John Mulligan was once described as a human search engine because of his encyclopedic knowledge of everything about New York City news stories, the FDNY, burlesque one-liners, and above all else, the Inner Circle he loved so much. But John was much more than a database; his vast recall was complemented by an elfin charm and a personal aim to spread laughter.
We all knew that. What we may not have known was that John’s hometown was Saugerties (and Forest Hills), NY, that he served in the Army in Europe during World War II, was a Fordham U grad, taught history, was one of the AP’s best reporters, was proficient in Italian, the tireless former spokesperson (deputy commissioner) for the FDNY, and a volunteer firefighter as well. He was a former president and, until his passing, a governor of the New York Press Club.
John was 91 when he died Oct. 3, 2015. Click John's photo or this item's headline to reach the Inner Circle website to see more about the remarkable life of John Mulligan and read the accolades pouring in from friends and former colleagues.