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40th Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Dinner

May 5, 2018, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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Luther F. "Gus" Bliven

The Post-Standard

Luther F. "Gus" Bliven scored a number of news "scoops" during his distinguished 68-year newspaper career with The Post-Standard where he became best-known for his work as a political writer and the "dean" of Albany legislative correspondents.

   Along the way, Gus also picked up many awards and honors, including the Syracuse Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award. He joined SPC shortly after it was founded in 1951 and was a Life Member of the club.
   Gus' first job on a newspaper, which paid the princely sum of $2 a week in 1930, had him rising at 5 a.m. to count newspapers for carriers to deliver to customers. He credited Roy J. LaFave, a veteran newsman at The Post-Standard's Ithaca bureau, with getting him interested in writing. LaFave paid Gus $2 a game to cover high school football and baseball. Gus, then in his early teens, had been doing some writing by covering high school sports "for nothing-- just to learn the trade," he said.
   Gus later joined The Post-Standard Ithaca bureau and learned more by covering all kinds news stories there, and later for the newspaper's bureaus in Watertown, Fulton and Oneida. His work at these bureaus eventually resulted in a transfer to The Post-Standard's headquarters newsroom in Syracuse.
   After a short time on various assignments, Gus found the position which was to earn him distinction --- political writer. Shortly after, he was sent to Albany to cover the Legislature during its session.
   Until his eyesight began failing in 1998, he continued to cover the Legislature during the regular session and throughout the year, digging up major stories almost daily on what political and government officials were doing, and how those actions affected Central New York and the entire state.
   Gus died on Feb. 24, 2001. He was 85.
--Joseph A. Porcello

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Felix Frankfurter, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

Wall of Distinction

Art Peterson




Club President: 1969

Art Peterson began his 38-year news media career "inauspiciously," he says, as a "gopher" -- sort of an office boy at the old World-Telegram in New York City.

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