The Aug. 1, 1973 Forest Park Review featured a photo of then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who was the feature speaker for Republican state Sen. Howard Mohr’s re-election campaign dinner at the Conrad Hilton that year.
Sen. Mohr, who grew up at 443 Marengo Ave., was the second son of Roy and Nellie Mohr, and grandson of Forest Park’s first Mayor, Henry J. Mohr. He would go on to become mayor of Forest Park and then became an Illinois state senator — at the same time.
The Review story highlights the “localities” who greeted the former Hollywood-actor-turned-governor as he dropped in to greet them prior to his appearance as featured speaker.
Listed in the article as attending the event at the Hilton that night were Mr. and Mrs. William McKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schwebl, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Bale, James Berliner, Harry Schwarzbach, Forest Park Review publisher Robert Haeger, John Stange and Mr. and Mrs. Al Jordan.
The review went on to report, “The ladies were unanimous in their appraisal of the former movie star as a ‘complete charmer.’”