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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. JONES! 100 YEARS YOUNG THIS WEEK In this March issue of Hinsdale Magazine, we haveopportunity to introduce you to some individuals who I believe we can be inspired by their stories and life experiences. Meet Scott Jones, a Hinsdale resident who turns 100 on March 12. He shares his story in our Inside60521 feature pages. You will read about the day he met Albert Einstein and of his boyhood days with the late Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck.Happy birthday Mr. Jones and thank you for allowing Hinsdale Magazine into your home. Our columnist Jim Fannin also shares his story of his lessons from the wisest man he ever met. In the summer of 1962, his 83-year-old mentor, Professor R.W. Ross, helped him recognize the power of visualization, which helped him during his successful 40-year career coaching and mentoring business professionals and star athletes, dating back to Salt Creek Club right here in Hinsdale. In this issue, we are reminded that if we take time to recognize the wisdom of our elders, we can learn from their life experiences and apply it to our daily life. Abbott L. Lowell, a distinguished educator at Harvard University,once said: “You will be courteous to your elders who have explored to the point from which you may advance; and helpful to your juniors who will progress farther by reason of your labors.” Like many fathers in our community, we hope that the lessons we give to our children will have a positive and lasting impression on them. I am fortunate to be part of a great group of 40-something dads in our neighborhood that share something called Indian Guides and Indian Princesses and that story is told on p. 24 ].It’s a time when we all can slow down with our sons and daughters, live in the moment and createlasting memories with our children and friends. If you are a father with kids in kindergarten through fifth grade, I encourage you to contact the YMCA Prairie Trail Federation. The time is short, but the memories are forever. Certainly, many memories were made at the Hinsdale Center for the Arts over the years, and now

we have been without it since 2012. We wanted to ask why?and we visited another elder in the community, Ly Hotchkin, who served as executive director of The Community House for 37 years and was on the HCA board. Ly shares her thoughts on why the HCA fizzled out after a 20-plus-year run. In our quest to learn from our community volunteers, we found out that the demise was mainly financial, but there were other contributing factors which you will read about on p. 16. Hinsdale Magazine would like to know your opinion relating to the HCA closure, and if you would like to see it come back in some form. Please email us at new@ As a community magazine based in Hinsdale, we value your opinions and ask you to offer your ideas and suggestions to a revival of the Hinsdale Center for the Arts. Please feel free also to call me at (630)-655-3400. The Hinsdale Men’s Auxiliary is calling all guys to for a Boyz Night Out at Salt Creek Club, Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. for anNCAA Tournamentviewing party. There will be aoptional platform tennis tournament and card games inside the comfortable Salt Creek clubhouse while watching your favorite college basketball teams on wide-screen TVs. The donation is $75 at the door, which includes viewing party and beverages. Come as you are, or come ready to play paddle on the first day of spring! Donations help support The Hinsdale Women’s Auxiliary efforts to raise money for Children’s Home + Aid with the annual fundraiser, Derby Day on May 3rd at Hinsdale Golf Club. Finally, congratulations to HJWC and the entire Greater Hinsdale community, which came out in a force of 750+ guests for the annual Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club ONE Benefit for Hephzibah Children’s Association on Saturday, Feb. 22. It was an amazing and unforgettable night. Please visit www.hinsdale60521. com to see additional highlights and event information, including how you can help a wonderful charity that provides shelter to abused and neglected children of Illinois. Thank you for reading. Scott Jonlich, Founder & Publisher Hinsdale Magazine, Inc.

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ver 750 people from the Greater Hinsdale community joined together to support Hephzibah Children’s Association at the Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club annual benefit at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago on Feb. 22. One: The Benefit was the first HJWC benefit held in the city, but that did not deter local residents

from turning out to contribute to an excellent cause. Hephzibah Children’s Association provides shelter to 26 of the most severely neglected and abused children in the State of Illinois at its Oak Park group home, and HJWC President Tracy Zoberis said she feels people have really gravitated to supporting this charity. “People feel really great about the cause,” Zoberis said. “I think it’s really resonated with people, and they’re here to have a great time and ultimately make a difference. “We are very confident that we can together, with one night, one community, make a difference for one very deserving - Continued on the next page

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The decline of the HCA

Ly Hotchkin of Burr Ridge stands in front of the now-vacant Hinsdale Center for the Arts building.

A year and a half after closing, some local residents are still surprised to hear the Hinsdale Center for the Arts is no more. What went wrong, and is there hope for a revival?


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n an age during which kids can engage in a boundless array of extracurricular activities, almost every child in the Greater Hinsdale area tries his or her hand at a variety of programs. Sports like soccer, football and baseball are among the most popular activities. But not every child can blossom into a superstar athlete, and some children’s interests are piqued by activities that fall without the realm of athletics. The arts also make up a significant portion of the complete educational experience. While all schools offer cultural arts through art and music classes and programs, several decades ago, a group of local residents saw a need to enhance the arts experiences of children and adults alike. “That’s the only word that’s never been seen anywhere in Hinsdale—culture,” said Ly Hotchkin of Burr Ridge, a former Hinsdale Center for the Arts board member. “And so everyone jumped on-board.”

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The International Harvester Company provided the Village of Hinsdale with the land on which Katherine Legge Memorial Park and Lodge are currently situated. Hotchkin, who served as executive director of the Community House for 37 years, said Bob Dickey, then-Hinsdale village president, asked her to manage the lodge portion of the property. Hotchkin recounted that Dickey felt the property was a “white elephant”—that is, too costly to maintain. In 1980, the Hinsdale Center for the Arts (HCA) was founded, originally under the name of Hinsdale Cultural Arts Society. Situated within a solid brick exterior adjacent to what are now 16 Hinsdale Magazine |

platform tennis courts at KLM, the center diffused enriching arts programming to west suburban residents for over three decades. Former board members recalled that the strength of the HCA was its varied programming, directed by qualified instructors whom the center employed to conduct classes. “We did many wonderful programs, many of which I miss,” Hotchkin said. “It started out by having art lessons, music lessons, ballet—anything in the cultural field. And it worked beautifully.” Marybeth Dougherty, who co-chaired HCA fundraisers in the 1990s and 2000s, said additional programs included jazz, hiphop, tap and music lessons geared specifically toward toddlers and preschoolers. Former board member Dennis Parsons, who helped to remodel portions of the interior, remembered evening painting and drawing classes being popular among adults. “That building had people in it from nine in the morning to nine at night,” Parsons said, estimating that during its heyday, about 2,000 students attended classes at the HCA. Parsons said he felt the HCA benefited a number of people in Hinsdale and surrounding communities, introducing them to disciplines that they might not have been exposed to otherwise. “I think it gave people another outlet, and introduced a lot of people to the arts,” Parsons said. “It was a grassroots arts center for people who just wanted to create, and it gave them a place to do it. “We can’t all be football players, and we can’t all be ballerinas. We need some artists too.”

Decline of the HCA For an organization that attracted so many people at its height, it may seem surprising that the HCA is no longer in

existence. Former board members identified several factors that contributed to the center’s demise in the summer of 2012. Volunteers always played an integral part in the center’s success. They served as board members, supplied beneficent donations, and Hotchkin recalled a few from Hinsdale hosting chamber music events in their spacious homes. During the center’s formative years, Parsons said the Village of Hinsdale was also supportive of the center. “The village was very proactive in getting the [center] up and running,” he said. The village provided the HCA with $50,000 per year, and Dougherty said the center also received about $25,000 a year from the Illinois Art Council, having been designated as a regional arts center in Illinois. Former board members said the HCA, a non-profit organization, depended heavily on these outside annual funds. Dougherty said class tuition costs were “very reasonable, so we needed additional funding to pay for the administrative costs.” Unfortunately for the center, the Village of Hinsdale cut off its funding in 2009, which Hotchkin said spelled doom for the HCA. “The minute the village withdrew their $50,000—which I knew was their financial base—, I knew that was the end,” she said. Bruce George, who served as the final board president for HCA, reiterated the same sentiment, adding that he believes the center would still be functioning today with village funding. “That was the kiss of death,” George said. “It was desperately needed. We would still be alive if we had that funding—no



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question.” In May 2013, the Chicago Tribune reported that the center’s expenses exceeded its revenues by almost $40,000 in 2011— its final full year in operation. The village funding would have compensated for this difference, but in Hotchkin’s opinion, funding was a problem the HCA contended with long before 2009. “They always had an administrator who was very interested in the arts,” she said. “What they needed was someone who was more interested in the business end, because you can have all the wonderful programs in the world, but if you can’t put the lights on, it doesn’t matter.” Parsons said he felt the center’s Hinsdale name also contributed to its downfall. Because Hinsdale is an affluent community, he said individuals who may have contributed from other west suburban towns were less inclined to do so. “That Hinsdale moniker really hurt them in the long run,” he said. “It should have been the West Suburban Center for the Arts.” Dougherty said this “name discussion” occurred frequently during her board tenure, but she doesn’t know if changing the name would have altered the outcome. “We had long discussions about changing the name,” she said. “Over the ten years that I was on the board, we went back and forth. “We didn’t change the name; maybe we should have—I don’t know.” Dougherty said she was both surprised and disappointed when she discovered the center had been closed. “It was a surprise to me,” she said. “It was upsetting, because

I spent a long time on the board supporting it; and I really think it was a valuable addition to the community.” George said he felt the economy, which took a turn for the worst in 2008, was also a contributing factor. In the final years, he said fundraising galas did not draw the same revenues from community members that they did in years past. “It was heart-wrenching to see it come apart at the time due to the inability to bring resources in the center,” he said.

Hope for a revival? Since the HCA closed its doors in 2012, no one has come forth with any specific plans to restore or resurrect the center, or to replace it with a similar concept. But Hotchkin said she believes there is interest in a revival. “I think there’s a decided interest in resurrecting it,” she said. For kids, local schools continue to provide arts classes and performance opportunities, but Dougherty said she does not believe the HCA’s multifarious programming for people of all ages has been replaced by any one organization or group of programs. “I don’t think that what we offered has been replaced,” she said. “It’s just an important aspect to life that is missing right now [in Hinsdale].” What would be required for the HCA to be revived? While the arts may never return to Hinsdale under the name Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hotchkin said that if any similar effort were to be undertaken, more attention must be paid to the business side. “If it started again, preceding the start, they would have to line up their ways of getting income,” she said. “They never had



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a cushion; they were always right up to the line on things. They never made as much money as they should [have].” Hotchkin said she feels a different building would have to be utilized as well. “That facility, as wonderful as it was, it was too small, too confined,” she said. George said he believes a revival would be a challenging undertaking, and would require the collective efforts of people with a desire to promote the arts in the Hinsdale area. “It would have to be a grassroots group of some very dedicated people that had a true interest of bringing the arts to Hinsdale,” he said. “Without that, it wouldn’t have a chance.” When the HCA was founded over three decades ago, many of those who volunteered their time and efforts had kids who enrolled in some of the first classes.—Some of those kids are now the same age as their parents were when they played key roles in molding the center into what it became. Parsons and Dougherty said that probably the most important factor in any attempted revival is that those behind the effort would have to come from this next generation. “It’s got to be the next generation,” Parsons said. “It’s going to take the next generation of Hinsdale parents to make this fly again.”

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emceed by St. Isaac’s father Eric Ferguson of WTMX’s 101.9 “The Eric & Kathy Show.” Ferguson conducted the live auction, which included trips to Napa Valley and Paris. St. Isaac’s honored vice-principal Diane Sullivan for her 30th anniversary with the school, and also outgoing Principal Rick Cronquist, who is retiring this year. SIJ pastor the Rev. William DeSalvo thanked principal Richard Cronquist for his 40 years of commitment and dedication to SIJ and the Joliet archdiocese. The school also presented a video tribute to the

families “graduating” from the school in 2014. The enthusiastic crowd arrived early, stayed late and was enormously generous with its resources. Roughly $250,000 was raised throughout the evening to assist in the needs of St. Isaac Jogues School. The evening featured a technology initiative to purchase new computers for the library and classrooms, video redirection systems, as well as teacher IT training. Established in Hinsdale in 1932, SIJ provides a catholic school education from kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Community Scene

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La Grange’s fathers and sons, photographed at Camp Tecumseh (from left to right): Brian and Patrick King, Frank and Jack Benedetto, Tyler and Van Jeffrey, Phil and Will Stamatakos, Terry and Michael McBride, Dan and Liam Coleman, Mike, Cassius and Caden McNamara

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YMCA Adventure Guides and Princess programs provide forum for dads and their children to connect

t’s well known that moms generally spend the bulk of the time with the kids, but the YMCA offers a program that allows dads to build relationships and share experiences with their children. The YMCA’s Adventure Guides and Princess programs provide thousands of Chicagoland fathers with opportunities to bond with their sons and daughters through campouts, ceremonies and monthly meetings. “The goal of the program is to provide an environment for dads and kids to engage and develop lifelong relationships and experiences together at a young age,” said Tyler Jeffrey, federation chief of the Prairie Trail Federation, a sub-entity of the larger YMCA program. “The principal idea is that there’s a forum for dads and daughters or dads and sons.” Based in La Grange Park, the Prairie Trail Federation’s Indian Guides, Princess and Trailblazer programs total roughly 2,500 members from west suburban communities like Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, La Grange and Riverside. The guides (dads and sons) and princesses (dads and daughters) are broken up into

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50-60 “tribes” apiece, which Jeffrey said are often tied together by school. In Hinsdale, dads and children from kindergarten through fifth grade at Madison, Oak and Monroe Schools participate in the programs. Both Indian Guides and Indian Princesses consist of two primary components: monthly meetings and campouts. Meetings are held at local facilities that afford sufficient space for several dozen dads and kids to engage in crafts and activities. Jeffrey said tribes utilize various “rituals” at their monthly meetings, including passing around the “talking stick,” a decorative artifact that affords the person who possesses it the chance to say whatever is on his or her mind. Jeffrey said the tribe then often breaks off into a craft or activity like basketball, soccer or dodgeball. Hinsdale resident Vlad Kiperman’s “Yurok” Indian Guides tribe meets at Evangelical Covenant Church on Garfield Ave. in Hinsdale, which is home to a new gym that he said is conducive to these types of activities. Tribes also participate in three campouts per year, usually held on YMCA campgrounds in Indiana, Wisconsin or Michigan.

Evan Jonlich and Will Mazure of the “Yurok” tribe at Camp Tecumseh

Nico Kiperman of the Hinsdale “Yurok” tribe

The La Grange “Pawnee Princesses” tribe, ready to ride in the Tribal Sled race at the winter campout (from left to right): Scarlet Wilson, Lindsey Wilson, Aracely McNamara, Lexi Jeffrey, Abby Farley and Maggie Ayles

Since the campouts are held on rather remote sites, they provide people accustomed to the hustle and bustle of suburban life an opportunity to spend quality time together in relative isolation. “They’re a lot of fun,” said Dan Hemmer, chief of the “Blackfoot” Indian Princess tribe in Hinsdale. “The kids do everything from shooting rifles to riding horses to making crafts.” The fall campout features an induction ceremony welcoming newcomers to the program. Conversely, the spring campout includes a passing ceremony recognizing outgoing members; that is, fathers with fourth- or fifth-graders who will be moving on at the end of that year. Hemmer said, from his experience, this ceremony can grow emotional. “In the middle of my speech, a father and daughter are both right next to me crying, because it’s their last ceremony together,” he said. “That just halted me in my speech.”

Indian Names Each member of an Indian Guides or Princess tribe develops his or her own “Indian name.” Some members select authentic American Indian names, while others have fun choosing descriptive personal epithets. Kiperman’s Indian name is “Bald Eagle,” while one member of Jeffrey’s tribe goes by “Eats With Hot Sauce.” In recent years, the controversy of mascots and nicknames of American Indian origin in both collegiate and professional sports has been well documented. Chief Illiniwek, the University of Illinois mascot, performed his “last dance” in 2007, and an array of critics continue to lambaste the NFL’s Washington Redskins for their team nickname. “We’re not using our name for any marketing gain,” Kiperman said. “We’re actually applying the name personally to ourselves.

So, I think we have a personal stake in the meaning of those words.” Jeffrey said he does not believe the program is disrespectful or insensitive towards American Indians in any way, nor does it intend to be. “I personally have had no one complain about [insensitivity],” he said. “I know the ‘Y’ itself has moved away from any association with American Indians. I don’t think it’s disrespectful; I don’t think it’s meant to be disrespectful.”

Time for bonding The primary objective of the Indian Guides and Princess programs is to provide a forum for fathers and their children to spend time together, while participating in a variety of activities. Jeffrey said he believes the program is valuable for dads, as work prevents many from gaining the same quality time that some moms experience. “I think it’s hard to get one-on-one time with your kid,” he said, “and I think this program provides an opportunity to do that.” Jeffrey said that with extracurricular activities abounding these days, a program that meets one night per week each month is more amenable with schedules than some other activities. “I think it fits really nicely with people’s lifestyles today,” he said. “If you missed a meeting, but make the next one, there’s not a penalty for that. It fits with other things people are doing, so whatever [else] you’re into, this still can be something you do.” For Hemmer, who has two daughters in his “Black Foots” princesses tribe, it was his experience with his dad in the guides program growing up that drew his attention to it several decades - Continued on the next page |Hinsdale Magazine 25

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later as a father himself. “I sought it out because of the experience I had with my dad,” he said. “What I tell people is, it helps to create the mythology of your family, because later in life you look back and remember what I have in common, or what value system was imparted. “This program had a real influence on my family, and we still talk about it, my brothers and my dad. I wanted that for my kids too.” In addition to enhancing the father-child relationship, Jeffrey and Kiperman said Indian Guides and Princesses also allow dads to meet other dads in their neighborhoods, thus strengthening community ties. “Through school and other things, I think moms meet more friends than dads do,” Jeffrey said. “Dads know a couple of their neighbors and the people that they work with; and anyone who engages in this program, you meet a ton of new people. “That builds better community for the dads as well.”

Hinsdale’s Blackfoot Cheer, Fall 2013 Hey Dads, will you remember Camp Tecumseh when we’re gone? Black Cloud won’t come into our camp. We’d like to see him burn! Tell us a scary story. Light a fire for s’mores. We’d crash and get a full night’s sleep…But you guys snore! We love you, but you guys snore. Hey Dads, will you remember Camp Tecumseh when we’re gone? Black Cloud won’t come into our camp. We’d like to see him burn! Tell us a scary story. Light a fire for s’mores. We’d crash and get a full night’s sleep…But you guys snore!

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appy to Be Me is an annual event and was a successful luncheon celebration for girls and important women in their lives. Presented by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC), the event on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Carlisle Banquets in Lombard provided powerful tools to help girls develop self-esteem, led by nationally-known motivational speaker Harriet Turk. Turk combined humor with thought-provoking challenges, inspiring her female audience to believe in themselves, develop character and live a balanced life. The luncheon presentation also included boutique shopping and raffles. Barb Thayer, development associate for RCC, gave Hinsdale Magazine a summary of the event. “The event was a great success; we had 335 girls and women at the event,” Thayer said. “They all enjoyed the boutique shopping, photo booths, raffle baskets, the always-popular heads or tails interactive raffle, and lunch. “Our speaker, Harriet Turk, had the whole room up and moving, and learning how to be true to themselves and confident in who they are. It was an inspiring day for all who attended, and we are looking forward to doing the event again next year. “ “This is an event designed to empower women and girls,” RCC interim executive director Joan Drummond Olson said. “We know it’s so important to support girls’ self-esteem and confidence as they move through adolescence and the teen years. “We wanted to provide an enjoyable way to tackle some of these important discussions.” Several national studies focus on girls’ self-esteem and

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the reasons for its decline in adolescence. According to a groundbreaking survey done by The Commonwealth Fund of New York, only two in five high school girls describe themselves as highly self-confident, while as many as one in four girls claim they either disliked or hated themselves. According to the NYU Child Study Center: •Eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression are the most common mental health problems in girls. •By 15, girls are twice as likely to become depressed as boys. •Health risks accompany girls’ drop in self-esteem due to risky eating habits, depression and unwanted pregnancy. During her Happy to Be Me presentation, Turk reinforced the message that we all possess “personal power.” Participants learned that they are in charge of their choices, but they don’t always get to choose the consequences. Learning how to cope with failure and trying again are integral components of this program. More information about Harriet Turk is available at www. RCC is the nation’s first health education center and the largest provider of health education for school-aged youth in the Chicago region. More than five million students have learned from RCC’s science-based programs on healthy eating, puberty, human reproduction, tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse prevention. Each year, more than 80,000 young people and adults from eight counties take part in RCC programs. RCC educators customize learning experiences for audiences according to their age, gender and developmental levels. RCC operates facilities in Hinsdale and Chicago.

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Hinsdale Chamber hosts annual ‘At Home in Hinsdale’ design show Featuring over 40 exhibitors, special interest seminars, raffles, giveaways and more! At Home in Hinsdale will feature ten free educational seminars about various home-design and remodeling topics. Registration is not required. Seminars will be held in the Rotary North and Rotary South Rooms of The Community House. Each seminar will run approximately 30 minutes with time for questions and answers from attendees.


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Time: 10:30 a.m. With spring’s new beginnings, are you ready for change? It’s a great time of year to focus on simplifying your life. Get inspired and energized, clear the clutter and chaos, and make room to enjoy what’s really important to you. Reflect on your home-organizing goals, and learn tips, tools and techniques to help you get there. Enjoy the transformation as you lighten your load one step at a time.

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Time: 10:30 a.m. Steinway & Sons pianos are created by master craftsmen, each one taking nearly a year to complete. Nothing is hurried. Through the custom pianos division, a unique, exclusive and impeccably designed Steinway can come to life using a variety of techniques such as painting, inlays, customized finishes and special material applications. Learn about the infinite options for a truly personalized work of art—and something that will appreciate in value with each year. Design Trends Incorporated:  How to stay ahead of the design curve while creating lasting interiors

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Time: 11:30 a.m. Hear one of the Chicago area’s top designers share her methods for

incorporating the latest trends into your interiors without becoming too trendy. Donna will share her insight on what’s on the horizon as far as fresh new color schemes, emerging patterns and textures, and innovative design solutions. She’ll also show you how to introduce these trends in smart ways that keep your rooms from becoming dated too quickly. If you want to learn how the pros stay ahead of the curve, this is a seminar not to be missed. The Design Process

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Time: 11:30 a.m. What are the steps in developing an architectural project for your home, whether it is new construction or an addition? Tim Berneche walks you through the various phases of the design process in this presentation to give you an insight of the effort necessary for a successful building or remodeling project. He will use the specific example of a home addition, and also show examples from a variety of projects from his 24 years of experience. Color Trends 2014

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designed to complement your individual style. Based on extensive research, Color Trends 2014 takes cues from the design marketplace, including textiles, carpets, tableware and pottery. This enduring palette will create a renewed sense of comfort while bringing a personalized touch to your space. Secrets of the Ideal Kitchen

Presented by Leslie Lee, designer, Normandy Design Build Remodeling (Hinsdale)

Time: 12:30 p.m. A great kitchen is more than just pretty cabinetry and plenty of counter space. The layout of your kitchen and how the primary points of access relate to each other have an impact on the overall enjoyment of the kitchen far more than any other element. Find ways to maximize your kitchen’s functionality, as well as ways to make textures, colors and styles meld together to create a kitchen that’s uniquely you. How Does Your Project Want to Get Built? Presented by Daniel W. Bryan, AIA, of Bryan Associates, Inc. Architects (Hinsdale)

Time: 1:30 p.m. This seminar focuses on construction project delivery. Most homeowners have never gone through the process, and may be unsure of where to begin. While there are several construction project delivery methods, Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build are the two primary ways

a project gets built. Daniel will discuss in an objective format the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Attendees will be able to assess for themselves which path is best for them, based on their expectations and the complexity of their project. Extending the Life of your Spring Planters

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Time: 1:30 p.m. Everyone wants a bit of color after the long, cold winter, especially this one! Kim will demonstrate how to plant a beautiful spring container that will last all season long, as well as go over the best plants to use for multi-season planters. Get inspired for your spring gardening today. Selling your home soon? DON’T Sell Until Your Home Gets Verified!

Presented by Michael LaFido (Broker/Best Selling of ERA Team Feinstein (Hinsdale)

Time: 2:30 p.m. In this seminar, you’ll hear the proven steps to help you sell your home for up to 18 percent more money. Included in this session are: what is a “verified house,” and why it benefits you to be proactive when selling; the do’s/don’t’s to take before putting your home on the market for sale; for sale by owner or hiring a realtor; and what to look for when hiring a realtor.

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Time: 2:30 p.m. When it comes to furniture style, what’s new? What’s hot? And what about quality? How can you make your rooms special by adding unique pieces of accent furniture? With more than 25 years of experience creating distinctive interiors, Doreen will explore these topics and answer your questions to help you make the best decisions when purchasing new furniture. Exciting Window Treatments That Define Your Lifestyle Presented by Drapery Connection

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Harsh winter weather can damage your family’s skin more than any other time of year. Protecting your skin in winter is just as important as it is in summer.



kin care feels like hard work sometimes – why can’t I just “hibernate” during the winter months? Unless you are a bear you are out and about in the winter months, and you will be sorry if you don’t take care of the skin you are in. Windburn, chapped skin, dry air, will take their toll if you don’t stay ahead of damaging winter weather. Fight flaky skin, rosacea flare-ups and more by covering up when you are outside –hats are not just for summer – using an emollient based moisturizer like Aquaphor, and sun block. If chemicals irritate chapped skin? Use a non chemical sunblock featuring more than 5 percent zinc oxide. Many come slightly tinted now, so there is no excuse to go without!


love winter sports, but they seem to really take a toll on my skin! How can I enjoy the health benefits of being outside for winter fun, without seeing negative effects on my on my face and more? Follow sensible winter weather protection, only more so. For instance, while skiing at high altitudes, up your sunblock SPF, apply it even more frequently, cover ANY exposed skin, and lather on the moisturizer. And don’t forget lip protection! Windburn is a big problem when it comes to outdoor sports, so cover your neck and face with a soft merino wool “gator” that will protect while not irritating your skin, and which will wick away moisture too.

your friend when it comes to feet in winter! You can get fungal infections more easily, for starters. And have you ever heard of Immersion Foot? That occurs when the feet are wet for long periods of time. If you consistently walk around in damp snow boots because you are too busy to dry them out, or you aren’t careful when it comes to certain winter sports, you may be at risk. Full symptoms include a tingling/itching sensation, pain, swelling, cold blotchy skin, numbness, blisters and more. With this crazy winter the obvious needs to be said: when possible, air-dry and elevate your feet, and exchange wet shoes and socks for dry ones whenever you can! Use a foot powder to absorb moisture. Don’t put on damp boots because they are the only option. Dry them first with a hair dryer if necessary. Don’t sleep with socks on, either. The bottom line? Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible. If you think you are developing full blown Immersion Foot, get medical treatment right away. Take care of your feet, and they will stay around to take care of you for many winters to come.

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A Century of Memories On the verge of his 100th birthday, Scott Jones of Hinsdale reminisced with Hinsdale Magazine about growing up in Hinsdale with maverick sports owner Bill Veeck, his brief encounter with Albert Einstein at Princeton, founding the “Jolly Boys,” and how the town he’s lived in most of his life has changed through the years. 36 Hinsdale Magazine | Photo by Marcello Rodarte

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century is a period of time that is generally referenced casually or exaggeratedly. But very few people actually get the chance to live out a full century—100

years. Scott Jones of Hinsdale is about to reach this rarefied air this month, when he turns 100 on March 12. Jones was born in Chicago on March 12, 1914. His father, Tom Jones, was a renowned professor of medical illustration at the University of Illinois. Jones said his earliest recollection of life was going to a peace parade in the city that celebrated the end of World War I. He moved to Hinsdale with his parents just before he turned five. “I had my fifth birthday in Hinsdale and have lived here ever since,” Jones said. The Jones family’s first home in Hinsdale was situated near Washington and Hickory, just north of where the Memorial Building now stands. Jones recalled the first zephyr passing through Hinsdale on the Burlington Northern

line. He started first grade at Maple School on the north side of Hinsdale. According to Sandra Bennett Williams’ Hinsdale, this school was built in 1887 on Maple Street in between Clay and Vine Streets, and was replaced in 1928 by Monroe School, which was built nearby. Several years later, the Jones family relocated to Park Street, south of the railroad tracks. “I was so happy with being out in the country, and being in a kind of rural atmosphere at that time,” Jones said. “When I got out to Hinsdale, it was a new world for me.”

Growing up with Bill Veeck One of Jones’ closest friends growing up was Bill Veeck, the former White Sox owner famous for his innovative creativity, exemplified in exploding scoreboards, fireworks and even signing a midget, 3’7” Eddie Gaedel, who played one game for the St. Louis Browns in 1951. “He’s a guy I find it difficult to talk about, because he was an absolute maverick,” Jones said. Jones said on Halloween nights, you would probably find Veeck “knocking streetlights out with a BB gun.”

“He was sort of a bad boy, as far as the mothers around town knew, because they felt he was a bad influence on kids like me,” Jones said. Jones recalled one particular afternoon walking home from school with Veeck when they encountered a small posse of older boys that demonstrated what Jones described as his “intrepid” character. “On the way home [from school], Bill and I walked across the street from three guys who were bigger than we were in the class ahead of us,” Jones said. “To my horror, Bill Veeck hollers out insults to these guys. I was wondering, ‘What the hell is he doing? They’ll kill us.’ “Sure enough, they got up and started after us. We took off through gardens, through yards, and Bill and I beat these three guys [to my house].”

Hinsdale Township High School When Jones attended what is now Hinsdale Central, it was known as Hinsdale Township High School. As a freshman, having aspirations of becoming a star athlete, he went out for football. The coaches selected him as the starting quarterback for the “lightweight” - Continued on the next page

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freshman team, his only prior football playing experience being touch football in the yard. “I was put in at quarterback not having played a single game of [competitive] football in my life,” Jones said. In his first game, a practice game against Dundee High School, his first three play-calls were “smothered” by the defense. When Jones dropped back to punt the ball away on the next play, he did something perhaps no other football player has ever done. “It was a windy afternoon,” Jones said. “I punted the ball, and a gust of wind took it up in the air. The ball went up in the air, and I stood and watched it go by, up and up and backwards. “I was petrified, so I turned around and ran backwards, and I caught my own punt. “I claim I’m the only guy in scholastic football that ever caught his own punt.”

A chance encounter While Jones’ football career never really took off, he did graduate from Hinsdale in 1932, and proceeded on to Princeton, one of the nation’s finest universities even

in those days. Jones said that while many of his classmates attended local colleges, he thought he would benefit from the challenge of an elite institution, majoring in modern languages at Princeton. “Most of my colleagues went to school around here [at places like] Beloit,” he said. “And I thought, ‘I can go to any small school I want,’ but I really wanted the seasoning of a top-flight school.” During his senior year, Jones and his peers were required to write a thesis in order to graduate. About two days before graduation, Jones remembered he needed to get a book from the library in order to finish the paper. On a dark May evening, he darted towards the library, hurrying to grab the book before it closed. Along the way, he spotted a man striking matches near the ground, furiously searching for something. “In the distance, I saw little flickering lights like lightning bugs,” Jones said. “As I got closer, I saw an old man who looked like a tramp, hair blowing in the wind. I came upon this old guy, and I said, ‘Can I help you?’ He told me he had lost his pipe.” So, Jones got down on his knees and searched the grass for the man’s missing

pipe. When he saw the man’s face, he received quite the surprise. “When he started lighting matches along the ground, I looked up at him, and it was the face of Albert Einstein—and I couldn’t get over it,” he said. Jones and the world’s most famous astrophysicist continued their search for the missing pipe; but while the latter unlocked a myriad of scientific secrets, it was the former who discovered the pipe in the grass. “We felt the grass around it, and pretty soon I felt something hard and warm, and I knew I had across the pipe,” Jones said. “He said, ‘Oh, my God, you have saved my life.’”

Coming back to Hinsdale After his surreal encounter with Einstein and matriculating from Princeton with honors in 1936, Jones returned to Hinsdale in the midst of the Great Depression. He said he spent the summer walking the streets of Chicago in search of a job, and finally found one in public relations. Spending his entire career in that field, Jones later founded his own public relations firm, Gardner, Jones & Co., with a man named Bob Gardner. - Continued on page 42

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Although the company started small, Jones said, “We got to the point where we had clients like Abbott Laboratories, First National Bank of Chicago and Jolly Green Giant.” Back in Hinsdale, he became active in the community, serving as a trustee on the village board for six years. “There were a number of things I did for Hinsdale,” he said. “Because I liked Hinsdale so much, I thought you have to give back to the community you were raised in.” Jones holds the distinction of being the first (and only) civil defense commissioner in Hinsdale’s history—a position he received from the village board president in consequence of the turbulence of the World War II era. “Before Pearl Harbor, President [Franklin D.] Roosevelt put out a call all over the country for communities to get ready for the worst,” he said. Jones also served in the U.S. Army during World War II, happening to be in Paris when victory in Europe was declared. In 1947, Jones, who was the president of the Princeton Glee Club as a senior

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at the school and possessed a lifelong interest in music, founded the “Jolly Boys,” a men’s singing group that is still in existence more than 65 years later,

“There were a number of things I did for Hinsdale, because I liked Hinsdale so much, I thought you have to give back to the community you were raised in.” with a few of his friends. “If you enjoyed singing, you’d get together and harmonize,” he said. Jones directed the ensemble for more than 50 years.

A century of life Jones married Helen Hench, also of Hinsdale, in 1942; they had four children, all of whom live far from Illinois these days, but continue to visit him regularly. Jones also has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mere days from his 100th birthday, Jones is still a member of Hinsdale Golf Club, and believes he is currently the

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club’s oldest member. He said he now goes to the club only for lunch and social affairs, but “If I weren’t in bad shape, I’d still be playing.” Jones said he is also the oldest current member of Union Church of Hinsdale, recalling the church’s formation as a result of a union between a Congregationalist church and Methodist church in town. (This is why Jones says it is called “Union” Church.) These days, Jones remains an active football fan. He watched this year’s Super Bowl with his family. (His daughter Marilyn lives in Seattle and is a Seahawks fan.) For a man who also loved traveling the world, Jones has always admired the town he has called home for the vast majority of his life, and continues to admire it to this day. He said although the town has undergone a host of changes and transformations through the years, he believes it continues to be an excellent place to live. “It’s kept up with the times very well, I think,” Jones said. “I think it’s one of the nicest suburbs in the country. I think it’s kept up with the development, and it’s grown gracefully. I don’t think anyone could live in a nicer place.”


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o wishes come true? Can your thoughts truly be manifested into reality? Everyone has a story of how wishes came true. Some have more than one. Some stories are about tremendous success, and others are very small by comparison. Everyone has a story. How does visualization work? And when the results arrive is it coincidence like many believe?—Or is it something else? It was the summer of 1962. I was sitting alone on a bench overlooking the tennis courts in Central Park in Ashland, Ky. My mind was transfixed on an article in a major tennis magazine. As I turned the page, my mentor, Professor R.W. Ross, walked behind me and said, “You could go there.” The professor was an 83 year-old African American that was and still is the wisest man I’ve met. I looked up and smiled. “What do you mean, professor?” He replied, “See it in your mind’s eye. Play tennis with them; travel with them. See it as if it’s so.”


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The next day, the same scenario played out. As I re-read the article about two Italian teenage tennis players that were documenting their international travels, Ross walked behind me and said, “Go in your mind with them; travel with them. See yourself playing and winning with them on the world tennis circuit.” Again, I looked up and smiled. I never discussed that magazine article with the professor. I can’t tell you I envisioned his suggested scenario every night that hot summer, but I saw it in my mind a lot. Those images of two young Italian tennis players stayed with me for many years. I followed their progress in the newspapers and magazines. Two young boys, my age, living a life I could only dream. Seventeen years later, our paths finally crossed. In 1979, I coached the two young Italians that had now become men. It was then that Adriano Panatta and Paolo Bertolucci and their Italian Davis Cup Team practiced with me at Salt Creek Club and - Continued on page 44 |Hinsdale Magazine 43

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Hinsdale Racquet Club in Hinsdale. Later that year, we made it to the World Finals. We played tennis together; we traveled the world together. Thanks, professor. Dreams do come true. This year, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of my amazing coaching career. I have been truly blessed. My “wish upon a star” moment in 1962 was one of the cornerstones for all my teachings. Visualization works. This is due to the fact that the subconscious mind (the driver for all your actions) does not know the difference between fantasy and reality. This is why you wake up from a nightmare and your body has reacted with sweating, rapid heart rate, dry mouth, heightened skin sensitivity, etc., as if the nightmare were real. You visualize 50 percent of your waking hours, even if you do not believe in the conscious power of visualization. All of your thoughts are set in movie form. Most of us see “in our mind’s eye” like we are looking through our own eyes. A small percentage visualize like they’re looking down upon a movie set. Either way is acceptable, and neither is better than the other. Since you are going to visualize what you want to eat, or what you will wear, or other common activities, you might as well use this innate power to envision “only” what you want in the most positive way. Envision overcoming your challenges and consistently reaching your family, business and personal goals. The best time “to see it as it’s so” is just before sleep and as you awake. Your subconscious mind is most fertile at these specific times. Everyone has a story. Make your vision reachable and doable. Let your vision turn into reality. Create your new story of being the best you can by thinking only what you want. It will happen when you wish upon a star!


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Spiritual Insight


Dan Meyer Contributing Writer

“The Acceleration of Just About Everything”

ome time ago, I came across a book with a title like one of those vanity plates on the back of a red Ferrari— just four letters, FSTR.—Too fast to even use vowels. The book’s subtitle was, “The Acceleration of Just About Everything.” On page after page, author James Gleick demonstrates how everything from travel to cooking to communications to commerce has gotten so much faster. “Speed is God,” Hitachi Corporation’s David Hancock said, “and time is the devil.” On certain days, I like a lot about the increasing pace of things. I like quick service, instant popcorn, fast lanes and blazing Internet speeds. Czech novelist Milan Kundera said, “Speed is the form of ecstasy the technical revolution has bestowed on man,” and there is a part of me that is hooked on speed—on the ecstatic adrenaline rush of a fast-paced life. Fast can be fabulous, until it isn’t—until fast becomes foolish. In her book, Breathe, Keri Wyatt Kent makes this confession: Sometimes “I feel like I’m on the teacup ride at Disney World. At first, I’m turning the wheel and setting the pace. The spinning is fun and somehow contained. But then the momentum builds, and even if I let go of the wheel in the center of the teacup, we continue to spin faster and faster. I feel… sick.” This, I think, is the world in which we live today. The flywheel is turning at a greater and greater velocity. We show ourselves willing to move at this speed, and the machine goes faster. We keep moving at this pace, and others around us say, “That must be normal; I just need to spin faster myself.” Are you dealing with speed sickness? We can get used to such a fast-forward life that we actually burn out our nerves and bodies. Maybe we don’t actually drop dead of a heart attack or suffer a stroke, but bit-by-bit, we lose the ability to feel the deep substance or joy of life anymore. Perhaps we start drinking too much, trying to quiet the racing engine. In the name of all kinds of good things, we can drive so quickly down life’s road that we actually miss the beauty of the people and the world around us. The glory of life was right there, but we were flashing by too fast on the highway to notice it; and when we go back and finally turn aside, it’s gone. We can get to living so pedal-to-the metal that those trying to keep pace with us are inadvertently destroyed, because even if we are comfortable with these RPMs, some of our loved ones were just not built for our velocity. I know it sounds strange, but I think we can actually get moving faster than the speed of God. We can fail to see or hear the moments of opportunity He presents to us, when they come. I have this awful vision in which my kids are standing up at my funeral. They’ve been asked to speak about their father. And the dominant thought that comes to their mind is, “Well, he was a busy man. He went a lot of places and talked to a lot of people. He attended an amazing number of meetings and answered tons of e-mails. His schedule was so full of activities. He checked a lot of stuff off. It was incredible the pace he was able to keep up.

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Yeah, our dad sure was a busy man.” How many times a day do you ask someone how they are, and they answer “Oh, busy. Life sure is moving fast—very busy.” How did busyness become the badge of honor it has? Why do we all just laugh about the fact that many of us are driving around with our hair on fire? At what point do we say, “This is kind of insane.” Author John Ortberg once asked a wise mentor for some advice on how he could live the healthiest, most soulful life possible. The older man said, “The chief enemy of the spiritual life is hurry.” If you want to live a more soulful, sane life, John, then you must “ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” Ortberg replied, “Okay, and what else!” Can you relate? One of the things that fascinates me about Jesus is that he rarely seemed in a hurry. He had the most significant work to do. He got more done that has lasted over more time than anyone else. Yet he did not move through life at anything like the breakneck speed that we do. Every encounter he had with people was focused and significant. It made a mark; it started ripples. Why? I’m convinced that a major part of what he was able to accomplish in public was because what he did in private. Jesus observed the Sabbath-day. For a brief period most days and for a whole day once a week, he purposely slowed down. He went away to a place of solitude. He listened for the voice of God within him, and looked for the grace of God around him. And this gave him a clarity, creativity and confidence he could bring to every subsequent encounter. What’s your strategy for maintaining or restoring your sanity in a world that moves around you, and moves you around at truly blinding speeds? You may not be able to change the pace of life around you, but you can do something to start moving at the speed of God within you. Picture this: a great physician comes to you and says, “The world has made you more insane (more unhealthy) than you recognize. Come on, I’ve made a weekly reservation for you at a Spa for the Soul.” In a leap of trust, you walk with him into a quiet place. You leave your phone, your briefcase, your jampacked schedule, your to-do list at the door. The doors click shut behind you; the noise of the world disappears, only to be replaced by a gentle hum. There in that spa, you begin to hear your heartbeat again. You feel your breathing; you remember your soul. You stop achieving and start appreciating; you begin to really recognize and enjoy life. This spa is called Sabbath. You can find it in a house of worship, the beauty of the Creation, or the silence and slowness of a sanctuary of your own choosing. But go there—go there regularly. It will restore your sanity, bring greater health to your soul, and give you strength and wisdom with which to meet the madness out there. Seek Sabbath—because life is only going to get FSTR.

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Still using Windows XP? Say goodbye to your security.


s April 8 is looming in the near future, many homes and businesses that run the Windows XP Operating System on their computers will face certain security risks, support challenges and increased IT costs. For 12 years, Microsoft has been providing support and security updates for this fantastic, but now outdated Windows platform. This edition of Errol Janusz Contributing Writer techKNOW will review upcoming support issues, HIPAA violations and how to avoid upgrade catastrophes. Although Windows XP commands about 30 percent of the laptop and desktop market, you will already find the latest major software labels abandoning compatibility. Do you use QuickBooks? Although the 2014 edition of QuickBooks will install on Windows XP, after April 8, Intuit will refuse to support your QuickBooks problems unless your computer is updated to a newer version of Windows. Microsoft will stop supporting Office 2003 in April as well. If you choose to upgrade your Word and Excel, you will have to search around on eBay for Office 2007, because Office 2013 will not even install on Windows

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XP. Before purchasing any costly software upgrades for business or home, it would be wise to check for any compatibility issues that may occur. Running a single Windows XP computer on your healthcare computer network means that your practice is in violation of HIPAA compliance! The same security guidelines pertain to financial and law firms as well. Microsoft will stop all security updates for the operating system, along with any new software patches. Many businesses use Microsoft Security Essentials for their antivirus protection. This virus and spyware protection will cease to update on Windows XP, as well as some other major virus-protection platforms. Your business’s security officer or IT support company should have already warned administrators and owners of these security complications well over a year ago. In almost all cases, attempting to upgrade Windows XP on your current computer system will not work. Each XP computer on your network may now require a full computer replacement. For some, this could cause a budget crisis. My best advice is to work with a consultant on a replacement plan that will fit your budget. After April 8, your XP computers will still function as always, but the clock is ticking for hackers to create new viruses and other exploits across the U.S. and worldwide. Errol Janusz is President and Lead Technician at Edward Technology. For more information, contact Errol at (630) 3339323, ext. 303, or email him at Visit Errol’s website at

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