Viatorian Brother Leo Ryan Feted for Book in New York

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday

Will the jet-setting Leo Ryan, the Viatorian brother from Arlington Heights, ever come down to earth?

As it is, he flies all over the world speaking about post-World War II Polish economics. He juggles teaching stints between DePaul University, and business schools in Finland and Poland.

But with the publication of his latest book, "From Autarchy to Market, Polish Economics and Politics, 1945-1995," he's being feted in New York City, no less.

That's right. On Thursday, Ryan and co-author Richard Hunter, a professor at Seton Hall University, autographed books at a book launching party sponsored by members of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America at their posh digs in New York.

Warmth and caring

Deborah Meskouskas, the public information director at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, wondered if she took on too much last fall when she volunteered the library as a site for NBC's holiday coat drive.

One month after the end of the holidays, she calls the community's response "a resounding success" and credits the generosity of the library's patrons.

Here are the totals: They collected 508 coats, 228 new books, 25 toys and countless boots, snowpants, gloves and scarves. …