Goodbye, 600

Thanks to StillnessOfHeart for bringing this to my attention. It brings back great memories of my short time at The Huron Daily Plainsman.

Tommy Tomlinson

They threw a big party at the Charlotte Observer on Thursday. You could also get by with calling it a wake. The reason for the party was that the newspaper is moving out of the building it has lived in since 1970, on the spot where the newspaper has been published since 1927. The reason for the wake had nothing to do with concrete and steel. It was about the people who make newspapers, and what they believe in.

Hundreds of people filled the lobby of the old building at 600 S. Tryon St. There were Pulitzer winners, and people who sold millions in ads, and circulation directors who figured out how to get the paper on the doorsteps of hundreds of thousands of people at 6 in the morning every day. There was Cynthia McCarter, the security guard who knows the building like a mama knows her child, and Gladys…

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Spring Is In

Today is the second time cold has reached the robins’ feet, so I am really looking forward to skipping over the third cold snap, and meeting Spring for good for the year.

Spring is in the mud that oozes

When the socks and shoes he loses.

Spring is in taffeta dresses

Highlighting her maiden tresses.

Spring is in the gentle breezes

And the drying wind that freezes.

Spring is in the flying crawlies

O’er the shining, blooming lilies.

Spring is in the couples walking

Spring is in the neighbours talking.

Spring is in long jumpers dancing

In the air with runners prancing.

Spring is in the children flying

Kites above where they are lying.

Spring is down an aisle walking;

That degree no longer stalking.

Spring is in the grass that’s greening.

Time to fix that window screening.