Julius Gius

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Julius Gius (December 31, 1911 – October 18, 1996) was an editor of the Ventura County Star-Free Press. He expanded the paper's circulation during this time. He was also the editorial director for the San Diego-based Scripps Newspapers. He then took over a weekly newspaper in Thousand Oaks, made it a daily and increased its circulation. He retired in 1987.

He was inducted into the California Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1999.[1]

In 1980 he founded the charitable "Bellringer" program, which every Christmas collects donations from the community which is given to local Salvation Army groups to help people in need.[2]

He died in Ventura, California, aged 84, in 1996.


  1. ^ "Julius Gius". California Newspaper Hall of Fame. California Press Association. Retrieved 2008-01-24. [dead link]
  2. ^ Maryanski, Ken (2007-11-22). "Readers get chance to help area needy". Ventura County Star. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-01-24.