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 Ted and son Kevin outside Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.  

Ted Silary has covered high school sports in Philadelphia since December 1975, first for two years for the old Philadelphia Bulletin and since December 1977 for the Philadelphia Daily News.  He specifically covers the city beat, which includes the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac Leagues. 

Ted lived on Rittenhouse Street, in East Germantown, until age 12 and then moved to a small section of Springfield, Montgomery County, called Northwoods. The nearby towns are Oreland and Glenside.  Ted began his writing career while a student at Penn Charter School (class of '69). Each Monday, en route to school, he dropped off weekly wrapups of PC sports activities at the offices of The Germantown Courier. 

While spending two years at Ithaca College, Ted majored in TV-radio, announced several basketball games on the campus radio station and learned from such guest lecturers as "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling.

After transferring to Temple, he began working part-time as a reporter/proofreader at Montgomery Newspapers, in Fort Washington, and he became a full-time staff member in the spring of 1972.

His bosses/mentors in the newspaper business have been Ray Corley, Germantown Courier; Art Wolfe, Montgomery Newspapers; Herb Stutz, Philadelphia Bulletin; and six  men at the Philadelphia Daily News -- executive sports editor Mike Rathet and Pat McLoone and sports editors Gene Quinn, Brian Toolan, Pat McLoone, Caesar Alsop (RIP) and Josh Barnett. Ted wrote about Pat when he played basketball for La Salle High.

Many times through the years, Ted has been given opportunities to "move up" in the business by switching to college or professional beats.  He has politely declined. His feelings on the matter: Why would I give up the best job at this paper? There's nothing more enjoyable than reporting on the triumphs of young people.