James Smart's Philadelphia
and his books.
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 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
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.
Philadelphia in 1754.