Robert W. Adams, Shoppers Guide owner Thursday, April 30, 2013

Robert W. Adams, 81, a former delivery truck driver for the old Washington Star newspaper who later owned and operated the Prince George’s Shoppers Guide tabloid, died of pneumonia April 30 at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

His daughter, Karen Orofino, confirmed his death.

Robert Wayne Adams was born in Lafayette, Ala. He moved to the Washington area in 1940 and graduated in 1950 from Hyattsville High School.

He served in the Army during the Korean War. For many years, before the newspaper closed in 1981, Mr. Adams was a delivery truck driver for the Washington Star. He then started the Shoppers Guide, which he operated for 30 years.

Six months ago, he moved from Hyattsville to West Palm Beach.

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Lowell Mellett - Inducted to The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame April 27, 2013

Lowell Mellett
Mellett ended his journalism career as a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Star, ending his "On the Other Hand" column in 1956 because of ill health; Mellett died on April 6, 1960. Upon Mellett's death J. Russell Wiggins, executive editor of the Washington Post, called him "one of the greatest newspapermen of the country and of Washington. He was a gifted writer and a brilliant editor whose work will long be remembered in his profession."

The late Lowell Mellett, an Elwood native who was a newspaper executive in Washington before becoming a top aide to President Franklin Roosevelt. Mellett’s journalism career started at age 16 when the The Muncie Star sent him to cover the 1900 Democratic National Convention. He worked at several newspapers around the country and overseas during World War I before becoming editor of Collier’s Weekly and, later, editor of the Washington Daily News in the 1930s. He held several posts in the Roosevelt administration before leaving government in 1944 to start writing what became a nationally syndicated newspaper column that continued until his retirement in 1956. He died in 1960.