Nov 8, 2023

Honoring Our Veterans on Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. 

It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect).


If you are an EMPEHI alum and served in the mid 60's send us an email and we will add you to the EMPEHI Veterans blog above.  And if you want to write about your memories of the Vietnam era, whether you served or not, send them to and we will add them to the vietnammphs blog.

Morgan Park Alumni Veterans

All Veterans served in Cold War

Name, MPHS Date, Branch and Years Served, Vietnam and Cold War "V", Cold War "C"

Email to update this list

Rich Anderer Air Force "C"

Allen Carlson Jan 66 Navy "C"

John Bantsolas Jun 66 "C"

Jack Barber Jan 66 Navy "V"

Roger L. Byous Jan 65 Navy "C"

Mike Cannon Jun 67 Air Force 67-75 "C"

DeVerdier Jun 67 Marines 67-69 "V"

Eric Dixon Jun 62  "V" Army

David Estes Army "V"

Bob Glines Jan 66 Navy "V"

Will Hepburn Jun 66 Army "C"

Charles Horne 65 Air Force 66-70 "V"

Craig Hullinger Jan 66 Marines 66-99 "V"

Charles Kitchen 66 Army "C"

Randy Lam Jan 66 Army "V"

Craig Lee 66 Marines "V"

David Lee 65 Marines "V"

Albert Linsenmeyer Jan 66 Army "C"

Michael J Mayer 66 Navy "V" 

Ron McComb 67 Air Force 67-69 "C"

Jim Miller Jan 66 Army "V" 68-69 WIA May 13, 69 101st Airborne

Jim Nebel 65 Army 65-67 "V" 

John Nielsen 66 Army 70-73 "C"

Philip E Nielsen 62 Air Force 66-96 "C"

John E. Pagel 63 Army 63-65 "V"

Mike Richards 1964 Army 70 "V" 

Carol Youngquist Macola 66 Army 75-77 "C"

Mike Richardson 64 "C"

Ron Robertson Navy "V"

John G Sackis 61 Army 63-63 "V"
Andy Sauvage 66 Army "C"

Ken Sauvage Marines "V"

Alan Schaefer Jan 66 USAF 66-69 "C"

Jim Seamon Jun 66  Navy "V"

David G. Stankow Jan 61 Army "C"

Joe Terry Jun 64 Army "V"

Peter Terry Jan 66 Army "C"

Matt Vanek "V"

Charles Van Liere Jan 66 Army "V"

Robert Veenstra Air Force "V"

Ron Veenstra Army "C"

Sue Wiggins Jan 66 Army "C"

James A. Youngquist Jan 64 Army 70 "V"

Ken Zalga  Marines "V"

Chuck Zeman Army "C"

Nov 6, 2023

The Original Rainbow Cone Comes to My Florida Neighborhood

Now Open:

Bradenton, FL

The Original Rainbow Cone Comes to My Florida Neighborhood

Originating from the vibrant culture of Chicago since 1926, we’re excited to announce the opening of our very first location in Bradenton, FL. Discover the irresistible tastes of Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House, Pistachio, and Orange Sherbet that make up our iconic Rainbow Cone. Each layer is a testament to enduring quality. 

This unparalleled treat is perfect for every occasion. We eagerly await your visit in Bradenton. Come savor an enchanting journey through our colorful spectrum of flavors, and experience a touch of Chicago right here in the heart of Florida.


Th Original Rainbow Cone

Rainbow Cone founder Joseph Sapp grew up an orphan on an Ohio work farm. A rare luxury was ice cream he bought with the pennies he earned, but his only choices were vanilla or chocolate. Sapp wanted those flavors--and more.

He worked as a Buick mechanic to earn the money to start Original Rainbow in 1926 with his wife, Katherine. After many variations, they eventually settled on the winning flavor combo of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio and orange sherbet.

The Sapps chose the location at 92nd and Western because it was on the way home from the cemeteries south of 95th Street that families visited on Sundays. He thought people would stop in for a treat on their way home, and he was right.

During World War II, Sapp brought in customers by setting up a short wave radio that broadcast music and war-related programming for people to hear while they ate their ice cream.

Joseph's granddaughter, Lynn, took over the business in 1986. She took Rainbow Cone beyond the South Side by participating in the world's largest food festival, the Taste of Chicago, for 30 years.

Rainbow Cone on about 92th & Western before the current buildings.

Original Rainbow Cone Named One of America's Best Ice Cream Shops 'Thrillist' revealed its top 21 ice cream shops in America, and Rainbow Cone is among them. Get ready to wait in line, folks

Nan Brennan MPHS Alum

Thanks to Chris Leo putting this on 

Nov 1, 2023

Remembering our Veterans on Veterans Day

We remember our Veterans on Veterans Day. 

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

  1. History of Veterans Day - Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

    History of Veterans Day. World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the ...

  2. Veterans Day - November 11 - US Department of Veterans Affairs

    Department of Veterans Affairs web site lists Veterans Day celebrations throughout country, relates history of Veterans Day, and provides downloadable ...

Sep 3, 2023

Jimmy Buffet Rest in Peace

 Any other Jimmy Buffett fans among us?

For a guy who started  his adult life by flunking out of a college in Alabama, he had an  amazing and varied life; singer/songwriter, best selling author, entrepreneur and founder of a tropical themed empire of restaurants, hotels and casinos, clothing, even a  Margaritaville themed retirement community.

Jimmy Buffet is dead and I feel like a part of my young adulthood is gone. There are no more Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The pirate won’t see 80. The people our parents warned us about are now at or past retirement age.

And to think, his death occurred just ahead of the Labor Day Weekend Show. Hushpuppies or not.

We mourn celebrities when they die as if we knew them and they were part of our family. They aren’t, of course, but Jimmy Buffett in particular seemed to feel like that fun uncle who showed up and whisked us off to a different, more exciting place. Maybe it was Pascagoula. Who knows?

The truth is we did little more than dress up in fun colorful shirts and wear beads and feathers while we sat in a concert hall or amphitheater and listened to Jimmy transport us to a different place full of soothing waves, sandy shores and boat drinks.

None of us actually were regularly soaking up the sun on a tropical island or were being shot at while flying over Jamaica after being mistaken for a drug smuggler. We were parents, workers, 9-to-5ers and beyond with a lot more on our minds than what Jimmy Buffett was singing about on stage.

But for those times, whether in person, at home or singing along in our car, we were part of that world. His world. It was escapism and it was wonderful.

To quote Jimmy:

“I want to be there

Want to go back down and lie beside the sea there

With a tin cup for a chalice, fill it up with good red wine

And I’m a chewin’ on a honeysuckle vine.”

And now, Jimmy Buffett is dead and I don’t feel so good myself. But I am grateful for the experience.

Bill Kamenjarin


Hey Bill,

We attended my brother in law’s funeral yesterday.
Sad day.
Jimmy Buffett adds to the sadness.
As the son of a son of a sailer ( my Dad’s Dad) I particularly identify with that song over others.
I did soak up the sun and fly around Jamaica and the Caribbean being mistaken for a drug smuggler while working for Uncle Sam before they became wacky in DC.
I knew one of his pilots and he thought he was a great guy so adds to we have lost a class act who does reenforce that we need to appreciate every day we wake up and have another day.

Ray Justinic 


It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere
Song by Jimmy Buffett

Join us in a toast to Jimmy Buffett. One of the good guys.

Jul 10, 2023

Morgan Park High School, located at the intersection of 111th street & Vincennes Avenue (11100 South and 1700 West) and affectionately known as Empehi, is a Chicago public high school that opened its doors on its present site in 1916. With an expanding student population, an addition was built in 1925, providing the school with a gymnasium, auditorium and swimming pool. Expansion continued with the completion of a major addition in 1965.

In 1983 the campus was greatly enlarged and improved with the addition of tennis courts, a football field, running track, baseball field, soccer field, outdoor basketball courts, student driving range and faculty parking. From its beginning, the Morgan Park High School student body has been multi-racial and multi-cultural. Empehi's long history of racial, economic and religious integration has offered an outstanding environment for the education of its students. 

Beginning with 283 pupils in 1916, the school grew over the years to more than 3,300 in 1975, when overcrowding, even with the use of branch facilities for freshman, finally resulted in a court-ordered enrollment plan designed to reduce the student population while preserving an integrated student body. 


Morgan Park High School/Number of students
1,071   2020–2021