Herald journalists’ work showcased in Fairfield Museum exhibit
The columns and photos by a pair of journalists whose work made the former Bridgeport Herald newspaper a distinctive voice in the region for nearly four decades will be showcased in a new exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
The exhibit, “Picturing The News: The Distinctive Vision of Harry Neigher and Frank Gerratana,” runs from Sept. 10 to Jan. 18 at the museum, 370 Beach Road.
The exhibit focuses on the history of the weekly Bridgeport Herald, later called the Connecticut Sunday Herald, with a selection of Neigher and Gerratana’s work from the 1930s to the early 1970s.
Columnist and cartoonist Neigher was best known in the region for his column “Harry Neigher Covers the Nite Life,” which ran in the Herald from 1932 until the newspaper closed in 1973.
Gerratana, Neigher’s friend and colleague, was the chief photographer for the Herald, and over the decades photographed every U.S. president from FDR to Nixon, as well as local politics and news events.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 will host a panel discussion on “Remembering the Bridgeport Herald.” Scheduled to discuss the newspaper and its legacy are: Alan Neigher, a lawyer and son of Harry Neigher; Frank Gerratana Jr., son of Gerratana; former Herald cartoonist and writer Rick Marschall; former editor and publisher of the Connecticut Post Robert Laska; former Herald and current Connecticut Post columnist Charlie Walsh, and Len Grimaldi, founder and editor of “Only in Bridgeport” news website.