Veteran AP Journalist Dick Pettys Dies at 66
Posted: 10/15/2012 | By: Associated Press
ATLANTA — From
Georgia’s last segregationist governor to the first Republican to hold
the office since Reconstruction, Dick Pettys covered Georgia politics
for The Associated Press for more than three decades. His reputation for
fair and accurate reporting won him the respect of fellow journalists
and the state’s most prominent politicians.
Gov. Lester Maddox, nearing the end of his term when Pettys
began working for The AP at the state Capitol in 1970, called him “the
long-haired devil” but continued to keep in touch with Pettys by phone
long after he left office. To the statehouse press corps, Pettys became
known as “the dean,” who over the course of 35 years developed a vast
institutional memory and a knack for mentoring newcomers.
Pettys, 66, died Monday (Oct. 8) at his north Georgia home outside of
Clarkesville. His son, Richard R. Pettys Jr., said he suffered a massive