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    John Ruddy
    Saturday, June 03, 2023

    DAY NEWSROOM: Copy Desk Chief

    John Ruddy

    Copy Desk Chief

    Phone: (860) 701-4365

    John Ruddy John Ruddy first got into journalism thanks to a college friend, whose enthusiasm for it rubbed off on this “misguided engineering major.” The rest, as they say, is history. In what he calls his “30 big years” of working at The Day, John has worn a few different hats. He started as a clerk, became a town reporter and then a police reporter, before settling in on the copy desk in 1992. Today, he edits stories and designs pages as copy desk chief, writing the occasional history feature for the front page. John has been teaching journalism classes, including news writing and editing, for 12 years at the University of Connecticut. He also has worked on four books about the rich history of this region. His most recent, “When Disaster Strikes: Shipwrecks, Storms and Other Calamities in Southeastern Connecticut,” which he co-wrote with M. Dirk Langeveld, was released in December 2017. His favorite period of research is the early 20th century, a heyday for New London. “Everything seemed very vital then,” he says. Despite his thorough knowledge, years of experience and all the journalism awards under his belt, John is humble. He does, however, have a few pet peeves (“when people say ‘between 4 to 6 p.m.’ – it’s ‘and!’”), as well as a whole list of words he hates (stakeholder and symbiotic top it). A lifelong Waterford resident, John enjoys riding his bike around the area – particularly to Ocean Beach Park. On a typical night in the newsroom, you can often hear this otherwise quiet editor randomly calling out trivia questions or debating the news value of a story. This self-described “big fan of commas” also is a big fan of baseball; he’s patiently waiting for the New York Yankees to win their 28th championship.


    By John Ruddy

    Last month, commercial diver Richard Simon and a team from his company, Shoreline Diving Services, went to a spot off Old Saybrook, and about 200 feet down they made a spectacular discovery: the wreck of a submarine.
    After 79 years, the story of the Groton-built USS Albacore finally has an ending. Wreckage found last year off the coast of Japan has been identified by the Navy as the missing submarine.
    Louise Borden read “Across the Blue Pacific” as part of “Read Across America,” an annual celebration of reading sponsored by the National Education Association.
    New London built its first public housing project only after years of difficulty.
    Jimmy Carter, who a week ago entered hospice care at his Plains, Ga. home at age 98, had a seven-year Navy career, most of which he spent as a submariner. As a result, he had abiding ties to Groton, serving there twice and later visiting often.
    The painted scene at the Garde Arts Center doesn’t look like New London, just a generic cityscape. But on every building is the name of a local business from nearly a century ago.
    Was the sky blue in ancient Greece? That question is more complicated than it sounds. A lot of what we think we know about color seems, well, black and white. But it has...
    Mark Twain supposedly said, “A gentleman is someone who knows how to play the banjo and doesn’t.” That line is as telling as it is funny. In its long history, the banjo...
    You can’t see the whole thing, just some steel beams angling down to the roadway and two large chunks of concrete, suspended midair and obscured by a building. Still, ...
    In 1969, an Electric Boat research ship sank in the Atlantic, and even the survivors didn’t know why.