Retro Reporter 11-28-13

  • Written by Compiled by Jeff Vorva

Mayor accused of adultery refuses to resign
50 years ago
From the Nov. 28 edition
  The story: Vandals broke into the Henry Ford II School in Chicago Ridge and did $5,000 worth of damage most coming after a fire extinguisher was sprayed about in the main corridor and boys washroom.
  The quote: “To resign would be an admission of guilt. I do not intend to resign.” Palos Hills Mayor John Jager, who has hinted a week before that he might resign because of political pressure after he was faced with an adultery charge.
  Fun fact: Oak Lawn’s band was set to perform on State Street in Chicago for the annual Christmas parade.

Big week for Bulldogs in football and hoops
25 years ago
From the Dec. 1 edition
  The story: Richards football team won the Class 4A state championship with a 40-6 win over Peoria Central. The win was the largest margin of victory in Class 4A history and the Bulldogs finished 14-0. Efrem Haymore hit Felix Richardson for a 64-yard pass, Rich Albon had a 68-yard punt return and John Newton had an 85-yard interception return for big-play scores.
  The quote: Yes I do [believe I’m an alcoholic]. I’ve probably known it for years. Maybe 10 years. I guess the trouble I’ve gotten myself into over the years [made me realize I’m an alcoholic],’’ police officer John Mansell, who was discharged by the Worth Police and Fire Commission after an incident in which he found guilty of being under the influence while on duty.
  Fun fact: While Richards’ football team was winning a state football title, the basketball team went 3-0 and won the Chicago Christian Holiday basketball tournament. Six players were missing because they were on the Bulldogs’ football team.

Hickory Hills murder case closed
10 years ago
From the Nov. 27 edition
  The story: Hickory Hills cops held a news conference to close a 1982 murder case of the slaying of a 25-year-old Hickory Hills woman. A dead man, John R. Meier of Burbank, was accused of the crime by Police Chief Al Vodicka after DNA testing and the chief called it “the most brutal murder that has ever taken place in our community.” Meier died of natural causes in 2000.
  The quote: “ ‘Bad Santa’ is a punch line that sticks in your gut,’ ’’ — Reporter film critic Josh Larson.
  Fun fact: Brother Rice’s football team reached the Class 8A semifinals but dropped a 21-14 game to Lockport to deny the Crusaders a shot at the state title. Brother Rice QB Dan Nicholson was named the Reporter’s Player of the Year and Steve Nye was named Coach of the Year.