Some think they are never too old to rock and roll


jeff columnThe guy who wrote the song
“Too Old to Rock ‘N’ Roll: Too Young to Die’’ has been too old to rock ‘n’ roll and too young to die for a couple of decades now.
Ian Anderson, the creative force and lead singer for the band Jethro Tull penned that song of wisdom in the 1970s about rock and rollers who are washed up and still trying to hang on to their careers.
Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can watch a youthful Ian and his mates perform that song in 1976 when he had long hair and wore some loud blue outfit. Great stuff. Great song. Fun video.
That was back when he hadsome energy, funny facial gestures and when he could dance and spin around on one leg whilst playing the flute.
Also through the magic of YouTube, there is a performance from 2008 of the same song by some old geezer with a beret with a bunch of wrinkles on his clock. Wait a minute! That’s Ian!
The 1976 performance featured a pretty cocky Ian singing the tune.Page-3-1-or-3-col-Adam-ant-now-reverseAdam Ant then, left photo, and now, right photo. Rock and rollers have aged in different ways.Page-3-1-or-2-col-adam-then-for-col-reverse The 2008 performance is ironic as he is living the life of that song.
Rock and roll stardom is an odd thing. While some of it is based on musical talent, a lot of it is based on image and being cool. Sure, once in a while a not-so-attractive performer, such as Christopher Cross, can make it big. But for the most part, you need to be decent or unique looking and have an air of cool about you.
It’s funny what happens to some of these rockers when they get older. It can run the gamut.
Paul McCartney in his 70s looks like an older version of Paul McCartney from his youth. Mick Jagger looks like an older version of Mick Jagger. Keith Richards seems like he always looked like he was 65 back then and now doesn’t look a day over 66.
Those guys still have it.
While not considered rock, people like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin kept their air of cool through their old age. I think that if you dug up Martin’s coffin and looked at his decaying bones, they would still emit a coolness factor.
Then there are some rockers who morph into old guys gradually.
Billy Joel used to be a hip New York kind of guy who was skinny and marrying supermodels. Over the years, we got to watch him turn gray and lose a lot of his hair. Yeah, he put on a few pounds, too. Now he looks completely different, but we all saw it coming.
Peter Gabriel is another guy like that. The new Rock and Roll Hall of Famer seemed like he was stylized guy who did videos with a sense of humor and the next thing you know, he became grandpa. Others may have noticed the gradual change from “Solsbury Hill” to over-the-hill but I missed it.
And then there are artists in what I call the “Holy-$#%*-what-the-heck-happened-to-that-guy?” category.
I first noticed that phenomenon when Adam Ant started touring again a few years ago.
Ant was one of those guys in the 1980s who was considered sexy and vamped it up with makeup and wild clothing and jumping around to tribal beats singing songs ranging from “Goody Two Shoes” to “Strip,” “Whip in My Valise’’ and “Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face).’’
Now he looks old, stiff and wears Buddy Holly-type of glasses although he still wears attention-getting clothes. As a young man, it worked. As an old guy, he looks daffy.

Stop it!

  • Written by Kevin M. Coyne


CR residents and officials believe stop signs near Metra station are a hazard

Chicago Ridge trustees mayPage-3-3-col-signsSigns on the Ridgeland Avenue and Washington Street area are becoming more of a hazard, say Chicago Ridge residents and officials. Photo by Kevin M. Coyne. try to put a stop to recently erected stop signs at the Ridgeland Metra station.
Nearly five months ago, the village installed three new stop signs that were designed to offer Metra commuters with safe passage across Ridgeland Avenue. Instead, the signs, coupled with trains stopping at the intersection, have caused a major hazard for those who have only a temporary window of safe passage.
One resident complained of trains blocking the intersection – especially during busy rush hour traffic.
“I’ve been riding the train for 30 years,” said Lynn Barker, a Chicago Ridge resident who spoke out during Tuesday’s board meeting. “Some of the trains block the busy intersection and allow for the commuters to cross the street. I don’t know how it’s feasible for one train and not another, especially during rush hour.”
Trustee Sally Durkin said the number of trains that block the intersection have been reduced over the years. She

Office manager tagged by FBI for alleged wire fraud

  • Written by Bob Rakow

An Oak Lawn man who allegedly used his position as a back office manager at a Chicago trading firm to steal or divert payments intended to go to the firm’s co-owners was charged with wire fraud last Friday.
Joseph Tagler, 29, of the 5100 block of 105th Street, was charged with fraud after the FBI discovered a $9,550 wire transfer that took place in January.
The charge was announced by Robert J. Holley, special agent in charge of the Chicago FBI field office, and Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Tagler was arrested last Thursday by FBI agents at his residence and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan, who released him on a $50,000 bond. No future court date has been set.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and maximum fine of $250,000.
The complaint, filed last Wednesday, alleges that Tagler, a back office manager and member of the board of directors for Eagle Market Makers, stole a total of more than $700,000 during a 26-month period and that the money was used for his personal use, including the purchase of a property for himself and his brother-in-law in Walkerton, Ind.
The complaint further alleges that the scheme was discovered last month when one of the company co-owners was preparing file tax returns and noticed that the amount he received in dividend payments was less than what it appeared he was paid in paperwork he received from the company.
According to the complaint, Tagler transferred funds in July 2011 and March 2013 for the purchase of two real estate parcels in Indiana. The complaint further alleges that the same account was used to deposit funds in the amounts of approximately $323,700 in 2012 and approximately $496,000 in 2013, which funds were primarily a co-owner’s dividend checks.
Most deposited funds were withdrawn from the account through checks made out to “cash.” The checks appeared to be endorsed by Tagler, who allegedly signed a co-owner’s name, the complaint said.

Former OL man shot in the stomach by home invaders

  • Written by Tim Hadac

A 51-year-old Palos Heights man originally from Oak Lawn was in serious but stable condition at Advocate Christ Hospital Tuesday afternoon, 10 hours after he was shot in the stomach by two robbers who invaded his home near 131st Street and 80th Avenue.
Police said that Scott Farrow of Palos Heights was shot at his home. Farrow is the owner and president of United Insurance Services Ltd. in Palos Heights and is from Oak Lawn, according to his Facebook page.
A statement by the Palos Heights Department said they were dispatched to the home at 3:49 a.m Tuesday and spoke with the victim, who said he had been lying on his couch when he heard his rear door being forced open.
He was then accosted by the home invaders, one of whom hit him with a blunt object and then demanded money. The victim told police that when he resisted, one of the offenders shot him. They then grabbed a large amount of the victim’s cash and fled.
Footprints in the snow that had fallen overnight showed that they ran west, toward 131st Street and 80th Avenue.
After he was shot, the victim sought refuge in the home of a neighbor, who called police.
The victim told police that earlier in the evening, he had won a large amount of cash at a casino, which police declined to name. But news reports indicated it was the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. Police said the winnings may have made the victim a target.
The offenders remained at large Tuesday afternoon and are described as black men ages 20s to 30s, police said.
Palos Heights police said the crime posed “no immediate threat to residents” and were said to be gathering and reviewing surveillance video from the casino and several local sites.
“All local schools were contacted and made aware of the incident and told that no lockdown was necessary,” the statement added. “Cook County Sheriff’s Police evidence technicians were called to process the scene. Palos Heights police were also assisted by Palos Park police and Orland Park police.”

Still simmering

  • Written by Bob Rakow


Brittany supporters unhappy with mayor’s online quotes and alleged tweets by mayor’s relative

PAGE-1-2-col-pass-outMike Tully passes out copies of tweets allegedly made by Mayor Mary Werner’s relative to members of the Worth Village board Tuesday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva.Worth Village Board meeting lacked some of the raw emotion and passion that marked the April 1 meeting, but family and friends of Britanny Wawrzyniak took the opportunity to sharply criticize the way in which the death investigation has been handled.

They also scolded Worth Mayor Mary Werner for talking about the case to an online publication after saying at the April 1 meeting that she could not comment on the ongoing investigation.
“You chose to make a statement there but you wouldn’t do if in front of the board meeting two weeks ago,” said Rebecca Tully, Wawrzyniak’s mother.
More than 200 people attended the April 1 meeting, and several unleashed their anger on Werner. Two days later, police arrested Lilyanna Arboleda, 18, of Chicago, and charged her with conspiracy to commit battery.
Prosecutors have said the charge does not mean Arboleda was involved in Wawrzyniak’s death, which occurred Nov. 8 after she was ejected from a moving car near the Worth boat launch, 115th Street and Beloit Avenue.
Werner was quoted on a website that Wawrzyniak’s family wanted to take credit for the arrest, a remark that upset Tully.
“How dare you. Our family is not looking for credit. Our family is looking for truth and justice,” Tully said.
Wawrzyniak’s family also distributed copies of messages allegedly sent on Twitter by a relative of the mayor in which she comments on the Nov. 8 incident.