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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Happy Birthday, Mr. Dyson

  • February 3, 2014 marks a special day. John C. Dyson, Jr., of Hawley, will turn 91.
    The staff of The News Eagle wish him a very happy and healthy birthday.
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  • February 3, 2014 marks a special day. John C. Dyson, Jr., of Hawley, will turn 91.
    The staff of The News Eagle wish him a very happy and healthy birthday.
    Mr. Dyson is one of our distinguished citizens who has made an important mark on our community. While not seeking recognition, he is the first to say that it was the combined effort of many who made The News Eagle a respected and well read publication. His name is very familiar to our long-time readers.
    In the mid-1960's he came to Hawley and established The News Eagle, through a merger of The Citizen-Times, a Honesdale paper, and the Pike-Wayne Eagle of Hawley. He also brought in the Narrowsburg News Times in the late 1960's. These purchases helped form the eventual name of The News Eagle.
    For this managing editor, Mr. Dyson has long been a role model. I worked for The News Eagle twice before, both times under Mr. Dyson's wing. The first time was in the 1980's, part-time, in the era of typewriters. We were in the first floor of The News Eagle building, a large, four-story structure at 522 Spring Street. When returning in 1994 and working as a reporter- now with a word processor - editorial offices had moved to the second floor and business offices were on the ground level. The paper had seen great growth.
    Eugene E. Krause was running the press and did layout for many years. Jim Dyson, John's son, was the general manager. Glenn Khoury of course was selling ads, and still is (as ad manager), having been here for 32 years.
    After I left in 1996, Mr. Dyson, three years later, retired from the newspaper business. The News Eagle was eventually purchased by the company owning The Wayne Independent.
    Today we have full scale computers; layout is done electronically and we have a web site and social media, along with the traditional print paper.
    My association with Mr. Dyson extends back to 1962 when I was six. Mr. Dyson, an imposingly large figure as most adults were at the time, took my picture for The Citizen-Times for winning a children's art contest. He was in charge at the newspaper in Honesdale.
    Little did I know I would eventually work for him and learn so very much more about journalism from his example than I ever picked up in school. To this day, little and larger things he would teach me- perhaps unknowingly- are remembered and followed as best as I can.
    Mr. Dyson consistently championed journalistic integrity, pride in his town and a love for the people that he served, all which help make a community newspaper both great and vital.
    He is a man that still walks tall in this community, who helped chronicle our doings for over a generation. He kept pace with the pulse of the greater Lake Region, through its many challenges and changes. We thank you, Mr. Dyson, for never forgetting the human side of those who were the subject of your pen, and caring to do your very best for the good of all. Have a wonderful birthday.
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