Our much-loved Heisman Trophy winner of some years ago, Johnny Lattner, was up at Doc’s the other day to meet with longtime friends for their ritual Tuesday lunch. Among the friends last Tuesday were Ed LeJeune, Charlie Fisher, Bill Conick, “Moon” Calkins and Tony Pasquesi. Mary Sullivan made the afternoon a special treat when she stopped in to meet with the old friends. The Sullivans are now operating Silver Lake Marina in Silver Lake, Wisconsin. There’s an “All you can eat” fish fry every Friday. Everyone was happy to see Mary again. We all miss her. 

Fred Cubie is the attentive, charming crossing guard at the corner of Circle & Harlem. Not only is he a great crossing guard, but his smile will melt the snow, if we ever get any. Fred is retired from the Chicago Water Department. Before that, he graduated from Manley High School in Chicago and attended Crane Jr. College. Fred’s son, Mark, and daughter, Sheila, are proud of their dad.

If you missed the Ballet Legere “Nutcracker” last weekend, I am sorry for you. Don’t let it happen again next year. It was a very professional production. Our friends Madison Sise and Olivia Schauer opened the second act as beautiful, glittery angels

 A welcome Christmas present for the parents of Emily Doyle and Angeline Leonard, seniors at Trinity High Scool, is the announcement that the girls have been named Illinois State Scholars for 2016-2017. Trinity High School is a Catholic college-prep high school for young women. The school was founded by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters and has graduated about 15,000 women since its inception in 1918. The school became an International Baccalaureate World School in 1994. Visit www.trinityhs.org for more information on the school.

 Birthday greetings to Aris Gianokopoulis, Adam Ritter, Sue Stanton, Bill Hopp, Amanda Rychtanek, Tim Flanagan, Irene O’Shea, Diana Dylewski, Scott Popelka, Kaylee Ross, Angelina Cote, J.P.Miceli, Jennifer Vince and Giacomo Puccini.

 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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

Jackie Schulz

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...