As some of you
already know today I retire from the Chesterton Tribune as a news
reporter after 38 years, all but four of them with the Tribune, but
my byline wonít totally disappear. More about that later.
I began in an era
when I could send a typed list of questions to Chicago White Sox owner Bill
Veeck and get a completed questionnaire returned to me with a cover letter.
Veeck had high hopes for Kevin Bell, and he picked Wayne Nordhagen and Bill
Nahorodny to surprise fans in 1978.
Thereís so much
local history Iíve covered, and so many good, dedicated public servants Iíve
met who quietly made a positive difference in the lives of the people they
served. Thanks, too, to the various characters along the way who made my
countless hours at public meetings more interesting.
I have been
shocked, bewildered, encouraged and humbled by events that happened before
my eyes, always aware I was furthering the Tribuneís goal of
preserving the history of the Duneland communities.
I canít retire
without saying thank-you to the Tribune for taking a chance on a
young wife and mother with no journalism degree; to John Canright for
teaching me itís not only the facts and figures that count but also how they
affect people; to Dave Canright for being so understanding; and of course to
you the readers.
I also appreciate
the opportunities given me when I worked for the Michigan City
News-Dispatch, and that really cool 1986 Radio Shack Tandy laptop with
the screeching modem.
To everyone who
offered best wishes on my retirement, it is deeply appreciated. Special
thanks go to the Tribune staff, the Westchester Public Library Board,
the Porter Town Council, Burns Harbor Town Council member Jeff Freeze and
member Jim McGee and his wife Rita.
With all this
new-found time on my hands, I plan to resume writing my monthly garden
column Of Wonders and Weeds so we gardeners can share our mutual fascination
and frustration with the hobby. See you in January!