The last time I featured Daniel X. O'Neil, I ran a picture of him as a youngster with Roy Gerela of the Pittsburgh Steelers. While cruising his site, I saw another celebrity encounter he had and I asked him if I could run it, too.
I first met him during my time at Lerner Newspapers. I sat in on a session he had with students at a neighborhood school and then did a small feature on him for the newspaper. I was very impressed by his style and success with the students.
O'Neil is a writer, a poet and an internet consultant. He is also involved in many civic-minded projects. O'Neil's site is loaded with interesting blurbs, stories, poetry, pictures and anything else which might capture your attention. He has a little of everything and something for everyone. I recommend everyone check it out.
Of his Friendly Encounter with Rod Blagojevich, O'Neil says he was walking by the State of Illinois building when he ran into the then-Governor of Illinois. Blagojevich recognized him and O'Neil asked for a picture.
We don't have many political pictures on Johngy's Beat (have there been any?) and I really appreciate O'Neil allowing me to run this one. I also appreciate his work. O'Neil is really one of the good guys.
Daniel X. O'Neil and Rod Blagojevich in Chicago, IL-Fall 2008.
(Photo courtesy of Daniel X. O'Neil)