I’m a member of the last generation who grew up reading the newspaper. In fact, the newspaper was part of my life for as long as I can remember. My best friend’s dad delivered the Star for almost 30 years. My own family delivered the weekly ad section that went out on Wednesdays for several years to earn extra money. When I first met my wife I found out he had worked in the newspaper industry for over 20 years as a circulation director. My father runs a printing press, not for newspaper, but still in the same industry. I even worked as a volunteer sports reporter for the school newspaper my senior year of college! Paper and ink run deep in my blood.
I remember going out to get the paper in the morning, usually barefoot in the winter, because I couldn’t wait to read the news with breakfast. Mind you, I was only 11 or 12 years old at the time! And no, I didn’t wear a bathrobe like the old guy in the movies. But there were words on those pages to be read and I had to read them. Over the next few weeks I want to take a quick look at the newspaper and the mark it’s made on society, and entertainment. Let’s examine the impact the newspaper had on life throughout the years, how it shaped public opinions, and how it told stories on a daily basis.
I appreciate the impact the newspaper had on my creative formation and the writers that inspired me through the years. Check back next week as we look at the newspaper’s humble beginnings!
- written by David Baral, illustrations by Ryan Klein, 2018