Passionate Newspaper Editor Passes On at 85

Albert Eisele | C-SPAN.org

If you ever read C-Span or The Hill, you may be familiar with the name Albert Eisele. For over 40 years, Eisele has been editing for various journals and articles, mentoring entry level editors as well. Just recently, however, this seemingly endless editor has passed on from unknown causes, his death being announced by his son-in-law Patrick Seitz.

Eisele had quite a remarkable and inspirational history in both the military and writing department. After graduating from St. John’s University in 1958, he had served as a commissioned U.S Army member, all while pursuing a career in baseball. A few years later, he was a pitcher for the Cleavand Indians organization and, while he remained an avid fan of baseball, Eisele decided to pursue a career in journalism.

In 1965, Eisele worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch as well as the Washington Bureau of Ridder papers. There, he had collaborated with Hubert Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy, who had then become Vice President and Senator, respectively. After ascertaining their political status, Eisele had published a biography of Humphrey and McCarthy entitled “Almost to the Presidency” a biography of which had sold almost 400,000 copies.

From 1983 to 1989, Eisele had served as a CEO assistant to the Control Data Corporation. During his time, he helped establish the Cornerstone Associates, which is an international consulting firm especially for Immigration Services. According to reporter Alexander Bolten, The Cornerstone Associates “were best known for bringing former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to Minnesota in early 1990”.

His biggest accomplishment, of course, was aiding in the establishment of The Hill newspaper. As such, he had written for The Hill’s “Under the Dome” gossip section which were known for its humorous anecdotes based on White House studies, especially during State of the Union Addresses. He had also written casual but accurate restaurant reviews for The Hill and was overall known for his unique stories such as former President George W. Bush’s 2005 military trip to Iraq to thwart an escape tactic from Camp Bucca.

After such an incredible resume, Eisele had unfortunately passed on The Kensington Living Facility on Tuesday. His legacy, however, is far from dead and provides much inspiration for writers and politicians alike. His coworker Bob Cusack speaks out, “I can’t tell you how many lawmakers asked about him over the years. He was a mentor to so many journalists and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. We will all miss Al”.

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