Sunday, December 17, 2017

Ralph Carney

Ralph Carney, Jim’s legendary musician-brother, passes away

Ralph Carney, singer-composer-musician brother of BJ retiree Jim Carney, passed away Saturday, December 16 at the age of 61 from injuries in an accident.

Ralph lived in San Francisco with Deena Zacharin and was the father of Hedda Carney before he moved to Portland in 2015.

Their sister, Patsy Carney Hughes, passed away in 1997. 

Ralph, who primarily played saxophones and clarinets, was a founding member of the Akron-based punk band, Tin Huey. He had a long association with singer Tom Waits.

He began his musical career as an Akron eighth grader with banjo, violin and harmonica. By the time he was 15 a saxophone was his constant companion.

Ralph collaborated with nephew Patrick Carney on the Black Keys’ “Attack and Release” album. Drummer Patrick and fellow Firestone High grad, guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach, collect Grammy Awards as if they come from a Pez dispenser.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Earl McDaniel passes away

Earl McDaniel, former BJ deputy Metro editor in 2001-02, who passed away June 19, has been added belatedly to the BJ Memory Wall.

Earl McDaniel
Kent State Journalism/Mass Communication associate professor Mitch McKenney relayed the sad news.  Mitch was at the BJ with Earl when New York City’s Twin Towers were brought down by terrorists.

Earl lived in North Versailles, Pennsylvania. He had esophageal cancer.

After leaving Ol’ Blue Walls, Earl worked for the Pittsburgh Zoo, taught writing and published a novel. He also was a Maplewood high school English teacher and American Legion baseball coach. He was a graduate of Clarion State College in Pennsylvania.

He was buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Earl’s belated obituary:

Earl “Gar” H. McDaniel Jr., age 65, of North Versailles, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017.

He was a noted writer and author that published the novel Between Lives, as well a respected teacher and an editor for numerous newspapers in Pa., Ohio and Va.

He is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Doris McDaniel. He is survived by his sister Nancy (Steve) VanAuken; niece Courtney (Yoon) Weaver and their children Evan and Abigail and niece Whitney Walker; as well as many close friends. Friends and family will be received on Friday, June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway, East McKeesport, 412-823-8083. A funeral service will be held there on Saturday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Dr. Ronald H. Wakeman officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Elizabeth Township.

Memorial contributions can be made to either the Pittsburgh Zoo at or the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. For online condolences please visit .
Betty French passes away

Betth French Jarmusch
Betty French Jarmusch, who in the 1940 may have been the first daily newspaper movie and theater critic while in her 20’s, passed away November 15 in Shaker Heights at the age of 96.

She wrote about Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire” on Broadway, covered a Duke Ellington concert and the Ohio wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall on Malabar Farm. She began at the BJ as religion editor before her encounters with Wallace Beery, Ginger Rogers, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa and, in an elevator, shared a ride with Trigger, Roy Rogers’ famous horse.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Marmusch, once art and architecture critic at the San Diego Union-Tribune; and filmmaker sons Jim and Tom. She married Robert Jarmusch, B.F. Goodrich personnel director and Interior Steel Equipment president in Cleveland. They lived in Cuyahoga Falls, then Silver Lake, and finally Shaker Heights.
Marge Lane passes away

Marge Lane, who supervised the BJ Classified phone bank till her 1988 retirement, passed away Wednesday, December 13. She was 94.

Marge Lane, late husband Charles Lane
Charles Lane, her husband for 72 years, passed away in 2015.

Their children are Linda Mahan, married to Richard Mahan; Carole Luck; Janet Sparrow, married to Michael Sparrow; and Charles Lane II, married to Jeanne Lane.

Marge’s final residence at Brookdale Senior Living in Stow, part of a national chain for assisted living.

Helen Becton was Marge’s predecessor in the Classified phone bank.

Marge’s obituary:

Marjorie L. Lane (McCoy)


Marjorie Louise Lane, 94, of Cuyahoga Falls, transitioned to eternal life on December 13, 2017.

She was born in Mason City, Illinois on April 26, 1923. Marjorie was a charter member of West Hill Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and served in many other capacities, was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Haven of Rest and retired from the Akron Beacon Journal in 1988.

Her loving husband of 72 years, Charles, passed away May 31, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Helena (Jere) Edwards and sister, Helen McCoy. She is survived by daughters, Linda (Richard) Mahan, Carole Luck, Janet (Michael) Sparrow; son, Charles Lane II (Jeanne); former daughter-in-law, Leian Couchman and former son-in-law, Tom Luck; grandchildren: Tammy Brown, Laurie (Christopher) Dunn, Chad Mahan; John (Cheryl) Luck, David (Kelli) Luck, Scott (Rosie) Luck and Susan (Yann) Luck-Mottin; Nikki, Jamie and Chris Sparrow, Jessie (Aaron) Helbling; Matthew and David Lane; great-grandchildren, Brittany Susco, Lindsay Brown, Brian and Jason Luck, Jackson, Helena and Cody Luck, Alastor Dalzell, Elsie Sue Luck; Kaden and Addy Sparrow, Zeda Lane and Madison Helbling; brothers, Leonard (Faith) McCoy, Robert (Joan) McCoy; sister, Onalee Roberts; as well as many other extended family members and friends including Illinois family members, Claude Walker, Cathy (Howard) Ziegler, Joyce (Don) King and Darrell McCoy.

Marge’s family would like to thank Brookdale Stow Senior Living for the wonderful care they provided Marge. A service celebrating Marge’s life will be held at West Hill Baptist Church, 605 N. Revere Rd., Akron, OH 44333, on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Keith Marlett and Rev. Aaron Varner officiating. Friends may call Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., and Monday, from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Interment Rose Hill Burial Park. Memorials may be made in her honor to West Hill Baptist Church or The Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44308.
To share a memory, light a candle, or send a condolence, visit the Tribute Wall at  (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Elaine’s father passes away

Lionel and Elaine Guregian

Elaine posted:

“My dear dad passed away at 97. He had a great life and it meant everything to me to be with him over the last weeks.
"I admire him more than ever after seeing his grace in still looking out for his family and being kind to others, right up till the end. I thought of him at 9:30 tonight, my regular time to call him.
"The funeral will be on Tuesday in Michigan.”
Elaine is assistant Northeast Ohio Medical University public relations and marketing director at the Rootstown facility that produced my grandson, Dr. Dylan Timberlake, who practices at Akron Children’s Hospital.
Lionel's obituary:

GUREGIAN, Lionel, of Plymouth, MI, was born in Highland Park and died in Livonia on December 11, 2017. He was 97.

Lionel was the oldest son of Sarkis and Frances (Nahabedian) Gureghian and brother of the late Marguerite (George) Fuller and Richard (Joan) Guregian. He married Carol Florence House on November 26, 1949, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage before her death in 2010.
Lionel and Carol were the proud parents of three daughters: Sally Guregian (Robert Witte) of Northbrook, IL, Mary Jenkins (Michael) of Hingham, MA, and Elaine Guregian of Akron, OH. They also had five grandchildren: Christopher Witte, Danielle and Alex Jenkins, and Zoe and Quinn Dong.

Lionel was the oldest grandchild in a close Armenian family that valued education and adored gardening. After graduating from Highland Park High School in 1938 and Highland Park Junior College in 1940, Lionel attended Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University).
During junior college and college, Lionel participated in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s National Youth Administration (NYA) work study program, which provided him a paid part-time position as an assistant to various professors.

After graduating from MSNC in spring 1942, Lionel entered the military, undergoing Basic Training at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, just south of St. Louis. He served in the Finance Division attached to the Central Technical Training Command of the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Tomah, Wisconsin; Lake Charles, Louisiana; San Antonio, Texas and Newark, New Jersey.
Following his discharge early in 1946, Lionel attended Michigan State University on the GI Bill, studying landscape architecture while working as a landscaper for his parent’s nursery, Fairview Garden Flowers.

Lionel’s teaching career began in 1948 at Oak Ridge Jr. High in Royal Oak. In fall 1950, he began teaching geography, American history, world history and government at Lowrey High School in Dearborn, where Carol was already teaching.
Lionel and Carol attended Wayne State University at night and in the summers to complete master of education degrees in 1952. In 1954, Lionel began teaching at Dearborn High School, where he remained for the rest of his career, teaching American and world history, economics and government.
For many years he also taught night school at Henry Ford Community College. Studying nights and summers, including an economics seminar at the University of Michigan, Lionel earned an education specialist degree in 1967 from Eastern Michigan University.

Lionel and Carol moved to rural Plymouth (Superior Township, Washtenaw County) in 1954, built a house and established a nursery called Fairview Gardens, which Lionel ran in the summers along with teaching summer school. In addition to evergreens and shrubs, at its peak the business sold one thousand hybrid tea roses each season, potted on site.

Lionel was a longtime member and chairman of both the Superior Township Planning Commission and the Superior Township Zoning Board of Review, and also served for a year as Chairman of the Willow Run Zoning Board of Review.

Gardening at home or fishing during family trips to Black Lake brought Lionel great pleasure. So did his many vacations with Carol to the National Parks, especially in the Southwest.
Family came first, and he was never happier than when his children and grandchildren visited. A voracious reader who loved backgammon and poker—and always won at hearts, right until the end—Lionel was fully engaged in life.

Lionel Guregian was a man of intelligence and unending curiosity about the world, as well as a gentleman and a loving family man of the highest integrity. He will be forever missed.

Funeral Service Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 11 AM at Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home, 46401 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth (between Sheldon and Beck). Visitation Monday, December 18, 2017, 2 – 5 PM and 7 – 9 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy or Gleaners Community Food Bank

Hershey, Green have Press Club date

Former BJ and Dayton Daily News Columbus bureau chief Bill Hershey and University of Akron faculty director John Green will discuss their book, "Mr. Chairman: The Life And Times Of Ray C. Bliss," at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, January 24, at the Tangier, 532 W. Market Street, Akron.

They will do their schtick after the 11:45 a.m. buffet.

You have to pay $25 (public) or $20 (Press Club members) to be in the audience.

 This event is co-sponsored by the University of Akron's Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Green is its director.

 "Mr. Chairman" tells the story of how Ray C. Bliss was a force in the Republican Party for more than three decades, in Ohio and on the national stage. He was among the first to use polling and television in campaigns.

He became national chair of the party in 1965, following Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater's landside Presidential election defeat. Bliss rebuilt the party. His ability to unite liberal, moderate and conservative Republicans helped put Richard M. Nixon in the White House in 1968. 

John Green is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, a post he has held since 1988. 

Bill spent more than 40 years reporting on Ohio government and politics at the local, state and national levels -- and on the BJ State Desk under Pat Englehart -- before retiring from the Dayton Daily News in 2012.
He was Washington correspondent for the Akron Beacon Journal.  He covered nine national political conventions and eight Ohio presidential campaigns.

Reservations are required by January 19. Contact Lianne Fowler, Akron Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or .  

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BJ Alumni Directory, with thanks to Paula Schleis


ABRAHAM, Lisa. 2003-2014, reporter and food writer. Now food editor at Columbus Dispatch, living in Westerville.

ADAMS, David. 1986-2004, reporter, editor, consumer sales & marketing, online content developer. Now in Bay Village, associate director of Global Markets/Business, Development, Tax.

ALLEN, Dale. 1980-1997. Executive editor/editor. Now in Akron (winters) and Muzzy Lake, Portage County (summers). Retired, but writing stuff.

BACKDERF, Derf. 1990-1999, artist. Now in Shaker Hts., comics writer-artist.

BEE LYNN, Sandy. 1983-2001, library researcher, free-lance writer. Now in Doylestown, retired, contributing writer for The Post Newspaper.

BRECKENRIDGE, Mary Beth. 1987-present, various editing and writing positions. Now in Brecksville, currently home and garden writer at ABJ.

BRETT, Regina. 1986-2000, reporter, columnist. Now in Northeast Ohio, author (

BROWN, J. Curt. 1971-74, reporter, religion writer, night desk. Now in Akron, retired and substitute church organist.

BYARD, Katie Byard. 1983-present, reporter. Now in Akron, currently business writer, food columnist at ABJ.

CARDEW, Mike Cardew. 1993 to present, photographer and picture editor. Akron

CARNEY, Jim Carney. 1979-2014, reporter. Now in Akron, occasional personality on 1590 WAKR News Talk Sports.

CHABOLLA, Elena Stauffer. 1993-1995, copy editor. Now in Tucson, Ariz., senior program coordinator at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

CHANCELLOR, Carl. 1983-2008, reporter, columnist. Now director of editorial at Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.

DAVIS, Carla J. 1996-2000, copy editor, promotion coordinator. Now in Akron, marketing communications director at Akron-Summit County Public Library. or

DAWIDZIAK, Mark. 1983-99, television critic, movie critic. Now in Cuyahoga Falls, television critic for The Plain Dealer.

DESROSIERS, Rich. 1994-2015, various editing positions. Now in Canton, executive editor for GateHouse Ohio Media.

DETRICH, Matt. 1994-1999, photography. Now in Indianapolis, videographer for Indiana University Health.

DOWNING, Bob. 1972-2016., environment and parks reporter, travel columnist, shale blogger. Now in Akron, soon to be retired.

DUTTON, Geoff Dutton. 2000-2001, reporter. Now in Columbus, at Ohio Department of Public Safety.

DYER, Bob Dyer. 1984-present, copy editor, reporter, columnist. Now in Copley, currently columnist at the ABJ.

ETHRIDGE, Mary. 1988-2006, metro and business reporter. Now in Akron, freelancing.

FARRIS, Gene. 1987 and 2002-2005, deputy sports editor. Now in Chicago, digital editor at the Chicago Tribune.

FLADUNG, Thom. 2000-2002, managing editor. Now in Hudson, vice president of Hennes Communications.

FRAZE, Kathleen. 1973-2012, reporter, various editing positions. Now in Akron, retired.

GAMBOA, Glenn. 1993-2000, reporter. Now in NYC, pop music critic for Newsday.

GANGL, Ott. 1957-1992. Photographer. Retired.

GIFFEN, Tom. 1983-1995, various writing and editing positions. Now in Fort Myers, Fla., own/operate Roy Hobbs Baseball, partner in Kiama Custom Apparel, and chair of Roy Hobbs Foundation.

GLENDE, Phil. 1991-1994, night editor. Now in Terre Haute, Ind., director of Student Media at Indiana State University.

GOFORTH, Candace (DeSantis). 1998-2006, reporter/columnist. Now in Burton, Ohio, independent writer/editor/editorial consultant.

GOOD, Michael. 1987-1998, photographer, director of photography. Now in Lake Stevens, WA, retired.

GREEN, Gary W. 1999-2002, photographer. Now in Florida, digital director of University of Florida's Innovation News Center and Deputy News Editor of WUFT News., 321-441-6916 (c), 352-294-1502 (o).

GRNA, Paul D. 1969-2002, newsroom library, production. Now in Akron, night manager/auditor at Econo Lodge Akron East. paulgrna@yahoo

GROSS, Andale. 1997-2006, reporter. Now in Chicago, desk editor for Associated Press. or

HAAS, Dennis. 1967-1990, news artist. Now in St. Petersburg, Fla., retired.

HAFERD, Laura (Montgomery). 1982-2001, copy editor, religion writer, reporter. Now in Akron area, retired.

HAGEDORN, Kathy Hagedorn. 1994-present, artist, page designer. Now in Akron, artist, page designer at ABJ.

HAGELBERG, Kymberli. 1996-2005, metro reporter. Now in Greensboro, NC, digital content director and breaking news editor at the News & Record and

HARRIS, Sheryl. 1986-2000, reporter, consumer columnist. Now in Shaker Heights, director of consumer affairs for Cuyahoga County.

HECHT, Jane Hecht. 1998-2006, administrative assistant to the Editor. Now in Stow, administrative assistant at St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

HIGGINS, John. 1997-2012, reporter. Now in Seattle, education reporter at Seattle Times. or

HONE MCMAHAN, Kim. 1989-2016, reporter/columnist. Now in Green, retired.

HUNT, April Hunt. 1989, 1992-93, reporter and copy editor. Now in Atlanta, working at Emory University.

IRWIN, Gloria. 1985-2006. various writing and editing positions. Now in Green, retired.

KATZ, Marvin. 1960-1966, reporter. Now in Troutdale, Ore., retired.

KAVANAGH, Jim. 1991-2006; copy editor, copy desk chief. Now in Decatur, GA, senior writer at The Carter Center.

KLECIC, Christine (Isenberg). 1992-1997, internal communications (Hot Type/SideBar). Now in Green, working at Kent State University.

KNAPP, Virginia Dorell. 1998-2000, copy editor. Now in Washington, D.C., attorney with the FDA Office of Chief Counsel.

KORTE, Gregory. 1997-2001, metro reporter. Now in Bethesda, Maryland, White House correspondent for USA TODAY. or

KRUMMEL, Art. 1967-2001, artist, art director, pagination coordinator. Now in Tallmadge, retired.

LAMMERDING, Betsy. 1973-2008. Reporter, assistant features editor. Now in Akron and retired.

LEACH, Jan. 1998-2003, editor and vice president. Now in Fairlawn, teaching journalism at Kent State.

LIN-FISHER, Betty. 1995-present, copy editor, metro and business reporter. Now in Cuyahoga Falls, currently the business and consumer reporter and columnist for ABJ.

LOUIE, Andrea Louie. 1989-1992. Reporter. Now in Long Island, NY and executive director of Asian American Arts Alliance, New York City.

MARVIN, Tom H. 1967 -1978, photographer. Retired.

MCKENNEY, Mitch. 1998-2008, deputy metro editor, features editor, online editor. Now in Hartville, teaching at Kent State.

MEZGER, Ann Sheldon. 1972-2008, reporter, various editing positions. Now in Akron area, writing fantasy and science fiction.

MONTAGUE, Charles S. 1970-2008, various reporter and editing positions. Now in Stow, retired, freelance travel writer, volunteer at Akron City Hospital.

MOORE, Casey. 1999-2006, sports news assistant, sports correspondent, sports copy editor. Now living in Northern Virginia, working in McLean, Va. at USA Today as sports digital editor.

MOORE, Tom. 1963-1992, copy editor, columnist, deputy news editor. Now in Akron, writer for Roy Hobbs Baseball and volunteer for the Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad.

MORGAN, David Lee Jr. 1995-2010. Sportswriter. Now in Austintown, a development officer at Youngstown State University and part-time journalism instructor.

MUSARRA, Russ. 1970-2000, reporter, editor, columnist. Now in Streetsboro, retired.

MYERS, Marcia. 1986-1989, federal courts reporter, higher education reporter. Now in Washington, DC, editor in chief at CQ Magazine.

NEVADA, Charlene. 1970-2005, Action Line, reporter, deputy metro editor. Now in Tallmadge, retired.

NIX, Katie. 2014-2015, metro student correspondent. Now night cops reporter for The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria and working on masters at Kent State.

OLESKY, John. 1969-96. Assistant state desk editor, makeup editor, TV editor. Now splitting time between Tallmadge and The Villages in Florida. retired in 1996. (330) 388-4466

OLIVER, Terence. 1991-2001, various art director positions. Now in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and owner of Elite Execution Design.

OPLINGER, Doug. 1971-present, reporter, various editing positions, currently managing editor.

PAYNE, Melanie. 1996-2000, reporter. Now a columnist for The News-Press in Fort Myers, FL.

PROCTOR, Glenn. 1981-1991, reporter, various editing positions. Now in Charlotte NC, owner REDDjobb LLC (training and coaching).

QUINN, Jim. 1984-2001, reporter, various editing positions, columnist. Now living in North Canton; adjunct composition instructor at University of Akron.

RADER, Peggy. 1974-1979, reporter. Now in Minneapolis, communications manager at Perpich Center for Arts Education.

RANKIN, Beth. 2005-2007, metro student correstpondent. Now in Dallas, food editor at the Dallas Observer in Dallas, TX.

READ, Jan Read. 1983-84, copy desk and national desk. Now in Nashville, Tenn., senior director of integrated communications at Vanderbilt University.

RESWOW, Olga. 1985-2014, national desk editor, copy editor. Now in Wadsworth, retired.

RHODEN MOORE, Yalinda. 1984-1999, reporter, copy editor, assistant metro editor. Now Public Information Office for Cleveland Water Pollution Control.

SCHELLENBACH, Tricia. 2001-2006, copy editor. Now in Baltimore, Md., senior director of communications and marketing at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

SCHLEIS, Paula. 1982-present, reporter. Now in Barberton, metro reporter at ABJ.

SCOTT, Dave Scott. 1978-2014, metro and business reporter, copy editor, assistant editor. Now in Copley, retired.

SHAW, Webb. 1974-1985, reporter, copy editor, assistant political editor. Now in Fremont, Wisconsin, retired.

SHERWIN, Lynne. 1995-present, various editing positions. Now in Akron, currently features editor at ABJ.

SMITH GIPPIN, Susan. 1984-1991, reporter, and columnist. Now in Akron, currently owner Special Times LLC, liquidator & antique dealer.

SMITH, Timothy D. 1967-1986, reporter, various editing positions.Taught at KSU from 1986-2014. Now in Rootstown, semi-retired and practicing law.

SNELL, Roger. 1991-1996, Columbus bureau chief, reporter. Now in Frankfort, Ky.; an author and founder of Kentucky Proud, helping farm families reach the retail market. Website:

SPRINGER, Bob. 1989-2008, copy editor, reporter, commentary editor. Retired, now living in Kent summers, Arizona winters.

STARKS, Elbert III. 2001-2005, copy editor, reporter. Now in Fort Wayne, IN, studying at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

STEWART III, Mizell, 1994-2000 and 2005-2006, various editing positions. Now vice president of news operations at Gannett, working in Virginia and from home in Aurora.

TIGELMAN, Colleen Murphy. 1978-1989, various editing positions. Now in Akron, retired.

TREXLER, Phil. 1998-2015, reporter. Now in Bath Township, executive producer at Channel 3 News WKYC TV.

VANAC, Mary. 1989-2000, business reporter. Now in Chardon, self-employed organic farmer at Creators Table.

VAN TASSEL, Deb. 1982-93, 95-99, various editing positions. Now in Arizona, editor/planner at Arizona Republic.

VRADENBURG, Sarah. 1984-2006. Copy editor, reporter, editorial writer. Now in Akron and a Master Gardener Volunteer, blogging at

WALLACE, Julie. 2000 to 2006, metro reporter, sports copy editor. Now in Elyria, managing editor of The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria.

WARNER, Stuart. 1979- 1994, 1995-1998, numerous writing and editing positions. Now in Arizona, editor in chief at Phoenix New Times.

WILLARD, Dennis. 1995-2010, Columbus Statehouse Bureau Chief. Now with Precision New Media.

WILLIAMS, Mike. 1968-2012, news intern, ad makeup, IT. Now in Akron, retired.

WILSON, David A., 1996-2006; national desk and copy desk positions. Now in Elyria, copy editor at Chronicle-Telegram.

Later, Peggy Rader posted:

Peggy Rader 
Another update: retired as communications director at Perpich Center for Arts Education on July 31. Freelance writer/editor in a lazy kind of way. Traveling. Reading. Loafing. Email:
Melanie Payne, husband Bill
Another BJ reunion for Arnie

Former BJ deputy Metro editor Arnie Rosenberg is making a habit of reunions with Ol’ Blue Walls expatriates in Florida.

The latest was 1996-2000 BJ reporter Melanie Payne, a columnist for the News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida.

Melanie reports: “A pleasant surprise today when I was in a newsroom in Stuart (FL) and saw Arnie Rosenberg. We managed to recognize each other even though it’s been almost 20 years since we worked together.”
Arnie Rosenberg, wife Fran

In 2016 BJ business writer Betty Lin-Fisher had a reunion with Arnie in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Arnie is editor at Treasure Coast Newspapers, founder/president of The Center for Essay Excellence and is married to Fran Sherman. Arnie and Fran have two children, Amanda and Zach. The Beachwood High School graduate, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, married a Beachwood gal in Fran. The Ohio University graduate’s other newspaper stops included the Denver Post and the Painesville, Ohio Telegraph.

Melanie is from Wickliffe, Ohio and lives in Fort Myers. She is author of the 2003 book, "Champions, Cheaters and Childhood Dreams: Memories of the Soap Box Derby."

Melanie’s emai: Her phone: (239) 335-0387.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ocker joins baseball-writing gods

Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Indians for 33 years, has been named the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award chosen by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Sheldon Ocker
Sheldon got 168 of the 426 votes. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jim Reeves was second with 143 votes. Minneapolis writer Patrick Reussee got 113.

Sheldon joins such writing luminaries as Ring Lardner, Grantland Rice, Damon Runyon, Heywood Broun, Shirley Povich, Red Smith, Jim Murray and my late, former Dayton Daily News sports editor/boss, Si Burick. Classy company, Sheldon.

Spink was the late editor of The Sporting News, baseball’s bible.

Sheldon switched from the Cavaliers to the Indians in 1981 when Bob Nold decided he didn’t want to spent his entire spring and summer on the road or in Cleveland.

He will receive the award in Cooperstown, New York during the Baseball Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend July 23-30, 2018.

Sheldon retired from Ol’ Blue Walls after the 2013 season.

He was the national Writers’ Association president in 1985 and Cleveland chapter chair 11 times.