You write of the Newark Evening News. It
brings back memories. My grandfather, Patrick Michael Feeney joined
the News as a Copyboy in 1902. He was only twelve at the time. Although
he had only a third-grade education, he eventually became a sportswriter,
a reporter and finally the Director of Advertising.
According to family history, he became a reporter when his train
passed a chemical company explosion (date unknown -- in Union, NJ)
and he hopped off the train, found a telephone and called in the
story. I believe he was a good friend of Willie Ratner.
My grandfather worked for the News from 1902 to 1963. He was interviewed
on WNEW radio -- the Radio Station of the Newark Evening News --
sometime in 1962 on his 60th Anniversary with the News. He was the
longest-running employee with the News. To the best of my knowledge,
no one ever spent more years at the News than he did.
One other memory I have is of a tavern across the alley from the
News. He brought me there many times when he took me to work with
him. The name of the tavern was Nick Klein's (Kline?). I believe
it was on Beaver Street or Cedar Street. Most of the news people
went there. I remember sitting at the bar drinking my first 7-Up.
I was about eight-years-old at the time. I am now 58.
My grandfather died in 1966. He was the best. He lived in Glen
Ridge. I miss him.