Monday, July 24, 2017

Former BJ newsroom editor Webb Shaw and Katie Gaab-Shaw returned to the place where they began their married life, the Bronson Church in Peninsula, to celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary.

Katie wrote:

“Back where it all started 41 years ago.”

They live in Fremont, Wisconsin, which is 550 miles from their wedding site.

Webb retired in 2014 after 22 years in Wisconsin with J.J. Keller, where he was vice president of editorial resources.

Webb and Dave Scott, BJ regional issues reporter and deputy Business editor before the April 2014 BJ buyouts exodus, married sisters. Dave wed Jane Gaab Scott.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tributes to Dave Hess

Abe Zaidan, former BJ political columnist and Washington Post correspondent, leads off some heart-warming tributes to the late Dave Hess, who served the BJ and Knight-Ridder as Washington Bureau correspondent and chief:

To his sources and friends Dave Hess was a superb reporter. That was his widely respected professional side, a generous, thoughtful human being who loved his work and spent the necessary time to clarify what seemed to be a bureaucratic riddle to others. But to those of us who enjoyed his anecdotal side, too, he was an awful poker player. Just awful.
Abe Zaidan

That’s how I want to remember Dave, who died this week, because as a colleague closer to him than a brother for decades, our smokey head to head gambling at the Columbus Press Club and wherever else has left us the stories that we have repeated to those who didn’t know him beyond his bylines.

As we gathered after hours to shuffle the cards, he was a determined man of caustic wit who seldom walked away from the table a winner. He lost in ways that betrayed his studied logic and journalistic insight during his newsroom hours. To the others who wearily felt that 2 a.m. was a good time to round off the game, he ranted that we were all “candy asses” and insisted that we stick around until his luck changed. Alas, the club manager told us that he had to turn out the lights, so we gave in to Dave’s threats and marched to the Southern Hotel , a ragtag handful of reporters who wanted to rent a room to continue the games. Sorry, the night clerk told us. No luggage, no rentals. House rules.

We finally persuaded Dave to get off his soap box before he woke up all of the guests.

When I became the editor of a new liberal magazine in Columbus (In Darkest Ohio, the New Republic headlined a story I had written for it) it was my great fortune that he came aboard the tiny staff to do some of the finest journalism the city had ever seen.

His mind sped through complicated budgets from the Statehouse to nail the slightest trace of deception in dollars and cents. With incredible concentration he could pass through pages of official documents that were only meant to muddy the official report. Oh, there were times as his editor that I had to strip out some libelous references in his reports to the stiffs at the Statehouse , telling him that you couldn’t refer to a state senator as a “lying son-of-a bitch”.

“Well, he is!” Dave replied indignantly, knowing full well that his crisp description would never make it in print. But it was fun.

And that was the life blood of what an association with Dave was all about. Unlike today’s buttoned down hometown dailies, with reporters who prefer tennis and cheese and crackers to after-hours labors, those of us who worked 18-hour days in and around the statehouse pressroom enjoyed collegiality and the competition of out-doing each other before we all went to lunch together..

Dave Hess was one of the few from that crowd who was the last man standing for his profession, never once complaining about the long hours and skimpy pay. Up from the hollows of West Virginia, Dave viscerally asserted his pride in his life as a journalist writing furiously as an Ohio government reporter even though he had a master’s degree in Latin American politics!

We lost our jobs at the magazine that lost its angel when Murray Lincoln, the liberal founder of Nationwide Insurance, died. Dave arrived at the Beacon Journal shortly after Ben Maidenburg - a very conservative editor, hired me. Old School Ben, like Knight, didn’t mind adding a couple of liberal Democrats to the staff.

Indeed, in my first interview with Ben, we had an argument and he labeled me a “socialist”. I figured that killed any chance of me working at the BJ, even though he had excessively described my views. Next day, he hired me saying how much he enjoyed working with somebody who could argue so well. It didn’t take long for the bosses to recognize Dave’s talent and eventually send him to the Washington Bureau. The Potomac media so respected his talent that they elected him President of the National Press Club.

When the club asked me to write a satirical profIle of Dave for its in-house tribute to him, I wrote that he was a “beady-eyed hillbilly” who somehow found his way to the top. It broke Dave up.

Dave stayed in close touch and for the first four of five years of my blog, you could find his searing comments about the white collar crowd of pretenders on Capitol Hill. Nobody knew Gov. Kasich as well as Dave when Kasich was in Congress. And it often showed.

And with the passing of John Knight and decline of the hometown papers , you can only wonder how Dave, the pure pro, would react to seeing the front page of the paper in these troubled times with a big story across the top, of a new amusement park roller coaster. His coverage of Donald Trump would have been choice reading.

I’m sorry that so much of the above is personal. But the loss of Dave Hess won’t be forgotten by me in any other way.

Tom Moore, once in charge of BJ makeup and goddammits, chimed in:
Tom Moore

I'm sorry to hear about Dave. I've known him since 1952 when he was a part-timer on the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (in West Virginia and the birthplace of John S. Knight), where his dad, Wink, was city editor.

And when the magazine he and Abe worked on folded, I ran into Wink on a visit to Columbus. He hoped to keep Dave at least in the state and asked me about the Beacon Journal.

I knew we were always looking for good people and said I'd ask Maidenburg. I suggested to Ben that Abe and Dave would be good additions to the staff.

After they were hired, Dave slept in my basement for a week until he found lodging. And Abe has done him good with his tribute.
Marv Katz

Marv Katz, who included the Beacon Journal in his 40-year career and lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, added:


Sorry to read about Dave's death. He was one of a kind. Great tribute, Abe.


Dan Moldea, of Akron, a crime reporter for 42 years, wrote:



Deepest sympathy, Abe. . . . Like you, Dave Hess was a great reporter.

Bill Hershey

Former BJ Columbus Burea whiz Bill Hershey, who lives in Columbus, wrote:


Dave was a contributor to the Kent State coverage by Beacon Journal staff that won a Pulitzer in 1971. Dave also received awards and praise for his coverage of the Firestone 500 problems -- great example of digging and consumer reporting.

Dave Hess obituary

Complete obituary for Dave Hess, BJ Washington correspondent from 1971-1980.

There will be a graveside ceremony with military honors at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at Forest Lawn Cemetery on E. Broad Street in Columbus for Dave.

Here’s the obituary, courtesy of former BJ Columbus Bureau chief Bill Hershey (and, later, for Cox Newspapers after Bill left the BJ to return to the Dayton Daily News), who lives in Columbus:

David 1933 – 2017

David Willard Hess, age 83, died July 19, 2017 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The son of Willard Cary Hess and Ruth Marling Hess, David was born in Moundsville, WV on September 19, 1933.

He is preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Dorothea (West), children, Laura and Daniel, sister, Mary Kay Rogers, his dear childhood friend, John Stewart, and his ever-loyal pet Boxer, Champ.

He is survived by nephew, Darren (Laura) Burnham; nieces, Kathryn Burnham and Mary Lynn (Harry) Hicks; great-nephew, Nathan (Molly) Hicks; great-nieces, Carly Hicks, Kate Burnham, Kerry Burnham, Bryn Burnham; dear friends and esteemed colleagues.

As the son of a newspaper man, David was naturally curious about the stories his father covered and his curiosity along with his love of people and the world around him defined his military, professional and personal life and accomplishments.

David served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and he retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1989, having achieved the rank of Commander.

David earned a bachelor's degree in Geology in 1958 and a master's degree in Political Science in 1964 from The Ohio State University.

Following his father's footsteps into news reporting, he worked for the Akron Beacon Journal from 1971-1980 as the newspaper's Washington correspondent. David and his family relocated to Springfield, Virginia where he worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers, Washington Bureau from 1981 to 1988, as assistant editor and congressional, political, and White House correspondent.

He was the recipient of several awards, including the Worth Bingham prize for investigative journalism, 1978, and the grand prize for consumer journalism from the National Press Club, 1978.

He went on to serve as president of the National Press Club in 1985.

"Uncle Dave" relocated from Springfield to Columbus in 2013 to be with family and friends.

Graveside service and internment 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5600 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, or to its local chapter of Donor choice. Arrangements by RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit .

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 23, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dave Hess’ graveside ceremony Saturday, July 29

There will be a graveside ceremony with military honors at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at Forest Lawn Cemetery on E. Broad Street in Columbus for former BJ Columbus bureau and Knight-Ridder Washington bureau reporter Dave Hess.

Dave's wife, Dorothea, and his two children, Laura Cary Hess and Daniel Robert Hess, are also buried in this cemetery.  

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to The Humane Society of the United States or to its local chapter of Donor choice.

Dave was involved in the Kent State coverage by Beacon Journal staff that won a Pulitzer in 1971. Dave also received awards for his coverage of the Firestone 500 problems.

Dave passed away Wednesday, July 19 in Columbus, where he moved as his health declined at his Virginia home.

If you want to mail a condolence card to Dave's family, send it to Dave Hess’s nephew:

Darren Burnham
6759 Bowerman Street, W.
Worthington, OH. 43085

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Orlando joining switch to printing its newspaper elsewhere

The Orlando Sentinel will join newspapers all over America that are having their product printed outside their buildings.

The Sentinel and sister newspapers will use GateHouse Media plants in Daytona Beach and Lakeland, Florida in stages through September when the changeover will be complete.

The Sentinel will eliminate 89 full-time and 26 part-time positions involved with the printing.  The company will close its production facility.

The BJ years ago disposed of its printing press on Exchange Street and had the Canton Repository, and now the Cleveland Plain Dealer, printing the BJ.

The Sentinel will reduce its payroll to about 300 people.

GateHouse Media has 130 daily newspapers and more than 600 community publications in 36 states, including the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Ledger in Lakeland.

Dave Hess 2nd National Press Club president to pass away in 2 days


The National Press Club lost two of its former presidents in 2 days, including former KR Washington Bureau staffer David Hess, who was the group’s leader in 1985.


David Hess
Hess passed away Wednesday, July 19, in Columbus.


Donald R. Larrabee, president in 1973, died July 18 in Washington.


Larrabee, 93, was a founding member of the board of the National Press Foundation in 1976 and served as its executive director from 1979 to 1985.


Portland, Maine, native Larrabee was the owner and operator of the Griffin-Larrabee News Service on Capitol Hill, which served newspapers in New England.  He retired in 1978 after 30 years covering Congress and the government.


Both Hess and Larrabee were founding members of the Silver Owls, an organization started in 1985 in the Press Club for members with 25 years of membership.


Hess, as Press Club president in 1985, presided over the merger of the National Press Club and the old women’s press club, then named the Washington Press Club.


The BJ sent Glendale, West Virginia native Hess to Washington in 1970, where he joined the Knight Newspapers bureau. After his KR retirement, Dave reported from Capitol Hill for the National Journal’s Congress Daily.


Dave moved from his home in Springfield,

Virginia in 2010 to live near family members in Columbus. His wife, Dorothy, and children, Laura and Daniel, preceded him in death.

Bill Hershey, who tipped me off about Dave’s passing while I spent a week golfing in Michigan with a friend for 79 years, wrote:

“I have one Hess story that deserves retelling. Many of us had unusual experiences with Pat Englehart but few, if any, could top Dave's.

“During the Kent State coverage in 1970 Dave was on Naval Reserve duty at sea tracking Russian submarines.

“Somehow, Pat found out what ship Dave was on and got on the phone with him. Pat asked -- demanded probably -- that Dave go ashore to ferret out some Kent State info.

“Dave told me just last month that he was put ashore for a week or a few days, did his reporting, and then the ship picked him up. Nothing stopped Pat.”

Amen, Bill. That’s what Pat was the most memorable supervisor I had in my 43 years on newspapers in three states.
Robin Sallie’s brother passes away

Former BJ photographer Robin Sallie’s brother, Robert Sallie II, passed away Friday, July 14.

Robin left the BJ after 12 years during the 2006 exodus that discarded 264 years of service.

She lives in Massachusetts.

Robert’s obituary:

Robert "Bay" Sallie II, 53, of New Brighton, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Born September 9, 1963, and preceded in death by his parents, Freda (Dorsey) and Robert Spencer Sallie, Sr., of Beaver Falls, and his niece, Tamila Ebonae Smith of Allentown, Bay was the loving husband of Helen (Anderson) Sallie; the father of Pierce and Martika Rawl; the grandfather of Sophie, Aubree, Hayven and Tylor Anderson; brother of Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu, Robin (Roxana) Sallie and Artie (Sondra) Cox; and, is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Light of Salvation Church, 3301 6th Ave. (College Hill), Beaver Falls. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Light of Salvation Church.

The GOODEN & BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 214 Fifth Ave., Aliquippa, is in charge of arrangements.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ed Aylward passes away

Ed Aylward, one of many families that made the BJ their home away from home, passed away Saturday, July 8.

Brothers Bill and Joe also worked at Ol’ Blue Walls. Their combined service, if you included their dad, was 201 years -- Bill (50 years), Joe (47 years), Ed (46 years),  
John (32 years) and dad, Joseph (26 years).
Their father, Joseph M. Aylward, was BJ circulation manager from 1928 until his death in 1954.
Papa Joe worked at the Pittsburgh Telegraph and Times when he met and married Pittsburgh Hospital nurse Catherine B. “Kit” Aylward. Ed “retired” in 1991 after 46 years at the BJ, as a truck driver and later Circulation District Manager. Then spent the next 14 years in the Record Courier Circulation Department before retiring again.

The late Bill worked for 50 years at the BJ, retiring as assistant director of circulation in 1991.

Bill Aylward and close friend Bob Wolf, an usher, were credited with saving the life of Joseph Demeter after he suffered a heart attack and slumped over in a pew at St. Sebastian Church years ago.

Ed Aylward’s obituary:

Edward E. Aylward

Edward E. Aylward was born February 14, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pa. and passed away July 8, 2017.

Ed was preceded in death by his father, Joseph M. Aylward and mother, Catherine Boyle Aylward. Also preceded in death by brothers, Joseph, John, and William Aylward; and grandson, Michael Aylward.

He is survived by wife, Geri; daughter, Constance of Westerville, Ohio and son and daughter-in-law, James and Laura of Ravenna, Ohio; step-sons, Tim, Jeff, and Todd Ruip; grandchildren, Jennifer (JohnMark) Blakley of Columbus and Ashley Ruip of Akron. Many loved nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Hugh Aylward. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Dorothy Aylward; brotherin- law, Stan Ramsey, and Laura’s parents, Eugene and Judy Scott, and her sister, Holly and Bruce Saxe. In addition, dear friends, Audrey Merle, Fred and Margaret Welch.

Ed was a former truck driver and Circulation District Manager for the Beacon Journal, having retired in 1991 after 46 years of service. He was a proud member of the Teamsters Locals #473 (Beacon) and #345 (Taxi Cab Drivers) for whom he drove ten years.

Ed coached Little League Baseball for West Akron Baseball League in the 60’s. After leaving the Beacon Journal he went on to enjoy his final retirement years working for the Record Courier Publishing Co. for 14 years in the Circulation Dept. retiring on April 11, 2008.

Ed was a stalwart fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and the Cavs for many years. He graduated from Buchtel High School in 1942. He was employed at Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. before joining the Army in 1943 and serving until 1946. He served around the world, but mainly in the China-Burma-India Theater with the 3115th Signal Service Battalion in the 5322nd Headquarters Company under the command of Gen. Joe Stilwell and attached to the Southeast Asia Command (SEAC) British Army-Navy Headquarter of Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten in India and Ceylon (now Sri-Lanka).

Ed enjoyed life to the fullest being raised by the best parents ever, playing ball as a youth and as an adult with the greatest brothers possible. He proudly watched the growth and success of his two terrific children, Jim and Constance. Then in later years, he THRIVED on sharing all of the above with Geri. The best years of his life were from 1976 until July 8, 2017 with his greatest friend ever and loving wife, Geri, at his side. In his words, “What more could a man ask for?”

Many thanks to Dr. K. Krutky, Dr. Blanda, Dr. Peter and Dr. Agarwal. Ed was a friend to many and was loved by all.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Eckard Baldwin Funeral Home & Chapel, 760 E. Market St. Akron, OH 44305. The funeral service will immediately follow at 12 noon, with Rev. Joe Burkhardt officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In keeping with Ed’s love of sports, please feel free to wear anything Cavs, Indiy g ans, or Browns. Ed’s family suggests donations may be made to Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, 5623 New Milford Road, Ravenna, OH 44266.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Album work leads to Patrick Carney engagement

Patrick Carney, Black Keys drummer and BJ retiree Jim Carney’s son, got engaged to Michelle Branch, whose “Hopeless Romantic” album was produced by Patrick.

Patrick Carney, Michelle Branch
Michelle and Patrick became engaged July 2, Michelle’s 34th birthday. It would be Patrick’s third marriage. Cleveland Scene and former BJ reporter Denise Grollmus and Emily Ward were wives #1 and #2.

Michelle’s favorites, she told Billboard magazine, include “Moanin’ at Midnight,” “Out in the Woods,” “Two Can Love” and her “Hopeless Romantic” song.

Think there’s a message in her choices?

Patrick has a ton of Grammy Awards as part of the Black Keys band;  brother Michael, Columbus College of Art and Design grad with a Grammy for his Black Keys album art, lives in Brooklyn with Joanna Grant; and another brother Will supervises engineers for Amtrak out of St. Louis. 


Will moved from Peninsula where he was Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway superintendent. Railroading has been his passion and life since he was a teenager. 

The Carney boys are all Firestone High graduates, as is Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Leon Gibb and Lee Jordan retired from WEWS-Channel 5. The anchors have a combined 52 years of experience.

Both are Bowling Green graduates who once worked at Columbus WCMH.

Jordan beat out actress Halle Berry for “The Morning Exchange” co-host gig in 1987 after six years at WCMH.

Her co-anchors have been Fred Griffith, Joel Rose, Ted Henry, Roy Weissinger, Chris Flanagan and Frank Wiley.

Leon grew up in Cleveland was a Plain Dealer reporter.

He began his broadcast career at Toledo’s WTOL.

Leon got the Columbus job after giving a ride of a hitchhiker whose girlfriend’s mother worked at the NBC affiliate.

Lee married and divorced Michael Garofalo (1987-1996) and Jerry Kastler (1996-1998).

Leon was at WKYC-Channel 3 for years before switching to WEWS-Channel 5.

Leon and wife Marguerite have two daughters, Jennifer and Allison.

Leon is in the Hall of Fame of Glenville High, Bowling Green School of Communications, Cleveland Association of Broadcasters and Ohio Broadcasters (Associated Press).

“The Morning Exchange” began in 1972 as “The Alan Douglas Morning Exchange” with Douglas, Don Webster and Joel Rose.

ABC used “The Morning Exchange” as its model for “A.M. America” in 1975.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Matt Patrick passes away

Matt Patrick, who once hosted radio shows at Akron’s WKDD and Cleveland’s WTAM, passed away Sunday, July 9 in Katy, Texas.

Matt had been at Houston WTRH, where he began his conservative talk show in 2011.

Matt Patrick
His co-host was Shara Fryer, a cancer survivor.

He was married to Paula Parker Ryan. Their children are Jake, Alexandra and Alanna.

They lived in Hudson before moving to Houston in 2011. 

Matt’s parents were John “Jack” Ryan and Marie Drummond Ryan. He was a 1977 graduate of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University.

In Akron Matt hosted the “Matt Patrick in the Morning Show” for three decades. It was rock and roll radio.

In Texas, it was “God, guns and country” aimed at a conservative audience.

In Akron Matt hosted an annual radiothon for Akron Children's Hospital, which has raised more than $6 million since its debut in 1999.

Matt was a two-time Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee and spent more than three decades on the radio.

Matt Patrick was a radio personality in Ohio, New York, Indiana and Texas.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Bob Dyer & others win state awards

For 2017 the Society of Professional Journalists chapters in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus for their Best Journalism contest named the BJ’s Bob Dyer the best columnist.

Bob has been named best columnist in Ohio so often that they should just change it to the Bob Dyer Award.

The BJ was named best daily newspaper for 75,000 or higher circulation. Take that, PD!

Other firsts with Ol’ Blue Walls inhabitants went to Mark J. Price for Best Headline Writing, retired managing editor Doug Oplinger for Best Media Criticism, Michael Douglas for Best Political Commentary and Betty Lin-Fisher for Best Business Profile.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Matt Patrick ending cancer treatments

Matt Patrick, who once hosted radio shows at Akron’s WKDD and Cleveland’s WTAM, announced that he has discontinued his treatments for esophageal cancer.

He was a patient at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the most prestigious cancer-fighting medical facilities in America.

Matt is leaving Houston WTRH, where he began his conservative talk show in 2011.

His co-host Shara Fryer, a cancer survivor, helped Patrick get through the morning show as Patrick's wife also stayed in the studio with him and the rest of the show team as he announced the termination of treatment. 

In Akron Matt hosted the “Matt Patrick in the Morning Show” for three decades. It was rock and roll radio.

In Texas, it was “God, guns and country” aimed at a conservative audience.

In Akron Matt hosted an annual radiothon for Akron Children's Hospital, which has raised more than $6 million since its debut in 1999.
Patrick was a recovering alcoholic

Mark and Sara ‘Civil’ again

Former BJ and current PD culture critic Mark Dawidziak and wife Sara Showman will be performing “Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War” at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7 in McConnelsville, Ohio.

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson share the spotlight.

Mark and Sara do this one in a variety of places.

Otherwise, they do Poe, Dickens and Twain.

Dawidziak came to the BJ from Tennessee in 1983 and grew up on New York City’s Long Island.