From 1955 to ’58, Jeff Schon lived in Westport. He moved back in 1998. He’s now a well-known executive, specializing in software, internet, TV and publishing.
Jeff left here when his father — an oil executive — was transferred to Beirut. But every other summer, Jeff visited his grandparents back in the States.
They lived at 230 Wisner Avenue in Park Ridge, Illinois — the town where Jeff’s mother had grown up.
The Chicago suburb was like many early-’60s towns. Kids played touch football in the streets, under a canopy of elms. They caught fireflies at night. They wandered in and out of each other’s homes.
During their time in Park Ridge, Jeff’s parents got to know the neighbors across the street, at 235 Wisner. They had a boy — Tony — the same age as Jeff.
Occasionally, Jeff rang their doorbell. Tony’s older sister would answer.
“Hey, Hillary! Can Tony come out and play?” Jeff asked. He didn’t pay much attention to her.
“As a 10-year-old boy, a 14-year-old sister hardly exists,” he says. “I just wanted Tony for touch football.”
By now you’ve figured it out: Tony was a Rodham. Today, his sister — who occasionally babysat for Jeff’s younger sister Christine — is known as Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Jeff has not kept up with his summertime friend Tony. But years later, he remembers Tony’s older sister.
“This just shows you how small the world is,” Jeff says.
“Traveling from Beirut to a small suburban street, I’m connected to possibly the next President of the United States.”