It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my former editor-in-chief, Lou Parajos. He was a wonderful match for me because since The Couriers were founded in 1985 I have had, on and off, a Daily News man as my editor. Lou was the best of the best.
A mutual friend, Jim Rodgers, had known Lou for years and bumped into me on Bell Boulevard and asked if I needed an editor. It seems that since Lou had retired from his years as managing editor of the Daily News he was home a lot. His wife Carol had said (not in these exact words), “I married you for better or worse, but not for lunch” and so he was willing to talk to me about going back to work at our newspapers.
Lou was a big man both physically and personally. When we met it was instant love. I offered him a second career and he began almost immediately after we met. I loved and respected his knowledge and experience and he never let me down. He led us to our next level of excellence.
I’m a big believer that a leader is only as good as the people around him, and sure enough Lou put together a top notch team. In fact our present editor-in-chief, Toni Cimino, was his protege and I know she makes him proud.
During Lou’s tenure, through his talent and knowledge, he led and trained our reporting staff, resulting in our earning many professional awards from our peers at the New York State Press Association.
But most importantly, as Jack Valenti said about Lyndon B. Johnson, “I sleep better at night knowing you sit as our president.” So I felt when Lou was my leader. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.