4/14/2019 David Post, 73,
originally from Chicago and recently Show Low, Arizona. Lost a short battle with cancer on February 3, 2019. He is survived by his wife Angela (nee Marasso) who he was lovingly dedicated to
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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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After graduating from EPCHS I worked the summer, and the next one, at the Jewel in what we now call a strip mall. It was at the other end of the one with Monaco's drugstore. That was at 103rd and Kedzie. When September arrived I got a ride to the Greyhound bus station, said my goodbye's and watched the interstate roll by through Chicagoland, Northern Indiana, Ohio, Upstate New York, Massachusetts, and stopped in Boston, sleepy and grubby. I just managed to get through MIT with a bachelor's in electrical engineering.
I worked at Raytheon for four years and lived in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, then in Waltham. I vacationed at my cousin's house in Fort Collins Colo and interviewed for a job, got it, and moved there.
I've never lived in a place with such nice weather as Fort Collins. It is a semi-arid climate with warm days and cool nights and while it got cold in the winter the sun was always strong enough to warm things. It might snow but it was melted within two days.
After ten years I moved back to the Chicago area, got married in 1985, divorced in 1996, and first worked for a small consulting firm called Qwint Systems, then started with Abbott in 1985. I retired from Abbott after 25 years in 2010.
Recent highlights have centered around my stepdaughter who graduated from the U of I in 2000, worked in Chicago for three years, and went to Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism to get her master's.
One of her interests has been Spanish and she decided to take a semester abroad at the U of I. She went to Granada Spain and that did it. She's a confirmed traveller now. She asked me to visit her and I thought I should do something different, so I did. We had a great time. It was very strange to suddenly be in a position of having to trust your kid. I couldn't speak Spanish and depended on her for everything.
While at Northwestern she spent a quarter (January to March of 2005) as an intern abroad. She chose Argentina because her fiance's father was born there even though he's much, much more Lithuanian than Argentinean. She worked for Dow Jones, which was something of a misfit because they do financial reporting and Vanessa's a people person, not a technical or detail person. It was very fortuitous that Dow Jones shared office space with the AP, the Associated Press. They gave her some excellent experiences and her DJ boss didn't think much of her math skills so she was able to take advantage of them. Each resulted in a story the AP or Wall Street Journal published.
She flew to Patagonia with 20 other journalists to see two condor's released to the wild, flew to Montevideo, Uruguay to interview the people of Montevideo the day after the Oscars because of Jorge Dressler's winning the best song award. She met his brother who introduced her to people. This was the first time someone from Uraguay won an Oscar. The groundwork for this story was done by a lady on the Wall Stree Journal staff and Vanessa phoned her when completed and e-mailed her story to her in NYC.
Vanessa was asked Monday evening, 15 minutes after quitting time, if she wanted to go to Montevideo the next morning, went there, filed the story that evening, and got credit at the end of the story, which was in the middle of the first page the next day, Wednesday.
She went to a press conference with the newly elected president of Venezuela, who was visiting Buenos Aires. She shook his hand and was surprised at the lack of security.
Again she asked if I would visit her and I thought about all the things I'd heard about disappearances in Argentina, bananna republics, etc. But I went anyway. While there we went to Iguazu Falls, a national park. I'll just say this: It's said when Eleanor Roosevelt saw Iguazu Falls she took it all in and said: 'Poor Niagra'.
Ever the journalist, Vanessa interviewed some other tourists and wrote a story which the AP distributed. We only found one newspaper that carried the story but I eventually found over thirty web sites that carried it. Many added their own pictures. Try this one which is still there as of 08 Oct 2005: (sorry the column width here is too narrow but you can still select, copy, and paste it into your browser's URL address line. The hypen after the e in e-tourmagazine is part of the address, it doesn't only indicate continuation on the next line.)
As if there wasn't enough excitement, this year she got married in August. It was a really great wedding and one of her bridesmaids called it 'the wedding of the century'. You'll know what I mean when I say we're looking for great things from her and her husband in the next few years.
I once bought a computer for my wife in 1987 or so, but other than that I've never had a computer until two months ago. I was busy fixing ip the house, so I put it in the back bedroom where it still sits. I'll get to it some day. Meanwhile I get enough of the computers and servers I take care of for Abbott.
Update June 2008: Vanessa and Todd had a baby girl the day after Christmas and she's a real joy.
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