But before publishing software replaced the time-consuming "paste-up" page design process, and before free online advertising websites appeared, the classified section at
He started his 41-year career at the newspaper in the 1950s as a classified advertising clerk, quickly rising to an assistant manager position and then manager in 1972.
He oversaw a staff of eight people (there are six in classified now), but he was a "working manager," out making sales and designing ads and letting the people who worked for him shine.
His way of doing business was "old school," and he was "always a gentleman" said
"That's a good professional. They're in it. They're not just leading from afar. They're in the middle of it and they know how it works. That's how he made people who wanted to advertise do it successfully,"
He remembered that, in 1983 when he bought a Pontiac dealership in
"He showed up at the store and said, 'I'm the rep for the newspaper and I do all the advertising,' and I said, 'Great, you and me are going to get along terrific,' and we developed a great relationship. He was very helpful. ... He'd come in once a week and come by any time you needed anything. He was really a great guy,"
Mulcahy drove the newspaper's automotive ad sales and kept its classified section healthy.
When he retired,
"He was a great guy to work for, always willing to work with the customers and really listen to them," Frawley said. "He always took care of the customer first and made sure we filled their needs."
Frawley, hired by Mulcahy, is rounding out 40 years at the newspaper this August.
Technology has changed, but Mulcahy's kindness and respectful management style -- he reportedly never lost his temper at work -- were timeless, according to those who worked with him.
"He was a great guy, always had a smile on his face. He was very pleasant to everyone, and everyone respected Dick a lot and would always want to know his thoughts," said
"There were times you could tell he was upset, but he never raised his voice. He was a great person to work for," Frawley said.
Mulcahy was in and out of the office, selling accounts himself and designing ads.
"He knew how to do the job and he trusted you to do your job," said Hamell, who started working at the newspaper in 1968, when it was still located downtown.
She remembered they used to take ads on manual typewriter flip-top desks before moving to
Then they made the switch to computers.
"They were great big old gray things," Hamell said.
She remembered Mulcahy had parties at his home twice a year to show appreciation for his employees.
Always friendly, always showing gratitude, he never left without wishing everyone a good night.
"He will be missed by anyone who knew him," Hamell said.
Hamell's comments were echoed by a former colleague,
"You couldn't have asked for a nicer boss," Adams said. "It was just a wonderful time."
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