Aldine R. Bird, 87, was reporter, editor


Aldine R. Bird, 87, retired special events editor for the News American, died Saturday in Norristown, Pa., of pneumonia.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Szpindor funeral establishment in Trooper, Pa.

Mr. Bird, who lived in Oaks, Pa., retired in 1978 after more than 40 years of service with the paper, which included stints as radio and television editor and as the author of the "Mr. Fix It" column, in which he tried to help readers with problems.

He started working for the paper in the late 1920s as a Teletype operator who contributed stories to the Hearst chain's Sunday supplement, the American Weekly. He became a reporter in 1933.

In the early 1940s, he organized the first "I am an American" day parade for the paper, a job he continued until his retirement.

He also organized shows at nearby military bases and later was active as a supporter of veterans groups. In 1974, veterans organizations in the Baltimore area held a dinner in his honor.

His wife, the former Jennie L. Berry, died in 1980.

Survivors include a son, Richard Bird of Oaks; a daughter, Elinor Riede of Searcy, Ark.; a brother, Joseph Bird of Biddeford; a sister, Sue Gowan of Maitland, Fla., three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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