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Percy Qoboza: apartheid’s journalistic nemesis

In 1980 Qoboza went to the US as editor-in-residence for the Washington Star. Thloloe said Qoboza absconded from work to do this and when they questioned him about his move he replied in a telegram to say he had gone.

Vusi believes Qoboza’s career was bolstered by apartheid; exposing the brutality of the regime brought him the world’s attention. He wrote articles for publications including the New York Times. But Vusi also accepts that one could not imagine what his father might have become had it been a different time with different opportunities.

In addition to an honorary doctorate at Tufts University, Qoboza received an honorary doctorate from the Amherst College. The International Federation of Newspaper Proprietors awarded him the Golden Pen of Freedom.

Posthumously the South African government honoured him with the The Order of Ikhamanga in 2010.

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New Players Are Stepping Up To Bat In D.C.'s Sports Media Scene

1975 Press Photo Sportswriter Lynn Rosellini
At Washington Star Desk
George Solomon, director of the University of Maryland’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism, and formerly The Post’s assistant managing editor for sports from 1975 to 2003, has noticed a broad shift in news over the last 15 years.

“Digital and visual have really come on strong, and because of that, the newspaper circulation nationwide has declined,” he says. “With that, newspapers and now websites have tried to counter that by being more inventive, more creative, to appeal to a younger audience.”

And with fans now getting real-time game updates on their phones, they’re not as reliant on the paper, or even home pages of websites, for basic recaps and box scores. Readers expect features, opinion, and analysis—the type of sports coverage that afternoon papers like The Washington Star used to put out to differentiate themselves and serve readers, notes Aldridge.

“I think we’re all sort of PMers [a term for afternoon papers] now, in that regard,” he says. “Everybody has to kind of approach it from the standpoint of, the fan knows the score, they know who won or who lost. You have to tell them why or how that happened.”

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Steve Guback, Award-Winning Sportswriter - October 1, 2018

Steve Guback died peacefully on October 1, 2018 at the age of 91. He was a former award-winning sportswriter with The Washington Evening Star. He also served as Director of Information for the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for eight years. In 2016 Guback marked a 75-year career as a Sportswriter. Steve was inducted into the United States Basketball Writers Hall of Fame at the 1989 NCAA basketball championships in Seattle, WA. He also was elected to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. During his 20 years with The Washington Star, Steve covered a wide variety of sporting activities, including NCAA basketball championships, more than a dozen Super Bowls, heavyweight championship fights, collegiate football bowl games, tennis, baseball and track. He also covered the Washington Redskins on a daily basis for more than a dozen years and worked with the Redskins for two years on special projects after the Washington Star ceased publication in 1981.

Guback was voted the Virginia/DC Sportswriter of the Year three times, served on the Professional Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, served as president of the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association and was president and later executive director of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. A graduate of Indiana University, Guback was voted the Outstanding Journalism Graduate in 1950 and was one of the first recipients of the Ernie Pyle Scholarship, awarded to outstanding journalism majors in honor of the late Scripps-Howard war correspondent. He also was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business administration honor society.

During World War II he served two years in the U.S. Navy. Three scholarships in his honor are awarded annually at Indiana University where he also served as a member of the University's public affairs council. Prior to joining the Star, Steve wrote for the Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch and the Winston-Salem (NC) Journal. He also contributed to numerous national publications, including Newsweek, The Saturday Evening Post, The Sporting News and TV Guide. With the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Guback handled media inquiries, special promotions, various fitness-related projects and was responsible for the Council's public service messages on radio, television and in print. He accompanied chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger on a 50-state tour promoting the need for improved youth fitness. Guback also served as an Acting Executive Director of the Council for five months under President Bush in 1989 and served on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee.

Guback was born in Wallington, NJ, and was brought up in Norwalk, CT, where he began writing sports as a high school youngster for the Norwalk Hour. He was inducted into the Norwalk High School Wall of Honor in 2001. He married the former Irene Lapish of Statesville, NC, in 1964. They made their home in Alexandria, VA, and served in leadership capacities at Aldersgate United Methodist Church where they funded the construction of the youth wing into a multi-purpose Guback Center, and also funded the renovation of Founders Hall. Since his wife's death in March, 2009, Guback resided at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield, VA. He remained active giving sports talks to various groups and video presentations to senior centers and other groups in Northern Virginia on the world-wide travels that he and his wife made over the years. He was host/founder of four TV/forum programs at Greenspring. He also established a scholarship for a student interested in a media-based career who has the opportunity to serve as an Intern at Greenspring.


Former AP president To Replace Charlotte Hall As Adirondack Explorer Board Chairman

Former Newsday and Orlando Sentinel editor
Charlotte Hall chaired the board through six years
of online and print changes. Photo courtesy of Hall family.
Former Associated Press president and USA Today publisher Tom Curley is the Adirondack Explorer’s new board chairman.

Curley, a part-time Tupper Lake resident who retired from AP in 2012, replaces another retired news executive, Charlotte Hall, in leading the 17-member board. He joined the board last summer, and its members elected him president at their Aug. 25 meeting.

Hall is a part-time resident of Paul Smiths and was managing editor at Newsday and editor at the Orlando Sentinel before retiring. She has chaired the board for six years, and will remain on the board.

Hall started her journalism career in 1972 and held editing positions with the Washington Star, Boston Herald-American and The Record of Bergen County, N.J., before joining Newsday in 1981. There, she oversaw a project that won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. From 2004 to 2010 she was editor and senior vice president at the Orlando Sentinel, where she led the paper’s digital transition.

She began regular visits to the Adirondacks in the early 1980s.

The Explorer’s focus on preservation and recreation matched Hall’s own interests when she was among the first subscribers two decades ago, she said, and she is proud of the in-depth reporting it has provided in years since. During her time on the board the magazine boosted its online presence with the Adirondack Almanack blog and its own news site, and its print product with glossy paper.

“I remember saying at one point that the magazine needs to be as beautiful as the Adirondacks,” Hall said. “I think we’re there now.”

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Jane Mayer: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Mayer, 62, is a native New Yorker. Her mother a painter and printmaker, her father a composer, her grandfather was a historian and John D Rockefeller Jr. biographer, and her ancestor Emanuel Lehman was a founder of the Lehman Brothers.

She attended tony New York high schools, was an exchange boarding school student in England and then, graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 1977. While at Yale, she was editor of the Yale Daily News Magazine. Also while studying in New Haven, she began her professional career in journalism as a freelancer for Time magazine.

In 1992, Mayer married fellow journalist William B. Hamilton, then Washington Post national editor, now Washington editor for The New York Times. They have one child, daughter Kate.

Mayer is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press.

And because good journalists pay their dues on the ground covering small communities, Mayer began as a beat reporter for small weeklies in Vermont, then moved on to the daily Rutland (VT) Herald before joining the staff of the now long-closed Washington Star as a metro beat reporter. In 1982, Mayer was hired by The Wall Street Journal. There she soared and was named the first female White House correspondent.

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Duke Zeibert’s: How a legendary restaurant brought old DC together

Duke’s “top-shelf” clientele were kept in the front of the restaurant. Average joes were more likely to end up in the back area, also known as “Siberia.”

(Duke’s former manager, Mel Krupin, described how seating was handled in a 2008 interview with Washingtonian magazine.)

Make no mistake: Few, if any, wanted to eat in Siberia.

Take the time, for example, when writer Nora Ephron was ushered back there with a lady friend during the Watergate era. As related by the Post’s Lois Romano in 1982, Ephron noticed that a particularly newsworthy boy’s-club crowd was getting all the good tables.

“Exactly what do you have to do to get a good table in this place?… Be indicted?” she snapped.

When Conconi was writing the Personalities column for the Post’s Style section in the 1980s, he frequented Duke’s to hunt for material. He was among the selected few who were higher up in the pecking order.

At the top, he said, were Cooke and King.

What made Duke’s so successful was the personable man behind it.

“The worst thing a guy can do is put his name on a restaurant sign,” he told The Washington Star’s Sandra McElwaine in 1986, some three decades after he went into business. “Then you become a slave; everybody comes to see you and wants you to come over and say hello, impress their boss.”

He had a point. The restaurant was really all about Duke. In part, because Duke was all about the restaurant.

Born in 1910, the Troy, New York, native got his start working at resorts in the Catskills and Berkshires. He later worked for the restaurant chain Fan and Bill’s in Florida, where he learned some valuable lessons about stature, as he told The Washington Star in 1972:

“I was a very popular guy. I was invited everywhere … on yachts, parties, estates, people catered to me. Until I had a run-in with my boss and left the place. In two weeks’ time, I noticed no one bothered with me anymore. I learned the lesson very early … it wasn’t me, it was my position that made me in demand.”

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