Ken Trainor has been working for this newspaper since the last millennium, since copy was pasted on boards using hot wax ... in other words since 1990. Like the newspaper industry, he has changed with the times. The analog auteur is now digitally multidimensional and annoying a much wider audience as a result.
A free-thinking weekly columnist for Wednesday Journal for the past 19 years, he turns into a paragon of objectivity as he edits the Viewpoints section, the LifeLines section, the Obituary section, the Inside Report section and each week attempts to repair, rectify and remediate an avalanche of newspaper copy written too close to deadline.
In his spare time, he is working on a book about his Catholic roots. He also loves riding his 1974 Schwinn LeTour bicycle on the Salt Creek Trail, and attends local theater productions and concerts and as many films at the Lake Theatre as he can squeeze in.
A native of Oak Park, he can frequently be found wandering the streets looking anything but lost as he steeps in the two most aesthetically pleasing and historically rich villages to be found this side (or that side) of the continental divide.
As most are aware by now, it's hard to nail down just what happened in the curious "standoff" at the Lincoln Memorial during the convergence of the March for Life and the Indigenous People's March, Jan. 18, on the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C. But the image is iconic: A smiling, some say smirking, MAGA-hat-wearing, 16-year-old Nick Sandmann from Covington Catholic Boys High School in Kentucky standing eye-to-eye with Nathan Phillips, a 60-something elder of the Omaha Nation and a longtime activist, beating a Native-American drum and chanting. Neither gave ground.
The film "Green Book," nominated for Best Film this year, is based on an actual guide used by African Americans during the Jim Crow era, advising them on where they could safely sleep and eat during their travels through a perilous prejudiced landscape.
There should be a national day of mourning when our best and most loved poets die. But most of those poets probably wouldn't want that. Mary Oliver, who died on Jan. 17, was one of them. But she would probably approve of a national day of reading poetry in her honor, so let's make that day today.
Matthew Shabino, an OPRF High School junior, will be spending the spring semester in Washington D.C. As one of 30 students nationwide selected to participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program, he'll attend classes at the Senate Page School in the early morning and then spend the remainder of the day working at the Capitol on the Senate floor.
You might be forgiven, as the snow fell atmospherically, if you thought you were hallucinating — or caught in some kind of time warp — on Jackson Boulevard last Saturday afternoon as a horse-drawn hearse made its way west.