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Ray Barron

   Ray Barron has been writing his column, "Ray Barron's 11 O'Clock News," for the Post-Gazette for many years.
   Born in Boston, Massachusetts as Joseph Barisano, he began using the name Ray Barron at age 16 when he launched his career as a musician and bandleader. He married Marilyn Barretta, former hostess of children's radio and television shows, and has two children, Karen and Robyn, and two grandchildren, Kerry Gordinas and Kyle Waters.
   He is a graduate of Boston English High School and Burdett College, and attended (Military) Civil Affairs School in Shriveham, England, as well as Harvard School of Business, SBANE seminar.
   He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was awarded four Battle Stars as well as other citations.
   As a musician/bandleader he performed at a variety of venues. In the late forties, Ray hosted a weekly jazz show on WVOM Radio Boston and later served as a Talkmaster on WMRE Radio, Boston.
   He has been the subject of many feature stories including an Associated Press feature story, and has been labeled as the Dean of Advertising and the Prince of Public Relations.
   For close to four decades Ray served as President of Barron, Hillman & Mellnick, Inc., of Boston, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency he founded in 1956 (originally named Ray Barron, Inc.). The agency became known as one of New England's leading advertising agencies and received many professional awards for excellence in advertising. Ray was selected by an Ad East magazine poll as one of New England's most creative individuals in advertising.
   Upon selling his advertising agency, he accepted an appointment as public relations director of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
   His documented achievements in advertising, marketing and public relations are dwarfed by his contributions elsewhere. He is a widely read newspaper and magazine columnist, a prolific essayist, television and radio commentator, a lecturer, educator and mentor for many people. He has a 40 years plus history of guest speaking engagements at countless schools and colleges as well as professional and trade organizations.
   Ray has received many awards and citations, including Northeastern University's Speaker of the Year award. He has received recognition in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Who's Who in Advertising, Who's Who in Public Relations, Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets, International Biographical Directory, and Who's Who Among Italian Americans.
   His affiliations, past and present, include Advertising Club of Greater Boston, New England Broadcasting Association, Public Relations Society of America, Italian Americans in Communications, Dante Alighieri Society, North Shore Music Society and Dante University Foundation.
   He served for 14 years on the faculty and board of directors of The New England School of Art and Design, and was selected by Madison Avenue as a Mover & Shaker.
   Often referred to as a Renaissance Man, his creative accomplishments include oil painting, music and writing.