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Roy Gallinger


Herald American

Marcellus Observer

Roy Gallinger left his mark on Central New York particularly with his down-to-earth reporting and hundreds of columns that shared the lives, exploits and foibles of his readers, their families and neighbors during his 50-plus-year career in area newspapers.
His influence lives on to this day through writers emulating his "human interest" style in newspapers, large and small. The Post-Standard's Dick Case credits Roy with influencing his career.
Roy spent more than 20 years with the Marcellus Observer. His perseverance helped the weekly newspaper survive both the Great Depression and World War II. He joined the staff in the mid-Twenties and later purchased the newspaper and ran it until late 1947 when he left to take a job as Herald-Journal and Herald American bureau chief in Norwich.

His newspaper career began when he was asked to write a column entitled "The Ghost." Soon after, he started writing his popular "Roving with Roy" column. When the Observer's owner died, Roy purchased the weekly paper and molded it into his own concept of what a newspaper should be -- an old-fashioned newspaper that chronicled the doings of the community and its residents.

Writing columns was quite a jump for the young man who was born on a farm and attended a one-room school near Kingston, Ontario, and whose first paying job was as a coronet player for a circus. Roy and his parents came to Central New York because his father, a bricklayer, thought there was more opportunity.

Working for the Marcellus paper during the Depression years, he recalled, meant bartering milk, meat and eggs for subscriptions to keep his family and the newspaper going. During World War II, Roy was determined to keep the Observer operating so he could send local service men and women news from home. It meant taking a second full-time job at the Baldwinsville arsenal, and then doing most of the newspaper jobs alone because he couldn't find enough help.

While at the Observer, Roy also started another weekly column, "Scotts Mills," which told of the mostly humorous doings of people in an imaginary village. That column later was syndicated to other weekly newspapers.

Roy took his unique writing style to the Herald-Journal and Herald American in 1948 as bureau chief in Norwich. He wrote a column, "Around Chenango County," which appeared six times a week in the papers. He also wrote a radio show, "Letters to the Editor," aired twice weekly for 15 years on Norwich station WCHN. Before he retired in 1969, Roy authored three books on local history and legends, "Ox Carts Along the Chenango," "Campfires in the Forest," and "Smokerings Over the Valley." They are currently being reissued. He finished another book, describing his 23 years at the Marcellus Observer, "Adventures of a Country Editor," but before it could be published, he died -- two days before Christmas, 1971, at the age of 82. --Joseph A. Porcello
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Linda Loomis

The Liverpool Review

Linda Loomis decided to become a journalist because she believed newspapers are one of the best ways of "telling the story" of a community, its people and their activities. She pursued her avocation for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor for Brown Newspaper' (now Eagle Newspapers) Liverpool Review.
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