Monthly Meetings

Photojournalist Jim DelGiudice to Discuss “1969: The Miracle Year” at February 15th GSJA Meeting

On FEBRUARY 15, Saturday, at noon, we will meet at Mancino’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant in Denville, Morris County, to hear our speaker, New Jersey-born and bred photojournalist Jim DelGiudice who has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for many years. His photos have appeared in publications including The New York Times, American Theatre and The Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

Jim’s architectural photography and lectures at Drew University, Madison, NJ, earned him recognition as a three-time winner of the state’s Historic Preservation Award. His work has been exhibited in the California Museum of Photography, the Village and Workshop theatres in Manhattan and the New Jersey Statehouse. Jim retired from teaching at the County College of Morris in 2017.

He will be talking about “1969: The Miracle Year,” enhanced with iconic photographs. Jim reflects on one of the most vibrant years in US history a half-century later. In the New Jersey-New York region alone we vividly recall 1969’s professional sports championships, Woodstock, and demonstrations at Stonewall. Add to that the moon landing, one of the most heroic moments in both American and world history and other news events that continue to have implications today. His reflections, no doubt, will be supplemented with our own, as news junkies and journalists at that time. 

We will be meeting in the back room at Mancino’s Pizza & Italian Cuisine Restaurant. 493 East Main Street (Route 53), Denville.  Walk through the pizzeria to the private room at the back. We will bring wine. The menu includes appetizers, salad, choice of three entrees and soda.  The cost is $25 and reservations are needed, so email Jim Prior at jimjoprior@verizon.net.  It’s not fair to the restaurant owner not to know how many people will attend.

Directions – Take I-80 west to Exit 39, which is Denville. As you get off the ramp (onto Route 46 east), take the immediate off-ramp (maybe 50 yards) onto Route 53 South (also called Main Street).  The restaurant is about a mile south on 53/Main St. and will be in a strip mall on the left. Look for the first left after the Morris County Vocational School. 

MARCH  21, Saturday, at noon.  Our speaker will be our own Nicholas Gordon, owner of the popular website, Poems for Free (www.poemsforfree.com), which he has been publishing on the Web since 1998.  Dr. Gordon will discuss his own experiences as a Web publisher, including how Web publishing has evolved since the early days. Professor Gordon will give members some advice on how to start and maintain websites or blogs on their own. By the way, he is the husband of long-time GSJA member and officer, Ellen Wayman-Gordon, who is a GSJA board trustee and executive director of the GSJA Scholarship Foundation. The venue is Nauti Club in the Nauti Cajun Crab, 7 New Street, Metuchen, NJ.   Nominations for officers and trustees for the 2020-2021 year will be accepted.


APRIL 18, Saturday, noon – The speaker will be Kelly Vorchek, executive director of the NJPO (New Jersey Property Owners Association), Lakewood, founded over 70 years ago. The organization brings together owners and operators of residential real estate, interested parties and industry personnel for educational and networking purposes.  We will be returning to The Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, where we had such a great time in January. We will have the election of officers and trustees.


MAY 20, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Don Pepe’s Restaurant, 844 McCarter Highway (Route 21), Newark. This is our 73rd Annual Journalism Awards Program. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The price is $65 and includes an extensive array of appetizers, a choice of entree with vegetables and an extensive array of desserts. It also includes wine, sangria, beer and soda on the table while dining. Reservations must be made by Friday, May 15. We will have the installation of officers and trustees, the awarding of our $1,000 student scholarship, and the presentation of the journalism awards.