John S. Radosta

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John Stephen Radosta

Birthplace: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, United States
Death: April 24, 1988 (74)
New York, New York, United States (Lung cancer)
Place of Burial: Bronx County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip Radosta and Maria Rosaria Lipani
Husband of Joan Pierce and Vivian Campbell
Brother of Jack Radosta; Margaret Radosta and Theresa Radosta

Occupation: Writer, journalist
Managed by: Tim King
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About John S. Radosta

John Stephen Radosta was born in Brooklyn and began his newspaper career at the age of 15 in 1929, when he became the Brooklyn Technical High School correspondent for a neighborhood newspaper. At New York University he edited the school paper and served as campus correspondent for The Herald Tribune, which he joined as a staffer after graduation. With Stars and Stripes

During World War II he worked for the Army newspaper Stars and Stripes, serving as managing editor of six editions and covering the invasion of southern France in August 1944 from a tail-gunner's position in a B-25 bomber. After the war he got a pilot's license and owned his own plane.

He came to The Times on the last day of 1945, at first as a writer for The Week in Review section,later in a variety of editorial positions. He was named the paper's picture editor in 1954 and introduced the first of a number of changes in the operation by making The Times the first New York City newspaper to switch to 35-millimeter cameras. He also added photographers, sought to brighten the paper's use of photographs and began the practice of equipping foreign correspondents with cameras.

By the time he joined the sports staff in 1967 he had become a recognized authority on photojournalism and a widely sought lecturer on the subject.

As a sportswriter, Mr. Radosta, natty, meticulously groomed and favoring carefully pressed, conservative blue blazers, was regarded by colleagues as the best-dressed man who ever covered a professional hockey game.

After his formal retirement in 1983, Mr. Radosta became a freelance travel and golf writer.

Mr. Radosta's first wife, the former Vivian Campbell, to whom he was married for 40 years, died in 1978. His second wife, the former Joan Pierce, died in 1990.

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John S. Radosta's Timeline

November 24, 1913
Kings County, New York, United States
April 24, 1988
Age 74
New York, New York, United States
Bronx County, New York, United States