John Fitzgerald was a lifelong resident of the Rogers Park community area. He described a typical middle class upbringing in a household that was not political. Mr. Fitzgerald recounts extensive involvement in the Civil Rights Movement; he registered voters in Alabama and participated in the Selma March. In 1968, he was newly married and preparing for the bar or legal examination. He described his interaction with the convention and events surrounding it as being somewhat distant. He and his wife would visit Grant and Lincoln parks during the day, talk to people, and head home in the evening. He recalls watching the violence of Wednesday night from the window of a building at 116 South Michigan Avenue, which he and former colleagues later turned into a first aid station for injured protestors.