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Two Decades After Folding, ‘St.L Globe-Democrat’ Looks to Return Online

November 2, 2009

By Mark Fitzgerald

Published: November 02, 2009 10:50 AM ET
CHICAGO – A former St. Louis television executive says the St. Louis Globe-Democrat will return as an online newspaper on Dec. 8 — 23 years after it folded for its second, and last, time as a daily.

In an announcement, Dan Rositano said the free site will be staffed by people “whose name will be familiar to former Globe-Democrat readers and all St. Louisians.”

He added in the statement, “Our columnists will be among the most-read voices in both St. Louis and the world today, covering news, sports, politics and all issues of the day.”

As soon as Rositano announced the revival of the Globe-Democrat, however, a legal obstacle emerged. As first reported on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Web site by Deb Peterson, the publisher of a six-time a year publication that calls itself the St. Louis Globe-Democrat said his attorney would be filing a cease-and-desist letter to stop Rositano from using the name.

Steve DeBellis told the P-D that he discovered the name had been abandoned in 1995, and so he began using it for his newspaper. He said he registered the name with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office in 2000.

Rositano, the former director of information and technology for KPLR-TV in St. Louis, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Monday morning. He told the Post-Dispatch that his application to use the Globe-Democrat trademark was “pending.”

If the Globe-Democrat is revived as a daily it would be another remarkable chapter in the history of the paper. Launched as the Missouri Democrat in 1852, it merged with the St. Louis Globe in 1875.

In 1959, the paper, then owned by Newhouse Newspapers, forged a joint operating agreement (JOA) partnership with Pulitzer Inc.’s Post-Dispatch. In 1983, Newhouse announced it was folding the Globe-Democrat, but continuing its JOA partnership with Pulitzer.

The U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division forced Newhouse to offer the paper for sale. It was bought by a young entrepreneur named Jeff Gluck. The paper quickly fell into financial difficulties, with paychecks bouncing. The daily was closed, but revived several months later by two local real estate developers.

It folded for good as a print daily on Oct. 29, 1986.


Obit – George Killenberg

June 5, 2008

George A. Killenberg, 91, St. Louis, a longtime editor of the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat, died May 20, 2008, at his home.
Mr. Killenberg grew up in St. Louis and attended St. Louis University, where he worked as sports information director.
He was hired as a reporter at the Globe-Democrat in 1941. He served in the Army medical corps during World War II.
After the war he returned to the Globe and to SLU, where he earned a master’s in American history. Among the stories he covered was the coal mine disaster in Centralia, Ill., in 1947 that killed 111 miners.
In 1956 Mr. Killenberg was promoted to city editor, then to managing editor 10 years later and to executive editor in 1979. He retired when the Newhouse family sold the newspaper in 1984, two years before the Globe closed for good.
Mr. Killenberg served as president of the St. Louis Press Club and the Mid-America Press Institute. He was known as a strong advocate of local news.
His wife, Therese, died in November after 64 years of marriage. Survivors are three daughters, two sons, a sister, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Obit – Edward W. O’Brien

March 31, 2008

Edward W. O’Brien, 92, a longtime Washington bureau chief and columnist for the old St. Louis Globe-Democrat, died of congestive heart failure on March 3, 2008, at his home in Bethesda, Md.
Mr. O’Brien joined the Globe-Democrat in 1954 and covered politics, the military and the region’s congressional delegation for 30 years before retiring in 1984. In 1981 he was president of the Gridiron Club in Washington.
Among survivors are his wife of 59 years, Marian; a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.

Obit – Louis R. Bonfanti

December 13, 2007

Rock Hill
Louis R. Bonfanti, 82, an advertising salesman for various newspapers in the St. Louis area, died Oct. 7, 2007. During his lifelong career in the newspaper business, Mr. Bonfanti worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (from 1951 to 1979), St. Louis Star-Times, St. Louis Jewish Light, Gateway Golfer Magazine and Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. (1986 until retiring in 2006).
Survivors are his wife, B. Chantilla; two children and three grandchildren.