Jul 30, 2012

World's First Human Organ Transplant

Dr. James W. West made medical history when he helped perform the world’s first human organ transplant in 1950 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park on a woman in desperate need of a kidney.

In 1975, the longtime Beverly resident helped Monsignor Ignatius McDermott found Chicago’s Haymarket Center, a pioneering facility for the treatment of substance abuse.

The last surviving physician from the historic kidney-transplant team, Dr. West died July 24 at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., at 98.

 Thanks to MPHS Alumni Nan Brennan for sharing.


Jul 29, 2012

Reunion - Who’s Coming and From Where?

Have you checked out the “Who’s Coming” page on our website yet?  Scroll through and see if YOUR name is on the list – if not, hurry and purchase your tickets online by Tuesday.  

We have a great crowd of Empehi grads attending from every elementary school from Barnard to Vanderpoel.  At this point, Mt. Greenwood is leading the pack with Clissold and Sutherland tied for second place. Of course, all the Saints are in there – Barnabas, Cajetan, Christina, Margaret, John the Fisher and Queen of Martyrs!  Of course, we can’t forget, Esmond, Kellogg and Shoop.  

The Class of 1966 is best represented with the Class of 1967 threatening to take the lead.  We’ve got a healthy number from the Class of 1965 too – and some from ’64 and ’68 answered the invitation too.  Can’t wait to see you all at 6 p.m. on Friday night at Lexington House -- don't forget the Memorabilia Contest!

A last reminder that Saturday’s Dinner starts at 6 p.m.  The Friends of Bill W. will gather at TPCC at 5 p.m. – location will be posted.

The votes for the prestigious Photo Contest have been tallied.  Winners receive a trip to the Islands – Blue or Stoney.  

Judy Halligan Willingham won for the “goofiest” photo. Karen Holck Ketterman won for the “most classic” photo and Hank Gentry and Nick Vlachos tied for “coolest.” The surprise here was that each guy received a landslide number of votes -- 4,513 each with a large number of hanging chads. We suspect a Chicago “Vote Early, Vote Often” pattern.  You can see all the photos on the “Classmates Today” pages of the website.

One of the most fun jobs at the reunion is working at the registration table, greeting people as they come in.  We have a few slots open if you would like to work an hour or two.  Please reply to this e-mail address as soon as possible.

Details on the reunion events are on our web site at morganparkhigh.com – watch the website for last minute information on the possible school tour and the availability of walk-in admissions.

Please bring your camera or cell phone to snap pictures during the night. After identifying the people in the pictures, please upload them to the website or blog or Facebook  for others to enjoy - instructions are on the website. You can also email or mail them to us and we will post them on line.

Morgan Park High Reunion Committee

Mid 1960 Classes - Chicago, Illinois
312 857 6764

Jul 28, 2012

A Cappella Choir

We are moving and I just found a 33 LP of the 1964 A Cappella Choir on side 1 & Boys Choir on side 2. Also the "May Hum" program from the May 29, 1964 choral program. I am not able to be at he reunion but would be happy to mail this to anyone interested. 

Nancy Lee Koch Messer

Ginnie Hans

    Sadly, current circumstances prevent leaving my husand at this time even for a few days (his health is tenuous).  Thanks to all who organized the Reunion AND I wish you all a memorable and fun weekend.  
  We were all so fortunate to have lived and been educated in the Beverly Hills/Mount Greenwood/Morgan Park area.  I attended Sutherland through 5th grade then Clissold 6th through graduation. They were fabulous grammar schools with GREAT teachers and kids.  Of course, Empehi was an amazing school as well - both my parents as well as my grandfather graduated from MPHS, so my roots go deep.  Sorry to miss the events. 

   Live, laugh, love and be blessed,

         Ginnie Hans    

Jul 27, 2012

Jim and Bubba

Jim Nesci MPHS 66 and Bubba 

The Reunion is in a Few Days

The Reunion is in a few days. Hope to see you there.

The Saturday event starts at 6:00 pm. We could use a few volunteers to help with the registration so if you would like to help please send us an email.

Details on the reunion on our web site at http://www.morganparkhigh.com

You can purchase tickets on the web site until July 27th using either a Visa or MasterCard. Please include ALL of the following information for each guest: name, address, year of graduation and, especially, an e-mail or phone number where you can be contacted.

Watch the website for last minute instructions or purchase your tickets online by Friday, July 27th.  

Friday Night Social
 When: Friday August 3, 2012 at 6 p.m. to Midnight
 Where: The Lexington House
 7717 W. 95th Street
 Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Saturday Night Dinner
 When: August 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
 Where: North Pavilion Ballroom Tinley Park Convention Center
 18451 Convention Center Drive
 Tinley Park, IL 60477

The Sutherland grads will be meeting from 1-3 p.m Saturday at the home of Jim and Linda Huff, 32 N. Edgewood Ave in LaGrange.

For those who are interested, a Friends of Bill W. meeting will be begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Tinley Park Convention Center, right before the banquet.

You have been chosen as one of the designated photographers for the evening, along with everyone else. Please bring your camera or cell phone to snap pictures curing the night. After identifying the people in the pictures please upload them to the website or blog for others to enjoy - instructions will be on the website. Or you can email your photos to us and we will post on line.

Should be a great reunion.

Morgan Park High Reunion Committee
Mid 1960 Classes - Chicago, Illinois

312 857 6764 

Walking - New Urban

An important focus on new urban development and city planning is to create walkable communities. And of course walking is good for your health and good for the environment by getting people out of their cars.

Walking can add minutes to your life. 
This enables you at 85 years old
to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing

home at $4,000 per month.

My grandfather started walking when he was 63. Now he's 97 years old

and we have no idea where he is.

I like long walks,especially when they are taken
by people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I'm doing...

I joined a health club last year, spent about 250 bucks. Haven't lost a pound.

Apparently you have to go there! 

Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate. I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they'll say,

'Well, he looks good doesn't he.'

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years,...... just getting over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


Every time I start thinking too much about how I look,
I just find a pub with a Happy Hour and by the time I leave,

I look just fine!

You could run this over to your friends
But just e-mail it to them!

It will save you the walk!

Submitted by Charlie Van Liere

One more thought on walking.

My mother once told us she was going to start walking a mile every day. I said "great by Thanksgiving you'll be in Omaha". She wasn't sure if I was kidding or not, and I did not tell her.

Tom Schildhouse

              God gave me a finite number of heartbeats 
              and I am not going to waste them on walking.

Sandy Schuessler Wright, Larry Herman, Renee Toppen Vittello, Mirjana Bartl Sampos
All MPHS Jan 66, in Chicago in 2010 for a mini reunion

Jul 26, 2012

Reunion 3-5 August 2012   Click on morganparkhigh.com

The White City...Then and Now

The White City...Then and Now

Go back in time to visit the Museum during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

This fascinating virtual simulation tour of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition takes you back in time to the Museum’s origins as the Palace of Fine Arts. A Museum host presents the computer reconstruction of the White City, created by Dr. Lisa Snyder of UCLA’s Urban Simulation Team. With highly detailed views and showing a variety of altitudes and angles, the simulation is narrated with facts and anecdotes about the Exposition. A 25-minute architectural walking tour follows the presentation. The outdoor portion of the tour is not accessible.

The Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Since opening our doors in 1933, we’ve welcomed more than 175 million guests from around the world. Our mission, to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational, is realized through world-class exhibits such as: Science Storms, the newest permanent exhibit revealing the science behind some of nature’s most powerful phenomena;YOU! The Experience, an exhibit that lets you explore what it means to live a vital, healthy life in the 21st century; and the U-505 Submarine, the only German U-boat in the United States.
Even bigger than our mission is our vision, which is to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine. In addition to our fun and interactive exhibits, the Museum’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE) is continually developing and facilitating student learning labs, after-school science clubs, teen volunteer programs, teacher development classes and community outreach—all ways in which MSI makes science come alive for children and adults of all ages.

Sout Side Sliders

From Mike Tuggle on Facebook

The original White Castle Restaurant at 22nd & Wabash in 1929

Jul 24, 2012

How To Write Good

Thanks to Judy Halligan Willingham MPHS 67 for sharing.  Excellent advice for a person fromdasoutsideaChicaga who aintgonoEnglish.

Jul 21, 2012

Sutherland School Band

Photo courtesy of Laura Schoen Seamans on Facebook.

  • Judy Halligan Willingham Oh, wonderful, Laura! You should bring this to the Memorabilia Contest on Friday Night's Reunion event.

  • Judy Halligan Willingham I think I recognize several faces -- can you still identify some of the people in the photo?

  • Laura Schoen Seamans Good question. Back row Janet,
    Julane Wohlberg, skip and couple, Cheryl Henning, Mimi, Laura Schoen, Mary Caroline Baker
    Front girls were in different grades I can't recall their names! Good test of my memory! I lost a great deal of memorabilia because of floods. I won't be coming on Friday.
    See you Saturday.

Jul 20, 2012

MPHS Reunion

The Saturday 4 August 2012 Event begins at 6:00 pm

Music Under the Stars Sunday Aug 5, 2012

Our MPHS Mid 60's Reunion was posted on The Villager, the Beverly Area Planning Association Newsletter. Thanks for posting, Carol Macola.

Carol notes that Music Under the Stars will be held on Sunday if you are around on Sunday evening for that.

Buy Your
Music Under the Stars Tickets

Save the date: Sun., Aug. 5, 6 p.m

The Villager Neighborhood News and Event Update19 July, 2012

 Dear Carol Ann,
Welcome to The Villager weekly e-update. Keep informed between issues of The Villager. We welcome you to submit your neighborhood news and events.  Send an email to villagereditor@bapa.org. 

Please forward this to other friends and family members that may enjoy it.

  SWMPCA Community Meeting
Southwest Morgan Park Civic Association (SWMPCA) will host a regular meeting and take a community vote on the property on the east side of Western at 115th Street, Tues., July 24, 7 p.m., St. Walter School, 1Peterson Hall,1722 S. Oakley.  SWMPCA boundaries are 111th Street (south side) to 119th Street (north side); Longwood Drive (west side) to Western Avenue (east side).

Beacon Therapeutic Beacon Bash
Beacon Therapeutic School will host Beacon Bash, benefitting Chicago's homeless children, Thurs., July 26, 6 to 9 p.m., Joe's Sports Bar, 940 W. Weed St. $50 includes,hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and entertainment by Liquidated Damages.             773-298-6441       orprourke@beacon-therapeutic.org 

Smith Village Smith Village Pet Parade
July 27 is the deadline for entering your pet in the Smith Village Dog Days of Summer Pet Parade. The event will be held Fri., Aug. 3, on the Smith Village Green adjacent to 112th Place just east of Western Avenue. Free to enter and attend. Every pet will receive a treat bag just for participating. Information:             773-474-7300      .

  Deals of the Day:
   It's Christmas in July!

7/19 Top Notch Beefburgers, 2116 W. 95th St.: 20% off purchase of $10 or more

7/19 Solution 3 Graphics, 10547 S. Western: Color copies (letter size) - 25¢ per side

7/20 The Beverly Review, 10546 S. Western: 50% OFF new subscriptions

7/20 Markland-Hubbard Gourmet Provisions, 1807 W 95th St.: Free slice of pound cake with purchase of large coffee

7/21 Heritage Gallery, 1915 W. 103rd St.: 30% off entire store (in-stock merchandise only)

7/21 Running Excels, 10328 S. Western: $15 off apparel purchase over $50

7/22 Bella's Pizza, 1801 W. 95th St.: 16" pizza with 1 topping and 2 liter Pepsi, $15.75; 26" X 18" Football pizza with 1 topping and 2 liter Pepsi, $24.95.

7/22 Klees Golf, 10436 S. Western: Buy one golf glove or hat, get a 2nd for 50% OFF

7/23 Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.:    $5 OFF 'Second City for President'

7/23 Eminent Credit Enterprises, Inc. , 2023 W. 95th St.: $100 OFF new business set-up with business credit establishment services

7/24 Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St.: $40 off 20-class yoga package. Register at www.beverlyyogacenter.com

7/24 Original Pancake House,10437 S. Western: All-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes. Details in restaurant. Dine in only

7/25 Curves, 1804 W. 103rd St.: 90 day Curves Complete-Diet-Exercise-Motivation, $149 (Reg. $299)

7/25 Desi's Salon, 2130 W. 95th St.: $5 off threading service; $10 reg. manicure; $20 no-chip manicure; $25 full set
7/26 Beverly Hills Garage, 2043 W. 95th St.: Lube, oil & filter (up to 5qts of oil) plus a tire rotation for $21.95

Job Club Beverly Hills Job Club
Beverly Hills Job Club meets Wed., July 25, 7 to 9 p.m., St Barnabas Church Convent, 101st and Longwood Drive. Meet others in similar circumstances, gain different perspectives, resources, and expand your job search network - the most valuable tool in one's career search. joan.quinn24@yahoo.com

Buy Your
Music Under the Stars Tickets

Save the date: Sun., Aug. 5, 6 p.m    

Catholic Youth Ministry Center Part Time Job 
The Catholic Youth Ministry Center at Morgan Park High School has two part-time after school job openings - good for graduate students who enjoy working with young people. Start date: Aug. 13. Information:www.cymcatmphs.com or email mphsyouth@gmail.com

Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection NO Hazardous Waste Collection
There will be no hazardous waste collection at Beverly Unitarian Church in August. The next collection will be held Sat., Nov. 3, 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the church parking lot, 103rd and Seeley Ave. http://www.beverlyunitarian.org/green-sanctuary-group.

Major Taylor Ride the Major Taylor on Sunday
Friends of the Major Taylor Trail would like to invite anyone who wants to ride to join in a casual afternoon ride this Sunday 7/22.
We'll meet at 2:30 at 119th and Halsted (parking lot on SW corner opposite public library) and ride the southern half of the trail.
There may be a mid-ride stop for cold drinks.

Morgan Park High School   MPHS Mid-60s Alumni Events
Morgan Park High School classes from the mid-1960s will be enjoying Alumni Events with the music of the era plus food, beverages and more, Fri., Aug. 3 at the Lexington House, Hickory Hills ($35),and Sat., Aug. 4 at the Tinley Park Convention Center ($75 or $100 for both events). Purchase tickets online at www.morganparkhigh.com. Information: Carol Macola at             773-238-5732      .

  Chicago Cultural Plan Meetings
There will be four town hall meetings between July 24 and 31 to discuss the draft of Chicago Cultural Plan 2012. You can provide your input on the proposed plan at a meeting or through their website, http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/

Blue CartRecycling Reminder 

Blue Cart Recycling Pick-Up: Week of July 23 households EAST of Western

CAPS logo CAPS Meeting 

Beat 2211, 7 p.m., Thurs., July 19, Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St.             312-745-0620      .

Senior Advisory Committee, 10:30 a.m., Tues., Jul. 24, 22nd District police station, 1900 W. Monterey.             312-745-0620      .

Subcommittee on Domestic Violence, 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Jul. 26, 22nd District police station, 1900 W. Monterey.             312-745-0620      .

 Community Events

  • Movie in the Park: "Ghostbusters," Thurs., July 19, dusk, Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 w. 111th St.
  • Yoga in the Park, Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., Saturdays, 9 a.m. $5 cash. In case of rain, class held indoors. Bring a yoga mat. All levels are welcome. Beverly Yoga Center.
  • Flea Market on the Lawn, Sat., July 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m., Beverly Unitarian Church, 103rd Street and Longwood Drive. Come to browse and find a bargain!
  • Intro to Forrest Yoga Workshop, Fri., July 20, 7 p.m., and Sat., July 21,10 a.m. Learn basic yoga postures and their benefits. $25 per workshop or $40 for both. Pre-registration required. Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 w. 103rd St.http://www.beverlyyogacenter.com/
  • Tributosaurus becomes Santana, Fri., Jul.20, 8 p.m. $35/BAC members $32. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.             773-445-3838      .www.beverlyartcenter.org.
  • BAC Star Productions presents the student show "Rugrats: a Live Adventure!" Sat., Jul. 21, 7 p.m. and Sun., Jul. 22, 2 p.m. $8/BAC members $6. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St.             773-445-3838      .www.beverlyartcenter.org
  • Beverly Farmers Market, Sundays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., 95th Street and Longwood Drive. Fresh produce, plants, baked goods, organic foods and more. Through October 28.
  • Yoga in the Park, Sundays, 10 a.m. Free. Crescent Park.            773-569-1015      .
  • Unity in the Community Picnic, Sun., Jul. 22, 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone welcome. Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Bring a dish to share.            773-233-1420       or             773-238-5589      .
  • Midwest New Musicals and Light Opera Works presents "Mini Musicals 2012: North Shore Rhythms and Blues" Mon., July 23, 7:30 p.m., McGuire Hall, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. Free and open to the public.
  • BACinema will screen "Salute" (Australia) -- story behind the black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. The film combines footage from 1968 plus behind-the-scenes and new images for a story that's full of tension, insights and reprisals. July 25, 7:30pm. See the trailer:http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi385548825/ $7.50 ($5.50/BAC members). Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. www.beverlyartcenter.org
  • Theology on Tap: "Young Adult Experience: Strategies for the Young Adult Years," Wed., July 25, 7:30 p.m ., McDonough Chapel, Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St.
  • Taste of Tae Kwon Do for adults, Thurs.,July 26, 7p.m., Morgan Park Baptist Church gym, 11024 S. Bell Ave. Free.
  • Movie in the Park: "Bedtime Stories," Thurs., July 26, dusk. Munroe Park,
    2617 W. 105th St. Information: 19th Ward Office,            773-238-8766      .
In This Issue
SWMPCA Community Meeting
Beacon Bash
Smith Village Pet Parade
Deals of the Day
Beverly Hills Job Club
Music Under the Stars Tickets
Part Time Job
NO Hazardous Waste Collection
Ride the Major Taylor on Sunday
MPHS Mid-60s Alumni Events
Chicago Cultural Plan Meetings
Recycling Reminder
CAPS Meeting
Community Events
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Closing Headline
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