4/27/2014 John R. Wessling
John R. Wessling, 68, of Windsor, passed away at home on April 24, 2014, surrounded by his family.
John was born in Chicago, Illinois; grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois; graduated from C
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2/27/2014 William "Bill" Doughty (1945 - 2014)
A Gathering of Friends for William "Bill" Doughty, 68, of Bull Shoals, Arkansas will be 2-4PM Friday February 28, 2014, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home in Bull Shoals. Bill died Sunday, Febru
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9/20/2012 Vicki (Taylor) Bartosh
Vicki A. Bartosh of Palatine Vicki A. Bartosh was born on Jan. 25, 1945, in Chicago, to James and Corinne (nee Friedl) Taylor. She passed away Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in Arlington Heights. I
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After high school I immediately pursued my love of auto racing and joined a professional racing team that had a drag and long-track car. We raced the NASCAR circuit during 1964/65 (I was on the pit crew) and I drove the drag-strip car, which ran the quarter mile in under 11 seconds at 130 MPH. The race-to-race travel schedule was awful on a young guys romantic life, so I put racing behind me and set my sights on making money. I got a job in the marketing department of a national sales company, met my wife, Phyllis, got married in Chicago in 1969 (40+ years now), and transferred to Orlando, Florida in 1971.
I worked in Customer Relations for 6 years with a utility company, then on to become the Director of Publicity for Florida Cypress Gardens (the world-famous water ski show attraction). From there, I went to Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) as the Director of Public Relations. Unlike my high school days (daze, as my classmates would call it), education now seemed more important, so I went back to school, which culminated with being selected for and completing the companys executive MBA program at a local college.
In the fall of 1984, I left Martin Marietta to open my own Public Relations business. It grew to be one of the largest PR firms in Central Florida area with national clients like Tupperware, Universal Studios, AT&T, Holiday Inn International, AAA, KOA Campgrounds. In 2004, I sold the firm and retired.
Phyllis and I now live in the Sarasota area overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and are lucky to have our boat docked behind our house. We live in a small planned boating community, so all the neighbors really get along well and cruise and party together. Were hooked on boating (big time) and we cruise extensively for extended periods to the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Somewhere between all of this, I got my private pilots license and am rated for twin-engine and instrument flying ... in fact, I earned my license at Chicago Midway Airport in 1971(lots of BIG planes to avoid!)
My love of auto racing still burns within me and it has been a serious hobby of mine. I restore and show classic muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s. I currently have six: a 1973 DeTomaso Pantera with a 425 HP engine; a 1974 Pantera with twin-turbos producing 680 HP; a 2005 Ford GT (the GT-40 type not a Mustang); a 1966 AC Shelby Cobra with 427 side-oiler and low-rise dual quads; a 2008 Cobra Jet Mustang, #27 of only 50 produced by Ford Racing; a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, one of only 100 produced to specifically beat the RamChargers on the drag strip. All are restored to showroom quality.
One of my former PR agency clients for 20 plus year Universal Studioscalled me back to work 5 years ago and I now am consulting again for Universal Studios international theme parks. An honor, dear to my heart, was bestowed on me in 2009 when I was inducted into the Evergreen Park Community High School Hall of Fame. School teacher, Mrs. Ardith Inman, was also inducted at the same time (she was my detention teacher, go figure!).
Phyllis and I do not have any children, but believe me; the boy toys and travel keep us real busy. We have traveled overseas extensively and are now focused on experiencing more of the great USA locations. We feel very fortunate that we have been blessed with good health and economic success and are thankful every day for these very special gifts from God.
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