John Lacy passes at 84

This from Colin McEnroe, who expresses sentiments that many Courant alum are sharing right now…

For many years, I shared time and space at the Hartford Courant with an especially sweet, gentle, funny man named John Lacy.

He had a column which some of you, as readers, may remember. I’m sad to report that he has died at 84. I’m in touch with his children right now, and I know it would mean a lot to them to know that there are people who do remember their dad and his work.

If he had a mean bone in his body, I never found it. Mostly, if you could make an accounting of it, I think he quietly nudged all our days in good directions.

Cards and letters may be sent to:

Carrie Lacy
40 Curtis Rd
Glastonbury CT

Here’s John’s obituary as it appears in the Courant.


DeSilva both proud and guilty after Spotlight

Bruce DeSilva, like most career journalists, was inspired by the movie Spotlight, which in his case hit close to home. Too close, as he explains in this blog entry.


The JI has jobs

This from Chris Powell…
The JI has an opening for a layout and copy editor –

– and a reporter –

Retiree to Tribune: Bah, humbug!

In March of this year, as a retiree, I received a letter from Tribune Publishing saying that Tribune Publishing would discontinue the current group term life insurance program for retirees effective 12/27/15.

The “other shoe dropped” today when I received a mailing from CIGNA (Life Insurance Company of North America) on how to continue my coverage – if I wished – at my own expense.

I never went beyond the basic $3000 coverage that The Courant  provided all those many years ago and, at first, I didn’t even recognize CIGNA as an insurance with which I was associated, until I figured out that it was the life insurance.

It will be a very happy day when the Tribune has no further need or reason to communicate with me. (Meaning that Tribune has exhausted the benefits that it can discontinue or deny).

In the spirit of the season, bah humbug!

Joyous holidays to you, your loved ones and my Courant family.

-Deb Leekoff
Former copy editor

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