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Lots of faces, names ...

January 9, 2009 - Lee Smith
I'm feeling a bit sheepish tonight.

I recently read a column in the StarTrib by Nick Coleman, who was recounting his past in newspapers. He was remembering names and events back to the 1960s. Good memory.

I, on the other hand, am having trouble with the name of the guy who gave me my first job at the college newspaper at Mankato State. I know his name was Bob and he was the sports editor. He went on to work in Mason City. The rest is blank. I'm sorry, Bob, wherever you are.

I just completed my 17th year as a "newspaperman." (Over 20, counting college.) That means there have been a lot of people to get to know in the industry. And hundreds of sources. There was a lot of turnover when I worked in New Ulm. I think I have a list somewhere with the names of 20 or more colleagues who passed through during my four years there. In Fairmont, the turnover has been much less. But it still seems like I've worked at several different papers here, given the changing faces over the years. Staying put brings change, remarkably.

Ah ... I just remembered. Bob Fenske. Good guy. Thanks, Bob. I've enjoyed the ride.


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