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41st Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Banquet

April 27, 2019, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

at Genesee Grande, 1060 East Genesee St, Syracuse

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Written by Administrator   

Karel "Bud" Vanderveer


Herald American

Shortly after graduating from Syracuse's Central High School in 1939, Bud Vanderveer joined the Herald-Journal. However, it wasn't until he returned from service with the U.S. Army in World War II that he began covering sports full-time - the career that made him one of the most respected and best-known sports writers in New York State.
Bud enlisted in the Army as a private not long after Japan's Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. He served until the end of World War II, mostly in the South Pacific, and was discharged as a major.

During his more than 50 years at the Syracuse evening newspaper, and the Sunday Herald American, Bud - hardly anyone called him by his given name, Karel -- covered every major Syracuse University and LeMoyne College sports event. He covered the Syracuse Nationals professional basketball team during the entire time they were in the city from 1946 to 1963.

For years, Bud ran the newspapers' bowling and golf tournaments. He wrote a bowling column - "Bud's Views" - and a horse racing column - "Bud's Picks." After his retirement from full-time work in 1965, Bud continued writing the columns until 1993.

During more than a half century of writing about sports, Bud earned many honors. One of the most prestigious was his election and induction in 1993 to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. That same year, he was elected to the US Harness Racing Association's Hall of Fame. Seven years earlier, he was inducted into the Syracuse Bowling Hall of Fame.

Bud was the first person in the media to receive the "Great Guy" Award from the national harness racing organization. He also served as president of the Vernon Downs Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Bud received many plaques recognizing his efforts and work covering and boosting sports, including an "Appreciation Award" for his support of Syracuse youth bowling.

Bud actually started at the Herald-Journal while he was still going to high school, where he excelled on the ice hockey team. That part-time job was in the Herald's mailroom.

After graduation, Bud was employed full-time as a copyboy. For years, that job was the traditional starting point of many prominent newspaper careers throughout the United States. Bud also was a "radio listener" assigned to monitor the police and fire radios to get information that might lead to news stories.

He said one of his most exciting moments came when, as a copyboy, he was helping to answer telephone calls about the whereabouts of escaped convicts believed to be in the city. Bud followed up one call himself and found that the caller was right! One escapee was hiding in an apartment house on James Street. Bud recalled he had to borrow a nickel to phone the city editor, who then notified police.

Bud passed away March 10, 2004, at the age of 86.
--Joseph A. Porcello
    "Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation’s heart, the excision of its memory."
--Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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