John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday Journal columnist and now a blogger. John has some pretty strong opinions about Oak Park and a wry way of putting them across. You won't want to leave his blog without leaving a comment of your own.
The decision to take down three murals, painted in 1937 through the Works Progression Administration (WPA) program and displayed in three different District 97 schools in Oak Park, seems pretty innocuous.
I suspect many families have someone who is the de facto historian/archivist and best source for information about their extended family — the second cousins, the deceased aunts and uncles, et al. He or she knows not only the trunk and limbs of the family tree, but also the branches and twigs.