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Our stories, Our people, Our Village

Volume 13 Issue 2

March & April 2017


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Amy Rita, Publisher Staff Writers: Mary Win Connor Andrew Cox Bob Cox Peter Gianakopoulos Arlene Jarzab Terry Keshner Kristen Knobloch Billy Lombardo Woody Mosgers Nello Rubio Jessica Sclafini Kathy Sullivan Amy Turilli

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John Hayley's Unbreakable Fitness

by Jessica Sclafini

and sizes. In every class there are beginners, intermediate and advanced, however, you move at your own pace starting with your current strength and gradually building up through the twelve week course. People of all ages take his classes ranging from 16 to 68 years old and the really cool part is they are pushing each other toward their goals. Now that is motivation!

Not only did I want to welcome the newest addition to the Madison Street Family, Unbreakable Fitness, but let’s be honest, the New Year has kicked in, yet the “new me” mentality has not. With temperatures inevitably rising, changes need to be made and help is needed to make those changes. I sat down with owner John Hayley to learn more about Unbreakable Fitness. First off, if you’ve had a chance to walk past the window on Madison you will instantly notice that this is not your ordinary gym. It is intimate and personal and I felt very comfortable in the space. You also can’t help but notice that John is not only clearly passionate about what he does but also extremely educated on the subject of fitness and nutrition as well.

I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people that go to the gym, look around at everyone, and get a little intimidated so end up on the elliptical for 45 minutes. It’s not that I don’t want to challenge myself with weights; it’s that I don’t know what I am doing. With that said, I desperately need someone to motivate and teach me how to do things correctly, or I’ll stay in that comfort zone and go home. Another problem/excuse, I get bored very easily, so a good challenge is certainly enticing. One thing John said that really stuck with me is, it doesn’t matter how many reps of something you can do, what matters is that you are doing correctly. Which I think is so important and that is why many people get intimidated, stopping them from trying new things. If I’m not doing it right, why do it at all? He said you just have to put blinders on and focus on what you’re doing and no one else. He continued with there will always be someone stronger or better at one thing or faster, focus on you and become great at it.

So what is Unbreakable Fitness? It is actually a culmination of a decade long dream of John’s. It is designed to get people out of their comfort zone and reach past their fears, which is definitely something we all need help doing. John is very proud of what he’s accomplished with Unbreakable Fitness, only allowing twelve people at a time to join each class. It’s more important to him to keep the integrity of the class, which says a lot about him. He is actually focused on helping people reach their goals and see each client succeed. His programs are very adaptable and he will find a way to help everyone. So, what is the difference between Spartan Group Training (SGX) and Two options are offered, Total Fitness Total Fitness? and Spartan Strength, which we’ll get into in a minute. Both are a twelve SGX is training for obstacle course week curriculum based programs races or just simply to get into the that builds you up to the next level best shape of your life! This is an based on your current strengths. It integrated mix of traditional and nonis not just a bunch of random stuff traditional strength training exercises thrown together. John emphasizes that using a variety of kettlebells, rope this is open to anyone of all shapes climbs, using body weight strength. It also includes Interval training to get

your heart pumping all while building do it? Dehydration has many ugly symptoms, including feeling hungry. stamina. John suggests drinking a glass of water Total Fitness is a highly adaptable before each meal. fitness program that gets you into amazing shape in a safe and structured #2 Eat more vegetables. Pretty simple environment. This will also use a so far. variety of methods such as weight training, kettlebells, medicine balls #3 If it comes in a box, it will put you and so much more to build strength in a box. Ha! Sad but true. Try to eat as and lean muscle. People looking to little processed food as possible. ease themselves in might want to start

with Total Fitness as it may be less #4 Go to bed! Get sleep. Not only does it contribute to a healthier lifestyle, it intimidating. prevents you from binge snacking at SIGN ME UP! Even though I have no midnight! idea what some of these methods even While these can seem pretty obvious, are, you had me at amazing shape! if you actually follow them, you might All fitness levels are welcome for both see some positive results! programs. And to keep things fun and exciting, each day offers something If you have a chance, walk by, say hi different. I would suggest visiting the and check it out. Unbreakable Fitness website for additional information and is located at 7511 Madison St. details. So whether you do it solo, grab your I asked John what most people are friends or spouse, get out of your seeking when they come to him. He comfort zone and challenge yourself to replied with, they are in search of a become better…as we all can! Time to healthier lifestyle. Who isn’t, right? pause Netflix, put down the remote and To help in that department John motivate! provides a weekly newsletter that is available to anyone that signs up for It was a pleasure to meet John and I’m it (johnhayley@johnhayley.com to get excited he to have him as part of our signed up). This offers nutrition tips to community! I’m a little bummed that I make it as simple as possible to follow missed out on the first round of classes as this is a huge component in reaching in the new space but will definitely sign up when the next one rolls around your goals and losing weight. in May. Want to try it out NOW and get We all know there is a million fad diets some tips for getting started? Sign up out there one being more ridiculous for a free trial class anytime at www. than the next. I asked if he could give johnhayley.com. Who’s with me?? me some guidelines to follow that To learn more and read inspiring might help stay on track. He said he has 4 simple rules for stories by actual clients, log on to nutrition that I think everyone can get www.johnhayley.com. on board with. It is a New Year, New Me…starting #1 Drink more water…I know, you right now! hear it all the time…but do you actually

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What's The Big Deal With Irish Soda Bread by Arlene R. Jarzab

was using butter to hold it together; and I never thought it really went with the corned beef. You wouldn’t put mustard on it to make a sandwich, so what was the point? Later, as an adult, I tried Irish Soda Bread again. Same reaction: dry, bland, crumbly. Until, one of my students brought me a loaf of her mother’s Irish Soda Bread as a Christmas gift. It was totally On St. Patrick’s Day, my mother would always cook up corned beef and cabbage. I think she did it in a pressure cooker. We were (and still are) a Polish family; our parish, on the far northwest side of Chicago, was St. Mary of the Woods. It was decidedly Irish; Monsignor O’Rourke was assisted by Father Sullivan. My classmates had last names of Kelly, Cushing, McNally, Shanahan and so on. When my mother served the corned beef, it was accompanied by mustard, horseradish, and Polish rye bread. For days after we had corned beef sandwiches. On St. Joseph’s Day, the menu changed. Once again, the pressure cooker was brought out; this time for pork hocks, sauerkraut, potatoes and Polish rye bread. If there was a variation, it was Polish sausage with the sauerkraut.

different. Warm, slightly sweet and moist flavored with currants and caraway. It was a revelation. Each year, I looked forward to that loaf of bread! Since this was a large IrishCatholic family (Is there any other?) and her mother baked a loaf for each teacher, she must have been busy for weeks before Christmas baking the Somewhere along the line, bread as others might have Irish Soda Bread was added baked cookies. to the St. Patrick’s Day menu. It wasn’t homemade; it was Over the years, I taught several purchased somewhere. A members of that family. Each bakery? Or the local Jewel? Christmas, I looked forward It seems that everyone has to my gift. Knowing how a favorite Irish Soda Bread, much I appreciated it, she but I wasn’t a fan. It was dry, even started to bring me a loaf crumbly and bland. The trick for St. Patrick’s Day! As the 6

last child was getting ready to graduate from middle school, I asked the mother, during a parent-teacher conference, if she would part with the recipe. No pressure; her decision could make the difference between a B+ and an A. Seriously, her daughter was a good student and her grades were not an issue. Much to my delight and surprise, she sent the recipe to school one day with her daughter. At the graduation,

the girl told me she couldn’t believe her mother would part with the recipe. I fully expected to discover that an ingredient had been ‘accidently left out’. It wasn’t. She gave me the real recipe for her Cakelike Irish Soda Bread. To this day, I make her Irish Soda bread every year at St. Patrick’s Day. I am not a baker. I believe there is a huge difference between someone who loves to bake and someone who loves to cook. I love to cook. Baking is too exact; a little too much baking powder or salt could totally ruin the result. When you cook, you can experiment and add a little

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more of a seasoning. In fact, I generally feel a recipe is more of a guide or suggestion than a commandment. Not so with baking; the ½ teaspoon or ¼ cup matters. If I add a little more garlic or red wine, the results will not be ruined. Usually. Over the years, I have begun to bake numerous loaves of bread to give away to my friends. They seem to like the ‘cake-like’ texture as much as I do. Once I started baking and sharing, I found out just how important Irish Soda bread is; everyone has a memory of their mothers’ or grandmothers’ bread. Did it have caraway? Buttermilk? Did she use golden raisins or currants? Was it round or a loaf? Was it dusted with flour? How much butter did you need to hold it together? Did you need a jackhammer to cut it? For some reason, my friends and family seem to appreciate the loaves I share with them. They know I don’t really like to bake, so every year as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, they know I will go into full baking mode: complaining about how hard it is to get currants; what to do with the extra buttermilk. How many loaves should I make without the caraway seeds? I have managed to burn out two hand mixers in the last 10 years baking. Since I make about four large loaves and 20 mini-loaves, I do become a bit of a grump. But, several Irish coffees always seem to improve my mood. Until it is time to haul out the baking gear to get ready for Easter and the (damn) lamb cakes!


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A New Twist On An Old Favorite by Terry Keshner

cookies, you want it more cherries, things like that.” immediately. You eat with your eyes. In person it’s “We want to give our cookies always better.” a twist. We do sell chocolate chip cookies, and we do sell “The idea behind Twisted M&M cookies and plain Cookie is that we take butter cookies which is fine cookies and give them a because a good cookie is twist, whether it’s something never a bad thing, but we simple like dipping them like to put a spin on it, a in chocolate or something twist, something different,

“It’s a little bit intimidating, it’s something new but it’s something that I feel I needed to do.”

love but I also want to give them something new to try. I do it for me; I’m always looking to create something. I love it.” Fischer talks while her employees are busy crafting new creations in the kitchen and men work behind her pounding nails, painting, and cleaning, transforming a tasty dream into what she hopes is a very delicious reality. And Fischer, who actually has a degree in broadcasting and developed her baking skills at home, not at pastry school, says Forest Park is the perfect place to open her doors.

Joana Fischer is talking about opening up her new store, Twisted Cookie, which is setting up shop at 7401 Madison. Fischer, a River Forest resident, has been baking for years and selling online but now she wants her customers to see and smell her “twisted more dramatic like taking a cupcake and turning them creations” in person. into a cookie. We also take “The Internet is great for pie crusts and turn them into buying something else,” Fischer says, “but for

a cookie. So we will actually take an apple pie and turn it into a thin cookie, it looks like a cookie but actually tastes exactly like pie. We do the same thing with pecans,

“Why look elsewhere? There are people here who support the community and I believe people will try it out and, of course, come back if they like it. And I just think it’s a fun town, there’s a lot of energy, unique. That’s why we’re good energy.” the Twisted Cookie.” “And you never know who’s “People are always going going to be opening up the to love cookies…I’m trying amazing place that people to bring something that’s are going to want to gravitate classic and comforting, but I to…I hope I’m one of those want to also be different. So places.” I want to be able take those same cookies that (people)

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Old Is As Old Does by Mary Win Connor

Once I accepted the fact that my nubile days were over, I began to realize that during the time I had spent obsessing about how I looked to other people, those same people saw the sum of my parts as opposed to my outside appearance. I found that when asked to describe me, words like funny, loyal and caring came up way more often than petite or cute. Of course, that may have been because I never was petite or cute but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The older I get the older old becomes. As a teenager, 25 was a quarter of a century. A quarter of a century! Just the idea of a century was frightening. By 30, my mental picture of myself at 60 was stooped over, walking with a shuffle and hitting my life alert button because I had fallen to the floor and couldn’t get up. So here I am at 61, standing at my full 5’2”, still lifting my feet off the ground when moving forward and minus any form of safety neckwear. At each stage I find I need to revise my threshold of being old once again. Or better yet, trash it completely. After all it’s really only a matter of perspective. As my 90 year old aunt said to my husband when he was walking her to the car one icy night, “Oh to be 80 again.” One thing I have discovered watching the sands of time stroll through the hourglass is that in the grand scheme of things personal appearance is a small player. Like most women, once I reached the age on my fake ID, I stopped trying to look older and worked furiously to look younger. Inevitably, despite my best efforts, my body starting heading south, east and west as opposed to standing firm.

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I have heard it said that growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional. I fully agree. It’s all well and good to be a wage earning, responsible adult, but it is equally important to live a life that you can look back on and forward to with pride in your ability to have fun. As a selfemployed freelancer I spend a good amount of time working because every hour I don’t is an hour not making money. However, in spite of that, or maybe because of it, I try to make the most of my free time. Volunteering at community events is a great way to spend time with my friends that doesn’t involve spending money or risking a hangover, but sometimes you just have to push the envelope a bit. Last year someone jokingly suggested that I go ziplining. A few weeks later the opportunity to do just that came up so I grabbed ahold and zipped on through it. Of course, had someone mentioned that there was three miles of aerial obstacle course over alligator pits involved, I might have had second thoughts. But at the end of the day, I had a great time and felt like Wonder Woman. That experience justified my decision to participate in this year’s Chicago Polar Plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. Several people have called me crazy for this but

my favorite comment was the sister who asked if I was okay to do this “healthwise”. While I assured her that I was, the truth is that I would love to die doing something like that, rather than falling and being unable to get up which is the more likely scenario. One of the downsides of a long life is that it exposes you to heartache and tragedy, much of it personal. But it also gives you the time and experience to gain acceptance of the inevitable. None of us will live forever and when you think about it, who really wants to? By then all your family and friends are gone and technology will have reached a point where no one communicates face-to-face anyway so what’s the point? Once I have sent my children fully off into the world on their own and have tired of annoying them with unwanted advice; I

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will write my obituary, and slip off into the next realm where I will spiritually run their lives until they earn the right to join me. Then we will become partners in spiritually harassing future generations. Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean you stop having fun.

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Proviso Pie 2017 by Bob Cox

Managing change at PEHS PART TWO: Building parental partnership at Proviso East High School In a continuing conversation with Proviso East Principal Dr. Patrick Hardy, I asked, “What does a new model for parental partnership look like? I reminded Dr. Hardy of an earlier comment made by a former 8th grade student of his, regarding the transition process, “To get from A to B… B must look completely different from A.” Dr. Hardy then explained to me using a relevant education/ guideline called Epstein’s 6 types of parental involvement (see below from Google Images) I also learned the nuanced differences of the terms parental participation, engagement and partnership, with parental

partnership being the key term. “Asking the right questions” is another tool for building a sustainable parental partnership. Proviso East’s transition plan calls for building an action team for partnership as well as a Parent Center. Partnerships are cultivated slowly because relationships cannot be merely mandated like a transaction, they are populated by in real time by real people made up of stakeholders including parents. Dr. Hardy envisions a committee equal with parents to school faculty and administrators. Instead of a conventional suggestion /complaint exchange, the new model would exhibit these defined characteristics qualities: user friendly to students and their families, accountability, integrity and more serendipitous characteristics like innovation, empowerment and being open to elements of surprise. Remember A to B … B must look different. We know that Proviso East has real challenges in connecting with parents… a critical foundation area. Each campus has a different parental condition. I felt optimistic and energized that this strategy deserves the Proviso Community’s awareness and involvement. We can then embrace and collaborate in a true partnership that acknowledges the common goal of a better learning experience for all PE students. Dr. Hardy assigned me some homework and I recommend reading Partnering with Parents, to ask the right questions by Luz Santana, Dan Rothstein and Agnes Bain. If you can’t read it check out a credible book review. Watch for more of these progressive District wide parental partnership efforts as they become visible

at Proviso East this Fall. Can you hear the music? On February 28.2017 there was a meeting of the Bands. The Proviso East Band under Band Director Mr. Cletis Seals and Band Secretary Mr. Newchurch took up an invitation from Forest Park Middle School Band Director Mr. Kelly, to perform for the FP Band members. A nice crowd of about 70 student musicians listen and learned something new. Kudos to all 3 Band leaders. Mr. Kelly was happy to note that it made great sense to share music and that some of his students were not even aware that Proviso East had a band, let alone a very hard working performance marching band. An informative music workshop/ live tutorial took place sharing the navigating of music scales and warm up techniques. An Q& A about special marching instruments like the sousaphone, mellophone. and the snappy marching snare drum. PE Band marched in the March 4th Forest Park St Patrick’s Day Parade. They have for many years. Music scholarships, tryouts, and music lessons were also discussed. Mr. Seals is a special teacher in my book, he graduated from PMSA, studied music and choose to come back to Proviso East, assuming the Band Director vacancy left by Reginald Wright’s retirement. Mr. Newchuch also directs and handles logistics. In the spirit of band and team leadership, it is commendable that Proviso East Senior trumpet player extraordinaire Justin Nixon can and does regularly direct the band during band instruction. Here is a word from him, “My name is Justin Nixon. I am the section leader of the trumpet and mellophone sections, as well as the student director of the Proviso East Marching Band. My position here as student director is to assist the other band students and section leaders in the program. This includes teaching new students, organizing music, choosing music, meeting with my peers, and at times, directing and teaching the band as a whole. This position in the band has helped be to grow

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as a musician, a leader and a future educator. My dream career is to be high school or collegiate band director. Being a student conductor is great preparation for me in learning valuable, real-world skills in the profession and getting an understanding of what it takes to be a director, allowing me to better decide where I would like my career to go before I enter college. I would encourage all students to participate in band for the amazing experiences, great travel opportunities, the ability to interact and meet new people and because we always try to have fun. In addition, the band is an easy way to get college scholarships, of which I am a prime example of.” ---Justin Alexander Nixon PEHS Band Student Director MARK YOUR CALENDERS: “Hear the Music” Free Proviso East Band concert April 11th 2017 at the venerable Proviso East Auditorium. Performance starts at 6: 30 Parking available Madison St and 1St Avenue PEHS school parking lots, If you want to learn more about Proviso East’s Band Program or contribute to their year round performance schedule: please contact Mr. Cletis Seals cseals@pths209.og or phone 708-202-1640 Thanks for taking a slice of Proviso Pie. Your feed back is appreciated robertcox20@ comcast.net. Online visit www. forestparkpost.com or at my new education themed blog robertcox20blog@wordpress.com

Meetings of the Bands Forest Park Middle School and Proviso East in Forest Park February 28,2017 (photo Bob Cox 2017)

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Financial Focus Use Your Tax Refund Wisely by Joel W. Foster

It’s tax time again – which for many Americans means that a tax refund is on its way. If you’re going to get a refund this year, how can you use the money to your best advantage? Of course, it’s always tempting to spend the check from Uncle Sam on something fun. But a tax refund could be sizable – the average amount in 2016 was $2,857, according to the IRS – so putting this money to work could help boost your progress toward your financial goals. Here are some possibilities for using your refund: • Help fund your IRA. If you were to receive a tax refund of $2,857, you’d have slightly more than half of the $5,500 annual IRA contribution limit for 2017, although, if you are 50 or older, you can contribute an extra $1,000. Consequently, you may find it much easier to fully fund your IRA for the year — and you should do exactly that, because an IRA is a great retirement savings vehicle. If you have a traditional IRA, your contributions may be fully or partially deductible, depending on your income, while your earnings can grow tax deferred. (Taxes are due upon withdrawal, and withdrawals prior to age 59½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty.) With a Roth IRA, your contributions are not deductible, but your earnings are distributed tax-free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½ and you’ve had your account at least five years. • Help diversify your portfolio. If a market downturn hits one asset class, and that’s where you keep most of your money, 12

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you could take a big hit. Owning an array of investments – such as stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, and so on – can help prepare your portfolio to weather the effects of market volatility, By adding new investments, or increasing your holdings of existing investments, you may be able to further diversify your portfolio – and you can use your refund for this purpose. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification, by itself, can’t guarantee profits or protect against loss.) • Contribute to a 529 plan. If you have children or grandchildren whom you’d like to help send to college, consider using your tax refund to help fund a 529 plan. Your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes, and your earnings are distributed tax-free, provided they are used for qualified higher education expenses. (However, withdrawals not used for higher education expenses may be subject to both income tax and a 10% penalty.) • Pay off some debts. You can help improve your financial picture by reducing your debt load – but it may make sense to prioritize these debts. For example, rather than make an extra mortgage payment, you might want to first tackle those debts or loans that carry a high interest rate and that don’t allow you to deduct interest payments. After all, your monthly mortgage payment will remain the same even if you make an extra payment, but if you can get rid of some smaller debts, you will free up some cash that you could use to invest for your future. Think carefully about how to use your tax refund. It represents an opportunity that you won’t want to waste. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Joel Foster Financial Advisor Edward Jones 7213 W. Madison St. Forest Park, IL 60130 708-488-0575


Heritage Chorale Sings Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil The 80 voices of Heritage Chorale and the University of Chicago Motet Choir—led by James Kallembach, director of both choirs—will present one of the most beautiful pieces in the choral repertoire: the All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Composed in 1915, this deeply moving piece is a setting of texts from the Russian Orthodox All-Night Vigil service, sung without accompaniment in harmonies of three to eight vocal parts. Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:30 pm Grace Episcopal Church 924 Lake Street, Oak Park

Sunday, April 30, 2017 4:00 pm Grace Lutheran Church 7300 Division Street, River Forest

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President. During his tenure, the Board of Commissioners took part in a successful $7 million referendum, a tennis court renovation, playground and multipurpose field capital improvement projects, as well as the opening of the 16 Inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum. Entler has been involved with the Park District of Forest Park for more than 40 years, beginning with the pre-school program, and working seasonally during high school and college. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Xavier University.

“Eric is a great proponent of enhancing the quality of life in Illinois through the services of park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President and Chief Executive Officer. “I know that with his guidance and expertise, Illinois parks, recreation, and conservation will IAPD was established in 1928 and thrive and continue to rank as the is the oldest state association for best in the nation.” parks, recreation and conservation in America. The association Entler is Chair of the IAPD serves more than 2,100 elected Membership committee and park, recreation and forest serves on the IAPD Ambassadors, preserve district board members Board Development and Program who govern nearly 360 agencies Committees, as well as the IAPD/ employing 40,000 individuals. Illinois Park and Recreation Association Joint Conference IAPD strives to improve Committee, where he is the IAPD Illinois’ quality of life through Events Chair. He is the 2012 park districts, forest preserves, recipient of the IAPD Rising conservation and recreation Star Award and has achieved agencies by establishing grants Master Board Member status and other new revenue streams for through the IAPD Board Member park land, facilities and services; Development Program. He served educating the public about as Sergeant-at-Arms on the 2012 the positive effects parks and IAPD Board of Trustees. recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of He was elected to the Park District decreasing open space in Illinois. of Forest Park board in 2009 and has served as President and Vice

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An Interview With Coach Gene Pingatore by Nello Rubio

Coach Gene Pingatore has lead the St. Joseph Chargers High School varsity basketball team for 57 years now and just recently became the first coach in Illinois sports high school history to reach 1,000 wins. I recently got a chance to go into Coach Ping’s office and sit down to talk for a one-on-one interview with the head coach from my alma matter. We talked about several things from his and the school’s connections to Forest Park, as well as the numerous relationships he has made coaching over the years and what has given him the longevity he has.

thank them for making it possible because it isn’t just all about me Why do I stay in it? Because of relationships. It has been a tremendous, tremendous, feeling to get to know all of these people and many have become close friends and that’s what it’s all about. Really when you think about it, if you just thought about wins and losses, that would be a very shallow thing. When you think about all the people that have been a part of it that are still close to me, that’s important.

Nello: So Coach Pingatore you obviously recently got to 1,000 wins, becoming the first coach in Illinois to do so. There’s obviously been a lot of players over the years that you have coached. Some of them have even gone onto the NBA like Isaiah (Thomas) and more recently Evan (Turner) and you also had Tony and his dad. You had Akeem Miskdeen from my class, who’s actually coaching now too. How has the players you coached over the years helped you with that?

Coach Ping: Yes, absolutely. I don’t think I would have stayed in it if I didn’t have that. I think even when I played back in the day. We played because we enjoyed the people that we played with, not just winning the games. Of course you have a competive nature, but it is all about the people; the people I played with in high school and even in grade school. Even college, many are still close friends and I see them all the time. So, sports kind of does that thing. That’s the by-product, the tremendous by-product of sports. The relationships that you make and the people that become your friends.

Coach Ping: I was actually just interviewed about the 1,000 wins on the radio. 1,000 wins is obviously great but it doesn’t mean anything. It has got to be the relationships that were made along the way. That is what makes it important. When you look at the wins, you think about all of the people who have contributed. I think about all of the players over the years that have contributed to the 1,000 wins. I think about all the assistant coaches that I have had that were great; they contributed to the wins and the fans that I still have coming from day 1 until now coming to all of our games. All of those people have contributed to the wins in so many ways. In a sense I have them to thank. I 16

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Nello: You have obviously stayed at St. Joes for so long too. What has made you stay and not go onto college or even the NBA?

through and have become my friends and are still friends of mine. And I continue to do it because I enjoy the people and the kids. Nello: You have had a little bit of a connection to Forest Park too. Obviously with Harry Kaiser, who used to be the Forest Park grade school bus driver. How did you know him? Coach Ping: I knew him since grade school. He lived right next door to me, so he stopped in a few times and now he lives here in Westchester. So, he comes by every once in a while. I have an uncle that still lives in Forest Park, Sam Pingatore and his wife Theresa. I also used to play 16” softball in the Forest Park Tournament that’s very famous now. So, we definitely have a connection with Forest Park. Nello: There’s even some of the players that you have coached that are from Forest Park like Travis Wilson, who was the class after me. Do you know of any other players you have coached over the years? Coach Ping: I can’t really think of any. Travis, of course I see him still. The Gelleos. They didn’t really play basketball. But Frank Giglio and his wife Theresa. Theresa used to work in Forest Park in the school district. She, God rest her soul, passed away not too long ago. But the Gelleo family is still close to me and the boys went here. They played football and

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baseball. They didn’t play basketball. But we have had a connection with Forest Park Middle School and some of the grade schools in Forest Park. So, it’s something when you’re here 57 years, you know those kind of people from Forest Park and to be from St. Joe’s. Travis is doing very well by the way. He just got his Masters in Finance and he just got married. Nello: There’s other players obviously like Akeem from my class who have gone onto coaching. How does that make you feel seeing people like him going on to coach as well? Coach Ping: They are probably nuts. Actually, we have a number of people coaching. Akeem is a coach at Kent State right now. I think he will be a head coach someday. He has done it all the right way. Of course, Daryl Thomas is the head coach at Montini. We have a couple here that are assistants. Clifford Scales a volunteer coach. Marlon London assistant coach at Louis. The good thing about that is we have a bunch of kids that have come through here that want to work with kids and I know they will do a great job because they are just those kind of people. That makes me feel good. Even though again, I tell them you’re nuts if you want to be a coach today.


continued from page 16. Nello: Obviously you have had players like Isaiah and Evan to go to actually play in the NBA. How does that make you feel seeing them? Coach Ping: While that’s special because not that many people get to play in the NBA, we actually had three. Isaiah and of course Evan Turner of course now, but Amal McCaskill, who happens to be my head freshman coach now. He played for 10 years in the NBA and was only a guy off the bench, but so what? He got his pension. He made it to the NBA. 6’11”, nobody ever thought he was going to get to the NBA. He played at Marquette. I forgot to mention another coach who was in college for a long time, Daryl Cunningham, who now dropped out of the college scene and is a head coach at a prep school in Edwarsville. You know the Edwardsville area loves working with young people. We have a lot of people working with young people that love what they’re doing and the NBA thing is great but we have had a ton of our players who have gone to Europe and played professionally and made a good living and came back. Some of them are even coaching now. Nello: One thing about sports that is unique is all the connections that you are able to make. Over the years, since I got into writing about sports and even with myself from when I used to run track and field here, I’ve made connections with a bunch of different people like Pierre (Walters), who’s from Forest Park, we built a better connection with each other when we were going here. He’s obviously one of the coaches on the football team here at Joe’s now too and I actually have a coach, who unfortunately passed a few years ago from when I played Little League Baseball in Forest Park growing up, who was a big influence. I didn’t really realize until then how much of an influence he was on me and a lot of other people over the years. Coach Ping: Right. Yeah, that’s the neat thing about it, how many people you influence. You

may not even think you have influenced people and then all of a sudden, somewhere out of the clear blue, somebody will write to you and someone will tell you, “Boy I tell you I learned a lot from your class on this or on that.” It’s amazing I never thought I had an effect, but that’s the way it is in teaching. You know it isn’t just guys like me with the 1,000 wins, talking about every teacher, every coach anywhere, they are going to affect you. And that’s the neat thing about that career. Nello: You obviously have been at this for 57 years now. What keeps you motivated to keep on going? Coach Ping: I still like what I am doing. If you don’t like what you do, that’s the main thing. You know I chose a career that doesn’t make a lot of money and that’s okay. To be successful in a career you have got to like what you are doing. It doesn’t have anything to do with rewards and money or whatever. You have to like what you are doing. Nello: Do you have an idea on how much longer you want to coach? Coach Ping: No. Right now I have no plans. I think it’s going to happen spontaneously. That’s the way I quit when I played. I will walk in one day and say, “I’m done.” I’m not going to plan, “While I’m going to give it a year or I’m going to give it.” Not going to happen that way. I’m going to keep going and one day I’m going to say, “I’m done.” Nello: I actually think it is a lot better that way cause that gives you time to go out on your own terms and not really have all the commotion and hoopla because I remember from when I was here and Akeem actually even mentioned recently how you don’t really like it that much. Coach Ping: Yeah, I want to be incognito. Yeah, no that’s the way it is going to happen. I’m not going to have a farewell tour.

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