In 1999, Peter Waldmeir celebrated a half century of work at The Detroit News, where he started as a newsroom copyboy at the age of 17. He briefly left the News to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and returned as a sports writer, a job in which he would excel. Waldmeir was a sports columnist for eight years and became a general columnist in 1972, a position he has held for 28 years. To his readers, Waldmeir is known as one of the papers most popular columnists.
Peter and Patti, say of their fathers work: He is often
outrageous, sometimes extreme, always politically incorrect, and occasionally
excessive. But he is never bland, predictable, or boring
Waldmeirs journalistic journey has had many rewards. He was named Sports Writer of the Year three times by the National Sports Casters and Sports Writers Association. He won the National Headliner Club Sports Writer Award as a general columnist. His work earned him Wayne State University Journalist of the Year and the Detroit Press Club The Best In Michigan Journalism Award.
Waldmeir is also dedicated to helping the community. He supports the Old Newsboys Program, which raises money for disadvantaged children during the holidays. Hes been president of the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund in Detroit for more than a decade, increasing awareness of this program and making a difference in the lives of Detroit youngsters.
Waldmeir pulled together a collection of his Detroit News columns
and put them in a book, Little Beads of Blood.