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Time to ‘sign out’

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It’s come time to retire from posting signs along the west end of Johnsburg Road.

Most were intended to be funny or ironic, and some actually were. Over the years, many people have expressed their enjoyment of the messages. “Santa Claus” from Chicago stopped by with a compliment occasionally on his way home from Wisconsin. I’ve had as many laughs as the passing motorists and always appreciated their kind remarks. It was quite amazing how far and wide the notoriety spread.

Our property, with many trees and a lot of frontage, has been a great display venue. In the fall many years ago the first sign went up, “Free Leaves, You Pick.” As winter snows fell, we offered “Free Snowmen, Roll Your Own.”  In summer, we offered “Grass Cutting Lessons on Saturday,” or held a special event: “Psychic Gathering, You Know When.”

Political irony along with double entendre always was fun: “Welcome to Illinois, the Best Government Money Can Buy.” My personal favorite was a moral admonition: “Repent, the End is Near,”  followed at a distance by a second sign, “The End.”

Thanks to all you fans out there. I haven’t lost my sense of humor, just my paintbrush. So for now, I’m signing out.

Dick Wantuch


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