Friday, March 22, 2013

Madelyn Arbogast dies at 88

Madelyn A. Arbogast was the wife of Ed Arbogast who was a news photographer in Tuscarawas County, Ohio

CADILLAC, Michigan — Madelyn A. (Greenfield) Arbogast, of Cadillac, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac. She was 88.
She was born on July 25, 1924, in Newton Falls, Ohio, to Peter J. and Julia J. Weidig, and they preceded her in death.

She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Monroe, Mich. On September 25, 1942 in Pensacola, Fla., she married Wendall G. Greenfield, and he preceded her in death in
November of 1976. Madelyn went to work for the Michigan Employment Security Commission in Ann Arbor and worked there until 1961, when she moved to Houghton Lake. She later moved to Cadillac and worked at Mercy Hospital for many years, then went back to work at the MESC office in Cadillac and retired after more than 30 years of service. After her retirement, she was a claims advocate for the MESC. Madelyn was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac and the Naomi Ruth Circle there. She also had served on the planning board for the city of Cadillac for many years. Mrs. Arbogast enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing euchre, but most of all, being with her family.

On November 5, 1978, in Las Vegas, she married Edward F. Arbogast, and he survives her along with her children: Greg Greenfield of Schoolcraft, Steve Greenfield of Cadillac, Ann (Richard) Clous of Cadillac, Karen Greenfield Gregg of Cadillac, Wendy (Michael) Sharkey of Schoolcraft and Holly (Michael) Smith of Gladwin; stepdaughter, Lynn (Tim) Fletcher of Wana, W.Va.; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

In addition to her parents and her first husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Lee Greenfield, in 2010, and two brothers, James and Tom Weidig.

A memorial mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac, with Monsignor Francis J. Murphy as celebrant. Friends may meet the family from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, and from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.

The Rosary will be prayed at 5:45 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Catholic Church or the American Lung Association.

An online guest book is available at

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cathy Strong writes about BJ reunion

It took 35 years for my mates at the Akron Beacon Journal to visit me in New Zealand, and they all came the same month coincidentally.  Amazing.   Here are photos from my meet up with my former State Desk Editor John Olesky and his partner former ABJ journalist colleague Paula Tucker.  They were so lovely and within minutes we slipped in our original friendship, as if only minutes, instead of 35 years, has passed by.   See the photo of the ABJ Southern Headquarter reunion meeting that we held at the top of the Auckland Sky Towner's revolving restaurant.  After that we took the ferry to historic Devonport and held a post-reunion-meeting social at one of the local street cafes.   We reminisced over old incidents such as  John's copy-editing poems he used to leave on my stories, and lots of names from the past.  It is heartening to hear how so many from that era have continued to be top journalists.   

This came straight on the heels of a visit to Wellington by Don Roese and his wife Maryann, of which you already received photos.  They stayed with me for a week, which was heaven.   I got to catch up on everyone and everything in Ohio life, and introduce them to my life down under.

But wait, there is more.   Olesky and Roese didn't know each other were going to be in New Zealand at the same time, and as it turned out the Roeses were flying out from the Auckland airport about the same John and Paula were flying in.   So in a surprise move, Don and Maryann tracked down John and Paula as they arrived to give them a ABJ welcome to New Zealand.

This was not the first ABJers to visit me.  In the late 1970s the wonderful Fran Murphy came and stayed with me, and developed a taste for smoked eel.     And my closest Ohio friend, ABJer Pam McCarthy flew up to Boston two years ago for a reunion. 

I hope I don't have to wait another 35 years to see my mates from the ABJ.

Cheers    Cathy Strong

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Hershey happily goes to the dogs

After a request from BJ Alums blog, Bill Hershey, a BJ reporter who came to Akron from the Dayton Daily News and returned to Dayton after leaving the BJ, recalls his history with dogs.
A report on our dog inventory:
Bill and Marcia Hershey with (L-R)
Shadow, Sam and the late Sambuca
Rover lived about 17 years and did lots of roving -- he was never "fixed" but we had that done with future dogs and they didn't wander as much.

Ike followed Rover and lived about 17 years. We also had Sambuca (now deceased) and currently have Sam(antha),  hard to tell what breed; Shadow, part chow; and Olga, part Doberman.
Along the way we helped care for our daughter's dog Bessee, a basset, also deceased.
 It's become a hobby!
-- Bill H

Current Hershey dogs. Try to relax, guys.

Tom Giffen's father-in-law dies

Mr. Burgett is the father-in-law of former BJ sports editor Tom Giffen.

Donald K. Burgett

TALLMADGE -- Donald K "Pop" Burgett, 92, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at his long-time Tallmadge home, where he had resided for 59 years.

Mr. Burgett retired in 1984 from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company where he was a tire design and research engineer, his career at Goodyear having spanned 42 years.

Mr. Burgett

Born in Alliance, Ohio, May 23, 1920, he was the second oldest of six children born to Viola Keller and Loren Burgett. He moved to Akron in 1941 and began his career at Goodyear 1942. He and his family moved to Tallmadge in 1954.

He was graduated from Mount Union College in Alliance in 1941 where he was Salutatorian of his class, an honors scholar in English, math and physics; he did post-graduate engineering work at the University of Akron. Throughout his life, he continued his education through course work in engineering, design and architecture at Kent State University.

Mr. Burgett was a member of the Emanuel United Church of Christ and served that church in a number of positions for many years. And he is the oldest volunteer on record for Good Neighbors Akron, where he volunteered his time almost until his death.

Mr. Burgett, known as "Pop" throughout his family, had a passion for his family, supporting his children and grandchildren's endeavors, and believed that no one was too old to learn and proved it by continuing his personal education through course work and reading into his 90s. Throughout his life he exhibited a natural inquisitiveness about the world around him, curiosity about how machines, appliances, computers worked. At work, he was referred to as Goodyear's first human computer. At home, he was forever repairing neighbors' appliances and tinkering in his basement workshop; he relished any challenge to solve problems quickly and efficiently, to make things work better.

In 1947, he married the late Ivalynn Slusher, with whom he celebrated 43 years of marriage until her passing in 1990. Together they raised four children, Ellen (Tom) Giffen, Judy (Ron) Sense, Don Burgett, and Nancy (Rick) Patterson, all of whom honor his memory today.

Mr. Burgett was preceded in death by his parents, Viola and Loren, his wife Ivalynn, brother, Kenneth Burgett and sisters, Lucille Burgett, Esther Lewis and Ruth Ann Mohr.

He is survived by his four children; brother, Lawrence (Ruth) Burgett of Wytheville, Va.; his grandchildren, Matthew Burgett, McKenzie Burgett, Morgan Burgett, McHughson Chambers, Kristin Maynard, Kurt Mears, Craig Mears, Margaret Giffen, Robert Giffen, Vicky Luckring, Richard Sense; and ten great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Ave., (On the Historic Tallmadge Circle) on Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm. A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Burgett will be held following the Sunday visitation, at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. A graveside interment service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Tallmadge Cemetery at the gazebo. Son-in-law Tom Giffen will officiate the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Roy Hobbs Foundation DKB Memorial Fund (RH Foundation, 2048 Akron Peninsula Rd., Akron, Ohio 44313), the fund being used to support Emanuel UCC, Good Neighbors Akron and the Depression & Bi-Polar Support Alliance.


Published in Akron Beacon Journal on March 9, 2013

Friday, March 08, 2013

Reunion at BJ's "Southern HQ" in New Zealand

Mary Ann and Don Roese with Cathy at ABJ's
"Southern Headquarters" in New Zealand

Former BJ State Desk reporter Cathy Strong reports on her two-day reunion with retired BJ photographer Don Roese and his wife, Mary Ann, in Wellington, New Zealand:

“Here are three photos from the Roeses’ trip down here.   One is me and Don (the two ABJ-ers) having an ABJ reunion on the beach in front of my house.  Another photo is just a farther shot -- one close up and one showing the great deserted beach that was just for the ABJ reunion.    

“The third photo is on a nearby Otaki farm where the ABJ reunion, and Mary Ann Roese, wandered around a huge river dairy farm and also a hillside deer farm.  


  Cathy will have another BJ reunion next week when she flies from Wellington to Auckland, both on New Zealand's North Island, to meet retiree John Olesky and Paula Tucker, who will be in New Zealand and Australia for three weeks.

All three worked on the State Desk in the 1970s.

Writers' pay scale slumping

The Internet is a game-changer in so many ways.

For example, even experienced writers no longer are paid for their Internet stories what they once made for their printed articles. Some outlets pay nothing to some writers nowadays. Experienced writers are competing with mom bloggers in an ever-expanding universe of people typing words.

Writes Kelly McBride of “ When everything had to be published on paper, the hole was finite, the profit margins substantial, and the process for finding content more discerning. Now the amount of space to be filled is infinite, profit margins are miniscule and the process for finding content is like running on a hamster wheel.”

The publishers have an almost unbeatable hand against individual writers, experienced or not.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The guy behind Metro Parks, etc.

Nathan Eppink, the guy who cranks out annual reports and news releases as Marketing & Communications director for Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, a cumbersome name for Summit’s parks system, is a Cleveland State University graduate.

Bob Downing
Nathan and BJ parks beat reporter Bob Dowling serve each other’s purposes. Kent State grad Bob, who began his college education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, does an interesting job of keeping up with parks, in Summit County and, often after his trips, scenic places to visit from Maine to California and from British Columbia to Florida and the Caribbean.

Bob has been at the BJ since 1972. He and his wife, Pat, live in Akron and have three grown children: Andy and Maureen, both in Chicago, and Caitlin in New York City.

It’s almost April 2013, but Eppink got the 2012 annual report for Metro Parks, etc. in the mail this week to Summit County residents. It lists improvements to 12 parks and trails in the system.

Metro Parks has Cascade Valley, Deep Lock Quarry, F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (once Naturealm), Firestone, Furnace Run, Goodyear Heights, Gorge, Hampton Hills, Liberty, Munroe Falls, O’Neil Woods, Sand Run, Silver Creek and Springfield parks and Bike & Hike, Freedom and Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath trails.

We don’t know who had the brilliant idea of adding “Serving Summit County” to make the Metro Parks name longer. No one thought of calling it Summit Metro Parks?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Roeses in New Zealand with Cathy Strong

Mary Ann Roese, wife of retired BJ photographer Don Roese, describes their day in Wellington, New Zealand, where the Cuyahoga Falls couple is spending a few days with Cathy Strong, 1970s BJ State Desk reporter:

First thing we had cappucinos at the top of cable car hill. Did some browsing at a crafts fair there, too.  Of course, we took the cable car down the big hill; second time, by the way.

Mary Ann & Don Roese
Once downtown we browsed in several local kiwi shops, checking out possum fur stuff and green stone and shells.  At each store the Kiwi folks were very, very friendly even though we were only looking.

Walk,walk,walk!  Stopped for simple lunch at cafe in the visitor center, the isite. Then we did 3 hours at the Te Papa museum.  Wonderful fun and educational big four- story building. 

Great sunny weather with a full breeze.  Most kiwi gals have pony tails or just never worry about the hair! 

We took a break about 3 p.m. and rested at the town center by the sea.  Then walked a couple of blocks, caught a bus out to the zoo. But once there didn't go in, only had 15 minutes until closing! 

So, we did the American thing and got an ice cream cone as we waited at the bus stop for another bus to return to town.  And, then we caught another bus to return to Cathy's house.  Don't know how but we had a full day!  And fun, too.

By the way, taking these city buses reminded me of my childhood in Youngstown. Different from Rome, or the Netherlands.  Waiting downtown with a crowd for many numbered buses seemed a return to the far past for me.

Great day in the city of Wellington!  Oh, by the way Black is the color of dress for kiwis.

Later, Mary Ann    Cheers!

For earlier report on the Roeses' New Zealand trip, click on


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Photos of Pat Carney performing in Kent in 1997

There’s a Kent Patch article involving Patrick Carney of the Grammy-winning Black Keys band when BJ reporter Jim Carney’s son was 17 and playing at such Kent spots as  Europe Gyro as part of the Christopher Whispers band of Firestone High students.

Pat Carney at Kent's Europe Gyro in 1997
There are 15 photos of Pat in 1997. Firestone High graduate Philip Swift, who now teaches filmmaking in New York City public schools, took the pictures. 

Firestone High grad Gabe Schray posted them on his Facebook page recently.

There’s also a really long, stream-of-consciousness article that even Fran Murphey would say was way more than anyone would read, by Firestone High grad Jason Prufer, who writes about being in The Deprogrammers band with Patrick long ago.

The Firestone High guys named above all worked at the Mustard Seed Market. Pat was hired when he was 15. The others joined him later.

If you want to see the 15 photos and/or have the stomach for the Prufer rambling, click on

Faster! Never mind the mistakes!

Even TV stations are being swept into immediate postings on the Internet, at times without a reporter being checked by an editor, resulting in a lot of factual errors, bad grammar and less-reliable single-source stories.

“That stuff just kills your credibility,” said Graham Rayman, a Village Voice investigative reporter since 2007 who spent 11 years covering crime for Newsday.

For example: After the Dec. 14 school massacre in Newton, Connecticut, errors got picked up, repeated and expanded. It was days and weeks later before a clearer, accurate picture got to the public.

Every citizen with a camera-phone is a potential competitor to get it on the Internet or on the air first.

There’s fierce competition to be the first to “feed the beast” of crime-news reporting in this age of tweets, Facebook and phone cameras.

The days of waiting 12 to 18 hours later to roll the information off the newspaper press is about as obsolete as the dodo bird.

To read the entire fascinating article, click on

Monday, March 04, 2013

Post cutbacks include ombudsman

Patrick Pexton

As he feared, Patrick Pexton is the last ombudsman that the Washington Post will hire. He has been replaced by a “reader representative” who is employed the Post. The ombudsman, though paid by the Post, was independent and not a Post employee and wrote a regular column about interactions with readers.

To read Pexton’s column accurately predicting that he would be the last dinosaur of Post ombudsmen, click on

Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth blames it on a changing world. The independent Post ombudsman, while not a Post employee, was paid at the level of a senior editor. The reader representative, a company employee, will not be.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Should a photographer intervene to prevent an event?

When does a news photographer keep shooting pictures rather than intervene in an attempt to prevent more harm to the subject?

That’s the thrust of reaction to a Time Magazine photo essay by Ohio University graduate student Sara Lewkowicz documenting domestic violence.
Sara Lewkowicz

She spent much of her first semester of graduate school photographing a young mother and her boyfriend who was newly released from prison, to demonstrate his struggle to integrate back into the community.

The relationship ended with the man’s arrest after a violent argument unfolded in front of the photographer and the woman’s 2-year-old daughter.

Time published Lewkowicz’s 39 photos on its website. 

Among the thousands of commenters, some questioned the victim’s fitness as a mother. Others defended her.

But many questioned whether it was appropriate for Lewkowicz to continue shooting pictures rather than intervening in the assault.

Lewkowicz, who is 5-foot-2, said there were two others in the room who did not intervene because they were afraid of the assaulter and that, if she had hit the offender with her camera as some suggested, she might have been charged with assault herself.

So, when does a news photographer stop taking pictures to intervene in the event that is being photographed?

If any current or former BJ photographers have come up against this situation, and they would email with their reactions and experiences, BJ Alums will publish their comments in a follow-up article.

Sara was a free-lance photographer for the Baltimore Sun (2007-2011), has had her work published in various magazines and got her bachelor's in journalism from the University of North Carolina.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

ITU sells Printers Club


For decades, the nearly 100-year-old building in downtown Akron known as the Printers Club has been a printers union hall and a bar with a loyal following, including lawyers and others who work nearby.

Now, a new owner plans to install a coffee shop and convenience store in the two-story building at 53 E. Exchange St. The Printers Club bar will remain at least until May 1; its future is uncertain after that.

For area resident Dean Fongemie, who bought the building for $110,000, it’s all about location.

“We are targeting the Akron U students who live nearby,” Fongemie said. “It’s surrounded by college dorms. It’s all foot traffic. I think it will be a place for the students to get out of their dorms.”

The Exchange Street building’s previous owner, the Akron unit of the International Typographical Union (ITU), bought the row-style brick structure in the 1960s.

Tom Cowman, president of the local union, said that the bar’s future is “up in the air.”

Fongemie, the building’s new owner, is allowing the bar to stay rent free until May 1, and has told union members the bar is welcome to remain after that day, as a paying tenant. No deal has been worked out.

Cowman said the union sold the building because “union membership was just getting so low. ... It’s hard to keep the building up with that few members.”

The local union now has only six active members and about 40 retirees.

See full story

Don Roese reports on New Zealand trip

Don Roese, wife Mary Ann at Milford Sound in New Zealand
Retired BJ photographer Don Roese reports on his still-ongoing trip to New Zealand:

Saturday, February 24, 2013

Arrived in Christchurch just before noon.  Arranged for auto, a Ford, and drew out 500 NZ dollars from Visa at an ATM.  Had a latte at the Long White Cafe, small coffee and treat shop at the airport. Stopped at the iSITE for directions to the Airport Gateway Motel.  Motel has bedroom, large sitting room, bathroom and full kitchen.  One queen and one single bed in bedroom, comfortable sleeping.  Room was a bit cool in the morning and there was a space heater.  Hotel clerk was very friendly and helpful.  Took a walk, about a mile to Countdown Shopping Center were we bought cereal, milk, croissants, jam, etc.  Also, had small quiche and bottled drink at a small cafe in center staffed by Asians.  Back to the motel for a nap.  Very tired after more than 24 hours of travel.  Woke up from nap to find hotel restaurant closed, ate what we bought.  Went back to bed for a good night’s sleep. The day was sunny and bright, 67 degrees and hot in the sun.   Was no trouble at all getting used to walking upside down; it sort of comes naturally.

Sunday, February 25
Woke up, after a good night’s sleep, to a somewhat cool room, space heater came in handy.  Now off to breakfast where we shared a continental meal with a very friendly couple from Vancouver, Canada, who had also flown in yesterday. 

Drove south to Dunedin and checked into the Bella Vista Motel (425 km since getting the car) at the airport in Christchurch.  Good flat road with traffic until Oamaru where the traffic lessened and the terrain became hilly. 100 km maximum speed limit and lots of passing lanes.   Farms, cattle and sheep ranches (lots of sheep).  Stopped at the Lagonda Milk Bar in Omaru for lunch, meat pie for me and fish for Mary Ann.  About halfway between Oamaru and Dunedin we stopped at the Moeraki Boulders, large round boulders that sit on the sandy beach and are washed by the incoming waves.  Lodging at the Bella Vista was very small, bedroom with kitchenette and bathroom.  It was here that we found out that the electric adapter we bought at AAA does not fit NZ receptacles.  Host and hostess were very helpful in arranging a reservation at the Penguin Place, a private conservation reserve, dedicated to helping the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin. They also arranged  a motel reservation for us in Te Anau and a trip to Milford Sound.  The drive to the Penguin Place on Otago Peninsula was a nightmare, winding two-lane road with no berm that dropped off into the Otago Harbour.  I have -driven some hair raising, white-knuckle roads and this was right up there on top.  Our penguin guide was a delightful young NZ girl who was very helpful and informative.  The penguins where, well, penguins.......  Back to the motel and, of all things, dinner at McDonald's.  Getting a little more relaxed in driving on the left.

Tuesday, February 26
Checked out of the motel and headed for Te Anau at 9:15 am and had no problem with driving out of Dunedin.  Drove through suburbs for half an hour or so before finding ourselves in farm country.  Cattle, sheep, dairy and what looked like crops of some sort.  Traffic lessened and driving was not bad at all.  Stopped for petrol (gas, to you uneducated) in the small crossroads town of Waihola that was operated by a very friendly local gentleman who seemed really taken in by American autos.  Said he still owned and drove a 1958 Chevy and that there were 16 U.S. cars in the small town of 250 residents.   He seemed very proud of this.......  Stopped in the town of Gore for lunch, Opa had a meat pie and Oma had small veggie quiche in a local cafeteria.  The rest room was unisex, five stalls, with doors, and a handicapped stall. Talked with the local parking enforcement officer who filled us in on the local farming scene, charming lady.  As we neared Te Anau we saw several White Tailed Deer farms.  Checked into the motel and had dinner in a restaurant called The Moose Bar and Restaurant, we had spare ribs.    Moose were brought to South Island and after a few years the thought was there were enough for a hunting season.  After one season there were no moose left.  Walked on the walkway on the lake shore, Lake Te Anau, and now it is time to say........ Good night.

Wednesday, February 27
Up early, ate a little breakfast, packed the car, checked out of the motel and waited for the bus to Milford Sound.  Bus was a twenty seater but there were only six others going with us.  A couple from The Netherlands, a couple from Australia and a young couple from NZ.  The driver, Ray, was a sixty-some year old Kiwi who lives in Te Atau and grew up on a farm in Southland, NZ.  Ray was also a pilot in his younger days and regaled us with tales of early NZ life and history, both true and I think a bit stretched.   Ride to the Sound was through some lovely scenery, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and forest.  Because of the ongoing drought the rivers were very short of water.   Stopped many time for photo ops. The road was good but there was some very narrow one-lane bridges and a dark one-lane tunnel.  On arriving at the dock we were given our box lunch and boarded our boat.  Cruise on the Sound was on a smallish boat where we sat on the top deck in the open where the view and photo-taking were best.  Water had very little chop and we cruised close to the shore and at one time under a waterfall.  Was a good two hours and then back to the dock. Ride back to the motel in Te Anau was alright and everyone seemed tired.  Back at the motel we said goodbye to our hosts and started the drive to Queenstown, about three hours away.  Arriving in Queenstown we had a bit of trouble finding the motel but with the help of a young lady in a petrol station we did get there.  

Be sure to try the whitebait.  We had it cooked with egg and served on a slice of buttered bread.  Oh yeah, it is little fish eaten whole.  Cathy strong highly recommends it.


Cathy is Cathy Strong, BJ reporter in the 1970s who has been three decades in New Zealand. Cathy will meet Don and Mary Ann will be staying with Cathy in Wellington on Monday and again at her beach house in Te Horo.  The Roeses will leave New Zealand on March 14.  

The next day Cathy will be flying from Wellington, which is near her Te Horo seaside home, to Auckland to meet John Olesky and Paula Tucker, another pair of former BJ newsroom folks who will be visiting New Zealand and Australia for three weeks.

Presentation is worth more than a million words

In these days of declining readership, it’s necessary for newspapers to do more than run a story with photos. Presentation has become important for major projects.

The Washington Post became the latest news organization to blow up its article template to present a feature story in a unique, immersive format for sportswriter Rick Maese’s profile of professional cyclist Joe Dombrowski, a 21-year-old from the D.C. area.

Full-width photos, multimedia elements blended throughout the text and a design that adapts to all screen sizes were utilized.

Said Washington Post Information Designer Wilson Andrews:

“We wanted to elevate the experience that our readers have. They come to the Post to read stories from some of the best journalists in the world. We want our presentation, visual storytelling and the overall experience that our readers have to match that level of quality.

The backbone of the project uses Bootstrap, a responsive framework developed by Twitter that made it easier to design for all devices.”