|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1931|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 9, 2012|
St. Louis County
Joe Joseph Weisman Pollack, of St. Louis and the world, died March 9, 2012, in Clayton, MO. He was born Feb. 3, 1931, in his beloved Brooklyn, NY, the son of Hannah (Anna) Weisman Pollack and Samuel Pollack. A proud alumnus of Erasmus Hall High School, he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. He went on to an award-winning writing career spanning 60 years, beginning with the Jackson (MS) Daily News, the U.S. Army and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, where he covered sports starting in 1955. In 1961, Joe became the public relations director for the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL. He left the Big Red for the St. Louis PostDispatch in 1972, where he served as a film, theater and restaurant critic and a wine writer. He also reviewed movies for KSDK and KMOX/KMOV television in St. Louis. He became one of the first judges of the Missouri State Fair's wine competition, and his passion for wine helped nurture interest in Missouri's wine industry. He was also the St. Louis editor for the Zagat Guides. After retiring from the Post-Dispatch in 1995, he worked for KWMU and St. Louis Magazine, among others, and continued his criticism of theater, film and restaurants on St. Louis Eats, a blog he shared with his wife, Ann Lemons Pollack. He wrote five restaurant guides to St. Louis restaurants, the last three with his wife. He also served on the St. Louis Labor Council, was an assistant election supervisor in St. Louis County, and proud to be a card-carrying member of the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Besides his wife, Ann, he is survived by three daughters, Wendy Pollack of Stavanger, Norway, Dara (Eric) Silverberg of Tucson, AZ, and Sharon Brown of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Tom-Even (Pala Olof Juliusdottir) and Hanne-Elise Pollack of Stavanger, Elaine Silverberg of Tucson, and Aliyah Brown of Manchester, PA; a great-granddaughter, Jada Munoz of Manchester; as well as his stepfamily, Terry (Jane Fullerton) Lemons of Bristow, VA, Jennifer Lemons Hagler of Panama City Beach, FL, and their children, Benjamin and Sarah Lemons of Bristow, David Lemons of Temple, GA, and Madeline Hagler of Panama City Beach. Services: A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Mainstage, 130 Edgar Rd., Webster Groves. Joe requested that memorials be made to any arts organization.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from March 12 to March 13, 2012
The longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch critic Joe Pollack, who died March 9, was memorialized Saturday, March 17, 2012, in a way that he, in particular, would have appreciated.
There was wine, there was theater and there was food.
But, most of all, it really was all about Joe.
In a service that was orchestrated by his widow and co-critic, Ann Lemons Pollack, some 250 family members, friends, admirers and collaborators enjoyed reminiscences and anecdotes about the tufty-haired writer.
The memorial also served as a reunion of sorts for dozens of retired (and some of us not-yet retired) Post-Dispatch reporters and editors who like nothing better than an opportunity to recall when the newspaper industry was a place where a Brooklyn-born know-it-all with a sharp pencil and a sharper mind could come to dominate the cultural landscape of a city like St. Louis.
Pollack died March 9 at age 81 after suffering a heart attack or stroke. He had worked at the Post-Dispatch for 23 years, retiring in 1995 -- although no one who knew Joe would ever call him retiring.
The memorial was held at the scene of some of Pollack's finer moments -- the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. In the background was the darkened set of the play that is currently in production, "The Comedy of Errors."
The Pollacks' friend and attorney, Charley Taylor, acted as emcee, sharing personal anecdotes and introducing the four people who took to the stage to talk about Joe.
First was fellow wine connoisseur Glenn Bardgett, director of wine at Annie Gunn's restaurant and, like Pollack, an avid proponent of Missouri wines. Next up was Jeff Gordon, Post-Dispatch sports columnist and president of the United Media Guild (formerly the Newspaper Guild), a position that Pollack held for six years.
Following Gordon was George Mahe, St. Louis Magazine's dining editor. And rounding out the list of speakers was, most appropriately, the Rep's artistic director, Steve Woolf.
The service was followed by good wine and food at Robust restaurant in Webster Groves, courtesy of Pollack's family.
ST LOUIS POST-DISPATCH March 20, 2012. Deb Peterson
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Record added: Mar 20, 2012
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