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Cleveland Press Club hall of famer Don Bean dies at 82
Bean was a Plain Dealer police reporter and a practical joker. His stories are in John Tidyman's book "Gimme Rewrite Sweetheart."
by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN


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Don Bean at the Press Club Hall of Fame
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With the digital wave sweeping away advertising revenues in an already washed-out economy, newspaper reporters are becoming an endangered species.

 The decline of the newspaper industry has many Northeast Ohioans pining for the days when Cleveland was a three-newspaper-town. Three veteran reporters look at what we had and what we lost:

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Don Bean relates the story of a colleague's practical joke

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PD staffers stood by Press brethren when it was sold

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O'Donnell stopped at nothing to get the story

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Doris O'Donnell: "My mother said 'You're never going to be a newspaper reporter. You have to be a secretary like your cousins.'"

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Doris O'Donnell: "My mother said 'You're never going to be a newspaper reporter. You have to be a secretary like your cousins.'"

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Louis B. Seltzer became editor of the Press at the age of 28 and led the paper for almost 40 years. Helen Moise: "The Press had more of a connection with the community because number one with Louie Seltzer was that you answer your phone when it rings. And we did."
Press copydesk, 1978. "A patient at a psychiatric hospital would come in at least once a week," said Dick Feagler. "He would perch on the rim of the copy desk and just sit there. We thought he blended very well with the copy editors."
"I broke a lot of stories in the suburbs," said Brent Larkin. "I developed a lot of sources. I liked to work the phones." Larkin moved to the Plain Dealer shortly before the Press was shut down.
Brent Larkin (center): "The greatest local politician I covered was George Forbes (far left). He was the master of understanding power and the use of power." Also pictured are Press executive editor Herb Kamm (far right) and city editor Bill Tanner (foreground).
l to r. Don Bean, Doris O'Donnell, John Tidyman, Brent Larkin
"Gimme Rewrite, Sweetheart . . " by John Tidyman

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Doris O'Donnell's Cleveland on Western Reserve Public Media

 
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