James Smart's Philadelphia
and his books.
Philadelphia in 1754.
Welcomefriends, old and new.
Here is my most recent Of All Things newspaper column, a bunch of older ones, and several articles about assorted Philadelphia topics. More will come; please visit again.
Here's a brief James Smart résumé
2015 - Of All Things column celebrated its 25th year in The Review
2011- Adonijah Hill's Journal: Diary of a Philadelphia Reporter in 1876 was published; historical fiction,
available from amazon
2010 - following reorganization of Journal Register Co., column now appears in only one newspaper, The Review in northwest Philadelphia
2009 - began the process of creating the James Smart Collection, a career's worth of notes, writings, research material, etc. to the Urban Archives, Paley Library, Temple University (repository of the old Evening Bulletin library )
2008 - Of All Things column placed third in the annual awards of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists
2001 - Historic Philadelphia; an Ilustrated History published by Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (out of print, but available from some on line book-sellers.)
1995 - collection of columns published: Soggy Shrub Rides Again and Other Improbabilities
(used copies available on line.)
1990 - began writing Of All Things column, distributed to newspapers in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey published by InterCounty Newspaper Group, and other Journal Register Company weeklies.
1983 - 1990: media relations manager, Mellon Bank, Philadelphia.
1980 - 1983: editor and publisher of Delaware Valley Business Magazine,monthly regional business magazine
1978 - 1981: editor and publisher of Building and Realty Record, monthly real estate trade newspaper
1976 - 1986: taught news writing, feature writing, Charles Morris Price School of Advertising & Journalism, Philadelphia
1974 – 1978: freelance writer. Typical freelance projects through the years included:
Firefighters Museum, Harrisburg, Pa.; (wrote descriptive panels); U. S. Navy (audiovisual script for minority officers recruiting); Army Corps of Engineers (audiovisual script for National Dam Inspection Program); National Park Service, Thaddeus Kosciusko House, (audiovisual script); Philadelphia Bicentennial Commission; (wrote Stand Before Kings, monograph on history of Philadelphia business);The Bulletin (daily column on Philadelphia news 200 years ago that day, 1974-76; also monthly supplement on the American Revolution and 20-newspaper-page history of the United States during 1976 Bicentennial); The National Park Service, (wrote dedicatory poem read by Lee J. Cobb on televised ceremony when the Liberty Bell was moved to its new pavilion, New Years Eve 1975-6) ---------- (Many other projects)
1973 - 1974: vice president, Public Relations Ltd., subsidiary of J. M. Korn & Sons, advertising agency, Philadelphia
1948 - 1973: staff member, Philadelphia Bulletin; featured columnist 1959-73
1947: sold first freelance magazine articles while a high school senior
Graduate of Northeast High School and Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism, both Philadelphia