Tony Griffo's future

Dateline: Thu 28 Mar 2013

God knows, everyone who read the sendoff by Indianapolis Star former page designer Tony Griffo was moved, amused and impressed. I say it's the gene pool: guy has talent.

Plus Tony, who had several incarnations at the Star, starting as a copy messenger, is a keen observer of life,open to new ideas and by nature, jolly. Otherwise, how could he have stayed so long at the Indianapolis Star?

For those who suggested his writing is good enough to warrant a lateral move to another newspaper, forget about it. He's going to take his severance and study to become a CNA -- certified nurse assistant. He's actually already providing aid to former Star TV assistant editor Dennis Hanshew, so he's got a good start in his career.

Again, good luck to Tony and to Dennis as well. And good health.




Nick Crews [unverified] said:

I worked with Tony as a fellow copy messenger in the Star newsroom in the late 70s. At the time he also had a side gig refinishing furniture.

I lived in an apartment above the Wishing Well on Mass Avenue in the Massala Building -- then pretty much a skid row scene (with bugs galore), but it was as interesting and the rent ($60/m including heat) couldn't be beat. Cut Rate Kelly across the street owned the building and was my landlord. He'd give us all bug spray by the half-gallon and those spray plungers, and it was still a losing battle.

Tony came to visit on one of our lunch hours; I had a big 19th century oak library table as part of my apartment's gloomy decor; he took one look at it and tried to talk me into letting him refinish it.

I didn't really want to give it up, but Tony talked me into letting him take the drawer to refinish as a "sample" of how beautiful the entire table could be.

He returned the drawer in short order, and indeed it looked splendid--although I never had him do the rest of the table. More than 30 years later the beat-up table still has Tony's nicely refinished drawer.

Good luck, Tony; and if you decide to get back into refinishing, let me know--I got a table for you.

2013-03-29 12:03:29

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2013-04-02 14:05:41

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