PJC Meeting To Remember When

OSWEGO, NY – The Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County will look back at the history of communications in Oswego County during its next meeting to be held Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. at Bridie Manor.

A panel comprised of some of the PJC’s more experienced members  – dating from the time when it was known as Oswego County Press Club – will reminisce about time gone by as they remember when there were no computers and social networking meant meeting friends and co-workers at a restaurant after work.

Those participating on the panel include charter members Muriel Allerton, Vince Caravan, Jack Woods, Ed Vayner, Don Kranz and John Hurlbutt.

Born in Guttenburg, N.J., in 1919, Allerton received her degree in journalism from New York University.  She moved to Fulton with her husband in 1963 and did freelance work for newspapers throughout Oswego County.  Allerton eventually began doing public relations work for political candidates and later became mayor of the city of Fulton. She served as press club president in the early 1980s. Even in retirement, Allerton continues to be a very active member of her community.

Caravan has been the publisher of the Oswego Valley News for decades and is also a past president of the press club.

He became managing editor of The Valley News in 1960.

Upon purchasing all the company’s stock in 1971, he became president of the corporation and still holds that position today.

An active member of the community, Caravan has served as a board member for a number of local organizations.

He is member of the New York Press Association and was a founding member and past president of the Oswego County Press Club, now known as the Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County.

While he has relinquished some of his daily duties, Caravan continues to write two columns a week for The Valley News and manages the paper’s advertising department.

Hurlbutt grew up in the Canandaigua Lake area and came to attend SUNY Oswego in 1966. He was involved with WRVO as a student when the station went on air in January of 1969. He served as program director at WRVO from August of ’72 until January of ’06. In that capacity he supervised the news department and trained and supervised all on air staff and in conjunction with station manager Bill Shigley formulated WRVO’s program schedule. Hurlbutt also was the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition from November of ’79 until March of ’09.

Kranz worked as an engraver and photographer for The Palladium-Times from 1958 to 1980 when he became involved with establishing the Oswego County Messenger. In 1984 he and a partner started B&D Photo Service in Oswego. Kranz was named the official photographer for the Oswego Speedway in 1958, a job he still holds today.

Woods served as vice president under the club’s first president, Lou Herborg, and went on to serve as the second president in the history of the club.

Owner and creative director of Strategic Marketing Associates, one of Central New York’s longest
established marketing communications agencies, Vayner is a native of Fulton and an alumnus of Syracuse University. He started Ed Vayner & Associates, a two-person ad agency in 1967 eventually becoming a full-service firm serving clients across New York state, including companies such as Alltel, Birdseye, Black Clawson, Entergy Nuclear, Nestle, Miller Brewing Co. and its parent, Philip Morris as well as many mutual savings banks and independent telephone companies. For more than 25 years, the agency helped build the sports fishing tourism industry in Oswego County. Vayner served as the vice-chairman of the Oswego County Republican Committee, and worked with many Republican candidates.

“Our October meeting will be a nostalgic look at simpler times,” said PJC member Peg McKinstry. “It will bring back pleasant memories for us more ‘experienced’ members and should be quite entertaining for our younger members. I invite the public to join us as ‘we remember when.’”

The PJC’s October meeting is open to the public.

The cost to attend is $12 for members and $14 for non-members.

Reservations are required and may be placed with Allerton by calling 592-5900 or by e-mailing her at [email protected] no later than Oct. 16.