Karon White's 60th Birthday Party

The following article appeared in the Chicago Sun Times covering Karon's 60th birthday party on November 3rd. 

Celebrating 60 years of friendships

November 26, 2006 

Karon White Gibson never lost touch with her friend, Jackie (Fasano) Bartolini, even though the two graduated from Bogan High School at Pulaski and 79th Street in Chicago in 1964.

Everywhere this Plainfield resident goes, she meets new friends, and she takes care to keep in touch.

"I guess I decided I was going to be the social director forever," she said of her ability to simply talk to everyone she meets.

That determination was, perhaps, no more evident than the day of her 60th birthday party Nov. 3 at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Lockport. More than 80 people showed up for Gibson's "This is your Life" party.

Guests came from every aspect of her life. From nurses who knew Gibson in her first career to retired police officers who worked with her now-retired husband, and to people like Cathy DeAvila , owner of Cathy's Sweet Creations in Plainfield, who met Gibson in her current career.

Gibson hosts her own cable access television show, "Outspoken with Karon."

DeAvila, who once was a guest on Gibson's show, provided desserts for the birthday extravaganza. One favorite was a to-die-for death-by-chocolate cake.

All of the 80 people were there for Karon, but the food would have been enough reason to attend. From carved ham and roast beef (that everyone raved about) to a made-to-order pasta bar, the Prairie Bluff manager of food and beverage, Michael Berris , really put on a show. So did The Relics, a '50s and '60s band, that entertained the masses. One of the members -- Ed Kocjan -- hails from Joliet . Gibson said her role as talk show host gives her a chance to meet people she ordinarily might not meet. And, since her show is about health, many times the people are healers of some sort.

"I just have a bigger hospital without walls," she said of her show.

In fact, she's learned about her own health through her guests on the show. Amazed by the research in vitamin therapy, Karen saw her life change after learning about enderomology treatments -- the cleansing of the lymph systems.

In addition, she recently was featured in DuPage Women Magazine for her show, which is also aired in DuPage as well as Will County. She even graced the cover of the magazine.

"That was a dream come true," she said.

She has accomplished much, but still hopes to see her show syndicated nationally and her book, "Nurses on Our Own," made into a movie.

If needed, Karon said she will produce it herself as a made-for-TV movie.

With her determination, I would not be surprised if I am writing in my column about that movie a few years from now.

For more information on "Outspoken with Karon," call (815) 773-4497, send an e-mail to tvnurse@yahoo.com, or visit the Web site www.americantvproductions.com.

Good luck to you, Karon!