Arnold Koch Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror Born in Upper Montclair, NJ, Arnold Koch is as old as Mickey Mouse and the discovery of Pluto (the planet). His first memory is of a doctor slapping him on the back and saying, "It's a boy!". As a youngster, while playing sandlot football in Montclair with "Buzz" Aldrin, he told Buzz, "hit me once again and I'll send you to the moon!" Beginning in college (Colgate), he managed jazz bands as a sideline introducing them on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" (which they won), "Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" and "Chance of A Lifetime". As a U.S. Army draftee, he served as a code interceptor with the Army Security Agency. His career in public relations began with 12 years with the General Electric Company, primarily working with the media during the early years of the space program. Later, he served for 15 years as Executive Vice President, Part Owner,of Newsome & Co., New England's largest independent public relations firm. Prior to retirement, Arnold worked in the Weld Administration for four years as Director of Communications, Executive Office of Elder Affairs. He is a Past President, Publicity Club of New England; Member, Past President, Rotary Club of Boston; Member, Editorial Board, New England Board of Higher Education; Director, Whittier St. Health Center, Roxbury, MA;
and former Chairman, Public Relations Committee, Smaller Business Assoc. of New England. A resident of Melrose since 1965, he has three children and five grandchildren from his first marriage. In 1993, he married Larisa Konchenko, a Russian physician, and adopted her daughter. Arnold's youngest son, Chris, is a film and tv director. He directed "Snow Days" for Paramount and "A Guy Thing" for MGM. TV shows he had directed include, "Modern Family", "Scrubs": and "My Name is Earl". Arnold joined the Silver Stringers in 1999.