Book highlights 50 years of Wheeling photojournalism

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Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register photo
Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register photo

WHEELING, W.Va. — Any fan of the history, beauty and life of the Ohio Valley will enjoy the walk down memory lane offered in our new, hard-bound book, “Through the Lens.”

The 128-page book, which has been shipped and is now available for pick-up at The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, 1500 Main St. in Wheeling, couldn’t have come out any better. The book’s cost is $39.95, and would make the perfect holiday gift for a friend or relative.

“Through the Lens” highlights the excellence of veteran photojournalists P. Andrew Lloyd, Art Limann and Scott McCloskey, whose photographs have graced the pages of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register and The Times Leader for the past 50 years.

Several hundred color and black and white pictures, ranging from stars on the stage at the Capitol Music Hall such as Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and Loretta Lynn to iconic machines such as the Silver Spade, are featured. The area’s disasters — Wegee Creek, Hurricane Ivan, the Imperial Display fire — also are documented, as are numerous feature photographs of youngsters doing interesting things.

There also are several pages of presidents’ and presidential candidates’ visits to the area, including this summer’s stop in St. Clairsville by President-elect Donald Trump. President George W. Bush has his two stops in Wheeling well-documented over several pages, as does President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Several months of work by our editors and photographers went into the book’s production, and the end result is something that’s sure to be a talking point at holiday parties this season.

“We couldn’t be happier with how ‘Through the Lens’ turned out, and those who have seen it since it arrived in our office all agree that it’s a hit,” said Managing Editor John McCabe, who oversaw the book’s production. “The best part of the whole process was being able to step back in time with Mr. Lloyd, Mr. Limann and Mr. McCloskey and hear the stories and memories behind the photos, to witness firsthand their passion for their life’s work. What an experience that was, and it’s such a privilege to be allowed to share in that.”

Design Editor Phyllis R. Sigal handled the book’s design. She, too, said she was awed by the experience.

“What a walk down memory lane! There is so much history in this book, and so many great photos — celebrities, presidential candidates, the faces of children and coal miners, floods, fires, nature and so much more,” she said. “It was a pleasure and a privilege to showcase the work of these three talented photographers in ‘Through the Lens.’”

McCloskey, one of the top photographers in the tri-state area, touched on the emotional aspect of his job.

“As a photojournalist, I’ve always felt a tremendous responsibility and honor to cover and document news, features and sports around the Ohio Valley through the lens of my camera. While organizing the photos for the book it certainly brought back emotions from covering the many highs and lows this valley has endured over the past few decades.”

Books also can be ordered online by visiting our website, theintelligencer.net, and clicking on the “Through the Lens” link on the right-hand side of the page.

For additional information, call McCabe at 304-233-0100, ext. 200.

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