It is exhausting to speak to a Hollywood star when you do not understand he was one among your heroes

All through my profession, I’ve interviewed or not less than spoken to a number of individuals who have been within the nationwide highlight. Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire; former Bulls standouts Michael Jordan, Jerry Sloan, Norm Van Lier and Artis Gilmore; actress Michael Realized of “The Waltons”; presidential candidate Bob Dole; comic Jim Belushi; rock star and Steppenwolf frontman John Kay; Solar Data proprietor Sam Phillips (he, of Elvis Presley fame); Cubs stars Randy Hundley and Billy Williams; and White Sox star Tim “Rock” Raines. There are most likely others, however the level is, you meet attention-grabbing folks when you’re a journalist.

However think about speaking to a Hollywood star and never realizing he was really your childhood hero. It is irritating to determine that out years later.

And I have been annoyed earlier than. In any case, I had the chance to go to one other hero, Larry Fantastic of The Three Stooges, in 1974 when he was in Cedars-Sinai Medical Middle close to Hollywood. My good friend’s grandmother labored on the hospital and organized for us to go to.

We received to the hospital parking zone and chickened out, underneath the excuse of not desirous to see one among our beloved Stooges in unhealthy form. Larry died in January of 1975 and the Stooges’ Moe Howard wrote in his guide that Larry was upset followers by no means came visiting. I remorse it to this present day.

So, who was the childhood hero I really spoke to and did not make the connection? That may be James MacArthur, who performed Fritz Robinson within the Disney journey yarn “Swiss Household Robinson” in 1960. As a 7-year-old child, it was simple for me to imagine it was the best film ever made.

It seems MacArthur, whose mom was theater legend Helen Hayes, was a distant relation of the late Skott Zimmerman, a St. Charles golf retailer operator who sponsored and arranged the Midwest Golf Professional-Am occasion every summer time on the Royal Fox Nation Membership to learn Particular Olympics.



MacArthur got here to St. Charles a couple of instances for this occasion that I used to be lucky sufficient to play in. I by no means performed with MacArthur, however I talked to him in 1998 on the post-event dinner.

I knew him solely as a well-known actor in “Hawaii 5-O” within the position of Danny “Danno” Williams, with the well-known line of “Ebook ’em, Danno” closing most of the reveals after a legal was caught.

He was a pleasant fellow. We shook fingers and talked about golf, as a result of I did not know what else to speak about. I did not watch “Hawaii 5-O.”

James MacArthur, proper, goes over his script with actor Edward Arnold in preparation for MacArthur’s first skilled performing job on a nationwide tv program (“Climax,” CBS) in Los Angeles, California, on Aug. 25, 1955.
– Related Press Picture/Ellis R. Bosworth



In simply the previous month, I got here throughout an outdated VHS tape of “Swiss Household Robinson” in a field at dwelling — and there it was. James MacArthur had an enormous position, together with different Disney youngster stars — Tommy Kirk, who handed away late final 12 months, and Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran, who died in 2015. And all of it got here again to me that MacArthur was my favourite character, type of an Errol Flynn swashbuckler sort, combating big snakes and pirates and ultimately successful the love curiosity within the movie.

I dug out the printed program for that 1998 golf occasion (sure, journalists do not throw issues out) and browse the entry about MacArthur, and it didn’t point out the film.

It is exhausting to imagine I missed the possibility to speak to him about what it was prefer to make that cool film. It might be much like somebody speaking to actor Tom Hanks when he was in downtown Geneva in 2001 filming “Highway to Perdition,” however not realizing he was the star of “Huge,” one among your favourite motion pictures whenever you had been a child in 1988.

I did not make that mistake after I met Jerry “The Beaver” Mathers and Tony “Wally” Dow at an autograph signing occasion at DuPage County Fairgrounds two years in the past. I knew what I needed to ask them beforehand, being acquainted with most each episode of “Depart it to Beaver.”

Because it turned out, I by no means noticed James MacArthur once more — and he handed away at age 72 in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2010.

Getting an opportunity to speak to a well-known individual is not a rarity within the Tri-Cities space. We have had our justifiable share of Hollywood, music or sports activities royalty flip up; Brian Wilson of The Seashore Boys lived in St. Charles for a number of years, and Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy name St. Charles their dwelling now.

The Arcada Theater has so many music icons carry out right here, you would run into one at any time — like seeing Graham Nash at a close-by automotive present earlier than his gig or, previous to his passing, seeing Davey Jones of The Monkees strolling round city.

I am not sure what the ethical of this story is. However do not cross up the chance to speak to a film, sports activities or music star in case you ever get the possibility. On the very least, be sure you bear in mind if that massive star was one among your heroes.

Let’s ‘Collect’ at bakery

Like most academics, Sandra Ranney of St. Charles enjoys seeing her former college students do effectively. Within the case of one among her former third-grade college students at Fox Ridge Elementary, Deanna (Pieniazek) Keilty, it additionally carries the good thing about making an attempt scrumptious bakery items Deanna and her husband, Eric, put together for numerous marketplaces.

Eric and Deanna lived in Chandler, Arizona, the place they started an in-home bakery referred to as “GingerBrick,” promoting goodies at numerous markets all through Phoenix.

As a result of her household continues to be on this space and her mom, Donna, a former substitute trainer in St. Charles, was fairly ailing, Deanna and Eric moved again and ended up in Rockford.

After Donna’s passing, they modified the identify of the bakery to “Collect” in reference to gathering once more with household and mates — they usually began promoting in native markets.

Collect Bakery has a sales space on Fridays on the Baker Group Church indoor market in St. Charles, and on Saturdays on the Batavia downtown indoor farmers market.

When visiting mates in Arizona, Ranney mentioned she would pattern among the couple’s bakery items — Jalapeño cheddar bread, Danish, bagels, focaccia, scones, croissants and fudge.

“My mates right here would beg Ken and Donna to carry up some treats once they would return for visits,” Ranney mentioned.

As a lifelong resident of St. Charles, Ranney has it in her blood to assist native companies. In any case, her father was George Worthley of the Klick and Worthley Drug Retailer, which is now the positioning of the ZaZa Trattoria restaurant.

Her grandfather was Carl Soderquist, whose building firm constructed the unique Illinois Avenue Bridge, amongst different space websites.

“It is a cause why I prefer to assist native enterprise and provides a shout out when somebody like Deanna and Eric have introduced their future to our space,” Ranney mentioned.

A tile takeover

In case anybody is questioning what’s going on once they see work crews on the former Binny’s Beverage Depot website in St. Charles, chances are you’ll quickly see builders and handymen alike visiting the place.

Town would not have quite a bit to share on it but, however preliminary data signifies the previous Binny’s at 1950 Lincoln Hwy. is being cleared to make means for a tile retailer.

Binny’s moved to the Geneva Commons practically a 12 months in the past.

Town did not have a reputation to share but on who’s doubtlessly taking on the St. Charles location, however Flooring & Décor involves thoughts as a guess, as a result of it is a reasonably massive tile retailer.

It is virtually film time

I am not likely in a moviegoing mindset but, however it has been troublesome to see the Randall 15 complicated in Batavia empty since final March.

Michigan-based Emagine Leisure is about to take over the complicated and embody Emax, a 94-foot-wide display. Anybody itching to go to the present at this Randall Highway website has a cause to be hopeful about doing so someday in 2022.

Emagine is also searching for a liquor license for the theater complicated.

Oh boy, one other place for me to imbibe a bit and go to sleep whereas watching a film.

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