Doug Barclay, the ‘Kingmaker’
Cover story of Oswego County Business, December 2003 / January 2004 issue, focusing on the appointment of Doug Barclay as ambassador to El Savador.

Doug Barclay, the ‘Kingmaker’

By Bruce Frassinelli bfrassinelli@ptd.net ‘Doug Barclay was one of the few politicians whom I have encountered during my 60 years in the business that understands how journalists and the news media operate.’ When the vice president of Thomson Newspapers Inc. offered me the job of publisher of The Palladium-Times in Oswego, I wasn’t even sure where Oswego was located. I looked at a map of New York state. I spotted “Owego,” and at first thought that the mapmakers had misspelled the name of the community. But this place was west of Binghamton, and I was told that “Oswego” was right on Lake Ontario. I had never been the publisher of a newspaper. I was leaving the job of general manager of my newspaper in Easton, Pennsylvania, a position to which I had been promoted just three months earlier after having risen to editor. I knew that this would be a steep learning curve to understand how the community worked and who the movers and shakers were. In addition to a two-week walking tour of the streets of Oswego and Fulton to introduce myself, I was compiling a dossier of key people to seek out so I could get their perspectives

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