Saturday, April 30, 2011
Oliver has an associate’s degree in commercial art from Michigan’s Ferris State University, a bachelor’s degree in advertising from that same school and a master’s degree in art education from Ohio University.
He worked as an artist and designer at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Beacon Journal, working his way up to art director and assistant managing editor at the Beacon. He has also taught at Kent State University and at the Poynter Institute.
See story about his move to the University of North Carolina
Also you can read a recent article about his teaching on poynter
"The students are lovely," she said.. "There are some restrictions in teaching journalism, of course, but it is exciting being part of a cultural evolution. The UAE isn't part of the violent protests, but we are certainly surrounded by all the countries that are experiencing them."
"The only real problem living in the Middle East -- I don't get to see my family as often as I would like."
Cathy's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 29, 2011
If you were old enough you could recall seeing in the BJ art department a trio now considered legendary: chief artist Joe Grace, Clyde “Bud” Morris and Walt Neal. Their early Beacon Journal art was without the modern techniques and materials.
But they spawned others including Chuck Ayers (Crankshaft), John Backderf (Derfcity), Dennis Balogh and Art Krummel and the latest Kathy Hagedorn and Brian Shellito.
Each has a unique way of expressing art.
Just looking at the sheer volume and variety of the work by Art Krumell is amazing when you consider the effort and talent needed for just one painting.
Chuck Ayers with his trips around the city with reporter Russ Musarra has contrbuted a lasting panorama of life in the rubber city–that plus Crankshaft.
John “Derf’ Backderf has a huge online following of his Derfcity.
Balogh has provided newspage size illustrations in additon to stunning portraits.
The youngest–Kathy and Brian–are sadly saddled with non-artist tasks such as page design and makeup which lessens their creative time. Both, however, contributed outstanding art for the show which emphasizes their talent.
You can get an idea of what you might see by checking Snapshots on Flickr. But these are only poor snapshots. There is a beautiful capture of Chrissy Hynde by Hagedorn, for instance, that is ruined by light glare on the camera lens. You should go and see the original.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
140 E. Market St. Akron, Ohio
April 29-June 5 , 2011
Opening reception will be Friday, April 29 from 5 to 7 p. m.
Get a chance to see and meet past and current artists of the Akron Beacon Journal including Chuck Ayers (Crankshaft), John Backderf (Derfcity), Brian Shellito, Art Krummel, Dennis Balogh and Kathy Hagedorn.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Read more in Atlantic magazine
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I got this response to my email to former BJ and current PD TV critic Mark Dawidziak about the April 8-25 trip to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales by Paula and me, bringing my countries visited total to 45 since my 1996 retirement from the BJ:
A trip through the British Isles certainly would boost the authors' homes and graves numbers. You should also have added Dickens with the stop at Poets Corner. It's a modest stone, but he didn't even want to be buried there. His wishes were overruled by national desire.
And I know how much the pilgrimage to the Greyfriars Bobby grave meant.
I've been on my own authors' tour these last few days. Thursday night, I was introducing Michael Slater, author of the magnificent Dickens biography published by Yale in 2009, at the Hermit Club in Cleveland (always wanted to get into that place, and the inside looked just as I have imagined it all these years). Friday was spent all day at the John S. Knight Center and the Akron Antiquarian Book Fair (talking Tully). Saturday, I was down in Massillon to give the keynote address for the Big Read devoted to Twain (nice turnout, and we're back at the Lincoln Theatre to do "Twain By Three" on May 15).
We finally have copies of the Tully biography, and it looks grand. The big coming-out party will be a free May 21 reception at the Cleveland Public Library. I'll send you details. Paul and I will be making like Tully, hitting the road for Tully talks and book fairs from May to November.
Glad you and Paula made it safely home. Sounds like another glorious trip.
Poets Corner is in London's Westminster Abbey. A ton of famous authors, including Chaucer, are buried there.
I've made a habit of trying to visit homes and graves of authors over the years.
"Greyfriars Bobby," the title of the Disney movie about the dog, is famous for sleeping on the grave of John Gray, his master, for 14 years after Gray died. Bobby's grave is the first one you see when you enter the cemetery. Greyfriars got special permission to bury a dog in a grave full of humans.
Tully is the subject of Dawidziak's 12th book, "Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler," which Kent State Press published and which is co-authored by Kent bookseller Paul J. Bauer. 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.
Last year Dawidziak and wife Sara Showman performed "Twain by Three" at the University of Akron's Wayne College in Orrville and participated in the Big Read program in Wayne County. This sounds like a triumphant return tour.
The photo is of William Shakespeare's grave, inside Stratford's Holy Trinity Church in England. The bard was born in Stratford. Shakespeare is buried next to his wife, Anne Hathaway, who grew up in a 12-bedroom farmhouse near Stratford in Warwickshire, England.
Paula and I just got home at 1 a.m. today after 18 days on the road and going without sleep for 25 hours while taking flights from London to New York City to Atlanta to Akron-Canton. More details and photos about that later, after I decompress and get caught up on my Ohio life.
I know some of you can't wait.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
My newspaper was only about an hour late and was on the porch around 7 a,m,
The newspaper apologized for the inconvenience and noted that a complete electronic edition was available on Ohio.com
Thursday, April 21, 2011
You will want to read all about it and see a nice photo of Kaylie who is the great-grandchild of retired Beacon Journal printer Al Hunsicker. The story and photo were on the front of the Community Section of the Beacon Journal on Wednesday
See the story and photo by Paul Tople on Ohio.com
Ryan Coy is the grandson of Hunicker and son of Al’s daughter Pam and Donald McCoy.
Al Hunsicker, our regular viewers will know, is a regular at Beacon Journal retiree lunches.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Dot and Tom Moore celebrated their 60 anniversary Thursday.
"Son-in-law John sprung even though he's still in Minnesota," Tom wrote. "but we had lobster and crab and the kids got a Crest Bakery cake for us. The girls, Carol, Kathy and Amy are in the picture with us."
Thursday, April 14, 2011
From left are Al Hunsicker, Gene McClellan, Dick Gresock, Cal Deshong and Carl Nelson.
By Tom Moore
Attend a Beacon Journal retiree luncheon and you never know what comes up in conversation.
And regardless of how many or how few, something interesting from the present and the past is bound to show up. Take the Civil War; Somebody wanted to know what the big deal was--bringing up the war again. He was told that this was the 150 anniversary and that led to a story or two about ancestors.
And Dick Gresock had a good one about a retired and now deceased Beacon Journal printer, Joseph Parrot. Seems his two great-grandfathers were among the first recipients of the .
The two were members of the special unit that went behind the rebel lines, seized a train and started burning bridges to cripple the Confederate supply line. (there was a movie based on their exploit starring Fess Parker). They were captured and sent to prison.
A couple of the unit were executed and when heard about it, he informed the Southerners that if they killed any more, he'd execute 10 Confederate generals. When they were finally freed, Lincoln had them come to the White House where he presented them with the newly authorized Medal of Honor.
After the war, one of the men had a daughter, another a son. They got together and that was the grandparents of Joseph. When the anniversary of the Medal came around, President Kennedy had Joseph come to the White House with the two medals.Joseph, a printer, retired in 1978 at 72. He lived in West Salem.
This story led Cal Deshong to say that his great grandfather was buried in an Anderson Cemetery.
Next luncheon is Wednesday, May 11 at about 1p.m. at Papa Joe's in the Valley. Not only are retirees welcome, but their kin and those still working at the paper.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Thanks so much for the cards (that are still coming) all the prayers and that you sent my family, John and especially me!!! I know that is the reason I'm here. That and I think God has something for me to do.
If you've noticed that you're not seeing Andy Rooney as often on "60 Minutes" or that his syndicated column is no longer published every Saturday in the Times Union, there's a good reason: He's 92 years old and even a curmudgeon starts to slow down at that age.
But don't expect the famously opinionated wordsmith and one of the oldest working journalists to be put out to pasture without a fight.
Read more of the story by Paul Grodahl of the Albany (NY) Times-Union, Andy's hometown newspaper.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
This is the third consecutive year that the percentage of African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American journalists has declined in U.S. newsrooms.
The number of professional journalists rose from an estimated 41,500 in 2009 to 41,600 in 2010, according to ASNE’s most recently completed census of online and traditional newspapers. American daily newspapers lost 13,500 newsroom jobs from 2007 to 2010.
In the most recent ASNE census, minority journalists declined from 5,500 to 5,300.
“At a time when the U.S. Census shows that minorities are 46 percent of the U.S. population, newsrooms are going in the opposite direction. This is an accuracy and credibility issue for our newsrooms,” said Milton Coleman, ASNE president.
“The slight decline in minority newsroom representation may be small, but is part of a disturbing trend that we need to reverse,” said Ronnie Agnew, co-chair of ASNE’s Diversity Committee.
Click on the headline to see the ASNE report
Ron Taiclet, a jokes-loving guy who crossed paths often with Beacon Journal employees as a Kent State Journalism graduate whose career included Tallmadge Circle founder (acquired in 1975 by Tallmadge Express); RonTac Publications, typesetting company; KSU journalism instructor; and Chapel Hill Marketing director. As the voice of "Archie," Chapel Hill's huge snowman entertaining children, he would tease friends who passed by.
His obituary in the BJ:
TALLMADGE -- Tuesday, April 5, 2011, St. Peter was introduced to a hoard of old jokes. Ron N. Taiclet was born on June 30, 1936 to Richard Nelson and Marjorie Belle. He grew up in Brookfield, Ohio and had lived in Tallmadge the past 47 years. A graduate of Kent State University in journalism and a seven year member of Army ROTC, he also served in the U.S. Army. Ron founded and operated the Tallmadge Circle Newspaper, which was acquired by the Tallmadge Express in 1975. He operated RonTac Publications, the largest type setting company in the Akron area for 13 years. He served as the first executive director of the Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce for one year, along with teaching journalism at KSU. After selling RonTac in 1987 he worked as marketing director for Chapel Hill Mall for 13 years, where he retired in 2001. Ron was three term president of North Akron Chamber of Commerce, was currently serving on the board of National Super Kids and on the board of directors at Tallmadge Lutheran Church, where he recently celebrated 50 years of membership.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Dorothy (Wilch); sons, Jeff (Tina) and Eric; grandchildren, Elaina, Paul, and Jackson; brother, Rick (Robyn); sisters, Jean (Glenn) Baird and June.
Ron gave the gift of sight through eye donation.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Tallmadge Lutheran Church, with Rev. David Zachrich officiating. Interment will be at Tallmadge Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 until 8 p.m. Friday at the DONOVAN BAGNOLI FUNERAL HOME, 339 SOUTHWEST AVE., TALLMADGE. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave., Tallmadge 44278 or the National Super Kids, P.O. Box 7372, Akron 44306
For more details about Ron Taiclet, click on the headline to read the Tallmadge Express story for Ron and Dorothy Wilch Taiclet's 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 25, 2011.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Monday, April 04, 2011
I changed my email address to my domain carrier because I may abandon
Roadrunner in the future, but both my existing email address and my new one
will be active for now, thanks.
New email address is:
From left are Jane Williams, Kathy Moore, Amy Moore, Caroline Moore Dot Moore and Mike Williams, Amanda,
Sunday was a special day for the family of BJ newsroom retiree Tom Moore. Daughter Caroline Moore Krack, who has gone through coma and rehab since being hospitalized in January with meningitis, had her first outing – breakfast at Eat’n Park restaurant.
Joining Carrie, as husband John Krack calls her, were Tom and wife Dot, their children Kathy and Amy, their granddaughter Amanda and Mike Williams, still at the BJ, and Mike’s wife, Jane.
Carrie, Kathy and Amy were weekend copykids at the BJ.
In addition to his other BJ duties, Mike has been trying for a year to round up copies of every Tower Topics and Sidebar employee newsletters printed over the years.
Carrie/Caroline, who lives in Minnesota, moved into Tom and Dot’s house from Edwin Shaw Hospital rehab March 26.
Click on the headline for previous stories on Caroline/Carrie’s illness and recovery.
Friday, April 01, 2011
The newspaper announced Friday that Glenn Proctor will retire June 1. He started as the newspaper's executive editor and vice president for news in November 2005. Before joining the Times-Dispatch, Proctor worked at several editing positions at The (Newark) Star-Ledger.
The 64-year-old Proctor also was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at the Akron Beacon Journal for its coverage of the takeover of tire maker Goodyear. He also has worked for United Press International, the Louisville Courier-Journal and other newspapers.
Under Proctor, the Times-Dispatch won the 2008 National Headliner Award for Breaking News for its coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre as well as Virginia's top journalism award for public service and freedom of information.
The New York Times reports that the machines are all the rage among members of the digital generation who have discovered their tangible pleasures and are swapping them, showing them off to friends, and gathering at events called “type-ins.”
Click on the headline for the article.