They'd probably be enemies if they weren't best buds.
It all started with David Bowie.
One muggy day last August, 22-year-old Dylan Bertoch (right) was perched on the brick planter near his Lakeview apartment when 87-year-old Jon Phillips (left) approached in his signature Chuck Taylors.
“Jon introduced himself, sat down and started telling a story about how Bowie stayed at his apartment in Old Town for three nights in the ’60s,” he says. SAIC-grad Phillips worked for the city for 30 years as the mayor’s special-events coordinator, a position that, he told Bertoch, helped him rub shoulders with everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Buckminster Fuller.
Bertoch was impressed. “From then on,” he says, “I was just really interested in all the stories Jon had to tell.”
The May-December friendship between the skateboarding aspiring artist and the retired lifelong bachelor continues over cups of coffee, meals and art-museum strolls. “Honestly, Jon’s one of the only people these days that I go out of my way to hang out with,” Bertoch says.