Sad news to report. John Bruno, the mad genius behind Brunopinions has died. All of us at the San Gabriel Newspaper Group are truly saddened by his passing. 

He was a lovable newsroom character of a kind that’s becoming fewer and fewer these days. His ilk will likely be extinct in a decade or two as newspapers morph into something completely different than what they are now — or have ever been.
John, who spoke fondly of his youth in Erie, Pa.,  loved the Beatles, the movies and the NFL. 
Rest in Peace.
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  1. Chris "Bud" Moran says:

    I haven’t been able to post replies to BrunOpinions for what must be a couple of years, now. I’m sorry to know that this blog has come to an end. Good man, John! Good Fight!

    And thanks Frank Girardot and Steve Hunt for the fine words.


  2. Kiersten says:

    John is my uncle. His passing has left a hole in my heart. His humor and wit will always be rememberd in my mind. I will miss his funny birthday and Christmas cards and his visits home which were not ofted but special when they happened. I will miss this blog because it was a way to feel close to him even though he was so far. Rest in peace Uncle Johnny, I love you.

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  4. Kati Callahan says:

    My Uncle Johnny was a great man and will be missed by his entire family. I wanted to share some of my favorite memories that I had with my uncle:

    – When I was a little girl I dressed up as a bride and Uncle Johnny wrote a news article about me. I felt famous and loved him very much for making me feel as such!
    – When I was a kid, Uncle Johnny, my brother Kevin, and I formed a “super hero” group. Uncle Johnny’s super hero name was Captain Cucamunga, I was Tanganeka, and Kevin was the Lemon Drop Kid. We had so much fun playing with Uncle Johnny and even 20 years later, Uncle J still signed his birthday and Christmas cards by his super hero name, Captain Cucamunga.
    – Uncle Johnny once almost moved to Colorado. I remember crying and crying and not wanting him to go. I don’t know why he never moved, but he told me that it was because he didn’t want to leave me and my brother. He was a very important person in my childhood.
    – I almost followed in my Uncle’s footsteps. When I was in highschool I took communications classes and loved working on the school news. My senior year I was on the morning announcements. I wanted to be a news anchor, but eventually went down a different career path. I know my Uncle was incredibly proud of me and I looked up to him very much.
    – I visited with my Uncle three times in California. The first time I was with friends and we were to meet my Uncle at Mel’s Diner for lunch one day. We got extremely lost and were two hours late to lunch. Since my Uncle didn’t have a cell phone we couldn’t get ahold of him. We tried calling the restaurant but didn’t have any luck finding him. My friend wanted to give up and go home but I wouldn’t let her, I wanted to see my Uncle! When we finally found the place, there he was waiting for me, even two hours later. He wasn’t mad at all and said he knew I’d show up eventually! The second time I visited was when I had a job interview in Los Angeles. The company I interviewed with put me up in a hotel and Uncle Johnny came down to spend an afternoon with me. The third and last time I saw him out there was when I was in Palm Springs for a work training. He drove up one afternoon and we had lunch at the hotel. It was so nice to see him even just for a few hours on these occasions and I know he loved being able to see me too.
    – My Uncle came to Austin, Texas for my college graduation. It meant so much to me that he wanted to be a part of this moment in my life.
    – Last but not least, the last time I saw my Uncle Johnny was in July 2011. We both spent a week in Erie together at my parents house. The entire family loved having him around. Uncle Johnny wrote a very funny Seinfeld skit and we spent the week rehearsing and filming. Uncle Johnny played Jerry, I played Elaine, and my friend Mike played George. We had so much fun bonding over this skit. I have the finished product on my phone. Uncle Johnny kept asking when I was going to put it on Youtube but I regret to say I never got around to it. In honor of my Uncle, though I will be posting it and when I do I will share the link on this website.

    Rest in Peace Uncle Johnny. I will miss you very much. Thank you for being such a special part of my life and giving me some amazing memories along the way.

    Love always,

    Kati “Tanganeka” Callahan

  5. chuck la kari says:

    i was so saddened to hear of the passing of john. i feel very lucky to have reconnected with john after losing touch for many years.last summer while at marie’s john stopped by to see my brother who put us back in touch. martin and lewis, abbott and costello, rowan and martin all were reunited. john’s humor was 1950’s television madcap stuff. he was his own variety show. we lampooned and parodied before national lampoon or snl. we were the only two members of our beatles knock off group, the pratts, as john said, lbj named us,’those guys sound like a couple of assholes’ for prime time, the pratts were born. all of our writings were only on paper, as were our albums. my favorite lyric of john’s was to a song he wrote called ‘paper world’ which ended..’it’s a paper world, and you my dear are the print’ he coined the phrase ‘bridge of saints’ before itchykoo park came out. copiers..he would scream. this past year was special e-mailing back and forth, catching up, using our own lingo, part beatlesque mixed with clockwork nadsat. john was so looking forward to a summer trip to erie and tried to persuade me into coming. i have so many inside jokes that will always remind me of john. my dad loved john’s impressions, especially ed cat (sullivan) he turned ‘and now’ into a meowww. or jack benny, my dad would say ‘oh, jack’ and john would deadpan ‘now cut that out..’as our droog and humble narrator would say..’what you got back home to play your fuzzy warbles? you got say pitiful, portable picnic player. come with uncle and hear all proper. angels trumpets. viddy well little brother, viddy well. i miss you. carlos

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