Long lost friends


Childhood friends from Hollywood Park. That's me at the bottom of the slide.

This blog has helped several people find old friends. It has even helped cousins find each other. It has helped me find friends going back to nursery school. It has especially helped me make a lot of new friends. All of which I’m very thankful for.

Now, I’d like to help one of the many people I’ve met through this blog, Barbara Glick Kalinsky. She would like to find her grade school best friend, Lenore Whalen.

Lenore Whalen

Leonore and Barbara went to Hibbard Elementary School in Albany Park and were in the same first grade class. Lenore would be in her 70s now. If anyone has information, please drop me a note via the contact form.

Readers from Albany Park and Hollywood Park: If you don’t recognize Barbara’s name: you probably remember her family’s businesses. Her mother owned the very popular Rochelle’s lunchroom across from Von Steuben High School. Her father, Charles Glick, had a fruit and vegetable store, Glick’s,  across on Bryn Mawr across from Peterson School.

Barbara’s kept in touch with a group of girlfriends from her Von Steuben High School class of ’55 club, the Vees.  They meet regularly and even included me in one of their luncheons. They shared many memories and favorite hangouts, but I couldn’t take good notes–too much fun! But I did take some photos of  their scrapbooks. Enjoy!




Photo credits: Thanks to Linda Schub for the photograph of our neighborhood gang, the 5900 block of Central Park and Drake, 1964.  Thanks to Barbara Kalinsky for sharing her photographs with me and belated thanks for the lovely brunch.

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5 Responses to Long lost friends

  1. Jerry Pritikin March 21, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I could name almost every one in that graduating class picture… and the reason I ‘m not there is that we moved to Miami Beach just a few months before. Allen Greenberg who drew the picture on the cover of the Hibbard Herald, used to draw pictures of luxury boats and wound up owning a couple. When he got married, his wife asked him for $25. to have her hair done up at the beauty parlor. He decided to go to beauty school and became a very successful beautician. However, he died at a very early age.

    I have a request… anyone have a Hibbard Herald from 1948? Someone wrote a story called “SIGN of the TIMES”… about my dad buying the first TV in Albany park that was not in a tavern. Even a xerox, I would appreciate it. I remember showing Burr Tillstrom( of Kukla Fran & Ollie my copy) and the article mentioned puppet shows on WBKB… and Burr asked “What’s a puppet?”.

  2. Bonnie McGrath March 22, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    you look so cute in that top picture!!

  3. David Criz July 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    OMG So much nostalgia as I browse the website catching up on articles this afternoon. You mention Charley and Rochelle Gilck and their fruit and vegetable store a few doors down from the Hollywood Bowl across from Peterson school. I remember what the Glicks looked like to this day. I used to go in there with my mom to do some shopping or just get some fruit during my lunch hour. There was sawdust on the floor and fruit and vegetables in the window display in wooden or cardboard boxes. I also remember when Rochelle first took over the lunchroom across from Von Steuben and I started to go there once in awhile too.

  4. Frances Archer July 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    I met their daughter, Barbara, and a group of her friends about a year ago. Great stories. Was the Hollywood Bowl also a candy store as well as a lunch room in your day. I’m wondering how early the place opened.

  5. Sandra N Elbaum September 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    I would love to find Julie Shuman. She and I attended Hibbard, then V.S. UGC, where we graduated from 8th grade in 1960. I went to Von and she went to Roosevelt. Anyone know her whereabouts? Thanks.

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