Retired ‘Milwaukee Journal’ Editor Mosby Dies at 88

Wade Mosby, a longtime staffer for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, died Aug. 1 after a brief illness.

Mosby began his career with the newspaper as the New York correspondent in 1956. In 1958, he returned to Wisconsin to write features before moving to TV-Screen, which allowed him to go to Hollywood every now and then to interview celebrities. He also edited the popular four-page Green Sheet — a mix of columns, comic strips and puzzles — before retiring in 1981.

Mosby often invoked a sense of humor in his writing. He told jokes and was known for telling a wild one at the end of Journal alumni gatherings.

“”Some of them I couldn’t repeat and you couldn’t put them in the paper,”” Howard Fibich, the Journal’s former deputy managing editor, told the paper.

Before coming to The Milwaukee Journal, Mosby was a staffer for the Sheboygan Press. He also worked as a freelance writer whose short stories were published in national magazines and various anthologies. One of his stories, ?Death Rides the 12:15,? was dramatized on a 1957 episode of the ?Jane Wyman Show.?

In recognition of his jouranlistic accomplishments, Mosby was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame by the Milwaukee Press Club. He also was on the advisory board for the broadcasting industry’s Peabody Awards and served as president of Park People of Milwaukee County, the Whitefish Bay Foundation, and as founder and president of the Whitefish Bay Municipal Board.

?I sat six feet from him for 13 years,? Drew told The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. ?That was just a continual journalism class.””

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