Archive for Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thanks owed to many

January 10, 2008

As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end."

That is what is happening in my world these days as my tenure with The World Company ends tomorrow. I have resigned from my position as general manager and advertising representative for The Eudora News and The De Soto Explorer.

It has been an emotional roller coaster for me of late, to say the least, as I've tried to make my way around to say my goodbyes to co-workers, employees, advertisers, friends and neighbors.

It's been a good ride more than 17 years including the time I was employed by the previous owners of the newspapers.

Beginning Saturday, I'm starting another chapter in the story of my life.

There will be many changes, but I know they will lead to more good things one of the biggest being that I am going to be able to devote more time to my family.

Our oldest son is a sophomore in college; our middle son will graduate from Eudora High School in May; and our youngest daughter is an eighth-grader at Eudora Middle School. Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday I was sending them off for their first days of kindergarten.

Numerous good things have taken place during my time at the two weekly newspapers, and I will be forever grateful to many people for giving me a chance.

First, Bert and Vickie Hull took me under their wings and allowed me to become part of their lives more than 17 years ago. Through their guidance, trust and leadership, I was able to learn almost every phase of the newspaper world. They made me feel like I was part of their family and gave their support wholeheartedly.

I stayed through the transition and ownership change of the newspapers in 2000 and gained respect for Ralph Gage, Bob Nordyke and the Simons family as they placed their trust in me and gave me the opportunity to grow when I was promoted to general manager in 2002. I also gained friendships from the publishers at the other weekly news operations in our working relationships and during our annual business meetings each year. I will remember those days and those trips fondly.

I will truly miss working with the administration, coaches, students and staff at the schools and the city offices, and the advertisers I have worked with on a full-time basis for the last six months. It has been a pleasure working with each of you.

I also appreciate the dedication of our columnists. Alvena, Marilyn, Dorothy and Matt have helped our newspapers continue its goals to bring local news to our communities.

And, of course, to my trustworthy staff and friends at the News and Explorer, Elvyn, Joel, Leann, David, Caleb (and Mike): your dedication and efforts are truly appreciated. We've had some stressful times together especially at deadline but we've shared a lot of laughs and good times as well. Keep up the good work. I've been proud to be called your "boss."

The former co-workers and staff of The News and Explorer also helped make the two papers what they are today. We, too, shared a lot of laughs and good times during the "old" days. Thanks for making my job easier.

And I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge my family and thank them for their encouragement and support as I made my way through each chapter of my career in journalism. I couldn't have done it without you.

I will miss being part of The News and Explorer family, but it's time for me to begin a new chapter and see what lies ahead.

Thank you, De Soto, for what you have given me, and for what I will take with me as I begin that next chapter in my life.

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