Vol. III, 1954 – 1955
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?)
In recent issues, the CONCORDIAN has had occasion to point with mixture of disappointment and anger to what appeared to be the indifference of town officials to the obvious danger of children and untended fires, one official said, quite simply, “Tell the children to keep away.”
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.
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.
If you recall the CONCORDIAN’S story about the unused foundations on and the fires started by builder Nat Siegel’s men; if you keep in mind that I am the “West Islip Woman” mentioned by Newsday; if you remember that my investigation and subsequent copies were made as a CONCORDIAN reporter trying to get to the bottom of a diffuse and dirty situation, you will have a better understanding of what has happened and what follows…
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:
And how did the CONCORDIAN fare during the 365 days just past? Well, we may have better years in the future, but if we do, Henry Luce will start getting nervous.
With the blessings of Captain Kangaroo, Pat Cleary takes on the Long Island mob.
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.