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Young journalists honor Andy Angelo legacy

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The Andy Angelo Press Club shares what they've learned about the man who inspired their new name.
Andy Angelo Press Club reporters interview Todd Fettig of MLive

Andy Angelo Press Club reporters interview Todd Fettig of MLive /courtesy of the Andy Angelo Press Club

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/courtesy of the Andy Angelo Press Club

/courtesy of the Andy Angelo Press Club

The GAAH Press Club was recently renamed the Andy Angelo Press Club in honor of GAAH’s dear friend and longtime board member who passed away last summer. With their newly donned title, the club’s first assignment was to interview Angelo’s colleagues at the Grand Rapids Press to find out who Angelo was, what it was like to work with him and why the decision was made to name their club after him. The following articles are the result of this assignment.


Donny, age 12

Andy Angelo was a great and joyful man. People always remembered him as a very good person. He supported many programs, like the Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, and volunteered in many activities. He respected every person he met. Every person gave respect to Andy Angelo because he was a very nice person.

Andy Angelo was a boss, LIKE A BOSS!! Anyway, he worked with his employees. Nearly every employee thought that it was an honor to work with him. His employees also mentioned that it was a very good experience to work with him. 

Todd Fettig was one of Angelo's employees. He said that he was a very good person for a role model for everyone. Fettig also mentioned that Angelo respected his employees very much. He said that Angelo respected and was kind to every person he met.

"I had only seen Andy lose his temper once in twelve years of working with him," says Fettig. He also said that he was not a bossy person to his employees.

Everyone said that Angelo was very nice to many people. One of the ways that he showed his respect was by respecting people's ideas so people would feel better and be more inspired. He respected people's ideas even when he thought that the person's ideas were not good.

Fettig said that it was a very good experience to work with Angelo. He said that out of all the people that he knows, he cannot compare anyone to Angelo. He was a one-of-a-kind person.

In conclusion, everybody loved Andy. He respected everyone. Mostly everyone thought that he was a one-of-a-kind person! Everyone misses him. Andy may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.


Dulce, age 13

“He was a very calm and understanding person,'' said Kate Nagengast. Andy Angelo died on July 3rd, 2012. The people who truly cared about him were hurt by his death. Angelo was also a role model who never was selfish. Andy Angelo was a very good man who didn’t care only about himself. Angelo was very careful to protect the people who worked for him and make sure they were treated fairly. Angelo never took credit for the ideas of his workers.

Angelo worked as a journalist at MLive. He worked at the Grand Rapids Press for 25 years, and worked and volunteered in many different things. Andy also helped to establish the Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. He helped make very important decisions. For example, when the Cook Arts Center was built, he helped make decisions. He was very helpful and understanding. 

In conclusion, Andy Angelo was a very important person. He was very well known in the Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities.


Shirley, age 10

Andy Angelo was a very good person but not like an everyday kind of "very good person" here are some reasons why...

Andy Angelo was a leader and board director for GAAH. GAAH is community non-profit organization. A nonprofit doesn't try to get any money. It is a place to help and provide services for people. Every non-profit has one board of directors. For example, Miss Steffanie has a boss that doesn’t have a boss! She has ten bosses and they make decisions together to make the community better and safer.

Andy Angelo would ask people for donations. He would also make ideas on how to raise money.

He also worked at MLive as an editor. One of Angelo's employees, Kate Nagengast, said that he often encouraged her to try things that she was afraid of. Andy Angelo was one of the many people that encouraged other people to try new things and that was very supportive.


Carlos, age 14

“He was always thinking ahead," said Dan Hawkins about Andy Angelo. Andy Angelo was one of the writers for Grand Rapids Press, and he was on the board for Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. Andy worked very hard on his writing to make it good. Andy Angelo was very interested in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood.

Angelo worked for the Press for 25 years. He enjoyed working with other people. He also made life easier. He made sure that everything was taken care of. He had everyone doing the right thing. He would attend every event and help.

In conclusion, Andy Angelo was a great guy. Andy will be missed. Angelo was one of the greatest writers in Grand Rapids.


Edgar, age 10

"He wrote like about 1000 articles," John Barnes described Andy Angelo as a journalist in the Grand Rapids Press. He also worked with the Grand Rapids Press for about 25 years. For those years, Angelo was Barnes' boss. He was a metro editor. That means he helps reporters gather stories, gather information, give them directions, and give them some tips and advice. Angelo got involved with the Grand Rapids Press because his father was a very prominent editor at The Detroit News. Angelo was born into a journalistic family on the east side of Michigan.

Although Angelo retired in the early summer, he was a really hard working and tireless reporter. Angelo inspired many people to be a reporter. He and his wife were involved in many community issues, particularly Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. He volunteered a lot in GAAH, The Cook Arts Center, and The Cook Library Center. He usually helped in those two academies.

In conclusion, Andy will be missed a lot in Grand Rapids Press, MLive, and the GAAH. Also he changed from a starting reporter to a very good reporter. He will never be forgotten in people’s minds.


Antonio, age 12

“He wanted you to call the shots,” said Todd Fettig. Andy Angelo has helped the Cook Arts Center also the Cook Library. He risked his own health to take out a poison ivy plant behind the Library Center by getting one of his worst cases of poison ivy.

He was never a bossy person in general.

“In some ways he gave up a lot of control because he built a level of trust, you know he could trust you,” said Fettig. He was a very good boss; he never took credit for one simple idea by one of his workers. He always found a way to make everyone satisfied. A person or boss like him was very rare. Todd Fettig said, “to be honest it was an honor to work for him.” In some ways he could be a friend while having his position as the boss at MLive. 

The office at MLive will not be the same as it used to be with Andy Angelo. He has changed MLive in many ways. He has enlightened the spirits of many people in the office he worked in by his saying, “collaboration was really important.” Andy Angelo “worried about others more than himself.” 

In conclusion, he was one of the most loved people in the Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities. He always helped others. Anyone should be lucky to have a boss like him.


Ignacio, age 13

Andy Angelo was a very unique person who has done so much for the Grand Rapids community. Even though he accomplished a lot, he kept very modest. He enjoyed helping the community out. He would know the specialties of the workers and would “pave the way" for the employees. He was someone who liked to help. He was someone who worked at a nonprofit. 

“Andy Angelo was inspiration to many people and I guarantee that he was an inspiration to me,” Dan Hawkins said. His death has devastated the city of Grand Rapids. The citizens of Grand Rapids and even the state of Michigan will never forget him because of his generosity and his supportiveness toward the southwest neighborhood of Grand Rapids.

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