Many Great Q&As and One We Missed
Over the 20-plus years we have been publishing this magazine, our regular Q&A feature has been a reader favorite. That’s not surprising, since we have interviewed some pretty fascinating and accomplished people over the years. While they have been from all different walks of life, they share two common denominators — each was at one time or is currently a resident of the western suburbs; and they have all done something unusual or significant in their lives or careers. When we originally decided to move forward with the Q&A concept, we were a little concerned that after a few years we might be hard pressed to find noteworthy people to feature. Now more than 150 Q&A profiles later, I think it is safe to say our concerns were unfounded. Among the folks we have profiled are Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy. When we interviewed her, she was playing Sookie on the TV show Gilmore Girls, well before she became one of the most bankable movie stars in
Hollywood. More recently, we profiled author Veronica Roth of Barrington, whose popular Divergent science fiction novels were turned into a series of blockbuster films.
We have also profiled a number of athletes and coaches but one I will always regret not featuring is Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita, who passed away last month. While I never met him personally, he was actually a neighbor of ours for a number of years, living just a block away. When I was a kid growing up playing pond hockey, he and teammate Bobby Hull were the Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane of those days — except much better! Don’t believe it? Check out our brief tribute to Mikita in our By the Numbers feature on page 10. While I knew he was a great player, when reviewing his extensive list of accomplishments, I was truly amazed. And by all accounts, he was a great teammate and person as well.
In this issue’s Q&A we feature a legend of a different sort, Bill FitzGerald, founder and longtime owner of FitzGerald’s Nightclub in Berwyn. Over the last 38 years, the club has attracted a true who’s who list of great musicians across a wide range of genres. Such success and longevity is impressive to say the least, but all the more so because the club is located not in the city, but in the near west suburbs. FitzGerald is in the process of retiring, and looking to sell the club. But as you will see in the article on page 12, he has many fond memories to share.
Finally, as you undoubtedly noted by the cover, this issue is our annual Dining Guide, where we once again give you a roundup of more than 500 area restaurants. You’ll also want to be sure to check out “The Making of a Restaurant” on page 52, in which writer Jay Copp interviews several local restaurateurs to find out the secrets of their success.
We hope you enjoy these and other articles in this issue and, as always, thanks for being a reader!Edit Module