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Five Questions: Mike Sutko, Oak Lawn

Mike Sutko Oak Lawn

Mike Sutko, Oak Lawn

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What are your hobbies?

“I’ve been playing tennis about 40 years. It’s great exercise, a sport you can play for many years. There’s a lot of strategy. I also officiate tennis. I’ve done a couple of U.S. Opens and I still officiate collegiate tennis.”

What do you like about living in Oak Lawn?

“I love the community. I love the library. The police and fire departments are outstanding. The spirit of service and community is something I’m proud to be a part of. I’m proud every time I drive into town and see the ‘welcome’ signs.”

What would you do if you were mayor for a day?

“I’d get all the citizens to verbalize their concerns and their recommendations on how to make our community better. Let’s hear from them. And don’t always complain. Talk about the good things that you like.”

What’s the last movie you saw?

“It was called ‘The Concert.’ I saw it on a river cruise. I was so impressed with it, I went on Amazon and bought a couple of DVDs. It has some wonderful music. It’s about a director arrested by the communists in Russia because he wouldn’t fire his Jewish musicians. Then he reconstitutes the orchestra after 25 years. It moves me to tears.”

Which person from history do you want to meet?

“Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the composer. I’d like to understand how he was able to construct in his mind all the varied elements of his fabulous musical works of art. They’re so big, so boisterous, so wonderful.”

Steve Metsch



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