Television personalities need not look out, but May has been an especially notable month in my modest local cable television journey.

In 2009, Joe Kreml, the Village of Oak Park’s award-winning TV Manager approached me with the idea of hosting a segment called “Oak Park’s Own.”

We shot three interviews in a seven-month span: two subjects were photographers (Todd Bannor and Stephen Green) and one was journalist/author David Mendell.

I previously blogged about my interview with Mendell, which spun off a feature story I wrote about his book, Obama: From Promise to Power.

Then came an “Oak Park’s Own” hiatus of more than 2 1/2 years. Along the way, Joe and I kept saying we should really get the ball rolling again. Finally, we did so–and two new segments began airing over the past few weeks.

One was a Q & A with Jeanette Fields, a remarkable 92-year-old who is among those selected as a “60 Over 60” honoree by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition.

Jeanette Fields during our interview for “Oak Park’s Own.”

You can see that clip here.

The other is a chat with Marc Stopeck, the man behind “Shrubtown,” the long-running cartoon in Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest.

You can see my interview with Marc Stopeck here or simply click on the clip below.

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