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John Sobol, longtime North Shore barber, dies

John Sobol ran John’s Barber Shop in Wilmette for 55 years and brought to the job all the requisite talents — natty appearance, a broad … Read more ›

Badminton expert James Wigglesworth Jr., with his masters men's doubles national championship trophy in 1978. (HANDOUT / March 27, 2012)

James Wigglesworth, known in the Chicago area as Mr. Badminton, dies at 88

James D. Wigglesworth Jr. was 10 when he picked up a badminton racquet for the first time and launched a shuttlecock. It was love at … Read more ›

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Jay A. Miller, longtime executive director of ACLU of Illinois

Jay A. Miller led the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois for more than 25 years during a lifetime devoted to fighting against anything he … Read more ›

Bernard Danenberg, longtime design engineer with Zenith, dies at 86

Bernard “Bernie” Danenberg would put together model airplanes — then notify the manufacturer that they got the directions wrong. When he carved animal shapes into … Read more ›

James Sprowl was an expert on the nexus of law and technology. (HANDOUT / October 17, 2011)

James Sprowl, patent attorney and technology expert, dies at 70

Long before laptops and LexisNexis became standard tools of the legal profession, patent attorney James Sprowl was working to connect his colleagues with technology. A … Read more ›


Pastry chef Lutz Olkiewicz dies

Long before gaudy, gooey cupcakes became America’s default dessert, there was Lutz Olkiewicz. During his 25 years at the Drake Hotel, Chicago’s grand master of … Read more ›