One more thing about old classmates.
No matter how much they may accomplish in life, no matter how prominent they become, our childhood friends are ingrained forever in our minds as they were in our youth. I've been thinking about that a lot this week as we've been hearing the news concerning the negotiations between the Chicago Public School board and the Teachers Union.
It's been big news everyday this week. And much of the focus and controversy has centered on the Fact-Finder's report from the arbitrator Edwin Benn. In dozens of news stories and editorials Benn has been written about, quoted, analyzed, scrutinized, and criticized. Benn is described as a 63 year old veteran Glencoe attorney who has mediated thousands of high profile labor disputes for decades.
But I can't think of him in those terms. To me he's still Eddie Benn my grammar school friend. That's him down the row from me in kindergarten. Looking at our old class pictures it's hard to imagine that the kid in my grade school classes at Volta School on North Avers would someday play an important role in determining the future of all Chicago Public Schools.
I guess the number one goal on both sides of this dispute should be- to create the best environment where our children can grow up and leaders in whatever field they choose.
By the way just for the record, I was wearing a bow tie before Fahey Flynn.