By G. Randolph Bishop
Greg Fosselman was undoubtedly born with a trace of newsprint in his blood. Born in Waterloo, Iowa, he was number five in a family of seven siblings. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Waterloo in 1945, he enrolled at the University of Iowa, receiving his BA degree in Journalism in 1950.
From 1950-52, Greg was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, that handled logistics for the Engineer units in the field. First stationed in Frankfurt, he spent the last eight months in Kaiserslautern; his job was administrative.
Back in the States, Greg started out on what was to be a lifelong journalistic career; he left Waterloo and headed north to Wisconsin. For the next seven years, he lived in Madison and Milwaukee, working for United Press International as a newspaper and broadcast editor. (News for the two media was presented in different formats.) In 1960, UPI moved him to Chicago where he became a national broadcast news editor.
In 1968 Greg went to work for the Chicago Tribune, where his duties were not quite the same as with UPI; he was now a headline writer as well as a news editor. He stayed with the Tribune for 21 years, until his retirement in 1989.
Greg was active in two professional groups. For four years he belonged to the Milwaukee Press Club and to the Chicago Press Club for 21 years.
Never a great traveler, Greg spent his retirement years relaxed, living the good life, and a pleasant, satisfying one. From 1990 to 2011, he wintered in Mesa, Arizona, and summered in Chicago, a “snowbird” with a different nest.
When the time to give up “snow birding,” Plymouth Harbor was Greg’s logical retirement choice; his brother Don already lives here. Greg is looking forward to pursuing his interests of reading, walking and as an old newspaperman, keeping up with the news.