Forest Park said goodbye to one of the loveliest ladies ever to live here. Dorothy Tricoci was loved by everyone. Sympathy to her family and many friends. There will never be another like her, although she has some charming daughters standing by.

Speedy get well wishes to Mary Alice Nee who had some minor surgery last week. Her little ones at Loyola miss her.

Shanahan’s, along with the rest of Madison Street is gearing up for a whoop dee doo Mardi Gras.

In case you haven’t heard, Socrates was re-tried last Thursday (Jan. 31).The trial was originally scheduled to be held at the Hellenic Museum on Halsted, but the tickets went so fast it had to be re-scheduled for the Palmer House. A thousand tickets sold out in a few days. Chicago’s top attorneys spoke in his defense and for the prosecution. The audience was the jury. We even took the same oath administered to jurors in Athens back in 433 B.C.

Attorneys representing the citizens of Athens were Patrick Fitzgerald and Patrick Collins. Defense: Dan Webb and Robert Clifford. Those guys are good. I mean really good. The evening will never be forgotten.

“A unique opportunity to experience a historic event and see some of the country’s foremost legal minds … debate the freedom of speech and fundamental concerns of a democratic state.” We were admonished to try to think as Athenians of the time concerning piety toward the gods and not to be influenced by 2,000 years of what we have learned about Socrates. DVDs will be available soon by contacting the Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted or call 312-655-1234.

It was indeed an exciting week for history buffs. The grave of Richard III was found under a parking lot in Leister. He was the last English king to die in battle, I believe. He is also the one who said, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” Maligned by Shakespeare but probably not such a bad fellow as Shakespeare led us to believe.

Can’t keep Schauer’s Hardware out of the news. This week, Rich Schauer assisted the Cub Scout Tiger Pack and Bear Pack through the store as they discussed many tools and their uses. Bears: Ian O’Connor, Kyle Barron, Tevon Hicks, and Sam Bland. Tigers: Milo Gitting, Ali and Yousef Elsharif and Teddy Nichols. They all learned a lot that day. Great idea, Jill Wagner, leader of the packs. Those Cubs will host a pancake breakfast on Feb. 23 at St. Peter’s Church, Adams & Hannah, from 8:30 a.m. until 12 noon. You are cordially invited.

On Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. the St. John Lutheran Choir invite all of us to a Celebration of Music. You will be treated to the adult choir, the Bell Choir, the Academy Choir, and some brass instrumentalists. Admission is free and there is a reception following the concert.

Happy birthday this week to Anne Spence, Cherise Stewart, Michelle Rubio, Mike Lyons Jr., Eleni Collis, Marilyn Gotsch, Corinna Jantz, Karrie Schlichting, Kirsten Cursel, Elisha Apilado, Eleanor Cole, Tiffany Greenberg, Christine Marshan, Cedrick Javier, Daniel Marote, Paula Peterson, Emmaly Sansone. Happy anniversary to Tim and Dorothy Gillian, Pam and Todd Bower and Bonnie and Pat Smiglia.

Editor’s Note: A photo caption last week incorrectly indicated that Julia Child (of French chef fame) and her husband Paul did not work for the OSS during World War II. The editor learned something, and so will you if you check out the non-fiction spy thriller “A Covert Affair,” by Jeannet Conant, discussed with the author in Forest Park last week.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...

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