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Did you know these facts about the Daily Gazette?

120anniversary

Did you know these facts about the Daily Gazette?

The Daily Gazette is celebrating our long, proud history of being the local and independent voice of
Did you know these facts about the Daily Gazette?

The Daily Gazette is celebrating our long, proud history of being the local and independent voice of the Capital Region. Here are some fun facts about the first 120 years of Daily Gazette history.

• When The Daily Gazette was first printed on Oct. 1, 1894 — as an eight-page, afternoon newspaper — the purchase price was 3 cents per copy.

• Union College’s 37-0 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute made the front page of the first Daily Gazette on Monday, Oct. 1, 1894.

• For more than 90 years, The Daily Gazette’s headquarters was located at 332 State St. The operation moved to its current home on Maxon Road Extension in 1990.

• The Daily Gazette was retitled Schenectady Gazette in 1902. On Jan. 1, 1990, the newspaper returned to its original name.

• Gerardus Smith, the first president of The Daily Gazette, is considered the newspaper’s founding father. He ran for Schenectady mayor during the spring of 1895, losing to incumbent Jacob Clute.

• John E.N. Hume Jr., grandson of Gazette founder Gerardus Smith, began working full-time at the newspaper in 1937. He was named editor in 1946, and retired from that position in 1980.

• John E.N. Hume III began working full-time at the Gazette in 1966. His early jobs included engravings, photography, re-writes and editor positions. Hume became managing editor in 1974, editor in 1985, publisher in 1990 and president in 1993. He retired in 2013.

• John J. “Jack” Hugerich of Scotia was named Gazette sports editor in August 1949 — succeeding John Bonifacio — and remained on the job until January 1984.

• Bill Buell is The Gazette’s longest-tenured, full-time writer. Buell began working full-time as a sports writer in 1977, and moved to the newspaper’s Life & Arts section in 2003.

• For Union College’s centennial celebration in 1895, the Gazette was printed in garnet-colored ink — the college’s chief color — to salute the institution.

• During winters of the early 1900s, the Gazette lunch counter served newsboys hot coffee and buns from 3:30 until 6:30 a.m., to help warm them in frigid weather.

• The Gazette started a relief fund for victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

• In 1914, The Gazette began its first weekly comic strip — “Roger Bean.” Characters included often harassed Midwestern family man Roger, his wife, house staff and nosy neighbor. The strip lasted until mid-1934; it was discontinued after creator Chic Jackson’s death on June 3.

• In 1905, Gazette sports writer Charles H. Meeker — who had noted “rough and questionable plays” by a local basketball team called the Continentals — was assaulted by six thugs who wore black masks. Meeker was blindfolded, gagged and beaten.

• During both World War I and World War II, the Gazette started fund drives to buy cigarettes for soldiers overseas.

• A weekly opinion-editorial page, which provided a platform for reader voices and opinions, first appeared in January 1986.

• Longtime Gazette photographer Sid Brown was in the right place at the right time on April 5, 1987, snapping dramatic pictures of the collapse of the New York State Thruway bridge over the Schoharie Creek.

• On Oct. 1, 1969, The Gazette’s 75-year anniversary was marked by a congratulatory letter from then President Richard M. Nixon. The letter was reproduced for the newspaper’s front page.

• Angela Delores Nappi wrote weekly prayers for The Gazette’s religion page from 1944 through the summer of 2007. She died on Nov. 2, 2011, at age 94.

• Society editor Helen W. George wrote about dinner parties, weddings, dances and other social events under the pen name “Gretchen Dorp.” The “Dorp” column began in 1950 and ended in 1976; George died in 2011 at age 99.

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