Best known for his involvement in the newspaper world is Stan Huskey. Let’s go back to after his college years at the University of Tennessee in his home state. Stan moved to New Orleans where he opened a sandwich shop, The Gourmet Deli, for three years. The shop featured Southern comfort foods and local favorites.
In 1994 he came north and became a correspondent for the Daily Local News in West Chester. Two years later, he moved onto The Times Herald in Norristown as a crime reporter, moving up to city editor in 1999.
We met when Stan became the editor of The Phoenix in 2000. I had already been writing my weekly column for The Phoenix, which was a daily publication back then, for four years.
Our contact was over the phone and we actually did not meet in person for quite a long time. I remember telling Stan that he sounded much shorter on the phone than he was.
In 2002, he returned to The Times Herald as its editor for the next 11 years. After that, he became Regional Content Director for Digital First Media, owner of all of the above-mentioned newspapers (and many more.)
In 2016, Stan became Senior Editor for Digital First Media overseeing all of the company's newspapers in the Philadelphia cluster, including The Times Herald, The Mercury, The Daily Local News, The Delaware County Daily Times, The Reporter, The Phoenix Reporter & Item, which had become a weekly publication, and The Trentonian in New Jeresy.
On the home front, Stan met Sue Woodie in 1997. When they married, they established a blended family. They each had three children. Today there are three grandchildren.
Earlier this year along with his son, Eric, they launched Huskey Digital Media. This has a focus on website building and development along with newsletter publishing.
In 2017, Stan became a consultant and vice president of Government Affairs for the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. Currently, the zoo is celebrating its 95th anniversary and already looking forward to their 100th anniversary in 2024.
Stan still likes to cook — especially gumbo and foods of the South. Along with this favorite of the Huskey family.
Garlicky Baked Shrimp
1 lb. raw shrimp, deveined and peeled
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp. white wine
salt and pepper
1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) melted butter
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. fresh Italian-leaf parsley, chopped
half of a lemon (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine the shrimp, garlic, and wine. Stir to combine, then pour into a baking dish. Spread out evenly, and then season with salt and pepper. Combine Panko and parsley, sprinkle the mixture evenly in the baking dish over the shrimp. Pour melted butter over mixture. Transfer dish to oven and bake until the shrimp are pink and opaque, about 15-18 minutes. Serve with pasta or rice for 2 to 4 servings.
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