April 20, 2015 |
My father worked nights, slept days, and rose for dinner in a mood as sour as my mother's iced tea. He usually was too tired or cranky to read the just-delivered Bulletin's sports section so my mother, as we ate, often read aloud what for him was its one indispensable element - Sandy Grady's column. Those wonderfully crafted words soothed my father, though they must also have stirred conflicting emotions in a proofreader who had wanted to be a sportswriter. For my young ears, hearing Grady's insights and flawless phrasing, so perfect in audible form, sparked the beginnings of awareness.
April 16, 2015 |
Sandy Grady, 87, a respected Philadelphia journalist acclaimed for his sportswriting who also covered politics and seven presidents, died Tuesday, April 14, in Reston, Va., after a long battle with kidney cancer. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Grady arrived in Philadelphia in 1957 to weave tales at the Philadelphia Daily News and then the Bulletin. Frank Bilovsky, a former Bulletin sportswriter, said of Mr. Grady: "He destroyed my 1950s stereotypical view of Southern white men as backward, right-wing bigots.
April 8, 2015 |
Loren Robert Craft, 86, of Middletown, Del., a retired newspaper editor, died Sunday April 5, at Christiana Hospital in Delaware. Mr. Craft's family moved around during World War II before settling in Delaware County, and he attended Temple University and Hunter College. His first newspaper job was in the composing room at the Bulletin, where he was taken under the wing of the highly regarded editor Walter Lister. "At one point, he was Lister's personal copyboy," said Sylvia Craft, Mr. Craft's wife.
February 13, 2015 |
Francis X. McNeila, 81, of Somers Point, N.J., a former pressman for the Bulletin and then for The Inquirer, died of metastatic liver cancer on Sunday, Feb. 8, at a daughter's home in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. After he retired, Mr. McNeila was a Eucharistic minister, distributing Communion at St. Joseph Church in Somers Point. "He would also distribute Communion to patients at Shore Medical Center" in Somers Point who couldn't get to Mass, said a daughter, Frances Ryder. "He did genuinely feel it was important that people maintain their faith, even when they were sick," she said.
September 19, 2014 |
TOM TOROK tells the story of how he once escaped bodily injury thanks to Carl Breitinger. It was 1978, and Tom, as a reporter for the Courier-Post, had participated in some articles exposing corruption in Gloucester Township, N.J., stirring the ire of Democratic officials. Along came Carl Breitinger, then a photographer for the Bulletin, arriving at Democratic Party headquarters in all innocence. But he wore a beard, as Tom Torok did, and irate officials thought it was Torok back for more dirt.
March 12, 2014 |
JOE McGINNISS, who went from controversial stints at the old Evening Bulletin and the Inquirer to best-sellerdom as a writer of blistering books, died yesterday in Worcester, Mass., of prostate cancer at age 71. McGinniss wrote hard-hitting books on many subjects, from Richard Nixon ( The Selling of the President 1968 ) to Sarah Palin ( The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin ). The Palin book led him to move in next door to her Alaska home for several months.
October 18, 2013 |
WHEN THE Bulletin closed in 1982, it was a considerable blow to the McBride family. In fact, the family tried to keep it open as best they could. They demonstrated at the building at 30th and Market streets, even holding a candlelight vigil. Nothing worked, of course. The 135-year-old newspaper was doomed. The emotional attachment was a family affair. The late Bill McBride, who died in 1978, was a longtime Bulletin sportswriter, specializing in horse racing, and other family members worked there over the years.
June 9, 2013 |
Sportswriter Bob Lyons was so organized, so diligent, that he wrote his own obituary and left it for his family to disperse to the media. Mr. Lyons, 73, an understated, dignified man who wrote several books connected to the Philadelphia sports scene, died Wednesday of heart disease. One of Mr. Lyon's five children, Rick, said his father left an obituary "not because he wanted to write it, but because he wanted it accurate. He started his career writing obituaries for the Bulletin, and he ended it writing an obituary.
April 30, 2013 |
JACK McBRIDE'S DOOR was always open. Friends, friends of friends, his sons' friends - all were welcome to drop in anytime, check out the refrigerator, have a meal, sleep over if they wanted to. A happy, congenial Irishman, Jack was the kind of guy who always gave of himself, whether it was to his five sons, his cherished grandkids or his many friends. Jack was there with an open door and an open heart. And his grandkids could wrap him around their fingers. They were spoiled rotten by Grandad.
March 28, 2013
By Don Harrison Frank Rizzo died in 1991, but he's still making news. Theatre Exile, a South Philadelphia company, recently announced plans to premiere a work about the former mayor by playwright Bruce Graham, hopefully next year. By the time Rizzo became mayor in 1972, he was on a first-name basis with just about everyone in Philadelphia's news business. For years before entering politics, Rizzo had been a cop - a very visible and quotable cop. A good quote (the more outrageous, the better)