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Going Back In Time

It’s Tuesday morning and somehow while I was preparing a Veteran’s Day issue it escaped me the post office was closed Thursday.

So I began rushing. I grabbed a motto from my old days at WNBC/New York - Speed is accuracy.

It’s been a lot of years but back in the day we had to get a thirty second promotional news video completed in one hour. For those who don’t know, a 30 second video can often take days to put together. 

The adrenaline rush was exciting as you wondered if you would miss your deadline and then would have dead air which was the ultimate sin.

Often a producer would be seen running down the hall past Conan O’Brien’s studio telling visitors lingering to move!

A weekly newspaper is normally much more laid back. There is a ton to cover but there is time to process.

Tuesday sent me back over 20 years reminding me of those times.

The stress, the worry, and the beat the clock mentality returned. Can I do it? Will I get it done?

It was my history of being able to complete this task that gave me the confidence to complete it.

However, it is now one minute to deadline and I have not hit send.

I missed my hit as we used to say.

And now I am scrambling to finish this column. But as the month of November goes, I want to say how grateful I am.

I am grateful there is so much news to cover in our community that I can’t keep up. I am grateful that there is enough advertising dollars to be able to put out a 12 page paper when we can. And I am grateful we don’t have a 12 page paper normally because the stress can be overwhelming.

I am also grateful for the friends who one by one stood next to me today to let me talk out loud and push me, correct me and support me.

This last part will sound like an acceptance speech at an award show. I would like to thank God, my family, my friends, my readers and all those who support local news.

What are you thankful for today?

OPINIONS

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HS Track

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SHS SPORTS WRAP UP

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NEWS

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Four Shine In High School Ag Programs

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