Guy Named 'Joe'
The Story of Joe Wiezycki
Born and raised in Chicago, Joe Wiezycki was one of four brothers and second-generation American stock. His
grandparents had come to the United States from the Ukraine and passed through
immigration at Ellis
Island in 1900,
eventually settling in Chicago where Joe's father was born.
stocky, Joe was a right guard on his high school football team and a
Golden Gloves boxer. Joe married
his high school sweetheart Shirley and started a family that resulted in son Larry and daughter Pam. Larry
Wiezycki remembers him as an ideal father. "Joe was a great Dad.
He was very active in Boy Scouts with me; he actually went on hikes and
things and always did everything he
was supposed to do. He never
let me down."
To support his family, Joe took a job as a bellhop at
Chicago's Congress Hotel. Dealing
with the public on such a close, daily basis helped the friendly-faced Joe hone
his people skills, which would put him on good footing when interacting with the
many creative people he would later work with at WTVT.