Herb Hadad, AS’59

Herb Hadad began his first co-op job with no enthusiasm. He didn’t want to be a nighttime copy boy at The Boston Globe. In his mind, the job had two big counts against it: It was at night. And it was a dead end.

He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Forty years later, Hadad is looking back on a successful career as a writer. He’s worked in journalism, public relations, speechwriting, penned dozens of well-regarded essays, and is about to publish his first book.

“Co-op,” he says now, “was my runway.”

Before co-op, he had no idea what he was going to do with his life. In fact, he majored in economics. He signed up to learn German.

“I didn’t get wealthy,” he admits. “And I never used German, either. Except once on a trip to Vienna.”

But he did use the writing and reporting skills he learned at the Globe.

“Editors and reporters took me under their wing and taught me how to write, taught me reporting standards, taught me how to comport myself in public,” says Hadad. “And I soaked it all up.” He wound up staying at the Globe for each of his subsequent co-op jobs.

The big Boston daily didn’t hire Hadad at first, but did help him get a job at the Keene (N.H.) Evening Sentinel. The Globe subsequently lured him away, and he worked there for several years as a reporter. He went on to write for the New York Post and the New York Times. He wrote speeches for the founder of Sesame Street. He worked at a big public relations firm, and for the Muskie for President campaign. Now he’s a public affairs officer for the U.S. Department of Justice in New York.

And his memoir — Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family — will soon appear in print.

Nighttime copy boy, a “dead end” job? Far from it. Because of co-op, says Hadad, “I found my future.”