Lou Sanders, the founder of the Mineola American weekly newspaper and a World War II veteran, died Friday, his family said. He was 94.
Sanders launched the community paper with his wife, Grace, in 1952 and continued to write his column, “Around Town with Lou,” after his retirement five years ago.
“He was one of those generations of men that helped build the community into what it is today,” said a son, Thomas Sanders of New Hyde Park.
Lou Sanders was born in the St. Albans neighborhood of Queens and was drafted into the Army during World War II. He served four years in Europe as a combat engineer.
After the war, Sanders earned a journalism degree from New York University and married his wife of 68 years. He worked for several weekly papers and the Binghamton Press, a daily.
The couple moved to Long Island to start the Mineola American. They ran the paper for 40 years, with Grace working as business manager.
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