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February 2, 2015 4:01 pm

After a Half Century of Columns, Cleveland Jewish News Writer Retires at 98

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Cleveland Jewish News columnist Violet Spevack is retiring after five decades with the newspaper. Photo: Cleveland Jewish News. – Nonagenarian Cleveland Jewish News columnist Violet Spevack on Jan. 30 announced her retirement after five decades with the newspaper. Spevack, 98, is believed to have written the longest continuously published weekly column in the US.

Spevack launched her column, “Cavalcade,” in 1965, just six months after the newspaper’s founding. Since then, she has written at least 2,500 columns and hundreds of other feature stories.

In her writing, Spevack covered both local and national leaders and celebrities, such as Don Rickles, George Burns, Joan Rivers, Milton Berle, Monty Hall, Buddy Hackett, and others. She was elected to the Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 2013.

“I’ve had the time of my life covering our Jewish community through the lens of my society column,” Spevack wrote in her final column. “I can’t thank you all enough for reading my columns and most of all, for letting me into your homes every week.”

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