For the first edition of this new feature, ICO’s very own “Godfather” allowed staff photographer Brian Holloway to follow him around on January 23, the day of his retirement reception. The college’s longtime friendly gatekeeper retired on January 30 after 17 years at the college.
Interview by Erin Engstrom.
“This is my dentist, Dr. John Sandrik. I’ve been going to him since I moved into my neighborhood, Clearing, in 1998. I’m getting a new partial. Because I’m an old man.”
“Every morning I take one vitamin pill, one heart pill and I take an aspirin. I give to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and on the fridge are pictures they send me of the kids.”
“This is a little ritual. I just put my coat on, and with my OCD sometimes I have to wash my hands before I leave the house. I do it every time I leave the house if I’m wearing a coat and hat.”
“I’m doing laundry in the basement. Usually my cleaning lady helps me a lot with most of my laundry.”
“I’m looking at a picture of my brother, my mother’s first child. He was born in 1929 and died in 1933. He died of spinal meningitis. I never knew him. My middle name is after him, Joseph. I keep the picture in the original frame.”
“I’m having a plain waffle with some strawberries at Jedi’s. We go there quite a bit, me and my brother. You can always get in and get waited on real fast.”
“I shave almost every day when I’m working. Obviously it’s a pain in the neck, but what are you gonna do?”
“This is basically a new car. It’s a Hyundai Elantra. I’ve had it since I think around August. As a matter of fact, I’ve been so busy I haven’t even read the book on it yet. I love the car. I had a Sonata, and I stepped down a little bit because I don’t drive that much anymore. Coming to work it takes me approximately 20 minutes. It’s pretty fast. Going home, a little longer–25 minutes to a half-hour.”
“I’m walking into my party to an ovation. I’m a little bit late. They gave me a little cheer when I came in, and I felt good about that. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. There’s no question I had a love affair with this school. I have a lot of respect for the people here and for the school itself and what it does.”
“This was a Friday. What I’m doing here is setting up the entrance book for Monday. I’m recording the people who will be coming into the school, either applicants or possibly representatives from pharmaceutical or equipment companies.”
“I’m hanging out with some guys from security before I go–Hank Bertucci, Jack Ruppaner and Jimmy Kuhn. Hank is probably saying something about the police department. I go up to visit them quite a bit. Sometimes I’ll stay late at night and eat with them in the cafeteria, maybe once every couple weeks.”