When Businesses Upgrade, People's Resource Center Profits
It all started with a phone call from Edward Hospital in Naperville.
The hospital was upgrading its computer system and was looking for a place to donate about 100 older personal computers, minus the monitors.
The People's Resource Center, which serves low-income families across DuPage County, was interested. But where could it come up with that many monitors?
Enter longtime volunteer Paul LeForte.
The Wheaton man's company, United Health Care, matched the donation and at least 80 families last week took home IBM-compatibles with 486 microprocessors.
More than 200 computers have been donated to the resource center from local companies unloading their current computers for the newest models.
The Wheaton-based center began its computer-donation program about a year ago. Officials also offer training sessions in eight neighborhood resource centers across DuPage County.
"It's a very exciting program," said Mary Ellen Durbin, the center's executive director.
The partnership with DuPage County businesses is vital, she added. Other companies to donate computers include Central DuPage Hospital, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Waste Management and Federal Reserve Bank.
Whistle by a nose
When the head of the West Chicago City Museum recently intrigued aldermen with a glass bottle from the long-defunct Thrill Beverage Co., we at Inside DuPage got to thinking.
What kind of a bet would you have to lose to drink something called Thrill? And given the company's defunctness, can we assume there weren't many takers?
After having exhausted that tangent, we started thinking on more topical issues, namely what other strange artifacts from the city's dusty past does the museum hold? And, in the interest of our readers, which of those ranks as the oddest?
The winner, ahem, by a nose, appeared to be the Human Tone proboscis whistle, a rather spooky-looking piece of tin. …