Joseph A. Weisberg Papers

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Joseph A. Weisberg Papers

 

Joseph A. Weisberg was born November 14, 1913, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lived there through his high school years, graduating from West Philadelphia High School and attending Drexel Institute. Joseph then moved to Texas where he attended Texas Christian University (Special Courses Division).

Prior to WWII, he was employed by the Fawcett Publishing Company where he created stories about agencies and people involved in the magazine distribution industry. In 1941 he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and was assigned to a public relations position at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas. His responsibility in this position was to prepare stories and related photographs of military and base activities. Associated with the Gulf Coast Training Command, Weisberg’s group was reassigned to Tarrant Air Base (later renamed Carswell Air Force Base) in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1942.

His group was again transferred in 1943 to the newly established B-24 Bomber Training Base at Liberal, Kansas, where he was assigned as a crew member on a B-24. He received an honorable discharge in 1945 and returned to the Fort Worth area where he became an associate with the newly created Johnson Advertising Agency.

A few years later Joseph established his own marketing company. The company prospered; and in 1973, he sold his shares in the company to return to free-lance writing and photo-journalism.

Joseph Weisberg died in March 1983. He was survived by his wife, Gertrude; a son, Michael, a college educator in Claremont, California; and a daughter, Ethel, a social agency health administrator in Phoenix, Arizona.

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