I always knew he was important, and sometimes that booming voice scared the bejeebers out of me, but my Uncle Rich (Port) is the stuff of family legend.
Before I was born, my grandfather — Robert Hayes Burns — lost his wife. As a widower, he bought a large red brick house at 124 N. Madison Ave. in La Grange for himself, his three daughters — Anne, Mary and Jeanne — and their husbands. Then the babies started coming: first my cousin Libby, Rich Port and Mary’s daughter; then my brother Rob; then me; then my little brother Carl. [Read more…] about Uncle Rich Port: The ‘Who’ Behind the La Grange YMCA