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id Transit News 

Vol. 39, No. 1 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

January-February 1986 


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Chicagoans enjoy 
safest Neyw Year 
with CTA free rides 

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More than 160,000 riders took advantage of 
safe, FREE rides on CTA buses and trains this 
past New Year's Eve. This was the first year 
CTA made free transportation available for its 
riders. In keeping with the holiday spirit, CTA 
announced that free rides would be sponsored 
by Santa Claus. Based on observations of over- 
night ridership from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., 
the number of riders was substantially higher 
during the New Year's Eve free ride hours. 

"It was a way to say thank you to our 
customers for a year of support, and a way to 
make our roads safer on what is considered a 
very dangerous evening," said Chairman 
Michael A. Cardilli. "We are pleased at the 

large turnout ancT^Stet^^^Ss'^^edback we 
received from various organizations, riders, and 
employees. It really was a success, thanks to the 
fine job done by our employees who worked 
New Year's Eve." 

Statistics showed a substantial number of 
riders boarded buses in the Rush Street area. 
"Hopefully, the celebrants who boarded our 
vehicles, and innocent bystanders, were saved 
from needless tragedy," Cardilli said. 

As a result of the combined efforts of CTA 
and other organizations, drunken driving 
statistics were very low. Only four suspected 
drunk drivers were arrested throughout 

Transit News Improvements 

see page 3 

They couldn't 
believe it! 

"Terrific!", "Can't Believe This," 
"Wonderful," "What a great CTA 
gesture for a great cause." 

These were the typical responses 
from the more than 5,000 persons ac- 
cepting free rides home on CTA trains 
and buses from the World's Largest 
Office Party staged on December 23 in 
the Hyatt Regency hotel. The free 
rides home were sponsored by the 
organizers of the annual event to 
benefit the Neediest Children's Fund 
spearheaded by Wally Phillips, 
WGN radio personality. 

The free rides, in the form of special 
CTA transfers valid between 6 p.m. 
and midnight, were distributed from 
the CTA's free coffee and donut bar to 
persons leaving the popular holiday 
benefit. More than 9000 attended the 
fifth annual event which benefits 
Chicago's neediest youngsters and 

Nancy Ruth, the Hyatt Regency's 
director of public relations, or- 
chestrated the benefit which featured 
civic leaders, members of the Cubs. 
White Sox, Bears, Bulls, Sting, Black 

Offering Free Ride Home transfers at 5th Annual World's Largest Office Party are (from 
left) Jack Somchin, Evelyn Martin, Juan Puente, Mary Tobin and Dan Kane. Large signs 
promoting ttie free rides home were produced by the CTA sign shop at South Shops. 

Hawks, and radio and TV per- 
sonalities who manned booths to help 
raise funds for the charity. 

The CTA had its own cast of stars 
who distributed the free coffee provid- 
ed by the hotel and free donuts pro- 
vided by a local baker. 

The celebrity bartenders included 
Mike LaVelle, manager. Transporta- 
tion Services: Dave Martin, 
manager. Control Center, and his 
wife, Evelyn; Betty Edwards, 
manager. Community Affairs; Jack 
Sowchin, director. Publications; 
Juan Puente, bi-lingual community 
relations coordinator, Community Af- 
fairs; Mary Tobin, Control Center 
typist: Rick Willis, feature 

writer/editorial assistant. Publications, 
his son, Keith, and brother, Irvin; 
Carol Ruggiero, transit professional 
trainee. Public Affairs; and Don 
Yabush, news media coordinator, 
Public Affairs, and his wife, Caroline. 
Yabush served as project coordinator. 

Joining the CTA celebrities were 
radio personalities Barry Edwards, 
WBBM traffic reporter and disc jockey 
at the Ultimate Sports Bar & Grill; 
Irene Mojica, WGCI disc jockey, and 
Bob Barnes-Watts of WFYR 

All who manned the CTA coffee bar 
asked to be at next year's World's 
Largest Office Party. By the way, the 
party is listed in the Guineas Book of 
World Records. 

Mike LaVelle, another volunteer staffer, explains use of special 
transfers to two party goers. 

Evelyn Martin presents a free transfer to another party goer as 
Juan Puente smiles approvingly. 


jliomeni of silence 

At 5:15 p.m. on January 28, all CTA 
buses and trains, which could do so 
safely, came to a stop for a short 
period of time, and employees and 
passengers observed a moment of 

silence in memory of the seven 
astronauts who died in the Space 
Shuttle disaster that morning. The 
following is a letter that expresses 
the feeling of many of our riders: 

Dear Editor: 

At 5:15 p.m. toda\; (Tuesday, 1-28-86) our Evar)ston Express 

train came to an unexpected stop to observe a dispatcher-ordered 

moment of silence on behalf of the 7 astronauts killed earlier on 

their space mission. Absolute silence prevailed as, with heads 

bowed, we felt the national grief and offered pra\)ers. 

As with those NASA folks, we have come to take traveling safety) 

for granted... until tragedy/ reminds us otherwise. 

For millions of incident-free passenger miles the CTA deserves 

recognition and thanks. Its superb safety; and service record, taken 

for granted, is outstanding. Thanks, too. for sensitiviti; to our 


From Car Number One, 

M. R. Crow, EdD. 


Transit News for 1986 will be printed on a better grade of paper, 
and two colors will appear on more pages. Our new printing pro- 
cess should also result in more timely delivery to CTA work loca- 

Wfiile we make these improvements, we must also keep within 
our budget, so the 1986 Transit News will be printed every two 

Inside News Reporters 

Your willingness to share interesting information about 
employees at your work locations has made our magazine more ex- 
citing and entertaining. We thank you for your good work. The chart 
below lists upcoming Transit News issues and deadlines when we 
must receive your "Inside News." Reports received after the 
deadline will be held over for the next issue. 

Transit News Issue Inside News Deadline 

March-April, 1986 March 28, 1986 

May-June, 1986 May 23, 1986 

July-August, 1986 July 25, 1986 

September-October, 1986 September 26, 1986 

November-December, 1986 November 21, 1986 

Employees who would like to be "Inside News" reporters for their 
work locations should phone Rick Willis, Transit News editor, ext. 
3324, Mart. 

Transit News is published for employees and retirees of CTA • Editorial and 
graphics by the Public Affairs Department, Bill Baxa, Manager • Director of Publica- 
tions: Jack Sowchin; Editor: Ricl< Willis • Graphic Designer; Alan Grady • Contrib- 
uting Writers: Carmen Gonzalez, Carol Ruggiero, Jeff Stern, Don Yabush • Typeset- 
ting provided by the t^/lanagement Services Department • Distributed free of charge 
to all active and retired CTA employees • Annual subscription price to others, $5 • 
CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, IL 

From the Chairman 

We need 
your help 

For the first time in over four years, 
CTA has increased fares to help offset 
rising operating costs and decreasing 
public funding. Our fare increase is 
modest when compared with the in- 
creasing costs consumers must pay for 
other goods and services, but the im- 
plementation is complex because it in- 
cludes a rapid transit fare differential 
and new transfer rules designed to 
prevent transfer abuse. 

In late January, we began the 
tremendous task of informing 
operating employees and the riding 
public of the new fare and transfer pro- 
cedures. Operations, Training & In- 
struction, revised numerous reporting 
forms and standard operating pro- 
cedures, and instructors at all 
operating locations diligently trained 
all supervisors and fare collecting 
employees to insure a smooth transi- 
tion on February 9. 

Public Affairs launched a massive 
publicity campaign including 
brochures, newspaper adver- 
tisements, news releases, window 
cards, posters, and public service radio 
announcements, and they are con- 
tinuing to answer telephone inquiries 
from riders. 

We have done our best to inform all 
concerned of the fare and transfer 
changes, but now, more than ever, we 
must rely upon your expertise in work- 
ing with the public. Consumers have a 
right to expect good service, and they 
are always most critical of service 
when the price is higher. Fast ex- 
perience has shown that we can ex- 
pect a decrease in ridership im- 
mediately following a fare increase, 
with gradual recovery within six 
months to a year. 

All CTA employees, especially 
operating employees, must encourage 
ridership by being thoroughly 
knowledgeable of the new fare and 
transfer procedures, and by 
courteously and patiently answering 
riders' questions. 


Celebrating retirement as "Day in CTA" tionorees are (from left) James M. Fahey, 
Ted Ga/us, Orval Porter, Alvin Nichols, Ulysses Jones, and Adelbert Cobb. 

Collective service totals 

222 years for six in Operations 

Honors were heaped upon six 
outstanding rail and bus operators on 
"A Day in CTA" as their collective 222 
years and five months of loyal service 
was brought to a close through retire- 

The honorees are South Section 
motorman Adelbert Cobb of the 
Dan Ryan terminal, 33 years; North 
Section rail service supervisor James 
Fahey, 37 years; bus operator Orval 
Porter, Kedzie garage, 38 years; bus 
operator Ted Galus, Forest Glen 
garage, 39 years; bus operator 
Ulysses Jones, 77th Street garage, 
38 years, and operator Alvin 
Nichols, 77th Street garage, 37 

Cobb said the 1983 and 1984 
Third Rail Roundups are his fondest 
CTA memories. In 1983 he was a 
Roundhouse 18 finalist, and the 
following year he was terminal cham- 

As he retires he plans to catch up on 
things that need to be done around the 
house and do some traveling. Cobb 
said he wants to visit Los Angeles, Las 
Vegas, New York, and Mobile, 
Alabama, his wife LaRose's 

Retirement also means travel for 
James Fahey who plans an 11-day 

cruise to the Mexican Riviera in 
February, and a leisurely springtime 
trip through England and Ireland. 
Fahey and his wife Kathleen have 
already seen both oceans, but want to 
"see everything between," he said. 

Bus operator Orval Porter of the 
60-Blue Island route will visit relatives 
in California, fish in Arkansas and en- 
joy the greyhound races in West Mem- 
phis, Arkansas and Dubuque, Iowa. 

"Along with that, 'honey do' will 
take me over," said Porter, "as in 
'honey, do this' and 'honey, do that.' " 
He and his wife, Louise, will be able 
to spend more time on home im- 

"There are so many memorable 
things; it's hard to recall just a few," 
said Porter. "I'm looking forward to 
retirement. If I enjoy retirement like 1 
enjoyed CTA, I'll be happy." 

The fondest CTA memories for bus 
operator Ted Galus of the 20-West 
Irving and 69-West Foster routes are 
being honored as a member of the 
Million Miler club for safe driving, and 
being treasurer of the Forest Glen 
Credit Union for 12 years. Galus, his 
wife Marie, and their four children 
plan to remain the the Chicago area. 

"I was only in the sick book once," 
said Galus. "Retirement brings mixed 

emotions because there wasn't a day I 
didn't enjoy working. I'm pleased with 
the recognition that CTA is now giving 
employees who do an excellent job. 
They didn't do that in the early days," 
he said. 

Operator Ulysses Jones who also 
wants to travel, said mostly he plans to 
"enjoy life one day at a time" with his 
wife Helen and their four grown 

Jones said of his 38-year CTA 
career, "Meeting the public has been 
very challenging and educational. I 
learned to deal with the problems of all 
kinds of people." 

Operator Alvin Nichols, also of 
77th Street garage, said "A Day in 
CTA" will be one of the fondest 
memories of his 37-year career. 

"It's enlightening to visit the Control 
Center and see how the whole system 
works. It helps you to understand the 
things you don't understand on the 
street," said Nichols. 

"CTA is a good company. The job 
has treated me well and helped us to 
raise four children. I've been blessed," 
he said. Nichols and his wife Jean 
plan to redecorate their home and visit 
friends and relatives in Maryland and 


General Attorney 

announces Claims promotions 

CTA General Attorney Joyce 
Hughes has announced the promo- 
tions of five members of the Claims 

The appointees and their new posi- 
tions are Charles Marble, director of 
Administrative Services; Michael 
Vitale, director, Claims Manage- 
ment; Mrs. Theresa Sawyer, 
superintendent, Claim Files Ad- 
ministration; Daniel Martorelli, 
superintendent. Claims Examination 
and Investigation; and John Smith, 
supervisor. Claims Examination (bodi- 
ly injury and property damage). 

Marble has been serving as 
superintendent of Claims Administra- 
tion since 1980. He joined CTA in 
1958 as a bus operator and was ap- 
pointed to the Claims department in 
1967. In his new capacity. Marble will 
be responsible for all administrative 
services of the General Attorney's of- 
fice. He and his wife, Mary Jane, 
who is a CTA ticket agent supervisor, 
live in the Auburn-Gresham com- 
munity. They have a son and two 

Vitale has been serving as 
superintendent of Claims Examination 
and Investigation since 1982. He join- 
ed CTA's predecessor, the Chicago 
Surface Lines, in 1943 as a claims 
department messenger. Vitale and his 
wife. Connie, live in Skokie. They 
have two sons and two daughters. 

Mrs. Sawyer has been serving as 
supervisor of Claim Files Administra- 
tion since 1983. She joined CTA as a 
claims analyst in 1980. She and her 
husband, Ernest, who is deputy ex- 
ecutive director. Planning and 
Development, have two sons and live 
in the Beverly area. 

Martorelli has been serving as 
supervisor of Claims Examination 
(bodily injury and property damage) 
since 1976. He joined CTA as a claims 
file clerk in 1949. He and his wife, 
Eileen, have two daughters and live 
in Harwood Heights. 

Smith has served as a claims 
representative since 1975. He joined 
CTA as a bus operator in 1955. He 
and his wife, Nona, have six children 
and live in the West Pullman com- 

John Smith 

Mrs. Theresa Sawyer 



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Humberto Monroy (North Section) 
was thanked for his help as con- 
ductor of an Evanston train by 
Leon tVtoses, a professor at north- 
western University. "Some stops 
into Evanston. i suddenly realized I 
did not have my bnetcase. Mr. 
tVtonroy must have observed my 
distress because he came up and 
asked if I had lost something. 
When I told him about having to 
leave another Evanston train at 
Howard, he called on his radio.' 
reaching one dispatcher, and then 
another. He took charge of the 
situation in a very concerned, com- 
petent way. We proceeded to 
Linden, and there waited for the 
tram on which I had left my case. 
With his help. I found it. " 

Nathaniel Barton (77th Street garage) was appreciated 
by Yvonne Thomas, of East 72nd Place , who was a rider 
on his No. 14 South Lake Shore Express bus. "1 heard 
him answer one lady's question that two buses in front of 
his were down. I'm sure that helped explain why his bus 
was packed so tight. A man complained because the 
driver stopped at all required stops. This driver showed 
extreme patience and care. He did not respond to the 
angry man, and used all caution when stopping and 
changing lanes. We were not jostled forward at any time, 
and when necessary for the driver to respond, he was 
most courteous." 

Roseann Evans (Archer garage) won the respect of 
Richard Hammer, an attorney from Northlake, for her 
help as operator of an early morning No. 62 Archer bus. 
"An auto apparently hit two lightposts and came to rest 
on the sidewalk. While I was attempting to determine the 
condition of the driver, your bus driver stopped to see if 
she could offer any assistance. By this time the car driver 
had regained consciousness, but apparently was in 
shock. Your driver allowed him to enter the bus to keep 
warm until police arrived. Although there were'several 
other vehicles passing the scene, she was the only one 
who stopped to help." 

Iraj Eghbali (Forest Glen garage) did "a spectacular 
job" as operator of a No. 85 Central bus, according to 
Jacqueline Hinton, of North Lotus Avenue. "From the 
time some rowdy kids boarded the bus at Gale Street, 
they were a nuisance. After a few stops, the driver ap- 
proached the group and showed them the door. Many 
drivers would have overlooked such behavior, but he had 
guts. He is one of those who do the job well. 1 just want to 
tell him to keep up the good work, and stand his ground. 
If every driver would follow his standards, riders would 
know they couldn't get away with some of the things that 
they do." 

Robert Moskovitz (North Park 
garage) was commended for his 
professionalism as operator of a 
No. 36 Broadway bus by Donald 
Shaw, a visitor from Kinnelon. New 
Jersey. ' 7 asked for and got ex- 
plicit directions on where I wanted 
to go. He called out every stop 
along the way loudly, slowly and 
clearly. At nearly every stop, 
someone got on who was un- 
familiar with the system. Each one 
got the same kind, courteous at- 
tention I had received. As each 
group got off. those who exited 
near the driver were treated to ad- 
ditional kind words and encourage- 
ment. This driver is an extraor- 
dinary ambassador of good will for 
your city. 

Rafael Rivera (North Park garage) won the approval 
of Helen Davidson, of West Albion Avenue, for his 
courtesy as operator of a No. 155 Devon bus. "He was 
most kind and considerate to me when I was coming 
from Edgewater Hospital. I got off the Clark Street bus to 
transfer at Devon. As I was about to cross, the light 
changed for the bus waiting there to go west, but he saw 
me running and trying to make it. He waited. Not only 
was he kind to me, but when a woman in her 80's was 
trying to get off the bus with her shopping cart, he got up 
and helped her off. We both blessed him when we left. 
He deserves a word of thanks." 

David Evans Jr. (North Section) caught the attention 
of Jane Halpert, of North Racine Avenue, for his perfor- 
mance as conductor on a Ravenswood train. "What was 
so notable was not anything in particular, but his entire at- 
titude. He was cheerful and friendly. He talked and joked 
with passengers. He admired a young couple's baby. 
From the time 1 got on at Adams until 1 got off at Well- 
ington, he manged to elicit smiles from almost everyone 
on board. I feel that anyone who can make me smile 
when I'm cold and tired, and have been working late, 
deserves a commendation. His courtesy and friendliness 
were much appreciated." 

Jose Portell (North Avenue garage) was called "a 
very conscientious person" by Mrs. C. Alioto. of North 
Keystone Avenue, who sometimes rides his No. 72 
North Avenue bus early on Sunday morning. "I work at a 
bakery at Kedzie, not the best area to be in at that time of 
the morning. He watches till I get into the store, and then 
drives on. Nowadays, courtesy seems obsolete, but this 
driver proves it hasn't completely disappeared. My dad 
and stepdad were both streetcar conductors, between 
them having 73 years on the cars. Serving the public is 
not always an easy job, but doing it with a bit of kindness 
sure helps." 


Honor four 

West Shops retirees 

Four veteran West Shops employees were feted by 
352 persons attending a retirement party honoring them 
Dec. 27 in the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, Elmhurst. 
All four received cash gifts. 

The four are George Christensen, Unit Supervisor, 
Radio & Telephone Maintenance, 40 years service; Ted 
Szewc, Supervisor, Signal, Radio & Telephone 
Maintenance, 40 years; Mike Rickson, Supervisor, Of- 
fice Procedures, 38 years, and Walter Gaetdke, 
Superintendent, Power & Way, 25 years. 

Len Wiksten, Director, Facilities Maintenance, was 
program chairman. Wiksten introduced guest speakers 
including former Executive Directors Bernard J. Ford 
and George Krambles; George Millonas, Deputy Ex- 
ecutive Director, Maintenance & Engineering; Thomas 
Wolgemuth, Manager, Facilities Engineering & 
Maintenance, and Thomas Boyle, Manager, Safety. 

Celebrating retirement are (from left) George Christensen, 
Walter Gaetdke, Mike Rickson, and Ted Szewc. 

More retirements, pages 12-15 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Edward Anderson, 77th Street 
Robert Anderson, Kedzie 
Emile Andre, 77th Street 
Robert Austin, Kedzie 

Sandor Barath, District D 
Anthony Battaglia, Jefferson Park 
Rudolph Blakemore, North Avenue 
Willie Bobbitt, Limits 
Quinshela Brown, 77th Street 
Bobby Brown, North Park 
Robert Brown, Ashland 
Philip Buscemi, Howard/Kimball 
James Butler, North Park 
Bobbye Byrd, North Avenue 

Deborah Castro, Kedzie 
John Christner Jr.. Forest Glen 
Dolores Cintron, North Avenue 
Reola Conwell, 77th Street 
Mary Crenshaw, Limits 

Arthur Deluna, North Avenue 
Bobbis Donald, Structure Mtce. 
Herman Duffin, Forest Glen 

Marian Earwin, Douglas/Congress 
Ophelia Ellis, North Park 

Fernando Feliciano, Forest Glen 
James Fitzgerald, Limits 

Jimmy Gamer, 77th Street 
George Gavrilos, North Park 
Douglas Goard, Howard/Kimball 
Roy Goebig, Beverly 
Dorothy Graham, Limits 

Marcy Hawwat, Howard/Kimball 
Gregory Hoard, Forest Glen 
Shirley Hobbs Jr., North Park 
Douglas Hofftnan, North Avenue 
Imogene Howard, 77th Street 
Gerald Howard, 69th Street 

Tony Jackson, Jefferson Park 
Cedric Johnson, Kedzie 
Katie Jones, Archer 
Mattie Jones, Archer 
William Joyce, 77th Street 

Assunta Kaya, Forest Glen 
Bahram Khavari, North Park 
Robert Kremer, North Park 

Nathaniel Lee Jr., Ashland 
James Lewis, 69th Street 
Barry Lloyd, Kedzie 
Rafael Lopez, North Avenue 
Shirley Louis, North Avenue 
Gertha Lusby, Kedzie 

Hager McFarland, Forest Glen 
Jerry Miller, North Park 
Leo Monkus, Forest Glen 

Humberto Monroy, Howard/Kimball 
Robert Moskovitz, North Park 
John Moutrey, Forest Glen 
Edgar Moya, Forest Glen 

Araceli Olivier, North Park 
Paul Osipavicius, Archer 

Wallace Petersen, Beverly 
Terrence Plaskett, 69th Street 

Robert Richardson, North Park 
Dedric Roberts, Ashland 
Angel Roman, Forest Glen 
Robert Ross, 77th Street 

Edward Sullivan, Beverly 
Robert Sundin, Howard/Kimball 

Will Tate, Archer 
Willie Taylor, Kedzie 
Tamara Thomas, 77th Street 
Obeli Townsend, Beverly 

Paul Vance Jr., Forest Glen 

James Walker, Archer 
William Ward, Forest Glen 
Charles Williams, Kedzie 
Russell Williams, Howard/Kimball 
Fannie Williams, South Section 
Major Woodson, Beverly 


Bill Thompson 

Thomas Wilson 

Charles Hodges 

Key promotions in Training/Instruction 

Manager, Operations Train- 
ing/Instruction, Elonzo Hill has an- 
nounced three key departmental pro- 
motions. Named to new positions 
recently were William (Bill) 
Thompson, Thomas Wilson, and 
Charles Hodges. 

Thompson, formerly superinten- 
dent. Bus Instruction, was named 
director, Personnel Development. 
Wilson who was assistant superinten- 
dent of Bus Instruction, was elevated 
to superintendent while instructor 
Charies Hodges replaced Wilson as 
assistant superintendent, Bus Instruc- 

Bill Thompson, of Memphis, 
Tenn . , began his CTA career as a tem - 
porary bus operator in the summer of 

1961 while he was a student at Loyola 
University. The Air Force veteran's 
transportation career has included 
positions of bus service supervisor, in- 
structor, assistant superintendent of 
garages, and assistant superintendent. 
Bus Instruction. In his current job, 
Thompson assesses the training needs 
of management and professional per- 
sonnel in the Operations Division, and 
develops programs to meet those 

Thompson and his wife, Deborah, a 
histo-technologist at Hyde Park Com- 
munity hospital, reside in Hyde Park. 

Thomas Wilson, of Charleston, 
West Va . , is also an Air Force veteran . 
He began his CTA career as a bus 
operator and was later named line in- 

structor. He has also held positions of 
bus service supervisor, bus instructor, 
and assistant superintendent of 
garages. Wilson and his wife, Bonnie, 
a professional barber, reside on the 
south side. A son, Thomas Kelly 
Wilson, is a CTA substation attendant. 
Charles Hodges, a 30-year CTA 
veteran, also launched his service as a 
bus operator at North Avenue garage. 
He was named bus service supervisor 
in 1968, and was named instructor in 
1975. Hodges and his wife, Barbara, 
an office manager for Prudential In- 
surance, are the parents of two sons, 
Charles, Jr., and Randolph. The fami- 
ly resides on the south side. 


Visitors to the Merchandise Mart are discovering a 
new/ and Interesting Information system displayed In a 
kiosk across from the main elevators. "IN TOUCH WITH 
CHICAGO" Is a viewer-Interactive, computerized, video- 
Information system that provides facts about Chicago at- 
tractions and services. Chicago Tribune Media Services 
has Installed this system In many larger public buildings. 

CTA services are featured In two sections, "Public 

Transportation" and "Airport Transportation." Illustra- 
tions were designed by Al Grady, graphic designer. 
Publications Section, and text was written by Terry 
Hocin, Promotional Services director. 

Next time you are in the Mart, give "IN TOUCH WITH 
CHICAGO" a try. It might not be Atari, but It Is fun and 


Sharon Stevens 

She'll do personal best 
in America's Marathon 

Mrs. Sharon Stevens is 35 years 
old, five feet, seven inches tall, tips the 
scale at a neat 115 pounds, and runs 
the marathon in three hours, 50 
minutes and 57 seconds. 

Mrs. Stevens is satisfied with all her 
numbers, except the 3:50:57. They 
should be smaller and she is determin- 
ed to shrink them as low as she can. 

Sharon is the wife of Tony 
Stevens, bus maintenance instructor 
at Lawndale garage. 

Last year she ran in the America's 
Marathon/Chicago, a grueling 26 
miles, 385 yards in length, that at- 
tracted 7,679 runners from 
throughout the world . Of that number, 
1,126 were women, and Mrs. Stevens 
came across the finish line as the 
336th woman finalist. In the women's 
age group of 30 to 39, she finished 
143 out of 510. 

Her time of 3:50:57 is pretty good 
when you figure that the first finalist in 
the race was clocked at 2:07:13. The 
last runner to cross the finish line did it 
at 6:14:53. 

So why did Tony Stevens' wife wind 
up in a marathon race? 

Tony said his wife took up running 
more than six years ago as part of her 
program to give up smoking cigaret- 
tes. Since then she has competed in 
numerous races. 

Like many athletes, Mrs. Stevens is 
prone to injury. This year she is 
recovering from a leg problem that 
may keep her out of competition. 

Still, like all athletes there is that 
determination to do a personal best. f 
And who knows where she will be 
when this year's America's Marathon/ 
Chicago runners cross the finish line. 





The following changes have been incorporated as 
a result of the Arbitration Award between CTA and 
the Labor Unions, 241 and 308. Except where 
otherwise stated, these changes are in effect from 
l^ovember 8, 1985, per the Award. 

GROUP LIFE INSURANCE: Increased to $7,500 
for full-time employees with not less than 12 months 
of continuous service, but less than five (5) years of 
continuous service. 

Increased to $1 7,500 for full-time employees with 
five (5) years or more of continuous service. 

on the EAP program (Voluntary Counseling Pro- 
gram) due to alcoholism or drug use, will receive 
$200 per week for a maximum of eight (8) weeks. 
This benefit Is allowed only once during the term of 
an employee's employment, 

drugs will be covered at 100% with a $3.00 per 
prescription deductible. Drugs covered shall mean 
any drug or medicine prescnbed by a licensed 
physician, including injectable insulin and con- 
traceptives. Not to be included are contraceptive 
devices, artificial appliances, hypodermic needles, 
syringes or similar devices, even though such 
devices may require a prescription. 

Prescription drugs cannot be In excess of a 34 
day supply without a necessity of a refill. 

Prescription drugs can no longer be used to help 
meet your yearly major medical deductible. 

OUT-PATIENT SURGERY: Elective minor surgery 
done on an out-patient basis, will be paid at 100% 
of the reasonable and customary charges. The pa 
tient will not have an out-of-pocket cost. A few o 
the operations that can be performed on an out 
patient basis Include: Minor hernia repairs, correc 
tlve hand surgery, removal of wisdom teeth, biop 
sles, lesion excision, etc. 

tion to the Basic Emergency Room Hospital Benefits 
we already have, additional out-patient accident 
benefits , which Include doctor's charges. X-ray and 
laboratory examinations, etc, will be paid in full up 
to $300 for expenses which incurred within 90 days 
of any one accidental Injury. Treatment on or to the 
teeth are excluded in this benefit. 

date of this benefit will be announced at a later date. 

Utilization of the Patient Advocate Program will 
allow employees and their dependents a 100%) 
reimbursement of in-patient hospital charges, 
which Include full cost of a semi-private room, not to 
exceed 120 days, full payment of services and sup- 
plies while confined to a hospital. This benefit 
covers any illness or Injury, including maternity, 
providing the employee or covered dependent fully 
complies with the Patient Advocate Program, 
(precertification. continued stay, utilization review, 
discharge planning, and for surgical procedures in 
which a second opinion was obtained). The deduc- 
tibles do not apply to hospital expenses where the 
employee or dependent has fully compiled with the 
Patient Advocate Program. 

\n the event the employee or dependent tails to 
comply with the Patient Advocate Program, 
coverage will be provided on a 80%/20% Major 
Medical co-payment basis, and will be subject to 
the yearly deductibles. 

Medical Expense Benefits provide a lifetime benefit 
up to $250,000, per family member, with a $2,000 
annual restoration each January 1st. 

Medical expenses that are covered under the Ma- 
jor Medical Expense Benefit include: Doctor's out- 
patient charges, doctor's In-patient charges, out- 
patient hospital charges (Including emergency room 

charges) which are not due to an Injury, out-patient 
lab and X-ray charges. In-patient hospital charges 
where the employee or dependent has not fully com- 
plied with the Patient Advocate Program, etc. 

and nervous conditions will have a lifetime max- 
imum of $25,000. 

single employee's yearly deductible will remain at 

The family yearly deductible has been increased 
to $200. The family deductible can be satisfied by 
any family member combination. The yearly deduc- 
tible can be satisfied by either the Major Medical Ex- 
pense Benefit or the Dental Expense Benefit, or a 
combination of both the Major Medical Expense 
Benefit and the Dental Expense Benefit. 

This change Is in effect as of 1-1-86. 

contribute one hundred (100%) of the employees 
premium cost and seventy-five (75%) of the 
dependents premium cost. The Maximum Dental 
Benefit is $2,000 per year, per family member. 

Charges for cleaning and scaling of teeth will be 
covered at 100% of reasonable and customary 
charges, and will be limited to one each calendar 

All covered dental charges are subject to the year- 
ly Major Medical deductibles, I.e., $100 per single 
employee, and $200 for employees with a family. 

This change Is in effect 1-1-86. 

jor Medical maximum benefit for Retired Employees 
and their eligible dependents, 65 years and older, 
has increased from $25,000 to $100,000 per in- 


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Are you looking for exciting recreational ac- 
tivities, or an opportunity to meet new friends and 
learn more about CTA? We have just the oppor- 
tunity for you! 

In springtime, CTA employees and families gather to 
produce winners worthy of international competition. 
Volunteer help and spectators are always welcome. 

Someday soon CTA's champion will bring the 
American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus 
Roadeo Championship to Chicago. Although the Bus 
Roadeo is the granddaddy of competitive events, the local 
Third Rail Roundup and Ticket Agent TieUp require an 
equal demonstration of knowledge and skill, and are just 
as exciting. 

Deputy Executive Director/Operations Harry Red- 
drick considers the competitions icing on the cake for the 
outstanding performance of Training/Instruction, where 
everyone from management to line instructors worked for 
CTA's safest year ever in 1985. Performance of operating 
employees has noticably improved and morale has soared 
in the years since competition began. 

While guidelines may differ slightly, eligibility criteria are 
basically the same for all events. Contestants must be full- 
time employees who have worked in their job classifica- 
tions a minimum of 200 days during the preceding 12 
months and have outstanding work records. 

Contestants must pass a written examination, and 
demonstrate their operating skills. They are also judged 
on appearance and condition of their uniforms, com- 
munication skills, knowledge and operation of equipment, 
and the ability to trouble-shoot. 

Performance competitions are planned very carefully 

and coordinated by chairmen who are appointed by 
Elonzo Hill, manager, Training/Instruction. The newly- 
appointed Bus Roadeo chairman is Thomas Wilson, 

also recently named superintendent. Bus Instruction. Ar- 
thur Bennett, recently named assistant superintendent of 
the Training Center at Limits, is the newly-appointed 
chairman of the Ticket Agent TieUp, while Arthur Hub- 
bard, superintendent, Rail Instruction, continues to serve 
as Third Rail Roundup chairman. 

CTA employees from all departments, and their 
families, enjoy assisting as judges, or helping out in 
various other volunteer capacities. Reddrick said that the 
members of the assigned competition committees greatly 
appreciate the assistance provided by volunteers every 

The Bus Roadeo challenges bus operators with a varie- 
ty of maneuvers designed to test their dexterity and driv- 
ing skills, including a rear-dual-clearance maneuver where 
the rear wheels of the bus must clear a narrow path of 
tennis balls, and a challenging "Y"-backing maneuver. 
Other tests include curbing the bus for passengers, and 
speed and judgement stops. The top 20 preliminary 
finalists, dubbed the Winning Circle 20, compete in the 
championship, where a winner and three runners-up are 
selected based on their scores. 

The winner receives an all-cxpense-paid trip for two 
(companion of choice) to the APTA Convention and In- 
ternational Bus Roadeo Competition. First through fourth 
place winners each receive a trophy and savings bonds of 
$500, $200, and $100, respectively. 

In the Third Rail Roundup, conductors and motormen 
are judged individually at the terminal level, which con- 




sists of a written test on CTA rules and procedures, 
uniform appearance, preparing a train for service, clearing 
trouble-shooting problems, and communicating effectively 
with the controller. 

The nine conductors and nine motormen with the 
highest scores advance to the Roundhouse 18, and are 
paired into teams through a lottery. The teams then go on 
to the second level of competition, where 14 service con- 
ditions will be recreated for the final test. The 1986 Third 
Rail Roundup championship team will be rewarded with 
trophies and each member will receive a trip to Toronto, 
Canada, with a guest of their choice. Members of the 
second-place team will each receive trophies and $500 
savings bonds. 

The Ticket Agent TieUp preliminary evaluates agents in 
40 daily working situations, and the top 10 finalists, called 
the Free Wheeling 10, vie for the championship. 
Previously, the Ticket Agent TieUp champion, like other 
winners, traveled to the APTA Convention and received a 
trophy. Bennett, who would like to see an increase in ap- 
plicants for the 1986 competition, said that this year's 
winner will also visit Toronto with a companion of choice. 
Trophies and appropriate savings bonds of $500 and 
$200 are also awarded to second and third -place Ticket 
Agent TieUp winners. 

Since 1981, when the first CTA bus rolled onto a 
Roadeo course, and in later years, when the Third Rail 
Roundup and Ticket Agent TieUp were established, con- 
testants have claimed many benefits through skill im- 
provements that led to promotion. 

One thing is certain: every participant, from contestant 
to judge and other volunteers, find exhiliration andexcite- 

Competition Schedule 


Names Posted 

Written Tests 



March 02 

March 15 

March 14 

March 31 

April 12 

June 01 

June 08 





June 23 

Third Rail Ticket Agent 
Roundup TieUp 

March 09 

March 22 

April 06 

April 13 

April 20 

April 27 

May 04 

To Be 

May 18 

June 22 

March 02 

March 15 

March 30 

March 30 

April 12 

April 12 

May 18 

May 25 

June 22 

ment in these competitive events, and must derive 
satisfaction from being part of it, because they keep com- 
ing back year after year. 

Maybe, just maybe, it's time you joined the competition 
force . 



After 44 Years 

Harold Hirsch (right), manager. 
Operations Planning, presents a token 
of appreciation to retiring Graphics 
Production supervisor George 
Macak whose 44 V2 year CTA career 
ended with a festive occasion in his 
honor. Macak is accompanied by his 
wife, June. 

Fiorc J. (Phil) Adelizzi (center). 
Supervisor, Real Estate Services, is 
surrounded by co-workers who spon- 
sored an open house for him in the 

Real Estate/Law department at the 
Merchandise Mart as Adelizzi retired 
after 42 years of service. He began his 
distingilished CTA career as a parttime 

ticket agent on August 23, 1943 when 
he was only a 16-year old high school 
student. The 58-year old Adelizzi and 
his wife, Dora, will continue to live in 
their Hoffman Estates home following 
a sea cruise. Present for the farewell 
occasion on December 27 were (from 
left) Merritt R. Kotin, Director, Real 
Estate; Sandy Kruger, real estate 
leasing agent who interrupted a mater- 
nity leave for the open house; Roger 
Keefner, building maintenance coor- 
dinator; Adelizzi; Michael J. 
Wrenn, building n:aintenance coor- 
dinator; Angelica Barracca, con- 
fidential office assistant; Phillip 
Bruno, real estate concession agent, 
and Virginia Hoffstad, confidential 
office assistant. 



Fiore Adelizzi, Real Estate, 42 yrs. 
Marie Albano, Claims, 31 yrs. 
John Anderson, 69th Station, 30 yrs. 
James Andriacchi, West Shops, 34 yrs. 
Arthur Battle, No. Auenue Sta., 25 yrs. 
Lewis Beaver, South Shops, 39 yrs. 
Cecil Bell, 77th Station, 25 yrs. 
Harold Bober, For. Glen Sta., 30 yrs. 
Hubert Burketh, 77th Station. 25 yrs. 
Bert Cadney, Mgmt, Srvcs., 38 yrs. 
Eugene Caldwell, No. Park Sta., 26 yrs. 
George Christensen. West Shops, 40 yrs. 

Adelbert Cobb, 95th St. Term., 33 yrs. 
Leon Colbert, 69th Station, 21 yrs. 
Donald Crandall, West Shops, 34 yrs. 
John Davis, South Shops. 29 yrs. 
Leon DeVore, Beverly Sta., 28 yrs. 
Henry Dickerson, No. Terminals, 35 yrs. 
Alan Downing, West Shops, 30 yrs. 
Charles Dugo, West Shops. 39 yrs. 
Albert Evans. West Shops, 27 yrs. 
James Fahey, North Sect., 37 yrs 
Charles Ferrante, West Shops, 35 yrs. 
Michael Fitzgerald, West Shops, 37 yrs. 

Robert Ford, 77th Station, 25 yrs. 
Walter Gaedtke, West Shops, 25 yrs. 
Ted Galus, For. Glen Sta., 39 yrs. 
Cornelius Gillespie, West Shops, 36 yrs. 
Roy Goebig, Beverly Sta., 38 yrs. 
Howard Goemer, South Shops, 34 yrs. 
Herman Goldman, For Glen Sta., 41 yrs. 
Willie Green, Limits Sta., 36 yrs. 
Richard Hannigan, South Shops, 32 yrs. 
Walter Harris. Mad /Wabash, 15 yrs. 
Samuel Hart, Archer Sta., 32 yrs. 
Eleanor Hasbrouck, West Sect., 29 yrs. 



A Token of 

Russell Lipari, a Materials Manage- 
ment file clerk with more than 30 years 
CTA service, accepts a token of ap- 
preciation from his supervisor, Mrs. 
Ruthanne Miles, presented on 
behalf of Lipari's co-workers as he 
begins retirement. Lipari, of Orland 
Park, began his CTA career as a bus 
operator in July 1955. He had a brief 
stint in the CTA Treasury department 
before joining Materials Management 
in February 1984. 

Sam Miller, manager, Financial Ser- 
vices, says farewell to his staff as he 
retires a second time after neady four 
years of extended CTA service. Miller 
interrupted his CTA retirement in Oc- 
tober 1982 when his service was re- 
quested by the late Paul Kole, Depu- 

ty Executive Director, Financial Ser- 
vices. Miller, who previously served 
the Authority for 10 years in Financial 
Services, is now basking in the sun of 
San Diego, California. Present for the 
informal farewell, organized by Miller's 
secretary, Mrs. Barbara Parker, 

were (from left) Judy Weier, Jim 
Connelly, Virginia Wendorf, Van- 
tanee Gosrisirikul, John Gander, 
Miller, the honoree; Martin 
Pollack, Nancy Kurowski, Jae 
Rourell, Frances Calpin, Patrick 
Clifford, and James Rose. 



Jovan Horvatovic, Blue Island, 17 yrs. 
Michael Hunt, For. Glen Sta., 19 yrs. 
James Hurdle, Beverly Sta., 28 yrs. 
Arthur Johnson, North Sect., 38 yrs. 
Ulysses Jones, 77th Station, 38 yrs. 
Edward Kelly, No. Avenue Sta., 14 yrs. 
Frederick King, 77th Station, 32 yrs. 
Frank Klekovich, Ashland Term., 25 yrs. 
Tyree Lee, Beverly Sta., 28 yrs. 
John Levanovic, Dist. B, 34 yrs. 
Robert Levine, Ashland Term., 33 yrs. 
Perry Liddell, Mad. /Wabash, 29 yrs. 

Russell Lipari, Mtrls. Mgmt,, 30 yrs. 
Robert Lorentz, No. Park Gar., 36 yrs. 
George Macak, Oper's PInng.. 44 yrs. 
Gordon Maly, Lawndale Mtc. Tmg., 39 yrs. 
Mario Mec'cia, West Shops. 15 yrs. 
George Michaud, Skokie Shop, 29 yrs. 
Samuel Miller, Finance. 3 yrs 
Eddie Mitchell, 77th Sta., 34 yrs. 
Ben Montgomery, Mad. /Wabash, 18 yrs, 
Jammie Morris, Kimball Term.. 34 yrs, 
Francis Mulree, West Shops, 37 yrs. 
Albin Nichols, 77th Sta., 37 yrs. 

Wilford Nicholson. 77th Sta . 7 yrs 
Bernhardt Nielsen. West Shops, 43 yrs. 
Ross Nuccio, Howard Term., 22 yrs. 
Michael Nykolyshyn, No Avenue Gar., 
Helen O'Neill, Mtrls, Mgmt,, 14 yrs. 
Emile Ousley, West Shops, 25 yrs. 
William Park, West Shops, 38 yrs. 
Henry Peters, West Shops, 10 yrs, 
Kenneth Peterson, Dist. D, 33 yrs. 
Leon Poe, South Shops, 35 yrs, 
Orval Porter, Kedzie Sta., 37 yrs. 
Michael Rickson, West Shops, 38 yrs. 

19 yrs. 



80 ^sy*^ 

Jean O'Neill displays a sign of the 
80-lrving Park bus route which she 
rode to work daily. Mrs. O'Neill, ex- 
ecutive secretary to Edward Tobin, 

manager, Materials Management/ 
Purchasing Agent, was reminiscing 
with friends who gathered at her retire- 
ment party which was held at the Mer- 
chandise Mart M&M Club. Formerly 
employed by the Chicago Rapid Tran- 
sit company, a CTA predecessor, Mrs. 
O'Neill had worked in CTA's Materials 
Management department since 1971. 

Portrait of a 
Transit Family 

North Park bus operator John 
Golden (second from left) joined 
CTA's long list of retirees February 1 
after 32 years. More than 122 years in 
Chicago public transportation careers 
are represented in this family portrait 
of March 1943. Included are (from 
left) Golden's wife of 44 years, Mrs. 
Margie Golden; John Golden 
(military uniform); brother, James, a 
CTA rapid transit motorman retired 
since. 1980: infant nephew (James' 
son), James, Jr., now a CTA signal 

maintainer, who has been a CTA 
employee for 17 years; mother, the 
late Mrs. Sabina Golden; and 

father, the late Thomas Golden, a 

Chicago Surface Lines motorman for 
some 40 years, who was assigned to 
the old Wrightwood station. John and 
James Golden both began their CTA 
careers following brief stints in the 
U.S. Army during World War II. John 
served in the European theater, and 
James, in the Philippines. 



Frank Riley Jr., 69th Sta., 34 yrs. 
Leopoldo Rodriguez. North Sect . 17 yrs 
Raymond Rogers. Dist A, 35 yrs 
Edward Sapinski. South Shops, 36 yrs. 
Paul Sauve. West Shops, 36 yrs. 
Francis Schaefer. Archer Sta.. 33 yrs. 
Clarence Shannon Jr.. 77th Sta , 25 yrs 
Paul Schurchay. West Shops, 25 yrs 
Semial Siggers, Racine Shop, 30 yrs, 
Monica Starzec, West Sect , 21 yrs. 
James Stewart, Engr. & Mtce. Equip., 39 yrs. 
Carl Suddeth. No, Park Sta,, 25 yrs. 

Ronald Swindell, Engr. & Mtce Fac, 26 yrs 
Peter Szatkowski. West Shops, 38 yrs. 
Thaddeus Szewc, West Shops, 35 yrs. 
Caesar Trent. Beverly Sta., 29 yrs. 
Anthony Vengrys, South Shops, 23 yrs. 
Roy Washington. Archer Sta,, 28 yrs, 
Charles Whitman. Kedzie Sta . 34 yrs 
John Williams. West Shops. 33 yrs, 
Edmund Wojcik, West Sect , 39 yrs. 
Gus Wright. Beverly Sta,, 31 yrs. 
John Zupko, Police Liaison, 39 yrs. 

disability retirements 

Guiseppe DeRose. Skokie Shops, 18 yrs. 
'Ronald B. Donnelly, Mtrls Mgmt., 18 yrs. 
Frank Johnson. 77th Sta , 19 yrs 
* 'Herman Johnson. West Shops, 22 yrs 
'Hazel Love. South Sect,, 11 yrs. 
Robert J. Schwent. Kedzie Sta., 16 yrs. 
Clarence Speights. Lawndale Sta., 18 yrs. 
'Retroactive to 12-1-85 
"Retroactive to 11-1-85 



Ronald Swindell (left), director, 
Power and Way, Engineering, accepts 
a photograph of the Lake Street 
Bridge showing the Merchandise Mart 
in the background. Deputy Executive 
Director, Engineering and 
Maintenance George Millonas 
(right) made the presentation of the 
photograph which was done by Ray 
Radic, a civil/structural design drafts- 
man, as Swindell was being honored 
by co-workers on his retirement after 
25 years of CTA service. 


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Gordon Maly, Maintenance Training 
Center unit supervisor, cuts the cake 
served to a host of co-workers and 

well wishers attending his retirement 
open house at Lawndale garage, 
where Maly had worked since the 
MTC opened its doors in March 1974. 

Maly, who helped in the development 
of the school and was influential in its 
training programs, retired from a 
39-year career which he began as a 
bus repairman on Dec. 11, 1946. He 
and his wife will maintain their North 
Riverside home. Present for the 
December 6 open house honoring 
Maly were (from left) James 
Kinahan, maintenance training 
specialist; Mrs. Florence Salus, 
director. Engineering and 
Maintenance Personnel Services; 
George Millonas, Deputy Executive 
Director, Engineering and 
Maintenance; and Richard 
Schneider, manager. Equipment 
Engineering and Maintenance. 



William Benuzzi, Kedzie Sta., 34 yrs. 
Geraldine Campbell, Law, 43 yrs. 
John Curran. No Avenue Sta., 23 yrs. 
John Golden, No Park Sta , 31 yrs 
Oswald Grigalunas, Beverly Sta , 39 yrs 
Joe Horace, 77th Station, 32 yrs. 
Robert Hormel. West Shops, 34 yrs. 
Mitchell Jedynak, West Shops, 15 yrs. 
Stanley Kuropas, South Shops, 37 yrs. 
Leon LeRoy Jr., Beverly Sta., 35 yrs. 
Albert McCormick, 77th Sta., 34 yrs. 
William Moser, Transp. North, 43 yrs. 

Patrick O'Malley, Douglas Term., 24 yrs, 
Edward Poche. Dist B, 25 yrs 
Joseph PratI, South Shops. 20 yrs. 
Vi Robinson. 77th Sta,. 29 yrs. 
Emil Rusinak, Datacenter. 36 yrs. 
Thomas Swoope, 77th Sta.. 33 yrs. 
Merlin Washack, South Shops, 33 yrs. 
Wilson Washington, 77th Sta , 32 yrs 

disability retirements 

'James Burford, Mgmt. Srvcs., 21 yrs. 
Gloria Danzie, No, Park Sta,, 10 yrs, 
Zita Doublin, OHare Term., 20 yrs. 
Andrew Johnson, West Sect., 20 yrs. 
John Lowery, South Shops, 15 yrs. 
William Miller. Kedzie Sta . 26 yrs. 
Roman Ozlanski, West Shops. 17 yrs. 
"Retroactiue to 1-1-86 






Archer Garage operators who came to Archer during 

Congratulations are in order for Ar- the System Pick. We're also saying 

cher Operator Geraldine Davis, and good-bye to retirees Sam Hart of 

Keith Taylor of 77th street garage 35th Street, and Supervisor John 

who were married in December, and Levanovic, posted at Archer and 

Archer Operator Leonard Wilkins Cicero. Thirty Fifth Street will not be 

who was also married... Archer garage the same without you Sam, and 

held its annual Christmas party in the operators who work Cicero will not be 

training room on December 20, and the same without Supervisor 

the Christmas committee was con- Levanovic. Good luck to you both on 

gratulated for an outstanding job by your retirement... Welcome back from 

Superintendent Jay Hampton. Your vacation Operator Claude Brown 

news reporter who served as the Jr., who spent a week in Las Vegas 

Christmas committee chairman, and a week at home. Please don't 

would like to thank everyone for par- forget about our co-workers who are 

ticipating in this event. I would like to off sick. Among them are Bobby Viv- 

express my thanks for a job well done ing, L. Sim, and Genaro 

to the following committee members: Escamilla. A telephone call, or a 

Lena Jackson, Ethel Wilson, card would certainly be appreciated. 

Ethel Stames, Lee Robinson, Bar- Welcome back to work Operator 

bara Gillispie, Georgia Cook, Fay Brenda Veely after recovering from 

Patton, Otto Reynolds, James surgery... Our condolences to the 

Carson, James Vaughn, Jr., John- families of Operators Johnnie 

nie Gomilla, and Rubin Bolden. Gomilla in the loss of his mother; 

Archer supervisors and District "C" James Carson, his aunt; J. Ireland, 

also held their Christmas party in the his mother, and Sam Hart, his father, 

training room on December 19, and it May God be with you always, 
was a nice affair... Welcome to all the Ollie Hoskins 

Inside News Reporters 

Your willingness to share interesting information about 
employees at your work locations has made our magazine more ex- 
citing and entertaining. We thank you for your good work. The chart 
below lists upcoming Transit News issues and deadlines when we 
must receive your "Inside News." Reports received after the 
deadline will be held over for the next Issue. 

Transit News Issue Inside News Deadline 

March-April, 1986 March 28, 1986 

May-June, 1986 May 23, 1986 

July-August, 1986 July 25, 1986 

September-October, 1986 September 26, 1986 

November-December, 1986 November 21, 1986 

Employees who would like to be "Inside News" reporters for their 
work locations should phone Rick Willis, Transit News editor, ext. 
3324, Mart. 

General Office 

Ed Tobin, manager. Materials 
Management/Purchasing Agent, has 
a new secretary. She's Donna 
O'Connor who transferred from 
Capital Development... We also take 
this opportunity to welcome Valerie 
Townsend to the Materials Manage- 
ment department. Valerie is a clerk- 
typist assigned to the Administration 
section... Off the sick list and feeling 
better are Materials Management 
employees Alicia Feliciano, Diane 
Gainer and Ella Ottis.Get well 
wishes to Lori Muhling and Zaven 
Guediguian, Materials Management 
employees. We miss you both... Billy 
Thompson, warehouse worker, 
Storeroom 20, is ve^y prrvud of his 

daughter Kim who was nominated for 
an honorary award recognition and to 
have her biography published in 
Who's Who Among American High 
School Students. 1985-86. Because 
of her accomplishments in community 
service and academics, Kim was also 
invited to participate in the 1986 Il- 
linois Miss T. E.E.N. Pageant. Con- 
gratulations Kim... Congratulations to 
new fathers Jon Roth, superinten- 
dent. Special Services and Dave 
Kruger, director. Treasury; both were 
presented with baby boys. Good work 
Marguerite (Roth) formerly of the 
Engineering department, and to San- 
dy (Kruger) who is on leave from the 
Real Estate department... Congratula- 
tions to Ron Swindell, director. 
Power, Signal & Communication 
Engineering upon his retirement. Ron 
is moving to Dallas, Texas, and will be 
working for an engineering consulting 
firm. Good luck Ron. We're all going 
to miss you. We like to thank you for 
all the time and effort you put into ar- 




ranging CTA's golf outings throughout 
the years... Condolences to the Hess 
sisters, Maria (Insurance) and Sue 
(Claims/Law), whose father Harry 
passed away... Get well wishes to 
Manager of Safety, Tom Boyle, who 
recently underwent surgery... A 
20-minute movie on "Decision Mak- 
ing" was seen by Materials Manage- 
ment procurement engineers. 
Refreshments were served 
afterwards. ..Retired bus operator 
Carl Liljehorn and his wife Beulah 
want to be remembered to all their 
friends. They recently moved to 
Shawano, Wisconsin... It was good to 
see Neal Kinnish, retired chief clerk, 
77th Street, visiting his friends at the 
Mart. As do all retirees, Neal looks 
great. They're all enjoying the good 
life... Condolences to the families of 
retired Supt. of Employment Ray- 
mond Ruzich whose brother Dr. 
Stanley Ruzich passed away sud- 
denly, and to the family of newly 
retired Jean O'Neill, Materials 
Management, whose mother Eva 
Hartley died after an extended ill- 
ness... Tom Weber, former Materials 
Management financial analyst wishes a 
Merry Christmas and Happy New 
Year to all his friends at CTA. Tom 
writes that he is back in San Antonio, 
just married, and happy in his new job 
as financial manager for the Epilepsy 
Center of South Texas... Ann 
Gusich, retired CTA Cashier, had 
dinner with Kay Corcoran and this 
reporter. We had a twofold purpose 
for this celebration , Ann's brithday and 

life easy 

Recent out of town CTA pensioners 
visiting local CTA pensioners included 
(from left) Lars Pearson, and his 
wife, Anna of Mountain Home, 
Arkansas who helped celebrate the oc- 
casion of the 50th wedding anniver- 
sary of their friends Cal (formerly of 
North Avenue garage) and Ruth Ash 
of Elmwood Park, standing with them. 
Pearson, a retired Lawndale foreman, 
and his wife also visited with Bill 
Medema of Chicago, formerly assign- 
ed at Forest Glen garage. 

her 10th anniversary since her retire- 
ment... Two long time high level shop 
employees passed away recently. 
Lester H. Reichard, superintendent. 
Rapid Transit Shops and Terminals, 
retired in 1965 with 48 years of ser- 
vice, and L. Gordon Anderson, 
superintendent. Shops and Equip- 
ment, retired in 1969. Both resided in 
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and were 
neighbors. We extend our con- 
dolences to their families. ..Con- 
gratulations to Joe J. Cecala, super- 
visor. Field Review, who retired March 
1st. A retirement dinner was held at 
the Villa Ristorante and was attended 
by many of his coworkers and friends. 
Arlene Zittman 

North Avenue 

Has anyone had any thoughts, 
comments or suggestions regarding 
North Avenue's 1985 Christmas par: 
ty? Now that it is over we have plenty 
of time to come up with suggested 
changes, or plans to make our next 
one even better. 

From all appearances, it would 
seem that we did have a very suc- 
cessful Christmas party. The event 
was held in a convenient location. 
Belvedere Banquet hall on West 
Grand Avenue. 

Approximately 220 people attend- 
ed and guests were welcomed as they 
entered the hall by various members of 
the Christmas committee. Various 
styles of music were heard as two 
separate bands supplied all the rhythm 

Claims/Law utility clerk Lorna Ap- 
pleton and her computer program- 
mer husband James (left) became the 
first-time proud parents of a six 
pound, ten ounce baby giri (Jessica) 
on December 28. The baby was born 
just five weeks after Mrs. Appleton 
sliced this cake to share with co- 
workers who honored her November 
22, as the mother-to-be made plans 
for a maternity leave. 

necessary to keep our dancing and 
smiling couples laughing. 

If you thought you were seeing dou- 
ble and sat down, you surely had to do 
a quick blink of confusion as the 
"spellbinder" also known as Walter 
King, Jr., performed his wizardry as 
the host magician for the evening. 

The festivities came to a close at 1 
a.m. We hope everyone made it safely 
to their destinations with good feelings 
and thoughts of returning to our 1986 
Christmas festivities. 

Members of the North Avenue 
Credit Union were in attendance along 
with our station superintendents, Mr. 
Baxter, and Mr. Catanzaro. Again, 
if we can receive recommendations 
from anyone for new ideas on our 
next Christmas party, get in touch with 
someone to share your thoughts. 

Committee members for the 1985 
event were: Gail Calloway, Robert 
Wilson, Carnell Watt, Evelyn 
Allen, Oliver Moses, Ed LaBoy, 
Doris Nailor, and representing the 
Repair department, Mr. Alvarez. 

Mike Flores 





North Park 

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells... Maybe 
that's what the Bismark Hotel's 
elevators seemed to sound like as their 
passengers stepped out into the lobby 
leading to the area reserved for North 
Park's 1985 Christmas Pary. With the 
musical talents of both a male and 
female singers' voices accompanying 
current songs played by a band led by 
Ken Allison, the dance floor never 
seemed empty. Yet, every so often, 
the pace would slow enough to pro- 
vide an opportunity for those shy to 
dance individuals to hold each other 
close and dance as one. Not one to 
lose a chance at showing his talent, 
our own Joe Cobb took control of the 
microphone and let loose with some 
songs he has obviously enjoyed sing- 
ing previously. Going from table to 
table among the guests all evening was 
another of our talented operators, 
Sam Favre. He obligingly took the 
time to explain what was going to take 
place, as he performed sleight of hand 
magic to the applause and laughter of 
his audience. Also on hand to provide 
some colorful mementos of the even- 

Service anniversaries 
in January 
40 Years 

Ward Chamberlain, Transp. Pers. 
John Tertz Jr., Forest Glen 

35 Years 

George DeRose, North Avenue 

Joseph Fano, Motor Line 

Ruth Havllk, Operations Planning 

James Irwin, Kedzie 

Leon LeRoy Jr., Beverly 

Thomas Popek, Safety Prfm. Analysis 

30 Years 

Albert Godbold, BIdg /Wiring 
Edward Levy, 77th Street 
Herman Miles, Bus Service 

25 Years 

Vernon Cannon, 69th Street 

Daniel Cllnnin, Beverly 

Charles Coats, Kedzie 

Charles Coffey, Esc Mtce. 

Ronald Gllszczynski, Mech Mtce 

Emest Guedel Jr., Forest Glen 

Harry Harrigan, Jefferson Park 

John Harris, Kedzie 

James Johnson, North Avenue 

Claude Jones, 77th Street 

Ronald Joy, 77th Street 

Keith Klein, Campaign Area 

Henry Radtke Jr., Sheet Metal 

Rudolph Roach, Bus Instruction 

Robert Williams, Bus Pers North 

Thomas Wolgemuth, Fac Engr & Mtce 

ing were operators Chester Harris 
and Owen Terry who took 35MM 
photographs and polaroid instant 
photos for those guests who wanted to 
look at their keepsakes during the 
evening. Along with the calling of the 
evening's cash raffle, announced by 
David Washington, came some 
whoops of surprise as the winners 
looked around to confirm that they 
had actually won the various cash 

Giving the featured vocalists a 
break, members of the Christmas 
Organizing Committee and members 
of the North Park Credit Union led the 
audience in singing whole verses of 
Christmas carols much to the amuse- 
ment of this reporter who remained 
silent for a short, short while. Hoping 
everyone enjoyed themselves, 
members of the 1985 Christmas Com- 
mittee would like to hear from all of 
you regarding suggestions and ideas 
for our next gala event. This years 
committee members were: Vicki 
Nesbit, Bob Thomas, Michael M. 
Flores, David Washington, 
Leonard Lloyd, Rosemary 
Hoskins Walker, Cornelius Mar- 
shall, Sally Oliver and J. D. 

Have a healthy and safe 1986! 

Mike Flores 
North Section Rail 

During a visit to the Illinois Railroad 
Museum in Union, 111. last summer, 
ticket agent Don Liberko was sur- 
prised to find the CTA collection of 
streetcars there. When this reporter 
visited the museum several years ago, 
we were very disappointed because 
there was only one Brill streetcar 
which was out of service. Liberko's 
news calls for another visit to Union, 
111... Ticket agent Douglas Carr 
traveled 2,000 miles on December 12 
to attend the wedding of his eldest 
daughter, Arlene Reed Carr. He 
gave her in marriage to Kenny 
Woolfolk. A reception for about 80 
guests followed the lovely church 
ceremony.. .Speaking of traveling, 
ticket agent Rene Melendez and his 
wife, Marilyn, took one-year old baby 
Eileen Melendez all the way to Puer- 
to Rico for her baptism which was per- 
formed November 10, during the 
regular Mass at El Salvador Eglesia. 
Despite the rain for the two weeks they 

Service anniversaries 
in February 
40 Years 

Charles Dugo, Elec. Testing 
Patrick Kenny, Subs. Mtce. 

35 Years 

Stanley Brown, Forest Glen 
Wilbur Cooley, Ashland Terminal 
Charles Edwards, West Section 
John Levanovic, District B 
John Miller, Utility 
William Payne, Ashland Term 
Robert Poelkiitz, Utility 
James Quinn, North Park 
Abraham Scarbrough, Bus Service 
James Sims, District A 

30 Years 

Valon Brown, 77th Street 
Clifford Coleman, Rail Systems 
Frank Goudeau, 69th Street 
Bartholomew Kantak, Bus Instr. 
Herbert Williams, 69lh Street 

25 Years 

David Alexander, Central Ctg. 
Cecil Bell, 77th Street 
James Burris, Kedzie 
William Claiborne, Bus Pers South 
Jerald Ferrero, Forest Glen 
Allen Fowler, 77th Street 
Salvatore Furlin, Forest Glen 
John Gallagher, Douglas/Congress 
Johnny Gavin Jr., 69th Street 
Mary Ann Jagodzinski, Finance 
William Kilstrom, Bus Service 
John Pitsoulakis, Bus Instr 
Alexander Robertson, District D 
Edward Unrein, North Park 
Cecil Wood, Engine 

were there, they visited relatives and 
friends, and even had an adventure 
when they took a 15 minute ferry boat 
ride to Old San Juan. On the way 
back the sky darkened, the wind rose, 
and they were mighty glad to get back 
to land. 

Josephine Anderson 

South Shops 

Herminia and Mario S. Utreras 

are proud indeed of their son, Mario 
E. Utreras, who earned an Excep- 
tional Achievement Award presented 
by the U.S. Achievement Academy. 
Less than 10 per cent of U.S. students 
earn this award. Mario E., who is a 
junior at St. Rita High School, was 
also in Who's Who Among American 
High School Students. He is planning 
a future in Journalism/Communica- 
tions. Mario S. is a welder at South 
Shops. Congratulations. 





Site dedication 

CTA was represented by Real Estate Director Merritt R. 
Kotin at the December 8 site dedication of the second 
and third Alexian Brothers Chicago Hospitals which took 
place at 1530 N. North Park avenue. A marker was 
erected and dedicated on the original site of Franklin and 
Market streets (now Orleans and North Park) . Papers and 
blueprints from the files of CTA Real Estate/Law depart- 
ment made it possible for officials of Alexian Brothers to 
pinpoint the exact hospital border lines. Alexian Brothers 
sold the site to the Northwestern Elevated Railroad com- 
pany, a CTA predecessor, during the mid-1890's. Pre- 
sent for the December 8 site dedication were (from left), 
Maribeth S. Coleman, assistant archivist; Brother 
Philip Kennedy, CFA, president and CEO Alexian 
Brothers Medical Center; Kotin, and his wife, Mrs. 
Maxene Kotin. 

i^^^^"i'i'i I'll irrr^^^^^ 

Lewis G. Anderson, 81, Shops & Equip.. 

Edwin J. Hojnacki, 71, Archer, 

Charles A. Nicodemus. 87, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-5-44, Died 12-10-85 

Emp. 5-5-43, Died 12-4-85 

Emp, 9-25-29, Died 11-30-85 

Joseph A. Baldassari, 69, Veh. Maint., 

Thomas C. Horan, 77, District C, 

Ira L. Nubie, 84, Skokie Shop, 

Emp. 5-21-47, Died 12-28-85 

Emp. 11-17-36, Died 1-26-86 

Emp. 10-15-23, Died 1-28-86 

Giuseppe A. Balice, 92, Shops & Equip., 

William M. Howe, 68, 69th Street, 

Harry F. Osowski, 75, North Park. 

Emp. 7-7-43, Died 1-23-86 

Emp. 8-21-47, Died 1-31-86 

Emp. 3-11-46. Died 12-14-85 

James J. Burns, 76, Veh. Maint., 

Arie H. Isack, 64, North Section, 

Henry A. Praiter, 88, Claim 

Emp. 2-21-44, Died 1-8-86 

Emp. 1-6-71, Died 1-25-86 

Emp. 2-19-23, Died 1-5-86 

Thomas M. Butler, 60, Fac. Engr. Maint., 

Harry P. Jackson, 72. North Parl<, 

Edith E. Riddle, 81, Claim, 

Emp. 10-23-74, Died 1-12-86 

Emp. 10-9-73, Died 12-31-85 

Emp. 10-22-28, Died 1-20-86 

Martin Caplis, 80, Shops & Equip., 

Joseph R. Jaros, 57, Equip. Eng. & Maint., 

Samuel W. Rini, 70, Transportation, 

Emp, 11-8-40, Died 12-7-85 

Emp. 11-23-59, Died 1-2-86 

Emp, 12 23-42, Died 12-20-85 

Roy H. Croon, 85, Stores, 

Richard C. Lanett, 56, North Avenue 

James D. Riordan, 69, Plant Mtce , 

Emp. 3-5-29, Died 11-11-85 

Emp. 7 28-55, Died 12-85 

Emp, 6-7-48, Died 12-29-85 

Rosario DeSalvo, 85, North Parl<. 

Earl H. Larson, 76, Archer, 

John Rudy, 71, Veh. Maint., 

Emp. 5-5-20, Died 12-16-85 

Emp. 10-7-42, Died 1-18-86 

Emp, 8-8-47, Died 12-30-85 

Harold F. Ebeling, 83, Property Acctg., 

Adolph C. Levin, 78, North Sect , 

Irvin F. Schank, 70. Forest Glen, 

Emp. 9-8-18, Died 12-18-85 

Emp. 4-16-29, Died 1-26-86 

Emp, 6-19-43, Died 1-14-86 

Chester L. Elke. 78, North Avenue, 

Herbert A. Lippert, 86, North Parl<, 

Charles P. Speechley, 93, Electrical, 

Emp. 9-3-42, Died 1-12-86 

Emp. 9-27-26, Died 1-4-86 

Emp, 2-2-26, Died 1-29-86 

Peter P. Fleck, 83, West Section, 

William V. Luby, 83, Ele'ctrical, 

Joseph Stary, 90, Lake Street, 

Emp. 6-5-18, Died 12-26-85 

Emp, 5-8 24, Died 12-13-85 

Emp. 5-24-44, Died 1-25-86 

Thomas C. Frei, 85, North Avenue, 

George H. Lumpp, 77, Engineering, 

Walter Tessman, 78, Keeler, 

Emp. 5-27-25, Died 1-7-86 

Emp. 6-14-27, Died 1-2-86 

Emp, 6-26 29. Died 1-23-86 

Joseph C. Gooch, 62. Forest Glen, 

James P. Lyons, 71, Mtrls. Mgmt.. 

Sam Thomas, 63, Washington. 

Emp. 9-15-58, Died 11-22-85 

Emp. 9-26-44, Died 9-11-85 

Emp. 2-20-56, Died 1-26-86 

Cecil F. Graves, 61, 95th Street, 

Michael J. Malone, 91, Limits, 

Emmett J. Tiemey. 93, West Sect., 

Emp. 7-26-51, Died 12-3-85 

Emp, 7-24-17, Died 12-3-85 

Emp, 10-27-15, Died 12-25-85 

Martin Griffin, 79, Shops & Equip., 

John P. Marshall, 71, 52nd Street, 

George W. Wade, 81, West Sect., 

Emp. 8-2-43, Died 1-5-86 

Emp. 6-5-50, Died 1-14-86 

Emp, 3-10-43, Died 12-31-85 

John Hegarty, 83. Shops & Equip., 

Peter J. Michalewicz, 68, Plant Maint., 

Paul M. Ward, 77, West Shops, 

Emp. 6-24-25, Died 11-15-85 

Emp, 10-27-47, Died 1-31-86 

Emp. 5-18-48, Died 1-21-86 

Alfred J. Herman, 87, Limits, 

Joseph Mullarkey, 80. Forest Glen, 

William E. Ward, 63. 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-10-27, Died 12-15-85 

Emp. 9-29-46, Died 1-23-86 

Emp. 6-12-57. Died 1-10-86 

Harry J. Hess, 70, Archer, 

Ann Murphy, 84. West Section, 

Frank H. Wilke, 87, 69th Street, 

Emp. 10-1-41, Died 12-8-85 

Emp. 6-14-40, Died 1-29-86 

Emp, 11-19-28, Died 12-30-85 




for the May-June issue 
Pictures of high school or college 

students graduating in 1986 who are sons or 
daughters of CTA employees. 

All pictures must be taken by a professional 
photographer and MUST be wallet size. On 
the back of the picture, please provide the 
student's full name and school as well as the 
employee's name and work location. Pictures 
cannot be returned. 

Please submit pictures to: CTA TRANSIT 
NEWS, Merchandise Mart, Room 734, 
Chicago, IL 60654. 
DEADLINE for pictures - May 23, 1986. 


P. 0. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 




PERMIT NO. e021 

Govt. Publications Department 
Northwestern University Library 
Evans ton, IL 60201 

1(3 Transit News 

Vol. 39, No. 2 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

Nemr convenience 
for riders 

March-April 1986 





• •. 

Riders began enjoying a new level 
of fare-paying convenience on March 
30 when CTA introduced its new 
14-Day Pass, which features the same 
unlimited riding benefits as the 
already -successful Monthly Pass. 

Each 14-Day Pass is valid from 3 
a.m. on the first Sunday of the riding 
period until 3 p.m. of the Sunday two 
weeks later. The new passes are sold 
through more than 500 convenient 
locations, including Jewel Food Stores 
and currency exchanges which also 
sell monthly passes. 14-Day Passes 
are sold from the Thursday before 
through the Tuesday after the Sunday 
that begins the riding period. Riding 
periods begin on Sunday, March 30, 
and every second Sunday thereafter. 

The price of the full-fare 14-Day 
Pass is $23.00, or one-half the price of 
the $46.00 Monthly Pass. Pass 
holders enjoy unlimited CTA riding 

(continued on page 2) 

in a new 30-second commercial, local actors (clocl<wise from top left) Ken 
Earl, Margaret Muli<ey, Barbara Sullivan, and Allan Westbrook introduce 
television viewers to the convenience and time and money savings offered 
by CTA's new 14-Day Pass. 

(continued from page 1) 

with two exceptions: they must pay a 
20-cent surcharge when boarding 
southbound Evanston Express trains 
in Evanston, and a premium fare of 
$1.35 is charged for all-day riding on 
CTA's Culture Bus service which will 
operate on Sundays and holidays 
from May 15 through September 28. 
Reduced-fare passes for disabled 
riders and senior citizens (with proper 
RTA identification) are sold for $11.50 
(14-Day) and $23 (Monthly). 

"We are pleased to introduce the 
new 14-Day Pass to give our riders the 
opportunity to have unlimited riding 
privileges without having to pay the 
full monthly rate," said CTA Chair- 
man Michael A. Cardilli. "In this way, 
riders who do not work the full month 
and those who prefer smaller 
payments, can still avail themselves of 
the unlimited rides." 

CTA began selling Monthly Passes 
in February, 1978, through com- 
panies which sold them to their 
employees, and began selling in- 
dividual passes through retail outlets in 
January of 1980. 

Monthly Pass sales have grown con- 
tinually since that time, and a record 
number of more than 132,000 full- 
fare Monthly Passes were sold in 
March of this year. 

Several promotional efforts are 
designed to insure rapid public accep- 
tance of the 14-Day Passes. Car card 
ads designed by Alan Grady, Publica- 
tions Section, began appearing in 
CTA vehicles and stations in early 
March, and new radio commercials 
created by the Promotional Services 
section also feature the 14-Day Pass. 

During May, Chicago television sta- 
tions will begin airing a new CTA 
30-second commercial promoting the 
convenience and low price of the 
14-Day Pass. Tony Ambut, Com- 

munications section, produced the 
commercial with the services of a 
Chicago-based video production com- 
pany. Four local actors portray CTA 
riders who save time and money and 
don't have to search for change while 
using the 14-Day Pass. 

Several CTA employees also en- 
joyed a unique opportunity to volun- 
tarily serve as extras during the TV 
commercial filming, which took place 
March 8 at the LaSalle/Van Buren In- 
ner elevated station and the O'Hare 
rapid transit terminal. This was the 
most cost-effective commercial ever 
produced by CTA, because produc- 
tion and supervision were handled in- 

Appearing as extras in the 14-Day Pass commercial are (from left to right) Bruce 
Schmitz, 'B' electrician, West Shops, Cookie Jacobs, key-punch operator, Datacenter, 
and Cynthia Davis, data entry operator. Revenue Accounting. 

Extras (from left) Cookie Jacobs, Cynthia Davis, and Carol 

Jackson, key punch operator, Datacenter, touch up their 
makeup before videotaping. 

CTA's producer, Tony Ambut (right), communications coor- 
dinator II, Communications section, plans train movemens for 
videotaping with Rait Supervisor William Haase and Switchman 
Arlene Hudson. Other rail employees assisting in train 
movements included Switchmen Marian Earwin and James Ward. 

Transit News is published for employees and retirees of CTA • Editorial and graptilcs by ttie Public Affairs Department, Bill 
Baxa, Manager • Director of Publications: Jack Sowctiin; Editor: Rick Willis • Graptiic Designers: Alan Grady, John 
Kopiec • Contributing Writers: Carmen Gonzalez, Carol Ruggiero, Jeff Stern, Don Yabush • Typesetting provided by the 
Management Services Department • Distributed free of charge to all active and retired CTA employees • Annual subscrip- 
tion price to others, $5 • CTA TRANSIT NEWS, Room 734, Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, IL 60654. 


Conductor revives breathless infant 

As the West Northwest 'L' clipped 
along its southbound route towards 
the Dearborn Street subway late in the 
evening of March 25, a young mother 
aboard the train sat holding a sick in- 
fant boy. 

The child's skin was pale, almost 
snow white, and there were tubes in its 
nose. The baby appeared lifeless, and 
the mother, who had boarded at 
Damen Avenue, was in a near state of 

At Division, another young woman 
approached Conductor Cleo 
Jackson Loftus who that night 
would make the evening news, the 
morning headlines, and bring a sense 
of pride to CTA. "There is a lady who 
needs help; her baby has died," the 
woman told the conductor. 

Over the train's PA system, Loftus 
asked if there was a doctor, or nurse 
aboard. When she got no response 
she notified the control center of the 
problem, and went to assess the situa- 
tion for herself. 

"I could see that the baby had no 
color, so 1 began to feel the child's skin 
to see if there were any signs of rigor- 
mortis," said Loftus, who was trained 
in the aplication of cardio pulmonary 
resuscitation at Cook County Hospital 
as a radiology student. She also 
studied at St. Josephs Surgical 
Technical School, and is a graduate of 
CPR training which she received at the 
Maybrook Cook County Sheriff's 

The signs of life were faint, yet Lof- 
tus realized that it was possible to 
revive this infant, which she said was 
about 10 months old. But, the 
distraught mother began screaming 
and refused to give the conductor the 
limp child. "1 figured 1 had nothing to 
lose, and certainly no time to waste, so 
I snatched the baby," said Loftus. She 
then immediately began to give the 
child mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. 

She said she struggled out of her 
gear as she worked with the baby on 
the floor of the train. "I did what I had 
to do, and I knew that with God's 
help, this child would be revived." 

After about 10 minutes, the petite 
conductor got an encouraging 

response from the baby. She was then 
joined by United Airlines steward 
Gabriel Tiogangco who offered 
assistance. As the baby's breathing 
was restored, cardio-pulmonary 
resuscitation was applied which in- 
creased the child's pulse and brought 
back his color. 

Chicago Fire Department 
paramedics met the train at Lake 
Transfer where the mother and child 
were taken to Cook County Hospital. 
Hospital reports said the child was in 
fair condition. "1 only did what I had to 
do," Loftus repeated modestly, as her 
passengers cheered and shook her 

As she told her story, husband 
James Loftus, a U.S. Postal worker, 
expressed his pride in the fact that his 
wife had been instrumental in saving a 

Loftus joined his wife in the CTA 
Board room where Elonzo Hill, 
Manager, Training/Instruction told an 
audience. "Mrs. Loftus brought life into 
a dying child, and we're so very proud 
of her." 

"We need this kind of involvement 
to show the public that we do get in- 
volved with people beyond just our 

Chief Administrative Officer Larry 
Pianto added. We do care about peo- 
ple, and we thank you very much for 
what you have done. You're a good 
example of the many fine employees 
at CTA." 

Chairman Cardilli leads CTA in fight 

In a unique house visit to the southwest side, CTA Chair- 
man Michael A. Cardilli handed a personal check to the 
1986 March of Dimes Poster Child. Christopher Stifter, for 
the WalkAmerica Walkathon saying, "We're starting out 
with a check for $200... The March is on!" 

CTA employees added to this contribution by joining 
forces and creating a team to walk in this year's March of 
Dimes WalkAmerica on Sunday, April 27. The 
30-kilometer event (18 miles) raised funds to be used for 
researching the prevention of birth defects. It's the March of 
Dimes most successful fund raiser. 

If you did not have a chance to sponsor a walker, you 
may pledge the "Born America, March of Dimes Telethon 
Event" which will be broadcast live from Six Flags Great 
America for 21 hours on WFLD-TV Channel 32 and 
WQRF-TV, Channel 39, in Rockford on June 28-29. 

In addition to the $200, Christopher received a miniature 
train layout and an authentic CTA orange-colored hard hat 
from Cardilli. 

against birth defects 



Concern for the safety of our riders 
and the quality of life in our communi- 
ty has always been a most noteworthy 
characteristic of CTA employees. I 
congratulate Cleo Jackson Loftus, 
James Richardson, and Odie Jones. 
Your recent acts of heroism, as 
documented on these pages, serve as 
an example for all of us. We do much 
more than drive trains and buses 
throughout the city. All of our good 
deeds, whether or not they receive 
public attention or result in commen- 
dation, contribute to the quality of life 
in Chicago. 

CTA has recently launched an ex- 
tensive anti-graffiti program. Through 
cooperation with the City of Chicago, 
the Chicago Police Department, the 
public and parochial school systems, 
and the riding public, our program of 
education, eradication, and enforce- 
ment can rid our city of this selfish lack 
of respect for the comfort and property 
of others, and provide a safe and more 
enjoyable environment for our transit 
riders and the general public. Help us 
wipe out graffiti by reporting acts of 
vandalism to the Chicago Police 
Department immediately. 

In behalf of the March of Dimes, 1 
thank all CTA employees who con- 
tributed to the success of CTA's team 
walk in the Walk America program, 
especially those of you who 
volunteered to be team walkers. Your 
contribution will enable this fine 
organization to continue research that 
will result in better prevention and 
treatment of birth defects. We have all 
at one time or another been touched 
by children, our own or those of our 
friends that needed help. Now we can 
truly say we did reach out and help. 

Al Lynch (left), Veterans Advocacy representative in the Attorney General's office, and 
winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving in Vietnam, presents CTA 
Chairman l^ichael A. Cardilii a certificate of appreciation from the Illinois Vietnam 
Veterans Leadership Program, for CTA's support of 80 Congressional IVIedal of Honor 
winners who convened in Chicago last summer Bus transportation for the prior service 
members was provided to Navy Pier and Wrigley Field, where they attended a Cubs game. 
CTA will also support activities of fJledai of Honor winners when the group visits Chicago 
June 12-15. 

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Alert bus operator 
thwarts store 

CTA Bus Operator James Richardson 

thwarted a daring daylight burglary 
of a dry cleaning store at Halsted 
and Lake streets on March 25, as 
about a dozen on-lookers were 
cheering for the burglars. 
Richardson, a 24-year CTA 
employee, was driving his No. 8 
Halsted bus shortly after 7 a.m. 
when he saw the crime in progress. 

"1 saw the store's security bars 
had been pried apart and a man in- 
side hand out a TV set and a radio 
to another man," Richardson said, 
"There were about a dozen men 
standing around the scene cheering 
the daring burglars. They even gave 
the criminals a round of applause." 

Richardson quickly radioed Frank 
Jones, his controller in the CTA's 
control center. Jones used the CTA's 
hot line to the Chicago Police 
Department to report the burglary 
in progress. -Richardson also told 
Jones one of the burglars had fled 
up the eastbound stairs to the 
Halsted/Lake "L" stop. 

Two police men apprehended the 
burglary suspect on the "L" plat- 
form with the TV set. A second 
burglary suspect was arrested near 
the store. 

Motorman lauded 
for aid in child 
molester arrest 

' CTA Chairman Michael A. Cardilii 
praised the quick action of Rapid 
Transit Motorman Odie Jones who 
was instrumental in the March 13 
arrest of a suspected child molester 
aboard his westbound Lake street 
train . 

"Mr. Jones' decisive action of 
holding his train outside the Califor- 
nia station until police were on the 
platform was an example of CTA's 
concern for the safety of its riders," 
Cardilii said. 

At about 7 a.m., Jones was 
alerted by a high school girl that a 
man was molesting her. Jones 
radioed the Control Center, where 
CTA Controller Mary Fryar 
telephoned the Mass Transit Unit of 
the Chicago Police Department. 

When uniformed policemen arriv- 
ed on the platform, Jones pulled the 
train into the station, the girl iden- 
tified the suspect, and he was plac- 
ed in custody. Jones is a 14-year 
CTA employee. 

After being replaced by another 
driver on his bus, Richardson went 
to the Monroe street police station 
and identified the burglary suspects. 


Haenisch heads new section, 10 others earn promotions 

George Millonas, deputy ex- 
ecutive director. Engineering & 
Maintenance division, announced the 
creation of a new section responsible 
for all quality control and industrial 
engineering matters. 

Heading the new section is George 
Haenisch, 38, director. Industrial 
Engineering and Quality Control, who 
reports to Millonas. The section has 27 

Haenisch is headquartered in the 
Washington garage where his quality 
control staff is located. Industrial 
engineering staff teams, who monitor 
rail, bus, and facilities workmanship, 
are located in South Shops. 

Before his appointment, Haenisch 
was superintendent. Rail Vehicle 
Shops. He joined CTA in 1973 as a 
methods & standards technician. 

A 1969 graduate of Southern Il- 
linois University in Carbondale, 
Haenisch holds a Bachelor of Science 
degree in industrial technology and an 
associate degree in automotive 

Nine other promotions were also 
announced by Millonas. The ap- 
pointees are Kendrick D.G. Bisset, 
director. Power & Way Engineering; 
John Hruby, director. Rail 
Maintenance; Frank Venezia, direc- 
tor. Equipment Engineering; Roy 
Smith, superintendent. Power & 
Way; Patrick McCarthy, 
superintendent. Track & Structures 
Design; Mark Dundovich, 
superintendent. Rail Vehicle Shops; 
William Haworth, superintendent. 
Technical Services; James Haworth, 
supervisor. Technical Services, and 
James Chmill, supervisor. Ad- 
ministration and Budget. 

John Htubv 



McCarthy ''^■"es Chmill 

Mark Dundovich 


drick Bisset 



Lowell Wilson (Beverly garage) 
was called "person of the year" 
by Sandra Lowe, of East 102nd 
Street, who regularly rides his 
No. 103 West 103rd bus. "His 
interaction with the public is 
always warm, courteous, friendly 
and helpful. I've never heard him 
snap at someone for asking 
directions. He takes time to ex- 
plain the new fare system and 
use of the fare box to senior 
citizens. He seems to really care 
about our safety when he tells us 
to 'Watch your step. ' I realize 
that dealing with the public can 
be nerve-wracking. It takes a 
special kind of person to rise 
above people 's moods and at- 
titudes. " 

Earl Terry (North Avenue garage) is appreciated by 
Nathaniel Snow, of North Lake Shore Drive, for his 
handling of an early morning No. 77 Belmont bus. "As a 
daily passenger on this run, I am pleased to report that 
Mr. Terry is a very popular, very competent operator. He 
is consistently friendly, courteous, and fair; and he also 
maintains a tight schedule. He is a master at dealing with 
would-be chiselers and argumentative patrons, always 
protecting the rights of his employer and the paying 
passengers. I hope he continues his good work, and that 
he will receive appropriate recognition." 

William Miles (Beverly garage) was praised for his 
courtesy as operator of a No. 105 103rd/106th bus by 
Claudia Hansen, of Langley Avenue. "This driver 
deserves praise. He was so very polite, and it was evident 
he enjoyed his work. As I boarded, I received a warm 
smile and cheery 'Good Morning.' And each passenger 
who followed received the same greeting, young or old, 
black or white. It was most refreshing! Departing was the 
same. It was 'Have a nice day' and 'Watch your step.' I 
will never forget this gentleman driver, and the beautiful 
start he gave my day. It was a pleasure riding with him." 

Cedric Johnson (Kedzie garage) made Anne Barton, 
of South Laflin Street, "feel better about the West Side" 
because of the way he operated a No. 20 Madison bus. "I 
had heard things that made me fearful of working on the 
West Side, but that is where my job took me. Weary and 
fearful after a day's work, I took his bus homeward- 
bound. This driver was courteous to everyone as they 
boarded the bus. I have had occasion again and again to 
ride his bus, and when I do, his attitude is the same. It is 
refreshing to sit and watch a genuinely pleasant person 
enjoying his job and the people he serves." 

Jimmy Rivera (West Section) was 
commended by Joseph 
Kalmanek. of Cicero. ' 'for his ex- 
emplary performance" as con- 
ductor of a Douglas-O'Hare train. 
' 'As the train had been signalled 
to depart, and I was scurrying 
from the ticket office expecting 
not to be able to board, since the 
doors were already closed, my 
day suddenly brightened! The 
doors reopened. I boarded and 
found a seat. Your conductor 
listened to my tale of woe about 
fares, and explained the new fare 
structure, the transfer changes, 
etc. . in detail. His distinct and 
concise pronunciation at all stops 
was an added plus. " 

Robert Surita (77th Street garage) was com- 
plimented by Trula Jones, of Prairie Avenue, for his 
handling of a 79th Street bus. "He is the most courteous, 
patient, pleasant and polite bus driver I have ever ridden 
with. If he sees you coming for the bus, he will wait. He 
always has a pleasant greeting when you board, and will 
pull to the curb to make boarding or exiting easy without 
wading through puddles of water or snowbanks of ice. 
And he never fails to wish you a good day when you 
reach your destination. It is a pleasure to ride with him, 
and I appreciate the courteous service he renders." 

Rosemary Hoskins (North Park garage) was ap- 
plauded by Dana Johnson, who works in an office on 
North Michigan Avenue. "I am a regular passenger on 
the 151 Sheridan bus, and I was very impressed with her 
attitude and professionalism. She not only was cheerful 
and courteous to every passenger, but she was very clear 
in giving directions and ensuring that every stop was an- 
nounced loudly enough for everyone to hear. She even 
took the time to announce the transfer locations. She also 
was exceptionally careful and alert to any potential pro- 
blems while passengers were getting on and off." 

Tyrone Malloy (North Avenue garage) impressed 
Lena Floyd, of Monticello Avenue, with his profes- 
sionalism as operator of a No. 66 Chicago bus. "As a pro- 
fessional having to interact with the public daily, I realize 
how can become, yet it is still necessary to 
maintain a professional attitude. This driver not only 
cal|ed|every stop, but also specified what hundred west 
that particular street was. There was no reckless driving 
or speeding, and he was courteous to each passenger 
who boarded and exited his bus. I would like to see more 
of your employees provide this type of service. 


Plant tour 
of the year 

American Materials Management Society's 
1985 "Plant Tour of the Year" award was 
presented to CTA's Materials Management 
department, and was based on a tour of Skokie 
Shops by AMMS representatives. 

Shown accepting the award are (from left) 
Charles Rlpke, special projects analyst; Mike 
Yedinak, supervisor, Material Operations; Ed- 
ward Tobin, manager. Materials 
Management/Purchasing Agent; Bill Roman, 
director. Material Control/Stores, and Jim 
Zazula, supervisor, Stores-North. James Alex- 
ander (third from left), executive director, 
AMMS, presented the award. 

The tour was developed and coordinated by 
Ripke and Yedinak. It included a technical ses- 
sion, as well as a slide presentation which was 
developed in the Communications section of 
Public Affairs by training services clerk Ron 
Scott, and communications clerk Tony 

Included among organizations competing for 
the "Plant Tour of the Year" award were the 
W.W. Granger Company, Clark Equipment 
Company, and Jorgensen Steel, three of the 
nation's largest industrial suppliers. 

Dedicated to spreading knowledge of distribu- 
tion, warehousing, material handling and inven- 

tory control to the hundreds of professionals in 
warehousing and related jobs, the AMMS was 
organized in Chicago in 1971, and grew out of 
the International Materials Management Society 
which was formed during the post World War II 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Emploj/ees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Arthur Alpert, Howard/Kimball 
Hermino Ayala, North Park 

Nadine Brewer, Limits 
Ulysses Buck, Archer 
Philip Buscemi, Howard/Kimball 

Jean Case, North Park 
George Calhoun, 69th Street 
Joyce Carbins-Sayles, Agents, South 
Ilda Castellanos-Wadde, North Park 
Lovie Chamblis, Agents, West 
Tyree Cobb, Jr., Limits 
Dewitt Coleman, Archer 
Jacqueline Cousin, 69th Street 
Jerry Crawford, Archer 

Victor Davila, North Park 
Vincent Dawson, Limits 
Arthur Deluna, North Avenue 
Jose Diaz, Limits 
Charles Dortch, Beveriy 
Robert Duslak, Forest Glen 

James Fitzgerald, Limits 

Albert Grady, 77th Street 
Jerry Green, North Avenue 

William Hasse, West Rail Dist. 
Robert Hampton, 77th Street 
Ricky Hawk, North Park 

Lee Hazlewood, Jr., 77th Street 
James Hill, Affirmative Action 

Sanders Ingram, Kedzie 

Darrell Jarrett, Jefferson Park 
John Jimenez, North Park 
Katie Jones, Archer 

Anthony Lag, Limits 

Paul Lane, Douglas/Congress 

Alexander Larkin, 77th Street 

Phillip Larry, Limits 

Clearchie Lawrence, 77th Street 

Neal Lesley, Archer 

Daniel Martin, Forest Glen 
Ephriam Mauldin, 69th Street 
James Melton, North Park 
Luis Mendez, North Avenue 
Jerry Miller, North Park 
Eric Minor, Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Harold Moore, Bus District D 

Ernest Neal Jr., North Avenue 
Robert Nelson, Jefferson Park 

Willie Owens, Beverly 
Dianna Owens, North Park 

Thomas Parker, North Park 
Daniel Poelinitz, Forest Glen 
Melzia Pritchett, Beveriy 

Billy Ragsdale, 77th Street 
Ramon Rodriguez, North Park 
Charles Rutledge, Limits 

Betty Samuel, 77th Street 
Edwin Serrano, Agents, West 
Tuesday Simpson, Limits 
Freddie Sims, Jr., North Avenue 
William Smith, 77th Street 
Carl Smith, Limits 
Frederick Smith, Jefferson Park 
Walter Smith III, North Park 
Franklin Spring, 77th Street 
Frank Staszak, Archer 
Evelyn Stofer, Agents. West 

John Vogt, Beverly 

James Walker, Archer 
James Ward, Forest Park 
Leon Washington, 77th Street 
Shirley Watson, Agents, North 
Conrad Weil, Forest Glen 
Delois West, 69th Street 
Larry Whitehead, Beveriy 
Lowell Wilson, Beveriy 
Charles Wilson, 77th Street 

Anthony Zenner, North Park 
Denice Zillender, 69th Street 
John Zupko, Howard/Kimball 


Two new 


formed in 



Two new departments, Financial Reporting and Analysis and Accounting 
Systenns and Operations, have been formed in the Finance Division, Daniel 
R. Perk, Deputy Executive Director, Finance, recently announced. 

Heading the Accounting Systems and Operations Department is Manager 
William Moore, former assistant comptroller. Data Center Liaison. Moore 
joined CTA in 1975 as a Data Center business methods analyst. He is a 1975 
graduate of the University of Illinois/Chicago where he earned a bachelor's 
degree in accounting. He became a certified public accountant in 1976. 

Other promotions include John Cannon, who serves as director. Accoun- 
ting Operations. Cannon joined the Chicago Rapid Transit Company (a CTA 
predecessor) in 1941 as a clerk. He is a 1965 graduate of Loyola University, 
where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in 
accounting. From 1969 to 1972, Cannon was on the board of governors of 
the Chicago Chapter of the Institution of Internal Auditors. 

In addiditon, Gerald Kurowski was named director. Payroll Operations. 
He was previously superintendent. Payroll Operations. Kurowski joined CTA 
in 1973 as an engineering trainee. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of 
Wisconsin where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with 
a major in accounting and a minor in economics. 

Other promotions within the Accounting Systems and Operations depart- 
ment include Brian Jakubowski, superintendent. Payroll Accounting; Den- 
nis McFadden, superintendent. Materials and Payables Accounting; Eugene 
Refakes, superintendent, Accounting Systems, and Anthony Scardina, 
supervisor, Payables. 

Heading the Financial Reporting and Analysis department is Manager 
Virginia Wendorf. Ms. Wendorf formerly was director of Financial Reporting 
and Analysis. She joined CTA in 1979 as an internal auditor. She earned a 
bachelor's of science degree in business administration in 1975 from Roosevelt 
University, and became a certified public accountant in 1976. 


Promotions also include James Rose, director. Accounting and Financial 
Analysis. Rose previously served as a senior financial analyst in Financial Ser- 
vices. He joined CTA in 1979 as an auditor in Internal Auditing. Rose earned 
a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1974 from Roosevelt University. 
Two years later he earned a master's degree in accounting from the same 
university. He became a certified public accountant in 1975. 

Other appointments include Patrick Clifford, director, Grant and Property 
Accounting; John Harrington, superintendent. Grant Accounting; Vernon 
Palmore. superintendent. Property Accounting; Janice (Jae) Rowell. 
superintendent. Financial Analysis; Gerald Wilson, superintendent. Opera- 
tions Review; Lee Cherry, supervisor. Field Operations; John Gandor, 
supervisor. Grant Cost Control; Vantanee Gosrisirikul. supervisor. Grant 
Reporting; James Haase, supervisor. Property Cost Control, and Richard 
Koprowski. supervisor. Internal Operations 

James Rose 

Vernon Palmore Janice (Jae) Rowell 

Gerald Wilson 

Culture Bus opens 10th season 

CTA will open its 10th season of Culture Bus service on Sun- 
day, May 11, operating on Sundays and holidays through 
September 28. This year each of the three Culture Bus routes will 
have a new attraction added to the popular schedule of Culture 
Bus stops. 

The North Route will make a new stop at the south end of the 
Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River, where riders with 
Culture Bus Supertransfers will enjoy discounts on sight-seeing 
boat rides offered by both Mercury and Wendella Boat Tours. 

Greek Town will be the new attraction on the West Route. 
Buses will stop at Van Buren and Halsted, and riders may enjoy 
Grecian cuisine and entertainment at various restaurants on 
Halsted between Monroe and Van Buren. 

When the Culture Bus South stops at the Oriental Institute at 

58th and University Avenue. Culture Bus riders may also visit the 
Renaissance Society. This gallery of comtemporary art is located 
in Cobb Hall, the oldest academic building on the University of 
Chicago Campus, just south of the University Administration 
Building at 58th and Ellis. 

All three Culture Bus routes, each lasting between 1 'A and 1 V2 
hours, will continue to converge at the Art Institute. The service 
will once again utilize articulated buses staffed by commentators 
who tell about points of interest along the routes. 

Premium fare for the Culture Bus is $2.50 for adults, $1.25 for 
senior citizens and children. Culture Bus Supertransfers allow 
unlimited riding on all three routes and unlimited riding on all CTA 
service until 3 a.m. the following morning. 




^^;,3t place awa;.a^on.;;>M,,e catered 

lunch for sustained Pe^'o/^l^'^f 54°^ Street ter- 
without injuries X^^^'^^lfzAP certificate is day 
minal. Displaying '^e Pnzed ^'^J^ ,ett) oavid 

foreman Mike Others a^e ^^^^■^^^^^, 

Kowalski, s^pemso Ra ^^p^.^fendent 

Craig Rogers, R'<="a™/-" g. jackson, and 

Rail Vehicle Terminals, Steve 

Rodrigo Aicantara. 

PeiixVeiinske Kimball day torema.^^rr^^^ 

ed by his crew ^^^^^^.^''^ gTwarded Kimball in the 
?rrt^ S- K?I'air;:r^na, was a winner o, 
the six month competition luncheon. 


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maintenance tfl 
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Shops at Skokie 

Winners in th 
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Machine, True 
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with nine work 
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winners of the 
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in Bus Shops at 
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Engine Rebuild, 
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Skokle foremen display ZAP cprUf.TlZ!^^^^^^^^ 
respective departments St^nd?nn ,f ^^'"^^ ^^ 'heir 

MUls, Armature; Fr^nkVukovics^fnifL' '"°"' '^'** ^'«^«"<=« 
Carpentry; Mat Soatzek.^nTl "^^'^'^°'-^'''V Ofsen, 

superintenden RaifScle Shons'm'rM' ""'"^ ^"ndovich 
tor; Vito Pontrelli /nH M ■ £. • ^''' '^®^"y' shop Inspec- 
foremen; M^ Ventfcino^e mth "7?'' "'"^*^'=^' «'°'ker 
electrical worker ?oeran fofm^'l '°'^"'^"' ^^' "^^"«"' 
Vehicle Shops George Haen^sThwho'"'''"''"'^^"* °' "^" 
dustrlal Engineerina and n?!r? o° '^ ''"^ director, In- 

garage, andSrrnrP^or^ca^o.S'h'fnSrela^;;. "'^^^'"^•°" 

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maintenance accident. wimout a 



Day foreman Cortelius Williams 

(nght) takes charge of 
Howard/Linden terminal's first 
nn^l, ^f ♦''''^a'e ^ith Len Daven. 
port (left), supervisor of Rail Vehicle 

r!T' m'^: ■'^•"^ "'""y- director. 
Rail Maintenance, is in the 

TeftT fcceots'i'ir^?' wiring foreman Al Aronson 
Frank Mnn!-, ^'^""^ ^^'' certificate from 

Frank Montifaico, unit supervisor escaiatn 
sheet metal and maintenance foreman. ' 



ESPP, Striving for Excellence are top incentive programs 

Perhaps the most safety-conscious 
program conducted to date by the 
CTA Operations Division is the 
Employee Safety Performance Pro- 
gram (ESPP). 

This year-round competition, which 
began in 1982, fosters safe operating 
practices, and encourages the active 
participation of all operating person- 
nel. ESPP is the primary avenue for 
promoting communications between 
the operating employee, who is 
generally the first to encounter pro- 
blems, and management. 

ESPP is very competitive. Bus and 
rail personnel and ticket agents are 
divided into teams in their respective 
locations Each team is comprised of 
approximately 60 people, with a 

This North Park garage Employee Safety Performance Program team displays the garage 
plaque of quarterly winners. IVIembers of the team also received a tie clasp for taking top 
honors twice in a calendar year. Enjoying the moment are (from left) Assistant 
Superintendent, Bus Instruction Mel Link, Francisco Barreto, Jesus Fernandez, Bus In- 
structor James Thaxton, William Ramos, Manuel Ramirez, ESPP Chairman Norman Her- 
ran, and Miguel Concepion. 

Rail service winners at Kimball are equally proud of their ESPP achievements. The com- 
petitive spirit here is shared by (from left) Rail Instructor Joe Nash, Mitchell Gray, Eddie 
Woodward, Area Superintendent Lester Backer, Rudolph Dillon, Assistant Superinten- 
dent Rick White, Vickie Bledsoe, Superintendent Nick Blaino, Assistant Superintendent 
Cynthia Florence, Assistant Superintendent William Miller, Orlando Mojica, and James 

balance of seniority on each team 
ranging from as much as 40 years to 
less than one year of service. 

The competition is based on the 
numerical measurement of safety (ac- 
cidents) and performance (such as at- 
tendance and violations). The team 
with the lowest combined score in both 
categories is the winner, and the reci- 
pient of a special recognition award. 
Recognition awards are presented 
monthly, quartedy, and annually. 

Elonzo Hill, manager, Train- 
ing/Instruction, noted that the 
Employee Safety Performance Pro- 
gram has not only increased the 
operating employees' awareness of 
rules and regulations, but it has also 
reduced the number of accidents and 
violations. Employees are also assured 
that their concerns are being heard. 
Their suggestions for improvements 
are given careful consideration, and 
are often accepted and implemented, 
such as relocation of bus stops, bus 
shelters, and public information signs, 
the filling of pot holes along bus 
routes, improvement of bus routing, 
schedule adjustments along bus and 
rapid transit routes, the improvement 
of lighting and heating output in ticket 
agent booths, and the repair of rapid 
transit destination signs. 

Striving for Excellence, the newest, 
and the creme de la creme of special 
recognition programs for operating 
employees, was created in 1984 by 
Deputy Executive Director/Opera- 
tions Harry Reddrick. In 1985, the 
program was expanded to honor both 
operating and maintenance 
employees with superior work 
records. Last year. Striving for Ex- 
cellence honored 880 employees. 

The honorees recognized in last 
year's Striving for Excellence program 
were required to have superior work 
records with no misses, no chargeable 
complaints, no accidents, and no 
violations or suspensions. These and 
other criteria help management select 
its most outstanding employees for a 
gala evening which includes a ban- 
quet, the presentation of certificates, 
and an evening of entertainment and 

Plans for the 1986 Striving for Ex- 
cellence program are already under- 
way. This year the event is set for 
September 13 at the Condesa del 
Mar, a popular supper club. 



Heroics and 
merit ''Day in 

Four bus operators, two rail con- 
ductors, and two District "A" bus 
supervisors were recent "Day in 
CTA" honorees in recognition of 
their exceptional job performance. 

Forest Glen Operator John 
Christner was recognized for his 
alert response which led to the ap- 
prehension of a young graffiti artist 
who was later ordered to clean buses 
defaced with graffiti. The youth was 
caught writing on the outside of 
Christner's bus as passengers were 
leaving the vehicle in the 1700 block 
of Addison Street. 

Operator Eugene White earned 
kudos for his willingness to assist a 
female bus operator who was being 
attacked by a male rider while her 
bus was stopped at the curb near 
Garfield Boulevard. White ap- 
prehended the assailant with the help 
of a University of Chicago police of- 
ficer, and held the attacker until 
members of the Chicago Police 
Department arrived. 

Archer Operator Neal Lesley was 
at Soldier Field when he saw a 
woman trying to change a flat tire. 
He borrowed a lug wrench from a ci- 
ty truck parked nearby and changed 
the tire. The grateful lady wrote a 
complimentary letter to CTA's 
manager of Operations Personnel. 

Bus Operator William Ramos 
earned special recognition for his 
alert reaction to an attempted rob- 
bery in which he was threatened by a 
gunman aboard his bus. Operator 
Ramos disarmed one member of the 
suspected robbery trio who then fled 
his bus. Ramos also gave police in- 
formation which quickly led to ap- 
prehension of two of the men. 

Douglas Rail Conductor Frank 
Foster was hailed for his rescue of a 
73-year old neighbor man from a 
demolished and burning building 
after an explosion which followed a 
gas leak. 

District "A" bus Supervisor Louis 
Williams received recognition for 
providing sanctuary to a youth who 
was being attacked by a group of 
young people in the 95th Street 
rapid transit terminal. Supervisor 
Williams is credited with defusing a 
possible volatile incident. 

good ideas 
CTA" honors 

Recent changes in the CTA fare 
structure also led to the special 
recognition of Rail Conductor Arthur 
Alpert of Kimball terminal, and 
District "A" bus supervisor John 

Alpert was honored for recognizing 
the potential problems ahead for the 
new fare structure. He spent a day 
off soon after the new structure was 
announced to share his concern and 
ideas with the Training/Instruction 
Department, and to offer suggestions 
for solving many of the potential fare 
collection problems. Some of Alpert's 
ideas have already been im- 
plemented, and have resulted in im- 
proved service to riders, and a sav- 
ings to CTA. 

The bi-weekly pass program for 
riders which became effective March 
27, is an idea first suggested by John 
Kenna in February 1983, three years 
prior to being adopted by the CTA 
board. Kenna's suggestion received 
no recognition at that time since the 
Employee Suggestion Plan had 
already been suspended. 

"Da^ in CTA" honors were earned by (above, from left) Neal Lesley, Louis Williams, 
Eugene White, John Christner, (below) Arthur Alpert, John Kenna, William Ramos, and 
Frank Foster. 



On April 1, Tom Wolgemuth ex- 
changed his office as manager of 
Facilities Engineering & Maintenance 
for a college classroom where he plans 
to become a student, and then a pro- 

Wolgemuth, 47, retired from his 
25-year career in public transit and 
considers himself a very fortunate 

"Not many people can make such a 
radical change in careers as I 
planned," Wolgemuth said before 
closing his CTA career. "I assure you I 
have not make this important decision 
quickly; it came after much soul 
searching on my part and discussions 
with the members of my family." He 
took a couple of puffs on his familiar 
pipe, and relit it. 

"My wife, Mary, and our three 
children expressed their ideas on my 
proposal. All said in effect, 'Go for it.' 
My plan is to study for a master's 
degree in business administration at 
Northern Illinois University for the next 
two years. After I've earned that 
degree, I want to teach in that field in a 
college near my home in Glen Ellyn. 
Sounds easy. Let's hope it is." 

In January, 1961, Wolgemuth had 
earned his bachelor's degree in civil 
engineering from Purdue University, 
West Lafayette, Ind. From January to 
May of that year, he worked as a stu- 
dent engineer in CTA's Engineering 
department. He then took a two-year 
military leave of absence for service as 
an officer with the Army Corps of 
Engineers in France. 

Upon returning from the Army, he 
qualified and worked as an "L" motor- 
man and conductor. He also worked 
in rail terminals, bus garages, and rail 
and bus repair shops as part of an 
orientation and training program. 

Looking back on his CTA career, 
Wolgemuth said he was pleased to 
have been a part of, or at least witness- 
ed, many of the great developments 


Manuel L. Aguilar, West Shops, 8 yrs. 
Ernest E. Brown, 77th Station, 28 yrs. 
Valon A. Brown, 77th Station, 30 yrs. 
Eugene T. Brudney, (^o. Pk. Sta., 34 yrs. 
Joe J. Cecala, Finance, 38 yrs. 
Carroll L. Dalton, West Shops, 25 yrs. 
Dorothy M. Doljanin, West Shops, 33 yrs. 
Raymond J. Fay, Kedzie Sta,, 31 yrs. 
Joseph E. Folken, West Sect , 26 yrs. 
George J. Gart, Limits Sta., 39 yrs. 

Tom Wolgemuth 
preparing for career 
as professor 

Tom Wolgemuth displays one of his many unique retirement gifts, a three-dimensional 
inkpen drawing of CTA buses and a city-scape, presented by Frank Venezia, director. 
Equipment Engineering, in behalf of Bus Maintenance. 

that have made CTA one of the 
premiere public transit agencies in the 
nation, if not the world. He spoke of 
such developments as the opening of 
the "L" routes in the Dan Ryan and 
Kennedy expressways, the extension 
of the Kennedy "L" route to O'Hare 
Airport, implementation of the highly- 
praised cab signaling system for im- 
proved service and safety, and 
reconstruction of the tracks and struc- 
tures throughout the system. 

Wolgemuth numbered various 
reorganizations and "fine tuning" of 
CTA's staff that have taken place over 
the years as noteworthy developments 
important to CTA, though not visable 
to the riding public. 

"All of these plans, past, present. 

Norbert J. Gewelke, West Shops, 43 yrs. 
Ernest E. Guedel Jr., For. Glen Sta., 25 yrs. 
Charles W. Holley, Beverly Sta., 33 yrs. 
Madaline J. Martin, No. Pk. Sta, 7 yrs. 
William E. McCoy, No. Ave. Sta., 26 yrs. 
James W. McPhee, West Shops, 33 yrs. 
Pedro R. Ramos, Mad/Wabash, 29 yrs. 
Royal E. Reed, 77th Station, 35 yrs. 
Wyvcrn Thompson, Beverly Sta., 25 yrs. 
Michael B. Vasquez, North Sect., 37 yrs. 

and those of the future, have had, and 
will need, a dedicated staff to make 
everything work. There are thousands 
of employees from management level 
to operating personnel and 
maintenance personnel, who make 
1 10 per cent contributions to their jobs 
because of the satisfaction of ac- 
complishment they enjoy. 

"Working for CTA is a 'fish bowl' 
atmosphere for most of us. It's a 
lifestyle, a workstyle, if you prefer, 
CTA personnel have grown to accept. 

"I will always admire, and be so 
grateful, more than 1 can say, to all of 
the people who have triumphed over, 
this difficult environment and continue 
to do their critically-important jobs day 
in and day out." 


disability retirements 

Felicita Borges, For. Glen Sta., 10 yrs. 
Milton Harmon, Kedzie Sta., 19 yrs. 
John S. Lewis, Kedzie Sta., 15 yrs. 
Girlie A. Taylor, Beverly Sta., 10 yrs. 
Fletcher Young, Beverly Sta., 21 yrs. 



Retires to make beer 

George Chandler, Sr. (left), a West Shops machinist, is 
greeted by his iron worker son, George, Jr., also of West 
Shops, during the April 1 celebration of the senior 
Chandler's retirement. The 65-year old Chandler joined 
CTA on September 15, 1980, and is retiring to join forces 
with an Eau Claire, WI firm, with plans to open a commer- 
cial brewery in the Chicago area, where Chandler hopes to 
sell his "Ozark Beer." A beer maker for many years. 
Chandler's brew took third place in the Homebrewers and 
Tasters Guild tasting at Madison, Wl in March. Chandler said 
of his short CTA career upgrading shops and machinery, "It 
has been very interesting, and a lot of fun." 

Record Center 



Management Services Record Center 
Coordinator Andrew J. Mosley 

holds a gift certificate presented by 
co-workers at a breakfast which was 
held at the Merchandise Mart M&M 
Club, and given in Mosley's honor 
on the occasion of his April 1 retire- 
ment after 32 years with CTA. He 
began his career as a bus operator 
on Devon Avenue. Subsequently, he 

served at Archer Avenue and at 
52nd Street, until 1968, when he 
was named records center coor- 
dinator. In 1983, Mosley was among 
finalists to receive the Superior Public 
Service certificate in recognition of 
his outstanding employment service. 
He is Senior Vice Commander of 
Done Miller Post 915, American 
Legion, and is a candidate for the of- 
fice of Commander, First Division of 
the American Legion. The World 
War II Army veteran plans to con- 
tinue his Chicago residency in retire- 
ment, and devote time to his service 
with the American Legion. 

Family celebrations 

Joseph Cecala (center), supervisor. Operations Field 
Review, a CTA employee for 39 years, celebrates his March 
1 retirement with friends and co-workers, most of them 
members of his family. Sharing the occasion are (from left) 
father-in-law Joseph Ritrovato, Sr., a retired Lawndale 
garage supervisor, Cecala's wife, Mrs. Carmela Cecala, 
formedy with the CTA Training department; Deputy Ex- 
ecutive Director/Finance Dan Perk who presented Cecala 
with his retirement packet; sister-in-law Rosemarie Ritrovato 
of the Treasury department, and brother-in-law Anthony 
Ritrovato, Claims department. Behind Cecala are another 
brother-in-law, Joseph Ritrovato, Jr., Schedules Section, 
Operations Planning, and Ritrovato's wife, Mrs. Rita 
Ritrovato, Operations Field Review. 


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Jerry Blake, North Parti, 42 yrs. 
Marlon Brittain Jr., 77th St , 32 yrs. 
S. L. Brooks, West Shops, 28 yrs. 
George H. Chandler, West Shops, 5 yrs. 
Harper Donahue, 77th St , 32 yrs 
Clarence Garski. North Parl<, 26 yrs. 
Dennis K. Gibson, 95th St , 34 yrs 
John J. Gordon, North Sect., 25 yrs. 
Howard G. Helfert, South Shops, 25 yrs. 
Booker T. Henry, Beverly, 30 yrs. 
Patrick J. Kenny, West Shops, 40 yrs. 

Mitchell Kitzman, Engr & Mtce Equip , 15 yrs disability retirements 

Andrew J. Mosley, West Shops, 31 yrs. 

Raul B. Navarrete, Archer, 25 yrs. 

Patrick J. O'Shea, West Shops, 37 yrs. 

Dorothy M. Parker. West Sect . 38 yrs. 

Edmond Slomowicz, West Shops, 17 yrs. 

'William J. Sorenson, 69th St , 26 yrs 

Richard D. Vieth, West Shops, 28 yrs. 

Mack E. Williams. South Sect., 32 yrs. 

Thomas L. Wolgemuth, Engr. & Mtce. Fac , 25 yrs. 

William R. Bailey, Beverly, 10 yrs. 
Josephine Crouse, West Sect., 14 yrs. 
Gussie L. Jones Sr., 69th St , 22 yrs. 
Thomas N. Moseley, Limits, 23 yrs. 

■Retroactive to 3-1-86 




General Office 

Helene (Bunny) Grciman, a shin 
ing star in the CTA's Promotional Ser- 
vices section, has hit the bunny trail to 
Denver. She left CTA in a blaze of 
balloons brought in by a gorilla, tons of 
cake, other goodies and gifts on 
January 31, 1986. We will all miss her 
sparkling personality, and wish her all 
the good luck one person can 
handle... Public Affairs' Carol Rug- 
giero, a professional management 
trainee, got engaged on February 7. 
1986 to the lucky Tony Vangorp. 
Carol told this reporter the wedding is 
to be sometime in September, 1986. 
Best wishes to this very happy 
couple... Marcelo Reyes of Internal 
Audit is a very happy father because of 
a very lovely 1986 Northeastern 
University graduate. His daughter 

Pamela, an elementary education ma- 
jor, is also planning to earn a master's 
degree in Spanish and English. 
Pamela, you sound like the kind of 
teacher the schools need. Congratula- 
tions to you and Marcelo... Right there 

the delivery room is Robert A. 
Gaines, Director, Public Affairs Com- 
munications section. Bob was with his 
wife Judith when their daughter, 
Mallory Lynn, was born. Dad also 
took pictuures of the delivery, Judith 
and the baby. If you don't believe it 
stop in at his office and see the pic- 
tures. Mom, Dad and baby arc all do- 

ing fine Father Tom Twomey, the 

retired CTA maintenance department 
employee who was ordained a Roman 
Catholic priest five years ago at age 
70, has retired again. For two years. 
Father Tom had served in the diocese 
of Alburqueque , N .M . , a parish cover- 
ing hundreds of square miles in the 
mountainous area of New Mexico and 
Arizona, when illness forced his retire- 
ment His present address is the Royal 
Garden Apts., Apt. lOlA. 3020 N. 
14th St., Phoenix, Az., 85014. ..Con- 
gratulations to Jack Sowchin 
(Publications), Sharon Bosan 
(Duplicating), and Don Bruno 
(Passenger Controls and Graphics) 
who won first, second, and third place 
(respectively) season championship 
trophies in Solo II precision driving 
competition sponsored by the Sports 
Car Club of America... Maria Gon- 
zales, Customer Assistance secretary, 
is pleased about the fifth place honors 
Foreman High School's drill team 
received in the Fourth District com- 
petition on March 8 with 13 other high 
schools. Maria's son, Ernesto, Jr., a 
freshman, is a member of the team. 
Ernesto is also a member of the color 
guard which competed March 
15 ..Steven and Louis Wool, sons 
of Leon Wool, associate general at- 
torney, corporate, were recently 
honored at a Winter Sports Banquet at 
Lawrence College (Appleton, WI), for 
their outstanding performance as 
members of the school's basketball 
team. Both had also been star players 
on the Evanston High School basket- 
ball team. Louis has been designated 
co-captain of Lawrence's basketball 
team for the 1986-87 season, and he 
also received an honorable mention in 
the Midwest Conference selection of 
outstanding basketball players, 
1985-86... Terry A. Hocin, director. 
Marketing Services, and Elonzo Hill, 
manager. Operations Train- 
ing/Instruction, were among panel 
participants at the American Public 
Transportation Association's Western 
Education and Training Conference in 
San Jose, California, April 12-16. 
Hocin was moderator of the April 14 
panel on The Marketing Exchange, a 
sharing of marketing ideas. Hill was a 
panelist in a "how to" session designed 
to provide information on conducting 
bus roadeos for both operators and 
mechanics... Don Yabush, media 
coordinator. Public Affairs, has a ferry 
boat captain's cap, a bottle of Atlantic 

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You had better take care of me. 
Perhaps you don't think of me at times, 
but if you were to wake up some morn- 
ing and realize you did not have me, 
you would start the day with an uneasy 

From me you get food, clothing, 
shelter, and such luxuries as you can 

If you want me badly enough, I'll get 
you the best automobile made and a 
home on Lake Shore Drive. 
But I am exacting. I am a jealous 
mistress. Sometimes you hardly ap- 
preciate me at all. In fact, you make 
slighting remarks about me at times 
and neglect me. 

Considering the fact that you need me 
not only for the material things in life, 
but spiritually as well, I wonder 
sometimes why do you neglect me as 
you do? 

What if I should get away from you? 
Your happiness would flee, for a time 
at least, and your friends would worry 
and your bank account would dwindle. 
So, after all, I'm pretty important to 
you. Cherish me. Take good care of me 
and I'll take good care of you. ..I AM 
Wallacine M. Good 
Forest Glen 

Ocean water, and a photograph of 
Rhode Island's Block Island, thanks to 
the Chicago Bears' crush of the New 
England Patriots (46-10) in Super 
Bowl XX. A Providence R.I. Journal 
newspaper reporter arranged a bet 
between Yabush and Capt. Ray 
Parker of Narragansett, R.I. on the 
game's outcome. Yabush put up a 
conductor's cap, a bottle of Lake 
Michigan's best,, and an "L" train 
photo. Parker runs a ferry boat bet- 
ween Block Island and the 
mainland. ..Customer Assistance 
Coordinator Mike Cramer received a 
call on March 13 from a person who 
reported that a youth aboard a train 
enroute to the downtown area pulled 
out a gun and announced a hold-up. 
The passengers remained in their 
seats, and no one panicked, but one 
person started laughing. The would-be 
robber looked up and down the train 
and when the train stopped and the 
doors opened, he jumped out and ran 
away. This could only happen in 
Chicago. ^ . . 

Joyce Patnch 
Don Yabush 


Management Informa- 
tion Systems 

Congratulations to Bruce Weeks 

of Quality Assurance, and his wife, 
Joan, on the March 18 birth of their 
son, Jason Nicholas who weighed in 
at eight pounds, eight ounces. Mother 
and son are fine. Bruce's five-year old 
son, Jared, feels Jason cries too 
much, especially at 4 a.m... Bill 
Ehrler, also of Quality Assurance, 
and very involved in his Bucktown 
Neighborhood, says any artists in- 
terested in entering an exhibit at the 
Bucktown Arts Fest, set for August 
23-24, should contact him on Ext. 
4783 as soon as possible... Did you 
know that experience is a wonderful 
thing? It enables you to recognize a 
mistake when you make it again . 

Patricia Glines 

Materials Management 

On February 18, procurement 
engineers Bob Knudsen (Electrical), 
Bernie Kazlauskas (Chemical), and 

Ron Tabor (Electrical) again hosted 
an engineers coffee to celebrate Na- 
tional Engineers Week, February 
16-22. The theme was "Engineers: 
Turning Ideas Into Reality," This an- 
nual get-together provides a unique 
opportunity for CTA's engineers to 
become aware of each other's areas of 
interest and contributions to the com- 
pany. In conjunction with Engineers 
Week, a rally sponsored by the Na- 
tional Society for Professional 
Engineers was held at the Daley Plaza 
on February 19, 1986. Congratula- 
tions boys and gals!.. We take this 
opportunity to congratulate Helena 
Ward who does an excellent job as 
our receptionist. This can be attested 
to by the many commendations she 
receives throughout the year from our 
vendors. . .Congratulations to 
Dorothy Doljanin, Utility Clerk, 
Stores at Warehouse 20, who retired 
after 33 years of service. An Open 
House was held in her honor and was 
attended by many of her 
coworkers... Zaven Guediguian is 
home from the hospital recuperating 
from surgery, and we're all glad of 
that. We are looking forward to 
seeing you back at your post very 
soon... Recuperating along with Zaven 
are Ruth Ann Miles, Carol Griseto 
and Lori Muhling. We hope to see all 


This Skokie golf foursome plus one 
were among participants in February's 
"Ctiilly Open" Golf Tournament at Arl- 
ington Lakes Country Club. Standing pro- 
perly attired for ttie weather and armed 
with equipment for the occasion are {from 
left) blacksmith and welder Ken Blocker, 

of you back to work feeling fit as a fid- 
dle... We welcome new employees 
assigned to the Administration Sec- 
tion: Valerie Townsend, clerk-typist; 
Diane DeWitt and Denise Robin- 
son, both COA's, and Frank 
Allison, file clerk in the Records 
Center... Darold Person, Payroll 
Clerk, his wife Susan, 9 year old 
James, and IV2 year old Mark drove 
to Florida for the first time this winter. 
They visited many tourist spots and 
especially enjoyed Parrott 
Jungle... This reporter and Kay Cor- 
coran, Treasury Department, spent 7 
days in Honolulu and 7 days in Maui. 
We had a great time visiting with old 
acquaintances and making some new 

Arlene Zittman 

Harlem Maintenance 

Congratulations and a mountain of 
thanks to Mr. RicklWillis , and the 

Trar\s\t News staff, for making it a 
superbly interesting magazine to read 
from cover to cover. Way to go. . .Now 
for the new arrivals, Mrs. Judy 
Langhamer, .wife of Joe 
Langhamer of the Signal Depart- 
ment, gave birth to a beautiful baby 
girl, Kimberiy Marie, on February 12. 
Kimberly weighed seven pounds, two 
ounces, and was 19V2 inches long. 
That makes three beautiful girls for the 
Langhamers. The newest arrival joins 
4-year old Julie, and 2-year old 

electrical worker Jeff Tierney, Edward 
Bomski, golfing friend of the Skokie Four- 
some, and improvement engineer William 
Crocker. The other member of the Skokie 
foursome is (kneeling) blacksmith and 
welder Mark Bianchini. 

Lori... Good luck to Mike Vasquez 

on his retirement after 37 years of 
devoted service. We salute all the 
retired foremen from Harlem Shop. 
Included are: Bob Flowers, John 
Canella, Aaron Swoope, Mike 
Kristman, and Sheldon (Shakey) 
Rita, all men of iron, and a special 
breed who will be hard to surpass--my 
kind of people... Our deepest sym- 
pathy to Tom Togher on the 
February 6 loss of his sister, Mary... It 
is a great honor for me to be an Inside 
New reporter for Transit News. 

Mike McGuiness 

Dr. Catherine Mary Dudley (Katie) is 
completing her first year of residency as 
an intern at Northwestern Memorial 
Hospital. She is a 1985 graduate of the 
Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola Univer- 
sity, and earned her baccalaureate degree 
in 1981 from Notre Dame University. Dr. 
Dudley is also a 1977 graduate of the Im- 
maculate Heart of Mary High School in 
Westchester. Her proud parents are 
Maintenance Safety Supervisor Jim 
Dudley of Kedzie, and his wife, Hanoria 





Service anniversaries 
in Marcli 

45 Years 

John Cannon, Ass't Compt. Office 

40 Years 

Willard Frieb, North Park 
Joseph Grojean, Bus Service 
Alex Johnson, Transp. Personnel 
Malcolm Simpson, Esc Mtce. 

35 Years 

Patrick Clifford, Ass't Compt. Office 
Herbert Dillard, Ashland Terminal 
Olson Jackson, Kedzie 
Benjamin Perkins, 77th Street 
Joseph Vodvarka, Operations 

30 Years 

Alfred Berry, Rail System 
Willie Burch, District C 
John Davis, South Shops 
Earl Haskell, Racine Mtce. 
Perrv LIddell, Rail System 
Pedro Ramos, Rail System 
Luis Velez, Esc Mtce. 

25 Years 

Kenneth Blocker, Sub-Assembly/Mech. 
Salvador Carbonell, Bus Pers. -North 
Mzirgaret Ellison, South Shops 
James Flores, Mech. Mtce. 
Howard Helfert, Sheet Metal 
William Lyke Jr., Mech Mtce 
George Martens, Forest Glen 
Maurice Miller, Limits 
Mack Mister Jr., North Avenue 
Steve NIcpon, Forest Glen 
James Reldy, Signal, Phone & Radio 
Lloyd St. James, Bus Pers. -South 
James Stephen, Operations Control 
Kenneth Stolz, North Avenue 
Arturo Valdez, North Park 

North Park 

CTA Roadeo Champion!! Well, will 
North Park be the garage to receive all 
that publicity and hoopla when one of 
our operators is announced as the 
1986 winner? Could be, could 
be... Recently-announced names mak- 
ing the eligibility list on the first steps to 
the actual Roadeo are: Michael J. 
O'Neill, Oscar M. Repellin, Jack 
Bryson, Daniel Joseph, Jose 
Moreno, Bernie M. Majewski, 
Robert T. Devitt, Jesus M. Vas- 
quez, Melvin Little, Jamie San- 
doval, Jesse Chin, Yakup 
Sabanoff, Brian DoUas, Louis 
Ward, Jean M. Cage, and Miguel 
A. Hernandez. Go for it, 
people!.. For those of us who like to 
swim, swim, and sink at the beach on 
summer vacation now's your chance 

CTA General Attorney Joyce Hughes 

presented certificates of actiievement to 
claim department personnel, as a 
culmination of in-house Claim Depart- 
ment courses related to principles of in- 
vestigation, interpreting medical reports 
and voice recorded statements. Claims 
representatives have also completed a 
three week property damage estimating 
course at Vale Technical Institute in Penn- 
sylvania. Recipients of the recent cer- 
tificates of achievement are, from left 
(seated), Donald Werdell, manager, 
Claims; Margaret Conviay, supervisor. 
Claims Subrogation; General Attorney 
Hughes; Michael Vitale, director. Claims 
Management. Standing (from left) are 

to really test your water wings. 
Operator Stanley Stevenson is able 
to get reduced rates for an ocean 
cruise. Love Boat style, for those 
operators who want to try a new ex- 
perience come vacation time. Stan 
says he has gone to Nassau and other 
stops in the Bahamas aboard ship in 
1985 and his photos don't show him 
looking bored at all!!. North Park's 
Credit Union dinner turned out really 
nice by way of their recently held 
meeting at the White Eagle 
restaurant... Lest anyone else is 
wondering where he is, our walking 
encyclopedia of run schedules and 
anything else related is now working 
as a travel information representative 
in the "burbs." Reed A. Becker 
would make a great driver 
methinks...Did our retiree Dale 
Peters ever hear from his friend from 
Arizona who inquired about him a 
while ago? Hope so... Arturo Valdez 
capped 25 years service on the buses 
recently but plans on staying behind 
the wheel a while yet. Bet you didn't 
know Mr. Valdez has a son, Arturo, 
Jr., working as a conductor these past 
7 years from Kimball terminal AND 
another son, Sergio, who has worked 
in the Electrical dept. at Skokie Shops 
these last 5 years... Now that Ophelia 

John Powers, Associate General Attorney, 
Tort-Workers Compensation-Claims; John 
Smith, supervisor. Claims Examiner; Omar 
Colon and Anthony Ritrovato, claims 
representatives; Daniel Martorelli, 
superintendent, Claims Examiner- 
Investigations; Thomas McCue, and Jesse 
Jumper, claims representatives; Harold 
Friedl, claims law coordinator; Arthur 
Thomas, claims analyst; Jeffery Campos, 
claims analyst; Thomas Stepp and 
Richard Smith, claims representatives; 
Frederick Ridley, claims accident clerk; 
William Uhl, claims representative, and 
Lawrence Grey, supervisor. Claims Ex- 

Service anniversaries 

45 Years »" April 

Lester Rage, Forest Glen 

40 Years 

Vernon Coleman, Schedules 

35 Years 

Harvey Bey, Kedzie 
Donald Crandall, Budget & Manpower 
Howard Gobernatz. Elec Dist. 
Eddie Mitchell, 77th Street 
Richard Morrow, 77th Street 
Theodore Vernon, Ashland Terminal 

30 Years 

Elijah Brown, Rail System 
Charles Hodges, Instruction 
George Lahori, 77th Street 
Lawrence May, Ashland Terminal 
Zane McBay, 77th Street 
Carlos Pitts, Track & Roadway 
Woodrow Wallace, Douglas/Congress 

25 Years 

Thomas Chorak, General Mtce 
Richard Celmons, 77th Street 
Webster Dahmer, Kedzie 
Roman Doubek, Douglas/Congress 
Timothy McDonagh, Rail Service 
James McDonald, District B 
John Odom, District D 
Denis O'Donoughue, Archer 
Oliver Ross, Blacksmith & Welding 
Felix Velinske Jr., Kimball Mtce. 
James Williams Jr., Central Counting 




Ellis is working here at our station, 
North Park can claim title to the fact 
that the first three female operators 
hired are at one location. Mary 
Wallace is the first and clerk Lor- 
raine Newton is the second... Our 
quiet operator in Evanston, Ed 
Unrein recently celebrated his 25th 
year of putt-putting aboard the buses 

Twenty-t\NO Kennedy King College 
alumni, all CTA employees, were honored 
recently at a banquet sponsored by the 
college and the Illinois Association for the 
Advancement of Black Americans in 
Vocational Education. Receiving Kennedy 
King's Special Recognition Award as an 
outstanding applied science alumnus was 
James Elliot, a 1974 graduate who joined 
CTA in 1966. Elliot is a performance con- 
trol analyst for Engineering and 
Maintenance. Other honorees, all from 
South Shops, were: Ernest Johnson, 
Frank Holton, Jr., Anthony Tunious, 
Lorenzo Ballard, Duane Doaley, Earl 
Jones, Richard Jones, Frank Boyd, Alfon- 
so Clark, Joe Dixon, Manuel Edviards, 
Leon Gardner, William Jenning, Lonzo 
Lyies, Vincent Roofe, Ray Slater, Ran- 
dolph Strahan, Robert Turner, Herman 
White, Patrick Small, and Carol A. 
Bowman, General Office. 

with a gathering of the family at home 
with his wife Opal, her two sisters and 
her brother, and a nephew, . .Look who 
won those new uniforms we are all 
looking forward to wearing v-e-r-y 
shortly. Winners are: G. Garcia, J. 
Dickerson, W. Velez and R. J. 
Lopez. Notice similar driving styles 
between North Park's father and son 
team Ray and Anllido Larragoity? 
Dad Anllido works Clark 
Street... Either North Park has an echo 
in the morning hours or maybe we're 
just hearing someone's radio playing 
overtime. Then again maybe it's Mr. 
"Star Search" himself, Joe Cobb, 
serenading those of us who are trying 
to while away the time on our fallback. 
Keep singing, Joe, we all know you 
sang at North Park's Christmas party 
last year... North Park's picnic commit- 
tee is attempting to get organized to 
give a picnic in the latter part of June. 
So maybe you have some ideas?? If 
so, c'mon, get with it and volunteer to 
help out Mike Floras 

North Section 

Ticket agent Mary Ann Taylor and 

her husband, Archer bus operator 
Louis Taylor, made their 14th wed- 
ding anniversary a family affair on 
February 4 as they dined at Maxwell 
Sweeney's Restaurant in Calumet 
City's River Oaks Shopping 
Center... Topping ticket agent Maggie 
Barret's vacation would be hard since 
one of the great events she enjoyed 
was watching the Bears-Patriots foot- 
ball game in New Orleans. 

Josephine Anderson 

CTA retiree Harold J. Rovirbottom 

(photo), and Gerald C. Hoff, Division 
Manager, Grant Programming for Metra, 
the rail division of RTA. were inducted into 
office as president and treasurer, respec- 
tively, at the January meeting of the Il- 
linois Section, Institute of Transportation 

Rowbottom, who has continued his ac- 
tivities with the ITE since retiring in 1983, 
is the first CTA person to hold the Illinois 
Section presidency since Evan Olmstead, 
who occupied the office in 1960. 

Hoff is former CTA director of Plans and 
Programs. He resigned in October 1984 
after 10 years to join RTA. 

The Institute of Transportation 
Engineers is a world-wide organization of 
transportation professionals with over 
6500 members, approximately 275 of 
which are located in Illinois. The organiza- 
tion is dedicated to aiding the growth and 
development of the transportation profes- 


Lawrence E. Agin, 77, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 6-4-27, Died 2-18-86 
James Broz, 65, West Shops, 

Emp. 3-27-58, Died 2-25-86 
Louis Burdzinski, 74, Archer, 

Emp. 10-17-42, Died 2-4-86 
Archibald Cameron, 83, 52nd Street, 

Emp 7-21-36, Died 2-3-86 
Robert R. Crane. 58, 69th Street, 

Emp. 7-29-46, Died 2-5-86 
Michael J. Grimes, 85. Lawndale, 

Emp. 12-18-33, Died 2-11-86 
William J. Grzesinski, 66, North Avenue. 

Emp. 2-10-47, Died 2-7-86 

Lawrence W. Heise, 77, Transportation, 

Emp. 3-26-30, Died 2-9-86 
Hugh B. Kelley, 85, South Shops, 

Emp. 8-22-18, Died 2-19-86 
Andrew Kotowicz, 87, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 8-13-23, Died 2-27-86 
Robert F. Lyons, 76. West Section, 

Emp. 10-1-41, Died 2-5-86 
Michael F. Nails, 93, Lawndale, 

Emp. 4-19-17, Died 2-26-86 
John Cacciato. 72. Vehicle Maintenance, 

Emp. 1-20-42, Died 11-6-85 

Anton Partyka, 80. North Park, 

Emp. 10-5-36, Died 2-7-86 
George Pctrides, 90,, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 10-18-16, Died 2-6-86 
James Rivers, 73, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 4-25-45, Died 2-23-86 
Frank R. Soukup, 85, 69th Street, 

Emp. 3-20-28, Died 2-21-86 
Benjamin J. Tausch, 86, Claim, 

Emp. 2-4-36, Died 2-18-86 
Walter E. Walshan, 84, Forest Glen. 

Emp. 10-20-27, Died 2-12-86 
William E. Whitenhill. 56, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 12-5-52, Died 2-4-86 




"Tokens" of appreciation 


Special gift items for transit fans are being 
offered for sale for the first time by the CTA Pro- 
motional Services section. CTA tokens attrac- 
tively plated with jeweler's metal (gold in ap- 
pearance) are the focal points of stick pins (not 
shown), tie tacks, tie bars, and cuff links. Cur- 
rent supply is limited, but all orders will be fill- 
ed over a period of time. 

Please use the order form below or a Xerox 
copy thereof. Payment must be made by 
check only, payable to "Chicago Transit 

Mail your order form to: TOKEN JEWELRY, 
CTA Promotional Services, Room 734, P.O. Box 
3555, Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 

Please allow a minimum of eight (8) weeks for delivery. Your jewelry will be 
U.S. Postal Service to the address on your order form. 

— — — — —— — — — — — Tolcen Jeweiry Order Form — — — — — 

Stick Pins $6.50 each 


Tie Tacks, $5.50 each 

Tie Bars, $8.50 each Address 

. Cuff Links (Plain token), . . .$13.00 each 


Cuff Links (Square backing), $13.00 each 

Total Price of Order (check enclosed) ^'^'^ 

sent through the 


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Transit News 

Vol. 39, No. 3 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

May-June, 1986 

Sheriff Pride deputizes (from left) Betty Edwards, manager. Community Affairs; 
Ira Harris, deputy superintendent. Bureau of Communiti; Service, 

Chicago Police Department, and Tim Spencer, representing 


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Left to right: Cook County Sheriff Richard EIrod, CTA Board Member 
Howard Medley, Chicago Police Superintendent Fred Rice, CTA 
Chairman Michael Cardilli, CTA's Sheriff Pride (David Bremer, 

Stores, Skokie) and Chief Administrative Officer Larry Pianto launched 
CTA's Anti-Graffiti Campaign at a press conference in the CTA board 

Mayor Harold Washington, 

Police Superintendent Fred Rice, 
Cook County Sheriff Richard Elrod, 

and representatives from the States 
Attorney's office and Chicago Public 
and Archdiocesan schools joined CTA 
Chairman Michael A. Cardilli in an- 
nouncing the anti-graffiti campaign. 

The "Other Side" bus, a specially 
prepared vehicle, was on display at 
the Merchandise Mart to illustrate the 
effects of graffiti. Included among 
dignitaries present for the anti-graffiti 
campaign kickoff and inspection of the 
bus was Tim Spencer of the City of 
Philadelphia who was representing 
Mayor Wilson Goode. 

The "Other Side" bus, created by 
sections of the Public Affairs depart- 
ment with the assistance of employees 
in various departments at South 
Shops, is a display of graffiti, litter and 
evidence of vandalism on one side of 
an otherwise serviceable vehicle. The 
other half of the bus is clean. 

The vehicle is being used to tour 
Chicago area schools and community 
organizations with coordinators from 
the Community Relations department 
to promote pride in transportation and 
discourage graffiti and acts of van- 

CTA Chairman Michael Cardilli called 
upon all to assist in the fight against 
graffiti. "Without the cooperation of 
our riders and all Chicagoans any ef- 
fort CTA puts forth will be wasted," 
the Chairman said. 

"We need concerned citizens to 
report acts of graffiti and vandalism 
immediately to the police by calling 
911. If a bus or train is marred with 
graffiti, it should be reported. We must 
work together to wipe out graffiti 
before it spreads farther," the Chair- 
man said. 

Police Superintendent Fred Rice en- 
couraged the use of 911 for reporting 
acts of vandalism and graffiti because 
he said such acts are considered by 
police as crime in progress. 

in addition to the "Other Side" bus, 
David Bremer of Skokie Store Room 
42, was introduced as Sheriff Pride, 
CTA's anti-graffiti crusader. Bremer, 
dressed in the typical "good guy" 
white hat and wearing matching white 
shirt and jeans, stood at the ready with 
a bolstered bottle of cleaning solution, 
and a cloth to wipe out graffiti 
wherever it appeared. He also 
deputized campaign volunteers in- 
cluding Sheriff Elrod and Superinten- 
dent Rice. 

From the Chairman 
New approaches 

On behalf of my fellow board 
members and all CTA employees, I 
welcome Walter Clark and James 
Charlton to the Chicago Transit 
Board . 

Mr. Clark brings CTA a wealth of 
business expertise and accomplish- 
ment, concern for the welfare of CTA 
riders and employees, and a commit- 
ment to provide efficient transit service 
at reasonable cost. 

Mr. Charlton is sensitive to the 
needs of handicapped riders, and he 
understands the overall needs of the 
riding public. His previous experience 
at CTA and other organizations will be 
a fine contribution to our board. 

We also congratulate James 
Gallagher at the close of his term as a 
board member. Mr. Gallagher served 
in many capacities, including Vice 
Chairman and Pension Committee 
Chairman. Chicago financial analysts 
have praised the success of our pen- 
sion fund investments and our com- 
mitment to invest in our local com- 
munities. Through these investments 
we are providing financial security for 
CTA employees and retirees, the 
lowest possible fare for our riders, and 
a boost to the local economy that 
benefits all Chicagoans. 

Chicagoans will also benefit from 
our extensive Anti-Graffiti program 
which is already showing encouraging 
results. The Chicago Police have in- 
creased their surveillance of CTA 
vehicles, stations, garages and rail 
yards, and several graffiti "taggers" 
have been arrested. Our maintenance 
crews continue to remove graffiti 
whenever it appears. And our "Other 
Side" anti-graffiti bus has been received 
enthusiastically at school visita- 
tions. Students are learning that graffiti 
is ugly, that we all bear the expense of 
graffiti removal, and that graffiti "tag- 
gers" will be arrested and punished. 

All CTA employees must join our 
anti-graffiti force by reporting graffiti 
crime in progress and by discouraging 
graffiti "taggers" whenever possible. 
Lets clean up CTA and clean up our 



Mayor appoints two 
CTA board members 

Mayor Harold Washington has named Citicorp Savings of Illinois Executive 
Vice President Walter Clark and former CTA Special Services Scheduling 
Supervisor James I. Charlton to the Chicago Transit Board. 

Walter Clark, who assumes a 
new term which expires September 
1, 1992, replaces former board 
member James Gallagher. Clark is 
an alumnus of Southern Illinois 
University, where he was recently in- 
ducted as a charter member of the 
College of Business and Administra- 
tion Alumni Hall of Fame. 

He also holds an MBA from 
DePaul University and completed 
Harvard University's Advanced 
Management program in 1971. 

Clark said of his appointment, "I 
want to be sure the business operates 
properly because it affects CTA 
employees as well as the people we 
serve. I'd like to know that we run 
an efficient service at a reasonable 

Clark is an active member of the 
Hyde Park community where he 
resides with his wife. Juanita. The 
Clark family also includes a son, 
Hilton P., and a daughter, Jaunine. 

James I. Charlton who is 

disabled, is director of programs for 
Access Living, a Chicago indepen- 
dent living center for the disabled. 
He has also worked for the U.S. 
Department of Energy, and was 
director of energy policy and 
research for the American Hospital 
Association. He is a graduate of the 
University of Iowa. 

He was appointed to serve out the 
unexpired term of former Finance 
Committee Chairman Michael I. 
Brady, who resigned from the CTA 
Board last year. The term expires 
September 1, 1987. 

Charlton said of his appointment, 
"While 1 bring a perspective to the 
CTA about the disabled, I feel a 
responsibility to all of CTA's riders. 
My interest is a lot broader than 
those who are disabled." 

VCR Winners 

Carmella Petrella, payroll con- 
trol clerk, general office, 
receives a video cassette 
recorder from general office 
mall clerk Willie Poole. Ms. 
Petrella was one of six CTA 
employees whose names were 
pulled in a drawing of 
employees who heard the In- 
vestor Life Insurance program 
plan. Other winners were 
Patricia Reed, bus operator, 
77th Street garage; Benrtie 
Wesley, bus operator, Archer 
garage; Paul Ruebe, Gerald A. 
Lynch, Jr., and Stephen Favre, 
all of South Shops. 


Acts of heroism merit 'Day in CTA' honors 

A South Section rapid transit crew, 
a North rail pool supervisor, and a 
West-Northwest rail conductor were 
named "Day in CTA" heroes and 
heroines in recognition of the service 
they rendered to CTA riders recent- 
Motorman John Duggan and 
conductor Robert Jordan received 
special recognition for their teamwork 
in extinguishing a fire which had 
started on the seat of the motorcab 
in one of the rail cars. The fire was 
noticed as the train was pulling into 
the platform at Ashland terminal. 

Duggan and Jordan each took fire 
extinguishers from two other cars 
and brought the fire under control 
within five minutes. Thus,, the 
damage to equipment and service 
delay were minimized. 

Meanwhile, San Juana Montes 
de Oca, a pool supervisor, was also 
on duty at the terminal during the 
fire. Ms. Montes de Oca saw the 
smoke and immediately contacted 
Communication/Power Control to 
request that the electrical power be 
cut. Police were sent and the proper 
reports were filed. Ms. Montes de 
Oca's prompt action aided the train 
crew in restoring service quickly and 
minimizing property damage. 

Mrs. Cleo Jackson Lofton, the 
O'Hare conductor who revived a 
10-month old unconscious infant 
after its mother and other passengers 
had feared that it might have died, 
was also among "Day in CTA" 

Mrs. Lofton, trained in car- 
diopulmonary resuscitation, initiated 
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the 
near-lifeless child after taking it from 
the mother who sat in despair 
clutching the baby frantically. 
Paramedics met the train at Lake 
Transfer, and took both mother and 
infant to Cook County Hospital. 

It was a different kind of heroism, 
however, which earned "Day in 
CTA" honors for Anna Gonzales. 
Ms Gonzales, a ticket agent, was 
working the Loyola station on the 
north-south route when a man, fit- 
ting the police description of a 
suspected rapist, entered. The agent 
notified the control center and police 
were dispatched. Trains were held 
outside the station until the officers 
arrived, and the suspect was taken 
into custody. 

In other police related matters in- 
volving alert and courageous CTA 
operating personnel, the theft of an 
operator's transfers and punch was 
stymied by Beverly Operator 

Waymon Jeffrey when he struggled 
with an errant youth who had 
grabbed the items from the operator 
and fled from his bus. Jeffrey gave 
chase and retrieved the items. 

Harlem motorman Odie Jones, 
also distinguished himself on the 
west-south route when he held his 
train outside the California station to 
aid policemen in the arrest of a man 
suspected of attempting to molest a 
young woman aboard the train. 

Two other "Day in CTA" honorees 
being honored were North Avennue 
Instructor Jesse Byrd, and director. 
Administration and Quality Control 
William Mooncy. Byrd who joined 
CTA in 1953, has been an instructor 
for nearly eight years. He was 
honored for having demonstrated 
leadership in the instruction section. 
He was also instrumental in winning 
the prestigious CTA Quarterly Public 
Safety Award during the last three 
quarters of 1985. Co-workers say 
Byrd's interest and dedication to 

fellow employees is "exemplary." 
Special recognition on "Day in 
CTA" was extended to Mooney for 
his "determination, diligence and 
perseverance in resolving an ex- 
tremely difficult task" as project 
manager of the new uniforms for 
operating personnel. As manager, 
Mooney was required to pull 
together a group representing 
operating employees, the union. 
Materials Management, Labor Rela- 
tions and others. He resolved such 
problems as fabric specifications, 
uniform cut for women and creation 
of a new fresh look for all uniformed 

Mooney was applauded for coor- 
dinating ideas and input from as 
many employees as possible, and for 
contacting vendors who 
demonstrated and presented samples 
of their products. He also had 
employees model and determined 
whether vendors could meet CTA's 
needs for new uniforms. 

CTA controller George Hand (left) explains the power control area to Day in CTA honorees 
Cleo Jackson Lofton, Jottn Duggan, Robert Jordan, and San Juana l\/lontes de Oca. 

Proudly displaying their Day In CTA " certificates of recognition are (from left) Jesse Byrd, 
Anna Gonzales, Odie Jones, and Waymon Jeffrey. 

MAY-JUNE, 1986 

The 1986 annual sports banquet 
honoring CTA basketball and 
volleyball teams, individual players, 
coaches, and other support personnel 
was held May 16 at the Americana 
Congress hotel. 

Championship volleyball honors 
went to the Kedzie Destroyers, coached 
by Johnny Coleman, and captained 
by Madelyn Carrasco. Rhonda 
Robinson was co-captain. Other 
members of the championship team 
were Brenda Adams, Dorothy 
Bentley. Joe Carter, Adelaina 
Garcia, Mel Bernice Simmons, 
Mary Rogers, Mitchell Austin, 
Alfonsa Brooks, Dave Flo res, 
Johnny Moore, and Jimmy 

The 95th Street Terminators, 
coached by Jesse Farley and man- 
aged by Esther McKelker, team 
captain Debra Boyd, took second 
place. Third place honors went to the 
General Office-Operations GO team, 
coached by Karen King, and manag- 
ed by Shirley McClure. The team 
captain was James McPhee. In 
fourth place were the Limits Eagles 
with Coach Raymond Gosha, and 
Manager Linda Downing. Barbara 
Williams was the team captain. 

Players representing North Avenue, 
Kedzie, Limits and 95th Street com- 
prised the North Section Volleyball 
Allstars coached by HoUis Lewis of 
North Avenue, and managed by Lin- 
da Downing of Limits. The South 
Section Allstars included players from 
95th, 69th and 77lh Streets as well as 
General Office. Karen King of 
General Office coached the South 
Section, while Jesse Farley of 95th 
Street was manager. 

Volleyball league officers for the 
1985-86 season were; Dianna 
Gaston, coordinator; Clark Carter, 
assistant coordinator; Linda Down- 
ing, secretary, Karen King, financial 
secretary; and Electra De Alba, 

Kedzie, G.O. take 

Volleyball's Coach ot the Year award recipient Johnny Coleman (left) of Kedzie, and Most 
Valuable Player Joe Jones of 69tfi Street, share the limelight 

-We're Number One" says Mel Bernice Simmons of the Kedzie Destroyers as she cradles 
volieybail's coveted first place trophy. Others with trophies are Johnny Coleman (left), 
Coach of the Year, and Johnny Moore, Division championship. Kedzie Superintendent 
Clark Carter (right), was the league's assistant coordinator. 

It was a second place trophy for the 95th Street Terminators. Superintendent Ardis Morris 
(center/left) holds the team trophy as team members display individual prizes. 

A tough third place crew was this General Office-Operations GO team. Holding the team 
trophy is Deputy Executive Director/Operations Harry Reddrick (center) as team members 
present their individual awards. 


top sports honors 

Basketball's champion Outlaws, representing the General Office, held their third con- 
secutive victory celebration after receiving the 1985-86 championship trophy on 
floor). Other Outlaw trophies displayed are the Division championship, held by teammate 
Willie Tucker (left), Coach of the Year plaque, presented to Coach Arthur Hubbard (kneel- 
ing), and the IVIost Valuable Player award presented to Duane Gray (right). 

Mike LaVelle, (center), sponsor of the General Office Raiders, holds the team's second 
place trophy. Team members proudly display their individual awards. 

It was third place for 
the West Side 'L' 
cagers. Displaying the 
trophy is manager 
Larry McNeil. 

Championship basketball honors for 
the third consecutive year went to the 
General Office Outlaws whose new 
mentor, Arthur Hubbard, was also 
named Coach of the Year. Marvin 
Kelsey was assistant coach. The team 
was comprised of Morris Bond, 
Michael Ewing, John Harvey, 
Michael Rembert, Phillip Ross, 
and Willie Tucker. Hubbard was 
also coach of the American League 
basketball Allstars. 

Other members of the 1985-86 
basketball championship team were 
Renardo Coleman, Duane Gray, 
Carl King, Tony Reynolds and 
Charles Rowe. The team was spon- 
sored by Elonzo Hill, manager, 
Operations Training/Instruction. 

Former Outlaws Coach Arliss 
Jones and Coach Daryl Lampkins 
were mentors of the second place 
General Office Raiders sponsored by 
Mike LaVelle, manager. Transporta- 
tion Services. Third place honors went 
to the West-Side 'L' with Coach Larry 
Buford, and Manager Larry McNeil, 
the 1984-85 sports coordinator. 

Finishing fourth in the basketball 
season was North Avenue, coached 
by Johney Gines, Jr. However, 
North Avenue's Anton McFadden 
finished the season as the individual 
player with the most points in both the 
playoffs as well as in a single game. A 
statistical talley of McFadden's points 
was not immediately available. 

The basketball board of directors in- 
cluded Arliss Jones, coordinator; 
James Brown, ticket agent; Curtis 
Coleman, Kedzie; Johney Gines, 
North Avenue, and Mike Hawkins, 
69th Street. 

Other basketball board members 
were: Wallace Howard, 77th Street; 
Arthur Hubbard, Outlaws; Daryl 
Lampkins, Raiders; James 
McGaughy, Trackers, and Larry 
McNeil, West-Side 'L.' 

MAY-JUNE, 1986 



Jerry Turner (North Avenue 

garage) was called ' 'a truly 

wonderful bus driver" by Darleni' 

Krauss. of Barry Avenue, w/' 

was a rider on his No. 54 Ciceiu 

bus. "He is such a kind person. 

I rarely see him without a smile 

on his tace. He always makes 

sure passengers get off at the 

right stop if they don 7 know 

their way. Most of all. he knows 

how to drive a bus. You can 

stand on his bus and hold on 

with one hand. He doesn 't stop 

hard and last at every stop. You 

don 7 have to worry about falling 

on your face or into the person 

standing next to you. I just wish 

the CTA had a tew hundred more 

like him. " 

Willie James (North Park garage) is appreciated by 
Edna McEwen, of North Lake Shore Drive, a rider on his 
No. 135 Wilson/LaSalle Express bus. "He actually 
thanks passengers when they put in their fare or show 
their pass. In short, he is a model driver. But this morn- 
ing, he went beyond the call of duty. Just before his bus 
got to my stop , I put a quarter in the newspaper machine , 
and as it closed, the strap to my bag got caught in it. 
When he saw my predicament, he jumped off the bus, 
managed somehow to free my bag, and was back on the 
bus, all in the space of maybe ten seconds. And I arrived 
at work on time!" 

Charlotte Brent (North Section) was thanked for her 
help as a ticket agent at the Clark/Lake 'L' station by 
Susan Holdreith, a United Airlines flight attendant. "As 1 
transferred to the Ravenswood to go home, a man took 
my wallet out of my purse while 1 was struggling with my 
luggage through the turnstile. The woman in the booth 
started screaming at the man, and yelling to me that he 
was taking my wallet. She startled him so much that he 
gave it back to me and ran off. If it were not for her being 
aware and concerned, 1 would be without my" wallet to- 
day. 1 am very grateful to her and praise her for her in- 

Bruce Williams (North Avenue garage) is regarded 
as "a model for all your bus drivers" by Stella Dytko, of 
Cortez Street, for his handling of a No. 74 Fullerton bus. 
"He approached the curb at all times for riders getting on 
or off. He drove the bus without jerking you off your feet. 
The ride was smooth, and he called the next stop 
beforehand and could be heard clearly. He answered 
questions in a patient and polite manner. It meant much 
to me, as I have arthritis, which makes it difficult for me to 
board the bus. But coming to the curb as he did made it 
much easier. I wish more drivers were like him." 

Arthur Alpert (North Section) was 
admired as ' 'a conductor who is 
not only top-notch, but one who 
exemplifies the highest level of 
performance standards ' ' by Jean 
Baucom. an Evanston city of- 
ficial. ' 'He IS well above average 
In providing riders with timely in- 
formation about upcoming stops 
and where to transfer. His enun- 
ciation Is so clear that you never 
find yourself saying. 'What was 
that?' His courteous manner and 
positive attitude make me feel 
that my use of the CTA Is valued 
and appreciated. The way he car- 
ries out his responsibilities and 
interacts with riders creates an 
outstanding Impression. " 

Jacques Yezeguielian (Forest Glen garage) was 
commended by Robert Gurney, of Highland Avenue, for 
his professional handling of a No. 90N North Harlem 
bus. "He helps senior citizens by waiting for them to get to 
the bus stop . On one occasion , he got out and helped get 
a senior and her bag on the bus. Another time, seeing an 
accident, he managed to block traffic with his bus, saving 
a lady from injury. To me, it shows he cares for people. 
He leads by example, always being helpful and 
courteous. I am sure if you asked senior citizens on North 
Harlem who their favorite driver is, they would say he is 
the one." 

James Detomasi (North Section) won praise from 
Christine Rainey, of Wilton Avenue, for his performance 
as conductor of a Ravenswood train. "He did more than 
just call out the stops and say, 'Watch your step' and 'Let 
the passengers out.' He wished everyone a good day and 
a pleasant weekend. He also made the ride interesting 
and fun with added comments on local points of interest, 
and bits of shopping, dining and historical information as 
well. Just looking around me, I could see that everyone 
was enjoying the ride as much as I was, and when the 
people got off that train, they were still smiling." 

Eldred Hall (North Park garage) caught the attention 
of LaRue Boenig, of Sherwin Avenue, for "being so 
punctual one could set his clock by him" as he operated a 
No. 147 Outer Drive Express bus. "He always dem- 
onstrates enthusiasm and obvious interest toward his 
work. His performance as a bus driver is outstanding. He 
always treats the passengers in a pleasant and courteous 
manner, and is always thoughtful and considerate. He 
realizes his job is to pick up passengers. Many times he 
would look to see if one of his regular riders was running 
for the bus. And if so, he would wait for them. He is 
prompt and polite." 



1985 iMfas our safest year 

CTA had fewer traffic and passenger accidents in 
1985 than in any previous year in its history, recording 
5.0 accidents per 100,000 miles of operation, or two 
percent fewer than the previous low of 5.1 in 1983. 

Chief Administrative Officer Larry Pianto said, "The 
1985 record is the clearest indication I can think of 
that CTA is concerned about the safety and welfare of 
its riders. We know that this was a result not only of 
greater care by operating personnel, but also of 

increased efforts by instructors and supervisors, and 
by the maintenance and safety departments." 

During the year, CTA's fleet of 2,275 buses and 
1,200 rapid transit cars were operated more than 126 
million miles. Each vehicle averaged 19,940 miles 
between traffic or passenger accidents, compared to 
only 4,785 miles in 1947. That was when CTA took 
over most public transit in Chicago, and had 60 
percent more transit vehicles in operation. 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Rosa Alfaro, Forest Glen 

Ora Berry, North Avenue 
Ramona Bolden, 77th Street 
Daventer, Bond, Beverly 
Kench Borum, 77th .Street 
Robbie Brown, Limits 
Gerald Budzisz, North Park 
Gordon Butler, South Sect. 

Jean Cage, North Park 

Ted Cain, Limits 

George Calhoun, 69th Street 

John Cameron, Ashland 

Madelyn, Carrasco, Kedzie 

Roberto Cartagena, Jefferson Park 

Delois Carter, Forest Glen 

Ilda Castellanos-Wadde, North Park 

Walter Christian, Archer 

John Church, North Park 

Lenzie Coaster, Dougl/Congress 

Danny Coleman, Jefferson Park 

Victor Davila, North Park 

James Detomasi, Howard/Kimball 

Oscar Douglas Jr., North Park 

Hezzie Edwards, 77th Street 

Willie Fowler, Jefferson Park 

Daniel Galarza, North Park 
Leonard Gibbs III, North Park 
Howard Green, North Park 

August Hallmann, Forest Glen 

Alfred Harris, Rail Sys. 

John Hartman, North Avenue 

A. Hill, Forest Glen 

Vernon Hill, Howard/Kimball 

Mary Holt, Limits 

Robert Hopkins Sr., Forest Glen 

Donald Hudson, Forest Glen 

Leroy Jackson Jr., Kedzie 
Willie James, North Park 
Eula Jarrett, North Park 
Darrell Jarrett, Jefferson Park 
Eileen Jensen, Forest Glen 
Undrell Johnson, 77th Street 
Leonard Johnson, Howard/Kimball 
Allen Johnson, Howard/Kimball 
Charles Johnson, Forest Park 
Lena Jones, Howard/Kimball 
Kenneth Jones, Ashland 

Assunta Kaya, Forest Glen 
Frederick Kersh Jr., 77th .Street 
Robert Kremer, North Park 

Lazaro Lafita, Central Bus District 
Julio Leyva, Forest Glen 

Enrique Marquez, North Park 
Willie Martin, North Avenue 
Lura Martin, North Avenue 
Robert Martinez, North Park 
Joseph Maryland, Limits 
Hager McFarland, Forest Glen 
Waltraud McGovern, North Park 
Jerry McKinney Jr., 69th Street 
Hector Medina, Archer 
Gustavo Meza, Forest Glen 
Kevin Mitchell, Jefferson Park 
Juan Montes, North Park 
Herman Montes de Oca, Ashland 
Cecil Moore, 77th .Street 

Robert Neighbors, Jefferson Park 
Diann Noone, Labor Relations 

Michael Ollins, Kedzie 
Dianna Owens, North Park 

Thomas Palma, North Avenue 
Veronica Parker, North .Sect. 
Frederick Pepke, Limits 
Thomas Perez, Archer 

Santos Perez, Howard/Kimball 
Flenard Porter, 69th Street 
Gwendolyn Preston, West Sect. 

Moises Rajczyk, North Park 
Ivan Ramos, Dougl/Congress 
Carl Rhoden Jr., Howard/Kimball 
Willie Richard, Beverly 
Edward Ross Jr., Kedzie 

Donald Seay, 77th .Street 
Rosalind Smith, Howard/Kimball 
Allen Smith III, 77th Street 
Walter Smith III, North Park 
Eddie Sneed, 77th Street 
James Starkman, North Park 
Robert Styburski, North Park 
Robert Surita, 77th Street 

Brian Thomas, Archer 
Lee Thompson, North Park 
Reginald Tolbert, North Park 

Richard Umbra, Limits 

Andy Vargas, Forest Glen 
Gladys Vera, North Avenue 
Frank Vonschwelder, North Park 

Elvis Wade, Forest Glen 
James Walker, Archer 
Frances Walker, North Park 
Ronald Ware, Ashland 
Myron Webb, Limits 
Elgin Wells, 77th .Street 
Fredrick White, Limits 
Arthur Wike, North Avenue 
Raymond Wiley, 77th Street 
Louis Williams, District A 
Ernest Williams, Archer 
Alma Williams, North Park 

Jacques, Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 
Fred Young, North Park 

MAY-JUNE, 1986 

John Cannon plans 
travel, enjoy family 

Plans for leisure travel, and enjoying 
his family are Accounting Operations 
Director John Cannon's immediate 
plans for retirement after 45 years of 
service to CTA and its predecessor. 

Cannon came to work for the 
Chicago Rapid Transit Company on 
March 14, 1941 as a mail clerk. His 
immigrant father, Martin John Can- 
non, of County Mayo, Ireland, joined 
the Rapid Transit Company as a train- 

man in 1918, and worked until his 
death in 1930. 

In 1943, John Cannon was called 
to service with the U.S. Army. His 
military duties took him to France, 
England, and Germany. After the war 
he returned to the CTA and began 
evening classes at Loyola University 
where he majored in accounting, and 
earned a baccalaureate degree in 
business administration. 

His CTA career has included 
assignments in the Payroll and Ac- 
counting departments as well as Inter- 
nal Auditing. He has served as assis- 



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dent. Accounting Operations, and was 
named director just prior to his retire- 
ment on May 1. Cannon was also ac- 
tive with a special project which was 
conducted from 1958 to 1960 to set 
up a new accounting system dubbed 
"Responsibility Reporting." 

CTA Chairman Michael A. Cardilli (back row/right), and Board 
Member Howard Mediey (bacl</left) join the Cannon family in 
celebrating the retirement of Accounting Operations Director 
John Cannon at a board room reception. Included are (from left) 
Mrs. Mary McDonnell Cannon, wife of the honoree-; grand- 
daughters, 6-year old Deirdre, and 4-year old Bridget Cannon: 
daughter Colleen, a CTA personnel research analyst, and son, 


Jack, a CTA position control system coordinator. Jack holds his 
2-year old daughter, Kathleen (Katie). At right is his wife, Mrs. 
Patricia Cannon. (Inset) Martin John Cannon, John Cannon's 
father, set the Cannon family on the transportation career path 
when he joined the Chicago Rapid Transit Company as a train- 
man in 1918. 


Millye L. Beatty, 95th St.. 29 yrs, 
John E. Cannon, Finance, 45 yrs 
Tarleton E. Curry Jr.. So. Shops, 25 yrs, 
Charles Gage. West Shops, 35 yrs. 
Verna J. Hartney. 95th St., 41 yrs, 
Frank J. Klekovich. 63rd/Ashland, 25 yrs, 
Joseph J. Kovatz. 69th St,, 38 yrs, 
Donald M. Kuratnik. Archer. 31 yrs 
Salvatore Leone. West Shops, 15 yrs, 
Zane S. McBay. 77th St , 30 yrs, 
James B. McDonald. Dist B, 25 yrs 
Graten D. McFadyen. North Ave., 27 yrs. 

Sylvester McFerren. Archer, 23 yrs. 
Willard Moses, Archer. 33 yrs, 
Charles Nevels Jr.. 61st St., 29 yrs. 
Patricia E. Newell. Law, 29 yrs 
Anna Olsansky, Engr. & Maint., 8 yrs. 
Gary A. Olsen, Skokie Shop, 35 yrs, 
Theodore Peters. Dist A, 21 yrs 
Lucius H. Priester Jr., 69th St . 32 yrs 
Theautry Snyder, Howard, 30 yrs. 
Theodore C. Sutkowski. South Shops, 38 yrs. 
Alfred Williams. 63rd/Ashland, 23 yrs. 
Gerald Wilson. Finance, 25 yrs. 

disability retirements 

Clementine Brown. West Sect , 16 yrs. 
Herbert R. Hodge, Archer, 28 yrs 



CPR, first aid training for Stores personnel 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, 
CPR as it is generally known, is a 
technique we hope would never be 
needed, but in an emergency it is a 
good skill to have. 

Because we are at work more than 
any place else, we are more likely to 
encounter a CPR or first aid emergen- 
cy at work than we are at any other 
time in our daily schedules. Thus, pro- 
viding CPR and first aid training for 
Stores employees seemed appropriate 
for Materials Management's director of 
Material Control/Stores, William C. 

Volunteers have participated in two 
CPR and first aid training classes con- 
ducted by the Mid-America Chapter of 
the American Red Cross. CTA 
graduates of the second eight hour 
course conducted recently are David 
Bremer, Vinko Djonlich, Leon 
Harris, Al Sprengel, James 
Schmitt, Willie Turner, and Lee 
Walker. A previous program alum- 
nus, Gerald Poces, a warehouse 
worker 11, is certified by the American 
Red Cross as an instructor in both first 
aid and CPR. 

Larry Tischer, Stores safety coor- 
dinator, said making the training 
available to CTA's Stores personnel is 
in keeping with the Stores manage- 
ment team's on-going policy of pro- 
moting safety and the prevention of 
on-the-job accidents. 

Trainees receive instruction in the 
techniques of artificial respiration, con- 
trolling severe bleeding, handling sud- 
den illness, burns, broken bones, 
choking, and rescue and transfer, as 
well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 
Classes are taught at the American 
Red Cross, 43 East Ohio Street, and 
are available on Saturday as well as 
during the week. Additional informa- 
tion may be obtained by calling the 
Red Cross at 440-2050. 


Proud of their first aid and car- 
dipulmonary resuscitation training cer- 
tificates after successful American Red 
Cross training are (from left) Lee Walker, 
Willie Turner, Vinko Djonlich, Leon Harris, 

James Schmitt, and Al Sprengel. Safety 
coordinators with the class are (far left) 
Joe Pecoraro, unit supervisor, and (far 
right) unit supervisor Larry Tischer. 

Golfing and fishing 

James Stewart (right), director. Equipment 
Engineering, accepts a memento of his 39 
years of CTA service from Tom 
Wolgemuth during a retirement banquet 

in Stewart's honor. An avid golfer and 
fisherman, Stewart Is leisurely traveling 
the country In pursuit of golfing and 
fishing pleasure, and enjoying the 


Leonard Beatty, Fac. Engr./Maint., 34 yrs, 
Robert L. Brown. 61st St . 33 yrs 
Ricardo Cespedes, Congress, 10 yrs. 
Chester M. Ciciura, 69th St , 33 yrs 
Henry C. Frezell, Kedzie, 25 yrs. 
Willard J. Frieb, North Park, 40 yrs. 
Mary K. Garrett, South Shops. 14 yrs. 
Ernest E. Guedel Jr., Forest Glen, 25 yrs. 
Rodifer J. Heffernan, Finance. 31 yrs. 
George L. Howard, West Shops. 32 yrs 
Elmer C. Johnson. Kimball, 40 yrs. 

Sam Johnson. North Ave.. 30 yrs, 
George S. Kacmarek. West Shops. 36 yrs. 
James P. Kelly, West Shops, 36 yrs, 
Harry O. Lindbcrg, Kedzie, 38 yrs 
Henry Madden, North Park, 25 yrs, 
Patrick J. McStay. Chief, Adm, Office, 38 yrs, 
Lester R. Rage, Forest Glen. 45 yrs, 
John A. Schwartz. Kimball. 39 yrs, 
Herbert E. Slovick, Howard Shop, 16 yrs, 
John E. Smith. Madison/Wabash, 29 yrs. 

disability retirements 

Linda Bellamy. 69th St., 10 yrs. 
William F. Boehm, Forest Glen, 10 yrs. 
Richard V. Gooden. North Ave . 18 yrs. 
Stephen D. Strope. West Shops, 20 yrs. 
Reuben C. Thomas. Kedzie, 24 yrs. 




June Gh 

in CTAa 


Proviso West H,S. 
Ulyesses C. Adams 

Forest Park 


Cassopolis H-S, 
C. L. AUen (Nick) 



Forest View H.S 
John Antonucc 

Rosemont Shop 


Hyde Park Academy 
Joseph J. Bailev 

Racine Shop 


Notre Dame H.S, 
Ronald J. Baker 



St, Mary's College 
Ronald J. Baker 



Willowbrook H ,S, 
Edward T. Barry 

North Auenue 


Proviso East H,S, 
Fred L. Bassett 




University of Illinois 

at Chicago 

Fred L. Bassett 


BENNETT JR. Norte Dame H,S, 

Weber HS John BUcharz 

Arthur L. Bennett West Shops 

Training Center 


Corliss HS 
Tommie Bosley 

77th Street 


Hyde Park Academy 
George Branch 

69th Street 


Paul Roberson H,S, 
lVi//ie L. Brewster 



Academy of Our Lady 
Joseph Brown 



St. Laurence HS, 
Pete Buck 

South Shops 


Business College 
Steven K. Butler 

61st Street Shops 


Tafi H S, 
Robert Bystrek 

West Shops 


University of Illinois 

College of Medicine 

Nicasio Camba 

Forest Glen 


Hyde Park Academy 
Rod Cameron 

Control Center 


Holy Family Academy 
Reginaldo Campos 

O'Hare Terminal 


Whitney Young H S, 
Alvin Carruthers 

South Shops 


Proviso West H S 
Charlie L. Chapman 




>f '86 


Fenger H.S 
Lee Cherrn 

Field Review 


Dnscoll Catholic 
James J. Chmill 

West Shops 


Rezin Orr H.S, 
Oliver Coleman 

North Avenue 


Maine East H.S. 
James W. Colles 

nilurc Ti'nunial 


Brenanto School 
John Crespo 

North Park 


Bolingbrook H.S. 
Warden Darden 

North Avenue 


Holy Trinity H S. 
Luis DeJesus 

Kimball Terminal 


Good Counsel H.S 
Daniel Dubinski 

Skokie Shop 


Hillcrest H.S 
Ellie Head 

69th Street 


Lindbloom Tech H.S. 
Edward Elam 

69th Street 


DeLaSalle Inst. 
Lampton Evans 

South Rail Area 


Carl Schurz H.S. 
Fernando Feliciano 

Forest Glen 


Lindbloom Tech H.S. 
Daniel Figgers 

77th Street 


Kelvin Park H S 
Angel Flores 

North Park 


Lindbloom Tech H.S. 
Currie L. Fowler 

South Rail 


Crystal Lake Central 
Emmet Gondor 



Morton H.S. 
William McCotry 



Whitney Young H.S 
Raymond Gosba 



Mendel Catholic H.S. 
James Gultry, Sr. 

69th Street 


TafI H.S. 
Harry Seely 

Ticket Agent 


Southern Illinois 

Virdell Hackett 

North Avenue 


Quigley South H.S 
Willie Hall III 

Archer Distnct B 


Lindbloom H.S. 
Robert L. Hampton 

77th Street 

MAY-JUNE, 1986 




Fenger H.S. 
Sheila Watkins 



Queen of Peace HS 
John Harris 



University of Illinois 
William T. Haworth 

Equip. Eng. & Maint. 


University of Washington 
John H. Holcomb 

Facilities Eng. & Maint. 


Julian H.S. Chicago Vocational H.S. 

Sessor Howard Richard Hudson 

Beverly Limits 


Cathedral H S 
Talmadge Ireland 



Corliss H.S 
Lena P. Jackson 



asley Academic Center 
Joe A. Jones 

69th Street 


Roosevelt University 
Bettye Jones 



Lake Park H S. 
Victor L. Johnson 

Materials Management 


Washington H S. 
Charles Lane 

Des Plaines Shop 


Manon H S 
Walter Jugin 
Martha Jugin 

South Shop Retirees 


Thornwood H.S 
Walter Jugin 
Martha Jugin 

South Shop Retirees 


Kenwood Academy 
Margo Julun 

Robert Julun 



Tmley Park H.S. 
Paul Klotzbucher 



DeLaSalle H S 
Wiliam Robertson 

District B 


Weber H.S 
Fred Krawczyk 

South Shops 


Regina Dominican H S 
Ruth LeBron 

Internal Audit 


Metro H.S 
Charles H. Lee 

Central District 


Hillcrest H S 
Rosie Lofton 

Howard Street 


Metro Magnet H.S 

Aaron Swoope 

Rail Terminals Retiree 

Bernice Smith Swoope 

Equip Eng. & Maint. 


Weher H S 
Aurelio B. 

North Avenue 


Immaculate Conception 

Chester L. 


Skohe Shops 




Gordon Tech H.S- 
Kenneth C. Mettler, Jr. 

Skokie Shops 


Began H.S 
Francis Micetich 



Ridgewood H.S. 
Patrick Mulcahey 



New Trier H.S. 
Nancy Nagel 


Percy L. Julian H.S. 
Carl Newsome 


Unity Catholic H.S. 
Maurice E. Preacely 



Curie H.S. 
Robert J. Prince 

West Rail 


Morgan Park H.S 
James Quails 

Materials Managements 


Mother Guerin H S 
Betty Ramel 

Management Services 


Near North H S. 
Manuel Ramirez 

North Park 


Eisenhower H S. 
Patricia Reed 

Internal Audit 


Proviso East H S 
J. IV. Rivers 



School of Nursing 
Loyola University 
Residee Sanders 

District A 


Taft H S 
Lulling Savage 

West Shops 


Gordon Tech H.S 
Frank J. Schulget 

West Section 


Whitney Young H.S. 
Mary H. Smith 



John Harlan H.S. 
L. Smith 

West Section 


Chicago Vocational 

Mattie Solsberry 


Providence St. Mel 
Marion Stubbs 

North Park 


Hirsch H.S. 
Valerie Coleman 

69th Street 


Lindblom H S. 
Virgil Tyler 

69th Street 


Ridgewood H S 
Ralph N. Volgarino 

District D Retiree 


Immaculate Heart 

of Mary H.S. 
Stephan Walker 

North Avenue 


George Washington H.S 
Norma Walker 

77th Street 

MAY-JUNE, 1986 



Lindblom H.S- 
Ben Wallace 



Northern Illinois 


Richard V. Willis 

Public Affairs 


Corliss H.S. 
Edward Wallace 

South District 


Northeastern University 
William J. White 

Forest Glen 


Whitney Young H,S. 
Robert Williams 

95th Terminal 


Lindblom Tech H.S. 
Tommy E. Williams 

South Shops 


Loyola University 
John Williams 

West Shop Retiree 


Julian H.S- 
Frederick Wilson, Jr. 

77th Street 


University of Illinois 

at Chicago 
Andrew Windham 

77th Street 


Beasley Academic 

Muriel Womack 

69th Street 


Kennedy-King College 
Thomas Randall 

69th Street 


University of Illinois 

at Chicago 
Edward Zabielski 

West Shops 

Sons of two CTA employees 
named to sen^ice academies 


Larry Pianto, Jr., son of Chief Ad- 
ministrative Officer Larry Pianto, 
St., and his wife Joan, has been ap- 
pointed to the U.S Naval Academy at 
Anapolis, Md. 

He is a 1986 graduate of Marist 
High School where he held a grade 
point average of 4.2, ranking 100th in 
a class of 454 students. Pianto was a 
member of the Marist football team. 
He will pursue a baccalaureate degree 
in electrical engineering. 

Appointed to the U.S. Military 
Academy at West Point, N.Y. was 
Martin Richard Willis, son of Tran- 
sit News Editor Rick Willis and his 
wife, Dorothy. 

Willis is a 1986 graduate of Bremen 
Community High School in 
Midlothian where he held a grade 
point average of 4.78, ranking 17th in 
a class of 248 students. He was a 
member of Bremen's football and 
track teams as well as the marching 

and jazz bands. He was also a 
mathlete and president of the com- 
puter club. Willis will pursue a bac- 
calaureate degree in computer 

Both candidates who report to their '^ 
respective academies on July 1, were 
nominated by U.S. Representative 
Marty Russo of the Third Congres- 
sional District. 

Larry Pianto Jr. 

Martin Richard Willis 



When Chicago State University held its 
312th commencement on June 22, its 
proud graduates included Mrs. Beverly 
Catherine (left), CTA Financial Services, 
and her sister, Mrs. Sandra M. Freeman, a 
veterans counselor. Beverly who special- 
ized in marlieting, received a bachelor of 
science degree in business administra- 
tion, while younger sister Sandra earned a 
master of science degree in corrections 
and criminal justice. Mrs. Freeman is a 
Chicago State University financial aid 
counselor where she coordinates the Il- 
linois Veterans Scholarship programs. 
Mrs. Catherine, who has spent her entire 
CTA service of 13 years in the Accounts 
Payable secton of Financial Services, 
soon joins the Internal Auditing section. 
Congratulations to the pair for continuing 
their education as they l<ept pace with 
jobs and families. 


Adalberto Vazquez (left) and 

Jesus Nunez (right) Skokie Shop 
assemblers, were congratulated by 
Mark Dundovich, superintendent, Rail 
Vehicles, for their Citizens Commen- 
dation Awards from the city of 

Evanston city officials honored the 
two Skokie Shop assembers on June 5 
for saving the life of an endangered 
motorist in a burning van in the suburb 
on February 18. Mayor Joan Barr and 
Police Chief William H. Logan 

presented the awards before about 
200 persons attending the event in the 
Washington Life Insurance Company 

Vazquez and Nunez had driven a 
co-worker home when they saw the 
burning van with an unconscious man 
behind the wheel. They got the man 
out of the vehicle and asked a cab 
driver nearby to summon help. Short- 
ly afterwards the van burst into flames. 
Police and paramedics praised the 
men's quick action which became the 
basis for their awards. 

National leaders salute centenarian Georgia Dixon 

Janice (Jae) Rowell, superintend- 
ent, Financial Analysis, joined family 
and friends at the Memphis, Tenn. 
Sheraton Hotel on February 22, for 
the 100th birthday celebration of her 
grandmother, Mrs. Georgia Johnson 
Dixon, a former elementary school 
teacher, and school founder. 

Mrs. Dixon, an active centenarian, 
received birthday greetings from Presi- 
dent Ronald Reagan, former President 
and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, NAACP Ex- 
ecutive Director Benjamin Hooks, 
Memphis (Shelby County) Mayor 
William N. Norris, Jr., Atlanta Mayor 

Andrew Young, mayors of other prin- 
cipal southern cities, and Chicago's 
Johnson Publishing Company presi- 
dent, John H. Johnson (Ebon^. Jet). 
The observance adjourned to the Pro- 
mised Land Missionary Baptist Church 
where Mrs. Dixon's son, the Rev. 
Brewer S. Dixon, was the speaker, 
and where Mrs. Dixon continues to 
teach Sunday School after 78 years. 

Mrs. Dixon is the mother of 11 
children, 22 grandchildren, 40 great 
grandchildren, and two great great 
grandchildren. In her early years she 
was a pioneer for education, and a 
missionary society founder in the State 
of Mississippi where she was also an 
organizer, speaker, and writer. 

The nurturing side of her character 
still finds pleasure in cooking and 
gardening. She cultivates a backyard 
vegetable garden each year. In keep- 
ing with her belief that every woman, 
regardless of age, needs a glamorous 
side, she is a hat buff with a collection 
of chapeaus of all sizes, shapes, and 

Of her longevity, Mrs. Dixon says it 
is a blessing of God . "We are promised 
a long life through obedience, and I 
have tried with all my heart to be obe- 

dient." For years a Shakespearean 
quote has been her guide, "Our 
doubts are traitors and make us lose 
the good we often might win by fear- 
ing to attempt." 

Mrs. Georgia Johnson Dixon holds two ^ I 

mementoes of her 100th birthday celebra- ] - 

tion, orchids which are each enclosed in a 'i 
bottle suitable for display. 

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MAY-JUNE, 1986 





69th Street 

69th Street garage took first place 
safety award in the maintenance 
department. No wonder Hank was 
smiling all over the place. Thanks for a 
job well done; and keep up the ex- 
cellent job to keep 69th number 
one... It's vacation time again, and 
operator Hubert Williams left May 
28 for Arkansas again. Must be 
something pretty nice to keep him go- 
ing back... Georgia Gayton is on her 
way to Tennessee to visit her 
parents... Meet Joe-Joe, bom 7-18-85 
at the Little Company of Mary 
Hospital weighing only 4 pounds, 10 
ounces at birth. Joseph L. Christian 
V will be having his first birthday, and 

proud parents, father operator Joseph 
A.L. Jr. and mother Clarissa Chris- 
tian, would like to share their hap- 
piness. Happy birthday, 
Joe-Joe. ..Heading to Nashville, 
Atlanta, then on to Florida are my 
good friends operator Idell 
Richards, and Ernest Sweeney. 
Going on a pre-nuptial holiday vaca- 
tion (smile)... Continued happiness is 
in order for the newly weds operator 
Carol Reed and operator Albert 
Graham united in marriage October 
30, 1985 in a civil ceremony. This 
year will mark their first 
anniversary... We care; That was felt 
as operator Mellowneice 
Springfield headed a collection , May 
1, for operator Corrie Morgan's hus- 
band: also operator Jimmy Hall who 

is very sick. That collection raised 
more than $500. Thanks for your 
kindness... The best to operator 

Gladys Norvell and her fiance super- 
visor Hueylon Steward on their 
planned August 16 wedding. The 
newly married couple plan to leave the 
following day on a 7-day carnival fun 
ship cruise. Fun in the sun as Gladys 
says with a smile... Best wishes to the 
following operators selected to attend 
the bus surface supervisor training pro- 
gram: Philip Gray, Thomas Patter- 
son, Clois Harper, Patricia Percy, 
Joe Jones, Robert Reed, Paul 
Jones, Jay Thompson, Victor 
Moore, and DeLois West. Everyone 
wishes you well, and if you don't do 
well, you'll have to answer to head in- 
structor Rudy Roach... April 1 was no 
April Fool joke to Operator Lawrence 
Lee when he was taken off his bus and 
rushed to Little Company of Mary 
Hospital... We're all glad to see 
Demetrel Parker back after being off 
sick for more than a month... It's good 
to see Doris Atwarter back after be- 
ing off for three months. .She's as 
sparkling as ever... Amy Young says 
she's feeling better and glad to be 
back--now Amy?... Condolences to 
the following operators: Lillie 

Parker, loss of her son: Leonard 
Morris, Board Member, loss of his 
brother; Doris Walker, loss of her 
daughter: Alonzo Claybom, loss of 
his father: Sandra Johnson, loss of 
her husband; Nonie Farmer, loss of 
her father; Etta Mae Jones, loss of 
her sister-in-law and mother-in-law: 
Rudy Roach, head instructor, loss of 
his uncle; Deborah Adams, loss of 
her mother; Joyce Jordan, loss of 
her mother... Thomas Randall, 69th 
Street chief clerk, has reason to be 
proud of his daughter. Carmen Ran- 
dall Young. Carmen graduated with 
honors from Kennedy King College 
where she earned an associate of arts 
degree. .She made the national dean's 
list, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, 
and received a teaching certificate. 
Carmen was also named an outstan- 
ding minority college student, and was 
a Kennedy King Education Depart- 
ment special delegate at a New 
Orleans conference. .She will continue 
her education at Roosevelt 
University... Instructor Tom Elerby 
was host May 3, when his club, the 
Society of Eagles, held their second 
annual spring dance at the Hiiding 
Anderson Local *65 Auditorium 
where Tom is vice president. Rest 
assured he made everyone feel like 
returning next year. .Some of the 
noticables attending were head of in- 
struction Rudy Roach, with his lovely 
wife .Susan; chief clerk Thomas Ran- 
dall, yours truly of course, and a host 
of co-workers. OK. Tom, VIP seating 
next year... Congratulations to the 
following co-workers eligible to com- 
pete in the 1986 bus roadeo: 
Sullivan Crossley, Jose John 
Agrela, Kenneth Mixon, Kathy 
Gandy, Laurance Weathersby, 
Clifton J. Hubbard, Patricia Rice, 
Vernell Roberts, Thomas Patter- 
son, Gloria D. Webb, Willie Sum- 
merville, Chellie Marie Booth, 
Rufus E. Meeks, Patricia Percy, 
James Gultry, Vera Tucker, 
Robert C. Clay, Joe A. Jones, 
James L. Bush, Doris J. Neal, 
James E. Mayes, and Phillip Gray. 
Andreas Flowers, son of bus operator 
Michelle Dixon is graduating from 
Joseph Warren Elementary School. 
Andreas received a full scholarship to 
Phillips Academy in Andover, 
Massachusetts. He loves basketball, 
and wants to be an electrical engineer. 

Elite Head 





North Park 

S-o-o, 69th claims they have the 
King of the J's Oan'tors)? Obviously 
they are not aware that North Park has 
it's own Emperor of the System, Mr. 
Alan Lowery. Alan presently has 25 

— ^ 1 

years service with the company and 
originally started as a bus operator at 
North Avenue garage. He had 17 
years behind the wheel... Attention: 
Team Captain Jerome "Cookie" 
Towns of the North Park Breezers 
Softball team. We will publish a photo 
of your team AND its 1986 trophy just 
as soon as you repeat your 1985 
championship performance. 
(Somehow the photo event of the year 
was omitted from last year's Inside 
News)... Get well wishes to Mary 
Wallace... Pensioners; your friend, 
Eugene "Gene" Brudney, currently 
working at the vault island as box 
puller, is retiring with 34 years service. 
Gene started with the Chicago Motor 
Coach, CTA's predecessor, at the old 
Wilcox garage (Madison -Crawford); 
then worked his way to North Avenue 
and Limits stations. When the Special 
Services section was formed Gene was 
one of the original 11 operators to 
work on the ".Special" bus. Gene and 
his wife Josephine will spend their 
retirement years in Elmwood Park, Il- 
linois... In case you were looking and 
have yet to see him, Instructor W. J. 
Purnell is currently working at 69th 
street garage... Anyone recognize any 
of our North Park drivers in the video 
tape replay of CTA's .Striving For Ex- 
cellence testimonial?.. .Instructor 
Aaron Crockett motors to New 
Jersey on vacation shortly and may 
apply some of those defensive driving 
skills as he nears all those glittering 
roulette tables in Atlantic City. Did we 
mention that his voice will be coming 
over the airwaves now that he is in the 
select group of people who work at the 
Control Center?... That gentleman 

working the Devon-Clark post, Super- 
visor Tom Fitzpatrick adds another 
365 days making it 23 years on the 
job... When do we see that photo of 
your granddaughter graduating from 
Kindergarden "Supe"?. ..Mr. Cheer- 
ful, Ed "Grouch" Olender the 
schedule man, and cohort Casey 
from the repair department mentioned 
that they're going a-fishing again at 
Lake Winnibigoshis, and hope to 
catch something in .September (a cold 
maybe?). H-m-m, if the fish in that 
lake are as long as it's name, maybe 
you both could "ride" it back this way 
Ed, Hah!... Our sympathies and con- 
dolences go to fellow operator Jose 
Abonce whose son Jose Abonce 
Junior passed recently . ..Hey, Hey, 
Proud Father Edward White, Super- 
visor, "C" district at Polk-Clark speak- 
ing of his daughter Elizabeth's winning 
a second place showing in the science 
fair held at Robert A. Black lately. 
Come to think of it, Elizabeth's talents 
will come in handy if and when that 
century old heirloom pocket watch Ed 
owns ever needs some 
tinkering. . .Maurice Hanna 
(Sheridan) has completed 800 hours 
of auto mechanics, received his cer- 
tificate of completion, and says he 
definitely would like a chance to be a 
bus mechanic... Former operator 
Madelyn Martin is now fifth grade 
teacher Madelyn Martin at one of our 
nearby elementary schools. Ms. Mar- 
tin enjoyed a week-long stay in the 
company of her fellow teachers in 
Freeport, Bahamas a while ago and 
says it was G-r-e-a-t!...Did you know 
Carmelo Morales, now at Forest 
Glen, has a record album out on the 
shelves? He composed all of the 
lyrics... In case he looks familiar, it is 
one and the same. Instructor George 
Zajac now with our Instruction 
department. George was featured on 
a channel 2 segment on TV last year 
regarding CTA and hasn't signed for 
any Hollywood deals yet, then 
again. ..Talent, talent, Charles 
Sauer, Credit Union Board member, 
got a nice write up in his church's 
newsletter describing his being quite 
the accomplished organist and choir 
director at Loyal Lodge, Ancient Free 
and Accepted Masons... Assistant 
Superintendent Sal Carbonelli, 
young looking that he is, has reached 
a quarter of a century in the employ- 
ment of CTA as of March 1986. But 

wait! Sal's daughter, Kathy, will be 
celebrating her 19th birthday along 
with a host of her friends at the Holi- 
day Inn soon, so maybe Dad will look 
his age when he sees the bill!!... Box 
Puller Ronald Hodges and his wife 
Yvonne soon will be smelling those 
old magnolia blossoms when they 
drive to Tupelo, Mississippi for a visit 
with Ron's father... Next time you are 
sitting in your car wondering how or 
what to do because it won't start, look 
around the training room for Miss 
Goodwrench, Alma Williams. 
.Seems this is one female who knows 
cars. . .Mary Crenshaw, now at Limits 
is still off from work because of an in- 
jury to her hand... Ripley's Believe it, 
Leroy Kalata now at Forest Glen 
picked a day run on Foster Avenue 
just so he could look at North Park 
garage which he says he misses so ter- 
"bly Mike Flores 


in May 

40 Years 

Elmer Johnson, Howard/Kimball 
Joseph Steinbach, Bus Pers.-Soutii 

35 Years 

Walter Campbell. 77th Street 
Robert Hoimel, Elec Dist. 
William Jones, Rail System 
Gerald Mallory, Dist A 
James Mincey Jr., Dist A 
Frank Riley, Jr.. 69th Street 
Gabriel Schiazza, Dist D 
Gordon Woods, Kedzie 

30 Years 

Luther Gaston, Elec Dist 
Sam Johnson. North Avenue 
Michael Leavy, Howard/Kimball 
Caesar Trent. Beverly 

25 Years 

Franklin Brison, Elec Dist 

Raymond Burkhardt, Archer 

Dominic DeMaria, South Rail 

Thomas Donnelly, Bus Garages-South 

Ervin Harmon, Ashland 

Ronald Jareckas, South Shops 

Karl Kassal, Archer 

William Miedema, Bus Support Srvcs 

Robert Mulnix, North Park 

Derrell Norton, North Avenue 

James O'Malley, Rail System 

William Orr. Central Counting 

Frank Papaleo, South Shops 

Charles Perham, Signal Phone & Radio 

Francis Payne, Linden 

Charles Rimmele, Adm Services 

Edwin Szot, Archer 


MAY-JUNE, 1986 


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Materials Management 

Buyers and Procurement Engineers 
attended the 19th annual Chicago 
Business Opportunity Fair held at the 
Conrad Hilton Tower. The fair has 
provided qualified minority suppliers 
with an equal opportunity to par- 
ticipate and compete in the open 
market place. Through our participa- 
tion, CTA has been able to add a 
number of Disadvantaged Business 
Enterprise/Women's Business Enter- 
prise suppliers. The Chicago Business 
Opportunity Fair creates a climate in 
which an interchange takes place be- 
tween the buyer and the DBE/WBE 
supplier who can provide required 
goods and services, thereby 
stimulating continuing dialogue and 
working relationships. It enables pur- 
chasing to expand the number of 
potential sources and increases com- 
petition, which results in improved 
quality of goods and services... Con - 

Service anniversaries 
in June 

40 Years 

Michael Borchek, Forest Glen 
Dino Fuggiti, Elec Dist 
Ted Galus, Forest Glen 
William Glassner, Esc Mtce 
Harry Hawke, South Shops 
Richard Norton, Elec Dist 
Edmund Wojcik, Howard/Kimball 

35 Years 

John Bright, Forest Park 
Mitchell Faczek, South Shops 
Dennis Gibson, Ashland 
Dave Johnson, Rail System 
Houston Washington, Ashland 
Frank Zaborowski, North Park 

30 Years 

L. J. Hampton, Bus Pers. -South 
Willie McGee, Bus Relief Area 
Leonard Moore, 77th Street 
Willie Webb, Rail System 

25 Years 

James Alexander, Dist A 

Sam Caccltolo, Forest Glen 

William Davis, 77th Street 

Arthur Filip, Jefferson Park 

Milton Gaylord, Forest Glen 

Daniel Hammond, Signal Phone & Radio 

Arthur Janz, North Park 

James Keegan, Gen'l Mtce 

James Lewis, North Park 

Louis Maestre, 69th Street 

William Millar, South Shops 

Leroy Moreland, Dist D 

Chester Olenski, North Park 

Patrick O'Malley, Rail Pers -South 

Jerry Thomas, Ashland 

Carl White Jr., Rail Pers. -South 

dolences to the families of Joan 
Thomas, principal contract clerk, 
whose father passed away, and Bill 
Cantwell, warehouse worker, whose 
father-in-law passed away... In spite of 
inclement weather, a good time was 
had by all who attended the CTA Mart 
Golfers Spring tournament at the 
Hickory Hills Country Club. We miss- 
ed you Ron Swindell!. ..Materials 
Management department is operating 
at full complement again. Back to 
work are Lori Muhling, Ruth Ann 
Miles, Zaven Guediguian, Denise 
Robinson and Carol Griseto. They 
all agree that as much as they like stay- 
ing home, it's no fun when you're 
sick... Rita Deakin, Accounting, 
Bernadette Kizior, Facilities 
Engineering and Maintenance, and 
retiree Kay Batina, Schedules, drove 
to Epcot. Rita said, "The trip was 
great, but just too short"... We thank 
Connie Brabec, Materials Manage- 
ment, as well as all CTA workers who 
participated in the National Walk-A- 
Thon for March of Dimes Birth Defects 
Foundation... John Harrington. 
Grant Accounting, is back to work 
after a brief illness and thanks 
everyone for their kind get well 
wishes... We were all saddened by the 
death of Janet McClain, executive 
secretary, Affirmative Action, who 
died after a brief illness. We extend 
our sympathy to her family... Bernice 
Smith, executive secretary, Equip- 
ment Engineering and Maintenance, 
thanks everyone for remembering her 
while she was sick. . .Wedding bells are 
ringing for Corrine Camasta and 
John Zon, Skokie Shops, and Wally 
Feulner, Supervisor, Budget and 
Manpower Equipment, South Shops, 
and his bride Janice. Congratulations 
to all... John Ferlito, Skokie Shops 
and his wife Debbie added a new 
member to their family. Daughter 
Danielle was born April 12 at Swedish 
Covenant Hospital. Danielle has a 
three year old brother. Congratula- 
tions to the Ferlito's and the 
Fano's...Mary Garrett, timekeeping 
clerk. Engineering and Maintenance, 
South, was treated to a dinner by her 
co-workers. Congratulations, Mary, 
upon your retirement. ..Attention, At- 
tention! The South Shops Annual Pic- 
nic will be held July 19 at Rubio 
Woods, 143rd and Central, Orland 
Park. All CTAers and their families are 
invited to participate in the fun and 

CTA retirees Walter J. Weber (left), former- 
ly of ttie Soutf) Sfiops Body Shop, and 
Chester Bujnomski, former unit overtiaul 
foreman, Skokie Shop, share the good 
times during a IVIoose Lodge weekly 
meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. 

games. Refreshments will be 
served... Condolences to the family of 
Josephine O'Kray, revenue accoun- 
ting, whose father Carl Augitto passed 
away... Two month old Brendon 
Daley and his Mommy Priscilla 
(Facilities Engineering and 
Maintenance), visited their friends in 
the Mart. Brendon let us know he was 
glad to see us. Brendon's daddy 
Mike, works in Operations 
Planning... Fred Petrino, retired. 
Engineering, and his wife Rose are en- 
joying their retirement and want to be 
remembered to their CTA 
friends... Ann Angst, retired, Ac- 
counting, visited her friends in the 
Mart and made a special stop in 
Materials Management... Condolences 
to the families of two deceased In- 
surance department retirees, Jim 
Burklow and Louie Troken... Ed- 
ward A. Reilly, retired Superinten- 
dent of Traffic Data, Schedules, 
passed away. Our condolences to his 
family and son Terry who works at 
South Shops... Mitch Kitzman, 
retired Resident Bus Inspector, Equip- 
ment Engineering and Maintenance, 
visited the Mart recently... Bob 
Vance, retired Day Foreman at Limits 
Bus Garage, passed away. Con- 
dolences to his family. ..Did you know 
that George J. Clark, retired supt. of 
Shops and Equipment, has fully 
recovered from his hip replacement 
and is planning a trip to Mackinac 
Island this summer... Greetings from 
Ralph Martz, retired Supt. of 
Shops... Lillian PoUand, wife of the 
late Director of Public Information 
Harry Polland, passed away in Sun 




City, Arizona. Condolences to her 
family... Rosemary Kenny, Payroll, 
and her sister Kay spent two weeks in 
sunny Palm Springs, California. They 
enjoyed this trip more than 
ever... Congratulations to retirees 
totalling 209 years of service to CTA 
and its predecessor companies: John 
Cannon, Director, Accounting 
Operations; Patrick McStay, Police 
Liaison; Patricia Newell, Super- 
visor, Law File Administration, and 
June Noren, Batch Control Coor- 
dinator and Rod Heffernan, Super- 
visor, both of Revenue Accounting. 
Many friendships were renewed and 
good food and drink were consumed 
at their dinners and luncheons. The 
Committees did a terrific job. We wish 
all of our retirees many years of good 
health and happiness... 77th Street 
Volleyball coach Maurice Land, call- 
ed to tell me that he's very proud of 
this team and that they took second 
place in the South Division sections, 
CTA Volleyball league. By the way 
95th street took first. 

Arlene Zittman 

Forest Glen 

There is a baby boom in the Guedel 
family. Pete and Laura Guedel are 

the proud grandparents of Ryan 
Joseph, and Christine Marie. Ryan, 
born April 4, is the son of Jim and 
Sandy Guedel, while Christine, born 
April 9, is the daughter of Bill and Bar- 
bara Guedel. Both babies are happy 
and healthy, but will Pete change 
diapers again? Noooo. Pete took his 
retirement June 1 after 25 years ser- 
vice, and will live in Tucson, AZ. 
Good luck to Pete and 
Laura... Welcome back to foreman 
Harry Gakal who returns after long 
recovery from an accident... Best 
wishes and a speedy recovery to Ar- 
mando Aristodemo who is off due 
to back problems... Again Forest Glen 
won the sixth Safety Award luncheon. 
Good food and nice prizes were the 
rewards. Let's keep Forest Glen 
Repairs number one in safety... Our 
sympathy is extended to the family of 
Ed Hayes in the loss of his mother-in- 
law, Mrs. Grace Wulf...Good luck to 
Bob Kaese, Sal Furlin, and yours 
truly in the bus roadeo. Going for first. 
.Send me your news about Forest Glen 
so we can get it in. 

John W. Kochopolus 

Skokie Shops 

Congratulations to the following 
employees who participated in the 
sub-assembly and final assembly train- 
ing program: Jesse Rodriguez, 
Keith Gallman, Duane Blocker, 
Gerald Hoist, Al Olsen, Scott 
Kurinec, Jan Borochin, Ray Por- 
domo, J. R. Pilgrom, and Dan 
Ward. ..The recent outbreak of 
pigeons in Skokie has reached 
epidemic proportions. Recently, a 
fellow employee was bombed with 
droppings and had to be restrained 
from retaliating... A third generation of 
twins were born to Brian and Judy 
Faczek, son of Mitch Faczek. Jan 
Broda, paint shop foreman, finally 
became a grandfather of Shaun 
Michael. It's about time! He is also 
boasting that his Ford Bronco is seven 
years old and still keeps on ticking, 
with the original battery. Can anyone 
top that? Chevy lovers!... Joining the 
list of retirees are the following: Mike 
Vezquez, Gary Olsen, George 
Michaud, and Thomas Kirby. A 
retirement party will be held for 
Thomas Kirby on June 27th, at Ray 
Harrington's. Also it is his birthday that 
day... Sam Bacira, carpenter, for the 
first time in his 10 years of employ- 
ment has turned down overtime, two 
days in a row. No excuse Sam?... Best 
wishes and speedy recovery to: Tony 
Morales, Jose Maldonado, Marty 
Gorman and Jim Zazula. Hurry 
back... Bill Crocker is a proud father 
of graduating son Brock from .S.l.U. 
and daughter Cynthia from high 
school... Entering matrimonial bliss 
are: Corinne Camasta, Dale 
Jones, Al Olsen. ..The eleventh an- 
nual Skokie Shop Golf outing will be 
held on Sept. 13th at Nordic Hills 
Country Club. Go for the 
birdie.. .Congratulations, Diego 
Droira was sworn in as a U.S. 
citizen... The 1986 March of Dimes 
Walk America walkathon was held 
.Sunday, April 27. Skokie Shop 
demonstrated its generosity and sup- 
port of its walkers (Anna Kelly and 
myself) by donating $718.00 to the 
March of Dimes. It was a wonderful 
event for a good cause, and I could 
not have thought of a more pleasant 
way to spend a Sunday. As a whole, 
CTA was represented by approx- 
imately 20 walkers from the Authority. 
Greg Winski 

On May 4, 1986, Dale Jones, a machinist 
at S/(o/c/e Stiop, and Shelagh Dawe, an ex- 
ecutive secretary for Associates Commer- 
cial Corporation, were married at the 
Wayside Chapel in Palos Heights. Their 
reception was held in the Garden Room at 
the Martinique in Evergreen Park. Mr. and 
Mrs. Jones spent their honeymoon on a 
Caribbean Cruise. 

Management Informa- 
tion Systems 

On March 27, M.l.S. held a bowling 
outing at Marina Towers. An excellent 
time was had by all. Joe Gingras' 
famous line was, "Move over a couple 
of boards!"... The CTA .Spring Golf 
Outing was held on May 17 at Hickory 
Hills Golf Course. M.l.S. personnel 
cleaned up by taking: Longest Drive, 
Dan O'Connor, M.l.S. Administra- 
tion, and Closest to the Pin, Barry 
Howard. The Fearsome, namely 
Barry Howard, Bill Smith, Bruce 
Weeks (all from M.l.S. Operations) 
and Emil Rusinak (retiree), tore up 
the course. The M.l.S. department 
would like to take this opportunity to 
thank Chuck Cummins and all who 
helped put together another great 
outing... Larry Simpson, project 
analyst, was elected treasurer of the 
Chicago Chapter, Association for 
.Systems Management, on April 22. 
The association is a 9,000-member in- 
ternational society of systems informa- 
tion resource management profes- 
sionals. The Chicago chapter has 60 
members, who meet monthly for pro- 
grams related to the systems profes- 
sion. Larry has just completed a term 
as secretary of the Chicago chapter. 

Patricia Glines 

MAY-JUNE, 1986 




Todd Kivlehan, 15, a freshman at Notre 
Dame High School, and the son of Skokie 
Shops carpenter Bernie Kivlehan, was 
awarded the Eagle Scout badge, 
scoutlng's highest honor. In a recent court 
of honor ceremony. He Is a member of 
Scout Troop 175, Thundervalley District, 
Northwest Suburban Council, Boy Scouts 
of America. The Eagle Scout rank Is 
achieved by approximately two percent of 
all boys in scouting, and represents ac- 
complishments in scouting skills, leader- 
ship, service, strength of character, and 
an understanding of community and na- 

Francis J. Bartel, 71. Forest Glen, 

Emp 2-17-42, Died 4-10-86 
Raymond W. Blaa, 78, North Park, 

Emp, 10-3-40, Died 4-28-86 
George D. Bell, 68, Rail Veh. Maint,, 

Emp, 12-15-53, Died 3-21-86 
Philander H. Bergsrud, 84, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 1-24-25, Died 2-19-86 
Alvin S. Bloomquist, 78, North Park, 

Emp. 7-6-37, Died 3-2-86 
Mildred C. Bonomo, 82, Purchasing, 

Emp. 9-1-43, Died 3-16-86 
Matt Borek. 70, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 8-14-45, Died 4-9-86 
John R. Carr. 82, District A, 

Emp. 12-21-33, Died 3-23-86 
Frank O. Eckwall, 91, 77th .Street, 

Emp. 3-13-23. Died 3-25-84 
Adam J. Gablin. 80, Electrical, 

Emp, 6-4-34, Died 3-21-86 
Barnaba E. Gagnon, 72, .Stores. 

Emp. 9-8-53. Died 4-21-86 
Elizabeth M. Hawkins, 80, North Sect , 

Emp, 1-31-45, Died 4-10-86 
Albert H. Heinrich, 86, 69th St , 

Emp, 10-20-25, Died 4-1-86 
Austin H. Hough, 87, OS, Mailroom, 

Emp. 7-24 42. Died 3-10-86 
Edward F. Huth. 74, North Park, 

Emp, 10-29 52. Died 4 17-86 
Otto F. Janecek. 80. District B. 

Emp, 9-22 42, Died 3-17-86 
George W. Jensen. 86, Police, 

Emp 10-5-23, Died 3-15-86 
John A. Johnson, 93, Devon, 

Emp, 3-8-16, Died 3-9-86 

General Office 

Distinguished military graduate 
Keith Alan Willis, son of Transit News 
Editor Rick Willis and his wife, 
Dorothy, received a regular commis- 
sion in the U,.S, Army as a second 
lieutenant upon graduating from Nor- 
thern Illinois University May 10 with a 
degree in sociology. He has been 
assigned to the Ordnance Corps at 
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. for 
19 weeks of training, and has further 
orders for Germany in 
November,,, DeLa.Salle Institute alum- 
nus (class of '86) Kenneth F, Evans 
continues to enjoy recognition for his 
academic performance, Kenneth, the 
son of -South Rail Area .Superinten- 
dent Lampton R. Evans, will discuss 
teen films on the half hour WBBM-TV 
show, "Different Drummers," Taping 
will be June 12 for a later air time. 
Merit .Scholarship Finalist and 
trackman Kenneth took his high 
school diploma with a 4,8 GPA and 
the Honor Roll/Athletic Achievement 
award. Next stop, Notre Dame 
University and a baccalaureate degree 
in electrical engineering... Mather High 


Albert J. Joza, 73, 69th ,St,, 

Emp, 11-30-53, Died 4-17-86 
Edward E. Kain, 89, West Section, 

Emp. 3-12-18, Died 3-10-86 
Stanley P. Kalinowski, 64, North Avenue, 

Emp. 10-7-66, Died 3-9-86 
Rudolph A. Kannewurf, 87, West Section, 

Emp, 2-13-43, Died 3-31-86 
Philip J. Keil, 89, 77th Street, 

Emp, 6-4-26, Died 2-24-86 
Marvin Kissel, 64, South .Sect,, 

Emp. 2-13-48. Died 12-13-85 
Arthur H. Lask, 74, Kedzie, 

Emp, 7-25-42, Died 4-24-86 
Albert S. Lietzo, 71, North Avenue, 

Emp, 4-7-42. Died 3-30-86 
Frederick W. Limmel, 70, Operations Control, 

Emp. 8-16-44. Died 2-6-86 
Earl J. Lynch, 89, Way & .Structs., 

Emp. 10-13-25, Died 4-8-86 
Mitchell Malek, 73, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 11-23-45, Died 3-28-86 
Daniel McCauley, 85, 69th ,Street, 

Emp, 2-8-23, Died 3-19-86 
Raymond W. McClintock. 75, Veh Maint , 

Emp, 5-23-41, Died 4-22-86 
Timothy McNamara, 91, 77th ,Street, 

Emp, 4-24 24, Died 3-19-86 
John W. Miller, 72, Limits, 

Emp 11-21-50, Died 4-4-86 
Eddie Mitchell. 63, 77th St , 

Emp, 4-17-51, Died 4-16-86 
Clihon E. Money, 82, North Section. 

Emp. 10-12 43. Died 3-14-86 
Michael J. Murphy, 80. Engineering, 

Emp. 2-25 42. Died 4-9 

Pom Pom squad captain Martha 
Cheatham who received her diploma 
this year, is bound for Northeastern 
College. Martha served on the Year 
Book committee, and was a member 
of the Ruetama Dancers. .She is the 
daughter of Hattie Peterson, 
Treasury department... By the way!!! 
Ms Peterson was one of three ladies 
in her department to earn the ac- 
colades of Chicago Public Schools 
Mobility Training teacher Lois 
Buenger. Others being applauded 
were Tracey Foster and Judy 
Stroud. Ms Buenger wrote, "As 
mobility training teacher for three 
Chicago Public .Schools, I take 
trainable mentally handicapped 
students to the RTA for .Special Users 
passes. The trip is the beginning of the 
students' independence. The three 
women patiently explain the impor- 
tance of the pass and how to protect it. 
I have also asked them to say an addi- 
tional word or two about how to 
behave on the CTA buses. They are 
able to do this with kindness and car- 
ing. Ms Foster, Ms Peterson and Ms 

John D. O'Donnell, 85. Shops & Equip . 

Emp. 11-11-42, Died 4-10-86 
Michael V. O'Malley, 79, Shops & Equip 

Emp, 9-7-44, Died 2-4-86 
Mary M. Radcliffe. 91, North .Sect,, 

Emp. 5-10-44, Died 4-18-86 
George W. Rateike, 82, Tech, Services, 

Emp. 12-21-36, Died 3-30-86 
Milo J. Ritchey, 82, Beverly, 

Emp, 11-3-36, Died 4-9-86 
McKinley Ross, 84, Transportation, 

Emp, 9-3-47, Died 3-7-86 
Walter L. Sesko, 84, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 12-9-26. Died 4-8-86 
Andrew Smith, 76, North Sect,, 

Emp, 6-13-67, Died 4-23-86 
Delso Smith. 65, 69th Street, 

Emp, 12-27-51, Died 3-15-86 
William T. Speer, 61, Limits, 

Emp. 5-7-48, Died 3-2-86 
Elmer J. Stevens, 80, 61st St,, 

Emp. 11-26-24, Died 4-27-86 
John L. Strzelecki. 75, West Sect , 

Emp. 12-5-42. Died 4-25-86 
Charles J. Sundblad, 76. Beverly, 

Emp. 8-22-41. Died 4-12-86 
Anthony Sunzeri, 69. Maintenance. 

Emp. 9-29-41, Died 3-24-86 
Louis C. Troken, 73, Human Resources, 

Emp. 1-11-49, Died 4-3-86 
Robert V. Vance, 71, Veh, Maint,, 

Emp 7-20-40, Died 4-2-86 
Louis W. Weissgerber, 71, Maint , 

Emp, 4-15-42, Died 4-12-86 
Edward J. Weston, 66, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 12-11-50, Died 4-11-86 



The Lovance Ashley family, now has a 
dentist among their professional siblings. 
Claims representative Ashley and wife, 
Jean, Chicago Board of Education, were 
justifiably proud of their youngest 
daughter, Dr. Maria M. Ashley, as she 
received the DDS degree June 8 during 
commencement exercises of the Universi- 
ty of Illinois Circle Campus. Ms. Ashley is 
also an alumnus of DePaul University 
where earlier she earned a bachelor of 
science degree. Ashley, a 38-year CTA 
employee, says the drive is now complete. 
Daughters Karen Hilbering of Westerville, 
Ohio is a math consultant for Charles E. 
Merrill Publishers, and Jeannine Jones is 
a teacher at Carver Middle School, 
Chicago Board of Education, while only 
son Lovance II is a support representative 
for IBM. 

Stroud are truly exceptional 
employees. My students continue to 
talk about them as self reminders. I am 
impressed with their efficiency in 
handling their applications and their 
sincere interest in the 

students. "...Meanwhile, Ms Stroud is 
expressing appreciation to co-workers 
and friends for the support given her 
daughter. Jamie Johnson, in the Met- 
calfe Magnet .School fund raiser. 
Jamie was awarded a cordless 
telephone for being the top sales per- 
son in a particular category. Her 
AM/FM radio was also awarded for 
topping all other students in 
1986 Manufacturers Hanover Cor- 
porate Challenge will be held Thurs- 
day, August 7 beginning at 6:50 p.m. 
The 3.5 mile road race will get under- 
way at Ninth and Michigan Avenue in 
Grant Park. This will also be the finish 
line. Anyone interested in forming a 
CTA running team should contact 
Gina Trimarco, in Capital Develop- 
ment, Ext, 4574. Gina wants to have 
her team organized by July 14. A $5 

entry fee per individual is required. 
The team will not be an official 
organization or CTA representa- 
tion... Harold Burda stopped by a 
few days ago to remind everybody of 
the CTA Senior Citizen Picnic which is 
set for -Saturday, August 2 at 27th and 
Desplaines Avenue, Grove 4. 
Everyone is welcome whether retired 
or still working. Burda who retired 
from CTA Property Accounting in 
1975, has been an active part of the 
picnic committee for years, and a fre- 
quent visitor to the Mart. 


Agent Controller Conine Dalmas is 

the proud grandmother of Christopher 
Gregory Crenshaw, bom March 19 in 

Memphis, Tenn., weighing seven 
pounds, one ounce... Congratulations 
and good luck to James Musto and his 
bride, Kim Truppa who were married 
May 18, and honeymooned in Califor- 
nia. The happy couple is residing in 
their northwest side apartment. The 
lucky groom is the brother of Opera- 
tions Control Center executive 
secretary Carol Musto... The Opera- 
tions Control Center staff commends 
rail controller Mary Fryar for the vital 
role she played March 13 in the ap- 
prehension and arrest of a suspected 
child molester. Ms. Fryar ordered the 
train held outside the station until the 
police arrived and made the arrest. 
Thanks for a job well done... Lino 
Alcaraz, superintendent. Bus Com- 
munications, and Jerry Johnson, 
superintendent, Rail Communica- 
tions, vacationed together in Las 
Vegas. Although the weather was 90 
degrees. Lino and Jerry brought back 
no suntans. It seems the casinos are 
not equipped with sunroofs. 

Carol Musto 


North Section 

When Ms. Vanessa Gardner threw 
her wedding bouquet, April 19, North 
.Side ticket agent, Glenda Lyles. 
caught it. Look out, Louis 
Torres!!!. ..Gus Klopner, North 
Section janitor, won the Lottery two 
weeks in a row with the same number, 
for a total of over $900.00 Gus is a 
very generous guy. He wants to share 
his good fortune with you. He says to 
tell you all that the winning number 
was 525. .Several years ago, he won a 
trip to the Bahamas in a contest spon- 
sored by a radio station . Although he 
offered the gift to both of his parents, 
only his mother accepted. Gus and his 
mom had a really memorable vaca- 
tion. .Shortly after they returned from 
their trip, Mrs. Klopner suffered a 
serious stroke. .She is recovering, but 
still needs physical therepy. Gus is 
grateful that he was able to do 
something for her while she was still in 
good health. ..Dan Villanueva, 
Neville Keller, and Everett Martin 
have a different idea of a good time. 
They want danger, excitement, and 
adventure! For several years they have 
planned a special hunting trip. Now 
that all conditions are "go," they will 
set out on May 27, for a wild game 
preserve in the heart of darkest Ohio. 
Their quarry is wild boar, and their 
weapons will be 44 caliber handguns. 
At this moment, we can picture them 
stalking the beast, when suddenly, 
from the dense underbrush, a slaver- 
ing, grunting boar with razor sharp 
tusks, and hate filled eyes, charges 
them. They are good shots. They will 
have to be. We personally prefer a lux- 
ury cruise. Any ticket agent can tell 
you that being charged by a bus loud 
of passengers running to catch that 
train is scary enough. 

Josephine Anderson 




July-August, 1986 

July 25, 1986 

September-October, 1986 

September 26, 1986 

November-December. 1986 

November 21, 1986 

January-February, 1987 

January 23, 1987 

March-April, 1987 

March 27, 1987 

May-June, 1987 

May 22, 1987 

MAY-JUNE, 1986 


CTA, in the heart of Hollywood 

This huge billboard advertising the Illinois Film Office 
is located in the heart of Hollywood's Sunset Strip and 
boasts Illinois, the Prairie State, as the best possible 
place to shoot movies. The new billboard is said to 
have a smarting effect on Hollywood movie moguls. 
The colorful sign features characteristic stuntmen 
engaged in a violent confrontation atop a careening 
'L' train. The violence ends in typical movie fashion 

with blazing gunshots, and a man falling into the 
Chicago River. A spokesman for the Illinois Film Office 
said competition for filmmaking in states besides 
California is heavy, and billboards such as this are 
everywhere. The Illinois Film Office simply chose to 
tout the State of Illinois on Hollywood's own turf in 
hopes of catching a lot of attention for the movie- 
making business in moviemaking land. 

P. 0. Box 3555. Chicago, Illinois 60654 




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W^tQ Transit News 

Vol. 39, No. 4 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

July-August, 1986 

=t3 Board elects new officers 

Walter H. 

John J. 

Walter H. Clark, former ex- 
ecutive vice president for 
Citicorp Savings of Illinois wfio 
was recently appointed to a 
seven-year term on the CTA 
Board, has been elected CTA 
Board chairman. 

He succeeds N/lichael A. Car- 
dilli whose term expired August 
31. Named vice chairman was 
veteran CTA Board Member 
John J. Hoellen. The board con- 
vened to elect its new officers 
on August 27. 

Clark, 58, who was named to 
the board by Mayor Harold 
Washington on June 4 and ap- 
proved by the Chicago City 
Council, said of his appointment 
at that time, "I want to be sure 
the business operates properly, 
because it affects CTA 
employees as well as the people 
we serve. I'd like to know that we 
run an efficient service at a 
reasonable cost." 

He is an alumnus of Southern 
Illinois University at Carbon- 
dale, where he is also a charter 
member of the university's col- 
lege of business and administra- 
tion Alumni Hall of Fame. 

The new chairman earned his 
master of business administra- 
tion degree at DePaul University 
and completed Harvard Univer- 
sity's Advance Management 
program. He and his wife, 
Juanita, reside in Hyde Park, 
and are the parents of a son and 
a daughter. 

(continued on page 2) 

(contined from page 1) 

CTA Board elects new officers 

John J. Hoellen, 72, was first 
nominated to tine CTA Board by 
Governor James Thompson, and 
approved by the Illinois Senate 
in November, 1979. The govenor 
reappointed him to a new seven- 
year term in May, 1984. 

Hoellen, former alderman of 
the 47th Ward from 1947 to 1975, 

was a member of the City Coun- 
cil's committees on finance, 
traffic, and transportation. 

He is an alumnus of North- 
western University where he 
earned his baccalaureate 
degree in public administration. 
He is also a graduate of the 
Northwestern University Law 

school, and has been a member 
of the Illinois Bar since 1938. 

The vice chairman is a prac- 
ticing attorney, and resides in 
the Ravenswood community. He 
and his wife, Mary Jane, are the 
parents of a son and a daughter. 

CTA employees present papers at U of C 
transit conference 

CTA staff participating in the University of Cfjicago sponsored 
one-day fi/letropolitan Conference on Public Transportation 
Researct) were (seated from left) David Phillips, superinten- 
dent, Service Planning; Norman Hall, system development 
coordinator: Eric Marx, elderly and tiandicapped transit 

operations planner, and Lynn Hitter Otte, superintendent, 
Service Analysis and Research. Standing are (left) Larry Anderson, 
capital program analyst, and Jon Roth, superintendent. Special 
Senice Operations Planning. 

Seven CTA employees were among 
participants in the one-day 
Metropolitan Conference on Public 
Transportation Research held June 19 
and sponsored by the University of 
Chicago at the university's Swift Hall. 

Presenting papers at the 10-session 
conference were Jud Lawrie, budget 
manager; Jon Roth, superintendent, 
Special Services, Operations Plann- 
ing; Lynn Ritter Otte, superinten- 
dent, Service Analysis and Research; 
David Phillips, superintendent. Ser- 
vice Planning; Eric Marx, elderly and 
handicapped transit operations plan- 
ner; Norman Hall, system develop- 
ment coordinator, and Larry Ander- 
son, capital program analyst. 

The- conference keynote speaker 
was former CTA Executive Director 
Bernard Ford, president of Baker 
Engineering, Inc., who addressed the 
meeting on the subject of The Effects 
of Federal Budget Cuts and the 
Resulting Environment for Service 
■ Provision. Chicago Tribune Editorial 
Board member David Young was the 
luncheon speaker on The Effects of 
Politics on Mass Transit. 

Papers presented to the conference 
by members of the CTA staff were: Ef- 
fects of Lower Gasoline Prices on 
Transit Revenues, Jud Lawrie; The 
CTA's H\^brid User-Side Subsidt; Pro- 
gram. Jon Roth and others; CTA's 
1986 Fare Increase. Lynn Ritter Otte, 

and Equity and Transit Fare Struc- 
tures, Norman Hall. David Phillips was 
a member of the afternoon's 
Downtown Distribution Panel which 
also included representatives of the 
City of Chicago, and the Greater State 
Street Council. 

The conference was organized by 
representatives of the Center for Ur- 
ban Research and Policy Studies, 
University of Chicago, and staff 
members of CTA, PACE, Metra, the 
Regional Transportation Authority, 
the Chicago Area Transportation 
Study, and the Illinois Department of 
Transportation . 


Design engineer honored for 
superior public service 

David Hillock (left), manager, Facilities Engineering and Maintenance, congratulates SPSA winner Patrick Murphy as Chris Kalogeras, 
director. Architectural Design waits to extend best wishes to his nominee. 

Patrick R. Murphy, senior wiring 
design engineer in the Facilities 
Engineering and Maintenance depart- 
ment received a Superior Public Ser- 
vice Award in the outstanding profes- 
sional employee category. 

Murphy was one of 12 recipients at 
the 18th annual Superior Public Ser- 
vice Awards program held at the 
Palmer House. Among finalists who 
received certificates of recognition 
were Virginia D. McGraw, ex- 
ecutive administrative assistant to 
Deputy Executive Director/Engineer- 
ing and Maintenance George 
Millonas, and Michael B. Vasquez, 
recently retired superintendent. Rail 
Maintenance terminals, Skokie. 

Murphy, a CTA employee for 12 
years, was nominated for the Superior 
Public Service Award by Chris 
Kalogeras, director. Architectural 
Design. He was cited for his work in 
planning and designing of non- 
maintenance type electrical work at 
CTA facilities, which includes lighting, 
heating, power, equipment connec- 
tions, and controls. His work involves 
making plans and specifications for 
use by bidders on CTA projects. 

As executive administrative assistant 
to the deputy executive director. 
Engineering and Maintenance, 
Virginia McGraw, an employee for 13 

Michael B. Vasquez, and Virginia D. McGraw proudly display their certificates of recogni- 
tion as finalists in the Superior Public Service Awards. 

years, relieves the deputy executive 
director of considerable administrative 
detail. Her responsibilities include a 
wide variety of activities which surpass 
the normal range of clerical functions. 

As superintendent of rail terminals, 
Michael Vasquez supervised and coor- 
dinated all rail maintenance activities 
for more than 230 employees in rail 
car repairs, servicing and motor clean- 
ing work performed at all CTA rail ter- 

Vasquez was also responsible for 
coordinating terminal operations with 
other departments and monitoring the 
activities of the Rail Vehicle 

Maintenance System. He was a CTA 
employee for 38 years before his 
retirement in February. 

The Superior Public Service Awards 
program recognizes outstanding public 
employees in the executive, profes- 
sional, supervisory, clerical, public 
safety, and general service categories. 

Superior Public Service Awards are 
open to employees of the City of 
Chicago, Cook County, Metropolitan 
Sanitary District, Chicago Board of 
Education, Chicago City Colleges, 
Chicago Housing Authority, the 
Chicago Park District, and the 
Chicago Transit Authority. 



H Cath 


LeRoy Starr (North Park 
garage) was praised by 
Cathy Drummond, of Grace 
Street, who is a regular 
rider on his No. 151 
Sheridan bus. "This man is 
always neatly dressed, 
with his uniform in good 
condition. He is always 
courteous, and very nice to 
the elderly people, pulling 
into the curb at all stops 
for his passengers. Not 
long ago, I saw him explain 
to some visiting ser- 
vicemen about what they 
could see or do here. He 
calls out the streets, and 
does not hurry passengers 
entering his bus iust so he 
can pull out faster. He is 
also not a fast or jerky 
driver, and is very pleasant 
to those who ask about 
other buses or streets. " 

eleven Wardlow Jr. (West Section) was appreciated 
by Jack Trembczynski, of Addison, a rider on his O'Hare- 
Douglas train. "Recently a friend of mine came in from 
Seattle with his family, and the kids wanted to ride the 'L' 
and take in a Cubs game. I thought we could do both in 
one day. After getting on the "L' at O'Hare, 1 asked the 
conductor about the transfer downtown to Wrigley Field. 
Mr. Wardlow did everything but take me by the hand. He 
showed me where to get off and how to make the 
transfer. During this time, he also answered may more 
questions from other passengers, always with a smile." 

Roger Hudson (77th Street garage) was called "one 
in a million" by Helen Foote, of East 79th Street, a fre- 
quent rider on his No. 3 King Drive bus. "He is the nicest 
man I've ever met. He always has a smile, and always 
says 'Good morning' to everyone who rides his bus. If 
you ask him a question, he takes time out to answer you. 
He will explain just how to get there so you will under- 
stand which way to go or what bus to get . It is a joy to ride 
with him. It really makes my day. Sometimes you have 
that woozy feeling, but once you get on -his bus, he 
changes all that. His bus is one you would want to wait 

Ricky Hogan (North Park garage) was the operator of 
a No. 145 Wilson/Michigan Express bus ridden by 
Ernesto Espiritu, of East Chestnut Street. "Not being 
familiar with this particular route, 1 had a few questions, 
which he promptly answered, always addressing me as 
'sir'. This courteous and pleasant demeanor continued 
until 1 got off at the Water Tower, although 1 am sure it 
didn't end there. When someone didn't show enough of 
their pass, he would ask them politely to show it again, 
always thanking them afterwards. He also cautioned 
passengers to watch their step boarding or alighting. He 
does a fine job." 

Augustin Lopez (West Sec- 
tion) "deserves special 
commendation," according 
to Carol Kelm, of Oak Park, 
who had seen a thief 
snatch another woman's 
purse on a Lake/Dan Ryan 
train at Laramie. "When 
conductor Lopez saw what 
was happening from the 
car ahead, he kept the 
train in the station and 
prevented the thief from 
going through the turnstile 
and escaping to the street. 
While waiting for the 
police to arrive, he calmed 
the victim and her hus- 
band. He asked me if I had 
been hurt, and was con- 
cerned about the cuts my 
husband sustained in his 
scuffle with the thief on 
the platform. We are very 
grateful for Mr. Lopez' help. 

Mansur Kabir (South Section) " has a great deal of 
patience, along with a generous measure of kindness," 
according to Brother Chris Lambert, of St. Peter's 
Church in the Loop. "He was training a new conductor 
(on the Englewood-Howard route), a young man who 
was obviously experiencing all the anxieties of being new 
on the job. But nothing this young man could say or do 
upset him. He quietly and patiently urged his trainee 
through all the necessary procedures. When passengers 
needed information, he took the time to be sure each one 
understood his directions, then reminded them when 
their stop was approaching. He honored himself and 

Cedric Johnson (Kedzie garage) was regarded by 
Betty Cook, of Flossmoor, as "one of the finest bus 
drivers I have encountered. His entire attitude was 
positive. He was very patient with a handicapped young 
woman who was trying to get to the (No. 20 Madison) 
bus before we pulled away. He assured her that he would 
indeed wait, and that she should take her time. I noticed 
also that he was equally patient with the elderly, or with 
those who may have had to fumble for change. It was 
also nice to have the stops called out. and in such a 
cheerful manner. All in all, riding his bus was a unique 

Tuesday Simpson (Limits garage) was com- 
plimented by Helen Rossi, of West Huron Street, who 
was a rider on her No. 36 Broadway bus. "She was the 
most courteous and kind person I have ever en- 
countered. She was kind and helpful to me and the other 
elderly passengers. I have been a CTA passenger on 
thousands of trips, but this one I won't forget. I had to 
write to tell you about her. I took me a while because 1 
was in the hospital. She was businesslike, and yet friendly 
and kind. Everyone was treated as if they were special. 
This young lady was something else. The other people 
on the bus agreed with me." 



Between June 22 and August 1 8, 1 1 1 juveniles and 22 
adults were arrested for graffiti offenses, reports Sgt. 
Robert Angone of the Mass Transit Unit, Public Transpor- 
tation Section, Chicago Police Department. Hours of 
undercover investigation by tactical officers produced 
information leading to the identity of graffiti offenders 
and enabled officers to arrest graffiti "taggers" after 
they had left the scene of the crime. 

Of those arrested, 33% are repeat offenders and 
many are leaders of graffiti "tagging" groups. Through 

cooperation with the Chicago Police Department Youth 
Division and the State's Attorney's Office, first time of- 
fenders were put to work in clean-up programs at CTA 
facilities and neighborhood locations, and 90% of the 
repeat offenders appeared in Juvenile Court to face 
charges of criminal damage to CTA property. 

Anti-Graffiti publicity has increased public awareness 
of this million-dollar-a-year problem, and many concern- 
ed citizens, including parents, have provided valuable 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations from the public. 

John Adamson Jr., Jefferson Park 
Syed Alimuddin, West Section 
Arthur Alpert, Howard/Kimball 

William Babilonia, Howard/Kimball 
Jose Barrera, Archer 
Rudolph Blakemore, North Avenue 
Thomas Brooks, Archer 

Robert Cadiz, North Park 
Jean Cage, North Park 
Ilda Castellanos-Wadde, North Park 
Deborah Castro, Kedzie 
John Chandler, 77th Street 
Thomas Christian, District D 
Luther Collier, Jefferson Park 
Nilda Colorado. North Park 
Robert Cook. North Park 
Robert Cowan, North Avenue 
James Craig, North Park 
Albert Croarkin, 77th Street 
William Cutnmings. Forest Glen 
David Curley. North Rail District 

Deneen Dalmas. West Section 
Albert Dayan, North Park 
Jose Diaz, Limits 
Herman Duffin, Forest Glen 
Mclvin Dukes. North Avenue 
Charles Dunker, North Park 

Bruce Ellison. North Park 
Sylvester Ermon. 77th Street 
Pedro Exposito, Forest Glen 

Nathan Fitzpatrick, North Park 
Michael Flores, North Park 
James Flowers. North Park 

Daniel Galarza. North Park 
David Gaston. North Park 
Heriberto Gonzalez, Forest Glen 

Ronald Hackworth Jr., Archer 
Sarah Hall, Limits 
Marvin Harris, Kedzie 
Anthony Harris. North Avenue 
Neil Hickman, Limits 
Vernon Hill, Howard/Kimball 

Shirley Hobbs Jr., North Park 
Mary Holt. Limits 
Robert Hopkins Sr.. Forest Glen 
Rosemary Hoskins. North Park 

R. Jackson. North Avenue 
Alvin Jenkins. 77th Street 
Cedric Johnson. Kedzie 
Howard Jones, Archer 
Farrell Jones, Forest Glen 
Alfred Jordan. Archer 

Bahram Khavari. North Park 
John Kirsch. Howard/Kimball 
William Knudsen, Forest Glen 
Robert Kremer. North Park 

Lee Lampley. 77th Street 
Robert Lewis. North Avenue 
Hipolito Liquigan, Forest Glen 
Hector Lopez. North Avenue 

Kevin Majors. 77th Street 
Lura Martin. North Avenue 
Kenneth Martin. North Avenue 
Joseph Maryland. Limits 
Ephriam Mauldin, 69th Street 
James Mayes. 69th Street 
Charles McKissick, 77th Street 
Diego Medina, North Avenue 
Marceau Mitchell, 77th Street 
Doris Moore, Ashland/61st/95th 
Carmelo Morales, Forest Glen 
Thomas Morrison, North Park 
Harold Morrison, North Park 
Luster Morton, Control Center 
Robert Moskovitz. North Park 

George Neal. Kedzie 

Walter Nowak. Douglas/Congress 

Angel Ortiz, North Park 

Fernando Padilla. North Avenue 
Thomas Perez, Archer 
Henry Person. North Avenue 
Harry Purnell. 69th Street 

Ibrahim Rahim, 77th Street 

Leonardo Ramirez, Forest Glen 
Jerry Reed, North Avenue 
Armando Rengifo. North Park 
George Reynolds Jr., Ashland/ 

Leon Richmond, Kedzie 
Jesus Rivera, North Park 
Lucy Rivera, Limits 
Freddie Robinson. 77th Street 
Carlos Rodriguez. North Park 
Gene Ross. 69th Street 

Luis Santell. Forest Glen 
Augustin Santiago. North Park 
Michael Schleyer, Forest Glen 
Keith Scott, Ashland/61st/95th 
Cassandra Seay, North Avenue 
Terry Sims, Forest Glen 
Penelope Smith. 69th Street 
LeRoy Starr. North Park 
Frank Staszak. Archer 
Annie Stuckey, 69th Street 
Robert Styburski. North Park 

Henry Taylor Jr.. North Park 
Robert Thomas, North Park 
Lee Thompson, North Park 
David Thorps, South Section 
Robert Tirado, North Park 
McVey Turner, 77th Street 
Marvin Turner, Howard/Kimball 

Arturo Valdez. Howard/Kimball 
Luis Valenzuela. North Park 
Adolphe Vaughn, Beverly 

Jesse Walker, 77th Street 
Mary Wallace, North Park 
Leon Washington, 77th Street 
Frieda Wells, North Park 
Walter White. Beverly 
Fredrick White. Limits 
Patricia Williams, North Park 

Jacques Yezeguielian. Forest Glen 
Alphonso Young. Forest Glen 

Marvin Zabel, North Park 
Anthony Zenner, North Park 


Few hobbies require more dedica- 
tion than the art of novice obedience 
dog training, and there is no more 
dedicated practioner of dog training 
than Erv Harris, graphic artist for 
CTA's Operations Division. 

Harris, who has been employed by 
CTA for 24 years and has trained dogs 
for nearly 20 years, says a trained dog 
is a happy dog, a matter yet to be 
realized by many dog owners. 
However, it is certain that the owner of 
a trained dog is happier with the dog. 

In fact, being able to control one's 
dog is the key to a good relationship 
between dog and owner. It is precisely 
this training that is provided for 
students in Harris' 14-week novice 
obedience course. The course is spon- 
sored by the not-for-profit Rainbow 
Dog Training Club, a southside 
organization concerned with the care 
and training of dogs. Facilities for 
training are provided by the Chicago 
Park District. 


Canine obedience instructor 
Erv Harris demonstrates ttie 
mettiod to stand a dog. 

Harris, the principal instructor, 
credits CTA retiree Glen Ross of 
Athens, Ga. as his mentor. Other in- 
structors are club president Ernest 
White, and trainer Claude Brantley, 
a CTA performance control specialist. 

The Rainbow Dog Training Club 
operates by American Kennel Club 
rules. The 14-week course is not 
limited to show or pedigree dogs, but 
is open to dogs of all breeds, including 
mixed breeds. The course is geared to 
help dog owners wrest control of their 
homes. "Usually, when people come 
to us their dog is running the house," 
said Harris. 

Training of a dog may begin when 
the dog is six months old. However, 


Harris would also like to see a 
"kindergarten puppy training" pro- 
gram which would be beneficial to 
owners when they first acquire a dog. 
Such an innovative program would 
also make the novice obedience class 
easier to teach. 

Harris' dog. Brandy, a beautiful, 
well-disciplined English Springer 
Spaniel, acts as a teacher's aide as he 
demonstrates on command the posi- 
tions of heel, sit, stand, stay, and a 
variety of other orders which a pet 
should follow. Dog owners are also in- 
structed in the proper disciplinary 
measures for controlling excessive 
barking, biting, chewing and other 
problems which pet owners frequently 

Teaching the dog to sit. 



leash properlV 


in a dog's worid 

Brandy, Harris' English Springer Spaniel, 
looks amazingly at the action around him 
as his master (with back to wall), and 
Claude Brantley instruct students on how 
to bring a dog to the heel position. 

Harris said people are often hesitant 
to correct their dog because they fear 
hurting the animal. "They apply 
human attributes to the dog, which 
results in a spoiled dog." 

Obedience techniques taught in the 
weekly class should be practiced at 
home daily. He urges dog owners to 
work with their pets three or four times 
daily, for five to 10 minutes each time. 
"A dog learns by repetition," Harris 

"It is fairly simple to teach a dog, if 
you remember to get its attention and 
realize that a dog responds to such 
stimuli as food and praise. As en- 
couragement, a dog should be praised 
immediately when it responds to a 
command properly. 

"Most dogs are intelligent and 
capable of learning, although some 
are easier to train than others, primari- 
ly because of temperament. Each dog 
has its own personality and must be 
dealt with differently. The key is to find 
what works for your dog," Harris said. 

To avoid getting a dog with a 
temperament that is incompatible with 
its owner, Harris urges prospective 
dog owners to study the particular 
breed being considered, and the 
background of the dog in question. 

"People find themselves owning a 
troublesome dog because they merely 
accepted it from a neighbor, or took it 
because it was cute, or believe that 
owning such a dog is prestigeous, par- 
ticularly if its pure bred. Most people 
acquire dogs for dual purposes-- 
companionship and protection. But, 
one's selection of a dog should be 
given very careful consideration for 
assurance of a harmonious relation- 
ship between the pet and its master." 

Harris said dogs are pack animals, 
and the "alpha" or top dog in the pack 
will assume the leadership role. Just as 
a dog will assume the pack leadership, 
it will assume the leadership in the 
home if the owner permits it. Early 
training is necessary, therefore, so the 
dog learns its proper role from its 


Comprehensive office automation system planned 

Plans call for each CTA department to have at least one word pro- 
cessing terminal such as this one being operated by executive 
secretary Therese McMath. Observing are Management Informa- 

tion Systems department manager Bernie Connolly (left), 
Paul Olenski, director. 


CTA recently received a master 
plan for office systems technology 
from a national accounting and 
management consulting firm. After 
studying current and future com- 
puterization of CTA facilities in the 
Merchandise Mart, bus garages, and 
rail facilities, this firm concluded 
that substantial productivity 
benefits could be realized by im- 
plementing a comprehensive office 
automation system. 

Touche Ross and Company, 1 1 1 
East Wacker Drive, made the recent 
evaluation and presented their find- 
ings to Bernard J. Connolly, 
manager of the Management Infor- 
mation Systems department. Touche 
Ross said that CTA's goal of in- 
tegrating word processing, elec- 
tronic mail, electronic spreadsheet, 
electronic filing and mainframe 
computer access, via a department 
terminal, put it ahead of most transit 

agencies and private companies of 
equal size in the country. 

"Our goal, simply stated," Con- 
nolly explained, "is to provide a 
cost-effective system enabling CTA 
staff to perform the basic office 
functions and get all needed infor- 
mation at one terminal. 

"We will also provide training 
and tools that will help employees 
understand their enhanced 
capabilities achieved through com- 
puter technology." 

Bringing this new approach to of- 
fice systems throughout the CTA is 
the MIS/Office Systems section 
headed by Director PaHl Olenski. 

He has an extensive background in 
computer technology, including 14 
years as a systems supervisor with 
the Union Pacific railroad and senior 
systems analyst with Sperry Com- 
puter Systems. 

The Office Systems Section recent- 
ly was shifted from the Budget 
department to the Management In- 
formation Systems department to 
give it a wider scope of operation. 

Connolly explained that the 
Management Information Systems 
department staff are assigned on an 
approximately fifty-fifty basis to the 
CTA's main computers at 440 North 
Wells, just north of the Merchandise 
Mart, and to the development of 
new applications throughout CTA. 

"Eventually," Olenski said, "each 
CTA department will have at least 
one workstation (terminal) for word 
processing, spreadsheet and elec- 
tronic mail. Ideally, a document can 
be created or revised and mailed in- 
house or to our remote sites within 
minutes. We're aiming for an ease 
of communications, and we plan to 
have workstations in all depart- 
ments by the late I980's." 


Shirley Watson 


Louis Hill 


Taking top honors for a third con- 
secutive year in the Ticket Agent Tieup 
competition was Bryant Alexander of 
95th Street terminal. Alexander, who is 
in supervisor's training, will likely not be 
eligible to compete next year. 

He will also receive an all-expenses- 
paid trip for two to Toronto, as well as a 
trophy, and his terminal will receive the 
Chairman's Trophy for one year. 

Taking second place honors in Top 
Notch Ten was Linda Woods of 
Howard terminal who will receive a 
trophy and a $500 savings bond, while 
third place winner Antonio Narvaez of 
O'Hare terminal will receive a trophy 
and a $200 savings bond. 



Bryant Alexander 
95th Street 


Linda Woods 
Howard Street 


Antonio Narvaez 


Constance Rich — Ashland 
Martin Vargas- Howard 
Promita Krishan- Howard 
Faye Ragsdale — Ashland 



Robert Sanders -Kimball Diane Howard - Ashland 


Robert McClure-95th Street Herbert Rainey - O'Hare 

Jerry Wilson 

Richard Crane Deborah Hampton 
Ashland Desplalnes 

Willie Done 

Vegan Boiling 
95th Street 




Joel Larkins 

Arlene Hudson 

Donald Gray 

Eugene Strzelecki Roman Doubek 

O'Hare Douglas 

James Colles 

Motorman Robert Sanders of Kim- 
ball terminal, the 1982 winner of CTA's 
first rail competition, the Third Rail 
Roundup, has returned to take the top 
Third Rail competition prize again. 

Sanders' teammate, conductor 
Diane Howard of Ashland terminal, 
became the first woman ever to take top 
honors in any of the operating competi- 
tions. Both Sanders and Ms Howard 
will each receive an all-expenses-paid 
trip for two to Toronto, Canada for five 
days and four nights, as well as in- 
dividual trophies. Their respective ter- 
minals will also receive the Chairman's 
Trophy which will remain on display in 
the terminals for one year. 

The second place team in the Third 
Rail Roundup competition, motorman 
Herbert Rainey of O'Hare terminal, 
and conductor Robert McClure, 95th 
street terminal, will each receive a 
trophy and a $250 savings bond. 

William Babilonia Lawrence Washington Kemper Russell 
Howard Desplaines Harlem 



(§t Michael Matas 
Forest Glen 

hi] Joe Rodenski 
' Forest Glen 

rd David James 
North Avenue 

th Rufus Meeks 
69th Street 

Charles Murrell 


Luther Lewis 



ur Preston 

Johnnie Gomilla 

Michael Kusen 

Delbert Ashford 

Robert L. Harris 

Rusher Watson 



Forest Glen 


77th Street 

North Avenue 


On July 12, as members of the Win- 
ning Circle 20 assembled at Soldier 
Field for the final event of the 1986 
CTA Bus Roadeo, the clouds opened 
and it rained during competition as it 
had never done before. But, Michael 
Matas of Forest Glen garage was un- 
daunted, and perhaps because of the 
rain, drove as he never did before. 

Matas scored 689, only 11 points 
from perfect, to win the 1986 cham- 
pionship. It was the highest score ever 
recorded in the 40-foot bus category in 
the history of the Bus Roadeo, whether 
local or international. 

Garage-mate Joe Rodenski who 
placed second in the annual event with 
657 points said of the Matas perfor- 
mance, "If I had to be beaten, I'm glad 

he beat me by more than just a few 
points. Mike drove a beautiful course; I 
know because I watched him do it." 
Rodenski, a veteran Roadeo partici- 
pant, is in supervision training and will 
probably not participate in the Bus 
Roadeo after this year. 

Other winners were David James of 
North Avenue garage, third place, and 
Rufus Meeks of 69th Street garage, 
fourth place. Both are also long-time 
Bus Roadeo participants. 

Matas will receive an all-cxpenses- 
paid trip to the American Public Transit 
Association (APTA) convention in 
Detroit in October where he will com- 
pete with other Roadeo winners from 
the United States and Canada in the 
APTA International Roadeo. 

Ladell Jackson 
North Avenue 

Craig Richter 
Forest Glen 

!th Fabian Laurance Weathersby William Spencer Cesar Lovera 

t Glen 69th Street 77th Street Limits 


Salvador Flores 
North Avenue 

William Edgerton 


^ n^inres Crenshaw. 

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Volleyball Is another activity designed to 
fesTal '7/^'--^ -"-'such TXn°c 

Barbecue cooking contest judges (from left) Jerry Johnson, David Martin, Sarah Reaux, 

and Irene VolpiTate are getting down to the heart of the matter as they sample their 
way to six plates of ribs and a decision on lop cook. Obviously they're oblivious to pic- 
nic committee chairmen OIlie Winston and Carmen Parker who stand conferrmg on ac- 
tivities of the day. 



Food, games, contests and just 
plain good fun were the order of 
the day during the first picnic spon- 
sored by employees of CTA's 
Operations Control Center on May 
24 during the Memorial Day 

Approximately 100 CTA 
employees, family members and 
special friends converged on the 
Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve at 
a site behind the CTA bus turn- 
around near 87th Street. Everybody 
had a great time, and, before the 
day was over, there was strong talk 
about doing it again next year. 

At least six barbecue grills were 
going, with contestants in the 
barbecue cooking contest getting 
down to serious business. 
Observers said taste buds of judges 
David Martin, Irene Volpi- 
Tate, Jerry Johnson, and 
Sarah Reaux, all experienced 
barbecue tasters, had to be in a state 
of flux with such tantalizing "cue" 
flavors to sample. 

Carmen Parker and OIlie 
Winston, who were responsible 
for coordinating activities, said each 
judge was required to sample six 




plates of barbecue since there were 
six contestants. Finally, "it was all in 
the sauce," they say, as judges 
awarded the first prize, an Oster ice 
cream maker, to McRayfield 
Caldwell. Placing second was 
Marcia (Cookie) Jacobs whose 
prize was a portable AM-FM radio 
cassett player. Shirley IMcClure, 
third prize winner, received a seven 
piece beverage set. 

Louis Crenshaw, brother of 
agent controller Corrine Dalmus, 
nearly had the exact number as he 
guessed 931 jellybeans in the jar of 
941, which he received along with 
a cash prize. 

Other activities included three- 
legged sack races, water balloon 
and egg toss contests, volleyball, 
and Softball. Chairman of the games 
committee was Joe Daquilante. 

Spinning records for the gala af- 
fair was Perry Levon "The Jam 
Master" Wilson, son of Super- 
visor James Wilson, Sr., 95th 
Street. Paul Spencer, and Je- 
taun and Wendy Short kept the 
children busy with activities, and 
deserve a special thanks, reports 
Carmen Parker. 

Shirley McClure collects a prize as second runnerup in the barbecue cooking contest 
from contest judge David Martin as friends. Willie White and James Wilson look on. 

Ttie potato sack race was a special event for shaking the food down and making room 
for more. Lining up for the event are (from left) Michael Sanchez, Marcia (Cookie) 
Jacobs, James Daugherty, Bill Daniels, and Leotha Patton. Game coordinator (striped 
shirt) is Paul Spencer. 

OIlie Winston, a member of the picnic 
committee, checks the barbecue. 

Carmen Parker. ^' ^°''" '« '"e son of 



"Last Bus Stop' 

Retiring bus operator John Ander- 
son, 69th street, was honored by 
more than 350 family members, 
friends and co-workers at a Gala "Last 
Bus Stop" retirement party given by 
his wife Lorraine at St. Thaddeus Hall 
on February 15. 

The invitation only affair also includ- 
ed dignitaries from Cook County 
Hospital, where Mrs. Johnson is Ad- 
ministrator of the Fantus Clinic. 

Anderson was honored with 
testimonials from CTA chairman 
Michael A. Cardilli, Mayor Harold 

Washington, Governor James 
Thompson, and Senator Alan Dixon, 
read by Helen Beane of Los Angeles. 

Anderson is an Air Force veteran, 
and a member of Distrist 7, Chicago 
Board of Education Task Force Drop 
Out Prevention Program, the Chicago 
Assembly and Lillydale Progressive 
Baptist Church. 

After driving a bus for 30 years, 
Anderson may have to change his 
driving style, because his wife Lorraine 
presented him with a champagne gold 
Mercedes Benz. 

45 years 

June Noren (left), CTA data entry 
coordinator who retired July 1, 
poses with members of her family 
following a retirement reception 
in her honor. She leaves CTA after 
45 years of service. Present for 
the occasion were (from left) her 
nephew, and her brother. Glen 
and Don Noren, and sister-in-law, 
Dorothy Noren. Ms. Noren began 
her career as a clerk with the 
Chicago Surface Lines in 
September 1941. 



Bill Bartlett. North Park, 19 yrs. 

Michael J. Borchek, Forest Glen, 39 yrs 

William A. Davis, 77th St., 24 yrs. 

George N. Dimitsas, 61st St., 25 yrs. 

Louise Fernado, North Park. 22 yrs. 

Steven G. Gorski. Forest Glen, 38 yrs, 

John D. Jackson. North Sect., 13 yrs. 

Lawrence Johnson, Madison & Wabash, 19 yrs. 

C. C. Jones, Archer, 29 yrs. 

Albert J. Karbach, West Shops, 12 yrs. 

Thomas J. Kirby, Skokie Shops, 28 yrs. 

Artis Martin Jr., Kedzie, 21 yrs. 

A. D. Merrick, North Ave . 32 yrs. 

John B. Mitchell, 61st St , 35 yrs 

June L. Noren, GO. 44 yrs 

William P. O'Connell, South Shops, 28 yrs 

Sylvester Roebuck. Howard Shop, 18 yrs. 

Berl Singer, Forest Glen, 10 yrs. 

Roy Shores, 77lh St.. 28 yrs. 

Joseph E. Wardzala, Skokie Shop, 14 yrs. 

Donald O. Buegel, Douglas, 19 yrs 
Martin J. Del Conte, Forest Glen, 25 yrs. 
George Haralson, North Park. 16 yrs. 
George W. Maloy, Limits, 17 yrs. 
Steve W. Mason. Beverly, 12 yrs. 
John I. Newman, South Shops, 40 yrs. 
Edward I. Ojer, Archer "B", 23 yrs. 
Edward C. Pictri, O Hare, 10 yrs 
Robert J. Ross, 77th St., 28 yrs. 
John M. Vidas, South Shops, 24 yrs. 



Rodifer Heffernan, supervisor of 
Revenue Accounting, was 
tionored at a luncheon in the Mer- 
chandise Mart M&M Club on his 
June 1 retirement after 31 years 
of CTA service. Heffernan and his 
family will maintain residence In 
their northside Chicago home. He 
is active with a Little League 
baseball organization, and Is 
busy home remodeling. 

Hanging up his broom 

Leonard Beatty (left), supervisor of 
rail janitors, is accompanied by his wife 
Mildred as Deputy Executive Direc- 
tor/Engineering and Maintenance 
George Millonas congratulates him 
upon his retirement after 34 years of 
CTA service. A suprise party was held 
at the Madison and Wabash rail 
janitors office for Beatty who began his 
career in 1952 as a motorman. He 
received a generous cash gift as well as 
a broom which was signed by all of his 

co-workers. Leonard Beatty was 
elected president of Amalgamated 
Transit Union Local 308 in 1970, and 
served in that capacity until 1976 
when he entered the rail janitor service 
as a sub-unit supervisor. Later he was 
named unit supervisor, a position he 
held until 1979 when he was pro- 
moted to supervisor. Beatty and his 
wife plan to travel and enjoy a leisurely 

The Maintenance Training Center 
recently graduated its first three 
students from a 30-day training 
program designed to provide per- 
sonnel to assume respon- 
sibilities for rail shipping and pro- 
duction clerk vacancies. Coor- 
dinating the program were Ms. 
Juanita Duff, maintenance train- 
ing specialist, Robert Lemkow, 
unit supervisor, Production Con- 
trol, and Richard Fabry, super- 
visor, Production Supply Control, 
Skokie Shops. Ms. Duff (left), and 
Richard Juvinall (right), 
superintendent, Support Ser- 
vices, are shown with the three 
graduates who are proudly 
displaying their certificates. They 
are (from left) David Weathers- 
poon, Chester IVIazurkiewicz, and 
John Ferlito. 



"Day in CTA" 
honors for 

Eight CTA operating personnel 
who provided assistance in various 
emergency situations, aided police in 
the apprehension of felony suspects, 
and saved revenue by confiscating 
phony monthly riding passes, have 
been honored by the Operations 
Division with "A Day in CTA." 

Honored were Matthew 
Brownlee and Michael Moore, 
bus superivsors. District "B"; 
Cleotha Harris, Kedzie garage; 
Jesse Denman, Forest Glen 
garage; James Richardson, 69th 
street garage; Peggy Robinson, Ar 
cher garage; Augustin Lopez, con- 
ductor, Harlem terminal, and ticket 
agent Shirley Watson, Kimball ter- 

Supervisor Brownlee was at the 
fueling lane near 38th and Rockwell 
avenue. Archer garage, when a 
motorist pulled in and said a woman 
was about to have a baby. After call- 
ing for assistance, Brownlee pro- 
ceeded to comfort and reassure the 
mother-to-be until help from the 
Chicago Fire department arrived. 

Brownlee had the assistance of 
Supervisor Michael Moore, and 
bus operator Peggy Robinson who 
were also honored for their efforts. 

In a similar incident, Cleotha 
Harris was driving the Madison 
street route when a man with a small 
child suffered an apparent epileptic 
seizure. Harris gave aid to the 
stricken passenger and then turned 
his attention to the child until a Fire 
department ambulance arrived. 

Special recognition was also given 
Jesse Denman for assisting a rob- 
bery victim who had been stabbed 
when he flagged Denman's bus at 
Milwaukee avenue shortly after 2 
a.m. The alert operator got a 
description of the suspect from the 
victim and relayed it to police. An ar- 
rest was made shortly afterwards as a 
man attempted to present a bloody 
five dollar bill to a nearby ticket 

Displaying their Day in CTA certificates of recognition are (from left) ti/latthew Brownlee, 
James Richardson, James Denman, and Cleotha Harris. 

Two other robbery suspects were 
apprehended by police, thanks to the 
alert response of 69th street operator 
James Richardson. Richardson 
was operating his bus along Halsted 
street when he observed a man walk- 
ing upstairs towards the elevated sta- 
tion carrying a television set, and a 
second man standing on the 
sidewalk near a cleaning store with a 
radio. The bus operator's observa- 
tion was reported to the control 
center and police were dispatched. 
Two men were taken into custody. 

Conductor Augustin Lopez of 
Harlem terminal was also honored 
for apprehending two youths who 

snatched a chain for a woman's neck 
and bolted from his West/South 
train as it came to a stop and the 
doors opened. Although one youth 
broke free, Lopez restrained the 
other until police arrived. 

Ticket agent Shirley Watson, a 
member of the 1986 Top Notch Ten 
ticket agent's competition, was 
honored among "Day if CTA" reci- 
pients for saving the Authority 
money in lost revenue by con- 
fiscating counterfeit monthly riding 
passes. Ms. Watson's attention to du- 
ty and her ability to spot a phony 
pass resulted in the confiscation of 
eight to ten bogus passes per month. 

Day in CTA tionorees get a tour of the Operations Control center. Conducting the tour is 
(left) bus controller Charlene McFadden. The honorees are Peggy Robinson, Shirley Wat- 
son, Augustin Lopez, and Michael Moore. 




North Section 

Summertime... vacation time. We 
threw caution to the winds and drove 
all the way to Elkhart, Indiana, R.V. 
capital of the nation. A short distance 
from Elkhart, in a little town named 
Wakarusa, is the "Holiday Rambler" 
factory. We got there just in time for a 
tour of the plant. It was a nice mini- 
vacation, and we recommend it to all 
our flat wallet co-workers... 
Swinehunt!! As you may recall from 
last month Dan Villanueva, rail 
superintendent. North, Neville 
Keller, superintendent, and Everett 
Martin, clerk, (both out of Forest 
Glen garage), had trekked to the heart 
of darkest Ohio, to hunt wild boar, 
with handguns. They arrived at the 
Hocking Valley Hunting Lodge on 
schedule, and were given accomoda- 
tions at a bunk house. Rising early, 
they had a rugged breakfast, inspected 
and loaded their weapons, climbed up 
their ladders and waited for the 
awesome grunting of the deadly beast. 
Before noon, they had each been 
charged by a boar and bagged their 

Josephine Anderson 

Control Center 

The Control Center staff con- 
gratulates Controller Jackie and An- 
nette Washington on the birth of 
their son Jack, born May 31 at 8:10 
a.m., and weighing six pounds, 15 
ounces... Happy 26th wedding an- 
niversary to Operations, Communica- 
tion/Power Control manager David 
Martin, and his wife, Evelyn, a clerk 
typist at South Shops... And Happy 
23rd anniversary to Assistant 
Superintendent, Power Control Ollie 
Winston and his wife, Erma. The 
Winstons are the proud parents of 
three children... Meanwhile Ollie who 
is vice president of the "Top Guys 
Social Club," is extending an invitation 
to CTA employees, families and 
friends to the club's annual dinner 
dance, and show which features the 
best in live entertainment. The occa- 
sion is planned for Saturday, October 
4 at the Sheridan International 
O'Hare, 6810 North Mannheim Road, 
Rosemont. The attire is semi-formal 
(Gentlemen, jackets and ties please). 
Call Ollie Winston for detail on ex- 
tension 4196... The Control Center 
staff surprised Bus Controller Tessa 
Gaines on June 6 with a baby 
shower. Tessa was awaiting the birth 
of her fourth child.. .Speaking of 
babies. Assistant Superintendent 
Harry Horn is the proud grandfather 
of an eight pound, 21-inch grand- 
daughter named Teresa Aimee. She 
was born March 15. Her parents are 
Cipriano and Amy Albarran. Teresa's 

Hunters and their game are (from left) Everett Martin and his 185 pound boar, 
Neville Keller and his 200 pound boar, and Dan Villanueva with his 210 pound boar. 

Wally Olenick, South Shops retiree, and 
his wife Laura, observed their 50th wed- 
ding anniversary July 18 with their two 
daughters,, three sons, 19 grandchildren, 
two great-grandchiidren, and brothers and 
sisters. Olenick began his transit career in 
1939 as a machinist for the Chicago Sur- 
face Lines and retired in 1974. The 
OleniclKS moved to Florida last year 

father is a car cleaner at River 
Road. ..Agent Controller Alice 
Wages is proud of her son, Eric For- 
tune, who graduated from Chicago 
Vocational H.S. (see Graduate 
Photos) and plans to attend Daley 
College in the fall. Eric will major in ar- 
chitectural engineering... Best wishes 
and congratulations to the following 
controllers who were recently pro- 
moted: George Hand, controller II, 
to controller III; Corrine Dalmas, 
from agent supervisor/Transportation 
Service to agent controller/Operations 
Communication/Power Control, and 
Bernard Williams who was pro- 
moted from rail instructor II. to con- 
troller L.Rae Geniece Robinson 
(see Graduate Photos) was pleasantly 
surprised when she and her date, 
Byron Hopkins, arrived at the Holiday 
City Centre on the evening of June 13 
for the Coriiss High School Senior 
Prom. Miss Robinson had been voted 
Senior Prom Queen, and Hopkins 
was named a prince in the queen's 
court. Rae Robinson is the daughter of 
Assistant Superintendent, Power,/ 
Control Derrick G. Robinson, and 
his wife, Marjorie. The North Central 
College-bound (Naperville) Miss 
Robinson plans to major in biology. 
Not only was she a Corliss academic 
success (3.3 GPA), but a fine athlete 
as well. 

Carol A. Musto 



Class of '86 







Proviso West H S 
Frank Coleman 

North Auenue 


Chicago Vocational 

H S 

Alice Wages 

Control Center 


Madonna H S 
Victor San Martin 

North Park 



Romeoville H S 
Ramiro Morales 



Haiper H S 
Levell Nichols 

IVesi Shops 


Corliss H.S- 
Jon Porter 



Corliss H S, 
Derrick Robinson 

Control Center 

Archer Garage 

Congratulations to Operator Paul 
Fung who was married in May... Mr. 
and Mrs. Alford H. Taylor attended 
daughter Parthenia's second musical 
recital which was held at the Conrad 
Hilton on June 15. Parthenia is a stu- 
dent at Mayfair Academy... Operator 
Charles Nelson, Sr. will play in a 
tennis tournament, and son Charles, 
Jr. will participate in a little league 
tournament. . .Operator Ignacio 
Villar will run in the October 27 
Chicago Marathon. . .Please don't 
forget about our co-workers who are 
ill. A telephone call or a card would 
certainly be appreciated .. .Con- 
dolences to the following families: Col- 
lector Arthur Bradford, who passed 
away: Operator George Barber who 
lost his brother, Roy; Operator Ethel 
Wilson who lost her sister, Martha 
Mallett, and nephew, James Mallett; 
Joseph Freeman who lost his wife, 
Adele: District 'B" Supervisor 
Adolphus Martin, and Supervisor 
Leonard Perry who both passed 

Ollie Hoskins 

North Park 

Limits Instructor Charles Clark 

will be installed as Commander of 
American Legion Post *915 this 
September. Instructor Clark has been 
a member of Post *915 the past 
eleven years and served in various 
capacities as Sgt-At-Arms, Adjutant, 
Junior Vice-Commander and Senior 
Vice-Commander... Victor San Mar- 
tin's daughter Maria graduates from 
Madonna High School (see Graduate 
photos)... Bet you didn't know that 
Cookie Brown is a volunteer at 
Thorek Hospital on her days off... Or, 
that the garage here at North Park has 
a do it your-selfer "C.B." enthusiast 
who rolls over the air waves with his 
own hand made $7,000 set... Don't 
kick no sand dept...Paul Meccia is 
one of our new operators here at 
North Park and has been a body 
building enthusiast since 1981. Paul 
was one of 17 contestants at an Illinois 
State Championship body builders 
contest held in Hinsdale, Illinois, and 
came away with the 4th place award. 
And yes, that was Mr. Meccia working 
as an equipment technician at Colum- 
bus Hospital before he joined 
CTA.-.As you can see by the photo, 
nothing short of calamity will prevent 

an operator from picking up that check 
on payday! Ilda Waddell sprained 
her foot at home but still was able to 
get to the station where we managed 
to snap this photo of her. Ilda also is 
soon to be a mother and have another 
set of little feet running alongside her 
son John and husband Robert... 
Welcome, welcome to our new ^2 
clerk, Margaret Bemasko. Ms. Ber- 
nasko is a former operator with service 
at the Beverly and 77th Street 
garages... Like daughter like father; 

new operator Yolanda Brown can 

always ask her father for those winter 
survival tips this December. Dad is one 
of North Park's old timers. Most of us 
know Dad by the name "L E"... 
Superintendent Kenny Czachowski 
gave a nice impromptu hail and 
farewell greeting to another of our 
deserving gentlemen, retiring operator 
Willard Frieb, in the training room 
recently. Willard started his career 
w-a-y back in March, 1946 at the "Lin- 
coln" depot which was around Lincoln 
and Wrightwood Avenues. Mr. Frieb 
also is the President of North Park's 
Credit Union and, for any of our other 
pensioners out there reading this. 
Willard and his wife Adelaide will 
reside here in Chicago in case you 
want to write him a line...H-m-m, 
another new operator, Michelle 
Banks, was formerly a licensed prac- 
tical nurse (LPN) prior to joining CTA 
which just may come in handy for the 
hot weather this summer... Dusty "s 
'runnin' around with old LADIES!! It's 



the Truth! Our guy in the credit union 
Cedrlc 'Dusty' Wright says he par- 
ticipates in 5 marathon runs a year and 
his most recent was the "Grandma's 
Marathon" held in Duluth, Minnesota 
a few months ago, P-s-s-t, did you 
manage to pass any of them females 
Dusty??... Our soon to be published 
author, Eric Kyles, was one of the 
marchers in Chicago's Viet Nam 
Veterans Parade and can now salute 
himself every time he turns on his TV. 
Eric was interviewed by two of our 
local TV stations at the parade, and 
managed to use his VCR at home to 
preserve his moment of prime time TV 
fame... Supervisor Roy Ripka and 
wife iris will be z-o-o-ming down the 
highway in that sharp van of theirs to 
see their daughter Ismena who lives in 
Cleveland, Ohio. Ismena is going to 
present Mr. and Mrs. Ripka with their 
first grandchild in January sometime, 
and son Stephen will be graduating 
from Taft High School soon so maybe 
we'll see some pictures?... North Park 
Players, our "other" base ball team is 
looking for new members according to 
team manager Eli Whooper. And if 
you're unable to find Eli, look for other 
team members Kevin Grayer, Fred 
Ragsdale or Louis Vasquez 
...Supervisor David Benson is spen- 
ding two weeks with his brother in 
Georgia... Box puller Seymour Hoff- 
man and his Mrs., Florence, plan on 

moving to Orlando, Florida upon his 
retirement. Operator Hoffman started 
at the North Avenue garage, then 
moved over to the Wilcox depot. 
Limits and finally to North Park, with 
nearly 38V2 years service to his credit. 
Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman have a son 
Louis who is a special assistant to the 
Attorney General in Minnesota... 
Supervisor Allen Lichter's daughter 
Marci will become a bride in St. Louis, 
Missouri, when she marries Mark 
Thai... North Park Breezers Softball 
teams standing as of June remain, -- 

UNDEFEATED!! Hang in there 
Cookie!!.. Robert Williams and 
Rosemary Walker were two of the 
operators from this garage seen at 
Limits lately in the Supervisor's class 
checking bus schedules on Clark 
Street under the direction of instructor 
Joe Valtierra...Tom Morrison and 
his Donna are on vacation and will 
drive to western Nebraska to see how 
the fishing is. Nebraska 
Tom??... Your reporter spent some 
vacation time in Montego Bay, 
Jamaica and it's g-r-r-eat!... North 
Park's first family picnic was a big hit in 
more ways than one according to our 
operators. Martin Johnson was 
among the first to show up at 7:00 AM 
and start up his BBQ grill. The kids 
had awards given to them in their 
respective contests while their parents 
enjoyed plenty of carbonated and malt 
beverages along with plenty of food. It 
looks like we're going to have a 1987 
North Park Family Picnic judging by 
this year's circus of events. 

Mike Flores 

Management Informa- 
tion Systems 

Congratulations to proud parents, 
Carl W. Bowman and Stephanie 
Miller-Bowman, sr. systems pro- 
grammer, on the birth of their first 
child, Jahmal William Joseph on April 
23. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. As 

you can see, he's a real cutie... Con- 
gratulations to Antonio Pedraza, Jr. 

computer operator, and Eneida Gar- 
cia who were married on July 5. They 
drove to Mackinac Island and Niagara 
Falls to spend their one-week honey- 
moon. He said the weather was great 
and hated to come back. By the way, 
Eneida is a graduate of Northeastern 
Illinois University in Criminal Justice 
...Our condolences to the family of 
James Stuckey, supervisor com- 
puter operations who passed away 
suddenly from a heart attack on June 
10. His funeral was held on June 14. 
Nobody knew the computer like Jim 
did. He certainly will be missed... On 



Service anniversaries 
in July 

45 Years 

Jeanette Ludmann, investments 

40 Years 

Lois Jahnke, Revenue Accounting 
John Schwartz, Howard/Kimball 

35 Years 

James Andriacchi, Distribution 
Leroy Bush, Structure Mtce. 
John Dilworth, Administrative Svcs. 
Walter Gibson Jr., Archer 
Levi Gipson, 69th Street 
John McGhee, Kedzie 
Herbert McKnight, Beverly 
Jammie Morris. Howard/Kimball 
Edward Reaux, Control Center 

30 Years 

Jonas Bamett. Kedzie 
Claude Conwell, 69th Street 
Mary Donohoe. North Section 
James Doss, 77th Street 
Donald Grant. Archer 
Rufus Meeks. 69th Street 
W. Moore. North Avenue 
Douglas Price. Kedzie 
Robert Ross. Kedzie 
Willie Satterfield. Kedzie 
L. Simpson, Kedzie 
Donald Willingham. Kedzie 

25 Years 

Thomas Boldt, Mgmt Info Sys Dev. 
Richard Bryar. Motor Vehicle Design 
Donald Buegel, Douglas/Congress 
Walter Collins, Howard/Kimball 
Issac Dean. Bus District C 
Gerald Guth, Signal Design 
Elonzo Hill. Operations Trang Mgr. 
Frank Lercara, Forest Glen 
Chcirles McClellan. Agents West 
Carl Meyer. Control Center 
David Moore. Ashland/61/95 
Gerald Mroz, Internal Audit 
James Rizzuto. Support Services Bus 
Kay Smith, Medical 
Paul Sundblad, Engine 
John Vidas. Mechanical B 
Edward Willis, Bus Instruction 

July 29 M.I.S. held a picnic at Niles 
Forest Preserve. Systems Develop- 
ment challenged Operations to a 
16-inch Softball game. Operations 
won the game in the bottom of the 7th 
inning - 5 to 4. It was a beautifully 
played game despite the 95-degree 
temperature. Operations had an 
outstanding turnout and there were 
many 'stars' of the game. Russ 
Smith, Tech Support, was awarded 
Most Valuable Player honors for driv- 
ing in the winning run of the game. A 
special thanks to all who organized this 

Patricia Glines 




Harlem Shop 

Harlem Shop has another proud 
father. Thomas Warchol and his 

wife Nancy are the proud parents of a 
little girl, Jillian Amanda who weighed 

Service anniversaries in August 

eight pounds, seven ounces and was 
2iy2 inches long when she was born 
April 2... After doing such a superb job 
aligning the Lake Street line, Al Cran- 
ford has been given the same assign- 
ment at Rosemont Shop, a task which 
could only be accomplished by a talent 
such as Crawford's. Good luck Al, we 
miss you here at Harlem... Joe Milke 
and Tom Warchol celebrated 12 
years with CTA in April... Employees 
at Harlem also got new T-shirts which 
read "Harlem CTA Shop" on the 
front, and "Last Stop" on the back. 
After all, Harlem is the last 
stop... Eighth grade graduation for 
Dawn Reno, daughter of servicer Dan 
Reno. Dawn graduated from 
Elmwood School in Elmwood Park. 

Mike McGuinness 
Materials Management 

Order control clerk James Quails, 

and his wife Ernestine are the proud 
parents of a new seven-pound baby 
girl. Congratulations to the happy 
family... We extend our sympathy to 
the family of Linda (Lundberg) 
Poetsch whose father, the Honorable 
Judge John Grealis, passed away after 
an extended illness; to the family of 
Jack O'Connor, Director, Central 
Counting, whose father, retired Beverly 
superintendent John J. O'Connor, 
died; to the family of William C. 
Piatt, retired director, Job Classifica- 
tion and to the family of Harold Bur- 
da, retired employee of Grant and 
Property Accounting... We are all glad 
to see Rod Daugherty, superinten- 
dent. Procurement Engineers, back to 
work after having surgery. Rod wants 
to take this opportunity to thank all of 
you for the many cards, calls and visits 
he received... Jean and Louis Col- 
osimo, retired carpenter. South 
Shops, recently entertained this 
reporter as well as retired Carpenter's 

40 Years 

John Hester, Bus Personnel North 

Robert McCarthy, Data Proc. & Off. Admn. 

30 Years 

Louis Barron, North Avenue 

Elmer Chatman, Beverly 

Elmer Domer, Building Wiring 

Robert Heinlein. Control Center 

Arliss Jones, Technical Services 

Marvin Kocar, Bus Instruction 

Eva Marcin, Administrative Svcs. 

James McDonald, Kedzie 

Daniel McRedmond, Stores, North 

Patricia Newell, Law File Admin 

Frank Ramirez, Jefferson Park 

Anthony Ritrovato, Claims 

James Roche, Customer Assistance 

Eli Russell. 77th Street 

William Sparks. 61st Maintenance 

Ernest Thomatis, Bus District A 

Herbert Williams, Bus Personnel South 

Leroy Wilson Jr.. 77th Street 

Union, Local 1922, steward Sam 
Trombino and his new bride Suz- 
zane, in from California, and Delores 
and Al Kasmer, Business Represen- 
tative, Chicago District Council of 
Carpenters and Northeast Illinois. 
Many memories were rekindled... 
Grant and Property Accounting had 
their own "Battle of the Network 
Stars" when Ed Chorak, Grant Ac- 
Counting and son of Tom Chorak, 
West Shops, beat the "pants off" Ed 
Murray of Property Accounting, 
when they played 18-holes of 
golf... Congratulations are in order on 
two accounts for Matthew Rago, in- 
ventory expeditor. Warehouse 42. 
First, Matthew was engaged recently 
and plans to be married in November, 
and he is resigning to practice law in 
Park Ridge and downtown Chicago. 
Arlene Zitttnan 

35 Years 

Thomas Cook. 69th Street 
George Ferguson, 69th Street 
Richard Grajek. Vehicle Wiring 
Carl Sims, Signal, Phone & Radio 

25 Years 

Robert Buergermeir, Mechanical Maint 

John Church. North Park 

Leon Gary, 69th Street 

Ben Jefferies Jr., Bus Instruction 

President Laura, Beverly 

Joseph Lococo. Forest Glen Maint. 

Robert Mischke, Mechanical B 

Terrance Muellner, Bus Garage-South 

William Oliver. Bus District A 

Larwin Riles. Bus Instruction 

Arthur Springer, Beveriy 

Joseph Vareika. Archer 

Bernard Williams. Rail Instruction 

Alex Wilson, Rail Personnel North 

Lester Wright, 69th Street 

General Office 

In 1925, six-year old Martha 
Kolniak Bleers sang and danced in 
the school play at Chicago's St. Peter 
and Paul Church. Sixty-one years, 
nine children, and 24 grandchildren 
later, Bleers is back on stage, appear- 

Bowlers observe silver anniversary 

The 77th Street Operator's Bowling 
League marked its silver anniversary 
on August 29 as the 1986-87 season 
got underway at Evergreen Towers 
Bowling Lanes. 

Veteran league members J. C. 
White, superintendent, 69th Street 
garage, retired, and William "Billy 
T" Thompson, director. Personnel 
Development, Operations, encourage 
bowling enthusiasts to join the league. 

"Right now we are seeing a second 
generation of bowlers---sons of CTA 
bowlers, on the scene," said Thomp- 
son. "We welcome all who are 
associated with CTA either as an 
employee, retiree, or family member," 
he added. The team meets at 
Evergreen Towers each Friday at 9:30 
p.m. and extends a welcome to 



ing in the St. James Catholic Church 
production of "Hello Dolly." The cast 
also included two of her grand- 
children, 13-year old Nancy, and 
10-year old Cathy Bleers. Martha was 
a CTA westside ticket agent from 
1964 until her disability retirement in 
1977. Her family includes Mrs. Lucie 
Mullen, confidential office assistant in 
CTA Treasury, and son-in-law Jim 
Mullen of the Pension department. 
He is the son of CTA Attorney Frank 
Mullen. ...Norman K. Hall and 
Steven Roelofs both received master 
of science degrees from Northwestern 
University on June 14. Hall (Strategic 
Planning) received a degree in 
Transportation after completing his 
thesis on Developing Strategic Pricing 
Options for Transit, and Roelofs 
(Operations Planning) received a 
degree in Civil Engineering following 
completon of a thesis on Rapid Rail 
Techologt;: A Comparison of Conven- 
tional and Modern Si^stems. . .Hispanic 
employees have formed a National 
Hispanic Transit Organization 
(NHTO). "The group was formed to 
address the issues of Hispanics at CTA 
and other city agencies." said Omar 

Peter Anargyros, 92. Shops & Equip,. 

Emp, 7-6-22. Died 5-4-86 
Robert Z. Bagby, 64, North Avenue, 

Emp, 2-27-22, Died 5-28-86 
Bernard J. Berutti, 71. West Section, 

Emp 7-22-46, Died 6-1-86 
Michele Bosco, 86, Constr, & Maint,. 

Emp 6-6-41. Died 6-30-86 
Wallace R. Bradley, 79, North Parl<, 

Emp, 10-26-28, Died 4-30-86 
Raymond C. Brooks. 84. GO, 

Emp, 9-14-26, Died 5 11-86 
James A. Budford, 42. GO, 

Emp 10-5-64, Died 5-20-86 
James H. Burklow, 64, GO, 

Emp, 5-15-46. Died 5-19-86 
Robert M. Butler, 72. South Section. 

Emp 8-14-46. Died 5-11-86 
Martin Byrne, 97. Shops & Equip., 

Emp, 1-31-45, Died 6-4-86 
Mitchell F. Bystrek, 71, North Avenue. 

Emp 9-12-42, Died 6-20-86 
Patrick J, Conlon, 88, Stores, 

Emp 2 19-23, Died 5-11-86 
Martin Conneely. 67, Rail IVIaintenance, 

Emp 6 12-51, Died 6-2-86 
Charles Dansby, 75, Vehicle Maintenance, 

Emp, 9-4-47, Died 5-15-86 
Joseph R. Davidson, 76, 69th Street. 

Emp, 11-28-42, Died 5-15-86 
Miles H. DeWitt, 75, Limits, 

Emp 10-16-35. Died 11-27-85 
Helen M. Doherty, 56, South Shops. 

Emp 6-9-47. Died 3-12-86 
John M. Donoghue, 86, North Section, 

Emp 5-15-42, Died 5-13-86 
Peter Doot, 89. Shops & Equip., 

Emp, 6-8-36, Died 4 27-86 
Joseph Dowd, 62, Vehicle Maintenance, 

Emp 1 19 51, Died 7-11-86 



Former Mayor Jane Byrne visited with the McStay family at Police Liaison Represen- 
tative Patrick McStay's retirement party. Shown are (from left) daughter IVIaureen 
McStay, Mrs. Jean McStay, Jane Byrne, Patrick McStay, and son Brian. 

Colon, NHTO acting president. 
NHTO is striving for parity in manage- 
ment and other CTA decision making 
positions, as well as educational and 
career training programs. NHTO 
welcomes all CTA Hispanic 
employees and retirees as well as 
other professionals and businessmen. 
Inquiries should be directed to the 
NHTO secretary. Ana Maria Del 
Rivero, at 348-3343 (Merchandise 
Mart, Ext 3583)... Cary Morgen, a 
new planner in the Operations Plann- 

Patrick J. Drury, 91, District "D", 

Emp 1-22-23, Died 5-10-86 
Edith M. Edbrooke, 86. Loop. 

Emp 6-8-25. Died 4-1-86 
Raphael J. Edwards, 69. 77th Street, 

Emp 10-4-51, Died 6-3-86 
Paul R. Ehmke. 80, Shops & Equip , 

Emp, 2-5-47, Died 4-1-86 
Helen T, Guth. 73, West Section, 

Emp, 3-30-63. Died 6-5-86 
George C. Haak, 57. Keeler. 

Emp, 11-28-41, Died 5-6-86 
Harold Hansen. 87, North Avenue. 

Emp 4-8-24. Died 4-8-86 
Clyde C. Hathaway. 83,'77th Street. 

Emp, 8-17-36, Died 6-20-86 
Earl E. Jackson, 63. 77th Street. 

Emp, 11-31-51, Died 5 6-86 
Joseph A. Jankauskis, 76, Vehicle Maint . 

Emp, 3-11-27. Died 5-17-86 
Eddy Kaczmarek, 86, Constr, & Maint,, 

Emp 9 21-45, Died 5-8-86 
John S. Kinder. 75, Vehicle Maintenance, 

Emp 8-15 59, Died 5 30-86 
Harry J. Kucharski, 71, Maintenance. 

Emp 1 28 46, Died 6-28-86 
Harold E, Kuehl, 81, West Section. 

Emp 2 17-43, Died 5-9-86 
Roland W, Lawshe, 82, West Section, 

Emp, 11 9 47, Died 5-26-86 
John Lenihan. 100. 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-8-30. Died 5-15-86 
Mel J, McDonnell. 71, North Park. 

Emp, 10-9 47, Died 6-14-86 
Gustaf E. Melander. 75, 69th Street, 

Emp 12-5-40. Died 5 2-86 
Fred Morgan. 68, Madison & Wabash, 

Emp, 11-6-69, Died 6 6-86 
Arthur M. Mulvaney. 71. North Section, 

Emp, 10-23-41. Died 5-27-86 

ing department, is a 1986 graduate of 
Loyola University and was recently 
honored by the Loyola management 
department faculty as its outstanding 
senior. He also received the Alpha 
Kappa Psi award for having the 
highest cummulative grade point 
average among graduating seniors in 
the School of Business Administra- 
tion. He has aspirations for further 
education and is presently weighing a 
decision between Graduate school 
and Law. 

John M. Noren, 70, North Section. 

Emp, 7-7-36. Died 5-20-86 
John J. O'Connor, 81. Beverly. 

Emp, 6-16-25. Died 5-26-86 
John J, O'Shaughnessy, 75, District "A , 

Emp 4-22-37, Died 5-23-85 
Lawrence D. Page, 64, 69th Street. 

Emp, 2-5-53. Died 6-3-86 
James H, Parry. 76, 77th Street, 

Emp 7-1-42, Died 6-16-86 
Axel Peterson, 76, 77th Street, 

Emp, 6-5-41, Died 5-11-86 
William C, Piatt Sr,. 65, GO. 

Emp, 8-25-39, Died 6-17-86 
Astrid Platto, 93. G O . 

Emp, 1-6-38. Died 5-11 86 
Walter J. Pondel. 69. Forest Glen. 

Emp, 11 27-45. Died 6-21-86 
Edward A. Reilly. 72. Schedule Section. 

Emp, 9-13-32. Died 5-3-86 
Alois F, Rykaczewski, 68, West Section, 

Emp. 8-3-53, Died 5-3-86 
Tilman Shaw, 59. Lawndale, 

Emp 9-24-53, Died 1-8-86 
Oswald E. Stampley. 69, 69th Street, 

Emp 8 14 58. Died 5 14-86 
Ernest C, Tocci. 91, 69th Street. 

Emp, 10-4 26. Died 5-20-86 
Henry B, Tschantz. 83. 77th Street, 

Emp 5-24-43. Died 6-20-86 
Frank M. Tursich. 65. West Shops, 

Emp.9 12 42. Died 6-20-86 
Oliver S, Wikrent. 79, North Avenue, 

Emp 4-29-43, Died 6-5-86 
Frank A. Wimmer, 92, Logan, 

Emp. 4-29-12, Died 6-30-86 


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)86 Vol. 39 — No. 5 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

September-October, 1986 

Mayor Harold Washington tells CTA Striving for Excellence honorees of his pride and appreciation for 

them at Condesa Del Mar banquet. The mai^or received a rousing welcome from an enthusiastic crowd 

as he was introduced bv CTA Chairman Walter H. Clark. Others on the dias are (from left) Deputy; 

Executive Director, Human Resources Anita Curtis, Chief Administrative Officer Larry Pianto, 

Chairman Clark, Vice Chairman John J. Hoellen. 

* * * 1^ 1^^'^ * * iV lir 
Mayor Washington greets, 
toasts ''Striving" honorees 

Mayor Harold Washington 

received a thunderous standing ova- 
tion as he and his entourage made 
their way to the "Striving for Ex- 
cellence" platform at Condcsa del 
Mar, where he paid homage on 
September 13 to 1,009 CTA 
employees who were honored for per- 
formance excellence. 

Mayor Washington, introduced by 
CTA Chairman Walter Clark, 
entered the elegant southside supper 
club as the band struck up the familiar 
tune, "Chicago." The city's chief ex- 
ecutive told honorees and guests, 
"CTA employees have proven their 
dedication to the citizens of Chicago 
by working at a level above and 
beyond the call of duty." 

In his special proclamation for the 
occasion, the mayor urged 
Chicagoans to be aware of the impor- 
tance of CTA's contribution to ex- 
cellence in public service. 

It was the first time in the Striving for 
Excellence recognition program's 
three-year history that Mayor 
Washington has been available to at- 
tend CTA's employee honors ban- 
quet. Employees and guests signaled 
their appreciation with a warm 
greeting as the mayor was announced . 

CTA Chief Administrative Of- 
ficer Larry Pianto expressed ap- 
preciation for the mayor's attendance 
on behalf of all CTA employees. 
Honorees also heard the con- 
gratulatory salutes of Deputy Ex- 
ecutive Directors Harry Reddrick, 
Operations, and George Millonas, 
Engineering and Maintenance. Both 
expressed pride and appreciation in 
the honorees and their outstanding 
work records. Mayor Washington 
joined Chairman Clark and other CTA 
executives in a toast to the honorees, 
which was led by CTA Chairman 

Entertainment included a musical 
presentation as well as music for danc- 
ing by the Grand Staff band. Songs 
were by vocalist/bandleader Mark In- 
gram, and comedian Max Cooper did 

Bus operators, box pullers, ticket 
agents, conductors, motormen, 
switchmen, towermen,yard foremen, 
and foot collectors included among 

Harry Reddrick, deputy executive director. Operations, draws the name of 
a Facilities Engineering and Maintenance employee for a special gift made 
possible through donations for use by Striving for Excellence honorees. 
George Millonas, deputy executive director. Facilities Engineering and 
Maintenance, drew a name of an Operations employee. 

honorees were employees hired prior 
to January 1, 1985. All had worked at 
least 200 days in their classification, or 
were in a pool for a union-represented 

These operating employees were 
also required to have 1985 work 
records which were free of misses, 
chargeable injuries on duty, violations, 
suspensions, and corrective case inter- 
views. They were also required to 
have had no more than one occasion 
of illness requiring absence from work, 
or one non-chargeable complaint, or 
one non-chargeable accident. 

Because commitment to excellence 
is expected to increase as individuals 
advance within the Operations Divi- 
sion, clerks, supervisors and instruc- 
tors were required to meet stricter 
criteria. These employees must have 
worked at least 200 days in their 
classification, or in a pool for a union- 
represented classification during both 
1984 and 1985. Their work records 
for both years had to be perfect. 

In selecting persons for the Striving 
for Excellence testimonial, the work 
records of 7,000 employees assigned 
to eligible classifications were reviewed 
at least twice by their superintendents 
and by the Operations Instruction Sec- 

tion staff. 

A slightly different criteria set by 
Engineering and Maintenance for its 
personnel did not permit employees 
with a suspension, absence without 
leave, or similar violation to be includ- 
ed in Striving for Excellence honors. 

Union employees from all Engineer- 
ing and Maintenance departments 
were considered for the Striving for 
Excellence program provided their 
work records indicated perfect atten- 
dance in the past two years (since 
1984). Thus, of the 1,300 records 
screened, only 325 employees were 
selected from the division to receive 
the honors, said Florence Salus, direc- 
tor. Engineering and Maintenance 
Personnel Service. "We held our peo- 
ple to a strict criteria," said Ms. Salus. 

In order to be eligible for considera- 
tion, Engineering and Maintenance 
employees needed a minimum of 
seven points for attendance which in- 
cluded five points for perfect atten- 
dance in 1985 and two points for the 
previous year of perfect attendance. 
Bonus points were given for commen- 
dations, and points were subtracted 
for written warnings. The division 
honored personnel having the highest 
number of points. 



Mayor Harold Washington joins the CTA hosts in toasting the Striving for 
Excellence honorees. Lifting their glasses are (from left) George Millonas, 
Linda Grysbeck, Larry Pianto, Anita Curtis, Mayor Washington, 
Harry Reddrick, and CTA Vice Chairman John Hoellen. Chairman 
Walter Clark leads the toast at the podium. 


Grand Staff plays tribute to honorees 

Grand Staff, tine Chicago band which has enter- 
tained CTA's Striving for Excellence honorees 
since the testimonial's inception in 1983, abounds 
with talent. 

The eight-piece band is directed by singer Mark 
Ingram, a man whose musical style and flair draws 
an audience into each show. The band's musical 
director/arranger is Orbert Davis, a Columbia 
CoLege music teacher who is also a musician for 
singer Gladys Knight and the Pips, as well as other 
entertainers when they are visiting Chicago. 

Ingram and company gave the 1986 Striving 
for Excellence honorees and guests a glimpse of 
Grand Staff's talent with a new arrangement and 
lyrics of a familiar tune. "We Built this City" 
became "We Move this City" (by CTA). The idea 

originated with Bill Sholdice, director. Training 
and Development, Operations Training/Instruc- 

Sholdice presented the idea to Operations 
Training/Instruction Manager Elonzo Hill who 
discussed it with Ingram. Later, Sholdice and the 
bandleader co-wrote new lyrics which would 
honor CTA's outstanding employees, and the 
musical arrangement followed. 

Grand Staff was winner of Budweiser Brewer's 
Showdown held at Washington, DC. in August 
and hosted by singer Lou Rawls. The showdown 
was a musical battle between some 15,000 bands 
for the local to regional and national level . The top 
prize was a Warner Brothers recording contract. 






Striving for Excellence honorees of 
1986 were recipients of a variety of 
prizes in recognition of their outstand- 
ing performance, thanks to CTA's 
Promotional Services section, Public 
Affairs department. 

Terry Hocin, director of Promo- 
tional Services, said some honorees 
received Cubs or White Sox baseball 
tickets, and others were awarded 
University of Illinois Flame Basketball 
tickets. All were donated for use by the 
honorees, Hocin said. 

Other prizes donated included a 
Sony Walkman, tickets to the Circus 
Vargas and the Museum of Science 
and Industry Omnimax, as well as a 
two-night stay at the Chicago Hilton 
which was donated by the Avenues to 
the World travel agency and the Hilton 
Hotel Corporation. The prizes were 
awarded in a random drawing. 

Another random drawing offered a 
getaway weekend package for a coup- 
le to include dinner and a play at the 
Pheasant Run Theatre, provided by 
.^^ the CTA Community Affairs depart- 
^^ ment. Honorees also received a com- 
k, merative key chain, and certificates 
■^jt denoting their accomplishments. 




Honorees and guests enjoyed an evening of dancing following the recogni- 
tion program. 

CTA Board selects 

Robert E. Paaswell Executive Director 

The Chicago Transit Board on Sept. 
29 selected Robert E. Paaswell, a pro- 
fessor of transportation engineering at 
the University of Illinois at Chicago 
(UIC), as Executive Director. 

Paaswell, 49, has served as director 
of UIC's Urban Transportation Center 
since 1982. Most recently, the Center 
has performed innovative work on the 
provision of public transit by private 
sector suppliers, and helped CTA 
write contracts for service for the han- 
dicapped by private companies. 

A member of the CTA Citizens Ad- 
visory Committee, the RTA Strategic 
Plan Task Froce, and the Governor's 
Task Force on Transportation for the 
Disabled, Paaswell serves on a 
number of other metropolitan area 
transit advisory committees. 

Active for more than 10 years as a 
consultant to the United States 
Department of Transportation on 
minorities and the transportation in- 
dustry, he recently organized a con- 
ference to bring together represent- 
atives of minority educational institu- 
tions and the transit industry. 

Paaswell worked in the Office of the 
Secretary of the United States Depart- 
ment of Transportation in 1976 and 
1977, receiving the Secretary's award 

New arrival 

Meet Geri Burns, executive 
secretary to CTA Chairman Walter 
H. Clark. Mrs. Burns joins CTA after 
19 years with CitlCorp Savings. A 
native Chicagoan, she enjoys tennis 
and biking. She and her husband, 
Jerry, are residents of Brighton Park. 

Copyrighted Oct. 5, 1986, Chicago Tribune Compahy. all rights reserved, used with permission. 

for Superior Achievement for his work 
in policy analysis. 

He is currently involved in urban 
transportation planning in the People's 
Republic of China. During a trip to 
China this October, Paaswell was 
named an honorary professor at the 
Jilin University of Technology in 
Changchun in recognition of his 
research program development at that 

Born- in Redwing, Minn., Paaswell 
attended Columbia University in New 
York City and received a Bachelor of 
Arts degree in 1956, a Bachelor of 
Science degree in engineering the 
following year and an M.S. in applied 
mechanics in 1961. He earned a doc- 
torate in civil engineering from Rutgers 
University in 1965. 

He joined the faculty of the State 
University of New York at Buffalo in 
1964 and was named a professor of 
civil engineering in 1976. He founded 
and directed the center for Transporta- 
tion Studies and Research there in 
1978 and , in 1980 and 1981 , held the 

concurrent post of chairman and pro- 
fessor of the Department of En- 
vironmental Design and Planning. 

He has been elected a fellow of the 
American Society of Civil Engineers 
and now serves as chairman of the 
Committee on Transportation Disad- 
vantaged for the Transportation 
Research Board of the National 
Academy of Sciences. 

He is a member of the science 
honorary society Sigma Xi and was a 
Ford Foundation Scholar at Columbia 

Paaswell is the co-author of one 
book, has written or co-written more 
than 60 articles on transit topics for 
professional and scholarly journals 
and has prepared more than 70 
special reports on transportation and 
engineering issues. 

He and his wife, Rosalind Paaswell, 
first deputy commissioner for 
economic development for the City of 
Chicago, are the parents of a 
daughter, Judith Miara, and a son, 


Natalia Delgado 
joins CTA Board 

Ms. Natalia Delgado assumed her 
seat on the CTA Board on September 
24. She was appointed to the Board 
by Mayor Harold Washington to fill the 
vacancy created when former CTA 
Chairman Michael Cardilli's term ex- 
pired on August 31. 

Ms. Delgado is a graduate of the 
University of Michigan Law School 
and holds an A.B. degree from 
Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. She 
has been an associate in the Chicago 
law firm of Jenner & Block since 
1984, and previously practiced at a 
Wall Street law firm, where she 
specialized in securities and corporate 
finance. Her professional affiliations 
include the American Bar Association, 
the Chicago Bar Association, the 
Hispanic American Bar Association, 
the Chicago Council of Lawyers, and 
The Association of the Bar of the City 
of New York. 

Commenting on her experiences as 
a frequent CTA rider, Ms. Delgado 
said, "Although we are the best transit 
system in the country, I believe that 
CTA should strive to operate with a 
higher degree of professionalism and 
greater concern for the welfare of the 
riding public." 

Ms. Delgado was born in Cuba, 
emigrated to the United States at age 
nine, and lived in Miami and Connect- 
icut before settling in the Midwest. She 
and her husband Rodrigo live on the 
North Side of Chicago. 

Peter J. Meinardi dies 

APIA Hall of Fame honoree 

Peter J. Meinardi, 77, retired 
manager of general administra- 
tion and finance for the Chicago 
Transit Authority, died on Oc- 
tober 8, at his home in Wilmette. 

Mr. Meinardi joined CTA as 
assistant comptroller in April 
1948, about six months after 
public transit in Chicago began 
operations as the CTA. He was 
named controller in 1950 and 
manager of finance in 1965. He 
retired in 1974. 

On the day Mr. Meinardi died, 
he was to have been inducted into 
the Transit Hall of Fame of the 
American Public Transit Associa- 
tion (APTA) at their annual 
meeting in Detroit. A news 
release issued by APTA stated he 
was being honored for "bringing accounting system that produced 
a wide array of innovative im- an information flow throughout 

provements to the authority in- the system that was the first of its 

eluding pioneering the com- kind in transit." 

puterization of the CTA as early He is survived by his wife, 

as 1950. He is a developer of an Edith, and three daughters. 

Chairman Cardilli retires 

Former CTA Chairman Michael A. 
Cardilli holds a memento of his ser- 
vice as he shares a light-hearted mo- 
ment with Board Member Nick Rug- 
giero (left), former board member 
James Gallagher, and Chief Ad- 

ministrative Officer Larry Pianto. The 

occasion was a farewell celebration in 
honor of Cardilli's retirement, held at 
the Merchandise Mart M&M Club on 
September 19. 

September-October, 1986 




Michael Matas, the 1986 CTA Bus Roadeo 
champion, is at the wheel (left) of a 40-foot 
bus and ready to get underway in the 
American Public Transit Association's In- 
ternational Bus Roadeo at Detroit. Follow- 
ing the competition (right) IVIatas, who 
scored 633 points to place third in the AP- 
TA competition, is congratulated by his 
wife, Jennifer, CTA Bus Instructor John 
McClain, and Deputy Executive Direc- 
tor/Human Resources Anita Curtis who 
werealso at the APTA Bus Roadeo course 
cheering for CTA's champion. 

Photos bv Betty B. Edwards 

Competition winners honored 

CTA's top bus operator, rapid transit motorman, rail con- 
ductor, and ticket agent were the center of attention at the 
sixth annual competition awards banquet held August 29 at 
the Merchandise Mart Plaza Holiday Inn's Saugnash Room. 

Returning to the winner's circle this year was Bus Roadeo 
champion Michael Matas of Forest Glen garage, Kimball 
motorman Robert Sanders, Third Rail RoundUp cham- 
pion, and ticket agent Bryant Alexander of 95th Street ter- 
minal, claiming his third consecutive victory as the number 

Above: Michael Matas, joined by his wife, Jennifer, accepts the 
1986 first place Bus Roadeo trophy presented at the August 29 
awards banquet by Elonzo Hill (left), manager. Operations Train- 
ing/Instruction. Hill was accompanied by Alex Johnson, manager, 
Transportation Personnel. 

Right, above: Bryant Alexander, joined by his wife, Sharon, proud- 
ly displays the first place trophy as CTA's top ticket agent, leak- 
ing the presentation to the three-time winner was Arthur Bennett 
(left), chairman of the 1986 Top Notch Ten competition. Others on 
hand for the presentation were Deputy Executive Director/Opera- 
tions, Harry Reddrick, and Manager, Transportation Personnel, 
Alex Johnson. 

Right: Diane Howard of Ashland terminal, the 1986 Third Rail 
Roundup top conductor, displays the individual first place trophy 
while Ashland Superintendent Jim McClain holds the terminal 
trophy. Robert Sanders (extreme right) of Kimball terminal holds 
the individual trophy awarded him as first place motorman in the 
competition. Sanders is accompanied by Kimball Superintendent 
Nick Blaino who also received a terminal trophy. 

one ticket agent in the Authority. 

First place honors as conductor in the Third Rail 
RoundUp for 1986 went to Diane Howard of Ashland ter- 
minal, the first woman ever to take first place honors in any 
of the championship competitions. Members of CTA's Win- 
ning Circle 20, Roundhouse 18, and Top Notch Ten were 
also among honorees sharing the evening with the top 



As maintenance safety figures were tabulated at the close 
of the second quarter, repairmen and other Engineering and 
Maintenance personnel in five work locations had earned 
catered luncheons for having sustained accident-free perfor- 
mance, or for having the lowest frequency rate in their field 
of competition for a six month period. 

James F. Dudley, supervisor. Industrial Safety, said ap- 
proximately 525 employees were served the special catered 
lunches at 61st/Racine and 98th maintenance terminals, 
Archer garage, Skokie Rail Shops, and the 77th Street Bus 
Shops. A variety of other prizes such as caps, jackets, cups, 
and grocery gift certificates were also awarded, as well as the 
coveted ZAP certificate which foremen received on behalf of 
their respective shop crews. Shop personnel on both morn- 
ing and night shifts were honored. 

First place honors for the quarters were also earned by 
maintenance personnel at Limits garage, although the facili- 
ty did not qualify for the six month accident-free luncheon. 
Personnel at Desplaines terminal received a second place 
certificate for the quarter. 

Night shift maintenance personnel at Archer garage help 
themselves to a sumptuous catered lunch provided by 
Maintenance Safety in recognition of Archer's six-month 

accident-free performance record. Archer personnel on both 
shifts as well as maintenance personnel at four other work loca- 
tions, were treated to the special luncheon. 

Frank Lercara (left) maintenance foreman at Limits garage, ac- 
cepted the first place ZAP certificate for his crew, ti/laking the 
presentation was Terrance McGuigan, director. Bus l^aintenance. 
McGuigan, 42, who joined CTA August 26, 1962, died suddenly on 
October 26. 

Archer garage maintenance night crew foreman Mike O'Connor 
(left) accepts the first place Zero Accident Program certificate 
from Terry Muellner, superintendent, southside garages. 

September-October, 1986 

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Mary Hurdle (West Section) 
was appreciated for her 
courtesy as ticket agent at 
Laramie on the 
Douglas-O'Hare line by 
f/lary Townsend, of Cicero. 
"I call her 'Sunshine.' 
Every morning she has a 
'Good morning, how are 
you? Have a nice day!' for 
everyone going through her 
turnstile. This, along with 
her beaming smile, really 
starts my day off right. I 
hope she is never transfer- 
red from this station 
because I know she would 
be sadly missed by many 
people. I have seen a lot of 
people perk up after going 
through there in the morn- 
ing. I know you have a lot 
of other good employees, 
but I think she is excep- 
tional. " 

Willie Peoples (77th Street garage) "does an 
outstanding job" as operator of a No. 6 Jeffery Express 
bus, according to Vincent Turner, of Vincennes Avenue. 
"While being polite and courteous to all passengers, his 
direct manner makes it clear to the 'rabble-rousers' that 
he is not to be toyed with. His calm yet persistent asser- 
tion of CTA regulations, transfer restrictions and fare re- 
quirements has more than once deterred youngsters and 
others from trying to get a free ride. More importantly, 
though, I feel secure in riding with this driver. He displays 
good judgment and skill in maneuvering his bus through 

Kenneth Richards (Limits garage) was praised by 
Lori Hayes, of Lakeside Place, a regular rider on his No. 
145 Wilson-Michigan Express bus. "He called out stops 
loud enough for passengers in the rear to hear. He was 
always punctual, so I would catch his bus at the same 
time every day. His bus was always clean and free of 
water, even on rainy days. He was considerate enough to 
lend a helping hand to disabled or older individuals who 
had trouble getting on or off the bus. He would wait for 
passengers running for his bus, rain or shine. You are for- 
tunate to have on your staff a bus driver like Mr. 

Edwardo Diaz (North Ave./Lawndale garage) was 
complimented by Irma Lobe, of Drummond Place, who 
was a rider on his No. 76 Diversey bus. "He assisted an 
elderly passenger in a very courteous and gentlemanly 
manner. When the driver informed everyone they would 
have to change buses at Logan Sqaurc, a short, elderly 
lady using a cane had great difficulty trying to get down 
the bus steps. Without hesitation, the driver, after setting 
his brakes, assisted the woman down . After observing the 
lady having difficulty reaching an eastbound bus, he 
again set his brakes and personally assisted the woman to 
the bus." 

Heriberto Murjoz (North 
Park garage) was com- 
mended by Suzanne Lind- 
say, who rode his No. 22 
Clark bus to her job on 
North Wells Street. "He 
was very pleasant in 
greeting all passengers or 
when answering questions. 
He also demonstrated 
what riding with a profes- 
sional, conscientious driver 
should be like. He always 
pulled right up to the curbs 
so that passengers could 
easily enter and exit the 
bus, and he managed to 
start and stop the bus 
without throwing 
passengers into each 
other. When a passenger 
was running alongside the 
bus, he actually waited. He 
even stopped to help a 
blind person cross the 

Eloise Carter (77th Street garage) was noticed by 
Lawrence Moorehead as he rode her No. 3 King Drive 
bus north from his home on King at 66th Street. "I had an 
appointment at the Veterans' Hospital on Huron, and 
asked her where to transfer. She explained that I should 
stay on the bus to Randolph and change to a Number 
157. She had a smile and a 'Good morning' for everyone 
who boarded the bus. She also had a smile and 'Have a 
good day' for all who got off at the front. I am sure that 
even those who did not respond later had time to think 
that what made their day so pleasant was this bus driver's 
smile and greeting." 

Walter Moore (North Park garage) impressed Nancy 
Rawles, of Howe Street, with his handling of a No. 135 
Wilson/LaSalle Express bus. "The thing I most ap- 
preciated about him, besides his general friendliness, 
good humor and helpful demeanor, was the way in 
which he listened to passengers who use English as a se- 
cond language. When you're new in a country, even 
riding a bus can be an ordeal. I know, as I have lived 
abroad. This driver turned potentially unpleasant situa- 
tions into enjoyable experiences. This makes a big dif- 
ference after a long, hard day at work when you just want 
to get home." 

Pamela Stoval (West Section), ticket agent at 
Chicago/Milwaukee, was thanked by Patricia Brey, of 
Leonard Avenue, for her help after being pickpocketed 
on a train at Lake Transfer station . "I got off to call police 
and phone my husband to report my credit cards had 
been stolen. Ms. Stovall, who listened to my nervous 
chatter most politely, made out a theft report and had the 
good will and courtesy to follow up with four calls to 
dispatch the police. I hope Ms. Stovall never gets too 
disillusioned to continue to help people in distress. She 
was a godsend that night as the circumstances of my day 
had made me upset." 


Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Emploi/ees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Glen Adams, 77th Street 
Mahmood All, North Section 

Robert Baker, Forest Glen 
Vernon Barney, Limits 
Mary Beard, Kedzie 
Emmitt Beard, Forest Glen 
Nancy Bennett, Agents West 
Freidun Betdashto, Forest Glen 
Dwayne Borom, Limits 
Tommie Bosley, Howard/Kimball 
Stephen Brown, 77th Street 
Allen Brown, 69th Street 
Everett Brown, Forest Glen 
Melvin Buckley, 77th Street 
Joe Bullock, Limits 
Eric Burke, 69th Street 

Jean Cage, North Park 
Bernard Calhoun, Jefferson Park 
Jose Cancel, North Park 
Eloise Carter, 77th Street 
Jessie Cavanero, North Park 
Otis Clay, 77th Street 
Tyree Cobb Jr., Limits 
Douglas Cockbill, North Park 
James Cockrell, Limits 
Anthony Coco, 77th Street 
Johnnie Curry, Archer 

Barbara Dandridge, Beverly 
Deborah Davis, Forest Glen 
Arthur Davis, Limits 
Peter Dolan, North Park 
Marcelo Droira, Forest Glen 

Hugo Echeverria, North Park 
Raphael Emery, North Park 
Roseann Evans, North Park 
Lugene Everett, North Avenue 

Barney Fason, 77th Street 
Norman Feldman, Forest Glen 
Thomas Figler, Howard/Kimball 
Hubert Fincher, North Park 
Harmon Fisher, Kedzie 
Terry Foster, North Park 

Bertram Gage, Forest Glen 
Phillip Gary Jr.. 69th Street 
David Gaston, North Park 
Jerome Gladney, Howard/Kimball 
Allen Gordon, 69th Street 
Jerry Green, Kedzie 
German Gutierrez, North Park 

John Harper Jr., Archer 
Arthur Hawkins Jr., Kedzie 
Ellie Head. 69th Street 
Robert Hicks, 77th Street 
Mary Holt. Limits 
Robert Hopkins Sr., Forest Glen 
Joe Hudgins, Forest Glen 

Willie James, North Park 

Ricca James, North Section 

Arthur Jarnegan, Forest Park 

David Jenkins, Limits 

Candido Jimenez Jr., North Avenue 

Cedric Johnson, Kedzie 

Joe Kent, 77th Street 

James Ketchum Jr., North Avenue 

Roland King, Jefferson Park 

Anthony Lag, Limits 
Paul Lane, Douglas/Congress 
Kenneth Lee, 77th Street 
Amy Love. Kedzie 

Michael Maines. Forest Glen 
Melinda Manoni, West Section 
James Marshall, 77th Street 
Lura Martin, Kedzie 
Dora Martin, Forest Glen 
Daniel Martin, Forest Glen 
Israel Martinez, Forest Glen 
Joseph Maryland, Limits 
Richard Massey, 69th Street 
Ephriam Mauldin, 69th Street 
Walter McKinney, Archer 
James Melton. Forest Glen 
William Miles, Beverly 
Jessie Miller, Forest Glen 
Frank Minardo, Howard/Kimball 
Albert Moffett, Kedzie 
Howard Monroe, North Park 
Hermilo Montes, Limits 
Michael Moore, Bus District B 
Thelma Moore, Beverly 
Guilford Moore, Rail System 

Peter Norfleet Jr., 77th Street 

Dorothy O'Neal, Limits 

Eugene Orr, Limits 

Clara Owens, North Avenue 

John Paczkowski, North Park 
Roberto Pagan, 77th Street 
Thomas Palma, North Avenue 
Anthony Parker, North Avenue 
Nathaniel Parker, Forest Park 
Veronica Parker, North Section 
Fanny Patton, Archer 
Harry Payne, Ashland 
George Payton, Beverly 
Willie Peoples. 77th Street 
Rosario Perez. Jefferson Park 
Irvin Perry, Archer 
Willard Polk, 77th Street 
Donnell Prater, Limits 
Jesus Priego, North Avenue 

Billy Ragsdale, 77th Street 
Manuel Ramirez, North Park 
Clarence Ranee, Rail System 
Dandridge Rayford, Howard/Kimball 
Eugene Reid, Limits 
Herminio Rivera, North Avenue 
James Robinson, Archer 
William Roman, Limits 
Tommy Ross. Forest Glen 
Leroy Rupert, Archer 

Ismail Saleh, North Park 

Elijah Sanders, North Avenue 

Felipe Santana, Forest Glen 

Ismael Santos Jr., North Park 

Rueben Sims, 77th Street 

Drusilla Smith, 77th Street 

Robert Smith, Kedzie 

Dennis Smith, Howard/Kimball 

William Spencer. 77th Street 

Frank Staszak. Beverly 

John Stiles. Howard/Kimball 

Harold Stingley Jr.. Douglas/Congress 

Evelyn Stofer, West Section 

Pamela Stovall, West Section 

Marion Stubbs, North Park 

Annie Stuckey, 69th Street 

Maria Sudeikis, Archer 

Willie Mae Sures, 77th Street 

Rickey Taylor, Beverly 
Brian Thomas, Archer 
Robert Thomas, North Park 
Lee Thompson, North Park 
Mary Thrower, Jefferson Park 
Lela Townes, 77th Street 
Barbara Townsend, 77th Street 
Bobby Townsend, Archer 
Barbara Tribble, Archer 

Renato Ugartechea, North Avenue 

Juanita Valdez, Kedzie 
Arturo Valdez, North Park 
Gerardo Vargas, North Park 
Juris Vitands, Forest Glen 

Thelmer Walker. Kedzie 

eleven Wardlow Jr.. Douglas/Congress 

Myron Webb. Limits 

Vontie White, Forest Glen 

Fredrick White, Limits 

Joseph Williams, 69th Street 

Albert Williams, Forest Glen 

Allen Willis Jr., Kedzie 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 

James Zak, Howard/Kimball 
Joseph Zukerman, North Park 

September-October, 1986 

In the late 1940's and early '50's old 
time radio comedy presented Fibber 
McGee and his ever present closet of 
junk, which aH came tumbling down 
upon him whenever he opened the 
closet door. 

Today, in some old Johnny Carson 
reruns we still see the "Great Carnack" 
tripping as he makes his grand 
entrance---all for a few laughs. In reali- 
ty, however, having junk heaped 
upon your head, or suffering a spill to 
the floor really isn't so funny. In fact, it 
could prove disastrous. 

Consider the manager trudging into 
the office with a briefcase in one hand 
and attempting to balance a cup of 
coffee and a ledger in the other. The 
manager spills a little coffee on the 
floor but ignores it. 

Minutes later a co-worker, oblivious 
to the wet spot on the floor, slips on 
the spilled coffee, crashes to the floor 
and sprains a wrist. In another case, a 
shop worker slips on a greasy spill and 
sprains an ankle. 

Falls such as these are the most 
common office accidents and account 
for the majority of disabling injuries. 
Because they are unexpected, falls 
can cause serious injuries; and accor- 
ding to the National Safety Council, 
most accidents could be avoided if 
people would only take a few minutes 
to clean up spills, push in a drawer, 
propedy store away items, or properly 
lift a heavy load. 

In a recent CTA Safety Department 
report of some 70 office accidents over 
a two and a half year period, 10 per- 
cent were falls which resulted in 
bruises, sprains, strains, and in some 

cases fractures, all of which meant a 
loss in man hours and production. 

One can fall up as well as down the 
stairs simply by attempting to take 
more ttian one step at a time, or refus- 
ing to use the hand rail. People have 
been known to fall out of a chair as 
well as off of a ladder simply because 
they disregarded a few safety rules. 

Think of all the times you thought 
that extension cord on the floor was 
dangerous. Why not take a few 
minutes and get it out of the aisle? Or, 
why leave a file cabinet drawer open 
as you walk back to your desk when it 
takes only a fraction of a second to 
close it? 

Here are a few other office safety 
tips that might be worth remembering. 
Don't block exits, and turn the copy 
machine off before you attempt to cor- 
rect a malfunction. Don't forget that 
office equipment such as electric 
typewriters, sorters, collating and ad- 
dressing machines are sure to attack 
the unsuspecting individual whose 
dangling tie, scarf, necklace or bracelet 
is anywhere near an opening while the 
equipment is operating. Unprotected 
fingers and long strands of hair are 
also in danger of being grabbed by 
these unfeeling machines. 

Stacking items on a file cabinet 
creates potential hazards. Real acci- 
dent prevention is storing items in the 
cabinet, not on it. 

Remember that frayed and exposed 
wires can cause shocks and start fires. 
Grasping the plug to pull it out rather 
than yanking the cord prevents fray- 
ing. A three-wire grounding system is 
a must for eliminating shock hazards. 

Never use special devices, or 
"cheaters" to put a three-pronged plug 
into a two-prong outlet. 

Safety demands caution and com- 
mon sense whether in the office, the 
shop, or on the street. 




Day in CTA 

The alert reaction of conductor 
Harold Howell and motorman 
Clarence Dotton was undoubtedly 
the difference between life and death 
for a man who had fallen between two 
rail cars as he ran towards the train at 
the southbound Wilson Avenue stop. 

Howell saw the incident and im- 
mediately notified his motorman to 
stop the train . The Control Center was 
notified at once and the power was 
cut. Dotton and Howell then rescued 
the man by pulling him from beneath 
the cars. Both Howard terminal 
crewmen were honored on "Day in 

Another Howard terminal 
employee, conductor John McCor- 
mack, was also the receipient of 
special "Day in CTA" honors for his 
alert reaction to a situation which 
could have resulted in extensive pro- 
perty loss due to fire. 

McCormack was working at Davis 
street on the Evanston route, when he 
saw a youth underneath the platform 
stacking newspaper and setting them 
on fire. He interrupted the youth, who 
ran away, and notified the control 
center. Evanston Police and Fire 
Departments were dispatched. 

Meanwhile, McCormack and a con- 
struction liaison extinguished the fire. 
Reports said the damage was minor. 

Harlem conductor Douglas 
Parker is credited with convincing a 

Day in CTA honorees get a tour of the CTA control center. Explaining procedures is bus 
controller Johr) Batzel (left). On the tour are Harold Howell, Clarence Dotton, John McCor- 
mack, and Douglas Parker. Seated at the console is bus instructor James Thaxton. 

youthful runaway on board his West- 
Northwest route train to let him call 
police for her own protection. The girl, 
who had been missing from her In- 
dianapolis, Indiana home for six days, 
was discovered by Parker in one of the 
train cars. After talking with the girl. 

Parker turned her over to a supervisor 
upon arrival at O'Hare terminal, and 
police were summoned. 

Parker was honored on a "Day in 
CTA" for his willingness to get in- 
volved, and for properly handling a 
delicate situation. 


now available for riders 

Timetables for 10 CTA bus routes 
and the Skokie Swift are now 
available for public distribution, it was 
announced by Dave Phillips, 
superintendent. Service Planning, 
Operations Planning Department. 

The available schedules are : 30 - 
South Chicago, 31-31 Street, 34 - 
Michigan Avenue, 41 - Elston/Cly- 
bourn, 54a - No. Cicero/Skokie 
Blvd., 59 -59-61st, 86 - Nar- 
ragansett, 89 - North Kedzie, 97 

-Skokie Bus - Skokie Swift, and 131 
- Washington. 

Each timetable includes a map of 
the route, names of stops along the 
route and departure and arrival 
times. Schedules are listed separately 
for weekdays, weekends and 
holidays. Quantities are limited. 

Copies of schedules for distribution 
to riders are available from garage 
and terminal clerks, and from the 
Schedules section in the Merchandise Mart 

September-October, 1986 


Retirees enjoy annual picnic 

More than 200 CTA retirees, family members and friends 
gathered for the annual picnic sponso'red by the CTA Senior 
Citizens' Retirement Organization. The event was held on 
August 2 at Grove 4 in the Forest Preserve at 27th street 
and Desplaines avenue. 

Everyone enjoyed hot dogs and beverages provided by 
the organization, and individual barbecues were kept busy 

preparing items brought from home. 

Games for youngsters and adults featured friendly and 
enthusiastic competition for prizes, and door prizes were 
also awarded. Horseshoes for the adults and Bozo Buckets 
for the children proved to be the most popular games. 

Everyone had a great time from late morning until early 
evening despite the 90-degree weather. 

John Lukac 

retired from 

proudly announces that he 
South Shops in 1968. 

George Macak (left), who retired on 
January 1 of this year as supervisor of 
graphic production in Operations Plan- 
ning, celebrates with Jim Tucker, who 
retired 12 years ago as chief clerk in 

Mile Ruzicka, retired from 
signs up for horseshoe 
horseshoe chairman Bob 
son of Harry Poces (left). 
Southwest Retirees. 

Archer. 1969, 
contest with 
Poces (right), 
president of 

Harold Burda remembered... 

Mrs. Mildred Burda (third from right), widow of Harold Burda (in- 
set), carried on the family tradition of securing donated prizes for 
the CTA Retirees' picnic, which had been handled admirably for 
many years by her late husband. Sharing in the moment are the 

Burda's sons and daughters-in-law (beginning second from left) 
Nancy, Craig, Fran, and Duane Burda. At far right is Nancy and 
Craig's daughter, Cheryl Heinz, and far left is Charlotte Taylor, a 
guest of Jack Kalka. 



Raymond and Lucille Kocmoud 

celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 
on July 11. Ray retired from 77th Street 
garage in 1977. 

Walter Zelis (Archer '71 j. Fred Spoerl(Ked- 
zie '66), and Frank Holub (Lawndale '68) 
paused during the festivities to offer best 
wishes to ali their friends at CTA. 

Members of the Picnic Committee who made sure that everything was ready for a great 
time are (left to right): Ben Schuiz, pension representative, North Avenue, retired 1972; 
Clarence Lind, president of CTA Senior Citiziens Retirement Organization, retired from 
Limits garage, November 1971; Jack Kalka, organization secretary and picnic chairman, 
retired from Lawndale garage, 1971; Charles Derrick, retired from Central Counting, 1978; 
Pete Dowdall, organization treasurer, retired from North Avenue, April 1974, and Bill 
Klecka, assistant treasurer, retired from Lawndale, 1971. 

Emily Klecka, Faye Sobey, and Kay Lind (from left) prepared hun- 
dreds of hot dogs. 

The youngsters en/oyed games of Bozo Buckets. 

September-October, 1986 


The CTA Community Affairs Depart- 
ment participated on August 2 and 3rd 
in the 14th annual Fiesta Del Sol, a 
community fair traditionally organized 
by Pilsen Neighbors Community 
Council since 1972, on the first 
weekend of August. 

La Fiesta del Sol is a celebration of 
the people. It was started after two 
years of hard work and struggles to get 
the Benito Juarez High School built. 
This school was inaugurated in 1976, 
and it is the pride of the Pilsen com- 

This year Pilsen residents were 
celebrating another main accomplish- 
ment, the future construction of the 
West Side Technical Institute which 
will be located at 23rd and Western. 

The CTA Community Affairs booth 
was staffed by Betty B. Edwards, 
manager. Community Affairs, Elda 
Leal, superintendent. Community 
Relations, Bertram Mims and Juan 

Community Affairs Manager Betty B. Edwards prepares to conduct ttie drawing that 
will select contestants for CTA's Wheel of Fortune game at La Fiesta del Sol. 

Puente, community relations coor- 
dinators and Ana Maria Del Rivero, 

confidential office assistant. 

Besides providing information on 
CTA services, the "CTA Pride In 
Transportation Wheel of Fortune" was 
featured for the first time. Nine players 
on each of the two days were selected 
by drawings. Some won prizes con- 
sisting of a Monthly pass, a bi-weekly 
pass, CTA tokens, "Pride in Transpor- 
tation" frisbies and CTA tie-tacs and 
cuff links. 

This annual event attracts over 
100,000 visitors. Local social service 
agencies promote their services and 
raise funds through the sale of Mex- 
ican food, arts and crafts and other 
colorful souvenirs. The festive and 
entertaining activities truly reflect the 
pride of the people as a celebration of 
their accomplishments, mostly geared 
towards better education for the Pilsen 

of the year 

Materials Management/Stores 
Employee of the Year competition 
produced two winners this year, S.T. 
Lucas (left). West Shops warehouse 
worker, and Charles Bennett 
(center), South Shops warehouse 
worker. Each winner received an in- 
dividual plaque and a warm up 
jacket with his name and the Stores 
logo on it. Their names also were 
engraved on a large plaque for 
display in their respective work 
places. The awards were presented 
by W.C. Roman (right), director. 
Material Control/Stores, in a lun- 
cheon at the M&M Club, Merchan- 
dise Mart, on July 31. 



and Maintenance 

Day in CTA 

A bus repairman, two instructors 
and a technical services engineer (bus) 
received special recognition during an 
Engineering and Maintenance "Day in 
CTA" for their development of a new 
jumper wire now used on disabled 

The four Engineering and 
Maintenance employees are mobile 
bus repairman Al Hall, Jr., garage in- 
structors Richard Guinn and Tom 
Irwin, and senior technical services 
engineer Wille Torres. 

Richard Schneider, manager, 
Equipment Engineering and 
Maintenance, said the jumper wire 
which the four developed makes it 
possible for a disabled bus to be 
restarted and driven to a garage for 
service rather than having to be 
towed. "It really makes more service 
time available," said Schneider. The 
new jumper wire also eliminates 
runaway buses and related injuries. 

Other Engineering and 
Maintenance personnel honored on 
"A Day in CTA" were Duane 
Engelbrecht and Lorenzo 

A visit to the power control center was one of the stops on the agenda for the eight 
Engineering and Maintenance "Day in CTA" honorees. Conducting the tour was con- 
troller Michael Sanchoz (front row, second from left). His guests are (from left) Joseph 
Garrett, car repairman; Lorenzo Rodriguez, bus repairman; Richard Guinn, garage instruc- 
tor; Alan Hall, mobile bus repairman, and Willie Torres, senior technical services engineer 
(bus). In back (from left) are Kevin Finnegan, terminal foreman; Tom Invin, garage instruc- 
tor; Duane Engelbrecht, bus repairman, and James Elliott, performance control analyst. 

Rodriguez, bus repairmen who 
helped extinguish a fire in the diesel 
delivery drain pan at Kedzie garage. 
Supervisors said their quick thinking 
helped avoid a potentially diastrous 

The apprehension of a youth in the 
act of vandalizing rail cars at the 

Howard yard also earned terminal 
foreman Kevin Finnegan and car 
repairman Joseph Garrett special 
recognition on "A Day in CTA." 
Supervisors said apprehension of the 
youth by the two employees also led 
to information on the identity and 
habits of several graffiti gangs. 

AMMS tour 

John Gill (left), supervisor. 
Storeroom 30, 78th and Vincen- 
nes, conducts a tour of the 
southside CTA facility for 
members of the American 
Materials Managment Society. 
Af^MS conducts nine tours and 
technical sessions each year of 
various member companies. An 
award is also given annually to 
the organization with the best 
tour. CTA received the 1985 "Tour 
of the Year Award" following a 
tour of the Skokie complex. 

September-October, 1986 


For your 

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget 
Reconciliation Act (COBRA), a 
federal law enacted April 7, and ad- 
ministered by the CTA Insurance 
Department, entitles CTA employees 
to a temporary extension of health 
coverage at group rates in certain in- 
stances where coverage under the 
group plan would otherwise end. 

Any CTA employee who loses 
group health coverage due to a reduc- 
tion in hours of employment, or ter- 
mination of employment for reasons 
other than misconduct, may elect a 
temporary continuation of health in- 
surance coverage. 

Likewise under COBRA, the 
spouse of an employee covered by 
Travelers/HMO also has the right to 
choose continuation of coverage in 
the event of the Travelers/HMO in- 
sured spouse's death, termination of 
employment for reasons other than 
misconduct, reduction in hours 
employed, divorce, legal separation, 
or the principle covered spouse 
becomes eligible for Medicare. 

Group health coverage is also 
available to a dependent child under 
the same circumstances, and in the 
event the dependent child ceases to be 
a dependent under Travelers/HMO. 

Cost of extended service would 
vary with coverage required by the in- 
sured individual. 

Additional information about the 
COBRA law is available by calling 
the CTA Insurance Department on 
extension 3618. 


for a 




See back cover 

Beverly, 95th earn 
public safety aiMrards 

Public safety awards for the se- 
cond quarter were presented to 
Beverly garage and 95th Street ter- 
minal. The two southside facilities 
recorded the best traffic and 
passenger rates in the system with a 
total of 54 accident-free days. 

It was the first public safety 

award for the 95th Street terminal 
since the fourth quarter of 1986. 
Beverly's last PSA recognition was 
in the first quarter of 1985. The 
garage has earned 22 public safety 
awards since the program's incep- 
tion in 1961. 

Byron Winburn (left), superintendent II, 95th Street terminal, and Ardis Morris (right), 
the southside facility's superintendent, accept the interstation safety plaque from 
Safety fAanager Tom Boyle as first place recognition for public safety. Ward 
Chamberlain, (rear, left), recently retired area superintendent, South, was on hand for 
the presentation. The honors were earned before Chamberlain's retirement. 

Public safety recognition is accorded personnel at Beverly garage in awarding of the 
Interstation Safety plaque. On hand for the presentation was Thomas Reilly (left), area 
superintendent, bus garages, South. Tom Boyle, manager, Safety presents the plaque 
to Beverly Superintendent L.J. Hampton, accompanied by Robert Julun (right), 
superintendent, 69th Street garage. Julun v^as assigned to Beverly when the facility 
earned the safety recognition. 



Watch for iti 

CTA champion ticket agent Btyant Alexander 

will be featured in a future issue of the Chicago 
Tribune's Sunday Magazine section. The three-time 
winner of the ticket agent competition (1986 Top 
Notch Ten) was recently married. Alexander, along 
with his wife, Sharon visited Toronto Canada's 
Transit Commission as CTA's top ticket agent for 

Bus controllers graduate 

These 17 newly qualified bus controllers were recently graduated 
from a program encompassing 80 hours of formal training, and 
120 hours of line instruction. The graduates are (front row: left) 
Joseph Gonzalez, Willie Smith, Howard Freeman, Phillip Benford, 
Charles Taylor, Otto Houston, and Katherine Cunningham. In the 
second row are (from left) Derrick Robinson, assistant superinten- 
dent; Lino Alcaraz, superintendent; Don Reck, Conley Johnson, 
Raul Colon, Cedric Crosbie, Willie Harrington, Craig Pease, 

Melvin Jackson, Aaron Crockett, and Tommie Stewart. Standing 
in the third row are (from left) Robert Desvignes, manager, Opera 
tions Administrative Service, David T. Martin, manager, Opera 
tions Communications/Power Control, Elonzo Hill, manager. 
Operations Training/Instruction, Paul Kadowaki, director. Opera 
tions Training/Instruction, Arthur Allen, Alex Johnson, manager, 
Transportation Personnel, and Michael LaVelle, manager, 
Transportation Services. 

New rail supervisors 

New rapid transit service supervisors proudly display certificates 
of training following graduation August 12 in the CTA Board 
room. The trainees were given 1 12 hours of classroom instruction 
followed by 68 hours of on-the-job training. Displaying their newly 
earned certificates are (seated from left) Arthur Chavez, Rena 
Sammon, Deborah Hampton, Linda Lee, Arlene Hudson, Sharon 
Coleman, and Leon C. Haywood. Standing are (from left) Instruc- 
tor Myron Woods, Hamp Johnson, Thomas Castro, Edward Mit- 

chell, director. Technical Services; David T. Martin, manager. 
Communications and Power Control, Steven James, James 
Holmes, Elonzo Hill, manager, Operations Traininq/lnstruction; 
Charles Brown, Reginald Hayes, Michael LaVelle, manager. 
Transportation Services; Robert Janz, director, Rail Service, Ar- 
thur Hubbard, superintendent. Rail Instruction; Bart Wutzebach, 
Paul Kadowaki, director, Operations Training/Instruction, and 
Norman Herron, superintendent, Operations Training Center. 

September-October, 1986 





Control Center 

The joyous sounds of wedding bells 
rang out for three happy couples in 
September. John and Judy Batzel 
were joined in matrimony on 
September 6 and honeymooned on 
the romantic island of Honolulu, 
Hawaii... Al Fleming, power con- 
troller, exchanged vows with Jimmie 
Seymour, assistant superintendent, 
agent district, September 21. The 
wedding was held at the home of co- 
worker Corrine Dalmas...We also 
congratulate Jacqueline Israel, con- 
fidential office assistant, and Yoron 
Dael Israel who were married 
September 29 on Honolulu. We ex- 
tend our best wishes for health and 
happiness to each of the happy 
couples... Best wishes and congratula- 
tions to the recently promoted con- 
trollers Phillip Auriemma who was 
moved from rail instructor to rail con- 
troller, and Ernest Young, who was 
promoted from pool supervisor to rail 
controller. . .We also congratulate 
Carol Taylor, Operations, Ad- 
ministrative Services on her promotion 
from COA to incentive programs coor- 
dinator... A big congratulations to 
grandpa John Angelo, power con- 

Assistant Superintendent Harry Horn is 
the proud grandfather of an eight pound, 
21-inch granddaughter named Teresa 
Aimee. She was born March 15. Her 
parents are Cipriano and Amy Albarran. 
Teresa's father is a car cleaner at River 

troller, who was blessed with two 
grandsons during the month of 
August. John Jr. (oldest son), and his 
wife had a 9 pound, eight ounce son, 
Ryan Nicholas, and son Michael and 
his wife had a nine pound son, Tylor 
Mathew. Best wishes to all... Jerry 
Johnson, superintendent. Rail Con- 
trol who is a member of "The 
Bachelors and Benedicts, Chicago 
Ace of Clubs" is extending an invita- 
tion to the club's fall dinner dance set 
for November 15 at the Harvey Holi- 
day Inn Regency Ballroom at 17040 
South Halsted. Music will be by 
Gentlemen of Leisure. Call Jerry for 
more information on extension 
4194... Joseph Daquilante, assis- 
tant superintendent. Bus Control, sur- 
prised the Control Center with his 
creative woodcarving talent. Joe gave 
up staying in the kitchen for carving in 
his garage. He is now 15 pounds 
lighter and pursuing a hobby which 
has earned him the right to display his 
wares in craft fairs. His creative items 
include three different sizes of reindeer 
holders, complete with fuzzy noses. 
He has also made carousels and towel 
holders, all carved from wood and 
burned, stained, or glazed and very 
catching. You may see his display at 
Gorden Tech High School on 
November 1. Stop in if you are in the 
area. Good luck Joe. 

Carol A. Musto 

Howard Street 

Proud parents Beverly Chapman 

Gray, towerman at Howard Street, 
and husbnd Mitchell E. Gray, a 

motorman from Howard, announced 
the birth of their daughter, Britney 
Michelle September 24 at Michael 
Reese hospital. Baby Britney tipped 
the scales at 5 pounds, 15 ounces. 

North Section 

Two months recuperating after 
emergency surgery, almost all of 
Glenda Lyles is back to work. She 
feels great, and looks mahvelous, 
dahlings. Look out Louis 
Torres!... Jim Unnerstall, formerly a 
driver out of North Park garage, is 
joining the research team at Case 
Western Reserve University, in 
Cleveland Ohio. Jim is a neurophar- 
macologist, and his area of expertise is 
in Altzheimers disease. This reporter 
believes that Dr. Unnerstall will some- 
day earn a Nobel Prize, and make us 
all proud that he was once working 
with us here at CTA. 

Josephine Anderson 

General Office 

Congratulations to Sandra M. 
Gildersleeve, 1986 winner of the 
Golden Poet award which was 
presented at the second annual Poetry 
convention in Orlando, Florida. Ms 
Gildersleeve was also recipient of the 
International Black Writers Award 
presented by the International Black 
Writers Conference. Sandra 
Gildersleeve is the sister of Beverly 
Catherine of CTA's Field 





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V f 

Brian D. Stephen, 15, a junior at Chicago 
Vocational High School (where he ranks 6 
out of 1725 juniors), and the son of bus 
controller James Stephen, obtained the 
rank of Eagle Scout, scouting's highest 
honor He is a member of troop 739, 
Calumet District, Chicago Area Council. 
The Eagle Scout rank is achieved by ap- 
proximately 2 percent of all scouts and 
represents accomplishments in scouting 
skills, leadership, service, strength of 
character and understanding of communi- 
ty and nation. 



Service anniversaries in September 

Kudos to Don Nash, father of confidential 
office assistant Desiree Lampklns, Ac- 
counting Operations. Ms Lampl^ins is 
justifiably proud of tier fatfier's recent ap- 
pointment as vice president/Community 
and Governmental Affairs for Coca Cola 
Bottling Company, Ctiicago. In his new 
post, Mr. Nash, who has been with the in- 
ternationally renowned soft drinl^ com- 
pany for 25 years, is responsible for coor- 
dinating Coca Cola's public sector pro- 
grams, Aey consumer groups, charities, 
special interest groups, governmental 
agencies, and media relations. He is an 
alumnus of Tennessee A&i University, and 
a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. 

45 Years 

June Noren, Revenue Accounting 

35 Years 

Edward Meskimen. Printing 

30 Years 

Cornelius Allen, Beverly 

Roland Bagley, West Section 

Billy Brandon, Utility 

Curtis Brown, 77th Street 

Clarence Buthman Jr., Computer Operations 

Raymond Carson, Pensions 

Clarence Crawley Jr., Utility 

Robert Harris Jr., West Section 

Eleanor Hasbrouck, West Section 

Ronald Hodges, North Park 

C. Jones, Archer 

James McGrew, Bus District B 

Willie Reed, 77th Street 

Donald Ryba, Forest Glen 

Jack Smith, North Park 

Robert Smith, Distribution 

James Stanford, Track & Roadway 

Jerome Walker, Limits 

kind in coming to my aid immediately 
with all the administrative details. 
They really cared and I appreciate 
their concern," he said... Charles R. 
Strom, architectural designer II, 
Facilities Engineering, Mart, passed his 
State Board Exams and is now a 
Registered Architect in the State of Il- 
linois. Charles has been employed by 
the Authority since February 17, 
1976. He is project manager for the 
rebuilding of 58th/SSML Station and 
the new Union Station bus terminal. 
He was the architectural designer for 
the Ancilliary Facility and Tower at 
61st Yard. 

Review .. .Zdravko D. Lakciev of 

Skokie Shops had praises for Margo 
Julun and Sharlene Chaney of the 

insurance department for their kind 
assistance when he was disabled by an 
accident. "I wasn't doing very well 
with the forms that had to be filed, and 
I really needed help. They were very 

Inside News Reporters 

Your willingness to share interesting Information about 
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must receive your "Inside News." Reports received after the 
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January-February, 1987 January 23, 1987 

March-April, 1987 March 27, 1987 

May-June, 1987 May 22, 1987 

July-August, 1987 July 24, 1987 

September-October, 1987 September 26, 1987 

November-December, 1987 November 20, 1987 

Employees who would like to be "Inside News" reporters for their 
work locations should phone Rick Willis, Transit News editor, ext. 
3324, Mart. 

40 Years 

Edward Barry, North Avenue 
Lewis Beaver, Brake 
George Gart, Limits 
Ralph Keane, Mechanical B 

25 Years 

Samuel Caldwell, 69th Street 

William Eberhart, Electric Veh. Design 

John Eiselt Jr., North Park 

Joseph Gadson, Kedzie 

John Gaudie, Mechanical B 

James Gorczynski, General Maintenance 

John Guinee, Beverly Maintenance 

Frederick Jacobi, Body C 

Modest Kodak, Central Bus District 

Dennis McFadden, Materials & Payables 

Darold Person, Payroll Accounting 

Rudolf Schoen, Distribution 

Muriel Szykowny, Charter & Pass. Revenu 

Arlene Zittman, Purchasing 

Louis Zoko, Steel Fabrication 

Five-year old Elizabeth Turner, the 
daughter of Rodney and Lynda Turner of 
Libertyville, takes a victory stroll after be- 
ing crowned "Little Ivliss Libertyville" at a 
July 3 pageant in the Libertyville High 
School auditorium. Elizabeth is the grand- 
daughter of CTA Claims Director Michael 
Vitale, and his wife Connie, and the great- 
granddaughter of CTA Internal Auditing 
retiree Anthony Vitale. 





L^*^^s^^i "^^'^M 

September-October, 1986 

The Southwest Retirees Club, Chapter 
28951 holds meetings on the second h/lon- 
day of each month, at 12:15 p.m., at the 
fJlarquette Pari< Field House. 


North Park 

The "Grouch" smiling? Proudly 
displaying the walleye and northern 
pike fish, they bought (oops) caught at 
lake "Big Winnie" in Minnesota on 
their most recent fishing trip are 
schedule man Ed "Grouch" 
Olender, Scott Shalla, North Park 
employee Casey Josefiak Jr. and 
retired Skokie shops employee Casey 
Josefiak Sr...Is Ed Unrein going to 
invite all 682 North Park operators for 
a celebration when he retires January 
10, 1987 concluding 26 years of care- 
free driving along this city's 
streets?... Your reporter Mike Flores 

Many of us here at North Park remember 
the box puller on the vault island who 
never seemed to get his white work 
uniform dirty, even in the worst of winter's 
ravages. It even got to be a running joke 
among some of us as to how effortless he 
made the job look while others nearby 
were muttering under our breath about 
those below zero temperatures. But men- 
tion the subject of fishing and Lou could 
always make you laugh with a tale of "the 
one that got away." Mr. Louis Ferando 
passed away August 24. 1986. 

is taking pictures of North Park 
operators and has a long way to go. 
seeing as we have nearly 700 drivers 
at this location. Personal misfortune 
comes to all of us at some time or 
other and when it does, unfortunately, 
we may not place a name with a face 
even though we've worked along side 
that person so many years. Perhaps 
we could find a suitable place for these 
photos at the station and refer to them 
next time we're trying to assist a 
co-worker in his moment of 
sorrow... Florinda Orcasitas now at 
Archer had a birthday... Supervisor 
Allen Lector must have been think- 
ing of just how to pop the b-i-g ques- 
tion when his daughter Marci and 
Mark Thai recently married. Allen now 
joins the ranks of married couples and 
his brides name is Judy... Operator 
Bob Devitt is definitely running hard 
to be the winner for team Leader 
*10.. ."Sounds the same" Dept. In 
case his voice seems familiar, it may be 
because pool assistant superintendent 
Walter C. Young has worked at the 
control center in reply to our calls for 
assistance... The man with the cigar, 
Jack Smith has now accumulated 
three solid decades of being a 
motorman-bus operator!. . .North 
Park's baseball teams announced the 
close of the season with "STYX" win- 
ning their championship along with 
that very tall trophy we saw in the 
training room recently. Meanwhile, 
team captain Jerome 'Cookie' 
Towns of the 'Breezers' says, the 
season is way too long and that "the 
Breezers shall return!"... Monickers 
Department -Armentha 'Pee Wee' 
Dawkins would go wee-wee 

whenever she was picked up as an in- 
fant so she says... maybe we'll verify 
this with her brother Leo who works 
Clark Street... 8-10, 000 Boy Scouts 
recently held their "Camperall" in 
Yorkville, Illinois, and there in the 
midst of all the crowd were none other 
than operators Leonard E. Sims and 
Jerome 'Cookie' Towns Chairman, 
Midway District, Chicago, Illinois and 
commissioner and scoutmaster 
respectfully. Operator Sims says he's 
been in scouting nearly thirty years 
while operator Towns notes that Mr. 
Sims is so able in his capacities that 
Cookie decided to take the oath and 
get into scouting again. A salute to 
both of these gentlemen... Richard 
Vaughn gets another chance to see 
how well those 'Pampers' do their job 
now that his daughter Christine and 
her husband Steve came home with 
six pounds, nine and one-half ounces 
of granddaughter named Lisa 
Marie... David Kettleson's tent did 
not leak when he and his son Paul 

Service anniversaries 
in October 

40 Years 

Frank Barker, Passenger Controls 

35 Years 

Peter Abrams Jr., Bus District B 
John Cooper. 77th Street 
Albert McCormick, 77th Street 
Willie Strickland. General Maintenance 
Charles Whitman Jr., Kedzie 

30 Years 

Louis Basso. Stores South 

Wilks Battles. Ashland 

Billy Brown. Shop Services 

Cordell Bruns, Ashland 

Henrv Chamblcrs, 69th Street 

Amy Grant. Agents Distnct 

Willie Herron. Bus Personnel North 

David Jones. Kedzie 

Led Krahula. North Avenue 

Johnnie Love. Rail Sys. Janitor Svc. 

S. T. Lucas. Stores West 

George Michaud. Support Sewice Rail 

Thomas Reed. Beverly 

Edward Ross Jr.. Kedzie 

Henry Thornc. Rail District South 

John Williams. Stores South 

25 Years 

Nathaniel Coman. Rail District North 
James Collins. 77th Street 
Wilbert Ellison, North Avenue 
Alphonso Govan. Stores South 
Harvey Jones, Bus Instruction 
Kathleen Sloyan. Revenue Accounting 
Michael Tanascu. Howard Kimball 
Lawrence Watts. b9th Street 
John Weatherspoon. Pensions 



went camping in Fond Du Lac, 
Wisconsin a while ago. Really! 
..."Dollar" Bill Bartlett has retired 
from CTA after originally beginning 
with the Evanston Bus Lines in 1966. 
Bill and his wife Ruth may follow 
through on their idea of moving to 
Emporia, Kansas. ..May we say 
THANK YOU to Local 241, 
Amalgamated Transit Union, and to 
our Credit Union for their assistance in 
the preparation of North Park's suc- 
cessful family picnic... Welcomes are 
extended to our newest 
superintendents Tim Hall and Paul 
Singer. ..Chester Harris, your 
reporter, and Owen Terry have 
thoughts of forming a camera club in 
case you are interested. Now, would 
someone, anyone please get Chester 
to bring some of those pictures of 
himself in Washington, D.C. so we 
can see what he's up to??... Honey- 
moon on Horseback? Well, not quite. 
BUT Julia Fleming did say 'I Do' to 
her husband Fred while astride her 
trusty steed, in the meantime, Julia 
got interested in the rodeo riders life of 
competition and now sports a cham- 
pionship belt buckle. No word yet on 
whether the horse went along on the 
honeymoon!. . .Did you notice 
Georgia Harris' little glow of hap- 
piness since she and Joseph Bennett 
exchanged wedding vows September 
6 of this year?... Is Victor Colon 
(Kimball) still wondering how that 
newspaper photo of him playing 
dominos managed to be so pro- 
minently displayed here in the station? 
H-m-m, maybe our friend 'Pedro' 
knows?... Besides running for team 
Leader *5 Sally Olivier is still trying 
to top her own score of 157,000 on 
the "Pac -Man "...Wave Good-bye! Art 
Janz retired September 1, 1986 with 

over 25 years of service with CTA. 
Art's been a box puller since last year 
and is another of those folks who 
came to North Park and stayed ever 
since. Mr. Janz is an affecionado of 
motorcycling and fishing and says he 
may make Springrove, Illinois his per- 
manent abode... Our most sincere 
condolences to union representative 
David Washington on the passing of 
his father Sam and operator Nelson 
White on the loss of his son Nelson 
Junior... North Park's Christmas 
Committee has announced that the 
site for our Christmas event will be the 
Americana Congress Hotel at 520 
South Michigan Av., Saturday, 
December 13, 1986. Tickets are $25 
each and will be available at the sta- 

Mike Flores 

Materials Management 

Congratulations to Rod Daugherty, 

superintendent. Procurement 
Engineers, upon his recent engage- 
ment to Arlene Zittman, this 

reporter. A December wedding is 
planned with retirement at the end of 
the year and a move to California in 
the spring... Celebrating his 100th 
birthday on August 19 was retired 
motorman Joseph F. Witt. Joe is en- 

Bus Operator Blanca Munizof Forest Glen 
garage is the proud grartdmother of Brian 
Vir)cent Lopez who was born August 2 
weighing six pounds, two ounces. He is 
the son of John and Karren Lopez. 

joying retirement 
Northlake Hotel 

Leroy Bush. West Shops, 35 yrs. 
Louis A. Dovichi, North Ave.. 25 yrs 
Cobbie Huff Sr.. West Shops, 8 yrs 
Arthur Janz, North Park, 25 yrs. 
Bernard T. Kivtehan, Skokie Shop, 37 yrs. 
Frank S. Lercara, Limits. 25 yrs 
Francis J. McKernan, North Park, 24 yrs. 
Jorge L. Sed, North Park, 9 yrs. 


Clavom Giner, Kedzie, 11 yrs. 
William A. Hansen, Skokie Shop, 17 yrs. 
William A. Laivson, 69th St., 29 yrs 
Joel Montgomery, 77th St., 18 yrs. 
Ronald T. Newson. 77th St.. 21 yrs. 
John D. Smith. Archer. 12 yrs 


Ward H. Chamberlain, South Sect , 40 yrs 
Edward V. Domain Sr., Douglas. 23 yrs. 
John W. Guinea, Beverly. 25 yrs 
Albert Meeks, West Shops, 33 yrs. 
Raymond F. Sieloff, Archer, 28 yrs. 


Evon Barber, North Ave.. 10 yrs. 
Arnold C. Caldwell. 77th St . 17 yrs 
David Davney Jr., Mad/Wabash, 19 yrs. 
Antanas Drutys, Archer, 17 yrs. 
Brazetti M. Lipscomb, Ashland, 11 yrs 

liaison representative Patrick J. 
McStay just returned from Ireland 
where he visited his family. Also 
returning from the Emerald Isle were 
Jeff Keating, supervisor. Riding Pass 
Production, and his father Jeff who 
works at West Shops... Condolences 
to the families of Lourdes Bastidas, 
Storeroom 30, whose sister passed 
away suddenly and to Jeanne Lud- 
mann, cashier. Treasury Department, 
whose husband, CTA retiree Oscar 
Ludmann, died after a long 
illness... CTA Mart Golfers fall tourna- 
ment held in Buffalo Grove was a suc- 
cess. The prizes were worthwhile, the 
weather cooperated and to add to the 
festivities, Buffalo Grove was ex- 
periencing Taste of Buffalo Grove. 
The local restaurants displayed their 
specialties and one golfer in particular 
stuffed himself with eight chocolate 
covered strawberries, instead of the 
usual hamburgers... A farewell party 
was held at the Greenery for Dan 
Kane who is taking a leave of 
absence. We all agreed that Dan's ge- 
nuine concern for customer assistance 
will be missed by all. 

Arlene Zittman 

September-October, 1986 


Douglas Terminal 

Congratulations are also in order for 
Quentin Michalczewski, Douglas 
Terminal motorman, a body builder 
for nine years. Quentin took first place 

honors in the recent "Mr. Dallas, 
Texas Open Masters Body Building 
Contest." He was one of seven con- 
testants in the age 40-44 class. His 
next contest will be the Mr. Illinois 
competition set for November 1 in 
Elgin. Plans also call for Quentin's par- 
ticipation in the Mr. America Masters 
national level next July... Retiree 
Joseph S. (Preacher) Cabmoch 
has written a book of religious poems, 
three of which are dedicated to his 
wife, and another "Steel Hand," 

M^ra (holding Tuffy), and Charles Keiser 
(left), former CTA Operations manager, 
were visited in their Florida home by Jim 
Jackson and his wife, Colette Szczepanek 

Carol Ruggiero, promotional services 
representative, was surprised as she 
discovered her des/t in the Public Affairs 
section at the (Merchandise fJlart piled 
high with gifts. IMiss Ruggiero was 
showered by co-workers as a gesture of 
goodwill and best wishes on her October 
18 wedding to Lansing youth officer Tony 
Van Gorp. 

dedicated to Cabmoch who writes that 
he has been ordained and says the 
book of poems on healing therapy, 
published by Vintage Press, will soon 
be in local book stores. 

Jackson, former CTA executive secretary. 
Transportation. The Jacksons also visited 
retired Transportation employees Jack 
and Wanda Krause. 


Gregory Anthony, 58. North Park. 

Edward T. Gundlach, 70. North Ave . 

Frank J. Sabatka. 82, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 5-23 57, Died 8-27-86 

Emp, 9-3-42, Died 7-5-86 

Emp, 4-22-29, Died 7-10-86 

George Bachelder Jr., 76, Archer 

John L. Heffernan, 76, Beverly, 

Charles Schrey. 76, Engineering, 

Emp, 4-30-42. Died 7-27-86 

Emp, 1-6-48. Died 7-3-86 

Emp, 11-18-42, Died 8-24-86 

Angelo Bagnole. 98, Shops & Equip., 

Charles G. Klein, 81, Stores, 

Joseph L. Schultz. 82. Forest Glen, 

Emp 4-3-09. Died 7-28-86 

Emp, 12-19-33, Died 8-14-86 

Emp, 2-13-25, Died 7-1-86 


Christ Borcic, 74. Beverly, 

Erwin D. Krumrey, 77, Veh, Maint,. 

Frank J. Sibley. 76. Veh. Maint., 

Emp, 10-31-47, Died 8-14-86 

Emp, 11-30-45, Died 8-15-86 

Emp. 9-3-41, Died 8-29-86 

S. L. Brooks, 61, West Shops. 

Jesse A. Laskey, 76, Forest Glen, 

Joseph E, Sirvid, 68, South Shops. 

Emp, 9-30-57, Died 8-10-86 

Emp 2-24-34. Died 8-23-86 

Emp, 5-15-42, Died 8-2-86 

Harold F. Burda. 73, Compt,/Acctg , 

Thomas A. Meagher, 66, Forest Glen, 

Frank L. Sommer, 83. Archer. 

Emp, 2-2-37. Died 7-18-86 

Emp 8-14-51, Died 8-5-86 

Emp, 1-31-34, Died 8-20-86 

Charles A. Butts, 88. Electrical. 

Kenneth C. Mettler, 69. North Ave,, 

Joseph Stelzner, 77. Veh Maint . 

Emp, 6-21-26, Died 7-31-86 

Emp, 8-8-42. Died 7-29-86 

Emp, 3-26-29. Died 7-4-86 

Alessandro Carello, 72, IVIaintenance, 

Henry S. Milewski. 72, Veh. Maint,, 

William Thomas. 85. Archer, 

Emp 1-29-45, Died 7-6-86 

Emp, 4 25-40. Died 7-19-86 

Emp, 3-9-34, Died 8-25-86 

Mary Carson, 86, South Section, 

John J. Moran, 81. South Section. 

J. J, VandenOever, 92. 69th Street. 

Emp, 2-21-45, Died 8-15-86 

Emp, 3-5-25, Died 8-31-86 

Emp, 12-7 28. Died 8-12-86 

Albert Cermak, 82, Beverly. 

Louis H. Nelson. 83. North Park, 

John Vidas. 82. Engineering, 

Emp. 9-27 26, Died 8-18-86 

Emp, 9 27-26, Died 7-15-86 

Emp, 8-21-26, Died 7-2-86 

Van Cornelous, 75, Maintenance. 

Austin O'Grady. 89, Police, 

John J. Walsh. 91, Kimball, 

Emp, 2-8-55. Died 8-6-86 

Emp, 4-23-24. Died 7-6-86 

Emp, 11-8-28, Died 8-31-86 

Michael J. Costello, 92, Shops & Equ 

ip,. Evan E. Olmstead, 72, Maintenance, 

Josephine Walsh. 85, North Section, 

Emp, 11-7-41. Died 8-4-86 

Emp, 7-7-36, Died 8-12-86 

Emp 6-16-27, Died 8-86 

Joseph DeMarco, 65, Rail Veh. Shops 

William C. PfeiHer. 71, West Sect , 

Nathaniel Winters. 96. 77th Street, 

Emp, 1-19-46, Died 8-17-86 

Emp, 4-15-46, Died 7-7-86 

Emp 5-8-17. Died 8-22-86 

Ralph A. DeMarIa, 77, West Section, 

Thomas J. Quinn, 70, Forest Glen, 

George S. Witt. 77, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 8-1-30. Died 8-1-86 

Emp, 8-25-42, Died 7-25-86 

Emp 4-8-47. Died 7-19-86 

Cornelius Doherty, 91, North Sect , 

Buford A. Rawls. 67, 77th Street, 

Theodore Wyncott. 76. Electrical. 

Emp, 10-27-22, Died 7-21-86 

Emp, 1-30-51, Died 7-28-86 

Emp. 8-15-45, Died 8-22-86 

Louie Ferando, 62. North Park, 

Anthony F. Roche. 86. Shops & Equip . 

Emp 6-27-63. Died 8-24-86 

Emp, 7-29-43, Died 8-14-86 




CTA friends and local American Legion 
associates of William R. Kendall, formerly 
of CTA's Sctiedules section, are happy to 
learn of Bill's recent selection as the 
American Legion's Department Com- 
mander for 1986-87. Kendall, now of Los 
Angeles, Ca., was selected for the post at 
the Legion's 67th annual convention held 
on Kauai, Hawaii. He is reported to have 
been the first World War II veteran elected 
commander of American Legion Post 
1216, Chicago (1953-54). The post was 
largely comprised of CTA employees. 


CONGRATULATIONS to South Shops in- 
dustrial engineer Richard Kocourek, and 
his wife Eileen on the birth of their 
daughter, Lauren Marie who was born 
August 23 at 11:04 p.m. weighing eight 
pounds, and measuring 21 inches. 

Oops!' Somehow we missed telling you 
about one of our bright young academic 
stars. She is Maretta Golden, the daughter 
of Archer bus operator Alex Golden and 
his wife, Julia. Miss Golden graduated 
with honors from Percy L. Julian high 
school in June, and is currently attending 
Chicago State University. She is helping 
her own cause by working part-time for 
the U.S. Postal Service. As an added 
benefit, her proud parents have given her 
a 1986 Nissan 200 SX. 

North to Alaska 

CTA was well represented aboard 
the S.S. Fairsea on an August cruise 
to Alaska's Inside Passage. CTAers 
on board were Ruth Beutler, 
Library; Catherine Corcoran, 
Treasury; Rita Deakin, Financial 
Reporting and Analysis; Eleanor 
Driscoll, Internal Audit, and retiree 
Dagmar McNamara. Also in the 
group were Adele Monson, 
Management Services; Patricia 
Schoenbaum, Accounting Systems 
and Operations; La Verne Schuitz, 
Management Services, and her hus- 
band, Edward; and this reporter, 
Arlene Zittman, Materials Manage- 

Our voyage began in Seattle, and 
the first port of call was Valdez, 
where we saw our first glacier. It was 
a cool 43 degrees that morning. 
Listening to the crackling sounds of 
the ice in the water and watching the 
seals enjoy their environment, as 
they rested on top of the icebergs 
and then slid back into the water as 
the ship passed, was a thrilling ex- 
perience, and one we will long 
remember. Little can surpass the sen- 
sation of seeing icebergs and glaciers 
for the first time, and trying to realize 
the greatness and vastness of Alaska. 

In Valdez we visited the Alyeska 
pipeline terminal. Now we under- 
stand why the pipeline could be con- 
sidered the eighth wonder of the 
world. The building of the pipeline 
has brought back the fever and ex- 
citement of prospecting days. 

From there we traveled to Seward, 
a quiet little town of tum-of-the- 
century wood-frame buildings 
reminiscent of the Yukon Gold Rush 
era. There some of us took a bus 
tour to Anchorage, a very 

Portage Glacier, near Seward, Alaska 

metropolitan city of about 50,000 
people. Watch the newspapers for 
the possible announcement of An- 
chorage as America's choice for the 
1992 Olympic Winter Games. 

Next stop was the capital city of 
Juneau, with a population of 7,000. 
The approach to Juneau is quite 
memorable, since it's the only state 
capital accessible only by air or 
water. No roads connect it with the ' 
rest of the world. It's totally sur- 
rounded by ice fields. Burr! Burr! 
While in Juneau, we visited the "Red 
Dog Saloon," the oldest saloon in 
the country, where the real gold 
miners used to carouse. The drink 
for us that morning was coffee. 

Then on to Ketchikan, another 
seaport. Ketchikan proudly calls itself 
the "First City of Alaska," a 
nickname which refers to its 
geographical position as the first U.S. 
town along the Inside Passage. There 
we took a seaplane ride and flew 
high above the Misty Fjords National 
Monument. It was an awe-inspiring 
trip filled with wildlife, beautiful 
scenery and a very real sense of ma- 
jesty. We landed on a lake and en- 
joyed its unspoiled surroundings and 

Alaska is certainly a state for all to 
see. It has exoctic furred and 
feathered wildlife in abundance, days 
of midnight sun and nights of north- 
ern lights, handsome modern cities 
and wilderness where no human has 
ever set foot. You could put the 
states of California, Texas and Mon- 
tana within its borders. Alaska has 
585,400 square miles, with a 
population of only 226,000. We 
could easily see why Alaska is refer- 
red to as "The Great Land." 

Arlene Zittman 

September-October, 1986 


An Ideal Christmas Gift 

Special gift items for transit fans are being 
offered for sale for tfie first time by the CTA Pro- 
motional Services section. CTA tokens attrac- 
tively plated witfi jeweler's metal (gold in ap- 
pearance) are the focal points of stick pins (not 
shown), tie tacks, tie bars, and cuff links. Cur- 
rent supply is limited, but all orders will be fill- 
ed over a period of time. 

Please use the order form below or a Xerox 
copy thereof. Payment must be made by 
check only, payable to "Chicago Transit 

Mail your order form to: TOKEN JEWELRY, 
CTA Promotional Services, Room 734, P.O. Box 
3555, Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 

Please allow a minimum of three (3) weeks for delivery. Your jewelry will be sent through 
U.S. Postal Service to the address on your order form. 


Token Jewelry Order Form 




Stick Pins, $6.50 each . 

Tie Tacks, $5.50 each . 

Tie Bars, $8.50 each 

Cuff Links (Plain token), . . .$13.00 each 
Cuff Links (Square backing), $13.00 each 
Total Price of Order (check enclosed) 

P. 0. Box 3555. Chicago, Illinois 60654 




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Northwestern University Library 
Evanston, IL 60201 

Trantit M*iv« Is published for employees and retirees of CTA • Editorial and graphics by the Public Affairs Department, nP 
Baxa, Manager • Director of Publications: Jack Sowchin; Editor Rick Willis • Graphic Designers: Alan Grady, John 
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1986 Vol. 39 — No. 6 

Transit News 

ForCTA Employees and Retirees November-December 



Christmas was a happier season for many Chicago area children, 
thanks to CTA employees at Archer garage who contributed to 
the 37fh annual Toys for Tots program sponsored by the U.S. 
Marine Corps Reserve. Ready to turn over toy donations to 
Santa's workshop are (from left) Linda Foster, Andy Gowin, 
iVIickey Reeder, Ivory Lewis, Lorenzo Cervantes, Gloria Richmond,' 
Johnnie Gomilla, Archer's Toys for Tots drive chairman, Geraldine 

Taylor, project secretary, and Leon Henry. Gomilla, who 
spearheaded the drive to collect toys, said Archer employees also 
made financial contributions and are planning a food drive as a 
future activity. A Marine Corps spokesman said Chicago police 
and firemen helped repair broken toys in time for Santa's delivery 
to children. 

CTA earns Distinguished Budget award 

CTA Chairman Walter Clark (left) accepts the award for 
Distinguished Budget Presentation from Girard Miller, technical 
services director for the Government Finance Officers 

Association of the United States and Canada, sponsors of 
the award. Jud Lawrie, manager, Budget, was also on hand for 
the award presentation. 

The award for Distinguished Budget 
Presentation was presented to CTA at 
the November 5 meeting of the CTA 
Board. Accepting for the Authority 
was Chairman Walter Clark. 

The award, sponsored by the 
Government Finance Officers Associa- 
tion of the United States and Canada, 
is the highest form of recognition in 
governmental budgeting, and 
represents a significant accomplish- 
ment by CTA's budget staff which is 
headed by manager Jud Lawrie. The 
award was presented by GFOA 
technical services director Girard 

As part of the award presentation, 
Lawrie said, "I want to thank the many 
people who played a major role in the 
1986 budget, including the Board, for 
making what is frequently a difficult 
and chaotic process as rational, as 
orderly, and as civil as possible." 

Lawrie said he especially ap- 
preciated the important effort of Larry 
Pianto, who stepped into the role of 
chief administrative officer at the 
beginning of the 1986 budget process. 

Pianto spent many hours making dif- 
ficult but necessary decisions. Lawrie 
also expressed special appreciation for 
the efforts of Mike Brogan, 
superintendent of Budget Develop- 
ment and Analysis, and Nancy 
Nagel, superintendent of Budget 
Planning and Systems. 

Lawrie said others who made 
special contributions to the budget's 
preparation were budget coordinators 
Emmet Gonder, Egidio Bevac- 
qua, and Joan Johnson, senior 
budget systems specialist Jerry 
Henstreet, and administrative assis- 
tant Darlene Tribue. 

The budget manager also expressed 
his gratitude to the Publications Sec- 
tion of Public Affairs for assisting with 
the cover design. Administrative Ser- 
vices for helping get the document 
printed on time, and the datacenter, 
finance and the steno pool for the 
roles they played in the 1986 budget. 

CTA and other governmental agen- 
cies submitted budget documents for 
review by a panel of independent 
budget experts. Reviewers evaluated 

the effectiveness of the budget as a 
policy document, an operations guide, 
a financial plan, and a communica- 
tions document. The document must 
be rated in all four categories in order 
to receive the GFOA award. 

The award has been presented to 
only 190 organizations since its incep- 
tion in 1984. CTA is one of only two 
public transit systems in the nation to 
receive the award. The Denver RTD is 
the other recipient. 

CTA joins Cook County and the 
Metropolitan Sanitary District which 
also received the GFOA award. Girard 
Miller, GFOA's technical services 
director, said CTA's budget document 
is an excellent example of hard work 
by the budget staff and the CTA Board 
to publish an informative, concise 
document for public readership. 

The Government Finance Officers 
Association is a nonprofit professional 
association serving 9,500 government 
finance professionals throughout 
North America. Over 4,000 govern- 
ments participate actively in the 
association's activities. 


NHTO holds 

reception for 

Ms Delgado 

at M&M 

Natalia Delgado, appointed to 
the CTA Board September 24 by 
Mayor Harold Washington, was 
honored at a November 14 reception 
at the Merchandise Mart M&M Club. 
The reception was sponsored by the 
National Hispanic Transit Organization 

Ms. Delgado is the first Hispanic in 
the history of the CTA to be named to 
its board. The National Hispanic Tran- 
sit Organization provided the impetus 
for the appointment of Ms. Delgado to 
the CTA Board by Mayor 
Washington. Among special guests at- 
tending the reception were 26th Ward 
Alderman Luis Gutierrez, and 22nd 
Ward Alderman Jesus Garcia. 
Hispanic community businessmen and 
members of CTA's management team 
were also present. 

In his welcome remarks, NHTO 
President Omar Colon said, "We 
now have an opportunity to make a 
contribution to the Hispanic communi- 
ty. However, we must be careful not 
to mistake motion for progress. We 
need to accomplish meaningful 
representation through upward mobili- 
ty to meaningful managerial positions 

CTA Board Member Natalia Delgado is flanked by National Hispanic Transit Organization 
President Omar Colon, and Ms. Ruth LeBron, CTA Senior Internal Auditor and NHTO 
member, during reception at the Mercliandise Mart M&M Club, 

of professional Hispanics. We need to 
hire more qualified Hispanics to work 
for CTA, and open doors to Hispanic 
businessmen who can provide profes- 
sional services to CTA." Colon is a 
CTA claims representative. 

Both Aldermen Gutierrez and Gar- 
cia congratulated Ms. Delgado and ex- 
pessed their appreciation to NHTO for 
its efforts, professionalism, and man- 

ner of achieving its primary objective 
of a Hispanic board member. 

Persons wishing to join the National 
Hispanic Transit Organization should 
contact Amy Figueroa, at extension 
4911, or Omar Colon, extension 
3227. Requests for information may 
also be forwarded to NHTO, Box 
3372, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 

Santa Bear Express 

CTA Chairman Walter H. Clark and Museum of Science & Industry 
Chairman Dr. Victor Danilov greet one of Santa's Elves on CTA's 
Santa Bear Express. Approximately 100 children, selected by the 
Department of Children and Family Services, rode tvjo articulated 
buses to the Museum of Science & Industry on December 7, where 
they enjoyed Lunch with Santa, and viewed the Christmas Around 
the World and Teddy Bear exhibits. CTA provided transportation 
and teddy bears for the children, while the Museum provided 
lunch and Omnlmax Theatre tickets for future use. The joint pro- 
motion also highlighted the new Jeffery Express Sunday service, 
which makes It more convenient to visit the Museum and shop 

November-December, 1986 

Executive director moderator for COIVITO symposium at UICC 

CTA Executive Director Robert 
Paaswell served as moderator of a 
symposium concerning the January 1, 
1986, federally mandated Privatiza- 
tion Act, The symposium was held at 
the University of Illinois at Chicago on 
November 21. 

The act is an Urban Mass Transpor- 
tation Administration (UMTA) 
directed program requiring all transit 
properties to turn over some aspect of 
service to the private sector. 

The Privatization symposium, spon- 
sored by the Conference on Minority 
Transit Officials (COMTO), brought 
together a cross section of CTA 
management, professionals, union 
leaders and entrepreneurs whose pur- 
pose was to consider the impact of 
privatization on the transit industry 
and its employees. 

The symposium was organized by 
COMTO's Governmental Affairs 
Committee under the chairmanship of 
CTA Deputy Executive Direc- 
tor/Strategic Planning Ernest 
Sawyer. Sawyer said CTA must 
ultimately comply with the federal 

As sponsors of the symposium, 
COMTO served as a catylist for infor- 
mation. Among key concerns ad- 
dressed was how privatization of 
governmental programs will affect ur- 
ban cities and local communities. The 
question was addressed by Sharon G. 
Gilliam, budget director for the City of 

Daniel C. Lawson, president, 
Lawson National Distributing Com- 
pany, discussed The Private Vendor's 
Perspective on what Privatization will 
do for an Entrepreneur, and How En- 
trepreneurs not Doing Business with 
Transit may Benefit. 

Chicago bankers Hamilton Talbert 
of the First National Bank, and William 
Foster of Seaway National Bank were 
panelists who focused attention on the 
Prospectives of Economic Benefits of 
Privatization as an Opportunit\j for the 
Entrepreneur. Panel moderator was 
CTA Corporate Development Officer 
John Davis. 

Discussing the subject of Transit Of- 
ficials' and Labor's Perspective on 
Privatization were panelists Edward 
Tobin, manager. Materials Manage- 
ment; Deputy Executive Direc- 
tor/Operations Harry Rcddrick; 

CTA Executive Director Robert Paaswell (at podium) was symposium moderator The idea 
exchange brought management, professionals, union leaders, and entrepreneurs 
together to discuss the impact of the Privatization Act on public transportation, transit 
workers, and the business community. 

Daniel C: Lawson, president, Lawson National Distributors, addresses the COtJITO spon- 
sored symposium on Privatization at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is joined by 
(from left) CTA Deputy Executive Director/Strategic Planning Ernest Sawyer, CTA Com- 
munity Affairs fvlanager Mrs. Betty B. Edwards, president, COMTO, Chicago Metropolitan 
Area Chapter, and COMTO Region IV; Robert Polk, executive director, Detroit Department 
of Transit: Elcosie Gresham, president, Amalgamated Transit Union 241, and Elwood 
Flowers, president. Amalgamated Transit Union 308. Lawson National Distributors, a 
minority vendor, is a distributor of buses, and has provided CTA service. 

Elcosie Gresham, president. 
Amalgamated Transit Union 241, and 
Elwood Flowers, president, 
Amalgamated Transit Union 308. 
Serving as moderator was Ernest 

Other CTA contributors to the sym- 
posium were: Mrs. Betty B. Ed- 
wards, president, COMTO, Chicago 

Metropolitan Area Chapter, and presi- 
dent, COMTO Region IV: Larry Mur- 
phy, manager, CTA Affirmative Ac- 
tion: Jud Lawrie, budget director; 
and Larry Pianto, Deputy Executive 
Director/ Administration. More than 
100 people attended the day-long 
idea exchange, including some 60 
CTA employees. 


CTA honored 
in AdWheel 

CTA's Promotional Services section 
of the Public Affairs department plac- 
ed second and received an honorable 
mention for radio advertising in the 
American Public Transit Association 
(APIA) 1986 AdWheel competition. 

The annual competition recognizes 
the importance of transit advertising 
and promotes the exchange of 
marketing ideas. The seventh annual 
AdWheel competition included 532 
entries from 92 transit properties. 

CTA's Promotional Services sec- 
tion, directed by Terry Hocin, sub- 
mitted its 1986 "New Years Eve" 
jingle in the category for large -sized, or 
major transit systems, and received 
the second place award. The CTA 
"Take a Ride Today" jingle was also 
awarded an honorable mention in the 
same category. 

James E. Reading (left), director of California's Santa Clara County Transportation Agen- 
cy, joins APTA Chairman Warren Frank, and Anttiony L. Grazioso (rigfit), director. Public 
Information for the New Jersey Transit Corporation, in congratulating CTA's Terry Hocin 
(holding plaque) on taking a second place award as well as an honorable mention for 
radio advertising in the 1986 APTA AdWheel competition. 

November-December, 1986 

^M Wilt 


Wilbert Conner (South Sec- 
tion) was the conductor on 
a Howard train ridden by 
Mark Iris, of Jerome Street. 
"South of Loyola, a distur- 
bance began. Apparently, a 
young woman was being 
harassed by a man who 
followed her onto the train 
and may have been trying 
to take her tote bag. The 
conductor interceded, even 
though the trouble-maker 
was tall, husky and mean. 
The conductor saw to it 
that the man got off the 
train at Thorndale, and was 
prepared to summon the 
police if necessary. He 
acted coolly and calmly in 
a potentially dangerous 
situation to protect his 
passengers. He was most 
responsible. " 

Andre Johnson (77th Street 
garage) provided "the most 
wonderful experience" on 
a No. 6 Jeffery Express 
bus ridden by l\Aaude 
Muhammad, of Blackstone 
Avenue. "He was very 
courteous. He asked us to 
watch our step as we 
entered, and to move to 
the rear. Everyone on the 
bus seemed calm and 
relaxed, and appeared to 
enjoy the ride. His driving 
was superb. He asked 
everyone to hold on as he 
made each turn, and he 
always stayed within the 
speed limit. He was able to 
get through the rush hour 
traffic on Lake Shore Drive 
with no problem. He also 
seemed happy to give 
directions to anyone who 

David Gaston (North Park garage) was thanked by 
M. D. Stein, of Thorndale Avenue, for being alert and 
courteous as operator of a No. 151 Sheridan bus. "The 
bus was very crowded. In a loud and clear voice he in- 
formed the passengers there were pickpockets on board. 
I rode all the way to Thorndale, and along that whole 
route he was pleasant and courteous to everyone who 
got on and off. I am 76 years old, and ride the buses 
often in my volunteer activities. That driver is a caring 
human being. Many public employees are impersonal. It 
is gratifying to meet one who is not." 

Jean Cage (North Park garage) impressed Janis 
Kanter, of Arlington Place, with her handling of a No. 
151 Sheridan bus. "Never can I recall a time when I have 
wanted to get on a bus, but riding with her was truly plea- 
sant. She was safe and courteous. She helped a Polish 
woman who spoke no English get to her stop, and held 
the door open for elders, telling them to take their time, 
and pleasantly asking everybody to move to the back of 
the bus. I think all drivers could learn something from this 
woman. She obviously understands the meaning behind 
'service.' " 

Irvln Perry (Archer garage) was praised by Dawn 
Maddock, of Hometown , in a letter that was signed by 74 
other riders of a No. 152 Pulaski/Stevenson Express bus. 
"In the past year, our service from 81st and Pulaski has 
been reliable and commendable thanks to one man - Irvin 
Perry. He is prompt and has an attitude that makes it a 
pleasure to ride his bus. He not only realizes the need to 
keep an accurate schedule, but also to be considerate of 
his passengers. If some of the older workers on his early 
morning bus are running a bit tardy, he will wait. Thanks 
for a job well done." 

Winston Junious (Archer garage) was appreciated 
by Cindy Giannone, of South Rockwell Street, for the 
way he operated a No. 62 Archer Express bus. "Not only 
was his appearance very nice, but he conducted himself 
like a gentleman, and was a very good driver. While he 
made very good time, he did not go over the speed limit, 
and when he used the brakes, he never set anyone who 
was standing off balance . Having a decent driver certainly 

Veronica Parker (North Section) was the ticket agent 
at Main Street whom Vera Stoehr, of Evanston, handed 
a $10 bill to board the 'L' instead of a single. "About four 
hours later, when I was returning from downtown, I 
realized my mistake, and realized, too, that it was my 
fault. I had absolutely no proof of my mistake, but 1 
decided to ask the agent anyway. To my most pleasant 
surprise, she answered that I was right. She said she 
couldn't catch me because I went by so fast, but here was 
my $9. This was a very encouraging experience in the 
midst of a difficult day." 

William Torbie (North Section) was commended by 
Brother Christopher Lambert, who rode a Ravenswood 
train to the Loop church where he officiates. "I'm not 
familiar with the stops, so it was necessary for me to ask 
directions of the conductor. There were several other 
people also asking him for information, but he listened 
carefully to each request, and patiently gave each person 
clear and thorough directions. This kind and courteous 
treatment means so much when a person feels lost or 
confused on a fast-moving train. He does a commen- 
dable job of representing CTA to the public." 


Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Glen Adams, 77th Street 
Samuel Adams Jr., North Park 
Arthur Alpert, Howard/Kimball 
Nelson Alvarado, Forest Glen 

Pedro Balderas, North Avenue 
Karonnese Banks, Howard/Kimball 
Fitz Bariffe, Limits 
Searcy Bamett, North Park 
Charles Barr, Kedzie 
Guido Barrera, North Park 
Harvey Bey, Kedzie 
Eugene Blackmon Jr., North Park 
Susan Braseivicz, Archer 
Bobby Brown, North Park 
Earl Burress, 69th Street 
Willie Burton Jr., Kedzie 
Bobbye Byrd, North Avenue 

Angel Cabrera, North Park 
Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Eric Carney, Limits 
Glenn Carpenter, Forest Glen 
Thomas Christian, Bus District D 
Kevin Clancy, North Park 
Melvin Collins, 77th Street 
Eugene Cooper, 69th Street 
Lawrence Craig, Relief Area-Bus 
Ulysses Crockett, 69th Street 

Edmund Daddezio, Forest Glen 
Victor Davila, North Park 
Irwin Davis, Howard/Kimball 
Vincent Dawson, Limits 
Richard Doebler, North Park 
Brian Dollar, North Park 
Richard Dorsch, Forest Glen 
David Driver, 77th Street 
Melvin Dukes, North Avenue 

Fernando Feliciano, Forest Glen 
James Fitzgerald, Limits 
Allan Frazier, Limits 
Richard Frey, Forest Glen 

Mary Gallagher, Agents West 
Kris Gielniewski, Forest Glen 
Jerome Gladney, Howard/Kimball 
Edward Gonzalez, Archer 
Juan Gonzalez, North Park 
Jesus Gonzalez Jr., North Park 
Harold Gordon, 77th Street 
George Grafer, Forest Glen 
Juan Gutierrez, North Avenue 

Bertha Hall, Kedzie 

Clois Harper, 69th Street 

John Harper Jr., Archer 

Helen Harris, 69th Street 

Therese Hennessy, Forest Glen 

Mario Hodges, Beverly 

Walter Holmes, Howard/Kimball 

Mary Holt, Limits 

Rosemary Hoskins, North Park 

Henry Jakobi, North Park 
Goldwyn James, 77th Street 
Willie James, North Park 
Joseph Johnson, Beverly 
Manuel Johnson, Beverly 
Robert Johnson, Archer 
Cedric Johnson, Kedzie 
George Johnson, Limits 
Jerry Johnson, Rail, North 
Howard Jones, Archer 
Katie Jones, Archer 
Arthur Jordan, Kedzie 

Louis Kelley, 77th Street 
Robert Kremer, North Park 

Paul Lane, Dougl/Congress 
Clifford Last, Forest Glen 
Robert Lay, Limits 
Frederick Lee, 77th Street 
Delia Lee, North Park 
Robert Lewis, Kedzie 
John Lewis, Dougl/Congress 
Alfonzo Lucious, 69th Street 

Joseph Mackin, North Park 
Michael Maines, Forest Glen 
William Mandeldove Jr., Forest Glen 
Earnest Marsalis Jr., 69th Street 
Adolph Marth, Forest Glen 
Lura Martin, Kedzie 
Robert Martinez, North Park 
Angel Martinez, North Park 
Joseph Maryland, Limits 
John McBroom Jr., Dougl/Congress 
Earnest McElwee Jr., Howard/Kimball 
Randy McGhee, 77th Street 
James McKenzie, 77th Street 
Edward McSweeney, Howard/Kimball 
Dearester Miller, Howard/Kimball 
Mahlon Mims Jr., North Park 
San Juana Montes de Oca, 

Louis Moore, Archer 
Charia Morgan, 77th Street 

Charles Nichols, Bus Dist. C 
Walter Nowak, Dougl/Congress 

Charles O'Connor, Bus, North 

Drago Pancic, North Park 
Gonzalo Paramo, North Park 
Edna Parker, Agents North 
Lonnie Perryman Jr., Archer 
Robert Pittman, Kedzie 
Ricky Plomin, Forest Glen 
Reinhard Poetz, Forest Glen 

Manuel Ramirez, North Park 
Lovettia Randolph, North Park 
Ivan Rodez, North Park 
William Roman, Limits 
Colin Romasanta, Forest Glen 
Rafael Romero, Kedzie 
Rudolph Ross, 69th Street 
James Rubio, Archer 
Yakup Sabanoff, North Park 
Ismael Santos Jr., North Park 
Joseph Scaletta, North Park 
Melvin Sims, 77th Street 
Barry Smith, North Park 
Jung Song, Forest Glen 
Le Roy Starr, North Park 
Frank Staszak, Beverly 
Vytautas Stukelis, Archer 

Catherine Taylor, Howard/Kimball 
Sterling Tharp Jr., 77th Street 
Brian Thomas, Archer 
Robert Thomas, North Park 
Mary Thrower, Jefferson Park 

Robert Vanlysebettens, Forest Glen 
Juan Velasquez, North Park 
Joe Viel, Kedzie 

Lonnie Walker, North Park 
Robert Washington, 77th Street 
Richard Wiley, North Park 
Ruby Williams, 77th Street 
William Williams, North Park 
Jacqueline Williams, Limits 
Elton Williams, Howard/Kimball 
T. C. Williams, Rail Janitors 
Quentin Wilmington Jr., North Park 
Edna Wimberly, Agents West 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 
Bom Yi, Forest Glen 
Willie Young, Limits 

November- December, 1986 

Honor four 


who foiled 

robbery, assault 

Immediate reaction to crises and 
total disregard for their personal safety 
have been cited in four cases where 
CTA operating personnel were 
credited recently with rescuing riders 
or protecting CTA property believed 
to be in imminent danger. 

Honored as "Day in CTA" guests 
for their extraordinary performance of 
duties were bus operators Georgia 
Harris-Bennett, North Park garage, 
and Alan Fowler, 77th Street garage , 
and ticket agents Thomas Devaney, 
Harlem avenue, and David Mag- 
gette, Ashland avenue. 

Ms Harris-Bennett was leaving 
the service stop recently at Ogden and 
Central Park when a man jumped 
aboard her bus and urged her to "go- 
go" because he believed someone was 
trying to kill him. The operator pro- 
ceeded but notified the control center 
to dispatch police to the scene. The 
man left the bus with the officers upon 
their arrival. 

In a similar situation , operator Alan 
Fowler's bus was a haven for a 
woman believed to have already been 
assaulted when she boarded and hid 
between the seats. A man approached 
Fowler asking about the woman, but 
received a negative reply and police 
were also dispatched to the scene. 

Bus operator Georgia Harris-Bennett, 
North Park garage, and ticket agent 
Thomas Devaney, Harlem terminal, show 

A would-be holdup man was also 
foiled in his efforts when west bound 
ticket agent Thomas Devaney yelled 
across the platform to the east bound 
agent at the Pulaski/Lake rapid transit 
station. The man, surprised by the 
28-year CTA veteran's response to his 
demand for all of the money, fled, and 
Devaney was credited with thwarting a 

off certificates of appreciation presented 
them as "Day in CTA" honorees. 

Meanwhile, Chicago Police Com- 
mander C.L. Drammis cited Ashland 
ticket agent David Maggette for 

heroism after Maggette, a CTA 
employee for 19 years, intervened 
when two men attempted to rob 
another one at his station. Police said 
Maggette grabbed one of the men and 
threw him against a wall as two officers 
arrived and made the arrest. 

Out-of-toiMfner commends bus operator 

Dear Sirs: 

I would like to commend an employee of yours who 
went out of his way to help me. On a recent trip to 
Chicago I was visiting some museums, and after a rather 
tiring day I had forgotten which bus to take. Not being 
familiar with the city, I felt quite helpless. 

I approached the next bus nearing my location, and 
luckily, the driver, Phillip Gary, Jr., of 69th Street 
Garage, was extremely knowledgeable and cordial. In 
what seemed like no time at all, I was at my destination. 

This may not seem like much to some people, but to an 
out-of-town traveler not familiar with either the city or 
its transit routes, this driver helped make both my day 
and vacation. 

Again, thank your driver, and thanks to the Chicago 
Transit Authority for hiring such outstanding in- 

Paul C. Dombrowsky 
Harbor City, California 


CTA nurse has variety of foreign currency 


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These one pound notes are among the many samples of 
currency from foreign countries collected by Eriinda Lapid, ftN, 
which she displays in this large album. 

Nurse Lapid shares her foreign currency collection representing 
more than 35 countries with Facilities Engineering and 
Maintenance stenographer Jeannle Lane. 

When CTA nurse Eriinda Lapid's 

grandparents gave her several pieces 
of Philippine currency which had been 
used when Japan governed the island 
nation, it was the beginning of a 
lifetime hobby for her---collecting in- 
ternational currency. 

Later, Lapid's uncle, a merchant 
sea captain, would give her foreign 
currency from his trips abroad, adding 
to her growing collection of money. "I 
was just a teenager when I got the 
Japanese government notes, which of 
course, were no longer of any 
monetary value," said Linda, who has 
been a member of CTA's Medical 
department since 1979. 

As her interest in foreign currency 
developed she pursued the pastime 
which is still a very interesting hobby. 
On occasion, it has inspired some of 
the most interesting questions from 
her son and four daughters, and their 

Her hobby is now more than just 

collecting currency, but a study of 
history as well. Questions on the origin 
of some currency, as well as the 
history of the designs engraved on 
money of various nations, created an 
interest in history, which was not a 
particularly favorite subject for Linda 
as a youth, she admits. 

"Of course we still don't know how 
some societies make monetary ex- 
change; perhaps they still use shells, 
for all we know," said Linda. 

Except for the sentiment attached, 
her collection of currency from 35 na- 
tions has no value. Nevertheless, she 
keeps it in a bank vault. Much of the 
currency she has accumulated has 
taken a very long time, and would be 
difficult or impossible to replace, so it 
isn't treated as one does a photo 

Her collection spans the gamut from 
east to west with samples from Japan, 
China, Hong Kong, and Thailand. 
Much of the currency was acquired 

through hobby shops and friends 
visiting abroad. "I stopped off in Japan 
myself just to get the Japanese yen," 
she pointed out. She also traveled to 
Europe where she visited nine coun- 
tries and accumulated more samples 
for her collection. Friends who live in 
Australia and India were her sources 
for the Australian dollar and the Indian 
rupee which she also added to the col- 
lection of money from abroad. 

Frequent visits to her native Philip- 
pines have also meant bringing back 
more Filipino currency which has 
changed over the years "as the 
government has changed," she said. 

Noting that Thanksgiving Day has a 
very special significance to her and her 
family, Lapid said she first touched 
American soil on Thanksgiving Day, 
1967. Her collection of currency, 
however, is a hobby which she started 
long before she embraced these 

November-December, 1986 

Training programs to accommodate 
all areas of CTA operations are 
gradually being developed by the 
Management and Professional 
Development section of Operations 
Training/Instruction . 

Currently, programs for Operations 
Division management and profes- 
sional employees are conducted for 
seven different superintendent 
classifications. These include the rail, 
bus, and agent service 
superintendents, bus and rail person- 
nel superintendents, and assistant 
superintendents for bus and rail in- 
struction. Programs conducted for the 
professional classifications include bus, 
rail, and agent controller. 

The Management and Professional 
Development section is also responsi- 
ble for developing and updating 
management systems and procedures. 
Transit professional trainees and new- 
ly hired CTA investigators for police 
liaison are among those people out- 
side the Operations Division who have 
benefited from Operations Train- 
ing/Instruction Development pro- 

The ever increasing training needs 
for other management and profes- 
sional employees of CTA, coupled 
with Operations Division experience in 
conducting training programs, are ex- 
panding the Management and Profes- 
sional Development section's respon- 
sibilities to include any CTA depart- 
ment seeking such training. In other 
words, no longer will personnel in 
M&P Development be solely concern- 
ed with the training of Operations 

A three -week management theory 
and skills orientation program now be- 
ing conducted is being made available 
to CTA management and professional 
personnel-at-large . 

This program emphasizes qualities 
of leadership, performance assess- 
ment, communication theory and 
skills techniques, modules on 
motivating subordinates, interpersonal 
relations, problem solving and deci- 
sion making. 

The multi -faceted approach to train- 
ing by M&P Development staff runs 
the gamut of procedures from formal 
classroom lectures to role playing and 
independent study. Time honored 
workbook exercises and group tasks, 
as well as residential experts are also 

M&P Development 

Operations Division training programs 
extended to all areas 

John Perkins (left) assumes the role of a candidate for assistant superintendent, Bus In- 
struction as he simulates a corrective action interview with Arthur Bennett, assistant 
superintendent of CTA's Training Center at Limits. Recording the interview for video 
playback and review is Michael McGovern, superintendent, Personnel Development. 

available to give trainees the full 
benefits of a well rounded manage- 
ment and professional development 

During role playing exercises, a 
video camera records activities as 
trainees assume the role of superinten- 
dent in a variety of problem situations 
which may require management's at- 
tention. Trainers assume the subor- 
dinate's role while the trainee works 
out the problem and arrives at a solu- 

"It's interesting to see how much the 
trainees change their approach to a 
given problem, or even the method of 
problem solving in the course of two or 
three weeks," said William Thomp- 
son, director, Management and Pro- 
fessional Development. "As we are 
able to go back and review the 
videotape with them, and counsel and 
advise on the correct techniques to use 
in a given situation, we are able to see 
their development, and it's very grati- 
fying," said Thompson. 

The M&P Development program 
also draws on the expertise of profes- 
sionals from such CTA departments as 
Labor Relations, Personnel, 
Claims/Law, Employee Assistance, 
and various sections within the Opera- 
tions Division who share their exper- 
tise and conduct question and answer 

The ideal class size is six trainees, 
but no less than four, or more than 
eight. Training is usually conducted 
five days a week for three weeks. 
Michael McGovern, personnel 
development superintendent in the 
Management and Professional 
Development section, said a needs 
analysis is conducted before training 
begins to ensure that a program is 
tailored to fit the needs of the par- 
ticular management or professional 
group receiving the training. 

The Management and Professional 
Development section is part of Opera- 
tions Training/Instruction headed by 
Manager Elonzo Hill. 



Public Safety awards 

Congress terminal's public safety 
record surpassed all other CTA 
facilities in tfie third quarter of 
1986 as it was awarded the In- 
terstation Safety plaque for the 
25th time, an all time record in the 
history of the Public Safety 
awards program which was 
established in 1961. Accepting 
the plaque on behalf of the ter- 
minal (above) were two of its 
assistant superintendents, 
Roosevelt Cory (left), and Carl 
White (second from right). l\/laking 
the presentation is Safety 

l\/lanager Tom Boyle. Alex 
Johnsort (right), manager, 
Transportation Personnel, was 
there to congratulate Congress 
personnel for the outstanding 
safety record. Below: Boyle 
makes the first place award 
presentation to Forest Glen 
garage Superintendent Hugh 
Masterson (left). Alex Johnson 
was also available to con- 
gratulate the Forest Glen team 
for their outstanding perfor- 

now available for riders 

Timetables for 10 CTA bus routes 
and the Skokie Swift are now 
available for public distribution, it was 
announced by Dave Phillips, 
superintendent, Service Planning, 
Operations Planning Department. 

The available schedules are: 7 
-Harrison, 17/303/310 
-Madison /Westchester, 
25/304/322 - West Cermak, 28 
-Stony Island-Olive Harvey Trips 
(with 'i'106), 30 -South Chicago, 31 
- 31 Street, 34 -Michigan Avenue 
(Incl. *104 Altgeld Trips), 41 
-Elston/Clybourn, 43 -43rd, 
49A/349 - South Western, 52A 
-South Kedzie, 53A - South Pulaski, 
54a - No. Cicero/Skokie Blvd., 57 
-Laramie, 59 - 59-6 1st, 62 - Archer- 
Clearing Ind. Dist. Trips Only, 73 
-Armitage, 74 - Fullerton, 86 - Nar- 
ragansett, 89 - North Kedzie, 92W 
-West Foster, 97 -Skokie (Incl. 
Skokie Swift) 100 - Jeffery Manor, 
103 - West 103rd, 104 - Pullman, 
106 - 103rd/106th, 108 - South 
Halsted/95th, 131 - Washington, 
162 - South Pulaski Exp. (With 
*'53A), 164 - Narragansett Express, 
201 - Central/Sherman, 202 - 
Main/Emerson, 203 ■ Ridge/Grant, 
204 - Dodge. 

Each timetable includes a map of 
the route, names of stops along the 
route and departure and arrival 
times. Schedules are listed separately 
for weekdays, weekends and 
holidays. Quantities are limited. 

Copies of schedules for distribution 
to riders are available from garage 
and terminal clerks, and from the 
Schedules section in the Merchandise 

November-December, 1986 


safety help mate 

Keeping CTA rolling stock in operating condition is the 
mission of maintenance personnel, whose safety con- 
sciousness is no less an issue than it is with operating person- 
nel moving vehicles over Chicago streets in revenue service. 

Safety statistics continually prove that people who fail to 
observe safety rules and remain alert to danger are likely to 
become a safety statistic. However, the safety consciousness 
of maintenance crews in every CTA facility is ever vigilant, 
and, since the mid '70s, the safety awareness of 
maintenance personnel has been measured via 
ZAP---CTA's Zero Accident Program. 

ZAP has helped to make safety awareness a big part of 
the maintenance daily diet. The program capitalizes on the 
enthusiasm of the competitive spirit, and emphasizes and in- 
stills in its participants the importance of being safety con- 

The proper use and storage of tools, the wearing of safety 
apparel such as goggles, bump hats, safety shoes, gloves 
where necessary, and the use of other safety appurtenances 
has become second nature to CTA repair and other shop 

At the end of each quarter Maintenance Safety Super- 
visor Jim Dudley and his team of safety specialists review 
records and compile data to determine which maintenance 
location has earned maintenance safety recognition. First 
and second place certificates are then awarded based on the 
fewest number of injuries per man hours. 

The first place certificate always means coffee and rolls for 
the honorees, and the opportunity for door prizes which are 
awarded in a random drawing. A special highlight is always 
the catered luncheon which is served to maintenance per- 
sonnel on all shifts at locations which have remained 
accident-free for a minimum of six months, or have had the 
lowest accident frequency rate. This luncheon is awarded 
twice each year---the periods ending June 30 and 
December 31. 

As the third quarter of 1986 closed, crews at five 
maintenance facilities were treated to coffee and rolls, and 
collected jackets, caps, and other prizes as their reward for 
earning a first place ZAP safety certificate. The honored 
locations were Beverly garage; DesPlaines, Kimball, 
61st/Racine, and 98th terminals. 

Desplaines foreman Joe Labellarte (left), and unit supervisor 
Larry Monaghan display the first place ZAP certificate presented k 
by safety supervisor James Dudley (coat and tie) as members of w 
the terminal's day crew assemble for the recognition. 

Combination Clerk Dorothy Ballard, 98th terminal, randomly 
selects another lucky winner after collecting a cap and jacket 
door prize at the terminal's ZAP recognition. Conducting the 
drawing is Safety Supervisor Jim Dudley, assisted by Safety 
Specialist William Kostner. 

Terry Muellner (left), superintendent. Bus Mamtenance 
garages/south, presents the coveted first place ZAP certificate to 
day foreman James O'Brien. Other members of the Beverly 
maintenance crew are seated in the background. 



Don Falborski, Kimball day foreman, holds a first place ZAP cer- 
tificate amid fiis maintenance crew. The assembly also includes 
Safety Specialist Ron Benshish, and Rail l^aintenance Director 
Jack Hruby (left/right respectively) behind Falborski: Safety 
Supervisor Jim Dudley, and Deputy Executive Director George 
Millonas, Engineering and f^aintenance (left), and (rear/right) 
Quality Control Supervisor Betty Richman. 

Richard Larimer, superintendent, Rail Maintenance, is flanked by 
61 St/Racine assistant day foreman Bob Basden (left), and day 
foreman Cortelius (Cisco) Williams. Lorimer and Williams are 
displaying the first place ZAP certificates for the two south side 

Contribute $120 to widow's fund 

Nineteen CTA Schedule department employees pooled 
donations to contribute $120 to a fund to repurchase the 
home of a 95-ycar old West Side widow. 

The home was sold at a scavenger auction for $11,000 
after the elderly woman was unable to pay overdue real 
estate taxes. 

Schedule department employees donating to the fund 
were: Charles Barbee, Paul Daniels, John Dorsey, 

Wendy Evans, George Griffin, Homer Harris, 
Michael Johnson, Theus Judkins, Joe Milbrook, 
Charles Myers, Alton Norris, Ronald Peel, Earnest 
Phelps, Marron Robinson, James Terry, Ed Tinsley, 
Napoleon Turner, George West, and Doris Wilson. 

The drive to regain the widow's home was sponsored by 
the Chicago Daily Defender newspaper, and WMAQ Radio. 

Back-to-schoolers offered financial assistance 

CTA's tuition aid plan permits full- 
time permanent employees to con- 
tinue their education and receive 
financial assistance through reimburse- 
ment of funds for educational ex- 

To qualify, an individual must have 

been a CTA employee for at least 90 
days and be enrolled at an approved 
college, university, or other educa- 
tional institution. 

Family members, part-time, and 
temporary employees are not eligible 
for the tuition aid program. Interested 

employees should submit a tuition aid 
application, CTA form 9783, to their 
immediate supervisor. Participants 
must also submit grades and tuition 
receipts at the end of each course. 

November-December, 1986 


Medal stirs memories for Worid War il vet 

When the dust had settled in 
Europe following World War II, the 
French Government owed a debt of 
gratitude to many American infan- 
trymen and other war veterans. More 
than 40 years later a Chicagoan who 
helped to liberate France from the 
Germans in that war has finally been 
recognized for his service on French 

Among recent recipients of the 
"Mcdaille De La France Liberee" (the 
Medal of the Liberated France) is 
CTA's Alex Johnson, manager of 
Transportation Personnel. Johnson, 
who was an infantryman with the 70th 
Division, fought in France from 
December 10, 1944 to March 1, 
1945. "Our division took part in dif- 
ficult fighting in the Vosges Mountains 
of Alsace/Lorraine to stop the Ger- 
man attack, Operation Nordwind. We 
were part of the Battle of the Bulge," 
said Johnson. 

The Medal of the Liberated France 
is a decoration which was established 
by the French Government on 
September 12, 1947, and awarded to 
U.S. military veterans until April 

1957, when it was discontinued. Until 
June 1, 1955, only 550 medals had 
been awarded to Allied military. 

The decoration recently became 
available again from the French 
Government to other members of the 
Allied forces who fought in France bet- 
ween September 3, 1939 and August 
20, 1945 with service either in 
Metropolitan France, the French 
Union, or the French Mandates. 

Johnson learned of the award and 
his eligibility through the 70th Infantry 
Division Veterans Association which 
he serves as chaplain. 

The medal is round and has a sur- 
face which measures 1-3/8 inches in 
diameter {U.S. medals are IV4 inches 
in diameter). It is attached to a ball 
joint which is also attached to a ring 
holding the drape, or ribbon. 

The main surface of the medal is 
engraved with a map of France in its 
center and has the year 1944 centered 
across. Designer A. Rivaud's name 









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Taking a respite from the war in this 
mid-1940s scene in a French village is 
Sergeant Alex Johnson, then an infan- 
tryman with the 70th Division. Now retir- 
ing as manager of Transportation Person- 
nel, he has been with CTA since 1946. 

appears beneath the map left of 
center. Around the perimeter there is 
a chain broken in two places with star- 
type explosions symbolizing the inva- 
sions of Normandy and Southern 
France (Cannes-Toulon). 

The reverse has the coat of arms of 
the French Republic in the center. The 
drape of the medal has very intricate 
stitching and has the same rainbow 
colors as the U.S. World War I Victory 
Medal of 1918. 

Recently, Alex Johnson and other 
veterans of World War II returned to 
the old battlefields of France where 
they visited some American 
cemeteries as well as the villages 
where they fought more than 40 years 

"The French people were very 
hospitable and arranged a reception 
for us," said Johnson . "We also visited 
with some of the people who were in 
the village during the fighting, and we 
met some former German soldiers 
who had also been in the same village. 

"Looking back over those years we 
realize that war was a terrifying ex- 
perience. Although I'm proud of the 
part I played in the war, I would not 
want to go through it again," Johnson 




Bus system Employee Safety Performance Program (ESPP) team 
leaders held a reorganization meeting at tfte Limits Operations 
Training Center following ttie recent 1986 biannual system pick, 
ESPP, now in its fourth year, fosters safe opera ting practices, and 

encourages the active participation of all operating personnel. 
The program is the primary avenue for promoting communica- 
tions between operating personnel and management. 


Bus service supervisor graduates display certificates of course 
completion following a graduation program in the CTA Board 
room. The 57 graduates, who now enter a supervisor pool, earned 
their certificates following 12 weeks of training. To show their ap- 
preciation for the training they received, the class presented the 

Limits Training Center with a plaque which listed the names of 
each class member; their instructors, Sam Johnson, and Joe 
Valtierra; training center superintendent Norman Herron, and 
Assistant Superintendent Arthur Bennett. 

November-December, 1986 

Walter Labedz 

Special interest haunts 
are his reasons for retiring 

When architectural designer Walter Labedz of Facilities 
Engineering and Maintenance retired October 31 after 11 
years with CTA, it was because he wanted to pursue his 
special interests at his own pace, and not just wait for the 

Labedz is a golfer, a photo bug, and a radio model 
airplane hobbyist, all pursuits which will amply engage his 
time. "I'm not sitting in any rocking chair," said Labedz, as 
he talked about plans to spend some time in his home 
darkroom doing mostly black and white creativity. Labedz 
said photography is an interest that peaked when one of his 
four sons became interested in the subject. 

His interest in radio model airplanes dates back to his 
youth. "I've always had an interest in aviation for as long as 1 
can remember," he said. At one time in his life Labedz was a 
licensed private pilot, and, during World War II, he was a 
crewman aboard a B-17 bomber and flew 35 combat mis- 
sions as a waist gunner and radio operator. 

Were there ever any hairy moments during combat? You 
bet there were! Labedz had the dubious distinction of nearly 
having his aircraft shot from beneath him and his fellow crew 
members on one mission. "We didn't make it back to our 
base in England," he recalled. "We were forced to land in 

A highlight of the war years which Labedz likes to share is 
an August 1944 mission over the Black Forest in 
southwestern Germany, when his B-17 crew dropped sup- 
plies to the Polish Underground which had taken up posi- 
tions there. 

"On the way back {to England), we bombed the marshall- 
ing (railroad staging) yards as we flew over Budapest, 
Hungary. Following this important mission Labedz' unit, 
"The Bloody 100," documented as one of the most 
notorious U.S. Army-Air Force groups based in World War 
II England, received the Presidential Unit citation. For his 
combat service, Labedz was awarded the Air Medal with five 

Walter and Genevieve Labedz strike a pose with Chris Kalogeras 

(right), director, Architectural Design, as Labedz, who joined CTA 
in 1975, plans his retirement. 

oak leaf clusters, the equivalent of six Air Medals. 

A most recent highlight reminiscent of the war years was a 
reunion with four members of his old B-17 crew. "It was in- 
teresting to compare notes and see how we have all gotten 
along over the years," Labedz commented. He said three of 
his wartime buddies attending the reunion are also retired. 

When Walter Labedz is not tinkering with his radio model 
airplanes, or dabbling in photography, either in the 
darkroom, or behind the camera, you can be sure he'll be 
on a golf course somewhere. If the weather doesn't permit 
him to play a round or two of golf, he has an extensive 
home library just suited to the avid reader who long ago 
learned that books are indeed good friends to the inquiring 
mind. "I enjoy reading autobiographical books," he said. 

Labedz and his wife Genevieve plan to continue living in 
their southwest side home and enjoying the pursuits of 
leisure at their very own pace. 

Kathy Walsh, revenue balance clerk, and John Cannon, retired operations accounting 
director, entertain with an Irish duet during recent retirement festivities for Mrs. Walsh at 
the Merchandise Mart M&M Club. Mrs. Walsh retired after 25 years of CTA service, and 
plans to live in Ireland. Approximately 60 of her friends, family, and co-workers attended 
the farewell party where she was presented a diamond pendant. 

Expect pension ID 
issuance late 

Identification cards for CTA 
retirees, due to expire in December, 
will be honored unttl new cards are 
issued. A Pension department 
spokesman said the issuance of 
new cards is expected to be delayed 
through April 1987, thus, current 
ID cards will be accepted for all 
CTA transportation. 

Retirees will be notified when 
new identification cards are to be 
issued, the announcement said. 



RetirGment: it's sooner than you think 

It's arguably the most stressful time in life. It's not 
adolescence. It's not looking for that first job. It's not getting 
married. It's not even living with your teenagers. 

Retirement -- when your whole way of life changes vir- 
tually ovemight -- can be traumatic for people who have not 
planned for it. Abrupt changes of any kind can cause ten- 
sion. By preparing for retirement, older people can enjoy a 
smooth transition rather than suffer from the suddenness. If 
you or your parents are about five years from retiring, the 
National Safety Council suggests that you start planning 

What you do with your time obviously will change, and 
your physical environment may change, too, if you decide 
to move into a new home. Even if you stay in your present 
home, you'll need to make some changes to keep it safe as 
you get older. At this stage of your life, health is more im- 
portant than ever, so you may need to make some lifestyle 
changes to compensate for the effects of aging. Now, while 
retirement is still several years away, is the time to make 
those necessary adjustments. 

If you start making the changes now, you won't have to 
think about them later. Besides, you'll be a little older when 
you retire and jobs that are easy now might be a little more 
difficult then. 

Here are some tips for a safer home: 

• Install handrails on both sides of stairways that have two 
or more steps -- indoors and outdoors. 

• Tack down carpet edges and throw rugs or anchor them 
with double-sided tape. 

• Keep sturdy step stools wherever reaching is necessary. 

• Increase the wattage of your light bulbs if you need more 
light, but never exceed the fixture's recommended wat- 

• Install sturdy metal grab bars in tubs and showers. Non- 
skid mats or abrasive stips are also recommended for the 
tub bottom and shower floor. 

• Replace separate faucets in tubs and showers with mixing 

• Rearrange furniture to open paths through rooms and 
eliminate tripping hazards. 

• Extend electrical service to your garage and install lights 
and outlets. 

• Install a light-duty hoist in the garage to help lift heavy 
loads out of car trunks. 

Age may slow you down, but it doesn't have to stop you. 
Healthy habits are more important as you get older, and that 
means a sensible diet and exercise. If you're overweight, 
start shedding those pounds now, don't put it off until your 
retirement is official. Consult a physician before you start 
any exercise routine or change your eating habits -- modera- 
tion and common sense are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. 

Choose an activity that you enjoy so that you'll stick with 
it. Fitness and endurance come from exercises that use a 
variety of the major muscle groups and can be maintained 
continuously for about 30 minutes. These aerobic exercises 
including walking, running, bicycling, rowing and swimm- 
ing. If you haven't exercised in a long time, be patient and, 
once you've been examined by your doctor, start your exer- 
cise program gradually. As your fitness level improves, you 
may be able to get involved in a wider range of physical ac- 

Exercise can keep you flexible, strengthen your heart and 
lungs, and give you the stamina to fight illness. You also 
may feel less tense, sleep better, and improve your ap- 
pearance with regular exercise. When starting a new fitness 
program, it's a good idea to involve friends in your exercise 
because support and encouragement can keep you 

You may like to socialize when you exercise or you may 
like to do it on your own as part of a routine. There are 
some dangers to exercising alone, however, especially if 
you've had health problems in the past. You may want to 
consider working out with a friend for safety. 

Just as you have all of your working life, set goals. The 
amount of weight you want to lose, the number of miles you 
walk, the number of laps you swim - establish realistic goals 
and chart your progress and move closer to each one. Don't 
wait to get in shape -- set those goals now. 

By thinking about retirement now, you can be ready to 
enjoy the change right from the start. 



Question: Will the size of m\^ company; pension have any 

affect on the amount of m\j Social Securiti) 

benefit when I retire? 
Answer: No. Private pensions and annuities 
do not count as earnings for Social 
Security purposes. 
Question: Could tjou define earnings for purposes of the 

Social Securiti; retirement test? 
Answer: For Social Security purposes, earn- 
ings consist of gross wages or net 
income from self-employment. 
Wages include bonuses, commis- 
sions, fees, vacation pay, pay in lieu 
of vacations, cash tips of more than 
$20.00 per month, and severance 
Question: I have heard that Social Securit]^ benefits are 

now subject to income taxes. Is this true? 
Answer: Yes. Under a new law that became 
effective in 1984, people who have 
substantial income from other 
sources may have up to one-half of 
their Social Security benefits sub- 
ject to income taxes. If your ad- 
justed gross income for Federal tax 
purposes, plus nontaxable interest 
income, plus one-half of your 
Social Security benefits exceeds 
the base amount of $25,000.00 for 
an individual or $32,000.00 for a 
couple, one-half of your benefits 
may be taxable. Complete informa- 
tion can be found in Internal 
Revenue Service Publication 915. 

November-December, 1986 


Bus Maintenance 

director Terrance 

McGuigan dies 

Terrance McGuigan, 42, director, 
Bus Maintenance, died at his home 
Oct. 26. 

McGuigan joined CTA in 1962 as a 
bus cleaner and was promoted 
through various positions until he at- 
tained the director position in 1984. 

He represented CTA at several AP- 
TA seminars as well as the Urban Mass 
Transportation Association's manage- 
ment seminar. He also attended the 
bus maintenance productivity 
workshop at Cleveland, Ohio and was 
available to address local business 
groups on the problems of graffiti. 

He assisted in the implementation of 
the computerized maintenance system 
for both bus and rail. McGuigan is sur- 
vived by his wife, Kay, a daughter, 
Jeannie, and a son, Johnny. 


CTA board member 

Edward F. Brabec dies 

Edward F. Brabec, 55, former 
CTA Board Vice Chairman, died 
November 18 in his southwest side 
home after a long illness. 

Mr. Brabec, president of the 
Chicago Federation of Labor, was ap- 
pointed to the CTA Board in 1975 by 
the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, and 
served until 1979. 

He was also a board member of 
Metra, the commuter rail subsidiary of 
the Regional Transportation Authori- 
ty, and had been an RTA board 

He is survived by his wife. Peg; two 
sons, Tom and Jack, and four 
daughters, Carol Weszely, Marge, and 
twins Cathie, of the CTA Operations 
Division, and Connie, of CTA 
Materials Management. He is also sur- 
vived by his mother, Sara and two 

Labor Relations' 
Diane Rockymore 
dies suddenly 

Funeral services for CTA Labor 
Relations department secretary Diane 
Rockymore were held Tuesday, 
Nov. 25 in Chicago. 

Ms. Rockymore, 44, died suddenly 
at her South Shore home on Nov. 19. 
She is survived by her parents, Mr. 
and Mrs. O'Quinn Demery, three 
brothers, O'Quinn, Jr., Wayne, and 
Cecil Demery, a sister, Evelyn J. 
Demery, and two aunts, Mrs. Essie 
Jackson, and Mrs. Erma Baugus. 

Ms. Rockymore attended Cortez 
Peters Business College and joined 
CTA as a secretary in Forms Manage- 
ment on Oct. 18, 1981. She joined 
CTA's Labor Relations department on 
Sept. 16, 1984, following brief stints in 
Strategic Planning, and the 
Chairman's office. 

Louis Klauser 

Oldest retiree dies, had 40 years of pension benefits 

Louis F. Klauser, 105, CTA's oldest retiree, died Oc- 
tober 21 at Fairview Health Care Center in LaGrange Park 
after a brief illness. 

A resident of Westchester upon his death, the native 
Austrian was living on Chicago's Northwest side when he 
retired in 1946 and became a regular fisherman at Belmont 

Mr. Klauser joined the Chicago Surface Lines as a con- 
ductor on September 14, 1907, one week before his 26th 

birthday. His entire transit career was devoted to the city's 
west side routes. 

Five years before his retirement on October 1, 1946. 
Klauser was promoted to flagman. According to CTA 
records, he enjoyed CTA pension benefits for 40 years, one 
year longer than he had worked. 

He is survived by a sister, three daughters, a son, 15 
grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren. 






North Section 

Millie and Leo Stern are very 

proud of their son, Steven, who 
recently graduated from John Mar- 
shall Law School, Millie is a ticket 
agent and Leo is a North Park bus 
operator, . ,It has come to my attention 
that some of you North Section people 
are leading dull, boring lives. Please, 
don't let this stop you from becoming 
an item in "Inside News." Just give me 
an o.k, and I will be happy to invent 
an outrageous story about you,,, This 

little beauty is Miss Jada Frances- 

Aileen. She was bom October 9, to 
Janann Ransom, ticket agent, and 
her husband, Sam. Jada Frances- 
Aileen weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces at 
birth , , .The many friends of Carmello 
Oliveras will be happy to know that 
he is very well, and not the same 
"Gary" Oliveras, recently deceased, 
Carmello resigned his position as ticket 
agent several months ago, and is 
operating his own business. It is called 
"Appraisal Concepts." For all of you 
out there, in need of real estate ap- 
praisal, remember to call Oliveras Ltd. 
Good luck, Carmello! 

Josephine Anderson 

November-December, 1986 

Service anniversaries 
..^ in November 

40 Years 

Wallace Clemens, Subs Mtce 
James Stewart, Engineering 

35 Years 

Walter Drobena, Elec Dist. 
Howard Goerner. Conv. & Diff. 
Charles Olcikas, Claims 
Herman Swoope, Harlem Mtce. 
Joseph Wharton, 77th Street 

30 Years 

Postoria Aguirre Jr., Kedzie 
Travis Bishop, Ashland 
William Bragg, 69th Street 
James Brandon, Subs Mtce 
Harry Brown. South Section 
Tommie Conley, Rail System 
Ralph Fields. Subs Mtce 
Joe Hull, Paint Shop 
Joseph Jamison. Ashland 
Heinrich Laurich. Elec Dist 
Joseph Scott. Conv & Diff 
William Smith, 77th Street 

Charles Conner. Sr.. Power & Way 

25 Years 

James Alex, Crim. & Traff. Law 
Robert Appelquist. Mech. Maint. 
Burton Bockel. Beverly 
Rudolph Goode, South Shops 
Hans-Dieter Gruenert. Budget & Adm. 
Virginia Harrer. Budget & Adm. 
James Jones. 69th Street 
Arthur Mathews, North Avenue 
James OToole, Desplaines 
James Pankonen. Eng./Mtce. Prog, Dvlpt. 
Roy Rodgers. Archer 
George Smith Jr.. Forest Park 
Eugene Sparks Jr., Howard/Kimball 
Joseph Urbaszewskl. Des. Development 
Edward Valergle. Archer 
Steven Wickert. Equip. Tech. Srvcs. 
Mathew Williams. Ashland 

Inside News Reporters 

Your willingness to share interesting information about 
employees at your work locations has made our magazine more ex- 
citing and entertaining. We thank you for your good work. The chart 
below lists upcoming Transit News issues and deadlines when we 
must receive your ".Inside News." Reports received after the 
deadline will be held over for the next issue. 

Transit News Issue Inside News Deadline 

March-April, 1987 March 27, 1987 

May-June, 1987 May 22, 1987 

July-August, 1987 July 24, 1987 

September-October, 1987 September 26, 1987 

November-December, 1987 November 20, 1987 

Employees who would like to be "Inside News" reporters for their 
work locations should phone Rick Willis, Transit News editor, ext. 
3324, Mart. 

Skokie Shop 

A hearty welcome back to Mort 
Owrutsky, electrical worker, motor 
line, who is back after a lengthy 
absence due to an off-duty 
injury... Condolences to Lawrence 
Walker, electrical worker, electrical 
rebuild, in the loss of his father-in-law, 
Hiawatha Grady, and to retiree Jack 
Russ of the truck shop in the passing 
of his wife, Marian. ..Congratulations' 
are in order here at Skokie: to Terry 
Bemero and Diego Droira for com- 
peting in Chicago's Marathon--and 
finishing!!]: to Mike Deitche, 
belatedly, on the birth of his son, 
Patrick. Thanks for the cigars, Mike!: 
to Lev Belinkov and Herman 
Lipkin, our newest taxpayers--both 
were sworn in as American citizens 
recently. Welcome aboard, Guys!; 
and to Harriette Ibrahim for having 
a picture of her horse Jeremiah, 
featured in a national magazine. 

Greg Wlnski 


North Park 

What an election! Voter response to 
candidates running for team leaders 
here at North Park was so enthusiastic 
it resulted in a second vote being 
taken. Operator Daniel Joseph 
emerged to win as team leader *3's 
representative. Helping bring about all 
this election interest were the following 
members of the North Park Instruction 
Department: G. Zajac, P. Espinoza, 
H. White and P. Januszewski. To 
pick up all future team awards you 
want to check with your team leader 
so here they are in team sequence: 
1. M. Cobleigh; 2. M. Morales; 
3. D. Joseph; 4. R. Richardson; 
5. G. Garcia; 6. L. Richardson; 
7. J. Rivera; 8. L. Jones; 9. A. 
Aviles; 10. R. Devitt; 11. E. 
Timko; 12. D. Gaston. ..Pictured in 
the accompanying photo are instruc- 
tors S. Poustinchian and G. Zajac 
refreshing North Park operators on the 
safe operation of CTA's newest series 
bus... With nearly 12 years service 
behind him, Kari Kareem leaves 
CTA to pursue other interests. S'long, 
friend... Relief janitor George Rivera 
mentions hes appreciation for your 
kindnesses during the loss of his son, 
Nelson... Just in case you're wonder- 
ing, A.M. clerk Lynn Wilkerson 
transferred to Forest Glen recently. 
Lynn had been here at North Park 
since 1978, so say hi next time you're 
at the Glen... Our Hero! Bob Khavari 
was working on Sheridan Road when 
a youngster suddenly ran directly in 
front of his bus from between parked 
cars. An observant passenger aboard 
his bus sent in a commendation noting 
that "the driver's split-second reaction 
saved the child's life" Describing the 
incident in this photo, Mr. Khavari is 
pictured with other North Park 
employees. ..IPayday, that's about 
the last time we saw supervisor Mike 
Kozlowski, and he was on a pair of 
crutches then. Get well soon, 
Mike... A prominent photographer, 
Chester Harris, talks of his newborn 
granddaughter, Glynis, and has no 
pictures of her? Are you in for it now, 
Chester!.. Your reporter was searching 
for news at Archer garage when we 
met the competition. Ms. Ollic 
Hoskins, that station's reporter, 
whose smile certainly brightened an 
otherwise cold and cloudy 
Tuesday... Add Otto Brand's name 


to those individuals who spoke of ad- 
ditions to the family tree and promises 
to bring a picture. Otto's sister. Bertha 
Moreno, had a 7 pound, 14 ounce 
daughter and we assume the baby's 
name will come with a picture 
...Twins, you say? No, it's just that 
clerk Bob Vazquez hands out your 
transfers when you check for your run, 
as well as a check when he works in 
the credit union... Al Lowery, our 
janitor, spent a week of vacation 
visiting his parents in Pine Bluff, 
Arkansas. Lowery's son. Al Jr., is a 
vice president of a Pine Bluff 
bank... Operator Peter Williamson 
and no. 4 clerk Wayne Reddrick 
have returned from vacationing. Peter 
pointed his car towards the Florida 
Disneyland for two weeks, while clerk 

Reddrick combined flying and driving 
to reach the Northern California 
coastal area and enjoyed its 
sights. . .Free football game action! Just 
ask team manager Leonard Sims or 
coach Robert Cook for both game 
dates and starting time to watch North 
Park's 'B's football team run over their 
opposition... Rail supervisor Dave 
Curley uses St. Patrick's Day as an 
casy-to-remember date to mark an ad- 
ditional year of seniority with CTA, or 
did he say it helps him remember be- 
ing married 12 years... Better be nice 
to James Gardner, Kimball, 'cause 
Ophelia Ellis just gave him a 
watch-dog. Uh-oh, in this case, make 
that a watch-puppy, 'cause it's a mixed 
poodle-pomeranian . Small woof- 
woof?. .Larry and Michelle Shelton 



will be looking for Pampers again the 
next time they go shopping. Michelle's 
expecting an addition to their 
household, so Larry Jr. will have a 
brother or will it be a sister?.. Recent 
retiree Willard Frieb couldn't resist 
coming back. He was seen having a 
conversation with operators 
Rosemary and Lonnie Walker in a 
nearby eatery... Our Farmer in 
Residence, Al Mines, says don't be 
shy, just come on out with the family 
or loved one to his farm in Covert, 
Michigan, a tiny two-hour drive, and 
spend a day riding some horses, sleigh 
riding, or just traipsing the outdoors 
and enjoying some time out of the ci- 
ty... Santa Claus in the form of 
operator Gary Hurst will sit for a pic- 
ture with you at this year's North Park 
Christmas Party as mentioned in an 
earlier issue. Gary was also the official 
game starter, dressed in a clown outfit 
for this summer's past garage picnic, 
which the kids really 

enjoyed... Anyone ready to dispute 
her title of "Best Ping-Pong Player" at 
North Park? Supervisor Hager 
McFarland may be, but don't ask her 
how she got that nickname "Puddin"' 
while she has that paddle in her 
hand... Another photographer, Ger- 
sham Johnson, notes that his 
daughter, Marcia, had a baby boy, 
John William Archer. Does 
anyone, ANYONE, have any kind of 
camera?.. Frank Von Schwedler 
won't be enjoying the 1987 summer 
bus driving season with us if he retires 
this January. Frank has 38 seasons of 
winter driving to his credit, and looks 
toward thoughts of his hobbies of golf 
and bowling as great relaxers. Rut one 
thing, Frank, just who do you think 
will be sitting in the passenger's seat 
when your wife, Elaine, wants to go 
shopping, h-m-m?.. Encore! In an 
earlier issue of Inside News, we had an 
item regarding clerk Menasche 
Dallal's son, Jacob, 14, who won a 
Regional Bible Contest and a trip to 
New York City. Now comes word that 
another son, Etgar, 12, has matched 
his older brother's feat and also won a 
trip to New York... Triplets, twins, or 
??? Another one of our married 
couples here at North Park who are 
both veteran operators are going to be 
parents, according to the latest word. 
Dan Dzyacky and his Mrs., Nilda 
Colorado, are just patiently and 
calmly awaiting that moment of 


"With the kick of mules"... 

George Chandler Sr. won a first-place blue 
ribbon from the fvladison Homebrewers 
and Tasters Guild (li/ladison, Wisconsin) 
on November 16, 1986, for the superb 
quality and taste of his home-brewed 
Ozark Beer, "the beer with the kick of 
mules." Chandler has also found his first 

distributor, so after January 1, 1987, you 
can ask for Ozark Beer at your favorite 
watering hole south of Belmont Avenue 
and West of Cicero Avenue. Ozark Beer 
will also be sold in Madison, Wisconsin. 
Chandler, a machinist, retired from West 
Shops in March of 1986. 

"Where's my suitcase/who's got the 
car keys?" No, Frederick Douglas 

does not have different Volvos to drive 
to work. He just drives his own, a 
green one, and the blue one to keep it 
company. Ask him!.. Walter Merritt 
is such a professional that he started 
his employment as an operator, then 
tried six years as a ticket agent, and 

now admits with a sigh that he's back 
doing what he does best. Sure, 
Walter... Anyone else besides your 
reporter going deer hunting for two 
weeks while on vacation? Who knows, 
we might get lucky and see one of 
those "just in time wild turkeys." 
Where else but in Mississippi? 

Mike Flores 

Happy anniversary 

A Caribbean cruise aboard the Sun 
Princess, better known as "The Love 
Boat," is how Charles and Mary Marble 
celebrated their 30th wedding anniver- 
sary. He is director, Administrative Ser- 
vices, General Attorney Division, and she 
is an agent supervisor. Operations Divi- 
sion. The Marbles set sail from San Juan, 
Puerto Rico on November 8 for eight days 
and seven nights. Ports along the way in- 
cluded Barbados, Palm Island, Mar- 
tinique, San Maarten, and St. Thomas. The 
Love Boat's baker made a beautiful an- 
niversary cake for the happy couple, and 
some 300 travel mates sang happy an- 
niversary good wishes and toasted the 
Marbles on their grand occasion. A 
highlight of the cruise was the unex- 
pected but happy reunion on board when 
Charles encountered a schoolmate from 
as far back as first grade, imagine 
that. ...There is more. The Marbles were 
also in the company of Cook Cour}ty 
Board Commissioner and Mrs Sam 
Vaughan. Sam, a friend for many years, is 
also a retired CTA Claims representative. , 

November-December, 1966 

Service anniversaries 
in December 

40 Years 

Richard Bushbaum, Signal, Phone & Radio 
Gordon Maly, Mtce. Training 

30 Years 

Millve Beatty, South Section 
Frank Coronado, North Avenue 
James Fitchpatrick, Kedzie 
Charles Harper, Conv & Diff 
Curtis Jackson Jr., Kedzie 
Richard Liace, Track & Roadway 
John McGarry. Tort Lit. Law 
Redus Moore, Rail System 
Foyce Whitney, 77th Street 

25 Years 

James McLane, Rail Personnel South 
Howard McMahon, North Avenue 
Gordon Teufel, General Maint 


November December 


Congratulations to Bradley and Barbara 

Porter on the arrival of their first born, 
daughter Ivy Michelle who was born 
September 27 at Little Company of Mary 
Hospital. Ivy tipped the scale at 6 pounds, 
14 ounces, and was 20'/^ inches long. Her 
father is a duplicator operator in the 
Duplicating Section of Administrative Ser- 
vices. Her proud grandfather is McClinton 
Porter, retired superintendent, 77th Street 

Management Trainee Charles Linden- 
muth, rail janitor's office, and his wife, 
Cynthia, became parents of Rachel Anrt, 

born December 8 in Resurrection hospital. 
Baby Rachel, the couple's first child, 
weighed six pounds, six ounces at birth. 

Herman E. Austin, Forest Glen. 34 yrs 
Charles J. Fronczak, North/Lawndale, 28 yrs. 
Rudolph F. Goode, South Shops. 25 yrs 
John R. Jefferson, 77th Street, 22 yrs 
Robert A. Kukia, Douglas, 7 yrs 
Oliver L. Ross, South Shops, 25 yrs. 
Kathleen P. Sloyan, Accounting Syst , 25 yrs. 


Charles Allison, North Park, 12 yrs. 
George V. Kirby, Fac. Engr.&Maint., 12 yrs. 
Albertas Pecholcas, West Shops, 15 yrs. 
Raymond Rumppe, Fac Engr &Maint , 11 yrs 

Edward E. Aksomaitis, North Section, 14 yrs 
William Bettison, Human Resources, 29 yrs. 
Arthur G. DeLuna, Forest Glen, 17 yrs. 
Seymour Hoffman, North Park, 38 yrs. 
Walter E. Labedz, Facilities Engr., 11 yr. 


Freddie B. Baker, North Park, 16 yrs. 

Larry Childress. South Section, 18 yrs 

Dennis T. Dunaj, Archer, 11 yrs 

Jettie B. Glenn, Madison/Wabash, 18 yrs. 

Nathan Young, Lawndaie, 18 yrs 


Peter J. Belasich, 79, Transportation, 

Emp. 7 27-36, Died 10-2-86 
William C. Boggs, 91, West Side, 

Emp. 8-7 50, Died 10-27-86 
Arnold C. Caldwell, 41, 77th Street, 

Emp b-23-69. Died 10-6-86 
Martin J. Cosgrove, 84, 77th Street, 

Emp 10-5-27, Died 10-13-86 
Andrew W. Draus, 85, Shops & Equip , 

Emp 7-16-25, Died 9-17-86 
John J. Durkin, 87, 77th Street, 

Emp 9 25-23, Died 9-25-86 
Warner G. Eriandson, 90, Shops & Equip. 

Emp 12-1-21. Died 10-23-86 
Marie E. Folz, 72, Datacenter, 

Emp. 11-4-57, Died 8-28-86 
Harold F. Forster, 73, North Avenue. 

Emp 8-27 42, Died 10-13-86 
Richardine G. Foster, 63. North Sect , 

Emp 11-5-60, Died 9-6-86 
Salvatore Fricano, 88, Shops & Equip , 

Emp. 6-9-44, Died 10-6-86 
Thomas B. Gavin, 78, North Section, 

Emp 7-20-27, Died 10-4-86 
Rudolph Haas, 79. Transportation. 

Emp 6-29-33, Died 10-18-86 
Fred J. Hagen, 83, Beverly, 

Emp 11-24-25, Died 10-6-86 
Redo G. Hall, 75, 77th Street. 

Emp 9 3-46, Died 9-24-86 
Daniel P. Hayes, 75. North/South Dist., 

Emp 2 20-36. Died 10-2-86 
Jesse C. Hill, 91. Forest Glen, 

Emp 5-27-25, Died 9-21-86 
Marion E. Kariolich, 74. Kedzie, 

Emp "11-29-40, Died 9-2-86 
Robert B. Kessler, 74, North Park, 

Emp 7-24-41, Died 9-10-86 
Louis Klauser, 105. North Sect , 

Emp 9-14-07, Died 10-19-86 
Vincent B. Kortz, 81, Shops & Equip., 

Emp 2-3-43. Died 9-14-86 
Benjamin J. Kosiek, 71, 98th Shop. 

Emp 8 15 41, Died 10-9-86 
Arthur H. Krause, 82, North Section, 

Emp 3-10 43, Died 9-25-86 
Otto R. Krueger, 66, West Shops, 

Emp 9 19 51, Died 10-15-86 
Michael A. Laban, 80. Archer, 

Emp 7-1 29, Died 10-26-86 
Paul A. Leidig, 82, West Section, 

Emp 10-2-62, Died 9-14-86 
Harry E. Listecki, 69, Beverly, 

Emp. 11-27-53, Died 9-21-86 

Michael J. Lucas, 74, North Avenue, 

Emp 8-26-42, Died 10-27-86 
Oscar H. Ludmann, 85. Engineering. 

Emp 5-21-34, Died 9-25-86 
Alfred C. Mariani, 79, Elect , 

Emp, 3-17-30, Died 9-22-86 
John A. Mcintosh, 85, Keeler, 

Emp. 1-15-26, Died 10-25-86 
Major McNeal, 89, Loop, 

Emp 9-8-50. Died 10-1-86 
Peter J. Meinardi. 77, Gen. Adm & Fin., 

Emp 4-16-48. Died 10-8-86 
Edward J. O'Dea, 86. 77th Street. 

Emp 10-17-27, Died 8-29-86 
Harold W. Parman, 86, Logan Square, 

Emp 11-15-22. Died 9-9-86 
William R. Parnum, 63, North Park, 

Emp 8-14-46. Died 10-6-86 
Walter Passot, 83, Stores, 

Emp 9-5-29, Died 10-8-86 
Bruno B. Perkowski, 93, Way & Structures, 

Emp 5-4-20, Died 10-31-86 
Edward N. Perry, 83. Limits, 

Emp 1-26 44, Died 8-14-86 
George A. Raymond, 90, Shops & Equip.. 

Emp 12-10-23, Died 10-27-86 
Roy T. Rapp, 88, North Park, 

Emp 7-7-21, Died 9-10-86 
John J. Redmond, 67, Skokie, 

Emp 6-27-46, Died 9-28-86 
Duncan H. Robbie, 88, Shops & Equip , 

Emp 2 21-24, Died 10 28 86 
Arthur E. Schwappach, 80. Beverly, 

Emp 5 29-29, Died 10-25-86 
Katherine Sheehan, 94, West Section, 

Emp. 7-20-27, Died 10-7-86 
William F. Sheehan, 77, South Section, 

Emp 9-4-41, Died 9-17-86 
Vincent Shubat, 77, Engineering, 

Emp 6 19-41, Died 9-6-86 
Wesley E. Stitt, 95, 77th Street. 

Emp 2-25-27, Died 9-20-86 
Edward B. Thome, 72, Mat Mgmt . 

Emp 11-28-41, Died 10-1-86 
Irwin J. Wagner, 74, 69th Street, 

Emp 9 21 36, Died 9-29-86 
Luther L. Wallace, 76, 77th Street, 

Emp 2-27 47. Died 10-9-86 
Raymond O. Washburn, 78, Security, 

Emp 11 11-36, Died 10-14-86 
Mary Anne Welsh, 75, Claims Law, 

Emp 4-1-35. Died 10-12-86 
Joseph L. Zdenovec, 76. Kedzie. 

Emp 3-23-42, Died 9-19-86 



Leo High school's star running back, 
Levitius Johnson (Number 35) the son of 
69th Street bus operator Lewis T. and Ber- 
tha Johnson, exceeded his 1986 season 
goal of 1,000 rushing yards by three yards. 
The 16-year old junior carried the ball 156 
times for an average of 6.4 yards per carry, 
and scored 12 touchdowns during the 
season. Johnson not only heads Leo's All- 

Catholic athletic honors, but the young 
math enthusiast is also on the dean's list 
with a 3.0 plus grade point average. He 
has remained on the honor roll since his 
high school days began. The University of 
Oklahoma and Texas A&M University 
presently top his list of collegiate in- 






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Edward H. Roncek, a CTA maintenance 
division plumber, has opened an office in 
Oak Park where he Is practicing the pro- 
fession of hypnotherapist. He has been a 
CTA employee since 1980. 

Roncek has been active in hypnosis for 
27 years, working in two medical clinics 
and studying case histories in hypnosis 
centers in 10 countries. His work has in- 
cluded hypnosis for age regression, 
childbirth, dentistry, surgery, athletics, 
smoking, weight loss, memory concentra- 
tion, and various psychological problems. 

He is presently working with a profes- 
sional bowler in an advisory capacity on 
the mental aspects of the game. 


CTA is considering conducting contests or exinibitions in some of the following areas. We would like your opinions and sugges- 
tions regarding the areas which are of greatest interest to you. These activities will be conducted during non-working hours and 
on your own time. 

// you had the opportunity to participate in a contest with other 
CTA employees and retirees, what would you be most in- 
terested in? 

D Talent Showcase D Chess Tournament 

D Art Exhibition G Spell-a-thon 

D Gardening Competition D Baking Contest 

n Running Marathon D Secretary of the Year 

D Bowling Tournament (Secretarial Skills) 

D Writing Contest D Employees of the MonthA'ear 

D Checkers Tournament D Other 

If CTA has a contest in the future, wouid you be wiliing to par- 
ticipate during your non-working hours as: 

D Planner 
n Advisor 
D Participant 

D Staff Worker 
D Judge 
n Spectator 

Do you feel that employees' immediate families should be 
allowed to participate? 

a Yes 

D No 

If yes: D in the same contest D in separate competitions 

Would you prefer an exhibition of any of the above-mentioned 
activities, rather than a competition? 

D Yes n No 

If yes, comments: 

Would you be interested in a long-term participation activity? 

D Choir 

D Sports Team 

Other suggestions: 

D Drama Group 
n Committee on CTA Employee 

Please return this completed questionnaire to: Carol Ruggiero, Merchandise Mart, Room 734. For further information, call exten- 
sion 3321 in the Mart. 

November-December, 1986 



Mayor Harold Washington, flanked by CTA Chairman Walter 
Clark (left), and Executive Director Robert Paaswell, hear a 
report on the giant food drive for the needy being read by Mer- 
chandise Mart Properties, Inc. Vice President James Bidwell. 
Behind Bidwell is Enoch Anderson, vice president/Leasing 
Contracts, Merchandise Mart Properties. Businesses 
operating in the Mart pooled efforts on Dec. 11 and con- 

tiibuted 35 tons of food to the Mayor's Sharing program. The 
food was delivered to a dipository for distribution to the needy. 
CTA employees in the Merchandise Mart joined CTA personnel 
in the Pension Office at 440 North Wells to contribute more 
than 100 pounds of food to the effort. CTA transit vt/orkers from 
all CTA locations also contributed to the Mayor's Sharing pro- 
gram in a separate effort on Dec. 19. 

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1987 Vol. 40 — No. 7 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

"January-February, 1987 

\)n\qUe _^ ..bus service / 
aChiGVGmGnt- supervisor dass 

class ha« plen»< to be P'™"* *™ „„„'„,„g ,hei, 21»eek 

small groups on the.r own t>me and stud ^^^^ ^^^ 

help classmates stay abreast of the p 
another first, Kadowaki said. 

"Their camaraderie and ^""'Tt jl^ome^tudy groups 

cer«llc»t« and then P'«*'"!,!r;™J'You .o Bus Inslmctors 

motto of this very speaal class cou 

^\'hfr;rb;-fthis outstanding class, listed in ranU of 
seniority, ar e on page 2. 

Bus service supervisor graduates Unique achievers: 

Jay W. Thompson 
Otha Williams 
Willie O. Robinson 
Thomas O. Patterson 
Paul K. Jones 
Clois Harper 
Willie J. Stewart 
Ladell Jackson 
Levy Johnson 
Robert E. Hampton 
David M. Keske 
William I. Washington 
Robert L. Reed 
Charles D. Murrell 

James C. Darke 
Rudolph Tatum 
Lee M. Dagon 
Gary Wallace 
Billy Morgan 
Joe A. Jones 
Leonard Woolfolk 
Victor R. Moore 
Richard P. Ziemba 
Daniel Shelton 
William H. Edgerton 
Salvador V. Flores 
Eugenio Rivera 
Anthony W. Ellis 

Charles McKissick 
Mohammed Y. Choudry 
Mildred Heath 
Melvin R. Wark 
Ethel Wilson 
Wylean Williams 
Wilson Torres 
Annie P. Mcintosh 
Douglas W. Hoffman 
Jose Moreno 
Lynval J. Thompson 
Ernest T. Ware 
Sanders Ingram 
James A. Burns 

Obie I. Dean 
James V. Bernstein 
Gayla M. Thompson 
Ray A. Lea 
Joseph E. Rodenski 
Patricia A. Percy 
Delois West 
Dale M. Myrick 
Robert G. Williams 
Carlotta H. Myers 
Willie Pettigrew 
Phillip L. Gary 
Claude L. Woods 
Rosemary Hoskins 
Clearchie Lawrence 

Rosemarie Gulley 

is named director of 

Media Relations 

Rosemarie Gulley, former direc- 
tor of community relations and general 
assignment reporter for the American 
Broadcasting Company's WLS-TV 
station in Chicago, has been named 
director of Media Relations for CTA by 
Executive Director Robert E. 

Before joining WLS-TV in 1972, 
Ms. Gulley served as executive direc- 
tor of the Independent Voters of Il- 
linois - Independent Precinct 
Organization. Most recently, she was 
telemarketing representative for Time- 
Life Corporation. 

Ms. Gulley is a professor of broad- 
casting at Columbia College. She 
holds bachelor and master of arts 
degrees in sociology from Roosevelt 

A member of both the nominating 
and communications advisory com- 
mittees of the Girl Scouts of Chicago, 
Ms. Gulley has been a board member 
of South Central Community Ser- 
vices, and an advisory board member 
of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, 
the Media Committee for Operation 
Able, and the Celebrity Corps of the 
Salvation Army. 

Ms. Gulley is a recipient of the 
Chicago Links Communicators 

Award, the Chicago Board of Educa- 
tion's Excellence Award, the National 
Association of Media Women's 
Pioneer in Electronic Media Award, 
and United Press International's 
Special Documentary Award. She 
also has been h6nored by the 
Women's Bar Association. 

Ms. Gulley makes her home in 
downtown Chicago. 


The Chicago Transit Authority in 
1986 had the best safety record in its 
39-year history, according to figures 
released in January by CTA Executive 
Director Robert E. Paaswell. 

The Authority's traffic and 
passenger accident rate of 4.8 ac- 
cidents and incidents per 100,000 
miles of operation represented a 3 per- 
cent decrease from the record of 5.0 in 
1985, which itself had been 2 percent 
less than the lowest previous rate. 

"Concern for passenger safety has 
been one of our highest priorities," 
Paaswell said. "We're proud that our 
employees are demonstrating improv- 
ed safety awareness, and that our 
safety training programs are paying 

Figures used to determine the CTA 
safety record include all traffic and 
passenger accidents and incidents 
reported by both CTA personnel and 
the general public. 

March of Dimes 
solicits walkers 

CTA will participate in the 17th an- 
nual March of Dimes Walk America in 
the fight against birth defects. Walkers 
will step off April 26 at 8:30 a.m. from 
Grant Park at Butler Field near 
Jackson and Columbus Drive. 

Team walk participants are en- 
couraged to solicit sponsors for 
pledges in this 30 kilometer 
walkathon. Arrangements for CTA 
walkers are being handled by Joyce 
Shaw, CTA Promotions, Ext. 3345. 

2nd annual free ride program is a success 

Mayor Harold Washington reviews a copy of the city's "Cook Book of Sober Drinks" as he and CTA Executive Director 
Robert Paaswell promote free rides on CTA for New Year's Eve. 

New Year's Eve--For some it's a 
time of parties with lots of merrymak- 
ing, and for others, a time of great in- 
trospection and deep prayer. But for 
CTA personnel, it was quite a different 
kind of New Year's Eve experience. 
Why? Because passengers rode FREE 
from 8:00 pm New Year's Eve until 
6:00 am New Year's Day! 

The free rides were made possible 
when the CTA Board passed a special 
ordinance approving K rides for all 
passengers on New Year's Eve. To 
make the rides free for everyone, the 
Illinois Restaurant Association- (IRA) 
paid the penny fares. 

The Public Affairs Department with 
the IRA kicked off the campaign with 
Mayor Washington officially announc- 
ing the free rides at a press conference 

at the Daley Plaza, December 29. Also 
attending the conference was Dr. 
Robert E. Paaswell, Executive Direc- 
tor, and Herman Berghoff, vice chair- 
man of the Illinois Restaurant Associa- 
tion Board. 

The Mayor stressed the dangers of 
drinking and driving and even read 
recipes from the city's "Cookbook of 
Sober Drinks," including the Windy 
City Whistler. After questions were 
answered by Dr. Paaswell, free coffee 
was served and information was 

Nathaniel Campbell, Kedzie 
Garage, who has had 17 years of ser- 
vice as a bus operator, worked on 
New Year's Eve. He stated, "I think it 
was great and a really good move. I'm 

sure it saved a lot of lives, and it pro- 
bably helped the police too - keeping 
people off the streets." When asked 
how many passengers were aware of 
the free rides, he estimated about 
50% had heard of it. When he ex- 
plained to those who didn't know 
about it, they were really happy and 
most said thank you. 

The promotions continued with 
press releases, radio commercials, 
public service announcements, and 
car cards up throughout the system. 

Bill Baxa, Manager of Public Affairs, 
added that even if one of the 200,000 
riders' lives, or that of many motorists 
on the road, had been spared, CTA's 
New Year's Eve FREE Ride Program 
was well worth it. 

January-February, 1987 

1,500 attend West Shops open house 

Some 1,500 family members and 
friends of Facilities Engineering and 
Maintenance department personnel 
were entertained at a West Shops pre- 
Christmas open house on Dec. 20. 
David A. Hillock, department 
manager, and members of his staff 
hosted the occasion. 

Hillock said Facilities Engineering 
and Maintenance personnel want 
CTA employees throughout the 
Authority to become familiar with 
West Shops and get a better look at 
the role the department plays in the 
CTA mission . He said plans call for an 
open house at West Shops each year. 


Visitors to this first occasion for West 
Shops were greeted by personnel 
eager to explain functions of the 
various departments, and to answer 
questions of the guests. Employee 
families also contributed cakes, pies, 
cookies, and other homemade 
pastries for the enjoyment of visitors. 
Souvenir candy stockings, balloons, 
and plastic windshield scrapers were 
distributed as mementoes of the open 

Personnel of the Power and Way 
section provided children of guests 
with rides on the West Shops mini bus, 
and sleigh rides, as well as a moment 

with Santa, who was played by CTA 
Power and Way retiree Robert 
Booth. Youths were also entertained 
with a "Lights, Bells and Whistles" 
show , a system of push buttons which , 
when activated, gave some insight into 
signal communications used in public 

Other Facilities Engineering and 
Maintenance management staff on 
hand to greet visitors included John 
Winkler, director. Utility; Gordon 
Brady, acting director. Building and 
Grounds, and Roy Smith, acting 
director. Power and Way/- 

Santa, played by retiree Robert Booth, is visited by three littie 
friends ready to tell him about their wish list for Christmas. 

Santa and Richard Valloni, supervisor. Substations Operations, 
ride through the shop on Santa's sleigh, greeting the throng of 
guests who turned out for this first West Shops open house for 
CTA families. 

CTA Executive Director Robert Paaswell, 
and his wife, Mrs. Rosalind Paaswell, 
were host and hostess to a special West 
Shops open house guest. Professor Yang 
Zhao Sheng (left) of Jilin University of 
Technology, at Changchun, Republic of 
China. Others are Gordon Brady, acting 
director. Buildings and Grounds 
(background), and Buildings and Grounds 
carpenter Frank Bartos who handed out 
snow scrappers on the occasion. 

continued on next page 


Honor six retirees on Day in CTA 

Six CTA operating employees retir- 
ing with over 197 years of collective 
service, were the recipients of special 
recognition on A Day in CTA for their 
years of exemplary service in their 
respective classifications. 

Honored were Frank Von 
Schwedler, bus operator, North Park 
garage, and Walter Raffa, conduc- 
tor, O'Hare terminal, each with over 
38 years of service; operators 
Thomas Cook and Rufus Meeks, 
69th Street garage, 35 and 30 years 
service, respectively; Myron Woods, 
instructor, Limits Training Center, and 

Odessa Danielley, ticket agent, 
Ashland terminal, each with 27y2 
years of service. 

Bus operators Von Schwedler, 
Cook, and Meeks were praised for 
logging more than two million miles in 
revenue service over their collective 
104 years of CTA employment. 
Meeks, a participant in the annual 
CTA Bus Roadeo since 1982, and a 
member of the Winning Circle 20 
since 1983, finished his CTA career as 
third runnerup in the 1986 Bus 

Myron Woods, a former bus 
operator at Archer garage who 
transferred to the rail system, held a 
variety of job classifications before he 
was assigned as an instructor. Raffa, 
with CTA since 1948, and Ms 
Danielley, hired in 1959 as a ticket 
agent, both compiled excellent work 
records throughout their CTA service. 
Each of the honorees received special 
certificates of recognition. 

Certificates of appreciation were presented to ttiese 
Day in CTA tionorees as they announced their retirement. They 
are (from left) Myron Woods, Frank Von Schwedler, Odessa 

Danielley, and Rufus Meeks. Others honored but not present to 
receive their certificates were Waiter Raffa, and Thomas Cook. 

Charles Parham (right), telephone 
maintenance foreman at West Shops, 
gives his family a tour of his work location 
during the pre-Christmas open house. The 
family includes (from left) daughter, l^rs. 
Theresa Williams who holds her 18-month 
old son Terrell, 11-year old grandson An- 
thony Wilson, and Parham's wife, Alicia of 
the CTA Accounts Payable section. 
Resting comfortably in granddad's arms 
is 2-year old Krishna Baisden. 

January-February, 1987 

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Robert Kendrick (77th Street 

garage) was complimented by 

Marian PInman, of East 52nd 

Street, for his courtesy as 

operator of an early morning 

No. 1 Indiana/Hyde Park bus. 

"If he sees someone running 

to the bus, he waits. He 

greets us with a cheery 'Good 

morning!' In fact, nearly 

everyone who boards the bus 

now greets fellow passengers 

the same way. He knows all 

his regular passengers, and 

will inquire when he does not 

see one. I enjoy going to work 

now, as it is a pleasure to 

have such a concerned and 

considerate diver, and we the 

passengers are special to 

him " 

John Cameron (South Section) caught the attention 
of Manny Julius, of Morse Avenue, for the way he han- 
dled his job as conductor of a Howard -Jackson Park 
train, "I must compliment him for the way he announced 
the stations. He announced in advance as well the 
stations, and told people what major areas, buildings, 
shopping and places of interest were near each stop. He 
also announced at times the temperature and weather 
conditions on what was a damp, chilly and windy day. It 
certainly was a great help not only to the local citizens, 
but also to Chicago visitors." 

Janis Marion (Limits garage) was the operator of a 
No. 36 Broadway bus ridden by Ella Gardner, of South 
Loomis Boulevard. "There was a male passenger yelling, 
cursing, and using the worst language I ever heard. She 
tolerated the obscenities for only a few blocks before stop- 
ping the bus and asking him to leave. When he refused, 
she picked up the phone to call for help. Despite being 
cursed and threatened by the passenger, she stood her 
ground and demanded that he leave the bus, which he 
finally did." 

Vernon Hill (North Section) was praised by Hugh 
Magill, a Loop attorney with offices on West Madison 
Street, for his performance as conductor of an Evanston 
Express train. "His announcements were given with 
unusual clarity and enthusiasm. He also took time to 
relay important information for commuters, such as the 
current time and details about interline transfers and the 
various stops on the line. His interaction with passengers 
displayed a similar enthusiasm and politeness. His perfor- 
mance and attitude as an employee are assets to your 

Richard Corbett (North Sec- 
tion) was commended by 
Rolando Valente, of North 
fJlozart Street, in a letter for- 
warded from the Sun-Times' 
Action Time, for his alertness 
as conductor of an afternoon 
rush period Ravenswood train. 
"He came to the car where I 
was a passenger and called to 
everybody's attention in a 
firm, loud voice that there was 
a pickpocket on board whom 
he had seen in the act before. 
He then warned passengers 
to be careful and wary of him. 
I don't know how other 
passengers felt, but as a 
regular rider, I am really 
grateful for what he did. We 
need more CTA employees 
like him. " 

Anthony Donato (Lawndale garage) won the ap- 
proval of Brendan Gedow, of North Springfield Avenue, 
for his handling of a No. 53 Pulaski bus. "Recently I 
broke my ankle, and have been using crutches to get 
around. Normally, I don't ride CTA buses, but now I 
must. This bus operator on the Pulaski route was very 
courteous and helpful, letting me know when my stop 
was coming up, and not driving until I had found a seat. 
He called out the stops loudly and clearly, and was 
especially nice to elderly people. He is a credit to the 
CTA and deserves some sort of recognition." 

Elton Williams (North Section) was thanked by Vi- 
vian Spittle , of Evanston , for his helpfulness as conductor 
of an Evanston Express train. "He announced each sta- 
tion clearly, and explained where to transfer to other lines 
en route. This employee impressed me as being efficient 
and accommodating in every way. He stressed that there 
was to be no smoking or radio playing without ear- 
phones, and no littering. His voice carried this message 
clearly. It was a pleasure riding the CTA at this time." 

Cedric Johnson (Kedzie garage) was noticed by 
Michael Johnson, of North Lake Shore Drive, for his 
courtesy as operator of a No. 66 Chicago bus. "When I 
boarded the bus, I was greeted with a friendly 'Hello.' 
About three blocks later, the driver waited for a lady run- 
ning out of the hospital door. At Dearborn, he asked an 
able-bodied young man to move out of the handicapped 
seat. Then he helped an elderly man on board with his 
grocery bag, and made sure the gentleman was seated 
before pulling away. He called out all streets loud and 
clear, and traveled at a good pace. CTA should be proud 
to have him." 


Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations front the public. 

Glen Adams, 77th Street 
Arthur Alpert, Howard/Kimball 
Robert Anderson, Forest Glen 
Albert Armstrong, Limits 

Martha Bada, North Park 
L. C. Bankhead, Kedzie 
Johnny Banks, 77th Street 
Samuel Bevelle, North Park 
Eugene Blackmon Jr., North Park 
Rudolph Blakemore, North Avenue 
Michael Bragg, 69th Street 
Edward Brewer, Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Everett Brown, Forest Glen 
David Brown Jr., North Park 
Robert Buie Jr., North Park 
Ear! Burress, 69th Street 

Anthony Caldwell, North Park 
John Cameron, Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Eloise Carter, 77th Street 
Ethel Claiborne, 77th Street 
Dwayne Clark, 77th Street 
Maria Clark, Forest Glen 
Patricia Cobb, 69th Street 
Ernest Cooley, 69th Street 
Griz Craig, North Park 
Armando Cuesta, North Park 

George Davenport, 77th Street 
Bart Davis, Forest Glen 
Vincent Dawson, Limits 
Joseph Dean, 69th Street 
Angel Delapaz, Forest Glen 
Robert Dering, Agent, West 
Johnny Dickerson, North Park 
Thelma Dorsey, 77th Street 

Rosette Ewing, Howard/Kimball 

Edward Farmer, 77th Street 
Jerry Feggin, Douglas/Congress 
James Fitzgerald, Limits 
Robert Foster, Forest Glen 
Willie Fowler, Jefferson Park 

James Gaines, 77th Street 
Jose Galloza, Forest Glen 
Juan Garcia, North Avenue 
Vincent Gerybo, Forest Glen 
Ralph Green, 77th Street 
William Greenwood, 77th Street 

Josephine Harris, North Avenue 
Leonard Heady, Beverly 
Bryan Hedstrom, Campaign Area 
James Hentz, Jefferson Park 
Neil Hickman, Limits 
Vernon Hill, Howard/Kimball 
Ricky Hogan, North Park 

Herbert Ives, North Park 

Cleo Jackson, Jefferson Park 
Willie James, North Park 
Jerry Jenkins, Archer 
Gilbert Johnson, 77th Street 
Frank Jones, 69th Street 
Gregory Jones, Limits 
Ismael Juarbe, North Avenue 

John Kidd Jr., Beverly 
Thomas Kissel, North Park 
Michael Kobar, Mgmt.lnfo.Syst. 
Peter Kourakos, North Park 

Robert Lay, Limits 
Leblanc Ledree, Limits 
Nathaniel Lee Jr., Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Irving Lewis, 69th Street 
Leotha Lewis, Archer 
HoUis Lewis Jr., Kedzie 
Christopher Lindner, North Park 
Melvin Lindsey Jr., 77th Street 
Dominic Lochirco, Archer 
Theodore Love Jr., Archer 

Janis Marino, Limits 
Kenneth Martin, Kedzie 
Michael Martinov, Forest Glen 
Joseph Maryland, Limits 
Theodore Mclntyre, Limits 
Wade Montgomery, Archer 
Charia Morgan, 77th Street 
Thomas Morrison, North Park 
Robert Moskovitz, North Park 
Timothy Mulvey, Beverly 
Ricky Munoz, Jefferson Park 

Frank Nava, Limits 
George Neal, Kedzie 

Araceli Olivier, North Park 
James Ollie, 77th Street 
Lynn Owens, 77th Street 
Dianna Owens, Forest Glen 

John Paczkowski, North Park 
Willie Parker, North Avenue 
Frederick Pepke, Limits 
Rosario Perez, Jefferson Park 
Irvin Perry, Archer 
Bruce Price, 77th Street 
James Pruett Jr., 77th Street 
James Przybylski, North Park 

Emelio Ramos, North Park 
Lowell Reynolds, Agents, West 
Thomas Rhone, 77th Street 
Ramon Rios, Forest Glen 
Halipson Rivera, North Park 
Anthony Rivera, North Park 
Vernon Robinson, Ashland,61st,95th 
Jose Roman, Jefferson Park 

Pedro Sanchez, 77th Street 
Barnett Simmons, 69th Street 
Wade Simmons, Kedzie 
John Smith, 77th Street 
David Smith, 77th Street 
Salvador Soler, North Park 
Howard Stratton, Howard/Kimball 
George Studenroth, Rail Campaign 

Sterling Tharp Jr., 77th Street 
Lynette Thigpen, Ashland ,61st, 95th 
Wanda Thompson, 69th Street 
Robert Tirado, North Park 
Eddie Traylor III, North Park 

Adolphus Walker Jr., North Avenue 
George Whaley, Limits 
Walter White, Beverly 
Martha Whiting, Kedzie 
Kenneth Williamson, Kedzie 
James Willis, North Avenue 
Leroy Wilson Jr., 77th Street 
Angela Winfrey, Forest Park 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 
Fred Young, North Park 
Rudolph Young, North Park 
Mohamed Yousef, Limits 

Anthony Zenner, North Park 
Joseph Zukerman, North Park 

January-February, 1987 

"I've always found the CTA Control 
Center an interesting place. It's always 
so busy with activity," said Gregory 
White, a Commonwealth Edison 
engineer who was chaperoning visiting 
high school students. 

White , the son of CTA rail controller 
Willie White, is advisor for Explorer 
Scout Post 9709 which is sponsored 
by Commonwealth Edison. White and 
assistant advisor Roberto Garza 
brought their scouts, all aspiring 
engineers, to visit the CTA because, as 
White said, "We wanted the students 
to see the nucleus of the city's 
transportation system. We wanted 
them to see the 'power side' so they 
will know how Commonwealth Edison 
serves the transportation industry." 

As a youth. White was also a fre- 
quent visitor to the CTA Control 
Center. Thus, he knew the interest 
which such a visit could have for his 
scouts as well as his co-workers, Gar- 
za, and Commonwealth Edison's 
Engineering Division vice president, 
Lester Dugas. White is a 1985 
graduate of the Illinois Institute of 
Technology where he earned a degree 
in electrical engineering. 

In a letter of appreciation to CTA 

Explorer Scouts tour CTA Control Center 

Rail controller Willie White explains the CTA system to Commonwealth Edison spon- 
sored Explorer Scouts seeking a better understanding of how the utility serves the transit 
authority. Seated at the console is controller Craig Pease. 

Chairman Walter Clark concerning 
the visit, Dugas said, "We were warm- 
ly received by Superintendents Jerry 
Johnson, Derrick Robinson, and 
Ben Morris. 

"We were given very professional 
explanations of the various systems by 
Willie White whose son Gregory is 
our Post Advisor, George Hand and 
Robert Heinlein. 

"They kept the level of the presenta- 

tions appropriate to the age group and 
level of understanding. These young 
people are interested in pursuing 
technical careers after they graduate 
from high school, and these 
gentlemen provided a model to which 
they can all aspire. 

"We all have a greater level of ap- 
preciation for the degree of dedication 
that exists in this segment of our public 
transportation system." 



Assistance offers 

confidential service 


If you're an abuser of alcohol or 
drugs, and you're frightened at the 
prospect of your physical and men- 
tal health being destroyed as a 
result of your habits, you may find 
solace In the confidential help of 
counselors available to you through 
CTA's Employee Assistance Pro- 

The Employee Assistance Pro- 
gram was started in 1974 to assist 
CTA employees with alcohol or 
drug related problems, and to 
counsel their loved ones who may 
be suffering from similar abuses, or 
who may be affected by an abusing 

CTA's Employee Assistance Pro- 
gram also provides a referral service 
to employees needing help with a 
variety of other problems from emo- 

tional stress to financial difficulties 
and strained marital relationships. 

The Employee Assistance Pro- 
gram staff includes bilingual, 
multiracial men and women who 
have had experience counseling 
and assisting some 1,800 CTA 
employees since the program's in- 
ception. The staff Is on call around 
the clock, every day of the year. 

Michael Stroden, Employee 
Assistance Program director, offers 
a simple but direct goal for the pro- 
gram which is expanding, "We try 
to find solutions for problems and to 
keep people working." 

The CTA Employee Assistance 
Program is believed to be one of the 
finest serving the transportation in- 
dustry anywhere in the United 

States. "We receive daily requests to 
aid and assist other organizations in 
developing their own programs," 
Stroden said. 

The confidential service of the 
Employee Assistance Program is 
available to any CTA employee by 
calling. . . 



DRUGS 222-6114 ^E°*L 

nNANciAL •222-6115 •'^'"tal 


eta employees, ian^ly member, 
signilicani others 


Don't let 
a home fire 

catch you 

They are terrifyingly quick and intense. They take the 
lives of unsuspecting sleepers, cause millions of dollars 
of property damage, and usually can be prevented. 
They are home fires, and they represent the second 
leading cause of accidental deaths in homes. 

Home blazes kill about 4,000 people each year, accor- 
ding to the National Safety Council, and most of the vic- 
tims are young children and older adults. Most home fire 
deaths occur between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., the time 
when most people are asleep, so prevention and ad- 
vance planning are the best measures for protecting 
your family. 

Careless smoking is the leading cause of home fire 
deaths, but it is probably the most easily avoided. Most 
fires blamed on careless smoking start in living rooms 
where cigarettes dropped on upholstered furniture can 
smolder for hours before bursting into flames. Cigarette 
butts should be dumped into an empty metal container, 
and nothing flammable should be put into that can. 
Smokers should never light up in bed where it is easy to 
fall asleep while the cigarette is still burning. A smoker 
should get out of bed and smoke some place where doz- 
ing is less likely. 

The number one cause of residential fires and second 
leading cause of fire-related deaths is attributed to 
heating units. Central heating systems should be 
checked annually, and any needed work should be com- 
pleted by a professional. Home owners should change 
or clean filters regularly to avoid overburdening the 

Solid fuel heaters (coal or woodburning) should not 
be placed within three feet of combustible objects or 
walls. Fire is not the only hazard posed by these heating 
units ~ improper use or installation can cause carbon 
monoxide poisoning. Check local fire codes and enlist 
the help of a professional to install these heaters. 

To avoid home fires, portable heaters, whether elec- 
tric or kerosene, should be used with extra care and 
manufacturer's instructions followed closely. Electric 
heaters should have a switch that will automatically 
turn the heater off if the unit is tipped over. Extension 
cords should not be used with these heaters unless the 
cords are designed for the heavier power load, and, of 

course, electric heaters should never be used around 
water. When using a kerosene heater, it is a good idea 
to open a window an inch or two to provide the room 
with ventilation. Only K-I, clear kerosene should be 
used in these heaters. Allow units to cool and take them 
outdoors before adding fuel. 

Cooking often leads to home fires. Cooks should not 
allow themselves to be distracted by a television or by 
becoming involved in a phone conversation. Potholders 
and spice racks should not be hung over stovetops 
where they can catch fire and where your clothes can 
catch fire when you reach for them. Never throw water 
on a grease fire - the flames will only spread. If a fire 
starts on the stovetop, put a lid on the pan to cut off the 
air supply, and turn off the burner. Do not move a blaz- 
ing pan from the stove because the action will fan the 
flames. If a fire starts in an oven or broiler, close the door 
and turn the appliance off. 

A child's innocent curiosity is all too often the cause of 
a home blaze that brings serious injury or death. Store 
matches out of a child's reach, and teach your children 
never to handle matches unless you are with them. Do 
not allow them to play around any type of heating unit 
or in the kitchen while you are cooking. 

Minutes can mean the difference between life and 
death, so plan ahead for your family - install smoke 
detectors and establish escape routes from each room. 
The lifesaving blast of a smoke detector horn can give 
your family enough time to escape a home fire. The Na- 
tional Safety Council recommends smoke detectors be 
installed on the ceiling or high on a wall outside 
bedroom areas; multi-level homes should have a detec- 
tor on each level (including the basement). These devices 
should be checked at least every month and batteries 
replaced at least every year. At about SIO each, smoke 
detectors are small but mighty investments in your fami- 
ly's safety. Each person should know how to escape 
their home quickly in case of fire. Establish two escape 
routes from each bedroom and practice using these 

While no measure is foolproof, prevention is the best 
insurance policy for avoiding serious and heartbreaking 
injuries and extensive property loss. 

January-February, 1987 

Plan New North Avenue garage construction 

CTA is adding to its state of the art 
bus garages. The latest addition will be 
a new garage at North and Cicero 
Avenues in Chicago. 

The new North Avenue Garage 
which is expected to be completed in 
late 1989, will be the third garage in 
CTA's modernization program to be 
built since 1984. The Kedzie Garage at 
Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren 
Street was completed that year, 
followed by the Stony Island Garage at 
103rd and Stony Island Avenue which 
is currently under construction. 

The North Avenue Garage, which 
had its origin in 1910, served street 
cars, trolley buses, and propane and 
diesel buses until it was closed last 
September. The Chicago Transit 

Board has awarded a contract for 
$598,500 to the G.M. Wrecking 
Company of Thornton, Illinois for 
demolition of these existing facilities. 

This contract, which was the lowest 
of the six bids received, provides for 
the removal of several structures on 
the 15.4 acre property to be com- 
pleted by July. These structures in- 
clude three brick, steel, and reinforced 
concrete buildings covering a total of 
100,000 square feet, a bus fueling 
facility, and miscellaneous structures 
above and below grade. The contrac- 
tor must also excavate the entire site to 
a point one and a half feet below the 
existing grade to remove long-covered 
street car tracks, paving bricks, and 
other surface pavement materials. 

The 240 buses which were assigned 
to the North Avenue Garage have 
been temporarily transferred to the 
reopened Lawndale Garage as well as 
to Kedzie and Forest Glen Garages. 
The new North Avenue facility is ex- 
pected to be ready for occupancy by 
the end of 1989. 

F. H. Petzold of the Facilities 
Engineering and Maintenance Depart- 
ment is the project manager. Petzold 
said that the new one-story facility will 
cover 345,000 square feet and will 
store up to 300 buses. Plans and 
specifications for the new garage are 
currently being finalized. 

This new building will also contain a 
training center and a transportation of- 
fice complex. 

This old building, one of three at the North Avenue bus garage site, waits to be razed as plans move ahead for a nev/ facility. 

This scale model of the new North Avenue garage offers viewers a 
preview of how the new facility will look in 1989, when it is ex- 
pected to be completed. Total project cost including demolition, 
site improvement and construction will be approximately $24 
million dollars. 

A wrecking ball, hoisted from a crane in the background, makes 
short work of the demolition project at North Avenue as the 
building crumbles under the weight of the ball. 




celebrate 11th 


The CTA Pioneers Retirement Club 
marked its 11th anniversary at its an- 
nual Christmas party held December 9 
in the Golden Flame restaurant, at 
Higgins road and Nagle avenue. More 
than 400 persons attended the lun- 
cheon and dance, one of four parties 
the club features during the year. 

This year's party schedule includes 
Valentine's Day, February 10; 
Mother's Day, May 12; Grand- 
parents' Day, September 8, and the 
Christmas program, December 8. 

The club's 1987 slate of officers 
were introduced at last year's 
Christmas party. They are Frank 
Koziol, president; George Nash, 1st 
vice president; Sam Girard, 2nd vice 
president; Walter Steinbeiss, 
secretary, and Warren Scholl, 

Club meetings are held the second 
Tuesday of each month in the Golden 
Flame restaurant starting at 12;30 

All CTA and West Towns retirees 
are invited to join the 600-member 
club. For more information, telephone 
Walter Steinbeiss at 334-4189. 

Pioneers Retirement Club officers for 1987 are (from ieft) Walter Steinbeiss, secretary: 
Warren Sciioll, treasurer; Frank Koziol, president: George Nash, 1st vice president, and 
Sam Girard, 2nd vice president. 

Pioneers Club President Frank Koziol (light suit) welcomes guests at the club's annual 
Christmas party, Bob Thomas (left), Rosemary Hoskins, and Lonnie Walker, all North 
Park garage bus operators. 

Certified Professional Secretary 

Patricia Flynn, executive secretary. 
Personnel Administration, has earned 
the distinction of Certified Professional 
Secretary (CPS) awarded by the In- 
stitute for Certifying Secretaries. Ms 
Flynn received the CPS distinction 
based on recent test scores she re- 
ceived in an extensive six-part, two- 
day examination of her secretarial 
skills. She was tested on her 
knowledge of behavioral science in 
business, business law, economics and 
management, accounting, secretarial 
skills and decision making, and office 
procedures and administration. Ap- 

proximately 1,200 Illinois residents 
belong to this exclusive group of 
secretaries which comprises some 
20,000 professional secretaries 
throughout the United States, the 
Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica 
and Canada. A second generation 
CTA employee, Ms. Flynn is the 
daughter of former rail superintendent 
John P. Flynn, who retired from 
Desplaines terminal in 1979 after 42 
years of service. Her mother, Mrs. 
Mary Ryan Flynn, is a former CTA 
ticket agent. 

January-February, 1987 


Retirement is beginning of new opportunities 

The charismatic prayer group at St. 
Henry's Catholic church will occupy a 
lot of Mrs. Dorothy Rose's time now 
that she has retired from her job as a 
utility clerk in Materials Management. 
She began her retirement on 
Christmas eve. 

Mrs. Rose, of Schaumburg, is a 
widow who has been active with the 
prayer group for 14 years, and says 
she looks forward to continuing in its 
service. After many years as a 
homcmaker she began her CTA 
career in 1974 as a clerk in central files 
and fondly remembers her first boss, 
the late William Piatt, Sr., whom 
she credits with giving her the en- 
couragement she needed when she 
first joined the CTA family. 

Soon after her employment, Mrs. 
Rose traveled with her prayer group to 
the Holy Land where she enjoyed an 
audience with Pope Paul VI. She ex- 
pects to be among the group's con- 
ferees attending the international con- 
ference in New Orleans this summer. 

Her family includes a son, James, 

Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. Judy 
Boschan, who formerly worked in 
CTA's Materials Management depart- 

Frank Barker, director. Street 
Traffic/Graphics, retired January 1 
after 40 years of service. He and his 
wife. Dorothy, are residing in Sand- 
wich, Illinois. Barker's father, the late 
Frank J. Barker, reitred in 1959 as 
traffic analyst in CTA's former Training 
and Accident Prevention department. 

Paneling his basement and turning it 
into a hobby room for the model 
railroads he likes to build is a job that is 
keeping Alex Johnson occupied for 
the moment. Johnson, manager. 
Transportation Personnel, also retired 
January 1 after 40 years with CTA. 
He is vice president of St. Peters 
Lutheran Church, and chaplain of the 
70th Infantry Division Veterans 
association. Johnson and his wife, 
Helen, plan to remain in Chicago. 

Ruth Havlik, executive secretary. 
Operations Planning, retired January 
1 after 36 years. Another veteran of 

36 years CTA service who joined pen- 
sioners was Joe Tunzi, supervisor. 
Operations Administrative Services. 

Tunzi joined CTA as a mail clerk on 
August 7, 1950, and left in 1953 for a 
two-year stint in the U.S. Army. He 
resumed his CTA service immediately 
following his discharge from the Army 
in 1955, and was promoted to super- 
visor in the Operations division last 
June. Tunzi and his wife, Diane, a 
former CTA employee, reside on 
Chicago's northwest side. 

Another year end retiree from 
CTA's general office is Glenn 
Andersen, supervisor, industrial 
Engineering Design, an active member 
of the Illinois Railroad Museum at 
Union, Illinois. He leaves CTA after 
36 years. He and his wife, Joan, will 
remain in Chicago. 

John Harrington, superintendent. 
Grant Accounting, retired after 10 
years of service. Harrington and his 
wife, Phyllis, will travel in their new 
motor home. 

Glenn Andersen, supervisor, Industrial Equipment Design 
(third/left), prepares to cut the big sheet cake advertising his co- 
workers' best wishes for him in retirement. Celebrating with 
Andersen are (from left) George Millonas, deputy executive direc- 
tor, Engineering and t\/laintenance: Frank Venezia, director. Equip- 
ment Engineering, and Richard Schneider, manager, Equipment 
Engineering and /vlaintenance. 

Mrs. Dorothy Rose (with corsage) is surrounded by family 
members at her retirement open house. Present for the occasion 
were (from left) her daughter, Mrs. Judy Boschan who was accom- 
panied by her husband, Donald. Others are the honoree's son, Jim 
Rose, Jr., and his wife, Jane with their children, Alicia and James 
Rose III. 



Ms. Ruth Havlik, executive secretary to 
Operations Planning Manager Harold 
Hirsch (left), receives per pension packet 
at an open house held in her honor. 

Johrt Harrington (second from left), is 
flanked by his wife, and co-workers at a 
retirement open house in his honor Well 
wishers include (from left) Patrick J. Clif- 
ford, director, Grant/Property Accounting; 
honorees John and Phyllis Harrington, 
Amy Dihiansan, and Mila Austria, accoun- 
ting specialists II, and Van Gosrisirikul, 
supervisor, Grant Accounting. -^^ 

Alex and Helen Johnson enjoy a turn or 
two on the ale dance floor at Johnson's 
retirement gala held at Northwest 
Builders Hall. 

A cookie jar fashioned as a double decker 
bus reminiscent of his native IVIanchester, 
England was among mementoes which 
Operations Planning co-workers presented 
to retiring director of Street Traffic/Graphics 
Frank Barker. The jar sports a decal bearing 
Barker's OTA car number (K861> as well as 
his new locations (Sandwich/Galena). -^^ 

It was a grand moment for retiring Joe Tunzi as he responds to the cash gift and gold 
watch presented to him by co-workers (from left) Shirley Boyd, Joe Vodvarka, and Tom 

Conductor Walter Raffa, 65, ended his 38 
years in public transportation on Dec. 31 
with a final trip to the O'Hare terminal. 
Supt Dennis Closs arranged to have a sign 
made for the front of the train honoring 
Raffa who started his conductor's career 
on the street cars on Oct. 4, 1948. He 
switched to the rapid transit system the 
next year. Raffa and his wife, Lillian plan 
to remain in their Niles home between 
vacations throughout the country. 

January-February, 1987 




North Park 

Taking time out from showing an 
opposing team how the game is 
played are members of the North Park 
'B's football team. Coach Leonard 
(Doc) Sims says the team ended its 
season with a third place showing but, 
just like that 'other' Chicago team, wait 
until next year! Shown in this photo, 

assistance of the North Park Credit 
Union, these ladies served a very wide 
and attractive selection of food, 
pastries, and soft drinks to those 
operators who were lucky enough to 
participate in this special Christmas 
dinner. And yes, that was Team 
Leader Lester Jones whom we spot- 

front row left to right, are Redmond 
Ward, Frank Springs, 'Doc' Sims, 
Eugene Blackmon, Ted Lapke and 
Albert Polk. Standing left to right are 
Robert Cook, Alfonso Rivera, 
James Banres, Mike O'Neal, Jerry 
Lockridge, Lamar Wymbs, David 
Lewis and Team Captain Mark 
Hishop...Jean Cage, Vicki 
Nesbit, lona Williams, Gail Inis 
and Frances Walker are the guilty 
parties to blame for those extra 
calories you are now carrying around 
your waistline. With the generous 

ted with a big smile carrying his con- 
tribution in to share among the hearty 
eaters. And no, that wasn't Santa, but 
his good friend Instructor Pete 
Espinoza riding and checking his list 
on the California line on Christmas 
Eve. This event was such a success, it 
might continue to be a yearly celebra- 
tion. If so, we all know how much we 
enjoyed this occasion... Decisions! 
Decisions! Decisions! And how would 
you like to have five big weeks of vaca- 
tion time coming up and not know 
what to do, or where to go? Instructor 

Lawrence Chatman, D District, has 
this problem it seems, so maybe, 
there's someone out there reading f' 

who needs help moving furnitul_ 

painting, etc., contact our good friend 
Mr. Chatman, OK?.. Most of us would 
just about fall over when we hear 
we've received a commendation, so 
when Union Representative Daniel 
Galarza received three in just over 
two months, he must have done a 
complete somersault .. .Marta 
Rodriguez and Luis Cordcro have 
both been hospitalized, but hopefully 
will be up and about in better health 
when you read this... While most of us 
are enjoying winter's low temperatures 
and blowing snow, Leo Dawkins will 
be shaking sand from his boots in El 
Paso , Texas, and barking out orders to 
the troops. Staff Sergeant Dawkins 
serves with the 108th Medical Bat- 
talion of the National Guard and can 
answer most of your questions if 
you're interested in volunteering... Did 
anyone else catch the photo and wor- 
thy commendation of Herbie Munoz 
in Volume 39 of Transit News?. .Our 
former Chief Bus Instructor Jim 
Thaxton looked just as busy in the 
same issue as he did when he was 
here at North Park... Nice to see that 
perpetual smile of Chellie Booth 
who now works at 69th Street 
garage... David Kcttleson's 11-year- 
old son, Paul, probably had a grin as 
big as dad's when he was awarded a 
special commemorative pin and silver 
puck by the Northern Illinois Amateur 
Hockey association .. .Sterling 
Williams and his wife, Darlene, 

have a newborn son, Jermaine, who 
was born January 11. Being the 
dedicated husband and father that he 
is. Sterling was at the hospital this time 
just like he was during the births of his 
other two sons. Sterling Jr. and An- 
toinc.New pensioners: Frank Von 
Schwedler who originally started at 



the Devon Depot will look back on 38 
years of service behind the wheel now 
that he has retired. Frank probably will 
have more time to devote to his VFW 
Post in Park Ridge, Illinois, of which 
he emphasizes is THE second largest 
in the United States. And just to keep 
Frank standing at attention, we must 
mention that his wife, Elaine, will be 
installed as the 4th District Auxiliary 
president this spring. Correspondence 
should be mailed to the home post in 
northwest suburban Des Plaines. Our 

next retiree is Ed Unrein, who really, 
really will retire on MARCH FIRST, 
1987. We mention 'really' because in 
an earlier issue of Transit News, we 
announced Ed's retirement effective 
January of this year, but he wouldn't 
let go of that steering wheel, and 
decided to help the other California 
operators make it through the winter. 
Ed has 26 years of bus driving to his 
credit and says he and his wife, Opal, 
will be driving to Orlando. Florida, to 
visit their son, Ed Jr., and over to Fort 
Myers, Florida, to Opal's sister's place. 
If Ed ever lets go of that wheel, you 
can write him at their home in 
Wauconda, Illinois. We're going to 
miss you, Ed... Maybe our station 
magician Sam Favre is the one 
responsible for making the usual 
winter snow disappear? Sam mentions 
he performed at a party scheduled for 
two hours but the crowd wouldn't let 
him go until he did an exti-a two hours! 
Poof, poof and Sam dissappeared... 
Just who is it that Mary W. is always 
calling Potato Head'.. How does our 
*2 clerk Hilteray McGee manage to 
be so cheerful at his window at 5 
a.m.?. .Will the morning schedule 
man. Sang Joo Kim, go ice fishing 
soon and show us some REAL fish 
compared to the Grouch's recent pic- 
torial display? Questions, 

January-February, 1987 

questions... Remember when we told 
you A.M. clerk Lynn Wilkerson 

would be back? He's back... Your 
reporter, Mike Fiores, went to 
Cleveland, Ohio, and sez Cleveland is 

very nicel.Cedric (Dusty) Wright 

finally stood still long enough to reveal 
his official time as a runner in the 
America's Marathon: 3 hours, 33 
minutes. Not bad, Dusty, considering 
there were over 10,000 runners. 
You're getting there slowly but surely 
(smile)... A Case For Columbo? Lee 
Richardson's 9-month-old, blue- 
eyed baby kitten Prince was purloined, 
she reports. Does this make it an of- 
ficial Kat-Napping? H-m-m-m? 

Mike Fiores 

Happy birthday wishes brought a catered 
affair for Earl McGhee, superintendent, 
Personnel and Benefits Investigations, 
compliments of his staff and co-workers. 
About 35 friends from various depart- 
ments stopped by Room 1890 In the Mer- 
chandise Mart to wish Earl the best on his 
special day, January 16 (the actual day). 
Coordinating the event was Mary Harper 
of the Police Liaison Investigative unit, 
who did an outstanding job. Nobody is 
saying how many candles should have 
been on the big beautiful cake, but it real- 
ly didn't matter because, with the ever 
suave Mr Earl, age Is only a number.. .Best 
wishes McGhee, and many many more. 



Service anniversaries 
in January 

40 Years 

Howard Andler, North Park 
Harold Friedl. Claims 

35 Years 

Willie Jackson, Kedzie 
Everett Odle, Forest Glen 

30 Years 

Aaron Amos, Kedzie 

Darden Fuller, Rail Service 

Lutenent Hare, Utility 

Thomas Walker, Elec. Engr./Maint. 

25 Years 

Robert Bystrek, BIdg. /Grounds 
Coy Causey, Sig.. Phone & Radio 
John Coleman Jr., Ashland 
Walter Feulner, Budg. Mpwer. & Adm. 
Peter Gusich. Track & Roadway 
James Haworth Jr., Equip. Tech. Srvcs 
William Haworth, Equip Tech Srvcs. 
James Jones, West Section 
Robert Kinney. North Park 
George Klein, 54th Maint. Term. 
Richard Lorimer, Rail Veh Term. 
Norman Oswald, Schedules 
Michael Philbin, General Maint. 
Robert Revolt, General Maint. 
Peter Schmanski, Forest Glen 
Roger Torbik, Job Classification 
Dorris Wilson Jr., Schedules 
Gary Wilson, SubAss'y/Elec. 


45 Years 

Herbert Schomer, Oper's Review 
Edward Wilieko, Howard/Kimball 

40 Years 

James Dohoney, Central Bus Dist. 
Francis Hennigan, Support Serv.-Bus 

35 Years 

Peter Graf. Elec. Engr./Maint. 
Frank Holley, Douglas/Congress 
Clarence Knox, Douglas/Congress 
Michael LaVelle, Transp. Services 
Ardis Morris, Rail Pers, -South 
Charles Nichols, Bus District C 
Josephine O'Kray, Rev. Accounting 

30 Years 

Lampton Evans, Rail Pers, -South 

Robert Fletcher, Kedzie 

George Fuentes Jr., Bus Instruction 

Horace Harris. Archer 

Wallace Johnson, Cent. Bus Dist. 

Johnnie MacDonald, South Section 

Donald Mitchell, 77th Street 

Joseph Roque, Forest Glen 

Jesse Tucker, Utility 

John Williams Jr., Kedzie 

25 Years 

Preston Brown, General Maint 
James Civito, Rail Syst. Janitors 
Mark Dundovich, Rail Shops 
Engelberta Gurgone, South Section 
Francis Konopka, Forest Glen 
Lazaro Lafita, Cent. Bus Dist. 
Thomas Morrison, North Park 
Vito Pontrelli. Motor Line 
Dale Sledge, Rail Dist. West 
James Whittley, Stores-South 



The Operations Division would like 
to congratulate Kathy Brabec, ad- 
ministrative assistant, on her engage- 
ment to Raymond Perlick, To our sur- 
prise, Ray came to Kathy's office, 
roses in hand and down on his knee, 
to propose to her with a ring in the 
other hand. Best Wishes to them 
both... Mary Marble, agent con- 
troller, and her husband Charles 
celebrated their 30th wedding anniver- 
sary aboard a Caribbean Cruise Liner. 
Mary says there was plenty of food 
available and festivities of all sorts at all 
times. Happy Anniversary... Con- 
gratulations to Control Center's Agent 
Controller Karen King and her new 
born son Johnathon . . .Rosalyn 
Webb, executive secretary, Train- 
ing/Instruction department, was sur- 
prised by her friends and co-workers 
with a baby shower. Rosalyn is expec- 
ting her first child at the end of 
January .. CTA General Office 
Basketball Team, coached by 
Arliss Jones, Daryl Lampkins and 
Chester Kidd, won their first season 
game in a dominating 102 GO points 
to Rail Blazers 49 points. The CTA 
Basketball games are held at the 

Sweet 16 

Sunday, December 14, 1986 is a day Maria 
Cecilia Hernandez, escorted by Henry 
Guillen, will always remember. II was the 
celebration ot a life time for the Kalvin 
High School sophomore who was in- 
troduced into polite society with a "Sweet 
16" grand ceremony, traditional in Mex- 
ico. Maria whose 16th birthday was 
December 4, is the daughter of Forest 
Glen bus operator Cecilia and Lucy Her- 
nandez (left). Some 200 friends and family 
attended the gala event held at Tania 
Restaurant following a thanksgiving mass 
at Dios Peniel church, 2536 W. Division. 

Washington Park gym. Come out and 
support your number one 
team. . .Control Center welcomes 
aboard Craig Pease as a newly ap- 
pointed bus controller, ^4r. Pease was 
a bus operator out of North Park. He 
has been employed at CTA since Oc- 
tober 1973... Condolences to the 
Brabec Family (Kathy, Operations 
Division and Connie, Materials 
Management) on the death of their 
father Edward Brabec... Best Wishes 
to Alex C. Johnson, manager, 
Transportation Personnel, on his 
retirement after 40 years of service to 
CTA. We hope you enjoy yourself, 
and we want you to know that we will 
miss your friendly smile... Joseph 
Tunzi, supervisor. Administrative 
Services, retired from the CTA with 36 
years of dedicated service. His co- 
workers will all miss him and wish him 
the best to come in his 
retirement... Happy Birthday to the 
December and January babies in the 
Control Center; Corrine Dalmas, 
Sterling Martin, Jerry Johnson, 
John Betoume, Michael Sanchez, 
Joseph Piento, Stan Mihajlovic, 
and George Booker. 

Carol Musto 

Representing Addison Trail High School's 
freshman class in the annual homecom- 
ing parade, October 11, was 14-year old 
Denise Bednarz, the beautiful grand- 
daughter of retired Forest Glen operator 
John and Julie Bednarz. Denise, the 
daughter ot Tom and Diane Bednarz, was 
crowned freshman queen. 


Edward H. Baker, 81. Transportation, 

Emp 12-8-23, Died 11-6-86 
Trygve C. Berg, 72. Forest Glen, 

Emp. 8-8-42. Died 11-20-86 
David J. Bresnahan, 84. North Avenue, 

Emp. 11-16-28. Died 11-3-86 
William T. Brison, 80. North Section, 

Emp 1-8-46. Died 11-6-86 
Patrick Broderick. 84. West Section, 

Emp, 12-16-21. Died 11-20-86 
John A. Burns. 78. Rapid Transit Dist., 

Emp 6-17-27. Died 11-7-86 
Thomas Calante, 78. Purchasing, 

Emp 11-28-42, Died 11-3-86 
William Cook, 78, North Section. 

Emp. 1-20-42. Died 11-22-86 
Horace C. Crawford. 60. West Shops, 

Emp. 2-8-51. Died 11-2-86 
Peter H. Domet, 85, Forest Glen. 

Emp. 8-15-44, Died 11-4-86 
John T. Fitzsimmons, 75, Plant Maint . 

Emp 8-3-59. Died 11-13-86 
John J. Gavin. 68, Beverly. 

Emp, 10-31-51, Died 11-22-86 
Robert A. Gilmore. 88. Const & Maint , 

Emp 11 3-20, Died 11-7-86 
Ernest J. Herring, 83. West Section, 

Emp 10-29-42, Died 11-10-86 
Sidney L. Jacobson, 77. Office Services. 

Emp 12-9 42. Died 1 1 25 86 

Otis J. Lamier. 67, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-15-51. Died 11-2-86 
Eugene C. Mazur, 71, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 6-4-46, Died 11-10-86 
Peter L. Mills. 83. Schedule-Traffic, 

Emp. 2-10-43, Died 11-17-86 
Daniel A. Molinare, 80, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 4-14-43. Died 10-29-86 
George W. Nelson, 82, Beverly, 

Emp, 7-24-29. Died 11-5-86 
Rodger Reed. 86. North Avenue, 

Emp 1-12-25. Died 10-5-86 
William A. Ruzich, 71, Plant Maint , 

Emp. 8-19-37, Died 11-13-86 
Joseph Salamone. 66, Plant Maint.. 

Emp, 11-28-47, Died 11-29-86 
Frank Skrzynski, 69. Veh. Maint., 

Emp, 10-7-47. Died 11-19-86 
Thomas J. Southern. 64, 69th Street. 

Emp, 11 20-58, Died 11-13-86 
George H. Spencer, 83. West Section. 

Emp, 9-28-26, Died 10-29-86 
Frank W. Stolarz. 70, South Shops, 

Emp. 7-24-42, Died 11-8-86 
Edwin Szacik. 69. Forest Glen, 

Emp, 10 10 45. Died 11-17-86 
Andrew Volpentesta. 88, Const. & Maint 

Emp. 10 29-25, Died 11-8-86 
Eugene A. Wrobel. 62. Oper's Planning. 

Emp 5-17 46. Died 11-16-86 










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(Photo courtesy Star Publications) 

Bus operator David Bonds, Jr. (left), 69th 
Street garage, past master of Monarch 
Lodge 99, F&Afi/l, accepts a proclamation 
from south suburban Homewood Village 
President Manny Hoffman honoring the 
masonic lodge for its humanitarian ser- 
vice. The presentation was made during 
the lodge's recent 66th anniversary 
celebration at the Homewood Sheraton 
Inn. In the background are (from left) 
Senior Warden Willie Lawler, bus 
operator, Beverly Garage, and Leonard 
Frazier, steward. 


Cornelius L. Allen, Beverly, 30 yrs 
Daniel M. Allen. 69th Street, 36 yrs. 
Juan F. Alvarez, North Park, 11 yrs. 
Glenn M. Andersen, Equip. Engr. & Maint.. 

36 yrs. 
Frank C. Bailey, Archer, 27 yrs. 
Frank E. Barker, Operations Planning, 40 yrs. 
Charles H. Barnes Jr., 77th Street, 28 yrs 
Alfred Berry. Madison/Wabash. 30 yrs. 
Jan Broda, Skokie Shops, 33 yrs. 
Richard G. Brown. West Shops, 17 yrs. 
Stanley E. Brown. Forest Glen, 25 yrs. 
Walter Campbell. 77th Street. 35 yrs. 
Thomas W. Cook. 69th Street, 25 yrs. 
Odessa K. Danielley, 63rd/Ashland, 27 yrs. 
Arlene B. Daugherty. Mtrls. Mgmt , 25 yrs 
Rodman G. Daugherty, Mtrls Mgmt . 31 yrs 
Bart B. Davis, Forest Glen, 31 yrs. 
Herbert D. Dillard. 63rd/Ashland, 35 yrs. 
Travis W. Dixon, 77th Street, 33 yrs. 
Martin R. Dzincioloski, Kedzie, 31 yrs. 
William L. Eberhart. Equip. Engr. & Maint., 

25 yrs. 
Wilbert Ellison. North Park, 25 yrs. 
Curtis L. English, Forest Glen, 29 yrs. 
Mitchell P. Faczek, Skokie Shops, 35 yrs. 
George R. Ferguson, 69th Street, 35 yrs 
Horace Flournoy Jr., 77th Street, 33 yrs 
Robert Foreman Jr.. Equip. Engr & Maint , 

38 yrs, 
John M. Gorman. North Rail, 27 yrs. 
John J. Harrington. Fin Acctg. & Analysis, 

10 yrs 
Ruth F. Havlik. Planning & Dvlpt , 35 yrs. 

North Section 

Thank you, Grace Huff, ticket 
agent, for sharing this picture of your 
four grandchildren with us. They are 

(back row, left to right), Gary 5, and 
Grace 3; (in front, left to right), Kathy, 
aged 2, and Teddy 8 months. These 
children are real traffic stoppers... This 
must be the generation for gorgeous 
kids. Miss Jenny Powell, picture here, 

Clamie C. Herman, 77th Street. 28 yrs 
Claude Herring. 77th Street. 15 yrs 
George E. Hindson. West Shops, 11 yrs. 
Cluurles A. HoUingsworth. West Shops, 33 yrs 
Stanley B. Janasek, South Shops, 44 yrs. 
Alex C. Johnson, Transp. Personnel, 40 yrs. 
Joseph Johnson, Beverly, 33 yrs. 
Robert Johnson, Archer, 32 yrs. 
Andrew B. Jones Jr., Beverly, 34 yrs. 
James N. Jones, 69th Street, 25 yrs. 
Andrew J. Karkoska, Beverly, 37 yrs. 
Robert L. Kennedy, 77th Street, 38 yrs. 
Joseph A. Lacy, West Shops, 39 yrs. 
Robert Lewis, Kedzie, 26 yrs. 
Vertis Lindsey, Racine Shop, 17 yrs. 
Willard Lindsey, Beverly, 32 yrs. 
Theodore Love Jr., Archer, 36 yrs. 
Stuart W. Maginnis, Washington Garage, 

35 yrs. 
Everett G. Martin, Forest Glen, 27 yrs. 
William J. McCarthy, Beverly, 38 yrs. 
Rufus E. Meeks, 69th Street, 30 yrs. 
Maurice M. Miller, Limits. 25 yrs. 
W. B. Moore. Lawndale, 30 yrs. 
Patrick O'Sullivan. South Shops, 38 yrs. 
Patrick C. Owens, 77th Street, 38 yrs. 
Frank Papaleo, South Shops, 25 yrs. 
Samuel D. Patton, North Avenue, 29 yrs. 
Benjamin Perkins, 77th Street, 35 yrs 
Walter S. Raffa, O'Hare. 38 yrs. 
Walter L. Rakauskis, West Shops, 36 yrs. 
Daniel Rios, Kedzie, 10 yrs. 
Edward H. Roncek, West Shops, 6 yrs. 
Dorothy L. Rose, Administration, 11 yrs 

is the daughter of Michael Powell, 

conductor, out of Howard Street. She 
celebrated her second birthday, 
December 11, with the help of her lov- 
ing family.. .When Ron Cheney, 
Electrical Maintenance, heard that he 
allegedly eloped (eloped?) last month, 
he said; "Why no, 1 didn't elope. In 
fact, I haven't heard the word 'elope' 
used in the past 20 years." Ron is right 
about that. You just don't hear about 
people eloping anymore... It's good to 
see Milton Roman, foot collector, 
back on the job again after 11 weeks of 

illness. » /» J 

Jo Anderson 


Clara A. Sala, Lake/Harlem, 27 yrs. 
Malcolm C. Simpson, West Shops, 40 yrs. 
Benjamin Smith. 77th Street, 28 yrs. 
Thomas F. Spencer. 77th Street, 35 yrs. 
Arthur G. Springer. Beverly, 25 yrs 
Edward Steed. Forest Glen, 26 yrs. 
Randolph E. Stewart. 77th Street, 29 yrs. 
Ralph M. Stuart. 77th Street, 31 yrs. 
Thomas D. Sulzer. Blue Island, 25 yrs. 
Thomas A. Tadevic. South Shops. 39 yrs. 
Joseph V. Tunzi. Oper's.Adm.Srvcs., 36 yrs. 
Ted Ulasy. North Avenue, 32 yrs. 
John G. Vogt, Beverly, 33 yrs. 
Frank A. Von Schwedler, North Park. 38 yrs. 
Jerome Walker, Limits, 30 yrs. 
Herbert Williams, Beverly, 29 yrs 
Fred A. Wilson, West Shops. 44 yrs. 
Edmond E. Wojcieszak, Equip Engr & 

Maint., 16 yrs. 
Gordon Woods, Lawndale, 35 yrs. 
Myron H. Woods, Training Center, 27 yrs. 
Lester Wright, 69th Street, 25 yrs. 


Norman D. Bolden, 77th Street, 11 yrs. 
Phillip Branch. Kedzie, 17 yrs 
Spurag L. Foster Jr., 77th Street. 23 yrs. 
Sammy Lee Jr., 61st Street, 11 yrs. 
Millard E. Mabry, West Shops, 12 yrs. 
Patricia Marshall, North Park, 11 yrs. 
Mary Mcintosh, 77th Street, 8 yrs. 
Joseph D. Milello, Forest Glen, 24 yrs 
Ricky L. Witt. Forest Glen, 13 yrs. 

January-February, 1987 



General Office 

Rear brake lights, which we see on 
every bus and take for granted these 
days, were not a part of the very early 
streetcars, a fact verified by an 
employee or two who still remember 
that vintage public transportation vehi- 
cle. However, absence of rear stop 
lights on the early streetcars became a 
matter of concern for Mrs. Mabel B. 
King, a public spirited Chicagoan 
whose keen interest in public safety 
prompted her to write a letter (Dec. 
27. 1940) to Mayor Edward J. Kelly 
suggesting that such luminary fixtures 
should be on all streetcars. The mayor 
brought Mrs, King's letter to the atten- 
tion of then Transportation Chairman 
James R. Quinn (later CTA Board 
vice chairman) who urged a study by 

arrived... Condolences to the family of 
Kathy (Stranor) Lyckberg, Facilities 
Engineering and Maintenance, whose 
father, retired CTA painter Otto 
Richard Krueger, died suddenly. 

North Park Bus Operator Barry Smith 
thought he and his wife. Jackie, had 
finished all of their Christmas shopping, 
but Barry had to hurry back to the store for 
more gifts since the stork decided to ar- 
rive a little early. The little one they were 
expecting in the new year arrived instead 
on December 22. The Smiths are now the 
proud parents of another little girl whom 
they named Kamana Frances. The baby 
was born at Evanston hospital, and 
weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Waiting at 
home to welcome her little sister was big 
sister, Larissa who is 2 years old. 

Major R.F. Kelker, Jr., engineer for 
the Committee on Local Transporta- 
tion. Although the study did not war- 
rant modifying existing streetcars to 
accommodate the rear lights as pro- 
posed by Mrs. King, replacement cars 
were indeed equipped with rear brake 
lights. Mrs. King, the mother-in-law of 
the late Mel Alexander, Public Af- 
fairs production assistant, received the 
grateful acknowledgement and thanks 
of the mayor's office for her interest in 
traffic safety... Librarian Ruth Beutler 
has a new grandson. He is 
Christopher Ecosta, born October 13, 
and tipping the scales at 8 pounds, 14 
ounces. Six-year old Bradley, 
Christopher's older brother, was at 
school when the little guy 

Remember when controller Tessa Gaines 

and her Chicago Police detective hus- 
band, Ronald were surprised by "the 
stork's announcement of a new blessed 
event, and remember last summer when 
Tessa's co-workers surprised her again 
with a baby shower, and sent her off to her 
room to wait for the grand arrival? Wellllll 
that was a few months ago. and of course 
since the little M/ss Tiffany Dorothy Marie 
Gaines made her world debut on July 23, 
but Tessa's co-workers missed the in- 
troduction. Sooo folks, here'sss Tiffany. A 
little late, but better late than never. 
Others popping buttons over Tiffany are 
77th Street bus operator and Mrs. George 
fi/lcCoy. and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gaines, the 
proud grandparents. 

Our sympathy is also extended to the 
family of Terry McGuigan, director. 
Bus Maintenance, and the Murphy 
family in the loss of their mother, Mrs. 
Denyse Murphy. She was the wife of 
CTA retiree Timothy Murphy, and 
the mother of Dennis, Customer 
Assistance; Mrs. Louise Muhr, 
General Accounting, and Mrs. Chris 
Denlinger, Facilities Engineering and 
Maintenance. ..Mr. Peter J. Meinardi, 
retired General Administration 
manager who passed recently, is 
remembered for his smiling face and 
his friendliness to all CTA employees. 
He always had time to say hello. Our 
sympathy to his family.. .Thanks to all 
for the kindness shown to Ted 
Szewc, supervisor, Signal 
Maintenance who is recovering after a 
heart attack. . .Congratulations to 
Frank E. Barker, director, Street 
Traffic/Graphics upon his retirement. 
A farewell dinner was held at the 
Como Inn... Congratulations are also 
in order for retirees Glenn 
Andersen, Ruth Havlik, Stu 
Maginnis, Joe Tunzi, and Alex 
Johnson. ..Kay Corcoran, 

Treasury, is now the proud owner of a 
condo. We all wish her well... Alice 
Miller Wienski, an employee of long 
ago, was back to visit friends recently. 
Alice left 20 years ago, and looks 
younger than ever... John Gritis, 
retired supervisor. Reproduction Ser- 
vices, surprised us with a telephone 
call. John is doing fine and wants to be 
remembered to all his friends... A 
retirement party for Rodman 
Daugherty and me was held at the 
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. Approximate- 
ly 130 guests attended and shared in 
the festivities of this most unusual dou- 
ble retirement. Thanks to the efforts of 
Linda Poetsch, it was the retirement 
party of the year. Her assistants are to 
be commended for all their help to 
make this event a big success... Since 
this is my last article for Transit News, I 
would like to take this opportunity to 
thank you for supplying me with infor- 
mation for my column and to say 
goodbye to you. Working for CTA for 
25 years has enabled me to meet and 
make many friends. I hope these 
friendships will continue, and that I will 
hear from you in the future. CTA has 
been good to me in many respects. It 
has afforded me the opportunity to 
travel throughout the world, and most 
recently and more importantly, it has 
brought about the meeting of a special 
man, Rod Daugherty. Both of us wish 
you good health, and as much hap- 
piness as we have now. Keep those 
buses and trains rolling so we can con- 
tinue to receive our retirement checks. 
Arlene Zittman Daughert\f 

Skokie Shop 

Paint shop foreman Jan Broda and 
his leader, Mitch Faczek, were 
honored December 19 at a retirement 
party. More than 100 guests attended 
the affair which was held at Lido's. 
Music was provided by DJ John Gur- 
rieri of Warehouse 42... Christmas 
Day was very special for electrical 
foreman Muzio Ficarella. His wife 
gave birth to an 8V2 pound daughter. 
Maria Angella. Muzio is a little shaky 
but mom and baby are doing fine. 
Congratulations Muzio. ..Kudos to 
Charles Olcikas for his recent pro- 
motion to paint shop foreman. 

Stan Warchol 
and Steve Wickert 




Congratulations to Supervisor 
James Edward Mott of District B 
who was selected to be included 
among recipients of the 1986 Outstan- 
ding Young Men of America award 
He was recognized for his community 
volunteer work which has included 
serving as second vice president of the 
Kensington Community Council, and 
a number of community relations 
boards throughout the city. He has 
also worked with his aldermanic and 
congressional representatives. Archer 
is very proud of Mr. Mott, and we ex- 
tend to him our hearty congratula- 
tions, and best wishes... Congratula- 
tions are also in order for newly weds 


Lee R. Davis and Joanne Loggints 

who were married Dec. 6, and Percy 
Anderson and Ruth Adkins, mar 

ried Dec. 26... Operator Nedeljko 
Nikolic and his wife, Vesna are the 
proud parents of Kristina, their first 
born, who weighed 7 pounds, and 
was 19% inches long when she was 
bom Nov. 16. ..Wow! look at what 
Joe Sernek bagged during his four- 


week vacation at Moose Lake, Wis. 
Joe downed this 180 pound buck with 
an accurate bow-n-arrow shot... Get a 
load of the "Bandits," Archer's 
baseball team. Seated in the front row 
are (left to right) Alfred Taylor, Ar- 
thur Johnson, Joe Bustos, 
Johnny Jenkins, and David (Toby) 
Johnson; Second row: Otto 
Sullivan, James Millard, Andre 



January-February, 1987 


Brown, Glen (Spankie) Carpenter, 
and Phil Cheathan. Standing: 
Eulozio Fuentes, Edith Sellers, 
Gil Singleton, team manager; Pete 
Sthkelis, Joe Carter, Charles 
Lyons, Ken Ducree, L. Bell, Dar- 
ryl Stone, Coach James Bradley, 
Clarence (Skip) Webb, and Willie 
Young. OUie Hoskins 

Seabees | 

Experience as journeymen carpenters 
with CTA is reaping benefits in a second 
career for Walter Anderson (left) and Scott 
Stone of the 61st Street Carpentry shop. 
The two don uniforms of the U.S. Navy 
Reserve at least one weekend each month 
and report for duty with Detachment 1625 
of the U.S. Navy Seabees based in Forest 
Park. Each man holds the rale of Builder 
Third Class and participates in training 
which enhances their knowledge and 
skills in their CTA jobs. Anderson, a Navy 
veteran of 12 years service (24 with CTA), 
is the unit's Operations petty officer He is 
continuing a career which he started with 
the active Navy. Stone who has been in 
the Navy's service for two and a half 
years, and 13 years with CTA, is the unit's 
Training petty officer "I joined the Navy 
only recently to learn other aspects of the 
building trade, and to get some extra ex- 
perience as well as to travel," said Stone. 
He was graduated number one in a class 
of 34 Navy personnel who were enrolled in 
an Advanced Pay Grade course in New 
Orleans, and has been recommended for 
the Navy Achievement fi/ledal in recogni- 
tion of his academic success. 

Operations sets plans for 1987 competitions 

Operating employees are en- 
couraged to contact garage and 
terminal superintendents for 1987 
Bus Roadeo, Third Rail Roundup 
or Ticket Agent TieUp applica- 

Preparation for the annual 
events are underway as the 

Operations Division named com- 
petition chairmen. Thomas 
Wilson, superintendent, Bus In- 
struction, continues as chairman 
of the Bus Roadeo event, while 
James Zepp, assistant 
superintendent, Rail Instruction, 
will head the 1987 Third Rai 

Roundup contest. 

Named as chairman of the 
Ticket Agent TieUp competition 
was John Perkins, acting 
superintendent. Limits Training 

Competition Schedule 


Third Rail 

Ticket Agent 


March 01 

March 14 

March 15 

March 28 

March 01 

March 14 

Names Posted 

March 23 


March 30 

Written Tests 

March 30 

April 11 

April 19 


May 2 

March 30 

April 11 


June 7 

June 14 

May 10 

May 23 

April 26 

May 17 




June 28 

June 7 

June 1 


July 11 

June 28 

June 28 


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Transit News 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

March-April 1987 

Photo display 
highlights CTA workers 




Just what are those photos on the walls along 
the corridor of the seventh floor at the Merchan- 
dise Mart all about? 

They are all about people— CTA employees who 
move this city. Thus far, the pictures represent only 
a few of the outstanding employees who make 
things happen, and keep our stock rolling for the 
convenience of the riding public. 

Included is a cross section of maintenance and 
operations personnel. Some have previously been 
recognized as "Striving for Excellence" honorees, 
or as participants in the annual Bus Roadeo or 
other competitive programs. Others are simply 
outstanding employees who work quietly behind 

the scenes as support personnel. They are people 
we should all know. 

The employees whose photos are on display 
were selected by their superintendents. There will 
be other photos of employees on display as efforts 
are continued to highlight CTA's most important 
assets— our employees. 

PAGE 15-16 

Employees honor 
with new award 

Tables of recognition were turned 
recently as two south side rail 
superintendents were honored as 
outstanding by south area ticket agents. 

Superintendents Jim McLane, 63rd 
and Ashland, and Miles Smith, 61st 
Street, were each recipients of the all 
new "Silver Token" award for January 
and February, respectively. 

Agent Fannie Williams, a CTA 
employee for 18 years, said the Silver 
Token will be awarded monthly to the 
south side superintendent who receives 
the most votes. A notice to south side 
employees from Williams, and co-chair- 
man Rodolfo Chavez urges all south 
side employees to get involved. The 
25th day of each month will be the 
deadline for submitting names for con- 
sideration, Ms. Williams said. She and 
her co-chairman said a box to receive 
nominations may be placed in the south 
side terminals. 

Williams and Chavez said the Silver 
Token award was born out of south sec- 
tion agents' desire to promote better 
communications between middle 
management and employees. 
"Besides," said Williams, "the 
superintendents need to feel appre- 
ciated for their efforts as well as anyone 
else." She said it is hoped the idea will 
catch on system-wide. 

McLane, a CTA employee for 25 
years, recalled the early days of his 
superintendency when his approach to 
his job was different from his present 
management approach. "After 1 went 
through the management program, I 
got a good look at myself and 1 
discovered a different way of doing 
things. I found that 'thank you' and 
'please' go a long way towards getting 
things accomplished," he said. 

Smith, a CTA employee for 29 
years, said, "I'm pleased to receive this 
award. If I've done anything to receive 
it, it is because the opportunity was 
there. We always try to improve con- 
ditions for our employees." 

Each plaque, handmade by Ms. 
Williams, exhibits a large silver token 
highlighted by a black background. The 
plaques are inscribed with the recipient's 
name and the message, "He tries to get 
the job done." 

Superintendents Jim McLane (second left) 63rd and Ashland, and Miles Smith, 61st Street, 
were the first recipients of the new Silver Token award presented by ticket agents Rodolfo Chavez 
(left), and Fannie Williams. 

Transit analyst 
Hank Wilson 
dies suddenly 

Henry (Hank) Wilson, 57, transit 
analyst 4, Operations Planning, died 
Sunday, April 5 at Michael Reese 
hospital after he suffered an ap- 
parent heart attack. 

Mr. Wilson joined CTA on May 2, 
1969 following a brief employment 
with the U.S. Postal Service. He began 
his transit career as a rapid transit 
motorman and was assigned to 
Operations Planning as a traffic 
checker on Oct. 14, 1974. 

Charles Arndt, superintendent. 
Facilities and Equipment Planning, 
said of Wilson, "Hank knew the rail 
system as a motorman, and he had 
a good ear for listening. You could 
also depend on him to keep things 
around the office on an up beat. He 
was part of the glue here, and we 
will certainly miss him." 

Survivors include his wife, 
Geraldine, a son, Anthony, who is 
employed as a CTA bus servicer, three 
daughters, Deborah, Denise, and 
Darlene; two grandsons, Marcus and 
Dejuan, and his mother, Mrs. Rosie 




deputy brings 

new job 


The first thing you realize on meet- 
ing Ben Garrett, CTA's new deputy ex- 
ecutive director for Human Resources, 
is that this soft spoken man is sensitive 
to the needs of people, and he believes 
in the team concept of operating. He 
also knows how to listen. 

His agenda of things to do brings a 
fresh outlook and promise to CTA, and 
it is sure to benefit employees as well as 
the riding public. His shirt sleeve 
approach not only promises to improve 
efficiency of operation, but it also 
promises to boost the worker's morale. 

Garrett arrived Feb. 4 after retiring 
from American Telephone and 
Telegraph (AT&T) where he spent 30 
years in production and human 

resource management. Prior to joining 
CTA as deputy executive director for 
Human Resources, he held a similar 
position with the City of Chicago. Initial- 
ly he was a CTA management consul- 
tant, but joined the Authority full-time 
at the behest of Executive Director 
Robert Paaswell. 

'I want to bring about a more efficient 
operation in the area of Human 
Resources," Garrett said of his plans for 
CTA. "I want CTA to be a model for 
other properties. There is no job that 
cannot be improved upon," he said. 

Expressing a desire to make some 
constructive changes, he said he wants 
CTA managers to be creative, i want 
them to be innovative as we look to the 
future. I believe in the team approach. 

"This is a good place to work which 
is evident by the employment longevi- 
ty of so many people here. I want to 
utilize the experience of those people 
because there is so much here to draw 
upon. I don't believe in operating in a 
vacuum, and I don't pretend to have all 
the answers. That is why I listen to peo- 

A native Chicagoan, Garrett is a 
graduate of Roosevelt University where 
he earned a bachelor of arts degree in 
business administration with emphasis 
in accounting. He served his appren- 
ticeship years in the production ranks of 
the communications industry with 
Western Electric /AT&T, and Illinois 
Bell. He spent the last 15 years of that 
career in a variety of human resource 
management jobs from equal oppor- 
tunity coordinator to specialized 
recruiting, and labor relations. 

Garrett and his wife, Rodina, a 
cosmotologist, are the parents of two 
sons and a daughter. The family resides 
on Chicago's south side. 


Baby's^ St 
Wheels Jt 

Mayor Harold Washington joins officials at the Hospital of Englewood 
in congratulating Charles and Linda Johnson (right), who are the proud 
parents of Chicago's first sesquicentennial baby, Christina Joy Johnson, 
born at 12:01 a.m. and 10 seconds on March 4, the 150th anniversary 
of the incorporation of the city At left is 'Baby's 1st Wheels", a baby 
carriage presented to the parents by CTA. 

March-April, 1987 

Southwest Transit 



CTA Executive Director Robert Paaswell joins Mayor Harold Washington 
at ttie groundbreaking ceremonies for the Southwest Rapid Transit line. 
The $496 million project is expected to be complete by 1993. 

Mayor Harold Washington presided over the Feb. 9 official 
groundbreaking of the $496 million Southwest Rapid Trans- 
it line project near Archer Avenue and Wallace on the 
southwest side. 

The new line is expected to provide CTA riders with an 
easy access between the Loop and Midway Airport, and the 
southwest side. Of all the major areas of the City of Chicago, 
the southwest side is presently the only area without rapid 
transit service. 

The southwest transit line will operate along nine miles be- 
tween Midway Airport and Roosevelt Road. The line will in- 
clude eight station stops of Midway at 59th Street, Pulaski 
and 51st Street, Kedzie and 49th Street, Western and 49th 
Street, Leavitt and 35th Street, Ashland and 31st Street, 
Halsted and Archer, and State and Roosevelt. 

It is estimated that daily ridership will be about 118,000 
patrons which will relieve downtown bus congestion and high 
transit operating costs. Completion of the project is expected 
in 1993. 

Present for the groundbreaking ceremonies were CTA Ex- 
ecutive Director Robert Paaswell; Linda Wheeler, Illinois 
Department of Transportation; Congressman William Lipin- 
ski; Chicago Public Works Commissioner Paul Karas, pro- 
ject coordinator; and Joel Ettinger, Regional Administrator 
for the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. The pro- 
ject is funded by the federal Urban Mass Transportation Ad- 
ministration and the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Public Safety Awards 

Michael McCarthy (left), principal public safety analyst, 
presents the fourth quarter Interstation Public Safety plaque 
to Forest Glen superintendent Hugh Masterson. Area 
Superintendent Clark Carter (right) was on hand to con- 
gratulate Forest Glen employees for their record of 26 
accident-free days during the quarter, which earned them the 
Public Safety award for the 15th time. Topping all rail facilities 
for the PSA was Douglas terminal (below) , where Public Safe- 
ty Manager Tom Boyle, flanked by Superintendent David 
Curry (right), and assistant superintendents (from left) 
William Miller and Roosevelt Corey, present the coveted 
PSA plaque. Douglas earned the award for the 11th time in 
the terminal's history with 90 accident-free days in the fourth 


Transportation planning forum at 
University of Chicago 

The University of Chicago Center for 
Urban Research and Policy Studies will 
sponsor the 1987 Metropolitan Con- 
ference on Public Transportation 
Research, which will be held at the 
university on May 29. 

The forum will be held in the Social 
Science Administration building, 969 
East 60th Street. Keynote speaker for 
the occasion will be New York City Tran- 
sit Authority President David Gunn. 
CTA Operations Planning Manager 
Harold Hirsch will be the luncheon 

The conference will address 11 issues 
of primary concern to purveyors of 
public transportation from planning and 

fares to suburban congestion and 
geographic information systems. CTA 
participants will include Ray Chwasz 
and Andrew Suggs, Operations 
Planning who will present a paper on 
Automatic Passenger Counter Sf/stems: 
Norman Hall, Strategic Planning, and 
Larry Anderson, Capital Develop- 
ment, will present a paper on A Method 
to Analyze the Equity of Spatial and 
Mode Differentiated Transit Fares. 

Other CTA authors presenting papers 
will be Paul Olenski, director. 
Management Information Systems 
whose paper will concern the Anatomy 
of an Office Automation System. 

Harry Hirsch and Peter Faren- 
wald of Operations Planning are the 
co-authors of The Analysis of Future 
Loop Elevated Operations, a paper 
which will also be presented at the 
forum. Evaluating the session on Joint 
Development and Facilities Planning will 
be Fritz Petzold of Facilities Engineer- 
ing and Maintenance. 

Persons wishing to take advantage of 
advance registration for $30 should 
contact Julie Montague, administrative 
director. University of Chicago Center 
for Urban Research and Policy Studies, 
telephone 702-1037. Registration at the 
door will be $35. 


Mictiael Rousselot (seated left) president of ttie Paris Transit Authority 
(RATP), stopped in Ctiicago recently witti an entourage of Frencti tran- 
sit officials and ttieir U.S. affiliates to share information with their American 
counterparts about transit operations. Next to Rousselot are /Maurice 
Ernst (center) chairman of RATP's engineering subsidiary. SOFRETU, 
and Jean-Francois Bougard, SOFRETU executive vice president. Direct- 
ing the group's overview of CTA activities were Harold Hirsch (standing 
left), Operations Planning Manager, and Executive Director Robert E. 
Paaswell, who was host of the event. To Paaswell's left are Jean-Pierre 
Ragueneau, FIATP director of rolling stock; Harold Geissenheimer. vice 
president of IS Transit Systems, Inc., and former CTA General Opera- 
tions Manager: and Joseph Famiglietti, vice president of Impell Corp., 
an LSTS affiliate. 

March-April, 1987 




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Cynthia Florence, superintendent II, Opera- 
tions Division, has been named communica- 
tions liaison for Executive Director Robert 
Paaswell. The executive director has em- 
phasized maintaining a line of communication 
with all employees. As his representative, Ms. 
Florence will visit various work locations to hear 
from employees who may have suggestions for 
providing a more efficient, safe and reliable ser- 
vice for the riding public, and for making CTA 
the best it can be. 

New appointments announced 


Elonzo Hill, former manager Train- 
ing/Instruction, has been named 
manager of Transportation Personnel, 
succeeding Alex Johnson who retired 
in January. 

Hill, who now heads CTA's largest 
department with over 7,000 employees, 
began his 26-year CTA career as a bus 
operator, and was promoted through 
the transportation ranks from supervisor 
to his present position. He is a graduate 
of Tilden high school and holds cer- 
tificates of training in various aspects of 
transportation management from the 
University of Wisconsin at Madison, 
Northeastern University at Boston, and 
the Transportation Safety Institute 
(Buses), U.S. Department of Transpor- 
tation, Oklahoma City. 

John Weatherspoon, former 
director. Classification and Employment 
Administration, has been named direc- 
tor. Transportation Personnel Ad- 
ministration, in his new responsibilities. 
Weatherspoon directs the planning and 
administration of the rail and bus per- 
sonnel sections of the Transportation 
Personnel department. Operations 

Weatherspoon also began his 26 

years of CTA service as a bus operator. 
Subsequently, he was elected President 
of Amalgamated Transit Union 241. 

John Davis has been appointed 
manager. Joint Development, reporting 
to the deputy executive director of Plan- 
ning, Marketing and Development. He 
will direct revenue enhancement 
methods through land use planning for 
CTA's vacant or abandoned properties. 

Davis joined CTA in 1984 as 
manager of Strategic Planning and was 
subsequently named corporate 
development officer. He attended the 
Chicago Technical College, where he 
studied tool and design engineering. He 
is a licensed real estate broker with a 
diploma from the Real Estate Institute 
in Chicago. He is also a certified 
assessor and appraiser. 

In other announced appointments. 
Ronald Tuck was named director. 
Human Resources/Benefit Services 
Administration. He had previously 
served as a Personnel Administration 
classification and compensation 

Tuck began his 20-year career as a 
rail conductor. He is a graduate of 

Northeastern Illinois University, where 
he earned a baccalaureate degree in 
sociology. He has also done graduate 
work in personnel management at 

In his current responsibilities Tuck 
heads a new st?iff function which will 
conduct personnel administrative con- 
cerns and serves as a liaison reporting 
directly to the deputy executive direc- 
tor of Human Resources and Benefit 

In the Capital Development area. 
Jon Roth, former superintendent. 
Special Services Planning, has been ap- 
pointed director of Private Sector Plans 
and Programs, reporting to the manager 
of Capital Development. 

Roth is responsible for the planning 
and development of new programs con- 
ducted for CTA by the private sector. He 
also supervises planning, policy and 
budget for paratransit programs for the 

Roth joined CTA in 1974 as a 
research analyst and was subsequently 
named planner 1. planner II. and prin- 
cipal planner. He graduated from 
Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. 



gets Day 
in CTA kudos 

Seven Operations employees were 
recent "Day in CTA" honorees, receiv- 
ing special recognition for their extraor- 
dinary job performance, and their 
demonstrated concern for public safety. 

Honored were District D supervisors 
Marselino Miranda, and Sander 
Barath, District A supervisor Monroe 
Jackson, North Park operator Reginald 
Edwards, and O'Hare terminal 
motormen Hosie Brown and Larry 
Buford, and switchman Lawrence 

The alert response of Marselino 
Miranda and Sandor Barath is 
credited with saving eight North Park 
buses from fire damage. The vehicles 
were parked along the fence at North 
Park as flames from a fire in the lumber 
yard behind the bus garage were 
reaching under the fence. The two 
supervisors rallied immediate help and 
moved the buses to safety. 

In another incident involving a fire, 
the crew and a third employee aboard 
a northbound O'Hare train were praised 
for swiftly evacuating 40 passengers 
from their train as fire was discovered 
under one of the cars. Motorman Hosie 
Brown, conductor William Thomas, 
and switchman Lawrence Balark 
assisted riders in evacuating the train 

O'Hare motorman Larry Buford 
received the praises of his supervisors 
after he was able to stop his train in time 
to avoid hitting a man who had climbed 
from the Chicago Avenue platform on- 
to the tracks. Buford notifed the control 
center, and police were dispatched to 
the scene, where the man was taken in- 
to custody. 

In another tense situation handled ef- 
ficiently by an alert bus operator, 
operator Reginald Edwards of North 
Park garage received the accolades of 
his supervisors for the manner in which 
he conducted himself, and for the safe 

Motorman Larry Buford, switchman Lawrence Balark, and District A bus supervisor Monroe 
Jackson received certificates of recognition as "Day in CTA" tionorees. 

evacuation of the passengers on his bus, 
after a deranged man who boarded the 
northbound bus at Homan and 
Washington pulled a pistol and ordered 
the operator to deviate from his route. 
Instead, Edwards depressed the 
emergency alarm. 

The bus was intercepted by a police 
squad. Officers entered the bus through 
the rear door, allowing passengers to 
exit the vehicle quickly as police brought 
the situation under control. Operator 
Edwards' response to the situation is 
credited with possibly saving the lives of 
CTA patrons and averting serious injury. 

District A supervisor Monroe 
Jackson was also recognized for 
unsnarling northbound traffic along Jef- 
fery Boulevard from 73rd to 66th 
Street, while working a district car in the 
area. He removed a 30-foot pole from 
the intersection at 66th Street, instead 
of waiting for a municipal crew to 
handle it. 

The pole had been knocked over and 
into the intersection by a motorist, 
causing it to block traffic. Supervisor 
Jackson's initiative to remove the pole 
is credited with minimizing delays for 
four bus routes along Jeffery Boulevard. 

"Day in CTA" honorees were management's special luncheon guests at the Merchandise Man M&M 
Club following a tour of CTA's operational facilities. The honorees and their hosts are (from left) 
District D supervisors Sandor Barath and Marsilino Miranda; O'Hare motorman Hosie Brown; 
Michael LaVelle, manager. Transportation Services: North Park operator Reginald Edwards; David 
Martin, manager, Operations Communications/Power Control, and Edward Mitchell, manager, 
Operations Training/Instruction. 

March-April, 1987 



Charles Young (77th Street 

garage) was called "the 

most considerate, friendly 

and courteous driver I have 

ever had the pleasure of 

riding with," by Sarah Rober- 

son, of East 45th Street. 

"This young man waited for 

me while I ran across the 

street with my five-month-old 

godson. He greeted 

everyone who got on and off 

the (No. 6 Jeffery) bus. He 

was even kind enough to 

help one old lady get on and 

off with her packages, and 

his driving was excellent. He 

wasn't hitting any bumps or 

knocking the passengers 

that were standing onto the 

ones who were sitting. 

Please let him know what a 

wonderful job he is doing." 

Johnny Dickerson (North Park garage) "is perhaps one 
of the best drivers employed by the CTA," according to Rose 
Klonowski, of North Dearborn Street, who was a rider on 
his No. 11 Lincoln bus. "He is conscientious and polite, 
and demonstrates daily that route schedules can be main- 
tained.! know I can depend on his bus arriving promptly 
every morning. This driver also brings a sense of 
humanness to his work. He knows almost every passenger 
by sight, as well as where they board and depart his bus. 
He does his job exceedingly well, and makes it a pleasure 
to utilize your service." 

Christopher Crossunright (South Section) was com- 
plimented by William Sarris, of Dayton, Ohio, who was 
visiting a relative in Chicago. "1 traveled downtown with 
my cousin. One of the things that impressed me most was 
the fact that CTA still has the most professional team 
anywhere. We rode the 'L from the Howard station to 
Washington. On the way back, after shopping and enjoy- 
ing the sights, we met a very helpful, friendly and profes- 
sional conductor who assisted us with information and 
reflected the overall integrity of the best transit system in 
the U.S. He deserves credit for his performance" and de- 
meanor, i always enjoy your city and especially riding the 

Gregory Cobbs (Limits garage) was the operator of a 
No. 145 Wilson/Michigan Express bus ridden by Mr. and 
Mrs. Jack Sloan, of North Lake Shore Drive. "Not only was 
he outstandingly polite to us, but his wonderful way of ex- 
plaining fares and how to get to places to out-of-towners 
who boarded on Michigan Avenue was just great. Just 
before Erie Street he avoided an accident with a careless 
cab driver. He was so skillful that the bus passengers broke 
out in applause. He is a terrific public relations man for the 


Ramon Rincon (North Sec- 
tion) was applauded by Lois 
Dan, of North Sheridan 
Road, for the way he handled 
his duties as conductor of a 
Howard train. "At each stop, 
he pleasantly announced the 
name of the station, enun- 
ciating so he could be 
clearly understood. He also 
announced that this was an 
'A' train. Upon reaching 
Howard, he said, 'This is 
Howard, the end of the line. 
Have a pleasant evening.' He 
is to be commended. I have 
written the CTA a number of 
times to complain about 
things that are wrong with 
the system or its employees, 
so I feel I should do the 
same when things are right." 

Allan Frazier (Limits garage) was appreciated by Marci 
Huch, of North Wells Street, who was a rider on his No. 
151 Sheridan bus. "I heard and saw a commotion on the 
bus. I don't know what transpired before, but the driver was 
talking to a passenger who had a knife in his hand. The 
driver insisted that the passenger leave the bus. The guy 
finally left, and 1 boarded with the rest of the passengers 
at the stop. Not only did the driver greet all the passengers 
with a smile and hello, but he seemed calm and unshaken 
by the incident. He was great. He makes me feel safe riding 
the CTA. He stood up for himself and the safety of the other 

William Spencer (77th Street garage) was the operator 
of a No. 4 Cottage Grove bus ridden one evening by Bar- 
bara Maxon, of Maryland Avenue. "A man snatched my 
purse and started to go out the front door, but the bus driver 
saw him and closed the doors just as the man tried to get 
out. The man tried several times to get out, but to no avail. 
He then headed for the back door, but was tripped. He 
fell and dropped my purse. I got everything back. The 
people on the bus were helpful, but if it had not been for 
the driver, 1 would not have been so fortunate" 

Joseph Maryland (Limits garage) was commended by 

Lewis Colburn, who heads a company on North Dearborn 
Street. "I boarded a northbound No. 36 bus at Grand, and 
observed the driver continuously to the Maple Street stop. 
At each stop, the driver announced the name of the street 
and the next stop. He made every effort to bring the bus 
as close to the curb as possible, despite illegally parked cars. 
He also managed to avoid blocking other traffic in the 
northbound lane. When he was unable to stop at the curb, 
he would caution departing passengers to be careful leav- 
ing the bus. 1 appreciate his concern" 


Smoking or nonsmoking 

One of the most controversial subjects concerning the 
work environment today is the issue of smoking, and 
whether or not there should be a nonsmoking policy. 

Recognizing that there are strong feelings on the sub- 
ject, and in an effort to address the issue, a survey, spon- 
sored by the Promotional Services section, is included 
in this issue of Transit News, and may be found on pages 
15 and 16. 

Your opinions on the subject are important and count 
only if you make them known. You are encouraged to 
participate in the survey as CTA begins to look at the 
concept of a nonsmoking policy. Your completed survey 
should be returned to Carol Van Gorp, CTA Promotional 
Services, Room 734, Merchandise Mart. 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Angel Adomo, Forest Glen 
Douglas Alexander, 77th Street 
Sherron Alexander, Limits 
Rosa Alfaro, Forest Glen 
James Allen, Howard/ Kimball 
Arthur Alpert, Howard/Kimball 
Ora Amos, Limits 
Robert Armstrong, Forest Park 

Donald Baber, Central Counting 
Pedro Balderas, North Avenue 
Bobby Barry, North Park 
Angel Beenn, Archer 
Alvin Bond, North Avenue 
John Booker, Kedzie 
Willie Borders, Kedzie 
Michael Bragg, 69th Street 
Steven Branch, Archer 
Cornell Brown, 77th Street 
Bernard Brown, 69th Street 
Robert Brownlow, North Park 

Jean Cage, North Park 
Michael Caldwell, 77th Street 
John Cameron, Ashland 
Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Bennie Caridine, Kedzie 
Glenn Carpenter, Forest Glen 
Anthony Ceriale, Forest Glen 
Muhammad Chaudri, North Park 
Kevin Clancy, North Park 
Patricia Cobb, 69th Street 
Harold Collins, Kedzie 
Harold Croner, Forest Glen 
Angel Cruz, North Park 
Armando Cuesta, North Park 

Vincent Dawson, Limits 
Robert Dering, West Section 
Roberto Diaz, North Park 
Jose Diaz, Limits 
Robert Dillard. North Park 
Brian Dollar, North Park 
Recardo Douglas, Forest Glen 

Harold Evans, Limits 

Edward Farmer, 77th Street 
Emiliano Feliciano, Limits 
James Franklin, Archer 

Tommie Garner, North Park 
Ricardo Gonzalez, North Park 
Douglas Green, Beverly 
James Green, Ashland 

Horace Hall, 77th Street 
Wonda Hall, North Park 
Judy Hall, Jefferson Park 
Earl Harrington, North Avenue 
Melton Harris, Archer 
Jonas Harris Jr., North Park 
Georgia Harris-Bennett, North Park 
Richard Hoffman, Kedzie 
John Hopkins, 77th Street 
Jesse Howard, 77th Street 

Zeke Jagst, North Park 
Willie James, North Park 
Robert James, Ashland 
Charles Jessie, Limits 
Frank Jones, 69th Street 
Howard Jones, Archer 

Martin Kane, Howard/Kimball 
Mary Ketchum, Forest Glen 
Ajaz Khan, North Park 
Thomas Kissel, North Park 
James Kolstad, Beverly 

Alfred Lee, Limits 
Oscar Leon, Forest Glen 
Jesus Limas, North Park 

Ubaldo Macias, North Park 
Bobby Manns, Ashland 
Earnest Marsalis, Archer 
Cornelius Marshall, North Park 
Jeanette Martin, 77th Street 
Charles Martin, Archer 
John McBroom Jr., 

Cleophus McGee, 77th Street 
Wilbert Mooney, Kedzie 
Robert Moskovitz, North Park 
Eugene Motyka, Jefferson Park 

James Nelson, North Park 
Thomas Palma, North Avenue 
William Partee, North Avenue 
Frederick Pepke, Limits 
Jorge Perez, North Park 
Angel Perez, Forest Glen 
Lonnie Perry, Rail Instruction 
Willie Pittman, Limits 

Israel Quinones, North Park 

Manuel Ramirez, North Park 
William Ramos, North Park 
Robert Richardson, North Park 
Alice Richman, North Park 
William Roman, Limits 
Ralph Rosado, Howard/ Kimball 

Janet Sams, North Park 
Vera Smith, Archer 
Joseph Smith, Limits 
Calvin Steen, Howard/Kimball 
Russell Stevens, Forest Glen 
Evelyn Stofer, West Section 

Mary Thrower, Jefferson Park 
Geraldine Tufano, West Section 

Sergio Villanueva, North Park 

Myron Webb, Limits 
Napoleon White Jr., 77th Street 
Gartha Williams, 77th Street 
Wilson Williams, 77th Street 
Isaiah Williams Jr., Kedzie 
Phillip Wood, 77th Street 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 
David York, 77th Street 
Joseph Zukerman, North Park 

March-April, 1987 

Graduate Operations management personnel 

A graduation ceremony held in the 
CTA Board room honored 24 Opera- 
tions employees who were presented 
certificates of training by Executive 
Director Robert Paaswell. The training 
qualifies the candidates for various 
Operations management positions. 

Completing training as assistant 
superintendent for Instruction were: 
Alexander Chacko, Ivory Davis, 

David Garrison, Robert O. Graham, 
Harvey Kirkpatrick, and James 

Certificates of training for superinten- 
dent 1, Rail Service were presented to: 
Richard Bretz, Marco Cordova, Carl 
Davis, Cleveland Jackson, John 
Nimtz, and Russell Zdeb. Qualifying 
as superintendent 1, Rail Personnel 

were: Romayne Brown, Walter Frye, 
Esther McKelker, James McPhee, 
Diane Overstreet, Andrew Robinson, 
Donald Seay, and Kevin Smith. 

Overstreet, Robinson and Seay were 
also graduates of the rail controller 1 
training along with Ronald Heard, S. 
Montes DeOca, Richard Newton, and 
Efrain Villarreal. 

Management and professional candidates who recently completed the 
Rail Controller I. Assistant Superintendent, Instruction; Superintendent 
I, Rail Service: and Superintendent I, Rail Personnel training programs 
are stiown tiere with their instructors and other Operations management 
personnel. Seated (from left) are William Nichols, instructor for rail per- 
sonnel: candidates Donald Seay, Marco Cordova, Harvey Kirkpatrick, 
Esttier McKelker, Diane Overstreet, David Garrison, San Juana 
Montes DeOca, Ivory Davis, and the instructor for bus controller can- 
didates, George Hand. Standing (from left) are William Thompson, 
director. Management and Professional Development: David Martin, 
manager. Operations Communications and Power Control: Arthur Hub- 
bard, superintendent, Rail Instruction: candidate Russell Zdeb and 

Thomas Wilson, superintendent. Bus Instruction: candidates Richard 
Bretz and James Thaxton, and Paul Kadowaki, director. Instruction: 
Harry Reddrick, Acting Senior Deputy Executive Director, Transporta- 
tion, Elonzo Hill, manager, Transportation Personnel. Others are can- 
didates Andrew Robinson, John Nimtz, Efrain Villarreal, and James 
McPhee; Michael McGovern, superintendent. Personnel Development. 
Jerry Johnson, supenntendent. Rail Communications: James Zepp, 
assistant superintendent. Rail instruction, and Robert Janz, director, 
Rail Service. Candidates who graduated but were not present for the 
class photograph were Alexander Chacko, Robert O. Graham, Carl 
Davis, Cleveland Jackson, Romayne Brown, Walter Frye, Kevin 
Smith, Ronald Heard, and Richard Newton. 

dual rating 

These South Shops electrical workers were 
awarded certificates of training qualifying them 
as dual rated maintenance electricians. The 
trainees averaged 90 percent on written tests. 
The program included home study material as 
well as hands-on performance. Included in 
this group of trainees. Maintenance Training 
Center, and shop personnel are (from left): 
Allan Cox; Juanita Duff, former MTC specialist 
and program coordinator: Ron Northcut; 
Peter Buck; Ernest Johnson, superintendent. 
Bus Shops: Bill Densmore; George 
Greco, unit supervisor, Maintenance 
Training Center, and Louis Young. 



HATA Spring Dance 

The Hispanic American Transportation Association (HATA) 
invites ail employees, relatives and friends to the association's 
Spring dance which will be held Saturday, May 23 at the Holi- 
day Inn, 300 East Ohio Street, Chicago, from 7;30 p.m. until 
2 a.m. The occasion promises to be an enjoyable evening of 
good music and entertainment. Door prizes and other sur- 
prises are also planned. For ticket information contact HATA 
delegates at your work location. 

HATA General Assembly 

The Hispanic American Transportation Association (HATA) held its 
general assembly Feb. 19 at the Holiday Inn City Center Present for 
the occasion were (from left) special guests Hilda Frontany of Group 
W. Cable, and Ana Marie Balmas, representing A T&T. Others are Fer- 
min Claudio. operator, Forest Glen, HATA public relations chairman; 

George Dalmas, first vice president. Amalgamated Transit Union 241; 
Gerardo Perez, bus operator. Forest Glen, HATA first vice president, 
and Ben Garrett, deputy executive director. Human Resources and 
Benefit Services. 

MBE Opportunity Fair 

CTA w/as well represented at the annual Minority Business Opportunity 
Fair by personnel of the CTA Affirmative Action section and Materials 
Management department. The fair was held Feb. 6-7 at McCormick Inn. 
Participants are (from left) Tom Marasovich, buyer. Materials Manage- 

ment; Mrs. Elsa McCrory, staff assistant, Minority Business Enterprise; 
Loyce Ellis, Minority Business Enterprise specialist, and Andrea Lind- 
sey, staff assistant, Affirmative Action. 

March-April, 1987 


Five maintenance 
locations awarded top 
ZAP prizes 

Industrial Scifety Maintenance's fourth quarter 1986 Zero 
Accident Program for maintenance garages and terminals 
ended with five work locations receiving first place honors. 

First place certificates were presented to personnel at 
Howard/ Linden and 98th Street terminals, Kedzie garage, 
Skokie Rail Shop, and Bus Shops at 77th Street. 

Maintenance crews at 98th Street, Skokie Rail Shop, 
and Bus Shops were treated to catered meals for having 
sustained t! ^ lowest accident frequency rate in a six month 
period. Another location receiving the catered meal was 
Beverly garage. 

Winners in the Bus Shops competition were Sheet 
Metal, Vehicle Wiring, Body Shop D, Upholstery, Shop 
Service, Convertor, Electrical Units Rebuild, Engine 
Rebuil ' and the Machine, Radiator, and Print shops. The 
first place achievers at Skokie Shop included Paint shop. 
Armature room. Motor Line, Vehicle Wiring, 
Blacksmith/Welding, the Machine and Axle shops, and 

Catered meals are awarded to maintenance work loca- 
tions based on the standard calculated injury rate with 
handicap calculated for a six month period. Other incen- 
tive awards for safety performance include jackets and 
caps designed with the CTA logo, key chains, travel mugs 
and gift certificates. 

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Maintenance foreman Leon Fields, 98th Street terminal, expresses 
appreciation to day crewmen for an outstanding fourtti quarter In ttie 
ZAP competition. Tfie 98th Street terminal maintenance personnel en- 
joyed first place honors as well as a catered lunch. Caps and vests sport- 
ing the CTA logo were also included among incentive awards. 

Pulling a winner lor a door prize is Dorothy Ballard. 98th terminal com- 
bination clerk. Prizes Included jackets, caps, key chains and sundry other 

First place certificates and other rewards such as these jackets are ready 
for distribution to Skokie Shop personnel. 



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Sus Shops workers enjoy a catered meal which they earned for main- 
taining the lowest accident frequency rate over a six month period. The 
catered meal, a highlight with all CTA maintenance facilities, was also 

awarded to maintenance personnel at 98th terminal and Skokie Rail 

Skokie foremen were proud of the outstanding performance of their Rail 
Shop personnel who earned the eight first place certificates shown here. 
The foremen are (from left) Pat Langosch, Machine shop: Chuck 
Olcikas, Paint shop; James House, Inspection Degrease and Tear Down, 

recently promoted to unit supervisor: Clarence Mills, Armature room, 
Vito Pontelli, h/lotor Line: Elmer Fischer, Blacksmith/Welding: Ray 
Hagerty, Vehicle Wiring: Bob Velinski, Air Brake/Axle: Matthew Spatzek, 
unit supervisor, and Ronald Benshish, safety specialist. 

March-April, 1987 


Ancient ifititi'ESZ discipline 
keeps retiree motivated 

A thousand-year-old Chinese system 
combining exercise and philosophy is 
keeping a growing number of senior 
citizens on their toes. 

Among them is retired CTA Board 
secretary Willis Helfrich. Now 80 
years old, Helfrich is a devotee of this 
ancient life enrichment program called 
Tai Chi (pronounced Tie She). 

If someone were to set Tai Chi to 
music, its rhythm would be very slow. 
Yet its snail's pace movements are the 
key to its ability to invigorate the body 
without risking exhaustion or injury. 

Tai Chi is derived from the Oriental 
martial arts of kung fu and karate. While 
Tai Chi movements look languid, there 
is a great amount of concentration and 
control used in each movement. 

Helfrich, a retired lawyer whose wife 
also is a lawyer, sometimes leads warm 
ups at some Tai Chi classes. 

"These warm ups last from five to 10 
minutes and begin with each Tai Chi 
participant in a sitting position," he ex- 
plains. "We start at the extremities, the 
ankles and the fingers, then we work 
toward the knees, hands, arms, and 
legs, then we rotate the hips, swing the 
arms, shake the hands, make circles 
with the wrists, massage the shoulders, 
all the while breathing deeply and 

Helfrich says this form of warm up 
comes close to making a participant 

perspire and causes the blood to rush 
to their capillaries. 

"It's sort of like a baseball pitcher's 
warm up so he'll be ready to do his best 
during the game. Our warm ups help 
us do our best in our Tai Chi exercises. 

"When I retired 15 years ago I used 
to lay in bed until noon. I was becom- 
ing sluggish, I wouldn't accept any 
challenge. I was even getting sick," he 

"Now you can't give me enough 
assignments," he says with pride. 
"Somehow I manage to get them all 
done, and thanks to Tai Chi, I get them 
done well" 

As anyone would suspect, the 
movements in Tai Chi have typical 
Chinese expressions, such as "stroke the 

peacock's tail," or "the white crane 
spreads its wings and moves forward," 
and, best of all, "embrace the tiger." 

Tai Chi is a pattern of continuously 
flowing movements that result in a 
healthy body, a sound mind, and a 
good spirit. It puts stress on the body's 
joints in a positive sense; makes 
breathing more regular and calm, im- 
proves a person's range of motions, 
gently rotates and stretches each joint 
and muscle in the manner intended by 
nature, and evens out a person's moods. 

Free Tai Chi classes are held at 11 
a.m. each Tuesday in the Levy Senior 
Citizens Center, 2019 W. Lawrence 
Ave. The center's telephone number is 

Veterans urged contact VA before selling home 

If you're a veteran with a mortgage 
backed by the Veterans Administra- 
tion you should be alert to the possible 
dangers to avoid if you're planning to 
sell your home, or if you're consider- 
ing offers to assume back payments. 
You could still be liable to lenders, and 
possibly the VA. 

Grady W. Horton, director of the 
Chicago VA Regional Office, said 
many home purchasers find it advan- 
tageous to assume a VA-guaranteed 
mortgage with no change in interest 
rate. However, the seller should apply 
to the VA for a release from liability 
before signing the contract to sell, or 
include a clause in the contract speci- 
fying the sale is conditioned on the 
seller being released from liability on 
the Gl loan by the VA. Without the 


release, if a buyer later fails to make 
the mortgage payments, the seller is 
required to make up any loss suffered 
by the lender and the VA. 

The VA usually will release a 
veteran from liability at the time of sale 
if loan payments are up-to-date, if the 
buyer satisfies VA that he or she is a 
satisfactory credit risk and if the buyer 
agrees to assume the seller's liability to 
the government. Horton said the VA 
will send a "release of liability 

Horton said a release of liability also 
can prevent a homeowner from being 
defrauded after falling behind in loan 
payments. The owner may be offered 
cash for a "quitclaim" deed to the pro- 
perty. The deed is generally given with 
a promise by the buyer to make up 

back payments. Often the veteran 
moves out of the house believing the 
loan will be brought up-to-date when 
the new "owner" rents the property. 
The problem comes when the in- 
dividual holding the quitclaim deed 
rents the house without making back 
payments. When foreclosure occurs, 
the veteran still owes the lender and 
possibly the government. This form of 
fraud is commonly referred to as 
"equity skimming." 

Horton advised borrowers who are 
offered such propositions to contact 
their lenders or the loan guaranty divi- 
sion of the Chicago VA Regional Of- 
fice before signing anything. He said 
that although the VA cannot give legal 
advice, it can advise as to whether the 
offer is sound or whether an attorney 
should be consulted. 


or Non-smoking 

What is your opinion? 

IWhat is your opinion of a smoking policy for your immediate work area? 
(Check one) 


There should be no 

There should be a 
total ban on smoking 

There should be designated 
smoking & non-smoking areas 

Other (please specify) 

What is your opinion of a smoking policy for other areas at the workplace? 
(Check appropriate column at right) 


There should be 

no restrictions 

There should 
be a total ban 
on smoking 

There should be des- 
ignated smoking & 
non-smoking areas 

a) conference room 

b) cafeteria 

c) break room (lounge) 

d) elevators 

e) restrooms 

other (please specify) 

Do you feel CTA should 
offer programs to employees to 
help them stop smoking? 

Please indicate the extent to 
which you are bothered by some- 
one else smoking at work. 

If you are bothered by smoking 

at work, in what way are you 


(select all that apply) 

Other (please describe) 

How would you classify your 
current smoking status? 

Yes 1 

No 2 

Frequently 1 

Occasionally 2 

Seldom 3 

Never 4 

Clothes & hair smell 1 

Eye irritation 2 

Coughing 3 

Headaches 4 

Interferes with work 

performance 5 

Concern for long-term health effects 6 

Current cigarette smoker 1 

Current Pipe or cigar smoker 2 

Ex-smoker 3 

Never smoked 4 








The Following Two Questions Are To Be Answered by 
Current Cigarette Smokers Only 

If our company offered a pro- 
gram to help you stop smoking, 
would you attend? 

If our company introduced a pol- 
icy which restricted smoking on 
CTA premises, how do you think 
this would affect your overall 
(select only one) 

The Following Questions Should Be Answered by All Employees 





Not sure 


It would not affect my smoking 


I would probably smoke more 

away from work 


It might reduce the overall 

amount I smoke 


I might try to quit 


How many employees are there 
in your immediate work area? 

How many employees in your 
immediate work area smoke 

Are you. 

What is your age? 






Over 55 

Are you... Management 1 


Additional Comments: 

Thank You for Your Help! 

Please return your completed questionnaire to: Carol Van Gorp, CTA Promotional Services, Merchandise Mart, 
Room 734. Call extension 3325 for additional information. 





Switchboard supervisor Eva Marcin, a CTA 
sMoard operator for 27 years, ,s jomed by 
TJhusbar^d. Emi, at a reception m her horror 
ory retiring after 30 years of service. 

IJnowiust Mode with this." says bus controller Bob Loughran 
rLZl'T f ,"' '''='''-''^°'-OontrolCenterco-wor,ersuTo7his 
T/ 1 ""' ^ ''''' °' ^'^ ^"'^ ^""^^3° Surface Lines service 
Shanng the n,on.ent with the former Travel Information sup!^7or' 
IS bus controller Michael Sanchez. =upt,rvisor 

March-April, 1987 


f^oger Wood, ^^"^f f.fcT-Sroom m the Merchan- 

w/,0 was ^'''Sne^'%%'iJ''o^eer which he began as a 

and ga^e him a monetary gift. 


Farewell roast right on track for John Pope 












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"Hey, John, some guy who calls himself 'Pineapple' wants to talk to you 
about a race in the fifth at Hawthorne," says Jerry Kurowski. 

The receiving line was long as Johnny Pope received well wishers follow- 
ing the retirement roast. 

A race track fanfare is how paymaster 
Johnny Pope's retirement luncheon 
got underway at the Merchandise Mart 
M&M Club on March 5. 

Pope, who retired after 44 years with 
CTA, was the subject of a farewell roast 
by his CTA friends. They shared a fond- 
ness for the happy-go-lucky paymaster 
who always greeted every employee, 
from those with years of seniority to the 
newly hired, as though he'd known 
them for a lifetime. In some cases that 
was true. 

His retirement farewell was an 
hilarious occasion, as Pope got a bit of 
gentle ribbing about his penchant for the 
horses. "John goes to the track every 
chance he gets," recalled Dennis 
Sipich, superintendent of Treasury 
and Pope's supervisor. 

About 80 co-workers and other 
friends joined the Pope family, which in- 
cludes a brother, sister-in-law, sister, 
brother-in-law, a niece and two 
nephews, to say thanks for a lot of hap- 
py years in the work force, and the best 

The ole paymaster fights to keep his com- 
posure as Dennis Sipich shares a few 
thoughts about him with friends. 

A Tom Boyle plaque for John Pope would 
hardly be complete if it didn't include an old 
racing form. The memorabilia also included the 
paymaster's original employment application, 
his 1943 hiring notice, an old token, and a 1957 
bus pass. 

of everything for the future. 

Master of ceremonies was William 
Buetow, manager of Treasury. Other 
speakers included Acting Senior Deputy 
Executive Director Daniel Perk, 
Sipich, and Gerald Kurowski, direc- 
tor. Payroll Operations. The festivities 
were arranged by co-workers Buetow, 
Sipich, Joanne Boettin, Rose- 
marv Podlasek, Meg Whirity, Ella 
Otis, David Kruger, and Alan 

When he can't get to the track Pope will watch 
the action on the tube. This 19-inch color TV 
was a gift from co-workers and friends. 



North Park 

Congratulations to all of the North 
Park bus operators who have qualified 
to participate in this year's Bus Roadeo. 
Lets have a winner from North Park this 
year... As long as we are talking about 
winners, we should mention that big 
cigar smoking operator B.T. Gregory 
and his wife, Essie, have just reached 
one of those modern miracles of 
matrimony by celebrating 25 years of 
marriage (No, B.T. didn't present the 
lucky lady with a cigar)... Our quiet 
custodian, Al Lowery, is soon to be off 
to the state of Arkansas to say hi and 
why to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe 
Lowery... Reginald Edwards definite- 
ly earned his "Day in CTA" certificate 
and tour of the control center for an in- 
cident which took place aboard his bus 
a while back. Too modest to comment 
on it, we shall just say "Way to go 
Reg"... Obviously in this photo one pic- 
ture is worth more than a thousand 

words. Ricky Hogan and his son, 
David have just heard Ricky's wife, 
Doreen announce that she is expecting 
again!! Of course at press time there was 
no coment from their youngest son, 
Bryan who is 19 months old. He prob- 
ably knows that all of the above is just 
APRIL FOOL. . .Did you ever have your 
35MM camera foul up at one of those 
wrong times and wish you knew what 
to do next? Well, the person to obvious- 
ly hope you see real soon would be 
operator R. Inada who is a very 
knowledgable camera repaire extror- 
dinaire wiz...Our words are just that, 
words, but with our sympathies we of- 
fer condolences to operator Angel 
Flores and instructor Aaron Crockett 
who lost their mothers, Sylvia and Mar- 
tha, respectively... Tom Kissel is back 
in familiar territory for the third time 
now that the latest system pick is in ef- 
fect. Tom kept getting bumped out of 

IN filDE 





Alfredo Arnieri, West Shops. 20 yrs- 

James Dently, Jr., 77lh Street. 33 yrs 

Gabriel Figueroa, 77th Street. 33 yrs. 

Christopher Gilbert, Jr., Forest Glen. 36 yrs 

William F. Glassner, West Shops. 40 yrs. 

Justine M. Janasek, South Shops. 13 yrs, 

Walter H. Jones, Lawndale. 38 yrs. 

Marvin H. Kocar, Lawndale. 30 yrs. 

Joseph J. LaBellarte, DesPlaines Shop, 36 yrs 

Robert F. Loughran, Control Center. 38 yrs. 

S. T. Lucas, West Shops. 30 yrs. 

Miguel L. Manso, Treasury. 15 yrs. 

Eva M. Marcin, Admin. Services. 30 yrs. 

Clovee Mattox, Kedzie. 30 yrs. 

John H. McGhee, Lawndale. 35 yrs. 

George Millonas. Equip. Eng. & Maint.. 38 yrs 

Lawrence J. Monaghan, Equip. Eng. & Maint . 

25 yrs 
Ramon Nuno, Madison/Wabash, 12 yrs. 
George R. Rose, Forest Glen. 33 yrs. 
Peter A. Schmanski, Forest Glen. 25 yrs. 
Robert B. Tausch, West Shops. 39 yrs. 
George J. Weathers, Trans Pers./South, 32 yrs 


Andrew Johnson, Rail, South. 21 yrs, 
Lawrence F. Lee, 69th Street, 24 yrs. 
Joseph T. Slaughter, Forest Glen, 16 yrs. 
Dean G. Walcott, 77th Street. 14 yrs. 
Shirley M. Watson, North Section, 20 yrs. 
Penny M. Wilson, South Section, 18 yrs. 

North Park on previous picks and 
perhaps now he can look forward to 
finding his own parking space in the lot, 
at the very least. (Better keep that travel 
bag handy Tom) . . .Before we get too far 
ahead of ourselves we better say "Not 
bad, Leonard, not bad"... Operator 
Lloyd was one of the top vote getters 
in the Local 241 election commissioners 
race in which Mr. Lloyd garnered 1,578 
votes to his opponent's 809... Just a 
followup note of thanks to all for your 

help in the individual pictures we are 
taking of the operators here at North 
Park. It takes time as we all know, but 
we are definitely getting there... For 
those of us waddling penguins who par- 
took of the big feast here in the station 
a few months ago when some of our 
female operator/chefs got together and 
hosted a luncheon, we offer a picture 
of the guilty ladies and say THANKS 

LADIES!! (From left to right) Jean 
Cage, Vicki Nesbit, Gail Inis, lona 
Williams and Frances Walker. Union 
representative David Washington, and 
Mary Wallace were also present. 
Avoiding the photo is janitor Al Lowery 
cleaning up the soon-to-be-offerings, 
HA!... For all of you potential pop-up 
specialists in baseball, we will also let the 
word go forth that the "STYX" Softball 
team has begun their new season prac- 
tice, so if you are not too busy and have 
some sort of expertise in this sport, why 
not come on down and try out?... Does 
North Park have a monopoly of sorts 
on the number of married hus- 
band/wife drivers at one work location? 
Maybe we could do a followup on how 
all of that courting and woo wooing 
began, hmmm, ladies?. ..Anyone else 
notice the extemc bravery that our 
"Dirty Harry" displayed when he 
managed to hobble in on one crutch to 
attend the pick for the runs?... Add 
operators Barry Smith and Vicki 

March- April, 1987 




Lawndale bus operator Cesar R. Guar- 

diola and his wife became the proud 
parents of Cesar Jr. on Sept. 27. 1986. 
it was just announced. The baby who 
weighed eight pounds, one and a half 
ounces at birth, is also the first grand- 
child of Apolinar (Madison and Wabash 
Maintenance). and Maria T. 

Nesbit to those interested fans of 
photography who have 35nnm cameras 
and would like to learn more on this 
subject. We have had inquiries from 
other interested drivers at some of the 
other work locations who would also 
like to learn more about their camera, 
so don't by shy about asking. Chester 
Harris, your reporter Mike Flores, 
Owen Terry or Gersham Johnson will 
be able to answer any of your in- 
quiries... Instructor George Zajac and 
his team of instructors must all feel like 
they're all in the midst of the Taj Mahal 
what with all of the new painting and 
restructuring going on in the instruction 
office. Any final words of wisdom 
before the final nail is put in place 
George?... Nice to see back to work 
after all of those many days off is our 
other brave operator who cares to just 
be anonymous and says three times be- 
ing hospitalized was just too much, 
Right Tiny?... What with all of the lack 
of snow, supervisor Ernest Usher and 
his wife, Joyce, needed no prodding to 
head off to Colorado to enjoy some ski- 
ing up and down the snowy slopes 
there. . .Reaching another year closer to 
their retirements but also another year 
closer courtesy of their birthdays are 
Florinda Orcasitas, Eula Jarrett, and 
Rudy Garcia (Put all of the candles on 
the cake ladies).,. Don't tell the other 
bosses, but assistant superintendent Sal 
Carbonelli made sure his wife Maria 
had a restful 24 hours on her birthday 
by not letting her do any of the 


housework, and instead took her out to 
some finer eateries as most good 
husbands do. This is what you did, 
didn't you Mr. Carbonelli?. . .Ever notice 
how calm and patient Robert Richard- 
son is whenever he's talking about 
various matters to the other operators? 
Always helpful Mr. Richardson can 
usually be found advising those 
members of his church. Tabernacle Mis- 
sionary Baptist church in Evanston, so 
like he is sure to say, "Come on over 
and enjoy our company.". . ."There are 
not enough medals to hang on his 
chest." That comment was included in 
a commendation for one of our 
operators a while back. But then when 
you are married to the same woman for 
over 30 years and manage to share 
your lives being a mother and father to 
35 boys and girls as foster parents 
maybe there exists a special medal in 
the shape of a heart which would mean 
just as much. In a small impromptu 
ceremony held in the North Park train- 
ing room and attended by Superin- 

tendents Samuel Smith and Ken 
Czachowski. retired operator Ed 
Unrein, and his wife. Opal, Ed was 
presented a steering wheel which was 
engraved with his name, his badge 
number, and hire and retirement dates. 
The presentation was made by your 
reporter, Mike Flores, and pictures 
were taken by operators Chester Har- 
ris and Vince Dawson. Included as a 
special gift was an enlarged photograph 
of Ed standing next to his bus. The pic- 
ture was inscribed on the back with 
various retirement greetings. One which 
seemed to stand out was "God 

Mike Flores 

Service anniversaries 
in March 

40 Years 

Harold Berndt, Quality Control. Bus 
James Madden, Insurance 
Thomas Tadevic, Paint Shop 

35 Years 

Austion Woolfolk, Archer 

30 Years 

Edward Barrett, 77th Street 

James House, Insp. Degrease & Teardn. 

Dennis Kuhn, Stores. South 

Arthur Lee, Bus Pers.. South 

Charles Lindsey, 77th Street 

James Massey, 69th Street 

Clovee Mattox, Kedzie 

William Miller, Body Shop 

Nathaniel Mosley, Kedzie 

James Rigney, Escalator Maint. 

Richard Rossborough, Archer 

Wendell Slay, Jr., 69th Street 

Leo Stern, North Park 

Aaron Wright, Utility 

25 Years 

Allan Adamczyk, Archer Maint. 
James Butzen, Wilson Maint. 
Leonard Davenport, Rail. W/S 
Robert Harris, Jr., 77th Street 
Solomon Jones, Beverly 
John Kilgore, Forest Glen 
Morton Libert, Admin. Services 
Lawrence Monaghan, Rail W/NW 
Harry Reese, Kedzie 
Cornelius Schaaf, 54th Maint 
Edward Sullivan, Beverly 
Cecile Thomas, South Section 
Donaldson Thompson, Stores. 63rd Yard 
Postle Watson, Jr., South Section 


35 Years 

Arthur Frazier, Archer 

30 Years 

James Beauford, Utility 

Edward Buckner, West Section 

Gerald Budzisz, North Park 

James Hightower, Control Center 

Deborah Hillard, 77th Street 

Roger Hudson, 77th Street 

Edward McSweeney, Signal Phone 

& Radio 
Henry Radom, Forest Glen 
Lonnie Rupert, Beverly 
Clarence Shepard, Bus Dist. B 
Adrian Truitt, 77th Street 
Robert Wynne, Ashland Terminal 
Wayne Williams, Bus Instruction 

25 Years 

Charles Berglund, Data Processing 
Sylvester Ciciura, Shop Services 
James Corbo, Support Services, Bus 
Frank Gray, South Shops 
Gay Jenkins, Support Services 
Victor Johnson, Jr., Data Processing 
John Laskey, Jr., Body Shop 
Robert Mandujano, Upholstery 
Willie McClain, Bus Dist C 
J. McClendon, North Avenue 
James Olsen, Machine Shop 
Drago Pancic, North Park 
James Patterson, South Section 
Joseph Ritrovato, Schedules 
Robert Thomas, Control Center 
Ronald Wheadev, 69th Street 



Half-century mark 

Inside News has just been informed that John 
Bednarz, a CTA employee for 37 years (76 
Forest Glen retiree), and his wife, Julie, ob- 
served their golden wedding anniversary last 
Nov. 25. A party to celebrate the occasion was 
held at the Golden Flame, near Higgins and 
Nagle, where the CTA Pioneers also hold their 
monthly meetings each second Tuesday. The 
uniqueness of the occasion was marked by a 
party of 50 couples, many of them also CTA 
retirees, who joined in festivities with the proud 
couple's children and grandchildren. 

In the "Somebody's Watching You" 
department, 16-year old David Dia- 
mond of Palatine is a CTA fan par ex- 
cellence who is a volunteer at the Il- 
linois Railway Museum, and a 
member of the Central Electric 
Railfans' Association. David, who 
aspires to one day land a job as a 
motorman, possibly on the Skokie 
Swift, also runs a part-time 
business— CSL Railway Products. He 
makes electric railroad emblem 

Edwin Green of Central Counting, 
and bus operator Wilhelmina Price of 
North Park garage, were married April 
18, and journeyed to Montego Bay, 
Jamaica for their honeymoon.... Rail 
Service supervisor Michael Caselman, 
North Rail District, and wife Judith are 
proud to announce the birth of a son, 
Mark Samuel Caselman who was 
born March 8 weighing seven pounds, 
one ounce, and 20 inches long. The 
Caselmans are also the parents of two 
daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria. 



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Another proud couple observing the half cen- 
tury mark in holy wedlock is Larry and Grace 
Shields who celebrated their golden wedding 
anniversary on April 24. I^r and H/lrs. Shields 
are enjoying retirement in Valrico, Fla. Shields, 
a former CTA mail serviceman, retired in April 
1976 after a 39V2-year career which started with 
the Chicago Surface Lines in Nov 1936 

Beaman. Willard O., 85. Beverly. 

Emp. 1-9-29. Died 1-2-87 
Belshaw, Thomas, 74, Forest Glen. 

Emp 10-23-45. Died 1 2-87 
Bennis, John P., 82. Schedule/Traffic. 

Emp 9 7 27. Died 1-23-87 
Brennan, Joseph T, 80. South Section, 

Emp 8-24-45, Died 2 1-87 
Brown, James D., 73. Archer, 

Emp 4 26 48, Died 2-1-87 
Boggus, Hollis. 83, West, 

Emp 10-5-51, Died 1 15 87 
Burge. Albert L.. 82, 52nd Street. 

Emp 3-23-44, Died 1-2-87 
Calmelat, Thomas L., 90. Electrical, 

Emp 6-3-20. Died 1-14-87 
Caspers. Margaret M., 100. North Side, 

Emp 1 6-43. Died 2-10-87 
Clair, Raymond M., 76, 69th Street. 

Emp, 4-3-51. Died 1-28 87 
Comstock. Wilbur S., 85, General Office, 

Emp 6 10 21, Died 7-27-87 
Cook, Melvin, 69, Plant Maint 

Emp 4 15-46, Ded 2-13-87 
Cooper, William D.. 55. Skokie 

Emp 2-17-72. Died 2-14-87 
Dwyer, Lawrence, 84. Shops & Equip., 

Emp 10-12 43, Died 2-5-87 
Eaton, Clyde L., 83. Beverly. 

Emp. 1 5-25, Died 1-31-87 
Eilfes, Joseph M., 82, Nonh Park, 

Emp 6 24-42, Died 2-19 87 
Eppich, Joseph M., 85, 77th Street 

Emp 6-4-26. Died 12 29 86 
Gardiner, George B., 92, West Section, 

Emp 9 17 20, Died 1-21-87 
Goode, James H., 54, Lawndale. 

Emp 8-27-53. Died 2-23-87 

Graver, Norman, 61. G.O./Transp. 

Emp 11-19-46. Died 2-6-87 
Guse, C.F., 81. Electrical 

Emp 10 13 33. Died 1-3-87 
Manning, John M., 73. West Shops, 

Emp 1-24-46. Died 2-16-87 
Heady, John E., 93. South Section, 

Emp 11 16 25. Died 1-26-87 
Hildbold. Marvin B., 71. North Rail. 

Emp 12 4-41, Died 2-4-87 
Howe, Manley M., 79. Security 

Emp 11 13 28, Died 2 8-87 
Hughes, Thomas, 85. 77th Street. 

Emp. 2-5-30, Died 1-24-87 
Jansen, David, 98. Skokie 

Emp 2-3-35. Died 2-14-87 
Johnson, Irving, 73. Library Services, 

Emp 10-3-42, Died 2-17-87 
Karschnik, Charles F., 81. Beverly, 

Emp 8-25-20. Died 2-22-87 
Kobs, Chester C, 78. 69th Street. 

Emp 10 19 36, Died 2-9-87 
LaVieri, Frank P., 83. 

Emp 10-13-27. Died 1-6 87 
Loftus, John, 81. Shops & Equip. 

Emp 8-5-26. Died 2 21-87 
Lombardo, Ross, 64, Madison /Wabash, 

Emp 1 26-71. Died 1-20-87 
McGrath, Patrick, 87. Kedzie. 

Emp 2-21-23, Died 1 7 87 
Minogue, James M., 73. West Section, 

Emp 6 18-66, Died 2 21-87 
Moore, Flarzell, Sr., 64. Beverly, 

Emp 6-19-46, Ded 2-12 87 
Mosely, Thomas N., 63. Limits. 

Emp 10 18 62. Died 2-4-87 
Muirheid, Aubert E., 72. South Shops. 

Emp 1-13-48, Ded 2 15-87 

Munro, Edwin S., 89, North-South, 

Emp 9-9-20. Died 12-25-86 
Nelson, Wenrick F, 84. Forest Glen. 

Emp 10 1 28. Died 1-8-87 
Niemczyk, Joseph S., 79, North Avenue. 

Emp. 8-12-41. Died 2-22-87 
Olson. Jeanette P., 88. North Avenue. 

Emp 2-15 36. Died 1-2-87 
Pawlicki, Michael, 88. North Avenue. 

Emp 9-10-23. Died 1 30-87 
Puntil, Edward J., 68. Limits. 

Emp 8-8-41. Ded 1-1-87 
Rcntschler, Orrin H., 74. North Park, 

Emp 8-19-37, Died 1 13-87 
Riley, George A., 72, General Office. 

Emp 2 19 36. Ded 1 28-87 
Ruehl, George P., 86. South Section. 

Emp 12-12-23. Died 1-27-87 
Sack, Erwin W.. 86. Beverly. 

Emp 10 21-42. Died 1 24-87 
Sedall, Foster P, 87. Forest Glen. 

Emp 4-2-26. Died 2 24-87 
Snyder. Charles J., 82. West Section. 

Emp 2 7 36. Died 1-28-87 
Wallon, Joseph, 71, Plant Maint, 

Emp 4-1-42. Died 1-6-87 
Whalcn. Joseph A., 79, North Avenue. 

Emp 1-25-51. Ded 1-22 87 
White, Elvin, 65. 77th Street, 

Emp 2-24-48. Died 2-3-87 
White. Margaret A., 79. West Section. 

Emp. 11-16-43. Died 12-14-86 
Wrobel, Charles A., 75. Treasury. 

Emp 10-15-41. Died 2-15-87 

March-April, 1987, 


Skokie Shop 

Television cameras were filming as shop 
inspector Bill Meany entered the 
Liberace Musuem. He was seen by 
some local TV viewers during his recent 
visit to Las Vegas. . . .Our ever cheerful 
receptionist, Ann Marie Wolf and her 
husband, Barry, are bidding us adieu 
as they move to Manassas, Virginia. 
Good luck Ann, and don't forget your 
friends in the snow belt..,. Under the 
heading of "Great Job this Month" ap- 
pears the name of Ken Blocker. Ken, 
a welder in the sub-Assembly area, 
recently completed a model of antique 
cars 4271. and 4272. Using 2,754 parts 
in 309 hours, he made duplicates which 
include passengers and advertisement 
cards. Nice going Ken.... Congratula- 
tions to electrical rebuild foreman Muzio 
Ficarella, and his wife Toni on the birth 
of their daughter, Maria who tipped the 
Alexian Brothers Hospital scales at eight 

CTA pensioneer Harry Mocarski, 72, recalled 
the hectic days he experienced during the "Big 
Snow of 1967." The former bus operator, like 
many others, stayed at the wheel battling the 
elements and impassable routes in an effort to 
serve people who were depending on public 
transportation. The plaque Mocarski holds was 
presented to him by a member of his family and 
is appropriately entitled, "Award for Bravery." 

pounds, eight ounces on Christmas 

Day Congratulations also to 

machinist Greg Winski and his wife 
Janice on the birth of their son, 
Nicholas, who was born March 3 at 
Christ Hospital, and weighed nine 
pounds.... Welcome back to electrical 
worker Mike Dunbar of the Motorline 
after a lengthy absence due to surgery. 
It's nice to have you back, Mike. . . Best 
wishes to machinist Art Piecyk who 
retired March 1 after 28 years of service. 
Art and his wife, Bonnie, will move to 
Las Vegas.... Much happiness to Dan 
Greene, son of Grant Greene, 
Mechanical Rebuild, and his bride, Pat- 
ty. They were married January 3 at St, 
Cornelius church. Reception was held 
at the Golden Fawn restaurant. 

Stan Warchol 
and Steve Wickert 


Frank Zeiger, former assistant 
superintendent, 77th Street garage 
who retired in 1982, is already look- 
ing forward to the Yuletide season. 
He conducts business as Santa Claus 
for a Chicago area shopping center. 
Mother Nature has supplied him with 
the beard for the job, and he doesn't 
require any special padding for his 
role. His middle is the real thing. The 
West Morgan Park resident thorough- 
ly baffles kids, and raises a quizzical 
eye from adults occasionally when 
they see him at work. Good luck 
Frank, and keep making the little 
ones happy at that special time of 

Howard A. Andler. North Park, 30 yrs. 
Robert E. Bciker, Forest Glen, 18 yrs. 
Charlie W. Bateman. 69th Street, 28 yis. 
Booker Byers, 77th Street, 32 yts. 
John A. Dilworth, Sr., Mgmt. Sen/., 35 yrs. 
Ralph Fields, West Shops, 30 yrs. 
Joseph Gadson, Kedzie, 25 yrs. 
David D. Hinman, Archer, 31 yrs. 
Ike Houston, Harlem-Lake, 19 yrs. 
Willie C. Jackson, Kedzie, 35 yts. 
Robert P. Johnson, North Section, 25 yrs. 
Joseph A. Kelso. 69th Street, 24 yrs. 
CliBord R. Last, Forest Glen, 33 yrs. 
Ramon Lopez, Forest Glen. 11 yrs. 
Michael F. McOirthy, Kedzie, 33 yts. 
Johnie T. McDonald, 63rd/Ashland, 30 yrs 
Raymond J. Michalski, West Shops, 30 yrs 
William E. Sears, Skokie Shop, 26 yrs 
L.C. Smith, Madison/Wabash, 29 yis. 
Foyce S. Whitney, 77th Street, 30 yrs. 


Anthony F. Blazevich, Archer, 39 yts. 
William D. Cooper, Skokie Shop, 14 yrs 
Carl L. McCormack, North Section, 13 yrs 

Anthony Espinosa, Kedzie, 31 yis 
James W. Harris, fJeverly, 29 yrs. 
John J. Hester, Jr., Forest Glen, 40 yrs. 
Wallace S. Johnson, Central District, 30 yrs. 
Jesse L. Jumper, Claims, 31 yrs 
Merritt R. Kotin, Real Estate, 33 yrs 
Michael Leavy, Kimball, 30 yrs 
Dominic F. Lochirco, Archer, 32 yrs. 
Robert J. Madison, Beverly. 37 yrs 
Raymond A. O'Malley, West Shops, 11 yrs 
Arthur H. Piecyk, Skokie Shop, 28 yrs, 
John Pope, Treasury, 44 yrs. 
Dale H, Sledge, West Section, 25 yrs 
Nicholas A. Spitalli, West Shops, 44 yrs. 
Joseph G. Steinbach, 77th Street, 40 yrs. 
Edward C. Unrein, North Park, 25 yrs 



Harlem Shop 

Repairer Joe Milke's son Joey is do- 
ing a service hitch for Uncle Sam with 
the U.S. Navy in Japan. Good luck 
sailor... Tom Warchol and Joe Milke will 
celebrate 13 years of CTA service in 
May,.. Welcome to Harlem Shop ser- 
vicers Bill Brown and Ken Savage. 
Brown and Bill Kincaid are doing a fine 
job with the car wash. The rail cars are 
glistening. The guys deserve the 
Employee of the Year award for their 
dedication to the job... Welcome to new 
repairmen Ron Young, Alex Coupet, 
Bill Szczesnicik, and Carl Durnavitch, 
all powerful working employees. ..Our 
number one repairman, Tom Togher, 
38 years, is currently off with a broken 
leg. Hurry up and walk back to us 
Tom!. ..Herman Swoope and Mike 
McGuinness are still thrashing along as 
weekend repair's salt and pepper. 
Swoope has 35 years and McGuinness 
is on his 21st. Wow!. ..Our friend at 
Desplaines Shop, Foreman Joe 
Labellarte, retired April 1 after what 
seems a life time of service and dedica- 
tion. Good luck Joe, we wish you a long 
and happy retirement... Patricia Link, 
the lovely wife of PM foreman and nice 
guy Ernie Link, gave birth to a beautiful 
baby girl. Amy Elizabeth on Feb. 26. 
Amy weighed 9y2 pounds and was a 
dashing 22 inches long. She joins her 
ever so beautiful sister, 4-year-old 

Mike McGuinness 



Sixty-first Street switchman Al Thompkins and 
his wife, Lillian, an East Chicago, Ind. elemen- 
tary teacher, are justifiably proud of son Al Jr.'s 
achievements. The 17-year old Rich Central 
defensive tackle/offensive guard was named to 
the 1986-87 High School Football All Area list 
by Chicago area coaches and the Chicago 
Sun-Times. Presenting Thompkins with a hand- 
some trophy, at a banquet honoring area high 
school athletes, was Chicago Bears linebacker 
Dave Duerson. Thompkins will attend Colorado 
State University on a football scholarship, and 
will major in law enforcement. 

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3324, Mart. 

Retired bus operator John H. Bishop, Sr., (se- 
cond from left) and his wife Constance, are still 
basking in fond memories of their recent 
golden wedding anniversary observance which 
began with mass at St. Joachim church, 
celebrated by the Rev. Father Frank Sasso 
(right). The event also marked the occasion of 
Bishop's 71 St birthday. Following the religious 
ceremony a memorable anniversary celebra- 
tion was enjoyed at the Beverly Woods 
restaurant. Included among guests offering 
special remarks were Mel Jordan of the 
NAACP, Alderwoman Marion Humes, and 
Cylestine Fletcher of the mayor's office. 
Bishop, who joined the Chicago Rapid Tran- 
sit Lines as a motorman in 1943, switched to 
CTA buses in 1949. He was in janitorial ser- 
vice from 1975 until his retirement in 1979. The 
gala anniversary celebration for the Bishops 
was compliments of thier son, John H. Bishop, 
Jr., (left) of Detroit. 


tarch' April, 1987 



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tSk Transit News 

Vol. 40, No. 3 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

May-June, 1987 

PAGE 18 

The General Office Raiders 
won CTA Baslcetball's first 
place 1986-1987 honors. The 
champions are (left to right, 
from top left): Tyrone Brown, 
Darryl West, Tanno Herring 
and Elonzo Hill; sponsors Mike 
LaVelle and Edward Mitchell; 
coaches Arlis Jones and Daryl 
Lampkins; and Chester Kidd, 
Clarence Davis, and Phillips 

New champions of the 77th 
Street Operators Bowling 
league received trophies at the 
league's annual banquet. Team 
members are (from left) Wilson 
Washington, C. V. Johnson, 
league president Luther Lee, 
ATU 241 financial secretary Ms. 
Wanda Black, who presented 
the trophies; Howard 
McMillian, Rufus Meeks, and 
Robert Kendricks. 

Revamp hiring procedures 

CTA Personnel department's over 
riding theme in meeting attrition is to 
promote from within under the new 
guidelines now being established by 
Human Resources and Benefit Ser- 

Ben Garrett, deputy executive 
director. Human Resources and 
Benefit Services, said CTA will always 
seek the most qualified candidates to 
fill job vacancies, but emphasized that 
upward mobility--hiring from within--is 
being given first priority in finding 
qualified personnel. 

"We have a lot of people with 
academic preparation and experience 
who are qualified and have varying 
career interests, and we want to give 
them an opportunity for advancement 
when possible," Garrett said. 

According to Garrett, the 
Authority's hiring procedures are be- 

ing streamlined for equity, and subjec- 
tivity is being minimized. Included in 
the review and streamlining process 
are testing procedures, as well as other 
steps, which are used to measure can- 
didates for employment. 

Revised personnel action also re- 
quires that after a job vacancy has 
been filled , each employee who bid for 
the job be notified. The new criteria 
calls for filling each vacancy with the 
best candidate as soon as possible, 
and utilizing channels of communica- 
tion to inform every participant in the 

Record keeping has been revamped 
and purged of employment applica- 
tions collected since 1979. In fact, all 
applications on file for more than 12 
months have been removed. The Per- 
sonnel Employment Section, headed 
by Neonia Canty-Howard, director. 

Compensation Employment Ad- 
ministration, has been sub-divided into 
two sections. Professional and 
managerial positions are staffed by 
Doris Sanders, profes- 

sional/management staffing and 
recruiting, with the assistance of per- 
sonnel specialist William Fudala. 

Quarterly departmental staffing 
forecasts, now being submitted to Per- 
sonnel on projected job openings, 
make meeting employment needs 
more accurate. Thus, the result is a 
quicker response to a department's re- 
quirements, Garrett reports. 

"We have the resources and the 
responsibility to meet these needs, and 
we want the departments to know that 
we are committed to serving them 
and supplying the necessary support," 
he said. 

They realized the dream through weekend college 

(Editor's note: in September. 1982. 
we brought you the story of four 
employees pursuing the dream of a 
lifetime through Mundelein College's 
Weekend College in Residence pro- 
gram. Although the process was tem- 
porarily interrupted for two of those 
students, two others had a different 
ending. Here is their story.) 

The quest for baccalaureate degrees 
by two CTA employees, which began 
in 1980 in a special weekend only pro- 
gram instituted by the women's liberal 
arts college at Mundelein in Chicago, 
ended Sunday, June 7. Virginia Dare 
McGraw and Janice Louise Olson 
marched across the stage at Mundelein 
College with 191 other degree can- 
didates to receive their diplomas. 

Virginia McGraw, executive admin- 
istrative assistant. Engineering and 
Maintenance, received the bachelor of 
arts degree in business administration- 
management with a minor in psychol- 
ogy. Ms. McGraw entered Mundelein 
in 1980. 

Janice Olson, supervisor. Law File 
Administration, who entered the college 
in 1981, received the bachelor of arts 
degree in liberal studies with a double 
minor in social welfare and business ad- 
ministration. She graduated Magna 
Cum Laude with a 3.70 grade point 
average, and was the recipient of 
special recognition, including depart- 
mental honors in humanities, and was 
nominated for membership in Kappa 

Virginia Dare McGraw 

Gamma Pi, the national honor society 
of Catholic women. 

She was also included in the 1987 
volume of Who's Who in American 
Universities and Colleges, and received 
Mundelein's coveted Marilyn Gorski 
Service Award for commitment and 
service to the college and surrounding 
college community. 

McGraw and Olson are looking for- 
ward to doing once more what most 
people take for granted— using vacation 
time for leisure instead of having to do 
research for a paper, or preparing for 

The weekend program required a 
special sense of discipline for McGraw 
and Olson because it extended their col- 
lege education over seven and six years 
respectively. "But," said McGraw, "we 
did it, and it feels good, because we did 
it for ourselves. 

"The toughest part," McGraw, who 
likes to travel, remembered, "was after 

Janice Louise Olson 

working all week having to be in a 
classroom on those beautiful weekends 
when everybody else was enjoying 
themselves." The weekend program at 
Mundelein began in 1974, and was the 
prototype for weekend college pro- 
grams across the nation. 

Another CTA employee joining the 
ranks of Mundelein's alumnae on June 
7 was Margaret Mary Baxa who 
received a bachelor of arts degree in 
English. Ms. Baxa, who was enrolled in 
the college's traditional program, 
received special recognition as a 
member of Sigma Tau Delta English 
Honor Society and secretary of 
Mundelein's student government. She 
is also included in Who's Who Among 
American Universities and Colleges. 

Margaret Baxa is a staff assistant in 
the office of CTA Executive Director 
Robert PaasweU. She joined CTA dur- 
ing the summer of 1985 as a part time 
employee in the Personnel department. 


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planned for 
August 8-9 

Rail terminal repairers, clerks, ser- 
vicers, and foremen are gearing up for 
the annual Rail Maintenance Roun- 
dUp which is set for August 8-9 at 
Wilson Shop. 

Participants will be given a multiple 
choice test on their knowledge of 
equipment, safety, and shop pro- 
cedures. They will also be tested on 
parts identification. 

A hands-on test to be conducted on 
a rail car will include a visual inspec- 
tion, a knuckle change-out, and a 
trolley beam standardization. The last 
two activities will be timed, with the 
most points being awarded for the 
fastest accomplishment of the hands- 
on tasks. 

First-place winners of the 1986 Rail 
Maintenance RoundUp, representing 
Desplaines terminal, were Joe 
LaBellarte, shop foreman; Roland 
Scheibe, repairer, and Michael 
Averitt, clerk. In second place from 
Howard terminal were shop foreman 
Gary Kemp, repairer Antonio 
Flores, and clerk Glenn McCarthy. 
Third -place winners representing 98th 
terminal were repairers David Artis 
and Lee Slay, and clerk Dorothy 

Making a visual inspection of tlie wort at hand are tlie Desplaines terminal first-place 
winners in ttie 1986 Rail Maintenance RoundUp. They are [from left] Roland Scheibe, Joe 
LaBellarte, and Michael Averitt. 

Certain to try again are last year's 
second-place finishers from 
Howard terminal. They are [from 
left] Glenn McCarthy, Antonio 
Flores, and Gary Kemp. 

Dorothy Ballard, 98th terminal, is flanl<ed by team members David Artis [left] and Lee Slay 
as the 1986 third-place trio records defects from visual inspection. 

May-June, 1987 

Trip into yesteryear awaits museum visitors 

A transit trip back into time awaits 
visitors this summer at the Illinois 
Railway Museum near Union. 

Volunteer workers at the well-known 
public transit museum in McHenry 
County are completing restoration on 
the CTA's former 50th Avenue (Cicero) 
Douglas ground level rapid transit 
station . 

The museum acquired the closed 
station from the CTA in 1978 and 
trucked it and its platform out to Union. 
This old frame station is being carefully 
restored, complete with a pot-bellied 
stove and interior fittings from its early 
days. The platform can berth up to five 
cars on the museum's trackage. 

Besides cars of the Chicago Rapid 
Transit Company (a CTA predecessor) 
and the CTA, the station's platform also 
will berth cars from Chicago North 
Shore & Milwaukee interurban trains 
and those of Chicago Aurora and Elgin 
trains. Both defunct railroads once used 
CTA tracks and stations. 

Other restoration work includes crea- 
tion of a street scene as a setting for 
several streetcars donated to the 

museum by the CTA Board in 1985. 
This scene, in the museum's newest 
building, will include paving blocks and 
street lamps. This project will be open 
to the public for the first time this year. 

Restoration continued on two other 
CTA streetcars, known as the "match- 
box design" cars. Because the original 
General Electric traction motors no 
longer exist, two similar motors were 
located in Egypt and shipped to Union. 
These two cars should be in running 
shape soon. 

The museum is expanding its rolling 
stock while track and pedestrian walks 
continue to be improved. 

Joining the Illinois Railway Museum's 
fleet are CTA's Skokie Swift car No. 52 
and ' L' cars 6461 and 6462 and a 
Chicago Surface Lines motor bus, No. 
3407. The Chicago Surface Lines is 
also a predecessor company of the 

Car No. 52 is a three-section ar- 
ticulated train built in 1947 by the 
Pullman-Standard Company for the 
Chicago Rapid Transit Company. The 
Skokie Swift articulated car was taken 

out of service in September, 1985 and 
donated to the museum. 

Besides the CTA rolling stock, 
railfans will also find steam trains, in- 
terurbans, and trolley buses. The 
railway museum's extensive track loop 
provides visitors unlimited riding on the 
various types of rolling stock after their 
paid admission. 

The museum is located just off the 
Marengo exit of the Northwest Tollway 
(1-90). The northbound and south- 
bound exits are well-signed and the 
directions are easy to follow. 

Visitors may enter the museum be- 
ween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, 
from Memorial day to Labor day. It is 
open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 
weekends and holidays. After Labor 
day, it will be open only on Saturdays 
until September 26 and on Sundays 
until October 25. Steam trains will 
operate on weekends only between 
May 17 and September 27. 

A series of special events are planned 
for the summer months. To telephone 
the musuem, dial 1-815-923-2488 dur- 
ing the hours it is open to visitors. 
[Museum photos by Pete Vesic] 

Illinois Railway Museum visitors will see this restored ground level station looking as good as new. The former CTA property was the 50th Avenue 
(Cicero) Douglas ' L ' station. 


i »- 

Chicago Surface Lines motor bus 3407, ac- 
quired by the rail museum last year, sits next 
to pre-World War II President's Conference 
Committee (PCC) streetcar 4021, awaiting 
transport from the Lawndale yard to the 
museum at Union. 

Skokie Swift car No. 52, a Pullman-Standard 
three-section articulated train built in 1947, is 
shown being unloaded at the Illinois Railway 

Also recently acquired by the museum was 
"L" car 6462, shown resting on a flatcar con- 
nected to one carrying car 52. Passing both 
cars (left) is a train of 4000 series cars built by 
the Cincinnati Car Company in 1922-23. The 
last of these cars used by CTA were operated 
on the Evanston route in the early 1970's. 

May-June, 1987 


^M Sect 


John Patterson (South 

Section) was commended for 

his "exemplary conduct" as 

conductor of a Lake/Dan 

Ryan train ridden one 

Sunday by Ruth Orman, of 

Elmwood Parl<. "He was 

courteous and pleasant to 

every passenger he 

approached to collect fares 

or answer questions. A 

group of youngsters 

boarded, and were very 

rowdy and boisterous. Soon 

he approached them and 

spoke to them quietly. In a 

matter of seconds the car 

was quiet. They continued to 

talk and laugh, but the 

rowdiness was gone. When 

they left the train they were 

happy and laughing. He did 

not quell their spirit. He 

quieted it." 

Sherman McKinney (Kedzie garage) was appreciated 
by J. Earl Pittman, of Hazel Crest, for his "positive attitude" 
as operator of a No. 12 Roosevelt bus. "He smiled and 
greeted me, saying 'Good morning.' I was not in a good 
mood myself, but his mannerism really gave me a boost. 
He was well-groomed, clean shaven, and wore a uniform 
that was presentable. He smiled as he greeted passengers 
at later stops. This driver seemed to be ready for the public 
and his job. This means a lot to the public, although they 
may not express their opinion by being courteous in 

Paul Osipavicius (Archer garage) was thanked by Angle 
Syno, of South Wood Street, for his courtesy as operator 
of a 51st Street bus. "My sister and 1 saw the bus coming, 
so we ran as fast as we could to beat it, but the bus reached 
the stop before we did. We were sure he'd pull away, but 
he saw us and waited for us. He was also nice to all the 
other passengers who boarded his bus. He was a good 
driver, too, with no jerks or fast stops. It was a joy riding 
with him. It gave us a good feeling to know that there are 
still some drivers that care about us. the public, Cheers 
to driver No. 22943." 

Jose Diciz {Limits garage) was complimented by Joe 
Berlen Jr. , of Nora Avenue, "for having the best manners 
and the most patience" as operator of a No. 8 Halsted bus. 
"I thought this woman was trying to drive your driver nuts. 
I got on the bus at Lincoln, and this woman was still bug- 
ging the driver when I got of at 69th. She must have asked 
him directions a dozen times, and he never lost his cool. 
He was nice to the old ladies and pulled up to the curbs 
for them. You must have a contest or something going 
on, because I would have thrown the lady off the bus if 
I were him." 

Zeferino Guerrero (North 
Park garage) was praised by 
Rick Kuner, who rode his 
No. 36 Broadway bus one 
morning to work on south 
Michigan Avenue. "A 
woman standing in the aisle 
fainted, hitting her head on 
the grab bar on the way 
down. The driver's response 
was excellent. He stopped 
the bus, used the radio to 
request an ambulance, 
helped passengers assist the 
woman, and asked other 
passengers for relevant 
information. He also made 
sure that riders boarded the 
following bus to the extent 
that there was space, and 
responded to inquiries 
politely and quickly. What 
really impressed me was his 
professional manner." 

Robert Kremer (North Park garage) was the operator 
of a No. 11 Lincoln bus that Marie Mosinski, of North 
Monitor Avenue, rode with her daughter to Children's 
Memorial Hospital. "He was a joy to watch, driving careful- 
ly and even calling all the stops. He had a cheery greeting 
for everyone boarding, and told everyone to be careful 
when stepping off the bus. About an hour later, on our 
trip back home, we got the same bus and driver. He was 
still as pleasant as before. This driver surely is a credit to 
the CTA, and should be commended for doing such a fine 
job. He is certainly appreciated." 

Esmeraldo Segarra (69th Street garage) was called "a 
true professional" by Gerard Pavlik, of Berwyn, who rode 
his No. 45 Ashland/Archer bus. "I was greeted with the 
warmest of smiles and a very friendly 'Good morning.' I 
was even thanked for the fare which I put in the box. His 
personality and special way quickly melted my 'ugly mood,' 
and made me feel appreciated as a passenger. Not only 
was this gentleman friendly and personable, but he took 
care in his driving, moving his bus along with precision, 
and clearly calling out each stop. He gave each passenger 
his utmost attention when they boarded and departed." 

Wade Jones (Limits garage) "was a pleasure to drive 
with," wrote Winifred Good, of North Lake Shore Drive. 
"He is extremely courteous and thoughtful. He saw me 
running for the (No. 145 Wilson/Michigan Express) bus 
and waited. He did the same for a couple of other peo- 
ple. He was also pleasant and consistently polite in answer- 
ing quite a few passenger questions. To top it off, he is 
a very steady, safe driver. At no time were we thrown 
around or jerked unmercifully with starts and stops, and 
he stayed in the first lane all the way down the Outer Drive. 
You are fortunate indeed to have such an employee." 



Maxicare Illinois Inc., a Health 
Maintenance Organization offered to all 
CTA employees, is sponsoring a CTA- 
Maxicare Family Night at Comiskey 
Park on Saturday, August 29, at 6 p.m., 
when the White Sox will host the Kan- 
sas City Royals. 

A CTA official will throw out the first 
pitch. Bring your whole family and enjoy 
the game and the fireworks display im- 
mediately following the game. 


Coupons for half-price tickets will be 
inserted in your paychecks on the 
following days: Bus, August 5; Rapid 
Transit, August 12; General office, 
July 31. 

For additional coupons, contact your 

supervisor, or call the Maxicare 

Marketing Department at 786-9830, 

Ext. 2000. „Htfini5.t 

.: i sfit otno 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Emploi/ees who have received Commendations from the public. 

riS.'TlOW 9(iT 

Jose Abonce, North Park 
Glen Adams, 77th Street 
Douglas Alexander, 77th Street 
Arthur Alpert, Howard/Kimball 

Lerline Ball, 77th Street 
Guillermo Barrientos, Jefferson Park 
Danny Bishop, 77th Street 
Nathaniel Bradford, 69th Street 
Cornell Brown, 77th Street 
Judy Brown, 69th Street 
Ricardo Brown, Kedzie 
Medrick Bussie, North Avenue 
Joseph Butera, North Park 

Jean Cage, North Park 
Anthony Ceriale, Forest Glen 
Ethel Claiborne, 77th Street 
Felicia Clower, Limits 

Curtis Davis, Forest Glen 
Electra Dealba, North Avenue 
Jose Diaz, Limits 
Allen Dixon, Kedzie 
Robert Doeden, Limits 
Brian Dollar, North Park 
Melvin Dukes, North Avenue 
Charles Dunker, North Park 
Charles Durham, 77th Street 

Michael Flores, North Park 
Carlos Flores, Forest Park 

Gonzalo Garcia, North Park 
James Gardner, North Park 
Thomas Gilmore, North Avenue 
Jerome Gladney, Howard/Kimball 
Larry Goffer, Limits 
Maria Gonzales, Customer Assistance 
James Green, Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Bobby Griffin, Archer 
Daisaku Gutama, Limits 

Sarah Hall, Limits 
Alvin Harrison, North Avenue 
Cornelius Haywood, Limits 
James Hentz, Jefferson Park 
Vernon Hill, Howard/Kimball 

James Itson, 77th Street 

Cleo Jackson, Jefferson Park 
Darryl Jenkins, 77th Street 
David Jenkins, Limits 
Richard Jones, 77th Street 
Joe Jones, 69th Street 
Lester Jones, North Park 
Leon Jones, Jefferson Park 
Kenneth Jones, Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Bernadino Juarez, Limits 

Nicholas Kalians, North Park 
Robert Kazmar, North Park 
Patricia Klobucar, Archer 
George Knox, 69th Street 

Tyrone Laury, Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Delia Lee, North Park 
John Lemond, North Park 
Paul Lewis, 77th Street 
Hollis Lewis, Jr., Kedzie 

Louis Maestre, 69th Street 
Raphael Manuel, Archer 
Janis Marino, Limits 
Earnest Marsalis, Jr., 69th Street 
Agustin Martinez, North Avenue 
Michael Matas, Forest Glen 
Jessie Miller, Forest Glen 
Martin Mogk, Forest Glen 
Robert Moreno, Forest Glen 
Raymond Mount, North Park 

Ferdinand Ortiz, North Park 
Paul Osipavicius, Archer 
Donna Otero, North Park 

■ifi onijooi i!9d )so! arie - 

Louis Perez, Limits .iDSOiqqe 

Joseph Pemice, North AveniiesM 
William Pleas, Kedzie ':!W .brss 
Albert Polk, North Park tstrfeusb 

-.fR .slifiw 
Billy Ragsdale, 77th Street g.isb sdl 
Helen Ramos, North Avena^sH'lOJ 
Eugene Reid, Limits w isJnsa 

Vernell Roberts, 69th Street 
Oliver Robinson, 77th Street 
Manuel Rosario, North Park> 

Charles Sauer, North Park - '1 A' 
Donell Shuford, Limits 
Vera Smith, Archer 
Oscar Smith, Jr., Kedzie 
Steve Stefanovich, North Park 
John Stiles, Howard/Kimball 
Ralph Strickland, Forest Glen 
Ralph Stuart, Jr., 77th Street 

Semoria Thomas, 77th Street 
Brian Thomas, Archer 
Mary Thrower, Douglas/Congress 
William Turner, Forest Park 

Clarence Vanmiddlesworth, 

North Park 
Dorothy Veal, 77th Street 
Ruben Velasco, Agents West 
Robert Vining, Jr., Archer 

Cleveland Walker, Jr., 77th Street 
Ben Wallace, Limits 
Sheila Watkins, 77th Street 
Jerome Wheaton, Jr., Rail Janitors 
Walter White, Beverly 
Helen Woods, 77th Street 

Linda Yates, Howard/Kimball 
Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 

Joseph Zukerman , North Park 

May-June, 1987 

Honor seven 

Day in CTA 


The immediate response of agent 
supervisor Dorothy Johnson made the 
difference between disaster and 
recovery when a female CTA patron, 
who was running to catch a southbound 
train at Randolph and Washington, fell 
onto the tracks. 

The woman had just asked Johnson 
for directions and was hurrying along 
with her daughter to the berthing area, 
when she lost her footing and toppled 
onto the tracks as the train was 

Ms. Johnson ran to the woman's aid 
and, with the help of the victim's 
daughter, pulled her to safety. Mean- 
while, motorman David Willis realized 
the danger and stopped the train about 
100 feet from the incident. The control 
center was notified, and the lady was 
taken to the hospital by a fire depart- 
ment ambulance. 

Ms. Johnson's prompt response to 
the situation resulted in her selection as 
"A Day in CTA" honoree. Motorman 
Willis was also honored for being alert 
and avoiding the potential tragedy. 

West-Northwest conductor William 
Thomas and bus operator Donald 
Houston were also honored for their 
meritorius actions during two crisis 
situations. Thomas assisted in safely 
evacuating approximately 40 riders 
from his train after a fire had started 
under one of its cars. 

Houston was a passenger on a north- 
bound Kimball-Homas bus, when a 
distraught man carrying a small child 
boarded at Homan and Washington. 
The man pulled a pistol and demanded 
that the bus operator divert his route for 
another location. 

The bus was stopped immediately, 
and passengers, in a virtual state of 
panic, exited through the rear door 
when operator Houston activated the 
emergency door handle. A few minutes 
later, police arrived and brought the 
situation under control. 

Other "Day in CTA" honorees 
receiving the accolades of management 
recently were North Park bus operators 
Curtis Esters and Funsho Macaulay, 
and 1984 Third Rail RoundUp cham- 
pion, O'Hare motorman James Hentz. 

While he was working along the 
Sheridan Road route. Esters 


Displaying their special recognition certificates received as "Day in CTA" honorees are (from 
left) Curtis Esters, North Park; motorman James Hentz, O'Hare terminal; operator Funsho 
Macaulay, North Park, and motorman David Willis, 61st Street terminal. 

distinguished himself by coming to the 
aid of a man whom he found lying on 
the street near Adams and Wacker 
Drive. Esters notified the control center, 
stopped his bus, and gave aid and com- 
fort to the victim, who appeared to be 
having a seizure. 

In a similar situation along the same 
route, Operator Macaulay was north- 
bound near Belmont when a woman 
passenger was stricken by a heart at- 
tack. After receiving no immediate 
response to his call from the control 
center, and with little time to ponder the 
situation, Macaulay rushed his 
passenger to a nearby Lake Shore Drive 

The woman's condition was verified 
by hospital officials, and Operator 

Macaulay was commended for using 
good judgment and taking decisive ac- 
tion in the case. 

In another unusual occurence, 
Motorman James Hentz was at Racine 
Avenue on the West-Northwest Route, 
waiting for police with a woman 
passenger who had been harassed by 
two men aboard the train. 

As Hentz stood waiting with the 
woman, one of the men attacked him, 
and a struggle ensued. The attacker fell 
onto the right-of-way, and motorman 
Hentz helped him back onto the plat- 
form. Police arrived and the two men 
were taken into custody. Hentz was 
praised for intervening on behalf of the 

Day in CTA honorees are treated to lunch at the Merchandise Mart M&M Club following a tour 
of general office facilities. Ttte honored guests are (seated from left) conductor William Thomas, 
agent supervisor Dorothy Johnson, arid operator Donald Houston. Accompanying them is (seated 
right) planning analyst Kelsy King,Operations Administrative Services. Standing are (from left) 
Harry Reddrick, acting senior deputy executive director. Transportation; Michael V. LaValle, 
manager. Transportation Services; Robert Desvignes, manager. Operations Administrative Ser- 
vices; Elonzo Hill, manager. Transportation Personnel; David Martin, manager, Communica- 
tions/Power Control; Paul Kadowaki, acting manager. Instruction, and William Thompson, direc- 
tor, Management and Professional Development. 


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Don't let your summer getamray get you ^ 

Visions of vacation are probably 
dancing in your head right now. 
The chance to get away from it all, 
have fun, be with your family. 
Whether your idea of vacation is 
escaping to peace and quiet or seek- 
ing adventure and excitement, the 
one thing you shouldn't overlook is 
safety and health. Without proper 
preparation, an unseen event could 
spoil your vacation, or worse, end 
in a tragic accident. The National 
Safety Council offers the following 
tips to keep in mind while planning 
for your time off. 

DRIVING - Millions of people 
take to the nation's roads in the 
summer, and many of them ex- 
perience the frustration of car trou- 
ble. Before starting out on your get- 
away trip, have a qualified 
mechanic give your car or van a 
thorough check. Cooling system, 
brakes, belts, tires, engine fluids, 
and lights are most likely to give 
you trouble. 

To be super prepared for the 
unexpected, you should take along 
the following: jack, spare tire, 3/8" 
to 1 12" thick plywood board to sup- 
port the jack, lug wrench, work 
light, wrenches, screwdrivers 
[Phillips and flat head], locking 
pliers, flashlight, fuses, spare lower 
radiator hose and drive belts, epoxy 
sealer for fluid leaks, electrical tape 
and wire, fire extinguisher, flares or 
reflective triangles, jumper cables, 
and engine fluids such as oil and 

Overheating is one of the most 
common car problems in the sum- 
mer. If your engine temperature 
gauge starts reading hotter than 
usual, shut off all accessories, 
especially the air conditioner. Open 
all windows, and turn on the heater 
[yes, the heater] to force coolant 
through the motor. If this gauge 
reaches its limit, pull the car safely 
off the road and shut off the 
engine. Be sure the engine has time 
to cool before investigating the pro- 
blem. Never open a radiator cap or 

May-June, 1987 

touch cooling system parts while 
the engine is hot or running. 

Summer is a dangerous time to be 
on America's roadways-more 
motor vehicle accidents happen dur- 
ing this time than in any other 
season. Buckling your safety belt 
and making sure children are fasten- 
ed in child safety seats will give you 
and your family added protection. 
The National Safety Council 
estimates that about 12,000 lives 
could be saved each year if 
everyone wore safety belts. 


-Whether you're in, on, or just 
around water, extra caution should 
be used. Life vests are probably the 
most important ingredient in water 
safety. These personal flotation 
devices [PFDs] should be worn at all 
times by children and nonswimm- 
ing and older adults. The law re- 
quires that at least one PFD be 
available for each passenger on a 
boat. Boats 16 feet and longer re- 
quire an additional "throwable" 

Boating and drinking, just like 
driving and drinking, can be a dead- 
ly combination. The U.S. Coast 
Guard reports that almost 70 per 
cent of all boating accidents involve 
capsizing, falls overboard, or 
crashing into another boat or 
floating object. Many of these ac- 
cidents are caused by drinking 
boaters. If you're drinking alcohol, 
don't go out on your craft. 

Swimmers should know their 
limitations before entering the 
water. If you're not confident in 
your swimming ability, stick to 
water activities where lifeguards 
are on duty. Better yet, take swimm- 
ing lessons before your tripl 


something about a tan. Sunbathing 
and related activities draw millions 
to beaches and resorts in search of 
the perfect skin tone. The temporary 
pain of sunburn, however, can 
have long-term effeas of greater 
consequence. Skin cancer is increas- 
ing at a rapid rate in this country, 
and dermatologists say that our 
preoccupation with tanning is a 
primary cause. 

No one expects you to spend 
your vacation in a cave, but some 
simple precautions can protect you 
and your family from the harsh sun. 
Use a sun screen with a Sun Protec- 
tion Factor [SPF] that matches your 
skin type. The SPF tells you how 
many hours you can stay in the sun 
before you get a burn equal to one 
hour's exposure without sun 
screen. Apply the sun screen about 
half an hour before you venture out 
and remember to reapply it after 
you've been in the water or perspir- 
ing heavily. 

The Skin Cancer Foundation sug- 
gests not tanning between 1 1 a.m. 
and 3 p.m., when the sun's rays are 

BACK TO WORK - Even after a 
wonderful, accident-free, trouble- 
free vacation, many people ex- 
perience depression when they go 
back to work the day after return- 
ing from vacation. If you can, plan 
your trip so you 'II have one. day be 
tween vacation and work.That way 
you can unpack, do laundry, and 
unwind at a more leisurely pace. 

Accept the fact that you may be a 
bit flustered when you first return- 
after all, you're changing gears 
again. But that great vacation will 
still be fresh in your mind. 

State Street subway to link 

The enlarged Howard yard and maintenance facility will be located at track level with anew grade separation (top, left) leading to the Evanston and 
Skokie Swift branches. Detail drawing (bottom, right) shows maintenance facility built on embankment 

In a few years rapid transit riders 
will be traveling between the Dan 
Ryan's 95th Street terminal on the 
South side and the Howard terminal 
on the far North side through the 
State Street subway. 

Completion of this multi-million 
dollar project will provide dirert 
service between 95th Street and 
Howard Street. Trains operating at 
closer intervals will improve service 
for downtown commuters and 
through riders. Chicago Cub fans 
and Wrigleyville commuters will also 
enjoy more convenient service at a 
modern, completely rebuilt Addison 

CTA will benefit from the 
operating efficiency that will result 
from pairing two of its busiest rapid 
transit branches, because trains in the 
State Street subway will experience 
full utilization at both ends of the 
Howard-Dan Ryan line. Branches 
with lower ridership — Lake, 
Ravenswood, Evanston Express, 


Englewood and Jackson Park — will 
operate on the Loop 'L'. 

The project will improve four areas 
of the rapid transit system: 

95th-Dan Ryan: Storage capacity 
at the 98th Street yard will be 
increased from 1 1 6 to 1 98 cars by ex- 
tending the yard southward along 
highway 1-94. 

Dan Ryan-Subway connector: 
An elevated-subway connector, now 
under construction, will link the Dan 
Ryan elevated struaure, near Archer 
Avenue and LaSalle Street, to the 
State Street subway at 1 3th Street. 
The existing elevated right-of-way, 
from Archer/LaSalle to the Southeast 
corner of the Loop 'L', will be 
reassigned to receive trains to the 
Loop 'L' from Midway Airport when 
the new Southwest Transit extension 
is completed. 

Addison station: A modern sta- 
tion will be built at Addison Street, 
replacing the station that has served 
Wrigley Field area for 80 years. 

Riders will enter a brightly-lit, glass- 
fronted station building on the North 
side of Addison Street, where 
modern fare collection equipment 
will serve thousands of riders more 
efficiently. They will proceed up 
escalators, elevators and stairs to a 
brightly-lit center island train plat- 
form equipped with infra-red heaters 
and windbreaks. Local trains on the 
two inner tracks will stop at the plat- 
form, and Evanston Express trains 
will pass by on the two outer tracks. 
An additional peak-hour entrance/ 
24-hour exit will be provided on the 
South side of Addison Street. 

Howard Street: Storage capacity 
at the Howard yard will be increased 
from 150 to 262 rail cars, and a 
modern terminal maintenance facili- 
ty will be built north of the yard. All 
rail car storage and maintenance will 
be located at one level, with a grade 
separation leading to the Evanston 
and Skokie Swift lines. Train 
movements will be simplified, and 


Howard and Dan Ryan Lines 

Modernized and enlarged Addison station will serve Wrigley Field (background). Station features center island platform with brigtit ligtiting, 
windbreaks and infra-red fieaters. Two escalators, elevators and stairs lead to modern station building (lower rigfit). 

there will be no switching conflirts 
between Evanston and Howard 
trains during rush hours. The new 
terminal maintenance facility will 
provide inspection and sub-unit 
replacement for the Howard-Dan 
Ryan trains, replacing and relocating 
the overcrowded and outmoded 
Wilson stop. 

The new route alignments will 
provide more balanced service and 
greater operating efficiency. The new 
Howard-Dan Ryan route will be 22 
miles long, with 33 stations serving 
an average daily ridership of 
1 64,000. The Lake-Englewood-Jack- 
son Park route will operate on the 
Lake Street and Wabash Avenue por- 
tions of the Loop 'L'. Ravenswood, 
Evanston Express and Southwest Ex- 
tension trains will operate in a loop 
on the Loop 'L'. The 27-mile O'Hare- 
Congress-Douglas route, CTA's 
longest rapid transit route, will con- 
tinue to operate in the Dearborn 
Street subway. 

Free transfer between the Dear- 
born Street subway and the Loop 'L' 
will be made through the State of III- 

May-June, 1987 

inois Center building at the 
Clark/Lake elevated and subway sta- 
tions (now under construction). Free 
transfer between the Dearborn Street 
subway and the State Street Subway 
is available via underground walk- 
ways connerting the Washington 
and Jackson stations on each route. 

The Howard/Dan-Ryan project is 
managed through a design and con- 
struction committee, including the 
Department of Public Works projea 
manager and technical represen- 
tatives from CTA. The committee 
meets every Friday morning to 
review drawings and resolve 
technical problems. 

Design and construction of 
Howard yard is being handled by 
CTA, and the balance of the 
Howard/Dan-Ryan project is the 
responsibility of the City of Chicago, 
Department of Public Works. 

The SI 42 million Howard/Dan- 
Ryan project is funded by federal and 
state transportation agencies 
through the City of Chicago, and is 
being built by the Department of 
Public Works. 

New twin-span bridge under construction on 
ttie Evanston 'L ' route at Chicago Avenue 
replaces old bridge at right. 



Hyde Park Academy 
Ethel Adell 

West Section 


St. Rita H,S. 
Michael Aguirre 



St. Joseph M.S. 
Charles P. Almendarez 



Immaculate Heart of 

Mary H.S. 

Charles P. Almendarez 



Elmwood Park H.S. 
Dennis Arendt 



June Gi 
in CTA 



Hillcrest H.S 
Earl J. Burress 

69th Street 


Paul Roberson H.S. 

Willie J. Baldwin 



Mundelein College 
Bill Baxa 

Public Affairs 


Fenwick H.S. 
Bill Baxa 

Public Affairs 


Evergreen Park H.S. 
Donald Berge 



Lincoln Park H.S. 
Diana Blaino 

Materials Control 


Rich Central H S. 
Clemente Blanks 



Augustana College 
Tommie L. Bosley, Sr. 

77th Street 


Bolingbrook H.S. 
Donald Bowie 

Labor Relations 


Mendel H.S. 
Olivia H. Bradley 



Chicago State Univ. 
Olivia Bradley 



Resurrection H.S. 
Andrew M. Bratek 



St. Mel H S 
Robert Brent 

Skokie Shop 



Vocational H S 

Allen Brown 

69th Street 


Northwestern Univ. 
Angel Cabrera 

North Park 


Good Counsel H S 
Angel Cabrera 

North Park 


Quigley South H S 
Sylvester Ciciura 

South Shops 


Kenwood Academy 

George J. Dalmas 

hi Vice Pres. ATU. 241 

Corrine Dalmas 

Control Center 



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Fenger H.S. 
Edith Sellers 



Thornwood H.S. 
Dan Dinga 

South Shops 



Mother Guerin H.S 
Mark Dundovich 

Skokie Shop 


Lockport Twp H.S. 
Gerald J. Dziuba 




Tuskegee University 
Eddie Lee Elliott 

77th Street 


Kenwood Academy 
Eddie Lee Elliott 

77th Street 


Good Counsel H.S. 
Richard Elseng 

Skokie Shop 


Jones Commercial H.S. 
Gloria Everson 

77th Street 


Trinity H.S. 
Joanne Ferlito 

Human Resources 


Alvernia H.S 
Delia Fernande2 

Skokie Shop 


Mount Carmei H.S 
Jenipher Finger 

Training Center 


Simeon H.S. 
Annie G. Fitzpatrick 

77th Street 


Lane Tech. H.S. 
L.J. Fletcher 

District C 


South Shore H.S. 
Paul Franks 

77th Street 


St. Viator H.S. 
Salvatore R. Furlin 

Forest Glen 


George Washington H.S. 
Flavio Galindo 

69th Street 


St. Ignatius H.S. 
Ben Garrett 

Human Resources 



St. Mel H.S. 

Georgia Williams 

69th Street 



Conception H.S 

Thomas J. Godfrey, Sr. 

West Shops 


Triton College 
Thomas J. Godfrey, Sr. 

West Shops 


Southern Illinois 


Jo Anderson 

North Section 


Elizabeth Seton H.S. 
Dorothy Graham 



Lane Tech H.S. 
Stein G. Gunderson 

Wilson Shop 

May-June, 1987 



Lindblom H.S 
Robert L. Hampton 

77th Street 


Hillcrest H,S. 
John W. Hawkins 

77th Street 


Mendel H.S^ 
George Henley/ 



Elizabeth Seton H.S, 
Toni/ Borcic 



Mount Carmel HS. 
Willliam Hudson 



Thorn wood H.S 
C. Jackson 

West Rail District 





University of Illinois 
Joseph E. Jamison 

Lower Yard 


Bogan H.S. 
Willie Jefferson 

77th Street 


Fenger H.S. 
C.V. Johnson 

77th Street 



Rich Central H.S. 

George Edward 

Johnson, Jr. 

South Shops 


Carver H.S. 
Judy Stroud 

Group Sales 


Sayre Language 

Joe W. Jones 




Proviso East H.S. 

Joe W. Jones 



Prosser Vocational H.S. 
Jeffrey E. Jurczyk 



Mother Guerin H.S. 
Dan Kelly 

Forest Glen 


Brother Rice H.S. 
Joseph Kenny, Sr. 

South Shops 


Westmont H.S. 
Dennis Kiliam 



Maine West H.S. 
Robert Kramer 

Skokie Shop 


Niles Township H.S 
Pam Krisban 
Arthur Krishan 



Marquette University 
Joseph T. Lazzara 

Capital Development 


Oak Park- 
River Forest H.S 
Joanne Davis 
Lee L. Davis 



Corliss H.S. 
Rose Stanton 

77th Street 


St Rita H S. 
James E. Mages, Sr. 

69th Street 

KAREN McCarthy 

Mother McAuley H.S. 
Michael McCarthy 




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Triton College 
James L. McCurtis 

Forest Park 


Triton College 
James L. McCurtis 

Forest Park 


St. Xavier College 
Roy D. McGrath 

District B 


South Shore H S. 
Ester McKelker 
Agents District 


Thornton Community 


Raymond Morton 

77th Street 


Mendel H.S. 
James Mott 

District B 


Taft H.S. 

George Munyer 

North Park 


Hyde Park Academy 
Marvin Young 
Rancetta Young 

69th Street 


Conant H.S. 

Ronald J. Nelson 

West Shops 


Crown Academy 
Lorraine Newton 

North Park 


Hyde Park Academy 
John C. Nobles 



Eastern Illinois 


Willie Prince 

District B 


St. Patrick H.S. 
Betty Ramel 

Management Services 


Kelly H.S. 
Michael Ramirez 

Wilson Shop 


Simeon H.S. 
Silas Ransome 



Divine Word Seminary 
Thomas J. Reilly 



Englewood H.S. 
Dorothy J. Johnson 

Agents District 


University of Dayton 
James S. Rigney 

West Shops 


IIT Kent College of 


Anthony I. Ritrovato 



Morgan Park H S. 
Shirley Yarbrough 




Harvard University 
Madison Sample, Sr. 



Whitney Young H.S. 
Louis Sanford 



Crete Monee H.S 
Rene E. Sauriol 

South Shops 


Corliss H S. 
L.C. Smith 


May-June, 1987 



Univ. of Wisconsin 
Robert L. Spann 

North Park 


Notre Dame H,S. 
Thomas J. Staunton 

West Shops 


Niles North H.S. 
John F. Stiles 



Maria H.S. 
J.K. Stovall 



Oak Forest H.S. 
Paul Sundblad 

South Shops 


Marist H.S. 
Lawrence Tisher 

Material Control 


Niles North H.S 
Maria Acevido 



Curie H.S. 
Benjamin F. Walker 



Corliss H.S. 
Edward Wallace 

South District 


Huber H.S. 
Patricia Washington 

James Washington 

77th Street 


Luther South H.S. 
James R. Williams, Sr. 



Luther South H.S. 
James R. Williams, Sr. 



Whitney Young H.S. 
Elois Terrell 



Thornton H.S 
Roger Wood 

Management Services 


Univ. of Wisconsin 
Don Yabush 

Public Affairs 


Glenbard East H.S. 
Chuck Zanin 

Management Services 


St. Charles H S. 
James Zepp 

Rail Instruction 

Morgan Park coed earns four years of tuition 

Jennifer L. Thomas, 18, a June 
graduate of Morgan Park high school 
was awarded the National Organization 
of Black Law Enforcement Executives' 
four-year tuition scholarship. 

Miss Thomas is the daughter of CTA 
Purchasing department unit supervisor 
Joan J. Thomas, and People's Gas 
Light and Coke company meter 
reading senior clerk Jimmie Thomas. 

Jennifer, who ranked 22nd in a class 
of 419 graduating Morgan Park high 
school seniors, completed her cur- 

riculum with a 3.9 grade point average. 

The academic honors track in which 
she participated during her four years 
at the magnate school included English, 
French, Italian, geometry, advanced 
algebra, chemistry and physics. She 
also took several advanced placement 
college courses, including calculus. 

Miss Thomas will attend Spelman 
college in Atlanta, GA where she will 
pursue a baccalaureate degree in law 



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Award degrees 
to more 

Two Operations employees, a South 
Shops painter, and a member of the 
Field Review section, Financial Ser- 
vices, were among college students 
receiving diplomas at spring com- 
mencement exercises throughout the 
Chicago eirea. 

Bus Controller Tessa Gaines, a CTA 
employee for 13 yecirs, was awarded 
the master of education degree in cur- 
riculum and instruction from Chicago 
State University in a May 30 com- 
mencement. She earned the degree 
with a 3.84 grade point average on a 
4.0 scale. 

Mrs. Gaines is the wife of Chicago 
Police detective Ronald Geiines, and the 
mother of four children who range in 
age from 14 years to nine months old. 
Her father, George McCoy, was 
recently retired from 77th street garage 
after 28 years of service. 

Another 1987 CSU graduate was 
Lee Cherry, Field Review financial 
reporting and analysis supervisor. 
Cherry, a CTA employee for 19 years, 
received the bachelor of arts degree 
from the Board of Governors program 
with emphasis in accounting. He and 
his wife, Ellen, are the parents of two 
daughters, Larynae, and Misti. 

Graduating from Roosevelt Univer- 
sity with a bachelor of arts degree in 
data processing was Operations Ad- 

Robert D. Kuropas 

ministrative Services department pro- 
grammer/analyst Wendy Jackson. 

Miss Jackson, who joined CTA in 
1983, plans to continue her education 
at Northwestern Kellog School of 
Business for a master of business ad- 
ministration (MBA) degree. 

Graduating from Richard J. Daley 

Lee Cherry 

Community College with an associate 
of applied science degree in transpor- 
tation management was Robert D. 
Kuropas of the South Shops Paint 
Shop. A CTA employee since 1977, he 
is the son of South Shops retiree 
Stanley Kuropas. 

Engineer's son appointed to Naval Academy 

Dennis Penepacker II, 18, son of 
senior structural engineer Dennis 
Penepacker, Sr., and Mrs. Rosemarie 
Penepacker, has accepted an appoint- 
ment to the U.S. Naval Academy at 
Annapolis. He was nominated by U.S. 
Senator Paul Simon. 

Young Penepacker is a 1987 
graduate of Niles North high school, 
where he ranked 10th in a class of 458 
students,and he is a member of the Na- 
tional Honor Society and a National 
Merit Scholar. He was offered a Na- 
tional Merit scholarship to Northwestern 

University, but declined the offer to join 
the Naval Academy's class of 1991. He 
was also accepted at the University of 

While at Niles North, Penepacker 
was drum major of the high school 
marching band, a member of the math 
team and German Club, and served as 
editor of Calliope, the school's literary 

Penepacker, who wants a degree in 
nuclear engineering, will study electrical 
engineering initially. He will enter the 
academy on July 1. 

May-June, 1987 


Supt. Bennett directs youth bowling program 

Young Chicago bowling enthusiasts 
from six years old to age 20 converged 
on the City of Detroit over the Easter 
weekend where they were engaged in 
a national kegler competition for 

Arthur Bennett, superintendent at 
77th Street garage, and other adult 
chaperones were at Starlite Bowl on 
the city's south side as early as 5 a.m. 
on Good Friday, where they loaded 
500 young people onto 11 buses for 
the 280-mile trip to Motor City which 
got underway before the crack of 

Bennett, who is in his first year as 
director of the Chicago Bowling 
Senate for Youth, has been a member 
of the organization for 12 years. "Like 
most things in which parents become 
involved, I got into this program 
because my son wanted to be involved 
in the youth bowling program," said 
Bennett, whose son, Arthur Jr. , at age 
20, is still participating in the Chicago 
Bowling Senate which is open to 

Arthur Bennett [foreground], director of the Chicago Bowling Senate for Youth, is sur- 
rounded by parents who assisted him as chaperones for the 500 young keglers who par- 
ticipated in the national bowling competition in Detroit. 

youths up to 22 years old. Now in his 
eighth season on the road, Bennett 
said," Every Easter weekend I am on 
the highway with the kids." They are 
usually back in Chicago by 5 p.m. 
Easter Sunday. 

The youth bowling program in- 

cludes several members of CTA 
families. "We think we have an ex- 
cellent program which provides our 
young people with wholesome recrea- 
tion, competitiveness, a sense of fair 
play, and accomplishment," Bennett 

General Office Raiders are basketball champs 

The General Office Raiders, coached 
by Arllss Jones and Daryl Lampkins, 
dominated CTA's basketball league 
from start to finish with a 15-1 record, 
scoring an average 90.3 points per 

Led by veteran co-captains Clarence 
Davis and Tyrone Brown, the Raiders 
demonstrated precision performance in 
the deliveries of Tanno Herring, Der- 
rick Washington, and Lomar Springs, 
all new team members. Contributing to 
their outstanding effort was the veteran 
expertise of Elonzo Hill, Darryl West, 

Phillip Gary, and Chester Kidd. 

Guards Herring, West, Brown, and 
Gary, and center Clarence Davis were 
the basic starting Raiders' personnel. 

Springs who joined the team late in 
the season, immediately impacted the 
Raiders' effort with his flashy passes and 
ball handling. Gary and Herring carried 
the scoring load early in the season, and 
both players blended into the team con- 
cept as the season progressed. 

The 1987 championship game was 
a rematch of two of 1986's most ex- 
citing teams, the Raiders and the 

Outlaws. What the Raiders lacked in 
height they compensated with speed 
and hussle, and were never once 

Special recognition is in order for a 
trio of outstanding Raiders mentors, 
head coach Arliss Jones, and coaches 
Daryl Lampkins and Chester Kidd. 
Their season-long concept of the fast 
break basketball, and complete team ef- 
fort paid off. 

The basketball Champions are shown 
on the front cover. 

Keglers' banquet climaxes 
season for 77th St. league 

Trophies for outstanding keglers, 
good food, great music and danc- 
ing marked the 25th annual close- 
of-season banquet for the 77th 
Street Operators' bowling league 
May 8 at south suburban Alsip's 
Condesa Del Mar. 

Receiving handsome individual 
trophies were Levi Wardell, who 
busted 710 pins for high series 
scratch. Taking the individual high 
scratch game trophy with 279 pins 
was Willie Lipsey, Jr. Retiree 
Howard McMillan who topped 

733 pins, garnered the individual 
high series handicap award and Lee 
Burns, the league's most improved 
bowler, received the individual high 
game handicap prize with 280 pins. 
Emery Gipson toppled all keglers 
for the season with a league average 
190.45. Gipson was followed by 
Ron Thompson with 189.76. Other 
respective averages were: Elbert 



Ford, 188.06; Willie Prince, 
187.24; Robert Kendricks, 
186.91; Ben Barnett, 186.73; 
William Thompson, 186.34; Levi 
Warden, 186.08; James Stewart, 
183.18; Ray Williams, 180.92; 
C.V. Johnson, 180.69, and Willie 
Lipsey, Jr., 180.56. 

Team Standings 

Finishing in first place for the 1986 
season was the Pinbusters, followed 
by Friday's Trouble, the 1985-86 
first place team. Other respective 
team placements for the year from 
third to 12th place were: Archer 
Bandits, Golden Arms, Beetles, 
Roadrunners, Thunderballs, 
Leaders, Baggers, Fireballs, Hot 
Rodders, and Hitmen. 

Assisting league officials with 
awarding trophies were 77th Street 
Superintendent Walter Caston, 
ATU 241 Financial Secretary/ 
Treasurer Wanda J. Black, and 
Transit News Editor Richard (Rick) 
Willis. Caston and Willis were ac- 
companied by their wives, Mrs. 
Dianna Caston of the CTA Safety 
department, and Mrs. Dorothy W. 

League President Luther B. Lee 
said the organization is looking for 
enough bowlers to form five new 
teams with five or six men per team. 
Lee said anyone wishing to be a part 
of a new team, or join an existing 
team which needs new members 
should attend the first meeting of the 
1987-88 season which is set for 8 
p.m. Friday, August 14 at the 
Evergreen Tower Bowling Alley in 
Evergreen Park. New Officers will be 
elected at that time, Lee said. The 
season begins activity Friday, August 
21 at Evergreen beginning at 9:30 

Other league members closing out 
the year as officers were: Willie 
Lipsey, vice president; Frank 
Bailey, secretary; Wilson Wash- 
ington, treasurer, and Howard 
McMillan, sergeant-at-arms. 

Displaying their new jackets are members of the second place "Friday's Trouble Theyare(from 
left) John White, Columbus Woods, William Thompson. Calvin McCants. Walter Caston, 
superintendent, 77th Street garage who presented the jackets, Emery Gipson, and Levi Warden. 

Trophies for third place were presented to members of the "Archer Bandits" by Transit News 
editor Rick Willis. tJlembers of the third place team are (from left) E.J. Coleman, Herbie Hodge, 
J.J. Johnson, T. Ireland, S. Simmons, Rick Willis, and Elbert Ford. 

The "Golden Arms ' ' proudly display their fourth place trophies also presented by Transit News 
Editor Rick Willis. They are (from left) J. OIlie, C. Brown, Ron Thompson, Willis, League Secretary 
Frank Bailey, andW.M. Carter. In the background is J.C. White of "Friday's Trouble." 

May-June, 1987 



North Park 

Ask Tony Zenner the benefits of 
curbing your bus and he may not only 
flash you a smile but his new wedding 
ring, too. Seems that a while back, a 
female passenger boarded his bus and 
introductions followed, and well, you 
know the rest. Tony and Kim said their 
"we do's" and boarded the Amtrak train 
to spend their honeymoon in Seattle, 





Washington. ..Line Instructor Jesus Vas- 
quez becomes somewhat of a celebrity 
this year by having the first student, 
Alfonso Reyes, at North Park this sum- 
mer. Though you may not be able to 
tell from their expressions in this picture, 
we're sure they both had a really plea- 
sant time working Clark Street — right 
gentlemen?.. Has anyone else ever 
noticed that operator Marco Coronado 
wears those Oscar de La Renta designer 
ties with his uniform, H-mm...Not just 
a rumor but fact folks! Seems that a cer- 
tain operator who justifiably wants to re- 
main incognito missed a recent pick for 
the summer runs all because he 
overslept. Which wouldn't be so bad if 
for the fact that he only lives three 
blocks from the station! S-hhh! His in- 
itials are V. D. and he lives on Oakdale 
Street... Extra Board operator Zeferino 
Guerrero, Jr. has only been on the job 
a little over fifteen months and, lo and 
behold, has received a commendation 
for coming to the aid of a young female 
passenger who fainted aboard his bus. 
Oh well, at least Mr. Guerrero Junior 

didn't faint when his wife America gave 
him his first look at their newborn first 

son Zeferino Guerrero, III at the 

hospital a few months ago... 

Would you believe that Sally Olivier, 
Vondietra Butler, Frances Walker, 
Maria Agnew, Maria Perea, Olivia 
Hewitt, Maggie Chitto, Wanda Hall, 
lona Williams and Diane McPeek are 
just a few of the operators who have 
signed up for the new ladies softball 
team that practices at 55th & King Drive 
on the southside Tuesday mornings? 
Maybe some of their male counterparts 
on the North Park Styx or Breezer's 
baseball team will come out and offer 
some well intentioned winning ways, 
huh guys?!. ..Even though we haven't 
seen operator Alice Richman around 
the station' for many of the past months, 
we knew she was off sick, but we did 
spot her just recently and knew she was 
in better health because she had her 
trademark toothpick' nearby; so stay 
healthy there kiddo... 

Did Halipson Rivera and his wife 
Anna get their son Adrian one of those 
expensive Teddy Ruxpin teddybears for 
his third birthday on the fifteenth of 
March? If not, we hope young Adrian 
hasn't learned how to read at least this 
issue yet folks... Even though 'those 
guys' at the back of the garage, none 
other than the North Park repair depart- 
ment's North Park Dogs softball team, 

have a two-year undefeated team stan- 
ding, how come we don't have a game 
between the gentlemen who drive the 
buses and the gentlemen who repair 
them? After all, we are in a sense 'all 
on the same team' are we not peo- 
ple?... Sight seen: supervisor William 
McDonald providing super-duper ser- 
vice replacing an outside left mirror on 
one of the Clark Street buses after the 
operator's call to control had been on 
the air just a short while... 

Extra board operator Angel Cabrera 
and his wife Laura will mark the 29th 
of August as a special day because they 
will have been married eight thousand, 
three hundred and ninety-five days. 
And just in case either one of them gets 
a little confused adding all of these pass- 
ing days for their anniversary, they 
always can turn to their daughter 
Jacqueline who graduated this June 
from Northeastern University with a 
B.A. degree in Accounting. And as 
long as we're speaking of graduates, we 
better mention that Mr. and Mrs. 
Cabrera also have another daughter 
Jennie who will graduate from Good 
Council High School and plans to at- 
tend St. Norbert College in Wisconsin 
as a pre-law student... 

If and when Lorraine Newton brings 
along a photograph of her daughter 
Nyree, who is all of 14 years of age and 
graduating from Crown Academy, we 
will include it for one of our future 
issues. O.K. now Lorraine, you are 
now committed in print for that photo. . . 

And if we don't mention that Imelda 
"Cookie" Brown has a daughter Cina, 
14, graduating from Nettlehorst School, 
this wouldn't be news about some of 
North Park's finest. Besides, Cookie will 
probably forget to mention — until way 
later — that there is going to be a wed- 
ding on the 23rd of August at Faith 
Tabernacle Church; so now everyone 
reading this can inquire "where's my 

Badge *4924 belongs to operator 
Maurice Hanna and he says he still has 
his certificate of completion meaning 
800, right, 800 hours of training in his 
endeavor to become a bus mechanic. 
Anyone in the repair department — 
anyone — could you please take note 
of this perhaps?... 

How many magicians did you ever 
recall seeing that looked so serious as 
the gentleman pictured here? Lo and 



behold, it's really all Sam Favre can do 
to keep from laughing, because he's 
such a success as a magician. He 
recently performed at the 77th Station's 
Credit Union festivities at none other 
than the Condessa del Mar and was 
paid double his usual fee from this latest 

One of the North Park B's football 
team members was recently 
hospitalized (operator Robert Cook), 
and we are happy to let those who were 
not aware of it know that he is up and 
about and doing his best to adjust to his 
recent illness. Way to go. Bob!!... 

We've known him since North 
Avenue Garage and never seen him 
without his grey scarf during the winter 
months. So after all these years, Diego 
Santos-Rios now sports a fashionable 
brown scarf which should just about 
make it until he retires, (smile)... 
Just in case his many friends out in 
Skokie don't see him, operator Drago 
Pancic has retired as of May 1, 1987. 
Drago has a total of twenty-five years 
service with the CTA and is another 
veteran who began his career at the 
Keeler garage and then came to North 
Park. Retiree Pancic and his wife Herta 
recently moved from Chicago to Glen- 
view, Illinois and, after things are a bit 
settled on the homefront, they plan 
to head for Europe as tourists visiting 
Austria, Germany and Yugoslavia for 
a few months... 

On a sad note, we have to mention 
that retiree Willard Frieb, who formerly 
worked the Evanston run, passed away 
on May 14. Willard was the President 
of the North Park Credit Union for over 
ten years, and he is sure going to be 
missed from among the many friends 
he's made over the years... 

Rambo on crutches? Here at North 
Park? C'mon, you knew it was only 
Walter Merritt hobbling about telling 
anyone who would listen that he's mak- 
ing it as best he can, but he would try 
and make it to the paymaster's window 
to pick up his check... 

Another proud father is operator 
German Gutierrez and his wife Ir- 
mina. Their eleven-year-old daughter 
Grisel was elected to be President of 
the Beta Club's honor roll at the Lloyd 
Grammar School. She already knows 
that she would like to be a doctor when 
she gets older. So, perhaps, this could 
be a hint for someone to start working 
a little overtime soon — don't you think 
Mr. Operator?... 

Box puller John Weber appreciates 
the comments but save the whistles 
please. John is apparently the first here 
at North Park to work/model the new 
summer uniforms at the vault islands, 
and they do seem to look comfortable. 
When do the winter wardrobe models 
come out, sir?... 

Blame it on pollution, or the inflation 
situation, but is it true that schedule man 
Ed "the grouch" returns from the latest 
fishing trek with some mini versions of 
finned families?... 

Shown being sworn in at the April 
Union meeting ceremonies is operator 
Leonard Lloyd, center, making him an 
official election commissioner for the 
next three years. Any plans for higher 
elected office, Mr. President? oops, ... 
Look for a forthcoming paragraph 
and/or picture of the first gathering of 
the North Park Camera Club's meeting 
at Graceful Graceland Cemetery. BOO! 
Mike Flares 


Lane Tech High School Graduates 

Class of January 1955 

For possible reunion 

What year? We missed all the big ones. 


Jim Curtis 3971 NW 108 Drive 

Coral Springs, FL 33065 




Robert E. Adler, West Section, 26 Yrs. 
DeWayne W. Allen, 77th St., 39 Yrs. 
Isaac J. Barho, Fac. Engr. & Maint., 27 Yrs. 
Dominic L. Casalino, Mad /Wabash, 39 Yrs. 
Raymond Cracco, West Shops, 13 Yrs. 
Louis A. Domokos, Sl<okie Shop, 15 Yrs 
Eleanor M. Driscoll, Executive Office, 27 Yrs. 
Eric Kahn, West Shops, 12 Yrs. 
John R. Kilgore, Forest Glen. 25 Yrs. 
Casimir J. Kotara, West Shops. 38 Yrs. 
Frances Mularski, Revenue Acctg., 12 Yrs. 
James A. Olsen, Equip Engr. & Maint., 25 Yrs 
Drago A. Pancic, North Park. 25 Yrs. 
James W. Patterson, South Section, 25 Yrs. 
Booker T. Thomason Jr., 69th Street, 28 Yrs 
Theodore R. Williams, Mad /Wabash, 31 Yrs 


James Barlow, Kedzie, 7 Yrs. 

Ada M. Torres, West Section. 14 Yrs. 


Harold C. Bemdt Sr., Washington/Racine, 

40 Yrs. 
Ralph M. Brindise, Forest Glen, 39 Yrs. 
Euel Bunton, Madison/Wabash, 34 Yrs. 
Owen J. Calhoun, 69th Street, 11 Yrs. 
William R. Christiansen, Fac. Engr. & Maint., 

12 Yrs 
Andrew J. Cunningham, West Shops, 33 Yrs 
James Cunningham, 95th Street, 30 Yrs. 
Thomas Davis, Beverly, 30 Yrs. 
William E. Echols, 77th Street, 30 Yrs. 
David G. Eggersdorf, Transportation, 29 Yrs. 
Frenchie G. Ellis, Administration/Safety, 36 Yrs. 
Robert H. English, 77th Street. 29 Yrs. 
Edward J. Evans, South Shops, 44 Yrs. 
Jerry Gaba, West Shops, 12 Yrs. 
Richard J. Grajek, South Shops, 35 Yrs. 
Robert R. Hudson, 77th Street, 30 Yrs. 
Alfred N. Jackson, Stores-South, 33 Yrs. 
Edward J. Uwson, 69th Street. 27 Yrs. 
George W. McCoy, 77th Street, 27 Yrs. 
C. Errico Miller, District A, 30 Yrs. 
James Mincey Jr. .District A, 36 Yrs. 
Leonard C. Moore, 77th Street, 30 Yrs 
Chester J. Olenski, North Park. 25 Yrs. 
Edward M. Panik, Lawndale, 28 Yrs. 
James L. Pruett Jr., 77th Street, 30 Yrs. 
Mary H. Ritter, South Section, 27 Yrs. 
Richard M. Schneider, Equip. Engr. & Maint., 

43 Yrs 
James W. Sims, 77th Street, 36 Yrs. 
Robert B. Tausch, West Shops, 39 Yrs. 
Arthur Turner, Congress, 34 Yrs. 

McClinton Corbin, Madison/Wabash, 17 Yrs 
Jesse D. Mayfield, Kedzie. 18 Yrs 
Willy C. Turner, Skokie Shop, 19 Yrs, 

May-June, 1987 




Car servicer Gary E. Izzo, Rosemont 
shop, and his bride, the former Lisa 
Hartman, spent their honeymoon in 
Phoenix and Las Vegas. The happy 
couple were married April 11 at St. 
Symphorosa church. Gary is the son of 
Herman E. Izzo who retired in 1983 
as a general repairman at Rosement 
shop after 36 years of CTA employ- 
ment... Friends and family of 1979 

retiree Major W. Chatman and his wife 
Beatrice, celebrated the couple's 50th 
wedding anniversary April 5 with a 
golden anniversary feast, good music 
and dancing at the Hilton Inn of Oak 
Lawn. A printed program statement 
noted, "There is no way we can fully 
express our love and respect for their 
lifetime of dedication to God and to 
their family, but we hope they will ac- 
cept this gathering of family and friends 
as an indication of our appreciation." 
The Chatmans' family includes son 
Robert; daughter, Mrs. Carolyn L. 
Browne of CTA Administrative Ser- 
vices; a granddaughter, two grandsons, 
and a great-granddaughter. Chatman, 
a bus operator for 31 years, was 
assigned at 69th Street garage... 
Celebrating their 54th wedding anniver- 
sary recently was George and Louise 
Johnson. The 92-year old Mr. 
Johnson, a CTA retiree for 28 years, 
recently visited the CTA general office. 

He still likes to drive, and frequently 
takes trips to visit his brother in 
Southern Illinois. He praises God for 
the love of a wonderful family which in- 
cludes three children, five grand- 
children, and a great-grandchild. His life 
is centered around the Reformed 
Church where he is listed as "Someone 

to Know. "...George Hollendoner, Jr., 

the 13-year-old, 155 pounder son of 
CTA mechanic George, Sr. of the 
South Shops Brake department, took 
first place in the Illinois Kids Wrestling 
Federation tournament in Southern Il- 
linois. A wrestler for five years, the 
youth has had two state appearances, 
and has earned the State title as well as 
an undefeated record. He is the holder 
of the Outstanding Wrestling award, 
and was eligible for competition in the 
June Illinois Kids Wrestling Nationals in 
Minnesota. He is the grandson of Carl 
and Jean Gustafson. Mrs. Gustafson 
retired from the CTA Print Shop. . .Con- 
gratulations are abo in order to new col- 
lege graduate Eric G. Yabush who 
recently received a bachelor of arts 
degree in political science and speech 
from the University of Wisconsin at 
LaCrosse. Eric was co-captain of the 
university's hockey team and was voted 
the baseball team's most valuable 
player. He is the son of CTA Public Af- 
fairs media coordinator Don Yabush, 
and his wife, Caroline. 

Repairer Gregory Smith. North Park 
Garage, and tiis wife, Shannon are the proud 
parents of new born son Gregory, Jr.. born 
Dec. 12. Equally proud are grandparents Ber- 
nice Smith, executive secretary. Equipment 
Engineering and hAaintenance, and Aaron 
Swoope. Equipment Engineering and 
Maintenance, retired. 

Service anniversaries 
40 Years in May 

Joseph Lacy, Track & Roadway 
Allen Pfeiffer, Group Sales 

35 Years 

Samuel Charles, Ashland, 61st, 95th 
Edward Freeman. Rail Janitors 

30 Years 

Leo Armstrong. Central District 

James Cunningham. Ashland, 61st. 95th 

Thomas Davis. Beverly 

William Echols, 77th Street 

Arthur Green, Jr., 69th Street 

James Harris, Beverly 

Eugene Hill. Utility 

Willie Johnson. North Avenue 

Nathan Lanier. Kedzie 

Theodore Mack. Bus Instruction 

Clifford Miller, Bus District A 

Daniel Montrel. Operations Review 

James Moore, North Avenue 

Albert Murdock. Track & Roadway 

James Pruett, Jr., 77th Street 

Hercules Smith, Archer 

Leon Washington. 77th Street 

Raymond Wiley. 77th Street 

25 Years 

Theodore Baughn, 69th Street 
Clark Carter. Bus Personnel North 
John Guzaitis. Escalator Maint. 
Carl Hanson. Bus District D 
Colonial Heard, Jr.. Rail Janitors 
John Hennessy. Brake Shop 
William Meany, Shop Service 
Lucretia Russell. Agents District 

40 Years June 

Frank Wisniewski. Bus Radio Maint 

35 Years 

Bernadette Kizior. Facil Eng & Maint 
Mario Ziocchi, Paint Shop 

30 Years 

Lawyer Durr, Utility 
Charles HaU. Tmg & Dvlpt 
Harold Hirsch, Operations Planning 
Anthony Kemp. Forest Glen 
Alvin Norris. 77th Street 
Karlis Robenzieks. Central District 
Randolph Stewart, 77th Street 
John Wallace. Control Center 
Herbert Williams. Beverly 

25 Years 

Aubrey Boiling. Ashland. 61st. 95th 
James Coleman. Beverly 
Emery Gipson, Jr.. Bus District A 
Ervin Harris, Trng. & Dvlpt, 
John Jovanovich, Jefferson Park 
Mack Page. Inspec . Degrease & 

Thomas Porter, Conv & Diff 
James Richardson. Jr.. 69th Street 
Narciso Ruiz, Jr., 77th Street 

Dale Potter. West Shops (Nov, '86) 



The Breakfast Bunch, a southside group of 
CTA retirees organized by retired CTA file clerl< 
Simmons Gibson (above), has joined forces 
with the Anniversary Club, another retiree 
group which was founded by CTA retiree 
Marion Brittain who now resides in Atlanta, 
GA. The two groups meet at 10 a.m. each first 
Wednesday at Queen of the Sea restaurant, 
87th and Stony Island Av., where information 
of particular interest to retirees is made 
available through representatives of other 
agencies, including transit union officials. Gib- 
son said the spokesman for the CTA retiree 
organization is former 77th Street bus operator 
and Credit Union officer Clifton Servant. He 
urged retirees to make a note in their calen- 
dar of events for each first Wednesday, ' 'and 
come join us."... 

^Skokie Shops 

Congratulations to machinist Grant 
[Barney] Noland, Jr., and his wife, 
Eileen , on the birth of their daughter, 
Colleen Anne, on April 10. Born at 
Christ Hospital, she tipped the scales 
at 9 pounds, 6 ounces. Also receiving 
a visit from the stork was electrical 
preparer Terry Sabatini and his wife, 
Nancy, proud parents of 7 pound, 12 
ounce Kelly Kerwin, their first child. 
Kelly was born at Little Company of 
Mary Hospital on April 18. 

On a sad note, all of us. at Skokie 
Shops extend our deepest sympathy 
to the family of shopman Jimmy 
Cunningham of the Machine Shop. 
Jimmy passed away on May 4. His 
smile and wonderful sense of humor 
will be missed by us all. 

A speedy recovery to my good 
fnend, car pool partner and co- 
reporter Steve Wickert. Steve is 
recovering at home after surgery. 
Hope to see you back soon, Steve. 




Well, the warm weather has arrived . 
We'll be tending our gardens, hitting 
the golf links and the highways. Please 
exercise caution in whatever you do. 
Enjoy yourselves, and have a safe 
summer ^^^^ Warchol 

Vincent Dentamaro, 75, car serviceman at 
Kimball terminal, who retired in June 1973 
after nearly 17 years of CTA service, died 
March 14 at his home in Carbonara Bari, 
Italy. He is survived by his wife, Antonia. 

Joseph Anthony, 69, Beverly, 

Emp 6-16-60. Died 3-8-87 
Edward J. Becker, 79, Engineering, 

Emp. 7-16-41, Died 3-21-87 
Dorothy J. Bell, 66, Equip Eng. & 


Emp. 10-26-53, Died 3-14-87 
Max Bohze, 82, Skol^ie, 

Emp. 8-2-27, Died 4-29-87 
Samuel J. Boyd, 72, Beverly, 

Emp. 7-23-52, Died 3-5-87 
Michael P. Cronin, 82, North Section, 

Emp 8-29-29, Died 4-7-87 
Theodore R. Dagan, 87, Shops & 


Emp. 3-25-25, Died 3-15-87 
John J. Davis, 85, Claims, 

Emp. 3-12-29, Died 4-15-87 
Vincent Dentamaro, 75, Shops & 


Emp. 10-19-56, Died 3-14-87 
Anthony DiBenedetto, 68, Utility, 

Emp. 8-13-45, Died 3-2-87 
Cornelius J. Dillon, 74, Utility, 

Emp. 12-11-40. Died 4-14-87 
Raymond H. Dobbertin, 59, Lawndale, 

Emp. 9-10-47, Died 3-13-87 
Patrick Donoghue, 90, 77th Street, 

Emp. 4-23-24, Died 3-21-87 
Joseph Durczak, 79, Engineering, 

Emp. 5-16-40, Died 3-24-87 
Joseph Dwyer, 91, North Section, 

Emp. 1-23-29, Died 4-27-87 
George W. Elliott, 81, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 10-8-45, Died 4-7-87 
Earl V. Essington, 88, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 10-24-27, Died 3-25-87 
Robert Gottlieb, 77, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 10-26-37, Died 4-1-87 
Joseph L. Griffin, 80, Beverly, 

Emp. 2-27-45, Died 4-4-87 

Russell Grod, 69, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-9-48, Died 4-4-87 
Joseph J. Hemzacek, 82, 


Emp. 11-7-33, Died 4-17-87 
James Hester, 90, North Avenue, 

Emp. 2-27-28, Died 3-5-87 
Rose Higgins, 96, North Section, 

Emp. 5-12-45, Died 3-28-87 
Wilfred E. Jannusch, 76, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 6-25-37, Died 4-2-87 
Robert N. Jewett, 78, 52nd Street, 

Emp. 2-20-43. Died 4-18-87 
Harry L. Johnson, 73, 52nd Street, 

Emp 6-24-46, Died 4-14-87 
C. C. Jones, 55, Archer, 

Emp. 9-4-57, Died 3-12-87 
Jeremiah Kane, 88, 77th Street, 

Emp. 3-26-26, Died 3-30-87 
Victor Kariolich, 82, Engineering, 

Emp. 4-4-28, Died 4-12-87 
Emil E. Klipp, 85, Desplaines, 

Emp. 1-30-34, Died 4-5-87 
Mato Kuchan, 98, Way & Structures, 

Emp. 7-7-27, Died 3-6-87 
Guy Lepore, 82, Shops & Equip,, 

Emp. 8-3-29, Died 4-27-87 
Charles F. McDermott, 77, 

Forest Park, 

Emp. 4-6-29, Died 4-3-87 
John McGrail, 90, Kedzie, 

Emp. 10-9-17, Died 3-16-87 
William J. O'Brien, 74, 77th Street, 

Emp. 1-27-43, Died 4-25-87 
Elmer J. Pipcorn, 87, South Section, 

Emp. 9-29-42, Died 3-2-87 
Edward L. Rivers, 67, Archer, 

Emp. 1-28-57, Died 4-2-87 
Mabel L. Ryan. 89, Lake, 

Emp. 5-1-47, Died 4-25-87 

Louise A. Sandstrom, 79, Engineering, 

Emp. 2-12-68, Died 3-2-87 
Martin H. Sexton, 75, North Avenue, 

Emp, 5-17-48, Died 3-8-87 
Jacob Silha, 98, Lawndale, 

Emp, 7-14-20, Died 3-7-87 
Albert Silins, 63, North Section, 

Emp, 2-15-51, Died 3-20-87 
Joseph P. Smith, 90, Shops & Equip , 

Emp, 11-29-44, Died 3-14-87 
Michael A. Sode, 76, Claims, 

Emp, 2-17-42, Died 3-6-87 
Joseph L. Sojka, 71, Madison/Wabash, 

Emp, 9-28-40, Died 3-7-87 
Frank J. Steiner, 80, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 8-29-45, Died 4-8-87 
Adam E. Stresen, 84, West Section, 

Emp. 6-24-47, Died 4-6-87 
Reuben C. Thomas, 52, Kedzie, 

Emp, 5-14-62, Died 2-28-87 
Harry S. Tishler, 85, West Section, 

Emp, 6-13-27, Died 3-27-87 
Charles H. Trauscht, 79, Beverly, 

Emp, 3-26-34, Died 3-30-87 
Stanley J. Turek, 73, Limits, 

Emp, 11-19-41, Died 3-12-87 
Joseph C. Vogel, 80, Special Invest., 

Emp. 11-19-41, Died 3-12-87 
Joseph W. Walinchius, 85, 

South Section, 

Emp. 7-1-42, Died 1-22-87 
Thomas Yapelli, 69, North Avenue, 

Emp. 9-20-44, Died 4-5-87 
Ralph A. Zaccariello, 69, 77th Street, 

Emp. 6-5-50, Died 3-24-87 
Edwin R. Zimmerman, 96, 

West Section, 

Emp. 9-27-26. Died 4-7-87 

May-June. 1982 


"say ■»• 
to drugs 

CTA supported the national public awareness cam- 
paign on drug abuse by participating in tine May 9, first- 
of-its-kind, "Say No! to Drugs" parade. 

The hour-and-a-half-long parade, televised by ABC-TV 
Channel 7, stepped off at 10:30 a.m. with 184 entries 
and piaure-perfect weather. Entries included the three 
CTA mini-buses-articulated, standard, and double- 
decker-decorated with signs which read, "CTA, The 
Only Worthwhile Trip'-Say No! to Drugs." 

The three mini-buses, circa 1967, were built by a 
special Explorer Scout Post sponsored by volunteers at 
South Shops, and trained in carpentry, welding, elec- 
trical work, and similar trade skills. 

Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, CTA executive director. 

read a public service announcement on behalf of 
employees, urging Chicagoans to say no to drugs and 
seek assistance groups. 

"The Say No! to Drugs Campaign appears to be an ef- 
fective tool in combatting individuals from exploring the 
use of drugs. I wholeheartedly support any efforts of 
this kind," said Michael Stroden, director. Employee 
Assistance Program. 

C. W. Baxa, CTA Public Affairs manager, said of 
CTA's role in the parade, "The cooperation of so many 
CTA employees really made our participation a true 
success-from the Utility Department to our Sign Shop 
and so many in between. We needed everyone's par- 
ticipation and we thank them for it." 

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page 5 

CTA Superior Public Service honorees met gram at the Navy Pier grand ballroom, 

with Ben Garrett [second from left], deputy Displaying their certificates of recognition are 

executive director, Human Resources and [from left] Norbert Koscienski, Michael 

Benefit Services, following the awards pro- J. Stroden, and Julius E. Brazil. 

Meeting the 
challenge of tomorrow 

Robert E. Paaswell, Executive Director 

Fellow Employees: 

In the few months I have been at CTA, I have 
witnessed a high quaUty of transit service - made possi- 
ble because of your continuing diligence in the pursuit of 
our common goal: excellence! 

Past accomplishments and a variety of future pro- 
grams reflect CTA's ongoing commitment to providing 
the best possible service for its ridership. Numerous 
operating efficiencies and budget reductions have 
resulted in positive budget balances for the last four 
years. This enabled us to increase rail car repairs, pur- 
chase bus washers and utility vehicles and modernize our 
coin-counting equipment. 

Following are some of our accomplishments, ongoing 
programs and goals which we hope to meet in the 

Convenient, on-time service 

• establishment of an interdepartmental Service Quality 
Policy Committee to work toward improving conven- 
ience of service 

• QuickPass demonstration project aimed at expediting 
passenger flow at rail stations 

• renovation of rail station facilities including new bus 
shelters, windbreaks, lighting and heating at rail sta- 
tions and replacement of up to 950 buses and 280 rail 
cars by 1991 

• a new rail line to Midway Airport; scheduled for com- 
pletion in 1993, the line is expected to serve 119,000 
riders daily 

• ongoing implementation of higher maintenance stan- 
dards via Operation BUS [Better Ultimate Service], a 
pilot program designed to improve the reliability- and 
appearance of our bus fleet 

Passenger safety and security 

• the CTA Bus Security Program, providing a special 
Chicago police security unit to patrol selected bus 
routes; a Mass Transit Unit consisting of Chicago 
police officers who patrol the rail system 

• CTA's ongoing safety and training efforts which 
resulted in 1986 being the safest year in history on the 
bus and rail systems 

• implementation in 1987 of a videotape security training 
program for conductors and motormen; the program, 
with the ongoing ticket agent and bus operator security 
training programs, will provide instruction in on-the- 
job security measures for approximately 6,000 
operating and station employees 

• twice-a-year presentation of the CTA Technical In- 
stitute [CTATI] for transit related operating and 
governmental agencies, giving a comprehensive over- 
view of the functioning of a major mass transit system 


• fare structure studies to determine more equitable and 
efficient fares and provide a coherent framework for 
future fare pricing decisions 

• installation of electronic fareboxes on buses to offer 
passenger payment convenience and increase the effi- 
ciency of collecting and processing fares and ridership 

Routes and Schedules 

• ongoing refinement of bus route schedules based on 
ridership demands 

• institution of a demand-responsive Special Services 
Program for disabled riders; the program, utilizing 
four private carriers, has resulted in a four-fold in- 
crease in ridership since 1985 

• special studies undertaken to identify West Side rail 
line track and structures in need of improvements and 
to determine types and quantities of buses to be pur- 


• an ongoing coordinated effort utilizing surveys to iden- 
tify ridership needs and an aggressive marketing cam- 
paign to address those needs and increase ridership 

• installation of special TV monitors at 17 of CTA's 
busiest stations; monitors will feature news, weather, 
CTA travel information and advertising 

• recent introduction of two new route maps, one for 
the entire system and the other for the O'Hare rail line 

• implementation of the new uniform program for CTA 
bus and rail personnel; the stylish new uniforms, which 
represent a positive new image at CTA, were 
nominated for the 1987 Image of the Year Awards 

Communication with the public 

• ongoing maintenance of dialogue with community ad- 
visory boards, committees and neighborhood forums, 
assuring timely exchange of concerns between CTA 
and the public 


Professionalism and integrity 

• ongoing provision of sensitivity training for special ser- 
vices drivers and CTA bus operators 

• annual hosting of the Striving for Excellence 
Testimonial in honor and recognition of employees 
with exemplary work performance 

Hiring and contracting 

• pursuit of an aggressive Affirmative Action program in 
recruiting, hiring, training and promotion of minorities 
and women 

• provision of training, through a special demonstration 
grant, for representatives from Disadvantaged Business 
Enterprises [DBE's] and Women Business Enterprises 

Working environment 

• ongoing construction and rehabilitation projects to im- 
prove employee safety and security; this year, the new 
103rd/Stony Garage will be completed. North Avenue 
Garage construction will begin, and repairs will be 
made to Skokie Shops 

• ongoing Zero Accident Program in recognition of low, 
or zero, frequency of work related accidents at 
maintenance facilities 

• ongoing Employee Safety Performance Program, a 
quality circle concept permitting interaction between 
operating, maintenance and management personnel in 
the interest of promoting safety, security and efficiency 
in CTA operations 

As Executive Director of CTA, I take great pride both 
in our numerous accomplishments and in the many CTA 
employees who have made them possible. Your unwaver- 
ing dedication to CTA's mission - providing high quality 
transit service that meets the needs of metropolitan 
Chicago - places you in the forefront among public ser- 
vice employees. Your single-mindedness of purpose 
serves us well in our endeavor to make CTA the model 
of the modern mass transit system. 

I welcome your suggestions on how we may further 
enhance our role as a provider of mass transit. Ms.. Cyn- 
thia Florence, Superintendent II, Operations Division, 
and Mr. Leon Fields, Maintenance Foreman, Engineer- 
ing and Maintenance Division, as my communications 
liaisons, are visiting various vvork locations to elicit your 
ideas on how to better serve our ridership and make 
CTA the best it can be. 

In moving toward the future, we must continue to 
strive for the highest quality of service. Armed with the 
confidence that comes from pride in past achievements 
and inspired by a sense of united effort, let us meet the 
challenge of tomorrow. 


Robert E. Paaswell, 
Executive Director 

Safety First at CTA 

Executive Director Robert E. Paaswell presents a Certificate of 
Achievement for the CTA 's improved bus operator's safety record 
to Acting Senior Deputy Executive Director Harry Reddrick of the 
Operations Division. The APTA certificate honors CTA for its 
reduction of vehicle and passenger accidents in 1986. 

Public Safety awards for the first quarter of 1987-88 were 
presented by safety manager Thomas Boyle [holding plaque] to 
superintendents of Archer garage and Douglas rail terminal. Pla- 
ques were presented on the basis of the lowest frequency of traf- 
fic and passenger accidents involving other vehicles, fixed ob- 
jects and CTA riders. Archer earned its safety plaque with 38 
accident-free days for the first quarter, while Douglas had 89 
accident-free days. Representing Archer ga rage a re [above]: Isaac 
Clark, assistant superintendent; Ronald Catanzaro, garage 
superintendent, and Thomas Riley, area superintendent, South. 
Douglas terminal representatives were Superintendent David 
Curry, and Roosevelt Cory, assistant superintendent. 

July-August 1987 

Gloria Chevere appointed as 
senior deputy, Administration 

Gloria Chevere has been appointed 
senior deputy executive director of 
Administration by Dr. Robert E. 
Paaswell, CTA executive director. 
"Ms. Chevere, former deputy com- 
missioner of the City Department of 
Planning, has a proven, professional 
track record in management," 
Paaswell said. "Her knowledge of the 
disciplines it entails makes her a splen- 
did choice and a key player, as CTA 
reorganizes to face crucial issues mov- 
ing into the next century." 

CTA Chairman Walter H. Clark 
added, "She will be an excellent addi- 
tion to our capable staff." 

As senior deputy executive director 
of Administration, Chevere heads the 
Finance and Planning/Marketing/ 
Development divisions, and the Pur- 
chasing and Disadvantaged Business 
Enterprise [DBE]/Contract Com- 
pliance departments. 

Ms. Chevere, a lawyer, is a native 
Chicagoan with credentials in banking, 
strategic planning, and budget con- 
trols. She is a graduate of John Mar- 
shall Law school and Northeastern Il- 
linois university, with a double major 
degree in Political Science and 
Sociology. As deputy commissioner of 

the Department of Planning, she over- 
saw the Neighborhood Planning Divi- 
sion and was an active participant in 
that department's corporate and 
federal budgets, coordinator of UDAG 
[Urban Development Action Grant] 
and IDAG .[Illinois Development Ac- 
tion Grant] , as well as all tax increment 
financing projects for the city's central 

Prior to her city post, Ms. Chevere 
was president of the Knights of St. 
John Credit Union, and, under her 
tutelage, the union's assets more than 
tripled in three years. 

Dr. Paaswell affirmed "that Ms. 
Chevere's extensive background in 
marketing makes her an outstanding 
asset, and the logical selection for this 
administrative position, which requires 
a leader with Ms. Chevere's top-notch 
skills. CTA is fortunate that the search 
for this position has ended with Ms. 
Chevere's placement." 

Welcoming receptions honoring Ms. 
Chevere were held by the Hispanic 
American Transportation Association 
on June 17 at Tanya's restaurant on 
the near north side, and by the Na- 
tional Hispanic Transportation 
Organization on July 24 at Button's 
restaurant in the Holiday Inn Mart 

Ms. Chevere has served as a Board 
member of the Knights of St. John 
Credit Union, the Puerto Rican 
Chamber of Commerce, the Girl 
Scouts of Chicago, and the Women's 
Self Employment Project. 

Ms. Chevere resides in Lakeview 
with her husband and twin sons. 

Bar Association honors CTA 
General Attorney Hughes 

CTA General Attorney Joyce Hughes received the Cook 
County Bar Association's Public Service Award for her "ex- 
emplary performance in public service," at the association's 
73rd annual awards meeting. 

The award, in the form of a plaque, was presented to Ms. 
Hughes by Lewis Nixon, dinner chairman, and John O. 
Steele, outgoing president of the 850-member association. 

Ms. Hughes was among a group of political and legal pro- 
fessionals to receive awards at the Chicago Hilton and 
Towers hotel. About 300 persons attended the Awards and 
Installation Dinner Meeting. Attorney Llwellyn Greene- 
Thapedi was installed as the association's new president. 

The Cook County Bar Association, founded in 1914, is 
one of the nation's oldest and largest minority bar associa- 

CTA General Attorney Joyce Hughes [right] and newly-elected 
association president Llwellyn Greene-Thapedi share the 
limelight at the Cook County Bar Asociation's 73rd annual awards 


Honor three 
CTA employees for superior public service 

Three distinguished CTA 
employees were honored as finalists at 
the 19th annual Superior Public Ser- 
vice awards dinner held at the Navy 
Pier grand ballroom on June 25. 

Receiving recognition for their years 
of outstanding service to the Chicago 
Transit Authority were Michael 
Stroden, director, Employee 
Assistance Program; Norbert Kos- 
cienski. Systems Safety/Fire Preven- 
tion investigator, and Julius E. 
Brazil, general services 


Michael Stroden, director of 
CTA's Employee Assistance Program, 
is responsible for the day-to-day ac- 
tivities of EAP. Problems of 
alcoholism, drug abuse, or a variety of 
other social illnesses which may affect 
an employee are addressed through 
the program. 

Stroden designed, developed, and 
implemented the program, and 
established training for more than 
1,000 supervisory personnel. 

Stroden, who joined CTA in 1976, 
said the major function of Employee 
Counseling is to help employees find 
solutions to problems which could 
jeopardize their jobs. 

Norbert Koscienski, who joined 
CTA in 1962, distinguished himself 
after having a laryngectomy [surgical 
removal of the voice box] in 1985. 
The Safety Systems Fire Prevention 
investigator and his wife, Carol, have 
done extensive volunteer work for the 
American Cancer Society. The couple 
makes pre and post-surgical visits to 
laryngectomy patients and their 
families to offer information, support 
and hope. 

Koscienski, who lives in the Jeffer- 
son Park area, was recently awarded a 
certificate for "superior performance 
and excellence " in esophageal speech 
from the therapy department of 
Swedish Covenant hospital. 

Thomas Boyle, manager. Systems 
Safety/Quality Control, praised Kos- 
cienski as an outstanding employee 
who has overcome great odds. "He 

has been, and continues to be, an in- 
spiration for his co-workers, " Boyle 

Julius E. Brazil, an Air Force 
veteran, joined CTA in 1954 as a bus 
operator assigned to Devon Avenue. 
He later served as a station clerk, and 
has been a CTA photographer since 
1977. As a photographer, Brazil has 
distinguished himself by his proficiency 
as well as his integrity and devotion to 
the principles of public service. 

Michael Hoffert, supervisor. 
Photographic Services, commented, 
"Over the years, Julius has 
demonstrated the willingness to go 
that extra step to get a job accomplish- 
ed, many times on his own time." 

Brazil, who believes that "every day 
has a highlight if you know what to 
look for," is a community-spirited in- 
dividual, and is active as a member of 
the Tabernacle Baptist church where 
his pastor, the Rev. George B. 
Hunter, says he is a part of the church 
youth programs. 

CTA painters bow for the red, white and green 

Some painters win praise for their 
landscapes, others for their still lifes 
and portraits. Six CTA painters recent- 
ly took bows for their "station," CTA's 
Argyle 'L' station, that is. 

The painters were honored at a lun- 
cheon held by the Asian American 

Small Business Association of Chicago 
located on Argyle street, just east of 
Broadway. The Argyle 'L' station is 
flanked by this business community. 

Honored at the luncheon were CTA 
painters Pat Forde, Earl Knudsen, 
Ron Santello, Jack Flynn, Ed 

CTA painters honored recently were [from left] Pat Forde, Earl Knudsen, Ron Santella, 
Jack Flynn, Ed Burke, and Noo Shig Salvador. With them on the Argyle 'L' station 
platform is Charlie Soo, director of the Asian American Small Business Association 
of Chicago. 

July-August 1987 

Burke, and Noo Shig Salvador. 

The Argyle 'L' station was painted a 
number of years ago in the Oriental 
colors of red, white, and green, signi- 
fying longevity and prosperity. Forde, 
Knudsen, and Santello gave the sta- 
tion a scheduled coat of fresh paint as 
part of CTA's periodic painting pro- 
gram for its elevated stations. Painters 
Flynn, Burke, and Salvador are graffiti 
removers who help wage CTA's 
relentless fight to keep its property 

"We are proud and pleased with this 
added touch of class," said Charlie 
Soo, association director, at the lun- 
cheon. "We are taking this opportuni- 
ty to express our appreciation with a 
gathering of our business and com- 
munity leaders to help mark this occa- 
sion [the station's repainting]." 

The North Side cluster of Asian 
businesses and restaurants on Argyle 
at Broadway is an off-shoot of 
Chicago's Chinatown at 22nd street 
and Wentworth avenue on the South 



Marian Manning [West 

Section] is appreciated by 

Willa Davis, of Oal< Parl<, 

for tier courtesy 

as ticl<et agent at 

Harlem/Congress. "For 

many years I tiave been 

riding the train. Many 

times I go tfirough the 

turnstile, feeiing sicl< or 

iust tired. Mary aiways 

smiies and says 'Hello,' 

and gives a kind word for 

people vi/ho pass through 

to ride the train. Many 

times she has helped 

make my day a very 

pleasant one. This lady is 

always well groomed, and 

is a joy to see so early in 

the morning. We in Oak 

Park thank CTA for 

employees like Mary, who 

not only collects fares 

but gives something in 


Mary Thrower [North Section] was thanked by Judy 
Von Bonccl, of New Hudson, Michigan, for her help as 
conductor of an O'Hare train. "My boyfriend and I ex- 
pected to get lost as we entered the train at River Road. 
Your employee put us at ease with her attitude and con- 
cern. She explained exactly where to get off, and in 
which direction to walk. Other riders asked similar ques- 
tions and were given the same care we experienced. Her 
bright outlook and personality made our journey a 
pleasure. After the train began to fill up, she called off the 
station stops, including the destinations passengers had 
requested. She is a good ambassador for your city." 

Arthur Muhammad [77th Street garage] was com- 
plimented for the way he handled a No. 6 Jeffery Express 
bus by Antonette Hue-Laitsch, who works on East 
Wacker Drive. "I found him to be very friendly and ex- 
tremely helpful to all of his passengers. Not only did he 
call out every stop, but he showed genuine concern that 
the passengers were able to get off at the stops they 
wanted. When asked for information or directions, he 
spoke clearly, courteously, and loud enough for one to 
hear. He was very patient with both the customers and 
the traffic, and his mood set the tone for the trip." 

Jose Diaz [Limits garage] was the operator of a No. 146 
Marine/Michigan Express bus ridden by Horace Sutmar, 
of Touhy Avenue. "1 am a frequent rider of CTA, and 
rarely do I see a driver as thorough as badge No. 22865. 
He called out the stops, waited for the people who were 
running for the bus, and caught someone trying to board 
through the back door. An older woman got on the bus 
without her senior card. When the driver asked her for it, 
she got upset. I think it's unfair to the driver to receive 
such treatment when he is doing his job. 1 would like to 
thank CTA for having such patience with us passengers." 

Anthony Rivera [North 
Park garage] "went 
beyond the call of duty" 
as operator of a No. 135 
Wilson/LaSalle Express 
bus ridden by Jane 
Magee, of Gordon Ter- 
race. "The back door was 
not working properly, and 
would not lock. He warn- 
ed all passengers not to 
get near the door 
because it would fly 
open, and called some- 
one on the bus phone to 
report it. He said 'Good 
evening' to everyone 
entering the bus, and 
wished each person a 
pleasant evening at 
departing. He also had a 
wonderful sense of 
humor, giving at least 
four pronunciations of 
Goethe Street. His man- 
ners, humor and concern 
for passenger safety are 

Darlene Emery and Everett Mann [North Section] 
were thanked by Ruth Dieter, of Buriing Street, for their 
action after she was robbed while getting on a Howard 
train at Fullerton. "I went downstairs into the station and 
told the CTA man standing there [Mann] what hap- 
pened. In the booth, Dariene called for all trains to be 
held and to notify police. An off-duty policeman who was 
in line identified himself, and he and Everett took off for 
the platform. They caught the man after a struggle, and I 
identified him. Then the police arrived and took over. I 
appreciate very much the alertness of the two CTA 

William Roman [Limits garage] was praised by Kathy 
Armstrong, of Northfield, for remaining calpi with an im- 
patient rider on his No. 156 LaSalle bus. "A large 
number of riders were on the bus, and a woman board- 
ed, asking the driver for directions. While he was talking 
to her, a passenger went up and asked him if there was 
any particular reason he was driving so slowly. He 
answered in a pleasant way that he had a schedule to 
keep. She became rude, and told him to do his job in- 
stead of talking to passengers. He did an excellent job 
and kept his cool, continuing to call out all the streets. He 
should be commended for his patience." 

Cleo Jackson [North Section] won the approval of An- 
thony Meyer, of Washington D.C., who rode a train 
downtown while staying at an O'Hare hotel for a con- 
ference. "1 had a free afternoon, and decided to visit 
downtown Chicago. The trip was even faster than adver- 
tised. The conductor gave me a map of the CTA routes, 
showed me how to get to different stores and museums, 
and even told me in which direction to exit from the sta- 
tion. Her information was completely accurate, enabling 
me to get to each place easily and without asking further 
directions. Thanks for making my visit to Chicago such 
an enjoyable one . " 


Craig Daun, Director of Marl^eting, Hotei 
Nikko Cliicago {left], is stiown with CTA 
Executive Director Robert E. Paaswell at a 
pre-party before a Cubs outing sponsored 
by ttie liotel. Ttie tiotel chartered a CTA 
bus to transport guests to Wrigley Field. 
The Hotel Nikko will open in October, 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations front the public. 

Maria Agncw, North Park 
Gabe Barnes Jr., North Section 
Bill Brown, Limits 
Robert Brownlow, North Park 
James Burns, 77th Street 
Donald Burson, Kedzie 

Jean Cage, North Park 
Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Angel Carreras, Forest Glen 
Lovie Chamblis, West Section 
Robert Charles, Archer 
Stephen Christian Sr., Forest Glen 
Dewitt Coleman, Archer 
Jean Collins, Archer 
Felix Cooper, North Park 
Michael Cox, Kedzie 
Elnora Curry, Limits 

Victor Davila, North Park 
Vincent Dawson, Limits 
Nathaniel Dickson, imits 
Joseph DiMartino, Forest Glen 
Brian Dollar, North Park 
Frederick Douglas, North Park 
Lawrence Duda, Limits 
Charles Dunker, North Park 

Exeline Elliott, North Park 
Bruce Ellison, North Park 
Jesse Elston Jr., 69th Street 

Willie Flowers, North Park 

Ridgeway Gaines, 77th Street 
Daniel Galarza, North Park 
Jose Galloza, Forest Glen 
Fred Gandy, 69th Street 
Joe Gill, Archer 
Phillip Gill, Archer 
Barbara Glenn, 77th Street 

William Haase, West Rail Dist. 
Ronald Hackworth Jr., Archer 
Sarah Hall, Limits 
Walter Harris, Archer 
Josephine Harris, North Avenue 
Ernest Hemphill, Archer 
Peyton Hightower, 77th Street 
Jimmie Hill, 69th Street 
Roberta Hobbs, West Section 
Shirley Hobbs Jr., North Park 
Robert Hopkins Sr., Forest Glen 
Anthony Hughes, Kedzie 

Cleo Jackson, Jefferson Park 
Earle Jackson, Howard/Kimball 
James Jeffries, Esc. Maint. 
Cedric Johnson. Kedzie 
Curtis Jones, 77th Street 
Kenneth Jones, Ashland Terminal 
Lester Jones, North Park 
William Jones, 69th Street 
Daniel Joseph, North Park 

William Karcher, Forest Glen 
Frank Ketter, Beverly 
Denis Kippes, Limits 
Richard Kobylecky, Archer 

Charlie Lee, Agents District 
John Lemond, North Park 
Sebastian Lopez, Distribution 
Robert Lucas, North Park 

Falamarz Malekfar, Forest Glen 
Charles Martin, Archer 
Joseph Maryland, Kedzie 
Ephriam Mauldin, 69th Street 
Michael McKenzie, Beveriy 
John Milio, Forest Glen 
Neil Motin, Forest Glen 
Bobby Myles, North Park 

Sylvester Neal Jr., Limits 
Brookie Nichols, Beverly 
Antonio Nunez, North Park 

Araceli Olivier, North Park 

Lonnie Perryman Jr., Archer 
Ricky Plomin, Forest Glen 
Daniel Poelinitz, Forest Glen 
Carlton Pradd, Limits 
Isaac Price, North Avenue 

Robert Richardson, North Park 
Milton Ross, 69th Street 

Ismael Santos Jr., North Park 
Tuesday Simpson, Limits 
Leevon Skinner, 69th Street 
Barry Smith, North Park 
Willie Smith, 77th Street 
Willie Smith, North Avenue 
Helen Stearns, 77th Street 
Daniel Stronach, Limits 
Eugene Strzelecki, Jefferson Park 
Marion Stubbs, North Park 
Willie Mae Surles, 77th Street 

Brian Thomas, Archer 

Curtis Thompson Jr., 77th Street 

Arturo Valdez, North Park 
Clarence Van Middlesworth, 

North Park 
Willus Vivian Jr., Archer 

Leslie Walgamotte Jr., Forest Glen 
William Washington, North 

Early Watson Jr., Archer 
Vontie White, Forest Glen 
Richard Wierzchon, North Park 
Elton Williams, Howard/Kimball 
Nathaniel Williams, 77th Street 
William Williams, North Park 
Robert Woods, 77th Street 

Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest 

July-August 1987 


SEPTA 6079hS080 at Norrlstown station. 

■Liberty Liner" tram set, formerly North Shore Une "Electroliner." parked at SEPTA shops. 

They're riding 

the CTA along 

SEPTA lines 

by Lee Winson 

Last October the Southeastern 
Pennsylvania Transit Authority 
[SEPTA] supplemented its rolling 
Stock with transit equipment 
previously owned by CTA. 

SEPTA'S inventory of rapid trans- 
it cars now includes 12 of CTA's 
6000-series cars, originally sched- 
uled for retirement but sold to 
SEPTA for use in its rush hour ser- 
vice along Philadelphia's west 
suburban Norristown High Speed 

The Norristown Line, also 
known as the Philadelphia and 
Western [P&W], is a suburban high 
speed line similar to CTA's 
Evanston Line. The line primarily 
serves as a feeder to the Market- 
Frankford subway elevated, the 
connection to downtown 

The six married pairs of CTA cars 
sold to SEPTA join two older types 
of cars, an interurban series built 
in the late 1920s, and the well- 
known Brill "Bullets" built in 1931. 
While SEPTA plans call for the pur- 
chase of new cars, the recently- 
purchased CTA cars will supple- 
ment its older cars until a fleet is 

The CTA fleet's arrival in 
Philadelphia is not the first of 
Chicago equipment to run on the 
P&W. In 1964, the North Shore 
Line's Electroliners also arrived to 
operate along the Norristown Line. 
Renamed "Liberty Liners," the 
trains offered coffee and pastries 
on morning runs, and libatious 
refreshments in the evening, and 
were quite popular with the com- 
muters. However, the Liberty 
Liners were withdrawn from ser- 
vice in the late 1970s, after they 
proved to be too expensive to 
maintain and operate. Sets from 
the Liberty Liners have been 
preserved at various museums in- 
cluding the Illinois Railway 
Museum at Union, Illinois. 
Photos by 
Gerry Williams and Lee R. Winson 



P&W Brill "Bullet" inbound at County line station. 

SEPTA 6151-6152 [right] and Brill "Bullet" at 69th Street terminal. 
Upper Darby. 

"Day in CTA" 


honored for 




Four Operations employees were 
honored recently for exceptional ser- 
vice above and beyond their respon- 
sibilities in the performance of duties. 

An off-duty, part-time temporary 
operator assigned to North Park 
garage is credited with the prompt ac- 
tion which foiled an attempted suicide 
by a teenager who threw himself onto 
the Ravenswood tracks at Irving Park. 

Operator Anthony Caldwell 
heard the youth exclaim that he was 
going to kill himself, before jumping 
onto the tracks as a train was ap- 
proaching. Caldwell ran to the end of 
the platform and flagged the train in 
time for the motorman to avoid hitting 
the youth by only a few feet. 

Although the teenager crawled 
beneath the train, the power was cut, 
and he was removed from the tracks 
by policemen. Caldwell was also 
credited with possibly avoiding a 
lengthy delay to service. 

Honored for exceptional service above and beyond their responsibilities in the perfor- 
mance of their duties are [from left]: operator Anthony Caldwell, motorman Lawrence 
Hooker, and conductors Walter Holmes and Samuel Smylie. 

Another attempted suicide was 
stymied by motorman Lawrence 
Hooker, and conductor Samuel 
Smylie of Ashland terminal, who 
were working the North/South route. 
As their train was approaching the 
southbound Argyle station, the crew 
saw a man on the tracks and stopped 
approximately two feet from him. 
Again, the Control Center was notified 
and the power was shut off. 

As Hooker and Smylie assisted the 
man from the track, he attempted to 
throw himself onto the third rail, but 
was hustled to the platform and 
restrained until police arrived. 

Conductor Walter Holmes of 

Kimball terminal minimized delays on 
at least two rapid transit routes when 
he took over the plant at Tower 12 
and operated it manually until a super- 
visor arrived. 

Holmes, a qualified towerman, was 
working on the Ravenswood route 
when he arrived at the junction at ap- 
proximately 6:50 a.m. and realized 
that the line was experiencing in- 
terlocking problems at Tower 12. The 
conductor was praised for showing in- 
itiative and demonstrating job 
knowledge as well as minimizing 
delays to service. 

July-August 1987 


Smoking is larynx 


Since January 4, 1986 more than 60 Chicagoans have had 
laryngectomies, according to Norbert Koscienski of the 

CTA Safety department. Koscienski was recently honored 
for his volunteer service with the American Cancer Society. 

He and his wife, Carol, are active with the Swedish Cove- 
nant hospital New Voice Club, an organization which pro- 
vides the laryngectomee and family members with support, 
service and information concerning other groups and ser- 
vices available. 

Koscienski, 42, himself a laryngectomee [a perso.n whose 
voice box has been surgically removed], said people who 
must have the radical surgery appear to be getting younger. 
He noted that recent victims he has visited were in the mid- 
dle to late-30s. 

He said cancer of the larynx is due primarily to smoking, 
and attributed some cases to the consumption of alcohol. 
Koscienski, who has visited at least 20 of the most recent 
known Chicagoans having the surgery, asked, "How do 
you get people to stop smoking?" Answering his own ques- 
tion, he said, "I guess you really don't, because most people 
think that it will not happen to them, but always to the other 
guy. I know 1 did." 

Koscienski said he plans to take advantage of the oppor- 
tunity to tell as many as will listen about the dangers of 
smoking, and to promote the New Voice Club, the most ac- 
tive support group for laryngectomees in the Chicago area. 

opinion poil 

An employee opinion poll concerning smoking issues 
appeared in the March-April issue of "Transit News." 
Responses were received from 420 CTA employees, and 
the survey results are shown on the facing page. 

Any CTA employees who did not send in a survey 
and would like to receive one, should request a survey 
from Carmen Gonzalez by phone, ext. 33 1 3, Mart, or by 
mail to Room 734, Mart. 


by Beth Doherty 
Maxicare Health Plans 

Many of us can probably remember when not too long ago 
cigarette smoking was widely viewed as a socially acceptable 
thing to do. Advertisements promoted smoking as 
glamorous, sexy and sometimes even healthy! 

Reaching a peak in the eariy 1960's, cigarette smoking in 
the U.S. has been steadily declining since the release of the 
Surgeon General's report in 1964. It is estimated that over 
37 million Americans have "kicked the habit," and have 
joined the ranks to establish a "smoke -free society" by the 
year 2000. 

Until then, we might want to make a note of the following 
suggestions to keep the fire friendly in the battle against 


'Before lighting up, make sure you're in a designated 
smoking area. 

'When in someone else's home, office, or car, ask first if 
it's okay if you smoke. It might not be. 

'Be aware of poorly-ventilated areas. If you're in one, it 
might be more considerate if you go elsewhere to have your 

'Practice good housekeeping. Use an ashtray to ex- 
tinguish cigarettes and matches. Be careful flicking your 


'Practice patience. Realize that the habit of smoking is a 
tough one to break. Most people who smoke want to quit 
and two-thirds of all smokers have already tried to do so at 
least once. 

'If a smoker lights up in a non-smoking area, politely 
mention it. Or if nearby cigarette smoke bothers you, by all 
means say so. In either case, the smoker probably wasn't 
. aware of it. 

'Choose your battles wisely. If it is not inconvenient to 
move away from nearby cigarette smoke, do it! 



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Ubaldo Munoz 
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Willie Johnson 
Forest Glen 

Laurance Weathersby Robert Howard 
69th Street Kedzie 

David James 

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Orlando Santiago 
North Park 

Eddie L. Johnson 
77th Street 




It was Benjamin Franklin who first said, 
at first you don't succeed, try, try again, "bu 
was North Park garage's Robert Richai 
son who took Franklin's advice to heart ; 
year after year, he applied himself in the C" 
Bus Roadeo and finally came up a winner 
the seventh annual event. 

The scores were indicative of a real li 
horse race befitting contestants in a 'rode 
rather than the Bus Roadeo familiar to t 
operators and other transit enthusiasts 
top three contestants were only two poi 
apart, with Richardson earning 642 of 
maximum 700 points. He was followed 
Forest Glen garage Bus Roadeo veter 
Kenneth Fabian, with 641 points, £ 
Joseph Rodenski, with 640 points. Fab 
has competed in the Top 20 at Soldier Fi 
each year since the inception of the CTA I 
Roadeo. Rodenski, who began Roadeo f 
ticipation in 1982, has been in the Top 
since that time. 



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Forest Glen 

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Fourth place finisher William Edgerton 

)f Limits garage, the 1985 Bus Roadeo win- 

:ber, garnered 630 points. Edgerton and 

[[{odenski are both in the supervisor and bus 

ihstructor pools. 

Richardson, a CTA bus operator for 16 

ears, like two-time CTA Bus Roadeo cham- 

lion John Odom, is a Baptist preacher. He 

as competed in five of the seven CTA Bus 

toadeo competitions, finishing as North Park 

arage champion in the events of 1981-83, 

985, and 1987. Since retiring from Roadeo 

ompetition, Odom has been appointed a bus 


Richardson will represent CTA in the 1987 
*imerican Public Transit Association Bus 
' oadeo in the 40-foot category. The event is 
ated for September in San Francisco. 
An Evanston resident, Richardson and his 
ife, Shirley, are the parents of three 
lildren, Wanda, Latoya, and LaKeisha. 

July-August 1987 

Jerome Smith 
77th Street 

George Michko 
77th Street 

Marcellus Williamson Craig Richter 
69th Street Forest Glen 

Richard Bruce 

Luther Lewis 

Gerald Gross 
Forest Glen 

Caesar Lovera 


Forest Glen team wins Maintenance Roadeo 

Inspecting an engine compartment for defects are first place Second place tionors went to Len Link, Gary Ker)dzerski, and Jim 

team mates (from left) John Kochopolus, John Dzul, and Bob Krause. 


Ttiird place winners Phil Murnane, Tom Smith and John Murphy. 

It was deja vu for Forest Glen 
maintenance garage as team captain 
and bus servicer Robert Kaese, 
foreman John Kochopolus, and bus 

repairer John Dzul topped 22 otfier 
garage maintenance teams to win the 
1987 annual three-phase CTA 
Maintenance Roadeo, June 14, at 
Forest Glen and 77th Street stations. 

It was a similar Forest Glen 
maintenance trio that took top honors 
in the first Maintenance Roadeo con- 
ducted in 1984 where only 13 three- 
person teams competed. This year's 
winning team went on, however, to 
more historical strides by placing sec- 
ond in the Illinois Public Transit 
Association [IPTA] contest, hosted by 
the Metropolitan Transit District in 
Champaign/Urbana on July 26. 

Although they were not in competi- 
tion with each other, both CTA Bus 
and Maintenpnce Roadeo contestants 
drove the sai^ie course and used the 
same judges during their respective 

Team effort was applied on the written test as demonstrated by 
third place finishers Phil Murnane (kneeling), John Murphy (front 
seat), and Tom Smith. 

local competitions, held only hours 

The difference was that in the first, 
or phase. Maintenance 
Roadeo contestants substituted a stop 
at the wash rack for the Bus Roadeo 
passenger stop. In phase two, 
maintenance contestants were given a 
written safety mechanical quiz in 
which they participated collectively. 

Phase three of the competition saw 
contestants trouble-shoot a vehicle in 
which 25 typical mechanical problems 
were rigged. Each team had seven 
minutes to find and record the prob- 
lems, noted Bus Maintenance Roadeo 
chairman Michael Hennessy. Hen- 
nessy, a unit supervisor of bus 
garages, was assisted by Maintenance 
Roadeo committee members Ter- 
rance Muellner and Thomas 
Gecan, both maintenance 

The Kaese-Kochopolus-Dzul team 

compiled a score of 643 of a possible 
1100 points, thus earning the right to 
represent CTA at the September 12 
international competition to be hosted 
by the Arlington Heights-based PACE 
transit organization. 

Other contestants placing in the top 
five berths of the Maintenance Roadeo 
included team two of North Park 
garage with garage foreman Len 
Link, and repairers Gary Kendzer- 
ski and Jim Krause; team three 
located at Kedzie garage with repairers 
Philip Murnane and John Murphy 
of the Radio department, and 
maintenance garage clerk Tom 
Smith. Team four represented 69th 
Street garage with repairers Taylor 
Kent and Ray Garner, and clerk 
Phillip Wells. Foreman Bruce Ku- 
jawa, repairer Duane Dooley, and 
bus servicer Michael Becton of 77th 
Street Maintenance garage comprised 
team five. 



Six Pack takes Volleyball Championship 

The South Shops Six Pack, league leaders of the North 
League, took all the marbles in CTA's 1986-87 Volleyball 
Championship games. The winners topped nine other 
teams in a two-league play-off to close the season with a 
12-1 record. 

Championship rings and trophies were awarded to 
members of the team, and trophies were awarded to 
runner-up teams, coaches, and managers at a close of 
season banquet on May 29. Besides their individual 
trophies, each team received a trophy for its work location. 
The championship awards program was held at the Sabre 
Room in southwest suburban Hickory Hills, climaxing a 
four-month volleyball season which began December 3. 

The Kedzie Destroyers finished second in the champion- 
ship competition, although it placed third in the league. 
General Office Operations maintained a solid third place in 
the championship competition as well as in its South 
League, while the Limits Outlaws finished in fourth place, a 
step away from its last place South League finish. 

Teams representing the North League besides the cham- 
pions were P.K. Knight, a team of training center super- 
visors and instructors; Kedzie Destroyers, Limits Eagles, and 
the North Av. Royals. The South League comprised the 
308th Derailers, General Office Operations, 69th Street 
Raiders, 77th Streakers, and Limits Outlaws. 

Organization plans for the 1987-88 season are already 
underway. Persons interested in joining a volleyball team for 
next season should contact Diana Caston at Ext. 4257, 
Mart, or Linda Downing at Ext. 3513, Mart. 

Third place honors went to the General Office Operations team 
which included [from left] manager Shirley McClure, coach James 
McPhee, Helma Duaniver, Robert McClure, David Bernickey, and 
Frank Papaleo. 

Displaying the fourth place team plaque are team manager Ira 
Milton, and coach Guido Mzrenda of Limits Outlaws. 

July-August 1987 

Numero Uno—the South Shops Six Pack had a big reason for 
smiling faces, which of course was the first place trophy, held 
here by [from left] Venise Hickland and Leslie Fuller. Others are 
Nguyen Dai, team captain Steve Fischer, Glennis Buford, Don 
Robertson, coach Dave Harlan, and Maurice Land. 



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Second place honorees, the Kedzie Destroyers, show off their 
trophies during awards night. Seated is Al Brooks. Other team 
members are [from left] Johnny Moore, Douglas Parker, Mary 
Rogers, Dorothy Bentley, Clark Carter [area superintendent. 
North], Robert Williams [Limits superintendent], Pamela Watkins; 
[back row] Anthony Duda, Johnny Coleman, and coach Phillip 

Celebrating the close of a successful volleyball season is the pro- 
gram's "front office." Ready for the championship banquet are 
[from left] Diana Caston and Linda Downing, coordinators; Robert 
McClure, treasurer: Esther McKelker, financial secretary, and 
Georgia Washington, recording secretary. 



Three HMO programs cancelled for 1988 

The Benefit Services department will conduct its annual 
open enrollment from October 1, 1987 through Oc- 
tober 31, 1987. During this time, every employee has the 
opportunity to make a change in the following areas: 
Change of Health Carriers-HMOs/Travelers: During 
this period ONLY, employees will have the opportunity to 
change from [A] Travelers to an HMO, [B] From an HMO 
to Travelers, or [C] From an HMO to a different HMO. 

CTA has decreased the total number of HMOs from nine 
to six. The following HMO programs have been cancelled: 
PruCare, Union Health Service, and Cooperative 
Health Plan. 

If you are currently enrolled with PruCare, Union 
Health Service, or Cooperative Health Plan, you 
must make a change in carriers. If you do not 
change, you will autowatically be enrolled with 
Travelers Insurance Company effective 1-1-88. 

As in previous years, HMO representatives will be visiting 
work locations to answer questions regarding their services. 
Only those employees who desire to change health carriers 
should complete an election card and return it to their 
department head. 

Dental Plan: Employees who presently have their 
dependents enrolled in the dental program may withdraw at 
this time. Employees MUST submit a written withdrawal re- 
quest. This request must contain the employee's name, 
badge /payroll number. Social Security number, and 
area. Dental Authorization cards for enrollment are 
available at each work location and MUST be completed to 

implement enrollment. 

Contributory Life Insurance: Employees enrolling for 

first-time benefits may purchase Additional Life Insurance in 

an amount equal to the coverage now in effect for them as 


Employees with one year of service but less than five 
years of service: $7,500 

Employees with five or more years of service: $17,500 

Contributory Life Insurance Deduction Authorization 
cards are available at your work location. Each employee 
enrolling MUST complete one deduction authorization card 
and two blue beneficiary cards to implement enrollment. 
Vision Care Plan: Employees who presently have 
themselves and their dependents under the vision care plan 
may withdraw at this time. Employees MUST submit a writ- 
ten withdrawal request. This request must contain the 
employee's name, badge /payroll number, Social 
Security number, and area. Deduction cards for 
enrollment are available at work locations and 
MUST be completed to implement enrollment. 

Coverages for all health changes applied for during the 
open enrollment from October 1, 1987 through October 31, 


1988. If there are any questions regarding open enroll- 
ment, coverage, pre-existing conditions, etc., please contact 
Ms. Susan Brewer, ext. 3617, Ms. Maria Hess, cxt. 
3618, or Ms. Margo Julun, ext. 3616, in the Benefit Ser- 
vices department, BEFORE completing the election change 

Earns MBA 

More June Grads 


Ridgewood H.S. 
Ralph N. Volgarino 



Chicago Latin H.S 
Maxine Altheimer 

Exec. Dir. Ofc. 

William Kostner, safety specialist, 
Industrial Safety, received his Master 
of Business Administration [MBA] 
degree at commencement ceremonies 
held on June 26 at the Lake Forest 
Graduate School of Management. He 
is a 1974 graduate of Northern Illinois 
University, and he and his wife, Terry, 
have two children, Richard, age 12, 
and Steven, age 6. 



Central H.S,, Macon. GA 
Lincoln L. Eaton 


Intensive study 

Kenneth C. Schalk, the son of Edward A. 

Schalk, senior maintenance systems 
analyst at West Shops, has been invited 
to attend the Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy [IMSA] in Aurora, a 
school for academically-talented students 
providing an intensive three-year educa- 
tional experience. As one of the 300 
students invited out of 860 high school 
freshmen who applied, Kenneth plans to 
study advanced math and science 
courses. He is an accomplished flutist, 
and has received several academic and 
music awards. His other interests include 
computers, electronics, and karate. 


Riding in style 

CTA was well represented in the June 13 Puerto Rican Day Parade along Dearborn street. 
A horse-drawn carriage joined beautifully-decorated floats and a CTA bus to march 
behind Mayor Washington, other city officials, and dignitaries for the festive celebration. 
Riding in the carriage were [from left] West Side ticket agent Ms. Edna Baez, second vice 
president, Hispanic American Transit Association [HATA]; Felipe Gonzalez, HATA presi- 
dent: Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, CTA executive director; North Avenue bus operator Ms. 
Maria R. Pelaez, HATA board member, and George Dalmas, first vice president. 
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241. 

Takes part in filming 

employee awarded 
professional honor 

80s operator Edwin LeBoy, Forest Glen garage, took part in the filming of a TV program 
saluting the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. The production crew from WLS-TV 
[Channel 7] filmed LeBoy reading the Preamble to the Constitution on the steps of the 
Museum of Science and Industry. The scene was part of a show titled. The Words We Live 
By. The show was televised on July 11 and will be repeated in September. 

G. Bernard Kazlauskas, procure- 
ment engineer. Purchasing, has been 
named a Certified Purchasing 
Manager [CPM] by the National 
Association of Purchasing Manage- 
ment [NAPM]. 

CPM candidates are required to 
have at least five years of experience 
in purchasing/materials management, 
and must pass an extensive four-part 
examination. Only 13,500 purchasing 
professionals nationwide have re- 
ceived the coveted distinction of CPM. 

NAPM provides national and inter- 
national leadership in purchasing and 
materials management, and through 
its 161 affiliates also provides con- 
tinued opportunities for its members to 
improve their skills, and to become 
CPM qualified. 

Kazlauskas. of Oak Park, has been a 
CTA employee for 10 years, and is an 
Illinois registered professional 
engineer. He is included in the 19th 
edition of Who's Who in the Midwest. 
a member of the American Chemical 
Society, and the American Society for 
Testing and Materials. He is also active 
in several community and fraternal 

He received a bachelor of science 
degree in chemical engineering from 
the Illinois Institute of Technology, 
and was awarded a brevet second 
lieutenant's commission [honorary] in 
the Illinois National Guard by the Il- 
linois Military and Naval Department. 

July-August 1987 


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Special plaque 

S. T. Lucas [center, seated], mobile equipment operator at Supervisor James Riley [ptioto at right] presents Lucas with a 

warehouse 20, Materia! Control West, is surrounded by co- special plaque honoring his years of CTA service, 

workers celebrating his retirement alter 31 years of sen/ice. 

Eddie Evans, supervisor, Budget Manpower and Administration, Engineering and 
Maintenance, shows off one of the gifts presented to him by fellow employees at 
his retirement reception after more than 44 years of CTA service. Among those present 
for the occasion were Evans' wife, Mrs. Irene Evans, and co-workers [from left] Casey 
Noga, Ken Carson, Jim Elliott, and Eric Gustafson. 

Kahn joins 

West Shops personnel celebrated the 
retirement of senior electrical and 
mechanical maintenance engineer Eric 
Kahn [left], who joins CTA pensioners 
after 12 years of service. Extending best 
wishes to Kahn is David A. Hillock, 
manager, Facilities Engineering and 

Still in maintenance 

Richard [Dick] Schneider, acting deputy 
executive director. Engineering and 
Maintenance, shares the joyous moment 
of CTA retirement with his wife [left], Mrs. 
Barbara Schneider, and their daughter, 
Steffi. Schneider, who served the CTA for 
more than 43 years in maintenance, joined 
the North Suburban Mass Transit District 
[NORTRAN] as manager of maintenance. 





North Park 

Well, Shades of Sherlock Holmes! 
Who could have guessed that when 
this photograph was taken, im- 
mediately after competition had ended 
at Soldiers Field for the 1987 CTA Bus 
Roadeo finals, we would be looking at 
its winners? Operator Robert 
Richardson came up with a very im- 
pressive score of 643 out of a possible 
700 points. That just goes to show 
you: North Park's Instruction depart- 
ment knows their job. Along with the 
winner's title is an all-expense-paid trip 
for two to attend the American Public 
Transit Association's Roadeo to be 
held in San Francisco, California, 
September 22, 1987. Shown in their 

victory salute are winner Robert 
Richardson, Station Superintendent 
Samuel W. Smith Jr., and fellow 
North Park Operators/Finalists 
Ubaldo Munoz and Orlando San- 
tiago. Hmmm, do we see the 1988 
winner here also? ... Glad to see an 
operator back at North Park who 
seems so shy and never seems to 
make her presence known. Welcome 
back, Mookie. Nope, we don't know 
how she came to get a nickname like 
that, so you'll just have to ask her ... 
Just in case all you folks working the 
*146 runs haven't seen him, Hernan- 
do Lopez is probably longing to be 
back enjoying our current great warm 
weather on the buses, but first he has 

July-August 1987 

to fmish his four weeks of hard-earned 
vacation time ... Sheridan Operator 
Joe T. Morquecho naturally seems a 
mite proud when we hear news of the 
U.S. Navy in our conversations lately. 

because he has a son, Jaime Mor- 
quecho, currently serving aboard the 
U.S.S. Forrestal ... Sorry, we forgot 
to give credit to Jackie Hernandez 

for her efforts in helping with recently- 
retired Operator Ed Unrein's farewell 
mementos ... How about that Skokie 
Operator Carl Guse going off to 
Jasper, Alabama with his nephew 
Dave Guse for a week of angling for 
. tasty-eatin' catfish? ... Anyone else 
notice Redmond Ward's new cookie 
duster? Besides being an avid motor- 
cyclist, member of the North Park 
football team, and golfer, who knows 
what he'll be into next? ... According 
to the Bobman from our repair 
department, the North Park Dogs soft- 
ball team is still playing undefeated as 
hot weather and the season march 
along. Their next victims in the 
scheduled lineup are the folks in the 
repair department at Forest Glen. 
Thank you for the input, Mr. Powell 
... What's with all of these calories 
catching all of us here at the station," 
the latest of which was called "A Taste 

of North Park?" Frances Walker and 

some of our more gifted culinary 
culprits such as Chef Victor Colon, 
got together and managed to serve up 
some real treats for all those operators 
who were lucky enough to be present 
when the various dishes were unveil- 
ed . Judging by the looks of the hungry 
individuals pictured here, we shall just 
note that Frances is the one wearing 
the cap, serving Operator Ricky 
Hogan, who managed to get ahead of 
everyone else ... While we speak of 
summer fun and parties, it was nice to 
see another of the North Park retirees. 
Janitor California, who obviously 
wasn't about to miss out on an occa- 
sion to trade some memories and just 
shake hands ... Need we point out 
that this reporter recommends travel- 
ing via Amtrak if you want to really 
enjoy a review of the many beautiful 
states that surround us. While on 
vacation we managed to travel to 
Southern California via the rail 
system, and we saw all of the many 
popular sights, such as the Universal 
Studios tour, Disneyland, Hollywood 
and its "Walk of Stars," and all the rest 
of that state's many offerings. It was 
grrrreat! ... Some of our line instruc- 
tors will recognize the following 
names, as their latest students go 
through the training process this sum- 
mer. So, welcome to our newest 
operators: Fernandel Lind, Alfonse 
Gonzalez, Florencio Cordona, 
Manuel Acosta, Mario Collins, 
Alfredo Rodriguez, William 
Valverde, Maurice Alfred, Brad- 
shaw Collins, and Karim Lafi ... 
Our roving supervisor from C District, 
'Edward White, must have been one 
of them "spit-n-polish" veterans. Ever 



see the shine on those shoes of his? . . . 
Students in training: Deborah Banks 
is attending Columbia college and ma- 
joring in journalism, and has an eye to 
a career in television, while Fer- 
nandel Lind comes to CTA truly 
prepared: he formerly worked for the 
Trailways bus system as a driver for 1 1 
years ... Congratulations and saluta- 
tions to our newly-elected union 
representative. Operator Howard 
Monroe ... Vicki Nesbit's casual 
reply, when asked how she felt about 
reaching her twelfth year of service as 
a bus operator: 38 to go ... Our sym- 
pathies go out to fellow Operator lona 
Williams on the passing of her sister, 
Jean Collins ... We can only wonder 
why Owen Terry, famous 
photographer and one of North Park's 
camera club members, would fly off to 
Jamaica for a week in the sun and not 
have any pictures? ... Still looking his 
usual, sharp self, with the season's 
current menswear, was none other 
than our former Chief Clerk, Jerry 
Blake, who just happened to come by 
the station on our union election day. 
Nice seeing you again, Jerry ... Y - A 
-W - N. It's your turn ... Well, finally 
we can let their many friends and co- 
workers know that Operators Dan 
Dzyacky and his wife, Nilda, have a 
baby daughter to start spoiling. Little 
[?] Celina Marie was born this past 
May 22, weighing all of ELEVEN 
pounds and some ounces. Mama Mia! 
... Can someone pass the word to 
Clark street Operators PeeWee 
Dawkins and Mac McCormick 
that, even though our recent weather 
shows the temperature to be in the 
high 90's, they don't really have to 
wear their sweaters ALL DAY. Mac 
explains it only by saying that he's stor- 
ing up heat for our winter driving 
season ... Must be raising 'em right! 
How else to explain how your 
daughter Kathy would take care of all 
the expenses, when she announces 
she's planning to celebrate your silver 
wedding anniversary at one of 
Chicago's better restaurants? Assistant 
Superintendent Sal Carbonelli and 
his wife, Maria, received this special 
greeting and surprise June 30 of this 
year, and here's looking at plenty 

more of those types of good years to 
come ... Will Martin Johnson 

naturally be the first one on the scene 
at 6 a.m . , ready to fire up his barbecue 
specialties as he did for last year's 
garage picnic? This year's event is to 
be held at the same location. With all 
of the free eats and drinks that the kids 
will receive, we expect to see all of you 
parents/operators participating in the 
various games everyone gets a chance 
to laugh about, when they see the in- 
evitable pictures some of our station 
photographers are sure to get ... For 
the benefit of the shy ladies among our 
operator ranks who own and don't 
understand cameras, you may now 
add Pearl Atkins as a new member 
of the North Park SLR's camera club. 
Pead and her daughter, Renee, were 
kind enough to bring some tasty tidbits 
while attending the club's mid-month 
meeting at Chester Harris's home, 
along with Michael Collymore, 
Vicki Nesbit, Gersham Johnson, 
Jeremy Cole, Vince Dawson 
[Limits], and Michael Flores. 
[Owen Terry was you-know-where.] 
C'mon out with our members some 
Sunday and bring your camera! ... 
While Joe Conwell recharges his 
calculator batteries, we have to admire 
a father who can manage to have 
three of his children get married all 
within one year! The latest of those to 
say "I do" is Joe's daughter, Loretta, 
herewith to be known as Mrs. Carlos 
Baez ... And how was YOUR sum- 
mer, Ladies and Gentlemen? 

Mike Flores 

Service anniversaries in 


40 Years 

James Dudley, Eng./Mtce. Safety 

35 Years 

Walter Hallford, BIdg. /Ground Mtce. 
Rodgers Harmon, Kedzie 
Henry Hughes, Kimball Mtce. 
Mary Lyall, Payroll Oper's 
Carl McQuay, North Avenue 
George Richmond Jr., Ashland 
James Short, Archer 

30 Years 

Joseph Abercrombie. Bus Dist. C 
Harold Abrams, Beverly 
Lee Catchings, Beverly 
Wesley Cobbs, Kedzie 
Curtis English Jr., Forest Glen 
Willie Fultz, Utility 
Martin Hautzinger, Limits 
Monroe Jackson, Bus Dist. A 
Clifton Jones. 77th Street 
Olan Kellogg Jr., Cent Count'g 
Claude Rogers, 77th Street 
Albert Strickland, Rel Area Bus 
Marvin Tucker. 77th Street 
John Woods, Agents Dist. 
A. C. Works. Utility 

25 Years 

Robert Albrecht, Sig., Phone & Radio 

George Appleby. Bus Dist C 

David Barr, Sig , Phone & Radio 

Donald Bonick, Douglas/Congress 

Otis Brown, Kedzie 

Claude Brown Jr., Archer 

Elijah Coleman, Bus Instruction 

Manuel Coronado, Forest Glen 

Gerald Cox, North Park 

George DeYoung, Ashland 

Eugene Eason. Bus Dist A 

John Flanagan, Archer 

Edgar Greer Jr., Bus Dist A 

Raymond Hamb, Archer 

Lawrence Lee, 69th Street 

Tilmon Lloyd Jr., North Avenue 

Johnnie Motton, Cent Bus Dist 

Paul Sladek, South Shops 

Donald Sturenfeldt. Bus Maint. Dist. 

Donald Tarnowski. Equip Tech Serves. 

North Section 

Letasha Taylor, having graduated 
from Shoop Elementary School, will 
begin high school at Morgan Park. 
Letasha, who is the daughter of Louis 
Taylor, Archer, and Mary Ann 
Taylor, North Section, was a member 
of the pom pom team. She was also a 
junior counselor during the 7th and 
8th grades, by virtue of a B average. 
We expect to hear more good things 
about Letasha in the future. She has 
everything going for her ... beauty, 
brains, and terrific parents. 

Jo Anderson 




John D. Apostolas. Mad/Wab., 17 Yrs 
Saundra A. Battles, South Section, 27 Yrs. 
John A. Bright, Congress, 36 Yrs 
Lawyer I. Durr, West Shops, 30 Yrs. 
James H. Henderson. Forest Glen, 34 Yrs 
Irene Peterson, Matrls. Mgmt., 33 Yrs. 
Jewel R. Roberson, Beverly, 33 Yrs. 
James E. Stanford, West Shops, 30 Yrs. 
Adrian M. Truitt, 77th Street, 30 Yrs. 
Joseph P. Vareika, Archer, 25 Yrs. 
Houston H. Washington. 95th St . 36 Yrs 

Kyusik H. Hong, Forest Glen, 11 Yrs. 
•Riley Ford, West Section, 20 Yrs. 
Jackqueline Jackson, Kedzie, 9 Yrs. 
Maceo Jenkins, South Shops, 23 Yrs. 
Luis A. Santiago. Kedzie, 13 Yrs 
Mildred Stern, Kimball, 15 Yrs. 
Earl R. Wiley, Kimball, 19 Yrs, 

•Retroactive to 6-1-87 


Harry Boris, Forest Glen, 24 Yrs. 
Willie L. Burgc Jr.. 69th Street, 30 Yrs. 
Clifford Coleman, Mad/Wab , 31 Yrs 
James H. Dohoney, Cent. Dist , 40 Yrs 
Joseph Leone Jr.. Forest Glen, 10 Yrs. 
Frederick W. Miraglio, West Section, 40 

Edward McCutcheon Jr., Kedzie. 27 Yrs. 
Thomas Togher. West Shops, 38 Yrs. 

"Carl L. McCormack. Forest Glen, 13 Yrs. 
Andre T. Prowell. Forest Glen, 15 Yrs. 
Leamuel Taylor, 77th Street, 12 Yrs. 

•Retroactive to 1-1-87 



Returns from Germany 

Brian Stephen, 16-year-old son of bus con- 
troller James Stephen and his wife, Edith, 
recently returned from a two-montti ex- 
change program in the Federal Republic 
of West Germany. 

Stephen, who was selected to par- 
ticipate in the program by the Youth for 
Understanding International Exchange, is 
a senior at Chicago Vocational high 
school where he ranks third academically 
in his class. 

A former member of the CVS football 
team, he plans to attend college next year 
for a pre-law curriculum. 

The exchange program, in which 
students study as they reside with a host 
nation family, also provides them an op- 
portunity to understand and respect the 
customs and cultures of people in foreign 
nations, through their interaction with 
their host families. The program is spon- 
sored by Independence Banl( of Chicago. 

Award winner 

Jason Rimmeie, 14, the son of ad- 
ministrative services paper handler 
Charles and Phyllis Rimmeie, was the reci- 
pient of special recognition upon 
graduating from Laramie Junior high 
school in southwest suburban Oak 
Forest. The youth received 10 special cer- 
tificates honoring his academic perform- 
ance and citizenship. Included were the 
Presidential Academic Fitness award for 
outstanding academic achievement, the 
Laramie Junior high school outstanding 
scholarship certificate. Student Council 
award. Principal's award for outstanding 
scholarship, the Illinois Council of 
Teachers in h/lathematics award. Class 
Secretary award. Dramatic Activities 
award for outstanding work in the school 
play production of Girl Crazy, and the Oak 
Forest Rotary Club award for student of 
the year. 

July-August 1987 

utility retirees got together at a recep- 
tion in Florida to celebrate the Brady's 
and Swain's 50th wedding anniversary 
on June 26, 1987. Left to right are: OIlie 
and Ruth Johnson, of Largo; Wally and 
Grace Swain of Palm Harbor; Richard 
and Julia Brady of Clearwater, and 
Norbert Gewelfe and Loretta of Largo. 

Retired [Jan. 1. 1958] CTA car body 
inspector George Walter Perdue, 

94. of Pascagoula, Miss., and his wife, 
Mabel, celebrated their 65th wedding 
anniversary on June 23. The Perdues, 
who made their home in Chicago until 
his retirement after 38 years of service, 
received several gifts, cards and 
telephone calls from friends and family 
on the occasion of their anniversary. 
They are the parents of three children 
and five grandchildren. 



General Office 

When Technical Services supervisor 
Larry Oomens began remodeling his 
Bensenville home, he not only tore 
out walls, he tore out a few pages of 
history--old Chicago Daily Tribune 
newspapers with datelines of decades 
ago had been used by previous 
owners to insulate the house. Oomens 
discovered headlines proclaiming, 
"Ethiopia Makes Peace Bid to Italy," 
and "Hoover Calls on Roosevelt for 
Showdown." Others declared the 
Nazis ready to crush all foes, actress 
Joan Blondell was filing for divorce 
from her first husband, cameraman 
George Barnes [made front page], 
and the man and wife comedy team of 
Gracie Allen and George Bums had 
just arrived in Chicago showing off 
their one-year old adopted daughter, 
Sandra Jean. These were headlines of 
August 12, 1935-more than 50 years 
ago when a newspaper was two cents 
a copy, and there was more of it to 
read. Moreover, the price of merchan- 
dise at still-famous area stores 
reflected an economy not really much 

different from modem times. The 
working man earned $15-$25 a week, 
and store items were still half a 
paycheck or more. A man's topcoat 
was advertised in the newspaper as 
going for $29.50, and "the birthplace 
of America's foremost fashions in 
footwear" featured a shoe sale with 
prices down from $14.50 to $7.95. By 
comparison, national trends have not 
changed very much in half a century. 
Inside News thanks Larry for sharing 
his historical treasure ... Meanwhile, 
back to 1987: Deborah L. Grillo, 
28, of Palatine, was the winner of the 
eighth annual School Bus Safety 
Roadeo held recently at Palatine high 
school. Ms. Grillo is the grand- 
daughter of the late Edward T. 
Gundlach, a CTA bus operator who 
was assigned to North Avenue garage. 
A driver for eight years in Palatine 
Elementary School District 15, Ms. 
Grillo beat 55 other drivers, and was 
awarded a trophy, $50, and the op- 
portunity to represent Illinois in the na- 
tional competition held in Denver in 
July ... On the artistic scene, a poster 
titled "Still Going Strong," took top 
honors in Triton Community College's 
recent Level One Design competition . 
The artist was 16-year-old Lane 
Technical high school sophomore 

Hugo F. Galvez, the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Hugo I. [Lizveth] Galvez. His 

father, a bus operator and CTA 
employee of 12 years service, is 
assigned to North Park garage. The 
work was outstanding. Best wishes for 
many more first place ribbons to this 
budding young artist ... Congratula- 
tions to former Howard terminal a.m. 
superintendent William Nichols 
who was recently named area 
superintendent, North Rail. Nichols is 
a graduate of Farragut high school and 
holds a certificate of business ad- 
ministration. He joined CTA in 1969 
as a rail conductor. 

Arnold S. Anderson, 84, Shops & Equip. 

Emp. 11-24-33, Died 5-31-87 
Steven G. Anton, 58. Shops & Equip.. 

Emp, 2-3-58. Died 5-6-87 
Anthony F. Blazevich, 59. Archer, 

Emp. 10-31-47. Died 5-15-87 
August Brosseau, 86, Engineering, 

Emp, 5-13-40, Died 5-13-87 
Albert J. Clark, 74, West Section, 

Emp, 7-16-36, Died 6-25-87 
Daniel Clark. 81, Shops & Equip,, 

Emp, 6-2-35, Died 6-21-87 
James E. Connor, 73. North Park. 

Emp, 11-24-41. Died 6-30-87 
Margaret A. Cooke, 84, North Sect,, 

Emp, 1-17-44, Died 6-30-87 
Alphonse F. Delcorsc, 75. South Sect , 

Emp, 4-10-43. Died 6-1-87 
James H. Dowey. 80. North Park, 

Emp, 10-9-28, Died 5-29-87 
Magnus V. Edgar Jr.. 63, North Park, 

Emp 2-11-54, Died 6-6-87 
Clarence V. Eschbach, 79, 77th Street, 

Emp. 7-22-47. Died 6-26-87 
Albert Fennema. 70, Plant Mtce , 

Emp. 7-30-45. Died 5-31-87 
Patrick J. Flynn. 81, South Section. 

Emp, 1-13-43, Died 6-19-87 
John S. Franzen, 88, Sched, -Traffic, 

Emp, 6-18-23. Died 5-13-87 
Willard J. Frieb. 65, North Park, 

Emp, 3-26-46. Died 5-14-87 

Chester A. Gazinski, 65, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 10-14-47, Died 5-2-87 
Ray Gorham, 89, Howard, 

Emp, 2-20-42, Died 5-11-87 
Charles J. Graffeo, 82, Shops & Equip,, 

Emp, 8-19-47, Died 6-20-87 
Anthony Granahan, 88, North Park, 

Emp 8-2-17, Died 5-28-87 
John T. Hanily, 87. North Avenue, 

Emp, 2-26-26. Died 5-1-87 
Herbert S. Harris. 78, Limits, 

Emp, 5-22-41, Died 6-25-87 
John M. Hart, 74, Douglas, 

Emp, 3-23-53. Died 6-2-87 
Joseph Hoffman, 97, Archer, 

Emp 1113-17, Died 4-17-87 
Lloyd D. Holmgren, 68, Jefferson Park, 

Emp. 1-28-48, Died 6-18-87 
John P. Horvat. 84, Shops & Equip.. 

4-30-17, Died 6-14-87 
William Hunniford. 82, South Section. 

Emp, 5-5-43. Died 6-15-87 
Harvey H. Jahns, 84, Logan Square, 

Emp, 2-20-24, Died 6-13-87 
Halvard O. Johnson. 78, Shops & Equip, 

Emp, 1-27-42, Died 6-10-87 
Edward C. Klic, 80, Stores, 

Emp 2-5-24, Died 5-31-87 
Hobart E. Knight. 77. Beverly, 

Emp, 5-12-42, Died 6-30-87 
Joseph W. Kozubek. 86, Shops & Equip, 

Emp, 10-16-43, Died 6-2-87 
Arthur E. Lauter, 82, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 10-19-28, Died 5-1-87 


Joseph McCray, 69, South Shops, 

Emp. 9-30-47, Died 5-26-87 
Edward J. McGuire. 77, South Section. 

Emp, 5-18-38, Died 5-16-87 
Edward J. Moloney, 86. Beverly, 

Emp, 7-30-23, Died 6-22-87 
Fred C. Ohnesorge, 83. North Section. 

Emp, 1-29-25. Died 5-20-87 
Nello J. Paolicchi, 78, Skokie Shop, 

Emp, 8-24-27, Died 6-11-87 
Dorothy M. Pugh, 60, North Section, 

Emp, 10-22-69, Died 6-12-87 
Tony Scianna, 77, Shops & Equip,, 

Emp, 7-12-29, Died 5-2-87 
Allen C. Smith Jr., 64. 77th Street, 

Emp 1-3-52. Died 6-17-87 
Edwin N. Stobart. 75. Forest Glen, 

Emp. 7-25-32, Died 5-21-87 
Sten M. Stromblad. 69. 77th Street, 

Emp, 5-31-45, Died 5-4-87 
Ava M. Thomas, 63. North Section, 

Emp 2-2-63, Died 5-1-87 
Anthony M. Vitale, 87. Int, Auditing. 

Emp, 8-9-20, Died 6-9-87 
Joseph A. Ward. 72, Veh Mtce., 

Emp, 11-6-41, Died 6-23-87 
Charles L. Whitman, 64, Kedzie, 

10-23-51, Died 6-13-87 
Donald H. Worcester, 79, Electrical, 

Emp, 6-29-39, Died 5-5-87 
Fletcher Young, 59, Beverly, 

Emp 10-26-64, Died 6-23-87 


Service anniversaries 
in July 

40 Years 



Frederick Miraglio, Jefferson Park 
John Murray, Esc Mtce 
Leonard Skrine, Adm. Srvcs. 

35 Years 

Donald Gierhahn, Distribution 
Peter Kouchoukos, Distribution 

30 Years 

Carl Benoit, Forest Glen 
WUIie Burge Jr., 69th Street 
Michael Chambers, Esc. Mtce. 
Michael Deely, Forest Glen 
Carl Fields. Bus Dist C 
Jessie Gilmore, 77th Street 
Robert Hawkins, Stores 
Andrew Hendrix Jr., Archer 
Jerome Holmes, North Park 
Sam McCuller, Utility 
Charles Myers, Schedules 
James Richardson, Agents Dist. 

25 Years 

Robert Adamczyk, Archer 

Jean Astree, 77th Street 

Kenneth Brown, Bus Relief 

Arthur Coli, Sig., Phone & Radio 

Ronald Hawkins, Prog. Implmntn. 

Ernest Hayes, Ashland 

George Holland. Motor Veh. Des. 

Walter McKinney, Archer 

Kenneth Mettler Jr.. Sub-Ass'y/Elec. 

Robert Surita. 77th Street 

Willie Wherry, Kedzie 

Arthur Woods, Forest Park 

Former CTA conductor Joseph M. Glasser 

(third from left), retired since August 1, 
1959 after 41 years of service, tooli a trip 
down memory lane as he visited the Mer- 
chandise IVIart recently. The 92-year-old 
l\/lr, Glasser who resided briefly in St. 
Petersburg, Fla., now lives with his son 
William in Skokie. This photograph, taken 
in 1947, shows conductor Glasser with 
other Logan Square station personnel. 

They are (from left) motorman (first name 
unknown) Tramatola, train clerk Harry 
Baker, Glasser, and dispatcher Gedeldick. 
Anyone with information concerning the 
St. Petersburg Retirement Club for Divi- 
sion 241 and 308 personnel which fJIr. 
Glasser says always met on 16th Street, 
should contact fJIr. Glasser at 5114 Carol 
Street, Skokie. 

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July-August, 1988 July 22, 1988 

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1987 Vol. 40— No. 5 

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For CTA Employees and Retirees 
Tribune company, an rights reserved, used 

September-October 1987 

40-year celebration unfolds excitement 

Uniform fashion lias changed many times 
since October 1947 when CTA entered the 
transit age. Employees representing the 

Authority's bus, rail, and ticket agent per- 
sonnel, modeled uniforms past and pre- 
sent before enthusiastic spectators. 

Wearing transit operator's garb reminis- 
cent of an era gone by, this duo strummed 
banjos and serenaded riders with tunes of 
the '40s aboard an antigue train as it cir- 
cled the Loop during the anniversary 

Nostalgia reigned in Chicago's Loop 
the week of Oct. 5 when CTA 
celebrated 40 years of service with a 
fond glance at its past. 

The excitement unfolded at the 
Daley Center Plaza, where Big Band 
1940's sounds echoed. A unique 
fashion show featured CTA 
employees modeling uniforms past 
and present, and Mayor Harold 
Washington and other dignitaries, 
including retired CTA Executive Direc- 
tor George Krambles, were on hand 
to wish the CTA a happy 40th An- 

A 1920's rapid transit train took 
passengers around the inner Loop 'L' 
at the regular fare of $1, making all 
stops. For the entire week, visitors to 
the Daley Center toured one of the 
famous Green Hornet streetcars and 
other vintage transit vehicles, all open 

to the public as part of the anniversary 

While guests at the fashion show got 
a gander at CTA summer and winter 
uniforms worn over the years by bus 
operators, conductors and motorper- 
sons, "Sir Thanks-A-Lot," a mascot in 
shining armor, distributed pass card 
holders--another "thank you" from 
CTA. Meanwhile, on board the vin- 
tage railcars circling the Loop, musi- 
cians played appropriate railroad 
songs on the mandolin and guitar. 

The vehicles on display at the Daley 
Center, a Green Hornet streetcar, a 
1944 gasoline bus, a 1951 trolley bus, 
and a 1952 diesel bus, played an im- 
portant role in Chicago's development 
over the years, and served as 
fascinating walk-through exhibits com- 
memorating the city's transportation 

Included in the Daley Plaza display was 
Bus 3407, the familiar red and cream vehi- 
cle built in 1944 for the Chicago Surface 
Lines. Converted into a training bus in 
1955, and retired In 1974, Bus 3407 was 
part of CTA's historical bus collection un- 
til last year, when it was sold to the Illinois 
Railway Museum. 

The diesel bus was loaned to CTA 
for the occasion by the Fox River 
Trolley Museum, and the other 
vehicles were on loan from the Illinois 
Railway Museum. 

The Daley Center Plaza celebration 
payed tribute to all of the 12,500 CTA 
work force, but 39 employees with at 
least 40 years of service received 
special recognition at a luncheon held 
in the Niko hotel. 

CTA began operating Oct. 1, 1947, 
with the consolidation of the old 
Chicago Surface Lines, and the 
Chicago Rapid Transit Company. In 
1952, CTA added the Chicago Motor 
Coach Company to its organization. 
CTA is the second largest public 
transportation system on the North 
American continent, with 2.1 million 
trips taken each weekday by Chicago 
and suburban riders. 

"Sir Thanks-A-Lot" waves to the 
celebrating crowd. CTA's "knight in shin- 
ing armor" distributed free pass holders 
in appreciation for the public's patronage 
over the Authority's 40-year history. 

40 Year Honorees 

Jeanette Ludmann 

Ralph Keane 

Edward Wllieko 

Wallace Clemens 

Herbert Schomer 

Richard Bushbaum 

Rosemary Kenny 

Harold Friedl 

Robert Valerious 

Francis Hennigan 

Johin O'Connor 

James Dohoney 

Michael Vitale 

James Madden 

Valeria Bowman 

Allen Pfeiffer 

Robert Koster 

Frank WisniewskI 

William Ruddle 

Michael Lacriola 

Carmella Petrella 

Leonard Skrine 

Reglna Daren 

Frederick Miraglio 

Jotin Tertz, Jr. 

John Murray 

Josepti Grojean 

Frank Bruno 

Vernon Coleman 

James Dudley 

Dine Fuggiti 

James Ward 

Harry Hawke 

Joseph Marszaiek 

Richard Norton 

Edward Schurz, Jr. 

Lois Jahnke 

James Durr 

Robert McCarthy 

Edward Superczynski 

Edward Barry 


Bosses take customer telephone calls 

Robert Paaswell 

John Hoellen, 

The CTA Board got first-hand knowledge of rider 
opinions about CTA service when four of its members 
were on the hot seat as customer assistance representatives. 

CTA Chairman Walter Clark, board members John 
Hoellen, Natalia Delgado and James I. Charlton, as well 
as Executive Director Dr. Robert Paaswell, manned 
telephones for nearly two hours during the Oct. 7 morning 
rush hour to hear the public's thoughts about CTA rail and 
bus service. 

Having CTA's top brass get an earful of fustrated, 
dissatisfied riders was a first time event which was sug- 
gested by the Promotional Services section as part of 
CTA's 40th Anniversary celebration. 

The plan was published by the media, and the public 
obliged with calls that ran the gamut from questions about 
where to stand while waiting for a bus to why there were no 
announcements during a 30-minute delay on the 
Ravenswood rapid transit line. 

Natalia Delgado 

Walter Clark 

Customer Assistance Superintendent Daniel Kane, ser- 
vice representatives Jim Roche and Dennis Murphy, and 
coordinators Camilla Render, Michael Cramer, and Steven 
Hastalis stood by as coaches while CTA's top decision 
makers fielded calls concerning bus and rapid transit 
schedules, defective equipment, improper fare collections, 
and complaints about employees and general service per- 

Other coaches were Jesse Waugh and Peter Knezevich, 
customer assistance technicians, and Maria Gonzalez, con- 
fidential office assistant. 

Did their brief role as customer assistance represen- 
tatives give them a better awareness of customer concerns? 
"Yes," replied Chairman Walter Clark, "you get a good 
idea about what's going on." 

Board member Charlton called the morning "educa- 
tional," and Dr. Paaswell went away with a new apprecia- 
tion for the customer assistance representative's job. "It's 
not as easy as it looks," he said. 

CTA family 

hosts French 

exchange student 

When 10-year-old Bruno Guillet left 
Chicago on May 24 for Paris, he took 
with him the love of new friends, in- 
cluding a CTA family which had been 
his host for three weeks. 

Bruno, of St. Maur, France, a 
suburb of Paris, had been an exchange 
student in south suburban Park Forest 
Elementary District 163, where he was 
the guest of Rick and Kristine 
Guinn. Rick is a CTA training 
specialist who is assigned to the 
Maintenance Training Center at 

Two months earlier, Guinn's own 
10-year-old son, Peter, had spent 
three weeks in Bruno's St. Maur home 
as guest of the Guillet family. Across 
the miles, the parents had correspond- 

Exchange student Bruno Guillet and Rick Guinn, CTA training specialist, visit with Dr. 
Robert E. Paaswell, CTA executive director. 

ed in preparation for the exchange stu- 
dent program, which Rick and Kristine 
continue to support. 

Bruno Guillet's stateside experience 
not only included attending Peter's 
elementary school in Park Forest, just 
as his young host had attended his 

school in St. Maur, but it meant enjoy- 
ing some of Chicago's customs and 
culture which are typically American, 
such as a trip to White Sox Park for a 
baseball game, a visit to Shedd 
Aquarium, and an American public 
transportation experience on CTA. 

September-October, 1987 

Mayor Harold Washington, assisted by Albert R. Babinicz, Vice President, Metro Vision of North 
America, Inc., prepares to unveil the video monitor at O'Hare International Airport. Present for the 
unveiling were [right] Edward Levell, airport deputy commissioner, and CTA Executive Director 
Robert Paaswell. The information system broadcasts promotional messages and customer information, 
as well as special notices and up-to-the-minute schedule information. 

CTA commuters waiting to board 
"L" trains are being treated to up-to- 
the-minute news, weather and sports, 
as well as transit schedules, courtesy of 
full-color video monitors installed at 
their stations. The system will be func- 
tioning at 17 Chicago area "L" stations 
including O'Hare terminal and the 
Merchandise Mart. 

The state-of-the-art electronic com- 
munications system is being provided 
by Metro Vision of North America, 

and operates free of cost to the CTA 
and its customers. Chicago is the 
largest American city to install Metro 
Vision on its rapid transit system. 

Mayor Harold Washington of- 
ficiated at a special inaugural 
ceremony for the news information 
network as it opened at O'Hare Inter- 
national Airport on Sept. 10, which 
also marked the third anniversary of 
CTA rail service between O'Hare and 
downtown Chicago. 

"In return for the right to display 
advertising on a portion of their pro- 
gramming, Metro Vision installs their 
information network free of charge, 
and will pay us a minimum fee of 
$150,000 over the contract period of 
five years," said Dr. Robert 
Paaswell, CTA Executive Director. 
"The new system enables us to give 
the public valuable information, in- 
cluding up-to-the-minute scheduiing 
data and marketing messages, at no 
cost to the CTA and its customers." 


WHEREAS, The Members of the Chicago Transit Board 
and the employees of the Chicago Transit Authority 
were deeply saddened by the death of- Harold 
Washington, Mayor of the City of Chicago; and 

WHEREAS, The Board Members and Authority 
employees join with the citizens of Chicago in mourning 
the loss of an exemplary leader; and 

WHEREAS, Harold Washington dedicated his life to 
public service representing the citizens of Chicago in the 
State Legislature and in Congress; and 

WHEREAS, In 1983 Harold Washington had the 
distinction of being elected the first black mayor of the 
City of Chicago and was elected to his second term in 
1987; and 

WHEREAS, Mayor Washington rose to national prom- 
inence through his championing of causes for the better- 
ment of his constituency; and 

WHEREAS, Mayor Washington strove to improve 
relations among all ethnic and racial groups that com- 
prise the citizenry of this city; and 

WHEREAS, Mayor Washington will long be 
remembered for his warm smile, his friendship to the 
young and old, rich and poor alike and his love for the 
city and his people; and 

WHEREAS, In our sorrow we must express our 
gratitude for his efforts on behalf of the entire City of 
Chicago and our heartfelt regret that the citizens of 
Chicago have lost a great mayor and the Chicago Transit 
Authority has lost a great friend; now, therefore: 

BE IT RESOLVED That the Members of the Chicago 
Transit Board extend our condolences to his beloved 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That this resolution be 
spread of record upon the minutes of this meeting 

Adopted by the Chicago Transit Board December 2, 1987 

Maintenance Day in CTA honors 10 

Car servicer Rita Wicks was en 

route to her job at Harlem terminal 
when she discovered a man lying in a 
pool of blood on the platform at Oak 
Park avenue and Lake street. 

Ms. Wicks immediately rendered 
first aid and requested crews of two 
passing trains to call for help. She 
stayed with the man until paramedics 
of the Oak Park Fire Department ar- 

In a similar incident, Archer bus 
repairers Joseph Neely and Robert 
Powers, and assistant Archer garage 
foreman Rodney Lance rushed to 
assist co-worker Anthony Blazevich 
who had collapsed of a heart attack 
during a retirement celebration in his 

The three Archer employees, who 
had been trained in the techniques of 
administering cardiopulmonary 
resuscitation, put their life -sustaining 
knowledge to work immediately and 
were credited with reviving Blazevich 
before paramedics arrived. [Editor's 
Note: Mr. Blazevich subsequenf/y suf- 
fered a fatal heart attack in Ma\j 1 987 
after his retirement. Our sincere con- 
dolences are extended to his famili^.] 

Rail janitor McDonald Newkirk 
was in the subway at Madison and 
Wabash performing his duties when 
he noticed a boy scribbling on the 
walls. Newkirk apprehended the 
youth, took away his marker and gave 
him a stern lecture about his destruc- 
tiveness and the unsightliness of graf- 
fiti. Several weeks later the boy return- 
ed with his brother who also received a 
lecture. Newkirk is credited with show- 
ing a lot of pride in being a CTA 
employee, and in keeping the sub- 

Bos controller Aaron Crockett [left] explains Control Room procedures to Maintenance 
Day in CTA honorees as James Elliott [background], Engineering and Maintenance 
personnel coordinator, looks on. The honorees are [from left] rail janitor 
McDonald Newkirk, bus repairers Robert Powers and Joseph Neely, and car servicer 
Rita Wicks. 

ways clean. His battle against graffiti 
drew the attention of the Chicago 
Tribune which published a story 
regarding Newkirk's efforts. 

Other Engineering and Main- 
tenance employees honored on A Day 
in CTA were Edward Lubomski and 
James Van Grimbergen, electrical 
workers at Skokie Shop; Peter King 
and Carlo Cinquepalmi, bus ser- 
vicers at North Park and Forest Glen 
garages, and Forest Glen night 
foreman Harbhajan Gakhal. 

Lubomski and Van Grimbergen 
received the grateful acknowledge- 
ment and appreciation of CTA 
Engineering and Maintenance chiefs 
for providing the Authority with a 
rapid transit vehicle truck analyzer 
which they designed and built. 

Bus servicer Peter King was 
honored on A Day in CTA after he 

turned in a briefcase which he found 
while servicing a bus at the garage. 
The briefcase, which was later claimed 
by a representative of the First Na- 
tional Bank of Chicago, contained ac- 
counting records, sealed envelopes 
and a negotiable check for a large sum 
of money. 

Meanwhile, Carlo Cinquepalmi 
received CTA's kudos for charging a 
runaway bus, jumping into the front 
seat and gaining control, although not 
before the vehicle struck a bumper 
pole and caused Cinquepalmi to be in- 

Harbhajan Gakhal was com- 
mended by an Elk Grove resident who 
said the Forest Glen garage foreman 
volunteered two hours of his time to 
assist her in getting her car started after 
it overheated along Route 53 late one 

-How-to" card explains self examination 

This year, 123,000 American 
women will learn they have breast 
cancer, one in 10 will be under the age 
of 40, and about one in 30 will die, ac- 
cording to new projections by the 
American Cancer Society. 

Despite the bleak forecast, the direc- 
tor of a volunteer cancer education 
group in Albany, Oregon says it is 
possible to reduce those estimates. 

"Breast self-examination for cancer 
is now easier to do and remember with 
a how-to card to hang on the shower 
head or other easily accessible loca- 
tion," according to Greg Gourley of 

the Cancer Information Network. 

"The card," Gourley says, "is like a 
'soap-on-a-rope' that hangs in the 
shower where women should begin 
their self-exam." 

Since last December, Gourley has 
distributed nearly 1000 self-exam 
cards and already three cases of breast 
cancer have been found by women 
who followed the card's simple instruc- 

"I know the card is helpful," 
Gourley emphasizes, "because of the 
interest and response I've received 
from not only women but from con- 

cerned husbands as well. Learning 
how to examine your breasts properly 
can help save your life since 90 per 
cent of all breast cancers are con- 
trollable if detected eariy." 

The waterproof card, complete with 
plastic cord, describes and illustrates a 
4-step procedure for monthly breast 
examinations, all of which can be 
done in the privacy of the bathroom. 

Exam cards are available from the 
Cancer Information Network and cost 
$3 each. Write to P.O. Box 1885, 
Albany, Oregon 97321. 

September-October, 1987 



Atsia Fair [77th Street 
garage] was called "the 
nicest, most courteous, 
most helpful CTA driver I 
have ever encountered" 
by Gilbert Belles, of 
Macomb, who rode her 
No. 1 Indiana/Hyde Park 
bus from Michigan and 
Balbo to 57th Street. 
"During our ride, she ex- 
tended herself to every 
passenger in the most 
humane and caring man- 
ner that left a lasting im- 
pression. It did not mat- 
ter if the conversations 
were bus or route related. 
She spoke to passengers 
as important and signifi- 
cant individuals. In addi- 
tion, she was an ex- 
cellent and superb driver. 

Joseph Smoot [North Park garage] is considered "a 
wonderful, conscientious, competent driver" by Scott 
Warner, of Marine Drive, who was a rider on his No. 136 
Sheridan/LaSalle Express bus. "I boarded and sat in the 
back seat. After a few blocks, he stopped the bus, walked 
to the back, and asked if we were all right--if there were 
fumes bothering us. There weren't, and he drove on. 
Near a three-car accident, he pulled the bus close and 
called out to see if there were any injuries, and if they 
needed an ambulance. When we reached LaSalle, he 
saw someone running for the bus and waited for him." 

Pamela Ellis [West Section] was the conductor on a 
Douglas-Milwaukee train that Rita Ordzowialy rode 
downtown regularly from Cicero. "She helps make that 
ride a pleasant experience. She greets passengers at 
every station-with a 'Good morning.' She also announces 
the time of day. At the downtown stops she always says 
'Have a good day--thank you for riding CTA.' No matter 
what the weather, if you are on her train, the day starts a 
little bit brighter. You simply cannot stay in a dumpy 
mood when she is so cheerful. I don't think"! have ever 
run into a rude or unpleasant CTA employee on this 

Willie Taylor [Lawndale garage] was complimented 
by Mrs. J. Guido, of North Kedvale Avenue, for the way 
he took care of his riders on a No. 53 Pulaski bus during a 
heavy rainstorm. "We got stuck by the viaduct at Belden. 
With orders to change streets, he turned the bus around 
and headed back, kindly telling people heading the other 
way that there would be no bus coming. He said, "I'm 
sorry for the inconvenience, but I will get my people 
where they are going." He put the bus where people 
could get on without wading through water, and waited 
for the people to get to him . He was about the nicest per- 
son I met all that day." 

Leon Gary [69th Street 
garage] won the approval 
of Marie McCoy, of Ver- 
non Avenue, for his 
handling of a 71st Street 
bus. "I have been riding 
this route with this 
operator for 10 months. 
He needs to be praised 
for a job well done. He 
has never raised his voice 
or yelled at a passenger, 
even if that person is yell- 
ing and swearing at him. 
At all times, he has a 
smile on his face, or a 
kind word, saying 'Good 
morning' or 'Be careful.' 
He is a considerate 
driver, very courteous to 
the elderly as well as to 

John Brown [Kedzie garage] was appreciated by Bar- 
bara Cooper, of North Mozart Street, for his courtesy as 
operator of a No. 65 Grand bus. "The gracious service 
rendered by this operator is the best such experience I 
have had in recent memory. He is so polite and nice to 
every single soul who boards his bus. Anyone who asks 
for directions receives prompt, courteous information. 
He makes all his passengers very comfortable. Everyone 
likes him, and most of the regulars like me sit near the 
front of the bus where we can witness his good deeds. I 
sincerely appreciate him and the Chicago Transit 

Johnnie Gomilla [Archer garage] was praised by 
William Janesik, of South Richmond Street, for his per- 
formance as operator of a No. 53A South Pulaski bus. 
"He is very polite and accommodating. He gives informa- 
tion to senior citizens who are confused and uninformed 
about the CTA. He is always smiling, and makes 
everyone feel a little better than they did when they got 
on the bus. I ride with him several times a week and 
watch the way he drives and acts. He always tries to get 
close to the curb so that the seniors don't have a long step 
getting off the bus. I am a happy bus rider when he is 

Daniel Martin [Forest Glen garage] caught the atten- 
tion of James Wilke, of North Wolcott Avenue, who was 
a rider on his No. 56 Milwaukee bus. "An older woman 
with a cane got on rather slowly, but your driver waited 
patiently and offered assistance to the woman in getting 
aboard, which she declined. As your driver pulled over to 
let passengers off and on at Canal near the train station, 
this older woman got up to get off the bus. Your driver 
got up and picked up the lady's suitcase, and helped her 
off the bus. This is the first time I have seen this kind of 
help given to a passenger. This driver deserves recogni- 


thanKs to 

Armando Afanador. of the CTA 

Community Affairs staff, caught three 
youths who were defacing trains and 
turned them over to police. 

Afanador, who was waiting for a 
southbound train at the Montrose sta- 
tion on his way to work, saw the trio 
jump to the tracks from a northbound 
train in the station and begin applying 
black spray paint to the side wall of the 
train's second car. 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Continued on Page 16 

Byron Acker, North Park 

Paul Alexander, Jr., 69th Street 

Emma Allen, 77th Street 

Lerline Ball, 77th Street 
Effrem Banks, North Avenue 
James Barnes, North Park 
Vernon Barney, Limits 
Carmen Betances, North Park 
Betty Blackmon, West Section 
Bobby Brown, North Park 
John Brugess, Limits 
Joseph Burch, Douglas/Congress 
James Butler, Jr., Bus District 'C 

Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Garry Causey, Forest Glen 
Jacqueline Chambers, North Park 
Joseph Chocolate, Forest Glen 
Thomas Christian, Bus District D' 
Kendall Clark, 77th Street 
Denlse Cochran, Howard/Kimball 
Javier Cortez, Jefferson Park 
Eben Credit, South Section 
Brenda Curtlndolph, Jefferson Park 

David Danku, Archer 
Earmon Davis, Limits 
Joseph DIBIase, Howard/Kimball 
Johnny DIckerson, North Park 
Robert Doeden, Limits 
Mercelo Droira, Forest Glen 

Rosette Ewing, Howard/Kimball 

Edward Farmer, 77th Street 
Nathan FItzpatrIck, North Park 
Willie Flower^., North Park 

Leon Gee, Howard/Kimball 
Mary Gerrlty, Forest Glen 
Peter Gordon, Kedzie 
John GorskI, Limits 
Edward Grant, Howard/Kimball 
Latimore Graves, Jr., Archer 
Joe Griffith, Beverly 
Lorenzo Gunn, Jr., Forest Glen 
Reginald Guy, 77th Street 

Sarah Hall, Limits 

NikI Hansen, Forest Glen 

Charmalne Harrington, North 

John Harris, Archer 
Johnnie Hart, 77th Street 
Alfred Hawkins, Limits 
Ellie Head. 69th Street 
Charles Henderson, 77th Street 
Cecllio Hernandez, Forest Glen 
Shirley Hobbs, Jr., North Park 
Randolph Hodges, Ashland, 61st, 

John Hopkins, 77lh Street 

RIcca James, North Section 
Darryl Jenkins, 77th Street 
Curtis Johnson, 77th Street 

Bahram Khavari, North Park 
Daniel Klotz, North Section 
Robert Kremer, North Park 
Joseph Kucera, Forest Glen 

Anthony Lag, Limits 
Phil Lancelln, Forest Park 
Joseph Lawrence, Jr., 69th Street 
Jose Leanos, Beverly 
Neal Lesley, Archer 
Irving Lewis, 69th Street 
David Lewis, North Park 

Idrees Mahmud, Limits 
Jesse Marshall, Jr., North Park 
Julius Martin, 77th Street 
Reginald Mason, 77th Street 
Gladys McPherson, North Park 
Vivian Menendez, Forest Glen 
Mitchell Miarnowski, Forest Glen 
Edward Moore, North Avenue 
Robert Moreno, Forest Glen 
Robert Moskovitz, North Park 

Joe Nash, North Park 
Larry Neal, Archer 

MItsuo Ogata, Forest Glen 

Frederick Pcpke, Limits 
George Pounds, Bus District A' 

Billy Ragsdale, 77th Street 
Samuel Ramos, Forest Glen 
Annie Rice, Limits 
Gloria Richmond, Archer 
Ramon RIncon, Howard/Kimball 
Anthony Rivera, North Park 
Jose Rodriguez, Forest Glen 
Silvia Rodriguez, Forest Glen 
Narciso Ruiz, Jr., 77th Street 

Levester Sago, 77th Street 
Maria Salazar, Forest Glen 
Betty Samuel, 77th Street 
Gary Santlnl, Forest Glen 
William Seals, Archer 
Javlous Seymore, Kedzie 
Barry Smith, North Park 
Robert Smith, Forest Glen 
Alfred Smith, Jefferson Park 
Jeffrey Smith, Jefferson Park 
Mellowneice Springfield, 69th 

Frank Staszak, Beverly 
Ronald Stefinsky, North Park 
Evelyn Stofer, West Section 
Aytautas Stukelis, Archer 
Willie Mae Surles, 77th Street 

Cleveland Taylor, 77th Street 
Darlene Thomas, 77th Street 
Rogers Thomas, Kedzie 
Patricia Thomas, Kedzie 
Robert Thomas, North Park 
Curtis Thompson, Jr., 77th Street 

Ricael Velez, Forest Glen 

Eloisc Walker, 77th Street 
Aveon Wallace, 69th Street 
Vickie Williams, 77th Street 
Eula Williams. 69th Street 
Lowell Wilson, Beverly 
Dorothy Wilson, West Section 
Stanley Wright, North Park 

Linda Yates, Howard/Kimball 
Jacques Yezeguiellan, Forest Glen 
Rudolph Young, North Park 

Anthony Zenner, North Park 

September-October, 1987 




Ward, Larkins winners 
in rail competition 

O'Hare motorman James Ward 
and Howard conductor Joel Larkins 

were first place winners in the 1987 
Third Rail RoundUp competition. The 
pair were recipients of the first place 
plaque and a five-day all expenses 
paid trip to San Francinsco. 

Placing second in the competition 
were motorman Leon Hegwood, 
Howard terminal, and conductor 
Richard Corbett, Kimball terminal. 
Hegwood was the 1985 Third Rail 
RoundUp champion motorman. As 
first runners up, the second place team 
members will each receive a $500 sav- 
ings bond along with their plaques. 

Third Rail RoundUp chairman 
James Zepp said members of the 
Round House 18 will each receive belt 
buckles, dinner theater tickets for two, 
and jackets. Eligible applicants also 
received a cap, shirt and special cer- 
tificates of participation, Zepp said. 




James Ward 
O'Hare Terminal 

Joel Larkins 
Howard Terminal 

Awards Banquet 
honors winners 

The 1987 annual awards banquet 
at Holiday Inn Mart Plaza closed 
out another year of employee per- 
formance competition in CTA's 
annual Bus Roadeo. Ticket Agent 
TieUp, and the Third Rail Roun- 
dUp. Receiving plaques and prizes 
for their achievements were [from 
left] Joel Larkins, Third Rail Roun- 
dUp champion conductor: Robert 
Richardson, Bus Roadeo cham- 
pion: Linda Woods, winner of the 
Ticket Agent TieUp contest, and 
James Ward, theThird Rail Round- 
up's top motorman. 


Wilbert Matthews Robert Sanders Dorothy Bester Robert Armstrong Gideon Stevens 

Howard Terminal Howard Terminal 95th Street Terminal Harlem Terminal 61st Street Terminal 




Leon Hegwood 
Howard Terminal 

Richard Corbett 
Kimball Terminal 

Richard Crane John Rigoni 

Douglas Terminal O'Hare Terminal 

Willie Done Doris West 

Kimball Terminal Harlem Terminal 


Richard Sims Juretta Shields Levi Wardell Walter Golden Warren Lattimore 

Kimball Terminal Kimball Terminal Kimball Terminal Kimball Terminal Ashland Terminal 

September-October, 1987 

Top Notch 

Phyllis Phillips Doritha Davis James Crockett 

Ashland Terminal Howard Terminal O'Hare Terminal 

Linda Woods 
Howard Terminal 

Louis Hill 
Douglas Terminal 

Darnell Wright 
Ashland Terminal 

Howard street ticket agent Linda Woods compiled 
572 of the possible 812 points to beat nine other finalists 
in the 1987 Ticket Agent TieUp competition. The 
17-year CTA employee has been a finalist in each ticket 
agent contest since its 1984 inception. 

Ms. Woods who was first runner-up last year to three- 
time champion Bryant Alexander, visited the APTA 
convention in San Francisco for a week, along with a 
guest. All expenses were borne by CTA. The new Ticket 

Agent TieUp champion also received an individual cham- 
pionship trophy while Howard terminal received the 
chairman's trophy which will be on display at the terminal 
for one year. 

Second place honors went to Louis Hill of 54th 
street, another Top Notch Ten veteran finalist. Hill 
received an individual trophy and a $500 savings bond, 
while third place winner Darnell Wright of Ashland 
avenue received a trophy and a $200 savings bond. 

West Rudolph 
Ashland Terminal 

Ossie Graham 
Kimball Terminal 

Yvonne Davis Mary Parish 

95th Street Terminal Douglas Terminal 







This souvenir poster honoring 
CTA's 40th Anniversary was 
designed by Alexandra Eiva, 
graphic designer in the Training 
Development Section of the 
Operations Training/Instruction 

A limited quantity of these 18" 
X 24" posters, printed in five col- 
ors on ivory-colored semi-gloss 
poster stock, may be purchased 
for $3 each [cash or check made 
payable to "Chicago Transit 
Authority"] at the Publications 
Section, Room 730, Merchan- 
dise Mart. Purchases may be 
made in person only between 
the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 
3:30 p.m., Monday through 


Knsit authority 


1947- 1987 

One CTA mm 

ng in expressway r 

i/inning O'Hare station opened n 

New bus route links Loop, McCormick Place 

CTA's recently-inaugurated McCor- 
mick Place-NorthWestern Station [No. 
127] bus route provides a convenient 
service for NorthWestern railroad 
commuters en route to work, or an 
evening of entertainment. 

The new bus route originates at the 
Northwestern Station from 6:33 to 
9:43 a.m. The routing is east on 
Washington street to Michigan 
avenue, then south to Balbo drive. 
Once on Balbo, buses continue south 
on Columbus drive to 23rd street and 
McCormick Place East. Boarding is 
possible all along Washington and 

In the late afternoon, between 3:30 
and 5:30 p.m., buses originate at Mc- 
Cormick Place East and head north on 
Lake Shore drive to Balbo. From 
Balbo, buses continue north onto 
Michigan, turning west on Madison 
street. The last stop is at Canal street 
for the Northwestern Station. 

In both directions, buses make stops 
for the Dearborn and State street sub- 

Representatives of CTA, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, and Chicago's 
tourism industry celebrate the first run of the It127 bus route beginning at Union Station. 

way stations and for the Loop 'L' ser- 
vice. Trains in the Dearborn subway 
serve O'Hare International airport. 

During public shows and special 
events at McCormick Place, service will 
begin an hour and a half before the 
show begins, operating at 20-minute 

intervals until doors close. For special 
shows at the Arie Crown Theater, bus 
service will begin one hour before cur- 
tain, with the last bus leaving at curtain 
time. For the return trip, buses will be 
stationed outside the theater at the 
end of the show. 

cubs fantasy 

camp n®^* 
best tti\ng 
lo Heaven 

Cub fan Alice Dungan [front row center] thought she was in Heaven at Randy Hundley's 
Baseball Fantasy Camp in Chicago. She is shown with some of her favorite people. Stan- 
ding are [from left] Hank Aguirre, Larry Bittner, Jim Hicl<man, Rich Nye, Randy Hundley, 
and Ferguson Jenkins. Seated are [from left] Jose Cardenal, Carmen Fanzone, Dungan, 
Bob Will, and Ron Santo. 

The next best thing to being in Heaven for a diehard 
Chicago Cub fan is to be a Chicago Cub. If you can't really 
be a Cub, perhaps being a Cub for a long weekend at ex- 
Cub catcher Randy Hundley's Baseball Fantasy Camp in 
Chicago will suffice. 

Well, Alice Dungan, a confidential office assistant in 
Equipment Engineering, felt like she had died and gone to 
Heaven . She got a chance to go to Hundley's camp recently 
and rub sholders at the ole Wrigley ball yard with the likes of 
such baseball saints as Hank Aguirre, Larry Bittner, Jim 
Hickman, Rich Nye, Fergie Jenkins, Jose Cardenal, Ron 
Santo, Carmen Fanzone, Hundley, and a few other of her 
favorite Cubbie ghosts of the past. 

Did it bdther Dungan that she was the only woman 
there?---not in the least, and it sure didn't bother the guys. 

They're just average folk like the fans who work out and 
play against them, but they are still idolized in spite of having 
been slowed down over the years by age and girth. 

As a Cub fan, Dungan had as much moxie as anyone 
who wanted to be on a baseball diamond in a Cub uniform. 
The former Gregory high school Softball player took her 
position in the outfield and her turn at the bat against pitcher 
Ferguson Arthur (Fergie] Jenkins, who in his hey day had 
six consecutive 20-win seasons, from 1967 to 1972. 

The three-day fantasy camp trip ended with a game 
where Dungan got to really show her stuff. She got sore 
hands from batting, and even broke her nails, but it was 
worth it for a grown up lady baseball kid hobnobbing among 
all those former Chicago Cub greats on the Wrigley Field 

September-October, 1987 


Operations names 
four to new jobs 

Paul Kadowaki was recently ap- 
pointed manager, Operations Train- 
ing/Instruction. A CTA employee for 
more than 29 years, Kadowaki moved 
through the ranks from bus operator to 
bus service supervisor, instructor, and 
superintendent of instruction. He was 
named director of instruction in 1984. 

In 1983, Kadowaki was called upon 
to serve as a member of the Accident 
Safety Panel Review Board for San 
Francisco's Municipal Railroad [Muni]. 
Three years later he was named to a 
similar panel for the Southern Califor- 
nia Rapid Transit District in Los 

The new manager of Operations 
Training/Instruction attended Taylor 
University in Upland, Indiana, and the 
Moody Bible Institute. He was also a 
participant in the Northeastern Univer- 
sity Advanced Urban Mass Tranpsor- 
tation Management Seminar at 
Boston . 

He and his wife of 30 years, Mrs. 
Lois Kadowaki, reside in the 
Edgewater community, and are the 
parents of a son and daughter. Active 
in civic affairs, Kadowaki serves as a 
vice president of the Japanese- 
American Service committee. He is a 
member of the Grace Lutheran 
Church where he serves on the usher 
board, and is a former member of the 
board of elders. 

Other appointments in the Opera- 
tions Division included Isaac Beal, 
who was named director. Special Ser- 
vices, reporting to the manager. 
Operations Administrative Services. 

Beal, formeriy area superintendent, 
bus-North, has been a CTA employee 
for 28 years and has served in 
management positions in both rail and 
bus service. 


Paul Kadowaki 

James Payne 

Isaac Beal 

Named superintendent. Analysis 
and Control, reporting to Beal was 
James Payne, formerly superinten- 
dent at 77th, 69th and Washington 
garages. Alton Williams, former 
assistant superintendent for Bus Per- 
sonnel, North, was named superinten- 
dent. Customer Relations for Special 

Beal said the appointments by Ex- 
ecutive Director Robert Paaswell 

Alton Williams 

were made because of the sensitivity 
to the needs of the disabled communi- 
Other Operations Division appoint- 
ments announced were: Kevin 
Smith, superintendent I, Transporta- 
tion Rail Personnel North; Joseph 
Gonzalez, superintendent I, 
Transportation Service: Luster Mor- 
ton, superintendent I, Transportation 
Bus Personnel North. 

Graffiti taggers 

Continued From Page 7 

"Hey! Stop!" Afanador shouted. 
The trio paused, made obscene 
gestures at him, and continued. 
Angered, Afanador jumped from the 
platform, grabbed two of the three 

after they threw a spray can down to 
the street, and ordered them to the 
southbound platform. Waiting riders 
held them while Afanador summoned 
police, and the two were taken into 
custody. The third offender fled by 
climbing down the structure to the 

"I was surprised when everyone 
cheered," remarked Afanador. "There 

must have been about 40 people 
there. When the police arrested the 
pair, one policeman said 'Oh, you two 
again?' to the vandals." 

Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, CTA Ex 
ecutive Director, commended 
Afanador for his quick actions. He 
urged riders who see graffiti vandals in 
action to inform ticket agents who can 
summon police quickly. 






Roy Smith was appointed director, 
Power and Way Maintenance, 
Facilities Engineering and 

He joined CTA in February 1964 as 
a graduate trainee and was assigned to 
the Engineering department as a 
design draftsman following an 
18-month training program. 

Smith is a fellow of the American 
Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a 
member of the American Public 
Transportation Association [APIA] 
Track Construction and Maintenance 
Sub-committee, and the Transporta- 
tion Research Board Task Force on 
Rail Transit System Design. 

The new Power and Way 
Maintenance director is a graduate of 
Lane Technical high school, and the 
Illinois Institute of Technology where 
he earned his degree in civil engineer- 
ing. Smith and his wife, Mary Ann 
[nee Calpin], a former secretary in the 
Engineering department, reside in 
Hillside with their three teenage sons. 

William F. Jones was named 
director. Rail Janitor Service. Jones, 
who started his CTA career in May 
1951 as a surface line conductor 
assigned to the old 77th street car 
barn, transferred to the rapid transit 
system as an extra trainman, where he 
remained until 1971 when he was 
assigned as an Operations Planning 

Gordon Brady, Jr. 

In 1974, Jones transferred to Rail 
Janitor Service as a unit supervisor. 
He is a resident of Dolton. 

Appointed director of Buildings and 
Grounds Maintenance, Facilities 
Engineering and Maintenance, was 
17-year CTA veteran Gordon Brady, 
Jr., formerly supervisor. Electrical and 
Mechanical Maintenance. 

Newly -appointed Facilities 
Engineering and Maintenance depart- 
ment personnel reporting to the direc- 
tor, Construction/Maintenance Sup- 
port Services, are William Wong, 
superintendent. Support Services, 
and Robert Stavinga, supervisor. 
Special Construction Projects. Edwin 
Marzec was named supervisor. Supp- 
ly Control, reporting to Wong. 

William F. Jones 

Roy Smith 

Tuition program helps eight earn degrees 

Eight CTA employees who returned 
to school as part-time students with 
assistance from the Employee Tuition 
Reiumbursement program have been 
awarded diplomas. 

The graduates are: James A. 
Blanchard, Capital Development, 
MBA, University of Chicago; John H. 
Booker, Operations [Kedzie], Nor- 
theastern Illinois University, B.S., 
phychology; Anthony T. Crump- 

ton, Equipment Engineering and 
Maintenance, [Limits], DePaul 
University, B.S., management; Cesar 
Del Aguila, Equipment Engineering 
and Maintenance [Limits], Nor- 
theastern University, B.S., marketing. 
Others receiving diplomas were: 
Tessa Gaines, Operations Com- 
munications and Power Control, 
Chicago State University, M.A.. 
education; Wendy Jackson, Opera- 

tions Administrative Services, 
Roosevelt University, B.S., computer 
science; Donald Turner, Manage- 
ment Information Systems [440 N. 
Wells], Computer Learning Center, 
certificate; and David Wilson, 
Facilities Engineering and 
Maintenance, Illinois Institute of 
Technology. B.S., electrical engineer- 

September-October, 1987 





North Park 

Five pounds, nine ounces was the 
grand total for operator Bob Dluger's 
newborn son, William, born on May 
24, 1987. William's mom, Tomoko, 
just might get Bob to submit their son's 
picture for a later issue this year or by 
the time little William is learning to 
write on the walls with his crayons, 
whichever comes first ... Oh well, no 
such problems with the Dzyacky fami- 
ly. Operators Daniel and Nilda 
Dzyacky may now save this particular 
issue of Transit News with the ap- 
propriate silver frame now that we can 
see the photo of their daughter. 

Celina Marie, whose birth we men- 
tioned in an earlier "Inside News" ... 
Ask Manuel Ramirez if working a 
run on Clark street wasn't just the right 
kind of training he needed. He spent 
three weeks of vacation time with his 
family driving and camping out way 
up in the Wisconsin Dells area this past 
summer. Seeing as they had their 
"pop up" trailer hooked up to the car, 
we'll assume that wife Carmen and 
daughters Maria and Iris were all giv- 
ing the right directions, when he was 
trying to back up into their campsite 
among all of those lovely trees ... 

Sniff, sniff! Ah, yes, if you attended 
the garage picnic held at nearby River 
Park on Saturday, August 1, you 
definitely had the talents of master 
chef Martin Johnson, his trusty 
assistant chef Joe Jackson, and 
other well meaning souls to thank. 
The weather was just like the previous 
years, p-u-r-r-fect, and, again. Chef 
Johnson was already at his post bright 
and early at 6 a.m. We say other well 
meaning souls because some of our 
junior operators/chefs definitely need 
to watch the size of their inferno when 
they incinerate a helpless hot dog 
assortment ... Speaking of food, we 
can imagine how many meals were 
consumed when Thomas Parker, 
along with his wife Eleanor and their 
two sons Kevin and Kenneth, trav- 
eled to Washington, D.C., to attend a 
family reunion at the Hyatt Regency 
that numbered well over a hundred 
relatives ... Alice Richman may 
have thought it was the Lone Ranger 
who came galloping to her aid asking 
"may I help you?" when she fell 
recently, but, alas, it was just our trusty 
election commissioner Leonard 
Lloyd. Hope you're better by the time 
you read this Ms. Richman, and a tip 
of the white hat to you kemo-sabe 
Lloyd! ... Some names of our newest 
students to be operators for the next 
25 years are: Bobby Medina, Floyd 
Skinner, Craig Rogers, Juan 
Lopez, Kevin Houseu/orth.John 
Vasquez, Tommy Rice, Lester 
Williams, Cedric Hopson, 
Gregory Davis, Nabil Al-Sakhira, 
Maurice Ervin, Alberta Atwood, 
Adrienne Butts and Annie 
Washington ... Steering one of 


Ruth A. Anderson, Limits. 12 yrs 
Joseph H. Campbell, 98th Shop. 18 yrs 
Monroe A. Jackson, 77th Street. 30 yrs 
Johnnie L. Love, Rail Janitors. 30 yrs 
Chester Majerowicz, West Shops, 37 yrs 
John C. Miller, West Shops. 36 yrs. 
William J. Oliver, District 'A', 26 yrs 
Yvonne Zajac, Financial Services, 18 yrs 


Jacquelyn Baldwin, Lawndale, 12 yrs 
Jesse L. Barker, Control Center. 21 yrs 
Melvin L. Dardy, West Section, 24 yrs 
Randall J. Dunaj, South Shops, 13 yrs 
Amos Pearson, Limits. 12 yrs. 
Matthew Torrence, Beverly, 10 yrs. 


Junius W. Blaino. Kimball, 28 yrs 

Albert L. Godbold. West Shops, 31 yrs 

Harry A. Harrigan, O'Hare. 26 yrs 

Arthur C. Loman, 95th Street, 36 yrs. 

'Dennis N. McFadden, Financial Services. 

25 yrs 

Van C. Penn, Jr., Forest Glen, 34 yrs 

Hortensia Rodriguez, Materials Manage 

ment. 14 yrs. 

'Anthony J. Scardina, Financial Services, 

28 yrs 

James L. Short, Archer, 35 yrs. 

Dorris Wilson. Schedules, 25 yrs. 


John W. Crayton, Forest Park, 17 yrs 
David M. Keske, Forest Glen. 18 yrs. 

■Retroactiue to 801-87 

Forest Glen operators Richard and 
Lourdes Frey are the proud parents of a 
son, Jonathan, born August 3 at St. 
Joseph's hospital. Jonathon, who weigh- 
ed 9 pounds and was 22 inches long, has 
definitely been a bundle of joy for the Frey 



ulated buses through the 
Inter weather should be a 
breeze for another of our recent new 
operators. Nora Pryor drove a 
familiar yellow school bus for two 
years before joining us here at North 
Park ... Now, now, don't blush, Mr. 
G. What can we say but "Welcome to 
North Park" to one of the best liked 
bosses in the system. Assistant 
Superintendent Don Gilligan ... 
And how would you like to be on 
vacation putt-putting along the 
highway, and while you're in Califor- 
nia your car's transmission goes bonk?! 
Just part of life you say? Now imagine 
the same vacation and your name is 
Tony Zenner and wife, Kim, is 
alongside, and you're now putt- 
putting through ole Mexico and bonk 
number two, another transmission 
bites the dust!! Better try the train next 
time, Tony, anything but a car ... We 
can only say how sorry we are, Dor- 
thy Smith, upon the loss of your 
mother Rebekah; Supervisor David 
Benson on the passing of your father, 
former North Park Operator and 
Supervisor Robert Benson; former 
North Park Superintendent Jack 
Hester, and also former North Park 
Operator Bert Schwartz, who was 
assigned to Forest Glen at the time of 
his passing ... There sould be plenty of 
opportunities for mischief now that 
we've learned that Evanston Operator 
Leo Stern is going to have a retire- 
ment party commemorating his nearly 
30 years service behind the wheel. 
Helping to organize this fete are Joe 
Zukerman, John Weber and credit 
union member Jerry Budzisz. Don't 
forget to get a photo of the star 
celebrant, will you, Joe? ... Minor 
shopping news bulletin! Pearl Atkins 
missed a weekend and did not go 
shopping! WOW! ... Former North 

system pick, worked his last day for 
CTA on a Broadway run August 22, 
1987. Eddie, his wife Ana Maria, son 
Victor, and daughter Claudia, have 
decided to make one of those big long 
distance moves. They returned to 
Guatemala so they can enjoy the fami- 
ly life they have worked and earned, 
while also getting back to the ministry 
Eddie has long sought ... Box Puller 
Ronnie Hodges and his wife, 
Yvonne, will be going by car to visit 
Ron's sister, Evelyn Jackson, while 
he's on vacation. Perhaps, while 
they're motoring in Memphis, Ten- 
nessee and Tupelo, Mississippi, he'll 
have the time to give her the finer 
points of steering because Yvonne, as 
of today, has not learned to drive a car 
... Anyone else remember when the 
station superintendent here at North 
Park was Charlie Kerr? Lunt 
Operator John Winkler says that's 
who was the boss when John started 
driving a bus way back on the fourth 
day of October, 1962 ... Info 
overheard at the September union 
meeting: Instructor EUice Garner 
[Aries], currently at 77th garage, was 
CTA's first female supervisor and in- 
structor. Husband Anthony [Aries] 
better not forget his anniversary date 
of December 9, or there will be some 
real stars!! ... Didja know tnat Instruc- 
tor Jenipher Finger, now at the 
Training Center, was the first female 
executive board member of Local 
241? ... The coach is back! Robert 
Cook is back on the job and is letting it 
be known that the "B's" football team 
is practicing and getting ready to roll 
over whatever happens to be in the 
way when the game time commences 
. . . Either the horse is missing from this 
picture, or else we're seeing "cowboy" 



the local corral. Al mentions again that 
all are welcome to come on out to his 
little house on the prairie. Bring the 
family for a day of horseback riding 
and a chance to "walk where the brave 
fear to tread." That ain't the cow 
pasture, is it, Al? ... North Park SLR 
camera member Vicki Ncsbit should 
have some news to report and/or 
some memorable vacation pictures, 
now that she's going to fly off to North- 
ern California and spend a week trying 
not to act like a tourst. And, no, they 
do not make reservations for Fantasy 
Island if you visit Alcatraz Island first, 
Vicki ... Morning Schedule Supervisor 
Roy Ripka must know what to say to 
the members of the little league team 
that he's been managing as third base 
coach . Roy has made it two years now 
and boasts of a very impressive team 
record of 21 wins, 2 losses, and a tie. 

Park Operator Eddie Mollinedo who 

transferred to Limits garage on the last 

Joe Cobb ready to draw on our 
gentleman farmer Al Hiner here at 

Roy's son, John, 14, is a member of 
the Pirates team, and will be entering 
Lane Tech high school. He hopes to 
make the school's freshman team, 
which shouldn't be too difficult if the 
old saying "like father, like son" holds 
true ... Closing thought for today: Joe 
Conwell can tune your piano, 
because he learned it by a lot of pa- 
tience and practice. It also helps that 
one day, while Joe was in the act of 
transporting a piano he had recently 
bought, somehow someone forgot to 
do something until their truck made a 
turn, and a - w - a - y sailed the piano 
onto the street. Smile. 

Mike Floras 

^September-October, 1987 


General Office 

Internal Audit's John Foy, his 
daughter, Donna, and Law Depart- 
ment's Jack Richards are still talking 
about the wonderful time they had in 
the Orient this spring. This was John's 
second visit since his army days. The 
three visited Seoul, Korea; Hong 
Kong; Kowloon; Nogaya, and the 
New Territories to the Border of the 
People's Republic of China. John 
brought home some beautiful artifacts 
as well as lasting memories from his 
trip. "I had forgotten how beautiful the 
cherry blossoms were." He says he's 
going back, hopefully some day soon. 
Seeing John's pictures makes you 
wish you were there with them ... 
"Okay, now that we're all seated, let 
me tell you a little bit about myself. My 

name is Theodora Lynn Tzinares. I 

was born at McNeal hospital in Ber- 
wyn on March 3, 1987, weighing in at 
a whopping 8 pounds 6 ounces! My 
grandma, Joyce Petrich of Internal 
Audit, is uerii proud of me. She says I 
can walk and talk and chew nails 
already! That's not true--give me 
another three months." ... Get well 
foot wishes go to Internal Audit's 
Cecil Bogan's lovely wife, Marian, 
who recently had foot surgery. 
Hopefully she'll be back walking to 
work very soon ... Look out world! 

Car repairer Tom Togher of Harlem Shop [left] reminisces with Skokie Shop Rail 
Superintendent Richard Larimer as Togher prepares to retire after a 37-year CTA 
career. Below: helping themselves to the food at Togher's retirement open house 
are retirees Louis Reyes [left] and Frank Ciappetta. 

Edward Francis Podlasek is on the 
scene. He is the son of Frank and 
Rosemarie Ritrovato Podlasek, 

Retiree Adam Fiorito and his lovely wife, 
Violet, just celebrated their Golden Wed- 
ding Anniversary on June 7, 1987, at the 
Golden Flame Restaurant. Their three 
children, -one of whom is Jim Fiorito of 
Capital Development, hosted the 
memorable affair. Adam retired in 1977 
from Lawndale/TABEC Training Center. 
Congratulations to Adam and Violet and 
we hope they have many, many more. 

and was born June 12 at Columbus 
hospital weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, 
and was 20 inches long. Mrs. 
Podlasek, his very proud mother, is 
CTA Treasury's paymaster coor- 
dinator, and his father, Frank, is an 
electrician who is employed by a Ber- 
wyn firm. Others glowing about the 

new family addition are grandfather, 
Joseph Ritrovato Sr., retired from 
Lawndale Maintenance; uncles Tony 
Ritrovato of Claims and Joseph 
Ritrovato Jr. of Schedules, and 
aunt, Rita Ritrovato of Field Review. 

Joyce Petrich 



Harlem Shop 

Harlem Shop employees reported 
some interesting vacations enjoyed 
over the summer. Veteran repairer 
Joe Szoldaitis and his wife, Agi, 
spent three weeks in Budapest, 
Hungary, while the Wilson 
Mollfulleda family spent two weeks 
in sunny Puerto Rico. Norm and Bar- 
bara Hunt were in San Diego for two 
weeks, and Joey Nicosia and his 
wife were in Las Vegas for a week. 
The McGuinesses visited Memphis 

in August during the 10th anniversary 
of the death of Elvis Presley. Others 
sharing their vacation experiences in- 
cluded Charlie Tucknott and family 
who spent two weeks in Philadelphia, 
the City of Brotherly Love, and the 
Kincaid family toasted the Irish Fest 
in Milwaukee, while Tom and Nancy 
Warchol were in Plattville observing 
the Chicago Bears ... Harlem 
employees are wishing everybody a 
very happy holiday season and a 
warm winter. Mike McGuiness 



Service anniversaries in 


45 Years 

Stanley Janasek, Brake Shop 
Rosetnarie Kenny, Payroll Operations 

40 Years 

Ralph Brindise, Forest Glen 
James Ward, Forest Glen 

35 Years 

Paul Alexander, Jr., 69th Street 
Rudolph Dillon, North Rail District 
David Shepherd, Ashland, 61st, 95th 

30 Years 

Ulysses Buck, Beverly 

Robert demons. North Avenue 

Dewitt Coleman, Archer 

Lenard Gilbert, Jr., Central Bus Dist 

Charles Hicks, Forest Glen 

Thomas Hughes, Rail Service 

Tom Lenoir, Kedzie 

David Maiden, Unit Rebuild 

Henry Mosley, Utility 

Donald Pruitt, Kedzie 

Gene Ross, 69th Street 

Mitchell Thornton, Jr., Utility 

Joe Trotter, 77th Street 

Virgil Tyler, 69th Street 

Archibold Valentine, North Avenue 

25 Years 

Ronald Benshish, Eng/Mtce Safety 
Gerald Blair, Mgmt. Info. Syst. 
Bobby Bradley, 77th Street, 
Robert Braxton, 77th Street 
Simeon Daigle Jr., Bus Inst. 
Jerald Denham, Schedules 
Dennis Dougherty, Archer Maint. 
Chester Gavin, West Section 
Robert James, Ashland, 61st. 95th 
Roy Jenkins, Jr., North Avenue 
William Jones, 69th Street 
Lorraine McEvilly, Insurance 
Patrick Mulcahey, Support Serv. Bus 
Gerald Poces, Stores South 
George Seymour, 77th Street 

40 Years 

Joseph Marszalek, Const. Compliance 
Robert Tausch, Escalator Maint. 

35 Years 

Havard Blanks, North Avenue 
Evel Bunton, Rail Janitors 
Leo Smith, Support Serv. Bus 

30 Years 

DeWayne Allen, Bus Dist A' 

William Barrow, Archer 

Dennis Coleman, Jr., Schedules 

Archie Davis, 69th Street 

David Ford, Archer 

Edward Pruitt, Converter & Diff. 

David Semmes, Beverly 

John Singleton, Jr., 69th Street 

L.C. Smith, Rail Janitors 

George Stephens, Jr., 77th Street 

CD. Stewart, Rail Janitors 

Joe Weatherspoon, Gen. Maint. 

25 Years 

Walter Anderson, Gen Maint. 

Chcurles Barr, Kedzie 

Kench Bonim, 77th Street 

Robert Bratek, Mgmt, Info. Syst. 

Willie Harmon, 77th Street 

Leroy Kalata, Forest Glen 

John Meehan, Wilson Maint. 

Orville Murray, 77th Street 

Bernard Perry, Jr., Rail Inst. 

Walter Perry, South Section 

Reimar Pielstrom, Operations Review 

Fonzie Porties, Track & Roadway 

Robert Riley, 77th Street 

Louis Robinson, Bus Dist B' 

Ilia Roman, Medical 

William Sheehy, Howard/Kimball 

Charles Silas, Bus Dist. 'B' 

Cheirles Smith, Archer 

Leonard Stewart, Ashland, 61st. 95th 

Richsird Tesch, Stores, North 

Alfred Thomas, Rail Service 

Rodney Wafer, Rail Dist. West 

Charles Williams, Signal Phone & 


John Winkler, North Park 

Odell Ziegler. Forest Glen 

Joan Fernandez, the daughter of North 
Park bus operator Jose Fernandez, was 
married Nov. 7 in Miami, Fla. to Guillermo 
Marenco, an attorney from Costa Rica. 

CTA Customer Assistance coordinator 
Steve Hastalis was an enthusiastic sl<ater 
on behaif of the Catholic Guild for the 
Blind's Sept. 26 walkathon. Skating along 
Jackson and Balbo drive and the plaza 
near Buckingham Fountain continuously 
for 10 miles, Hastalis raised $350 for the 
organization. He is a Guild for the Blind 
volunteer, and president of the Chicago 
Chapter of the National Federation for the 
Blind. He joined CTA in 1975. 

^September-October, 1987 


Annette Booker and her proud papa, 
George Booker, share a joyful moment at 
her wedding shower which was held in the 
Merchandise Mart M&M Club, and given 
by her fellow employees. 


Congratulations to two guys named 
George George Clark and George 
Hand-who were recently promoted 
to controller III. Candidates for the 
position must be qualified as bus, rail 
and power controllers. Both Georges 
began their CTA careers in 1965 ... 
Congratulations and best wishes are 
also extended to the newlyweds, bus 
controller Charlene McFadden, and 
her husband, Robert Stanley 
Evans, who is assigned to the Navy's 
USS George Phillip based in Long 
Beach, Calif., and Annette Booker 
of CTA Personnel Administration, and 
her husband, Tyrone Allen of the 7 
Up Bottling company. Annette is the 
daughter of rail controller, and proud 
papa, George Booker. Charlene and 
Robert were married in Chicago on 
Aug. 15. Giving the bride away was 
her brother, Vernon McFadden, 
who is also a member of the U.S. 
Navy. The ceremony was performed 
by the bride's cousin, the Rev. Andre 
Allen. Annette and Tyrone were mar- 
ried Sept. 12 at St. Dorothy's Catholic 
church. The couple honeymooned in 
Orlando, Fla. Ms. Booker's friends 
gave her a wedding shower Sept. 9 
which was held at the Merchandise 
Mart M&M Club ... Our hats are also 
off to George Booker's wife, and An- 
nette's mom, Mrs. Theresa H. 

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Booker, who was recently named ac- 
ting dean of Academic Development 
at Northeastern Illinois University. In 
her new position, Mrs. Booker is 
responsible for overseeing the univer- 
sity's special assistance programs for 
minority, disadvantaged and disabled 
students. She joined the faculty in 
1977 as a professor of reading ... 
Recently named a brand coordinator 

in 3M Company's Home Products 
Division was LeDonna G. Bowling. 

the daughter of CTA Treasury clerk 
Marsha Spires. Mrs. Bowling, who 
earned a bachelor of science degree in 
general management and marketing 
from Purdue University, joined the St. 
Paul, Minn, based organization in 
1984 as a sales representative. 

Carol Musto 

Newlyweds Robert Stanley Evans and Charlene McFadden receive congratulations 
from Edward Mitchell, director. Technical Sen/ices/Program Support. 



Police nab two more taggers '■^'^^^c 

Eanother tagging incident, Kevin 
O'Tool, a CTA sumnner employee, 
led police to two teenage boys who 
were defacing 'L' cars with graffiti on 
the Ravenswood line at 18th and Irv- 
ing Park road . 

O'Tool, the nephew of CTA painter 
James Keegan, and a University of 
Kansas sophomore, was working as a 
paint preparer at Irving Park road 
when he saw two youths defacing the 
'L' cars. After he notified officers, a 

fleet-footed detective chased and ap- 
prehended the two youths, ages 14 
and 15, after witnessing them writing 
on the cars with marker pens. 

Robert E. Adler, 62. West Section, 

Emp. 12-5-60, Died 7-14-87 
Ira E. Ahlbom, 87. Transportation 

Emp. 6-13-24, Died 7-6-87 
John R. Anderson, 74. North Section, 

Emp. 1-6-39, Died 7-23-87 
Otto Anderson. 89, 69th Street, 

Emp 11-23-25. Died 7-22-87 
Calvert F. Ash, 83, North Avenue, 

Emp. 4-18-29, Died 8-9-87 
Cecil M. Bell, 66, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-9-61, Died 6-15-87 
Martin A. Bogan, 80. South District, 

Emp. 9-10-42. Died 8-23-87 
Abner M". Brown, 95. Lincoln, 

Emp. 9-14-18, Died 9-8-87 
Russell G. Brown, 80, Kedzie, 

Emp. 4-14-42, Died 9-15-87 
Arthur Buckendahl, 70, South Section, 

Emp. 6-23-48, Died 8-20-87 
Bemice M. Condon, 85, Claims, 

Emp. 8-22-44, Died 8-8-87 
Guy P. Columbo, 81, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 2-4-31. Died 9-15-87 
Patrick Cronin, 78, Limits. 

Emp. 5-14-29, Died 9-30-87 
Louard C. Crumbaugh, 79. 52nd, 

Emp. 11-15-43, Died 8-26-87 
Martin Devaney, 86, North Park. 

Emp. 4-21-43. Died 9-11-87 
John T. Dillon, 86. West Section, 

Emp. 9-21-26, Died 7-20-87 
Louis A. Dovichi, 61, North Avenue 

Emp. 10-6-60, Died 8-4-87 
Martin J. Dungan, 91, North Section, 

Emp, 8-30-23, Died 9-29-87 
Sam Durso, 84, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 5-23-41, Died 9-16-87 
George Ebner, 87, Claims, 

Emp. 3-24-24, Died 8-29-87 
Henry Ehlers, 106, Kedzie, 

Emp. 12-16-20. Died 7-2-87 
Randall W. Ferrari, 75, North District, 

Emp. 12-6-45, Died 8-7-87 
Joseph J. Florian, 88, Archer, 

Emp. 9-12-42, Died 9-9-87 
Carl J. Frank, 87. Lake St., 

Emp. 3-13-18, Died 9-10-87 
Charles E. Gaines, 59. 77th Street 

Emp. 5-23-57, Died 9-9-87 
Edward Gersch, 88, Constr & Maint., 

Emp. 5-6-29, Died 8-29-87 
William Gill, 74, West Section, 

Emp. 11-2-64, Died 9-21-87 
Robert H. Graham, 53, 77th Street, 

Emp. 10-10-74, Died 8-2-87 

John G. Hall, 77, North Park, 

Emp. 1-10-36, Died 9-2-87 
Robert E. Hansen, 68. Limits, 

Emp. 5-2-42. Died 8-23-87 
Margaret P. Hanson, 75, Purchasing, 

Emp. 2-10-47, Died 7-23-87 
George Haralson, 39, North Park, 

Emp. 9-8-70, Died 7-20-87 
John Hasselmeir, 89, Shops & Equip , 

Emp. 6-13-34, Died 6-15-87 
John J. Hester, Jr., 59, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 8-23-46, Died 8-2-87 
Ruth E. Huber, 82, North Section, 

Emp 10-8-27. Died 7-27-87 
Anthony Kasman, 73, Vehicle Maint., 

Emp. 9-24-35, Died 9-87 
Edward W. Konkey, 75, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 10-21-42. Died 8-19-87 
Valentine F. Keisel, 82, North Avenue. 

Emp. 12-28-42, Died 9-29-87 
Zygmunt Kwiatkowski, 81, Archer 

Emp. 10-18-27, Died 7-6-87 
Lawrence A. Larson, 70, 77th Street 

Emp. 8-26-42, Died 8-11-87 
Marie C. Lehmann, 99. West Section. 

Emp. 8-9-36, Died 5-19-87 
Frank Lukis. 80, 77th Street 

Emp. 12-9-26, Died 7-14-87 
Daniel J. Lyons, 84, North Avenue 

Emp. 4-10-23, Died 7-2-87 
John H. Macek, 87, Transportation, 

Emp. 8-25-36, Died 9-7-87 
Stanley E. Mazurek, 69, South Shops, 

Emp. 11-9-45, Died 9-23-87 
Martin McHugh, 85. 77th Street 

Emp. 10-15-25, Died 9-12-87 
John Militello, 86, Limits, 

Emp. 5-25-25, Died 7-31-87 
Charlie L. Moore, 65, West Section, 

Emp. 11-24-50, Died 7-6-87 
Willard G. Murbach, 82, West Section, 

Emp. 6-26-20. Died 7-24-87 
John F. Musser, 73, Archer, 

Emp, 8-7-41, Died 8-28-87 
Tony Narducci. 92, Way & Structure, 

Emp. 4-1-25, Died 8-1-87 
William Neal, 75, Kedzie. 

Emp. 8-9-51, Died 7-8-87 
Raymond C. Newman, 73, Vehicle Maint., 

Emp. 2-8-39. Died 7-12-87 
John C. Nyman, 68, 69th Street 

Emp. 7-8-54, Died 7-8-87 
Kalix M. Palmberg, 88, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 10-23-27, Died 7-87 
John H. Parks, 77. Security, 

Emp. 8-1-47, Died 9-27-87 

George L. Pellicore, 82. Accounting, 

Emp. 1-5-20. Died 9-1-87 
Frank Ponziano, 64, South Section, 

Emp. 6-10-46, Died 9-17-87 
James Quain, 78, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 9-8-87, Died 9-10-87 
Arthur R. Redlich, 84, Shops & Equip. 

Emp 4-10-23, Died 9-21-87 
Freddie L. Reed, 69, South Section. 

Emp. 4-17-51. Died 9-10-87 
Robert A. Roesing, 69, West Shops, 

Emp. 1-22-36, Died 7-8-87 
Irving Ross, 77, North Section, 

Emp. 9-29-69, Died 8-22-87 
Thomas F. Scanlon, 90, Kedzie, 

Emp. 3-24-23, Died -8-1-87 
Julius H. SchechI, 84, 77th Street 

Emp. 4-13-36, Died 8-17-87 
George J. Schima, 90, Constr. & Maint. 

Emp. 2-2-14, Died 9-3-87 
Willard F, Schleizer, 71, Kedzie, 

Emp. 1-11-46, Died 8-28-87 
Louis Schoenfeldt, 93, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 3-14-16, Died 9-6-87 
Margaret R. Sheehan, 93, West Side. 

Emp. 10-11-33, Died 9-24-87 
Vern Shepherd, 84. North Avenue, 

Emp. 7-29-29, Died 8-2-87 
Harry A. Smith, 78, 77th. 

Emp. 2-19-45, Died 7-3-87 
Elia Soraich, 96, Way & Structure, 

Emp. 11-25-30, Died 9-26-87 
Matt T. Stiglic, 83, Transportation, 

Emp. 8-1-25, Died 7-14-87 
Neil C. Sullivan, 70, South Section, 

Emp. 11-14-45. Died 7-12-87 
Tripo Susich, 101, Way & Structure, 

Emp. 5-7-07. Died 8-16-87 
Bernard Thurkow, 77, Limits, 

Emp. 4-3-34, Died 7-12-87 
Edward Tomlin, 71, Veh. Maint., 

Emp. 10-1-41. Died 9-30-87 
Nick A. Verlatto, 81, Beverly, 

Emp. 9-12-42, Died 7-12-87 
Albert B. Wadley, 86, Transportation, 

Emp. 6-22-25, Died 9-6-87 
Jerome T. Walker, 68, 95th 

Emp. 3-19-51, Died 8-16-87 
John R. Wexelberg. 81, Internal Audit, 

Emp. 10-28-36, Died 7-27-87 
Arthur H. Wike, 75, North Avenue 

Emp. 1-4-36. Died 8-19-87 
John F. Zaraza, 79. Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 3-10-37, Died 9-26-87 

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1987 Vol. 40— No. 6 

For CTA Employees and Retirees 

November-December 1987 

Elonzo Hill, acting deputy executive director, Operations, leads 
in a toast to the 1987 Sfr/V/ng for £xce//ence lionorees. Podium 
participants are (from left) Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, 
executive director; George Haenisch, acting 
fe^^ deputy executive director, Engineering 

; /^A and Maintenance; Rosemarie Gulley, 

- rM ^^ director, Media Relations, Public 

^^ ^^^^ Affairs, and CTA Chairman 

Walter H. Clark. 

£^^ii^ 1947-1987 

'Striving' program 
Honor 1,148 employees at fourth annual 

The 1987 Striving for Excellence 
Testimonial, held Nov. 8, 1987 in the 
Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency 
Chicago, honored 1,148 of CTA's 
finest employees from both the Opera- 
tions and the Engineering and 
Maintenance Divisions. 

It was CTA's fourth annual public 
display of appreciation for the 
demonstrated excellence of its 
employees. Both Governor James 
Thompson and Mayor Harold 
Washington proclaimed the day as 
Striving for Excellence Day in honor of 
CTA's finest employees. 

The distinguished CTA employees 
also received the testimonial praises of 
CTA's executive director. Dr. Robert 
Paasivell, and CTA's chairman, 
Walter Clark. Additionally, ac- 
colades were heard from Transporta- 
tion's acting senior deputy executive 
director, Harry Reddrick; acting 
deputy executive director of Opera- 
tions, Elonzo Hill; and acting deputy 
executive director of Engineering and 
Maintenance, George Haenisch. 

Mistress of Ceremonies Rosemarie 
Gulley, CTA director of Media Rela- 
tions, encouraged the honorees to "... 
applaud yourselves." Gulley said, 
"Awareness is when you are doing the 
best that you can , and you strive to get 

The program was only a quarter of 
an hour underway when the house 
lights went up and the spotlight was 
turned on Mayor Harold Washington 
who walked in with his entourage, 
shaking hands with honorees in his 
path as he approached the stage. 

In his address to the honorees. 
Mayor Washington stated: "It's tough 
to be a public servant in a sensitive 
area ... where people's nerves are 
frayed constantly and you've got to 
deal with them and give them the ser- 
vice they are paying for. It takes a 
super person to be able to give that 
kind of service ... so as Striving for Ex - 
cellence awardees you are doubly en- 
titled to that kind of consideration." It 
was to be the mayor's final appearance 
at a CTA Striving for Excellence 
Testimonial. The evening ended with 
dinner, a toast to the honorees, and 


To be considered as honorees. bus operators, 
box pullers, ticl<et agents, conductors, 
motormen, switctimen, towermen, yard 
foremen and foot collectors must have been 
hired prior to January 1 , 1986 and have worked 
at least 200 days in their classification and/or in 
a pool for a union -represented classification. 
Additionally, these employees' 1986 work 
records had to conform to the following strin- 
gent standards; 

no misses (occasions of tardiness) 

no chargeable injuries on duty 

no chargeable complaints 

no violations 

no suspensions 

no chargeable accidents 

no corrective case interviews 

maximum of one occasion of illness 

requiring absence from work, or one 

non -chargeable complaint, or one 

non-chargeable accident 
Because commitment to excellence is expected 
to increase as individuals advance within the 
Operations Division, clerks, supervisors and in- 
structors were required to meet stricter criteria. 
These employees must have worked at least 
200 days in their classification and/or in a pool 
for a union -represented classification during 
both 1985 and 1986, Their work records for 
1985 and 1986 had to be perfect. A perfect 
work record is defined as having 

no misses 

no chargeable injuries on duty 

no complaints 

no violations 

no suspensions 

no accidents 

no corrective case interviews 

no absences from work 


To be considered honorees, employees must 
have worked in a union -represented classifica- 
tion. To determine this year's honorees, 
employee's work records for 1985 and 1986 
were reviewed. Any employee with a suspen- 
sion, AWOL or similar violation, or with more 
than two occasions of sickness, tardiness or ear- 
ly departure was ineligible. In addition, 
employees earned points for excellence as 

• Perfect attendance for previous 
12 months' (-1-5 points) 

• Missed perfect attendance for previous 
12 months by one occasion of 
sickness, tardiness or early 
departure ( -t- 3 points) 

• Missed perfect attendance for previous 
12 months by two occasions of 
sickness, tardiness or early 
departure ( -I- 1 point) 

• Each prior year of perfect 
attendance ( + 2 points) 

• Each commendation ( -I- 2 points) 

• Written warning (—5 points) 

Each employee's points were totaled and those 
with seven points or more were designated as 
this year's honorees. 

'Contractual days off allowed, i.e., jury duty, 
funeral leave, etc. 

Employees of the Year honored 

Recently honored as Materials Management, Stores Employees of the Year from their 
respective work locations were (from left) Oliver Green, Fred Krawczyk, Cleveland Ben- 
nett, and Charles Bennett. 


Employees double 'Sharing It' '87 contributions 

CTA employees doubled last 
Christmas season's food contributions 
to the 1987 'Sharing It' program as 
3,024 pounds of canned goods and 
other staple items were donated by 
transit employees to help feed the 
masses of Chicago's hungry. 

In 1986, CTA employees con- 
tributed 1,510 pounds of food to 
Chicago's food depository. "We hope 
to continue the increase in contribu- 
tions each year," said Operations 
Planning schedule maker George 
West, who has been in the forefront 
of CTA's program participation since 

At least 800,000 to 1 million 
Chicagoans, from children to senior 
citizens, suffer from malnutrition due 
to economic burdens. 

CTA Chairman Walter Clark and 
Executive Director Dr. Robert 
Paaswell represented CTA at a Dec. 
10 'spirit of caring' program, which 
was held in the main lobby of the Mer- 
chandise Mart. Mayor Eugene Sawyer 
dedicated the fifth annual program to 
the memory of the late Mayor Harold 
Washington, who established the city- 
wide food collection drive in 1983, his 
first year in office, to focus attention on 

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Dr. Robert E. Paaswell [left], CTA executive director, and Chairman Walter H. Clark, along 
with Santa, join Ms. Elsa McCrory [left], CTA Disadvantaged Business Enterprise staff 
assistant, and claims clerk Ms. Dolores Brooks with food resources collected for 
Chicago's needy. A record-breaking 50 tons of food was donated in the 1987 'Sharing It' 
program and dedicated to the memory of the late Mayor Harold Washington. 

the plight of hunger in the City of 

Food and resources were stacked 
from the floor to the ceiling of the Mer- 
chandise Mart lobby as a record- 

breaking 50 tons of food were col- 
lected in the overall Mart drive. 
Representing the Mart at the program 
was the Mart's marketing vice presi- 
dent, Jim Bidwell. 

Yuletide goodwill at Archer 

Seldom do people talk about the 
good that others do. This means we 
rarely learn about the good that our 
co-workers do if it isn't job related. 

Take the case of bus operators 

Johnnie Gomilla, Katie Jones, 
and Geraldine Taylor of Archer 
garage. This public -spirited committee 
of three spearheaded a drive within 
their garage for collecting food. 

Representatives of the 'Archer garage family' sharing the Yuletide season with needy 
families exhibit some of their collections. Members of the group are [from left] bus 
operator Geraldine Taylor, Assistant Superintendent Isaac Clark, bus operator/Local 
241 Board member Tom Collins, Superintendent Ronald J. Catanzaro, bus operators 
Robert Vining, Hesler Gresham, and Johnnie Gomilla, and Bus Supervisor Michael 

clothing, toys and money to share with 
some less fortunate families at 

Last year, the 'Archer garage 
family' donated toys to the U.S. 
Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots 
program. This year, Gomilla and his 
committee collected $308, of which 
$50 was used to purchase new toys for 
Chicago's U.S. Post Office. The postal 
service used the donations in response 
to the letters received from needy 
youngsters at Christmas. A destitute 
family with 13 children received $100, 
as well as some toys the committee 
had collected, and $158 was earmark- 
ed for Mayor Sawyer's 'Sharing It' pro- 

Archer employees also donated 
clothing to a shelter for the homeless, 
and plans call for continuing the good- 
will effort throughout the year rather 
than just at Christmas. 

The south side garage's superinten- 
dent, Ronald Catanzaro, is quick to 
say he's proud to be associated with 
the personnel at Archer. "I'm very 
proud of our people. It gives me a 
good feeling to tell others what they 
are doing. They certainly deserve to 
be recognized." 

November-December, 1987 


'U car fans 

brave weather for ... 

Skokie Shop. 

More than 600 CTA employees, 
family members, and friends braved 
the chilly, rainy weather on Saturday, 
November 7, for an eye -popping 'L' 
car extravaganza at Skokie Shops 
Open House. 

Inside the sprawling repair shop 
buildings, visitors found many displays 
of 'L' car components. Some com- 
ponents even had their protective 
covers removed, so the viewers could 
see how the devices worked and how 
they fit into the makeup of a complete 
'L' car. 

Repairers and technicians who 
worked on the components being ex- 
hibited were on hand, and took ob- 
vious pride in explaining how their 
particular assemblies worked and how 
they fit into the makeup of a complete 
'L' car. The quantity of parts, and wir- 
ing, and the fitting together of 
everything so that it operated proper- 
ly, caused many expressions of 

Mark Dundovlch, superintendent 
of Rail Vehicle Shops, said planning 
for the Open House started long 
before the big event. Dundovich said 
the planners even decided to have 
visitors operate some of the displays to 





get a better sense of their importance 
to the operation of an 'L' car. The 
planners included co-chairmen Pat 
Barton and John Kissane, who 

worked with representatives from the 
various groups within Skokie Shops. 

The Open House also featured 
clowns and free refreshments, as well 
as Santa Claus, who was on hand to 
take the many youthful requests. 

"The highlight of the day, for me, 
was to see three generations of CTA 
families touring the Open House, with 
proud employees showing their 
families the important role they have 
in our rapid transit system," said Dun- 
dovich. "It was pleasant to see co- 
workers and their families enjoying an 
impromptu get-together," he added. 

"A personal reward was the letter I 
received following the Open House. A 
little girl, whose father works at 
Skokie, sent me a note of thanks in 
her own manner and handwriting," 
Dundovich said. 

Will there be another Skokie Shops 
Open House? Dundovich said there's 
a possibility, if all those who 
volunteered to put this one together 
want to give it another try sometime in 
the future. 


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Rail Terminals Superintendent R. J- 
of equipment on display. 

November-December, 1987 



Jean Cage (North Park 
garage) 'is outstanding,' 
according to Irene Shep- 
pard, a nurse who worlds 
on Lawrence Avenue. 'I 
had just come in from 
Peoria, and got on her (No. 
151 Sheridan) bus. It was 
rush hour, and the bus was 
real crowded. The way she 
handled that crowd was 
just remarkable. She kept 
reminding them to move to 
the rear, and everyone en- 
joyed doing just that. Then 
she thanked them for 
cooperating. She is just a 
wonderful person, and is 
also efficient. She calls off 
the streets, and that is a 
big help, especially on a 
crowded bus. Just to look 
at her gives one con- 
fidence, and I feel safe 
riding on her bus. ' 

Oscar Coleman (77th Street) was appreciated by 
Ruby Davis, of South Hoyne Avenue, who was a rider 
on his 87th Street bus. "I had two boys with me. I got off 
and found that I had left my purse on the bus, with all my 
money, ID's and charge plates. I really didn't know what 
to do, but I told the next bus driver, and he called in and 
told me to wait until the next bus came back east. I 
waited. Thank God for these two lovely men, because 
times are very hard now. I had all my money in my 
purse, and when I got it back, everything was there. We 
still have good people in this world. Thank you from the 
bottom of my heart." 

Mara DeGracia (North Section) was complimented 
by Steven Takaki, of Diversey Avenue, for "performing 
her duties [as conductor on an O'Hare train] in an abun- 
dantly professional manner. She assisted several 
passengers, and responded to their many questions per- 
taining to the direction of travel. The abundance of her 
station announcements on the intercom, along with the 
various points of interest and transfer points, also deserve 
commendation. A person who can perform-her duties in 
such a professional manner warrants an honorable men- 
tion, and should be looked upon as a role model for 

Ricky Hogan (North Park garage) caught the atten- 
tion of Eunice Graubart, of North Drake Avenue, for the 
way he handled his No. 1 1 Lincoln bus. "After getting on 
at Chicago and Michigan, I sat opposite the driver. I 
observed him as he opened the door to let a passenger 
off, and to each one he said, 'Watch your step, now, and 
have a good evening.' He called every street, and to 
anyone making an inquiry, he answered in the most 
polite and helpful manner. This is a new breed of bus 
driver. 1 was so impressed with this young man that 1 had 
to write to tell you this is someone to be truly proud of." 

Eugene Motyka (North Sec- 
tion) 'deserves recognition,' 
in the opinion of Mick 
Strelchuk, of Elmhurst, 
who is a frequent user of 
O'Hare service. 7 was on 
the 5:10 a.m. train from 
O'Hare. I was most im- 
pressed by the conductor's 
friendliness, profes- 
sionalism and appearance. 
His demeanor was excep- 
tional, and many 
passengers were obviously 
happy to see him welcome 
them on the train. As a 
pilot with a major airline, I 
know the importance of 
good service, and can 
recognize it when I see it. 
This man represents his 
position in an exemplary 
manner The CTA and the 
city should be proud to 
have him as a represen- 
tative. " 

Robert Jacobson (South Section) won the approval 
of Mrs. C. W. Hoffman, of Gienview, for his perfor- 
mance as conductor of a Jackson Park-Howard train. "I 
was so pleased with the conductor that when I got off at 
Howard, I went back to the middle of the train to check 
on his number. He should be commended for a job not 
just well done, but more! In a cheerful, pleasant voice, he 
announced each stop clearly, so you could actually 
understand what he was saying, and provided informa- 
tion about bus connections. At the end of the ride, he 
wished us a good afternoon and thanked us for riding the 

Joeie Pryor (North Section) was praised by Thomas 
Brusstar, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for her 'unusually 
good' work as conductor on an O'Hare train. "Having 
traveled extensively in Europe and the U.S., 1 have 
learned to appreciate efficient, easily understandable 
transit systems. In this regard, the conductor's announce- 
ment of stations is important, and she impressed me. She 
announced the stations clearly, noted transfers properly, 
and admonished riders to abide by CTA conduct rules 
unobtrusively and politely over the speaker. Even a 
foreign traveler would find her announcements helpful." 

Rosette Ewing (North Section) was thanked for her 
concern as conductor on a Howard-Jackson Park train 
ridden by Winston Garth, a teacher working on North 
Ada Street. "1 noticed a man and woman dressed in 
denim getting on the train. Apparently, a confrontation 
occurred between them and the conductor, and they 
became very rude, belligerent and offensive. What could 
have developed into an explosive situation was avoided 
by your employee, whom I felt handled this matter with 
great calm and concern. Employees like her are needed 
to make riding public transportation enjoyable and plea- 


CTA hosts Transit Police/Security symposium 

CTA's Industrial Safety/Police Liaison department was 
host to a mid-November two-day Transit Police/Security 
symposium in which nine transit properties met to 
discuss common problems and solutions to security 
measures. Dr. Melvyn R. May> manager of CTA's In- 
dustrial Safety/Police Liaison department, and sym- 
posium host, said transit police attending the two-day 
session included representatives from the Distria of Col- 
umbia, Atlanta, Boston, Houston, New York, and 
Philadelphia. There were also representatives from 
Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority, the 
Chicago Police Department, the Cook County Sheriff's 
Department, and Amalgamated Transit Union 241 . 

Topics for discussion included issues in major contem- 
porary transit police work and training and develop- 
ment, dealing with graffiti, internal investigations, rela- 
tionship with the media, and juvenile crime on transit 
authority properties. 

Thanks for a job WELL DONE! 

Employees who have received Commendations from the public. 

Carmen Alvarez, Forest Glen 
Carlos Baez, Forest Glen 
Pedro Balderas, North Avenue 
Margaret Barrett, North Section 
Joseph Blackmon, 77th Street 
Howard Bramham, Jefferson Park 
Alvin Brown, Archer 
Frank Buscemi, Forest Glen 

Ted Cain, 77th Street 
Robert Carbonelli, Howard/Kimball 
Chester Colbert, Howard/Kimall 
Donald Collins, Forest Glen 
Herman Cortez Jr., Jefferson Park 
Jerry Crawford, Archer 

Milan Davidovic, North Park 
Roberto Diaz, North Park 
Jose Diaz, Howard/Kimball 
Ernest Dittsworth, Forest Glen 
Rosemary Donaldson, Forest Park 
Philip Donohue, Howard/Kimball 

Hezzie Edwards, 77th Street 
James Elder, Ashland/61/95 
Rosette Ewing, Howard/Kimball 

Dino Harvey, 77th Street 

Louis Kelley, 77th Street 
Roland King, Jefferson Park 
James Kolstad, Bevedy 
Robert Kremer, North Park 
Al Kristolaitis, Douglas/Congress 

Paul Lane, Forest Park 

Joseph Lawrence Jr., 69th Street 

Melinda Manoni, West Section 
Louis Maravilla, 77th Street 
Robert McClure, Ashland/61/95 
James McManus, Howard/Kimball 
Faye Murry, Limits 

Frank Nava, Limits 

Thomas Parker, North Park 
Viola Paschal, Kedzie 
Marshall Price, 77th Street 
James Prohaska, South Shops 

Gary Santini, Forest Glen 
Leonie Smalling, 77th Street 
Drusilla Smith, 77th Street 
Barry Smith, North Park 
Charles Smith, Forest Glen 
Jeffrey Smith, Jefferson Park 
Howard Sneed, 77th Street 
Verna Starks, 69th Street 
Kenneth Steppe, South Shops 
Howard Stratton, Howard/Kimball 
Alice Strong, Forest Glen 
Maria Sudeikis, Archer 
Maurice Sutton, 77th Street 

Ruben Velasco, Congress 
Amador Velez Sr., North Park 

Lonnie Walker, North Park 
Mary Wallace, North Park 
Darold Wardlow, Limits 
Riccardo Wardlow, Jefferson Park 
Leon Washington, 77th Street 
Harold White, Ashland/61/95 
Georgia Williams, 69th Street 
Gwendolyn Williams, North Section 

Dewitt Forrest Jr., 77th Street 

Juan Garcia, North Park 
Johnnie Goines, North Park 
James Green, Ashland/61/95 
Bobby Griffin, Archer 

Carl Reese, Kedzie 
Kimberly Rhyne, Archer 
Robert Riley, 77th Street 
Stephond Robinson, Howard/ 

James Yancey, Limits 
Fred Young, North Park 
Jeffrey Youngerman, Limits 

Anthony Zenner, North Park 

November-December, 1987 

Dn Paaswell named to 
Transportation Research Board 

Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, Executive 
Director of the CTA, has been ap- 
pointed to the Executive Committee of 
the Transportation Research Board 
[TRB]. The board, an arm of the 
Washington-based National Research 
Council [NRC], assists governmental 
and other national and international 
agencies with the development, im- 
plementation and dissemination of 
transportation policy. 

The Transportation Research Board 
is responsible to the Council for 
recommending policy and providing 
administrative oversight for all pro- 
grams and activities of the Transporta- 

tion Research Board. ,TRB has a 
membership of 2500 in the United 
States and 47 countries. 

Dr. Paaswell is an internationally- 
recognized expert in the field of 
transportation, and most recently was 
invited by the Republic of China and 
the United States Department of 
Transportation to be a major leader in 
an International Transportation Con- 
ference in Beijing. 

Prior to joining CTA, Dr. Paaswell 
was director of the Urban Transporta- 
tion Center of the University of Illinois, 
and was a professor of Transportation 
Engineering at the University. 

Kevin FInnegan [left], terminal foreman, and his teammates, car repairer Joseph Koiek 
and terminal combination clerk Michael Averltt, took first place honors in the 1987 Rail 
Maintenance RoundUp. Others in the top five were Harlem car repairer Eric Lorenz, car 
servicer Sam Hernandez, and Desplaines terminal assistant foreman Joseph WItek, se- 
cond place winners. Taking third place honors were 98th street terminal foreman Leon 
Fields, combination clerk Richard Jeffries, and car repairer Albert Curtis. Fourth place 
recognition went to terminal foreman Gary Kemp, car repairer Gary Johnson of 
Desplaines, and Jack Dorsey, combination clerk, PCS area, Skokie. John Josephitis, 
assistant foreman at Howard, and Diego Rendon, a Howard car repairer, took fifth place 


Call of the 

wild lures bus 

operator to 

African safari 

On the job, Bennie Jackson Jr. is 

a mild-mannered bus driver on the 
No. 80 Irving Park route out of the 
Forest Glen garage. Jackson likes his 
job. He's been doing it for 14 years. 

However, beneath his uniform 
jacket beats the heart of a big game 

Jackson has heard the call of the 

That's right. Smiling, unassuming 
Bennie Jackson has developed his skill 
and honed his nerve to look through 
the sights of his .378 Weatherby 
magnum high-powered rifle, squeeze 
off a shot at a charging 125-pound 
Tennessee wild boar with vicious tusks 
bared for attack, and drop it dead in its 

Jackson also has taken a 
250-pound Canadian black bear with 
his 3006 Remington rifle, plus big- 
horn sheep, prong-horned antelope, 
and deer. 

"Ever since 1 was a kid and saw my 
first 'Tarzan' movie, I wanted to be a 
big game hunter--in Africa," Jackson 
said. As a youngster, he went squirrel 
and rabbit hunting with his father. He 
then used a 12-gauge shotgun. 

"Then, one day when I was hunting 
rabbit, I saw a deer, and I knew I 
wanted to go for big game. I did, and 1 
have. I also learned never to waste a 
shot and never to waste a kill. I always 
make sure the game I hunt is used for 
human consumption, after I've taken 
the skin, and when possible, the 

Bennie Jackson shows off a springbok bucl< he brought down with his trusty .3006 Rem- 
ington rifle. The kill weighed more than 80 pounds and was taken in Southwest Namibia 
on Jackson's recent safari there. 

A bus driver's salary doesn't go far 
in the sport of big game hunting. To 
cut his expenses, Jackson learned to 
be a taxidermist and make his own 

"Even with hunting throughout 
North America, 1 felt the call of big 
game hunting in Africa," Jackson 
recalled. "Finally, with a refinanced 
auto loan and my savings, I raised the 
needed cash to go on a genuine 
African big game safari. It was a dream 
come true for me." 

Jackson turned his dream and his 
cash over to Paul Merzig's Adventure 
Safaris Ltd., in Chicago, and Merzig 
turned the dream into reality--a seven- 
day safari in Southwest Namibia. 

"I took a plane to South Africa. 
Because I was a foreigner, the white 
South Africans gave me no trouble as I 
made my way to the game preserve 
with my hunting gear. I was the only 
hunter there with a staff of seven and 

two off-the-road vehicles," Jackson 

"There I was, in the African wild 
with a guide, tracker, skinner, cook, 
cook's helper, laundress, and-get 
this--my personal valet. 

"In a week's time I shot five 
gemsbok, a fine springbok, a zebra, 
and a greater kudu. The kudu is bigger 
than a horse, the gemsbok is about the 
size of a horse, and the springbok is 
about the size of a German shepherd 
dog," he said. 

"All the meat from the animals went 
to natives in the area. The skins and 
horns I selected arrived at my apart- 
ment in beautiful condition about eight 
months later." 

Was it worth it? he was asked . 

"Every cent," Jackson grinned. 
"But the next time I go back to Africa, 
I'm going to hunt Cape buffalo, the 
meanest animal on hoof. Wish me 

Social Security: phone first 

Some services rendered by the Social 
Security Administration may be han- 
dled by telephone. If you're applying 
for benefits, replacing a Medicare 
card, or inquiring about Social Securi- 
ty programs, you may wish to call your 
local office. 

If your business with Social Security 
does require a visit to the office, it is 
advisable to call for an appointment 

first and find out what documents or 
information you will need to transact 
your business. Chicagoans who live 
north of Madison street should call 
724-8838, while residents south of 
Madison should call 636-8811. 
Suburban residents should check the 
local directory for a listing of the 
nearest Social Security office. 

November-December, 1987 



Tobin reminisces as he s 

Edward Tobin, manager of Materials Control, who i 
joined CTA in 1957 as a graduate trainee upon graduating ■ 
from Marquette University, will retire January 1. i' 

Tobin said of his CTA service, "It's been a great 30 years' 
with many wonderful memories and experiences. The most 
treasured aspect of my career here has been the many fine 
people with whom I have been privileged to be associated, 
including our old Materials Management team. No matter 
what the future brings, 1 shall always miss the many friends I 
have made over the years at CTA." 

His career began with a two-year training program in 
which he worked as a bus operator to learn the basics of the 
transit industry. Later, Tobin worked as a surface systen- 
supervisor after a two-year interruption for military service 

"The two-year CTA training program was like manage 
ment boot camp where you found out whether or not yoi i 
had the right stuff to become a transit professional," Tobir ;j 
recalled. He said numerous training assignments withir> ! 
CTA culminated in assignment to the former Staf 
Engineer's office. 

Surprise, surprise i Cn l. ' ' ""-^ I 


CTA TRANSIT NEWS SaTo says thanks and bids farewell to friends and co-workers 
CTA TRANSIT NEWS BI^^^ ^^J^,^^ ^.^^^ ^^^ otherfoKens of apprecaUon. 


Ifses a career of 30 years 

i ' Tobin was loaned to the Institute for Rapid Transit, a 
Vade association now merged with the American Public 
>ansit Association [APTA]. The Institute was headed by 
Valter J. McCarter, who was then CTA General 

' Tobin said some of his most interesting assignments oc- 
■urred at the Institute, dealing with car design, fare collec- 
ion, rail transit promotion, and legislative topics. He took a 
lermanent position with the Institute, but rejoined CTA with 
n assignment in the Purchasing Department in the late 
i960's, after the Institute for Rapid Transit moved to 
Vashington . He has been an active member of APTA's Pur- 
hase and Materials Management Committee for several 

■■ ears, and was the committee's 1982-83 chairman. 

■' Tobin was named CTA purchasing agent in June 1982, 
nd subsequently was named manager of Materials Control, 
job which gave him responsibility for the warehousing and 

^ bntroi of nearly 68,000 line items. 

: : Tobin and his family will remain in the Chicagoland area 
fter his retirement. 

Lit supervisor David Maiden (left), Bus Shops, 
ctgratulates sheet metal worker Charles S. 
l-nderson who retired January 1 after 25 
yirs of service. 

This cake being sliced down the middle is part of the retirement 
send-off forAlphonse Martin (left), director of Purchasing, and Ed- 
ward Tobin, manager, l^aterials Control. Tobin, who rode the 125 
Wafer Tower Express bus to work, was presented this destination 
sign as a memento. 

Walter J. Anderson, West Sliops. 25 Years 
Pete Colombo, Des Plaines. 34 Years 

disability retirements 

Jessie W. Howard, 77th Street, 10 Years 
'Nelson Sanders, Archer, 17 Years 

■Retroactive to 3/1/87 

'■ of service ^'°"^'^ January i after 40 

Tina Rodriguez, Materials Management utility 
clerk, accepts the coveted pensioner packet 
from director of Purchasing Al Martin. Ms. 
Rodriguez, a CTA employee for 15 years, was 
presented with a cash gift from her co-workers 
upon her retirement. 

November-December, 1987 

Mclvln Clarke, Howard, 34 Years 
John M. Flanagan, Archer, 25 Years 
John M. Jones, Beverly, 25 Years 
Alpha J. Lambert, 77th Street, 13 Years 
Padralg Lynch, Madison/ Wabash, 27 Years 
James R. Smith, 69th Street, 37 Years 

disability retirements 

Charles Clark, 77th Street, 18 Years 
Diego L. Santos-Rlos, North Parl<, 20 Years 
George H. Thompson, Beverly, 18 Years 


Garrett holds 
monthly sessions, 
hears employees 

CTA employees in the Human 
Resources and Benefits Service Divi- 
sion are getting to share common con- 
cerns and performance issues with the 
division's chief officer, Deputy Ex- 
ecutive Director Ben Garrett. 

Since August, 1987 Garrett has 
been conducting monthly round-table 
discussions with his non-management 
personnel over continental breakfast. 
The informal meetings, usually with 
8-10 people, provide mutual benefits. 
Garrett not only has an opportunity to 
meet a cross-section of experienced 

CTA personnel who are available to 
him, but it also gives employees a 
chance to get to know the boss, and to 
know that he is available to them. 

The meetings are held each first 
Thursday with different groups of 
employees who are free to express 
their feelings about themselves, their 
jobs, and their goals. A primary rule 
with Garrett concerning the gatherings 
is that each issue raised is appropriate- 
ly answered. 

"If we can't answer immediately, we 
try to get back to the individual before 

our next meeting with another group. 
It's our way of communicating and 
sharing and responding to employee 
needs. We hope it is an idea that will 
not only continue in this division, but 
will catch on in other areas of CTA," 
Garrett said . 

Thanks to all of the modem conve- 
niences of American life in the 
1980's, most of us end up sitting for 
85% or more of our day. Believe it or 
not, all of this excess time spent sit- 
ting is causing much more damage 
than a worn out pair of pants! 

This type of inactivity throughout 
the better part of the day causes mus- 
cle tension, aching lov^'er back, sore 
neck and shoulders and even emo- 
tional exhaustion. 

If your job requires eight or more 
hours of sitting per day, there are 
some strategies you can employ to 
avoid the above aches, pains, and 

/. Support Your Lower Back -Four 
out of five Americans will experience 
back pain at some time in their lives. 
So if you suffer from backaches, 
you're not alone! The area of the 
spine generating the most complaints 
is the lumbar region, or lower back. 
To help support this area, make a 
lumbar support by rolling a towel to 4 
inches by 6 inches. Place this support 
where the small of your back hits in 
your chair at work or home, in your 
car, or anywhere else you frequently 
sit. Lumbar supports are also 
available commercially made. 

2. Improve Your Posture 
-Slouching can lead to back strain. 

stiffness, and muscle fatigue. To 
avoid slouching, imagine a plumbline 
starting at your shoulders and run- 
ning straight down to your hips. Keep 
both shoulders and hips even with the 
line. To improve your posture even 
more, include your ears along the 
same line. So, your ears, shoulders 
and hips should all be along the same 
straight, imaginary line. 

3. Take 'Move' Breaks - Sitting in 
one position for too long causes 
fatigue. To increase energy and avoid 
grogginess, leave your desk or seat as 
many times as you can without hurt- 
ing your efficiency too much. If you 
cannot get up and move often, move 
in your seat— change positions, 
stretch ! 

4. Stretch - Doing periodic, simple 
stretches in the sitting position will 
release tension in each muscle you 
stretch, eliminating muscle aches/ten- 
sion, improving circulation to stretch- 
ed areas, increasing your flexibility, 
and even fine tuning muscles. 

How much time do you spend in 
your chair? If your answer is a lot, 
consider the above suggestions for a 
more comfortable and less stressful 




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Creditunions observe half-century mark 

CTA's North Side 'L' Federal Credit Union at 4753 N. Broadway, and the 69th 
Street Depot Federal Credit Union at 1601 W. 69th Street, both observed their 
50th anniversary in December. According to the Illinois Credit Union League, only 
about 100 existing Illinois credit unions have been operating longer. 

The two credit unions, which were founded in 1937 to provide service for CTA 
employees and family members, are among 19 credit unions serving CTA 

The North Side 'L' Credit Union employs four part-time workers. Its 1,330 
members are offered a variety of loan and savings options, and its assets exceed 
$4.7 million. 

Officers of North Side 'L' Federal Credit Union are Hugh F. Hegarty, president; 
John E. Hill, vice president, and Mary EUyn Collins, secretary-treasurer. 

Five part-time employees provide a variety of loan and savings services to the 
870 members of the 69th Street Depot Federal Credit Union with its nearly $3.7 
million in assets. 

Its officers are Harry Blake, president; Thomas Reilly, vice president; Melvin 
Turner, secretary, and Thomas W. Cook, treasurer/manager. 

A big money Saver 

An estimated $99,326 per year will be saved inspec- 
ting nnarine pumps on CTA's 1000, 7400, 9000, and 
9600 series GM buses with the cutting of an inspec- 
tion hole in the marine pump cover. The modification 
was suggested by Kedzie bus repairmen Bernie 
Grant (left) and Les Gooley. The modification will 
mean easier inspection of the pump without remov- 


ing the cover, and will save 25 minutes on removal 
and replacement time. Grant and Gooley are 
members of Kedzie's Quality Circle. Other QC 
members are: Sal Alleruzzo, James Downer, Vince 
Ecter, Joe Escamilla, Ron Coins, Lonzo Lyies, Pat 
Murphy, Milford Shelton, and coordinator Juanita 


End of year 'Day in CTA' honors retirees 

Honoreesat the 1987 year-end 'Day in CTA' gather in CTA's Control Center exhibiting certificates of appreciation. The 12 employees were 
all retiredJanuaryl. The group includes [from left] Wilkes Battles, Clevelen Brogdon, Henry Radom, Louis Robinson, Ernest 
Thomatis, Robert Wynne, Shirley Knight, Theodore Vernon, Edward Wilieko, Edward Schurz, Peter Kourakos, and Olson Jackson. 

Twelve CTA retirement applicants 
with a combined total of 402 years and 
2 months of outstanding service to 
CTA were honored in December at a 
special year-end 'Day in CTA.' 

The honorees are motormen Ed- 
ward Wilieko of Howard terminal, 
45 years and 10 months of service; 
Theodore Vernon of 95th street ter- 
minal, 36 years and a month of ser- 
vice, and Robert Wynne of the 61st 
street terminal with 30 years and nine 
months of CTA service. The lone con- 
ductor among the honorees was 
Wilks Battles, also of the 95th street 
terminal, who served CTA for 31 

years and two months. 

Ticket agent Shirley Knight of 

Kimball terminal joins pensioners after 
28 years and five months of service. 
Ms. Knight distinguished herself in 
1984 when she kicked the smoking 
habit and took the money she normal- 
ly used to buy cigarettes to purchase 
miniature televisions for residents in 
area senior citizen homes. She and her 
husband are currently continuing their 
benevolence by purchasing 
wheelchairs for use by elderly and 
disabled persons. 

Bus operators taking their pensions 
who were among the honorees were 

Edward Schurz and Henry Radom 

of Forest Glen garage with 40 years, 
one month service, and 30 years, 
eight months service, respectively; 
Peter Kourakos of North Park, 38 
years, one month, and Olson 
Jackson, Kedzie, 36 years, nine 

Bus service supervisors among the 
honorees were Ernest Thomatis 
with 31 years, two months of service, 
and Clevelen Brogdon, 27 years, 
five months, both of District A, and 
Louis Robinson of District D with 25 
years, two months of service. 

Michael LaVelle, manager, Transportation Services, charges recently trained power 
supervisors George Hand and George Clark with new responsibilities as he prepares to 
present them with their certificates of training. Present for the occasion were [from left] 
Benjamin Morris, assistant superintendent. Rail Communications; Hand, Clark, Jerry 
Johnson, superintendent. Rail Communications, and [not shown] OIlie Winston, assistant 
superintendent. Power and Data. 

November-December, 1967 








North Park 

Ever hear "Nice guys finish last"? 
Well, not here at North Park they 
don't. Operator Vicki Nesbit 
snapped a picture of Clark Street's 
Bob Devitt after he had been seen 
escorting a handicapped passenger 
across a busy intersection. We hear he 
joined the ranks of married couples 
this past June, so you can guess who 
will be pushing their grocery cart when 
he and his bride, Jazmin, go shop- 
ping ... Picture, if you will, a Monday 
morning at 7 a.m. and John Winkler 
sitting in the training room reaching for 
his coffee, when he feels something 
crawling on his neck and ZAP! he's 
stung by a bee. What a way to start 
your week! Fortunately, operator 
Winkler is no wimp and just oh so 
casually brushes aside the now expired 
perpetrator. Question: who let that 
bee in? ... True or false? Whenever 
you manage to catch a ride in Rafael 
Rosados car he has that radio tuned 
to that country and western station 
with the volume a-1-1 the way up ... 
TV's Dick Clark may not know it but 
he has competition in the Latin version 
by the name of Hermino Ayala. 
How else to explain someone who's 
approaching his 53rd birthday and yet 
doesn't look his age? Miss Yolanda 
Ragsdale, daughter of operator 
Frederick Ragsdale, is another 
1987 graduate from Henderson gram- 
mar school, and we hope dad didn't 
hold back on the young lady's gradua- 
tion gift ... All the best wishes to a 
young lady here at the clerk's window 
who became a bride to one of our 
south area supervisors and now her 
last-name initial matches her first. Told 
you 1 wouldn't name names, Miss ... 
Carl Guzzi, Jimmie Johnson, Lee 

Richardson, Joe Zukerman and 
supervisor Juan Gonzalez are some 
of our co-workers who aren't in the 
best of health lately. Hopefully, they 
will be feeling like teenagers again by 
the time this issue is printed ... How 
else to say how sorry we are when we 
lose a parent? Operator Carmen 
Betances' father, Julio C. 
Betances, recently passed away. Our 
deepest condolences. Carmen ... And 
how would you like to be on the loose 
in Paris, France for a week and not 
have anything to do but enjoy 
yourself? We, of course, who were 
working here in Chicago, can only 
guess why Evanston operator Ken 

Forty-three year old Earnest Hays will at- 
tempt to run a New York or Boston 
marathon [26.2 miles] this year under 
three hours. Hays, a switchman at 63rd 
street and Ashland, has already com- 
pleted three such events in Chicago, one 
in Duluth, Minn., and one in Hawaii. His 
best time over the course to date has been 
three hours and 15 minutes. Last October 
he ran a half marathon-13.1 miles-in one 
hour and 29 minutes. 

West Side foot collector Dan Miller and 
his wife, Maryann, are proud parents fore 
second time. Son Nicholas Mario was 
born Nov. 17, weighing 8 pounds, 9-1/4 
ounces, and was 20-1/2 inches long. 
Another button-popper over little Nicholas 
is the happy grandfather, Forest Glen 
Supervisor Nick Miller, for whom the baby 
was named. 

Ernst had that little gleam in his eye 
when he mentioned that Paris was so 
enjoyable for the U.S. male ... On the 
other hand, it seems appropriate that 
Tony Zenner and his wife, Kim, flew 
south to Mexico to finally reclaim their 
car. We had mentioned, in a previous 
issue, that they had experienced 
transmission troubles twice. Look at it 
this way, Kim, these are the more 
pleasant memories the two of you will 
share in a few years when he mentions 
'let's go camping.' ... Frederick 
Douglas has a new camera and says 
he's interested in joining the North 
Park SLR's camera club, so why not 
join him when he comes to one of the 
club's end-of-the-month film shoots? 
... Beautiful, sunny weather on a Sun- 
day morning, and members of the 
SLR's camera club have finally made 
it to the Morton Arboretum, which is 
only a 25-mile drive from Chicago. 
There, Chester Harris, Owen 
Terry, Michael CoUymore, Vince 
Dawson (Limits) , Vicki Nesbit and 
Michael Flores hope to take some 
serious competition-type pictures of 
nature in all of her autumn splendor . . . 
As always, our station credit union 
contributed to the annual Christmas 
Party. Personnel who helped were 
David Washington, Bob Thomas, 
Cedric Wright, Sally Olivier, Bob 
Vasquez, Vicki Nesbit, and the 
multi-talented Gary (Santa Claus) 
Hurst ... Instructor Aaron Crockett 
showed his typical devotion to duty by 
standing at his post distributing the re- 
cent safety awards. We're going to 



s his appoint- 
at the Control 
Center . . . Remember that scene in the 
old movie Citizen Kane with the 
Rosebud sled? Marvin Zabel surely 
did when he was doing some con- 
struction, tearing apart the porch on 
his home, and discovered one of those 
older versions of a sled under all of the 
debris. Knowing how Chicago's 
winters are, we would suggest you 
keep it nearby till springtime, Marv ... 
Coach Bob Jenkins is probably one 
of the tallest operators here at the 
garage, so it's only fitting that he's 
helping to coordinate the 'charcoal 
delight' basketball team. Regardless of 
your height, why not come and try 
out? You could be the one individual 
who makes the winning difference ... 
We couldn't help but smile when we 
noted former North Park operator 
Janet Marino, who is now at Limits, 
working the Broadway route with a 
9000-series bus, and she was using a 
hand signal to indicate a left turn ... 
Michael Cobleigh, David Gaston 
and Bob Devitt, who happen to be 
the team leaders of teams 1, 12 and 
10, were this quarter's safety award 
winners, along with each new member 
of their respective teams. The awards 
this time were carry-all bags and 
emergency flashlights. Did you 
remember to pick up your award, or 
do you know your team number? ... 
From all appearances, it looks as if 
Daniel Brooks will be the final stu- 
dent of 1987 to join the ranks of 
operators, just in time to enjoy all the 
winter wonders of driving that the rest 
of us have enjoyed in the past. Oh 
well, in only 29 more years, Dan, you 
and your wife Patricia can start plan- 
ning your retirement activities ... Well, 
here it is, the final 1987 issue of Inside 
News, and 1 would like to say sincere- 
ly, THANK YOU, to retirees Ed 
Unrein, team leader Lee Richard- 
son, operator Sterling Williams, 
morning clerk Lynn Wilkerson, 
supervisor Roy Ripka, assistant 
superintendent Sal Carbonelli, 
operators Dan and Nilda Dzyacky, 
repairman Bob Powell, scheduleman 
Ed Olender, janitor Al Lowery and 
everyone else who has been kind 
enough to share their moments of 
news with us. For 1988, we hope to 
share lots more stories, pictures and 

Mike Flores 



Carol Mus to, control center executive secretary, is assisted by Manager David Martin as 
she shows oft the cal<e prepared for her farewell party. Ms. fJlusto, an Inside News 
reporter, joins the mass of American homemakers after nine years of CTA service. 

Inside News Reporters 

Your willingness to share interesting information about 
employees at your work locations has made our magazine more ex- 
citing and entertaining. We thank you for your good work. The chart 
below lists upcoming Transit News issues and deadlines when we 
must receive your "Inside News." Reports received after the 
deadline will be held over for the next issue. 

Transit News Issue Inside News Deadline 

March-April, 1988 March 25, 1988 

May-June, 1988 May 20, 1988 

July-August, 1988 July 22, 1988 

September-October, 1988 September 23, 1988 

November-December, 1988 November 18, 1988 

Employees who would like to be "Inside News" reporters for their 
work locations should phone Rick Willis, Transit News editor, ext. 
3324, Mart. 

iovember-December, 19871 



Retiree William Miedema and his wife, 
Dorothy, celebrated their 50th wedding 
anniversary at a reception hosted by their 
sons, William of Forest Glen garage, 
Wayne of North Park, and David, a govern- 
ment employee and sports writer. The 
IVIiedema family has a total of 117 years of 
service with CTA and its predecessor, 

Management Information 

Senior systems programmer 
Christopher Prosper! gains a ready- 
made family in October '88 when he 
weds Lisa Scheer, who has a 

daughter, Mindi. The newlyweds will 
honeymoon in Australia/Fuji Islands. 
More to come next year ... Guess who 

the clown in the picture is. It certainly 
does resemble me. This is what hap- 
pens when you organize a Halloween 
candlelight bowl, although it was lots 
of fun. Jeanne Malenki of Produc- 
tion Control was a pirate, along with 
her husband, John. Joining us were 
the Smurfs, a two-headed devil, 
Dracula, a Blues Brother, Em mett Kel- 
ly, Pinocchio, and Gippetto, a pink 
crayon, a pound puppy, a prisoner 
and. French maid, some ghosts, 
goblins, witches and ghouls. Nice 
company, huh? And these were the 
ones who didn't dress up! ... Senior 
quality assurance analyst Bill Ehrler 
has been elected president of the 
Triangle Community Organization 
[TCO] in his Bucktown area. He's 
brushing up on his Roberts Rules of 
Order. Where's the gavel? ... We're 
still receiving no input from our 
department. I know there have been 
more babies bori^, marriages 
celebrated, and possibly some long- 
time anniversaries. Don't be shy, let us 
know about you! 

Patricia Glines 

Service anniversaries 
^„„ in November 

40 Years 

Edward Schurz Jr., Forest Glen 

35 Years 

Martin Norwood. Ashland/61/95 
William Reynolds. District C 
Raleigh Washington, 69th Street 

30 Years 

Love Berry Jr.. South Section 
Samuel Bums, District A 
George Kahlfeldt, Claims 
Clinton Lewis, 69th Street 
Jack Martin, Archer 
Robert Matthews, Schedules 
Ronald Nelson. Elec. Dist. 
Richard Nelson. Escal. Mtce. 
Richard Salinas, Steel Fab Shop 
Mllford Shelton, Kedzie Mtce 
Ezel Wiley. Archer 

25 Years 

Willie Allums. S6uth Shops 

Paul Brazeau, Forest Glen 

Edward Duckworth. 77th Street 

H. Herring. General Mtce. 

Norbert Koscienski. Safety Insp/lnvest. 

William Lambert, Bus Garages-North 

Daniel Luberda. Forest Glen 

Wayne Matejka, South Shops 

Victor Medunycla. North Park 

Jackie Pritt. Rail District North 

Lee Ross, District C 

Thomas Sims, 77th Street 

Jerome Smith. 77th Street 

Howard Spann Jr.. Archer 

John Theus Jr.. Schedules 

Willie Williams Jr., District A 

40 Years 


Forest Glen retirees [from left] Dan Noncek, Henry Ziolkowski, Joe Motyka, and Robert 
Barber were reunited recently at Ziolkowski' s Sun City, Arizona home. The word is "if you 
talk to Hank (Ziolkowski), he'll have you buying property In Sun City." Just ask Barber. 

James Durr. Communications Mtce. 
Edward Superczynskl. Elect. Mtce. South 

35 Years 

Catherine Corcoran. Treasury 

Wllbert Dohrmann. Forest Glen 

William Kelly, Douglas/Congress 

30 Years 

Donald Budoff, Stores 

Gerald Doherty. North Park 

Harold Freiwald. Beverly 

Samuel Highsmith Jr., Forest Glen 

Joseph Maloney. Kedzie 

George O'Donnell. Archer 

Roosevelt Russell. 69th Street 

Willie Shelton. North Section 

Lawrence Thigpen. North Park 

25 Years 

Isaac Clark, 69th Street 
George Knowles. 69th Street 
Hurman Mathus. District A 
William Melfi. Forest Glen 
Peter Naughton Jr.. Rail Dist. West 
Phillip Purdie. Archer 
George Sanders. 69th Street 
Gunta Taplns, West Section 
Joseph Vallier III. Ashland/61/95 
Eugene Wellington, Kedzie 



South Shops 

gets Inside 

News reporter 

Meet Percy Harrell, Inside News 
reporter for South Shops, where he is 
assigned to the Body Shop as a 
carpenter. Harrell, who joined CTA in 
1974, has aspirations for reporting on 
major events at South Shops, and 
their impact on employees. 

He would like to call his report 
"Shop Talk," which he said will in- 
clude a "shop salute" of two 
employees each month, and highlight 
their CTA careers. 

South Shops personnel with items 
which they think may be of interest to 
Inside News should contact Harrell on 
Extension 216 at the Body Shop 

Harrell is a former motorman, con- 
ductor and switchman. He attended 
Olive Harvey college where he ma- 
jored in Industrial Arts. He is married 
and is the father of two children. 

Gertrude Anderson, 88, Traffic, 

Emp. 9-7-39, Died 10-21-87 
Harry W. Antonlon, 92. 61st Street, 

Emp. 9-6-17, Died 10-9-87 
Mary Avallone, 88, West Section, 

Emp. 6-3-47, Died 11-11-87 
William S. Bennis, 80, Archer, 

Emp. 6-26-43, Died 10-5-87 
Robert S. Benson, 79. Transportation, 

Emp. 7-2-42, Died 9-14-87 
Charles A. Bonow, 88, 77tfi Street, 

Emp. 3-6-29, Died 10-20-87 
Daniel J. Coughlin, 77, Transportation, 

Emp, 12-10-40, Died 10-28-87 
John Coyle, 72, Transportation, 

Emp. 6-1-72, Died 10-12-87 
Charles P. Derrick, 72, Transportation, 

Emp. 11-18-42, Died 10-25-87 
Emily J. Dillon, 74. Transportation, 

Emp. 1-30-42, Died 10-31-87 
Lillian Edel, 73, North Section, 

Emp. 1-30-42, Died 10-24-87 
Otto Ertl, 73, Transportation, 

Emp. 12-16-47, Died 11-16-87 
Christian Evenson, 73, Claims Law, 

Emp. 6-13-77, Died 10-7-87 
George B. Fiezel, 90, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 7-29-25, Died 11-7-87 
Johan Franciscovich, 85, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 11-22-30, Died 11-22-87 
John Frugo, 86, Transportation, 

Emp. 1-8-23, Died 10-87 
George J. Geins, 67, Veh. Maint., 

Emp. 4-1-82, Died 11-19-87 
Allen Gilgs. 75, Transportation, 

Emp. 2-1-54, Died 11-14-87 
David S. Guereca, 60, Equip. Engr. /Maint. 

Emp. 6-18-47, Died 10-20-87 

William C. Gurgel, 82, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 6-17-20, Died 11-2-87 
Charles W. Johnson, 86, North Avenue, 

Emp. 9-2-42, Died 10-1-87 
Victor J. Juknius, 73, Transportation, 

Emp. 7-12-42, Died 10-26-87 
David Kelly, 77, 69th Street, 

Emp. 11-16-36, Died 10-21-87 
Frank Koicz, 73, North Avenue, 

Emp. 3-20-46, Died 10-2-87 
Peter Kondratuk, 75, Veh Maint., 

Emp. 9-13-44, Died 11-13-87 
Jack Upidus. 78, District D, 

Emp. 1-12-42, Died 11-21-87 
William A. Lawson, 56, 69th Street, 

Emp. 10-14-57, Died 10-8-87 
Thomas J. Lenihan, 76, Shops & Equip., 

Emp. 2-10-43, Died 11-23-87 
John J. Madigan, 70, Elect. Maint,, 

Emp, 2-3-43, Died 10-27-87 
Patrick J. Maloney, 82, Shops & Equip,, 

Emp. 10-11-44, Died 9-18-87 
John Marasovich, 70, Stores. 

Emp. 9-14-42, Died 10-26-87 
Flowers Mason, 70, Transportation, 

Emp. 1-29-51, Died 10-7-87 
Steven Mattes, 79, South Shops, 

Emp. 6-7-26, Died 10-14-87 
Edward McWilliams, 82, Archer, 

Emp. 11-7-33, Died 10-7-87 
Cordell McWorter, 73, North Avenue, 

Emp. 8-28-51, Died 10-1-87 
Walter H. Messer. 91, Electrical, 

Emp. 12-21-21, Died 10-11-87 
Raymond Michalski, 58, West Shops, 

Emp. 8-1-50, Died 10-8-87 
John G. Milos, 87, Transportation, 

Emp. 5-9-42, Died 10-30-87 

Peter Morowski, 78, Transportation, 

Emp. 6-3-47, Died 10-31-87 
Alice Murtagh, 87, Transportation, 

Emp. 9-19-35, Died 10-11-87 
Arthur G. Neuman, 75, Transportation, 

Emp. 1-26-46, Died 10-20-87 
Patrick O'Connor, 87, Transportation, 

Emp, 9-21-26, Died 11-11-87 
Anthony Raimondl, 78, Bldg. Maint,, 

Emp, 5-9-42, Died 10-23-87 
Henry M. Ringo, 65, Transportation, 

Emp, 11-21-42, Died 11-7-87 
Roy H. Schneider, 73. Transportation, 

Emp. 5-2-42, Died 10-6-87 
Jackson D, Smith, 77, 77th Street, 

Emp. 2-7-47, Died 10-17-87 
Matthew Smith, 79, Building Division, 

Emp. 11-14-45, Died 10-10-87 
Duane D. Thompson, 57, Transportation, 

Emp. 8-30-67, Died 11-9-87 
Harold Thompson, 91, Transportation, 

Emp, 1-14-43, Died 10-6-87 
Thomas Togher, 62. Maintenance, 

Emp, 9-17-48, Died 11-5-87 
Joseph Turano, 91, Track, 

Emp, 9-27-22, Died 10-26-87 
Joseph Varga. 75, North Park. 

Emp, 8-29-52, Died 11-20-87 
Raymond F. Walz, 80, Transportation, 

Emp, 8-31-37, Died 10-13-87 
Karl K. Warndorf, 90, Transportation, 

Emp, 9-26-27, Died 10-21-87 
Earl H. Washington, 73, Kedzie, 

Emp, 2-25-49, Died 11-9-87 
Samuel Wilson, 85, South Shops, 

Emp, 7-2-28, Died 10-24-87 
Clifford A. Wunch, 70, Veh Maint., 

Emp. 2-16-48, Died 11-9-87 

, November-December, 1987^ 

CPR training saves a life at Arciier station 

CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscita- 
tion] is a heart-to-heart life-saving 
technique that worl<s. 

Just ask three Archer garage 
employees, Joseph Neely and 
Robert Powers, bus repairers, 
and Rodney Lance, assistant 
foreman. The men had been trained 
in CPR programs and were atten- 
ding a retirement party when they 
were unexpectedly put to the test. 

The party's honoree, Anthony 
Blazevich, collapsed from an ap- 
parent heart attack. True to their 
training, Neely, Powers, and Lance 
responded quickly, administering 
CPR to the stricken Blazevich. 

They continued their life-saving 
technique until paramedics were 
summoned to the scene. 

Neely, Powers, and Lance were 
nominated for the Maintenance 
employees' award program, "Day 
in CTA", for their life-saving deed. 
The three employees enjoyed a 
luncheon in the exclusive M&M 

Archer garage assistant foreman Rodney Lance [left], Robert Powers [center], and 
Joseph Neely, Archer bus repairers, used their CPR training to save a new retiree's life 
when he was stricken by a heart attacl< at his retirement party. 

Club in the Merchandise Mart, and a 
tour of the CTA's Control Center. 

"The value of CPR training, 
learned at other locations, has led 
CTA to begin its own CPR training 
program as part of its bus 
maintenance training program," 
said Jim Dudley, supervisor of In- 

dustrial Safety, Facilities Engineer- 
ing & Maintenance Department. 

[Editor's note: Although his co-worl(ers 
were successful in their efforts to revive 
Mr. Blazevich when he was stricken at his 
retirement celebration, he subsequently 
suffered a fatal heart attack at his home a 
month later.] 

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The Spirit of t^cago 


CTA Chairman Walter H. Clark [center] congratulates motorman Delbert Ashlord after presenting them the first Spirit of Chicago 

Robert Sundin [left] of Howard Terminal, and Beverly bus operator awards at the regular meeting of the CTA Board. 

Your questions 

answered page 3 

New bus colors page 4 

^ m m ^J Tour West Shops page 10 

i \ ^t T T ^^^^ Competition 

k \ ^R A f^M^ Scliedule page 12 



IVIarch-April, 1988 





A Beverly bus operator and a 
Howard street motorman were the first 
CTA employees to receive the newly 
implemented Spirit of Chicago citation 
awarded by CTA Chairman Walter 
H. Clark. 

Operator Delbert Ashford, an 
employee for 18 years, and motorman 
Robert Sundin, who joined CTA in 
1977, were cited at the February 3 
Board meeting for heroism in conjunc- 
tion with their individual responses in 
two separate life-threatening emergen- 

Ashford distinguished himself as a 
Spirit of Chicago award candidate 
when he rendered aid to a woman 
whom he observed holding her chest 
and gasping for breath. 

...citation recognizes 
...the best possible 
CTA service. 

The bus operator was at 106th 
street and Avenue M, where his bus 
had been disabled, when he observed 
the woman having breathing dif- 
ficulties. He immediately called the 
CTA Control Center, which alerted 
the Chicago Fire Department. 

Motorman Robert Sundin brought 
his train to an abrupt halt at 
Washington street during the January 
4 evening rush hour, avoiding a 
woman who had fallen onto the 
tracks. The Spirit of Chicago award is 
the 36-year-old motorman's fourth 


Vol. 41 No. 1 
March -April, 1 988 

Spirit of Chicago Awards 

Chairman honors heroism and performance 2 


Candid answers from Dr. Paaswell 3 

Proud now colors 

Bus fleet changes to red, white, and blue 4 


Alexandra Eiva is a fine artist 5 

Thanks for making thair dayl 

Commendations from riders 6 


Congratulations on new job assignments 8 


DBE trains minority vendors 9 

Wast Shops Opan Housa 

Pride and celebration in Facilities Maintenance 10 

Compatltlon Schadulas 

Roadeo, RoundUp and TieUp 12 

Day In CTA 

Operations honors performance excellence 13 


Wishing our retirees all the best 14 


Telling your story 16 


Hiking for a worthy cause 20 

commendation in 15 months for 
outstanding performance in similar 

The Spirit of Chicago citation, 
awarded monthly, recognizes 
employees who take exceptional 
measures to ensure that the general 
public receives the best possible CTA 
service . 

A special Employee Recognition 
Task Force has been created to con- 
sider employees for the public recogni- 
tion at CTA Board meetings which are 
held on the first Wednesday of each 
month in the Merchandise Mart. 

In order for an employee to be con- 
sidered for this honor, managers 
should submit recommendations to 
the task force through their respective 

deputy executive directors. The final 
recommendation to the chairman is 
made by the task force. 

Selected employees are given 
dinner-for-two gift certificates. In cases 
where employees are being honored 
on their regular day off, they also 
receive an additional eight hours of 

Under Employee Recognition Task 
Force Guidelines, employees are con- 
sidered for the special award for either 
heroism or outstanding community 
service. Outstanding or meritorious 
contributions to the community-at- 
large include work with religious, civic 
or charitable organizations, foster 
parenting or anti-drug campaigning ef- 



Candid answers to your questions 
from Robert E. Paaswell, Executive Director 

Q. Why doesn't CTA observe Rev. Dr. Martin 

Luther King, Jr.'s birthday as an official holi- 
day, with holiday service levels, that would 
give most of our employees the day off in 
remembrance of our greatest civil rights 

A. CTA does not operate a Sunday/Holiday schedule 
on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because the 
transit service demands of our riders throughout the 
Chicago area require a normal weekday schedule. 

In 1986, CTA did operate holiday service with Sun- 
day levels of service and publicized this policy well 
ahead of time. We received numerous complaints 
and inquiries from businesses that would be open 
and from riders who would have to get to work. In 
response, CTA added supplemental service, at a 
holiday overtime premium rate, which cost CTA 
more than 11,000 holiday overtime hours. Yet, we 
still experienced many problems with inadequate ser- 
vice levels that inconvenienced our riding public. 


Revenues for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 
1986, were 71% of average weekday revenues. 
Revenues for a typical Saturday are 51% of a typical 
weekday, and revenues for a typical Sunday [holiday 
schedule] are 21% of a typical weekday. 

This indicates that the level of service required by the 
public far exceeds the reduced level of service that 
CTA could provide with a holiday schedule. 

Therefore, CTA supports the national holiday in 
honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a 
floating holiday, but we must also respond to the 
transit needs of our community and provide ade- 
quate service levels for our riders. 

What can be done to stem the tide of adverse 
publicity which we always seem to get? 

The best way to negate bad publicity is good, sus- 
tained service. If all of us do our jobs well, the occa- 
sional mishaps will seem the exception rather than 
the perceived rule. 

CTA employees and retirees may submit questions 
to: BUZZWORD, CTA Transit News, Room 734, 
IVIerchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
IL 60654. Only signed questions, 50 words or less, 
will be considered. 

CTA Scholars 

Archer garage bus operator Tom Collins recently received a 
masters degree in psychology with emphasis in guidance and 
counseling from Chicago State University. The 21-year CTA 
employee has aspirations for certification with the State of Il- 
linois as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor, and plans to 
continue his education. Collins, the father of a teenage daughter, 
is a member of the executive board. Amalgamated Transit Union 

Betty M. Richman, acting superintendent, Quality Control, was 
graduated from Loyola University in January with a master of arts 
degree in instructional management. 

She fulfilled requirements for the degree by writing a thesis on 
the subject, "Necessity of Theoretical Knowledge for Personnel 
Dealing with Sophisticated Technology in Rail Vehicle 
fJlaintenance." Ms. Richman holds a baccalaureate degree in 
education with a minor in chemistry from Northeastern Illinois 
University, and an associate engineering degree [state certified 
assistant in physics] from her native Germany. 

Ms. Richman, who was an engineering technician, immigrated 
to the United States in 1960, and was employed as a technician, 
supervisor, and assistant departmental director at Industrial Bio- 
Test Laboratories, Inc. She taught in the Chicago public school 
system from 1976 until 1980 when she joined the Chicago Transit 
Authority as a training coordinator. 

March- April, 1988 


Brighter, bolder, 
more visible in traffic 

The old familiar colors of cream and 
green which have decorated CTA's 
2,275-bus fleet since 1947 will 
gradually disappear as the old vehicles 
are retired and replaced with new ones 
which have the latest official red, 
white, and blue decor. 

Some 600 new buses already on 
order will have the shiny new colors 
when they are delivered.. Meanwhile, 
crews at South Shops are expected to 
repaint at least 10 buses a week with 
the new colors. 

The new livery is a compromise bet- 
ween public opinions collected by an 
October 1987 survey, and evaluation 
made by an internal CTA committee, 
according to Darwin Stuart, manager 
of Strategic Planning. While CTA 
celebrated its 40th Anniversary, a col- 
or survey was also being conducted at 
Daley Center Plaza, Division and 
Ashland avenue, the Ford City Shop- 
ping Center, and at 87th street and the 
Dan Ryan. 

The survey offered the public five 
choices which were four variations of a 
white bus with red and blue graphics, 
and one silver bus with red, white and 
blue graphics. 

The Strategic Planning manager 
said the survey produced no clear 
public choice of color scheme, but 
where a listed reason made a dif- 
ference in bus color preference, 
"Brighter, Bolder," and "more Visible 
in Traffic" were chosen by over one- 
third of the respondents. "So we gave 
them brighter and bolder," said Stuart. 

Stuart said the composite bus color 
scheme of a basic white bus with a 
broad blue strip and a thin red stripe 
down each side appeared to be a 
reasonable compromise. The panel on 
the bottom of each fender will be grey, 
and the CTA logo will appear above 
each front wheel and over the right 
front headlights. 


Alexandra Eiva talks with Publications and Graphics editorial 
supervisor Rick Willis about her latest art exhibit near the promi- 

nent display of two of her oil paintings, "Too Late to Fear" [left], 
and"Perkunas." Both works of art stand 6 feet, 4 inches by 3 feet, 
8 inches. 

Artist off international acciaim 

"Dual artistry" describes the multi-faceted talent of 
CTA graphics designer Alexandra Ctva, who 

recently had five of her oil paintings exhibited at the 
101 North Wacker building. 

Far from the oil paintings of her avocation, Eiva's 
CTA position with Operations Training/Instruction, 
Training Development Section, includes drawing bus 
and train parts, illustrating CTA Operations instruc- 
tional brochures for field employees, computer 
graphics for Board meetings, signage, logos and other 
in-house material. She is the designer of the official 

Alexandra Eiva's painting, ca//ed Conjuror's Beginning, is one ex- 
ample of the figurative artist's foreground figures in motion. The 
3-foot, 8-inch by 6-foot, 4-inch oil was one of five of Eiva's works 
exhibited recently at the 101 North Wacker Building. 

CTA logo currently displayed on all the city's buses 
and trains. 

Chosen as designer of the 1987 CTA 40th Anniver- 
sary commemorative poster, Alexandra Eiva has been 
a CTA artist since 1981, following her graduation from 
the University of Chicago in 1 980 with a masters 
degree in fine arts. At that time, she was awarded the 
IVIFA l\/lidway Studios Prize and was featured at a solo 
show at the university's Renaissance Society. 

Besides Chicago's Art Institute and other local 
galleries, Eiva's paintings have been exhibited since 
1 968 in some 50 museums and galleries, from New 
York and the nation's capital on the eastern shores to 
Los Angeles on the west coast, and as far north as 

Recently, in light of the Soviet Union's "glasnost 
policy," the USSR invited Eiva to include some of her 
work in an exhibition set to be displayed in several 
cities within the Soviet Union. 

Described as a figurative artist, Eiva focuses on 
foreground figures in motion. Art critic and Chicago 
Landmarks Commission historical writer Tim Wittman 
said of Eiva's work, "It is extroverted in presentation. 
The subject matter is very introspertive, has lots of 
tension, and multiple layers of meaning, and it is very 
exciting and very fresh. 

"Its introspective content sets it apart from anything 
else being done. It is uniquely her own." Wittman ad- 
ded, "Her work has a lot of paint, but it is very satis- 
fying. One can view it and come away satisfied." 

March- April, 1988 

Thanks fo\ 

Kenneth Martin [No. 74 Fuller- 
ton, Kedzie garage] was called 
"a real gentleman" by Stella 
Dakessian, of Fullerton Avenue. 
"He's very patient with senior 
citizens like myself. On one oc- 
casion, a lady with a lot of shop- 
ping bags was taking a while to 
get on the bus. He got up and 
helped her, and even found her a 
seat. I'm very proud of this 
gentleman. I hope he keeps up 
the good work." 

Johnny Banks [No. 30 South 
Chicago, 77th Street garage] 
was thanked for his kindness by 
Ann Tintor, of East 95th Street. 
"As I reached the sidewalk after 
getting off the bus, I had a terri- 
ble fall that left me flat on my 
back. He and another man came 
to my assistance, lifted me up 
under my arms, and asked if I 
needed medical help. I truly 
want to thank him for his 
assistance and concern." 

Eddie IViurphy [No. 36 Broadway, 
Limits garage] was praised by 
Nikki Zollar, commissioner of 
the Board of Election. "He went 
out of his way to pull his bus up 
to a woman with a seeing-eye 
dog, and to inquire as to which 
bus she needed. He also was 
very kind to an elderly woman 
who literally every block asked if 
we had come yet to Division and 
Dearborn. His demeanor was 
pleasant and professional." 

Orlando Santiago [No. 135 
Wilson/LaSalle Express, North 
Park garage] was complimented 
by Elaine Sheahan, who rides 
his bus regularly to work at the 
Chicago Association of Com- 
merce and Industry. "I have 
never seen or heard him to be 
impolite or angry. He is always 
pleasant, polite, neat and 
gracious. He is indeed an asset 
to your organization, and 
deserves a real nice pat on the 

Employees who received 

Bemlce Anderson. 77th Street 
Victor Andrade. North Park 
Hector Aquino. Forest Glen 
Lee Aschoff, Forest Glen 
Salah Atiq, Archer 
Clarence Atkins III, 77th Street 
Alberta Atwood, North Park 

Pedro Balderas, North Avenue 
Jessie Barginear Jr., 69th Street 
Iva Bcirnes, North Avenue 
Edward Barry, Kedzie 
Bobby Barry, North Park 
Bruce Beck, Forest Glen 
Darryl Bibbs, 77th Street 
Rudolph Blakemore, North Avenue 
Calvin Brown, Limits 
Cornell Brown, 77th Street 
John Brown, 69th Street 
Wallace Brown, 77th Street 
Richard Brown Jr., Forest Glen 
Adrienne Butts, North Park 

Jean Cage, North Park 
Fred Caldwell, Kedzie 
Rinaldo Cardenas, Forest Glen 

Sergio Chevalier, Archer 
Marion Collins, North Park 
Robert Cook, North Park 
EInora Curry, Limits 

Vincent Dawson, Limits 

Robert Dering, West Section 

James DeTomasi, Howard/Kimball 

Jose Diaz, Limits 

Willie Done, Howard/Kimball 

Clarence Dotson, Rail Sys. Jan. Srvc. 

Raymond Dowdy, Limits 

Robert Dunning, Limits 

John Dumell, Archer 

Rosette Ewing, Howard/Kimball 

James Fitzgerald, Limits 
Robert Friestad, Limits 

Phillip Gary Jr., 69th Street 
Mario Garza, Beverly 
David Gaston, North Park 
James Gibson, 69th Street 
JeHrey Gilbert, Howard/Kimball 
Joseph Gillespie, Forest Glen 
Darryl Gipson, Rail Sys. Jan. Srvc. 

David Gober, Archer 
Raymond Gosha, Limits 
Mildred Green, 69th Street 
Zeferltio Guerrero, North Park 

Raymond Hamb, Archer 
John Hanna, North Avenue 
Charles Hausner,Howard /Kimball 
Marcy Hawwat, Howard/Kimball 
Sandalio Hechavarria, North Park 
Cecelia Hendrlckson, Forest Glen 
Charles Hicks, Forest Glen 
Peyton Hightower, 77th Street 
John Hopkins, 77th Street 
Cedric Hopson, North Park 
Kevin Houseworth, North Park 
Stella Hunt, Jefferson Park 

Donald Jackson, Limits 
Zeke Jagst, North Park 
William James, North Park 
Willie James, North Park 
Elijah Jamison, Howard. Kimball 
Samuel Janke, North Park 
David Jenkins, Limits 


making their day! 

Mary Thrower [conductor, Con- 
gress terminal] was commended 
by V. M. Bochnik, of Niles, who 
rode her train from Harlem [Ken- 
nedy] to the Loop. "It was a 
pleasure to listen to her an- 
nounce the stations. Her voice 
was pleasant and subdued, giv- 
ing listeners the impression that 
she took pride in what she was 
doing. Occasionally, she would 
also apprise passengers as to 
the time." 

Vytautas Stukelis [No. 162 
Pulaski/Stevenson Express, Ar- 
cher garage] was regarded as 
"an exceptional driver" by Dawn 
Willing, of West 108th Street. 
"His attitude was cheerful. He 
thanked every rider as they put 
their money in the box. He call- 
ed out upcoming stops well 
ahead of time, and cautioned 
passengers to watch their step. 
He even thanked us again as we 
exited. It was a most enjoyable 

Woodrow Williams [No. 41 
Elston/Clybourn, Forest Glen 
garage] "is always pleasant, 
friendly and polite," according 
to Dale Roberts, of Belden 
Avenue. "With all of the equip- 
ment problems and delays, he 
has tried hard to keep as close 
to schedule as possible. He is 
extra-considerate of his 
passengers, and is an excellent 
driver. I ride his bus daily, and 
am always pleased by his sense 
of duty." 

John Manna [No. 82 Kim- 
ball/Homan, Lawndale garage] is 
noticed by Jacqueline Quinn, of 
Colfax Avenue. "The most en- 
joyable part of my journey to 
work [on three buses and an 
"L"] begins when I board this 
driver's bus. He is always 
courteous, and his personality 
warm and cheerful. He greets all 
boarding passengers with a 
smile and "Good morning," and 
when they depart, a hearty 
"Have a good day!" ' 

ommendations since our last listing 

Jerry Jenkins, Archer 
David Johnson Jr., Archer 
Robert Jones, North Park 
Alfred Jordan, Archer 

Gustav Kappertz, Forest Glen 
Walter Kenerson, 77th Street 
Hosseinall Khalvati, North Park 
Leramy King, North Section 

Warren Lattimore, Ashland Terminal 
Robert Lawson, North Park 
John Lee, Beverly 
Joanne Logglns, Archer 
Shirley Louis, North Avenue 
Alexander Love, Kedzie 

Marcellno Martinez, North Park 
Charles McCalpln. North Park 
Theodore Mclntyre, Limits 
Egorl Medina, North Park 
Frederick Moore, North Park 
Howcird Moore, 77th Street 
James Moses Jr., Kedzie 
Neil Motln, Forest Glen 

Luis Ortega, Forest Glen 
Willie Owens, Beverly 

Viola Paschal, Kedzie 
Ricky Plomin, Forest Glen 

Billy Ragsdale, 77th Street 
Clyde Randolph, 69th Street 
Elois Redding, Limits 
Mickey Reeder, Archer 
Pasquate Reina, Douglas/Congress 
Anthony Reynolds, Archer 
James Rivers, Limits 
Ronald Roach, Ashland Terminal 
Rudolph Roberts, 77th Street 
Curtis Rogers, 77th Street 
Lawrence Rosebar, Rail Dist. North 
Charles Rutledge, Limits 

Gary Sander, Forest Glen 
Ismael Santos Jr., Forest Glen 
Michael Schleyer, Forest Glen 
Dana Shell, Limits 
Jung Song, Forest Glen 
Timothy Steinbeck, Build & Wrg. 
Maurice Sutton, 77th Street 

Charles Swain, North Park 
Thomas Szpekowski, Forest Glen 

Rita Taylor, Limits 
Robert Taylor, 69th Street 
Talman Thomas, Forest Glen 
Mary Thrower, Douglas/Congress 
Charles Turner, 77th Street 

Paul Vance Jr., Forest Glen 
Amador Velez Sr., North Park 

JoAnn Walker, Archer 
Ronald Walker, Beverly 
Willie Walker, North Park 
Harry Ware Jr., North Park 
Alex Watson Jr., Limits 
James White, North Park 
Rosie White, Limits 
Raymond Wiley, 77th Street 
Peter Willemsen, North Park 
Andrew Windham, 77th Street 

Herlinda Yanes, South Section 
Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 

March-April, 1988 

Lynn Small 

Kenyetta Haywood 

Gary Melberg 

Thirteen new promotions in the Operations Division were 
announced recently by Senior Deputy Executive Director 
Frank Wilson. Appointed to superintendent 1, Bus Per- 
sonnel, South were Seymour Motin and Juan Gonzalez, 
while Walter Young and Matilda Bell were named 
superintendent I, Bus Personnel, North. Appointed 
superintendent I, Transportation-Rail Personnel, North was 
Diane Overstreet. William Piatt has been named 
superintendent III, Transportation -Bus Personnel, North. 
Selected as superintendent II, Transportation-Rail Person- 
nel, North was Frederick Schein. Harvey McClinton is 
the new superintendent, Administrative Services, Ad- 
ministration and Performance Control, and Samuel Smith 
was appointed director. Bus Personnel. New supervisors of 
General Building Maintenance, North and South respective- 
ly, are Stein Gunderson and Randolph Simmons. 
Named supervisor. Mechanical Maintenance, Elec- 

trical and Mechanical Maintenance was William 
Lyke. Promotions announced by Senior Deputy Executive 
Director of Administration Gloria Chevere include Billie 
Mitchell, superintendent, Buyers, Purchasing; Paul 
Cerpa, superintendent, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise 
program, DBE Program/Contract Compliance, and Muriel 
Szykowny, superintendent. Sales, Treasury. John Trotta 
was appointed supervisor, Grant Programs [Bus], Plans and 
Programs. Lynn Small is manager of Marketing in the 
Planning, Marketing and Development Division, and 
Kenyetta Haywood was named director, Grievance/Ar- 
bitration, Labor Relations. 

Appointed manager. Management Development and 
Training, Human Resources and Benefit Services, was 
Gary Melberg. The appointment was made by Deputy Ex- 
ecutive Director Ben Garrett. 



Minority entrepreneurs cracl< the bool<s at DePaul University's 
College of Commerce and Center for Enterprise Development as 


DBE leads the way 
in vendor training 

Doing business in the public sector requires a certain 
sophistication for cutting through red tape which so often 
hampers small businesses, particularly minority and women 

Some 200 certified minority and female entrepreneurs, 
who have been in business for at least two years, are 
presently enrolled in a CTA [UMTA-funded] program being 
conducted by DePaul University's College of Commerce 
and the Center for Enterprise Development, 

This training endeavor is providing CTA vendors and pro- 
spective vendors with the basic step-by-step process of 
developing strategic business plans, fine tuning marketing of 
products and/or services, and managing cash flow. 
Trainees are also receiving formalized training in accounting 
procedures, economics, venture capital acquisition and 
other matters of finance, as well as bid preparation and 

they learn the basics of doing business in the public sector. 

writing, operations management, and the management of 
human resources. Each firm also receives individual con- 
sulting services for problems, concerns or issues relevant to 
its particular business. 

These students, representing about a third of CTA's cer- 
tified minority and female-owned enterprises, are getting an 
overview of the art of communications, project manage- 
ment and sophisticated computer applications. They are 
also learning the details of business law, bonding law, in- 
surance, and all the other necessities required of a bona fide 
vendor doing business with CTA. 

Classes are held on Friday evenings and Saturday for 12 
hours, on altera ting weekends. Firms within the industries of 
professional services, material supply, construction, ar- 
chitecture and engineering are enrolled in the program. 

The training, valued at $3,500 per person, provides an 
opportunity to work in an academic environment with peo- 
ple who have been quite successful in both public and 
private contract bidding. What's more, the training is provid- 
ed at no out-of-pocket expense to the selected trainees, 
since CTA is funding it through an Urban Mass Transporta- 
tion Administration grant of nearly $200,000. 

Moreover, CTA benefits from this virtual self-help venture 
by providing home-groomed, qualified vendors ready to do 
business with CTA or any govemmental agency or private 

Paul Cerpa, superintendent of CTA's Disadvantaged 
Business Enterprise Program section, said CTA will benefit 
from the program because it has taken the initiative to assist 
qualified minority and women entrepreneurs with the 
necessary tools to become competitive in the mainstream of 
their industries. 

March- April, 1988 


David Hillock, Acting Deputy Executive 
Director, Engineering & Maintenance, 
joins youngsters admiring trainboard 

Fred Jakubowski, service trucl< driver. 
Utility Department, and his daughter, Lor- 
na, 4, pause by a tinsle bedecked vault 
truck during their Open House tour. 


Field Support at West Shops, drives the 


The second annual West Shops 
Open House was a real bell ringer. 

Hundreds of CTA employees and 
their families braved icy cold weather 
to get to the repair and metal 
fabricating facility at Pulaski road and 
Lake street, and counted themselves 
fortunate to have toured the sprawling 

Open House hosts were Gordon F. 
Brady, director, Buildings and 

Grounds; Roy T. Smith, director, 
Power and Way Maintenance, and 
Jack Winkler, director, Utility. 

Visitors watched or walked through 
many attractive technical displays. 
Escalator repairers explained each 
machine and the thousands of moving 
parts. Many emergency vehicles, in- 
cluding "cherry pickers," were polish- 
ed to a gleaming finish . 

Appetites were satisfied with free 
cakes and cookies, which were chased 
down with soft drinks and coffee. West 
Shops employees showed off their 
work places to their families and 
shared adventure stories with their 

The next West Shops Open House 
is scheduled for 1990. Mark your 


y -mMm.^ — - T o rrnnnds Maintenance, her 

den" Genera/ Ma/n(enance, South. 

Pat Moroney, boiler serviceman, pulls a few strings to help 
straighten out a small Open House visitor. 

shop support. *' ^"^' """^ ''«/!* Montefaico, supervisor, 



In appreciation 

Bruce IV. Strong Isecond from left], commercial programs director of the American In- 
stitute in Taiwan, presents a plaque to Ernest Sawyer [second from right], CTA's deputy 
executive director of Planning, IVIarketing & Development, in appreciation to CTA forcon- 
ducting a special Technical Institute [CTA Tl] for a group of transit engineers from Taipei. 
Looking on is Michael V. Simon [left], deputy director of the Chicago District Office, U.S. 
and Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Departmentof Commerce. On the right is Ronald 
Weslow, the coordinator for the CTATI who arranged a five-day course covering all 
aspects of the operation of our transportation systems. 

Preparations are underway for the 
1988 Bus Roadeo, Third Rail 
RoundUp.and Ticket Agent TieUp 


Bus Roadeo Chairman Thomas 
Wilson said preliminary events will be 
held at Soldier Field June 11-12, and 
finals are set for July 23 at the same 
location . 

Third Rail RoundUp Chairman 
James W. Zepp said contestants for 
this event were administered written 
tests April 10-14, and the list of 
finalists will be posted the week of May 
22. The Third Rail RoundUp final 
competition will be held June 12. 

Section level competitions in the 
Ticket Agent TieUp event were held 
April 10, 17, and 24. The final contest 
in this event is set for May 22, accor 
ding to event Chairman John 
Perkins. The annual competitions 
award banquet for the three events is 
planned for July 29 at the Holiday Inn 
Mart Plaza. 



Day in CTA honors operator, three supervisors 

Three bus service supervisors and a 
Kedzie avenue bus operator were 
honored for exceptional service to 
CTA and the public -at-large during the 
February Day in CTA activities. 

District A supervisor Eugene Thur- 
mond received the grateful thanks of 
his superiors for his December 15 
"Herculean task of freeing buses from 
snow banks." 

After several requests for tow trucks 
produced no immediate response, 
Thurmond, with the aid of a repair- 
man, a snow truck, and a heavy 
chain, began a five-hour task of free- 
ing 12 buses, which were stuck in 
various locations, and returned them 
to service. 

A similar situation occurred January 
4, one of the coldest days in the new 
year. District B supervisors August 
Elke and Victor Gonzalez put 
several troubleshooting techniques to 
work in order to return buses, which 
had been disabled for as long as 12 
hours, to their garages for repairs. 
Tow trucks were still at a premium due 

Day in CTA honorees [from left] Eugene Thurmond, Michael Ollins, August Elke, and Vic- 
tor Gonzalez review Control Center procedures as explained by bus controller Charlene 

to the bitter cold weather. Operators 
were given other vehicles and return- 
ed to service. 

Operations management also prais- 
ed Kedzie operator Michael Ollins 
for an unselfish act at the risk of his 
own safety last August, when he came 
to the rescue of a man who was being 

assaulted by a mob with what ap- 
peared to be a tire iron. 

Ollins, who witnessed the attack as 
he was beginning his Kedzie/Califor- 
nia run, pulled the bloody victim away 
from the angry mob, took him aboard 
his bus, and waited until police arriv- 

Thanks for "Sharing It" 

Wyola Evans, general ctiairperson for tfie Sfiaring It program sponsored by tfie l^ayor's 
Office of Special Events, congratulates CTA schedule maker George West, the 1988Shar- 
ing It program coordinator for CTA. West and other program coordinators received the 
special thanks of Ms. Evans and others representing the mayor's office at a special 

CTA employees with future inquiries 
about insurance benefits may find the 
needed information at their fingertips, by 
merely pressing a button and inserting 
their social security numbers and iden- 
tification numbers as access codes. The 
Benefits Services department plans to im- 
plement W.I.N., the Worker Information 
Network, at various garages, terminals, 
shops, and other work locations this 
spring. The state of the art, computer-like 
machines will provide a more effective 
system of employee benefits communica- 

March-April, 1988 



Jim Dudley 

After 40 years of service and a 
record of safety program innovations, 
Industrial Safety supervisor James 
Dudley has joined CTA pensioners. 

Dudley, who ushered in the use of 
CTA baseball-cap-style bump hats, 
created the Zero Accident Program 
[ZAP], and wrote the safety rule book 
still used today by maintenance 
employees, shelved his bump hat and 
all other safety paraphernalia in grand 
style at a gala January 8 evening pro- 
gram in Oak Park. 

Emcee Jack Hruby, director of 
Rail Maintenance, whose first CTA 
assignment in 1973 was with Dudley, 
called the honoree, a former Navy 
man, "Mr. Safety," and noted that, 
"he's a guy with a story for every occa- 
sion, and a waitress in every 
restaurant." Said Hruby, "When you 
went to lunch with Jim, you would sit 
at a particular table and stuff just 
started to appear." 

The Employee Safety Contest of the 
early 60's, which was introduced by 
Dudley, was renamed the Zero Acci- 
dent Program in the early 70's. This 

South Shops employees salute unit super- 
visor Alfred K. [Al] Haas for his 38 years of 
dedicated service as he begins a well- 
deserved retirement. At began his career 
in the Vehicle Maintenance department at 
West Shops in 1950, and transferred to 
South Shops in 1962. High school 
students, including Chicago Area Boy 
Scouts and other youth groups, have 
benefitted from Al's instruction in the art 
of bus building, and built three scaled- 
down operational minibuses under Al's 
supervision. One of his most recent pro- 
jects was the phenominal construction of 
CTA's Community Information Bus, an ex- 
traordinary vehicle which is an amalgam 
of parts and frameworks from different 
style buses ranging in age from 20 years 
to two years old. Al and his wife, Ruth, 
plan to travel, and to share time with their 
two sons, two daughters, and 10 grand- 
children. Al also plans to find the time to 
enjoy his hobbies of photography, model 
boat building and stained glass. 

Percy Harrell 

Claims representative Albert Porter cuts 
the big sheet cake served at his Claims 
department open house. Porter closed a 
CTA career of 32 years, which also includ- 
ed service in the Transportation and Safe- 
ty departments. 

Leonard Skrine [center], mail service ^ 
supervisor, and his wife, Gloria, are sur- ^ 
rounded by Skrine's coworkers on his last 
day of a 40-year CTA career Included are 
(from left] Robert Johnson, Elmer Horvath, 
Edward Antee, and Nelson Sanders. 



popular program continues, with safe- 
ty specialist Ronald Benshish as its 

coordinator. This competition gives 
special quarterly ZAP awards to 
garage and terminal maintenance 
facilities with the lowest accident rate, 
and catered lunches to employees of 
every maintenance shift at the facility 
sustaining the lowest accident rate in a 
six-month period. 

During the retirement dinner [left 
photo], Ron Benshish invited Dudley 
to draw door prize tickets from the 
drum that has become so familiar at 
ZAP award presentations. Of course, 
each ticket drawn rewarded Dudley 
with one of his many retirement gifts. 

Sharing the festive occasion honor- 
ing Dudley were [right photo, from 
left] his sister, Ms. Florence Dudley: 
supervisor Dudley; his daughter. Dr. 
Katie Dudley; his wife. Nan, and his 
sister, Ms. Dorothy Dudley. 

Together in retirement as they were as co-workers, this Claims 
department trio's departure represents the closing of 112 years of 
dedicated CTA service. They are [from left] senior claims analyst 
Arthur Thomas, 34 years; claims representatives Thomas Stepp, 
38 years, and Lo¥at}ce Ashley, 40 years. 

Laverne Schultz, unit supervisor, Office Services, remembers the 
good times with friends Charles Karrteffel [left] and Gerald Mroz 
of Internal Audit, who attended her retirement open house. In the 
bacl(ground is budget director Jud Lawrie. The occasion mari<ed 
the close of a CTA career of 24'/2 years. .^ 

March-April, 1988 


IN filDE 



Congratulations to Power Controller 
Al Fleming. Mild-mannered Al 
followed in the footsteps of George 
Clark and George Hand after com- 
pleting his training as a Bus Controller, 
Al was promoted to the elite Con- 
troller III status. Status changes also 
took place for Bus Service Supervisors 
Raul Colon, Cedric Crosbie, Otto 
Houston, and Willie Smith, who 
were recently appointed Bus Con- 
trollers after more than a year of 
"swimming in the pool." Otto and 
Willie are also pool district 
superintendents ... Goodbye, so long, 
take care to my "sister" Matilda J. 
Bell and Walter [The Voice] 
Young, who are newly -appointed 
superintendents 1, Bus Personnel. The 
resonant broadcast sounds of The 
Voice, many times imitated but never 
duplicated, have been missed by his 
fan club members ... Saying 
cheeeesseeeee is Deborah Fortuna, 
happy as a lark now that she's the new 
Executive Secretary for Operations 
Manager David Martin. Or is she just 
happy? ... The ol' hanky's being 
wrung out for acting Executive 
Secretary Donna Mitchell, who has 
been transferred to Operations Ad- 
ministrative Services ... Security Con- 
troller and yachtmaster John Pac- 
zkowski Sr., the father of North Park 
Operator John Paczkowski Jr., is 
back to work after a lengthy illness. Big 
John lost 40 pounds and looks great! 
[Hint, hint, comrades.] ... in an uns- 
cientific study, it was proven that rear 
bumpers of beautiful new parked cars 
have a tendency to become magnetiz- 
ed and attract the front ends of unin- 
sured motorists' cars. This magnet- 
accordian theory was experienced by 

Belinda Phillips, our confidential of- 
fice assistant, whose 1987 Chevy 
Nova was demolished from the sud- 
den impact of a "beater." Luckily, 
Belinda was more durable than her 
fiberglass vehicle and escaped with 
minor injuries. Helloooo, Judge 
Wapner. Perhaps her dad, Preston 
Phillips, a blacksmith/welder 
foreman at the South Shops 
Maintenance department, can ar- 
morplate her car . . . Happy Birthday to 
Power Controller John Angelo, who 
made it known that he had a March 3 
celebration of life, and to the modest 
bus communications superintendent, 
Lino Alcaraz, who on March 21 
stated, while deep in thought and 
working diligently, that he'd forgotten 
it was his birthday. Sure, sir ... Hold 
thy tongues, controllers! Controller 
Otto Houston, a member of the First 
Church of Deliverance, is a licensed 
minister and will be ordained July 22, 
1988 at the national convention in 
Baltimore.. Otto has served as an 
acolyte [altar boy] for 38 years, and 
has written a manual for young adults 
entitled' The Acolyte Handbook. 
which is used by various other chur- 
ches and denominations. He's also na- 
tional president of the acolytes in the 
Metropolitan Spiritual Churches of 
Christ, Inc. ... Rail Communications 
Superintendent Jerry Johnson was 
beaming proudly after rave reviews 
were received on a program aired on 
WLS-TV (Channel 7] entitled, Blacks 
in Advertising ... Still Pushing For- 
ward. The reason? Jerry's son, 
Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, was 
the producer of the program ... A 
blissful event was shared by Mr. and 
Mrs. Ollie Winston as their eldest 

"The Secret Code" is the intriguing 
mystery of two sisters named Sarah and 
Sue, and their soldier father, as written by 
9-year-old Chiovaughn Jones, cousin to 
rail conductor Cleo Jackson ofO'Hare ter- 
minal. Chiovaughn, a fourth grader at Ed- 
mund Burke Elementary school, accom- 
panied by proud mom Yolanda Jackson, 
represented Elementary District 13 at the 
recent 14th Statewide Young Authors' 
Conference which was held at Illinois 
State University in Normal. Chiovaughn's 
creative writing, her second manuscript, 
was selected to represent the district 
based on creativity, originality, and 
language usage, fi/love over Hardy Boys 
author, and step back Nancy Drew writer, 
because here comes little l\/liss 
Chiovaughn of Chicago. 

son, Anthony Lee, exchanged 
marital vows with the former Shawn 
Felice Rogers. Two hundred and 
seventy-five family members and 
friends attended the harmonious occa- 
sion on March 19 at the New Alpha 
Progressive Church. Well, the ties 
were loosened and the hair let down 
for the reception, which was held at 
the swingin' Copper Box II Disco. As 
the newlyweds flew off into the night 
for a six-day honeymoon in Las 
Vegas, Assistant Power Superinten- 
dent Winston spent the remainder of 
the night recuperating from the long 
weekend ... Best of luck to Security 
Controller David Aguirre, who is 
leaving the Control Center to become 
a part-time bus operator. 

Bruse A. Bell 



Service anniversaries 
in January 
40 Years 

John Brown, Kedzie 
James Forrestal, Bus Mtce. 
Willie Griffin, Archer 

35 Years 

Rita Deakin, Gen 'I Acctg. 
Lorenzo Jolinson, 77th Street 
Louis Loebbaka, Jefferson Park 
Edna Southworth, Purchasing 
Lee Stewart, 77th Street 

30 Years 

Norman Herron Jr., Instruction 
Paul Kadowaki, Operations Training 
Richard Smith Jr., Rail Dist. South 
Charles Taylor. Bus Dist D 
Robert Zirkle, Bus Dist C 

25 Years 

Eugene Booze, 77th Street 

Claude Cracco, Mech. Mtce. 

Dennis Ferguson, Blacksmith & Welding 

Thomas Gecan, Bus Garages-North 

Jonas Harris Jr., North Park 

George Hunt, South Shops 

Waymon Jeffrey, Beverly 

Jerry Killman, Motor Veh. Design 

Richard Kobylecky, Archer 

James Larsen, South Shops 

Calvin McCants, 69th Street 

Patrick McCarthy, Track & Struct. Des. 

Maxel McLoud Jr., Bus Dist. C 

Kenneth Polan, Auto Truck Repair 

Leonard Quinlan, North Park 

40 Years 

Lovance Ashley, Claims 
Teddy Wieczorek, Elect. Mtce. 

35 Years 

Afidale Prince, South Section 
John Sullivan, Const. Compliance 

30 Years 

Alfred Bohanon, Archer 
George Griffin, Schedules 
Henry Hopkins, Bus Radio Mtce. 
John Kenna, Bus Dist. A 
Bernard Mazalewskl, Forest Glen 
George O'Neill, Esc Mtce 
Mitchell Szalwa, Forest Glen 

25 Years 

Chester Buchanan, fSaNorth Park 

James Butler, North Park 

Isaac Clark, Bus Personnel -South 

Hewitt Green, Archer 

John Grubasic, Kedzie 

Walter Moore, Power & Way Mtce. 

Affirmative Action 
will hear complaints 

Employees with complaints of civil 
rights violations or acts of discrimina- 
tion may seek restitution with CTA's 
Affirmative Action department in 
room 405 of the Merchandise Mart. 

Dr. Maxine MoHett, Affirmative 
Action department manager, said con- 
cerns of discrimination regarding race , 
color, ancestry, sex, national origin, 
religion, marital status, age [40*], 
physical or mental disability, veteran's 
status, as well as unfavorable military 
discharge or sexual harassment, 
should be brought to the immediate at- 
tention of the Affirmative Action 
department through its formal com- 
plaint procedure. 

Persons wishing to make inquiries 
concerning the process should call the 
department on Ext. 3516, Mart. 

Howard Terminal 

Proud mom, motorman Vicki 
Bledsoe, is still basking in the glow of 
the Gordon Tech high school Rams 
gridiron squad's 29-14 victory over 
Percy Julian high school for the recent 
Prep Bowl championship. Among the 
Rams players is Bledsoe's son, An- 
thony Jr., who distinguished himself 
with an 18-yard pass reception to set 
up a 15-yard touchdown run. Young 
Bledsoe is also credited with several 
key blocks. The Rams earned the 
privilege of representing the Catholic 
League in the Prep Bowl game at 
Soldier Field by stopping Brother Rice 

General Office 

Chicago Vocational School senior 
Brian Stephen, 17, the son of bus 
controller James Stephen, has been 
designated an Illinois State Scholar by 
the Illinois State Scholarship Commis- 
sion. He has also received a letter of 
commendation from the National 
Achievement Scholarship Program . 
Selection as a state scholar is based on 
a combination of high school perfor- 
mance and standardized test scores. 
Brian ranks third in a class of 924 
students and holds a 3.94 grade point 
average of a maximum 4.0. 


Service anniversaries 

in March 
40 Years 

Robert Green, Archer 

35 Years 

Timothy Hall, Bus Pers. -South 

30 Years 

Thomas Devaney, West Section 
Herbert Hodge, Archer 
Gerald Hogan, Bus Service 
Walter Keller, North Park 
Billy McKnight, Bus Instruction 
Evan Rhoda Sr., Bus Dist. B 
James Thaxton, Bus Instruction 

25 Years 

Bertil Anderson, North Park 
John Brennan, Rail Dist. West 
Earl Davis, Kedzie 
John Glatzel, North Park 
Marian Hanning, West Section 
Terry Kent, Mech. Mtce. 
Clarence Leggett, 77th Street 
Alvin Moore, 69th Street 
Casimir Noga Jr., South Shops 
Harold Oglesby, Bus Dist A 
Antonio Poulos, Jefferson Park 
Roy Ripka Jr., Bus Dist. D 
Wilbert Tinsey Jr., Bus Instruction 
Thomas Wodarski, Mgmt. Info./Syst. 
Willie Woodson, Douglas/Congress 

The Multiple Sclerosis Society is $1,035 
richer in pledges to its cause, thanks to 
Treasury utility clerk Joanne Boettin, who 
inspired the generous sum of pledges in 
her first outing as a participant in the fifth 
annual MS snowmobile tour Feb. 25-28 in 
Cable, Wise. Joanne, of l^cHenry County, 
only needed $500 in pledges to join other 
snowmobilers for the two-day, 250-mile 
tour in the fight against f^uitipie 
Sclerosis. She exceeded the qualifying 
amount of pledges in her first day. The 
event was sponsored by the Wisconsin 
National /Multiple Sclerosis Society, and 
the fl.L. Ryerson Company. 

arch-April, 1988 



Getting to know how the other half lives, soon-to-retire Treasury executive secretary 
Catherine [Kay] Corcoran [left], visits with friends in San Diego who are already OTA pen- 
sioners and enjoying the good life in beautiful California weather. They are Arlene and 
Rod Daugherty, Materials Management; Karen and David Munyer, Treasury, and Eleanor 
Garro, Claims/Law. 


This little elf is Zachariah [Zack] Baker, 
whose proud parents are rail conductor 
Fred Baker of 61st street terminal, and 
Gail Baker of the Pension office. Little 
Zack was born Oct. 17, 1987 at Holy Cross 
hospital where he tipped the scale at 7 
pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21 inches 

Marsha Safford Lee of Field Review, and 
husband Thomas R. Lee, are the proud 
parents of a son, Thomas R. Lee Jr., born 
Dec. 20 at Saint Mary hospital, Langhorne, 
weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and 22 in- 
ches long. 

Robert I. Apitz, 73, Limits. 

Emp 8/30/43, Died 12/26/87 
William M. Baldyga, 70. Transp , 

Emp 4/5/46. Died 12/31/87 
Joseph M. Bellamy, 81, Forest Glen, 

Emp, 1/27/34. Died 12/11/87 
James J. Brophy. 77, 77th Street. 

Emp. 11/17/36. Died 1/16/88 
Joseph C. Ciszek, 88. Archer. 

Emp. 9/1/37. Died 1/12/88 
William F. Cooney. 76, Claims Law/Real 

Est,, Emp 12/7/36, Died 1/23/88 
Michael Costello, 82, Shops & Equip,. 

Emp, 3/9/43. Died 12/18/87 
Richard Cox. 87. 69th Street. 

Emp, 2/22/44. Died 1/4/88 
Nicholas Cullinane, 82. Shops & Equip,. 

Emp 9/15/42. Died 12/18/87 
Gerald B. Dalton. 83, Shops & Equip,, 

Emp, 9/21/20, Died 1/30/88 
Archibald C. Dillon. 80. Lawndale, 

Emp 2/13/36. Died 1/3/88 
Robert J. Doherty. 85. West Section, 

Emp, 9/16/26. Died 12/5/87 
John H. Finch. 81, Finance. 

Emp, 10/27/21. Died 1/12/88 
Francis M. Flynn, 61, Beverly, 

Emp, 8/20/47. Died 1/23/88 
Anthony Fricano. 78. Archer. 

Emp 2/3/43, Died 11/2/87 
Harold L. Greatwood, 85. Spec Investgns 

Emp 2/24/36, Died 01/19/88 
A. E. Gruetzmacher. 87. Shops & Equip.. 

Emp 9/17/42. Died 11/30/87 
Harlan L. Heil. 76. Howard. 
H Emp, 6/24/29. Died 1/1/88 

■ Richard H. Hoffman, 92. Transportation. 

■ Emp, 5/27/15, Died 12/9/87 

Patrick J. Hogan, 83, 77th Street. 

Emp. 4/7/43, Died 12/20/87 
Frank J. Klekovich, 67. 63rd & Ashland. 

Emp, 10/24/60, Died 1/15/88 
John S. Kloska, 67. Jefferson Park, 

Emp, 11/30/45. Died 12/13/87 
Frank J. Kokoska, 81. West Section. 

Emp, 1/15/37. Died 1/17/88 
Charles Kucera, 61, Control Center, 

Emp, 2/12/47, Died 11/18/87 
Francis T. Maloney, 81, District C, 

Emp, 6/3/29, Died 1/11/88 
Joseph J. Marszalek, 65. Fac. Engr & Mtce . 

Emp 10/27/47. Died 1/26/88 
William McNally, 66. Jefferson Park. 

Emp, 4/1/57. Died 12/30/87 
Leo B. Miotke. 87. Transportation, 

Emp, 1/17/27, Died 12/19/87 
Theodore 'C. Mix, 82, North Avenue, 

Emp, 5/15/29, Died 12/24/87 
James P. Murphy, 85, Shops & Equip., 

Emp, 10/20/30, Died 12/25/87 
Vernon W. Nelson, 87, North Avenue, 

Emp, 10/26/33, Died 1/24/88 
John W. Nette, 80, Treasury. 

Emp, 7/19/28, Died 1/1/88 
John O'Donnell, 89, Howard. 

Emp, 11/20/25, Died 1/5/88 
John O'Toole, 87, 77th Street. 

Emp, 3/12/42. Died 1/17/88 
Peter C. Petrulis, 78, Veh Mtce., 

Emp, 10/17/45. Died 12/1/87 
Oscar Prietz. 94. West Section. 

Emp 3/1/15. Died 12/6/87 
William A. Radloff, 81, Beverly, 

Emp, 10/24/28, Died 12/21/87 
Florence E. Robert, 93. Transp., 

Emp, 4/22/43. Died 11/5/87 

James L. Sable, 76, Veh. Mtce.. 

Emp, 8/18/42. Died 12/24/87 
Philip Schlogel, 75. Veh Mtce . 

Emp, 11/21/41. Died 12/15/87 
Mathias H. Schneider, 99. 69th Street. 

Emp, 10/16/15. Died 1/8/88 
Richard L. Scholtens. 75. North Avenue. 

Emp, 6/30/37, Died 12/10/87 
James W. Short, 85, Insurance, 

Emp. 7/3/50, Died 12/29/87 
Ignac Shubat, 86, Const, & Mtce., 

Emp. 9/24/25, Died 12/7/87 
John Simon. 92, West Section, 

Emp. 1/6/42, Died 1/1/88 
John Siska. 85, Shops & Equip.. 

Emp. 8/6/23, Died 1/26/88 
Sam Smargon, 89, North Park. 

Emp, 1/24/28. Died 12/6/87 
Bernard Smith, 90, North Avenue, 

Emp. 5/6/24, Died 1/19/88 
Walter Sorensen. 82, West Section, 

Emp. 5/5/42, Died 12/29/87 
James E. Stanford, 53, West Shops, 

Emp. 9/10/56, Died 12/31/87 
Robert W. Thome, 74, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 6/10/41, Died 12/18/87 
John M. Thurow, 66, South Shops, 

Emp, 2/16/46. Died 1/19/88 
Salvatore Tola. 91, Way & Struc's, 

Emp. 7/6/36. Died 1/5/88 
Frank G. Von Statten. 85, Shops & Equip.. 

Emp. 9/26/19, Died 1/15/88 
William Walcott. 77. 77th Street, 

Emp, 3/15/45, Died 1/25/88 
Ralph A. Walker, 80, Shops & Equip., 

Emp, 7/10/47, Died 12/9/87 
Edward W. Welch, 79, Shops & Equipment, 

Emp, 5/13/35, Died 12/7/87 


South Shops 

The South Shops Six Pack has the 

winning ticket. With last year's amaz- 
ing record of 15-2 and the volleyball 
league championship, this year's 
record of 14-0 speaks for itself. The 
pack is still packing a wallop by re- 
maining in first place in their division. I 
asked Coach Dave Harlan why the 
team has not been defeated, and he 
said the depth of the players is 
outstanding. We have a strong bench 
as well as starters. Newest member on 
the roster, Dora Martin, has added 
that extra spark as the team's setter. I 
feel that the team as a whole is the 
best. Our team lets everyone par- 
ticipate, which ties us closer together. 
When asked about this year's competi- 
tion, Dave said Kedzie and G.O. are 
teams giving us a run for the money. 
Captain Steve Fischer noted that his 

ctiampionstiip ring from last year will 
certainly have a twin brother on the 
other finger this year. Female star 
Venise Hickland added, "Last year I 
enjoyed being on the first South Shops 
team. There is no feeling in the world 
like winning. My only desire this year 
is to see more faces from South Shops 
at the games. We need your support." 
Game schedules can be obtained from 
any team member. This year's team 
players are Manager Glennis 
Buford, Coach Dave Harlan, Steve 
Fischer, Dora Martin, Nguyen 
Dai, Mary Conely, Gary Kojawa, 
Venise Highland, Brenda Walker, 
Ron Robertson, Angela Maury, 
Paulette Hardeman, Maurice 
Land and Leslie Fuller. 

Percy Harrell 

Retirements JANUARY 

Harold Abrams, Beverly, 25 yrs. 

Paul Alexander Jr., 69th Street, 35 yrs. 

VVilks Battles. 95th Street, 31 yrs. 

James C. Bell, Lawndale, 33 yrs. 

James L. Brandon, West Shops, 31 yrs. 

Clevelen B. Brogdon Sr., District A, 27 yrs 

John Campbell. West Shops, 28 yrs 

Wallace J. Clemens, West Shops, 41 yrs. 

James A. Collins, 77th Street, 26 yrs. 

Mitchell H. Colquitt, Forest Glen, 25 yrs 

Thomas A. Devaney. West Section, 29 yrs. 

Walter J. Orobena, West Shops, 36 yrs. 

James F. Dudley. Adm. Safety, 40 yrs. 

Margaret E. Ellison. South Shops. 26 yrs. 

Jerald G. Ferrero, Forest Glen, 26 yrs. 

Harold G. Freiwald. Beverly, 30 yrs. 

Dino Fuggiti. West Shops, 41 yrs. 

Donald R. Gierhahn, West Shops. 35 yrs 

Levi Gipson, 69th Street, 36 yrs. 

Alan J. Hall, North Park, 25 yrs. 

Ray D. Hardin, Limits, 33 yrs. 

Rodgers Harmon, Kedzie, 35 yrs 

Joseph J. Hard, Fac. Engr. & Maint., 28 


Charles S. Henderson, South Shops. 25 


Burton Hill, West Shops, 38 yrs. 

Mary M. Imamura. Adm. Mgmt. Services, 

13 yrs. 

Olson Jackson, Kedzie, 35 yrs 

Rudolph Johnson, Beverly, 28 yrs. 

James J. Johnston. West Shops, 38 yrs. 

Teddy I. Kaczmarski. West Section, 25 yrs. 

Shirley A. Knight. Kimball, 28 yrs. 

Peter J. Kourakos, North Park. 38 yrs. 

Modest J. Kozak, Central District, 26 yrs. 

Edward J. Kuberski, West Shops. 39 yrs. 

Michael J. Lacriola. Transp. Personnel, 40 


Heinrich F. Laurich, West Shops. 31 yrs. 

Samuel W. Lee, North Park, 12 yrs. 

Charles T. Lindsay, Kedzie, 33 yrs. 

James F. Madden, Human Res. /Benefit 

Srvcs . . 40 yrs , 

Joseph J. Marszaiek, Fac. Engr. & Maint., 

40 yrs. 

Alphonse J. Martin, Equip. Purchasing. 13 


Herbert L. McKnight, Beverly, 36 yrs. 

Ronald D. Mickels, Central District, 28 yrs. 

Richard T. Norton, West Shops, 41 yrs. 

Robert L. O'Connor, Police Liaison, 6 yrs. 

Michael J. OToole, West Shops, 37 yrs. 

Eugene J. Poduch. West Shops, 38 yrs. 

Henry Radom, Forest Glen. 30 yrs. 

Richard A. Rae. Rosemont Shop, 25 yrs. 

William G. Reynolds. District C, 35 yrs 

Louis E. Robinson, District D, 25 yrs. 

Gene A. Ross, 69th Street, 30 yrs. 

Richard H. Rossborough, Archer, 30 yrs. 

Eli E. Russell. Beverly. 31 yrs. 

Jack J. Ruzich. North Park, 21 yrs. 

Edward J. Schurz Jr., Forest Glen, 40 yrs. 

Joseph E. Scott, South Shops, 31 yrs. 

Manuel P. Segura. Adm. Mtrls. Mgmt., 11 


James A. Sheldon. West Shops, 33 yrs. 

Richard J. Shonder. Harlem-Lake, 29 yrs. 

George W. Spann Jr.. North Section, 16 


Ernest A. Thomatis, District A, 31 yrs. 

George Tubbs Jr.. 69th Street, 27 yrs. 

Leonard E. Tucek, South Shops, 33 yrs. 

Michele Vaccaro. West Shops, 20 yrs. 

Theodore Vernon. 95th Street, 36 yrs. 

Joseph A. Vodvarka, Transp. Services, 37 


Woodrow Wallace, North Avenue, 31 yrs. 

Leon Washington, 77th Street, 30 yrs. 

Edward M. Wilieko. Howard, 45 yrs. 

Frank R. Wisniewski, 77th Street, 40 yrs. 

Austion Woolfolk, Archer. 35 yrs. 

Robert Wynne, 61st Street, 30 yrs. 




Jean Astree, 77th Street, 25 yrs. 
Walter H. Bailey, South Shops, 20 yrs. 
Robert L. Braxton, 77th Street, 25 yrs. 
John H. Brown Jr., Kedzie, 40 yrs. 
Edward Buckner. Congress, 30 yrs. 
Coy Causey, West Shops. 26 yrs. 
Lita J. Causey, West Shops, 19 yrs, 
Daniel J. Clinnin, Beverly, 27 yrs 
Eugene Eason Sr., District A. 25 yrs. 
Amy M. Grant, Transp, Services. 31 yrs. 
Alfred K. Haas, South Shops. 38 yrs. 
William M. Kelly, Douglas, 35 yrs. 
Robert G. Koster, Harlem-Lake. 44 yrs. 
Robert E. Lee, South Area, 28 yrs. 
Earl J . McGhee, Ind. Sfty. /Police Liaison, 
7 yrs, 

John E. O'Brien, North Park, 27 yrs. 
Vincent Patellaro, West Shops, 32 yrs. 
Albert Porter, Gen'l Atty. /Claims, 32 yrs. 
Leonard R. Skrine. Adm. Mgmt. Services, 
40 yrs. 

Jack T. Smith, North Park, 31 yrs. 
Leo A. Stem, North Park, 31 yrs. 
William J. White, Forest Glen, 39 yrs. 


Percy J. Anderson, Archer, 18 yrs. 
Vernon Mitchell, West Section, 22 yrs. 
Oscar Ramsey, Kedzie. 20 yrs. 
Adrian W. Taylor, Madison/Wabash, 20yrs. 
Roosevelt Wright, Forest Glen, 17 yrs. 

David Alexander, Cent. Ctg., 27 yrs. 

Lovance F. Ashley, Gen'l Atty. /Claims, 40 


Evelyn L. Belt, Congress. 20 yrs. 

Louise P. Brown, Kimball, 21 yrs. 

John J. Gallagher, West Section, 27 yrs. 

John W. Harper, West Shops. 10 yrs, 

George Hawthorne, Madison /Wabash, 17 


Jimmie D. Hill, 69th Street, 32 yrs 

James H. Irwin, Lawndale, 37 yrs. 

Lorenzo T. Johnson, 77th Street, 35 yrs. 

Meyer Lemel, Transp. Personnel, 29 yrs. 

Lorraine M. McEvilly, Human Res/Benefit 

Srvcs,, 25 yrs, 

Leroy J. Moreland Sr., District D, 26 yrs. 

Ronald J. Santella, West Shops, 7 yrs. 

Abraham Scarbrough, District A. 37 yrs, 

George E. Smith Jr., Harlem-Lake, 26 yrs. 

Thomas J. Stepp, Gen'l Atty. /Claims, 38 


Arthur J. Thomas, Gen'l Atty. /Claims, 34 


John Williams Jr., Kedzie. 31 yrs. 

Aloysius A. Zielinski, South Shops, 23 yrs. 


Kenneth J. Bohn, West Shops, 11 yrs. 
James C. Dietz Sr., North Section, 7 yrs. 
Arnold Kennedy, West Section, 17 yrs, 
Cleona Simoneaux, 77th Street, 10 yrs 

March- April, 1988 

CTA's Softball Reps 

The 1988 Grant Park Men's Softball League opened its 
12-game season April 20. The Authority is included 
among the eight teams representing various Chicago 
businesses. The transit team is comprised of [front row, 
from left] Richard Mitchell, Ron Peel, and Joe Millbrook, 
Operations Planning; Ron Hawkins, Capital Develop- 
ment; Jim Price, Operations Training/Instruction, and Sam 
Ellis Jr., Materials Control. In back are [from left] Manager 
Alex Petska, Internal Audit; Bob Smith, Accounting 
Systems & Operations; Ed Chorak, Financial Reporting & 
Analysis; Ed Coury, Management & Budget; Gary Ruben- 
stein, Strategic Planning; James Terry, Operations Plan- 

ning; Jim Blanchard, Capital Development; Ed Murry, 
Financial Reporting & Analysis, and Manager James 
Fiorito, Capital Development. Other team members who 
were not available for the photograph are Vince Jackson 
of Operations Planning, and Ellis Kendricks, Affirmative 
Action. CTA has participated in the league for 12 years 
Other league participants are R. R. Donnelly, First 
National Bank of Chicago, GATX Corporation, Chicago 
Hilton, Merrill Lynch, and People's Gas, Light and Coke 
Company, Teams One and Two. Games are played each 
Wednesday in Grant Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, Illinois 60654 




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Clark Burrus-Community service veteran named 

new CTA chairman story on page 2 

New CTA Board Chairman Clark Burrus [left] gets a "welcome Burrus was officially appointed to ttie body, and subsequently 

aboard" from Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, CTA executive director, after elected its ctiairman at a special June session. 


• Company Kid Program. .4 

Vol. 4l.No. 2 
May-June, 1988 



• On Their Time 

• Superior Public Service 

• June Graduates 



Community service 
veteran named new 
CTA chairman 

Clark Burrus, senior vice presi- 
dent in the First National Bank of 
Chicago's Specialized Bank Group, 
and head of the Health, Education, 
Municipalities and Services depart- 
ment, has been named CTA's 11th 
chairman. His term of office will expire 
Sept. 1, 1992. 

Burrus was named to the Board by 
Acting Mayor Eugene Sawyer to fill 
the unexpired term of former Chair- 
man Walter Clark, who resigned in 

A special June 24 meeting of the 
Chicago Transit Board was convened 
in its Merchandise Mart board room, 
where the ordinance appointing Bur- 
rus to the Board was formally read in- 
to the record by Board Member J. 
Douglas Donenfeld. Subsequently 
he was elected chairman. 

Prior to surrendering the gavel to 
the new chairman. Board Vice Chair- 
man John Hoellen said of Burrus, 
"...His financial expertise led to his ap- 
pointment to the interim board of the 
Regional Transportation Authority 
[RTA] in 1983. In 1984, Mayor 
Harold Washington appointed Mr. 
Burrus to the RTA Board where he 
serves as vice chairman of the finance 

"In addition to his post on the RTA 
Board, Mr. Burrus is also a member of 
the Chicago Board of Education, ex- 


Vol. 41. No. 2. 
May-June, 1988 

Community Service Veteran Named New CTA Chairman 

Company Kid Program Searches for Adoptive Parents ■ 

Leathercraft is Labor of Love for Ticket Agent 

Thanks for Making their Day 

Librarian is SPSA Winner 

Spirit of Chicago Honors Three for Service & Caring — 
Employee Appreciation Day Honors Transit Workers ■ 

Outlaws Regain Basketball Championship 

Improving Comfort & Convenience for our Riders 

June Graduates 

CTA at Work— Utility Keeps CTA Rolling 

Fiesta Patronales 

Reti rem e nts 

Inside News 

Information Bus ■ 


ecutive director of the city's Financial 
and Research Advisory Committee, a 
member of the Cook County Revenue 
Study Commission, and holds posts 
and memberships in various civic 

Hoellen said Burrus had had "a 
solid 25-year career in city govern- 
ment," noting that he joined the city in 
1954 as a field auditor, and served in 
various positions in the Health and Ur- 
ban Renewal departments. 

CTA's new chairman was named 
first deputy comptroller in 1972, and 
in 1974 he was Mayor Richard J. 
Daley's choice for city comptroller. 
During his five year tenure in that post, 
Burrus led the City of Chicago to its 
first AA bond rating, the highest rating 
possible. He resigned as city comp- 
troller in 1979 to join the First National 
Bank of Chicago. 

Clark Burrus was also architect of 
the nation's first low-interest rate mort- 
gage revenue bond program, and 
served as a trustee of four public pen- 
sion funds. 

He was elected president of the 
Police Pension Fund, named vice 
president of the Laborers' Annuity and 
Pension Fund, and the Municipal 
Employees Pension Fund. Burrus was 
also named chairman of the Invest- 
ment Committee of the Fireman's 
Pension Fund. 

The newly named CTA chairman is 
an alumnus of Roosevelt University, 
where he earned a bachelor of science 
degree in accounting and a masters 
degree in public administration with 

Burrus and his wife, Lucille, are 
the parents of a son, James, and 
reside on the city's south side. 





Candid answers to your questions 
from Robert E. Paaswell, Executive Director 

Lately, CTA has practically been a revolving 
door for the arrival and departure of top 
management and executive personnel. In other 
instances there have been demotions and 
other disciplinary action taken against this 
particular segment of our work force, creating 
instability and uncertainty among employees 
at large. When will it all settle down? 

We've undergone many organizational cinanges in 
order to cope with problems which have developed 
at CTA in the last 10 years. CTA is an old system 
which has seen some decline of ridership, and public 
support. We're trying to rebuild that ridership, and 
the public confidence. We're still an excellent system, 
but our goal is to make CTA a model transit agency 
for the nation. To do this we need a blend of new 
ideas combined with the best of tradition, so there 
will be new people and organizational changes. 
Some change is healthy. We want our staff to define 
its role in procedures and to continually improve the 
quality of service. Any system without change 
becomes stagnant, and there were symptoms of 
stagnation here. We were seeing a decline in the 
quality of maintenance, a backlog of capital pro- 
grams, and disrespect for some of our procurement 
practices. It takes only a few people to create a bad 
image, but the majority of our people are excellent 
employees, and the best should set the examples. 
We want to make it tougher to get a foothold for 
the few who do not perform to standard. 

Recently CTA employees received manage- 
ment's year-end report which discussed the 
on-going project 'Going Your Way.' It is quite 
clear how this project benefits the riding 
public, but just how does it benefit CTA 

Anything that benefits the riding public benefits our 
employees, and all 13,000 of us share in it. As these 
things are achieved, we can all feel that we have had 
a part in it. Doing projects that are identifiable should 
give every employee a sense of pride. 

This agency has always cried poor mouth and 
budget restraint, especially where salaries are 
concerned for blue collar and lower echelon 
professional personnel during evaluation 
periods, yet I've witnessed wasteful spending 
in my department for unnecessary supplies 
just to avoid a cut-back in allocation. How do 
you explain the philosophical disparity? 

We do not condone this kind of spending, and we 
are looking at how managers spend money. CTA is 
in the process of going to a program-based budget. 
Again, mid -level management must take responsibili- 
ty for improvements. A program-based budget takes 
two to three years to really get on track because it is 
a hard concept, but we intend to get it going and 
curtail wasteful spending. 

CTA has a number of well paid, under- 
employed personnel who frequently spend 
valuable time reading newspapers, magazines, 
and books, and sometimes sleeping, or en- 
gaged in other non-productive activity. Wouldn't 
you consider this a waste of manpower and 
salaries, as well as conduct that generates 
adverse publicity? 

Our top line managers must set the standards. If 
people are not carrying their part of the load as they 
should, then managers are responsible to see that 
they are productively employed. If the employee is 
having a problem with the job then perhaps that per- 
son should be in some other line of work somewhere 
else. Managers must be willing to take the respon- 
sibility or the problem wil continue. 

CTA employees and retirees may submit questions 
to: BUZZWORD, CTA Transit News, Room 734, 
Merchandise Mart Plaza, P.O. Box 3555, Chicago, 
IL 60654. Only signed questions, 50 words or less, 
will be considered. 

May- June, 1988 

Company Kid 


searches for 

adoptive parents 

While cameras clicked away, 
grown-ups cooed, wooed, and awed 
over the 20-nnonth-old little boy in a 
sailor's cap and blue and white shirt 
and short pants. 

A little charmer, Johnny readily 
smiled and quickly turned everybody 
who saw him into mush. He also 
focused attention on the thousands of 
little ones like him who need adoptive 
homes and a lot of tender, loving care. 

The tiny ward of the State of Illinois 
was cradled in the arms of Mayor 
Eugene Sawyer, who had come to 
CTA on June 7 to help launch a new 
outlet for child adoption, the Com- 
pany Kid Program. "I'm delighted that 
CTA is the first major organization in 
Illinois to take part in this Company 
Kid Program," said the mayor. "Bring- 
ing love, understanding, and a chance 
at a new, more secure life to children 
at risk, is a wonderful opportunity for 
people who care about kids." 

"This is how the Company Kid Pro- 
gram works," explained Senior Depu- 
ty Executive Director/ Administration 

Gloria Chcvere. "CTA's 3,500 
buses and trains will carry cards in- 
viting interested people to become 
foster parents. At the same time, the 
search for adoptive families will be 
directed to our 13,000 employees. 

"Photos and descriptions of children 
waiting to be adopted will be publi- 
cized in the Transit News employee 
magazine, and in the bus and rail 
operators union newsletters, as well as 
in pay envelopes. 

"Additionally, 15 of CTA's busiest 
rapid transit stations will have Metro 
Vision spots of adoptable children." 

Chevere also noted that the Adop- 
tion Information Center of Illinois will 
conduct ongoing informational 

Johnny enjoyed the attention tie received white playing with a remote control truck 
on the carpeted floor of CTA's l^obite Information Center bus. 

meetings at CTA employee lun- 
chrooms and garages. 

Expressing support for the program 
were Elcosie Gresham, president. 
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 
241, and Erv Harmon, vice presi- 
dent. Amalgamated Transit Union 
Local 308. 

Said Gresham, "Our membership 
supports Company Kid because we 
believe in children. They are our hope 
for the future, and they deserve to be 
raised in loving, stable homes. We 
can't think of better, more patient 
parents than transit operators." 


Leather craft is labor of love for ticket agent 

The skillful tool and dye leather craftsmanship of 
Martin Vargas is comparable to most leather goods 
In today's market, and is as much a labor of love as it 
is an avocation. 

He spends an average of three hours per day, and 
frequently longer, in the basement workshop of his 
modest Cicero home. There he turns out wallets, belts, 
purses, ticket punch holders, portfolios, and a variety 
of other leather goods, ordered mostly by his CTA co- 

Vargas is a second shift CTA ticket agent, presently 
assigned to the Howard street terminal. When he isn't 
out purchasing leather craft supplies, he's starting the 
day in his shop filling orders. Although an abundance 
of orders occasionally requires the produaion 
assistance of his mother, Mrs. Mecaela Vargas, who 
shares his home, and his nephew, the superb 
workmanship of these hand crafted goods is entirely 
Vargas' undertaking. "I love it," he said. 

As he tells it, his interest in leather craft began 
through somewhat unfortunate circumstances. "I was 
in the hospital, and, after about a week of confine- 
ment, I was at loose ends and about driven to distrac- 
tion for the lack of something to do, when a hospital 
worker introduced me to leather craft." 

Since that day four years ago, the world has been 
his oyster in the leather craft hobby, which he says 
will no doubt become his principal concern in retire- 

When Vargas was released from his hospital stay, 
he became a frequent visitor of a nearby hobby shop, 
where he continued to learn about his newfound in- 
terest. Finally, he graduated from kits of particular pat- 
terns which only needed to be assembled and dyed. 
7 oday, he is a preferred customer at a leather craft 
shop, where he buys leather in bulk quantities to meet 
the demands of customers for his enjoyable hobby. 

Tools and dyes of every variety are used for making intricate 
designs on belts and ottter leattter goods produced by Martin 

May-June, 1988 

Thanks fot\ 

Harold Stingley Jr. [conductor, 
Douglas terminal] was called "ex- 
ceedingly courteous and attentive" by 
Thomas Donohoe, who has offices 
on West Monroe Street. "He certain- 
ly went out of his way to assist an 
elderly woman who was obviously 
confused and needed to find her way 
to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. I 
am sure all the passengers were im- 
pressed by his attitude and effort." 

Larry Goffer [No. 151 Sheridan, 
Limits garage] is regarded as "a 
gentleman and an asset to the CTA" 
by Mitzi Feinberg, of North Sheridan 
Road. "He gently quieted down a 
loud and boisterous drunk, much to 
the relief of the other passengers. He 
stopped to help a young woman with 
a small child and a large bag to get 
on the bus. He was well dressed, 
with a neat shirt and tie-truly an 
asset to the CTA." 

Dewitt Coleman [No 99M Mid 

way Express, Archer garage] "is 
polite, pleasant, informative, 
businesslike, and a genuinely nice 
person," according to Mrs. Patricia 
Fontanetta, of South Kostner 
Avenue. "He waits for people who 
are running to catch the bus. He is 
always on time unless it cannot be 
avoided. We can really depend on 
him. Everyone on the bus likes Mr. 
Coleman and has respect for him." 

Kimberly Adams, South Section 
Judy Anderson, Rail-Campaign 
Roberto Andino, Forest Glen 
Donald Angell, Supp. Srvcs/Rail 
William Anthony, North Section 
David Arreguin, North Park 

Ronald Bailey, Forest Glen 
Ernest Barnes, Beverly 
Nathan Baskin, 69th Street 
Adonis Berrios, Forest Glen 
Rosarlta Betts, North Avenue 
Rudolph Blakemore, North Avenue 
George Bowen Jr., Kedzie 
James Boyd, Limits 
Steven Braswell, North Park 
Charlotte Brent, North Section 
Alphonso Brooks, North Avenue 
Cornell Brown, 77th Street 
Robert Brown, North Park 
Nathan Brown, Limits 
Robert Brownlow, North Park 
Lee Bums, Archer 

Jean Cage, North Park 
Anthony Caldwell, North Park 
Sergio Candelaria, Limits 
Noel Castro, North Park 
James Clark, 77th Street 

George Collins, Forest Glen 
Stephen Conway, Archer 
Robert Cossom, North Park 

Samuel Davenport, North Park 
Archie Davis, 69th Street 
Leon Davis, North Park 
Vincent Davis, Rail Janitors 
George Davis Jr., Archer 
Robert DIuger, North Park 
Gerald Doherty, North Park 
Brian Dollar, North Park 
Herman Duffin, Forest Glen 

Pamela Ellis, Douglas/Congress 

Hubert Fincher, North Park 
Jose Rores, North Section 
Tommie Franklin, North Park 

Joseph Gale, Forest Glen 
Edward Gonzalez, Archer 
Diane Gordon, West Section 
John Gorski, Limits 
Don Gowder, Howard/Kimball 
Carol Graham, 69th Street 
Dorothy Graham, Limits 

Wylean Williams [No 3 King 
Drive, 77th Street garage] was con- 
sidered "an excellent driver who 
seems to be completely in control," 
in the opinion of Marguerite Backus, 
of North Michigan Avenue. "She 
never started the bus if a rider had 
only one foot on the step, and she 
pulled completely to the curb at 
every stop--not two or three feet 
from the curb. On top of that, she is 
also a very pleasant person." 

Employees who receiver 

Leroy Greathouse, 69th Street 

Jerry Green, Kedzie 

Billy Grimmage. 69th Street 

August Hallmann, Forest Glen 
Harold Hamler. 77th Street 
Niki Hansen, Forest Glen 
Cynthia Harris, North Avenue 
Michael Harris, Howard/Kimball 
Alvin Harrison, North Avenue 
Cecelia Hendrickson, Forest Glen 
Andrew Hendrix Jr., Archer 
Goerge Henley, Archer 
Raul Hernandez, Archer 
Tanno Herring, North Avenue 
Leroy Hervy. 69th Street 
Peyton Hightower, 77th Street 
Maurice Holllster, Archer 
Jackie Hubbard, Howard/Kimball 
John Hudson Jr, Archer 

Tyrone Jackson, 77th Street 
R. Jackson, Kedzie 
Leon Jackson, Howard/Kimball 
Marcia Jacobs, Forest Glen 
Lambert Jacobes Jr, Forest Glen 
Willie Jamcs,North Park 
Julius Johnson, North Avenue 
Jerome Johnson, North Avenue 
Daivd Johnson Jr., Archer 


making their day! 

James Hampton [conductor, 
Howard terminal] was praised by 
Stuart Smith, of Woodlawn Avenue, 
"for his warning us over the 
loudspeaker about persons he be- 
lieved to be pickpockets riding the 
Howard train. As a person who has 
to ride the 'L' frequently late at night, 
I greatly appreciate the conductor's 
attention, concern and courage. 
Please thank him for me and the 
other persons he protects from 

Maurice Sutton [No. 4 Cottage 
Grove, 77th Street garage] "was a 
pleasure to ride with," according to 
Mrs. Donna Greene, of Cottage 
Grove Avenue. "I was amazed at 
how courteous he was to each 
passenger boarding and leaving his 
bus. He actually greeted each with a 
'Hello! How are you?' and as each 
one left, he wished them a 'Good 
evening.' You also knew where you 
were because he called each stop." 

Robert Taylor [No. 84 Peterson, 
Forest Glen garage] was commended 
by Stephen Miyagawa, of Dorchester 
Avenue. "He is not only reliable, 
punctual, and courteous to his 
passengers, but shows concern for 
their safety, especially the senior 
citizens, physically disabled and the 
blind. He has a pleasant disposition, 
but is firm with those who try to free- 
load. He also offers service with a 

commendations since our last listing 

Patricia Klobucar, Archer 
Robert Kremer, North Park 
Rlcliard Kusek, Forest Glen 

Lee Lampley, 77th Street 
Leroy Landry, Limits 
Josepli Lawrence, 69th Street 
Joseph Lima, Forest Glen 
Teresa Lopez, Forest Glen 
Alexander Love, Kedzie 
Amy Love, Kedzie 
Gregorio Lugo, Forest Glen 

Nazario Magana, North Park 
Janls Marino, Limits 
Kenneth Martin, Kedzie 
Hue Maxwell, 77th Street 
Paul McCoy, Kedzie 
Michelle Mead, Limits 
Theodore Merriweather, 77th Street 
Earl Miles, Kedzie 
Giuseppe Mil'itello, North Avenue 
Fredrick Miller, North Park 
Sammy Miller, Forest Glen 
Daniel Miller, Jefferson Park 
Isaias Molina, Forest Glen 
Howard Monore, North Park 
Abdul Muhammad, 77th Street 
Ubaldo Munoz, North Park 

Frankie Nelson, Archer 
Fredrick Nelson, Archer 
Howard Norman, Rail District 

Tyrone Olivier, Forest Glen 
Florinda Orcasitas, Archer 
Paul Osipavicius, Archer 

Robert Patterson, Kedzie 
Fredrick Pepke, Limits 
Julio Perez, North Park 
James Przybylski, North Park 

Billy Ragsdale, 77th Street 

Clyde Randolph, 69th Street 

Doris Ray, Limits 

George Reynolds Jr, Ashland 

Darryl Richards, Kedzie 

Leon Richmond, North Avenue 

Sherman Robinson, Kedzie 

Felix Rodriguez, Forest Glen 

Silvia Rodriguez, Forest Glen 

Miguel Rodriguez, Howard/ Kim ball 

Lonnie Rupert, Beverly 

Dale Sanders, 69th Street 
Angelo Santana, Archer 

Samuel Bellmon [No. 37 
Sedgwick/Ogden, Limits garage] was 
complimented by Lola Shreve, of 
South Blue Island Avenue. "He is a 
real polite man, always has a smile 
on his face, and has a cheery 
greeting for everyone. When some- 
one gets on his bus and gives him a 
bad time, he just smiles and says, 
'Have a nice day.' He is very friendly 
when people ask directions, and 
always gives them a helping hand." 

Vermon Sims, North Park 
Joseph Smith, Limits 
Theodas Smith Jr, 77th Street 
Vincent Spann, 77th Street 
Larry Sparks, Forest Glen 
Marion Stubbs, North Park 

Sterling Tharp Jr, 77th Street 
Brian Thomas, Archer 
Mary Thrower, Douglas/Congress 
Mamie Twine, North Section 

Frank Vazquez, North Avenue 

William Ward, Forest Glen 

Wayne Wardlow, Kedzie 

Homer Wilkerson, 77th Street 

Anthony Williams, Archer 

Ethel Wilson, Archer 

Arlis Wilson. North Park 

Waldridge Witherspoon, Howard/Kin 


Jacques Yezeguielian, Forest Glen 
Charles Young, Jefferson Park 

May-June, 1988 

Librarian is SPSA winner 

Professionalism, skill, fun and 
adventure spirited by a sense of good 
humor are the quintessence of quality 
and the aspiration of most CTA 
employees. It is also the essence of 
CTA Supervisor of Library Services 
Lillian Dallas Culbertson, a win- 
ner of the 1988 Superior Public Ser- 
vice Award. 

The Superior Public Service Awards 
program recognizes outstanding public 
employees in the executive, profes- 
sional, supervisory, clerical, public 
safety, and general service categories. 

Judy Genesen, director of Infor- 
mation Services, nominated Culbert- 
son for recognition as an outstanding 
professional employee to be honored 
at the 20th annual awards program 
which was held June 16 at the Palmer 
House. Ms. Culbertson was one of 

two honorees in the professional 
category. SPSA 1988 honored 14 
Chicagoans with the coveted trophy. 

Bus controller James Stephen, a 
CTA employee for 27 years, was an 
SPSA finalist in the general service 
category. Stephen was nominated by 
Superintendent of Bus Communica- 
tion Lino Alcaraz in recognition of 
his outstanding community service in 
education, scouting, and stewardship 
as financial secretary for the 
Southlawn United Methodist Church. 

Executive Office Manager Rebecca 
Cousin, Office of Executive Director 
Robert Paaswell, a 29-year 
employee, was also a finalist in the 
clerical category. Ms. Cousin was 
nominated by Dr. Paaswell in recogni- 
tion of her outstanding job perfor- 

Culbertson is a graduate of 
Southwest Missouri State College, and 
holds a master of arts degree in 
librarianship from the University of 
Denver. Her career as a librarian has 
taken her from her native Missouri's 
public schools to the Witchita, Kansas, 
City Library as well as positions in 
Skokie, Oak Park, and finally CTA. 

Along the way, Lil has raced sail 
boats, navigated rallies for exotic 
sports cars, and explored uncharted 
areas of the Rocky Mountains by jeep. 
She has studied and traveled, exten- 
ding her knowledge and love of the 
history, archaeology, and contem- 
porary culture of the Latin Americas 
and the Southwestern United States. 
Although she loves to spend her 
leisure time reading, she will just as 
often spend time watching the ducks 
and gardening at her country cottage. 

In the 13 years Lil Culbertson has 
been with CTA, she has distinguished 
herself by her creativity and her ex- 
traordinary ability to set priorities. She 
also has a delightful sense of humor 
which frequently powers her en- 
thusiasm for achievement. 

She is credited with taking on the 
major responsibility for the creation of 
the first, and often acknowledged 
"best public transit library in the coun- 

As supervisor of Technical Services, 
Lil spent her initial seven years with 
CTA establishing and cataloging the 
Anthon Memorial Library collection, 
which is housed in Room 779 of the 
Merchandise Mart. 

Thanks to her initiative, the CTA 
library was the first special library to be 
selected by the Illinois State Library to 
receive a computer terminal to access 
the national bibliographic database 
known as OCLC, a system which pro- 
vides Library of Congress information 
on books as well as other vital reader 

Though her skill in the use of the 
database, and her efforts to teach 
other special librarians, the use and 
costs of this system have been shared 
for 12 years with a group of other 
libraries such as that of the United Way 
Metropolitan Chicago. 

Lil Culbertson's pioneering "cluster" 
made this important network available 
to CTA and to some other small 
librariies which could not have afford- 
ed to belong individually. Librarians 
she has coached in OCLC skills are 
now located throughout the Chicago 
area and beyond. 


Spirit of Chicago 
honors three 
for service 
and caring 

The merits which earned bus con- 
troller James Stephen recognition as 
a finalist in the 1988 Superior Public 
Service Awards program also brought 
him the CTA Chairman's Spirit of 
Chicago honors. 

Stephen, along with Kedzie bus 
operator Michael Ollins, and Forest 
Glen operator Charles Hicks, were 
recipients of Spirit of Chicago awards 
at the April 6 CTA Board meeting. 

Each honorce received a certificate 
of appreciation from the Chicago 
Transit Board, and an American Ex- 
press dinner gift checque for two. 

Stephen is a member of the Illinois 
State North Central Association which 
evaluates the performance of Chicago 
area public school staffs, and reviews 
and assesses curriculum goals and ob- 

He is also assistant scoutmaster for 
Troop 739 in his Burnside community 
and financial secretary of the 
Southlawn United Methodist church. 

Ollins was praised for rescuing a 
man who was being bludgeoned by an 
angry mob with crowbars. While mak- 
ing a stop at 62nd and Kedzie Avenue 
on the Kedzie-California bus, he saw 
the seven men attacking their victim. 

He pulled the man aboard his bus to 
safety and notified the Control Center. 
Police were alerted, and five of the of- 
fenders were apprehended. Ollins was 
also cited by the Chicago Commission 
on Human Relations. 

Operator Hicks, a 30-ycar CTA 
veteran, earned recognition for ad- 
ministering first aid to an apparent 
heart attack victim after the man col- 
lapsed on the sidewalk in the 3700 

CTA 's recent Spirit of Chicago honorees proudly display their certificates. They are [from 
left] bus controller James Stephen, Forest Glen bus operator Charles Hicks, and Kedzie 
bus operator Michael 0///ns. 

block of West Belmont Avenue. 

The stricken man was taken to a 
local hospital, where doctors verified 
that he could possibly have died if 
Operator Hicks had not responded im- 

Walter J. Clark, then CTA chair- 
man who made the presentations, 
said, "These three men are what CTA 
is all about--service and caring for the 
community and its citizens. They are 
exceptional people." 


Mail Clerk Willie Poole, a board member 
and general office representative for 
members of Amalgamated Transit 
Union, Division 241, fias completed 
phase three of an intensive four-phase 
Labor Education program at Roosevelt 
University. Poole, a former bus operator, 
joined CTA in 1976. 

May-June, 1988 

Employee appreciation day 
honors transit worlcers 

Rail personnel wait at the restored Quincy- Wells rapid transit station where the motif is reminiscent of the 1800s era. CTA's antique train 
operated on the inner Loop in celebration of Employee Appreciation Day. 

Chicago, the city that works, said 
thank you to its transit workers as 
representatives of Major Eugene 
Sawyer's office, and other officials, 
tipped their hats to CTA employees on 
May 13, National Transit Team Ap- 
preciation Day. 

It was the highlight of National 
Transportation Week, as the 
American Public Transit Association- 
sponsored day gave Chicagoans "an 
opportunity to express appreciation 
for CTA employees who provide daily 
service, and who always do a tremen- 
dous job," said Norman Herron, 
superintendent of the CTA Training 

Herron emphasized that CTA per- 
sonnel at Daley Center Plaza for the 
first National Transit Team Apprecia- 
tion Day are only a fraction of the 
outstanding CTA employees serving 

In a joint letter to operating person- 
nel, Senior Deputy Executive Direc- 
tor, Transportation, Frank Wilson, 
and Harry Reddrick, deputy ex- 
ecutive director. Operations, 
said, "---National Transit Team Ap- 
preciation Day honors you---the bus 

operator, the ticket agent, the conduc- 
tor, the motorman, and focuses public 
attention on your unceasing efforts to 
provide safe, efficient, dependable, 
and courteous transportation for our 

"Words cannot express the pride 
and appreciation we feel for your ac- 
complishments. We salute your 
unceasing dedication to our mission-- 
providing quality transit service that 
meets the need of metropolitan 

Meanwhile, the public was greeted 
by uniformed representatives of CTA 
at Daley Plaza, and the CTA Mobile 
Information Center was opened to 
visitors. Several examples of vintage 
CTA rolling stock, as well as modern 
transit vehicles, were on exhibit for 
public viewing and inspection. 

CTA's antique train was also 
pressed into service on the inner 
Loop, operating with a single stop at 
the Quincy-Wells station. Tickets for 
free train rides were given to people 
who attended the ceremony at Daley 
Plaza. CTA representatives also 
distributed 6,000 buttons with the of- 
ficial "Hats off" logo. Recognition of 

CTA operating employees continued 
as work sites also conducted open 
houses on May 20 to again say "Hats 
off" to workers. Refreshments were 
served at each location. 

The week was climaxed with a CTA 
Appreciation Night at Comiskey Park, 
where the Chicago White Sox took the 
field against the Detroit Tigers. Dis- 
count tickets, and 2,500 free tickets to 
the White Sox-Tigers game were 
available for all employees. The free 
tickets were distributed between 
employees of CTA, PACE , METRA, 
and RTA who also participated in 
Transportation Week activities. 

Operations personnel on the Ap- 
preciation Day organizing committee 
were: Norman Herron, Linda 
Grysbeck, Arthur Hubbard, 
Thomas Wilson, John Perkins, 
Thomas Reilly, Lester Hacker, 
Clark Carter, William Nichols, 
Charlie Hodges, Mel Link, Jim 
Zepp, and James Pate. Others were 
Rosemarie Gulley, Media Relations; 
Elda Leal, Community Relations: 
Michael Taylor and Ronald 
Weslow. Marketing. 



Outlaws regain basketball Ichampionship 

i V 

The Outlaws, last year's dethroned 
intramural basketball kings, took the 
Washington Park Fieldhouse court 
against the General Office Raiders, 
victors of '87, with blood in their eyes, 
revenge in their hearts, and victory as 
their goal---and they were successful. 

The Raiders were tough--as tough 
as you'd expect defending champions 
to be. They met their opponents in a 
double elimination for the prized 
spherical trophy, and edged the 
Outlaws in the first game 103-96. 

They looked like trouble, and they 
were, but in the end the Outlaws were 
double trouble as, true to their name, 
they outshot the contending champ- 
ions 97-89 to make it a game apiece. 
The tie-breaking third game told the 
story however, as the two rivals battled 
on for the coveted trophy. Although 
the Raiders were formidable, in the 
end the Outlaws were best as they 
won the final game 98-87 and took 
the honors back to 95th Street ter- 

The 1988 Outlaws ended the 
regular season with a 19-2 record. 
Their two losses, like the first playoff 
game, went to their old nemesis, the 
Raiders. The two teams have been 
heads up favorites for basketball fans 
since CTA intramural basketball action 

The champion cagers, considered 
ATU 308's division toughs, joined the 
league in 1979 as the Panthers, and 
were winners in their first season. 
They assumed the name "Outlaws" in 
1982 under Coach Arthur Hubbard, 
and have continued to be champion- 
ship players. 

The team has attracted such players 
as the University of Wisconsin's 
Micheal Ewing, who sought a berth 
on the Milwaukee Bucs squad during 

Coach Arthur Hubbard (left) assists Ardis Morris, superintendent, South Section, with the 
"cake of champions" presented to the team at a 95th Street terminal luncheon which 
was hosted by Terry Colbert, Gloria Matticx, Mona Portis, and Carmen Parker 

the 1974-75 season when the likes of 
Quinn Buckner and Scott May were 
vying for Bucs' jerseys. Ewing joined 
CTA in 1979, the first year of the 
championship Outlaws. 

He is joined on the CTA intramural 
court by veteran CTA point expert 
John Harvey, a former play maker 
and hot shooter for Olive-Harvey Col- 
lege. Harvey has also been a top item 
on several Chicago Park district teams. 

Other Outlaw shooters are: 
Douglas Parker, Charles Rowe, 
Eric Williams, William Turner, 
Harold Taylor, Kendall Clark, and 

Jim Price. Hubbard is general 
manager and coach. 

Meanwhile, the Raiders have served 
notice---just wait until next year. Over 
the last four years, as South Section 
Superintendent of the Outlaws basket- 
ball team, Ardis Morris has the 
distinction of owning three champion- 
ship rings as well as three trophies. 
The trophies are on exhibit at his 95th 
Street terminal headquarters, and are 
a source of pride to terminal person- 
nel. Elonzo Hill is the team 

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Class of 88 - Congratulations! 


Dr. Pila H.S, 
Saul Alvarado 

Kedzie Garage 


Ridge South H.S. 
Emma L. Richardson 

West Section 
Gregory Richardson 

South Section 


Whitney Young H.S. 
Jerry Armstrong 

61st St. Maint. 


DeLaSalle Institute 
Edwin Armstrong 



Hampton University 
Jerry Armstrong 

61st St. Maint. 


Simeon Vocational H.S. 
Allen Baker 



Lake Park H S. 
Ron Benshish 

industrial Safety 


Millikin University 
Ron Benshish 

Industrial Safeti; 


Brother Rice H.S. BROOKS Taft H.S. Whitney Young H.S. 

Anthony Berry Oak Hill H S Arthur E. Brown William A. Brown 

Control Center Margo Brooks Douglas/54th CTA Security; 

DBE Program Rita J. Brown 

South Section 


Taft HS. 
Robert R. Bruno 

Madison & Wabash 


Brother Rice H.S. 
Glen Brunson 

Equip. Eng. & Maint. 


Carver H.S. 
Dale E. Carter 



Academy of Our Lady 
Beverly J. Catherine 

Field Heuiew 


Bradley University 
Patrick J. Clifford 

Financial Services 


Morgan Park H.S. 
George Clark 

Control Center 


Percy L Julian H S 
Eugene Daniels 

District C 


Mother Theodore Guerin 


Joseph Daquilante 

Control Center 


Mother McAuley H.S. 
Lampton R. Evans 

South Rail 


DeLaSalle H.S. 
Lampton R. Evans 

South Rail 


G R Clark H.S 
Patricia Lee Glines 



University of Chicago 
James R. Green 

South Section 



June Graduates, CTA Families 


Taft H.S, 
Harry Seely 

Howard Street 


Manatee H.S. 
Eric Gustavson 

South Shops 


Wyandotte H.S. 
Greffen Harrington 

North Rail 


Streamwood H.S. 
Michael J. Hojfert 

Photographic Services 


Bowen H.S. 
Ronald Howard 

95th -Dan Rvan 


Academy of Our Lady 
Vera J. Becklen 

77th Street 


Fenger H.S. 
Chris Jackson 

77th Street 


Chicago Vocational 
Coy Jacobs 



Barat College 
John Kurinec 



Percy L. Julian H.S. 
Rosie Davenport 

Ashland Terminal 


Rich East H.S. 
Ricky Lindsey 



Iowa State University 
Joe IV. Mack 

Ashland Terminal 


Home wood /Flossmoor 


J. C. Martin 

North Rail 


Whitney Young H.S. 
Sterling L. Martin 

Control Center 


Thornton Township H.S. 
Lula McGee 

77th Street 


Providence-St. Mel H.S. 
Cora L. Davis 



Providence-St. Mel H.S. 
Cora L, Davis 

Howard /Kimball 


U of l-Chicago Campus 
Gary M. Melberg 

Human Resources 


Good Counsel H.S. 
Austin Moron 

Madison & Wabash 


Lindbloom Tech. H.S. 
Luster L. Morton 

North Bus District 


Rich Township H.S. -East 
Patrick Murphy 

Fac. Engr. & Maint. 


Academy of Our Lady 
William J. Nichols 

North Rail 


Academy of Our Lady 
Celestine Offett 

Office of the Secretary 



Claudette Ogletree 

77th St. Garage 




Thomwood H-S 
Vernon Palmare 

Property Accounting 


Loyola Academy Whitney Young H,S, Taft H,S, Lake Park HS. 

Susan Paras James Pm^ne John Perkins Bob Reule 

Operations Review Special Services Training Center Personnel Admnstrn. 


Morgan Park HS 
James Robinson 

Training Center 



Rolling Meadows H S 
Harold J. Rowbottom 



Eisenhower HS 
Branton C. Scaife 11 

95th Terminal 


Downers Grove South 
Andrew Schmidt 

Planning. Mrktg. & 


Maine South HS. 

Ed Schwamb North Park 

Donna Schwamb 

Capital Development 


Bogan HS, 
Charlotte Brent 

North Section 


Bowen HS. 
Mattie Solsberry 



Hyde Park Academy 
Francine Spearman 

General Attorney Divi- 


Hillcrest H.S. 
Charles Spencer Sr. 



Main South HS 
Larry J. Tomko 

Skpkie Shops 


Chicago Vocational HS. 
James Stephen 

Control Center 


North Central College 
Elvis S. Wade 

Forest Glen Garage 


Andrew H.S. 
Bill Wieher 

Personnel Admnstrn. 


Mendel Catholic H.S. 
James A. Wlllimns 

Central Counting 


West Point H.S. 
Jerry Williams 

Howard Street 


Percy Julian H S 
James Wilson 

West Rail District 


Lane Tech H.S. 
Howard L. Young Sr. 

95th -Dan Ryan 


Brother Rice H.S. 
Collette Zogg 

Oper's Trng./lnstruc. 




Utility Iceeps 
CTA rolling 

"The Utility Section is the heartbeat 
of the CTA," says John Winkler, the 

section's director. And Winkler can 
back up his boast. 

When there is a derailed train, 
disabled bus, fire or just about any 
transit-related catastrophe, the Utility 
Section is one of the first summoned. 

The tragedy of a train -person acci- 
dent leaves onlookers in a state of 
shock as they watch the Utility Section 
workers and fire department 
paramedics work quickly. 

Using jacking equipment. Utility 
Section workers are adept at 
facilitating the evacuation of ' L' train 
accident victims by paramedics to the 
nearest hospital, in the hope of sus- 
taining a life or averting permanent in- 

News accounts of such tragedies 
only mention the paramedics' work, 
which is OK with Utility Section 
workers. They know they have done 
another good job when they have 
removed the victim and the trains are 
moving again. 

"Our 162 workers, with their 429 
pieces of equipment, are responsible 
for the removal of all obstructions that 
disrupt passenger service," Winkler 
said. "That even includes snow plow- 
ing and salting of about 300 miles of 
city and suburban streets, along with 
bus garage and rail terminal parking 
lots, and 116 bus turnarounds. 

Within minutes of this March 11 Lal<e-Dan Ryan train derailment, which occurred at 18th 
and State street, a utility crew was on the scene and ready to facilitate the restoration of 

"We're responsible for towing all 
disabled buses and getting stalled 
buses started, not to mention rushing 
to the scenes of fires, and damage to 
the elevated structure. You name it, 
and we've probably done it," he said. 

Utility Section workers drive the ar- 
mored cars and vault trucks when 
Treasury department employees pick 
up and deliver cash collected from ' L' 
station turnstiles and bus garage vault 
islands and take the money to the cen- 
tral counting facility. On the other 

hand. Utility Section workers and 
trucks make the daily pick-up of tons 
of garbage removed from buses, 
trains, and all passenger facilities and 
maintenance areas. 

When there is a derailment on the 
elevated structure the Utility Section is 
again among the first to be called to 
the scene. Their awesome 40-ton 
cranes expedite rerailing, restoration 
of power, and resumption of service. It 
means another job well done. 

Another crew works to return two trucks 

of derailed car 2609 to the tracks 

in the 98th street yard. 

May-June, 1988 


Fiesta Patronales 

CTA Hispanic employees, family members, and friends gathered at Dearborn Street and 
Kinzie to step off with the June 18 "Fiesta Patronales." The annual Puerto Rican Day 
parade included a beautifully decorated float entered by the Hispanic American Transit 
Association [HAT A]. Other CTA vehicles appearing in the parade were the mini bus from 
South Shops, and this double decker Chicago fJlotor Coach bus. Riding atop the vehicle, 
flanked by two youths, are Bertram Mims, supervisor, CTA Community Relations, and 
Mrs. Elda Leal, director, Community Relations. Proudly waving flags during the festive oc- 
casion are [from left] Fermin Claudia, HATA public relations, and Wilfredo Cuevas, 
treasurer. Others [back row] are Susana Flares, HATA secretary, Socorrito and Maria 
Grabanski, HATA President Felipe Gonzalez, and David Perez, president. National 
Hispanic Transportation Organization [N HTOJ. Included among grand iparshalls vvas CTA 
Senior Deputy Executive Director Glaria Chevere. 

If you've ever operated a cash station 
you're going to appreciate the Worker In- 
formation Network [W.I.N.] machine in- 
stalled at the Merchandise f^art and 24 
other CTA work locations. 

The W.I.N, machine provides employees 
easy access to benefit information 24 
hours a day. You will be provided with an 
individually coded access number which 
will allow you to retrieve the information 
requested from the W.I.N, machine. 

This new convenience machine will 
hold the answers to benefit questions on 

WIN Machine 


health and life insurance, retirement, 
disability, and deferred compensation 

Employees will also learn about a new 
negotiated Pacesetter benefit which pro- 
vides both savings and protection 
coverages for you and your family. In- 
dividual meetings will be scheduled with 
employees to explain how the machine 
works and to issue access numbers, as 
well as explain the newly negotiated 
Pacesetter benefit. 




Just >n"*^^ 

•^^ Harry 

The house was packed, the food 
was good, and there was plenty of 
laughter, glad handing, and back slap- 
ping going on. Friends, co-workers, 
and more than a few retirees showed 
up at the Sauganash Room in the Mart 
Plaza to prove they were "just wild 
about Harry." 

Harry Reddrick, deputy executive 
director for Operations, was bidding 
adieu to his distinguished CTA career 
of 38 years, and a lot of people who 
remember him and their struggles 
together up the career ladder gathered 
for an evening of tribute to Reddrick. 

"1 remember hearing a booming 
voice coming down the hall to my of- 
fice one day, and it was Harry Red- 
drick," said Executive Director Robert 
Paaswell, "and, since that day, we 
have had a great working relationship. 
I will miss him, and I know that you 
will," he concluded. 

CTA Board Member J. Douglas 
Donenfeld, noting his somewhat 
newcomer status when compared to 
Reddrick's 38 years of service, also 
had kudos for Reddrick's exemplary 
record. "The CTA has been fortunate 
to have had his service for 38 years," 
said Donenfeld. Another board 
member, James I. Charlton, a 
former CTA employee under Red- 
drick, also spoke highly of the Opera- 
tions deputy, noting that he spent his 
career encouraging performance ex- 

Retiring Deputy Executive Director, Operations Harry Reddrick proudly accepts 
commemorative plaque from Dr. Paaswell, CTA Executive Director 

Labor Relations Manager James 
Marshall recalled that Reddrick often 
made the difference in arbitrations. 
Marshall also thanked him for being a 
friend over the years. Retiree James 
Blaa, who was manager of Transpor- 
tation when Reddrick was named 
director of Transportation Personnel in 
1976, highlighted Reddrick's career 
for those less familiar with his 
achievements, and welcomed him to 
the ranks of retirees. "Whatever Harry 
decides to do from here on, I'm sure 
he'll do well," said Blaa. 

"Enough of this nice guy stuff," 
began Alex Johnson as he recalled 
his years of service with Reddrick as 
his boss. "They said we look alike, but 

you can tell us apart because Harry 
has a mustache," said Johnson, who 
succeeded Reddrick as director of 
Transportation Personnel. 

Safety Manager Thomas Boyle, 
who also roasted Reddrick, said, 
"Harry, over the years we've had a 
few arguments, but I want you to be a 
man and stand up here and admit to 
all these people that I was right, and 
you were wrong." Boyle presented 
Reddrick with a plaque of memorabilia 
of his career. 

Master of ceremonies and Rail 
Transportation Manager Elonzo Hill 
also presented Reddrick with tokens of 
appreciation on behalf of the Opera- 
tions Division. 

May-June, 1988 



Kay Corcoran 

Kay Corcoran, executive secretary tor 
Treasury Manager William Buetow, takes 
a trip down memory lane with her boss at 
her retirement open house, which was 
held in the CTA Board room April 27. Kay 

closed a career of 36 years with CTA on 
May 1. Co-workers later hosted a dinner 
for Ms. Corcoran at Top of the Plaza which 
was attended by 300 guests. 

Kelsey King 

Louis Sanford [left], superintendent, 
Budget/Manpower Planning, Operations 
Division, presents retiring planning 
analyst Kelsey King of Technical Services 
with a token of appreciation from the 
Operations Division, during an open 

house in his honor which was held in the 
Operations Conference Room. King, who 
will move to Hot Springs, Arkansas, joined 
CTA pensioners on June 1 after 28 years 
of service. 


James N. Alleyn, Racine. 17 Years 

Bertil J. Anderson, North Park, 25 Years 

William H. Barrow, Archer. 30 Years 

Havard L. Blanks, Lawndale . 35 Years 

Edward J. Freeman, Madison /Wabash, 35 


Harold J. Friedl, Gen'l Atty . 41 Years 

William J. Hairston, 77th Street. 28 Years 

Charles N. Harper, South Shops. 31 Years 

H. D. Herring, West Shops. 25 Years 

Arthur J. Joe Sr., Schedules, 30 Years 

Henry Keane, West Shops, 39 Years 

Albert Lowery, North Park. 27 Years 

Delbert M. Martz, OHare. 28 Years 

Charles C. Nichols, District C, 36 Years 

Leonard J. Quinlan, North Park. 25 Years 

Frank Rodriguez, Law, 11 Years 

LaVerne M. Schultz, Office Services, 24 


Herbert K. Slack, Kedzie, 29 Years 

Patrick Soden, Des Plaines, 28 Years 

Robert C. Thomas, Control Center. 25 


Donaldson Thompson, 63rd Street, 26 


William H. Warren, Kedzie, 18 Years 

Raleigh Washington, 69th Street, 35 Years 

Robert L. Zirkle, Kedzie , 30 Years 


Earl Beed, 77th Street, 13 Years 

Linda F. Bruce, West Section, 13 Years 

Willie Burks Jr., Madison & Wabash, 20 


Juarez L. Goodrich, Kedzie, 17 Years 

EInora C. Henderson, Kimball, 12 Years 


Bernard J. Barton, Forest Glen, 19 Years 
Harvey G. Bey, Kedzie, 27 Years 
Millie Blagojevich, OHare, 17 Years 
Billy Brown, South Shops, 31 Years 
Harry L. Brown, 63rd Street, 31 Years 
Wilbur C. Cooley Sr., 61st Street, 37 Years 
Catherine V. Corcoran, Finance, 25 Years 
Jerry Crawford, Archer, 25 Years 
Louis L. Dixon, Transportation, 30 Years 
William O. Goss, West Shops, 10 Years 
Joe R. Hull, South Shops, 31 Years 
Goldwyn H. James. 69th Street, 34 Years 
Ronald A. Knox, Beverly, 29 Years 
Michael L. Loran, Kedzie, 34 Years 
Raymond B. Pacheco, West Shops, 11 

Antone J. Shimkus, Archer, 16 Years 
William M, Smith, 77th Street, 31 Years 
Vertus P. Sutherland, South Shops, 21 
Willie D. Walker, Archer, 25 Years 


Darsenell Boyd, Kedzie, 10 Years 
Samuel Clark Jr., Beverly, 34 Years 
Clarence C. Guse, North Park, 24 Years 
James P. Johnson, North Park, 10 Years 
Patricia L. Last, Finance, 21 Years 
Shirley Peoples, Beverly, 13 Years 
Edward C. Pietri, West Section, 12 Years 
Jesse S. Wells. South Section, 21 Years 



Lou Dixon 

The 77th Street garage lunchroom 
was filled as 325 friends of Bus Service 
director Lou Dixon gathered for his 
retirement celebration. 

The April 29 affair, honoring the 
native Mississippian who served CTA 
for 30 years, offered guests a buffet 
luncheon as they showered Dixon and 
his wife Laura with an outpouring of 
gifts and some well-chosen words of 

Responding in his usual slow, low- 
keyed southern manner, Dixon said, 
"I've been told a speech should have a 
good beginning, a good ending, and 
then put them both together for a suc- 
cessful speech. Thank you all for 

The Dixons plan to live in their Bol- 
ingbrook home and so some traveling, 
and, Lou said, "Plenty of rockin' in my 
old rockin' chair." 

Loo Dixon displays the warm wishes and 
great feel of cash from co-workers who 
donated big bucks for the big man as he 

closed a successful lifetime CTA career. 
Sharing the celebration is his wife Laura. 

Harold Friedl 

The outstretched arms of Harold Friedl demonstrate his amaze- 
ment at the amount of special treats brought by Claims/Law 
department co-workers and friends. The open house celebration 
honored Friedl, as he closed his career of 41 yearson April 1. 

Arthur Joe 

The new fishing tackle being passed to retiring traffic checker Ar- 
thur J. Joe Sr. [right] is just the kind of gift needed by an avid 
fisherman. Making the presentation is Director of Schedules Nor- 
man Oswald. Joe retired April 1 after 38 years of CTA service. 

Evelyn M. Carolan, O'Hare Terminal, 17 

John Doorey. Madison/Wabash, 25 Years 
Edward J. Egan, Gen'l Atty /Law, 11 Years 
Harry Harris. West Shops, 29 Years 
Eugene Hill, West Shops. 31 Years 
Gerald F. Hogan, State/Lal<e, 30 Years 
'George A. Hunt. South Shops, 25 Years 
Kelsey King. Transp, Admnstrn., 28 Years 
James H. McManus, Kimball, 39 Years 

Melvin M, Miller, 69th Street, 33 Years 
Robert L. Poellnitz, West Shops, 37 Years 
Anthony Polich, South Shops, 27 Years 
Clarence P. Shepard. District B, 31 Years 
Mitchell J. Szalwa, Forest Glen, 30 Years 
Alfred T. Thomas. Randolph/Wells, 25 

Ralph W. Watzke. O'Hare, 25 Years 
Frank S. Zaborowski, North Park, 26 Years 


Maria M. Agnew. North Park, 10 Years 
Barbara Gutierrez, Lawndale. 10 Years 
Charles Lyons. Beverly, 7 Years 
Marvin Vaughn, Transportation, 14 Years 
Eloise Wilkinson, O'Hare, 13 Years 

•Retroactive 10 511188 

May-June, 1988 




69th Street 

Let me note how good it feels to be 
back at work and writing for Inside 
News. To those who missed me dur- 
ing the past month, 1 was out with the 
flu. 1 need your newsworthy items, so 
please share them with me ... Bus 
operator /line instructor William 
[Hot Rod] Jones was pulling out of 
the garage a few weeks back wen he 
saw a robbery taking place against 
supervisor in charge of bus sign -out 
Gerald Mallory. He stopped his bus 
and yelled at the assailant, which was 
enough to slow the robber's pace and 
allow police to capture him as he was 
leaving the scene. It's a blessing that 
no one was hurt in the exchange ... 
Spring is here and romance is in the air 
for bus operator Carmen Calderon 
and her fiance Manuel Garcia. Wed- 
ding plans are incomplete ... I could 
hear a soft-spoken voice say 'Hello 
Ellie,' and turned to see Sarah Ruth 
Anderson, a bus operator and line in- 
structor who died on March 12. She 
had been a CTA employee for 10 
years. Sarah was a friend who always 
found the time to listen to one's prob- 
lems, or collect for the sick or needy, 
and she never talked about her own 
situation. All of us who experienced 
the joy of knowing Sarah have learned 
to care a little more. She was a 
member of our benevolence commit- 
tee, and she helped us out at each 
Thanksgiving dinner when she was 
able. Sarah's life outside of CTA also 
reflected her personality and her love 
for helping people. She had served as 
chairperson of the administrative 
board, and was superintendent of the 
Sunday school at her church. She was 
also counselor for the Methodist 
Youth Fellowship and a member of 
the finance committee. Where God 
guides, He provides. Man's love is 
limited, but God's love is unlimited. 
My sweet, sweet friend, you'll surely 
be missed. 

EUie Head 

Congratulations and best wishes to 
Lawndale bus operator Javondlynn M. 
Dunagan wtio graduated in May with a 
baccalaureate degree in sociology from 
Hampton University at Hampton, Va. Ms. 
Dunagan will attend the University of 
Chicago this fall to being graduate 
studies in the School of Social Service Ad- 

77th Street 

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Wilkerson 

[he's a 77th street operator] were 
honored with a cruise to Nassau for 
their 25th wedding anniversary, com- 
plements of daughters Karen, 
Kimberly, and Sherry. The happy 
and surprised couple set sail aboard 
the Madrigras May 12 from Fort 
Lauderdale, Fla. 

Six-year-old Maria Valtierra, daughter of 
Bus Instructor Joe and Rachel Valtierra, 
topped St. Ann Kindergarten students in 
a 50-word Spelling Bee. Maria, who is 
now a St. Ann first-grader, was the proud 
winner of the trophy and ribbor, awarded 
in the contest. 

Service anniversaries in 


40 Years 

Vernon Kee, Elect. Mtce. 
Edward Kuberski, Utility 
George Thurman, Kedzie 

35 Years 

Michael Loran, Kedzie 

30 Years 

James Hall, Beverly 
Frederick Pepke. Limits 
Lee Oak, Bus Instruction 
James Sernek, Archer 
Mitchell Thomas, Rail Instruction 

25 Years 

Roosevelt Cory, Rail Dist, North 
Solomon Davis, North Avenue 
Robert Domikaitis, South Shops 
John Doorey, Janitor Service 
Anthony Hotko, Archer 
William Moreland, Forest Glen 
John Reynolds, 77th Street 
Ralph Sullivan, Turnstile Oper's 
Ralph Watzke. West Section 


45 Years 

John O'Connor, Central Counting 
Michael Vitale, Claims 

35 Years 

James Farr. 69th Street 

Joseph Gingras, Mgmt. Info/Syst. 


Jerry West Jr., South Section 

30 Years 

C. W. Baxa, Media Relations 

William Holliday, Racine Mtce 

Charles Marble, General Attorney's 


Cleophus McGee. 77th Street 

Jerome Ryan, Forest Glen 

Herbert Slack, Kedzie 

25 Years 

Richard Antonovich, Utility 

Phyllis Brzeczek, Chicago Transit Board 

Paul Daniels. Schedules 

Joseph Doyle. Ashland Terminal 

David Duncan, Ashland Terminal 

Patrick Forde. General Mtce 

John Grace, Bus District D 

Joseph Jamison. Stores-South 

Teddy Kaczmarski. Douglas/Congress 

James Kolstad, Beverly 

John Oddo, Communication Mtce. 

Robert Plant, Machine Shop 

Paul Stokes, Kedzie 



General Office ^^^H 

Virginia Dare McGraw, that nice 


^^ NEWS 

lady who is executive administrative 

contributions Ginny raised over $800 

woman in her early 20s will be return- 

assistant for Senior Deputy Executive 

for this grand cause. "Bless you one 

ed to her soon. Mrs. Williams lost the 

Director, Transportation, Frank 

and all," says Ginny, and "thanks 

5-1/2 by 7-inch photo on the 'L', 

Wilson, is very grateful to all who 

again." ... Another nice lady, Mrs. 

possibly in the motorcab, on April 14 

pledged or otherwise contributed to 

Pamela Williams of Personnel Ad- 

Anyone with information concerning 

her diligent efforts for the Cystic 

ministration, is hoping that the 

such a picture should contact Mrs 

Fibrosis Foundation. Through your 

35-year-old photograph of a young 

Williams on Ext, 3493, Mart. 


Tidnzzz^^^Hi , 

Daniel T. Arnold. 85. Electrical. 

John G. Hoyne, 72. Archer, 

William Rakauskas, 86, Engineering, -J 

Emp, 7-18-40, Died 2-17-88 

Emp. 7-12-54, Died 4-27-88 

Emp 4 22 48, Died 2-88 

Lonner P. Ameseau, 80. Beverly. 

John T. Hussey, 73, Vehicle Mtce., 

William J. Rankin, 92, West Section, 

Emp. 11-5-28. Died 3-28-88 

Emp 5-15-42, Died 2-13-88 

Emp 1-08-17, Died 4 13-88 

Paul P. Bagato. 75, West Section. 

Stanely Hyerczyk, 75, Archer, 

Leo F. Ratkowski, 81, Forest Glen, 

Emp. 5-14-46. Died 4-23-88 

Emp. 9-25-42, Died 3-08-88 

Emp 7-15-29, Died 12-7-87 

Edward Battle. 77. 77th Street. 

George H. Jahn, 82, 77th Street, 

Leslie Samuelson, 86, Transportation, 

Emp. 6-06-52. Died 4-09-88 

Emp 4-17-42, Died 4-12-88 

Emp 6-19-22, Died 4-19-88 

Elmer R. Bay. 78, Central Dist.. 

Percy F. Joseph, 75, District B, 

Frank C. Schmid, 79, Shops & Equip,, 

Emp. 12-17-40, Died 2-14-88 

Emp. 3-26-45. Died 2-8-88 

Emp, 8-11-42, Died 2-18-88 

Lovctte E. Bentley, 85, North Sect . 

Bruno E. Kamien, 76, Archer, 

Henry Schoemaker, 95, Lawrence, 

Emp. 8-22-46, Died 12-20-87 

Emp. 8-31-37, Died 3-19-88 

Emp. 3-21 27, Died 4-29-88 

Joseph Bellavia. 92, General Office 

John W. Kernan, 83. Forest Glen, 

Peter Schultz, 78, Archer. 

Emp. 5-14-29, Died 3-31-88 

Emp. 5-21-45. Died 11-11-87 

Emp, 8-25-42, Died 3-29-88 

Angelo Bianchinl. 67. North Section. 

Stanley P. Kerr, 92, 61st Street, 

Ross Shaffer, 71, Beverly,