Tony Mastroianni Review Collection

Mastroianni Is Drama Critic With Wootten as Art Editor

Cleveland Press January 24, 1967

Tony Mastroianni was appointed today as Press drama critic by Editor Tom Boardman.

He succeeds the late Stan Anderson with whom he had been associated on the drama beat for five years. Mastroianni will continue as entertainment editor, a post he has held since he joined the department in 1962.

Dick Wootten, who has been assisting Mastroianni for nearly a year, becomes art editor and assumes charge of the Weekend Page which appears in The Press each Saturday.

Wootten also will assist Frank Hruby in covering music.

Mastroianni, 38, came to The Press as a copy boy in 1950. He is a graduate of Collinwood High School and Western Reserve University.

After 21 months in the Army, nine of which he served in Korea, Mastroianni joined The Press Public Service Bureau, after which he became a reporter.

He and his wife Nancy have four children, Tony, 9; Douglas, 7; Roger, 5, and Steven 2. They live at 4242 Bluestone Rd. South Euclid.

Wootten 32, was with United Press before joining The Press in the fall of 1956. His general assignment and police beat reporting was interrupted by two years' service in the Army.

Upon his return to The Press, he served another year on the police beat, then was assigned to the suburban pages.

Wootten attended high school at Columbus North and graduated in 1956 from the Ohio State University School of Journalism. He captained the Lacross team at OSU. He is a pianist.

Wootten and his wife Patricia are the parents of nine-year-old Claude and eight-year-old twins Elizabeth and Julie.

Their home is at 6105 Vandalia Ave.