Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2001

Saying goodbye is never easy

August 2, 2001

Saying goodbye is never easy. Saying goodbye to people you truly care about is next to impossible.

That's why I will not utter those words this Friday when I finish my final week here at The Eudora News.

It's been close to a-year-and-a-half since I signed on with the new owners of The Eudora News. In retrospect, it seems much longer. I have made a lot of friends in those 17 months inside and outside the office. I have learned a lot about the workings of small communities and the value of the relationships that can be found within them.

Next Monday, I begin a new chapter in my life as the director of publications at Baker University. I have mixed feelings about leaving the newspaper business and am certain there will be days I will regret my decision. In the long run, however, I think it is the right thing for me to do. Besides getting a little more sleep on Tuesday nights, my new job will allow me to further my education something I have long wanted to do.

There's no real reason to suck up to management at this point, but I would be remiss if I didn't thank those I have worked for here at the News. I've worked for several newspapers over the past 10 years and can say, without reservation, that this has been the most rewarding and enjoyable job I have had.

Publisher Dan Simon and I may not have always agreed on everything, but he was always willing to discuss whatever differences we had and more often than not willing to strike a compromise. His instinct to put news first is a trait more rare in publishers than many probably know.

I also need to thank those who have worked alongside me here at the News. Each and every one of my co-workers has helped me out at one time or another. A special thank you should go to Theresa Abel, our office manager. The title office manger doesn't come close to describing what she does in a week. I know the newspaper would not be what it is without her.

Finally, I want to thank the people of Eudora who have been a part of this newspaper for the past 17 months. Sometimes we ask a lot of those we cover. I'm always amazed and pleased to find how willing most people are to open and share a part of their lives with us and our readers. I considered it a privilege every time someone invited me into his or her home or place of business.

I had a professor in college who forbid his students from using the term "taking photos." He insisted we were making photos, not taking them. I would have to disagree with him on that one. I believe we do take from those we write about and photograph and, hopefully, we handle it with care and give them something in return.

Most of you are familiar with my successor, Elvyn Jones. Elvyn has been working as a reporter for the News for the past year and was someone I often went to for advice. He is a news man in every sense of the word and will do a terrific job.

Thank you Eudora. It's been fun.

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