Fred McHone, Veteran WaPo Printer Dies at 86

Fred McHone, who worked for almost three decades as a printer at The Washington Post, died Nov. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital, we learned yesterday. In a time where young people seem to run this town, and jumping to a new employer every two years is the norm, men like McHone are a rarity: an old bull who stayed put for 27 years. From the WaPo obituary:

Mr. McHone settled in the Washington area in 1962, when he joined The Post. Among his duties in the newspaper’s printing department, he laid out the comics, stock tables, classified advertising and television guide. He retired in 1989.

Fred Eugene McHone was born in Bluefield, W.Va., where he attended vocational school and apprenticed as a printer.

After serving in the Army in Alaska in the early 1950s, he returned to Bluefield, where he worked as printer for the Daily Telegraph until 1962.

RIP Fred, and thanks for your years of service to the business of journalism.