Screening tool needed to head off ovarian cancer

Cancer! Everyone gets it or is most certainly effected by it. That’s pretty much the belief of most people these days and unfortunately, they are right. And what are Americans warned to do to avoid losing a battle against cancer. Get it early. Get it quick. And that’s great advice, if you can get it... Read more »

Meeting my childhood hero, Muhammad Ali

When Muhammad Ali stepped into the ring at the City Auditorium in Atlanta to face Jerry Quarry on October 26, 1970, a 13 year-old boy stood next to his father at Angie’s Tavern at 84th and Pulaski on the Southwest side of Chicago, excited to watch the fight. Big, tough men were lined up along... Read more »

Kennedys can relate to south side murder victims

It is 51 years since that fateful day in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, quelling the hopes of a new generation of Americans and changing the direction and future of the country. That horrific murder was just one of a long series of tragedies endured by the Kennedy family, tragedies which seem... Read more »

Final Salute to Frank Perconte

Frank Perconte died on October 24, 2013, nearly three months ago. He was 96. I can tell you from visiting him several times since my first interview with him in May of 2011 that he was a man of honor, courage and grace. His death could have very easily taken place 69 years ago in... Read more »

Memorial Day visit with Joliet's Frank Perconte, the oldest living member of the Band of Brothers

Beginning in the 1950s, Frank Perconte walked his mail route in Joliet for more than 30 years, in a neighborhood very close to his own home. The residents just knew him as Frank or “There goes the mailman.” There he is, right on time, our slim, energetic Italian mailman, with the brisk walk as he... Read more »