February 17, 2012 |
HARRY TOLAND was a most unlikely labor reporter. Chestnut Hill born and bred, Episcopal Academy, Yale University English major. But when Stanley Thompson, the Evening Bulletin 's city editor, broached the idea to him on, oddly enough, Groundhog Day in 1952, Harry mumbled an uncertain yes. Tall and gangly, impeccably mannered and gracious, Harry was no Vic Riesel, the labor activist and columnist. Nobody was going to throw acid in his face. Besides, this was Philadelphia.
September 12, 2011 |
In the late 1960s, Nessa Forman would show up at 7 a.m. in the composing room of the Evening Bulletin, the only woman there. As the first-edition deadline neared, she directed the men who moved columns of metal type into the forms that produced that day's feature pages. Though not long out of graduate school, Ms. Forman was already respected. On Saturday night, Ms. Forman, 68, vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at WHYY Inc. from February 1983 to July 2007 and arts and leisure editor of the Bulletin when it closed in January 1982, died of pancreatic cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse.
August 31, 2011 |
IT WAS no longer true that nearly everyone read the Bulletin. The famous slogan - for many years displayed in New Yorker cartoons and elsewhere - gave way to two major forces: the ascendancy of the competition and the arrival of TV news. "To this day, I feel we really did a fine job, and gave the public a straight story," former publisher and editor William L. McLean III said in an interview when the Bulletin closed in January 1982. "That's the greatest source of satisfaction I have.
August 30, 2011 |
William L. McLean III, 83, of Wynnewood, the last of his family to run the Bulletin before it was sold in April 1980 and closed in January 1982, died of kidney failure Saturday, Aug. 27, at Lankenau Hospital. Mr. McLean was editor and publisher of the newspaper from 1975 to 1980. His grandfather, William L. McLean, bought the Evening Bulletin in 1895, when it was the smallest of the city's 13 newspapers. By the 1950s, it was the largest-circulation afternoon newspaper in the nation.
August 2, 2011 |
Michael B. Coakley III, 69, of Blackwood, a throwback to the nights of competitive newspaper journalism at the Evening Bulletin and later at The Inquirer, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday, July 26, at his home. If any night reporters, phoning in stories to the city desk, uttered that old cliché, "Hello, sweetie, gimme rewrite," they often got Mike Coakley. And what they got in the 1970s and 1980s was an echo of an even earlier time, before college graduates became the norm instead of high school-educated reporters.
June 30, 2011 |
Andrea Mitchell, now chief foreign-affairs correspondent for NBC News, walked into the Philadelphia City Hall newsroom in the 1960s on the first day of her first job as a reporter for KYW-AM. The only woman in the room. A minnow among barracudas. Except for Philadelphia Daily News reporter Bill Fidati. "He reached out and mentored me," Mitchell said in a Wednesday phone interview. "He really made it acceptable for many of the other veteran male reporters to accept a young, eager, but inexperienced woman.
June 17, 2011 |
Adrian I. Lee, 90, a longtime reporter and columnist for the Bulletin, died of a respiratory infection Wednesday, June 15, at Cathedral Village, a retirement community in Roxborough. Mr. Lee joined the Evening Bulletin in 1948 as a general assignment and police reporter. He later was a rewrite man, a national reporter, and an editorial writer, and was a conservative columnist when the paper closed in 1982. In 1998, Mr. Lee contributed an essay for a collection of reminiscences about the Bulletin, titled "I Loved Every Minute.
December 23, 2010 |
ART GEISELMAN reflected the anger and despair felt by the staff of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin that grim day in January 1982, when it was announced that the 134-year-old newspaper would close. "Goddamn it, we had a good staff," he said. "We beat the Inquirer all the time, right up to the end. Our stories did more than any other newspaper's to effect social change in this town. " And one of the outstanding members of that damn good staff was Art Geiselman, a prizewinning newsman known for his aggressive reporting and the precision of his writing.
September 18, 2010 |
One bulletin from Harrisburg warned that a protest over use of carriage horses in Philadelphia could turn into "a fertile recruiting or meeting ground" for militant animal-rights activists. Another said convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal's supporters might turn desperate and "attack perceived enemies" after a prosecutor vowed to seek his execution. And Halloween might bring "rowdy behavior" from eco-activists in masks and costumes at a lunchtime rally outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Philadelphia office.