At a special meeting last week, Bob Keeshan, CONCORDIAN editor from its very first issue, submitted his resignation to the staff.
Giving as his reasons a tremendous work load — both as Corny the Clown and Tinker on Channel 7, and as a member of the West Islip School Board, — editor Keeshan said, “I have not had the time to do the things I planned and hoped for the CONCORDIAN, I believe others can.”
Assuring the Staff that “the CONCORDIAN” will always be a sort of “first love,” Keeshan promised to keep in close touch and do “what I can whenever I can.”
WITHOUT BOB KEESHAN
Someone said it must be a lot like learning to swim: all the other times, the instructor was right there holding your head above water. Then you make your first few strokes unaided and he’s gone. You’re on your own.
Bob Keeshan was more than the CONCORDIAN staff’s instructor: he was the glue that held it together, the gasoline that set it into motion, and the wings on which it flew into being. Now, because there are only 24 hours in every day, because he has a family, a tremendous job with WABC-TV and other civic responsibilities, Bob has resigned.
Blogging is not writing. It is just graffiti with punctuation.
It would be innocuous to say we’re sorry to see him go. We’re a little awed at the prospect of a CONCORDIAN future without him and tremedously aware that we now face a challenge almost as intense as the one Bob himself must have faced when he first conceived the notion of this community newspaper.
To a man, the CONCORDIAN staff wish Bob Keeshan and his family the very best of everything. But we will not say farewell, or anything nearly so final. We still expect to hear from Bob, frequently, and we want him to know that we’ll always be listening.
(Trish’s Note: To a MAN?)
Much Ado About Something
In the news pages of this issue, you will find a complete report of Reporter Pat Cleary’s investigation into the matter of the unused foundations and the trash piles in and around them.
Mr. Siegel Makes a Point
We have told the story as it happened and was told to us and have tried not to put editorial emphasis on any of the facts. Nevertheless, the facts themselves seem so crystal clear that in their light, Mr. Siegel comes off as a man with a job to do.
Foundations Become Town Issue
Long Island Home Builders Institute, Inc., offers feeble reply to CONCORDIAN reporter Pat Cleary.
LAST MINUTE F-L-A-S-H-E-S
In response to a letter from the CONCORDIAN outlining the hazards of the unused foundations and asking for help in protecting Concord villagers therefrom, the Long Island Home Builders Institute, Inc., has just replied to CONCORDIAN reporter Pat Cleary as follows:
Come Out of the Basement
Editor Lawrence Elliot’s predictions for 1955. (Hint: Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.)
Unused Foundations Remain a Menace
With the blessings of Captain Kangaroo, Pat Cleary takes on the Long Island mob.
Meet Your Neighbor
This Month, meet the Column Editor of the Concordian, her husband, and her children. The husband — Donald Cleary. The wife — Pat Cleary. The address – 633 Alwick Avenue.
Wish You’d Stop Being So Good to Me, Captain
Was Captain Kangaroo really a Captain, or just some clown on TV?