Thursday, July 7, 2011
Close to Nowhere
Eighty-three years! Wow!
Friday, we here at The South Reporter enjoyed lunch in honor of editor and publisher Barry Burleson’s 10th year here.
Barry brought different ideas to the newspaper. Former editor Walter Webb, whom we all loved, had his own style and Barbara and I especially were worried about a “new” editor.
Ten years later, we’ve broken Barry in nicely. He still can’t cook, but we know his favorite foods -- seafood, homemade banana pudding and, most importantly, deviled eggs!
Of course, we look for any excuse to eat lunch up here, as everyone (except Barry) is a great cook.
Not only do we love to eat up here, we enjoy really good food!
Barry and Pam are still the “newcomers.” They’ve “only” been here 10 years. And Barry used to be famous for saying they only stayed at one place for two-three years at a time. Hah!
Once you’ve worked at The South Reporter, it’s hard to get away.
Barbara has been here the longest. She graduated from high school and started working here that same day, in May, 1979.
I come next. I’ve been here 25 years. The first time I walked in here, Barbara and I had a shock. We had on matching dresses!
My neighbor Carolyn comes next. After I’d been here at the paper perhaps a month or so, Walter asked all of us if we knew anyone who was reliable and would work on Tuesday and Wednesday.
I guess Carolyn’s reliable -- she’s only missed a few days in her 25 years working here.
Beth came to The South Reporter via the Marshall Messenger in April, 1988. When The South Reporter bought the Messenger, we got Beth also, along with our first MacIntosh computers.
After Beth’s second son was born, she stayed at home a few years and came back to us in 2000. She’s been here 16.5 years.
Nobody knows how long Claude has been here, except Claude. It’s probably been around 15 years or so. Claude enjoys mystery though, so...
Bonnie has been here a long time also. She came after her mom, Mrs. P. began working here. Mrs. P. had to retire because of her health, but she still came to lunches, etc. She was a member of The South Reporter family until she passed away.
Mr. Fred was also here a long time. He’s still here actually. His real family brought us a peace lily from his funeral. We call it Mr. Fred and water it and care for it.
Total years: 83! (Without Claude!)
I hope in 10 years, we can all add it back up again.
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