John G. Craig Jr. 1933-2010

Written by Reg Henry on .

Today you will get no wry on this blog.
       John Craig, the former editor of the Post-Gazette who died Wednesday night at age 77, hired me in 1978. He appointed me copy desk chief in about 1984 and city editor in 1986. He put forward my name to be the editor of the Monterey Herald (California) in 1988 and hired me back in 1994 after the Post-Gazette sold that paper. Not long after I returned to Pittsburgh, he took me back on to the editorial page and about 1998 gave me my column.
       You would not be reading me here today if it was not for John Craig. I owe much of my professional career to him. He was a terrific guy — not an easy guy but a terrific guy — and I am proud to say that he was my friend.
       In an hour or so, I am going to meet some former staffers and we will raise a glass to a great editor. We will tell stories — funny stories, crazy stories, infuriating stories, respectful stories, quintessential John G. Craig stories.

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