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Fred Heyman


Herald American

The Post-Standard

At the age of only 15 years, Fred Heyman was hired by the Syracuse Herald as a copyboy in 1921. A staffing shortage a year later found young Fred covering a major fire in Syracuse.
By 1923, he was working as a reporter. And a year after that, the bosses moved him to the sports desk. But it was his love for sketching that got him into the newspaper’s art department. Fred was named its director in 1929, and appropriately began taking art classes at Syracuse University!

Fondly referred to as Syracuse's Dean of Cartoonists he was recognized both locally and nationally for his illustrations of political and sporting events. In 1933, Fred won a national award from Editor & Publisher magazine for his cartoon showing Uncle Sam biting a dog named Depression. In 1969, he won an award from the National Foundation for Highway Safety for his cartoon dramatizing the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse — more than a decade before society began to take drunken and drugged driving more seriously.

In 1935, Fred helped to develop the use of the then-new technology of wire photo service which revolutionized the newspaper business. Using the techniques of airbrushing and shading to enhance the pictures, Fred was responsible for their reproduction and dynamic layout. His art breathed life into reporting of the crash of the Hindenberg, the assassinations of the 1960s, VE Day and many others. He was cited by Editor & Publisher Magazine for his 1969 Herald-Journal front page design of the historic first landing of Man on the Moon.

After joining the Navy at the age of 38, Fred served during WWII at Sampson Naval Base where he sketched profiles of enemy battleships and planes to help with identification.

Fred was also well known for his outstanding illustrations of local sports. For decades, he illustrated Syracuse baseball as well as the entire tenure of the Syracuse Nats. He illustrated the nationally prominent Syracuse University football teams, Syracuse's golden age of championship boxing, and the early years of Vernon Downs harness racing. Although no longer in use, Fred designed the original Syracuse Chiefs logo.

The Syracuse Herald-Journal ran his “Syracuse Sports Greats” featuring local amateur and professional athletes as well as his “This Week's Top Spots in Sports” feature.

Fred drew over 200 portraits of movie stars which appeared weekly on the cover of the Herald-Journal's Stars magazine. He illustrated the nearly year-long weekly series “The Changing Face of Syracuse.”

After semi-retiring in the early 1970s, he and his wife Pauline lived in Florida for a few years. During that time he received an award from the Broward County Sheriffs Department for his help in apprehending a suspect in a murder-robbery case. After interviewing a critically injured man whose wife had been murdered, Fred painstakingly made a sketch of the suspect. Two hours after it was published, the suspect was apprehended.

Retirement was not for Fred, so he continued to work part-time for the newspaper he so loved until 1990, when health problems ended a 69-year career at the Herald.

Fred was active in the Harness Writers Association both locally and in Florida and served as its president for several years. He was a charter member of the Syracuse Press Club, and in 1990 received the Club’s first Career Achievement Award.

Fred died in 1992 at the age of 86.
"Everything is being compressed into tiny tablets. You take a little pill of news every day—23 minutes—and that’s supposed to be enough."
--Walter Cronkite

Wall of Distinction

Tim Atseff


Herald American

The Post-Standard

Tim Atseff has had only one employer in 40 years. He started at the Herald-Journal as a copy boy in 1965.
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