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  • Andrew Paul Menton

    Born: October 23, 1900, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: November 21, 1969, Baltimore, MD, age 68---d. heart attack while driving his car.

    Baltimore sports writer;
    Baltimore, MD, (April 20, 1910 census)(listed A. Paul Menton)
    Baltimore, MD, 18-year old, (January 5, 1920 census)(listed Paul Menton)
    Baltimore, MD, editor, Evening Sun newspaper, (April 7, 1930 census)(listed Paul A. Menton)
    Baltimore, MD, sports editor, newspaper, (April 8, 1940 census)
    Graduated Loyola College (Baltimore, MD), 1922 (A.B)
    Baltimore Evening Sun, golf writer, 1923, named sports editor, 1925 - January, 1967, retired.
    Was a football/basketball referee for many years.

    Father: John A. Menton, born Delaware, 1881?; ; Mother: Anne, born Pennsylvania, 1877?; Wife: Jean Dawson; born Pennsylvania, 1901?, married her April 18, 1928; Son: John D., born Maryland, 1932?; Son: James, P., born Maryland, 1935?;

    Played basketball 1 year and tennis 4 years at Loyola College, 1926-28; Chairman of the Board of Officials at Maryland Scholastic asociation, 1918-28; President and honorary President, Maryland.

    Sports writer, Baltimore American, Baltimore Post, Baltimore Evening Sun, 1925-28; sports editor Baltimore Evening Sun, 1928,

    Who's Who in Major League Football, 1935.-------------------Who's Who in American Sports, 1928

    Washington Post obituary, November 22, 1969, pp. D5.
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    • Raymond Grody---AKA Ray Grody

      Born: September 2, 1912, Rhode Island
      Died: August 4, 1975, Milwaukee, WI, age 62,---d. of cancer, after long illness.

      Milwaukee sports writer;
      Wisconsin News
      Milwaukee Sentinel, assistant sports editor, 1939 - 1975
      Primarily a boxing writer

      Hartford Courant obituary, August 5, 1975, pp. 45A.
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      • Louis Ashley Dougher

        Born: February 19, 1882, Boston, MA
        Died: February 10, 1937, Washington, DC, age 55,---d. heart attack at Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, VA

        Boston sports writer;
        Boston, MA, 18-year old, (June 13, 1900 census)
        Boston, MA, editor, (April 20, 1910 census)
        Washington, DC, editor, newspaper, (January 3, 1920 census)
        Boston American
        Boston Tribune
        Boston Traveler, 1908? - 1911?
        Washington Times, 1914? - 1925?

        Father: Edward F., born Canada, 1853?; Mother: Marie C., born Canada, 1856?; Wife: Margaret F., born Canada, 1880?;

        Washington Post obituary, February 11, 1937, pp. 17.
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        • Jesse Allison Linthicum

          Born: October 27, 1891, Baltimore, MD
          Died: May 12, 1959, Baltimore, MD, age 67,---d. cancer

          Baltimore sports writer;
          Baltimore, MD, 8-year old, (June 9, 1900 census)
          Baltimore, MD, editor, newspaper, (January 6, 1920 census)
          Baltimore, MD, editor, newspaper, (April 15, 1930 census)
          Baltimore, MD, sports editor, daily newspaper, (April 10, 1940 census)
          Baltimore Star, copy boy
          Baltimore Sun, sports writer, 1911-25, city and telegraph desks, 1927-29, sports editor, 1925-27, 1929-59. (June 5, 1917 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)

          Father: Jesse H., born Pennsylvania, December, 1867; Mother: Annie R., born Pennsylvania, August, 1872; Wife: Edna F., born Maryland, 1895; Daughter: Marjorie L., born Maryland, 1916?;


          --------New York Times' obituary, May 13, 1959, pp. 37.----------------------------Sporting News' obituary, May 20, 1959, pp. 40.
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          • Leo T. Riordan

            Born: June 2, 1903, Scobeyville, NJ
            Died: June 5, 1975, Philadelphia, PA, age 72

            Philadelphia sports writer;
            Atlantic, NJ, 7-year old, (April 20, 1910 census)(listed Riordon)
            Philadelphia, PA, journalist, newspaper, (April 10, 1930 census)
            Philadelphia, PA, editor, newspaper, (1940 census)
            Graduated St. Joseph's College, 1926
            Philadelphia Evening Ledger, sports editor, ? - January, 1942
            Philadelphia Inquirer, sports editor, 1942 - ?

            Father: Thomas, born New Jersey, 1871?; Mother: Anna R., born New Jersey, 1880?; Wife: Kathryn M. Steed, born Philadelphia, PA, March 1, 1907; Son: John Thomas

            World's All Sports Who's Who, 1950---New York Times' obituary, June 8, 1975, pp. 55.
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            • John S. Webster

              Born: May 12, 1903, Missouri
              Died: August 19, 1962, Erlton, NJ, age 59,---d. at home.

              Philadelphia sports writer;
              McMurtrey, MO, 7-year old, (April 27, 1910 census)
              Philadelphia, PA, newspaper, sports reporter, (April 11, 1940 census)
              Philadelphia North American, 1923 - 1925
              Philadelphia Inquirer, sports editor, 1925 - 1962. Started as a printer, then reporter, assistant sports editor, make-up editor, columnist.

              Father: George W., born Missouri, 1878?; Mother: Pansy S., born Missouri, 1876; Wife: Georgia M. Heffner, born Nebraska, around 1903; Daughter: Dorothy, born Iowa, around 1920;

              Mr. Webster arrived in Philadelphia from Springfield, MO in 1923.

              New York Times' obituary, August 20, 1962, pp. 23. --------Hartford Courant obituary, August 21, 1962, pp. 18B,
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              • Bernard Irwin Kremenko---AKA Barney Kremenko

                Born: May 8, 1909, Brooklyn, NY
                Died: January 20, 1990, Mineola, NY, age 80,---d. in a Mineola hospital after a long illness of kidney problems.

                New York sports writer;
                Brooklyn, NY, 11-months old, (April 24, 1910 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, 10-year old, (January 7, 1920 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, 21-year old, student, college, (April 2, 1930 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, copy reader, newspaper, (April 11, 1940 census)(listed Kremenbo)
                New York Journal American, sports writer, 1939 - 1966 (covered Madison Square Garden, followed Pat Lynch as Giants' baseball writer.)
                When the Giants left New York, he switched to the Mets.
                Left newspaper work & went to work conducting PR for the New York Islanders (hockey), and the New Jersey Nets (basketball). Parents born in Russia.

                Father: Moses, born Russia, 1866?; Mother: Minnie, born Russia, 1866;

                Supposedly was the first to give Willie Mays his nickname, the 'Say Hey Kid'. He had been a former president of the Baseball Writers Association.
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                Barney Kremenko (Spotrswriter. Born, Brooklyn, May 8, 1909; died, Mineola, N.Y., Jan. 20, 1990.) Easily one of the most popular sportswriters of his time, Bernard Irwin Kremenko worked for the Journal-American for 27 years (1939-66). During that period, Kremenko covered many of the most famous moments in New York baseball history, including Bobby Thomson’s 1951 home run that won the pennant for his beloved Giants and Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series perfect game. He was also the official scorer for Jim Bunning’s perfect game at Shea Stadium on Father’s Day 1964. Kremenko came to the Journal-American after the Brooklyn Times Union closed, but, despite his Brooklyn background, he had always been a Giants fan. He covered the Giants until they moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season, then the Yankees and then the Mets (1962-67) as the Journal-American was folded into a merger and its successor, the World Journal Tribune closed May 5, 1967. Kremenko then turned to public relations and started a whole new career. He handled the Westchester Bulls football team (1967), the New Jersey Americans of the A.B.A. (who became the New York – now New Jersey – Nets), and, later, the Islanders. The Nets moved back to New Jersey in 1977, but Kremenko was with the Islanders until he died. He was also active in the B.B.W.A.A., starring in the writers’ show at the annual New York chapter dinner and, in 1962, serving as founding editor of the dinner’s journal, The Scorebook. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                UPI's Carl Lundquist delivered the eulogy: "Barney was with the Giants, the Mets, and now he's with the Angels."

                -------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, February 5, 1990, pp. 43.


                January, 1964: Til Ferdenzi, Barney Kremenko, Yogi Berra.
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                • Louis Effrat

                  Born: February 21, 1910, New York, NY
                  Died: September 1, 1988, West Palm Beach, FL, age 78

                  New York sports writer;
                  Brooklyn, NY, 10-year old, (January 10, 1920 census)
                  Brooklyn, NY, reporter, New York Times, (April 19, 1930 census)
                  New York, NY, sports writer, newspaper, (1940 census)
                  New York Times, 1927 - 1976

                  Father: Jacob, born Russia, 1878?; Mother: Lena, born Austria, 1885?; Wife: Alice G., born December 29, 1912, died May 19, 1998, West Palm Beach, FL.

                  Wikipedia
                  Louis Effrat was a sports writer for The New York Times. He was born on February 21, 1910, in Manhattan and died on September 1, 1988. He was employed by The New York Times from 1927 to 1976.

                  Mr. Effrat covered the first televised sport event, a Columbia–Princeton baseball game, the second game of a doubleheader, played at Baker Field at Columbia University on May 17, 1939.

                  Lou Effrat was known as "The Guy With the Twist". He covered all major sports. In addition to being the swing man between the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees, he spent years as the beat writer covering first the Yankees and then the Giants.

                  In addition to his baseball writing he covered the Knicks and the football Giants.
                  In his later years he was the Harness Writer for the Times covering a number of Hambletonian Stakes. He was a member of the United States Harness Writers Association and voted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in 1985.

                  He retired to Florida with his wife, Alice, who died on May 19, 1997.
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                  Louis Effrat (Sportswriter. Born, New York, Feb. 21, 1910; died, Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 1, 1988.) For nearly 50 years, Louis Effrat was associated with The New York Times, most of that time as a sportswriter. Effrat began at The Times as a cityside copy boy in 1927. He soon gravitated to sports and began covering high school events, then colleges. In 1935, Effrat went on to the baseball beat for the first time. He covered the Giants primarily, but also over the years wrote the Dodgers, Yankees, and then the Mets. Effrat was part of the six-man group from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers that helped start the N.I.T. in 1938. He covered the Football Giants for several seasons until 1963. In later years, he was The Times’ harness racing writer. Effrat retired in 1976. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)


                  February 4, 1951, NYC: L-R: Joe Trimble, Eddie Stanky, Will Harridge, Lou Effrat.--------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, September 2, 1988, pp. B5.
                  The New York sports writers chapter is presenting Stanky with the Sid Mercer Award and Harridge with the Bill Slocum Memorial Award.


                  January 14, 1963, Toots Shor's Restaurant, NYC: George F. Burns presents Lou with award of electric, portable typewriter as 'The Baseball Writer's Writer.''
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                  • Louis Metcalf Hatter

                    Born: August 18, 1919, Baltimore, MD
                    Died: April 21, 1988, Baltimore, MD, age 68,---d. in Durham, NC hospital, after an illness of four weeks.

                    Baltimore sports writer;
                    Baltimore, MD, 4-months old, (January 26, 1920 census)
                    Baltimore, MD, 10-year old, (April 9, 1930 census)
                    Baltimore, MD, 20-year old, (April 9, 1940 census)
                    Baltimore Sun, sports writer, 1944 - 1984

                    Father: Elmer L., born Maryland, 1882?; Mother: Alice V., born Maryland, 1885?;


                    July, 1964, Cooperstown, NY, Hall of Fame ceremonies: Notice George Sisler at bottom, left.-------------------------Washington Post obituary, April 23, 1988, pp. C2.
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                    • William Thomas Cloney, Jr.---AKA Will Cloney

                      Born: October 29, 1911, Dorchester, MA
                      Died: January 16, 2003, Duxbury, MA, age 91,---d. South Shore Hospital in Weymouth after a brief illness.

                      Boston sports writer;
                      Boston, MA, 8-year old, (January, 1920 census)
                      Boston, MA, 18-year old, (1930 census)
                      Milton, MA, teacher & reporter, N. E. University, (1940 census)
                      Boston Herald, sports writer,
                      Boston Post, sports editor,
                      Director of Boston Marathon, 1946 - 1982
                      Boston Athletic Association, President, 1964 - 1982
                      Born & raised in Dorchester, MA

                      Father: William, born Massachusetts, 1875?; Mother: Elizabeth A., born Massachusetts, 1884?; Wife: Arlene, born Massachusetts, 1913?; Daughter: Mary E., born Massachusetts, 1939?; Son: Sgt. William Thomas Cloney, III, born February 21, 1946, died September 7, 1968 in Vietnam. His home city was Milton, MA. Killed by enemy artillery, body recovered.

                      Boston Marathon Director, Harvard Fan Dies at 91
                      By ANDREW C. CAMPBELL, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER
                      Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003

                      William T. "Will" Cloney ’33, long-time director of the Boston Marathon and supporter of Harvard athletics died in Duxbury, Mass. Thursday. He was 91.

                      Cloney was the director of the Boston Marathon from 1946 until 1982 and an avid fan of Harvard football since his 10th birthday, when he attended his first game—the legendary 6-0 loss to Centre College that snapped the Crimson’s 25-game winning streak.

                      Cloney was an honorary member of the Varsity Club, an organization whose membership is usually restricted to current and former varsity athletes. He co-founded the club’s newsletter, News & Views, in 1958, which now publishes 15 times annually.

                      The writers’ section of the Harvard Stadium pressbox was dedicated to Cloney in 1993. Until the mid-1990s, he climbed the 123 steps for every home game.

                      In recent years, declining health had forced Cloney to stay home—a reality that disappointed him.

                      “Those 123 steps to the pressbox are just too tough. And I miss being at the games. A lot. But I’m certainly there in spirit and listen faithfully to just about every game broadcast. I’m furious if I miss a broadcast and have to wait until the 11 o’clock news to find out whether Harvard won,” he said in the October 2001 issue of News & Views.

                      Cloney began a career in sports journalism when he was 17, covering Harvard football for the Boston Herald while attending Harvard. Cloney continued to work for the Herald until 1953, when he began writing for the Boston Post.

                      In 1935, while still working at the Herald, Cloney earned a master’s in education at Harvard. He went on to teach journalism at Northeastern University from 1947 to 1953.

                      Cloney is internationally famous for his tenure at the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), where he was president from 1964 to 1982 and directed the Boston Marathon from 1947 to 1982. Under his guidance, the marathon grew from a minor event that ran a deficit into one of the world’s premier marathons.

                      Cloney left an indelible impression on the Boston Marathon, according to those who lead it today.

                      “He helped shepherd the organization and the marathon through years of change and growth while striving to maintain the integrity of both the organization and its events. Mr. Cloney’s vision for the BAA Marathon was progressive in that he viewed it as a community-wide event which other marathons would come to emulate,” Guy Morse, the current BAA director, said in a written statement.

                      Cloney is remembered for backing many of the marathon’s quirky traditions—such as the noon start time and the beef stew served at the finish.

                      Joseph D. Bertagna ’73, who first met Cloney while playing hockey at Harvard and later helped him with News & Views, remembered him for his “dry wit” and having “a good way of stating his opinion without belittling other peoples’ opinions.”

                      Bertagna said even when Cloney was wearing his journalist hat, his fierce loyalty to Harvard shined through.

                      When Bertagna took Cloney’s usual role writing the football story and criticized the Crimson’s “sloppy tackling” in a game against Princeton, Cloney corrected him—it was not Harvard’s tackling but Princeton’s “elusive running.”

                      “But there was a wink in his eye,” Bertagna said.

                      Later, Bertagna knew Cloney through the Varsity Club’s Hall of Fame Committee. Cloney continued coming to the meetings until two months before his death.

                      Bertagna recalled how Cloney was able to keep a level tone despite the heated nature of the conversations over whom to honor.

                      “He was a walking historical factbook of Harvard athletics,” said Bob A. Glatz ’88.

                      A funeral mass was held Monday at Holy Family church in Duxbury. Cloney is survived by his wife Arline and two children.

                      —Staff writer Andrew C. Campbell can be reached at acampbel@fas.harvard.edu.
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                      The Patriot Ledger; January 18, 2003, obituary
                      William T. Cloney, 91, headed Boston Marathon

                      DUXBURY - William Thomas Cloney, who shepherded the Boston Marathon to growth and international prominence during his 36 years as director, died Thursday. He was 91. Mr. Cloney went from covering the marathon for the Boston Herald in 1931 to running it 15 years later. He volunteered as director of the race from 1946 to 1982 and was president of the Boston Athletic Association from 1964- 1982. He died at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth after a brief illness. Mr. Cloney's leadership enabled the race to maintain its original character and become more professional in ...

                      New York Times' obituary, January 18, 2003, pp. A15.
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                      • Edward H. Costello

                        Born: April 22, 1906, Massachusetts
                        Died: August 4, 1970, Brighton, MA, age 64

                        Boston sports writer;
                        Boston, MA, 4-year old, (April 30, 1910 census)
                        Boston, MA, 13-year old, (January 10, 1920 census)
                        Boston, MA, clerk, newspaper, (April 7, 1930 census)
                        Newton, MA, editor, newspaper, (April 4, 1940 census)
                        Boston Herald, 1924 - 1970, associate sports editor
                        Boston, MA, newspaper clerk, (April 7, 1930 census)

                        Father: Edward H., born Massachusetts, around 1873; Mother: Mary F., born Massachusetts, around 1874; Wife: Katheryn H., born Massachusetts, 1907?;


                        1946-1952: Ed Costello / Johnny Pesky, spring training----------New York Times' obituary, August 6, 1970, pp. 33.
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                        • Neal Eskridge

                          Born: February 14, 1925, Maryland
                          Died: November 21, 1987, Lutherville Timonium, MD, age 62,---d. brain tumor at home.

                          Baltimore sports writer;
                          Baltimore, MD, 5-year old, (April 9, 1930 census)
                          Baltimore, MD, 15-year old, (April 22, 1940 census)
                          Baltimore News-American, 1946
                          Baltimore News-Post
                          radio commentator, WCBM, 1966 - 1986, retired.

                          Father: Jack, born Russia, 1899?; Mother: Sadie, born Russia, 1902?;

                          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary, November 23, 1987, pp. D6.
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                          • Aloysius T. Costello---AKA Al Costello

                            Born: February 15, 1907, Washington, DC
                            Died: July 6, 1973, Lakeland, Fl, age 66,---d. cancer

                            Baltimore sports writer;
                            District of Columbia, 3-year old, (April 26, 1910 census)
                            District of Columbia, 12-year old, (January 6, 1920 census)(listed Aloysisus)
                            District of Columbia, sports writer, newspaper, (April 22, 1930 census)(listed Aloysious)
                            District of Columbia, journalist, newspaper, (April 20, 1940 census)
                            Graduated McKinley HS
                            Washington Herald (1920's)
                            Chicago Tribune
                            Washington Post, sports writer, 1941 - 1946 (covered the Redskins and Senataors)
                            WWII (FL George Meade)
                            Washington Times-Herald, early 50's - March 17, 1954
                            Baltimore News-Post, March 17, 1954 - 1961
                            DC Navy Times, associate editor, 1961 - 1971
                            Washington Post,

                            Father: Jeremiah A., born District of Columbia, 1880?; Mother: Katherine A., born District of Columbia, 1883?;

                            Washington Post, Times Herald obituary, July 8, 1973, pp. C7.
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                            • George A. Bowen, Jr.---AKA Gabby Bowen

                              Born: August 2, 1914, New Brunswick, NJ
                              Died: May 11, 1970, Baltimore, MD, age 55

                              Baltimore sports writer;
                              New Brunswick, NJ, 15-year old, (April 18, 1930 census)
                              New Castle, DE, teacher, public school, (April 8, 1940 census)
                              Graduated Rutgers Univeristy (New Brunswick, NJ)(Journalism)
                              WWII, Navy, Pacific sector
                              Started working for the Associated Press in 1946 in its Huntington, West Virginia radio bureau, and made news editor in 1964.
                              Associated Press (Baltimore)

                              Mother: Mary, born New Jersey, 1881?;

                              (Senate Joint Resolution 49)

                              Senate Joint Resolution expressing the deep and personal regrets of every member of the General Assembly over the untimely passing of George A. "Gabby" Bowen.

                              The members of the General Assembly of Maryland express their profound and personal sorrow in the passing of George A. "Gabby" Bowen, for many years an Associated Press reporter with long ex-perience in Annapolis and with the General Assembly.

                              "Gabby" Bowen was a close student of the General Assembly and its workings. Over the years, he developed a broad knowledge of State business and to a rare degree he could analyze the happenings in the State House and give to them a perceptive and understanding presentation.

                              In personal demeanor "Gabby" Bowen was friendly, affable and always energetic and able in his work. He was a friend and confidant of all and in his passing the entire State of Maryland has lost an outstanding reporter and commentator.
                              "Gabby" Bowen died on May 11, 1970. His death was a shock to hundreds of his friends and associates.

                              The written and printed expressions from his newspaper associates show with clarity and poignancy the impact of his life.

                              One of his long time friends was Lou Panos, writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun:

                              " 'Gabby died Monday, and let's not have any euphemisms like "passed away" or "left us" or any of those other expressions he disdained. Gabby was George A. Bowen, Jr., and he had little use for phony phrases or phony people. That was common knowledge among a generation of politicians and athletes whose work he observed and reported. He recorded the accomplishments of the institutions, but he really covered the people who made the institutions and he did this with marvelous candor, skill and understanding. In a day when the fairness and objectivity of those practicing his trade have come under question by some in power, it must be mentioned that George A. Bowen, Jr. jealously shielded his opinion in a news story but just as jealously reserved his right to speak out in person.' "

                              A long eulogy was offered by Joe Dill, Chief of the Associated Press Bureau at a meeting of Chesapeake AP Broadcasters shortly after "Gabby's" death:

                              " 'In 1942, a young man applied for a job with The AP in Baltimore. As is the custom, AP received several letters of recommendation on the prospective employee. The managing editor of his newspaper wrote: "He has been a faithful and efficient employe and I can recommend him for future success with The AP in Baltimore."

                              Another editor wrote: "He has plenty of gray matter between his ears, common sense, and the energy to keep turning out work as long as necessary, and then a wee bit more."

                              " 'The man walked into the Baltimore AP office for the first time on July 19, 1942. Almost 28 years later—on May 11, 1970, less than Marvin Mandel, Governor two weeks ago—the man walked into the Baltimore AP office for
                              the final time. At 7:45 a.m. on that date, as he joked with the newsmen in the office, his great heart gave out and George Bowen died less than an hour later.

                              "There's little to add to the many tributes already paid to Gabby Bowen. He was legend in Maryland—the acknowledged dean of political writers, the best sportswriter of them all. He quarterbacked a breaking news story with confidence and ease. And all the time, he was teaching, teaching, teaching.

                              " 'Gabby was described to me by one person as unique, and perhaps that is the best word. He was the epitome of a professional newsman: As an individual, he was blunt and candid and you always knew his opinion. But when you read a story on a controversial subject written by Gabby, you didn't know whether he was black or white, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. Nothing infuriated him more than what he considered a slanted story.

                              " 'Gabby beautifully mixed the best of his worlds, his loves: his family and his job. He enjoyed coming to work, and he enjoyed going home. He was most happy when he was on the trail of a story—especially in the middle of the General Assembly. He was like a caged lion when he was strapped to a desk.

                              " 'Gabby will be missed. Not only because of his prowess as a pro, but perhaps more deeply because of the person he was—totally straight-forward, with a finely honed sense of humor, sophisticated and yet very down to earth, a man of class.

                              " 'George Bowen was not old when he died, only 55. Yet those years were years that George lived, every day. Perhaps the best memorial to George Bowen is a heritage that continues today, and perhaps will continue for many years. Rather than an inscribed stone, rather than a memorial scholarship, the effect of George Bowen's existence will continue through the minds of many newsmen across the country. These are the hundreds of newsmen who grew up on George Bowen's knee, who had to live up to his stringent demands before they made the grade. This is Gabby's heritage—a stable of newsmen trained to think and write and report stories made up of facts. And if these Bowen-trained newsmen can pass their thought process on to today's beginners, the Bowen heritage can continue even longer. I can think of no greater tribute to a man than this—his positive effect on a profession as important as the dissemination of news.

                              " 'George Bowen lived a full life, while giving much to the profession, and taking much joy from it. He was a pro. He was a man. He lived by Gibran's lament, "Yesterday is only today's memory; tomorrow is only today's hope." And he lived by his own words, today is the first day of the rest of my life.' "

                              The members of the General Assembly of Maryland, in recognition of their friendship with Gabby Bowen and their long and fruitful association with him, record this expression of regret; now, therefore, be it

                              Resolved by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the deepest sympathies of every member of the General Assembly are expressed over the passing of George A. "Gabby" Bowen, a long time reporter for The Associated Press; and, be it further

                              Resolved, That the Secretary of State be requested to send a copy of this Resolution to Mrs. Bowen, and to The Associated Press.

                              Approved May 6, 1971.

                              Washington Post obituary, May 12, 1970, pp. B6.
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                              • Edward J. Sinclair---AKA Ed Sinclair

                                Born: 1921?, Suffern, NY
                                Died: June 22, 1971, Suffern, NY, age 50---d. at home

                                New York sports writer;
                                Suffern, NY, 9-year old, (April 7, 1930 census)
                                New York Herald-Tribune
                                Lifetime resident of Suffern, NY

                                Father: Edward M. J., born Canada, 1888?; Mother: Anna C., born New York, 1888?;

                                New York Times' obituary, June 23, 1971, pp. 48.
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