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;
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.