Everyone sends deep sympathy to the family and thousands of friends of Johnny Lattner, the local football Fenwick High School and University of Notre Dame football legend, who died Feb. 13 at the age of 83. 

What can be said about that dear man that has not been said already? I hope his friends who regularly met with him at Doc Ryan’s will continue to meet there in his memory.

Sympathy to Rich Schauer who has somehow managed to acquire a herniated disc on his left side. OUCH!! He’s been dragging around on crutches for about a week while he and his doctors try to figure out the best way to treat his condition. 

Tall, slender people tend to suffer with this malady while we short stubby people may not look as good as the tall slender ones, but are spared their agony. Good luck, Rich.

Stacy Harris lives life on a large scale. She was in Schauer’s the other day wearing a colorful, striped hat she got in Jamaica. She was in the process of buying a pink toilet seat! That’s the way to live … large and colorful.

By the way, have you tried Jimmie’s Popcorn? It’s the little (rather dark) store right next to our Jimmy’s Restaurant on Madison Street — no relation. The popcorn, cheese and carmel corn are delicious. 

Too bad the shop, located at 7415 Madison St., looks closed and is closed Sundays when so many people are walking up and down Madison. Last Monday all the kids were home from school and the popcorn store was again closed. Let’s hope they start opening earlier on weekends and are open on Sundays. 

On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Cleo’s Chroniclers, the history discussion group, will discuss Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, Death by author Sarah Bradford. The group meets at Centuries and Sleuths book store, 7419 Madison St.

•Birthday greetings and belated birthday greetings to Michele Rubio, LaTonza Sanders, Mike Lyons, Elene Collis, Corinna Jantz, Marilyn Gotsch, Karrie Schlichting, Paul Stahlke, Elisha-Rio Apilado, Christine Manshan, Cedric Javier, Amelia Huebner, Marty Redmond, Mike Cossio, Leonard Gist, Mary Haley, Shartiase Clay, Alexandria Reina, Elaine Czarnak, Megan Lyons, Janet Paulin, Michael Gillian, Bob and Rich Krieger, Chris Wood and Jean Leinweber.

 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...