Columnist Bob Shryock of the South Jersey Times will be signing copies of his book "It's Shryock, not Shyrock" at the Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) Library on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Noted for his witty and touching columns on a wide variety of topics and people, Shryock's book is a diverse collection of his career writings. Most proud of the book's balance of subject matter, Shryock's desire is to make his readers both laugh and cry.
"I have written approximately 11,500 columns over the course of my career," said Shyrock. "For years, family and friends prodded me to write a collection of favorite columns."
Beginning his journalism career at the tender age of 11 as a golf writer on the Waynesboro, Pa. Record Herald, Shryock continued covering sports at the Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y. from 1959-1960 and later for the Binghamton Evening Press before leaving to become the sports editor for the Woodbury Daily Times in 1964, and later its managing editor in 1968. After leaving for a stint at the Courier Post, in 1980 he returned to the Woodbury Daily Times (later the Gloucester County Times and South Jersey Times) as a columnist. Shryock has received numerous New Jersey Press Association column writing awards including five first-place honors, the most recent in 2012.
In addition to his newspaper career, Shryock has also worked as a Cable Channel 5 sportscaster and talk show host for 24 years, as the public relations assistant at Gloucester County College (now Rowan College at Gloucester County) from 1980-1985 and assistant manager at the Pitman Golf Course from the mid-1990s until 2012.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.