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Gallos, John P.

Age 82

Of Minneapolis





Passed away November 15, 2005 from complications of diabetes. For 46 years he was a versatile WCCO Television personality, and for 20 of those years he entertained thousands of Baby Boomers as Commodore Cappy and Clancy the Cop. He was known to children and adults alike as producer/host of the "Laurel and Hardy Show." He also produced and hosted "Sunday Morning with John Gallos," a talk show dealing with important social, political and economic issues, with emphasis on religion, which aired on Channel 4 for 31 years. In 1965 John became the first television journalist to be named a fellow of the National Religious Public Relations Council, for excellence in the reporting of religion on WCCO TV. In 1984 John was given the Silver Angel award bestowed by the Religion in Media organization in Los Angeles in recognition of John's program reviewing the Sixth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver. John was voted "most likely to succeed" by his graduating class at North High School, Minneapolis, in June 1940. During World War II, John served with the United States Army in Europe and received the combat infantry badge for service with the 66th Black Panther Division in France, moving into Germany on V.E. Day. He later served as staff announcer with the Armed Forces Radio Network in Vienna, Austria, providing information and entertainment for American troops stationed there. John graduated from Macalester College in January, 1949 with a degree in journalism. For two years he was staff announcer and promotion director for KYSM Radio in Mankato, Minnesota. John joined the television staff of WCCO TV, Channel 4, Minneapolis in November 1950. In those early years and through the 1960's he had a variety of assignments: newscaster, weatherman, sportscaster, program emcee and talk show host. John was preceded in death by his dear brother, the Reverend George P. Gallos. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 54 years, Christine; son, Steve; and daughter, Nancy, of Minneapolis; sisters Mary Gallos of Plymouth and Penny (Tom) Poulos of South Bend, Indiana; sister-in-law Anna Gallos of Maryland; and many loving in-laws, nieces and nephews. Visitation Monday, 5-7PM with Trisagion Service at 7PM, MORRIS NILSEN FUNERAL CHAPEL, 6527 Portland Ave. S., Richfield. Funeral Service Tuesday, 1PM at SAINT MARY'S GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 3450 Irivng Ave. S., Minneapolis. Memorials preferred to Saint Mary's Greek Orthodox Church or Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226

Published in Pioneer Press from Nov. 19 to Nov. 21, 2005
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