A reporter who covered racial attacks in the South for JET Magazine during the '60s and later became a Howard University communications professor, died in Washington. He was 78.
Remembering Charlie McAleer, 82, who worked for the Star for 44 years, died July 2 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He had diabetes. A Star contingent including Ludy Forbes, Steve Aug, Tom Love, John Mathews, Sheilah Kast and Jody Beck joined Charlie’s family and Rep. Connie Morella, R-Md., at the July 5 funeral. Ludy told our group a story about how Charlie used those plastic cards that automatically dialed the telephone numbers of local police departments from his phone in the newsroom.
At the Star, he covered a zoning bribery scandal in suburban Fairfax County and a struggle to launch the Washington subway -- now a well established, but still expanding feature of the city's transportation system.