 9:10.

In unsuccessfully trying to track down the advertiser, she learned from the Wright Advertising Co. that the ad sponsor had continually renewed financing the “ad” for over a decade. She already new that the message-bearer was no stickler for spelling or punctuation.

It should be noted that Ms. Broquet, in person and on the printed page, had a light touch and a good-spirited personality.

Leftover joke – Man walks into a bar, barks shins, says, “Ouch, that smarts!”

From the April 19, 2000 Forest Park Review