The Riograndense Press Association (ARI) launches this Wednesday (29) a Virtual Memorial with biographies of deceased journalists from Rio Grande do Sul and also of professionals born in other states who have worked in Rio Grande do Sul or contributed to Rio Grande do Sul journalism.
The new space hosted on the ARI website and social networks will be open to contributions from journalists who want to contribute to the biography of the honorees with personal testimonies, information and comments about their trajectories.
The launch of the Memorial will be part of the tribute that the family and friends of journalist Walter Galvani will pay him in a face-to-face meeting at the Association’s headquarters, on the occasion of the first year of his death, Wednesday, at 7 pm. On the occasion, texts from chronicles and books by the journalist will be read.
Galvani passed away in 2021, when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its height. On that occasion, it was only possible to hold a closed, two-hour wake for family members, which was little for a journalist with more than 60 years of activities.
In addition to journalism, an activity that he carried out as a mission, reaching all positions – from reporter to director of various communication vehicles – Walter Galvani was always involved with culture and his city. He was a writer who won numerous awards, was patron of the 49th Porto Alegre Book Fair, occupied Chair 25 of the Riograndense Academy of Letters, was president of the Associação dos Amigos do Teatro São Pedro, president and member of the State Council of Culture and, still, a journalist who, through his “pen” or “verve”, defended the maintenance of the Public Market – whose building was about to be torn down with the aim of making way for an avenue, this in 1972.
The event “Walter Galvani, for his friends”, will be held at the ARI’s Salão Nobre, at Av. Borges de Medeiros, 915 – 8th floor in person, broadcast on Facebook from ARI.
A little bit of Walter Galvani
Born in Canoas/RS on May 6, 1934, he studied at Centro Educacional La Salle, in the same city, where he edited La Salle’s internal newspaper, “Ecos de São Luiz”. Then he worked in the newspaper Expressão, Correio do Povo, Folha da Tarde Folha da Tarde Esportiva, Folha da Manhã, O Momento, O Timoneiro, Jornal da Semana, Diário de Canoas, ABC Domingo, Jornal da Semana, Revista do Globo, Rua Grande magazine. (from São Leopoldo) and Pampa radios, and Guaíba radio. He also worked at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUCRS) and wrote articles for dozens of newspapers throughout RS and Brazil. He worked at Empresa Jornalística Caldas Junior (Correio do povo, Folha da Manhã, Folha da Tarde and Rádio Guaíba) for over 50 years.
His literary work was extensive, covered a little of everything, from pure literature, to history, whether conquests, wars and their harmful consequences. Some highlights: A Noite do Quebra-Quebra, a book in which the author shows the barbarism to which Italian and German immigrants who had trade in the city of Canoas/1942 were subjected, whose stores were destroyed with stones, bricks, in repudiation of Nazism, almost a replica of Crystal Night, in Germany and Austria/1938, where shops and other Jewish establishments were destroyed by Nazi sympathizers or Hitler’s police!
In Nau Capitânia, he embarked on the path of the navigators in 1500, reestablished Cabral’s biography, and was awarded the honor A Casa de Las Américas. The most important gaucho revolution gained a version based on reality, in A Difficult Convivência de Porto Alegre with the Farrapos, true writings as history shows, but which earned him some unpleasantness, on the part of staunch Farroupilhas. Galvani also didn’t cower and wrote Um Século de Poder – Os Bastidores da Caldas Júnior and the very special Olha a Folha, dealing with this afternoon that recorded the life and history of Porto Alegre.
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Editing: Katia Marko