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Arthur David ‘Cookie’ Postal, financial journalist at the News American, dies

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Arthur David Postal, the financial editor of the old News American who had a lengthy career in business journalism, died of multiple organ failure Nov. 22 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Pikesville resident was 82.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, he was the son of Reuben Postal, a shoe seller, and Thelma Postal. His parents separate when he was young and he was raised by his father and grandparents in suburban Washington, D.C.

“My father was a curious child and he had a reputation of being the family gossip,” said his son, Steven Postal. “An uncle suggested that he explore journalism as a profession.”

Mr. Postal attended Montgomery Blair High School and later earned a GED. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and was the sports editor of the school newspaper, The Diamondback. He put himself through school selling shoes at the old Hahn’s stores.

In the early 1970s, he was a reporter for the old Washington Daily News and later worked on the Frederick News-Post and the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York.

Mr. Postal met his future wife, Regina Ossen, on a blind date in late 1973. She lived in Randallstown and he got lost trying to find her home. They married in 1974 and he thereafter called her “the warden.”

In the middle 1970s, he joined the old Hearst afternoon daily, The News American.

He initially covered Baltimore County news. Mr. Postal worked closely with then Baltimore County Executive Ted Venetoulis and school superintendent Robert Y. “Bob” Dubel.

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