Fun Facts Friday: A.H. Raskin

April 26, 2024

A.H. Raskin (26 April, 1911 – 22 December, 1993) was a reporter, writer, and assistant editor. He was a long time employee and contributor to the New York Times.

Fun Facts about A.H. Raskin:

  1. Abraham Henry Raskin was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The family, however, eventually moved to New York City.
  2. Mr. Raskin was educated at Townsend Harris Hall Prep School, a public school in Manhattan. Eventually he got ins degree in education and government from City College.
  3. During his college career, he wrote for the campus newspaper, letter becoming its editor as well as the editor for the yearbook and a literary magazine. On top of it all, he was also the president of his senior class.
  4. After he graduated from City College, A.H. Raskin was the campus correspondent for the New York Times, but in 1934 he joined the organization as full-time reporter.
  5. As a reporter, he was interested in the laborers, their rights, and their struggles. He reported on wrongdoings, the desperation of looking for jobs, as well as the rise of unions and their leaders.
  6. A.H. Raskin soon became an expert at industrial relations. Not everyone, of course, was happy with his reporting. Jimmy Hoffa warned him that hie might scratch himself on his typewriter and “die of blood poisoning”.
  7. During World War II Mr. Raskin left his job and contributed to the war effort by taking on the role of chief of the War Department’s industrial services division in the pentagon. Mr. Raskin temporarily seized Montgomery Ward to solve a conflict between the laborers and the CEO which undermined the war effort.
  8. He was honorably discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant colonel in the Army.
  9. After retiring from the New York Times, Mr. Raskin went on to work for the Department of Labor as an editor of the Journal of International Labor Affairs.
  10. A.H. Raskin won multiple awards, including the Hillman Prize and the George Polk Award.

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Sources:

A. H. Raskin | Wikipedia

H. Raskin, 82, Times Reporter and Editor, Dies | The New York Times

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