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Joe Pollack, Longtime Critic, Passes Away

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ST. LOUIS, MO.(KMOX)-Hall of Fame Journalist and author Joe Pollack has died.  Pollack was best-known as a theater, film and restaurant critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch but longtime friend and employer Ray Hartman co-owner of St. Louis Magazine says Pollack’s legacy runs through several areas including his ten years as the public relations director for the football Cardinals.

Hartman says Pollack will be remembered fondly for his work at St. Louis Globe Democrat before that, and his great career at the Post as movie and restaurant critic.  “And then we’d like to think he’s made quite a mark for us for many years at St Louis Magazine.”   Pollack also authored several books detailing St. Louis restaurants and was a blogger.

Hartman says it’s ironic that Pollack was called a critic saying when you think of critics you think of cantankerous people but he says Pollack was always such a nice man and an upbeat guy. “It’s a loss for St. Louis.”

When asked which Pollack loved more, “food, theater, film or his wife Ann Lemon,”  Hartman answered,  “I’m know he loved Ann a lot but he also loved food.”

Colleague Bill McClellan tells KMOX News that he was surprised to hear about Pollack’s death.  “I just saw him a couple of weeks ago at our annual labor awards dinner. He recieved the “John McGuire lifetime Achievement Award” and I presented it to him.  He seemed to be in good health and good spirits.”

McClellan says he was pleasantly surprised to learn when he came to St. Louis in 1980 that that Pollack, who he called, “Mr. ‘Everything” was a good fellow and a leader in the union.”

Pollack was a lifelong union activist and former six-year president of the St. Louis Newspaper Guild.

“Joe’s death is the passing of an era.”  he says.  “He represented the paper during his tenure.  He was one of the people who was larger than life.”

The 81-year-old reportedly suffered a sudden heart attack or stroke.

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