Interview Date: February 7, 2018
Interview Location: Morton Grove Public Library
Interviewer: Chad Comello
Transcriber: Amy Chow
Duration: 42 minutes
Eric M. Poders has lived in the Morton Grove area for over 30 years. Born in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the Northeast side of Chicago, his parents met at the Glen Grove Equestrian Center in Morton Grove in the 1950s and in 1975 moved their family to unincorporated Glenview, which bordered Morton Grove. Eric fondly remembers visits to the Buffalo’s Restaurant as a kid, spending Summers at Oriole Pool and St. Paul Woods, and biking around Morton Grove’s West side with his friends.
As a kid he began working at his father’s pharmacy and restaurant in Downtown Chicago, which led him to study communications, advertising, and public relations in college. In addition to starting an electronics firm, he also began training racehorses and writing about them in a self-made publication called the The Horseman’s Voice, which later evolved into The Morton Grove Voice and then The North Shore Voice.
In this interview, Eric talks about his favorite Morton Grove memories and places, the lessons he’s gained from his world travels, and his appreciation for the work done by local organizations.