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Joseph V. Ganley

Herald-Journal
Herald American
Club President: 1951-52

   Joe Ganley's romance with newspapers started by chance while taking part in his other great love --- a round of golf. Joe was working as a caddy at Bellevue Country Club because he had been laid off from his job at a steel plant.

    That day, Joe happened to be caddying for the late Robert Chryst, city editor of the Syracuse Herald (later, the Herald-Journal). Joe, an avid golfer and a former city caddies tournament champion (and later a Syracuse amateur medalist) offered Chryst a few tips on his golf game. Joe also mentioned to Chryst that he was looking for a job and asked the city editor if there were any openings at the paper. Joe accepted his offer of a copyboy job at a Depression-time wage of $12 a week.
   A copyboy's major job in those days was to tear stories from the wire service transmitting machines and rush them to the wire editor. Joe would read the stories on the way to the copydesk. "I also taught myself how to type and practiced writing stories," he said. "And I liked it!"  
   Finally, his chance came. He wrote and submitted a story about a power blackout in "Skunk City," the Syracuse neighborhood where he was born and had grown up. Chryst rewarded him with a new job - chasing down photos to illustrate stories. When nine firefighters perished in the 1939 Collins Block fire, Joe was assigned the job of getting their pictures, which were mostly in family albums. 

Joe was soon assigned as an obituary writer; then to a series of other reporting jobs covering various "beats" until he was assigned to cover City Hall. Combining government and politics, it was one of the most important reporting jobs on the newspaper! 
   Joe covered City Hall for more than 13 years; his byline "Joseph V. Ganley" becoming a symbol of solid reporting and writing. He became an authority on Syracuse government; someone who always knew what was going on, and who was involved.
   In 1967, Joe was named city editor, but he chafed at the constraints of a desk job. So in 1969, he jumped at the chance to go to Washington, D.C., as Syracuse correspondent at the Newhouse News Bureau.
   In the seven years Joe was in Washington, he learned national government, just as he had city government. Then he came home to write the column on city doings that A. Brohmann Roth had just left. 
   Joe used his own style and knowledge of Syracuse and its people to make the column one of the most popular in the Syracuse newspapers.
   Joe Ganley always had the respect and friendship of his colleagues, who he was always ready to help, One sign of that respect and affection was his unanimous election in 1951 as first president of the Syracuse Press Club. Joe was just short of his 89th birthday when he died on May 4, 2001.
--Joseph A. Porcello

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"If none of us ever read a book that was “dangerous,” had a friend who was “different” or joined an organization that advocated “change,” we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really [McCarthy’s]. He didn’t create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully."
--Edward R. Murrow

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Joseph A. Porcello

Herald-Journal
Herald American
Club President: 1961

Joe Porcello decided what he wanted to do with his life when he was 11 years old. He wanted to be a writer.
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