Goldberg To Retire From United Media

By: Dave Astor

Sid Goldberg is retiring as head of United Media’s United Feature Syndicate and Newspaper Enterprise Association effective Jan. 31. Lisa Klem Wilson will succeed him as UM general manager while continuing as vice president for sales and marketing.

Goldberg, 70, who is senior vice president and general manager, will still serve as a UM consultant. He’ll also join his wife Lucianne’s literary agency to represent authors to publishers.

The executive joined United in 1972 when it bought Bell McClure Syndicate and North American Newspaper Alliance, where Goldberg was president.

Wilson has been UM’s sales manager since 1989. She previously worked for Universal Press Syndicate.


Rall Goes To Afghanistan

Cartoonist Is Sending Back Reports

Universal Press Syndicate editorial cartoonist Ted Rall has traveled to Afghanistan to cover the war there. His reports are running in The Village Voice in New York, among other outlets.

Rall, 38, who is also a columnist as well as a contributor to the new “9-11: Emergency Relief” graphic novel, has been writing about Afghanistan and Central Asia since 1997.


Xmas Gift Program Survives

Ousted Columnist Had Founded It

When a cost-cutting Chicago Sun-Times fired advice columnist Jeff Zaslow this spring, it looked like the end of his 13-year-old program that brought Christmas gifts to impoverished children.

But many of Zaslow’s former readers, Spanish-language radio station WLEY, and Chicago magazine are helping to continue the program.

“Former readers are playing Santa this Christmas to more than 17,000 needy kids,” said Zaslow, once syndicated by United Media. “It’s not the 47,000 kids we had in the program last year, but it’s great that readers rallied like that.”

One person involved in the process is Zaslow’s former assistant, Elizabeth Rodriguez, now marketing and promotions manager for WLEY.


Syndicate Appoints New M.E.

Oricchio Was With ‘Mercury News’

Michael Oricchio has been appointed managing editor of the New York Times Syndicate.

He has a background both online and in print, including 14 years as an editor and reporter at the San Jose Mercury News.


Universal Prez On Board …

… Of Syndicate’s Parent Company

Univeral Press Syndicate President Robert Duffy, 56, has been named to the board of directors of the syndicate’s parent company, Andrews McMeel Universal.


Newseum Features Telnaes

Her Pulitzer Work Is On Display

This year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoons by Ann Telnaes of Tribune Media Services are on display through Jan. 27 at the Newseum in Arlington, Va.


Accident Kills Cartoonist

Dave Graue Did ‘Alley Oop’ Comic

Dave Graue, 75, who worked on Newspaper Enterprise Association’s “Alley Oop” comic from 1950 until he retired this year, died Dec. 10 in North Carolina when his car was hit by a truck.

The V.T. Hamlin-created comic is now done by Jack and Carole Bender.


Et Cetera …

Uclick signed an agreement to bring comic characters, including Universal Press Syndicate’s Cathy and Garfield, to Sprint PCS Phones. …

The Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco reopened Dec. 1 at a new location, 655 Mission St., according to Rob Morse’s San Francisco Chronicle column. …

The New York Times Syndicate is offering excerpts from “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War” by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad of The New York Times. …

Scripps Howard News Service is distributing articles from National Review magazine and its Web site. …

Los Angeles Times Syndicate International began representing Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services (KRT) — meaning LATSI now offers all products from Tribune Media Services in the international marketplace. …

“The Mini Page” editor/creator Betty Debnam of Universal was inducted into the Association of Educational Publishers’ hall of fame. …

Columnist Bill Tammeus of The Kansas City (Mo.) Star and KRT won the American Academy of Religion’s 2001 award for opinion writing. …

Comic Library International published “Hamster Alley: The Early Strips” by Polly Keener of DBR Media. …

An exhibit of “INX” editorial-page drawings, which are syndicated by United Media, is at the Parsons School of Design in New York through Jan. 11. …

Factiva added the Harvard Business Review to its content collection. …

A TV documentary about newspaper editor Jim Bellows includes Art Buchwald, Paul Conrad, Pat Oliphant, and other syndicated creators. The show, scheduled to premiere during the first quarter of next year, will coincide with the publication of Bellows’ memoirs by AMP. …

Jan. 7 is the entry deadline for the sixth annual Erma Bombeck Writing Competition (

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