Thursday, October 08, 2015

Another gig for Elaine Guregian

Former BJ arts and culture critic Elaine Guregian will join the Northeast Ohio Medical University as Assistant Director of Public Relations and Marketing on Oct. 15. Previously, she was Development Officer for Corporate and Foundation Relations with the Summa Foundation.

Elaine Guregian
Northeast Ohio Medical University, also known as NEOMED, and formerly known as the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, is in Rootstown and had the good fortune to graduate my grandson, Dylan, who currently is a doctor at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Elaine was classical music and dance critic at Ol’ Blue Walls for 16 years before expanding into arts and culture to add theater to her coverage. Her late mother, Carol Guregian, was a teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Elaine left the BJ in the 2008 exodus, when 18 walked out with 273 years of service. In 2006 there were 24 departures with 335 years of service, including the best food writer in BJ history, Jane Snow. 2001 was the most massive migration from Ol’ Blue Walls: five CENTURIES of service walked out the door, including Tom Melody, Art Krummel, Mickey Porter, Joan Rice and Steve Love, all likely candidates if they ever have a BJ Hall of Fame.

That’s a THOUSAND years of service, and more than that in lifetime career experience, that left the BJ in three momentous days! Ol’ Blue Walls never recovered.

And all this came AFTER my 1996 retirement which freed me to travel to 53 countries, 43 states and take 11 cruises with my late wife Monnie and my current love of 11 years, Paula Stone Tucker, a 1970s State Desk reporter who wised up and became a psychologist.

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