This is a test news itme from an admin
This is test news item form a manager
this ia test news item from an editor more news would go here
2nd news item by author more of 2nd item
This is a test of a news item by an author more news would go here
This is a test of video playback:
My family and I had a great time at the OSOT Rockin' 2008 concert. This was my
first experience at a rock event. I love the Beetle rendition by the American English band, then the contemporary rock of the Lt. Dan Band… It's way too cool! .
We danced and made a fools of our selves, sang along, on key and off key with the music, and rocked with the rhythm of the night. This year we had another large crowd from the club and everyone had a great time. Many Wppci members, friends & family attended the concert. Each bringing their practical creature comforts from favorite lawn chairs to finger foods. Also bring treats to share among the many; talking, singing and laughing was the theme to this event. As I looked around I was fascinated by the furniture some people brought to the park, from picnic tables to coffee tables to centerpieces. It certainly was home away from home.
The weather turned out perfect. It was just one of those days that demanded
perfection! We started out with storms in the wee hours of the morning, but the
rain slowed down as we headed to Cantigny. By the time we arrived the sky had
mostly cleared and the rain stopped. The sun came out sporadically, the air humid, but with the constant breeze it was the cooling factor of what would have been a hot steamy day.
My husband Tom & I got to meet Gary Sinise back stage and even got his autograph after his test session. We caught him at the right place & at the right time! Initially, Tom thought how wonderful it would be if Mr. Sinise could sign our DVD of Forest Gump, I brought it along just in case and wouldn't you know it… We love seeing Gary Sinise as an actor, now we got to see him as a musician. Never being star struck, I feel closer to him knowing he is a native of Illinois and the fact I got to meet him. Yeah! In the Forest Gump movie, Gary Sinise played the character Lt. Dan and that's where the name of his band originated from. Another treat Tom received was that he finally got the chance to take a picture with Dick Biondi… The last time he tried the photographer (our youngest son) wasn't tall enough to handle the shot, so it never happened. He was flabbergasted that Mr. Biondi remembered the incident. Boy… he was really gung-ho over that photograph because it took him so many years to get it. Great things happen to those who wait!
The opening ceremony had many guest appearances. OSOT's honor guards were all
women both Active and Reserve. I was very impressed. The Pledge was lead by Miss
Illinois 2008, Katy Lorenz, the national anthem was sang by Ken Karlso. The
opening act was performed by a mother daughter duet, Kim & Emily Viancourt with
a salute presentation to all the servicemen and women. All these people played a special part entertaining the audience.
The second act was the comedian performer Tom Dreesen. He too is a native of
Illinois, who once did opening acts for the Rat Pack in Vegas. His humor was adorable
and evoked a lot of laughters from the crowd. In addition to the music there were raffle drawings, with first prize being a unique electric guitar, custom hand made by Mike Balinski. It was gorgeous! Only one lucky winner.
The first band was the performance made by American English. It was remarkable!
Their tribute to the Beetle's music was imitated to perfection. They had three acts where they dressed the part. From the early 60's stages of the Beetle's career to the long hair era of the 70's, costume and all. We sang to them because we knew most of the words. Even though I was never part of the Beetle-mania, I knew the music as well as any baby-boomers. The Beetles was part of a great era in music history.
I took pictures throughout the event. I hope you will find them interesting
enough to use for the website and the newsletter. It was a fantastic event and
I am glad I got the chance to experience it! Thank you all for the opportunity…
|Anthony, Ashley||?||Saint Anne|
|Gryfinski, Robert||?||St. Charles|
|Hacholski, Gregory||A3||La Grange|
|Hastings, Patrick||?||Orland Hills|
|Moesta, Pat||?||Lake Forest|
|Toberman, Peter||?||Rive Forest|
Last update – 10-15-2008
|Allman, Thomas||H4||Highland Park|
|Beck, Michael||D4||Homer Glen|
|Bonnema, Joseph||A4||Orland Park|
|Brod, Ryan||D2||Elk Grove Village|
|Caddigan, Michael||C2||TInley Park|
|Dallman, James||E2||Glen Ellyn|
|Elich, Corry||G3||Oak Park|
|Elliott, Megan||B3||Lake Zurich|
|Held, Nathan||E3||Loves Park|
|Johnson, Andrew||H1||Bryon Hills|
|Kobor, Hans||C4||Barrington Hills|
|Porter, Kirk||G4||Lake Zurich|
|Raygoza, Matthew||A4||Arlington Hts.|
|Vetter, Jake||H4||Spring Grove|
|Carlson, David||D4||Indian Head Park|
|Harrell, Krystle||G3||Round Lake|
|Kruger, Jason||G3||Spring Grove|
|Magnesen, Patrick||D3||Burr Ridge|
|McCole, Christopher||G4||River Forest|
|McCurdy, David||?||South Elgin|
|Noble, Corinne||A2||Barrington Hills|
|Riley, Bennett||C4||Hickory Hills|
|Vottero, Nick||F1||Lake Bluff|