At a time when local newspapers across America are struggling, Fred Rossi has worked for the same central New Jersey newspaper for 23 years. He’s a lifelong New Jersey resident and student of its history. So, it’s no surprise that his book, Jersey Stories: Stories You May Not Have Heard About People and Places in New Jersey, is rich in the history that helped forge New Jersey and the America we live in today. Even if you’re not a New Jerseyan, you’ll learn a lot from Fred’s book.
“I grew up in New Jersey, born and raised here. I grew up down the shore mostly in Ocean Township, just next to Asbury Park,” he says. “I remember being 10 years old and waking up in the morning and riding my bike to the Krauser’s convenience store by myself to get the newspaper. Read the sports section probably for the first year or two and then I slowly expanded. But I think 1976 was when I really became a news and history addict with the presidential campaign and then I just I got into it.”
New Jersey history is our nation’s history, as you’ll see when you get your copy of Fred’s book. It won’t hurt, really. Here’s my conversation with Fred, covering past and present news in the Garden State: