05/17/2016 10:34AM

Gene Stevens, Post Time USA publisher, dead at 81

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Gene Stevens, the publisher of the Florida-based Post Time USA for nearly four decades, died on May 13 at his home in Miami, according to accounts from friends. Stevens, who had diabetes, was 81.

Born in Brooklyn, Stevens founded Post Time USA in 1973 with several partners. The publication, which was shuttered in 2010, typically contained several stories and columns on horse racing topics and sometimes hundreds of color photographs of personalities from the racing, show business, and political spheres.

Stevens, who typically wore expensive, sometimes garish suits, was continually trailed by a photographer for Post Time USA as he made the rounds at racetracks and racing functions. He usually appeared in the photographs of celebrities that were published in Post Time USA.

Nevertheless, in its heyday Post Time USA featured columns and articles from numerous Eclipse Award-winning writers, and it also contained a long-running column from the consumer advocate and sometimes political candidate Ralph Nader.

“Gene Stevens won’t soon be forgotten by the racing community,” wrote Bernie Dickman, a former editor of Post Time USA, in a column about Stevens’s death. “He created something unique because he was unique himself. Gene was the Barnum and Bailey of racing, and the sport will never see another like him.”

P.a. Anthony Di Cocco More than 1 year ago
I used to look forward to the photos in Post Time USA and will never forget the one issue when I made it in. Gene was South Florida Horse Racing. RIP: Breezin with Gino!!!
Dorothy M Jones More than 1 year ago
Rip Gene, God Bless You
Barbara Livingston More than 1 year ago
Gene was always good to me, and what a great racetrack character he was.  I'll sure miss him.
Steve Wise More than 1 year ago
Bernie was right about Gene, it didn.t matter what Track,what Big Race Gene was always in a Picture with the Winning Owners,Trainers Jockeys and sometimes with the Losers!!!.....I think that is why His Paper was so sucessfull...I use to like counting the pictues,just to see how many Gene was in!!!....Most of the time it was almost all of them!!.....Hialeah isn't what it used to be, Calder is gone,The Donn's are gone,now Gene is gone....South Florida Racing will Never be the same!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad news, RIP Gene.