Sunday, 11 November 2007

Remembrance Day

They are fewer in numbers, but war vets who ventured into journalism before and after conflicts forever deserve our thanks on both fronts.

Numerous Toronto media legends were in WW1, WW2, the Korean War and other conflicts and came home to share their experiences with readers.

Perhaps it was maturity gained from military training, but several generations of war vets made damn fine reporters, columnists and editors.

Most of all, these veterans who inhabited newsrooms at the Star, Globe and Tely/Sun were also selfless mentors for younger journalists.

The Toronto Sun's Peter Worthington, a Korean War vet, is one of many Toronto Telegram/Sun war veterans who made the newsrooms they inhabited better places.

Others include Ken Robertson, a former Sun city editor and author, columnist Harvey Currell and the late, great Ted Reeve, Edward Dunlop, J. Douglas MacFarlane (best known as JDM), Bob Vezina, Percy Rowe, Bob Pennington, McKenzie Porter, Lois Maxwell, Lubor J. Zink and others.

Most of the newsroom war vet mentors are gone, but not forgotten. Their contributions to country and journalism can't be denied.

Our thanks to all.

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