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Retro Reporter 12-5-13

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Retro Reporter Art‘Death tree’ in Palos Hills suffers its own demise
50 years ago
From the Dec. 5, 1963 edition
  The story: A tree known to some Palos Hills residents as the “death tree” at 103rd Street and Kean Avenue was destroyed by a car in a fatal accident. Earlier in the year, two teenagers were killed in two separate accidents involving the same tree.
  The quote: “Oak Lawn is centrally located, has wonderful facilities and has a fine, clean atmosphere. I’m sure we can create a model court here.’’ — Judge Irving Eiserman on building a district court in Oak Lawn.
  Fun fact: Hawkinson Ford was offering a brand new Galaxie 300 with a heater for $1,950.

We will steal your stuff and stab your bed
25 years ago
From the Dec. 8, 1988 edition
  The story: Burglars stabbed a waterbed with a fork before leaving a Hickory Hills apartment with a CB radio, a cordless telephone and a Walkman radio, police said.
  The quote: “It’s Thursday night—time to kick off our heels, hang up your suits, throw your apron in the closet and put on your fanciest Rebocks and jeans.” — Writer Bonnie Jean Chereskin on a review of Maggie May’s restaurant in Orland Park.
  Fun fact: Marist’s Carl Cozen brought down 25 rebounds and scored 20 points in a 63-51 victory over Holy Cross in boys basketball. “You might think I’m kidding but this wasn’t Carl’s greatest game,” Marist coach Ken Styler said. “He wasn’t at his peak on offense.”

Oscar nominee returns to Bother Rice
10 years ago
From the Dec. 4, 2003 edition
  The story: Palos Books Ltd. in Palos Hills closed after 10 years, and owner Martin Singer took the business into cyberspace as he sold his books over the internet.
  The quote: “It’s an absolutely horrible looking business,”— Hickory Hills Mayor Michael Howley after his city shut down the Hickory Hills Auto Sales used car lot.
  Fun fact: Academy Award nominated actor John C. Reilly came back to visit his alma mater — Brother Rice High School. He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He held a question and answer session at Mother McAuley High School.