Thursday, December 30, 2010

Connie Bloom in First Night Akron

Former BJ staffer Connie Bloom will be participating in Friday's First Night Akron, the 15th annual welcoming of the New Year at various downtown Akron venues. Connie's Quilting Arts Studio and Gallery will be open 5-11 p.m. Friday on the third floor of Summit Artspace, which is next to the Akron Art Museum, 140 E. Market Street.

Connie moved in autumn 2010 from her Red Light Galleries, 111 N. Main Street, next door to Luigi’s, to Summit Artspace. She left the BJ in 2008 after 34 years with the newspaper.

She is publisher/editor of QSDS (Quilt Service Design Symposium), a quarterly online magazine about fabric art, which she dived into with a passion after taking her BJ buyout.

First Night buttons cost $10.

Click on the headline to read Kerry Clawson's First Night story in the BJ.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Photos from Nov 10, 2004 lunch

Calvin Deshong found these photos from a November 11, 2004 BJ Retirees lunch. They had been sent to him by Bob Pell.

Harry Liggett, Don Bandy and Tim Hayes / Carl Nelson and John Olesky

Gene McClellan, Al Hunsicker, Robert Pell and Calvin Deshong

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

BJ batch in Fairlawn-Bath patch

There's a batch of former Beacon Journal employees working for the Fairlawn-Bath Patch, one of the hundreds of local news outlets that are springing up all over the country. Each Patch provides extensive news about its area via the Internet, a job that cash-strapped newspapers no longer can handle.

Former BJ reporter Kymberli Hagelberg is editor of the Fairlawn-Bath Patch.

Another former BJ staffer, Dave Wilson, who has lived in the Akron area since 1996, is a contributor.

So is former BJ editorial page staffer Sarah Vradenburg, who is working on a history of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County that will be published in the fall of 2011 in time for the park district's 90th anniversary.

Fifteen-year BJ sportswriter David Lee Morgan, Jr., who covered and wrote books about LeBron James, former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, is another contributor.

Former Plain Dealer talent is involved, too. Rich Fletcher, who created, designed, and edited graphics/results for the Sports department at the Plain Dealer, is editor. So is his wife, Eneida Morales Fletcher, involved for 23 years with getting photos into the PD.

Denise Ritter, who has been a reporter, copy editor, news editor and page designer during her career at the PD, San Jose Mercury News and Miami Herald, is contributor, editor.

Alana Baranick, who wrote PD news obituaries from 1992-2008, also is a contributor.

Another contributor is Kit Kelly, a New York native who worked for the Montrose Sun, the West Akron Sun and the Barberton Herald.

Contributor Bruce F. Griffin has reported for the Wooster Daily Record and Warren Tribune Chronicle.

Contributor Sean Dougherty once was Summit County Director of Administration for Planning and Building.

BJ Alums had an Oct. 19, 2010 article about looking for editors in communities around the country. It's part of the Internet-fueled new journalism, which allows even small areas to get news about the little things that traditional newspapers don't have the staff or space to handle.

To read more about the staff and what the Fairlawn-Bath Patch does, click on the headline.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Nile, delightful; Egypt, fascinating

Paula and I did the usual stuff during our 12-day tour of Egypt -- pyramids, spinx, temples, tombs, Nile River cruise, 20-mile dune buggy ride throught the desert, boarding camels, sailing on a felucca, seeing as many of the 110,000 King Tut artifacts as possible in the Museum of Egypt in Cairo. There were donkeys everywhere -- plowing the fields, pulling carts to market. And goats herded within inches of heavy Cairo traffic.

It was my 34th country to visit since my 1996 retirement from the Beacon Journal. Only China was on the same plane when it came to being a fascinating country.

Click on the headline if you want to see the photos.

What about you? If you have details, with photos of family at your destinations, of recent trips, email them to John Olesky at

Retired KR VP Jerry Marshall dies

Jerry Marshall, 72, of LaGrange, died Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Hospice LaGrange.

Mr. Marshall was born July 2, 1938 in Akron, Ohio, son of the late Clyde William and Edna Marshall. He graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Accounting. He was a retired Assistant Vice President of Finance with Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Mr. Marshall was a member of the First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, June Marshall; a son, Stu (Wendy) Marshall; a daughter, Tara (Laurence) Kaplan; and his grandchildren, Analissa Marshall, Mason Marshall, Caitlin Kaplan, Morgan Kaplan, and Shannon Kaplan.

Service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at the First Baptist Church on the Square with Dr. Paul R. Baxter and Rev. Paul Blair Officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday (12/27) evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and immediately following the service at the church. Flowers will be accepted or those desiring may contribute to Hospice LaGrange (1514 Vernon Road, LaGrange, GA 30240) in memory of Jerry Marshall. Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, (706) 884-8636.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Harvarti, ham and Hallelujah

Shoppers at the historic West Side Market in Cleveland got more than rutabagas and ribs Dec 18. The West Shore Chorale and local choral friends, scattered among the customers, broke out into the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah." The same Random Act of Culture of the Hallelujah Chorus by the Opera Company of Philadelphia delighted shoppers at Philadelphia's Macy's Department Store a few weeks earlier, financed by the Knight Foundation.

Click on the headline to watch and hear the Cleveland "mob flash," as it also is called.

New email address for Dick Latshaw

BJ Alums blog got this email from retired printer Dick Latshaw, who lives on Pauleys Island, South Carolina near another BJ retiree, Harold McElroy:






Sunday, December 19, 2010

Black Keys to perform on SNL

SNL Kicks Off the New Year with Jim Carrey and The Black Keys

New York "Saturday Night Live" celebrates the new year starting January 8 with actor Jim Carrey and musical guest The Black Keys.

Jim Carrey will take his second turn at hosting on January 8. The two-time Golden Globe winner is receiving critical acclaim for his starring role in the recently released film "I Love You Phillip Morris," which was nominated in the category of "Best Comedy" for the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

The Black Keys will perform as musical guest for their first SNL appearance. The duo recently received six Grammy nominations and their first single, "Tighten Up," remains number one at Modern Rock radio after eight continuous weeks. Additionally, iTunes named their album "Brothers" the number one album of the year while it debuted at number three on Billboard's Top 200 chart and number two on the Current Albums chart.

Carney is the son of BJ reporter Jim Carney and stepson of B?J reporter Katie Byard.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

There's a blog for Times-Reporter Alums

There is now a blog -- Times-Reporter Alums--for the Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia.

The masthead calls it:

A meeting place for those who have toiled in the various Times-Reporter departments over the years and who'd like to stay in touch. The Times-Reporter is a daily newspaper serving Tuscarawas, Holmes, Harrison, Carroll, Stark and Coshocton counties. Its owners over the last four decades include Horvitz Newspapers, Ingersoll Publications, Journal Register Co., Copley Press and Gatehouse Media.

Click on the headline to go there and then bookmark it if you are interested.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ex-BJ circulation mananger Coudriet dies

TALLMADGE -- Robert A. Coudriet, 87, passed away December 10, 2010.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, based in Oahu, Hawaii. He retired in 1985 from the Akron Beacon Journal, where he worked for 45 years as a Circulation Manager. He was a
member of Our Lady of Victory Church, K of C, Mogadore VFW Post #8487, Holy Name Society, and Associates of St. Joseph at Archbishop Hoban High School.

For the last twenty-eight years, his favorite pastime has been spending time with his grandchildren. Grandpa enjoyed watching his grandchildren in developing skills in numerous sporting events with the Archbishop Hoban Knights, New York and International Broadway performances, and was always there for their special occasions. Holding a special place in grandpa's heart was his best buddy Danny. All of his grandchildren thank him for all of the years of love and dedicated support he gave them. Robert was an avid sports fan and athlete. He also had a passion for Notre Dame football. As a young man he played minor league baseball with the Akron Orphans. Prior to being drafted into World War II, he was offered a professional baseball contract.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Edith Coudriet; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Coudriet.

Robert is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Michael Coudriet of Bath, John (Maryann) Coudriet of Sevierville, Tenn., Stephen (MaryAnn) Coudriet of Akron, and James (MaryAnn) Coudriet of Tallmadge; sisters, Betty Pavlin of Akron, Jewell Brightbill of Camp Hill, Pa., and Marcella (Tom) Judy of Cary, N.C.; brother, Bernard (Joanne) Coudriet; grandchildren, Chad, Todd, Tana, Emily, Ben, and Dan Coudriet. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Our Lady of Victory Church, 73 North Ave., Tallmadge with Father John Hengle and Father Norm Douglas officiating. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery where military rites will be conducted by Mogadore VFW Post #8487.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Ave., (On the Historic Tallmadge Circle). Memorial donations may be made to The Coudriet Memorial Scholarship, c/o Archbishop Hoban High School, 1 Holy Cross Blvd., Akron, Ohio 44306.

Donovan Funeral Home, 330-633-3350
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Monday, December 13, 2010, page B5, col.3]

Friday, December 10, 2010

Editor emeritus Loris Troyer dies

KENT - Veteran Portage County journalist, community leader, historian and author Loris C. Troyer, 96, died early Thursday morning, Dec., 9, at Gardens of Western Reserve in Cuyahoga Falls, where he had lived since mid-October.

Mr. Troyer retired in 1982, as executive editor of the Record-Courier, the Portage County daily newspaper he joined in 1936 to cover news of Kent State University for $10 a week. After retiring,
he began writing a weekly Portage Pathways column about area history. His association with the Record-Courier spanned more than 65 years.

He had been in declining health for several years. He broke his hip in a fall on Thanksgiving night and had hip replacement surgery the following morning. After a week's stay at Akron City Hospital, he returned to Gardens of Western Reserve a week ago.

Born Oct. 11, 1914, in Walnut Creek, Ohio, he came to Kent State University in 1932, where he became a journalism student. He joined what was then the Kent Courier-Tribune in August 1936, giving up a part-time summer job of selling Singer sewing machines to do so. In 1939, he moved to the paper's Ravenna office to cover local news there. He became Kent editor of the Record-Courier in 1949, and executive editor in 1963.

As a young journalist, Mr. Troyer was credited with uncovering the news that the United States government was acquiring large parcels of land for what became the Ravenna Arsenal for arms production during World War II.

During his long career, he also was instrumental in coverage of the effects of World War II and post-war prosperity on Portage County residents, the dramatic growth of Kent State University and the tragedy of the campus shootings on May 4, 1970.

While his professional career enabled him to be in the presence of seven U.S. Presidents and countless entertainment and sports celebrities, he most enjoyed telling the stories of local newsmakers and everyday citizens.

A collection from his hundreds of history columns was published by the Kent State University Press in a 1998 book entitled Portage Pathways.

Mr. Troyer was involved for decades in community leadership, including serving 12 years on the Kent City Schools board of education beginning in 1958 and as director of the Portage County Soap Box Derby from 1947 through 1972. Over the years, he served as a director of the Portage County Red Cross, Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, United Way, Kent Citizens for Progress, Portage County Heart Association and the City Bank of Kent. He was president of Kiwanis Club of Kent, Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Ravenna Jaycees, Kentway, Inc., Kent Historical Society and Twin Lakes Country Club. He was a long-time member of the United Church of Christ of Kent, where he served as chairman of the board of trustees.

He was a charter member of the Akron Press Club and the Akron chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He received the John S. Knight Award for lifetime achievement in journalism, the Kent State University Distinguished Service Award and the Kent State School of Journalism Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a member of the Halls of Fame of the All-American Soap Box Derby and the Kent City Schools.

In 1939, he married Lucile Gallaway of Kent. She died in 1991. He married Laura Walters of Ravenna, who survives him, in 1992. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Jesse Troyer; sisters, Mellanie Arnold, Marjorie Hummel and Nellie Hecker; brothers, Dey Troyer and Tom Troyer; and son-in-law, Marvin Canupp. He also is survived by daughter, Sandy Canupp of Kent; son, Bob of Chicago; grandson, Scott Canupp of Broadview Heights, Ohio; granddaughter, Teri Peasley of Heath, Ohio, and great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kelsey Katz and Abigayle and Alexander Troyer Canupp.

Calling hours will be Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home, 624 W. Main Street, Kent, Ohio 44240. Service will be Monday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at United Church of Christ of Kent, 1400 E. Main Street. Memorials may be made to the Loris Troyer Journalism Scholarship Fund, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5910, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001, or the Kent Historical Society, 234 S. Water Street, Kent, Ohio 44240-3526.

Bissler & Sons Funeral Home, Kent,OH
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Friday, December 10, 2010, page B5, col. 4]

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Here's the BJ Retiree Lunch "Bunch"

This is the photo of the monthly luncheon of Beacon Journal Retirees at Papa Joe's in the Valley. From left are Tom Moore, Gene McClellan and Al Hunsicker. Next month perhaps they will meet in a phone booth -- if they can find a phone booth, Moore writes.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

McClatchy says 18.2% of revenue is online

The McClatchy Company management today provided an update of business trends for 2010 and an outlook for 2011. Management noted that it saw a continuation of improving advertising revenue trends in October and November 2010. Advertising revenues were down 5.8% in October and November 2010 combined, compared to declines of 6.4% in the third quarter, 8.2% in the second quarter and 11.2% in the first quarter of 2010. Year-to-date advertising revenues through November 2010 were down 8.0%. Total revenues for October and November 2010 combined were down 5.1% and were down 6.2% year-to-date through November 2010.

Management noted the improving advertising trends in 2010 have been led by classified advertising, and in particular, improving trends in employment classified advertising. Employment advertising at McClatchy turned positive in May 2010 and has grown 2.1% over the last seven months.

Click on the headline dto read the PR Newswire news release.

Calling hours for Shippy are Thursday

Richard W. (Dick) Shippy died December 6, 2010, at Akron City Hospital following a long and brave battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 83.

Dick was a talented writer and longtime reporter and columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered film, radio, television and theater before returning to the
sports department for the final decade of his career. He was fiercely proud of his profession, his newspaper and those with whom he worked over a nearly 40-year period. He had a quick, biting wit and was particularly outspoken about what he believed was the death of ``literate' journalism. He was once ordered by an editor to discard a written interview with author Norman Mailer because ``no one in Akron knows who Norman Mailer is.'

Dick's acerbic wit charmed some (readers) and alienated others (editors and publishers). He was hired by organizers of Akron's sesquicentennial celebration to write a stage play about the history of Akron and instead delivered a musical comedy featuring televangelists, would-be rubber barons and a lady of the evening named ``Claire of Perkins Park Square.' One reviewer wrote, ``I laughed 'til I bounced off my `bippy.'

Dick was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., but spent most of his childhood in Marion, Ind., where he graduated from high school as a National Merit Scholar. He studied engineering and mathematics at the University of Kentucky before serving in Italy during World War II. Following the war, he enrolled in Northwestern University, where he met the woman he would marry, Joanne L. Griffin. On their first date, they attended a Chicago Cubs doubleheader at Wrigley Field. On that day and throughout their 60-year marriage, she endured countless hours of boredom watching bad baseball to be at his side.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Emma G., aunt Rhoda, sister, Lois A., and beloved son, Brian G. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; daughter, Kathleen T., of Akron; sons, Kevin S. (Linda), New York, N.Y., and Richard A. ``Drew' (Wanda), Akron; and grandchildren, Emily, Colin, Alison, Rachel, Dylan and Graham.

Dick was a lifelong Democrat and generous supporter of liberal causes.

Dick's family wishes to thank friends who have stayed in contact throughout his extended illness, as well as the caregivers of Comfort Keepers, Cuyahoga Falls.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at Hummel Funeral Home, 500 E. Exchange St., Akron, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the adult literacy programs of Project Learn, 60 South High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326, (330) 434-9461.

Hummel Funeral Homes (330) 253-6126
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Wednesday, December 8, 2010, page B5, col. 3]

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Retiree Dick Shippy dies at 83

Indiana native wrote in sports, arts sections during 35-year career

By Tom Gaffney
Beacon Journal sports writer

Former Beacon Journal reporter Richard W. ''Dick'' Shippy died Monday afternoon after a long illness. He was 83.

Mr. Shippy, who worked at the Beacon Journal for 35 years, died at Akron City Hospital.

He was best-known as a longtime movie, drama and television critic at the newspaper. He also
worked for the Beacon Journal Sunday magazine and spent both his early and final years at the Beacon as a sports writer.

''Dick was a very outspoken guy who always let you know where you stood with him,'' said longtime friend Abe Zaidan, also a former Beacon Journal newsroom employee. ''He worked hard and was a very good writer. They got their money's worth from him.''

Mr. Shippy was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., on May 7, 1927. He went to high school in Marion, Ind., and graduated in 21/2 years, as a National Merit Scholar.

After serving in the U.S. Army and being stationed in Italy in the 1940s, he enrolled at Northwestern University in 1947 and graduated in 1951.

He worked at three smaller newspapers before joining the Beacon Journal in 1956.

From 1980 until retiring in 1991, he wrote about the Cleveland Force indoor soccer team, local and professional golf, Notre Dame football, and boxing, among other assignments.

Both during his working days and in retirement, Mr. Shippy was an avid baseball fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox and their hall of fame outfielder, Ted Williams.

Mr. Shippy was an athlete himself, playing basketball, football and baseball at various levels.

Calling hours and funeral information will be announced later.

[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Tuesday, December 7, 2010, page B4, col. 1] ]

Monday, December 06, 2010

Dick Shippy dies at City Hospital

Beacon Journal retiree Dick Shippy died about 4 p.m. today at Akron City Hospital.  He had been ill for sometime with a number of problems including Parkinson's. 

Shippy was a veteran craftsman on Sunday magazine, sports, television and drama.  A Beacon Journal reporter is pulling  together his obituary.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Leo Osmar now at Heather Knoll

Composing room retiree Leo V Osmar is now living at Heather Knoll, 1134 North Avenue, Tallmadge. (Phone 330.688.8600)

“When I moved here it was for life,” Osmar said. “but I moved because wife Theresa was destined to a life away from home with her alzhiemers diagnosis. Six weeks into my taking residence here she developed the eventual imminent fatal illness. She spent her last days at the Hospice in Fairlawn surrounded by her children and grandchildren, fairly conscious until the end.”

Theresa Ann Osmar, 78, died November 16, 2010.

You can email Leo at

Leo’s unusual address apparently was composed during the many hours he spent at St. Bernard parish and the Peter Maurin Center helping to care for the homeless.

Merry Christmas Leo

Friday, December 03, 2010

Black Keys win Grammy nominations

The Black Keys, Pat Carney and Dan Auerbach, got Grsmmy nominations
wedenesday night for their sixth album.

Brothers, garnered nominations for Best Alternative Album; Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song Tighten Up; and Best Rock Instrumental for Black Mud.

The multiple Grammy nods make a gold-plated bookend to what has been the biggest year in the Firestone High graduates' near decade-long career.

Brothers debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Rock Album, Alternative and Tastemaker charts, as well as being their fastest-selling album with 73,000 sales in its first week. Additionally, the lead single Tighten Up also topped the Rock Songs chart (where it is still number 2) and is in its sixth week atop the Alternative Songs chart.

The band's songs have also been featured in the wildly popular game Rock Band, as well as commercials and films, including the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (which is also Grammy-nominated). Their current world tour has been selling out many of its dates in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Graphic artist Michael Carney, Pat Carney's younger brother, also received a nomination for best recording package for his uncluttered, plainspoken artwork on the album. It places him in direct competition with yet another nominated Akronite, artist Andrew Taray, who worked on singer/songwriter Chip Taylor's Yonkers, NY album.

The Carneys are sons of BJ reporter Jim Carney and stepsons of Jim's wife, Katie Byard, also a BJ reporter.

Connie Bloom has opening at new digs

BJ Alums got this email from former BJ staffer Connie Bloom:

Hi --

You are invited to the opening of my new quilting art studio in downtown Akron this weekend.

Enjoy a giant cookie and share in animated conversation in my studio on the third floor of Summit Artspace Saturday (5-9 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-4 p.m.), Dec. 4-5.

My studio is sweetly tucked into an array of other studios and galleries, so there is plenty to see and lots of shopping options. Saturday is also Artwalk night, which means you can hop Lolly the Trolley for free and take her to visit other nearby artist studios in the downtown art district.

Parking is free behind the building, which is next to the Akron Art Museum, 140 E. Market St., Akron.

Please feel free to call me at 330-472-0161 if you need anything.

Hope to see you there,

Connie Bloom

Connie announced her move as resident quiltmaker at Summit Art Space in September. The fabric art star has a 350 square foot studio.

Connie moved from her Red Light Galleries, 111 N. Main Street, next door to Luigi’s.

She is publisher/editor of QSDS (Quilt Service Design Symposium), a quarterly online magazine abut fabric art. Click on the headline to see samples of her quilt magazine.

Connie took a BJ buyout in 2008, ending 34 years in its newsroom which included writing a pets column and being among many graduates of the late Craig Wilson's Action Line staff.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Recognize this elf?

Don't know if he is an elf or what.

But this is Tom Moore, once a venerable Beacon Journal news editor, now apparently hard at work on the Polar Express of the Cuyahoga Valley railroad line.

Is Christmas time
so near?

Marchione wins science reporting award

Reprinted from, the Youngstown Vindicator site

By Elise Franco

Marilynn Marchione entered Kent State University in 1972 with an undeclared major.

Nearly 40 years and four professional news outlets later, Marchione, 56, is a successful reporter honored with one of the most prestigious awards in medical-science journalism.

Marchione, an Associated Press reporter and a 1972 graduate of Ursuline High School,
recently was awarded the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.

“The award means a great deal to me because it comes from my peers,” she said. “Victor Cohn did so much to stamp out junk-science reporting, and he brought a rigor to science writing that the field sorely needed.”

Marchione lives in Milwaukee, where she is one the AP’s senior medical writers.

Before starting at the AP in 2004, she had a string of coveted reporting jobs at well-known newspapers across the country, including 10 years at the Akron Beacon Journal, a year at the Chicago Sun-Times and 18 years at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Marchione really found her reporting niche in 1983 when her daughter, now 27, was 6 months old and very sick in the hospital.

The medical process “riveted me. I went from reading parent magazines to reading scientific literature,” she said. “I found it life changing. It seemed to me from then on that nothing else was worth writing about.”

Driven by her newfound passion, Marchione sought spillover stories on the medical beat that the health reporter couldn’t get to. She said she worked hard to learn all she could about medical reporting and took advice from reporters with more experience.

“A lot of people come to it with a strong interest and not necessarily a medical background,” she said.

Milwaukee is where her medical-science writing really began to take shape.

“Once I came to the Milwaukee newspaper, the long-time medical writer was just a very gracious person, and he shared stories,” she said. “He mentored me, and that made a very big difference.”

The skills she acquired during this time and while working for the AP helped earn her the Victor Cohn Prize.

Marchione, the 11th recipient, was given the award and $3,000 on Nov. 7 in New Haven, Conn.

“Marchione’s wide-ranging daily and in-depth consumer health coverage has sought to bring medical science findings to readers in a way that is relevant to their own health choices,” a news release from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing said.

Marchione’s mother, Alice Marchione, of Boardman, said she thinks her daughter is so talented in the field because of the way she expresses herself.

“She expresses herself well, both orally and written,” she said. “As you can tell she’s more of a news reporter, and she’s excellent.”

But unlike many aspiring writers, journalism wasn’t always something Marchione knew she wanted to do.

After taking a literature final exam in one of her first semesters at KSU, Marchione said the professor pulled her aside and suggested she look into the university’s journalism program.

“I didn’t know much about journalism, but after I turned in my final exam [my professor] said, ‘You really belong in that program,’” she said. “It seemed to combine the things I found most interesting.”

Alice Marchione said she’s proud of all her daughter has accomplished and continues to look for her byline.

“I’ve followed her journalism career as it progressed from her first reporting job at the Akron Beacon Journal ... I still look for her AP byline to keep abreast of her health-related articles,” she said. “That’s my girl. I have a tremendous amount of pride. It makes me feel like I’ve done my job well.”

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Getting-it-straight button for web sites

A Report an Error Alliance has been launched to get every news page on the Internet to have a clearly labeled button for reporting errors. The Beacon Journal puts its corrections under Getting It Straight. Why not web sites?

It's too difficult for readers to let web sites know when they make mistakes, the ad hoc group contends. So make it easy. Provide a button, just as web sites do for Email and Print.

Click on the headline to read the story.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hanging with Roy Hobbs World Series

 Click on headline to go to album of photos

By Tom Moore           
My seventh year of hanging with Tom Giffen and his Roy Hobbs World Series crew in Florida is over once again...and again, it was a great success.

The theme this year was “Catch 22” and T-shirts, luggage tags, program front and a patch carried out that theme.

With 191 amateur baseball teams from all over the county plus Germany, Russia and the Dominican Republic, we kept busy.

And the main reason things run so smoothly, as least in my mind, is the planning and the experience of the staff in dealing with 3,000 plus folks. And behind it all is former BJ sports editor Giffen.

Tom  Moore with Tom Giffen
He's the honcho along with his wife and son. Then there's Tony from New Jersey who directs and sees that things run according to plan.

Don't know if you realize what is involved in such an endeavor year after year—this is the 22nd year the series has taken place.

The teams are placed in divisions according to age....28 to 80. Yes, I said 80. Just because you have a few years on you doesn't     always mean a rocking chair by the fire.

Tom starts the planning even before the present event is over. And over the year the series is fleshed out....with certified umpires, series crew and the fields....fields that are at major league standards since we use the spring training facilities of the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins.

As one player who had a few years on him told me; “I got into the outfield in Hammon Stadium with the scoreboard, the announcer and a few people in the stands and I felt like I was 18 again!”

And it's that attitude that keeps these players coming back year after year.

When the time draws near, an 18-wheeler takes Tom's office from Akron on Akron-Peninsula Road to Ft. Myers, along with all kinds of baseball paraphernalia for the shop.

The program for that year is being printed at that time, with information on the previous year, the rules, etc plus stories that I've written from telephone interviews of players all over the county and sometimes a foreign interview or two.

Once in Florida, the Series staff get their initial assignments for checking in managers and players and for concession stands, the store, and giving out “goodie bags” ---a cup, a pen, a luggage tag and lots of discount coupons from Ft. Myers businesses.

(A story this year in the local paper pointed out that the Series brings in about 9 million dollars to the local economy.)

Tents are put up for signins and for bat salesmen that come in, along with a massage table by a Ft. Myers masseur.

Then name cards are printed for the player (remember that's over 3,000)  and these cards the players must carrying with them. If somebody thinks a player is too young for the division, the card lists his birthday. Also, letters on the card indicate the gifts they gets...a t-shirt, a program, a goodie bag, a free beer and dinner at the Saturday welcome party.

There are rules--most follow major league baseball--but there are exceptions….for example, players can share positions. One fellow I wrote about had a goal of 300.…not a hitting average, but weight.  He goes to bat and if he makes it to first base, his shared pardner runs for him. (By the way, saw him again this year…he’s still over 300, but he’s trying.

If trouble breaks out, the player responsible is thrown out of the game and has to see Tom to remain in the tournament. a repeat means he goes home.

I had one team tell me the reason they keep coming back to the Series is Tom sets the rules and he won’t break them for anybody.

And that man has a remarkable memory. He can remember players from years ago, and is always ready to shake hands and greet them.

Each team plays four games Sunday through Tuesday. Then they’re seeded according to their record and placed in quad A, triple A, etc.

Win your division and you get a medal and a championship hat.

Tom’s idea of relaxing at the Series is to umpire games…and this despite his ailments---lukemia (in remission) hips replaced and this year a stent for a heart problem.

Tom now has a foundation set up with moneys going to lukemia research.

And two Saturdays during the Series, there are “Challenger Games” in the stadium for  mentally challenged kids. They get to bat, pitch and run the bases with the help of some of the ball players. Of

Tom Moore with "Oil Can"
course, the kids and the players have a ball. Lots of fun.

Tom and wife Ellen’s second son, Mac, takes care of cyberspace problems--from Houston, Tex. where he lives with his wife and new daughter.

Of course there are parties  for umpires, players and the staff. And if it doesn’t rain on Wednesdays, we get a day off.

In between writing stories for “the Inside Pitch” I do other chores, this time giving out the free T-shirts. I also try to interpert the game highlights that managers turn in to be published in the Pitch.

You who have run into my handwriting know how bad it is.

Some of the highlights are worse. Of course I have a hard copy of all players’ names and can double check. After all, if a player has an outstanding game, you want to make sure his name is right in print.

One of the best highlights I got this year was down to two words:


A highlight of my writing this year was an interview with former Boston Red Sox pitcher “Oil Can” Boyd.

I went to his field a bit early and he was pitching. And the way he acted, I figured this was not going to be a plesant interview. Turned out off the field he was the nicest guy you’d ever want to know.

Commentary: Abe is doing our job for us

Our cohort and former BJ political columnist Abe Zaidan has written an analysis that BJ Alums should have done on the failure of the Cleveland Plain Dealer as a community watchdog. Why didn't the PD uncover the years-old corruption in Cleveland before the government finally revealed it?

Abe quotes the explanation by the newsaper's ombudsman and laments that in today's media world the watchdogs are all napping--or maybe newspapers just cannot afford a watchdog.

Click on the headline to read the view of Grumpy Abe.

Doing nothing works for BJ health plan

Beacon Journal retirees who are getting notifications about changes in the BJ's health care coverage through Aetna have been contacting the BJ Alums blog.

What to do? Nothing.

If you have Aetna Medicare Advantage in 2010 and you do nothing, then you'll be switched automatically Jan. 1, 2011 to the Aetna PPO plan mandated by the new government health care law. The BJ submitted all the names to Aetna for the changes. You'll get a new Aetna PPO card.

You can check with your medical provider to see if they are on Aetna's Medicare PPO (Preferred Provider Organizations). If they are NOT in the PPO network, then you'll pay more for your care than you will if you use a doctor or medical services provider who IS in the PPO. Click on the headline to see the Nov. 2 BJ Alums explanation on how to check online to see if your doctor or medical services provider is on the Aetna PPO list.

If you don't want to stay with Aetna PPO, then you'll have to apply elsewhere for your coverage.

If you have questions, call Karen Jones in BJ Human Resources at (330) 996-3183.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Catching up with . . . Bill Hershey

Bill and Marcia Hershey with Shadow, Sam and Sabuca

It took somewhere between one and two years of prodding (Paula calls it "stalking"), but I finally got former BJ staffer Bill Hershey to tell the story of his famous dog, Rover, and of his life before, during and after the BJ. Here's Bill's long-awaited email:


This is a very belated response to your inquiry about Rover and other stuff.

Rover joined the Hersheys in Dayton in 1974. He showed up at a picnic near downtown Dayton and ended up at our house the next day after another person couldn't keep a dog at her house. We weren't supposed to keep pets either and ended up losing a security deposit and moving because of Rover.

He grew up with our kids, Laura, born in 1971, and Patrick, 1975. He moved with us to Akron, Columbus and finally Washington, D.C. where he died on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1990.

He was 17 1/2 years old and (another former BJ staffer) Jim Ricci, always in need of a column, wrote his obituary in the Detroit Free Press. Jim earlier had written a column about Rover, describing his coloring as resembling soiled underwear. That brought a torrent of angry responses from Free Press readers and also from my dad who wrote that Rover's color was not like soiled undewear but like a rug with a color that kept changing which caused people - including my dad - to trip over him.

There were/are pictures of Rover somewhere in the Beacon Journal morgue by himself and with our son Patrick. Fran Murphey took them. She shared a couch with Rover when she stayed with us overnight during a Red Sox-Cincinnati Reds' World Series game.

Rover was succeeded by Ike, who joined us in Washington, shortly after Rover died. We got Ike from a rescue place. He had been living with an older woman who couldn't keep a dog. He lived until May 23, 2006, and was about 16 when he died.

We currently have three dogs, known as the Golden Girls, for their senior status, not their coloring - Shadow, 12, black, part-Chow; Sam(antha), 11, vets will not say what breeds she encompasses, and Sambuca, 10, Siberian Husky. I've attached pictures of them with Marcia and me. We inherited Sambuca from our son Patrick and Sam from our daughter Laura. Shadow came from the Humane Society.

Marcia and I have lived in Columbus since 1999. We came here after I spent about two years doing crisis counseling/PR work in suburban Washington for a guy named Dan McGinn from Nitro, W. Va. I went to work for Dan after 13 years as Beacon Journal Washington reporter.

I was Columbus Bureau Chief for Dayton Daily News from 1999-Jan., 2010, when I officially "retired." Since then, I have been working on a contract for DDN Columbus Bureau that expires at the end of December. DDN has asked me to extend contract but I haven't decided what to do.

Marcia has been librarian at Columbus West High School since 1999 and has two more years until retirement. We are unlikely to leave Columbus because our daughter Laura lives in suburban Pickerington with her family - husband Adam Jacobs and two grandchildren - Austin, 8, Olivia, 3.

Our son Patrick is working in New Orleans in loss prevention for Hilton Hotels.

This Hot Mail account is a better way to reach me than DDN e-mail because I'm uncertain how much longer the DDN address will work -

I'm also sending a link that you might get a kick out of - C-SPAN did an interview with me in Dayton during the campaign on their campaign bus while it was in Dayton.

Here's the link to the C-SPAN video - I think it still works:


Bill Hershey

Click on the headline to see photos of Bill, Marci and their dogs, a BJ reunion in Columbus, Bill & Marci in Bradenton, Florida with retired BJ rewrite guru Don Bandy, a BJ promo of under-30 staffers that included Bill.

Bill once lived on Dresden Ave. in Firestone Park. Bill also was "Mogadore Bureau Chief" under the late State Desk Editor Pat Englehart, who had Bill look under the political rug any time Pat thought something wasn't been done right in Pat's hometown.

And there's my favorite story about Bill Hershey:

It was a Saturday night and I was in charge as Assistant State Desk Editor. We had gotten reports that union coal miners were going from non-union mine to non-union mine and doing damage to persuade the owners and workers that they should be organized. Pat had assigned Bill to drive to southeast Ohio and cover the miners' activities.

I got a call from Bill, who was dictating a story to me. Abruptly, Bill said, "I need to call you back," and hung up. An hour or so later, Bill called again and explained.

A miner pulled a gun on Bill at the phone, demanding to know what Bill was doing. Bill's response, which I thought was the best example of thinking-on-your-feet that I had ever heard of for a reporter: "They're telling lies about you and I'm here to get the truth." The gun-toter's response: "Follow us."

Bill, of course, got the full story, as he always did.

Most important of all: RIP, Rover.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Former BJ food editor Elizabeth Harvey, 95, dies

Elizabeth Margaret Harvey, 95, was born November 30, 1914 and died November 25, 2010.

Elizabeth and John Harvey
Betty was born and raised in Washington, D.C. the daughter of Mary Louise and Raymond Norris. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Home Economics and later did graduate work at The University of Akron. Betty taught at Case and Schumacher Elementary Schools for many years and was a Life member of Summit County and the Ohio Retired Teacher Association. Her work career included being a customer service representative for IBM and Ohio Bell Telephone as well as a food researcher and demonstrator for the Washington Gas Company. For many years she was the food editor for the Akron Beacon Journal and wrote a weekly food column sharing recipes and cooking tips.

She was involved in many associations during her years in Akron. At the Akron Woman's City Club she was a past president, chairman of the Town Hall Series and chairman of the Endowment Fund. She was also a past president of Witan, a member of the Woman's Committee of the United Way, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a 75 year member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, serving in many alumni positions including Director of Chapters for Epsilon Province.

Her volunteer service included Family Services, the United Way, the Cancer Society, Florence Crittenden Board, and the past president of the Kate Waller Barrett Senior Board. She was a founding member of St. Hilary's Church.

Betty and her husband John were married 72 years. They loved to travel and visited every continent except Antarctica. She especially enjoyed her membership at the Akron Women's City Club and playing bridge with her friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty-Ann Craven of Moraga, California; her grandson, Chad (Melissa) Craven; great-granddaughter, Grace Craven and great-grandson, Carter Craven, all of Denver, Colorado; niece, Margaret (Dave) Morgan; nephews, Sandy (Debbie) Cope, Mike (Debbie) Cope, and Tom (Debbie) Cope, all of southern California.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. TUESDAY at St. Hilary Catholic Church. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

(Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel)

Beacon Journal, Nov. 28, 2010

The Harveys last lived at the Chambrel seniors complex in Montrose. John, who died 11 days before his wife, recalled when he came into Barberton in 1935 and asked someone on the street, "Where's Babcox & Wilcox?" They had never heard of it. When John rephrased it as "B&W," the guy knew where the place was.

John was associated with B&W in engineering, managerial and consulting capacities; and as adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Akron where he conducted courses in pressure vessel design.

Click on the headline for John's obituary.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cathy Strong has a new grandson

Former BJ State Desk staffer Cathy Strong, a communication and media sciences professor at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, has a new grandson, born on Thanksgiving Day. The boy hasn't been named yet, according to Cathy's Facebook page.

The parents are Cathy's daughter, Rebecca, and husband Dion. Rebecca and Dion also have two daughters.

As Cathy posts, "Three under the age of 4 will keep busy for awhile."

Cathy and former husband Percy Strong also have daughters Amanda and Penelope. Cathy had a family reunion in August on Tonga, a string of islands between Hawaii and New Zealand, where Cathy lived for decades before going to Dubai.

For earlier photos of Cathy, click on the headline.

What about YOU? Family events? Travels? Send details and photos showing you and family at your travel destinations to John Olesky at

Paul Facinelli mystery continues

Former BJ staffer Pete Geiger, who lives in the St. Augustine, Florida area with wife Sandy after decades spent teaching in Mongolia, chimes in, as he did a year ago, with information about former BJ staffer Paul Facinelli, who lost his Elyria newspaper job over his obsessive investigative journalism of a Head Start sex abuse case (after 14 years in prison, two people had their convictions overturned, validating Paul's stance):


"To repeat what, if I recall correctly, I e-mailed to you a year ago, Facinelli was fired as an indirect result of mad dog Assistant Prosecutor Jonathan E. Rosenbaum's insane intolerance of Paul's investigation of the case of Nancy Smith and Joseph Allen.

"Paul was nominated for a Cleveland Women in Communications award in investigative journalism. Rosenbaum wrote to the organization, re-arguing his prosecution of Smith and Allen and saying that Facinelli had set back the cause of justice for offenses against women and children. The women withheld their award.

"Paul then did what was intolerable to his editor, Andy Young of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram; he hired a lawyer to sue Rosenbaum. Young dropped the axe on Facinelli, a move I thought was, while understandable, extreme. The suit gave Rosenbaum an alley to counter-sue the newspaper.

"Had it been I in Andy's shoes (I was working one year as a business news reporter for the C-T while on furlough from Mongolia), I would have given Paul a leave of absence. Cityroom scuttlebut, in fact, had Paul busted to copy desk.

"I remember vividly the day I came early to work to find Paul packing things from his desk in a cardboard carton. He always thought well of me and had encouraged Young to hire me.

" 'Pete, did I do the wrong thing?,' he asked. I told him I understood his anger over Rosenbaum but, yes, he had been wrong to sue the guy. He hung his head and walked away.

"I was in Elyria a year or so ago and asked C-T Managing Editor Julie Wallace if she had heard from Paul. No, she said; he seemed to have dropped off the edge of the world. The last anyone had heard he was teaching math as a substitute at the Jane Addams Business Career Center on Cleveland's East Side, but that gig had ended, too.

"Happy Holidays to you,


So, we're still trying to find out what happened to Paul after he left the Jane Addams Center job. If you can help, email John Olesky at

Paul got first place in 1996, third place in 1995 and honorable mention in 1997 from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in the Notes/Items category for his Elyria work.

Click on the headline to read the original story on Paul's investigation and firing.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A year ago on the BJ Alums blog . . .

In December 2009 on the BJ Alums blog we were trying to find fiery former BJ staffer Paul Facinelli to get his reaction to the overturned convictions of two people in the Head Start investigation that became such an obsession with Paul that he got fired from the Elyria paper over it.

We're still looking for Paul. If anyone out there has information about contacting Paul, email John Olesky at

Also in December 2009:

-- Former BJ State Desk staffers Pam McCarthy and Cathy Strong were preparing for a reunion in Boston. It went off famously, and led to a famous BJ Alums photo of Pam and Cathy in a hot tub.

-- Former BJ sportswriter Bob Nold (in photo), a quiet guy with a University of Kansas degree, died at 78. He was among too many BJ retirees who passed away in 2009, including maintenance retiree Cleveland Phillips and Composing retirees Watson Blanton, Armand Lear, Terry Dray and Trammel Hogg.

-- In another sign of the decline of newspapers, Editor & Publisher ceased publication after 125 years.

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Let's hope that you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and that 2011 is better for newspapers and for you than 2010.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dawidziak and Massillon: A Love Story

Mark Dawidziak as Charles Dickens, Sara Showman as
the Ghost of Christmas Present and Tom Stephan as Ebenezer Scrooge
Mark Dawidziak has fallen in love. But his wife, Sara Showman, doesn't mind. She's in on the three-way.

First PD and former BJ television critic Mark directed his Largely Literary Theater Company’s "The Tell-Tale Play," poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe, at Massillon’s Historic Lions Lincoln Theatre on Oct. 31. Sara, retired Stow-Munroe Falls High drama and English teacher Tom Stephan and Alex J. Nine did the acting.

Then Mark returned to the Lincoln Nov. 21 for "Twain by Three" with Mark, Sara and Jason Davis on stage.

Mark will return to his new love, the Lincoln, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, for Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol." Mark will portray Charles Dickens, Sara will be
the Ghost of Christmas Present and Stephan is Ebenezer Scrooge. The theater is at 156 Lincoln Way E in downtown Massillon.

For photos of "The Christmas Carol" actors in costume and sketches of Dickens by Dawidziak, click on the headline.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mark Twain book flying off shelves

When editors at the University of California Press pondered the possible demand for “Autobiography of Mark Twain,” a $35, four-pound, 500,000-word doorstopper of a memoir, they kept their expectations modest with a planned print run of 7,500 copies.

Now it is a smash hit across the country, landing on best-seller lists and going back to press six times, for a total print run — so far — of 275,000. The publisher cannot print copies quickly enough, leaving some bookstores and online retailers stranded without copies just as the holiday shopping season begins

Read all about it in the New York Times.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Memories cascade over Downing article

John with late wife Monnie on Blackwater Falls platform

By John Olesky
When I read Bob Downing's article Sunday in the Beacon Journal on Blackwater Falls, West Virginia's split-decision waterfalls, it brought back memories.

When our grandson Dylan was younger, his birthday request was the same year after year: Go horseback riding in Blackwater Falls State Park. So four adults left Ohio to fulfill his wish. His grandparents gave it a try a time or two, but the horsehide got too hard and we later opted to wait for them to return to our Canaan Valley Lodge for other fun activities.

It did make for a fun long-weekend for my late wife, Monnie, our daughter LaQuita and husband Tom and their sons Dylan and Devin, who are college students nowadays.

Downing's story focused on the diminishing height of the falls, caused by flooding. Thanks for the memories, Bob.

To read Downing's interesting story on Blackwater Falls, click on the headline.

What about YOUR travel memories? Email details with photos of you and family at your destination to
for use on the BJ Alums blog. Or other details of your life since the BJ.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Theresa Osmar, wife of composing room retiree

Theresa Ann Osmar, 78, went home to be with the Lord on November 16, 2010.

She was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Lynch; sister, Elizabeth Anich; brothers, Francis, Patrick, John, and Michael Lynch; and several
nieces and nephews. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Leo; sister, Marie (Robert) Washington; sons, Ludlow (Leisa) Osmar, Vincent Osmar, Michael (Pam) Osmar, and John (Christina) Osmar; daughters, Ann (Michael) Wintrow, Christine Bohn, Bertha (Blake) Thompson, and Susan (Frank) Jarvis; grandchildren, Joshua Osmar, Clayton Osmar, Amber Osmar, Megan (Zach) Kalil, Marisa Wintrow, Richard Bohn, Christina Thompson, Cynthia Thompson, Theresa Sue Jarvis, Frank Jarvis II, and Alexander Osmar; and several nieces and nephews.

Theresa was a long time member of the Findley Elementary PTA and was made an honorary life time member after years of dedicated volunteer work which continued long after her youngest was a student there. She also loved bowling and bowled on a ladies league at Midway Lanes well into her 70's. Theresa, along with Leo, spent many years running the coffee and donut hour after Sunday morning mass and also volunteered for many years at the hot meals program at St. Bernard's Church.

Calling hours will be held Friday, November 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held Saturday, November 20, at 9:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. Bernard-St. Mary's Church. Burial will take place at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.

To leave the family a special message online, visit (NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 330-784-3334)
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Thursday, November 18, 2010, page B5, col. 2]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cal Deshong wheeling toward 92

Calvin Deshong's 1960 Chrysler

BJ Alums got this email from Beacon Journal Composing retiree Calvin Deshong:

"This is a picture of my 1960 Chrysler Saratoga. $4,200. That picture was taken near Pittsburgh on Sept. 8, 1962, the day I was married. We were leaving on our honeymoom. Ha, ha!

"That car would do 120 and perhaps more. The speedometer only went to 120. I only did it once on the PA Turnpike at 1 in the morning.

"Now the Akron Expresway is too fast and dangerous for me."

Cal's bride was Mary Louise, who died in February 2001. They had been married almost four decades.

He was born Calvin E. Dishong Nov. 24, 1918 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Nan Galbreath Dishong and Daniel Calvin Dishong. When Cal's parents split up, Cal's mother changed the name to Deshong by substituting an "e" for the "i" when the family left for Ohio.

Cal worked at the BJ (1952-1983) before retiring 27 years ago!

If you want to mail Cal a congratulatory card or note for his 92nd birthday Nov. 24, his address is:

Calvin Deshong
3682 Vira Rd.
Stow, OH 44224

If you want to email Cal, his email address is:

Click on the headline for Cal's biography, which appeared in the BJ Alums blog for last year's birthday.

Monday, November 15, 2010

BJ Alums calendar

1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 703 South Main Street, Akron. -- Dave Hertz, Dix & Eaton public relations vice president, and Ron Kirksey, Kirksey Communications owner, both former BJ newsroomers. Media Relations 101: Strengthening Communications with the Press, for non-profit organizations. $35 workshop. Click on headline for more details.

2 p.m. Sunday, Historic Lions Lincoln Theater, 156 Lincoln Way E, Massillon. "Twain by Three," performed by Plain Dealer and former Beacon Journal TV critic Mark Dawidziak, wife Sara Showman and Jason Davis. $8 for adults and $6 for students. Go to Mark doing Mark for details.

Crazy stuff by Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin, who has covered sports in Northeast Ohio newspapers and on television for nearly a half-century, has his first book out, "Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It."

The former Plain Dealer columnist (1964–1982) and WJW-TV sports anchor writes about egendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, quirky Cleveland Indians shooting star/flameout Super Joe Charboneau, Olympic champion Stella Walsh (a hermaphrodite who competed in women's events), boxer Muhammad Ali and former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and others in the 40-chapter book.

The 288-page "Crazy, with the Papers to Prove It" is published by Cleveland's Gray and Company and sells for $14.95.

Richard Osborne of the Lorain Morning Journal has a good column about a "crazy" that didn't make the book, when the Cleveland Press Club bought a trotter who was no Dan Patch, and not just because DP was a pacer, at;

The Canton Repository's Gary Brown has an excellent interview of Dan and the book at

Click on the headline to read a Q. & A. with Dan on the Cleveland Leader web site.

Friday, November 12, 2010

BJ retiree Carlos "Carl" Anderson dies

NORTON -- Carlos ``Carl' Anderson, 85, passed away Thursday, November 11, 2010, following a courageous battle with COPD.

Carl was born on January 29, 1925, in Barberton, Ohio to Scott and Forrest Anderson. He was a lifelong resident of the Barberton and Norton areas.

Carl retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company and the Akron Beacon Journal.

He was a member of the U.S. Army and served in the 2nd Armored Division from D-Day through the end of World War II, receiving the Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge.

Carl was a member of Grace Church in Norton where he enjoyed serving as an usher and being the ``Pastry Provider' for the Real Life Group. Carl also enjoyed traveling, veteran activities, gardening, his flowers, hunting and going out for that special steak dinner with his family.

Carl was joined in marriage to Jewell May (Nettle) for 49 years, who preceded him in death in 1995. Surviving are his children, Duayne (Cheryl) Anderson of Wooster, Diane Anderson of Akron, Kimberly (Paul) Bednarik of Barberton and Erik Anderson of Barberton; grandchildren, Jason (Susan) Anderson and Jennifer Anderson of Wooster, Amanda Anderson, Holly Anderson and Eric Anderson, all of Barberton; and four great-grandchildren.

Carl cared deeply for his family and church. His family will dearly miss him.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, 10 a.m. at Grace Church of Norton, 3970 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton 44203, with Pastor Doug Jensen officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. till time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Homes, 2300 Call Road, Stow, Ohio 44224.
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Thursday, November 11, 2010, page B4, col. 4]

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Oldest working reporter turns 92

Rohrer still covers golf and bowling for Record-Courier

Pershing Charles Rohrer was born in Cumberland, Md., on Nov. 11, 1918, the day the armistice was signed to end the fighting in World War I, so he was named after the U.S. commander, Gen. John J. Pershing.

At 92, he is listed as the oldest working reporter in Ohio. Persh retired from the Ravenna Record-Courier Jan. 1, 1989, but continues to cover golf and bowling for the Portage County newspaper.

His sports reporting career began with the Cumberland Daily News while he was still in high school. Rohrer says he kept bothering them until they gave him a job.

His other newspaper stops include the Morgantown, West Virginia Dominion News, Suffolk, Virginia News-Herald, Athens, Ohio Messenger, Plainfield, New Jersey Courier-News, Indianapolis Times, Defiance, Ohio Crescent-News and two stints at the Record-Courier. In 1985, Pershing was inducted into the United Press International's Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Pershing married Janet Raymond of Cincinnati in 1951. She was a Kent State College of Education professor at the time of her 1980 death. They had a son, Thomas Paul Rohrer, in 1959. Pershing married again in 1990, to Mary Steele Solitro of Ravenna.

Photo shows Pershing Rohrer with grandfather, Lorenzo Dow Rohrer, in 1926

Click on the headline for the Record-Courier story on Pershing.

Some information in this article was obtained from a Rohrer family genealogy site,;

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Familiar quintet at BJ Alums lunch

From left: John Olesky, Cal Deshong, Al Hunsicker, Gene McClellan and Carl Nelson

Today's monthly Papa Joe's restaurant lunch of Beacon Journal retirees had the usual participants: Newsroom retiree John Olesky, retired printers Cal Deshong, who will be 92 years old on Nov. 24, Al Hunsicker, Gene McClellan and Carl Nelson. There hasn't been a lower attendance since only engraving retiree Pat Dougherty and McClellan showed up during a February 2010 snowstorm. The lunch is at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Akron-Peninsula Road and Portage Trail Extension.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

12 years and we still miss you, Fran

Frances B. Murphey, legendary Beacon Journal reporter in the bib overalls, died 12 years ago today -- Nov. 9, 1998 -- at the age of 75. But her memory will never fade among those who knew her, in person or by reading her Good Afternoon and Good Morning columns.

The highest compliment in my life was when Fran said to me: "Go to Hell!" I was on hallowed ground. We retired from the BJ on the same day. Fran insisted that I be
included in the Blue Room sendoff for her. The Hudson High and Kent State graduate had a fabled collection of 200,000 postcards, including one that arrived 47 years after she mailed it. Fran's niece, Marie Dachtler Fogle of Hartville, said her aunt's postcard collection was sold after she died.

Fran wrote more than 30 million words and took more than 40,000 photos for the BJ. When the BJ switched to computers for its reporters, Fran would add words to the final line of each paragraph to squeeze in more information.

While in junior high, Fran would accompany her mother, Marie L. (Thompson) Murphey, a correspondent with the Akron Times Press, on election nights to tally the results by flashlight.

Outhouses were another Fran trademark. My daughter, LaQuita, who worked with leaded glass, made a glass outhouse for Fran.
Harry Liggett would show up as assistant State Desk editor at 4:30 a.m. to find a note on his desk telling him where to find Fran, and what time to awaken her.

Former BJ staffer Thrity Umrigar, author of novels about her native India ("Bombay Time," "The Space Between Us," "If Today Be Sweet"), wrote a superb tribute after Fran's death. Click on the headline to read it.

Akron Legal News retiree dies

Akron Legal News retiree Stephen Yuhasz, 84, died Oct. 31 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a printer for 46 years at ALN before retiring to Green Valley, Arizona. Retired BJ printers Carl Nelson, Gene McClellan and Mike Herchek worked at Legal News with Steve.

Steve's deceased brother, Simon Shephard, was a printer at the BJ.

Steve bowled in the Allied Print Craft League for 49 years and golfed.

A son and daughter live in Akron.

Click on the headline for his obituary in the Beacon Journal.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Surprise for Akron next?

The Akron Symphony’s production of "Porgy and Bess," which is sponsored by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will premiere April 16, 2011 in the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall. Elyria native Lester Lynch will play Crown. Alvy Powell will portray Porgy and Marquita Lister will be Bess.

Akron Symphony Music Director Christopher Wilkins said that roles still available include Sportin’ Life, Serena and Clara and that the chorus positions are 95% filled.

Juilliard Opera School graduate Lynch sang as Crown for the San Francisco Opera and has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra.

There will be a Random Acts of Culture happening in Akron, also funded by the Knight Foundation. The event isn't announced, just performed in a public place. Click on the headline for the BJ Alums article on the Opera Company of Philadelphia doing the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah" in Macy's store amid hundreds of surprised shoppers. Something like that will happen in Akron. If you're in the right place at the right time, you'll hear and see it.

Dawidziak back to Massillon as Twain

Plain Dealer and former Beacon Journal television critic Mark Dawidziak was in Massillon's Historic Lions Lincoln Theater Oct. 31 as the director/lighting operator for his Largely Literary Theater Company’s "The Tell-Tale Play," while wife Sara Showman, Tom Stephan and Alex J. Nine spoke Edgar Allen Poe's words.

He'll be on stage at the same theater, at 156 Lincoln Way E, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 as his troupe performs "Twain by Three" -- our Mark, wife Sara and Jason Davis. The performance will be nine days before Twain’s 175th birthday.

Tickets, available at the door, are $8 for adults and $6 for students. For information, call (330) 832-0717 or go to

Mark and Sara's company performed "Twain By Three" in March at Akron's Wayne College in Orrville and in July at the Nordonia Hills public library.

Mark and Sara perform folk tales annually in Akron's St. Bernard Church for the Books for Africa Library Project’s fundraising dinner.

The troupe does Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" in area libraries in December.

Dawidziak's 12th book, which Kent State Press will publish in 2011 and which is co-authored by Kent bookseller Paul J. Bauer, is "Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler." Tully, who was fired twice by the Beacon Journal and also worked for the Akron Press, became a boxer and Charlie Chaplin's ghost writer and biographer.

Click on the headline for photos of Dawidziak as Twain and sketches by Dawidziak of Twain.

News magazine to fold

U.S. News & World Report will cease printing its monthly magazine in 2011, according to an internal memo from editor Brian Kelly posted to journalism website Romanesko.

Famous for its annual rankings on the best colleges, hospitals, personal finance and a slew of other topics, the magazine had already slipped from a weekly to a bi-weekly and then a monthly over the last two years.

Its circulation plunged last year to 1,269,260 from 1,721,377 the year before, Magazine Publishers of America estimated.

The rankings issues will continue to be published in-print, along with four special topic issues, but the rest of the publication's content will only be available online, the memo said.

Its last regular print edition will be next month.

"All of us at U.S. News Media Group have been aggressively responding to the changing habits in the media marketplace," Kelly wrote. "These latest moves will accelerate our ability to grow our online businesses and position ourselves to take advantage of the emerging platforms for distributing information."

A call to the magazine's public relations department went unanswered Friday afternoon.

[Siource: New York Post]