Hoboken author, Arturo O. Martinez passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016.
His obituary in the Star Ledger reported:
Born in Rio Grande City, Texas, he was a graduate of Rio Grande City High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1959. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arturo spent more than 40 years in journalism-as a reporter, editor, critic and columnist. Prior to joining the staff of The Star-Ledger in New Jersey in 1968, he was a reporter for The Alamo Messenger in San Antonio and The Lafayette Advertiser in Louisiana. During three decades at The Star-Ledger, he held a variety of posts, including Entertainment and Features Editor for 20 years prior to his retirement in 1998. He continued to write a column on Latino arts and entertainment until 2003. While entertainment editor, Martinez served as a voter for Broadway's annual Tony Awards, a position he held for almost 18 years. His interest in the theater continued into his retirement; two of his one-act plays were produced in Hoboken. Also in his retirement, he wrote "Pedrito's World," a fictive memoir based on his recollections and family stories from South Texas. The book, published by Texas Tech University Press, received an award from the Texas Institute of Letters. A sequel was published in December. - See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/jerseyjournal/obituary.aspx?n=arturo-o-martinez&pid=179818008&fhid=17066#sthash.uULmkjaN.dpuf
Martinez had given a reading from his acclaimed memoir, Pedrito's World,(Juv. M3852p) at New Jersey City University in February, 2008.