Under the headline "Lights, Camera . . . Kevin" in the Oak Park River Forest High School yearbook, there's an article about sophomore Kevin Roy, described as the self-assured and authoritative star of "Newscene" on the school's cable channel. "Since I've been in fourth grade, I remember telling my parents that I wanted to be an anchor person," 16-year-old Kevin is quoted as saying.
Noting that he already "seemed well on his way toward achieving his goal," the article concludes: "With his ambition set, his goals in sight and guts and talent abound, Kevin has all the qualities to become a fine anchor person."
It all came true. In one of those classic "local boy makes good" stories, Kevin Roy realized his dream and became a successful and respected anchorman at the No. 1 station in his hometown. For eight of his 12 years at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, he co-anchored the city's top-rated Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts while doubling as an award-winning general assignment reporter.
Yet for reasons that many of his colleagues and admirers find hard to understand, it all came crashing to an end this week.