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Ralph Bernstein - RIP

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Longtime Philly AP guy.

  2. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Ralph was a legend. An absolute delight. I had not seen him in a good 15 years, but he was a generous, hardworking person who loved a good argument.
    He will be missed.
  3. "He refused to take 'no comment' for an answer," Conlin said. "But his questions were straight-ahead. He never set anybody up for a cheap shot. And when his story appeared, the quotes were accurate and in context."

    To me, that line says it all about him.
  4. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    RIP, Ralph Bernstein

    Ralph was the AP's guy in Philly forever.

    The papers did a nice job of summing up his personality and approach to the job:


  5. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    Re: RIP, Ralph Bernstein

    Sounds like he had a great career, but a tragic life. RIP.
  6. Re: RIP, Ralph Bernstein

    wonderful guy

    very sad to hear this

  7. Colton

    Colton Active Member

  8. mocheeks10

    mocheeks10 Member

    He once asked the best question of Paterno ever. Penn State lost at USC the same night of the Miss America question. During the conference call the following Tuesday, Ralph got on and said, "Joe, I saw two ugly things on TV Saturday night -- Miss New York, and you guys against USC ..." I'm not even sure what he said after that; I think I was laughing too hard. But Joe did answer whatever it was he asked.
  9. mocheeks10

    mocheeks10 Member

    Or maybe it was the Miss America pageant, as opposed to the question.
  10. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    You got the spirit of it. What a great line!
  11. Stone Cane

    Stone Cane Member

    anybody who was there will never forget Ralph getting into a fight with Eagles PR guy Ron Howard in the press box at the Vet circa late 1980s

    Ralph had to be mid-60s at the time and Ron was probably late 20s, but Ralph threw a few punches and landed one or two while a bunch of people tried to separate them

    the guy just did not suffer fools

    a legend and an inspiration for his tough questions and doggedness

    Philadelphia has lost two giants recently in Ralph and Ron Reid
  12. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    What prompted the fight? Never met the guy but love him just for taking on the PR dude.
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