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City Reels Under Impact of Snowstorm 

THE WORST snowstorm in Chicago's history with 
official readings up to 23 inches hit the city on Jan- 
uary 26 and 27, tieing up all means of transporta- 
tion and forming huge drifts that blocked thorough- 
fares in all sections of the city and suburbs. 

Propelled by a wicked wind, the white stuff soon 
clogged streets, immobilizing automobiles parked 
at the curb, and narrowing the traffic lanes for all 
vehicles. The biggest problem, as it always is 
when a rampaging snowstorm assaults the city, was 
the autos parked at curb lines on transit streets. 

Many cars, unable to move any further, were 
left stranded in traffic lanes, hampering snow 
plows which were unable to make any headway and 
raising havoc with traffic. Many buses were in a 
like situation and could make little or no progress 
on their regular routes. In many instances surface 
service had to be curtailed or abandoned. 

In the meantime, the rapid transit system car- 
ried the load. Trains were jammed during peak 
hours and carried greater loads than usual during 
the off-peak hours. Ordinarily "L"-subway trains 
operate at 98 per cent of capacity during peak 
hours. On the Monday following the big storm, 
the trains carried twice as many passengers as 
usual. Even though 160 "L" - subway cars were 
added, the extra equipment hardly touched the need. 

The full impact of the storm was felt after the 
first two days of heavy snow on Thursday and Fri- 
day, January 26 and 27. Saturday and Sunday, 
January 28-29, Chicagoans began digging out from 
under the 29-hour blitz which buried the city under 
2 3 inches of snow. 

The partial reopening of main traffic arteries, 
including public transportation streets, was the 
first step in the return to normalcy, or at least 
began to restore some semblance of order out of 
chaos. In Chicago, State street was open only to 
about 4500 south. Michigan avenue was reported 

"spotty" and not open to its entire length. Clark 
street was a bright spot, it was open from the Loop 
to the city's northern limits. CTA was making 
progress in restoring bus service and rapid transit 
operations were close to being on schedule. How- 
ever, CTA reported that about 500 of its fleet re- 
mained stalled on the snowbound streets. 

Successive waves of storms and freezing weath- 
er did not catch CTA napping. Forewarned by the 
weather service, CTA was prepared for the worst. 
Emergency crews, on stand-by duty, went into 
action quickly when the order was issued. 

It is hardly necessary to recall the discomfor- 
ture suffered by Chicagoans when the king-size 
storm zoomed into the city. Never before in the 
history of the city had there been such a complete 
and total disruption of community life and acti- 
vities. It was one big mess. Manpower and equip- 
ment could not cope with the storm. Schools were 
closed. Food and heating oil were scarce because 
delivery trucks could not get through. Thousands 
of employes were unable to get to work and thou- 
sands of employers had to close their doors. State 
street was bereft of shoppers. It is estimated that 
before it stopped the storm toll totaled millions of 

A bright spot in the battle with the angry ele- 
ments was the spirit and high morale displayed by 
CTA personnel throughout the period of the emer- 
gency. Many were called from their homes after 
completing a full day's work to help maintain ser- 
vice and relieve other employes who were weary 
and fatigued after long periods of fighting the par- 
alzing storm. Many worked long and continuing 
hours in performance of their duties. 

The weather bureau estimated that it is not 
likely that such a storm will strike for another 
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FIRST TO use the new escalator were Mayor Richard J. Daley 
and CTA Board Chairman George L. DeMent, shown here at 
the head of the stairway. The other two views are of the 
exterior of the new facility as seen from street level and an 
interior scene looking down from the top of the enclosure. 

Two New Escalators Placed 
in Service at Loop Stations 

FIRST OF two sidewalk-to-station level escalators 
to be installed at State Street "L" stations was 
placed in service at State-Lake on December 23 
with representatives of the City, the State Street 
Council, the Association of Commerce and Indus- 
try, and CTA officials attending the ceremonies. 
Another escalator was placed in operation on the 
northwest corner of State and Van Buren street on 
January 17. 

The escalators, which help to take the climb out 
of using the "L", operate in the up direction. The 
enclosure is of plexiglass and aluminum construc- 
tion and is equipped with fluorescent lighting. Infra 
red heaters are installed at the base of each esca- 
lator . 

The cost of installing both escalators was 

Traffic, Passenger Accidents Continue at Low Rate in 1966 

FOR THE sixth consecutive year CTA operating 
employes were involved in fewer than 10 traffic and 
passenger accidents per 100,000 miles operated. 

During 1966, CTA's traffic and passenger acci- 
dent rate of 9. 1 was 42 per cent lower than in 1954 
when intensive safety training activity began at 
CTA. Moreover, it was only 2.2 per cent higher 
than the all-time low set in 1964. 

For the year, the rapid transit system had the 
lowest combined traffic and passenger accident 
frequency rate in CTA history. There were 1.64 

accidents per 100,000 miles operated which was 
2.4 per cent below 1962, the previous best year, 
and a 10.4 per cent improvement over the 1965 
rate. The passenger accident frequency rate of 
7.03 accidents per one million passengers carried 
on the surface system was 2.5 per cent below the 
previous record established in 1965, although the 
combined traffic and passenger accident frequency 
rate was up slightly from 1965. 

The figures compiled by CTA include all acci- 
dents, however minor, and also include accidents 
in which CTA buses were struck by other vehicles. 


A PLAQUE in recognition of CTA's service and support of the 
National Guard was presented by Major General Francis P. 
Kane (left). Commanding General, 33rd Infantry Division, 
Illinois National Guard, to James R. Quinn, vice chairman, 
Chicago Transit Board, on February 1. The plaque was in- 
scribed "The Army and Air National Guard Meritorious Service 
Award" and cited the exceptional cooperation of CTA with 
the guard division during the emergency duty last summer. 

THE COVETED American Transit Association Safety Achieve- 
ment Award was presented on January 18 to the employes of 
the Utility Department for working 260,225 consecutive man 
hours without a lost-time injury from July 7, 1965, to October 
1, 1966. Handing the award to J. T. Walsh (left) superintendent 
of utility and emergency service, is C. E. Keiser, manager of 
operations. The Insurance Department's records show that 
this is the first award of this type to be received by the Utility 
Department, though similar awards have been made to other 
CTA installations in past years. 

LED BY Nick Suero, former post commander, the 
youngsters didn't have to be coaxed to sing Christmas 
carols, which they did with gusto. And their voices 
were just as strong when they welcomed the arrival 
of Santa. Post Commander Edward Shields is at the 
extreme right in the picture. 

AN UNUSUAL family group which attracted attention at the Christmas 
party of CTA American Legion Post No. 1216 was the triplet daughters 
of Eugene Ceardullo, son-in-law of John Canella (kneeling, front row), 
a shop employe and the post's service officer. Holding the triplets in 
second row (left to right) are Mrs. Ceardullo, Mrs. Canella, and 
Mr. Ceardullo. 

JANUARY, 1967 

Applications Filed for 
Federal Aid to Finance 
New Rapid Transit Routes 

APPLICATIONS WERE filed recently with the U.S. 
Department of Housing and Urban Development by 
the City of Chicago for Federal funds to finance the 
construction of rapid transit facilities in the medi- 
an strips of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan Express- 
ways. When completed the facilities will be oper- 
ated by CTA. 

The estimated cost of the two expressway routes 
is $80 million, of which two-thirds is to be fur- 
nished by the Federal government and the other 
one-third by the City of Chicago. The city's share 
will come from proceeds of a property tax-sup- 
ported bond issue of $28 million approved for tran- 
sit facilities last year. 

The proposed 5. 2-mile Kennedy rapid transit 
project will serve an estimated 350, 000 residents 
in the general area of the route. It will be an ex- 
tension of the present West-Northwest route that 
includes the Congress -Milwaukee and Douglas - 
Milwaukee branches. 

The present West-Northwest route operates in 
subway from the Central Business District to a 
portal at Evergreen avenue, where it emerges, and 
then continues northwest to Logan Square on struc- 
ture. The Kennedy rapid transit project provides 
for an incline to bring the main line tracks into a 
new subway beginning immediately east of Logan 
Square at about Linden place. The subway, after 
passing under Logan Square, will be located along 
the alley paralleling and south of Milwaukee avenue 
to Kimball avenue. It will extend northward under 
Kimball avenue to the Kennedy Expressway where 
it will turn northwest, emerging to the surface in 
the median space, and then continue in the median 
to a new terminal near the Milwaukee avenue 
crossing of the expressway. Direct connections to 
the Jefferson Park station platforms of the Chicago 
and North Western railway will provide a conven- 
ient transfer point for commuter rail and rapid 
transit passengers. 

A new subway station will replace the outmoded 
"L" terminal at Logan Square. Other stations will 
include a subway station at Belmont-Kimball and 
stations in the expressway median at Irving Park- 
Pulaski, Montrose, and Milwaukee. 

It is estimated that this facility will benefit 
about 70,000 passengers daily. 

The Dan Ryan Rapid Transit project will provide 
rapid transit service from about 95th street in the 

Dan Ryan Expressway for about 11 miles north to 
the Central Business District. This will add a 
ninth rapid transit route to the CTA system. 

The route will operate from a terminal south of 
95th street northward in the Dan Ryan Expressway 
median to 26th street, then in the Franklin street 
connector median to about 18th street. At that 
point, the route will turn eastward on an interim 
elevated structure to the present "L" near State 
street and north over it to the Loop. 

Passenger stations will be located at 95th, 87th, 
79th, 69th, 63rd, Garfield, 47th, 35th, and Cer- 
mak road. 

The comprehensive Central Area Transit Study, 
now under way, is planning new downtown subways 
enabling removal of the present elevated Loop 
structure. The Dan Ryan route will, at the time of 
such improvements, utilize these new subways in 
the Central Area and the interim 18th street con- 
nection will be removed. 

The population in the general service area of 
the proposed transit facility amounts to about 
750,000. More than 150,000 of these now use 
rapid transit or a combination of bus and rapid 
transit services daily to reach their destination. 
It is estimated that the new route will benefit about 
94, 000 passengers daily. 

Both median facilities will be provided with 
covered platforms adequate for eight-car trains at 
each station. Self-service radiant heat will be 
available in inclement weather. 

All of the new station facilities on the two routes 
will be equipped with escalators and will be given 
careful design attention in terms of architectural 
treatment for concept, uniformity, materials, and 
details to provide the patron with a pleasant sur- 

Construction of both facilities can begin in 1967 
and be completed by the fall of 1969 or early 1970 
depending upon Federal approval of the applications. 

Another application for $11.5 million was filed 
simultaneously by the City of Chicago for the pur- 
chase of 108 new air-conditioned rapid transit 
cars for operation on the two new routes. 

These projects constitute the major phase of a 
multi-stage development. The ultimate plan for 
these transportation corridors envisions the con- 
struction of modern bus transfer facilities, parking 
spaces, and other amenities for transit patrons. 
In addition, conjunctive public project and land use 
revisions will be coordinated with the transit pro- 
ject. The comprehensive plan of Chicago recog- 
nizes the desirability of locating uses requiring 
high levels of accessibility near planned transpor- 
tation corridors. 



EIGHT CTA employes were presented with Certi- 
ficates of Completion of Apprenticeship, marking 
the finish of an apprentice training course, on Jan- 
uary 13 by General Manager T. B. O'Connor. 

The standards of apprenticeship were developed 
with the assistance of the Bureau of Apprenticeship 
and Training of the United States Department of 
Labor and were reviewed and accepted by the craft 
unions concerned. 

As of the first of the year, CTA had 73 appren- 
tices in training. 

To meet the requirements of the program, the 
trainee must successfully complete an apprentice- 
ship consisting of on-the-job training and related 

technical instruction. The machinist and carpen- 
ters received classroom instruction. The elec- 
trical worker attended classroom instruction con- 
ducted by CTA personnel. 

The graduating group and CTA officials who 
were present on the occasion are (left to right) 
Thomas E. Kman, John S. McGrath, David J. 
Christian, Peter J. Fallest, carpenters, South 
Shops; Joseph J. Repplinger, superintendent of 
surface shops; General Manager T. B. O'Connor; 
Edward R. Hendrickson, superintendent of rapid 
transit shops and terminals; Robert R. Semmer- 
ling, blacksmith, South Shops; Arthur R. Williams, 
electrical worker, South Shops; Henry J. Krob, 
carpenter, South Shops, and Robert B. Apple- 
quist, machinist, Skokie Shops. 

Board Asks for Federal Grant to Develop New Type Bus 

APPROVAL TO apply for a grant of Federal funds 
for a research project to develop, construct and 
operate buses with an electric drive installation 
was given by Chicago Transit Board at its January 
IE meeting. 

The proposal seeks a $700,000.00 Federal grant 
provided by the Urban Mass Transportation Act 
and will permit CTA to work with the Flxible com- 
pany of Loudonville, Ohio, in developing four ex- 
perimental buses with diesel-electric power units. 

The goals of the research project are: 

1. To develop and construct four local transit 
buses with an electric drive installation which will 
be compatible with currently available internal 
combustion engines or any future prime mover that 
will not contribute to air pollution. 

2. To determine through test operation the 
relative economies and advantages of operating 
buses with self-contained electric generating and 
propulsion facilities in comparison with present 
mechanical means connecting an engine with a 
drive axle. 

The proposed type of bus differs from other 
buses with liquid -fueled engines in that it does not 
require a mechanical power train (transmission, 
drive line, "U" joints, differential) between the 
power source and drive wheels. Instead, the die- 
sel engines on the proposed buses are to be direct- 
connected to an alternator and the other acces- 
sories required for bus operation. This could 
possibly reduce vibration and noise, thus making 
the ride more pleasant from the rider's standpoint. 
Flexible electrical cables from the generating 
equipment would run directly to the two traction 
motors mounted on the rear axle in each wheel hub. 
The motors would be geared to each wheel through 
a speed reducer. 

The 30-month estimated schedule for the project 
incorporates an 18-month period for development 
and construction of the buses, and 12 months for 
operating the units and gathering comparative data. 
The net project cost is estimated to be $700, 000, 
which will be borne by the Federal government. 
CTA's contribution to the project will include all 
operating, periodic inspection, normal mainten- 
ance, and certain administrative expenses. 

JANUARY, 1967 

Special CTA Tour of Seven 
European Countries Planned 

HOW WOULD you like to spend a 22-day holiday 
visiting England, Holland, Germany, Denmark, 
Sweden, Norway, and France? 

You will have this opportunity this summer when 
members of the Third Annual CTA Employes' Tour 
board a giant jet at O'Hare International Airport 
for a swift and smooth overnight flight across the 
Atlantic to London, heart of the British Common- 
wealth, arriving there next morning. 

Departure date is Sunday, July 23. 

Three days and two nights will be spent in Lon- 
don, with ample time to explore, shop, and sight- 
see in this ancient and historic city. From there 
you will be flown to Amsterdam and its picturesque 
canals where you will have time to browse through 
local quarters where old-world charm and Dutch 
friendliness prevail. There will be hotel accom- 
modations for the night. 

Next morning you will depart from Amsterdam 
by chartered motor coach and then through typical 
Dutch countryside with creaking windmills and 
dikes to Hamburg, West Germany, where you will 
arrive in the late afternoon. An overnight stop 
will provide an opportunity to see the sights of the 
city. Next morning the motor coach will trans- 
port you through the fascinating world of Denmark 
with its little white houses with storks nesting on 

chimney tops, thatched roof farms, and moated 
castles. The next stop is Copenhagen, cheerful 
capital of the Danish kingdom and a city of striking 

In Copenhagen you will have accommodations 
for three nights and plenty of time for sightseeing 
and visiting its lovely parks and many attractions. 
Other cities on the itinerary are Stockholm, Karl- 
stad, Oslo, Gothenburg, Bremen, and Paris. Be- 
fore reaching Paris, however, there is another 
overnight stay in Amsterdam from where you will 
be transported to Paris by plane. 

Your stay in Paris, where you will stay for 
three nights, will be memorable. A local guide 
will show you around during a full-day sightseeing 
tour which includes Notre Dame, Arch of Triumph, 
Luxembourg Gardens, and many other attractions. 
There will be a full day for shopping or doing as 
you please. Then next morning you will depart by 
jet for your return trip to Chicago, arriving the 
same day. 

The tour includes all meals throughout the trip, 
consisting of a continental breakfast, table'd hote 
lunch and dinner, and other features to assure the 
enjoyment of your trip. Returning, the flight will 
be non-stop from Paris to O'Hare Airport. The 
services of a professional tour manager will be 
provided from arrival in London until departure 
from Paris . 

The cost of the trip will be approximately $725. 
For complete information write Jane Mitchell, 
CTA, Room 734, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654. 

General Office Girls Adopt Formosa Waif 

SYE WEN LAN, Korean or- 
phan, foster-child of three 
CTA employes, displays a 
beaming smile for the photo- 

THERE'S A little Chinese orphan girl in far off 
Formosa who has three reasons to be grateful that 
she has American friends. 

The three are CTA general office employes, 
Mary Berry, Claim Department; Kay Corcoran, 
Executive office, and Ann Zahumensky, Employe 
Relations Department. 

They are among many Americans who are 
assisting missionaries in foreign lands to feed, 
clothe, and educate little orphan children who have 
no homes or families and are innocent victims of 
war or famine in their homelands. 

The three girls have recently adopted a little 
Chinese girl named Sye Wen Lan, a third-grader 
in the Kuang Jen school in Taiwan, Free China, 

Mary, Kay, and Ann send a monthly donation 
which pays for Sye Wen Lan's tuition, clothing, and 
keep. In return, they receive a report on her pro- 
gress from the school and letters from their foster 

There are many other children like Sye Wen Lan 
who are in dire need of help, and the girls say the 
appreciation and happiness expressed by these 
little orphans more than compensates for the good 
deed they are doing. 


Scale Model Bus Built by CTA Scout Explotet Post 

MEMBERS OF Scout Explorer Post 9607, which is 
sponsored by CTA, are nearing completion of a 
unique project. The project is the building of a 
one-quarter scale model CTA bus. 

The members of the post are all interested in 
learning about the field of public transportation. 
Until last fall the boys had been meeting regularly 
for over a year at South Shops, 78th and Vincennes 

During the meetings the boys were given a 
chance to learn the fundamentals of the various 
CTA trades. Some of the trades covered were bus 
mechanical work, electrical work, body and fender 
work, welding, and painting. These sessions were 
conducted by CTA shops employes who work in the 
various trades. 

Last fall the boys and their adult advisors 
started looking for a way to put these newly ac- 
quired skills to use. With the help of the post 
advisors the boys began work on a scale model 
bus. First the source of power, a four-cylinder 
gasoline engine from a scrapped floor sweeping 
machine, was obtained. The first step in building 
the bus was to overhaul the engine. After this a 
frame or chassis for the body was built. The 
scouts are now in the process of completing the 
body for the bus. 

Advisor to the Explorer Scout Post is Joseph 
J. Repplinger, superintendent of surface system 
shops. Assisting him in the program are Stuart 
W. Maginnis of the Training and Accident Pre- 
vention Department and Aron Austin, Ervin Harris, 
Carl Lidzbinski, Frank May, William Miller, 
Richard Naecker, Albert Samaska, and Frank 
Sproviera, all South Shops employes. 

Any boy in the 14-17 age group is eligible to 
join the post. CTA employes who know of any boys 

GATHERED AROUND the model of a CTA bus which they are 
building at South Shops are members of Scout Explorer Post 
9607. The boys, all of high school age, received instruction 
from shop workers in the various trades under a program which 
was started over a year ago. 

who may be interested in joining may obtain further 
information from any advisor working with the 

There are some 25, 000 high schoolers enrolled 
in Explorer Scout activities in the United States. 

Scouting activities in 1967 will include two im- 
portant events which will focus interest on the 
nation and worldwide program of the Boy Scouts. 
Many special events have been arranged for Boy 
Scout Week, February 7 to 13. Another big event 
is the World Jamboree when 15, 000 boys from 100 
countries will assemble at Farragut State Park, 
Idaho, from August 1 to August 9. •• 

Death Takes F. L. Hupp, Elmer Milz, Transit Veterans 

THE DEATHS of Frank L. Hupp and Elmer Milz, 
long time transit employes, shocked their CTA 
associates recently. 

Mr. Hupp served under Henry A. Blair, presi- 
dent, Chicago Railways company; Guy A. Richard- 
son, president of the Chicago Surface Lines; John 
E. Sullivan, president of Chicago Surface Lines 
and secretary of the Board of Trustees for Chicago 
Surface Lines, and as assistant secretary of Chi- 
cago Transit Board before retiring in 1950. He 
died on December 15, 1966, in La Jolla, Califor- 

nia, where he resided, with burial in Rosehill 
cemetery in Chicago. He nad a total of 38 years 
of service. 

Mr. Milz, who was superintendent of operations 
for CTA, died on September 26, 1966, at the age 
of 54. He had been employed by CTA and the for- 
mer Chicago Surface Lines for 34 years. Starting 
as a station clerk, he rose through the ranks of the 
Transportation Department to the position he held 
at the time of his demise. Memorial ceremonies 
were held on September 29. 

JANUARY, 1967 


What special personal objectives 
did you accomplish in 1966? 


North Park station 


Melvin Horning 

BILL SEIFERT, operator (with reporter Melvin 
Horning): "I bought a '66 Fastback Volkswagen, 
and Mrs. Seiferf and I made a 6,500 mile trip to 
California where we spent three weeks with her 
father, who, on January 3 was 96 years old. We 
also celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary 
with him." 

PATRICK BOYLE, engine wash- 
er: "My proudest accomplish- 
ment in 1966 was a 298 game that 
I bowled at Belmont Bowl in St. 
Vincent's church league. This 
game along with a 650 series 
gave usfirstplace inthe league. 

JAMES W. PATRICK, operator: 
"To be able to attend the grad- 
uation of my daughter, Patricia, 
who was graduated from grammar 
school in June of 1966." 

EDWARD JENKINS, operator: 
"During the year 1966 my great- 
est accomplishment was making 
many needed repairs to my home 
that I had not been able to get 
to before." 

"My greatest accomplishment 
was in ridding myself of the fear 
of flying after jetting to San 
Francisco and Los Vegas. This 
followed weeks of coaxing and 
encouragement by my wife, 
Connie. My anxiety seemed to 
pass as soon as we were air- 
borne and the trip was most in- 
teresting and enjoyable and the 
vacation was one of our best." 


AMONG THE most popular features appearing in 
newspaper pages is "The Voice of the People" 
which prints letters submitted by readers who ex- 
press their opinions on current or controversial 
subjects and events. 

Similarly, "Our Public Speaks" in Transit News 
reflects the voice of CTA riders who have observed 
good or bad personal service on the part of our 
employes which stress the opinions of the people 
who we rely upon for our livelihood, the customers 
out of whose fares our wages are paid. 

CTA's patrons are the most important assets to 
our business. They depend upon us for good ser- 
vice; we depend upon their patronage to finance 
our operations. Our customers are part of our 
business, not outsiders. They are not cold sta- 
tistics, but human beings with feelings and emo- 
tions like our own, and not persons to argue with 
because of some petty difference in opinions when 
they ride with us. As our customers they deserve 
the most courteous and considerate treatment we 
can give them. 

Good job performance by employes is noted in 
commendations received by CTA, some of which 
have been briefed and are printed below. 

Harold D. Wallace, Operator, Badge No. 8542, 
77th: "The kindness and integrity of the driver 
was overwhelmingly pleasant. I thought how much 
more this makes one feel that there are yet some 
who can still be 'real gentlemen' on the job. " 

W. E. McCain, Operator, Badge No. 9430, 
69th: "Dear Mr. Bus Driver. This is a small 
letter from the girls of Sacred Heart High school 
who ride your bus everyday, to thank you for being 
so nice to us. We really hate to see you transfer 
to another route but wish you all the luck in the 
world. " 

Carl W. Hansen, Operator, Badge No. 1834, 
North Park: "He greets everyone with a smile; 
is a very careful driver and never forgets to call 
his streets. In short, he is a favorite with all 
passengers. " 

Howard A. Dill, Extra Guard, Badge No. 21680, 
North Section: "You are most fortunate to have 
one of the most courteous men I have ever met in 
your employ, a conductor on an Evanston express. 

His cheerful manner, in addition to his kindness, 
made quite an impression on me as well as many 
of the other passengers. " 

Leonard O. Schneider, Operator, Badge No. 
794, Forest Glen: "A more courteous, friendly 
and sincere man I have never met. Never fails to 
have a cheery 'hello' and smile, too. If this driver 
is the fine and shining example of all bus drivers 
in your employ then to you, gentlemen, I extend 
my sincere congratulations. " 

Luther J. Williams, Extra Guard, Badge No. 
23103, South Section: "I ride the 'L' quite often 
and frequently have found myself looking forward 
to hearing one of the most perfectly clear with 
perfect enunciation and perfectly modulated voices 
I have ever heard over the train loudspeakers. I 
pointed this out to others, they now agree with me 
wholeheartedly. " 

Chester J. Bachara, Operator, Badge No. 3505, 
Forest Glen: "He always proves to be a good oper- 
ator and drives with caution and prudence and re- 
gards the safety and welfare of his passengers." 

Victor E. Marino, Operator, Badge No. 10013, 
77th: "Is very careful and courteous to a little 
blind girl and makes sure of her safety in crossing 
the street, either by escorting her or having an- 
other passenger do so. " 

Edward A. Weiss, Operator, Badge No. 6203, 
Forest Glen: "My greatest appreciation and heart- 
felt thanks to your operator for returning my purse 
that I had lost at the end of the Higgins route. All 
articles were intact. It is gentlemen like him that 
still make Chicago a good place to live in. " 

Arthur Stern, Operator, Badge No. 8653, North 
Park: "He was polite, efficient, cheerful to all. I 
told him I almost didn't want to get off the bus that 
he made the ride such a pleasure. He seemed to 
enjoy his work and certainly enjoyed people. He is 
a good public relations man for CTA. " 

A conscientious and reliable employe helps to 
win friends and customers and creates a good im- 
pression of our service. On the other hand, rude- 
ness or carelessness on the part of an employe 
engenders ill-will toward the CTA. It is well to 
remember that riders are our customers whose 
patronage we need and value. 

JANUARY, 1967 



Dr. George H. Irwin 

CTA Medical Consultant 

THE TERM constipation is generally defined as a 
delayed or abnormal retention of the contents of 
the intestines. Many people have their own ideas 
about constipation. Certain individuals feel that 
unless they have a large watery stool after each 
meal they are constipated. Others feel that a daily 
bowel movement is absolutely necessary. This is 
not true. 

A relatively good number of healthy people go 
through life having a satisfactory movement every 
other day. Some persons persist in claiming that 
they are constipated because their movement does 
not seem large enough. Also a few people take a 
daily laxative to secure a daily bowel movement 
and strangely enough these persons do not admit 
being constipated. The above examples are cited 
just to show the various viewpoints on this problem. 

The incidence of constipation is very high. This 
disorder is undoubtedly the greatest single medical 
problem of the American public especially after 
the age of 40. 

A simple explanation of the anatomy and physi- 
ology or function of the intestines may give you a 
better understanding. Eirst, I must point out that 
the primary cause of constipation is improper 
function of the colon or large bowel. 

The colon may be likened or compared to a 
rather lengthy sausage that begins in the lower 
right quadrant of the abdomen. It travels upward 
to the region of the liver and then across the abdo- 
men to the area of the spleen, turning downward, 
making a final bend - like a plumber's trap -and 
ending in the rectum. The inner lining of the colon 
is mucous membrane and the main wall consists of 
two strong muscular layers and an outer coat of 
fine serous membrane which is capable of forming 
lubricating fluid. 

To describe briefly the physiology of the intes- 
tinal tract: The normal motility of the intestines 
varies greatly. Ordinarily the stomach empties in 
two to five hours. Digestion in the small intestine 
takes place rapidly, about two to four hours. Then 
the undigested food residue enters the colon in a 
liquid state. Passage through the colon varies 
from one to three days. 

It is important to note that the function of the 
colon is the absorption of water from the liquid 
food residue. This is the portion of the digestive 
track in which the problem of constipation develops. 
One may logically conclude that if the motility of 
the bowel is fast the stools will be loose because 
there is not enough time for the colon to absorb the 

water from the liquid residue. On the other hand, 
if the motility is slow or delayed, too much water 
is absorbed and hence the stool is hard, dry, and 

The causes of constipation include any agent 
which may affect the motility of the intestines. 
There are a few instances of constipation caused 
by organic narrowing or obstructions, as in tumors 
or cancer of the bowel. 

However, the majority of causes fall in the ab- 
normal functional classification. In this group, by 
far the most common cause is poor habits. Also 
to be mentioned are improper diet, lack of exer- 
cise, nervousness, and chronic use of laxatives. 
Constipation is not actually a disease. It is the 
result from wrong habits of eating and living. 

One of the most common types of functional 
constipation include the spastic and the atonic 
forms. In the former, the motility is slowed down 
by a persistent long lasting spasm of the bowel 
wall. In the latter, there is the lack of nerve sti- 
mulation to activate bowel motility and therefore 
constipation results from prolonged delay of the 
food residue. 

The management of constipation is a big prob- 
lem. It naturally varies with the underlying cause. 
In all cases of persistent constipation one should 
approach the problem by having a thorough exam- 
ination by the personal physician. 

The organic causes should be ruled out by hav- 
ing a complete X-ray study of the intestinal tract 
and also a proctoscopic examination. 

In the functional group one must consider ner- 
vous tension and fatigue. The importance of neg- 
lecting to answer a call to stool should be emphas- 
ized. This neglect of desire for a B. M. is usually 
the first error but most always has its roots in 
nervous tension. 

An important rule is to take about two quarts of 
fluids each day. 

Lack of exercise or any sedentary life is a con- 
tributing factor. 

Proper diet includes adequate fluid intake and 
essential foods, such as milk, eggs, vegetables, 
meat, fruits, whole grain cereals, and butter. 

The road to the successful care of constipation 
is a long and tedious one. Don't be discouraged 
and don't start the laxative habit. 






ACCOUNTING (General) - 

BEA FRANKE, Voucher, had been going around in a 
daze, thinking of the hundreds of things to be done before 
the marriage of her daughter. KAREN FRANKE and 
GEORGE BLACK were united in marriage at St. Veroni- 
ca's church on December 17. A reception for friends 
and relatives was held at the Plymouth room to wish the 
couple well. After a short honeymoon, the groom, who 
is in the armed forces, returned to his base at San Fran- 
cisco and then to Viet Nam . . . We extend our sympathy 
to JEAN WRIGHT in the loss of her father, LOUIS MO- 
CARSKI, who passed away November 29 in Mauston, 
Wisconsin. Mr. Mocarski had attained the age of 94 . . . 
In a recent letter from Mrs. BENJAMIN RATNER, she 
advised us that Ben, formerly supervisor of accounts 
payable, had suffered a stroke which affected the throat 
muscles making him unable to swallow, speak, or take 
any nourishment. He is much improved and is at pre- 
sent recuperating at home, 4829 W. Santa Barbara, Los 
Angeles, California 90016. Why not send him a shower 
of cards to speed his recovery and wish him well . . 
There was an air of excitement and anticipation during 
the few days before the Christmas holidays. The office 
was humming with work to be done before the Yuletide 
festivities began . . . The WILLIAM FOLTA family eag- 
erly awaited the WLS broadcasts on Christmas Day for 
the special Christmas message to them taped in Viet 
Nam bytheir son, THOMAS. The message came through 
and was one of the best Christmas presents which they 
received. Formerly of Kedzie Garage, his address is 
Spec. 4 Thomas W. Folta, US 55837351 - HHSB - 8 BN - 
6th Artillery, 1st Inf. Div. , APO San Francisco, Calif. 
96345 . . . KATHERINE ORTH, who will be remembered 
as assistant voucher clerk in the Accounting Department, 
passed away on December 29 after an accident that re- 
quired hospitalization. She was employed on October 4, 
1910, and retired March 1, 1944. 

- Tftaile Patt6a4t 

(Payroll) - 

May we at this time wish you all a very "Happy New 
Year." Please help us this year with news items -- We 
can't always come to you. 

-£tfee*t Ttewuiut&i 

(Material & Supply) - 

We are happy to welcome a new member into our de- 
partment, MARY GRACE BREMER, who transferred 
from Payroll. 


Happy New Year to everyone and let us hope 1967 will 
bring an end to the war in Viet Nam and bring our loved 
ones home to us . . . Chief Naval Petty Officer GEORGE 
R. HUIZENGA, son of Supervisor RALPH HUIZENGA, 
recently returned to the naval training center in Little 
Creek, Virginia, after a two-week visit with his parents. 
George, a Navy veteran of 19 years, is completing land 
survival training in Little Creek, after which he is sche- 
duled to be assigned to the American Embassy in Saigon, 

South Viet Nam, as a naval instructor. Since joining the 
navy in 1947 George has served tours of duty in Europe, 
South America, the Phillipines, and with the seventh 
fleet in the Pacific. He is a graduate of Harper High 
school. In addition to his parents, he has a brother, 
DONALD, and a sister, JACQUELINE. . . ED RICKER, 
the great white hunter, claims to have his freezer full of 
ducks from a recent hunting trip, but FRANK "Fire 
Chief" PIERSON claims these are only the decoys . . . 
Thanks to Pensioner TERRY NICHOLSON and his wife, 
ROSE, for remembering your scribe, with a wonderful 
card . . . Many thanks to Worshipful Master HOWARD 
WARD of 77th Depot for attending the wake of my bro- 
ther, DAVE. Howard represented the Mystic Star Lodge, 
No. 758, AF h. AM. La Rabida Council, No. 980, and 
40 members joined Father Ed Hayes, who is chaplain, 
and said prayers . . . We express our sympathy to the 
following: To the family of Supervisor TIM O'CALLAG- 
HAN, to DAN McNAMARA in the loss of his sister, and 
to the families of MARTY PEMBROKE and ED WANGE- 
RO. Hats off to JERRY GLEASON and his wife, VI, who 
did a wonderful job at Christmas in helping some poor 
folks who were too proud to ask for charity. 

- 1am VoMieU 

CONGRESS (Agents] - 

Santa Claus was the guest of honor when the CTA 
American Legion Post No. 1216 and the Women's Auxili- 
ary entertained 150 youngsters at a Christmas party on 
December 20. A member of the Post did the characteri- 
zation of Santa Claus very effectively and the 1966 ver- 
sion of the Pied Piper was played by none other than 
NICK SUERO, who really livened things up. The Magna 
Tones played some swing music and you should have seen 
the children get with it. All were in good voice when the 
carols were sung and before the evening was over each 
child had an opportunity to tell Santa Claus what they 
wanted and each received a stocking and a toy or game of 
quality from him. The Auxiliary took over the refresh- 
ments and did a marvelous job. Your scribe had a won- 
derful time and joined the post before leaving. The 
members are also our co-workers and their principal 
objective is to be of service to buddies and GI Joe's who 
served their country in a period when we were at war. 
The Legion extends an invitation to all servicemen of the 
CTA to attend the February meeting which is to be held 
at Fort Dearborn hotel on February 21 at 7:30 p.m. A 
guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Leonard A. Hughes Jr. , 
of the U.S. Air Force, who has won both the Distinguish- 
ed Flying Cross and the Air Medal and has the unique 
distinction of being the only air force officer on active 
duty with an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine 
Corps, two from the U.S. Navy, and one from the Army 
of the U.S.A. He will show some films during his tra- 
vels and military service, and it should be a well spent 
and enjoyable evening. EDWARD SHIELDS is the post 
commander . . . RIDDLE: Who took who for an auto ride 
and who made who walk across the state line? . . Student 
agent DAN MATHIEU left our ranks to join those of Uncle 
Sam and -we wish him the very best. Working with Dan 
was always pleasant ... A great big welcome to those 
recently hired . . . Trainman MICHAEL CAVANAUGH 
and Conductor L. KELLY at this time are in the hospital. 

JANUARY, 1967 



HARRY F. BARRY, Operator. 

DENNIS S. GRIFFIN, Repairman, 

77th Street, Emp. 12-18-22 

69th Street, Emp. 4-07-26 

LOVETTE E. BENTLEY, Ticket Agent, 


North Section, Emp. 8-22-46 

Building, Emp. 6-06-41 

EDWARD P. BOEHM, Conductor, 

JOHN HEGARTY, Mech. Helper, 

West Section, Emp. 7-02-20 

South Shops, Emp. 6-24-25 


GALE HRUSKA, Operator, 

South Section, Emp. 7-09-18 

69th Street, Emp. 11-13-29 

EDWARDS. CORDA, Repairman, 


North Park, Emp. 2-19-35 

Lawndale, Emp. 10-05-26 

CATHERINE M. COYNE, Ticket Agent, 


West Section, Emp. 12-19-40 

77th Street, Emp. 8-13-26 

STANLEY F. DYMON, Operator, 

NELS L. LARSON, Operator Apprentice, 

North Park, Emp. 10-04-23 

Substation, Emp. 5-08-25 

GUNNAR L. ERIKSON, Carpenter, 

HARRY J. LAWRENCE, Statement Man, 

Building, Emp. 6-10-35 

Claim, Emp. 2-02-42 



Track, Emp. 7-06-20 

Track, Emp. 2-03-27 


JAMES McNULTY, Repairman, 

South Shops, Emp. 11-22-30 

69th Street, Emp. 5-01-37 


OTTO MOSER, Elect. Worker, 

Building, Emp. 8-14-42 

Skokie, Emp. 8-11-45 

RUSSELL T. GIBBONS, Information Clerk, 


Transportation, Emp. 9-01-27 

Kedzie, Emp. 7-03-43 

MARK A. GIER, Adjuster, 


Claim, Emp. 2-27-41 

77th Street, Emp. 5-25-26 

PICTURED HERE are 14 CTA employes who joined the ranks 

of the retired on January 1 after completing 40 or more years of transit service 



48 years 

46 years 

43 years 

44 years 

43 years 

40 years 

40 years 

40 years 

40 years 

40 years 



HENRY F. PASS, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 11-12-25 

Keeler, Emp. 8-08-26 
EARL STUMP, Operator 

Forest Glen, Emp. 3-21-57 

North Park, Emp. 8-24-23 
RALPH S. UMSTOT, Statistician, 

Insurance, Emp. 3-20-23 
THOMAS VINTAN, Repairman, 

Wilson, Emp. 2-01-29 
WALTER W. WARNER, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 10-06-27 
MARTIN J. WELBY, Operator, 

Kedzie, Emp. 10-21-42 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 7-01-37 


FRANK J. GROLL, Checker, 
Schedule-Traffic, Emp. 10-12-36 

VICTOR E. LEBEAU Jr. , Ticket Agent, 
West Section, Emp. 9-21-43 


43 years 

46 years 

41 years 

41 years 

We wish them a speedy recovery. Recently hired agent 
JANE MERRITT will celebrate her birthday January 19. 
Her mother as usual is going to make one of those lus- 
cious cakes she's noted for . . . Agent WILLIAM E. 
JACKSON and his wife, ERNESTINE, went to Greenwood, 
Mississippi, to celebrate Christmas and their second 
wedding anniversary . . . Agent LEONA NELSON is 
home from the hospital for New Year and is doing very 
well . . . May this year be the best you ever had. 

- (Julia ^xoiueA 


Even though we are well into the New Year, we would 
like to remember the Christmas season and thank BOB 
BOOTH for his efforts in making our Christmas tree 
such a beautiful one. His decorating job was excellent 
. . . NELS LARSON retired January 1 of the new year. 
Our best wishes to you with happiness and good health in 
great measure . . . WILLIAM STAUNTON Jr., son of 
WILLIAM, was graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps 
Training School on December 5. He is looking forward 
to seeing some of the South Pacific . . . RICHARD DOR- 
GAN's daughter, KATHY, age 20, is working in Santurce, 
Puerto Rico, with nuns who conduct a mission school in 
that area . . . Welcome to DAVID B. DZIKI who has 
joined our line department . . . We are all looking for- 
ward to a wonderful 1967 and would like to wish a speedy 
recovery and a healthy New Year to our boys who are 

- Z><« giAHcUUl & TVMiam T^e/cdm 


What two track foremen are marking the days off on 
the calendar? Best wishes on your retirement, EMIL 
and BILL . . . STEVE KUDULKA's little boy started 
kindergarten. We heard he was a born leader; he really 
gives the teacher a hard time . . . WILLIAM MAC FAR- 
LANE spent a lovely Thanksgiving in North Carolina and 
he also has just celebrated 39 years of wedded bliss. 
Congratulations! . . Two of our tinners are cruising 
around in brand new 1967 cars, JOHN CIRRILLO in an 
Oldsmobile and ANDY KOCOLOWSKI in a Buick Wildcat 
. . . Teddy Bears are so cute and cuddly, only Teddy 
Bear is not a stuffed toy, but a 170-pound St. Bernard 
puppy belonging to TED WADE, ironworker general fore- 
man. Mr. Wade is having problems. It seems Teddy 
prefers Mrs. Wade. However, he won the Puppy Futuri- 
ty at the Wheaton, Illinois, St. Bernard Show October 15, 
1966. . . Plumber CARMEN SCAPPUCCI recently spent 
two lovely weeks touring the West and Mexico. He came 
back with a barrel full of money from the one -arm ban- 
dits in Las Vegas. Ha, ha! . . We wish to congratulate 
ANN O'DONNELL, former employe of the Engineering 
Department, who recently gave birth to a baby girl, EI- 
LEEN is her name. 

feat Wuuex 


Hope you all had a nice Christmas and that Santa was 
good to you. How many of those New Year's resolutions 
have you already broken? If you need any help paying 
those Christmas bills, your Credit Union is there to help 
you out . . . Pensioner FRANK URBAN is enjoying his 
retirement. Just left for Hawaii after a stay in Califor- 

JANUARY, 1967 



nia getting acquainted with his new grandson. Another 
Hawaiian visitor was LOUIS TIGNAC, who with his wife, 
LENA, also welcomed a new grandson, LOUIS III, who 
was born on Thanksgiving Eve. He was trying to make 
us jealous by writing on the post card that the tempera- 
ture was 82 degrees. Wonder if he really saw any Poly- 
nesian beauties like the one pictured on the post card he 
sent? . . Operator TRYGUE BERG left the ranks of bach- 
elorhood when he took a bride on January 14. She is Mrs. 
CATHERINE REEGER. Nuptuals were at the Church of 
the Good Shepard at Sayre and Palmer here in Chicago. 
Congratulations and wishes for a long and happy life to- 
gether ... A grandfather for the fourth time is ERNEST 
GVEDEL. The proud new father is at Kedzie Repair De- 
partment. They are mighty proud of little RUSSELL 
TODD GVEDEL . . . The son of Operator JOHN MAHN- 
KE was home on leave from the army in November and 
left right after Thanksgiving for Viet Nam. To all the 
young men serving their country we offer our prayers. . . 
On Thanksgiving Eve Mr. and Mrs. BILL LYNAM cele- 
brated their 35th wedding anniversary. They are the 
proud parents of three children and five grandchildren. 
May you have many more happy years together . . . 
on the west coast of Florida, with their wives, of course. 
A good time was had by all . . . Operators O. ZEIGLER 
and C. DAVIS vacationed for two weeks each. Thanks 
for two quiet weeks on Elston-Clybourn! . . P.S. Now 
men please let yours truly have all the news. 

- 7V. rf. ^fClVUf (Don-.collmiW.lbur) 

GENERAL OFFICE (Insurance) - 

RALPH UMSTOT was honored at a dinner and also an 
open house party on the occasion of his retirement Dec- 
ember 29 after 43 years service with CTA and Rapid 
Transit. Among the many friends and co-workers on 
hand to wish Ralph many more years of health and hap- 
piness, were Pensioners CHARLIE SMITH and LETA 
CROWLEY . . . CAROLYN WILSON recently joined CTA. 
She replaces DIANA TUNZI. Carolyn has three children, 
KIMBERLY, age 6; ROBERT, age 5, and PATRICK, age 
2. Her father, MAJOR CHAPMAN, is an operator at 
69th Street Station. 

(Medical) - 

Our deepest sympathy was extended to Doctor GEO- 
RGE IRWIN on the recent death of his wife and also to 

TWIN DAUGHTERS of North Park Operator ond Mrs. ROY PIPKA, 
ISMENA and ELIZABETH, ore pictured here at the age of three months. 


Doctor Irwin's nurse, SWANEE SANFORD and her hus- 
band, RAY SANFORD, Assistant Superintendent, rapid 
transit North Side, who were also saddened with the tra- 
gic death of their daughter, Kay's, husband, Major 
FLOYD ACKER. Major Acker was a navigator -bombar- 
dier stationed at Bunker Hill Air Force Base, Indiana, 
and died when his B-28 crashed in Kentucky on Decem- 
ber 12. Mrs. Acker and Mrs. Sanford were former CTA 
employes. Both families wish to express their sincere 
appreciation for the many expressions of sympathy ex- 
tended to them by CTA employes. 

(Employment) - 

New employes welcomed were MARIE WIECZOREK 
and GEORGIANNE WOLSKI. Marie is the daughter of 
IRVIN WIECZOREK, employed as a rapid transit ticket 

(Training & Accident Prevention) - 

RICHARD POLLIZZE was welcomed to Accident Sta- 
tistics. He transferred from Treasury and replaces 
ROBERT AVRAM. Sympathy was extended to JOANNE 
died suddenly at work in Skokie Shops. MARGE CON- 
WAY, with a group of friends, had a pleasant New Year's 
week end skiing at Mt. Telemark, Wisconsin . . . ELIOT 
HIRSCH's daughter, BETSEY, and son, LAWRENCE, 
were home from the University of Illinois for the holi- 
days and El complained that with all the coming and go- 
ing of college boys and girls at this house, he couldn't 
hear the football scores. Well, El, you just 'gotta' yield 
to youth . . . JOSEPH O'SULLIVAN is a proud grand- 
father for the second time. RICHARD JOSEPH, son of 
JAY O'SULLIVAN of Responsibility Reporting, was born 
December 4. The Christening took place on New Year's 
Day at St. Ludmilla's Catholic church. A family cele- 
bration took place later with the paternal great grand- 
parents present. 

(Public Information) - 

DIANA BOYLE, Clerk II, Employe Suggestion Depart- 
ment, received a beautiful friendship ring from MICH- 
AEL HALLAHAN. Mike is in the navy and received his 
third stripe, designating him as an airman. After the 
holidays he returned to his base at Memphis, Tennessee. 

- 7K.<vuf S>. (ZUvUU 

Congratulations to Superintendent E. K. PETERSON 
who became a grandpa for the second time when his dau- 
ghter, LINDA, gave birth to a lovelybaby girl on Decem- 
ber 14 named HOLLY MARGARET GREHM. We send 
our blessing to the proud parents and grandparents . . . 
The supply division of the 3510th Maintenance and Supply 
Group achieved outstanding results during the past quar- 
ter in up-grading the training program. The achieve- 
ment of an over-all passing rate of 99 per cent can be 
considered outstanding in itself. The record was fea- 
tured by 10 persons making a perfect score, 100 per 
cent. One of the 10 was A 2C WILLIAM J. COLLINS, 
the son of Operator COLLINS, who is stationed at Ran- 
dolph Air Force Base, Texas . . . Operator JOHN AICH- 
INGER and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anni- 
versary on December 14. They held a party at Marvin 
Galvins' Restaurant and Lounge at Hillside, Illinois . . . 
Operator MICEK and his wife celebrated their 20th anni- 
versary on December 15. Their youngest son, RICH- 
ARD, was 14 years old December 14. Their oldest son, 
DENNIS, was inducted into the U. S. Army December 13. 




The month of December, 1966, will be remembered for 
years to come in the Micek family . . . Our deepest 
sympathy is extended to the family and friends of all the 
following: Retiree WILLIAM J. McELLIGOT, who pass- 
ed away December 23, and Operator JOHN J. BURNS, 
who passed away December 27. 


Happy New Year Fellows! Here's a little thought as 
you endeavor to live up to those New Year resolutions: 
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over 
if you just sit there ... A tip of the old lid to Janitors 
GLONKE and SY GOLDMAN and Operator FIETZ on the 
beautiful Christmas tree in the trainroom . . . How about 
that huge card from retiree and former station instruc- 
tor McINTOSH. The card was almost as big as your 
heart Mac ... It was nice seeing former Janitor TOM 
HAYES again. Tom is living it up in retirement. An- 
other old timer dropped in to wishus the season's greet- 
ings, namely PETE BUCHANAN, better known as "High 
Lift Pete." Pete was one of the mainstays on the Wilson- 
Michigan line. Ask superintendent E. C. LOUGHRAN 
how Pete acquired the nickname. I was very pleasantly 
surprised to see an old friend from Lawndale days, it 
was Relief Clerk JIM MOORE . . . Keeler was saddened 
by the loss of three old friends, Receiver PENNIE, Op- 
erator F. PERRONE, and Former Operator LEE CHE- 
ARR. All three were well liked by all, and their fami- 
lies have our sympathy. . . Good luck to operator JOHN 
ZYCK, who retired December 1. Zyck is to live in Flo- 
rida but Chicago gave him a send off present--it snowed 
on his last day of work . . . Somebody says they swear 
that they saw Chief Clerk ELMER RIEDEL doing the St. 
Nick bit at Gimbel's Department Store in Milwaukee, and 
all the while we thought he was vacationing . . . Fond 
farewell to receiver GEORGE SINGER who has gone the 
limit--I mean gone to Limits . . . Receiver EDDIE Mc 
DERMOTT has gone southfor the winter--south to Lawn- 
dale Depot that is . . . Welcome back to our good friend, 
Receiver RONNIE MILLER . . . Say guys, how about a 
nice word now and then to a really good guy. His name ? 
Station Instructor JIM HENDERSON ... I never knew 
'til now, but that ever busy fellow in the garage was 
Night Foreman FRANK ROBACK. Frank is now retiring 
after 40 years of service. And I do mean service. Be- 
cause every time that I saw him, he was working as 
though he knew the foreman was watching him through a 
crack in the wall. Good luck Frank from all of us . . . 
Operator MEREDITH and his wife, LOIS, surely had 
something to be thankful for Thanksgiving Day when son, 
DEREK, made his arrival (in time for income tax ex- 
emption too, eh Meredith) . . . Operator FREDDIE HOE- 
DEN and his wife, ELEANOR, couldn't wait for Christ- 
mas to peek at their present. Janice made her appear- 
ance December 15 . . . Operator GEORGE SCOTT's 
brother, WALTER, dropped in from Fort Carson in 
Colorado to help celebrate little SYNDI's first birthday. 
Syndi is the pride and joy of operator Scott . . . Say fel- 
lows, did you know that Big BILL KNUDSEN is thinking 
of an early retirement now that wife, GAIL, has receiv- 
ed a nice fat raise. What do you have to say about that, 
Gail? . . Congratulations to Operator CALVIN and his 
wife, DOROTHY, on their sixth anniversary January 5 
. . . Here's belated birthday wishes to Operator MIX. 
He must be getting ashamed to tell us about them . . . 
Would you believe that it was 20 years of togetherness 
for Operator JOHN H. McGHEE and his wife, ESTELLA, 
December 31? May there be many, many more for you 

THE HOLIDAY season was 
brightened for Porter LESLIE 
BYRNES and his wife when 
their son, ROBERT, was able 
to come home for a short stay 
with them. He has now re- 
turned to Camp Lejeune, 
North Carolina, where he is 
assigned for military duty. 

two, John . . . I'm sure you all join me in extending a 
hearty welcome to our new men: Operators Grant, 
Ivory, Washington, Yarbrough, McDowell, Dienethal, 
Rutleg, Brownlee, West, Coburn, Lawfair, and Yarring- 
ton. May your sojourn with CTA and Keeler be long and 
pleasant. A closing thought — Horsepower was much sa- 
fer when only horses had it. 

- &i*e4t @. (gaiter 


Our number two man in the department of sanitation, 
CHARLES STOLCPART, really knows how to pick his 
vacation. This year he got away from putting up the 
Christmas tree, the task was left to janitor EDDIE until 
he got the able assistance of BILL MOSER. Anyway, 
Charlie will be back in time to take it down ... A bun- 
dle of blue was left at the home of Mr. and Mrs. EDDIE 
BAINES, a bouncing baby boy. Eddie passed out about 4 
boxes of cigars, some with the label, "It's a Boy." I 
saw fellows smoking cigars that never smoked before. 
A funny thing "was heard, one fellow puffing a cigar said, 
"I hope your son is as strong as this cigar." . . We hear 
that S. HARDY is taking in laundry as a side line and he 
also does a good job with or without starch. Oh, yes! 
He also gives S & H green stamps . . . We hear that 
Mrs. JOE NOVAK was in the hospital and I hope at this 
writing that she is much better. I also heard that Mrs. 
TOM JACEK was in sick bay, but is doing much better 
now . . . Our deepest sympathy to the families of PETER 
SHELLENBERG, buried December 12, RICHARD PEN- 
NIE, buried December 9, and also to the family of ROC- 
CO MOLFESE Sr., buried December 21 --his son, PETER 
is an operator at Lawndale ... If any of you fellows 
would like to see your name in print, and have something 
that can be printed, please contact me or Janitor Eddie. 

- ^avuf TZeatutf 


Here it is the end of January and we've all had time 
to break our New Year's resolutions . . . Agent MARY 
OHNESORGE celebrated her birthday on December 3, as 
did our grand-daughter, ELIZABETH, and daughter, 
HELEN, on the 12th and 22nd . . . Extra Assignment 
Agent JOSEPHINE COLEMAN transferred to the Mart. 
We wash Jo good luck in her new job . . . Sorry I put 
ANN DUNLEAVY on pension last month. She'll be with 
us for awhile, for which we are grateful . . . Agent 
MARY STANCZYK's daughter had a little girl since we 

JANUARY, 1967 


A RECENT U. of I. graduate 
who is now teaching high 
school on the Hawaiian 
Island of Oahu is JUDY 
PIETRUS, the daughter of 
South Shops paint shop fore- 
man TED PIETRUS. Judy is 
also taking post graduate 
courses at the University 
of Hawaii. 


coffee all day by the management. Sweet rolls were on 
the Credit Union . . . Congratulations to Operator JOHN 
BRENNAN who was married to HELEN CORCORAN on 
January 21 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church. Lots of 
happiness, John and Helen. 

last talked to Mary. We don't know her name but we're 
sure Mary is strutting over her three grandchildren . . . 
Agent KUPCYK is back to work after being on the sick 
list some time. HARRY MULVIHILL called his mother 
to tell her he passed his commercial pilot's test. Need- 
less to say, Mama Marie was both proud and thrilled. . . 
Agent EMILY DILLON enjoyed a week's vacation in Dec- 
ember visiting around Chicago . . . Agent DOLORES 
BERO was really in a spot when her car's brakes gave 
out. It's pretty rough when home is in the suburbs. But 
all is well now . . . Agent ARLENE SWANSON's son, 
BARRY, moved with his family into their own home in 
Villa Park on the Saturday before Christmas. We wish 
Barry, CATHY, and little CASSIE happiness in their new 
home . . . GEORGE SWANSON who went on pension Oc- 
tober 1 took a week's vacation in Sioux City, Iowa, visit- 
ing his sister-in-law and brother-in-law . . . AGATHA 
TCHOSIK received a beautiful diamond ring for Christ- 
mas. We wish Agatha and her husband-to-be good luck 
and happiness in their marriage which is to take place 
this summer. Date is still unannounced . . . Agent LE- 
ONE NELSON, No. 1 on the West Side, is home after un- 
dergoing surgery in St. Anne's hospital ... At this 
writing MILDRED DOYLE is in West Suburban hospital 
in traction after an automobile accident . . . We wish 
both these ladies a speedy recovery . . . The passing of 
little NANCY NAUGHTON, daughter of PETE NAUGH- 
TON, Logan Trainman, has touched us all deeply. Our 
deepest sympathy to the family and to Pete Naughton, 
grandfather, who is porter on the West Side and well 
known to many of us. 

- Wetto. PatlUtvi 


A Christmas Card and letter from our retired super- 
intendent, HERMAN ERICKSON, and his wife, MARTHA, 
states they are well and are enjoying the sunshine of 
Florida. It sure is nice to hear from so many people 
who are enjoying their retirement. Had a letter from 
another retiree, EMIL oCHREIBER, down in North Caro- 
lina. Emil said the birds and bees were humming and 
that meant a good vegetable crop for Rustic Retreat, his 
place in the mountains. LES LUTTRELL and his wife, 
MARIAN, who retired in 1963 stopped to say hello at 
Limits. They are so happy in their Mt. Carmel, Illinois, 
home and enjoy Transit News so much. Les stopped at 
my house and he told me he had been the head umpire in 
the 1966 Mt. Carmel Baseball League ... A beautiful 
Christmas tree was shown in our club room by Limits 
Credit Union . . . We did it again! In December we had 
more commendations than complaints. We were served 

- tyemqe @l<vdi 


Porter LEO ADAMS wishes to thank all his co-work- 
ers for their kindness and sympathy on the loss of his 
dear mother, ELIZABETH ADAMS, November 18,1966 
. . . Former Student Agent DICK DEWYZE is enjoying 
national guard life at Fort Ord, California . . . On Sun- 
day, December 18, all the student agents had a combina- 
tion road rally and Christmas party. Arrangements were 
made by JIM HILL and LIZ WILLIAMS. Hope everyone 
found their way up and down the turning roads to the par- 
ty .. . Good health and good luck and many years of 
happy retirement is our wish to Agent CATHRINE COYNE 
who retired on January 1 . Cathrine has done a perfect 
job as ticket agent on Lake Street for so many years. 
She sure will be missed by co-workers and passengers 
who grew to like her very much . . . Our deepest sym- 
pathy to the family of Towerman J. LOFTIS who passed 
away so suddenly December 22 . . . Our deepest sympa- 
thy to Motorman P. NAUGHTON on the loss of his dear 
little girl who was only four months old, when she passed 
away December 22. She is the granddaughter of Porter 
P. NAUGHTON and niece of Agent MARY WIXTED. It is 
very sad to hear such sad news especially this time of 
the year. But you have a little angel praying for you in 
heaven. And as the years go by this will mean a lot to 
the family . . . Your reporter, M. DOYLE, wishes to 
thank one and all for the lovely cards, gifts, flowers, 
cheerful phone calls, and visits during my stay at West 
Suburban hospital due to a car accident. I do hope to be 
back on the job real soon. Thanks once again for every- 
thing. A special thank you to DOROTHY DISMANG and 
CATHRINE DUNHAN for their visits and gifts. And 
thank you to JIM and JERRY HILL for the exercise they 
sent me with the card. Now boys, how can one rest and 
exercise 4, 700 times a day in any hospital, especially 
when the patient is in traction. 


Winter is here and the driving will be treacherous. 
Slow down when it is icy, snowy, or rainy. Protect your 
passengers by driving cautiously. Start up slowly, turn 
on the headlights, increase following distance, increase 
side clearance, and begin braking sooner. Let's put 
North Avenue on top again for "no accidents" . . .Re- 
ceiver WILLIAM PINASCO became a grandfather when 
PAMELA was born to MARSHA COLLINS. Bill also 
celebrated his birthday November 30 and brought a cake 
to the depot for all to enjoy, but I can't understand why 
only 39 candles. Our congratulations . . . We extend 
congratulations also to JOSEPH BYRNE, repair depart- 
ment, and his wife, CATHERINE, who became the par- 
ents of JOHN JOSEPH, born at 3:15 a.m., November 21. 
His birthplace was Illinois Masonic hospital . . . Opera- 
tor ALAN HALL and RUTH became parents of a baby 
girl, MICHELE, on December 8 at Loretto hospital . . . 
WALLY O'CONNOR, repairman, received a commenda- 
tion from Mr. DAIN and Mr. BUETOW for one of his 
suggestions to keep the CTA's image tops. Atta boy, 
Wally. Signed, "The Gang." . . We welcome new opera- 




RIGUEZ . . . We were glad to receive a letter from 
RONALD BEDOE, repair department, now in Viet Nam. 
Ron spent his last furlough helping his parents celebrate 
their 2 5th wedding anniversary. He would be very happy 
to hear from his friends. PFC RONALD BEDOE, U.S. 
55887284, 71st T. C. Co., APO 96238, San Francisco, 
California . . . Foreman PATRICK CLANCY's wife was 
in the hospital. Supervisor MAX STRUEE spent some 
time in Lutheran Deaconess hospital. Supervisor HU- 
BERT MORAN was in Augustana hospital. Operator 
GEORGE MULLIS was hospitalized. We hope all are 
having a speedy recovery . . . RAY STRATTON dropped 
in at the depot for a visit and all his friends were happy 
to see him. Pensioner HAROLD LEMIEUX from Wauto- 
ma, Wisconsin, visited friends and relatives in Chicago 
during the holidays, and stopped at my home. He is 
looking fine, and says, "Hello" to all the boys at North. 

Supervisor FRANK DE LONG took his pension Decem- 
ber 1 after 42 years of service. All of his friends cele- 
brated with him and had cake and coffee. We wish him 
the very best of everything and hope he will visit us . . . 
Clerk ARTHUR OLSEN visited his sister in Indiana dur- 
ing the Christmas holidays. Clerk JOSEPH DILLON 
took his vacation before the holidays so he could do his 
Christmas shopping . . . Pensioner CHARLES SCHAL 
passed away December 8. Pensioner JOSEPH CZAR- 
NECKI passed away December 26. Pensioner JOSEPH 
YORK departed this life December 13. Pensioner THO- 
MAS O'MALLEY and Pensioner EDWARD DURKIN passed 
away December 19. Operator CARL RUSSO lost his fath- 
er December 21. Repairman JACK FRITZLER passed 
away December 2 5. The father of Receiver MAURICE 
BUCKLEY passed away December 21. We extend our 
sympathy to the bereaved families . . . We received 
several welcome letters from pensioners. Pensioner 
CLARENCE VOSS says, "Hello" to all of his friends at 
North. He paid a visit to the depot and saw some of 
them, but wishes he could see the rest. He tells us that 
his former motorman, Pensioner PHIL DILLON, passed 
away last August 21. Clarence visited Operator ARTHUR 
BATES, who is on the sick list. Pensioner BILL EC- 
HOLS tells us he is back in Arkansas. He says that's 
the place he likes best, nice climate, lots of natural 
beauty. He took a plane trip with his nephew down the 
Pacific coast from Seattle to Southern California. Lake 
Hamilton is only three miles from his hotel with lots of 
good fishing and winter sports. There is also some good 
territory for hunting nearby. Bill tells us that Pensioner 
JOHN MURPHY celebrated his 90th birthday recently. 
Bill is living at Parkside Manor, Room 210, Hot Springs, 
Arkansas 71901. Pensioner ELMER DEEGAN writes 
that he is living in Phoenix, Arizona, after moving from 
Olympia, Washington. He says, "Hello" to all . . . We 
hope you are all off to a good start in 1967. May you be 
blessed with health and happiness. 

- "Sdl TKckIok* 

Your station superintendents and clerks take this op- 
portunity to thank the operators and clerks for the fine 
cooperation that has been given around North Park in or- 
der to get all of the runs on the street during the trying 
days of December and January. Gentlemen, continue to 
be safety minded, drive defensively, and use caution on 


slippery streets . . . Operator CHARLIE KNIGHT spent 
a week hunting in upper Michigan around the Big Bay 
area and came home with his usual buck deer, weighing 
165 pounds. Charley also shot a large black bear and 
had a collection of squirrels and rabbits . . . Operator 
BILL KNIGHT was director of the Christmas program 
which was recorded and sent to radio station HC-JB in 
Quito, Ecuador. The message contained a beautiful se- 
lection of music with an appropriate sermon . . . DAVID 
NEGELE, son of Operator ALBERT NEGELE, has been 
released from the U.S. Army after serving four years 
as a paratrooper on a stint with the 118th Military Police 
Company. David is now going to become a CTA bus op- 
erator . . . Seaman 1st Class TIM SEDIN, son of Opera- 
tor HAROLD SEDIN, who is stationed with the Navy at 
Yukuska, Japan, was attacked by a police dog. Tim was 
bit on the arm and leg and had 2 3 stitches . . . WILMA 
RAE CALLENDER, daughter of Operator BILL SEIFERT, 
is driving a school bus for the Colonial Village School 
District which is located near Lemont, Illinois. Wilma 
Rae has been cited for her perfect driving record and 
Bill is mighty proud of her . . . TOM MARCHISOTTO, 
son of Operator PETE MARCHISOTTO, has been promo- 
ted to Specialist #5 with the U.S. Army. Tom is sta- 
tioned at Bad Kruznack, Germany, where he is playing 
saxaphone with the 8th Army Band . . . MARILYN GUS- 
TAFSON, daughter of Operator STANLEY GUSTAFSON, 
spent four months touring Europe with the Loyola univer- 
sity group. Highlights of the trip were an audience with 
the Pope in the Vatican City and trips to Paris, Florence, 
Venice, Capri, and Switzerland . . . Operator JOHN 
MARCINIAK became a 32nd degree Mason and also join- 
ed the Shriners of Medinah Temple. John is eagerly 
looking forward to participating in the many activities of 
the Shriners . . . Operator JOE MIKIETA became the 
new owner of a 1967 Buick Le Sabre. Joe's wife, LIL- 
LIAN, still can't get over the shock of the new car pull- 
ing up in front of their home . . . Operator AL PARA- 
DISE was presented with a 23-inch Magnavox Color TV 
set by his wife, FAYE, and is now spending all his even- 
ings at home . . . Operator JIM DOLAN won a 1967 
Chevrolet Impala at a drawing at St. Andrews church, 
given by the Holy Name Society. Jim also won two tur- 
keys at a raffle given by the University Council of the 
Knights of Columbus. The luck of the Irish, eh Jim? . . 
Operator TOM McGINLAY has enlisted in the U.S. Navy 
and is going to report to the Officer Candidate School in 
Newport, Rhode Island, where he will be commissioned 
an ensign in May . . . Instructor GEORGE RELSTAB 

PLANS FOR a May wedding 
were made recently by HELEN 
LINDQUIST, who will be- 
come the bride of STEVEN 
CARL BERG on May 17. 
Helen is the daughter of 
foreman of electrical workers 
at Skokie Shops. 



JANUARY, 1967 



and his wife, EVELYN, have moved into their new home 
and the office force will be invited out for an evening of 
fun and refreshments . . . North Park depot has under- 
gone a face lifting and is looking very sharp again. The 
their usual fine job . . . The following Operators: PAUL 
and Clerk WALTER RINGHOFF are all attending super- 
visors school at this writing, and we wish them the best 
of luck as they vie for advancement . . . Operators 
one and two men on the list, each with 43 years of ser- 
vice, retired January 1. The two gentlemen who opera- 
ted on NorthWestern Avenue will be sorely missed by 
their many friends, and we take this opportunity to wish 
them many years of happiness and leisure living. 

We welcome new operators JAMES GRIFFIN, THUR- 
and TOM SWIFT . . . Operator RAY KENNALLY fell on 
the ice Sunday, December 4, and broke his arm, adding 
to the bad luck Ray has been experiencing of late . . . 
Sanitary Engineer FRANK NEISIUS has been off sick with 
pneumonia and we all miss his pleasant smile and cheer- 
ful quips, so hurry back, Frank . . . Operator LEROY 
CASTLEY had another operation on his stomach and at 
this writing is convalescing at home . . . Operator ROY 
MEYER has been off sick with Emphysema and his many 
friends are hoping to see him back soon . . . Operator 
JOHN BRANDICH and his wife, MYRTLE, had another 
grand time fishing at Lake Norfolk, Arkansas, where 
they caught their quota of rainbow trout, smallmouth 
bass, and crappies . . . Operators PAT DOHERTY and 
ART JANZ spent a week around Clearwater, Florida. 
Pat, who is looking for property to purchase, expects to 
retire in the near future and hopes to find a dream spot 
where he can settle down . . . Operator TONY BRUNO, 
his wife, BARBARA, and their children spent their va- 
cation at Reed, Michigan, where Tony's cousin, PAUL 
KOMINSKI resides. Tony did some deer hunting while in 
Reed, but had no luck . . . MIN, the wife of Operator 
BILL SEIFERT, spent three weeks in Southgate, Cali- 
fornia, visiting her father, HENRY EULBERG, who ob- 
served his 96th birthday January 3. Min's brother, 
FRED EULBERG, a pensioner from Elston depot who 
resides in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, was unable to attend 
this grand reunion due to other commitments . . . Op- 
erator ELMER WILLENBROCK spent his vacation re- 
modeling his basement where he put in an air-condition- 

and Transit News Reporter 
proudly displaying pictures 
of his first grandchild, 
VALERI ANN, who is now 
one year old. Valeri is the 
daughter of Mr. & Mrs. 

ing system and a new recreation area. Operator PAUL 
RODGERS became a father for the first time when his 
wife, SYLVIA, gave birth to a son named PAUL JUNIOR 
on October 27 at Lying-in hospital . . . Operator F. H. 
MILLER became a grandparent for the first time when 
his daughter, Mrs. CAROL ANN NELSON, gave birth to 
a daughter named MARCY LEE, born November 26 at 
Victory Memorial hospital in Waukegan, Illinois. Con- 
gratulations are extended to the proud parents. WIL- 
LIAM MILLER, son of Operator and Mrs. JOHN E. MIL- 
LER, was married Saturday, December 17, to DIANNA 
MACEY of St. Charles, Illinois. The ceremony took 
place at the Catholic Church in St. Charles. William, 
who has been in the navy for the past nine years, is an 
Aviation Machinists Mate 1st Class, and is stationed at 
Norfolk, Virginia, where the newlyweds will make their 
home . . . Operator BOB WALTERS and his wife, DOR- 
CAS, celebrated their 30th anniversary January 1. The 
Walters dined at the Palmer House and took in the floor 
show with their children PHILIP, KIRK, and RUTH for 
this festive occasion. Happy anniversaries are also ex- 
tended to Operator HAROLD ANDERSCHAT and his wife, 
ANN, their 27th on November 2 5; Operator IRVING WEI- 
NER, and his wife, IDA, their 36th on December 2 5; 
Operator SAM POSNER and his wife, ETHEL, their 28th 
on January 1; Operator WALTER LINDEMAN and his 
wife, ELEANOR, their 39th on January 19; Operator 
JOHN EISELT and his wife, LOUISE, January 9, and 
Supervisor LARRY BENNETT and his wife, JULIA, their 
26th on January 11 . . . Happy birthdays are extended to 
Operator ROY LEMKE December 14; Operator HAROLD 
January 10; Mrs. IDA WEINER, December 25, and Mrs. 
MARY HOLZMAN, January 19 . . . Our sympathy and 
condolences to Operator HENRY THELIN on the loss of 
his brother, JOHN THELIN; to Operator ROY MEYER on 
the loss of his father, FRED MEYER, and to the families 
of Limits Depot . . . Repairman PAUL "On the Ball" 
SCHREVES entertained a housefullof company on Christ- 
mas day, again with another organ recital . . . Repair- 
man FRANK SIBLEY had his usual Christmas vacation 
period and spent it driving his wife, TESS, around Chi- 
cago and suburbs looking over the many beautiful outdoor 
decorations . . . Repairman JULIUS MERSCH donned the 
Santa Claus suit and made his familiar visits with the bag 
of gifts for his seven grandchildren. . . Repairman TONY 
GALLO became a grandfather for the second time when 
his son, TONY JUNIOR, and daughter-in-law presented 
him with a grandson named MICHAEL, born November 
29 at Lutheran General hospital. The younger Gallos, 
who are living with Mr. and Mrs. Gallo, are building a 
new home in Schaumburg, Illinois, and will soon be mov- 
ing to their new surroundings . . . Repairman FRANK 
SCHENDL and the Mrs. spent the Christmas Holidays 
in Dubuque, Iowa, with Frank's in-laws . . . RICHARD 
PRISBLE, son of Repairman DAN PRISBLE, who was 
recently discharged from the U.S. Marines, is now 
working for American Air Lines at O'Hare Airport as a 
ramp ticket agent ... In the recent pick at North Park 
Garage, Repairman BUCK BAKANOWICH picked the day 
trick, while Repairman MIKE MUSIELSKI had to return 
to the night shift . . . Bus Dispatcher GEORGE SERRI- 
TELLA would like to thank the operators for the kindness 
and consideration shown him this past year . . . Union 
meetings are held the first Monday of the month at Mu- 
sicians Hall, Wells and Washington streets, and North 
Park members are urged to attend. Support your offi- 
cers and committeemen and help bring North Park back 
on top again. 





PETER ARIOLA, 72, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 9-02-19, Died 11-19-66 
ANDREW F. AXELSON, 83, West Shops, 

Emp. 10-15-10, Died 11-25-66 
JOHN BILIC, 71, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 8-06-42, Died 11-13-66 

Emp. 6-24-41, Died 11-20-66 
GEORGE BREIDENBACH, 79, Internal Auditing, 

Emp. 12-13-26, Died 11-09-66 

Emp. 8-30-29, Died 9-12-66 
JOHN J. BURNS, 57, Kedzie, 

Emp. 12-17-40, Died 12-22-66 
JOHN E. CAHILL, 73, Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-22-13, Died 12-02-66 
JOSEPH G. CONOBOY, 67, Wilson, 

Emp. 6-19-22, Died 11-23-66 
HARRY E. DIEHL, 72, Wilson, 

Emp. 4-02-14, Died 12-07-66 
CHARLES W. ESTELL, 35, 69th Street, 

Emp. 3-21-57, Died 1-5-67 
JACK FRITZLER, 57, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 4-7-47, Died 12-25-66 
WARREN J. HUNTER, 59, Devon, 

Emp. 2-23-27, Died 11-27-66 
MARTIN H. HUSEBY, 90, Lake Street, 

Emp. 6-07-23, Died 10-20-66 
ARTHUR O. JACOBY, 68, Devon, 

Emp. 4-29-23, Died 11-25-66 
CARLE. JOHNSON, 72, Devon, 

Emp. 5-19-21, Died 11-15-66 
THOMAS KING, 76, 69th Street, 

Emp. 1-11-13, Died 11-13-66 
OTTO L. KRUEGER, 71, District A 

Emp. 1-02-26, Died 12-01-66 
ALFRED LAMPEL, 76, 61st Street, 

Emp. 5-17-20, Died 9-10-66 
EDMUND LITZ, 63, Engineering, 

Emp. 12-17-19, Died 12-02-66 
JAMES T. LOFTUS, 53, West Section, 

Emp. 4-27-48, Died 12-22-66 
FRANK MARINO, 82, North Avenue, 

Emp. 9-26-44. Died 12-01-66 

DAVID T. MATHESON, 62, Beverly, 

Emp. 7-29-25, Died 11-12-66 
CHARLES P. MATSCHKE, 76, Lincoln, 

Emp. 9-19-13, Died 11-29-66 
HARRY D. McKAY, 73, North Avenue, 

Emp. 11-30-20, Died 11-12-66 
JAMES J. NORRIS, 66, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-20-21, Died 11-17-66 

Emp. 12-07-59, Died 12-12-66 
THOMAS O'CALLAGHAN, 50, Transportation, 

Emp. 6-24-42, Died 12-06-66 
JOHN P. O'CONNOR, 63, Devon, 

Emp. 11-13-29, Died 11-18-66 
MARTIN PEMBROKE, 62, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 5-14-26, Died 12-20-66 
RICHARD PENNIE, 63, Limits, 

Emp. 9-10-28, Died 12-06-66 
HOWARD PHILBERT, 64, West Section, 

Emp. 7-30-26, Died 12-31-66 
DANIEL RAVENFELDT, 61, Transportation 

Emp. 10-29-45, Died 12-22-66 
MICHAEL H. RYAN, 89, Legal, 

Emp. 10-01-03, Died 11-17-66 
CHARLES SCHAL, 88, Division Street, 

Emp. 7-23-01, Died 12-07-66 

Emp. 11-20-29, Died 12-09-66 
GEORGE H. SCHMIDT, 47, Archer, 

Emp. 1-31-51, Died 12-27-66 
RAYMOND SIMON, 62, North Park, 

Emp. 10-08-29, Died 12-15-66 
PAUL SMITH, 74, Lake Street, 

Emp. 10-13-42, Died 11-11-66 

Emp. 5-24-13, Died 11-21-66 
JERRY E. VONDRAS, 70, South Shops, 

Emp. 10-01-19, Died 11-10-66 
WILLIAM J. WALDRON, 79, 61st Street, 

Emp. 4-18-06, Died 11-26-66 
EDWARD J. WANGERO, 80, Burnside, 

Emp. 12-10-09, Died 11-01-66 
MATHEW P. ZIRBES, 71, Limits, 

Emp. 2-20-43, Died 11-13-66 


With regrets we announce that this will be the last is- 
sue which I shall write for the column, my friends and 
co-workers. I have decided to follow through with a cer- 
tain desire of mine for a few years and take employment 
elsewhere. I hope my decision was a wise one, and 
would like to leave my goodbye with my sincerest feel- 
ings, and hope my column was appreciated, as I have 
enjoyed preparing it greatly. The people I have met and 
worked with, I can really say, have been the greatest. 
Now a few news items . . . The Annual Credit Union 
meeting is coming up the second Sunday in February. It 
will be the twelfth meeting and will be held as usual at 
the Harold Taylor veterans post located on North Ash- 
land near Grace street. Included on the schedule will be 
door prizes, entertainment, refreshments, a buffet lun- 
cheon, and the election of officers. If additional infor- 
mation is desired contact Conductor HAL STAATS . . . 

Motorman R. THOMAS is back at work after being on 
the sick list for quite a while and looks in top shape . . . 
Speaking of proud papas, have you seen Motorman JOE 
VALLIER recently? Congratulations are in order for 
the Valliers on their addition of a new baby girl. And 
speaking of proud papas, you should see a proud grand- 
pa. He is the man with the big chest, Motorman CARL 
GESBECK. His daughter, ANDREA, gave birth to a baby 
boy, also, CARL and his family as of this writing are 
moving into their new home in Hampton Park. Congrats 
to all. This is all the news I have received thus far. So 
let it be our signoff. 

If there is anyone interested in writing the column for 
the North Section rapid transit, and it should be repre- 
sented, he is advised to contact the editor: David Evans, 
Room 742, Merchandise Mart. 

- ?t,W 7. 9<ut&. 

JANUARY, 1967 




Get Well wishes go to ED PIONTKOWSKI, who at this 
writing is a patient in St. George's hospital . . . Wel- 
FITZPATRICK and TOM SKVARLA, who have returned 
to work after recent illnesses . . . JACK GUBBINS 
seems to be having trouble keeping track of his car. In 
the past three weeks he has had to call for aid in finding 
it. "It just seems to disappear," says Jack. It has been 
stolen three times in three weeks . . . MIKE KORZEN 
is sporting a new 1966 Buick LaSaber - Happy Motoring, 

- V. 9««t Sell 


celebrated mutual birthdays on December 17 . . . J. 
BRENNANand family motored to Florida to spend Christ- 
mas with his parents ... A very enjoyable Christmas 
get-together was experienced when LAURA SCHRECKE 
and MARGARET VIDAL returned to celebrate the holiday 
. . . JAKE SUMNER is sporting a new Buick Special. . . 
FRANK CORBETT's daughter, NANCY, was home from 
college during the Christmas vacation . . . WALLY 
THOMAS was happy to have his son and daughter home 
from college in order to receive their gifts from the Li- 
bertyville Santa Claus . . . JOHN BENNIS is very thril- 
led with what Santa Claus gave him for Christmas--a 
pool table. John in his heydays could run off 50 at" a 
time. What about now John? . . STEVE LAWLOR's wife 
was in an automobile accident, but we are happy to re- 
port that she is now recovering at home . . . JOE SA- 
BOL's son, ALAN, recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. 
Congratulations to father and son! . . ESTHER O'BRIEN 
journeyed with friends to the West Coast to spend the 
holiday season in sunny California. 


OLLIE LANG, paint shop foreman, just returned from 
a successful hunting trip in upper parts of the State of 
Michigan. In spite of the noise of low flying planes of 
the Air Force in training, which seems to make the deer 

A PROUD mother indeed is 
Ticket Agent FAY CAPRIO, 
West Section, whose 22-year 
old son, TOME, recently 
completed the airborne course 
and was awarded a diploma 
at Fort Benning, Georgia. A 
graduate of Oak Park High 
school, he also attended 
Wright Junior college where 
he studied art and sculpture. 


very nervous, Mr. Lang was able to return with a nine 
point buck, which hit the scales at 140 pounds . . . GER- 
ALD GULLERY, electrical worker, reports the engage- 
ment of his daughter, MAUREEN, to THOMAS WODAR- 
SKI, who is serving our country in Germany at the pre- 
sent time. The father of Thomas is THEODORE WO- 
DARSKI an operator at the North Avenue Depot . . . AL- 
PHONSE SCHMITZ, upholsterer, is on the sick list but 
is enjoying the company of his daughter and family from 
Minnesota for the holidays. PATRICIA, the daughter, is 
a former employe of the Insurance Department . . . EV- 
ERETT E. ENGLAND, your reporter, had a week's va- 
cation with his wife, MARCELLA, to visit relatives in 
southern Illinois. One week is too short . . . Your re- 
porter had a card at Christmas from the lovely wife of 
A. H. DAUS, deceased. Mr. Daus was superintendent of 
shops and equipment, RTD . . . Our sincere sympathy 
to the family of RAYMOND NOWOSIELSKI, Skokie Shop 
employe, who passed away recently . . . Your reporter 
is very thankful and happy for the news items contributed 
during the year of 1966. And please keep the items com- 
ing in for 1967. Happy New Year to all. 


Happy 1967 To All! . . Collector THOMAS McINER- 
NEY decided to take his pension December 1 and the 61st 
Street men had a get-together for him and a token of re- 
membrance was presented to him from his co-workers. 
Ham sandwiches, rolls, cake, and coffee were served. 
There went my diet again! Congratulations to Tom and 
much good luck on pension . . . Greetings and salutations 
to newly transferred trainmen from the North and West 
FEAGINS, and JAMES GREEN . . . Heard the news that 
Retired Motorman CHARLES McMORROW, who lives in 
Mt. Home, Arkansas, was in the hospital recently. How- 
ever, he is back home now and feeling fine once again. . . 
Our hearts are sad to hear that Regular Conductor MI- 
CHAEL SHEERIN, who was on the sick list, passed away 
recently . . . The Agents Pension club held their Christ- 
mas dinner on December 4 at the Beverly Woods restau- 
rant. Retired Agent KAREN FRIDDLE, who went on 
pension August 1, was the honored guest and a gift was 
presented to her by the club members. The weather was 
a freezing rain and sleet, but it didn't hold back the 
crowd. Ninety-five people attended and their hearts 
were warm and gay even though it was storming outside. 
The family-style dinner of chicken and beef and all the 
trimmings was excellent. Karen looked so young. Much 
happiness is wished to Karen on pension. Some of our 
Agents attended who hadn't attended a dinner in quite 
awhile and it was good to see them at the dinner and hope 
they come to the next one. All the Pensioners were there 
looking happy as can be. Talked to Retired Motorman 
Retired Clerk BARNEY TRANDEL, retired Supervisor 
ROBERT BROWN, Retired Division #308 Board Member 
many more. It was a wonderful party . . . Welcome to 
newly transferred agents from the Surface Division: AL- 
ONZO PRUITT, and LOUIS McEWING, and newly hired 
and newly hired part-time Agent NORMA DOWNEY . . . 
Sincere sympathy is extended to Yard Foreman ARDIS 




MORRIS whose brother passed away; to Conductor THO- 
MAS DOUGLAS on the loss of his wife, and to Supervisor 
THOMAS STAPLES on the loss of his wife . . . Good 
luck to Agent CASIMIR PAULINSKI who transferred to 
the Claim Department in the General Office on December 
11 . . . Retired Motorman JOSEPH HILL, who lives in 
Florida, sent word that he wishes to thank everyone for 
the cards he received at the hospital during his recent 
illness. He's home now and recuperating nicely . . . 
Motorman CHARLES CONLEY was passing out cigars 
and smiling from ear to ear when he told us about his 
new born baby girl named NICOLE ELIZABETH, born 
December 16. This makes three children for the happy 
Conley family . . . Retired Towerman WILLIAM WAL- 
DRON passed away recently. Our condolences to his 
family . . . More passenger commendations keep coming 
in for our South Siders: Agent LUCINDA WEST was com- 
mended for her honesty in returning correct change for 
a $5. 00 bill when the passenger thought she left a $1 . 00 
bill. Conductor LUTHER WILLIAMS was commended 
for his perfect enunciation of stations. Conductor JOHN 
MOLSBY was commended for waiting for a passenger to 
board his train. Motorman VERNON ROBINSON was 
commended by a city policeman for his assistance in ap- 
prehending two men in an attempted robbery . . . Mrs. 
MARTIN McNAMARA, wife of deceased retired conduc- 
tor who was living in Arizona, passed away recently . . . 
Agent MARJORIE BRYANT resigned recently, also part- 
time Agent SUSAN LYNCH and Trainman A. JULKES . . . 
Retired Shop Clerk HENRY PIOTROWSKI and Shopman 
HENRY PLUMMER were around recently visiting with 
the boys in the shop . . . You should have seen the pic- 
tures of Motorman JOSEPH DOYLE with his Santa Claus 
outfit on. He played Santa for his family at a big Christ- 
mas party. Joe sure made a good-looking Santa Claus. 


The Shop raffle held recently was won by DAWSON 
SAMPLES. FRANK HORVAT was the second prize win- 
ner and TOM MC PARTLAN, third. Our deepest sympa- 
thy is extended to the families of ERNIE NELSON on the 
death of his mother, to CHARLES SHREEVE on the death 
of his father-in-law and to TONY NUTILE on the death of 
his mother-in-law. Our best wishes to JOSHUA JAMES, 
whose home was damaged by fire recently. SANDY 
PFUND and KAREN HOFFMAN are off again for the New 
Year holiday. This time they spent a wonderful weekend 
at Pheasant Run. 

XotAUe* OSrieK & At *<f" 


Congratulations to J. PERILLO, Congress, who re- 
tired on December 1, after 47 years of service. Hope 
the new year brings him health and happiness . . . After 
36 years of service, T. VINTAN, Wilson, retired on 
January 1. Best wishes for good health and continued 
happiness in his golden years . . . R. SCHEIBE of Con- 
gress spent his holidays in grand style with a trip to 
Germany to visit his parents and relatives ... A hearty 
welcome was extended by all the boys at Howard to R. 
LONDON, new car cleaner ... J. JONES bid farewell 
to his friends at Congress to take on his new position as 
a truck driver for Standard Oil company . . . Sorry to 
hear that J. MORELLI, Congress, is off on the sick list. 
Best wishes for a speedy recovery are sent his way . . . 
Congratulations are in order for R. OLCOM, who was 


promoted to an electrical worker apprentice and who 
transferred from Congress to Skokie Shops. Promotions 
to repairman included H. MURRY, who transferred to 
Congress from Skokie Shops, and R. SCHEIBE, who 
transferred to Congress from Lake Street. Also on the 
repairman promotion list were L. C. JONES and J. 
WILSON of Congress . . . Holiday vacations were en- 
joyed by C. DUNLAP, J. RAND and V. DENTAMARO of 

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Our sympathy is extended to the family of THOMAS 
O'CALLAHAN, who recently passed away ... A won- 
derful retirement and the best of luck to RUSSELL T. 
GIBBONS, information clerk, who retired on January 1 
. . . Our new radio telephone operator is THOMAS E. 
MACE: welcome and good luck ... A very colorful and 
pretty Christmas scene was painted, free hand, in the 
Operations Control Office by LARRY STEPHENS Sr. 
This is a yearly task for him and because he will be re- 
tiring soon all his co-workers wish to thank him for a job 
well done in bringing Christmas cheer . . . Since this is 
the beginning of the year, I feel it fitting to send wishes 
for a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year to 


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I wish to thank Mr. SCREEN and Mr. GIBES for the 
opportunity to report the news for 69th Street. It is my 
wish to do as well as my predessor, BILL DONAHUE. 
He always wrote a nice line but was my softest touch 
when flipping a coin for coffee. Speaking of coffee, a 
certain waitress at the "Union" has put her tropical fish 
aside because she is very serious about the sitter she 
has on her new sofa. I wonder what she meant when she 
said she always would have her fish . . . "Big Bad Gus" 
GUSTAFSON of 59th street collected a lot of loot on his 
first trip the Thursday before Christmas. In apprecia- 
tion he broke down pulling out and missed that trip Fri- 
day. What did they say the next week, Gus? . . Mr. and 
Mrs. GENE HOWE's son, MIKE, who is stationed at Fort 
Bragg, North Carolina, enjoyed the Christmas Holiday 
at home . . . J. R. DAVIDSON'S daughter, MARLINE 
SHOTAW, gave birth to a son, TIMMOTH, August 22. 
This is Davidson's seventh grandchild. How about that, 
Mr. Ensworth? . . Congratulations to HELEN and AR- 
NOLD HILLSTROM on their 2 5th anniversary January 3 
. . . Yours truly and the missus celebrated our 29th on 
the 2nd of January. Daughter SANDARA, went on a four- 
day cruise on the S. S. Bahama Star to Nassau over the 
New Year Holiday looking for her prince charming . . . 
L. DAKE claims to be the best former farmer in the de- 
pot. He served his apprenticeship with the cows, sheep, 
pigs, and a shovel, he says ... To FRED HAHN and A. 
JENSEN and all you fellows on the sick list, our best 
wishes and a hurry up and get well to you. The deepest 
sympathy to the family of T. O. CALLAGHAN, dispat- 
cher, on their great loss. All the old Cottage Grove 
Barn men will always remember him as a good friend 
and motorman. I also extend your sympathy and mine to 
my wife on the loss of her sister the day after Christmas 
. . . On the brighter side I wonder if Transfer Instructor 
LUCAS, the "weatherman," predicted right for a change 
on his Christmas outlook? Remember this news depends 
on you. So let's hear about it fellows. 

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OUR COVER: The hibernation of 
old Mail Car No. 6 was interrupted 
recently when the car was taken 
from storage and refurbished for use 
in a display sponsored by the Ford 
City Shopping Center, 76th and 
Cicero, during the week February 
13-19. Entitled "A Salute to the 
United States Post Office," the 
display included postage stamps, 
postal vehicles and other equipment, 
and the 72-year old streetcar. 
Shoppers toured the car and, as 
shown in the center picture, were 
given demonstrations by postal 
employes of how mail was once 
sorted in the streetcars. In the 
bottom picture car No. 6 is shown 
behind a CTA tractor on its return 
trip to the Lincoln-Wrightwood 

ON THE front platform and at the controls of old No. 6 are CTA General Manager Thomas B. 
O'Connor and Postmaster Henry W. McGee. Car No. 6 was an active part of the former 
Chicago Railways Company fleet between 1895 and 1915, when streetcars were used for de- 
livering mail to the main post office and outlying postal stations along streetcar lines. 

NOTCHING UP a type-K streetcar controller was a new experience for little Sandy Manak, 
one of the thousands of children who, with their parents, departed from busy shopping sched- 
ules to view the Post Office display at Ford City. 

copy of CTA TRANSIT 
NEWS incorporates the 
February and March is- 
sues of the magazine. 

Volume XX 


Number 2 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Pub I ic Information 

David E. Evans, Editor 

Robert D. Heinlein, Assistant Editor 

F. C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00. Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 


Employe Suggestion Plan 
Reports Successful Year 

ANOTHER GOOD year for the CTA Employe Sug- 
gestion Plan was registered during 1966 with the 
submissions totaling the second highest in number 
since the Plan went into effect system-wide in 
1952, according to the annual report issued re- 

For the year 1966, 1,439 employes representing 
all CTA departments demonstrated their interest 
in the Plan by sending in 2, 325 suggestions. The 
overall submission rate for 1966 was 19. 1 in com- 
parison to 21.9 per hundred employes in 1965. 

Employes in the General Office departments 
continue to be the most active participants with the 
submission rate of 59.0. Shops and Equipment 
Department employes did very well with a submis- 
sion rate of 43. 4. 

The 193 suggestions receiving original awards 
totaling $3,181.00 or an average of $16.48 per 
adopted suggestion. This amount compares to an 
average of $13.04 for 1965. In addition to the 193 
original awards, six supplemental awards were 
made during the year, totaling $3,461.00 for an 
average of $17. 39 per award. 

In evaluating the merits of the 193 adopted sug- 
gestions during the year, it was estimated that the 
savings to be realized during the first year they 
would be in effect would total $22,267.00, for an 
average saving of $115.37 per adopted suggestion. 
It is notable that since October 1, 1952, when the 
Employe Suggestion Plan was established system- 
wide, to December 31, 1966, a total of 1, 739 sug- 
gestions have been adopted. The first year's esti- 
mated savings for these suggestions now total 
$230, 162. 00. 

To expedite consideration of suggestions, a co- 
ordinating committee of five members has been 
appointed. Those named were F. C. Knautz, sug- 
gestion program administrator; R. T. Warnstedt, 
suggestion coordinator; J. R. Blaa, superintendent 
of rapid transit operations; R. H. Martz, technical 
services, and J. F. Urbaszewski, Engineering 


SEVENTEEN EMPLOYES who received cash awards 
for their ideas submitted to the Employe Suggestion 
Plan were named recently by the Executive Deci- 
sion Committee. 

Twelve were $25.00 awards and two were $35.00; 
the other three were supplementary awards for 
$90.00, $35.00, and $10.00, respectively. The 
winners of the supplementary awards were: Robert 
Tucker, Stores Department, South Shops, $90.00; 
Ray W. Gunnerson, S&E, Kedzie, $35. 00; Willard 
M. Larson, S&E, South Shops, $10.00. Two others 
who received $35. 00 original awards were James 
Marron, S&E, South Shops, and Charles Jurkus, 
Stores, South Shops. 

Winners in the $25.00 category were: Lawrence 
Pawlak, Executive Department, General Offices; 
William Moog, Utility, 77th Street; George Kuen- 
stle, S&E, North Avenue; Harry Hardy, Engineer- 
ing, West Shops; Leroy Hagen, S&E, South Shops; 
Bernard Fitzpatrick, Stores, 63rd Street; James 
Nagel, Engineering, West Shops; Leo Lizak, En- 
gineering Department, Merchandise Mart; Joseph 
Sabol, Schedule, Merchandise Mart; Robert Booth, 
Electrical Department, Blue Island; Melvin Cook, 
Electrical Department, Blue Island, and Margaret 
Kells, General Office, Purchasing Department. 

Twenty-two Honorable Mention credits, which 
entitle those named to food certificates, were also 
announced. These follow: James Joeffrey, Engi- 

neering Department, General Office; Michael 
Chambers, Engineering Department, West Shops; 
Zita Doublin, R. T. Transportation; Reinhold Wen- 
zel, Surface, Limits; Leroy Hagen, Electrical, 
South Shops; Donald Dausinus, CTA Police; Robert 
R. Booth, Electrical, Blue Island; Bernard Kyle, 
S&E, Kedzie; John Pietrowski, Transportation, 
Logan Square; Melvin Cook, Electrical, Blue Is- 
land; Josephine Feldman, Insurance Department, 
General Office; Erwin Koplins, Engineering De- 
partment, West Shops; Robert Lenahan, R. T. , 
North Section; John Dunham, Surface, Beverly; 
Valerie Moehring, R.T. , Congress; Francis Brady, 
General Office, Employment Department; Margaret 
Kells, General Office, Purchasing Department; 
John P. Gill, General Office, Stores Department; 
Veronica McCann, General Office, Insurance De- 
partment; John Capaccio, S&E, Congress; Joseph 
Weidinger, S&E, Congress, and Harold Rowbottom, 
General Office, Research & Planning Department. 

Reviewing the standards for evaluating the sug- 
gestions, it is well to remember these points: (a) 
do they improve or simplify present methods of job 
procedures and reduce cost of operations? (b) do 
they suggest more practical ways of reusing or 
salvaging old material? (c) do they reduce the 
amount of supplies required for specific opera- 
tions? (d) do they propose ways and means by 
which substitute items can be used more economi- 


Six Operating Stations Cited for Recording Safest Year 

SUPERINTENDENTS OF six operating stations ac- 
cepted special award plaques on behalf of their men 
for making 1966 the safest year at their stations. 
Charles E. Keiser, operating manager, made the 
presentations on March 3. 

Mr. Keiser cited the fine achievement of the six 
stations and announced that the men of the winning 
stations would be served coffee and rolls on March 
9 as a token of appreciation for their fine job in 
reducing traffic and passenger accidents. 

Mr. Keiser also cited other safety achievements 
in 1966. They were: 

The rapid transit system's combined 
traffic and passenger accident frequen- 
cy rate of 1.64 accidents per 100,000 
miles operated was 2.4 per cent below 
1962, their best previous year. 

The surface system's passenger acci- 
dent frequency rate of 7. 03 accidents 
per 1,000,000 passengers carried was 
2.5 per cent below their previous re- 
cord established in 1965. 

It was also pointed out that 1966 was the sixth 
consecutive year in which CTA operating employes 
were involved in fewer than 10 traffic and passen- 
ger accidents for every 100, 000 miles operated. 
The rate of 9. 1 was the third best rate in CTA 

Pictured with Mr. Keiser, holding the plaque, 
are the superintendents who received the special 
award. They are, from left: F. J. Buetow, North 
Avenue station; R. W. Meisner, 61st and Loomis 
stations; Earl Peterson, Kedzie; L. M. Keag, 52nd 
street station, and E. J. Heatter, Forest Park 

New Department Heads Named for Three Mart Offices 

NEW APPOINTMENTS affecting three General Of- 
fice departments have been announced by General 
Manager T. B. O'Connor and were placed in ef- 
fect recently. 

Advanced to the post of Superintendent of Insur- 
ance and Pensions on March 1 was William A. 
Ashley who succeeds H. B. Storm, retired. Mr. 
Ashley started with CTA in May, 1949, as a stu- 
dent engineer and worked in various departments 
throughout the properties until he was permanently 
assigned to the Insurance Department in December, 

Effective February 1, William C. Piatt was ap- 
pointed superintendent of employe relations. He 

started with the former Chicago Surface Lines in 
August, 1939, as a division clerk in the Way and 
Structures Department and in 1952 joined the staff 
of the Job Classification Department. He became 
assistant superintendent of the department in 1957. 
On February 1, 1964, he was named assistant 
superintendent of employe relations, the position 
he held at the time of his recent appointment. 

Other appointments placed into effect recently 
were: J. F. Boyce, named assistant superintend- 
ent of insurance and pensions, Edward A. Bole 
named assistant superintendent of employe rela- 
tions, and Bruno Karp, instructor, Transportation 
Department, was appointed assistant manager of 
Charter Service. 


CTA: Its Organiz 

and Op 



EDITOR'S NOTE: This second installment explaining the 
functions of the Insurance and Pension Department deals with 
the insurance phases of the operation. 


AFTER APPLICANTS for work with CTA have 
qualified for a job, they are required to fill out 
certain forms for company records before being 
assigned to duty. Among these forms are census 
cards, pension forms, and a request for dependent 
hospital and surgical benefits if eligible. The cen- 
sus card contains essential facts relating to the 
new employe and the name of his beneficiary. 
From these facts, an employe record jacket is 
made up and filed for reference. 

The census cards in duplicate are filed accord- 
ing to the month in which the employe was hired. 
At the end of 90 days, group insurance certificates 
are mailed to the employe. With each certificate 
is included claim forms and a letter of explanation 
stating that hospital and surgical insurance and 
dependent hospital and surgical insurance, if taken 
by the employe, will be effective after three months 
of continuous service, and that the life insurance 
and accident and sickness insurance will become 
effective after one year of continuous service, pro- 
vided the employe is actively working on the effec- 
tive date . 

ALL MATTERS pertaining to insurance coverage affecting 
employes and their families are handled in the Insurance 
Department. The first stop when entering the office is the 
reception desk. Mrs. Joseph Feldmann (left), clerk-typist, 
portrays the part of an employe handing a disability notice to 
Mrs. Ronnie McCann (center), receptionist, as Carolyn Wilson, 
clerk-typist, stands by to obtain the record from files. 

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A GREAT deal of correspondence is involved in the routine 
handling of pension and insurance matters. A lot of these 
pass through this desk, occupied by John F. Boyce, assistant 
superintendent of insurance and pensions, who is giving dicta- 
tion to Cathy Raschick, stenographer. 

Of special benefit to CTA employes is the group 
life insurance furnished to employes without cost. 
This covers each eligible employe for $2,500.00 
after one year of service up to the beginning of his 
fifth year of service. After five years of service, 
the employe is covered for $4, 000. 00 of life in- 

All details pertaining to policies are handled by 
the Insurance Department. These include changes 
of beneficiary; cancellation of certificates for ter- 
mination of employment; the preparation of papers 
in connection with death claims, such as death cer- 
tificates and affidavits, writing of checks, record- 
ing of claims, and the delivery of checks to the 
beneficiaries . 

On the average, between 196 and 219 death 
claims, totaling approximately $416,750.00 are 
paid out each year on these policies. 

Employes, covered by the group life insurance 
plan, who terminate their services for any reason 
other than death, may convert their certificate to 
any other form of insurance, except term insur- 
ance, written by the Travelers Insurance company, 
in an amount equal to that in force at the time of 
termination, without any physical examination, 
provided they apply to Travelers within 31 days 
from the date of termination of employment. 

(continued on next page) 


CTA: Its Organization and Operations (cont'd, from page 5] 

MEDICAL RECORDS of all 13,000 active CTA employes are 
filed in this long row of wall cabinets. In the foreground, 
Mary Ann Kohlmann, clerk-typist, is removing a file jacket, 
and in the background, Pat Murphy, clerk-typist, is replacing 
a jacket which has been taken out for reference. 

DISCUSSING THE preparation of compensation checks with 

James F. Madden (left), statistician, are John F. McMahon 

(center), industrial safety analyst, and Jackie Huizengo, 



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Another benefit enjoyed by CTA employes with- 
out cost is hospital and surgical insurance which 
becomes effective after 90 days of continuous ser- 
vice. This coverage provides $14 per day for 
room and board for 40 days, with hospital extras 
paid up to $140 (for Division 308, the allowance is 
$16 per day for room and board and hospital extras 
paid up to $160, as recently awarded by arbitra- 
tion), $225 maximum for surgery, and $3.50 per 
day for doctor's visits for 40 visits in one 12-month 
period while hospitalized. 

Employes entering the hospital must notify 
CTA's Insurance Department with a properly com- 
pleted claim blank. The claim is then checked to 
ascertain that all is in order and a claim jacket 
containing all necessary details is prepared. 

The employe is requested to supply statements, 
bills, and information verifying the stay in the hos- 
pital and a statement from the attending doctor 
describing the surgery performed, and the charge 

After the information and statements have been 
approved, checks are written, signed, and mailed 
to the employe or to the hospital, as directed by 
the employe. Payments are usually made in two 
steps since the surgeon's bill is usually received 
much later than the hospital bill. Thus the employe 
does not have to wait for the hospital portion of the 
claim pending receipt of the surgeon's bill. 

In addition, employes may obtain at their own 
expense extra hospital and surgical insurance 
through Travelers or the Blue Cross-Blue Shield 
Plan, depending upon their union affiliations. The 
premiums for this added insurance are collected 
through monthly payroll deductions. 

Under the Travelers contributory hospital and 
surgical insurance plan, the benefits for employes 
cover an additional $10 per day toward the first 
40 days and $12 per day during the next 80 days for 
room and board; the balance of hospital extras not 
covered under the basic CTA plan during the first 
40 days, and one-half of the hospital extras charged 
during the next 80 days. 

Employe claims under this extra coverage are 
handled and paid by CTA's Insurance Department 
in the same manner as on the coverage paid for by 
the Authority. 

Employes having Blue Cross-Blue Shield esta- 
blish coverage when entering hospitals. The hos- 
pital then submits the bills direct to Blue Cross- 
Blue Shield for payment. 


Depending upon the union affiliation of the em- 
ploye, hospital and surgical irisurance for depend- 
ents is available through the Travelers Insurance 
Company and Blue Cross-Blue Shield. Under the 
Travelers insurance plan, dependents are covered 
during the first 40 days for $24 per day for room 
and board and $12 per day for the next 80 days. 



CHECKING OUT the record on the proper payment of a claim 
with Edward Donohue, insurance clerk, is Mrs. Ann Golding, 
insurance clerk. 

PROCESSING ALL hospitalization claims by employes and 
employe's dependents is the responsibility of Terry Lo Coco 
(left) and Mrs. Lela Brangan (right), hospitalization clerks. 
They also verify hospital coverage by telephone with the 
various hospitals. 

During the first 40 days of hospitalization, hospital 
extras are fully covered, and for the next 80 days, 
they are covered for 50% of the actual charges. 
Surgical benefits are paid in accordance with the 
schedule up to a maximum of $225. If the hospital 
confinement involved no surgery, doctor's visits 
will be paid up to $3. 50 per day per visit limited to 

40 visits in any 12 months while hospitalized. De- 
pendent claims are mailed to the CTA Insurance 
Department where they are checked for coverage 
and then forwarded to the Travelers Insurance 
Company for payment direct to the employe. 

Provisions are in effect to permit employes to 
pay monthly dependent hospital and surgical insur- 
ance premiums by cash when not working. 


Should off duty accidents or sickness strike, 
CTA employes are further protected, without cost 
to them, with insurance coverage which becomes 
effective after one full year of continuous service, 
provided they are at work on the effective date. 
The coverage begins with the eighth day of disabil- 
ity and continues if disabled and unable to work for 
26 weeks. Beginning December 1, 1966, the week- 
ly rate is $67.50 and on December 1, 1967, the 
weekly rate goes to $70.00 per week. 

When an accident and sickness claim is filed it 
is checked against the employment record and on 
the claim jacket. This information includes name, 
address, age, date of employment, claim number , 
first day off, and the cause of the disability. At 
the same time all claims filed by the employe dur- 
ing the previous five years are entered on the back 
of the jacket, so the claim adjuster and the Medical 
Department may check this individual's health 

Claim blanks for the payment of full wages for 
the first seven working days are originated and 
forwarded to the employe's place of work. Here 
the blanks are filled out to indicate the actual hours 
lost. When the forms are returned to the Insur- 
ance Department, they are attached to the claim 
form and turned over to an adjuster. If satisfac- 
tory, they are approved and forwarded to the pay- 
roll department so the amount involved will be 
included with the employe's next pay. 

After the first seven-day claim is completed, 
the jacket is placed in a file to come up for pay- 
ment each seven days, as long as the employe is 
disabled, up to a maximum of 26 weeks. If there 
is any question as to the validity of the claims, the 
employe is sent a letter asking him to obtain a 
statement from his doctor or to appear at the CTA 
Medical Department for examination by doctors. 

After the check has been written, they are 
countersigned by a CTA representative and signed 
by a representative from the Travelers Insurance 
company. The signed checks are mailed on the 
same day to the employe's home address. Payment 
for accumulated seven days of disability are mailed 
on the eighth day, which is usually fast in compar- 
ison with usual group insurance practices. 

(continued on next page) 


CTA: Its Organization and Operations (cont'd, from page 7) 


Beginning in November, 1952, CTA did away 
with all fire insurance coverage on its property 
and began to charge any loss due to fire against 
the operating budget. As of November, 1966, this 
policy has saved over $1,450,000 over what would 
have been paid out to insurance companies in the 
way of premium on fire policies. In order to pro- 
tect against a major fire loss, a catastrophe fire 
policy is taken out each year in amount of $2, 600,- 
000, excess of first $400, 000 of any one fire loss. 
One of the prime responsibilities of the Insurance 
Department is the development of a program to 
keep CTA properties as free of fire hazards as 
possible and to reduce the exposure of our em- 
ployes to industrial accidents. 

In this connection, the Insurance Department 
develops the fire prevention and industrial safety 
program at a staff level in cooperation with a fire 
and safety committee of members appointed by the 
heads of the operating departments. This com- 
mittee meets on the second Tuesday of each month 
to develop the safety theme for the month, to dis- 
seminate information regarding the fire and safety 
program to the employes of each department and to 
confer about and solve the various fire prevention 
and industrial safety problems. 

As the eyes and ears of the superintendent of 
insurance and pensions, the Insurance Department 
has a fire prevention and industrial safety coordi- 
nator, who makes inspections of all properties and 
makes observations of the work-safe practices of 
the employes in each department. 

In addition, the fire insurance and safety coor- 
dinator conducts fire and safety meetings and in- 
structs employes in use of fire fighting equipment 
in the various departments. Also, the Insurance 
Department assists in the testing of new safety and 
fire prevention equipment and the development and 
standardization of equipment for the protection of 
our employes and properties. Personnel of the 

W. T. UNWIN (left) fire 
prevention and industrial 
safety coordinator, uses 
a combustible gcs and 
vapor detector to check 
drains and low areas in 
the Paint Shop for com- 
bustible concentrations 
or vapors. Looking on is 
Ted Pietrus, paint shop 

Insurance Department with the fire and safety 
coordinator also conduct night inspections of the 
operating properties, to observe conditions when 
the minimum amount of personnel are available at 
each location. Under the jurisdiction of the de- 
partment, a staff annual fire and safety inspection 
is made during Fire Prevention Week, and a com- 
plete detailed report is presented to the General 
Manager and all department heads on the conditions 


Since January, 1963, the Insurance Department 
has assumed the responsibility of making payment 
of Workmen's Compensation Benefits to all em- 
ployes who are injured while on duty. Approxi- 
mately 1,000 to 1,100 Workmen's compensation 
claims are filed by CTA employes each year. 
Payment of a workmen's compensation claim is 
closely related to the industrial safety program. 
The statistical data developed in the industrial 
safety section of the department materially aids in 
the development of procedures to reduce the num- 
ber of injuries received by employes in industrial 
accidents. Further, the claim cost controls devel- 
oped by the department aid in reducing the annual 
workmen's compensation cost. 


To protect CTA against any loss of money, 
tokens, and securities, the Insurance Department 
covers the Chicago Transit Authority with compre- 
hensive commercial bond insurance which protects 
the company from burglary, holdups, robbery, and 
employe dishonesty. For added security, CTA 
properties are also protected with safes, special 
doors, guards, and other special safety features. 
An annual inspection is made of these properties 
in cooperation with Transportation Department and 
the Chicago Police Department and any unsafe con- 
ditions are reported for correction. 

All other miscellaneous insurance such as pub- 
lic liability, property damage, bonds, boiler and 
pressure vessels as required by CTA are placed 
by the Insurance Department. Complete records 
are maintained of the insurance in force as to the 
amount, where placed, and the date of expiration. 
Any losses involving insurance coverage are re- 
ported to the Insurance Department, which is re- 
sponsible for making collection from the insurance 

Any contractors doing business 
required to furnish workmen's 
public liability, property damage, 
insurance as required for each 
Depending on the hazards involved 
set by the Insurance Department, 
who is to do the work, must furnish 
policies for approval as to limits a 
insurance company. 

with CTA are 
and automobile 
particular job. 
, the limits are 
The contractor, 

their insurance 
nd rating of the 


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Surface System Graduates Largest Supervisor Class 

THE LARGEST surface system supervisor group 
in CTA's history completed the training program 
and was graduated on February 28. The 36 men 
comprising the class were assigned to the super- 
visor's pool where they will be available to fill in 
as needed and when vacancies occur in this cate- 
gory. The class members were trained by super- 
visors and instructors of the Transportation De- 
partment and are qualified in all phases of super- 
vising duties . 

Members of the class, listed in alphabetical 
order, are: J. R. Burke, E. L. Burkett, S. L. 
Burns, W. B. Claiborne, Michael Clemente, C. 
W. Cooper, J. T. Degnan, D. G. Eggersdorf, D. 

W. Gilligan, D. R. Hays, C. H. Hicks, C. W. 
Hodges, M. J. Hunt, R. M. Julun, John Kenna, 
W. G. Kilstrom, P. W. Kolsch, M. J. Lacriola, 
W. F. Lane, H. F. Miles, Jack Moore, M. M. 
Morrison, R. D. McGrath, P. J. O'Sullivan, E. J. 
Rhoda, J. W. Rice, W. G. Ringhoff, Karlis Robez- 
nieks, B. D. Smith, W. J. Sorensen, C. R. Wade, 
Alton Williams, Herbert Williams, H. G. Williams, 
and C. L. Wood. Not in the picture is S. P. Perce. 
Standing in the rear rows in dark suits are T. M. 
Stiglic, superintendent of instruction; Ray Dage- 
nais, superintendent, Central District; J. J. Hem- 
zacek, superintendent of surface operations, and 
at right, Ralph Tracy, superintendent of opera- 
tions, surface and rapid transit. 

State Seeks Stiffer Penalties 
For Assaults On Transit Riders 

STIFFER PENALTIES for assaulting a public tran- 
sit employe or passengers riding on public transit 
facilities is now pending action in the current ses- 
sion of the state legislative assembly inSpringfield. 

The legislation provides for penalties of from 
one to 10 years imprisonment in the case of ag- 
gravated battery and one to five years in the case 
of aggravated assault. The legislation has been 
reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee 
with a recommendation for its passage, but is still 
pending action in the House. 

Passage of the bill, SB 210, is of particular in- 
terest to CTA, as well as other transit companies, 
for the reasons cited above, and employes are 
urged to give it their consideration by making known 
their support of the bill to their representatives. 

In the accompanying photo taken at a Senate 
Committee in Springfield are (from left) Chairman 
George L. DeMent of Chicago Transit Board; State 
Senator John J. Lanigan, sponsor of the bill, and 
Don Karl of CTA's Transportation Department, 
who assisted in developing the legislation. 


CLOSING THE final competition for 1966 in the Interstation Safety Contest, Forest Park came through with a perfect 75.00 score to 
win the rapid transit system plaque and Lawndale claimed the surface system trophy with 60.48 total points during the fourth quarter. 
Runners up were Congress and Kedzie, respectively. In the picture at the left, Superintendent E. J. Heatter of Forest Park receives 
the rapid transit plaque from D. M. Flynn, superintendent of transportation. At the right, R. K. Keag, superintendent, Lawndale, is 
presented the surface system award by Mr. Flynn. Forest Park also won the ISC plaque for the second quarter of the year. 

H. B. Storm Retires; Headed 
Insurance, Pension Department 

CLOSING OUT a career of 43 years of transit ser- 
vice, Howard B. Storm, superintendent of Insur- 
ance and Pensions for CTA, retired on pension on 
March 1 . 

Mr. Storm, a graduate of Purdue university 
with a B. S. degree in electrical engineering, 
started with the former Chicago Surface Lines as 
a student engineer in 1924. In 1926 he became 
chief clerk and assistant purchasing agent and was 
appointed superintendent of Insurance and Pensions 
on May 1, 1937. 

A large number of his friends and long-time 
associates were present at a retirement dinner 
given in his honor on February 23, and to extend 
best wishes for the leisurely years ahead. Pic- 
tured at the head table on the occasion are, left to 
right: P. J. Meinardi, manager of finance; Mrs. 
Storm; Mr. Storm; General Manager T. B. O'Con- 
nor; P. W. Flaherty, representing Division 241, 
and William A. Ashley, Mr. Storm's successor. 



EMPLOYES ARE advised by the Secretary of Re- 
tirement Allowance Committee office that report 
cards showing each employe's credits in the re- 
tirement fund as of December 31, 1966, will be 
distributed with their checks on the following pay- 
day dates in April: 5-6-7-12- 13. These cards 
are valuable for ready reference at all times and 
it is suggested that they be kept for records. 

The Insurance Department also reminds em- 
ployes that it is desirable that all changes infamily 
status such as marriage, death, or divorce, which 
make it necessary to change the beneficiary named 
for your life insurance and retirement fund, should 
be done at once. Change of beneficiary forms for 
both are available through your department head. 
These forms should be filled out promptly and re- 
turned to the Insurance Department. Failure to 
change your beneficiary adds unnecessary expense 
in settling your estate. 




THE RECORD-BREAKING snowstorm of late Janu- 
ary brought many letters of commendation for CTA 
operating personnel whose performance of duty 
under adverse circumstances greatly impressed 
many riders who, like thousands of other Chica- 
goans, were caught in the rampaging sweep of the 

One such example was a letter received from 
Sister M. Stephanie, S.S. C. , administrator, Lor- 
etta hospital, where some operators on the Central 
avenue route sought refuge when their vehicles 
were stranded and unable to move when the storm 
was at the height of its fury. 

The sisters gave them food and shelter and the 
men responded by volunteering their services to 
aid the hospital staff, which was faced with a criti- 
cal shortage of personnel due to the breakdown of 
normal transportation facilities and service. The 
bus drivers,, to further show their appreciation, 
took up a collection among themselves and donated 
the proceeds to the hospital expansion program. 

In a letter to CTA, Sister Stephanie wrote: "We 
are most grateful that they chose to respond in this 
manner. These men conducted themselves in such 
a manner that would have made you proud to have 
them in your employ. " 

The operators concerned in the incident cited 
were not identified to the hospital authorities, but 
it was typical of many other friendly, heart-warm- 
ing stories which were reported during the height 
of the blizzard. 

That the public recognized and appreciated the 
strong sense of duty displayed by operating per- 
sonnel facing almost impossible driving conditions 
was reflected in the many letters of commendation 
received by CTA Service Section. 

Here are a few of such statements selected at 
random from the incoming mail: 

Operator Harvey Thompson, Badge No. 2795, 
52nd, "I was one of many thousands caught in the 
big blow and snow on the night of January 26. I 
boarded a bus at State and Adams street at 10:40 
p.m. and reached my home on East Melrose street 
some five hours later, normally a 20 to 25-minute 
ride. Although this could have been a most trying 
experience, the driver made it almost an enjoyable 

adventure. We were like lost souls on a 'wayward 
bus. ' He tried everything possible to circumvent 
the endless traffic tie-ups, always patient and 
pleasant--and all of this without having his dinner. " 

Operator Benjamin Roulhac, Badge No. 9945, 
Kedzie, "Conditions were very trying at the time 
when tempers were under a heavy strain he main- 
tained a serene and courteous attitude to a remark- 
able degree. His driving was voted highly skillful 
by his passengers, who voluntarily and on their 
own initiative piled out of the bus and pushed it to 
help him 'work out' of a couple of slippery, tight 
spots. " 

Operator Robert Mullin, Badge No. 9997, North 
Park, "I was one of 20 passengers marooned on 
Sheridan south of Bryn Mawr. The operator did 
everything he possibly could to get the bus going 
and then when we realized we were parked there 
for the night, he was as kind and solicitious as any 
human could be. Several times he got off the bus 
and walked to Bryn Mawr to try to get aid. He 
made arrangements for some people with a taxi; 
but those of us who were left lived on Sheridan 
Road and the taxi could not go on Sheridan. More 
than once he walked many blocks to a phone to try 
to get us help, and at 7:00 a.m. he insisted on 
walking to get the remaining passengers coffee and 
doughnuts. We were all impressed with the won- 
derful conduct of our driver. " 

Operator Alvin Potts, Badge No. 2896, 52nd, 
"I was on his bus in the Hyde Park vicinity when 
his bus and another bus going in the opposite direc- 
tion became snarled in the snow. After carefully 
backing the bus down the street to the intersection, 
the operator saw to it that we were dropped off at 
the Greyhound bus substation at 63rd and Stony to 
wait for the Jeffrey bus in the shelter and not out- 
side in the miserable weather. After completing 
his run he stopped off at the bus station and ob- 
tained the information that no Jeffrey bus had 
stopped for three hours. He called the dispatcher 
and received permission to route his bus down 
Jeffrey and so accomodate all his stranded passen- 
gers. To us, Mr. Potts was the hero of the hour. " 

There were many other riders who expressed 
similar opinions praising the employes for their 
outstanding service. But one wrapped it all up 
with her succinct observation: "Hip, Hip, Hooray 
for CTA." 



NOSE BLEEDS are fairly common and occur fre- 
quently enough so that some knowledge of this con- 
dition may be of help to the average person during 
his lifetime. A hermorrhage from the nose may be 

NOSE BLEEDS (Epistaxisj 


By Doctor George H. Irwin, CTA Medical Consultant 

very mild and inconsequential. In cases of this 
type no treatment of any kind is necessary. It just 
stops of its own accord. On the other hand nose 
bleeds can be severe and alarming. In these cases 
the individual may have to be hospitalized, packs 
inserted, and in some instances a blood transfusion 
may have to be given. 

Why do people have nose bleeds? There are 
several causes or reasons for nose bleeds. First, 
the anatomical structure of the nose seems to pre- 
dispose to bleeding. The nasal cavity is lined by 
delicate, membrane -like tissues which can be ir- 
ritated very easily by infection or by chemical ir- 
ritants. Also there is rather an extensive network 
of blood vessels inside the nose. 

In addition to the above, trauma or injury is an 
important triggering factor. This may be brought 
about by excessive blowing, wiping, or picking the 
nose . 

Direct blows on the nose like football injuries 
may be a cause. Occasionally foreign bodies in the 
nose cause bleeding. 

Inflammations which might be a cause include 
simple rhinitis, infection of the nose, running nose, 
sinus infections, various fevers such as measles, 
influenza, or rheumatic fever. 

Blood disorders may also be responsible for 
Epistaxis, especially in conditions where there is 
abnormal clotting time, hemiphilia, blood platelet 
deficiencies, and jaundice. 

Another less common group is one in which 
there is an associated malignancy such as car- 
cinoma or leukemia. 

The cardiovascular group is a fairly common 
cause and include high blood pressure and harden- 
ing of the arteries. 

There is a miscellaneous group consisting of 
climate factors, high altitudes, vicarious men- 
struation and chemical and drug poisoning from 
the use of salicylates, dicumarol, mercury, phos- 
phorus, and tobacco. 

The site of nose bleeds is usually on the septum 
or partition of the nose. The reason why this area 
is so frequently involved is because air and dust 
strike this region first during breathing, causing 
an irritation and adherence of dust particles. This 
irritation usually results in a small ulcer with a 
crust on it. Because of this abnormal sensation 
one is tempted to blow the nose too strenuously or 
pick it and thus bleeding is started. 

The management of nose bleeds will depend on 
the locations of and the severity of bleeding. As 
stated before nose bleeds are, generally speaking, 
not serious for most people. Usually it is not in- 
dicative of a pending stroke or a rise in blood 
pressure . 

In the great majority of cases the nose bleeds 
from the front part of the nose. In these instances 
the patient should be kept quiet in a sitting position 
with the head bent forward. Cold packs on the nose 
are helpful. Most nose bleeds in this group can be 
helped by putting a pledget of cotton soaked in water 
in the nostril as far up as possible. Then apply 
pressure along the side of nose for five or ten min- 
utes and as a rule this is all that is necessary. 

However, if the bleeding is coming from the 
back part of the nose prompt medical attention in 
the hospital should be sought. These cases can 
cause a good deal of worry and concern. Posterior 
nasal packs, cauterization, and even surgery may 
be necessary in the persistant cases. 

Nose bleeds can occur at inconvenient times and 
places. I remember sitting in an airplane inPhoe- 
nixlast yearfor 30minutes beyond "take-off time. " 
Later, I learned the delay was occassioned by a 
woman with a severe nose bleed who did not want 
to leave the plane for medical attention. Finally 
the air line physician came and took her to the 
hospital. In the meantime the schedule and plans 
of 100 people on the plane were affected. 

If you have repeated minor nose bleeds which 
seem to stop with home remedies it would be wise 
to see your physician. Don't wait for the big blow- 
out when it may not be convenient to have prompt 
medical attention. 



LOUIS KARIOLICH, electrical work- 
er: "I have been working with 
ceramics for five years and have 
entered many pieces of what I have 
made in different shows and have won 
many ribbons. But what I have been 
striving for is to win a first place 
ribbon just once." 



CATHERINE ANN HARNETT, (with reporter Everett E. England): "For the past three 
years I've been planning a trip to Ireland --I'm hoping '67 will be my lucky year." 


What do you hope to accomplish 
in your personal plans during 1967? 


Everett E. England 


Skokie Shops 

JOHN MILAS, carpenter: "My ac- 
complishment for the year 1967 is to 
go on the fishing trip that my broth- 
ers and brothers-in-law have been 
postponing for the last five years. 
We are planning another attempt this 
coming spring." 

ROBERT MUELLER, machinist: "With a 
wife and teenage daughter all trying to 
leave early in the morning, my primary plan 
for '67 would be to finish a second powder 
room in the basement. Secondly, joining in 
a little more participation in the ' All 
American City" community and school af- 
fairs and completing the year with a 
dream vacation. 

worker: "My children and wife en- 
joy watching television programs on 
a colored set. I hope my accom- 
plishment for 1967 will be to pur- 
chase a colored TV set for my home." 


ACCOUNTING (General) - 

PAT LEGENZA, voucher, made a speedy flight to San 
Francisco, California, to be with her husband, JOHN, 
over the NewYear's holiday. Her husband is in the mili- 
tary service in the Presidio there. They toured and ex- 
plored the many exciting and picturesque places in and 
around San Francisco. Pat fell in love with this fascina- 
ting city leaving a part of her heart there when she left 
. . . BEA FRANKE, voucher, along with her husband, 
ROY, and daughter, KAREN, drove southward on vaca- 
tion enjoying the various towns and points of interest 
along the way. Their goal, the big, big State of Texas 
where their son, RUSSELL, and his wife are living. 
Russell is stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso where he is 
a sergeant in the armed forces. From Texas they are 
driving to California and the Pacific Coast before wending 
their way homeward . . . A. J. FITZSIMONS, general 
accountant, and his wife commemorated their 40th wed- 
ding anniversary when they renewed their marriage vows 
at a high mass which was celebrated by their Pastor, 
Rev. PHILLIP NEENAN of St. Celestine Church in Elm- 
wood Park. The celebration was followed by a luncheon 
for the immediate family which included Father Neenan 
. . . The 16th annual meeting of the CTA Credit Union 
was held in the lunchroom on January 20. A large num- 
ber of members were present who were gratified to hear 
the report of progress made by the Credit Union since 
the last annual meeting. Refreshments were served and 
door prizes given and a good time was had by all. 

MIKE VERDONCK and his wife celebrated their 37th 
wedding anniversary with a holiday in Las Vegas, where 
they enjoyed the climate and entertainment in this Wes- 
tern resort. Then they flew to Los Angeles and San 
Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico. While in Los 
Angeles, Mike visited BEN RATNER, former supervisor 
of accounts payable. Ben is recuperating nicely and sent 
word he appreciated cards sent by his friends and well- 
wishers and intends to answer them when he is able. 
Needless to say, he was very happy to see his friends 
from Chicago . . . JOHN CANNON, GEORGE PELLI- 
CORE, and SIG SHONTS, accompanied by their wives, 
were invited to share with LARRY COLLINS, formerly 
Accounting Department, his 77th birthday celebration. 
Larry is convalescing very well following an illness and 
thoroughly enjoyed his birthday and visiting with his for- 
mer CTA associates and friends. 

- THaitc P*tt/itlU 

(Payroll) - 

A few from the office visited RUTH HUGHES at Oak 
Forest hospital and found her looking good and feeling 
better. She sends her thanks for the many cards, let- 
ters and gifts she received during the holidays. Keep 
up the good work--we are all pulling for your recovery 
Ruth . . . Welcome to MARY CARNEY, our new payroll 
clerk. Nice having you with us ... A group of our re- 
tirees came to visit us during the holidays --among them 
short) also came and had lunch. 

-£ilttx "Hunauten. 

(Material & Supply) - 

Our deepest sympathy is extended to KATHERINE 
DWYER, whose mother passed away January 16 . . . 
LYDIA HAEMKER was fortunate to choose a winter va- 
cation this year and although her departure to Florida 
was slightly delayed by our monstrous snowstorm, she 
will have much to tell us upon her arrival home. 

(Revenue) - 

The revenue section held a delightful Christmas lun- 
cheon in the M. & M. Club. HAROLD BROWN and BOB 
McSHEA of Methods and Procedures were a few of the 
honored guests who came. Entertainment of the day was 
provided by the magical fingers of F. C. PALILUNAS, 
revenue accountant, at the piano, and KATHY SLOYAN 
sang a few Irish tunes. Last but not least, group singing 
of "Jingle Bells" was accompanied by sound effects of a 
soft-shoe number with spoons . . . MARY JANE HOS- 
TETTER, who has had difficulty with her hearing since 
childhood, had an operation on the inner part of her ear 
which was called tympanaplasty. So far 95 per cent of 
her hearing has been restored and is expected to im- 
prove more so in time. Mary Jane said she had always 
put aside, for one reason or another, seeing what might 
be done about her hearing problem until one day she de- 
cided she had nothing to lose. As it turned out, Mary 
Jane gained a new world of hearing . . . BOB TUMA 
transferred to the Treasury Department and MARY CAR- 
NEY has been promoted to the payroll section. New 
faces at the Mart: CRAIG CAMPBELL, file clerk; JO 
COLEMAN, comptometer operator; CHARLES WROBEL, 
clerk II, and PATRICIA COLBURN, comptometer opera- 

-p»a**e 'Pwtit 


If you are ever short of cigars see Operator BILL 
DOWNES as he is always loaded with them. Sanitary 
Engineer OZZIE GRIGALUNAR was smoking one of Bill's 
Havana fire crackers which went off with a bang . . . 
FRANK CLAXTON, former Motorman at 77th, and 
FRANK BLACK's old buddy, called to say that he and his 
wife are in from Pomona, California, to visit their son, 
CHARLES, in Dolton. Frank's recent visitors in Cali- 
fornia were JACK FISHER and FRED RAPP . . . Little 
Flower dues are to be paid now for the year 1967 so you 
can be an active member. Please contact JERRY GLEA- 
scribe. New members include Supervisor AUGUST 
SHIMKUS and VIC HULTHEN. Anyone else for our mem- 
bership campaign? . . We wish a speedy recovery to 
Pensioner TERRY NICHOLSON, who is hospitalized . . . 
We extend our sympathy to: Supervisor JOHN GROJEAN 
in the loss of his mother-in-law; ED LAGERSTROM, 
whose mother died, and to the family of ELMER KLOT- 
BOCHER, formerly of Beverly and the General Office. 

Special attention is called to the March 28 Maryknoll 
Night for Father Arthur Murphy, M.M. , son of Supervi- 
sor ARTHUR MURPHY, who is here from Korea on a 
visit to raise funds to build a much needed church in that 




Asian nation. The event will be held at Marquette Hall, 
69th and Western. Chairman of the program is your 
Transit News scribe, the undersigned. Father Murphy 
will show movies of Korea and discuss life and the people 
of that country as it is today . . . Another date to re- 
member is April 28 when a dinner is scheduled at Bev- 
erly Woods restaurant. Father Murphy also will show 
the movies of Korea at the dinner and a good attendance 
is anticipated. For further inforination or to obtain tic- 
kets for this worthy cause contact me at Beverly station. 

CONGRESS (Agents) - 

The Women's Auxiliary of the CTA Legion Post will 
give a card party for the patients at the Veterans Re- 
search hospital on Huron street on Saturday, March 25. 
There will be prizes and refreshments . . . Do we have 
a date to meet with you at the St. Theresa Communion 
Mass and Breakfast on Sunday, March 19? Your com- 
mittee also is collecting for your renewals. Remember, 
it is always nice to bring a friend with you or give them 
a gift membership. . . Howard street P.M. receiver W. 
H. BALK and his family went to the Mardi Gras and then 
headed west where they planned to visit Carlsbad Cavern, 
the Grand Canyon, Jaurez, Mexico, and possibly San 
Diego . . . Douglas Park Trainman FRANK PRAZAK is 
retiring in March and the fellows are making plans for 
their usual and delightful pension parties. He is the No. 
1 conductor on the Congress, Douglas, and Logan routes. 
We wish Frank many happy and wonderful years . . . 
Student Agent JOSEPH HEFFERNAN and his dad, TED 
HEFFERNAN from Kedzie, and mother spent their vaca- 
tion in California where Joe's sister resides . . . We 
are happy to hear Agent ED SEYERSON got over his 
siege of illness . . . Our sympathy to SOPHIA MIRA- 
BELLI and the family of JOSEPH MIRABELLI who pass- 
ed away suddenly on September 5. Joe will always be 
remembered as the "good Joe" he always was . . . Ser- 
vices were held for pensioner and former Supervisor 
press her appreciation for the masses, floral offerings, 
and the many acts of kindness by her husband's friends 
and co-workers at the time of her deepest sorrow . . . 
KAY BROWN, extra conductor, and his wife, DONNA, 
became the proud parents of a little girl named ROX- 
ANNE, born at St. Elizabeth hospital on February 15. 
They have another child, KENNETH, seven years old. . . 
Receiver JAMES MIDDLETON and his wife, BARBARA, 
became the proud parents of a baby boy, COMDRON AV- 
ERY, on February 4. The new baby has three brothers 
whose ages are 7, 5, and 4 . . . Douglas Trainman JO- 
SEPH JAMISON and his wife became parents for the first 
time when their son, JOSEPH ANTHONY Jr., arrived at 
Michael Reese hospital . . . We were sorry to hear that 
Trainman MICHAEL CAVANAUGH passed away. Ser- 
vices were held at St. Mel's church . . . Receiver LAW- 
RENCE TOBIN has been on the sick list. . . LAWRENCE 
FRICOT's wife was in the hospital for surgery but is do- 
ing very well at this writing. Lawrence, however, who 
was the chief cook and bottle washer, became ill . . . 
HELEN McMAHON fell during one of the snowstorms and 
broke her arm. The many cards of cheer were appre- 
ciated and a comfort to her. Good luck, Helen . . . 
Those accepted for receiver training were Agent WARD, 
Motorman MONTGOMERY, Agent KUCIVER, Porters 
CUNNINGHAM and GALLOHER, and one retrainee, your 
reporter. So, fellows, kindly inform your wives that the 
CTA has a woman receiver again so that if the phone 

rings for you to come out it won't be any accident on 
purpose. One lady called a terminal during the snow- 
storms to inquire about her husband who had to work 
overtime. She thought she dialed the wrong number when 
a female voice answered. . . Our sympathy to Pensioner 
CAROL SCHILDT on the loss of her beloved sister, LY- 
DIA SARNO, who passed away recently . . . Welcome to 
new agents RAYMOND CASTRO from 77th; LOUISE 
BROWN, whose son is a bus operator at North Avenue; 
TAYLOR, also to MARION HUNT, whose husband is a 
bus operator at Forest Glen and whose father-in-law is 
employed at 77th; MARY MORIARTY, BETTY BRAZIER, 
is Bus Operator SHELLIE SMITH of 69th; JANICE BUR- 
GE, whose husband is WILLIE BURGE, bus operator at 
PETERSON, and THOMAS STEVENS, who is the grand- 
son of Pensioner MOLLIE SHIELDS. There were many 
more and I'm sorry I missed getting their names . . . 
As part of a two-week vacation I had coming, I was busy 
dodging those awful snowstorms, retraining as a recei- 
ver, and spending a few wonderful days playing Aunt Ju- 
lie to my nieces and nephews in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 
and enjoying every moment. 


Well the old saying "No news is good news" is usually 
accepted, but that isn't the case if we expect to keep this 
column going- -we must have news . . . Blue Island had 
four free breakfasts last month. They were to celebrate 
happy birthday . . . Would like to welcome a new em- 
ploye to the Electrical Department, JOHN NEWMAN . . . 
In the month of January we were visited by two pension- 
health to both of you . . . On our sick list at this time 
JOHN HILL, and ART HANSEL. Hurry and get well fel- 

- ZW (?ia*dalt & TOUUam Hdidm 


We wish the best of luck to our former receptionist 
and scribe, JEAN HENSEN, as she awaits the arrival of 
the stork. A luncheon in honor of this occasion held at 
Henrici's was attended by her many friends. We'll all 
miss her smiling face at our front door . . . MARY 
GALLON would rather bribe than pay! . . TOMMY STA- 
UNTON, our track foreman, finally caught the garter at 
a wedding. Any future plans, Tommy? . . Just like a 
bug snug in a rug, CHARLIE PAVASIC spent five glori- 
ous weeks, in of all places, his basement . . . The days 
were warm and sunny and the colors were beautiful, 
that's all RUSS SHANKLIN could say after spending the 
holidays in California. His week began with the Rose 
Bowl, Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland, down to Tijuana 
for some Tequila, and finally to San Francisco, where 
he toured Chinatown, rode a cable car up to Knob Hill, 
and of course took a bus ride . . . Riddle: Who plays 
post office at the West Shops? . . Happy birthday to 




Howard Street, Emp. 2-19-42 
WILLIAM W. BAKER, Repairman, 

77th Street, Emp. 8-18-36 

Electrical, Emp. 12-10-36 

69th Street, Emp. 2-27-28 
LEO CACIOPPO, Trackman, 

Track, Emp. 7-23-36 
DOANE A. CLARK, Supervisor, 

Reproduction Services, Emp. 6-5-33 
GEORGE D. CLARK, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 10-11-27 
JOHN J. DAVIS, Court Assistant, 

Claim, Emp. 3-12-29 
JOHN J. DOWLING, Towerman, 

North Section, Emp. 5-8-26 
MARTIN DUNLEAVY, Security Officer, 

Security, Emp. 10-29-43 

Track, Emp. 5-25-29 

Track, Emp. 5-9-42 
PATRICK J. HIGGINS, Ass't. Foreman, 

North Avenue, Emp. 7-8-26 

Archer, Emp. 1-20-26 


PETER JENSEN, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 9-27-43 
JOHN J. JOYCE, Traffic Checker, 

Schedule-Traffic, Emp. 12-26-25 
EDWARD C. KLIE, Stock Clerk, 

South Division, Emp. 2-5-24 
MICHAEL J. LAVIN, Door Guard, 

77th Street, Emp. 7-26-27 

Howard Street, Emp. 7-18-18 
JAMES R. LOFTUS, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 4-9-29 
WILLIAM V. LUBY, "B" Helper, 

Electrical, Emp. 5-8-24 

Building, Emp. 2-17-43 
DANIEL J. LYONS, Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 4-10-23 

North Park, Emp. 11-20-25 

Claim, Emp. 1-10-49 

South Section, Emp. 6-17-37 

AMONG EMPLOYES who joined the ranks of the retired in February and March were the ten 

40 Years 

41 Years 

48 Years 

41 Years 

40 Years 


This is your friend, "Don't Call Me Wilbur," who is 
going to try to replace FRANK CARPINO . . . NICK 
RASMUSSEN, retired, passed away in the month of Nov- 
ember . . . FRANK KATKUS and his wife are very happy 
over the birth of FRANCIS SEAN, born October 15. Bro- 
ther Katkus is now saying this one will be a pilot. Good 
luck to the new one . . . Brother SHELDON DEAN and 
EVELYN just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. 
Thirty guests were present to wish them well . . . Flash 
--Looks like Brother JOHN LANGE will lose his "driver 
of the year" card . . . Soon to be father of the bride is 
Supervisor JOHN ANDERSON, whose daughter, KAREN, 
recently became engaged to BRUCE SIMON. The wedd- 
ing will take place in September. Best wishes to the 
young couple. Better start saving up your money for it, 
John! . . PETER JENNER is now receiving his mail at 
his new address, 1465 West Byron Street, Chicago . . . 
Retired Supervisor BOB WINTHERS is a recent groom. 

He and HELEN KLONOWSKI were united in Holy Matri- 
mony on January 7 and honeymooned in Florida. Best 
wishes for many happy years together . . . Weighing in 
at a whopping 9 pounds 12 ounces, DENNIS ROBERT 
LINDEN made his appearance on December 5 at Resur- 
rection hospital. The proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. 
ART LINDEN. Equally proud were those five brothers 
and sisters who welcomed little Dennis home . . . Semi- 
annual Little Flower Society Communion Sunday will be 
March 19. All members and friends are invited to at- 
tend. See the committee members for details. 

Many thanks for a job well done during our big snow- 
storm. Of course there were many stories to be told-- 
but one I'll never forget was about Operator HAMMOND. 
He was trying to walk to work from Harlem and Foster, 
making little headway until a fire engine offered him a 
lift. But it seems they were going right to their station 
and Hammond had no way to get off till they lost a hose 




77th Street, Emp. 11-27-33 

West Section, Emp. 1-30-29 
PATRICK J. O'BOYE, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 9-3-42 
EDWARD J. O'GRADY, Laborer, 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 2-7-51 
CHARLES V. PERI, Cleaner, 

Wilson, Emp. 6-25-36 
WILLIAM F. PETER, Machinist, 

South Shops, Emp. 11-18-46 
ZETTA I. PRAUL, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 8-14-25 
FRANK PRAZAK, Conductor, 

West Section, Emp. 6-6-23 
LESLIE L. ROESER, Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 9-26-40 
PAUL N. SCHILLE, Motorman, 

South Section, Emp. 9-25-22 

Forest Glen, Emp. 5-26-43 
HENRY M. SEEGER, Conductor, 

North Section, Emp. 7-22-39 

OSCAR SIDER, Conductor, 

Kimball, Emp. 6-18-24 
HOWARD B. STORM, Superintendent, 

Insurance, Emp. 6-30-24 

Forest Glen, Emp. 9-8-26 
FRANK P. YESKIS, Repairman, 

Lawndale , Emp. 1-13-26 



West Section, Emp. 2-24-46 
JAMES K. DEMEREST, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 1-4-27 

North Avenue, Emp. 3-12-34 

North Section, Emp. 12-9-42 

South Section, Emp. 10-15-47 

South Section, Emp. 8-10-48 

pictured here who had served CTA and predecessor companies for 40 or more years each. 

40 Years 

43 Years 

40 Years 

44 Years 

41 Years 

and had to stop to pick it up. I wonder if the hose fell by- 
accident or whether it was pushed off. Anyway, he man- 
aged to arrive at work on time . . . Operator LOMBAR- 
DO and several of our boys spent their time at the Lor- 
etto hospital. Here they were fed and given shelter dur- 
ing the storm. I even understand Lombardo did a few 
chores for the sisters. Good work! . . Received a card 
from Receiver JOE GASKEY. He spent several weeks 
in Tucson, Arizona, had a wonderful time then he and his 
wife went over to California to visit their daughter . . . 
GEORGE OATIS was married on January 8. The lovely 
bride, Mrs. ANNIE R. OATIS, made a beautiful picture. 
The best to our happy couple . . . Lombardo is a grand- 
father once again. He states he is running out of fingers 
to count them on. Good luck grandpa, now start using 
your toes . . . Operator Hammond's son was presented 
with a fine son; mother, NANCY, and baby are doing fine 
... A question the boys at Forest Glen would like an- 
swered is, was F. KOSTRZEWA speeding during our 

snow storm? . . Returning to work after having been in- 
jured is our fine friend E. L. BRZECZEK (Briezie) . . . 
Men lets get out for the Union meeting. We are in se- 
cond place at present. 

- 30. rf. -»amf WdLW 

GENERAL OFFICE (Insurance) - 

RONALD KRAMER was welcomed to the department 
after transferring from Training and Accident Preven- 
tion. He now holds the job vacated by RALPH UMSTOT 
who recently retired. Besides his new job, Ron and his 
wife, GERRIE, have a new addition to their family. A 
little daughter born January 20 at St. Anne's hospital and 
named DEBORAH LYNN. The Kramer's other youngster 
is JEFFERY, who must now share all that attention pre- 
viously given to him alone by his proud paternal grand- 
pop, LOUIS KRAMER, a CTA Foreman. 




(Research & Planning) - 

JERRY DALTON and his wife, PAT, are the proud 
parents of a baby girl born January 9 at Little Company 
of Mary hospital. She was named CYNTHIA LOUISE. 
The baby's twin brothers are JOHN and KEVIN, age two. 
Her paternal grandfather is GERALD D. DALTON, em- 
ployed at 77th Street Station. 

(Training & Accident Prevention) - 

JIM TRETTON and his wife, ELIZABETH, celebrated 
their 31st wedding anniversary on Washington's birthday. 
We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them 
. . . BOB AVRAM transferred to South Shops and we 
wish him well in his new job. THOMAS HOUGH was 
welcomed to the department where he will fill the job 
vacated by RONALD KRAMER. Tom transferred from 
the Claim Department. 

- 'THaiy S- Gin/die 


To all the men at Kedzie, operators and our Repair 
Department, Superintendents E. K. PETERSON and 
PAYTON extend their congratulations on our outstanding 
safety record. We are not in first place, but we beat 
our other accident record at Kedzie. In 1966 we had 107 
less accidents than in the year 1965. This accomplish- 
ment is due to our strict training department headed by 
Supervisor J. KNOPP and results from their continuing 
effort to stress defensive driving, your good judgment, 
and proper distances between cars. Safety comes first; 
your schedule second. We are having a bad start this 
year due to the storm that hit Chicago, but we can over- 
come this if we keep our defensive driving program at 
work at all times. For improving our accident record 
we are having coffee and rolls on CTA in March. This 
is the way our big bosses say a job well done! . . The 
Bass and Beagle hunting club held their annual dinner 
and dance February 4. Operator F. ROWINSKI is presi- 
dent of the club. Kedzie was well represented, I won't 
mention any names, as I might leave someone's name 
out and they would feel offended. The dinner was superb 
and the music was grand. To all the Bass and Beagle 
members congratulations on a job well done . . . Retired 
Superintendent J. FRUGO wrote me a wonderful letter, 
"The big snow storm and WBBM helicopter pilot race 
stork." The Thursday it started to snow his daughter, 
BARBARA JEAN GUGLIOTTA, had an appointment with 
her doctor, so he drove her there - but the doctor's of- 
fice was closed, so he decided to take her to his house. 
She was expecting. She also decided to stay over night. 
About Midnight she started to get pains about four minu- 
tes apart. He called the Fire Department and Police 
Department. The Road Department said everything was 
snowed in, they said they would try to get there but to no 
avail. Pains were getting more frequent. A fireman 
walked to their house in case she would have to deliver 
at home. A neighbor nurse was also on hand. The Mt. 
Prospect Fire Department was called again and they said 
they would try to get a helicopter. One was available at 
Meigs Field. Then they were told to make a fire in 
front of their home and place a red blanket in the snow, 
which they did. The pilot found their home and he put 
that helicopter right down in front of their house. In five 
minutes the helicopter landed in front of the Holy Family 
hospital. His daughter was carried in on a stretcher and 
at 8:49 p.m. Barbara had a baby boy. The mother and 
the baby are doing fine. The grandparents and father 
are thankful everything turned out fine. I called Retired 

Superintendent Frugo and we had a good chat. He said 
when the weather is better he'll stop in to see us all, but 
for now he sends his regards . . . The credit union at 
their annual meeting re-elected the officers to their 
same position. Our board member WILLIAM LARSEN, 
was moderator and did a very good job. It was a plea- 
sure to see all the retired operators and their wives plus 
today's operators and their wives. Operator J. MURPHY 
sang some good old Irish tunes which was pleasing to 
one's ear. John has a wonderful voice, he was accom- 
panied by CHARLIE STARR Jr. on his accordion. Again 
I'd like to mention everyone who was there but it's im- 
possible. Thanks to our credit union, all of us had a 
great time . . . Retired operator M. KENNY's son, Rev. 
GREGORY KENNY, CM. F. , was home for Christmas. 
This was the first Christmas home in 17 years. What a 
party that was at Kenny's house . . . Congratulations to 
Operator A. WYSZYNSKI on his promotion to supervisor. 
He was appointed on January 1. Also the following op- 
erators who are going to supervisor training classes to 
be future surface supervisors: M. CLEMENTE, E. BUR- 
KETT, and A. WILLIAMS . . . Our deepest sympathy 
is extended to the following family and friends: Operator 
R. LEGGS, his uncle HARRY HARDMAND passed away 
on January 1; Operator HAROLD SCHUMAKER, January 
31; Retired ARTHUR SAGOTZ, January 21; Retired Mo- 
torman ERNEST KRUSCHA, February 9; Retired Inter- 
national Executive board member ROBERT STACK. Re- 
quiem mass for Mr. Stack was at the Resurrection church, 
he was laid to rest at Mt. Carmel cemetery. When he 
retired he made his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 
a union official for more than 20 years . . . At this writ- 
ing the following operators are on the sick list: TONY 
SHERRICK and FRANK VALEK. Back on the job after 
being off over 12 weeks is Operator SINGERLAND. 


Hi fellows! All the bells are ringing for the numerous 
birthdays—Operator LINDSAY, January 11; Operator 
EARL LATIMER, January 23; Operator BARRON, March 
1; your scribe's on February 1; ANDY SEGAR, February 
2; DAVID BROWNLEE, February 3, and ANDY GRABOW- 
SKI, February 11 . . . A fond farewell to Clerk TYRONE 
NAPOLEON, who has gone to Limits ... Ho hum, Night 
Foreman JACK KAMIN became a grandpa for the 20th 
time on January 7 . . . WILLIE B. NAUDEN is back from 
vacation and raring to get back to work cleaning buses 
. . . Get well wishes to Tireman LOUIS OLANDESE who 
has been confined to Condell hospital in Libertyville . . . 
CHESTER GAZINSKI is sojourning at Cuneo hospital . . . 
Clerk RONNIE MILLER didn't forget the gang even though 
he was basking in the sunshine of St. Petersburg, Flo- 
rida. The card was well appreciated, Ronnie . . . The 
night garage boys want everyone to join them in a big 
welcome to new Night Foreman BRUNO FERET . . . 
Honorable mention to the garage men, RICH HANDY; 
BILL PATTERSON- -the new papa, and BIG COOPER-- 
the man with the aristocratic walk . . . Operator BEC- 
KER can smile again now that his wife, IRENE, has re- 
turned home from the hospital . . . Operator T. MEN- 
SON, who just celebrated his first anniversary as a CTA 
operator, is already making plans for his Sundays off 
. . . Well, fellows, if you happen to see any early blue 
jays around Chicagoland, look again. It's probably a 
lost robin, blue from cold. Till next time. 

StMiii 0. (?aitci 




We received a card from J. J. CARR the other day, 
he has taken a winter vacation. On the card is a picture 
of a big pink elephant; it states, "I like to stay in the 
pink. " I wonder just where Johnnie is spending his va- 
cation? . . STACH HYERCZYK has been sporting a new 
haircut, and it makes him look like a red head. Who is 
cutting his hair lately? . . FRANK BELLINO has been 
confined to the hospital and has had surgery. I hope at 
this writing he is doing much better . . . We received a 
Christmas card from Mrs. FRANK MAREK who wishes 
to be remembered to all . . . The medical bus is paying 
us a visit at present and we are fortunate to have the 
same doctor and his assistant. They sure know how to 
make a fella feel at ease . . . The stork paid a visit to 
the home of Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT M. LUCAS on Jan- 
uary 7 and left a darling baby girl named KIMBERLY. 
They had three boys before the girl. Don't forget the 
instructions the stork also left: "If you want to have a 
happy baby, this is what to try- -Keep one end well fed, 
and the other end good and dry." . . Our deepest sym- 
pathy to the family of ROBERT STACK of Division 241 
and the International Union . . . LAWRENCE JOHNSON 
took his pension on January 1 and on February 1 FRANK 
YESKIS from repair takes his pension. Many happy days 
of retirement fellas. Don't forget to come- and see us 
. . . Also from repair, WALTER HALLFORD was trans- 
ferred to 69th and GEORGE HUNT came to Lawndale. 
Good luck in your new surroundings fellas! 

Our deepest sympathy to the family of LOUIS KAZDA 
in the death of his father, ANTON KAZDA, buried Feb- 
ruary 3, also to the family of PETER RUMAS, buried 
February 7, and GEORGE CRIBBEN, buried February 8 
. . . Our station superintendents, the office force, sup- 
ervisors, instructors, and bus operators wish to thank 
the men who did the salting and plowing during the big 
snowstorm. A great big hand to them and also to the bus 
operators for a job well done . . . And now a little more 
about another job well done by us at Lawndale --winning 
the I.S.C. award for the fourth quarter. We were given 
ash trays for the happy occasion, then on February 21 we 
were given the red carpet treatment with free coffee and 
rolls, movies, an artist making sketches of the fellows, 
and a talk was given by D. M. FLYNN, superintendent 
of transportation, praising us on our good work, followed 
by a talk from Station Superintendent ROBERT KEAG, 
praising us for our great effort during the "big snow. " 
EDDIE WISS and FRANK MATRE were present for the 
occasion ... A raffle was held on some dictionary en- 
cyclopedias that were very expensive. The lucky win- 
ners were F. BARNES, F. FARRELY, S. JONES, J. 
J. PATER, R. DILLARD, and one winner from the Re- 
pair Department, M. WEAVER. Everything turned out 
so good. Let's try for a repeater on that, fellas! . . 
Clerk STANLEY MICEK hasn't been seen wearing his 
cowboy shirt lately. How about getting that bronco to 
pull you out of that snow bank in back of your garage, 
Stan ... We received a card from CARL NELSON from 
St. Petersburg, Florida. He wishes to give his regards 
to all the boys . . . Chief Clerk HERB BYERS received 
a letter from an "Old Timer" who states he is 85 years 
young and recalls the days as a conductor. He had his 
pockets laden with pennies, nickles and dimes, and how 
he froze his hands lifting up the switch lever. Two events 
that remain so vividly in his mind are the Iroquois Thea- 
tre fire, and the sinking of the Eastland. Both times his 
car was in the Loop where he and his motorman saw bo- 
dies being taken out of the debris. He hears from CHAR- 
LEY EGGERSTEDT in St. Petersburg and CHARLEY 


VACHA in Phoenix, Arizona. If there are some "old 
timers" around drop our friend a line because at present 
he is in a wheel chair, write to JOHN C. HAGEN, 240 
Bridgewood Drive, Antioch, Illinois 60002 . . . And a 
speedy recovery to our clerk, JIM RITTENBERG. 

- £twuf "KcatUq 


Our deepest sympathy to the family of Trainman MIC- 
HAEL CAVANOUGH who was laid to rest on January 11 
. . . Agent CARL HALL, member of 241, was buried on 
January 18. Our condolences to his family, and to the 
family of Pensioner IRENE WHITLOCK . . . Agent E. 
SEGERSON underwent surgery in Garfield Park hospital 
and is home convalescing. We hope his recovery will be 
rapid . . . Agent MILDRED DOYLE is in the hospital 
again after undergoing surgery. She has pneumonia. 
Mildred has been on the sick list since before the holi- 
days and we sure hope she will be back soon . . . Agent 
LEONE NELSON wishes to thank all her friends for their 
good wishes, cards, and telephone calls during her re- 
cent illness . . . Two of our girl students have resigned 
recently. They are former Agents JOANNE LALAS and 
MARY ELLEN DUNN. Joanne is going to devote more 
time to her studies and Mary Ellen will spend a vacation 
in Florida and then buckle down to a new job. Good Luck, 
Girls ... I received a call from former Agent ANN 
SCHNEIDER, who wants all her CTA friends to know she 
is well and doing fine . . . Glad to see Agent BEEBE 
back at work after being ill . . . Happy dual birthday to 
Agents MARY BURROWS and HELEN GUTH. They cele- 
grated on January 13, which was a Friday this year . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. BERT LINNE welcomed their first grand- 
child on December 19. The little girl, named TAMMINA 
JANINE, is the child of their daughter and son-in-law, 
Mr. and Mrs. WASE AHMED. This was the best Christ- 
mas present that Santa could bring, says proud grandpa 
and grandma . . . To all West Side agents and porters 
who would like to join the Blood Bank. Applications are 
now being taken. Call Helen Pallister at 419; Loop - 
Dorothy Parker, 706, and South Section - Lillian Culli- 
nan , 412. 


Collector CLARENCE BUTHMANand his wife, ZONA, 
spent four weeks visiting the latter's sister and brother 
in Costa Mesa and Glendora, California. They journey- 
ed both ways on Santa Fe's El Capitan . . . Limits Depot 
Federal Credit Union held their annual meeting on Sun- 
day, January 22, at Eagle's Hall. Business meeting 
included declaring a 4 per cent dividend and a talk by 
WALTER FELD on the values of a credit union. All of- 
ficers whose terms expired were re-elected. It. was so 
nice to see Superintendent GEORGE MAY and his wife, 
WALLY STEINBEISS and his lovely wife, and our former 
credit union president, BRUNO KARP. Also present at 
the meeting was our Shop Superintendent, TIMRIORDAN, 
District Superintendent TOM SHANAHAN, Superintendent 
retired Shopman ALEX LANG, retired Operators ALEX 
McPHEE and JOE PELLEY, also OSCAR KETZ from the 
rapid transit. Our former credit union officer, JOHN 
McEVILLY and his lovely wife, KATIE, were there also. 
There were many beautiful prizes for both adults and 
children. No child left without a prize. A most delec- 
table lunch was served by our own amiable PETE COL- 
UCCI and his wife, MARIA . . . Retired Operator HAR- 




RY FREY passed away in January. Harry was employed 
by Chicago Motor Coach company in 1925. All extend 
sympathy to his widow . . . Retired Operator JAMES 
BURKE from Limits passed away in January. We extend 
our condolences . . . We received a letter from Retired 
Operator EMIL SCHREIBER. He informed us the only 
person to die in the McCormick Place fire was a native 
of .Hendersonville , North Carolina, where Emil lives. 
Emil says he bowls twice a week and stays young and 
healthy. Emil and OLGA have moved into town and now 
live at 107 Hazelton Drive, Hendersonville, N. C. . . 
Operator ERNIE JOHNSON vacationed in California dur- 
ing January. He reports good weather . . . Operator 
JOHN PAKONEN submitted to major surgery in January 
and is now recuperating at home. Hurry back, John, as 
41 run is waiting for you . . . Coffee was served all day 
on Wednesday, January 18, for more commendations 
than complaints in December. This is the only station 
in the system that had more commendations than com- 
plaints six times in 1966. George May thanks all for 
their fine achievement. Superintendent May and his wife 
celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on January 28. 
Many more years of wedded bliss to this fine couple . . . 
The Festival of Leadership Banquet at the Conrad Hilton 
which was canceled January 28 will be held at a future 
date. Father PAUL HOBAN will notify all ticket holders 
when it will be held . . . I want to thank the student nur- 
ses from St. Joseph's hospital for handing out free sand- 
wiches and hot coffee to the passengers as well as the 
drivers of the 19 buses stranded on Sheridan Road Thurs- 
day night, January 26, during the worst blizzard Chicago 
has ever seen, they were wonderful. I also want to thank 
the tenants of 3101 Sheridan who were so solicitous of 
the drivers and neighbors that they insisted on them 
staying all night in their warm and beautiful lobby. They 
served us breakfast the next morning and some of the 
women even took neighbor women who were strangers to 
their apartments to spend the night. This kind of treat- 
ment in this generation is certainly commendable. 

Thursday, January 26 was my 62nd birthday and also 
my last working day and I certainly will never forget that 
day and the wonderful and kind people that I met. May 
God bless them, one and all. With regrets I must an- 
nounce that this is my last column with Transit News as 
I have retired as of February 1. I enjoyed writing this 
column for five years and four months. During the 39 
years and four months of my transit career I have met a 
good many fine people, among them my fellow workers, 
including superintendents , instructors, supervisors, fel- 
low operators and workers in the mechanical shops and 
downtown in the general offices. I want to especially say 
thanks to my immediate workers, Superintendents GEO- 
Clerk ROGER WARD, and all the clerks and receivers 
that I have been in contact with at Limits. 


Hello, everyone. I will be your new scribe for the 
Transit News since George Clark took his pension as of 
February 1. I hope that I will be able to do as well as 
George has done in getting this column out monthly. I 
would appreciate the cooperation of all the men at Limits 
in giving me interesting news of themselves and their 
co-workers . . . Former superintendent HERMAN ERIC- 
SON and his dear wife are enjoying the beautiful sunshine 
and balmy weather down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 
After reading of the big snow in Chicago they are very 


happy to be where they are . . . Operator GOLDSTEIN, 
who took his pension several months ago, is also enjoy- 
ing himself down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He sends 
greetings to all of the men . . . JAMES ZINNINGER, 
and BOB PARNAM, our snow and salt crews did a tre- 
mendous job in opening the streets for bus and vehicular 
traffic. Good work men! . . CARMEN IACULLO is back 
on the active list after being off for several weeks due to 
illness . . . JOHN PAAKONEN is back to work again 
after undergoing surgery for hernia . . . Our sincerest 
sympathy to the families of B. KLINGENMAIN, EDWARD 
PERLSTEIN, and JAMES BURKE who passed away this 
past month . . . ART MAAS became a grandfather again 
when his son and daughter-in-law presented the family 
with a handsome baby boy. There are now three girls 
and one boy in the Maas family . . . The Communion 
breakfast will be held on March 19- See the notice which 
will be on the bulletin board or your board member for 
further details . . . The Limits Credit Union will be only 
too happy to help anyone who is in need of financial help, 
or why not open an account where your money is fully 
insured and a high dividend is declared annually. See 
any of the Limits Credit Union officers; they will be 
more than glad to serve you. 

- 15. S. gc*iOK 


December 7, 1966, was a memorable day in more 
ways than one for your reporter, MILDRED DOYLE. 
During her split she brought her little four year old 
grandson, DANNY, home from Little Company of Mary 
hospital and saw he was safe and happy at home. Then 
on Mildred's way back to work, only a block away from 
the 2 p.m. relief at Ridgeland and Lake, there was a 
crumpling of steel as another invaded her auto. West 
Suburban hospital was called for required repair to Mil- 
dred, not the car, and with the aid of four doctors, trac- 
tion, and some fractured roommates, Mildred went home 
after 13 days. Thirteen, however, wasn't exactly the 
magic number because right after Christmas she was 
back at West Suburban hospital in more traction. And a 
very quiet New Year's eve was hers. One thing led to 
another and now Mildred has a beige zipper where a gall 
bladder used to be. She is doing pretty well and hopes to 
be back very soon. While on the subject she wishes to 
thank her many, many friends who took time out to write 
notes, cards and the so many phone calls and visits which 
made the time and pain seem shorter. A special "thank 
you" to Agent ANN CINCINETTI and her husband for the 
ever so large and beautiful plant they sent to her. She 
MANG for the lovely cards and gifts. Everyone sure has 
been so nice through it all . . . Congratulations to Agent 
H. OLSEN and his wife who celebrated their 37th wedding 
anniversary in November . . . Let's hope for more and 
better news next month from your reporter, Mildred 
Doyle; I'm just another agent filling in for her. 

- 7KUt0ie<C "Doyle 


North Avenue Depot Federal Credit Union had its 29th 
annual meeting on January 1 3 at La Follette Park. Op- 
erator SAM KELLY gives us the following report: A four 
per cent dividend was voted by the board of directors. 
We had the largest attendance we've ever had at any an- 




nual meeting. Ten dollar door prize winners were Sup- 
erintendent FRANK BUETOW, who declined; P. SMITH, 
SON, and R. CORDOVA. Five dollar winners were TED 
TON, and PAT CARROLL. The big $50 winner was JOE 
LAZZARA Jr. Congratulations to all. Our visitors were 
THUR HALEK, RAY GRAY - financial secretary of Di- 
vision 241, J. LANG, E. STOBART, T. GALUS, D. MC 
FADDEN from Forest Glen C. U. , JOE NOLAN from 
Lawndale C.U., GEORGE MAY from Limits, E. LOUGH- 
RAN, ELMER RIEDEL from Keeler, B. BERTOLA from 
the Federal Credit Unions Examiners, and Pensioners 
MAN, and CHESTER NEUGEBAUER. The committee 
and officers thank Operator PETER MADIA for the loan 
of his P. A. system and for operating it . . . Night sup- 
erintendent WILLIAM MOSER and his wife, ESTHER, 
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on December 
27. They entertained 60 guests. They plan to go to the 
Abbey at Fontana, Wisconsin . . . Operator WILBERT 
ELLISON and his wife, LE BRASIA, celebrated their 
seventh wedding anniversary on December 19 . . . Pen- 
sioner FRANK BRAMAN became a great grandfather 
December 29 when SCOTT ALLAN GNADT was born in 
Elmhurst hospital. Frank is still counting all of his 
grandchildren. Operator VALENTINE KREISEL became 


a grandpa for the third time when MICHAEL CHARLES 
NADIA was born at Elmhurst hospital . . . Superinten- 
dent GEORGE MAY of Limits will visit North Avenue so 
that he and Superintendent FRANK BUETOW can cele- 
brate their birthdays together. George's is February 
28, Frank's is February 29. Cake and coffee will be 
served to the well-wishers . . . EDWIN AGUAYO Jr. , 
son of Operator ERWIN AGUAYO, finished his term in 
Viet Nam and is now stationed in Hawaii. His sister, 
IVETTE, flew there to meet him and will remain until he 
is mustered out. PHIL CAROLIN, nephew of Collector 
SYLVESTER CAROLIN, has been in Viet Nam's Binh 
Duong Province as a representative of the Agency for In- 
ternational Development. He works among the people in 
small villages and gets back in the States once every 
four months. His wife and family are planning to move 
to Manila to be closer to him. RONALD BEDOE, repair 
department, now in the U.S. Army, is stationed in Qui 
Nhon, South Viet Nam. His family made a recording for 
him at Christmas. When they went to make it, there was 
a representative from the news department of CBS-TV 
who photographed them and they appeared on the five- 
o'clock news . . . We received a card from Operator 
JIMMIE HARDY, now in the service of Uncle Sam. He 
is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He sends a 
"Hello" to his friends at North . . . We also received a 
card from Operator EMILE OUSLEYwho is training with 
the Army Reserves at Fort Benning, Georgia. I hope all 
of you remember to write to the boys in service. Mail 
means so much to them, it's their only connection with 
the home from which they are so far. A card or note 
doesn't take long and it does so much to cheer them . . . 


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Three of our men took pensions February 1. They are 
Operator LESLIE ROESER, who had 26 years of service; 
Assistant Day Foreman PATRICK HIGGINS, and Opera- 
tor DANIEL LYONS. We wish them good health and hap- 
piness and hope they will drop by and see us. Daniel's 
retirement makes HAROLD KING number one man now 
... We welcome new Operators THEODIS MC DONALD, 
sor CHARLIE LANGNER and his wife, STELLA, send 
greetings from Memphis, Tennessee. They are visiting 
with their daughter, JOYCE ANN, and her family and 
are doing some fishing . . . Operator AL SKONIE has 
been on the sick list. We wish him a speedy recovery 
... We thank GEORGE "Sinatra" KUENSTLE for his 
kind wishes to myself and the family, and I'm glad he 
enjoys the column. He wants to congratulate the men in 
the Repair Department for the good job they did keeping 
the buses going during the bad weather . . . Operator 
CHARLES LUEPKE lost his father, WALTER, January 
18. Supervisor H. MORAN lost his mother January 24. 
Pensioner CARL HALL passed away January 15. Pen- 
sioner JOSEPH KOHNKE departed this life January 15. 
We extend our sympathy to these families . . . We re- 
ceived a nice letter from Pensioner BILL ECHOLS. He 
is well and says "Hello" to the boys at North. 

To all operators from Station Superintendents, Dis- 
trict Superintendents, and Supervisors, Repair Foremen, 
and Supervisors: We wish to thank all the men from 
North Avenue Station for their splendid cooperation dur- 
ing the recent snowstorm. We thank them for their won- 
derful teamwork in helping each other during difficult 
times. They worked long hours under difficult condi- 
tions. Some were stranded with their buses. We thank 
the acting supervisors for trying to improve passenger 
service. We thank you all for a job well done . . . We 
received a nice letter from LESLIE L. ROESER who re- 
tired on February 1. He is planning on moving to Tuc- 
son, Arizona. He says that for the first time since 1893 
the name of Roeser will be missing from the CTA pay- 
roll and records. His father and three of his brothers 
were on the streetcars. JOHN was a Supervisor, ADAM 
and his father were at Lincoln Avenue Depot, and JO- 
SEPH was at North Avenue Depot. Joseph recently cele- 
brated his 91st birthday. Leslie's wife is already living 
at their new home. Leslie says he will not forget all the 
men he worked with and the friends he made, it was nice 
knowing all of them. We'll miss Leslie and we wish him 
success and happiness in the future. His address is 
R. R. 1, Box 518, Tucson, Arizona 85704 . . . Operator 
JOSEPH CHRISTY has been confined to Roosevelt Mem- 
orial hospital. We hope he is well on the road to recove- 
ry .. . Welcome to new Operators ARTHUR ALLEN, 
Best regards to all from Pensioner BARNEY CALLAHAN 
and his wife, JOSEPHINE, who fled Chicago February 5 
in a snowstorm, and are relaxing in Orlando, Florida. 
Barney says they've had plenty of rain but that is prefer- 
able to the snow he left behind . . . Pensioner WILLIAM 
CAVANAUGH passed away February 6. JOHN AMODEO 
of Shops passed away February 7. Supervisor WILLIAM 


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YOUNGLOVE lost his mother, JENNIE, February 15. 
WAYNE MATEJKA, repair department, lost his grand- 
mother. We extend our sympathy to their families . . . 
We wish all of you a jolly St. Patrick's Day, and may you 
and your families have a blessed Easter. 

- GUI "HUtd*** 


North Park's Annual Credit Union Meeting was held 
January 6 at River Park fieldhouse with a large crowd in 
attendance. The officers declared a dividend of four per 
cent on savings, and five per cent on rebates of loans. 
All members are urged to bring their books in so that 
they may be brought up to date. DALE PETERS and 
JOHN O'BRIEN were elected directors for three years 
while ED GOETTERT was re-elected to the credit com- 
mittee for a three-year term. Refreshments were ser- 
ved and 21 door prizes were won by the following: D. 
ers GILL, P. SULLIVAN, and J. VAN DEN EEDEN . . . 
Operator CASEY JOHNSON and his wife, EUNICE, held 
their annual Christmas party for the children of their 
block with Casey again serving as Santa Claus . . . Op- 
erator TONY SANSONE was presented with a young par- 
rot for Christmas by his future daughter-in-law and it is 
our hope that Mrs. SANSONE will receive a pair of ear 
plugs soon . . . Operator SAM POSNER and his wife, 
ETHEL, spent the New Year's weekend at the Flying 
Carpet motel. Among activities the Posners participa- 
ted in were a great New Year's Eve party, ice skating, 
swimming, steam baths, and massage treatments. Sup- 
ervisor JOHN ERICKSON and his wife, AGNES, hosted a 
New Year's Eve party in their Des Plaines home. Op- 
erator ROBERT WALTERS' wife, DORCUS, Operator 
ERNEST BUCHANAN and his wife, EDNA, were among 
many of the guests attending. Country and -western style 
music were the popular trend of the night . . . PAT DO- 
LAN, daughter of Operator JIM DOLAN, is teaching 
English to Spanish citizens at Goudy school where she is 
also a second grade teacher . . . RICHARD KACZAR, 
son of Operator JOHN KACZAR, was home for the holi- 
days on a furlough from Fort Houston, Texas. On re- 
turning, Richard was sent to Fort Hood, Texas, where 
he will serve with the medics . . . ROBERT SMITH III, 
grandson of Operator PAUL COOK, was inducted into the 
U.S. Army and is stationed atOakland, California, where 
he is taking his basic training . . . KATHY ZAHN, dau- 
ghter of Operator NICK ZAHN, finished third on the 
honor roll at St. Benedict's High school where she is a 
freshman. . . CHRISTINE CITRO, daughter of Operator 
JOE CITRO, was graduated from the National College of 
Education on December 16. Christine received her ba- 
chelor of education degree and now will be teaching in 
District #68 in Skokie, Illinois . . . STEVEN ALLEMAN, 
son of Operator CHARLES ALLEMAN, who is a member 
of the University of Illinois gymnastics team, suffered a 
broken leg during a practice session and will be idled for 
several weeks . . . BILL ERICKSON, son of Supervisor 
JOHN ERICKSON, broke his shoulder in a recent wrest- 
ling match at Maine High School West. Bill wrestles in 
the 147 lb. class and was undefeated up to the time of the 
injury. MARIANNE, daughter of JOHN, who is a student 
at St. Stephens High school, was chosen to be a cheer- 
leader for DePaul university basketball games and has 
appeared on television, Channel 32, twice in recent 




weeks . . . Operator TED KINDERMAN and his wife, 
MARGE, flew American Airlines to Silver Spring, Mary- 
land, to spend Christmas with their daughter, Mrs. 
PATRICIA GABBETT, and their granddaughter, MARGIE 
. . . PFC RON CONNOR, son of Operator JIM CONNOR, 
who is stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, with the U.S. 
Army was home on furlough for the holidays. Ron is 
going to school at Fort Gordon where he is studying elec- 
tronics . . . Operator BUTCH MIDDLESWORTH bowled 
in the Peterson Classic at Peterson's Lanes where he 
had an eight game series of 1402 . . . The Southern Club 
of Chicago held their annual fish and chicken dinner on 
January 25 at the American Legion Hall on W. Irving 
Park road. Proceeds of this affair are used for charity 
purposes. Operator ROY BOWLIN is president of the 
Club and Operator SHIRLEY MILLER is vice-president 
. . . Pensioner HAROLD VANGEN, who now resides in 
Walnut Creek, California, was a recent visitor in Chi- 
cago, and would like to say hello to his many Chicago 
friends . . . Pensioner HARVEY GEHMAN and his wife, 
INGEBORG, of Highlandville, Iowa, were visitors in 
Chicago during the holidays, visiting their children, 
HELEN, MARIE, and TED. Harvey showed up at North 
Park and was well received . . . Operator DAN MALO- 
NEY retired February 1 after 41 years of service. Dan, 
who operated a night bus on Western avenue and was a 
collector at Lane Tech High school, will be sorely miss- 
ed by his many passengers and boys from Lane. Dan 
has no plans for the future, other than to relax and take 
it easy . . . DEANNA , daughter of Operator GEORGE 
VOIGHT, was married on January 7 to JOHN KLUGE at 
St. Viator's church. A dinner for the immediate fami- 
lies was held at Di Leo's restaurant. The young couple 
honeymooned at the Abbey, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 
. . . Operator DON BENNETT and his wife, MARIE, va- 
cationed at Miami Beach, Florida, where they stayed at 
the Surfside Plaza Hotel. The Bennetts went deep sea 
fishing, catching two eight-pound kingfish. An airplane 
cruise of the Everglades with a stop at Cape Coral for 
dinner, with several stops at Danias to watch the Jai Ali 
games, were also on the agenda . . . Operator JIM Mc 
AULIFFE spent his vacation in St. Louis, Missouri, and 
reports that the girls in Chicago are still the finest. 

The CTA medical bus was at North Park during the 
month of January, with DOCTOR LYNN and Medical Ex- 
aminer AL GLUECKERT doing their usual excellent job 
. . . Operator JIM CONNOR and his wife, LORETTA, 
celebrated their 33rd anniversary January 5 by staying 
home and relaxing . . . Operator DAVE ARREGUIN and 
his wife, THERESA, celebrated their 10th anniversary 
January 2 6. The Arreguins attended the Little Flower 
dinner at the Conrad Hilton hotel January 28 for their big 
night . . . Operator ELI PES TINE and his wife, RUTH, 
celebrated their 33rd anniversary January 14. The Pes- 
tine's children, Mr. & Mrs. HARVEY PESTINE and Mr. 
and Mrs. MICHAEL MILSTEIN took the Pestines to All- 
gauer's restaurant for dinner, and then presented their 
folks with 8x10 framed pictures of their weddings . . . 
Pensioner JOE VAN DEN EEDEN and his wife, CLARA, 
celebrated their 40th anniversary on February 5. The 
Van Den Eedens dined at George Hessberger's restaurant 
with their children for the occasion . . . Operator JOHN 
BAXTER and his wife, MARCIA, celebrated their fifth 
anniversary February 10. The Baxters had dinner at the 
Blackhawk restaurant and then took in a movie . . . An- 
niversaries were also celebrated by Operator TOM RAO- 
MON and his wife, PHYLLIS, 15th, January 28; Opera- 
tor HENRY NEWMAN and his wife, LEONA, 35th, Feb- 
ruary 5; Operator MEL HORNING and his wife. VIOLET, 
29th. February 5, and Operator ROGER AYOTTE and 


his wife, HELEN, 8th, February 28 . . . HELEN MER- 
RY STIGLIC daughter of Superintendent of Instruction 
TOM and Mrs. STIGLIC, was married to BRIAND HAR- 
OLD MOISAND at Queen of Angels church. Following a 
reception and dance, the young couple left for theirhoney- 
moon at an undisclosed resort. The Moisands will live 
in Alexander, Virginia. Mr. Moisand works with the 
U. S. Army at the electronic research laboratory in 
Washington, D. C. . . Operator JIM HOLMES became a 
grandfather for the second time when his daughter Mrs. 
KATHLEEN ROUNDS, gave birth to a daughter named 
VALERIE ANN on December 13 at Fairview hospital in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota . . . Operator LARRY SHIELDS 
became a grandfather for the third time when his son, 
PETER, and his wife, CAROLE, became parents of a 
daughter named NANCY JOANNE, born December 20 at 
Elmhurst hospital. Our congratulations to the parents 
and grandparents . . . Happy birthdays are extended to 
NER, 1-year old, January 2, and Operator GORDON 
ACKERBERG, January 22 . . . Operator LOUIS BIEL- 
SKI has been hospitalized at Ravenswood hospital for a 
month at this writing, and at last reports is convalescing 
at home. Hurry back, Lou . . . Our sympathy and con- 
dolences are extended to Operator ULYSSES BROWN on 
the loss of his father, WILLIAM BROWN to Receiver 
MAURICE BUCKLEY on the loss of his father, JOHN 
BUCKLEY, and Operator FRANK WEISHAAR on the loss 
of his brother, Pensioner NORBERT WEISHAAR . . . 
Repairman ED CORDA began his pension January 1 after 
31 years of service. Ed and his wife have moved to Ten- 
nessee where they have bought some property and will 
now be living the life of contended hillbillies . . . Re- 
pairman HERMAN AMBROS has been promoted to ED 
CORDA' s bench job and is finding the job of filling Ed's 
shoes quite a task . . . Pensioners JIM FINNIGAN and 
MAX WALDOCK were recent visitors at North Park Gar- 
age and left many happy impressions around the place. . . 
The welcome mat at North Park Garage is extended to 
Bus Cleaner PATRICK DALY who recently started to 
work here . . . TERRY PLUTA has returned to work af- 
ter serving six months service in the U. S. Army re- 
serve . . . Day Clerk GEORGE BENSHISH has purchased 
a '67 Buick two door sports coupe Buick Electra. George 
is planning a trip in the near future to Arizona and Cali- 
fornia, so the Buick will soon get a good workout . . . 
Repairman JOHN MOUNT was inducted into the U. S. 
Army January 20 and is taking his basic training . . . 
Repairman GEORGE JONASON has been off sick for four 
weeks at this writing with bursitis and the garage force 
hopes to see him back soon . . . The sympathy of the 
garage and depot is extended to Repairman ALEX FRIT- 
ZLER on the loss of his brother, JACK FRITZLER, who 
passed away Christmas Day . . . Bus Dispatcher GEO- 
RGE SERRITELLA enjoyed his winter vacation by relax- 
ing around the house . 

Gentlemen: Your attention is called to the parking 
regulations that are in effect around the garage. The no 
parking areas are to be kept cleared for fire and police 
vehicles that may have to use the space in emergencies. 
The areas that have 7 p.m. limits are used to store bus- 
es and anyone not obeying the regulations will be disci- 
plined. A map of the parking area is posted on the bul- 
letin located on the board at'the P.M. bus dispatcher's 
lineup . . . Miss ALLYNE ALLEMAN, daughter of Op- 
erator and Mrs. CHARLES ALLEMAN, was married 
Saturday, February 25, to Mr. DANIEL GIBSON stepson 
of Operator and Mrs. GARRET FOY. The ceremony was 
held at the study of RABBI TARSHISH of Glencoe. The 
reception was held at the bride's home where open house 




was held for their many friends. Congratulations are 
extended to the newlyweds . . . The 1967 Festival of 
Leadership Scholarship Banquet which had to be post- 
poned, will be held Friday, May 5, at the Conrad Hilton 
hotel. Keep this new date in mind and make your plans 
accordingly ... A hearty thanks is extended to the op- 
erators, clerks, receivers, and garage personnel for the 
wonderful job everyone did in the recent record snow 
storm . . . Operator ED KURCZENSKI became a father 
for the sixth time when his wife, BEVERLY, gave birth 
to her first daughter, LAURA JEAN, on Saturday, Janu- 
ary 28. Ed is very grateful to Operator JOHN OLSZEW- 
SKI who picked Beverly and Ed up at 4 a.m. and drove 
them to the hospital where Beverly gave birth to Laura 
10 minutes after arriving. Big John says his Cadillac 
can get through any snow, as he was pressedinto service 
the rest of the day driving operators around to make re- 
liefs on buses that were stuck in various places. Opera- 
tor JIM KIRKWOOD became a father for the fourth time 
when his wife, MARY, gave birth to a son named JOHN 
JAMES, born February 12 at Wesley Memorial Hospital. 
Congratulations to the proud parents. 

- "JftetvtH "ytoiiKiKq 


LEE DE SUTTER is back on the job again after having 
been a surgical patient for a couple of months . . . The 
new man in "Specs" is GEORGE CHRISTOFIDIS, a stu- 
dent engineer. 

(South Division] 

Our sincere sympathy goes to A. W. EGGERT on the 
recent death of his brother . . . All good wishes for a 
speedy recovery go to FRANK RUND, TOM SKVARLA, 
and ED PIONTKOWSKI . . . Best wishes for a long and 
happy retirement go to Mr. and Mrs. EDWARD KLIE. 
Welcome to DAMON P. RILEY, our new stock clerk. 

- V. /W Sett 


JOHN BILLIS, traffic checker supervisor, became a 
grandfather for the first time. His daughter gave birth 
to a daughter, MICHELE MARIE. Congratulations grand- 
pa .. . GEORGE HANUS' son was promoted to captain 
. . . We welcome to the Schedule Department A. MICK- 
OVIC, J. LAZZARA, and J. DUDEK as new outside chec- 
kers . . . JAKE SUMNER is sporting a new 1967 Buick 
. . . BILL WORCESTER is now home from the hospital, 
we wish him a speedy recovery . . . Pensioners GER- 
TRUDE and JIM ANDERSON are enjoying the winter 
weather in sunny Florida. They have kept us informed 
with the many cards they have sent us . . .At our recent 
credit union meeting, JOHN URBAN walked off with the 
first prize . . . PETER DONOHUE and BOB LaVOIE also 
won prizes. It's a wonderful feeling having such lucky 
people among us . . . EDWARD BENNIS, son of JOHN 
BENNIS, has announced his engagement to JUDITH KA- 
WULA. Their wedding is planned for the near future . . . 
Traffic checker J. MAREK recently transferred to re- 
production services in the employe identification section 
. . . JOHN JOYCE, traffic checker, selected February 
1, 1967, for an early retirement. His career in transit 
started in the Transportation Department in 1925 where 
he was well known especially around the South Side. He 
was a traffic checker since 1963. Good health and a long 
time of pleasant leisure to you, John. Best recovery 
wishes are extended to EDWARD REILLY who is present - 

JOHN AMODEO, 79, West Shops, 

Emp. 11-20-17, Died 2-6-67 
DIDIMO BARBANTINI, 73, Way h. Struct. , 

Emp. 6-19-28, Died 1-14-67 
MARTIN J. BARR, 71, Archer 

Emp. 5-10-16, Died 2-4-67 
FRANK J. BASKE, 67, West Section, 

Emp. 8-17-21, Died 11-30-66 
OTTO J. BILDSTAN, 83, North Section, 

Emp. 1-17-21, Died 1-28-67 
JOHN BUCKLEY, 80, Limits, 

Emp. 2-15-08, Died 12-21-66 
HENRY H. BURT, 90, North Section, 

Emp. 2-22-02, Died 1-24-67 
FRED C. BUSS, 77, Lake, 

Emp. 8-3-18, Died 12-16-66 
WASHINGTON CARTER, 68, North Division, 

Emp. 9-29-30, Died 12-31-66 
MICHAEL F. CAVANAGH, 65, Congress, 

Emp. 5-8-25, Died 1-7-67 
SAMUEL B. COLLINGS, 72, Cottage Grove , 

Emp. 5-1-23, Died 12-26-66 

Emp. 3-9-44, Died 1-24-67 
MIYO CONDICH, 74, South Shops, 

Emp. 5-8-23, Died 12-10-66 
EDWARD J. COUTRE, 66, 39th & Halsted, 

Emp. 4-18-23, Died 12-1-66 
GEORGE W. CRIBBEN, 85, Lawndale, 

Emp. 7-20-07, Died 2-6-67 
JOSEPH B. CZARNECKI, 65, North Avenue, 

Emp. 5-8-24, Died 12-25-66 
THOMAS DALY, 86, South Section, 

Emp. 1-30-12, Died 1-6-67 
WILLIAM L. DE GROFF, 84, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-8-07, Died 1-23-67 
STEPHEN DEUTSCH, 80, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 8-27-25, Died 1-30-67 
JAMES S. DUFFY, 68, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-4-23, Died 12-12-66 
EDWARD DURKIN, 78, Kedzie, 

Emp. 12-31-25, Died 12-19-66 
PETER C. ECKERT, 73, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-2-20, Died 12-9-66 
PERRY G. ELBERSON, 81, Devon, 

Emp. 3-24-09, Died 1-18-67 
GERALD J. ENNIS, 91, Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-9-13, Died 12-30-66 
FRED J. FLEISCHER, 60, Wilson, 

Emp. 12-19-45, Died 1-6-67 
HARRY W. FREY, 64, Limits, 

Emp. 1-21-25, Died 1-10-67 
ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER, 71, West Section, 

Emp. 9-19-27, Died 12-18-66 
JOSEPH GENDUSO, 71, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 6-27-23, Died 12-9-66 
JOHN J. GILHOOLY, 64, Rapid Transit, 

Emp. 1-12-28, Died 2-14-67 

Emp. 5-4-15, Died 1-29-67 
CHARLES M. HAGER, 73, Cottage Grove , 

Emp. 7-30-23, Died 1-1-67 
JOSEPH HALEY, 66, Keeler, 

Emp. 6-31-47, Died 12-15-66 
CARLE. HALL, 55, West Section, 

Emp. 11-14-42, Died 1-14-67 





HENRY J. HAMMERSCHMIDT, 76, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-23-21, Died 2-8-67 
FRANK HANDZIK, 82, Kedzie, 

Emp. 5-8-09, Died 11-12-66 
CHARLES W. HAWKIN, 70, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-12-16, Died 1-3-67 
JAMES J. HAVEL, 62, 69th Street, 

Emp. 10-1-27, Died 1-19-67 
FRANK A. HEROLD, 77, Rapid Transit, 

Emp. 7-8-11, Died 1-18-67 
ELMER R. HITE, 74, Devon, 

Emp. 2-25-26, Died 1-19-67 
FRANK L. HUPP, 88, Executive, 

Emp. 9-1-02, Died 12-15-66 
JOHN KASPAR, 77, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 8-12-18, Died 1-12-67 
RICHARD C. KEEFER, 89, Burnside , 

Emp. 12-13-23, Died 1-2-67 
MARY B. KERWICK, 87, South Section, 

Emp. 5-12-33, Died 12-9-66 
ELMER P. KLOTZBUCHER, 49, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-23-43, Died 1-22-67 
JOSEPH S. KOHNKE, 90, Armitage, 

Emp. 4-30-13, Died 1-16-67 
ERNEST C. KRUSCHA, 79, North Avenue, 

Emp. 7-30-23, Died 2-6-67 
BENJAMIN LA BUY, 43, North Section, 

Emp. 8-1-60, Died 1-12-67 
VITO LAMONTO, 80, South Division, 

Emp. 8-23-28, Died 12-26-66 
HOWARD J. LANGDOC, 74, South Shops, 

Emp. 8-20-45, Died 12-15-66 
JOSEPH LASOWSKI, 86, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 12-12-22, Died 12-30-66 
JOHN A. MAGNUSON, 82, North Section, 

Emp. 2-21-12, Died 1-2-67 
WILLIAM MC ELLIGOTT, 79, Cottage Grove, 

Emp. 7-15-25, Died 12-21-66 
JOHN B. MC HALE, 87, Armitage, 

Emp. 8-6-14, Died 12-28-66 
JOSEPH MC MANUS, 68, Wilson, 

Emp. 12-17-36, Died 12-16-66 
RAYMOND MC MANUS, 76, 61st Street, 

Emp. 1-10-45, Died 12-20-66 
WILLARD E. MESCHER, 63, Wilson, 

Emp. 1-7-30, Died 2-3-67 
JOSEPH J. MIRABELLI, 54, West Section, 

Emp. 1-7-37, Died 2-5-67 
JAMES E. MOONEY, 77, Cottage Grove, 

Emp. 2-20-13, Died 12-30-66 
EDWARD W. MOORE, 88, South Shops, 

Emp. 1-7-20, Died 1-20-67 
DOMINICK MUSTACCIO, 81, 69th Street, 

Emp. 11-22-21, Died 12-18-66 
AUGUST F. NIMTZ, 82, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 9-22-05, Died 1-28-67 
WILLIAM OF FERMAN, 68, Lawrence, 

Emp. 1-22-20, Died 12-25-66 
JOHN L. OLIVER, 75, Blue Island, 

Emp. 10-12-23, Died 2-1-67 
THOMAS O'MALLEY, 84, North Section, 

Emp. 12-23-19, Died 12-19-66 
ARNOLD J. ORLICH, 60, Frog Shop, 

Emp. 1-3-44, Died 1-4-67 
KATHERINE ORTH, 88, Accounting, 

Emp. 10-4-10, Died 12-29-66 

WILLIAM H. PAUL, 74, North Section, 

Emp. 8-2-12, Died 12-16-66 
JOE PEARLSTEIN, 86, Lincoln, 

Emp. 2-22-08, Died 1-02-67 
CLARENCE PENCE, 46, Engineering, 

Emp. 8-17-45, Died 1-20-67 
FRANK B. PERRONE, 59, Keeler, 

Emp. 5-19-47, Died 12-12-66 
JAMES POCH, 86, Throop Street, 

Emp. 6-19-20, Died 1-12-67 
BERNARD J. REGAN, 66, Wilson, 

Emp. 3-15-26, Died 1-4-67 
MATTHEW REGAN, 73, Wilson, 

Emp. 8-9-24, Died 12-18-66 
MICHAEL J. RIETH, 75, Devon, 

Emp. 3-10-43, Died 12-24-66 
RICHARD ROBINSON, 85, Cottage Grove, 

Emp. 1-15-06, Died, 1-1-67 
PETER RUMSAS, 80, Lawndale, 

Emp. 1-3-19, Died 2-4-67 
ALFRED RUPPERT, 88, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 12-1-43, Died 1-5-67 
VINCENT RUSSO, 87, West Section, 

Emp. 5-22-22, Died 12-21-66 
RALPH RYSKAMP, 88, Burnside, 

Emp. 1-2-18, Died 12-30-66 
ARTHUR SAGOTZ, 74, Kedzie, 

Emp. 1-28-25, Died 1-18-67 
ELMER A. SCHIEBLE, 63, Claim, 

Emp. 8-4-34, Died 1-29-67 

Emp. 12-23-43, Died 1-27-67 
EUGINIO SCOLA, 74, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 3-21-27, Died 1-26-67 
JOHN SITKIEWICZ, 74, West Section, 

Emp. 2-1-11, Died 12-20-66 
HENRY B. SORENSEN, 73, District "B", 

Emp. 5-19-20. Died 1-10-67 
ROBERT STACK, 74, Kedzie, 

Emp. 5-24-13, Died 1-14-67 
HARRY A. STEVENSON, 68, Douglas Park, 

Emp. 5-25-23, Died 2-01-67 
THOMAS B. STEWART, 63, North Avenue, 

Emp. 1-30-34, Died 12-13-66 
MICHAEL SULLIVAN, 76, Lawndale, 

Emp. 5-21-09, Died 12-23-66 
GUSTAF T. SWANSTROM, 77, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-25-22, Died 1-24-67 
EDGAR G. TRIPP, 82, Logan Square, 

Emp. 1-17-08, Died 2-1-67 
ELLA C. UMBRICHT, 81, North Section, 

Emp. 11-25-47, Died 2-3-67 
FRANK VOLLTRAUER, 63, West Section, 

Emp. 1-16-42, Died 2-6-67 
FRANKS. WAJERSKI, 74, Armitage, 

Emp. 2-10-20, Died 12-12-66 
JOHN R. WATSON, 71, 69th Street, 

Emp. 7-7-21, Died 1-21-67 
CLAUDE WEIDNER, 81, Burnside, 

Emp. 10-14-19, Died 1-6-67 
NORBERT WEISHAAR, 65, District "C", 

Emp. 7-25-33, Died 12-22-66 
IRENE L. WHITLOCK, 75, West Section, 

Emp. 4-26-39, Died 1-6-67 
JOSEPH J. YORK, 66, North Avenue, 

Emp. 8-29-23, Died 12-13-66 




ly in St. Francis hospital . . . The sympathy of the de- 
partment is extended to JAKE SUMNER on the death of 
his father . . . JOHN KOLON, outside checker, was 
married during our recent big blizzard. Congratulations 
to the newly wed couple ... A Happy Easter to all! 


Still off ill at this writing is ANDREW HODOWANIC, 
machinist, JOHN HOLBAY, electrical worker, ALPH- 
ONSE SCHMITZ, upholsterer, JOHN ZDUNEK, uphol- 
sterer, and newly added to the list is JAMES WELTON, 
electrical worker. Get well soon, fellows . . . Our 
deepest sympathy to Mrs. HENRY HITTERMAN and fa- 
mily upon the death of her husband, HENRY (Heinie) 
HITTERMAN, retired truck shop foreman at Skokie 
Shops. Heinie retired in I960. . . Please, fellows, how 
about turning in some news so we can print it. Let us 
share your interesting experiences. 

- &wutt S- &*qt**d 


While writing this I'm looking out the window at our 
record-breaking 2 3-inch snowfall and just thinking that 
February and then March and Spring will not be far be- 
hind . . . The 30th annual meeting of the South Side "L" 
Credit Union was held on Sunday, January 22, in the 
afternoon at the Am Vets Hall, 88th and Vincennes, and 
everyone who attended had a swingin' good time. This 
was the first year it was held at the hall and everyone 
liked the place. It was so nice and cozy for a get-togeth- 
er. Free sandwiches and refreshments were served and 
you should have seen my darlin' , ROLAND, sporting his 
fancy gold vest, serving the refreshments. Congratula- 
tions to Conductor FRANK PONZIANO, who was elected 
assistant treasurer. Some of our pensioners attended: 
Retired Towerman LEONARD DeGROOT and his charm- 
ing wife, and Retired Agents LULU HAMANN and ROSE 
HEIDENBLUT. Lulu was on K. P. in the kitchen and our 
thanks to her for the help. It sure was a nice way to 
spend an afternoon . . . On the new system agents pick 
some of our agents transferred to the North and West 
Sections and we wish them luck: CECILE THOMAS, 
BERNICE SMITH, and IDA AARON, went to the West 
MOCK went to the North Section. Also welcome back to 
ANTOINETTE STIPATI who came back to work on the 
South Section again and welcome to JUNE KINARD, WIL- 
and MARTIN LANE . . . Loomis Street had a retire- 
ment party for Motorman PAUL BOETTCHER who went 
on Pension January 1. Paul had 49 years, five months, 
and 22 days of service and that sure takes in a lot of 
years. A token of remembrance was presented to him 
by his fellow employes and refreshments were served. 
Everyone wishes Paul many years of happiness on his 
retirement. He and his wife are going to stay in Chi- 
cago for awhile and then go down to St. Petersburg, Flo- 
rida, to see if they like it well enough to live down there 
. . . Back at their respective posts and off the sick list 
are: Agent WILLIAM SHEEHAN, and Trainmen WILLIAM 
ROSS and GERALD CAREY . . . Sunning themselves 
down in Florida are Retired Division 308 Board Member 
CHARLES BURNS and Retired Conductor THOMAS BEG- 


GAN. Doesn't that sound wonderful this time of the year 
. . . Our sincere condolences to Motorman FRED GRO- 
NEMEYER whose mother passed away recently, to Re- 
tired Agent LILLIAN RUSSELL on the loss of her sister, 
and to Retired Motorman PAUL BOETTCHER and Con- 
ductor ROY BOETTCHER on the loss of their brother 
. . . "Hello" to our new Agents: LILLIE POPE, ER- 
WEST, and LARRY TAYLOR. Also welcome to Porter 
ARTHUR WASHINGTON who transferred from the Shop 
Department . . . Another winter vacationer -was Super- 
visor DON MURPHY and his wife, GEN, who drove down 
to "deep in the heart of Texas" to Brownsville and then 
into Mexico. While in Mexico they did a lot of souvenier 
shopping. They saw quite a bit of the State of Texas 
while down there: The Alamo, Houston, Six Flags Over 
Texas (a Texas Disneyland), and they said they really 
enjoyed their Texas winter vacation. . . At this writing, 
Agent BETTY BUCKLEY who lives in Hawaii is in the 
hospital. She is doing fine and all our best wishes are 
sent to her for a speedy recovery . . . Retired Conduc- 
tor THOMAS DALY, and retired Agents DELIA MOR- 
LEY and MARY GRACE passed away recently . . . The 
Traveling ELMER PIPKORNS, retired towerman, were 
on the go again during the holidays. They stopped off at 
Reno, Nevada, and went to the famous Harold's Club and 
as Elmer said "he lost one of his shirts there. " Then to 
Sun Valley which they said was just beautiful and on to 
California where they spent Christmas . . . On the sick 
list at this writing are Conductor HAROLD THEDENS, 
and Porter JASPER ARNOLD. Our wishes to them for a 
quick recovery so they can get back to work real soon. . . 
Congratulations to Porter AUSBIE GILLESPIE on the 
newest addition to his family. This now makes nine chil- 
cren for the Gille spies. 

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After 30 years of service, CHARLES PERI, Howard 
Street, retired on February 1. Best wishes for good 
health and happiness are sent his way . . . Congratula- 
tions to PATRICIA and WILLIAM McHUGH, Wilson, on 
the new addition to their family. The little feather- 
weight, named MICHAEL SEAN, was born on January 10 
and stretched the tape all the way to 22 inches. Michael 
Sean's proud grandfather , ANTHONY D. McHUGH, also 
works for the CTA . . . Speaking of proud grandfathers, 
guess who has another grandson. EDDIE SHIELDS of 
Congress was presented with an early Christmas present 
in the form of a grandson named STEVEN EDWARD. 
Steven was born on December 14, 1966. Grandpa is sure 
he is going to be an All American by 1990 . . . All the 
boys at Howard Street extended warm greetings to two 
new car cleaners, CHARLES J. HARRINGTON and RO- 
GER E. TANG. Roger is following in the tracks of his 
grandfather, MATTHEW BUCHANAN, a car cleaner at 
Wilson . . . LARRY MONAHAN, while on furlough from 
the army, stopped in to say "hi" to the gang. On return 
Larry will be going to school in Washington with the 
compliments of Uncle Sam . . . CTA Post 1216 played 
Santa to some 100 children at their annual Christmas 
party. On hand to make sure that things were running 
smoothly were Santa's little elves, NICK SUERO, R. 




VESQUES. Also the JOHN CANNELLA family was rep- 
resented by his three nieces who, by the way, are trip- 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT FLOWERS, 
Lake Street, on the birth of their son, DANIEL JAMES. 
The little slugger was born on February 3 . . . Our 
deepest condolences to the family of G. TOSSI, former 
CTA repairman, who passed away . . . Sorry to hear 
that F. RIO and E. SHIELDS, Congress, are off on the 
sick list ... It is good to see RAY CATANESE of Con- 
gress back at work after undergoing ear surgery . . . 
On their way up the ladder of success are L. DAVEN- 
PORT and J. MORELLI, Congress, who are presently 
attending classes for instructors . . . Those who enjoyed 
a vacation shoveling snow were E. KARIOLICH, J. KO- 
IZZO . . . The grapevine has it that RALPH DANIEL- 
SON, Congress, is waiting for the spring thaw before he 
moves his car from in front of the shop unless he can 
talk his wife into shoveling out the driveway at home . . . 
You can always count on the Lake Street boys to keep in 
the swing of things with sports. Currently, DICK LORI- 
MER and BOBBY WRIGHT are giving ski instructions to 
lessons include free first aid ... A first birthday is 
usually a big celebration and that is what NATALIE ANN, 
granddaughter of RAYMOND BRZECZEK, Wilson, had 
for her birthday on March 4. 


JUNE R. VAN CAMP spent two weeks in the beautiful 
sunshine of Florida, where she visited both Fort Meyer 
and Miami Beach. While Chicago had its bad snowstorm 
June was swimming and enjoying the sunshine. To con- 
clude a wonderful vacation she took a boat trip to Nassau 
. . . The sympathy of the Transportation Department is 
extended to MARY ANN BOHAT and her family in the re- 
cent death of her husband, EDWARD B. BOHAT. Mass 
was said at St. Margaret Mary church on Tuesday, Feb- 
ruary 14 at 10 a.m. . . Welcome to SAMUEL T. KEL- 
LEY, our new information clerk. It's nice to have you 
with us . . . On January 26 a snowstorm hit the City of 
Chicago. It was a blizzard that crippled the city and its 
people. The streets had to be plowed, stalled autos, 
buses, and trucks had to be moved. People depended 
almost entirely on public transportation to get them to 
and from work. In order to keep the buses and elevated 
trains running many, many employes worked day and 
night, most of them getting little or no sleep. The em- 
ployes involved in this task are too numerous to mention, 
but all are deserving of a great deal of credit. To them 
we say thank you for a job well done. 


Now that the holidays are over, the first thought is 
when is the next day off. Motorman WALTER FITZ- 
GERALD came off the sick list for one day and then went 
are still sick but according to the last report are coming 
along a lot better. Clerk DAN DOYLE and his wife were 
both in the hospital and are now back to work. Agent 
LOUIS BECK is back in the hospital, so let's hope he 
gets back soon . . . With great sorrow I report the death 
of Switchman HOWARD PHILBERT. The greater sad- 
ness is that he was supposed to go on pension next month. 


Our deepest condolence to Motorman PETE NAUGHTON 
and his wife on the death of their four -month old daughter 
who died of a dreaded disease, leukemia. A great deal 
of blood was needed, so if anyone would like to donate 
some just contact Pete Naughton. Motorman R. PRO- 
VENZANO lost his brother on the fields of Viet Nam. 
We all extend our sympathies to his family . . . One of 
our nicest agents went on pension. You really want to 
know who it was? It is Agent CATHERINE COYNE, one 
of the cheeriest persons I have known working for the 
CTA. May she have all the happiness in the world . . . 
Conductor MEL PFIEFER was telling us how he bit his 
dogs ear when he misbehaved. So we all have noticed 
that lately Motorman SAL DITOMASO hasn't been barking 
anymore . . . Our Christmas party was a huge success 
and such brotherly love amid the personnel. The biggest 
smiles where on VOTJA and CRAWFORD'S faces with 
all the free food and coffee. They just couldn't stop eat- 
ing. It was a pleasure to see Superintendent EDWARD 
HEATTER come out and shake the men's hands and wish 
them a Merry Christmas. I don't remember anyone ever 
doing it before. A great thank you to Pensioner CARL 
FRANK and his wife for the lovely cake she baked for us 
. . . Conductor BARNEY ROLAND celebrated his 41st 
wedding anniversary. The way I heard it, he celebrated 
and celebrated and celebrated. All I can say is what a 
wonderful person Mrs. ROLAND is. See you next month. 

- SaxXo SiaUaxa 


Everything is "Rozie" at 69th these days because A. 
S. MROZYNSKI drew up a contract with Mr. Screen to 
stay a while longer. May we keep "Rozie" around until I 
get ready to bump him . . . MIKE LAVIN, who lost a 
leg 17 years ago while working 69th street, took his re- 
tirement in February. He had been working as a janitor 
. . . JOE HAGG comes around and checks up on the cre- 
dit union boys now and then. He looks real good . . . 
GALE HURSKA took his retirement and is probably tak- 
ing on all comers at pool and cards. May these fellas 
have many good years ahead of them. ROLIN JONES 
decided that insurance was a good deal and he went to 
work for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company . . . 
HARRY RONS, our relief clerk, had a very busy holiday 
season. Three days in a row he hit the sack after 4 a.m. 
and made it to work each day on time. What a man! . . 
C. E. STELL was all set to go to work when he died of a 
heart attack. He was found by one of our drivers. Our 
deepest sympathy to the family and that of C. BIRD on 
the loss of his mother-in-law. LARRY LARSON recov- 
ered from the beating he took when he was robbed while 
working a night bus on 63rd. I was strongarmed a few 
days before and know just how he feels. I do believe that 
the CTA and City police will find a way to put a stop to 
this sort of thing. In the meantime, fellows, be careful 
. . . JIMMY AHERN, my right hand man in the Repair 
Department, states that BRUNO FERET, the day fore- 
man, transferred to Keeler station. DENNY GRIFFIN 
and JIM McNULTY took their retirements as of January 
1. Both men put in many years with the old Surface 
Lines, too . . . Uncle Sam took JOE CARRANZA into 
his little old army. Lots of luck, fella . . . DAN LI- 
MERY has every right to be proud of his artistic talent. 
Some of his paintings are on display at the Union restau- 
rant. He also enters some of the better art exhibits. 
Keep it up, Dan . . . Don't forget this news depends on 
you, so let me hear from you fellas. 

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MAY 1 5 1967 

CTA's 1967 Clean-up, Paint-up Campaign Gets Underway 

AS PART of CTA's 1967 clean-UD camDaien. con- A contract for 12.000 gallons of preen rust in 

AS PART of CTA's 1967 clean-up campaign, con- 
tracts totaling $129,530 were awarded April 13 by- 
Chicago Transit Board for painting "L" structures. 
Another $32,760 was approved for the purchase of 
paint for the painting program. 

On the North-South and Ravenswood routes, the 
elevated structure between North - Sedgwick and 
Belmont - Sheffield will be painted including the 
Sedgwick, Armitage, Fullerton, Diversey, Welling- 
ton, and Belmont station steel. Contracts amount- 
ing to $88,450 were awarded to Midway Industrial 
Fire Proofing and Painting company, of 1718 E. 
79th street, for this work. 

On the Logan Square branch of the West-North- 
west route, the structure will be painted between 
Rockwell street and Fullerton avenue, including 
the station steel at California. On the Ravenswood 
route, the structure will also be painted between 
Clark-Roscoe and Lincoln-Patterson, including the 
station steel at Southport, Paulina, and Addison. 
A contract for $41, 080 for this work was let to G. 
B. Charnas company, of 10336 S. Western Avenue. 

The structural steel at all these locations is to 
be cleaned, spot primed with lead and finished with 
green structural rust inhibiting paint. 

A contract for 12,000 gallons of green rust in- 
hibiting paint was awarded to the Jordan Paint 
Manufacturing company, of 7250 Franklin, Forest 
Park, for $32,760. 

Additional work in CTA's 1967 clean-up pro- 
gram which is performed by CTA crews amounts 
to about $420,000 for labor and materials for the 

On the North-South route, stations have been 
painted at Bryn Mawr, Sheridan, Fullerton, Thorn- 
dale, Diversey, Addison, Wilson, Chicago, Indi- 
ana, 51st, and 55th. Stations scheduledfor painting 
this year are Howard, Argyle, Granville, Loyola, 
Morse, Jarvis, South boulevard, Stony Island, 
University, Dorchester, Cottage Grove, South 
Park, Cermak, 47th, 58th, and 6lst. 

On the Douglas branch stations at Kedzie, Cali- 
fornia, Western, and Polk will be painted, and on 
the Logan Square branch, stations at Logan Square, 
Damen, Western, and California were recently 

Also, the clean-up of CTA's over 100 off-street 
bus terminals was recently completed by CTA 




Number 3 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 

David E. Evans, Editor 

Robert D, Heinlein, Assistant Editor 

F. C, Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00, Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

South Shops Wins 

1966 Efficiency Award 

SELECTION OF CTA's South Shops as a winner of 
Fleet Owner Magazine's 1966 Maintenance Effi- 
ciency Award was announced recently following the 
magazine's annual conference held at the Drake 
hotel in Chicago. 

The award honored the "attainment of an out- 
standing level of maintenance performance at a 
cost consistent with demands of company, passen- 
ger, or customer service." 

Fleet Owner, a publication based in New York 
city, is the nation's leading business magazine ser- 
ving truck, bus, and automobile fleets. Judges in 
the competition included top representatives of na- 
tional automotive and transportation organizations. 

Displaying the banner and plaque award are, 
from left, L. G. Anderson, superintendent of Shops 
and Equipment, who accepted the award for CTA at 
the conference; J. J. Replinger, superintendent of 
surface system shops; J. W. Dain, superintendent 
of garages, surface, and E. E. Olmstead, assistant 
superintendent, surface system. 


Throng Attends Preview of New 77th Office Building 

MORE THAN 1,000 employes, their families, 
and neighborhood residents turned out on the 
evening of March 22 for an open house and 
preview of CTA's new transportation office 
building for 77th station of the surface system. 

It was a gala affair with souvenir transfers 
being distributed and refreshments being ser- 
ved to all present. 

Visitors had an opportunity to tour the 
building and see the activities of aCTA oper- 
ating station. Entertainment was provided by 
a musical group comprised of CTA bus oper- 
ators. Members of CTA Scout Explorer Post 
9607 displayed the one-quarter scale model 
CTA bus which they constructed under the 
guidance of CTA shops employes. 

The new air-conditioned building in CTA's 
South Side complex is located north of 79th 
street east of the main overhaul shops build- 
ing. Access to the new building is on 79th 
street at Wentworth avenue. The new facility 
replaces the out-dated transportation office 
building at 77th street and Vincennes avenue 
which was built in 1910. 

The 77th street station is the largest CTA 
operating station and the headquarters for 
about 882 men who operate buses on 14 South 
Side bus routes. 

Of ranch style design and costing about 
$500,000, the structure covers 12,000 square 
feet. In addition to the clerks', receivers' 
and operators' areas, offices are provided 
for the station superintendents, credit union, 
and training personnel. 

The building is constructed of white glazed 
brick and architectural glass panels. Interior 
walls are tile and floors are terrazzo. A 
colonnade walkway around the perimeter is a 
functional architectural feature that serves 
as both a weather - protected sidewalk and 
sunshade . 

Lighting is provided by fluorescent fixtures 
in the modular drop-in ceiling, supplemented 
by skylights over the concourse and opera- 
tors' area. 

CTA'S NEWEST operating facility, the transportation 
office building at 77th station, drew an overflow crowd 
for the preview and open house held on the evening of 
March 22. It was a crowd that liked what it saw as the 
guests toured the building and it provided some good 
candid camera shots for CTA photographers, as shown 
on this page. The pictures on the front cover were 
taken after the new building was placed in service. 

APRIL, 1967 

Student Named as Honorary 
CTA Manager for Youth Week 

A PETITE blond, Jan Thomme s , who attends Moth- 
er Guerin High school on the North Side, was 
named Junior General Manager of CTA for 1967 
during Chicago Youth Week. 

Sponsored by American Turners, the teen-ager 
was chosen for her participation and leadership in 
student activities. On March 31 she visited the 

CTA offices in the Merchandise Mart where she 
was greeted by General Manager T. B. O'Connor 
who explained departmental operations and posed 
for the accompanying picture as she occupied his 
office chair. 

Later she was escorted through various CTA 
offices and found the line supervisors train move- 
ment recorder tape an interesting installation. In 
the picture at the left she is comparing the schedule 
with the actual train movement as indicated by the 

Helpful Hints When Applying for Medicare Payments 

MISSING SIGNATURES and addresses are two fre- 
quent problems that Illinois Medical Service, offi- 
cial representatives for Medicare in Cook and other 
Northern Illinois counties, have run into in proces- 
sing doctor bill request for payment forms from 
medicare beneficiaries, according to socia 1 secur- 
ity district officials. 

Representatives of the carrier for medicare 
doctor bill payments in the Chicago area have re- 
ported that some beneficiaries have received re- 
payment for doctor bills later than was necessary 
because they forgot to sign their forms or to in- 
clude their address. 

The signature on the request for payment form 
authorizes the carrier to pay the claim, but must 
have the signature before the claim can be paid. 

A missing address presents even a bigger pro- 
blem. Without the address Illinois Medical Service 
doesn't know where to send the check, and the only 
way to get it is to write back to the doctors, who 
are sometimes reluctant to give out their patients' 

There are two ways to get payment for doctor 
bills under medicare and under the first method 
the doctor agrees to make the claim to the med- 
icare carrier. But when the other method is used, 
the beneficiary pays the doctor bill and sends the 
claim to the carrier. 

Beneficiaries sending in their own request for 
payment forms should be especially careful to give 
all information called for including their address, 
medicare identification number, and their signa- 
ture. Also, the beneficiary should either have his 
doctor complete the receipted bill before sending 
in his claim. 

Because Illinois Medical Service has reported 
some problems with claims from this area, it is 
suggested that beneficiaries making their first 
claim bring the forms and receipts to their social 
security office. By letting them check the request 
for payment forms before they are sent to the med- 
icare carrier, the beneficiary can be sure that his 
claim won't be delayed because some item has been 
left off. There are several Social Security offices 
in Chicago and suburbs. Visit the one nearest 
your home and this assistance will be provided. 


Preliminary Work Started on Two New Rapid Transit Routes 

WORK BEGAN March 27 on the construction of the 
Kennedy and Dan Ryan rapid transit lines when the 
installation of an electrical duct line began at the 
Irving Park-Pulaski station of the Kennedy route. 

About 450 feet of electrical duct line, consisting 
of 6,000 feet of conduit will be installed. The duct, 
containing 12 asbestos tubes sheathed in concrete 
with a manhole at each end where connections can 
be made will be buried two and one -half feet below 
ground level. It will contain cables for communi- 
cation, control and supervision of power, line su- 
pervision, and the most modern type of cab signal 
train control system. CTA forces are installing 
the duct line. 

Removal of excavations and delivery of material 
in connection with the work is being done from the 
reversible lanes in the expressway during the hours 
when these lanes are normally closed to vehicular 
traffic. The cost of the construction work is esti- 
mated to be $30, 000. 

At the same time, test soil borings were made 
along the Dan Ryan rapid transit route. The soil 
explorations are preparatory to construction of the 
station facilities. The testing operation began at 
the south terminal of the Dan Ryan line at 95th 

The total cost of constructing the rapid transit 
lines in the medians of the Kennedy and Dan Ryan 
expressways is estimated to be about $68, 800, 000, 
of which the Federal government is contributing 
$45,942,999. The City of Chicago will pay $22,- 
886, 000 of the cost from a $28, 000, 000 bond issue 
approved by voters on June 14, 1966. CTA will 
operate and maintain the rapid transit service. 

WITHIN DAYS after announcement 
was made in Washington, D.C., of 
the approval of a Federal grant pro- 
viding two-thirds of the cost of 
constructing the two expressway 
rapid transit routes, work was under 
way preparing the median strips for 
train operation. CTA crews are 
shown above installing an electrical 
duct line for the Kennedy route 
while City crews (at right) are taking 
soil borings at the site of a station 
on the Dan Ryan route. 

Engineers of the City of Chicago, Department of 
Public Works, and Chicago Transit Authority are 
applying new and modern techniques for expediting 
construction so that the two rapid transit lines will 
be in operation as soon as is possible. 

Retirement Committee Approves 367 Pension Applications in 1966 

were approved by the retirement committee during 
1966, according to a report for the year prepared 
by Secretary W. A. Ashley. 

That total included 209 applicants who had 
reached the normal retirement age of 65 years, 
109 who were in the age group of 58 through 64, 
and 49 disability retirements. 

Taking into account the 367 who were approved 
to become pensioners and the 400 who died during 
the year, a total of 5,428 retirees were drawing 
benefits at the end of the 1966 plan year. 

Employes contributed $4,449,755, and the CTA 
$8, 005, 670 during the year for a total of $12,455,- 

425. The committee approved payments totaling 
$8,972,622 covering allowances paid to retired 
employes, refunds to employes who terminated 
their services and to deceased employes' benefi- 
ciaries, and expenses of administration. 

The assets of the fund increased $5,189,807 
during the 1966 plan year, making total assets of 
$46,290,973, as of December 31, 1966, held by 
the Continental Illinois Bank and Trust Company, 
trustee for the plan. 

Individual Report of Earnings and Contribution 
cards showing each employe's credit to the Plan 
as of December 31, 1966, were distributed during 
the month of April. Employes should retain the 
report card as a permanent record. 

APRIL, 1967 



IT'S NOT so many weeks away now that members 
of the third annual CTA Employes Tour of Europe 
will be taking off for 22 unforgetable days of luxury 

The itinerary is planned especially for the CTA 
group, which includes employes, their families, 
and friends, and covers many of the cities and 
much of the picturesque rural areas of Northern 
Europe. The tour includes seven countries - Eng- 
land, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Nor- 
way, and France. 

NINE RAILROAD officials from India 
on a tour of fhe United States metro- 
politan areas were guests of CTA on 
April 24 and spent the day visiting the 
general offices in the Merchandise Mart. 

During their busy day, they were 
shown through the operations control 
center and the power supervisor's office, 
and their tour of the properties included 
riding the Skokie Swift, Lake, and 
North-South routes. 

Upon their arrival at the Mart offices 
they were greeted by (seated, front 
center) C. E. Keiser, operating manager, 
and CTA Board Chairman G. L. DeMent. 
The visitors are, standing, rear: M. L. 
Gupta, Calcutta; Prakash Narain, New 
Delhi; K. L. Manda, New Delhi; P. 
Singh, New Delhi; M. L. Gupta, Bombay; 
B. M. Notarojan, Madras. Seated, at 
table: G. L. Dhanijo, Bombay; C. D. 
Chatterjee, Belospur; V. B. Menon, 

COPENHAGEN, CAPITAL of the Danish Kingdom, is famous 
for its lovely parks and its elegant shopping streets. It is 
also the city of the famed Tivoli Gardens, the fabulous 
amusement park and recreation center. Another picturesque 
and historic landmark which attracts sightseeing tourists is 
the Stock Exchange (pictured above), the oldest in the world. 

Departure date is Sunday, July 23, 
back in Chicago on August 13. 

vdth arrival 

The trip will begin aboard a giant BOAC jet 
plane at O'Hare International Airport. Then a 
speedy overnight flight across the Atlantic to Lon- 
don. The stopover there will be for three days and 
two nights, allowing plenty of time to sightsee and 
stroll leisurely along the avenues and in the parks 
of this historic city. Leaving London by plane, the 
next city on the itinerary is Amsterdam, Holland, 
where the tour of the six nations in Northern Eur- 
ope will begin. 

A folder giving full details of the tour, the 
places you'll visit, the accomodations arranged 
for you, and just about everything you want to know 
about the trip is available. 

The complete cost for the whole tour, Chicago 
to Chicago, is $709. 00. This includes air trans- 
portation, ground transportation, hotels, all meals, 
hand baggage transfer, sightseeing tours by char- 
tered motor coach or private car, tour escorts, 
English speaking guides in all major cities, and 
tips and taxes . 

Because there are special arrangements to be 
made in advance, such as obtaining passports, visa 
and health documents, it is wise to complete these 
details as soon as possible. 

Only a limited number can be accomodated on 
the tour and reservations are now being accepted. 
For complete information and descriptive folder 
write Jane Mitchell, CTA, Room 734, Merchan- 
dise Mart. 


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Each year CTA employes are provided the opportunity to purchase U.S. Saving 
Bonds through the Payroll Savings Plan. This year there is a new incentive for every 
employe to participate and build greater security for himself and his family. 

Added to the Series E-bonds are U.S. Treasury Saving Notes, known as "Free- 
dom Shares", which will earn increased interest and offer other advantages to further 
strengthen your financial stability. 

The bond campaign for CTA employes will be held from May 17 to June 15. Dur- 
ing that period you will receive a pamphlet explaining what your purchase of U.S. Saving 
Bonds can mean to you and your country. 

If you are not now enrolled in the Payroll Saving Plan, I urge you to give your 
consideration to this easy, systematic method of saving for the future. For those who 
are already buying bonds regularly through payroll deductions, the issue of "Freedom 
Shares" opens a new avenue for saving with a purpose. 

It is encouraging to note that CTA was rated among 88 companies throughout the 
country which distinguished themselves for high level of participation during 1966. I 
know that we can maintain that record for this year. 

In buying bonds, you will be reaffirming your faith in our country and, 
same time, you will become shareholders in America's future. 

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T. B. O'Connor 
General Manager 

Fomw CTAet Wins 
Parachute Jumping Trophy 

PARACHUTE JUMPING may not appeal to those 
who prefer to remain on solid ground, but Robert 
Retzler, son of John Retzler, superintendent of 

buildings, Engineering Department, enjoys nothing 
more than floating down from the wild blue yonder 
and landing the 'chute right on a pre-determined 
target area. 

Bob worked for CTA as a member of a survey 
crew in the Engineering Department for three sum- 
mers when on vacation as a student at St. Mary's 
College, Winona, Minnesota. He presently is in 
Viet Nam as a specialist 5 with Headquarters Com- 
pany, 1st Battalion, 96th Field Artillery. 

Bob's interest in parachute jumping began when 
he joined the Sports Parachute Club of Lake Geneva 
some three years ago. Since then he has jumped 
326 times and completed them without a mishap. 
Soon after entering the service, he was assigned 
as a member of a team which met a West Point 
Cadets club when his unit was training with the 
Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In that com- 
petition he won the first prize individual accuracy 
award for perfection in landing his chute right on 
the target. 

In the accompanying photo Bob, at left, is re- 
ceiving the award plaque from an Army Major, who 
was an adviser to the team, while the director of 
the meet looks on. 

Suggestion Plan Awards Received by 21 Employes 

SEVEN EMPLOYES were each awarded $25.00 in 
suggestion plan money recently and 14 others re- 
ceived honorable mention certificates, according 
to a recent announcement by the Suggestion Com- 

All cash award winners became eligible for the 
$25. 00 category by submitting a second honorable 
mention entry which was accepted for consideration 
and possible adoption if it so merits. 

The seven who profited by their ideas were 
Donald Prendergast, R. T. Skokie; James Nagel, 
Engineering, West Shops', Don Scanlon, Edward 
Gertz, William Lyke, Joseph Pratl, Leroy Albers, 
all of S & E, South Shops. 

Thirteen others received Jewel Tea Company 
food certificates for submitting ideas which bene- 
fited CTA procedures or operations. They were 
Ann Gusich, G. O. Purchasing; Clyde Hays, S & E, 
Skokie, George Kuenstle, S & E, North Avenue; 
Walter Hallford, G. O. Engineering Department; 
Henry Keane, Engineering, West Shops; Robert 
Haas, R. T. West Side; John Siebert, Stores, South 
Division; Frank Powell, R. T. 6lst Street; Sam 
McCuller, Utility, Blue Island; Vincent Donahue, 
G. O. Research and Planning; JohnVidas, Stores, 
South Division; Mary Traxler, G. O. Claim, and 
Joseph Gorden, CTA Police. 

Through the middle of April this year, 548 sug- 
gestions have been received from employes. Keep 
your eye on the bulletin board at your working lo- 
cation for information as to the status of the idea 
you submitted. You may be among the winners. 

Peter Benjamin, Oldest CTA 
Pensioner, Dies at Age of 99 

CTA'S OLDEST pensioner, Peter Benjamin, a for- 
mer Chicago Surface Lines shop employe, died on 
April 17 at the age of 99 years. 

Mr. Benjamin, who retired on pension in Octo- 
ber, 1941, started as a transit worker on Febru- 
ary 28, 1907, in a powerhouse operated by the old 
Chicago City Railways. Later he became an arma- 
ture winder in the electrical shop at 77th and Vin- 
cennes . 

Born in Sussex, England, in 1868, he came to 
the United States when he was 17 years old. 

Surviving are a son, Henry E. ;a daughter, Mrs. 
Clara Allard; six grandchildren; 14 great-grand- 
children, and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held in the chapel at 
10001 S. Western avenue on April 19. Interment 
was at Cedar Park cemetery. 


HUBERT J. MORAN, (with reporter Bill Miedema): "Although we have a very good pension 
plan, I am investing in Government Bonds to offset any inflationary trend which may occur 
when I retire." 

QUESTION: For what future purpose are you investing regularly in 
U.S. Savings Bonds through the payroll deduction plan? 

GENE PETERSON, chief clerk 
(top left): "For the security of 
our good U.S.A. and future security 
for years ahead for the wife and I." 

AARON AMOS, operator: "I am 
investing in U. S. Savings Bonds 
in order to take a month's vacation 
in the South Sea Islands." 

LOCATION: North Avenue Station 



WAYNE MIEDEMA, bus cleaner 
(left): "Next year a very lucky 
girl is going to lead me to the 
altar and these bonds will make a 
very nice nest egg." 

JOSEPH GIUNTA, operator (right): 
"Future security is my main rea- 
son for investing in U. S. Savings 
Bonds. The convenience of a 
payroll deduction plan fits in well 
with our budget, also." 


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APRIL, 1967 

FRIENDS WHO come calling at the Northwest Side 
home of Paul J. Schreves, repairman at North Park 
garage, are treated to a musical melange the like 
of which they probably have never heard before. 

It all results from a unique home-made pipe or- 
gan which features not only conventional music but 
with an unusual miscellany of sounds which have 
been added by Paul in rebuilding the instrument. 

Intermingled with the standard organ tones are 
a xylophone, harp, drums, triangle, Chinese block, 
Castanet, sleigh bells, cymbal, fire bell, bird 
calls, auto horn, and siren, all operated from the 
organ keyboard. 

Paul started it all when he acquired an old Wur- 
litzer theatre pipe organ toy rack which he con- 
nected to an electronic organ. It is equipped with 
electric blowers which supply air to the instru- 
ment. Since it occupies considerable floor space, 
he has installed it in the basement. 

Considering that Paul brought all the parts home 
in bushel baskets, it was quite a job putting the 
pieces together. Some 250 wire connections went 
into the assembly of the toy rack and organ. The 
project occupied his spare time for five months. 
Paul believes it is the only organ of its kind in the 
Chicago area. 

Paul enjoys entertaining his friends with his 
one-man band and from all reports he puts on a 
good show for all comers. 

Repairman's Gift to Music- 
Home-Made Pipe Otgan 

Eight Complete S and E Training Program 

EIGHT EMPLOYES of the Shops and Equipment De- 
partment recently completed the Shops and Equip- 
ment Instructor Training Program and received 
graduation certificates. 

Sessions were held weekly for five weeks at the 
CTA Training Center at Limits Station. Included 
in the subjects covered during the program were 
public speaking, instruction theory, instruction 
techniques, letter report writing, and practice 

Class members have been assigned to the in- 
structor pool where they will be available to fill 
in as needed and when vacancies occur in this 

Members of the class and supervisory person- 
nel are, left to right, seated: William Lambert, 
Robert Kuntzendorf (graduate trainee), Joseph 
Sowizral, John Antonucci, Alan Zubor, and Jerry 
Morelli. Rear row: Anthony Porcaro, general 
foreman, rapid transit terminals; Anthony Fiorito, 
garage instructor; F. J. Cihek, supervisor of gar- 
age instructors; E . E. Olmstead, assistant super- 

intendent of Shops and Equipment, surface system; 
L. G. Anderson, superintendent of Shops and 
Equipment; Charles Kubal, and Richard Lorimer. 
Absent for the picture was Glen Brunson. 




IT IS said courtesy is a little thing, but it is an 
important adjunct to our business of providing pub- 
lic transportation. Our schedules are designed to 
meet the needs of our customers who pay the fares 
and are entitled to safe and efficient service. Our 
personnel must supply the courtesy and cultivate 
the good will of our riders, in other words not only 
sell our service but also sell ourselves as good 
representatives of CTA by our actions and atti- 
tudes. Letters of commendation such as these 
printed below reflect the appreciation of a job well 
done . 

Operator Elmer Knudson, badge No. 12987, 
North Park: "This man, without any doubt, is one 
of your finest operators and deserves a commen- 
dation. He is not only a gentleman but an excellent 
driver. He has command of the bus at all times 
and his manners are without blemish. Your young, 
less-experienced men could look to him as an ex- 
ample of what a "driver should be. " 

was a 'natural gentleman 1 and his courtesy and 
easy manner was extended to all on the bus. " 

Operators Edward Baines, badge No. 7610, 
Lawndale, and Leanear Scott, badge No. 13986, 
Kedzie: "Every once in a while I hear someone 
criticize CTA drivers and in most cases unjusti- 
fiably. However, this is in the form of a compli- 
ment for two of your operators. I had a chance to 
observe them at close hand when they drove bus 
loads of high school students to a basketball game 
at the International Amphitheatre. Both were gen- 
tlemanly, courteous, and understanding of young 
people. We convey to them our respects and 
thanks. " 

Operator C. R. Carr, badge No. 3794, Forest 
Glen: "I am in from a small farm town in Wiscon- 
sin and have recently moved to Chicago and have 
had the opportunity to use public transportation for 
the first time. I happened to get on one of your 

Operator E. C. Cox, badge No. 5587, Archer: 
"Today, when coming up the ramp at Congress- 
California to make connections with a southbound 
CTA bus, I noticed that a bus was waiting at the 
station for transfer passengers. When I boarded 
the bus, and it was raining at the time, I thanked 
the driver and he said simply 'I saw you coming, 
so I waited for a moment. ' It was important to me 
for his courtesy enabled me to be on time for my 
business appointment. " 

Operator J. D. Hudgins, badge No. 515, Keeler: 
"My hat is off to the operator driving bus No. 8505 
on the Diversey-Harlem run. He is a gentleman. 
He stopped to pick up a young woman whose legs 
obviously were so crippled she could not walk 
without the aid of two special crutches. Your 
operator got off, lifted her into the bus, then saw 
that she had a seat before he proceeded. When he 
reached her stop, he lifted her off the bus and 
made sure that she was safely on the sidewalk 
before continuing on his run. His act of kindness 
was heart-warming to see. " 

Operator Chester C. Jones, badge No. 2304, 
52nd: "My wife and I brought our two young child- 
ren to Chicago for the first time and after one day 
of using taxis decided to try the bus system. We 
were pleasantly surprised by the friendly and help- 
fulness of the drivers and I thought you would like 
to know our views. From the time we boarded the 
first bus going to the Science Museum we were 
impressed with the friendliness of the drivers. 
The driver who brought us back from the museum 

buses and want to commend the driver for his as- 
sitance. With the aid of a street map he showed 
the fastest way to get to my destination. He was 
very helpful and courteous, called the street at 
which I was to get off to transfer, and told me at 
which corner to stand to wait for my next bus. I 
certainly want to commend the CTA for excellent 
drivers like No. 3794. I now intend to use public 
transportation as often as possible. " 

Operator George Steptoe, Badge No. 4809, 52nd: 
"I recently rode on a Jeffery bus and the operator 
impressed me as a man of unusual courtesy. He 
treated everyone getting off and on the bus as if 
they were visiting his home. When someone put 
their fare into the coin box he always said 'Thanks' 
and as you got off the bus he bids you with a plea- 
sant 'I hope you have a nice day. ' Please tell him 
that I for one appreciate this friendly personal 
service. " 

APRIL, 1967 



By Dr. George H. Irwin 
CTA Medical Consultant 


LAST MONTH I read an article in "Today's Health" 
(American Medical Association Magazine) by Ho- 
ward Earl. The information and statistics about 
head injuries were so interesting and shocking to 
me that I thought the readers of CTA Transit News 
would like to know something more about such 
injuries . 

Last year the National Safety Council reported 
that there were 2, 100,000 disabling work injuries 
and 190, 000 of them were injuries to the head. Of 
the total disabiling work injuries, about 14,100 
were fatal and 85, 000 resulted in some permanent 

Play as well as work causes numerous head 
hazards. This is especially true of football, but 
they can also occur in any sport such as baseball, 
hockey, swimming, boxing, golf, and other athletic 

It is surprising to read that the Automotive 
Crash Injury Research at Cornell University re- 
ports that head injuries occur in 72 per cent of all 
auto accidents. Furthermore, they report that in 
the last year that there were 1,800,000 disabling 
auto injuries and 49,000 motor vehicle deaths. 
Also deaths due to motorcycles, motor-scooters, 
and motorbikes are increasing each year. 

Since 1931 there has been an average of 17 
deaths a year due to football accidents and the 
great majority of these were head injuries. More- 
over, approximately 200 boxers have been killed 
by opponents since World War II. It is difficult to 
realize how common fatal head injuries are until 
you stop to analyze them. 

There is scarcely any sport, amateur, semi- 
pro or professional, in which head injuries are not 
the most frequent result of an accident or mishap. 
Little leaguers and kids in scrub football are no 
exception. Thrown bats and pitched balls can in- 
jure those on the baseball diamond. 

The following description by Howard Earl illus- 
trates and dramatizes a very common type of acci- 
dent in our everyday life in most any town or city 
in the U.S.A. 

"The ambulance, its siren reduced to a whisper, 
pulls up at the hospital emergency entrance. Dou- 
ble doors open and a stretcher bearing a patient 
with blood-smeared face is wheeled into the admit- 
ting room by two hurrying policemen. 

"The nurses direct them into the proper room 
and signal for the emergency doctor, resident, and 
intern. Quickly the doctor starts his examination 
to see that nothing is blocking the patient's airways 
so that breathing is normal. 

" 'What is your name? ' the surgeon asks. 'What 
is your address? ' There is no reply. 

"The policemen report that they found the vic- 
tim unconscious at the scene of the accident. His 
car had crashed into a cement abutment. The ser- 
iousness of the situation is quickly recognized and 
the neurosurgeon is summoned. Special tests and 
examinations are made to properly evaluate the 
patient's condition. Not all head injuries, includ- 
ing skull fractures, are serious. It is when there 
is brain damage that we have reason for alarm. " 

The symptoms of head injuries vary with the 
severity. Minor cases may pass unnoticed, except 
possibly for a slight headache. In severe cases 
the patient may be rendered unconscious immed- 
iately. A deceptive thing about head injuries is 
that the symptoms may be delayed a day or two. 
This is explained by the fact that bleeding inside 
the skull may be slow in developing. Then sud- 
denly the pressure within the skull may cause 
headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, paralysis, 
and loss of consciousness. 

Treatment may be mentioned briefly as preven- 
tative and active. 

The preventative part of treatment includes all 
the known safety measures. For example, use of 
safety belts in autos and safety latches on the 
doors. Another example of prevention against 
head injuries is the helmet worn by football, base- 
ball players, and motorbike riders. 

A few general principles laymen should know 
are: 1. Consider anyone found unconscious to 
have a possible head injury. 2. Call a physician 
immediately. 3. Keep the victim lying down. It 
is better to keep him lying on his side so that the 
tongue doesn't fall back in the air passages. 4. 
Keep victim warm. 5. Use just enough pressure 
and sterile dressing to control bleeding. 6. Don't 
move an individual with skull fracture without ex- 
pert help. 

All skull fractures should be treated in the hos- 
pital where constant expert care, modern tests, 
and equipment are available. 






ACCOUNTING (General) - 

We extend our sympathy to OTTO STACK, formerly 
of Accounts Payable, whose wife, ELLA, passed away 
March 17 after an extended illness. Otto looks remark- 
ably well and does not appear a day older than when he 
left the company 10 years ago. . . The Easter bunny ar- 
rived in a new green and white station wagon at the HAV- 
LIK's, RUTH and MARIE, which he left as an Easter 
present ... A. J. FITZSIMONS, general accountant, 
and his wife are leaving the cares and worries of a long 
cold winter behind them and are going via jet to the West 
Coast and the almost perfect climate of Southern Cali- 
fornia. They are going to Los Angeles and follow the 
coast line of the blue Pacific to San Diego and vicinity 
where the Fitzsimons will visit friends, bask in the sun- 
shine, and enjoy their well-earned vacation . . . BAR- 
NEY KANE, General, has recuperated nicely after sur- 
gery and is back to work after a brief stay in the hospi- 

- TKaiie T>»tt6<ut 

(Payroll) - 

The happiest grandmother in the world is DORIS 
YOST. Her daughter and son-in-law flew home for a 
visit and it was the first time she saw her grandson who 
was born in a base hospital in Japan last year. If only 
the baby could talk - but then, don't all "grammas" have 
a loveable language of their own and the babies know just 
what they are saying with a few smoochs added in for fla- 
vor . . . LORRAINE BUEHLER is doing quite well with 
her cast on her ankle and tells us it won't be too long 
until she is back at work . . . Welcome to BILL SHOL- 
DICE who transferred to Payroll from Treasury. 

-£cU&t Ttewiautei 

(Revenue) - 

JOE KLEIN became a grandfather for the sixth time 
when ROBERT ANDREW KLEIN was born January 6, at 
Swedish Covenant hospital . . . CLOTILDE MRZENA, 
key punch operator, with PAT POLIC, BARBARA KOS- 
CIENSKI, and MARY CARNEY, from other sections of 
Accounting, went to Powder Horn, Michigan, on a week- 
end ski trip. There may have been a little broken pride 
and dignity, but nevertheless, all came back intact . . . 
Yours truly finally had a dream come true--a vacation 
skiing in Aspen, Colorado. The chairlift ride in itself is 
a sight to behold, as you go up beyond 11,000 feet. You 
could see mile after mile of trees and mountains covered 
with the fresh snow which had fallen the night before. 
This was my first taste of powdered snow (-which covers 
your skis). Luckily I never found it too deep in powder- 
ed snow because skiing in powder is a completely dif- 
ferent style . . . The welcome mat is extended once 
again to the following: DAN MERSHON, MIKE HOFF- 

(Material & Supply) - 

Now that LYDIA HAEMKER has returned to Chicago, 
she longs for the relaxing but fun-filled days spent at the 

Fontainebleau in Florida. She also enjoyed an exciting 
weekend trip on the Bahama Star, to Nassau where there 
was more fun and festivities. 

- (flana ^.aamcHce 


We are glad to say goodby to "The Big Snow" and to 
look forward to spring . . . We wish to thank all the won- 
derful people who were so kind to our bus drivers when 
they were snowed in on their runs for many hours. Faith 
in human nature was restored when people brought food, 
hot coffee, and blankets and even offered the warmth and 
hospitality of their homes when we became ill from the 
cold and snow ... We salute Clerk DON KARL for the 
work he did on the bill which would make it a mandatory 
jail term for an assault on a bus driver or a passenger. 
Senator JOHN LANIGAN recently presented this bill at 
Springfield . . . We will miss our old buddy JACK "Nite 
Car" FALSEY, who has taken his pension. Jack made 
our day seem brighter with his wonderful stories and 
sense of humor . . . Good luck also to H. BRADSHAW 
and we hope he will enjoy his pension for many years to 
come . . . We express our sympathy to the following: 
Operator JOHN SMITH in the loss of his mother; Opera- 
tor RAY HAMMERSCHMIDT, whose father, HENRY 
HAMMERSCHMIDT of 77th street, passed away; the fa- 
milies of Pensioner ALLBRANDT, and Operator GEO- 
RGE MAY, who died suddenly. We will miss our union 
steward, EARL TIBBITTS, -who is one of the best union 
leaders we have ever had. We wish good luck to Opera- 
tor JOHN KING who is our new union steward and we 
know he will represent Beverly to the full extent of his 
ability . . . Operator ROBERT CANTOR is the proud 
father of a baby girl by the name of STACIE. Thanks for 
the cigars, Bob. 

- 7a«* 'Danieli 

CONGRESS (Agents) - 

The Little Flower Communion breakfast was a big 
success. There were many new and impressed faces 
and we hope they will come again . . . Douglas Conductor 
ELTON SMILEY and his wife, CARMELLA, were happy 
to welcome a new member to the family circle. Their 
son, RICHARD, and attractive LINDA PAGE were mar- 
ried on February 16. A reception for the family and 
relatives was held in Oak Lawn . . . Our heartfelt sym- 
pathy to the family of Retired Motorman EDWARD WAR- 
KOCKI who passed away February 2. Services were 
held at the St. Anthony church . . . Our condolences to 
Motormen MORRIS' family on the loss of their beloved 
father who passed away in Panama on March 6 and also 
to the family of retired motorman SCHEFFERS who also 
passed away in March . . . Agent LAWRENCE FRICOT 
is on the sick list. We understand he is much improved, 
but it will be some time before he will be back. Good 
luck, Larry. . . Student Agent THOMAS STEVENS cele- 
brated his birthday with his brothers and sisters. His 
grandmother, former Agent MOLLY SHIELDS made the 
birthday cake . . . Agent STANLEY SLOWIAK celebrated 
his birthday while on vacation . . . Agent OPEL YORK 
and her husband, FENTON, celebrated their 27th anni- 

APRIL, 1967 



versary decorating their new home. Moving is always 
an unpleasant chore but it was one they were happy to do 
. . . Agent MARTIN BEGLEY and ZETTA PRAUL re- 
tired. We wish them many happy years ... A pension 
party was held at 54th for Conductor FRANK PRAZAK. 
Everybody who attended had a good time . . . Conductor 
IRVIN BRIM and his wife, LILLIAN, celebrated their 
33rd wedding anniversary on March 24 with their son, 
GERALD, and his wife and their five children. The 
younger of the grandchildren are four-month old identical 
twins. Gerald Brim is a successful young architect. . . 
We were so sorry to hear retired Agent ANN DOWLING 
was in the hospital for the Easter holidays because she 
fell and injured herself . . . Douglas Motorman JOHN 
McNALLY and his wife, PENITA, became the proud par- 
ents of a baby boy who was born on Good Friday, March 
24, at St. Anthony hospital. The baby was named KEN- 
NETH PATRICK and he has two brothers, DENNIS and 
JOHN, and a sister, CATHERINE . . . JAN MICHAEL 
VARGO, a major in Geology and Oceanography, was re- 
cently placed on the Dean's list of high scholastic aver- 
ages. Scuba diving is part of the curriculum and one 
which Jan enjoys tremendously. His father is JOSEPH 
VARGO, a Loop towerman. As a special treat after the 
arduous task of moving Joe and his wife, JEAN, made a 
trip to central Minnesota for a visit with Joe's sister but 
while enroute they stopped long enough to see part of the 
annual ice carnival in St. Paul. 


We are still keeping an eye on the plans being made 
for the wedding in July. It seems that JIM ROCHE and 
JEAN TALUZEK are making good progress. Keep up 
the good work . . . JIM JEOFFREY and his wife spent a 
pleasant vacation at the Abbey, Lake Geneva . . . FLO- 
RENCE JANCZURA is to attend a two-day seminar on 
filing procedures soon . . . JEAN HENSEN announced 
the arrival of a baby boy. Congratulations! . . BARBA- 
RA SHEER, formerly of Stenographic, and daughter of 
ANNETTE HEFTER of Research and Planning, announ- 
ced the arrival of a daughter born March 20 named RO- 
BIN MICHELLE. Mother and daughter are doing fine. 
Her son, IRWIN, age 6, and daughter , MARCI, 3-1/2, 
welcome their new baby sister. 

(West Shops] • 

Our Electrician, JOE CHRISTOI, just became a 
grandfather for the sixth time. MICHAEL ANTHONY 
was born February 28 at 2:20 a.m. Congratulations! . . 
JIMMY RIGNEY has been passing out cigars since he be- 
came a daddy for the second time. Little DAVID MI- 
CHAEL was born March 18. Wedding bells will soon be 
ringing for our Track Foreman, TOMMY STAUNTON, 
it's a secret, but the date's October 7. We'd like to ex- 
tend our sympathy to the MILOS family on the death of 
STEVE MILOS who passed away March 19. 

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Hawaii called and vacationing ROY KUTCHINS res- 
ponded. We received a card and he is really having a 
ball . . . The 21st Electrical Retirement Dinner will be 
held on April 27at Harrington's, 2529 Milwaukee avenue. 
The committee members are hard at work planning for 
a very special evening. The committee members are R. 


FERGUSON, M. COOK, and B. JAUMAN. Honored Gues- 
TERS, and CARL W. WOLF. For tickets contact either 
Mr. Coyne, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. Mallotke, 
or Mr. Anderson. So for an enjoyable evening meeting 
old friends and partaking of good food, make April 27 a 
red letter day on your calendar. 

GENERAL OFFICE (Employment) - 

New employes welcomed to CTA are JEAN DAYTON 
and VALERIE LYNN HOEPPNER. Valerie is the daugh- 
ter of Instructor HOWARD HOEPPNER stationed at Lim- 
its. DOROTHY COUGHLIN and her husband enjoyed a 
vacation at Naples, Florida. 

(Public Information] - 

Mrs. CAROLYNN STOl.TZ, daughter of T.J. O'CON- 
NOR, operator at Lawndale Station, was welcomed to 
Employe Suggestions. 

(Training & Accident Prevention) - 

BILL ZAZULA transferred to Internal Auditing and 
was replaced by WALTER LOVELESS of the Schedule 
Department. MARGE CONWAY enjoyed skiing recently 
at Indian Head Ski Lodge in Michigan. BRUCE POPE 
was welcomed to the Accident Statistical Section. Bruce 
transferred from Claim and now fills the accident clerk 
job vacated by BOB AVRAM. JOE O'SULLIVAN, his 
wife, HELEN, and two sons, MARTIN and JOHN, enjoyed 
the Easter vacation with a flight to Phoenix, Arizona; 
Mexico, and Las Vegas, Nevada. 

(Insurance) - 

ANN GOLDING recently attended the legislative din- 
ner held in Springfield, Illinois, honoring the Legislators 
of the General Assembly as well as the winners in the 
"Voice of Democracy" contest which was open to all high 
school students and sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign 
Wars. The students' presentations were taped and Ann 
said that listening to the thoughts expressed by these 
youngsters was most inspiring. 

(Equipment Research & Development) - 

TOM LYONS and his family drove to Washington, 
D. C. , where they went sightseeing and had a real nice 
time on their vacation. 

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Hi, fellows! . . If you missed my journalistic effort 
last month, well I was one of the last fellows to be dug 
out of a snow bank. However, now that spring has spr- 
ung, the sap has started to rise, and that glazed look in 
the eyes of every fisherman has sent many wives into a 
state of panic. Some portions of the ensuing news will be 
understandably a wee bit outdated, but better late than 
never . . . Operator GORDON TAYLOR's son, RONNIE, 
was wounded in Viet Nam and was hospitalized in Japan. 
Ronnie would appreciate mail from you fellows and it 
would make papa very happy, too . . . Station Supervisor 
JIM HENDERSON and the missus celebrated their 21st 
anniversary February 3. Our belated best wishes to a 
real grand couple . . . The bad weather didn't prevent 
Mr. Stork from making his deliveries—waiting breath- 




lessly for his arrival on the sixth of February were Op- 
erator CARRIDINE and wife, MARIANN, parents of little 
CYNTHIA MICHELLE . . . Operator W. KOHLER was 
visiting with his wife, JENNIFER ANN, at Presbyterian- 
St. Lukes hospital on February 9 when at about 7:56 p.m. 
they were paged to come to the maternity ward and take 
receipt of a 6-pound bundle addressed to them. The 
bundle? Cutie JUDY ANN KOHLER . . . Birthday greet- 
ings to Operator BARRON, March 1; Car Cleaner WIL- 
LIE B. NAUDEN, March 20, Operator PHILLIP SMITH'S 
wife, THERESA, March 25. Oh yes, I'll still accept 
presents for my birthday February 1. Operator DU- 
QUENE took his son, DENNIS, out on the town March 10 
to celebrate DENNIS' first birthday. A right springy 
happy birthday to Operator J. VALTIERRA, April 4. . . 
The bells are ringing for me and my gal; said tune is 
dedicated to Operator ANDY SEGAR and his wife, MARY, 
February 15 was their 20th anniversary . . . Happy an- 
niversary to Operator BENNETT and the missus. Also 
to Clerk JOHN DAVIS and his wife, ANITA, 20 years on 
March 21 . . . Planting seeds of happiness for the third 
year, March 28, was Operator GARDENER and his pretty 
flower of a wife, MARION . . . Would you believe that 
your scribe and his missus will celebrate 29 years of 
matrimonial combatibility--.-and I have the scar to prove 
it. I'm only kidding, VIRGIL, I love you still . . . Op- 
erator SALVADOR PERCE was one of the graduates of 
the surface supervisor training program. The class of 
'67 received their beautiful certificates February 28. 
Rumor has it that Perce paid $50 just for a frame for his 
certificate . . . We are all indeed saddened by the loss 
of Supervisor HAAK. Let it be known that he was well 
liked by all who knew him . . . Our sincere st best wish- 
es for a speedy and complete recovery to Operator AN- 
DERSON . . . With Easter ushering in the spring season 
the emphasis is on the rebirth of mother nature; on the 
fresh start, here are a few tips I hope you may find 
worth remembering. When angered, consider: 1. He 
is a fellow human subject to err and could be right, or 
wrong, just as you might be. 2. He is entitled to his 
opinion, which he believes to be the right one, just as 
you believe likewise. 3. Every single word you utter 
sarcastically or controversially is so much fuel to the 
fire. A fire dies without fuel. 4. Who might he really 
be--a spotter, an unidentified dignitary, or just a good 
customer without whose patronage there would be no job 
for you. All in all, why bug yourself, for in a matter of 
minutes he'll be gone on his wayand if you're both lucky, 
you may never see each other again. 

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Congratulations to Operator REYNOLDS and Mrs. 
REYNOLDS on their 20th wedding anniversary on April 
18, also to Operator JAMES W. RICHARDSON and Mrs. 
RICHARDSON on their 35th wedding anniversary on 
March 2. God bless both happy couples, and many more 
years of happiness . . . While making out this month's 
issue Superintendent E. PETERSON went through sur- 
gery at the Northwest hospital. He is at home now re- 
cuperating. Operator JAMES RICHARDSONis inthe hos- 
pital under observation, he'll be going thru a series of 
tests to determine what is -wrong "with him. To you men 
we all send get well wishes. Back to work after being 
off sick for seven weeks is Operator TONY CHEVRICK. 
Welcome back, Tony . . . Our deepest sympathy to the 
family and friends of Retired Operator TED NOOR, who 
passed away March 20. 


JERRY PROCHASKA forgot to lock his car one day 
and some guy sat in there and punched all his transfers 
--it looked like confetti . . . We had another round of 
free coffee on March 16 for having the most commenda- 
tions, it came in appreciation from CTA and Lawndale 
Depot Federal Credit Union donated the rolls. STANLEY 
HYERCZYK had to get a special requisition for more 
rolls, as he was cut off by janitor EDDIE. And talking 
about our Credit Union, we had our annual meeting on 
Saturday, March 18, in the Lawndale Assembly Hall, 
with a lot of good things to eat. Prizes were a tape re- 
corder, a transistor radio, a Sunbeam tooth brush set, 
and 30 $5.00 bills. Everyone had a good time . . . And 
on Sunday, March 19, the semi-annual communion break- 
fast was held by The Little Flower Society at 64th and 
Woodlawn, a good turnout was there and 18 door prizes 
were given away. Lawndale took first prize of a beauti- 
ful "Infant of Prague" statue in full garb and gold crown, 
the lucky recipient was Mrs. JOSEPH TOMASETTI of 
Bellwood. She was quite thrilled . . . We heard that 
Mrs. W. LISIECKI has had surgery, and wish her a 
speedy recovery. . . Our deepest sympathy to the fami- 
ly of ANTON WAITKUS, buried Tuesday, February 28 
. . . Paymaster JOHN POPE was here payday, and he 
had a real deep sun tan. Said he was in Miami, Florida. 
No, fellas! He didn't get it chasing bunnies in the Play- 
boy Club, he was really basking in the sun . . . FRANK 
HRUBY and janitor EDDIE KAWCZYNSKI are learning 
the manly art of self defense, they are taking lessons 
from the old pro, "Shakey" FRANK LESZCYNSKI, all 
they say is, JOHN GALVIN beware. 


We all are very happy to see Agent L. DREWS back to 
work after her long illness. Keep well now so you can 
enjoy your lovely new home . . . Help, help cries Train- 
man CHARLIE GUZIK, "where can I park my car now 
that I'm on an early run. " . . Now that all the grand- 
mothers and grandfathers are all talked out about how 
cute their grandchildren were in the Easter parade lets 
have some pictures for the Transit News . . . Agent C. 
WHITE has received a new name since she started work- 
ing for the CTA. Her name is "Pixie." . . Student Agent 
EUGENE WOLKS majors in monkey business . . . Stu- 

A HAPPY fisherman indeed was W. W. Helfrich, assistant secretary 
of Chicago Transit Board, when he landed this Blue Marlin, weighing 
over 100 pounds, in the Pacific Ocean some 20 miles out from 
Acapulco, Mexico. The big catch was eight feet long and it bottled 
for 55 minutes before giving up the fight and being brought aboard 
the fishing boat. You can see it was a whopper as it lies on the 
deck in front of Mr. Helfrich who looks none the worse for the struggle 
with the denizen of the deep. 

APRIL, 1967 



MARTIN J. BEGLEY, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 6-17-26 
HAROLD W. BLUHM, Operator, 

Lawndale, Emp. 6-16-43 

North Park, Emp. 11-10-25 

Beverly, Emp. 2-20-28 

West Section, Emp. 12-16-21 

North Park, Emp. 8-28-42 

South Shops, Emp. 3-23-29 
HARRY R. DENZ, Sheet Metal Worker, 

South Shops, Emp. 3-2-42 
JOHN P. FALSEY, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 10-7-26 

Kimball, Emp. 6-2-43 
EDWARD HA VLICEK, Instructor, 

Lawndale, Emp. 10-12-28 
WILLIAM J. HOGAN, Supervisor, 

West Section, Emp. 7-28-20 
ELMER A. HOWE, Valuation Engineer, 

Property Accounting, Emp. 6-18-17 

LOUIS J. JAKEL, Cleaner, 

Wilson, Emp. 4-24-47 
JOHN A. KUGLER, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 8-26-26 
THOMAS F. KURAS, Operator, 

Lawndale, Emp. 12-14-28 

West Section, Emp. 7-28-39 

Lawndale, Emp. 9-2-42 
RAYMOND M. SANFORD, Assistant Superintendent, 

North Section, Emp. 1-11-37 
FRANK P. SPOLEC, Foreman, 

South Shops, Emp. 12-27-22 
WILBUR H. WAGENER, Conductor, 

South Section, Emp. 11-28-44 
WALTER WISNIEWSKI, Cleaner & Repairman, 

Campaign Area, Emp. 11-30-24 


RAGNAR C. GAVERT, Storekeeper, 

South Division, Emp. 3-23-25 

Archer, Emp. 6-9-23 
ALBIN JENSEN, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 10-8-29 

JOINING THE ranks of the retired April 1 were the eight employes pictured below who had 40 or more years of transit service each. 

46 Yeors 

45 Years 

44 Years 

42 Years 

40 Years 

40 Years 

40 Years 

41 Years 




dent agents who have gone into the service around the 
time of this writing are TOMMY BARRETT, DENNY 
MATHEWS, and KEITH HANNING . . . Many of the stu- 
dent agents have nick names and here are some, just in 
case they are calling and you just don't know who they 
are: ED WINKATES, Water Buffalo; BOB MUSSER, Roo- 
ster; DAVE JUDY, Turkey bird; MIKE JUDY, R.S. ?; 
TOM BARRETT, Anteater; TED ZDEB, Porkey, and 
KEITH HANNING, Stinkweed. What will these kids think 
up next . . . Many thanks to J. McCARTHY, student 
agent, for the maps of the west section and Loop . . . 
Agent MORA HAASE has slowed down on her weekend 
sewing. She is now a very proud baby sitter. The baby 
is her sweet little granddaughter, BONNIE LYNN, age 
three months. Mora is also getting ready for her son's 
wedding September 16 in St. Paul, Minnesota. More on 
this wedding later on . . . Very glad to see Agent BETTY 
back on the job after being so ill . . . Agent AGATHA 
TSCHOSIK is quite excited and busy these last few weeks. 
She is getting everything ready for her wedding in June. 
More on this lovely wedding next month . . . Here is the 
sick list as of this date: E. MORRENZIN, S. GIBSON, 
FRANK LUCAS became the proud grandfather of a baby 
girl born in January during the snowstorm. This is why 
we didn't hear about this little one till now . . . Many of 
the agents along the line send their get well wishes to 
Agents BILL CAIN and E. CORRIGAN. Hurry and get 
well boys, we need your help . . . On vacation at this 
writing are Agent A. BANNISTER and her husband, a 
former CTA employe, also BETTY DIAMOND and ANN 
DUNLEAVY ... If we were to pick porters of the month 
we would have to start with Porter SCHULTZ and DAN-- 
their stations always sparkle. And at home Schultz is a 
grade A baker and Dan a grade A cook ... I wish to take 
this opportunity to thank one and all for their calls, visits 
cards, and notes while I was in the hospital. Also a spe- 
cial thank you to the many friends in the Loop for their 
kindness to me. I never knew I had so many friends 
there. Thanks to ANN CINCETTI and her husband for 
the most beautiful plant and the masses they sent to the 
hospital. I shall never forget the kindness shown me. 

- TKitctnicL T><M(le 


The Metropolitan Credit Union held its annual dinner 
at the Oak Park Arms hotel on March 11 and as usual the 
food was good and the entertainment enjoyable. Fifteen 
lucky people won $5.00 bills as door prizes. In behalf 
of all who were there I would like to thank those respon- 
sible for putting on this dinner. It takes a lot of plan- 
ning and hard work and I for one look forward to this af- 
fair every year . . . CATHERINE SHEEAN, pensioned 
Loop ticket agent, fell during the bad weather and suf- 
fered a compound fracture of the vertabrae. Miss Sheean 
is home now and I am sure would like to hear from her 
friends . . . We are also sorry to hear at this writing 
that agent ALMA HILLBOLD is in the hospital. We wish 
both these ladies a speedy recovery . . . Agent EMILY 
DILLON enjoyed a week's vacation in the beginning of 
April seeing shows and visiting . . . Agent GEORGIA 
BURGE spent a three-week vacation on the farm. It 
must have been wonderful seeing spring come to life 
there . . . Welcome to the new ticket agents, DOROTHY 
WANER and AGATHA BONDS among them. Miss Bonds 
is the niece of West Side Porter BONDS . . . Agent EL- 
EANOR HASBROUCK is a proud grandmother these days. 
Her son and daughter-in-law in California just presented 


COMPLETING 49 years of 
service in Chicago transit, 
Elmer A. Howe, valuation 
engineer, Property Account- 
ing Department, retired on 
March 31. He started as an 
employe of the Board of 
Supervising Engineers on 
June 18, 1917. 

her with a new granddaughter; grandson, NEIL, just 
celebrated his third birthday . . . Readers please let me 
know where you went and what you did on your vacation. 
I'm sure all your friends would like to share this plea- 
sure with you . . . On the first day of May the blood bank 
closes and will not take any more applications. 

Agent J. DILLON received a letter from her sister in 
Argentina and was surprised to hear that they got reports 
of our big storm down there. It sure is a small world 
. . . Glad to hear Pensioner HENRIETTA BROWN is up 
and at 'em again after her leg injury. She is visiting 
her son in California . . . Agent LEONI NELSON is still 
home convalescing after surgery but she is doing fine. 
Keep the cards rolling in friends . . . All who knew JOE 
MIRABELLI were deeply shocked at his sudden passing. 
Joe was laid to rest on February 9. We offer our deep- 
est sympathy to his wife, SOPHIE, and his family . . . 
Agent PRAUL, who has worked Clinton Street so long, 
took her pension on March 1. Just about in time to wel- 
come a fifth grandchild . . . After 40 years of service 
Agent MARTIN BEGLEY took his pension on April 1. We 
wish many years of good luck and good health to our new 
pensioners . . . Agent STEVE GECAN is back on the job 
after being hospitalized. We are all glad to see him feel- 
ing well. . . Agent BURT LINNE and Mrs. LINNE drove 
to Florida in their newlmpala. They couldn't have pick- 
ed a better time. They were there during the big storm 
in Chicago . . . The snowstorm spelled bad luck for 
HELEN McMAHON. She fell and broke her arm and is 
still home at this writing. Sorry to hear Agent MIL- 
DRED DOYLE is off at this writing. We hope she makes 
it back soon . . . Our condolences to the family of Sup- 
ervisor JOHN GILHOOLY, who went to his reward on 
February 15. . . Belated happy birthday to Agents DOR- 
OTHY FORD, February 18; MINNIE DIKEMAN, March 
17, and DOROTHY PARKER, March 20. Hope you have 
many more of them, girls. My grandson, BOB BRANDT, 
was confirmed on Palm Sunday in Messiah Lutheran 
church. Also, grandson JACK PALLISTER celebrated 
his 11th birthday on March 6 . . . Lake St. Porter MO- 
ORE is ill in Veterans hospital and I am sure he would 
enjoy hearing from his many friends. 

- TfeU* VeUUatt* 


FLORIDA HOME: air-conditioned, fully furnished, 5 
rooms - 2 bedrooms, modern fully equipped kitchen; lot 
expandable for carport, $12,500, call 271-6872. 

APRIL, 1967 




We received welcome letters from two of our pen- 
sioners. BILL ECHOLS expects to spend some time in 
the hospital. We hope it won't be long and that he'll be 
up and out soon. BARNEY CALLAHAN and his wife, JO- 
SEPHINE, spent a month in Florida. They were guests 
of JOSEPH HAMEN, formerly of 69th Street, in Lock- 
hart. They visited HUGH PETTIGREW, formerly of 
Archer, in Mt. Plymouth. They spent a day with ED 
ANDERSON, formerly of North, at Ormond Beach, and 
a day with HENRY STUEWE, formerly of Beverly, at 
Clearwater . . . Many Happy Returns to Clerk JOSEPH 
DILLON who celebrated his birthday on St. Joseph's Day. 
He treated the office boys to cake and coffee . . . RON- 
ALD BEDOE, formerly of the repair department and now 
in Viet Nam, sent home a projector and is sending home 
films so the folks can see what life there is like . . . On 
February 10 at Drake Bowling Lanes, EVERETT ENG- 
LAND of Skokie Shops did himself proud. After nine 
strikes the six pin stood up following a good Brooklyn 
hit. The resulting score was 279. His following scores 
were 196 and 225 for a 700 total. Everett is columnist 
and secretary-treasurer of the CTA P.M. League. Good 
shooting, Everett. . . We welcome new Operators LAW- 
FRANK GRAMALDI is the new assistant day foreman 
replacing PAT HIGGINS who took his pension. Repair- 
man WILLIAM LAMBERT was promoted to relief fore- 
man at Keeler Garage. JOSEPH BYRNE and WAYNE 
MATEJKA, Repair Department, were transferred to the 
Building Department. Clerk RON BENSHISH has been 
promoted to the Internal Auditing Department as a field 
auditor . . . My son, WAYNE MIEDEMA, Repair De- 
partment, has announced his engagement to BONNIE 
BEAR of Norridge. The big event will take place in the 
spring of 1968 . . . Day Foreman PATRICK CLANCY 
took a whole week's vacation for St. Patrick's Day. Op- 
erator LEO PLUKOWSKI visited around Chicago instead 
of Florida, saving his dough and looking for an early 
pension. Clerk ARTHUR OLSEN visited Florida for his 
vacation . . . Operator ARTHUR THOMPSON finally 
made the overage list . . . Operator HERMAN HASEN- 
KAMP has been sick and would like to hear from his 
friends. MICHAEL McNICHOLS, Repair Department, 
has been on the sick list. We hope both will be well and 
back with us soon . . . Supervisor ELMER HAAK, for- 
merly of North, passed away suddenly March 16. Op- 
erator MICHAEL DIER passed away March 13. Pen- 
sioner WILLIAM HAYES departed this life March 11. 
Pensioner A. KORTMANN, formerly of North, passed 
away March 19. Operator JACOB PANKOW, formerly 
of North, departed this life February 25. Pensioner 
GUSTAV HERZAU departed this life March 1. Pensioner 
PHIL SMITH lost his wife March 3. Pensioner HANS 
HANSEN passed away. Operator EARL TIBBITTS, Board 
Member from Beverly departed this life. We extend our 
deepest sympathy to their families . . . Credit union 
news: The new hours for business to be done by the cre- 
dit union are as follows: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 11:30 
a.m. , and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 
Noon. Paydays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Wed- 
nesdays other than paydays. Please comply with these 
hours. Two men have been added to the credit union to 
fill vacancies left by retirements. They are AARON 
PRUITT and JOHN WITHERSPOON. We welcome these 
new men. Your credit union stands ready to help you 
with your loans or savings. 

- "8M TKiedtMO. 


The North Park Credit Union is standing by for loans 
with strictest of confidence for auto, dental and medical, 
household furnishings, real estate improvements, cloth- 
ing, taxes, tuition, vacations, etc. Your savings have 
added insurance features. Membership - one share 
$5.00. See John, Tony, or Dale for information ... In 
the union attendance contest, North Park earned a third 
place tie with Kedzie Depot and wall receive a plaque at 
the April meeting. Board members SCHOLL and LASKE 
extend their thanks to everyone who helped make this 
possible . . . Clerk JOE DI GIOVANNI and his wife, 
CONNIE, vacationed in and around Miami Beach, Flori- 
da, staying at the Fontainebleau on Collins avenue. Joe 
and Connie spent a day visiting with Pensioner HERMAN 
ERICKSON, former Superintendent of Limits Depot, who 
sends his regards to his many Chicago friends . . . Op- 
erator CONNIE SCHMIT and his wife, FRANCES, spent 
their vacation at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Sun City, 
Florida, where Connie's brother, EDWARD, resides. 
Visits were also made at Hobe Sound, Florida, to visit 
Mr. and Mrs. EDGAR TREVITHICK. Returning home 
the Schmits were stranded for four days in Lansing, 
Illinois, due to our great snowstorm . . . Operator HAR- 
OLD JULITZ spent his two-week winter vacation ice 
fishing at the Chain-of-Lakes in Illinois and reports that 
he had great catches of crappies and blue gills . . . Op- 
erator JACK RUSS and his wife, MARION, were stranded 
at O'Hare Airport for four days during the record snow- 
storm and as a consequence missed the graduation cere- 
monies of their son, TOM, who was graduated from the 
navy boot camp at San Diego, California. Tom then had 
a 16-day leave and flew home on his furlough to have 
some fun before reporting to Guam . . . Airman 3rd 
Class ALAN JONES, son of Operator GUS JONES, was 
home on a furlough from Nells Air Force Base in Las 
Vegas, Nevada, for a wonderful two weeks of Chicago's 
winter wonderland . . . Operator ARNIE MARSCH found 
a new home at North Park, where he spent a few nights 
as a guest of Mr. KERR. . . Operator LARRY COSTLEY 
has become a street collector after having five serious 
operations and likes his position, which is giving him a 
new challenge . . . Operator SAM GAFENEY is now 
working as a sanitary engineer after nine years as a bus 
operator . . . Clerk WILBER GERRISH became a willing 
midwife recently when his dog, Browser, gave birth to 

WELL REPRESENTED at the recent wedding of Bus Repoirman 
ROBERT LEHOR (standing, center) was the Kedzie Station Repair 
Department. Bob's fellow employes were on hand at the reception 
following the ceremony to extend their congratulations to the 




five pups. Anyone interested in a pup should see Wilber 
. . . Operator CLARENCE KURTH was robbed and beat- 
en by a person who was apprehended in the scuffle by a 
bystander . . . TOM and JIM KUREZEWSKI, sons of 
Operator ED KUREZEWSKI, received their first Com- 
munion and Confirmation March 19 at St. Hilary's 
church, while daughter, LAURA JEAN, was baptized 
March 5 . . . Operator CHARLES "Swede" ANDERSON 
purchased a 1967 Oldsmobile 98 and was privileged to 
see the car assembled at the plant in Lansing, Michigan, 
from where he drove it home . . . Supervisor JOHN 
BORK has moved into his new home at 6334 N. Oketo 
avenue and is looking for volunteers at Christmas time 
to decorate the 35 foot pine trees in front of the home 
. . . Operator RONALD HODGES had the misfortune of 
someone breaking into his garage and stealing the bat- 
tery from his new Falcon . . . MICHAEL THELIN, son 
of Operator HANK THELIN, was elected president of the 
26-member freshman class at the Alexian Brothers 
School of Nursing . . . Supervisor JOHN ERICKSON cut 
his finger, needing seven stitches to save it, while work- 
ing on a trolley pole . . . FRANK VON SCHWEDLER JR. , 
son of Operator FRANK VONSCHWEDLER, received his 
11th cluster to add to his Air Medal, while he is serving 
in the U.S. Army helicopter service in Viet Nam . . . 
Pensioner PAUL GUNTHER writes from his hacienda in 
Hollywood, Florida, that the door is open to his many 
Chicago friends who may travel his way on vacations. 
Paul's address is E530 Taylor street, Hollywood, Flori- 
da .. . Pensioner JACK KARASEK was a visitor to Palo 
Alto, California, where his son Dr. MARVIN KARASEK 
is a P. H. D. at the Stanford Medical Center. While in 
Los Angeles, Jack enjoyed a visit with Pensioner WIL- 
LIAM "Snuffy" SHEA, who resides here and would like 
to say hello to his friends . . . MARY JEAN MIKIETA 
daughter of Operator JOE MIKIETA was married on Sat- 
urday, April 22, to Mr. RICHARD NELSON at St. Aloy- 
sious church. The reception was held at the V. F.W. 
Hall on N. Laramie avenue with 200 guests attending . . . 
Operator JERRY BUDZISZ became a father for the fifth 
time when his wife, HELEN, gave birth to a son named 
STEVEN GERARD, born February 7 at St. Elizabeth's 
hospital . . . Medical Examiner AL GLUECKERT and 
his wife, MARGE, became grandparents for the first 
time when their son, RICHARD, and daughter-in-law, 
VIRGINIA, became parents of a daughter named JENNI- 
FER LYNN, born February 8 . . . Operator JIM KIRK- 
WOOD became a father for the fourth time when his wife, 
MARY, gave birth to a son named JOHN JAMES born 
February 12 at Wesley Memorial hospital . . . Operator 
DAVID BENSON became a father for the second time 
when his wife, JACQUELINE, gave birth to a daughter 
named LINDA FAYE born February 15 at Swedish Cove- 
nant hospital. David's father, ROBERT, is an operator 
at Limits Depot and is busy passing out cigars again . . . 
Operator HAROLD BASON became a grandfather for the 
third time when his daughter, Mrs. JOYCE DE LATOUR, 
gave birth February 24 to a daughter named CAROLYN 
JOYCE at St. Elizabeth's hospital . . . Pensioner MEL- 
VIN ZAHR became a grandfather again when his son and 
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. ANDREW ZAHR, be- 
came parents of a son named TIMOTHY born March 5 at 
Swedish Covenant hospital . . . Our congratulations are 
extended to the happy parents and grandparents. 

Operator ROGER AYOTTE and his wife, HELEN, cel- 
ebrated their 8th anniversary February 28. The Ayottes 
dined out at the Flame restaurant with Mr. and Mrs. 
EDWARD KRESK. The evening ended at the Portage 
Park Moose Lodge where a grand time was had . . . Op- 
erator IRVING MOSKOVITZ and his wife, ANN, celebra- 


ted their 37th anniversary March 21. They were taken 
to dinner at Ivanhoe restaurant by their son, Operator 
BOB and Mrs. MOSKOVITZ, and then to the McVickers 
theatre to see the play, "Fiddler on the Roof. " . . Happy 
anniversaries are also extended to Operator ARTHUR 
OLSON and his wife, LENORE, their 27th, February 14; 
Operator ED ZIENTARA and his wife, ROSE, their 31st, 
February 25; Operator DON BENNETT and his wife, 
MARIE, their 19th March 2; Operator TOM DECANTIL- 
LON and his wife, MARY, their 20th, March 4; Operator 
IRVING SHER and his wife, MILDRED, their 29th, April 
10; Operator ADOLPH JENDRYCZKI and his wife, JEAN, 
their 29th April 10; Operator CLARENCE VANMIDDLE- 
SWORTH and his wife, SHAREN, their 2nd, April 6; Op- 
erator THOMAS WILSON and his wife, BONNIE, their 
9th on April 16; Operator ALBERT NAGELE and his 
wife, ANNA, their 31st April 22, and Operator P. J. 
SMITH and his wife, MADELYN, their 14th, April 30. 
Congratulations are extended to the above couples . . . 
Happy birthdays are extended to the following: MARC 
February 9; NATALIE ANGELA CHAVES, February 12; 
Operator WALTER "Valentine" ZINKOVICH, February 
April 7; MARY KIRKWOOD, April 12; Operator JOHN 
MEDINA, April 15; Operator CHESTER DAMIAN, March 
2; Receiver ED STENZEL, March 9; Operator GARY 
NOONAN, March 6; Operator HERB LINDEMANN, March 
17; Clerk RAY MIZANOVICH, March 17; Operator ED 
NEWTON, March 17; Operator LE ROY CONKLIN, Ap- 
ril 5; TOM KURCZESKI, April 5, and ADOLPH JEND- 
RYCZKI, April 28 . . . Our sympathy and condolences 

If you've moved recently 

please notify 


IF YOU KNOW a CTA employe who is not receiving 
his copy of CTA TRANSIT NEWS, please have him 
fill out the following form and return it to trie Pub- 
lic Information Department, Room 742, Merchan- 
dise Mart, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

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through the mail. Please send it to: 


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APRIL, 1967 



to Operator JACK KOVITZ on the loss of his father, AB- 
RAHAM KOVITZ, and to the families of pensioners J. J. 
and Clerk ROBERT STACH on the loss of his mother, 
retired April 1 after 41 years of service and is going to 
relax for a bit while he makes up his mind about what he 
wants to do. Good luck and may you enjoy many years 
of leisure living, Bill . . . Operator E. H. BURT and 
his wife, LILLIAN, spent their vacation at Mexico, Mis- 
souri, where E. H.'s mother, Mrs. MARGARET BURT, 
resides. The Burts fished on a farm where his mother 
lives and had good luck catching black bass . . . Mrs. 
MADELYN TERRY, wife of Operator JESSE TERRY, was 
graduated February 23 from St. Luke's-Presbyterian 
hospital Nursing School. Madelyne is now employed at 
St. Luke's hospital and is working the P.M. shift in the 
emergency room . . . North Park depot was treated to 
coffee by the company and rolls by courtesy of the Credit 
Union for setting a new high in commendations and a new 
low in complaints for the month of February. Let's keep 
up the good work, gentlemen, and have coffee and rolls 
soon again . . . Repairman JULIUS MERSCH and his 
wife, AGNES, flew Delta Air Lines to Miami, Florida, 
where they enjoyed a three-week vacation. Key points of 
interest were visiting Fort Lauderdale and Key West. 
Julius had exceptional luck fishing off the bridge at Key 
Biscayne using a hand line that he bought at Grant's dime 
store . . . Repairman PAT WALSH, who has been off 
sick for four months, is sorely missed at the garage and 
the gang hopes to see him back soon . . . Cleaner TOM 
CHIOVINO has returned to work after being home for a 
considerable time, due to an unfortunate accident . . . 
Sergeant ROBERT BAKANOWICZ, son of Repairman 
BUCK BAKANOWICZ, returned home from Viet Nam 
where his tour of duty ended. Robert's tour of duty con- 
sisted of working with army intelligence . . . Clerk 
GEORGE BENSHISH and his wife, STEPHANIE, motored 
throughout the West on their vacation. Highlights of the 
trip were stops at Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los 
Angeles, and San Francisco . . . Repairman FRANK 
SIBLEY had his usual two-week spring vacation, and his 
wife, TESS, kept him busy with the usual spring cleaning 
chores . . . Repairman ED CORDA, who retired on pen- 
sion, is now a resident of Tennessee Ridge, Route 2, 
Tennessee, and invites all his friends to stop and see 
him. Ed assures everyone that the Mountain Dew will be 

UNITED IN holy matrimony at St. Giles church in Oak Park on Jan- 
uory 7 were JOANNE O'CONNOR and GREG HILL. Joanne and her 
matron of honor, Mrs. CAROLYNN STOLZ of the Public Information 
Department, are the daughters of TOM O'CONNOR of the Lawndale 
Station Repair Department. The bridegroom, a PFC in the U. S. Army, 
is stationed at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, and his 
best man and brother is Air Force Corporal PAT HILL. 


on the house . . . The sympathy of the garage is ex- 
tended to Night Foreman JOHN JOYCE on the loss of his 
mother, MARGARET JOYCE, of Kassel Bar, County 
Mayo, Ireland. 


A warm welcome back to JOHN LARKIN who recently 
underwent surgery . . . On January 14 BARBARA ANN 
MAGUIRE, daughter of Specification Engineer F. J. MA- 
GUIRE, was married to LAWRENCE HECKLER at St. 
Anthony's Catholic church in Cicero, Illinois. Barbara 
Ann, a magna cum laude graduate from Mundelien col- 
lege, is presently employed in the Social Security De- 
partment for the government and Mr. Heckler, an elec- 
trical engineering graduate from the University of Illi- 
nois, is employed by the United States Steel company. 
The CTA was well represented at an evening reception 
held at the Berwyn Eagles hall in Berwyn, Illinois. The 
newlyweds are now residing in Blue Island. 

(Stores) - 

The ED BRUCKNERS enjoyed a February vacation in 
St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. 

(South Division) - 

Mr. and Mrs. JOHN VIDAS are happy to announce the 
arrival of their first baby, CHERYL ANN, on March 6 
. . . That terrific noise you heard the other day was not 
a jet breaking the sound barrier -it was the rousing wel- 
come back FRANK RUND and TOM SKVARLA received 
from their co-workers at 78th and Vincennes when they 
recently returned from the sick list . . . Our new- 
comer at Storeroom 48 is none other than PAT HARRI- 
SON, who transferred from the Transportation Depart- 
ment . . . Our sincere sympathy is extended to the PI- 
ONTKOWSKI family on the recent death of ED PIONT- 
KOWSKI, and also to RUDY HEROLD on the recent 
death of his brother. 

(North Division] - 

On March 2 Mr. and Mrs. BEN CUTRERA became 
proud grandparents for the fourth time when their young- 
est daughter presented them with a baby boy, EUGENE 
Jr. They also have little LISA MARIE, who is two years 
old . . . Mr. and Mrs. TOM MADIGAN just returned 
from a Florida vacation and enjoyed every minute of it 
and the more than 3,000 miles they put on their new car 
. . . Our best wishes to Mrs. MIX for a speedy recov- 
ery. Mr. MIX is our boss man in Storeroom 43. 

- Z>. $a«t Gelt 


Belated birthday greetings are extended to JOHN BEN- 
NIS who celebrated his birthday on St. Patrick's day. 
Many more happy returns of the day, John. . . GEORGE 
HANUS announces that he is a grandfather for the second 
time; the score is even now, one boy and one girl. Geo- 
rge is celebrating by taking his wife to Niagara Falls. . . 
JIM McBRIDE is now back to work after an illness at 
home . . . BERNIE KINCANNON took an Easter week 
vacation to keep away from the snow . . . We have re- 
ports from ED REILLY that he is doing well and hopes to 
be back to work real soon. Hurry back, Ed . . . MARGE 
VIDAL, our former typist, called recently and wished 
all her friends a happy Easter. 

Xat/vupi 'SatU* 




CARL E. ANDERSON, 87, Burnside, 

Emp. 10-19-07, Died 2-19-67 

Emp. 7-25-16, Died 3-1-67 
ALEXANDER L. BRAND, 62, South Section, 

Emp. 3-2-27, 'Died 2-10-67 
MARTIN BUTLER, 75, North Park, 

Emp. 1-15-20, Died 2-5-67 
THURE E. CARLSON, 59, 69th Street, 

Emp. 7-9-43, Died 2-5-67 
WILLIAM M. CAVANAUGH, 74, North Section, 

Emp. 2-8-23, Died 2-5-67 
ALEXANDER DANIELSKI, 57, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 10-15-46, Died 3-6-67 
WILLIAM DIER, 59, North Avenue, 

Emp. 11-7-42, Died 3-11-67 
GEORGE DONALD, 79, Kedzie, 

Emp. 11-27-22, Died 2-15-67 
ANGELO DRAMISINO, 75, North Division, 

Emp. 4-9-24, Died 2-12-67 

Emp. 8-29-08, Died 2-23-67 
JAMES A. FAVICCHIO, 79, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 3-6-20, Died 3-3-67 
ALBERT G. GAPINSKI, 66, Archer, 

Emp. 11-13-41, Died 2-22-67 
JAMES GEARY, 76, Wilson Avenue, 

Emp. 11-29-27, Died 2-24-67 
ELMER HAAK, 59, District D, 

Emp. 11-2-33, Died 3-16-67 

Emp. 9-25-19, Died 2-25-67 
FRANK A. HEROLD, 76, North-South, 

Emp. 7-18-11, Died 1-18-67 
AUGUST A. HERZOG, 96, North Division, 

Emp. 4-4-10, Died 3-1-67 

HENRY A. HITTERMAN, 71, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 1-25-17, Died 2-12-67 
AXEL HOLMBERG, 79, Lake Street, 

Emp. 2-18-07, Died 2-2-67 
JOHN JOHNSON, 72, Kedzie, 

Emp. 7-22-27, Died 3-4-67 
CHARLES KELLEHER, 80, North Avenue, 

Emp. 11-6-07, Died 1-24-67 
GEORGE MAY, 57, Beverly, 

Emp. 10-5-44, Died 3-12-67 
WILLIAM MC DONALD, 69, 39th & Halsted, 

Emp. 9-15-23, Died 2-7-67 
STEVE MILOS, 57, Track, 

Emp. 5-1-29, Died 3-18-67 
DELIA MORLEY, 87, South Section, 

Emp. 4-12-08, Died 1-17-67 
JACOB PANKOW, 76, Kedzie, 

Emp. 5-9-23, Died 2-24-67 
EDWARD PIONTKOWSKI, 64, Stores Department, 

Emp. 11-30-26, Died 2-22-67 
ALBERT R. SABEY, 81, Devon, 

Emp. 9-20-06, Died 2-23-67 
ALLEN SMITH, 49, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-18-57, Died 3-2-67 
LORENZO R. THOMS, 79, General Office, 

Emp. 8-31-20, Died 2-22-67 
EARL TIBBITS, 63, Beverly, 

Emp. 2-3-36, Died 3-5-67 
ANTON WAITKUS, 88, Blue Island, 

Emp. 4-14-13, Died 2-25-67 
ANDREW WALSH, 84, 77th Street, 

Emp. 5-7-14, Died 2-20-67 
EDMUND WARKOCKI, 71, West Section, 

Emp. 5-26-20, Died 2-14-67 
EDWARD WE LIN, 72, Cottage Grove, 

Emp. 12-13-23, Died 2-16-67 


took a plane from O'Hare airport on March 18, with a 
church group for Bermuda. This was a graduation pre- 
sent from Shirley and Bill. Bill is an electrical worker 
at Skokie . . . Welcome to CHARLES CATINO, laborer, 
who recently transferred to Skokie . . . Recently re- 
turned to work was JOHN ZDUNEK, who had a broken 
arm . . . Had more cards from OTTO MOSER, retired 
electrical worker, who is traveling around the world. 
Sure sounds like he is having a wonderful time . . . Come 
on fellows, how about giving some news into the office so 
we can have a nice column, too. 


March 11 was the date of a lovely wedding between 
CAROL BUEGEL, formerly of the Garage Division, and 
JIM CORBO. A reception was held at Ferrari Manor. 
The couple honeymooned in the Ozarks. Upon returning 
to Chicago their car was hit from the rear and both Carol 
and Jim spent some time in the hospital . . . LARRY 
VANCE has transferred to the S&E Office from the shop, 
BOB AVRAM to the S&E Office from Training and Acci- 
dent Prevention, and CHARLES DAVIS to S&E Office 
from Revenue Accounting . . . Our deepest sympathy is 
extended to the families of Mr. and Mrs. LOUIS VOLPE 
. . . Congratulations to TONY and PAULINE POLIC on 
the birth of a son, SCOTTY . . . Best of luck to RON 
JARECKAS who recently completed his apprenticeship 

. . . The welcome mat is out to GUS IVY, former bus 
operator, DON CRIGLER, and FRED PETROZZ, who 
have entered the machinist apprentice program. Don 
and Fred are presently serving 19 weeks with the nation- 
al guard . . . Hurry and get well wishes are extended to 
the following men who are under the weather at this writ- 
RY MORIARITY . . . The TONY NUTILES are grand- 
parents again. This time a little girl, JENNIFER RE- 
BECCA, was announced by RONALD and JOYCE NUTILE 
. . . FRANK SPOLEC, foreman, was feted at a retire- 
ment party March 31 by his co-workers. May your re- 
tirement be a long and happy one, Frank . . . ANDY 
TYSON is piloting a new Plymouth . . . JACK MURRAY 
recently returned from jury duty . . . WALLY KAW- 
ECKI's son, WALLY, was recently home on leave, pre- 
paratory to a tour of duty in Viet Nam . . . FRANK HOR- 
VAT, BOB SMITH, and DICK HICKEY spent a back 
porch, Illinois, vacation . . . Congratulations and good 
health to BILL PETERS who retired after 20 years ser- 
vice at CTA. Bill started with the Chicago Motor Coach 
Company . . . Glad to see JERRY ANDERSON back after 
a stay in the hospital . . . The stork arrived at the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. JERRY KILLMAN on February 3 and 
brought TAMMY SUE . . . The winners of the Golf Tour- 
nament raffle are BILL HASKINS, STAN NIEMAN, and 
ED BYRNE . . . The FRANK CROUSES recently return- 
ed from Oklahoma City where their son, RONALD J. , 
was married to NANCY FAYE GRIFFIN. The wedding 
took place March 11 in St. Paul's cathedral. The bride 
attended Oklahoma Baptist university, and the Ray-Vogue 
merchandising school in Chicago. Ronald attended the 

APRIL, 1967 



University of Illinois and is stationed with the army in 
San Antonio, Texas. 

ROBERT S. ZAJAC, son of Mr. and Mrs. RICHARD 
E. ZAJAC, will graduate from Mendel Catholic High 
school on May 30. He will attend Northern Illinois uni- 
versity at DeKalb, Illinois, majoring in business admin- 
istration. Bob is a member of Mendel's golf team and 
has earned a letter in same. He will be employed atthe 
South Shops Stores Department during summer vacation 
. . . The L. GORDON ANDERSON'S became members of 
the grandparents club on February 2 7 when DAVID SCOTT 
arrived at 5:10 a.m. . . Miss AMELIA RUKSTALIS will 
be given in marriage to THOMAS NOEL by her uncle, 
JOE KISELUS. Amelia is the daughter of JULIA and the 
late VINCENT RUKSTALIS, a former CTA motorman. 
The wedding will take place at Nativity Of The Blessed 
Virgin Mary church, with a reception following at the 
Hamlin Club . . . Mr. and Mrs. JOE BOLECH and an- 
other couple spent two weeks in Florida recently. After 
flying to Miami, they rented a car and drove to Marathon 
for fishing and various side trips. The following week 
they returned to the Hallendale area for an excursion and 
fun in the sun. 


Boy, that was some winter we all went through. Glad 
that it's over and spring has finally arrived. Our hats 
are off to all the men and women who worked so diligently 
during the super storm in January. Consequently, some 
of my news is rather old, but we'll get caught up with all 
of it this time . . . First of all, I must mention that for 
the first time my better half, ROLAND, and I walked into 
the front door of an auto agency instead of the usual back 
lot and purchased a new 1967 Chevrolet. We're still 
floating on cloud nine we're so happy . . . Now on with 
the news: Motorman PAUL SCHILLE of Loomis Street 
went on pension February 1 and we wish him many happy 
and healthy years on retirement. The men at Loomis 
presented him with a token of remembrance and coffee 
and rolls were also served. Sorry I was unable to attend 
cause it was during the big storm . . . Switchman AU- 
BREY BOLLING was grinning from ear to ear when he 
told us about the birth of little CAROLINE, born January 
26. This makes four children for the happy Boiling fa- 
mily . . . Good luck to Conductor ROBERT JACKSON 
who went on military leave with the army recently . . . 
Conductor PHARAOH CAIN had a nice winter vacation in 
Hot Springs, Arkansas . . . The South Section is really 
beaming with pride. Both 61st and Loomis Streets re- 
ceived a plaque for establishing best accident records 
over their previous best year and free coffee and rolls 
were served. Keep up this fine work men . . . Back to 
work and off the sick list are Motorman ANGELOS YPSI- 
Conductor HAROLD THEDENS, and Agents JEAN GUS- 
TAFSON and ANTON CHRISTENSEN . . . Supervisor 
WILLIAM NASH is sure proud of his daughter, SANDRA, 
who won first prize in the Science Fair at her school, 
Cooley Upper Grade, and 2nd place in the district. She 
presented a visual perception project . . . Porter HE- 
ZEKIAH MILLIGAN went on pensionMarch 1 and the 61st 
Street men had a nice get-together for him with sand- 
wiches, cake, etc. A token of remembrance was pre- 
sented to him from the trainmen and also one from the 
agents and porters. Retired Porter JOHN WILSON and 
many porters and agents stopped in to give Porter MIL- 
LIGAN a good send off. A good eating time was had by 

all. Our best wishes for a good retirement life for Por- 
ter Milligan . . . Received a nice letter from Retired 
Division 308 Board Member CHARLES BURNS who spent 
most of the winter down at Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, 
with Retired Conductor THOMAS BEGGAN. They were 
sure two lucky people. They are back home now. While 
down in Florida they visited with Retired Supervisor 
WALTER HILL and Retired Motorman COLEMAN JOYCE. 
They also went to St. Petersburg and attended the pen- 
sioners meeting and saw all their old friends. The Flo- 
rida pensioners send their regards to all of us back in 
Chicago . . . Greetings to newly transferred trainmen 
from the North and West Sections: ISRAEL HARRIS, 
ly hired Agent RALPHENA NEAL . . . Another Florida 
vacationer for a month during our bad weather was Shop 
Clerk JIM DALY who returned looking healthy and tan 
. . . Good news: Retired Agent BETTY BUCKLEY, who 
lives in Hawaii and who had been in the hospital recently, 
is home now recuperating nicely . . . Good luck to Por- 
ter PATRICK HARRISON who was transferred to laborer, 
Stores Department, on March 12 . . . Going on disability 
retirement on March 1 were Motorman MARION JEF- 
FERY and Conductor JOSEPH KACZMAREK, both had 
been on the sick list for several months . . . Another 
new member in our Grandfather's Club is Conductor 
STANLEY ZIELINSKI, who became a grandpa for the 
first time when a boy was born to his son and daughter- 
in-law recently . . . Roland and I wish to thank the offi- 
cers of the Metropolitan Credit Union for inviting us to 
their annual meeting and dinner which was held in the 
Oak Park Arms hotel recently. Of course, lucky Roland 
and I walked off with two $5.00 door prizes. Isn't that 
wonderful! We sure had a good time . . . Some of our 
pensioners were around to see the boys at 61st Street: 
Retired Motormen EDWARD HENNESSY and RALPH 
WRISKA, and Retired Conductors WILLIAM MANNICH 
was sure bursting with pride when he told us about his 
son, LEONARD Jr. , who is serving his country as a 
helicopter pilot in the U.S. Air Force in Viet Nam. Best 
of luck to Leonard Jr. . . Sincere condolences to Senior 
Station Instructor JAMES WALSH whose father passed 
away recently, to HELEN LAFAIRE on the loss of her 
sister, and to Motorman CLARENCE LEE on the loss of 
his son . . . Received a postcard from Retired Collector 
THOMAS McINERNEY and his wife, NANCY, who took a 
trip to Palm Springs, California, to soak up the sunshine. 
They send their regards to all . . . Much good luck is 
wished to Collector DONALD KIRKILAS who resigned to 
accept another position and to Agent BETTYE WILLIAMS 
who resigned. . . Motorman GEORGE JEFFERSON, who 
is on Military Leave in Korea, sent a card to the fellas 

for the third time recently 
were Mr. and Mrs. JOHN 
SIEBERT, who announced 
the birth of MARIE MARTHA 
on February 2. Pictured 
here astride the family dog, 
Holly, Marie is being held 
by hersisters, BERNADETTE 
ANN (left)and ANITA MARIE. 
John is the stock clerk II in 
charge of Storeroom 51 at 
South Shops. 





at 61st Street saying how much he misses them . . . 
Clerk JOE and Agent ANN O'CONNOR drove down to St. 
Petersburg, Florida, to sun themselves on the beach in 
8 5 degree weather and they said they had a wonderful 
vacation. Received a nice letter from Retired Conductor 
WARREN (Sam) HILL and his wife who live in Port Char- 
lotte, Florida. They are getting along fine and say 
"hello" to all their friends back in Chicago. 

- 1/c**a. "%cvrtitt<f 


Our condolences to the family of L. STEWART, Kim- 
ball, on the passing of their mother, CALONIA BUTLER, 
on March ll . . . Our sympathy is extended to the fami- 
ly of W. THORNTON of Congress whose father passed 
away on March 16 . . . After 20 years of service, L. 
JAKEL, Linden, retired on April 1. Best wishes for 
good health and happiness are sent his way . . . Congra- 
tulations to RICHARD LORIMER of Lake Street on his 
graduation to instructor . . . Glad to hear that our hos- 
pital visitors, M. HEIL and M. CRONIN of Wilson, are 
doing fine after a short stay at St. Francis hospital . . . 
TOM O'LEARY, Kimball, is at home and recuperating 
after spending some time at Forkosh Memorial hospital 
. . . Word has it that A. PHILBIN has organized wheel 
chair races to occupy his time while at Edgewater hospi- 
tal . . . Best washes for a speedy recovery are sent to 
Mrs. WIECHOWSKI who is confined to the hospital . . . 
A hearty welcome to new repairmen, J. CUNNINGHAM 
at Wilson and G. GRILLAERT at Congress and new car 
cleaners W. KRUEGER and G. ESTRADA at Howard and 
D. ROBERTSON at Congress . . . M. BUCHANAN, Wil- 
son, enjoyed southern hospitality and a bit of moonshine 
on his recent visit to Tennessee and Kentucky ... A 
vacation that offered a change of pace was enjoyed by F. 
GIANFILPIPO, and M. KRISTMAN . . . Congratulations 
to CHARLES MYERS of Lake Street on the new addition 
to his family. Charlie plans on hours of fun and relaxa- 
tion listening to his new canary. 

TRiUf 'Sv}W}*& 


I'm writing this column on Easter morning and my 
happy thoughts are that everyone had a very holy holiday 
. . . Finally getting to write about the big storm in Jan- 
uary in case you have forgotten. A great big thanks to 
all who made it to work. Without them running our trains 
the city would have been a total disaster . . . Congratu- 
lations to Clerk E. SCHAEFFER on becoming a grand- 
father for the sixth time. Mother and father and little 
CATHERINE MARIE are doing fine, but grandfather was 
a total wreck. . . Motorman PROVANZANO's, wife just 
honored him with his sixth child. A good paisano should 
try for an even dozen . . . Motorman K. BROWN' s wife 
gave birth to their second child. So congratulations to 
little ROXANNE for being born to such nice parents . . . 
Saw BILL HAWKINS and he seems to be getting along 
just fine except for his big toe . . . Porter REDUS MOO- 
RE was in the hospital for a while but now is back to 
work feeling very chipper . . . Conductor ROBERT Mc 
CARTHYwas off due to a broken ankle. It happened dur- 
ing the storm, but his friend, DAN, told us it wasn't 
caused by the snow- -he fell off a chair . . . The credit 
union party at the carhouse was a huge success. With 
our Polish chef, DAN BORE, cooking, the food was 

great. I knew the Italian sausage was going to be good 
for my sister made it. And the best news of all is that 
the credit union is now giving five per cent. My parting 
words to the person who removed our coffee box money, 
may the man above forgive you. 

- Santa SicUCato 


Some like the plane and some like the train- -ELSIE 
SMITH went by train down to Daytona Beach, Florida, 
where she spent a very enjoyable week with her mother 
and father, while CARL LARSEN and his wife flew to 
Florida. They stayed in Ft. Lauderdale and visited many 
places including Cypress Gardens. Being an ardent golf- 
er, Carl was out on the golf course as often as possible, 
but wouldn't tell us any of his scores . . . The 8th grade 
basketball team of Our Lady Help of Christians finished 
in second place in a 27 team tournament. Helping them 
put the ball through the hoop was JOHN, the son of JA- 
MES J. ROCHE, who was also named to the tournament 
all star team . . . Congratulations to LARRY PROVOST 
and JOE SMITH who celebrated their 2 5th anniversary 
with the company during the month of March . . . FLO- 
both underwent surgery. We hope that they are well on 
their way to recovery and are feeling much better . . . 
DONALD J. VELLEUX, the son-in-law of retired RT 
Superintendent S. R. SMITH passed away on March 1. 
We extend our sympathy to Mr. Smith and his family. 

- CaUitt SfCjtfMUiti. 


Boy! How the time flies. It seems like only yester- 
day everyone was saying Merry Xmas-Happy New Year. 
And now here it is after Easter. Quite a few of the 77th 
Street hot rods are celebrating birthdays, to begin here 
are a few: Operator JERRY THOMAS, April 17; Instruc- 
tor F. R. SNYDER, April 29; Operator DICK LANE, 
April 15, and Operator R. HIDALGO, March 22. The 
latter was so late in reporting his because he was in 
Mexico on vacation . . . Operator DON POWELL cele- 
brated his birthday on Palm Sunday and his first wedding 
anniversary on Easter Sunday . . . And Operator W. 
STALLWORTH celebrated his birthday March 14 in Mo- 
bile, Alabama. He reported to this reporter that he 
caught lots of fish. But he didn't bring back any evidence 
--but we believe him, don't we? . . Operator LEON 
SIMPSON would like to say thanks to everyone at 77th for 
their help and kind words, he was burned out by fire 
February 25 . . . Operator JEFFERY QUALLS attended 
the grand opening of the new 77th Street Station, bring- 
ing with the whole family. His daughter, CORTHEA, 
was celebrating her 14th birthday March 22 . . . Well, I 
seem to be having lots of company in walking the last 
mile. Four months ago I was married to RUTH WILSON, 
and now Operator A. McKEIVER tells us he did the same 
thing April 3 with JEAN ALLEN. Good luck ol'buddy . . . 
Boy the grand opening of the new station was a real blast 
complete with the 77th street orchestra. Refreshments 
were served to all. The new station is open and already 
the checker games are in progress. Operators CHUCK 
claim to be the champion, but I can take them all! . . 
Operator TONY FORTINEAUX left on vacation April 9 
for the apple better known as New York City. 

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North Damen, Wilson-LaSalle Extensions Made Permanent 

PERMANENT OPERATION of extensions on the 
North Damen (No. 50) and Wilson-LaSalle (No. 156) 
bus routes and the discontinuance of the experi- 
mental Central-Laramie (No. 25) route was au- 
thorized by Chicago Transit Board at its May 11 

The North Damen and Wilson-LaSalle extensions 
have been in test operation since September 12, 
1966, and the Central-Laramie extension has been 
operating since October 3. All three services were 
originally authorized for six-month tests, but were 
extended due to the unusual winter weather condi- 
tions when reliable passenger checks could not be 
made . 

Riding on the North Damen and Wilson-LaSalle 
extensions has been sufficient to warrant their con- 
tinued operation. 

The extension of the North Damen route is from 
Blue Island avenue to 35th-Archer to connect with 

the South Damen route which terminates there. 
Alternate trips operate to the 35th-Archer terminal 
during weekday rush hours between 6:30 a.m. and 
9:30 a.m. and between 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

The extension of the Wilson-LaSalle bus route 
provides for service in Marine drive between Fos- 
ter and Montrose avenues. Mondays through Fri- 
days, buses are operated southbound in the A.M. 
rush period leaving Foster avenue between 7:00 
a.m. and 8:00 a.m., and northbound in the P.M. 
rush period arriving at Foster between 5:30 p.m. 
and 6:30 p.m. 

Riding on the Central-Laramie route has not 
been adequate to meet operating expenses. The 
loss on this route is more than 23£ per rider. The 
Central-Laramie extension, which presently oper- 
ates between Harrison-Central and Harrison-Lar- 
amie during A.M. and P.M. rush periods, Monday 
through Friday, will be discontinued as of June 19. 

New Transit Map Available 

OUR COVER: The availability of a new CTA route map, as 
publicized recently in Chicago's daily newspapers, created an 
immediate demand for the free guide to transit services and 
street directory. Requests for the map, which are received by 
mail, telephone, and personal calls, are directed to the Public 
Information Department; three members of the department, from 
front to rear, Nancy Hagemeyer, Diana Boyle, and Betty 
Stygar, are shown as the requests began to pour in. 

THE 1967 edition of CTA's transit map, showing 
all CTA bus and rapid transit routes in detail, is 
now available for free distribution. 

Places of interest in Chicago and the suburban 
areas are pinpointed on the face of the map. Also 
shown are the CTA routes on which all-night ser- 
vice is provided, the hours of operation of these 
routes and the service intervals. 

On the reverse side of the map is a complete 
written description of all routes, along with a con- 
densed Chicago street directory. 

Copies of the new CTA map may be obtained by 
writing "CTA Map", P. O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
Illinois 60654, or by telephoning 664-7200. 

A SERIES of meetings for rapid transit system 
Transportation Department personnel were held on 
May 3-4 at the CTA Training Center. In attendance 
were district superintendents and traffic super- 
visors. Each session included a review of flagging 
and braking procedures and a sound movie Expo 
67 Express Train" showing the rapid transit line 
placed in service to transport visitors to the expo- 
sition grounds. Conducting the sessions was 
James Blaa, standing at the rear, superintendent 
of rapid transit operations. 


PIONEERS IN teaching defensive driving 
skills to qualified applicants are these CTA 
Transportation Department instructors who, 
as volunteers, have for the past two years 
conducted courses for various groups. They 
will play an important part in teaching the 
techniques of Defensive Driving to CTA em- 
ployes who are interested in bettering their 
driving practices. The instructors are, from 
left, front row: Edward Levandowski, Frank 
Vitek, Thomas Spratt, Raymond Trezise, John 
Steinback. Second row: Frank Burrows Jr., 
director of driving improvement, Citizens 
Traffic Safety Board; Supervisors John 
Petrosious, Arthur Higgins, William Coleman, 
Gerald Knorf, John Bork. Standing in rear are 
Edward Swanson, Jesse Rodriguez and 
Clarence Lemke, class instructors. Since this 
picture was taken other CTA instructors have 
been qualified to teach the course. 

Defensive Driving Course 

for Employes Announced 

CTA EMPLOYES will have the opportunity to im- 
prove their driving skills through a Defensive Driv- 
ing Course conducted by qualified CTA Transpor- 
tation Department instructors who, as volunteers, 
have been presenting the course to various groups 
in cooperation with National Safety Council's na- 
tionwide program. 

The courses, which are to be held at CTA loca- 
tions, consist of four two-hour classroom sessions 
held once each week and are available to all CTA 
employes. The only stipulations are that applicants 
must have a driver's or chauffeur's license, and 
must be a CTA employe. There is no age limit 
imposed on applicants. It is also emphasized that 
the course is not intended for people who cannot 
drive. The program is designed to improve driving 
skills through defensive driving. 

The cost to CTA employes for the course is 
$1. 50. If taken elsewhere the fee is $4. 00. Upon 
conclusion of the sessions, each member of a class 
will receive a card certifying that they have com- 
pleted the course. Classes are limited to about 20 
participants in each group. 

The course is similar to the defensive driving 
training received by CTA bus operators since 1954, 
but this course emphasizes the safety needs of 
automobile drivers. 

The instructors have been conducting the courses 
for almost two years for Lions and Rotary Clubs, 

MAY, 1967 

women's organizations, and other fraternal and 
c ommunit y groups. 

CTA is vitally interested in having more defen- 
sive drivers among the driving public and in pro- 
moting traffic safety. All employes also should be 
interested in this effort to further reduce street 
and highway accidents. 

Employes are encouraged to fill out the blank 
appearing on this page and give it to their imme- 
diate supervisor. You will be notified as to dates 
and place where the courses will be held. 

Please enroll me in National Safety Council's 
"Defensive Driving Course." I understand that the 
cost will be $1.50, payable when the course starts. 






WILL YOUR child be the 
next one to be hit by a 
car on a Chicago street? 

This is the frightening 
question asked by the 
Citizen's Traffic Safety 
Board in its 1967 edition 
of Chicago Traffic Acci- 
dent Facts released re- 

The startling answer, based on information 
compiled from information records of the Chicago 
Police Department, is that out of every 20 Chicago 
children, one will be struck and injured by a car 
before the child's 10th birthday. Backing it up is 
the fact that 4, 296 children under 10 were struck 
by cars in Chicago last year. 

The statistics show that young children and old 
people were the most frequent victims in fatal 
traffic accidents in Chicago during 1966. Forty- 
nine children under 10 years were killed while 
crossing streets on foot and 50 men and women 
over 65 years old were killed. The child deaths 
were 48 per cent over the 33 deaths in the group in 
1965 and the older pedestrians were 35 per cent 
over the 37 killed in 1965. 

However, it is interesting to note that more 
fatal accidents occur in the age group of 25 to 44, 
both last year and over a 10-year average, than in 
any other age group. Sixty in that bracket were 
killed during 1966, and 12,980 were injured. 

With Chicago's changeable weather and severe 
wintry storms one might think that accidents and 
deaths attributed to automobiles would be at the 
highest point during the winter. But the statistics 
indicate that the months of May and June top all 
the others in the number of accidents and deaths 
by months, at least during 1966. 

In view of the facts collected in the survey, it 
is noteworthy that the passenger accident frequency 

1966 Statistics Reveal Common 

DO YOUR best to reduce 

the mounting traffic toll. 

Enroll in the CTA-sponsored Defensive Driving Course. 
See Enrollment Blank on Page 3 

Causes of Traffic Accidents 

rate on CTA buses in 1966 was the lowest on re- 
cord. The rate of 7. accidents per one million 
passengers carried on the surface system in 1966 
was 2.5 per cent below the previous record estab- 
lished in 1965. 

What is the cause of most automobile accidents? 
Improper actions by drivers, according to the sta- 
tistics compiled by the Citizens Traffic Safety 

The major cause of street and highway mishaps 
is following too closely behind the car ahead. Sec- 
ond is right-of-way violation. Driving too fast 
rates third. Drinking before driving is fourth. A 
high proportion of rear-end collisions occur in 
expressways and at signalized intersections. Most 
of these involve the "too close" driving error. 

Perhaps it's not too significant to the overall 
story, but it might be enlightening information that 
last year Saturdays and Sundays accounted for 
more fatal accidents than any two weekdays. There 
were 68 fatal accidents on Saturdays and 49 on 
Sundays. Fridays were next highest with 48 fatal 
accidents. Fewest, 31, were on Thursdays. 

As a footnote to the subject, it should be noted 
that CTA is cooperating with the National Safety 
Council in a Defensive Driving program. CTA was 
a pioneer in establishing this type of training and 
all operators are required to complete the course 
satisfactorily before being qualified as a driver. 

Name Three to New 
Station Appointments 

TRANSFER OF superintendents affecting three 
surface system operating stations were announced 
effective May 14. 

In a bulletin signed by D. M. Flynn, superin- 
tendent of transportation, and approved by C. E. 
Keiser, operating manager, G. D. Peyton was 
named assistant superintendent, Kedzie; J. E. Will 
became relief station superintendent, 52nd and 
Beverly, and J. Logay took over as relief super- 
intendent, Archer and Lawndale. 





HONORS FOR achievement are almost common- 
place for Abigail Foerstner, daughter of CTA 
operator William H. Foerstner, Limits Station, 
whom she made proud recently by being named 

recipient of a 1967 $500.00 scholarship for study 
at the University of Iowa School of Journalism. 

Miss Foerstner, a senior at Mother Theodore 
Guerin High school in River Grove, is editor-in- 
chief of Portals, the campus news magazine. As a 
member of Guerin 1 s news bureau, she wrote fre- 
quent articles for neighborhood newspapers. Scho- 
lastically, she ranks first in her class of 355, and 
she has maintained this number one rating in each 
of her years in high school. 

She has been awarded a Scholastic Key for her 
academic performance each year at Guerin. She 
is vice-president of Mu Alpha Theta, and a mem- 
ber of National Honors Society, the French Club, 
the Glee Club, the Human Relations Club, and the 
Sodality. She has received awards at the last three 
Illinois State Science Fairs. 

Miss Foerstner also has received certificates 
for outstanding records in other school activities. 

Rider Lauds CTA Bus Operators for Driving Prowess 

UNDER THE headline "A salute to CTA men" ap- 
pearing in the "Letter to the Editor" column in 
Chicago's American recently, a CTA rider replies 
to a letter submitted by a reader who bemoaned the 
lot of truck drivers and the trial and tribulations 
they experience in their daily duties. 

In a reply, the perceptive writer in rebuttal, 
recites the characteristic traffic hazards encoun- 
tered by CTA bus operators as they guide their 
vehicles along Chicago streets. The letter is prin- 
ted below: 

"In a letter, a Mrs. Pia, carrying the ball for 
teamsters, cites, among other things, the care 
they must exercise when driving, the dangers in 
traffic, and the chance of incurring kidney trouble. 

"All drivers have to be careful, those who get 
paid for rolling down the highways and those who 
consume their own gas. Luckily for the truck dri- 
vers, when there is a brush with private cars, the 
fortress-type vehicle often comes out unscathed. 

"As to danger and responsibility while driving, 
my hat's off to our CTA drivers. They have to 
watch out for thoughtless school children, for 
prankster punks strung out in front of on rushing 
buses, for oldsters and the infirm starting across 
on the red light, and for ambulances and fire trucks 
in their wild dashes. 

"Their runs must be made night and day, come 
snow, rain, sleet, or high winds. Their more pre- 
cious cargo is humans. 

"Riders can be a mixture of nice folks, drunks, 
pickpockets, mashers, and bad eggs. The CTA 
driver must help the sightless in boarding and 
leaving the bus. The song, Highways are Happy 
Ways, is not for him. He collects fares, makes 
change, honks trucks out of his way, gives direc- 
tions to lost citizens, and must be a born diplomat." 

Our thanks to the writer of the letter for his 
well-taken salute to CTA operating personnel. 

Thomas F. Moore, Retired Superintendent, Dies at 66 

MASS FOR Thomas F. Moore, 66, retired super- 
intendent of operating stations for Chicago Transit 
Authority, who died April 25, was held on April 29 
at St. Hilary's church, 2734 W. Bryn Mawr. 

Mr. Moore retired May 1, 1966, with 49 years 
and 10 months of service with CTA and the former 
Chicago Surface Lines. 

He began his transit career on June 21, 1916, 
as a clerk and telephone operator in the Accident 
and Investigation Department of CSL. On April 16, 
1945, he stepped up to relief district superintendent 

in the Transportation Department and on June 24, 
1951, was appointed superintendent of operating 
stations, the position held at the time of his re- 

In addition to his wife, Jessie, Mr. Moore is 
survived by a son, Thomas F. ; a daughter, Mrs. 
Patricia Hanna; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. 
Florence Boesen, and a brother, Vincent J. 

Visitation was at Drake and Sons Funeral Home , 
5303 N. Western avenue. Interment was at Cal- 
vary cemetery. 

MAY, 1967 

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CTA Golfers Tee Off in Season Opener 

THE SKIES obliged with some real, though nippy, 
golfing weather on May 6 at White Pines Golf club 
when some 50 CTA employes assembled for the 
annual spring tournament to try out their skill at 
driving and putting after a long and wearisome 
winter season. 

While they were not up to championship form 
and hardly ready to challenge Arnold Palmer or 
Ben Hogan, they managed to finish 18 holes without 
running out of breath or expending all their energy. 
As a matter of fact, they acquitted themselves 
very well. 

THE HAPPY golfers start the day's activities by posing for 
a group picture and pleading with the photographer to make 
it snappy. 

This was verified by the groundskeeper who had 
no complaints to make about the fairways being cut 
up by divots, so they must have been hitting the 
ball cleanly on those long drives. 

Pictured on this page are some random shots of 
the early bird contestants as they opened the 1967 
season, if not with professional skill certainly with 
an eager approach. 

ONCE OUT on the fairway, this 
foursome waits breathlessly while a 
member attempts to hole-out. 

IN THE foreground, CTA Board 
Chairman George L. DeMent takes a 
swing as he goes for a long one and 
the gallery stands by to watch the 
ball in flight. Incidentally, Mr. 
DeMent won the second prize award. 

THINGS WERE looking better as this 
threesome completed the 18th hole. 
Now that it's all over for them they 
head for the clubhouse. 

WINNERS OF the first, third, and 
fourth prizes ore these three happy 
golfers. Left to right: Art Tonner, 
Photography, fourth; Roger Jestice, 
Claim, third, and Mario Munoz, 
Engineering, first. G. S. Graybiel, 
general superintendent of purchases, 
specifications and stores, took over 
the camera while Art, the photo- 
grapher, stepped up in front with 
the winners. 


AN IMPORTANT asset to CTA's operational poli- 
cies is the attitude of its employes towards their 
jobs and to the riders who pay the fares. Although 
CTA is doing everything possible to make its ser- 
vice more attractive to passengers, it must rely 
on personal service courteously performed and 
marked by respect for our customers. In most 
instances, customers respond with letters of ap- 
preciation of a job well done. A few of such letters 

Operator Cleven Wardlow, Badge No. 1972, 
Limits Station: "It is a pleasure to call attention 
to one of CTA's bus operators, a man who is doing 
an outstanding job for your company and customers . 
This man is alert, intelligent, courteous and cheer- 
ful, a competent and safe operator. He greeted 
passengers entering his bus and had a pleasant 
word for them as they left. He kept the riders 
informed as to the next stops, and, in addition he 
was an excellent tour conductor in that he called 
attention to the Water Tower, hotels, and other 
places of interest found near each stop. Despite 
the dismal rainy morning the riders became in- 
fected with this man's good will and enjoyed the 
trip. " 

Operator John R. Porter, Badge No. 8566, Ked- 
zie Station: "Earlier today I boarded bus number 
8487, making the Ohio-Union Station run. After I 
was seated for several minutes, a lady passenger 
began to harangue the driver for what she consid- 
ered to be a sudden start. She took his badge num- 
ber and threatened to notify supervisors and/or 
lawyers about the incident. Since I was not aboard 
the bus when the incident occurred I can make no 
statement as to the validity of the lady's claim. 
The point I would like to make is that during the 
time I was on the bus your driver conducted him- 
self as a perfect gentleman in the face of what must 
have been extremely strong temptations to reply. 
Furthermore, your driver drove very smoothly 
and carefully from the time I entered to the end of 
the trip. This driver's exemplary conduct was 
outstanding. " 

Operator Sterling Bolton, Badge No. 3090, North 
Avenue Station: "This morning I boarded a bus at 
Chicago and LaSalle streets. There was a woman 
who could not run for the bus and when she reached 
it she had difficulty in climbing the step. This was 
due to a foot injury that made her use a cane and 
take great care with the ice and traffic. Your man 

was thoughtful, kind and polite. He waited for her 
and was most careful to stop the bus so that she 
could avoid the icy street and step on the level 
curbing. These days it is so good to find someone 
who has the interest of others at heart and is not 
afraid to take the time to act on a good impluse. 
My congratulations and best wishes to him. We 
need more of this type of man. " 

Operator Willie Trask, Badge No. 4228, North 
Avenue Station: "I would like to commend the dri- 
ver who this morning performed an 'act of valor' 
on the Cicero route, heading south. For some- 
times commuters boarded buses without paying the 
fare at the Eisenhower (Congress) 'L' by entering 
the rear door after passengers leave the bus and 
hold the door open so that others can board. On 
the occasion I noted, the driver came to the back 
of the bus and collected money and transfers des- 
pite heckling by customers. The driver stood his 
ground until he received all fares. He deserves 
praise. This situation has existed for some time 
and I feel that this employe should be commended 
for his action. " 

Operator Lawrence Rockmore, Badge No. 10784, 
52nd Station: "At the age of 75 years I took my 
first ride on a No. 5 Jeffrey bus, boarding it at 
Washington and Michigan. My destination -- 79th 
street. After hearing many complaints about the 
uncleanliness of the south side buses, I was much 
surprised to step into such a clean, immaculate 
bus and enjoyed my ride. I wish to commend the 
driver who was most courteous and kind in giving 
so many their directions at various intersections. 
Another comment I wish to make is I feel many 
oldsters like myself appreciate them calling out 
the streets stop by stop. If there were more like 
Operator 10784, bus riding would be a pleasure 
and more enjoyable. " 

Volume XX 


Number 4 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 

David E. Evans, Editor 

Robert D. Heinlein, Assistant Editor 

F. C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2,00, Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Ploza, Chicago, Illinois 60654, 

MAY, 1967 


By Doctor George H. Irwin, CTA Medical Consultant 


MANY PEOPLE throughout the world are taking 
tranquilizer pills to get relief from tension and 
anxiety. The use of the tranquilizer drugs is very 
widespread and is growing rapidly. 

The term tranquilizer is oftenmisunderstood or 
misinterpreted. Actually the word means to calm, 
soothe, or reduce tension and emotions. They are 
not sedatives like the barbituates which are fre- 
quently used to induce sleep. 

Tranquilizers are chemical substances, mostly 
in the form of pills, used generally to reduce anx- 
iety and can only be obtained upon a physician's 
prescription. It should be stated that pills are not 
the only tranquilizers. Two very common methods 
of obtaining tranquility are (1) smoking cigarettes, 
(2) drinking liquor. It is sometimes said that tran- 
quilizing begins early in life and the example of a 
baby sucking his thumb is characteristic. In the 
older people, biting finger nails often is practiced. 
It has been estimated that nearly a third of all pre- 
scriptions now contain some form of tranquilizer. 
Like many new drugs they are used in cases in 
which they are not indicated. The proper dosage 
is very important for the best results. Even then 
there may be undesirable side effects. 

The best results from the use of tranquilizers 
are obtained in the treatment of the disturbed and 
uncooperative mental patients. They frequently 
render patients amenable to other kinds cf treat- 
ment which helps to bring about an ultimate cure 
or at least a good result. In other words tranquil- 
izers do help in mental cases but they do not strike 
at the root of illness. 

Habit forming is not present in the use of tran- 
quilizers as it is with the "sedative group" of drugs. 
However, they do serve as a crutch for relaxation 
and should not be used over a long period of time. 
The best results should come early in the use of 
these drugs . 

Is driving unsafe while taking tranquilizers? 
Not necessarily so. It all depends on how much 
one is taking. Perhaps one a day would have no ill 
effect. However, it should be remembered that 
taking tranquilizers in a bigger dose over a longer 
period of time does slow down one's reaction time. 
When this occurs accidents can happen. 

As noted before, one of the outstanding and fa- 
vorable uses of tranquilizers has been in treating 
the mentally ill patient. Statistics have proven that 
these drugs definitely reversed the long term rise 
in number of hospitalized mental patients. 

A few other examples of the beneficial effects 
is the woman with long hard labor pains. The drug 
aids the progress of labor and reduces the amount 
of anesthetic required at childbirth. A child having 
his tonsils out or an adult for most any operation 
may be given tranquilizer pills to suppress post- 
operative nausea or vomiting. An individual with 
acute alcoholism is given the drug to help his 
frightening sobering-up stresses. 

A housewife sometimes driven to exhaustion by 
worries and family emergencies often finds relief 
from the pills. In this way she may get her work 
done and deal with problems effectively. 

Then we have the ulcer patient, the heart case, 
and colitis and other cases in which increased 
anxiety or tension may be an aggravating factor. 
Often the judicious use of tranquilizers will help 
get these people back to work. 

In the veterinary field some strange beneficial 
use of these pills have come to light. For exam- 
ple cows sometimes balk the first time they are 
attached to a milking machine. A proper tran- 
quilizer helps the cow to adjust contentedly to a 
new lifetime career. Poultry feeds with minute 
amounts of this drug help chickens to grow bigger. 
Cattle frequently lose weight when being shipped to 
the stockyards. When given tranquilizer they lose 
less, sometimes as much as 40 pounds less. Spe- 
cial guns which shoot tranquilizer darts enable 
zoo-keepers to quiet wild animals. 

What are the limitations of tranquilizers? The 
drugs actually do not cure mental or emotional ill- 
ness, but they are remarkable "crutches" and often 
speed recovery by making an otherwise inaccessi- 
ble patient "reachable" by psychiatric treatment. 
Tranquilizers are adjuncts to other measures that 
may be necessary. However, electro-shock and 
other similar drastic measures are less often 
necessary today. 

Remember, the miracles of the tranquilizers 
are real but so are their limitations. Under no 
circumstances should a person take these pills ex- 
cept under a doctor's advice. So if you are feeling 
nervous or emotionally upset arrange for an exam- 
ination with your family physician. 



Do you think all drivers should take a 
course in defensive driving? 


Beverly Station 

Tom Daniels 

JOHN KIRBY, clerk (with reporter Tom Daniels): "With 
the tremendous increase in autos on the road today, I 
believe a defensive driving course for all drivers would 
reduce the number of accidents which are occuring daily." 

J. H. SMITH, operator: "Yes, 

to sharpen that skill which 

we as professional drivers 
have already." 

instructor: "All drivers of 

vehicles should be given a 
course in defensive driving 
when applying for a drivers' 
license. This would make them 
defensive drivers and there 
would be less accidents." 

erator: "Women drivers es- 
pecially should take a course in 
defensive driving. They have 
less accidents now because men 
watch out for them." 

FRANK J. DUCZMAN, mechanic: 
"At the time when they renew 
their licenses, drivers should be 
checked to see if they can pass 
a defensive driving test." 


ACCOUNTING (Revenue) - 

Last year about this time, when ALICE CLEARY's 
daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren moved to Stock- 
ton, California, I would have bet anyone on the locale of 
Alice's next vacation. As it turned out, I had a sure 
thing going, for Alice has just returned from a happy re- 
union with her family in Stockton. She also visited a 
cousin in Los Angeles, and saw a little of San Francisco. 
Among the sights were visits to Graumann's Chinese 
Theater, Knotts Berry Farm (with the old western train 
and stagecoach robberies), and Laguna Beach Art Gal- 
lery. . . Welcome to CURTIS BURRELL, transfer coun- 
ter. . . Best of luck to PAUL JANKOWSKI on his trans- 
fer to Claims. 

- y*OKKt P&U4 

(General) - 

ROBERT BAXTER, budget accountant, received a 
postcard recently from W. COMSTOCK, retired budget 
supervisor, mailed from Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Corn- 
stock stated that he has been in the land of sunshine for 
three months and was enjoying every minute of his vaca- 
tion. He sends greetings to his friends and former as- 
sociates . . . IRMA KROWN, formerly of Voucher, and 
MAE KEARNS, formerly of the Material k Supplies Sec- 
tion, came into the office on their way to the Assumption 
Church dinner. Mae has just recovered from a recent 
illness. However, both girls look "in the pink" and are 
thoroughly enjoying their retirement . . . MARTHA NE- 
FFAS, Voucher, during her spring vacation drove to 
Pheasant Run and to Milwaukee where she took pleasure 
in the cuisine of the German restaurants there. Spring 
is a beautiful time of the year to drive when all the flow- 
ers and trees are coming alive after the long, cold win- 

- TKatU Vtttbut 

[Material & Supply) - 

Your scribe has "joined the club" and is wearing a 
cast on her right arm due to a fracture from a fall in her 
home . . . TOM McGRATH, supervisor, M. & S. , was 
one of the lucky winners at the Assumption Church din- 
ner held in the M. & M. Club in the Mart on April 18, 
his prize being a pair of Italian marble horse head book- 

of the Quarter ot Grand 
Forks Air Force Base, North 
Dakota, was Airman Second 
TON, who was chosen for 
this distinction because of 
his exemplary military bear- 
ing, conduct, and other quali- 
fications. Richard is the 
TON, information clerk in the 
Transportation Department. 

ends. Tom had been shopping for bookends and since he 
had not found what he wanted, these came as a pleasant 

(Payroll) - 

"Don't rock the boat, please" was the request to the 
Payroll Department when they took JOSEPHINE AUGIT- 
TO out to a pre-nuptual dinner on the Sari-S showboat 
restaurant in the Chicago river. Everyone had a swing- 
ing time. They presented her with some gifts to help 
her in her future position as a wife . . . We welcome 
LORRAINE BUEHLER back to work after her accident. 
She is doing very well--keep up the good work . . . At 
last we got to see and meet DORIS YOST's new grandson, 
KEITH. Her daughter and husband and baby flew home 
from Japan for a visit, so they brought the little guy to 
see us. We weren't surprised to hear him speak such 
good Japanese at 1 3 months--he does take after grandma! 

- &iU** Tluvuuttm 


Operator VIRGIL TRIMMER returned home after a 
vacation trip to Florida to find his home was damaged by 
a tornado, and to count his blessings that he wasn't in 
Hometown or Oak Lawn . . . Operator JOE JAROS' bus 
and your scribe's bus stopped at 86th place and Vincen- 
nes to await the tornado. Joe was pretty worried be- 
cause he knew his beautiful wife rides my bus. We won't 
forget this for a long time and neither will the passen- 
gers under the seats. We salute the Knights of Colum- 
bus for donating $2,000 to the Oak Lawn disaster fund. 
What have you done to help? . . Received a nice letter 
from Pensioner BERNARD "Go Go" ZESCH, whose ad- 
dress is now 2621 3rd Ave. N. , St. Petersburg, Florida 
33713. Bernie and his wife are enjoying themselves in 
the Sun State and would like to hear from his old buddies 
from Beverly. Drop him a line and say hello . . . Let's 
cut out our TV programs for a night and write a few lines 
to the boys in Viet Nam to keep up their moral. Do you 
remember when you were in the service and you read 
those same old letters over and over . . , Father MI- 
CHAEL FORAN, C.S.C., of Notre Dame is sponsoring 
three nine-day Canadian shrine pilgrimage tours leaving 
O'Hare Airport June 24, July 15, and August 26. You 
can also spend three days at Montreal and see the World's 
Fair. If you don't know where to go, this is the trip to 
make. See your scribe or Pensionier ERNEST TOCCI. 
Thanks to Genevieve Dunne of the Beverly Bank Public 
Relations Department for her help in the Canadian pil- 
grimage trip. Father "Mike" will roll out the "Red Car- 
pet" for her when she comes to Notre Dame . . . Father 
ARTHUR MURPHY, M.M., son of Supervisor ART MUR- 
PHY, thanks everyone for their support in helping him 
start his church in Korea. The operators at Beverly 
were very generous and Father Art will always think of 
you in his prayers. Hats off to JERRY GLEASON, the 
chairman of the Ad program which played a big part in 
raising nearly $4,000 for the Father Murphy Maryknoll 
Missionary. . . We wish a speedy recovery to Pensioner 
JACK FALSEY and Instructor WALTER BAYER, who 
are on the sick list. 

- 7** Z><uucU 



CONGRESS (Agents) - 

Agent JULIA MATTERN and her husband, RAYMOND, 
are looking forward to another family wedding. Their 
son, BRUCE, is engaged to beautiful and charming JO 
ANNE MANNINE of Berkeley. Julia is bubbling over 
with happiness . . . Our sympathy to the family of Mo- 
torman MILAN on the loss of their dear mother, DORIS 
MILAN, for whom services were held at the Zion Hill 
church on April 4 . . . Shop Foreman JOHN CANNELLA 
walked the halls with his son-in-law, FRANK, when 
John's daughter, LOUISE, became the mother of a third 
child, JOHN MICHAEL SOMMESE, on Monday, April 17. 
Congratulations ! . . Pensioner and former agent ROSE 
STRITESKY left for an extended visit in the state of 
Washington at her daughter's. Rose's grandson is now 
in Vietnam . . . Our condolences to the family of LINDA 
TAPINS on the loss of their beloved mother . . . We are 
happy to hear that Conductor WILLIAM PAYNE, Agent 
on the road to recovery. . . Pensioner and former agent 
ANN DOW LING is now out of the hospital and well on the 
road to recovery in a home in Evanston . . . Agent BEA- 
TRICE CLARK will celebrate her birthday on May 18 
with a card party . . . Porter JAMES BAKER will cele- 
brate his birthday on June 3 with his family and friends 
... A big welcome to all new CTA employes. 

The Cook County Junior Conference of the American 
Legion was heldApril 9 at the Evergreen Park American 
Legion Post. Juniors from all nine districts participa- 
ted. Second District Juniors won an award for having 
100 per cent membership, one of only two districts that 
attained this goal. JANET SABADOSA of the CTA unit 
No. 1216 won the first place prize in the Poppy center- 
piece competition. PATRICIA SABADOSA of the CTA 
unit won second place for a scrapbook on scenic Illinois. 
Janet also won second place for an Americanism scrap- 
book on America the Beautiful. The Second Division 
Juniors did a fine job for such a small group. Peggy 
Sabadosa had the honor of being the sergent at arms. 
The winning entries will now be submitted to the Depart- 
ment Conference which will be held at the University of 
Illinois campus in Urbana on May 20. The Juniors meet 
at various homes where some member of the family must 
be a member of the post. 

- (Julia %>tau4t/L 


The 21st annual retirement dinner in honor of retiring 
personnel was held at Ray Harrington's. The Honored 
Retired guests of the Electrical Department were: G. 
Nelson, S. Gecan, R. Rogers, D. Griffin, G. Andrews, 
T. Lanigan, J. Michnick, E. Pardell, L. Rasmussen, 
F. Hennengsen, A. Raddatz, A. Schmaehl, J. Bloom- 
berg, C. Mimmack, H. Geier, J. Bourne, C. Stahle, E. 
Boyle, T. Kelly, and R. White. The dinner committee 
consisted of R. Dorgan, K. Mikota, C. Malottke, R. 
Booth, J. Lamb, H. Anderson, W. Rehder, R. Bieniasz, 
W. Kopke, S. Charleton, R. Ferguson, M. Cook, B. Jau- 
man and Chairman H. Coyne. Toastmaster E. Tegtow 
did a fine job. There were 209 guests present at the din- 
ner. We are looking forward to next year, when we ex- 
pect the dinner to be held on a Friday night . . . By the 
time this goes to press we will have had another retire- 
ment, Inspector CLYDE PETERSON will leave on June 1. 
Mr. Peterson will have 43 years of service ... At this 
time I must mention that your co-reporter, WILLIAM 


REHDER, has become a grandfather for the 4th time. 
LINDLEY was born March 18 at Greensboro, No. Caro- 
lina . . . Sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to CHAR- 
WILLIAM HOOVER . . . M. COOK and his wife spent 
some vacation time at Hot Springs, Arkansas. MIKE 
RICKSON spent his vacation sitting on his back porch en- 
joying Chicago's ever changing weather. LEROY KUT- 
CHINS and his wife enjoyed a trip to Hawaii. Mr. and 
Mrs. H. COYNE had a nice trip to Cincinnatti, Ohio. 
JOHN DARCY will be the first of us to visit Expo 67 and 
will be able to give the rest of the gang all the informa- 
tion they need for their summer trek to the Fair. A 
WILMONT and his wife visited NewOrleans and Ormond, 


DANIEL HIRSCHFELD, his wife, EILEEN, and dau- 
ghter, HELEN, three years old, welcomed DEBORAH on 
April 9. Congratulations to the happy family . . . JOE 
URBASZEWSKI and his fiancee received hearty congratu- 
lations from Joe's dad on Easter Sunday morning in the 
hospital when Joe presented the engagement ring. Joe's 
dad passed away on the following Friday. Our condo- 
lences to you Joe and your family. 


Hi, Men! Well our summer is rolling in on us and I 
suppose it won't be too long 'till we all hear those fishing 
tales . . . Recently Operator H. P. BOWERS won $500 
at his V. F.W. Post. How about that! And he wasn't 
even aware of it. Oh, well, he's planning on using it for 
a good cause, on the Mrs. . . ANDREW LEE was in the 
hospital for ulcers. Understand he had a great time 
with his nurses. But the doctor and Lee didn't see eye 
to eye. The doctor had a hard time keeping our fine 
friend in bed for his health. Our last news was Lee won 
out. But his doctor was glad to get rid of him . . . DAN- 
pairman, and is now at North Avenue. Good luck, Dan- 
iel, maybe one of these days we'll be able to have you at 
Forest Glen . . . Recently while yours truly was out 
driving I happened to spot our fine friend, COLBURN, 
and his lovely wife, RUBY, walking hand in hand. It 
looked nice to see a couple who seemed so haDpy together. 
I hope you both walk through the rest of your lives like 
that ... To Supervisor CARL SORENSEN, a happy be- 
lated birthday. You still look about 39. Understand Carl 
and the Mrs. will be married 41 years in a few months. 
Supervisor Sorensen is better known for his smile, al- 
ways having a kind word and his readiness to help all . . . 
Supervisor JOHN "Swede" ANDERSON just returned from 
a two-week vacation in sunny Florida. The rest seemed 
to agree with old John. Welcome back . . . These are 
the names of our new supervisors, BILL LANE and 
PETE 0'SULLIVAN--the best of luck men . . . Condo- 
lences to GEORGE EDWARDS who recently lost his mo- 
ther . . . To our operators and repairmen in the mili- 
tary service of the U.S. we send the word that we are 
all behind you. No "Vietniks" in our group. Fly the 
Flag Memorial Day . . . On vacation are night owls 
Clerk HERB SCHMITT and Clerk LES RAGE. Enjoy 
yourself men . . . HOWARD "Lucky" BOWERS, the ace 
of Austin Boulevard, is happy these days--besides pick- 

MAY, 1967 



ing a good run he has luck to prove it . . . Operator 
BILL HUKILL was presented a beautiful baby daughter 
on April 3. Mrs. PEGGY HUKILL says Bert stood up 
just fine during the ordeal. The best to the new arrival 
. . . Operator BERG's daughter, CAROLYN, was mar- 
ried at St. Martha's church in Morton Grove April 22. 
The fellows at Forest Glen wish the newlyweds a life of 
happiness . . . Why does Operator N. E. MACY still 
have the price tag on his car after 6 months? Of course 
he may have stock in the company . . . STANLEY SKIBA 
had his first grandson. More will follow, Stanley. We'll 
have to get used to calling you grandpa now . . . GEO- 
RGE FUENTES and family are planning on a trip to Can- 
ada to see the World's Fair. It's about time he spends 
that money that he's carrying around in his shoe . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN BECK will be having a large party 
April 16 when this fine couple will be celebrating their 
35th anniversary. Many, many more folks . . . We have 
two new pensioners—Operators EMMETT KANE and 
EARL COX. Have a rest fellows and don't forget to drop 
by for a visit. Good luck, boys . . . Final standing for 
attendance award at the monthly union meeting for the 
year of 1966-67: Forest Glen was second. Let's make 
the top spot this year. We need a little more help from 
some of the men who have failed to attend. ANDY KOH- 
LER and ED STOBART send their thanks to all who made 
this possible . . . Be sure to see your Credit Union for 
that new car and vacation expenses. Always at your ser- 
vice . . . Received a card from our fine friends, LEWIS 
and LEANA TIGNAC, who spent several weeks touring 
the West. They had a ball in Los Angeles, California. 
Tignac is one of our early morning clerks--the one with 
the big smile. Some card, Lewis . . . Operator and 
Mrs. PAUL A. BOETTIN on Saturday the 22nd of April 
celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Quite a time 
was had by all at the Jolly club. Sorry, folks, yours 
truly and the Mrs. couldn't make it. Maybe the next 
time. Lots of luck and another 25 years of happiness to- 
gether . . . TED GALUS is up for election to the post of 
senior vice-commander of the Park Ridge VFW Post 
#3579 . . . Little Flower committee of Forest Glen sta- 
tion thanks the members for their fine response to the 
annual membership drive and the semi-annual Commun- 
ion breakfast held in March. . . WALLY WARNER looks 
fine after retiring the first of the year. 

GENERAL OFFICE (Training & Accident Prevention) - 

The stork had such a busy schedule recentl/ that he 
became confused and delivered a new baby girl to the 
BURT BOSAN family two months ahead of time. Born 
April 6 at Lying-in hospital, little FAITH MARIE is do- 
ing just fine. Burt and his wife, EUCLYN, as well as 
the baby's two sisters, SHARON, age 14, GABRIELLE, 
age 3, and brother, BURT Jr., age 10, are delighted 
with the new addition to the family . . . On April 20 the 
stork was on schedule when he delivered another sweet 
little girl to the TED JUNG family at the Frank Cuneo 
Memorial hospital; she was named HEIDI LOUISE. Ted, 
his wife, BILLIE, and the baby's two sisters, LINDA, 
age 10, and CYNTHIA, age 8, are all dancing attention 
around her . . . JOSEPH O'SULLIVAN, his wife, HEL- 
EN, and two sons, MARTY and JOHN, spent the Easter 
vacation in Phoenix, Arizona. They also visited Nogales, 
Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Sun City, and Scottsdale. 
They explored Superstition Mountain looking for the lost 
gold mine --but had no luck. Then they tried Camelback 
Mountain where a mishap occurred which luckily was not 
too serious. Marty fell 30 feet when a rocky ledge gave 


way. His right leg required 13 stitches. Nevertheless, 
they all managed to have a good time. Joe said his plane 
ride was terrific, which was made especially so by a 
delightful stewardess named MARY SULLIVAN--the luck 
of the Irish. 

Your reporter received a nice card from Europe from 
Pensioner and Former Electrical Engineer CARL WOLF 
and his wife who, after finishing a prearranged tour 
through the near East, continued on their own after ac- 
quiring a car. They toured through Frankfort, Germany, 
along the Rhine to Heidelburg and then through the Black 
Forest where they encountered a beautiful snowstorm. 
They crossed France east to west to the Atlantic then 
down to Paris and several other cities and towns. From 
there they went south to Spain, taking a trip through the 
Pyrennes Mountains, then down to Madrid and from there 
to Portugal. What a nice way to spend some retirement 
time . . . News of another busy pensioner arrived re- 
cently. This time it was WILLIAM T. ROSER, formerly 
of the Real Estate Department. Bill and two other scout 
leaders of Lake County had the Silver Beaver award con- 
ferred upon them at the annual scout leaders appreciation 
dinner of the North Shore Area Council, Boy Scouts of 
America, at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. 
Bill has been an active worker in the scout organization 
for more than 30 years in the Libertyville and Northwest 
District. Bill served as cubmaster for 13 years and 
served as a member of the district board of review and 
the council eagle board of review for more than 1 5 years. 
Very good, Bill, keep up the good work and we send you 
our best wishes. 

(Insurance) - 

united in marriage at St. Michael's church on April 15. 
A reception was held at the Jolly Club. The happy couple 
honeymooned in Florida. A dinner honoring Terry was 
given by the Insurance Department girls at the Homestead 
in Maywood just prior to the wedding. The office pre- 
sented Terry and Lee with a clock radio as a wedding 


The Illinois Credit Union League held their 37th an- 
nual convention at the Conrad Hilton hotel. Their meet- 
ing lasted three days and on Saturday, April 8, they held 
their banquet. About 5,000 persons attended from all 
over the state, they also had some representatives from 
Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan to get some points and 
views on how to conduct their credit unions in the same 
manner as Illinois'. The annual meeting committee in- 
cluded the following: General Chairman T. J. Heffernan, 
Kedzie Depot; Registration, Mary Chiero, Local 743; 
Entertainment, Robert A. Kratt, Farmall Credit Union; 
Educational Display, John T. Harkins, North Shore Gas 
Employes Credit Union, and Group Discussions, Robert 
R. Kramka, Illinois Credit Union League. Operator Ted 
Heffernan opened the meeting with a speech of welcome 
to all. His address to the banquet was truly a speech of 
art. Congratulations to you, Mr. T. J. Heffernan, on 
your accomplishments, and for the hard work you put in 
the credit union league. Operator Heffernan is also 
president of the Kedzie Credit Union. Mrs. Heffernan 
held a little party afterwards, everyone enjoyed them- 
selves . . . Mr. and Mrs. EDWIN HOLLER are vaca- 
tioning in Chicago. They surprised us at Galewood 
church, where they are members. The Hollers now live 
in Los Angeles, California. They'll be in town for two 




weeks. Edwin has a vendors business in L.A. , he is a 
former operator out of Kedzie, he stopped at the depot to 
say hello to some of his buddies, it was sure good to see 
him. I hope the Hollers have a better flight back home, 
when they came to Chicago they were just behind the tor- 
nado that hit us and they were grounded three times and 
it took them about eight hours to get here, while the 
flight was to be only 3 1/2 hours . . . Superintendents E. 
PETERSON, G. PAYTON, and G. DAUBS send their 
congratulations to all operators and our Repair Depart- 
ment in keeping our buses in top shape. Kedzie won first 
place in the 1st quarter of 1967, a job well done by all. 
We had coffee and rolls and a drawing for some wonder- 
ful gifts and an ash tray was given to everyone. Instruc- 
tor JERRY KNOPF is proud ofKedzie's record, and says 
keep up the good driving habits. As I am making this 
issue in April we have eight zero days of no accidents, 
maybe we can beat April of 1966 . . . Instructing Sup- 
ervisor ARTHUR L. KRICKOW of the Training School at 
2660 N. Clark street retired May 1. He stopped at Ked- 
zie to say so long. It was good to see him. When he 
was a supervisor Kedzie ■was in his district; he had a 
good talk with Superintendent E. PETERSON. I happened 
to be in the office at the time and we talked about the 
streetcars, and when Pete was a supervisor; the good 
old days are gone but not forgotten . . . Also going on 
pension May 1 were our chief receiver, KENNETH BUR- 
REL, who had 36 years of service, and our chief janitor, 
MICHAEL J. McNAMARA, who had 38 years of service. 
We send both of you our best for many happy years in 
your retirement . . . Congratulations to PATRICIA 
FRASSICO, who is engaged to be married to BILL SKIN- 
NER on the 17th of June. May the years ahead of you 
both be nothing but happiness. Patricia is the daughter 
of Operator C. J. FRASSICO . . . While making up this 
month's issue, still on the sick list are the following Op- 
erators: F. J. VALEK, T. McNAMARA, and TED J. 
HEFFERNAN; hope to see you back on the job soon . . . 
Our deepest sympathy to the family of pensioner PAT- 
RICK SCANLON who passed away March 31, to Retired 
Motorman THEODORE BECK and his family, and our 
deepest sympathy to Mrs. MOORE on the loss of her 
husband, THOMAS MOORE. Mr. Moore was superinten- 
dent of operating stations for the CTA and was retired. 
Requiem high mass was held at St. Hilary church . . . 
Our deepest sympathy is extended to receiver FRANK 
FOURNIER, whose sister, Mrs. C. MANLEY, lost her 
life in the tornado that hit Chicago April 21 ... I have a 
correction in my last issue, I welcomed Operator TONY 
SHEVCHUK back to work and I spelled his name wrong, 
I sure took the rib on that one . . . Vacation time is 
here, drive careful and let us hear about your trips. 
Our readers would like to read of your experiences or 
the large fish you caught . . . Congratulations to Opera- 
tor L. GASKILL and his lovely wife, ELLEN, they will 
celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary, we wish them 
many more . . . Congratulations to MARGARET ANN 
LARSEN, she was married to ROBERT G. MAHONY May 
13. Margaret Ann is the daughter of Board Member and 
Operator WILLIAM G. LARSEN. Many years of happi- 
ness to you both and may all your wants and dreams in 
married life come true. 


Hi ya gang; have you applied for your World Series 
tickets yet. Of course we anticipate the Series to be an 
all Chicago event. I wonder what was in that coffee I 
just drank--I'm having all kinds of hallucinations . . . 


All the fellows share in the good feelings of Operator 
GORDON TAYLOR, whose son, RONNIE, has returned 
from Viet Nam bringing with him the Purple Heart award. 
So don't call Gordie "Short Pants" Taylor anymore, be- 
cause he feels 10 feet tall . . . Speaking of being 10 feet 
tall brings to mind that Operator DON FREY's daughter, 
SHARON, gave birth to a darling baby girl answering to 
the name of DAWN. A slight misnomer, however, for 
this is Frey's fourth grandchild . . . The stork had to 
take a bundle to Operator DORSCH and his wife, THERE- 
SA, March 9 . . . Sorry 'bout that department, but the 
' line to the birthday bells was broken last time so here's 
belated greetings to EVELYN EVON COOPER, wife of 
mechanic WILLIE COOPER; you fellows know big Coop, 
so you know how sorry I am for being late. Also greet- 
ings, to C. ALLEN, April 29. The wife of big BILL 
KNUDSEN, GAIL, celebrated her 17th??? birthday Ap- 
ril 29. And happy birthday to Operator GEORGE KAR- 
RAS, May 26; Operator McGHEE, May 24; Operator 
KUGELBERG, April 26 . . . Bouquets and Boutonnieres 
department: one year size to Operator KOHLER and 
JUDI May 14. Lucky seven year greetings to Operator 
MENSON and MAE, May 15. Operator LOUIS HAYNES 
and DORIS, good wishes may 16. Operator ART BER- 
LINGUETTE and his wife, DOROTHY, struggled through 
to their first anniversary May 21--just kidding, folks. 
Last but by no means least, special greetings to Opera- 
tor CLIFFORD "Pete" PETERSON and his wife, HAR- 
RIET. It's 39 years for these two--now you know why 
Pete limps . . . Special greetings and salutations to 
garagemen PAUL DEVINE and JAMES NELSON . . . 
Congrats to Operator BOB POWELL on becoming vice 
commander of V. F.W. Post #2298 . . . Fellows, would 
you believe that Operator EDGAR was made--now get 
this --chaplain of V. F.W. Post #6366 of Northlake . . . 
The sad, sad story of the month award goes to Operator 
ED CAJDA who has vacationed three times before in Ar- 
kansas, but this time he gets lost enroute and also ran 
out of gas. Finally reaching his camp, the generator 
didn't work-no lights-power, etc. , of course he didn't 
have to worry about water because there was plenty of 
good fresh rain--fresh everyday. At last reports though 
the fish were biting real well--in Wisconsin that is. 
Can't wait 'til Ed returns to see if he got a ticket coming 
back home . . . When Superintendent DE WITT under- 
takes anything, he doesn't believe in halfway measures. 
He's going all the way to Hawaii for his hula hoop les- 
sons . . . Thinking of Operator BROWNING brings this 
little tidbit to mind, "The only way to entertain some 
folks is to listen to them." Bye for now. 

- ZvuU (*. gaiUm 

ARTHUR SIM and his wife 
are very elated as well as 
busy with preparations for 
the elaborate August wedding 
being planned by their son, 
JAMES A.. SIM of the CTA 
Police, and Miss LINDA 
PHELPS of Oak Park. Lindo 
(pictured here) is a school 

MAY, 1967 





South Shops, Emp. 4-30-29 

Office Services, Emp. 9-14-26 

Kedzie, Emp. 10-7-31 
JOHN BURNES, Chauffeur, 

Utility, Emp. 4-10-34 
SAM CARTER, Laborer, 

South Shops, Emp. 9-29-30 
MARY CASSELLS, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 6-23-41 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 4-5-37 
EARL R. COX, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 3-21-27 
EDWARD DION, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 12-28-28 
HARRY EITEL, Motorman, 

61st Street, Emp. 3-15-26 
ROBERT HEIDENBLUT, Carpenter Foreman, 

Building, Emp. 12-31-20 

North Section, Emp. 12-11-23 
EMMETT KANE, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 11-18-36 

Lake Street, Emp. 2-8-44 

North Park, Emp. 2-10-43 
ARTHUR KRICKOW, Supervising Instructor, 

Instruction, Emp. 9-16-29 

Building, Emp. 2-18-43 

South Shops, Emp. 4-13-45 
JOHN McKEE, Cleaner & Repairman, 

Archer, Emp. 5-15-26 

Kedzie, Emp. 9-10-29 


BILL MOSER is busting the buttons on his vest these 
days because his grandson is pitching for St. Mels High 
school and doing a wonderful job, and to make things 
better, his name is also BILL MOSER . . . "STACH" 
HYERCZYK said he wants to stay on 18th street as he 
never had it better. His wife was seen bringing a hot 
lunch to his bus the other day--I guess that's the reason 
. . . Our deepest sympathy to the family of THOMAS F. 
MOORE, retired superintendent of operating stations, 
who was buried Saturday, April 29, and to CHARLES 
PASTERNAK in the loss of his wife, LILLIAN, buried 
Thursday, April 20, and to the family of MAURICE BAR- 
RETT, buried Wednesday, April 5, and to FRANK BEL- 
LINO in the loss of his father-in-law, JOHN MAENTAN- 
IS, buried March 26 . . . And to the brighter side, a 
bouncing baby boy was delivered to the home of Mr. and 
Mrs. LAWRENCE WALKER . . . And Supervisor and 
Mrs. LARRY BERMINGHAM are proud grandparents of 
a bouncing baby boy one more time . . . Three of our 
men took their pensions on April 1, HAROLD BLOOM, 
TOM KURAS, and Instructor ED HAVLICEK. Come and 
pay us a visit fellas! . . And the welcome mat is out for 
our new instructor, JOE STEINBOCK ... At our Union 
Meeting of Division #241 Lawndale hit the jack pot in 

JOHN O'BRIEN, Conductor, 

Kimball, Emp. 1-11-40 

West Section, Emp. 6-11-26 
WALTER PASSOT, Stock Clerk, 

South Division, Emp. 9-5-29 
CARL SCHNOOR, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 6-5-25 
FRANK THOMPSON, Information Clerk, 

Transportation, Emp. 4-29-43 

69th Street, Emp. 2-10-20 
CARL WALDMANN, Stock Clerk, 

South Division, Emp. 4-7-30 
PATRICK WALSH, Cleaner & Repairman, 

Limits, Emp. 5-13-42 


JOHN C. HARTMANN, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 5-24-41 
JAMES P. HOWLETT, Conductor, 

West Section, Emp. 11-18-26 
THOMAS J. KELLY, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 11-11-36 
ARTHUR C. KING, Investigator, 

Special Investigations, Emp. 10-30-44 

77th Street, Emp. 11-6-25 
LEO J. LUCAS, Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 8-8-42 

Archer, Emp. 8-17-45 

West Section, Emp. 2-24-48 

Building, Emp. 6-30-43 
JOSEPH WIESMEYER, Cleaner 8t Repairman, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 10-18-20 

cash prizes--$10 each for HERB BYERS, BILL KLECKA, 
and JOE JERRIS, and $5 each for ED KAWCZYNSKI and 
LARRY KEATING (Me). I would say the luckof the Irish! 
. . . We hear that Night Superintendent S. BITEL is up 
and around again. We all wish you a speedy recovery 
. . . STANLEY MICEK had a birthday with a big cele- 
bration on April 12. He wouldn't say how old he was, 
but we all know he is old enough to vote . . . Just who is 
"Twinkle toes?" . . See you later. 


We are glad to see Miss LEONE NELSON back to 
work after an extended illness . . . Agent DOROTHY 
FORD's mother has been very ill in Lyons Community 
hospital but is better at this writing . . . Agent BERT 
LINNE is carrying pictures around of his little grand- 
daughter, TAMMY. We agree with him--she is a little 
doll . . . We are going to step out of our territory and 
wish Loop Supervisor C. E. OVERMAN and West Shop 
Foreman BOB HIEDENBLUT much happiness in their 
recent retirement . . . MARY BURROWS' son, MIKE, 
started training with the U.S. Marines on May 22. We 




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wish him the best . . . Help! We need news, so you 
West Siders who have graduations, confirmations, com- 
munions, weddings, birthdays, or what have you in the 
line of news, please get in touch -with your reporter and 
let us print it so all your friends can share the happy 

- "»tU* Paltutm 


We were happy to see PETER KEANE who paid us a 
visit here at Limits. Keane has been retired since No- 
vember, 1964. He looks fine and is enjoying his pension 
to the fullest. He is planning to visit Ireland some time 
in the future . . . Pensioner L. L. SMITH is active since 
his retirement, doing quite a bit of travelling in the Unit- 
ed States and foreign countries. He sends his best re- 
gards to all of the men . . . Pensioner CHARLES RIT- 
TER, 81 years of age, has had two operations and is 
facing another one soon. Charley is always happy to 
hear from his friends at Limits. He now lives at 3139 - 
9th St. Boulder, Colorado 80301 . . . SAM WILSON is 
back on the active list again after being off three weeks 
due to illness. He is planning on spending his vacation 
down in Texas where he was born and raised ... In the 

hospital at this writing are JACK HEAD who is in Veter- 
ans West Side hospital and LEONARD MAYES who is in 
Alexian Brothers hospital. A speedy recovery to you 
fellows . . . Our sincerest sympathy to ANTHONY FIN- 
OCCHIA in the loss of his dear father who passed away 
in California at the age of 78 years . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
C. F. WELLS grand-daughter, TERRI SAARI, made her 
Confirmation on March 19 at St. Luke church which was 
followed by an open house at the home of her parents Mr. 
and Mrs. HENRY SAARI. On April 8 Well's son, WAL- 
TER, who is a patrolman at Town Hall station, was mar- 
ried to ALICE KEARN and they spent their honeymoon in 
the Wisconsin Dells. Congratulations to the happy couple 
and grand-daughter, Terri. 

- IS. S. Gcmm* 


Another year has rolled around and here we find we 
are wishing happy birthdays to little NANCY WIXTED, 
daughter of Agent MARY WIXTED, and little CANDY, the 
adopted granddaughter of Agent W. STRASSER. Happy 
birthday to Sister MARY JOSUE, daughter of Agent G. 
YARDLEY, also to Agent DAVID GRAFFMAN who had a 

MAY, 1967 



birthday in May and doesn't look one day over 39. Agent 
JULIA MARTINEZ had a birthday in March and didn't let 
us know. So belated birthday greetings, Julia. . . Agent 
M. HAASE is a line instructor and a very good one we 
must say. Mora even went out and bought new glasses 
so she could catch the students' errors at a glance . . . 
April 28 came around and found Porter ANDY FRECFNO 
very excited and happy. His brother arrived in the U. S. 
from Italy. Andy's next big day will be in September or 
October when his mother will be here . . . Agent M. 
RAFTERY bought a new car and is riding around in class. 
Your little car is real cute Mary and we all wish you 
good luck with it . . . Wedding congratulations to Agent 
JULIA MARTINEZ and her husband on their 26th anni- 
versary. Agent SHERLA MURPHY and her husband, 
PAT, on their first anniversary. Also to KATHLEEN 
GRADY and her husband on their second anniversary. 
And lots of good luck to the Gradys in their new home in 
Oak Park. . . Agent W. STRASSER is planning his week- 
ends on a boat this summer. Lets hope the water is 
calm or Wilburt will be a very sick agent . . . ELEA- 
NOR FILIPEK, youngest daughter of Agent JOHN and 
Mrs. FILIPEK, will graduate June 1 from Sacred Heart 
Grammar school. She will then go to Tilden High where 
her two older sisters go . . . Agent McNALLY is going 
to spend his vacation in Ireland this year. He says he 
will kiss the Blarney stone. Really, you don't have to do 
that. Good Luck and safe returns . . . On the sick list 
at this time are Agents W. CAIN, A. HILDBOLD, L. 
and Porters O. THOMAS and E. BUNTON. Returned to 
work are G. VINZENS, assignment agent, also Agents 
Porter L. GORDONHAY is taking it very easy now and 
is feeling much better . . . Trainman W. HAWKINS is 
still off but hopes to be back at work in a few days . . . 
Its good to see Porter O. BUCHANAN back on the job. 
And sorry to see him leave Madison and Wells on the 
new pick . . . Now that we have daylight saving time and 
vacation time is here let us in on the places you visit in 
the next several months. This could give others an idea 
for vacations or long weekends. 

- TKUdwC Z><ufU 


Operator NORMAN E. GNADT and his wife, LOR- 
RAINE, again became grandparents when their daughter 
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. VITO BATTAGLIA, be- 
came the parents of KEITH MICHAEL on April 22, at 
Gottleib hospital. They have two other grandchildren, 
sioner FRANK BRAMAN is a great-grandfather for the 
third time. Congratulations to all parents, grandparents, 
and great-grandparents . . . Operator BERNARD PEAR- 
SON and his wife, CECILIA, announced the marriage of 
their daughter, BERNADETTE, to WILLIAM NORRIS on 
April 22 at Our Lady of Victory church. Our best wishes 
to the newlyweds . . . Operator STEVE SOVISS spent 
three weeks at Hollywood, Florida . . . Operator PET- 
ER GERHARZ and his wife, BLANCHE, visited Saraso- 
ta, Florida. They traveled by jet. They watched the 
White Sox working out . . . Operator BARNEY SCHOLZ 
visited, too . . . Operator LEO PLUSKOWSKI and his 
wife, EVELYN, visited Pensioner HAROLD LAMIEUX 
at Wautoma, Wisconsin. Leo tells us that Harold's 
house was struck by lightning which did considerable 
damage. We are glad to know that Harold was not in- 
jured . . . Chief Clerk EUGENE PETERSON and his 
wife, MABLE, are taking a jet flight to New York and 


from there to Iceland. Then they will visit Stuttgart, 
Germany, and Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, 
Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and then home . . . 
Operator RAYMOND HOROSZKO and his wife, DOLOR- 
ES, spent two weeks at Miami Beach, Florida . . . Op- 
erator CARL BENGSTON and his wife, THELMA, left 
O'Hare Airport on April 22. Their first stop was Paris, 
France, then on to Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, 
and Bergen, Norway, where they visited Thelma's sis- 
ter, MILDRED BERLAND, for a month. On the way 
back they stopped in England . . . Foreman ERNEST 
PEARSON, Lawndale Depot, and his wife vacationed in 
the Southwest to do some visiting and fishing . . . Con- 
gratulations to Pensioner EINAR WINDFELD on his 70th 
birthday April 14 . . . Thanks to FLORENCE BLAKE, 
wife of Collector JERRY BLAKE, for the hospitality and 
delicious food. Jerry is very anxious to get his corn 
planted on his farm at Michigan City, Indiana. Jerry 
loves it there and would, if he could, spend all his spare 
time there planting. Florence digs the hole and Jerry 
drops the seed in. He plans to bring lots of it back this 
year so we can all sample it . . . Pfc. RONALD BED- 
OE, formerly of the Repair Department, now in Vietnam, 
sent home a film and recording. Among other interest- 
ing things, the Vietnamese woman who cleans the bar- 
racks and does the laundry for that company, sang a 
Vietnamese song and several other songs . . . Receiver 
JIM McGANN and his wife and son visited San Francisco, 
Las Vegas, and spent a week in Honolulu where they 
planned to meet their son who is in service. Uncle Sam 
had different plans for him and he had to stay in Viet- 
nam . . . We received a welcome letter from Pensioner 
BILL ECHOLS. He tells us that Pensioner EARL REA- 
DY spent the winter months in Florida. Pensioner GEO- 
RGE BUTLER will return to Chicago. He also heard 
and JACK KRAUSE. All report a good winter down Flo- 
rida way. Pensioner HERB OUIMETTE of Sun City, 
California, says his part of the country can't be beat for 
winter sunshine. Pensioner "Diamond Paul" SIMON is 
thinking of leaving Arizona and moving back to his sum- 
mer home in Minnesota. Bill had a visit from Pensioner 
JERRY RING and a few days later a visit from Pensioner 
ART HALEK. He also had a visit from JOE LYNCH and 
GEORGE WYERS of the Schedule Department, who were 
enjoying the golf. Pensioner KELLY LUSSEM is im- 
proving but still is confined to bed. He would be very 

THE FISH ore biting in Arkansas, as is evidenced by this picture of 
Limits Station Operator STEVE HANDY and his son-in-law, JOHN 
BALOUSEK. Both are displaying with pride the string of bass which 
they caught in the White River. 




happy to hear from the old-timers. We are always happy 
to receive Bill's interesting and newsy letters . . . Op- 
erator HAROLD HIGHTOWER is recovering from sur- 
gery. Instructor WILLIAM KENNEDY was in Oak Park 
hospital. Operator GILBERT McKINZIE's wife was in 
the hospital. We wish all a speedy recovery . . . Op- 
erator HANS HABBESTAD was observed turning in his 
money without a cigar in his mouth. Asked how come 
and he explained he got a different run and these people 
haven't "popped" yet, but they'll come around. At his 
age he isn't about to start buying . . . Operator FRANK 
KOLEZ's son, FRED, was promoted to assistant trea- 
surer of the Yellow Cab company. Congratulations . . . 
Welcome to new Operators FRED COFFEY, JOSEPH 
Operator HENRY RICHTER passed away March 30. 
Pensioner STANLEY WILEWSKI departed this life April 
6. Operator EDGAR POSEY lost his son April 16. For- 
mer Operator THOMAS NOLAN passed away April 21. 
We extend our deepest sympathy to these families. 
Those of you who are taking trips for Memorial Day 
drive carefully, don't become a statistic. The roads 
will be crowded with careless drivers and speeders . . . 
When anything important happens to any of you, we would 
like to have the news for the column but we have no way 
of getting it unless you let us know. Let us hear from 


North Park Depot tied for third place with Kedzie De- 
pot in the union attendance contest and won another pla- 
que for the station. Board members SCHOLL and LAS- 
KE extend their thanks to everyone who helped make this 
possible. Operators DON HEANEY, MARTY MOCK, and 
WARREN RILES won cash awards in the drawings on the 
door prizes . . . North Park was represented by 80 op- 
erators and their wives at the 1967 Festival of Leader- 
ship Scholarship Banquet held May 5 at the Conrad Hilton 
hotel. Father PAUL HOBAN wishes to thank all who 
participated in this event which helps 400 boys to be edu- 
cated as Carmelite priests and spiritual leaders of to- 
morrow . . . With the coming of summer all operators 
are cautioned to be careful of children who will be out of 
school and playing in the streets . . . The Green Berets 
baseball team of North Park Depot, managed by Opera- 
tor BUTCH VAN MIDDLESWORTH, will again play at 
Welles Park and will be glad to schedule our other gara- 
ges to games. TOM SANSOME, son of Operator TONY 
SANSOME, was a member of the championship basket- 
ball team of Margate Park and has added another trophy 
to the overstocked trophy case in the Sansome home. 
Tony's youngest son, GREGORY, was inducted into the 
U.S. Navy and is now stationed at Treasure Island in San 
Francisco, California . . . CATHY SPEDALE, eight- 
year old granddaughter of Operator HENRY SCHRAMM, 
made her first communion on April 29 at the St. Francis 
Borgia church . . . Operator JOE EIFFLES has pur- 
chased a 1967 Ford LTD and is now looking for new 
worlds to conquer . . . Superintendent R. W. CHRISTIAN 
has a new 1967 Ford Galaxie and will be making those 
trips to the Land of Sky Blue Waters more often in the 
future . . . KATHY LITTAU, daughter of Operator 
FRANK LITTAU, was graduated April 23 from the Uni- 
versity of Dayton where she majored in Journalism. I 
hope Kathy will give me a few tips on how to make this 
column a bit more interesting in the future . . . Super- 
visor RON MICKELS won a large sum of money in the 


birthday April 14 was pen- 
who sent in this 42-year old 
picture of himself. Einar is 
shown here in his Surface 
Lines uniform in 1925, when 
he was working as a motor- 
man from the old Armitage 
Avenue carbarn. 

recent Irish Sweepstakes and is passing out cigars to his 
friends as a bonus . . . Operator HAROLD HARMER, 
cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 3012, sponsored by the 
Bethany United Presbyterian church, is busy preparing 
40 boys for the Cub Scout Indian Pow Wow to be held in 
Humboldt Park June 10. Harold's three sons, HOWARD, 
DOUGLAS, and RICHARD, are all active with the pack, 
as is Mrs. HARMER who acts as the pack's secretary 
. . . Operator BILL SEIFERT, the grand old gentleman 
of Kedzie-Homan, was presented with a large Easter 
cake by a group of girls who are daily riders on his bus 
. . . Mrs. ELKENA KNIGHT, wife of Operator BILL 
KNIGHT, was at St. Elizabeth's hospital for major sur- 
gery and at this writing is convalescing at home. Bill 
would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who 
donated blood for Elkena . . . ARESTEDES ANTHONY, 
son of Operator GREGORY ANTHONY, who is four years 
of age and a kindergarten pupil at St. Demitrius school, 
was judged the number one scholar for work in coloring 
and exercizing work in class . . . Operator LARRY 
SHIELDS and his wife, GRACE, are enjoying their week- 
ends with excursion trips to Niagara Falls, Canada, and 
Minnesota, where they sadly report that Chicago has 
more snow and the weather is just as cold . . . Operator 
BERNIE KONIARSKI, his wife, GERTRUDE, and child- 
ren, ANN and JEFFERY, were recent guests on Bozo's 
Circus which is televised on WGN. The children were 
awarded prizes and a great time was had by all . . . 
GARY KEMP, son of Operator CHARLIE KEMP, was 
awarded his numerals from the Maine South High school 
track team. Gary participated as a member of the mile 
relay team and also is a running jumper . . . The Little 
Flower Communion breakfast held March 19 was well 
attended by North Park members. Special thanks from 
committee members are extended to Pensioners FRANK 
Charge) GRASSL who never miss a service. Prizes 
were won by Frank Madock and Tony Bruno . . . Opera- 
and ANDERSON have formed a group and are holding 
discussions on how they might better serve the public 
and fellow operators. The gentlemen call themselves 
"The Believers" and resolve that the answers for living 
this life came from the word of God. Anyone interested 
in meeting for these discussions is to contact the above 
operators . . . Operator FRANK HESS was confined at 
Bethany Methodist hospital with a severe kidney infection 
and at this time is convalescing at home . . . KENNETH 
POSNER, son of Operator SAM POSNER, started his 

MAY, 1967 







D. WHITMAN was announced 
recently by her parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. HARRY LACHER. A spring 
wedding in 1968 is planned. 
Harry is a bus and truck me- 
chanic ot South Shops. 

junior year at Southern Illinois university at Carbondale, 
Illinois, where he is majoring in accounting . . . Opera- 
BER were winners of beautiful door prizes at the spa- 
ghetti dinner given by the Friends of Assumption church 
held in the M&M Club at the Merchandise Mart on April 
18 . . . Pensioner JOE GRASSL was a visitor at the de- 
pot and would like to see or hear from his many Chicago 
friends who will be out his way this summer. Joe's ad- 
dress is Route 4 - Box 2K, Edgerton, Wisconsin 53534 
. . . Superintendent C. W. KERR spent two weeks at his 
estate at Bonita Springs, Florida, where the fish are al- 
ways glad to oblige. Mr. Kerr reports that the shrimp 
dinners at the American Legion Hall are as excellent as 
Operator FRANCIS GALLAGHER reported them to be. 
Operator HANK SCHRAMM and his wife, ELIZABETH, 
drove to Florida on their vacation. Highlights of their 
trip were visits to Silver Springs, Cypress Gardens, 
Busch Gardens, with a visit to the Naval Base and a ride 
on the Conch train on a sightseeing tour of Key West. 
Visits were also made to Cape Kennedy and nine wonder- 
ful days were spent in Miami. Returning home, Henry 
was then summoned for two weeks of jury duty . . . Op- 
erator ROY LEMKE and his wife, MARION, had their 
annual spring fishing excursion at Lake Norfolk, Arkan- 
sas. The Lemkes reported exceptional catches of Large 
Mouth Bass, with the largest weighing 7 1/2 pounds. 
Also on the agenda was an overnight visit with Pensioner 
ART MUIR and his wife, RUTH, of Forsyth, Missouri 
. . . Operator LEN BAEUCHLER vacationed in Phoenix, 
Arizona, where his mother and brother, EDWARD, re- 
side. Len played several rounds of golf and made sev- 
eral visits to the race and dog tracks to help occupy his 
leisure time. 

Operator RAY KENALEY started his pension May 1. 
Ray, who has been one of the most conscientious opera- 
tors on Damen Avenue, is now going to devote his spare 
time to looking after Mrs. KENALEY. May your retire- 
ment years be a bed of roses, Ray . . . Operator AL 
SIEGEL became a grandfather for the first time when his 
daughter and son-in-law, TONY and SUZETTE PERTILE, 
became parents of a daughter named LISA MICHELLE, 
born March 16 at West Suburban hospital . . . Operator 
PAUL JOHN became a father for the second time when 
his wife, MARLIEN, gave birth to a son, PATRICK 
PAUL, born April 9 at Jackson Park hospital . . . Op- 
erator HAROLD SEDIN and his wife, SOPHIA, became 
grandparents for the 28th time when their son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. DENNIS DEGELMANN, be- 
came parents of a son named DENNIS JUNIOR who was 
born April 10 at Swedish Covenant hospital . . . Operator 
STERLING O'NAN and his wife, BETTY, became grand- 


parents for the second time when their daughter, CARLA 
SCHONBERG, and her husband, Doctor ALBERT SCHON- 
BERG, became parents of a daughter named SUSAN who 
was born March 18 at Edgewater hospital . . . Operator 
LLOYD ST. JAMES became a father for the first time 
when his wife, ETHELYNN, gave birth to a daughter 
named JILL born April 1 3 at Evangelical hospital. Our 
congratulations to the happy parents and grandparents 
. . . Miss GLORIA ILLION, daughter of Operator RALPH 
ILLION, was married March 19 to RICHARD BTASHNE 
at Rabbi Michlove's study. The reception was held at 
LaMaisonette restaurant with immediate families and 
guests attending. The young couple toured the West on 
their honeymoon . . . Supervisor RON MICKELS and his 
wife, JO ANN, celebrated their tenth anniversary May 
18 with dinner at the Black Forest restaurant and then 
Ron went back to his post at Limits Depot. . . Pensioner 
JOE GRASSL and his wife, FLORENCE, celebrated their 
45th anniversary April 1 with another day of serving at 
the Veterans hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where the 
Grassls put in many hours of helping service men . . . 
Happy anniversaries are extended to the following: Op- 
erator SEYMOUR STEINBERG and his wife, DOROTHY, 
their 30th March 14; Operator PETE DOLAN and his 
wife, ROSLEEN, their 9th; Operator LARRY SHIELDS 
and his wife, GRACE, their 15th; Operator JIM RENTS- 
CHLER and his wife, HAZEL, their 27th and Operator 
BERNIE KONIARSKI and his wife, GERTRUDE, their 
20th. Congratulations to the above couples . . . Happy 
birthdays are extended to DON KAZAK, May 11; Opera- 
tor SAM POSNER, May 15; ETHELPOSNER, May 22, and 
MARTIN STERN, May 26 . . . Our sympathy and condo- 
lences are extended to Operator IRVIN PETERS on the 
loss of his father, Mr. ANTHONY PETERS, Operator 
JOHN MARCINIAKon the loss of his mother, Mrs. JULIA 
MARCINIAK, Receiver FRED MURBARGER on the loss 
of a son, and to the family of Pensioner JOE BERGTHAL 
. . . The welcome mat is extended to the college men 
who will be filling in as temporary help this summer. 
Let's all try and extend a welcome hand to these fine 
boys and make the job a little easier for them . . . As- 
sistant Foreman HARRY DETTERY has returned to work 
after being off five weeks with different ailments . . . 
Relief Foreman FRED SCHMIDT has started the season 
by turning on the water at his summer home in Lake 
Geneva, Wisconsin. All the men of the repair depart- 
ment will be invited for a cookout at a later date with 
Smitty picking up the tab for the outing . . . Repairman 
ROBERT GUYSSENS received a new tray for his tools, 
but so far has refused to use it as he wants to keep it 
clean for future use . . . Assistant Foreman JOE COU- 
GHLIN and his wife, DOROTHY, toured the State of Flo- 
rida on their vacation. Highlights of the trip were visits 
to Cypress Gardens, Weeki Wachee, Busch Gardens, a 
visit to Superintendent C. W. KERR's home at Bonita 
Springs, and a wonderful stay at Miami Beach . . . Re- 
pairman PAT WALSH, who has been off sick since Janu- 
ary 1, is itching to get back and the gang hopes it will be 
soon . . . Repairman IRA BASHAM spent his spring va- 
cation taking care of the lawn, trees, and flower beds 
. . . Repairman MATT HEAVEY and his wife, ROSANE, 
visited for a week with their daughter, Sister ROSE 
MATTHEW, who is teaching at St. Susan's School in De- 
troit, Michigan . . . Pensioner MATT ALLARE is in 
charge of the parking lot at the Big Pit Barbeque, located 
at Howard and Clark Streets. Matt's genial smile and 
courteous ways are a joy to behold . . . Bus Cleaners 
JOHN NEE and EDDY WARSAW are breaking in as re- 
pairmen and hope to be on the line soon. 

- TKeloi* »»i«m 




Your scribe just returned from a 4,000 mile trip to 
Key West and saw the sights in seven other states ... I 
hear Mr. CLIFFORD got locked in the washroom by a 
passenger--so don't forget to take the lock in with you 
next time . . . MARVIN HARRIS just became a grandpa 
again, this makes three grandsons for him. The BAR- 
THEN twins had a birthday May 1 . . . JOHN DURKIN is 
planning a month's trip to Ireland on June 5 . . . Mr. 
MORAN spent part of his vacation in Michigan and Miss- 
ouri ... We all extend our sympathy to TERESA STAN- 
TON, whose father passed away May 1. She returned to 
Ireland for the funeral . . . Our board member , HUGH 
HEGARTY, attended a union meeting in Urbana, Illinois, 
recently . . . After 43 years of service, Porter FRED- 
DIE HUSTON decided to take his pension on May 1 . . . 
On the sick list as of this writing are VIOLET WAGNER, 
DONNELL, and EARL GILBERT. We all wish them a 
speedy recovery . . . J. C. WILLI became a proud 
grandpa on February 14 and it was his first ... A. GI- 
SINER took a second honeymoon trip to Miami for two 
weeks . . . THERESA KEANE is leaving in June for 
County Downs, Ireland . . . MARIE PASS just returned 
from a vacation in the Bahamas . . . The North Side "L" 
baseball team plays every Sunday in Evanston. Come on 
out and play or watch. Contact I. MIKOLAITIS . . . Any- 
one having any news please leave it at Howard, Kimball, 
or contact your reporter at the Lawrence "L" station 
. . . AL MUSCATO returned from Florida recently 
where I heard he bought a new home. 


EDWARD JURIC's daughter, MARY ANN, was married 
to JOSEPH KLOC on April 8 at St. James church at 11 
a.m. Mass. A reception was held at Robert and Allen's 
Banquet hall. Congratulations and best wishes to the 
couple . . . RICHARD GOLDSTEIN'S son, RAY, was 
married in Anchorage, Alaska, to ASTRI SUHRKE of 
Oslo, Norway. They both teach Political Science at 
Alaska Methodist university . . . We apologize to JO- 
SEPH BILLIS who mistakenly was named JOHN BILLIS 
in our last issue. We also wish Joseph much good luck 
in his new home . . . W. LOVELESS, outside checker, 
transferred to Training and Accident Prevention. E. 
GEHRKE left the CTA for other employment. Best 
wishes are extended to him. W. P. DEVEREUX flew to 
Chattanooga, Tennessee, to visit with his daughter, Sis- 
ter WILLIAMETTE, and go sightseeing . . . GEORGE 
JOHANNES and JOE DeGRAZIA vacationed in and around 
Chicago. Their main activity was catching up with the 
house cleaning . . . JOE VIOLA and WALTER SCHWEIN- 
FURTH are busy cleaning on their vacation. Many happy 
returns of the day to ESTHER O'BRIEN who celebrated a 
birthday on May 2. 


Welcome back to VIRGINIA RZEZNIK on her return 
from 10 days in Nassau and the Bahama Islands. While 
there she enjoyed viewing the calypso and fire dancers, 
and a boat cruise to some nearby islands where sight- 
seeing and swimming were the order of the day . . . 
had a great vacation in Deerfield Beach, Florida. They 
spent a great deal of time with WANDA and JACK KRAU- 


SE, formerly with CTA and now living in Florida. They 

were very happy to meet RAY and DOROTHY PRYOR and 
MARGARET and ED NOVAK. Ray and Ed both work in 

the Transportation department. 

(Stores) - 

Wedding bells were ringing when on April 1 (and it 
was no joke) JANE COOPER became Mrs. WILLIAM 
URSO. The wedding mass was performed at St. Wil- 
liam's church and an evening reception was held at the 
Garden Walk. The newlyweds then headed for a grand 
honeymoon in fabulous Las Vegas. We all wish Jane and 
Bill many years of happiness together. 

(North Division) - 

Had a real nice visit with old friends, BARNEY NIM- 
KAVAGE and CHARLIE KLIMCKE, who both retired sev- 
eral years ago but haven't forgotten us. They surprised 
us the other day by stopping in at Skokie. There were 
so many here they knew from West Shops that it was like 
a reunion. Both are enjoying their retirements. 

(South Division) - 

Best wishes for a long and happy retirement go to 
you fellows--so drop in and see us whenever you can. 

- v. pa** Stti 

JUNE MILAS, daughter of Carpenter JOHN MILAS, 
left with a group of high school girls on a week's tour of 
California ... A warm welcome to MADELINE WEN- 
NES, clerk-stenographer, who recently joined the Tech- 
nical Services RTD division at Skokie Shops . . . WIL- 
LIAM MICHALIK, air brake & axle foreman, is vaca- 
tioning in Florida, and ROY LUNDQUIST, truck shop 
foreman, just returned from a fishing trip in Wisconsin 
. . . EMMETT NOLAN, retired electrical worker, is 
going to Florida to manage a motel. Good luck, Emmett 
. . . The annual Skokie Shops bowling match between the 
electrical workers and the machinists was bowled April 
8. And the machinist won again this year. Following 
are the bowlers and their scores: Machinists - W. ON- 
YSIO, 541; L. DREYER, 464; T. BOLDT, 549; A. KR- 
ZEMINSKI, 529; and D. TOPOLINSKI, 512, for a total 
of 2, 615. Electrical Workers - D. BARR, 526; E. MOR- 
RIS, 457; J. DUNDOVICH, 469; J. BEDNARIK, 436, and 
E. ENGLAND, 518, making a total of 2, 406. 

basic training at Fort Camp- 
bell, Kentucky, Private 
reassigned to Fort Sill, 
Oklahoma, where he is at- 
tending the school for Per- 
shing missiles. Private 
Kamka is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. BEN KAMKA; Ben is a 
bus operator at Forest 
Glen station. 

MAY, 1967 



Boy this has been some year so far! First the big 
snow of January, then the horrible tornado of April. I 
sure hope that we have a nice summer . . . We had a 
few changes in our superintendents recently: Assistant 
Station Superintendent WILLIAM ROONEY was transfer- 
red to the West Section. We all shall miss him and we 
wish him good luck. Congratulations to JOSEPH TVR- 
DIK who was appointed assistant station superintendent 
on the South Section and congratulations and welcome to 
MICHAEL LAVELLE who was appointed relief station 
superintendent ... A big "hello" to these newly trans- 
ferred trainmen from the North Section: RICHARD 
O'BRYANT, and to newly hired Porters JAMES RANDLE 
and PETER EVANS . . . Congratulations to Switchman 
FRENCHIE ELLIS who was appointed instructor on April 
2 . . . The spring Pension Agents Club dinner was held 
on April 9 at the Beverly Woods restaurant and they real- 
ly treated us nice there. We had a lovely big room all to 
ourselves and a big family-style dinner of chicken and 
beef. Our usual crowd attended and we all had a good 
time visiting with each other and catching up with all the 
news of this last winter. A big bouquet to President 
do such a wonderful job arranging these dinners . . . 
Regular Conductor WILBUR WAGENER, who had been on 
the sick list for several months, "went on pension April 
1. Everyone sends him their best wishes for a return to 
better health and better days ... It is good to see these 
men back at their posts and off the sick list: Motormen 
wishes to Porter ARTHUR WASHINGTON who was trans- 
ferred to the West Section on March 20 . . . Sincere and 
heartfelt condolences to Agent ANNE TOMLINSON whose 
husband passed away recently, to Motorman WALTON 
BELL on the loss of his wife, to Conductor TYRONE 
BROWN on the loss of his son, and to Conductors WIL- 
loss of their brothers . . . Assistant Station Superinten- 
dent JOE TVRDIK took a week of his vacation and went 
fishing down in the Ozarks. He said it rained most of 
the time and he didn't get as many fish as he usually 
does, but he's going back again on his next vacation and 
try and get the ones that got away this time . . . Agent 
SANDRA MITCHELL, who returned recently from the 
sick list, wishes to thank everyone for all the cards, 

JOINING STANLEY NIEDOJADLO at the time of his retirement, April 
1, ore his fellow workers at the Lawndale Station Garage. Stanley, 
who retired as a bus cleaner, is shown receiving good wishes and a 
gift from the Lawndale Station doy assistant foreman, A. M. KASMAN. 


flowers, and calls she received while she was ill . . . 
Good luck to Agent ALONZO PRUITT who was transfer- 
red back to the surface division on April 16 . . . Just 
heard that Agent LILLIAN RUSSELL is in a rest home 
and would like to receive some cards from her agent 
friends. She is residing at Haven Rest Home, Beaver- 
ville, Illinois. Come on girls, send her a card. 

Some more passenger commendations have come in 
for our boys: Conductor ROBERT NEALY was commend- 
ed for his helpfulness and consideration to passengers, 
Trainman CLARENCE LEE received his second com- 
mendation for his audible and clear manner of announc- 
ing stations, and Conductor SIDNEY GOODMAN was com- 
mended for finding a woman's lost purse . . . We call 
Porter CLARENCE HALBERT the snake charmer now. 
One morning he was cleaning Loomis Street platform 
and he found a box and when he looked in it he found, to 
his amazement, a bull snake. He turned it in to the Lost 
and Found at Loomis Street and they called the Humane 
Society and they came and took the snake away. Ugh! 
The man who came for it had a farm and was going to 
take it there so the snake could get a new home. I've 
heard of and seen some funny things turned in to the Lost 
and Found, but this beats all. We think Clarence will 
think twice before he opens a carton or box again . . . 
Retired Towerman LEONARD DEGROOT and Retired 
Conductor ERNEST HARDWIDGE recently visited 61st 
Street to see and talk to the boys . . . Clerk JOHN BAR- 
RY and his wife are very happy and proud of their son, 
GENE, a former part-time agent who recently received 
a bronze star for 10 months of meritorious service in 
Viet Nam. Gene served as a rifleman and team leader 
until October, 1966. The citation mentions Gene's initia- 
tive, zeal, sound judgement, and devotion to duty. Gene 
is now general staff assistant of the Lakeview Office of 
Illinois Bell Telephone company . . . Retired Conductor 
passed away recently. Our condolences to their fami- 
lies . . . Congratulations to Conductor PATRICK NOLAN 
and his wife who celebrated their 25th wedding anniver- 
sary in April . . . Good wishes are sent to Agent LU- 
CINDA WEST who resigned recently . . . The men at 
Loomis Street had a get-together for Regular Motorman 
HARRY EITEL who went on Pension May 1. The charm- 
ing Mrs. Eitel attended also. Harry had 41 years of ser- 
vice (and that's a long time). They are planning to take 
a trip to Arkansas for a little rest, but are coming back 
to Chicago to live. A token of remembrance was pre- 
sented to Harry by his co-workers. Many years of hap- 
piness are wished Mr. and Mrs. Eitel. It was a nice 
spring day and many of our pensioners attended, includ- 
ing the following: Retired Motormen PAUL SCHILLE, 
tired Division #308 Board Member CHARLES BURNS, 
and Retired International Vice President PATRICK CAN- 
LEY. It was sure nice to see them. 

- t/euia. "%tnt«ti( 


BOB HACKBARTH's son, ROBERT, recently was 
graduated from the University of Illinois with a bache- 
lor degree in electrical engineering. Robert has accept- 
ed a position with the Edison company . . . TED WOSS 
spent part of his vacation with relatives in the great state 
of Texas . . . Technical Services welcomed BILL HA- 
WORTH to the office after he turned his tool box in . . . 
TOM PAWLEY watched while the tornado winds knocked 





MAURICE BARRETT, 54, North Avenue, 

Emp. 8-26-37, Died 4-2-67 
PATRICK BROWNE, 78, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-21-24, Died 3-13-67 
FRED CHRISTIE, 76, 61st Street, 

Emp. 7-2-24, Died 3-28-67 
MARY DONOHUE, 76, 61st Street, 

Emp. 3-6-44, Died 3-29-67 
JAMES E. DOYLE, 71, 77th Street, 

Emp. 9-4-23, Died 3-22-67 
PETER FONTANO, 81, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 9-18-18, Died 4-1-67 
WILLIAM GOLDSMITH, 48, 77th Street, 
Emp. 11-2-50, Died 3-28-67 

91, South Section, 

Died 12-17-66 
86, North Section, 
Died 3-16-67 

North Section, 


Emp. 10-10-18 

Emp. 4-5-06, 

Emp. 6-21-10, Died 

GEORGE H. KERN, 73, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 7-25-24, Died 3-18-67 
AUGUST C. KORTMANN, 79, Kedzie, 

Emp. 11-30-08, Died 3-19-67 
DOMENIK KRIVICICH, 80, 69th Street, 

Emp. 4-8-07, Died 4-2-67 
ANTON KUBAS, 77, Cottage Grove, 

Emp. 5-24-19, Died 3-10-67 
THOMAS LASKEY, 56, Archer, 

Emp. 5-4-37, Died 4-20-67 
JOHN F. MANTIA, 25, Engineering, 

Emp. 7-7-59, Died 4-6-67 
PATRICK E. MARRON, 73, Cottage Grove, 

Emp. 8-22-23, Died 3-23-67 
WILLIAM McLEAN, 77, South Shops, 

Emp. 12-4-24, Died 3-22-67 
JAMES MIKOTA, 78, Lawndale, 

Emp. 8-15-11, Died 2-28-67 


Emp. 3-30-04, Died 3-24-67 
THOMAS NOLAN, 54, West Section, 

Emp. 3-10-43, Died 4-20-67 
THEODORE NOOR, 63, Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-27-42, Died 3-17-67 

Emp. 3-4-10, Died 3-21-67 
HENRY O' TOOLE, 82, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-9-21, Died 3-25-67 
JAMES N. PARK, 69, West Shops, 

Emp. 10-21-26, Died 3-26-67 
JOSEPH PERILLO, 59, Electrical, 

Emp. 1-24-30, Died 3-26-67 
FRANK PETROVICH, 49, West Section, 

Emp. 7-13-46, Died 4-15-67 
HENRY G. RICHTER, 63, North Avenue, 

Emp. 11-12-48, Died 3-30-67 
PATRICK J. SCANLON, 82, Kedzie, 

Emp. 11-29-07, Died 3-28-67 
HENRY C. SCHEFFUS, 70, West Section, 

Emp. 5-14-17, Died 3-23-67 
ARTHUR SCHOFF, 90, North Avenue, 

Emp. 7-8-98, Died 3-22-67 
JOHN V. TALALAY, 66, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 9-30-40, Died 3-8-67 

Emp. 10-15-09, Died 3-28-67 
IRA TRAPPER, 58, North Section, 

Emp. 9-25-42, Died 3-27-67 
JOHN A. VOLKART, 74, Instruction, 

Emp. 7-20-20, Died 3-11-67 
LOUIS M. VOLPE, 57, South Shops, 

Emp. 11-18-46, Died 3-23-67 
LESLIE C. ZARTMANN, 67, North Avenue, 

Emp. 4-1-20, Died 11-1-66 

down a tree which took a corner of his garage with it . . . 
Best wishes to PAUL BROTT, who is in the hospital at 
this writing, and to JIM OOSTMAN, who is home recup- 
erating . . . JAMES FIORITO, son of Mr. and Mrs. ADAM 
FIORITO, left for military service May 8. Jim had been 
working in the CTA Law Department . . . Mr. and Mrs. 
"Bud" ROSENDHAL vacationed in San Juan and St. Tho- 
mas recently. They visited the natives in the mountains 
and found time to do some rock hunting. The scenery 
was beautiful and so was the weather--70° and tradewinds 
all the time. They had the opportunity of seeing the har- 
vesting of sugar cane and also enjoyed seeing all the wild, 
tropical bananas and other fruit native to the country . . . 
Congratulations and many happy years of retirement to 
FRANK BALCARCEL, whose last day was April 28 . . . 
ED NAUSIEDAS spent a vacation in the snow at his sum- 
mer home at Bass Lake . . . MIKE RUBY, retired ma- 
chinist, paid a surprise visit to the shop to see the old 
gang . . . Congratulations to JIM STUVEE, whose proud 
father, HANK, reports he has made eagle scout. CAR- 
OLE SCHLOGEL, daughter o'f PHIL SCHLOGEL, was in- 
jured in the tornado by flying glass. We hope the cast is 
off by the time this magazine goes to press . . . The 
MAX HAMILTON'S took a Florida vacation this year and 
Mr. and Mrs. "French" REGNIER motored to the Caro- 
linas to visit their daughter and son-in-law . . . We un- 
derstand that JIM MUDRA was not so fortunate and spent 

his vacation digging foxholes in Bensenville . . . Belated 
get-well wishes to Mrs. LARRY VANCE, who is recu- 
perating from a recent illness. Congratulations to JIM 
FELTZ, who transferred from a typist position to two 
desks away, as a shop clerk. Jim's cousin, FRANK 
GRAY, has left 77th Garage to become a mechanic ap- 
prentice . . . CHARLIE and LOU GRECO spent their va- 
cation in Wanchese, North Carolina, fishing and relaxing 
. . . JIM MARRON recently welcomed both of his sons 
home from the service. ROBERT was home from Viet 
Nam on leave and RICHARD from Korea. Both boys are 
on military furlough from 77th Garage, and will be dis- 
charged in November. MIKE CASTIGLIONE and his fa- 
ther, FRANK, retired, are nearing the end of rebuilding 
Mike's home which was burned by vandals before the fa- 
mily had moved in. He expects to be in the home this 
fall . . . We're glad to have WAYNE MATEJKA and 
FRANK KLEIN, who recently transferred to become 
electrical apprentices . . . Our sympathy is extended to 
CHARLIE RILEY, retired machinist, on his tragic loss- 
es resulting from the Oak Lawn tornado . . . Mr. and 
Mrs. TED PIETRUS have announced the engagement of 
their daughter, JUDY MAY, to ROBERT MANNING. 
They plan a July 1 wedding and after the honeymoon, will 
reside in Washington, D. C. Robert is employed by Gen- 
eral Electric and Judy is finishing a teaching assignment 
in Hawaii . . . Our sympathy is extended to the family of 

MAY, 1967 



AL SUMA on the death of his father, FRANK, who was 
on pension after 43 years service as a surface conductor 
. . . Announcing a new eager beaver. Little ROBERT 
KENNETH just couldn't wait for the electric power to be 
restored and arrived at Little Company of Mary hospital 
at 9:30 p.m. on April 21, before his parents, the TOM 
KMANS were ready for him. The little "tornado" was 
welcomed home by five other brothers and sisters . . . 
The first prize winner of the picnic raffle was HANK 
RADTKE, followed by ERNIE NELSON, second, and JIM 
OOSTMAN, third . . . Mr. and Mrs. HARRY LACHER 
have announced the engagement of their daughter, LINDA 
MARIE, to PHILLIP D. WHITMAN. Linda is a senior 
at Thornridge High school. Her fiance, a 1966 graduate 
of the same school, is employed by the Jewel Tea Com- 
pany. A spring wedding in 1968 is planned . . . Our 
deepest sympathy is extended to CHARLES KARKO and 
his family on the death of his brother, PAUL . . . Mr. 
and Mrs. JIM FORRESTAL had the honor of chaperoning 
the senior prom of the 1967 graduating class of Mercy 
High school. The prom was held at the South Shore Ath- 
letic Club. It was a lovely evening, and especially happy 
because JUDY FORRESTAL has been awarded a scholar- 
ship to Chicago Teachers college. Your scribes would 
like to take a moment to wish all the current graduates 
happiness and success in the future. 

- "KatiUt* O'S-Uf & /it -Zcuu 


As of April 1 A. GARTSKA, Kimball, was added to 
the honor roll of pensioners after 24 years of service 
with the Chicago Surface Lines and the rapid transit. 
Best of luck to him in his future years . . . Congratula- 
tions to J. CANNELLA of Lake Street who became a 
grandfather for the third time when his daughter, LOU- 
ISE, presented him a grandson named JOHN MICHAEL 
. . . Word has it that J. CAPACCIO, Congress, receiv- 
ed an award for a shop suggestion. Congratulations on 
the fine work and when do you start work for the $10 dol- 
lar prize. It's good to see F. BENANTI, Congress, 
back at work after being off for a short illness. Now we 
have some one to do all that backed up entering . . . Get 
well wishes are extended to T. TOGHER from all the 
boys at Lake Street. They have a great big surprise 
waiting for Tom when he returns to work--all of his back 
work . . . Wishes for a complete and speedy recovery 
are sent to the wife of D. SANDUK, Congress, and the 

solemn Mass at Our Lady 
Help of Christians church on 
April 30 was the Reverend 
of Mr. and Mrs. STANLEY 
RAVEN. Father Raven at- 
tended Our Lady Help of 
Christians school, Quigley, 
and St. Mary of the Lake. 
Stanley is an electrical work- 
er at Skokie Shops. 


mother of J. CAPACCIO, Congress . . . It's good to 
hear that T. O'LEARY and A. PHILBIN of Kimball are 
recuperating at home and doing just fine. Hope to see 
them back at work real soon. 

The event of the year occurred at Congress a short 
time ago when R. E. DANIELSON gave MATT COYLE 
one of his dirty stamps. Matt in turn cleaned the stamp 
and then traded it in for a new Dodge sedan ... A hear- 
ty welcome was extended to G. ESTRADA, R. FELD- 
MANN, and J. RUIZ, new car cleaners at Howard Street 
... A change in seasons brings a change in shop per- 
sonnel. Repairmen W. McKAY and R. RAHN transferred 
from Lake Street to Kimball, Car Cleaner F. PAYNE 
transferred from Congress to Kimball and I. FARMER, 
car cleaner, moved from Howard to Congress . . . 
Spring vacations were enjoyed by: F. RAKSTIS, P. Mc 
CHVAR of Wilson and S. MATURO, J. CANNELLA and 
R. FLOWERS of Lake Street. 

- TS.<Uf S^ftefti 


BOB QUETSCHKE, his wife, JUNE, and your scribe 
flew to Florida for a week of fun under the sun. We stay- 
ed with some very dear friends of ours, JACK and WAN- 
DA, at the KRAUSE Manor. Among our activities were 
swimming every day, sightseeing and visiting with quite 
a few CTA employes including retired Station Superinten- 
dent HERMAN ERICKSON and his wife. The deep sea 
fishing was most enjoyable, especially for Bob and my- 
self as we both brought in nice size fish. We concluded 
our vacation by returning home sporting a beautiful tan 
and exhausted from a wonderful week . . . We received 
a card from MARILYN NEFFAS who also vacationed in 
Florida . . . The best of luck is wished to FRANK 
THOMPSON who took an early retirement beginning May 
1. Welcome to our new information clerk, RUDOLPH 
HAAS, who is replacing him . . . The sympathy of the 
Transportation Department is extended to the family of 
THOMAS F. MOORE, retired superintendent of operat- 
ing stations, who passed away on April 25. Mass was 
said at 9:30 a.m. at St. Hillary's church on Saturday, 
April 29. Mr. Moore was a man well liked by everyone. 
This was proven by the fact that in spite of the inclement 
weather many of his friends attended mass as a tribute 
to him . . . We would also like to extend our sympathy 
to the families of ROBERT QUETSCHKE on the recent 
death of his brother and JAMES BLAA whose mother-in- 
law recently passed away. 


BILL HEFFERNAN, our track foreman, spent a love- 
ly two weeks of his vacation housebreaking his puppy dog 
. . . BOBBY HEIDENBLUT will be spending his retire- 
ment touring Hawaii and Alaska. Congratulations and 
good luck, Bobby . . . "North Carolina is beautiful in 
the springtime", quoting BILL MACFARLANE who re- 
cently spent a couple of weeks visiting his grandchildren 
. . . We hope BILL HASKINS enjoys the color television 
he won in a raffle. Who did you say was selling tickets, 
Bill? . . TOM WOLGEMUTH's sporting a gorgeous tan 
around the office. It seems he spends his weekends in 
Florida . . . What steno at the West Shops is getting 
married in May? . . Who recently bought a brand new 




'67 Dodge, CURLEY BANNISTER? . . Riddle: What two 
Pontiacs in the West Shops have to get a push to start 
them? . . Guess who's spending a vacation in Hot Spr- 
ings, Arkansas? JOHN UITZ, ED FOREMAN and his 
wife, and GUS STUPKA and his wife, that's who. From 
the post card we received, it sounds like they're having 
a great time, too. 


went on pension, they were partied on April 11. With an 
abundance of food and coffee the party was a success. 
Pensioners who attended where DAN LANE, STEVE 
CARL FRANK who again brought a delightful cake made 
by his wonderful wife . . . Motorman CHARLES DAVIS 
spent his winter vacation in sunny California with his 
daughter. He came back and made us jealous with his 
deep tan. Trainman OTIS took his family on a trip down 
South and as big "O" says it is beautiful driving in the 
spring . . . We finally got a winner on Lake Street- - 
JAMES HOOD, won 100 pounds on the Irish Sweepstakes. 
He had his dog's name on the ticket and he knew he could- 
n't go wrong. A love for a dog like Jim has must be 
wonderful . . . For each illness there is a name, but 
now we have combined all of them and call it Detomasi- 
tis in honor of the man who has had all of them . . . Con- 
ductor HENRY COLDING is back on Lake Street after a 
long spell. It is a pleasure to see him eat such a huge 
lunch. He eats more than GEORGE "Wow" CLARK 
weighs . . . Supervisor BYRON HAWLEY says its pigeon 
time again. It must mean that he is taking Motorman AL 
CLARK golfing again . . . Our good friend WILLIAM 
PAYNE was in the hospital and is back home. All the 
men send him our best wishes, for a nicer fellow you 
can't find. Motorman P. NAPOLITAN was around and 
he looks good. He should be coming back to work after 
having eye surgery. His wife can't wait until he gets 
back to work. You know Nap ! Goodbye for now until 
next month. 

- Sa*to Sicilian* 


Although we have "Rozzie" days here at 69th and his 
office to sit back in, it still has been rough. "Rozzie" 
makes sure the first thing that his office has is plenty of 
paper, but he can't control the elements which have made 
this year one of the roughest that mostof us can remem- 
ber at 69th. We have had slick and icy streets, snow up 
to our necks, and have come through it all in good shape. 
Then Mother Nature threw us both barrels with a torna- 
do. Loader R. WAGNER was very lucky when he took 
his wife out to dinner. On his return he found that his 
trailer had been wiped out by the tornado. Our assistant 
boss, LEON TAMUL, lost most of the roof on his home. 
SAM BURNS home also suffered extensive damage. Our 
clerk, BARNEY BECKER, was taking his wife out to din- 
ner and was going out the Southwest highway and had 
stopped at the traffic light at about 52nd avenue when the 
tornado struck. As he says it is impossible to describe 
or tell how one feels when you see trees, homes, and 
autos picked up and smashed or just disintegrated before 
your eyes. Although he and his wife were not harmed 
his car was a real mess. My son and I came down to 
95th and Southwest about 15 minutes after the storm hit 
and volunteered our services. We worked for about 10 
hours in just one corner and the things we did and saw 


are best not to be talked of or, if possible, remembered. 
May the good Lord help those who he spared to once more 
rebuild their homes and again live a normal life ... At 
this time may I extend our sympathy to C. BIRD on the 
loss of his mother-in-law, Mrs. M. KINGSTROM. In- 
cidentally, Bird's brother is my daughter's boss at R. 
Donnelly, printer of the yellow pages. Also, to DALE 
ALLEN on the loss of his wife. At this writing J. R. 
COURD and R. CHAMBERS are confined at the St. Ber- 
nard hospital. May the vacation which Mr. SCREEN had 
in Florida and Mr. GIBES had in Texas give them a well- 
earned rest so that they once again can help and under- 
stand our efforts in providing service for the public . . . 
Mrs. JOHN CHOLLY spent two months in Long Beach, 
California. She visited with her son, JOHN, who is the 
proud father of a baby girl born December 21. This is 
Cholly's first grandchild so he did not mind watching her 
while his wife was gone . . . From the Repair Depart- 
ment JIMMY AHERN asked us to extend our sincere 
sympathy to the family of DOMINIC KRIVICICH who re- 
cently passed away. Everyone is happy to see JOE 
JANECKO and LUKE MORLEY back at work after their 
operations and hospital stays. Many years of happiness 
and health to SAM VON HUBEN on his retirement. Sam 
had 43 years with us when he retired. DICK DICKERSON 
and his missus are taking a traveling vacation and hope 
they bring back news from far away places . . . DENNY 
GRIFFIN, who is retired, is enjoying a leisure life and 
is going to take a trip to the "Old Sod" and visit his na- 
tive County Kerry. 

- /4%dum P. Sut4itta 

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Transit News Scribes 

Honored at 'Get Together' Party 

REPORTERS WHOSE columns appear monthly on 
the "Inside News" pages of CTA Transit News were 
guests at a "get together" dinner held in their honor 
on June 8. The dinner, held in the M and M Club, 
was in appreciation of their contributions to the 
magazine throughout the year. 

The event provided an opportunity to renew old 
acquaintances and to introduce new reporters who 
had joined the ranks of scribes since the last dinner. 

Present for the occasion was General Manager 
T. B. O'Connor, who extended the greetings of 
management and complimented the reporters on 
the fine job they were doing in gathering and sub- 
mitting the news items in their areas. 

Following the dinner, the reporters were con- 
ducted on a tour of the executive offices and to the 
various departments whose facilities are used in 
the processing and publication of Transit News. 

These included the editorial office , the photographic 
department, and the reproduction services depart- 

Reporter guests at the dinner as they appear on 
our cover picture are, from left, front row: Verna 
Hartney, South Section; Helen Pallister, Logan, 
Lake and Douglas (Agents); Jeanne Fitzgerald, 
Engineering; Kathryn Batina, Schedule - Traffic . 
Second row: Tom Daniels, Beverly; Mildred Doyle, 
Loop (Agents); Mable Potthast, General Account- 
ing; Grace Mounts, North Section; Marie Havlik, 
Accounting; Collette Szczepanek, Transportation, 
Mart. Third Row: Julia Brousek, West Section 
(Agents); William Rehder, Electrical, Blue Island; 
Mary Clarke, General Office; George Clark, re- 
tired, Limits; Kathy O'Brien, South Shops; Ray 
Brzeczek, Inspection Shops. Rear row: Larry 
Keating, Lawndale; Ernest Carter, Keeler; Ray- 
mond Graham, Kedzie; Bill Miedema, North Ave- 

Eight Employes Complete S and E Instructor Program 

CATES were awarded to 
eight employes of the 
Shops and Equipment De- 
partment who recently 
completed the Shops and 
Equipment Instructor 

Training Program. Five 
sessions were held at the 
CTA Training Center at 
Limits Station. Subjects 
covered during the pro- 
gram included public 
speaking, instruction 

theory, instruction tech- 
niques, letter report 
writing, and practice 

Class members have 
been assigned to the in- 
structor pool where they 
will be available to fill 
in as needed and when 
vacancies occur in this 

Members of the class and supervisory personnel 
are, left to right, seated: Thomas Gecan, Kenneth 
Polan, Peter Zigmant, Henry Gerali, Hosea John- 
son, and William Panek. Rear row: Adam Fiorito, 
supervisor of garage instructors; J. W. Dain, su- 

perintendent of garages; L. G. Anderson, superin- 
tendent of Shops and Equipment; Robert Heneghan; 
Frank Lercara, E. E. Olmstead, assistant super- 
intendent of Shops and Equipment, surface system, 
and James Dudley, garage instructor. 


CTA Explorer Scout 
Post Exhibit 

Hit of Conference 

EXPLORER SCOUT leaders from four midwest 
states, comprising councils in Region Seven of the 
Boy Scouts of America, were in attendance at a 
three-day conference held at Culver Military acad- 
emy, Culver, Indiana, on May 26-28 to discuss 
and implement their up-coming project entitled 
"Exploring New Horizons. " 

Participating in the sessions were representa- 
tives of CTA Explorer Post 9607 who displayed 
their one-quarter scale model bus which members 
of the Post built with the direction of South Shops 
employes in the various trades who acted as advi- 
sors. It was the hit of the "Exhibit and Display" 

Volume XX 


Number 5 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 

David E. Evans, Editor 

Robert D. Heinlein, Assistant Editor 

F. C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00. Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

portion of the conference, as it has been in every 
public showing in which it has appeared. 

With Scout leaders in the region participating, 
objectives for the months ahead were explained, 
as were plans to put them in effect at the local 
troop level. The purpose of the conference was to 
bring together for training and fellowship scouts 
and leaders in the four state area. 

Representing the CTA Explorer Scout Post were 
Stuart Maginnis, Training and Accident Prevention 
Department; William Miller, South Shops, and 
Explorer. Scouts Thomas DiDomizio and Steven 

A comely guest who was master of ceremonies 
for an entertainment program was Miss Teenage 
America (seated in bus) who found the undersized 
vehicle comfortable for one but hardly suited for a 
night on the town with a boy friend. In the other 
picture, Cub Scouts with more than curiosity gather 
around the miniature bus to see what makes it go. 

JUNE, 1967 

INTOLERABLE WEATHER and record breaking snowstorms 
during the latter days of January scuttled the heretofore im- 
proving safety records established by CTA Transportation 
Department employes in their continuing effort to reduce traffic 
and passenger accidents. This was evident in the statistics 
for the first three months of this year. During that period the 
entire system, surface and rapid transit, was 294 traffic and 
passenger accidents over the first three months of 1966. 

Despite this handicap, however, the winning stations in 
the first quarter of this year came up with commendable scores. 
Kedzie, with a 58.53 rating in the surface competition and 

Forest Park rated 72.95 in the rapid transit division. Both 
stations had fewer accidents in the first quarter of 1967 than 
they had in the first quarter of 1966, which was their safest 
year. It was the second consecutive ISC award for Forest 
Park station. 

In the accompanying pictures (top) D. M. Flynn, superin- 
tendent of transportation, is surrounded by Kedzie station 
operators as he presents the plaque to Station Superintendent 
E. K. Peterson. Bottom: Transportation Department employes 
at Forest Park terminal assemble for the presentation of the 
award plaque by Mr. Flynn to E. J. Heatter, station super- 


«*i*:»-' - ,i , . ' 

Transit News Editor, D. E. Evans, Retires 

DAVID E. EVANS, editor of the CTA employe 
magazine TRANSIT NEWS, retired on pension July 
1, closing out a career of more than 40 years in 
the field of journalism and publicity. 

Mr. Evans started in the Publicity Department 
of the former Chicago Rapid Transit company in 
November, 1924, while attending Northwestern 
University. An article that appeared in the Sep- 
tember, 1926, edition of the HIGH LINE, the CRT 
employes' magazine, told of his appointment as 
associate editor of that magazine. In 1937 Mr. 
Evans left the Rapid to work as a press represent- 
ative of the Chicago Chapter of the American Red 
Cross and later as publicity director of the Church 
Club of Chicago. During the second world war he 
served in a U.S. Navy recruiting center and attained 
the rank of petty officer first class. 

In 1953 Mr. Evans returned to the transit indus- 
try, joining CTA as editor of TRANSIT NEWS in 
November of that year -- the position he held until 
the time of his retirement. During his term of 
more than 13 years as editor, the magazine was 
frequently presented awards for the excellence of 
its subject matter and appearance. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Evans has displayed 
his talent for writing by preparing articles for pub- 
lication in other magazines and daily newspapers, 
including the Chicago Daily News and Saturday 
Evening Post. He was also a frequent contributor 
to the Chicago Tribune's "Line O' Type" column, 

where articles and poems appeared for many years 
over the signature D-Double-E, Dismal Dave, and 
Davy of the Navy. 

Mr. Evans was born June 18, 1903, in Leint- 
wardine, Herefordshire, England, and came to the 
United States with his parents in 1906. The family 
returned to England in 1911, but came back to make 
a permanent home in this country in 1913. While 
attending the Northwestern University School of 
Journalism nights he worked days, first as a brick- 
layer apprentice and then with the CRT. He was 
awarded a professional degree in journalism in 

A large number of friends and associates gath- 
ered on June 30 at his retirement dinner to extend 
best wishes for the leisurely years ahead. Pic- 
tured at the head table on the occasion are, from 
left, C. W. Baxa, assistant director of public in- 
formation; Mr. Evans' brother-in-law and sister, 
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Oberbeck; Mr. Evans; F. 
C. Knautz, superintendent of public and employe 
relations; General Manager T. B. O'Connor, and a 
former CTA employe and long-time friend of Mr. 
Evans, Warren Logelin, now the director of public 
relations and advertising for Amstead Industries . 
In the other picture, Mr. Evans is displaying a 
drawing which was presented to him by Mr. Knautz. 
The sketch, which depicts Mr. Evans in a Florid- 
ian setting, was drawn by Ferd Himme , the artist 
who prepares drawings for the back cover of 

Former North Section Trainman Killed in Viet Nam Action 

A FORMER CTA employe who was killed in action 
in Viet Nam was identified by the Defense Depart- 
ment as 1st Lt. Robert C. Aguado. Lt. Aguado 
was leading a patrol in the Mekong Delta area on 
June 19 when his unit was caught in an ambush and 
he was killed. 

Lt. Aguado was employed by CTA on March 11, 
1963, and was assigned to the North Section of the 
rapid transit system as a trainman, where he re- 
mained until February 10, 1965, when he was 

granted a military furlough. After entering the 
U.S. Army he attended officers training school and 
was promoted to lieutenant. He was subsequently 
assigned to active duty in Viet Nam. At the time 
of his death, Lt. Aguado was 25 years old. 

Survivors are his mother, Lucy, five brothers, 
and one sister. 

Funeral rites were held on July 3 at St. Michael 
church. Interment was at Queen of Heaven ceme- 

JUNE, 1967 

Eleven Employes Share 
Suggestion Cash Awards 

DONALD P. Schultz, 1st vice-president of the 
National Association of Suggestion Systems, 
presents the "Best Suggester" award to Irvin 
Krauledis, South Shops, as Ted Woss, foreman, 
Machine Shop, looks on. 

LAUNCHING AN all-out effort to make the 15th an- 
niversary year of CTA's system -wide suggestion 
plan a record breaker, a concerted drive to in- 
crease participation was kicked off recently with a 
letter from General Manager T. B. O'Connor urg- 
ing all employes to make a wider use of the sug- 
gestion blanks available at all working locations. 

He pointed out that since inception of the plan 
in 1952, over 1,700 awards, totaling more than 
$32,200 have been paid to CTA employes for their 
adopted ideas, and more money is awaiting those 
who submit acceptable ideas. 

Announcement also is made that, beginning June 
1, all ideas accepted for adoption will be issued 
Sears, Roebuck and Company merchandise gift 
certificates in the amount of $7.00. The gift cer- 
tificates will be awarded whether the idea receives 
an honorable mention credit or earns a cash award. 

In the latest tally of cash awards, three award's 
of $25.00 each, one of $50.00, and three second 
honorable mention awards of $25.00, a total of 
$200.00, was distributed during the month of May. 
These went to Nick Fieramosca, S & E, Congress; 

Martin Flanagan, Stores, SouthShops; James Biase, 
S & E, Archer, and Henry Brandenburg, Stores, 
South Division. Honorable mention awards went to 
Walter C. Hallford, Engineering, G. O. ; Norbert 
L. Piecyk, Research and Planning, G. O. , and 
John Kalinowski, S & E, South Shops. 

The following employes received certificates 
for ideas which were adjudged to be of benefit to 
CTA and worthy of recognition for incentive a- 
wards: These were Max Kuchan Jr. , S & E, South 
Shops; Willis Helfrich, G. O. , Executive Offices; 
George Kuenstle, S & E, North Avenue; Paul Jan- 
kowski, G. O. , Accounting; Arlene Swanson, R. T. , 
Congress; Morris Cohen, R. T. , North Side, and 
John R. Kalinowski, S & E, South Shops. 

Members of the executive decision committee 
have been appearing at various key locations on the 
system and speaking to supervisors, department 
heads, and other key personnel urging them to 
stimulate interest among their employes in parti- 
cipating in the suggestion plan. It is hoped by this 
means to increase the number of suggestion sub- 
missions and provide an opportunity for more em- 
ployes to share in the awards. 

CONGRATULATING R. T. Warnstedt (right) on his elec- 
tion as president of the Chicago Chapter of the National 
Association of Suggestion Systems is F. C. Knautz, execu- 
tive secretary of the employe suggestion committee. Mr. 
Warnstedt, who is receiving the membership certificate 
from Mr. Knautz, has been active as CTA representative 
in the Chicago Chapter for the past four years and has 
served as 2nd vice-president and 1st vice-president pre- 
vious to his election as president. 



A CHANGE in the parking fee collection procedure 
was instituted at the main Congress terminal park- 
ing lot and went into effect on June 19. 

The 25£ parking fee remains unchanged; how- 
ever, instead of pay-as-you-enter , the fee is paid 
by motorists leaving the lot. A new toll-road hop- 
per type collection device, which actuates the gate 
and red and green lights is installed at the exit. 
The parking fee may be paid by depositing a quar- 
ter, or any combination of nickels and dimes total- 
ing a quarter. As soon as the fee is paid, the red 
light changes to green and the gate rises permit- 
ting the motorist to exit. 

As a motorist approaches the entrance to the lot 
a gate rises permitting entry. The entrance gate 
is equipped with an automatic device that registers 
the number of automobiles entering the parking 
area. When the lot is filled, an electric sign read- 
ing "Lot Full" is illuminated. When this warning 
shows, motorists should not enter the lot. 

This revised parking procedure will help speed 
the downtown trip by eliminating delays when en- 
tering the parking area. In addition, an increase 
in the number of parking spaces in the lot has been 
made available by use of the upper level of the 
Kiss-n-Ride area. 

The parking fee applies 24 hours a day, seven 
days a week. 

The accompanying photo shows the new installa- 
tion as cars line up to deposit the parking fee and 
exit from the parking lot. 

A WAR on litter is being waged in the Uptown area 
by students of Goudy school, 5120 N. Winthrop 
avenue, who designed a series of posters as their 
project to awaken the community to the need for 
residents to participate in the neighborhood "clean- 
up" campaign. 

Students Aid Clean-up 
Campaign in Uptown Area 

The posters, on display in Uptown "L" stations 
from the second week in May through the month of 
June, were on the Howard route from Sheridan and 
Irving Park on the south to BrynMawr on the north. 

The students showed considerable ingenuity in 
their delineation of the posters. One 11-year old 
girl created a work of clean-up art by using corn 
kernels to outline a tree in bloom and various 
shades of crushed tissue paper to portray flowers. 
She shows an attractive, well-kept home, and above 
this she has placed a radiant paper sun. 

At a display of some of the posters in the Mer- 
chandise Mart offices, several General Office em- 
ployes from the Public Information Department 
pre-viewed the posters which later appeared in 
North Side stations. The girls are, left to right: 
Kathryn Ryan, Catherine Guzovich, Patricia Mur- 
phy, and Carolyn Stoltz. 

JUNE. 1967 


A MID-APRIL storm, which followed the tornado 
that devastated a large section of Oak Lawn, caused 
a few anxious minutes to home -going CTA riders 
as a deluge of heavy rain and hail poured down in 
scattered sections of the city. 

Some South Side routes were right in the path of 
the storm, but there were no injuries to passengers 
and CTA buses were not endangered due largely to 
the presence of mind maintained by operators. 

The letter printed below is one of several com- 
mending the calm attitude displayed by operators 
and their handling of a situation which could have 
caused a panic if it had got out of hand. 

Operator Edward E. Reid, Badge No. 6006, 77th: 
"Relevant to the recent tornado situations, I would 
like to praise the particularly excellent handling of 
the emergency by Driver No. 6006 of a southbound 
Morgan bus. As we approached 86th street and 
Lafayette at about 5:35 p. m. the velocity of the 
wind was simply tremendous judging from the awful 
pelting of the rain and hail which beat like mighty 
blows at the bus windows. There was no panic but 
much fear which resulted in prayers from every- 
one. Your driver kept our bus going at a slow, 
cautious pace and led it safely out of the danger 
zone. It was the time of awful crisis enlightened 
by the level head of this good man. " 

Operator Joseph Ulasy, Badge No. 11638, For- 
est Glen: "I boarded a westbound bus at Ridge and 
Glenwood avenues earlier today, and the operator 
was the most courteous and helpful I have ever 
met. Many of his passengers were elderly with 
the signs of age very apparent. Every question 

was answered with a smile and he didn't forget to 
call every stop. In instances when someone asked 
for a certain street and did not get off he would ask 
'Who was it wanted California avenue? ' or whatever 
street they had asked for, and would wait until they 
left the bus. His cheerfulness was contagious. I 
left the bus with a light heart and a 'hurrah' that 
there is someone who is happy at his work. " 

Supervisor Robert Anderson, Badge No. 230, 
Central District: "I want to compliment the CTA 
on the fine gentleman who you have stationed at the 
Union Station as a supervisor. He is the most 
courteous of all that have ever been stationed there. 
He is truly an asset to your company. It would be 
wonderful if all your men were like this. I feel 
that credit should be given to this man and all 
commuters feel like I do. Hence this letter. " 

Operator Nicholas Rossille, Badge No. 8107, 
Keeler: "Sincere and appreciative thanks to your 
organization for having men such as your driver of 
Bus No. 8585. On April 24 he assisted my wife, 
overcome by a stroke, while on a trip west at Ad- 
dison street and Pulaski avenue. Though it was 
peak traffic, around 5:00 p. m. , he took charge, 
summoned an ambulance and had her taken to a 
nearby hospital and then someone from your office 
promptly notified me and advised of action taken. 
Such courtesy and efficiency needs more than mere 
acknowledgment. It is a pleasure to champion such 
people who can survive the trials and tensions of 
Chicago traffic and find time to exercise such con- 
cern for their passengers. " 

Operator Peyton Hightower, Badge No. 7183, 
77th Street: "I am just 10 years old and attend the 
Howalton Day School. I am in the sixth grade. I 
would like to inform you of a nice, courteous bus 
driver on route 28. He conducts himself like he is 
a tourist bus driver. We need more bus drivers 
like him. Also I would like to say everyone on the 
bus admired him. " 

Operator Stanford Rogers, Badge No. 8940, 69th 
Street: "On Tuesday morning May 23 I was on a 
bus westbound on 55th street at about 7:15 a.m. 
When we started across Cottage Grove avenue at 
55th street I noticed the driver was going very 
slowly even though the light had changed against 
us. About the time I noticed that the driver opened 
the door and spoke to someone walking along side 
of the bus. This man was blind and very much 
c >nfused by traffic and the bus operator was not 
oi \ guiding him but was blocking traffic to avoid 
his '^eing seriously injured by on-coming traffic. 
A demonstration of this kind of faith in humanity 
was a very refreshing way to start a day and this 
incidant will live long in my memory. " 



QUESTION: Have you made any plans 
for your retirement? 

LOCATION: Purchasing, Specifications 
and Stores Department 

MILDRED BONOMO (with reporter D. Jane Bell): "I would 
first like to relax and unwind and catch up on some sleep and 
then I will travel, though not too far at one time. I am also 
interested in working part time at an orphanage as I think work- 
ing with children would be such fun. 

^ -' 

ARTHUR E. CARLSON (with Storeroom 
42 scribe Dorothy Stembridge): "I'm 
going to rest and relax, and just live 
from day to day." 

HENRY HANSEN (with South Division 
scribe Denise Cannon): "I plan to take 
short trips to the country as my wife and 
I are interested in wild bird life of dif- 
ferent species. I will continue to live 
in Chicago so that I can be near my 
friends and relatives." 

FRANK J. FRIEDL (with Storeroom 20 
scribe Dorothy Doljanin): "Well, this 
is something to think about, can you ask 
again in eight years? I have been buy- 
ing U.S. Savings Bonds, and then, the 
Good Lord willing, I'll do a lot of fish- 
ing which Mrs. Friedl enjoys doing too. 

KATHERINE DWYER (with Stores De- 
partment scribe Jane Urso): "I am well 
satisfied with my Chicago home, and 
have no desire to travel. I enjoy taking 
care of my home and plan to spend much 
time doing just that. Relaxing and 
visitinq friends I haven't been able to 
visit betore are my main plans. 

JUNE, 1967 


By Doctor George H. Irwin, 
CTA Medical Consultant 


MANY PEOPLE think of energy as meaning pep, 
vigor, or feeling of vitality. However, to the sci- 
entist the real meaning of energy actually is "the 
power to do work. " The fuel for our body's work 
comes from food. 

An individual may feel tired after working at a 
desk for an hour or two, yet the energy he needs 
for such work is relatively small. If he goes out 
for an hour's brisk walk he may come back feeling 
refreshed and vigorous although he has used up 
twice as much energy as he did in the hour at the 
desk. Mental activity does not use up much energy. 

While the feeling of vigor is partly physcholgi- 
cal, a good physical condition is essential for it. 
An obese person who is carrying around 25 extra 
pounds of fat has more than 100,000 calories of 
energy in excess poundage. However, we don't 
think of such a person as full of pep and stored vi- 
tality. Calories alone cannot give us energy. We 
must get regular sleep and rest along with follow- 
ing other good health rules. 

Just as we measure height in inches or weight 
in pounds, the energy we get from food is meas- 
ured in calories. A calorie is actually a unit of 
heat. As used in measurements of food energy, it 
is about equal to the amount of heat required to 
raise the temperature of four pints of water one 
degree Fahrenheit. 

When the stored energy in foods is released by 
metabolism to our muscles and other body organs 
for work, heat is a by-product. Most of the energy 
released in the body for its work eventually leaves 
the body as heat. 

As we use our muscles for voluntary activity, 
we are aware that we are working and can readily 
understand that energy is used in doing this work. 

What we do not understand is how energy is needed 
just to be, or when our body is at rest. A good il- 
lustration of this is to picture the energy needs of 
the body in comparison to the fuel needed to keep 
an engine going. Yet, an automobile can stand in a 
garage indefinitely and use no fuel, whereas the 
body organs continue to work and need energy, 
even when we are sleeping. 

We need energy then, for existence, for grow- 
ing, for all our activities such as work and play. 
The number of calories required depends on our 
size and shape, on age and rate of growth, and on 
the kind and amount of activity we engage in. A 
150-pound man may use about 70 calories per hour 
when lying down quietly, about 100 calories per 
hour doing desk work and 200 calories per hour 
when walking at a moderate pace. But when he 
dashes to make a train or indulges in some other 
strenuous activity, he may use energy at the rate 
of 400 to 500 calories, but only for a short time. 

All foods furnish calories, some supplying more 
and some less. We get most of our food energy 
from carbohydrates which include starches and 
sugar and from fats. Proteins, too, can furnish 
energy but they are needed primarily for tissue 
building and upkeep. When enough calories from 
carbohydrates and fats are available, proteins will 
not be used for energy until the needs for body 
building and upkeep have been met. Having enough 
carbohydrates and fats in the diet to meet the ca- 
loric needs of the body will thus spare the proteins 
for building and upkeep jobs which is something 
carbohydrates and fats cannot do. 

Some fat in our diet is advantageous and neces- 
sary, but we do not know yet just exactly how much. 
In some countries where fats are scarce, the total 
amount of other foods which must be eaten to sup- 



ply the necessary energy needs is larger. Another 
advantage of some fat in the diet is that it has 
"staying power. " We sometimes say that foods 
containing fat stick to the ribs. This is explained 
partially by the fact that the fats leave the stomach 
more slowly than carbohydrates. Thus when some 
food stays in the stomach between meals we are 
less apt to get hungry. Please do not misconstrue 
the statement about fatty foods. One may eat too 
much fat and get into trouble. 

Much of this article has been taken from a paper 
on "For your health's sake" by the American Med- 
ical Association. The Food and Nutrition Board of 
the National Research Council noted that the usual 
diet contains about 40 per cent of the calories in 
the form of fat. This includes both the visible fats 
such as butter, margarine, salad oils, cooking 
oils, etc. , and the invisible fats which are an inte- 
gral part of whole milk, eggs, poultry, fish, red 
meats, nuts, and many other foods. 

The advice that we "choose our calories by the 
nutritional company we keep" is indeed sound. 
Sweets and soft drinks do not keep good nutritional 
company. On the other hand, some calories are 
present in foods with a respectable company of 
other essential nutrients. For instance, along with 
proteins milk provides calcium, phosphorus, and 
riboflavin. Potatoes provide calories along with 
Vitamin C and iron. Fruits, vegetables, milk, 
meat, eggs, and whole grain or enriched bread 
provide not only calories but a goodly bonus of nu- 
trients as well. These are foods which we should 
choose first in meeting the energy needs of our 

One should always keep in mind, however, that 
excessive intake of food does not give the body ex- 
cessive body energy. It only produces excessive 

Health & Science Shorts 


Snacks at bedtime don't appear to interfere with 
sleep, a scientific study suggests. 

Volunteers eating pre -bed snacks didn't show 
significant changes in the frequency of body move- 
ments (which are an index of sleep depth) during 
the firsthalf of the sleep cycle, report researchers 
at Wood Veterans Administration hospital and Mar- 
quette university, Milwaukee. And the volunteers 
generally said they detected no difference in sleep 
pattern whether they snacked or not. 

# # # 


Men get angry enough to lose their tempers on 
an average of six times a week, usually becoming 
riled about inanimate objects. 

But womenbecome hopping mad only about three 
times a week, new studies of anger show. Women 
are set off more by other people, for real or fan- 
cied grievances. 

# # § 


Sniffing glue, paint thinner, fingernail polish 
remover, cleaning and lighter fluid, and other 
chemicals has become a relatively common form 
of abnormal childhood behavior, two physicians 

The sniffing "provides a chemical escape from 
reality," easily available to children whereas al- 
cohol and narcotics are not. "The result is the 
development of dependence or habituation of young- 
sters at a far younger age than would otherwise be 
likely," write Drs. Edward Press, Illinois Depart- 
ment of Public Health, and Alan K. Done, Univer- 
sity of Utah College of Medicine. 

# # # 


Too little activity is a main reason why obese 
children are fat, and not because of food intake, 
says Dr. Jean Mayer of the Harvard School of 
Public Health. 

A study of obese high school girls showed that 
they ate less than their friends of normal weight, 
but spent two-thirds less time in body motion, he 
writes in The Physician's Panorama. 

JUNE, 1967 





ACCOUNTING [Payroll] - 

The happy bride on May 20 was JOSEPHINE AUGITTO, 
who was married to GEORGE McKRAY. The place for 
the celebration was the Como Inn. Chances are the elec- 
tric can opener, Corning-ware utensils, pillow cases, 
and scale--gifts from her co-workers--have already 
been put to good use. Best wishes to the newlyweds for 
a delightful, endearing life full of health, happiness, and 
prosperity ... A yearning for sunshine and the con- 
geniality of close relatives sent retirees MABLE MAC- 
NUSON and NAOMI BOHLIN to the West Coast . . . The 
east coast of Florida was again the oft-repeated selection 
for ROSEMARY KENNY, who returned from there with a 
smooth tan and fond memories . . . Who recently brought 
childhood pictures to work? One picture in her posses- 
sion has her seated on one of the old straw seats in a 
streetcar. Her father--a recently retired department 
head--probably had a mental picture of her as an adult 
going to and from work with this company . . . Your 
scribe is recuperating at home after a stay in the hos- 
pital. A fall at the rollerrink had a jarring effect. 

- &il<4* 'Tteutauiet 

(General) - 

RUTH, Accounting, and MARIE HAVLIK, Electrical, 
along with other members of their family wended their 
way southward on their vacation. On the way they stop- 
ped over at various points of interest in Kentucky and 
Tennessee. They enjoyed Mammoth Cave and Blue Ridge 
Parkway and then went on to St. Augustine, the oldest 
city in Florida. They found Marineland fascinating and 
on their way home promised themselves to spend more 
time in this beautiful Sunshine State on a future vacation 
. . . WILLIAM B. FOLTA, assistant general accountant, 
is now at home recuperating nicely from major surgery 
at Columbus hospital . . . GEORGE TRIUNFOL, senior 
accountant, also chose the Southland for his vacation, 
where he and his wife basked in the sunshine and enjoyed 
the relaxing summer climate on the gulf, leaving the 
severe Chicago winter far behind . . . The CTA Girls 
Bowling League comprised of MARGE DORGAN, JOAN 
VIRGINIA REZNIK won second place in the league. Each 
received a trophy given at the bowling banquet held at 
Younkers restaurant on May 13. 

- THaiie Pottiatt 

CONGRESS (Agents] - 

Pensioner PATRICK O'BRIEN is in Ireland. "To 
attend a wedding," he said. Could it be his own? Who 
was the lady that was his guest at the Easter brunch? 
Pat has always been a cood promotor for St. Theresa 
and it seems his experience is paying extra dividends. . . 
are in Ireland visiting their people. The trip itself is a 
wonderful experience but seeing those you love who are 
near and dear to you is the best part of the trip . . . 
Agent FAY CAPRIO is now preparing for another visit 
with her daughter who lives in Hawaii. Fay will stop off 
in San Francisco to visit with a sister she has not seen 
in many years. This will be her third trip to the islands 
but the joy and happiness of all these trips will not com- 

pare with that tearful, joyful meeting with her sister 
whom she hasn't seen for such a long time . . . On June 
25 Porter JOHN CAMPBELL and his wife, MAE, will 
visit John's only living relative in Montgomery , Alabama, 
who will be 95 years old at that time . . . Porter AUSTIN 
YOUNG and his wife, LIOLA, will spend their June vaca- 
tion in Columbia, Tennessee . . . Porter LEONE HEG- 
WOOD and his family went to Northern Michigan on their 
vacation. They had a delightful time visiting friends and 
relatives . . . Porter JAMES NOLAN and his family en- 
joyed themselves in County Cook during Jim's vacation 
. . . Agent BILLY SEGERSON's grandson, FRANKIE, 
always looks forward to her vacation. They're always 
something special for him, but he's the kind of a little 
guy you'd like to do something special for . . . Porter 
BENJAMIN TAYLOR celebrated his birthday May 31 . . . 
Conductor LADDIE SMACH retired after 40 years of ser- 
vice. Laddie is well known for his good work getting 
messages to the boys in the service . . . LAWRENCE 
FRICOT is home convalescing and recently became the 
grandfather of a baby girl. Larry is becoming quite an 
authority on baby formulas and child care . . . Congress 
Clerk LAWRENCE TOBIN is feeling well enough to ex- 
change stories about his operation . . . We wish to ex- 
tend our sincere and deepest sympathy to the family of 
Receiver HARRY GABEL who passed away in St. Peters- 
burg, Florida, and to Motorman E. RAUSCH's family on 
the loss of their beloved mother for whom services were 
held at the Jehovah church on May 5 . . . We were sorry 
to hear that retired Agent CATHERINE MAHONEY and 
pensioned Conductor FRANK SINDLAR are no longer with 
us. Frank passed away May 20 after a long and painful 
illness . . . Conductor IRWIN BOCK is in the Cicero 
hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery . . . Agent 
ANITA SHRIVER BANNISTER wishes to thank her many 
friends and co-workers for herself and on behalf of her 
sister who lost her beloved husband. The many acts of 
kindness and thoughtfulness will always be remembered 
. . . Agent FREDERICK REED and his brother took a trip 
to Arkansas during the Memorial Day Week. MARY NO- 
LAN and her sister, ELIZABETH, went to Door County, 
Wisconsin, for a week's vacation during the early part of 
June . . . Agent LUTHER DUNLAP had a vacation the 
second week in June during which he made plans for a 
vacation in August which will be spent in Arkansas and 
Tennessee . . . Heartiest congratulations to charming 
and lovely EILEEN STEVENS, daughter of Pensioner 
MOLLY SHIELDS, on her graduation from Teacher's 
college June 16. Eileen is the mother of 12 children, 
two of whom are student agents. Another of her boys, 
KEVIN, is my godchild and an honor student at Quigley 
seminary ... My nephew, JOHN ROBERT HARRING- 
TON, was just graduated from grade school with am- 
bitions to become an electronics engineer. 

- Quit* 'St*ui4et 


Well, this is the wind-up for the '66 and '67 vacation 
periods. ROBERT BOOTH, back porch, Chicago. Miss 
PAULINE HARALAMOS, front porch, Evergreen Park. 
Miss MARIE HAVLIK, a Florida vacation. NORMAN 
WALLACE, Ontario, Canada, and his post card said 
plenty of fish. CHESTER and DOROTHY MATTUSZEW- 




SKI visited Camdenton, Missouri, in the Ozarks and they 
found plenty of fish also. ARVIN WILMONT stopped in 
Brooksville, Florida, and visited AIDEN KENNY. Aiden 
would like to extend an invitation to all his friends in the 
Substations to visit Florida. He sends word they have 
plenty of bedroom space . . . Still on our sick list at this 
time are the following, ARTHUR McDERMOTT, JOHN 
WILLIAM McDONALD . . . Our deepest sympathy to 
WILLIAM TIMMERMAN in the passing of his mother . . . 
JOHN HILL would like to thank his many friends for the 
gift he received. John retired on a disability pension 
June 1. Best Wishes to you John. . . Received this late. 
JOHN DARCY said the nearest motel he could get to Expo 
'67 was 20 miles away. But the trip was wonderful and 
the buildings marvelous to see . . . Keep those post cards 
rolling in. They help make our column. 

The welcome mat is extended to four new "B" Help- 
ers who recently transferred to the Electrical Depart- 
MANS, and FRANK ENGLISH . . . A. G. MORF, chief 
estimator, his wife, and their daughter and son-in-law 
spent several days in Buffalo, New York. A visit to 
Niagara Falls convinced all that a long belated honey- 
moon is better than none . . . Our deepest sympathy is 
extended to Light Maintenance Foreman SIGMUND DOB- 
OSIEWICZ on the loss of his father who passed away on 
May 8 . . . Lineman JOHN SABIN returned to work after 
being off on the sick list . . . Many happy returns of the 
day to Linemen PETE GRAF and JOHN SABIN who cele- 
brated their birthdays on June 1 . . . Mr. SYLVESTER 
DANECKE, superintendent of electrical construction and 
maintenance, along with his wife recently motored down 
to New Orleans. Mr. Danecke, upon his return, said 
that they had a marvelous time . . . As of this writing 
the following men are on vacation: NICK BRINDL, DON 
SHEA. We hope they all have a wonderful time. 

- ZW (?T<u«i<iU & TVitliim ■ZtUtr 


Congratulations to our golf pro, MARIO MUNOZ, who 
won first place in the annual spring CTA office golf out- 
ing. His prize was a portable AM-FM radio . . . DAN 
BRUNOD had a winning horse in the $2 5 race of Let's Go 
To The Races. . . Lots of Luck to DENNIS PENEPACKER 
who is returning to school for the summer. He'll be back 
with us again in the fall . . . When your reporter arrived 
home from work on May 24 there was a sign at her door 
which read, "Come in Grandma. It's a girl, weight 6 
pounds, 11 ounces." PATRICIA ANN FITZGERALD ar- 
rived that afternoon at 2:30 to the family of JEANNE's 
son, WILLIAM J. FITZGERALD Jr. This is her eighth 
grandchild, five girls and three boys. Says Jeanne, 
"may all our troubles be little ones." 


Operator "Little" SMITH and his wife, BERNADETTE, 
are very proud of their new son, GERALD SCOTT. I 
understand the newcomer takes after his mother and 
father--the mother for looks, and the father for eat- 
ing . . . Young RAY WEIGLEIN was saying just the other 
day, "please try and say something good about me." 
Well, old buddy, I want to tell all your followers that the 


only time they will ever see you will be in the station- - 
never on the street. But all kidding aside, you are a fine 
young man . . . STEVE PANTOS was graduated in June. 
A party was held at the home of his parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. CHRIST PANTOS. Friends of the family were in- 
vited. Among those were yours truly, Mrs. HENRY, 
our son, WILLIAM, and Mr. and Mrs. JOHN MAHNKE. 
Very fine little party. I'll say one thing, those malted 
milks Christ puts out will also put you out . . . We'd 
like to take this time to welcome all our new drivers. If 
ever you want help you can turn to any of your fellow 
workers. All will be happy to answer any questions . . . 
Now that it's vacation time feel free to call upon your 
credit union if you need any extra cash. Also, attend 
your union meeting. Maybe one of these days Forest 
Glen will be in first place . . . Operator TOM MEAGHER 
says the first thing he's going to do on his vacation is get 
a day of sleeping in. Good luck, Tom . . . Operator 
MITSUO OGATA just returned from the Hawaiian Islands. 
He had a fine reunion with his parents and a brother that 
just returned from Viet Nam. He says his home town is 
as beautiful as ever . . . Operator LEE was in the sta- 
tion for picking of new runs. He looks and is feeling fine 
after his illness and will be back in about a month . . . On 
May 1 JOSEPH LOCOCO II was born. His father held up 
very well. Mother, DIANA, states he looks like her side 
of the family. Good luck, folks, and enjoy each minute 
■with the new one, they grow up fast . . . Mrs. SIGNE 
BERG, mother of Operator TRYGVE C. BERG, took her 
first airplane trip at the age of 80 to Norway as a gift 
from her son, ERLING. She acted as though she did it 
every day. 

- 7V. A. 3<««tf Bta-.MII.aiM 

GENERAL OFFICE (Training & Accident Prevention) - 

Shops) who are advisors to Explorer Scout Post No. 9607, 
accompanied two scout post members, STEVEN FRANK- 
LIN and THOMAS DIDOMIZIO, from Chicago to the 1967 
Explorer Delegate Conference. The conference was held 
at Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, on May 
26-2 7 for the purpose of bringing together outstanding 
explorers and leaders from all councils in region seven 
for training, inspiration, information, and fellowship, to 
the end that they will give leadership to their council's 
exploring program. The conference program consisted 
of highlight speakers, discussion groups, panel discus- 
sions, special electives, explorer social with Miss 
Teenage America of 1967, SANDRA ROBERTS, and the 
"Exhibits and Displays. " The CTA-sponsored group 
brought to the exhibit their completed unique project of 
a one-quarter scale model CTA bus. This was one of 
the highlights of the exhibits and attracted much atten- 
tion. A detailed story of the building of this scale model 
bus by Explorer Post No. 9607 scouts, their CTA ad- 
visor Mr. Joseph Repplinger, and assistants, appeared 
in the January, 1967, issue of TRANSIT NEWS. CTA 
employes who know of any boys, 14-17 years of age, 
who may be interested in joining Explorer Post 9607, 
may obtain further information from any advisor work- 
ing with the present group . . . One of our General Of- 
fice baseball teams is off to a good start--winning their 
first game played against Eastern Airlines by a score of 
18 to 2. They tied their second game with the Merchan- 
dise Mart Building Maintenance Team. Members of the 
BERNIE FORD, and BRUCE POPE from Training and 
Accident Prevention. Other members and substitutes 
from various other offices are: CLARENCE CRAWLEY, 

JUNE, 1967 



TOFIDIS. Team needs include a cheering section, a new 
name, and uniforms (are there any donors around?). An 
Alpine white with a mint green stripe uniform would look 
rather sharp on a CTA team. Games are played inGrant 
Park at Columbus Drive and Balboa on Thursday eve- 

(Accident Statistics) - 

JOSEPH NASH transferred recently to Shop Clerk at 
North Avenue Garage. Joe also became engaged to 
NOREEN KEMNATZ during the month of May. 

(Equipment Research & Development) - 

Congratulations to GEORGE J. CLARK who became a 
grandfather for the third and fourth time. The new ar- 
rivals, both girls, are named STEPHANIE CRANE and 
AMY CLARK. On May 6 he also became a father-in-law 
again when his daughter, RUTH, became Mrs. DANIEL 

- ar«*r s CM*** 


Congratulations to all the operators and our repair 
department for our outstanding safety record. We took 
first place in the first quarter of our interstation com- 
petition. As a token of appreciation we all received an 
ash tray for being the winners. We had coffee and rolls 
sent from the General office. We had Superintendent of 
Transportation, D. M. FLYNN, and Superintendent of 
Employment and Training, F. A. JOHNSON, here to 
present Superintendent E. PETERSON with our plaque. 
If we can keep up our Defensive Driving, as emphasized 
by our instructing Supervisor, J. KNOPF, Kedzie can 
take first place again in the second quarter. Besides 
coffee and rolls we had entertainment and a drawing for 
some wonderful gifts. The lucky winners were the fol- 
lowing operators: Frassico, Wood, Schliger, Abbot, 
Anhalt, Dowdy, Lask, Jackson, Harmon, White, Scott, 
Marsh, and Heffernan. Congratulations to you all . . . 
Congratulations to Superintendent G. PAYTON who was 
promoted to Night Superintendent at Kedzie, replacing 
Superintendent WILL who is now on the South Side . . . 
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT MAHONY who 
were married on May 1 3 at St. Angelas church. Opera- 
tor J. MURPHY sang at their Nuptial Mass and what a 
wonderful voice he has. They held their reception at the 
Ferrara Manor in the grand ballroom. The food was 
good and the drinks flowed like water; everyone had a 
wonderful time. Mrs. MARGARET ANN MAHONY is the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM LARSEN. Operator 
Larsen is our board member. They can be proud of the 
perfect reception they had for their daughter. Congress- 
man Daniel J. Ronan (D. ) of the 6th district was there 
and your reporter had the pleasure of meeting him. Some 
of our pensioners and our operators and their wives were 
there to help the Larsens celebrate the happy occasion. . . 
Congratulations to DEBORAH FRIEB who is the daughter 
of Operator W. FRIEB. She was the winner of a scholar- 
ship award to DePaul which will be presented to her on 
June 2 at DePaul university. Deborah was graduated 
May 28 from Cathedral High school with high honors. 
She was a member of the National Honor Society and the 
school choir and glee club. Deborah was one of the win- 
ners of our union scholarship awards made possible 
through Division 241 and our President and Business 


agent, Mr. J. HILL . . . Congratulations to Operator 
ARTHUR KAESTNER and his lovely wife, ESTELLE, on 
their 37th wedding anniversary May 31. Many more 
years ofwedded happiness to you both. Estelle, you sure 
are a lucky woman to have such a wonderful and thought- 
ful spouse as Art. He has nothing but nice things to say 
about you . . . THOMAS ROONEY, son of Operator ED 
ROONEY, is currently serving his five-month tour of duty 
at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, as a member of the Illinois 
National Guard. DENNIS MICEK, son of Operator E. 
MICEK, was home on furlough. He is now back at camp 
and is scheduled to leave for Vietnam for active duty. 
Dennis, we sure are proud of you and all our boys in the 
service . . . Your reporter's brother-in-law, ADAM 
FIORITO, and his lovely wife, VIOLET, had open house 
on May 6 for their son, JAMES, who reported for induc- 
tion on May 8 into the U. S. Army. All the relatives and 
friends had a good time. Adam is Instructor of mechan- 
ics at 77th Street garage. His son, James, worked in 
our Law Department at the general office. Jim, with 
your determination and your set ways we know you will 
do good in the army as you did in everything else you put 
your mind to. Good Luck to you Jim . . . There was a 
change in our office personnel June 1. Chief Clerk H. 
PHILLIPS left to be chief clerk at 52nd Street station. 
R. GUNDERSON of North Avenue is our new chief clerk 
at Kedzie. R. HEALY is our chief receiver. Our night 
clerk, V. RAGE, went to Forest Glen, Mr. MARBLE will 
take his place at Kedzie. Mr. EHRHART went to Kee- 
ler, Mr. KELLY is taking over Mr. HEALY's job, Mr. 
HARMAN and Mr. HICKEY will be receivers at Kedzie. 
We welcome all our new personnel . . . Congratulations 
to Bus Cleaner MANUEL OCASIO and his lovely wife; 
they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary May 6 
with a party and about 75 guests were on hand to help 
them celebrate. Many more years of happiness to both 
of you . . . Congratulations to JOHN AMBROGIO on his 
promotion to chief custodian at Kedzie; he is replacing 
Mr. McNAMARA who went on pension May 1 . . . Our 
deepest sympathy to the family and friends of ED RILEY 
who passed away. Mr, Riley was a former operator out 
of Kedzie. 


Now that the warm weather is in our midst, it is good 
to see some of the fellows back from sick bay, it is also 
nice to see their smiling faces. Night Superintendent 
STANLEY BITEL is back and looking very well, we also 
see Clerk JIM RITTENBERG is back and is a pleasure to 
see on these dreary mornings when our eyes refuse to 
open. CHARLIE FABIANO is back too, you are also a 
pleasure to see in your little old self. Mrs. LOUIE 
MAGILL is in the hospital and by this writing I hope she 
is completely recovered . . . Mr. and Mrs. CLEVE- 
LAND WHITE Jr. have been singing "Think Pink," and it 
really works, on May 6 the stork presented them with a 
beautiful baby girl named KARYN LYNETTE ... On 
May 25 they had a television program named "Defensive 
Driving" like the one on a year ago. At that time, Mr. 
and Mrt5. STANLEY MICEK took the test, and in spite of 
Stanley's extensive driving ability, Mrs. Micek beat him 
by I don't know how many points. I wonder who won this 
year? . . Some of the gas stations give a free wash job 
with a gas fill up, or maybe free gas with the purchase 
of a new tire, but JOHN APELT found one that gives free 
ice cream with a tank full. He went over there to fill up 
and take home his ice cream, only to find out he was a 
day ahead of schedule, so there he was with a full tank of 




gas and no ice cream. Poor John! . . A tip of the hat to 
the White Sox management, for giving us two more days 
of free baseball, evening games on June 7 and an after- 
noon game on June 8. 


Hi Ya fellows! 'Tis June again, the month of wedding 
bells, vacation plans, mosquito bites, and gardeners 
backaches. To me June shows me the amazing agility of 
my wife, VIRGIL, as she deftly side steps another birth- 
day June 24. My wife is so considerate, she even helps 
me with the dishes occasionally . . . Retirees Roster: 
Night Foreman FRANK ROBACK, who retired just before 
our record breaking snow fall in January, strongly rec- 
ommends retirement as being the greatest . . . RAY 
BERNARD stopped by the station to receive Congrats on 
his 65th birthday. Ray says he's signing up for medi- 
care, but you'd never believe he's eligible by looking at 
him . . . Glad to have such a short sick list; however, 
get well wishes to Janitor GEORGE LEVENBERGER and 
to "The Schemer" Operator GENE LINDSAY . . . Clerk 
RONNIE MILLER has founded an annual award founda- 
tion. The foundation will award a gold plated cork to the 
most consistent signer of the sick book. Ronnie informs 
us that Operator R. POWELL wins the first award hands 
down. All well wishers are invited to the ceremonies but 
must bring their own paper crying towels ... A warm 
welcome to our family goes to Garageman PAUL DEVINE. 
Your reporter finds Paul to be a very enterprising young 
man who promises to carve a good niche in the archives 
of the future . . . Say, have you noticed Operator TOM 
FLOWERS has had a case of eye strain since his return 
to working days . . . Another eye sufferer is Receiver 
LEROY KETTERING; you know we have a new coin coun- 
ter with very large numeral readings. Leroy has to step 
back to focus on the large numbers, thus losing time in 
traveling back and forth. He promises to get new glas- 
ses now to eliminate the double street in the counting 
room . . . Thanks for the beautiful card from Assistant 
Superintendent M. DEWITT and his wife. The card sta- 
ted that they traveled at 31,000 feet and 570 mph to 
Hawaii. So, fellows, how can he possibly say anything 
about us running hot . . . Should be receiving that card 
soon from Superintendent JACK MORRIS from Miami, 
Florida . . . Amvets Post #247 had an election of offi- 
cers which seems to have been completely taken over by 

EVERETT C. BRUCKNER (second from right), who started with the 
former Chicago Surface Lines more than 43 years ago on August 29, 
1923, retired June 1 as assistant divisional storekeeper, Storeroom 20. 
Pictured with him on his last working day are (from left) G. P. 
MIKOTA, assistant to superintendent of stores; J. T. HARTY, super- 
intendent of stores, and F. J. FRIEDL, who has been named to re- 
place Mr. Bruckner at SR 20. 


Keeler Depot. Commander, Operator WILLIE MC CANN; 
Senior Vice Commander, Operator R. O'NEAL; Junior 
Vice Commander, Operator LOUIS HAYNES; Financial 
officer, Operator TOMMIE PHILLIPS; Chaplain, Opera- 
tor ANDREW SEGAR, and Membership Director, Opera- 
tor LUCIOUS BANKS. Operator Banks was also elected 
to commander of district 21 of the Amvets . . . Due to 
the new trend in package deals there will be no birthday 
or anniversary lists as such--so here goes. Operator 
P. SMITH'S two daughters hit dad for birthday gifts on 
May 2. Happy birthday, PHYLLIS DENISE and PHILE- 
CETA MARIE, June 22. Janitor SY GOLDMAN birth - 
dayed June 20. Operator BENNETT'S wife, MARITA, 
sent a card of thanks to the stork for her ride some years 
back on July 3. Operator WHITEY's son, DON, birth- 
dayed June 11, as did his son's daughter, CAROLYN, on 
June 12 and his daughter-in-law, BARBARA, on June 18. 
And Whitey's 29th wedding anniversary was June 25 . . . 
Operator McKENNIE received a very lovely birthday 
present 16 years ago. The birthday was June 19 and the 
gift was a beautiful bride, LILLIA . . . Operator A. 
JANITO and his wife, HELEN, will accept belated gifts 
of silver for their anniversary June 6. Operator Janito 
had a birthday reminder June 15. I'm sure all you fel- 
lows join me in wishing a safe and speedy return from 
Vietnam to Janito's son, ALLEN. . . Well, gang, let me 
know what you think of this solution to the traffic situa- 
tion: Allow no cars on the streets and highways unless 
they are completely paid for. Till next month. 


EMMETT KANE, paymaster at Limits, and JOSEPH 
GASKEY, receiver, took their pensions last month. May 
you fellows enjoy your pensions to the fullest with health 
and happiness . . . LOUIS GEISHEIMER returned with a 
beautiful coat of tan. He was visiting his son down in 
White Sands, New Mexico, where he is stationed with the 
U. S. Air Force . . . RALPH MOORE is a busy man on 
Sunday afternoons. He lives right across from the Bel- 
mont Bus terminal at Southport. The new operators have 
difficulty putting the poles back on the wire so Operator 
Moore gives the men a helping hand (North Avenue sta- 
tion please note) . . . NICK KOEHNKE, who has been on 
his pension for three months, sends his best regards to 
all of the men. His son, DEL, is one of our young op- 
erators at Limits . . . RUDOLPH DAQUILONTE and his 
brother, JOSEPH, who are brothers-in-law of Del are 
also operators at Limits, so the Koehnke family is well 
represented . . . Supervisor SAM SPITTALI became a 
grandfather for the second time last month when his son, 
JOSEPH, and his dear wife announced the birth of a baby 
boy who will hear the name of DAVID JOSEPH. Con- 
gratulations to the proud parents and also to dear grand- 
pa PETER COLUCCI, who as an officer of the Eagles 
Lodge reports that they will hold their convention at 
Rockford, Illinois, June 20 . . . GEORGE CLARK and 
his dear wife are enjoying their pension life in Loda, 
Illinois, where the Clark's have a fine home . . . Super- 
intendent MILES DE WITT and his dear wife are enjoying 
their vacation to the fullest in sunny Hawaii. Superin- 
tendent GEORGE MAY and his dear wife enjoyed the din- 
ner for Father Murphy at Beverly Woods and also the 
Little Flower night at the Conrad Hilton hotel . . . Board 
Member CHARLES HEROLD wishes to remind the men 
at Limits that the drive for CO. P. E. will begin some- 
time in June . . . Superintendent JACK MORRISS and 
DAPPER SEIDEL have reported that the fishing up in 
Wolf river has been excellent . . . Clerk JOHN GIL- 

JUNE, 1967 




Beverly, Emp. 9-21-27 
EVERETT C. BRUCKNER, Storekeeper, 

Stores, Emp. 8-29-23 

Kedzie, Emp. 4-7-43 

West Section, Emp. 8-5-43 

Security, Emp. 1-9-43 

South Section, Emp. 1-26-27 

Forest Glen, Emp. 11-30-25 
THEODORE T. COWGILL, Schedule Maker, 

Schedule-Traffic, Emp. 4-15-29 
ROBERT J. DOHERTY, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 9-16-26 

South Section, Emp. 10-22-45 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 10-12-43 

North Section, Emp. 1-28-36 

North Section, Emp. 9-11-29 
JOSEPH F. GASKEY, Receiver, 

Limits, Emp. 3-26-29 

North Park, Emp. 2-29-44 
HAROLD L. GREATWOOD, Assignment Clerk, 

Special Investigation, Emp. 2-24-36 
ALFRED HAAS, Carpenter, 

South Shops, Emp. 3-2-45 

Building, Emp. 12-8-41 
RAYMOND HOEVEL, Electrical Worker "A," 

South Shops, Emp. 1-23-29 

HAROLD G. KING, Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 7-7-23 
MARY J. MAHONEY, Transfer Prepunch Operator, 

South Shops, Emp. 7-7-42 
HARRY F. MINOGUE, Collector, 

Archer, Emp. 10-26-36 

Lake Street, Emp. 2-9-45 

69th Street, Emp. 11-14-27 

52nd Street, Emp. 1-11-28 
HARDIN A. PAULSON, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 8-12-44 
CHARLES C. PETERSON, Lineman Helper, 

Electrical, Emp. 4-22-24 

Archer, Emp. 3-20-28 

61st Street, Emp. 3-13-26 



Limits, Emp. 11-28-42 
ROBERT G. BUTLER, Motorman, 

Howard Street, Emp. 5-29-52 
JOHN M. HILL, "B" Electrician, 

Electrical, Emp. 8-27-48 
ALPHONSE J. SCHMITZ, Upholsterer, 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 11-19-27 

Forest Glen, Emp. 1-19-45 
LEROY STIGLER, Repairman, 

Beverly, Emp. 12-19-46 

West Section, Emp. 10-22-45 

Security, Emp. 11-11-36 

RECENT RETIREES, each with 40 or more years of service, include (left to right): ROBERT J. DOHERTY, ANTON CHRISTENSEN, 




MORE is in the Community hospital at North and Mann- 
heim road. We all wish you a speedy recovery . . . Our 
sincerest sympathy to the families of TOM MOORE, 
NICHOLAS WISSENECK who passed away last month. 
Also to Operator SAM WILSON we extend our sympathy 
in the loss of his dear father. 

- »e. s. 'SemMH 


Agent MARION CADD suffered a fall on the way to 
■work early in May. She was on the sick list, but is fine 
now . . . Supervisor HOGAN, affectionately known as 
"Hogey" around the Desplaines terminal, took his pen- 
sion on April 1 . Good Luck "Hogey. " . . J. MURNANE 
and ANN CARMONDY, retired agents, are on a three - 
month holiday in Ireland. EMILY J. DILLON flew to 
Ireland on June 12, to visit the birth place of her father 
. . . Porter B. HENERSON's son, LIONEL, was grad- 
uated from Crane Tech in June and will attend Wright 
Junior college in the fall . . . Retired Agent MARCELLA 
HOGAN 1 s granddaughter is planning a wedding . . . 
DOLORES BERO's son, B.J. , is graduating and will at- 
tend Lyons Township High school. VIRGINIA CASHIONS 1 
grand nephew, STEVEN McCLEARY, will attend high 
school this fall. Also my grandson, BOB BRANDT, will 
enter Steinmetz High in the fall. Congratulations to these 
fine young men . . . DOROTHY FORD said, "Words can- 
not convey my thanks to all my friends. I can never show 
my gratitude for the respect you showed my mother who 
passed away on May 9. " 

- ~»cU* PalUttm 


Belated birthday greetings to Porter JOHN DOOREY 
who celebrated his birthday last month . . . Happy birth- 
day to former Student Agent MARY E. DUNN, wherever 
she may be . . . Our deepest sympathy to the family of 
Retired Clerk HARRY GABEL who passed away May 8 in 
St. Petersburg, Florida . . . Also, our sympathy to 
DOROTHY FORD whose dear mother passed away a few 
weeks ago . . . Get well wishes go out to Clerk LARRY 
TOBIN. Hope by this date you are feeling real good and 
back to work. . . Agent JIMMY GEORGE looks so rested 
after his short vacation . . . Agent BILL MC NALLY 
keeps on singing "There's a little spot in Ireland." Well, 
by this time Bill is dancing around and kicking up his 
heels in that land so far away. Hope you had a real nice 
vacation, Bill . . . With Student Agent DAVE JUDY in 
the U. S. Army, and his brother, MIKE, working for 
All-State and WINKATES working another job, poor 
Student Agent THADEUS ZDEB is quite lonesome and 
blue. Is there some good hearted person who would say 
hello and cheer him up before he falls apart. By the way, 
Zdeb had a one -day retraining and is a real sharp agent 
now . . . What student agent worked Loomis on the Con- 
gress and boarded the "B" train and ended up at 54th 
instead of Desplaines. Maybe Student Agent GARBOR 
could tell us. How about that? . . Former Student Agent 
K. HANNING will be leaving Ft. Knox and making his 
home for a while at a camp in Maryland . . . Agent JUNE 
BAREKMAN has a lovely vacation to look forward to. 
She and three girl friends are driving to the Expo '67 in 
Canada and then on to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, New 
York, Philadelphia, and on to Washington, D. C. , and to 
President Kennedy's grave. Then she will go on to North 
and South Carolina, where she will rest a while before 


returning home. By the way, June is still collecting old 
stamps and tokens. How about you folks along the lines. 
Let us know about your collections. Maybe someone has 
something you are looking for . . . Agent TOM COGLI- 
ANESE may have some news for us next month. Could be 
a vacation or wedding or most anything. Come on, Tom, 
let us in on some news . . . On the sick list at this time 
are Agents W. CAIN, L. FRICOT, A. HELDBOLD, R. 
WASH, D. SMITH, and A. NOONE. Also Porters E. 
BUNTON and G. SHONTS. Hope you all will be back 


Operator BOB BRADLEY became a papa when a baby 
girl, TOYA, was born to him and his wife on May 5 at 
Wesley Memorial hospital . . . Operator RONALD SAR- 
NECKE and his wife welcomed a baby boy, CURT ALAN, 
onMarch 19 at Belmont hospital. That makes a daughter 
and a son for the Sarneckes . . . CHRISTINE MARIE 
O'ROURKE has brightened the homes of Grandfathers 
Operator MIKE BYSTREK and Operator VINCE O'- 
ROURKE since her arrival May 12. Congratulations to 
all parents and grandparents . . . Best wishes to Opera- 
tor FRANK KOLEZ and his wife, MARTHA, who cele- 
brated their 30th wedding anniversary on May 1 5 at the 
Palmer House . . . Supervisor CHARLES LANGNER and 
his wife, STELLA, vacationed at Iola, Missouri . . . 
Foreman ERNEST PEARSON, Lawndale Depot, formerly 
of North, and his wife, ANNA, did some fishing in Michi- 
gan and Wisconsin. They stopped in Westfield for a visit 
with Pensioner ARMIN KOEHN and his wife. Foreman 
PATRICK CLANCY enjoyed his vacation . . . RONALD 
BEDOE, formerly of the repair department and now in 
Vietnam, is looking forward to the day when he will be 
having home cooking instead of army chow. He sent his 
gal a set of dishes . . . We welcome back Operators 
were on the sick list . . . We welcome new Operators 
JAMES SIDNEY . . . Operator HAROLD "Silent" KING 
took his pension June 1 after 40 years of service. We 
wish him the best of everything. Let us hear from you 
Haroldand we'll always be happy to see you. . . Operator 
JOE CABAY gives us the following proverb which he says 
is most useful in today's complex times: "He who is slow 
to anger is stronger than the mighty. " . . Operator CASI- 
MER PIETRAS passed away May 2 1 . Operator HERBERT 
JONES lost his wife May 11. Switchboard Operator ED- 
WARD RILEY, 77th Depot, formerly of North, passed 
away May 13. Operator MACEO JENKINS lost his broth- 
er, JOHN, May 16. Operator THOMAS MALLOY lost 
his mother, HULDA, May 19. Our deepest sympathy to 
these families . . . Have a happy Fourth of July and be 
careful on the highways. 

- GM TKitdtm* 


Division 241 golf day will be held on July 10 at St. 
Andrews Golf Club. Tee off time will be from 6:30 a.m. 
until 1:00 p.m. Golf fees, prizes, and dinner will be 
part of the outing. See your board members for parti- 
culars . . . With the beginning of summer vacations let's 
all put our defensive driving skills to work and be extra 
careful of the children that will be playing on our city 

JUNE, 1967 



DISPLAYING HER greot left 
JUNG, who wos born April 
20 at Cuneo hospital. The 
6 pound 10 ounce addition to 
the family of TED and 
BILLIE JUNG is their third 
daughter. Ted is a training 
aids technician in the Train- 
ing Denartment. 

streets. To those who are planning on leaving the city 
on their vacation jaunts, drive carefully and enjoy your- 
selves . . . Operator JOHN PERKINS was married on 
Saturday, April 22, to Miss DIANE WEST at St. Lukes 
church . . . MARY COSGROVE, daughter of Operator 
JOHN COSGROVE, was married Saturday April 8 to Mr. 
ALFORD DUETSCH at St. Ita church. The reception 
held at Shirley's Tropical Hall on West Addison Street 
was attended by 100 guests. The young couple honey- 
mooned at Mackinac Island and will be at home in Chica- 
go. Mr. Duetsch had the sad misfortune of having an 
appendix operation at St. Joseph hospital 10 days after 
the wedding . . . MARTIN RICCARDO, son of Operator 
JOE RICCARDO, finished his first year at Reavis High 
school with a straight "A" average. Martin, who is a 
member of the school debate team, has an excellent tu- 
tor in this field as his father, Joe, has yet to lose an 
argument around the depot. . . MA URINE KAY GREEN- 
WALD, daughter of Operator IRVING WEINER, was 
granted a $2, 000 fellowship award to Brown university 
where she is majoring in English and history . . . DIANE 
SHAYER, daughter of Operator VINCE SHAYER, was 
graduated from Schurz High school. Diane will continue 
her career in the business world, starting at the Illinois 
Bell Telephone company. . . SHIRLEY TUCKER, daugh- 
ter of Operator WILLIE TUCKER, was graduated from 
Greenwood, Mississippi, High school. Shirley will at- 
tend Dillard university which is located in New Or- 
leans, Louisiana, where she will enter the school of 
nursing . . . ARTHUR NEAL, son of Sanitary Engineer 
DAVID NEAL, was graduated from Northern Illinois uni- 
versity where he majored in history. Art has been stu- 
dent-teaching at Mundelein High school. Art's college 
education was financed in part by a grant from the Citi- 
zens Scholarship fund . . . EARNIE BUCHANAN, son of 
Operator EARNIE BUCHANAN Sr. , will be working this 
summer as a boy scout counselor at Camp Napowan, 
Wisconsin. Earnie, who is 16 years old, has been an 
eagle scout for one year . . . SP4 FRANK VON SCHWE- 
DLER Jr. , son of Operator FRANK VON SCHWEDLER, 
returned home from Viet Nam on a 30 -day furlough. 
Frank has been serving as a gunner on a helicopter gun 
ship and has received 11 air medals for his heroic ac- 
tion. Frank will return to Viet Nam for another six 
months to complete his tour of service . . . Operator 
LE ROY CARR took 24 boy scouts on an overnight pro- 
ject to Mundelein, Illinois, where they received instruc- 
tions on first and second class cooking and compass 
work. Le Roy is the scout master of Troop 22, which 
meets at St. Mary's church in Des Plaines, Illinois . . . 
Operator DICK GUSTAFSON had his home remodeled 
with considerable work being done on the outside and new 
ceilings and walls installed . . . Operator BOB KESS- 
LER has purchased a new home at 3835 Louise avenue in 


Skokie and is looking forward to escorting his many 
friends on a tour . . . Operator ART JANZ has purchas- 
ed a new home at 4 121 Ainslie street and will be comfort- 
ably settled when this goes to press . . . DOROTHY ZIN- 
KOVICH presented her husband, Operator WALLY "Val- 
entine" ZINKOVICH, with a Volkswagon and now is able 
to drive their '67 Caprice . . . BETTY VON SCHWED- 
LER, wife of Operator FRANK VON SCHWEDLER, was 
hospitalized at Lutheran General hospital for observation 
and at this writing is hoping for the best . . . Operator 
talized with hernia operations and hope to return to work 
soon . . . Operator WILLIAM LIDDELL, formerly of 
North Park and Limits, is now working as a sanitary 
engineer and is happy in his new surroundings . . . Op- 
erator BILL WILSON has returned to work at North Park 
after living in Edinbergh, Scotland, for 2 years. Wel- 
come back, Bill . . . Pensioner GEORGE ZELINKO was 
a recent visitor at North Park and at the age of 70 feels 
that he has many more good miles left in him . . . Con- 
gratulations are extended to the following who have been 
appointed temporary line instructors: T. GRIGGS, K. 
GOLAR, E. SPRINGER, and L. CARLSON . . . Pen- 
sioner JOE VAN DENEEDEN and his wife, CLARA, sail- 
ed on a Mediterranean cruise on the steamship U.S.S. 
Atlantic which took 17 days. Stops were made at Malaga, 
Spain, where Joe's son, DONALD, and his wife, SHAR- 
ON, and children reside. Joe and Clara also visited Ger- 
many, France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, and Aus- 
tria. Returning home, the Van DenEedens sailed aboard 
the He De France . . . Chief Clerk RAY SIMON, our 
horticulturist, packed his trailer and set sail for Nobles- 
ville, Indiana, where his sister, Mrs. MARQUERITE 
EDSTROM, resides. Ray will be planting his garden and 
getting all his flowers beds set, so this fall we will be 
looking for our free vegetables and flowers . . . Opera- 
tor JOE DES PARTE vacationed at Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida, where he has extensive real estate holdings. 
Joe, who is an avid golfer, spent considerable time as- 
saulting the golf courses in Florida . . . CAROL ANN 
CIESLA, daughter of Operator BOB CIESLA, realized a 
life dream when she spent a week's vacation in Jamaica. 
West Indies . . . Operator MEL HORNING and his wife, 
VIOLET, enjoyed a week with Pensioner ART MUIR and 
his wife, RUTH, of Forsythe, Missouri. The Muirs, 
who are very gracious hosts, escorted the Hornings 
throughout the beautiful Ozarks . . . Operator JACK 
RUSS and his wife, MARIAN, celebrated their 20th anni- 
versary May 19. They had dinner at the Ivanhoe restau- 

PEEKING FROM an incuba- 
tor at Lying-in hospital is 
who arrived ahead of sched- 
ule on April 6 and weighed 
in at only 4 pounds 8 ounces. 
She's No. 4 for the Boson 
family. Her father, Burt, is 
the Training Department 




rant and then took in the theatre . . . Operator ROBERT 
KUHFAL and his wife, ADLYN, celebrated their 34th 
anniversary June 3. The Kuhfais, with their daughter, 
JOYCE, dined at Elliot's Pine Log restaurant . . . Op- 
erator MAURICE MARTENS and his wife, AGNES, cele- 
brated their 31st anniversary June 13. The Martens had 
dinner at the Martinique restaurant and then saw Pat 
O'Brien at the Drury Lane theatre. Happy anniversaries 
are extended to these operators: Operator JACK URBAN 
and his wife, SARAH, 31st; Operator WALTER UHLE- 
MANN and his wife, LEONA, 32nd; Operator ED NEW- 
TON and his wife, FRANCES, 31st; Operator BOB CIES- 
LA and his wife, EMELIA, 30th; Operator BILL KNIGHT 
and his wife, ELKINA, 21st; Operator LE ROY CARR 
and his wife, LOUISE, 21st; Operator GORDON RICE and 
his wife, EDITH, 25th; Clerk SAM GIRARD and his wife, 
WANDA, 26th; Operator TED DIDIER and his wife, MA- 
DA, 34th; Operator DON HEANEY and his wife, SONIA, 
14th; Operator CHARLES KEMP and his wife, HELEN, 
22nd; Operator RALPH ILLION and his wife, LILLIAN, 
27th; Operator LOU BIELSKI and his wife, BERNICE, 
29th, and HAROLD CARLSON and his wife, ETHEL, 
29th . . . Happy Birthdays are extended to Operator JOE 
STYLES, June 9; EMELIA CIESLA, June 9; Operator 
BOB CIESLA, June 20; LEONA NEUMAN, June 15; 
June 23, and Operator WALTER UHLEMANN, June 27 
. . . Receiver FRANK CARPINO became a grandfather 
for the second time when his daughter, ELAINE, and 
son-in-law, EDWARD KOCSINSKI, became parents of a 
son named KEVIN JOSEPH, born May 12 at Norwegian 
American hospital. Edward formerly was in the photo- 
graphy department and Elaine was a part time agent for 
the CTA . . . JOE DAUGIRD Jr., son of Supervisor JOE 
DAUGIRD, was initiated into the Tau Delta Phi fraternity 
at Loyola university where he is a sophomore majoring 
in law . . . PFC TOM NEWTON, son of Operator ED 
NEWTON, has been shipped to Ank He, Viet Nam, where 
he is working as a radio operator for the army . . . 
Operator WILLIAM BLAND, his wife, LELIA, and chil- 
dren attended a family reunion in Little Rock, Arkansas. 
Bill also had time to do some fishing and reports a large 
catch . . . CORRINNE KNIGHT, daughter of Operator 
BILL KNIGHT, was graduated fromFunston Grade school 
and this fall will attend Kelvyn Park High school . . . In- 
structor JOHN BORK spent a week's vacation landscaping 
and picking up around the new home he has purchased 
. . . Our sympathy and condolences are extended to the 
family of Pensioner JOHN SCANLON . . . Bus Operator 
JOHN MILLER has transferred his driving skills to a 
CTA scavenger truck and will now be getting his meals 
ala cart . . . Operator L. C. NORRIS became a father 
when his wife, LUCY, presented him with a daughter, 
SHARON LYNN, born May 13 at Swedish Covenant hos- 
pital . . . Board Member FRANK LASKE and his wife, 
GERTRUDE, spent a week in Washington, D. C. , where 
they attended congressional sessions. Stops were also 
made at Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia . . . 
JOHN DUNN, son of Foreman CHARLES DUNN, was 
married Saturday, May 20, to Miss MARTINEZ at St. 
Gregory's church. The reception was held at North Park 
hotel with 300 guests attending . . . Repairman ELLS- 
WORTH "Skippy" CLINES retired June 1 and the gang at 
the garage held a fine party for Skippy and presented him 
with a selection of fishing accessories . . . Repairman 
DAN PRISBLE had a serious ear infection which side- 
lined him for a spell . . . Pensioner CHESTERFIELD 
BAKER was a visitor at the garage and was giving the 
younger fellows some valuable tips on how things should 
be done . . . Repairman PETE MERSCH had his two- 


week spring vacation and the vegetable garden is now 
completely planted. Orders for tomatoes, etc. are now 
being accepted . . . Repairman JOHN MOUNT returned 
to work after serving his six-month hitch in the U.S. 
Army . . . Foreman CHARLES DUNN vacationed at An- 
tioch, Illinois, where the fishing was excellent. Night 
Foreman JOHN JOYCE replaced Mr. Dunn and had a dif- 
ficult time adjusting to the day hours . . . Engine Washer 
PATRICK BOYLE used his spring vacation to collect all 
the trophies and medals that he wins with his many fine 
accomplishments in bowling . . . Repairman BOB LOR- 
ENZ will not pick a spring vacation again as Mrs. LOR- 
ENZ kept him busy doing painting and house cleaning 
chores . . . Bus Cleaner DARREL PIERSON purchased 
a new Nickey Chevrolet from "Hoss" Cartwright, and 
now is affectionately known as "Little Hoss. " . . Bus 
Dispatcher FRANK BUGLIO, who has been our A.M. 
dispatcher for 20 years, and his side kick, Repairman 
CLEO EVANS, are to be commended for the great job 
they do in taking care of us when we are faced with prob- 
lems in pulling out our buses in the morning . . . The 
members of the garage extend their sympathy and con- 
dolences to Repairman JIMMY MARTIN on the loss of 
his sister, Mrs. HELEN O'DONNELL . . . Need cash 
for that vacation, see Tony, John, or Dale at the Credit 
Union office and they will be happy to provide you and 
yours with ready cash. 

- TKUuiK TftmUmf 

If you've moved recently 
please notify 


IF YOU KNOW a CTA employe who is not receiving 
his copy of CTA TRANSIT NEWS, please have him 
fill out the following form and return it to the Pub- 
lic Information Department, Room 742, Merchan- 
dise Mart, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

I am not receiving my copy of "TRANSIT NEWS" 
through the mail. Please send it to: 


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JUNE, 1967 



Congratulations to MIKE BELTRI, our new Superin- 
tendent at Kimball Avenue (West Side's loss is North 
Side's gain) . . . TOM FRYE just returned from a trip in 
the northeast and Canada and spent a week in Montreal. . . 
HENRY TSCHANTZ spent the Memorial Day holidays at 
his home in Park Falls, Wisconsin . . . MINNA KING 
spent a week vacationing in Springfield, Illinois. She 
also had a birthday May 17 . . . MARY CASSELLS re- 
tired May 1 and a few friends gathered at Ricky Fosters 
to wish her well . . . ALEX MUSCATO and his wife have 
purchased a home in Hollywood, Florida, and will soon 
reside there . . . MIKE CRONIN is spending two weeks 
in Ireland, accompanied by his daughter ... I hear our 
former scribe, FRANK JASCH, is doing well on the 
police force . . . JOHN DURKIN is leaving June 5 for a 
month's vacation in Ireland . . . Many North Side em- 
ployes availed themselves of the opportunity to buy U.S. 
Savings Bonds through payroll deduction . . . CHARLES 
SOUTHERN is leaving for a fishing trip in Canada soon. 
I hear they have snow there . . . Two students, BILL 
O'BRIEN and ANTHONY FERRONE, are returning for 
the summer work . . . Two motormen are retiring soon: 
have a long retirement . . . PAUL FERRIGAN, North 
Side porter, is retiring after 31 years. We all wish him 
a long retirement and lots of luck . . . Congratulations 
to KENNY SLOOTMAN, former motorman, on his new 
job with the Electrical Department . . . JIM FAHEY, 
supervisor, just returned from a trip to Ireland . . . All 
visitors are welcome to see the new face lifting at the 
Kimball Avenue receivers room . . . JOE GOLDBERG 
and his lovely wife had a hot time vacationing in Hot 
Springs in March . . . Condolences to the family of NICK 
DANAKAS also to the JOHN SCALON family . . . Con- 
gratulations to CHARLES and NORA REED who just 
bought a new home, hope they enjoy it . . . CLEMENT 
and GRACE MOUNTS, their grandson, daughter and her 
boyfriend made a trip to Holland, Michigan, to see the 
Tulip Festival and attended a bridal shower for Grace's 
niece . . . Congratulations to EDDIE GRATZ, former 
yard foreman, who is now a freight conductor . . . Hoping 
all you vacationers have a wonderful time and drive care- 
ful on the coming holidays . . . We are very sorry to 
hear that Motorman CLARENCE MATHEWS' father 
passed away . . . ORLANDO MENICUCCI was in a show 
with the St. Andrews Players in May and they are going 
to put on a show at Great Lakes Naval hospital and West 
End Vets hospital next month. 

- tyltUt 7K<MUtt» 

THE BIGGEST fish he ever 
caught is being held by CTA 
pensioner ROBERT F. 

DIETZ, a resident of Ana- 
heim, California, who reeled 
in this 17 pound halibut in 
the Pacific Ocean. Mr. 

Dietz, who retired as the 
assistant foreman at West 
Shops in 1955, had been an 
employe of the CSL and CTA 
for almost 42 years. 


A RECENT graduate of the 
Naval Air Force boot camp at 
San Diego, California, is 
Airman THOMAS RUSS, who 
is now stationed in the 
Pacific on the island of 
Guam. Tom is the son of 
North Pork Station Operator 


Belated congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. 
R. L. MANVILLE on the birth of their first grand- 
daughter, ALISON ANN, who was born on January 31 to 
their daughter, NANCI, and her husband, STANLEY C. 
CREWE, who reside in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. 

(Specifications) - 

The new girl at NANCY HAGEMEYER's desk is 
CECELIA OLIPHANT. Nancy recently transferred to 
Public Information. 

(Stores) - 

May 1 was a big day for THERESA BARRY. She not 
only moved to a new apartment but also became a grand- 
ma for the second time --this time to a baby boy, JOHN 
PATRICK, whose proud and happy parents are Mrs. 
Barry's daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. TER- 
RENCE SLOAN. MARY THERESA, who is two years 
old, makes up the family foursome. 

(South Division) - 

Congratulations to JOHN GILL who was married to 
ANNETTE STAUNTON on May 20. We hope they have a 
long and happy life together . . . Get well wishes are ex- 
CARL RUSS who are at this writing hospitalized . . . We 
wish to welcome CHRIST LAMPROS, who recently joined 
the Stores Department. 


EILEEN SHEEHAN flew to New York for her vacation 
to visit relatives and see a few good plays . . . FRANK 
CORBETT's daughter, NANCY, was graduated from 
Mount St. Clare college on May 2 5. Congratulations to 
Nancy and her parents . . . Mr. and Mrs. JOHN URBAN 
celebrated their wedding anniversary, 38 happy years on 
May 11. We wish you many more years together. John 
and his wife are going to Mexico to visit his daughter and 
grandchildren and then on to California to spend some 
time with his mother . . . Belated wedding congratula- 
tions to JOSEPH BILLIS, traffic checker supervisor, who 
married JOYCE M. SCHULZ on St. Patrick's day . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. ARVID S. BRANDT announced the mar- 
riage of their daughter, MAXINE FAY, to EDWARD 
GURNEY at St. Simeon's Church in Bellwood, Illinois, 
on May 6. About 170 relatives and friends attended the 
reception ... A brunch was held for TED COWGILL on 
May 26. Ted had completed 38 years of service from 
April 15, 1929, to May 26, 1967. We all wish you a long 
and prosperous pension. Ted is going to spend his lei- 
surely hours on his Oregon ranch . . . We welcome J. 
McMAHON as a traffic checker ... ED REILLY, who 





NATHAN BAILEY, 78, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 9-25-30, Died 4-23-67 
THEODORE BECKE, 85, Kedzie, 

Emp. 9-25-19, Died 4-14-67 
PETER BENJAMIN, 99, South Shops, 

Emp. 2-28-07, Died 4-17-67 
FRANK J. BERANEK, 73, West Side, 

Emp. 6-8-48, Died 4-18-67 
JOSEPH BERCTHAL, 59, North Park, 

Emp. 2-25-37, Died 4-6-67 
JOHN BRYSON, 74, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-18-22, Died 4-18-67 
JAMES L. BURKE, 62, Engineering, 

Emp. 4-21-43, Died 5-10-67 
NICO DANAKAS, 53, North Side, 

Emp. 11-24-42, Died 5-13-67 
WILLIAM DOLAN, 62, Utility, 

Emp. 3-17-42, Died 5-8-67 
EDWARD J. EDGECOMB, 81, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-14-12, Died 4-15-67 
HAROLD E. ELDERKIN, 79, West Side, 

Emp. 3-1-37, Died 4-29-67 
MICHAEL FANELLA, 59, West Side, 

Emp. 12-17-29, Died 4-23-67 
LOUIS FILAN, 62, Beverly, 

Emp. 5-2-33, Died 5-16-67 

Emp. 7-29-03, Died 4-30-67 
PETER GRADISEK, 80, West Shops, 

Emp. 7-6-20, Died 2-27-67 
HERMAN GRIESHABER, 78, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-14-19, Died 4-14-67 

WILBUR H. HAMILTON, 70, General Office, 

Emp. 5-19-30, Died 4-26-67 
ERICK D. HARD, 73, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-21-20, Died 4-11-67 
CHARLES HAWKINS, 58, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 11-11-45, Died 4-29-67 
HERVEY J. HILL, 70, Lake Street, 

Emp. 7-1-29, Died 5-4-67 
ROY L. JOHNSON, 69, General Office, 

Emp. 1-22-17, Died 4-29-67 
VALENTINE KAUK, 74, Beverly, 

Emp. 12-23-19, Died 4-18-67 
JOSEPH KOMSKIS, 86, Kedzie, 

Emp. 10-9-06, Died 4-6-67 
STANLEY E. KOPINSKI, 67, North Park, 

Emp. 7-22-27, Died 4-24-67 
SIMON MACHENBERG, 80, South Side, 

Emp. 9-29-05, Died 4-22-67 
THOMAS F. MOORE, 65, General Office , 

Emp. 6-21-16, Died 4-25-67 
SAM RICCOBENE, 83, Throop Street, 

Emp. 11-29-18, Died 4-16-67 
EDWARD RILEY, 55, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-18-41, Died 5-12-67 
DANIEL J. SHEEHAN, 79, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-20-23, Died 4-14-67 
JOHN STEFEK, 77, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-22-10, Died 4-11-67 
FRANK SUMA, 80, 69th Street, 

Emp. 2-15-08, Died 4-23-67 
FRED ZAHROBSKY, 71, DesPlaines, 

Emp. 12-1-42, Died 3-25-67 

was on sick leave, came down to say goodbye to Ted 
Cowgill. It was nice to see you, Ed . . . DU SABOL, 
JOE: Our "Fire Chief" is to depart for his vacation to his 
homeland, Canada, via air, motor, rail, and boat. The 
trip will include Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, 
and Niagara falls. 

- Xati>U(K "S<XU* 


CALVIN VALENTINO, carpenter, was installed as 
commander of the John R. Pect V. F. W. Post in Elm- 
wood Park, Illinois, on May 13. Congratulations . . . 
Our sympathy to the family of WALTER HYLTON, paint- 
er, who passed away on May 25 . . . Got a nice card 
from Mr. and Mrs. IRWIN WIESMEYER, painter, from 
Phoenix, Arizona, while on their vacation . . . Pensioner 
JULIUS ELENBOGEN, machinist, visited Skokie Shops 
. . . Still off sick are WARD POWELL, welder; STEVE 
PLASCZEWSKI, shopman II; GEORGE PUTZ, shopman 
II, and FRANK OLSZEWSKI, machine shop foreman. 
Get well soon fellows . . . Recently had a visit from 
DAVID GURWICH, pensioned material clerk, who had 
returned from seven months in Florida . . . Vacations 
are starting now fellows. Let's hear about where you 
went and share your experiences with others. 

Zuviett Z. £«^a*^ 


Welcome to Summer and Vacation Time! Motorman 
JOSEPH WACKER and his wife just returned from a va- 
cation down in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where they rested 
up and did some fishing. They like Hot Springs very 
much, the climate is so nice, and usually vacation there 
every year . . . Best of luck to Porter CHRIS LAMPROS 
who was transferred to Laborer, Stores Department, on 
May 7 . . . Heard that the PAUL BOETTCHERS (Re- 
tired Motorman) took a trip down to Florida recently and 
while there they visited with the EDWARD REIDYS (Re- 
tired Conductor) who live in Largo, Florida. The Boett- 
chers and Reidys say "hello" to all their friends ... A 
happy retired life is wished 61st Shop Foreman MARTIN 
SHANNON who went on pension June 1. AH the shopmen 
had a nice luncheon for him. He will be missed by all in 
the shop as well as the Transportation Department . . . 
Welcome to newly-hired Porter ROBERT WOODSON; to 
newly-transferred porter from the North Section WEN- 
DELL GOOCH, and to re-hired Part-time Agent JAMES 
GADDIS . . . Retired Conductor ERNEST HARDWIDGE 
paid us a visit recently and he is so happy about his 
grandson, EDWARD, who is graduating from I. I. T. with 
a bachelor of science degree and is going on to Washing- 
ton university in Seattle for post graduate work . . . 
Another Florida vacationer was Motorman ALEX KOMIS 
and his wife who flew down to Miami Beach to enjoy the 
good weather, swimming every day, and seeing all the 
sights . . . It is good to see Assignment Agent JERE 

JUNE, 1967 



VINZENSand Motorman ELWOOD FLOWERS back work- 
ing and off the Sick List . . . Received a nice card from 
Retired Conductor JOSEPH MASCOLINO who took a trip 
to San Bernadino, California, recently and while there he 
had dinner and a nice visit with the JOHN LOUGHLINS 
(Retired Motorman). He also visited with Retired Tower - 
man CHARLES RUMMEL. They all send their best re- 
gards to the boys back here at work . . . Everyone ex- 
tends their heartfelt sympathy to Agent ANTONIO 
CHAVEZ whose son was killed fighting for our country in 
Vietnam. . . Motorman ERVIN HARMON vacationed down 
in Holly Springs, Mississippi, and enjoyed the nice rest 
and the beautiful weather down south . . . Good wishes 
are wished Agent ANTON CHRISTENSEN who went on 
pension June 1 . . . Retired Towerman LEONARD 
DeGROOT was in to see the boys at 61st Street and he 
told us about winning a Triplicate Chevron Award for 
bowling the same score (159) for 3 games on the same 
night. Leonard bowls with the Southwest Craftsman 
League . . . Retired Conductor OTTO RUCKWIED passed 
away recently; our condolences to his family . . . Super- 
intendent of Agents and Porters BOB ROESING and his 
wife, ALICE, drove down to Clearwater, Florida, to 
spend a week with his folks, Retired Assistant Superin- 
tendent of Operating Stations, GEORGE ROESING, and 
they had a nice visit . . . Retired Agent LILLIAN RUS- 
SELL who is in Haven Rest Home in Beaverville, Illinois, 
wishes to thank all the agents for the nice cards and notes 
she received and to tell everyone she is getting along 
better . . . Was watching TV one Sunday night and much 
to my amazement on a Channel 5 Special at 10:30 p.m. 
about George Williams College and the good social work 
they do, saw former Motorman HERB SMITH who now is 
a physical director at the YMCA. It's swell to see one 
of our former CTA'ers make good . . . Motorman FRED 
GRONEMEYER and his wife flew down to Austin, Texas, 
for a vacation to visit with their daughter and her family 
. . . Our other famous bowler, Retired Supervisor ED 
MUNRO, is doing pretty good too. He won atrophy in the 
finals of the Senior Citizens Club he bowls with . . . The 
men at Loomis Street had another fine luncheon for Con- 
ductor WILLIAM DOHERTY who decided to take life easy 
and went on pension June 1 . Loomis Street won't seem 
the same without good old Bill Doherty. Our best wishes 
for a good retirement life. 

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A double celebration was held at the Parkview Villa 
restaurant on May 26 honoring MARTIN SHANNON who 
retired on June l after 41 years of service and RALPH 
DANIELSON who will retire on July 1 after 50 years of 
service. Martin Shannon started work in March, 1926, 
as car cleaner and after numerous promotions retired 
as foreman of 61st Street Shops. Ralph Danielson star- 
ted working in 191V at the age of 15. On the pretext of 
being 1 7 he was hired as a crane operator and within 
three days held three different positions with pay in- 
creases on each one. After several positions and pro- 
motions he was promoted to Foreman at Congress, the 
position he held on retirement. Best wishes for contin- 
ued good health and happiness are sent their way . . . 
Congratulations to MARY DURR, daughter of JAMES 
DURR of Lake Street, on her marriage to ORAN F. 
SHIPTON. Mary was a nurse in the CTA Medical De- 
partment. Wishes for a life of happiness are sent their 
way . . . Sorry to hear that R. CATANESE, L. RIC- 
CIARDI, and F. RIO are on the sick list. Wishes for a 
complete and speedy recovery are sent their way . . . 


Congratulations to LINDA COLOMBO, daughter of PETE 
COLOMBO of Congress, on her achievement of a scho- 
lastic award. Linda, a student at the University of Illi- 
nois Circle Campus, maintained a 4. 7 average and made 
the Dean's list . . .It's good to hear that W. NOWOSIEL- 
SKI, Wilson, is doing fine after his stay at Grant hospital 
and that J. WILLIAMS is recuperating after his visit to 
Billings hospital. Wishes for a speedy recovery are sent 
to R. LUDANSKI, also of Wilson. Hurry and get well, 
Ronnie, all the boys miss you. . . All the boys at Wilson 
welcome their new repairmen, C. NEVELS and J. 
HOBBS. A hearty welcome is extended to R. SUAREZ, 
E. MACKLIN, and J. HOPSON, new car cleaners at 
Howard . . . After spending his vacation fishing at Wolf 
river, Wisconsin, H. LOOMIS of Wilson has at least a 
month's worth of stories to tell . . . Among the visitors 
to Expo '67 in Montreal was C. REYMENT of Wilson. . . 
Spending their vacations visiting relatives were C. DANS- 
BY, who went to Nashville, Tennessee, to see his mother 
and J. RANDAZZO, Lake Street, who visited relatives 
in Indiana . . . Late spring vacations were enjoyed by R. 
Danielson, H. Izzo, F. Zampetti, P. Sabadosa, J. Dan- 
iels, M. Fahey, M. Keating, W. Bridges, F. Filippelli, 
and R. Davis, all from Congress; and J. Orange, L. 
McKee, T. Swider, A. Dropp, M. Gallagher, N. Ben- 
son, W. McHugh, G. Klein, J. O'Toole, V. Parojcic, 
and E. Wisniewski from Wilson. 


Congratulations to KENNETH, the son of SAM MONT- 
ROSE, who advanced himself to radarman third class. 
As a result of considerable study and diligent application 
to duty he was able to attain the advancement. At pre- 
sent he is serving aboard the USS Ticonderoga . . . 
CHARLES E. KEISER went on a four-day fishing trip to 
beautiful La Paz, Mexico. He fished in the Gulf of lower 
California primarily for marlin, but due to some rough 
weather was unsuccessful. However, he did land a 30 
pound, 42 inch dolphin . . . JAMES TUCKER and a two- 
week vacation add up to New Orleans. Again this year 
he enjoyed the beautiful weather and scenery there . . . 
KEN WILLIAMS and his wife did some driving and flying 
on their trip to Arizona, Las Vegas, and California, 
where they had a full three weeks of fun ... It seems 
as though many of us go to Florida and visit JACK and 
WANDA KRAUSE. Well, this time they reversed the sit- 
uation and paid us a visit here in Chicago. We all hope 
they had a very pleasant stay . . . During the last week 

certificate of merit which she 
received for being an honor 
student in the Chicago Pub- 
lic Schools is ELIZABETH 
TAYLOR, a student at the 
Newton Elementary school 
who has been on the honor 
roll three years in a row now. 
Also bursting with pride is 
her father, WILLARD TAY- 
LOR of the Photographic 




of his vacation, WALLY OQUIST practiced that wonderful 
game of golf, and is now set to challenge anyone . . . On 
May 20 ANDY STOLTMAN's son, ANDREW, married a 
young lady named DONNA MARIE FALILLO. The couple 
honeymooned in California. . . If you noticed MENNETTA 
FERRARI with a real big smile it's because of the fact 
that her daughter-in-law, JACQUELENE, gave birth to 
a set of twins, ROBERT CHARLES and DEBORAH ANN. 
Congratulations to all . . . Retired Line Supervisor JOHN 
McGLYNN dropped in to the office to say hello and let his 
friends know that he is doing fine. . . On May 7 MICHAEL 
LENIHAN, the father-in-law of THOMAS STIGLIC, pas- 
sed away, and on May 15 Mrs. MARGARET DOEDEN, 
the mother of BILL DOEDEN, passed away. The Trans- 
portation Department extends their sympathy to both 

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The quarterly safety award "was won by Lake Street 
again. Coffee and rolls were furnished by the CTA. Four 
dictionaries, a cook book, and four world atlases were 
also given. To the winners congratulations and to the 
losers, like me, towels to wipe our tears . . . Motor- 
man C. J. JONES was in the hospital and is back to work. 
You can't keep an old timer down . . . We got a report 
that HANK GAUER, now living in St. Petersburg, isn't 
feeling so good. A little bit of that Florida sun on him 
will make him as good as new. Condolences to Agent 
DORTHEY FORD on the death of her mother. Sorry to 
tell you that Pensioner HERB HILL passed away. We 
extend our sympathy to his family. Condolences are also 
extended to Motorman ED RASP on the death of his 
mother . . . Now for some cheery news. Pensioner 
EMMETT KAIN, now living in Florida, was made a 
great - great - grandfather. Motorman VAL DILLIARD 
was honored by his wife who gave birth to a big baby boy. 
The boy's name is AVERY, and may he make his father 
clean many diapers. Motorman WILLIAM HUNTER'S 
son is graduating from Marshall High school. So con- 
gratulations to the young man and may he be successful 
in whatever he does ... To Clerk EUGENE DUFFY and 
his wife a happy 36 years of wedded bliss. And I am 
sure everyone wishes you the same, for a more wonder- 
ful guy you can't find . . . Motorman BARNEY CHROM- 
ZCK, who came to work as happy as ever, soon lost his 
smile when he found out he was on vacation . . . As a 
certain conductor said, watch the motormen for they 
don't know what they do. I can't figure why they call me 
Maytag, for a washing machine only agitates. So it must 
be for some other reason . . Conductor GEORGE 

WOODMORE hasn't smiled or said a word lately. I bet 
if we can get his mouth open, we will find the reason . . . 
Now with the college students coming back to work this 
summer I better watch what I say to CRAIG HEATTER 
and JIM ROBERTS about their dads. Motorman ERNIE 
HOWARD and his wife would like to thank everyone for 
their concern during her recent illness. 

- Scutta Station* 


As I write this line it is still "Rozzie"at 69th, but our 
chief sanitary engineer is on his last week of vacation. 
He goes on retirement as of the first of June. He claims 
he will be able to afford it as he got his wife a job. May 
his wife work steady so as to keep "Rozzie" happy while 
he does her house work . . . The bowling season ended 


with a big bang at the CTA six-team league at Bleekers 
Bowl on 95th and St. Louis. WEE WILLIE WILLIAMS' 
team clobbered the Larson-Sanger outfit in the playoff. 
Willie acts like he is six feet tall now and can't wait till 
next season ... P. CLARK, the clerk taking LARRY's 
spot while he is on vacation California way, told me that 
GEORGE WAGNER is back to work after being off a long 
time. Nice going, fella, and take it easy. Still off sick 
are E. JOUZAKAIT, L. PERRY, and L. MANSCH . . . 
A. HILSTREM is down in Florida for a spell and enjoy- 
ing himself. It's rumored that a clerk called "Spider 
Legs" is headed for the Mart for a tour of duty with all 
the comforts of an executive. Everyone knows summer 
is on its way by the way BILL CAVENAW talks golf and 
ENSWORTH talks of his fishing . . . From the repair 
department it is reported that Clerk JAMES AHERN is 
enjoying his last week of his well-earned 1966 vacation 
. . . Our farewell was extended to SAM VON HUBEN on 
his retirement after serving 47 years with the repair de- 
partment. Good luck, Sam . . . Wedding bells rang out 
on May 27 for GERALD MC LAUGHLIN, storeroom 
clerk, who was married to the former DAGMAR TRO- 
JANEK. The ceremony took place at St. Matthias church, 
2310 W. Ainslie street. The happy couple spent their 
honeymoon at Miami Beach, Florida. Congratulations 
to the new Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin . . . TOM GOD- 
FREY, repairman, was proud to announce that his wife, 
ANNA, gave birth to VERONICA GODFREY on May 20. 
We are happy to report both mother and baby are doing 
fine. Congratulations to the new parents. 


Well, here it is, that time of the month again. And 
guess what, not a scrap of news in the box. What's 
wrong, fellows? We know some of you are doing some- 
thing on vacation that's noteworthy. Here is one piece. 
Operator PHILLIP 66, known by most as "King Casey" of 
the extra board, has been wearing a big smile and this 
reporter found out why. His son, marine Sergeant JOE 
PHILLIPS, was leaving Vietnam for the good old USA. 
Boy! . . A few weeks ago I took the family for a weekend 
in Memphis, Tennessee. Everything was fine except we 
were caught in a tornado on the way back. And I thought 
we had left those things in Chicago. It seems I started 
something in a recent issue--I wrote that I could take 
care of all the would be champions on the checker board. 
Nowl can't walk into the station without receiving a chal- 
lenge from someone . . . Operator HARRY GARRETT 
celebrated his birthday May 29. Happy birthday, Harry 
. . . By the way, the 77th street bowling league had their 
banquet on May 17th. Trophies were given to the three 
top teams. High average trophy was received by Opera- 
tor S. BENSON of 77th, with a 185 average. Nice going, 
Benson. Team first place was won by a team from Ar- 
cher—The Archer Bandits. This is not only a 77th street 
league. It's open to all CTA employes. The bowling 
league wishes to express thanks to all union officials who 
attended their affair . . . PATRICIA WALTON, daughter 
of Operator W. L. WALTON, celebrated her 14th birth- 
day June 3. And my daughter, JOAN, is graduating from 
Dixon Elementary school and will enter CVS in Septem- 
ber . . . Switchboard Operator EDWARD RILEY passed 
away on May 12 and Mrs. RILEY called the office to 
thank the men of 77th, as well as those of Kedzie and 
North Avenue, for the sympathy shown after the death 
of her husband. 

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DECl Oi9ft 

Operator Credits CTA Training for Receiving Army Award 

ing at CTA is what North 
Park Operator William Barnes 
credits for receiving an 
award commending him as an 
army truck driver. In this 
picture he is displaying the 
certificate to Instructor 
Arthur Higgins, under whose 
supervision he underwent 
training both before and 
after his tour of duty in 
the service. 

IT WAS with pride that North Park Operator Will- 
iam Barnes returned to CTA after being discharged 
from the U. S. Army, because he brought with him 
an award signed by his commanding officer citing 
him for his driving ability. He credits winning the 
award to the defensive driving principles which he 
learned as a CTA bus operator. 

Operator Barnes had worked at North Park sta- 
tion for three months when he received his draft 

call in June of 1965. He entered the army and 
completed his 10-week basic training at Fort Knox, 
Kentucky, and was then sent to Fort Ord, Califor- 
nia, where he underwent an additional eight weeks 
of special training for truck driving. Operator 
Barnes was then assigned to the Army Transpor- 
tation Corps and was stationed in Germany for the 
remainder of his tour of duty. While in Europe he 
drove a light medium truck delivering supplies to 
army bases. On three occasions he was presented 
awards in recognition of his driving skills, the 
most recent of these awards reads as follows: 

"Specialist Four William B. Barnes has distin- 
guished himself by his accident and delinquency 
report free driving record. He has demonstrated 
this superior ability in operating and maintaining 
his vehicle under difficult driving conditions. He 
has driven more than 15,000 miles in Germany 
without a single accident or traffic violation. Spe- 
cialist Barnes' performance reflects great credit 
on himself, the 590th Transportation Company, and 
the 4th Transportation Battalion. " 

When asked how he enjoys being out of the ser- 
vice and back on the buses, Operator Barnes re- 
marked that he prefers, by far, the streets of 
Chicago to the German autobahns. 

Eleven Named to New Supervisory Appointments 

NEW APPOINTMENTS affecting supervisory per- 
sonnel in several departments were announced in 
bulletins issued recently. All of the appointments 
were effective July 30. 

In bulletins signed by D. M. Flynn, superinten- 
dent of transportation, and approved by C. E. Kei- 
ser, operating manager, J. J. Roche was named 
superintendent of Utility and Emergency Service, 
O. Johnson became assistant superintendent of 
Utility and Emergency Service, A. J. Tchelebian 
was appointed district superintendent of Operations 
Control, and T. Hogan became relief district su- 
perintendent of Operations Control. 

Advanced to the post of property and safety su- 
pervisor was John P. Flynn. The appointment was 
made by C. E. Keiser, operating manager. 

OUR COVER: Whether or rot the Cubs will go on to repeat or 
better their 1935 performance is anybody's guess, but as this 
issue of Transit News went to press they still held second 
place in the National League. The newer picture on our cover 
wos token on Wednesday, August 2, when a double header with 
the St. Louis Cardinals drew a standing-room-only crowd of 
over 37,000, the largest paid attendance at Wrigley Field in 
four years. It's old news now, but the Cardinals swept the 
twin bill and pulled out to a lead of 5/5 games over the runner- 
up Cubs. The picture from yesteryear was taken on October 5, 
1935, when the Cubs were playing the American League winner, 
the Detroit Tigers. Detroit won four of the six World Series 
games to take the championship. The Cubs did set an admir- 
able record in the National League that year though, with 
100 wins and 54 losses. 

In an appointment made by F. C. Knautz, super- 
intendent of Public and Employe Relations, John J. 
Donovan was named community relations represen- 
tative . 

The following appointments affecting five Shops 
and Equipment Department employes were signed 
by E. E. Olmstead, assistant superintendent, S & 
E surface division, and were approved by L. G. 
Anderson, supe rintendent of Shops and Equipment: 
W. C. Hallford became P.M. foreman at Beverly 
Garage, E. F. Kuklewicz was appointed P. M. 
foreman at 69th Street Garage, F. Schmidt became 
P.M. foreman at 77th Street Garage, C. F. Kubal 
was appointed relief foreman at North Park Gar- 
age, and T. J. Donnelly was appointed relief fore- 
man at 69th Street Garage. 

Volume XX CTA TRANSIT NEWS Number 6 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 

Robert D. Heinlein, Editor 
F. C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00. Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Mart 
Ploza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 


TEN CTA operating locations were cited by the Greater Chicago 
Safety Council for reducing their accident experience in 1966 as 
compared to 1965 and were presented plaques recently at the an- 
nual dinner held at the Sherman hotel. Five of the awards, in the 
motor fleet contest classification, went to surface system sta- 
tions. In the picture above, G. A. Riley, superintendent of opera- 
ting stations, and D. M. Flynn, superintendent of transportation, 
are flanked by the superintendents of the winning stations. They 
are, from left, R. J. Bailey, Forest Glen; R. K. Keag, Lawndale; 
E. K. Peterson, Kedzie; L. M. Keag, 52nd Street, and C. A. Kerr, 
North Park. 

Recipient of both the motor fleet and industrial safety awards 
was the Utility and Emergency Service Department. The plaques 
are being displayed in the picture at the right by the department 
superintendent, J. E. Walsh, and D. M. Flynn. This was the last 
honor paid to Mr. Walsh, whose untimely demise occurred on 
June 30. 

An award presented to the rapid transit system for its im- 
provement in the industrial safety category was accepted by the 
four RT station superintendents. Pictured below are E. J. 
Heatter, Logan and Lake; G. A. Riley; W. G. Murbach, Congress 
and Douglas; D. M. Flynn; M. J. O'Connor, South Section, and 
K. L. Manaugh, North Section. 

JULY. 1967 

Shop Foreman R. E. Danielson 
Retires After 50 Years 

WITH A record of 50 years of transit service to his 
credit, Ralph E. Danielson, foreman of Congress 
Terminal Inspection Shop, retired on July 1. 

Mr. Danielson started with the old Metropolitan 
West Side Elevated railway as a crane operator in 
the Throop street shop on May 16, 1917. The fol- 
lowing day he reported to work as a drill press 
operator. And again, the next day he began work- 
ing as a machinist's helper repairing pumps. In 
three days his hourly wage had advanced from 17£ 
to 19 r to 2l£. 

Four months later, in September of 1917, he 
was moved to the Pulaski Avenue shop on the Doug- 
las route where he served as an air brake helper 
-- and where his wage was 23£ an hour. Between 
1921 and 1954 Mr. Danielson was stationed at Lar- 
amie shop on the Garfield Park route, where he 
eventually became foreman. In 1954 he was moved 
to the Lake street shop as assistant foreman and 
was named foreman of that shop in 1963. During 
1965 Mr. Danielson was on the move again, this 
time going to the Congress shop as foreman, where 
he remained until his retirement. 

Mr. Danielson, who resides at 19 W. Harrison 
street in Oak Park with his wife, Clara, plans to 
stay in the Chicago area and spend more time with 
his stamp collection. He has been a stamp collec- 
tor since 1937 and has received numerous awards 
from the Scandinavian Collectors club and Philate- 
lic Society. In 1958 Mr. Danielson exhibited his 
stamps at the Illinois State Fair and his display 
was awarded the Governor's Cup. Another avoca- 
tion which will receive much of his time is the West 
Side Elevated Employes blood bank, which he 
helped to organize in 1947. Mr. Danielson is pre- 
sently secretary-treasurer of this organization, 
the ro prober? 'Hip includes about 3, 200 CTA em- 

Lettm to Daily Newspapers 

COLUMNS IN Chicago's daily newspapers that in- 
vite complaints and unusual requests from readers 
frequently include references toCTA's services or 
policies. Such letters and telephone requests are 
forwarded to the CTA Public Information Depart- 
ment for the response which will appear along with 
the original writer's inquiring in the newspaper. 

Several of the requests received in the last year , 
however, relate to transit operations by CTA pre- 
decessors which are only vague memories in the 
mind of the writer who is trying to recall the "Good 
Old Days" or, more likely, substantiate his side 
of an argument. Most of these arguments, we 
might add, appear to have originated in establish- 
ments where spirituous beverages are served and 
several parties are anxiously awaiting the answer 
to settle a wager. Inquiries have been made about 
the "Green Hornet" streetcars, the four-wheel car 
that shuttled on Diversey avenue during the twen- 
ties, and the steam locomotives that once plodded 
over the elevated structures. 

A recent request to the Action Line in Chicago's 
American from a man 56 years of age refers to the 
operation of two-car trains in streetcar service by 
the former Chicago Surface Lines. The writer, 
who rode the trains on Wentworth avenue, goes on 
to say, "Fellows at work say lam dreaming," and 
he requests that a picture be printed showing such 
a train. 

Researching the questi n in its historical files, 
the Public Information Department learned that the 
writer did, indeed, ride a two-car train on Went- 
worth avenue. In fact, the Clark-Wentworth route 


HAVING COMPLETED rush hour trips on the busy Madison 
street route, this trailer cor troin with its three-man crew is 
shown passing through Garfield Park before pulling in to 
Kedzie station. Trailer car trains operated for seven years on 
Madison, between 1923 and 1930, where the line was ideal for 
train operation—having loops at both outer terminals. Such 
favorable conditions did not exist on all streetcar routes 
where the trains were operated; it was often necessary to 
switch cars around at terminals so that the motor car would 
always be placed before the trailer while in service. 

Rmll Bsfly Tfmit Services 

was the first to be assigned trains which consisted 
of a powerful motor streetcar and a62-seat trailer 
car. The service started September 1, 1921. As 
additional cars were delivered trains began opera- 
ting on the Pulaski, Grand, Ogden, Madison, 
Cicero, and Halsted streetcar routes. A sharp 
pre -depression decline in transit riding eliminated 
the need for two-car trains and the last trailer 
cars were retired from service on the Halsted 
route on September 9, 1930. 

During the nine years that the trailer car trains 
remained in operation the CSL experimented with 
the operation of another type of train consisting of 
two motor streetcars coupled together. Both types 
of trains were operated by a three -man crew (a 
motorman and two conductor s); however , the newer 

multiple -unit trains were unlike the trailer car 
trains in that the streetcars could be uncoupled and 
used singly to provide service in off-peak hours. 

The Chicago avenue route received the first of 
the new trains on October 13, 1924. Trains were 
subsequently assigned to the Cicero, Milwaukee, 
Elston, and Grand avenue routes. After operating 
for only five years, the last multiple -unit train 
was removed from service on Chicago avenue on 
November 1, 1929. 

Had the writer of the letter to the Action Line 
been a North Sider who rode the Milwaukee avenue 
extension during 1925, he might well have remem- 
bered that three-car trains were tried out on that 
single track line operating between Edmunds and 
Imlay streets. Traffic onSundays and holidays was 
heavy because the line served St. Adelbert's ceme- 
tery in Niles. The three-car units were well- 
suited for carrying crowds, but did not prove op- 
erational and were soon removed from service. 

TO TEST the principle of multiple-unit 
streetcar operation, CSL cars 3200 and 
3201 were rebuilt with special controls 
and couplers. The train was placed into 
service during July, 1924, on Madison 
street, where riders were accustomed to 
boarding two-car trailer trains. By 1926, 
200 new multiple-unit cars had been 
ordered and as many as 66 two-car trains 
were scheduled to operate each weekday. 

JULY, 1967 

Police Commend Operator for Helping Nab Burglar 

THE ALERTNESS and presence of mind of a bus 
operator brought about the capture of a burglar 
whom he had spotted breaking a show window and 
making away with valuable equipment. 

John J. Rivera, badge no. 4027, North Park, 
was driving his bus on Howard street when he saw 
a burglary being committed at a camera shop at 
1685 Howard street. Rivera observed that the man 
had thrown a brick through the window and fled 
with two pieces of camera equipment. He told 
police that he could identify the perpetrator and 
with his description the police apprehended the 

offender, the arrest was made and the stolei 
perty recovered. 


In a letter to CTA, Harry R. O'Donnell, Dis- 
trict Commander, 20th District, said "I wish to 
compliment your employe, who, without being 
asked, assisted the Police Department. If he had 
not given us the information, there is no question 
that action would not have been taken at the time 
it did. " 

Operator Rivera has been a CTA employe since 
September 15, I960. 

J. T. Walsh, Utility and Emergency Service Supt., Dies at 63 

REQUIEM MASS for James T. Walsh, 63, super- 
intendent of utility and emergency service for CTA 
was said on Monday, July 3, at St. John Fisher 
church, 103rd and Washtenaw. Mr. Walsh died 
June 30 in St. Anthony's hospital. 

A transit employe for 44 years, Mr. Walsh 
began his career with the former Chicago Rapid 
Transit company on September 6, 1922. He was 
named carpenter foreman in 1948; assistant super- 
intendent of rapid transit maintenance in 1960; 

assistant superintendent of buildings in 1961, and 
superintendent of utilities and emergency service 
in 1963, the position held at the time of his death. 

Survivors are his widow, Elizabeth; four daugh- 
ters, Mrs. Lorraine Morgan, Alice Walsh, Mrs. 
Jacqueline Hanson, Mrs. Elaine Zeman, and two 
sons, Raymond Reed and James Walsh. 

Interment was at St. Mary's cemetery, 87th and 
Hamlin, Evergreen Park. 

CTA's ANNUAL war on weeds 
started recently with the dis- 
patching of the weed-killer 
train over rapid transit routes 
where tracks are at grade level 
or on fill. This picture on the 
Ravenswood route shows the 
specially-equipped train opera- 
ting with all spraying nozzles 
open, covering weeds with the 
fast-acting chemical mixture. 
The train was also operated in 
ground-level car storage yards 
and the Skokie Shops yard. 



THE FUTURE of a company de- 
pends, to a large extent, on the 
employes who represent the 
company. It is no different with 
us at CTA. Employes who per- 
form their duties in an efficient, 
courteous manner promote our 
service and spread good public 
relations throughout our system. 
These efforts do not go unnoticed. 
Our passengers do appreciate 
good personal service and often- 
times write letters of commen- 
dation to the Service Section of 
the Public Information Depart- 
ment expressing their satisfac- 
tion. A record of such letters is 
placed in employes' personnel 

Mike Kompanowski 

One such letter received re- 
cently, commending Operator 
Mike Kompanowski, Badge No. 
6668, Forest Glen, reflected the 
good impression he left on the 
three riders who signed this let- 

"We take the Lawrence avenue 
bus from the intersection of Law- 
rence and Broadway to our office 
at 2 306 W. Lawrence and every 
morning we are fortunate enough 
to ride with driver Mike Kom- 
panowski. After riding with him 
we feel a little bit better the rest 
of the day; he is unfailingly 
cheerful, courteous, and helpful 


- and a good driver, yet. There 
are not many things a CTA rider 
can do for such a bus driver, 
other than say 'Good Morning' 
(and he always says Good Morn- 
ing first), but we would like to 
try to do a little more for Mike 
by nominating him as CTA Em- 
ploye of the Year. One good ex- 
ample of his honesty and concern 
for his passengers is the time 
when one of us left a purse on the 
bus in the flurry of gathering 
packages and rushing to get to 
work on time. He immediately 
noticed this and rescued the 
purse; she had it back the same 
day. " 

A letter received from a 
South Sider who is a regular bus 
rider points out that Operator 
Chester Jones, Badge No. 2304, 

Chester Jones 

52nd street station, is an ideal 
line instructor on the Jeffery 
route, for in addition to perform- 
ing his required duties he teach- 
es courtesy to his students: 

"I have twice had the occasion 
to ride on bus route No. 1 with 
driver No. 2304, and it is a 

pleasure to note his courtesy, 
pleasant manner, and word of 
greeting to all. He is a gentle- 
man, and one you can well be 
proud of. He was patient, guid- 
ing his new man with an example 
of ability and competence." 

Another letter that gives an 
indication of how observant our 
customers are is this one de - 
scribing Operator Oswald Stamp- 
ley, Badge No. 677, North Park 

"I would like to compliment 
you on one of your employes. 
Driver #677 on the Broadway 
route was very happy on his way 
last Sunday, and as a result, the 
trip was much nicer because he 
put everyone in a good mood. I 
think he should be complimented 
on the fine job he is doing. " 

Oswald Stampley 

JULY. 1967 


By Dr. George H. Irwin, 
CTA Medical Consultant 


IN A recent article of "Today's Health" an Ameri- 
can medical magazine, the relationship of walking 
to one's health was emphasized. I think it is a very- 
timely and important subject. 

One of the troubles with most Americans is that 
walking has become a forgotten sport and a lost 
art. Whether we stroll, saunter, promenade, or 
jog along for exercise, walking turns out to be a 
very rewarding pleasure. Nowadays it seems that 
many people would rather jump into their car than 
ambulate a few blocks. Some people rent electric 
carts to take them around a golf course. Certain 
individuals who find it difficult to fall asleep have 
discovered that a long brisk walk late in the eve- 
ning is more effective than a sleeping pill or a late 
TV show. 

After the big snowstorm during the past winter 
it was amazing and surprising to me to often hear 
the following remark: "You know doctor, since I 
couldn't get my car out of the garage I had to walk 
to the bus or elevated. " From this experience 
most all of them volunteered to say "it made them 
feel better. " 

Now, in order to walk and improve our health 
we must have our feet in good condition. W 4 th this 
in mind, I would like to mention some of the com- 
mon diseases and disorders of the feet. Many of 
these ailments although often minor at the onset 
can develop into serious problems unless the in- 
dividual seeks prompt professional care. 

Common ailments which affect the feet include 
circulatory diseases, metabolic and nervous dis- 
orders, strains and sprains, week arches, ham- 
mertoes, and ulcers. Other conditions to be men- 
tioned are heel spurs, neuritis, weak ankles, bur- 
sitis, fractures of the bones in the feet, skin dis- 
eases, arthritis, gout, tumors, and congenital and 
acquired deformities of the feet. 

In addition to the above conditions I would like 
to mention that the most common of all disorders 
of the feet for which people seek professional care 
are as follows: corns, calluses, ingrown nails, 

excessive perspiration, bunions, warts, athlete's 
foot, arthritis, gout, and traumatic injuries of the 

Many of the disorders are caused by friction, 
pressure, improperly fitting shoes, poor circula- 
tion, joint disorders, and bone deformities. 

Former President Truman was asked why he 
took his early morning stroll. His answer was, 
"I think it will make me live longer. " 

A busy lawyer remarked he walked two miles 
each morning from his suburban home to the rail- 
road station. He says it stirs his mind into action. 
The jolt of walking loosens ideas and gives them a 
chance to rub together. 

A famous football coach says, "If our youth 
doesn't walk more they will wither. " 

The Greeks believed that a long walk was a tonic 
and described it as one of the "Medicine of the 
Will. " You have will power enough to take a walk. 

Hippocrates, patron saint of medicine, mentions 
walking 40 times in achapter on digestive diseases. 
He described early morning walks, after dinner 
walks, and late evening walks and recommended 
them for many illnesses such as overweight and 
emotional disturbances. 

Dr. Paul Dudley White, the Boston heart spe- 
cialist who treated President Eisenhower, is an 
energetic walker and a drum-beater of the idea. 
He considers walking "at a fair pace" the easiest 
exercise of all requiring no equipment except good 
shoe leather. 

As for prevention of foot disorders the sugges- 
tion is to keep the feet clean and dry and also wear 
properly fitting shoes. If this does not keep your 
feet in good condition don't delay seeking profes- 
sional care. In certain cases surgery is necessary. 

In closing please remember this - Let's get our 
feet on the ground and enjoy good health. 


LOCATION: Forest Glen Station 



QUESTION: What do you remember about your first 
day or early years as a transit employe? 

WALTER A. BLIX (right), operator (with reporter W. A. Henry): "I remember 
when 'General Frank Buetow and ! worked for rival companies at 23rd street 
and the Outer Drive. I met a lovely girl who I've been married to ever since. 
McCormick Place was built later to commemerate the occasion." 

JOHN MAHNKE, operator: "My first day 
was Labor Day, 1941, out of Division Depot 
and I worked Western, which was the long 
est, straight streetcar line in the city. 
When I made the relief and got to the hill 
at 87th I had butterflies in my stomach. It 
was a good feeling to get through that 
first day 

TOM ABBOTT, operator: "My first day I 
was assigned an electric bus on Pulaski 
road. I didn t know the city too well but 
determined to learn, I aimed at 31st and 
Komensky terminal and I ran out of wire. 
Instead of turning I drove on down 
the block." 

BEN KAMKA, opera- 
tor: "Some of the 
things I remember 
from my early years 
as a transit employe 
are the Twin Coaches 
we drove and the 
brown uniforms we 
wore. At that time 
the bus system was a 
separate division. 

It's quite different 


operator: "On my 

first day of qualified 
tion as a bus operator 
I was scheduled to 
work Milwaukee ave- 
nue. I was late mak- 
ing my relief and the 
bus was filled with 
people and then I 
couldn't find the air 
butterfly for the doors 
The people started 
hollering and the rain 
started to come down 
hard, but when I ar 
rived at the terminal 
the line instructor 
told me I did a good 




ACCOUNTING (Payroll) - 

MAE BUJNOWSKI and EMILY COYNE, retirees, paid 
us a visit and retirement has really made them both look 
good. Emily told us the good price of "eggs" in Galena. 
They hope to have their new home built very soon. Mae 
has busied herself around Chicago . . . MARIE COARI 
is really on her diet now. The reason--her mother flew 
to Milan, Italy, for a three months' visit. (Everyone 
hide your lunch, here comes Marie!) 

- ZUtt* "Kavuuttm 

[Material & Supply) - 

TOM McGRATH and his wife, ROSE, celebrated their 
30th wedding anniversary on June 19. A buffet supper 
was enjoyed by the many friends and relatives who stop- 
ped in to offer congratulations and best wishes ... A 
most interesting trip to Ireland and the Scandinavian 
countries was enjoyed by your scribe. Ireland was so 
quaint and green in comparison to Norway's majestic 
mountains with their waterfalls and turbulent streams. 
It may have been the rain, and our only day of rain, that 
made Stockholm look austere. The suburbs of Helsinki 
were very modern while the city had an old-fashioned 
appearance. Wonderful Copenhagen was so beautifully 
gay and festive, especially since it was the time of the 
royal wedding of Princess Margarethe and Count Henri. 
We saw the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen in 
Odense and the castle in Elsinore, the scene of Shake- 
speare's "Hamlet." Several concerts and the ballet were 
enjoyed in Scandinavia and the "Masked Ball" at the Sad- 
ler Wells Opera House in London. The traffic in New 
York looked mild after seeing the wild driving in London. 
It is exciting and fascinating to travel to foreign lands, 
but there is always the satisfaction and happiness to re- 
turn to our native country which we love and respect. 

(General) - 

counting, was home for a short furlough. Michael is 
with the 82nd Missile Base which was transferred to 
Germany in July . . . SIG SHONTS, Budget, and his wife 
flew to Las Vegas and San Francisco on their vacation. 
From the West Coast they continued their flight to some 
of the most beautiful Islands in the South Pacific, namely 
Hawaii and nearby Islands. Sig thoroughly enjoyed these 
magic isles of the tropics with their lush growth, pound- 
ing surf, and beautiful sunsets . . . Mrs. AUGUSTA NA- 
POLETANO, mother-in-law of KEN McNEELY, Billing, 
passed away June 21. She had attained the gracious age 
of 90 years. This little lady had been a member of the 
McNeely household for 17 years . . . The officers and 
committee members of CTA General Office Credit Union 
held their 16th annual officers dinner at The Steak House, 
Friday, June 9. This annual affair expresses gratitude 
and thanks to a hard-working group of dedicated people 
for a job well done . . . MARGARET MILLER, Voucher, 
and her husband drove to Wellston, Michigan, in the 
Manistee area on their vacation. The weather was ideal 
and they enjoyed fishing, sight-seeing and relaxing in 
this beautiful vacationland. 

- 7K*iU P*tU**t 


Our thanks to editor Dave Evans and his staff for the 
wonderful dinner for the reporters of this magazine. We 
look forward to this dinner every year and we hope it will 
continue for many years to come. General Manager T.B. 
O'Connor was guest speaker and told us how "hot tips" 
lead to news stories, and that we should follow up. We 
were present again at Mr. Evans retirement dinner at 
Chatterly's to wish him good luck. Dave is one of the 
finest gentlemen I have known and I hope our friendship 
will continue for many years to come . . . The bus dri- 
vers on Vincennes - 1 1 1th will all miss Sadie Cooper, one 
of our "Girls in Blue," who was a Crossing Guard at 
111th and Esmond. Sadie was stationed at this corner 
for many years and the bus drivers always watched out 
for her and her kids and were glad to stop for her. She 
didn't walk out and throw up her hand every time she saw 
a bus conning and for this she gained our respect . . . 
Congratulations to GEORGE SCHELTZ on his 33rd wed- 
ding anniversary and to H. TALUZEK on his 39th wed- 
ding anniversary . . . We wish a speedy recovery to 
HAROLD BRADSHAW's wife who was taken ill on the last 
day before his retirement , . . We express our sympa- 
thy to the family of LOUIE FILAN, who passed away, and 
to Instructor FRANCIS ZEIGER in the loss of his father 
and to CARL WANDERSON, who died at Hines hospital 
. . . Don't forget the BIG RETREAT, August 17 to 20 at 
Notre Dame, Indiana. We have 10 new men who will 
make the Retreat this year and we need a few more to 
make over 100 men from the CTA group. Father Mi- 
chael Foran, retreat director, is very proud of us as we 
are the largest group of men that attend every year. If 
you need a ride see Pensioner ERNIE TOCCI or your 
scribe and we will be very glad to make arrangements 
for you. Once you make this trip you will make it every 
year as most of the men have been doing for 20 years or 
more . . . We extend our sympathy to Clerk FRANK 
ROONEY in the loss of his mother . . . We wish a spee- 
dy recovery to Supervisor WILLIAM FLYNN's wife, 
NOREEN ... A big "Hello" to Supervisor FRANK Mc 
GLYNN, who is still on the sick list ... La Rabida 
Council Knights of Columbus formed the honor guard at 
the Conrad Hilton hotel for the ceremony of the conse- 
cration of The Most Reverend John Conway McNabb, 
O. S. A. , D. D. Bishop-elect of Peru. Advocate DAN 

marriage at a candlelight 
ceremony in South Park 
church in Park Ridge were 
Helen is the daughter of 
of electrical workers at 
Skokie Shops, and his wife, 




CAREW and Financial Secretary DAN DARCY and your 
Scribe were photographed with the bishop and were pre- 
sented with a framed picture. La Rabida Council was 
also honor guard for Cardinal John Patrick Cody at 
O'Hare Field when he arrived from Rome and was also 
Honor Guard at Holy Name Cathedral for the cardinal 
where he said Mass . . . Operators CLARENCE COW- 
AN and "Andy" ANDERSON are out to break the big cat- 
fish fishing record. Operator RAY GOODWIN, the big 
game fisherman, snubs his nose at these and throws 
them back in. 

- "7am Z>cuutU 

CONGRESS (Agents) - 

On June 8 the scribes and Transit News staff were 
feted with a dinner party as guests of the CTA at the 
M & M Club. The dinner was presided over by General 
Manager T. B. O'CONNER, F. C. KNAUTZ, superin- 
tendent of public and employe relations, and D. E. EV- 
ANS, the Transit News editor. After dinner the scribes 
were taken on a tour by Mr. Knautz through the news, 
photography, printing and executive offices. Mr. Evans, 
who is taking an early retirement, introduced his suc- 
cessor, ROBERT HEINLEIN. The fortunate young man 
since the dinner has become a proud father for the se- 
cond time . . . Our apologies to Agent OPAL YORK and 
her husband, FENTON. Opal and Fenton have just cele- 
brated the second year of marital bliss not their 27th as 
previously reported. Everybody has been kidding them 
ever since . . . Agent MARY WIXTED was a very proud 
and happy mother when her daughter, DIANA, was grad- 
uated from Sienna High school on June 4. 

Our sympathy to the family of Pensioner WILLIAM 
WAHL for whom services were held at Mt. Olive ceme- 
tery on June 24 . . . Our condolences to Agent MARY 
DOYLE and her brother, PATRICK DOYLE, on the loss 
of their beloved cousin, Mrs. MARY ELLEN FARDY, a 
former school teacher with whom they shared their home 
. . . Pensioned Agent ANNA DOWLING is seriously ill 
at St. Francis hospital, Evanston. Letters and good 
wishes from her many friends would help ease her suf- 
fering . . . Pensioned Agent WILLIAM SMITH made a 
fast recovery from a recent heart attack . . . Conductor 
STEVE NOWAK and his wife had a vacation in Birming- 
ham, Alabama, that they will remember pleasantly for 
a long time . . . Agent JOHN RADMAN and his wife are 
looking forward to a vacation in Ohio with his wife's re- 
latives . . . Dietro il giordiuo --Translation: "The back 
yard" will be JOSEPH VANEK and hiswife's place of re- 
laxation during his coming vacation. It's a wonderful 
place for cookouts ... A happy birthday and many more 
to Agent MABEL MITCHEL whose birthday was June 7, 
June 28 ... We understand that MARY GALLAGHER 
winged her way home to Ireland on her vacation . . . 
Agent SHIRLEY WALKER is leaving our ranks to await 
the arrival of the stork. We wish the best to Shirley. 
Let us know whether it's a boy or a girl . . . Agent 
CHARLOTTE CAMPBELL flew to Hawaii when her hus- 
band, who is a soldier in Viet Nam, got a 10-day leave. 
It was like a second honeymoon and Hawaii never looked 
more beautiful than it did to them . . . Agent CAROL 
WHITE and her sister, KAY SMITH, had a wonderful va- 
cation in the Bahamas where they packed a three-week 
vacation into one . . . Agent CAROLL DOUGLAS had a 
beautiful time on her vacation in Puerto Rico and the 
Virgin Islands . . . Our deepest sympathy to Clerk E. 
PFANNKUCHE and his family on the loss of their father, 


LOUIS, who passed away June 24 . . . Carpenter THO- 
MAS SKROKO and his family went to Expo 67 in Montreal 
in the latter part of July . . . Pensioned Agent MARY 
EVERDING has moved to Arlington, Virginia, where she 
will reside with her son and his family. We hope that we 
shall hear from her from time to time . . . Porter JA- 
MES CLARK and the man across the street are getting 
their share of big fish every weekend . . . Recently as- 
signed Acting Superintendent ROBERT DESVIGNES and 
his wife and family are making preparations for a trip to 
Expo 67. Like all fishing enthusiasts he is hoping for an 
opportunity while in Canada. His daughter, MICHELE, 
was just graduated from the Schoop Grade school and will 
be going to Fenger High school in the fall. . . STANLEY 
SLOWIAK and his wife, ROSE, celebrated their 37th wed- 
ding anniversary on June 28 by taking their family out to 
dinner . . . ANNA DOWLING, retired ticket agent, was 
confined to St. Francis hospital, Evanston, at this writ- 


Mr. and Mrs. JOHNSON paid a visit to some ofour 
retired friends in Florida. WALTER COLLINS and 
CARL JACKSON of St. Petersburg and AIDEN KENNY of 
Brooks. Aiden sends a message to all his friends, if 
they are near his home to stop and visit, he has plenty 
of bedroom space. Mr. Johnson did a little deep sea 
fishing at Pompano Beach. He caught a 20-pound dolphin 
and a king mackeral . . . Our congratulations to Mr. and 
Mrs. JOSEPH ZALUD who celebrated their 2 5th wedding 
anniversary with 60 relatives and several station opera- 
tors and their wives . . . About 65 fellow employes were 
present at the retirement breakfast onMay 31 for CLYDE 
PETERSON. Best wishes were extended by Mr. BUCK, 
Mr. DANECKE, and Mr. MALLOTKE. Good health and 
happiness to you Clyde . . . Our deepest sympathy to the 
family of JAMES QUIGLEY who passed away on June 10. 
Sympathy to the family of PETER MICHALEWITZ whose 
mother passed away in June . . . Pensioners, drop us a 
line. Let us know your whereabouts . . . By the time 
this goes to press yours truly will have been to San Fran- 
cisco and back . . . H. COYNE, F. LUNDY, W. LOOS, 
F. MARIANE- -Happy Birthday. 

- Z>m gxamdaU & lUMiom "Se/Uet 


There have been many beautiful scenic postcards de- 
livered to this department; one from Miami, another 
from Montreal, and many others. Anyone viewing them 
can very easily go on a dreamy imaginative tour. HER- 
MAN ANDERS sent one from Mexico City. He and his 
wife departed by plane on May 12. Their son-in-law is 
a doctor practicing in that city. They had a very nice 
visit with their daughter, son-in-law, and three grand- 
children. They saw their youngest grandchild, DANIEL, 
for the first time and returned to Chicago on May 29 af- 
ter having a marvelous time. The latter part of Her- 
man's vacation was spent enjoying his new colored tele- 
vision set which he had purchased before leaving the 
city . . . HERMAN JAMES and his wife visited a nephew 
in Indianapolis, Indiana, for one week and had a wonder- 
ful time. The next week they visited his mother-in-law 
in Marion, Indiana. They were saddened by her illness 
. . . FRANK MISEK and his wife went to Expo 67 in 
Montreal. They passed through Hyannis Port, Massa- 
chusetts, and then visited his son in Rhode Island. The 
card he sent from Montreal was fascinating and so was 

JULY. 1967 



the card showing the late President's summer home in 
Hyannis Port . . . SYLVIA SAVAIANO received a beau- 
tiful bouquet of flowers and a cake from her friends on 
her birthday, May 31. On May 31 SANDY and DORENE 
TERMAN became the proud parents of MICHELE, the 
newest addition to their home . . . The Engineering De- 
partment gave a dinner-dance on May 18 in honor of 25 
employes who retired. Each received a gift of $50.00. 
The 265 people who attended had a ■wonderful time . . . 
We are happy to have KAREN FEILER, our summer help, 
with us again . . . MARY ISBRANDT had a very nice 
time on her vacation . . . JACK O'REILLY and his wife 
took JOHN RUZICH and his wife out for a ride on one day 
of his vacation. Although John Ruzich's health is as well 
as can be expected, he must still convalesce . . . We 
wish to express our deepest sympathy to VINCENT DON- 
AHUE and family. His father passed away on Saturday, 
June 10 . . . The reporter's dinner held on June 8 at the 
M & M Club was a gala affair and it was so nice meeting 
all the others connected with publishing Transit News 
. . . LINDA GIERLASINSKI, stenographer in the Real 
Estate section, returned from her vacation wearing a 
beautiful engagement ring which she received on June 20 
from Serviceman SP 4 WILLIAM D. LE MONNIER, who 
is stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland. 

[West Shops) - 

The stork has been very busy delivering babies this 
month. His first stop was to the STEVEN WICKERT 
home, where he dropped off a baby girl, DEBRA CHER- 
YL. The next stop was to the FRANK ROSS family bring- 
ing a baby boy, THOMAS JOSEPH. Mothers and babies 
are doing fine. Congratulations, fellows . . . Your co- 
reporter, LYNN VESPER, was married on May 20, to 
RONALD WILKENS at the Westwood Evangelical Luth- 
eran church in Elmwood Park. The reception was held 
at the Party House. The newlyweds honeymooned in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota. 


Hi Men - June 9 was an important day for DONALD 
ABBOTT, son of MILDRED and TOM ABBOTT, as he 
was graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with 

recent trip to California, provided this picture showing himself and 
three other CTA pensioners who are enjoying retired life in the Golden 
State. Pictured here, from left to right, are Retired Stores Department 
Clerk P. G. MacDONALD and his wife, Retired Agent PHYLLIS 
HINES MacDONALD, Mr. Mascolino, and Retired Motorman 


a degree in electronic engineering. Don, his wife, mo- 
ther, and father celebrated this happy occasion with a 
big dinner. Good luck, Don, as you embark on your 
career . . . Pensioner JOHN HOBAN was up from Flo- 
rida visiting Pensioner JOHN MILLER of Lake Zurich. 
Both gentlemen look fine. Hoban had a little trouble lo- 
cating Miller and landed in the wrong yard . . . GEORGE 
and MARY SPORLEDER will be celebrating 33 years of 
wedded bliss on August 18. Best wishes for many, many 
more ... On June 20 WALTER DEMBOS Jr. was grad- 
uated from Schurz High school and will be going on to 
college in the fall. A party folio-wed where Walter re- 
ceived best wishes from family and friends ... It is 
not too early to be thinking about this fall's bowling sea- 
son. We've been advised by JOHN KORMAN that those 
■who are interested in bowling should makeup their teams 
and enter by signing up. This pertains to all stations. 
The more teams the better . . . Mr. and Mrs. AL BO- 
HANNON became the proud parents of a son on May 26. 
The equally proud grandfather is GENE BOHANNON. 
Congratulations to you all . . . What about MARTY HAR- 
RIS' red mustache and his head of black hair? Is there a 
red headed girl friend on the side? . . Supervisor JOHN 
ANDERSON is now the proud owner of a kangaroo. Any- 
one wanting to put their hand in the pouch is welcome. 
By the way, "Swede" Anderson looked like a drowned rat 
the other day during one of our rain storms--no rain- 
coat. Come on now, Andy, you aren't as young any 
more, so take care of yourself . . . JOHN MAHNKEhas 
a double celebration coming up, a birthday on August 22 
and his 11th wedding anniversary on September 1. The 
best to Ruth--just think 11 years and you still look like a 
doll. Must be love . . . On June 2 the hardy fishermen 
of Forest Glen--namely EDDIE "Teddy Bear" DIETZ, 
RGE "Buffalo" SPORLEDER, and GEORGE "Yah" WICH- 
MAN made their annual trek into the wilds of Northern 
Minnesota accompanied by FREDDIE HERRMAN, retired 
Forest Glen operator; FRANK KOZIOL, Lynam's son- 
in-law, and WALLY EWART. Their stay at Maple Leaf 
resort on Leech lake was enjoyable. Fishing was ex- 
cellent. The fireworks display put on by "Yah" Wich- 
man was spectacular and due to the culinary art of Dietz, 
Herrman, and Koziol everyone arrived home with excess 
poundage. The boys had a good time and in the last min- 
ute rush to get home Dietz left his pillow and Teddy Bear 
in Minnesota and we understand he didn't sleep a wink 
until they were returned to him. Anyone wishing to hear 
about the "big one" thatgotaway should contact "Buffalo" 
Sporleder . . . Fellows, lets have some news from the 
rest of you about those vacations and trips. Oh, by the 
way, if you passed by the Inquiring Reporter page in this 
magazine turn back. I'm sure you will find some fami- 
liar faces. 

- 70. /4. "Zfomf Hk. ■, ,.n .. «,ib.,i 


To DAVE EVANS, now that you have decided to sever 
your official connection with CTA and as editor of Tran- 
sit News, we, your reporter associates bid you fond 
farewell with our very best wishes for many more years 
of good health and happiness. It is indeed with pleasant 
memories that this reporter looks back to the days of 
the old Rapid Transit HIGH LINE when you edited so well 
the items of interest, especially those of the many em- 
ploye organizations' activities--such as coverage of the 
bowling banquets, the Legion Post Dances, the First Aid 
Team competitions with other utility companies, and the 
picnics, to name just a few. In recent years our asso- 




ciation with you, as members of your CTA reporting 
team for Transit News, has also been most enjoyable 
and though we will miss you, Dave, we will all comply 
with your wishes and give our best cooperation to BOB 
HEINLEIN, your able successor. 

(Training & Accident Prevention) - 

BROWN from Accounting, who helped us out so well with 
excess work that piled up due to vacations and transfer- 
ring of our regular employes. 

(Training) - 

DON MISCHKE, CTA co-op trainee, is working with 
us this summer. Don is a student at Purdue university. 
He will work one semester and attend school the follow- 
ing semester under the co-op program until he receives 
his degree in Industrial Education . . . WALT LOVE- 
LESS spent his vacation entertaining his sister who ar- 
rived from San Francisco for a visit after an absence of 
seven years. She was amazed at the progress and also 
the many changes that have taken place in Chicago during 
that time. They wound up their vacations with a visit to 
their original hometown of Peoria where a royal wel- 
come with "red carpet" treatment "was extended to them 
by old time friends and family. 

(Accident Statistics) - 

ARTHUR HUBACZ was welcomed to the department 
as accident record clerk. He replaces JOE NASH who 
recently transferred to North Avenue as shop clerk. 

(Insurance) - 

ANN GOLDING recently spent a weekend in Spring- 
field, Illinois, attending the Auxiliary of the Veterans of 
Foreign Wars convention for the Department of Illinois. 
Ann was quite excited when she was informed of her ap- 
pointment as patriotic instructor of the Department of 
Illinois. This means that Ann -will take part in many 
V.F.W. programs such as the Lincoln Day Pilgrimage, 
the Patriotic Conference, and at the 1968 Convention, to 
be held in Chicago, she will present the American Flag 
to Mayor Daley . . . DIANE STAHL, daughter of ART 
STAHL, was welcomed back for summer employment 
. . . JACKIE HUIZENGA spent a three -day vacation in 
Carbondale, Illinois, visiting friends who took her on a 
tour of the campus of Southern Illinois university. RON 
KRAMER had an interesting two weeks serving on the 
Criminal Court jury. RONNIE MC CANN and her hus- 
band, CHARLIE, enjoyed a pleasant trip to California to 
visit relatives. While there, they took in Disneyland 
and toured through Beverly Hills. They also traveled to 
Las Vegas for anovernight stay and then went on to Phoe- 
nix, Arizona, where they visited with two former CTA 
employes, KAREN and TONY CURCIO, and had a great 
time. . . The annual transit news reporters' dinner was 
very enjoyable. It was a nice get-together for all the 
reporters. The refreshments and dinner were great and 
we liked our leather key ring pouch gift. Mr. O'Connor's 
complimentary talk was appreciated and all in all every- 
one had a nice evening. 

- TKaruf £. @U*Ac 


The Transit News staff and reporters had their annual 
dinner on June 8 at the M & M Club in the Merchandise 
Mart. Our hosts were Mr. T. B. O'Connor, general 
manager of CTA, and Mr. F. C. Knautz, superintendent 
of public and employe relations. Mr. O'Connor's speech 

was dedicated to our achievements in the Transit News 
and our goal for a better magazine for 1967. Mr. Kna- 
utz' speech was about all the functions of the magazine, 
plus a tour of all the departments which make up our 
magazine and a tour of the head offices, including T.B. 
O'Connor's office. I've been with CTA for 23 years and 
this was the first time I've been on a tour of the general 
offices. I considered it a privilege to be a part of the 
tour that was so well explained by Mr. Knautz. At our 
annual dinner Dave Evans, editor of the Transit News, 
announced his retirement. Mr. Evans retired on July 1. 
He has been editor for 13 years. His was a job well 
done. We all wish you many years of happy retirement. 
His successor is Bob Heinlein. Loads of luck to you in 
your new position as editor, Bob . . . Superintendent E. 
PETERSON explained to me and showed me our accident 
chart. Kedzie is still holding on, just remember to 
drive defensive and I'm sure we can win the second quar- 
ter of the interstation competition. Let's all strive to 
attain first place . . . The CTA has in mind a change in 
the color of our uniforms. Operator W. REYNOLDS has 
one of the demonstrating uniforms. He wore the uniform 
at the union meeting . . . Transfer Instructor-Supervi- 
sor J. LUCAS was in Florida vacationing with his wife 
and family. They stayed in Miami Beach, took in all the 
sights, then went to St. Petersburg there they met some 
retired streetcar men, and on to St. Augustine, the old- 
est city in the U.S.A. He had a drink from the fountain 
of youth and now claims he is 10 years younger . . . 
Congratulations to Cadet Major JIM ANHALT of Tuley 
High school, the son of Operator FRED and his lovely 
wife, ANN. Jim received the highest R.O.T.C. award. 
In May, 1967, he received the highest officer award, the 
officer efficiency award for outstanding work as a com- 
missioned officer. On June 1 6 he got an army award. 
If Jim joins the National Guard he will be commissioned 
as a 2nd Lieutenant and be eligible for officer training 
school. On June 20 he was graduated from Tuley. From 
the looks of things he's out to outdo his brother who has 
been in the U.S. Air Force six years. Jim's plans for 
the future are still unknown as yet . . . Congratulations 
to Operator MARTIN "DZ" DZINCOLISKI who received 
the best fathers day gift of all, his lovely wife presented 
him with a baby boy on June 17. Their first boy after 
three girls . . . Congratulations to ED, son of Opera- 
tor ED ROONEY, who was married July 22 to JULIA 
HELGASON. We send all the happiness and blessings to 
you. . . Operator WILLIAM GUSTILOV retired July 1 and 
will make his home in Verdon, Illinois. Many years of 
leisure and happiness to you. While making up the mon- 
th's news the following men are still on the sick list: 
to see you all back on the job real soon. Home from the 
hospital is Mrs. K. RICHARDSON, who is now doing fine 
after eye surgery . . . Our deepest sympathy to Opera- 
tor WILLIE C. JACKSON. His brother, RICHARD, dr- 
owned off the coast of New York on June 4 and was buried 
on June 20. 


Hello gang! Since last time our editor for Transit 
News, Dave Evans, has retired so I know you all join 
me in wishing Dave many happy years in retirement. 
So if you discover any mistakes in this column--blame it 
on the new editor, Bob Heinlein. I've met Bob and the 
impression I have of him is as Mr. Perpetual Motion. 
Good luck, Bob, on a long and successful tenure of duty 
. . . As usual it seems most of my news is belated. 

JULY, 1967 




DANIEL T. ARNOLD, Draftsman, 

Electrical, Emp. 7-18-40 

Security, Emp. 5-4-42 

52nd Street, Emp. 7-21-36 
JOHN J. CARR, Operator, 

Lawndale , Emp. 3-3-43 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 1-14-46 

South Shops, Emp. 7-18-29 

Congress, Emp. 5-16-17 

West Section, Emp. 4-17-44 
DAVID E. EVANS, Editor, 

Public Information, Emp. 11-23-53 

North Section, Emp. 6-22-44 
JOHN GARTH, Machinist, 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 6-4-45 

North Park, Emp. 2-9-37 

Kedzie, Emp. 8-3-45 

69th Street, Emp. 7-3-25 
DANIEL HEAFEY, Collector, 

North Avenue, Emp. 1-30-34 
WILLIAM HEHL, Mechanic, 

Keeler, Emp. 4-27-21 
FRANK J. KONCZAL, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 4-14-26 
CYRIL A. MATEY, File Clerk, 

South Division, Emp. 8-17-36 


Skokie Shops, Emp. 6-5-50 
GEORGIA MYERS, Ticket Agent, 

North Section, Emp. 9-11-46 
THOMAS O'MALLEY, Electrical Worker, 

South Shops, Emp. 12-2-29 

West Section, Emp. 2-23-23 

Kimball, Emp. 11-20-25 

North Avenue, Emp. 6-17-29 
JOHNSHEAHAN, Conductor, 

South Section, Emp. 11-13-25 
LADDIE SMACH, Towerman, 

West Section, Emp. 10-22-26 

Lawndale, Emp. 10-10-23 

Purchasing, Emp. 9-26-24 
J. W. TIEFENBACH, Operator, 

Keeler, Emp. 5-25-26 
GEORGE B. WHITE, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp.' 6-30-25 

Lawndale, Emp. 6-8-44 


West Section, Emp. 5-10-44 

South Shops, Emp. 6-27-47 

West Section, Emp. 12-31-53 

Sincere anniversary congratulations to Operator MACK 
MISTER and his lovely wife, WILLIE. It was an even 
dozen for these two on June 4 . . . Retired Operator AL 
KRIEMAN and the missus celebrated their 47th anniver- 
sary June 19. Congratulations and here's hoping we'll 
be around to help them celebrate their golden anniver- 
sary three years from now. Happy birthday wishes to Al 
also July 16 . . . The line of proud marchers you see is 
the Keeler graduating class of 1967. Stepping up to the 
podium to receive his diploma was JOHN BECKER, son 
of Operator H. BECKER. John was graduated from Kel- 
vyn Park High school. Operator ALLEN JACKSON's 
son, LARRY, from Wadsworth upper grade center. Op- 
erator JARECKI's daughter, LINDA ANN, finished with 
honors from kindergarden. Operator ZENTMEYER's 
daughter, BETTY JEAN, from Schurz High school. Op- 
erator GEORGE DEAPivtAN's little girl, DOROTHY, 
stepped out from Notre Dame High school headed toward 
Wright college. Your scribe's grandson, MIKE, was 
graduated cum laude from Marillac house kindergarden. 
Speaking of higher education: happy birthday greetings 
July 27 to Garageman FRANK SIBLEY. Frank is a Nor- 
thern Illinois university man helping to keep the line 
moving during the summer months. Thanks a lot, Frank. 
Operator LOUIS HAYNES is proud of LOUIS junior, grad- 
uating from Delano Grade school . . . Janitor SY GOLD- 
MAN celebrated his 18th (?) birthday June 20. While 
the birthday bells are ringing, here's many happy returns 

to Operator CHARLES LEE June 30. Operator ROY 
YOUNG's lovely missus, LOUISE, July 2. Operator 
ROOSEVELT SMITH'S son, ANDRE, was a big 4 years 
old July 18. Although his birthday is July 5, a day after 
the fourth, Operator PATEREK is still some firecracker. 
Repairman BILL HEHL really had cause to celebrate his 
birthday June 20. After 46 years Bill retired June 30. 
Good wishes and a good retirement, Bill, and keep us 
posted on the merits of retirement. Foreman HANK 
RICHTER started the long count down from June 17, his 
birthday; 365 days to go for retirement. Hank's grand- 
son, RICKY RICHTER, is not quite ready to take over 
for grandpa yet, it was his second birthday July 5. July 
5 was also the second birthdate for little PAT MULCA- 
HEY Jr. Proud pop is (dig this title) Chief Garage Clerk 
wife, MILDRED, celebrated their 35th wedding anniver- 
sary June 11. Frank Jr. , a former Keeler operator, 
birthdayed July 7. . .Night Foreman BRUNO FERET and 
his wife, ANNE, celebrated their 19th anniversary July 
31. Many, many more to you two. Oh, Oh. I forgot the 
date but happy anniversary to Operator MIX and his wife, 
LULA . . . I'm not the only absent minded one though. 
Someone sent a post card to the station, here's the en- 
tire contents. "Hello fellows see you all soon. Good 
Bye." Yep, that's all, no signature. The card was from 
the Camp Ripley, Minnesota, training camp for the Na- 
tional Guard. Superintendent LOUGHRAN did some sleu- 



PICTURED HERE are 10 CTA employes who retired July 1 with 40 or more years of transit service each. 

46 Years 

43 Years 

44 Years 

42 Years 

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thing and surmised the card is from Operator COBURN 
. . . Operator JARECKI's brother, LAWRENCE, is re- 
cuperating in Okinawa from wounds received in Viet Nam 
. . . Operator WHITEY SZYMELL's son and daughter- 
in-law are expecting a visit from the stork soon. With 
three grandsons already, Whitey is thinking pink fer- 
vently. Almost forgot, too, Whitey's grandson, RALPH 
ANTON, was also a June graduate from kindergarden 
. . . Still dealing in colors reminds us of Operator GOR- 
DON TAYLOR. Gordy's outlook on life seems very 
bleak indeed. He's painting the entire house gray . . . 
There's no conceit in Operator CHACHERE's family, he 
has it all. Chachere has issued a challenge to all CTA 
personnel in the forth-coming golf tournament. Says he 
definitely is the man to beat . . . Well, fellows, my 
usual word of wisdom for the summer remains as all- 
ways, keep cool man. 


Clerk JOHN GILMORE is now in the hospital. He has 
been off for some time. We all wish you a speedy re- 
covery, John . . . TOM KELLY, who is on disability 
pension, paid a visit to Limits last month and is slowly 
but surely recovering from injuries he received in an 
automobile accident. . . Happy birthday to JOHN BREN- 

NAN who was 62 years of age last month. John is count- 
ing the years left until his retirement . . . Superinten- 
dent MILES DE WITT and his dear wife enjoyed a won- 
derful vacation in sunny Hawaii . . . Supervisor S. J. 
SPITTALI became a grandfather for the second time last 
month when his son and daughter-in-law presented the 
family with a baby boy . . . Operators KANE, SPEERS, 
and PEISKER spent part of their vacations with wonder- 
ful results up in Butternut, Wisconsin. . . Mr. and Mrs. 
C. F. WELLS celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary 
on June 7. A party was given in their honor by their 
family . . . Operator C. DE COOK's son was graduated 
with high honors from college. He will now attend four 
years of medical school . . . GENE ADAMS is very hap- 
py with the new Cadillac he purchased and is looking for- 
ward to his vacation when he will be giving it a good 
work out . . . Your Limits Credit Union is ready to help 
you in time of need. Consult any officer of the credit 
union and they will be more than glad to serve you. 

- ? S. GOUM, 


A belated birthday greeting to former station Superin- 
tendent CLINTON SONDERS on June 14 (Flag Day) . . . 
J. J. CARR took his pension on June 1 and we received 
a card from him from down south. He is starting to live 

JULY. 1967 



it up already ... A lot of our friends are leaving us. 
David E. Evans, the editor of the CTA Transit News, 
left us on July 1, after our short acquaintance; wish we 
got to know you better ! Also, our No. 2 janitor CHAR- 
LIE STOLCPART, left us on July 1. All I can say to 
these wonderful fellows is, many happy days of retire- 
ment . . . Our deepest sympathy to the family of JOHN 
ZUREK in the loss of his brother, ADOLPH ZUREK, also 
from Lawndale, buried June 17 . . . On June 3, cousin 
MEYER. They had a wonderful wedding and reception. 
Diane is the daughter of Supervisor LARRY BERMING- 
HAM and the granddaughter of RICHARD BERMINGHAM, 
retired from Lawndale . . . We received a card from 
Mr. and Mrs. HARRY COX from Honolulu, Hawaii. Last 
year they went to California to visit their son and his 
family and the year before to Europe, and now grass 
skirts and rum and coca cola. Wow! Aloha, Harry. . . 
Well I had a portion of my vacation the first two weeks 
in June. I always call that my honeydew vacation, my 
wife says, "honey do this and honey do that." . . They 
say, the man who wins all his arguments may lose most 
of his friends. 


Clerk DAN DOYLE and his wife, Agent MILDRED, 
welcomed a new granddaughter. The new baby, chris- 
tened LINDA LOUISE on June 11, has a two-year old 
brother who celebrated his birthday on June 20. This 
makes two granddaughters and four grandsons for the 
Doyles. Dan was godfather for the new baby and he and 
Mildred left for a vacation in California the day after the 
christening . . . Assignment Agent MARGARET SHER- 
HART is on the sick list at this writing. Loop Agent 
VIRGINIA CASHION is recuperating at home after sur- 
gery and Agent DAVID GRAFMAN is in Edgewater hos- 
pital at this writing. To them we wish a speedy recovery 
. . . Agent BERT LINNE was ill but is now on a five- 
week vacation. . . Porter BUNTON is back to work after 
two months of illness . . . Agent ELEANOR HASBRO- 
UCK's son, TOM, was graduated from Harrison High and 
has won a scholarship. He will attend Milliken univer- 
sity in the fall . . . Porter T. WILLIAMS is having a 
fine time fishing on weekends this summer . . . Division 
308 Board Member AL SCHNEIDER spent his vacation in 

WITH HIS fellow employes looking on, ARCHIE CAMERON, 52nd 
street garage repairman, is shown here receiving a gift from Garage 
Day Foreman D. CLARK before retiring on July 1. Archie and his 
wife have embarked on a four-month tour of Europe ond will visit his 
homeland, Ireland, then will go on to England, France, and Germany. 

Northern Wisconsin. He said it rained almost all the 
time he was there. In spite of the weather he brought 
some big ones home and the first day out they caught 
their limit. . . Former Porter GEORGE SWANSON pas- 
sed away suddenly in June. He took his pension October 
1, 1966. We offer our sympathy to his wife, Agent AR- 
LENE SWANSON, and to their family ... We offer our 
condolences to the family of West Side Carpenter SAM 
FIELDS who passed away suddenly . . . Received cards 
postmarked County Kerry and Wales from Agent E. DIL- 
LON. She had a most wonderful trip in the month of June 
. . . Agent DOLORES BERO and her son, B.J., who 
was just graduated from elementary school, left for 
California over the 4th of July holiday to visit B.J. 's 
older brother . . . Porter BONDS spent his vacation 
around Chicago and says he feels well rested. Agent 
MINNIE DIKEMAN spent her two weeks at home and 
around Chicago . . . Agent AGATHA TCHOSIK was mar- 
ried on June 17. We wish the newlyweds much luck . . . 
An engagement dinner held at the Timbers Restaurant in 
Woodstock, Illinois, given by Mr. and Mrs. RICHARD J. 
REDDING officially announced the engagement of their 
Jr. The couple will be married October 7 in a candle- 
light ceremony at South Park Church, Park Ridge, Ill- 
inois . . . To all the graduates in our CTA family, from 
kindergarten through college, a great big CONGRATU- 
LATIONS from your reporter. 

- "»tU» Pollute* 


Operator VIGGO WINDFELD tells us that his brother, 
Pensioner EINAR WINDFELD, formerly of Armitage 
Avenue Depot, and his wife, HELEN, of 2238 N. 73rd 
Avenue, Elmwood Park, are celebrating their Golden 
Wedding Anniversary July 27. Einar is president of the 
Danish Old Settlers' Club. Our congratulations and best 
wishes to Einar and Helen . . . Receiver FRANK ZA- 
BOROSKI and his wife, MARY, are the proud parents of 
a baby boy, FRANK, born on June 16 at Northwest hos- 
pital . . . Pensioner JOHN NAUGHTON and his wife, 
ELLEN, became grandparents again when Mrs. SHAD- 
DUEK of Detroit, Michigan, had a baby boy. Recently, 
Mrs. JAMES CURRAN became the mother of a baby girl 
in Boston, Massachusetts, and Mrs. JOHN KARNICK of 
Glen Ellyn had a baby girl. That's a record, grandpar- 
ents three times in one month . . . Relief Superintendent 
GEORGE DAUBS and his wife, DOLORES, became the 
parents of KATHLEEN ANN on May 24 at Gottleib Mem- 
orial hospital. Our congratulations to all . . . My son, 
WAYNE MIEDEMA, repair department, will be married 
on August 5 to BONNIE BEAR. That makes two lovely 
daughters we've acquired in the past two years. Last 
year our son, BILL, married the former JACQUELINE 
KEELING . . . We welcome new Operator James Carson, 
Wiley Wilson, James Furey, Arthur Beaulieu, Craig 
Swain, Bruce Schaller, Wally Siwachok, Mark Green- 
berg, John Bartsch, Charles Dixon, William Kintner, 
Richard Mannel, Allan Lee, Brian Simpson, Clemmie 
Trotter, Dennis Dillon, Norman Gordon, William Beltz, 
Roosevelt Montgomery, Nick DiCosola, Dennis Pietrini, 
Julian Gestrin, Jan Vargo, John Eels, Charles Walker, 
Willie Adams, Tyrone Hubbard, Herman Ruttenberg, 
Donald Burden, Arthur Moorman, Israel Quinones, Rich- 
ard Breneman and James Bertucci . . . Vacation Relief 
Clerk HENRY ZYCH substituted for Chief Clerk GENE 
PETERSON who has been flying all over Europe . . . 
Operator WILLIAM NEHLS and his wife, ETHEL, visited 
Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. They caught loads of fish 




at Cranberry Lake. It was an 1,800-mile trip . . . Op- 
erator GERHARD KLAMP visited Expo 67 with seven 
Boy Scouts. He drove for a 10-day visit to Detroit, 
Michigan, then to Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, Cana- 
da. The Scouts performed Indian Dances at the Expo. 
On the way back they visited Niagara Falls . . . Opera- 
tor EDWARD SCHNEIDER caught his limit of everything 
in spite of the rain, while fishing at Crivitz, Wisconsin. 
He hooked a fish and fought him for over two hours. The 
fish pulled Ed's boat over two miles but the fish -won out 
when he hit the weed bed. He spit out the lure. If you 
want fish, see Schneider, he came back with a truckload 
. . . Assistant Superintendent WILLIAM MOSER was laid 
up for a few days with a sprained ankle ... A postcard 
from Pensioner BARNEY CALLAHAN tells us that he and 
his wife, JOSEPHINE, are visiting with their family in 
Wichita, Kansas. Barney says "Hello" to all his friends. 
We received a nice letter from Pensioner FRANK COLE- 
MAN. Frank says he celebrated his 77th birthday last 
May 6 and celebrated 42 years married to the same gal 
on April 13 . . . We received a booklet with a map of in- 
teresting places to visit in Hot Springs, Arkansas, from 
Pensioner BILL ECHOLS. Bill really is sold on that 
country and is very happy there . . . Pfc. RONALD BE- 
DOE, formerly of the repair department, is sending 
home gifts to the family, and is looking forward to the 
day when he will be bringing, not sending, gifts to them 
from Vietnam. 

Operator ERWIN AGUAYO and all the Puerto Rican 
employes of CTA want to thank the management for its 
cooperation in regards to the Puerto Rican Parade on 
June 10. These men, although somewhat wet, were proud 
to represent the company at this event. They also ex- 
tend their thanks to Local 241 for the loan of their col- 
ors. They say, "From our hearts, thanks a million." . . 
Pensioner GEORGE SWANSON passed away on June 12. 
Operator HENRY HEIKKILA departed this life on June 
11. Pensioner JOHN ZILIVSKI passed away on June 13. 
Operator STERLING MARTIN lost his brother on June 9. 
The young man was in the armed forces in Vietnam. 
Our deepest sympathy to these families ... I enjoyed 
meeting the other scribes at the Scribe's Dinner June 8 
at the M & M Club. We had a delicious dinner and a 
pleasant evening. Our editor, Dave Evans, had retired. 
He is a fine man, we'll miss him. We wish him the very 
best of everything. Goodby and good luck, Dave. We 
welcome new Editor Bob Heinlein . . . We hope you will 
keep the news coming. The box is by the depot mail box. 


The entire personnel of North Park Depot extends 
their thanks to David E. Evans, the retiring editor of 
Transit News for the fine job he has done editing our 
magazine. To Mr. Evans, who retired July 1, we of 
North Park wish that your golden years may be filled 
with joy and good health for years to come. To Robert 
Heinlein, who succeeds Mr. Evans, our congratulations 
and feel free to call on North Park for cooperation at 
anytime . . . Short of cash for vacation fun, see your 
friendly credit union officials, JOHN O'BRIEN, TONY 
BRUNO, or DALE PETERS . . . Operator GARY NOO- 
NAN underwent surgery for a hernia operation at Illinois 
Masonic hospital and at this writing is convalescing very 
well . . . Sp 4 RICHARD STENZEL, son of Receiver ED 
STENZEL, returned home on a 45-day furlough from 
Saigon, Viet Nam. Richard, who is assigned to a missile 
base in VietNam, will be assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, 


THE PROUD father who re- 
cently gave away the bride 
is Kedzie station Operator 
pictured here with his wife, 
JOSEPHINE, and their 
daughter, MARGARET ANN, 
and her husband, ROBERT 
MAHONY. The couple was 
married at a nuptial mass in 
St. Angela's church on May 
13. The reception was at 
Ferrara Manor. 

after his leave . . . STANLEY GUSTAFSON is enjoying 
his new position as No. 5 clerk at North Park and Forest 
Glen, after operating for 23 years as a bus operator and 
motorman . . . Supervisor JOHN JACOBY Jr. is work- 
ing at North Park as an instructor and doing a fine job 
qualifying operators for summer work . . . The grounds 
of North Park Depot are shaping up and looking beautiful 
due to the efforts of Superintendent KERR and the many 
operators who pitched in and helped to clean things up 
. . . Supervisor RON MICKELS and his wife, JOANN, 
have purchased a two flat building at 3230 N. Troy ave- 
nue, and will be at home after August 1. Visitors will 
be welcomed. . . RENEE LEMEL, daughter of Operator 
MEYER LEMEL, was struck and injured by an automobile. 
At this writing Renee is recovering and hopes to be up 
and around soon . . . ROBERT H. PARK, son of Opera- 
tor REGINALD PARK, has been shipped to Saigon, Viet 
Nam, where he will be serving as a mechanic for the 
U.S. Army . .. . Operator WALTER PETERS has moved 
to a new condominium apartment and leaves all the hard 
labors to someone else . . . Operator HENRY SCHRAMM 
and his wife, ELIZABETH, attended a family reunion at 
Crown Point, Indiana, where 75 members of the Schramm 
family gathered . . . The Southern Club of Chicago will 
hold their annual picnic and raffle on Sunday, August 6, 
at Milwaukee and Devon picnic grove. The Club is head- 
ed by Operators ROY BOWLIN and SHIRLEY MILLER 
. . . Operator WALTER UHLEMANN of Kimball avenue 
had his first miss in 28 years and was rewarded with a 
fine run on Sheridan Road, where the passengers had to 
chart the course for Walter . . . The following operators 
have served two weeks of reserve training for Uncle Sam: 
Operator OBELL TOWNSEND, and Operator CHARLES 
SILAS . . . Operator MARTIN SCHWARTZ relaxed on a 
month's vacation in California and Montreal, Canada, 
before being inducted into the U.S. Navy. Martin is 
serving his boot training at Great Lakes and then expects 
to go to officers training school . . . TOM and JERRY 
CONKLIN, twin sons of Operator LE ROY CONKLIN, 
were graduated from Forest View High school in Des 
Plaines, Illinois, June 14. Tom will enroll at Harper 
Junior college this fall, while Jerry is going to enlist in 
the U.S. Air Force . . . ANNE COSGROVE, daughter of 
Operator JOHN COSGROVE, was graduated from St. 
Gertrudes's grade school and this fall will be a student 
at St. Scholastica High school . . . JEANNE KENNY, 
daughter of Operator FRANK KENNY, was graduated 

JULY, 1967 



from Providence High school on June 6 and will be en- 
tering the convent of the Providence Order this August. 
Jeanne was selected as the outstanding senior of Provi- 
dence and has many accomplishments for her four years 
of school work . . . Operator BILL SEIFERT and his 
wife, MIN, were proud grandparents as their grand- 
daughter, KARIN CALLENDER, was graduated from 
West View Junior High school in Lemont, Illinois, on 
June 3. Karin had been an honor student through school 
and excelled in German, where she received valuable 
help from grandpa Bill . . . Operator CHARLES GIER- 
SCH retired July 1 after 30 years of devoted service. 
Charley and his wife, EMILY, have moved to Fox Lake, 
Illinois, where they will spend their leisure years fish- 
ing and hunting . . . JANICE ANDERSON, daughter of 
Operator HAROLD BASON, gave birth to a son named 
MARK LAWRENCE, born May 18 at Swedish Covenant 
hospital . . . Operator JOHN HEIN and his wife, PAT, 
vacationed at Lake Madelin, Wisconsin. John and Pat 
returned with the largest catch of Walleyes, Crappies, 
and Bluegills that they have ever caught at any time . . . 
Operator BOB ENGLISH, his wife, MARGUARITE, and 
children, TANYA, REBECCA, and YVONNE, motored to 
Denver, Colorado, on their vacation. Highlights of the 
trip were visits to Red Rock theatre, Colorado Springs, 
Yellowstone Park, and the Air Force Academy with a 
little trout fishing along the way. Street collector LAR- 
RY COSTLEY motored throughout the State of Minnesota 
where the fishing was excellent and the sky blue waters 
were thirst quenching . . . Mrs. CARMEN ENDARA and 
children, NARCISA, JULIO and MARGIE, the family of 
Operator LUIS ENDARA, flew to Ecuador, South Ameri- 
ca, for a two-month vacation with Mrs. Endara's family. 
Cities to be visited will be Quito and Guayaquil . . . Op- 
erator ED PALEN and his wife, EVELYN, spent their 
vacation at Hudson, Wisconsin, where they enjoyed two 
grand weeks . . . Operator STEVE ALLEN, his wife, 
ALMA, and children motored through the Great Smoky 
Mountains and enjoyed a day at Ghost Mountain where 
many cowboy movies are filmed. Operator IRVING 
MOSKOVITZ and his wife, ANN, spent a week fishing 
and relaxing at Browns Lake, Wisconsin. Blue gills and 
crappies were reported plentiful . . . Operator JOHN 
OLSZEWSKI, his wife, ELLA, daughter, KATHRYN, 
and son, CLARK, drove a '67 Cadillac to Los Angeles, 
California. Highlight of John' s trip was a visit to the Or- 
ange Empire Trolley Museum located in Perris, Cali- 
fornia. The museum has over 40 pieces of old time 
equipment operating . . . Operator PAUL CEROTZKE 
vacationed at Arlington Race Track, where he is well 
received with his generous tips on the sure things. 

Operator JOHN WAIT and his wife, LUCILLE, mo- 
tored to Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, and 
climaxed it with a glorious week at Montreal taking in 
Expo 67 . . . Operator HAROLD ANDERSCHAT, his 
wife, ANN, and daughters, BARBARA and PATRICIA, 
motored to Montreal for a week's stay at the Fair. Stops 
were also made at Toronto and Quebec where the Ander- 
schats enjoyed the many churches . . . Operator TEX 
ABERNATHY and his wite, ASTRID, along with Supervi- 
sor GEORGE WICKMAN and his wife, PEARL, spent two 
days at Las Vegas and four days in San Francisco. The 
two couples then flew to Honolulu where another four 
beautiful days were spent learning the exotic dancing of 
the islands. The island of Moui was also on the agenda 
. . . Operator JIM RENTSCHLER and his wife, HAZEL, 
spent a week visiting Jim's mother, Mrs. MYRTLE 
RENTSCHLER, who resides in Springfield, Illinois . . . 
Operator ED ZIENTARA and his son-in-law, ED COV- 
ERS, spent a week fishing at Lake Chetauk, Wisconsin, 

where they caught 500 crappies . . . Operator JOHN 
DUDEK spent his vacation remodeling his home and also 
installing a new furnace and air-conditioning plant . . . 
Mrs. MARLYN JENSEN and her daughter, KATHY, of 
Liverpool, New York, spent a week's vacation visiting 
her father, Operator ANDREW HOLZMAN . . . Anni- 
versary greetings are extended to Operator MORT LIB- 
ERT and LOIS, their 17th; Operator BILL SEIFERT and 
MIN, their 36th; Operator JOE GUZALDO and ROSALIE, 
their 35th; Operator BILL KNIGHT and ELKENA, their 
21st; Operator LUIS ENDARA and CARMEN, their 11th; 
Operator PETE MARCHISOTTO and FELICIA, their 32nd; 
Operator CARL HANSEN and SANDRA, their 13th; Op- 
erator McKINLEY DAVENPORT and MARY, their 12th; 
Operator HOMER CLEMMONS and OMIE, their 11th; 
Supervisor LE ROY PEDERSEN and BERNICE, their 
42nd; and Instructor MELVIN LINK and ELSIE, their 
17th, and Operator JOHN WILSON and REBECCA, their 
8th. . . Happy birthdays are extended to Operator JOHN 
4th, PETER DOLAN July 4, Operator WARREN SCHOLL 
July 9, BRIAN DOLAN July 16, and LEONARD BAEU- 
CHLER, July 15 . . . Our sympathy and condolences to 
the family of Pensioner STANLEY JOHNSON ... Re- 
pairman JULIUS MERSCH and his wife, AGNES, became 
grandparents for the seventh time when their daughter, 
Mrs. MARY PAT McDONELL, gave birth to a daughter 
named MARJORIE PAT, born May 28 at Resurrection 
hospital. Mrs. McDonell is a former employe of the 
CTA working at the Mart. DONALD MERSCH, son of 
Repairman PETE MERSCH, was graduated from Gordon 
Tech High school and began to work for the Illinois Bell 
Telephone company . . . Assistant Foreman HARRY 
DETTERY spent his vacation moving and is now located 
in his new apartment . . . Repairman CORTLAND TICE 
was hospitalized at Swedish Covenant hospital with back 
miseries and at this writing is coming along fine . . . 
JOHN SIBLEY was graduated from St. Patrick's High 
school and expects to join his brother, KEN, at North- 
western university this fall . . . Pensioner JACK HART- 
NETT has his tomato plants going full blast at his home 
in Spring Grove, Wisconsin, and expects to be around 
the garage to take orders. Assistant Foreman JOE 
CAUGHLIN and his wife, DOROTHY, of the Mart spent 
the Decoration Day weekend in Iowa visiting relatives 
. . . Stock Clerk BILL KROPP has purchased a new 

THE 25TH annual LaGrange Pet Parade was held on Saturday, June 3, 
this year. And for the fifth year in a row TOMMY, the son of KEN 
McNEELY of General Accounting, entered a float in the parade-but 
this year it was an award-winning display. Tommy (at left) and his 
boy friend, BILL SCHAUL, ore shown beside their clean up campaign 
entry which included Lassie as a mascot. 




BORN MAY 21 to JEAN and 
LOUISE is the latest addi- 
tion to this growing CTA 
family. She was welcomed 
home by her brother, JOHNNY, 
who was two years old June 
20. John works at Beverly 
garage. Grandparents are 
Lake Street Clerk DAN 
DOYLE and Lake Street 

home and his vacation was well spent getting things in 
order . . . Clerk GEORGE BENSHISH spent a week of 
his vacation around Birmingham, Alabama, where it is 
rumored that he is on the lookout for property . . . Re- 
pairman FRANK SCHENDEL took off for Waterloo, Iowa, 
again and at last count has the hogs all set for market 
again . . . Repairman ALEX FRITZLER is having his 
usual summer problem, "The Itch", but is taking it in 
stride . . . Operator JOHN RIVERA received a citation 
from the Chicago Police Department recently for his 
help in capturing a burglar at the Howard-Hermitage bus 
terminal. John says its all in a day's work. 

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TERESA KANE left the CTA and returned to Ireland 
on June 19. . . MARY K. DONOHUE and NANCY COLE- 
MAN are both leaving for Ireland in July . . . JULIA 
O'MAHONEY and daughter left for Boise, Idaho, on July 
1 to spend part of her vacation with her son . . . MOR- 
RIS HICKEY has a month's vacation and is going to see 
Expo 67 with his family . . . We wish to extend our con- 
dolences to the family of JOHN ELLIS who passed away 
June 17. He will be greatly missed. . . Congratulations 
to RUTH LEE who became a grandma for the first time 
on July 17 when her son and his wife had a baby boy . . . 
THERESA MOORE's son, GARY, was married to PAT 
RADT on May 29 in St. Theresa church. Reception was 
at Kungsholm . . . J. C. SMITH is on vacation and is 
fishing as usual. Hope you catch a big one, Smitty . . . 
KATHLEEN O'DONNELL is spending a week at home, 
just relaxing . . . Former Agent DARLENE WALSH had 
a baby boy on May 26 . . . Former Porter THOMAS 
NEWELL was transferred to the Building Department in 
June. Congratulations! . . On the sick list at present 
and Porter CLIFFORD MONEY. We all hope they have 
a speedy recovery . . . Your scribe and her husband 
spent Memorial Day in Lafayette, Indiana. Also attended 
her niece's wedding in Holland, Michigan, on June 17 . . . 
I hear PEGGY ROCHE was sponging on relatives inScrub 
Oak, New York, for 10 days. Some people are sure 
lucky that way . . . Mr. CLIFFORD, midnight agent at 
Lawrence, had his folks up from Columbus, Ohio, for a 
short visit . . . Agent A. E. LUCKY spent his vacation 
decorating the house as his daughter, ROSE MARIE, was 
married on July 15 to JAMES SAWYER. They will spend 
their honeymoon in the Smokys . . . Agent GEORGIA 
MEYERS retired on July 1. We all wish her many happy 
years of retirement ... I hear FRED KING is spending 
his vacation in Backyard, Illinois . . . Anyone having 
news for the magazine please leave it with the Howard or 
Kimball receivers . . . North Side Agent HELEN MAC- 
KASKI is leaving July 10 for her native Yugoslavia and 
will be joined later by her sister, SOFIA NEATNICA, 
also a North Side agent, who is leaving on August 5. 


They are planning a family reunion. Helen, an accom- 
plished artist, sent one of her paintings to Mayor Rich- 
ard J. Daley and received a commendatory letter from 
the Mayor in return. 

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Get well wishes are extended to TOM SKVARLA, 
Vacations this summer find our employes in a variety of 
places. KEVIN BARRETT spent a week in sunny Flo- 
rida. DENNIS KUHN and his wife are touring the wilder- 
ness of Minnesota in his new Plymouth Fury. They also 
plan to visit his sister and Yellowstone National Park 
. . . BILL NICHOLS and his family vacationed in De- 
corah, Iowa, visiting relatives . . . PAT CANNON spent 
three weeks entertaining his brother, TOM CUNNANE, 
whom he hasn't seen in 25 years. Tom flew in from 
England to attend his nephew's wedding . . . JOHN SP- 
RINGER vacationed in Paducah, Kentucky, with his wife 
and son, TIMOTHY. Tim recently was graduated from 
Divine Heart seminary and will soon enter his novitiate 
year as a priest of the Sacred Heart . . . BILL GERBER 
has found a way to beat the heat. In two weeks he is ex- 
pecting his new air conditioned Oldsmobile. Bill's dau- 
ghter, KATHLEEN, was graduated from Visitation High 
school and is now a career girl . . . Congratulations to 
JOHN GILL and his new bride, ANTOINETTE, who were 
married on May 20. John is now spending two weeks at 
Camp Pendelton, California, with the Marine Corps re- 
serves . . . We wish to welcome our students who have 
joined us for the summer: DEAN MILOS, MIKE O'CON- 

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First of all, I would like to say "So Long" to our re- 
tiring editor who was always ready to give a helping an- 
swer to us all. Lots of happiness on your retirement. I 
would also like to welcome his successor, our longknown 
friend, Bob Heinlein. Bob has always been a great sup- 
porter for all the reporters. Good luck! . . DAVE GUR- 
WICH, a retired clerk from Skokie Shops, paid us a nice 
visit recently. Dave is looking great . . . Our sympathy 
to the home owners at Skokie Shops who suffered flooded 
basements. The loss must be great and a lot of hard 
work. MATTHEW MASCARI, carpenter, reported his 
complete basement was in deep water and the family 
room completely in ruins. ROBERT G. BINNIE, electri- 
cal worker, also reported a great loss due to a flooded 
basement, covering his recreation room, with the loss 
of a colored TV . . . MATTHEW MASCARI, carpenter, 
enjoyed his 25th wedding anniversary with his family at 
DeLeo's restaurant, and the original bridal party among 
guests for dinner. . . EDWARD, electrical worker, and 
ALYCE MAY, clerk at Skokie Shops, gave away their 
daughter, KATHRYN, an employe at the Merchandise 
Mart to DANIEL RYAN at St. Peters church in Skokie. 
The wedding was followed by a breakfast and a reception 
in the evening at Skokie. A good time was had by all. 
The couple left after. the reception for a nice vacation in 
California. Some 300 were present at the reception. . . 
JAMES EGAN, carpenter, is at home after a brief stay 
in the hospital, where he underwent a series of tests. 
Good luck, James . . . ARTHUR PIECYK, machinist, is 
now in the Northwest hospital, also for a series of tests 

JULY, 1967 



gress motorman FRANK 
ZEMAN, LESLIE, will spend 
the coming academic year 
studying abroad. She recently 
completed her sophomore 
year at North Central college 
in Naperville and that school 
awarded her three scholar- 
ships for her European stud- 
ies. After attending the 
Goethe Institute in Germany 
for four months and the 
University of Vienna in 
Austria for eight months she 
will return to North Central 
for her senior year. 

. . . ROBERT MUELLER is now home from the hospital 
and is feeling much better after the removal of a small 
bone in the skull area . . . CLARENCE GOLZ is enjoy- 
ing a vacation in West Virginia with his daughters and 
sons . . . ALPHONSE SCHMITZ, retired upholsterer, 
and his wife, LEONA, enjoyed a visit with their daughter , 
PATRICIA, a former employe of the Insurance Depart- 
ment, who is now living in Bloomington, Minnesota . . . 
JAN BRODA, painter, was married June 24 to ADRIENE 
BRENNAN in Evanston, Illinois, by the famous Dr. PRES- 
TON BRADLEY. The wedding was followed by a recep- 
tion for a number of close friends. 

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We have three wedding anniversaries. Mr. and Mrs. 
JOHN BENNIS, 27 years; Mr. and Mrs. JOHN FITZGER- 
ALD, 25 years, and Mr. and Mrs. JOSEPH SABOL, 22 
years. Congratulations to the happy couples . . . JOE 
DeGRAZIA vacationed in Chicago and took some short 
trips . . . Joe Sabol was doubly proud to attend two grad- 
uations in one day. His son, ALLEN, was graduated in 
the afternoon and then his daughter, RENA, in the even- 
ing . . . Our newest pensioner, TED COWGILL, has re- 
turned from his Jordan Valley home in Oregon to move 
the rest of his furniture. Ted visited the office and gave 
us a running account of his trip . . . JOE KAREL and 
DAVID JACOBS are vacationing in and around Chicago. 
We wish RASHID AL-AHMED, our Arabian friend, the 
best of everything. He was with us for five months stu- 
dying our methods making schedules and has now moved 
on to California . . . JOE BILLIS and his lovely wife had 
open house party for all his friends. A good time was 
had by all . . . PHILIP LEAHY served on jury duty. It 
must have been a difficult assignment, since Phil vaca- 
tioned immediately after . . . Your scribe most heartily 
thanks the Transit News Staff for the most wonderful 
dinner and gift recently enjoyed by all scribes . . . JOE 
SABOL and your scribe are sporting new automobiles. 
Joe is the proud owner of a Chevelle and KAY BATINA 
is driving around in a 1967 Ford. 

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Back to work it is for my better half and myself after 
a nice two-week vacation spent down in Wichita Falls, 
Texas, visiting with Roland's mother and brother and his 
family. Roland even went fishing, and what's more 
caught some big fish. I went along in the boat for the 
ride, but all I got for the day's outing was a sunburn. . . 


Welcome back from last year to our part-time trainmen 
for the summer: FRED KUCH, ROBERT WARDA, TAN- 
JOHN HOULIHAN, DAVID HARRISON, and to newly hired 
part-time trainmen MICHAEL O'KANE, STEVE ALLI- 
67 in Montreal will be calling many vacationers this 
summer. Motorman CHARLES CONLEY and his family 
just left, headed for the Fair . . . Recently Retired 
Conductor WILLIAM DOHERTY is enjoying himself tour- 
ing Colorado, including Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs 
. . . Good News! Good News ! Collector RAY NORMAN, 
who is on the sick list, has finally come home from the 
hospital and is recuperating nicely at home . . . Con- 
gratulations to JOHN MOLLOY who was promoted to 61st 
Street shop foreman on June 1 . . . Greetings to our part 
time agent returnees for the summer: CLAUDE GIBSON, 
and JOYCE MORRIS. Welcome to newly transferred 
agents from the Surface Division: CHARLES GRIFFITH 
and PHILIP ROBINSON, and to newly hired Agent DIANE 
WARNER, and to newly hired part time agents: DENNIS 
newly transferred porter from the Surface Division 
RICHARD GOODMAN. . . Sincere condolences to Motor- 
man JOSEPH SOJKA whose father passed away recently 
and to Agent MAE DRISCOLL on the loss of her sister 
. . . Had a surprise visit from Retired Conductor JO- 
SEPH MASCOLINO who just returned from California. 
Joe looks just wonderful. Retired life sure agrees with 
him. He brings greetings from Retired Towerman 
torman), and Retired Agent PHYLLIS HINES MacDON- 
ALD and her husband, retired Stores Department Clerk 
had a nice vacation in Texas and Louisiana this summer 
. . . Switchman JOHNNIE TOLSON and his family took a 
motor trip and toured the southwest, including Califor- 
nia, Mexico, and Texas . . . Porter CHRIS LAMPROS 
transferred to the Stores Department recently, but de- 
cided to transfer back to porter and joined our South 
Section ranks again . . . 61st Street Shop Clerk JIM 
DALY is mighty proud of his niece, MARGARET FRIEL, 
who gave a recital at the American Conservatory com- 
mencement concert at Orchestra Hall. Margaret, who 
received a Bachelor of Music Degree from DePaul uni- 
versity, enrolled as a special student at the American 
Conservatory of Music . . . Received a call from Re- 
tired Supervisor HUGH KELLEY who lives in Florida 
and is back in Chicago for a visit and then was going up 
to Copper Harbor, Michigan, to visit some relations. . . 
Some of our employes have decided to resign and we wish 
them luck: Agent SYLVIA LEE, Porters ROMIA WOODS, 
and RAYMOND OGLETREE, and Part-time Agents DAV- 

wife, ELAINE, proudly an- 
nounced on May 12 the birth 
of their second grandson. 
Little KEVIN JOSEPH was 
born to EDWARD and ELAINE 
KOSCINSKI, two former 
CTA employes. 





ALBERTA. ADRIAN, 75, West Section, 

Emp. 6-16-26, Died 6-1-67 

Emp. 9-19-19, Died 6-5-67 
ERNEST CALDWELL, 79, West Section, 

Emp. 3-9-27, Died 5-6-67 
FRANK CALI, 76, South Division, 

Emp. 5-1-30, Died 5-9-67 

Emp. 3-9-20, Died 5-8-67 
JOHN ELLIS, 62, North Section, 

Emp. 1-15-34, Died 6-16-67 
SAMUEL FIELDS, 45, Engineering, 

Emp. 1-25-51, Died 6-12-67 
HARRY A. GABEL, 67, West Section, 

Emp. 1-7-18, Died 5-10-67 
ANTHONY GIES, 69, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 12-14-26, Died 5-10-67 

Emp. 9-25-16, Died 5-18-67 
PATRICK HAYES, 90, Cottage Grove 

Emp. 12-22-16, Died 6-6-67 
HENRY HEIKKILA, 45, North Avenue, 

Emp. 6-29-54, Died 6-11-67 
CORNELIUS HICKEY, 53, District B, 

Emp. 9-30-40, Died 6-6-67 
THOMAS HICKEY, 78, Kedzie, 

Emp. 12-9-19, Died 6-7-67 
JAMES HURLEY, 70, Limits, 

Emp. 10-5-27, Died 5-21-67 
WALTER HYLTON, 60, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 6-6-39, Died 5-25-67 
CHARLES JOHNSON, 87, Lincoln, 

Emp. 5-26-09, Died 5-30-67 
STANLEY JOHNSON, 59, North Park, 

Emp. 5-8-41, Died 6-6-67 
NICK KALLAS, 77, West Section, 

Emp. 7-27-45, Died 5-3-67 
HUGH KEENAN, 69, Douglas, 

Emp. 11-30-21, Died 5-25-67 
CHARLES KELLY, 88, Devon, 

Emp. 12-6-19, Died 5-24-67 
JOHN KOUBA, 71, Devon, 

Emp. 4-18-24, Died 5-26-67 
VIRGIL C. LANIER, 82, South Section, 

Emp. 6-6-07, Died 5-27-67 


Emp. 5-10-18, Died 5-7-67 
CATHERINE MAHONEY, 84, West Section, 

Emp. 9-24-35, Died 5-24-67 
VELESTAL MYLES, 45, 69th Street, 

Emp. 7-10-51, Died 5-29-67 
JOHN O'CONNELL, 83, West Shops, 

Emp. 7-16-45, Died 4-29-67 
WILLIAM O'CONNOR, 63, Howard Street, 

Emp. 11-9-36, Died 6-6-67 
STEPHEN OFIARA, 77, North Division, 

Emp. 7-16-24, Died 5-28-67 
CHARLES OTIS, 29, West Section, 

Emp. 8-5-63, Died 6-5-67 
CASIMIR PIETRAS, 55, North Avenue 

Emp. 1-15-46, Died 5-21-67 
JAMES QUIGLEY, 63, Electrical, 

Emp. 8-24-37, Died 6-10-67 
MICHAEL RELIHAN, 79, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-13-26, Died 5-1-67 
ANTHONY RINI, 74, Way & Struct. 

Emp. 6-2-22, Died 5-26-67 
FELIX A. ROHDE, 81, Devon, 

Emp. 8-8-06, Died 5-5-67 
OTTO RUCKWIED, 76, South Section, 

Emp. 2-16-26, Died 5-15-67 
JOHN SCANLON, 67, North Section, 

Emp. 8-21-29, Died 5-13-67 
THOMAS SHEAHAN, 73, 69th Street, 

Emp. 2-21-23, Died 5-25-67 
FRANK SINDELAR, 63, West Section, 

Emp. 6-22-27, Died 5-20-67 
OTTO SONNTAG, 69, North Park, 

Emp. 4-6-21, Died 5-11-67 
JAMES SULLIVAN, 83, Kedzie, 

Emp. 3-6-17, Died 5-14-67 
GEORGE SWANSON, 65, West Section, 

Emp. 1-31-27, Died 6-11-67 
ARTHUR THINEMAN, 69, South Shops, 

Emp. 5-16-16, Died 6-6-67 
FRANK WALTER, 71, Lawndale , 

Emp. 1-19-21, Died 5-23-67 
CARL W ANDERSON, 67, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-30-26, Died 5-19-67 
ADOLPH ZUREK, 63, Lawndale, 

Emp. 4-3-43, Died 6-14-67 

. . . We were shocked to hear that Retired Towerman 
PAUL ZOSEL passed away in Florida where he lived. 
Our sincere sympathy to his family . . . More news from 
the PAUL BOETTCHERS (Retired Motorman) who took a 
trip to Florida recently. While there they visited with 
Retired Supervisor WALTER HILL, and they also met 
Retired Motorman COLEMAN JOYCE in St. Petersburg. 
Mr. Joyce is returning to Chicago. Also visited with 
Retired Switchman ROBERT JOHNSON who is in the hos- 
pital in St. Petersburg. We wish a quick recovery to Mr. 
Johnson . . . Collector TOM BRAGGS and Conductor 
HOMER SPEARS are off on a two-week military training 
leave . . . On the Sick List at this writing are Motorman 
and Conductor CARL SCHEUERMANN. Here's hoping 
they will be back at their respective posts real soon . . . 
Just received a postcard from the ARTHUR ANDERSONS 

(Retired Assistant Station Superintendent), who are in 
San Diego, California, on a little trip. They are also 
going to San Francisco. They send their regards to all 
of us back home. 


GILBERT F. DRAUS, son of Mr. and Mrs. JOSEPH 
DRAUS, received a bachelor of business administration 
degree in accounting from Loyola university on Sunday, 
June ll. He is a graduate of Mendel Catholic High 
school. This September he will begin teaching at Eliza- 
beth Seton High school in South Holland, Illinois . . . 
JOAN, daughter of ANN and CARL POST, departed June 
20 on atrip to Fairbanks, Alaska. She plans to spend 
the summer with her brother, KEN, and his wife, MARY. 

JULY, 1967 



Ken is now serving with the U.S. Air Force. Carl and 
Ann will attend the national convention for campers at 
Prince Gallitzen Park near Altoona, Pennsylvania, on 
July 8 to 14 . . . KATHLEEN, daughter of GEORGE 
WRIGHT, received a certificate of merit from her school 
for "excellent gains in school, promptness, cooperation 
and maturity." Congratulations, Kathleen . . . VERN 
HOWE and his wife, EVELYN, spent a month vacationing 
in Oceanside, California, and RICHARD HANNIGAN en- 
joyed fishing in the north woods . . . TED KULMA re- 
laxed at his Wisconsin cottage and Messrs. JANKOSKI, 
some time sightseeing in Hometown, U.S.A. . . At this 
KOSEK are feeling better and hope to be back soon. 
JOHN MILLER, a journeyman, was welcomed to the shop 
recently. AL HAAS and his family are busy with a newly 
acquired home. We're happy to have FRANCIS ROONEY, 
and ED MURPHY employed at the shops for college sum- 
mer vacation. Francis is the son of FRANK ROONEY 
(69th Street), Tim is the son of JOE LAMB, and Ray is 
the son of RAY Sr. . . JOE BOLECH spent a fisherman's 
dream vacation in the Northwest Territories at Yellow- 
knife. Would you believe a _[?)_ pound fish? . . ELEA- 
NOR WEBER, who formerly worked in Public Informa- 
tion, is the gracious addition to the S&E office . . . 
LARRY VANCE is still on the sick list at this writing 
and we hope he recovers as TED WOSS has. Ted is 
back to work after minor surgery . . . Congratulations 
to Mr. and Mrs. ERNIE NELSON on the graduation of 
their son, JERRY. Jerry received a bachelor 's degree 
in engineering from Southern Illinois university . . . 
both of whom are proud owners of new boats. Steve 
spent a happy weekend trip at the Wolf River in Fremont, 
Wisconsin, with his son, MICKEY, but we hesitate to 
print the "claimed" number of silver bass collected. 
There is very little talk about the "catch" made, how- 
ever, from the Gordon, Wisconsin, fishing expedition; 
son, STANLEY JOE, recently was graduated from Nan- 
sen Grammar school. BILL GOSSICK, FRANK COONAN, 

RUBIO WOODS was the site for the 14th annual South Shops picnic, 
which was held this year on Saturday, June 17. More than 500 at- 
tended the outing. The picture was taken during the egg throwing 
contest, from which more than one participant emerged with battle 
scars, including Inside News Reporter KATHY O'BRIEN. 


TOM O'MALLEY, and AL HAAS Sr. have thrown their 
alarm clocks away and we wish them many happy years 
of retirement . . . Our sincere sympathy is extended to 
TONY SPATAFORE on the death of his brother and to 
PETER FALLEST on the loss of his sister . . . Mr. and 
Mrs. JOHN RAFFERTY had the honor of attending the 
graduation of their son, 1st Lt. GERALD J. , from the 
U.S.A.F. Academy in Colorado Springs on June 7. Ger- 
ald will be leaving for pilot training after a furlough. . . 
graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Grammar 
school . . . JOHN KENNEDY and his wife are presently 
preparing for a six-week trip to the British Isles. They 
will visit John's birthplace, Belfast, in northern Ireland, 
Scotland, where Mrs. Kennedy was born, and England, 
where both have brothers and sisters residing. Be care- 
ful not to step on any leprechauns . . . NICK KELLY SI- 
MONETTI and his family motored to Florida to visit 
Nick's relatives and TOM COATES flew to Phoenix to 
visit his family . . . PHIL KOCH is visiting his daughter 
at this writing in Colorado . . . JIM MARRON is plan- 
ning a trip that will take him to Oklahoma and Missouri 
to visit his sons in the service, to St. Louis to see an- 
other son, and then to Georgia for a stay with relatives 
. . . ANTON QUILICO, retired West Shops auto mechanic 
and now a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is in the 
Veterans hospital in Coral Gables for the second time in 
two months. We hope he will be home again soon . . . 
AL SAMASKA was again the holder of "low score" at the 
South Shops Annual Golf Tournament held at Glen Eagles. 
Competition will be keener next year though, Al, KAR- 
EN HOFFMAN has taken her first golf lesson and prom- 
ises to be a threat . . . All of us wish to say a great big 
"Well Done" to the 14th Annual South Shops Picnic Com- 
mittee. Their efforts resulted in a marvelous time for 
the families in attendance, in spite of the threatening 
weather. A special thanks to TOM COATES, ROY HA- 
the numerous other unlauded, but hard working, helpers. 
Last, but not least, a hearty thanks to AL HAAS, who 
has left the Transit News Staff to join the ranks of the 
readers. Al was a reporter for several years and his 
hard work has earned him the retirement. Our new co- 
scribe is FRANK SPROVIERI. We are anxious to have a 
good column in every edition, and look forward to your 
continued cooperation. 

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On their way up the ladder of success are B. FLO- 
WERS, the new foreman at Lake Street, and M. VAS- 
QUEZ who became his able bodied assistant. Also on 
their way up are J. MOLLOY who assumed the position 
of foreman at 61st Street and his assistant foreman, A. 
SWOOPE ... In search of new surroundings, J. CAN- 
NELLA transferred from Lake Street to Congress . . . 
Now heading instruction classes are A. ZUBOR, J. AN- 
TONUCCI and J. MORELLI. Congratulations on your 
promotions to instructor . . . Wishes for speedy recov- 
ery are sent to S. DURSO of Wilson ... A hearty wel- 
come was extended to R. HUCKABEE and E. DURR, new 
cleaners at Congress, and also to D. VILLA, L. BRANT- 
LEY, M. CASELMAN and D. PHILLIPS, new cleaners 
at Wilson ... A bit overly confident from last year's 
victory, "The Pensioners" of Congress headed by N. 
SUERO have challenged "The Cream Puffs" of Congress 




headed by N. HUNT to another ball game. By unanimous 
choice, MIKE KEATING will be umpire. To help Mike 
make his calls right, the fellows have set up 4-Roses 
bottles in the strike zone and to help him see the bottles 
gave him a special pair of binnoculars, made up of two 
beer bottles . . . Enjoying a pleasant mid-summer vaca- 
tion were M. Felton, G. Columbo, A. Mishke, T. Fri- 
end, J. Henderson, F. Velinske, J. Rand, D. Brodie, 
J. Hennelly, A. Digianfilippo, F. Rakstis, G. Lepore, 
V. Parojcic, V. Dentamaro, L. Zielinski, P. Lakich, 
N. Scimeca, G. Anderson, and M. Netzel. 


Mrs. IRENE TRACY, mother of RALPH TRACY, pas- 
sed away on June 7. Services were held at the Methodist 
church in Wonewoc, Wisconsin. Our condolences are 
extended to Mr. Tracy and his family . . . Back again 
for the summer months are JOE PARRILLO and GARY 
DeSANTE. We would also like to welcome COLLEEN 
NEWMAN to the CTA. Although permanently employed 
with the company she will be working in Transportation 
during the summer. We are glad to have all of you with 
us . . . Just in case you're out for a walk and hear some 
music it could be coming from RUSS ELDERKIN's new 
lease -breaking Bozak speakers. He can't seem to keep 
himself from turning up the volume because of the beau- 
tiful tones that they emit. . . ROBERT TALBOT and his 
wife, FERROL, spent part of their vacation in St. Aug- 
ustine and Datona, Florida. They stopped at New Or- 
leans where they enjoyed the French Quarter. Robert 
even managed to get in a few games of golf . . . ELSIE 
SMITH turned rancher for one week. She flew to Mon- 
tana to visit her daughter and her family on their ranch. 
Although she was out helping look for coyotes I think 


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destroyer USS Lowry, based 
at Norfolk, Virginia, is Ensign 
Gene, who is a civil engin- 
eering graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Illinois, is assigned 
to the ship's damage control 
section. He is the son of Mr. 
ORTH. Roy is a retired bus 
operator from North Avenue 

most of her time and attention was focused on her little 
granddaughter, CINDY . . . Congratulations to BILL 
PARNUM and his wife, CONCETTA, who recently cele- 
brated their 26th wedding anniversary ... A new name 
has been given to THOMAS STIGLIC, and that is grandpa. 
His daughter, HELEN, presented him with a baby boy 
on June 7 named DANIEL BRYAN. He is anxiously 
awaiting the day when he will go to Alexandria, Washing- 
ton, to see his grandson for the first time. 

- @UtiU Sftfepdiu/l 


Rozzie is now enjoying his well-earned pension and 
the depot is returning to normal again. I missed a piece 
of cake from the farewell party the office gave him. JIM 
HUNT has replaced him and is doing a good job. We all 
wish the new clerks who picked here a hearty hello . . . 
BARNEY BECKER's wife was operated on and may we 
wish her a speedy recovery . . . We all extend our sym- 
pathy to FRANK ROONEY who lost his mother after a 
long illness . . . The fish up in Wisconsin should have 
been warned that ART LIPPHARDT was on vacation as 
he was all steamed up to go . . . Sure would like to hear 
from you other guys on vacation or not. Write a note 
and give it to Larry as he will pass it on . . . We have 
some new blood on 59th street, namely Operators BELL, 
COYLE, and DANDY . . . JIMMY AHERN of the Repair 
Department tells me he is going to travel through the 
midwest on his vacation. Assistant Foreman PETER 
SZRAMSKI is going camping on his vacation as is FRANK 
FLYNN. Hope they all have a good time and you too, 
BURKE are going to the old country that they haven't 
seen since their childhood . . . WILLIAM COFFREY and 
his Mrs. went to the West Coast and visited their son 
who is stationed there . . . Best wishes to JIMMY 
AHERN's daughter who was graduated from St. Augus- 
tine High school and is going to go to De Paul university. 
At present she is the organist at St. Theodores church 
. . . Let's all remember that the news depends on you 
so let's hear of it. I sure miss flipping DONAHUE for 
my free coffee. 

- Attim P. %<U4Uf 

JULY, 1967 


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AUGUST, 1967 


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September 3, 1967 

To assist the Chicago Police Department and the CTA Security Force in patrolling CTA vehicles and property, all employes 
are requested to cooperate - whether on duty or off. 

If you witness, or are told, of any suspicious or criminal actions, please call Radio Dispatcher, MO 4-7200, immediately. 
Your cooperation in helping to protect CTA employes and passengers is most important. 



decision committee of the Employe Suggestion Plan 
announced that turkey certificates will be given to 
each employe who submits a suggestion that is 
adopted during the period October 1 through Decem- 
ber 31, 1967. 

SUGGESTERS REAPED the benefits during the 
month of August with one employe receiving a 
$150.00 award and six others receiving $25.00 
each, according to a recent announcement by the 
Suggestion Committee. 

The winner of the $150.00 award was William 
Stapleton, West Shops Engineering Department, 
and two of the $25. 00 awards went to Leroy J. Al- 
bers, S&E South Shops, and Erwin Klopin, West 
Shops Engineering Department, whose suggestions 
were adopted. 

Four others who became eligible for a $25.00 
award by submitting a second honorable mention 
entry were Paul C. Jankowski, Claim Department; 
Charles T. Jurkus, South Shops Stores Depart- 
ment; Henry P. Keane, West Shops Engineering 
Department, and William Panek, S&E South Shops. 

Twenty-five employes who received their first 
honorable mention and incentive awards for sub- 
mitting ideas which benefited CTA include the fol- 
lowing: General Office -- Edward M. Adamowski, 
Internal Auditing; J. H. Allen, Treasury Depart- 
ment; Karl E. Gaeger, Treasury Department; Nan- 
cy Hagemeyer, Public Information Department; 
W. J. Parrillo, Payroll Department; Joseph Sabol, 

A CHECK to the amount of $150.00 was accepted by 
William Stapleton, West Shops Engineering Department, 
whose suggestion to change the motors on condensate 
pumps at South Shops brought him the biggest suggestion 
award in August. Making the presentation is General 
Manager T. B. O'Connor, while H. S. Anthon, general super- 
intendent of engineering, looks on. 

Seven Share $300.00 in 
Suggestion Plan Awards 

Schedule-Traffic Department, and Billie Slankard, 
Transportation Department. Shops and Equipment 
-- Thomas Coates, William J. Harlow, William 
Panek, and Henry Radtke, all of South Shops. 
Transportation -- William A. Clifford (now re- 
tired), 69th Street Station; J. J. Jearas, Keeler 
Station; Ely Pestine, North Park Station; Leonard 
O. Schneider, Forest Glen Station; E. M. Seger- 
son, West Section, and Allen T. Zagel, North 
Section. Engineering Department -- Joseph C. 
Kovarik, Paul A. Turner, and Steven F. Wickert, 
all of West Shops. Stores Department -- Denise 
Cannon, Stanley E. Hall, and Charles Jurkus, all 
of South Division. Electrical Department -- Mel- 
vin Cook, Blue Island. Utility Department -- Don- 
ald G. Mayberry, Blue Island. 

Employes who have submitted ideas are advised 
to watch the suggestion bulletin boards for the ac- 
tion taken by the committee which rules on the 
acceptance or rejection of all suggestions. Each 
suggestion is given a number which appears on the 
stub of each suggestion blank. This number is to 
be retained by the employes for identification pur- 
poses. Reports are made by number as the sug- 
gestions are processed. 

OUR COVER: The start of another school year means 
a return to the classrooms, books, and homework for 
students. For CTA it means selling some 125,000 
identification cards and then carrying students at a 
reduced rate of fare each school day. The group of 
students on the cover is boarding a bus at Chicago 
Vocational school on the South Side of the city. 


CHARTERED BUSES, 103 of them, brought 
youngsters to the annual Lawndale Youth 
commission picnic at Millers Meadow. A 
group of the happy picnickers is shown Sur- 
rounding the commission president, Alderman 
George W. Collins (24th). 

103 Chartered Buses 
Move Lawndale Youths 

IT WAS 9:44 a.m., Saturday, August 
12, and quiet reigned over the vast ex- 
panse of Millers Meadow near Forest 
Park. The silence was occasionally- 
broken by the muffled sounds of a small crew on 
hand to set up the area for a gala outing. But at 
9:45 a.m., the first of 103 chartered CTA buses 
arrived. By 10:15 a. m. , more than 9,000 roister- 
ous children and adults were enjoying the Lawndale 
Youth commission annual picnic. 

As the normal parking facilities at the forest 
preserve were inadequate, the job of parking the 
large number of buses was a tedious one. It was 
decided to park the buses on the grass at the south 
end of the picnic area. This was accomplished by 
a staff of supervisors from "C" District. 

The picnic was of such enormity, it was neces- 
sary to divide the children into their various pre- 

cints. Precints 1 through 27 were located at the 
north end of the picnic area, while 28 through 54 
were located at the south end near the bus parking 
area. There was a central headquarters to issue 
to each group, such goodies as hot dogs, pop, pota- 
to chips, and cracker jacks. Over 1,000 pounds of 
hot dogs, boiled in huge tubs over charcoal fires, 
were consumed by the hearty throng. A disk jockey 
was also on hand to entertain with the latest in 
dance records. 

Jubilation continued until approximately 4:00 p. 
m. , when the happy children and adults reluctantly 
boarded the buses for the trip home. At 5:00 p.m. , 
quiet once again reigned over Millers Meadow. All 
in all, everyone had a wonderful time. 

Hours of 87th Street Bus Service Expanded 

TO ACCOMODATE CTA patrons in the area, hours 
of service on CTA's 87th (No. 87) bus route west 
of Western avenue have been expanded to include 
Saturday evenings, Sundays, and holidays. 

Effective Sunday, September 10, buses began 
operating through to Cicero avenue between 9:10 
a.m. and 11:40 p.m. Intervals between buses from 
9:10 a.m. to Noon is 40 minutes, and 30 minutes 
from Noon to 11:40 p.m. On Saturdays, 87th 
street buses operate through to Cicero avenue until 
midnight at 30 -minute intervals, the same as the 
weekday evening schedule. 

Previously, service on 87th street west of 
Western avenue to Cicero avenue was operated on 

weekdays from 5:50 a.m. to midnight, and on Sat- 
urdays from 6:20 a. m. to 8:00 p. m. , with no ser- 
vice on Sundays and holidays. 




Number 7 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 

Robert D. Heinlein, Editor 
F. C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00. Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

AUGUST, 1967 

appreciation from two reg- 
ular riders on his bus is 
Forest Glen Operator 
Charles Hughes. The two 
10-year olds, Kathy Eurich 
(center) and Donna Briske 
(right), rode daily with 
Operator Hughes on their 
way to summer school and 
expressed their thankful- 
ness for his assistance by 
giving him cards which 
they made themselves. 

New Riders Thank Helpful Bus Operator 

RIDING A bus for the first time can be a mystifying 
experience full of complications and difficulties -- 
especially if you are a 10 -year old on your way to 
summer school. But for Donna Briske and Kathy 
Eurich, their first bus ride was an enjoyable ad- 
venture because of a new friend they met on the 
way. It was Forest Glen Operator Charles Hughes 
who realized the two were new riders, who made 
sure they got to school on time, and who quickly 
won their confidence. 

Throughout the six weeks of their summer se- 
mester Donna and Kathy waited each morning to 
board Operator Hughes' bus on Montrose avenue 
for the ride to Bateman school. Both youngsters 
enrolled in a special course, Careers Unlimited, 

which was a pilot project that included tours to 
businesses in the Chicago area. 

On their last day of school the girls presented 
Operator Hughes with colorful "Thank You" cards 
they designed themselves. Kathy's card was ad- 
dressed "To The Nice Bus Driver" and Donna's 
"To The Best Bus Driver. " 

After a short vacation the girls started fifth 
grade at the Hitch Elementary school in their own 
neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side. They 
probably won't have to take daily bus rides again 
until they start high school, but already they are 
looking forward to riding with their favorite oper- 

W.J.McCarter Takes New Washington Advisory Post 

ACCEPTING THE post of Senior Rapid Transit 
Advisor to the Washington Metropolitan Area Tran- 
sit Authority (WMATA) is former CTA General 
Manager Walter J. McCarter. The appointment 
will become effective at the end of September when 
the National Capital Transportation Agency (NCTA) 
is absorbed by WMATA. 

Mr. McCarter has served as administrator of 
the NCTA since his appointment by President John- 
son in May, 1965. During his term of office with 
that organization Congress passed legislation au- 
thorizing the construction of a 25-mile, multi- 
million dollar rail rapid transit system for the 
Washington, D. C. , area. 

Following legislative action by adjoining states 
and Congress, President Johnson signed an act in 

November, 1966, creating the WMATA, which will 
operate the system upon completion. Groundbreak- 
ing ceremonies for constructing the rail system 
are scheduled for next summer. Train operation 
will commence in 1972. 

Commenting on the appointment Walter N. Tob- 
riner, chairman of the WMATA, said, "Walter 
McCarter is the dean of rapid transit. The national 
capital area will continue to benefit from his life- 
time of practical know-how." 

Mr. McCarter served as general manager of 
CTA between 1947 and 1964, and under his direc- 
tion Chicago carried out the greatest moderniza- 
tion of its mass transportation system in history. 


ADVERTISING POSTERS on rapid transit platforms 
are now undergoing a rejuvenation as the result of 
a program initiated recently by CTA and Metro 
Transit Advertising Company, which sells and ser- 
vices advertising on CTA properties. 

The long-range plan calls for displacing more 
than 6, 000 poster frames of various sizes which 
have long appeared on elevated and subway plat- 
forms. Replacing them are new frames of extruded 
aluminum that will be installed system-wide in a 
standard size, 60" wide by 46" high. 

The modernized aluminum frames give a "pic- 
ture frame" appearance to the posters and, accord- 
ing to Metro, the response of the advertisers and 
their agencies to the new frames has been excel- 
lent. The frames are being located where they will 
create the greatest impact. As a result, the num- 
ber of frames at each station will be greatly re- 

Earlier this year new frames were installed on 
subway walls at the Washington station in the State 
street subway. Since then, frames have been in- 
stalled at six other rapid transit stations: Wash- 
ington in the Dearborn street subway, State -Van 
Buren in the Loop, Merchandise Mart on the Ra- 
venswood route, 35th street and Addison on the 
North-South route, and Dempster terminal on the 
Skokie Swift route. 

"Picture Frame" Posters: 

New Look on "L" Platforms 

UNDERGOING INSPECTION by F. C. Knautz (right), super- 
intendent of public and employe relations, and R. W. Hunt, vice 
president and general manager of Metro Transit Advertising, is 
a poster on display in a new aluminum frame. The advertisers' 
copy is mounted on heavy cardboard and delivered to the vari- 
ous stations for installation in the poster frames. 

Retired Photographer, A. R. Chouinard, Dies at 89 

MASS FOR Alfred R. Chouinard, 89, retired chief 
photographer for Chicago Transit Authority, was 
said Tuesday, August 8, at St. Gertrude's church, 
1420 W. Granville avenue. Mr. Chouinard died 
Saturday, August 5, at Illinois Masonic hospital. 
He retired in 1957 after 30 years of service with 
CTA and the former Chicago Surface Lines. 

Mr. Chouinard joined the Chicago Surface Lines 
in 1927 as an assistant in the Photographic Depart- 

ment. In 1929, he became head of the department, 
the position he held at the time of his retirement. 

Before joining the Surface Lines, Mr. Choui- 
nard worked for the American Film company when 
Chicago was the capital of motion picture produc- 
tions. He was a cameraman for many of the old- 
time film stars and shot many Charlie Chaplin 
movies. He also worked with Walt Disney in de- 
veloping animated cartoon pictures. 

He is survived by his son, Alfred R. Chouinard, 
his daughter-in-law, Hannah, and two grandsons, 
Alfred R. , and Edward F. Chouinard. 

Mr. Chouinard was the eldest of 13 children and 
the last survivor of the family. 

PARIS, FRANCE was the last stop on the third annual CTA 
employes' European tour, and this picture shows the group 
boarding an Air France jet for the non-stop trip home. Their 
holiday, which started 21 days earlier at London, took them 
through seven countries -- England, Holland, Germany, Den- 
mark, Sweden, Norway, and France. As this trip was the first 
one abroad for many in the group, you can be sure that it was 
with reluctance that they boarded the plane. 

AUGUST. 1967 

Logan, 52nd Street Win 2nd Quarter ISC Awards 

IN THEIR continuing effort to reduce traffic and 
passenger accidents CTA Transportation Depart- 
ment employes took great strides in the second 
quarter of the year to achieve near-perfect scores 
in the Interstation Safety Contest for two operating 
stations. In the rapid transit competition the rat- 
ing of 74. 08 was set by Logan Station while on the 
surface system 52nd Street bettered all other sta- 
tions with a point average of 70. 80. 

The effect of last winter's record-breaking 
snowstorms on safety records is reflected in sta- 
stistics for the first half of the year which placed 

surface system traffic and passenger accidents 289 
over 1966 and 506 over 1964, CTA's safest year. 
For the six-month period, the rapid transit system 
was 46 traffic and passenger accidents over 1966 
and 54 traffic and passenger accidents over 1964, 
the lowest accident year. 

In the picture at the left, E. J. Heatter, Logan 
Station superintendent, is accepting the quarterly 
I. S. C. plaque from G. A. Riley, superintendent of 
operating stations. At the right, Mr. Riley is pre- 
senting the quarterly plaque to L. M. Keag (center) 
and J. J. O'Connor, 52nd Street superintendent and 
assistant superintendent, respectively. 

Agent's Canvas 
Brings Plaudit 
From Mayor 

NORTH SIDE Ticket Agent Helen Mackaski is a 
proud and happy lady these days, and justifiably so. 

An accomplished artist who has studied with 
noted artists in her native Yugoslavia and in Amer- 
ica, she spends much of her spare time with brush 
and palette. She works chiefly with oils, water 
colors, and charcoal, but also uses other mediums. 

Some of her landscapes and portraits are hang- 
ing in homes and business offices in Chicago. The 
painting which she is holding in the picture above, 
however, is one which she considers among her 
best. This is a water color featuring yellow chry- 
santhemums and shamrocks in a vase, which she 
sent to Mayor Daley to commemorate his election 
to the fourth consecutive term as head of the city 
government. It is, she said, a symbol designed to 
signify good luck to the Mayor and the people of 

She received the following letter signed by the 
Mayor: "Thank you for the beautiful water color 
which accompanied your congratulatory message. 
It was most kind of you to present this specially 
designed work and I appreciate the compliment 
paid to this administration. " 

Before coming to Chicago Miss Mackaski taught 
painting and other subjects in Yugoslavia. She has 
been a CTA ticket agent for 10 years and is pres- 
ently assigned to Ravenswood stations. Her sister, 
Sofia Neatnica, also is a North Side ticket agent. 



By Dr. George H. Irwin, 
CTA Medical Consultant 

EMPHYSEMA (chronic disease of the lungs] 

ACCORDING TO medical authorities on this sub- 
ject, emphysema is more common than tuberculo- 
sis or cancer of the lungs. It is the most important 
single cause of disability arising from diseases of 
the lungs. More than a million people in our coun- 
try are living restricted lives because of this dis- 
order. When it is realized that emphysema is the 
basic problem in most cases of "so-called" asthma 
and bronchitis, the statement about frequency of 
the disease seems fully justified. 

The rising emphysema toll has stimulated more 
research to understand the disease. Now the ail- 
ment ranks next to heart disorders as top disabler, 
and a smoking link is suspected. 

Emphysema may be defined as a disease of the 
lungs, characterized pathologically by a loss of the 
elastic tissue and destruction of the air-sac walls. 
This leads to enlarged, weak air sacs and, as a 
result, interferes with the ability of the lungs to 
take in fresh oxygen for the blood and give off the 
waste air or carbon dioxide. 

Emphysema is a non-cancerous disorder, but 
most authorities do agree that excessive smoking 
is a factor. Almost all cases of emphysema are 
preceded by asthma or bronchitis. It is found 
more frequently in males over 50 years of age. 

Briefly the causes of emphysema are those as- 
sociated with chronic lung disease -- namely, 
bronchial asthma and chronic infectious bronchitis. 
Smoking is definitely a predisposing cause. Cer- 
tain disorders which affect the circulation or vas- 
cular supply of the lungs are also factors. 

The symptoms of emphysema are shortness of 
breath, cough, and fatigue. 

The case history of a man we will call John 
Jones serves well to illustrate the characteristics 
and cause of the disease. True to description, 
John was about 50 when he first saw the doctors 
because of shortness of breath, cough, and fatigue. 
History revealed that John had smoked very heav- 
ily for years. The shortness of breath and cough 
were considered most likely to be of heart origin. 
Hospitalization was advised for further study and 
evaluation. This study, including electrocardio- 
grams, chest X-rays, and other laboratory studies, 
eliminated the heart as a cause of John's trouble. 

The final diagnosis was emphysema. This con- 
clusion was reached after a careful history, X-ray 
studies, pulmonary function tests, chemistry stud- 
ies, etc. Mr. Jones was discharged, given medi- 
cation, instructions about breathing exercises, and 
also advised to stop smoking. 

John was a salesman who traveled the mid-west 
states. He managed to do fairly well for the next 
few years, especially in the mild weather; however, 
when cold weather set in, he had increasing diffi- 
culties. The minute he stepped outside the warm 
apartment and breathed the cold air, his trouble 
began. He usually managed to get from his apart- 
ment into the warm garage with difficulty. There 
he would rest in his car for five to ten minutes be- 
fore starting out. As the disease progressed, it 
was necessary for John to stay home and indoors 
on most cold winter days. John's breathing be- 
came so difficult that he was forced to give up 
smoking. In the following years, Mr. Jones was 
in and out of the hospital several different times. 
Rest, use of oxygen, inhalations of medicated va- 
por and certain drugs usually gave relief for a 
while. However, toward the end of John's illness, 
his breathing capacity and reserve became so poor 
that he could not eat a meal without the periodic 
use of oxygen, even though he was lying on a back 
rest in bed. Finally, because of the progressive 
course of the disease, John became cyanotic (blue), 
and so short of breath that he went into a stupor 
because of anoxemia (lack of oxygen in the blood). 
He died within a few days. 

Post mortem examination showed the lungs to 
be very abnormal. The normal elastic tissue of 
the air sac walls was all shriveled up. Most of the 
lung tissue was composed of dilated air sacs filled 
with waste material which the lungs were unable to 
eliminate during exhalation. 

Treatment of emphysema must be started early 
if any benefit is to be derived. Persistent short- 
ness of breath and cough should be a good reason 
to consult your doctor. He will outline proper 
management and medication. He will also probably 
tell you to stop smoking. Improving your general 
health to ward off repeated upper respiratory in- 
fections is very important. If early and efficient 
treatment is started at the onset and the proper 
methods are carried out diligently, many people 
with emphysema can live long and useful lives. 

AUGUST, 1967 


NEARLY EVERY letter of com- 
mendation received from CTA 
patrons reflects an attitude of 
friendliness, helpfulness, tactful- 
ness, fairness, or consideration 
extended by our employes in the 
performance of their duties. 

These attitudes contribute to 
improved public relations with our 
customers and help promote CTA 

A case in point is the following 
letter received in the Service Sec- 
tion of the Public Information De- 
partment which goes on to name 
five ways in which a bus operator 
enhanced himself in the eyes of 
the writer. The operator de- 
scribed in the letter is Clarence 
Adams, Badge No. 580, Limits 

"When an individual sees out- 
standing performance, my belief 
is to bring it to light. My husband 
and I are vacationing from Cin- 
cinati, Ohio. We're staying at 
Holiday Inn, 'The Highlander.' 
We've commuted to town via bus. 
Your driver of Bus No. 321, Wil- 
son-LaSalle, coming north leaving 
State and LaSalle at 2:45 was one 
of the most informing, kindest, 
and helpful I've ever encountered. 
(1) He directed us, even remem- 
bering us when it came time to 
alight. (2) He took time to walk 
the length of the bus to return a 
dime to a teen-age girl who had 

Clarence Adams 

dropped it while boarding. (3) He 
took time to help a blind man a- 
light and cross to the opposite 
side of the street with him. (4) 
He kindly and tactfully reminded 
a young lady she had forgotten to 
drop her fare. (5) He waited for 
a middle-aged lady who was run- 
ning for his bus and wouldn't 
otherwise have made it. Please 
thank him for us. I only wish 
there were more like him. " 

A letter from a rapid transit 
rider names Conductor Frank 
Robinson, Badge No. 22570, North 
Section, as an employe who goes 
out of his way to serve passengers 
riding on his train: 

"I wish to compliment one of 
your conductors on the 'L' -subway 
'B' train going to Jackson Park. 
Your man left his post on car No. 
6351 to go to the next car to in- 
form a blind lady that she was on 
the wrong side of the train to get 

Frank Robinson 

off at Addison. I was there close 
by and didn't see the blind lady, 
but he did notice her, helped her, 
and went back to his post in time 
to open the doors as usual. I am 
writing this because I have seen 
many conductors do things over 
and above their jobs. I hope you 
will get this compliment in the 
right hands and I wish him the 
best of luck with your company. " 

A commendation which was un- 
usual in that it was not received 
from a rider is the following let- 
ter citing Operator Paul E. Brax- 
ton, Badge No. 912, 77th Street 
station, which was signed by a 
parent who appreciated the action 
he took when confronted with a 
potentially hazardous situation: 

"The driver of Bus No. 5978 
had just crossed 89th street north- 
bound on State Street when my 
children's basketball rolled out 
across the street. He stopped 


Paul Braxton 

the bus, got off, and then threw 
the ball back across the street to 
them. He is truly one in a mil- 
lion. We must say you have some 
exceptional employes who, con- 
trary to public opinion, prove to 
be an exception, and the afore- 
mentioned driver is one. I hope 
he will obtain an award for his 
deeds, in this way your other em- 
ployes, and this one, will know 
that we, the public, are watching 
them. " 

The subject of this letter writ- 
ten by an occasional rapid transit 
user is Porter Stephen Cunning- 
ham, Badge No. 21196, Loop: 

"In these days of the scream- 
ing loss of the art of courtesy, it 
is a great pleasure for me to re- 
port the fabulous graciousness of 
your porter 21196 on Thursday 
morning last at the Wabash Ave- 
nue and Madison Street station. 
It left me in a state of shock and 
I commend. him for the Academy 
Award. I am unaccustomed to 
using transfers from the 'L' to a 
bus and, on disembarking from 
the Lake Street 'L' I was perplexed 
as to where to stamp my trans- 
fer. He kindly escorted me half 
way down the stairs, stamped the 
transfer for me, and directed me 
to the island on Washington Street 
where you board the bus for Tri- 
bune Tower. Congratulations on 
your ability to select such fine 

A passenger on a bus driven 
by Operator Alexander Robertson, 
Badge No. 1501, Archer Station, 
was so impressed with his per- 
formance that she was prompted 
to write this letter: 

Stephen Cunningham 

Alexander Robertson 

"There must be so many com- 
plaints against your service and 
employes that I thought I would 
take this opportunity to compli- 
ment an employe of the CTA for 
a change. This driver left the 
Rockwell street terminal on Ar- 
cher Avenue last Saturday about 
10:00 a.m. The vehicle number 
was 3566. There couldn't be a 
more polite, courteous, helpful 
person working for anyone. I 

have seen so many drivers that 
grumble or snap when people ask 
questions that he was really an 
eye opener. I am sure glad that 
there are still people in the world 
like the driver I am mentioning 
and that everyone is not an animal 
today. He certainly deserves a 
little praise. " 

Rapid Transit Supervisor Ja- 
mes Fahey, Badge No. 691, was 
the recipient of a letter from a 
rider who explains his distressing 
situation here: 

James Fahey 

'Last Thursday, while walking 
from the second to the first car 
of the northbound Ravenswood at 
Fullerton, my watchband broke 
and my watch fell between the 
moving cars. I came back to the 
station and told the CTA man 
(Badge No. 691) what had happen- 
ed. Together, we went down to 
street level and searched the 
grounds. It was also necessary 
to enter a company on the north 
side of Fullerton Avenue to gain 
access to some land under the 
tracks. After about 40 minutes, 
when we were unable to find any- 
thing, he suggested we look on 
the tracks. So, we did. Suddenly 
he jumped to the tracks, walked a 
few steps, bent over, and picked 
up a glittering silver object (to 
the clapping of astonished com- 
muters!). Anyway, I have my 
watch back and I am writing to 
commend No. 691 for both his 
courtesy and his time. " 

AUGUST. 1967 

JAMES QUINN, supervisor (with reporter Verna Hartney): "Really, I've never hod an 
unusual vacation, unless you count losing 12 pounds painting the house while 'enjoying' 
my vacation this year." 

JOHN MITCHELL, switchman (top 
left): "I've just returned from a 
very unusual vacation. My daugh- 
ter and I packed our bags and took 
off for two lovely weeks in New 
Orleans visiting with my wife's 
relatives—leaving my wife and two 
boys at home. They treated me 
like a king." 

ANN O'CONNOR, ticket agent 
(left): "On a trip to Florida and 
about 1,000 miles from home I 
realized my dress bag was for- 
gotten. Very legitimate excuse to 
go shopping for more." 


South Section 


What was the most unusual 
vacation you've ever had? 


Verna Hartney 

GEORGE ROSS, motorman (right): 
"I was plarning my vacation trip 
to Michigan when I received my 
greetings from Uncle Sam and I 
spent a three-year vacation in the 
service instead." 

FRANK PONZIANO, conductor 
(left): "The most unusual vaca- 
tion I ever had was in the year 
1957 when on the third day of my 
vacation I entered the hospital for 
a hernia operation. I spent 10 
days in the hospital and the bal- 
ance of my vacation convelescing 
at home. Some vacation!" 






ACCOUNTING (General) - 

ANN SLOAN, Voucher, chose the Emerald Isle for a 
long dreamed of vacation. She enjoyed a scenic coastal 
tour of Ireland, starting at Dublin, then up into the 
northern part, stopping at Belfast, famous for Beleek 
china, woolens, and Irish linen. It fascinated her to 
watch the china being made from the beginning to the fi- 
nal polish. They stopped at Portrush, Derry, and Done- 
gal, also famous for beautiful linens, down the western 
coast of Sligo, Achill Island, Mulranny and on down 
through the southern part through Galway. Connemara, 
Galway County, is noted for its fine woolens and tweeds. 
Then on to Clare, Limerick, and the picturesque "Ring 
of Kerry. " Ann took a jaunting car down through Dunloe 
Gaps, a boat back through the Lakes of Killarney, and of 
course to Cork, Wexford, and Waterford, the home of 
Waterford crystal and cut glass, and completed the 
coastal tour back to Dublin. She saw two Irish plays, 
and other highlights of the trip were an Irish Medieval 
dinner in an Irish castle, and an Irish cabaret party. So 
ends this most exciting and never-to-be-forgotten vaca- 
tion in the land of shamrocks and leprechauns . . . 
PHYLLIS WHITE, Voucher, and husband, CLIFFORD, 
Internal Auditing, drove to Dearborn, Michigan, on their 
vacation. They visited the Henry Ford Museum and 
Greenfield Village, which they found most interesting. 
There are exhibits and replicas of early American crafts, 
shops, stores, and homes in this village. While in De- 
troit, they went through the Ford Motor Plant where the 
Mustang and Cougar are manufactured. The Whites wat- 
ched the workmen build a car from the original ore to 
the shining finished product which was fascinating, ab- 
sorbing their interest from the beginning to the comple- 
tion of the automobile. They enjoyed other places of in- 
terest in Michigan before turning their car homeward 
. . . KEN McNEELY, billing supervisor, along with his 
wife, and son, TOM, chose Expo 67 for their vacation. 
The McNeelys went via train to Montreal, Canada, 
where Ken has an uncle who showed them around the city, 
the view from Mount Royal of the area, and to the Expo- 
sition. Then, every day, they took a bus and subway to 
the Expo, which was interesting and educational. One of 
the highlights for them was the chimes of the world's 
largest carillon, on the Island of St. Helena, comprised 
of 671 bells. Tom loved the ride on a double-deck bus, 
brought over from London, which they rode one day into 
Montreal, and they also rode in an old time one-horse 
carriage to Mount Royal. The pavilions were attractive 
and many of them had movies about their countries, 
which added even more information about "Man and His 
World", the Expo theme. The crowds averaged 300,000 
per day, but there seems to have been room for all, and 
with the exception of waiting in line for a few of the most 
popular exhibits, everything moved smoothly with the 
Expo elevated (mini-trains) which go right through the 
U.S.A. pavilion. All in all, the Expo 67 proved to be 
stimulating, entertaining, and most educational, and was 
enjoyed by all. 

- 7K*tU V*aL**t 

(Payroll) - 

VI MEYER is a proud owner of a new chihuahua dog 
called Bambi. She has him fetching a ball for her. Wel- 

come to dogland with the rest of us . . . Your reporter 
and her hubby drove to the West Coast to visit her father 
in Long Beach, California, through snow-topped moun- 
tains, to the "Hippies" in foggy San Francisco, and 
across the hot desert through sandstorms. We really 
had an interesting trip. A ride on the aerial tram car to 
the top of Sandia Peaks (10,683 feet high), was something 
to remember. 


The next time Operator JIM "Bubble Gum" KOLSTAD 
has a baby boy, I hope all six of them stick together. 
Your scribe is still waiting for a Dutch Master cigar . . . 
Operator WILLIE FRANKS is one of those "one way" 
guys who goes to Riverview and eats fried chicken and 
enjoys the air conditioning while it is 90 degrees in the 
shade. Willie's buddies, Operators BARNIE NOVAK, 
FLOYD GRAJEK, and RICHARD GRAJEK had to be con- 
tent with a pitcher of lemonade and a hot dog . . . Re- 
ceived a post card from Operator BILL JONES who is 
vacationing in Colorado Springs . . . Operator C. HOL- 
LEY is also sunbathing in Florida and enjoying the sights 
. . . Received a thank you letter from Pensioner DAVE 
EVANS, who now has the time to go sightseeing in Chi- 
cago . . . The St. Joseph Branch of the Little Flower 
Society will hold their annual communion Sunday October 
22. Father QUENTIN DUNCAN and Father GERALD 
HEINEN, are trying to fill the shoes of Father Paul Ho- 
ban, so let's give a hand and get our returns in as soon 
as possible. "Hats off" to AL CONNOR, who was the 
first one to make his returns. Thanks Al. Operator 
CLARENCE COWAN, a new member of the Little Flower 
Society, is always a good worker for any worthy cause. 
Anyone else? Make your returns to the following com- 
mittee men: Operators BOB TIERNEY, CHARLIE CAL- 
LAN, JERRY GLEASON, or your scribe ... We ex- 
press our sympathy to Repairman ANDY KARKOSKA in 
the loss of his mother . . . Congratulations to MARVIN 
SCHLETZ, son of Operator GEORGE SCHLETZ, who 
was recently appointed circulation manager of the Ever- 
green ParkSouthtown. We know Marvin will have a tough 
time keeping up with his dad who does an outstanding job 
in civic affairs. 

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Pensioner OSCAR OHMAN, who recently celebrated 
his 90th birthday, visited Blue Island . . . JERRY WA- 
TERS wrote us from Ireland, where he is enjoying an 
extended vacation. Scenery there is just as beautiful as 
the poets claim it to be . . . CTA employes are spread 
over the country this time of year. Everyone seems to 
have the travel bug. JOSEPH CONNELLY and his wife, 
MARY, have gone to visit their son in Baltimore, Mary- 
land. JIM and ANNE HAYDON are enjoying the sights 
of Expo 67. FRED LUNDY and his family spent their 
vacation at Kentucky Lake. The boys figured RICHARD 
CUSSON must have had his power steering repaired. He 
and his wife, SHIRLEY, made it out to Las Vegas and 

AUGUST. 1967 




A FISHERMAN'S porodise 
for North Avenue Operator 
wife, ETHEL, was located 
1,500 miles from Chicago in 
Canada at Cranberry Portage, 
Manitoba. William will have 
no tall fish tales. He has 

Los Angeles. BOB BOOTH and his family are driving 
to Niagara Falls, Expo 67, Portland, Maine, Washing- 
ton, D.C., and then home. GERALD and LAURETTA 
CHRISTENSEN spent a week in Michigan, and a week in 
traveled south to Pompano Beach, Florida. WILLIAM 
GLASSNER relaxed at Rolling Meadows, and WILLARD 
and LEONA LOOS did some fishing at Boulder Junction, 
Wisconsin . . . BERNARD JAUMAN is recuperating at 
home after being hospitalized . . . Our sympathy is ex- 
tended to DAN GRIFFIN, whose wife passed away in July. 


The Engineering Library, under the supervision of 
EUGENE SULLIVAN, records supervisor, is now in full 
swing. Membership in the Engineering Book Club pro- 
vides monthly notices of books . From the U.S. Govern- 
ment Printing Office, valuable inexpensive books have 
been stocked, all related to engineering. We were all 
pleased to meet Eugene's handsome little son, JAMIE, 
the other day . . . Congratulations are in order for E. 
"Manny" SIEGEL. He passed an examination recently 
and received a license on July 6 which carries the title 
of registered structural engineer, Illinois state board 
. . . MARY ISBRANDT vacationed in Kansas City, Kan- 
sas, where she visited with an elder relative, a nun 93 
years of age. Everyday Mary, her brother, and some 
friends would go to the Mother House and there was al- 
ways something to do. They would go out for drives, 
combine sightseeing and pleasure, and they ate at the 
finer restaurants ... At this writing, PAUL MINOGUE 
and his wife are vacationing in Quincy, Illinois, where 
they are visiting his in-laws. We know that they must be 
having a good time . . SYLVIA SAVAIANO resigned on 
July 28. A luncheon was held at the Wagon Wheel in her 
honor. It was attended by twenty of her friends and fel- 
low workers. She was given a gift of $50. 00, to which 
many of her CTA friends contributed. Good luck Sylvia 
and may your future be very rosy . . . We wish to ex- 
tend our sympathy and condolences to J. B. O'REILLY. 
His stepfather passed away on July 14 . . . GEORGE 
MACAK of Research and Planning attended the Train 
Collector's Convention in Baltimore while on vacation. 
He spent the 4th of July weekend in Sturgeon Bay, Wis- 
consin, with his wife, JUNE, baby son, CHARLES, and 


dog, Fluffy ... A shower luncheon honoring the then 
bride-to-be, JEAN TALUZEK, was held at Henrici's by 
her many friends on July 20. She received a gift of $25 
and a beautiful nightgown. The following Saturday, July 
22, Jean, of Research and Planning, and JAMES ROCHE, 
of Traffic Planning, were united in matrimony at 3 o'clock 
Nuptial Mass in St. Peter and Paul church. The beauti- 
ful bride was given to the groom by her father, HOWARD 
TALUZEK. The reception was held at the Club Allegro 
at 6:30 p.m. , with dinner and dancing. The wedding was 
beautiful and well attended by Jim and Jean's office co- 
horts, and was considered to be the event of the year. 
Happiness always Mr. and Mrs. James Roche . . . PHIL 
ADELIZZI, Real Estate Division, and family motored 
through the west enjoying the mountain scenery in Colo- 
rado, Wyoming, and South Dakota, and stopping at Pike's 
Peak, Royal Gorge, Air Force Academy, Rocky Mountain 
National Park, Grant Teton National Park, Yellowstone 
National Park, and Mt. Rushmore. They had a most en- 
joyable trip . . . The Luebeck family (of Real Estate 
Division), HANK, MARY, MARK, and SUSAN, spent a 
few days swimming and sightseeing at Kentucky Lake, 
the latter part of June. On their tour of Kentucky, they 
visited Mammoth Cave National Park. They also drove 
through Lexington and saw the stables of the thorough- 
bred racing horses. From there, they went on to West 
Virginia, then on up into Ohio and came home through 
Indiana . . . HELEN LOFTUS, Real Estate Division, and 
her husband, BILL, for the third time in a row, vaca- 
tioned at Miami Beach, Florida. They had a marvelous 

(West Shops) - 

GUS STUPKA's daughter, CHRISTINE, recently earn- 
ed a scholarship to Loyola. This is the third year that 
Christine has had her schooling on a scholarship. She is 
majoring in Biology . . . ED GALEK, machinist, spent 
his vacation fishing at Big St. Germain, Wisconsin. His 
biggest catch was a five pound bass, giving him the title 
of "Fisherman of the Week. " No "fish tales" for Ed . . . 
Ironworker KENNETH PETERSON may now be called 
Commander Peterson, having just acquired that honor 
from the Villa Park VFW Post 2801. Commander Peter- 
son has been a member of the Villa Park VFW for 14 
years. Post 2810 has 418 active members and placed 
11th in community service in Illinois last year. This 
year they are striving for number one position. Spon- 
soring the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, three soft ball teams 
and the Little League, are some of their pleasant endea- 
vors. Commander Peterson wishes to thank the CTA for 
their support of the current American Flag sales. We 
salute you, Commander Peterson, and wish you success 
m your post . . . We want to welcome SHARON RUANE 
to the West Shops. She'll be working for the summer 
and then attending DePaul university in the fall . . . Our 
Frog Shop Foreman, JOHN GUZOVICH, is spending his 
vacation, all ten weeks, visiting in Yugoslavia. We know 
he's having a wonderful time . . . MARY GALLON and 
her husband spent their vacation in New Orleans taking 
in the beautiful sights: The French Quarter, Basin street 
and all the beautiful southern scenery. 

- fluuuu 'JUjfttaid & Z<(** KliUcMA 


Operator FRANK ENGELTHAL and the lovely Mrs. 
are going to celebrate their second anniversary by flying 
to California this September. Now some of us boys would 
like to know if the Mrs. is still paying the bill . . . Also 




enjoying himself in California is none other than our fine 
instructor, WALTER STEINBEIS. He is going to visit 
with his mother and father . . . Mr. and Mrs. CHRIST 
PANTOS' son, STEVE, and daughter, CATHY, are now 
enjoying themselves in New Mexico. Here's hoping they 
don't get lost in that wild country. Understand they are 
visiting his in-laws, who have been expecting them for 
days . . . Yours truly (Don't call me Wilbur), my wife, 
and son will be fishing in Canada. We are going to try 
Crows Lake. Of course we are roughing it, using our 
tent. The wild country calls, so look out fellows when I 
get home. Mrs. HENRY and son, WILLIAM, state they 
will have the largest fish . . . WILLIAM CAPPS and 
family just returned from a trip to Florida. They visited 
EDDIE MUCHA (retired operator) who now is in the carry 
out chicken business . . . Operator JOHN PENERMON 
is now better known around Forest Glen as "Red Baron. " 
I believe he is getting his new name from the red scarf 
always worn around his neck . . . RALPH W. SWANSON 
is the third generation in CTA and the Chicago Surface 
Lines. Grandfather JOSEPH WILLIAM SWANSON worked 
the old horse cars as a young man for the CSL, until his 
death in 1930. Ralph's father, WALTER C. SWANSON, 
was a motorman for 23 years from 1927 to 1950, when 
he passed away. He worked out of Devon depot. Ralph's 
mother also worked in the old car meter division at Clark 
and Division . . . The St. Joseph branch annual raffle is 
now going on. The drawing will be on Sunday, October 
22. All are invited to attend. Buses will leave Forest 
Glen depot at 7 a.m. . . . Lowest score registered in 
Division 241 's annual golf outing held at St. Andrews 
July 10 from among the Forest Glen participants was a 
67 by LOU GLOWACKI. Next was TED GALUS with a 69. 
Instructor HANK ZIOLKOWSKI scored a big 83, and it 
was midnightwhen he was called to pick a prize, accord- 
ing to the watch Operator DAN NONCEK won. A door 
prize at that. JOE GOOCH was on a trip all day and 
managed to have dinner that night. All who played in the 
tourney had a great time . . . The latest of new arrivals 
was a fine baby boy, born in July to the proud parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. TED GALUS. No wonder he had a smile 
as large as his face while passing out cigars. The best 
to this happy couple and their little son . . . Received a 
little note bymail saying R. ZAPP has another grandson, 
KENNETH JAMES, born July 8 at Elmhurst hospital. 
This makes three grandsons and one granddaughter. 
JANET, 3, is spending the summer with grandpa . . . 
Received a card from GEORGE STRESKE who is in the 
Community Memorial General Hospital, La Grange. He 
says, "Having a wonderful time, wish you were in my 
place. " Of course this was meant for none other than 

A GRAND time was had by 
all who attended the Biggs 
and Biggs fifth annual ham 
and egg picnic, July 16, at 
Garfield Park. Pictured is 
electrical substation Opera- 
shaking hands with Senator 
looks on. Games and races 
were the order of the day, 
with the prizes shown given 
to the lucky winners. 


JOHN LANGE . . . Also received a card, or maybe we 
ought to call this a letter, it's about a yard long, from 
Operator JOHN DILLON and family, from Knotts Berry 
Farm in California. They are having a grand time. 

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Our apology to RAY TIERI, employed in the Claim 
Department, who is also a star on the CTA Mart Motors 
baseball team. Ray's name was missing from the team's 
lineup in a previous issue of Transit News. Could it 
have been, Ray, that you were so far out in left field you 
were left out? Sorry this happened, and we'll see to it 
that you hold that trophy we are sure the team will win 
this season. 

(Training & Accident Prevention] - 

STUART MAGINNIS, his wife, ARLA, and their fami- 
ly, MARK, LYNN, and SCOTT recently returned from a 
camping trip that took them into Canada and the State of 
Michigan. The highlight of their vacation was a visit to 
Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. They enjoyed the pavil- 
ions and the unusual and interesting exhibits of all the 
various countries represented, as well as the different 
types of public transportation in and around the exposi- 
tion area. Particularly interesting, was the Montreal 
Metro subway system, the Expo Express rapid transit, 
and the Minirail Monorail Systems . . . TED JUNG, his 
wife, BILLIE, and their three little girls, LINDA, CYN- 
THIA, and HEIDI, travelled in their air conditioned car 
on a vacation to the southeast coast of Florida. They 
visited the Seaquarium and Farger's Mansion; had fun 
fishing and dining at such well known places as Mai Kai, 
Luigi's Spaghetti House, and at Lum's, where the child- 
ren agreed that the hot dogs were the best they had ever 
tasted. On the way home they enjoyed the African ani- 
mals and a monorail ride at Busch Gardens. 

(Employment) - 

ELAINE SHERMAN was extended best wishes by 
friends and co-workers recently when she left CTA em- 
ployment to take up newduties as housewife and mother- 
to-be. New employes welcomed to CTA include SUSAN 
three girls are graduates of Alvernia High school . . 
RAY RUZICH, his wife, LORRAINE, and two children, 
CARL and LYNN, enjoyed a vacation in Michigan and 

(Insurance! - 

EDWARD DONAHUE, his wife, CATHERINE, and in- 
laws, Mr. and Mrs. JOHN BRADY, vacationed in Miami, 
at Treasure Island, and in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ed 
recommends Treasure Island to anyone heading south. 

(Medical) - 

Dr. MOSNY spent a week in Canada where he visited 
Expo 67, but stated that a week was not enough time to 
really see the many interesting exhibits. 

TKz'UfZ <2U*tt 


Now that some of us are back from vacation, let me 
have some news about your trips so I can put it in our 
TRANSIT NEWS and all our readers can enjoy reading 
about your travels or the big fish you caught. Superin- 
tendent E. PETERSON is back at his desk after vaca- 

AUGUST, 1967 



tioning in northern Wisconsin doing some fishing and re- 
laxing and enjoying life at its best . . . Your reporter 
and his wife took a short trip. We visited the Wisconsin 
Dells, taking in all the sightseeing trips of the Upper and 
Lower Dells on the Wisconsin River. We took in the 
Tommy Bartlett Water Show and Stand Rock Indian Cere- 
monial Show. Then we left the Dells and drove to Gale- 
na, Illinois, where we spent a weekend at Chestnut 
Mountain Lodge and enjoyed a beautiful view overlooking 
the Mississippi river and valley . . . Operator HAROLD 
HESS and Mrs. HESS of Wheaton, Illinois, announced the 
engagement of their daughter, LA VERNE JOYCE, to 
CHARLES R. BEGGS of Winfield, Illinois. Miss Hess is 
a graduate of Wheaton Central High and is employed as a 
secretary for B. R. Ryall YMCA in Glen Ellyn. Mr. 
Beggs, a graduate of St. Francis High school in Wheaton, 
is an electrician with Local No. 701. The couple will be 
married October 7. . . Congratulations to JOE FIORITO, 
assistant foreman of the Repair Department. His son, 
ROBERT, and his wife, GAY, presented him with a baby 
girl on June 27 who they named ERIN . . . We at Kedzie 
welcome M. BUCKLEY as our chief receiver. He took 
over R. HEALY's job. Mr. Healy is now chief clerk at 
Lawndale Depot . . . Retired Operator JOE SACHECK 
stopped at the depot to say hello to his friends and he 
sure looks good. Retired life sure agrees with him. 
Joe and his wife now make their home in Jackson City, 
Ohio . . . Back off the sick list are Operators T. J. 
HEFFERNAN and J. MURPHY. It's good to see you both 
back . . . Our deepest sympathy is extended to the fol- 
lowing families: VIC CELEBRON of the Repair Depart- 
ment, his wife passed away suddenly Saturday, July 29. 
To the bereaved family of MICHAEL J. SOLON, retired 
motorman, layed to rest on Saturday, August 4. . . Re- 
member our union meeting the first Monday of each 
month. If you have any questions about our union, con- 
tact Board Members WILLIAM LARSEN or DAVE KIS- 
SANE. Our credit union is always here to serve you, 
see friendly Ted, and remember borrow prudently but 
save abundantly. 


Hello fellows! If my column tends to be a bit terse, 
the reason is envy toward all the fellows leaving on va- 
cations. However, I gloat a little when I greet those re- 
turning to work, because I still have my vacation to look 
forward to August 13 . . . Fellows who cared enough to 
share their vacations with us through cards were: Jani- 
tor SY GOLDMAN who postmarked his card from Detroit. 
Speaking of Sy, I think the heat has the poor fellow. He 
is contemplating the dangerous venture of matrimony . . . 
Operator WES HAYNES long visited in Louisiana and short 
stopped in St. Louis . . . Operator JOHN GRYS carded 
us from Delavan, Wisconsin . . . We were sent a big 
horse laugh by Operator STANLEY JOZWIAK from Or- 
lando, Florida. . . Get this fellows, Operator H. "Ed" 
WHITE sent cards from Las Vegas and California. His 
vacation was so nice, that Ed landed a job in transit in 
California and only returned to Chi town to cut loose the 
strings . . . Operator FRANK NEUMANN played hide 
and seek with his wife during vacation. Frank was hiding 
and his missus was seeking him to do some little chores 
around the house . . . Garage Foreman HANK RICHTER 
returned from his vacation in Cleveland in time to bid 
farewell to night foreman BRUNO FERET . . . Well, 
fellows, we know news can't always be good news, but we 
can show concern for those who misfortune visits . . . 
Our condolences to: Chief Clerk ELMER RIEDEL on the 


loss of his dear mother, and wife of the late Retired 
Motorman, HENRY A. RIEDEL. Operator ROBERT 
POWELL also, on the loss of his mother. A special 
sympathy to one of our new operators, JAMES POWELL, 
and his wife who lost their two year old son . . . We 
were all saddened to hear from P.M. Garage Foreman 
J. KAMIEN of the loss of his home through fire . . . 
Former Operator FRED FILTZ, now living in Tennes- 
see, while vacationing here in Chi town stopped by to say 
hi to his old buddies . . . Another drop by visitor was 
retiree ELMER JOHNSON (Repair Department). He re- 
cently completed his third trip around the world. And 
get this, he gets paid for doing it as a commercial pho- 
tographer for church groups . . . Our board member, 
ART SCHNEE, wishes to thank golfers LIETZ, CHA- 
CHERE, and SCHAFFER, for so nicely representing 
Keeler in the past golf tournament. We are proud of you 
fellows, but tropies next time please . . . Ring the bells 
for Operator W. CARRIDINE and his wife, MARIANN. 
August 7 was their seventh anniversary . . . While the 
bells are pealing, happy birthday wishes to Operator 
WILEY MORRISON August 21, Chief Clerk of stores 
PAT MULCAHEY August 3, and also for his lovely wife, 
CAROL, August 10 . . . Guys, if you think your scribe 
doesn't really work to get you the news; hear this. I 
discovered a department I can't even pronounce. How- 
ever, from the engineering modification department, we 
discovered that August 17 was the birthday of MARY AR- 
DIVINI, the lovely wife of TONY ARDIVINI . . . Glad to 
see Operator G. KARRAS up and around and recuperating 
nicely from his operation ... It seems a might odd to 
hear how two operators who couldn't measure 6 feet 1 
standing on the other's shoulder can come up with such 
tall fish stories. You know them as operators BROWN- 
ING and MOORE . . . But seriously you should have seen 
the fish I caught a few weeks ago, and man the one that 
got away -- wow! Well, next time I'm taking a camera 
with me. Til next month. 

- St*C4t 0. goilltX 


Congratulations are in order for our new editor, BOB 
HEINLEIN. We met this young fellow and know he is 
very capable of filling some mighty big shoes. His pre- 
decessor, DAVE EVANS, took a well-earned pension on 
July 1, and on June 30 he was given a retirement party 
at Chatterley's, on Dearborn, which I had the pleasure 
to attend. It was very much in the English atmosphere, 
to remind Dave of his birthplace. Reminded me of my 
stay in England during World War II. Everyone had a 
wonderful time, and to Dave, we at Lawndale wish you 
many happy days of retirement. So enjoy yourself and 
thanks again for all your help . . . On June 29 our No. 2 
janitor, CHARLES STOLCPART, was given a send-off 
by the boys in the office, with coffee and cake, Polish 
ham on rye, even ice cream donated by a well wisher. 
Charlie took his pension July 1, and on August 1 we lost 
our Chief Clerk, HERBERT BYERS. Both these fellows 
will be greatly missed by us, so don't forget us at Lawn- 
dale . . . CHARLIE STOLCPART was seen since taking 
his pension hanging around the repair department, look- 
ing for something to do. He said he wants one of those 
white helmets like GALLAGHER has . . . Our deepest 
sympathy to the family of NICK STARK in the loss of his 
wife, ALICE, buried June 27; to E. CELOVSKY in the 
loss of his mother, buried June 30; to the family of 
THOMAS P. PANTON, buried July 19, and to LAWR- 
ENCE HARRIS in the loss of his mother who passed away 
in Robbins, Illinois. On July 3 we at Lawndale were 




47 Years 

46 Years 

42 Years 

42 Years 

40 Years 

40 Years 

JOINING THE ranks of the retired August 1 were the six employes 
pictured above who had 40 or more years of transit service each. 

ELMER C. ALM, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 7-15-29 
GLENN BAKER, Repairman, 

Campaign Area, Emp. 4-26-26 
HERBERT W. BEYER, Chief Clerk, 

Lawndale, Emp. 10-23-19 
JOHN R. BLOOMER, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 6-2-28 

West Section, Emp. 11-28-42 

Kedzie, Emp. 10-3-45 

Keeler, Emp. 7-22-33 
JOHN R. CONWAY, Interlocking Maintainer, 

Electrical, Emp. 6-4-26 

West Section, Emp. 3-2-46 

Forest Glen, Emp. 11-22-26 

South Section, Emp. 7-21-43 
RICHARD A. GROLIG, Machinist, 

South Shops, Emp. 7-31-29 
RUDOLF HEROLD, Stock Clerk I, 

South Section, Emp. 10-6-26 
GUSTAV O. ISAKSON, Blacksmith, 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 11-17-24 
MICHAEL J. KING, Janitor, 

North Park, Emp. 12-7-28 

Electrical, Emp. 3-7-21 
JAMES J. O'CONNOR, Motorman, 

North Section, Emp. 8-10-36 

Track, Emp. 4-4-29 

North Section, Emp. 7-21-27 

North Park, Emp. 8-13-43 

61st Street, Emp. 4-11-44 
OTTO A. STEICHMAN, Switchman, 

West Section, Emp. 6-19-25 

77th Street, Emp. 1-7-48 
LEONARD J. URBAN, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 3-10-42 

North Park, Emp. 4-27-45 



Keeler, Emp. 6-24-42 

North Park, Emp. 5-22-43 
JOHN HOLBAY JR. , Electrical Worker A, 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 7-5-45 
EDWARD C. KORDIK, Supervisor, 

District C. , Emp. 9-28-28 
ALBERT S. LIETZO, Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 4-7-42 
GEORGE J. STELLER, Cleaner & Repairman 

North Avenue, Emp. 10-18-41 

West Section, Emp. 6-24-47 
FRANK J. VALEK, Operator, 

Kedzie, Emp. 10-24-45 
PATRICK J. WALSH, Cleaner & Repairman, 

North Park, Emp. 12-13-22 

North Section, Emp. 6-29-39 

AUGUST, 1967 



deeply shocked at hearing of the death of Clerk STAN- 
LEY MICEK . . . The stork left a darling grandson nam- 
SKI. Daughter, BARBARA KROL, and baby are doing 
fine. This makes the seventh grandchild for Mr. and 
Mrs. Eddie . . . On July 10 a golf tournament was given 
by Division 241 at St. Andrews Golf course. Many of 
our men were there and several wound up with prizes. 
Those present were EARL WASHINGTON, JIM HAYNIE, 
CARTHY, and BILL KLECKA ... We received a card 
from BILL KLECKA from Expo 67. He said he liked the 
imported Bohemian beer. We also received a card from 
HENRY WHITE and family, from Reno, Nevada . . . 
HARRY COX came up with a mixed drink, with a dash of 
pickle and cucumber juice, plus other ingredients. Let's 
call it a "Cox Cocktail." . . LOUIE MUHOWSKI has a 
horn he blows that sounds like the call of the wild goose 
TRE came in to pay us a visit. They all looked great . . . 
We hear that WILBER ALLEN is in the hospital and I 
hope by this writing he is out and well again . . . Just 
who is Chicken Eddie? 


RICHARD GERTZ, son of Line Instructor HAROLD 
GERTZ, was married to Miss LANA BOGUAS of Hoffman 
Estates July 2 9 at 4 p.m. in St. Peter's United Church 
of Christ in Chicago. They are honeymooning in Nassau, 
and will reside on the northwest side of Chicago. Rich- 
ard is purchasing agent for Bell and Zoller Coal com- 
pany. Our best wishes for their happiness . . . Con- 
gratulations to Mrs. PAULINE LICHT, daughter of Op- 
erator EINAR PARSON, and her husband on the birth of 
TINA MARIE on April 17 . . . WILLIAM BOCK, son of 
Pensioner ERNEST BOCK and his wife, EMILY, entered 
active service in the U.S. Navy on July 5. He is on a 
guided missile destroyer out of San Diego, California. 
Ensign GENE SCHARFENORTH, son of Pensioner ROY 
SCHARFENORTH, is stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, Na- 
val Base, and is assigned to the Destroyer USS Lowry. 
Airman Third Class JOHN MOELLER, son of Operator 
HARLOW MOELLER and his wife, was graduated with 
honors from the U. S. Air Force Technical Training 
School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. We received 
a welcome letter from Pfc. RONALD BEDOE of our re- 

tle LISA DOYLE, who cele- 
brated her second birthday on 
June 23, with a big party 
given by the Doyle family. 
The proud father is South 
Section Motorman JOSEPH 


pair department, now in Vietnam. We pray that God will 
bless these boys and keep them safe. Ron tells us that 
the temperature in Vietnam averages 125 to 130 degrees. 
He is kept busy seven days a week. Receiver JAMES 
MC GANN was a happy father when his son, SKIPPY, 
returned from duty in Vietnam. The whole family was 
overjoyed, and all the relatives celebrated with a home- 
conning party . . . Operator CHARLES LUEPKE and his 
family went to Bowler, Wisconsin, to harvest his farm 
crop before the snow falls. Operator JOHN CRAIG will 
visit him to supervise the work. The Indian tribes there 
expect Charlie and John to join their ceremonial dances 
and smoke the peace pipe. This ritual takes place each 
year. They were inducted into the tribe as blood bro- 
thers. Receiver ANTHONY ARNIERI vacationed in San 
Diego, California, visiting his mother and brother. 
Operator HENRY RADOM enjoyed his vacation at La- 
Crosse, Wisconsin, where he caught some big ones. 
Foreman ERNEST PEARSON, formerly of North, and 
his wife, ANNA, enjoyed some fishing and swimming at 
Westfield, Wisconsin. Operator WILLIAM MORRISON 
and his wife, CHRIS, visited Princeton, Kentucky, and 
went from there to the Wisconsin Dells. They caught 
plenty of fish. Clerk ARTHUR OLSEN went on the CTA 
tour of Europe . . . We welcome new Operators LAW- 
COLEMAN and Janitor GUSTAVE MAY took their pen- 
sions on September 1. Gustave plans to spend his time 
in Winter Haven, Florida, and do some fishing. We wish 
them both the best of luck and we'll always be happy to 
see or hear from them . . . Operator ENIX MASON was 
lucky when he won a prize in the Irish Sweepstakes . . . 
To our boys in the service: We are always happy to hear 
from you or about you, and our prayers are with you. 

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Limits station won a plaque for the best tire record 
among all the stations. The credit belongs to ART HAN- 
SEN who kept an eagle eye on all the tires on the buses. 
Congratulations! . . . Supervisor HENRY GOETZ re- 
turned from his vacation after enjoying a wonderful time 
up in the Fond du Lac and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, area. 
He reports the fishing excellent . . . Operator LEON- 
HARD NEUGEBAUER spent his vacation at Expo 67, 
Canada, where he had a most interesting and wonderful 
time . . . Instructor J. D. BROGAN is back after his 
vacation, and is now busy as usual with all the new oper- 
ators . . . We were happy to see Clerk JOHN GILMORE 
back on active duty after a long siege in the hospital, due 
to illness . . . Operator PETE COLUCCI's son, ROCCO, 
has been promoted to the rank of sergeant on the CTA 
police. Congratulations. 


S. S. Sou*. 


Your superintendents and instructors wish to extend a 
vote of thanks to the line instructors who have participa- 
ted in the teaching of our summer help. The patience 
and skill that is shown by the operators is commended by 
all who have been involved in this operation. A special 
thanks is extended to the gentlemen who have participa- 
ted in the project of beautifying the exterior of our depot. 
The sodding, shrubs, and flowering plants have brought 
many commendations from our neighbors and operators 




. . . The Division 241 A. T.U. golf day oiiting was held 
Monday, July 10, at St. Andrews Country Club with 140 
members and guests participating. Prizes were awarded 
to all who attended and this will now be an annual event. 
Master of ceremonies was our board member, WARREN 
and Warren Scholl headed the committee in charge of 
this fine event and did an outstanding job. . . Start mak- 
ing your plans for the Little Flower Fall Communion 
Mass and Breakfast to be held on Sunday, October 22, at 
the Little Flower Shrine, 6401 S. Woodlawn avenue. A 
chartered bus will leave North Park at 7 a.m. . . Opera- 
tor CECIL ANDERSON, his wife, EUNICE, and children, 
RONALD and ANNETTE, motored to Houston, Texas, 
where Cecil's uncle, Mr. EVERETT AARON, resides. 
Highlights of the trip were stops at the Indian reserva- 
tion at Livingston, Texas, Merramac Caverns in Staun- 
ton, Missouri, with a stopover in HotSprings, Arkansas, 
for a session with the baths . . . Operator DALE GIL- 
MER and his wife, OPAL, relaxed for two weeks at 
Townsend, Wisconsin, where Dale's father, Mr. JESS 
GILMER, resides. Mr. Gilmer senior, who is 86 years 
of age, showed Dale how to fish and the boys caught their 
limit easily . . . Supervisor JOHN ERICKSON, his wife, 
AGNES, and their children spent two weeks at Lake 
Cranberry located at Phillips, Wisconsin. Leaving Lake 
Cranberry, the Ericksons had a week at Sunnybrook 
Farms, a resort hotel located in South Haven, Michigan 
. . . Operator CHARLES CHRISTENSEN, his wife, 
GRACE, daughter, RAE ANN, and son-in-law, JIMMY 
FUGATE, motored throughout the West in a bus conver- 
ted into a camper. Highlights of the trip were visits to 
Yellowstone Park, Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain 
National Park, the Badlands, Black Hills, and a great 
fishing excursion on Yellowstone Lake where the limit of 
cutthroat trout were taken . . . Pensioner ART MUIR 
and his wife, RUTH, were visitors in Chicago where 
they attended the graduation exercises of two of their 
grandchildren. Art and Ruth had a busy week visiting 
their many friends and left their regards to those they 
missed . . . Operator BRENDAN GREGG, his wife, 
LOL, and children, MARIA and LISA, flew Irish Air 
Lines to Dublin, Ireland, where Brendan's parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. JAMES GREGG, reside. This was the first 
time Mrs. Gregg met her in-laws, and the scenic beauty 
of Ireland was a memory that she and the children will 
always cherish ... A group of men around North Park 
Depot known as the Believers are meeting the third Mon- 
day of every month at Operator CHARLES ANDERSON'S 
home, located at 5320 N. Sawyer Avenue. Anyone in- 
terested in promoting the gospel is invited to attend these 
fine meetings. 

Operator JOHN BLOOMER with 39 plus years of ser- 
vice retired August 1. John is going to take a trip to 
County Longford, Ireland, to visit his brother, BILL, 
and we at North Park wish him many years of health and 
leisurely living . . . Sanitary Engineer MIKE KING re- 
tired August 1 after 38 years plus of service. Mike 
plans to rest and then pursue his hobby, golfing . . . 
HELEN SCHWARTZ, wife of Operator LOUIS "Bubbles" 
SCHWARTZ, was hospitalized at St. Joseph's hospital 
for observation. At the time of publication we are hoping 
for the best . . . Operator ROY LEMKE had his home 
broken into and all his fishing gear stolen. But Roy vows 
to have it all replaced soon, as Lake Norfolk, Arkansas, 
is expecting another record catch of bass from him . . . 
Operator JOHN SEGUEIRA is sporting a beautiful baldy 
sour, after losing a bet on the Cubs and is one of the 
brightest spots around the garage . . . Operator LOU 
BIELSKI is back to work, but he is in the Accounting 


Department at the Mart now. Lots of luck in your new 
position Lou . . . Pensioner RAY KENNELY is now 
working at the Lincoln National bank. With Ray taking 
care of the situation, we can all be certain our money is 
in good hands . . . GREGORY SANSONE, son of Operator 
TONY SANSONE, is a member of the crew on the U.S.S. 
Chandler. Gregory has visited the Phillipines and For- 
mosa and is now on his way to Australia . . . Operator 
HAROLD HARMER, after 17 years of service, has re- 
signed and is now working for the Milwaukee Railroad as 
a security guard . . . MARY COSTLEY, wife of Street 
Collector LARRY COSTLEY, fell from a ladder and broke 
both ankles while hanging curtains . . . Operator MEL 
HORNING and his wife, VIOLET, became grandparents 
for the fourth time when their daughter, Mrs. RUTH 
HELLESTRAE, gave birth to DIANA LYNN at Lutheran 
General hospital on July 25 . . . Operators who are in- 
terested in bowling in the A.M. Bowling league on Fri- 
days at 10 a.m. are invited to contact Operator JOHN 
KORMAN at Forest Glen Depot for all the details . . . 
Operator TEX ABERNATHY and his wife, ASTRID, cele- 
brated their 28th anniversary July 29. The Abernathys 
dined at the Ivanhoe restaurant then took in the stage play 
featuring ZSA ZSA GABOR . . . Happy anniversaries are 
also extended to Instructor JOHN BORK and his wife, 
CHARLOTTE, their 21st; Operator STANLEY KAZAK 
and his wife, JOANE, their 27th, and street collector 
NICK GASPER and his wife, MARY CATHERINE, their 
26th . . . Happy Birthdays are extended to BEVERLY 
ust 11 . . . Our sympathy and condolences to Operator 
JOE MIKIETA on the loss of his son, JAMES HOSTEIL; 
Pensioner JOHN CROLL on the loss of his mother-in- 
law, Mrs. NOREEN CLARK, and Pensioner JOHN MUE- 
LLER on the loss of his beloved wife, MINNIE. 

The following Repairmen retired August 1: PAT 
WALSH with 44 years, AL SCARPELLI with 24 years, 
and ROMAN YENDRCJCZ with 22 years of service. The 
garage held a grand party for these gentlemen and they 
were presented with some fine gifts. May your leisure 
years be filled with pleasure and opportunities to enjoy 
your hobbies . . . Bus Cleaner KEITH CUNNINGHAM, 
son of Garage Supervisor MIKE CUNNINGHAM, began 
his career at North Park July 20. The welcome mat is 
out for this fine young man . . . Assistant Foreman HAR- 
RY DITTERY has sold his large mansion on North Pau- 
lina avenue and is now living the life of ease as a renter 

THIS GROUP of fishermen, operators ot Forest Glen, seem to be 
enjoying themselves immensely. Could they be fishing at some far 
away lodge? Wherever it is, you can be sure the fishing is good and 
the tales are tall. 

AUGUST. 1967 



in an apartment building . . . Repairman ALEX FRITZ - 
LER is spending his vacation around Chicago hoping for 
a break in the weather so that he can realize a life's 
dream, a visit to the famous islands of Chicago--Stoney , 
Goose, and Blue Islands . . . Assistant Foreman JOE 
COUGHLIN, after finding two Pheasant nests with 11 
eggs in them, took the eggs home for a chicken to sit on. 
Joe now has eleven little pheasants to fatten up for a meal 
with foreman CHARLEY DUNN . . . Sister ROSE MAT- 
THEW of the Dominican Order of Detroit, Michigan, is 
spending the month of August with her father, Tire Re- 
pairman MATT HEAVEY, and his wife, ROSANE . . . 
Repairman TONY GALLO purchased a Buick Special and 
then hit the road west. Highlight of Tony's trip was a 
fabulous two weeks in and around the state of Colorado 
. . . Repairman FRANK CAHILL, after purchasing tires 
for his Buick, is now able to make the trip in from Mel- 
rose Park ten minutes faster . . . Pensioner SKIPPY 
GLINES had the gang from the garage as guests at his 
home until the wee hours of the morning . . . Repairman 
LEN DROJANOWSKI and his son, RICHARD, spent two 
weeks around Michigan's Upper Peninsula fishing in Lake 
Superior. The boys caught an abundant supply of lake 
trout . . . Bus Cleaner GENE DRZEWICKI, the "Beau 
Brummel" of the garage spent his vacation playing golf 
on many of the Chicago area courses . . . Repairman 
HERMAN AMBROS, who replaced Pensioner ED CORDA 
on the bench, would like to have some of Big Ed's foot 
salve, as he finds it very difficult standing in one spot 
all day . . . Repairman TED KUTA vacationed in the 
Chicago area, treating his wife to some fine meals and 
sights in our great city. 

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JERE VINZENS retired July 1 from the duties of an 
assignment agent. Jere was well liked, and will be mis- 
sed by all. A dinner was given on July 21, and a good 
time was had by those present, including Jere's cousin, 
Mrs. Mary Dunn, her two brothers, Pat and Thomas 
Allman, Mr. and Mrs. Manaugh, Mr. and Mrs. Walsh, 
Mr. and Mrs. Zupko, Mr. and Mrs. Rosen, Mr. Boyle, 
Mr. Meisner, Mr. O'Conr.or, Mr. Burns, and Mr. 
Cronnin. Jere was really surprised, and has asked me 
to thank all who gave toward her retirement. 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS BOYLE, 
who were blessed with their fifth child, a baby girl, born 
July 31 . . . North Section agent TEENA HENKE's hus- 
band, GEORGE, West Section agent, and JOHN WILLIE 
just returned from the hospital, but are still on the sick 
list. Porter MONEY is getting along nicely, and is re- 
covering at home. Mr. PEARSON and Mr. NAGLE are 
on the sick list also . . . North section agents miss por- 

THIS HAPPY trio disploying 
the fine cotch of northerns, 
bass and walleyes, are Op- 
erators W. SPEER, J. KANE, 
and R. PEISKER of Limits. 
Speer and Peisker were 
guests of Kane at his sum- 
mer home in Butternut, Wis- 


ter J. O'MALLEY, who is working as a replacement as 
a gateman on the Ravenswood . . . HENRY BROADWELL 
has been transferred from North avenue as a bus opera- 
tor to become a ticket agent on the North Side . . . Part 
time ticket agent J. McEVILLY returned from military 
service. He was a Lieutenant in the Marines . . . HEL- 
EN MACKASKI left for Yugoslavia on July 10 and her 
sister, SOPHIA NEATNICA, is joining her on August 2 
for a family reunion . . . FRANCES BINNIE and her 
mother and CHARLES and NORA REED are spending 
their vacations in California . . . Motorman BILL FIS- 
CHER and ticket agent JOE REDER retired recently. 
Hope they both have long and happy retirements. Good 
luck to both of you . . . W. MOONEY toured the north- 
east states. He said the motels and scenery were beau- 
tiful and the food was good . . . EARL GILBERT, Chi- 
cago avenue agent, is still in Weiss Memorial hospital. 
We all hope he will have a speedy recovery and be back 
to work soon. . . NORA FAHEY, MARY DONOHUE, and 
TOM QUINAN are vacationing in Ireland . . . WILLIAM 
BLISS, pensioner, is touring Germany for four weeks, 
then plans to go to Montreal to see Expo 67 before re- 
turning home . . . ROMAN PRITT left for West Virginia 
July 30 for three weeks of vacation. He had attended the 
funeral of his sister there on June 22 . . . DOREEN 
HORN, agent 12 38, was graduated from Moody Bible In- 
stitute on June 9. Congratulations . . . ELEANOR 
SHALLBETTER spent her vacation in Las Vegas, Los 
Angeles, and San Francisco . . . GEORGE KRASNY's 
son, JAMES, was awarded a plaque for being the neatest 
cadet at Roosevelt High school out of 1 50 . . . LOUIS 
SALZAR and family toured Washington, D. C. , New 
York, and Boston for two weeks . . . GERTA MATHEWS 
and her husband are flying to Boston on August 22, then 
on to London and will take a three-week tour to Switzer- 
land, Italy, Paris, then on to Berlin. After 16 years, 
Gerta will join a family reunion. Gerta gets so excited 
that she usually leaves everything behind. Let's pray it 
doesn't lightning, as Gerta is afraid of it. Hope she has 
a safe trip . . . Your scribe, her husband, sister, dau- 
ghter, and grand-daughter, took a two-week tour of 
nearly 4,000 miles through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, 
Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri and 
really saw sights . . . TONY COLUCCI, student, vaca- 
tioned in Fergus Falls, Minnesota . . . We extend our 
condolences to the MIKE O'DRISCOLL family, Howard 
motorman, also to the C. E. SEGERDAHL family, who 
was a retired supervisor . . . We wish to extend our 
condolences to the families of B. O'CONNOR, retired 
motorman OSCAR SIDER, and Dr. OTTO KASIK, who 
retired after 15 years with the Medical Department . . . 
Congratulations on the new car, RED! Any complaints ? 
Wait until Jim returns from vacation . . . Send all news 
to Howard and Kimball receivers or contact your scribe 
on extension 512 from 3 to 1 1 p.m. 


SHIRLEY LUKES resigned from her job to await the 
stork. She and her husband recently moved into their 
new "Castle" in Brookfield . . . JOE VIOLA and family 
took some short trips around the Chicago area. GEORGE 
HANUS and his wife motored southeast to visit his son 
and family. GEORGE JOHANNES and his wife fished in 
the waters of Minnesota. Mr. and Mrs. RICHARDGOLD- 
STEIN flew to Alaska and visited with his son and daugh- 
ter-in-law. ESTHER O'BRIEN flew to Europe to visit 
the Scandinavian countries. She is having a wonderful 
time, according to her cards. WALTER SCHWEIN- 




FURTH and his wife are also touring Europe, and will 
meet with Esther. Your scribe, KAY BATINA, will 
spend her vacation driving around the city for more ex- 
perience. HARRY HIRSCH and family spent their vaca- 
tion at Circle Pines, Michigan. BERNIE KINCANNON 
and family drove to St. Louis to visit with relatives and 
friends. We, however, think that Bernie spent most of 
the days at the Cardinal ballpark. BOB SEDLACK spent 
his vacation doing some household chores . . . GEORGE 
SPRAY celebrated his 64th birthday on July 28. Happy 
birthday George, and many more. You can now count 
the days until your retirement . . . Pensioners LAURA 
SCHRECKE and MARGE VIDAL visited the office for a 
most enjoyable reunion . . . JOHN URBAN sprained his 
back lifting up a garage door while on his vacation . . . 
JOHN BENNIS sold his home in Tinley Park, and is mov- 
ing to Cicero . . . Replacing Shirley, we welcome CAR- 
OLYN O'BRIEN to the department . . . PHILIP LEAHY's 
niece, MAUREEN LEAHY, of Hammond, Indiana, was 
chosen queen of the International Music League at Cedar 
Point, Sandusky, Ohio . . . The department extends their 
sympathy to JAKE SUMNER and family, upon the death 
of his wife, ARLINE. She was formerly a Chicago Sur- 
face Lines' employe. 

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This has been the month for pension parties. The 
men at Loomis Street had a get-together for Conductor 
JOHN SHEAHAN who retired on July 1 and for Towerman 
PATRICK FLANAGAN who retired on August 1. John 
Sheahan's family sent him a telegram of congratulations 
at work. Pat is going to take a trip to Ireland later in 
the year and John is going to take a trip to California. A 
token of remembrance was presented to each from their 
co-workers. Retired Motorman HARRY EITEL came 
out to cheer the new retirees. Everyone wishes them a 
long and healthy retirement life . . . Motorman BOB 
BUTLER and his family took a vacationtrip to Corvallis, 
Oregon, to visit with his daughter and son-in-law. They 
stayed a couple of days right on the ocean front and Bob 
said that the water was cold . . . We were shocked and 
saddened to hear that Superintendent of Utility and Emer- 

AT THE head of the table is CARMELLA GARGANO, who was feted 
at a luncheon in her honor on July 27 at Henrici's in the Merchandise 
Mart. It was attended by many of her friends from the General Office, 
who also presented her with a gift. The reason for this festive oc- 
casion was that Carmella was leaving to accept a job with the U. S. 
Agency for International Development. After four weeks of orienta- 
tion in Washington, D.C., she will be sent to Saigon, Vietnam, where 
she will stay for two years. Carmella was a stenographer in the 
Equipment, Research and Development Department. Everyone wishes 
her the best of luck and success. 


lovely daughter of RICHARD 
DORGAN, superintendent of 
substations, recently re- 
ceived her silver wings as 
on American Airlines steward- 
ess at American's Stewardess 
college, Fort Worth, Texas. 
After seven weeks extensive 
training. Miss Dorgan was 
assigned to flight duty out 
of New York City. 

gency Service JAMES T. WALSH passed away taddenly. 
Our condolences to his dear wife and family . . . Con- 
ductor WILLIAM HUNNIFORD was beaming when he told 
us about his new grandchild, JEROME ANTHONY. This 
makes four grandchildren for the Hunnifords ... It is 
good to see Towerman PATRICK HICKEY and Conductor 
CARL SCHEUERMANN off the sick list . . . Motorman 
JAMES RIORDAN vacationed in Kewaunee, Wisconsin, 
and did some fishing. Jim caught crappies and large 
bluegills and said to tell our expert fisherman, WILLIAM 
MOUNT, to come to Kewaunee if he wants to catch lots 
of fish . . . The men at 61st Street had a get-together 
and a token of remembrance for Motorman CHARLES 
SIMPSON who went on Pension August 1. Hot dogs, po- 
tatoe salad, baked beans, cake, etc. were served. Yum- 
my Yum! Everyone sure had a good time. Best wishes 
to Mr. Simpson on his retirement and many thanks to 
Porter ED FREEMAN who was on his vacation and came 
out and arranged for all the goodies . . . Clerk EARL 
JONES took his children and drove down to Beaumont, 
Texas, to visit his mom and they all had a good time 
... I received the nicest letter from Retired Motorman 
AL GRABE and his charming wife, GEORGIANA, of Mt. 
Home, Arkansas. The Grabes are staying with Al's bro- 
ther and his wife for an extended visit. Al and his bro- 
ther have done quite a bit of fishing. They also visited 
with the CHARLES McMORROWS (Retired Motorman), 
who send their regards to all of us here in Chicago. Al 
and his wife just love the Ozarks . . . Former part- 
time Agent MOSES ASHLEY Jr., son of Motorman MOSES 
ASHLEY, who is in the army, was in to see the boys at 
61st Street recently. He was home on leave from Ft. 
Bragg, North Carolina . . . Retired Motorman PAUL 
SCHILLE paid the men at Loomis Street a visit. He and 
his wife had just returned from a car trip through Yel- 
lowstone and Glacier National Parks. They also stopped 
in Oregon to visit some relatives and got caught, in of 
all things, a blizzard in Red Lodge, Montana. They said 
it was a wonderful trip . . . Retired Porter WALTER 
MORRISSETTE passed away recently. He was born in 
1882 and retired in October of 1956. Our condolences to 
his family. 

Salutations lo Part-time Agent returnee for the sum- 
mer, MICHAEL PUCCINI, and to newly hired Part-time 
LIAMS, MARNETTA SMITH, and to newly hired Porter 
LIS is mighty proud of his son, MICHAEL, who made the 
yearly honor roll again in Whistler Grammar school . . . 
Best Wishes to Motorman TOMMIE CORNELIUS, Switch- 
O'BRYANT who resigned to take other positions . . . 

AUGUST. 1967 




WITH HIS weopon at ready 
former bus cleaner at Forest 
Glen, now stationed near 
Pleiku, Viet Nam. He is 
pictured in a village that was 
taken from the Viet Cong 
after intense fighting. John 
is due to return to the U.S.A. 
sometime in October. 

and Rose's grandaughter , MARILYN, and Retired Super- 
visor ED MUNRO all took a trip to Denver, Colorado, 
and visited with Lulu's niece and her family. Then Ed 
went on to Lake Louise, Canada, and to Jasper and the 
ice fields. Our pensioners are really going on trips this 
summer . . . Just heard that Retired Agent STACHIA 
NOLAN passed away. Sincere condolences to her family 
. . . The Agents got together and held a party at the 
Rainbow Gardens restaurant for Assignment Agent JERE 
VINZENS who is on vacation and leave and who is going 
to retire in a couple of months. It was a real nice party. 
Saw so many people I haven't seen in a long time. They 
served a family style dinner which was delicious. A big 
crowd was on hand to greet Jere. My better half, RO- 
LAND, and the president of division 308, JOHN BURNS, 
and Agent SAM STIPATI were drafted as bartenders. 
for putting on such a nice party. Jere is going to New 
Jersey to live with her daughter and her family in the 
fall. Many happy returns to Jere and good wishes . . . 
Conductor RAYMOND JONES received a passenger com- 
mendation recently for finding a lost article . . . Re- 
tired Towerman FRANK DIMMICK paid Loomis Street 
office a visit recently. He is looking as good as ever 
. . . Conductor DENNIS GIBSON spent his summer va- 
cation in Los Angeles, California and, had a nice time. 


Welcome back to JOHN KURGAN, who is looking fit 
after a recent operation . . . Our deepest sympathy is 
extended to BILL and JIM HAWORTH and their families 
on the death of their mother . . . RALPH KEANE and 
his family have returned from an exciting vacation visit- 
ing Canada's Expo 67. TONY and Mrs. SPATAFORE 
spent their vacation at Hot Springs, Arkansas . . . SAN- 
DY PFUND is all smiles after welcoming her brother, 
GEORGE, home from a two-year tour of duty with the 
army in Thailand . . . JOSEPH ROGG, retired foreman 
of West Shops motor overhaul and pensioner for the last 
15 years, has recently had a major operation and is con- 
valescing at his Wisconsin home. He would like to hear 
from his old friends, or if you are in the vicinity, stop 
in and see him. His address is Box 93, Pell Lake, Wis- 
consin 531 57. 

Allow me to introduce myself, FRANK SPROVIERI, 
carpenter, C Area, the new co-reporter for the South 

Shops. First of all, I would like to thank my good friend, 
AL HAAS, for suggesting my name for the job. . . Here 
is some of this week's news from the shop. The Electri- 
cal Department saw a good friend, TOM O'MALLEY, go 
on pension with 38 years. When asked what he was going 
to do while on pension, he said he was going to call some 
retired friends and sit around in the park and talk shop. 
(Can you believe that?) Tom will be missed by all. 
Good luck and health to you . . . Congratulations to Mr. 
and Mrs. EDWARD BEAUDREAU on their wedding. The 
bride is the daughter of BILL SHAUGHNESSY, welder. 
The happy couple was married at St. Christina church in 
Chicago. The reception was held at Hollerhan's Imperial 
West, 10 3rd and Cicero. Best wishes and happiness to 
the young couple . . . GEORGE GEIS, mechanic in the C 
Area, tells us his wife is out of the hospital, is recu- 
perating in North Carolina, and is on the road to recov- 
ery . . . The traveling diplomat of the Mechanics Union, 
AL WENDT, left the brake department, and has rejoined 
his old friends in B Area. Also noticed that Al has a 
new Ford, and now Ford is coming out with a new slo- 
gan, "If a diplomat like Al Wendt can buy a new Ford, it 
has to be good." When asked why he was parting with 
the green stuff, he said it was no problem, he was get- 
ting another job for his wife, LIL . . . Saw FRANK SPO- 
LEC over the week end, and he looked comfortable, 
asleep in his chair. He did open his eyes long enough to 
say hello to all . . . Let's welcome some new appren- 
NABORS. Floyd just moved to Chicago from St. Peters- 
burg, Florida. His dad is a supervisor at North Avenue 
. . . This is my first opportunity to do any writing, so 
I need all the help I can get. I know my good friend, AN- 
GELO, in Bay 6 will be the first to the rescue. Maybe, 
if we're lucky, he'll tell us how he used to repair 1908 


We are all happy to have TONY GORZKIEWICZ back 
on the job after the bad automobile accident he had. 
Three broken ribs and a smashed car are really no joke 
in any language . . . It's hard to train a one-year old to 
pick up his toys, but we bet Mrs. TOM BOLDT is trying 
real hard after falling over one of little MICHAEL ED- 


THIS PICTURE from 1914 shows a car on the old Chicago City Rail- 
way Cottage Grove route. Known as "muzzle loaders" because pas- 
sengers both boarded and alighted at the front doors, the 125 cars of 
this type were the only ones where the motorman and conductor prac- 
tically worked side-by-side at the front end. The motorman (at right), 
incidentally, is LUDWIG LINDENBERG, the father of North Section 
Towerman EMIL LINDENBERG who retired September 1. 





ROBERT M. BECHTEL, 84, South Shops, 

Emp. 3-13-28, Died 6-20-67 
ANTON A. BERANEK, 76, Archer, 

Emp. 11-24-33, Died 6-13-67 
THOMAS BURKE, 70, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-18-22, Died 6-9-67 
HERBERT A. BURKMAN, 72, North Avenue , 

Emp. 5-14-15, Died 6-23-67 
MATTHEW BUTLER, 69, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 10-9-24, Died 6-5-67 
SAM CARTER, 67, South Shops, 

Emp. 9-29-30, Died 6-8-67 
GEORGE COOMBS, 81, 61st Street, 

Emp. 1-26-22, Died 6-12-67 
LOUIS J. CORTOPASSI, 65, Wilson Shops, 

Emp. 1-17-24, Died 6-26-67 
HENRY J. FRANZEN, 98, North Section, 

Emp. 4-10-05, Died 6-10-67 
JOSEPH GALICH, 77, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 5-12-26, Died 6-23-67 

Emp. 8-20-18, Died 6-11-67 
GEORGE R. HEBBARD, 62, North Section, 

Emp. 7-19-43, Died 6-26-67 

Emp. 3-18-15, Died 7-4-67 
THOMAS LAKE, 70, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-27-27, Died 6-12-67 

Emp. 9-10-20, Died 6-8-67 
THOMAS MATHISEN, 70, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 11-12-19, Died 6-22-67 


Emp. 12-1-26, Died 6-29-67 
GEORGE H. MC PHEETERS, 80, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-2-10, Died 6-23-67 
STANLEY MICEK, 46, Lawndale, 

Emp. 10-30-44, Died 6-30-67 
STEVE MILOS, 82, Track, 

Emp. 6- -00, Died 6-15-67 
MARTIN P. NIELSEN, 70, Devon, 

Emp. 1-7-20, Died 6-18-67 
PALMIN T. PRKUT, 88, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 8-13-29, Died 6-26-67 
FRANCIS ROONEY, 59, West Section, 

Emp. 11-2-26, Died 7-2-67 
STEPHEN SHUMICKI, 76, North Avenue, 

Emp. 8-14-19, Died 7-2-67 
STANLEY H. SIEKERSKI, 72, Lawrence, 

Emp. 6-18-18, Died 6-16-67 
JAMES J. SULLIVAN, 70, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-19-19, Died 6-10-67 
WILLIAM A. WAHL, 75, West Section, 

Emp. 3-10-10, Died 6-20-67 
JAMES T. WALSH, 63, Utility, 

Emp. 9-7-22, Died 6-30-67 

Emp. 2-2-23, Died 6-19-67 
JOHN ZIELINSKI, 73, Wilson Shops, 

Emp. 4-23-24, Died 6-12-67 
PAULS. ZOSEL, 70, 61st Street, 

Emp. 7-14-20, Died 6-21-67 

WARDS toys and spraining her toe. Tom is a stock clerk 
at Sr-42, Skokie . . . ARTHUR CARLSON is looking 
forward to his retirement, effective September 1. Mr. 
and Mrs. A. A. MIX, sold .their home and are looking 
forward to doing some traveling after his retirement 
October 1. DAVID STETCHER is also retiring Septem- 
ber 1, but so far he hasn't made any plans for the fu- 

- (luUa 'SttuMJi 


Our deepest sympathy to DOMINIC FASANO, black- 
smith, and his family upon the loss of Dominic's mother 
who passed away July 18, and to JOSEPH FANO, shop- 
man, upon the loss of his twin brother who passed away 
also ... At this writing, CATHERINE ANN HARNETT, 
clerk, is one of the fortunate people who went on CTA's 
tour of Europe. We are hoping to hear of her wonderful 
experiences when she returns . . . Among other Euro- 
pean travelers this summer were FRED EGGER, mach- 
inist apprentice, CASIMIR "Casey" JOZEFIAK, painter, 
and PETE DOMBSKI, painter. The cards we received 
were really beautiful . . . Those sick at this writing are: 
Electrical Workers LEO KAJPUST, in hospital; JOHN 
MAYER, in hospital; FRANK DELAQUILA, who injured 
his knee at home; JOHN DUNDOVICH, who is also sick 
at home; JIM EGAN, carpenter, home sick, and PAT- 
RICK O'NEILL, who is suffering from a broken toe. 

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Congratulations are extended to all those who re- 
ceived recent promotions . . . Traveling, sightseeing, 
relaxation, and fun all help to make vacations wonderful, 
and there were many doing just that. RALPH TRACY 
and his wife, JO ANN, drove to an area near the Dells 
in Wisconsin. They really began their vacation with a 
bang. It seems as though he couldn't wait until the deer 
season opened and was unfortunate in having a deer run 
into the side of his car. In spite of this little mishap, 
they had a very nice time. JAMES BLAA, his family, 
and some relatives (a total of 1 5 people) spent their va- 
cation in Ely, Minnesota. They fished, swam, and even 
went into the first iron mine in the United States, Tower 
Sudon, which is 1,900 feet deep and the temperature 
about 50 degrees. The main objective of JAMES ROCHE 
and his family was to go to the Ozarks. Adding a little 
extra pleasure to their vacation, they stopped in St. 
Louis to see the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, and 
from there they went to Belleville, Illinois, to see Our 
Lady of the Snows Shrine. No matter how few or many 
people are on vacation, it seems as though someone al- 
ways visits Florida. This time it was THOMAS MACE 
and his wife, GLADYS, who flew to Miami Beach. They 
rented a car and went to many points of interest in the 
area, including the Everglades. MANETTA FERRARI 
and her husband, ROBERT, went to Michigan. They 
found that a way to relax and keep cool, was to go for 
lazy rides on a pontoon boat on Sisters Lake. Visiting 
relatives who live out of town is what BILLIE SLANK- 
ARD, his wife and daughter did on their vacation. His 
trip included going to Detroit, Michigan, and Cairo, 111- 

AUGUST, 1967 



inois. JOE VODVARKA, his wife and family, just re- 
turned from Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak and the Royal 
Gorge were among the many places they visited. Even 
though they had showers almost daily, they had a very 
nice time. CHARLES E. KEISER and his wife, MYRA, 
can vouch for the fact that Great Slave Lake, located in 
the Snowdrift Northwest Territories in Canada, is a fish- 
ermen's paradise. They both caught a countless number 
of large lake trout, grayling, and northern pike. Need- 
less to say they had a wonderful time and enjoyed them- 
selves immensely. Guess who caught the largest fish? 
Your scribe had to get in the act too. I took my annual 
trip to Springstead, Wisconsin, just to relax, and that I 
did. Neither the fishing nor the weather was very good, 
but I had a great time just being in that beautiful place 
. . . MARY ANN SUDA, the daughter of JOHN SUDA, 
was married to JAMES KUSEK at St. Peter and Paul 
Church on July 15. The newlyweds spent their honey- 
moon in Texas . . . The employes of the Transportation 
Department extend their sympathy to the family of JA- 
MES T. WALSH, Superintendent ofUtility and Emergency 
Service, who passed away on June 30. Requiem mass 
was said at 10 a.m. , at St. John Fisher church. And 
also to the family of CHARLES STEPHENSON, a former 
Transportation Department clerk, who was on a disa- 
bility pension and passed away on July 13. 

- QaUttt. Sjejchaxei 


Sorry to hear that C. HASLAM, Congress, is off on 
the sick list, but that's what he gets for trying to keep up 
with the younger generation. Wishes for a speedy re- 
covery are sent to the wives of J. CANNELLA and M. 
COYLE who are in the hospital. Ladies, that is no way 
to get a vacation from the old man . . . For a kiss on 
the Blarney stone, a look at the old sod, and a large de- 
posit in the Bank of Ireland, P. SODEN of Congress took 
a four-week furlough for his annual return to Ireland . . . 
As is customary for this time of the year, fish stories 
are riding high and S. NETTLES, Forest Park, tells 
the best tales. According to Sid, he spent every day of 
his vacation fishing and caught the limit of big ones only. 
The E. KARIOLICH family enjoyed the hospitality of our 
northern neighbor, Wisconsin, on their vacation up into 
the northland ... A hearty welcome to R. MORRIS and 
K. CALT, new car servicemen at Howard street . . . 
Spending their vacations doing odd jobs around the house, 
and seeing the sights of Chicago, were J. Tracy, L. 
Reyes, J. Williams, G. Fagiolo, H. Swoope, C. Donley 


THE DIVISION 308 Pensioners Club of Chicago will hold 
its next regular meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Septem- 
ber 21, on the 13th floor at 32 W. Randolph street. All 
retired members of Division 308 are invited to attend 
these meetings which are held the third Thursday of each 
month at the above time and address. 

The CTA Pensioners Club of St. Petersburg, Florida, 
will hold its next regular meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, 
October 3, at the new Odd Fellows Hall, 4140 16th street, 
north, St. Petersburg. All CTA pensioners living in 
that vicinity are invited to attend these meetings which 
are held the first Tuesday of each month at the above 
time and address. 


(Forest Park), G. Davis, F. Stoehrman, M. O'Malley, 
P. Czaja, P. McCahill, N. McGill, C. Dunlap, P. O'- 
Connor, J. Butzen, R. Sullivan, J. Masiarz, M. Duke, 
I. Maros, C. Dansby and M. Kristman (Wilson). 


No. 1 FRANK PETERSON'S pension party was really 
a great success. The food was out of this world. Italian 
sausage, lunch meat of every kind, and watermelon for 
all. Thanks to Trainman PAYNE for showing me how to 
eat the watermelon. To thank someone for the success 
of this party, I would pick Mr. and Mrs. ANTHONY 
RUSSO for cooking the sausage and peppers the night be- 
fore. To FRANK PETERSON all the luck in the world 
. . . Motorman BILL HAWKINS was at the car house, 
and he looked good. If he only can get that toe of his 
better, he would be back to work. Motorman SAL DI- 
TOMASO had an operation and should be back soon. 
Conductor JIM MC PHEE was off due to an out of place 
vertebra. We will have to get the old pro off on Sunday, 
for he can't keep up with the young fellows . . . The road 
was shocked the morning we heard that CHARLES OTIS 
was killed. He was liked by all and you couldn't find a 
nicer guy. To his wife and two children, we extend our 
deepest sorrow. Condolences to Motorman AL CLARK 
on the death of his mother. Mrs. CLARK was the sister 
of our former Superintendent, FRANK BOLAND, and we 
extend our sympathy to him also. He looked good, and 
still has that Irish wit. Condolences to Motorman ED 
RASP on the death of his father. He had just lost his 
mother two months ago, and now his father. We all ex- 
tend our sympathies to Motorman N. COMAN, on the 
death of his father . . . Now for something brighter. 
Congratulations to Conductor R. PTACIN on the mar- 
riage of his daughter. The young man is from Austria 
and they met while both were doing mission work in 
Guatemala. After their honeymoon, they are both re- 
turning to mission work. We wish them all the success 
in the world . . . Clerk E. SCHAEFFER became a grand- 
father for the seventh time. The father works as an ap- 
prentice electrician at the Skokie Shops. Everyone is 
doing fine except the grandfather, for a grandchild every 
few months is making him a nervous wreck, but he loves 
it . . . The men are now coming back from their vaca- 
tions and I will report a few. GLEN KINZIE took his 
wife on a tour of Europe. It sure pays to be a yard fore- 
man. Our good friend, ARTHUR NEWMAN, traveled to 
California to visit his mother. The MEL PFEIFFERs 
went to Expo 67 and enjoyed themselves. It was like a 
second honeymoon to them. The HAROLD PROSSERS 
visited the far west and a beautiful trip it was. My fami- 
ly and I went fishing in Wisconsin and I caught the big- 
gest fish there. How did I know that the hook was caught 
in my pants leg. 

- Sa*t* Siuhaxa 


My humble apology to BILL CAVANAUGH and Receiv- 
er A. HILLSTROM for misspelling their names. But, 
they will have to admit, it looked better my way . . . 
TAMUL, BRAUN, and SWANSON will keep an eagle eye 
on Hillstrom when they play golf from now on. They 
claim Hillstrom has his pet retriever get his ball every 
time he has a bad lie. Do you add a stroke or an assist 
for this Hillstrom? At least Cavanaugh hasn't been 
caught at such foul tactics yet . . . Clerk BARNEY BEC- 




KER and his wife left for Florida to look over some real 
estate that they bought by mail a few years back . . . Big 
bad GUSTAFSON had a week of premature vacation when 
his leader, MICKEY YOUNG, took a week of vacation 
around town and southern Wisconsin. Now, I will have 
three weeks when Gustafson goes up to Sturgeon Bay to 
relax and fish. COYLE of 59th street is going to work 
his vacation just so as to give MICKEY YOUNG a treat 
when he leads him. He will work DANDY's run when he 
goes on vacation. Dandy said he may stick around town 
just to watch the fun. I hope that all of you other nice 
guys enjoy your vacations and drop me a line or two . . . 
A word of thanks to all the summer replacements for a 
job well done ... As of now LOU MANSCH is still off 
sick. I hope that he and the other fellows regain their 
health soon because they certainly are missed . . . The 
silent reaper passed by L. JOLLY and took his mother- 
in-law, by BILL CAVANAUGH who lost his brother-in- 
law, and MATHIS who lost his wife after a long illness 
from cancer. He also took retiree OWEN O'NEILL. 
Our deepest sympathy to you fellows and your families 
. . . RICH MACKIE wrote a few lines to let us know that 
he is now a Texan and lives at 335 E. Park Drive, 
Brownsville, Texas. Also that HARRY MINOQUE is in 
Texas living in Grape Vine, of all places . . . How about 
all of you retired fellows dropping a few lines and letting 
us know your whereabouts ? 

Your friend and mine, JIMMY AHERN of the repair 
department, reports that JIMMY BELL, bus placer on 
days, is the proud daddy of a boy . . . JIM DONALDSON, 
BUTHIEWIC, and LEO USPEL are on vacation and are 
doing some fishing. I wonder who got the biggest fish, 
or has the biggest story? Pensioners PETER O'REILLY, 


Please notify CTA TRANSIT NEWS by entering 
your new address below; your present mailing 
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B. FOLTA, assistant general 
accountant. General Account- 
ing, has returned home from 
Phu Loi, South Vietnam. A 
welcome home celebration 
and open house was given on 
Sunday, August 6, and was 
attended by relatives, friends, 
and neighbors. Tom worked 
in the shop at Kedzie sta- 
tion prior to his induction 
into the service. 

and PADDY NAGLE are all enjoying the leisure life now. 
BILL LEAHY, who makes his home in Ireland, is now a 
farmer and doing real well dealing in cattle. All the 
gang says hello and would like to hear from you. JOE 
GAMIN is due any time now from his home in Florida, 
where he retired to. May all of you be blessed with 
good health and many years of the leisure life . . . This 
column depends on all of you for news so send me a line 
or two please. 

- /4*tim P. ZutMn* 


Hi fellows. I would like to begin by asking my fellow 
scribes to forgive me for not making the annual dinner. 
I lost my mother and was out of town for some time. But 
as you can see we are back now . . . Boy, the 77th Street 
operator's bowling league will kick off its 1967-68 bowl- 
ing season September 8. However, there will be a meet- 
ing of all present members and those wishing to join on 
Friday, August 18, at Pla-More Bowl, 1935 E. 79th 
Street. All CTA employes are invited to join, as indivi- 
duals or as teams. We know you will enjoy bowling with 
us for good after work recreation with friendly fellow 
employes. So come one, come all, let's have a good 
bowling year . . . Operator J. TAYLOR is going on a 
trip around the world in September. First stop is to be 
in Canada at Expo 67. I hope he doesn't forget the sou- 
venirs for his old buddy ... I had to take the family to 
see the dentist a few days ago andmy daughter, BRENDA, 
bit his finger, so I'll see him again soon (in court). Boy 
it's a pleasure to come south on Wabash Avenue on my 
Cottage Grove bus. I see so many of my old friends on 
Diversey No. 76 bus. One in particular is ERNEST 
CARTER, the scribe for Keeler. Also SHORES, EDGAR, 
BILL, and WHITEY. It's a pleasure to meet you fellows 
instead of following you. Know what I mean? . . . Oh! 
The new restaurant at 79th and Cottage has a new mana- 
ger, the most Rev. James, and I can't help but notice 
that most of the day car operators are bringing lunches, 
and I know why, $ $ $ $ . . . The Wheelers are getting 
ready for their annual affair to be held this year at the 
Chicago Sheraton. The date to be announced later . . . 
Well, this is a parting thought: First you cut out drink- 
ing; Then you cut out smoking; then you cut out girls; and 
last but not least you are cutting out paper dolls for the 
men in the little white jackets. So until next month. 
Drive safely and keep that buffer zone. 

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work discussions at their 
respective work locations, 
the employes pictured here 
are shown receiving lapel 
pins and check lists from 
their supervisors. In the 
picture at the left. Limits 
Station Superintendent G. T. 
May is presenting the material 
to Bus Operators Henry 
Seidel and Laurice Ringo. 
Two general office employes, 
Don Clancy and Mary Riley 
of Employe Relations, are 
receiving teamwork pins from 
Superintendent of Public and 
Employe Relations F. C. 
Knautz in the picture at 
the right. 

TEAMWORK: Its Message Goes Company-Wide 

TEAMWORK IS only a two syllable word, but don't 
let its size fool you. It is also a word that de- 
scribes the cooperation among individuals which 
makes them a team --it scores runs for a baseball 
team, touchdowns for a football team . . . AND 

The importance of teamwork at CTA was 
stressed by General Manager Thomas B. O'Connor, 
whokicked-off the new employe program at a meet- 
ing with department heads recently. Mr. O'Connor 
pointed out that the teamwork program will be car- 
ried company-wide during October, the month in 
which CTA celebrates its 20th anniversary as an 
operating company. 

The program is aimed at letting all employes 
know how important they are and that they are be- 
ing backed -up by management as well as all of 
their fellow employes. The program stresses that 
each employe --bus operator, rapid transit motor- 
man or conductor, repairman, craft worker, or 
office employe -- is an integral part of the CTA 
team and necessary for the efficient and safe oper- 
ation of our transit system. 

The teamwork program is being introduced at 
each work location with the use of colored slides 
or flip charts. Employes are getting together in 
small groups with their supervisors to discuss the 
importance of teamwork and to learn how they per- 
sonally may contribute to the program. At the 
meeting, employes are given a check list of points 
to be practiced and at the close of each session 

they are presented teamwork lapel pins. By wear- 
ing the pin, each employe indicates his willingness 
to support the big CTA team. 

Although each employe receives a check list 
describing what he, individually, can do to make 
the campaign effective, all employes are encour- 
aged to give assistance if they observe the follow- 

1. If an operating employe appears to need 
assistance, identify yourself as a fellow employe 
and ask if you can help. If there is an accident 
accept a courtesy card -- this will encourage other 
passengers to follow your example. If the employe 
is unable to call the radio dispatcher himself, 
make the call for him -- just call MO 4-7200, ask 
for the radio dispatcher, and convey the message. 

2. Whether you are on a bus, train, or just on 
the street, if you witness acts of rowdyism or van- 
dalism, call the radio dispatcher immediately. 
Your call will bring CTA or city police to the 
scene quickly. 

The employe discussion meetings are only the 
start of the program -- they provide the tools with 
which each employe can practice teamwork. How 
these tools are used depends upon the individual 
employe, or should we say, upon the team member. 

At the initial teamwork session with supervisory 
personnel, Mr. O'Connor remarked that it was the 
cooperation and support of all employes that brought 
CTA to its present stature in the transit industry. 
He also spoke of financial assistance which has 
been made available by governmental agencies, 
through which many improvements to CTA's sys- 
tem are now becoming a reality. "Teamwork," he 
said, "Is the means by which we will make mass 
transit in Chicago even greater than it is now. " 


Editor's note: The OPEN HOUSE Mr. O'Connor mentioned is to celebrate CTA's 20th anniversary as an operating company. On this 
occasion, all CTA employes and their families will have the opportunity to tour the General Offices and the Operations Control Center 
in the Merchandise Mart. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available. Open house will be on Friday, October 27, from 3 p.m. to 
9 p.m. and on Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CTA routes serving the Mart include the Ravenswood rapid transit route and 
Lincoln-Larrabee (No. 10), Taylor-Sedgwick-Sheffield (No. 37), and Michigan-State-Wacker (No. 149) bus routes (the 149 service will be 
expanded to operate between State-Congress and the Mart until 9:30 p.m. on Friday). 


C. J. Buck Retires After 42 Years in Electrical Department 


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FETED AT a party in his honor was C. J. Buck, who retired 
October 1 as CTA electrical engineer. Mr. Buck, pictured 
holding one of the gifts he received from his fellow employes, 
is standing beside S. S. Danecke, superintendent of electrical 
construction, with whom he has been associated since the 
20's, when they both joined the CRT Electrical Department. 

C. J. BUCK, CTA electrical engineer, retired on 
pension October 1 closing out a career of 42 years 
in the transit industry. 

As a student engineer in the Electrical Depart- 
ment, Mr. Buck entered the service of the former 
Chicago Rapid Transit company on August 18, 1925. 
With the purchase of local transit properties by 
CTA in 1947 he became chief testing engineer and 
was subsequently appointed power engineer in Sep- 
tember, 1955, and electrical engineer in July, 
1966. Mr. Buck was graduated from the Armour 
Institute, now the Illinois Institute of Technology, 
with a B. S. degree in electrical engineering. 

He is a past chairman of the American Transit 
Association electrical section and has been a mem- 
ber of the substation standards sub-committee of 
the land transportation committee of the Institute 
of Electrical and Electronics Engineers since 1958. 

Mr. Buck, who resides at 4506 N. Ashland ave- 
nue with his wife, Honore, will remain in the Chi- 
cago area to enjoy his retirement. He and his 
wife, however, are planning more frequent visits 
with their two sons. Their older son, Gerald, is 
teaching high school in Lansing, Michigan, and 
their younger son, Daniel, who plans to enter the 
priesthood, is studying at St. Mary of the Lake 

Volume XX 


Number 8 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 
Robert D. Heinlein, Editor 
F. C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00. Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

IT'S NO longer unusual to pick up a newspaper and read where 
a film star has thrown his hat into the political ring, but we're 
sure more than one rapid transit employe looked twice recently 
when Shirley Temple Black announced her candidacy for 
Congress. These same employes probably still remember the 
day when she took a 40-mile sightseeing trip on the "|_" and 
even stepped up to pose at the controls on a 4000-type car. It 
was during the 30's that the former child star of motion pic- 
tures was on a visit to Chicago and took her first "|_" 
train ride. In the picture at the right she is chatting with 
B. J. Fallon, CRT executive officer. 


South, Skokie Shops Win Safety Awards 

TWO CTA Shops and Equipment Department loca- 
tions were recently presented highly-coveted tran- 
sit industry awards in recognition of their safety 
achievements. Both South Shops and Skokie Shops 
were awarded the American Transit Association 
bronze certificates for outstanding records of 
working 250, 000 consecutive man hours without a 
lost time or disability injury. 

South Shops, the major bus overhaul facility, 
was cited because 371,236 consecutive man hours 
withouL a lost time injury here accumulated be- 
tween December 20, 1966, and May 16, 1967. 

Skokie Shops, the rapid transit overhaul shops, 
received its certificate for completing 284, 420 
consecutive man hours without a lost time injury 
between September 13, 1966, and June 4, 1967. 

A. R. Sandberg 


Electrical Engineer 

THE APPOINTMENT of A. R. Sandberg as CTA 
electrical engineer, effective October 1, was an- 
nounced recently by Thomas B. O'Connor, CTA 
general manager. 

He succeeds C. J. Buck, who retired Septem- 
ber 30 after 42 years of service. 

Mr. Sandberg, who was employed by the Chi- 
cago Surface lines in their Electrical Department, 
began his transit career in April, 1936, as an 
electrolysis clerk. In that department, he was 
subsequently appointed assistant testing engineer 

The presentation of the bronze certificates was 
made by P. J. Meinardi, CTA manager of finance, 
at ceremonies which were attended by shops em- 
ployes, supervisory personnel, safety committee 
members, and Insurance Department representa- 
tives. The award received by South Shops, pic- 
tured above, is being displayed by (from left) L. G. 
Anderson, superintendent of shops and equipment; 
E. E. Olmstead, assistant superintendent, surface 
system; E. Nelson, general foreman, mechanical; 
S. J. Eisin, general foreman, body; Mr. Meinardi; 
W. A. Ashley, superintendent of insurance and 
pensions, and J. T. Burke, coordinator, fire and 
safety. The picture at the right, taken at Skokie 
Shops, shows Mr. Meinardi making the presenta- 
tion to E. R. Hendrickson and H. G. Doering, su- 
perintendent and assistant superintendent of rapid 
transit shops and terminals, respectively. 

in 1939, development engineer in 1942, and princi- 
pal testing engineer in 1944. 

Following the take-over of transit properties by 
CTA in 1947, Mr. Sandberg became electrical de- 
sign engineer in 1950. During 1957 he became 
assistant engineer of buildings and structures and 
in 1961 he was named planning and development 
engineer. The position which he held until the time 
of his most recent appointment, was that of engi- 
neer of plant improvements, to which he was ap- 
pointed in 1964. While working in that capacity, 
Mr. Sandberg assisted in the development of sili- 
con rectifiers for CTA substations and even more 
recently, worked with public agencies and consul- 
tants in the design of transit facilities for the 
federally-financed rapid transit extensions in the 
Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways. 

A graduate of Evanston Township High school in 
the class of 1932, Mr. Sandberg continued his edu- 
cation at the YMCA in Chicago and then, from 1935 
to 1941, majored in electric engineering at the 
Lewis institute and Illinois Institute of Technology. 
Between 1944 and 1946 he served as an instructor 
on the IIT campus teaching illumination engineering 
to engineers of plants in wartime production. The 
course was developed jointly by IIT and the Chicago 
Lighting institute and sponsored by the Federal 
Government. Mr. Sandberg is a registered pro- 
fessional engineer in the State of Illinois. 


for mercy's sake.. .give 

YES, YOUR contribution to the 1966 Metropolitan 
Crusade of Mercy served a vital need --it aided a 
homeless child and a serviceman in Viet Nam, it 
brought new excitement to a lonesome elderly citi- 
zen, it provided the training which enabled a hand- 
icapped child to drink from a glass and move a 
marble, it brought scouting to a teenager who had 
known only the street corners, and it gave shelter 
to a family victimized by a tornado last spring. 

The Metropolitan Crusade campaign for 1967 is 
already under way and the goal has been set at 
$24,046, 120, which is five per cent more than the 
amount raised last year. Supported by these funds 
are 900 health and welfare agencies in Chicago and 
138 outlying communities. The population of the 
metropolitan area served is 5, 800, 000. 

CTA launched its 1967 Metropolitan Crusade 
campaign on October 2 and once again employes 
are being given the opportunity to participate 
through the payroll deduction plan. Last year, 
CTA employes pledged a total of $77,942.60 in 
monthly payroll deductions and cash gifts to the 
combined 1966 appeal. In this year's campaign, 
every effort will be made to increase this amount. 

to the Metropolitan Cru- 
sade will perform count- 
less acts of mercy. It 
will find a foster home 
for this child . . . 

. . . introduce scouting to 
thousands of youngsters 
who can't pay dues . . . 

Employes who are not currently contributing 
through the payroll deduction plan will receive en- 
rollment ,cards. Those who are presently contri- 
buting monthly will be urged to increase their 
pledges, as their circumstances permit. Employes 
who wish to contribute one per cent of their annual 
earnings or one day's pay may do so by marking 
and signing their card; lapel pins are presented to 
each employe who gives one of these gifts, to show 
his concern for people who need help. 

It should be pointed out that to the employe, a 
day's pay means only the price of a pack of ciga- 
rettes or a gallon of gasoline a week, or three 
lines of bowling or a Loop movie every month. 
But to the Metropolitan Crusade, the average day's 
pay can provide either 10 Red Cross comfort kits 
for injured servicemen in Viet Nam, six months' 
service for a child in a settlement house or "Y", 
one set of rescue equipment for a Red Cross water 
safety class, five days' camping for an underprivi- 
leged child, 70 meals provided and delivered by 
settlement houses and neighborhood centers for 
elderly shut-ins, an eye examination and glasses 
for a foster child, service at an Infant Welfare 
Society station for one baby for six months, three 
home visits by a visiting nurse, or special therapy 
for a mentally retarded child for one month. 

Please give . 
your fair share ! 

for mercy's sake . . . and give 

. . . break 



the monotony of 
routine for ser- 
and veterans . . . 

> . . offer encouragement 
and comfort to retarded 


Al Percy Logan 

George Robinson 


CTA is doing everything possible 
to make its services more attrac- 
tive to passengers, but it is the 
employe who knows and practices 
courtesy that can best accomplish 
this objective. 

Uniformed employes, espe- 
cially, are natural salesmen for 
the company, because their uni- 
forms identify them as members 
of the CTA team, whether or not 
they are on duty. And our pas- 
sengers do notice these employes 
and judge them and the company 
they represent by their actions -- 
this is demonstrated by the let- 
ters received each month by the 
Public Information Department. 

Two letters received recently 
commended uniformed employes 
who, while off duty, promoted 
good will by giving assistance to 
individuals in distress. The text 
of these letters follows: 

"Enclosed is 36<pfor three half 
fares for which one of your em- 
ployes, Operator George Robin- 
son, Badge No. 5244 (North Ave- 
nue Station), paid out of his own 
pocket when my child and two of 

her girlfriends lost their bus fare 
last Saturday and were left stran- 
ded. They had one dime among 
them, so they used it to call me. 
Due to my being ill at the time, I 
was unable to pick them up so I 
asked them to look around for a 
policeman or a bus driver. They 
located Mr. Robinson, who came 
to the phone and I explained the 
situation to him. He said he 
would pay their carfare and see 
that they got on the proper bus. 
I asked for his name and number 
so that I could mail him the mon- 
ey. It is a comforting feeling to 
know that the CTA has this fine 
caliber of men employed by it 
during these hectic times. I wish 
you would express my gratitude 
and thanks to Mr. Robinson." 

"I am writing this letter as an 
expression of my gratitude to 
Operator Al Logan, Badge No. 
9008 (77th Street Station), one of 
your drivers. One day last week, 
just as I turned on to the Wacker 
Drive Express from the Congress 
Expressway (a busy and poten- 
tially dangerous intersection) my 
car had not one, but two flat tires. 
Having no idea of how to hold a 

jack, let alone loosen a tire, you 
can imagine my distress. Al- 
though many motorists drove past, 
Mr. Logan was the only one who 
stopped his car to help. I will 
remember his courtesy and kind- 
ness for a long, long time. " 

In letters of appreciation, par- 
ents frequently write CTA thank- 
ing operating personnel for the 
attention given to their children 
while riding our services. Be- 
cause of their unfamiliarity with 
bus and "L" routes and transfer 
regulations, youngsters often re- 
quire special consideration by 
employes. One of these letters, 
received recently, described the 
efficient manner in which Travel 
Information Clerk Lawrence Pro- 
vost gave riding instructions for 
the guidance of two girls from 
suburban Elmhurst. 

"Recently I called to inquire 
about bus transportation for two 
teenagers who were arranging a 
trip from Elmhurst to Chicago 
and then to Howard street, Evan- 
ston, and Senn High school. The 
gentleman who assisted us on the 
phone was most generous and kind 
in giving detailed instructions for 
the girls' day of travel. He was 
considerate, giving every possi- 
ble direction, the timing, and 
everything necessary to insure 
their safe travel to their intended 
destination. " 

Lawrence Provost 



By Dr. George H. Irwin 
CTA Medical Consultant 

Diabetes and Its Relationship to Heart Disease 

THIS IS a very broad subject, and because of the 
limited time and space only a few general aspects 
will be discussed. Heart disease studies reveal 
there are many different types. In this article 
heart disease will be referred to as, or mean, 
coronary heart disease, arteriosclerotic heart 
disease, and high blood pressure. 

In recent years there has been an increasing 
awareness of the relationship of diabetes, not only 
to heart disease, but to a variety of other condi- 
tions. Diabetes is now the seventh leading cause 
of death in the United States. It is the second com- 
monest cause of blindness. It is an underlying 
factor in many common circulatory conditions, in- 
cluding coronary heart disease, peripheral vascu- 
lar disease (as in gangrene of the toes), and in 
cerebral vascular disease leading to stroke. 

The incidence and magnitude of diabetes is re- 
vealed by the statistics which show there are be- 
tween 2,500,000 and 3, 000, 000 people in the United 
States afflicted with diabetes. It is even more as- 
tounding to learn that about 50 per cent of this 
number do not know that they have this condition 
until it is discovered by their doctor. This is be- 
cause many cases of diabetes start so gradually 
that people are not aware of its presence. It is no 
wonder that diabetes is sometimes referred to as 
a "hidden disease. " 

I think when we understand that one of the basic 
changes in diabetes is a thickening of the inner- 
coat or lining of the arteries, we have a better or 
clearer explanation of the relationship between 
diabetes and heart disease. The explanation is 
logical, because the increased sugar in the blood 
causes a thickening or swelling of the inner lining 
of the artery which in turn reduces the blood sup- 
ply. Therefore, we have the lessened or impaired 
blood flow which is a forerunner of all types of 
vascular diseases. 

There are many, many different reports show- 
ing the relationship between diabetes and heart 
disease. A reliable source is a series of cases 
studied at Massachusetts General hospital. This 
was an autopsy report which showed the incidence 
of coronary heart disease to be about 60 per cent 
in the diabetic. In a similar number of autopsies, 
the incidence of heart disease in the non-diabetic 
group was only about 20 per cent. Thus, it be- 
comes a fairly well established fact that diabetes 
predisposes to heart disease and also accelerates 
the course of the disease once it has developed. 

Because of this proven relationship between 
diabetes and heart disease, doesn't it make good 

sense to find out at the earliest possible time 
whether or not you have diabetes? In order to as- 
certain this you will, of course, want to know the 
common symptoms of diabetes -- which I will 
briefly mention. One should be particulary on the 
alert when there is a history of the disease in the 
family. Also it should be recalled that obesity 
predisposes to diabetes. The symptoms ofdiabetes 
may be very mild or severe. In the early cases 
there may be no symptoms at all. Usually there is 
increased thirst, visual disturbances, fatigue, 
tiredness, weakness, desire for starches and 
sweets, and loss of weight. Later in the course of 
the disease, an abnormal amount of drowsiness is 

I am not going to discuss the treatment because 
that is fairly well standarized. The all-important 
advice is to have an early diagnosis. The best way 
to accomplish this is to have frequent, regular ex- 
aminations by your doctor. A simple normal urine 
examination is not always sufficient. The most 
reliable methods include blood sugar and glucose 
tolerance tests. 

Once the diagnosis is made and treatment is 
started, the important step has been taken. In 
other words, you have killed two birds with one 
stone. By that, I mean you are not only controlling 
the diabetes but you are minimizing the possible 
development and complications of heart disease. 


AVRAM, R. V. , Shop Clerk II, South Shops 
CLARK, G. L. , Operator, North Park 
GRAY, E. L. , Operator, North Avenue 
HAGEN, G. J. , Bus Serviceman, North Avenue 
HIGGINS, F. J. , Bus Serviceman, 69th Street 
JANKOWSKI, P. C. , Reception Clerk, Claim 
JOHNSON, J. L. , Bus Serviceman, Forest Glen 
KERSH, A. J. Operator, 69th Street 
KREMER, V. M. , Bus Repairman, Limits 
KYLE, B. , Bus Serviceman, Kedzie 
LONDON, R. , Car Serviceman, Wilson Avenue 
STANFORD, E. M. , Bus Serviceman, 77th Street 
WHITE, W. E. , Trackman II, Engineering 


DOMIKAITIS, R. V. , Bus Serviceman, 77th Street 
FOLTA, T. W. , Bus Repairman, North Avenue 
HARNETT, P. J. , Bus Repairman, North Park 
KELLY, M. Jr. , Operator, Kedzie 
MIRALLEGRO, R. P. ,. Bus Serviceman, Kedzie 
MORGAN, C. L. , Extra Guard, West Section 
ODDO, J. R. , Car Repairman, Congress 
VENEZIA, F. W. , Graduate Trainee, Training 
VINICKY, R. J. , Machinist Appr. , South Shops 
WATSON, T. E. , Operator, Limits 
WODARSKI, T. S. , Mach. Oper. , Repro. Serv. 


QUESTION: What is your favorite fall activity? 


LOCATION: Keeler Station 

DON SCHAEFFER, operator 'with reporter Ernest C. Carter): 
"My favorite fall activity is just sports in general. My wife 
and I play volleyball in the local park, take lengthy bicycle 
trips, and prepare our ski equipment for the coming season." 

ROBERT E. O'NEAL, operator: "My 
most interesting fall, and all-season 
activities, are about the same. I enjoy 
working with such organizations as the 
church, veteran groups, and block clubs, 
teaching and helping youngsters in 
doing something worthwhile." 

ED GLONKE, janitor: "During the fall 
I enjoy hunting for mushrooms. This is 
also the time when I begin taking the 
screens down and installing the storm 
windows, and also preparing for the 
Xmas holidays. 

S. J. McKENNIE, operator: "I love to 
play touch football and any activity that 
will take me outdoors during this most 
wonderful of seasons. I also enjoy 
hiking and bicycling." 

JOE CARUSO, bus serviceman: "This 
time of year I like to take the kids out 
and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery." 




ACCOUNTING (General] - 

In this vacation month, the call of the "north woods" 
country seems to be very inviting. ROD HEFFERNAN 
and his family packed their gear and headed for a north- 
ern resort in Bemidji, Minnesota, the state of 10,000 
lakes. They thoroughly relaxed and took pleasure in 
boating, swimming, and fishing. Weather was ideal and 
the fish were biting good. In fact, the "big fisherman" 
brought home enough of these northern beauties to have a 
fish fry, inviting the neighbors who helped them enjoy the 
fruits of their endeavors, thus winding up their vacation 
with a flourish . . . ROBERT McCARTHY and the Mc 
Carthy clan tucked all their camping paraphernalia in the 
car and started on their exciting and well-earned vaca- 
tion. The drive was beautiful and mother nature had 
done herself proud this year with the trees so green, the 
water so blue, and the air so fresh and clean. Their 
destination - the Pine O'Nokomis Lodge in Tomahawk, 
Wisconsin. They swam, went boating and, of course, 
enjoyed the most intriguing of summer sports, fishing, 
and Bob caught some big ones. After a week of this 
carefree living they wended their way homeward to dream 
of returning next summer . . . MIKE VERDONCK, Bill- 
ing, and his wife also answered the call and drove to 
their favorite spot, a resort on Big Round Lake in Luck, 
Wisconsin. Weather was perfect, in the 80's and 90's, 
and fishing great, especially when the wife rows the boat. 
Mike said some of the big ones got away. However, he 
came out with quite a catch, which they will enjoy after 
they reach home. When the snow flies, they will remi- 
nisce on those lazy, hazy days of summer, the land of 
lakes, and fisherman's paradise . . . RUTH HAVLIK, 
Accounting, MARIE HAVLIK, Electrical, and their moth- 
er also turned northward, when they drove through On- 
tario and Quebec, Canada, to visit Expo 67 at Montreal, 
stopping at the Upper Canada Village enroute. They 
found the Expo 67 exhibits very attractive and exciting 
and the crowds immense. People from all countries 
came to appreciate the wondrous displays. While at the 
Upper Canada Village, they surveyed and inspected the 
buildings which had been saved for a museum from inun- 
dation when the St. Lawrence river was deepened. On 
their return trip they had a pleasant visit in Adrian, 
Michigan, with their former pastor and his wife, who 
had just retired after a term of service in India. 

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The St. Joseph Branch of the Society of the Little Flo- 
wer will hold its annual communion breakfast Sunday, 
November 12, at 8 a.m. at the Little Flower Shrine, 
and all members are urged to attend. Operator JOHN 
NOLLE is the latest member to join the Little Flower. 
Anyone else? Please make your returns, and help put 
Beverly on the top . . . Our thanks to Superintendents 
WILL, and to BILL McGEE of the repair department, 
and all the men who contributed to the memorial ad for 
the late EARL TIBBITTS . . . Operators JOHN CAMP- 
BELL and GEORGE SCHLETZ of the Mystic Star Lodge 
also supported this ecumenical movement . . . Operator 
VICTOR HULTHEN is in need of blood donors to help 

him recover from a very serious illness . . . We express 
our sympathy to JOHN MAHON in the loss of his wife 
. . . Operator WALTER BAROWSKY is looking forward 
to a golf match with Operator ED RICKER at the Beverly 
Country Club, which is along side the depot. 

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CONGRESS [Agents] - 

Our heartiest congratulations to pensioner and former 
Agent WILLIAM SMITH who, on August 3, celebrated his 
79th birthday. He is looking forward to another trip to 
St. Petersburg, Florida. . . Conductor ELTON SMILEY 
and his wife, CARMELLA, became grandparents for the 
first time when their daughter-in-law, LINDA, and son, 
RICHARD, became the proud parents of a baby girl, 
DAWNE MARIE, on August 12 . . . The student agents 
and some of the student agents of yester-years met at 
Sycamore on Sunday, August 12, and had a truly mem- 
orable picnic . . . Pensioner AGNES SULLIVAN wishes 
to thank all her friends for their kindness to her. She is 
now enjoying her pension and is in good health . . . Our 
recently retired editor, DAVID E. EVANS, stopped off 
at the planetarium and aquarium one day, and decided 
that being free to do as you choose, your feet on the 
ground strolling along the lake, looking at the stars, or 
sunning yourself, was a happy way to be . . . Agent IR- 
VIN WIECZOREK celebrated his birthday on August 23. 
Congratulations ! . . Agent JUNE KINARD is still on the 
sick list and will be for some time. She asked me to 
thank her many friends and to say how much she appre- 
ciates the thoughtfulness and prayers of her co-workers 
and friends . . . Our sincere sympathy to the family of 
IRVIN BOCK, who passed away suddenly on August 11, 
and also to the family of retired Gateman JOSEPH NO- 
VAK, for whom services were held on Monday, August 2 
. . . We were sorry to hear that former Agent DOROTHY 
RAIMON passed away on August 1 . . . We are happy to 
hear that Agent LAWRENCE FRICOT and Clerk LAW- 
RENCE TOBIN are back to work ... On the sick list 
We wish them a speedy recovery . . . Agent JOHN KAWA 
and his wife flew to Hawaii, where they spent their vaca- 
tion flying from island to island. That's where I would 
like to be right now, up in the clouds looking down . . . 
Motorman JAMES BRADY's mother, BRIDGET BRADY, 
celebrated her 79th birthday by flying to Boston for her 
birthday party and a visit with her daughter, Mrs. ANN 
PRENDERGAST, and grand-daughter, who flew in from 
London for the occasion. Because his mother has more 
pep than he, James is going to switch to her brand of vi- 
tamin pills . . . Agent CATHERINE GRADY and her hus- 
band, JAMES GRADY, were host and hostess to Cather- 
ine's sister, Mrs. JAMES MURTAUGH, who flew to Chi- 
cago from County West Mead, the town of Mellingar, to 
attend the marriage of their brother, FRANK BURKE, to 
Colleen THERESA O'GRADY, of County Mayo. Catherine 
and James were on vacation, so during the eight-week 
visit of Mrs. Murtaugh, there were many trips to nearby 
lakes and interesting places . . . Agent MARY DOYLE 
spent part of her vacation at Lake Geneva and later, 
members of her family and relatives had a get-together 
in Palatine . . . Porter STANLEY BANALS and his wife 




went to Florida to visit with their son. They had the op- 
portunity of meeting the astronauts, because their son is 
an officer stationed at Cape Canaveral. They later went 
to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to visit their other son . . . 
Student Agent TOM BARRETT is back working after his 
extended visit with Uncle Sam . . . Agents CAROL and 
JAMES CARNEY gave their new car a good tryout by go- 
ing on a camping trip. It was so much fun, they plan to 
do it again . . . ARTHUR SIMS and his wife, DOROTHY, 
went to Expo 67 in Montreal, and then ventured 100 miles 
further, where they did some fishing . . . Agent MATH- 
EW HILGOT and his wife, MARGE, spent four weeks at 
Manitowac Waters, Hurley, Wisconsin. . . Agent STAN- 
LEY SLOWIK and his wife took short trips while on va- 
cation. One of these trips took them to the home of For- 
mer President ULYSSES GRANT, in Galena, Illinois. 
Stanley was especially impressed by Grant's bedstead. 
Could it be that he was remembering it wouldn't be long 
before he would have to get out of his own bed early in 
the morning for work . . . Agent FRED REED and his 
wife, EUGENE, went to Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mis- 
souri during their vacation . . . Agents MARY NOLAN, 
were also on vacation, but as of now, we don't know 
where, but all vacations are usually nice . . . During 
the week-end of August 11 JAMES CLARK and a neighbor 
went on a fishing trip to the Mississippi river and caught 
over 100 blue gills and bass. When Porter ORA MIL- 
LER heard about it, it made him sick to think of the fun 
he missed. They went back the following week and cau- 
ght almost as many. Next time Jim, don't forget that 
camera, or you will have us wondering if we are hearing 
a fish story. I'm only teasing; Jim doesn't make up 


After being away for over a year, the Claim Depart- 
ment has finally returned to the Transit News. Well, 
here's our first, hope we stay this time! . . The THORN- 
TON'S are "trailering" again! VERN and his wife , AN- 
NA, packed their trailer and took a two-week vacation. 
They spent one week inWhiteshell Provincial park, which 
is east of Winnipeg, Manitoba. They found the area to 
be beautiful and primitive. Fishing was poor so they 
made a move down to Crane Lake, Minnesota, on the 
Canadian border and finished out their week there with 
continued poor fishing. Better luck next time . . . CAR- 
MEN and MADELAINE PACELLAhave become the proud 
parents of a baby girl, ANGELA. The Pacellas have an- 
other daughter, MARIA, who was just two in May . . . 
Congratulations are extended to BING APITZ and CECIL 
MIMMS who are now statementmen. Good luck to both of 
you . . . JOHN DALY and his family spent an enjoyable 
week fishing in Okee, Wisconsin . . . Have recently 
heard from a former employe, DEAN GRAVER, who is 
in the army at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri . . . SANDI 
ANDERSON and her family have just returned from a 
month's vacation which they spent in Skoghall, Sweden, 
where they visited relatives. While in Sweden, Sandi 
toured Norway for one week, stayed in Stockholm for two 
days, then went on a boat and bus tour and saw some of 
the forty islands of Stockholm. She also went through 
the Palace of Stockholm . . . PAUL JANKOWSKI is leav- 
ing to go into the array in September. Best of luck from 
all of us, Paul . . . Welcome back to TOM NODARSKI 
who recently returned from the army . . . ED and MARY 
O'CONNELL have returned from a months vacation which 


they spent touring Europe. They left O'Hare Airport and 
flew to New York, from New York to Shannon Airport, 
then from Shannon Airport to Dublin, where they stayed 
a week. While in Ireland they visited relatives inGalway, 
visited the Bishop of Galway, and walked up O'Connell 
Street. They left Ireland and flew to London, where they 
stayed for three days and saw the sights. From London 
they went to Copenhagen and spent six days. They were 
there prior to the wedding of the Crown Princess. From 
Copenhagen they flew to Switzerland and stayed for three 
days, and then went to Lucerne, where they saw sights 
which they say were beautiful. From Switzerland they 
flew to Rome, stayed for six days, had an audience with 
the Pope, and took a very modern electric train from 
Rome to Naples where they stayed overnight and took a 
tour. From Naples they sailed home on the Leonardo da- 


We at Blue Island are always happy to hear from our 
pensioners. Received a card from ED BRUCKNER who 
is living in San Diego, California. CLYDE PETERSON 
and JOHN MICHNICK came in to visit us . . . Expo 6 7 is 
a popular vacation spot. ALBERT LORENZI and his. 
family, the DICK DORGAN family, the PAUL SAUVES, 
and JAMES HAY DON and his wife all drove north to en- 
joy the exposition. Maybe CTA should have a booth of 
its own . . . Miss BERNADETTE KIZIOR is out west 
visiting Colorado Springs and the Grand Teton mountains 
. . . JOSEPH CONNELLY visited his son in Maryland 
and learned how to fish for crabs. He said they are good 
eating. . . HERB STOREY and his wife, LIZZ, were 
caught in the flood at Fairbanks, Alaska, and were eva- 
cuated by the U.S. Army. They saw the North Pole and 
decided to let the Eskimos keep it . . . CLARENCE HO- 
SANG has been fishing in Marcellus, Michigan. He's 
trying to learn to water ski, but blames his failure on 
the fact that his wife doesn't row the boat fast enough 
. . . ELOISE COOK, daughter of SUSAN and MELVIN 
COOK, was married August 12 to EVERETT W. FOSS of 
Plainfield, Illinois. The wedding took place at St. Ed- 
monds church, Oak Park, Illinois . . . NANCY WIL- 
MONT and BRIAN HORSFALL were united in marriage 
at the Edgewater Lutheran church on August 4. Nancy 
is the daughter of PAULINE and ARVIN WILMONT. 

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training is DEAN GRAVER, 
formerly of Claims Depart- 
ment and the son of NORM 
GRAVER, assistant super- 
intendent of Security, who 
was drafted into the Army in 
June. After completing his 
basic training at Ft. Leonard 
Wood, Missouri, Dean was 
transferred August 31 to Ft. 
Huachuca, Arizona, for train- 
ing as a radio operator. 




JAMES TOOLIS, while vacationing with his wife and 
four of his children, visited the beautiful sights of Expo 
67 in Montreal. His daughter, BARBARA, had returned 
home after having a wonderful tour of Europe. Upon ar- 
riving home, Jim discovered that the stork had delivered 
a baby boy, SEAN MICHAEL, to the family of his daugh- 
ter, MARILYN, the GERALD KANE's, on August 13. 
Granddaughter KAREN, welcomed her brother . . . BOB 
SCHAGEMAN, while vacationing with his wife and daugh- 
ter in New Hampshire, scored a 190 yard hole-in-one 
while playing golf on the Ammonoosuc golf course near 
Lisbon, New Hampshire . . . CAROL ANN HENNINGSEN, 
daughter of TOM HENNINGSEN and his wife, MILDRED, 
was married to SAMUEL A. WILLI, son of JOHN WILLI, 
north section motorman, on Saturday, August 12, at St. 
Peter's church in Skokie. The reception was held at the 
home of the bride's parents in Morton Grove, immedi- 
ately following the ceremony . . . ROY SMITH and his 
wife, MARYANNE, spent a week vacationing in northern 
Wisconsin and stopping at the Wisconsin Dells. They 
had a very enjoyable time . . . ANNETTE HEFTER and 
her husband drove to Miami Beach where they spent a 
few days. Then they took a three-day cruise to Nassau, 
where they enjoyed several tours. They drove along the 
east coast to Norfolk, Virginia, taking in the ocean towns 
over to Washington, D. C. , and then through Pennsylvania 
to Niagara Falls, Canada, and to Detroit. They had a 
very pleasant two week's vacation. . . MARY BOSKI, and 
her husband, JOHN, her mother, sister CAROL, bro- 
ther-in-law, TOM, and a friend, ROSA, spent a week va- 
cation at Oakton Manor on Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin. 
It wasn't Las Vegas, says Mary, but they all had a grand 
time and were blessed with five beautiful days weather- 
wise. Mary's tan proved it. Mary and her sister, Carol, 
together won six trap keys for tournaments they entered 
. . . JIM JOEFFREY, his wife, and daughter travelled 
1,700 miles during his vacation, stopping at Gettysburg, 
Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. They took a two- 
day tour of the Capital taking in all the most interesting 
buildings and sights. They also stopped to visit friends 
in Fairflex, Virginia. They had a wonderful two weeks. 

(West Shops) - 

RONALD J. HAYES and his wife, CORLISS, announced 
the arrival of their baby son, RONALD J. HAYES, born 
on July 23 at the Lutheran General hospital . . . For all 
of those who may have wondered, Mr. J. B. O'REILLY, 
can be quiet. He does not talk in his sleep . . . VIC EI- 
SEMANN, our steamfitter foreman, recently Fpent his 
vacation in picturesque Dorr County, Wisconsin, golfing 
. . . CHESTER MAJEROWICZ and his family are spend- 
ing their vacation at Lake Delavan, Wisconsin. Another 
Wisconsin vacationer was LEON WALKER, who spent his 
time taking his sisters from California on a tour of Wil- 
liams Bay, where Mr. Walker has his summer home . . . 
ART STEERS vacationed in Wyoming at Yellowstone 
Park. The bears in the park stand right in front of the 
cars begging for food and licking their paws. They really 
ham it up . . . HAROLD BERNDT, labor foreman, be- 
came a papa for the seventh time with the birth of ROB- 
ERT JOHN. Congratulations Harold! . . Also, LEO 
FELCKOWSKI and BILL HEFFERNAN, foremen, became 
grandfathers for the second time. Leo's little grand- 
daughter's name is KIMBERLY ANN, and Bill's little 
grandson's name is TIMOTHY EMMETT. Congratula- 
tions, grandpas! . . We would like to extend our sympa- 
thy to SHARON RUANE. Her father passed away on Aug- 
ust 11. Also our condolences to PATTY GILL, whose 
father passed away in Ireland on August 16 . . . NEWS 
FLASH -- E. P. WADE falls from horse in sleep . . . 


TOMMY STAUNTON's parents recently arrived from 
Ireland to celebrate three weddings, those of Tommy's 
sister, his brother, and finally Tommy. Tom's been 
busy escorting them on a tour of our city. 


The St. Joseph Branch of the Little Flower society 
communion breakfast will be held Sunday, November 12. 
Buses will leave Forest Glen station at 6:50 a.m. All 
members and friends are urged to attend . . . Division 
241 union meetings are held the first Monday of each 
month. Transportation is available, leaving the depot 
from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Let's all help Forest Glen, 
which is number three in attendance. Get with it fellows, 
we can still be number one with just a little help . . . 
Our board members, ANDY KOHLER and ED STOBART, 
express their thanks to all who supported the annual 
COPE drive at our station. . . ANDY LEE, our top gol- 
fer, wonders who got the better of the deal he made in 
swapping putters with TED GALUS . . . Pensioners ED- 
GEORGE ZOLD, and CASPER FRANZ all paid us a visit 
here at Forest Glen in the past month. Each one looks 
fine, and is enjoying life to the fullest . . . Repairman 
FRANK PIASECKI had a wonderful vacation up in Wis- 
consin . . . Operators HAGERTY, KURINEC, and JES- 
CHKE all enjoyed their vacations. Even DICK FINGAL 
managed to get out to the track. Of course Fingal had a 
few winners . . . By the way, I suppose there are lots of 
financial blues now that vacations are over, if so, your 
credit union is always ready to serve you. Drop in and 
see JOHN LANGE, or any of the other fellows who are 
willing to be of help . . . Received a card from PAT and 
LU GARITY, who spent their vacation touring Honolulu, 
Hawaii. They stated the trip was out of this world, only 
too short . . . PAUL BEUTLIN toured Arizona, Mexico, 
California, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming. He stated our 
country is really a beautiful place. So much to be seen 
and so little time . . . JOHN FRANCIS POWELL was 
born July 20 to DENNIS and BEVERLY (CARPINO) POW- 
ELL. Receiver FRANK CARPINO and his wife, ELAINE, 
are very happy to be presented with their third grandson 
. . . Another proud grandfather is our night clerk, HERB 
SCHMIDT, whose daughter Mrs. NANCY BUYCK had a 
son May 28. Now old Herbie has six grandchildren, five 
boys and one girl. Mrs. Schmidt, we want you to know 

WITH A fish olmost bigger 
than himself is seven year 
old WILLIAM HENRY, son of 
Forest Glen Operator and 
Transit News Reporter W. A. 
HENRY, who made the catch 
while the Henry family was 
on vacation in Canada. 




all of the fellows take good care of your Herbie. Of 
course, he has the easiest job here, plenty of music for 
his nightly chores, and he always has a smile. I do be- 
lieve he is still in love with you Mrs. Schmidt, because 
he says he's enjoyed every minute with a beautiful woman 
. . . By the way, what ever became of the "Bloody Red 
Baron? " 

- W. /4. "»UVUf 0..., .11.. .,.».,. 


Pensioner EARL LEAMING and his wife, GRACE, 
who are enjoying retirement in Escondido, California, 
dropped a line stating how much they enjoy the Transit 
News, and also relating news of other CTA pensioners 
living out on the coast. To name a few, CHUCK RAT- 
of these old time friends get together quite frequently 
and have a ball. Earl and his wife recently travelled to 
Sun City, Arizona, and had a nice visit with HARRY 
POLLAND, OLE OLSON, and their wives. Earl reports 
that they are all in good health and enjoying life. 

(Training & Accident Prevention) - 

JOANNE NOWOSIELSKI was surprised recently with 
a pre-wedding shower attended by relatives and friends. 
Joanne said that the gifts were beautiful and she received 
everything one needs to start housekeeping . . . ELEA- 
NORE BROWNE is enjoying a vacation in and around 
Chicago with her grandchildren . . . LYDJA HAEMKER, 
temporarily assigned to the training department, is do- 
ing a fine job keeping things up to date for the training 

(Equipment Research & Development] - 

Condolences are extended to GEORGE CLARK and his 
family on the death of his father, who passed away on 
August 6. Services were held on August 10 at St. Martin 
Episcopal Church . . . TOM LYONS and his family spent 
an entire week at Expo 67, which included waiting in long 
lines for hours to get in to see some of the exhibits. 
During the week they were at expo, they stayed with a 
French family. From there, they went to Stratford, On- 
tario, and Niagara Falls. 

- 7K«*t Z- &**** 


Fall is here, bringing had weather, rain, and falling 
leaves, which means greater alertness andmore distance 
between you and the cars ahead. This simple rule is in 
our defensive driving program. Superintendent E. PET- 
ERSON told me thafKedzie is slipping in our interstation 
competition on accidents. We have increased accidents 
on Madisan street, Jackson boulevard, and Kedzie ave- 
nue. A little more effort by the operators on these stre- 
ets, and Kedzie still has a chance to win in the last quar- 
ter of the station competition. So, let's all try a little 
harder ... A message from our repair department. 
Foreman ROBERT VANCE would like to have the opera- 
tors close all windows when pulling buses into bays or 
in the yard. This is also a company rule. Any buses 
that are left with the windows open and it results in dam- 
age by the weather, the operator who had the bus last, 
must make out a report. So let's not make out any re- 
ports, and cooperate with our repair department by 
closing all windows when pulling buses into the depot . . . 
Congratulations to Operator NORBERT OUIMET and his 
wife, HARRIET, who became grandparents. Their 


daughter, AUDREY, gave birth to a baby girl. Audrey 
and her husband, Captain PETER SOLBERG, named their 
daughter NICOLE. The happy parents are now living at 
Minot Air Force Base, in Minot, North Dakota, where 
Captain Solberg is stationed . . . Back from vacation is 
Operator J. W. JACKSON and his lovely wife. They 
drove to New York, and then to Canada to Expo 67. They 
had a wonderful time, taking in all the sights and sight- 
seeing trips. They didn't miss a thing. Jackson said 
there were no shortages of rooms or motels. He did 
say that some of the bigger hotels were filled, but out- 
side of that, there were plenty of places to stay . . . 
Operator WILLIAM (Pipes) FRANZ is home on vacation 
just relaxing and doing some chores around the house. 
Your reporter and his wife stopped by to see him. He 
was in the back yard sitting in a lawn chair, enjoying 
life at its best . . . Operator DAVE CLARK, our num- 
ber one man on the list, will be leaving for Canada. He 
has a farm there located north of the state of Montana. 
He said he would like to see Expo 67, but didnt't think he 
would have the time . . . Some of the men from our re- 
pair department went to Hayward, Wisconsin, on the 
Lake Tiger Cat Flowage. They came back with eight big 
muskies, and had two of them mounted. Those who went 
were E. GUEDEL Jr. and his father, E. GUEDEL Sr. , 
who is an operator at Forest Glen depot, R. GUNDER- 
SON and his mother, Mrs. GUNDERSON, V. CELEBRON, 
and J. MIRALLEGRO. A good time was had by all . . . 
Superintendent E. PETERSON wishes to thank the fol- 
lowing part time operators at Kedzie this summer, driv- 
ing buses during their school vacations. The operators 
were, Richards, Gause, Watts, Gross, Crutchfield, Te- 
tik, Barbee, Green, Russo, Gulley, Stiers, Harvey, 
Rivas, Vandehaar, Caine, Ferguson, Thompson, Arm- 
strong, Smith, Wright, Bradford, Taylor, Williams, 
Rhodes, Dunn, Clausell, Khan, Holmes, Matthews, Hun- 
ter, Jones, Humphries, Millikin, Odem, Nichols, Lar- 
son, Banks, Breland, and Woolams. Their safety re- 
cord is the best Kedzie ever had from part-time students 
since CTA started hiring them for summer replacements. 
This record can be attributed to the intensive training by 
Instructor Supervisor JERRY KNOPF and his staff of 
instructors, their defensive driving program, and all the 
line instructors who are the students' right hand men 
while in training. Superintendent Peterson told me a 
good job was done by all . . . Our deepest sympathy is 
extended to the family of Mr. M. RANAHAN, who was 
laid to rest August 11. Mr. Ranahan was a retired mo- 
torman and lived in Chicago . . . Remember our union 
meetings. Our presence there should be a must. Our 
board members are WILLIAM LARSEN and DAVE KIS- 
SANE . . . .Operator TED HEFFERNAN of our credit 
union says save a little every payday so we can help an- 
other brother who may need to borrow. One must give, 
so the other can have. 


Hi fellows. A little old lady passenger welcomed me 
back from vacation with this nice bit of information. 
There is a striking similarity between a bachelor and a 
strong detergent; they both work fast and don't leave a 
ring . . . Not true of Operator F. T. T. ROY WESCHER, 
who relinquished his freedom August 9. Good luck, Roy 
. . . The bells are pealing for Superintendent and Mrs. 
E. C. LOUGHRAN. These two people celebrated their 
39th wedding anniversary August 20. The melodious tin- 
kle is for Clerk RONNIE MILLER and his wife, BARBIE, 
for their 8th anniversary, August 28 . . . The birthday 




ON THESE two pages ore pictured 13 employes who joined the ranks of the retired on 
September 1 after completing 40 or more years of service each. 

49 Years 

46 Years 

49 Years 

43 Years 

43 Years 

44 Years 

john McCarthy 

43 Years 

42 Years 

41 Years 

WILLIAM F. ALBRO, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 5-15-25 

Forest Glen, Emp. 10-6-27 
STEPHEN E. BAGROWSKI, Traffic Checker, 

Schedule -Traffic, Emp. 6-3-26 
VERLE E. BANNISTER, Plumber Foreman, 

Building, Emp. 10-24-22 
ARTHUR F. CARLSON, Asst. Div. Storekeeper, 

North Division, Emp. 1-18-24 

69th Street, Emp. 1-26-34 

North Avenue, Emp. 11-1-43 
GLENN L. COOLEY, Bus Repairman, 

Campaign Area, Emp. 3-29-27 
LEON H. DEMZIEN, Bus Repairman, 

Campaign Area, Emp. 5-16-24 

Beverly, Emp. 3-30-34 
GEORGE W. ELLIOTT, Machinist, 

South Shops, Emp. 10-8-45 

West Section, Emp. 6-5-18 
LOUIS T. GRYGIEL, Motorman, 

South Section, Emp. 1-6-30 
ARTHUR C. HANSEN, Bus Repairman, 

Limits, Emp. 7-9-37 

South Section, Emp. 11-9-42 
North Avenue, Emp. 8-31-27 
EDWARD M. HOPKINS, Conductor, 

South Section, Emp. 3-29-43 

South Shops, Emp. 3-11-42 
BERNARD P. KIRCHENS, Lineman's Helper, 

Electrical, Emp. 10-6-42 
MICHAEL LENNON, Relief Foreman, 

52nd Street, Emp. 4-22-27 

North Section, Emp. 8-2-18 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 5-5-36 
JOHN H. MARVO, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 1-9-43 
GUSTAVE H. MAY, Janitor, 

North Avenue, Emp. 3-30-26 
JOHN P. MCCARTHY, Collector, 

77th Street, Emp. 3-21-24 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 11-20-46 
WILLIAM J. MORAN, Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 8-23-23 

South Shops, Emp. 10-22-37 
LEROY H. PEDERSEN, Collector, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 1-18-34 

West Section, Emp. 3-29-24 
RUDOLPH ROICHEK, Bus Serviceman, 

Limits, Emp. 5-6-47 
BENNY RUSSO, Truck Repairman, 

South Shops, Emp. 7-13-43 
DAVID S. STETCHER, Stock Clerk, 

North Division, Emp. 5-5-41 
JOHN TERRELL, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 4-11-51 

77th Street, Emp. 8-28-42 
KILLIAN P. ZAHN, Operator, 
Keeler, Emp. 1-8-45 





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40 Years 

41 Years 

40 Years 

43 Years 


JOSEPH J. GOBLET, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 8-28-41 

West Section, Emp. 4-14-48 
EMIL G. JAROCKI, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 8-5-49 
IVAN O. OLSON, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 1-22-34 
CHARLIE S. POPE, Motorman, 

West Section, Emp. 1-5-53 
HENRY B. SZEPANIK, Auto Mechanic, 

South Shops, 6-19-46 

candles are burned for Chief Clerk ELMER RIEDEL 
August 28. His first present was a phone call fromNorth 
Dakota, informing him of a new nephew who will share 
the same birthdate with him now. Also, Elmer just wel- 
comed his 13th grandchild, a little lady who refused to 
give her name at this time. Other cake cutters are Op- 
erators TED PYZNA, September 7; W. MORRISON, Sep- 
tember 21; Big BILL KNUDSEN, September 29; and Lit- 
tle ROY SHORES, September 29 . . . Our sincere con- 
dolences to Superintendent LOUGHRAN, on the loss of 
his brother, JAMES LOUGHRAN . . . Now CHUCK JO- 
NES can regain the weight he lost. Welcome home from 
the hospital to his wife, LUCILLE. . . Retired Operator 
JOHN EWALD from Largo, Florida, visited Keeler while 
vacationing in our windy city . . . Another visitor was 
ELMER BELFANZ, retired superintendent of Limits de- 
pot. He looked much younger than his 82 years . . . Our 
sympathy to Retired Mechanical Foreman FRANK RO- 
BACK, who fell and broke his leg while doing some car- 
penter work around the house. We know you're supposed 
to slow down when you retire Frank, but couldn't you find 
an easier way of doing it? Or was this the only way to 
avoid the little work suggestions from the Mrs? . . Va- 
cation cards were received from Receiver JOHN SIMKO, 
from Canada. Car Cleaner WILLIE B. NAUDEN's card, 
came by carrier pigeon from sunny California ... I 
know all of you join me in extending a great big thanks to 
all the students who helped keep the buses rolling during 
the summer months. Good luck, fellows, and come back 
and lend a hand next year if it's possible . . . Summer 
helper BOB SAGEN can return to Mid-Western College 
in Dennison, Iowa, with the proud feeling of being classi- 
fied as an ace tire thumper . . . Say, I hear that Opera- 
tor ALLEN JACKSON's title as "Supreme Information 
Consultant" is being threatened by a newcomer, Opera- 
tor J. W. NELSON . . . Also from the gossip line comes 
the information that Operator MIX treated big BILL 
KNUDSEN to a few birthday brews. The puzzle is, who 
ended up paying? . . Well, guys, and you hip dolls too, 
'til next month, let's lift a toast to all family men. You 
know, that's the fellow who has several mouths to feed - 
one great big fat one to listen to - and one who replaced 
the currency in his wallet with snap shots. 


Agent ARLENE SWANSON wants to thank her many 
friends for their kindness during her recent bereave- 
ment. Her husband, GEORGE, was a CTA pensioner 
. . . Porter PAT LYNCH is back to work after suffering 
an accident. He wants to thank everyone for their cards 
and kindness during his convalescence . . . Agent ANN 
BOOTHROYD tells us her daughter, LILLA, is taking 
nurses' training at West Suburban hospital. Daughter, 
HILDA, will attend college in Cedarville, Ohio ... At 
this writing, Mrs. A. DOWLING, pensioner, is in St. 
Francis hospital, Evanston. lam sure she would enjoy 
getting cards from her former co-workers . . . Electri- 
cian RALPH TANNHAUSER celebrated his birthday on 
July 3 . . . Agent MARION FILIP spent her vacation 
around Chicago, which is really the most restful kind 
. . . Agent LAWANDA REDDING stayed home on her va- 
cation. She is busy planning the wedding of her daughter, 
SUE, which takes place in October ... A dinner was 
held in July for Assignment Agent JERI VINZENS, who 
did such an able job for the North and South Side lines 
for so long. Mrs. Vinzens was a good friend to all of us, 
and everyone who attended the dinner in her honor had a 
marvelous time . . . Porter L. BYRNES was on vacation 




for four weeks. While he was home his son, who is a 
Marine, had a 25-day leave. He left for overseas July 
19 and plans to marry Miss PATRICIA FRANCI when he 
returns home . . . Porter JOE PARTIPILO is taking his 
pension on October 1. He and Mrs. Partipilo are going 
to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for the baths. We wish Joe 
many happy years ... I just returned from a three-week 
vacation in Chicago, so I will have to get back in the 


The Lawndale committee of the Little Flower Society 
will be selling chances on many prizes to be raffled at 
the semi-annual communion breakfast, October 22. 
Please help them, as it is for a worthy cause. The mon- 
ey will be used to put deserving boys through the priest- 
hood. The prizes to be raffled are very valuable . . . 
We received a card from CARL NELSON in Shelby, Mi- 
chigan, that shows a picture of 1 3 fish he caught. Must 
be a baker's dozen . . . Our deepest sympathy to the fa- 
mily of Pensioner MICHAEL D. RANAHAN, buried Aug- 
ust 21 . . . Received word from ROBERT C. DILLARD 
that his wife, KATIE, is recuperating in Bethany hospi- 
tal. She is feeling fine after her operation . . . We 
found out that the grandson of Janitor EDDIE KAWCZYN- 
SKI was named MARK EDWARD after him, so, he is go- 
ing around popping the buttons on his vest . . . Ever 
since JOHN GALVIN went to the golf tournament at St. 
Andrews Golf course and took one of the prizes, he has 
been receiving score cards from various golf courses. 
They are sent by Janitor Eddie. Every one of Eddie's 
scores are below par. On one card he had three "bir- 
dies" and two "eagles," which would be a good score for 
Bobby Jones. 


H. SEIDEL and his wife returned from a 4, 500 mile 
vacation trip to the upper northwest part of Canada, 
where they visited relatives . . . SEYMOUR HOFFMAN 
and his family vacationed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 
where they enjoyed themselves to the utmost ... V. 
PRIOLO spent a good part of his vacation at home, where 
he was busy doing house work, which he enjoyed so much 
. . . TEX GUINAN and his wife drove to Hollywood, Cal- 
ifornia. Their trip was marred by an accident, which 
resulted in head injuries to Tex, and his wife was se- 
verely shaken up. Both recovered nicely and none the 
worse for the mis-hap. 

- ^. S. SuUMt 


Here is why I didn't write for the last issue. My hus- 
band and I were going to spend our vacation in California, 
but due to illness in the family, we went to South Caro- 
lina. We made Columbia our home while there. We 
went to the State Capital and could have spent days there 
just touring the building. It is constructed of granite, 
quarried in the vicinity. The Capital building was a tar- 
get for Union guns in 1865. You could also spend days 
visiting the University of South Carolina, which covers a 
lot of land. We saw the Governors Mansion, which is a 
very large old building surrounded by a high iron fence 
and in some places a brick wall. Inside the walls are 

hundreds of lovely flowers and evergreens. In Charles- 
ton, a very historic city founded in 1670, we found a host 
of interesting things to see. We saw the old Exchange 
Building and many churches and graveyards, dating back 
to 1751. There are many gardens to visit, some with 
flowers 100 years old. There are many outstanding flo- 
wers, such as the magnolia, azaleas, and camellia, in 
the Cypress Gardens, each one more beautiful than the 
other. We then spent some time at Myrtle Beach, South 
Carolina, where Dan enjoyed swimming in the ocean. 
On our way back to Columbia, we stopped off at Pawley 
Island, which is a nice place to swim and dive. 

Many of the student agents attended an outing a few 
weeks ago, and among the crowd were a few old timers 
who are on their way to bigger and better positions. 
Some were, JOE RUSSO, who was liked by everyone who 
ever worked with him, KAY DONA VAN, J. DOLAN, and 
JACK MCCARTHY. Many of the agents were kind of ill 
the next day. One of them could have been T. ZDEB. 
How about BOB GUESS, who felt pretty sad the next day 
. . . Student Agent Zdeb will spend his free time at the 
Museum of Science and Industry, listening to a recording 
of his voice over the phone. Could there be room for 
improvement? Oh yes, while we are on the subject of T. 
Zdeb, we must let everyone know the love -bug has Zdeb 
going around and around. If you don't believe it, just 
ask his best friend, Agent VIDAS . . . Agent W. STRAS- 
SER and his wife celebrated their 32nd wedding anniver- 
sary August 15. Wilbur was talking to a dear friend of 
his about how things were 32 years ago. Wilbur and his 
wife didn't want to miss out on bank night, so the evening 
of their wedding day they dashed over to the neighborhood 
theatre, and it only cost 50£. How about that . . . Con- 
gratulations to Agent PAT SPAK, and former Agent BOB 
MARKERT, who just announced their engagement. They 
hope to say "I Do" next June or July . . . Agent G. 
YARDLEY will spend one week of her vacation with her 
daughter who is a nun, and the other two weeks with her 
family in Pennsylvania. Agent M. BROWN will visit her 
sister and brother in Pennsylvania . . . Who is the nice 
agent that found a new formula for washing the booth 
boards? Would you, whoever you are, give us the name 
of the formula? . . Porter I. CHRISTMAS wishes to take 
this opportunity for a big "thank you" to all his friends 
and co-workers who were so kind and thoughtful while he 
was ill . . . So long, and it was nice working with Agents 
E. CORRIGAN and BILL CAIN. These two "young" fel- 
lows have taken their pension as of August 1. Good luck 
to both of you . . . Glad to see Agent MARY WIXTED is 
back after her accident. Maybe now you will watch where 
you put your foot . . . Top man is Collector JOE GAVIN, 
who is very happy these days, with a big smile and shin- 
ing eyes. We all wonder if his son is back home for good 
now. He spent two years in Viet Nam on river patrol 
duty. Joe says they have a lot of catching up to do now 
. . . Vacation time for Collector VERN NORSTROM 
(lover boy), who went fishing and caught an oversize fish. 
Now the thing is, poor SPIRO LAMPROS is hoping there 
will be some fish left for him. Spiro says he will go to 
Wisconsin and see what he can catch there . . . Collec- 
tor GEORGE KUEHN is the smartest of all. He stayed 
at home and spent his vacation walking here and there in 
Cicero, window shopping. Then comes the big day be- 
fore returning to work, he took a nice walk to the savings 
and loan, just checking . . . Agent L. RUSSELL spent a 
week at Expo 67, and two weeks at a Wisconsin farm . . . 
Agent JOHN FILIPEK and his wife will spend a week of 
his vacation in St. Joseph, Michigan. John has packed 
his tape measure, marker, and sticks. He has a few 
lots there and is planning to build a little love nest for 




his retirement. John says if he starts building now, he 
will have it finished in time. Congratulations to his 
daughter, CHARLOTTE, who was 17 just a few weeks 
ago . . . Glad to see Agent CATHERINE KINNY back on 
the job . . . Many of the agents who have worked Park- 
side and Central stations, are glad to see their friend, 
HARRY HARVEY, back selling papers there. He was off 
for quite a while due to surgery . . . Very sorry I didn't 
know that Agents V. CASHION and DAVE GRAFMAN were 
in the hospital. Hope by this time, you both are back to 
work . . . Congratulations to Porter J. PARTIPILO, 
who took his pension October 1. Hope you have many 
years of happiness . . . Agent MARY RAFTERY spent 
her vacation in the Ozarks and Black Hills . . . Agent 
CATHERINE QUINLAN and her husband are in Arizona 
at this date. They are going to spend a little time in Las 
Vegas. Heard that Catherine took along some oversize 
shopping bags, and they are extra strong, so she could 
carry home all the green stuff she wins . . . Porter 
EVANS had a quiet vacation, also Agents MILLER and 
H. OLSEN . . . Porter REDUS MOORE spent one week 
of vacation in New York and two weeks down in Missis- 
sippi . . . Agent T. BARRETT is vacationing at Lake 
Geneva with friends . . . Congratulations to Agent C. 
SALA and her husband, who became grandparents for the 
second time. Baby, grandpa, and grandma, are doing 


Operator SANDAR BOCZKO became a proud papa 
when his wife, GLADYS, gave birth to a baby boy named 
ZOLTAN at Edgewater hospital on August 11. He is 
their third child. Operator DONALD BLACK and his 
wife, GAIL, are the happy parents of a baby girl, DAR- 
LA, born recently. Operator WILLIAM KERRY and his 
wife, SHEILA, welcomed a bundle of joy, ALANNA 
MARIE, on July 31 at Columbus hospital. Operator 
PAUL BRAZEAU and his wife, PATRICIA, are the proud 
parents of a daughter, DENISE, born on August 6. They 
have three girls and one boy. Operator JOSEPH PER- 
NICE and his wife, CATHERINE, became grandparents 
again when a grandson, DANIEL PAUL PIETROSKE, was 
born. Congratulations to all parents and grandparents 
. . . We are sorry to report that GEORGE "Sinatra" 
KUENSTLE has been on the sick list. We ask that God 
will grant him a speedy recovery and hope he will be 
back soon . . . That handsome young man whose picture 
appeared in the "Our Men in Vietnam" column in the 

DO YOU recognize the hand- 
some young man in this 
photo? Here's a clue, it was 
taken 49 years ago in the 
Kimball yard, a month after 
he began working for the old 
Northwestern "L," and his 
entire length of service was 
spent on the North Section 
until he retired September 1. 
If you haven't recognized 
him by now then turn to 
page 14, his picture is in the 
top row at the right. You're 
right, it's Towerman EMIL 


Chicago Tribune, July 31, was Pfc. RONALD BEDOE, 
of our repair department . . . We welcome new Opera- 
VID MIEDEMA, will be nine years old September 27. 
Happy birthday David . . . Supervisor TOM WALSH and 
his wife spent five weeks in Ireland and Scotland in July 
and August, visiting relatives . . . Operator PETER 
MADIA and his wife, JOSEPHINE, visited Las Vegas. 
They then went to visit his sister in Monterey Park, 
California, and to Phoenix, Arizona, to visit friends 
. . . Operator WILLIAM KALBOTH and his family vaca- 
tioned at McFarland, Wisconsin. The fishing was good 
but the weather was very cool . . . Operator EINAR 
PARSON and his son travelled by camper to Denver, Col- 
orado; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Kansas, Nebraska, and In- 
diana . . . Night Foreman RAY DROPE went on a fishing 
trip with HARVEY WILLIAMS, Superintendent of Tech- 
nical Service, Rapid Transit Division, to Big Cannon 
Lake in Ontario, Canada. There was a group of 36 tra- 
veling by air-conditioned bus. A total of over 900 pounds 
of fish were caught. The catch included 71 lake trout, 
walleyes, and small mouth bass. Some nice size north- 
erns were also caught. Most of the fish were filleted and 
frozen, then packaged and distributed among the group. 
They had four days of 45 mile per hour winds. Other- 
wise the weather was excellent. Ray's son, Captain RAY 
DROPE Jr. , of the 1st Marine Air Wing Group #13, sta- 
tioned at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, has completed over 
300 combat missions in North and South Vietnam. He 
pilots an F4 Phantom jet fighter -bomber. He worked as 
a ticket agent part- time for the CTA while he attended 
Loyola university. He has completed his 13 months of 
duty and should return to Chicago on furlqugh in August. 
May God bring him safely home. He will then report to 
2nd Marine Air Wing, at Cherry Point, North Carolina. 

Operator ED MAKOWSKI enjoyed his vacation in 
Colorado even though they had a lot of rainy weather. 
Operator BOB ZIRKLE and his wife, JEAN, and their 
children visited friends and relatives in Maryland. They 
had a good time in spite of the fact that it rained for two 
weeks . . . Operator VIGGO WINDFELD and his wife va- 
cationed at Copenhagen, Denmark. The "weather and food 
were fine. Then they drove to Germany for an enjoyable 
time . . . Operator GERHARD KLAMP attended the 
world jamboree for Boy Scouts at Farragut State Park, 
Idaho. It is surrounded by the Cabinet, Bitterroot, and 
Selkirk Mountains; 17,000 boys attended. The scenery 
was beautiful, Buttonhook Bay, Cape Horn, and the love- 
ly Floating Village on Squaw Bay. Thanks to all of you 
for your picturesque post cards . . . Pensioner JOSEPH 
BLAA and his wife, FLORENCE, formerly of North Ave- 
nue, visited their friends at North Avenue depot while 
they were visiting Chicago. They looked well and are 
enjoying their pension living in Pinellas Park, Florida. 
Joseph is president of the Pensioners' Club in Florida, 
made up of CTA pensioners . . . Pensioner PAUL TOT- 
ZKE passed away August 6. Supervisor CHARLES OL- 
CIKAS lost his sister-in-law, JOSEPHINE BUSH, on July 
31. Pensioner THOMAS O 1 DONNELL passed away Aug- 
ust 15. Operator MORRIS E. ANDERSON lost his sister, 
Mrs. ALPHA CARLSON, on August 16. Pensioner HER- 
MAN HASENKAMP passed away August 22. Our deepest 
sympathy to these families . . . New bridegroom, 
WAYNE MIEDEMA, Repair Department, and his bride, 
BONNIE, were married on August 5 at North Side Gospel 
church, followed by a reception. They honeymooned at 
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 

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The Society of the Little Flower fall communion mass 
and breakfast will be held Sunday, November 12, at St. 
Therese's Shrine, 6401 South Woodlawn avenue. Mem- 
bers are urged to return their drawing and ad books to 
their depot chairman. A chartered bus will leave the 
depot at 7 a.m. . . Receiver AL REMACK and his wife, 
DOROTHY, spent their vacation at Flat Rock, North 
Carolina, visiting their son, DONALD, who is attending 
General Electric's training school there. Don is receiv- 
ing electronic instructions, and upon completion, he will 
enter the business world as an electronics expert . . . 
Operator JAKE RUSNAK, his wife, ROSE, and son, 
RICHARD, spent three weeks fishing at Chippewa Falls, 
Wisconsin. Jake reports a catch of four muskies, the 
largest weighing 17 1/2 pounds . . . Clerk JOE DI GIO- 
VANNI and his wife , CONNIE, flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, 
on their vacation. Highlights of the trip were visits to 
the Island of Kauai, where the Di Giovanni's enjoyed na- 
tive foods and great entertainment. Also on the agenda, 
was a visit on the U.S.S. Arizona, through the courtesy 
of the U. S. Navy, a visit to the pineapple fields and 
Dole's cannery. On their return, Joe and Connie spent 
two glorious days in Las Vegas . . . Clerk BOB PET- 
ERSON and his wife, GRACE, had a most unusual vaca- 
tion this summer. The Petersons visited Chicago's great 
Islands, namely Goose, Stony, and Blue Island. Grace 
was impressed with the beauty and sights of Chicago's 
finest . . . Operator LES SWANSON and his wife, INEZ, 
motored around the Lake Superior area. Highlights of 
their trip were visits at the locks of Sault Ste. Marie. 
The Swansons, -who are rock hounding hobbyists, found 
several Lake Superior agates to add to their collection 
. . . Operator BEN SECLER, his wife, NATALIE, and 
children, STUART, DEAN, and MERYL, vacationed at 
Kentucky Dam State Park. Ben reports that fishing "was 
excellent with Natalie showing the boys how to catch those 
3 pound bass . . . Clerk JACK MOREAU, his wife, 
JUNE, and daughters, JANICE and JOANNE, motored to 
Mountain Home, Arkansas, to visit Jack's brother, LEO. 
Returning home, the Moreaus spent a week relaxing at 
Nippersink Lodge in Wisconsin. . . Operator JIM KIRK- 
WOOD, his wife, MARY, and children, NATHAN, STE- 
PHEN, BETHEL, and JOHN, attended the annual Winona 
Lake Bible Conference, held at Winona Lake, Indiana 
. . . Operator MARVIN SOLMANOFF and his wife, ETH- 
ELYN, spent a restful week at Oakton Manor Resort, lo- 
cated at Pewaukee Lake, Wisconsin. . . Operator LAW- 
RIN RILES, his wife, ROCHELLER, and children, mo- 
tored to Terre Haute, Indiana, where Lawrin's parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT RILES, reside. Lawrin spent 
considerable time fishing at the Branch River, where 
the catch was good. Returning home, the Riles spent 
three days at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill- 

Operator RALPH MC DONALD, his wife, POLLY, and 
daughters, CANDY and JUANITA, motored to Montreal, 
Canada, to spend two weeks with Ralph's in-laws, Mr. 
and Mrs. GEORGE LALONDE. Expo 67 was a must, 
with night clubbing running a close second. Also on the 
agenda was a visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to see Ralph's 
mother, Mrs. C. H. MC DONALD . . . Operator GOR- 
DON RICE, his wife, EDITH, and son, TIM, vacationed 
at Altoona, Pennsylvania, where Edith's sisters live. 
Gordon's time was spent fishing and hunting for ground 
hogs. Returning home, the Rices then had a grand week 
in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with Gordon's mother, Mrs. 
SELMA GRUPE . . . Operator CHARLIE KEMP, his 
wife, HELEN, and son, GARY, vacationed at their sum- 
mer home in Brookside, Wisconsin. The bass and trout 


were plentiful, Charlie reports. A new neighbor of 
Charlie's is Operator FRANK GLEASON of 77th depot, 
who hopes to catch fish like the Kemp's do . . . Opera- 
tor FRED HABERSTICK and his wife, SILVA, motored 
to Geff, Illinois, where Fred has extensive real estate 
holdings. Returning home, the Habersticks then drove 
to Ashville, North Carolina, where Silva's 96-year old 
uncle, Mr. GEORGE HARRIS, resides . . . Operator 
BILL KNIGHT, his wife, ELKENA, and children, motor- 
ed throughout the southern states. The Knights roughed 
it all the way, camping out at various places. Highlight 
of the trip was a grand fishing catch of cat fish at Paris 
Landing, Tennessee . . . Operator AL NEGELE spent 
his five weeks at Montrose harbor, where Al reports the 
perch were very receptive . . . Operator GARRETT 
FOY and his wife, JEAN, with their son, RAY, and his 
wife, MARY, and children, from Louisville, Kentucky, 
spent two weeks fishing at Way Dam, located north of 
Crystal Falls, Michigan. Garrett reports that the wall- 
eyes and jumbo perch were hitting fair. Garrett presen- 
ted his grandchildren with new rods and reels, and the 
results were amazing . . . Operator FRANCIS H. MIL- 
LER and his wife, MARCELLINE, motored to Gills Rock, 
Wisconsin, for their vacation. Fishing from a chartered 
boat, Francis caught many perch and small mouth bass 
. . . Operator HAROLD BASON, his wife, NORA, and 
daughter, DEBBIE, attached their Apache trailer to the 
car and motored throughout Canada. Highlights of their 
trip were visits to Expo 67, Quebec, Ottawa, and the 
provincial parks of northern Canada . . . Operator 
CLARENCE KURTH, his wife, KATHLEEN, and daugh- 
ter, JOANNE, vacationed at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 
Considerable time was spent at Key West, where the 
Kurths acquired a nice sun tan . . . Operator NICK 
ZAHN, his wife, JULIE, and children, motored to Mon- 
treal for a grand week at Expo 67. The Zahns also visit- 
ed Niagara Falls, Toronto, and St. Ann's Shrine in Que- 
bec . . . Sanitary Engineer TIM GUIHEEN and his wife, 
HELEN, after an absence of 41 years, flew Irish Air 
Lines to Shannon Airport, Ireland. Highlights of the 
trip were eventful visits with Tim's brother, who resides 
in Dingle, County Kerry, and Helen's family, who re- 
side in Castle Island, County Kerry . . . Operator GUS 
JONES and family, drove Gus' new Buick LeSabre to St. 
Louis and to various places in Arkansas where many of 
Gus' relatives live . . . Operator HARRY CRUM and his 
wife, NORA, celebrated their 28th anniversary, and va- 
cationed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the dining and 
visits to the breweries were exciting. . . Operator IRV- 
ING RICHMAN and his wife, ELEANOR, celebrated their 
21st anniversary, and vacationed with a grand trip to the 
Bermuda Islands . . . Operator ELMER WILENBROCK 
has been cited by announcer JACK BRICKHOUSE several 
times on WGN TV for his deeds of courtesy and consi- 
deration to people using the press box at Wrigley Field 
. . . Operator ROY RIPKE has purchased a '67 Chev- 
rolet Impala station wagon and is now eagerly awaiting 
his vacation . . . Mrs. SOPHIA SEDIN, the wife of Op- 
erator HAROLD SEDIN, underwent surgery at Bethesda 
hospital, and at this writing is convalescing at home. 

KATHLEEN MARSH, daughter of Operator ARNIE 
MARSH, will be working the coming school year in 
Frankfort, Germany, at one of the air bases, teaching 
children of air force personnel . . . Operator WILLIAM 
M. SMITH became a father for the fifth time when his 
wife, LILLIE, presented him with their first son, WIL- 
LIAM LARRY, born July 23 at Presbyterian-St. Lukes 
hospital . . . Operator TED DIDIER and his wife, 
MAUDE, became grandparents for the fourth time when 
their daughter, Mrs. JOYCE WEST, gave birth to a son 




named LOUIS EDWARD July 2 5 at Skokie Valley hospital 
. . . Happy anniversaries are extended to Operator 
CLARENCE KURTH and his wife, KATHLEEN, their 
40th, August 6; Operator LEN BAEUCHLER and his wife, 
VIVIAN, their 29th, September 3; Operator ED KURC- 
ZENSKI and his wife, BEVERLY, their 18th, September 
4; Operator CHESTER DAMIAN and his wife, IRENE, 
their 27th, September 7; Operator HENRY SCHRAMM 
and his wife, ELIZABETH, their. 28th, September 13; 
Sanitary Engineer OSCAR ANDERSON and his wife, LU- 
ELLA, their 33rd, September 17, and Operator HAROLD 
BASON and his wife, NORA, their 28th, August 5 . . . 
Happy birthday is extended to ELYSE LIBERT, Septem- 
ber 3 , . . Our sympathy and condolences are extended 
to Operator DON HEANEY on the loss of his mother-in- 
SALMANOFF on the loss of his brother, LEO SALMAN- 
OFF; and to Operator LEONARD BAEUCHLER on the 
loss of his mother, Mrs. MARIE BAEUCHLER. . . Re- 
pairman MATT HEAVEY and family vacationed at Lake 
Delavan, Wisconsin . . . Repairman HERMAN AMBROS 
vacationed at Hayward, Wisconsin, and reports the fish- 
ing was poor . . . Clerk GEORGE BENSHISH and his 
wife, STEPHANIE, became grandparents for the second 
time when their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. 
RONALD BENSHISH, became parents of a son named 
KENNETH JAMES, born August 11 at Resurrection hos- 
pital. Ron is employed in the Revenue department at the 
Mart . . . The welcome mat is extended to new Bus 
Cleaners JAMES LIEBERMAN and R. BOND . . . Con- 
gratulations to new Repairmen JOE KEYSER and LUTHER 
GRABOWSKI, and a welcome to JOE KRAUSE, formerly 
of North Avenue depot . . . Assistant Foreman FRED 
SCHMIDT has been transferred to 77th as p.m. foreman 
. . . Repairman JOHN MOUNT has returned after his 
two -week tour of duty for reserve training . . . Night 
Foreman JOHN JOYCE turned in his usual fine job, re- 
placing Foreman CHARLES DUNNE when he was on va- 

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Congratulations to Motorman GIDEON STEVENS and 
his wife, YOLANDA, who had their first child July 11. 
She was named KIMBERLY YOLANDA. . . E. A. BERG- 
FELD spent his vacation in St. Louis, Missouri, and the 
Lake of the Ozarks . . . HELEN EDWARDS' (1125) hus- 
band won her a mink stole from the A and P. Congratu- 
lations ! . . JOE and BEVERLY GOLDBERG celebrated 

for work on his lawn is Re- 
tired Superintendent HERMAN 
ERICKSON, formerly of 
Limits depot. Mr. Erickson 
who retired over 214 years 
ago, now resides in Ft. 
Lauderdale, Florida. 


their seventh anniversary recently, with Mr. and Mrs. 
HESS attending ... A. KRAUSE is vacationing in Kan- 
sas City, Missouri . . . ROSE O'CONNELL, her hus- 
band, and son, took a trip to Washington, D. C. , and 
plan to go to the Wisconsin Dells, if it isn't too cold. . . 
LARRY GENENDER took a trip to Wisconsin and upper 
Michigan. He is planning on moving to Skokie October 1 
. . . Congratulations to MIKE and MAE CRONIN, who 
became grandparents twice in one year . . . MARIAN 
SPARKS became a grandmother nearly a year ago, and 
no one put it in the paper. Her grandson, MICHAEL DA- 
VID, lives in the same building so, naturally, he has 
won her heart . . . TONY ABBINANTI spent four days in 
Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he met pensioner DORIS 
JOHNSON. She will welcome any news from her old 
friends. She is staying at the Majestic Hotel, Hot Spr- 
ings, Arkansas . . . Mr. STEVENS plans to spend a 
week in Mt. Homes, Arkansas, and the Ozarks . . . 
WARD MARKS traveled to Winchester and Blu Ray, Vir- 
ginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, Mis- 
sissippi, and Arkansas . . . Agent LOUISE NELSON is 
leaving soon, as she is expecting her first child in Janu- 
ary. We all wish her lots of luck with the little one . . . 
Congratulations to Skokie Operator RONALD TUCK, who 
was married September 9. . . JIM LYONS, former stu- 
dent ticket agent, vacationed in California before start- 
ing to teach at Immaculata High this fall . . . Congratu- 
lations to JOHN GLYNN and ROSEMARY KOHLER, who 
were married August 26, and also to SAMUEL WILLI 
and CAROL HENNINGSON. Sam is the son of Evanston 
Conductor J. C. WILLI . . . Recently retired was JA- 
MES J. O'CONNER, motorman at Kimball. We hope he 
is enjoying his retirement, and will have a long and hap- 
py one . . . Condolences to the CHESTER HOWE and 
HAROLD KOEPPE family. . . We are happy to see VIO- 
LET WAGNER back to work after a long illness . . . 
Your scribe, her husband, grandson, daughter, and her 
boy friend, went to Grand Haven, Michigan, to a family 
reunion, and all had a good time with 81 attending. 

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A warm welcome to our new clerk-typists, LYNNE 
KLOPP and LYNN HARRER . . . It's back to college 
ANN JOBARIS. We'll miss you girls, so hurry back next 
summer . . . Mr. and Mrs. MARTIN HARTY and their 
son, CHRISTOPHER, are here from Washington, D. C. , 
vacationing with his parents, the J. T. HARTYS . . . 
On August 12, KATHY SKORA, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
CHESTER SKORA, was invested in the habit of the Fran- 
ciscan Sisters at the convent in Lemont, Illinois. Kathy 
will begin her two-year novitiate term and will be known 
as SISTER GAIL MARIE. An outdoor reception was held 
in honor of the occasion on the convent grounds, where 
Sister Gail Marie greeted her many friends and relatives. 

(Central Division) - 

News from ED BRUCKNER, who is pensioning in 
sunny California, says he and his wife are expecting 
their third grandchild. 

(South Division) - 

All good wishes go to RUDY HEROLD, who retired 
August 1 and is now spending part of his leisure time at 
the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri . . . Our vacationers 
are really seeing the country: At this writing, BERNIE 
FITZPA TRICK and family are in Hot Springs, Arkansas 
Mr. and Mrs. STANLEY HALL visited the Black 




AUGUSTINO ALBANESE, 85, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 6-1-23, Died 8-27-67 
EDWIN M. ANDERSON, 74, Kedzie, 

Emp. 7-26-16, Died 7-23-67 
STANLEY BAK, 79, Lake Street, 

Emp. 9-23-20, Died 9-8-67 
FREDA. BARTZ, 67, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 12-22-22, Died 8-26-67 
IRWIN O. BOCK, 59, West Section, 

Emp. 3-15-45, Died 8-11-67 
JOSEPH J. BUCHINSKI, 77, Archer Avenue, 

Emp. 8-19-16, Died 9-11-67 
HENRY J. CADE, 79, South Shops, 

Emp. 2-23-26, Died 8-6-67 
ALFRED R. CHOUINARD, 89, Photographic, 

Emp. 6-1-27, Died 8-5-67 
JENS M, CHRISTENSEN, 82, West Section, 

Emp. 6-19-24, Died 8-5-67 
ROBERT G. CONNORS, 80, Keeler, 

Emp. 5-5-17, Died 8-17-67 
ALEX CSABA, 78, West Section, 

Emp. 9-3-36, Died 7-31-67 
GEORGE DAHLIN, 72, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 6-13-44, Died 8-27-67 
PERCY DICKINSON, 84, North Section, 

Emp. 1-30-41, Died 6-11-67 
RAYMOND T. DUNN, 70, Lake Street, 

Emp. 8-5-30, Died 8-7-67 
HARRY FICK, 83, 69th Street, 

Emp. 2-11-11, Died 8-26-67 

Emp. 10-16-30, Died 9-8-67 
VICTORS. GORSKE, 77, Devon, 

Emp. 12-15-26, Died 8-31-67 
JAMES B. GRIER, 71, North Avenue, 

Emp. 1-5-26, Died 7-18-67 
WILLIAM L. GRIFFITHS, 73, Wilson Avenue , 

Emp. 9-16-29, Died 8-3-67 

JOHN J. GROGAN, 83, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-29-26, Died 6-5-67 
HERMAN HASENKAMP, 59, Office Services, 

Emp. 12-10-40, Died 8-21-67 
ALBERT L. HELMER, 67, Track, 

Emp. 3-20-24, Died 8-14-67 
CHESTER V. HOWE, 70, North Section, 

Emp. 2-3-20, Died 7-20-67 
VICTOR HULTIEN, 63, Beverly, 

Emp. 8-28-29, Died 9-10-67 
PETER JENSEN, 77, North Park, 

Emp. 4-10-18, Died 3-27-67 
LOUIS JESILOWITZ, 92, Blue Island, 

Emp. 7-5-04, Died 8-28-67 
ANTON J. KALIVODA, 88, Metropolitan Division^ 

Emp. 6-11-25, Died 8-31-67 
HARRY G. KARADIMOS, 66, North Avenue, 

Emp. 5-4-23, Died 7-6-67 
OTTO KASIK, 66, General Office, 

Emp. 5-8-Dl, Died 7-26-67 
THOMAS J. KELLY, 73, Grand Substation, 

Emp. 5-14-15, Died 7-28-67 
HENRY KLICK, 74, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-20-12, Died 8-2-67 
HAROLD W. KOEPPE, 59, Electrical, 

Emp. 6-8-37, Died 8-2-67 
CHARLES H. KOLLER, 70, Internal Auditing, 

Emp. 6-20-22, Died 7-27-67 
JACOB KORUBA, 86, Track, 

Emp. 6-8-23, Died 9-4-67 
EUEL W. LATIMER, 68, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-28-26, Died 7-12-67 
CHRISTIAN LAURSEN, 91, 77th Street, 

Emp. 11-26-18, Died 9-9-67 
JCVAN LJUBENKO, 80, Way & Struct. , 

Emp. 9-1-06, Died 8-9-67 
JOHN MANTIA, 80, Track, 

Emp. 8-11-19, Died 8-17-67 

Hills of South Dakota, and Colorado. JOHN VIDAS and 
family were in Decatur, Wisconsin, where they enjoyed 
fishing, swimming, and boating. Mr. and Mrs. EARL 
WILCOX spent their vacation in Wisconsin, where they 
were joined by his daughter and her family from New 
Jersey. JOHN SIEBERT's family stayed at Sunny Brook 
Farm Resort, enjoying outdoor sports and taking it easy. 
TOM SKVARLA and his family toured California, from 
San Diego to San Francisco. They stopped at the Grand 
Canyon and Lake Tahoe, where Tom unsuccessfully tried 
to make his first million . . . Welcome back to FRANK 
RUND, who has returned after eye surgery . . . JOHN 
MARASOVICH's son, TOM, is entering the Augustinian 
Seminary in Holland, Michigan, on September 5 . . . 
Wishes for speedy recoveries go to CARL RUSS and 
STEVE D'ANNA . . . Our deepest sympathy is extended 
to EARL WILCOX on the recent death of his brother, and 
to the family of R. C. GAVERT, recently retired, who 
passed away Saturday, September 23. 

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Needless to say, SARA MC DONNELL is a very proud 
grandma! Her granddaughter, MARIE MERSCH, was 
awarded several medals as an outstanding aquanaut in 

the Junior Olympics Swim Meet co- sponsored by the 
Skokie News and the Skokie Park district. Marie won 
first place in the balloon race, the kicking race, and the 
25 yard free style for girls eight years of age and under. 

(North Division) ■ 

Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR CARLSON are very happy and 
proud as their son, ROBERT, was graduated from East- 
ern Illinois college on August 10. Mr. Carlson is the 
assistant divisional storekeeper at Storeroom 42 in Sko- 
kie .. . Mr. and Mrs. CHUCK SCIMECA drove to Colo- 
rado for their vacation and made the trip to Pike's Peak 
and the Black Hills. They were really lucky, as the tor- 
nado that hit Colorado struck the day after they left for 
home . 

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Mr. and Mrs. BOB La VOIE celebrated their 25th wed- 
ding anniversary on August 6. Congratulations and many 
more happy years together. Bob, and his wife, and two 
children drove down to New Orleans for their vacation 




RAYMOND J. MAPLE, 55, West Section, 

Emp. 9-22-47, Died 9-2-67 
LOUIS MARTIN, 94, Lawndale, 

Emp. 4-6-06, Died 8-24-67 
CHARLES MC GUIRE, 75, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 8-26-43, Died 9-1-67 
GEORGE J. MCMILLAN, 69, South Section, 

Emp. 9-28-26, Died 8-1-67 
JOHN MOORE, 78, Devon Avenue, 

Emp. 2-20-17, Died 8-18-67 
PATRICK J. MOORE, 89, Burnside, 

Emp. 8-24-16, Died 8-31-67 
MICHAEL T. MORRIS, 75, North Section, 

Emp. 9-24-42, Died 8-1-67 
WALTER MORRISSETTE, 85, South Section, 

Emp. 3-28-45, Died 7-3-67 
JOHN G. NATTINGER, 86, Claim, 

Emp. 9-24-07, Died 8-6-67 
JOHN NEHR, 67, Lake Street, 

Emp. 9-25-23, Died 7-25-67 
DOUGLAS NELSON, 59, South Section, 

Emp. 8-26-37, Died 8-6-67 
STACHIA NOLAN, 77, South Section, 

Emp. 6-10-29, Died 7-15-67 
JOSEPH J. NOVAK, 75, West Section, 

Emp. 10-5-45, Died 7-30-67 
THOMAS J. O'DONNELL, 79, Kedzie, 

Emp. 6-4-13, Died 8-14-67 
MICHAEL J. O'DRISCOLL, 63, Howard Street, 

Emp. 8-31-29, Died 7-22-67 
OWEN O'NEILL, 73, West Section, 

Emp. 7-12-25, Died 7-25-67 
HENRY F. PRANGE, 82, Elston, 

Emp. 1-23-18, Died 7-28-67 
WILLIAM W. QUIN, 79, North Section, 

Emp. 9-5-45, Died 6-2-67 
DOROTHY M. RAIMAN, 64, West Section, 

Emp. 10-16-45, Died 7-28-67 

MICHAEL D. RANAHAN, 70, Kedzie, 

Emp. 7-13-21, Died 8-8-67 
CHARLES SCALES, 64, South Section, 

Emp. 8-15-40, Died 8-19-67 

Emp. 6-15-08, Died 7-28-67 
CLARENCE E. SEGERDAHL, 65, North Section, 

Emp. 6-24-18, Died 7-21-67 
GEORGE P. SHORTLEY, 82, North Avenue, 

Emp. 6-21-18, Died 8-5-67 
OSCAR SIDER, 61, Kimball, 

Emp. 6-18-24, Died 7-18-67 
CONRAD E. M. SKAU, 84, North Section, 

Emp. 10-7-15, Died 2-25-67 
MICHAEL J. SOLON, 81, Kedzie, 

Emp. 3-12-18, Died 8-2-67 
JOHN SPILLANE, 72, Track, 

Emp. 12-1-25, Died 8-15-67 
CHARLES J. STAHLE, 68, Electrical, 

Emp. 6-3-32, Died 7-31-67 
CHARLES E. STEPHENSON, 57, Transportation, 

Emp. 2-18-43, Died 7-13-67 
JOHN W. STEPHENSON, 86, Electrical, 

Emp. 8-1-12, Died 8-18-67 
FRANK A. TALLON, 76, Skokie Shops, 

Emp. 5-11-37, Died 8-6-67 
OSCAR W. TORNQUIST, 74, West Section, 

Emp. 3-9-44, Died 7-21-67 
PAUL L. TOTZKE, 74, North Avenue, 

Emp. 1-20-20, Died 8-6-67 
ANTON USPUL, 82, Lawndale, 

Emp. 1-1-12, Died 8-13-67 
HEINRICH VOELKER, 77, North Section, 

Emp. 11-15-23, Died 7-16-67 
FRANK E. VRANEY, 69, North Avenue, 

Emp. 5-6-24, Died 7-18-67 
EDWARD WIEGAND, 53, Beverly, 

Emp. 9-8-47, Died 9-2-67 

. . . ARVIN KREUTZER is sporting a new Buick, FRANK 
CORBETT has an Impala with air conditioning, and 
WALLY THOMAS's wife is driving a new air conditioned 
Ford . . . The welcome mat is out for FRANK CORBETT 
and JOSEPH BILLIS, who are now schedule clerks. 
Good luck boys ! . . RASHID, our Arabian friend, wrote 
a letter to BOB LaVOIE and said he is glad to be back 
home and is looking for his camel who strayed off while 
he was away . . . BILL DENTAMARO is vacationing in 
and around Chicago, taking in the ball games . . . Your 
scribe has around 2,000 city miles on her new car, so 
that her own mother drives with her . . . ED HILL and 
his wife drove to New Baden, Illinois, for their vacation 
. . . RAY NOAKES vacationed around Chicago and spent 
a few days in Michigan. 


Our south siders have really been on the go this sum- 
mer, traveling all over the country. Towerman AL- 
BERT RAKESTRAW had a wonderful time at Expo 67, in 
Montreal, Canada, visiting the pavilions of the different 

countries. He said his feet sure did hurt when the day 
was over, after walking so much . . . Agent AMY 
GRANT and family just left for Florida on vacation and 
were going to fly over to Nassau for a few days . . . 
Trainman GERALD CAREY was all smiles when he an- 
nounced the birth of a son, GERALD Jr. , born August 7. 
This makes two children for the Carey family. . . Wel- 
come to the newly transferred trainmen from the North 
CURRY, MARTIN HUNTER, and to newly hired Porter 
ELMORE BOYD . . . We were so happy when Retired 
Assistant Station Superintendent ART ANDERSON called 
to tell us he has joined the Grandfather's Club. A baby 
boy named ARNOLD THOR was born July 5 to his son, 
ALVIN, and daughter-in-law, NANCY. Our congratula- 
tions to the proud parents and grandparents . . . Motor- 
man ED TORMEY and his wife vacationed up at Arbor 
Vitae, Wisconsin, and did quite a bit of fishing. I hope 
their catch was good . . . Switchman JOHN MITCHELL 
is mighty proud of his 13 year old son, BRIAN, who was 
awarded a four-year scholarship this fall for the Campion 
Jesuit High school in Prairie DuChien, Wisconsin. The 
scholarship is academic . . . Congratulations to Agent 




ANN (JENKINS) MATZKO, who was recently married. 
May you and yours have a happy life together . . . Por- 
ter CHRIS LAMPROS decided to give the stores depart- 
ment another try, so he transferred back as laborer, 
Stores Department, on August 1 . . . Retired Motorman 
JOHN SEERY and his wife are really traveling through 
Europe. First, they visited Ireland, next in Spain, and 
then went to England. They send regards to all their 
friends back here in Chicago . . . Conductor LEONARD 
SUCECH took his trailer and drove all over the west. 
He took in Montana, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain Nation- 
al Park, and Colorado Springs, Colorado . . . Retired 
Conductor JOSEPH KOLMAN was in to see the boys at 
61st street recently. He says his health has improved, 
and he looked real good. . . Another Expo 67 visitor was 
Agent RUTH LCVELL, who said the fair was well worth 

Fall is just around the corner, and back to school for 
our part timers: Trainmen FREDERICK KUCH, ROB- 
HUEY, and DENNIS MURPHY . . . Retired Switchman 
CHARLEY SCALES passed away recently. Our condo- 
lences to his family . . . Another Ireland visitor this 
summer was Conductor JERRY HANAFIN, who enjoyed 
being in the "Old Sod. " . . Our champion of passenger 
commendations, JOHN DANEK, received another com- 
mendation for his good announcements and the excellent 
job he is doing in performing his duties . . . Sincere 
condolences to Switchman DAVID SHEPHERD, whose 
father passed away recently, to Retired Conductor WIL- 
LIAM RUEHL, on the loss of his wife, and to Retired 
Agent LAURE PEPPERL, on the loss of her mother . . . 
Supervisor DON MURPHY and his wife, GEN, vacationed 
in Key West, Florida, soaking up the sunshine with some 
friends . . . On the sick list at this writing is Motorman 
HAROLD RICHARDS. Our best wishes for a quick re- 
covery . . . Retired Towerman LEONARD DeGROOT 
and his wife are making the rounds in California, taking 
in all the sights and enjoying the trip . . . Former 
Switchman ROBERT WALDON stopped in at 61st street 
recently to say "hello" to all his former co-workers . . . 
District Superintendent TERRY McGOVERN, who is on 
the sick list, is home now from the hospital recuperating 
nicely. That is sure good news to hear. 


Congratulations to JOHN SARNA, son of STANLEY 
SARNA, carpenter foreman, for receiving two scholar- 
ships. The first for $1,000.00 to the Illinois Institute of 
Technology, and the other for $500.00 from the Chicago 
Daily News. He is a graduate of Gage Park High school. 
Keep up the good work, John . . . Happy anniversary to 
HOWARD WARD and his wife, JO. They spent their 21st 
anniversary July 20 on a fishing trip in the Hayward, 
Wisconsin, area. Happy 21 more to you both . . . The 
JOE McNAMARAS split their vacation by fishing and 
visiting Expo 67 in Canada, then relaxing at their sum- 
mer home in Lake Delavan, Wisconsin . . . WALTER 
AUGUSTYN is reported to be well on the road to recovery 
after being hospitalized for three months . . . California 
is the vacation spot for BILL and STELLA KOSEK; and 
the RALPH KEANS enjoyed visiting Expo 67 . . . HEN- 
GEORGE ELLIOTT, and TOM PAWLEY retired on Aug- 
ust 31. Best of luck and good health to all of you . . . 
Our sympathy is extended to "Shorty" BRONS on the loss 


of his wife, to the JOE BOLECHS on the loss of his 
of his wife's mother, to JIM and BILL HAWORTH on the 
loss of their mother, and to MILDRED CHASSEUR on the 
loss of her mother . . . DICK and CATHERINE HICKEY 
enjoyed a four-week vacation visiting England, France, 
Italy, and Ireland. Their son served as their guide dur- 
ing their stay in Italy where he is attending school . . . 
We have, through co-operated efforts, installed Transit 
News boxes in every area for your convenience. Please 
make use of them, as this will help us get the necessary 
information for a good column of interest to all. 

- "KatUtcM O'^tit* & "?*4*/i Sfruwicii 


Painter PETER DOMBSKI and his wife vacationed in 
Poland for six weeks. Thanks to two brother -in-laws 
that had cars, they were able to visit all the large cities 
and historic places. They visited a salt mine and the 
famous concentration camp, Oswilcine, which was a very 
gruesome sight to see. They stayed two weeks at a 
health resort and had a wonderful trip via KLM airline 
direct . . . GEORGE KIMMSKE and his wife just return- 
ed from a trip to Kentucky and St. Louis. While in St. 
Louis, they visited and rode to the top of the new "Gate- 
way to the West." They also took a boat ride on the 
"Dixie Belle," an old-fashioned paddle boat, on which 
they had a wonderful meal. Mrs. Kimmske has just re- 
ceived another 500 hour award for service rendered to 
the veterans at Hines hospital. Keep up the good work 
. . . Clerk CATHERINE ANN HARNETT reported her 
trip to Europe was really wonderful. She was with a 
good group and had a lot of laughs . . . There is still an 

unsolved mystery how did a certain item get in our 

room? ? ? How about that Dagmar ! 


Vacations again seem to be the main topic of my col- 
umn. Adding a little flavor, I've sandwiched in a few 
other interesting items . . . Congratulations and best 
wishes to DAVID M. FLYNN and his wife, HELEN, who 
were married in San Francisco, California on August 1 . 
. . Don't be too surprised if you see BOB QUETSCHKE 
with long hair. He's probably just growing it that way to 
go along with the electric guitar he won at the Norridge 

FOREMAN THOMAS F. PAWLEY, blacksmith and welding section, 
South Shops, retired September 1, after 30 years of service. At a 
party in his honor are, left to right: J. J. REPLINGER, superintendent 
of surface system shops, Mr. Pawley, L. G. ANDERSON, superinten- 
dent of shops and equipment, and S. J. EISIN, general foreman, 
body shops. 




Youth Activity Festival. If he doesn't try to be another 
Beatle, this will make a nice gift for his son, PHILLIP, 
who plays this instrument . . . ADA GUSTAFSON and 
her husband spent their vacation relaxing and visiting 
with friends and relatives. They also went on short trips 
to places such as the Abbey in Fontana at Lake Geneva . 
. . The more the merrier, is what CARL LARSEN said. 
He and his wife met a number of their friends at Dorr 
County, and needless to say, they all had a good time. 
Carl even managed to get in a few games of golf . . . 
JULIE WILLEM went via train to Washington, D. C. The 
days and time went by quickly as she toured the capital 
and saw all the points of interest, including Mt. Vernon. 
From there she flew to New York to visit with friends. 
The beautiful weather helped to make the trip even more 
enjoyable . . . Driving to Boston, Massachusetts, were 
WALTER HILL and his family. The main reason for 
choosing this location was to see his son who is a student 
at MIT. They went sight-seeing in and around Boston 
before returning home . . . BOB QUETSCHKE, his wife, 
JUNE, and their son, BOB, vacationed at Lake Hamlin 
in Ludington, Michigan. They had a little cool weather, 
but it didn't prevent them from having a good time . . . 
JAMES LUVISI, his brother-in-law, and their wives, 
vacationed in the North Woods near Tomahawk, Wiscon- 
sin. The weather was good, but for the first time James 
came back to work and admitted that the fishing was poor 
. . . BILL PARNUM and his wife drove to Cave City in 
Kentucky, and to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where they at- 
tended many shows and enjoyed all of them . . . The 
beauty of Dorr County in Wisconsin again drew AUDREY 
PETERSON and her husband, HOWARD, back for another 
visit. I'm sorry to say that they were bitten by the flu 
bug while on their trip. In spite of this, the weather was 
delightful, the colors very pretty, and being with their 
friends helped to make this a nice vacation . . . On Au- 
gust 17 RAY STRATTON celebrated his 30th anniversary 
with the CTA. On this occasion, his co-workers had 
coffee and cake, and presented him with a small gift . . . 
TOM, the son of THOMAS STIGLIC, plays center field on 
a softball team that won first place in the Evanston Su- 
burban League. This has qualified them to play in the 
All Suburban tournament . . . JACK, one of the flying 
KRA USE's, came to Chicago for a weekend to attend a 
wedding and visit with some friends . . . Your scribe's 
sister, AUDREY ANDERSON, formerly of the Insurance 
Department, came to the general office with her husband 
GERALD, and their son, LARRY, to visit with her 
friends . 


Conductor JOE PROCHNIAK , after 43 years of ser- 
vice, is going on pension. Joe and his wife are going to 
California to live. We wish both of them all the happi- 
ness in the world . . . Motorman SAL DITOMASO has 
been off sick, and now is heading for a five-week vaca- 
tion. He sure has all the luck . . . Conductor WALTER 
RAFA was off sick due to an ulcer, and is now back at 
work. He looks fatter now that he is on a milk diet . . . 
Motorman "Big Toe" HAWKINS was around and he sure 
is itching to get back to work . . . Friendly GERRY 
BOYLAND, while traveling in the east, was in an acci- 
dent and his car was totally demolished. He and his fa- 
mily came out of it with minor injuries . . . Pensioner 
HARRY BAKER, former chief clerk, is in St. Lukes hos- 
pital. We all wish Baker a speedy recovery, to return 
and enjoy his pension . . . Motorman ED RASP is leav- 
ing us and heading for Jefferson City, Missouri, to live. 
So, good luck to Ed and his family in their new venture 


training at Ft. Leonard Wood, 
Missouri, ROBERT M.UNWIN, 
son of GEORGE A. UNWIN, 
Electrical Department, has 
been assigned as a clerk- 
administrator at the U. S. 
Infantry School, Ft. Benning, 
Georgia. Robert is a recent 
graduate of University of 
Illinois Circle Campus, where 
he received a B. S. degree 
in economics. 

. . . Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. McNEAL on the 
birth of a pretty little girl named BONITA . . . Met 
Trainman LOU PAYNE' s twin brother the other day and 
it shook me up. They are identical in every way, except 
that Lou is a lot crabbier . . . When on vacation, Motor- 
man GEORGE SMITH must really get a lot of stares when 
signing his name at a motel. I suggested giving my 
name, and they won't even look at him ... I finally found 
the happiest employe of the CTA, and he is Motorman 
CLEO GRIFFIN. He is happy, regardless of what he is 
doing. Too bad more of us can't be like that. What a 
wonderful world it would be . . . On any line, you can't 
find a more sharply dressed motorman than LEON 
MOORE . . . Now that TINY ROBERTSON is a conductor, 
we hope he gets rid of that blue handkerchief of a motor- 
man, and also tell the motormen who is boss . . . Oh 
what sadness has come over me, for now I know I am 
over the hill. I am beginning to like to play checkers 
with the old men. 


They say no news is good news, but certainly doesn't 
give me any writing material. Come on, fellows, pass 
me the news . . . Only MICKEY YOUNG's friend, JOE 
DAVIDSON, sent me a line on his vacation. Joe took in 
Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. He also sent a nice pic- 
ture of "Babe" Ruth's locker from the National Baseball 
Hall of Fame . . . By the time this writing is published, 
the fall pick will have gone in. I hope everyone likes 
their runs, and I have a soft leader for a change . . . We 
all miss little fat JOHN MARVO, who took his pension 
August 31 after 26 years with the company. . . My right 
hand man and dependable pal from the repair department 
tells me that Foreman GUS PAVELKA and his family va- 
cationed in Denver, Colorado, meeting some of his old 
buddies of World War II . . . Pensioner DENNIS GRIF- 
FIN recently returned from his native County Kerry, Ire- 
land, where he enjoyed himself . . . We all hope that 
GEORGE ZACEK, who had been hospitalized, has re- 
covered and is back to work . . . TOM DONNELLY was 
transferred to Kedzie depot as p.m. foreman. KENNY 
POLAN took his place as relief foreman at 69th . . . ED- 
DIE PRUEMER caught a big mackerel up in Wisconsin. 
While trying to land it, he fell in. It took four big men 
to pull him and the fish out of the lake. It was the last 
fish anyone caught that day . . . My wife gave my oldest 
son a surprise birthday party (three days late). My dau- 
ghter-in-laws, sister-in-law, and friends enjoyed the 
evening as much as my son. . . This column depends on 

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THE CELEBRATION of CTA's 20th anniversary as 
an operating company during October was the oc- 
casion for an open house in the Merchandise Mart 
on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28. More 
than 2,500 employes and members of their families 
accepted management's invitation to tour the Gen- 
eral Offices and Operations Control Center. After 
the tour, they joined their fellow employes in the 
coffee shop for refreshments and conversation. 

From the start to the finish of their tours, 
visitors saw other employes at work and viewed 
displays which depicted the functions of each de- 
partment. Supervisory personnel were on hand to 
describe their department's activities and to ans- 
wer questions. 

And for those who attended, their wasn't a dull 
moment -- even children were amazed by the vast- 
ness of the seventh floor offices and intrigued by 
the machinery used to keep the buses and trains 
rolling. No one went away emptyhanded too, for 
many departments distributed printed leaflets and 
folders. Souvenir telephone dialers were given to 
each adult, and children received baloons com- 
memorating the occasion. 

CTA's photographers captured the festivities on 
film, and the sampling of candid photographs re- 
produced here will enable you to trace, once again, 
the route of the tour. If you wish, you can turn 
back to our cover for the warm greeting given by 
the three General Office receptionists (Pat Legen- 
za, Diana Boyle, and Nancy Hagemeyer), then just 
follow the arrows. Go slowly though, because 
you're sure to recognize a few faces -- possibly 
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SAVIM6S BONO h Prim in Ummk Bmy Contest 

DURING THE month of October all CTA employes 
attended teamwork discussions at their respective 
work locations, where they learned of the impor- 
tant part they play on the big CTA team and how 
they, personally, can contribute to the efficient 
and safe operation of our transit system. Each 
employe also learned how he could use teamwork 
to help our bus operators, motormen, and conduc- 
tors to provide the best possible service to our 

Following the sessions many employes cited 
means by which teamwork among employes could 
be effectively applied. And now, all employes -- 
operating and non-operating -- will be given the 
opportunity to write an essay on the subject. The 
employe writing the best essay will receive a 
$25. 00 savings bond. 

All essays should be in 500 words or less and 
related to the title, "How Employes Can Help Op- 
erating Employes Through Teamwork. " Essays, 
which may be typed or written in longhand, will be 
judged on the thoughts expressed rather than on the 

style of writing. The winning essay will be pub- 
lished in TRANSIT NEWS and edited, if necessary, 
before publication. 

A panel of judges will select the winning essay 
and its decision will be final. Essays must include 
the writer's name; badge, payroll, or tag number, 
and work location. After the winner has been an- 
nounced, essays will be returned to employes if 
requested when submitted. 

Essays must be received on or before Decem- 
ber 29, 1967, and may be sent through company 
mail or U. S. mail to: 

Teamwork Essay Contest 
Chicago Transit Authority 
Room 752, Merchandise Mart Plaza 
Chicago, Illinois 60654 

If you want to win the $25.00 savings bond, start 
thinking about teamwork now -- jot down notes as 
they occur to you. When you have your thoughts 
organized, write your essay in 500 words or less. 

Cash Awards Totaling $529.00 
Shared By Six CTA Suggesters 

IN A recent announcement by the Suggestion Com- 
mitee, six employes were named as winners of 
suggestion awards totaling $529. 00. 

Biggest winner for the month was John Proven- 
za, South Shops carpenter, who received $267. 00. 
Other cash award winners were Nick Fieramosca, 
Congress Shops car repairman, and Robert Muel- 
ler, Skokie Shops machinist, who were awarded 
$150. 00 and $37. 00, respectively. 

Three employes who submitted their second 
honorable mention ideas and were presented $25.00 
each were Max Kuchan, South Shops carpenter, 
William Moog, service truck chauffeur, and Erol 
Murphy, North Section ticket agent. 

October was also the first month during which 
turkey certificates were given to employes sub- 
mitting suggestions that were adopted. According 
to the Suggestion Committee report, suggestion 
submissions increased 100 per cent for the month, 
as compared with September, when no incentive 
awards were given. Receiving the turkey certifi- 
cates were the six cash award winners named 
above and the following 18 employes who received 
their first honorable mention: General Office -- 
Don Clancy, Employe Relations; Mary Clarke, 
Training; Dorothy Coughlin, Employment; Regina 

C. E. KEISER, chairman of the Executive Decision Committee 
of the Employe Suggestion Plan, is shown presenting cash 
awards and turkey certificates to three Shops and Equipment 
department employes as L. G. Anderson, S&E superintendent, 
looks on in approval. Award winners were, from left, Robert 
Mueller, Nick Fieramosca, and John Provenza. 

Daren, Medical; Raymond Stratton, Travel Infor- 
mation, and Herman Wirth, Claim. Shops and 
Equipment -- Casimir Jozefiak, Skokie Shops; 
Stephen Mattes, South Shops, George Nicholson, 
61st Street; Walter Post, South Shops, and Howard 
Walters, Kedzie Garage. Engineering -- Henry 
Keane, Ervin Koplin, and Edward Petersen, all of 
West Shops. Transportation -- Russell Grod, 77th 
Street; Wilbur Holmes, Loop, and Ralph Lindquist, 
Archer. Utility -- William Baldyga, Blue Island. 

Turkey certificates will continue to be given to 
each employe who submits a suggestion that is 
adopted before December 31, 1967. Employes who 
have submitted ideas are advised to watch the sug- 
gestion bulletin board for the action taken by the 
Suggestion Committee. 


90 CTAers 
Graduates of 
Driving Course 

NINETY EMPLOYES recently completed the CTA- 
sponsored Defensive Driving Course and were pre- 
sented cards by the National Safety Council. The 
course, which consisted of four two -hour class 
sessions held once a week, was taught by CTA In- 
structors Howard Hoeppner and John Bork. The 
picture at the left shows a class being conducted in 
the Merchandise Mart; classes were also held at 
Skokie and South Shops. 

In the picture at the right, Mary Clarke, Train- 
ing and Accident Prevention Department, is proudly 
displaying a check for $5. 00 which she received as 
part of a safe driver award from Shell Oil com- 
pany. Miss Clarke had a perfect score on the 
National Drivers Test on television and, therefore, 
became eligible for the Shell award. The check 
came on the same day that she completed the driv- 
ing course, and upon reading the letter from a 
Shell vice president she was pleased to learn that 

she could receive another check for the same 
amount if she had completed the Safety Council's 
course. Admiring the check is Instructor Hoepp- 
ner, who taught the class which Miss Clarke at- 

Volume XX 


Number 9 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 

Robert D. Heinlein, Editor 
F, C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public and Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00. Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This copy of CTA TRANSIT NEWS incor- 
porates the October and November issues of the magazine. 

Reduced Rate Hawaiian Tour Offered Employes 

SEPTEMBER, 1968, may well prove to be a mem- 
orable date for many CTA employes, for during 
that month a lifelong dream of a trip to the Hawai- 
ian Islands will become a reality. And by traveling 
in a group, CTA employes (active or retired) will 
be able to travel at a special rate. 

PLEASE SEND me details on the Hawaiian 
tour for CTA employes as described in CTA 




Work Location 


(Zip Code) 

The cost of the tour includes round trip jet 
transportation between Chicago and Honolulu, re- 
served hotel accomodations throughout, a complete 
sightseeing program by private motorcoach and 
steamer for cruises, baggage transfer, and other 
incidental expenses as specified. 

The 15 -day itinerary includes visits to the four 
major islands, Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. 
The group will participate in a Hawaiian luau on 
their first evening in the Islands. Also included is 
a dinner at an authentic Japanese teahouse, where 
entertainment is provided by Geisha girls. Among 
the many sights to be seen on the tour are the 
Pearl Harbor war memorial, Waikiki Beach, the 
dormant volcano at Haleakala National Park, a 
coffee plantation, and pineapple fields. 

Full information may be obtained by filling in the 
coupon and forwarding it to Jane Mitchell, Chicago 
Transit Authority, Room 734, Merchandise Mart, 
Chicago, Illinois 60654. 


FAY CAPRIO, ticket agent: "We 
will observe our Thanksgiving Day 
in the usual manner with turkey, 
ravioli, and ham. I am grateful to 
God that I can prepare this Thanks- 
giving meal for my family. My 
thoughts will also be with my 
daughter and her family in Hawaii. 
If they could only be here, my day 
would be complete." 









JOHN FILIPEK, ticket agent (with reporter Mildred Doyle): "We will observe Thanks- 
giving by going to church and thanking God for the wonderful years and wonderful 
family we have and we will pray for a healthy future. After that we will go home and 
have our traditional turkey with all the trimmings." 


How will your family observe Thanksgiving Day this year? 


Mildred Doyle 


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0. BUCHANAN, porter: "Our fam- 
ily will long remember this Thanks- 
giving, because our grandchildren 
from San Francisco will spend the 
holiday with us. We will be seeing 
them for the first time." 

KATHLEEN N. MC KENNY, ticket agent: 
"Thanksgiving has always been a very 
special day for me. I am grateful for my 
family, dear friends, and the many blessings 
God has bestowed upon me. 





J. J. EVANS, porter: "I will have 
the traditional dinner with my wife 
and children and then enjoy a re- 
laxing evening at home." 



IN SEVERAL hospital studies throughout the coun- 
try it has been shown that severe chronic obesity 
(overweight) is an important factor in the develop- 
ment of heart disease. 

In simple terms, obesity is a physical state in 
which the amount of fat stored in our body is ex- 
cessive. It does not matter whether we use the 
name obesity, overweight, or fatness, the end re- 
sult is the same. 

In a recent daily Chicago newspaper it stated, 
"American Easy Lives Breed Own Killer Disease - 
Obesity. " It is a disease that more than half of the 
American adults are estimated to have to some 
degree and it is partly responsible for killing many 
of them prematurely. Well documented insurance 
company studies and other medical studies show 
that excessive weight increases a person's chances 
of developing a heart attack. 

It has been estimated that a person who is 30 
per cent or more overweight has a 50 per cent 


By Dr. George H. Irwin, 
CTA Medical Consultant 

greater chance of developing heart disease than a 
person whose weight is near normal. 

Improper eating habits often start early in child- 
hood. Many parents unwittingly encourage their 
children to overeat as a reward and this gratifying 
habit often carries over into adulthood. The daily 
table spread, either in tradition or as a display of 
the "good life", also leads many youngsters to 
develop a taste for fattening foods. 

The cause of overweight, in over 90 per cent of 
all cases, is simple unadulterated overeating. In 
a small number of cases, abnormalities or defi- 
ciencies in the endocrine systems or internal 
glands may be responsible. Some other predis- 
posing factors include hereditary background, con- 
stitutional build, emotional, physiological, psycho- 
logical, and occupational influences. 

The urge to eat is a primitive and powerful in- 
stinct which is associated with the desire and will 
to live. In this connection, many people have the 
false notion that they must eat many rich foods in 
order to be strong and healthy and ward off illness. 

The American way of living, a high level of national 
income, and prosperity have encouraged many 
people to overindulge in food and drink. In the 
emotional stress group we find certain persons 
may overeat to counteract loneliness, anger, bore- 
dom, insecurity, or domestic difficulty. 

The reason that obesity causes heart trouble is 
that the fatty foods tend to narrow the arteries. 
The heart has to work harder to get blood to vari- 
ous parts of the body because there are more tis- 
sues to feed. There is also added strain on the 
heart even when the individual is at rest and not 
working. All body metabolism is overtaxed in 
obesity. This overload on the heart causes hyper- 
trophy (enlargement) and then deterioration of the 
heart muscle (cardiac failure) and blood vessels 
throughout the body, including the coronary ar- 

Overweight not only predisposes one to heart 
trouble but also to high blood pressure, diabetes, 
liver disease, arthritis, and many other diseases. 

The medical management of the overweight per- 
son is very important. However, in some cases it 
is disappointing. The physician can cure a patient 
with pneumonia or appendicitis without much co- 
operation on the part of the patient, but the picture 
is reversed in the treatment of obesity. 

Successful weight reduction should be started 
with a careful examination by your doctor. This 
procedure will not only include a physical examin- 
ation, but probably also certain laboratory tests 
and studies. After that he will give you the proper 
diet and instructions. From here on it is, in great 
part, up to the patient. 

One of the most important factors in the success 
of weight reduction is the motivation or the reason 
the patient has for wanting to lose weight. Without 
cooperation, persistence, and strong motivation, 
the treatment is doomed to failure. Success in this 
fight could be the toughest and most difficult pro- 
blem in your life. Don't expect too much of drugs 
in weight reduction. Many people who count calo- 
ries become nervous, irritable, and neurotic. 
This should be avoided. It is better to make a long 
range plan and not try to reduce too rapidly. Above 
all, keep the weight down after reaching a normal 
range. Use the scale daily as it is an important 
check and a reminder of your responsibility. Some 
young folks harm themselves by following an inade- 
quate diet. 

The advice is to use common sense about your 
eating habits. Though it may be hard to stick it 
out over a long period, always say no to a second 
helping and leave the table before you are com- 
pletely satisfied and stuffed. 

Remember, "Don't put on today what you will 
have to take off tomorrow. " It is a big sacrifice 
but you will win by losing weight. 


performed daily by operating per- 
sonnel which, although they are 
observed and appreciated by our 
riders, go unreported because no 
one has thought to transmit the 
details in a letter of commenda- 
tion. Other riders, however, 
who recognize a thoughtful and 
considerate act as worthy of spe- 
cial mention, express their grat- 
itude in letters citing employes 
for their exemplary conduct. 

In one such letter addressed to 
CTA General Manager T. B. O'- 
Connor, the rider commends bus 
operator Buddy Murray, Badge 
No. 9313, 69th street station: 

"On Thursday, September 28, 
at 9:00 a.m. I boarded a south- 
bound Ashland avenue bus at Polk 
street. I would like to commend 
the exceptionally fine operator, 
whose badge number was 9313. 
He was very courteous in every 
way. Questions were answered 
in a kind and patient manner, 
streets were announced in a clear 
well -modulated voice. And to a 
young lady, for whom he waited a 
few seconds when he saw her run- 
ning to board the bus, he respon- 
ded with such a gracious, sincere 
you're welcome when she thanked 
him. He was such a skillful oper- 
ator; never have I had a smoother 
ride on a bus. I am a frequent 
user of CTA facilities and I find 
most of the bus operators and 
other personnel are very fine 


Myrtle Apitz 

Gus Wright 

people, trying hard to do well a 
very difficult job, which indicates 
that your training program is very 
effective. My congratulations to 
all who are a part of producing so 
many exceptional employes." 

This letter, from a rapid tran- 
sit rider who regularly uses the 
Merchandise Mart station, de- 
scribes ticket agent Myrtle Apitz, 
Tag No. 835, North Section: 

"Though this note is long over- 
due, the appreciation is sincere 
and thought of each time I pay my 
fare before boarding my train. In 
an age such as we live in, where 
consideration of our fellow man 
is seldom shown, it is very grat- 
ifying to be able to have a lady 
such as Agent 835 who is always 
so kind, considerate, and helpful 
to all of your customers. From 
time to time I have observed this 
lady helping strangers in the Mer- 
chandise Mart to take the right 
transportation in reaching their 
destination with the least amount 
of inconvenience. Also, I have 
seen her take undue abuse from 
persons that were anything but 
kind. In all instances, however, 
she has done her job with poise 
and grace. May you always be 

Buddy Murray 

able to find employes of this type 
that turn the tide and make more 
persons want to ride CTA. " 

Kedzie station bus operator 
Gus Wright, Badge No. 3498, was 
the recipient of the following let- 
ter from a rider who observed 
him while he was serving as a 
line instructor: 

"I have been riding the Wash- 
ington bus and have particularly 
noticed driver No. 3498. He is 
the most courteous, pleasantly 
efficient, and considerate driver 
I have ever met. One day this 
week, he was breaking in a new 
driver. In spite of the numbers 
getting on and the traffic, he was 
considerate of the new man, at 
the same time he was most solic- 
itous for his passengers. I'm 
sure the new man could have pro- 
fited greatly by this instructor. 
So often we are ready to report 
complaints, but do not take time 
to compliment a person on a job 
well done. If at any time this 
driver No. 3498 should be in line 
for a promotion, I would highly 
recommend that he be considered. 
I do hope that you will compliment 
him on a job well done beyond his 
call of duty. " 


HONORARY MEMBERSHIP in the Chicago Conven- 
tion Bureau was recently bestowed upon 77th Street 
Operator Peyton Hightower. 

In the picture, Hightower is shown being pre- 
sented with an award by James Condon, vice pres- 
ident of the Chicago Convention Bureau, Inc. , and 
Miss Chicago Convention Week, Roberta Ceriale. 
The award commissioned Hightower as a Bureau 
Ambassador, "in recognition of distinguished ser- 
vice in enhancing Chicago's position of leadership 
as Host City of the Nation. " 

Hightower was cited because of his exemplary 
hospitality rendered to passengers, pointing out 
interesting Chicago sights, calling off the bus's 
destination loud and clear, thanking each passenger 
for their fare, and just being nice. He stated that 
most passengers were really impressed with his 
service while a few of them said he should see a 

Peyton Hightower has been an operator at 77th 
Street station for four years. Before coming to 

77th Street Operator 

Cited for Courtesy 

CTA, he spent three years in the army; 2-1/2 of 
them in Germany. Hightower, who is married and 
the father of four children, admitted, "I like people 
in general, but I do pick my own personal friends. " 

FIVE GRADUATES of the Shops and Equipment Depart- 
ment instructor training program are shown here dis- 
playing certificates which they received upon completion 
of the five-session course at CTA's Training Center. 
The trainees have qualified for the surface system 
instructors pool and subsequent assignment, as needed. 
Class members are, from left, James Panlconen, William 
Joseph, Tobbie Gowans, Michael Smith, and Stanley 
Sagen. S&E Department personnel standing behind them 
include J. W. Dain, superintendent of garages; L. G. 
Anderson, S&E superintendent; J. J. Repplinger, super- 
intendent of surface shops; E. E. Olmstead, S&E assis- 
tant superintendent, surface system; A. J. Fiorito, 
supervisor of garage instructors, and R. H. Dobbertin, 
garage instructor. 

J. L. Ruzich, 41-Year Transit Veteran, Retires November 1 

CLOSING OUT a record of more than 41 years of service in the transit 
industry, J. L. Ruzich, assistant to general superintendent of engineering, 
retired on pension on November 1. 

Mr. Ruzich joined the Track and Roadway Department of the former 
Chicago Surface Lines in March, 1926, as an engineering clerk. He sub- 
sequently became chief progress clerk, estimating engineer, and track 
division superintendent. In 1956 Mr. Ruzich was named superintendent of 
construction and, in that capacity, supervised the laying of rapid transit 
track in the median of Chicago's first expressway, the Eisenhower Ex- 
pressway. He was named to the position of superintendent of track and 
structures in 1961 and in September, 1966, was appointed assistant to 
general superintendent of engineering. 

Mr. Ruzich, who is a graduate of the Armour institute, now the Illinois 
Institute of Technology, with a B. S. degree in electrical engineering, is a 
registered professional engineer and a member of the Western Society of 
Engineers. He is also a member of the Maintenance of Way Club of Chi- 
cago, of which he served as director in 1962-63, and the American Tran- 
sit Association Rapid Transit Way and Structures Committee, of which he 
has served as vice-chairman since 1963. 






ACCOUNTING (General) - 

ANN ANGST, Voucher Section, decided upon Expo 67 
and Canada for part of her vacation. She went by train 
and took a tour which was guided by Major ARTHUR FOX, 
over 75 years of age, but well-versed on history and 
politics, making it a very interesting and educational 
tour. The four cities, Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, 
and Ottawa, were most exciting, attractive, and interest- 
ing. They visited the Seagrams Distilleries which were 
celebrating their 100th anniversary, and who were most 
gracious hosts. The process of manufacturing liquors 
was shown from the beginning to the finished product. In 
the Peace Tower in the Parliament Building in Ottawa 
she saw four books listing the names of soldiers who 
gave their lives for their country. Each day at 1 1 a.m. , 
a -war veteran in military regalia wearing white gloves 
turns a page of one of the books in a very impressive 
memorial ceremony as the chimes peal out the hour. The 
government buildings and embassies were visited and 
were found beautiful and ornamental. Ann also enjoyed 
the visit to St. Anne's Shrine in Quebec, and came home 
with the memories of a wonderful Canadian vacation. . . 
ROSS FRANKE, youngest son of BEA FRANKE, Voucher, 
returned from military duty in Viet Nam, September 20. 
After a short stay with his parents he went to Ft. Leonard 
Wood, Missouri, for the remainder of his military en- 
listment. In the meantime, he became engaged and was 
married to REBECCA CORDERO on October 12 at St. 
Veronica's church. A reception for the immediate fami- 
lies followed the wedding ceremony. Ross is the last of 
the fledglings to leave the home nest. . . Rockville, Ind- 
iana, and the 11th Annual Covered Bridge Festival, were 
again the destination of RUTH HAVLIK, Accounting, and 
her family. The Havliks have made this a ritual, having 
made the trip each year for the past 11 years; looking 
forward to the festivities and the beautiful fall scenery. 

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(Revenue) - 

A warm welcome is extended to LORRAINE FALK 
who recently transferred from Material and Supplies . . . 
Also, a hello to TOM LORENZ from the Transfer Room 
at Maypole, who is taking MIKE HOFFERT's position. 
Mike is now at Forest Glen and North Park as a trans- 
portation clerk . . . Good luck to JIM VERTELKA as the 
new garage clerk at North Avenue . . . The stork, with 
its bundle of joy, visited Mr. and Mrs'. MIKE CHESLEY 
and presented KIRSTEN MICHELLE on September 27. 
The proud grandmother is MARY JANE HOSTETTER. 
On September 23, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. MONAHAN be- 
came the proud parents of BRIAN JAMES, making MARY 
ALICE CLEARY a very happy grandmother. Congratu- 
lations to all of you . . . Those rested and shining faces 
that you see are: ALICE ARKIN, who visited colorful 
Hawaii recently; LILLIAN LAMONT, who vacationed in 
that green place of Ireland; WANDA BEKIER, who visit- 
ed exciting Expo 67, and MARY CARNEY, Payroll, who 
along with your scribe, was basking in Las Vegas . . . 
We extend our sympathy to MARIE FOLZ in the loss of 
her son-in-law, marine Lieutenant ALLEN J. HERMAN, 
who was killed in action in VietNam on September 10 . . . 
A speedy recovery to FRANCES HADDIZ, STELLA CIE- 


Welcome to RON BAKER who will be in the Claim De- 
partment for six weeks. Ron is a graduate trainee who 
has joined us after being in the Employment Department 
for the past six months. At the time of this writing Ron 
will have just a few more weeks with us, so good luck to 
wherever you go from here, Ron . . . Welcome back to 
HARRY BONESS who was on our sick list for a while. 
Glad to have you back, Harry. We are also glad to see 
TONY RITROVATO is back to work after having an un- 
scheduled "vacation", in the hospital . . . JOHN DALY 
was vacationing again in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, with 
his son, BUTCH. John says they spent a wonderful week 
fishing and enjoying the Wisconsin beer. How many va- 
cations do you get in a year, John? . . Bon voyage to 
ROY SWANSON and his wife, BARBARA, who will be go- 
ing on a round-the-world tour starting October 19 and 
extending to December 2. Have a wonderful time Roy 
and Barbara . . . Our best wishes are extended to two of 
our former Claim department employes, KATHY ASH- 
LEY and BRUCE POPE, who took that big step November 
4. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Pope . . . Congratu- 
lations to DENNIS SIPICH who won $200 on September 23 
in a demolition race at Soldiers Field. Dennis, didn't 
we hear you say you were taking us to lunch? . . All of 
us in the Claim department extend our deepest sympathy 
to KAY CORCORAN on the loss of her sister, MARY 
ELLEN CORCORAN . . . MARY BERRY, along with 
three girl friends, went on a two-week vacation to Expo 
67. Even though Metro went on strike the day they arriv- 
ed, and their accomodations left something to be desired, 
they still spent an enjoyable three days at Expo and two 
other days sightseeing and shopping in Montreal. They 
motored through the Adirondack region and stopped over- 
night in Lake Placid and also in Niagara Falls, where a 
power failure occurred the day they arrived. That re- 
ally must have been some vacation. 

CONGRESS (Agents) - 

Agent JULIA MATTRAN and her husband, RAYMOND, 
were beaming with happiness as they looked at their son, 
BRUCE MATTRAN, a nervous bridegroom, and then up 
the aisle of the St. Domitilla church in Hillside at their 
daughter-in-law to be, beautiful JOANNE MANNINA 
of Berkeley, who was attended by five bridesmaids in 
gorgeous gowns done in a new shade of pink and carrying 
bouquets of red and white roses. The bride wore a long 
satin appliqued gown and a cathedral veil which was ap- 
pliqued to match the gown. She carried a bouquet of red 
roses and white orchids. The bride's talented mother 
designed and sewed the gowns. Julia wore a brown rib- 
bon net dress for the ceremony and later changed into a 
formal gown of avocado green. There were champagne 
cocktails on the veranda of the Drake in Oak Brook, fol- 
lowed by a wonderful dinner and a most pleasant evening. 
The happy couple flew to Hawaii for their honeymoon, 
but also planned to stop off in Los Angeles and Las Vegas 
on their way back. 

FAY CAPRIO was up in the clouds heading for Hono- 
lulu again. Fay had another reason for walking on air 
and that was seeing her sister again after many years. 




A few more flying hours and the air lines ■will give her 
the 100,000 mile plaque . . . Agent CHARLOTTE CAMP- 
BELL, who in the last news was so radiantly happy be- 
cause she was meeting her husband in Hawaii, received 
the sad news that he had been wounded in Viet Nam . . . 
Agent DEBORAH GADDIS and her children had a wonder- 
ful vacation in New York and Pennsylvania visiting -with 
friends and relatives . . . We were sorry to lose another 
good friend and pensioner, ANNA DOWLING, who passed 
away after a long illness. Our deepest sympathy to her 
family and loved ones . . . Our deepest sympathy to 
Porter CLARENCE DAVIS and family on the loss of their 
beloved mother . . . Porter C. BENNETT has been 
transferred to South Shops. We wish him luck and hope 
he likes his new job . . . Agent HELEN McMAHON is 
taking an early retirement. We wish her good health, 
happiness, and hope that she will stop and visit with us 
. . . Motorman WALTER MAJCHRZAK was feted with a 
pension party at 54th, but goodies were sent to those who 
weren't able to come . . . Motorman ELMER SCHILDT 
who took an early retirement, and Conductor HARVEY 
JAHNS were honored with an elaborate party on the Con- 
gress . . . KEITH HANNING, a former student agent 
and the son of Clerk JOHN HANNING, not only joined 
Uncle Sam's ranks but also those of the married man 
. . . We wish a speedy recovery to Agent HERBERT 
SAFFRON who is in the McNeal hospital, Agent PAT BO- 
who is recovering from surgery . . . Porter ELEWOOD 
LATHAMS is helping to celebrate his wife, ETTIE's, 
birthday by giving her a surprise birthday party at Vand- 
zent . . . Agent THOMPSON and his wife, DOROTHY, 
had a lovely vacation visiting relatives and friends in 
Denver, Colorado, and Des Moines, Iowa . . . Pension- 
er WILLIAM SMITH will be leaving for St. Petersburg, 
Florida, any day now . . . Agent JUNE KINARD is home 
from the hospital and is always glad to hear from her 
friends ... So that OPEL FORD wouldn't feel so bad 
about her youngest son going into service, her husband 
bought her a new car . . . While on vacation Porter JA- 
MES CLARK got another car so that coming to work on 
those cold mornings won't be such a hardship . . . STEVE 
PRCELA and his wife, VIOLET, spent Steve's two-week 
vacation moving into their new home. They are going to 
celebrate Steve's birthday which is November 8 and their 
house warming at the same time . . . Porter JOHN and 
MAE CAMPBELL went to New York City and Philadelphia 
for two weeks . . . Porter CURTIS ROSBY and his wife, 
THELMA, stayed in Chicago on their vacation doing the 
things they never can seem to find time for . . . Correc- 
tion- -ARMETTA (Butch) BROWN instead of MEADOW 
BROWN, celebrated her birthday June 28 . . . Agent 
LETTIE ROBINSON vacationed in Nebraska. Let her 
tell you about it . . . Agent WALTER PERRY and his 
family vacationed in Alexandria, Louisiana. The pic- 
tures he has are proof of a wonderful time . . . Last but 
not left out, don't forget that big day, Sunday, November 
12, the Little Flower communion breakfast. Have you 
sent in your ticket stubs and money? You could just be 
holding one of those big cash prizes. You can't win if 
you don't try. See you November 12. 

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September 1 was that long-awaited retirement day for 
BERNARD KIRCHENS. Benny was a line inspector and 
had 25 years of service. On August 31 his friends at 
Blue Island honored him with a breakfast. Mr. BUCK, 
Mr. DANECKE, and Mr. MALOTTKE were among the 


NO TALL fish stories for 
these proud fellows, E. 
SON, and V. CELBR0N (left 
to right) of Kedzie repair de- 
partment, who caught the 
pictured fish and many more 
while on vacation at Lake 
Tiger Cat Flowage in north- 
ern Wisconsin. 


sixty guests . . . C. J. BUCK, electrical superinten- 
dent, retired October 1. Best of luck to you Mr. Buck 
. . . ANDREW BOURNE'S son, JAMES, was married to 
JOAN NOWOSIELSKI of the CTA Accident and Training 
department on September 9. The wedding was held at 
Our Lady Help of Christians church with a reception at 
the Parkview Villa . . . Our sympathy is extended to the 
family of WILLIAM HANLEY, project engineer, who pass- 
ed away last month . . . Had a card from vacationing 
BOB FERGUSON. He's trying to catch some fish at 
Lakewood, Wisconsin . . . JOHN DARCY is enjoying his 
vacation at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida . . . Lake of the 
Ozarks in Missouri seems to have a strange attraction 
for the fellows at Blue Island. FRANK REGAL was there 
during September. HARRY ANDERSON, WILLARD 
LOOS, CHESTER MATTUSZEWSKI, and their wives are 
having a little CTA reunion down there in the hills. We'll 
save a page of the next issue for all their fish stories 
. . . Who is the mystery man known as MITCH MILLER ? 
Pensioners let us hear from you. We like to keep in 
touch with old friends. 

The General Office held its first picnic on Sunday, 
July 30. There were 32 adults and 28 children present. 
Quite a showing for the very first time. The egg throw- 
ing contest proved quite interesting. AL MORF's dau- 
ghter really splattered him. BERNIE KIZIOR received 
an egg shampoo for which SHELDEN KIRSHNER was re- 
MIKOTA's daughter, won the shoe race. The baseball 
game was quite active. A final score was never reached 
because of many tired players (not use to exercise). 
MATT CIOFFE doesn't like to admit to the broken thumb 
he acquired playing baseball. KEN MIKOTA and MIKE 
KELLY discovered insulated pla'stic cups do not hold 
gasoline, they just dissolve. This didn't stop our music 
though, thanks to the generator from Chicago avenue. 
Chicken Delight could never compete with MARTY IM- 
BRA's chicken. He could have fed everyone present. 
We hope to see more participating in the fun next sum- 
mer, with a good time promised for all . . . The Gen- 
eral Office would also like to welcome GEORGE E. MA- 
TEJOVSKY, our new signal draftsman. Good luck, 
George . . . MARTY LUKES became a proud father on 
October 20 when his wife, SHIRLEY, gave birth to a boy. 
Shirley formerly worked in the Schedule Department . . . 
The Electrical department welcomes A. R. SANDBERG 
to its helm. Mr. Sandberg is no stranger to Electrical, 
since he started in this department over thirty years ago 
. . . BERNADETTE KIZIOR recently returned from a 
convention in Estes Park, Colorado, being selected Ex- 
ecutive Secretary of the National Association of Catholic 
Alumni Clubs, a fast growing 12,000 member association 




with chapters in 49 cities in the United States and Cana- 
da. She served as Midwest Region secretary last year 
and has now moved to the national scene. 


Hi men! A happy Thanksgiving day to all and your 
loved ones . . . Operator BEN KAMKA and his wonderful 
wife spent their vacation with their son, KEN, at Fort 
Sill, Oklahoma. Young Kamka is an instructor on the 
Pershing missile, of which he is also a specialist. Ben 
says it wasn't too long ago when Ken was a young boy -, 
today a man ... At this time AL ALSTERLUND and his 
wife will be touring Europe. The trip will include Eng- 
land, France, Germany, Italy, and others. Of course, 
we'll all be ready to hear how it turned out. Al said the 
trip was made possible due to his wife managing the 
money at home ... To KATHY PANTOS a very happy 
belated 15th birthday. Miss Pantos is the lovely daughter 
of Operator and Mrs. CHRIST PANTOS . . . Mr. and 
Mrs. WILLIAM W. COPELAND are the proud parents of 
a baby girl, KATHI CLARISON, born August 10 at Rav- 
enswood hospital . . . Supervisor JOHN ANDERSON gave 
his lovely daughter, KAREN, away in marriage to BRUCE 
SEIBEN on September 16 at St. Pascal church. A recep- 
tion was held at Di Leo's then the celebration continued 
at the Anderson home . . . Received a card from BILL 
LYNAM and his wife, who spent the last part of their va- 
cation up at Maple Leaf Resort. He states fishing was 
fair, but nothing like when he and all the fellows go up 
early in the spring . . . Operator CARL NELSON and 
his wife had a wonderful time visiting Expo 67 in Mon- 
treal, Canada. Carl was seen after returning to work 
trying to put those Canadian coins in our coffee machine. 
AL DREWKE and his family also had a grand time at 
Expo 67. I suppose Al was able to bring back some good 
Canadian souvenirs . . . Former Operator RUDOLPH 
GESTER sent a card from Europe. He and his wife went 
through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He sends 
his regards to all . . . Operator TRYGVE BERG has 
spent an eventful summer with his "old" and "new" fami- 
ly. His son, THOM, an electronic engineer for Nuclear 
Chicago corporation, received a one -year occupational 
deferment. On June 15 Tryg and his new wife flew to 
Kingsville, Texas, where they baby sat -with three grand- 
children while their mother went to the hospital to get 
number four. Their father, Lieutenant Commander 
LARRY REEGER, a navy jet pilot instructor, was serv- 
ing as flight deck officer aboard the carrier U.S.S. Han- 
cock in Viet Nam waters. On August 8, Operator Berg 
had 2 5 years service with the CTA . . . Congratulations 
on their 38th wedding anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. JOHN 
LANGE. Sorry old friend it has to be belated. John you 
better take good care of your driver of the year card, 
because it's your last before you retire . . . November 
12 is the date of the St. Joseph Branch communion break- 
fast and raffle. All are invited to attend. Buses will 
leave at 6:50 a.m. . . Let's keep attending the union 
meetings and keep Forest Park garage on top . . . The 
credit union is at your service at all times. Start think- 
ing Christmas now. 

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We welcome CAROL ANN RADMAN, clerk-typist, in 
the department. . . JACK O'REILLY and JAMES TOOLIS 
held winning scores during the world series baseball 
games. The prizes were $25.00 each . . . Weber High 


of the Catholic League, quarterbacked by CHARLIE 
LAPP's son, JOE, who was making his first varsity 
start, performed more like a title -bound team at mid- 
season to win its 1967 opener against Mendel by the de- 
cisive margin of 34 to 16. With Lapp at the controls 
most of the way, Weber ground out 32 3 yards rushing 
and gained another 53 through the air against Mendel. 
JOE SASSANO, team coach, said "That was Lapp's first 
varsity experience. The quarterback position was one of 
our main concerns through spring practice and drills 
this summer, but Lapp showed he could do the job." . . 
At the last CTA golf outing, RUSTY RUSAKIEWICZ won 
a portable TV set. Congratulations on winning the TV 
and also to you and MARY on your second anniversary. 
Rusty and his son, ROD, of Stores, took a little fishing 
trip up to Conover, Wisconsin, where the temperature 
got down to 22 degrees. Rusty said the fishing was tre- 
mendous. Well, maybe not so tremendous, but they did 
have a great time ... On October 1 , A. R. SANDBERG 
left our department to become the electrical engineer and 
C. KALOGERAS became our architect . . . DENNIS 
PENEPACKER is awaiting a "thank you" card from the 
Lincoln Park Zoo. He and his wife just donated their pet 
Marmoset to the zoo. The zoos around Chicago seem to 
be profiting from Dennis' "different" pet collection. 
There is word out that Dennis and his wife are now look- 
ing for a Great Dane or a horse . . . Congratulations to 
RON MAZIARKA and his wife, CYNTHIA, on the birth of 
their second daughter, ELIZABETH . . . We all extend 
our hello and get well wishes to DAN BRUNOD and HER- 
MAN ANDERS. Hope you are both feeling much better. 

(West Shops) - 

Two of our carpenters, one a foreman, JOE FUCAR- 
INO, became a daddy September 2 of a baby girl, LOU- 
ISE JEAN, and LEONARD NELSON became a daddy Aug- 
ust 19 of a baby girl, VALERIE SUZANNE. Congratu- 
lations fellows ... At the annual CTA golf outing held 
at Villa Olivia, Ironwork Inspector BERNIE HOLTANE 
got a hole -in-one on the 12th hole, ending up with a 
score of 74. He has TOM WOLGEMUTH, PAUL SWAN- 
SON, and PAT McCARTHY as witnesses . . . TOMMY 
STAUNTON, our track foreman, was married Saturday 
October 7, at St. Angela's. Many of our people attended 
the reception at Marlac House in Oak Park and a good 
time was had by all. We want to wish the newlyweds 
much happiness in the future. A little note about Tom- 
my's bride. EVELYN is a "Stouffer's girl", and was 
recently chosen to wait at the table of Princess Alexan- 
dra of Great Britain during a luncheon given in her 
honor. That's something to be very proud of. 

GENERAL OFFICE [Insurance) - 

ANN GOLDING and her husband, HARRY, spent their 
vacation attending the National Convention of the Veterans 
of Foreign Wars in New Orleans. They also toured the 
French Quarter and enjoyed a boat trip down the Missis- 
sippi into the Gulf viewing many beautiful historic places 
. . . ANITA CURTIS was extended best wishes for a 
speedy recovery. Anita is in Michael Reese hospital at 
this writing, but her co-workers and friends sincerely 
hope she will be on the job feeling fine again when this 
issue of Transit News comes off the press . . . Con- 
gratulations to ELAINE and her husband, BOB, on the 
birth of their first born, a baby boy. He was born Sep- 
tember 24 and was named DANIEL ALLEN . . . DON 
RIESS and his wife, VIVIAN, vacationed in Hawaii, while 
JACK O'CONNOR with his wife, DELORES, and children, 





AMONG EMPLOYES who joined the ranks of the retired during October and November 
were the 11 pictured here who had served CTA and predecessor transit operating com- 
panies for 40 or more years each. 

48 Years 

45 Years 

48 Years 


44 Years 

44 Years 

43 Years 


Lawndale, Emp. 6-24-29 
RALPH H. BRIGGS, Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 1-6-43 
ARCHIE D. BROOKS, Operator, 

Lawndale, Emp. 5-25-26 
MICHAEL H. BROWN, Operator, 

Beverly, Emp. 9-19-29 
CECIL J. BUCK, Electrical Engineer, 

Electrical, Emp. 8-18-25 
JOHN J. BURKE, Assistant Foreman, 

Limits, Emp. 2-19-35 
ELMER E. CHAPMAN, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 1-8-34 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 5-7-37 
JAMES J. EGAN, Carpenter, 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 12-10-45 

Forest Glen, Emp. 10-14-42 
HENRY B. HASMAN, Operator, 

Forest Glen, Emp. 9-20-43 

South Section, Emp. 6-11-47 
HERMAN J. HO DO, Porter, 

North Section, Emp. 1-14-44 
HARVEY H. JAHNS, Conductor, 

West Section, Emp. 2-20-24 

West Section, Emp. 10-29-43 
PATRICK J. LALLY, Operator, 

69th Street, Emp. 4-1-42 

West Section, Emp. 2-04-37 

South Division, Emp. 11-18-43 

Archer, Emp. 12-17-27 
HELEN M. McMAHON, Ticket Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 2-15-36 
HENRY McTIGUE, Cleaner & Repairman, 

77th Street, Emp. 10-24-22 

North Section, Emp. 12-10-24 

41 Years 

41 Years 

41 Years 

42 Years 

40 Years 



GEORGE A. MIGDAT, Cleaner & Repairman, 

Lawndale, Emp. 2-12-38 
ALFRED A. MIX, Stock Clerk, 

North Division, Emp. 10-06-19 
JAMES P. NELSON, Janitor, 

69th Street, Emp. 4-19-44 

West Section, Emp. 8-20-42 

Track 8t Structures, Emp. 4-22-48 

West Section, Emp. 8-21-36 
JOHN L. RUZICH, Ass't. to Supt. of Engr. 

Engineering, Emp. 3-23-26 
ELMER W. SCHILDT, Motorman, 

West Section, Emp. 10-22-18 
ROBERT M. SEDLACK, Schedule -Maker , 

Schedule-Traffic, Emp. 6-18-23 
JOHN SISKA, Armature Winder, 

Skokie Shops, Emp. 8-06-23 

North Division, Emp. 9-10-43 
LAWRENCE J. STEPHENS, Radio-Tel. Operator 

Operations Control, Emp. 1-11-26 
MAXWELL R. STRUWE, Supervisor, 

District "C", Emp. 9-02-27 
MATT TOMASIC, Truck Foreman, 

Track & Structures, Emp. 8-10-26 

Howard Street, Emp. 5-24-43 
GERALDINE M. VINZENS, Assignment Agent, 

West Section, Emp. 12-02-40 

South Shops, Emp. 9-26-19 
CLARKE D. WHITE, Cleaner & Repairman, 

Archer, Emp. 9-20-47 

Training Center, Emp. 1-09-43 

North Park, Emp. 1-20-43 

61st Street, Emp. 11-29-43 


CHARLES H. BAKER, Operator, 

Archer, Emp. 4-12-51 

77th Street, Emp. 10-04-45 
JOHN P. FERGUS, Operator, 

Limits, Emp. 8-21-41 
ALFRED C. GORSS, Operator, 

North Park, Emp. 1-30-34 
ARZIE HODGES, Operator, 

Kedzie, Emp. 1-21-54 
HERBERT W. MONSON, Switchboard Operator, 

North Avenue, Emp. 1-21-26 
ALBERT E. POWERS, Operator, 

77th Street, Emp. 5-27-48 

West Section, Emp. 8-12-41 


vacation in Springfield, Illinois, and also up in Michigan 
. . . MARY ANN DAUKSHIS, a graduate of Alvernia High 
school, was welcomed as a new CTA employe. She is 
working in the Employment Department . . . LELA and 
her husband, TED BRANGAN, had a camping trip vaca- 
tion to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Hoover Dam. 
While in Las Vegas, they stayed at Ceasar's Palace . . . 
CAROL and her husband, ARMEN ARNDT, vacationed in 
Wisconsin enjoying good weather and the beautiful scen- 
ery in the land o'lakes country . . . CATHY RASCHECK 
and RENE BERDA in Medical, took a "first" plane ride 
to Florida where they stayed at the Castaways Motel. 
They had a wonderful vacation and hope they can soon 
make a return visit. 

(Medical) - 

ROSEMARY BECKER, R.N. , vacationed with her dad 
and brother, HENRY, in Frankfurt, Germany, where 
they visited relatives. This was the first visit for 
Rosemary's dad in 46 years, so needless to say, the red 
carpet treatment was accorded the visitors and all had a 
wonderful time. More surprises where in store for them 
on their return home, especially for Rosemary, who was 
presented with a beautiful diamond engagement ring from 
her fiance, MARION SIEKIERSKI. They plan to be mar- 
ried on November 18 at St. Patrick's church in Elkhorn, 
Wisconsin, but will make their home in Glenview. 

(Employment) - 

STANLEY TADEVIC and his wife, PEGGY, received 
an anniversary gift of a trip to Bermuda from their dau- 
ghter, JULE ANNE, and son, RALPH. Ralph worked 
for CTA as a temporary employe and is now with the 
armed forces . . . Congratulations and best wishes were 
TARO who were married on September 2. The wedding 
ceremony took place at St. Ladislau's church, following 
which a reception was held at the Royal Gardens with 
co-workers from Employemnt in attendance. EILEEN 
SHEEHAN, Schedule, was one of Georgianne's brides- 

(Training & Accident Prevention) - 

Congratulations and best wishes were extended to JO- 
married on September 9 at Our Lady Help of Christians 
chapel. A reception was held at the Parkview Villa on 
Fullerton avenue. Among those attending were PHYLLIS 
BRZECEK of the CTA Law Department, and her sister, 
RITA, of Employe Relations. JOSEPH NASH, formerly 
employed in the Accident Statistical Section, was an ush- 
er. The groom's father, ANDREW BOURNE, is em- 
ployed in the Electrical Department . . . TOM HOUGH 
and his wife, JULE, vacationed in California and Arizo- 
na. They traveled by train to Los Angeles where they 
visited their son, JIM, and his family. They went on to 
San Diego and then back to L. A. Tom enjoyed his first 
airplane ride when he and his wife flew to Las Vegas. 
They then drove to Lake Havashe City for an overnight 
visit before going on to Scottsdale, Arizona, to visit 
their oldest son, TOM, and his family. They all went 
back to Los Angeles for a family reunion . . . JIM 
TRETTON and his wife, ELIZABETH, vacationed in Bil- 
oxi, Mississippi, and stayed at the Emerald Beach hotel 
overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. One of the highlights of 
their trip was attending the celebration of mass at St. 
Michael's Catholic church. This church is located be- 
tween Back Bay Biloxi and the Gulf of Mexico. Shrimp 
and oyster boats dock before the church and the recurr- 
ing theme of the church is of the sea and fishermen. The 




congregation, predominately fishermen, see their avo- 
cation reflected in the beautiful stained glass windows, 
and the support for the main altar is a E 1/2-ton rock 
from the Hill of Calvary. Jim said the unusual architec- 
ture and interior design of this church is well worth see- 


Superintendent E. PETERSON brought with him from 
CTA's management the message of Teamwork, which 
means everyone working together. Every employe is on 
the team trying to make each other's job a little easier. 
This could be one of the finest programs ever instituted. 
For our operators, here are some ways we could do our 
share. When you get to the end of your run walk through 
your bus. If there are any newspapers or other debris in 
the aisle pick them up- -keep your bus clean. By doing 
this it makes a better atmosphere for our riders, plus 
less chance of a passenger slipping in the aisle of your 
bus. Always take the bus you are assigned to because 
our repair department signs these buses out to be back 
in the garage at a certain time for repairs or to go 
through the inspection line, so you can see how impor- 
tant it is to take the right bus. This is teamwork between 
our repair department and operators. Check the bulletin 
board everyday for any notice of change of bus routes, 
transfer point changes, or any bus stop changes. By do- 
ing this you will be fully informed. Now we had a lot of 
bad publicity in the newspapers, TV, and radio pertain- 
ing to the passengers on our "L" lines and bus routes 
and this hurt our business, and teamwork can work very 
good here. If you see anything unusual going on in our 
buses or "L" trains, tell the operator or conductor, step 
off the bus or "L", call the dispatcher and tell him what 
you observed, short and to the point, and leave the rest 
to the dispatcher. In this way you won't become involved 
but you can be assured help will be sent to the operator 
or conductor in regard to the incident. 

Operator JOE GILIO and his wife went to Expo 67 and 
then drove to Niagara Falls. Joe brought home six bot- 
tles of Canadian Champagne to help celebrate the rest of 
their vacation at home . . . Retired Operator ALBERT 
HEATH went to Expo 67 and surrounding areas. He is 
now home and currently doing two week's jury duty. He 
says hello to the gang at Kedzie . . . Operator J. TAL- 
LEY is in Florida swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, also 
looking up some of his retired buddies who are now living 
there . . . Operator T. HENNEBERRY and his wife, 
MARGE, drove to New York City and surrounding cities 
just enjoying life at its best. . . Operator JIM RICHARD- 
SON and his wife, KAY, left Chicago by Santa Fe El Cap- 
itan for Los Angeles and nearby cities. On the way back 
home by train, they met retired Conductor CLARENCE 
POPPS, who formerly worked Madison street. He is 
now working as a talent scout for different studios and 
doing very well for himself . . . Congratulations to Dr. 
R. COLLIER who received his medical training at the 
University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Collier has his 
office in Helena, Montana, and plans to marry Miss LIN- 
DA BREWER on October 14, and will make Helena their 
home. Dr. Collier is the son of Operator and Mrs. 
BERT COLLIER . . . Your reporter was off six weeks 
with a broken toe and my wife, MEL GRAHAM, was in 
the hospital for two weeks with an infected kidney but is 
now home and doing fine . . . Back to work after being 
home sick is R. SLINGERLAND. On sick leave is Op- 
erator J. JACKSON who was operated on at the Veterans 


hospital on east Huron street. Operator P. ZACCARI- 
ELLO is home after surgery and doing fine. Hope to see 
you men back on the job soon . . . Operator VICTOR 
JUKNUIS and his wife, LORETTA, are the proud grand- 
parents of a baby boy named BRIAN KEITH born October 
3. The proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. KENNETH JUK- 
NUIS, son and daughter-in-law of Victor and Loretta. 
Congratulations ! . . We at Kedzie welcome the following 
operators who completed their student training program. 
They are: A. WILLIAMS Jr., A. HOLEMS, and H. PAT- 
TON. Good Kick to you men . . . Happy birthday to Mrs. 
MADELINE DOMINICK, the wife of Operator A. DOMIN- 
ICK. Happy birthday to Operator G. DiMEO and RAY 


Hi all you VIP's. I admire your exquisite taste in 
reading material because only the elite reads this jour- 
nalistic trivia. That's what my wife calls it. I wonder 
if this was a compliment? . . Well so much for levity. I 
hang my head in shame because I really goofed last 
month. Two very important items were hidden down 
among the junk in my otherwise very well organized mail 
box. So, many, many happy returns to Operator ZENT- 
MEYER and his dear wife, ROSE, on their 30th anniver- 
sary August 28. A very special apology, and belated 
congratulations to Operator ED and FLO STROH. It's 
30 years for these two also. Operator MEL CURTIS and 
his wife are celebrating 34 years of wedded bliss. He is 
on the countdown, as he is retiring March 1. Mel says, 
with a young son to raise, he has to stay young at heart 
for a long time. I know he will, too. It's 29 years of 
good wishes to one of my favorite operators. Operator 
PATEREK and his wife, ANNE, November 23. Operator 
"Big Bill" KNUDSEN and his wife, GAIL, can celebrate 
their 5th anniversary November 3 in their new home. 
Bill, we all hope your new home will store up many, 
many years of pleasant memories. Operator NORM 
BARROW and his wife, JANICE, must be "hippies." 
Norm tells me it was three years of wedded bliss Sep- 
tember 9. It's two strikes--I mean years for Operator 
ROBERT WILSON and his wife, KATHLEEN . . . The 
wedding bells are really resounding loud and clear. Me- 
chanic MIKE GARRITY changed a portion of lovely DI- 
ANA GANSCHOW's name October 14. If the train room 
seems to be brighter these days, it's because of the glow 
around SY GOLDMAN and the lovely smile on the face of 
the former Miss NELLIE ROPINSKI. They exchanged 
vows October 21 and honeymooned in Miami, Florida 
. . . Sorry about that department: I decided to look 
through my dusty archives and discovered anniversary 
wishes should go out to: Operator W. MOORE and his 
wife, BERNICE, October 25; Operator BARTNICKI and 
his wife, JOAN, 17th anniversary, November 18, and 
Janitor ED GLONKE and his wife, MARTHA, their 41st, 
November 24. Boy would I have been in trouble if I'd 
forgotten anniversary greetings to Chief Clerk ELMER 
RIEDEL and his wife, MARGARET, October 20. Oh yes, 
Elmer, you sneaked off on vacation and haven't sent us a 
card yet. Why? . . You forgot to tell me, but happy an- 
niversary anyway to Operator and Mrs. ED W. JASEK 
. . . The bells may be somewhat muted due to overwork, 
but happy birthday wishes to Garageman ROGER GAB- 
INSKI and Operator TOMIE PHILLIPS, October 4. Op- 
erator CHUCK JONES will have to buy a nice gift for his 
wife, LUCILLE, October 7, because his birthday is 
November 22. Operator PETE PETERSON'S wife, HAR- 
RIET, really hit the jackpot on her birthday October 7. 




Pete says she is now eligible for social security benefits. 
Maybe she'll buy Pete a new Cadillac for his birthday 
October 19. Pete is also reveling in the excitement of 
his great niece, JOANN, and the thrill she experienced 
on her nine-week European tour. Joann went behind the 
iron curtain to see her grandparents in Warsaw. She 
was amazed at the ultra -moderness of the city . . . Op- 
erator MEX celebrated his birthday November 19 . . . 
It's a triple header for Operator MITCHELL, LEE. His 
birthday was September 15, his wife, BOBBIE, October 
3, and his son, ADRIAN, blew out two candles October 
31 . . . Mechanic RICHARD HANDY got a birthday tune- 
up October 26 ... I didn't forget you CARRIE MERRICK, 
even if A. D. did. It's November 20 isn't it? . . Boy is 
my daughter getting old. Is it really 29 years, November 
10? And mother dear, Mrs. MAGGIE C. FIELDS, Nov- 
ember 20 really did things to you too, didn't it ... I 
tried to tell Operator McCLAIN that just because his son, 
ZEDRICK, is three years old November 24 he shouldn't 
have his own Mustang yet . . . WHITEY, rumor has it 
that you should be sharing in the birthday cake too. Why 
didn't you let me in on it though? Is it because you have 
reached one half a hundred? . . I am anxious to meet 
the wife of Garageman RUDOLPH BERRY. Rudolph told 
me that his daughter, COZETTE, was born several 
weeks ago and the date was uh - uh (oh - oh) ... A very 
happy man is Operator GORDON TAYLOR because his 
son is being discharged from the service before the holi- 
day season. Equally happy is Operator LAWRENCE 
GRANT who will be visited by his mother, Mrs. A. D. 
GRANT, October 23. Mrs. Grant hails from the state of 
Mississippi . . . Say, have you wondered why there are 
no traffic jams on Addison? Well we received a vacation 
card postmarked Honolulu and signed JOE ESPOSITO 
. . . Retired Operator "Zack" TAYLOR dropped in the 
other day to renew acquaintances with some of the old 
tinners who used to try and follow Zack down Addison 
street. Has it really been seven years Zack? . . Fel- 
lows, if you say Clerk RONNIE MILLER is strictly for 
the birds, you will be absolutely correct. Ronnie raises 
homing pigeons. From a local clipping, it seems that a 
stray falcon wandered around Ronnie's little feathered 
charges and calmly went about the business of feasting 
heartily. However, Ronnie discovered the culprit and 
tried to show him the error of his ways, in a private 
cage though.. So, actually, Ronnie got the bird . . . 
Welcome to the club to Operator RUPERT. Rupert made 
his first fishing trip to Wisconsin. He said he almost 
had to turn his back to bait the hook. Oh yes, the afore- 
mentioned club is the "Sportsmans Liars Club." . . Col- 
lector TOM ELLERY is on the retirement countdown. 
Keep us posted El before and after the blast off date . . . 
Station Superintendent LOUGHRAN and Station Supervisor 

THE HAPPY couple is Mr. 
who were united in marriage 
at St. Christina church on 
August 12. Mrs. Nichols is 
the former MARY LOU 
ROHE, daughter of WILLIAM 
P. ROHE, South Shops. 


JIM HENDERSON join forces in urging all the fellows to 
co-operate fully and sincerely in the new CTA project, 
Teamwork. This operation involves and embraces all 
CTA employes and will enhance the CTA image in the 
eyes of our riders and benefactors. So guys and gals, 
too, let's do ourselves a favor and show all the true 
spirit of "TEAMWORK." . . Until next time, watch those 
icy streets, the excess calories in the holiday menu, and 
especially beware of the liquid holiday spirits or you may 
wind up with a cop as a chaser. 

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We received cards from J. DANIEL from Niagara 
Falls where he is spending his second honeymoon; R. 
CARTER from Expo 67; Instructor BILL FEILER also 
from Expo 67, and D. CAMPBELL from New Orleans, 
Louisiana. . . While Instructors BILL FIELER and JOE 
STEINBECK were away on vacation, Instructor ROY WIL- 
SON was sent here to take their place. While with us, 
Roy celebrated his 25th anniversary with the company on 
September 8 . . . One of our former instructors, ED 
HAVLICEK, sends us a picture of a fish he supposedly 
caught. The fish couldn't fit in the boat. I think he 
caught this one with his wifes clothes line . . . Our deep- 
est sympathy to the families of LOUIS J. GESILOWITZ, 
buried August 30; RAYMOND MAPLE, buried September 
7; and the daughter of Operator VERNON SWAMIGAN, 
buried September 27, and Mrs. LUCILE LUCE, buried 
September 7. The latter is the wife of Operator AL 
LUCE, who was also hurt in the same auto accident. We 
hope at this writing he is much better . . . We were very 
glad to see JIM MOORE clerking for JIM RITTENBERG 
one morning. He is looking very good . . . One day 
while we were having lunch, JIM GOODE, walked in with 
a sandwich that could feed a regiment of soldiers. It 
was so big that Jim had to share it with some of his bud- 
dies ... I saw GEORGE PERKAUS visiting one of my 
neighbors. He is looking in the pink . . . "Wild Bill" 
ZISIECKI is spending his time these days going "Houley 
Hunting. " . . We have a new janitor at our depot, NA- 
THAN C. ODOM--one of our old boys back with us again. 
Nathan suffered a heart condition and was off from May 
to August . . . One day HARRY COX came to work with 
a nice big lunch and he said, "I forgot one thing, my 
teeth. " . . A funny thing happened to LOUIE HANUSKA. 
One day a mosquito bit him on the arm, then circled 
around and dropped dead. Louie noticed the poor mos- 
quito had a smile on his face. Anyway he died happy! 

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ARTHUR HANSEN and W. ALBRO took their pensions 
on September 1. Both men had over 40 years of service. 
May you fellows have a long and healthful retired life. 
RUDY ROICHEK took his pension September 1, after 20 
years of service, and we also wish you a long and health- 
ful life on retirement . . . Chief Clerk ROGER WARD 
had a wonderful vacation down in sunny Miami, Florida, 
where he was visiting his two grandchildren . . . Super- 
intendent GEORGE MAY and his dear wife vacationed out 
west and southwest where they visited relatives and did 
quite a bit of sightseeing . . . Operator FLORES became 
the father of a cute baby girl on September 6. Operator 
CRAWFORD also became the parent of a cute baby girl 
answering to the name of GEORGA, on September 7.. 
Congratulations and best wishes to the proud parents . . . 




Supervisor SPITTALI purchased a new home in Palatine, 
Illinois, and Supervisor FANSTIEL purchased a new 
home in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Both men and their 
families are very happy in their new surroundings and 
will be happy to receive visitors should any of you men 
be out in their neighborhood. . . When JOE PELLY, who 
is now on his pension, visited Expo 67 in Montreal, 
Canada, he met former Limits Operator C. HOSCH, now 
at 52nd Street. Pelly reports that they both enjoyed 
themselves to the utmost . . . When the Italian ship San 
Giorgio was docked at the Michigan avenue bridge this 
summer, Operator LEO MILANETTO wined and dined 
MATTIETTO of the ship in his home. These three men 
went to school together in sunny Italy, so it was a happy 
reunion to say the least . . . JOHN RAY was in Columbus 
hospital for surgery. We hope that you are well on the 
road to recovery by now . . . MICHAEL RAY is home 
from Korea where he did his duty for Uncle Sam. Wel- 
come home . . . JOHN PAAKONEN and his dear wife, 
MARGE, have returned from their annual fall fishing 
trip to Ontario, Canada. They report catching trout up 
to eight pounds plus large walleyes, northerns, and small 
mouth bass. Marge landed a big muskie just before they 
left. Their trip was saddened by the death of their fav- 
orite Indian guide, but they were fortunate to secure the 
services of another experienced Indian guide . . . Opera- 
tor DAN O'LEARY and his wife spent a two-week vaca- 
tion with his wifes relatives in Kansas and Oklahoma. 
While in Kansas they visited the historical sites at Fort 
Larned and Seneca, Kansas. In Oklahoma they visited 
the burial plot of the late humorist WILL ROGERS in 
Claremore, Oklahoma. Upon their return home they 
discovered they were the grandparents of a new baby 
girl, KELLY PATRICIA O'LEARY, born to their son, 
DENNIS, and his dear wife, DIANE. Congratulations to 
the proud parents and also to grandfather and grand- 

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We are glad to see Agent JACK JOYCE back from the 
sick list. He and his wife celebrated their 31st wedding 
anniversary on September 19, with a dinner which their 
children and grandchildren attended. On September 20 
their youngest daughter, LILLIAN, was married to ED- 
WARD S. GARCIA. Congratulations to all these nice 
folks . . . Welcome to the agents ranks, W. VAUGHN, 
REBECCA WILSON, and other new agents that we have 
not met . . . We are late but glad to see Porter CHRIST- 
MAS back from disability . . . Agent RAY WALZ has 
been laid up for some time. He suffered a fall and in- 
jured his arm severely . . . Porter E. BOND has re- 
ceived an Employe of the Year Award, for which we con- 
gratulate him . . . MARY FLYNN, lovely daughter of 
Superintendent JOHN FLYNN and his wife, former Agent 
MARY RYAN, is now attending Mundelein College . . . 
Our condolences to the family of Agent RAY MAPLE who 
passed on in his sleep September 2 . . . Logan Square 
Agent ELEANOR HASBROUCK enjoyed her vacation with 
her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in their 
new home in McHenry, Illinois . . . Agent and Mrs. 
FRANK LUCAS spent a most enjoyable vacation in the 
east. They visited New York, Washington, D. C. , and 
Niagara Falls. Frank said they had such a good time 
and there are so many things he still wants to see, they 
may just go there again next year . . . Porter JOE PAR- 
TIPILO started his pension years off right. He bought a 
new air-conditioned car, and he and Mrs. Partipilo went 
to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for the baths. More power to 


you Joe . . . Pensioner CATHERINE KENNY is spending 
some time in New Orleans. Just a coincidence that the 
International Convention is down there at the same time 
. . . We want to wish Agent HELEN McMAHON the very 
best retirement. She left us on October 1 . . . Superin- 
tendent LEO BIEN wants to thank everyone for their many 
kindnesses to his wife, ANN, and to let them know she is 
showing a great deal of improvement, for which we are 
thankful . . . West Side agents and porters. Please re- 
member to pay your Blood Bank dues. I am at 419-- 
Monroe-Adams in the Dearborn subway. 

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Mr. L. J. BIEN, superintendent of agents and por- 
ters, wishes to express his sincere thanks for all the get 
well cards and spiritual bouquets sent to his wife while 
she was so seriously ill. Mrs. Bien is showing much 
progress at this time . . . Agent FAY CAPRIO spent her 
vacation in Hawaii, where her daughter lives. Fay said 
if she goes there many more times, she will forget to 
come back. Her daughter lives on Oahu and their home 
is high on the mountain overlooking Waikiki beach with a 
lovely view of Diamond Head. Across the way from Fay's 
daughter lives Mrs. Hawaii, who is the worlds best cook 
and dressmaker. While there, Fay spent a dayin a pine- 
apple factory and she said you would never believe all 
that has to be done to Dole's pineapple before canning. 
She also went through Swift' s plant. Fay went to so many 
places while on the island, I'd have to use the whole issue 
to tell you of her fun. She said go there and you'll never 
come back . . . Roses and belated birthday wishes to 
Agent K. JOHNSON who celebrated in September . . . We 
all hoped Clerk JUSTIN McCARTHY wouldn't have a sore 
throat on his return from vacation. He went to the world 
series and had a yelling good time . . . Belated con- 
gratulations to former Agent G. GREANY and his wife, 
also Agent DAVE GRAFMAN and his wife who celebrated 
their wedding anniversaries a short time ago. Hope that 
all of you have many more years of happiness together 
. . . Our Porters of the year are as follows: L. ADAMS, 
MONS, L. C. SMITH, and J. TAYLOR. . . Agents of the 
year are as follows: H. GUTH, F. D. LUCAS, M. LY- 
LAS . . . Every morning bright and smiling passengers 
rush through with a loud "good morning and have a nice 
day." This is what you hear at Central and Lake. Why? 
Well, all the passengers say that DOROTHY FORD is 
back and they are all very happy . . . Agent H. OLSEN 
spent his vacation at home this year. Says next year he 
is going to fly high. . . Congratulations to former Agent 
SUE REDDING and her husband. They said "I Do" Octo- 
ber 7 . . . Has anyone seen student Agent T. ZDEB with 
his little red and yellow basket? It's full of hard boiled 
eggs. He said he is saving them for his dearest friend, 
Agent JOHN FILIPEK, who as the story goes, is on a 
cackle berry diet . . . Agent V. CASHION has been back 
to work for some time since her operation. She had been 
missed by several agents. I'd like to let them know she 
is fine and looks years younger . . . Very sorry to say, 
but I didn't know until October 3 that DAVE GRAFMAN 



CAN YOU identify the dapper 
young man in this photo? 
He's standing in front of an 
old Twin Coach trolley bus 
which he was working on 
Central avenue. The former 
operator from North Avenue 
Station who is now a resident 
of Phoenix, Arizona, is Pen- 


Hills are not really black, but a pretty dark green with 
lofty pines and towering granite cliffs. In Wyoming, Wil- 
bur and his wife liked the wide open spaces. There were 
just miles and miles of prairie without a tree, but sweet 
smelling sage. Along the way they saw old forts and 
landmarks of frontier times. In Ogalla, Nebraska, Wil- 
bur's wife took him to the Chrystal Palace, where they 
had high kicking can can girls. All Wilbur could say 
was, pretty nice, pretty nice. To end his vacation, he 
dropped in to Santa's workshop and told him all the agents 
were doing their jobs well and not to forget us at Xmas 

had an operation. I hope now that you are back to work 
and are enjoying good health . . . Student Agent JOAN 
BETTINA has resigned until next summer. She didn't 
have time to say so long, but she will be around now and 
then . . . Glad to know G. WASHBURN is back working 
in the Assignment Office after her little visit to the hos- 
pital. Hope you are feeling fine now . . . R. WALZ is 
back, also M. WOODS ... On the sick list at this writ- 
ing are: Agent M. BROWN, D. MADIGAN, E. SHEA, V. 
SELL. Hurry folks and let's see you all back and feeling 
fine . . . Agent A. DUNLEAVY is in St. Joseph hospital 
at the present time. Do hope everything is going along 
very well for you Ann . . . Good luck, good health, and 
many years of happiness for Agent H. McMAHON who 
took her pension October 1 ... So long to all the stu- 
dents who went back to school. We'll be looking for your 
return in the spring . . . Porter A. FRICANO is a very 
happy man these days. Can't blame him, for within the 
last two months his brother, sister, and mother came to 
Chicago from Italy, and last week his future son-in-law 
came here. Who knows, there may be a wedding soon 
. . . Porter J. CIVITO is on cloud nine. His wife arri- 
ved in the U.S.A. September 23. They will make their 
home with Jimmy's sister for a short while . . . Motor- 
man C. GUZEK spends his free time between trips, 
dashing out to see if this pretty blond meter maid has 
given Charlie a ticket for overparking. In the last five 
weeks he received seven tickets. That's why Charlie 
can be seen hunting in phone booths and corners for lost 
pennies, nickels, and dimes. Charlie says he makes 
out good some days . . . Agent D. HARRINGTON wishes 
to thank everyone for remembering her during her ill- 
ness. Cards, letters, and phone calls sure help cheer a 
person when the days seem so long . . . Porter IZAH 
CHRISTMAS asked me to thank everyone for being so 
nice while he was so ill and in the hospital. For some 
unknown reason, neither of these "thank you's," appear- 
ed in any issue and we are very sorry. . . Student Agent 
V. SKORUSKI will no longer answer if called Vito. His 
new name is "Chipmunk." . . Agent W. STRASSER and 
his wife had a lovely vacation this year and Wilbur took 
a little time out to tell about it. They had a short stay 
in Denver and saw the golden domed capital on the hill. 
Across from the Capital is a historical museum which 
has excellent exhibits of the state's early history. They 
went to Yellowstone National Park with its geysers and 
boiling springs. The mountains and canyons are really 
something to see. Wilbur even had a little chat with a 
cute grizzly bear. They went for a river float ride down 
the Snake river and it makes you feel snakey. The Black 

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Congratulations to Operator KARL ROBEZNIEK who 
became the father of a baby boy on September 28 . . . 
DONNA BARBARA PONZIO, daughter of Operator FRANK 
PONZIO, was married on October 28 to FRANK SCH- 
MIDT at St. Joseph's church in Addison, Illinois. The 
reception was at Allegretti's Four Horsemen. They 
honeymooned in Minnesota and Niagara Falls . . . Op- 
erator BON MULLINAX and his wife, MAUD, have a new 
daughter-in-law. Their son married BETTY KOWALSKI 
on September 16. A reception for 300 people was held at 
the American Legion Hall in Franklin Park. ROBERT 
PARSON, son of Operator EINAR PARSON, was married 
to CONNIE CARL of Northlake on September 10. Our 
best wishes to all the newlyweds . . . ROMAN BUDNIK, 
repair department, and his wife celebrated their 30th 
wedding anniversary on October 
WINDFELD and his wife, ZORA, 
wedding anniversary on October 9. 
dinner at Berghoff's restaurant. 

2. Operator VIGGO 

celebrated their 2 5th 

They celebrated with 

Congratulations to all 

. . . Operator WILLIE HARRIS celebrated the anniver- 
sary of his fourth year of employment with the CTA on 
August 26, and his birthday on August 27. DOLORES 
HARRIS celebrated her birthday on August 26 and LA- 
VONIA HARRIS celebrated hers on September 1. Many 
happy returns . . . Operator WILLIAM MORAN and Op- 
erator LEVI S. HILLIARD took their pensions on Sep- 
tember 1. ANTONIO A. COSTA, repair department, is 
taking his pension on November 1 after 37 years of ser- 
vice. We wish them the very best of luck and much hap- 
piness and we hope to hear from them . . . We received 
a letter from SP/4 RONALD BEDOE, formerly of the 
repair department, now in Vietnam. He received a pro- 
motion. He is counting the days until he gets back to the 
good old U.S.A. He is scheduled to leave there on Nov- 
ember 21. We'll see you soon, Ron . . . MARGARET 
MARY O'ROURKE, daughter of Supervisor and Mrs. 
VINCENT E. O'ROURKE, has received her registered 
nurse's certificate from the State of Illinois, dated Sep- 
tember 19. Margaret was graduated on August 13 from 
St. Mary of Nazareth School of Nursing, being granted 
the Elaine Furman Memorial Award for nursing the aged. 
Her fiance, Sgt. JOHN LUCZAK, will return from Viet- 
nam in December at which time they will be married. 
All plans are in progress for December 30 . . . We re- 
ceived a letter from Pensioner ELMER DEEGAN. He is 
planning a visit to Chicago. We also received a card 
from Pensioner BILL ECHOLS who is in the hospital. 
We hope he will be well soon. Pensioner MIKE GROCH 
paid us a visit at the depot. He says "hello" to all his 

Operator CALVIN McCANTS and his wife and chil- 
dren recently returned from a vacation in California. 
Among the places they visited were Los Angeles, San 
Francisco, and Oakland. They visited many points of 




interest such as Disneyland, the Golden Gate Bridge, a.ia 
Vandenberg Air Force Base. Their first trip west was 
enjoyed by all. Receiver BILL PINASCO and Operator 
EDWARD SCHNEIDER went fishing at Crivitz, Wiscon- 
sin, on Lake Noquebay to look for the lure that Ed lost 
last time he was up there. Operator BON MULLINAX 
spent his vacation in Vienna, Illinois. He reports the 
fishing was terrific, the smallest bass was six pounds. 
Operator ALBERT JACQUES spent his vacation in Ten- 
nessee and, believe it or not, he went barefoot. Opera- 
tor CHARLES LUEPKE enjoyed his vacation at Wausau, 
Wisconsin. Operator ANTHONY MULLOZZI and his wife 
and son vacationed in Florida. They saw the Cypress 
Garden Water Show, then spent five days at Miami Beach. 
They stopped at St. Petersburg and visited the Kennedy 
Space Center. They also visited St. Augustine. On the 
way home they went through North Carolina and South 
Carolina. They went through the Great Smokey Mount- 
ains of Tennessee. Operator PETER MADIA was fishing 
at Castle Rick, Wisconsin. The fishing was terrific. 
Anyone desiring free fish, contact Pete. He brought 
back a truckful. Operator FLORIAN DWIEL, Foreman 
ERNEST PEARSON of Lawndale, and your scribe were 
fishing at Hayward, Wisconsin. The weather was very 
cold and the fishing only fair. When we were ready to 
start out in the morning there was ice in the bottom of 
the boat . . . We welcome new Operators SAMUEL 
SON, and JOHN HARDISON . . . Operator RONALD UT- 
LEY was in St. Anne's hospital. We wish him a speedy 
return to good health . . . Operator JOSEPH CABAY, a 
great admirer of the late PAUL GIBSON of radio and ad- 
vertising fame, says, "Sharp words lose respect. Hot 
tempers only lose friends. " . . We wish you all a bless- 
ed Thanksgiving. As you give thanks for your many 
blessings, remember in prayer our boys in Vietnam. 
We wish you a blessed and Holy Christmas and pray that 
the Prince of Peace will bring the war to an end and 
peace to the world. What a wonderful Christmas present 
that would be. 

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Even more cautious and careful driving will have to 
be observed now, with the coming of ice and snow. Let's 
all try and improve North Park's accident record this 
winter with the use of common sense . . . Our congratu- 
lations to the 95 operators at North Park depot who won 
"Employe of the Year" awards. This is an increase of 
35 per cent from last year and we are all proud of these 
men. . . Miss CLAUDIA LIPINSKI, daughter of Opera- 
tor and Mrs. FRANK LIPINSKI, was married on Satur- 
day September 16, to Mr. CHARLES BOGARat St. Robert 
Bellarmine church. Thj reception was held at the Indian 
Portage V. F. W. Post on Irving Park Road and was at- 
tended by 200 guests. The young couple honeymooned at 
Acapulco, Mexico, and will be at home on the northwest 
side of Chicago . . . Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE VOIGHT 
Jr. , son and daughter-in-law of Operator GEORGE 
VOIGHT, became parents of their first child when a 
daughter named GLORIA LEE was born August 12 at 
Edgewater hospital . . . Operator CHARLES SCHOEWER 
and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. BEN SCHOEWER, vaca- 
tioned at Balsam, Wisconsin, for two weeks and reported 
the fishing was very poor this year . . . Operator HENRY 
THELIN and his wife, HARRIET, and children, JOHN, 
JOSEPH, ANDREW, and LILLIAN, motored to Perry- 


ville, Missouri, where Henry's son, THOMAS, is at- 
tending St. Mary's seminary. Also on the agenda were 
visits to St. Louis and Gerardo, Missouri . . . Operator 
JIM DOLAN and his wife, RITA, vacationed at Eureka 
Springs, Arkansas. Highlights were visits to Onyx Caves, 
Rockaway Beach, Silver Dollar City, and a day in For- 
sythe, Missouri, with Pensioner ART MUIR . . . Oper- 
ator SEYMOUR STEINBERG and his wife, DOROTHY, 
and daughters, ROSLYN and JOAN, flew to Las Vegas, 
Nevada, where they held a reunion with their son, JOEL, 
who was on a furlough from the air force. Highlights of 
their grand vacation were stops at San Diego, Disneyland, 
Marineland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Reno, 
Nevada . . . Operator SAM POSNER and his wife, 
ETHEL, and family flew to Los Angeles, California, to 
attend the wedding of Mrs. Posner's brother, KELMER 
MOLL. Also on the agenda were visits to Disneyland, 
Anheuser Busch Gardens, Tropical Gardens, and Far- 
mers Market . . . Supervisor LE ROY PEDERSON and 
his wife, BERNICE, vacationed at Backus, Minnesota. 
Returning home, Le Roy decided that fishing was so 
much fun that he retired on September 1 , and is now 
looking for a home in Michigan where he can hunt and 
fish at leisure. Good health and best wishes are extended 
to you Pete . . . Operator DALE PETERS and his wife, 
SUE, and children motored throughout the southwest. 
Highlights of the trip were visits in New Orleans and two 
weeks visiting Dale and Sue's parents around Hope, Ar- 
kansas . . . Operators HAROLD JULITZ and RAY BLAU, 
along with Harold's son, RICHARD, fished for two weeks 
at Lake Kaganza, Wisconsin. The gentlemen report re- 
cord catches of walleyes and stripers . . . Operator ROY 
THOMPSON and his wife, GENEVIEVE, relaxed at their 
summer home located at Eagle Lake, Wisconsin, where 
Roy has several fishing holes to keep Genevieve busy 
preparing fish dinners . . . Operator VERNON WEN- 
NERBERG vacationed in and around Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia, where his son, RICHARD, lives. Highlights of 
the trip were visits at the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, 
and a fabulous three days at Las Vegas . . . Operator 
TED DIDIER and his wife, MAUDE, motored to La 
Crosse, Wisconsin, where they took a boat trip on the 
Mississippi river to Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. The 
Didiers also had a wonderful time visiting friends in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota . . . Operator DICK HALLIGAN 
and his wife, JO, and their prize poodle, RICKEY, 
motored to Miami Beach and Key West, Florida, for 
their annual vacation. The Halligans, who love this 
paradise state, enjoyed their five weeks in Florida and 
are anxiously waiting for the day when they can make 
their home there . . . Operator and Mrs. CHARLES 
ROBINSON spent a very interesting and enjoyable vaca- 
tion in the Eastern and New England states as well as in 
Canada. Highlights of the Robinson's trip were stops in 
Breezewood, Pennsylvania, four days in New York City, 
Boston, Massachusetts, and four grand days at Expo 67 
in Montreal, with stopovers at Toronto, Niagara Falls, 
Chatham, Ontario, and Windsor, Canada, before return- 
ing home . 

Operator ROY LEMKE and his wife, MARION, had 
their usual fall fishing excursion at Lake Norfolk, Ar- 
kansas. The Lemkes had their usual good luck catching 
their quota of small and large mouth bass. While in Ar- 
kansas, they visited Pensioner BLACKIE NELSON and 
his wife, MAYBELL, at Mountain Home. Pensioner 
ART MUIR and his wife, RUTH, of Forsythe, Missouri, 
entertained the Lemkes with some of the finest steaks 
grown in the Ozarks . . . Operator WALTER LINDE- 
MANN and his wife, ELEANOR, who used a Tradewind 
camp trailer, along with their daughter and son-in-law, 





ELROY H. ANDERSON, 70, Lake Street, 

Emp. 11-3-25, Died 9-13-67 
CHARLES BACH, 86, Transportation, 

Emp. Died 9-24-67 

RICHMOND P. BARTHEN, 76, West Section, 

Emp. 11-26-23, Died 10-6-67 
WALTER L. BAYER, 60, South Section, 

Emp. 3-21-29, Died 10-15-67 
HENRY W. BECKER, 60, District "C", 

Emp. 1-9-34, Died 10-13-67 
LESTER C. CRISPELL, 61, North Section, 

Emp. 4-9-24, Died 9-17-67 
MARTIN J. DIDRIKSEN, 83, North Section, 

Emp. 8-28-18, Died 9-29-67 

Emp. 4-1-43, Died 9-21-67 
RAGNAR C. GAVERT, 64, South Division, 

Emp. 3-23-25, Died 9-23-67 
JOSEPH J. GOBLET, 54, Archer, 

Emp. 8-28-41, Died 9-14-67 
WILLIAM A. HANLEY, 63, Electrical, 

Emp. 11-18-46, Died 9-25-67 
JOSEPH JANKOWSKI, 76, West Shops, 

Emp. 12-1-22, Died 9-23-67 
CHARLES JURCICH, 74, West Section, 

Emp. 5-14-46, Died 7-26-67 
ARTHUR H. KAUFMANN, 69, Beverly, 

Emp. 9-24-29, Died 9-19-67 
HENRY KRUSE, 90, Kedzie, 

Emp. 2-28-10, Died 9-25-67 
CATHERINE M. LYNCH, 73, North Section, 

Emp. 10-23-42, Died 9-21-67 
PATRICK MAHONY, 74, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-2-26, Died 9-28-67 


Emp. 8-17-45, Died 9-13-67 
JOHN J. MILLERICK, 85, 77th Street, 

Emp. 12-24-12, Died 9-11-67 
DALE A. MORRISON, 64, North Park, 

Emp. 2-25-27, Died 9-14-67 
FRANCIS L. MURPHY, 77, West Division, 

Emp. 8-1-46, Died 9-8-67 
PATRICK MURPHY, 63, Beverly, 

Emp. 11-28-42, Died 10-5-67 
GEORGE J. NEIGHBOR, 65, South Section, 

Emp. 2-14-27, Died 9-8-67 
THOMAS O'LEARY, 47, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp. 3-1-50, Died 10-3-67 
WILLIAM G. PRETZEL, 91, North Section, 

Emp. 7-13-00, Died 9-22-67 
OWEN D. RITCHIE, 71, Kedzie, 

Emp. 8-19-21, Died 9-19-67 
ANTHONY ROCCAFORTE, 77, Way & Structures 

Emp. 8-22-25, Died 9-23-67 
JOSEPH ROGG, 79, West Shops, 

Emp. 1-9-20, Died 8-23-67 
HAROLD SAFFORD, 77, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 5-29-14, Died 9-11-67 
ARTHUR J. SCHMIDT, 73, West Section, 

Emp. 10-24-28, Died 9-8-67 
S. SPROVIERO, 91, Division, 

Emp. 5-1-10, Died 9-13-67 
THOSPH THURSTON, 63, Beverly, 

Emp. 11-12-28, Died 10-11-67 
JAMES VALENTA, 83, North Section, 

Emp. 7-24-07, Died 10-4-67 
STEPHEN WALTH, 79, West Shops, 

Emp. 1-9-20, Died 9-9-67 

Mr. and Mrs. DONALD HULSE, who have an Apache 
trailer, have been spending all their weekends at Wyas- 
lung, Wisconsin, on campouts. Walter's vacation was 
spent painting the exterior of his home in Antioch, Illi- 
nois . . . Operator WALTER KLEPLITCH and his wife, 
IRENE, vacationed at Gilbert, Minnesota. They enjoyed 
the sauna baths at Gilbert, which is famous for that type 
of steam bath . . . Operator HARRY LAMERDIN vaca- 
tioned at Jamaica, West Indies, for two weeks. High- 
lights of the trip were the native fire eaters and limbo 
dancers . . . Operator LYNN BUTLER and his wife, 
ANN, and their baby, SUSIE, spent their vacation around 
the area of Devils Lake and Baraboo, Wisconsin. Re- 
ports are out that Lynn was trying to book Susie for an 
act with Ringling Brothers Circus while in Baraboo. 
Also on the agenda was a week spent in Rochester, Min- 
nesota, where Ann's son, MARTIN KOIF, resides . . . 
Operator HENRY SCHRAMM and his wife, ELIZABETH, 
and son, MICHAEL, motored to Paris, Illinois, where 
they engaged in the task of cutting trees and wood for the 
winter supply of fuel for Grandma Burton's use . . . 
Ticket Agent FRED FRIEB was a recent visitor at North 
Park depot, and looks fit as a fiddle. Fred reports he 
vacationed this summer in California and at Expo 67 in 
Montreal, Canada . . . The St. Joseph Society's annual 
dinner dance will be held Saturday, November 18, at the 
Chateau Royal restaurant and ballroom. Operator PETE 
chairmen of the great event, expect a crowd of over 

1,000 people to attend. Proceeds of this affair are used 
for charity purposes . . . MARTIN BAKKA, son of Oper- 
ator MARTY BAKKA, was presented with a citation by 
the Chicago Police department for apprehending a would 
be rapist . . . Mrs. ANN BUTLER, the wife of Operator 
LYNN BUTLER, was hospitalized at Columbus hospital 
with a blood clot in a leg, and at this writing is up and 
around again. . . Pensioner JOHN SARRES and Operator 
HAROLD JULITZ are spending many of their leisure 
hours fishing at the Montrose horseshoe for the jumbo 
perch that frequent this place . . . PFC BARRY BEN- 
NETT, son of Supervisor LARRY BENNETT, a former 
part time ticket agent for the CTA, is serving with the 
intelligence service of the U.S. Army in Okinawa . . . 
Mrs. BARBARA BIELEK, daughter of Operator GEORGE 
VOIGHT, was a visitor at her father's home. Barbara 
has been living in Madrid, Spain, where her husband, 
Captain RON BIELEK, is stationed with the U.S. Air 

Operator TOM ROAN won first prize in the Park 
Ridge VFW golf tournament with a net score of 65. He 
played as a guest of Operator FRANK VON SCHWEDLER 
. . . Mrs. BARBARA BRUNO, the wife of Operator 
TONY BRUNO, while riding in the car of her sister, 
Mrs. JOSEPHINE KAMINSKI, had the misfortune of hav- 
ing a deer run into the side of their '67 Chevrolet while 
vacationing at Reed, Michigan. The deer was killed 
outright, and the car was extensively damaged . . . 




Operator DALE SOMSEL, who suffered an injured back, 
is now working as a street collector and likes his new 
position. . . Former Operators ART STERN and FRANK 
HESS are now working as ticket agents and wish to be 
remembered to their many friends . . . Operator VIC 
MICETIC at this writing is hospitalized at the Northwest 
hospital and doctors have been analyzing Vic for five 
weeks. Our prayers are all with you Vic . . . Happy 
anniversaries are extended to the following: Operator 
JOHN KIPPES and his wife, VIRGINIA, their 21st, Sep- 
tember 7; Operator HENRY SCHRAMM and his wife, 
ELIZABETH, their 29th, September 12; Operator MEYER 
LEMEL and his wife, PHYLLIS, their 15th, September 
14; Operator GEORGE KRINKE and his wife, PEARL, 
their 39th, September 22; Operator NATE CHAVIS and 
his wife, VELMA, their 12th, September 24; Operator 
HAROLD MILLER and his wife, MARCELINE, their 27th, 
September 28; Operator JOHN COSGROVE and his wife, 
HELEN, their 26th, October 2; Operator ROY BOWLIN 
and his wife, BILLIE, their 21st, October 18; Operator 
WALTER ZINKOVICH and his wife, DOROTHY, their 
2nd, October 11; Signal Maintainer JAMES NESBIT and 
his wife, MARGE, their 29th, November 5; Operator 
STANLEY ZALE and his wife, MARIE, their 39th, No- 
vember 22, and Operator FRED STOWELL and his wife, 
WILMA, their 32nd, November 27 . . . Happy Birthdays 
are extended to the following: Instructor GEORGE REL- 
STAB, October 2; DENISE LIBERT, October 8; Operator 
11; Operator VINCENT SHAYER, October 13; Operator 
ber 12; Operator JIM DOLAN, October 21; Operator 
October 28; Operator BILL STEINSPRING, November 1; 
Operator VERNON WENNERBERG, November 6; Clerk 
November 15; Operator BILL SEIFERT, November 21, 
and Operator LEO HARA, November 25. . . Our sympa- 
thy and condolences are extended to Operator WILLIAM 
THICKLIN on the loss of his mother, Mrs. CHRISTINE 
THICKLIN, Operator JAMES DENTLEY on the loss of his 
brother, PRESTON DENTLEY, and to the family of 
Operator DALE MORRISON . . . Repairman MIKE 
SCHULTZ, after looking over all the many models of 
cars on his vacation, settled on a new '67 Rambler 
American, and is now looking for new fields to conquer . 
. . Repairman FRANK CAHILL won two world series 
pools at the garage . . . Repairman PAUL SCHREVES 
and his wife, ANGELINE, vacationed in California. 
Highlights of his trip were visits at Disneyland, Knott's 
Berry Farm, Hollywood, and a week's stay at Las Vegas 
... A hearty welcome is extended to new Servicemen 
T. J. BUCKLEY and J. WOODS who are now at North 

JOSEPH DeYOUNG, the pride 
and joy of Mr. and Mrs. GEO- 
RGE DeYOUNG. George is a 
regular foot collector on the 
South Section. 


Park. . . Foreman CHARLES DUNNE and his wife, JANE 
and daughter, JANE, along with their niece, KATHLEEN 
CONVERY, flew Irish Air Lines to Shannon, Ireland, for 
their vacation. This was the Dunne's first trip back in 
32 years. Mrs. Dunne's family comes from County 
Derry while Charles' family resides in County Cavon. 
Mr. Dunne reports this vacation as the finest time he 
has ever experienced . . . Servicemen CHARLES WIT- 
REY retired November 1 after 25 years of service. A 
party was held at the garage for'Charles, and now he will 
be able to pursue his hobby of gardening . . . Your re- 
porter and all the personnel at North Park wish you and 
yours a glorious Thanksgiving and hope you remember 
to give thanks for your many blessings. 

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Here we are again, with vacations nearly over, let's 
all get back to our normal routine . . . Congratulations 
ing the course of the National Safety Council defensive 
driving . . . Good luck to Motorman HENRY TSCHANTZ, 
J. J. O'CONNOR, and Porter HENRY MEYERS who re- 
tired on October 1. We all wish them a long, healthy, 
and happy retirement . . . Superintendent MIKE BEL- 
TRI, Kimball, and his family are vacationing in Florida 
. . . We wish to extend our sympathy to BILL and JEAN 
HAMILTON on the loss of Bill's sister, KATHERINE 
SUCECH. They have asked me to thank all those that 
sent flowers, cards, and offered prayers during their 
time of grief . . . Condolences to the family of CATH- 
ERINE MacSWEENEY LYNCH, retired ticket agent, who 
passed away on September 23. She was PAT TRANT's 
aunt . . . Congratulations to MARGARET ARCHER, 
North Section agent, who is going to become a telephone 
operator for the CTA. Lots of luck to her . . . On the 
sick list at this writing are Porter HAL, G. SCHUH, S. 
LEDDY, and BRUCE ANDERSON. We wish them all a 
speedy recovery . . . We have a new porter along the 
line, CHESTER STEBE. Welcome to the North Side 
Chester . . . GENE BERGFELD and his wife spent their 
vacation in St. Louis and the Lake of the Ozarks . . . 
Porter HENRY DILLON spent a weekend in Oshkosh, 
Wisconsin, recently . . . ART RABEN is walking around 
pretty proud lately as his son and his wife presented him 
with a granddaughter who answers to the name of BETH 
ANN . . . B. MATHEN went to Charlotte, North Caro- 
lina, and on over to Des Moines, Iowa, from June 17 to 
July 23, which was his vacation. He said he had a won- 
derful time . . . Congratulations to CARL MEYERS and 
R. TUCK on their recent marriage. Lots of luck boys 
. . . Someone asked what happened to Ravenswood run 
403? The conductor had a long face as he missed motor- 
man SCHLAGE while he was on vacation for five weeks 
. . . HARRY HORN, trainman, and his wife, DOREEN, 
agent, have just purchased a three flat building two blocks 
from Wrigley Field. We hope they will be happy in their 
new home . . . Porter JOHN NICHOLS and his wife and 
sister spent two weeks in Montreal and saw Expo 67. He 
took some beautiful pictures while he was there and 
showed them around . . . WARD MARKS went into the 
hospital on September 12 for an operation. Hope he gets 
along fine and will be back to work soon. SHIRLEY 
KNIGHT also went in for surgery. Lots of luck Shirley 
and hurry back as we miss you ... I heard that ROD- 
GER YOUNG and SUSAN ITO were married recently. 
Congratulations! . . If you hear a very familiar voice 




when you call the assignment office, it may be MIKE TO- 
BIN--as he is working part time there. Congratulations, 
Mike . . . LOUISE NELSON took a leave of absence as 
she is expecting a baby in January. EVELYN LANZ gave 
her a nice surprise party at her home and everyone was 
invited. Those who attended were: Mr. and Mrs. MAN- 
who was platform man at Howard for 30 years, and many 
others. Everyone had a nice time and wished Louise 
good luck and gave her two envelopes of money for the 
little bundle of joy . . . Motorman JOHN NOREN and his 
wife took a three-week vacation trip to Sioux City, Iowa, 
the Badlands in North Dakota, the Black Hills of South 
Dakota, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, and Superior, Wis- 
consin. They saw some beautiful sights . . . Condolen- 
ces to the family of RICHARD BARTHEN, CTA pension- 
er, and father of the BARTHEN twins. 


Three birthdays were celebrated in the month of Sep- 
tember by Mr. DUTTON, Mr. GOLDSTEIN, and Mr. 
DEVEREUX. Happy belated birthdays and many more 
. . . We welcome JAY KELLY into the Schedule depart- 
ment . . . DOROTHY PEACOCK paid us a visit. Dorothy 
was an employe in the Schedule department years ago. 
It was good to have Dorothy come in and say hello . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. JOSEPH LAZZARA, outside checker, cele- 
brated 39 years of wedded bliss on October 7. Congratu- 
lations to the happy couple . . . The girls on the seventh 
floor attended the wedding shower for EILEEN SHEEHAN 
of Schedule, who is getting married in December . . . 
ED JURIC, "Mr. Golfer" of the Schedule Department, 
enjoyed his vacation getting a lot of practice shots. Ed- 
ward's second daughter was married on September 3 at 
St. James church. She is now honeymooning in Germany 
. . . W. P. DEVEREUX and BILL DENTAMARRO attend- 
ed the Amalgamated Transit Union convention. The first 
stop was Houston, Texas, and then on to New Orleans. 
W. P. Devereux then flew on to Mexico where he enjoyed 
the senoritas and tacos . . . R. PRIMEAU spent his va- 
cation in and around Brookfield . . . RICHARD GOLD- 
STEIN'S son, RAY, and his wife, ASTRI, are doing re- 
search on Southeast Asia, at the Australian National uni- 
versity in Canberra, Australia . . . The Schedule De- 
partment extends their sympathy to GEORGE JOHANNES 
upon the death of his wife, MILDRED, on October 1. 

Xativf*. gW«a 


TOM BOLDTand his wife spent a fewdays vacationing 
at the Wisconsin Dells. His 15 month old son, MIKE, 
enjoyed feeding the deer while there . . . SAM CANEL- 
LA was happy to have a week's vacation and get some 
long needed painting done around the house . . . SAM IN- 
GRAFFIA enjoyed a pleasant vacation visiting relatives 
in and around Chicago. Dining at various restaurants 
and winning at the racetrack made everything worthwhile 
. . . We have three new members to welcome to the 
Stores Department. At North Division: HELEN SLAT- 
at SR 43 . . . JOHN BENANTI, retired, was in to say 
hello to all the boys. He looks real good and is enjoying 
himself . . . JOHN DUNNE of SR 43 flew to Ireland with 
his family to spend six weeks visiting relatives and 
friends. They spent a week sightseeing in London, re- 


runner-up trophy won in the 
Robbins, Illinois, Volunteer 
Fire Department Queen con- 
NUTALL, the lovely daugh- 
ter of North Section Porter 
test was held in commemora- 
tion of the village's 50th 

newed friendships -with relatives west of Dublin and took 
in a little fishing on the side. They took a non-stop ex- 
press train from Dublin to Cork where he had the oppor- 
tunity to spend a week with his wife's cousin, a priest at 
the African Mission House. All had a wonderful time and 
the weather was perfect . . . Best wishes for a long and 
happy retirement go to Mrs. DOROTHY STEMBRIDGE 
and AL MIX who retired on October 1. 

(South Division) - 

Our deepest sympathy to the GAVERT family on the 
recent death of Mr. R. C. GAVERT who had been in ill 
health for some time and had retired on April 1. 

(Stores) - 

Anyone interested in joining a ski club, namely, the 
Schiller Park Ski Club, known as the "Hustlers," contact 
ROD RUSAKIEWICZ, Room 730, Addressograph Section, 
in person or on extension El 16 for more information. . . 
Retired Stock Clerk OSCAR F. POHL and his wife, MIL- 
DRED, celebrated their 50th anniversary on August 22 at 
the Wishing Well restaurant. 

(Purchasing) - 

I received a letter from Pensioner J. Y. GUINTER 
with a photostat of a letter he received from the Winston 
Churchill Memorial and Library, Westminster College, 
Fulton, Missouri, commending him for the detailed re- 
search information pertaining to St. Mary Alderwanbury 
Church of London, which was derived from the readings 
of two old books, one dated in 1598 and the other dated in 
1908, along with a map showing the precise location 
where the church stood. The church was bombed in 1940 
and the stones were given to Westminster College. Con- 
gratulations Mr. Guinter. 

- t>. $*mt GtU 


Well the frost is on the pumpkin and we saw Halloweer. 
and now Thanksgiving is approaching so we better catch 
up with all the news . . . Congratulations to all our South 
Section employes who made the "Employe Of The Year" 
honor roll . . . We've been having quite a few pension 
parties again. Loomis Street had a get-together for 
three of their finest employes who went on pension Sep- 
tember 1. We sure will miss them. Motorman LOUIS 
GRYGIEL, who had been employed since 1930, Conductor 
EDWARD HOPKINS, employed since 1943, and Motorman 
HENRY HEISTERMAN, employed since 1942. Henry 
decided to take life easy and took an early retirement. 
A little gift of remembrance was presented to each of 
them from their co-workers. Some pensioners who 




came out to. wish them good luckwere: retired Assistant 
Station Superintendent ARTHUR ANDERSON, Retired 
Motorman PAUL BOETTCHER, who just recently return- 
ed from Florida, and Retired Motormen EDWARD HEN- 
NESSY and HARRY EITEL. All good wishes to the new 
retirees . . . Agent CECELIA MORAN just returned 
from a nice vacation trip to New York City and Atlantic 
City, where she had a nice rest . . . Good luck to Por- 
ter JOHN TOUSSAS who transferred to the Shops and 
Equipment Department on September 10, and to Porter 
RICHARD GOODMAN who transferred back to bus op- 
erator, 77th Depot, on September 10 . . . We have happy 
news to tell everyone. Some of our people who have been 
on the sick list for months are well once more and have 
returned to work. They are Collector LESTER NOR- 
MAN, Motorman LINDBERGH WILLIAMS, and Conduc- 
returning from the sick list are Agents MARCELLA BIT- 
RICK NOLAN and his family vacationed up at Coloma, 
Michigan, and did some fishing and relaxing . . . Shop 
Clerk JIM DALEY, 61st Street, was so happy when he 
told us about his sister who just came over from Ireland 
for a month's visit. He hadn't seen her in 20 years and 
they had a wonderful reunion . . . The Agent's Pension 
Club held their fall party on September 24 at the Beverly 
Woods restaurant, and the 58 people who attended had a 
swell evening. The honored guest was Yard Foreman 
ELMER STEVENS, who with his pretty wife is going on 
vacation and then on pension in a few months. They are 
planning to take their whole family and fly out to Aus- 
tralia to live. Everyone wishes the Stevens family a 
wonderful and happy life in Australia. All the pensioners 
looked so young and gay. It was so nice to talk to them 
all . . . Assistant Station Superintendent MICHAEL 
O'CONNOR and his wife, ALICE, took a vacation out to 
Tucson, Arizona, to see what the west was like. They 
liked Arizona very much . . . Assignment Agent JERE 
VINZENS, who retired on October 1, wishes to thank 
everyone for the surprise party which was held in her 
honor in July, and for all kindnesses shown to her while 
she worked. She will miss all her many friends. Soon, 
she is going to go to New Jersey to live with her daughter 
and her family . . . Hi, to newly-hired Agent WILLIE 
MAE VAUGHAN, to newly-hired Porter JOHNNY ROW- 
LAND, and from the Surface Division newly-transferred 
Agent WILLIE WARDEN . . . Motorman JAMES BRID- 
GES just returned from two weeks at camp for his mili- 
tary training . . . Conductor JOHN KALTSAS and his 
wife vacationed in Clearwater, Florida, taking in all the 
beautiful sights of Florida and doing the town . . . An- 
other good news item: District Superintendent TERRY 
McGOVERN, who was on the sick list for a few months, is 
back working . . . Retired Towerman PATRICK FLANA- 
GAN was in to see the boys at 61st Street. He had just 
returned from Ireland where he visited with his brother 
and sister. He also visited his niece in London and he 
enjoyed the mini-skirted girls walking around old London 

We had a nice get-together at 61st Street for Tower- 
man PATRICK HICKEY who retired on October 1. We 
had a big crowd. Superintendent of Operating Stations 
GEORGE RILEY, all the officers of Division 308, and all 
of Pat's towermen friends attended. A little gift was 
presented to Pat. Some of the pensioners who also at- 
tended to give Pat a nice send-off were: Retired Motor- 
McEVOY, Retired International Vice President PAT- 
RICK GANLEY, Retired Division 308 Board Member 


CHARLES BURNS, and Retired Supervisors CHARLES 
SPIELMAN and BOB BROWN. The goodies that were 
served sure tasted good, too. We all wish Pat many 
happy years of retirement . . . Switchman JAMES CALD- 
WELL vacationed in New York City and also saw the 
beautiful Niagara Falls . . . Retired Agent SARAH Mc 
EVOY and her brother, PAT, retired shopman, just re- 
turned from a two-month trip to Ireland and the British 
Isles . . . Superintendent of Agents and Porters BOB 
ROESING flew down to Florida to visit his dad, GEORGE, 
retired assistant superintendent of operating stations, 
who had been in the hospital. He now is home recuperat- 
ing. All his many friends back here in Chicago send 
their heartfelt wishes down to George in Florida for a 
speedy recovery . . . Yard Foreman WALLY BROWN 
just became a grandpa again--for the 7th time--when his 
daughter had a baby boy . . . Motorman LEONARD BE- 
ATTY was our delegate from Division 308 at the Illinois 
State Convention in Peoria recently . . . Good luck to 
Motorman PAUL ORLOFF and Conductor JOSEPH BOU- 
GHTON who resigned recently . . . Retired Conductor 
CARL MAGNUSON called us recently for a chat and said 
"hello" to everyone and that he feels and is doing fine on 
pension . . . Our chief clerk, JIM MARTINEK, and his 
wife, DOROTHY, are vacationing down at Miami Beach, 
Florida, and Nassau. Doesn't that sound like paradise 
. . . More passenger commendations have been received 
recently: Motorman MOSES ASHLEY was commended 
for the careful and efficient manner with which he opera- 
tes his train; Trainman FRANK POWELL was commend- 
ed for his helpful recovery of a passenger's lost article, 
and Conductor WILFRED SPEARS was commended for 
the excellent manner in which he makes his station an- 
nouncements . . . School bells rang again and our stu- 
dents who answered the call back to school were: Part- 
VES, and DAVID HARRISON; Part-time Agents DENNIS 
NORMA DOWNEY . . . Retired Supervisor HUGH KEL- 
LEY called to say "hello" and to tell us that he was in 
Chicago from Florida for a few days visiting his sister 
. . . Motorman JOSEPH WACKER and his wife took a 
nice fall trip and drove to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for a 
few days. While there, they met Regular Conductor 
BRUNO WARDA who was returning from visiting his son 
at school in Mississippi . . . We are sorry to see two of 
our best agents resign--FLORENCE CUMMINGS and ILA 
McELVOY. They will be missed by all . . . Agent JEAN 
GUSTAFSON and her husband are off to Amsterdam, 
Holland, for a vacation. Then they are going to London. 
Jean was very excited about going on the trip. I know 
they will have a good time . . . Retired Conductor HAR- 
RY ANTONION came to 61st Street recently to visit with 
the boys and he looked his usual hale and hearty self. . . 
The new 1968 Rapid Transit Employes Blood Bank Cards 
will be out soon. See your representative for your new 
card . . . Happy Thanksgiving to all! 


Our sincere best wishes to get well fast go to MIT- 
CHELL FASCEK, painter, who while helping at his mo- 
ther's home fell from a scaffold and broke both of his 
heels. Let's keep in touch with him fellows . . . CARL 




MARGARET MARY, doughter 
of Supervisor and Mrs. VIN- 
ceived her Registered Nurse's 
certificate from the State of 
Illinois September 19. Miss 
O'Rourke was graduated Aug- 
ust 13 from St. Mary of Naz- 
areth School of Nursing and 
was presented the Elaine 
Furman Memorial award for 
nursing the aged. She plans 
to marry Sgt. JOHN LUCZAK 
upon his return from Viet Nam 
in the latter part of December. 

H. LINDQUIST (Herb), foreman of Wiring Department, 
and his wife and daughter travelled up to Montreal to see 
Expo 67, then to Quebec and finally to Virginia Beach, 
Virginia, to see their new grandson. The proud parents 
are RONALD LINDQUIST and his wife, BARBARA . . . 
JANICE, daughter of EDWARD R. HENDRICKSON, sup- 
erintendent Rapid Transit Shops and Terminals, was also 
one of the lucky ones who visited Europe this summer. 
Having corresponded with a pen pal from Germany who 
visited Janice last summer, Janice flew to Germany to 
spend three weeks with her. Janice reports having a 
wonderful time and visiting many interesting places. 

- Sueutt Z- £«rf£W 


DONALD TARNOWSKI spent two weeks at marine re- 
serve training in California. The same day he returned 
he left for a two-week vacation in Florida visiting rela- 
tives . . . BILL GERGEL broke his ankle while on vaca- 
tion and has just had the cast removed. The JOE DRAUS 1 
spent a two-week vacation touring California and also 
visited Tiajuana, Mexico . . . Congratulations and best 
wishes to Mr. and Mrs. RANDY SIMALE, who became 
members of the newly wed club on September 24 . . . 
Mr. and Mrs. BOB SHERMAN became the parents of a 
little son on September 24 named DANIEL ALLEN. Mrs. 
SHERMAN is the former ELAINE ZIEBARTH, who work- 
ed in our Employment Department . . . BILL ROHE 
walked down that long aisle with his daughter, MARY 
LOU, who was married to DAVE NICHOLS on August 12 
at St. Christina church. They visited Expo 67 on their 
honeymoon and are now residing in Detroit where Dave 
is attending college . . . JOHN MAGUIRE also gained a 
son-in-law when his daughter, KATHLEEN, was married 
to JAMES COOK on September 16 at Queen of Martyrs 
church. They honeymooned at Wagon Wheel . . . CHAR- 
LIE SHREEVE took his wife and mother -in-law on aWest 
Coast vacation. They saw a show in the San Francisco 
Tonga Room and toured a winery. One of the highlights 
of the trip was Monterey and Carmel enroute to Los An- 
geles. From there Charlie attempted some fishing in 
Seattle. They also visited JOE SEAMAN, a former fore- 
man at Archer . . . JOHANNE, daughter of CASEY 
STRYZNSKI, machinist, is a recipient of an Illinois State 
scholarship to Northern Illinois University. She was 
graduated from St. Mary high school as valedictorian 
and president of her class, and was a member of the na- 
tional honor society Mu Alpha Teta, newspaper staff, and 
was chosen star senior of the year. Congratulations and 
best of luck, Johanne . . . Mr. and Mrs. ANDY ANDER- 
SON traveled east to New Jersey to visit relatives and 


friends and then to Florida via the coast, where they 
visited Mrs. Anderson's sister and brother-in-law, and 
then home, covering 2,500 miles . . . CHARLIE and 
LOU GRECO can't stay away from that southern hospi- 
tality and spent two weeks vacationing and fishing in 
Wanchese, North Carolina, with friends. . . MIKE COS- 
TELLO is recuperating at home, and JOHN LUKAC is 
back to work after a lengthy illness ... A new addition 
to the son and daughter-in-law of WALLY OLENICK was 
welcomed home in Palo Alto, California, in July . . . 
Our deepest sympathy is extended to JOHN NEWMAN and 
his family on the loss of his mother, and to RAY DAVID- 
SON and his family on the loss of his mother . . . ANDY 
TYSON vacationed in Colorado and visited Dodge City, 
Kansas, Arkansas, and his home town. Andy had good 
luck with his camera but none with his fishing pole . . . 
SANDY PFUND enjoyed her first plane ride when she and 
KAREN HOFFMAN flew to Lone Mountain Ranch near 
Bozeman, Montana. They spent two weeks relaxing, 
horseback riding, and enjoying western hospitality . . . 
We want to take a minute to wish you all a very happy 
Thanksgiving holiday. 

- XatUeex O'S'Ut* & fuu/i SpuuUmi 


Our deepest condolences to the family of THOMAS 
O'LEARY who suddenly passedaway while at Sidney For- 
kosh hospital . . . Congratulations to RICHARD LORI- 
MER on his promotion to Terminal Instructor I ... To 
top off his vacation spent visiting his daughter and her 
family in Westlake, Ohio, ED STAMBORSKI, Kimball, 
toured the islands--Goose, Stony and Blue ... A hearty 
welcome to D. WITTENBERG, new car serviceman at 
Kimball . . . E. STAHL, Kimball, took an extended va- 
cation to visit friends and relatives in West Germany. . . 
JOHN WIERCIOCH plans to write a book about the one 
that got away after his fishing vacation in Minnesota . . . 
The word is that F. RIO is ready, willing, and able for 
work after getting a clean bill of health from Mayo Clinic 
. . . Welcome home to J. ODDO and D. PAPALEO, who 
returned to Congress after their hitch in the service . . . 
It is good to know that S. MILAZZO, Congress, is well 
on the road to recovery after his operation. Hope it 
won't be too long before we see him back in the groove 
. . . Greetings to two old friends back at work after their 
stay in the hospital, A. BOLING and R. CATANESE of 
Congress . . . Getting in on one of the last golf tourna- 
ments of the year were A. PORCARO, J. CANNELLA, 

PICTURED IS Lt. Commander 
Coast Guard, the son of 
Supervisor HENRY GOETZ 
and his wife, ELSIE. Com- 
mander Goetz is stationed on 
Governor's Island in New 
York Bay, where he also re- 
sides with his wife and two 
sons. He is in charge of all 
the electronic schools for 
the Coast Guard. 




The boys joined the Mart golfers for an outing at Villa 
Olivia Golf Club . . . CHESTER MAZUR, Forest Park, 
spent his vacation learning physical therapy, knocking 
down the old porch and house painting ... A trip back 
to the sites of childhood haunts in County Mayo, Ireland, 
was enjoyed by M. COLEMAN, Forest Park . . . Vaca- 
tions are usually for rest and relaxation, but J. DOWD, 
and H. SWOOPE spent their time learning the routine of 
house cleaning. The fellows also had some time to spend 
with their friends. 

The sights and sounds of the East were the drawing 
attraction to C. MYERS, Forest Park, who spent his va- 
cation with friends and relatives in Pittsburgh, while J. 
RANDAZZO, Forest Park, was in New York visiting rel- 
atives ... A tour of the nation's capitol was enjoyed by 
G. FAGIOLA, Forest Park, and family . . . For some 
late summer water sports, R. LORIMER of Forest Park 
vacationed at Lake Wabacco . . . W. KINCAID, Forest 
Park, has been named the official representative of Expo 
67 because since his visit there the Expo has been his 
main conversation topic . . . Leading the life of an ad- 
venturer, H. LOOMIS, Wilson, spent his vacation de- 
pleting the fish supply of the lakes and streams of Ken- 
tucky . . . The pleasantries of an Indian summer were 
enjoyed by V. Roberts, J. Meehan, and H. Sestak, of 
Forest Park, and J. Henderson, M. O'Malley, L. Col- 
lins, J. Rand, M. Gallagher, J. Orange, J. Hennelly, 
E. Haskell, B. Smith and R. Costner of Wilson. 

The editor received a letter from retired Congress 
Shop Foreman RALPH E. DANIELSON thanking all his 
friends and former co-workers for their cards and let- 
ters. He said he is putting them all in a scrapbook so 
that he can occasionally look through it and be reminded 
of the many friends he made at CTA during his 50 years 
in the terminal shops. 


On October 1, LARRY STEPHENS, radio-telephone 
operator, retired after 41 1/2 years of service. He was 
given a nice send off by his friends who presented him 
with a gift, and also served coffee and cake in his honor. 
Larry and his wife intend to travel by train to Arizona 
and then to California, visiting with their grandchildren. 
Good luck and best wishes for a wonderful retirement 
... At this time we would like to welcome HERBERT 
W. ELKE who is replacing Larry. It's nice to have you 
with us . . . ART ROEPKE's son, DALE, returned home 
after serving three years in the air force. He spent two 
years in Japan and one year in Viet Nam. Upon arrival 
at O'Hare, Art took a picture of his wife, Dale and BOB 
HOPE, who was on the same plane with his son. Dale 
intends to enter the Illinois Institute of Technology and 
major in photography . . . We would like to extend our 
sympathy to WALLY OQUIST and his family on the death 
of his sister, ESTHER MEYER, who passed away on 
September 9 . . . BILL DOEDEN spent his vacation in 
South Haven, Michigan, where the weather was a little 
cool but very pleasant. If he seemed to be a little sore 
when he returned, it was because he played some volley- 
ball. JAMES R. TUCKER travelled around and did some 
sightseeing on his vacation. His first stop was St. Marie 
Lodge in Glacier National Park. Then he stayed in Vir- 
ginia City, Montana, for three days where he went for a 
ride on the Alder Gulch Short Line railroad and saw the 
gold mines. His trip also included visits to Waterton 


ZYNSKI, daughter of CASEY 
STRZYNSKI, machinist at 
South Shops, was the recip- 
ient of a Illinois State schol- 
arship when she graduated 
from St. Mary High school. 
Miss Strzynski was valedic- 
torian and president of the 
senior class, a member of 
the Notional Honor Society, 
MU ALPHA TETA, and was 
chosen "Star Senior of the 
Year." She is now attending 
Northern Illinois university 
in De Kalb. 

Lakes in Alberta, Canada, and Yellowstone and Rocky 
Mountain National Parks. The climax of his nice vaca- 
tion was to go to his favorite spot, New Orleans. CHAR- 
LES BATTERSON, his wife, and sister-in-law enjoyed 
three weeks of relaxation and seeing beautiful sights. 
They stayed at Glacier National Park for a few days and 
then went to Walter Glacier International Peace Park in 
Canada. They continued on to Lake Louise in Alberta, 
Canada, and wound up in Jasper, the place they liked the 
best. While Charles was horseback riding with a group 
they were chased by a big black bear, which was a little 
added excitement. He took many beautiful pictures which 
I'm sure will bring back many happy memories . . . 
SUSAN, the daughter of WALLY OQUIST, became Mrs. 
RICHARD BERGAILO on October 7. Services were held 
at St. Timothy Lutheran church in Skokie, and the re- 
ception was at the Orphei Singing club. The happy couple 
is spending their honeymoon in New Orleans. 

(Utility and Emergency Service) - 

W. TUEFEL has returned to work after being off sick. 
Glad to have you back. We hope that it won't belong until 
C. DILLON, F. BECKER, and E. KUBERSKI will also 
be feeling great and on the job again ... It pays off to 
have straight "A" at school as JOHN, the son of JAMES 
ROCHE, can tell you. He was among the students who 
won two free tickets for a White Sox baseball game. Ja- 
mes 1 daughter, JEAN VOGEL, recently joined her hus- 
band in Germany, where they will stay for 14 months. 
Jean's husband is presently serving in the U.S. Army. 

- @*UtU SfOjtfUHttA 


Walking slowly up the car house stairs, I hear laugh- 
ter and a murmuring of voices floating down. Perking 
up with a faster gait to my step, I realize that another 
good day is in store. Clerk DUFFY is the first person 
to see as he hands you a register, a great smile and a 
glad hello. Now to find a seat at the table--which isn't 
easy. ART NEWMAN comes over and we discuss the 
coffee business which is going to pot unless more dimes 
are paid. To the right of us, BOB BLIGHT is selling 
rolls, a chore that no one wants, but he does it out of 
kindness for the men. A yell goes up and it was JIM 
LANE beating HAROLD DIXON in checkers. Lane will 
be a happy man today for he seldom beats Dixon. Turn- 
ing around, MIKE BELLISSO and MARK FIORE are in 
deep conversation. They must be scheming something 
up. C. J. JONES came by to say hello. A finer man you 
can't find anywhere . . . Sadness filled the room when 




we were told that REDMOND McGOVERN's wife died. A 
wonderful wife she was to him. Condolences to McGov- 
ern and his family . . . Conversation crops up about 
seeing pensioners. Did you see CARMEN PETRUCCI 
still running for the train? Didn't JIM PEDERSON look 
like a million when he visited the car house? How about 
CARL FRANK? Haven't seen him for awhile. Sure hope 
he is feeling alright. It goes on and on, so you know the 
pensioners are missed . . . Two of our elder statesmen 
come walking in, JIM LUDWICK and SAL DETOMASO, 
and all of us get up to offer our seats for they have to 
rest quite often . . . Now two of our really big men 
stroll in, GEORGE CLARK and "Tiny" ROBERTSON, 
and they are heading my way. With the speed of a gaz- 
elle I moved away before being trampled . . . Out of the 
corner of my eye I see RUDY PTACIN silently agitating. 
When the argument starts, he smilingly sneaks out . . . 
Loudly we can hear JIM McPHEE and FRAZIER extoling 
how great the Boston Red Sox are. After the Series end- 
ed I'm sure they caught it . . . WINSTON, SMITH, 
PAYNE, and MOORE arrived and called out "Hi Pops." 
I keep telling them it's pre -mature gray and that's why I 
look a little older. Just for that I am not going to tell 
them that corn bread does not go with spaghetti . . . Get- 
ting up to go to work I pass quiet JOHN CIMMER and 
genial TOMMY KING. Being both so gentle they wouldn't 
think of antagonizing anyone. The last one to see is LEN 
KUKOWINSKI, our smiling clerk. If anyone could get 
him to smile it would brighten our whole day ... I 
finally reached the end and aren't you all glad. 

- Santa SielUoma 


From the repair department, JIM AHERN reports 
that he received a letter from retired foreman J. H. GA- 
MEN, who now lives at 7415 Mott Avenue, Lockhart, 
Florida. His mailing address is P.O. Box 17015, Lock- 
hart Branch, Orlando, Florida. He is feeling fine and 
would like to hear from the fellows . . . Congratulations 
are in order for Mr. and Mrs. TEDDY NIEZABITOWSKI 
and Mr. and Mrs. JIM JENNINGS, who are now the proud 
parents of baby daughters ... A speedy recovery is 
wished for RAY SCHEID who is recuperating at Hines 
hospital in Maywood . . . BOB RUSSELL, who injured 
his hand in an accident, is off sick as of now. We hope 
to see him back soon. . . JIMMY JENNINGS, LES BER- 
joying their vacations as of this writing. F. VERNAN is 
farming his vacation away . . . The best of luck to Night 
Foreman ALEX PALA who transferred to Kedzie station 
as the night foreman there. GEORGE MORRELL who 
came from 77th Street Depot has taken his place. Good 
luck to the new relief foreman TOM GECAN. K. POLAN 
transferred to Keeler depot and we wish him the best of 
luck ... I am wondering if there is anything left of New 
and that devil W. DONAHUE are just some of the fellows 
who attended the convention down there . . . To JIM 
GEARY, A. R. RIZZUTO, J. R. McCOURT, and the 
rest of you fellows who are off sick, we wish a speedy 
recovery and better health . . . K. C. JEROZAL trans- 
ferred to work as a janitor. M. E. LEVEE is now work- 
ing as a checker. Best of luck on your new jobs . . 
The silent reaper passed our way and took PAT MURPHY 
who was coming up for retirement; OTIS BROUGHTON, 
a former motorman; the wife of JAMES FULLER, and 
ELINOR LEMKE, the sister of W. DONAHUE. We all 
give our deepest sympathy to those they left behind on 
their great loss . . . Don't forget fellows --January 19 


is the annual meeting of the credit union. Let's all be 
there and give the officers a big hand for the great job 
they are doing . . . LEO A. DOMRESE, who retired in 
1957, stopped by. He attended a World War I reunion in 
Champaign, and makes his home in East Point, Georgia 
. . . FRANCIS J. HIGGINS of the repair department was 
inducted in the armed forces and is now stationed at Fort 
Leonard Wood, Missouri. He and his dad, our own 
"Scotty," had spent their vacation together and toured 
the eastern part of the U.S.A. . . Something must be 
done about the cigars that FRANK BROZKIEWICZ smo- 
kes. Has anyone any ideas? . . As to that certain clerk 
who threatened me with a lecture from his wife, I'd like 
to say thanks, but please write the information down . . . 
This news depends on you fellows and I've got to hear or 
see it to write it. So how about giving me a hand? 

- -4xtiui P. GmtiU} 


Well, fellows, this is the November issue of the news 
and I'm trying to get it under the wire. After a 12-round 
bout with the flu, I'm still not sure of the winner for I'm 
still groggy. . . At this writing, we understand Operator 
C. WATSON is still in the hospital 'recuperating from 
injuries he received in a very bad auto accident. We 
wish him a speedy recovery . . . Also a get well note to 
Operator BOGGAN, who had the misfortune of breaking 
his foot . . . To give our station more and better news 
coverage we will add another reporter. Operator JULIUS 
BRAZIL. So now I'll have help in chasing you guys . . . 
Operator S. GRAHAM caught a 3 1 /2-pound wide mouth 
bass on a recent fishing trip at Big Round Lake, Wis- 
consin, but Operator DAN BOWEN walked away the 
champ . . . Operator JAMES SIMS and the missus cele- 
brated 18 years of tug o'war on November 4. We wish 
them a happy anniversary . . . Now for a few birthday 
greetings: Operator B. PERKINS, November 20. From 
Operator CURTIS BROWN to his wife, OLLIE, Novem- 
ber 6, and his son, DAVID, November 4. Also Operator 
MAL COWLING to his wife, CHRISTINE, November 8, 
and daughter, PHYLLIS, November 7. And to yours truly 
AMOS FOSTER November 8 ... By the way, a new bus 
operator blew in on October 8, LESLIE ERIK PERKINS 
, , . So if you have had your turkey we hope you enjoyed 
it. If you haven't had it, we hope you will enjoy it . . . 
By the way, did you notice that handsome job Brazil did 
for yours truly? Be seeing you. 

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THE DIVISION 308 Pensioners Club of Chicago will hold 
its next regular meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 
21, on the 13th floor at 32 W. Randolph street. All re- 
tired members of Division 308 are invited to attend these 
meetings which are held the third Thursday of each 
month at the above time and address. 

The CTA Pensioners Club of St. Petersburg, Florida, 
will hold its next regular meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, 
December 5, at the new Odd Fellows Hall, 4140 16th 
street, north, St. Petersburg. All CTA pensioners liv- 
ing in that vicinity are invited to attend these meetings 
which are held the first Tuesday of each month at the 
above time and address. 











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THIRD QUARTER winners in the 
Interstation Safety Contest were 
61st Street on the rapid transit sys- 
tem, which had a perfect score of 
75.00, and Archer station on the 
surface system, which received 
a 60.81 rating. In the picture above, 
employes at 61st Street look on 
while G. A. Riley, superintendent 
of operating stations, presents the 
plaque to Station Superintendent 
R. W. Meisner. Operating employes 
at Archer station are assembled 
ight) for the award presentation 
being made by D. M. Flynn, super- 
intendent of transportation, to M. F. 
Harrington, station superintendent. 

Board Chairman G. L. DeMent attended the presentation and is seated to the left of Mr. Flynn. 

Transportation, S&E Personnel 

Named in New Supervisory Appointments 

BULLETINS ISSUED recently announced appoint- 
ments affecting supervisory personnel in the Trans- 
portation and Shops and Equipment Departments. 

In a bulletin signed by D. M. Flynn, superin- 
tendent of transportation, and approved by Opera- 
ting Manager C. E. Keiser, R. H. Kugelard was 
named District "C" superintendent; R. Reighard 
became relief district superintendent - Districts 
"C" and "D"; T. Hildebrandt was appointed district 
supervisor - District "D", and L. Mount became 
relief district supervisor - Districts "C", "D", 
and Central. 

Effective November 12, Walter C. Hallford was 
named assistant day foreman at 77th Street Garage, 
Tellis Walker P. M. foreman at Beverly Garage, 
Hosea Johnson relief foreman at Archer Garage, 
and Terrence McGuigan relief foreman at 77th 
Street Garage. 

Effective November 26, Phillip E. O'Connor 
was appointed night foreman at 77th Street Garage, 
Edward F. Kuklewicz assistant day foreman at 
Archer Garage, Terrance P. Muellner P.M. fore- 
man at 69th Street Garage, James R. Pankonen 
relief foreman at North Avenue Garage, and William 
J. Joseph relief foreman at 77th Street Garage. 

Appointments affecting garage foremen, accord- 
ing to bulletins signed by E. E. Olmstead, assist- 
ant superintendent, S&E Surface Division, and ap- 
proved by S&E Superintendent L. G. Anderson, 
were as follows: 

Effective December 10, Harold R. McGann be- 
came assistant day foreman at 77th Street Garage, 
George A. Hunt P. M. foreman at Archer Garage, 
and Michael M. Smith relief foreman at 52nd Street 


H. S. Anthon, Supt. of Engineering, Dies at 49 

HAROLD S. ANTHON, 49, general 
superintendent of engineering for 
CTA, died of a heart attack Wed- 
nesday, December 6, in Sherman 
hospital, Elgin. 

Mr. Anthon, who lived at 208 
Chamberlain drive, Barrington, 
Illinois, had worked as usual on 
December 5 but felt ill on his way 
home and drove directly to the 
hospital, where he died early the 
following morning. 

Mr. Anthon was CTA's admin- 
istrator and coordinator for many 
important rapid transit extension 
and improvement projects finan- 
ced by the City of Chicago and the 
Federal Government. These in- 
clude the Skokie Swift and extensions in the Dan 
Ryan and Kennedy expressways, extension of the 
Englewood service, and the Northwest Passage 
connecting the North Western railway's downtown 
terminal with CTA's Clinton station on the Lake 
rapid transit route. 

As assistant engineer of buildings and struc- 
tures, Mr. Anthon joined CTA in 1948. In Decem- 
ber, 1950, he was appointed engineer of buildings 
and structures, and in July, 1961, he advanced to 
the position of superintendent of construction and 
maintenance. In October, 1964, he was appointed 
general superintendent of engineering, the position 
he held at the time of his death. 

Mr. Anthon came to CTA from 
the California Institute of Tech- 
nology, where he received his 
master of science degree in civil 
engineering and was a graduate 
teaching assistant in civil engi- 

From 1940 to 1946 he served 
in the armed forces, during which 
time he attended the University of 
Chicago Institute of Meteorology 
and the United States Air Force 
Flying school. In the air force, 
Mr. Anthon held the rank of 
major. Prior to his service 
career, he was graduated from 
the Illinois Institute of Technology 
with a bachelor of science degree 
in civil engineering. 

In addition to his membership in many fraternal, 
engineering, and military organizations, Mr. An- 
thon has served as chairman of the Plant and En- 
gineering division of the American Transit Asso- 
ciation. He was a member of the Barrington Ten- 
nis club and was active in the Norwegian Old Peo- 
ples Home society. 

Mr. Anthon is survived by his wife, Barbara. 

Funeral services for Mr. Anthon, who was born 
in Chicago January 24, 1918, were held December 
8 at the Stirlen-Pieper Funeral home in Barring- 
ton, Illinois. Burial was at Acacia cemetery, 

became a recipient of the Good Scout 
Award at the 1967 Construction Industry 
Lunch-O-Ree held on November 22. 
Mr. DeMent, who is a member of the 
Executive Board of the Chicago Area 
Council, Boy Scouts of America, was 
cited, according to the award, because 
"the service he has rendered to both 
his profession and to society exempli- 
fies the Scout ideals of integrity, honor, 
determination, and leadership." In the 
accompanying picture, Mr. DeMent (cen- 
ter) is receiving the award from William 
E. Dunlap, general partner, Skidmore, 
Owings & Merrill. The luncheon speak- 
er, a former state senator and mayor of 
Nashville, Tennessee, was Attorney 
Ben West (left). The two Chicago area 
boy scouts are Don Wodarski (left) of 
Bethany Union church Troop 607 and 
Jim Vaughan of Our Lady of Charity 
Troop 325. 



Marks 20 Years 
of Reporting to Employes 




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CTA WAS still in its infancy 20 years ago this 
month, but the first monthly magazine was already 
in the mail addressed to employes of the newly- 
formed company which only two months before had 
purchased the properties of the Surface Lines and 
Rapid Transit. 

The TRANSIT NEWS of December, 1947, was 
for many employes the first means by which they 
learned of their new employer. The issue intro- 
duced the Chairman and members of the Chicago 
Transit Board and the General Manager. It also 
depicted the initial organizational structure of 
CTA, outlined the modernization program, and, 
of even greater importance to the reader, it de- 
scribed the many guaranteed benefits of employ- 
ment with CTA. 

Since that time, it has been the purpose of 
TRANSIT NEWS to continually keep employes in- 
formed about their employer. Improvements to 
operations are described, as are revisions to 
CTA's various services. As new facilities are 
constructed, they too are shown. 

TRANSIT NEWS has especially proven itself to 
be an effective avenue for conveying news about 

employes. The "Inside News" section has been a 
regular feature since January, 1948, and it, in 
fact, accounts for more than half the pages in this 
current issue of TRANSIT NEWS. News coverage 
is company-wide; 35 reporters, the largest team 
in our 20 years, now provide news monthly. They 
are pictured and identified with the departments 
they represent on pages 12 and 13. 

Other features in TRANSIT NEWS include the 
Public Speaks and Inquiring Reporter pages, which 
have both appeared there since the first issue. 
The Medically Speaking page, written by CTA 
Medical Consultant Dr. George H. Irwin, has been 
printed in TRANSIT NEWS continuously since No- 
vember, 1955. 

More than 18,000 copies of each issue of TRAN- 
SIT NEWS are mailed out to a list which includes, 
in addition to all active and retired employes, 
transit companies throughout the world and editors 
of other company publications. Every effort is 
made to maintain the accuracy of our mailing list; 
however, to accomplish this we must have the 
wholehearted cooperation of our readers. Please 
fill out the proper CTA change of address forms 
whenever you move -- we don't want to lose you as 
a reader. 

OUR COVER: Santa's arrival in Chicago is officially marked 
annually by the State Street Christmas parade on the first Sun- 
day offer Thanksgiving, held this year on November 26. And 
as it does every year, the parade drew a huge throng which 
lined both sides of State Street from Wacker to Congress. Lead- 
ing the 1967 parade was the miniature bus constructed by 
explorer scouts in Post Nr. 9607 under the supervision of CTA 
personnel. Taking up the rear, of course, was Santa Clous on 
his traditional float. After the parade, however, Santa de- 
serted his sleigh and reindeer and took the wheel of the small 

bus. Judging by our cover, it would seem that Santa maintains 
his popularity with children no matter what conveyance he 
uses. Appearing somewhat astonished by the unprecedented 
switch to CTA, though. Limits Station Operator Denis Kippes 
looks on in disbelief. 

While operating in its position of prominence in the parade, 
the bus was driven by Instructor Frank Vitek. The picture 
below, taken while the parade was in progress, is looking 
north from Washington street. 

Volume XX 


Number 10 

Published monthly by and for employes of the Chicago Transit 
Authority, under the direction of the Public Information 

Robert D. Heinlem, Editor 
F. C. Knautz, Superintendent of Public ond Employe Relations 

Annual subscription price: $2.00. Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employes. Address communica- 
tions to CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 742, Merchandise Mart 
Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60654. 

Courtesy to Riders 
Piys *50 Dividend 
to Keeler Operator 

COURTESY DOES pay as Operator Ezel Linzy of 
Keeler station found out. 

Operator Linzy, who has been a CTA employe 
since April, 1967, was cited for the $50 Chicago 
Tribune award by Reporter Joy Darrow. She ob- 
served the exemplary manner in which he treated 
his passengers and in the December 1 edition wrote, 
"He caught no coats in the door. He pulled up next 
to the curbs, thus eliminating the necessity for 
passengers having to either step into puddles or 
vault over them. He expressed no impatience at 
one stop when four passengers walked in front of 
the number 76 bus, boarding it, and asked if they 
were on the number 76 bus. Even more gratifying 
to the reporter with only a $10 bill for fare, he 
smiled when he gave her $9. 70 change." 

An ex-sergeant, he served three years in the 
army, of which two years and four months were 
spent in Germany. Upon discharge, he filed an 
application for the police department. While wait- 

ing, a friend from 52nd street station referred him 
to CTA. 

Linzy, the son of a minister, is unmarried and 
has aspirations of buying his own gas station some- 
day. An auto mechanic in the service, he feels 
the knowledge would be beneficial in this type of 

I just like people," he said 

reason I enjoy working 
make it a career. " 

iic oaiu, and that is the 
for the company and may 

OPERATOR LINZY, whose courtesy to passengers won him a 
$50 check from the Chicago Tribune, is receiving congratula- 
tions from Keeler Station Superintendent E. C. Loughran. 


BAUGHN, R. L. , Repairman, Beverly 
CALDWELL, W. , Extra Guard, West Section 
CAMPBELL, C. P. , Clerk H, Revenue Acct. 
CURRAN, R. M. , Car Serviceman, 61st St. 
DABNER, R. H. , Operator, 77th Street 
GILLEAD, R. A. , Operator, Limits 
GREEN, T. , Operator, North Park 
JOHNSON, G. R. , Bus Serviceman, Forest Glen 

LELCESONA, J. H. , Bus Serviceman, 52nd St. 
LONG, C. , Operator, 77th Street 
O'NEIL, J. M. , Operator, North Park 
RAMSEY, O. , Operator, North Park 
REDD, R. C. , Conductor, North Section 
SNIEZEWSKI, J. , Bus Serviceman, Forest Glen 
TOWNER, C. E. , Operator, North Avenue 


ALBRECHT, W. R. , Repairman, 77th Street 
BARRETT, W. J. , Repairman, Limits 
BARTON, G. E. , Shop Clerk II, South Shops 
BORDERS, H. L. , Operator, Lawndale 
BROSNAN, P. A. , Janitor, West Section 
JACKSON, S. M. , Trackman II, Track 
KOSCIENSKI, N. J. , Repairman, Kedzie 
LAZARZ, R. F. , Cleaner, Keeler 
LORENZ, J. W. , Cleaner, Campaign Area 

MARRON, R. E. , Bus Serviceman, 77th Street 
MARRON, R. M. , Bus Serviceman, 77th Street 
McGUIGAN, T. J. , Repairman, Limits 
MOORE, L. D. , Operator, North Avenue 
REED, J. F. , Bus Serviceman, Archer 
SCHULTZ, T. F. , Bus Serviceman, Archer 
VUKOVICS, F. J. , Repairman, Forest Glen 
WALTER, J. E. , Bus Serviceman, 77th Street 
WARD, J. A. Jr. , Repairman, Forest Glen 


SPECTATORS AT sports events 
can recognize a certain quality in 
a team by watching how smoothly 
they effect plays and, consequent- 
ly, add points to their score. The 
sports fan appreciates the display 
of this quality, in his favorite 
team at least, and shows his ap- 
proval by cheering. That quality, 
as we all know, can be described 
in one word . . . teamwork. 

That same word, teamwork, 
has become a slogan at CTA. We 
learned about it at discussions 
recently, we are reminded of it 
daily by the small button we wear, 
and we practice it to give our 
riders better service. Passen- 
gers may not express their ap- 
proval as vociferously as they 
would at a sports event, but an 
indication of how well they ap- 
preciate the improvement in ser- 
vice is shown by the increase in 
the number of commendations re- 
ceived during November, as com- 
pared with October when the team- 
work program was just getting 

One rider in particular, a 
West Sider who rides the Lake 
Street "L" daily, describes how 
much he appreciated the courte- 
ous service given by two CTA 
employes in the letter which fol- 
lows. The employes, who both 
work on the Lake route, are 
Ticket Agent Dorothy Ford, Tag 
No. 812, and Conductor Robert 
Blyth, Badge No. 25471: 

"In this modern, busy, com- 
plicated jet age when many people 
are sophisticated, tense, not too 
friendly and somewhat irritable, 
it is refreshing to come across 
people, particularly those dealing 
with the public, who are friendly, 
courteous and accommodating. 
For this former farmer accus- 
tomed to living under conditions 
where everyone is your neighbor 
and friend, but not expecting to 
find the same conditions in a large 
city, it was surprising but pleas- 
ing to have contact with two CTA 
employes who may or may not be 
exceptional. At about 1 1:15 a. m. 
yesterday(10/19/67) Iwas greeted 
by the young lady in the cashier's 
cage at the Central Avenue station 
of the Oak Park line with a cheer- 

Robert Blyth 

Dorothy Ford 

ful, "Good Morning. " This threw 
me off balance to such an extent 
that it took a few seconds to re- 
gain my composure and return 
the greeting. In the train to the 
Loop I could not help but be im- 
pressed by trainman No. 25471. 
He was clean-cut, friendly and 
intelligent. He called out the sta- 
tions in a clear and understand- 
able manner. His enunciation was 
perfect. He gave information and 
directions in a friendly and cour- 
teous fashion. He really seemed 
to enjoy his work. I am sure you 
have had other CTA patrons who 
have appreciated these two em- 
ployes, but they have not all taken 
the trouble to give expression to 
their feelings. " 

Because they are on the street 
for almost eight hours a day, CTA 
bus operators are confronted with 
countless situations which require 
their personal attention. Quite 
often, displays of courtesy and 
even acts of heroism go unno- 
ticed and the employes involved 



Robert English 

never learn how well appreciated 
their assistance was. One rider, 
however, who was riding on the 
bus being driven by North Park 
Operator Robert English, Badge 
No. 3531, was so impressed by 
his quick action that she wrote 
the following letter of commen- 

"On Monday, October 30, I was 
on a bus between 12 and 1 p.m. 
At Montrose and Broadway a baby 
was hanging almost halfway out of 
a second story window. Our bus 
suddenly came to a stop and our 
driver ran -from his bus ready to 
catch the little one in case she 
would fall. Fortunately, the dri- 
ver got the attention of someone 
in the same room she was in. I 
took the driver's number, which 
was 3531. I think you should know 
what a wonderful person he is. I 
do not know his name and never 
saw him before, but if we had 
more people in the world like this 
man there would be no need for 
wars or riots. " 



By Dr. George H. Irwin, CTA Medical Consultant 


HEART DISEASE has been the subject of the Medi- 
cally Speaking page for three months now. The 
first two articles dealt with diabetes and obesity, 
respectively, and their relationship to heart dis- 
ease. The present paper will discuss, in a general 
way, the effects of cigarette smoking on heart dis- 
ease and also on lung disease. 

These three causative agents or factors, namely 
diabetes, obesity, and smoking, have recently been 
given considerable publicity by the Heart Associa- 
tion and daily newspapers. Therefore, it seems 
proper at this time to emphasize again the impor- 
tance of these disorders. Later in this article 
where the word "smoking" is used it will mean -- 
cigarette smoking. 

In the Chicago daily newspapers dated Augustl6, 
1967, an article by the Chicago Heart Association 
emphasized the following remarks, "Recent popu- 
lation studies show that the risk of a heavy cigar- 
ette smoker developing heart disease is two to six 
times greater than that of a non-smoker. " 

A few years ago, an AmericanHeart Association 
report stated that a number of medical studies had 
demonstrated a statistical association between 
heavy smoking and increased mortality and mor- 
bidity from coronary artery disease. It was pointed 
out that although statistical association does not 
prove casual relationship, the available data 
strongly suggested that heavy cigarette smoking 
contributes to or accelerates the development of 
coronary heart disease and its complications. I 
think the above is a very fair statement. The re- 
port further emphasized that because coronary 
heart disease is the leading cause of death and a 
major cause of disability, further study and pub- 
licity should be carried out. 

It has been proven experimentally that nicotine 
injected into the blood stream causes a constriction 
and narrowing of the arteries, also an increase in 
blood pressure and certain changes in the electro- 
cardiogram. Some investigators say that the above 
changes are only those of physiology and do not 
prove much. On the other hand, if these physio- 
logical changes are kept going long enough there 
will follow a permanent structural narrowing of the 
coronary and peripheral arteries. Nicotine also 
reduces the quantity of oxygen in the blood. 

Some of the symptoms from excessive cigarette 
smoking are cough, loss of appetite, shortness of 
breath, chest pains, chronic fatigue, indigestion, 
hoarseness, loss of weight, insomnia, and diffi- 
culty in swallowing. 

While this article is primarily to emphasize the 
relationship between smoking and heart disease, I 
would be negligent not to mention the effect on the 
respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. In 
the respiratory system we find cancer of the larynx 
(voice box) and the lungs is commonly, although not 
always, associated with smoking. Bronchitis and 
emphysema, non-cancerous conditions, are more 
common in cigarette smokers. 

In the gastro-intestinal system it is a matter of 
record that more stomach ulcers occur in cigarette 

In the presentation of any subject we must be 
fair. It is true that heart disease and cancer of 
the lung occur in non-smokers. However, if we 
consider the law of averages, we must admit and 
realize that the incidence of heart and lung disease 
is definitely greater in heavy smokers. 

It is also important to remember that other bad 
habits, such as over-eating and over-drinking, can 
be injurious to our health. 

I think it makes good sense to stop smoking if 
any of the above noted symptoms are present. 
Furthermore, periodic health examinations by your 
doctor will sometimes reveal early findings of dis- 
ease due to smoking which the person is not aware 
of. In these cases, stopping smoking will stop the 

Personally, I think motivation is the all-impor- 
tant factor in stopping smoking. If a person's 
emotion such as fear of a heart attack or cancer 
of the lung, for example, is stronger than the 
emotion of pleasure from smoking, he will stop. 
If the emotion of pleasure is stronger he will not 

Everyone who smokes cigarettes should carefully 
take into consideration all the facts, both good and 
bad, study and evaluate them in relation to his own 
health and then make up his own mind and stick 
with the decision to the end. 

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What is the most memorable Christmas gift you have ever received ? 

LOCATION: Limits Station 

PAUL LOCASSIO, operator (with Reporter R. S. 
Benson): "A few years ago, I was hospitalized 
two weeks before Christmas. I was discharged 
from the hospital Christmas eve day. The warm 
feeling of being home with my wife and children for 
Christmas wos the most memorable gift I ever 

HENRY GOETZ, supervisor: "Our 
son was stationed on Iwo Jima dur- 
ing Christmas of 1954. By way of 
ham radio and telephone he called 
to wish us oil a Merry Christmas. 
That, to me, was the most memor- 
able gift I ever received." 

LUCAS DANIELE, operator (left): 
"My most memorable gift was from 
the United States Army when they 
gave me my honorable discharge 
just before Christmas, after four 
years in the se