Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2000

A goodbye from the heart

December 21, 2000

Saying goodbye has never been easy for me.

I've always been the type who, rather than subject myself or others to an uncomfortable, awkward farewell, would simply give a quick so long and head out the door, promising to see everyone soon.

More often than not, I knew I would break my promise. I knew we knew we would never see each other again.

But, in an attempt to make the goodbyes go more smoothly, I lied.

Today, I can honestly say that this isn't a goodbye.

This is officially my last edition as editor of The Eudora News, but I will be nearby, operating in a different capacity.

It's been 43 weeks since we arrived in this community.

We've come out with 43 issues, most of which I am proud to have contributed to. We promised from Day One we would give Eudora a paper of which it could be proud and I think we delivered. More important, we will continue to deliver in the same fashion.

The News has become a voice for the community. Whether you agree with what the voice is saying, it can't be denied that we have had an impact on your community.

For that, I am proud.

We have taken the hard work and dedication of Bert and Vickie Hull and brought it to a new level. The Eudora News is one of the top weekly newspapers in the state and anyone who cares to argue that point is wasting his or her time and breath.

I have been presented with some new opportunities in journalism. I will be writing for a number of papers and every now and then don't be surprised to see my by-line or mug shot peeking out at you from the afternoon mail.

Many community members know my replacement Jackie Hosey, who will continue to do what we started 43 weeks ago.

Forty-three weeks ago, I never thought I would say this, but I have come to love Eudora and its people, who, with time, have extended the hand of friendship to me. I will miss being a part of the daily goings on in this town, which has a future so bright..

But, like I said, I am not going away.

Still, I would be remiss if I didn't thank and acknowledge some people before leaving. These are the people who made an impact on my life over the last 43 weeks. It's important to me that they know how I feel:

Dan Simon. My boss and golf partner, who allowed me the ultimate journalistic privilege: editorial control and unconditional support. No editor can ask for more from a publisher.

Theresa Abel. My other boss. No one has done more to make me realize what a special city Eudora is. She is a true ambassador to this city and The Eudora News would not be the paper it is without her.

My staff. Thanks for always working hard and for coming through most of the time.

Tom Pyle. I was never a jerky lover until I tried yours. Thanks for showing some trust in me last June. Thanks for making Eudora a better place.

Brooke O'Grady. The most courageous teen-ager I've ever met. I will always remember that wonderful night last June at Laws Field.

Roger and the entire Fulks family. I think some weeks it would take the entire clan to clear the area around my desk.

Rod Moyer, Dale Sample and Marty Kobza. Classy men (even Rod, my sparring partner). The way their schools are run are shining examples of their character.

The aerobics class next door especially the two Julies who always cruised past the office with a friendly wave and smile.

Joe Pyle and Mark Chrislip. The voices of reason on the school board. Thanks for understanding our task and not impeding it.

Aaron Barnett. The shining star of young football coaches in Eastern Kansas. He is building a solid program at Eudora High that will endure for many years to come.

Ashley, Shonna, Jenny, Hannah and Wendi. Our high school correspondents who stole our candy, constantly made me laugh and took a lot of pride in what they do for The Eudora News.

And, finally, thanks to you, the reader, for letting me into your houses. We didn't always agree, but most times we had fun.

God bless.

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