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December 15, 2005 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Alan Halpern, 79, of Society Hill, editor of Philadelphia Magazine from 1951 to 1980, died of renal failure Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Described in a 1988 Inquirer story as "shy and soft-spoken, a cigarette addict who seemed to hide in a cloud of smoke," Mr. Halpern suffered from heart disease the last several years. When Mr. Halpern - newly returned from Paris, where he had worked for a picture magazine while attending the Sorbonne - joined the magazine, he was the only one in the office.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Hans Massaquoi, a former managing editor of Ebony magazine who wrote a distinctive memoir about growing up black in Nazi Germany, died in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, his 87th birthday, his son said. "He had quite a journey in life," said Hans J. Massaquoi Jr., of Detroit. "Many have read his books and know what he endured. But most don't know that he was a good, kind, loving, fun-loving, fair, honest, generous, hard-working, and open-minded man. He respected others and commanded respect himself.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
Midge Turk Richardson, 82, who spent 18 years as a nun before spending 18 years as the editor of Seventeen magazine, a redoubt of worldly concerns like clothes, makeup, and dating, died recently at her home in Manhattan. Mrs. Richardson, whose body was found by family members last Monday, apparently died in her sleep sometime during the previous weekend, her stepson Kevin Richardson said. Mrs. Richardson left her religious order in 1966, a journey she recounted in a memoir, The Buried Life , published in 1971.
NEWS
July 30, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan Helms Hunter Orr, 91, a staff editor at the Saturday Evening Post and Holiday magazine in Philadelphia in the 1940s, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, July 24, at Cathedral Village, the Roxborough retirement community where she had lived since 2001. Born in New York City, Mrs. Orr attended what was then Colby Junior College in New London, N.H., and what was then Harcum Junior College in Bryn Mawr. A daughter, Polly White, said that her resumé showed that at the Post from 1940 to 1945, Mrs. Orr was a secretary, research department head, and a manuscript editor.
NEWS
June 23, 1986 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer
Lonnie O. Vallery, an editor who worked for many years on labor union publications, died Saturday at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He was 64 and lived in Ambler, Montgomery County. "The trade union movement became his life's work," Vallery's wife, the former Stella Lord, said yesterday. He was editor of the "Glass Horizons," the publication of the Glass Bottle Blowers' Association (now the Glass, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers), when he retired in 1977. A native of LeCompte, La., he moved to this area in 1964 to work for the Glass Bottle Blowers' Association and also was its public relations director.
NEWS
November 11, 1991 | By Kimberly J. McLarin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eleanor Pollock Hughes, 91, a veteran newspaperwoman and former women's editor of both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Bulletin, died Friday of heart disease at Sibley Hospital in Washington. Mrs. Hughes, known professionally as Eleanor Pollock and as "Pollie" to her friends, was born and raised in New York City, where she attended the Gardner School and the Finch School. Her mother, Alice Leal Pollock, was an actress and playwright. In 1939 Miss Pollock came to Philadelphia to become women's editor of the Philadelphia Record, where she worked closely with city editor Walter Lister.
NEWS
June 21, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / KEN LAMBERT
PROTESTING WITH ABOUT 100 other senior citizens outside the offices of The Inquirer, Emily Pildis holds an Inquirer Magazine article that the demonstrators found unfair. The June 8 article, headlined "Do the elderly have it too good?", told of well-off retirees receiving benefits and price breaks they don't deserve. Magazine editor David R. Boldt told the group the article described only a part of the elderly population. The protest was organized by the Action Alliance of Senior Citizens.
NEWS
January 14, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Betty Wetter Barr Thomas, 74, owner of a marine parts company and former magazine editor, died Friday of cancer at Brandywine Hospital in Chester County. She had resided in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, until remarrying in 1990 and moving to Haverford. She and her husband had recently moved to West Brandywine Township, Chester County. Mrs. Thomas was owner and president of Osco Motors, a manufacturer of marine engine parts, in Hatfield Township. Earlier, she had been an editor at the former Curtis Publishing Co., working on Jack & Jill magazine.
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NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Magazine editor Tom McGrath and Robert Huber, author of the controversial "Being White in Philly" cover story, faced their critics at a forum Monday night at the National Constitution Center. McGrath opened by saying he was sorry to anybody who was hurt by the article, because that was not his intent, but adding that he did not regret publishing the story in the March issue.     RELATED STORIES Magazine staffer: The only black person in the room Mayor goes after Philadelphia Magazine over race article     Huber told the packed auditorium of about 200 people that the purpose of the article was to explore "how white people relate to black people in the inner city, or don't relate to them.
NEWS
January 22, 2013
Hans Massaquoi, a former managing editor of Ebony magazine who wrote a distinctive memoir about growing up black in Nazi Germany, died in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, his 87th birthday, his son said. "He had quite a journey in life," said Hans J. Massaquoi Jr., of Detroit. "Many have read his books and know what he endured. But most don't know that he was a good, kind, loving, fun-loving, fair, honest, generous, hard-working, and open-minded man. He respected others and commanded respect himself.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
Midge Turk Richardson, 82, who spent 18 years as a nun before spending 18 years as the editor of Seventeen magazine, a redoubt of worldly concerns like clothes, makeup, and dating, died recently at her home in Manhattan. Mrs. Richardson, whose body was found by family members last Monday, apparently died in her sleep sometime during the previous weekend, her stepson Kevin Richardson said. Mrs. Richardson left her religious order in 1966, a journey she recounted in a memoir, The Buried Life , published in 1971.
NEWS
July 31, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan Helms Hunter Orr, 91, a staff editor at the Saturday Evening Post and Holiday magazine in Philadelphia in the 1940s, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, July 24, at Cathedral Village, the Roxborough retirement community where she had lived since 2001. Born in New York City, Mrs. Orr attended what was then Colby Junior College in New London, N.H., and what was then Harcum Junior College in Bryn Mawr. A daughter, Polly White, said that her resumé showed that at the Post from 1940 to 1945, Mrs. Orr was a secretary, research department head, and a manuscript editor.
SPORTS
February 16, 2011
WHILE IT'S NO laughing matter, two funny guys will be on hand when Kobe Bryant becomes the first athlete to put his hands and feet in concrete outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater on Saturday. Organizers told the Associated Press that talk-show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and George Lopez, both longtime Lakers fans, will be part of the program. Kimmel will be the master of ceremonies and Lopez will be the keynote speaker. Bryant, 32, who starred at Lower Merion High, has averaged 25.3 points over 15 seasons and has helped lead the Lakers to five NBA championships.
NEWS
January 13, 2011 | By NATALIE POMPILIO, pompiln@phillynews.com 215-854-2595
Former Philadelphia magazine editor Larry Platt will take the helm of the Daily News effective Jan. 31, Philadelphia Media Network publisher Greg Osberg announced yesterday. "I stated a personality goal for the brand - loud, irreverent and fun - and I thought, 'Well, if we could find an editor that exhibited those traits, that wouldn't be a bad thing,' " Osberg said during a meeting with newsroom staff. Platt, he said, "has spectacular ideas for the brand. " Platt replaces Michael Days, who will become the Inquirer's managing editor.
NEWS
October 11, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 27 years, Jean Byrne, a self-described city girl who "wasn't much of a grower," edited a horticulture magazine featuring articles about baking dirt to get rid of bugs and weeds, planting gardens in milk crates and laundry baskets, espaliering dwarf apple trees, and growing fig trees indoors. Ms. Byrne, 80, retired director of publications for the Horticultural Society of Pennsylvania and editor of Green Scene, its bimonthly magazine, died of leukemia Thursday, Sept. 23, at Good Shepherd Hospice.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
IN HIS reporting of my leave-taking as editor of Philadelphia magazine, Dan Gross included in his description of my "un-bosslike" behavior "tackling in the hallways. " To be clear, there had been no tackling in the hallways of Philadelphia magazine since 2003, which is when I rescinded my Mandatory Coed Tackling Policy, in large part due to my very responsible concerns for workplace safety. Interestingly, before rescinding the policy, then-staff writer Sasha Issenberg, though short, was a particularly adept tackler.
LIVING
December 2, 2009 | By Lini S. Kadaba INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jake Bronstein is on a mission to fill the world with fun. At the moment, he's succeeding, one tiny magnetic ball at a time - when he's not writing love letters to strangers, or breaking weird world records, or posting funny words (kerfuffle, discombobulated, spork) at his blog, Zoomdoggle.com. The 31-year-old New Yorker who graduated from Central High School (255th Class) is the brains behind a new toy/gadget/gizmo called Buckyballs. It's hard to categorize, not unlike its quirky, loopy creator, but Buckyballs, which debuted in March, are 216 powerful rare-earth magnetic spheres that can be used to make countless shapes.
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