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Jack Elliott Schapiro was a Star-Ledger reporter, editor and columnist for nearly 40 years.

Star-Ledger editor, longtime columnist, dies

His column ran for every Sunday for nearly 39 years

By David Wildstein, December 02 2018 10:10 am

Jack Elliott Schapiro, a highly-respected journalist whose column appeared in the Sunday Star-Ledger for nearly 39 years, passed away on November 20.  He was 94.

Written under the name Jack Elliott, Schapiro’s “Wings Over Jersey” column on aviation ran in the Star-Ledger from June 9, 1963 through December 30, 2001.  It was the longest-running aviation column in any daily newspaper.

Schapiro started out as a reporter for the Long Island Press before moving to the Star-Ledger.  Eventually he became the Sunday editor.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

His book, “Adventures in Flying,” a compilation of his best columns, was published ten years ago.  After leaving the Star-Ledger, he had a second career in aviation public relations. Schapiro also held a commercial pilot’s license.  

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Despite his lengthy service, the Star-Ledger did not run a news story on Schapiro’s passing, other than the death notice the Schapiro family paid for.

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